But They Signed The Letter

One of the big news stories of this year is the GOP’s attempts at voter suppression…..if you are unaware then where the Hell have you been?

Corporations have been feeding the GOP for decades and Toyota trying to repair its reputation has stated that they will NO longer give to those people in Congress that push the Big Lie and voter suppression….a good start but I do not trust them to keep that pledge when profit is their main concern.

Now 150+ companies have signed a letter in support of the Voting Rights Act……

– More than 150 companies including Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) and PepsiCo (PEP.O) urged U.S. lawmakers to introduce and pass a voting reform act in a letter signed on Wednesday, as other efforts have stalled in Congress.

The companies called on lawmakers to reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, an amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 named after late U.S. Representative John Lewis, who died nearly a year ago. The act would help prevent voting discrimination and set up an improved system for states to report changes in election law.

“We have a duty to work until every American can participate in our democracy, but that won’t happen until every eligible voter in this country has fair, equitable and safe access to voting,” said Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N), a signatory to the letter, in a prepared statement.

The companies are part of a group of corporate executives called Business for Voting Rights.

“The business community is proud of our role in encouraging our employees, customers, and communities to exercise their right to vote and have a say in our government,” the companies wrote in the letter.

U.S. companies have spoken up in support of voting rights reforms and against restrictions on voting that have passed in Republican-controlled states including Georgia. Some companies have come under fire from elected officials for their positions.

Former President Donald Trump and his supporters made unfounded claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Democrats are expected to reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Reuters has reported.

(reuters.com)

How lovely.

But signing a letter does nothing but waste time and paper…..if they truly are concerned then turn off the lobbyists and the money spigot…..without that act this letter is nothing more than a fart in the wind.

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Do You Suffer With Diabetes?

Health care is a contentious issue these days…..and we have a ‘liberal’ Congress so it should be a no-brainer…..but it is anything but a given……let’s look at the Congress….. “Bad news for single payer prospects. With Biden and Dems controlling Congress, liberals in the House are in retreat. Bernie Sanders hasn’t even introduced his bill this year. Corporate giants keep hiking premiums, co-pays, prices, and demanding huge govt subsidies and tax breaks. Worse, health insurance giants race to take over Medicare itself via ‘trojan horse’ Medicare (Dis)Advantage, with Congressional and AARP’s complicity.”

Now on to the diabetes thing.

If you are unlucky enough to have this disease and must take a daily injection of insulin there may be some good news for you.

You know that the insulin you need is expensive and keeps going higher and higher….but Walmart my have an answer….

Walmart says diabetes patients can save up to 75% on rapid-acting insulin by purchasing its own brand of the drug, launching this week. What it calls the “first-ever private brand analog insulin”—to be sold at Walmart pharmacies this week and at Sam’s Club pharmacies in mid-July—will “revolutionize the access and affordability to diabetes care by offering customers a significant price savings without compromising quality.” By Walmart’s math, customers with prescriptions who switch from branded products can save between 58% to 75%. “We know many people with diabetes struggle to manage the financial burden of this condition, and we are focused on helping by providing affordable solutions,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of Walmart’s health and wellness division, says in a Tuesday statement

Pegus says Walmart worked directly with manufacturer Novo Nordisk to cut costs for its ReliOn brand version of NovoLog. The retailer plans to charge $72.88 for an analog insulin vial and $85.88 for a prefilled insulin pen, per Bloomberg, which notes a single vial from other brands can cost more than $300. CNBC reports Walmart “already sells a low-price version of insulin for about $25 as part of the [ReliOn] line, but that is an older formulation that some doctors and advocates say is not as effective at managing blood sugar swings as newer versions of insulin, called analogs.” The cost of insulin nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016, according to the Health Care Cost Institute. One Walmart exec noted that diabetes affects about 14% of Walmart shoppers, slightly up from the overall figure of about 11% of Americans.

Now my question is if this is a fact then why has the MSM avoided reporting on this turn?

Could it be the huge amount of Pharma money that is thrown at the networks?

This could make a difference to those that need that daily injection….so it should be a bigger deal and the media should be all over this….but instead we have minute by minute updates on Covid to the pint it is mind numbing.

My other concern is the quality of this low cost medicine….there needs to be more scrutiny by the media to inform instead of protecting the advertisers.

Please do some research and check with Walmart for the availability.

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Is American Democracy A Mirage?

I have as well as others have been concerned about the rhetoric and later the actions of some politicians to curb the democratic process in this country.

