June is here! Yes, it’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and now my campus is locked down for two reasons: pandemics and riots. Previously, non-essential workers were allowed to physically be on campus grounds, so we had plenty of “civilian” visitors to Botany Pond. But the Provost and Police have indicated that nobody but people allowed to be here to work are to be on campus. A note from the Provost includes this (note that public transportation in Chicago is suspended as well!)
We are carefully monitoring the situation with protests occurring across Chicago and many neighborhoods, including Hyde Park. These protests are expected to continue into the evening, and a city-wide curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. Metra, CTA and, in turn, University Shuttles, are temporarily suspended.
Out of an abundance of caution, the University is limiting access to all campus and University of Chicago facilities to only the most essential personnel on Monday, June 1.
This is the first time since I arrived in 1986 that I have seen the campus physically closed in its entirety save for those allowed to be working on campus. So far only a tiny bit of violence has hit Hyde Park (store windows broken and so on, clearly by Antifa or other provocatuers, lol), but the main demonstrations and attendant vandalism has been largely confined to the Loop, where it will get the most attention.
Here are the food designations for June:
National Candy Month
National Dairy Month
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
National Iced Tea Month
National Papaya Month
First Friday in June: National Donut Day
News of the Day: Really bad. Protests have erupted in at least 140 American cities over the death of George Floyd. As usual, many protestors are peaceful but there has been lots of violence, too, and the police have participated. Two Atlanta officers were fired for using stun guns when dragging two teenagers out of a car. Violence by protestors has been reported in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. (where the White House is beleaguered), and Denver. A man in Minneapolis was arrested for trying to drive a tanker truck through a crowd of protestors, though, thank Ceiling Cat, nobody was hurt. The country is melting down. A friend has attributed at least some part of the violence to frustrations and anger from the pandemic, which sounds reasonable, as the reaction is not only excessive, but continuing.
Stuff that happened on June 1 include:
This is recorded on the Exchequer Rolls, with Cor’s mention below:
The entry in question in this instance records: “To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.”
If you can find the exact entry here, good luck!
- 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England.
She was beheaded around the age of 36 since Henry wanted to marry Jane Seymour.
- 1812 – War of 1812: U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom.
- 1857 – Charles Baudelaire‘s Les Fleurs du mal is published.
Here’s the poet himself:
I lecture about this last trip (mostly about the science they did) in my trip to Antarctica last year. Scott made it to the Pole, only to find that Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian team had beaten him there by a month. All the members of Scott’s five-man Pole Team died on the way back to base. Here they are posing disconsolately at the South Pole after they discovered that they’d been beaten. Scott is back row, center:
- 1916 – Louis Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
- 1962 – Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel.
- 1964 – Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta (1897 – 22 August 1978) as its first President (1964 to 1978).
- 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine.
As I gather, medical advice has decided that the Heimlich maneuver is no longer always the best way to save a choking victim; sometimes one could hit the victim on the back. Here’s a video of the original HM and the alternative, which seems easier. As always, do your own research, as this is only one video.
- 2001 – Nepalese royal massacre: Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shoots and kills several members of his family including his father and mother.
- 2004 – Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols is sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of a parole, breaking a Guinness World Record.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1801 – Brigham Young, American religious leader, 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1877)
- 1917 – William Standish Knowles, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)
- 1926 – Andy Griffith, American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
- 1926 – Marilyn Monroe, American model and actress (d. 1962)
- 1934 – Pat Boone, American singer-songwriter and actor
- 1937 – Morgan Freeman, American actor and producer
Those who kicked off on June 1 include:
- 1927 – Lizzie Borden, American accused murderer (b. 1860)
- 1941 – Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English author (b. 1884)
- 1960 – Paula Hitler, German-Austrian sister of Adolf Hitler (b. 1896)
Here’s Adolf’s younger sister Paula; I don’t see much of a family resemblance:
- 1971 – Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian and academic (b. 1892)
- 2008 – Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, founded Saint Laurent Paris (b. 1936)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows an unwarranted confidence.
