Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 58 Comments

I guess it’s no secret that Your Editor has been insanely in love with Kathy Shaidle for a very long time.  What Internet rep I have is largely her and Binky’s doing (But don’t worry, Arnie.  Nothing’s ever going to happen).

Be that as it may, Shaidle has, for about as long as I’ve read her, strongly urged people to avoid college altogether or flee one if they happen to already be enrolled.   I used to think that her advice was rather extreme but for several reasons, I’ve basically come around to Kathy’s point of view.

Example The First
.  Since it seems to have started here, what I’ve decided to call the Missouri Tantrum continues at college campi across the country.  Smith College had a little demonstration of it last week.

In an effort to create a safe space

Get used to that expression because you’re going to hear and read it a lot.

free from potential insensitivity from the news media, activists at Smith College barred reporters from covering a sit-in Wednesday that drew 300 to 500 students.

The activists’ goal was to establish a place where students — prioritizing students of color and black students — could share their thoughts, feelings, poems and songs related to a rash of racially charged episodes this fall at Mizzou, as well as personal experiences of racism.

Which never actually happened but no harm, no foul.  Anyway, the Smitties didn’t actually bar the media.  Just the ones who considered themselves “objective” and crap.

“We are asking that any journalists or press that cover our story participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color,” she told MassLive in the Student Center Wednesday. “By taking a neutral stance, journalists and media are being complacent in our fight.”

Smith organizers said journalists were welcome to cover the event if they agreed to explicitly state they supported the movement in their articles.

Example The Second.  Collegiate idiocy is not limited to the United States.  Let’s visit pay a call on Our Neighbors To The North, shall we?  Seems that the University of Ottawa just eliminated a free yoga class.  Guess why.

Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of “cultural appropriation.”

Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” according to an email from the centre.

The centre official argues since many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

In other news, the U of O drama department announced that going forward, only white actors would be permitted in any of its Shakespeare productions and the only part that black male actors would be permitted to play would be Othello.  Can’t have any of that “cultural appropriation,” doncha know.

Example The Third.  Speaking of safe spaces, do you know what most emphatically isn’t a safe space at Columbia University?  The library.

Columbia students and faculty gathered Wednesday night for a panel discussion on “Race, Ethnicity, and University Life.” According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, much of the commentary revolved around the idea that minorities on campus simply spend too much time being traumatized by the white-centric content of their classes.

One of the panelists at the event was black Columbia student Nissy Aya. Aya was supposed to graduate in 2014, but instead is only on track to receive her degree in 2016. That, Aya says, demonstrates “how hard it has been for me to get through this institution,” though it’s worth noting she is an exceptional case, as Columbia has one of the highest four-year graduation rates in the country.

Aya attributed some of her academic troubles to the trauma of having to take Columbia’s current Core Curriculum, which requires students to take a series of six classes with a focus on the culture and history of Western, European civilization. Aya says this focus on the West was highly mentally stressful for her.

“It’s traumatizing to sit in Core classes,” she said. “We are looking at history through the lens of these powerful, white men. I have no power or agency as a black woman, so where do I fit in?”

Somebody might want remind Ms. Aya and the other students who attended this gathering that once they all graduate from one of this country’s most prestigious educational institutions and embark upon their long and illustrious careers as Burger King drive-up window attendants, that there will be no “safe spaces” that will prevent them from being yelled at if they screw up somebody’s order.

Example the Fourth
.  At the University of Minnesota, some students actually think that that commemorating September 11, 2001 would be wrong.  Guess why.

The everything-is-offensive brand of campus activism has struck a new low: Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns—insulting, childish concerns—that Muslim students would be offended.

Has it truly come to this? Is feelings-protection now such an overriding goal that completely unreasonable fears win out, even if they have no basis in reality? Can we not even have a single moment to recognize legitimate victims of terrorism without worrying that someone will feel marginalized on campus?

“The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe,” said Algadi. “Islamophobia and racism fueled through that are alive and well.” 

To be clear, the resolution did not refer to Islam. It did not impugn Muslim students, or other Muslims. It did not require anyone to contemplate the fact that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 were Muslims. It said nothing about whether Islam itself is to blame for global terrorism. It merely stated that 9/11 has had a lasting effect on many students, and ought to be reflected upon for a single moment, once a year.

Believe it or not, Algadi was not alone in his opinion—a majority of student government representatives sided with him, voting down the resolution in a 36-23 vote this month. There would be no moment of silence at UMN on Sept. 11, 2016, if students had their way.

