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What Happens If A US President Stops Speaking, And Nobody Claps

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... does it mean that everyone saw right through the endless bluster, hollow rhetoric and empty promises of the man tasked with reading from a teleprompter, and currently in charge of one of the world's most totalitarian states? Because either someone is getting fired for forgetting to turn on the "applause" sign, or Europeans no longer care for the lies uttered by Obama on all topics NSA-related (and all other topics too). One wonders: how long until the US president finally gets the same treatment in his own country?


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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:30 | 4594726 Itchy and Scratchy
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Resignation = Standing Ovation!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:31 | 4594730 Almost Solvent
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I thought liberty died to thunderous applause?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:33 | 4594754 ApollyonDestroy
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Hahaha what a fool. We're so done for

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:37 | 4594789 Vampyroteuthis ...
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When will rotten tomatoes start flying at the podium?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:38 | 4594795 CuttingEdge
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Shouldn't that be shoes? Him being a closet Mossie and all?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:56 | 4594912 Rick Blaine
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I hope that is really exactly how that went down...

That was awesome.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:13 | 4594991 max2205
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That guy who yelled Barry out as a liar during the first SOTO should be given the medal of honor

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:20 | 4595030 SilverIsKing
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You can say that again...

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:36 | 4595134 Badabing
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Check out the zink hiel @ 0:56

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:18 | 4595417 Pure Evil
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Obama doesn't know his audience very well. Europeans only care about extended vacations and short work weeks. He should have promised extending their month long vacation to two months and promised 25 hour work weeks with 85% salary pensions when retiring at 45.

As opposed to Americans that adore a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.

Of course that needs to be updated to 21st Century sensibilities, whereas an EBT card in every pocket with a 70" flat screen and XBox in every living room would elicit the necessary orgasam from the dullard American.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:37 | 4595526 Pinto Currency
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And there Obama has a measure of what people think of him - not just any people but the press who have been his most adoring fans.

This has important meaning for the West in these coming days of chaos and it can't be corrected with a little chit chat.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:39 | 4595535 Beam Me Up Scotty
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I bet people clap for Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  Hopefully Obama doesn't get any ideas.  So you don't want to clap?  Off to the gulag!!  Say bye bye to 3 generations of your family!!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:53 | 4595582 PT
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You beat me to it.  I was going to say that people clapped and cheered for Hitler, but we'd better keep quiet and hope he doesn't get any ideas.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:21 | 4595703 Isotope
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If I recall correctly, weren't we told by our media that the Europeans were ecstatic when he was first elected? Did they think that we had finally become as enlightened as they were? Finally shed our racism? Perhaps it was that his election demonstrated to them that we were indeed as stupid as they had always suspected? Or was it just another pervasive lie from our media? Perhaps some Europeans here could comment.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:14 | 4596213 TeamDepends
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Vee love ze Poupon.  However, when it becomes hackneyed, vell, zat iz anuzzer question.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:08 | 4596475 Richard Chesler
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That's no way to treat the puppet of the free world.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:26 | 4596549 smlbizman
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jerry   jerry   jerry  jerry......sorry wrong thread

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:12 | 4596735 old naughty
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speech writers jump from olympus.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:22 | 4596783 mjcOH1
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"What Happens If A US President Stops Speaking, And Nobody Claps"

Sociopath Ego Quake.....force - infinity.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:35 | 4607954 papaclop
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Slobama.... What a lying hypocritical piece of shyt.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:15 | 4596505 nmewn
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Correct Isotope.

But his speeches were backed up by rock concerts, dancing & booze...etc.

