May 19, 2006
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Subject: Hayden Confirmation Hearings
Basically, General Hayden said (did anyone get this?), he was told that spying on American citizens was OK by Bush Co., so he went ahead and did it. Now, it seems to me that if I were a man of stature, such as a four star General, I wouldn't have to ask "Is this legal?" My mama taught me that if you had to ask if something is right or wrong, it's usually wrong.
But herein lies the sticking point. Did he dodge asking himself the question and for what reason? Ahhh ..., I smell POWER. I smell death. I smell amateur statesmen that don't even know the definition of statesmen, nor amateur for that matter. Can we even trust our military leaders anymore? And if so, are we any safer now than we were in September, 2001?
I fear we are not. And I fear that our Constitution and Bill of Rights have taken some near fatal blows since that horrible day. And, a great many Americans are willing to watch it take more. And why is that? Could it be that we've fallen into complacency? After all, our Nation has survived two World Wars and a Great Depression, fallen Presidents, victory over Soviet-styled Communism and so many scandals that many volumes have been written. I fear we are walking on thin ice if this is what we are counting on.
Our leaders are rewriting the Book of Freedom. The chapters that once defined our Freedom, our just way of life, have been ripped from their binding and are being replaced by pages filled with deceitful politics, misuse of power, legal interpretations that suit corporate greed, and, dare I say the word, eventual slavery. We have fallen under the spell of tale tellers and fortune seekers. Our young are being taught that the only accepted spiritual experience is found on the streets in the form of a pill, or in Mama's medicine cabinet.
Whatever happened to tenacious, meaningful diplomacy? Are we now so void of meaningful feeling that the act of pulling the trigger is the only way to spread Democracy? It seems that way. This isn't the schoolyard fight when, after it's over, your opponent turns into your best friend. I am still fearful, especially of our current president's way of dealing with terrorism by becoming a terrorist.
Richard M. Merrill
Subject: Democrats Sending Mixed Signals at a Bad Time
The time has never been more favorable than now for Democrats to charge forward and seize away from the corrupt, sleazy, religiously hypocritical and outright crazy party called Republican the control of the House, Senate and hopefully the White House in a few years. However, they better be extremely wary that current polls, while hammering, justifiably so, the Republicans and Bush, don't look at them much more favorably. One hopes that more is being done behind the scenes we haven't learned yet, but Democrats must present an organized attack and not come across as wishy-washy.
The country wants to see a hard left turn, not a lane change. Is it a good idea to promote two presidential candidates that "lost" their elections? Is it a good idea to promote Hillary Clinton, who seems to be buttering up the moderate Conservative faction? Is she in fact more like Republicans, or is she merely gaining vital crossover support and planning to trounce conservatives if she's elected? Is it wise for Nancy Pelosi to claim that impeachment proceedings aren't part of the Democrat agenda? Is that just to pacify crossover conservatives, or are the Democrats straddling the fence as usual? Is Howard Dean right to realign the DNC, claiming that sticking to methodologies that were unsuccessful with Bush is stupid? Does the country really want a brave defiant man like Russ Feingold to lead this country out of the abyss it has found itself in? So many questions, and these are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are many ways to go wrong this fall. For my two cents, here's what I think Democrats must do:
1) Hammer against Republican corruption including Abramoff, Halliburton, Bechtel and anything else they can find.
2) Make the public aware that its Fourth Amendment rights are almost gone thanks to Bush and the NSA, and make the public understand how serious this loss is.
3) Capitalize on the war in Iraq, its failures, the Halliburton corruption and involvement, including Cheney, and how terrorism has grown under Bush, not shrunk.
4) Attack the messianic idiot with all they've got. Paint him as a deluded dictator wannabe with a God complex, unwilling and incapable of admitting wrongdoing, no matter how disastrous he is. Point out how Bush is not listening to Congress or the people, never has, and probably staged 9-11 or allowed it to happen for his personal gain and to give him an excuse for war.
5) Cry out for impeachment of Cheney and Bush. These are war criminals, lunatic despots. Attack those Republican sycophants like Jeff Sessions and Rick Santorum who rubber stamp the activities of the Bush cartel.
