Greetings from Massachusetts on Wednesday: September 22, 2021: National Ice Cream Cone Day.
It’s my penultimate day in Cambridge. This R&R has gone by too quickly! And please note that this is the last day of Summer. Fall begins at 3:21 p.m. today. Google celebrates the beginning of fall with a nice doodle; click on it to see falling leaves:
- Autumnal Equinox Day (Japan)
- Mabon in the Northern Hemisphere, Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere. (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
- The first day of Miķeļi (Latvia)
News of the Day:
Once again I’m ignorant of the news; please use the comments, if you can, to fill us in on what’s important.
*Yesterday’s readers’ poll on the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned before the end of Biden’s present term gave roughly equal predictions of overturning versus keeping:
*Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 678,557, an increase of 2,046 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 4,724,126, an increase of about 9,100 over yesterday’s total.
It was a thin day in history. Stuff that happened on September 22 includes:
- 38 – Drusilla, Caligula’s sister who died in June, with whom the emperor is said to have an incestuous relationship, is deified.
- 1642 – The first commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.
- 1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
- 1973 – Argentine general election: Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina.
Juan Peron and Evita. He was elected as President three different times.
- 2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1515 – Anne of Cleves, Queen consort of England (d. 1557)
- 1791 – Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist (d. 1867)
- 1902 – John Houseman, Romanian-American actor and producer (d. 1988)
The performance I remember of Houseman: Professor Kingsfield in “The Paper Chase” (1973):
Left to right: Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst. All three, members of the “White Rose,” were guillotined in 1943 for distributing anti-Nazi materials.
- 1956 – Debby Boone, American singer, actress, and author
- 1958 – Andrea Bocelli, Italian singer-songwriter and producer
Yes, the video may seem schmalzy, but you have to admit that this performance of “Con te partirò (“Time to say goodbye”) with Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, a huge hit, is quite moving:
- 1958 – Joan Jett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress
Those whose ticker stopped ticking on September 22 include:
- 1539 – Guru Nanak, Sikh religious leader, founded Sikhism (b. 1469)
- 1776 – Nathan Hale, American soldier (b. 1755)
- 1961 – Marion Davies, American actress and comedian (b. 1897)
- 1989 – Irving Berlin, Russian-born American composer and songwriter (b. 1888)
- 1999 – George C. Scott, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1927)
Scott won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Patton”, but this scene alone deserves an Academy Award:
- 2001 – Isaac Stern, Polish-Ukrainian violinist and conductor (b. 1920)
- 2007 – Marcel Marceau, French mime and actor (b. 1923)
- 2010 – Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)
- 2015 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1925)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is perturbed:
Hili: What a horrible mess in this wild nature.A: Does it disturb you?Hili: Yes, I can’t see what’s under these sticks.
Hili: Straszny bałagan w tej dzikiej przyrodzie.Ja: Przeszkadza ci?Hili: Tak, nie widzę co jest pod tymi patyczkami.
. . . and a photo of Szaron:
From Facebook; Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, and died in 2016.
A tweet from Jesus of the Day with a poignant explanation:
The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842, he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.
This caused quite a commotion in Roermond. After being married for 38 years the colonel died in 1880 and was buried on the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, the closest she could get to her husband. Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.
A tweet from Titania. I’d forgotten that Trudeau did this (not just once, but three times) which for nearly everyone would result in immediate cancellation. Why has he gotten a pass?
“Blackface” is when conservatives wear makeup to denigrate people of colour.
Justin Trudeau was simply painting his face in an effort to dismantle his whiteness. pic.twitter.com/5Ti5FChAjT
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) September 20, 2021
From Barry. I may have shown this before, but it’s a black-crested titmouse picking fur off a sleeping fox for the bird’s nest:
The hutzpah! Audacious & persistent black-crested titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) nicks fur right off the back of a knackered fox. Does it again & again. Gathers high-quality material for the best nest in town.
— Char Adams, PhD MPH MA (@_cdadams_) September 15, 2021
From Simon. This is clearly a seagull rather than a duck, but the poor choice of nesting site still obtains:
A mother duck with a degree in mathematics and physics… pic.twitter.com/HEUAphPELa
— Amazing Physics (@amazing_physics) September 20, 2021
From Ginger K. Why doesn’t the cat just ride in the cart?
Just an elderly old woman taking her baby cat to make the living. pic.twitter.com/AuoxBOxSPc
— Cats bring happiness (@bestmeows) September 18, 2021
From the Auschwitz Memorial:
22 September 1908 | A Hungarian Jewish woman, Blanka Klein, was born in Aszód.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) September 22, 2021
A lovely video tweet (sound up) Matthew.: I didn’t think dog milk could nourish kittens, but I guess they’re old enough to be eating solid food, too. As Matthew says, the world would be better if it were like Dodo:
Beagle starts producing milk to feed two tiny kittens — when they grow up, they help her with her own puppies 💕 pic.twitter.com/Weaf3XKMUk
— The Dodo (@dodo) September 18, 2021
Two more tweets from Matthew:
Patricia Churchland, who like me thinks that panpsychism is both untestable and dumb, goes after a proponent of the theory that all matter is conscious:
Strawson says panpsychism is believable via inference to the best explanation; i.e. no need to explain con. experience. Do a similar move all questions: where did the universe came from? God did it; how did cortex emerge? God did it etc etc. Simple.
— Patricia Churchland (@patchurchland) September 21, 2021
More interspecies love. Sound up if you want music:
Our barn cat Emerson loves both our donkeys! Here he is with Simon. pic.twitter.com/0Md36R16XE
— Natalie Rowe (@Knatolee) September 22, 2021