Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning! Welcome to the start of the weekend. There are 115 days remaining until the end of the year, the Christmas Wars are nearly upon us.

Burt Reynolds died yesterday at the age of 82. He’s probably best know for his movies Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.

Today in history the Berlin Victory Parade was held in 1945 which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Bulgarian writer & dissident Georgi Markov was assassinated by Bulgarian secret police agent Francesco Gullino by means of a ricin pellet fired from a specially-designed umbrella while walking across Waterloo Bridge in London in 1978.

In 1986 Desmond Tutu became the first black man to lead the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2008 the United States government took control of two mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Much of the globe was mired in the worst recession since the 1930s.

It’s the birthdays of Chrissie Hynde, American singer-songwriter and guitarist; Morris Albert, Brazilian singer-songwriter; Mark Isham, American trumpet player and composer; and Mark McCumber, American golfer; all in 1951.

From Poland today we get a little felid existential angst.

Hili: I’m pondering about passing of  time.
A: And?
Hili: It’s indeed passing.

In Polish:

Hili: Kontempluję przemijanie czasu.
Ja: I co?
Hili: Faktycznie mija.

James Corden and Shaggy have teamed up to produce this bit of toe-tapping satire.

From Twitter today: (Click on the white arrows if the gifs and videos don’t automatically play for you).

More from the political satire department

Still, Trump has risen above it all and has moved on to higher things such as praising dictators who are not too squeamish about murdering family members or citizens.

The Maldives aims to help coral reefs survive climate change.

About 400,000 years ago Ireland had Elks that grew to  2.1 metres (6.9 ft) tall at the shoulders and had antlers up to 3.65 m (12.0 ft) in span.

Here’s a short local news clip about the find

A baby tortoise hatching.

Ball skills

Some cats, because cats.

And a final thought for the day.




Hat-tip: Barry L. & Matthew



  1. Roger
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Now I know why they call them great. Those things are freaking huge. At first I thought they were, like, great to be around or something.

    • Roger
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      The boss isn’t around folks. Go ahead and make your worst puns in the universe and not be afeared of the banhammer.

  2. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    It may allay Brian Cox’s concern over his toothpaste to know that raw sewage – the stuff that flows in sewers – is around 99% pure water.

    Or then again, it may not…


    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      So we’d be better off brushing with raw sewage?

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:23 am | Permalink

        Hardly 😉

        It’s the 1% that makes the difference.

        I’m always amused by low-fat milk which is “98.5% fat free”. Now if I can just manage to avoid the 1.5% which has fat in it…


        • David Harper
          Posted September 7, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

          That was easy to do back in the days when regular full-cream milk was delivered in glass bottles, as the cream rose to the top of the bottle. As a kid, I was quite adept at carefully removing the foil cap and pouring the cream onto my breakfast cereal.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted September 7, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

            Yeah, my moms told me about when she was a kid, during the Depression before milk was homogenized, the delivery man would leave it on the back porch in the middle of the night, and in the winter it would start to freeze by morning, with the cream popping the cap and forming a plug on top. She and her brothers and sisters would run around grabbing the plugs off all the milk bottles and scarf ’em down — creamsicles avant la lettre.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink

              “Thatcher, Thatcher, school milk snatcher!” – 1971, the year that Maggie stopped free milk for junior school pupils [5 to 11 year olds]. She got heavily roasted for that – Dalmatian kidnapper levels of hatred & disdain. Not a smart move!

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

                Reminds me of when her partner in crime, Ronnie Reagan, declared ketchup (or catsup, if you prefer) a “vegetable” for purposes of public-school lunches.

                Fookin’ rightwingers.

              • Posted October 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

                Are kids anywhere given milk at school? I was when I was young, but my kids aren’t. The younger one sometimes receives fruit. I guess that milk is too much of a liability.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted October 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

                Subsidized & free school milk was reintroduced into Britain some time later & still exists today, but it’s controlled tightly as to who is eligible [age, income/size of family] – I have no idea about anywhere else.

                Free school milk had been around in parts of the UK since the 1906 Education (Provision of Meals) Act – that’s free meals AND milk, but lots of authorities ignored the act. In 1945 this was corrected with the Free School Milk Act – this gave every school child under 18 the right to a third of a pint of milk each day. After WWII British food was heavily rationed until 1954! Food & nutrition has been a problem in the UK from at least the industrial revolution onwards. Growth of cities with food prices rising quicker than wages forced Government to directly target the vulnerable kids at school where the families can’t interfere.

