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January 02, 2022

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Narciso

and who picked alcibiades,

Pinandpuller

Wow, talk about the changing Face of medicine. This is incredibly hurtful:

Red Man’s Syndrome

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320833

Narciso

so the wachowski chimera, not realizing that the world is very much in the matrix, asked us to deny the blue pill, and well we know how that turned out

Davod

Butterflies attack dog (14):

https://twitter.com/i/status/1476656226771603461

Davod

Dog has enough of cat stealling his bed (15 secs):

https://twitter.com/i/status/1470770070485880843

Davod

Pay before petting (5):

https://twitter.com/i/status/1438185919618629633

Davod

The race is on (28)

https://twitter.com/i/status/1472181581951418369

Davod

Good morning, now pet me(19 secs)

https://twitter.com/i/status/1478140321603239945

Davod

Living its best life.. ❄️ (48 secs)


https://twitter.com/buitengebieden_/status/1478068480909926411?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1478068480909926411%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Face.mu.nu%2F

Pinandpuller

If you aren’t a real doctor until you kill somebody, Fauci must be the realest doctor of all time.

So who else is on Mr. Biden’s Regency Council?

Davod

Deer(20 secs)?

https://twitter.com/i/status/1477877360859000834

Davod

Correct butterflies attack dog.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1476656226771603461

Davod

Sorry. Move down from the lab beach pic to the next video.

Davod

Dog and cat or cat and dog (15)

https://twitter.com/i/status/1477734006556925958

Davod

If they were only so enthusiastic at bath time:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1434195214160236546

Davod

Pet the kitty (18)

https://twitter.com/i/status/1478140792858243072

Davod

Baby bat the size of a fingernail gets the cutest, tiniest milk mustache � wait til he discovers he has wings (3 mins).

https://twitter.com/dodo/status/1476553668467978245

Davod

One of the comments about the bat:

"Oh yeah, sure…it’s cute now but when it turns into a vampire and tries to kill you what will you think?"

Davod
Davod
Davod
Melinda

Superb thread:

Ron Coleman
@RonColeman
The "careful, cautious" incrementalism of the Roberts Court is coming home to now.

SCOTUS has avoided every constitutional question, waited forever for just the right case to make just the right tiny point, and obsessed over its supposed "institutional" integrity.

Result? >

https://twitter.com/RonColeman/status/1478161537395265539

The wrapped version, read it before they pull it:

Michael Bates 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇦🇺🇳🇿🇮🇪
@BatesLine
Replying to @RonColeman
@threadreaderapp please unroll


Thread Reader App @threadreaderapp
38m
Replying to @BatesLine
Hallo, the unroll you asked for: The "careful, cautious" incrementalism of the Roberts Court is coming… threadreaderapp.com/thread/1478161… Talk to you soon. 🤖

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1478161537395265539.html

Davod

I am having trouble getting the information and link posted here about a fire that's been burning in Australia for about 6,000 years. That's what my three previous nothing posts were.

Melinda

Inconvenient data point, Davod.

Paste the original url, in it's entirety, and then insert about six or seven space bar taps, randomly, inside to break up the address (TK's style points for going around Typhuspad's "You can't go there" algo).

Melinda

ESPECIALLY after the http or https script.

Melinda

matt,

About that Taiwan invasion thingie, I think it's off the table.

CN Wire @Sino_Market
32m
#China's Thermal #coal futures surge about 8% and Coking coal jumps 5% on Tuesday, the first trading day after the New Year holidays.
Indonesia exports about 16 mt of coal to China per month and it's about to stop, accounting for 5.3% of China's supply.
twitter.com/Sino_Market/st…


Dr. Chen @chenjunmin
22m
Replying to @Sino_Market
it's not about to stop, it's already stopped. The government told the coal that has been loaded on the ship to send it directly to the power plant owned by GOV.


