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President Obama's 'well-earned' vacation on Martha’s Vineyard is drawing to a close as he heads back to Washington tomorrow. And what a time it's been. As WaPo notes, his summer vacation has been a mix of golf, world crises, golf, domestic crisis, golf, time on the beach, and -- well, you know...

 

 

The answer won't surprise you...

Here's the president's vacation, by the numbers:

Days on Martha's Vineyard this month: 15. The president returned to Washington briefly late last week for two days of meetings, but has otherwise been enjoying the island since August 9.

Rounds of golf: 8. The most notable activity of the president’s vacation, which has brought him criticism from some and defense from others. At the time of writing, the president has hit the links eight times. Given his love of the game, it is likely Obama will try and squeeze in another round or two over the weekend.

Press statements: 3. The president addressed the traveling White House press corps twice last week, and again on Wednesday. His remarks have covered elections in Iraq, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the killing of James Foley. One of the statements took place outdoors, the others came from the canteen of Edgartown School.

Dinners out: 3. The president and first lady have dined out on the town three times while staying at Martha’s Vineyard — in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and West Tisbury -- including a quiet meal with Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, as well as national security adviser Susan Rice and her husband. The Obamas dined in their house in Chilmark for the rest of the week.

Beach visits: 2. The president, first lady and their family have made two excursions to a beach in Edgartown.

Fundraisers: 1. Two days after Obama arrived on the Vineyard, he hosted a fundraiser in Tisbury at the home of Roger H. Brown and Linda Mason. The tickets ranged from $15,000 to $32,400.

Hikes, bike rides, fireworks displays: 1 each. The president, along with the first lady and their daughter Malia took a ride through a heavily wooded area last Friday. All three were dressed in athletic wear and cycled at a leisurely pace. This Friday, the president and first lady went for a morning hike in the Chilmark woods. Later in the evening, the Obamas took in the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks show.

Possible hugs: At least 1: With his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton. After her spokesman promised that she and the president would "hug it out" over their differences on foreign policy, the pair met at a birthday party for Anne Jordan, a longtime friend of the Obamas. According to the White House, the president was “happy to spend time” with the Clintons and “a good time was had by all.” There was no confirmation or denial from the White House of whether the hug actually had taken place.

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Next week, the president's schedule is back to what passes for normal -- but he won't necessarily be back at the White House. He hits the road for a speech to the American Legion in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, and plans to head to New York and Rhode Island for more fundraisers Friday.

Source: The Washington Post

 

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Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:37 | 5135289 junction
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Along Came Jones (1945)

Melody Jones (Gary Cooper):

00:43:54,780 --> 00:43:56,975
"All I meet today is champions."

That line applies equally well to Obama and all the other talking heads on TV.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:49 | 5135328 Bloppy
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Rick Perry turns indictment into fashion statement:

http://tinyurl.com/kpwoa8j


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:58 | 5135357 TeamDepends
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All kidding aside, anyone who STILL believes Barry is The One, the Great Black Hope, el negro especial, the Magic Muslim etc., has completely lost their grip on reality.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:22 | 5135415 Hobo Sapien
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When are people going to get it: the US president is not a leader.

He's a spokesman, a marketer,a popularity contest winner(maybe).

He's just a member of the sales team.

Obama was reminded of this early on when that uninvited couple made it past security at the WH party & got to shake his hand, after he started to make some Kennedy-ish noises. GWB was reminded of this when he, uh, "fell off the couch," and got a black eye. JFK was reminded of this when he took a headshot.

The cult of personality is a lie in this police state. Disinfotainment.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:22 | 5135871 Ginsengbull
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I remember about two months before 0bama took office they took him aside and "brought him up to speed on being president".

Before that he was talking about war crimes charges against Cheney.

Then he said "we don't want to look back, we want to look foreward".

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:50 | 5136404 lakecity55
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Before he got into office, he was sent to remedial reading and writing class.

It was important he was literate to the 6th-grade level.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 05:11 | 5136478 Hobo Sapien
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wow.Way to dumb it down.

Your profile:

"retired military operator. retired state LE officer. Currently self-employed physical security consultant. BIG DONOR to OBAMA, yes, I must have contributed as much as the law allows to our great president!!! Big supporter of O'Care! I have 10 policies!"

