November 12, 2018

MONDAY-EXTRA

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*Survey- Majority of Americans
Oppose Ban on ‘Assault Rifles’:

A recent survey shows that a strong majority of Americans, 57%, oppose banning semi-automatic guns, specifically semi-automatic rifles that the media often label “assault rifles.” A semi-automatic rifle (or pistol) is a gun that fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.

In the poll, Gallup asked, “Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns, known as assault rifles?” Forty percent said they were “for” a ban and 57% said they were “against” a ban.

*Iranian Regime Defiant As Sanctions Return on Crucial Oil Exports:

Amid a show of Iranian defiance, the most significant set of U.S. sanctions that were eased as a result of the 2015 nuclear deal were being put back into place on Monday, a key piece in the Trump administration’s policy to diminish the threat posed by the regime.

Targeting the crucial energy and banking sectors, the restrictions will see the Treasury name 700 Iranian entities to be blocked – 400 that had been removed from the blocked entity list under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA), plus 300 newcomers.

“Any financial institution, company, or individual who evades our sanctions risks losing access to the U.S. financial system and the ability to do business with the United States or U.S. companies,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a briefing Friday.

*Eric Garner Died in a Police Chokehold. Why Has the Inquiry Taken So Long?:

Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014, when a New York City police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, wrapped his arm around Mr. Garner’s neck and, along with other officers, wrestled him to the ground during an arrest after he was seen selling untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island street. Officer Pantaleo’s actions were captured on video and seen around the world, and calls for his indictment immediately followed. Many assumed he would be fired quickly.

Neither of those things happened.

On the criminal track, Officer Pantaleo, who is white, faced a Staten Island grand jury in 2014, but was not indicted. The decision sparked waves of protests in the early months of theBlack Lives Matter movement. Federal prosecutors, for their part, spent years weighing whether to bring charges against the officer. They failed to reach a decision during former PresidentBarack Obama’s term. After President Trump took office, the stalemate remained.

Some wanted charges; others did not. The delay has meant that Officer Pantaleo remains on the force. The New York Police Department had said it would not try to discipline him — the internal process can involve a public trial — until federal prosecutors made a decision.

But four years after Mr. Garner’s death, the Police Department said over the summer that it would no longer wait. Now the arcane police disciplinary process can begin.

*In China, Bill Gates Encourages the World to Build a Better Toilet:

Bill Gates believes the world needs better toilets.

Specifically, toilets that improve hygiene, don’t have to connect to sewage systems at all and can break down human waste into fertilizer.

So on Tuesday in Beijing, Mr. Gates held the Reinvented Toilet Expo, a chance for companies to showcase their takes on the simple bathroom fixture. Companies showed toilets that could separate urine from other waste for more efficient treatment, that recycled water for hand washing and that sported solar roofs.

It’s no laughing matter. About 4.5 billion people — more than half the world’s population — live without access to safe sanitation. Globally, Mr. Gates told attendees, unsafe sanitation costs an estimated $223 billion a year in the form of higher health costs and lost productivity and wages.

*Biggest Midterm House Losses Since WWII: Obama (-63), Truman (-55), Clinton (-54):

In the post-World War II era, Presidents Barack ObamaHarry Truman and Bill Clinton saw the three biggest midterm election losses for their party in the House of Representatives, according to historical data published by theClerk of the House.

In 2010, when Obama was in his first term and had signed theObamacare law, the Democrats lost a net of 63 House seats. In 1946, after Truman had succeeded the late Franklin Roosevelt (who died in April 1945) and the nation was in a deep post-war recession, the Democrats lost 55 seats. In 1994, when Clinton was in his first term in which his signature proposal was Hillarycare (a “universal healthcare plan”), the Democrats lost 54 seats.

These losses exceeded the 48 seats the Republicans lost in the 1974 midterm, which took place three months after President Richard Nixon resigned because of the Watergatescandal and in a year when real GDP contracted by 0.5 percent.

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Pregnancy

1. At any given time, approximately 4% of women in the United States are pregnant.

2. The word “pregnant” is from the Latin praegnantem, which combines prae– (“before”) and gnasci– (“be born”).

3. The first recorded woman to survive a C-section lived in 16th-century Switzerland. Her husband, who was a pig castrator, performed the operation.