Dr. Chen
@chenjunmin
Replying to @chenjunmin @Sino_Market
3 weeks ago, the coal producer area started to have a blackout. Power Plant blamed it on maintenance while actually coal producers just sold everything they have. Government has the policy to have national reserves.

https://twitter.com/chenjunmin/status/1478174273982599168

Dave (in MA)


#BareShelvesBiden


    Mikey Adams@MikeyAdams420 ·
    Just went to a @tacobell drive thru in Worcester. Ordered a bean burrito. I am told they have no beans.
    I said, "this is a Taco Bell right?" He said, "yeah, but we have no beans.."
    I drove away, sad and bewildered. And still con mucha hambre

      bob metcalf@02139_bobmetcal·
      Replying to @MikeyAdams420 and @tacobell
      First they shut down the Keystone Gas pipeline. Now the Wooster Gas pipeline!

Davod

https:// www.sciencealert.com/ this-mysterious-fire-in- australia-has-been-burning-non-stop-for-at-least-6-000-years

Will try with this.

Davod
Dave (in MA)

Indirect link to the fire article:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/494803/

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are engaged!

DailyMail can reveal Donald Trump’s son popped the question to the former Fox News personality on New Year’s Eve 2020 and they’ve been keeping their engagement under wraps for a year.

henry

Blaming the 6000 year old coal fire on global warming…. way to ruin an interesting topic.

Jane

I love Don jr but can’t stand Guifoyle - so bummer!

MissMarple2

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-03/winnie-the-pooh-public-domain

An interesting article on copyright law.

MissMarple2

Henry,

I noticed that global warming reference, too.

Davod

So. Global warming has been going on for at least 6,000 years. I was going to blame the original inhabitants for starting the fire - Aborigines.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

That Ron Coleman thread is absolutely brilliant.
Undeniable.
And the result of their abdication makes violence much more likely.

jim nj

https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/indonesia-warns-coal-supply-crunch-not-over-china-prices-rally-2022-01-04/

Indonesia warns coal supply crunch not over as China prices rally

MissMarple2

I see that there is a HUGE traffic back-up on I-95 outside of DC. Traffic at a standstill and backed up, bumper-to-bumper. Some people have been stuck for over 12 hours! Snow around 10 inches, for which northern Virginia is NOT prepared!

henry

Jane, agree Guilfoyle seems creepy.

henry

Miss M, all the Teslas on that highway with catch on fire and melt the snow. ;)

MissMarple2

Henry,

I would have gotten off the road at the first hint of snow. I know that area has no snow plows or any way to handle that big of a storm. What a mess!

Marlene

Good Morning! The daughter sent us a couple of pictures yesterday of their dog playing in the snow. When a snowstorm hits the DC area, she rolls her eyes. She took her driver's test in a snowstorm in northern Maine.

Marlene

Good news about Elizabeth Holmes! :)
Hubby said he looks forward to the sentencing.

henry

Miss M, the locals all work for the government… few have a lick of sense.

jimmyk

That Ron Coleman thread is absolutely brilliant.
Undeniable.

Just to play devil's advocate, is this all bad?

By repeatedly deferring to states' police powers throughout 2020 and 2021, saving its few sniffs of disapproval for extreme, narrow cases, SCOTUS enshrined dictatorial rule.

I know the incorporation doctrine applies the Bill of Rights to the states, many states are in violation. But it seems to me the bigger outrages are rulings like gay marriage, Kelo, Roe v Wade, etc., where the court invents powers for the federal government that never existed.

jimmyk

Not that it's good for states to be thuggish, but at least we have the option to move to Florida or Texas.

MissMarple2

Marlene,

I just read that Henry Kissinger and James. Mattis were on Theranos’ Board of Directors!

Melinda

“Kasstradamus” and the Tom Bevan Show
By John Kass

It was an honor that Tom Bevan, my good friend and co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, asked me to be his guest for the full hour on The Tom Bevan Show on WLS AM on Sunday.

https://johnkassnews.com/kasstradamus-and-the-tom-bevan-show/

Melinda

Not watching the clip, but am noting the sudden "Awakening" that something else just might be going on....