Helluva hangover ;-)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:18 | 4596765 A Nanny Moose
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A little reality...he was obviously not speaking in the Repewblik formerly known as The Untied States of Amerika.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:24 | 4596792 nmewn
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They probably didn't understand the queens ebonics ;-)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:12 | 4597344 A Nanny Moose
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As I always say, if it weren't for France, we would be speaking English.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:43 | 4597609 jeff montanye
Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:14 | 4597625 Ghordius
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this is correct, europeans in general were ecstatic of seeing Obama instead of Bush Jr

you have to understand that if we could, we would prosecute Dubya for war crimes. the Peace Nobel to Obama was a way of communicating this message

you also have to realize that Obama was talking about how the US "gathers intelligence" here. and we are pissed about this behaviour of our senior ally

in the same way as the Nixon Shock was primarily a shock for us, the Snowden Shock was primarily a shock for us

and no, racism has little to do with it, we have different problems and issues in the "diversity departement". we could not care less if the US Prez is black or gay or has twenty mistresses and fifty bastard children. generally speaking that's not criteria we judge our politicians with, too

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:28 | 4597714 joak
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Ok you have Obama, but our European leaders are his puppets. So who's the most stupid ? We'd better keep it quiet lol.

About the media, there was a time, especially in France, when it was trendy to criticize the US. Nowadays it's all the opposite, complete submission. I guess this is the "NWO in motion" effect. We are all in the same (sinking) boat.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:43 | 4597809 N2OJoe
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The majority of eurpoeans do seem to love them some totalitarian dictators, huh?

Now(past few decades) it seems Americans have caught that STD as well.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:25 | 4595721 willwork4food
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I think it would be real funny if everyone made ape noises after he speaks. The MSN would have a hard time etching that out.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:10 | 4596489 nmewn
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Little Barry is having to adjust his perception of himself, to his actual competence, deeds & words.

It must be terrifying for

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:21 | 4596529 Kayman
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In like a lyin' out like a lam

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:42 | 4596608 nmewn
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Styrofoam greek columns and all...cuz he's "green" or

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:25 | 4596797 Yes_Questions
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You know, you really are on to something with that.


I'll bet his handlers (sans Applause Sign Guy/Gal) are working doubleplus overtime on the optics for this.




Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:04 | 4597157 Liquid Courage
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"the press who have been his most adoring fans."


the press who have been his moist, adoring fans.

There, FIFY

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:40 | 4595538 Anusocracy
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@ max2205

A Texas psych prof did a study in the early 90s on what it took to be a good President.

Her conclusion was: to be able to lie and be believed.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:02 | 4595623 john39
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how did she define "good"?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:14 | 4595667 Nick Jihad
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That's dumb. From Lincoln, to Wilson, to FDR, to JFK, it's been proven that a "great" president is one who gets us involved in a war that kills tens, and preferably hundreds, of thousands of young Amercan men.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:12 | 4596496 Wahooo
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AND...tells everyone it was the moral thing to do.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:51 | 4597292 Anusocracy
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Into wars by lying and deceiving and being believed.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:11 | 4595938 Omen IV
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be able to act and be a clown

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:25 | 4596310 BustainMovealota
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Hell, thats any job

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:36 | 4597726 neidermeyer
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That prof was just making an excuse for ex-prez Horndog and the blue dress.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:05 | 4595637 eurogold
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True, Europeans love their healthcare systems, long vacations and strikes. Ask them about their 8 Dollar a gallon gas or their VAT ( in Germany 19% ) and other imposed Taxes. And yet, most would not like the U.S. alternative.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:10 | 4595657 Rafferty
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My son works in the oil industry (engineering office job) in Scotland and has 54 days paid vacation a year plus paternal leave and unlimited sick leave.  Seem to be fairly standard conditions.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:16 | 4595679 Nick Jihad
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It costs my employer nearly $2, to put one extra dollar in my paycheck. At some point, added vacation is a much more tax-efficient form of compensation.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:25 | 4595722 TheMeatTrapper
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As an IT consultant I once delivered an application to a university in Scotland. It would take WEEKS to get anything done on their end. I would send an email saying "Defect 1156 has been resolved. Can you open the app, click on the Welcome page and tell me if it looks good?".