When your country has gone so far to the right, a moderate course change won't upright it. We need strength and resolve. Feingold/Boxer in 2008!
Subject: Immigration Bill Obliterates the Last Shred of Privacy
I am writing this in an absolute state of SHOCK!
According to the ACLU, the immigration bill passed by the Senate includes something very Orwellian. Here is the excerpt to which I am referring:
I am so SPEECHLESS with anger that I could scream!!!!!!!!
WHERE *** DOES THIS END?
WHERE *** ARE THE G**-D***** DO-NOTHING WRETCHED MISERABLE USELESS WORTHLESS DEMOCRATS???????
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Your "Creepy Federal Guideline" Is Hillary Clinton's Village
I am surprised that you would call the medical recommendation that women of child bearing age maintain optimum health a "creepy federal guideline." When I was in private practice, I used to discuss these issues with all fertile women, so that they could make fully informed choices when planning for pregnancy.
A "creepy" federal guideline would call for force feeding women their daily dose of folic acid or would criminalize the use of tobacco products.
The next issue that needs to be addressed is male physical and emotional fitness for fatherhood. I hope we see some medical guidelines for that soon, since all men of all ages are potentially dads.
Suzanne Tolbert, MD
Subject: Iraq Casualties
This is regarding my statement published in Thursday's Mailbag: I do not object to our military having recreation, heaven knows, they need to have relaxation time and activities. What I object to (if it isn't already obvious) is the coverage of the war in Iraq. It is as if there were nothing short of a casual sleep-over with games, per the coverage of the MSM, at least in this story about the fly fishing school. I also wanted to remark that when I pointed out to the "man with the Tribune" the blatant disregard of the harm that has been done to our military, to our standing in the world, to the destructive nature of this occupation, he agreed with me and said it was truly "outrageous." I thus far have not had response from the Tribune to my message.
Subject: Fly Fishing School for the Military
I just wanted to add something to this. Yes, it does seem a shame that when most Iraqis do not have electricity or little or no poor quality drinking water that there is promotion by the media about this particular school. I do understand, however, how our G.I.s need something to do on their time off. My nephew is a serviceman in Iraq and right now during his time off he does not have the option of going anywhere and doing any kind of diversion so it is extremely boring for him. Kind of different situations, huh? Why are there opportunities for something to do for some and not for others? I pray that he comes home soon but it doesn't look that way with no headway with negotiations with Iran. If he does I bet he is going to party quite a bit when he gets home, and I almost couldn't blame him if he did.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Senator Mel Martinez (Fla.)
I was outraged yesterday while watching the Senate.
Senator T Kennedy was on the floor offering the McCain, Kennedy Immigration bill.
Senator Martinez was presiding over the body. The C-Span camera went up to the dais, Senator Kennedy was asking a question of the chair. Senator Martinez was leafing through a magazine! He threw an answer back to Senator Kennedy as if to say, "Don't Bother Me!" Finally an officer of the Senate came out and spoke to Senator Martinez. All the while Senator Mel Martinez is still leafing through the same magazine.
A call for a quorum was called, Sen Martinez left the Chair.
This conduct is just what is shown to the American people by the Rep. Congress. This is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world? The republicans show no respect to anybody. And this was to the front and center yesterday.
Thank You Senator Martinez, you put into pictures what I was having a hard time explaining!
Subject: Judith Miller Still on the W-House Payroll???
My guess after reading the article on Judy, Judy, Judy and the wtc attacks is this: Judy is still on the W House payroll. This information is being leaked now to deflect attention from information coming out now from credible sources that the wtc attack was (at least a partial) inside job. This story follows the pentagon's release of their fuzzy attack tape to "prove" it wasn't a missile. god save us all!
Kevin Barrett: Media hide truth: 9/11 was inside job (Opinion/Capital Times)
Can someone pursue this theory?
Subject: Why Americans Can Be Looked Upon as Idiots Sometimes
On a recent trip to Calgary Alberta I was standing in line at a small convenience store. The cashier, an Indian man, struck up a conversation with the man ahead of me. "The man" said that he was in Calgary on business. Apparently he was an oil and gas guy. The cashier whom I later found to be very astute in the ways of politics and the goings on in the world said to "The Man:"
"I think it's very good that George Bush has settled the softwood lumber problem between our two countries." Sounds pretty polite and fairly benign so far, right?
