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May 27th, 2016

Max’s View

Max’s View

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens *** I don’t think JJ Abrams is a good filmmaker. I didn’t have high expectations for the new Star Wars movie. But of course I saw it, anyway. My mind was made up in 2005. In 2005, George Lucas proved that it is possible to make a great new Star Wars film. “Revenge of the Sith” is magnificent: dark, intense,...

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A Man Named Martin ***1/2 In this most Evangelical of countries, it’s odd to me that there isn’t more reverence for the founder of Protestantism. With all due respect to the great Dr. King, the most influential guy named Martin Luther in world history is definitely Martin Luther. Luther didn’t just found a Christian sect, he saved Christianity itse...

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That Sugar Film ***1/2 My best friend Kurt told his 6-year-old son, Luke, two nuggets of wisdom. Santa Claus exists and brings him presents on Christmas. Soda is poison. Unfortunately, Luke believes number one but not number two. Luke has it backwards. Too much sugar really is poison. As soon as I heard earlier this year that sugar is the cause of...

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The Best of Enemies **** I like the name of my column: Max’s View. I like that it’s cool sounding and I like that it’s honest. Every article I write is just my opinion on a topic. Nothing more. If I stumble across the truth sometimes, that’s nice. If I’m full of crap sometimes, that’s okay, too. Not every newsman is as honest. I just read a good ar...

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The Farm: Angola, USA **1/2 In heartening news, leaders from all over the political spectrum – from Pat Leahy to Newt Gingrich, from Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz – have spoken up about the terrible state of America’s prison system. There are simply too many people locked up in too many awful cages. It is destroying lives, destroying famil...

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Max’s View: Tom Brady is the Greatest QB of All Time, (darn it)

You can’t imagine how disheartening it is to be a New York Jets fan in the Tom Brady era. I vividly remember the day the era began. It was September 23, 2001. I was watching the game at a bar. Jets linebacker Mo Lewis put a nasty hit on Patriots franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe, knocking the veteran signal caller out of the game. The Jets won tha...

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Crips and Bloods: Made in America ***1/2 Some people say that the United States is a violent country. The fact that 14,000 people were murdered last year seems to back it up. However, 14,000 is fewer than any year since 1968. It’s fewer than Mexico. And, most significantly, the vast majority of murders take place in big cities and more than half of...

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret **** Individual environmentalists are generally good; they’re just trying to do the right thing to cause less harm to the earth. Big environmental organizations, on the other hand, are full of it. If they were truly sincere about saving the planet, they would condemn people who reproduce. The inconvenient truth...

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Inside the Court of Henry VIII ***1/2 For 250 years, the most powerful and influential nation in the world has been a western country. Specially an English-speaking western country. First it was Great Britain. Then it was the United States. Dr. Jared Diamond thinks he knows why. While doing research in New Guinea, a local asked him why it is that w...

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The Day the 60s Died ***1/2 I believe we can stop the next war that the government wants us to fight. It won’t be that hard, either. Before the war begins, compose a Facebook post and a Tweet about why the war is unnecessary. Then write an email to your congressman saying that you will vote for him if he publicly opposes the war. Or you will donate...

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