Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday, July 16, 2018, and National Corn Fritters Day, celebrating a foodstuff that is good but rarely seen. It’s going to be another steambath in Chicago today, with a high of 85° F (29.4°C) but a sopping humidity of 88%. The ducks will be hot in their feather coats, but fortunately can swim and gambol in a cool pond, constantly replenished with fresh cold water.

Today’s news: a new law that could reduce aggression takes force tomorrow. As the Guardian notes (h/t Grania):

Tuesday is a red-letter day for international law: from then on, political and military leaders who order the invasion of foreign countries will be guilty of the crime of aggression, and may be punishable at the international criminal court in The Hague. Had this been an offence back in 2003, Tony Blair would have been bang to rights, together with senior numbers of his cabinet and some British military commanders. But if that were the case, of course, they would not have gone ahead; George W Bush would have been without his willing UK accomplices.

. . . The crime will be committed by those who direct the use of armed force against the “sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence” of another member state, in a manner which “by its character, gravity, and scale” amounts to a “manifest violation” of the UN charter (which prohibits such attacks, other than in self-defence).

July 16, 622, marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar; that’s the year in which Muhamed (peace be upon him) and his followers (peace be upon them too) moved from Mecca to Medina. On this day in 1661, the first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco. Here’s what one looked like:

On July 16, 1769, Fr. Junípero Serra founded the first of California’s missions, the Mission San Diego de Alacalà, which became the hub of the city of San Diego.  In 1790, Washington, D.C. officially became the U.S.’s capital city when the Residence Act was signed. A sad day for all of us: on this day in 1935, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma installed the world’s first parking meter. Here is that infernal machine:

On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in his 56th consecutive baseball game, ending a streak that still stands as the record for Major League Baseball (in the minor leagues, he hit safely in 61 straight games for the San Francisco Seals). That was one of several landmarks in baseball on July 16; here’s a video describing them:

On this day in 1945, the US. successfully detonated a plutonium-based nuclear weapon in New Mexico, inaugurating the Atomic Age. On this day in 1969, the Apollo 11 mission began with a launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that culminated with the first walk on the Moon four days later. On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law were killed when a small plane piloted by JFK Jr. plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard. Finally, on this day in 2004, the highly visited Millennium Park opened in Chicago, which Wikipedia describes as “Chicago’s first and most ambitious early 21st-century architectural project.”

Notables born on this day include Joshua Reynolds (1723), Mary Baker Eddy (1821), Roald Amundsen (1872), Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887), Bess Myerson (1924; the first Jewish Miss America), Desmond Dekker (1941), and Tony Kushner (1956). Those who died on July 16 include Mary Todd Lincoln (1882), Heinrich Böll (1985), Julian Schwinger (1994; Nobel Laureate), Stephen Spender (1995), John F. Kennedy Junior (1999; see above), and Kitty Wells (2012).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is at last doing her job.  Malgorzata explains:

Hili is sitting outside the window and looking into the room at Andrzej’s screen, fulfilling her editor’s duties even while taking a break.
Hili: Correct this typo.
A: Where?
Hili: Third paragraph, second word.
In Polish:
Hili: Popraw tę literówkę.
Ja: Gdzie?
Hili: Drugi akapit, trzecie słowo.

From reader Anne Houde: 11 ducklings saved! What a catch, and what a nice man!

From reader Gethyn, amazing cat art:

From Matthew: Wouldn’t you know it! (The tweet has disappeared: the animal was a raccoon):

Speaking of turtles, they’re a source of salt much needed by butterflies. Be sure to check out the video in the link:

I don’t know how this guy got away with diving in tennis, but it’s funny:

Biology teachers: here’s a diagram to use in your classes:

British cop high-fives a Trump protestor:

From Grania: a cat wearing a Dunkin Donuts bag.

And a sleeping puss:

Potential Darwin award:

Here’s a geological conundrum; perhaps they really know how these are formed:

An affectionate seal gets a belly rub:

And from Heather Hastie, another successful duckling rescue. I’m a sucker for these videos, of course:

19 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Love those ducks and cats. Interesting law that Crime of Aggression but then, laws with no ability to enforce them also leaves them useless. We have a current president who commits crimes every day right here in this country with the same lack of enforcement.

  2. George
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Hili’s staff is falling down on the job. In Polish, the third line should be translated as “Second paragraph, third word.” Malgorzata reversed it.