"The Man" replied: "Oh please, we have Canada in our back pocket. We get whatever we want from you and if we don't then we'll take it."
To have an opinion is one thing. To insult my country is another. So, I'm offering "a boot to the head" of all American's today for not realizing your arrogance and spiteful nature. Go ahead and keep on thinking that you're the best and all the while the rest of us will watch with glee as your dollar crashes, your homeless rise up and your nation falls from a civil war that appears to have already begun. Should we feel any different? Should we consider America anyone's friend when your countrymen (not just politicians) can't simply be civil to others? I'm baffled by the cruelty in "The Man's" voice and the smugness of his nature.
As I walked away from the cashier and out into the hottest evening in Calgary in 115 years I said to the nice Indian man at the cash register: "You are a Canadian and if you were to say anything like that to an American in his country you would either be beaten or jailed. Don't EVER think that you're inferior because an American tells you so. Refuse him service, insult him back or smash him in the face. That's what the bastard would do to us."
What a sad and contemptible nation of people America has become. Sickening. Absolutely sickening.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Buzz, You Can Count on Tony Snow To Do This ...
Buzz, isn't it amazing that EVERY time Tony Snow steps up to the podium, you can count on him making a "FOX PAUS"!!!
Subject: Bush's $70 Billion tax Cut Extension
President Bush says, "With this bill, we're sending the American people a clear message about our policy. We're to continue to trust the American people with their own money." This sounds good, unless we understand the bill we are leaving the next generation. The info below can be verified by going to US National Debt Clock:
The national debt increased from $.9 Trillion to $4.2 Trillion, an increase of over 450% during the 12 years while Reagan and Bush senior were in office. During that time Reagan cut the tax rate for the very rich from 70% to 28%.
The debt increased under Clinton $1.4 Trillion to $5.6 Trillion in 8 years. The last full year he was in office, the debt increased $18 Billion for $5 Million a day.
The debt increased another $2.7 trillion under Bush junior to $8.3 in 5 years. Since 30 Sep 05 to 18 May 06, (230 days), this debt has increased $409 Billion at $1.78 Billion a day. That is 356 times higher per day than Clinton's last year of $5 Million a day.
Our interest on the national debt for FY's 2003, 2004, and 2005 is a total of $991 Billion, all wasted money. Is now probably at least a Billion a day
Our national debt is a total of $8.3 Trillion with $4.8 Trillion in Public Debt and the other $3.5 Trillion in Congressional IOU's to Social Security, Medicare and other trust funds.
I am sure we all would look good on our individual blocks if we spent 125% more than we earned until the debt collector comes. No wonder our country looks so good financially; "We are in debt up to our eyeballs."
In the meantime all of us can live the good life, the next generation will pay the debt.
Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret
Subject: Bush the Idiot!
Can someone tell this American just how it was that we almost impeached Bill Clinton for his lie about an affair with a young intern and yet today we now have a president as we all now know lied about the facts of going to war in Iraq thus resulting in the deaths of thousands of young men and women from America not to mention the thousands of innocent men, women, and children from Iraq and as we now know some were murdered in cold blood by our own marines, Bush kidnapped men from Iraq, flew them to another country, Cuba, and invented a new word never before used by any president called, "Enemy Combatants," meaning that he George Bush doesn't have to abide by the Geneva Convention and can hold them forever and never let them see an attorney or family members and as we now know torture them to death, Bush let it be known to the public the name of a covert CIA agent thus risking her life as well as anyone she had contact with just to get back at her husband simply because he decided to tell the truth to the American people, something this president has trouble doing, Bush spied on the American people with out their knowledge and against the US Bill of Rights as well as the US Constitution, and as a result of his poor leadership with the oil countries we are paying higher then ever prices at the gas pumps. He has lost the respect of key nations in this world and because of Bush we are now the most hated country in the world so I ask, Why hasn't someone in our government started impeachment hearings against this ignorant moron that has the guts to call himself a leader and someone put in his place that can gain this great nation the respect that it once had before this stupid idiot cheated his way in to office?
