Prez Art Gorski finds info we need to read and heed. "In a recent update to Mountain Lion, Apple has removed the Java plug-in used in the Safari web browser. In the future, if you absolutely need Java in Safari, you will have to go download it yourself from the Oracle website.
"The question is: Do you REALLY need Java in Safari. For the vast majority of Mac users, the answer is NO. So this probably won't affect you.
"Why has Apple taken this step? Security! See the following interesting article.