The reply would come back "Sorry, but Nigel is on holiday. He'll be back in a few weeks and follow up with you". 

I shit you not. It would take weeks for them to go to a URL, click a button and tell me if it was OK or not. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:17 | 4595966 XitSam
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And they are still trying to become independent from England. I wonder why?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:11 | 4596732 SilverRhino
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On the bright side you got to bill then an hour a day : Followup : pending Feedback from customer. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:16 | 4596995 I_rikey_lice
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"My son works in the oil industry (engineering office job) in Scotland and has 54 days paid vacation a year plus paternal leave and unlimited sick leave."


It doesn't sound like his job is very important or perhaps even necessary?



Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:06 | 4597535 Freddie
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My son works in the oil industry.....

So he is employed by the Rockefellers or Red Shield (i.e. the same thing).  Blackwater also has the same employers.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:23 | 4595793 Joe A
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And still the average European worker is more productive than his American counter part. Also, Europe does not have 60% of the population that is mad about something all the time and about to snap as some poll recently suggested. But ok, America is the land of the free...

Edit: Honestly, I don't know how Americans put up with their work stress and having little holidays. Americans are decent folk with a strong work ethic but you need holidays to relax, recuperate and to bond with your family and friends. Things might be cheaper in the US but life is more than just work and spend your money on things you don't really need. It's just stuff you know.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:40 | 4596070 Ifigenia
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The problem with americans is as much as they work and sacrifice, the results go to the 1%, just like here, with the diference that after thousands years of class strugle (rich versus poor or 1% v. 99% in modern talk), here, we give a shit to social mobility or dream of a better future and stick to our families and friends.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:43 | 4596098 NMC_EXP
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" is more than just work and spend your money on things you don't really need. It's just stuff you know."


That is worth repeating.

Even though it is heresy in a country where the economy is based on buying "stuff" on credit.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:29 | 4596326 Thoth
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Just to counter point, I do work about 50 hours a week, but I do enjoy my work and it still leaves me with plenty of family time. The money is nice too and it is NOT squandered, I am very cheap. Lounging around for 15 more hours a week would not necessarily make me happier. Maybe I'm just conditioned though, sad as it is to admit.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:28 | 4597038 TheReplacement
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A lot of Americans are upset because this is no longer the land of the free.  Given a high enough percentage that should nullify your point.  40 Hours a week with 10 holidays and whatever you can negotiate for time off is not a bad deal.

I don't know or care who's workers are more productive.  I do find it hard to believe the average European is more productive than the average American.  I worded it like that to include the high unemployment and pensioners in Europe.

The bit about spending your money on things you don't really need is right on but was once a personal decision.  The results of such spending also used to be personal.  This is no longer the case.  See paragraph one.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:14 | 4597547 Freddie
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When was the USA the land of the free?  Before the banksters murdered 1.1 million American men in The Civil War?  Nothing really very "civil" about it was there?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:11 | 4597544 Freddie
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Don't worry Joe A.  We have the same overlords that you do. They are feverishly working to make Europe far more multicultural to increase your indentured servitude just like us. 

When you become total serfs then they are comfortable you cannot fight back. They can always resort to divide and conquer to make sure we don't act up.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:09 | 4595922 OceanX
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You sir, are a loser

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:35 | 4596349 Buck Johnson
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Bingo, also that was funny they knew what they did because they see a hypocrite and a liar standing up there.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:40 | 4596600 Rylie
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Paying attention to his body language he didn't even believe what he was saying. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:07 | 4596963 The Deacon
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That was my first thought as well.

It all rang oh so hollow.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:36 | 4595518 Chupacabra-322
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@ Badabing,

Very nice. I didn't catch that one the spfirst time around. Statist vermin llk are everywhere.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:18 | 4597002 Kirk2NCC1701
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What, he didn't get the Clap?

