Author Archives: Zay Smith

QT Summer Travel Advisory


Tourists visiting the square at Rustaveli Street in Moscow can now view a monument to Soviet-era processed cheese.

QT trickle-on economics update


News Headline: “This is how the Trump administration will privatize our infrastructure.”
Whenever you see the word “privatize” in a headline, substitute the word “loot.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

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

An “energetic sequence” of seismic activities at Yellowstone has now reached more than 430 earthquakes since June 12.
But most of the earthquakes are smallish.
And scientists reassure us that the odds against a major eruption within a year are 730,000 to 1.
In other news, a farmer in Rusper, England, is celebrating the birth of quintuplet lambs, beating odds of a million to 1.
“It’s quite unusual,” he said.

GovernMania MMXVII


News Headline: “Donald Trump’s border wall: A progress report.”
Think of the story as Today’s Chuckle.

QT Latest Carjacker Who Didn’t Know How to Work a Stick Shift Worldwide Pinpoint Locator


2:45 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the intersection of Norton Street and Holden Street in
Sydney, Australia.

Blocks, stones and less than senseless things in the news


News Headline:
 ‘Julius Caesar’ interrupted again by pro-Trump protesters.”
News Headline: “Trump supporters are now harassing random theaters that bear Shakespeare’s name.”
Don’t know much  about this Shakespeare.
But he’s not one of us.
Not even an American.
And he writes funny.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline:  “Afghanistan at an inflection point.”
When did turning points become inflection points, and when can we have turning points back?
News Headline:  “Town Center visioning process enters new phase.”
And when did planning become a visioning process, and when can we have planning back?
And. . . .

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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


An “energetic sequence” of 30 earthquakes magnitude 2 and larger hit Yellowstone late last week as part of a sudden swarm of more than 230 quakes.
But scientists reassure us that this is “fairly normal.”

Russian assets in the news


News Headline:
“Kellyanne Conway: Imagine if mainstream media said ‘ISIS’ as much
as ‘Russia.’ ”
Wait. Does Donald Trump owe money to ISIS, too?

This just in. . . .


News Headline: “Hangs by teeth over Niagara Falls.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.