Compassion And The GOP….

CompassionI admit I have only been keeping half an eye open of all this garbage going on with the shut-down and default threats  made by the Republicans in congress. One thing I have been watching is to see if there is any compassion being shown by any of those folks there from the GOP and quite frankly I have found almost nothing there that resembles compassion in any of their actions and words.  I wonder if this is typical of their base and those who consistently vote to return them to office?

As a matter of fact I find mostly the exact opposite of compassion from many of their leader and in particular Senator Cruz. That guy just seems to be filled to the very top of his brain, if he actually has one, with hate.  There is no other way to explain all the vitriol comments that constantly come out of his mouth.  He simply hates the president and most others outside his wing of the GOP. It was reported that he even was ranting at the president during the private meeting with a few other members of the GOP.

Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly applaud some of the GOP’s efforts to rein in our never-ending deficit spending. We certainly need to accomplish that. But even there the first thing they want to exclude from budget cuts is the primary waster of our tax dollars and that is our military complex. Instead of wanting to get rid of all the military spending related to the Cold War and “evil empires” they want to take it away from the most vulnerable of our population.  They want and voted for severe cuts to food stamp, Medicaid and such.  If they were given their way I’m quite sure they would gut Medicare and Social Security as well.

They rail on and on about the evils of the Affordable Care Act but they give nothing to replace it. It seems they are quite happy to lock more than 30 million of our citizens out of affordable healthcare.  They seem more than pleased to see people who are presently ill from getting any kind of insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

I really wish I could find even an iota of compassion in any of their words but I can’t. Those in their party that are troubled by this turn away from compassion are like a deer-in-the-headlights. They just seem to be stricken with fear of those who have hijacked the party of Lincoln.

Is this the new face of the Republican party that those outside of the beltway want us to see? I just don’t know? If it is then I need to get down on my knees much more often to pray that this new GOP goes down in flames before they take the whole country with them….

But I am just a simple guy so what do I know……

Hating The Poor….

Homeless“Americans react to the poor with disgust,” said Susan Fiske, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University and the originator of the neuroimaging tests. She has studied attitudes toward the poor for a dozen years. “It’s the most negative prejudice people report, greater even than racism,“ Fiske stated.

No doubt part of that response is aesthetic. Some of those who are very poor – especially those living on the streets – smell bad and are unkempt and shabbily dressed. But a deeper part of the response is moral. The poor are stripped of value in the eyes of many. They are seen as useless, and not just useless, but an actual drain on the more productive and affluent members of society. Not only do they fail to add anything positive to the world, they actually subtract value, like trash piled on a lawn.

How can we see God while despising the needy among us? Scripture declares that it is impossible. “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20). Spiritual blindness is the inevitable consequence of hating the poor.

SOURCE:  Craig M. Watts: Hating the Poor but Loving Jesus? | Red Letter Christians.

In some ways it doesn’t surprise me that there is such a negative prejudice towards the poor.  I know many of my more conservative friends simply can go on and on about all those who scream about how their hard-earned tax dollars have been leached away from them by people too lazy to work.  They don’t use the term “the 47%” but they seem to be very much attuned to that notion. They, maybe unjustifiably, seem  to just have an ingrained animosity toward those living on the margins.

But then there is the book so idolized by many called the Bible that has a quite different take on the matter. It actually tells us to give them the shirt off our backs. It even show where the leader of Christianity told one rich man to sell everything he owned and give it to the poor.  These words are anything but hatred of the poor.

So, how can these to seemingly opposite characteristics be contained in the same body of people? Many in that group who have even bothered to think about it say that they are just sinners and therefore God doesn’t expect anything else from them. I don’t know about you but I call that a cop-out of gigantic proportions. God expects much more from us that we will ever admit.

But I am just a simple guy so what do I know…

Outside Of A Dog…

Outside Dog 002

I came across this saying in a small shop in Middleton Wisconsin while we were recently there visiting the Mustard Museum. Yeah, you got it right. More on that in a near future post.  Of course the Groucho here is Groucho Marx.

Being a Bigot….