Get out the Clapper! Wait... never mind... bring out the Gimp.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:47 | 4598166 scrappy
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I take no pleasure to see a President that represents all of us to fail like this, however it is a corporate government, so it really does not represent us.

Still the world thinks it does.

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:42 | 4595153 Joe Davola
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Needs thought bubble:

"Don't they know who I am!"

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:01 | 4595302 fonestar
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Tough crowd Barry?

The world is awakening you scumbag!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:22 | 4595437 Lore
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It is impressive how the President keeps a straight face, delivering some of those lines. I understand that it is a challenge even for seasoned veterans in stand-up comedy. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:00 | 4595617 Bollixed
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That's why he was given the job. That's also why he 'thinks' he doing a good job.

This gives a whole new meaning to 'Obomber'...

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:48 | 4595831 TaperProof
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I wish someone ripped a huge fart audible to all at the end of his speech.  That would sum things up. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:57 | 4596672 newdoobie
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Wow fony, this is the first post of yours that I've seen that hasn't been junked. You usually get hammered even when you don't praise BC!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:04 | 4595326 Evil Peanut
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One wonders: how long until the US president finally gets the same treatment in his own country?

Really who wonders this? There are obviously enough rat bastards willing to sell out the rest of civilization for a few table crumbs from the 1%. I do not believe anything will change for the better in our world until each and every politician and corporation is dispatched from this earth

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:37 | 4595525 Beam Me Up Scotty
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The .1% or even the .01%.  There are alot of people who work 5 days a week, nights and weekends who are in that other .9%.  They dont deserve to get shit on by the masses when TSHTF.   Just want some clarification.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:28 | 4595742 cynicalskeptic
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Problem is that the 2% to 0.1% that DO work for what they have are the ones most likely to get looted and torched because the REALLY wealthy are sitting behind 6 foot high walls guarded by private security guards or are out of the country.

We live in what I'd have considered to be a 'rich' neighborhood when I was growing up - in the burbs of NYC, one town over from the more blue collar town I lived in as a kid.  But we've got relatively 'poor' towns close by so you KNOW when TSHTF the 'have-nots' will be looking at us as the 'haves' - nevermind that we worked our tails off to get here, bought a wreck of a house and put thousands of hours of our own labor in it.  

The hedge fund guys in Greenwich and Bronxville and Scarsdale will be nice and safe behind barricades if it all falls apart.

There is MORE of a gap between those at the 1% level and the very top that there is between the very bottom and the 1% level.   Most of the wealth held by the top 1% is actually held by the top 0.01% and there's a world of difference between those levels.    

Low to mid 6 figures here is the ususal but really puts you only in the upper middle class - this in a place where starter houses are well over a half million and property taxes are $30,000 and up.  My brother down south had a better lifestyle at 1/5 the income - his house cost what our downpayment was and his property taxes were - literally - 1/20th of ours..... of course his kids were dumb as rocks in public schools that were an embarassment.   Otherwise not too bad a life for a factory worker - new trucks every 5 years, nice vacations..... until the plant closed.  

My life now is a better version of the life my parents had - bigger house, not as many worries about paying for college for my kids, can pay my bills on time.  But retirement still scares the hell out of me  - even though we HAVE saved for it.   Wouldn't take all that much for us to end up back where we started - through no fault of our own.  We've seen it happen to friends - loss of a job, a major illness.....      In some ways it's MORE worrisome than my parents' lives.  They 'got by' and never had much to actually lose.   Really sucks when you've worked hard to build up something  and see it disappear through events you can't control.

This life is still a far cry from those worth hundreds of millions flying on private jets from their house in Hawaii to their place in NYC and then helicoptering out to their place in the Hamptons.  I've met too many of these asses - who either inherited it, lucked into it or schemed and conned others to get it.  But 'work for it'?!?!? .....bwahaaaaaaaaa.........

