Author Archives: Zay Smith

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Chocolate better than cough syrup for coughs, study says.”
News Headline: “Study: Secret of a stable society is beer.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

QT modern corporate gibberish of the week

+ Amryt has acquired Aegerion.
+ Apax has acquired Ximble.

The Trump crime family in the news

News Headline: “Trump appeals court order to hand over finance records.”
News Headline: “Trump walks out on Democrats after 3 minutes.”
News Headline: “Trump actions inviting constitutional crisis ahead.”
Lest we put on airs:
Think of a thief fleeing cops, turning down an alley and desperately tipping  garbage cans in their way as he goes.
This is our constitutional crisis.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

On this day in history 1,334 years ago, the Picts defeated the Northumbrians at the Battle of Nechtansmere, which seemed important at the time.

QT 2020 vote count countdown update

News Headline: “Missouri lawmaker walks back use of term ‘consensual rape.’ ”
News Headline: “Texas lawwaker calls vaccines ‘sorcery.’ ”
Guess which political party.
Go on. Guess.

A republic, if you can keep it

News Headline: “Trump reignites ‘bromance’ with Putin.”
News Headline: Trump overlooks horrors of life under Kim Jong Un.”
News Headline: “Donald Trump’s affection for despots.”
Kids, go get grandpa and ask him what it was like when the United States was the leader of the Free World.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “. . . Nothing yet has seemed to illicit a response from the. . . .”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Elicit spelling there.”
And can it be time for QT’s triennial reminder that what is jury-rigged isn’t always jerry-built?


This just in. . . .

News Headline: “What ‘Game of Thrones’ is really about.”
It was about 63 hours 30 minutes.

QT trickle-on economics update

If the minimum wage had kept pace with Wall Street bonuses over the past decade, it would be $33 an hour.

QT Early Warning System

The nation’s current irony outbreak spread this week to New York City when a worker fell from a billboard advertising a personal-injury law firm.
A new outbreak is expected in Washington D.C. the next time Donald Trump speaks.