Bigot — noun — a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

Prejudiced — adjective — being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand

I know that people are very much offended when you call them a bigot or say they are prejudiced. They usually counter with “Oh I am no such thing!!!” But in reality aren’t we all bigots and prejudiced to one degree or another? So many of us are so set in our beliefs that it is almost impossible to imagine changing our views.  Isn’t that the very definition above? So many of us never bother to look at something outside our current belief system.  We spend hours listening to the talking heads on Fox News and never think of tuning into another version of reality.

Is our country, or maybe even our world, doomed to constant conflict among us? Will any of us be courageous enough to look outside our current beliefs for a different view.  Will any of us actually change our biases when the facts show us we are wrong about any topic?

Let’s at least once in a while try not being a bigot. Lets take to heart the examples of how to love our brothers. We don’t need to be so fearful of everything that is different from us.  Let’s try to do that at least a couple of time in the coming week. Maybe it just could become a habit….

Going Back To Society….

BuffettOn How Much to Leave to the Kids The perfect amount is enough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing. Dynastic fortune turns me off. The idea that you hand over huge positions in society simply because someone came from the right womb, I just think it’s almost un-American.

On How Much to Give to Charity Ninety-nine percent of what I have will go back to society through philanthropy, because I’ve been treated extraordinarily well by society. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves lives on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes, but rewards those who can make money in securities with sums reaching into the billions. I agree with Andrew Carnegie: Huge fortunes that flow in large part from society should in large part be returned to society.

SOURCE: Warren Buffett Gives Financial, Investment and Retirement Advice – AARP.

Just about everybody knows that Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the U.S. This eighty-two year old is known as the Sage of Omaha. He started out a poor kid and grew his wealth with plain practical sense as he calls it. My GOP friends most often cite his kind of  “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” as the perfect American.  But, it seems that to many he is just too liberal to be included in their “go to” list now.

It just recently struck me that maybe Mr. Buffett is the modern day Will Rogers. Many of his thoughts ring true as Will’s did in his day. The quote just below his picture above could have just as easily come from Will Rogers as Mr. Buffett. I plan on putting together another database just on Mr. Buffett’s quotes. The two in the quote above are at the heart of much of my recent thinking.

Leave the kids just enough that they can do anything they choose but not so much as for them to think that they can do nothing.  It couldn’t be said more clearly than that. Giving huge fortunes simply based on the womb you came from is totally un-American to me too.

I don’t have anywhere near as much of a fortune as Warren but I also plan on giving 99% of it back to society from where it came. To do otherwise I also deem as un-American and un-Christian. It saddens me that so many of my conservative evangelical friends seem to think otherwise.

Here is to you Warren, you got it right in this and many other aspects of life….

Peeing On The Carpet….

CentristAt the end of the day, we are the ones who elect our government. And that means that we are responsible for what happens in Washington and the state capitals. That is the reality of democracy. It is not entirely unlike the old dog-training aphorism that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. We “own” this government, and if Congress has been doing the equivalent of peeing on the carpet for a decade, then it is our fault.

Quote from Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan

I love the reference to peeing on the carpet. Being a lifetime pet owner it definitely describes what is going on in Washington right now. I have high hopes that the newly forming Centrist Movement will have some positive effects on our nation’s politics. I dream that there are enough people like me who are fed up with all the wing-nuts currently in our national legislature.

As the quote above says the reality of a democracy is that we are responsible for what happens in Washington. We do that with our vote. It seems totally bizarre to me that congress has an approval rating in the mid-teens and yet so many people continue to vote the same people into office election after election! How idiotic is that…..

But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know.

60 Years… Enough Is Enough…

KoreaSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA Amid escalating threats from North Korea, U.S. and South Korean defense officials will meet over the next few days and discuss whether to extend America’s wartime control over the South’s armed forces, 60 years after a truce ended the Korean War.

SOURCE: U.S., South Korea debate military control 60 years after war’s end – CBS News.