Kennedy
@KennedyNation
I had covid for the 2nd time after getting vaxxed, and now I'm pissed at everyone from Anthony Fauci to the Communist Chinese government. Am I overreacting? Here is tonight's #KennedyWatch.

https://twitter.com/KennedyNation/status/1478175612833570816

Neo

Fury as EU moves ahead with plans to label gas and nuclear as ‘green’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/03/fury-eu-moves-ahead-plans-label-gas-nuclear-green

Melinda

Hunh.

Julie Kelly 🇺🇸
@julie_kelly2
Interesting filing today in Oath Keepers case. Defense wants to subpoena Ray Epps, Stewart Rhodes, and Officer Harry Dunn, who several Oath Keepers say they helped protect from violent protesters. Trial in April:

https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1478148243557081096

Neo

Senator Tim Kaine has been stuck for over 19 hrs on the Virginia interstate.

Neo

China ‘Invents’ Names for Territory Under India’s Dominion, Expert Says
https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-invents-names-for-territory-under-indias-dominion-expert-says-this-is-like-stalins-lying-maps_4188891.html

matt - deplore me if you must

I do't think the Emperor Xi is going to be deterred, mel. He's got a lot on the line.

Cold noodles in winter will rile the party faithful just as his ever increasing dictatorial powers makes enemies among the producer class.

He may have a police state, but if the police start feeling the pinch as well you never know.

China is claiming that their coal output will substitute for Indonesian coal, and I believe they are still boycotting Australian coal. So the winter will tell.

Evergrande is being forced to tear down 39 skyscrapers ion Hainan Island, which should help them dig out of their mess.

Covid lockdowns all over the country are not helping things as well.

But hey, only 86,501 people died of Covid and the Wuhan Institute of Virology never engaged in gain of function research.

henry

Youngkin gets sworn in Jan 15. Where are the famous Twitter fact check team?

@vickimckenna

Glenn Youngkin Gets Blamed for I-95 Traffic Snarls as ACTUAL Governor Ralph Northam Appears MIA

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2022/01/04/glenn-youngkin-gets-blamed-for-i-95-traffic-snarls-as-actual-governor-ralph-northam-appears-mia-n501429

Neo

"Atlas Shrugged"
https://twitter.com/boomlibertynewz/status/1478238798538592257

Dave (in MA)

Jonah Goldberg deleted his tweet where he blamed Youngkin.

I-95 goes to Florida, so why isn't it DeSantis' fault?

MissMarple2

Henry,

My favorite part of that story is how Jonah Goldberg,, who thinks he is so much smarter than us rubes, went on and on about how Youngkin was MIA, making a complete fool of himself.

Buckeye

Kimberly Guilfoyle and Meghan Markle are two peas in a pod.

Pinandpuller

Is Menarchy when you are ruled by angry irritated women?

Dave (in MA)

Anybody have screenshots of Goldberg's tweets?


I liked Guilfoyle on Fox, but since she left I can see how she can get on peoples' nerves.

Narciso

aren't they supposed to salt the roads, so the snow doesn't attach as much, or am I making too much of this,

jimmyk

Kimberly Guilfoyle and Meghan Markle are two peas in a pod.

Along with John Kerry.

Melinda

A bit of Background on Dr. Malone::

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1448762599277936650.html

matt - deplore me if you must

So the attack came from a NeverTrumper? That has to be one of the greatest beclownings I have ever heard of!

Goldberg should be writing for Xinhua or Pravda.

Melinda

narc-

Two things.

You have to actually buy the salt, as in pre-order it.

And you have to already own vehicles capable of spreading it (or the pickle juice, which is an option there.).

Narciso

come on now, Xinhua has standards even for polemic, pravda is half way reasonable now, the dispatch is like one of those interminable python sketches till graham chapman shows up,

Dave (in MA)

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Narciso

is this your card

https://dossier.substack.com/p/the-pharma-cartel-americas-covid

Dave (in MA)

Maybe there needs to be a Senate Select Committee On the Events of January 3rd.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

If my prior reading is accurate, they couldn't salt as it was raining prior. The salt just dissolves in the rain and runs off, so it's worthless when it rains then snows.

