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From Poor QT’s Almanack

On this day in history 101 years ago, The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity was published, followed 87 years to the day by  the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and it is left to the reader to decide which one wasn’t come up with by an Einstein.

Narcissistic sociopathy in the news

News Headline: “Trump supporters call for Hawaii boycott.”
As other states wonder how to get in on this, too.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Trump: ‘My job is to represent the United States of America.’ ”
News Headline: “Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why.”
Maybe they’re coming to our rescue.

QT Exploding Cell Phone Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Early Thursday afternoon, March 16, in the hardware aisle of the Costco in Puyallup, Wash.

Modern education + the criminal mind =

A man went to police in Lowville, N.Y., and complained that he had paid a prostitute $200 for sex, but the prostitute had refused to keep the agreement, police said.

GovernMania MMXVII

News Headline:
“Paul Ryan says health plan’s goal is ‘universal access.’ ”
News Headline: “Petition to remove health-care subsidies from members of Congress has 500,000 signatures.”
Members of Congress shouldn’t mind.
They’ll still have access.

This just in. . . .

News Headline: “Naked man on all fours seen near Tottenham Court Road station.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.

And maybe a golf course where Downton Abbey was

News Headline: “Trump budget has Public Broadcasting in a fight for its life.”
Plans now call for the big wall to extend along Sesame Street into Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.
And the nation’s children will pay for it..

. . . born every minute

News Headline: “Who likes Donald Trump? A closer look at his supporters.”
Wait! Don’t look!
Avert your–
Too late?


News Headline: “Former Sun-Times editor Ralph Otwell dies; guided investigations.”
Ralph Otwell was one of the editors who gave the nod to hiring a young QT at the Chicago Sun-Times some years ago.
He had many gifts as an editor.
One of them was dedication.
QT just now remembers a passage from its book on the Sun-Times Mirage Tavern investigation.
It was the night before the first story hit the streets:

Editor Ralph Otwell meanwhile watched as page-one proofs were pulled for the Sunday Chicago Sun-Times. He had gone down to the composing room at 10 p.m. to mark the moment. When the first proofs came off, he looked them over, nodded to himself and prepared to leave.
But then Otwell remembered that story-stealing didn’t stop at the editorial level. One newspaper’s proofs sometimes ended up in another newspaper’s composing room.
So he put tobacco in his pipe, lighted it, folded his arms and watched as the proofs for the first week of Mirage stories were pulled.
One hour went by and then another. Otwell puffed on his pipe and watched.
It was after midnight when the last proofs were pulled, counted and put in the proper hands. The type chases were locked away.
Otwell tapped out his pipe, said goodnight and went home.

The good die young.
And sometimes at age 90.