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May 29th, 2016

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The Big Short **** The most important political event of this century was the 2008 financial crisis. And yet, disturbingly, nothing has been done to prevent another crisis in the future. I think I know why. We all agree that the meltdown and the Great Recession was caused by the bursting of the mortgage bubble. But there’s no consensus about whose...

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Bhutto ***1/2 The political issue I care about most is peace. It’s no fun, because the entire American establishment is essentially pro-war. I’ve given up trying to argue against war and intervention from the pacifist perspective. I may be the only pacifist that I’ve ever known. Most of us worship a deity who commands us to love our enemy as our fr...

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Cartel Land ***1/2 The War On Drugs has essentially worked. At least for me, it has. Today I’m a happy working man on the eve on my 40th birthday. My only drug is alcohol and I don’t drink to excess. I’m not proud to admit it, but in my early 30s I was addicted to cocaine. To be clear: I wasn’t a junkie on the streets. I never stole money to buy it...

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Max’s View: Relax, Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President

All the money in the world can’t turn lies into truth or villainy into heroism. That’s why Hillary Clinton will never be President. Clinton never had a chance just based on her personality. She appears to be an uncomfortable, unlikable, bitter phony. And Americans don’t elect Presidents like that (not since Nixon, anyway). But the ultimate reason w...

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Nominated For Best Picture and Best Actress Room **** I remember watching my friend’s young children joyfully tearing open their Christmas presents last December and feeling bad for them. They are 4 and 6 years old and they are already addicted to material possessions. Life is definitely hard but it’s also simple. The goal is happiness. And since c...

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American Experience: Henry Ford *** Deindustrialization has been a disaster for America. Fifty years ago, we had a country where a young man of any background could find a decent factory job. A 21-year-old man could expect to have a wholesome career and would be able to earn his keep by laboring every day for a living wage. Today, the average 21-ye...

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The Revenant *1/2 Leonardo DiCaprio has pulled a complete McConaughey-180. A McConaughey-180 is a term that I just made up for a celebrity who starts his career as a lightweight pretty boy known for doing chick flicks. Then, through a series of amazing performances (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Bernie,” “True Detective”), he transforms himself into a res...

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The Island President ***1/2 The Climate Change debate in America is terribly polarized. The left dogmatically believes that Climate Change is 100% bad. That position doesn’t make any sense to me. In life, unexpected change is good a lot of the time. And global warming is clearly good for some people – people who own property in Siberia and Gr...

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Grizzly Man (2005) **** Five hundred years ago, Europeans began settling and civilizing North America. A full half millennium later, we are still sharing our continent with several wild animals that have the power to kill and eat us. There are alligators near the Gulf of Mexico. There are sharks in our coastal waters. Wolves in the west and in Cana...

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Concussion * Sunday, January 10. Two Stones Pub. 3 p.m: After three quarters of futility, things went from bad to worse for the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Russell Wilson wasn’t ready for the snap and the ball sailed out of his hands, back to the 50-yard line. The startled QB scurried back to retrieve the ball, Vikings defenders bearing down on h...

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