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June 30th, 2015

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Alexandria ***1/2 We live in a world of luxury and comfort and technological advancement. It would be logical to think that progress is the natural order of things. It seems like the story of history should be a tale of ever-expanding knowledge and scientific know-how. Nope. Not even close. History isn’t a straight-line toward anything. History is...

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We Were Here *** Woody Allen was asked if he could live in any era of human history, which time would he choose. Allen said he’d live now because of antibiotics. Many people don’t appreciate, as Woody Allen does, how fortunate we are to have been born in the mid to late 20th Century. Thanks to 19th Century advancements in plumbing and sewage and 20...

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Hot Girls Wanted ***1/2 The first pornography was produced 10,000 years ago, when a man drew a crude picture of the woman he liked on the inside of a cave for his pleasure. The caveman hoped that the rest of the village didn’t walk in on him while he was enjoying the picture. In 2000, I walked into a newsstand on Main St. to buy a porno mag. I hope...

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Fed Up *** When I stopped growing at age 16, I made a lifetime commitment to myself: since I will never again get taller, I will never again gain weight. All around me, I saw men with beer bellies. Logic dictated that at one point, they were all thin like me and then they let themselves go. So I was simply going to stay vigilant and never let that...

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The Greatest Character of All Time: Stephen in “Django Unchained”

Uncle Tom (n): A black man who will do anything to stay in good standing with the white man including betray his own people. Hollywood claims to be progressive about race. However, the topic of Uncle Toms in America was apparently too controversial and uncomfortable to discuss for the first century of cinema. Finally in 2012, Quentin Tarantino and...

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Chasing Ice **1/2 There is a war of ideas in the United States between the Christian right and the environmentalist movement. The funny thing to me is that many people don’t recognize why the two groups are fighting. It is a battle between two opposing religions. “But we’re not a religion,” environmentalists exclaim in shock. No, you really are. A...

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Pump (2014) *** Three things are inevitable: death, taxes, and the fact that you have to fill up your car with gasoline about once a week. For our entire lives, the oil industry has had a monopoly on the car fuel industry. Every time you turn on your car, you know that you are giving money to multi-national corporations and tyrannical sheikhs. But...

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The Fight of the Century *1/2 It must be hard for young people to believe that boxing used to be one of the most popular sports in the United States during the 20th Century. These days, nobody cares about boxing. It is a tiny fringe sport that is about as popular as roller derby and curling. The Junior Welterweight title bout between Floyd Mayweath...

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To Be Takei ***1/2 I am not proud of this, but when I see political activists on television or on the streets protesting, my first thought is to oppose them. My thought is, “This country gave you leisure time, plenty of food, and the freedom to protest. So why don’t you spend this time appreciating all of the great things about America instead of t...

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Exodus: Gods and Kings *1/2 I know this isn’t news to anyone, but it really is striking how different Jesus is from God in the Old Testament. Jesus had a clear, focused game plan. In the course of a year, he taught us how to live righteously, he founded his earthly church, he died for our sins, and he defeated death by rising from the grave. God in...

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