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It's All About Ben

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Never seen so many eyeballs watching the same microticks on 5 charts simultaneously and seeing virtually everything move in perfect lockstep tick for tick.  Everyone waiting and wondering about when and if Bernanke is going to make the cut or not.  Meanwhile Obama was desperately on the phone, attempting to get a post-SOTU "resubstantiation" rally in play.

At first, it wasn't looking good.

Then, things started to look a little better


Then, a sigh of relief when the tape didn't completely fall apart at the bell.


"Whew, that was a close call, Ben....."


No doubt, you could tell that "the fix was in" with the relative strength of the financials, the day after Cramer told everyone to avoid that group.

Led, of course, by the biggest derivative-infested toxic trash heap on the planet:  Citigroup.

So far, still stuck in this boring trading range. But the bears are getting more momentum and they need to push the banks off a cliff.


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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 17:04 | 209879 wang
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Robo you are the master of captions

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 17:09 | 209891 Don Smith
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You missed a great title opportunity - "It's all about the Benjamin."

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 17:52 | 209978 Chopshop
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fantastic, Robo.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 17:59 | 209994 crosey
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Just awesome!  Always nice to have a laugh at the end of nearly each and every trading day.  Thanks.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:01 | 209999 Anonymous
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Robo, what's the deal...awfully light with the pic's of the hotties these days! BTW, hilarious commentary on Obummer.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:04 | 210012 Paper or plastic
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Love your work! You know, about the time of that first picture of Barry, DJI @ 1082 and change, I think I got a "tingle" in my leg.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:29 | 210016 Leo Kolivakis
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After surpassing expectations, Eastman Kodak (EK) surged 25% on Thursday, making Bill Gates and Bill Miller even richer. Will it be the turnaround stock of 2010?  

Today's market action:

Most active gainers:




Most active decliners:




Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:13 | 210031 Leo Kolivakis
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LOL, the ZH fleas are out flagging my posts before I even post them...LOL!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:35 | 210080 phaesed
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lol, get used to it... happens whenever you have an unpopular opinion :) However I will say tomorrow I'm buying on the dip and gettin back into solars :)

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:46 | 210098 Leo Kolivakis
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I bought more solars this afternoon.:)

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:51 | 210456 Ripped Chunk
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JDS Uniphase.

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 00:48 | 210501 Mrmojorisin515
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enough already, Seriously do you really need the validation that bad?  Did daddy not give you enough attention?  This crisis is so much more than solars and whatever garbage you cheerlead everyday!  I do not come here to read about investing advice, i come here because i once believe this "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


So please keep your advice to your own website


and on a side note, who is going to be installing solar panels on their house or what have you, when they cant afford a house?  And if demand drops because unemployment checks stop, hence oil goes to absurdly cheap compared to now, who is going to be heating their house/company with solars?  REALLY????  WHO, well it must be leo because he will supply all of the demand himself!!!!!!  Perhaps walmart will start selling solars at everyday low prices, if they can fiance their debt when interest rates are 30%

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 01:11 | 210527 delacroix
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wal mart already sells a solar panel kit, in some stores

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 13:16 | 211007 Anonymous
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Why would low oil prices cause a drop in the demand for solar? Anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out that a drop in oil prices is unsustainable in the 3-5 year timeframe, and if a dip in oil caused solar prices to go down, I would buy in a heartbeat.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:33 | 210181 Unscarred
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happens whenever you have an unpopular opinion


Keep doing your thing, Leo.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:27 | 210326 Anonymous
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LOL right back at you cockroach. Go get a job at CNBC.

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 00:22 | 210494 Missing_Link
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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:36 | 210081 monopoly
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you are 1 cool dude Robo.

thanks always.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:42 | 210084 MarketTruth
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RoboTrader says:

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:44 | 210096 Rainman
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Robo...We need pics of purty girls and assorted scantily clad wimmins.

No mo Pics of Ben and Barry, please. It hurts my eyes.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:48 | 210105 Leo Kolivakis
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I second you on that, Rainman. But Robo, leave something to the imagination.:)

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:41 | 210196 Unscarred
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I think ZH has finally gone 'PG' my friend (well, contributor wise; certainly not from the peanut gallery).

Could 3.0 be right around the corner... hmmm?

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 18:59 | 210130 Master Bates
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If y'all want to see boobies, go to PETA's website, and check out how they have a state of the union address.

