Daily Bread for 4.1.17 – 2017

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of fifty-nine. Sunrise is 6:34 AM and sunset 7:21 PM, for 12h 47m 14s of daytime, The moon is a waxing crescent with 24.9% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the one hundred forty-fourth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer on this day in 1976. On this day in 1970, Milwaukee Brewers, Inc., an organization formed by Allan H. “Bud” Selig and Edmund Fitzgerald, acquires the Seattle Pilots franchise.

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Readers with an Amazon Echo are sure to enjoy the Echo’s new Petlexa service:


Opening Day is Monday, and here’s the local fare for Miller Park:


The New York Times laments Venezuela’s Descent Into Dictatorship: “A ruling this week by Venezuela’s Supreme Court stripping the nation’s legislative branch of all authority — and vesting that power in the court itself — moves a country already beset by violence and economic scarcity one step closer to outright dictatorship. The decision means essentially that every arm of Venezuela’s government is now under the thumb of President Nicolás Maduro, whose supporters have gone to great lengths to wrest authority from the National Assembly, which has been dominated by a slate of opposition parties since early 2016. The country’s top court, which is packed with Maduro loyalists, had already invalidated every major law passed by Congress. On Wednesday, as part of a decision involving the executive branch’s authority over oil ventures, the court declared that henceforth the judicial branch would execute all powers normally reserved for the legislature.”

Michael Kranish and Renae Merle report that Stephen K. Bannon, architect of anti-globalist policies, got rich as a global capitalist: “Years before Bannon became the architect of an anti-globalist revolution — working as chief strategist under President Trump to weaken free-trade deals, restrict immigration from a number of majority-Muslim nations and slam corporations that move jobs overseas — he made his fortune as the quintessential global capitalist. An examination of Bannon’s career as an investment banker found that the Bannon of the 1980s and 1990s lived what looks like an alternate reality from the fiery populist of today who recently declared that “globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia.” With stints at Goldman Sachs and his own firm, Bannon was a creature of corporatism, wealth-building and international finance. His company received crucial financial backing from banks in Japan and France, and one of his key clients was the Saudi prince. It all was managed from the unlikely setting of an office steps away from the elite shopping district of Rodeo Drive.”

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes What’s Up for April 2017:

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