According to Ceiling Cat, it’s the Sabbath for all Jewish Katz: Saturday, September 5, 2020, the first day of the three-day Labor Day weekend, and National Cheese Pizza Day. Have a New York slice! It’s also two other food holidays: International Bacon Day and World Samosa Day, as well as Kentucky Derby Day (the Derby will be run without spectators this year), National Hummingbird Day, International Vulture Awareness Day, World Beard Day (flaunt it if you have one), and International Day of Charity.
News of the Day: Trump’s taking a lot of heat for calling American soldiers who died in combat “suckers” and “losers”, as alleged in an article in The Atlantic. He denies it, but it’s surely in keeping with his attitude towards those who served (unlike him).
And just in, a sort-of confirmation:
And there it is. Fox News confirms the story that the White House has been denying all day. This thing's a done deal.pic.twitter.com/7kVY3vmAwB
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 4, 2020
The greatest soccer play in history, Lionel Messi, has said he’ll finish his career playing with Barcelona after expressing a desire to leave. Messi is only 33, but that’s getting long in the tooth for soccer. Here—watch the greatest player ever.
Want to know how to get your hair cut safely during the pandemic? This article from the Washington Post gives some tips. I asked my doctor as well, and he said to ensure that the cutter wasn’t symptomatic (they should take temperatures daily), wore a mask, I wore a mask, and we both did it for the entire time. Also make sure the shop has social distancing of chairs and other sanitary precautions (disinfecting scissors and clippers between customers, etc.) I even had my hair washed while wearing a mask, and when they cut one side of your head you take off an ear loop but hold the mask secure over your face. I was wary of a haircut, but I followed the protocol and I survived. I also feel much better with shorter hair.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 187,698, an increase of about 1,000 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 873,990, an increase of about 5,600 deaths from yesterday.
Stuff that happened on September 5 include:
- 1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings, including Old St Paul’s Cathedral, are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died.
- 1698 – In an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.
- 1774 – First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.
- 1793 – French Revolution: The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror.
- 1877 – American Indian Wars: Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse is bayoneted by a United States soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson in Nebraska.
Crazy Horse was only 36 when he died. This is said to be a picture of him:
- 1945 – Cold War: Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, defects to Canada, exposing Soviet espionage in North America, signalling the beginning of the Cold War.
- 1945 – Iva Toguri D’Aquino, a Japanese American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist Tokyo Rose, is arrested in Yokohama.
D’Aquino was not “Tokyo Rose”, a generic term applied to women propaganda broadcasters, and was forced to broadcast as a prisoner of war. She never said anything anti-American or participated in newscasts, but was still convicted of treason and served six years in prison. She was later pardoned by Gerald Ford. Here she is speaking on Radio Tokyo:
- 1972 – Munich massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.
Mossad took care of some of the terrorist later, as well as other members of Black September.
Squeaky was finally paroled, and doesn’t seem very repentant. As Wikipedia notes,
She was released on parole from Federal Medical Center, Carswell on August 14, 2009, and moved to Marcy, New York, where she and her boyfriend Robert Valdner, who pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in 1988, live in a house decorated with skulls. In a 2019 televised interview, Fromme said about Manson, “Was I in love with Charlie? Yeah, […] I still am.”
Here two members of the Manson family, including Squeaky, discuss their past; Squeaky says she still loves Charlie:
- 1984 – Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)
- 1912 – John Cage, American composer and theorist (d. 1992)
- 1929 – Bob Newhart, American comedian and actor
- 1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress and singer
- 1946 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1991)
- 1969 – Dweezil Zappa, American actor and musician
Here’s Mercury’s famous performance with Queen at Live Aid in 1985; this is the full set.
Those who were cut down by the Grim Reaper on September 5 include:
- 1548 – Catherine Parr, Sixth and last Queen of Henry VIII of England (b. c. 1512)
- 1877 – Crazy Horse, American tribal leader (b. 1849)
- 1902 – Rudolf Virchow, German anthropologist, pathologist, and biologist (b. 1821)
- 1906 – Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist and philosopher (b. 1844)
- 1997 – Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian nun, missionary, and saint, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
- 2001 – Justin Wilson, American chef and author (b. 1914)
- 2016 – Phyllis Schlafly, American lawyer, writer, and political activist (b. 1924)
When I was a kid I was fascinated with Justin Wilson’s cooking show, “The Cajun Chef.” His corny jokes and gussied-up Cajun accent were mesmerizing, at least to me. Here’s Justin showing us how to cook chicken gumbo. Good eating, I gare-un-tee!
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is feeling the wings of time, perhaps because she sees herself in little kitten Kulka:
Hili: Sometimes I feel regret.A: What about?Hili: That the years are passing so quickly.
Hili: Czasami mi żal.Ja: Czego?Hili: Że lata tak szybko mijają.
From Bad Cat Clothing:
From Jesus of the Day:
From Titania. I haven’t posted about this case, which is all over the news, because I don’t have much to say about it except Krug is toast. Titania does have something to say:
The fact that this brave transracial woman has been forced to apologise for being temporarily black tells us all we need to know about life in Trump’s America.https://t.co/q40rwMMHeQ
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) September 4, 2020
From reader Barry. Somehow I don’t think this is play:
Meanwhile…here in Wales… pic.twitter.com/bM6ddlSo4f
— Linda🏴 #3.5% 🇪🇺 #ProEU #NotMyBrexit (@lindaarella) September 4, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. The painting is sheer genius!
— Anbara Salam (@anbara_salam) September 3, 2020
A cow with a pet chicken!
This person is not only a self-identified clock thief, but where did he get the pan?
Once swapped a clock for a pan in a horrible hotel I stayed in, and I often wonder if anyone noticed pic.twitter.com/L2WsRKt8J8
— Matthew Turner (@MjTurner_) September 4, 2020
I posted this before, but try it again. See if you get lucky.
Rotate the globe, drop a pin at random, and listen to a local radio station. Amazing.https://t.co/bdL9z98GPq
— Ben Stephens (@stephens_ben) July 30, 2020
A living reptile born before Darwin was in the Galápagos!
At 188 years old, Jonathan the giant tortoise is the world’s oldest known living land animal. He was born three years before Charles Darwin met the giant tortoises that inspired his theory of evolution.
(Image: Kevstan) pic.twitter.com/YHUDbe7Kc1
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) September 4, 2020
If they had done this research a decade ago, I wouldn’t have lost my pasty in St. Ives. I still regret that loss.
Finally, science you can use:
quantifying attempted thefts of food by gulls in order to solve the eternal human-gull conflict
— Adam J Calhoun (@neuroecology) September 4, 2020