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April 25th, 2018

Max’s View

Max’s View

Get Me Roger Stone **** “I am the most qualified. I have the most experience. I am the smartest and the most educated.” Ń a foolish candidate for public office I cringe every time I hear a politician say something like that. I loathe the guy saying it, but I still feel for him. That strategy never works. At best, mentioning your brains and your exp...

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Silence ***1/2 The history of religion during the past 1000 years is the story of Islam and Christianity. Muslim and Christian missionaries have tirelessly spread their faiths to all corners of the earth. Indonesia is 87 percent Muslim. There are more ethnic Indians who are Muslim than there are total people in North America. Thirty percent of Sout...

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The Wizard of Lies ***1/2 I have discovered the most suspicious sentence in the English language: “I am a Money Manager; give me your money.” Money Managers are charlatans. “I am an expert at investing,” he says. Of course he isn’t, though. You already know for certain that the Money Manager isn’t actually great at investing. If he was, he would be...

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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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