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A Culture Of Fear And Intimidation...

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

Last week when I arrived to Bangladesh, the immigration officials there were positively ecstatic to see a foreign tourist entering the country.

I’ve also been to places in Africa and the South Pacific where you’re greeted upon arrival by dancing tribespeople singing songs of welcome.

It’s not quite the same in the Land of the Free. In fact, before they even let people in the country, they program us to be afraid and intimidated.

For one thing, all the immigration officers are armed. There’s absolutely no reason for a government agent to carry a loaded pistol when all he does is stamp a passport. This is EXTREMELY uncommon in the rest of the world. Only in the Land of the Free.

Just like the airport security farce, which has millions of travelers assume the “I surrender” pose inside a radiation machine, US immigration checkpoints are there to train people to be afraid and submit to the state’s authority.

When you step back and look at the whole government apparatus, it’s apparent that this culture of fear and intimidation applies across the entire spectrum.

We’re programmed, for example, to be terrified of the IRS. It’s to the point that getting audited consistently ranks among people’s top fears in the Land of the Free, right up there with snakes and unexpected death. It’s quite sad, actually.

And whether this Soviet-style idea to target opposition political groups came from the top or from the lower ranks, it smacks of an entire organizational culture gone awry… one that thinks it has unlimited power and authority to squash anyone it wants.

We’re also programmed to fear the police… who are more commonly donning combat boots, assault rifles, and these hideous Urban Assault Vehicles as a show of force, as if they’re on patrol in Kandahar.

And we’re programmed to subordinate ourselves to the interests of the state… whether it’s “shared sacrifice”, i.e. everyone must universally suffer because politicians are incompetent, or ratting out our neighbors to Homeland Security (if you see something, say something) or the IRS.

There’s so much more. We’re told that we can be attacked by drones, held in military detention, or have our children taken away by the government. These are powerful tools in stoking a culture of fear to keep an entire civilization under control.

Yet these constant abuses of power are diametrically opposed to how a free society is supposed to conduct itself.

You’re probably aware of a particularly fitting quote, most frequently credited to Thomas Jefferson– “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” It’s absolutely true.

(There is no evidence that Jefferson ever said this, nor is the phrase contained in his works. It was first seen in print in John Basil Barnhill’s article, ‘Indictment of Socialism No. 3? in 1914.)

Jefferson did write in a 1789 letter to Welsh philosopher Richard Price that “wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

Unfortunately this isn’t happening; ‘the people’ aren’t rising up to set things right.

And this is an important reminder: we cannot rely on a government or society to provide us with freedom or the economic opportunity which stems from it. We can’t wait for tens of millions of people to ‘wake up’ and ‘vote the bums out’. Or take to the streets.

If history is any indicator, the fear and intimidation will likely get worse. This problem doesn’t just go away, and it doesn’t resolve itself.

The only viable strategy is to abandon the herd and focus on what we can all do as individuals to safeguard our wealth, preserve our liberties, and ensure the continued safety of our families.

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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 15:43 | 3593336 buzzsaw99
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...The only viable strategy is to abandon the herd and focus on what we can all do as individuals to safeguard our wealth, preserve our liberties, and ensure the continued safety of our families.

 

Amen to that. I plan to rat you bass turds out the first time a gubbermint agent comes knocking. [/sarc.]

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 15:45 | 3593348 gmrpeabody
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They want to take our guns away to make their guns look bigger...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:01 | 3593416 Manthong
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The intelligent person does not pay any attention to all of this crazy talk anymore.

Just pour a refreshing beverage of your choice and cozy up to a good book that reflects upon physics and mathematics as well as the minutia of angular motion.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:07 | 3593438 detached.amusement
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If only people still believed in such simple pleasures in life :)

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:09 | 3593448 kaiserhoff
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It thought this was about the new speech code at ZH/ABC.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:18 | 3593491 AlphaDawg
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time to leave before its too late, im in the UK.

Thinking Singapore or Cape Town

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:23 | 3593514 jbvtme
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a casual look around me whether at the market, theater, gym or lecture at the local college...americans, for the most part, have lost their instinct and will to survive.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:23 | 3593518 Herd Redirectio...
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Cape Town....  Go inland a bit though, to Stellenbosch, or down the coast a few kms to the Strand....

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:36 | 3593585 Manthong
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If I understand things correctly.. one is at least allowed to defend oneself down there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQbHnLSasfQ

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:55 | 3593813 Jumbotron
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"You’re probably aware of a particularly fitting quote, most frequently credited to Thomas Jefferson– “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” It’s absolutely true."

