I am NOT ino conspiracy theories although I live awfully close to Roswel !!(same state anyway)
Been to Roswel, not much reason to go back (the Alien museums were closing or for sale) and been to White Sands (but note Area 51 yet-that I know of).
The main point is that as far as I can tell, most of the problems outlined here have been because of an overactive (and over-sensitive) ANC which Epson tweaked way high because they had been trying real hard to squash clogging issues. Some may say they may have gone just a bit overboard...clearly when the darn printer wants to check itself before almost every darn print and is senses even a tiny "clog" and proceeds to cleaning itself, that ain't good. The problem is figuring out if the cleaning is caused by a real clog of some sort of sensor error. Remember the self-cleaning in these machines relies upon sensors near the parked print head that ay or may nor work really good–I don't know. All I know is that my printer wanted to clean itself about as often as my cat and that was too often.
Then we have a separate (I think) situation where a couple of people here seem to have gotten lemons. Wayne got his machine replaced and sure that's a pain in the arce...but it's better than not getting a replacement and being left sucking wind.
So, all I can say is that Epson US is aware...looking at the issues and trying to respond via the pro level tech support. I accept the fact that you didn't mean anything personal.