Subject: Abolish "Legal" Marriage
You know, as a gay man in 21st Century USA, I've about had it up to here with all this "gay marriage" talk. Sure, it would be nice if my partner and I could stroll down the aisle of some over-rated religious edifice and say a few words that would link us together for life; that would allow us insurance and pension rights; that would ensure we would be allowed to make health decisions for one another in dire times of need. But all this really misses the point.
RELIGIOUS "MARRIAGE" AS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT VIOLATES THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!
I say that what we really need is a constitutional amendment that ABOLISHES the LEGALLY binding ties that are established in the RELIGIOUS ceremony of "marriage". Allowing religious leaders (i.e. Priests, ministers, rabbis, etc.) to act as agents for the state in establishing these legal contracts is in direct conflict with the intensions of the Founding Fathers that no "official" religion should be established for this nation.
No, I'm not saying that "marriage" should be made illegal. Let churches continue their practice of joining couples in religious ceremony. That way they can dictate who they will and will not perform these ceremonies for within the confines of their particular religions beliefs. HOWEVER, no such ceremony would result in any legally binding contract between the couples until they are sworn before a justice of the peace in a legally recognized "civil union". Such civil unions could be enjoined between any combination of people, allowing ANY couple (or dare I say group of 3 or more) to enjoy the various rights now granted solely to those joined in unconstitutionally religious "marriage" ceremonies.
So in some small way I have to agree with the religious "right" -- however whacko they may seem. Yes, we do need to constitutionally altar (pardon the pun) how "families" are created in this country. I just look at it from a slightly different angle. Let them continue to do their thing, just don't involve the law in the process.
Subject: Reply to Pat Roberts
I would just like to offer a word of congratulation to Senator Pat Roberts for his bitingly clever turn of phrase: "you have no civil liberties if you're dead."
Actually, Senator, there are many of us out here who feel strongly that without them, you might as well be dead. Didn't somebody famous once say, "Give me liberty or give me death?" Hmmm. Sorry, Senator. That's one whole hell of a lot more impressive than your little inverse proclamation of the bleedin' obvious. Perhaps you should reconsider how the Constitution you took an oath to uphold might possibly accommodate the Orwellian police state you and your cohorts are so busy designing for the rest of us. Or at least find a better speech writer.
Subject: What's Wrong with America?
Tens of millions of people vote weekly for mediocre talent on "American Idol" while a petition circulating the internet to save the internet has yet to garner one million signatures...
That is what's wrong with America.
Subject: Saving the Internet
Thank you much for bringing this issue to the attention of many. And also for not accepting advertising, thus being a truly free and uncompromised voice of democracy! I feel that the issue of Internet Neutrality is so important that I have sent emails and related links (some of your fantastic editorials) to people I know who don't usually take "political" action. I hope some of them will take action in this case. I've also signed the petition at savetheinternet.com and am contacting several members of Congress on this.
Again, thank you for speaking up on this subject, as well as so much else everyday. You are truly a light in the darkness!
Subject: Copy of Josh Marshall Email
Here is a copy of an email I sent to Josh Marshall regarding the "Hands Off the Internet Coalition" ad after reading your editorial about it. AMERICAblog has been my favorite, but BuzzFlash is my home page.
Robert A Jones
Subject: House Votes To Keep Offshore Drilling Ban
And this is fodder for your grist-mill...why?
The refineries can't process all of the oil that arrives at their doors now, how would more oil rigs ease a so-called shortage that doesn't exist? It is not a lack of oil that is causing high prices at the pumps, it is people's "fears" of a shortage, a mind game at which the Bush Administration excels. The 'futures' game reigns, not supply and demand. Well, that and the fact that the refineries "choose" to process foreign oil and not U.S. oil. This isn't rocket science unless you want it to be.
To quote my favorite seer, "As far as public events are concerned, take it for granted that sometimes even men are wiser than they know." In its own frat-house way, once again, congress has made the right decision for the wrong reasons. Peace.
Subject: Blog Ads
Atrios took off the "save the internet" ads. Now will you please stop giving him grief?
Subject: Justifying Ad Dollars (screw the Internet)
The willingness of liberal bloggers to accept ad dollars from telecoms in their "Screw the Internet" campaign is mind boggling to me.