Dave (in MA)
Narciso

I was trying to be practical, about such things

Narciso

probably they didn't buy the ice, as for vehicles who wants to anger the skydragon,

Davod

Marlene. I thought driving in a blizzard would be part of the Maine driving test.

Narciso

this was the pic, I was referring to,


https://bit.ly/3sTqQ21

jimmyk

The comments are saying that pic was from the Philippines.

jim nj

Here's a little more detail on the Indonesian coal thing.

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3161971/indonesia-coal-ban-manageable-china-temporary-energy-headache

Indonesia coal ban ‘manageable’ for China, but temporary energy headache looms amid Australia dispute

On Saturday, Indonesia banned thermal coal exports in January to prioritise its own domestic supply and to avoid widespread blackouts
China imported 177 million tonnes of Indonesian thermal coal in the first 11 months last year, an increase of 54 per cent compared with the same period in 2020


Here's the next possible Chinese shortage:

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3161671/chinas-food-import-curtain-set-fall-foreign-firms-braced?module=perpetual_scroll_0&pgtype=article&campaign=3161671

China’s food ‘import curtain’ set to fall, foreign firms braced for impact of new law

China’s new food import law takes effect from Saturday, with all producers of food shipped to China now having to register with the customs authority
Chinese consumers bought US$108 billion worth of imported produce in 2020, with that number set to grow for 2021

Neo

A new COVID-19 vaccine, developed by researchers from the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, is being offered patent-free to vaccine manufacturers across the world. Human trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective, with India already authorizing its use as production ramps up to over 100 million doses per month.

The vaccine has been named Corbevax and it is based on a traditional protein-based technology that has been safely used for decades. Like other COVID-19 vaccines, Corbevax focuses on the coronavirus spike protein, but instead of using mRNA to direct our cells to produce those spike proteins internally it delivers lab-grown spike proteins to the body.

The researchers took the gene that codes for the spike protein and engineered yeast to produce it. These proteins are collected, purified, and combined with an adjuvant to enhance immune responses. This exact method has been used to produce the hepatitis B vaccine for years.

https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/patent-free-coronavirus-vaccine-protein-subunit/

Marlene

Davod, the daughter actually had a re-do of her driver's test because she had to parallel park on a steep hill on the day of the snow storm and the test guy wouldn't pass her. I called foul on that and believe me, I wasn't a helicopter mother. She is an excellent driver. You haven't lived until you're the passenger in her car...while she is doing a u turn on Constitution Ave.

Neo

The only thing more impressive than the relentless coverage of Trump scandals in 2017 was the relentless avoidance of Biden scandals in 2020. The media did give passing coverage to the host of Biden false claims and stories...
https://twitter.com/JonathanTurley/status/1477762006677700611

matt - deplore me if you must

The barrage of January 6 articles has begun.

Reading William Galston in the WSJ today turned my stomach. he has the gall to compare Trump and January 6 to Weimar Germany and Kristallnacht of all things.

In the meantime Schumer is trying to overturn the filibuster in order to ram down his majority of one fascist edicts in the Senate. Nancy Pelosi is approaching the stratosphere in her delusional thinking and the media have gone beyond berserk in trying to scare the hell out of the American public in order to maintaining their Covid mandates.

Biden, Harris and any generic Democrat are down by double digits for their crazy policies and yet somehow, still, it's Trump's fault. Buttigieg still hasn't done squat to relieve the supply chain crisis, Granholm laughs like a drooling idiot at the energy crisis.

This is beyond dystopian.

Melinda

Macron needs better stage hands.

Also in France: mannequins featured in hospital beds again 🤪

https://t.me/trumpintel/22206

Melinda

Gotta see the pic to believe it.

Melinda

BOMBSHELL.

