The Pneumonia Diet

On the night before he was murdered, a dinner guest asked Julius Caesar what was the best death. “Sudden and unexpected,” Caesar said. That lets out pneumonia. Doctors call pneumonia “the old man’s friend,” because it spares us from worse things, by killing us. But what if I want to live?

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Who’s Failing Now?

I emailed the White House a question this week: “Could you please clarify for me what President Trump means when he says ‘the failing New York Times’? Does he mean that the Times is failing financially? That it is failing its readers? That it is failing in some other way(s)? Thank you for helping me clear this up.”

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Carnivorous Sheep

So this guy who spent $280,000 to get laid a couple of times touts himself as an ace dealmaker. Then he slams The New York Times and Washington Post as “fake news,” though he was propelled to office by the National Enquirer — Jesus’ Face on Mars! JFK and Marilyn Alive in Cuba! — which covered up his $280,000 “dates.”

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Trade Wars Are Easy to Blow

Throughout history trade goods have flowed to the country with the highest standard of living, for the simple reason that they can pay more for it — whatever it is. So the rich country, in this way, has a “trade deficit” with poorer countries. Is that bad for the rich country, and a reason to punish the poor countries? No, it is not.

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The Anointed Queen: A Story for Our Own Age

Upon appointing Ulysses S. Grant General of the Armies in March 1864, President Lincoln told him that procrastination from previous commanders and pressure from Congress and the people “had forced him into issuing his [Lincoln’s] series of military orders, some of which he knew were wrong, and all of which may have been wrong.” This on the authority of President Grant’s first-born son, Maj. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant.

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