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Sign the petition: Obama meet with Walmart workers

Sign the petition: Obama meet with Walmart workers | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Join Robert Reich and Democracy for America in calling for President Obama to meet with Walmart workers and push for a higher wage.
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By the end of this CNBC panel, the guests and host are nodding in agreement with Robert Reich and Howard Dean that Walmart must improve its awful labor practices. At 2:50 Robert Reich brilliantly outlines what President Obama should have said when he visited Walmart.

 

If you agree with Reich, share our YouPower petition asking President Obama to meet with Walmart workers:

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Voters Guide for May 20th Primary | Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania

Voters Guide for May 20th Primary | Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
On May 20th Democrats have a competitive primary.
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On May 20th Democrats have a competitive primary. Check here to see where Democratic gubernatorial candidates stand on key environmental issues.


Make a plan to vote tomorrow, May 20. Find your polling place here. Then tell your friends to vote too!


Share this page with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Here is a sample post:


Tomorrow is election day! Here’s a handy guide to the gov. candidates’ enviro positions. Remember to vote! #May20 http://bit.ly/1p5CSLH


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Watch now: Why Poverty? | Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream | PBS Video

A point-of-view film by Alex Gibney
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"Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States."

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Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wholeheartedly endorsed a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending on Thursday, putting the Senate on course to vote on the matter as early as July. Reid said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the amendment on June 3, which allows Congress and the states to limit fundraising and spending on...
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Sure, you can accuse Reid of supporting changes to campaign spending just to help Democrats get elected, but if the GOP is opposing it just because they have to take the opposite position on everything to appease their ever-shrinking partisan base, that's the epitome of damaging partisanship.

 

With all due respect, if you think for one second that money equals speech or that somehow putting limits on how much money is spent in politics is somehow infringing on free speech, I submit to you that you are exactly what the rich and powerful want from us - not just compliant surrender, but blind and slavish obedience.

 

I won't do it. Ever.

 

Co-Sponsor the American Anti-Corruption Act at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

 

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THE POLITICAL 1% OF THE 1% - YouTube

The political elites that make up the top 1% of the top 1% of all contributions to campaigns in 2012 have effectively become the new gatekeepers in American ...
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The numbers aren't hard to understand and they don't lie.
-> $6Billion was spent on the 2012 elections. That's $6,000,000,000.00 


-> 25million Americans donated money.


-> 28% of the money, or about $1,700.000.000.00, came from just 31,385 people, making their average contribution just over $54,000.00, or about 3-grand MORE than the median household income.

 

-> This "1% of the 1%" gave money to every single candidate. Every single one.

 

-> Since it takes only (ONLY?!?!) $12,950.00 in contributions to make into the 1% of the 1%, and you can begin to imagine how much the top donors in this group are giving to get the average as high as fifty-four grand, or more than one-half of all Americans make in a year.

 

-> To put further perspective on this, individuals with incomes of $11,720 a year or less are considered to be living in poverty.


15% of all Americans, or about 46.5Million of our fellow citizens and human beings are living in poverty.


For just an extra grand in KNOWN political contributions, they could punch their tickets and get into the 1% of the 1% that makes up the Political Donor Class.


Now please tell me again why we shouldn't get money out of politics and why you haven't signed on yet as a Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act.

 

http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

 

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Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content

Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
When telcos zero-rate data used by their apps and their partners’ apps, they are engaging in price discrimination and threatening net neutrality. The practice should be banned in U.S. and Europe.
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Zero-rate data sure looks like an unfair advantage to me.

 

"Mobile internet connectivity is different from fixed. Firstly, it requires the use of spectrum, which is a scarce public resource. It is one thing if telcos zero-rate their IPTV app over their cables, but quite another when they use a licensed, scarce public resource to foreclose the communication, media and cloud storage markets."

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The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality

The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

Published on Monday, May 5, 2014 by RobertReich.org

 

by Robert Reich

 

Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to do about it.

Herewith, the four biggest right-wing lies about inequality, followed by the truth.

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Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators.

Lie number two: People are paid what they’re worth in the market.

