Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on October 16, 2017 from a slowly clearing Chicago: our two days of gloom and rain have stopped, and it will be sunny but cool today (high of 61° F or 16° C). I have to fast today, so I get only one large latte (with Splenda) as my “food” intake. It’s National Liqueur Day (my favorite is Chartreuse— very complex and herbal). But the big news is that it’s Global Cat Day!  There are videos at the site, and you can even sign a pledge to help all cats, especially feral ones (this used to also be Feral Cat Day):

I pledge to be an ally to cats, including those who call the outdoors their home. I will advocate for compassionate policies that protect every cat in my community.

Hug your kitty today, and maybe feed an outdoor kitty.

On October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined. On this day in 1846, John Collins Warren first demonstrated ether as an anesthetic at Massachusetts General Hospital (he removed a patient’s neck tumor). On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his men led their unsuccessful raid on Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia.  On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first family planning clinic in America. Exactly seven years later, Walt and Roy Disney founded the Walt Disney Company. On this day in 1940, the Warsaw Ghetto was established. And a decade later, C. S. Lewis started the Chronicles of Narnia series by publishing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a book I couldn’t stand. On this day in 1973, Henry Kissinger and Lê Đức Thọ were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize—an enormous travesty! Finally, exactly eleven years thereafter, Desmond Tutu, a worthy recipient, was awarded the same prize.

Notables born on this day include Noah Webster (1758), Oscar Wilde (1854), Eugene O’Neill (1888), photographer Paul Strand (1890), William O. Douglas (1898), Günter Grass (1927), Nico (1938), and Bob Weir (1947). Here’s a Paul Strand photo, “Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France”:

Thos who died on this day include Lucas Cranach the Elder (1553), most of the famous defendants of the Nuremberg trial, who were hung, including Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltnebrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. Gene Krupa died on October 16, 1973, and Moshe Dayan in 1981. Others who died on this day include Pierre Salinger (2004) and Deborah Kerr (2007).

Here’s Cranach’s famous portrait of Martin Luther (1543), done three years before Luther died:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is looking for inspiration:

Hili: Something is hiding over there.
A: What?
Hili: Some deep thought.
In Polish:
Hili: Tam się coś ukrywa.
Ja: Co?
Hili: Jakaś głęboka myśl.

Reader Rick found this meme from Language Log:

From reader Blue:

From reader Gethyn, who labels this “From the cat version of Gulliver’s Travels“:

From reader Charleen; look at how much this pet pig wants a belly rub (be sure to turn the volume up):

And this from Matthew Cobb (for more humanlike houses, go here):

Finally, also from Charleen, a rabbit plays with leaves:


  1. Posted October 16, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    I was read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a child & suppose I enjoyed it, however, as I may have said on WEIT before, I still recall the sense of irritation & frustration on reading the later books when it dawned on me that they were blatant christian propaganda. (I refuse to capitalise ‘christian’ or ‘god’).

    • Blue
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      in re ” (I refuse to capitalise ‘christian’
      or ‘god’),” as do I, Mr Dominic. I shall not
      capitalize a thing religious – like.


  2. Randy schenck
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Some might not recall that it was Robert E. Lee who led some troops to capture John Brown at Harbor’s Ferry. And just as an aside, I hope some took time to see 60 minutes last night so that you could see first hand what our government in this country has become and why I speak of money and government.

    • Historian
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      At the time of the raid in 1859, Harper’s Ferry was located in the state of Virginia. In 1863, the counties that broke off from the state of Virginia were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:31 am | Permalink

        Very good. Some will say West by g*d Virginia.

    • JoanL
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, and here’s a link for the 60 Minutes program –

  3. Laurance
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Global Cat Day! Another way to celebrate would be to consider adopting a senior cat. It’s been a year and a half since my dear old cat died, and it was high time for cats again.

    I went around to the shelter and said, “I’m an old cat myself and have no business adopting kittens who would likely outlive me. I’d love to adopt two or three senior cats that other people don’t want because they’re “too old”.

