Wednesday: Hili dialogue

April 13, 2022 • 7:00 am

Good morning on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, a Hump Day, or, as they say in Arabic: يوم الحدبة.  It’s National Peach Cobbler Day, a treat you’re most likely to find in the American South, as well as Holy Wednesday (clearly we’re coming up on Easter), Scrabble Day, and Thomas Jefferson Day.

Wine of the Day: As I keep saying, there’s great value for money in Rioja, and even at higher price points, like this one ($35), you can get wines that are world class: the equivalent of a $100 bottle of Bordeaux.

This Rioja, had with my first T-bone dinner since I returned (Monday, with second half consumed Tuesday), is from R. Lopez Heredia, and the bottling is in the review below. Note the grape composition, typical of Rioja, and the fact that it was aged in oak for six years before bottling. Robert Parker gives it a tremendous score of 95, and you can see other laudatory reviews here and here.  I knew the wine would be good if properly aged? Had it been? Yes, and it has years to go. Parker review below:

The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard. This takes the lion’s share of the 400,000 bottles the winery produces, with some 220,000 bottles filled over a period of 12 consecutive days in May 2014

This was a spectacular bottle (sadly, my last, though I have a 2010). I decanted it because I expected a sediment, but there wasn’t any. The aroma of spice and fruit (cherries at first) leaped from the glass, and I had to ration myself. After dinner, I poured myself a glass, put it by my chair, and sipped it occasionally while reading. It just got better and better over two hours, and eventually assumed a fragrance of strawberries. It was smooth but robust: a great specimen of the heavy genre of Riojas. I was very sad to take the last sip, but as I write this on Tuesday, I have half a bottle left. Stay tuned. . .

The second half was marginally worse than the first, as the fruit had attenuated a bit and the tannins relatively more dominant. It was still a great tipple, but yesterday’s ration palpably better. Is this wine worth the money? To me it surely was, but your mileage may vary.

Stuff that happened on April 13 includes:

Do you know the “five Ks”—the five items that all pious Sikhs must wear at all times? If not, go here.

  • 1742 – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces.
  • 1873 – The Colfax massacre, in which more than 60 black men are murdered, takes place.
  • 1943 – World War II: The discovery of mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government-in-exile in London and the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility.

For years the Soviet Union blamed this on the Germans, but finally admitted it in 2004, but denying it was a war crime. Over 22,000 people were killed. Here’s a view of the exhumed bodies:

Sometimes I wonder how long it will be until they tear this memorial down. I used to walk there (a several hour hike) from my childhood home in Arlington, Virginia.

Here’s a short video report about Van Cliburn and his win, and the entire final concert (Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1;38 minutes) is on YouTube (no video) here.  Van Cliburn was only 23.

Here’s Poitier getting his Oscar: he gives a short speech and tears up a bit. Thankfully, there’s no mention of being “a credit to my race”.

Why don’t we see more of these bills. They would be useful!

  • 1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

Here’s a documentary of Woods’s victory: he was ust 21, but won by 12 shots.

The bomb (below) was called MOAB, which stood for GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, but that’s been modified to “Mother of All Bombs”:

And look at this blast when it was dropped in Afghanistan. You can see a test video of the bomb as it was dropped with the help of a parachute at this site.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1519 – Catherine de’ Medici, Italian-French wife of Henry II of France (d. 1589)
  • 1570 – Guy Fawkes, English soldier, member of the Gunpowder Plot (probable; d. 1606)
  • 1743 – Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States (d. 1826)

Here’s one image of what Jefferson might look like today:

Here he is with the Wikipedia caption “Butch Cassidy poses in the Wild Bunch group photo, Fort Worth, Texas, 1901″

  • 1906 – Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)
  • 1906 – Bud Freeman, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1909 – Eudora Welty, American short story writer and novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1919 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair, American activist, founded American Atheists (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Jack T. Chick, American author, illustrator, and publisher (d. 2016)

You’ve seen Chick’s anti-evolution and pro-Jesus pamphlets, right? I’ve been given many. A snippet:

Here’s the “evolution professor” getting pwned by a religious student in the most famous Chick cartoon about evolution:

