Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Sunday, July 30, 2017, and all sane people are still in bed. The rest of us, well, we write about cats. It’s National Cheesecake Day, one of the finest desserts known to H. sapiens. I prefer mine plain, but will tolerate it with cherries on top (but nothing else). It’s also International Friendship Day, but that was founded (naturally) by Hallmark Cards, so let’s ignore it and celebrate our friends on, say, December 30 instead.

It was a terrible week for Donald Trump, and I hope all those people who voted for him are thinking twice. On top of that North Korea launched yet another ballistic missile, and soon they’ll be able to hit the U.S. with nukes. Professor Ceiling Cat predicts two years at max, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it.  Let us hope that Trump doesn’t start a war over this, as millions would die.

On July 30, 1619, the first representative governing body in the Americas met; it was the House of Burgesses in Jamestown, Virginia.  On this day in 1962, the Trans-Canada Highway was opened, and three years later Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. OMG–socialized medicine! In the US! On this day in 1966, England won the FIFA World Cup, defeating Germany 4-2 in extra time. That, fifty-one years ago, was the last time England won, so for you Brits, here’s a recap:

Exactly five years after that, astronauts David Scott and James Irwin, on the Apollo 15 Mission landed on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover. “Falcon”.  And on July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a Detroit restaurant, and was never heard from again–he was presumably whacked.

Notables born on this day include Emily Brontë (1818), Henry Ford (1863), Casey Stengel (1890), Henry Moore (1898), Peter Bogdanovich (1939), Patricia Schroeder (1940), and Paul Anka (1941). Those who died on this day include William Penn (1718), Otto von Bismarck (1898), Claudette Colbert (1996), Ingmar Bergman (2007), and Lynn Anderson (2015). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is hankering again for fresh fowl:

Hili: Either I’m imagining it or there is a nest.
A: Yes, but it’s been empty for a long time.
Hili: I, too, was afraid of that.
In Polish
Hili: Albo mi się zdaje, albo tam jest gniazdko.
Ja: Tak, od dawna jest już puste.
Hili: Też się tego obawiam.
And your science lesson today: an insect that shows both Batesian mimicry and convergent evolution. This is not a wasp but a mantisfly, in the order Neuroptera along with lacewings and antlions. It’s not at all closely related to true mantids (e.g. the praying mantis), which are in a different order (Mantodea), but they’ve independently evolved a convergent pair of forelegs. And the color and appearance of this mantisfly mimics that of wasps, almost certainly to fool predators. Thanks to Matthew for finding the tw**t.


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted July 30, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    There is really nothing that can be done about N. Korea as you say. Having nuclear weapons in reality is having something that can never be used. At least not if you intend to be living the day after.

    All the shuffling of personnel in the white house is like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. The outcome is the same.

    • Posted July 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Let’s just hope the person in charge of the North Korean nuclear weapons is a sane person who realises he can’t use them rather than a egotistical megalomaniac.

      Oh, wait…

      • Posted July 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Let’s just hope the person in charge of the US nuclear weapons is a sane person who realises he can’t use them rather than a egotistical megalomaniac.

        Oh, wait…

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted July 30, 2017 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I watched England’s famous 1966 World Cup victory on the box. England beat West Germany.

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 30, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    “Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965”

    Could it be that the motivation of the republicans to repeal the ACA is based on envy over the democrats being responsible for much of what Americans like about government?

    That mantisfly is not to be believed!

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 30, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      Envy? The republicans hated that act in 65, just as they hated the Social Security act of 1935 that began social security. If envy, the republicans certainly seem to love envy.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 30, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Incredible! I suppose that weird mantisfly is yet another Aussie oddity – no surprise there

  5. Mike
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Just finished a book called “I heard you paint Houses?”a question put to a man called Francis Sheeran, (the question refers to the blood spatter on a wall after a person is shot in the head.) Sheeran became a very close confidante of Hoffa, and was the man who put two bullets into his head soon after picking him up from the Restaurant. The hit was apparently ordered by the Mafia, because Hoffa was attempting to regain presidency of the Teamster, from a Guy called Fitsimmons who became the Teamsters president after Hoffa went to Gaol. Fitsimmons was the Mafias’ Guy in the top job,and gave them free rein with the Teamsters Pension Fund. Hoffas body was cremated within 30 mins of him being killed.

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