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July 21st, 2017

Max’s View

Max’s View

Now on Netflix Boom Bust Boom **** By now, anybody who can sit through an economics lesson knows how the 2008 financial meltdown happened. Banks assumed that housing prices would continue to go up forever, so they lent money to new homeowners who couldn’t afford the loans. Then the banks sold the loans to other banks and to private investors. This...

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New on Netflix Betting on Zero **1/2 “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” — Genesis 3:19 I am thankful for the wisdom of this bible verse. Without it, life would be a lot harder and more complicated. There have been hundreds of...

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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press *** In 2012, the news gossip site Gawker posted part of a video that showed Hulk Hogan in bed with his best friend’s wife. Hulk Hogan was so angry that he could have torn off his shirt in anger. So, what did he do about it? He successfully sued Gawker and its publishers for $140 million that they definitely di...

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Emmanuel Macron: Behind the Rise ** President Obama’s legacy has been hopelessly distorted by partisanship. The American Right has spun Obama into something that he never was or tried to be: a Progressive. Ask a Republican, and he will tell you that the President was an anti-American Socialist Peacenik. Amusingly, the American Left has decided to d...

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Get Me Roger Stone **** “I am the most qualified. I have the most experience. I am the smartest and the most educated.” Ń a foolish candidate for public office I cringe every time I hear a politician say something like that. I loathe the guy saying it, but I still feel for him. That strategy never works. At best, mentioning your brains and your exp...

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Silence ***1/2 The history of religion during the past 1000 years is the story of Islam and Christianity. Muslim and Christian missionaries have tirelessly spread their faiths to all corners of the earth. Indonesia is 87 percent Muslim. There are more ethnic Indians who are Muslim than there are total people in North America. Thirty percent of Sout...

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The Wizard of Lies ***1/2 I have discovered the most suspicious sentence in the English language: “I am a Money Manager; give me your money.” Money Managers are charlatans. “I am an expert at investing,” he says. Of course he isn’t, though. You already know for certain that the Money Manager isn’t actually great at investing. If he was, he would be...

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Max’s View: It’s Almost Judge-ment Day

Last year at this time, The New York Yankees were not a good team. It looked like the Evil Empire had finally been conquered by Father Time and bad long-term contracts. They were below .500. Even worse: they were boring, unlikable, and sad. The gloom that had enveloped Yankee Universe was palpable. If the other team loaded the bases in the first in...

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American Experience: The Big Burn *** We need to Save the Trees! Deforestation has ravaged our once great forests. The dwindling tree population is choking the oxygen-starved atmosphere. Sorry, environmentalists: I’m being sarcastic. Every word of that last paragraph is false. First, a solid majority of new atmospheric oxygen is produced by water-d...

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Max’s View: An Open Letter to the Nitwits at ESPN

Not so long ago, SportsCenter was a clip show. Each morning, a couple of sharp-witted gentleman presented highlights of last night’s games. During the clips, the producers played upbeat music and the hosts told the viewers what happened, tossing in a few well-timed quips and catch-phrases. It was perfect. To me, SportsCenter was The News. I had to...

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