 

BULLSHIT....BULLSHIT....B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TYRANNY !!!

IF OBAMA AND THE IRS SCANDAL DOESN'T PROVE THAT NOTHING WILL !  (EVEN THOUGH  BUSH SET THE GROUND UP PRETTY WELL FOR OBAMA AND HIS GOONS)

YOU ONLY HAVE LIBERTY ONCE THE PEOPLE START SHOOTING AT THE GOVERNMENT JUST AS OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DID TO THEIR BRITISH BRETHREN AND OVERLORDS.

 

However.....once the smoke clears....in a few generations.....you will have the same 'ol shit.  Welcome to Prison Planet.  Meet the New Boss....Same as the Old Boss.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:25 | 3593527 Cole Younger
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Marquesas

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:26 | 3593532 Freddie
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Cape Town?  UK might actually improve.  They need a civil war in the UK to solve it.  It will be short and bloody but the (real) English like a good fight and can be ruthless bastards when they need to be.  Just tell them the Islamists insulted Man U or Arsenal.

If you need help - import about a 1,000 soldiers from Poland.  Those tough b*stards know how to deal with Islam.   Sh*t - 100 Ghurkas could do most of the work.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:33 | 3593572 AlphaDawg
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fucktard

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:34 | 3593577 AlphaDawg
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its narrow minded wankers like you that make me want out of this western shit hole.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:41 | 3593599 Freddie
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LOL! Go stand on the corner for a bus and lose your head.  It is a fu*king war for survival you idiot.   Be a sheep.  Good luck in S Africa.  You also better have plenty of money in Singapore.  Sheep.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:45 | 3593612 AlphaDawg
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mate, I grew up in a war zone, Northern Ireland, and have seen many atrocities.

It all boils down to narrow minded fucktards who cling on to religion.

The US/UK are bombing and dronoing the shit out of Muslims and you wonder why they are pissed off?!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:55 | 3593644 AlphaDawg
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oh, and I majored in maths at Oxford so I wont have any financial issues in singapore getting a job in banking..Fred "the gimp" Freddie

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:01 | 3593671 Manthong
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ooh.. Oxford math (obviously multiple) major?  Just awaiting the 7 sigma move?

Dude.. the orange and green stuff in Ireland was stupid and  the Brits should have left it alone.

But.. the green crap from the mid east... that will wreck humanity if it is not crushed.

And I don’t mean with the poser’s puny drones.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:10 | 3593705 AlphaDawg
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not multiple, a masters, but in US and globally its the equivalent of a major.

Also, I believe VAR is bullshit, and so to is Basel 3 RWA etc, its is about intelligence not formulae banking/gambling etc

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 18:00 | 3593730 Manthong
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cool with that..

human action.. fair exchange.. licit institutional rules..

oh, if it were only thus..

edit.. even a freaking troll with a pinhead could not possibly disagree with an a priori statement.

not that it's important to the cosmos, but Mr. red, you are, by disclosure, a moron.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 03:11 | 3595114 AnAnonymous
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But.. the green crap from the mid east... that will wreck humanity if it is not crushed.
__________________________

No kidding.

It has to hurry because 'americanism' is on the task and in a way better position to achieve the deal.

Green crap from the mid east: around since 7th century.

'Americanism' since 18th century.

And yet so many more achievements.

Better for any green crap proponents to yield on their stuff and adopt 'americanism'. They will increase their chances of success folded times.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 04:31 | 3595157 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous driveled:

Green crap from the mid east: around since 7th century.

Chinese citizenism crap on the roadside: since time immemorial.

Better for any green crap proponents to yield on their stuff and adopt 'americanism'.

Better for any roadside crap proponents to squat, yield their stuff, and adopt AnAnonymystical Chinese citizenism.

They will increase their chances of success folded times.

In Chinese citizenism, folded times is the laundromattering thing.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:05 | 3593687 albanian
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+100 

!!!!!!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 18:17 | 3593869 buyingsterling
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We're not bombing muslims to defend or promote Christianity. Is that a cover? If so, no politician will even say so. Yes, it;s stupid to be doing this, but don;t blame it on 'clinging to religion'. Leaving religion and entering the age of self-aggrandizement and moral relativism is at the root of the problems of the modern age. Our 'leaders' - and much of the herd - think THEY are god, and accountable to no one. You have to believe that in order to be a mass killer.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 18:31 | 3593914 AlphaDawg
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completely agree man, dont take me out of context.

life is a lot more like you said, was just having an argument with a tard and putting a simple point across

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 18:37 | 3593935 AlphaDawg
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sorry to downgrade you, agree with what you said but are you seriously long stering? wtf? why?