  • 1939 – Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

Those who went to the Great Beyond on April 13 include:

Brady, below, was famous for his appetite, but I still can’t believe he could eat all this stuff. From Wikipedia:

Brady’s enormous appetite was as legendary as his wealth, though modern experts believe it was greatly exaggerated. It was not unusual, according to the legend, for Brady to eat enough food for ten people at a sitting. George Rector, owner of a favorite restaurant, described Brady as “the best 25 customers I ever had”.  For breakfast, he would eat “vast quantities of hominy, eggs, cornbread, muffins, flapjacks, chops, fried potatoes, beefsteak, washing it all down with a gallon of fresh orange juice”. A mid-morning snack would consist of “two or three dozen clams or Lynnhaven oysters”. Luncheon would consist of “shellfish…two or three deviled crabs, a brace of boiled lobsters, a joint of beef, and an enormous salad”. He would also include a dessert of “several pieces of homemade pie” and more orange juice. Brady would take afternoon tea, which consisted of “another platter of seafood, accompanied by two or three bottles of lemon soda”. Dinner was the main meal of the day, taken at Rector’s Restaurant. It usually comprised “two or three dozens oysters, six crabs, and two bowls of green turtle soup. Then in sumptuous procession came six or seven lobsters, two canvasback ducks, a double portion of terrapin, sirloin steak, vegetables, and for dessert a platter of French pastries.” Brady would even include two pounds of chocolate candy to finish off the meal.

Brady (not as fat as I imagined)
  • 1956 – Emil Nolde, Danish-German painter and educator (b. 1867)

Here’s a fine Emil Nolde painting: “Exotic Figures II” (1911)

  • 1993 – Wallace Stegner, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1909)
  • 2015 – Günter Grass, German novelist, poet, playwright, and illustrator, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1927)

Yes, Grass was a member of the Waffen-SS during WWII, but I love his books, and he did spend a lot of his writing trying to get Germany to own up to its Nazi past.

*It’s bad news everywhere—for Ukraine, for America, and for the Democrats and Biden.

*Below the headline from this morning’s NYT about Ukraine, though the top left spot is about the New York subway shooter, who injured 23 (but fortunately killed nobody) in a gun + smoke-grenade attack on a Brooklyn subway Tuesday. there is a “person of interest”, which hasn’t yet been upgraded to “suspect”:

The police on Tuesday evening identified a man they called a “person of interest” in the mass shooting, one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the subway in recent history. The man, Frank R. James, 62, was not named as a suspect, but the authorities said that people should call with any information they had on Mr. James.

The war news; click on screenshot to read:

And the NYT’s summary under that header:

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Wednesday praised President Biden for accusing Russia of committing genocide in Ukraine, describing the remarks as “true words of a true leader,” as investigators accelerated their efforts to collect evidence of alleged Russian atrocities outside Kyiv.

French forensic investigators joined Ukrainian authorities working to exhume bodies from mass graves in the northern town of Bucha, where hundreds were found after Russian forces withdrew, even as Ukraine was bracing for another Russian onslaught in the east.

Satellite images released on Wednesday offered new evidence that Russia is building up troops and military equipment for what analysts say could be a decisive battle in the region, with Russian tanks and artillery units seen moving on a highway near Kharkiv and positioned in fields and farms on the Russian side of the border.

In other news about the war, Biden, as noted above finally called the Russian acts a “genocide”, which it is since its aim is to wipe out Ukrainians, and it’s a genocide committed by a “dictator half a world away.” Them’s strong words, but them’s true words.

*In Afghanistan, the Taliban are busy executing former U.S. allies and government officials, despite their promise to be merciful. Did anybody really believe that then? Yes, some dupes did! They even thought the Taliban would, as they also promised, let women go to school.  Another duping: Iran’s statement that it’s not trying to make a nuclear weapon.

*The rate of inflation in the U.S. hit a four-decade year high using the data from March, with a yearly rate of 8.9%—a number not seen since 1981. I’m sure most Americans, including me, have noticed the rise in prices, and it spells trouble for the Democrats come November.  Biden has blamed it on the Ukraine, but American voters don’t believe that:

A poll released by Rasmussen Reports Monday found a similar trend.

