Fear not, intrepid readers. Orac will return in a week, as he describes here in an update. He has not disappeared forever, although two and a half weeks is a long time.
Even Orac has times when other, more important things than laying down Insolence, require his attention. This is just such a time.
Happy holidays, all! As I mentioned a few days ago, I'm taking a brief blog break for the holidays. I hope that, wherever you are, whatever faith you hold (or don't hold), your holidays are filled with cheer. I'll return either Monday or January 2, depending upon how energetic I'm feeling and what is or isn't going on in the world regarding topics that concern me.
Orac is taking a blog break to recharge his Tarial cell. Don't worry, he'll be back to lay his usual brand of Insolence down soon enough. In the meantime, play nice and enjoy the puppies.