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QT Early Warning System Redux

Mosquito
+ Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, regarding reports that genetically modified mosquitoes might be dangerous, which prompted QT to wonder if swat teams were being assembled, writes:
“Or perhaps a sting operation?”
+ Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, writes:
“Anopheles stories!”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
In other news, a Louisiana man on trial for murder said he thought the victim was an alligator.
Which prosecutors say is a croc.

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Proven Leadership
News Headline: “What’s the last horror movie that truly scared you?”
News Headline: “A user’s guide to Republican candidate movie trailers.”
Asked and answered.

Frontiers of science

Marijuana
News Headline: “Marijuana far more potent than it used to be, tests find.”
I’ll say.
Uh. That is, QT appreciates that the scientists must know what they are doing.

QT Early Warning System

Mosquito
News Headline: “Scientist warns genetically modified mosquitoes could have
‘unintended consequences.’ ”
Not to be taken lightly.
Swat teams are being assembled.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

AP CRUZ A USA VA
+ Ted Cruz explaining why global warming is nothing to worry about:
“I just came back from New Hampshire, and there’s snow and ice everywhere.”
+ California Gov. Jerry Brown on the “ignorance” and “direct falsification” that have become a Ted Cruz specialty:
“I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”
Take it easy, Governor.
This is a democracy.
Jackasses need representation, too.
+ Ted Cruz in a speech this morning:
“Today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”
But let’s not get carried away. . . .

Life goes on. . . .

Milky Way
News Headline: “Billions of planets in our galaxy ‘may hold life.’ ”
And maybe one of them will get it right.

Seeing through it

FOIA
News Headline: “Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration’ ever.”
News Headline: “Obama sets record for withholding government files.”
What’s the complaint?
White House comments on secrecy seem transparent enough.

60606: A reader comments

60606 CoverS.C., a New York City reader, regarding QT’s e-book comic thriller 60606, writes:
“I was reading it on my Kindle on the train and laughed so loud at one point I embarrassed myself.”
You, too, can be embarrassed because you read QT.
All you have to do is order, setting your own price, at http://zaysmith.com/get-the-e-book-pre-release-of-qts-novel-60606/
And thank you.

. . . with liberty and justice for some

Pledge of Allegiance
News Item:  “A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war. . . .”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
xenophobic adj. 1. unduly fearful of foreigners and anything foreign. 2. a trait often seen in more primitive world regions. 3. such as Afghanistan and parts of upstate New York, evidently. 5. and as long as we’re at it, Afghans don’t speak Arabic.

The case against high voter turnout

Voting Booths
News Headline: “Mandatory voting? Obama says it would be ‘transformative.’ ”
According to recent surveys:
Two out of three people you see on the street can’t name the three branches of government.
Two out of three can’t name a Supreme Court justice.
Three out of 10 can’t name the vice president.
Four out of 10 believe humans have existed on Earth since its beginning, which was less than 10,000 years ago.
Mandatory voting would be transformative, all right.