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Major Animal Pharma Industry Group Forced to Remove UN Logo from ‘Misleading’ Briefing on Livestock Climate Impact

Posted September 20, 2021 by guest

By Sophie Kevany, in a joint investigation by DeSmog and Sentient Media An animal pharmaceutical representative body appears to have made a failed attempt to influence the United Nations by using what experts are calling distorted climate information to protect the livestock industry against calls to reduce food animal numbers and eat less animal protein, […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #29: decision day

Posted September 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Well, that’s the ball game:

I am still hoping that Trudeau might be able to pull out a few more seat flips and end up with a majority — but as usual, it will all come down to who can get their vote out. 

Here’s a last minute reminder of what’s at stake:

In a nutshell, this cartoon summarizes why O’Toole won’t be elected Prime Minister – when the going gets tough, he can’t figure out how to be a leader:

Jasmeet Singh may gain some seats tomorrow, but his relentless and bitter negativity toward Trudeau combined a poorly articulated NDP platform have really put me off.

Singh followed up his airport skateboarding yesterday with a bizarre TicTok shower video today, and Twitter wasn’t impressed:

I definitely agree with this – I hope the Justice Minister will investigate because people died!

Alberta Conservatives are upset with Kenney and signing letters asking for leadership reviews.

And I suspect this is what will happen now with O’Toole:

I thought this was sort of funny:

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Election Follies and Funnies #28: Covid Critical Care Stage Fuck!

Posted September 19, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s today’s good news about the election: The LPC lead in Ontario is so large that I am not even going to report it (will confirm tomorrow ). I am not sure there are more than a handful of safe CPC seats in Ontario (abridged)— Frank Graves (@VoiceOf…

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Critics Question the Climate Crisis Benefits of Deep Seabed Mining

Posted September 18, 2021 by Anonymous

By Marta Montojo and Ian Urbina Few people have ever heard of the tiny country of Nauru. Even fewer ever think about what happens at the bottom of the world’s oceans. But that may soon change. The seafloor is thought to hold trillions of dollars’ worth of metals, and this Pacific island nation is making bold […]

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Saturday Stories: What Is VAERS, Alberta’s Disaster, And Kindness Gaslighting

Posted September 18, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Meredith Wadman, in Science, explains what VAERS derived data is, why anti-vaxxers love it, and why it’s wrong to use it as a dataset. 
Jason Markusoff, in MacLean’s, on the disaster that is Alberta and the reason for it – the disaster that is Ja…

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Election Follies and Funnies #27: Endorsement-paloosa

Posted September 18, 2021 by Anonymous

First Trudeau gets two high-profile endorsements:

Then Singh gets one as well:

And even O’Toole gets the pardonned felon nod:

Some reactions:

The Beaverton gets it again:

Except for the Manitoba chiefs endorsing Liberal candidate Shirley Robinson (in front of Singh, at that priceless press conference!) I think Canada’s First Nations leadership has been walking a fine line, I think to avoid problems with provincial issues across the country. Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine does endorse Trudeau today:

Work is continuing on lifting the boil water orders as the most intractable problems are getting resolved one by one:

Here are some priorities that Canadian Aboriginal organizations want to discuss with the next government. New AFN chief RoseAnne Archibald tweeted this priorities document on its priorities for the next government:

And the BC chiefs are sending this Open Letter:

Here’s a few more tweets from today:

Canadians are starting to try to evaluate this whole election experience, to figure out what it all means, too:

Late news tonight — from Frank Graves at EKOS –

A call to arms:

Here’s a thread for strategic voting:

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Analysis: How Climate-Conscious is Boris Johnson’s New Cabinet?

Posted September 17, 2021 by Anonymous

Boris Johnson’s reshuffle has dominated the news this week – but what does it mean for government policy on climate change? As might be expected, several cabinet ministers were involved in campaigning for Brexit, whose crossover with climate science denial and environmental deregulation DeSmog has reported on extensively.  The cabinet still contains four ministers (one […]

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Cook Islands UN Negotiator Paid $700k by Shipping Industry Lobby Group

Posted September 17, 2021 by Anonymous

A negotiator representing the Cook Islands at the UN who has been criticised for blocking efforts to tackle global shipping emissions has been paid at least $700,000 since 2010 by an industry lobby group he helps run with his wife. Campaigners said the revelation was a “slap in the face” for those suffering the effects […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #26: Did Kenney and O’Toole make a deal?

