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Hey there blog-pals. For those of you interested, here’s the shorter: I started a new blog… http://whattrump.com

It was almost exactly 8 years ago to the day that I started this blog. Because I knew there was going to be a big change in the way ‘politics’ was going to be done under the Obama administration, I thought it might be fun to go along for the ride. I thought I would ‘blog’ along with the new president.

Well two administrations later we are at the end of that era. And a big change is coming at us once again. I just can’t imagine continuing to write about politics in the same sort of way – I mean, what’s already happening is so bizarre. I figure it’s probably time for a new blog.

So here you go: what trump!

The site is certainly rough around the edges right now. But I have managed to migrate about 50 of the most recent Trump-focused snarkings and demonstrations of disrespect from here to there. So if you’re in a mood to get your hate on, it’s a good place to hang out. Hope to see you there.

–toma

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One problem with candidate Hillary Clinton

In losing to an awful no good racist sex criminal who happened to be the Republican nominee, we have in Hillary Clinton a bad candidate. An historically bad candidate. We have someone who did not know the country, did not understand its current politics, and could not connect with voters. Frankly she just wasn’t interested. The job was already hers, why should she bother?

The GOP may have gotten stuck with a hard charging despoiler, but, after the most painful presidential campaign in history, America preferred him.

That’s how bad Hillary was. This is how badly the Democratic party ended up doing. And don’t annoy me, not everybody in America is a scumbag, okay? Not everybody is an uneducated bozo. There should have been obvious ways for Hillary to win. It should have been easy.

But she stank. In a time where politicians, Republicans particularly, are a bunch of entitled do-nothings that know fuck all about America, and obviously don’t care, she looked like an example of the problem. Nobody has a proper idea of the things Hillary Clinton has done for anyone. Nobody has any idea what it is she really gives a damn about. The Iraq War, the Bankruptcy Bill, the incestuous ties with the party – we’re all familiar with that. But what’s her true passion? Where’s the soul of this politician?

Barack Obama didn’t help.

“I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”

What about John Kerry? He too was a Senator. Not just for a paltry eight years, for twenty-eight years. Now he’s the Secretary of State, just like Hillary was. Has there never been a more qualified person to serve as president than him? Is he someday the greatest candidate ever?

How about Chuck Hagel? He was a senator for 12 years, then he became the Secretary of Defense. Has there never been a more qualified person than Chuck to serve as president? Will we someday call him the candidate of the century?

It makes no sense. What’s Obama getting at? Why would he go out of his way to say this? Answer: Because the candidate was once the spouse of a president. That’s the sizzle in the argument – this person once lived in the White House. She’s been there before.

How dumb is that? She didn’t have any constituents, she had no official duties. She did not participate in the government, never argued for or against any legislation, never ruled on a case before the Supreme Court, and cast absolutely no votes in Congress in eight years. But Obama, like so many other giddy Democrats, actually thought Americans would ultimately be swayed by this mundane fact. The difference between Clinton and all those other senator-secretaries is…she used to be First Lady.

This is what made the candidate a slam-dunk. This was why no discerning person could vote for Donald Trump. This was why, without a doubt, there’s “never been a more qualified person to serve as president.” Because she once was married to a president.

Imagine saying the exact same thing of another candidate. Imagine saying that of someone who happened to be a man-person. If somebody named Steve Smith were a former first gentleman and senator/secretary? If he ran for President? Would Democrats say he was the greatest candidate ever? Anyone making that argument would get laughed at. If anything, people would find it a reason to vote against him.

Americans didn’t buy the hype, and you can’t blame them. The sad truth is that Hillary Clinton is probably more of an idea than she is a politician. But you can bet the “Mrs. White House” argument made it much easier for all those smartypants neoliberal gurus to run her campaign. I mean, hell, who doesn’t love a first lady? President Donald Trump would like to thank every one of them.

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Homophobe: Happy Halloween you LGBTs, you’re gonna die

Have a hate-filled Halloween, everybody.

A Far South Side (Chicago) grade school will not co-host a haunted house that contained, among other depictions, a representation of the June, 2016, shootings at the Pulse nightclub, according to CPS officials.

Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave., was advertised by promoters as the location of a haunted house entitled The Room: A Journey to Hell that was scheduled to take place the evenings of Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Someone thought it would be kewl to turn an elementary school into a national tragedy. Ha ha, boo everybody, it’s a nightclub shooting. Step lightly over the cadavers. Careful not to get any of the blood on you, it’s hard to wash out.

