Monday, April 17, 2023

Monday Musings - April 17, 2023


1. Welcome to the 3rd Monday of April. The month has churned past middle and is now waning. There are 36 Mondays remaining in 2023. 

2. Tax Day is tomorrow! Hopefully everyone has their taxes completed or an extension filed. 

Ethan's Brunch
Odenton, MD
April 16, 2023
3. Ethan's birthday celebration continued and concluded yesterday with a brunch and was later celebrated with another Orioles comeback win, this time in Chicago against the White Sox, 8-4. 

4. All five teams of the American League East are at .500 or better. That is pretty much where the division ended the season last year. The Orioles are in fourth place just a game behind the two teams tied for second place. 

Chris and the Dogs
Odenton, MD
April 16, 2023
5. Our time in Maryland is drawing to a close. We will be returning to Florida, and the much needed rain, tomorrow. I am sure that Riordin, our cat, will be happy to welcome us home. 

6. Chris seems to attract dogs when she eats. Here she is last evening attempting to eat dinner in piece. She has three dogs monitoring her every mouthful.

7. Today in History. With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth on April 17, 1970.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light and water had been disrupted. 

Teen shot by homeowner after going to the wrong house, police say - CNN

Slovakia sends 13 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine - CNN

Clarence Thomas to amend financial disclosure forms to reflect sale to GOP megadonor - CNN

Putin critic jailed in treason case for 25 years, article with image - Reuters

Fox defamation trial delayed, network pursues settlement talks - Reuters

Elon Musk's SpaceX set for debut flight of Starship rocket system to space - Reuters

Supreme Court considers Christian mail carrier's refusal to work Sundays - Reuters

U.S., Allies Aim to Reduce Economic Ties With China - The Wall Street Journal

ChatGPT and Advanced AI Face New Regulatory Push in Europe - The Wall Street Journal

Fiscal crisis nears as McCarthy takes debt ceiling plan to Wall Street - The Washington Post

Discord leak suggests China doesn’t need TikTok to find U.S. secrets - The Washington Post

-- Bob Doan, Odenton, MD

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