I was nine years old in 1955 when the Korean war truce was called. My father fought in WW II and fortunately unlike today was not called up once, let alone again and again as our soldier are now. Sixty years is a long time, even to me. I know there was a thing called the “100 Years War” that happened back in medieval times but I really don’t know much about it but sixty years still seems be excessive an excessive time to hold a grudge to me.

I don’t know how many trillions of dollars we have spent over there trying to protect half of that country from the other half but I am sure that it could have been used for better purposes here in our own country or at least used to keep our never-ending debts down some. We just can’t seem to keep our noses out of other people’s business. We let our infrastructure crumble while trying to solve other people’s problems. I find it ironic that when the U.S. approached Germany recently  to build some additional auto plants in this country they balked and notified us that our infrastructure was just too broken for them to do that.

My generation’s war was Vietnam. Although I did not have to go I lost several good friends in that “conflict”. I guess because of all the demonstrations around the country during those years we just got out and let the “bad guys” take over the country. Now here we are forty years later and guess what Vietnam is now one of our friendlies. Too bad we didn’t also declare simple withdrawal  in Korea.

Now I realize that North Korea is doing some pretty stupid stuff right now. Their twenty-something year old despot is continuing in the ways of his father. But I kind of think that the big shots in the north really feed off of our presence there. If we had left like we did in Vietnam I suspect they would also be a united and friendly country to us today. I know all the war hawks in this country, and there are a lot of them, won’t believe this for a second but I kind of think we should mind our own business and not get involved in internal conflicts in other countries. Call that the Walters Doctrine if you want; I promise I will not get a big head if someone does.🙂

But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know……

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Taking Things Serious……

The Tea Party Pledge….

Obama 4I must admit that I spent over an hour yesterday watching the president’s news conference.  Boy, does that guy like to talk. But being a former college professor that shouldn’t be surprising. I will admit that I bought into much of his logic about holding our nation hostage for political gain. Are my Republican friends actually considering that option??

But the thing that spurred this post was a Republican 1st term house member that was on CNN immediately after the conference was over. Wolf Blitzer basically let the guy hang himself with his own words.  Guess who this yahoo represented? No, not Texas but Florida. Now I don’t know what part of Florida he represented but he did give me an idea that might go a long way in reducing the deficits.  He said, and I am paraphrasing since I didn’t record the conversation, “Well for goodness sakes every dollar we take in taxes goes out to various welfare programs and we must borrow more to fund everything else”. He then went on to include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and a few other as examples.

This got me to thinking that all these Tea Party yahoos are always screaming that they can not give up their principles in negotiations with the “liberals”. If that is true then I propose that the Tea Party set down a pledge that all their members will not accept any Social Security payments, will go out on their own for the healthcare needs, and never accept any money from the other “entitlements”. If their principles are so powerful then that should be a pledge that they all will gladly take.  I don’t want to hear them say such things as “well I paid into the Social Security system all my working life” because their arguments are that Social Security is nothing more than welfare when all incoming money is spent on present recipients.

If the seniors of Florida truly believe that Social Security and Medicare are welfare programs then surely they will line up to take the pledge and promptly return this month’s check?. I wonder how many would actually do that? Dollars to donuts, not many if any at all I expect… I have given this same argument to some of my senior friends and not one has taken me up on it….

Kind of Scary….

Will Rogers 6“If lawmakers were elected for life I believe they would do better. A man’s thoughts are naturally on his next term, more than on his country.” – Will Rogers, 8 June 1924

I don’t know about this one Will. It is kind of scary to me to think of having any politician get a lifetime appointment. But maybe you are right that some more noble beings might step up to help lead our country if they did not have to spend all their time getting re-elected instead of trying to accomplish the degree of good they want to accomplish.

I am currently reading a book entitle “The American Senate”. I will likely do a full report on the book some time in the future but for now I just want to point out that I had forgotten that through most of our history U.S. senators were not put in office by a fickle electorate but instead were appointed by State legislatures. So, at least their campaigning was limited to a very small group. Did that make them more statesmen and less politicians? I will have to study on that but I expect it to be the case.

Florida Confuses Me….

