Monthly Archives: January 2018

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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


News Headline:
“Don’t worry too much about the Yellowstone supervolcano.”
Of course not.
And that goes for all the 3,412 earthquakes recorded at Yellowstone last year.
As for Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin , where the ground had been rising for two years and then “abrupty switched to subsidence” in December?
Don’t give it a second thought.

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline: “Trump to Kim: My nuclear button is bigger than yours.”
Did he really say that?
Yes. He did.
Did we really elect that?
Yes. We did.

Russian assets in the news


News Headline:
“Ex-Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon: Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous.’ ”
But as Fox News will soon point out, Bannon was using the word “treasonous” in its best sense.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline:
“Donald Trump predicts a ‘tremendous’ 2018.”

The original meaning of “tremendous” is “awful, dreadful, terrible,” from the Latin tremendus: “fearful, terrible”–literally, “to be trembled at.”
So we seem to have it about right

From Poor QT’s Almanack


One day remains until Perihelion Day, for those keeping track of their periapsides and apoapsides.

GovernMania MMXVIII

News Headline: “Donald Trump doesn’t understand what’s happening in Iran.”
Note to headline writers:
It’s news only if Donald Trump does understand something.