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Feb 27 2015

Horror Even on the Left as Obama Takes a Grip on the Internet’s Throat

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has behaved like a moonbat in the past, and his public vocabulary leaves a lot to be desired, but he sure got it right when he said that Obama’s Internet power grab via the lawless FCC will “f*** everything up,” and that it “scares the sh**” out of him.

Even the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hardly a bastion of conservatism, is waking up enough to share that fear:

For many months, EFF has been working with a broad coalition of advocates to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new Open Internet rules that would survive legal scrutiny and actually help protect the Open Internet. Our message has been clear from the beginning: the FCC has a role to play, but its role must be firmly bounded.

The federal government limit its own power? What year do these people think it is, 1789? The purpose of any federal government controlled by progressives is to expand its power.

Two weeks ago, we learned that we had likely managed the first goal—the FCC is going to do the right thing and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, giving it the ability to make new, meaningful Open Internet rules. But we are deeply concerned that the FCC’s new rules will include a provision that sounds like a recipe for overreach and confusion: the so-called “general conduct rule.”

According to the FCC’s own “Fact Sheet,” the proposed rule will allow the FCC to review (and presumably punish) non-neutral practices that may “harm” consumers or edge providers.

Q: What does “harm” mean? A: Whatever federal bureauweenies want it to mean in any given situation. Vague laws (or in this case, vague Executive Branch decrees) are the building blocks of tyranny.

A little late, the EFF figures out the game:

As a practical matter, it is likely that only companies that can afford years of litigation to answer these questions will be able to rely on the rule at all. Third, a multi-factor test gives the FCC an awful lot of discretion, potentially giving an unfair advantage to parties with insider influence.

As with all things Hopey and Changey, the key term is oligarchical collectivism. You don’t need to actually be in the government to be part of the oligarchy; you just need a seat at the table. These seats are far out of the price range of the little people, who will be immediately hurt as reclassifying the Internet as a utility increases costs to consumers.

Orwell summed up oligarchical collectivism as “a boot stamping on a human face.” Why would anyone be in favor of this? In part because they think it is their boot, and someone else’s face. They don’t realize that in the end, even if you identify with the oligarchy, it is always someone else’s boot and your face.

Congrats to the EFF for belatedly beginning to figure it out. But then even Google, the quintessential aggressively leftist bastion of the Obamunist establishment, has gotten a clue:

[The FCC’s Internet power grab on behalf of Obama] even drew warnings from Google Inc., which told the White House privately it was making a mistake when President Barack Obama called in November for the approach the FCC adopted on Thursday.

That’s right, Google. Even if you get eaten last by the statist crocodile, you still get eaten, just like the rest of us.

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FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, a.k.a. “Obama’s B*tch.”

On tips from Petterssonp, Stormfax, J, Artfldgr, Mr. Mentalo, Dragon’s Lair, Henry, Ben S, and Varla. Hat tip: Screwy Puppy. Graphics compliments of Stormfax.

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Feb 27 2015

Obama’s AR-15 Ammo Ban

As warned earlier, the Obama Regime has unilaterally banned common ammo for AR-15s.

Authoritarians in the government and media would have liked to impose a straightforward ban on these extremely popular general purpose sporting rifles, and they did their best by exploiting the Sandy Hook shootings to the last extreme of shamelessness. Characteristically, when the lawful approach didn’t work, Obama shoved the legislative branch aside and ruled by decree:

Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets…

At the risk of getting into the high weeds favored by bureauweenies, here is the Regime’s justification:

At issue is so-called “armor-piercing” ammunition, an exemption for those bullets mostly used for sport by AR-15 owners, and the recent popularity of pistol-style ARs that use the ammo.

The inexpensive 5.56 M855 ammo, commonly called lightgreen tips, have been exempt for years, as have higher-caliber ammunition that also easily pierces the type of soft armor worn by police, because it’s mostly used by target shooters, not criminals. The agency proposes to reclassify it as armor-piercing and not exempt.

But now BATFE says that since the bullets can be used in semi-automatic handguns they pose a threat to police and must be banned from production, sale and use.

