A word to all concerned, especially the faithful commentators: In its wisdom, the host of this website, tierra.net, has chosen to “upgrade” the server for this site. When this happened a week or so ago, I was unable to access the site myself. So, predictably, I contacted tierra.net’s Support office to ask for help. It turns out I have to coordinate my php with their php, then stand on my head, then wander off into a bizarre tech world I don’t begin to understand, then I can access my own “upgraded” website. When I explained to Support that I was of the pre-technology generation that came along just after the invention of the electric light bulb and thus could not implement the crazy procedure required by the “upgrade”, Support recommended that I hire a webpage designer. Being a man of modest means, to say the least, I’m not sure I can afford a webpage designer to jump through the hoops necessary to let me access my own website.
I believe I have now been granted a temporary reprieve, after weeping copious tears on the phone with Support, but only for a week or two. All this to say, to anyone who cares, that I will either try to find a charitable soul who will help this cranky old politician enter the brave new world, relocate mattersofprinciple to another service provider, or ride off into the pre-technology sunset…which would make my many critics very happy. Other options are welcome. Apologies for all this unnecessary confusion.