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May 06 2016

Soldiers Reduced to Stealing Goats for Food in Socialist Venezuela

It might seem that the triumph of statism would at least be good for people who are employed as guardians of the state. But in the end it works out poorly for everyone. For example, in socialist Venezuela, hungry soldiers have been reduced to stealing goats:

Over the weekend, six members of the Venezuelan military were detained by local authorities for stealing goats, the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported Sunday. It said the soldiers confessed to stealing the goats and said they did it to feed themselves, since they had no food left in their barracks.

“It’s not a good sign when your military doesn’t have enough food, and when the military has been relegated to guarding and protecting food lines,” said Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “This is endemic of the problems going on across the country.”

Venezuela recently tried jacking up the minimum wage, as Donald Trump is open to doing here. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t seem to have helped.

On the positive side, government employees are enjoying 5-day weekends.

You would think that Tinseltown leftists like Sean Penn and Danny Glover who ostentatiously supported the Bolivarian Revolution would be down there to share some of their champagne and caviar with the guys responsible for enforcing that revolution, so that they don’t have to eat other people’s goats. But like South Africa, Venezuela is no longer a trendy topic, now that lefties have gotten their way, and other people have to live with the aftermath.

Big Government empties the shelves.

On a tip from R F.

May 06 2016

Difference Between Hillary and Trump Discovered

I always knew there was some difference between Shrillary and Trump. Matt Walsh puts his finger on it:

They’re both elitist progressives. Both pathological liars. Both morally bankrupt. Both narcissists. Both entirely unconcerned about the issues and willing to take whatever position assures them more power. Both Statist. Both authoritarian. Both tyrants, the only difference is that Trump actually ran on a platform of tyranny – promising to murder women and children and squash dissent. etc. – whereas Clinton has to pretend she’s not a tyrant. That means Trump will have a mandate for tyranny that Clinton will, much to her chagrin, not be granted.

Both are evil, but only Trump openly promised to use the government to torture people, murder the innocent, and silence political dissent. Electing him anyway would give him an explicit license to inflict tyranny.

So should you vote for Shrillary? No:

I think there is a very basic voting principle that is as American as the Constitution itself (not that Trump or his fans care much for that old thing), and it’s that we must never actively affirm tyranny. It’s one thing to compromise on a policy here or there, but if a tyrant is seeking the Oval Office, no matter who he is running against, you cannot support him. You cannot support tyranny. Ever. Under any circumstance. Indeed, American have died for the sake of this principle. The least we can do is trouble ourselves to vote third party.

The road ahead keeps getting darker. This is not the time to let go of your moral compass. It is the one thing tyrants cannot take away from you.

Not the same person after all.

Hat tip: Right Wing News.

May 06 2016

Federal Government Defines the Word “Menu”

So that’s what we need the bloated monstrosity in Washington for. Merriam-Webster is not up to the task of defining words:

The Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance for an Obamacare regulation mandating calorie labeling in restaurants, which includes a 171-word definition of “menu,” and will apply to coupons and advertisements.

Insomniacs can find the final guidance here.

The government considers a menu to be the “primary writing of the covered establishment from which a customer makes an order selection, including, but not limited to, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus; dessert menus; beverage menus, children’s menus, other specialty menus (such as catering), electronic menus, and menus on the Internet.” The full definition is 171 words. Merriam-Webster has a 12-word definition for menu.

The purpose of all this gobbledygook verbiage is the same as with everything undertaken by the federal government — to decrease our freedom:

The phrase “from which a customer makes an order selection” opened the door for coupons and advertisements to be included in the mandate.

The FDA said calories must be listed on coupons if they have the restaurant’s phone number, and advertisements can be “considered a menu.” …

The rule also requires restaurants to post calories for every topping offered at pizza or ice cream chains.

Good thing for bureaurats that they don’t have to run a business under the suffocating burden of their ever-accruing regulations.

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Regulating each bite of food from Washington.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 05 2016

Open Thread


Via John Mcf.