“President Joe Biden’s policies have increased inflation, according to a majority of voters, who expect the issue to be important in November midterm elections,” Rasmussen said. “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the policies of Biden’s administration have increased inflation, while only eight percent (8%) think Biden’s policies have reduced inflation. Another 25% say the Biden administration’s policies have not made much difference in inflation.”

*I’m not sure whether , given the war and inflation, border issues (assigned to be addressed by VP Kamala Harris, who hasn’t done squat) will play a role in the election, but if it does, it won’t help Democrats. Mark Thiessen, at least agrees. , In a column at the Washington Post called “Biden is turning the border crisis into an outright catastrophe,”

Democrats are poised to lose control of the House and Senate this November in no small part because of the crisis President Biden has unleashed on the southern border. Now, Biden is ready to double down on disaster by lifting Title 42 — the Trump-era public health order that allows border officials to turn away illegal migrants to prevent the spread of covid-19. If Biden does so, he will turn crisis into a catastrophe — both at the border and at the polls.

By lifting Title 42, the Biden administration is trying to have it both ways — declaring the pandemic emergency over for illegal migrants at the border, but not for the rest of us. If the pandemic emergency is over, why are they still insisting we wear masks on planes? Why are all lawful international air passengers still required to get a negative coronavirus test before entering the United States (while illegal border crossers are not)? And why, if the emergency is over, is the Biden administration asking Congress for billions of dollars in emergency covid spending? Democrats need to decide: Either we are in a covid emergency, or we are not.

. . . Biden has created the worst border crisis in U.S. history — and does not seem to care that he is about to make it worse. But voters do. A new Politico-Morning Consult poll finds that 56 percent of voters oppose ending Title 42, making it Biden’s “most unpopular decision so far.” Considering the fact that Biden’s approval is underwater on virtually every issue, that is saying something. And the decision will become even less popular when Americans see the debacle it produces.

I’m not sure whether this will be as big an issue for voters as, say, their pocketbooks (“It’s the economy, stupid”). But it irks me that Kamala Harris has done nothing tangible about this, given me, and many Americans, the idea that Democrats simply don’t care about enforcing immigration policy.

*This is a great idea, and I’m surprised that those wily, world-domineering Jews haven’t thought about it before: create and promulgate a “Palestine Apartheid Week” to advertise which faction is the real “apartheid state.”

A pro-Israel student group is going on the offensive by tabling at multiple campuses across the United States, highlighting systemic discrimination against Jews in Palestinian-controlled territories such as the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the first time ever in what the group is calling “Palestinian Apartheid Week.”

Students Supporting Israel (SSI) has visited three college campuses throughout the country since March 21, highlighting the realities college students rarely confront about the Palestinian-controlled territories.

Issues like salaries paid to the families of Palestinian terrorists for killing Jews as part of a policy called “pay for slay;” the Palestinian Authority making it illegal to sell property to Jews; Jews not being able to openly pray at holy sites in the Palestinian territory unless accompanied by security; erasing the existence of Jews from Palestinian textbooks and maps; as well as Hamas’s charter calling for the killing of all Jews.

Not to mention Jews not being allowed to even live in the Palestinian Territories, much less the discrimination in Palestine (but not Israel) against women, apostates, and gays.

*I recently wrote about new evidence that the ivory-billed woodpecker is still with us. We can’t be even relatively certain, though: a lot more evidence is needed. The Guardian’s experts, though, tend to believe (as do I) that the bird is still with us. I love the last line here:

“No one has held a camera and got a picture of one in years because it’s a scarce bird in tough swampy habitat and they don’t want people close to them because they’ve been shot at for 150 years,” said Geoffrey Hill, a biologist at Auburn University who took part in another, largely frustrating, trip to find the bird in Florida in 2005.

“They have better eyes than we do, they are high in the trees and actively flee people. They aren’t great thinkers but they have developed a pretty simple strategy to avoid people.”

Hill said Latta’s research was “very interesting” and that he thought it likely that the bird pictured is indeed an ivory-billed woodpecker. He added that the FWS was premature to decide the species was extinct and that several dozen could still be holding on in forests across the south.

