Another “work week” has begun: it’s Monday, June 22, 2020, and we’ll soon be into July. It’s National Chocolate Eclair Day, National Onion Rings Day (I love these!) and National Take Your Cat To Work Day®, which occurs in the first Monday of the third full week in June, and comes with a registered trademark sign. But who takes their cat to work? For many people working at home, their cat is already at work. The concept of “work” is foreign to a cat anyway.
“Here’s the bad part … when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people; you’re going to find more cases,” Trump told his supporters. “So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.”
The White House, as ever, is pretending it was a joke, but that is a lie. Why on earth would you not want to find more cases?
The American Museum of Natural History is removing the well-known statue of Theodore Roosevelt from in front of the building because it depicts native people as subjugated, walking below a Roosevelt who sits atop his horse. Here’s a photo of it:
Stuff that happened on June 22 include:
- 1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe in the form he presented it in, after heated controversy.
- 1839 – Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot are assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.
- 1911 – George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Here’s a Pathé video of the coronation:
- 1940 – World War II: France is forced to sign the Second Compiègne armistice with Germany, in the same railroad car in which the Germans signed the Armistice in 1918.
This was of course an attempt to humiliate the French. Here are German soldiers preparing the second surrender venue with the railroad car:
- 1942 – The Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted by US Congress.
- 1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
- 1948 – King George VI formally gives up the title “Emperor of India”, half a year after Britain actually gave up its rule of India.
- 1969 – The Cuyahoga River catches fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- 1986 – The famous Hand of God goal, scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England, ignites controversy. This was later followed by the Goal of the Century. Argentina wins 2–1 and later goes on to win the World Cup.
Here’s the Hand of God goal, clearly a handball by Maradona, and I think all soccer experts now recognize this. Had it been disallowed, there’s no telling whether Argentina would have won the game or the World Cup.
And, here, four minutes later, the “Goal of the Century”, truly a fantastic (and legal) goal, though it’s the kind of stuff we see regularly from Messi:
I went through Checkpoint Charlie when I was a teenager living in Heidelberg, Germany (my father was in the Army, stationed there) and my father took us on a trip to Berlin (driving through East Germany on the autobahn), and then into East Berlin. At the time, American officers in uniform could bring in their families for a one-day touristic visit. I don’t remember much save that the eastern side of Berlin was much shabbier and more depressing than the western side.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1837 – Paul Morphy, American chess player (d. 1884)
- 1887 – Julian Huxley, English biologist and academic (d. 1975)
- 1903 – John Dillinger, American criminal (d. 1934)
- 1933 – Dianne Feinstein, American politician
- 1936 – Kris Kristofferson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
Here’s Kristofferson performing one of his most famous songs, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (he wrote it), seen by many country singers as the paradigmatic country song. The performance is at the Johnny Cash memorial concert, which was in 2003, when Kristofferson was 67.
- 1947 – Pete Maravich, American basketball player (d. 1988)
- 1949 – Meryl Streep, American actress and singer
- 1960 – Erin Brockovich, American lawyer and environmentalist.
Those who enjoyed the eponymous movie starring Julia Roberts in one of her best roles (she won a Best Actress award for it) will want to see the real Erin Brockovitch, here talking about the unexpected fame she got when the movie came out.
Those whose lives were eradicated on June 22 include:
- 1965 – David O. Selznick, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1902)
- 1969 – Judy Garland, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
- 1993 – Pat Nixon, American educator, 37th First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
- 2008 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor, and author (b. 1937)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has plopped herself atop Andrzej’s desk:
A: Could you think in some other place?Hili: No, here is the best place to think.
Ja: Czy mogłabyś myśleć w jakimś innym miejscu?
Hili: Nie, tu jest najlepsze miejsce na myślenie.
From Jesus of the Day:
A drawing by Jean Greenberg of my ducks dabbling:
A tweet from Ken, who comments, “This week, apparently to commemorate upcoming Father’s Day, Donald John Trump, Sr., sat down for a hard-hitting video interview with his eldest offspring, Donald John Trump, Jr. Here is the ‘most important”‘inquiry that Junior had for Senior”. This is a much-watch!
Donald Trump Jr.: "Will you let us know if there's aliens? … Will you ever open up Roswell?"
President Trump: "So many people ask me that question." pic.twitter.com/9PpHrjfVub
— The Hill (@thehill) June 19, 2020
Tweets from Matthew:
OMG I had no idea caracals could do this!
Kora the caracal kitten has perfected her ear flick.
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) June 21, 2020
No, this isn’t a jellyfish, but a “sprite” that looks like one. It’s a form of atmospheric lightning that occurs high above the clouds.
Massive Jellyfish sprite up close from Kansas storms last night . 06/21/20 0415UTC. Every year for last 3 years I have managed good sprites on Fathers day. Good tradition 🙂 #okwx #kswx @stormhour @ASIM_Payload @NASA pic.twitter.com/4xFaqsaHld
— Paul M Smith (@PaulMSmithPhoto) June 21, 2020
From Nicky Bay, a stunning example of camouflage via clutter:
In my previous post, I shared a cropped view of a masked assassin bug nymph showing only its eyes. This assassin bug layers itself with debris to break its outline and camouflage itself.
p/s: Colour balance grossly messed up, hadn't touched my camera in half a year! pic.twitter.com/CwgvhKcl4P
— Nicky Bay (@singaporemacro) June 21, 2020
Trump unplugged. It ain’t pretty!
As reporters, we tend to spend a lot of time editing what Donald Trump says down to a few key quotes. Some readers think we do that to make him look bad, when in fact it makes him sound way more like a normal person. Here is Trump, unedited, in full https://t.co/ecHMVzkx83
— Sam Clench (@SamClench) June 21, 2020
A remarkable example of a moth mimicking a hornet: an example of Batesian mimicry. No respectable bird would come near this thing!
Note the way it holds its wings to increase the similarity to a hornet (which folds its wings longways). https://t.co/ndxcjgGfdU
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) June 21, 2020
Matthew tweeted more about the moth this morning:
More on that hornet moth mimic – even its behaviour (fast wingbeat, take off) is like a hornet, not a moth. The power of natural selection! https://t.co/QAqv3e32Na
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) June 22, 2020
A goalie doing a stupid move to try to distract the penalty kicker. It didn’t work:
— Football Shithousery (@FootyRustling) June 16, 2020
A storm, presumably photographed from the ISS, with the sun setting:
Sunset on a storm. pic.twitter.com/e5zkgaylbg
— Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) June 20, 2020