Welcome to Sunday, January 15, 2023: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. The good stuff has pieces of strawberries in it. This one ranks #1 on a list of strawberry ice creams available in grocery stores, but I’m not sure it’s wiely available.
It’s also National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day, National Bagel Day, National Booch Day, celebrating the fermented tea drink kombucha, which I’ve never had, National Hat Day, World Religion Day, World Snow Day (in the southern hemisphere?) and Wikipedia Day. If you look at the Wikipedia entry on Wikipedia, you’ll see that this online site was founded on January 15, 2002. And I’m sure you’ll join me in urging Greg Mayer to finally finish his draft post, “What’s the matter with Wikipedia?”, which has been languishing as a draft, with gradual lengthening, for about half a decade.
Readers are welcome to mark notable events, births, or deaths on this by consulting the January 15 Wikipedia page.
*Shoot me now! Even more classified documents have been found in Joe Biden’s Delaware home, this time the second batch at that home and making a total of three lots (some were even marked “top secret”).
The documents were discovered after Mr. Biden’s attorneys said earlier that some classified material, likely dating from his time as vice president, had been found in his garage at the residence in December.
One document marked as classified also was found at his residence earlier this week, the White House had said. In addition, documents marked as classified were found at his office at a Washington think tank in November.
In a statement Saturday, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said he accompanied Justice Department officials to Wilmington on Thursday to retrieve the initial document from the residence—and during that process “five additional pages with classification markings” were found among the material, bringing the total to six pages discovered this week.
. . . Mr. Biden’s team has said the material was inadvertently misplaced.
They’ve been turned over to the Justice Department, as is proper. This of course puts Biden in a situation similar to Trump. And much as I’d like to say that Biden’s misplacement was a teeny error and Trump’s was an arrant wrong, I still remember Biden expressing astonishment that Trump had classified documents in his home. Now of course there is a difference: Trump fought those seeking to look for them, lied about them, and claimed they were his, while Biden did none of that. And I don’t think this will amount to anything for Biden. But at the same time you make a case that Biden simply erred, so you make a bit of a case that Trump is less culpable as well.
*“Even a little alcohol can harm your health,” says an article in the NYT, scaring the bejeezus out of me. Fortunately, the definition of “less than a little” falls within my range: two glasses of wine per night, but not every night:
“Excessive alcohol use” technically means anything above the U.S. Dietary Guidelines’ recommended daily limits. That’s more than two drinks a day for men and more than one drink a day for women.
But the Leisure Fascists don’t want us to even have that:
There is also emerging evidence “that there are risks even within these levels, especially for certain types of cancer and some forms of cardiovascular disease,” said Marissa Esser, who leads the alcohol program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The recommended daily limits are not meant to be averaged over a week, either. In other words, if you abstain Monday through Thursday and have two or three drinks a night on the weekend, those weekend drinks count as excessive consumption. It’s both the cumulative drinks over time and the amount of alcohol in your system on any one occasion that can cause damage.
But I’m a male, and I can have to drinks on the weekend. These people don’t count the pleasure of alcohol for anything; only longevity counts. Then they tell us why those two glasses of wine are bad:
Scientists think that the main way alcohol causes health problems is by damaging DNA. When you drink alcohol, your body metabolizes it into acetaldehyde, a chemical that is toxic to cells. Acetaldehyde both “damages your DNA and prevents your body from repairing the damage,” Dr. Esser explained. “Once your DNA is damaged, then a cell can grow out of control and create a cancer tumor.”
Alcohol also creates oxidative stress, another form of DNA damage that can be particularly harmful to the cells that line blood vessels. Oxidative stress can lead to stiffened arteries, resulting in higher blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
“It fundamentally affects DNA, and that’s why it affects so many organ systems,” Dr. Naimi said. Over the course of a lifetime, chronic consumption “damages tissues over time.”
One gets the feeling that these people would prefer you to not drink at all. Well, they can get in line, take and number, and my tuchas is available for osculation. Is the French wine paradox now dead? Or will this new medical advice be overturned, as similar advice has been many times during my lifetime. (It’s now ok to eat cheese.)
*Fareed Zakaria, always sensible, takes on the problem of immigration into American in a WaPo column about the failure of our policy.
The politics is obvious. Right-wing populism, from Sweden to the United States to Italy, is almost always linked with fears of uncontrolled immigration. It’s an issue that fuels associated anxieties about culture, religion and race. If Western leaders cannot properly address immigration, Western politics will continue to be consumed with populism for years to come.
The policy part is equally important. The waves of migration we are watching now are making a mockery of the system of asylum that came into being over the last several decades. After World War II, and in the wake of the Holocaust, countries vowed to welcome people who had legitimate fears for their lives. A body of international law developed that gave asylum seekers certain rights.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is nervous again:
Hili: Somebody has just driven in.A: Who?Hili: I don’t know, a strange car.
Hili: Ktoś przyjechał.Ja: Kto?Hili: Nie wiem, jakiś obcy samochód.
And a photo of baby Kulka:
Finally, a rare Mietek monologue:
Mietek: It’s raining again.
From I Have Cat:
From Stash Krod:
Yes, these are real (see here, for instance):
God emits a few tweets on Mastodon:
From Masih: another victim of Iranian “justice”. Sound up.
The Islamic Republic has sentenced #MajidKazemi to death. Majid was tortured into making the false confessions that resulted in his death sentence. His life is in danger.
Say his name. #MahsaAmini#StopExecutionsInIran pic.twitter.com/otZANsdzGP
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) January 14, 2023
From Malcolm. Somehow I think they reversed the video here, for cats are not altruistic that way—especially with food!
— Meowed (@Meowed) January 3, 2023
From Simon. Good thing alcohol flames are easily extinguished:
— No Context Brits (@NoContextBrits) January 11, 2023
From the Auschwitz Memorial, a woman of 71 gassed upon arrival:
15 January 1871 | A Czech Jewish woman, Marie Wilderová, was born in Újezd near Mělník.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 15, 2023
From Matthew. WHO’S a good boy?
I’ve seen many good dogs in my time, but I’ve just seen the *best* dog. pic.twitter.com/vlopCDAsVW
— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) January 12, 2023
From Matthew. These AI-generated student essays can be vetted now for the likelihood that they came from AI, but as they get better there’s a serious danger of students using the sites to write their essays for them. This is actually happening now.
I asked ChatGPT to produce a university-level essay (800 words with bibliography) on Pheromones in Reptiles (this is a final year essay I set). The essays were vague, imprecise, and repetitive, but worthy of 40%. References seemed right but were invented. We have a problem. pic.twitter.com/rOpa5zs8g3
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) January 14, 2023
The header is clearly a joke, but the thread below this tweet says that this one deer repeatedly returne to the wolf carcass to gnaw on the bones. I bet it’s for the calcium.
From recent news article: “The public in Minnesota is in uproar demanding the government shoot the deer to save the wolves. Local resident Billy Joe Bob said: "The deer have decimated the vegetation so now they are starting to eat the wolves! Something must be done!” pic.twitter.com/AVnv510MCR
— Voyageurs Wolf Project (@VoyaWolfProject) January 13, 2023