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 03:51 | 3595129 Element
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Thank goodness bluefin tuna don't have issues with the mass-slaughter of pilchards ... nor cattle station owners with making rational economic decisions to turn cattle into BBQs.

Ultimately the source of our 'special' humanist moral repugnance to mass-murders is due to our fear that we may one day be on the receiving end. And when religious morality fails (and who can possibly argue that it hasn't in EVERY major religion) then you get Govt 'Law' and the UN's confabulation.

And when that fails (as it now has), we're right back to square one, the general fear that it might happen to us. Hence people are now trying every which way to resurrect the sense of moral repugnance and provide it a sensible agreed basis (hard to do when some utter arsehole in the beige-house, who has a fucking nobel peace prize, but keeps arbitrarily killing people, as he sees fit, with his assassin drone fleet).

And acute fear is the organizing motivator of collective 'order'-making. It is always that way, just as it is for a pilchard 'schooling' in a tight bunch and moving in lock-step, as one drone-mind, in order to avoid the tuna's maw.

 

EDIT: They really should have some sort of verbal guidance for a nobel peace prize recipient, so they understand that they really must not become a willful mass-murdering cunt, as that sort of runs contrary to the whole spirit of awarding them a peace-prize thingy in the first place.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:51 | 3594267 Slightly Insane
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Freddie,  spot on with the Ghurkas ....

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:23 | 3593504 francis_sawyer
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"Last week when I arrived to Bangladesh, the immigration officials there were positively ecstatic to see a foreign tourist entering the country."

~~~

But then they checked the passport & saw it was that self absorbed twat waffle... Simon Black & said... "Oh fuck ~ well, while you're here, could you make yourself marginally useful by giving us the correct time in Gstaad?"...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:29 | 3593550 kaiserhoff
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Well said, Francis,

    but what exactly is a "twat waffle?"  I want to be sure I'm insulting the right people.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:42 | 3593603 francis_sawyer
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A "twat waffle" is not dissimilar to a "cheesepope" [by 'utility' standards of measure]...

~~~

But the bottom line is that it can take on 'ombudsman' characteristics... Which means ~ It's 'ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE'... [& mostly what you probably think it is]...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:57 | 3593821 TeamDepends
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francis, may we contract it to "twaffle"?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:18 | 3594181 blindman
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you say twaffle, I say twaflatto,
some say twafflette or twaflematto.
let's call the hole thing off.
.
Ella F. and Louis Armstrong - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2oEmPP5dTM
.
"something must be done."

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:42 | 3594385 TPTB_r_TBTF
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yet another meaning for "twat waffle":

 

occurs when a woman wears tight jeans without underwear and the hard seams painfully mash themselves into her undercarriage, leaving an angry red waffle-like pattern. [urban dictionary]

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:13 | 3594689 blindman
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but ... this is so funny ...
"..
watwaffle (twat-wah-full):
n.1 An elitist; someone unaware of their own limitations and highly critical of others.
n.2 A general prick. See: douchebag, n00b.
v.1 To ban; to totally pwn.

"That Tom Cruise is such a twatwaffle."
or...
"I was twatwaffled by @Blue-Six....it hurt, a lot."

buy twatwaffle mugs & shirts

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The idiot that gets on your last damn nerve. The person you know that suffers from excessive verbal diarrhea. The one you want to smack in the face with a pick-axe. The person who has done it all and done it better than you.

There is this twatwaffle in my anatomy class who won't shut up even though he is obviously an idiot and everyone fucking hates his sputtering face.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:53 | 3594793 Element
Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:29 | 3593551 Herd Redirectio...
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God, they are training more of them (oligarchs, not Simon Blacks), up there in Gstaad!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_Le_Rosey