“Some people cannot believe a bird can defy documentation by modern humans because we have such dominion over nature but it is endlessly interesting because if it has done that, it’s one pretty impressive bird,” Hill said.

“People who are into birds are fascinated by them. Ivory bills couldn’t care less, though. They hate all people.”  (h/t: Trevor).

*From ZME Science: a rare giant bee  has been rediscovered.

While working as a curatorial assistant at the American Museum of Natural History, Eli Wyman learned about a very unusual bee that was presumed to be extinct. The bee, Megachile pluto, also known as Wallace’s giant bee, is a massive unit. It is the largest bee in the world, four times larger than a honeybee and measuring about the length of a human thumb.

Huge mandibles hang like dastardly garden shears from its head. Or, at least, did — the bee hadn’t been seen alive since 1981 and was feared lost. “I just thought ‘someday I’ve got to go to look for this bee.’ It’s a sort of unicorn in the bee world,” Wyman says. “If you love bees, as I do,” he added, “this is the greatest possible adventure to have.”

They organized a small expedition to Indonesia, and then, on the last of five day of looking, found a nest of the giant bee in a termite colony, where these behemoths build a tubular, resin-lined nest. But they’re having trouble getting this rare bee protected by the Indonesian government, and worse: they found a specimen of the bee for sale on eBay!

Worse, knowledge of the bee’s existence lit up a murky corner of the internet that specializes in the trade of rare animals. Shortly after he got back to the U.S., Wyman saw that someone was trying to sell a specimen of the bee on eBay for a few thousand dollars — a tempting lure for the subsistence farmers and fishermen of North Maluku who could get a portion of this relative fortune.

The bee had become something unusual, a sort of rare trophy like an endangered rhino. This sometimes happens with insects: In Germany, a rare beetle named after Adolf Hitler was considered at risk of extinction more than a decade ago due to its soaring popularity as a collector’s item for neo-Nazis.

Here’s a photo of M. pluto next to a European honeybee:

One of the first images of a living Wallace’s giant bee. Megachile pluto is the world’s largest bee, which is approximately 4x times larger than a European honey bee. (Composite). Photo by Clay Bolt.

*Finally, it was warm and sunny yesterday, and the turtles who vanished over the winter came out in force at Botany Pond:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili evinces her usual pessimism:

Hili: I see positive changes.
A: Where?
Hili: Only in the garden.
In Polish:
Hili: Dostrzegam pozytywne zmiany.
Ja: Gdzie?
Hili: Tylko w ogrodzie.

And here’s Karolina from Kyiv, making herself at home chez in Dobrzyn:

Kulka on the front steps:

From Lorenzo the Cat: a d*g fighting for freedom:

From Ginger K.:

From Su and Anna:

Sadly, God is mistaking cultural evolution with biological evolution. He knows better than that!

A tweet from Simon. Oy, are people mixed up about the CDC! Simon calls this “comic relief”, and it is, but these chowderheads also spreading dangerous information.

Barry says, “I wonder what he’s drinking.” My guess is a piña colada:

From Ginger K.: What a clever idea!

From the Auschwitz Memorial:


Tweets from Matthew. This first one shows two people who are like halves of a critical nuclear mass: put them together and POW!

Matthew and I love stoats, and look at this family of seven gamboling about!

It will tear it apart later:

The answer’s in the thread:

34 thoughts on “Wednesday: Hili dialogue

  1. … as well as Holy Wednesday (clearly we’re coming up on Easter) …

    An old colleague called me up yesterday. He has a client who picked up a warrant for violating the terms of his pretrial release. (I think he had a dirty pee test.) The colleague asked what I thought the judge would do if he tried to get the client before the court in the next couple days, so he could be reinstated to bond and spend Easter weekend with his family instead of in jail.

    I told him that, knowing the particular judge handling the case, if he made that argument, his client was likely to get a lecture on how Jesus spent Easter weekend doing “the harrowing of hell.” 🙂

    1. Hey, FYI: I found Hanna on Hulu last night.

      Or should I say that it found me? Mere hours after mentioning it on this site, it showed up in the maybe twenty recommendations from Hulu. I swear, these corporations know what I’m thinking before I do.