Lots and lots of Muslims were murdered that day.  Just sayin’.  At least the university recognized blinkered, philistine, pig-ignorance when it saw it and is going to do institute the idea anyway.

Showing insufficient mournfulness for the great national tragedy that was 9/11 is itself deeply offensive to many people, however, and UNM’s administration was quickly inundated with demands for a rebuke of the vote. UNM President Eric Kaler announced Wednesday that he would formalize the moment of silence anyway.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat is exactly right.  Go ahead and use the college fund for a new car or a nice vacation somewhere.  You’d do the economy a world of good.


Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments

Done that.


Saturday, November 21st, 2015 | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Charlie Sheen:

When Matt Lauer asked Charlie Sheen in Monday’s Today interview whether he felt the stigma of his HIV diagnosis, the actor responded, “Not anymore, I don’t.” It was a brave reply but also a painfully ironic one, as Sheen’s interview displaced that same stigma onto the sex workers he has hired over the past few years.

In a letter to Lauer, which was read on air, Sheen wrote: “I dazedly chose or hired the companionship of unsavory and insipid types. Regardless of their saltless reputations, I always led with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition.”

Lauer himself later adopted Sheen’s old-fashioned and pejorative language, referring to sex workers as “unsavory types” that the actor “kept bringing” to his house.

The underlying imagery of the interview was straight out of a morality play, with Sheen holding himself up as a weak but honest man, besieged by seedy prostitutes who preyed on his vices and betrayed him.


Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

The following is JUST not going to look good on somebody’s performance review:

American Airlines has found the luggage belonging to Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, after she took to Twitter Thursday calling out the company for losing luggage containing some important equipment.

Haslet-Davis, a professional dancer, lost her leg in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. She tweeted Thursday evening that the airline lost a bag containing her prosthetic leg and dance parts, valued at over $250,000.

Haslet-Davis asked American Airlines to please respond, which it did, first tweeting, “We’re doing all possible to get you and your bag back together again.”

The company followed up overnight with a statement: “We’re sorry this happened. Her bag has been located and we will reunite her with it as soon as possible.”


Thursday, November 19th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 79 Comments

Ever since I started doing this in 2001, I’ve used that post title again and again (in case you’re wondering, it was a brief segue between two Monty Python bits).  I’ve always liked it.  Simple, direct, elegantly concise, got the job done.

But from time to time, I used to think about retiring it.  I’d run across somebody who said something so unbelievably idiotic that I’d think, “Humanity cannot possibly get any dumber than that.”  But humanity always came through for me.

Like now, for example.  Meet the stupidest person on the face of the Earth:

The Hillary Clinton-supporting mayor of Roanoke, Va. is asking government and non-government agencies in his region to “suspend and delay” assistance to Syrian refugees, a move he’s defending by citing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Japanese internment camps.

“At least for awhile into the future, it seems to me to be better safe than sorry,” said [David] Bowers, who is listed on Clinton’s campaign website as one of the mayors who has endorsed her.

“I’m reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Have fun, guys, because I’ve got nothing.


Monday, November 16th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 69 Comments

You live there, Johnson.  What the hell just happened at the University of Missouri?

What I think just happened at the U of M is the next step beyond Rahm Emmanuel’s advice about never letting a crisis go to waste.  Namely, that if you don’t happen to have a crisis at hand to not let go to waste, go ahead and invent one:

Jonathan Butler, an MU graduate student and campus activist, began a hunger strike at 9 a.m. Monday as a protest against Tim Wolfe remaining president of the University of Missouri System.

To bring non-Missourians up to speed, the University of Missouri System has campuses in Columbia (the main one), St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla.  The Columbia Missourian is the daily newspaper published by the University of Missouri’s school of journalism.  The Daily Tribune is Columbia’s other paper.  That’s right; Columbia, Missouri is actually a two-newspaper town.

“During this hunger strike, I will not consume any food or nutritional sustenance at the expense of my health until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost,” Butler wrote in a letter sent to the UM System Board of Curators.

Golly, Drama Queen Jon.  Why in the world would you want to do something that dangerous?  Because RACISM!!TM

Butler, a master’s student in educational leadership and policy analysis, is protesting “a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., incidents that have dynamically disrupted the learning experience” at MU. His letter referenced incidents of black students being called racist slurs,

Of course, “racism” is a multifaceted evil.

the sudden removal of graduate student health insurance subsidies in August, MU’s cancellation of Planned Parenthood contracts and the swastika drawn with human feces found in an MU residence hall on Oct. 24.