Lie number three: Anyone can make it in America with enough guts, gumption, and intelligence.

Lie number four: Increasing the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs. 

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TPP Update -- MILLIONS against the TPP on both sides of the Pacific!

TPP Update -- MILLIONS against the TPP on both sides of the Pacific! | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Protests followed Obama from Malaysia to Manila this week, while more than 3 million across the U.S. spoke out against the TPP. Help spread the word today!
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*UPDATE: Together we grabbed the attention of decision-makers by projecting a Stop The Secrecy petition number on key buildings in Washington D.C. Now we need you to amplify our action by making it go viral online. Congress Member Ron Wyden, who leads U.S. trade legislation, has just joined with us to stand against TPP Secrecy!  We haven't won yet so after you sign the petition please share the projection image below with everyone you know. (See https://stopthesecrecy.net/#3millionSpeakOut)

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Misinformed USA: Why average Americans vote for Republicans

Misinformed USA: Why average Americans vote for Republicans | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
One can only wonder why average working class Americans would vote for a party that is so obvious in their bias towards the wealthy. It would make sense that s
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What I've been saying all along.....

 

"Average Americans need to be more informed about what is going in the country, but also where to get their information. The argument isn't about holding a liberal or conservative ideology, it's about facts that are based on truth and not information based on twisted logic. Americans need to learn to dig a little deeper to find honest reporting, not just believe something that falls in their lap at the expense of a billionaire funded think tank or news organization."

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Signature needed: Senate will vote on Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United

Signature needed: Senate will vote on Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Money is not speech, and the Supreme Court’s decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon have perverted our democracy.

It's time to pass a constitutional amendment.
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Anat Shenker-Osorio from Closing Plenary, Netroots Nation 2013 - YouTube

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Anat Shenker-Osorio from Closing Plenary, Netroots Nation 2013, San Jose, CA June 22, 2013
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This is a must-see, especially for people on the left.

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MayOne.us - SuperPAC to end all SuperPacs. Mayday for the Republic.

MayOne.us - SuperPAC to end all SuperPacs. Mayday for the Republic. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
MayOne.us - SuperPAC to end all SuperPacs. Join our effort to win a Congress committed to reforming the influence of money in Politics.
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Government has failed us. More than 90% of Americans link that failure to the influence of money in politics.

Yet the politicians ignore this influence. While America founders, they spend endless time with their funders.

These funders hold our democracy hostage. We want to pay the ransom, and get it back.

We're going to kickstart a SuperPAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016.

Or at least we're going to try.

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Derailing the High-Speed Trading Bullet Train Before It Crashes Our Economy

Derailing the High-Speed Trading Bullet Train Before It Crashes Our Economy | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by OtherWords

A tiny tax on every financial transaction would curb Wall Street recklessness.by Sarah Anderson

On the afternoon of May 6, 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its fastest nosedive ever. Within minutes, a trillion dollars in wealth went “poof.”

 

What happened?

 

Read more at 

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/30-10

 

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This makes a lot of sense to me. Too bad the Obama administration isn't on board. As any economist will tell you, if you want to curb a behavior, tax it. The people with the biggest and fastest computers sitting closest to the exchanges' servers should not get an advantage.....or be allowed to basically manipulate markets because their programs execute trades milliseconds faster.

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New Study: 72 Percent of Fox News Climate Segments Are Misleading | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com

New Study: 72 Percent of Fox News Climate Segments Are Misleading | Blog, News & Notes | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Thirty percent of CNN's and 8 percent of MSNBC's climate-related segments were misleading.

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Do you believe in man's influence on 'Climate Change' or in 'Climate Change at all? Where are you getting your news information?

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Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania | Join us at a decision day rally!

Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania | Join us at a decision day rally! | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Join us for a decision day rally!

The ACLU of Pennsylvania has filed a motion for summary judgment inWhitewood v. Wolf—the landmark case seeking the freedom to marry in PA—asking the judge to rule that denying marriage to Pennsylvania’s same-sex couples is unconstitutional!

We don’t know when or how a judge will rule, but when a decision is made—we want to be ready.