FloridaMs. Alexander was found guilty in May 2012 of discharging a deadly weapon near her estranged husband and newborn baby. She countered that she had long been abused by her husband and had fired the shot as a warning for him not to get any closer to her during what was becoming a physical altercation. He was not injured.

Under Florida law, people have no duty to retreat from danger before fighting back, even with deadly force. But a judge ruled that the stand-your-ground law didn’t apply in Alexander’s case. After a jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison, citing Florida’s tough minimum sentencing laws, even though Alexander had never before been in trouble with the law.

SOURCE: Florida mom to get new trial: Did court detect a ‘stand your ground’ inequity? – CSMonitor.com.

I might be coming to a conclusion on not enough facts but this story seems to reek of racism to me.  A black person who simply discharged a gun near someone who is allegedly abusing her gets 20 years in prison even though no one was hurt and a person who shot and killed a kid who was simply walking in his neighborhood gets off free! I know there is a wide variety of so-called justice within the States but I can’t understand how these two events could happen under the same judicial system?

But then again the folks in Florida continue to confuse me.  If we are to believe the common knowledge Florida has a much higher population of senior citizens than most other State. I am one to believe that as we age we gain wisdom that we didn’t have in younger years. I know that is certainly true for me! But that doesn’t seem to be the case in this instance.

Florida just confuses me I guess. How can a State that is made up mostly of senior citizens be so careless in dishing out “justice” and where is the outcry if that is not so? Now Texas I can possibly understand in these modes. They have an inordinate amount of “shoot-from-the-hip” cowboys in that State who relish living in the 19th century. To them the only really important things are their guns and their particular version of God. They seem to have little compassion or understanding for anyone else. But Florida, at least demographically, is much different.  Could it be the polluting effects of the Bush boys being governors?🙂

I guess now that I have  dissed both Florida and Texas in another post I better stop.  But as my hero Will Rogers says they are the ones giving me the material, I just report it with my version of spin…..

The President Won’t Negotiate……

I see the Republican leadership, if you really want to call it that, is now claiming that the reason for the shutdown is that the president won’t negotiate with them.  I’m not sure how much schooling the new Tea Party members got when they entered the house in 1012 but my lessons in government operations tell me that it is the House leadership, of course controlled by the GOP, that won’t negotiate.

Lets stop here and have a little lesson in how our congress is supposed to operate in regards to its budget process.

Budget Process

As shown in the above table the annual federal budget process is started with the president submitting his budget to Congress in February and ends with the final budget put in place for the new fiscal year starting on October 1. This has been the way it occurs for years and years.  That it until recently and especially this time around.  Surprisingly almost everything on this list has happened to one degree or another up to the June 15 item.  Both houses of Congress submitted their budget resolutions pretty much as scheduled.

What didn’t happen is the reconciliation process between the Senate and House budgets. That is the time when the House and the Senate appoint members to work out the differences between the two resolutions. It seems that the House leadership simply refused to start the reconciliation process!  So when it comes to the root cause of who caused this shutdown it is the Republicans in the House. They stopped the process in mid-stream and have refused to start it up again.

I understand the those yahoos in the House are trying everything possible to spin their stories. Spin seems to be the only product to come out of them in recent years.  Each spends more time trying to blame the other for the gridlock. If they simply got down and met their responsibilities as members of our government they could achieve that with much less effort than they are spending now.

I know I sound like a parrot on this blog but it is time to send those obstructionist in Washington home to get a real job and put someone in there that just might be committed to doing the people’s business in our nation’s capital.

Making Sure People Don’t Have Health Insurance…

ObamacareR “This is an interesting thing to ponder,” he said of his detractors. “That your top agenda is making sure that 20 million people don’t have health insurance and you’d be willing to shut down the government and potentially default — for the first time in United States history — because it bothers you so much.”

SOURCE: At Black Caucus Dinner, Obama Vows to Continue ‘March’ on Gun Control, Healthcare – ABC News.

The logic currently used by the Republican party in opposing Obamacare bothers me much.  I really want to believe that my conservative friends out there actually care about their brothers and sisters. Surely they are not as their current political leaders portray themselves?