Fuck off, troll.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:57 | 5135979 angel_of_joy
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He might not be a leader, but he as sure as hell is a scapegoat...

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 01:09 | 5136259 PT
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Well said Hobo. 

Or allow me to re-iterate from http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-04/president-obama-working-hard-or-hardly-working#comment-5047596

From the land of Henry Ford and the production line:  Competition bitchez!  Specialization bitchez!

The figurehead hasn't got time to preside.  He has to spend all his time campaigning, lest the competition gets the jump on him.  His primary "job" is to convince people to vote for him.  If he did anything else then he wouldn't be as good at his primary job and if he doesn't get voted in then he can't make anything else happen.

So there you have it.  Prez and his team have a full time job campaigning in order to ensure they stay in power.  Other parts of the team worry about forming and implementing policy, and wording decisions in such a way as to make the peasants think that the Prez is doing them a favour.  But all that behind-the-scenes stuff costs money and as such is a drag on the sales team.  So all the other stuff is outsourced to the lowest bidder.  And who is the lowest bidder?  Well, the lowest bidder is the one who presents the team with the highest negative costs!  Hence campaign contributions.

You don't have a democracy.  You have a competitive, efficient, specialized, production-line free market capitalist government!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:08 | 5137099 Not My Real Name
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The US isn't supposed to be a democracy, and thank God for that. It was designed to be a Constitutional Republic -- and it hasn't been that in a long time either.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:47 | 5136402 lakecity55
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Haha, that might pass for other presidents, but Backdoor Barry can't even match up to regular puppet status.

He is a complete Failure as a puppet!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:58 | 5136924 snodgrass
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He's an actor hired by the Jews who write the scripts for him just like they do in Hollywood.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:04 | 5135666 bonin006
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looks like Rick Perry figured out how to play the Streisand effect to his advantage

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:35 | 5135295 Rakshas
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There are no words ........

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:41 | 5135304 smlbizman
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yes there is.....four.....or is it foar....

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:27 | 5135429 Pooper Popper
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Almost,it's,

 

Fuck you,, you cock sucker!

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:14 | 5136605 villainvomit
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Moar Foar !

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:42 | 5135305 craus
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The word on the street is Barak is taking hormonal injections right to his ball sack.

Expect some ass to be kicked Monday. I'm not talking about kicking $GOLD ass either, as if it needs it.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:34 | 5135596 Creepy A. Cracker
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Dear Leader will do whatever the DNC Polling Corporation says will help keep the Senate in democrat hands.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:46 | 5135319 U4 eee aaa
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Can you imagine what those dinners are like these days. Very sombre occasions I suspect

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:47 | 5135322 debtor of last ...
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With 50 million on stamps, EBT, Obamacare, grey hair within a few years and not acting on dollar reserve threats; one must say:

We're just going to kill the dollar.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:47 | 5135323 himaroid
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Do I detect bouquet de la Reggie'?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:52 | 5135337 NoWayJose
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Seriously -- would you 'hug' Hillary if you didn't have to?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:26 | 5135426 knukles
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No way Jose

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:59 | 5135506 BlackChicken
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Maybe. Would be nice to vomit in person.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:15 | 5136822 petolo
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Anyone who can play golf when men, women ana children are being murdred during his watch belongs in deepest hell. The fact that he holds such power bespeaks an Absurd Untenable world.I will never come to terms with such unspeakable outrage. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:06 | 5135354 Yen Cross
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    Zero dayz on TV = priceless!   Where's the mystery? The sock puppet, (Stompy Feet) for any reasonably intelligent person was on sabbatical from day (1).

 

    To my fan/ Rahm Emanuel Losing Control As Chicago Faced 82 Shootings With 14 Dead July 4th Weekend | FDL News Desk

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:01 | 5135367 klockwerks
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Not sure how many knew it but he came back to bring 1 rent a kid for another 

and attended a bachelor party. (with no family members present)

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:03 | 5135369 disabledvet
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Life's a Beach!

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:07 | 5135384 q99x2
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Keep him on vacation. Don't let him come back.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:36 | 5135741 HumanResourceProblem
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Good thing they locked Biden in the bathroom before leaving.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:15 | 5135398 alexcojones
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Wow-! Imagine the Stress!

Thanks God the whole world is Peaceful

As far as the ISIS can see

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:24 | 5135419 logicalman
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I'm hoping to wake up from this nightmare soon, it's disturbing and looks very real.