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:01 | 4595884 Freddie
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Those gated communites will be easy pickings when the SHTF.   The rent a cops will not stick around.  Just lay down some suppression fire or a few firecrackers and those guys are gone.  Regular cops will be running home to protect their boat and other shit those parasitic union boys own when they ain't out shooting people's dogs are bangin hookers.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:37 | 4597073 TheReplacement
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One question is if those guards are single and have no safer place to be than with other armed men in a walled compound?  My guess is the intelligent .01% look for that for a variety of reasons.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:53 | 4597436 Tall Tom
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That is what the Rocket Propelled Grenades are for...those "heroes" whom want to die for the ignoble and notorious.


The wise will bail out quick and join the revolt. Nobody is paid enough to die for those whom are deserving...or maybenot deserving. But when the revolt happens then the 1% are the targets. The riots will not be restricted to the ghettos as the Middle Classes will know better than that of the poor to not shit where they to eat.


Hunger brings revolutions to life. And the 1% cannot control the weather or the Sierra Nevada Snowpack.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:28 | 4597558 Freddie
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Gung ho guys will probably have a girlfriend they might want to protect or a family.  What will money mean then when the dollar is probably dead? 

Oh are the rich people going to give them a Mercedes or a Porsche to protect them as the mobs are coming over the wall?  My guess is they will shoot their employers before the gangs do. 

Keep stacking and get prepared.  We may be getting close now.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:49 | 4596889 Abbie Normal
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Some of those ultra-rich tech or banker billionaires with homes in Hawaii expect their house staff to be invisible to them.  Accidentally touch them, speak to them, or even making eye contact is a firing offense.  When the SHTF, I can just imagine the scene from Battle for the Planet of the Apes when the domestic class rises up.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:44 | 4595556 Anusocracy
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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:49 | 4597119 laomei
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That's why audiences are screened and troublemakers confined to wire cages, er... "freedom of speech zones" out of view.

Just a quick reminder, anyone under secret service protection, announced or otherwise affords this sort of cordon, and of course, that list is secret for "national security" concerns.  The same media which loves to find any dissent or protest real or imagined when it's pointed at rival foreign governments seems to be unable or unwilling to do the same in the US.  Favorite example was in Beijing with the made up "Jasmine Revolution", wherein the "protest" site consisted of about 8 locals and 50 western media crews.  Try that in the US? See credentials revoked, FCC licenses suspended journalists arrested on trumped up charges.  "Freedom of Speech/Press" is a complete and utter joke.  Any channel which allows for said speech to have an effective outlet requires a large capital base and is highly locked down with red tape.  A communist mouthpiece... eh, at least you know the government stance and are free to distrust it.  The US mouthpieces, they are either in the pocket of the government and/or only interested in profit for their parent corps.  The fact that they are not distrusted and seen for what they are is disturbing.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:30 | 4597044 TheReplacement
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To me he sounded more like, "How much longer to I have to keep up this charade?"

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:43 | 4595157 Chupacabra-322
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This particular audience is immune from the West's False Narratives & PsyOp. The CEO's Criminality isn't hidden in plain view anymore.

It's all out in the open for all the world to see an the response was just.

The look on this Criminals face is priceless. This was the world saying "we're not rooting for you anymore."

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:41 | 4595164 Jonas Parker
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That clip absolutely made my day!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:57 | 4595273 Zero_Sum
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Man, I didn't realize how racist all Belgians were!


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:48 | 4596418 FinalEvent
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Dude, this was in the Netherlands (Mark Rutte prime minister at the left)

But we are racists as well since we have Geert Wilders.






Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:52 | 4596425 Zero_Sum
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My bad. Shoulda caught that. But you get the point. Dissent = racism.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:58 | 4595278 lostintheflood
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i saw that clip and then wondered, is there normally applause at a foreign press conference after obama speaks?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:18 | 4595418 Theosebes Goodfellow
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I'm the last guy to point this out but, at least they threw shoes at Bush.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:03 | 4596205 lostintheflood
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ok, i went to youtube and could not find a foreign press conference with obama that showed what happened afterward.  the tape ended at the moment that the president stopped talking.  i would seriously like to know if this was truly a's important.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:06 | 4595627 Doubleguns
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moved comment.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:01 | 4596691 Quantum Nucleonics
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Or at least be released from Gitmo.  That's where he ended up, right?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:19 | 4594995 max2205
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That guy who yelled Barry out as a liar during the first SOTU should be given the medal of honor

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:30 | 4595100 Four chan
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well played sir.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:06 | 4595643 Doubleguns
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Max that guys name is Joe Wilson. IIRC

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:11 | 4597464 Full Faith and ...
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He represents my home state's, South Carolina, 2nd district. I attended Clemson University with his son, whom served. While I appreciate his honesty in his choice description of B.O, he himself is no greater a truthsayer. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:27 | 4595733 ebear
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"That was awesome."

I'll have to take your word for it.  I can't stand the sound of his voice anymore, so I didn't watch. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:10 | 4596240 Keyser
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I can't either, but skip to the end of his speech and listen to the crickets chirping as apposed to applause. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:42 | 4594808 Oh regional Indian
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He looked like he was tired of his own lies...



In case you missed it earlier, me on TEDx, an un-per-form-ance...

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:00 | 4594936 nevadan
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un-real  :)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:11 | 4594975 Oh regional Indian
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Moreons of the world uninte! 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:23 | 4595054 Jreb
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Reminds me of a bad joke my dad told me when I was a kid.... something about a bridge, a big moron, a little moron and why the big one fell off and the little one didn't..... :-)

Life is a gift ain't it grand? 



Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:18 | 4595419 PeakOil
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Ah freedom ... sweet video Vivek thanks!

Be yourself everyone else is taken.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:26 | 4595465 Oh regional Indian
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:-) That parting line of yours PO, classic!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:00 | 4595883 willwork4food
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Excellent Ori!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:32 | 4597054 acetinker
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ORI, something tells me you caught an episode of the Smothers Brothers somewhere along the line.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:01 | 4597449 Oh regional Indian
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Whoa, fascinating Ace, thaks for that! :-) I'd never even heard of them before.

So interesting!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:57 | 4601390 acetinker
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That outrageous thing the Smothers Brothers did implies that we have known all along that the morons (not more-ons) have been in charge all along- at least some of us did, anyways.

I was nine years old when that clip aired- I think they were guested on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  It resonated then, as it does now.

Guess I've always been an asshole.  God bless us!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:16 | 4595009 KickIce
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Probably more depression because people are no longer believing them.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:02 | 4595622 Sudden Debt
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Well there's a small pre history today.

Besides the fact we did some racist jokes in our newspapers,
Obama called us racists because he received a lifesize gingerbread copy of himself in a basketball shirt and a ball.

It was candy!

And he said because it was brown and with the basketball outfit that it was stereotyping the black man.

The bakker who made the candy was pretty upset when obama said that...

So everybody started hatting him right there.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:23 | 4595716 walküre
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Wonder what he would have said if it was a white chocolate Eclair with baseball hat? Probably sucked it dry and then complained it didn't have enough colour.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:13 | 4596499 KickIce
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I am somewhat concened as to what he will do when the bankers turn him lose, he's so damn thin skinned.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:18 | 4595022 magnumpk
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The audience wasn't paying attention and neither was Obama.  It's a draw.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:26 | 4595076 disabledvet
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"All Quiet on the Western Front."

The only difference between words and deeds is an order.
If only it was from a waiter at a restaurant.

How did "it all come down to you" again?

Lightening strikes...maybe once, maybe twice.
So says The Gypsy.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:49 | 4597116 acetinker
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I think we should pass on serially down voting dv.  We haven't been where he's been, we haven't seen what he's seen.

If you think he's fucked-up, try to imagine the process that placed him there.

