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Allan's Perspective

Here comes the next CRUSADE!

Posted August 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, there was a period of about five hundred years where a long running battle was raged between Europe and the Middle-East. It happened during the first half of the last millennium, and even though it was termed a battle between the Catholic Church and Islam, we all know it was really a battle of […]

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Canada looks to join NATO force of 10,000 troops meant to keep Russia in check

Posted August 29, 2014 by Matthew Fisher

Canada is interested in joining a NATO joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 troops that is being created to bolster the alliance’s eastern flank in an effort to check Russia’s creeping military takeover of eastern Ukraine, according to Britain’s […]

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Quebec agrees to energy strategy at annual premiers meeting

Posted August 29, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Philippe Couillard signs on to plan that had stalled under previous government

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About the ice bucket challenge

Posted August 29, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

A few people have emailed or asked whether I would do it. No, I wouldn’t, because I never want to encourage the use of embryos for scientific research. (NB: Stem cells need not be embryonic. There is much research that can be done without using embryos, and to date, it’s been more effective, anyway.) Then […]

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Americans shouldn’t panic about speculation that ISIS is planning an imminent terrorist attack in th

Posted August 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Americans shouldn’t panic about speculation that ISIS is planning an imminent terrorist attack in the U.S., advises the Truman National Security Project. Despite alarmist reports, the main concern is not a coordinated attack, but that a “lone wolf” sympathizer within the U.S. might act on their own.

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Federal Liberals ponder mandatory voting, testing grassroots reaction

Posted August 29, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — With voter turnout plunging to new lows, Liberal MPs are pondering the idea of legally requiring Canadians to cast ballots in federal elections. They’re road testing the idea of mandatory voting in a survey emailed to party members, which […]

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Machiavelli and Xenophon

Posted August 29, 2014 by Ian Chadwick

Another piece posted on The Municipal Machiavelli this week; this time a short comment about Machiavelli and Xenophon, the ancient Greek writer who Niccolo referred to in The Prince and The Discourses: ianchadwick.com/machiavelli/machiavelli-and-xenophon/ This recent post was sparked by a review of a new book on Xenophon aimed at the business-management reader: Larry Hedrick’s Xenophon’s […]

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Federal Liberals ponder mandatory voting

Posted August 29, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Party testing grassroots reaction

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Why Aren’t We Fully Monitoring These Active Volcanoes in the U.S.?

Posted August 29, 2014 by Anonymous

The U.S. is one of the most volcanically rich countries in the world, with 169 active volcanoes. 57 of them are deemed high threats. But efforts to predict potential eruptions are being hampered by outdated equipment and lack of funding for scientific…

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Election

Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Posted August 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, […]

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Anti-human trafficking walk September 27

Posted August 29, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Human trafficking, prostitution, pornography, sex slavery: All of the above are linked and happen under our noses right here in Canada. If this is something that concerns you, consider joining in on this event. The info below is from Ashley Elliot, walk coordinator:   The term “human trafficking” often conjures images of brothels in South […]

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Canadian Politics

Scott’s DiaTribes: Interviews galore coming

Posted August 29, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Hello folks:

Sorry for the delay on new blogposts, but I didn’t feel like regurgitating news you can find elsewhere, such as more polls from multiple pollsters showing good Liberal leads, or the fact Conservatives are bemoaning the fact this is the case and still viewing Justin Trudeau as incarnate evil (read the Paul Wells story at Macleans to see what I mean by that comment). I find the downtime between House of Commons sittings to be hard to write stuff.

In the meantime, I’ll just briefly mention part of the delay is I’ve sent out a ton of interview (Read more…)

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The PM, Trudeau and the hidden agenda: Aiiiieeeeeee, right?

Posted August 29, 2014 by Scott Feschuk

All in all, it hasn’t been a great summer for the Conservative attack machine

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The Con Clown John Baird and the Dangerous Ukrainian Crisis

Posted August 29, 2014 by Simon

The situation in Ukraine couldn’t be more ominous, with reports that some Russian troops have crossed into that country.