That’s why our friends at Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania are hosting Decision Day rallies all across the state. Join us at a Decision Day rally the day a ruling is made!

Sign up below and select the city closest to you, and we will give you more details when a ruling comes.


http://action.wmmpa.org/page/s/join-us-at-a-decision-day-rally-


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PBS | Ombudsman | David Koch and PBS: The Odd Couple

By Michael Getler

MAY 25, 2013

I was away this week — at the annual international gathering of news ombudsmen, held this year in Los Angeles — and so am a bit late in catching up with the saga that unfolded in the pages of the newest edition of The New Yorker magazinethat is reflected in the headline on this column.

 

The headline and sub-headline on the magazine article are particularly artful in capturing what was to follow in The New Yorker's pages. It is titled "A Word From Our Sponsor . . . Public television's attempts to placate David Koch." Koch, as many people know, is, along with his brother Charles, the owner of Koch Industries, a huge energy and chemical conglomerate that is the second-largest, privately-held company in the U.S. It has made both brothers mega-billionaires.

 

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http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/2013/05/david_koch_and_pbs_the_odd_couple.html

 

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Beating the Koch brothers

Beating the Koch brothers | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The fight behind Citizen Koch, the documentary that the Koch brothers crushed... almost.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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An extremely well-done piece about the corrupting influence of money in our politics, especially Koch money.

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The Gun Report: May 9, 2014

The Gun Report: May 9, 2014 | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A day in the life of armed America.
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Then there's this....

 

The Safe Carry Protection Act, Georgia’s so-called “guns-everywhere bill,” which was signed into law last month and allows those with concealed carry permits to bring guns into churches that give express permission, is not going over well with some clergy. Last week, Robert Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, issued a directive to its 56,000 members banning guns in their churches.


“Jesus did not preach a gospel of self-protection, a gospel of live by the sword, die by the sword,” Wright wrote. “Quite the opposite.”

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Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power & the "Unstoppable" Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement

Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power & the "Unstoppable" Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader joins us to discuss his latest book, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State." Nader highlights the common concerns shared by a wide swath of the American public, regardless of political orientation, including mass government surveillance, opposing nebulous free trade agreements, reforming the criminal justice system, and punishing criminal behavior on Wall Street. Nader also discusses the U.S. push for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, General Motors’ new bid to escape liability for its deadly ignition defect, the revived nuclear era under President Obama, and challenging U.S. militarism through the defense budget.
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Plenty of reasons to be optimistic, to be hopeful, and to stay focused on working to change things for the better for all of us.

 

"You’ve got to think of politics in America now as two stratas. On the top, dominating the left-right emerging alliance, are the corporate powers and their political allies in the Congress and elsewhere. And what we’re seeing here is a corporate strategy of long standing that fears a combination of left-right convergence on issues that would challenge corporate power. So, they really like the idea of left-right fighting each other over the social issues. They really work to divide and rule these left-right public opinion and representatives. And so far, they have been dominant, the corporatists.

 

"But they’re beginning to lose. And we have enough historical evidence to show that the tide is running against them."

-Ralph Nader

 

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Sign the petition: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

Sign the petition: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Wall Street Democrats are fighting back against economic populists like Elizabeth Warren and Bill DeBlasio.

Tell them you stand with the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Party.
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"Wall Street Dems know populists like Elizabeth Warren are gaining influence with the Democratic base. Horrified, these Dems have launched an attack throughout corporate media that threatens electoral doom for the Democratic Party if it dares stand up to Wall Street."


Read more at and sign the petition

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/690&tag=050114splash2

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Jesse Ventura on 'Obamacare': Health care is a human right, rips apart the GOP

Jesse Ventura on 'Obamacare': Health care is a human right, rips apart the GOP | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Over 10 million Americans now have access to affordable health care by either the private marketplace or through an expansion of Medicaid because of the Afforda
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Jesse, were you of these opinions before you went off the grid? I'm impressed. :-)

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Here is Ventura's thoughts on Obamacare!