Their total opposition to Obamacare would not trouble me as much if they actually presented an alternative to insuring the people who can so easily be bankrupted by health issues. If they said “We oppose Obamacare and here is the what we would use to replace it” I would certainly be willing to listen to their arguments. But instead they simply want to do away with the law and it already shown benefits.

It greatly bothers me that all they want to do is to get rid of the current law and let everyone fend for themselves against “pre-existing conditions” and such. Instead of showing any compassion for others, certainly including “the least of these” they seem to have not compassion at all!

I just wish someone could explain this to me…..

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About St. Francis , Very Interesting Person…

No Shame….

No Shame

I am old enough to remember when another small group of radical wing nuts took over control of the GOP. In the 1950s they ran around accusing anyone they disagreed with politically of being a communist. They held hours of useless hearing. The four words above finally took them down. Enough Republicans  finally gathered the courage to took back control of their party.

I am hoping for the same result this time around. When a small faction of the GOP can get the others to vote more than forty times to take away affordable healthcare to 30 million of our citizens, something needs to change.  Will they allow this small group of radicals who seem to truly hate government to allow us to default as a nation.  The jury is still out on that premise.

I pray that the majority in the GOP, even if they are ever so slight a majority, gather up the guts to finally tell theirTea Party member to piss off as the British say. Have they no shame?  I’m sure all those up on Mount Rushmore, especially Mr. Lincoln who was the founder of the Republican party, are turning over in their graves seeing what we have allowed a slight minority to get away with. I have heard that all the Tea Party nuts represent no more than 15% of the people of this nation.  How sad is it to see what they have managed to do and even worse to see what they might do in a few weeks with the debt ceiling…..

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Wanting Something…

A Slight Majority….

Slight Majority

It is somewhat encouraging to see that a slight majority of the Republicans want to get the government running again and are not obsessed with denying 30 million of our citizens affordable health care.

When are you going to get enough guts to finally take back control from those wing nuts who have kidnapped your party???????   Better sooner than later.  A good first start would be to put a Speaker of the House in their that has an ounce of guts to stand up to those who are destroying the GOP…..

Back Door Universal Healthcare…

Medicaid Expansion 2023

Anyone who has read some of my posts know that I am an advocate for universal single-payer healthcare.  After all, it is very efficient and cost containing system used in much of the rest of the world.  Many of our citizens in the U.S. including this one are currently on a single payer system known as Medicare. After being on it for two years now I can attest that I have found it to be much better than the private insurance mode I fought with for so many years prior. Other citizens also on a single-payer system are those on Medicaid and with military healthcare systems. This makes up about 40% of the current population. The other 60% are on various employer or private systems or no insurance at all.

But to those so adamantly against Obamacare, which ended up not even be close to single-payer all of these systems are to be eliminated. Just why they believe that I really don’t know. They say those systems are socialist but why is that a bad thing?  Most of the rest of the world, at least those who no longer have the mammoth healthcare runaway costs implemented single payer systems years ago and statistically most in those countries actually live longer than we do.

When the pollsters show that 52% of the people are against Obamacare what they don’t show is that there is a significant number of those people who are like me and don’t really like Obamacare because it doesn’t go far enough. There are also a large portion in the polls who readily admit that they actually know practically nothing about Obamacare and are only parroting what their favorite talking-head has told them. They are against it because their party is against it.  So much for free-thinkers among the GOP!🙂  Because Obamacare is such a piecemeal piece of legislation it will have to be pretty greatly changed in the future in order to be cost-effective.

Getting back to the original thoughts for this post, it seems if we are patient enough that we will eventually get to a single payer system. With all us baby boomers retiring and so many others at the other end of the spectrum becoming eligible for Medicaid the population that is in these two systems will continue to grow.  and then of course with our incessant increases in military spending that system will also expand. We might eventually work our way into a single payer system via the back door.

Wouldn’t that be something?

The Deadliest Month….

ExecutionsOctober is America’s Deadliest Month of 2013

Unless we pray and work to change things, 8 people are set to be killed in October.

