Sunday: Hili Dialogue

May 1, 2022 • 5:57 am


In Dobrzyn, Hili seems unhappy:

A: What are you doing here?

Hili: I’m hiding from the blows of fate.

Ja: Co tu robisz?

Hili: Ukrywam się przed ciosami losu.



An eerie occurrence, that is not CGI, and was filmed in India in real time.

Finally, any readers who live, or who have friends who live, in the vicinity of Columbus, Ohio, or Indianapolis, might want to check this out – lots of tickets going for the Brain Cox / Robin Ince extravaganza next week:

32 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili Dialogue

  1. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

    1. And they said, “How the Hell did you do that?. Do you do children’s parties?”
      All were amazed and said, “This guy is really good!”

  2. These husks are impressive. I wonder if the paddy can still be used. (I guess yes, after flattening it out a bit).

  3. On this day:
    1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: By the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton, England recognises Scotland as an independent state.

    1807 – The Slave Trade Act 1807 takes effect, abolishing the slave trade within the British Empire.

    1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.

    1851 – Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London.

    1866 – The Memphis Race Riots begin. In three days time, 46 blacks and two whites were killed. Reports of the atrocities influenced passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

    1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”. The Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin.

    1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.

    1960 – Cold War: U-2 incident: Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

    1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.

    1999 – The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924.

  4. Ludvík Federer was 75 when he was murdered. On the photo he looks quite a bit younger.
    From babies to elderly, it made no difference. There have been genocides, but never as unbelievable as with the use of gas chambers, actually designed to kill innocents in large numbers, nearly an industry.
    It was really below anything seen until then. There are no words.

  5. Births:
    1764 – Benjamin Henry Latrobe, English-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1820)

    1769 – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Irish-English field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1852) – And designer of the Wellington boot.

    1852 – Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and professional scout (d. 1903)

    1852 – Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)

    1857 – Theo van Gogh, Dutch art dealer (d. 1891)

    1923 – Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1999)

    1946 – Joanna Lumley, English actress, voice-over artist, author, and activist

    1969 – Wes Anderson, American director, producer, and screenwriter

    Those who took a never-ending nap:
    1873 – David Livingstone, Scottish-English missionary and explorer (b. 1813)

    1904 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer and academic (b. 1841)

    1945 – Joseph Goebbels, German lawyer and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1897) – And his wife and kids…

    1986 – Hylda Baker, English comedian, actress and music hall performer (b. 1905)

    1998 – Eldridge Cleaver, American author and activist (b. 1935)

    2011 – Henry Cooper, English boxer (b. 1934)

    2021 – Olympia Dukakis, American actress (b. 1931)

  6. The U2 incident showed what a great president Eisenhower was (IMMO), when the efforts to cover-up it was an actual spy mission, and that pilot Powers was alive and well, it was tried to pin it on CIA director Allan Dulles, who indicated he was willing to take the blame (good point for Dulles, btw). But on May 11, 1960 Eisenhower came clean and admitted he was aware and responsible.
    That is a somewhat different from: “I take no responsibility at all”, we’ve gotten used to.

    1. As president, Eisenhower could always be counted on to do the right thing — after he’d exhausted the other options.

      Brown v. Board of Education, requiring the desegregations of US public schools was decided in 1954, for example, but Ike dawdled for three years before sending federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure that nine black students could enroll at Central High.

      1. “Eisenhower could always be counted on to do the right thing — after he’d exhausted the other options.”
        Well yes, I guess.
        But at least he generally (no pun) did the right thing in the end, something we’re not really used to anymore. (Don’t get me wrong. I think Biden is doing an excellent job re Ukraine).

      2. I think your chronology is off, Ken. The dawdling was at the Little Rock School Board which prepared a plan to admit Black students for the 1957 school year, a process which was going on with varying levels of enthusiasm and foot-dragging across the segregated South. The NAACP was supporting the Little Rock plan and timetable initially, not requesting heavy-handed federal intervention to speed things along. Cooperation broke down (owing to bad-faith gerrymandering, acc. to Wiki) as the September 1957 start of classes approached.

        On 4 Sept., the governor called out the National Guard to prevent access to the school by the nine Black students scheduled to enrol. President Eisenhower called the governor on to the carpet (literally, I suppose if the Oval Office is carpeted). When Gov. Faubus would not relent, Eisenhower invoked the Insurrection Act on 24 Sept. and, under the authority of the Act, deployed the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to enforce the Constitution. He also put the Arkansas National Guard under federal command.

        I wouldn’t regard 20 days to put the Army on the streets in a major Constitutional crisis as dawdling by the President.

        See Wiki, Little Rock Nine.

          1. That is one stunning carpet.
            I see your point about how some Presidential arm-twisting (on that carpet!) could have sped things along after 1954. But he would have had to have wanted to. And he didn’t, until Gov. Faubus forced his hand.

        1. Mort Sahl had a joke about Eisenhower. Something like, “There’s a new Eisenhower doll. You wind him up and he doesn’t do any thing at all for eight years.”

  7. Today is International Labour Day, aka May Day in the USA, and the beginning of a weeklong celebration in China, where my wife is from. Workers of the world, unite!

    1. They aren’t going to be doing much celebrating this year, locked in their houses and starving. But then the proletariat has starved in docile service of the Workers’ Paradise before.

      The Economist (16-22 April) estimates that 2 million could die in the inevitable post-exit wave. But neither is death on that scale novel for China.

    2. May 1, Labour day is celebrated with red flags everywhere.
      The US is out of sync with the rest of the world, where red is the colour of socialism.

  8. Theo van Gogh was Vincent’s younger brother, and always supported him financially and emotionally. Vincent, whose paintings cost many millions now, never sold one single painting during his lifetime.
    Theo died at a young age: 33 (six months after Vincent), presumably of tertiary syphilis.

        1. I meant to add that it is a fascinating article, I had no idea about Vincent’s sister-in-law and the enormous role she played in establishing him in the artistic firmament.

          Btw, pasting the web address of a paywalled article into the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine should enable you to read an archived copy with no problems – and to archive it yourself if there isn’t already one saved!

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