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And don’t ask how the black-footed ferret is doing

Black-Footed Ferret
News Headline: “How many birds are killed by wind, solar, oil and coal?”
News Headline: “Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa.”
News Headline: “Causes of fish lesions ruled out, except for BP oil spill.”
Lest we forget that the animal kingdom views us as terrorists.
In any event:
Happy National Wildlife Day!

And never wear a $7,000 gift on your wrist

Bob McDonnellEric Cantor

News Headline: “Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell found guilty in corruption trial.”
News Headline:
“Eric Cantor’s defeat pays off with $1.4 miilion Wall Street signing bonus.”
First rule for those in public service:
Never take payoffs while in office.
Leave office, and then cash in.

Get a brain, you morans

English Language
News Item:
“. . .  Researchers estimate that 25 percent of the world’s face extinction in the next few decades. . . .”
And judging by the Internet, English among them.

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.
Which brought us to August, when Asteroid 2014 RA was discovered two days after it passed closer to Earth than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
Which brings us to September and Asteroid 2014 RC.
It was discovered yesterday.
It will pass closer to Earth on Sunday than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
It may about as large as two buses, best we can tell.
But it will miss us.
Well. OK.  Best we can tell.

A Hannity exclusive

Duck Dynasty
News Headline: “Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on the rise of radical Islam.”
Good news for those who fear the West is in decline:
We have nowhere to go but up.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline: “. . . Gowdy has continuously said he does not want the process turned into a political circus. . . .”
Katherine Rylaarsdam, a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Is it time for a reminder that ‘continuously’ means without a break, and it is ‘continually’ that refers to a frequent reoccurrence of isolated phenomena?”
Yes.
And your reminder of words frequently mixed up reminds QT that a speeding car does not careen through an intersection but careers through it.
And don’t get QT started about people who say “antimony” when they mean “antinomy.”

WRITE TO QT:  qt@zaysmith.com

Sheets happen

KKK
News Item: “The Ku Klux Klan has been leaving pamphlets next to mailboxes and on driveways. . . .”
Always worth noting.
It isn’t every day we see trash spreading litter.

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

Seismometer

The number of earthquakes in Yellowstone more than doubled in August to 207, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
But scientists issued a reassurance that this was “normal.”
And anyone who is worried about it is the same kind of person who would worry about, say, Asteroid 2014 RA.
Which was discovered today, two days after it passed closer to Earth than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
Talk about worrywarts.

Life is filled with temptations

Largest Turban
News Headline: “Man proudly wears world’s largest turban, weighing in at 100 pounds.”
The proper formal greeting to such a holy man being:
“Your shoelace is untied!”
Or maybe not.

Greetings and facilitations

Handgun
News Headline: “3 killed, 35 wounded in holiday weekend shootings.”
Happy Labor Day from the National Rifle Association!