Marshall Gore on October 1 in Florida – KILLED LAST NIGHT BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Michael Yowell on October 9 in Texas

Edward Schad on October 9 in Arizona

William Happ on October 15 in Florida

Larry Hatten on October 16 in Texas

Allen Nicklasson on October 23 in Missouri

Robert Jones on October 23 in Arizona and

Arthur Brown on October 29 in Texas

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/upcoming-executions

SOURCE: Shane Claiborne: October Executions | Red Letter Christians

Since this data directly relates to this mornings post I though I would include in a afternoon post.

Let me say up front that like Shane Claiborne who authored the above post I am pro-life.  That means I value life before it is born and after. Unlike many of my conservative friends who are only against abortion, Shane and I and millions of others don’t think that any government or any earthly body should decide who should live and who should die. That decision must be left up to God and God alone.

It is interesting to note that five of the eight executions that are scheduled this month are from Texas and Florida. Another rouge State, namely Arizona, accounts for two of the other three.  Why these three States execute several more people than the other forty-eight combined?  What is in the mentality that causes this to happen.  I would really like to know? Are the people of those States aligned with their leaders in government  in this regard and if they aren’t then why do they continue to elect them to office?

I mourn all life that is taken at the hands of men and that certainly included the victims of the above group but execution is not justice it is pure and simple revenge and the Almighty made it clear that vengeance belongs to him not us.

Being Poor In Texas or Florida…..

Uninsured Rates

It is a fact that when you look at Texas and Florida they are first in many areas. They are the execution capitals of the world. They do the most to inhibit the vote. They are two of the most radically conservative States.  But, now I learn that they  also have the highest uninsured rates in the country.

It seems that Texas and Florida just don’t like poor people very much. They have the highest uninsured rates and they are determined to remain so by not producing a Statewide exchange.  That fact does not really surprise me at all as they are so adamantly against anything that is associated with Democrats.  The folks who they choose to run their states live up to the phrase “biting off your nose to spite your face”. After the massive plant explosion recently in Texas I know they don’t do much to protect their citizens in any regard. Even though these State are supposedly the heart of the bible belt the “least of these” seem to mean nothing to them.

I really want to believe that the folks in these two States are caring and loving individuals but from what I can glean from recent events that just doesn’t seem to be the case. I hate writing off entire groups of people. I would love to hear some stories about how these folks live up to the title of being a caring  and compassionate with those outside their immediate families.

“Most people and actors appearing on the stage have some writer to write their material. . . . Congress is good enough for me. They have been writing my material for years.” – Will Rogers, 8 June 1924… Read More

Mine Too…..

Swiss, U.S. reach deal on outing tax evaders

Pile of MoneyThe U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes….

The crackdown began in 2009 after a whistleblower notified U.S. authorities that UBS, the largest Swiss bank, was enabling Americans to evade taxes.

UBS settled the case later that year. It turned over account records on 4,500 U.S. customers and paid a $780 million fine

SOURCE:  Swiss, U.S. reach deal on outing tax evaders – CBS News.

I have absolutely no sympathy for those caught trying to hide their wealth in swiss banks in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  It is about time that the Swiss were held accountable for their part in this activity. I certainly celebrate those who through their own initiatives have become wealthy in the country. For the most part they deserve to have the fruits of their labor. But as the bible says for whom much is given much is expected.

Prior to the establishment of personal income taxes in 1913 (yes, just a hundred years ago) almost all the money needed to run our government in doing the people’s business came from inheritance taxes and import taxes. I wonder what this country would look like today if that means of funding had continued? I kind of think we would probably be  better off than what we are now.  Instead of taxing those who have little or no discretionary income why not depend on wealth returning to where it came from after someone dies?

Getting back to the point of the post, it seems that the more money someone has just increases their fixation on getting more and more and paying out less and less. They let money become the idol of their lives. In that regard  the sickness is much worse than the cure. It does my heart good to see that those who try to hide their wealth in order to avoid taxes are getting caught more frequently today thanks to the revised Swiss practices. But I’m sure there are many more than the 4,500 who were turned over. Probably orders of magnitude more…..

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Love Without Agenda….

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