Even by the standard of authoritarian pretexts, this is as thin as wet toilet paper.

Even some police don’t buy the administration’s claim. “Criminals aren’t going to go out and buy a $1,000 AR pistol,” Brent Ball, owner of 417 Guns in Springfield, Mo., and a 17-year veteran police officer told the Springfield News-Leader. “As a police officer I’m not worried about AR pistols because you can see them. It’s the small gun in a guy’s hand you can’t see that kills you.”

Bottom line:

Many see the bullet ban as an assault on the AR-15 and Obama’s back-door bid to end production and sale.

When the 5.56mm ban fails to put an end to the iconic (and distinctively American) AR-15’s popularity, the regime will ban other calibers. As with Britain’s incremental ban on handguns, we will soon be left with nothing but .22; then they will take that away.

Unless of course we can stop them. A starting point would be to loudly remind our rulers of this:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A government that does not honor the Constitution has no legitimate authority.

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On tips from Artfldgr, Sean C, and Petterssonp. Graphic compliments of Stormfax.

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Feb 27 2015

Affirmative Action Applied to SAT Scores

In a totalitarian society, there are no objective measures. All data is distorted to reinforce the official ideology. Falsified temperature data meant to prop up the global warming hoax is one example. Adding points to SAT scores to reward persons of politically preferred pigmentation is another:

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

Why does the system penalize Asians? Because they tend to have higher IQs than other ethnicities, work harder, and have a higher regard for education. That is, they are more likely to belong in college, therefore the progressives in charge make it harder for them to get in.

Liberals manage to always be wrong about everything by making perversity their first principle.

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Under liberalism, every street intersects with politics.

On tips from Ellen S and Bodhisattva. Hat tip: Downtrend.com.

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Feb 27 2015

Race Politics and Urban Renewal in Brooklyn

Everything in Hopey Change America revolves around leftist politics. That means it revolves around race, which can make things difficult for the developers who have been reclaiming Brooklyn from the ghetto:

The Key Food on Lafayette Avenue between Saint James Place and Classon Avenue [in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn] is set to close within the next two months in order to make way for an eight-story residential building. The landlord said he will try to bring a supermarket back once the project is finished, and state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D–Clinton Hill) demanded he make sure he finds an operator that will continue serving neighbors of color, who she claimed have different grocery needs than whites.

“Supermarkets are an important part of the community. It’s an important amenity, especially for black and brown communities,” she said.

Whether whites also use supermarkets is irrelevant; giving a thought to the needs of whites is a thought crime in our society.

To the horror of some, whites made up 41% of the Clinton Hill population in the 2010 Census, compared to 19% in 2000. Upper East Side resident Spike Lee isn’t liking it.

There is a C-Town supermarket only two blocks away. But that is regarded as too far to walk. So the owners of the property had better put in a supermarket that meets perceived black and brown needs, or there will be political consequences.

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Velmanette Montgomery issues demands.

On a tip from Tony O.

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Feb 26 2015

Open Thread

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Via iOTWReport, on a tip from TED.

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Feb 26 2015

Black Lives Matter but…

…illegal aliens matter more to those in the process of fundamentally transforming America so as to secure a permanent socialist majority:

The same goes for the black jobs illegal aliens are taking.

On a tip from C. Steven Tucker.

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Feb 26 2015

Liberal Newspeak to Plain English Translation Table

Using George Orwell’s 1984 as an instruction manual, today’s oligarchical collectivists have reduced language to a tool for implementing their agenda. The politically correct doubletalk that serves them as language obscures the actual meaning of what they are saying because it is specifically intended to.

You can translate their pernicious malarkey into plain English with the help of a handy online translation table. A few sample entries:

When they say… They really mean…
multiculturalism, diversity, fairness, equity, inclusion, inclusiveness, opportunity, empowerment racial quotas, discrimination against whites, special rights and preferential treatment for protected minorities, the exclusion of white males
reproductive rights, choice, reproductive choice, reproductive freedom, reproductive health care, fetal rights, women’s rights abortion, fetal homicide
edgy, irreverent, pushing the envelope, cutting edge, hip, bold, smart, sophisticated, offbeat compliments used to describe vulgar, offensive, profane, brazen, blasphemous or obscene entertainment venues, TV programs, movies or Hollywood personalities

Moonbats have good reason for talking in euphemisms. Their ideology expressed in honest terms would repel any rational person.

