Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Political upholstery in the news

Trump and Carson
News Headline: “Donald Trump says Ben Carson’s childhood stories might be
‘total fabrication.’ “
News Headline: “Despite bankruptcies, Trump defends his record in Atlantic City.”
As Trump will tell you, the trick is to stay with partial fabrications.

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 NATIONAL PARK, WY - JUNE 17: A late afternoon rain shower moves over the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, WY on June 17, 2015. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

News Headline: “Supervolcanoes likely triggered externally, study finds.”
News Headline: “Massive crack appears near Yellowstone park.”
Move along, nothing to see here. . . .

Unscheduled asteroids not in the news

This latest asteroids not discovered until after they passed between Earth and the moon are Asteroid 2015 VP64, which made its near miss last Thursday and was discovered Sunday, and Asteroid 2015 VU64, which made its near miss Friday and was discovered today.
But who doesn’t like a good surprise?

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

Donald Trump
News Headline: “Donald Trump lifts ‘SNL’ to its biggest rating since 2012.”
Is it being implied that “Saturday Night Live,” which portrays itself as bold satire, rolled over completely  for  the sake of ratings?
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thing to imply.

In other news. . . .

Buddy Dog
News Headline: “Your cat may want to kill you, study says.”
News Headline: “No, a study did NOT find that your cat wants to kill you.”
News Headline: “Ten Americans have been shot by dogs since 2004.”
So it may be time for a new study. . . .

Climate change in the news

News Item: “Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today. Scientists are unraveling the mystery of why it dried out. . . .”
The only thing we know for certain is that Martian Republicans long ago dismissed the whole thing as a hoax.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Ben Carson
News Headline: “Ben Carson doesn’t understand how the debt ceiling, the budget or interest rates work.”
News Headline: “Cuba policy stumps Ben Carson in Florida.”
News Headline: “Ben Carson pens late-night Facebook post defending lack of political experience.”
Kids, go get grandpa and ask him what it was like when ignorance was considered embarrassing.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “. .  most of the region believed to be chalk-full of natural treasures. . . .”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, notes that news reports are chock-full of the phrase “chalk-full.”
And can it be time for QT’s biennial reminder that when something is said a second time, it is iterated–and has to be said at least a third time to be reiterated?


QT news you can use

Flare Probabilities
QT sunspot and solar wind update:
93 and 1,256,400 mph.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Republican Debates
News Headline: “Republican candidates prepare to send networks revised debate letter.”
Initial efforts were to tighten the debate format into a working synthesis of “Survivor” and “Are You Smarter than a 5th-Grader?”
Republicans may now include elements of “American Horror Story” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”