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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Battle of Cerignola, Italy, 1503
On this day in history 512 years ago, the Spanish defeated the French at the
Battle of Cerignola, which seemed important at the time.

The sounds of. . . .

George W. Bush
News Headline: “Kate Upton breaks silence on nude photos.”
News Headline: “George W. Bush breaks silence on Obama foreign policy.”
For those keeping track of silences that were somewhat down the list of those that really needed to have been broken.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Goldsmiths College
Student organizers at Goldsmiths, University of London, announced that men and whites would not be welcome at an event promoting gender and racial diversity.

The asteroids of spring

Asteroid 2015 HD1
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was almost a year ago.
And only 16 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 HD1, which was discovered last week as it passed lower than the altitudes of some man-made satellites.
Give or take.
Keep in mind that the lifetime odds of being killed by an asteroid impact are only 1 in 700,000–about the same as a cow giving birth to quadruplet calves.
And the quadruplet calves born last month to a Texas farmer’s cow last are doing fine.
The calves are named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Shirley MacLaine
On this day in history 81 years ago was born the latest incarnation of Shirley MacLaine, who has said that in a previous incarnation she slept with Charlemagne, who, according to Burke’s Peerage, was a direct ancestor of Al Gore, which would seem to mean. . . but never mind.

QT all’s well that ends wells update

Fracking Quakes
News Headline: “Scientists strongly link fracking with earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma.”
We know, we know.
But where is the downside?

QT Latest Carjacker Who Didn’t Know How to Work a Stick Shift Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Stick Shift
10:10 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at 2379 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee.

This just in, a day or so ago. . . .

Terrorist Caught
News Headline: “Terrorism suspects caught following German request.”
And K.R., a Baltimore reader, for one, wonders what the Germans were requesting of the terrorists.

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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 Magma
University of Utah scientists have announced the discovery of “a deeper and bigger magma reservoir in the lower crust” that “doesn’t exactly match up with our expectations.”

They must know what they’re doing

Buddy 2
A spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on attempts to strengthen security there:
“We’ve increased patrols, we’ve increased our police presence, and we’ve also increased our K-9 and dog-sniffing units, as well.”
And why a unit would be assigned to sniff dogs, we may never know.