Re "We are being hoisted by our own petards, as it were...
Have you been watching that "Virus wipes out the world" mini-series:"
Since I have an aunt who is an Ivy League Professor of English Emeritus (and a renowned authority on Shakespeare), I feel compelled to point out that the proper citation is "HOIST by one's own petard...."
While I rarely watch much TV anymore (including scifi-ish programs, despite having been a voracious reader of that type of literature for a great many years), I suspect (without even having heard of said program) that such is likely as the ending of human history: "NOT WITH A BANG, BUT A WHIMPER..." On a similar note (IIRC) EM Forster, "The Machine Stops."
Max, you are on target! Many recent studies show that old-fashioned soap and water works better than the "high-priced spreads" in terms of killing off the bad guys. Furthermore, those gels are a major contributor to the rate at which the little buggers mutate into anti-biotic resistant forms!
Since the company president and two VPs are hams, I doubt that I could convince them that it was a working trip. On the other hand it does somewhat improve the possibility that the corporate jet might be going that direction although probably not with me on it.
I might have better luck convincing them that I could learn all kinds of useful things at EElive... Need to think about this.
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