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
Yellowstone earthquake counts for the past six months, as of August 1, have gone from 73 to 56 to 62 to 75 to 83 to 66.
The U.S. Geological Survey classifies this as “low background levels,” so there remains no cause for worry about an area that, as a scientist at  University of Zurich’s Institute of Physics recently remarked, “is overdue for an explosion that would alter life on Earth as we know it.”

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Hearts and Guts
News Item: “. . . the heart-wrenching story of. . . .”
News Item: “. . . the gut-rending songs of. . . .”
Rich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, reminds us that it isn’t “heart-wrenching” and “gut-rending” but “heart-rending” and “gut-wrenching.”
And as we are heading  into the political season:
Events can be both stomach-churning and stomach-turning.
Not to mention mind-boggling and mind-numbing.
And will be.

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