 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:35 | 5135440 knukles
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Today's therapy. 

Went golfing today with one of my dearest buds in life.  He is a CA progressive.  We are very close pals.  We both needed some solace from the storm... and I am not kidding.  He said that there's something very very wrong in the world... that any semblance of civilization has given way to barbarous acts bridging all race, colors, creeds, religions, countries....  
That nothing anywhere is making any sense
At all.....
This coming from where it does actually made me feel better.
That I'm not crazy
That there is something radically wrong out there.......
I don't know about you guys and gals, but we, here in the Hedge whether we like to admit it or not, are survivors, in a sense, on our very own (Tyler's) life-raft adrift in an ocean of pure madness and in that sense, at times, it can and does become our very own rabbit hole. 
This was a confirmation of reality.
Unfortunately, at a time when I'd otherwise prefer to find I'm crazy

Trudge on, my good fellows

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:55 | 5135496 himaroid
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I too, have a couple of good buds that have been previously misguided in their liberal thinking. More recently, during discussions of worldly matters, I no longer sense the great effort to not roll their eyes at my cynical assessments. As a matter of fact they have come as far as volunteering that I am correct in many of my views. Will wonders never cease!? When eventually they have come further to good senses, I intend to NOT refrain from rolling my eyes at their former idiocy.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:05 | 5135524 Yen Cross
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 Plus (1) to both ya fellas.   Well? .5 to Knuks/  :-D

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:56 | 5135788 Wahooo
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Lay the internet atop any time in history and I think it would look insane.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:10 | 5135818 Ginsengbull
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Just because your liberal friend thinks the world is fucked too, doesn't mean that you're not crazy.

 

Hitting a little ball, and then going looking for it to hit it again, then knocking it into a hole, then picking it out and repeating the process 17 more times...

 

Doesn't seem sporting unless drinking is involved.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 01:46 | 5136327 PT
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If just one or two Prezs played golf, I'd be happy.  But every damn one of them???  It's even a Hollywood motif - to show that a guy has become rich and made it in the world, they shoot a scene where he is playing bloody golf!!!!!!!  Fuck!  When you're that rich, you could build a model train-set across the Nullabor - just because you can.  Or you could race Ferraris over obstacle courses.  Or you could build 1/20 scale model battleships.  You could paint, and I mean take the time to make some decent paintings too - not just throw paint on canvas.  Perhaps paint a nice mural on the side of a restored Model T.  Hell, if you feel laid back you could employ 1000 old women to constantly knit blankets and give them to homeless people, I don't know.  But instead we have this President / rich man plays damn golf in his spare time.  Perhaps this is the reason for all my failure in life - I never play golf.  I actually do like the game, but there is a shitload of other stuff that is a thousand times more fun and interesting.

Sometimes I wonder if I have it a little backwards.  Maybe all these "rich" people have such a narrow spread between their incomes and their expenditure that they really can't afford to do anything else other than hit a little ball with a stick around overpriced greens.  Maybe their insurance companies won't let them play footy or tennis.  (Oh, hang on.  Tennis also has a "rich guy" implication, hasn't it?)  I guess the Presidential minders really wouldn't like it if the media constantly broadcasted a Prez's love of playing Grand Theft Auto 4*.  But really, GOLF???  Is that all they can come up with?  Perhaps it's some kind of subliminal mind-control thing, where Joe SixPack wanders off thinking, "Oh, I'm glad that guy is President and not me.  It looks very boring.  I don't know if I could even play that much golf."

 

 

*To all you PC morons, I mean any President, not just the current one.

 

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:43 | 5136575 Wahooo
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On the side of golf, it is one of the few sports that you can play your whole life, so that's why it's played by so many. But I do wonder about the shallowness of our presidents. None in my life time seem to have had lives outside of campaigning. Would have thought by now that we wouldn't have had a isherman or even hunter in the group, or like you say someone artistically inclined, or a gardener, an avid book-reader, a car nut, a yacht racer or boater. But no, these people are one dimensional, not really very human in that sense.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:42 | 5135452 blindman
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http://www.globalresearch.ca/unprecedented-wealth-debt-slavery-and-condi...
Unprecedented Wealth, Debt Slavery and Conditioned Consciousness
By David DeGraw
Global Research, June 06, 2013
...
"Crime Against Humanity

