Good morning on the Christian cats’ Sabbath: Sunday, September 6, 2020: National Coffee Ice-Cream Day (they put an hyphen in “ice cream” for reasons unknown). It’s also Barbie Doll Day (the doll first went on sale on September 6, 1959) and Read a Book Day,
News of the Day: The horse Authentic won the Kentucky Derby yesterday, leading from beginning to end. It was the seventh fastest finish ever.
As I’m writing this on Saturday evening, Portland, Oregon is bracing for its 100th straight night of protests, which have gotten quite violent: several deaths, violence on many sides, and people arrested for felonious rioting. I wonder what the point is any more, and it’s dispiriting. Rochester, New York, is also predicted to have a rough night. I’ll update this Sunday morning, Similar clashes, but without the shootings, are occurring in Rochester, New York, where people are reacting to the death of Daniel Prude.
SUNDAY UPDATE: ABC News reports that the protesting in Portland last night, which was violent, was declared a “riot”, with protestors reported throwing “fire bombs” at police. Well, at least nobody was shot. Protesting was also violent in Rochester, New York, with protestors throwing fireworks at cops and cops shooting pepper balls and tear gas at protestors.
After Fox news reporter Jennifer Griffin confirmed and extended the Atlantic report about Trump’s denigration of military people who died in action, she was defended by her colleagues at Fox. This really pissed off Trump, whose favorite source of news is the right-wing Fox, and he tweeted this:
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
The Boston Globe reports that 11 first-year Northeastern University students were sent packing without a refund of their tuition; they violated social-distancing requirements in their “dorm”: the Westin Hotel in Boston. They’ll be allowed to return in the Spring. Universities should take a similar hard line if they’re serious about avoiding pandmic outbreaks.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 188,409, 187,698, an increase of about 700 deaths over yesterday’s report. The world death toll now stands at 878,858, an increase of about 500 deaths from yesterday. It looks like the prediction of 200,000 deaths in the U.S., once considered shocking and unthinkable, will be surpassed soon, and the world total will go over a million.
Stuff that happened on September 6 includes:
- 1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
- 1522 – The Victoria returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition and the first known ship to circumnavigate the world.
- 1628 – Puritans settle Salem which became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- 1803 – British scientist John Dalton begins using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
Here’s Dalton’s table of atomic weights, with photo and caption taken from Science Photo Library:
- 1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
- 1962 – Archaeologist Peter Marsden discovers the first of the Blackfriars Ships dating back to the second century AD in the Blackfriars area of the banks of the River Thames in London.
Here’s a reconstruction of one of the ships to scale; it was a Roman cargo ship:
- 1972 – Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day.
- 1991 – The Russian parliament approves the name change of Leningrad back to Saint Petersburg. The change is effective October 1, 1991.
- 1995 – Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for 56 years.
Ripken eventually played 2,632 games, a record unlikely to be broken. (The first record was held, of course, by Iron Man Lou Gehrig.) Here’s a short video of Ripken’s record-breaking game:
- 1997 – The Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place in London. Well over a million people lined the streets and 21⁄2 billion watched around the world on television.
- 2018 – Supreme Court of India decriminalised all consensual sex among adults in private, making homosexuality legal on the Indian lands.
Notables born on this day include:
Addams, a Chicago resident, was a pathbreaking social worker and sociologist, who built her famous Hull House in my town. This picture was taken in either 1924 or 1926. I didn’t know until today that she’d won the Nobel Prize:
- 1888 – Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., American businessman and diplomat, 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 1969)
- 1947 – Jane Curtin, American actress and comedian
- 1980 – Kerry Katona, English singer and actress
Those who packed it in on September 6 include:
- 1907 – Sully Prudhomme, French poet and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1839)
- 1939 – Arthur Rackham, English illustrator (b. 1867). Here’s one of Rackham’s paintings: “Benevolent Cat” (1920):
- 1972 – Perpetrator and victims of the Munich massacre
- Luttif Afif, Palestinian terrorist (b. 1945)
- David Mark Berger, American-Israeli weightlifter (b. 1944)
- Ze’ev Friedman, Polish-Israeli weightlifter (b. 1944)
- Yossef Gutfreund, Israeli wrestling judge (b. 1931)
- Eliezer Halfin, Russian-Israeli wrestler (b. 1948)
- Amitzur Shapira, Russian-Israeli runner and coach (b. 1932)
- Kehat Shorr, Romanian shooting coach (b. 1919)
- Mark Slavin, Israeli wrestler (b. 1954)
- Andre Spitzer, Romanian-Israeli fencer and coach (b. 1945)
- 1984 – Ernest Tubb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1914)
Here’s Tubb, a pioneer of country music, singing his most famous song:
- 2017 – Kate Millett, American feminist author and activist (b. 1934)
- 2019 – Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean politician, 2nd President of Zimbabwe (b. 1924)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili, being a Jewish cat, is having some angst:
Hili: I’m feeling melancholy today.A: Why?Do you have to have a reason?
Hili: Jestem dziś w melancholijnym nastroju.Ja: Dlaczego?Hili: A trzeba mieć powód?
And, as fall comes along, Leon and Mietek are enjoying the future site of their country home, where Elzbieta and Andrzej the Second have planted a lovely garden:
From Merilee. I wish this were real!
Our Savior, from Divy:
From reader Charles. This is a real sign because a friend sent me a photo of it from South Africa. What worries me is how many penguins got squashed before they put it up.
Actress Meggie Foster does Meghan (“Meggie”) Markle à la Sarah Cooper:
Meggie Markle pic.twitter.com/AhHLwf4fn2
— Meggie Foster (@meggiefoster) May 9, 2020
From Simon, who likes this account that makes science metaphors from videos:
Avoiding results you don’t understand https://t.co/LhN1HksBX9
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) September 5, 2020
From gravelinspector. Check out the photos and videos at the link.
Fact: It is 2020.
Better fact: These L.A. mountain lion kittens exist.https://t.co/W9Bm3Ivjg3
— Ryan Fonseca (@RyFons) September 4, 2020
Tweets from Matthew. He didn’t know what this was and neither did I till I looked it up. It is indeed a real bird, the smew (Mergellus albellus), and breeds in northern Eurasia. Females are brown and look nothing like these white males. Anyway, Matthew sent me the original tweet and I retweeted it.
— Jerry Coyne (@Evolutionistrue) September 5, 2020
Here’s Dr. Cobb at his most cynical (sound up).
It’s only just occurred to me that oystercatchers are almost certainly faking it. I mean, who ever saw them catch an oyster? https://t.co/ruZ9eQdqOE
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) September 5, 2020
And yes, Matthew: they do catch oysters:
What a fantastic picture! Did the camera stay mounted in one spot for a year?
This wonderful photo is again making the rounds without attribution. It is "Lunar Curve" by Giorgia Hofer, and it required a full year to capture this cycle of lunar phases over the Italian Alps. https://t.co/FWuRZzNOI4 pic.twitter.com/6DX6Df5bal
— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) June 30, 2019
Squid spawning. The Google translation of the Japanese is “The spawning of the squid is truly mysterious no matter how many times you look at it. I am impressed by the appearance of a squid that exceeds 80 centimeters passing in front of me and the effort to connect the next life. Scenes that can never be seen in everyday life are taken for granted in the sea.”
— 村井智臣 (@MURAITOMOOMI) September 5, 2020
Flu avoidance during the last pandemic. Only the last panel gives an efficacious preventive measure:
Daily Mirror, England, October 24, 1918 pic.twitter.com/f8Y8WlgHPi
— Yesterday's Print (@yesterdaysprint) September 4, 2020