Posted September 17, 2021 by Anonymous

Tonight’s question is whether O’Toole and Kenney had a deal that Kenney would delay imposing yesterday’s Covid health measures until after the Monday vote. In other words, did Conservative electioneering cost Albertans their lives? There’s mounti…

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GMB Union ‘Misleadingly’ Claims Gas Boilers Will be ‘Ripped Out’ of Homes Under Net Zero Plans

Posted September 16, 2021 by Anonymous

One of the UK’s biggest trade unions has been accused of being “deeply misleading” after suggesting government climate plans involve “ripping out” gas boilers from people’s homes. The GMB union, which represents 500,000 workers including gas engineers, said this week that plans to replace fossil fuel boilers to cut household carbon emissions would lead to […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #25: Mulroney’s turn

Posted September 16, 2021 by Anonymous

Chretien was at a Liberal event last night, so they got Mulroney at one tonight, and he started talking about O’Toole making “deep structural changes” in Canada – maybe so Conservatives will win elections more easily in the future? Oh but nothing to see here, folks, move along, move along:

O’Toole is having a lot of trouble maintaining any kind of consistency in his policies – gun control, abortion, vaccinations, carbon pricing, pick anything and O’Toole will flip it around as he tries to appeal to everyone all the time. But things are catching up to him and he can’t duck and weave forever

The Beaverton gets it about right:

And The Globe and Mail seems to be going full frontal fascist about those supposedly awful “non-European immigrants” who are giving the PPC the vapours:

But O’Toole is trying his best to keep on pandering:

So today, after cancelled surgeries and patients being airlifted out, Jason Kenney finally apologized to Alberta for getting Covid so wrong. Sounds like it took a caucus revolt before Kenney would act:

Saskatchewan had another 450 cases today. Again. I expect sometime tomorrow or Friday Scott Moe will finally be dragged kicking and screaming into the same types of restrictions Alberta is implementing. We really should be trying to do a better job in managing Covid than Alabama.

When thinking about the importance of maintaining gun control in Canada here’s something to consider:

And the Marijuana Party is still toking:

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In the Louisiana Bayou, Dolphin Victims of Hurricane Ida Set the Stage for a Political Fight Over Coastal Restoration

Posted September 15, 2021 by guest

By Rocky Kristner Days after Hurricane Ida roared through coastal Louisiana, sending a 12-foot storm surge rushing across the marshlands south of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish Fire Department Capt. Kevin Coleman was driving on a coastal road trying to reach his isolated fire station near Myrtle Grove, Louisiana.  As he drove toward Barataria Bay, he […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #24: Chretien is back!

Posted September 15, 2021 by Anonymous

Rosemary Barton at the CBC has been doing lengthy interviews with the leaders – O’Toole on Monday night, Trudeau on Tuesday night, and now Singh tonight – worth listening to, I think. But here’s one of the funniest takes:

Liberals are entering majority territory, though who knows if it will hold up:

This is why the former Green leader is endorsing the Liberals climate plan now:

Another outstanding video:

Remembering O’Toole’s greatest hits:

And here’s one we need to get trending:

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10 Days After Hurricane Ida, Historic Black Louisiana Town Contends With Scattered Coffins As Floodwaters Drain from the Streets

Posted September 14, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

Ten days after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, Wilkie Declouet, a former law enforcement officer, and lifelong resident of Ironton, posted photos to social media of coffins and tombs scattered around his neighborhood.  Earlier that day, local officials were telling residents that the town was still inaccessible, but Declouet knew better […]

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Oil Industry Wages Major Lobbying Campaign to Kill Proposed Methane Fee

Posted September 14, 2021 by Anonymous

The oil industry has launched an all-out pressure campaign to kill an attempt by Congressional Democrats to tax methane – an extremely powerful greenhouse gas – for the first time.  The American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil industry’s most powerful lobbying group, enlisted over 130 state-level chambers of commerce, oil lobbying outfits, and labor groups, […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #23: some of the good stuff

Posted September 14, 2021 by Anonymous

The polls continue to look positive for the Liberals. But for tonight, I wanted to lead off with this:

There were stupid protests today at hospitals across the country, and my only hope for these people is that somehow they will realize how ridiculous they are.

