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:
The U.S. Geological Survey wants you to know:
It sees at this point “no indication of additional geologic activity other than continuing seismicity” after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the strongest since 1980, hit Yellowstone over the weekend “near the center of a region of recent ground uplift.”
And what more reassurance could we want?
Which isn’t to mention Asteroid 2014 FT37, discovered Sunday, a day after it came just within the moon’s orbit.
News Headline: “Panel’s warning on climate risk: Worst is yet to come.”
Almost comforting to deal with a catastrophe that is already happening.
News Headline: “China mulls global satellite surveillance.”
Who do the Chinese think they are, us?
News Headline: “Boehner: Congress will ‘look at’ DC pot bill.”
Paul St. Onge, an Elmhurst, Ill., reader, writes:
“We know that the D.C. in Washington, D.C., stands for District of Columbia. But with our present politics, maybe it more appropriately stands for Dysfunctional Congress. I’m willing to bet your loyal readers can come with even better ones.”
Its readers are a smart bunch.
Its readers are anything but Duplicitous Clods.
News Headline: “Oil boom strains North Dakota infrastructure.”
In other news, North Dakota has an infrastructure.
QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Time for a reminder that the verb ‘slough,’ used in the phrase ‘slough off,’ rhymes with ‘rough’ and not, as on NPR’s Saturday morning newscast, ‘cough.’ ”
QT raises its glass in toast.
Maybe something summerish, as the season nears.
With the reminder that daiquiri is pronounced DIE-kur-ee.