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September 25th, 2016

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Big Bang in Pyongyang ***1/2 The North Koreans are our enemies! And no wonder. Remember all that they have done to us. First, they arrogantly crossed the Pacific to fight against us in our own Civil War. Worse than that, they never left! They continue to antagonize the United States by keeping a bunch of permanent military bases just south of our b...

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Winner of the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Film “Ida” **1/2 “Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” -St. Augustine of Hippo It’s a shame that what was intuitive to a 4th Century North African dude is largely ignored by the Roman Catholic Church today. The Church has taken a lot of heat for its sex crime cover up. But no one seems to a...

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Iranium ** “Death to America,” say the leaders of Iran, constantly. I’m all for peace, love, and understanding, but even I am not hopeful that we will ever be friends with the current regime in Tehran. The Ayatollahs came to power in 1979 as a direct backlash against the American-backed Shah. The Shiite extremists blamed the United States for almos...

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Collapse **** Peak Oil: The point in human history when the maximum rate of extraction of oil is reached. Once we’ve reached this peak it is all downhill from there. After the peak, the world oil supply will drop and drop until there’s nothing left. The captivating and ridiculous documentary “Collapse” begins by presenting this reasonable macro-eco...

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Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech **** As the excellent documentary “Shouting Fire” reminds us, the First Amendment didn’t always guarantee free speech. One hundred years ago, it was against the law to speak your mind about the issues of the day. Dozens of Americans were imprisoned for saying that the United States shouldn’t be fi...

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Steve Jobs **** I had been feeling guilty about my bank job for years before I really understood why. Why should I be ashamed about what I do while my computer programmer friend never feels that way? Learning the philosophy of 20th Century novelist Ayn Rand helped me understand my guilt. We all have to earn a living, but some careers are fundamenta...

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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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