    And there are old cats who have lived together all their lives and should not be separated. Some people won’t want two, they’ll only want this one and not that one. I will gladly take both – or even three – and not separate them.

    And I understand it’s harder to find a home for black cats because some people are superstitious. I love black cats and will be happy to have them.”

    I hit the jackpot! They had two senior cats who had lived together. One is a stripy cat, and the other is a black cat.

    These two are such sweet, sweet kitties! They’re such a joy to have around. They do have health problems, but old people often do, and I’m willing to take care of them.

    I’m petting them and wishing them a Happy Global Cat Day.

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      Could you ask PCC(E) if you could post some pictures for us?

  4. Blue
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Yeah, and after she opened it, y1916 / New York City’s Brooklyn, why, things got reeeeally, really dicey for Ms Sanger et amici and like, reasonable minds.

    From wikipedia, thus: “Nine days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested. Sanger’s bail was set at $500 [Blue: this is y1916! $ – wise] and she went back home. Sanger continued seeing some women in the clinic until the police came a second time. This time Sanger and her sister, Ethel Byrne, were arrested for breaking a New York state law that prohibited distribution of contraceptives, Sanger was also charged with running a public nuisance.[48] Sanger and Byrne went to trial in January 1917.[49] Byrne was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in a workhouse but went on hunger strike. She was force-fed, the first woman hunger striker in the US to be so treated.[50] Only when Sanger pledged that Byrne would never break the law, was she pardoned after ten days.[51] Sanger was convicted; the trial judge held that women did not have “the right to copulate with a feeling of security that there will be no resulting conception.”[52] Sanger was offered a more lenient sentence if she promised to not break the law again, but she replied: “I cannot respect the law as it exists today.”[53] For this, she was sentenced to 30 days in a workhouse.[53] An initial appeal was rejected, but in a subsequent court proceeding in 1918, the birth control movement won a victory when Judge Frederick E. Crane of the New York Court of Appeals issued a ruling which allowed doctors to prescribe contraception.[54] The publicity surrounding Sanger’s arrest, trial, and appeal sparked birth control activism across the United States, and earned the support of numerous donors, who would provide her with funding and support for future endeavors.[55]”
    “a(nother) public nuisance”
    or so I ‘ve been told here,


    • Blue
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      One of the most thrilling American Experience episodes ever: “The Pill” of .

      The PILL = Over All of Time Over All the World, ! chemical birth control ! is THE Greatest – EVER – Invention.

      Finally. After millennia’s worth, aaaah, actually after all of Evolution’s worth and within MY lifetime, then I was no longer literally sentenced to only the two “choices” of either i) utter abstinence or ii) a passel / a bagazillion of bellies’ worth to bulldoze on out. Then … … to whom to devote ALL of my endeavors … … ever.

      Think on it: that is, IF you believe girls and women to be … … ah, as Human and .not. as The Other, The ab(Normal), The Not Male as … … The Male.


      • Blue
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        … and in re that thuggish savage, Martin Luther, thus a statement of his cited not only by Dr Miles but also within very many other sources, ” ‘Let them bear children for him TILL THEY DIE OF IT. That is what they are there to do. ’ ”
        — Dr. Rosalind Miles, “The Sins of the Mothers,” in her The Women’s History of the World, p 102.


  5. busterggi
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I’ve 10 cats now, all rescues – 4 born outside but caught before gone feral, 3 abandoned (1 of whom lived feral for years) & 1 just plain feral. Also saw the rescued mom of 2 of my cats (born in my bedroom closet) who chose to move in with some neighbors.

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    My six house cats and three barn cats all get plenty of hugs, goat milk, canned cat chicken (the kind with extra gravy) kibble, and attention, not just for Global Cat Day, but every day.

    At the moment I just have one feral cat, Oscar Wild, who also gets heated water, but no hugs because he doesn’t want any. But, we’ve made a little progress recently. I went outside the other day when it started getting below freezing at night to disconnect the garden water/timer from the hose bib, and he didn’t run away, just sat there and looked at me. Maybe he’s finally getting the point that we mean him no harm.


