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APRIL 2019

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4/25: Bolsonaro shocked by high number of penis amputations. 4/22/19: Oldest known Wisconsin tree is 1,300 year old cedar growing from a cliff. This tree before me is not the oldest tree in Wisconsin.

4/22/19: Oldest known Wisconsin tree is 1,300 year old cedar growing from a cliff

Not even close. It’s a scrubby little birch growing almost horizontally out of the side of a cliff of Cambrian sandstone, its trunk barely larger than the barrel of a baseball bat. This tree is not notable. It’s barely even noticeable. But this tree, unimpressive as it is, is no younger than 80 years old and might be more like 150. 4/17/19: The Green New Deal— Flight attendants know it’s not a job killer. But climate change is. “Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up” is not a sentence most travelers want to hear.

4/17/19: The Green New Deal— Flight attendants know it’s not a job killer. But climate change is.

But that’s a direct quote from the pilots’ report after United Express Flight 3833 operated by Air Wisconsin hit extreme turbulence on approach to Washington, DC, in 2018. Extreme turbulence is on the rise around the world. It isn’t just nauseating or scary — it’s dangerous. In June 2017, nine passengers and a crew member were hospitalized after extreme turbulence rocked their United Airlines flight from Panama City to Houston. A few weeks ago, a Delta Connection flight operated by Compass Airlines from Orange County, California, to Seattle hit turbulence so sudden and fierce, the flight attendant serving drinks — and the 300-pound drink cart — was slammed against the ceiling of the plane. In my 23 years as a flight attendant and president of our union representing 50,000 others, I know firsthand the threat climate change poses to our safety and our jobs. 4/10: Event Horizon Telescope's landmark black hole image.

4月9日: 自衛隊F35A戦闘機 レーダーから機影消え連絡途絶 青森沖. 9日夜、青森県三沢市沖の太平洋上で、航空自衛隊の最新鋭の戦闘機、「F35A」の機影がレーダーから消え、航空自衛隊は墜落した可能性があるとみて詳しい状況の確認を急いでいます。

4月9日: 自衛隊F35A戦闘機 レーダーから機影消え連絡途絶 青森沖

機体にはパイロット1人が乗っていたということで、自衛隊の航空機などが捜索にあたっています。 航空自衛隊によりますと、9日午後7時27分ごろ、青森県三沢市の東およそ135キロの太平洋上で、航空自衛隊三沢基地に所属する最新鋭のF35A戦闘機1機の機影がレーダーから消えるとともに、無線通信も途絶えたということです。 この機体には40代の3等空佐の男性パイロット1人が搭乗していて、およそ30分前の午後7時ごろ三沢基地を離陸したということです。 当時は、同型のほかの3機とともに、合わせて4機で訓練を行っていて、事前に異常を知らせるやり取りはなかったということです。 現場周辺の海域では自衛隊の救難機や哨戒機などが捜索にあたっていますが、航空自衛隊はレーダーの状況などから墜落した可能性があるとみて、詳しい状況の確認を急いでいます。 F35Aはステルス性能を備えた最新鋭の戦闘機で、去年1月から三沢基地で配備が始まり、現在13機運用されていますが、防衛省は残りの12機について、当面、飛行を見合わせることにしました。 海保 巡視船3隻で現場海域を捜索へ 航空自衛隊三沢基地の戦闘機「F35A」の機影がレーダーから消えたことを受け、青森県の八戸海上保安部と岩手県の釜石海上保安部から巡視船、合わせて3隻が出て現場の海域に向かっています。 このうち、八戸海上保安部の巡視船2隻は午前0時ごろ到着し、捜索を始める見通しだということです。 岩屋防衛相「捜索救助と原因究明に全力」 4/9: Fawlty Towers named greatest ever British TV sitcom. Fawlty Towers has been named the greatest ever British TV sitcom once again by a panel of comedy experts compiled by the Radio Times.

4/9: Fawlty Towers named greatest ever British TV sitcom

The comedy series set in a chaotic Torquay seaside hotel managed by an incompetent and highly strung hotelier played by John Cleese, was ranked above Father Ted, which chronicled the lives of three dysfunctional Irish priests and their housekeeper, and I’m Alan Partridge, in second and third place respectively. Although Fawlty Towers ran for only two series, the popularity of its 12 episodes has endured and it is often re-broadcast, with the co-writer, Connie Booth, saying the show succeeds because it allows “infantile rage and aggression” to flourish even within “well-mannered English society”.

Basil Fawlty’s one-liners have gone down in comedy folklore. In one episode, a hotel guest complained that he was not satisfied, to which he replied: “Well, people like you never are, are you?” During another, a guest asked if anywhere serves French food. 4/9: FBI confirms Comey was a witness in Mueller investigation. 4/8: House Judiciary Leaders Unite In Call For Mueller Hearing; Unclear If He'd Appear. The leaders of the House Judiciary Committee agreed on Monday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to appear for a hearing.

4/8: House Judiciary Leaders Unite In Call For Mueller Hearing; Unclear If He'd Appear

The question now is whether Mueller would agree. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the panel's ranking member, opened the bidding with a letter in which he asked the chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., to invite Mueller to testify later this month. Although the committee expects to hear from Attorney General William Barr, Collins wrote, it must go to the source to learn all it needs to know about the special counsel inquiry. Wrote Collins: Attorney General Barr was never a part of this investigation, and instead simply reviewed the special counsel's final report and has provided Congress, so far, with the special counsel's principal conclusions. Collins asked Nadler, who leads the Democratic majority that has the power to convene hearings, to invite Mueller to appear during the week of April 22. 4/7: Suspicions high as Barr redacts Mueller report.

4/6: Barack Obama warns progressives to avoid 'circular firing squad' Barack Obama warned on Saturday that US progressives risk creating a “circular firing squad” at a time when prospective presidential candidates are competing fiercely against each other to run against Donald Trump.

4/6: Barack Obama warns progressives to avoid 'circular firing squad'

The former president was speaking in Berlin, at an Obama Foundation event. “One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States,” he said, “maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be’ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad’, where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues.

“And when that happens, typically the overall effort and movement weakens.” Among Democrats, the field of prospective presidential nominees has swelled to nearly 20. 4/3: Trump's Random Lie About His Father. 4/2: Mussolini's Granddaughter in Twitter Feud With Jim Carrey Over His Drawing of the Dead Dictator. 4/2: Maduro yes-men open door to prosecution of Guaido. 4/1: Oliver calls out noted asshole McMahon over wrestlers health. 3/29: Barr to give Congress redacted version of Mueller report by mid-April. Congress will be given a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report by mid-April and there are no plans for Donald Trump to add his own edits, the US attorney general, William Barr, said on Friday.

3/29: Barr to give Congress redacted version of Mueller report by mid-April

But Barr said he intended to censor some of the report to protect the privacy and reputations of some people mentioned, setting up a likely clash with Democrats who have demanded the full document. Bar said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and House judiciary committees that the full report by the special counsel runs to almost 400 pages, excluding tables and appendices.

The attorney general said he would black out sections that could reveal grand jury material, sensitive intelligence, affect other investigations or “unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests” of some people. Barr said Trump had the right to assert executive privilege over some parts of the report, but that the president had said he intended to defer to the attorney general.