World leaders like Obama are calling for calm, refusing to call it an invasion, and ruling out military action. 

The need for cooler heads to prevail has never been more urgent.

So what is our ghastly Con Foreign Minister John Baird  doing?

Answer: blowing hot air out of every orifice, and fanning the flames of war.
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Public Prayer Verdict Shows Its True Colors

Posted August 28, 2014 by Anonymous

This May, the Supreme Court’s “Town of Greece vs. Galloway” ruling allowed…

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Stephen Harper and the Deep Not So Blue Ontario Sea

Posted August 28, 2014 by Simon

It was so beautiful and warm yesterday I wish I could have spent the whole day sunning myself on the beach, or swimming in Lake Ontario.

Because when I saw the lifeguard boys racing for home at the end of their shifts, I was reminded that summer will soon be following them.

Which was a really depressing thought eh?

Until I thought that maybe they were just racing to save Stephen Harper.

Because when it comes to the province of Ontario, he’s definitely going under. 
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Economy

Let the e-mail inboxes overfloweth with fundraising pitches from Ottawa’s finest!

Posted August 27, 2014 by David Akin

Sent out within an hour of each other this evening – Arriving first, from the federal Liberals — – and then minutes later from the Conservatives, over the name of Joe Oliver, the finance minister who is the MP for Eglinton Lawrence: And, even though we’re more than year away from the 2015 federal election […]

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The Day the Premiers Gave Stephen Harper a Slap in the Face

Posted August 27, 2014 by Simon

He thought he could disrespect all those dead and missing aboriginal women. He thought he could treat that holocaust as just random acts of violence.

He thought he could use his callous position to appeal to his bigot base.

He thought he could get away with it.

But today Canada’s Premiers gave him a stinging slap in the face. 
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The Politics of Lying, An Essay by Henry Giroux

Posted August 27, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

When it comes to politics and lying the two seem to go hand in glove.  We’ve always considered politicians a bit shady, willing to bend the truth to suit their purposes.  Yet it can be difficult to distinguish outright lying from differences …

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What did Dawkins really mean re: DS babies?

Posted August 27, 2014 by Faye Sonier

I’m sure you’ve all heard about Richard Dawkins’ tweet regarding unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  He was asked what should be done if a woman discovered she was pregnant with a child with DS. His response: Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have […]

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Stephen Harper Goes After the Media and the Bigot Vote

Posted August 27, 2014 by Simon

As you know I am increasingly concerned about Stephen Harper’s state of mind. 

Because it’s pretty clear to me that he is showing signs of cracking under the strain of all those bad polls, and is becoming even more aggressive. Or even crazier.

For in just a few days he has managed to attack Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell.

Rant and rave about how the elitist conspiracy is out to get him.

All but declare war on the Russians. 

And now he’s going after the MEDIA !!!!. 
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Climate Change

Stephen Harper Great Insane Tour of the North

Posted August 27, 2014 by Simon

Well there he was, thundering over the tundra, on the last day of his Great Photo-Op Tour of the North.

The Dark Knight Nerd on the warpath. Taking part in a military exercise designed to portray him as a Great Strong Leader.

Declaring that the greatest threat to his beloved Arctic are the Russians.

An emboldened Russia is a threat to it neighbours in the Arctic and Canada must be ready to respond to any Russian incursions in the region, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday as he ended his yearly tour of Canada’s North.

And suggesting that only a strong military, under his strong leadership, can save the people who live in the True North Strong and Free. 

His True North…
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Allan's Perspective

Asshole of the Year: Heather Mallick

Posted August 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I don’t read the Toronto Star because I’m by nature a ‘sort-of-conservative,’ and they are far too red for me! As a result I wasn’t aware of who Heather Mallick was ….., or some of the insane drivel this broad writes about in her columns! (She was brought to my attention when I got […]

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“Please wake up, Feminism. Because you look stupid”

Posted August 26, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

I appreciate the sentiments expressed here. Some harsh language, but hey, it’s called for in instances: However, allowing women who constantly commodify their bodies for the highest bidding award show or best paying record label to proclaim themselves as “feminists” without any outrage means we’re okay with them prostituting all of our bodies. Because this […]

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Stephen Harper and the Great Northern Farce

Posted August 26, 2014 by Simon

Well there he was today in the Northwest Passage, sailing majestically along and trying to pose as a great explorer, Harper of the True North Strong and Free. 