On a tip from Stormfax.

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Feb 26 2015

Housing in Moonbat Land

There are worse things than living alone:

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This open room sounds almost as politically correct as Wesleyan University’s Open House.

On a tip from Jester.

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Feb 26 2015

White House: When Pushing Global Warming Measures, Don’t Mention Temperatures

Some excuse Obama’s policies by implying that he must be incompetent, this being the only explanation other than deliberate malice. But not everyone in the White House is a complete idiot, or they wouldn’t have come out with this wise directive:

The White House quietly released a draft guidance telling federal agencies to consider the impact carbon dioxide emissions will have on the environment, but only in terms of the amount of CO2 emitted. When conducting environmental impact analyses on rules and projects, that is, federal agencies should avoid mentioning potential increases in temperature, precipitation, storm intensity, and other environmental impacts that scientists warn about.

This is because CO2 levels have continued to rise, but the harmful environmental consequences that this must produce according to the theory of global warming have conspicuously failed to materialize. Also, even if CO2 did have a major impact on the climate, economically malicious regulations inflicted by the government would not be sufficient to have anything close to a significant effect on the temperature, sea levels, et cetera.

At least they realize that actual climatic conditions debunk their hoax. The solution: ignore actual climatic conditions. This is easier to do when you are part of the ruling class and have underlings to shovel the snow for you — in addition to the B.S.

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Global warming piles up in Alabama, via Feral Irishman.

On a tip from R F.

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Feb 26 2015

Who’s the Daddy? A Homework Assignment for Fundamentally Transformed America

This is the homework assignment kids get when the sort of people who run the government are also running schools:

The principal of Romeo [Michigan] High School has called an outraged father to apologize about a controversial homework assignment.

The 9th grade biology worksheet sent home with students this week featured questions about a mother trying to determine the identity of her baby’s father.

Possible answers included: the cable guy, the mailman, the cab driver, the bartender and the guy at the club.

“The goal is that the students are understanding blood types and DNA and possibilities based on the makeup of the two parents,” explained Romeo Schools Superintendent Nancy Campbell.

At least kids growing up in today’s disintegrating culture can apply the lesson to their daily lives.

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Why parents need to help with homework.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

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Feb 26 2015

California Democrats Prepare to Repeal Welfare Queen Safeguard

Some degree of sanity has survived California’s demographic transformation and subsequent plunge into moonbattery. Don’t worry, moonbats, the libs in charge are working diligently to eradicate it:

California Democrats are trying to reverse a decades-old state law that bars families from getting extra welfare money for having an additional child, describing the law as “sexist” and “classist” — despite concerns that repealing it could compound the state’s money woes.

The so-called “welfare queen” law was passed two decades ago during the heyday of welfare reform.

Welfare reform was unquestionably extremely effective at getting people off welfare and into jobs. That’s why Democrats have been methodically reversing it. Given that California is effectively a single-party state now, they should encounter very little resistance.

Lest anyone imagine that the Dems have benevolent motives, consider the effect on the poverty rate of paying the unmarried and unemployed for every child they produce out of wedlock. The money comes from those responsible enough to only have children they can support themselves. The obvious result will be an explosion in the population of people who don’t work, and a collapse in the population of people who do.

In the short term, this is good news for Democrats, but extremely bad news for everyone else.

In the long term, the reverse Darwinism of liberal survival of the unfittest will debase the population to the point that our descendants will probably ambulate on all fours.

California already has the highest child poverty rate in the nation. Thanks to progressive policy, it won’t be going down. That they want to alleviate the plight of the poor is possibly the most outrageously brazen lie liberals ever tell.

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Do the math.

On a tip from Mr. Mentalo.

