As we gaze at the cosmos

News Headline: “NASA images brightest gamma-ray burst ever.”
News Headline: “Young galaxies collide, form super galaxy 10 times the size of the Milky Way.”
The Intelligent Designer will tell you that the universe is one of his favorite video games.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) Update:
Some might try to make something of the fact that there were 40 earthquakes at Yellowstone in February, 101 in March, 126 in April and 170 in May.
But not QT.

News Headline: “2010 IRS conference featured ‘happiness expert,’ $17K art session.”
Not likely to happen again.
Next up:  Just how should a happiness expert react to being fired?

The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators, Not to Mention the System as a Whole, Come to Think of It:
Students played a prank on their high school in Washington state by spray-painting sidewalks with the words “Seinor” and “Senor Power.”

News Headline: “Pot for pets? Some owners want medical marijuana passed for pets too.”
B.T., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Doesn’t that story give you paws?”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

News Headline: “$2 million bail for gang leader suspects.”
News Headline: “Police bust motel prostitution ring.”
What is it with this continuing government vendetta against job creators?

QT Modern Corporate Gibberish of the Week:
Cytec, announcing an “exciting new identity,” changed its name to Allnex.

News Headline: “Glenn Beck: I left Fox to save my soul.”
And now on to Plan B.

From Poor QT’s Almanack:
On this day in 1973 the United Nations announced the first World Environment Day, and 40 years later, well, c’mon, what do you want, we still have one, don’t we?

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
+ John Teets, a Key West, Fla., reader, writes;
“I’ve just heard an NPR news person conflate ‘rebut’ and ‘refute’ for the nth time. . .  and just now a story on TB drugs that make the patient ‘nauseous.’ ”
A tough day on the radio.
Someone who rebuts is attempting to refute–but not always with success.
As for the nauseous patient:
Some dictionaries have given up on teaching distinctions.
These dictionaries now say “nauseous” can mean both causing sickness, which is correct, and feeling sick, which is not.
Almost enough to leave you nauseated, isn’t it?
+ T.D., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Have you noticed how the word ‘ubiquitous’ is popping up everywhere these days?”
The Tea Party isn’t running amuck in Congress, by the way.
It is running amok.

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