A price of doing business

Drill Bit
News Headline: “Chemicals linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer found at fracking sites.”
News Headline: “Fracking emission carcinogens found in Denton playgrounds.”
News Headline: “Fracking company produces pink drill bits in the name of breast-cancer research.”
It is a skill to be admired, in a way, keeping a straight face.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Carmen Smoking
The West Australian Opera has canceled planned performances of “Carmen” because it takes place around a cigarette factory and portrays smoking.

Send in the. . . .

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News Headline:
“Horrifying clown stalks New York borough.”
News Headline: “Mysterious clowns appear at night in California town.”
News Headline: “Tea Party support down from 2010 peak, but stable overall.”
And we see evidence of it from coast to coast.

The robber was perfectly within his
Second Amendment rights

Open Carry
News Item: ” A man practicing his open-carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying. . . .”
The gun was stolen at gunpoint.
Sometimes life is fair.

A republic, if you can keep it

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
The city of Ferguson, Mo., after all the shouting protests against an unrepresentative government that mistreats its population, has registered a total of 128 new voters.

Exceptions to the rule

Jesus with Dinosaur
News Item: “The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Ohio public school science teacher who was fired for promoting the theory of creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom. . . .”
Another in a series of occasional news stories to reassure us that the world hasn’t yet gone completely mad.
Not yet.
Not completely.

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.