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.

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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?


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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.”

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