Month: October 2019

In Baseball, the Most Valuable Rules Are Unwritten

Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning in game six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, October 29, 2019. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)Standards are always out of date — that is why we call them standards.

In the rush of the passing seasons, sports memories fade like photographs left in sunlight.

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Betting Billions on Bizarre Entrepreneurs for 10/31/2019

What can you say about “sophisticated” investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company’s mission is to “elevate the world’s consciousness”? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a penny of profit?

We speak of Japan-based SoftBank and other investors who believed in WeWork after swallowing much of its “yoga babble.” They thought that its creator-pitchman, Adam Neumann, was touched by the eccentric genius of a Steve Jobs.

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Trump’s Best Option for Avoiding Impeachment: An Apology

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)The longer the president defends a lie, the more Americans will resent being lied to.

In l’affaire Ukraine, the president is guilty as charged. And the best strategy for him to avoid impeachment by the House and perhaps even removal by the Senate is to admit it, apologize, and let voters make their own judgment. It’s also the best way to fend off a disaster for Senate Republicans.

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Opinion: How we treat old chimpanzees — and what that says about us

The National Institutes of Health announced last week that it will be breaking its promise to move 44 chimpanzees currently being held in a biomedical facility in New Mexico to Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Louisiana. Francis Collins, the head of NIH, said a review panel had determined that these chimpanzees are either too old or too sick to relocate safely. This is bad news for the chimpanzees.

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