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December 9th, 2016

Max’s View

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Prescription Thugs ***1/2 It won’t be long before marijuana is legal in almost every part of the United States. Politicians will bravely vote to legalize it because they care about freedom and public safety. Hahahahahahaha. Sorry. Sorry. Only joking. The real reason marijuana will be legal is money. The pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington a...

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali ***1/2 We in America don’t expect all that much from our professional athletes. But we do expect patriotism. Heaven help you if you don’t demonstrate patriotism. As a pro athlete, you’re allowed to beat people up on the field, off the field, and even in your home and all is forgiven pretty quickly. You can be a known drug...

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[History Book Review] The Columbian Exchange (1972) By Alfred W. Crosby Jr. **** Thank you to our legislature and to the Vermont Retail Grocers Association for mandating that companies label all foods that contain GMOs. Thanks to this new practice, we will certainly be saved from the ill-health and certain doom of consuming food products that have...

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China vs. USA: Empires at War **1/2 They have 1.4 billion people. Two hundred nuclear warheads. The largest industrial economy. And an unquenchable desire to be the world’s #1 superpower. A showdown is inevitable. World War III. The United States vs. China. I absolutely do not believe that. China is our economic rival, not our enemy. I am certain t...

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Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party ** The most confusing letters in our language are (D) and (R). When there is a (D) or an (R) next to a person’s name, it makes it impossible for otherwise smart people to make an accurate judgement of them. Or to even be able to hear what they are saying. I mean, Red Sox fans hate the Ya...

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Salam Neighbor *** A year ago, serious immigration reform wasn’t even a topic of conversation. Now, to the horror of the political establishment, it is a top issue for many voters. Both political parties are on the exact same side of the immigration debate. Democrats are in favor of unlimited immigration. And Republicans are in favor of unlimited i...

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Fastball ***1/2 The Boston Red Sox are not going to win the World Series this year. This is not a criticism of the team’s offense. There is nothing to criticize. Dustin Pedroia looks like himself again. Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are the best trio of young hitters in the league. David Ortiz is having an almost unbelievable...

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1971 *** Edward Snowden is a traitor. That’s what a lot of Americans – smart, reasonable Americans – think. Not me, though. To me, Edward Snowden was a selfless hero for releasing those secret files when he had the chance. The NSA had been collecting data on millions of Americans without a warrant and it was only right that we knew the truth. The g...

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Max’s View: Thank You, Police

In general, I am not inclined to respect institutions of authority and power. I think the entire criminal justice system should be overhauled and radically simplified so that judges, lawyers, and prison wardens have less control over our society. Every criminal case should have exactly one question: are people in the defendant’s community safer and...

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How to Change the World *** It isn’t too hard to be an environmentalist. You have to do three things: believe what the scientists say, recycle, and root against the bad guys (corporations and Republicans). That’s about it. If you genuinely believe that humans are destroying the world right now, however, I would think that you’d have to do more. A l...

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