  2. 1742 – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

    Reminds me that I was listening the other day to my favorite trio of singing sisters, known simply by their last name “The Roches,” and came across this a cappella version of “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

    What a cool and versatile trio they were:

  3. Please allow this interesting excerpt on Jefferson runs for office from Wikipedia :

    [ begin excerpt ]
    Jefferson was a longtime friend of John Adams, both serving in the Continental Congress and drafting the Declaration of Independence together. However, Jefferson’s status as a Democratic-Republican would end up making Adams, a Federalist, his political rival. In the 1796 presidential election between Jefferson and Adams, Jefferson came second, which according to electoral procedure at the time, unintentionally elected him as vice president to Adams. Jefferson would later go on to challenge Adams again in 1800 and win the presidency. After concluding his presidency, Jefferson would eventually reconcile with Adams and shared a correspondence that lasted fourteen years.
    [ end excerpt ]

    … Richard Hofstader discusses elections in the years after 1776 in his famous essay … I think the section The Decline of the Gentleman?…

    Source :

  4. … border issues (assigned to be addressed by VP Kamala Harris, who hasn’t done squat) …

    Well, Kamala hasn’t covered herself in glory on this or any other issue. But, as FDR’s first VP (and former Speaker of the House) John Nance (“Cactus Jack”) Garner said of the vice-presidency from a policy-making standpoint, it’s “not worth a bucket of warm piss” (usually bowdlerized to “a bucket of warm spit” in contemporaneous reporting of Garner’s quip).

    1. John Adams, the very first VEEP, called it “the most insignificant office that ever the mind of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

  5. I wonder if Diamond Jim Brady had some type of malabsorption syndrome. He doesn’t look hyperthyroid, so there has to be SOME explanation for him being able to look as he did and yet eat even anything approaching what he is reputed to have eaten.

  6. Barry says, “I wonder what he’s drinking.” My guess is a piña colada …

    In that case, shouldn’t he be wearing bad sneakers? Or is he the “one more chimp who isn’t here”?

    1. There’s an episode of Knight Rider (… don’t judge..) with Steely Dan playing from a tiny radio in a food vendor cart. One of the hits – not sure … Ricky Don’t Lose That Number?…

  7. I like the carrying handle on Cartridge.

    And if you ask for $2’s at the bank, they’re usually happy to oblige. It’s long since time to quit striking pennies and printing $1’s.

    1. Somewhere I have an envelope with about 15 $2 bills, but I don’t recall where I put it.They are hard to spend in the US as many people don’t think they are real. In Ecuador, the US $2 bill is very popular so if one is to be visiting Ecuador, it is good to have some to use for tipping. The Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea $1 coins are also common in Ecuador and you will often get them in change.

  8. It will presymably not make any impression here to state the obvious:

    “For more than 40 years, the UN Security Council and General Assembly have stated in hundreds of resolutions that Israel’s annexation of occupied territory is unlawful, its construction of hundreds of Jewish settlements are illegal, and its denial of Palestinian self-determination breaches international law,”

    1. It doesn’t make an impression on me. The United Nations is known well for its anti-Israel bias and singling out of Israel among all countries for special criticism. Further, they have a biased interpretation of International Law: many legal experts disgree with the illegality of settlements.

      But I don’t suppose the perfidy of the Palestinians, and their arrant hypocrisy in calling Israel an “apartheid state” when in fact Palestine is the apartheid state will make any impression on YOU.

    2. In the Oslo Accords (signed by PLO in the name of all Palestinians, and by EU and US, which means it’s internationally binding law) the Palestinian Authority was to administer Areas A and B, and Israel was to administer Area C. Absolutely nothing was said about illegality of any “occupation” (not to mention that there is still the binding San Remo decision stating that this territory belongs to a Jewish State) or of illegality of building there. Should we say that Jews building in Jerusalem in the millennia old Jewish Quarter—which until war of aggression of 5 Arab states had a Jewish majority, and during 19 years of really illegal Jordanian occupation went through ethnic cleansing (of Jews)—are doing it illegally? Why invent a special “international law” for Israel when nowhere else in the world is building of houses for human beings is forbidden? Was there any international outcry against Turkey building houses in Northern Cyprus?

