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Frontiers of science

News Headline: “People think they’re nicer than they actually are, study finds.”
Hey, researchers..
Yeah, you.
Beat it. Scram.
No one is nicer than QT.

QT news you can use


This is the ninth day in a row without a single sunspot on the sun.
But don’t give it another thought.

We have seen the present, and it does not work


The University of California, Berkeley,  responding to black students who say they feel “isolated” on campus, has established a resource center for black students only.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update


K.W., a Denver reader, regarding QT’s noting there were 48 earthquakes at Yellowstone in February, down from 53 in January, as we searched for anything in this country that wasn’t in worse shape than it was a couple of months month before, writes:
“I’m breaking out the calculator here, February only has 28 days, while January has 31. That means that there were, on average, 1.714 earthquakes per day in February and 1.069 earthquakes per day in January.  That translates to a 0.26% increase in the number of earthquakes in February over January.”
So the search continues.

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President of interest


News Headline:  “Why  did Trump administration fire U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara?”
News Headline:  “Is Trump hiding something?”
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thing to think.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “10 things to do as Daylight Savings begins.”
1. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
2, Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
3. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
4. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
5. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
6. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
7. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
8. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
9. Adjust to the fact that it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
10. Turn the clocks ahead one hour.
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that “err” rhymes with “fur”?
And “dour” rhymes with “your”?
And “sheik” rhymes with “cake”?
Almost.
But not quite.

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GovernMania MMXVII

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in a joking answer about President Trump’s taking credit for a good jobs report when Trump had repeatedly charged in the past that jobs reports were a hoax:
“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly: ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.’ ”
Oh, that President Trump.
What a pathological scamp.

From Poor QT’s Almanack


Day After Tomorrow’s Birthdays: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, 72;  Rich “The Svengoolie” Koz, Ageless.

We have seen the present, and it does not work


News Headline: “Feminist to young girls: Don’t read books by men.”
And especially stay away from A.A. Milne and the evil patriarchy of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Fair warning to the White House


News Headline:
“Lawyer’s pants catch fire during arson trial.”
And we thought it was only a metaphor.