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I hope Jeffrey Epstein sings like a bird. And if some Democrats go down, so be it

I hope Jeffrey Epstein sings like a bird. And if some Democrats go down, so be itHolding people accountable for abusing girls should be nonpartisan. Sadly, in the Trump era of lowered expectations, we can’t count on that‘Epstein’s powerful connections (and the potential wrongdoings of other powerful men) may have had a hand in keeping him in relative freedom.’ Photograph: STRINGER/ReutersI hope Jeffrey Epstein sings like a bird.The wealthy and well-connected financier and registered sex offender was arrested this week in New York on accusations of child sex trafficking. He just may bring a lot of bad men – and a few bad women – down with him.Epstein allegedly groomed and recruited dozens of underage girls, many of them vulnerable runaways, for sex with him and his friends. Despite being caught by authorities, Epstein has largely evaded serious punishment. Thanks to heroic reporting by Julie K Brown at the Miami Herald, Americans learned that back in 2008, Epstein was given an exceptionally favorable plea deal by then-prosecutor Alex Acosta – now Trump’s secretary of labor. The deal was shamefully hidden from Epstein’s victims, and while it forced Epstein to register as a sex offender, it allowed him near-total freedom for the 13 months he was technically in jail – he was allowed to leave the facility to work in his luxurious private office instead of serving life in prison.It’s unclear why Epstein was given such favorable treatment. But given who his friends are, speculation has run rampant that his powerful connections (and the potential wrongdoings of other powerful men) may have had a hand in keeping him in relative freedom.Epstein’s friends and contacts include President Donald Trump, President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and high-powered attorney Alan Dershowitz, among many others. In 2002, Trump characterized Epstein as a “terrific guy” who enjoyed the company of girls “on the younger side.”In the immediate aftermath of Epstein’s arrest, Twitter exploded with political gotchas. On the right, it’s near-gospel that President Bill Clinton and Epstein are jet-setting pals, and that Clinton is at best complicit and at worst a participant in Epstein’s sex crimes. (We know Clinton used Epstein’s private jet for work related to the Clinton Foundation; according to Clinton, they were always accompanied by Secret Service agents or Clinton Foundation staff.)On the left, Trump opponents wonder if the president was ever a participant in Epstein’s sexual crimes. Trump was at one point accused by a young woman of raping her at Epstein’s New York home when she was 13; the lawsuit in which those accusations were made was withdrawn by the accuser. We also know that Trump and Epstein socialized, that Trump’s various phone numbers were written in Epstein’s notorious little black book, and that Epstein was once asked whether he had ever been around Trump and underage girls – and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.This is not a story in which anyone should find satisfaction. Dozens of vulnerable girls were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by Jeffrey Epstein. A great many adults, who should have done the right thing and stood up for these children, chose to look the other way. A few may have even participated in exploitation and rape.The only way forward is to demand accountability from Epstein, his co-conspirators, and his enablers, without exception and without excuse. Who knew what was going on? Who participated? How, exactly, did Epstein get such a sweet plea deal in Florida?Wherever these questions lead prosecutors and reporters must follow. And the public must demand real accountability, no matter the answers.What happens next will be revealing. Any person who participated in or knew about Epstein’s alleged trafficking ring should face (in addition to jail time) total public rejection. If they hold public office, they must resign or be forced out. If they are a lion of politics or public life, they must retreat, live with this profound shame, and know it will taint their legacy forever.Unfortunately, this isn’t how we’ve treated abusive and predatory men for most of human history. While that’s changing – the MeToo movement has made an incredible impact – it still seems that a man’s punishment remains contingent on who he is, how powerful he is, and who his allies are. It’s also looking increasingly partisan. While Democrats are far from innocent when it comes to letting badly-behaved men off the hook, the American left has largely stepped up in recent years and demanded accountability from its own. Well-loved men like Al Franken have stepped down in the wake of sexual misconduct. Men whose bad behavior has been long known, like Bill Clinton, are seeing their legacies stained as modern feminists are increasingly willing to criticize their bad acts. When it comes to Epstein, the left is ready and willing to take down anyone who let him get away with his crimes – whoever they are, and however they vote.But is the political right ready and willing to do the same? Aside from the hopeful conservative claims that Clinton is going down, the actual commitment of conservatives to punishing men for sexual wrongdoing is an outstanding question. Many, many times over, we have seen prominent conservative figures accused of sexual harassment or assault, only to have the most prominent figures on the right just deny it. Women who accuse liberal men of wrongdoing, the thinking seems to be, are to be believed. Women who accuse right-wing men are liars.Just look at Brett Kavanaugh, who sits on the Supreme Court despite a credible claim of sexual assault and attempted rape. Or Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misdeeds by more than two dozen women – and most recently of rape. Or Alex Acosta, Trump’s labor secretary, who is the reason Jeffrey Epstein isn’t sitting in federal prison. Too many of the same people salivating over the possibility that some liberal men will be indicated in the Epstein case are too happy to shrug off serious allegation of sexual crimes when those allegations are leveled against men whose politics they share.Holding people accountable for abusing girls should be a nonpartisan affair. Sadly, in the Trump era of lowered expectations and even more dismal behavior, we can’t even count on that. * Jill Filipovic is the author of the The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness



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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing following bird strike after takeoff

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing following bird strike after takeoffA bird strike on an American Airlines flight from Boston's Logan Airport to New York's LaGuardia forced the plane to return to the airport Sunday.