May 05 2016

Trump Refuses to Condemn Supporters for Sending Death Threats to Reporter

The winking at violence continues:

Julia Ioffe, a reporter who wrote an article for GQ on Melania Trump, has been the recipient of disgusting anti-semitic attacks and death threats because she didn’t paint Melania in the perfect light. Blitzer asked Trump if he had a message for those who were sending the hateful messages to this reporter for her story. Trump not only defended them by talking about how “nasty” the article was (as if they were justified), he also remarked, “They shouldn’t be doing that with wives.” No really. He said that.

Watch the clip below:

He doesn’t have a message to his supporters who send death threats, and now, only a short month after he went out of his way to smear Heidi Cruz, he conveniently thinks wives should be left alone.

It’s okay to threaten violence when the press says things the Donald and his supporters don’t like. It follows that if this thug takes power, it will be okay to follow through on those threats — in case his plan to strangle the First Amendment with supercharged libel laws doesn’t work out.

On a tip from Torcer.

May 05 2016

The Donald Tries to Exploit Cinco de Mayo, Gets Guacamole on His Orange Face

Somehow I doubt the pandering condescension that drips from this cheesy Donald Trump Cinco de Mayo tweet will do much to turn around his >80% unfavorability with Hispanics:

What we might expect next:

On tips from Varla and Torcer.

May 05 2016

After Abandoning Self-Funding Pose, Trump Picks Steven Mnuchin, Who Has Worked for Goldman Sachs and Soros Fund Management, as Finance Chairman

If you have spent even a few moments listening to a Trump supporter trying to justify preferring the Donald to Ted Cruz, you have probably heard that Cruz is not qualified for high office because his wife works for Goldman Sachs, which serves the same purpose for tinfoil hat–wearing Branch Trumpidians that Halliburton served for their Code Pink forerunners. Yet right on the heels of Trump effectively sewing up the nomination, we read this:

Trump on Thursday named Steven Mnuchin, chairman and CEO of private investment firm Dune Capital Management LP, to serve as the national finance chairman for his presidential campaign.

Mnuchin, also a former partner at Goldman Sachs, will bring finance experience to the campaign’s fundraising operation, the statement said.

Mnuchin’s 17-year stint at Goldman Sachs is only the beginning. Get this:

He also worked at Soros Fund Management LLC, founded by liberal mega-donor George Soros.

Mnuchin finances Hollywood crap, including the over-the-top ultra-left enviro-propaganda piece Avatar.

Like someone else we know, he has donated generously for years to worst-of-the-worst far left Democrats. Beneficiaries of Mnuchin’s largesse include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Charles Schumer, John Edwards, Jon Corzine, Al Gore, Chris Dodd, Mary Landrieu, Bill Bradley, Ned Lamont, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Have a look at the long list. It includes a handful of Republicans, but makes obvious that Mnuchin is a creature of the left — just like his new boss.

Speaking of the Great Orange One, why does Trump need a National Finance Chairman? Wasn’t a central part of his pitch that he would self-fund and therefore not be beholden to donors? Oh that’s right, that went out the window the day after Cruz dropped out.

Steven Mnuchin
Munchkin confirms that Trump personifies what his supporters claim to oppose.

On tips from Varla, Wilberforce, and Torcer.

May 05 2016

Police Apologize, Pull Plug on Special Enforcement Because It Is Racist to Know That People Drink on Cinco de Mayo

Political correctness has reached such an extreme of self-parody that the authorities would rather have people drive drunk than admit that drinking is associated with a Mexican holiday:

First, the Oakland Police Department put out a Cinco de Mayo news release called “Fiesta Time or Jail Time” that equated the cultural holiday with getting buzzed on margaritas and shots of tequila. Then, early Tuesday, after receiving complaints that some of the language in the advisory about extra DUI patrols was offensive, police officials issued an apology. But apparently that was not enough. By Tuesday afternoon the department said it was pulling the plug on the special enforcement plans. …

[P]olice Spokeswoman Johnna Watson … stressed that the department would still deploy extra officers who will be on the alert for drunken driving and other criminal activity during the holiday. However, she said, the specific DUI traffic patrols that are paid for by a state grant will be moved to another date.

