2018-03-11: News Headlines

RT (2018-03-11). 'Keep America Great!' Trump unveils re-election slogan, says was joking about 'lifelong presidency'. RT US News President Donald Trump has trialled his 2020 re-election slogan at a rally in Pennsylvania, vowing to 'Keep America Great'. He reiterated that he was joking about making himself president for life.
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Harry Blain (2018-03-10). Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals. MintPress News That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome. AlterNet.org Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain. | Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality—not to mention space-time—and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning. It wasn't just the music of the master, either—LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak. Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern. . .

Maha Ahmed (2018-03-10). A Hidden Factor in Police Shootings of Black Americans: Decades of Housing Segregation. The Intercept Data has shown that, across the country, black Americans are more likely to be killed by police than whites. But the problem is worse in the most segregated states, according to a recent study showing that racial disparities in fatal police shootings are linked to histories of structural violence. | Police killings, more than just the consequence of a few bad-apple officers that can be rooted out of the system, instead can be traced back to the discriminatory housing and economic policies of the mid-20th century, the study's senior author, Michael Siegel, told The Intercept. | To conduct their analysis, Siegel and his colleagues at Boston University's School of Public Health compared two numbers for each state: the black-white ratio in the rate of fatal police shootings from 2013 to mid-2017, and something the authors termed a "racism index." | For the…

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-03-10). Trump's Freaky Week: Tough-Guy Tariffs, a Porn Star and a Strange Bromance with North Korea. AlterNet.org Trickster demon Donald Trump had one hell of a week. | If Donald Trump had been sent to Earth by a malicious deity to expose human hypocrisy in its many forms, like a trickster demon out of the mythological past, I'm not sure he could be doing a better job. Indeed, that might be a more convincing explanation than any others we have available, and it conforms neatly with Neil deGrasse Tyson's 50/50 proposition that our universe is actually a computer simulationdesigned by a superior civilization. This week alone we have seen Trump reintroduce tariffs — a seemingly antique mechanism viewed with dread by both economists and history students — halfway admit to having cheated on his current wife with a porn star, and agree in principle to a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. None of those things. . .

Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates (2018-03-10). Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy. AlterNet.org The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda—frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). WATCH: Mississippi Police Chief Gets Caught Smoking Weed. AlterNet.org And now he's the ex-chief. | The man who described himself on video as "the only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed" is now out of a job after that video, which indeed shows him admittedly smoking marijuana, was shown on a local television station. Lumberton, Mississippi, Police Chief Shane Flynt had been suspended after the video emerged, and on Tuesday, the Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to accept his resignation. Mayor Quincy Rogers wanted Flynt fired, but the board instead accepted his resignation, with Alderwoman Audrey Davis saying the board wanted to give Flynt a chance at another opportunity. It's unclear when the video was recorded, although Christmas music can at times be heard in the background, and the red-eyed police chief makes a reference to a red-nosed reindeer. In a statement on Facebook, Flynt said that his wife had. . .

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-10). L'avvertimento nucleare di Putin. Global Research Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. | Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. Evitando giri diplomatici di parole, Putin …

Staff (2018-03-10). Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. | The post Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-03-10). When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"—that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam's alignment with Washington. World Socialist Web Site Vietnam's strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

Nomi Prins (2018-03-10). Trade Wars and Diminished Credibility. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As Jonathan Swift once once noted: "There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency." | That's the operative motto for all things Trump, one that makes analyzing the gap between what he thinks and what he tweets much easier. Along those lines, my former boss from my Goldman Sachs days—Gary Cohn—just resigned from his White House post as chief economic adviser to the Chaos Producer in Chief. This was ostensibly in protest against the president's frenetic prior week announcement about imposing steel and aluminum tariffs. The next day, Trump signed the order sealing that deal, citing his actions a "matter of necessity for our security." | Along the way, he said there would be no exemptions to the tariffs, then said there would be—for Canada and Mexico. Trump glowed in the light of his new-found power grab…