Hili: I can fly!A: Be careful!Hili: If you’ve chickened out you’re more likely to fall.
Hili: Umiem fruwać!
Hili: Strachliwi spadają częściej.
And here is Szaron making his way along the roof. Is he also preparing to fly?
A meme from Bruce Thiel:
From Jesus of the Day:
Also from Jesus of the Day:
A tweet from Titania:
There is no such thing as right-wing women, only left-wing women and pseudo-women.
Any woman who accuses Biden is pro-Trump and is therefore right-wing and NOT a woman.
That’s why we believe ALL women, so long as they’re not women who accuse the wrong men.
I hope that’s clear. pic.twitter.com/uGX7Z8OCyb
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) May 18, 2020
From reader Barry. Now I don’t know what the hell this thing is, but I’m betting it comes from Madagascar. Does anybody care to enlighten us?
Have you seen my keys? pic.twitter.com/oRL7k5fwbH
— Good Vibes (@naturaltings) May 17, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. Is the first one showing a d*g enjoying playing “stringie” with a cat?
Interspecies friendship of the day. pic.twitter.com/EFWwyaHeKk
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) May 16, 2020
This fungus that creates “zombie ants” by altering their behavior was a classic story in parasitism, but there’s a new finding about how it works, and it’s even cooler. Imagine the evolution of a fungal pattern of invasion that controls the ant’s behavior by controlling its muscle cells. It turns the ant into a marionette!
It’s so cool that I reproduce the PNAS abstract here:
Some microbes possess the ability to adaptively manipulate host behavior. To better understand how such microbial parasites control animal behavior, we examine the cell-level interactions between the species-specific fungal parasite Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato and its carpenter ant host (Camponotus castaneus) at a crucial moment in the parasite’s lifecycle: when the manipulated host fixes itself permanently to a substrate by its mandibles. The fungus is known to secrete tissue-specific metabolites and cause changes in host gene expression as well as atrophy in the mandible muscles of its ant host, but it is unknown how the fungus coordinates these effects to manipulate its host’s behavior. In this study, we combine techniques in serial block-face scanning-electron microscopy and deep-learning–based image segmentation algorithms to visualize the distribution, abundance, and interactions of this fungus inside the body of its manipulated host. Fungal cells were found throughout the host body but not in the brain, implying that behavioral control of the animal body by this microbe occurs peripherally. Additionally, fungal cells invaded host muscle fibers and joined together to form networks that encircled the muscles. These networks may represent a collective foraging behavior of this parasite, which may in turn facilitate host manipulation.
Sweet find Nancy!! Turns out the fungus doesn't actually control the ant's brain, it leaves it intact and instead creates a new network of fungal cells that control the ants muscle fibers! Even more cruel than we thought haha https://t.co/nayDB53zXq
— Andy Better (@andy_better) May 9, 2020
This is ineffably peaceful. Nature is one of the best palliatives during the pandemic, and it can’t infect us. I have my ducks for this:
Just filmed during my walk in the woods. pic.twitter.com/KQtKUv0TjO
— David Sandum (@DavidSandum) May 30, 2020
A beautiful fly that mimics a hornet (and parasitizes hornets):
I fished this little angel out of a stream in Broxbourne Woods today. The staggeringly beautiful endoparasite Conops vesicularis – Hornet Grabber. This audacious bugger latches onto the abdomen of a HORNET and stuffs an egg in between the tergites.@HMWTBadger @BBCSpringwatch pic.twitter.com/NHC8hRPMDb
— Gail Ashton (@gailashton) May 30, 2020
There’s been some interesting biology in this thread, and here’s one more bit. Did you know there are fish-eating bats that forage in the sea? Be sure to play the video.
— Annette Fayet (@AnnetteFayet) May 30, 2020