Saturday: Hili dialogue

We’re rushing toward September: it’s Saturday, August 29, 2020. Actually, today (not yesterday, as I mistakenly reported) is National Chop Suey Day, but we’d best leave that execrable concoction behind. The real holidays today include Lemon Juice DayMore Herbs, Less Salt Day, and International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

News of the Day: The major news include a huge march on Washington for racial justice yesterday (the anniversary of Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech).

It was revealed that Jacob Blake, the man shot in the back in Kenosha (and paralyzed from the waist down), was shackled to his bed in the hospital.  The cops aver that it was because of his previous sexual-assault charge (one of the reasons the police went after him before the shooting), but does that matter for a man who can’t walk? A cop outside the room is sufficient.

I tweeted this sports news. It’s the end of a long and great era, though Barca still has to release Messi from his contract.

An article in the NYT about it:

According to the BBC, and confirmed by a statement on Rowling’s own website, J. K. Rowling has returned the Ripple of Hope award given her last year by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organization. Why?  Because Kerry Kennedy, President of the organization, said that  Rowling’s statements about trans women create “a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people.” Rowling’s response in her own statement is strong and uncompromising.

As I predicted and feared, but hoped would not happen, India is now the site of a furious outbreak of coronavirus: From the Washington Post:

It took more than five months for India to reach the bleak milestone of 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus.

The next million came in just 21 days. The third million was faster still: 16 days.

The increase in cases is unlikely to ebb anytime soon, experts say, as a galloping outbreak spreads to new parts of the country and political leaders continue to reopen the economy. This week, India recorded the highest one-day jump in new cases — more than 77,000 — anywhere in the world since the pandemic began.

Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 181,741, an increase of about 1000 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 836,456, an increase of about 5,500 deaths from yesterday.

Stuff that happened on August 29 includes:

  • 1756 – Frederick the Great attacks Saxony, beginning the Seven Years’ War in Europe.
  • 1786 – Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.
  • 1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
  • 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
  • 1911 – Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.

Ishi lived at the University of California at San Francisco for the rest of his life, which was five years. He was often ill as he had no immunity to diseases of non-native-Americans.  Here’s a short documentary on his life:

  • 1930 – The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland.
  • 1949 – Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
  • 1966 – The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • 1966 – Leading Egyptian thinker Sayyid Qutb is executed for plotting the assassination of President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Qutb, a leader of the Muslim brotherhood, is an important figure in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, which traces the origin of Al Qaeda and the attack on the World Trade Center. (I highly recommend the book.) Wright starts his story on the rise of radical Islam with the life of Qutb, shown below on trial in 1966 for plotting the murder of Nasser.  Qutb had spent two years in the U.S., and was disgusted by our “salacious” culture, which helped radicalize him.

  • 1997 – Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1780 – Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French painter and illustrator (d. 1867)
  • 1915 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (d. 1982)
  • 1920 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1955)

Here’s a rare video of Parker, showing Bird and Diz in 1951 playing “Hot House”:

  • 1923 – Richard Attenborough, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (d. 1963)
  • 1947 – Temple Grandin, American ethologist, academic, and author
  • 1959 – Chris Hadfield, Canadian colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1967 – Neil Gorsuch, American judge

Those who passed on on August 29 include:

  • 1877 – Brigham Young, American religious leader, 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1801)
  • 1966 – Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theorist, author, and poet (b. 1906)
  • 1975 – Éamon de Valera, Irish soldier and politician, 3rd President of Ireland (b. 1882)
  • 1981 – Lowell Thomas, American journalist and author (b. 1892)
  • 1982 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (b. 1915)

She died on her birthday (see above)

  • 1987 – Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2016 – Gene Wilder, American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author (b. 1933

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, wokeness has made its way to Poland—and to the animals!

A: What are you gazing at?
Hili: The sparrows are quarreling about which one is more woke.
In Polish:
Ja: Czemu się tak przyglądasz?
Hili: Wróble się kłócą, który z nich jest bardziej przebudzony.

And Kulka decided to return to Andrzej’s desk and nap. She’s still very small, but growing fast.

