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February 10th, 2016

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Citizen Koch *1/2 In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United, arguing that the right to free speech extends to private companies as well as individuals. Since the ruling, corporations have been allowed to spend as much as they want on political campaigns. For the Koch brothers, this has meant an exponential increase in their...

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Food, Inc **** In his 1507 novel “Utopia”, Thomas More imagined a perfect society. In this society, the favored, moral folks lived in a clean, peaceful city and dined on meat. The animals were raised and slaughtered far away from the city by poor outcast people so that the good Utopians didn’t have to ever see the ugly truth about how their food wa...

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Max’s View Winnebago Man ***1/2 In the 20th Century, fame was more simple. Either you moved to Los Angeles to become a movie star or moved to New York to get a job in broadcasting or practiced your home run swing really hard or killed a bunch of random people because your dog told you to. One way or another, everybody who was famous pretty much ask...

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I Am Femen *** In the United States, we have an usual amount of freedom to protest. But we don’t really take advantage of it. Sure, the people of Ferguson have come together to shed light on police brutality. And the Occupy Wall Street movement showed how disenfranchised some young people feel about the New World Order of corporate greed. In Americ...

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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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