It’s Monday, March 29, 2021: Jerry Goes to Texas Day! Posting may be very light for the next ten days or so, but I’ll certainly post the Hili dialogues and will try to post BBQ pictures. The photo below represents my first destination, and don’t kvetch about the saltines, which are common in Texas BBQ joints. Brisket and sausages are de rigueur, and your sides back then included either a pickle or whole raw onion.
It’s also National Chiffon Cake Day, but bugger that, for if all goes well I’ll be stuffing barbecued brisket into my maw before the sun goes down. Besides that, it’s Texas Love The Children Day (well, they putting them in pods at the border), National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Smoke and Mirrors Day, and Piano Day.
News of the Day:
First, a pet peeve: The news on television last night did not say, as it should have, “yesterday 3.3 million people were vaccinated.” No, they said, “Yesterday there were 3.3 million shots in arms.” This is both a neologism and synecdoche. (A similar example is “boots on the ground” for “soldiers”.) Does the news do this to seem cool, using a particular language fad?
The violence continues in Myanmar, with dozens more people reportedly gunned down, including mourners attending the funeral of a civilian killed the day before. Meanwhile, the thug generals attended a gala celebrating Armed Forces Day. Over 400 citizens have been killed in the latest protests.
The New York Times reports that the editor of the Journal of the American Association (JAMA) has been placed on leave for a remark made not by him, but by a deputy editor, a remark considered racist:
The controversy began when Dr. Ed Livingston, a deputy editor, said on a Feb. 24 podcast that structural racism no longer existed in the United States.
“Structural racism is an unfortunate term,” said Dr. Livingston, who is white. “Personally, I think taking racism out of the conversation will help. Many people like myself are offended by the implication that we are somehow racist.”
The podcast was promoted with a tweet from the journal that said, “No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?” The response to both was swift and angry, prompting the journal to take down the podcast and delete the tweet.
Livingston resigned, but now main editor above him has been deep-sixed.
Franco is still dead, and the container ship “Ever Given” (no, not “Evergreen,” which is the company, not the ship) is still stuck in the Suez Canal. Dredging and tugboats moved the ship an angle of two degrees—about 100 feet), but the bow is still stuck fast. Officials hope that the spring tide associated with a full moon will help. But some ships have already bailed and headed for Cape of Good Hope:
Some ships have already decided not to wait, U-turning to take the long way around the southern tip of Africa, a voyage that could add weeks to the journey and mean more than $26,000 a day in fuel costs.
If the Ever Given breaks free by Monday, the shipping industry can absorb the inconvenience, analysts said, but beyond that, supply chains and consumers could start to see major disruptions.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 548,867, an increase of “just” 487 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll stands a 2,797,380, an increase of about 6,500 deaths over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on March 29 includes:
- 845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
- 1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.
- 1857 – Sepoy Mangal Pandey of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry mutinies against the East India Company’s rule in India and inspires the protracted Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny.
- 1867 – Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes Canada on July 1.
- 1871 – Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.
- 1945 – World War II: The German 4th Army is almost destroyed by the Soviet Red Army.
- 1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
This photo was taken at the courthouse after the conviction. They were both executed by electrocution on June 19, 1953.
- 1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.
- 1971 – My Lai Massacre: Lieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
- 1973 – Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.
- 1974 – Terracotta Army was discovered in Shaanxi province, China.
There are more than 8,000 life-sized figures in this army, which were made and buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in the third century BC. Here’s one of the three pits containing the figures:
- 2014 – The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales are performed.
- 2017 – Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, formally beginning the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1790 – John Tyler, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)
- 1867 – Cy Young, American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)
- 1899 – Lavrentiy Beria, Georgian-Russian general and politician (d. 1953)
- 1916 – Eugene McCarthy, American poet and politician (d. 2005)
- 1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam’s Club (d. 1992)
- 1929 – Richard Lewontin, American biologist, geneticist, and academic
Dick is 92 today. Here’s a photo from 2017, when I paid a visit to Dick at his assisted living facility and showed him proper homage:
- 1943 – Eric Idle, English actor and comedian
- 1955 – Marina Sirtis, British-American actress
Here’s Counselor Troi in 2012, pointing out her tattoo of my own favorite team, Spurs:
- 1964 – Elle Macpherson, Australian model and actress
- 1972 – Priti Patel, British Indian politician, Secretary of State for the Home Department
Those who succumbed on March 29 include:
- 1772 – Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (b. 1688)
- 1912 – Robert Falcon Scott, English lieutenant and explorer (b. 1868)
- 2016 – Patty Duke, American actress (b. 1946)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili remains mum for fear of being canceled:
Hili: I will not comment.A: Why?Hili: I could say too much.
Hili: Nie będę się wypowiadała.Ja: Dlaczego?Hili: Bo mogłabym powiedzieć za dużo.
Three pictures by Paulina of Kulka making mischief:
From Bruce. Well, the morphology is close. . .
From Jesus of the Day:
A tweet from Barry. Who says that animals don’t play or experience pleasure?
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) March 27, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. The first is a lovely nature post he retweeted, showing that ducks always have the right of way:
Take your time to watch this brief video from Astrid last year. It will bring balm to your soul. https://t.co/vvvcGTqZbH
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) March 28, 2021
The neighbours just put the house up for sale. Couldn't resist checking it out on Zoopla.
That's our bloody cat. pic.twitter.com/w4YnxNZOLq
— Michael Hubank (@generoom) March 28, 2021
Two Tik Toks, but Matthew wanted me to see the second one. OPOSSUM WINS!
i am going to pass away pic.twitter.com/9YDsZ3eYSF
— cookie puss (@kittynouveau) March 4, 2021
Matthew loves capybaras as much as I love ducks:
the friendliest animal in the world pic.twitter.com/tBnufF5OHM
— Capybaras (@CapybaraCountry) March 21, 2021
As Matthew says, “MEEP! MEEP!”
I accidentally left the garage door open, and when I went in, Mr. Roadrunner was in there exploring. I was terrified he would trigger one of the mousetraps. Glad he made it out safely! pic.twitter.com/hD1L9ahBD6
— Wendy (@geococcyxcal) March 21, 2021
Lots of good cat tweets on this thread:
"Give me five"
📹 vnctrth | TikTok pic.twitter.com/N01ib0tyeD
— Cats – Gorgeous & Funny (@Six_Stinky_Cats) May 7, 2020
Testing my new armored equipment.
🎥 Tiktok batman_munchkin_cat pic.twitter.com/qlWXeJ0HVj
— Don Purrleone (@DonPurrleone) March 28, 2021