Author Archives: Zay Smith

QT trickle-on economics update

News Headline: “Tampa activists arrested for feeding the homeless.”
What would Jesus do?
In Tampa, about 30 days.

QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office

2017 AZ3 was discovered today.
It will barely miss us tomorrow, passing just outside the moon’s orbit.
Thirteen days remain until Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
As we look longingly to the sky.

Climate change and other Chinese hoaxes in the news

News Headline: “Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt.”
News Headline: “Potential for collapse of key Atlantic current rises.”
News Headline: “Polar vortex is back and it’s going to get ugly.”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
climatology noun 1. the study of climates and their phenomena. 2. the phenomena these days including air pollution that causes warmer arctic temperatures. 3. which are melting the ice into the sea. 4. which can weaken Atlantic currents that normally bring warmth to temperate regions. 3. which can trigger polar vortexes and potentially an Ice Age. 4. which is  the sequence of events in the the disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow.” 5. And who knew the Intelligent Designer was a film buff?

The shining locker-room upon a hill

News Headline: “Trump taps Wall Street insider as finance industry watchdog.”
Titulo de Noticias: “Trump escolhe advogado de Wall Street para liderar regular a bolsa.”
Better to take the news these days in Portuguese.
Seems somehow less alarming.

The decline of Western Civilization, such as it is,
in the news

News Headline: “Trump breaks promise to reveal secret info on Russian hacks by Wednesday.”
Note to editors:
It is not news when Donald Trump breaks a promise.
It is news when he keeps one.

QT news you can use

Sunspot counts for the past eight days:  0, 11, 11, 0, 0, 11, 0, 0.
The trend is apparent.

In other news. . . .

News Headline: “Ryan Seacrest gets trapped in an elevator.”
News Headline: “Sarah Jessica Parker gets trapped in an elevator.”
A reminder that these things happen in threes.
. . . if it is a slow enough news week.

. . . born every minute

News Headline: “Trump voters explain themselves.”
Note to Trump voters:
Don’t even try.
You’ll only embarrass yourselves further.

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

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration 15 days away, Yellowstone remains quiet, with no warning signs of a catastrophic eruption.
So there is no hope.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

News Headline: “Is Donald Trump a fascist?”
News Headline: “Historian: Trump ‘not principled enough to be a fascist.’ ”
So that’s a relief.
OK. Not really.