Behind the ramparts

Ebola Panic
News Headline: “Ebola panic hits schools, businesses, airlines across the U.S.”
News Headline: “Ebola makes Americans more likely to give up their civil liberties.”
News Headline: “Staind’s Aaron Lewis forgets the words to national anthem.”
While we’re on the subject, are we laying it on a bit these days with “the home of the brave”?

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Smokey Bear
News Headline: “Smokey the Bear turns 70”.
News Headline: “800th birthday celebration planned for the Magna Carta.”
News Headline:  Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday at the White House.”
And as a  birthday present to them all, a reminder:
There is no “the” in Smokey Bear.
There is no “the” in front of Magna Carta.
There is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Happy Birthdays!


With eight days to go. . . .

Ballot Box
News Headline:
“Man who was once arrested for fighting a drag queen while dressed as a KKK member now running for mayor.”
Forget the mayoralty.
The Tea Party may have found a new presidential candidate.

This week’s asteroid

Asteroid Map
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
That was in May.
There have been seven more since then.
This week’s asteroid is 2014 UF56
It was discovered late Saturday.
It will pass between Earth and the moon late today.
And remember to wave.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Obese Dummies
The need has arisen in auto-safety testing for the production of obese crash-test dummies.

Another outbreak

School Shooting
News Headline: “Ebola panic hits schools, businesses, airlines across the U.S.”
News Headline: “Another school shooting: Casualties reported at high school north of Seattle.”
Some epidemics we don’t seem to mind.

Scientific measurements

Comet C-G
New sensor data indicating what Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko would smell like if we could smell it:
“. . .  odor of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulfide), horse stable (ammonia). . . odor of formaldehyde. . .  aroma of hydrogen cyanide. . . whiff of alcohol (methanol). . . aroma of sulfur dioxide. . . .”
And there are 11 days left until the elections, it occurs to QT for some reason.

Everyone needs a hobby

Poison Dart Frog
News Item:
Scientists have discovered a new species of poison dart frog in the Donoso district of Panama. The tiny orange-colored frog, which is as small as a fingernail. . . .”
This follows recent discoveries of tulips with digestive systems, cannibal lemurs, worms with no mouths, fish with penises in their heads, snakes with tentacles and meat-eating sponges.
. . . . as the Intelligent Designer walks slowly away, whistling to himself.

Today’s multicultural insensitivity

Buddy 2
Malaysian columnist Marhaini Kamaruddin condemning an event near Kuala Lumpur that encouraged the touching and petting of dogs:
“I feel that it is not the negative perception Muslims have towards dogs which needs to be corrected, but the negative perception non-Muslims have on why Muslims cannot touch dogs which needs proper explanation and comprehension. Unless we want to purposely cause provocation, there is no need for this type of campaign to be held.”
QT might have had something to say here.
But it suddenly feels the desire to go pet its dog.
And then pet Buddy the dog again.
Whatever negative perceptions that might entail.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

National Mole Day
Today is National Mole Day, after the unit of chemistry, the mole, which is the amount of substance of a system that contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012 kilograms of carbon-12, these entities being molecules, atoms, ions, electrons or other subatomic particles, or groups of particles, the number being 6.02214 X 10 to the 23rd power, or 602.214 billion trillion.