Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, September 16, 2018, and Father forgive me, for I have slept late. The pond is still bereft of ducks; I do not think I will see my mallards again. The duck farming season is over, and the crop has been sent south—or somewhere near the Mississippi Flyway. It was a good year, what with eight fledged offspring and a potentially wonderful husband for Honey, but a duckless winter will be sad for me.

On another note, it’s Peach Pie Day. If you can get one made with fresh peaches, do so immediately. It’s also International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, so if you put whipped cream on that pie, make sure it’s not from a can.

On September 16, 1620, the Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower  with 102 passengers and a crew of about 30. The ship dropped anchor off Cape Cod on November 11. The passengers overwintered on the ship, but scurvy, pneumonia, and TB killed nearly half of them—and half the crew as well. The passengers finally went ashore to found a settlement on March 21, and the ship departed, making it back to England on May 21, 1621.

On this day in 1908, the General Motors Corporation was founded, and 51 years later, the first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a television commercial. Here’s that commercial:

On September 16, 1963, the country of Malaysia was formed by amalgamating the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak, though Singapore soon left the union and became independent.

Here’s a story you must read. As Wikipedia notes, on this day in 1976, “Armenian champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir.” Karapetyan, a true hero, repeatedly dived into the cold water to rescue the passengers. The story continues:

Karapetyan managed to rescue 20 people (he picked up more, but 20 of them survived), but this ended his sports career: the combined effect of cold water and the multiple lacerations from glass shards, left him unconscious for 45 days. Subsequent sepsis, due to the presence of raw sewage in the lake water, and lung complications prevented him from continuing his sports career.

HERO!!!

Nine years later, Karapetyan did the same thing, pulling people out of a burning building and sustaining severe burns himself. What a guy! Here’s Karapetyan four years ago; he now runs a shoe company called “Second Breath”.

Finally, on this day in 1992, Manuel Noriega, the deposed dictator of Panama, was convicted in the US of drug trafficking and money laundering, and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He died on May 29 of last year.

Notables born on September 16 include Nobel Laureate Albrecht Kossel (1853), Bonar Law (1858), Albert Szent-Györgi (1893, another Nobel Laureate), Lauren Bacall (1924), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (1950).  Those who died on this day include mountaineer Edward Whymper (1911), Maria Callas (1977), Jean Piaget (1980), McGeorge Bundy (1996; what kind of a name is “McGeorge”?. Did his parents like burgers?), Mary Travers (2009), and Edward Albee (2016).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili got into a mess yesterday. Malgorzata’s report:

Hili managed to get her fur all glued. We don’t know where she was and what this glue is but Andrzej had to cut out some pieces and he is trying to untangle the rest. We will see tomorrow when it’s light what can be done.

But the glue incident isn’t in today’s dialogue, which reminds us that we have only six more days of summer.

Hili: Autumn is approaching.
A: You may be right.
Hili: I’m always right.
In Polish:
Hili: Jesień się zbliża.
Ja: Możesz mieć rację.
Hili: Ja zawsze mam rację.

Some tweets from Grania. The first tells the tale of Atlas the energetic cat, and how he helped rehabilitate a kitten.

Things You Never Thought Of But Should Have:

This article by Tom Nichols is worth reading; he’s a Republican Never-Trumper:

An excerpt from Nichols’s piece:

. . . Rather than acting like a national party, entrusted with separate but coequal branches of government, the GOP at every level and in every state has been captured by the personality cult that has congealed around President Trump, and it is now operating like a parliamentary party, utterly submissive to its erratic but powerful prime minister. Republican elected officials, from Congress to the state houses, have chosen to become little more than enablers for an out of control executive branch.

The only way to put a stop to this is to vote against the GOP in every race, at every level in 2018. It’s tough medicine. But as someone who’s voted Republican for nearly 40 years, who favors limited government and public integrity, and who believes America still needs a credible, responsible center-right party, I see no alternative.

This panda can’t get no rest!

I believe I’ve posted this before—maybe twice—but it’s worth seeing repeatedly:

Poor kitty!

This bird sings two tunes; Grania and I have recognized both. Do you know them?

Be sure to go to the link in this tweet to see Cassini’s last photos, including the Death Plunge Photo

I’m not sure, but I think this is a mural. I would have loved to have a fly painted on my lab wall, but this one is a beetle:

And some humor from the Friendly Atheist:

66 Comments

  1. Linda Calhoun
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Could the “glue” in Hili’s coat be tree sap?

    Margarine always wants to pretend it’s butter. Butter NEVER wants to pretend it’s margarine.