                I loved my 1/3 of a pint although many ‘upset’ stomachs in summer for all kids due to lack of refrigeration. I look back at my diet in those days & it was horrible, heavily processed, dyed, chemicalised garbage. Even the jam jar could be left open for months & nothing grew in it. 🙂

          • Nicolaas Stempels
            Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:29 am | Permalink

            Yes, as a kid I just ate the cream off, no breakfast cereal needed. My mother did not approve, to put it mildly.

          • Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

            Which reminds me of when many birds in London discovered that they could peck through the foil cap to gain access to the cream. Supposedly it only took six months for this bird meme to spread throughout London.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

              It was the blue tits & the robins who took up milk stealing from doorsteps very early in the 20th C – bottles had no tops then. There was a bit of selection going on too for birds with a lactose tolerance.

              Later [post WWI] when the metal foil cap appeared it took 20 years for the habit to spread – in the 1950s the entire UK blue tit population had learnt how to pierce the bottle tops to reach the cream, whereas the robins never did. Occasionally an individual robin learnt how to pierce the milk bottle seal but the skill never spread to the whole population as it did with blue tits. The difference due to how these two species rear their young. MOSTLY COPY/PASTED FROM HERE

              • Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

                Thanks for the details.

              • Steve Pollard
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

                IIRC, the absurd Rupert Sheldrake claimed this behaviour as an example of “morphic resonance” that could not possibly have come about through any natural process.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

                Rupert’s doing very well out of his bullshit despite being debunked on those claims of his which are testable [some are not testable for various reasons]. The Guardian newspaper has assisted him greatly over the years with column space & the New Age infestation & dodgy psychics cite his undetectable morphic fields as ‘scientific’ support for their schemes. Society isn’t getting more rational it seems to me.

              • busterggi
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

                Is that why one of the young raccoons came in my house last night and climbed up on the kitchen table to eat Hershey Bars? Morphic, eh?

    • darrelle
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      I bet that toothpaste even has chemicals in it.

      • busterggi
        Posted September 7, 2018 at 8:34 am | Permalink

        Made in some lab instead of picked ripe off a nightshade bush.

      • Neil Wolfe
        Posted September 7, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        It’s amazing how pervasive chemicals are in the world. My well water recently tested positive for dihydrogen monoxide. Thanks Monsanto!

        • busterggi
          Posted September 7, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

          From the WLSL website –

          “In 2012, an estimated 372,000 people died from dihydrogen monoxide, making dihydrogen monoxide a major public health problem worldwide. “

          • David Harper
            Posted September 7, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

            Watch out for that oxygen dihydride too.

            • busterggi
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

              Not to mention what happens if you mix them together!

            • Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

              pedantic mode: on
              That’s actually a different compound, which I suspect would violently become the first one
              pedantic mode: off


              (For those who might remember: water is largely with the hydrogens positive; that’s why it autodisssociates. The hydride ion is H-, which is unlikely to exist when oxygen is around. O2+ does exist (e.g., in O2PtF6, which is wacky stuff they tell me), but I doubt O2(+2) does for very long.)

              • Neil Wolfe
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

                You’re clearly in the pocket of Big Dihydride

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

              It’s the hydrogen hydroxide that really frightens me.


          • Neil Wolfe
            Posted September 7, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

            My cousin recently had her blood tested and found that OVER 50% OF HER BODY is dihydrogen monoxide!!1!!!11 That is surely lethal so we’ve been making preparations for her immanent death. Unfortunately the high dihydrogen monoxide levels mean her body must be disposed of in a hazardous waste facility so we’ve started a gofundme page to help with the cost.

            • Frank Bath
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:06 am | Permalink

              As long as they don’t put that dihydrogen monoxide in beer.

              • Posted October 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

                There is a Russian joke: “Water does not satisfy thirst – I have tried it once.”

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

              “That is surely lethal”

              As it is for us all, eventually.

              • infiniteimprobabilit
                Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

                We’re all going to die!

                Some time this century!

