From Poor QT’s Almanack

Xerox 914
On this day in history 29 years ago the original Xerox 914 was presented to the Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution, and you saw this coming, didn’t you.

Dog days of summer plus 8

Dog Days
S.S., a Minneapolis reader, regarding  QT’s asking its readers to stop playing word games with the news that a Minnesota town has elected a dog as its mayor, writes:
“Enough is enough, pooch-chance?”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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And it makes such good TV. . . .

Ferguson
News Headline: “Sen. McCaskill on Ferguson: ‘We’re going to get all the facts.’ ”
No.
It’s too soon to find out all the facts.
We haven’t finished mindlessly reinforcing every negative stereotype imaginable about both police and minorities yet.

Modern education + the criminal mind =

A man called police in Butte, Mont., to report that a prostitute at a strip club had refused to provide the sex he had paid $350 for.

What if. . . .

110211-O-XX000-001
News Headline: “How DOD’s $1.5 trillion F-35 broke the Air Force
News Headline: ” ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ raises millions for ALS Association.”
Think for a moment of a world where medical researchers are given all the money they need–and generals have to take ice-buckets over the head to buy jet fighters.

Famous last words

Tossed Salad

News Headline: “Plants may use language to communicate with each other,
Virginia Tech researcher finds.”
Or as the tomato vine said to the lettuce plant:
“God help us! He has a salad spinner!”

Dog days of summer plus 7

Dog Days
+ Kevin Smith, a Nashville, Tenn., reader, regarding  QT’s asking its readers to stop playing word games with news that a Minnesota town has elected a dog as its mayor, writes:
“Do you think it’s the dog’s intention to fleas the town?”
+ Mike Wolstein, a Park Ridge, Ill., reader, writes:
“Could we please cur tail this?”
+ R.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Fido your readers keep doing this?”
Stop it.
Behave.
Or QT will have to get ruff.

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A republic, if you can keep it

Polling Place
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has recommended to the City Council that people who don’t pay any attention to elections be offered lotteries for cash prizes as an incentive to vote.

World News Not Tonight

World News
News Headline: “Ebola out of control: Quarantines, hunger and death in Liberia.”
News Headline: “Ukraine army pushes into rebel stronghold of Luhansk.”
News Headline: “Kurds move to retake dam as U.S. bombs weaken ISIS.”
A few updates for those watch cable TV news and are unaware anything is happening  in the world outside of Ferguson, Mo.

Sweatshops for a slimmer you

Wage Graph
News Headline: “July jobs report: Stagnant wages.”
News Headline: “Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. workers go without paid time off.”
If only there were some way for workers to join together as a group and demand decent pay and benefits. . . .