Monthly Archives: February 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


The U.S. Geological Survey has done a special study of Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin, where the ground had been rising for two years and then “abrupty switched to subsidence” in December before starting to rise again.
The deformations are now described as a “hiccup.”
No word on when to expect a sneeze.

. . . born every minute


News Headline: “3 Trump properties posted 144 openings for seasonal jobs. Only one went to a US worker.”
Question for Trump voters:
Are you starting to catch on?
Even a little?

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Bake for Family Fun Month.

Day 389, America held hostage


News Headline: “Trump renews bid to eliminate library funding.”
Because of course he does.

Frontiers of science


News Item: “. . .  but small telescopes can detect what is called the Dumbbell Nebula. . . .”
. . . for those who didn’t know the Trump administration offers a space program, too.

QT XXIII Olympic Winter Games updVIII


News Headline: “Olympic Village stocked with 110,000 condoms.”
Which would seem to suggest a new Olympic event.

GovernMania MMXVIII


News Headline: “Congress stumbles toward second shutdown.”
News Headline: “Congress lurches toward midnight shutdown.”
News Headline: “Congress hurtles toward shutdown.”
Getting there is half the fun.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “. . . to exercise their demons. . . .”
News Item: “. . . exercising their demons. . . .”
A reminder that there are some health clubs you will want to avoid.
And Jerry Wiecek, a Chicago reader, asks:
When did store clerks become “guest experience specialists,” and when can we have store clerks back?
And when did good ideas become “strategic initiatives,” and when can we have good ideas back?
And. . . .

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We have seen the present, and it does not work


The military doctrine of “no first use of nuclear weapons” takes the acronym NOFUN.

Dr. QT’s Baby and Child Care

News Headline: ‘Trump wants a grand military parade ‘like the one in France.’ ”
How to avoid this?
Maybe if  we showed him that big truck again. . . .
Maybe if we let him pretend to drive it again. . . .
Sometimes the trick is distraction. . . .