You have to listen to a lot of boring blah blah blah shit, but the chick gets naked the whole time she talks.

Or you can check any one of the 99% of pornsites that make up the internet.

Still, the PETA state of the union is somewhat "respectable".  LOL

Have a nice day!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:17 | 210241 Anonymous
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Excellent find Master BAtes
I enjoyed it and congress did too!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:01 | 210135 Anonymous
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Yeah what be up wif the Robo? esrt he diss-appers, n he be showens wiff no pitches of the bitches.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:05 | 210143 10044
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Robo, go after chicks on fox biz, they're waaaaaay hotter than CNBS'. Respect dude

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:05 | 210144 Instant Karma
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It's all smoke and mirrors and misdirection and misperception.

The markets have resumed a deflationary collapse that first occurred between 2000-2002, raged from 2007-2009, and, after a brief reflationary pause from March 2009-December 2009, is resuming again. Get your Greenbacks on and sell the rest.

Deflationary collapse. Again.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:07 | 210148 Anonymous
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Factory of Tears

And once again according to the annual report
the highest productivity results were achieved
by the Factory of Tears.

While the Department of Transportation was breaking heels
while the Department of Heart Affairs
was beating hysterically
the Factory of Tears was working night shifts
setting new records even on holidays.

While the Food Refinery Station
was trying to digest another catastrophe
the Factory of Tears adopted a new economically advantageous
technology of recycling the wastes of past –
memories mostly.

The pictures of the employees of the year
were placed on the Wall of Tears.

I’m a recipient of workers’ comp from the heroic Factory of Tears.
I have calluses on my eyes.
I have compound fractures on my cheeks.
I receive my wages with the product I manufacture.
And I’m happy with what I have.

by Valzhyna Mort

translation by Valzhyna Mort ,Franz Wright, and Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright
from Factory of Tears; Copper Canyon Press, 2008

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:23 | 210164 deadhead
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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:44 | 210202 Howard_Beale
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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:35 | 210440 deadhead
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where the hell have you been Howard?  I hope all is well.

you gotta be looking at some longer otm puts on STI.....

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:09 | 210300 Rainman
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Principal park down street today.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:34 | 210438 deadhead
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perfect for dirty old men?

yes, absolutely, as long as i keep my defibrilator nearby!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:33 | 210185 Careless Whisper
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Yeah, the financials were strong and GoldmanSquid put STI on the convict buy list. Well most of you know the drill. It gaps up large and Mr. Big Time hit the bid all morning and during the afternoon rally he sat on the offer selling a bazillion shares. I guess we should give the Squid credit. They good. They real good.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 19:52 | 210211 RobotTrader
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No hot chicks unless the market goes back into rally mode, or if some Low Grade Screamer like PMCS launches up a huge percentage.

Its "hunker down" time....



Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:07 | 210226 Anonymous
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So I guess we can expect more pics of antique (hand) bags, a la Kathie Lee in the future?

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:54 | 210349 Unscarred
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YIKES!  Take it down, Robo!  TAKE - IT - DOWN!!!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:37 | 210443 deadhead
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And, Robo, don't even think about posting any of your Cali girlfriends like Pelosi, Maxine, or Feinstein.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:07 | 210227 Rainman
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We are being punished because Robo's going long.

Well, that makes sense. LOL.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:07 | 210228 romario
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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:31 | 210253 Careless Whisper
Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:02 | 210295 Rainman
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....water everywhere......yum.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:38 | 210445 deadhead
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i don't know careless, I started going long looking at those two....

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:18 | 210310 Leo Kolivakis
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Robo needs some help crunching the numbers. She is long solars...LOL!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 21:29 | 210328 Rainman
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Hook, Line , Sinker.........a CATCH !!

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:39 | 210446 deadhead
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shit, she looks like Margaret Brennan.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:49 | 210454 Hephasteus
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Oh go and destroy my theory that competition is purely destructive in all its forms. See if I CARE!!


Fri, 01/29/2010 - 02:54 | 210588 Leo Kolivakis
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Andy, let me introduce you to Quebec's Vanessa Blouin:

She's long solars too...LOL!

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 04:33 | 210608 Unscarred
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Good God, Leo!  Are you and Andy back in high school again?  Go take a cold shower or something!

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 10:43 | 210807 Leo Kolivakis
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My apologies, it's freezing cold in Montreal and needed something, anything to warm me up!