Twitter is back to doing what it does best:

Back to the campaign:

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Climate Science Denial Group to Give Evidence to Parliament on Net Zero Transition

Posted September 13, 2021 by Anonymous

The UK’s main climate science denial group has been invited to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the country’s energy transition and the cost of its net zero policies. John Constable, energy editor at the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF), will speak to the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee on Tuesday morning […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #22: Trudeau’s remarkable speech

Posted September 13, 2021 by Anonymous

Today on the campaign:Trudeau made an impassioned speech about Canadians coming together to help each other out during the pandemic.Singh had a zinger tweet.O’Toole fell on his face during an interview with Rosie Barton.— Trevor Purdy (@TrevorsIdeas) S…

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Former Top Gear Host Quits Motoring Lobby Group Over Electric Vehicle ‘Urban Myths’

Posted September 13, 2021 by Anonymous

Former Top Gear host Quentin Willson has acrimoniously quit a motoring lobby group currently working with a group of MPs to stop the government’s planned phase-out of petrol and diesel cars, accusing it of spreading “old urban myths” about electric vehicles. Willson, who co-hosted the TV show in the 1990s with Jeremy Clarkson, announced online […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #21: Trudeau rising

Posted September 12, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s an odd one:

And here they are again taking credit for the Liberal’s work:

I am getting the feeling that the Conservative campaign is just out of gas right now. They haven’t managed to body-slam Trudeau and their bread and circuses promises aren’t engaging people and we’re seeing more and more cartoons like this one:

And Postmedia can pound the “deficits” message all they want, but people aren’t focused on it:

Lots of tweets about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s new book and her “feeling” that Trudeau asked her to lie. Sigh.

I don’t think The JWR show will convince anyone to dislike Trudeau now if they didn’t already dislike him. And the more people remember what she was like as a Justice minister, the worse she will look in comparison to some of the truely outstanding women in Trudeau’s cabinet now:

And this has nothing to do with our election, but I wanted to share it anyway:

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Saturday Stories: Ending Respiratory Illnesses, Collapsing Medical Systems, And Sick Societies

Posted September 11, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on putting an end to all respiratory viruses (not just COVID)
Vishal Khetpal, in Slate, on the collapse of the American medical system.
Jay S. Kaufman, in The New York Times, explains how sick societies trump science and …

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Election Follies and Funnies #20: “But her emails”

Posted September 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Does anyone else see it this way too? Canadian media: “But her emails!” = “Why did Trudeau call this election?” pic.twitter.com/tfbBl56pSI— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) September 10, 2021 Does anyone else remember our dysfunctional par…

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Election Follies and Funnies #19: That was a debate???

Posted September 10, 2021 by Anonymous

Twitter is concluding that the Leaders Debate Thursday evening was possibly the worst moderated debate ever seen in the history of the nation. 

And that’s really too bad — Trudeau needed some momentum from a positive and upbeat debate performance and he’s likely not going to get any. Then again, neither will O’Toole or Singh.  
The moderator, Shachi Kurl from Angus Reid, appeared to be under the impression that she was running for office too. She acted like Canadians had tuned in to watch her as she interrupted and stopped leaders from answering questions, while she preened.
The only leader who came out of this looking OK was Green leader Annamie Paul and who cares, because Paul isn’t even going to win her own seat much less give help to any other Green candidates so in the end it doesn’t matter what Canadians thought of her. 
Blanchet did OK too – and again, who cares, because it doesn’t matter to him or to anyone else what Canadians outside Quebec think of him. Though of course it might affect Liberal performance in Quebec, if anyone there was watching,.
The only real question I had about Blanchette or Singh is how they would decide whether to endorse a minority Liberal or Conservative outcome.  Nobody bothered to ask.

