The United States is heading quickly, historically speaking, for that famous rubbish heap of history. No one can set any dates, or adumbrate what will arise from the wreckage. California might give us a preview of America's future. We're a strong nation, and as Adam Smith said, there is a deal of ruin in a nation. We're like an irresponsible spoiled rich kid just out of adolescence, who suddenly inherits his parents' fortune. A big bank account, so spend, spend, spend. Then the day of reckoning arrives. Phase transitions are marked by a steady change of temperature ... heat the object up, and it duly gets hotter. Then ... you keep heating, but the temperature does not rise. What's happening is the extra energy is now going into tearing bonds apart, not making the molecules vibrate faster. We're still vibrating, faster and faster. The temperature is not going to be turned down. We've got to get out. The last incident -- the hoax -- suggests a competition, with prizes. I'm sure it could be crowd-funded. The idea is, the best hoax-petition, petition to be circulated on an American campus. You win by getting the most signatures, relative to your school's enrollment. Some starter ideas: Banning "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas". Rewriting the history books so that all portrayals of the Founding Fathers have an equal number of Black and female and gay and lesbian and transgender people. Strongly de-emphasizing the role of the colonial militia in defeating Britain. No pictures of white men holding guns, for example. I'm sure others can come up with better ideas. But this is just something to counter the grim progression of social insanity in our country. Laughing to keep from crying, a 'jest, in a time when jests are few'. Serious people have got to start thinking about the future now, including thinking the unthinkable. We've got to get out.