Wednesday: Hili dialogue

April 12, 2023 • 3:12 am

by Matthew Cobb

Normal Hili service will be resumed tomorrow. Feel free to pitch in below on whatever you fancy.

Meanwhile, in Dobrzyn, Hili is being assertive.

Hili: Do you really think I can be wrong?
A: It happens to everybody.
Hili: I do not agree, I’m always right
In Polish:
Hili: Czy ty naprawdę sądzisz, że ja mogę być w błędzie?
Ja: Każdemu się to zdarza.
Hili: Nie zgadzam się, ja mam zawsze rację.

19 thoughts on “Wednesday: Hili dialogue

  1. On this day:
    1900 – One day after its enactment by the Congress, President William McKinley signs the Foraker Act into law, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.

    1917 – World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.

    1927 – Shanghai massacre of 1927: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Chinese Communist Party members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.

    1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.

    1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in office; Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes President upon Roosevelt’s death.

    1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

    1961 – Space Race: The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first crewed orbital flight, Vostok 1.

    1983 – Harold Washington is elected as the first black mayor of Chicago.

    2009 – Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwean dollar as its official currency.

    1639 – Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician (d. 1712).

    1883 – Imogen Cunningham, American photographer and educator (d. 1976).

    1925 – Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer, and screenwriter (d. 2008).

    1932 – Tiny Tim, American singer and ukulele player (d. 1996).

    1933 – Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano and actress (d. 2018).

    1939 – Alan Ayckbourn, English director and playwrightm

    1940 – Herbie Hancock, American pianist, composer, and bandleader.

    1941 – Bobby Moore, English footballer and manager (d. 1993).

    1947 – David Letterman, American comedian and talk show host.

    1954 – Pat Travers, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.

    1987 – Brendon Urie, American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist.

    From all that I heard, and overheard, fate was a Duck of Death, never kind, with little respect for who was loved and needed: [With apologies to V.C. Andrews.]

    1945 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American lawyer and politician, 32nd President of the United States (b. 1882).

    1975 – Josephine Baker, French actress, activist, and humanitarian (b. 1906).

    1989 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist, co-founded Youth International Party (b. 1936).

    1989 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (b. 1921).

    1999 – Boxcar Willie, American singer-songwriter (b. 1931).

  2. Thanks again Matthew! 1955 Salk polio vaccine: in the US, i remember entire families showing up at our local elementary school to be vaccinated. I was seven and in a middle class family and neighborhood. I do not recall any anti-vaxxers…only that everyone was so grateful for the vaccine. Polio induced paralysis, iron lungs, and children on crutches were very real to everyone. A similar positive attitude prevailed some time later for the Sabin vaccine given orally on sugar cubes.

    1. I, too, have memories of lining up to receive the oral vaccine when I was a child. Those memories include the feelings of excitement, joy, and gratitude that you mention.

    2. My maternal grandfather (1889-1976) was born in a Jewish agricultural colony in Bereznehuvate, Ukraine. He emigrated to Lebanon and then America in the 1910’s and eventually became a medical doctor in rural upstate New York. My mother has a picture of him administering the Salk vaccine to me in 1958. He was all smiles in that picture because he was thrilled to be able to vaccinate me with that miracle vaccine. He understood the scourge of polio and had cared for many patients stricken with the disease. That vaccine did away with endless suffering. I tell this story to vaccine deniers that I meet on occasion.

    3. I recall my first polio vaccination back in the late 1950s, early 1960s, still have the vestige of the small scar it left on my upper arm, it was applied using what looked like a small pin to scratch the surface of the upper arm.

      I also remember going to school with classmates who wore leg braces and used crutches after catching polio, and they were the “lucky” ones, the less fortunate died or spent time in an iron lung.

      I still can not wrap my head around those who not only reject vaccines for themselves but also put their families and neighbours at risk through their foolishness.

      And now we read about measles make a resurgence do to the actions of these same terrible people.

      1. I’m offering this correction, Steve, only to reassure worried parents that polio vaccine does not leave a scar on their precious infant’s arm. I think you are referring to inoculation with live vaccinia virus to prevent smallpox. This was the original “vaccination” pioneered by Jenner. Its use became mostly unnecessary with the eradication of smallpox certified in 1978. We stopped using it in the Americas several years before that because the vaccine occasionally causes severe local reactions and even progressive infection. The risk of dying from the vaccine exceeded, for the first time in history, that from smallpox once the disease became confined to a few countries where few people traveled to or from.

        The eradication of smallpox and the near-eradication of polio are both inspiring stories thanks to vaccines plus determined logistical efforts.

  3. “Hili: I do not agree, I’m always right”

    In the modern synthesis, retractable-clawed domesticated feline knowledge is socially constructed. However, our Lacannian objectivist imperatives purloin the under-text of such knowledge. Simply put, any intrinsic critical-theoretical effort releases the text, forming not a neo-text nor a sub-text, but a neo-sub-hegemony dynamically replicated within a white-first racist erasure, harming and subjugating any unitary process sexual identity as retrosexual.

    [ daily critical-theoretical pomo exercise complete ]

  4. In case anyone is wondering :

    My comments with the pomo/critical-theoretical gibberish are satirical exercises in the risible meaninglessness of pomo and (IMHO) critical theory, and the prose and language thereof.

      1. Thanks, that’s a good sign – but I don’t think Hili is buying it.

        Guess I’ll have to practice.

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