RT (2018-03-10). Gunman & 3 hostages found dead inside veterans' home in California. RT US News The hostage crisis in California has ended, after the suspect and three hostages were discovered dead inside the veterans' home in Napa County, authorities have confirmed, following an hours-long standoff.
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Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Cochran, Corker, Flake and Hatch: The Great Senate "See Ya!" Truthout Stories The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | No matter what happens during the 2018 midterm elections, Congress is going to be a different place next year. More than 30 Republican lawmakers are joining Cochran, Flake, Corker and Hatch next year on their way to parts unknown. August names like Issa, Gowdy, Barton, Chaffetz and Farenthold will no longer be with us. Will anything change as a result?The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly…

Staff (2018-03-10). U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Police are looking for clues as to what sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. They remain in critical condition, poisoned with what authorities said was a rare nerve agent. | The post U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Oppose Sinhala racist violence against Muslim community in Sri Lanka. World Socialist Web Site The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Still no facts in UK/Russia double agent poisoning case. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a "nerve agent."

Ahmad Khan (2018-03-10). Megalomaniac Crown Prince Fails to Win Over Londoners With Charm Offensive. MintPress News It takes more than a charm offensive to win over the hearts and minds of Brits who are overwhelming opposed to the state visit of a de facto ruler accused of war crimes and gross human rights violations. | The post Megalomaniac Crown Prince Fails to Win Over Londoners With Charm Offensive appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy. World Socialist Web Site The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

Staff (2018-03-10). In China, Critics of Ending Term Limits Are Being Silenced. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists After the Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, critics are resorting to roundabout ways to voice concerns about the potential for political repression. | The post In China, Critics of Ending Term Limits Are Being Silenced appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Scandal-Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, speaks to the media after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which they were to appear was canceled, on September 19, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of Godfather fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: | [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to…

Staff (2018-03-10). The Health Care Bait-and-Switch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches. World Socialist Web Site Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2018-03-10). The Illusion of War Without Casualties. MintPress News Last Sunday's Oscar Awards were interrupted by an incongruous propaganda exercise featuring a Native American actor and Vietnam vet, featuring a montage of clips from Hollywood war movies. | The actor, Wes Studi, said that he "fought for freedom" in Vietnam. But anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of that war, including for instance the millions of viewers who watched Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary, knows that it was the Vietnamese who were fighting for freedom — while Studi and his comrades were fighting, killing and dying, often bravely and for misguided reasons, to deny the people of Vietnam that freedom. | Studi introduced the Hollywood movies he was showcasing, including "American Sniper," "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," with the words, "Let's take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home. World Socialist Web Site The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Staff (2018-03-10). Ex-Patient Kills Three at Veterans Center, Then Himself. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—The gunman who killed three people who work for a California program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder was kicked out of the program, a relative of one victim said Friday. | Albert Wong, 36, [who also killed himself,] was identified as the man who went to The Pathway House therapy center on the sprawling campus of the largest veterans homes in the country and took a psychologist and two executives hostage, authorities said. | Wong slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home, authorities said. | Gunshots were fired around 10: 30 a.m. after he arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville but nothing more was heard from him or the women until their bodies were found at about 6 p.m., authorities said. | Wong's rental car was found nearby. A bomb-sniffing dog alerted on the car…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Google's alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America. World Socialist Web Site Google's admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military's illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

Staff (2018-03-10). With Little Scrutiny, U.S. Military Ramps Up in Afghanistan. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American problems in the 16-year war include a resilient Taliban, a weak government in Kabul and, according to the top general overseeing the conflict, Russian interference. | The post With Little Scrutiny, U.S. Military Ramps Up in Afghanistan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel. World Socialist Web Site The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

Nomi Prins (2018-03-10). Trade Wars and Diminished Credibility. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As Jonathan Swift once noted: "There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency." | That's the operative motto for all things Trump, one that makes analyzing the gap between what he thinks and what he tweets much easier. Along those lines, my former boss from my Goldman Sachs days—Gary Cohn—just resigned from his White House post as chief economic adviser to the Chaos Producer in Chief. This was ostensibly in protest against the president's announcement about imposing steel and aluminum tariffs. The next day, Trump signed the order sealing that deal, citing his actions as a "matter of necessity for our security." | Along the way, he said there would be no exemptions to the tariffs, then said there would be—for Canada and Mexico. Trump glowed in the light of his new-found power grab over trade agreements,…

RT (2018-03-10). Outcry as Trump links violence to video games, shows reel with gaming massacre at Moscow airport. RT US News President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Belle Chesler, TomDispatch (2018-03-10). What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem? AlterNet.org Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? | "It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. " | — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolOver the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts. A group of senior girls, spurred to action by the horrors of the Parkland massacre and emboldened by watching videos of its protesting students, organized a walkout of their own. Though it was an uncharacteristically cold, snowy day in our part of Oregon, hundreds of students marched out of school, engaging in what was certainly, for many of them, their first act of civil disobedience. I. . .

