With 19 days to go. . . .

US-POLITICS-ECONOMY-BUDGET
News Headline: “House Dems in retreat.”
Best to stay with what you know.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Dog and Pony
Mike Wolstein, a Park Ridge, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s noting that, considering news reports of political tightropes and diplomatic juggling acts and budget merry-go-rounds, we must be having more fun than we thought, writes:
“I ‘m enjoying the dog-and-pony shows.”
Enjoy them while you can, as there is now a ticking time bomb riding the tiger toward a cliff.

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San Andreas Fault
From a report this week by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America regarding the San Andreas Fault:
“. . . .Estimates of fraction locked, the ratio of moment accumulation rate to loading rate, on each section of the fault system provide a uniform means to inform source parameters relevant to seismic-hazard assessment. From its mean creep rates, we infer the main branch (the San Andreas Fault) ranges from only 20%±10% locked on its central creeping section to 99%–100% on the north coast. From mean accumulation rates, we infer that four urban faults appear to have accumulated enough seismic moment to produce major earthquakes: the northern Calaveras (M 6.8), Hayward (M 6.8), Rodgers Creek (M 7.1), and Green Valley (M 7.1). The latter three faults are nearing or past their mean recurrence interval.”
For those who wonder how geophysicists go about saying: “Uh-oh.”

More from the eco-lefties. . . .

Climate Change
Al Gore warning again this week about climate change:
“We refer to climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of  the challenges we are dealing with today–from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts.”
Then again, what do you expect from your typical liberal–
No. Wait.
Those are the words of a new preparedness report from the Pentagon.
Sorry.

People are people, too

Sistine Chapel
News Headline: “Gays have ‘gifts and qualities to offer,’ says groundbreaking papal document.”
The Vatican perhaps having  noticed, finally, among other things, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

A difference between Saudi Arabia and South Carolina being that South Carolina has more guns

Courtroom
News Headline: “South Carolina prosecutors say ‘stand your ground’ doesn’t apply to victims of domestic violence.”
As South Carolina works toward the day when guns are everywhere but a man can still attack his wife in peace.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Dryer Vent Safety Awareness Month.

Frontiers of science

Scientist at Work
News Headline: “Researchers synthesize ferromagnetic superconducting compound amenable to chemical modificaiton.”
And it’s about time, isn’t it?

QT Exploding Cell Phone Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Exploding Cell Phone
Saturday, October 4, on a city bus, in Nanchong, China.

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

Yellowstone Caldera
A scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey wants to reassure you that Yellowstone ground movement to the south and east and a recent 4.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in 30 years,  are “likely unrelated.”