Good morning on Monday, August 3, 2020, which means that we’re back to work, which means in turn that we’re back at home. It’s National Watermelon Day (remember, a 100 g serving has only 30 calories), Grab Some Nuts Day (they are referring to edible nuts), and Clean Your Floors Day.
Today’s Google Doodle, a genre that has become dedicated to empowering the minoritized, celebrates the career of the Filipino-British diver Vicki Draves (1924-2010). Wikipedia gives some details:
Victoria Manalo Draves (December 31, 1924 – April 11, 2010) was an American competition diver who won gold medals in both platform and springboard diving in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.. Draves became the first woman to be awarded gold medals for both the ten-meter platform and the three-meter springboard. Additionally, Draves became the first American woman to win two gold medals in diving, and the first Asian American to win Olympic gold medals.
In yesterday’s poll, a solid majority of readers, as the screenshot below shows, had no problem with Trader Joe’s using proprietary brand names like “Trader Ming’s” and “Trader José’s” for its ethnic foods. Here are the results from early this morning, with a 22-1 ratio of those in favor of keeping rather than ditching the names. Pushback against wokeness!
News of the Day: Kamala Harris appears to be the front-runner as Joe Biden’s choice for a Vice-Presidential candidate, which means that in four years she might be running for President. But now she’s facing accusations that she’s “too ambitious”. SERIOUSLY? Of course all candidates are ambitious, but only a woman would face such criticism.
Do readers think she’ll be Biden’s choice? Others are guessing Elizabeth Warren.
Seriously, they still plan to have a baseball season this year? Now, on top of the virus spreading through the Miami Marlins, it’s hit my own team, the St. Louis Cardinals, who have postponed a three-game series with the MIlwaukee Brewers. Other players are opting out of playing this year. If they can’t even keep baseball safe in empty stadiums and quarantined teams, what chance do colleges have when they reopen this fall with students present? My prediction, which is mine, is that many colleges may open, but will close when the virus takes hold. Further, many colleges may change their minds in the next month about having students come to campus. Remember this prediction!
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 155,333, an increase of about 400 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 689,585, an increase of about 4400 deaths from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on August 3 include:
- 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
- 1527 – The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
It’s not clear how the letter got back to England.
- 1778 – The theatre La Scala in Milan is inaugurated with the première of Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta.
- 1811 – First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
- 1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event.
- 1914 – World War I: Germany declares war against France, while Romania declares its neutrality.
- 1921 – Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirms the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court.
- 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.
Here’s a 4-minute video of a 10-second race, which includes the heat (actually, Owens’s winning time was 10.3 seconds). The current record is held by Usain Bolt, with a time of 9.58 seconds. There of course is a lower limit to the time, as humans are incapable of running the distance in one second.
Hitler was ticked off big time at Owens’s victory, as Der Führer intended the Berlin games to show off the prowess of Aryan athletes.
- 1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.
- 1948 – Whittaker Chambers accuses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
- 1958 – The world’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, becomes the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1887 – Rupert Brooke, English poet (d. 1915)
- 1900 – Ernie Pyle, American soldier and journalist (d. 1945)
- 1900 – John T. Scopes, American educator (d. 1970)
Once again I’ll show my visit to Scopes’s grave in Paducah, Kentucky, as this photo really pisses off the Discovery Institute’s Michael Egnor, who claims that it shows me promoting genocide (the biology book from which Scopes taught for a short time he as a substitute biology teacher apparently had some “rancid eugenic hate” in it, though Scopes didn’t even teach that part):
- 1926 – Tony Bennett, American singer and actor
Bennett is 94 today, and still going strong—and singing. Here’s a great duet he did with Lady Gaga in 2011, when he was 85.
- 1941 – Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
- 1977 – Tom Brady, American football player
Those who became quiescent on August 3 include:
- 1924 – Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British novelist (b. 1857)
- 1954 – Colette, French novelist and journalist (b. 1873)
- 1964 – Flannery O’Connor, American short story writer and novelist (b. 1925)
- 1966 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
- 2004 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer and painter (b. 1908)
Cartier-Bresson is my favorite “street photographer,” a man with a keen eye. Here’s one of my favorites, “Behind the Gare St-Lazare” (1932). He had one shot with his Leica; there were no ways to fire continuously in those days.
- 2010 – Bobby Hebb, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
Here’s one of the best soul songs ever, Hebb’s greatest hit, and deservedly so. The song was written over a two-day period when JFK was assassinated and Hebb’s older brother was stabbed to death.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it’s summer and Hili spends almost all day, and some nights, on the tiles.
Hili: I’m going back to wild nature.A: For long?Hili: I don’t know yet, I will see.
Hili: Wracam do dzikiej natury.Ja: Na długo?Hili: Jeszcze nie wiem, zobaczę.
From reader Reese:
From reader Pliny the in Between’s Far Corner Cafe:
How about an ignorant, right-wing cartoon for a change? This was sent by reader Charles, who noted:
Something different from the ant-science far Right. Ben Garrison is a favorite of tRump, and drew the anti-Fauci faucet cartoon tRump tweeted.
I’ll put the Fauci cartoon below this anti-mask cartoon, in which every claim appears to be false:
Tweets from Matthew. This goes to show that old guys can still do some stuff:
Work smarter, not harderpic.twitter.com/uT7Ptz53gK
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 30, 2020
A lovely mural in Norway:
Bergen, Norway 🇳🇴 pic.twitter.com/fGz4J7HKT1
— Роман Федорцов (@rfedortsov) August 2, 2020
You’ll never again dither over the meaning of “doff” and “don” (assuming you use the words):
I hate English and am in love with it all over again pic.twitter.com/YzPUkpKmXd
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) July 12, 2020
Look at that sheepdog go!
— YorkshireShepherdess (@AmandaOwen8) July 13, 2020
Duckling pried from the egg. You really have to know what you’re doing to effect something like this. Little Squish here was returned to its mom the next day, and in good shape.
— caenhillcc (@caenhillcc) July 13, 2020
A horse-sized backscratcher, used on request only:
Slow to catch on, this human eventually gets the message; “scratch my back please.” pic.twitter.com/EPhkr1sjQm
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) July 12, 2020
Amy Schwartz rescues a tiny baby bat. Have a look at the pics and videos in the whole thread.
Yesterday I told myself I'd take a break from bat care. Have now just agreed to go and pick up a baby bat!
— Amy Schwartz (@lizardschwartz) June 24, 2020
Wandering around the hand pic.twitter.com/CRqfgvZv0c
— Amy Schwartz (@lizardschwartz) June 25, 2020