RT (2018-03-10). Trump says deal with North Korea 'very much in the making'. RT US News US President Donald Trump believes he is capable of reaching a deal with North Korea that will be a "very good one for the world," he said, after agreeing to talks with Pyongyang following Kim Jong-un's invitation for a meeting.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico. World Socialist Web Site Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

Staff (2018-03-10). In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As the Communist Party unveils a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, critics are resorting to roundabout ways to voice concerns about greater political repression ahead. | The post In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-03-10). Pentagon says Trump will get flyovers but no tanks at grand military parade. RT US News President Donald Trump will get his military parade through Washington DC on Veterans' Day, but without tanks. The Pentagon said only wheeled military vehicles would be on display, to avoid damaging roads.
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Staff (2018-03-10). Alice Waters: 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,' Part 2 (Audio and Transcript). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Alice Waters continue their conversation about food and the vision behind her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse. | The post Alice Waters: 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,' Part 2 (Audio and Transcript) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). US "allies" scramble for tariff exemptions. World Socialist Web Site The European Union is "counting" on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

Aída Chávez (2018-03-10). Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On. The Intercept The determination of the young people at the heart of the DACA debate — and the struggles they face — is often left out of the conversation. | The post Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On appeared first on The Intercept.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Nearly 30,000 Los Angeles School District support staff to vote for strike authorization. World Socialist Web Site The unions in Los Angeles are working to keep the struggles of school workers and teachers separate, while preventing a united movement of the entire working class in defense of public education.

Mr. Fish (2018-03-10). No More Shitheads. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post No More Shitheads appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Stefanie Duguay, The Conversation (2018-03-10). 'Queer Eye' and the Myth of the Self-Made Man. AlterNet.org The new Queer Eye's focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals. | Netflix's revamp of the classic makeover show Queer Eye, originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has received rave reviews. In this eight-episode season, the "Fab Five" — gay men who are experts in grooming, fashion, culture, design and cooking — pile into a new pick-up truck to scour the Atlanta area for lonely and messy men. The show adapts to current social realities. Bravo's classic Queer Eye for The Straight Guy aired in 2003 and was considered daring simply by displaying gay and heterosexual men interacting on television. This Fab Five address a wider range of issues including racism and religious differences. Recent reviewers say the show does a good job of teaching heterosexual men how to display emotions and develop self-acceptance. By so doing, Queer Eye becomes. . .

Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center (2018-03-10). White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English. AlterNet.org They call it Anglish. | White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn't a misspelling; rather, it's how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use. Anglish? I must mean English, right? Nope. Derived from "linguistic purism," an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like "birdlore" instead of ornithology and "bendsome" in place of flexible. But in the last year, as the so-called "alt-right" has moved further into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can't. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan. World Socialist Web Site Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Windsor auto parts workers defy Unifor and strike. World Socialist Web Site Workers at ZF-TRW are taking a stand against decades of concessions imposed with the support of the unions that have eroded living standards and working conditions.

RT (2018-03-10). Hyperloop 2.0? Musk tweaks plans for underground transport network (VIDEO). RT US News While South African wunderkind Elon Musk is busy trying to find humanity a new home among the stars, he hasn't forgotten about his home planet. This time he's trying to fix the world's traffic problems by going underground.
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Staff (2018-03-10). Alice Waters: 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook' Part 2 (Audio and Transcript). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Alice Waters continue their conversation about food and the vision behind her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse. | The post Alice Waters: 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook' Part 2 (Audio and Transcript) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-10). Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms. AlterNet.org This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Appropriate, because this is literally a "crapo" bill. It provides a few "technical tweaks" to Dodd-Frank in the same way in which protection payouts to organized crime provide businesses with "insurance" against property damage. In reality, it is an act of regulatory vandalism, which highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. We have grown to expect no less from. . .

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