For me this disturbing trend began with the demonization of minorities by Reagan in 1980….and slowly it became the agenda for the Right…..then in 2010 the obstructionism came into the chambers of Congress….and as they say that brings us to today……

For instance…he GOP is attacking the way that votes are counted as well as the access to voting…..

The GOP are not a political party as we have known such for most of our history. They are closer to a camp of oligarchic terrorists, employing techniques used by Fascists and other authoritarian regimes, and excoriated in 1984, to attempt a slow-moving coup, , whose aim is the destruction of voting rights, constitutional democracy, and the creation of a one-party state.

https://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/the-gop-are-not-just-trying-to-suppress-the-vote-they-are-trying-to-control-the-count-kpkn/

But has this really come to fruition?

Is American democracy just a mirage?

It is no longer an unknown fact or a view propounded by a handful of radical historians and political scientists: the American political system has such severe structural flaws that it is potentially antithetical to democracy and surely detrimental to the promotion of the common good.

Consider the following stark realizations about the condition of American democracy as evidence of the changing times:

The United States has been rated for a number of consecutive years by the Economist Intelligence Union as a “flawed democracy.”  

Scores of highly respected mainstream scholars have analyzed massive amounts of data showing that public opinion counts very little in US policymaking (see, for example, Larry Bartels, Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age; Princeton University Press, 2nd ed., 2016) to conclude that the American political system works essentially in a manner that actually subverts the will of the common people. 

Others, like Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, have argued that, because of rules set in the political system, the American economy is rigged to favor the rich, a view that is obviously wholeheartedly endorsed by Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow from Asia Research Institute, at the National University of Singapore, when he declares that the US functions like a democracy but is actually a plutocracy.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/27/american-democracy-will-remain-mirage-without-dramatic-overhaul-political-and

The American democratic process is being assaulted on all sides by the states….and make no mistake it is an assault.

If we pretend that the balance will return as well as the democratic process is nothing more than a pipe dream…..the people need to take back the process.

If we do not fight back then our very nation is in jeopardy…..

There is an Orwellian thought that I like….“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” 

Or maybe it should be this…..

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
 
So is American democracy just a mirage?
 
I will let this GOP slug answer that question….
 

Newly leaked video footage of a recent event hosted by the right-wing group Patriot Voices shows Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas openly admitting that his party wants “18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done” as President Joe Biden, a bipartisan group of senators, and congressional Democrats work to pass climate and infrastructure legislation.

“Honestly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022,” Roy says in the clip, referring to the month after that year’s midterm elections. Republicans need to flip just a handful of seats to take back the House and Senate.

“I don’t vote for anything in the House of Representatives right now,” Roy says in response to an audience member’s question about the sweeping infrastructure and safety-net package that Democrats are planning to pass unilaterally alongside a White House-backed bipartisan deal.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/07/07/leaked-video-gop-congressman-admits-his-party-wants-chaos-and-inability-get-stuff

I weep for my country…..the ignorance and stupidity prevails and we lose all hope of a freedom to do our desires.
 
Enough Said!
 
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Closing Thought–30Jun21

After the coup attempt on 06 January 2021 have you ever wondered where these groups and ‘groups’ I mean those mental midgets in our government, get their cash?

I may have an answer for you.

After a brief lull in political spending following the January 6 insurrection, military contractors are ramping up PAC donations to members of Congress on committees with influence over the distribution of Pentagon funds, including dozens of GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s failed coup attempt, “nearly every major defense firm paused political contributions… and many expressed disgust at the sight of rioters storming the Capitol,” The Hill reported Thursday.

BAE Systems described the incident as “deeply disturbing,” and Boeing denounced the “violence, lawlessness, and destruction” that transpired.

Despite their professed aversion to the right-wing attack on the halls of Congress and vows to suspend donations to anti-democratic politicians, The Hill noted, BAE Systems, Boeing, General Dynamics, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman “have quietly resumed” political giving to Republicans who—just hours after the deadly mayhem on Jan. 6—objected to the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

In May, weapons manufacturers even increased their spending on the GOP lawmakers who abetted the insurrection, the news outlet reported. Raytheon is alone among top U.S. military contractors in maintaining its pause on PAC donations.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/24/military-contractors-quietly-boost-donations-gop-backers-trumps-coup-attempt

It is far more important to buy the loyalty of the spineless cowards in Congress than to protect the republic that gives them a virtual free ride.

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When will the American people wake up and smell the manure in Congress….and some of that manure is trying for a re-election….