    L

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I became entranced by the success of saving the ozone layer by banning cfc’s that I let nitrous oxide go unskepically… but it makes complete sense it would react up there. Thanks.

    • BJ
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      We can’t get rid of nitrous oxide. It’s just too damn good.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

        Nitrous oxide is invaluable for surgeons, so, unfortunately, it seems whipped cream manufacturers can get away with using it. Seems to me that doesn’t necessarily have to be so – a false something – …

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    The ship dropped anchor off Cape Cod on November 11. The passengers overwintered on the ship, but scurvy, pneumonia, and TB killed nearly half of them …

    Damn, like Moses croaking on Mount Nebo, within sight of The Promised Land.

    • mikeyc
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      I guess I’m lucky then. A direct ancestor on my mother’s side, Edward Doty, was on board. He survived, was not a pilgrim and he was real jerk. We know a lot about him because of all the court cases he was involved in after the colony was founded – he seemed to like to cheat his fellow colonists.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        I’ll keep that in mind, Mikey, every time I hear about one of those hoity-toity Mayflower Society soirees.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Four days after the Pilgrims left, Danish explorer Jens Munk returned to Bergen from his (Danish) expedition to Hudson’s Bay in one ship with two crew members (having survived a hurricane). A year earlier he had left in two ships with a crew of 65. After getting frozen in in the Bay, they made it thru Xmas OK, but then started dropping from the same afflictions that got the Pilgrims so that by spring only three survived. Almost immediately on arrival, one of the three was thrown in jail, and some yrs later by one account the Danish king himself caned Munk to death.

      Munk’s ship log provided an excellent account for books on the whole ordeal.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        The days of wooden ships and iron men, as the old sailors’ adage has it.

  4. Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    So, you slept late? Without ducks in the pond, what’s the point to rising early?

  5. rickflick
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    The advent of the Xerox machine was certainly an important change. I do miss the mimeograph machine though. In school we had mimeographed worksheets and tests in the early days. I fondly remember the wonderful smell of the ink, and when mixed with the odor of a new box of crayons, well, I spent elementary school in a state of bliss.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      The smell is something that I fondly remember, but when I got into teaching I had to make copies. Pretty quickly became a non-fan.

      • mikeyc
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        I remember that smell! Wow. As soon as you mentioned it.

        • Posted September 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

          A wonderful odor which my children have never known. Sometimes progress isn’t as good in some applications. I remember, also, cranking out copies for my teacher.

        • Mark R.
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

          Reminds me of this scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu3iCvAQCHg

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

      It’s not at all difficult to imagine that smell even though it has been decades. But was it a mimeograph or ditto machine. Do both smell the same? I must admit that I don’t remember.

      http://www.chattanoogan.com/2006/7/27/89955/Remembering-the-Ditto-and-Mimeograph.aspx

      • rickflick
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        I’m not sure. But the link says Ditto ink was purple while I remember mine as blue.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Did you ever take a deep whiff of a Xerox copy? Like a tarry country road after a summer rain. Not half bad, but too faint to be of any use to a daydreaming schoolboy.

      • Posted September 16, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of smells of paper, what about NCR paper?

        • rickflick
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

          I see the ingredients in NCR paper are:

          The first dye used … was crystal violet lactone, … Other dyes and supporting chemicals used are PTSMH (p-toluene sulfinate of Michler’s hydrol), TMA (trimellitic anhydride), phenol-formaldehyde resins, azo dyes, DIPN (diisopropyl naphthalenes), formaldehyde isocyanates, hydrocarbon-based solvents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polyoxypropylene diamine, epoxy resins, aliphatic isocyanates, Bisphenol A, diethylene triamine, and others. The dyes in carbonless copy papers may cause contact dermatitis in sensitive persons.

          What could go wrong?

    • Mark R.
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      And did Xerox give a hoot about Bartleby and his fellow scriveners? I think not!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      With such strong positive memories, it sounds as if you folks were getting high off the fumes.

  6. Historian
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    The advent of the copy machine changed the lives of students, particularly when doing research. In the early 1960s when I had to write term papers, I was forced to sit in the library hours on end laboriously taking notes from books and magazines. Around 1965, the first copy machines appeared in my college library, but the cost was 25 cents apiece – a small fortune for me in that day, so I didn’t use them very much. Not many years later the cost was down to 5 cents apiece and I quickly got used to pumping the nickels into the machine. Anything was better than sitting in the library.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      I remember mimeograph. (There’s a word you don’t hear much anymore.)