The truth about January 6 finally comes out.
tinyurl.com/338x262n


Becker News
FBI Trained for January 6 Days Before Capitol Riot, Deployed Secret Commandos with 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders

"The presence of these extraordinary forces under the control of the Attorney General—and mostly operating under contingency plans that Congress and the U.S. Capitol Poli...

https://t.me/beckernews/1536

Marlene

Travel tip: if you want to travel on I-95 and never see another vehicle (okay maybe a few logging trucks) take a drive between Bangor and Houlton in Maine. :)

Melinda

At night, in February. No compasses allowed.

Melinda

Stephen L. Miller
@redsteeze
It's an 18+ site. He wouldn't be interested.

Daily Wire @realDailyWire
Anti-Trumper Rick Wilson Suggests Melania Trump ‘Months’ Away From Doing Online Porn dlvr.it/SGWx4x

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/1478462419336712192

Narciso

Gerald baker, was a little less stupid, but still stupid,

MissMarple2

Rick Wilson is on my Top 10 Most Loathed list, which includes John. Brennan, Hillary, and Morning Joe.

Pinandpuller

There is one city works guy at the top of a ladder changing a light bulb and three city works guys at the bottom holding the ladder.

Is this a joke?

Marlene

LOL, Mel. When I think of the times we traveled up and down 95 in the winter in the olden days before cell phones I'm thankful we never had a breakdown. I didn't get a cell phone until the daughter went to college in NH and I started to drive solo back and forth.

Jim Eagle

The Bumbler-in-Chief just keeps bumbling along:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice/biden-played-big-role-in-promoting-convicted-fraudster-elizabeth-holmes-and-theranos

Davod

P&P. It's called safety first.

Narciso

oh


https://eugyppius.substack.com/p/errors-forced-and-otherwise

Pinandpuller

Imagine if Trident Gum made your teeth fall out but you couldn’t find that out for 75 years.

Pinandpuller

Davod

You kinda jogged my memory of a contentious internet exchange I had many years ago, on Politico I think.

There was a huge snowstorm on the Eastern Seaboard. There was this guy from Virginia in a thread complaining about how he thought his roof was going to cave in. I asked him why he was on the internet (???) instead of knocking the snow off his roof.

