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In other news. . . .


News Headline:
“North Korea likely has more plutonium than thought.”
As we look toward a day when our nuclear powers have more thought than plutonium.

. . . born every minute

News Headline:“Trump’s magic words: ‘A lot of people don’t know that.’ ”
News Headline: “Russia developments have little effect on Trump’s base.”
A reminder that a lot of people aren’t even sure what day it is.

Russian assets in the news

News Headline: “Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in room.”
Next fad:
How many subversive plotters can be stuffed into a phone booth?

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Women’s Motorcycle Month.

Frontiers of science


News Headline: “NASA to slam a spaceship into asteroid for practice.”
News Headline: “Engineers to simulate a 6.7 earthquake at UC San Diego.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Meanwhile, Jeff Corder, a Chicago reader, wants you to know that a 75,000-mile-wide hole opened this week on the sun.
But scientists say it is probably no reason for concern.
Even if it is still growing.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Excerpts from the script of the new CBS network series
“Salvation”:
+ “Scientists need to be observant, especially when investigating new phenomena.”
+ “That’s your supposition–hardly proof that your data are correct.”
Almost no one correctly uses “phenomena” as the plural of “phenomenon” anymore.
And almost no one correctly uses “data” as a plural.
Which isn’t to mention that the show is about an asteroid heading for Earth.
Who says TV isn’t educational?

QT Bureau of Waits and Half-Measures


News Item: “An iceberg the size of Delaware. . . holds twice the water used in the United States every year. . .   2,200 square miles. . .  volume is twice that of Lake Erie. . . .”
Or think of the weight of 3.8 trillion baby grand pianos, if you are still trying to visualize it.

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline: “Trump’s voter-suppression efforts have begun.”
News Headline: “Man pleads guilty to shooting bald eagle, driving over it.”
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.

High crimes and misdemeanors in the news


News Headline: “Trump heads back to Europe for Bastille Day.”
The Bastille is long gone.
Another  missed chance to lock him up.

QT Man-Bites-Dog Worldwide Pinpoint Locator


As of the ninth dog day of summer, there have been no reports of a man biting a dog.
But a woman bit another woman at the Peter Luger Steakhouse in New York City.
There are 31 dog days to go.