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May 22nd, 2018

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Max’s Views: Now on Video: Hostiles: **1/2

When my parents were children, they were taught that cowboys and American lawmen were the good guys and Native Americans were savages to be defeated. Now, children are taught that the Natives were the virtuous victims and white men were the blood-thirsty villains. There’s truth to both of those perspectives. But they are both outrageous oversimplif...

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Max’s Views: Tully: ****

When my first marriage was coming to an end, I made a list of the worst-case scenarios that could happen in order to keep things in perspective. Here’s what I thought were the bottom five most terrible things that could happen to me: 5. Die 4. Get Divorced 3. Get severely injured in an accident so I can no longer walk or be active. 2. Have kids 1....

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Max’s Views: The Irish Famine and What It Means to Us

School kids are taught that the United States was founded on freedom and Enlightenment ideals. That’s partially true. But at its heart, the American Revolution was a colonial uprising. The rich guys in the States thought of themselves as respectable Britons. The problem was, actual British people thought of them as mere colonists. Americans thought...

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Now on Netflix: Take Your Pills: *1/2

At the turn of the 20th Century, people had a way of staying up when they were tired, focusing on tedious tasks, saying no to food they didn’t need, and feeling up when they were down. It was an all-natural health elixir: cocaine. Cocaine worked as advertised. But it had the troubling side effect of extreme addictiveness. For some, cocaine turns yo...

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Max’s Views: Chappaquiddick: ****

I am sick and tired of political scandals. In my ideal world, people would only read about scandals in National Enquirer. Scandals wouldn’t be seen on the news. They wouldn’t be viewed as news at all; they would be guilty pleasure bathroom reading material. In our world, scandals aren’t just on the news – they are the news. If you turn on CNN, ther...

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A Quiet Place: *1/2

A Quiet Place: *1/2 I like horror movies. But I rarely watch them. Good horror movies make me lose sleep. It’s embarrassing but true. The night after “The Blair Witch Project,” I stayed awake in terror until dawn. The night after “Paranormal Activity,” I was 80% sure that my wife slumbering soundly next to me was a vicious demon. I only go to see h...

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Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****

Max’s Views Now Playing in Burlington- The Death of Stalin: **** Most everyone knows that the Soviet Union was a nightmarish place to live. I’m not sure people know exactly why, though. I don’t have enough room here to list all the atrocities, but the forced collectivization of agriculture was one of the worst. In 1929, the Soviet Politburo announc...

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Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1%

Max’s Views:The Black Death and the 1% 1351 England was a great place to be. Sure, it was a bummer that nearly 50% of the English had recently died from bubonic plague. But for the half that survived, life was about to get a lot better. The Black Death put a swift end to Feudalism. For centuries, English peasants had toiled in virtual slavery on sm...

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Now on Demand: The Florida Project: ****

Now on Demand: The Florida Project: **** In theory, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a saintly organization. In a perfect world, DCF social workers would heroically swoop into a troubled home and save a desperate child from intolerable neglect and abuse. And then that child would be swiftly moved into the warm embrace of her...

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Max’s Views: Death Wish***

There was a time when gun control wasn’t a Left vs. Right issue. Believe it or not, young readers, there was a time when a moderate Republican was allowed to support stricter gun laws without inspiring a vicious Twitter debate. And – gasp – a Democrat was allowed to take money from the NRA without being denounced as Benedict Arnold with blood on hi...

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