QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Top Five

The top five Republican presidential candidates in the final NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist South Carolina poll:
Donald Trump            28 percent
Ted Cruz                     23 percent
Marco Rubio               15 percent
Jeb Bush                     13 percent
John Kasich                  9 percent
A historic achievement may be about to take place.
If the poll holds up, South Carolina Republicans will manage to vote for the candidates in exactly inverse order to their merit.
QT has done some research.
This would be more than a upside-down perfecta.
More than a upside-down trifecta.
More than a upside-down superfecta.
This would be be an upside-down jackpot super hi-five.
We take our perfection where we can find it.

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QT Midwest New Madrid Fault, where the most recent earthquakes two centuries ago changed the course of the Mississippi River and toppled chimneys as far away as Maine, although geologists say there is only a 10 percent chance of a major quake in the next 50 years, which includes any moment now, update

Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol has set up a mission base at the Bonne Terre Airport in Missouri to be closer to the New Madrid Fault.
A spokesman said it was “because of the whole earthquake issue we are preparing for all the time.”
Not that anyone should be concerned in any way.

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It seems to add up

Higher Math
Gary Duffala, a Rio Rancho, N.M., reader, regarding QT’s mention that zero is a number, writes:
“Zero is not a number. It’s a place holder.  If zero were a number, then 0/0 would equal 1. No?”
QT has consulted with the faculty of the Northwestern University Department of Mathematics:
+ “Zero is a number. However, division is defined only when you divide by a non-zero number, hence 0/0 is not defined.”
+ “I don’t know of any mathematician claiming that zero is not a number, but in the end it depends on how you define ‘number.’ ”
QT consulted for a simple reason.
It knows squat about higher mathematics.
Squat being a number, also

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Half-Staff
News Headline: “Supreme Court flags fly at half-mast in honor of Justice Scalia.”
News Headline: “Antonin Scalia to lie in state.”
Justice Antonin Scalia admired the precise use of words.
So:
Flags on ships and boats fly at half-mast.
Flags on land fly at half-staff.
A body lies in state only in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Otherwise the body lies in repose.
And is it time for another QT reminder that possession isn’t “nine-tenths of the law,”
but “nine points of the law”?
And that that oral contracts are always verbal, but verbal contracts aren’t always oral?
It seems exactly time.

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