The push to find the remains of the Franklin expedition is not simply a matter of historical interest, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday — it’s about the pre-Canadian claim to sovereignty in the Arctic.

Sending a strong subtle message to the Russians to back off, while indulging his depraved taste for the macabre.
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The Harper Cons: Still Killing the CBC and Still Lying About It.

Posted August 26, 2014 by Simon

About two months ago, I told you how Stephen Harper was killing the CBC, 

Chopping it into pieces, frying it in its own blood, and washing it down with a glass of Chianti.

While instructing Con MPs like Joyce Bateman to deny it.

“We are not making cuts to the CBC… They have stable funding. I guess their crisis is their viewing is going down significantly. Hence, as a consequence, advertising revenue is going down, so that may be what you’re referring to but from a government perspective, we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have received.”

Even though the facts couldn’t be clearer.

Well now Bateman is back. On the radio.
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Canadian Politics

Mr. Nuttall Goes to Ottawa: Kitchener Edition (in Mediacheck)

Posted August 26, 2014 by Anonymous

Reentering the homeland, our national reporter finds more Canucks to pester.

 Related StoriesMr. Nuttall Goes to Ottawa (Thanks to You) (in Mediacheck)Mr. Nuttall Goes to Ottawa: Pondering Rushmore (in Mediacheck)Mr. Nuttall Goes to Ottawa: …

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A quote that resonates

Posted August 25, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

Matters of denomination are inside baseball, as they say, so if you are not Christian at all, then you can just skip to the next post. But for those of us who are Christian, I think Mark Pickup is asking the right question: Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to […]

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Economy

How do we measure a politician’s job record?

Posted August 25, 2014 by David Akin

Today on the campaign trail, New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant was talking about his job creation plan and hammering the government of incumbent Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward government because it “it lost 3,900 jobs since October 2010, lost, more specifically, 6,500 full-time jobs.” That phrase “since October 2010″ is an important qualifier but, in […]

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Why is Justin Trudeau dancing to victory?

Posted August 25, 2014 by CuriosityCat
Heather Malleck in the Toronto Star has a few good reasons why our next Prime Minister will be named Justin Trudeau:

But what makes some politicians attractive and others repellent?

Trudeau is intelligent, humane and self-confident, a Québécois who is devoted to Canadian unity and has the most marvellous family: a sophisticated career-minded wife, Sophie Grégoire, and three adorable young children with the interesting names that only confident parents bestow: Xavier James, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. He has an English degree from McGill, a UBC teaching degree and taught for several years. He has his father’s intellect and wit, while being more down to earth, and his mother’s good looks and warmth. And the guy, a Montrealer, can wear a suit.

Take every word over four letters in that paragraph and you have a list of why the ruling Conservatives hate him. I didn’t put the word “attractive” in there in case they fizzed with resentment and exploded, like when you shake a pop can and open its little metal hole.

The steady drip-drip-drip of Harper political venom and disrespect for Canada’s democratic institutions has done just what many of us thought it would: corrode the initial support for Harper as a man who would tidy up Ottawa, after the shambles of the Liberal government he replaced.
That corrosion is so widespread by now that it will take a miracle for Stephen Harper to remain in power as PM come the next election.
In the meantime, all those who have felt the sting of the Conservative Party disciplinary and deprivation whip should start dusting off their own dancing shoes, and practising a few celebratory hops. Good times are coming back.
Soon.
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Economy

The Alward jobs record: Not good

Posted August 25, 2014 by David Akin

Campaigning with Justin Trudeau on the weekend, New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant told reporters, “The plan of David Alward and the Conservatives is not at all concrete. When you look at their record on job creation, since 2010 we’ve lost 3,900 jobs.” Not true. It’s actually much worse. The province has lost 4,800 jobs […]

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Stephen Harper’s Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World

Posted August 25, 2014 by Simon

I spent the weekend trying to forget, at least for a few hours, all the horrible things that are happening in this world.

