QT 2018 vote count countdown update


News Headline: “Republicans, what will it take to be enough?”
News Headline: “Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress.”
Not yet. . . getting there. . .  getting there. . . .

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


There were 108 earthquakes at Yellowstone during January.
But please keep in mnd:
Scientists assure us that the odds against a major eruption within a year are
730,000 to 1.
In other news, a British golf twosome hit holes-in-one at the same hole.
The odds against this happening are 17 million to 1.
“I was delighted,” one of the golfers said.

The national conversation in the news

News Headline: “The number of people using Facebook daily in North America dropped for the first time.”
Like.

As the feds close in. . . .


News Headline: “Fact-checking site crashes during Trump State of the Union.”
News Headline: “FBI warns of ‘grave concerns’ about ‘accuracy’ of GOP Russia memo.”
Nobody knew covering up high crimes and misdemeanors could be so complicated.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item:
“. . . a more granular understanding of. . . .”
News Item: “. . . a more granular look at. . . .”
S.A., a Phoenix reader, wants to know when “detailed” became “granular,” and when can we have “detailed” back?
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that to say “from whence” is to say “from from where”?
Evidently.

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QT news you can use


QT sunspot and solar wind update:
13 and 968,400 mph.

GovernMania MMXVIII


News Headline: “State of the  Union: Trump celebrates economy.”
News Headline:Trump stock market performance eclipsed by Obama and Bush.”
News Headline: “Job growth slows to a six-year low in Trump’s first year.”
News Headline: “Europe’s economy grew faster than the U.S. economy last year.”
Party!

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline: “Obesity’s impact on health-care costs varies by state.”
News Headline: “Three-quarters of Americans started drinking alcohol before age 21.”
News Headline: “Millions of Americans believe God made Trump president.”
Fat. drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, nation.

. . . born every minute


News Headline:
“The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility.”
No findings yet on Trump supporters, according to scientists.

As we await the State of the Союз


News Headline: “Trump’s last speech to Congress was remarkably unremarkable.”
Easy to guess why.
Probably better in the original Russian.