Did that last part actually happen?  Something did; here’s a police report about it.  That doesn’t mean that it was some sort of “hate crime” though.  This smells exactly like one of those “hate” incidents that the left is so fond of fabricating.  Anyhoo, MU’s campus left jumped in with both feet.

I. We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-­9-­5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-­0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.

II. We demand the immediate removal of Tim Wolfe as UM system president. After his removal a new amendment to UM system policies must be established to have all future UM system president and Chancellor positions be selected by a collective of students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

III. We demand that the University of Missouri meets the Legion of Black Collegians’ demands that were presented in 1969 for the betterment of the black community.

IV. We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained, and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.

V. We demand that by the academic year 2017-2018, the University of Missouri increases the percentage of black faculty and staff campus-wide to 10%.

VI. We demand that the University of Missouri composes a strategic 10 year plan by May 1, 2016 that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.

VII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding and resources for the University of Missouri Counseling Center for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals — particularly those of color, boosting mental health outreach and programming across campus, increasing campus-­wide awareness and visibility of the counseling center, and reducing lengthy wait times for prospective clients.

VIII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding, resources, and personnel for the social justices centers on campus for the purpose of hiring additional professionals, particularly those of color, boosting outreach and programming across campus, and increasing campus-­wide awareness and visibility.

Also, a recent proposal in the General Assembly to rename the state “New Rhodesia” seems to have rubbed people the wrong way for some reason.  But none of this mattered until members of the football team publicly supported it (backed by head coach Gary Pinkel), which bothered a stupid Slate columnist (if you’ll pardon the redundancy) named Jessica Huseman no end.

The president of the University of Missouri resigned Monday morning, after weeks of student protests over acts of overt racism on campus, from racial slurs hurled at minority students to a swastika drawn in feces in a dorm bathroom. As early as Oct. 21, students called for President Tim Wolfe to step down for his listless handling of these incidents, and for presiding over an intolerant campus culture. Now they’ve gotten their wish—but only after their classmates on the school’s powerhouse football team got involved.

While there are many lessons to draw from Wolfe’s resignation, that one strikes me as particularly resonant: At universities like Mizzou, where football plays an outsized role in campus life and contributes an outsized haul to the school’s coffers, there is a massive power differential between student-athletes and tuition-paying students. The actions of the black football players who said they wouldn’t play until Wolfe was out—and the supportive words of their teammates and coach—are laudable. They shouldn’t have been needed.

“Powerhouse football team?”  Only if you haven’t been paying attention lately.  Prior to Saturday night when MU somehow beat Brigham Young,  the Tigers had lost four straight and went three weeks without scoring a touchdown (they couldn’t even push one across the line against Vanderbilt, for God’s sake).

Me, I would have given anything to watch Pinkel preside over the destruction of a once-proud football team.  But that’s not happening since Gary’s resigning at the end of the season for health reasons.

Pinkel’s an odd duck.  He’s far and away the best football coach this program’s ever had but no one in this state likes him very much; he’s never going be “beloved” here like former MU coaches Don Faurot or Dan Devine were.

So has MU-Columbia suddenly become Berkeley-on-the-Missouri?  It’s too soon to tell.  But according to a stupid Salon article (again with the redundancy) this happened.

When you’re in an environment in which students say that “the undergraduate student body president was called the n-word, a white student climbed onto a stage and shouted slurs as a black group rehearsed a skit, and more recently a swastika was drawn on a wall with human feces,” when elsewhere people are now regularly being murdered by unhinged racist and misogynist mass shooters, you can understand why anybody might be quite justifiably afraid. But a white professor named Dale Brigham encouraged his Nutritional Science 1034 class not to be. Unfortunately, he did it poorly.

“If you don’t feel safe coming to class, then don’t come to class,” he wrote in a message this week to his students. “I will be there, and there will be an exam administered in our class. If you give into bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose. I know which side I am on. You make your own choice.” Brigham told the Washington Post Wednesday that “Students can come to class and take the exam tomorrow if they wish. My duty is to hold the class. If they choose otherwise, they can take a make up exam. By the way, the university has not cancelled classes or put out any other official statement regarding these rumors. If they confirm any of these threats, I will follow through appropriately.”

Brigham has since resigned.


Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 40 Comments

Strenuously avoid the easy joke.  Like this one, for example.  Well, it looks as though Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie just threw away the Episcopalian vote:

Bestiality is now officially a crime in New Jersey.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the measure Monday and it goes into effect immediately.

About 10 states remain with no law against bestiality on the books.

Violators could face up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. And tougher penalties could be imposed if the person had a prior animal cruelty conviction or if the animal dies or is seriously injured by the act.

Law enforcement authorities had previously prosecuted such cases under the state’s animal cruelty statutes. But in 2009, animal cruelty charges were dropped against a former Moorestown police officer accused of sexually molesting cows because prosecutors could not prove the animals were harmed.


Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 31 Comments

Reallly, Ottawa?  Your local professional football team is now called the Redblacks?  You’re going with that?  You’re seriously going with that?  Why don’t my boys start calling themselves the St. Louis Bluegolds?  In the eternal and immortal name of Russ Jackson, peace and blessings be upon him, just go back to Rough Riders and be done with it.

Because this REALLY bothers me, that’s why.


Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

If I were you, I’d seriously think about getting a new BFF:

The US administration rejected the Keystone Pipeline which hinders the closest ally of the USA, Canada, from getting its oil to markets While the US administration previously made a deal to get Iranian oil to market.

 “It’s ironic that the administration would strike a deal to allow Iranian crude on the global market while refusing to give our closest ally, Canada, access to U.S. refineries,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, in a statement.


Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments

Recently, seven local churches, six of them black and one of them white, were hit by arson attempts:

Over a two-week period in October, an arsonist targeted seven churches in the St. Louis area — including several in Black Lives Matter protest hotspot Ferguson, Missouri.

It’s a MAJOR stretch to even call these serious arson attempts.  All the arsonist seems to have done was to pile up flammable material against the wooden doors of the churches and set it alight.  The doors were damaged and that was pretty much it.  Nevertheless, the Left reacted as expected.

The Atlantic magazine, invoking the “long history of terrorism against black churches in America,” lamented that the crime spree had been “slow to get the same attention” in the local and national media as another string of church arsons that occurred earlier this summer.

Undaunted, agitators did their best to fan the flames over the latest alleged wave of race-based black church burnings in October. On Twitter, social justice activists resurrected the #WhosBurningBlackChurches hashtag. “Black churches are burning again,” Oklahoma State University professor Lawrence Ware lamented in Counterpunch. The far left propaganda outfit U.S. Uncut concluded unequivocally: “Racists in Ferguson Burn Down 5 Black Churches in 9 Days.”

Until they stopped.

Last week, police charged 35-year-old David Lopez Jackson, who is black, with setting two of the fires. “Forensic evidence linked him to the fire on Oct. 18 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1011 Theobald Street,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, and “video of his car near New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 4569 Plover Avenue, links him to the fire there on Oct. 17, police Chief Sam Dotson said.” Jackson is a suspect in the other fires and additional charges are pending.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?  Really screws up The Narrative.


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments

To the Kansas City Royals for winning the World Series.  If you have to win a world championship on the road, there’s no better place to do it than New York City. Rivalry?  Not from my end; half of my family’s from KC.

And let’s face it.  As good as his record has been so far (playoffs or World Series every single year since he’s been manager), until Cardinal manager Mike Matheny learns how to close one out, the Royals are far and away the best baseball team in this state.

No question about it.

Congratulations also to New Zealand for it’s recent Rugby World Cup win over Australia, NZ’s second straight Cup win.  I thought the Wallabies were going to make a game of it but the All-Blacks had too much for them.  And I got to see it live which was really cool.


Saturday, October 31st, 2015 | Uncategorized | 115 Comments

I hit the Big Six-Oh yesterday.  Unlike 30, 40 or even 50 years old, this was the first time that an age barrier actually meant something to me.  Because once you cross that line, you officially become an old man.  Five more years to Social Security (maybe less in my case), any idea of another job is out of the question and you start thinking about the D word a lot more often.

How’d you spend the day, hoss?

Nothing special.  I heard from my brother and sister.  We texted, actually; yeah, I do that now.  I mostly suck at it but this smart phone Jen gave me last Christmas has this speech-to-text feature that works really well.  Most of the time.  Bro loves retirement and his kids are doing great.  But I got some bad news from Jennifer.

Seems that her second husband left her almost a year ago.  Jen was hit hard by it but she’s tougher than anyone else in my family and she seems be coming through it okay.  Funny thing is that I heard about the end of her first marriage when she called me on my birthday about five or six years ago.

