It’s not really a hump day, as Monday was a holiday, but it’s a semi-hump day: Wednesday, June 2, 2021: National Rocky Road Day, celebrating the chocolate ice cream flavor made with marshmallows and nuts. It’s also National Rotisserie Chicken Day, Global Running Day, American Indian Citizenship Day (see below), and International Sex Workers Day.
Today’s Google Doodle (click on screenshot for animations) celebrates the life of American gay rights activist Frank Kameny (1925-2011), involved in much early activism and who was also the first openly gay person to run for Congress. Nothing particular in his life happened on June 2, but this is part of the celebration of Gay Pride Month.
Kameny at a Gay Pride parade in 2010; note the flower lei as in the photo above:
News of the Day:
At long last, the Vatican, acting under the aegis of Pope Frances, decided to “to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office also can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.” This adds adults to the list of people who can be victim’s of Catholic power-mongering. My question is why it took the Vatican 14 years of study to realize that power relationships, like the kind Catholicism is built on, can breed sexual abuse.
More good news from Uncle Joe: President Biden has suspended the leases to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were issued in the waning days of the Trump administration. These were an affront to all conservationists. The NYT report holds out some slight possibility that the leases might still go forward, but I doubt it:
The decision could ultimately end any plans to drill in one of the largest tracts of untouched wilderness in the United States, delicate tundra in Alaska that is home to migrating waterfowl, caribou and polar bears. Democrats and Republicans have fought over whether to allow oil and gas drilling there for more than four decades, and issuing the leases was a signature achievement of the Trump White House.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Tuesday published a secretarial order formally suspending the leases until the agency has completed an environmental analysis of their impact and a legal review of the Trump administration’s decision to grant them.
Here’s an article by David Harris from the Times of Israel showing how the name of Hamas has been gradually dropped from the Western press’s coverage of the current fighting as a way to obscure the terrorism on the Palestinian side. One bit that struck me:
By the way, just to be clear, months before the Dolphinarium attack, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joined by US President Bill Clinton, had made a strenuous effort to persuade Arafat to accept a far-reaching, two-state deal.
Arafat did not agree to the proposal on the table, nor did he make a counter offer. In fact, he instead chose to unleash a second intifada, which eventually killed over 1,000 Israelis (in U.S. population terms, about 30,000 people, or ten times the number of victims on 9/11) in pizzerias, buses, Passover Seders, cafés — and, yes, discotheques.
Clinton wrote about Arafat’s rejection in his autobiography, My Life. Here’s an excerpt: “Arafat: ‘You are a great man.’ Clinton: ‘I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you have made me one.’”
This is just one of several “two state solutions” proposed by governments, leaders, and the United Nations themselves. The Palestinians have rejected all of them, some quite generous. Israel has rejected none. People deliberately leave that out of the history of the region.
Reader “smipowell” sent me a clipping from the Dallas Morning News; click on the screenshot to see how ducknappings are destroying our civilization:
People are removing ducks from the canals of a Dallas suburb, ducks that the locals love, feed, and even give names to. The residents are up in arms, as well they should be, offering rewards for the apprehension of the ducknapping miscreants. One miscreant wrote in saying that they’d taken the ducks to a farm because they were “domestically bred and the creek was no place for them.” But if they’re living well on a Dallas canal with good food and care (and no cold winters), there’s no reason to remove them. (And what would happen to them on a farm?) One of the paper’s three lessons from this incident: “don’t take things that don’t belong to you.” This jibes with one of the mottos of the Bangor, Maine Police Department’s Famous “Duck of Justice”: “Keep your hands to yourself” and “Leave other people’s things alone.”
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 594,722, an increase of 356 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 3,576,847, an increase of about 11,000 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on June 2 includes:
- 455 – Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.
- 1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged.
- 1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
Barnum with one of his diminutive attractions, Commodore Nutt:
- 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.
- 1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.
Here’s one of the first Rolls-Royce cars, even then extolled as the finest car available. This is labeled as “A 1905 model Rolls Royce, as featured in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This car, registration AX148, was built in the original Manchester factory, and is the oldest such vehicle on public display.”
- 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
- 1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
Here’s the elaborate coronation ceremony, with the fabled crown appearing at 2:20:
- 1962 – During the FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
Here’s a short video of that fracas:
- 1967 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado’s gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
- 1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.
- 2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Mubarak died in a military hospital in 2020:
Notables born on this day include:
- 1740 – Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and politician (d. 1814)
- 1840 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet (d. 1928)
- 1937 – Sally Kellerman, American actress
- 1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012)
- 1953 – Cornel West, American philosopher, author, and academic
Those who resigned from life on June 2 include:
- 1941 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
Here’s Gehrig with other major league players in 1928. Surely you recognize both him and the guy on the right, but do you recognize the others? Gehrig, of course, die of ALS; he was only 37.
- 1942 – Bunny Berigan, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
Here’s Berigan’s most famous song, “I Can’t Get Started” (1937; written by Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke). I love the references to contemporary people and events, and his trumpet solos were superb. He died at only 33 from too much booze.
- 1961 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1889)
- 1962 – Vita Sackville-West, English author and poet (b. 1892)
Vita Sackville-West at 32. I’ve always thought she looked quite striking, and very British:
- 1961 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1889)
- 2008 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
Meanwhle in Dobrzyn, Kulka is dogging (catting?) Hili:
Hili: Somebody is following me.Kulka: Don’t pay attention to me
Hili: Ktoś za mną idzie.Kulka: Nie zwracaj na mnie uwagi.
From Bruce, a truly diabolical idea:
From Simon, who asserts that the video is funny even without the academic comment:
When only one of the reviewers keeps asking for more experiments pic.twitter.com/jiDoRcPTXW
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) June 1, 2021
From Barry: a woman saves her dogs from a bear by pushing it off a fence:
This lady is fierce and fearless. She was NOT losing her pups. pic.twitter.com/KNOM33QNwE
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) June 1, 2021
From Ginger K.:
— Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) May 29, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. Wally the Lost Walrus has now made his way down to Cornwall!
Wally's in Cornwall! pic.twitter.com/lXJp4qagRh
— Natalie Dyer 🐳 (@natdyerwild) May 19, 2021
When you suddenly realise you've been saying hello to all the villagers without changing back into human form. pic.twitter.com/neClfMzVnF
— Ian Duhig (@ianduhig) May 19, 2021
A very soothing and meditative video (sound up, like it says):
Sound up on this one, skylarks and deer pic.twitter.com/rfNDBkzNMj
— Nikon Photographer (@Astrid_Tontson) May 19, 2021
But what is Quibi?
Genuine question: Was there *literally anything* on Quibi as well constructed as this kid’s zero-budget TikTok pic.twitter.com/O3bPY6fp4M
— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) February 25, 2021
Sadly, I’ve never seen one of these Honorary Cats® in the wild:
Morning! A bit of foxy joy to start your day. pic.twitter.com/HsJXQRSFBk
— Jane Fallon (@JaneFallon) May 11, 2021