4. “Pica” is a disorder in which pregnant women crave non-food items, such as ice, hair, paper, drywall or paint, metal, glass, or feces. The word pica is Latin for magpie, which is a bird known for eating anything. 

*EXAMINER–R.I.P.:

Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who hit 521 home runs in 22 major league seasons, almost all of them with the Giants, and remained a beloved figure in San Francisco into his final years, died on Wednesday at Stanford Hospital in California. He was 80.

The Giants, who announced his death, said he had been dealing with “ongoing health issues.” He lived in nearby Woodside, Calif.


                      

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Money Doctor Neil “Doc” Gallagher makes
Fox Business News Debut

The founder, president, and CEO of Gallagher Financial Group Inc., will be having his first Fox Business News interview on Monday, November 5th.

Money Doctor Neil Gallagher, founder, president, and CEO of Gallagher Financial Group Inc., as well as successful entrepreneur, investment counselor, and financial retirement planning specialist, will be making his Fox Business NewsDebut on Monday, November 5th. The interview, which focuses on the release of Gallagher’s newest edition of his book Jesus Christ Money Master: Four Eternal Truths that Deliver Personal Power and Profit, will play the first Saturday in December.

In his book, Dr. Gallagher discusses the advantages of someone putting Christ in the center of spending habits. “If the whole world is His, including our money, it just makes sense to look to the owner of all wealth for direction on how to use it,” states Dr. Gallagher. His book seeks to guide readers towards finding profitable solutions that are in line with God’s plan.

Neil Gallagher has worked in the financial field for more than two decades, managing over one billion in assets and serving over one thousand clients world-wide. In addition, he also hosts weekly radio programs covering financial communication, the psychology of investing, wealth creation, family enrichment, and the importance of estate planning. Through it all, faith has always been one of his most important values.

“Our decisions with money impact countless other aspects of our lives,” explains Gallagher, “We need direction in this critical area, and the perfect model to follow is Jesus Christ, the greatest teacher of finance and everything else that has ever lived.”

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Jane E. Brody:
Confused about what to eat and drink to protect your health? I’m not surprised.

For example, after decades of research-supported dietary advice to reduce saturated fats to minimize the risk of heart disease and stroke, along comes a new observational study of 136,384 people in 21 countries linking consumption of full-fat (read saturated) dairy foods to a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

But without dissecting each study included in this meta-analysis, it is not possible to say what might be behind this surprising result and whether you should now resume putting cream in your coffee and whole milk in your cereal bowl. The study may simply mean that consuming the equivalent of three servings of dairy products a day is healthful, not saturated fat per se.

Caution is in order, especially since another new study, this one a randomly assigned clinical trial, found that three weeks on a diet rich in saturated fat caused liver fat and insulin resistance to rise far higher than diets high in sugar or unsaturated fat.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
I disagree with academic feminism a lot — with those vague oppressor stories about the patriarchy, with the strange unwillingness to admit inherited-gender differences and with the tone of faculty lounge militancy. But academic feminism is right about the big thing.

The big thing is that for thousands of years social thinking has been dominated by men — usually alpha men — who saw life as a place where warriors and traders went out and competed for wealth and power. These male writers were largely blind to the systems of care that undergirded everything else.

These male-dominated narratives created a tunnel. Everything that extolled competition, self-interest and independence was celebrated, and everything that celebrated relation and intimacy was diminished. As Niobe Way, Alisha Ali, Carol Gilligan andPedro Noguera argue in the introduction of “The Crisis of Connection,” a new anthology they edited, the stereotypical masculine culture values “self over relationships, individual success over the common good, the mind over the body, and thinking over feeling.”

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Breaking Bad” may have had its finale in 2013, but Varietyhas confirmed that series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a new film with ties to the beloved series. Gilligan is working on a two-hour film, though whether it’s destined for multiplexes or television is unclear.

Details are sparse, with no information on what shape the movie would take — a prequel like “Better Call Saul” or something else — or whether any of “Breaking Bad‘s” stars will return. The Albuquerque Journal includes a logline stating the film “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

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November 7, 2018

*Federal Government Cut 1,000 Jobs in  September; -16,000 Under Trump:
The number of people employed by the federal government declined by 1,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since President Donald Trump took office, federal employment has declined by 16,000.

In December 2016, the month before Trump’s inauguration, there were 2,810,000 people employed by the federal government, according to the BLS data. By August 2018, that had declined by 15,000 to 2,795,000. In September, it declined another 1,000 to 2,794,000.