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    McGeorge Bundy (1996; what kind of a name is “McGeorge”?)

    IIRC, when Bob Dylan first gained fame as a young folk singer in the early Sixties, some reporter asked him what would be the first thing he’d do were he ever to be elected President. Said Bob, “make McGeorge Bundy change his first name.”

  8. Historian
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Andrew Sullivan’s take on the Republican Party is similar to Nichols’s. In an article defending what he considers true conservatism to be, he blasts the Republican Party: “To my mind, the Republican Party has become — and not just recently — a cancer on this particular strain of Western thought.” Unfortunately for Sullivan, the Trump cult cares nothing for political philosophy. They are only interested in nursing their grievances. So, Nichols, Sullivan and the other “never Trumpers” will be forced, undoubtedly reluctantly, to vote Democratic. At least for the moment, they are people without a home.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/09/gop-destroying-conservatism.html

    • mikeyc
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Good article.

    • Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Happy to have them in the Dems and hope they drag some admirers with them. It may be a while before the GOP recovers, assuming they go down with Trump in the first place (I hope!), so they should be encouraged to make themselves at home in their new party.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Karapetyan, a true hero, repeatedly dived into the cold water to rescue the passengers.

    Congratulations to the brave Armenian swimmer.

    And congratulations to you for stickin’ with the simple past tense of the regular verb “dive.” Makes you both heroes in my book. 🙂

    • Hempenstein
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      I hope Karapetyan at least received a Carnegie Hero medal for his efforts.

  10. Blue
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Today’s CBS Sumday Morning’s snippet:
    the Lanai Cat Sanctuary ( ~600 now ) of
    http://www.lanaicatsanctuary.org , thus:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/purr-adise-lanai-cat-sanctuary-hawaii

    all available, of course, for adoption.

    Blue

    • Christopher
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      That was a great little piece and a nice third option in the struggle between protecting wildlife and cats. If I had the money I’d be booking my trip right now.

    • BJ
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Great story!

  11. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Tom Nichols simply misses the point and seems to lay all of the republican problems on Trump. The facts just do not show this and the republican party was in trouble long before the arrival of Trump. Nichols just as well be one of these republicans looking for the good old days.

    Trump is just a symptom of the republican problem, he did not start it. I do not leave the democrats off the hook either as they are just as responsible for the system in DC. The self interest lobby controlled “democracy” is a joke. Money is the only mission and the health of the country means nothing to all the people in congress. Trump will soon be gone but all the problems will remain so ask yourself – what will we blame all our problems on then?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      You’re right, but I don’t think that’s inconsistent with what Nichols said; it’s just a bit beyond the scope of his piece.

      The Republican Party was ripe for cult-of-personality takeover by someone like Trump. This has been building since Nixon’s Southern Strategy, though Reagan’s campaign kick-off with a states-rights speech at the site of the slaughter of civil-rights workers in Mississippi and his embrace of the evangelicals, to Poppy Bush’s Willie Horton ads, to the co-option of the Tea-Baggers, to the GOP’s flinging open its arms to the Birther movement — with the whole goddamned mess midwifed into existence by Rush-Limbaugh-style talk radio and Fox News.

      If we’re to continue to have a two-party system, the nation may need to resurrect a new center-right party once Trump has reduced the GOP to ashes.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        But Nichols is down in the dumps because he realizes Trump is so bad. So if we just vote democratic and remove the bad, back will come the great republican conservative thinking. What we had without Trump was far from good. As we know this country has been going wrong for many years and we don’t need to sit around and dissect differences between liberal, conservative, progressive or all the other popular labels. We need to zero in on actual solutions to our problems and then do everything we can to implement those changes. I do not see any politician or modern political thinkers doing this.

        This it it in a nutshell today. Everyone is on the staff in this company. Nobody is in operations. Staff is easy. You sit around at the computer and come up with snappy ideas and words. Problem is, it means nothing because nothing gets done. Nobody is in operations any more. Lets go back to basics – identify the problems, then the solutions and then the really big step -implementation. Everything else is just hot air.

        • Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

          Even if the GOP is able to shed Trump soon, it has many, many bad players that aren’t going to go quietly or successfully reinvent themselves. There’s the Freedom Caucus and the Trump enablers who will not soon be forgotten. Sessions might survive solely because he’s fighting for the independence of his fiefdom from Trump’s interference.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted September 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

            I believe that is exactly what I said. So the question to everyone is what are you going to do about it? I could care less about the freedom caucus or Sessions or even, most of the democrats in congress. Unless the “rules” are changed, you know, the constitution, nothing really changes much. I do not know how to make it any clearer.

            • Posted September 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

              Sorry, Randall, I think my comment went in the wrong slot. I was agreeing with you (I think) in that the GOP won’t be able to simply resurrect itself by claiming that Trump held them hostage.

  12. BJ
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Those Cassini pictures are marvelous. This is my favorite: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/7790/daphnis-final-appearance/

    I’d never heard the story of Shavarsh Karapetyan. What a guy!

  13. Edward
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Ha, I’m a former Xerox employee but never worked on the 914. Basically started just before the digital “revolution” and was part of the transition from analog (light lens) to digital image processing. Printing and copying demand tapered of dramatically so I moved on in 2012 to my current job.

  14. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    They had a Xerox 914 in an episode of Mad Men, the day the copier arrived to great excitement & inconvenience. It was certainly a noisier & much more ‘mechanical’ machine than the silent, smooth device depicted in the lying Ad! The 914 was known to catch fire regularly & Xerox supplied, in Xerox speak: a “scorch eliminator” with every copier – that’s a small fire extinguisher to you & me.

    If you missed the Mad Men TV series, set in the ’60s NYC advertising industry, then you must binge watch all 92 episodes immediately. Essential viewing.

    • BJ
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      Who cares about copiers on Mad Men when we have the sexy Mail Robot from The Americans? Mail Robot is the coolest.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      I remember seeing my first Xerox copier as a kid at a science & technology fair in the early Sixties. I think it was the first model where you could copy anything put atop the screen (stuffed animals, your hand, anything). I remember it flashed a blinding greenish-white light every time it made a copy.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        And the launch pad for tipsy office party photocopier shenanigans? [butter optional]

        • rickflick
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

          I don’t recall seeing you there. Wasn’t Helen amazing? Talk about butter!

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    “slut-shaming butter”

    Haven’t been able to touch the stuff myself, ever since seeing the infamous butter’n’butt-stuff scenes with Brando and Maria Schneider in Bertolucci’s Last Tango. 🙂

    • BJ
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      If that’s what I thought of every time I saw butter, I’d be a lot more likely to have it with every meal.

      And take it to movies. And sleep next to it.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        Yeah, me, too, BJ. But my first viewing was traumatic, inasmuch as I’d unknowingly taken a virginal teen-aged recent Catholic high-school grad on a first date to see it.

        I mighta still been a teenager myself, or at least not much more, but I had a coupla years, and lots more mileage, on her. 🙂

        • BJ
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

          I forgot about that story! Too bad it didn’t have a happy ending (know what I mean nudge nudge say no more).

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted September 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

            She laid a sweet little lip-lock on me in her parents’ driveway when I took her home that night, and she told my sister the next day she’d like to go out again. So I’d say happy ending.

            But I still get flushed whenever I think about cringing next to her in that darkened theater, trying to sneak a side-eyed glance her way, wondering what kinda perv she must be thinking she went out with. 🙂

  16. Richard Bond
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Obviously that panda had not heard any of the versions of the joke with the punch line “standing up in a hammock”.

  17. Hempenstein
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    About 20yrs ago I bought a peach pie from an Amish roadside stand in OH. Worst peach pie I’d ever eaten! I didn’t buy another till a few wks ago at the local grocery, from their own ovens. Much better but as suspected after the first bite, the last three words in the ingredients list were “and artificial flavor”.

  18. Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Yeah but how does Shavarsh Karapetyan compare to real heroes who risked everything, like Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 16, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Yeah, well, not every swallow need a summer make.

      Colin Kaepernick has been denied the opportunity to make a living playing his sport because he chose to stand on conscience — as happened to Muhammad Ali and Curt Flood before him.

      Might not make him a “hero,” but it ain’t exactly nuthin’ neither. How many people have the courage of their convictions?