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 12:21 | 210932 Leo Kolivakis
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Duly noted. In this insane world where political correctness is taken to extremes, one has to be ultra sensitive to this type of stuff. Can't even enjoy eye candy any longer.-)

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:14 | 210236 Anonymous
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I know I'll catch a lot of hell for this, but I think good ole Ben was a great choice.

If, and when, the whole thing tanks again, good ole Ben is the perfect scapegoat. When things fall apart it will be Ben and Timmy taking the heat, and if the good Lord does decide to spare the United States it will be all about the BO, (body odor that is), the Messiah, the snake oil salesman of Hope and Change.

Of course, arrogant egotists like BO will take all the credit for economic recovery and put everyone else's head on the block for an economic collapse.

And that last picture of BO just goes to show what a media whore that guy is, it's all about him.

Fri, 01/29/2010 - 00:48 | 210513 JR
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I agree.  We’ve been trying to make a point that Ben is a messenger, a paid stooge, of the oligarchs and if he had been removed, the people could begin to say the problem has been solved, when it hasn’t. 

But since he has been reinstated, our story continues, i.e., abolish the Fed oligarchy, its issue and destruction of money in secret for private gain and acquisition of power,  its vast designs for the complete subjugation of the human race to tyranny.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:16 | 210240 Anonymous
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There will be a new currency to replace the crashed dollar within 3 years. The "Alinsky", and everyone will get one Alinsky for every 50 US dollars they hold. Unfortunately, an Alinsky will have the purchasing power on one old dollar.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 20:45 | 210273 Comrade de Chaos
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there is only one solar on my mind with 

Book/sh 15.87 (50% above the closing price...)


(still I am not in a hurry, maybe march - may) 


Thu, 01/28/2010 - 22:37 | 210384 Instant Karma
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Wake me when it's spring.

More hot women.

Deflationary collapse again. Reprise 2008.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:53 | 210460 JR
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This was posted at 17:05 by Dr Manhattan on Stiglitz Pans Obama.  I think it belongs here with Ben and the Fed, as does my reply.

If you want to break free from the Private Banking Scam, just follow the lead from a candidate from Florida...the real solution, just apply to ech state and to the Federal Goverment. Time to break the shackles of the private banking system...


The era of the commercial banking system is over because of:

1.      Their exploitive and speculative activities having reached intolerable limits.

2.       The fact that they allowed the destruction of the peoples creditworthiness; consequently they can no longer create jobs or lend money under present circumstances.

3.       The irresponsible behavior of the CEOs, such as paying themselves huge bonuses and their dubious business practices.

 In contrast, the Khavari Economic Plan, proposes a state run bank that will:

1.      Lack the shortcomings of the commercial banking system by employing transparent oversight by the public.

2.      Become the engine to drive an economic miracle in the State of Florida, bringing general prosperity and economic security for all Floridians.

3.      Create jobs in giant numbers that are simply impossible under the present commercial banking system.

4.      Cut costs in half or more by providing low interest financing to Floridian homeowners and businesses.

5.      Use profits to benefit students seeking higher educations.

6.      Secure attractive salaries for teachers and educators.

7.      Take care of veterans and elderly by making health care affordable.

8.      Reduce property taxes, eventually eliminating them altogether.

We will put the power of modern banking to work for the people of Florida, not for Wall Street.

Over the years, interest has been the biggest cost most families have had. Interest paid to the bank means less money for your family. Reducing interest costs can save a family hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Scenario 1 Let’s take a $100,000 mortgage, for example. With a 30-year fixed rate 5.5% mortgage, your monthly payment is $567.79 and you will pay $104,404.40 in interest on that loan.

Scenario 2 With a 2% fixed rate 15-year mortgage, your payment would be $643.51, the total interest would be only $15,831.80 – and the mortgage would be paid 15 years sooner! You would save 88,572.60 in interest. After you’ve paid off your mortgage, if you continue to make monthly payments of $643.51 to a BSF savings account earning 5% interest, at the end of 15 years you will have more than $160,000 after taxes in your account—just by having your mortgage from the Bank of the State of Florida.

In scenario 1, after 30 years of payments, you would own your house. Given scenario 2, after 30 years of payments, you would not only own your house, but also have more than $160,000 in savings.

How could the BSF do this? It’s called “fractional reserve banking,” the same principle all banks use to operate. If you have $100 in reserves, you can loan out $900 or more. That means you collect interest on $900 but you pay interest on only $100 at most. If the bank pays you 2% for your CD and lends it at 5% on 9 times as much money, you can see this is a really good deal – for the bank.