 *US Civil Rights Commissioner- Race Has Nothing to Do With Normal Americans’ Opposition to Illegal Immigration:

The media pundits who pillory President Trump for his firm stand against illegal immigration don’t have to worry about low-skilled foreigners taking their jobs or moving to their neighborhoods, so they can afford to be “politically correct,” said Peter Kirsanow, who is currently serving a third, six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

“Until they are threatened in terms of their job prospects or the quality of life in their neighborhoods, they can continue to engage in this political correctness,” Kirsanow told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.

*Saudi ‘Investigators’ Actually Removed Khashoggi Evidence, Says
Turkish Official:
A team of Saudi investigators supposedly sent to help Turkey investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi actually worked to remove evidence of the killing, a senior Turkish official has claimed. Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reported that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators, which arrived in Turkey a week after Khashoggi was killed, included experts on chemicals and toxicology who allegedly attempted to obfuscate the evidence.

An unnamed top official backed the report, saying the government believes two members of the team “came to Turkey for the sole purpose of covering up evidence” before Turkish police were allowed to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was murdered on Oct. 2. The official said the fact that a cleanup team was dispatched to the consulate suggests Khashoggi’s killing “was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials.”

*SNL Still Airing Offensive Video Mocking Navy SEAL
Who Lost Eye in Combat:
Despite a fierce backlash, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) is still airing and promoting a video of one of its cast members mocking a former Navy SEAL for losing an eye to an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

On its official YouTube channel, SNL touts the video clip of the segment in which cast member Pete Davidson mocks former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch and claims the combat-injured veteran looks like “a hitman in a porno movie.”

*Facebook Apologizes for
Censorship of Pro-Life Ad:

Facebook apologized for banning a pro-life advertisement by theSusan B. Anthony List (SBA List) on Thursday, Nov. 1, saying it “never should have been disapproved.”

“This ad does not violate Facebook’s policies and should never have been disapproved. We’re sorry for this mistake – the ad has been restored and is now running on Facebook,” the company wrote.

The 30-second ad endorses U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for her pro-life stance and condemns her opponent, Democrat Phil Bredesen, for his pro-choice views.

According to the SBA List, on Thursday morning “Facebook abruptly stopped running the group’s ad in Tennessee, exposing the abortion extremism of Phil Bredesen and supporting pro-life Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. The ad had previously reached 90,000 low-turn out pro-life voters across the state.”

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Police Officers

  • Only around 1/3 of a police officer’s time is spent actually enforcing criminal law; most of the work of a police officer involves peacekeeping, order maintenance, and problem solving.
  • American law enforcement agents only solve around 21% of all reported crime.
  • Although law enforcement agencies were organized in England in the 13th century, the first modern police officers operated in London starting in 1829.
  • American police officers are organized locally, whereas police forces in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America are nationally organized.
  • The United States has roughly 18,000 separate law enforcement agencies, all of which operate largely independent of each other.
  • Police officers in England are sometimes called “Bobbies,” in honor of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of their modern police force.
  • If it works…
  • Police officers in Thailand can be forced to wear Hello Kittyarmbands as punishment for infractions such as illegal parking or showing up to work late.
  • In the American colonies, law enforcement initially took the form of “the watch,” a group of adult males that patrolled cities on the lookout for fires and crimes. Originally, all male citizens of a city were expected to take their turn as watchmen, but gradually it became a paid professional position.
  • The Japanese police experimented with a device called aMotorcycle Arresting Device to snare members of biker gangs.
  • During the early years of America, many southern states created “slave patrols” meant to prevent slave revolts and catch runaways. The Charleston slave patrol employed around 100 officers—far more officers than any northern police force of the time.

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Nellie Bowles:
It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.

This is already playing out. Throwback play-based preschools are trending in affluent neighborhoods — but Utah has been rolling out a state-funded online-only preschool, now serving around 10,000 children. Organizers announced that the screen-based preschool effort would expand in 2019 with a federal grant to Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana.