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Alabama’s chief justice: Buddha didn’t create us so First Amendment only protects Christians

Alabama’s chief justice: Buddha didn’t create us so First Amendment only protects Christians | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, May 2, 2014 12:50 EDT


Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

 

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”


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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/02/alabamas-chief-justice-buddha-didnt-create-us-so-first-amendment-only-protects-christians/



Via Coffee Party USA
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Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and their opinions.

 

Our elected officials and their appointees, however, seem to me to bear a special responsibility.

 

What happens to the public trust and the separation of church and state once remarks like those made by Alabama's Supreme Court Justice, Roy Moore, are made in public?


Can they still be trusted to keep church and state separate?

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Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and their opinions.


Our elected officials and their appointees, however, seem to me to bear a special responsibility.


What happens to the public trust and the separation of church and state once remarks like those made by Alabama's Supreme Court Justice, Roy Moore, are made in public?


Can they still be trusted to keep church and state separate?


- Greg R. CoffeeParty News Curator

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 4, 2014 6:07 AM

Is Moore under the impression that God didn't create those with other religions? Does he realize that GOD ALLOWS FREEDOM OF CHOICE in the Holy Scriptures he is referring to and even requires it as an absolute means of joining his followers?  He does not  accept those forced to him and nor can one be forced to God according to the scriptures. Acceptance of God of the scriptures is a personal choice and commitment and that can only truly be achieved if people are free and have freedom of choice and that freedom is protected from people like him, the Taliban type leaders and those with Jones town style  leadership.


According to Moore no one anywhere is entitled to the freedom of religion given by God in those scriptures. Even though the penalty of not choosing God is eternal hell in those scriptures it is clear that while you are here on earth there is freedom of choice allowed by the scriptures. The Bible did not order the Romans or Gentiles to believe in the scripture or demand the sudden abolishment of Roman or Gentile practices. The scripture was written originally for Jewish people which to this day are not Christian and do not accept Moore's Scriptures either. The Jews would also not be allowed religious freedom under Moore as they do not believe in Moore's Scriptures either. The other odd thing is that he seems uneducated to the fact that neither Buddha or Mohammed claim to have created the earth and that as a matter of fact Mohammed and his followers do believe the God of Moore's Scriptures did create the us and the earth and that the one and only God is the God of Abraham the father of the Jews and their father too according to both Moore's Scriptures and Mohammed's writings.

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Number of HIX Enrollees Who Paid First Premium in Dispute

Number of HIX Enrollees Who Paid First Premium in Dispute | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
How many individuals and families that selected a health plan in the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace have paid their first month s premium? Depends on whom you ask.
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No, it does not depend on whom you ask.

 

Can we just call this "dispute" what it is? It's partisan propaganda, and it's one-sided propaganda.

 

Asking the GOP anything about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at this point is pointless, isn't it? What do we expect to hear from the same group of legislatures who have wasted countless hours and our tax dollars voting to repeal this law how many times now?

 

They simply have lost all credibility, and they did it to themselves. 

 

On the question of premium payments, the PPACA changed absolutely NOTHING about how insurers bill for and collect premiums. It's still the same accounting. Whether or not customers of private insurers have paid their first (or any) premiums isn't governed by the PPACA. Invoices sent and premiums collected are STILL a private matter controlled by the carriers and dependent on lots of issues, not the least of which include did the carriers actually send a bill yet to their new customers and what's the grace period? 

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President Obama: Don't Let the CIA Censor the Torture Report

Last week, more than 25,000 ACLU supporters signed the petition calling on President Obama to make sure that the CIA doesn't censor the landmark Senate report on the CIA's own use of torture. And the President took action: he appointed Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper—who himself has been accused of lying to Congress about intelligence programs—to "oversee" the CIA in its lead role in the review. So, we now have one agency that lied overseeing another agency that lied, and that's how we will get the truth? Now is the time to press the President to take the lead on giving us the truth about torture. Take 2 minutes right now to e-mail President Obama asking him to order the CIA and the DNI to not censor the Senate torture report.
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The Brief Origins of May Day | Industrial Workers of the World

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"Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted - people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we'll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day."

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