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Feb 26 2015

What It Means That So Many Don’t Believe Obama Loves America

Rudy Giuliani invited an attack by a swarm of hornets by opining that Barack Obama does not love America. Engaged patriots responded to Rudy’s allegation with two words: “No kidding.” No one familiar with his background or his policies would be likely to think Obama has a fond regard for the country he promised to fundamentally transform. But liberals, many of whom were consciously or unconsciously motivated to vote for him by the anti-Americanism he personifies, can always counter that we have no way of knowing for sure what is in someone’s heart.

While that may be true, we do know what is in our own hearts. Sometimes that is reflected by polls. According to YouGov, only 47% of Americans think Obama loves America.

Although YouGov spins this as a repudiation of Rudy, the figure is absolutely appalling. To suggest that the President of the United States does not love the country would have been unthinkable prior to Obama. No other president would have scored more than a few points below 100%.

Yet despite an establishment media that hyped him into power and continues to aggressively spin in his favor, and despite 85% of Democrats dutifully believing or pretending that he does love the country, Barack Obama is seen as meaning the country well by a minority of the population.

This implies that on the whole we no longer see the federal government as representative, but rather as being hostile to our heritage and to us. The political instability this will inevitably cause may be Obama’s main legacy.

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On a tip from Jester.

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Feb 26 2015

Homan Square: Police Black Site in Chicago

From the single-party city that gave us Barack Hussein Obama — introducing the police black site:

Lawyers have compared the off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood to the CIA’s so-called black sites offshore that are used to interrogate terrorists.

Police at the site in Chicago reportedly carry heavy military gear, and huge armored tanks are parked outside.

“There are usually questions about whether these arrests are justifiable or constitutional,” Anthony Hill, a criminal defense attorney, told Business Insider. “Suspected criminals are just picked up and thrown into the back of unmarked cars by police officers wielding assault rifles and wearing bulletproof vests. Describing the process as highly militarized would be fair.”

“It’s a black hole,” Hill added.

Foreign terrorists may get Miranda rights, but not Chicagoans who fall into the black hole of Homan Square. They don’t get lawyers either.

Hill noted that when arrests are questionable, police will often take suspects to Homan Square instead of to a police station to avoid having a record of an arrest ever being made. …

Reports have emerged of police abusing and even torturing arrestees until they agree to talk. One man left Homan Square with head injuries, while another mysteriously died in the interrogation room.

The Chicago police department’s interrogation techniques reportedly include prolonged shackling, family threats, and demands to implicate others.

Hill says fear of retribution is keeping former detainees quiet about their experiences.

Hope & Change has boiled down to infamously corrupt and heavy-handed Chicago-style politics going nationwide. How long until clicking links the NSA thinks people shouldn’t be clicking on results in Americans disappearing into federal versions of Homan Square?

On tips from Sean C and Steve A.

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Feb 26 2015

George Mason University Student Representative Fired for Objecting to Instate Tuition for Illegal Aliens

In an ideologically homogeneous environment like academia, certain thoughts cannot be allowed. For example:

A former student representative at George Mason University was removed from his position after tweeting about “illegals” receiving in-state college tuition which was perceived as offensive by some students.

Storm Paglia assumed the position of undersecretary for university dining services last May and on Feb. 13 tweeted his disapproval of the Virginia Senate and House allowing “illegals” to have “in state tuition with an easier process than if I were to apply.”

“And the next time someone tells me the word ILLEGAL is inappropriate please enlighten me on how they haven’t broken our country’s laws,” Paglia continued in a separate tweet.

GMU’s student body president, Philip Abbruscato, released [an] official message on Sunday boasting of the school’s “thousands of unique voices” and the student government’s “variety of backgrounds, cultures, ideologies, academic interests, and more.”

Abbruscato also said that “demeaning” remarks from members of GMU’s student government would “not be tolerated at any level regardless of belief,” and removed Paglia from his position on Feb. 20.

Abbruscato was apparently responding to screeching activists from the Virginia Student Power Network. This outfit denounced Paglia as “racist” for pointing out that it is unfair that we are forced to subsidize the tuition of people who are in the country illegally, and who are given advantages that American citizens do not enjoy.

