QT New Year’s news you can use

Happy New Year
The Sub-Bureau for Rapid Service and Predictions of Earth Orientation of the International Earth Rotation Service has announced that there will be no leap second added to civil time at midnight December 31.
So you had better make up for lost time.
And eat black-eyed peas for good luck.
And Happy New Year!

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QT trickle-on economics update

2012 Miss Universe Pageant
The gap in wealth between high-income and low-income Americans has reached record levels in the past five years, according to a new study, with high-income Americans showing “a clear trajectory of increasing wealth” and low-income Americans showing no increase at all.

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Asked and answered

China Dam
News Item: “A towering dam in central China holds back a vast expanse of water destined to travel over 1,000 kilometers north to Beijing. . . . Another 8.5 billion cubic meters–equivalent to 3.4 million Olympic-sized swimming pools–will reach provinces along the way. . . .”
Testy Copy Editors asks:
“What’s that in soda cans?”
Well.
It comes to 23,951,599,306,600 soda cans, for those trying to visualize it.

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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

Earthquake Swarm
Scientists report they are “not sure” of the significance of  a current swarm of earthquakes near the Yellowstone Caldera, but add that it “is not a coincidence” and is “interesting scientifically because there are so many things going on.”

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On the second day of Christmas. . . .

Asteroid Impact
News Headline: “We would get only three days warning of where an asteroid would hit.”
This isn’t to mention Asteroid 2014 YR14, which was discovered Saturday, a day after it passed between Earth and the moon.
But at worst, if it had hit, it would have destroyed everything for only a few miles in every direction.
So it won’t be mentioned.

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