Wow. But before you remark how heartless this funhouse would be, you might like to know that there was a certain logic behind it. Tyrone Tappler, good Christian man, thought he might turn a bad day into a good opportunity. He would use the ‘horror’ of Halloween to literally scare the hell out of South Side kids. He would teach them a little about right and wrong, and sin and redemption, and making good decisions based on the Bible’s teachings rather than the stirrings of your silly homo pee-pee. Because Tyrone believes being gay will get you hunted down, shot and killed.

Advertised as a “Christian interactive experience,” the event is produced by Tyrone Tappler Productions. On Aug. 31, the company asked on Facebook for volunteers who’d depict the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting: “Club Pulse, Dancers, Victims … CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!”

Among other scenarios reportedly depicted in the haunted house were a botched abortion and the 2015 Charleston church shooting. According to the ticket sales page, The Room “is a real life haunted house. Guests will experience IN YOUR FACE scenes of dark reality. … You will walk in 10 Rooms and encounter individuals who will make choices. The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping.”

You might like to see the flyer.

haunted-lesbian-shooting-scenario

Nat (who asked that their complete name not be used ) said that they saw a flyer for the haunted house at a restaurant at 104th Street and Torrence Avenue, adding, “I went in for some dinner, and promptly lost my appetite when I saw that.”

If you’re like me, you look at that image and think…”Wait. Satan’s shot-up lesbian? Don’t I know her?”

It took me a minute of image fishing, but yes. We do know her.

rihanna

It’s Rihanna.

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Rudy Giuliani has lost it

In the shaky aftermath of 9/11, a good part of America – or we, *shudder* – once called him America’s Mayor. Millions of us looked to him for re-assurance that the country was going to be OK. We were glad to have him help us through a horrible, terrible tragedy. Nowadays, unfortunately, we only need to call him a comfy padded wagon. We all need to chip in and get Rudy Giuliani a ride to the sanitarium because he has completely lost it.

MATTHEWS: Do you think there were any signs of illness last night by the former secretary of state? Signs of illness?

GIULIANI: No, but I thought there were the day before when she coughed for about, I don’t know, 15 minutes and then coughed on the airplane and then spit something up. I don’t know what’s wrong with her but they kind of hide her…

Hide her? Umm, where? YouTube, so Dr. Mayor can diagnose her from the den? This is the way he conducted himself on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews last night, lobbing one spit-flecked grenade after another while offering the ole’ hey I’m only saying – as if he weren’t completely apeshit. The typhoid troofers of course have seen Clinton kaffing on and off for as long as two minutes [TIMED IT], but in Rudy’s hardboiled detective role as Trumpule Poirot (née Google) Giuliani actually saw the death rattle go on for “I don’t know, 15 minutes.” Then the candidate went and “spit something up,” you know, as in The Ghost. How we’re supposed to watch a tooth-gnashing troll hnngh! about Hillary from some abandoned bridge and still end up voting against her, I don’t know.

As close as Donald and Rudy are – and they talk to each other every day, with Rudy I’m betting phoning in 99% of the time and not the other way around – I get the sense that these are Trump’s paranoid nauseations duly regurgitated. Donald regularly wakes up early in the morning, hunts down every web-post and tweet about himself, and loads the bile cannon in his brain, taking dead aim at his enemies. Rudy apparently never questions whatever the Donald rants at him over the phone, and there you have it. But there are a few corn kernels here to be poked at entirely borne of Rudy’s own guts, shot from deep within his own clodhopping schizoid glory, and they are precious. Completely insane.

GIULIANI: They gave away the defense of the Czech Republic and Poland to reset the relationship with Russia for nothing. The day they did that, Putin, who is a KGB killer, figured out I can push these guys around the world. They will not — he will not be able to push Donald Trump around the world. Believe me…

If you read history, right, if you read Gorbachev’s memoirs, Gorbachev memoirs said the key thing in winning the Cold War was our insistence on nuclear defense, because they knew they couldn’t match us. We have proven in Israel that nuclear defense works.

As to Poland and the Czech Republic…WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

But then this – THIS? “We have proven in Israel that nuclear defense works.” There is no nuclear defense. There is no Star Wars, or SDI, in existence anywhere on this planet. Nor has it ever been developed by us, nor is it being used by the Israelis. It was a Reagan-era fantasy, a laughable hoax only possible in 3-D cgi space movies, and it remains nothing more than that today.

What Israel has deployed is a radar missile system (Iron Dome). It takes out about 90% of the rockets launched at them locally. Qassam rockets have a range of about 10 miles and carry an explosive payload of up to 20 kilograms. Do I have to point out the functional differences between that and a nuclear weapon? Do I have to explain to you, or him, what an ICBM, or a warhead, is? For starters you can compare explosive payloads, noting whatever difference there is between 20 kilograms and 20 million tons.

