Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

There he goes again, playing footsie with and defending murderers.


From The New Yorker:


Two weeks after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a cursory meeting, on Tuesday, with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman—it lasted some fifteen minutes—and then had a longer session with his headstrong young son Mohammed, the crown prince. The meetings seemed jovial. America’s top diplomat and the crown prince laughed together during a photo opportunity, a striking display of camaraderie amid increasingly gruesome stories about Khashoggi’s death—and reported dismemberment—in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In yet another bizarre twist, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said, on Tuesday, that surfaces in the consulate had been repainted shortly after Khashoggi disappeared. 

 In Riyadh, the crown prince tried to paper over the crisis. “We are strong and old allies,” he told Pompeo, with reporters as witnesses. “We face our challenges together—the past, the day of, tomorrow.” 

 “Absolutely,” Pompeo replied. 

 President Trump seems ready, even eager, to embrace the Saudi version of events—or at least the kingdom’s pledge to investigate the saga, after it abruptly abandoned its claim that Khashoggi had exited the consulate alive. He condemned criticism of the monarchy. “Here you go again with ‘You’re guilty until proven innocent,’” he told the Associated Press in an interview. “I don't like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned. So we have to find out what happened."
Via Democratic Underground


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Des Moines Register...




not exactly a starry-eyed liberal newspaper in Iowa, has thrown its support to ALL Democrats in the coming mid-term elections. The editorial explains why Iowans should give Democrats a chance to right the abdication of responsibility the Congressional Republicans have visited upon the nation by not being a check and balance on the Idiot-in-Chief.  

The sane Republicans I'm acquainted with agree with what the editors say in their scathing editorial against Trump and TrumpCultists:



“In becoming the party of Trump, the Republicans have forsaken traditional conservatism and given voters no rational alternative to the Democrats. The party needs to be voted out of power and spend a few years becoming again the party of Lincoln, not the party of Trump.”

“The Republican majority in Congress tried and failed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without offering a plan of their own that a majority of their own members — let alone a majority of the American people — could support. Instead, they have allowed the system to become increasingly unstable, leading to a lack of competition and rising premiums.” 

 “Republicans in Congress have not only failed at comprehensive immigration reform, but their action allowed protection to expire on young, undocumented Americans brought here as children. They haven’t even fully funded President Trump’s border wall. They stood by as the administration tried to bar Muslims from certain countries from entering the United States. They looked the other way as the administration shocked and dismayed the nation by separating young children from their parents at the border, holding them in detention and losing track of some of the kids.” 

 “Republicans promised fiscal responsibility, yet they have punted on putting the nation back on sound financial footing. Their one major legislative success, the 2017 tax cut, is projected to add $1.9 trillion to the debt. This, after Republicans howled endlessly about the comparatively meager deficits created during the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office said in August that these tax cuts and spending increases would become ‘unsustainable’ if extended. But the House GOP, including Iowa’s three Republican representatives, voted last month for another $3.8 trillion in tax cuts.” 

 “The Republican majority has twiddled its thumbs while President Trump started a trade war with China, imposing tariffs and provoking retaliation that is hurting Iowa farmers by threatening export markets. They have even allowed the Farm Bill to expire, leaving town without resolving differences.” 

 “Not only has the party failed to act as a check on the president, key Republicans have been complicit in trying to obstruct and undermine the investigation of a foreign power’s interference in a U.S. election. And by their silence they have tacitly endorsed the president’s racism, misogyny, white nationalism, divisiveness and crudity.”

If you read the usual far right blogs and news sites, you won't see any criticism like this because those groups are in thrall to their Cult Leader. The rest of the country and civilized world see through Trump and wonder what the hell happened to the Americans who still support this lying fraud of a weaselly con man.


JUST FOR LAUGHS -- SEEN ON A RABID RIGHT WING BLOG:

UNPOPULAR, UNPRINCIPLED, UNRESPECTED, UNEDUCATED, UNFOCUSED, UNFEELING, 
UNFATHOMABLY STUPID, CORRUPT, AND INFANTILE





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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Kids Are Alright -- Part XXX






Light posting this week...



I'm having work done on my condo, and I don't know where anything is.  I found my laptop in the bathtub this morning. LOL!




We learned from President Porn Star Shagger on 60 Minutes last night what he has hanging in the White House:



We know that the past presidents depicted in that horrendous picture wouldn't be caught dead or alive in the same room with Trump. 

