Author Archives: Zay Smith

International crime families in the news

News Headline:Trump says no punishment for Saudi prince over journalist’s murder: ‘Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump hugs Saudis, calls world ‘a very dangerous place.’ ”
How true.
The world has its dangers.
Somebody doesn’t play ball.
Somebody gets hurt.
Sometimes very badly.
Leave the Declaration of Human Rights.
Take the cannoli.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Lecturers at Leeds Trinity University in Britain have been told to avoid using the word “don’t” in instructions because negativity can cause anxiety in more sensitive students.

The magic of the free marketplace in the news

News Headline: “Pfizer to raise prices on 41 drugs in January.”
Here is the difference between Big Pharma and a drug pusher hanging out on a stoop:
Big Pharma has a marketing budget.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “It’s now cheaper to build a new windfarm than to keep a coal plant running.”
For those interested in the most important news story this week that no one is paying attention to.

Special offer

News Headline: “Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses.”
QT renews its offer:
Put QT in charge of your corporation.
QT will singlehandedly push it into bankruptcy in six months, guaranteed.
And it will ask a bonus of only $1 million.
Why are there no takers?

This just in. . . .

News Headline: “Florida man strips naked, eats noodles and plays bongos at restaurant.”
K.W., a Denver reader, finds this as reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.


We have seen the present, and it does not work

The Women’s Resource Center at
Eastern Michigan University has banned productions of “The Vagina Monologues” because the play is not inclusive of transgender women who were born without vaginas.

It’s a little-known fact that. . . .

News Headline:
“Trump says not raking leaves is a bigger cause of California wildfires than climate change.”
This is where we are now:
Give Cliff Clavin a few million dollars, and we have our president.

From the QT news ticker

News Headline:
“Can American democracy come back?”
News Headline: “Did New York and Virginia overpay for Amazon?”
News Headline: “Can Trump survive an economic bust?”
News Headline: “Will Republicans find their courage to stand up to Trump?”
Yes, yes, no,  ha.
See how easy?

This just in. . . .

News Item:
“. . .  Canada has no national data on the origin of guns used to commit crimes. So police cannot tell how many are smuggled in from the United States. . . .”
Lest we forget that the United States is Canada’s Mexico.