Via Tam, a warning to stock up now on incandescent bulbs.
I'm not going to run around yelling about the Iron Curtain falling across America; that would be hyperbolic, plus I've been at work all day and I'm tired. But it used to be that said curtain divided "freedom" from "suck", and now it's more like a line between "suck" and "more suck".
Unfortunately, as long as 65% of the population can go about their lives with a minimum of interruption, this isn't likely to change. I've pointed out before that the average person is more worried about paying for the kid's braces and getting to work on time than he is about political matters. Until he has to choose between paying the orthodontist and putting gas in the car, he's not likely to spend his precious little energy and free time worrying about what seem to be abstract concepts. Doubly unfortunately, when that choice comes, there will likely be a handy government subsidy just waiting for him, to help put gas in his car. And if he's like 2/3rds of humanity, he'll take it, because a) it's easy and b) free money. Sad, but true; pride of purpose and independence are on their way out, especially in the younger generations. [Get off my lawn! - ed.] That, coupled with the ascendancy of ignorance (spend a couple hours on Failbook if you don't believe me -- hell, five minutes should do it) make for a combination that will truly bring the suck.
Now I've made myself sad. ZOMGZ KITTEHS!