It’s Saturday, May 8, 2021, and we’ll have a truncated Hili dialogue today in honor of Honey’s ducklings who faced travails and death in the past week.
News of the Day:
Just one piece today: David Attenborough has turned 95 (h/t Matthew Cobb):
Happy 95th birthday to national treasure Sir David Attenborough! 🎂
His 1975 Christmas Lectures broke the cardinal rule of broadcast television: "never work with animals or children" – and they were awesome. Watch here: https://t.co/YkM0X52cGB pic.twitter.com/eZbN8XWP7K
— Royal Institution (@Ri_Science) May 8, 2021
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 580,452, an increase of 688 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,285,811, an increase of about 13,740 over yesterday’s total.
Today Hili has an exhange with Szaron rather than Andrzej:
Szaron: The most important thing is trust.Hili: I have no trust that you will stop devouring everything from my bowls.
Szaron: Najważniejsze jest zaufanie.Hili: Nie mam zaufania do tego, że przestaniesz mi wyżerać wszystko z moich miseczek.
A caption from Elzbieta showing Mietek: Do cats get bored when it rains? (This comes from a Polish song about children getting bored when it rains.)
A meme from Bruce:
From A Different Type of Art on Facebook.
Because the world has gone insane, Titania’s predictions are always fulfilled:
On 18 October 2018, I called out Disney for its rape culture.
On 6 May 2021, the Independent concurred. pic.twitter.com/I8RedYoE2y
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) May 7, 2021
From Ken. The GOP is kvetching because Biden didn’t mention “God” in his National Day of Prayer publication. Fox News’s beef:
Both former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump mentioned “God” in their National Day of Prayer proclamations, but Biden’s proclamation never mentions God, only Americans’ “many religions and belief systems” and the “power of prayer.”
Even that is too religious for me. Even the existence of a National Day of Prayer violates the Constitution’s First Amendment, and I believe the FFRF has fought it over the years. It’s palpably unconstitutional!
Morning Greatness: Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation Leaves Out ‘G-d’ https://t.co/zVXPL5qiIH
— American Greatness (@theamgreatness) May 7, 2021
From Luana. It’s okay if CNN explains Critical Race Theory, but this is far from an objective discussion, and fobs off the critics as conservatives and Trumpers. But of course all liberal media is this way now.
Critical race theory is a concept that seeks to understand inequality and racism in the US. To get a deeper understanding of what the theory is — and isn't — we talked to one of the scholars behind it. https://t.co/hBNebh99EU
— CNN (@CNN) May 6, 2021
From Simon, who says, “We need an easy exit button that’s out of the camera’s line of sight.”
Everybody waving when a zoom chat ends pic.twitter.com/zv5X2HWFzf
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) May 6, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. See this article for a short but unsatisfying explanation of why only half the penile armamentarium is used in each copulation.
It’s out! Our in-depth study of the amazing echidna penis 😃Everything you wanted to know & more -like how it only uses 2 sides each time 🌋@BioSci_UniMelb @MarilynRenfree @DrTeethAl @Caleb_McElrea #UQ #beca_unimelb #CWS #PunIntended #ReproRocks #echidnas https://t.co/ojO4MkHYWL pic.twitter.com/8E9Duc7WNA
— Dr Jane Fenelon (@janefenelon) May 7, 2021
This is perhaps the best of several reasons why we should not have capital punishment in the U.S. Lee wasn’t even allowed to get the weapon DNA tested!
Ledell Lee was executed by lethal injection in Arkansas in 2017. Four years later, new DNA testing revealed that genetic material on the murder weapon — which was never previously tested — in fact belongs to another man, lawyers said.https://t.co/Dz4UAHB1LT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 7, 2021
The sound of Ingenuity, the Mars drone! I believe the sound was captured by a laser-associated microphone on the Rover: check the linkin the tweet
I’ve seen what the #MarsHelicopter can do – and now I’ve heard it.
🎧 Grab headphones and listen to the otherworldly hum of Ingenuity’s blades as it headed south to scout a new area on its fourth flight.
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) May 7, 2021