These things happen



News Headline: “Dark matter could send asteroids crashing into Earth.”
Wait. Take it easy.
Chances are we wouldn’t even see it coming.
So there isn’t anything to worry about.

Democracy in traction

News Headline: “House passes Ryan budget with big cuts to foods stamps, Medicaid, student aid.”
News Headline: “House votes to give D.C. more penthouses.”
C’mon, Tea Party.
The least you can do is be a little more subtle.

Shocked, shocked, to find that. . . .

Cliven Bundy

Donald Sterling

News Headline: “Cliven Bundy’s racism should have been easy to predict.”
News Headline: “LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life.”
Good. Now we can go back to waiting to be wildly astonished at the next public figure to let his racism slip.

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Redmond High School in Redmond, Ore., has named 29 valedictorians.

And maybe a couple of other reasons

News Headline: “Head injury turns man into math whiz.”
News Headline: “Math error halts Bank of America’s stock buyback and dividend increase.”
We might want to consider lining up all the bank executives on Wall Street and slapping each in the face.
You know. To help with the math.

Keep digging and you’ll find Pong



News Headline: “Film crew finds Atari ET games in New Mexico archaeological dig.”
Archaeologists finding video games?
Feeling a little older now, are we?

The Not Me Decade, in which everybody else is responsible for everything, continues

A Canadian driver who was speeding and talking on a cell phone when she hit and killed a bicycling teenager has sued the teenager’s family for $1.35 million because of emotional trauma she suffered as a result of killing the teenager.

Who, the People?

We the People


News Headline: “The U.S. is not a democracy but an oligarchy, study concludes.”
B.R., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Oligarchy? Isn’t the better word plutocracy?”
Neither word.
We live in a nation where the wealthiest few increasingly run the show and engage in many corrupt practices, which they largely get away with.
This is because we, the people, have repeatedly voted in ways that allow this to happen.
So we’re talking about a vibrant democracy.


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:

Peter Cervelli, a volcano expert at the U.S. Geological Survey, reassured the public this  week by predicting there won’t be a major eruption ‘”for the next ten thousands of years,” adding:
“We are always prepared to be surprised.”
And who doesn’t like a good surprise?

Clap on, clap off

News Headline: “Scientists develop an ‘off switch’ for brain.”
News Headline: “Sarah Palin: Waterboarding is how I’d ‘baptize terrorists’ as president.”
And the switch seems to work like a charm.