      • Mark R.
        Posted September 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

        Or the courage to “come out” like Michael Sam. The NFL is terrible at making good decisions regarding their players’ actions. Whether it’s not signing someone like Kaepernick or Sam or the politically progressive punter Chris Kluwe, or slapping the wrists of players who are guilty of assault (to be fair, they have been better at punishing violent behavior).

        At least the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL signed Michael Sam.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

          TBF, “Alouettes” is kinda gay as team names go. (I kid! I kid!) 🙂

      • Posted September 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        “Colin Kaepernick has been denied the opportunity to make a living playing his sport because he chose to stand on conscience ….”

        You’re definitely not a Niners fan. CK was a crappy back-up QB who had no feel, no ability to read the field, could not find another receiver if the first option was not open, and fled the pocket whenever it got the slightest bit crowded. He was also prone to periodic disastrous games, and ignored playbooks. His own teammates begged to have him benched.

        He had an offer as a back-up with Denver in 2017, but turned it down as he’s a prima donna who demanded $10 million and a starting position. CK is a fraud.

        Would you care to white knight the Goddess Serena next?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

          Serena was cited for a code violation (the first one, for coaching) under circumstances in which men players frequently are not. That’s not white-knighting; it’s not even subject to reasonable dispute.

          • Posted September 17, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

            Interesting that, while men players are cited for infractions at three times the rate of women*, you narrow your focus to the one violation — coaching — for which women are cited more often.

            Now, do the coaches of women players coach more often, or are the punishments meted out unfairly? If you cannot answer this question, you have no leg to stand on.

            Williams’ coach admitted he was coaching her. She received a deserved warning. Williams then had serve broken and smashed her racket in frustration, an automatic code violation, and a point penalty given the prior violation.

            A true professional, a role model, a person of character worthy of inclusion in an inspirational ad campaign, would’ve kept their composure, not smashed their racket (men 646 vs. women 99), not have then proceeded to verbally abuse an umpire (62:16), demanding an immediate public apology while bizarrely whining about being a mother. But Serena Williams is none of those things. She’s a temperamental, rage-filled, mentally unstable narcissist with a long history of tantrums and outrageous, offensive behavior on court. She got exactly what she deserved. Claims of sexism here are ludicrous.

            * https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/sports/tennis-fines-men-women.html

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

              I “have no leg to stand on”? The only, narrow point I’ve made — which you’ve conceded — is that Serena got cited for a code violation for which men usually don’t. (And, BTW, she was actually cited for a code violation for coaching, not just warned; otherwise, she couldn’t have been docked a game for a third code violation.)

              Anyway, you’re the one that raised the topic of Serena (and Kaepernick), apropos essentially nothing at all. Hell, I didn’t even mention Serena in response to your initial comment. I certainly haven’t contended that her conduct at the Open was noble or heroic. I’ve got no truck with Serena at all (although I understand she’s something of a philanthropist), except to say she’s likely the best damn women’s tennis player ever to put gut strings on a ball.

              I’ve been following professional tennis for nigh onto 40 years now. And from what I’ve seen of Serena, she’s respected by her fellow players and has a tolerable, if arms-length, relationship with the tennis establishment. I certainly don’t recognize her as the “rage-filled, mentally unstable narcissist” you’ve described above.

              • Posted September 17, 2018 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

                You knew little or nothing about CK’s playing ability, yet had no compunction about jumping to the conclusion that his career was destroyed by racism.

                You claim to be a tennis aficionado, yet seem ignorant of SW’s long history of tantrums, verbal abuse of officials, or racket-smashing, not to mention her two-year probation for on-court offenses.

                “Anyway, you’re the one that raised the topic of Serena (and Kaepernick), apropos essentially nothing at all.”

                And yet you felt compelled to respond. You seem to take pleasure in initiating controversy with me on an inordinate amount of points, many trivial. You’ve even gone so far as to answer questions I’ve posed to other commenters. Added to all that are several instances of you leveling ad hominem attacks and personal insults against me.

                For the good of this generally congenial and vibrant community, I’m going to ask you now to refrain from commenting directly to me in future, and I shall reciprocate.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted September 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

                Jeez, dude, you’ve got nerve ever referring to anyone else as a “snowflake.” But, hey, I’ll respect your safe space.

  19. Hempenstein
    Posted September 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know if Karapetyan’s sepsis was treated with bacteriophages?

  20. Posted September 17, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Fire *and* water. Hm, two to go. 🙂

  21. jahigginbotham
    Posted September 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Chester Carlson was most responsible for Xerox, working mostly on his own.


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