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French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returnsFrench foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. France, which has one of the largest poultry flocks in the European Union, is one of the countries that was most affected by the H5N8 bird flu virus that spread through wild birds across the continent last year. Of course some cases may break out at any time but by no means we will be in the same situation, we’ll be able to deal with it very quickly,” Marie-Pierre Pe, director of French foie gras makers group CIFOG, told reporters.



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The Dangers Posed by the Bird Scooter Craze Catching On Across America

The Dangers Posed by the Bird Scooter Craze Catching On Across AmericaRiders of the scooters have often been seen without helmets, a violation of the law.



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Tiny Bird Found In Cockpit Forces Delta Flight To Make A U-Turn

Tiny Bird Found In Cockpit Forces Delta Flight To Make A U-TurnA Delta pilot traveling from Detroit to Atlanta turned back when he found a small-winged creature flapping around his large-winged aircraft on Saturday.



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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airportANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.



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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airportANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.



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Watch Flames Erupt From a Japan Airlines Flight After a Bird Strike

Watch Flames Erupt From a Japan Airlines Flight After a Bird StrikeA Japan Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Tokyo on Tuesday after a suspected bird strike to one of the plane's engines.



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99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

Archeologists have just discovered a nearly complete bird, encased in fossilized tree sap, that has remained intact for almost 100 million years. The bird, which was just a few days old at the time of its death, is one of the most stunningly preserved examples of pre-history avian life ever recovered — but this is no ordinary bird.

The dream of resurrecting dinosaurs from their ancient remains, like in Jurassic Park, might be nothing more than science fiction, but one aspect of the pseudoscience depicted in the film franchise is actually quite true: archaeologists regularly find prehistoric bugs and other small creatures perfectly preserved in amber. This newly-discovered fossil, which was located in Burma, includes half of the bird's entire body, including a wing, claws, and head.

Unlike modern birds, this newborn hatchling is from a now-extinct branch of the family tree called Enantiornithines. Researchers say they would have looked a lot like modern-day avians, with the exception of some added features such as claws on their wing tips and small teeth tucked away in their beaks.

The fossil has already taught researchers a lot about the ancient species. They've determined that birds like these were able to take care of themselves much earlier than most modern bird species, thanks to fully developed flight feathers at the time of their hatching, suggesting that they could take to the skies immediately rather than being confined to a nest for the early part of their lives. The amber treasure will soon be put on display at the Shanghai Museum of Natural History until the end of July.



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99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisite

99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisiteWe might just be one step closer to a real life
Jurassic Park scenario. A three-inch fossil of a 99-million-year-old baby bird was found in an amber mine in Myanmar.  SEE ALSO: T. rex might not have been fluffy, after all The hatchling is the most complete bird preserved in amber that has ever been found from the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal
Gondwana Research. The fossil includes most of the skull and neck, part of a wing and hind leg, and soft tail tissue.  Scientists were able to collect data from bone and tissue samples taken from its skull, neck, feet, and wing, and they determined that the hatching was a member of the avian group,
Enantiornithes. This is a fantastic specimen: shows previously unknown enfloofinating pattern for birds! Paper link: t.co/YpFWcvhQzR pic.twitter.com/BK6AsWb48e — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 Researchers determined that the baby bird was newly hatched by examining its plumage. It was no more than a few weeks old before it was trapped in the sticky amber and preserved for millions of years, they found. The visual details in the baby bird are stunning, which has the science community on Twitter geeking out. I mean, c'mon: look at the soft tissue details here. pic.twitter.com/NZs14UHvAK — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 LOOK AT THE FEETS. pic.twitter.com/Aiwut30rBp — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 WOW! Look at the feathers on this Cretaceous bird preserved in amber! t.co/q0VMplchgH@macroevolut might want to get his mits on it! pic.twitter.com/0S3cwDSoqn — Thomas Clements (@Thomas_Clements) June 7, 2017 #FossilFriday came early this week! :-) — Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. (@TomHoltzPaleo) June 7, 2017 Burma, Albian-Cenomanian. Same deposit as the bird wing and dino tail described last year. — Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. (@TomHoltzPaleo) June 7, 2017 Tyrannosaurid skin… boring.We just got HALF A BABY MESOZOIC DINOSAUR PRESERVED IN AMBER, folks! t.co/IBNs2s752u #birds #dinosaurs — Alberta Claw (@albertonykus) June 7, 2017 When I die I'd like to be encased in Burmese amber — tommy job (@tjob83) June 7, 2017 The fossil was purchased in 2014 by the director of the Hupoge Amber Museum in Tengchong City, China, who heard about an amber sample with a strange "lizard claw" inclusion,
National Geographic reported.  Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences later identified the claw as the foot of a bird from the
Enantiornithes group. Researchers said they're excited about what this new find can bring to the field of paleontology. "Overall, the new specimen brings a new level of detail to our understanding of the anatomy of the juvenile stages of the most species-rich clade of pre-modern birds," they wrote in the study. WATCH: Researchers are using sound to levitate objects, and it's changing the medical industry



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