Welcome to Wednesday, May 12, 2021: National Nutty Fudge Day. It’s also International Nurses Day, National Root Canal Appreciation Day, National Numeracy Day, and Day of the Finnish Identity (are we all allowed to identify as Finns today?)
Posting may be light today as I’m quite low about the events of the world. As always, I do my best.
News of the Day:
The violence in Israel and Gaza continues to escalate, with more than 500 rockets fired at Israel, and Israel retaliating, it claims, only against military targets, including Hamas officials and those involved in Hamas-fired missiles. The Washington Post reports this on Tuesday evening:
By Tuesday night, 30 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli airstrikes, including 10 children, and 203 others were wounded, according to Gaza health officials. One airstrike toppled a tower that houses the offices of several Hamas officials.
UPDATE Wednesday morning: The NYT adds this. Things are very grim.
ASHKELON, Israel — The worst fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in seven years intensified on Tuesday night, as Israeli airstrikes began targeting Hamas offices in Gaza City and militants in Gaza fired rockets at the metropolis of Tel Aviv, the southern city of Ashkelon and Israel’s main airport.
In Gaza, at least 35 Palestinians, including 10 children, had been killed by Tuesday night, and 203 others were wounded, according to health officials. In Israel, five people were killed in strikes on Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and Lod, and at least 100 were wounded, according to medical officials.
Away from the military conflict, a wave of civil unrest spread across Arab neighborhoods as Palestinian citizens of Israel expressed fury at the killings in Gaza and longstanding complaints of discrimination inside Israel itself.
There goes any hope for a two-state solution, which became an impossible dream in the last few years.
According to the NYT, the positive drug test produced by the Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was, the horses’s trainer claimed due to an antifungal ointment used to treat Medina Spirit for dermatitis. They are running other tests, and if the colt fails again, his Kentucky Derby win will be taken away and given to the second-place horse. Curiously, though, Medina Spirit will be allowed to race in the second of the Triple Crown races, the Preakness, on Saturday.
Airline passengers are becoming increasingly unruly, and at an exponential pace. Since February, the FAA has received 1300 “unruly passenger” reports, with four people facing nearly $70,000 in fines. Compare the 1300 reports to the 142 in all of 2019, 159 in 2018, and only 91 in 2017. The increase is due to resistance to pandemic precautions by the airlines, which has angered passengers. Lock ’em up!
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 582, 362, an increase of 619 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,332,764, a big increase of about 14,000 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on May 12 was very sparse, including this::
- 1551 – National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru.
- 1932 – Ten weeks after his abduction, Charles Jr., the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, is found dead near Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home.
This was one of the biggest stories of that era; here’s the headline after the infant was found dead. Bruno Hauptmann was convicted of the crime, but many still doubt whether he did it.
- 1937 – The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey.
- 2002 – Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.
Fidel, Carter and Rosalynn in Cuba; note that Jimmy is wearing a Cuban style shirt.
Notables born on this day include:
Here’s Lear in 1887 holding his cat Foss, who was about to jump off his lap:
- 1820 – Florence Nightingale, Italian-English nurse, social reformer, and statistician (d. 1910)
Here’s Nightingale at about 40:
- 1889 – Otto Frank, German-Swiss businessman and Holocaust survivor; father of diarist Anne Frank (d. 1980)
- 1907 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (d. 2003)
Hepburn’s yearbook photo from Bryn Mawr College when she was 21:
- 1910 – Dorothy Hodgkin, English biochemist, crystallographer, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
Look at these headlines when she won her prize! This would never stand today. A “wife”!
- 1925 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2015)
- 1928 – Burt Bacharach, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
- 1937 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor, and author (d. 2008)
Here’s a great half-hour by Carlin on religion, which he despised. It’s very good:
- 1948 – Steve Winwood, English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
- 1966 – Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress
Those who met Cerberus on May 12 include:
- 1700 – John Dryden, English poet, playwright, and critic (b. 1631)
- 1925 – Amy Lowell, American poet and critic (b. 1874)
- 2001 – Perry Como, American singer and television host (b. 1912)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is worried that the 1930s are going to repeat themselves:
Hili: A new era is coming.A: How does it look?Hili: I have a feeling I’ve seen it somewhere before.
Hili: Idzie nowa era.Ja: Jak wygląda?Hili: Mam wrażenie, że już ją gdzieś widziałam.
Szaron licking little Kulka (photo by Paulina):
Israel’s “Iron Dome” intercepts Hamas rockets, with an explanation below. To read more about the system, go here.
This, apparently from Tel Aviv minutes ago, is the most amazing Iron Dome video I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/LK98ZIArJG
— Elder of Ziyon 🇮🇱 (@elderofziyon) May 11, 2021
Every light coming from the right is a Hamas rocket. Every light from the left is Iron Dome trying to hit them.
— Elder of Ziyon 🇮🇱 (@elderofziyon) May 11, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. I don’t quite get the advantage of this: it’s easy to mix but you’re left with a messy countertop:
what a normal and ultimate spaghetti hack! pic.twitter.com/UAc0rjRqmV
— jarvis johnson (@jarvis) May 10, 2021
Two Tik-Tok tweets. Matthew sez: “Two more brilliant Tik Tok vids, the second from a couple of years back. Damn, there are some talented people out there with too much time on their hands!”
It made me remember this video pic.twitter.com/FerFCvSFCd
— Renato (@the_rendriguez) May 11, 2021
A fabulous nature photograph:
A Red-winged Blackbird looking like it's getting a free ride on an Osprey's broomstick. The Blackbird was focused on driving the Osprey away from the marsh, while the Osprey was focused on bringing back a good stick for the nest. pic.twitter.com/vGxbSkKQ32
— Jocelyn Anderson Photography (@JocAPhotography) May 11, 2021
And a fabulous astronomy photo taken from the Moon:
Apollo 8 Earthrise remastered from raw pic.twitter.com/dsg6bLJg2i
— Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) May 11, 2021
The world’s chillest rodent (and the largest) enjoys a good soak in a hot tub. What other mammal can compare? Matthew and I both love capybaras.
✨timeline cleanse✨ pic.twitter.com/m1mhI3ZeZ1
— CAPYBARA MAN (@CAPYBARA_MAN) May 11, 2021