GIULIANI: Here’s why nuclear defense makes sense. And I know something about this. A missile can take an airplane out of the air. A better missile can take a missile out of the air…

MATTHEWS: okay. We don’t have a strategic defense — we don’t have a strategic defense system.

GIULIANI: And here’s the worst thing …

MATTHEWS: We just don’t have one.

GIULIANI: I asked Secretary Gates, what did they get in return for giving up the nuclear shield of Poland and the Czech Republic? And you know what his answer was? Nada. They got nothing.

Giuliani’s defensive bubble would have to knock out multiple missiles simultaneously, without missing a single one. You see the problem that will daunt scientists for decades to come. The “shield” over Poland and the Czech Republic never existed and won’t exist anytime soon – not in our lifetime. But that fact won’t stop Rudy’s eyes from bulging out of his villainous baboon skull in apoplexy over some psychotic thing his synapses have misfired about Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton. Beneficence begs us to place Rudy Giuliani in an institution, tomorrow. He is completely gone.


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Remember people. Sasquatch Israel.

Here we go again.

Now this – Analysis from social media provides additional support that Trump is likely to win in a landslide.

So how bad is it? Evidence from ‘The Truth Division’ shows that if you look at social media, Trump is killing Hillary!

Facebook. Trump: 10,174,358 Likes Clinton: 5,385,959 Likes. Trump has nearly double the amount of ‘Likes’ that Clinton has!

When comparing recent ‘live streams’ on Facebook: Trump Live Stream Post — 135,000 likes, 18,167 shares, 1.5 million view. Clinton Live Stream Post —11,000 likes, 0 shares, 321,000 views

Trump is crushing Clinton.

The brain rot begins to set in, once again. Haven’t the Republicans done everything just so? Haven’t they done all of the white things? Of course they have. So how in the world could they be losing? Unpossible! I mean, isn’t everyone talking about Donald Trump? Isn’t he on The Roger Ailes Channel every night? Doesn’t he have a million followers on the Twitter? What else do you need to know?

Keilar began, “Let me ask you about this. You say it’s not a shakeup, but you guys are down, and it makes sense that there would–”

Cohen interrupted, repeating, “Says who?”

Not skipping a beat, Keilar confirmed, “Polls. Most of them. All of them?”

“Says who?”

“Polls. I just told you, I answered your question.”

“OK, which polls?”

“All of them.”

…Keilar was exactly right and Cohen made an ass of himself… It’s unclear what information Cohen is seeing, but Trump hasn’t led in a single poll since July 23…

Okay about that, the polls. You know what that means? Nothing. That’s right, you heard me. You want to have a referendum, then go and do yourselves a little polling, whatever. But this is totally different. This is about being elected President of the United States. You can’t do that without… winning. Hokay?

Interrupting a discussion about the hiring of Breitbart overlord Steve Bannon to run the Trump campaign, Bolling complained, “These polls, Dana, honestly, we have to stop with these polls.” Bolling continued, “They’re insane with these polls. Just look at what’s going on. You look at a Trump rally, and there’s 12, 15, 10,000 people.” In addition to demanding that “we have to stop with these polls,” Bolling compared his inflated estimates of Trump’s crowd sizes to Hillary’s lesser-than crowd sizes, insisting that rally attendance is an accurate predictor of election outcomes. It’s not.

I can’t stop laughing. They spend their entire lives trying to get away from stoopid liberuls so they don’t have to hear us spew our filthy opinions and noxious facts. They live entirely within the Fox News bubble fortress, appointed with Sean Hannity’s rage and Bill O’Reilly’s surrealist U.S. History anecdotes.

What happens when sobriety intrudes? What happens when the real world comes banging at the door? They go further into the darkness. They run straight for the basement. And in there they find their carpet monkey mommy, and they cling to it as if grim death were creeping right up their spines. It’s genius.

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Life beyond David Bowie

I was lucky tonight for having begged out of work tomorrow. It made it easier for me to absorb the news of David Bowie’s death.

An all-time epic indictment of Fascism.

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You are noble and poetic in defeat, sir

Ta-Nehisi is right.

A great many American problems, by Coates’ lights, come from the fact that the nation was simultaneously founded on a messianic self-conception and gruesome injustice — the high moral principles of the Declaration of Independence grafted onto an agrarian slave state.

It is a token of faith in America that every man should be something of a God. That Righteousness be His eternal birthright. So I see no point in asking this man what the hell he was thinking.

An Indiana veteran is baffled that he was arrested on felony charges after opening fire at two shoplifting suspects fleeing a store near his home.