And let the pollster wars begin:

And this is the way the media summed up the debate:

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Election Follies and Funnies #18: I am a Quebecois

Posted September 9, 2021 by Anonymous

Wednesday night was the French leaders debate: #Trudeau with fire in the eye, brought the heat – scalded Blanchet “I am a Quebecois..have always been a Quebecois.. proud to be a Quebecois. You do not have a monopoly on Quebec” #Elxn44— Charles Adler (…

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Election Follies and Funnies #17: today’s update

Posted September 8, 2021 by Anonymous

As we wait for the Leaders Debates Wednesday and Thursday, here’s a few interesting tweets for tonight:

The Conservatives can’t get away from the guns issue, because O’Toole can’t give an answer that Canadians will believe:

The issues of gun safety and anti-vaxxers are starting to merge, and the merger isn’t positive for the Conservatives:

The #FlipFlopMan narrative framing is now getting used on other issues too:

And non-answers are getting noticed:

Here’s discussion about the Conservatives lying that the Liberals supposedly are planning to tax capital gains on principle residences:

Another non-issue:

Here’s an important discussion from Dale Smith about why the Liberals ended up abandoning electoral reform and maintaining the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system:

Finally, here’s a great tweet about voting:

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Election Follies and Funnies #16: some fun now

Posted September 7, 2021 by Anonymous

Ain’t we havin’ some fun now?

   
 Actually, of course, the increasing violence we are seeing now from the anti-vaxxers and the PPC supporters is not funny at all. 
Two weeks to go.
And I think maybe its becoming clearer why it is important that we hold this election now – Trudeau is right; Canadians need to make a choice about which direction they really want to take, either Forward with the Liberals, or backward with the CPC. 

Today saw more violence from the anti-vaxxers and their allies:

Even when anti-vaxxers were screaming, Trudeau kept his cool:

Another day of coverage on O’Toole’s assault rifle flip flop, too:

And here’s a couple of tweets in honor of Labour Day:

Today’s wierdest:

And this will make you feel good!

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Election Follies and Funnies #15: Flip Flop Man

Posted September 6, 2021 by Anonymous

Editing note: I had to delete a couple of the earlier Follies and Funnies posts because something in them was messing up my blog formatting and I am not sufficiently expert in html to figure out what went wrong. Hopefully that won’t happen again, but …

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Election Follies and Funnies #14: Today’s Roundup

Posted September 5, 2021 by Anonymous

New Liberal campaign ad: We can’t let Erin O’Toole take Canada backward.Now is the time to move forward. For everyone. pic.twitter.com/LkV3VzNQiM— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) September 4, 2021 #cdnpoli “To the surprise of all, a group of independen…

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Saturday Stories: The Next Variant, Long-Haulers, And Waning Immunity

Posted September 4, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Olivia Goldhill, in STAT, on the race against the next worse variant.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how COVID long haulers are everyone’s problem.
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, with why you likely need not worry too much about your waning immunity….

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Election Follies and Funnies #13: “He’s got a bolt of lightning up his ass tonight!”

Posted September 3, 2021 by Anonymous

Here’s the link to tonight’s Leaders Debate in translation: https://www.cpac.ca/episode?id=f9809cea-1e07-47cd-a94d-2ddd3e1351db# 

And here are several of tweets I saw about the debate:

Annamie Paul has now endorsed the Liberals:

A few campaign factoids:

Those rallies at hospitals are going to doom the Conservative campaign.

