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Trump And The World

Trump For Christmas, A Grim Update For My Friends In Europe

Impeachment is coming, and other failed predictions.

Trump in the holiday spirit in Orlando
Trump in the holiday spirit in Orlando

WASHINGTON — Just a month into Donald Trump's presidency, my European friends and colleagues were already asking what I thought of the unusual behavior of 45. As I'm no expert on American law or the constitution, I could only give them my impression as a political observer, and U.S. resident. Trump, after moving into the Oval Office, continued to tweet his seemingly thoughtless statements, and act in an unpredictable and senseless way, far from the norm of presidential behavior.

It was my belief that neither this country nor the world could afford to have a superpower like the U.S. led by such an erratic person for any long period of time. And since the White House did not make Trump more presidential, my gut told me that he would soon hit a wall and there would be somebody, somewhere, somehow who would invite him to leave office. I could not imagine how this irrationality could last more than a year. He will be out by Christmas, I kept saying.

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Fried And Drizzled: Soaring Cooking Oil Prices Spark New Ethical Questions

The price of cooking oils and fats has gone up dramatically. Indonesia has even banned exports of palm oil. Suddenly, what type of oil and how we use it to fry foods, dress salads and process products has become an ever more important question.

Emergency cooking oil packs in Kendari, Indonesia, on April 14

Cosima Lutz

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BERLIN — In July 1940, 74 Swiss soldiers sat down to a meal of fried bread and cheese. Afterwards, they suffered severe – in some cases, irreversible – paralysis. The men, who became known as the “oil soldiers,” suffered from the after-effects their entire lives. They could not have known that the cooks had inadvertently added a poisonous machine gun coolant to the frying pans. The mineral oil mixed with tricresyl phosphate looked and tasted no different from standard cooking oil.

Humans and machines both need oil, but it’s not always clear from the look or taste which kind of oil should be used for which purpose. As long as there is enough cooking oil on supermarket shelves, discerning chefs make their choice based on taste, healthiness and environmental impact. Now, concerns around production, prices and health implications mean that, more than ever before, the choice of cooking oil is taking on a moral dimension.

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