“I thought, ‘Really? A felony charge?’ I’m very well-trained,” said Norman Reynolds, who chased the men out of the Big R store in Elkhart and fired his gun at them when he was unable to catch up, reported WBND-LD.

Because Indiana. Which is smack-dab in the middle of America. This means that Norman Reynolds has the right to summarily execute evildoers of whatever stripe, on all days, everyday, in all circumstances. Although I must admit I’m glad to hear him offer up some law-and-order mumbo-jumbo for drawing a bead and firing the ole’ Wrath of Christ. Such gestures are always polite and well-appreciated, culturally speaking…

“I wanted them to stay there [in the parking lot] until the police arrived,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds has a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

He said he only opened fire because the suspect in the passenger seat of the truck had dropped out of sight and Reynolds didn’t know if the suspect would pop back up with a weapon.

Having chased the shoplifters outside, he was afraid one of them was about to draw a gun on him. I mean, are these people assholes or what? Clearly it had become a dangerous situation, there’s really no arguing about it. These jerks are the type of people who steal things and then run away, after all. It makes perfect sense he would try to murder them. There’s no more effective way of forcing a moving object to remain exactly where they are [forever].

He still has his permit to carry, but Reynolds said this experience has led him to no longer arm himself.

“I really, really feel uncomfortable,” Reynolds said. “So [my wife and I] hardly ever go out. I pretty much stay in my house cause I don’t feel like I can defend myself and I will not be a victim.”

Now he’s not allowed to shoot anybody.

“I have to completely rethink my life now because of this,” Reynolds said.

He’s totally helpless. Thanks, Obama.

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Today in right-wing terrorism

Three dead and many wounded at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Zigmond Post, who told BuzzFeed News he was a neighbor of Dear’s in Hartsel, said the man once gave him anti-Obama pamphlets.

Post said he once went to Dear’s home to retrieve two dogs that had gotten loose. “We were there for a minute and the guy was already handing us anti-Obama pamphlets,” he said. According to Post, Dear said “Obama was ruining the country and needed to be impeached.”


UPDATE:

The Washington Post.

The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others told the officers who arrested him “no more baby parts,” after being taken into custody, according to a law enforcement official.

The attack on the clinic was “definitely politically motivated,” the official — who has been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because it is still unfolding — told The Washington Post.

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Ground and pound for the clowns

Yesterday was ‘there’s a monster in the backyard let’s go throw rocks at it’ day. And after only barely poking his head out from behind the safety of his 2% polling, Bobby Jindal worked up the courage to step out and girl-arm this at the beast’s feet.

President Trump today announced that the first season of “The Apprentice: White House Edition” will air on CBS this fall. Contestants, including Gary Busey, Ted Cruz and Kanye West, will vie for Cabinet positions. The announcement came as the newly renamed “Hair Force One” touched down in South Dakota for the unveiling of President Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, first lady Melania had reason to celebrate as her White House-branded perfume, Trump, by Trump, hit Macy’s shelves …

No, this is not a story from The Onion. It’s a vision of our future.

To which Godzilla replied: “No one is going to carve Kenneth the Page’s face up there next to Teddy Roosevelt. Okay? I’m sorry.”

Just how bad are Donald’s rivals at playing this game? They’re this bad:

The problem with Donald Trump is that he will never be president. His nomination as the Republican candidate would gift the White House to Hillary Clinton. He would self-destruct in a general election.

Jindal can’t decide whether Godzilla would destroy Tokyo or merely hand it over to Mothra. When the Donald calls these guys a bunch of clowns, he’s right. Flinging poo from the enemy camp:

‘Trump is going to see what low-energy looks like,’ an ally to Jeb Bush says.

That should have sounded like a threat, not a suicide note.

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Republicans and Negro music

A bit of sixties history:

citizen councils and negro music

This was a flyer distributed by the Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans. These ‘Concerned Citizens Councils’ were the button-down equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan, more likely to get you fired from your job than burn a cross on your lawn. Shockingly, they still exist today.

As late as 1998 Republicans like Trent Lott and Bob Barr were still attending CCC meetings and talking conservative politics to their members. As late as 2010 Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour was praising the good work a CCC did in his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

By the way, yesterday marked the beginning of Black Music Month.

The event was called “A Republican Salute to Black Music Month” and, according to organizer Raynard Jackson, a black Republican consultant, was to include R&B legend Sam Moore (“Soul Man”), Marlon Jackson of the Jackson 5 and others…

Moore, Marlon Jackson and the others showed up. But among the “confirmed participants,” [Reince] Priebus was the sole man missing. And there was nobody from the RNC to take his place.