I believe that over the last two weeks, Canadians were starting to think hey, maybe this O’Toole guy might be OK, at least he’s sorta friendly, he’s not like Harper, so maybe those Conservatives might be worth considering. 
But these hospital rallies are going to kill any positive feelings Canadians might have had toward the the Conservative party leader who can’t even convince his own caucus to get vaccinated and certainly doesn’t seem to be able to deal with nutty protestors:

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Election Follies and Funnies #10

Posted August 30, 2021 by Anonymous

This may well be the weekend remembered for Jagmeet Singh losing the thread. He sent out a bizarre tweet on Saturday which lied about Trudeau profiting from billions of dollars in student loan interest. Now actually, during the pandemic, the …

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Saturday Stories: The Next Variant, Vaccination Realities, And Medical Exemptions

Posted August 28, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine Wu, in The Atlantic, on the next worse variant.
Helen Branswell, in STAT, discusses the Delta tuned realities of vaccination
Omar Mosleh, in the Toronto Star, on why you’re probably not going to get a medical vaccination exemption
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Election Follies and Funnies #9

Posted August 28, 2021 by Anonymous

Well wasn’t this a day? Canada was rocked by the news that the Trudeau campaign has to cancel one of its Ontario rallies because the anti-vaxxer mob was putting Trudeau and Liberal candidates into danger. Trudeau’s response: Message from @JustinTr…

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Election Follies and Funnies #8

Posted August 27, 2021 by Anonymous

I got a chuckle out of the last few minutes of the CBC At Issue panel tonight. August 26th, 2021: “The political impact of the #Afghanistan crisis, and what the NDP leader said about working with the Conservatives” https://t.co/TxWu6kbcFp At Issue pane…

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Election Funnies and Follies #7

Posted August 26, 2021 by Anonymous

Latest polling: Federal Polling:LPC: 36% (+3)CPC: 33% (-1)NDP: 17% (+1)BQ: 6% (-2)GPC: 5% (-2)PPC: 4% (+2)Nanos Research / August 24, 2021 / n=1200 / MOE 2.8% / Telephone(% Change With 2019 Federal Election)Check out all Federal polling on @338Canada a…

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted August 25, 2021 by Ben

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Election Funnies and Follies #6

Posted August 24, 2021 by Anonymous

So this happened:

And Conservatives across Canada went batshit. 

Liberals smelled a rat – or at least, something a little odd:

Then @gill_godwin sniffed out some relationships – between the public relations professional who was originally outraged that Freeland had chopped up her O’Toole “interview” where he made the truncated remarks about Canadian healthcare, and her friendship with Twitter’s public policy manager who used to be a parliamentary assistant to Harper. So maybe this helps to explain why Twitter was ON IT!!!

Dean makes an interesting point about the larger issues here:

Trudeau has Freeland’s back:

In other news:

Here’s Ed The Sock’s latest:

And some funny too:

Sounds good to me:

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Election Funnies and Follies #5

Posted August 23, 2021 by Anonymous

Simon freaked us all out on Saturday when he posted this alarming chart:

He also noted that it is still summer, and Canadians may not be interested yet:

But it definitely gives me pause, and keeps me scouring the news for what is happening, bad and good. Because I am absolutely terrified that Canada will again turn down a national day care program like they did when Layton torpedoed the Martin government. 

Even my own relatives were saying today that “Oh, but O’Toole has a day care plan too!” when he very much does NOT — just a tax credit for people who don’t actually need it. 
Its the Canadian working poor who need $10-a-day daycare, so they can take home more from their lower-income jobs, while their kids get better day care from the child care spaces a national program will create.

I do wish the Liberals could do a better job telling Canadians why they are seeking a majority government now. Parliamentary reporter Dale Smith explains the “toxic spring” we had this year:

And I’m glad to see Trudeau strike back:

And then I see something like this, and it makes me feel better too:

And in other news:

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Saturday Stories: Masks And Children, Protecting Unvaccinated Kids, And What’s Safe To Do?

Posted August 21, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Judith Danovitch, in The New York Times, on how masks might help your children to learn.
Lael M. Yonker and Anthony J. Fischer, in Time, on how we can protect unvaccinated kids.
Helen Branswell, in STAT, polled some epidemiologists about what they wer…

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Election Funnies and Follies #4

Posted August 21, 2021 by Anonymous

At Issue: How did the first week go for the parties? @RosieBarton @ChantalHbert @acoyne @althiaraj @elamin88 #Elxn44 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/NrgLusOY35— CBC News: The National (@CBCTheNational) August 20, 2021 As you said they peaked too early and th…

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