Well, you can't argue with how somebody feels and I won't try. I am certainly sorry to have caused distress and it's evident that this is more of a sore spot with some people than I realized.
I am going to try to come up with a follow-up that addresses the specific objections people have made and see if I can clean the mess up a bit, but not right away. (Among other things, I need sleep!) Meanwhile, comments (good, bad, or indifferent), questions, etc., are still welcome.
Not gonna stop liking the show, tho. :)