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Look for the Union Label

U.S. SteelWomen Strikers

News Headline: “Why labor unions are a lot like Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan.”
No. They’re not.
And Happy Labor Day!

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QT Labor Day countdown update

Union Picket
News Headline: “Rethinking the meaning of Labor Day.”
Minimum wage at a low, unions at a low, work still moving to child sweatshops overseas. . . .
We’ve been rethinking it, all right.

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

University of Oregon
A female student at the University of Oregon shouted a joke from a dorm window.
The joke was shouted toward a male student and a female student walking together nearby.
The joke: “I hit it first!”
A resident assistant pointed out that the joke was a little coarse.
The student apologized to the couple.
Four days later, the student received a “Notice of Allegation” from the university.
The notice listed five allegations including harassment and disruption.
There will now be a formal disciplinary hearing.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who wrote, “Life is a disease of matter,” was born 265 years ago on the 28th day of National Brownies at Brunch Month.

QT Early Warning System

Asteroid
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was in May.
It was then that Asteroids 2014 JR24 and 2014 JG55 were discovered as they passed between Earth and the moon.
Which brought us to June, when Asteroid 2014 MHS6 was discovered three days after it passed between Earth and the moon.
Which brought us to July, when Asteroid 2014 OP2 was discovered two days after it passed between Earth and the moon.
And this is the news:
No bus-sized killer asteroids this month.
Nothing on the way, either.
Well.
That we know of.

In other news. . . .

MSNBC
News Headline: “CNN overtakes MSNBC in July as ratings take a hit.”
News Headline: “Fox News hits ratings highs, MSNBC sputters.”
News Headline: “Here are some topless people being tasered.”
Note to MSNBC:
Don’t despair.
There are always solutions.

There is no such thing as a slow news day

Sun
QT
sunspot and solar wind update:
81 and 783,400 mph.

Hey, anyone have topical phase transitions in the office pool?

Physicists
News Item: “. . . Topological phase transitions in condensed matter systems accompany emerging singularities of the electronic wavefunction, often manifested by gap-closing points in momentum space. . . .”
As we might have expected.

La Maison du Whopper

Burger King
News Headline: “Americans threaten to boycott Burger King over Canadian ‘tax dodge’ merger.”
Gary Duffala, a Rio Rancho, N.M., reader writes:
“So if corporations are people, tax-inversion corporations are foreign nationals and aren’t allowed to donate to political campaigns. Unless of course they have a green card. No?”
An interesting point.
The whole business seems suspicious in these dangerous times.
Homeland Security may want to put all Burger King executives on the no-fly list until this is sorted out.

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And fries with that

McBurrito
News Headline:
“Should McDonald’s buy Chipotle?”
Globalization has its points.
But are we ready for the McBurrito?
News Headline: “Cambodian rat meat: A growing export market.”
And there remains the case for isolationism.