Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and here’s some information from that link: “The udder of a cow can hold between 25-50 lbs. of milk.” I weep for those cows! It’s also the first day of Vestalia (or was, in ancient Rome), but I doubt if the calendar is the same now.

On June 7, 1099 (again, possible calendar problems, the siege of Jerusalem begin during the First Crusade. On this day in 1654, Louis XIV was crowned as the King of France. On June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which declared the use of contraception by married couples legal. Connecticut’s state law had forbidden that, but the Court ruled that the law violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s right of privacy. It was not until 1972 that the Court effectively legalized the use of contraception by unmarried couples. Go figure. On June 7, 1977, 40 years ago today, the biggest day of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee took place. Finally, on this day in 1982, Priscilla Presley opened Graceland as a public tourist attraction; Wikipedia adds that “the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits.” As one site quotes:

“No fan has ever breached the security of the
2nd floor of Graceland.” — Bob Carlson, Graceland Museums.

But it also purports to give a secret photo of Elvis’s bathroom, and so, for you fans, here it is:

On this day in Paul Gauguin was born in 1848, as was Gwendolyn Brooks in 1917, Liam Neeson in 1952, and Prince in 1958.  Those who died on this day include Jean Harlow (1937; she was only 26), Jean Arp (1966), Dorothy Parker (1967), E. M. Forster (1970), and Henry Miller (1980). Here are two Gauguins for your delectation:

Gaugin: A little cat (1888)

Gaugin: Mimi and her cat (1890)

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is beginning to infect Cyrus with solipsism:

Hili: Do you think we will look good in this picture?
Cyrus: We should.
In Polish:
Hili: Myślisz, że dobrze wyjdziemy na tym zdjęciu?
Cyrus: Powinniśmy.

And out in Pasadena, Sean Carroll and Jennifer Oullette’s newly adopted kittens are having a grand old time. This tw**t documents an adorable pounce. I’m glad Sean has discovered the joy of posting kitten pictures and videos.



  1. Posted June 7, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    A professional pedant writes: Gauguin. You’re welcome.

  2. Linda Calhoun
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Please don’t weep for the cows.

    In the first place, they’re very large, so the amount of milk they are carrying in their udders is pretty proportional to their size.

    And in the second place, if they are well-bred, their medial and lateral suspensory ligaments are strong enough to carry the weight of a full udder.

    Strength of udder support is something that selective breeding has increased over the years. You rarely see a modern cow or goat with a pendulous udder anymore.


    • Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      They are indeed different. Philosophically speaking, there is a sense of udderness.

  3. Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    I wish I could hear/watch the Comey testimony.

    Is there any possibility that he could say something that Trump could then lie about? Under what circumstances would a lie from Trump lead to impeachment? What are the possible legal and policy ramifications of Comey’s testimony? Can any other balls be sent sent rolling from it?

    These are my thoughts on what happened today in history.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      My guess is, they will mostly be looking for the obstruction of justice and that should not be too hard based on what came out of Trump’s mouth. As always, it depends on what day it is and what side of his mouth the Trump is speaking from. It is collection of information that then leads to collect of more and on it goes. I don’t think there will be a magic moment but you never know. I think they are going to carry it on all the major channels as well as CNN and others. That should piss off the soap opera folks.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted June 7, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      Trump lies pretty much every time he speaks. The thing to understand about impeachment is that it isn’t a legal process. It’s political. If the Republicans come to think think supporting Trump is a net negative they may abandon him, but I think that’s unlikely, and that the best chance for impeachment is if the Democrats take the majority of the House in 2018. A lot depends, of course, on what comes out of the investigations. If, for example, it turns out that Kushner, in his role in the campaign, gave the Russians demographic data to aid their hacking, that might doom Trump.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Griswold v. Connecticut is the case that laid the primary foundation for the right to an abortion recognized in Roe v. Wade. It’s the case in which Justice William O. Douglas rather famously found that certain non-textual rights — such as the right to privacy — arise from the “penumbras” emanating from the rights enumerated in the text of the Constitution.

  5. claudia baker
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Or, as Pierre Elliott Trudeau (then Justice Minister) said in 1967:

    “The State has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.”

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Same could be said for religion.

  6. Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Kind of off topic, but in my email today was this week’s Skeptic Magazine, including Alan Sokal’s response to the Conceptual Penis hoax. Just wondering if you plan to comment on Sokal’s article. I think I agree with him completely.

  7. Eric Hayman
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Just what sort of country has a “National Chocolate Ice Cream Day”?

    What next? “National Don’t Eat Any Ice Cream, It Makes You Fat And Is Bad For Your Teeth Day”?

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