Reagan's two children have said time and again that their father would NOT support Trump if he were alive.

The Bushes dislike Trump, to the point of detestation, and that's no secret. Neither of them endorsed him in his run for the presidency.

Eisenhower would have kicked President Bone Spurs in his prodigious arse if he were alive for mocking a POW and a Gold Star family.

The only president who might have liked the disaster that currently defiles the Oval Office is Nixon who, like Trump, was an unindicted co-conspirator. The two of them belong together in that painting.

But the fact that Trump has this ridiculous insult hanging in the White House shows us and the world what an insecure little worm of a man he is. Everyone who's been paying attention understands that not one of those past GOP presidents would want to be seen as supporting the con man, liar, cheat, and serial adulterer. I doubt even Nixon would. Nixon at least had a knowledge of how government works and US history.  

President Unindicted Co-conspirator needs to hang this piece of trash in the White House because he needs this lie to stroke his diseased ego.


FUNNIEST MOMENT IN THE 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW:

Donald J. Trump, the POTUS, having to assure the 60 Minutes host that he wasn't a baby!

Famous moments in US presidential history:

Nixon:  "I am not a crook."

Trump: "I am not a baby."

(But the world disagrees!) LOL!

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Now that painting is telling the truth!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Here's how the Goopers hang onto power in election years




Report: Indiana Has Cancelled The Voter Registrations Of 469,000 Voters




via Daily Kos:

THEY CHEAT:


As secretary of state, Kemp oversees voting and voter registration rules for his own election. (He’s refused to recuse himself.) He appears to be using his position to try shape Georgia’s electorate to his advantage. According to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp allowed 214 voting locations — nearly 8 percent of the state’s total — to be closed in the last six years. 

Worse, The Associated Press recently reported that, under the guise of “voter roll maintenance,” Kemp’s office has canceled more than 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012, and nearly 670,000 registrations in 2017 alone, ostensibly to guard against voter fraud. 

Further, 53,000 new voter registration applications are “on hold” at Kemp’s office. [...] 

The A.P. reported that almost 70 percent of the registrations that are now on hold are for African-American voters. (Kemp has blamed sloppy work by the New Georgia Project for the holds. His office told The A.P. that voters whose registrations are in limbo can cast provisional ballots.)




AND THIS:

Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast writes about the Republican’s plan of voter suppression for the midterms: 

 A review by The Daily Beast found at least five voter suppression practices in active use today. All are led by Republicans, all have disproportionate impact on non-white populations, and all are rationalized by bogus claims of voter fraud. 

They include: 


Closing polling places in communities of color 

Purging eligible voters from the rolls without their knowledge 

Barring felons from voting 

Voter ID laws 

Eliminating early voting 

Each one of these alone is troubling. In the aggregate, though, they paint an unmistakable picture of Republican efforts to hold onto power in an increasingly non-white nation by making it harder for non-white people to vote.




These are the tactics thugs in totalitarian countries use to keep or steal power. The GOP is the party of thugs, cheats, and liars, just like the leader of the party.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chief Justice Roberts Orders Investigation Into Kavanaugh Misconduct Charges






Fox News personality Bret Baier on Wednesday reported that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation. 

 Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, a George H.W. Bush nominee, forwarded more than a dozen misconduct complaints to the chief justice after determining they were substantive enough that they needed to be investigated by judges outside the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, where Kavanaugh was serving as a judge.

MORE HERE.





What a great way to start his dubious career on the SCOTUS.

I wonder if President Porn Star Shagger will try to put the fix in on this investigation like he did with the last one that allowed the credibly accused sexual assaulter and boofing beer lover to slither his way onto the SCOTUS.

This is highly unusual and “Never before has a Supreme Court nominee been poised to join the court while a fellow judge recommends that a series of misconduct claims against that nominee warrant review.” 

Somehow, Lord Dampnut and his deranged Cultists will blame the Democrats.

via D.U.



Seen in deep red territory in the South:




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 Equal time for the Trumpistas:


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Friday, October 5, 2018

Here's where I'll be for the weekend




The Berkshires in the fall.




With a stop off at Davis Square for the HONK! Festival Friday night.



HONK!






Then off to the Berkshires, and on Saturday afternoon, Aida at the Met!


Aida




I'll check in from time to time.

Be excellent to each other!

John Fugelsang always gets it right:



Every man who really believes Kavanaugh didn't lie under oath should send his wife & daughter into a frat house offering to play Devil's Triangle.