  3. ChrisS
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Looks like Jerry was right. It’s now acceptable to openly use the c-word about a reviled public or political figure. If you’re a leftist, that is.

    Someone on the other side of the political divide uses the same word in a similar context, and it’s considered the most vile misogyny.

    • Barney
      Posted July 16, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Janey Godley is Scottish, and it’s not a big “misogyny” thing here in Britain.

      • ChrisS
        Posted July 16, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

        Would it be acceptable to call Janey Godley an unfunny, Scottish cunt?

        Didn’t think so.

        • Barney
          Posted July 16, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

          No, because she is funny, and I suspect you’d never heard of her until now, since you weren’t that familiar with British language usage.

          • ChrisS
            Posted July 16, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

            You’re right. I hadn’t heard of her, nor do I particularly care.

            Samantha Bee is also allegedly a comedienne, and she came off looking pretty silly over her misuse of the c-word.

            Jerry wrote on this topic not so long ago, so I won’t rehash too much more, suffice to say that using that epithet so freely tends to lead to a lowering of basic civility in the wider culture (regardless of what we think of Trump, or anyone else for that matter); and there appear to be clear double standards operating here, depending on one’s political sympathies.

            Whether it’s a woman or a man using the term is beside the point.

            • Barney
              Posted July 16, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

              Talking about “a lowering of basic civility in the wider culture” is hilarious when the subject is Trump (someone who did an “impression” of a disabled journalist in a major speech, and launched his candidacy calling Mexican migrants in general “rapists”). You seem to be aiming for a career in comedy yourself.

              If you’re looking for a double standard, then find Janey Godley saying “don’t ever use the word cunt”. Or are you accusing Jerry of the double standard for posting the tweet here?

              Whether she uses it freely I don’t know; it’s quite possible she regards Trump as the worst person in public life, and thus deserving of it.

        • Posted July 16, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

          If that’s what you thought, then there are contexts in which it is OK to say it. Although, be aware, that “cunt” is considered the strongest of insults in Britain and there are plenty of places where people would find it unacceptable.

          However, you are unlikely to be admonished on the grounds that it is gendered.

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

            I find the use of the word especially interesting when directed toward a man, which makes it an extremely degrading malediction. Would trans women applaud or proscribe its use?

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    A sad day for all of us: on this day in 1935, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma installed the world’s first parking meter.

    And here’s ol’ Cool Hand Luke showing parking meters all regard they’re due:

    • Blue
      Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      O ! thank YOU, Mr Kukec !

      I have loved this man, as actor and
      as actual, since I found him first
      at my age of 11 years

      here: y1958’s The Long Hot Summer =
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyejmKC9dV0

      What a D A R L I N G !

      Blue

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

        Possibly one of the best. And when the movies were better. Of course I am not speaking to the younger crowd here who would find him wooden and not up to par with today’s screen thrillers.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Not long ago in Hili Dialogue, there was a tweet with a photo showing butterflies around a cayman (I believe). 2 reptiles in watery habitats, and they bask. Any significance? I’ve read that there are moths that drink the tears of sleeping birds. This is almost too poetic for words. Not long ago I read a fascinating paper on insects that congregate on carrion to feed, deposit eggs, etc., and it was noted. Butterfiles of various species were found, also bees (not stingless bees, which have their own nutritional relationship to carrion and other strange things). This article stated that the butterflies were seeking nitrogen in the liquids that were present as the carrion decayed. Don’t have the article at hand, so can’t give the source.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Butterflies.

  6. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Sleepless Kitty:
    There’s no audio, but I can see a cot to left of screen. I assume there’s a baby sqwailling away over there disturbing said kitty. Inconsiderate humanz come in all ages & sizes!

    Ladder Dikes:
    HERE’S A POTENTIAL EXPLANATION to do with molten matter convecting up from a magma chamber in a short [I metre] tube shape. We are seeing a cross-section through it after ages of erosion has brought it to the surface. I’m perplexed by the jargon in the link so above is my estimate in plain English. Dictionary time…

  7. Posted July 16, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Just a guess but there must have been at least 116 parking meters before the one pictured since it is marked as #117. Just sayin’. 😉

  8. Posted July 17, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Interesting to learn of that symbiosis between butterflies and turtles. Crocodile tears seem to be too sweet for them.
    .-


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