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
Sally Sennert, a geologist with the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, offering a prediction on “the biggest explosion ever recorded by humans” happening any time soon at Yellowstone:
“Volcanologists are very wary of ever telling somebody that a volcano is safe, because they are so unpredictable.”

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Seemed like a good idea at the time

Ellen Pao
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao explaining why salary negotiations at hiring interviews should be banned as a way to alleviate the problem of unequal pay for men and women:
“Men negotiate harder than women do.”
So let’s look at this positively:
Women seem just as good as men at putting their foot in it.

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QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Rand Paul
Rand Paul avoiding a discussion of political statements he had made in 2009:
“That was a long time ago.”
So we can add long times to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.
And T.D., a Chicago reader, wants to know when double-talk became “walking it back,” and when can we have double-talk back?
And. . . .

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Dumb but not stupid

Tennessee Guns
Tennessee House Republicans, pushing for a bill to allow guns in parks, have rejected an amendment to allow guns in the state capitol.
In related news, those attending a National Rifle Association convention this week in Tennessee will be  allowed to carry guns in the building–as long as the firing pins have been removed.

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The readers speak

60606 Cover
The readers keep writing about the e-book comic thriller 60606:
+ S.C., a New York City reader, writes:
“I was reading it on my Kindle on the train and laughed so loud at one point I embarrassed myself.”
+ D.D., a Chicago reader, writes:
60606 is great. I’m trying to read it only in short bursts so it’ll last longer.”
+ G.C., an Overland Park, Kan., reader, writes:
“I love 60606!”
+ Z.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“The book F. Scott Fitzgerald might have written if he had lived.”
And you can order it now, setting your own price, at:
http://zaysmith.com/get-the-e-book-pre-release-of-qts-novel-60606/
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