This is a truncated Hili dialogue, minus the historical photos and info, all due to my unfortunate mishap. But we shall have a Hili!
Welcome to the humpy Day of Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and National M&Ms Day. A perennially popular candy, society is divided up into those that like the plain ones, filled with chocolate, or the peanut M&Ms, containing a chocolate-coated peanut. Invented in 1941, 340 million M&Ms are produced daily.
Why the name? Wikipedia explains:
The two ‘M’s represent the names of Forrest E. Mars Sr., the founder of Newark Company, and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey Chocolate’s president William F. R. Murrie, who had a 20 percent share in the product. The arrangement allowed the candies to be made with Hershey chocolate, as Hershey had control of the rationed chocolate at the time.
It’s also National Yorkshire Pudding Day, National Fossil Day, International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, English Language Day, International Plain Language Awareness Day, Emergency Nurses Day, and Bring Your Teddy Bear to School and Work Day (school and work are same to me, and here I am this morning in my office with Toasty, who lives here).
News of the Day:
Texas is once again the site of political mishigass.
*First, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any business or “entity” from enacting vaccine mandates for its employees. going smack against Joe Biden’s Presidential order for vaccine mandates (or weekly testing) for all employers with more than 100 employees. These conflicting orders put businesses in a bind, though some, like Southwest Airlines, have stated that the White House order supersedes that of Texas. They’re likely to be right given the “supremacy clause” of the U.S. Constitutuion. Abbott made this weaselly statement:
Abbott said that the vaccine is “safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus,” but he believes it “should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet even in his own state, no fewer than 8 separate immunizations are required for children to attend both private and public schools.
*And on the confusing Texas abortion front, where a judge’s ban on the state’s unconstitutional new anti-abortion law lasted but 48 hours before an appeals court reinstated the ban, the government has asked the same appellate court to overturn the law pending rulings at a higher level. I’m not sure why the Fifth Circuit would reverse what it had already ruled earlier, but the drama goes on as pregnant women from Texas flood abortion clinics in adjacent states.
*For years I took a daily aspirin as a preventive for heart attacks, though I have no family history and my heart is healthy. I asked my doctor a few years ago if I should continue, and he said “no.” He was right. The NYT reports that people not already taking aspirin for cardiovascular problems should not start taking it, as the risks of bleeding internally are greater than the benefits to the heart:
Doctors should no longer routinely begin prescribing a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin to most people at high risk of a first heart attack or stroke, according to new draft guidelines by a U.S. panel of experts. The proposed recommendation is based on mounting evidence that the risk of serious side effects far outweighs the benefit of what was once considered a remarkably cheap weapon in the fight against heart disease.
The U.S. panel also plans to retreat from its 2016 recommendation to take baby aspirin for the prevention of colorectal cancer, guidance that was groundbreaking at the time. The panel said more recent data had raised questions about the putative benefits for cancer, and that more research was needed.
*I’m not quite sure why there’s so much interest in the murder of 22-year-old Gabby Petito (probably by her boyfriend, who’s on the lam). Horrible as that murder was, things like this happen every day in America but this case, like the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, seems to dominate the media. At any rate, the coroner ruled today that Petito, who was last seen at the end of August, and whose body was found on Sept. 19 in a national forest in Wyoming, died of strangulation. Her boyfriend with whom she was traveling, Brian Laundrie, 23, has disappeared and under a warrant for debit card fraud, though he’s a “person of interest” in her murder.
*If you want to watch
Captain Kirk William Shatner become the oldest person in the world to go into space (he’s 90), he’s scheduled to be one of four passengers on the “Blue Shepard” capsule that launches tomorrow. One of Jeff Bezos’s “Blue Horizon” space tourist ventures, the launch is scheduled for 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (1400 GMT), and you can watch it below (if there’s no video site when this is posted, check back in an hour or so; I believe live coverage begins at 8:30 EDT):
WATCH THIS SPACE
*Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 717,501, an increase of 1,938 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll is now 4,883,492, an increase of about 8,800 over yesterday’s total.
Stuff that happened on October 13 includes:
- 54 – Roman emperor Claudius dies from poisoning under mysterious circumstances. He is succeeded by his adoptive son Nero, rather than by Britannicus, his son with Messalina.
- 1269 – The present church building at Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
- 1792 – In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.
- 1881 – First known conversation in modern Hebrew by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends.
- 1903 – The Boston Red Sox win the first modern World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth game.
- 1917 – The “Miracle of the Sun” is witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Portugal.
Wikipedia‘s caption of the photo below: “Part of the crowd looking at the Sun during the event.” Many are kneeling.
- 1972 – Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes mountains. Twenty-eight survive the crash. All but 16 succumb before rescue on December 23.