The decision came just hours after a public apology for an advisory that the department called “completely insensitive to the cultural holiday.” The message said, “In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,” and later added ” … present-day celebrations often lead to drunken driving.”

How insensitive! Apologies to readers of Mexican ancestry. I hope reading such a racist message wasn’t unduly traumatic.

At least progressive authorities can still warn us not to drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. They regard people with Irish ancestry as regular Americans who are therefore not sacred.

borracho meter
More racism.

On a tip from Varla.

May 05 2016

On the Day After Cruz Dropped Out, the Predictable Trump Flip-Flops Began

That didn’t take long. One day after Ted Cruz dropped out, Trump began his easily foreseen tack back to the far left positions that have characterized him for decades. He isn’t yet the official nominee and already he has flip-flopped, suggesting he might adopt the progressive position on minimum wage:

When asked by CNN whether he would support an increase in the federal minimum wage, Trump replied, “I’m looking at that, I’m very different from most Republicans.” He added, “You have to have something you can live on.”

This is a major shift from his statement during a debate in November when he made it clear, at least for that time and audience, that he did not support the federal government forcing an increase in the minimum wage. At the time, Trump claimed, “I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is.”

Also in November, Trump reiterated his opposition to the government increasing the minimum wage, during an appearance on MSNBC.

There is no constructive much less conservative argument for minimum wage. Artificially raising the cost of unskilled labor puts businesses out of business and workers out of work. It makes it more difficult for entry level workers to get off welfare and become productive members of society. It also drives up inflation, making every dollar you have saved worth less. The higher the minimum wage, the more destructive its effects.

With most issues, there is another side, but there is no upside to minimum wage. Leftist demagogues promote it anyway for two reasons: (1) some minimum wage workers literally do not have the cognitive capacity to understand that working their way up the ladder is a far more effective way to make more money than to have Big Government coercively price them out of the labor market, and some politicians are not above pandering to them; and (2) as everyone with even a sixth grade comprehension of economics knows, higher minimum wage means higher unemployment — and higher unemployment means more voters reliant on socialist politicians.

Evidently Trump is signaling a switch on minimum wage to appeal to Bernie Sanders voters. Trump supporters might finally acquire their first clue from the appalling spectacle of a presumptive Republican nominee competing with Shrillary Clinton for a communist’s supporters while openly shafting the conservatives he supposedly represents — not that many true conservatives will be voting for Trump anyway.

Oh, and Trump’s resolution to self-fund, because he is supposedly a billionaire and his own man? Out the window:

After spending months stating over and over again that he was self-funding his campaign, adding that all of his opponents were puppets of special interest groups and big money donors, bought and paid for with the money being infused into super PACs supporting their campaigns as part of a “corrupt system,” Trump announced that he will be opening his Rolodex, calling his wealthy friends, and creating a “world-class finance organization.”

Trump bragged during the primary that he had rich friends who wanted to donate money to his campaign, but he refused to accept as he continued to push the notion that taking big money from individuals and special interests makes you a puppet and “bought and paid for.” It looks like Cruz leaving the race completely changed his stance against not only accepting money from large donors but also accepting money from a super PAC.

In addition to calling on his wealthy buddies for money to fund his general election campaign, which is expected to cost $1 billion, Trump will also be supported by a super PAC, the very type of group that he demonized for the last 10 months.

The self-described outsider will also begin joint fundraising with the Republican National Committee.

This is why the wise donate to individual candidates, but never the RNC.

The $2 billion in free advertising Trump received from Fox News et al. got him the nomination, but it won’t get him the White House, so his promise was quickly discarded.

Every other promise he has made will follow given time.

Preying on the gullibility of those who believed him.

On tips from Varla, 762×51, and Torcer.

