The United States Senate just failed to pass climate-change legislation. Thus, unless our "leaders" perform an immediate about-face, the oil and coal interests can sleep soundly at night - as long as they keep their air-conditioners blasting away at full power, of course.
Here are two links from people who are much better at venting frustration than I am:
All I have to say is that the downfall of empires is obvious not only to historians armed with hindsight, but also to contemporaries possessing a minimum of common sense. (I bet there was not a single Roman above plebeian level who would deny that Caligula or Nero were horrible choices.)
And thus, today's title: Goodbye To All That was Robert Graves' first novel - the same author who went on to write I Claudius and Claudius The God.
So, dear Senators (what a coincidence that you ladies and gentlemen have the same title as those Roman fools) you just made it a lot easier for the US to go off the cliff. How do you feel, strapped on to your senatorial chariot (or is it a tricycle?).