A republic, if you can keep it


Donald Trump in Singapore regarding  Kim Jong Un:
“His country does love him. His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor,”
That’s the trouble with places like, say, Canada.
Lack fervor.

Hitting it off


News Headline: “Trump says he talked up North Korea’s real estate, beachside hotel opportunities in Kim Jong Un meeting.”
Right. Beachside for the hotels.
Best to keep death camps set back a bit.

Gaudeamus igitur


+ Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., has named 25 valedictorians.
+ Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has named 44 valedictorians.
+ Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Okla., has named 82  valedictorians.
We can stop now.
The commencements are concluding.
Happy graduation, valedictorians!
And to the scattering of high school seniors who aren’t!

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “Television networks, viewers, readers and restauranteurs are paying tribute to Anthony Bourdain. . . .”
This report is from CNN.
We can only guess. But a good guess is that Bourdain would have mentioned to his network that it is not “restauranteur,” but “restaurateur.”

Frontiers of science


News Item:
“. . . United States has unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer. . . .  can perform 200 thousand trillion calculations each second. . . .”
A reminder of how we arrive at such a number:
It is measured using either binary arithmetical calculations in the floating-point unit or the average time for a micro-instruction to be run by a processor collectively across all the pipelines in one time slice.
In other words:
Aren’t we taking the computer’s word for it?

The annals of diplomacy in the news


News Headline: “Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore.”
The hope is that he can teach Donald Trump to act like an adult.

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators


Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has named 44 valedictorians.
And nine salutatorians.

Limitations of statues. . . .


News Headline: “Does the U.S. keep immigrant children in cages?”
And finally time to change the inscription:

                  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
                            I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

                                              Ha. Just Kidding.

In other news. . . .


News Headline:State Department spokeswoman uses D-Day as an example of long relationship with Germany.”
Almost better when they’re lying than trying to get it right.
Less embarrassing for all concerned.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “. . . involves flying up to 50,000 km, circumventing the world. . . .”
News Item: “. . . the first person to circumvent the Earth. . . .”
And aren’t there days when you wish you could have?