Now our Bank of the State of Florida does not need to be greedy. It is not going to get involved in shenanigans like bundling and selling mortgages, taking out weird insurance policies and general practices that have caused the mess we are in today. When we make a mortgage, that asset remains right on our books and the paperwork is right there on file. We are going to pay good dividends and the highest rates in the market for long term deposits. We are going to loan out 9 times our reserves. And we are going to make billions of dollars for the State Treasury while we save Floridians a trillion dollars—and that trillion dollars becomes many trillions in Florida’s economy.

Let’s say we pay 5% for our $100 and loan out our $900 at 2%. We pay out $5 in interest, and we take in $18 in interest. Can we make money at that? You bet we can.

We could make the $3.6 billion we are short this year on just a couple of million 2% mortgages. We can do even better on 3 – 4% commercial financing and vehicle loans.

And all the money the bank earns goes directly into the State Treasury, to work for Floridians, not to Wall Street.

Where do we get the reserves? The State of Florida has billions invested with Wall Street. 5 or 6% guaranteed looks pretty good these days compared to a 50% decline in the stock market. Look at what long-term bonds are paying, look at CD’s—we will have no problem attracting all the long-term deposits we need to get started, simply by paying good rates.

Now look what happens. With a 2% fixed rate 15-year loan, the buyer has paid off over 11% of the principal within 2 years. That means we have more than enough reserves to make a new mortgage for someone else, without having to pay interest for the reserves! (In comparison, a 5.5% 30-year loan takes 7 years to pay 11% of the principal).

Now some people might think that low interest rates will just raise the price of homes. That would be true if the 2% loan was for 30 years. But the payment on the 2% loan for 15 years is a little bit higher than the payment for 5.5% 30 years, so this tends to hold prices down. It also tends to eliminate speculation that messes up the market every time. As long as prices are stable, we can offer mortgages with low down payments, so homeownership can be as easy as paying rent.

What the Bank of the State of Florida does is transfer hundreds of billions of dollars away from Wall Street directly into the pockets of Floridians by reducing interest costs… and it puts hundreds of billions into the State Treasury, too. We will have stable, fair prices for homes and take 15 years of slavery out of the process of owning a home.

Consumer financing is another area where Wall Street and the big banks are costing us way too much. Banks charge huge interest on credit cards, for example, where the cost of money to the bank is really zero. If a family has $10,000 in credit card debt at 25% interest, that’s over $200 per month in interest alone. At 6%, the monthly interest is only $50. This family could reduce monthly payments by $50 and pay off the debt years sooner. The State earns billions of dollars per year while saving Floridians billions and billions more.

The Bank of the State of Florida will earn billions of dollars per year for the taxpayers of Florida, not Wall Street fat cats. At the same time it will reduce interest costs and save Florida families hundreds of thousands of dollars per family. Who needs that money more? You or Citibank?

The Bank of the State of Florida can handle checking accounts and ATM’s too. The other banks will have to become competitive, and there is no reason why they cannot.

Couldn’t the federal government do the same thing? Actually, the federal government could do even better and they could do it immediately at huge benefit to the U.S. Treasury. Do you think we should wait around for them to do it? We can have this program in effect in Florida within a year, at no cost to the State.

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 23:59 | 210473 JR
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You show the horrific abuses of fiat money used as a weapon against the people by a centralized banking cartel—the Fed—that has monopolized the nation’s credit and money supply.  We are now experiencing the tyranny and financial collapse of America of which our Founders warned. Prerogative over the issue of money must be restored to the people. You have graphically shown its benefit.

Just how much the Fed banking cartel has cost the American public, and the Morgan/Rockefeller control of financial resources just prior,  from 1900-2008, can be seen from The Inflation Calculator*:


What cost $100 in 1800 would cost $48.94 in 1900.

Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 1900 and 1800,
they would cost you $100 and $204.33 respectively.


What cost $100 in 1900 would cost $2554.90 in 2008.

Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2008 and 1900,
they would cost you $100 and $4.06 respectively


What cost $100 in 1914 would cost $2124.41 in 2008.

Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2008 and 1914,
they would cost you $100 and $4.82 respectively.

*Source: The pre-1975 data are the Consumer Price Index statistics from Historical Statistics of the United States (USGPO, 1975). All data since then are from the annual Statistical Abstracts of the United States.

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