The asteroids of summer

During the first six months of the year, 17 asteroids passed between Earth and the moon, most of them discovered just as they passed.
This caused worry for some.
But we seem to have finished July without a single close call.
Ominous, isn’t it.

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Lyndon Baines Johnson, Harry Truman,
On this day in history 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, and not a single Republican leader questioned his love of country or called him a lawless tyrant because, in those days,  people who said those kinds of things were found mostly in dark basements mimeographing leaflets to hand out on street corners.
For those who like to reminisce.

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QT Bureau of Waits and Half-Measures

Green Card
News Item: “Each year, the U.S. issues more green cards than the collective population of the 13 colonies the year Virginia’s Patrick Henry was born. In a single year, the U.S. will issue five times more green cards than there are members of Daughters of the American Revolution. . . .”
. . . and three times more green cards than there are ambidextrous Americans, if you are still trying to visualize it.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Gold coins from a treasure trove of gold and silver coins worth $500 million are handled by a Spanish expert at an undisclosed warehouse in Sarasota, Florida
News Item: “A treasure hunting company said Monday they’ve recovered more than $1 million in booty from a group of Spanish galleons that sunk off the Florida coast in 1715. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, wants you to know that any writer of the news who doesn’t know when to use “sank” is sunk.
Which isn’t to mention the missing hyphen in “treasure-hunting company.”
Or that a company is an “it,” not a “they.”
And K.R., a Baltimore reader, wants economist James Galbraith to know that the plural of “scenario” is not “scenaria,” but “scenarios.”
We can only hope this sinks in


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Really huge, and totally advanced

Advanced Nation
President Obama regarding the latest U.S. mass shooting:
“The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun safety laws. . . .”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
advanced adj. 1.far along in development or progress. 2. as an advanced nation. 3. which is what we like to call the United States. 4. despite  the violence. 5. and the full-time workers on food stamps. 6. and the failing schools. 7. and the limited health care. 8. and the collapsing infrastructure. 9. but we’re really rich. 10. so we  get away with it. 11. which seems to make us the Donald Trump of nations. 12. which is a chilling thought for the day.

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