Vote these lumps of fecal matter out of government.

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AUMF In The Crosshairs

AUMF?

Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

You know that piece of crap that allows the US to attack and destroy anybody that we see fit.

In case you bare still confused then here is the Act in 60 words….

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/sjres23/text

(Another link that will go unused)

All I can say right now about this attempt…..it is about damn time!

Well after many years of my bitching and moaning it looks like there is a chance that the repel of this manure could be in the making.

The House has voted to end this abortion…… House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) that was used for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The bill passed in a vote of 268 to 161, with 49 Republicans voting in favor of the repeal and only one Democrat voting against it.

Now it is time for the Senate is tackling the AUMF…..

In 2002, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden were among the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize the use of military force in Iraq. Almost 20 years later, they support repealing the authorization. Schumer said Wednesday that he supports repealing the measure and the Senate will hold a vote on it this year, Politico reports. “The Iraq War has been over for nearly a decade,” the Senate majority leader said. “The authorization passed in 2002 is no longer necessary in 2021.” The House is expected to pass a bill to revoke the authorization Thursday, reports CNBC. President Biden has said he supports the House bill, which was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.

The White House said in a statement that the US “has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis” and revoking the law would have “minimal impact” on operations. Schumer said Wednesday that revoking the authorization would not mean the US is turning its back on Iraq, but it would prevent future presidents “reaching back into the legal dustbin to use it as a justification for military adventurism,” the AP reports. He cited the Trump administration’s Jan. 2020 strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani in Baghdad as an example. Some lawmakers say it’s also time to consider replacing the 2001 authorization of military force against terrorists with a more targeted resolution, CNN reports. Lee was the only House lawmaker to vote against the 2001 bill, which was passed three days after the 9/11 attacks.

This repeal could cease some of the willy-nilly use of force around the world by the US….

Not to worry….this repeal will not stop US intervention…..they always can invoke the UN charter….President Joe Biden also has other tools that allow him to take “defensive” actions, including Article II of the Constitution and Article 51 of the United Nations Charter 

Will this lessen our involvement in situations we need to avoid…..probably not…if the M-IC wants an invasion then they will most likely get their money maker of an invasion.

Personally I think this is nothing more than a fart in a hurricane.

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Do You Want To Stop The BS In Government?

WE all know of the antics going on in DC….all the back and forth about bi-partisanship…..the silly games played by some in the Congress….all in all our government is truly a political circus….it has been called that for decades and now they have sent in the clowns.

There is a simple way for all this partisanship and obstruction to end.

It would fall in the laps of corporate America.

If corporations were truly part of this country and the processes then they could step forward and turn off the money spigot to ALL politicians until they learn to play nice and get stuff done that is needed in this country.

That means all funds to politicians, lobbyists and think tanks until they show the progress of bi-partisanship….that means ALL groups that try and influence the political discourse.

After all the Supreme Court has rules that corporations are ‘people’ as well (think Citizens United).

Corporations have been doing well thanx to this corrupt system and now it is time for them to step forward and prove they are an American entity.

In the days of the Civil Rights Movement corporations flexed their muscle and pushed the LBJ admin tom pass and then sign the Act….why?  The protests were costing them lots of money and their profits needed protecting.

These entities could do it again….especially now when they possess all the political power.

If they do not assist in the establishing rationality in the process then they should be pressured by all means necessary….taxation, sanctions anything that will get their laser focused attention…..

If they want to preserve those obscene profits then they need to become a participant other than throwing money at politicians.

There has been an attempt to get corporate American to wake up and do the right thing for the country…..an open letter…..

This ‘memo’ is about the voter suppression laws being passed in states on a lie….but it could be extended to encompass all the partisan BS……

We call upon our colleagues in Corporate America to join us in taking a non- partisan stand for equality and democracy. Each of us stands ready to work with you on what can and must be done.

https://www.bowdoin.edu/president/writings-and-addresses/messages-to-the-community/2021/chenault-letter-mar-31.html

Just A Thought!

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Closing Thought–10Jun21

An unusual turn around the insurrection of 06 January…..one Congressman sues another over the action…..

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit in March accusing former President Trump and his allies, including Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani, of inciting the January 6 mob attack on the US Capitol. Now, Swalwell has finally served the last person named in the suit—his fellow congressman, Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican, the Hill reports. It’s apparently been quite a feat trying to get him served, and Brooks claims Swalwell’s people broke the law when they finally managed to do so. He tweeted an accusation that they snuck into his house and “accosted” his wife, an allegation Swalwell’s attorney swiftly denied to CNN.