Yes, I avoided the draft, and I don't know why dv joined "the force", but if he is fucked-up, it is our fault.

We didn't do a good enough job back in the hippie days of instructing- we just went along on our merry way, thinking that society would follow along.

It didn't, and here we are.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:02 | 4597451 Tall Tom
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You are right that Serial Junking is not cool. If I disagree then I am inclined to reply. Junking or validating by using the approval rating is something which I withhold unless a comment is validating your comment because you are empathetic and I appreciate that quality.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:28 | 4595083 Cacete de Ouro
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Rule of law, privacy rights, what planet is he on?

Barry sounds like a boss I once had who was a dispicable lying snake and nothing he did or said could be trusted

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:52 | 4595580 Berspankme
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Oh, you worked for GE too?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:17 | 4596272 Keyser
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Nah, either Worldcom or Enron. 

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:39 | 4595151 Spastica Rex
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Awesome, Vivek!

Hey - what are your off-handed thoughts on solipsism?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:48 | 4595210 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks SR :-)

Off hand!!! My view on solipsism begins and ends right there. No body, no hand, no mind.

This is a real world, physical, 3d and you do hurt your self if you slam into a wall.

To deny the body is it's first folly. To deny the wall, it's second.


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:03 | 4596202 Herd Redirectio...
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Alchemists in the Middle Ages, when talking of the 'Holy Trinity' actually meant Body, Mind, and Soul.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:45 | 4596883 Lost Word
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Alchemy is a metaphor about sexual procreation.

Father, Mother, Son.

King, Queen, Prince.

Along the lines of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:52 | 4595237 AlaricBalth
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I agree.

ORI was cool to watch, or was it all in my mind???


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:52 | 4595235 walküre
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Love your journey. Thanks for sharing what you're capable of. How old are you now, what other languages do you speak?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:56 | 4595258 Oh regional Indian
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So cool to hear walkure.

48 (age) and a smattering of Indian languages (a few, perhaps 4 well) besides English, some Japanese...why do you ask about languages? 

Curious :-)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:18 | 4595412 walküre
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I speak a few myself. Learned Latin at age 10 for 9 years or so. Never understood why I did it but it made sense at the time and today, I'm happy I did. Speak French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and German. Fluent in English and German and give me 2 to 3 weeks in country, and I'm fluent in the other languages again. Love the sound of different languages. Just picked up some Korean last year. Have no trouble pronouncing but with my age it's getting more difficult to remember. Never delved into Indian but I hear it alot at the stores. Funny when Indians mix English words into the language. (45 y/o)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:25 | 4595459 Oh regional Indian
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Nice. I think being a linguist is a specific connect between hearing, cognating and speaking. 

That is quite a list there and all romance/latin based I think?

India has 27 distinct languages and then dialects thereof. Probably a motherlode of vocal differentiation. Very strange for an essentially isolated archepalego.

Sanskrit and Latin are deeply linked, Sanskrit being older and more root.

Fascinating. You would probably love India. Hinglish is a mind-trip.


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:59 | 4595614 walküre
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Yes it must be. At business meetings, I used to be in the room just to listen. Later-on my partners would source me for what exactly had been said. I know what I heard if you know what I mean. I'm looking for a destination with my family. A cultural experience they won't soon forget and expands their minds. We're mostly brought up according to a Judeo/Christian value and faith based history. So much cultural potential was lost after the Christian purge. It was the first of many "Gleichschaltung" events in recent history. I say recent because we really don't know too much about the history before Rome invented Christianity and Constantine burnt down Alexandria. It's my personal conclusion after looking at the facts and deducting theory after theory that it may just be the biggest propaganda effort of all times. Native American culture is also very important in understanding where we come from, how we evolved and so on. Common goal should be to overcome the pride and vanity and research what little facts we still have. Language plays an important role.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:10 | 4595655 Oh regional Indian
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Very interesting.

