09:48 – Barbara is off to the gym. When she gets back, we’ll go back to work on science kit stuff. Our goal is always to have about a month’s worth of each type of kit in stock, so we’re building them in relatively small batches now. Come the mid-July to mid-October period, we’ll be shipping so many kits that we’ll have trouble avoiding back-orders, but for now things are (unfortunately) rather calm.
I see that the odds-makers are now predicting a high probability of a Trump-vs-Clinton general election, with Clinton hugely favored to win. Historically, these folks have been far more accurate at predicting elections than the media, probably because they have actual money riding on the results. That outcome wouldn’t surprise me, given that the GOP establishment would far rather see Clinton elected than either Trump or Cruz.
On that basis, I continue to expect a slow (or not-so-slow) slide into dystopia rather than a sudden collapse. Of course, a Black Swan event remains a real possibility, in which case all bets are off. So I’m quite happy that we’re now living in a rural area a good ways from major population centers.