In the Age of Trump...



where hearing the Liar-in-Chief lie daily is like hearing him breathe daily, it is not surprising that President Unindicted Co-Conspirator would choose another liar to sit on the nation's highest court:



"First, he [Kavanaugh] gave misleading answers under oath. Judges — particularly Supreme Court justices — must have, and be seen as having, unimpeachable integrity. The knuckleheaded mistakes of a young person — drinking too much, writing offensive things in a high school yearbook — should not in themselves be bars to high office. But deliberately misleading senators about them during a confirmation process has to be. If Judge Kavanaugh will lie about small things, won’t he lie about big ones as well? Indeed he already has: During the course of his confirmation hearings, he claimed, implausibly, that he was not aware that files he received from a Senate staff member, some labeled 'highly confidential' or 'intel,' had been stolen from Democratic computers.


Even the small lies, of course, aren’t so small in context, since they relate to drinking or sex and thus prop up his choir-boy-who-indulged-now-and-then defense. 

 Second, confronted with the accusations against him, Judge Kavanaugh made recourse not to reason and methodical process, but to fury and the rawest partisanship. Judges — particularly Supreme Court justices — must strive to be, and be seen as, above politics. 

As Judge Kavanaugh said in a 2015 speech, 'to be a good judge and a good umpire, it’s important to have the proper demeanor.' He added: 'To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm. On the bench, to put it in the vernacular, don’t be a jerk.'Wise words. He wasn’t able to live by them when it mattered. "

 The rest is HERE.



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Thursday, October 4, 2018

No kidding.




Feinstein: White House May Have Blocked FBI From Doing Its JobTop Democrats said Thursday the FBI probe into sexual-misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh was an “incomplete investigation.”





The FBI was ordered to do an incomplete, biased "investigation" by the Liar, Tax Cheat, Serial Adulterer, Fraud, and Self-Admitted Sexual Assaulter -- Donald J. Trump.

Did the American people really believe the so-called "investigation" would be anything but Kabuki theater for TrumpCultists?

Kavanaugh will become a Supreme but with an asterisk after his name which will include the fact that he was an accused attempted rapist, a drunk, and a liar.  He's exactly the sort of person the current cultists in the GOP admire.

Trump will not be president forever., but this shameful Supreme will be on the Court for a long, long time to remind America that we are a nation in decline, a nation that has no honor or decency.

It doesn't matter. The accused sexual assaulter and known liar will be confirmed. He represents everything the current GOP is, a haven for accused sexual assaulters and rotten liars -- like Donald J. Trump..





National Council of Churches calls for Kavanaugh's nomination to be withdrawn



 Jesuits, legal institutions back away from Kavanaugh vote



Yale Law School Dean Calls For Kavanaugh Investigation Before Confirmation Vote 

American Bar Association Pulls Support for Kavanaugh,




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Like the thing who nominated him, Kavanaugh is an accused sexual assaulter, a liar, and a rage-filled privileged white male; and the GOP is poised to send him to the SCOTUS.

Kavanaugh and Trump are what the GOP has become: Deviant, deranged, and deplorable.


Here's a bit of a reminder of the gag-worthy, repulsive hypocrisy of the current GOP:

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DONALD J. TRUMP: A sickening profile in cowardice




Republican Jeff Flake calls Trump’s speech ‘kind of appalling’ while Ford’s lawyer condemns ‘vicious, vile and soulless attack’











A Few Questions

In Mississippi last night Donald J. Trump stood in front of a crowd of his cultists and mocked a woman who is a victim of sexual assault. His cultists cheered, laughed, and screamed "LOCK HER UP!" 

Add Trump's mockery to what he's done in the past: mocked a disabled journalist, a female reporter, an American hero and former POW, a Gold Star family, and the 19 women who have accused HIM of sexual assault and harassment.

What Trump did is beneath the dignity of the office of the president of the United States, but Donald J. Trump is devoid of human dignity and belongs in a trough with pigs. 



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In a post below, a copy was posted of a statement  by someone who questioned Dr. Ford's tone of voice and style of glasses, implying she was play-acting to give the appearance of vulnerability and innocence. IOW, the commenter obviously believes Dr. Ford couldn't possibly be what she appears to be: A victim who was sexually assaulted when she was a teenager and who had the courage to come forward to tell her story about a man who hopes to get a lifetime job judging other people in cases that could affect us all. As is normal in this country of white male privilege, the victim is demeaned and suspect while the accused is given every benefit of the doubt. This is America, and even as we saw the other day,  #45 insult a female journalist in front of the world, this is also how too many men disrespect and degrade women, this is how they victim shame.

