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We have seen the present, and it does not work

Primary School
A British primary school has banned the use of a whistle to end outdoor playtime because a whistle’s sound may be “too aggressive.”

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Occurring on this day in history 398 years ago was the Defenestration of Prague, during which Protestant nobles threw two Roman Catholic governors out of a high window at the Royal Palace and into a dung heap, leading to the Thirty Years’ War, which was 86 years shorter than the Hundred Years’ War, but we can deal with that another time.

QT trickle-on economics update

Ginni Rometty
IBM gave CEO Ginni Rometty a $4.5 million bonus last year while preparing to lay off as many as 14,000 workers this year to cut costs.

This just in. . . .

Reasonable Response
News Headline: “Kentucky bourbon production reaches nearly 50-year high.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.

The Making of the President 2016nado!

Crooked Donald
News Headline: “Trump used 9/11 funds program to net $150G payday.”
Lest we forget about Crooked Donald.

Scholar-athletes in the news

Big Ten
News Headline: “Big Ten sees $110 million rise in revenue.”
Sometimes we get caught up in all the sportsmanship and lose sight of the real meaning of college athletics.

Barbarians at the gate

George Zimmerman
News Headline: “George Zimmerman taunts Trayvon Martin’s parents: ‘They didn’t raise their son right.’ “
Has Donald Trump finally found a running mate?

Frontiers of science

Portrait of a Naked Mole Rate with long teeth
News Headline: “How jellyfish, nanobots and naked mole rats could make humans immortal.”
Not really.
But can we ever have too many stories about naked mole rats?

QT why we should have started doing something yesterday about The Day After Tomorrow update

Ice Shelf

News Item (2009): “Study:Antarctic glaciers melting faster than previously thought.”
News Item (2012): “Antarctic ice sheets melting faster than previously thought.”
News Item (2016): “Antarctic ice melt may be worse than scientists thought.”
Is there an indication here that the Antarctic ice may be melting faster than we currently think?

We have seen the present, and it does not work


University of East Anglia has banned the tossing of mortarboards into the air at graduation because of the “unacceptable risk” that a mortarboard tossed into the air might float down and land on someone.