“No one entered or even attempted to enter the Brooks’ house,” he says. “A process server lawfully served the papers on Mo Brooks’ wife, as the federal rules allow. This was after her initial efforts to avoid service. Mo Brooks has no one but himself to blame for the fact that it came to this. We asked him to waive service, we offered to meet him at a place of his choosing. Instead of working things out like a civilized person, he engaged in a juvenile game of Twitter trolling over the past few days and continued to evade service. He demanded that we serve him. We did just that.” Brooks responded to that on Twitter by claiming home security video will prove him right, and that he’ll be seeking an arrest warrant. 

Glad to see someone in DC has stepped up and attempted to make those who incited the rabid crowd to breach the Capitol.

There needs more actions to make the mouthpieces of the insurrection to be held responsible for their part in the breach.

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Cry Me A River!

The insurrection updates here in IST…..

Remember all those insurrectionists that were in our august body known as the US Congress…elected officials that egged on the insurrection?

Well some of them are running for office and/or re-election…..like the moron from Kansas, Roger Marshall….after supporting the insurrection caused by the Big Lie he now wants to move on and be re-elected…..

One Republican senator argued on Saturday that it’s time for people to stop asking him about why he voted with the insurrectionists the night of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

CNN anchor Pamela Brown noted a new poll showing that 70% of Republicans believe the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 election.

“You voted to toss out millions of votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, you also joined on to the Texas lawsuit attempting to throw out votes cast in four states,” Brown noted as Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) nodding his head in affirmation.

“Look Pamela, it’s so — we’re just so ready to move on,” Marshall replied.

https://www.rawstory.com/republican-overturn-vote/

My thought to this fool is….”I will possibly move on from your betrayal of the nation when you and your morons move on from the “Big Lie”……in other words….F*CK YOU!

He is not alone.

There is a slew of insurrectionists that will be running for office in 2022…

From Nebraska to New Jersey, attendees of the now-infamous rally that became a riot are campaigning for elected office. One—a longshot Michigan candidate who previously organized anti-lockdown rallies in his home state—even appears to have entered the Capitol.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/they-went-to-dc-on-jan-6-now-theyre-running-for-office

Why would any true American vote for anyone that holds the beliefs these political slugs hold?

We already have enough spineless fools in Congress why send more?

Bad news for the country.

All the multiple arrests made because of the insurrection…the news is that most will not face jail time….

More than 400 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol—but prison time may be another story. With new defendants still flooding into DC’s federal court, the Justice Department is under pressure to quickly resolve the least serious of cases. While defendants charged with crimes such as conspiracy and assaulting officers during the insurrection could be looking at hefty sentences, some members of the mob who weren’t caught joining in the violence or destruction could see little to no time behind bars, per the AP. “The people who were just there for the ride and somewhat clueless … most of them they probably will not get prison time,” says Rachel Barkow, a professor at the New York University School of Law. “Having a misdemeanor on their record, going through all this is probably a pretty big wake-up call for most of the folks.” It’s also a formidable task for lawyers and judges alike to determine the appropriate punishment to seek and hand down.

Many defendants had steady jobs and no criminal records, factors typically rewarded with leniency in the criminal justice system. Of the more than 400 federal defendants so far, at least 100 are facing only lower-level crimes such as disorderly conduct and entering a restricted area, which don’t typically result in time behind bars for first-time offenders. Hundreds more were also charged with more serious offenses—like conspiracy, assault, or obstruction of an official proceeding—that carry hefty prison time of years behind bars, but theses defendants may take pleas that would wipe those charges from their cases. If prosecutors seek stiff sentences for the lowest-level defendants, they’ll be juggling hundreds of cases going to trial instead of focusing on the major offenders, Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson notes. “If there’s any pressure on the [DOJ], it’s to deal with these cases in a way so that you never have to see them again,” she says.

I say screw these traitors…there is lots of room at Gitmo…..why not use the space to punish these worthless tools?

If they must go free then fine the piss out of them….give them something to think about and remember their threat to the nation.

I want everyone on of these pricks to face what they have done.

This is not over…..

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Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Biden was invited to a joint session of Congress to give the traditional SOTU address on 28 April……he accepted….this will be a break with tradition for Presidents don’t deliver a State of the Union address to Congress until their second year in office…….and the speech went something like this…..

