Tuesday: Hili Dialogue

It is Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and I’ll shortly fly back to Chicago after a restful visit to Boston and Cambridge. (Posting will therefore be light, but remember that you get it for free.) The news says that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for President, so we have the first woman candidate from either major party. On this day in 1893, Mohandas Gandhi committed the first of his many acts of civil disobedience, refusing to move from the first-class section of a train. Notables born on this day include Paul Gaugin (1848), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917), and Liam Neeson (1952). Those who died on June 7 include Jean Harlow (1937), Alan Turing (1954), Dorothy Parker (1967), E. M. Forster (1970), and Henry Miller (1980). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus reminisce, sharing a semi-tender moment:

Hili: You see? In the beginning you wanted to eat me.
Cyrus: And I regret sometimes that I didn’t do it.
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In Polish:

Hili: No widzisz, a na początku chciałeś mnie zjeść.
Cyrus: I czasem żałuję, że tego nie zrobiłem.
And out in Winnipeg, Gus wants to get baked:
Gus: Got catnip?


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    “It is Tuesday, June 7, 2016”

    How can anyone know, really.

  2. Dominic
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    First class should be abolished altogether! It wastes space that could increase capacity…

    I find it hard to comprehend how sanders supporters, & I applaud them & him in many respects, could prefer to vote Trump over Clinton??? I have heard that mentioned a lot…

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Every day eleven people are killed in India as a result of riding on the roofs of trains as there’s no room inside.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      First class should be abolished altogether! It wastes space that could increase capacity…

      At the time the difference between first class, second class and third class was that in first class you got cushioned seats and glazed windows ; in second class you at least had one wooden seat per person, and in third class if the benches were full, you sat on your luggage or the floor.
      I still find it insane that people will get up at 03:00 for a £60 taxi to the airport for a £150 flight to the capital, then pay another £30 to get from airport to city centre for a meeting, then repeat the process to get back home (total £450) when they could spend a third of that for the sleeper train and arrive in thee city centre. Plus, in terms of person-journeys, trains are safer (which is why the airline industry quotes deaths per passenger-kilometre, neglecting that 90%+ of aircraft mortality happens within minutes and kilometres of the runway.)

  3. Rob
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Hili & Cyrus. Literally LOL. (Did I wake the rest of the sleeping household?)

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Great finish today. First woman candidate and eventual president and first lunatic candidate in the other party. Most of those in the other party, by the way, are thinking abolition…of the party, that is. It would be the first time they gave that word a thought.

  5. Posted June 7, 2016 at 8:05 am | Permalink

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