This is just a brief announcement to let Orac’s readers know that he is currently taking a break to recharge his Tarial cell and to contemplate a black hole. Indeed, you might have noticed his…inattention…to the blog since at least Tuesday and the lack of a post on Wednesday or Thursday. Although it is indeed difficult for Orac to lay off COVID-19 contrarians, quacks, antivaxxers, and conspiracy theorists—not to mention other kinds of contrarians, quacks, antivaxxers, and conspiracy theorists—his Tarial cell will malfunction and ultimately run out of energy if not recharged occasionally. No one wants that, other than perhaps a few of the more annoying commenters here, not to mention antivax leaders like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Del Bigtree, and a veritable panoply of COVID-19 cranks.
Fear not, however. Orac will return in his own inimitable way, as he cannot do otherwise. Tarial cell or not, he must return. Given the nature of black holes (and Tarial cells), he is not certain whether it will be September 23 or 26. In the meantime, if the comments get too annoying, Orac might turn them off until his return.