After careful consideration, it must be said that this is not only the greatest theft of wealth in history; it is also the greatest crime against humanity in history.
People can’t afford to pay their medical billions. Millions upon millions of American families have lost their homes, and millions more are on the verge of losing their homes. An all-time record number of children are going hungry. Meanwhile, record-breaking profits and record-breaking bonuses for the bailed out banana republic aristocracy.
How healthy is a society when 400 people have as much wealth as 185 million of their neighbors combined? What kind of a system produces a result like that? As famed social psychologist John Dewey said, “There is no such thing as the liberty or effective power of an individual, group, or class, except in relation to the liberties, the effective powers, of other individuals, groups or classes.”

Now that you are beginning to grasp the wealth at hand, and the possibilities of how that wealth can be used to evolve society, let’s take a look at how we got into this situation and how exactly it is that they got away with hoarding so much wealth.
To paraphrase a man who fought against the aristocracy, ‘The depravity and amount of suffering required for the accumulation of such a staggering magnitude of wealth, in the hands of a few, is kept out of the picture, out of the mass media, and it is not easy to make people see or understand this.’ Especially when you have an all-encompassing mainstream media propaganda system.

III: Mental Slavery – Conditioned Consciousness

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.”
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 246 BC
The mainstream media is the most effective weapon of mass oppression humanity has ever known. ///....." d.d.
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fundraising, a euphemism for graft, fraud, fleecing and begging.
does the public demand a lie for each dollar donated? i can't
keep up.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 06:59 | 5136541 radiobomb
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+1 from me blindman... astute, accurate observation.  Sun Tzu nailed it.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:19 | 5135558 world_debt_slave
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probably one of the biggest swindles of all time

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:29 | 5135582 potato
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Vote me down if you know ANYBODY who is employed who gets THAT MUCH FVCKING VACATION

These days you're solid if you're making $200k working 50 hours a week 50 weeks per year.

If you're corporate VP or something, you're probably $150k working 60 hours a week 51.5 weeks per year.

How does THIS CLOWN get that much time in between drone meetings...

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 23:00 | 5135987 angel_of_joy
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Well, for starters, he works for the government...

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:02 | 5135657 brown_hornet
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My libtard bro-in-law is starting to see the same things we do at the hedge, but he still blames thr republicans and the Koch bros.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:59 | 5135796 Falconsixone
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Number of times the backward walking stepson of the father of chaos for dummies sucked dicks over 15 days (lets see 15x3.7?) that eqauls 55.5. Number of time her fudge was packed by those poor ss dudes to stupid to cap one for the Gipper (that's 15x17.2 hmm?) that's 258. Number of times she smoked crack (let's see every 15 minutes for 21.6 hours a day for 15 days?) 1296?. Number of  times she  thought about herself? (hmm...) that's 21,600 minutes or 1,296,000 seconds.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:02 | 5135803 Wahooo
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This is great.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/opinion/sunday/maureen-dowd-the-golf-a...

FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL....

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:07 | 5135811 FlyinHigh
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I have to say it, I really DO NOT give a Big Rats Ass about "Your" president.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 23:11 | 5136012 kchrisc
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Number of days on Reggie?

Number of days under Reggie?

An American, not US subject.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 23:12 | 5136015 Smegley Wanxalot
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you forgot 13 blowjobs barry gave to reggie

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:41 | 5136396 lakecity55
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....and any other gay guy who wandered by......

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 05:16 | 5136486 CHX
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...and Michael was his name... ?

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:17 | 5136609 Xandrino
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The less he does the better. Should build a golf course in prison for the Kenyan p.o.s.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:18 | 5138000 AdvancingTime
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Mommas in America were discouraged in a song many years ago from letting their children grow up to be cowboys, it appears to have been a reasonable decision. Today after viewing the lifestyles associated with many career paths, politics and the route of so called "public service" seems to offer much potential.

A career in politics can grant you a lifestyle where you, and oftentimes your family will get to rub elbows with the ultra wealthy and the country's most powerful titans of business and industry. This career choice also has the benefit of sheltering you, and extending legal protection that covers you from the responsibilities of your actions. Flying about in private planes politicians are rewarded with generous pensions and superior healthcare benefits far outside the reach of the average citizen. More on this subject below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/01/encourage-your-children-to-become...

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!