Lower-income teenagers spend an average of eight hours and seven minutes a day using screens for entertainment, while higher income peers spend five hours and 42 minutes, according to research by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit media watchdog. (This study counted each screen separately, so a child texting on a phone and watching TV for one hour counted as two hours of screens being used.) Two studies that look at race have found that white children are exposed to screens significantly less than African-American and Hispanic children.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager:
This past week, I went to five car dealers in an upper-middle-class suburb of Los Angeles to see what SUV I’d like to lease. I wanted to patronize local car dealers because I want them to stay in business.

In each case, I experienced the following: I was greeted pleasantly upon entering the dealership. A young salesperson asked if he or she could help me. I told the salesperson the model I was interested in. He or she made a copy of my driver’s license and returned with a key to the car, and off we went.

In every instance, the salesperson was sweet, unenthusiastic and largely ignorant of the car in which I was interested.

All of them answered most of my questions — such as “Is this SUV available in all-wheel-drive?” — with some version of “l’ll look it up.”

While these young salespeople were unfailingly pleasant, none of them evinced passion.

I remember young (and old) car salesmen who loved cars. Sure, they would exaggerate a car’s qualities, but they knew all about it — inside and out. But this past week, not one of the salespeople said anything about the car during the test drive. Unless I asked questions, their only words were “Make a right at the next corner.”

It makes me wonder what young people are passionate about in our time: favorite TV shows and actors? Music? Video games? Sports?

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November 4, 2018

Sunday-EXTRA
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*Farrakhan‘s Anti-Semitic Slurs Far Pre-Date Bill Clinton’s Appearance With Him at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral:
When former President Bill Clinton appeared with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan in August, Farrakhan had not yet posted his infamous tweet comparing Jews to termites – but, Farrakhan already had a long history of making anti-Semitic public statements.

“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” Farrakhan posted on Twitter on Oct. 16, 2018, attaching video of his comments made during a speech. After public backlash, the video was removed from YouTube and Facebook – but, Twitter defended and refused to pull the post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports. The video remains posted on the Nation of Islam website.

Back on August 31, 2018, Clinton appeared with Farrakhan,Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton at the funeral of singerAretha Franklin – long after Farrakhan had earned a reputation for anti-Semitic rhetoric. He even called on then-President Clinton to “Stop bowing down” to Jews.

Inflammatory anti-Semitic remarks documented by theJewish Virtual Library and the Anti-Defamation League date back to at least 1998 and include Farrakhan calling Jews “Satanic” and suggesting the Holocaust was self-inflicted because they were “so bad at politics”:

•    “Don’t be afraid of the Zionists. Don’t be afraid of their power, Mr. Clinton. Stop bowing down.” – Speech at Howard University, Washington DC, 10/16/98

•    “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” – Sermon, 5/27/18

•    “Powerful Jews are my enemy.” – Saviour’s Day Speech, 2/25/18

•    “The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” – Saviours’ Day Speech, Chicago, 2/22/98

*Lindsey Graham: ‘Finally, a President Willing to Take on This Absurd
Policy of Birthright Citizenship’:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared support Tuesday forPresident Donald Trump’s imminent executive order ending America’s “absurd policy of birthright citizenship.”

“Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship, Graham said in a statement calling for an end to the policy that grants automatic citizenship to alien children born on U.S. soil.

“I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform – and at the same time – the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Sen. Graham said, promising to provide legislative backing to Trump’s executive order

*Pompeo Welcomes Danish Arrest
as Another Iranian Terror Plot in Europe is Foiled:
Denmark is withdrawing its ambassador and calling for concerted European Union action against the regime in Tehran, after foiling a plot to assassinate an Iranian dissident, the latest in a series of incidents exposing Iranian terror sponsorship in Europe.

“It’s hard to find words that can describe the severity of the matter we are dealing with,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters.

Denmark would examine the possibility of strengthening E.U. sanctions, a response that would be most effective if taken together with “like-minded partners,” he said.

*Federal Employee Used Government Charge Card to Spend $400 at ‘Adult Entertainment Gentlemen’s Club’:
Employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, armed with government charge cards, made “at least 950” “unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases” in fiscal 2017, according to a report by the department’s inspector general.

These included a $400 charge at “an adult entertainment gentlemen’s club” and a $282 “unauthorized ATM withdrawal” followed by an $849 “unauthorized charge” at a Las Vegas casino hotel.

HUD’s travel cards were used for unauthorized, unsupported, or ineligible purchases in at least 950 instances totaling more than $95,000,” said the IG’s report.

