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August 17th, 2017

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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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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room **** Alcoa makes money by producing aluminum and selling it. Ford makes money by building automobiles with that aluminum and selling them. Exxon-Mobil makes money by selling gasoline to the people driving those Fords. How did Enron make money? To this day, nobody knows for sure. And that’s the problem. In “Enron...

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Silicon Cowboys **** Ten thousand years ago, man developed written language. Written language allowed for the advancement of technology, the growth of cities, and the creation of lasting civilizations. Five hundred years ago, a German invented the printing press. Suddenly, Western Europeans became the most educated and the most intellectually rebel...

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New York Doll ***1/2 When I was a young man, I decided that my life would be easier if I didn’t have children. So I never did. Now, 20 years later, I have learned the truth: my decision to abstain from reproduction was even more wise than I had even imagined. People without children have more freedom, more money, more options, more time, and more s...

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Sunset Boulevard (1950) **** In the movie “La La Land,” Los Angeles is a fantasy land for its two lead characters. By the end, they have achieved all of their ambitions, both artistically and financially. “La La Land” is an idiotic movie about Hollywood with an offensively upbeat conclusion. “Sunset Boulevard” is a brilliant movie that offers a bru...

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The Most Hated Woman in America ***1/2 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… — The Bill of Rights That phrase. That phrase you keep using. I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means. Somewhere in our history, the meaning of the First Amendment got flipped around. T...

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Peter and the Farm *** A Montpelier lobbyist once told me that if you want to convince a Vermonter of your side, hire a farmer to present your argument. Vermonters trust farmers above all others. There’s something weird about that. Seemingly, the only thing separating a farmer from you or me is that he has a terrible, terrible job. Two hundred year...

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Fences ***1/2 It seems like the polite thing to say to a young man is, “You’d make a great father.” I don’t think anyone has ever said that to me. And they are right. I can definitely see myself being a horrible father. Some men just aren’t built to be great parents. I could see myself resenting my child because I am wasting my money and the last d...

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