The chairman of the Republican Party was supposed to grace the event with his presence, but for some reason he missed. Maybe he wasn’t missing much.

Whatever the cause of the chairman’s absence, it would be unfair to say there was widespread disappointment, because attendance itself was not widespread. The organizers had warned of the “limited number of seats available to the general public,” but half of the 50-odd place settings in the room were unused. Rather than a Republican salute to black music, this was a limp handshake.

Even with members of Sam And Dave and the Jackson 5 on the panel, “A Republican Salute to Black Music Month” didn’t draw 30 members of the public. Too bad. I’m sure Sam Cooke fans would’ve have loved to hear this:

…music producer Carvin Haggins, offered the novel view that African Americans quit the Republican Party because of Watergate (and not, say, Barry Goldwater or the civil rights movement). The Democratic Party, he said, “is the slave master’s party.” He explained: “Instead of leaving my plantation and making it on your own, stay here and we’ll feed you and we’ll give you health care.”

Priebus (and the RNC in general) has been widely criticized for doing virtually nothing to integrate the Republican Party after all these long, white years. Still, the organizer of “A Republican Salute…” keeps the faith.

Raynard Jackson offered a defense, of sorts, of the absent chairman. “When I first met him I thought he was a chicken, but when I got to know him and I became friends with him I think he’s a pig now,” Jackson said. “For a chicken to lay eggs, that doesn’t mean anything. But when you ask a pig for bacon, that’s a total commitment. And see, most Republican chairmen have laid eggs in the black community. . . . He’s my pig. He’s made a total commitment.”

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Urgent call for cat boarding/rescue in Pennsylvania

I received some terrible news today by way of our friends at Rumproast. Terrific blogger StrangeAppar8us has taken ill and is currently hospitalized. His three cats are in urgent need of a new home(s). The cats are in the Pennsylvania area.

We will be doing everything we can for Strange, including setting up fundraisers and putting together his work, but for now we have an immediate need for homes for his three cats, most likely permanent homes, though I hope with all my heart someday he may be reunited with at least one. They are all seven years old, spayed and neutered, and I am hoping he may get one back someday, but we have no idea if that will ever happen.

So, anyone interested in taking in the charming 7 year olds, two males one female, see the post here. Or at least contact Strange’s friends at strangecatrescue@gmail.com.

Anything you could do in this regard would be much appreciated. Get well soon, Strange.

–t

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Dilbert’s Scott Adams: getting worse and worse

Dilbert’s creator and libertarian ink-bag, Scott Adams, mounts a campaign for most-hated internet denizen. We come to terms with his ‘Dilbert’ without saying much. But we note the Misogyny of His March, where women were slap-worthy toddlers, or something:

The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.

Then there was the Appreciation of His April, where he took to message boards to socketpuppet-ly masturbate himself:

3. Can he repeat his success with Dilbert? He already turned a failing comic into a household word by transforming it from a generic comic into a workplace comic. He wrote a number of best selling books. He was one of the top paid public speakers for a decade. His website has earned him millions while no other comic property has done the same. One of his two restaurants was solidly successful. And now he’s one of the most popular writers in the Wall Street Journal. You can argue that all of his successes spring from his one lucky success with Dilbert, but I would argue that all entrepreneurs leverage whatever advantages they start with, whether that is technical knowledge, contacts, or whatever.

4. As far as Adams’ ego goes, maybe you don’t understand what a writer does for a living. No one writes unless he believes that what he writes will be interesting to someone. Everyone on this page is talking about him, researching him, and obsessing about him. His job is to be interesting, not loved. As someone mentioned, he has a certified genius I.Q., and that’s hard to hide.

Now comes the Justification of His June, where we men are all turgid, pegged rapists in a world full of annoyingly defenseless and geometrically displeasing holes:

If you have a round peg that doesn’t fit in a square hole, do you blame the peg or the hole? You probably blame neither. We don’t assign blame to inanimate objects . .

Now consider human males. No doubt you have noticed an alarming trend in the news. Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world. The current view of such things is that the men are to blame for their own bad behavior. That seems right. Obviously we shouldn’t blame the victims. I think we all agree on that point. Blame and shame are society’s tools for keeping things under control.

The part that interests me is that society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal while the natural instincts of women are mostly legal and acceptable. In other words, men are born as round pegs in a society full of square holes. Whose fault is that? Do you blame the baby who didn’t ask to be born male? Or do you blame the society that brought him into the world, all round-pegged and turgid, and said, “Here’s your square hole”?

Here’s where I impress you with my commentary: Wow.

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