Monthly Archives: December 2015

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QT Early Warning System

Punch Bowl
Twenty-six percent of you will embarrass yourselves at an office Christmas party this year, according to a study.
The warning didn’t come early enough?

QT Christmas news you can use

Christmas Hotline
A word to those who are out of work–or know others who are–while the merriment happens all around:
The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will offer free job search and career advice to anyone who calls from anywhere on December 28 and 29.
The number is (312) 422-5010.
The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
And always remember:
There are Twelve Days of Christmas.
And a New Year after that.

’Tis the season

Palestinian Santas
News Headline: “Palestinian Santas clash with Israeli soldiers.”
News Headline: “Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo.”
Ho, Ho, Ho!

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Today’s Birthdays: Sherman’s March to the Sea, 151; “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 69.

QT digest of the New Hampshire Democratic debate (for your convenience)

Outdoor Christmas
“. . . going into Christmas. . . just six days before Christmas. . . .”
. . . which is why almost no one watched the New Hampshire Democratic debate.

QT loud guy at the office Christmas party update

Trump Christmas
News Headline: “At Christmas-themed rally, Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton a ‘snake.’ ”
No more of this until after Christmas.
Every time Donald Trump is quoted, an angel loses his wings.

’Tis the season

Elf on Shelf
News Headline: “Popular Christmas toy is ‘training kids to live in a surveillance state,’ academic warns.”
News Headline: “Texas official threatens to slap people who say ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas.’ ”
Ho, Ho, Ho!

Unscheduled asteroids not in the news (afternoon update)

News Headline: “Millions of asteroids that could threaten our world remain uncatalogued.”
QT earlier today mentioned Asteroid 2015 YB, which was discovered yesterday and will pass closer to Earth than the orbits of some manmade satellites tomorrow.
Asteroid 2015 YB should not be confused with Asteroid 2015 YJ, which was discovered just about now, four days after it passed closer to Earth than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
This can confusing, as any astronomer will tell you.

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Mark Twain
A school in Wynnewood, Pa., has become the latest to drop Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn from reading list because its accurate description of the place of blacks in the Early South makes some students “uncomfortable.”

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Drinking champagne every day could help prevent dementia
and Alzheimer’s.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!