May 05 2016

Legalized Marijuana Causes Dramatic Fall in Prices

Like the laws of physics, the laws of economics remorselessly apply, regardless of how oblivious some may be to them. For example, legalizing marijuana has inevitably led to a collapse of prices:

Two years ago, the Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public. The effects on public health and safety and on the relationship of law enforcement to minority communities will take years to manifest fully, but one impact has become abundantly clear: Legalized marijuana is getting very cheap very quickly.

Marijuana price data from Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board was aggregated by Steve Davenport of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Jonathan Caulkins, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. After a transitory rise in the first few months, which Davenport attributes to supply shortages as the system came on line, both retail prices and wholesale prices have plummeted. Davenport said that prices “are now steadily falling at about 2 percent per month. If that trend holds, prices may fall 25 percent each year going forward.”

Say, I wonder what effect this could have on potheads and potential potheads…

[Y]oung people tend to be price-sensitive consumers, and their use of inexpensive pot may rise over time, as might that of problematic marijuana users.

Before long pot could become cheap enough to give away for free:

Says Caulkins, “It’s just a plant. There will always be the marijuana equivalent of organically grown specialty crops sold at premium prices to yuppies, but at the same time, no-frills generic forms could become cheap enough to give away as a loss leader – the way bars give patrons beer nuts and hotels leave chocolates on your pillow.”

Free pot will be a good thing, because many will be too perpetually stoned to earn any money.

In a future lesson, we will learn what cheaper, more readily available, and ever more potent marijuana does to our already-cratering national IQ. Can America make Idiocracy look like a Mensa convention within a generation? Stay tuned to find out.

The future won’t get brighter.

On a tip from JusttheTipHQ.

May 05 2016

Trump Admits He Was Lying When He Linked Rafael Cruz to JFK Assassination

The good news is that despite his 9/11 Truther tendencies, Trump is not quite insane enough to believe that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination. The bad news is he advanced the story anyway, deliberately lying for an admittedly malicious purpose.

First he defended his preposterous tabloid smear:

As Indiana voters were rushing to put the final nail in the coffin of our nation, Trump was holding court with his loyal lapdogs on Fox News. During the course of his call-in, he linked Senator Ted Cruz’s father with Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

It was detestable, low, unbelievably uncouth, and typical Trump.

The only thing worse was the glassy-eyed acquiescence of Fox’s morning hosts.

[Yesterday], rather than letting it go, Trump defended his comments.

“It was a major story in a major publication,” Trump said Wednesday on ABC, referring to a National Enquirer claim that Rafael Cruz was photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald before Kennedy’s killing. “All I did was refer to it.”

The National Enquirer. A major publication. Let that sink in.

Incidentally, he didn’t just refer to the story, although that would have been bad enough. He restated as fact that Rafael Cruz was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to his being shot, and opined that this was “horrible.”

The National Enquirer is published by Trump crony David Pecker, who had previously run an infamous smear job accusing Cruz of having affairs with five women.

It gets worse. In a CNN interview, Trump admitted he knew the bizarre allegation that Rafael Cruz was involved in the JFK assassination isn’t true:

Trump just told Wolf Blitzer that he doesn’t actually believe the National Enquirer story about Ted Cruz’s father and Lee Harvey Oswald. Trump claimed that Rafael Cruz was saying horrible things about him, that Cruz was ‘praying’ for bad things to happen to him, and so he lashed out at Cruz’s father by bringing up the story.

Actually, what Rafael Cruz did was urge people to vote for his son, because “the alternative could be the destruction of America.” He was probably referring to what Shrillary would do to the country, since he doesn’t think Trump has a chance in November.

That is, Trump smeared Cruz’s father with a lie to excuse having smeared Cruz’s father with a lie.

Have we degenerated to the point that we would accept a piece of garbage like Donald Trump as our president? Really?

Could this be Rafael Cruz? Ask Trump’s friends at the Enquirer.

On tips from Varla and Torcer.

