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Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has called for cutting $300 million from state university budgets,  this week  proposed revising the University of Wisconsin mission statement so it will no longer include the phrases “improve the human condition” and “search for truth.”

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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

Yellowstone Park
The January count is in.
Yellowstone earthquake counts for the past six months have gone from 99 to 207 to 71 to 119 to 75 to 178 as the region continues what scientists are calling “a fascinating year of ups and downs.”

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When he’s right, he’s right

Meet the Press
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on why he plans to concentrate on House duties instead of running for president:
“I think I can make an enormous difference for our country where I am.”
The temptation is to get out the dictionaries, which tell us that enormity involves “extreme wickedness,” “shocking evil” and  “flagitious villainy.”
But that would be a cheap shot.
And we’d all have to look up “flagitious.”

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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

Hank Heasler
Yellowstone National Park geologist Henry Heasler has reassured the public that there will be no super eruption “in the foreseeable future.”
When asked how he defined the foreseeable future, he said, “You know, a couple of weeks.”

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language (Super Bowl Edition)

Marshawn Lynch
News Headline: “Marshawn Lynch, boycotting Skittles and why the media needs to get off their high horse.”
T.D., a Spokane, Wash., reader, writes:
“I recall QT’s reminders that  ‘media’ is a plural noun, not singular. But how often have you seen it used both ways at once?”
News Headline: “Patriots deflate Seahawks with late interception. . . .”
News Headline: “Deflate this: Patriots storm back from 10 points down. . . .”
News Headline: “Patriots’ title will be a deflate accompli. . . .”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
And keeping in mind that baseball spring training arrives XXVIII days after Super Bowl XLIX, is it time for QT’s annual reminder that while in a ballpark, the correct past tense of “fly” is “flied”?
You could look it up.

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