    • busterggi
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      It does take time. My feral, Snowdrop, was in the wild for almost 5 years before she was trapped & brought to me. She hid in the basement for 2 years, took almost 3 years before she let me pet her & I’m the only one who can yet she won’t let me pick her up or rub her tummy.

      • Linda Calhoun
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

        We’ve been feeding Oscar for over two years now. I’ve worried about him because he’s light-colored (orange tabby with white legs), which makes him more vulnerable to predators. We live on the edge of the wilderness, so that’s a real concern. Owls tend to get the kittens, and he’s too big for that, but we have bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and coyotes close by, not to mention the neighbors’ dogs.

        But, he seems to be holding his own. I try not go go outside to do stuff while he’s out there, but I don’t always see him, since he likes to hang out in the tall grass. The day he didn’t run away, I didn’t realize he was out there until I was going back into the house, so I was outside for quite some time and he didn’t bolt. I consider that to be a lot of progress.


  7. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    It’s Pope John Paul II day in Poland!

    Whenever I see a picture of a cat (including Gus) tangled up in yarn or some stringy thing, all I can think of is that it’s going to get strangled.

    • Blue
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Ms Haniver, for posting your yarn – observation. Whenever I see same, I worry about thus,, known as intussussception, a condition that, too, is lethal from ingested strings, then intestinal telescoping blockage. Occurs in humans as well, indeed, within little kiddos.

      Always carefully and thoroughly pitch your spent dental floss out of sight and reach. Such strings are not friendly for string enthusiast – Felidae, I am sorry to state. Wee – width strings just are not.


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      We had a kitten that got tangled up in a blind cord in a bedroom while playing. Next thing the dog came out to the lounge, clearly wanting us to follow him. We did, and found the kitten unconscious. It must have only just lost consciousness though because we were able to revive it and it was okay.

      • darrelle
        Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

        Holy smokes! Give that dog a treat!

  8. Jake Sevins
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Since we’re correcting English, it’s “were hanged” not “hung.” 🙂

  9. Randy schenck
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    One of our cats, Bumper, was born of a wild, probably abandoned cat. My wife named the mom Little Feet. Bumper is still with us today.

  10. Art
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Ah, green Chartreuse! Too bad it has become so expensive. I read somewhere that the Carthusian monks who make it get a small jug of it every day to imbibe in their cells (in between prayers, of course).

    • Laurance
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      I, too, love green Chartreuse! I have these nifty little glasses that I use that are so pretty. The green color looks so good. And it TASTES good, too!

    • Posted October 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      For complex herbal flavours I also recommend Benedictine. These monks weren’t daft.

  11. Hempenstein
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Interesting what happened to the corpses of the Nuremburg defendants, to keep any remnant from becoming a future Nazi shrine. They were first given pseudonyms, then cremated. The ashes were dumped in the nearby river, and the cannisters that held the ashes smashed flat and thrown in a scrap metal pile.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 16, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Yes, but their clothing lived on to be collected by those twisted souls who collect Nazi memorabilia.

  12. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    On this day in 1973, Henry Kissinger and Lê Đức Thọ were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize—an enormous travesty!

    At least Mr. Đức Thọ had the good taste and principles to decline his share of the award, on the commonsense ground that no “peace” had been achieved with the Paris Peace Accord. All it was allow the US to slink out of Vietnam by forestalling defeat until after Richard Nixon had slunk out of the White House.

  13. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first family planning clinic in America. Exactly seven years later, Walt and Roy Disney founded the Walt Disney Company.

    Because if every child is a wanted child, they’re going to need cartoons.

  14. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Forgot to say that Pickle pig won my heart.

  15. Nobody Special
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Re. cat milk; I once saw a young boy in floods of tears in a pet shop after…ahem….somebody told him that the bottle of dog gravy he was holding was made from dogs, just as beef gravy was made from beef.

  16. harrync
    Posted October 17, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    In the post with the human-face-like houses, there are two with “eyebrow dormers”, but they never mention that that is what they are actually called.

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