India is a mind expanding experiece. Mind boggling, mind expanding.

Highly recommend it for a family, just make sure you have a good on ground network and come ready to be street smart.

Here too is an ancient culture and language set in deep decline...magnificient ruins though :-)


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:15 | 4596264 Herd Redirectio...
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I just learned that Lithuanian and Sanskrit have similarities! 

Looking at a map, one would not consider that to be the case.  Obviously the common connection would have to have been the Aryans.

Walkure, I am in total agreement with you re: the Catholic Church and massive propaganda/rewriting of history.  For starters, there were sects of early Christians who believed in reincarnation (same as I do).

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:02 | 4596946 Lost Word
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Reincarnation in Christianity?

"You must be born again" ?


"You shall be born again" ?

Spiritual, or Physical ?

Both ?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:30 | 4595495 Spastica Rex
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The honorifcs and speech levels make Korean challenging. I also find the avoidance of pronouns difficult - it almost requires thinking differently. Pronunciation isn't too hard, but syllabication is awkward coming from a stress timed language. Korean poetry is really amazing.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:31 | 4595979 TheGardener
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Time to pick up critical thinking in your act.

Imitating accents is trying to fit in.

Best way to learn languages though, I admit.

Let me guess, you drive taxi while , no shit, excuse me, who want`s a 45 y/o waiter ? So you are on the dole now?

Nietzsche had something to say about the bilingual crowds..

Disclaimer : What if I can handle all of the above plus some Russian and Polish ? Super-superficial I should be, but
some of those tongues I know really well.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:41 | 4596080 TheGardener
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Nietzsche said ; while it has become fashionable among the trading crowds in London to answer calls in many languages
multilingual skills are a trap both ways : you not only deceive others in trying to impress with your language skills but mostly deprive yourself, because you could have learned some real skills instead !

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:13 | 4596222 TheGardener
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And Nietzsche was a professor of philology at the time,
interpreting old script in Latin and Ancient Greek.

Tried to follow this my mentor and dabbled in Sanskrit and Hebrew, the latter having mind bogging grammar.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 20:45 | 4596622 walküre
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You know allot of languages and apparently you like talking to yourself. LOL.

What is it that Nietzsche said about polyglots like us? Just to let you know, I have no beef with you. Why should I?

I never waited tables, never drove cab. Too bad actually. On the dole? Not a chance.


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:03 | 4595316 toothpicker
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What a journey you've made. Great stuff!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:10 | 4595377 Oh regional Indian
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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:12 | 4595663 Hapa
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I think they call it "The emperor has no clothes"

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:04 | 4596705 HardAssets
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I think a lot of people tune out O, anyone in congress, bureaucrats, the 'supreme' lawyers in black dresses, any politician, any in the mainstream 'news' biz . . . well, the whole lot of them because they know its all a b.s. snow job.

I can't imagine anyone would waste time and bother to even show up.  Did they promise parking validation or something ?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:10 | 4595375 Cheyenne
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Thanks for sharing the link, ori. That unperformance was outstanding all around, but the sounds you coaxed out of that guitar (at 11:30) blew me the fuck away...

The talent hanging around zh is just amazing.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:15 | 4595402 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks Cheyenne! Glad it resonated.

And that guitar and my relationship is a fractal encompassing my whole journey.... it is speaking :-)


Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:32 | 4595763 Miss Expectations
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Wonderful.  Made my day.  Thank you.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:10 | 4595928 purplefrog
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Hey ORI,

It is sooo good to meet you.


Best wishes.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:29 | 4597669 i-dog
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Out-standing, ORI. A fellow traveller.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:46 | 4594859 bobnoxy
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Calm down. It wasn't a speech. It was a press conference. Those don't usually end here with applause either. But he did get what he deserved. Nothing.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:54 | 4595586 astoriajoe
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True, but there were a few points in that clip where he was clearly yearning for a little noise.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:55 | 4594879 vie
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