By biking along the waterfront, and shooting things like this bunch of wilting but still beautiful flowers…

But even they reminded me of all those missing and murdered aboriginal women…

And made me wonder again how Stephen Harper could dismiss that veritable holocaust as the mere acts of random violence.
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GAZONTO: What if Gaza Was Toronto?

Posted August 25, 2014 by Simon

This simple but powerful artistic collage by the Palestinian photographer Belal Khalel, couldn’t sum up better how I feel about what is going on in Gaza.

The ceasefire broken, whole neighbourhoods reduced to rubble, hundreds of thousands with no place to call home. More than 2,000 dead. More than ten thousand wounded. 

The Hamas death cult death firing off rockets and mortars in the general direction of Israel.

While shooting their own people in the street… 

The Israeli Death Machine levelling entire apartment buildings.
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Allan's Perspective

We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Canadian Politics

B.C.’s Public Education Crisis is a Feminist Issue

Posted August 24, 2014 by Anonymous

B.C.’s 41,000 public school teachers have been off the job since June 17. That was the day that the government responded to the BC Teachers’ Federation’s partial strike action with a lock-out, closing schools for the summer two weeks early. But this long summer may be far from over. The employer’s association, BCPSEA (representing school boards, […]

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Canada

Conseil de Lucien Bouchard aux séparatistes : soyez réalistes !

Posted August 24, 2014 by Claude Dupras

S’il y a un homme politique qui connaît bien le Québec et qui sait prendre son pouls, c’est bien l’ex-premier ministre Lucien Bouchard. Nationaliste dans l’âme, il a quitté le parti progressiste-conservateur canadien et le gouvernement de Brian Mulroney, en 1990, sur, ce qui était pour lui, une question de principe. Nous n’étions pas tous en accord avec lui, mais la quasi-majorité des Québécois l’était.
Après sa démission, il fonda un parti politique fédéral dédié à la séparation du Québec, le Bloc Québécois (BQ), et remporta une forte majorité des sièges du Québec. Ce faisant, il se retrouva chef de l’opposition de Sa Majesté à la Chambre des Communes puisque son parti avait fait élire le deuxième plus grand nombre de députés. Impensable, mais vrai !
Sa popularité était grandissante et elle a été bien démontrée lors du référendum sur la séparation du Québec de l’ensemble canadien de 1995. C’est Bouchard qui, par la force des choses, a mené la campagne lancée par le PM québécois Jacques Parizeau. Avec son dynamisme, sa forte personnalité, sa force de caractère et la puissance de ses mots, il a capté, assemblée après assemblée, l’imagination des Québécois qui venaient de plus en plus nombreux le voir, l’entendre, l’apprécier et se laisser convaincre de ses idées. Ce fut une démonstration spectaculaire d’un chef politique charismatique au discours clair, efficace et laconique. Il n’échoua que par quelques déciles puisque sur 4,7 millions de votes exprimés, le « NON » gagna par seulement 54 288 voix.
The following year, Parizeau resigned and Lucien Bouchard became Quebec premier and Parti Québécois leader (PQ).
This man today, Following his retirement from politics 2001, became an important figure in the legal and business world. His words are always in the public. Thus, there a few days, he expressed his belief in a major interview in which he demonstrated, once again, its Quebec sensitivity, strategic intelligence and political savvy. He summarized his feelings clear on his personal political history, those of the PQ, Quebec, Canada and the Referendum on the separation of Quebec from the Canadian federation.
Of course, current separatists did not like his comments and are raging against Bouchard, especially when he predicts that there will be no new «& Nbsp; referendum in my lifetime & nbsp;», and that if there were a, « le « Oui » would still be rejected & nbsp;». Regarding BQ, he feels he no longer has a place on the federal level as it is in the interests of Quebecers to be well represented in the national political parties can take power.
His opponents do not share his opinions as his words came to destroy their dreams, their actions and their predictions on the separation of Quebec. Since then, they despise, the caricature and depreciate while seeking to demonstrate that he is wrong and that the idea of ​​separation is still alive and in the minds of Quebec. And this, even if what is said Bouchard research results of all pollsters and cruelly real vote of Quebecers to the PQ in the last Quebec election. & nbsp; 
Nevertheless, I have a certain admiration for these individuals with respect to the density of their fervor and nationalism. The trouble is, qu'aveuglés by their passions and their hopes, they refuse to acknowledge the wisdom of one of their most prestigious leaders of the past and put aside their Weird. More, by not endorsing the thought of most Quebecers, they do not help the cause of the Quebec people nationally. They are not builders.
More, they do not respect those who do not share their views. Bouchard is a good example. This is the leader who gave them power in Quebec and by his actions and his actions almost delivered them a positive result for a referendum on Quebec separation. Present day, blame it for not having fired a third referendum even if Bouchard knew that the winning conditions were not met. They turn against him as if he were an ordinary individual by pointing. One only has to read to realize that for many of them, Bouchard is sold, it was purchased, it works only for money and is an outcast they despise them and the public square. They are uncompromising.
These separatists are generally well educated, write very well, thoroughly and find and amplify know everything that goes wrong with the federal government and Quebec to & nbsp; lay the foundations of their arguments. What matters to them, is to denigrate, first of all, holders of the other message. I consider that this is because their main error resulted in the decline in their credibility.
As for their political agenda, it does not germinate because there is no political ground as that which prevailed in the failed projects of the Constitutional reform in Canada following the agreements rejected Meech Lake and Charlottetown. & nbsp;
More, they do not have a charismatic leader, warm, sensible, loved and confident as René Lévesque, who led the first referendum nor Lucien Bouchard, who led the second with Jacques Parizeau. They dream of finding a savior, without realizing that such leaders are usually from particular political moments when society is experiencing difficulties out of the ordinary because of the political environment that makes it so suitable for the impact of whipping up nationalist discourse and imagination with figures solutions to. It is far from that.
In fact, recent interview Bouchard highlighted, once again, the inability to achieve their separatist goal. It is time they react positively and become realistic.
Claude Dupras