- 1976 – The first electron micrograph of an Ebola virus is taken at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Dr. F. A. Murphy.
- 2010 – The mining accident in Copiapó, Chile ends as all 33 trapped miners arrive at the surface after a record 69 days underground.
- 2019 – Kenyan Brigid Kosgei sets a new world record for a woman runner with a time of 2:14:04 at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.
Wikipedia notes that there are actually two records:
The IAAF recognizes two world records for women, a time of 2:14:04 set by Brigid Kosgei on October 13, 2019, during the Chicago Marathon which was contested by men and women together, and a “Women Only” record of 2:17:01, set by Mary Keitany, on April 23, 2017, at the London Marathon for women only.
I’m not sure why there is a record for a “woman only” race, but it implies that women run faster when they run with men. So what—surely that’s fair, isn’t it?
Notables born on this day include:
- 1821 – Rudolf Virchow, German physician, biologist, and politician (d. 1902)
- 1853 – Lillie Langtry, English actress and singer (d. 1929)
- 1909 – Art Tatum, American jazz pianist (d. 1956)
- 1925 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian and actor (d. 1966)
- 1927 – Lee Konitz, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2020)
- 1941 – Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Simon is 80 today!
- 1959 – Marie Osmond, American singer, actress, and television spokesperson
- 1969 – Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater and actress
Those who expired on October 13 include:
- 54 – Claudius, Roman emperor (b. 10 BC)
- 1822 – Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor (b. 1757)
- 1945 – Milton S. Hershey, American businessman, founded The Hershey Company (b. 1857)
- 1974 – Ed Sullivan, American journalist and talk show host (b. 1901)
- 1990 – Lê Đức Thọ, Vietnamese general and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili comments after having just read the newspaper:
Hili: Global lunacy.A: It’s nothing new.
Hili: Globalny obłęd.Ja: Nic nowego.
Matthew said I should read this book, which he found on Twitter. It’s for real; Goodreads summarizes it:
Heao is a member of Academe, a future group of intelligentsia on a planet in the throes of a receding ice age. She and all her people have been conquered by a primitive king whose dreams of destruction haunt him, and may doom all her kind. Heao is intelligent and loving, a devoted helpmate and mother. But Heao is not an ordinary woman. She is a member of a feline race, and her body, along with those of her peers, is covered with fur and ends in a long busy tail. She is a member of the master race of Shadowland, the race that keeps human slaves to do their work for them, the race that stands in powerless awe of the fiery ball of light she sees once a year—Godsfire!
From Stash Krod. Don’t choose #1!
From Masih: Texas pays people to report currently illegal abortions; Iran doesn’t have to pay its citizens to harass women who don’t dress “properly”:
I've just received this video from Iran. A pro-regime woman harasses a young girl in the street for her hijab. While she's busy harassing, she's also holding the hand of her daughter. Imagine having a mother who goes around and harasses people. Poor girl#MyCameraIsMyWeapon pic.twitter.com/O3XAgAv0zU
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) October 9, 2021
From Barry, who says he can’t improve the caption. Some dude thought Jesus was really getting stabbed!
When you are incapable of separating fantasy from reality… pic.twitter.com/j3ljCPxcdS
— Heisenberg (@atheist_in_nc) October 9, 2021
From Simon, with Rechavi using a common phrase to criticize scientific comparisons:
“Reject, it’s like comparing apples with oranges” pic.twitter.com/5cpfKLedBl
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) October 10, 2021
From the Auschwitz Memorial (all people pictured in these tweets were born on this day of the year):
13 October 1920 | Polish woman Janina Bednarska was born in Będzin.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) October 12, 2021
Tweets from Matthew. This was yesterday morning in Chicago.
This morning in St. Boniface Cemetery pic.twitter.com/B2ggGHbS2o
— Robert Loerzel (@robertloerzel) October 12, 2021
Check out this site, which has 14 animal species sitting on capybaras, the world’s chillest mammal.
Don't forget to check out the Animals Sitting On Capybaras project to see more observations of animals sitting on capybaras 🙂 https://t.co/jupzcKn1J1
— Kees (@KeesKiwi) October 12, 2021
Who hired the designer here? They’re called invertebrates for a reason!
This is probably one of the most scientifically inaccurate Halloween decorations I've seen. pic.twitter.com/AfEx9nmLbv
— Ron Kichurchak Jr (@RonKichurchak) October 11, 2021
Matthew told me I’d especially like the second joke on the list. I did! (it’s joke #4.)
I think about this kind of crap every god damn day…https://t.co/m2Hbp7tkqk
— Al Vimh (@al_vimh) October 12, 2021