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 2018 vote count countdown update

News Headline: “Russians penetrated U.S. voting systems, top U.S. official says.”
Is there any dependable countermeasure to stop Russia’s high-tech hackers?
Seems not.
Except for. . . except for maybe. . . .
For Pete’s sake.

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. . . .


The shining город upon a hill

Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt regarding Fox News:
“The network is increasingly engaged in a misinformation campaign aimed directly at the American people for the purposes of sowing confusion and spinning a web of protective armor around the president, who is being investigated.”
Good as far as it goes.
But the word is “disinformation.”
From the Russian дезинформация (“dezinformatsiya”).
As coined by Joseph Stalin–for the title of a Soviet KGB propaganda technique.
Now back to planning that big parade. . . .