I love it when you talk cosmic

Cosmos
We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
The TV science series “Cosmos ” is rated PG, in part for “suggestive dialogue.”

News Headline: “Climate change talkathon: Democratic senators pull all-nighter.”
Bringing new formality and protocols to everybody talking about the weather, but nobody doing anything about it.

News Headline: “The CIA torture cover-up.”
Note to anywhere else in the world:
Maybe sometimes it’s best to avert your eyes from the Shining City Upon a Hill.

News Headline: “Quinn, looking to fall, names campaign manager.”
Joe Mitzenmacher, a River Forest, Ill., reader, wonders why the candidate doesn’t look for a manager who will keep him upright.

Sarah Palin on geopolitics and foreign relations:
“Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
QT thought of paraphrasing here.
But it didn’t want to oversimplify.

Today’s Birthdays: Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller, 118; Tony “Two-Ton” Galento, 103; Sammy “Sammy Bull” Gravano, 69;  Rich “Svengoolie” Koz, 62.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
W.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Now that you’ve sorted out ‘disinterested’ and ‘uninterested,’ what about ‘unbelievable’ and ‘incredible’? The two words have the same definition but these days ‘unbelievable’ seems to mean ‘not believable’ while ‘incredible’ seems to mean ‘really good.’ How does this happen?”
These usages differ from place to place.
For example, in the cloisters of the University of Chicago you will sometimes hear students saying, “Wow! Incogitable!”
Or maybe you won’t.

 

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