They want to claim that they don't want to "editorialize" their ad dollars, but isn't that EXACTLY what they are doing by signing up for the Liberal Blog Advertising Network?
Back when I was designing ads for a company I worked for, we had a contract with Yahoo that clearly stated "no deceptive advertising."
Why don't these guys GROW A SPINE and do the same thing?
No wonder we can't make headway. People on our side keep selling out. The next time any of these guys start complaining about "spineless Democrats," I think I'm gonna puke.
If you want to watch something hopeful! need some inspiration! need some fuel for your fire! go to the podcast of the young turks radio show from 5-17 and watch wesley clark jr.! amazing!
Jr. tells it like it is! And he is as angry as we are!
Our slogan should be: vote democratic - why aren't you as angry as we are?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Seize the Internet
I emailed Juan Cole 'Informed Comment' about the ad which was running on his site about a week ago and it was gone the next day. I did not get a reply to the email and suspect I was not the only one to give him a heads up.
Subject: "Fraudulent Ads"
You are correct about how disappointing it is to readers to see these fraudulent ads running on the progressive blog sites. It is so difficult to find someone to trust these days and they have just put a huge crack in my faith in them.
Are they too naive to realize how hard the telecoms are laughing at them? To offer up advertising for your own self-destruction is hilarious to the board room types. How progressive blogs can continue to run these ads and still have any self respect is more than I can understand?
Edith M. Conrad
Subject: It's the Karma, Stupid
The neocon parasites and their Republican hosts are self-destructing before our eyes. They have called down a karmic storm of retribution on themselves by their crimes against humanity and the planet. What we can do is keep shining the light of truth on them to accelerate this process.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Un-importance of Being Dead
Five more Americans died in Iraq yesterday and it was hardly a blip on the American radar screen.
Congressman John Murtha, who is a hero to many of us anti-war folks, spoke of an atrocity committed by American Military Personnel and it was barely a bump in the American commuter highway. Not much interest in that kind of news.
People are dying and most of America just doesn’t seem to give a damn. Oh, right, got one of them little yellow doodads on the back of my gas guzzling behemoth to show how much I support the troops. (Actually I drive a 12 year old Ford Tempo that gets 35 miles to the gallon. I was being snarky. Apologies.)
Life goes on. For most of us. For the wives, mothers and fathers, children, friends, and people who served with those who died yesterday life will go on, but it will never again be as good.
Every single day dozens of ordinary Iraqi people are killed in Iraq. Bet they are just grateful as all hell that we saved them from Saddam.
I don’t know if most of us don’t know, don’t care, or are just so damn tired of the whiney-assed politicians blaming each other for the mess they have made of our country that we are in overload.
Too much to worry about. Too many crises. Too many decisions to make. (Should I pay the utilities bill or buy gas for the car?) Too many things to worry about. (Will I ever find a job?) (What in the hell will we do if one of us gets sick?) Just a few of the things that go through my mind as I try to get to sleep at night.
Maybe because I was raised in a military family, I always try and spare a few thoughts for those who are the real victims of Mr. Bush’s insane war. That would be the men and women of our military who have fought and died for an unworthy cause, an unworthy government and a citizenry who seems mostly oblivious of the price they’re paying for doing what their country asked of them.
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Schultz as Our President, Col. Klink as Our Spy Chief ("Hogan's Heroes")
Why is it when I see the guy lying about spying on innocent Americans all I can think is, Oh My Gosh, when did Col. Klink become Sgt. Schultz's pick to lie to us about the legality of spying on Americans?
I have said all my life that nothing pisses me off more than thieves and being lied to. And now we see the entire so-called administration doing both. Daily I am pissed at the circus that has hijacked our democracy, and daily I am amazed at just how brazen they do their "acts of evil."
Now Sgt. Schultz is not happy blowing up frogs or cats (his childhood hobby) so he has upped the ante by bombing and invading other countries, and I might add lying to achieve those goals. Now Sgt. Schultz wants a middle-east style turf war with Mexico. His policy (as seen by Col. Klink's appearance some 6 months ago on Bill-O-LIE-ly) was that guarding the border with national guards would be horribly expensive and not a good move seems to have shifted for political gain.