He got Big Mad.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
·
Former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was wrong.
Probably the only thing I share with the Premier, but we were both wrong.
In 1956, Nikita Khrushchev uttered the oft misunderstood quote “We will bury, you!” speaking of the eventual defeat of democracy and capitalism. On August 24, 1963, Khrushchev himself remarked, “I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course, we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.” – a reference to the Marxist saying, “The proletariat is the undertaker of capitalism”.
Wrong.
It isn’t the working class that is burying America.
Rather than people who work in factories, farms, construction, energy, and small businesses, it is the giant corporations that make up an authoritarian bourgeois with their hands on the shovel handle.
Look around. There is a significant Marxist movement, that much is true – but it largely consists of the strangest union of anarchists, reverse racists, and the laptop class (a large group of people made up of bureaucrats, academicians, lawyers, and people in the tech/service/information industries).
The leadership of social and traditional media companies benefitted from capitalist practices to build companies larger than the governments of most countries and then adopted authoritarian policies and alliances with government (I’ve called this oligarchical fascism or fascistic oligarchy – can’t decide which works better as a name).
One wonders if one of Mussolini’s favorite economists, Robert Michels, was right when he promulgated his “Iron Law of Oligarchy”. In his 1911 book, Political Parties, Michels, the German syndicalist, sociologist and fascist, claimed rule by an elite, or “oligarchy “, is inevitable as an “iron law” within any democratic organization as part of the “tactical and technical necessities” of organization. He used anecdotes from political parties and trade unions, all that supported democratic reforms to build his argument in 1911. Michels particularly addressed the application of this law to representative democracy, stating: “It is organization which gives birth to the dominion of the elected over the electors, of the mandataries over the mandators, of the delegates over the delegators. Who says organization, says oligarchy.”
Michels noted while the socialist parties of Europe of the times, despite their democratic ideology and provisions for mass participation, paradoxically seemed to be dominated by their leaders, as did the traditional conservative parties. The conclusion he drew was that the problem lay in the very nature of organizations – a more liberal and democratic modern era allowed the formation of organizations with innovative and revolutionary goals, but as such organizations become more complex, they became less and less democratic and revolutionary.
So, Michels “Iron Law of Oligarchy” is this: “Who says organization, says oligarchy.
Basically:
1. Organizing into large groups make actions of the group based on individual decisions too inefficient and therefore equal to no decision and no action.
2. Groups must make decisions to survive and will select individuals to make decisions by proxy for the group to correct the inefficiency.
3. Then bureaucracy happens.
4. When bureaucracy happens, power is centralized and increases.
5. Power corrupts and the worst get on top.
Michels stated that the official goal of representative democracy - eliminating elite rule - was impossible and that representative democracy is a façade legitimizing the rule of a particular elite, and that elite rule is inevitable. He went on to state that:
“Historical evolution mocks all the prophylactic measures that have been adopted for the prevention of oligarchy.”
Our times echo Michels “Iron Law”. Rather than seeing oligarchical control as a bad thing, people have adopted the idea that such an organizational dynamic is OK if it produces something the public sees as good - but the cost of this process is the unholy union of the oligarchs and government because the impetus of any organization is growth and self-perpetuation by any means – which, in our case, leads to fascism.
We may well see social media and the Internet as “good”, and it certainly has its good parts, but what has it cost us in freedom of speech, privacy, economic security, and political autonomy?
Are there truly no measures to stop this fascistic oligarchy?
This is one thing that Marx counted on to keep the bourgeois and the proletariat in constant tension – but paradoxically there is no better example of this Iron Law than a government organized in communist fashion. History records that oligarchy is synonymous with any form of collectivism – whether it be socialism, Marxism, or communism.
It seems that there are prophylactic measures that are available.
The governments and organizations that are successful in resisting this tendency seem to be relegated to those with the most decentralized structures, not the most. The United States government was designed to avoid this very thing with the checks and balances that were built in the three branches of government. In America, this “iron law” seems only to apply when one branch seeks to usurp power over the others and when the federal government takes power that rightly belongs to the states.
Our government was designed as a “bottom up” power structure with the power resting in the hands of the individual citizen, not in the hands of a small group of “elites” or even an “imperial president” who rules by executive action.
There is a significant example of how this Iron Law can be broken. Written by Seymour Martin Lipset, Martin Trow and James S. Coleman and published in 1956, Union Democracy: The Internal Politics of the International Typographical Union, analyses how the ITU organized as an international union and avoided the pitfalls of centralization and oligarchical control. In this book, Lipset suggests several factors that existed in the ITU that are allegedly responsible for countering this tendency toward bureaucratic oligarchy.
The first and perhaps most important has to do with the way the union was founded. Unlike many other unions (e.g., the CIO’s United Steel Workers of America, USWA, and numerous other craft unions) which were organized from the top down, the ITU had several large, strong, local unions who valued their autonomy, which existed long before the international was formed. This local autonomy was strengthened by the economy of the printing industry which operated in largely local and regional markets, with little competition from other geographical areas. Large locals continued to jealously guard this autonomy against encroachments by international officers.
Second, the existence of factions helped place a check on the oligarchic tendencies that existed at the national headquarters. Leaders who are unchecked tend to develop larger salaries and more sumptuous lifestyles, making them resistant to returning to their previous jobs, but a powerful internal faction was ready to expose the profligacy, so no leaders dared take overly generous personal remuneration.
The authors note these two factors were the most compelling in the ITU case.
Notice how they did it – from the bottom up. Power in the hands of the local units. The locals had the right and power to override the national leadership.
Sounds a lot like our constitutional organization and the Tenth Amendment, doesn’t it?
Funny how, some two centuries on, the Constitution of the United States still has all the answers.

Melinda

Wow, wasn't expecting that:

World
U.S. court revives lawsuit against Pfizer, others on Iraq terrorism funding claims

https://www.reuters.com/world/us-court-revives-lawsuit-against-pfizer-others-iraq-terrorism-funding-claims-2022-01-04/

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