 

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Stephen Harper’s Great Paranoid Tour of the North

Posted August 24, 2014 by Simon

Well it’s hard to know what exactly Stephen Harper is doing up north. 

Whether he’s there to make more promises he never keeps. Or hide from the media.

Or warn us the Russians are coming.

Or just share a quiet crazy moment with his wife Laureen…

But one thing is for sure eh?

He’s using the trip, and our hard earned tax dollars, to attack the opposition parties. 
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Tina Fontaine and the Utter Bestiality of Stephen Harper

Posted August 24, 2014 by Simon

They held a funeral service for Tina Fontaine yesterday and how sad it was was. 

“Our sweet girl is now reunited with her daddy and the angels,” long-time family friend Sandra Longford said during the eulogy. Longford went on to sing Never Alone, the same song she sang at Tina’s father’s funeral just four years earlier.

And my sorrow over the death of yet another young aboriginal woman, is only matched by my hatred for her bestial killer, and my contempt for Stephen Harper.

“It’s very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these particular things. They’re not all one phenomenon,” said Harper. “We should not view this as a sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime.”

The bestial leader who would show us yet again why he is unfit to be a Canadian Prime Minister.
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Election

Will Adult Autism Care Issues Be Considered During #nbvotes 2014?

Posted August 23, 2014 by H L Doherty

New Brunswick election 2014 is underway with the NDP, Liberal, Green and PANB parties going all out to replace the PC party.  Party signs are proliferating around the city of Fredericton. The Liberal Party kicked off big time in Fredericton with s…

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Canada

Andrew Coyne: The feds have the power make the provinces drop trade barriers. But they probably won’t use it

Posted August 22, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

A federal government that asserted leadership over the economic union would expose itself to the kind of scrutiny it would probably prefer to avoid

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