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From Poor QT’s Almanack

George Washington
On this day in history 223 years ago President Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the U.S. Post Office, which, when you think of it, was pretty socialist of him.

Paging the Syfy network. . . .

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News Headline: “Scientists hope seabed drill will unlock quake secrets.”
News Headline: “Scientists call for ‘geoengineering’ to find ways to cool climate.”
News Headline: “Large Hadron Collider to push physics frontier.”
We’re just asking for it, aren’t we?

And up through the ground came a-bubblin’ crude

Oil Train
News Headline: “Trains hauling crude oil across America just keep exploding.”
Good to see a headline writer who hasn’t lost his sense of wonder.

Move along, nothing to see here. . . .

Asteroid
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was last May.
And only 12 killer bus-sized asteroids have been discovered since then, just as they were passing between Earth and the moon.
Which isn’t to mention Asteroid 2015 DD1, which was discovered today, two days after it passed closer to Earth than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
But it was the size of only a small bus.

In other news. . . .

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News Item: “A South Side neighborhood in Chicago is getting long-sought federal protection from President Barack Obama, whose visit on Thursday could . . . ”
And why the neighborhood feels the need to be protected from Obama, we may never know.

It just don’t sound right

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News Headline: “House GOP rejects climate change theory.”
News Headline:
“One-third of Americans reject theory of evolution.”
News Headline:
“Saudi cleric rejects theory Earth revolves around the sun.”
And isn’t it about time we got rid of all these theories?

New data on noise pollution

Soundscape
News Item: “An ambitious National Park Service project exploits computer algorithms to predict the loudness of a typical summer day from coast to coast. . . . The eastern half of the United States is louder than the West. . . .”
. . . although much depends on where Donald Trump is at any given moment, scientists said.

Law & Order: BVD (discont’d for the second time)

Bra Bandit
Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, regarding the news story of a Florida man who stole two bras and a skirt and then gave police the slip, writes, despite QT’s warning to play no more games here:
“The man says he didn’t do it. But he may suffer from false mammary syndrome. . . .”
Stop it.
Not another word, not even in chest.

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QT trickle-on economics update

Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce announced that for those who like to pamper their pet dogs, it will offer a model  including a special entry “that automatically opens when the dog’s wearable collar unit is within range, revealing a convenient ramp and spacious area for lounging about,” as new reports were published of people eating dog food and living in cars.

Faces in the crowd

Overpopulation
News Headline: “Italy ‘dying’ as birth rate hits historic low.”
You have to wonder what would befall us if the world’s other nations lapsed into dying birth rates, too.
The human race might survive.