Remember in November!



A few questions:

Do any pictures or videos exist of Judge Kavanaugh drinking publicly or delivering a lecture in a classroom setting, sober? 

Does he normally talk in that angry, sniveling, "I don't deserve this; I'm a victim!" voice?  Does he always blame other people for his bad behavior -- i.e., the Klintoons? Libtards? DemocRATS?

Does he normally sneer to make himself appear menacing and, at the same time, thin-skinned? Is his normal demeanor belligerent, onery, contemptible, and privileged?

Does this look like a person with the temperament to be a fair-minded, thoughtful, politically unbiased Supreme?





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Tuesday, October 2, 2018





Brett Kavanaugh Slapped With Two Official Ethics Complaints in Merrick Garland’s Jurisdiction 




Two ethics complaints have been filed against Brett Kavanaugh in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court on which he sits. 

As of this writing, those two complaints are being administered by the circuit court’s chief judge and previously defeated Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Kavanaugh is likely to face ethical questions despite the disposition of those two official complaints due to his partisan attacks against Democrats, “the Clintons” and other liberal groups when he alleged a vast, left-wing conspiracy against him during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

TOO BAD KAVANAUGH DIDN'T TAKE HIS OWN ADVICE



via Digby:


"To be a good judge and a good umpire, it’s important to have the proper demeanor. Really important, I think. To walk in the others’ shoes, whether it be the other litigants, the litigants in the case, the other judges. To understand them. To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm. On the bench, to put it in the vernacular, don’t be a jerk. I think that’s important. To be a good umpire and a good judge, don’t be a jerk. In your opinions, to demonstrate civility—I think that’s important as well. To show, to help display, that you are trying to make the decision impartially and dispassionately based on the law and not based on your emotions. That we’re not the bigger than the game…There’s a danger of arrogance, as for umpires and referees, but also for judges. And I would say that danger grows the more time you’re on the bench. As one of my colleagues puts it, you become more like yourself—and that can be a problem." 

 Who said this? 

 Why it was Judge Brett Kavanaugh in 2015, who else?

Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh in SNL Cold Open



I've been away since Saturday and just returned today.

I missed the season premier of SNL on Saturday night but was able to catch it via YouTube. Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh was brilliant -- he captured Kavanaugh's insufferable White Man's Privilege attitude, sniveling whining, and serial lying perfectly.

For those of you who missed it, here it is in all its naked truth:





Friday, September 28, 2018

TODAY DECENCY WON




THIS SHOULD MATTER:



American Bar Association and Yale Law School Urge F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh





The American Bar Association called Thursday evening for postponing a vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until sexual assault and misconduct allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and others are investigated by the F.B.I. 

 The dean of Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh’s alma mater, echoed the A.B.A.’s call. “Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the Court or our profession,” Dean Heather K. Gerken said in a statement on Friday. 

 And the magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States, America, withdrew its endorsement of Judge Kavanaugh, who was educated by Jesuits at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland. In a statement on Thursday, the editors said the nomination was “no longer in the best interests of the country.” 

\ “If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault,” the magazine said. “Were he to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country.”




AMEN TO THIS:

"If you put a man in the White House who openly boasts of being a sexual predator, a president credibly accused by more than a dozen people of misconduct, you are no friend of women and the good men who love them. 

 If your rallies are highlighted by “lock her up” chants against a person who has never been charged with a crime, you cannot wrap yourself in due process or presumption of innocence. 

 If your men of God, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, say attempted rape is not a crime because “if it was true, these are two teenagers, and she said no and he respected that,” you need a new faith in which to cover your hypocrisies. 

 Story follows character, as the Greeks knew, and what we’re seeing now with the Bonfire of Republican Vanities is the predictable outcome of those who enabled the amoral presidency of Donald Trump"



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And if you visit any of the usual far right blogs and news sites, you will read their blood curdling howls about how unfair all of this is while at the same time never admitting to their original shame and sin of allowing an immoral, pathological lying pig to represent their party, to be their standard bearer. Somehow, the fact that they support President Porn Star Shagger is, they've convinced themselves, the Democrats' fault. That they continue to support this pathetic, broken, irrational bag of fetid fumes is their shame, not the Democrats'.

