QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office

Asteroid
A note to readers:
Take care not to confuse Asteroid 2016 CM194, which was discovered Saturday as it passed closer than the orbits of some manmade satellites, with Asteroid 2016 DB, which was discovered Wednesday, two days after it passed closer than the orbits of some man-made satellites.
Always reassuring to have the incoming asteroids straight.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Crutches on white background. Isolated 3D image

News Headline: “ ‘This is a lame-duck president’: Ted Cruz vows to stop Obama.”
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“Do I have it right that President Obama is not actually a ‘lame duck’ until after election day?”
Exactly so.
Ted Cruz should know better.
Or is this just another quack in his facade?
And is it time for QT’s triennial reminder that “frequent,” when used as a verb, should have its accent on the second syllable?
Evidently.

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Sven a fellow needs a fiend

Svengoolie 2

Svengoolie 1
A number of readers–hey, zero is a number–have asked QT why it announced a day off
last week.
The answer:
QT and sons Zach (left) and Bryant were busy taking a few hours to hang out with the excellent Svengoolie in his excellent dungeon.
“Svengoolie” remains QT’s second favorite TV horror-comedy show after “Meet the Press.”
Executive producer Jim Roche provides a photographic record.
A number of chickens were thrown–son Zach accidentally beaning Svengoolie with one.
Svengoolie took it well.
And now back to work. . . .

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