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About the fake Latin used here

A reader who happened upon this site asked why we had gone to the trouble to compose items in fake Latin. Actually, we didn’t go to much trouble. The “Latin” you see here is a selection from a well known text that was fabricated so that¬† printers composing pages could work on the layout of a page without having a readable text to distract the eye.¬† When the words in front of you don’t make sense you can focus on the way the whole page looks — whether it’s too crowded or too loose, whether the heading is too large for the body of the text, and so forth. The “Latin” is sometimes referred to as the Lorem Ipsum from the first words of the bogus text. You can search for Lorem Ipsum online. It’s there.

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Tim Carmody, in his excellent piece, "How Haiti Became Poor", notes that President Trump's racist policies and vulgar language have sullied the word "shithole" which used to be one of the all-time great swear words. He's right. It's another terrible power this careless President wields.