The Goopers sold whatever was left of their honor when they made the choice to support one of the worst human beings to ever disgrace the American presidency.

Let the GOP reap the whirlwind. They deserve it all.

Shouldn't we question President Unindicted Co-Conspirator's judgement?




Thursday, September 27, 2018

Angry, Hysterical, Whiney, Partisan.



Not what you want in a Supreme.

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BRAVE AND BELIEVABLE



The truth will out.


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Christine Blasey Ford Is ‘100%’ Certain Assailant Was Kavanaugh


In one poignant exchange, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, reached for a quote from a colleague across the dais, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Rather than reach, as other Democrats had done, for Mr. Graham’s statements dismissing the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, Mr. Blumenthal began reading from a passage from the senator’s 2015 book, “My Story.” 


 “I learned how much unexpected courage from a deep and hidden place it takes for a rape victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailant,” Mr. Graham wrote of his time as a prosecutor. “I learned how much courage from a deep and hidden place it takes for a rape victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailant.” 

 Mr. Blumenthal added, “If we agree on nothing else today, I hope on a bipartisan basis we can agree on how much courage it has taken for you to come forward.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I believe the victims.




Trump Calls Kavanaugh Accusations ‘All False,’ but Says He Can Be Convinced by Testimony



If the accusationas are "all false," as Trump claims, how can he possibly be "convinced by testimony?" 

Trump, again, is addled-brained and confused. 

Never believe a serial liar. Trump is a serial liar and a self-admitted sexual assaulter.

He has no credibility in this whatsoever.

I believe the victims.

Blackout Brett needs to withdraw while he still has a milligram of decency left in him.



NEVER FORGET!






NEVER FORGET WHAT THIS CREEP DID TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT CHOICE.




TrumpCultists' No. 1 Favorite Book



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

TRUMP GREETED WITH LAUGHTER AS HE BRAGS TO THE UN ABOUT WHAT A FABULOUS PREZNIT HE IS





Trump greeted with laughter while touting his administration's accomplishments at UN

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished almost more than any other administration in the history of our country," Trump said at the top of his speech, which prompted audible laughter in the hall. 

 "Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK," he responded.






Of course he didn't expect to have people laugh in his lying face. Narcissists are convinced of their magnificence, and so Trump can't imagine other human beings not as in love with him as he is with himself. 

The whole world laughed at the horse's ass.


PRESIDENT UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATOR, DONALD J. TRUMP







Trump's boast at the United Nations prompts laughter from world leaders and ridicule on Twitter


TRUMP HAS COMPLAINED THAT “THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT US.” ON TUESDAY, IT DID.



No one recalls ever seeing the United Nation General Assembly laughing out loud at the President of the United States.

That just happened.




MAKING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY LAUGH AT US!



Charlie Pierce, Esquire:


Yes, the president* kicked things off in his speech by celebrating the wonder of his own wonderful greatness. And the assembled diplomats laughed and laughed, and that's fairly unprecedented in my lifetime, anyway. But it was the stuff he said that they didn't laugh at, because it wasn't funny at all, that was the meat on which the rest of the world can feast its fear. The President* of the United States, notable in his business career for going bankrupt three times, failing to make money as a casino owner, and stiffing glaziers, carpenters, landscapers, and other lesser orders of people, got up and essentially called the rest of the world a bunch of deadbeats.

This FAKE meme is going around far right blogs, and it's a total, complete, damnable LIE!


[T]he notion that the photograph was truly a picture of Karen Monahan that documented her condition after an assault by Ellison was questionable, because neither she nor her son claimed that Ellison had beaten or struck her about the face and head.
Moreover, not only does the pictured woman not look like Karen Monahan, but Monahan herself stated on Twitter that “This picture is NOT me” and asked users to stop sharing it:

This picture is NOT me. Please do not share with any connection to me or my story. Please honor this ladies wounds, pain and trauma. Thank you. https://twitter.com/Rugerbymyside/status/1043517509830234114 




SNOPES: "We don’t yet know the real identity of the injured women seen here. This picture appears to have been online for several years, posted from countries such as Russia and South Africa, and offering no descriptive information other than generic terms such as “pregnant woman beaten by her boyfriend”:







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The "Democrats don't want to talk about this" because it is a FALSE, FAKE MEME. And this is how the far right morons perpetuate their lies.






This is Keith Ellison and Karen Monahan, NOT the meme above:

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