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QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office


Four asteroids were discovered in the first week of September as they passed between Earth and the moon.
Three asteroids were discovered in the second week as they passed between Earth and the moon.
Two asteroids–2018 SM and 2018 SC–were discovered in the third week as they passed between Earth and the moon.
So we’re getting safer and safer.

In other news. . . .


News Headline: “Bus drivers’ union threatens strike over driverless buses.”
Note to bus drivers threatening to protest driverless buses by leaving buses driverless:
Your strategy may need a little tweaking.

Women’s rights in the news


News Headline:
“Evangelical leaders want Republicans to crucify Christine Blasey Ford.”
No. Crucifixion is a bit much, even for today’s Republicans.
News Headline: “Rape victim in India asked to balance heavy rock on head to prove her ‘purity.’ ”
There. That’s more like it.

Day 609, America held hostage


News Headline:
“Cuts to cancer research, Head Start and women’s shelters among $226 million diverted to pay for child detention.”
Somewhere the national anthem is being played.
Feel free to kneel on one knee.

The Party of Lincoln 2.0 in the news


News Headline:
“Congressman jokes that Ruth Bader Ginsberg was molested by Lincoln.”
Quick.
Which party?
Just kidding.
We know there is only one party these days that can see the humor in sexual assault.

QT all’s well that ends walls update


News Headline:
“Trump urged Spain to build a wall across the Sahara to stop migrants.”
Spain has no plans to build a wall.
Spain isn’t that dim.
News Headline: “Trump blasts Congress over ‘ridiculous’ spending bill: ‘Where is the money for the wall?’ ”
And maybe, just maybe, neither are we.

Second Amendment solutions in the news


News Headline:
“Workplace mass shooting in Maryland is the third in 24 hours.”
Shock and sorrow, thoughts and prayers, flowers on sidewalks, and now repeat, shock and sorrow, thoughts and prayers, flowers on sidewalks, and now repeat, shock and sorrow, thoughts and. . . .  

Civilization as we know it in the news


News Headline: “U.S. Air Force plans massive expansion to take on Russia and China.”
For those keeping track of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline:
“Trump’s résumé is rife with mob connections.”
News Headline: Trump’s worldwide empire is rife with sleaze.”
K.R, a Baltimore reader, wonders if the word “rife” isn’t becoming just a little too rife in news stories.
Maybe.
But QT will take it, as long as the rifeness has to do with Donald Trump’s mob connections and sleaze.
Then again:
Have you noticed how the word “ubiquitous” is popping up everywhere these days?
Meanwhile:
Nick Wyatt of CNN reports from the North Carolina floods:
“The situation is still fluid on the ground.”

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QT modern corporate gibberish of the week


Vident has increased its holdings in Validus.
Twilio has acquired Ytica.