May 05 2016

Organization Calls for White Men Who Are Not Sexual Deviants Not to Run for Office

The problem with America is that too many white men who do not make a public pageant out of being perverts run for public office. This has saddled us with leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. A Colorado political action committee attempts to address the situation:

A new political action committee has one question for straight white men with political aspirations.

“Dude, can you not?”

It’s a question embedded in the name of the organization. The Can You Not PAC plans to discourage straight white men from running for office in Colorado’s diverse districts. The hope is that will clear the lane from female, minority and LGBTQ candidates.

Democratic activists Jack Teter and Kyle Huelsman registered the organization last month.

There is more to it than traditional liberal bigotry against normal white guys:

Teter said studies show that women and people of color tend to produce more progressive policies than liberal white males.

Imagine a PAC that pushed for fewer minority politicians on the grounds that such politicians are overwhelmingly more likely to promote deleterious leftist policies.

So far the PAC has raised an impressive $120. Donors should have saved their money. After the GOP has finished imploding, there won’t be many straight white men running for office anyway.

jack teter
I believe this young woman is the correct Jack Teter.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 04 2016

Open Thread


Compliments of Jim Lavery.

May 04 2016

The Republican Party, 1854–2016

By way of an obituary for the Republican Party, which appears to have died yesterday at the age of 162 years, Washington Free Beacon presents defining quotes by Republican leaders:

On a tip from Torcer.

May 04 2016

A Foretaste of How Dems Will Use Trump to Destroy GOP

This isn’t just about losing a chance to get back the White House. The damage will extend far down the ballot and into the future as Democrats seize on this opportunity to equate Republicans with the widely hated Donald Trump. This ad by Conner Eldridge, who plans to unseat Senator John Boozman (R-AR), is only the beginning of what will saturate the airwaves between now and November:

Disassociating the GOP from Trump is as essential as disassociating a gangrenous limb from the rest of the body. It is a matter of survival.

On tips from Torcer and S_O_T_A.

May 04 2016

The Exodus Begins

Now that Trump has effectively secured the nomination, conservatives have crumpled in defeat, and submissively aver that progressive populism has triumphed over outmoded principles like individual liberty/responsibility and limited government. Or maybe not. Check out this countermoonbat site’s revised logo:


Reaganite Republican Independent offers a message to Branch Trumpidians that does not look much like the abject surrender they seem to expect.

The site isn’t alone in refusing to climb aboard the bandwagon. John Hawkins writes at Right Wing News:

I’m becoming an independent because I refuse to be part of any party led by a man like Donald Trump. Here at Right Wing News, we’ll cover the election largely the same way that we did when John McCain was the nominee. We will hammer the Democrats, correct lies about the candidate and cover it when he makes news. But, I will never vote for him. Not if Ted Cruz was his VP, not if he cured cancer, not if I had to choose between voting for him and dying in the ballot booth. Trump is like Obamacare. The people who put Trump in place should have to answer for him, not those of us who have been pointing out that he’s a disaster in the making for months.

A battle might be lost, but the war isn’t over. The war against authoritarianism will never be over.

On tips from Torcer and Stormfax.

May 04 2016

Epic Rant on the Disaster Trumpsters Have Wreaked

From Facebook, via Patterico:

Well, we’re boned. It’s going to be huckster fraud democrat against lying criminal democrat.

Half the GOP hates the jackass. Question now is what percentage of us stay home or make a 3rd party protest vote. All those crossover democrats who voted for that orange half wit in the primaries will go back to voting democrat in the general election. He thinks young Bernie voters are going to vote for him? Fool.

I’ve voted republican in every election of my adult life. I’ve volunteered and donated money. I can’t in good conscience vote for this vile populist demagogue. If even a few percentage points of the GOP feels the same way, that’s it. He’s toast in the general.

More than a few percent the same way. By November, after Trump inevitably tacks back to the leftist positions he has held his whole life, but the media hits him with everything it has anyway for Shrillary’s sake, this percentage may reach a majority.