President Biden addressed Congress for the first time since taking office Wednesday night, calling for America “to do more than just build back. We have to build back better.” How so: by making sure corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans are paying their fair share, CNN reports. The network says he laid out an economic and infrastructure plan that amounted to “a far more progressive agenda than his 2020 campaign would have suggested.” More from the address, reactions to it, and the Republican rebuttal from Sen. Tim Scott:

  • The New York Times and CNN have more on what was included in the address, which also touched on foreign policy, immigration, coronavirus vaccination, the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and more.
  • Scott, the only Black GOP senator, said in his response that Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is “big government waste.” The Times also has more on his rebuttal, which also called out coronavirus shutdowns and the growing divide over systemic racism: “America is not a racist country,” he said.
  • The AP fact-checks both Biden’s and Scott’s speeches. It finds a number of issues with Biden’s address, including his claim that “There’s a broad consensus of economists—left, right, center—and they agree that what I’m proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth.” The statement “glosses over the naysayers” some of whom say the spending is too much. It also finds misleading statements from Scott’s response; more here.
  • The AP also has details on the “diminished mood” of what is typically a more “electrifying evening,” but was much less so this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also notes that many Republican lawmakers simply didn’t attend. Those who did, including Mitch McConnell, rarely stood up to applaud. But Biden name-dropped McConnell poignantly, recalling that “it meant a lot” when McConnell suggested Biden name a cancer research bill after his late son, Beau.
  • A poll conducted after the address found that 71% of respondents felt more optimistic after hearing it, CNN reports.
  • WTVY rounds up some of the reactions that have come in from lawmakers. The Daily Beast notes that on Fox News, Chris Wallace was predicting the speech would be popular with Americans while Ben Domenech argued it would be a quickly-forgotten “blip.”

I heard nothing new….his daily news updates has told us everything we need to know….this was nothing but a much deserved victory lap.

But let’s face reality…this is nothing more than a wish list that will go NO further than the Senate and as we know this is where great bills go to DIE!

For me it was redundant and boring….but that was nothing new for me.

Then there was the GOP response…..given by South Carolina senator, Tim Scott…..

A typical Repub response….Dems bad and Repubs good…..and as usual there was no plans for the future other than to repeat lies and misinformation…..the party used Scott to try and change the conversation on race and the stupidity of the party…..and yet he failed on this issue completely.

Scott just reiterated the obstructionism that we have lived with since 2008.

All in all it was a wasted evening for me.

But that is something that I am use to with the American experiment these days.

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Can Policies Change?

We all are aware of the policies that the ‘other guy’ put into place….policies that stank of racism and bigotry…..but now that we have a new guy sitting in the ring of power can he or his minions in the Congress change those policies?

They can but time is running out….

Ever hear of the Congressional Review Act?

No?

Ask and thou shalt receive.

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) enables Congress to disapprove a final rule issued by a federal agency. A rule disapproved using this mechanism is not only nullified; the agency is also prevented from reissuing a “substantially similar” rule in the future unless Congress authorizes it to do so via subsequent legislation. Congress generally has 60 days to review rules, but there is a provision that also allows an incoming Congress to review the last 60 days of rules issued during the previous Congress.

The Dems and the new president do not seem to be interested in changing some of the policies…..

Undoing many of the policies of his predecessor is one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities. In early February, Biden even got a little defensive about all the executive actions he was taking in his first days in office to halt policies set by President Donald Trump. “I’m not making new law,” he said Feb. 2. “I’m eliminating bad policy.”

But as easy as it sounds on the campaign hustings or in a 30-second political ad, it’s complicated to overturn rules from earlier administrations. There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. A little-used law called the Congressional Review Act allows a new administration with a like-minded Congress to fast-track the repeal of regulations and other executive actions with simple majority votes in both chambers and no filibuster in the Senate.

https://www.alternet.org/2021/03/trump-policies/

As the deadline of 60 days is quickly drawing to an end….why has the Dems in Congress or for that matter Biden called for the use of CRA?

Why?

If crappy policies from the ‘other guy’ can be overturned why are the Dems dragging their feet.

As usual we get lots of rhetoric and little action.

Can you now see why I called them all gutless and worthless?

To be fair to the Dems they are considering the use of CRA (a fact that I learn after writing this post)….but only on a Trump era energy policy….

Senate Democrats are eyeing an obscure federal law as means to permanently overturn Trump-era regulations on methane, a chemical compound that makes up natural gas.

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/25/democrats-eye-congressional-review-act-permanently/

I applaud this effort….but why stop there?

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