QT Early Warning System

Evaluate Day
Twelve days remain until National Evaluate Your Life Day.

QT trickle-on economics update

Pile of Money
News Headline: “The persistent economic–and political–puzzle: persistently flat wages.”
As a comparison, the wealth of the Walton family, heirs to Wal-Mart, has doubled in the last 30 years.
Wait. OK..
And doubled again.
And doubled again.
And doubled again.
And doubled again.
And doubled again.

How’s that spacey-timey stuff working out for ya?

Stephen Hawking
News Headline: “Creationist Ray Comfort: The Bible says Stephen Hawking is a fool.”
And to think Hawking almost put one over on us.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Playground Swing
Playground swings are being removed from elementary schools in Richland, Wash., because there is the potential for an occasional injury when a child plays on a swing.

A time and a place

St. Louis Protest
News Headline: “Michael Brown protesters interrupt St. Louis Symphony performance.”
The St. Louis Symphony owes the protesters an apology.
How dare it make music when there are people nearby trying to be self-righteous?

They built that

Republicans People
News Headline: “New campaign insists ‘Republicans Are People Too.’ ”
News Headline: “Republicans in ‘Republicans Are People Too’ ad are all stock photos.”
Fair enough.
Republicans Are Con Artists Too.

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 monthly earthquake counts since April have gone from 182 to 135 to 265 to 99 to 207 to 71.
The U.S. Geological Survey classifies these counts as “normal.”
Or as geophysicist Robert B. Smith puts it:
“It’s always exciting.”

You could look it up

QT's Thesaurus
News Item: “. . . Though the survey is not a scientific poll, its findings. . . .”
QT’s Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases & Terms & Expressions & So On:
rubbish, litter, trash, refuse, waste, sweepings, scraps, debris, swill, offal, flotsam and jetsam, dross, dreck, rot, crap, drivel, not a scientific poll

Opposites attract

Michele Machmann
News Headline:
“Michele Bachmann casts herself as the ‘anti-Hillary.’ ”
A perfect choice.
As Hillary Clinton appears to have all her marbles.

Will there be an end to the buttocks shootings?

Man Shot
News Headline: “Bayonne man shot in buttocks in Jersey City.”
News Headline: “Man shot in buttocks in Des Moines barber shop parking lot.”
News Headline: “Two men shot in buttocks in separate incidents in Baltimore.”
News Headline: “Tulsa man shot in buttocks.”
R.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“I hear police are stumped by this crime wave and are reduced to playing a few haunches.”
This just in: A man was shot in the buttocks yesterday as he was walking down a highway near Lilburn, Ga.
And thereby hangs a tail.
QT will stop it now.