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.

WRITE TO QT:  qt@zaysmith.com

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 trickle-on economics update


News Item: The U.S. Senate released a revised health-care plan Thursday that maintains some tax cuts on the wealthy but allows health insurers to offer skimpier plans. . . .”
So the wealthiest might not see all the tax cuts they want.
Or put it another way.
Note to the rest of the nation:
The muggers take your wallet.
But you get to keep your watch.

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.

From the QT Archive of Knowledge

+ The letter Z appears 77 times in the Polish national anthem.
+ Big Ben is the bell, not the tower or the clock.

GovernMania MMXVII


News Headline: “Trump lawyer: President was aware of  ‘nothing.’ ” 
Shhhh.
We’re supposed to pretend he’s aware of some things.