The people in charge aren’t going to argue with you, because they know they will lose any rational argument. They will simply shut you up, usually in a way that will serve as an example to others who otherwise might hesitate to conform to the official ideology.

Ironically, considering the official contempt shown for American sovereignty and for the fundamentally American notion of free speech, GMU is named after one of the Founding Fathers, who along with James Madison is known as the co-father of the Bill of Rights. GMU’s sports teams are called the Patriots.

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Check that. Be a liberal, or be punished.

On a tip from Sterling.

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Feb 25 2015

Open Thread

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On a tip from TorcerT.

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Feb 25 2015

Shrillary on FCC’s Moves Against Internet: “It’s a Foot in the Door”

If this country still had any comprehension of the absolute necessity of free speech, these half dozen words from Hillary Clinton would cripple her political career:

“It’s a foot in the door.”

Shrillary was referring to Obama’s alarming attempts to use the FCC to do to the Internet what ObamaCare did to health insurance, and the EPA is doing to the coal industry.

The remark confirms that as with all federal regulation, its main purpose is to provide leverage so as to inflict further regulation. So long as a single unapproved thought can be expressed on the Internet, the fascistic likes of Obama and Shrillary will not be finished with it.

Shrillary prepares to sink her claws into the Internet.

On tips from Stormfax and Rob E.

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Feb 25 2015

Al Sharpton Revealed by Project Veritas

Since the establishment media won’t do it, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas investigated Al Sharpton’s recent activities. Surprise! Turns out the nation’s premier race-baiting shakedown artist is in it for the money. Don’t take my word for it; listen to the blacks he supposedly champions:

On a tip from Rob E. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.

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Feb 25 2015

Valerie Jarrett Applies to State Department’s Jobs for Jihadists Program

The State Department’s Jobs for Jihadists program continues to attract high-profile applicants. Not only Barack Hussein Obama has applied, but also his supervisor Valerie Jarrett. Click for PDF:

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Compliments of Conan.

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Feb 25 2015

Joe Biden Calls for “Emancipation” of Our Money

One purpose of a court jester is to tell truths that only an acknowledged fool could get away with admitting. Joe Biden continues this tradition — unless we are so far gone down the trail blazed by Lenin that it is okay now for top government officials to openly call for the “emancipation” of the wealth we create:

Vice President Joe Biden used a Black History Month event at his official residence Monday night to decry the rich, both white and black, for stunting economic growth and suggested that “emancipation” is in order.

“A lot of wealthy white and black people aren’t bad but they control 1 percent of the economy and this cannot stand,” Biden told about 100 guests, including past civil rights activists and NBC weatherman [not to mention proud White House pants-pooper] Al Roker.

“It’s not fair because the business experts are saying that concentration of wealth is stunting growth. So let’s do something that’s worthy of emancipation,” said Biden, according to a press pool report of the event.

Another term for the “emancipation” of wealth by wealthy oligarchs like Biden under cover of Marxist rhetoric is “confiscation.”

By encouraging his audience to resent people who work hard and achieve economic success even if they are black, Biden confirms that propaganda regarding “white privilege” and the reality of black privilege are merely means to an end that has nothing to do with race, and that is most commonly symbolized by a hammer and sickle.

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Court jesters can admit all sorts of things.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

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Feb 25 2015

Shrillary Is Back in Communication With Eleanor Roosevelt

Uh oh. Shrillary has been chatting with Eleanor Roosevelt again:

“One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever heard from anyone is from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s, who said that women in politics or in public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros,” Clinton said at an event kicking off a partnership with her family foundation’s “No Ceilings” project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “I think there is some truth to that.”

I wonder if Eleanor also advised her to grow cankles like a hippopotamus.

Shrillary has had heart-to-hearts with the wife of America’s first radical left president before. Incidentally, Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962. No word on what position she will hold in Shrillary’s cabinet if the media is successful in its next presidential coronation.

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Tips and graphic compliments of Stormfax.

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