From Leiter Reports, Brian Leiter’s website: “Julia Child little known guide to preparing Chat au vin” (h/t: Greg)

From Jesus of the Day: Yep, he turned 40 on August 26.

From Bad Cat Clothing. I’d totally be that student!

I made a (re)tweet:

A speech tweeted by Andrew Sullivan, from whom we’ll hear later today. It’s a powerful paean to peaceful (rather than violent) demonstrations.

From Simon: one of our profs, but not the Michael Kremer in the U of C news:

From Woody. I hope not all law enforcement in Kenosha is this bigoted and authoritarian!

Tweets from Matthew. Look at these leopards leap to their freedom!

Stoat outwits juvenile fox:

This is not bullshit at all—it’s the way things are supposed to be.

And this shows why the tweet above isn’t bullshit:

 

21 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I think there has been a call for several of those police in Kenosha to be gone. That is a racist white police force for all to see. That is Trump in spades.

  2. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Good speech by Mr Deberry, the voice of reason, but still passionate.
    Btw, I heard that at least some instances of looting and violence were instigated by agents provocateurs. If true, the Democrats should give that a lot more attention, I’d say.
    I still find it difficult to understand that an incumbent appears to think a “Law and Order” stance will play to his advantage.
    If he could not control, or preferably prevent, it during his first watch, what on Earth would induce anybody to think he could do better during a second term?

  3. Serendipitydawg
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    BBC article on the last residents of St Kilda for the curious.

  4. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    That d*ggie really looks unhappy, is that really how it is supposed to be?
    If the d*ggie were really clever, he would procure a carton box, I guess.

    • Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Or just go lie down in the bigger bed…the cat would leave, I’m quite sure of it. Some dogs, however, do tend to be polite to a fault about such things.

  5. jezgrove
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Lionel Messi was widely reported to have sent a fax to Barcelona notifying the club of his intention to leave, sparking lots of mirth since the fax machine is widely regarded as obsolete. (Though it is less thantwo years since the NHS in the UK was banned from buying them!) In fact,Messi had sent a burofax, basically a means of legally documenting the official receipt of papers sent by mail.

    However, as a youngster he really did join Barcelona on the basis of a note scribbled on a napkin. https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/oct/15/lionel-messi-barcelona-decade

  6. GBJames
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    The Kenosha Sheriff claims he hasn’t seen the video showing Jacob Blake being shot. I can’t decide if it worse if he is lying or if he is telling the truth.

    • Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Agree with that. Same response that a lot of Republican officials give when presented with the question, “President Trump tweeted this morning that….”. Followed by, “I didn’t read it”.

  7. nay
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    FYI, your tweet on eel stripe catfish says “contains sensitive content”. (I don’t know twitter)
    Glad to see the reasonable reason for J.K. Rowling’s return of her award. Thanks.

  8. Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I have been wishing that the ‘thousands’ of J.K. Rowling supporters who are personally effected by the trans activism issue would come forward as a group to provide a third perspective on the matter. We need to hear from those who are in the trenches on this.

  9. rickflick
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I’m eager to hear what Andrew Sullivan has to say.

  10. Posted August 29, 2020 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Didn’t read the book, but the “Looming Tower” was also done as a mini-series recently on Hulu. It stars Jeff Daniels and I thought it was very good.

    https://www.hulu.com/series/the-looming-tower-9c6fb433-c101-445e-a535-3cac9887547d

  11. Posted August 29, 2020 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I prefer to think that we are not “rushing toward September”. Rather, September is rushing toward us.

  12. Mark R.
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Loved the Persian leopards leaping to freedom…and that leaping stoat.

  13. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted August 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Love the photos of Kulka! Please give her a scratch under the chin from me.

  14. merilee
    Posted August 30, 2020 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Sub

  15. merilee
    Posted August 30, 2020 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful Messi footage (with Ray Hudson screaming in the background!)

  16. Hempenstein
    Posted August 30, 2020 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Nice and poignant video on Ishi, with much that I don’t remember from the book.


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