My family’s never been much for talking and stuff.

After that, I walked over to the store for my birthday bottle of Gentleman Jack and a few other things.  Then I went home to watch television and listen to the acorns fall on my roof from this big-ass oak tree nearby.

How was your Friday?

Thing is, I’ve probably been old for a very long time but didn’t realize it.  So to help someone in similar circumstances, I’ve prepared this handy, but by no means exhaustive, guide to help you assess your dinosaur status:

(A)  Three years ago, you considered yourself “tech-savvy.”  Last Christmas, your sister gave you a smart phone for Christmas and it took you a week to learn how to call someone with that thing and another month to learn how to text them.  You still don’t completely know how to use the damned thing.

(B) You not only know what this is, you may have actually seen one.  In a related note, you can recall a time when television stations didn’t stay on all night selling crap to insomniacs but had “broadcast days” and you know how those broadcast days ended.

(C) When you watch some entertainment news program, you have absolutely no idea who those people are talking about.

(D) You can remember a simpler time when “body wash” was referred to as “soap.”

(E) Your very first car, which you still have fond feelings for all these years later even though it was a piece or crap, was “used” rather than “pre-owned.”

If you’ve got more, add them to the comments.  The best ones will go up here.


Thursday, October 29th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 31 Comments

I knew Frank Griswold.  I fisked Frank Griswold.  Kate, you are no Frank Griswold:

The Episcopal Church has come a long way in the last 10 years.  We are no longer consumed by internal conflict over various social issues.

Since we’ve fired or run off the Neanderthals.  Canons?  We don’t need no stinking canons because we had the votes.  That’s why we won, bitches.  Boo-yah.

We are clearer about who we are – a multinational church, with congregations in 17 nations, worshipping in countless different languages, thriving in international, immigrant, and multicultural contexts everywhere, and discovering the abundant life that comes in turning outward to love the neighbors nearby and far away.  We are far more conscious about our vocation as partners in the mission of God

Apparently the God Who created the heavens and the Earth, desperately needs “partners.”  What He needs them for is completely beyond me.

to reconcile and heal the world, particularly shaped by the Five Anglican Marks of Mission. 

Seems God’s an Anglican.  Who knew?

We are holding our identity as Episcopal Christians a bit more confidently, even in the midst of our diversity.  We are also more willing to hold that identity lightly and gracefully in engaging other Christians and people of other religious traditions,

Since they’re all pretty much the same thing.

searching for what we dream of in common – shalom, the Reign of God, a more just and peaceful world, with abundant life for all creation.

Whatever.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Presiding Bishop.

How would I grade her presidency?  Depends.  If you’re grading her on finally bringing home the complete leftist agenda, you’d have to give her an A.  Whatever remained of Episcopal traditionalism is dead, thanks largely to her efforts, legal and illegal.  The Episcopal Organization has spent tens of millions of dollars suing conservative Christians out of their meeting houses.

Since 2003, tens of thousands of Episcopalians have decided, “Screw it,” converted to various forms of Christianity and moved on; the Episcopalian decline has picked up speed.  So the Episcopal Organization, a niche “church” now, is finally free to introduce “theological” reasons for sanctified three-ways or whatever else the secular culture orders them to think next.

Fiskability?  D+ at best.  Kate had her moments; that “individual salvation is heresy” thing along with her “Paul and the demonically-possessed slave girl” riff.  But otherwise, she was just the usual Episcopalian sub-par intellect.


Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | Uncategorized | 51 Comments


Because last night, Canada kicked Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office after almost ten years of “tumbling debt, falling taxes, low crime, [and] secure borders,” and elected Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, alias “The Dauphin,” alias the “ridiculous ballerina,” alias “Zoolander.”

In other words, Canada just elected its own Barack Obama. So much for the whole Canadian superiority thing.

As our own Gavin McInnes tweeted last night after I shudder to think how many drinks (and before a few more, I imagine):

 WTF? Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada!? He has Down Syndrome. What the f___ have you idiots done!?!?!!?

Although that comparison might be unfair.  To Obama.

Justin Trudeau is often compared to Barack Obama, but, particularly in terms of both achievement and testosterone levels, Justin Trudeau makes Barack Obama look like Teddy Roosevelt.

No gloating from this part of North America (we still have 2008 to atone for).  I just pray that things don’t go too badly for you guys up North.

Related.  Another Canadian explains what happened.


Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 27 Comments

Hint: his initials are PR.

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