    3. “Jewish settlements are illegal”

      It’s fascinating that there’s a place in the world where building housing is deemed illegal by the UN because the place they’re being built doesn’t want Jews living there (EDIT: and has a national policy of killing Jews wherever and whenever they can find them).

      EDIT: and that’s the impression I get from you and from edicts from the UN like this. Israel is held to standards no other country, democratic (like Israel) or otherwise, are held to, and the only reason I can see for that is because Israel is a refuge for Jews. I can’t find any other defining factor that makes Israel different from Palestine, Qatar, the US, France. Or how about Saudi Arabia (and the nearly 20 countries that have been part of its “coalition” attacking Yemen since 2016, killing over 300,000 people and displacing over 5,000,000 so far), or Myanmar (the Rohingya), China (genocide of the Uighur Muslims)? Nah, none of those countries get the treatment of Israel, a tiny country smaller than almost every US state, with a body count made almost entirely of terrorists that is dwarfed by the vast majority of collateral damage deaths of any country that carries out military operations of any sort. If even a dozen Palestinians die in the defensive operation after an attach carried out by Hamas/PLA, the world and the UN and people like you lose their minds. Palestine and literally any other country can intentionally target and kill as many civilians as they want (something Israel does not do), on the order of hundreds of thousands more even, without a peep from people like you. Call me when you’re all over the internet posting about Yemen.

      EDIT 2: I have yet to get a single person to whom I’ve pointed out the above double standards explain to me why, exactly, they treat Israel this way. Will you be the one to explain?

    1. Seriously, after what I just said, you think this impresses me. No, as Shania said, “It don’t impress me much.”
      Frankly, I could bombard you with dozens of reports of odious Palestinian behavior, terrorism, “pay for slay”, indoctrination of Palestinian children to kill Jews, oppression of women and gays, slaying of apostates, and so on. But that wouldn’t make a dent in your views.

      Do you want me to send you reports like those? Would THOSE make an impression on you? I doubt it.

      Don’t bother to send me this kind of stuff. I read it all the time.

      Well, here’s an item for you:

      1. I have long felt that the media’s seeming coordination in no longer giving significant coverage to terror attacks in Israel has a large hand in the “anti-Zionism” movement. In the 80’s and 90’s, we used to see fiery husks of buses and cafes on the news every week, where a Palestinian terrorist had played martyr and blown up several dozen civilians. Israel had to build a wall around their country and the most sophisticated anti-missile system ever created to protect its people. Now that there are fewer successful attacks, and now that the media refuses to give any significant coverage to both successful and unsuccessful attacks, the public gets the impression that everything in Israel is just hunky-dory.

  9. Just a reminder that Christopher Hitchens would have been 72 years old today. Happy Birthday, Hitch! We miss you!

  10. From the article:

    “The giant bee deserves to be here, with its comically large jawline, just like the everyday earwigs, crickets, and moths. It is part of the astonishing fabric of life of our world, the only known life in this universe, and our blustering self-importance is a poor arbiter of which elements we should allow to be casually extinguished.”

    I wonder by what percent smaller the bee’s jawline would have to be that it would not be considered “comically large.” (Perhaps notable comedians can provide guidance.)

    It strikes me that for humans to repeatedly reference the Earth as the only known life in this UNIVERSE is an example of our blustering self-importance, at least in part. At such time as other (sentient) life is discovered it will be one more instance of further taking the wind out of humanity’s hubristic sails. (Some inhabitants of a planet in the Andromeda galaxy may be similarly so thinking at the moment.)

  11. Actually, after a bit of moving the slider back and forth whilst on pause, there are 8 stoats in that hyper group.

  12. I have no intention of excusing Russian aggression, but I should note that the MOAB is a bigger version of the “vacuum bombs” we have been exercised about being deployed by the Russians in Ukraine. The MOAB was used in both Afghanistan and Iraq, I believe.

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