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:45 | 3593610 Colonel Klink
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Le Rosey, I'd call it the opposite for everyone else.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:22 | 3593737 francis_sawyer
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When I was around 29yo... I somehow managed to hit it off with a 18yo with a cute face, & huge tits... Her 'daddy' was a typical well heeled cheesepope [in Woodland Hills, Ca.], who'd sent his little darling to Le Rosey...

~~~

She loved giving head... [which I presume was on the curriculum]...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 00:52 | 3594932 Colonel Klink
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Good to see a comment from you FS.

I'm sure it's a learned skill to marry well.  Then a lost art once it occurs.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:48 | 3593627 Freddie
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LOL!  "Cheap holidays are other peoples misery."

Simon Black is a tool.  What tourist would go to Bangladesh?  Was he researching some sweatshop stock in Bangladesh?  Maybe Nike saved two pennies in making $400 Air Jordans which are bought with EBT cards in Chicago.

Simon should stick with Doug Casey's real estate hacienda sales in N Argentina.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:53 | 3594264 Cui Bono
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Correct time in Gstaad? Nice usage, very nice....

... but is he waterproof to three atmospheres?

cuz in Philadelphia he's worth $50 bucks.....

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:47 | 3593620 Ignatius
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"If only people still believed in such simple pleasures in life :)"

 

We Americans in particular are addicted to constant novelty.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:14 | 3593453 BLOTTO
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Unfortunately this isn’t happening; ‘the people’ aren’t rising up to set things right.

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The big problem is the illusion is to thick...the brainwashing to heavy, for the masses to comprehend. It is a massive hurdle for people to get over to think that those in power, who are suppose to care for us, and love us, are the ones creating this shit...

.

Its actually brilliant, if it wasnt so evil.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:30 | 3593554 Herd Redirectio...
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Stockholm Syndrome.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:21 | 3593729 Haole
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"Stockholm Syndrome."

Which is currently being redefined the last few nights in the city of it's "coining" into an absurd PC abstraction of it's former self as a concept.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:11 | 3593458 Peachfuzz
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Yes, I too read Hot Rod Magazine for the articles.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:19 | 3593497 Anusocracy
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Humans have evolved to the exalted levels of...  rhesus macaque monkeys.

 

"Alpha males, who rule the 50 or so macaques in the troop, use threats and violence to hold on to the safest sleeping places, the best food, and access to the females in the group with whom they want to have sex. Like human dictators intent on holding power, dominant monkeys use frequent and unpredictable aggression as an effective form of intimidation. Less powerful members of the rhesus macaque group are marginalized and forced to live on the edges of the group’s area, where they are vulnerable to predator attacks. They must wait for the others to eat first and then have the leftovers; they have sex only when the dominant monkeys are not looking.

“In rhesus society, dominants always travel in business class and subordinates in economy, and if the flight is overbooked, it’s the subordinates who get bumped off the plane,” Maestripieri said. “Social status can make the difference between life and death in human societies too,” he pointed out. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, for instance, the poorer members of the community accounted for most of the hurricane’s death toll.

Male macaques form alliances with more powerful individuals, and take part in scapegoating on the lower end of the hierarchy, a Machiavellian strategy that a mid-ranking monkey can use when under attack from a higher-ranking one. Altruism is rare and, in most cases, only a form of nepotistic behavior. Mothers help their daughters achieve a status similar to their own and to maintain it throughout their lives. Females act in Machiavellian ways also when it comes to reproduction. They make sure they have lots of sex with the alpha male to increase the chances he will protect their newborn infant from other monkeys 6 months later.

“But while they have lots of sex with the alpha male and make him think he’s going to be the father of their baby, the females also have sex with all the other males in the group behind the alpha male’s back,” Maestripieri said. They do so just in case the alpha male is sterile or he dies or loses his power before the baby is born.

Struggles for power within a group sometimes culminate in a revolution, in which all members of the most dominant family are suddenly attacked by entire families of subordinates. These revolutions result in drastic changes in the structure of power within rhesus societies, not unlike those occurring following human revolutions. There is one situation, however, in which all of the well-established social structure evaporates: when a group of rhesus macaques confronts another one and monkey warfare begins. Rhesus macaques dislike strangers and will viciously attack their own image in a mirror, thinking it’s a stranger threatening them. When warfare begins, “Even a low-ranking rhesus loner becomes an instant patriot. Every drop of xenophobia in rhesus blood is transformed into fuel for battle,” Maestripieri wrote."

 

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-10/uoc-ham102407.php

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:52 | 3593642 Frank N. Beans
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Planet of the Humans, bitchazz

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 17:09 | 3593699 IamtheREALmario
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Humans are a little different. They will weigh the relative strengths of the group and if the new group has advantages they will let the new group rip the heads off of their old leaders and then make deals with the new group.

Would I lift a finger to help our bankers or governmental so called leaders? Most likely not. They pay the nuvo-Stasi to protect them.

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