All right, we have seen some of Sgt. Schultz's achievements:
Illegal war, spying on innocent Americans, suppressing all kinds of dissent, building and staffing domestic concentration camps, building and staffing international concentration camps, using torture, enriching friends and family with hard earned tax dollars and the illegal war, tax breaks for the rich while financing the raping and pillaging by the poor and middle class, never admitting any mistakes, election fraud, corruption and more and more corruption ... the list goes on and on.
And just think, managing to keep Rover (Goerring) out of jail for this long!
The wheels are falling off the GOP (or is that GOD) machine and the sparks are threatening to set fire to the already dry and crumbling Constitution, and Schultz and Klink are barreling down the road to hell at full throttle.
And just think, that is what the grown-ups do when they "retake" the White House. Schultz made fun of one of the best Presidents, and in just little over 5 years later Schultz is threatening to eliminate humanity by blindly doing anything he pleases. Makes you long for the good ole days of Nixon, or the time when everything was good and wonderful while the so-called children were frolicking in the White House.
Given the choice between kids in the White House or Schultz, I pick the kids.
At least the kids were never caught on record saying "... the Constitution is just a Godd***ed piece of paper."
Stop the madness! Impeach yesterday. Do something.
The dangers of unchecked power lead to the demise of democracy.
Show your outrage!
Subject: Fake Save-the-Internet Ads
Thanks for calling out Josh and Atrios on this. I was just at those sites and the ads seem to have been removed. Don't know why - maybe they expired - but I can't imagine they were glad to see your top story today. And it was very diplomatically phrased.
Good work, as usual.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Sweetheart, It Ain't Incompetence
“He didn’t mean to” is such a comforting thought, isn’t it? Like a battered housewife with black eyes and a concussion, it’s the one thought that makes it all bearable. “He didn’t mean to,” she affirms, with only the slightest whisper of doubt in her voice.
The latest revelations regarding Judith Miller, The New York Times and high ranking officials in the American government having knowledge of planned attacks on American soil well in advance of 9/11 don’t surprise me at all. What surprises me is that quite intelligent people still characterize all this as “incompetence.”
My friends, please. Really, please. Are you going to ever see this for what it is? Bush and Cheney and the rest of the band of thugs are not incompetent. They are very competent. They are psychopaths, they are fascists, they are totalitarians, and they have managed to steal our country. Furthermore, they have done it right in front of our faces with us looking straight at them.
Like all effective sociopaths they have managed to mislead us with slippery lies and smoke and mirrors distractions, but they are not incompetent. Do you really believe that Cheney’s little military “exercise” on September 11, 2001, was meaningless coincidence? Do you really believe that every single safeguard in the most powerful military in the history of the world just somehow failed? Do you really believe that everything that has happened since, the staggering transfer of wealth to the already obscenely wealthy, the gutting of civil liberties and social programs, and the virulent attacks on the rule of law are nothing more than plain old opportunism? And New Orleans, while not planned is nothing more than a national version of the abusive spouse going out for drinks while the wife begs for help with the rent, and then going out for more drinks when she and the children are booted to the streets. Typical behaviors of the average abuser.
We might as well simply roll over and let them have the rest, because that’s where it’s going and that’s where it was always meant to go. These people are sociopaths of the highest order, now occupying positions at the highest levels. They have stolen two elections and like every predator alive, they began by preying on the elderly and the sick, the young (education) and the poor. And they are working hard to make certain that the rest of us fit into one of those categories as quickly as possible. I truly hate to write this, but if you do believe in the myth of incompetence maybe it’s better that it all just go this way because we really are too stupid to live.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Deceptive "Save the Internet" Ad
Firedoglake had the ad running but I noticed today that it's no longer on their site.
Subject: Bush Speech On Monday
"Prison Break" (in which the President of the United States has just been poisoned, likely by the vice-president who succeeds him) and "24" (in which the President of the United States is complicit in a plot which has resulted in the assassination of his predecessor and the unleashing of chemical weaponry by terrorists) were pushed twenty minutes out of their respective time slots to accomodate Bush's address to the nation on Monday (in which the President of the United States deploys the National Guard for domestic policing duties in the face of bleak polling figures). And I'm wondering to myself: "Is this evil presidents night on Fox?"
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