The IG estimated the overall number of unauthorized, unsupported and ineligible purchase by examining a selected sampling of actual purchases.

*Chicago: 43 Shot, 5 Killed Over Weekend — 2,530 Shot, 469
Killed So Far This Year:
Over the weekend, 43 people were shot in Chicago and 5 of the victims died, making it one of the most violent weekends in the Windy City this year. Since the beginning of the year, 2,530 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the shooting and homicide data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.

Further data, collected by the Chicago Sun-Times, shows there have been 469 homicides in Chicago so far this year — 408 of those deaths resulted from shootings. Another 30 homicides were caused by stabbing and another 31 deaths were caused by “another type” of violence.

Despite these crimes, a new YouGov poll shows that nearly half (45%) of Chicagoans say gun violence is “not a problem.” Fifty-one percent say it is “a problem.”

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The inventor of popsicles, Frank Epperson, originally called his creation “Epsicles,” which was a combination of his name and the word “icicles.” His children, however, convinced him to change the name to what they called him “pop”; hence the name “popsicles.”
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Sandra Day O’Connor ‘Rejected Chief
Justice Rehnquist’s Marriage Proposal’ in 1950s
Sandra Day O’Connor—the first woman to serve on theSupreme Court—apparently turned down a marriage proposal from William Rehnquist, who would go on be chief justice, when they studied together in the 1950s. The revelation comes from author Evan Thomas, who found letters between the two during his research for a book. NPR reports Sandra Day entered Stanford Law School in 1949, aged 19, and began to date classmate Rehnquist, then 26, during their second year of studying together.

Rehnquist graduated a semester early and left for a Supreme Court clerkship, but soon after sent a letter to Day telling her he wanted to see her to talk about “important things,” then wrote shortly afterward: “To be specific, Sandy, will you marry me this summer?” Their friends and colleagues were reportedly oblivious to the proposal until now. O’Connor and Rehnquist remained close friends until his death in 2005.

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Academically gifted students, especially those with high verbal aptitude, are often bullied and are more likely than less gifted students to suffer emotionally.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan:
We’re going to the polls and looking for leaders. What do we want? What a voter told Bret Baier a week ago, live from the campaign trail: someone she can cheer for. She was such an American, half hopeful, half wistful.

When people have real leaders, there’s a feeling of security: Somebody reliable is in charge. When a majority don’t feel that, there’s a sense of unrest, of jitteriness that filters out and down. America’s never at full peace, it’s not our style, but there’s a greater sense of soundness, and less frantic scrolling down for the latest horror, when you feel there are solid folk in office.

There are suddenly a lot of new books on leadership. I askedDoris Kearns Goodwin, author of the easygoing yet scholarly “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” why. “Because we feel the absence of leadership now, not only in the president but in the Congress—the inability to get together and get things done.” When you lack something, you try to define exactly what it is so you can find it. We feel “a yearning for togetherness” and wonder which political figures might help set the nation in a common direction.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
You’ve probably heard the starfish story. There’s a boy on the beach who finds thousands of starfish washed ashore, dying. He picks one up and throws it back into the ocean. A passer-by asks him what’s the point of that. All these thousands of other starfish are still going to die. “Well,” the boy responds, “I saved that one.”

Many of our social programs are based on that theory of social change. We try to save people one at a time. We pick a promising kid in a neighborhood and give her a scholarship. Social programs and philanthropic efforts cream skim in a thousand ways. Or they mentor one at a time, assuming that the individual is the most important unit of social change.

Obviously it’s possible to do good that way. But you’re not really changing the structures and systems that shape lives.

*EXAMINER- COMMENTARY by David Leonhardt:
In a new book, Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Posthas a chart that reminds me of this debate. The chart contains two lines, the first measuring income inequality and the second measuring political polarization between the two parties in Congress. Both start in 1967 and go until almost the present. And both lines rise sharply, in close proximity: As inequality increases, so does polarization.
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***A week after tickets went on sale for Britney Spears’“Domination” concert series at the Park MGM in Las Vegas — fresh on the heels of a yearslong Vegas stint that ended last December — her first month of shows remains more than half unsold, sources note.

By comparison, a 27-show stint for Lady Gaga that begins Dec. 28 at the same venue nearly sold out in the first week tickets were available. An Aerosmith residency that starts April 6 was 85 percent sold out in a week, according to sources.

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