So he energizes the democrats, so they’ll feel like they are fighting tyranny (now comes the great part where all the fawning media coverage turns on him) and he demotivates the republican base.

All the kid glove BS from this season is over. Every vile nasty stupid thing he has ever done will be covered 24/7. By November he will be the most laughed at and despised candidate in history. Because he makes it too easy.

So the classless boor probably loses to the sea hag. Not that it matters too much, since they’d both govern as authoritarian democrats, only one has more nationalist rah rah thrown in.

Spare me the nonsense about lesser evils and SCOTUS judges. He won’t make it that far. And by some miracle, like Hillary has a stroke, this rambling ignoramus wins, he would still screw that up somehow in his one term. Big question is does he suck enough to take the GOP with him?

And if you think he is going to actually build a wall, you are a sucker.

Did I love Cruz? No. Because I was hiring an employee, not a god. He was the least likely to rape the Constitution. Instead we get an authoritarian, who is either lying, or made it to 70 before understanding basic American principles about liberty.

You ignorant low information bastards. Motivated by fear and anger, you overlooked every gain made over the last few cycles, and traded it in to a lying huckster democrat for some magic beans. So you could stick it to the establishment, by electing the sh** bird who funded them.

Edit to add, don’t bother posting to argue. We are past that. Now we batten down the hatches and get ready for the suck. If you want to gloat, you are an idiot who doesn’t realize what you have wrought. If you feel disrespected, good. You should.

That about sums it up.

Disrespected with good reason.

On a tip from Torcer.

May 04 2016

Looking Ahead With Hindsight

2016 is officially lost, even if the bloodbath in November hasn’t happened yet. Time to look forward beyond it:

Click for full size.

Compliments of Torey Dawn. Tip from Torcer.

May 04 2016

Crash and Burn

After months on end of over-the-top viciousness, Trump supporters now demand that conservatives join them in support of the presumptive Republican nominee on the grounds that Shrillary is supposedly even worse.

Not going to happen.

An authoritarian progressive has hijacked conservatives’ party with all the good will of Mohamed Atta. If the mob of Kool Aid–guzzling cretins who helped him do it think conservatives will now obediently fall into line behind them while they fly the plane 9/11 style at what is left of America’s founding principles, they are even more delusional than I thought. Far better for the plane to go down in Shanksville.

Principled conservatives are still the base of the Republican Party. Without their support, Trump will lose all 50 states by wide margins, which will be preferable to letting an enemy within take over our party. This Alexander Hamilton quote has been getting a lot of mileage lately:

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

The angry mob called for massive destruction. In November they will get it. These wicked fools deserve to crash and burn, and they will.

Then the long job of rebuilding can begin, after the GOP has been purged of people who oppose the limited government principles that are its reason for being.

The only alternative is letting the GOP die while we start a new party.

Flight 93 left us with a lesson.

May 04 2016

Global Warming Inquisition Targets Conservative Think Tanks

Climate crime is thought crime. That’s why the cabal of Democrat AGs who have been pushing for the criminalization of global warming skepticism are targeting conservative think tanks:

The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.

In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.”

The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change. …

Those organizations include some of the nation’s preeminent conservative and libertarian nonprofit groups. The AG is requesting Exxon Mobil communications with the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Federalist Society, the Hoover Institution, the Reason Foundation, and the Mercatus Institute, among other groups.

This goes far beyond the AG of the Virgin Islands:

Walker’s subpoena is part of a coordinated effort by Democratic attorneys general spearheaded by New York’s Eric Schneiderman and undertaken in consultation and cooperation with leading environmental advocacy groups.

Their objective: the criminalization of dissident thought.

Walker’s subpoena is itself of dubious legality, according to some legal experts.

“What they’re doing looks like a concerted scheme to restrict the First Amendment free speech rights of people they don’t agree with,” itself a potential violation of federal law, wrote University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds.

Again we see that the global warming hoax isn’t about controlling the weather. It is about controlling us.


On a tip from J.

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