                Be afraid, be very afraid…


  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    How cruel to let the feet of those giant birdies near the poor weasel I thought – never having heard of the Weasel Ball wind up toy. Tango! What a marvellous tune/dance. I found the video of the weasel ball & the Ostrich is called Sexy Sexy Sniper. Here the emus murder the weasel:

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      That is wonderful. Even the Nicholas Brothers couldn’t match the footwork in that duet.

  4. Vaal
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Re the Emu/Ostrich and the ball:

    Their leg mannerisms brought to mind Monty Python’s Ministry Of Silly walks. I think those birds could have some patents coming for their moves.

    No offence meant to emus or ostriches.

  5. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Although cassowaries have a bad reputation as aggressive and dangerous ratites, there is only one confirmed case of a Cassowary killing a human (in 1917 IIRC).
    The Ostriches here (and elsewhere) are reputed to kill 7 humans a year.
    I don’t know about the killing rates for emus.

  6. W.T. Effingham
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    “Kim Jong Un proclaims unwavering faith in President Trump (Whew! Yuge sighs of relief all over the world!)…We will get it done together!(Hallelujah!!😁

  7. Jenny Haniver
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    As for Hili and existential angst, that’s what we get every day. She is the Wittgenstein of cats.

  8. Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    “X Toothpaste, now with 4% angels!”

    As I recall, there is a silly technical meaning to “natural” in food and drug labelling, but I forget what it is.

    As for the “Irish Elk” – now that’s an unexpected result from a fishing trip. Big, heavy, and completely inedible!

    And Nyarlathotep has shrunk!

  9. rickflick
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I was amazed when I learned that Burt Reynolds did not like Boogie Nights nor did he want anything to do with Paul Thomas Anderson afterwords. The film was a masterpiece and Reynold’s performance was excellent. The film, which dealt with the porn industry in the 70s, was decidedly blue but also of great artistic merit. It increased my respect for him 10 fold. Films like Smokey didn’t exactly hold much of a chance for him to prove he could act. I think he was just a prude with a prude’s esthetic judgment.

    • Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      If he was a prude, surely he wouldn’t have taken the “Boogie Nights” role in the first place or posed nude for that Cosmo centerfold. On the other hand, he evidently didn’t like either one afterwards.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I can appreciate that you and others can appreciate the artistic merits of Boogie Nights, but I didn’t like it either. Just didn’t like the story and it was depressing as hell.

  10. rickflick
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t the emu make a great running back?

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps somewhere on defense, considering their ball-handling challenges.

      • Posted September 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        I suspect they’d get penalized a lot for kicks to the head.

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I had a friend in Ohio who was delighted to discover I was a Burt Reynolds fan and wanted to schmooze and share favorite moments.

    Turned out I had seen all his detective movies and none of his comedies, and he vice-versa. The only Reynolds movie we had both seen was Deliverance.

  12. Pinchas
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Burt did a little noticed but fine movie about faith where he plays a cynical Brooklyn Jewish grocery store owner:

    A woman dealing with a family crisis learns about faith and an elderly man learns about tolerance and forgiveness in this Christian drama. Tyree Battle (April Grace) is a single mother trying to raise her 11-year-old son Thaniel (Cordereau Dye) on her own in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Thaniel, like many of his friends, has fallen under the influence of a violent street gang, and, against his better judgment, he becomes involved in a robbery attempt on a local store. Shopkeeper Eli Zeal (Burt Reynolds), a Jewish immigrant who settled into the neighborhood years ago and refuses to leave, won’t cooperate with the would-be thieves, and in the confusion, Thaniel shoots him. Eli is seriously wounded and unable to care for himself; hoping Eli won’t turn her son into the police, and thinking it’s best that they both stay away from the police and the gangs for a while, Tyree brings the wounded shopkeeper along as she and her son pay a visit to her family in Waterproof, LA. As Grandpa Sugar (Whitman Mayo) helps look after Eli and Thaniel gets to know his Uncle Big (Anthony Lee) and Cousin Natty (Orlando Jones), Tyree tries to mend her strained relationship with her mother (Ja’net DuBois), and learns about the faith that has helped keep her family together. Waterproof was the first feature film directed by former screenwriter Barry Berman.

    • Pinchas
      Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Happy Jewish New Year #5779 to you Jerry.

      Jerry Coyne acronym JC.


      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted September 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        Johnny Cash
        Jackie Chan
        Julius Caeser
        Jiminy Cricket

        Many choices there 🙂

  13. Posted October 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    The weasel ball video is worth watching!

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