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August 30th, 2015

Max’s View

Max’s View

Straight Outta Compton *** What were Americans listening to in 1988? Nothing good, I’m afraid. The singles charts was dominated by bland pop stars like Steve Winwood and George Michael. The top-selling rock albums were by artless bores like Def Leppard and Van Halen. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Max was listening to “Weird Al” Yankovic. That is until my...

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The Green Prince ***1/2 My best friend and I were discussing the depressing state of militant Islam in the Middle East. My friend shared his theory that from its very inception – in the time of Mohammed – Islam has been a religion of violence and intolerance toward infidels. But that simply isn’t true. The real history of the Middle Eas...

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The True Cost **1/2 I’ll bet your wardrobe is pretty impressive. You’ve got a closet full of shirts on hangers. You’ve got multiple drawers full of clothes. You’ve got piles of old clothes you hardly wear anymore but you haven’t quite gotten around to giving away or throwing out. Our society has an unnecessary abundance of clothing. Just about ever...

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Max’s View: I’m Rooting For Bernie Sanders – But Not For the Reason That You Think

By Max Abrams The only thing that your vote in the Presidential election accomplishes is perpetuating the status quo. And the only thing that your vote can change is which lying politician gets to be enriched and corrupted by Washington, D.C. Maybe I’m fooling myself, but I want to believe that Bernie Sanders is different. He seems to be a man of i...

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Let the Fire Burn **1/2 It’s a known fact that black men are targeted by the police. If you happen to be male and black, you are more likely to be harassed, beaten, arrested, and killed. Is this unfair to black men? Obviously. Is it racist? Not necessarily. The majority of black men who are law abiding are being punished because a significant minor...

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No No: A Dockumentary ***1/2 Drugs destroyed baseball. Cheaters like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds transformed dirty needles into home runs at the expense of fairness and decency. To this day, A-Rod continues to sully the record books with his drug-tainted milestones. I don’t believe any of that. When people denigrate modern baseball, their implicat...

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Timbuktu ***1/2 Nominated for last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar Hey, let’s ban smoking in public places! Let’s make it illegal to curse in front of a child! Let’s arrest people who throw loud dance parties after 10 p.m.! No. No. No. The natural tendency of humanity is to make more and more rules. People want to prohibit every little thing that is...

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Red Army **** The most popular sporting events in the world are international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup. Not to me, though. I have almost zero interest in those events. And if I do end up watching, I always root against the United States. “Whoa, Max! You root against us?! Do you hate America or something?” No, quite the contr...

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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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