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“THESE COLORS DON’T RUN”

9/11: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

9/11: THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, THREE YEARS ON

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR SWEEPS INTO HELL, BUT THERE’S STILL NO WAY OUT

A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF INSANITY

A DEAFENING SILENCE OF MEANING

A GEORGE WILL FOLLIES REVIEW

A MODEST PROPOSAL

A RESPONSE TO HILLARY CLINTON’S ASSERTION THAT ALL NATIONS SHOULD PLAY A PART IN THE AFGHANISTAN MISSION

A SEASON OF DEPRESSING POLITICAL RE-RUNS

A SUBTLE KIND OF FASCISM

A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT

A TOXIN IN THE BLOOD

AFGHANISTAN IS NO ONE’S WAR

AHMADINEJAD WON INDEED AND THE REAL SOURCE OF INTERFERENCE IN IRAN’S ELECTION IS LIKELY THE UNITED STATES

ALL BUSH, ALL THE TIME, FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

AMERICA HAS JUST LOST TWO MORE WARS

AMERICA’S BRUTAL TACTICS

AMERICA’S IMPERIAL WIZARD VISITS CANADA

AMERICA’S PATHETIC LIBERALS: THE SEQUEL

AMERICA’S PATHETIC LIBERALS

AMERICA’S SOVEREIGN RIGHT TO DO AS IT DAMN WELL PLEASES

AMERICA’S STRANGE POLITICAL CULTURE OF GRIEF AND DYING

AMERICA’S GULAG

America’s Heartland

AMERICAN PSYCHO

AMERICANS’ RIGHT TO KNOW

AN ANGEL APPEARS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

ANATOMY OF TERROR

AND TO ALL, A GOOD NIGHT

ANSWERABLE TO NO ONE

ANSWERS TO TWO GREAT MYSTERIES

AS I LAY DYING

AS ROME BURNS, HOPES FOR A WEDDING IN WHITE

ASHCROFT, AMERICAN HISTORY, AND SPEAKING IN TONGUES

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, OMAR KHADR, AND BARACK OBAMA: A DREADFUL TALE OF WHAT AMERICA HAS BECOME

BAGHDAD’S THINK-TANK BOMB

BANALITY, BOMBAST, AND BLOOD

BANGING YOUR HEAD INTO WALLS

BHUTTO, BUSH, AND MUSHARRAF

BLACK HOLES

BULLDOZING HOPE

BUSH IN A BOTTLE

BUSHSPEAK: DARK AND GARBLED WORDS

BUT HE IS A MORON!

CANADA’S BLESSINGS, INCLUDING GAY MARRIAGE

CANADA’S EMBARRASSING FOREIGN MINISTER, PETER MACKAY

CANADA’S EMERGING POLITICS OF DESTRUCTION

CANADA’S PRINCE OF DARKNESS, MICHAEL IGNATIEFF

CARTOONS AND BOMBS

CHINA’S NEW WEAPONS

CITY AT RISK

CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND

COMING SOON: THE DIRTIEST SHOW ON EARTH!

CONDOLEEZZA’S NONSENSE ABOUT DEMOCRACY

DALTON THE MAGNIFICENT

DARK TALES FROM THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH

DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

DELUSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

DIARY OF A MADMAN

DISTURBING THE PLANET AND BLAMING THE MESS ON OTHERS

DOES THE AMERICAN ELECTION (2004) MATTER?

DROWNING IN FILTH

ENRON-STYLE MANAGEMENT IN A DANGEROUSLY COMPLEX WORLD

EVIL DOES OFTEN TRIUMPH

FAVORITE CONTRADICTIONS AND ABSURDITIES CONCERNING WAR IN IRAQ

FLAT DADDY

FLIRTING WITH FASCISM

FOOTPRINTS IN THE DUST

FRANCE’S GREAT FOLLY

FREEDOM ON STEROIDS

FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES

GOD BLESS CANADA!

GOMER AS CLAUDIUS

HALL OF MIRRORS

HANOI JANE AND THE CITY OF GOD

HATING AMERICA

HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR

HITLER’S SHADOW AND THE COMING STORM

HOPE AGAINST HOPE

HOPE IS ON THE WAY

HOW CHANGE IS WROUGHT: FIRST THROUGH EDUCATION

HOW TERROR HAS LOST ITS MEANING

IN JESUS’ NAME

IN PRAISE OF UNSPEAKABLE THINGS

INSANITY IN AMERICA

INSANITY OR SECURITY?

INSPIRATION FROM THE TOP

ISRAEL, PALESTINE, AND CANADA

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

IT’S NOT ABOUT OIL

JABBA APOLOGIZES

JOHN MCCAIN: A MATTER OF CHARACTER

LESSONS FROM THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

LESSONS FROM HELL

LIBERAL MEDIA? IN AMERICA? YOU MUST BE KIDDING

LINCOLN WAS WRONG: THE EASE OF FOOLING MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME

MISSILES AIMED AT THEIR MAKERS

MONDO CANE

MONSIEUR COKEHEAD

NATIONAL SANCTITY OF LIFE DAY

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

NIGHTMARE VISION OF NORTH AMERICA

NIGHTMARES OF AMERICAN MEDICAL CARE

NORTH KOREA’S BOMB

OF BLAIR, HUSSEIN, AND GENOCIDE

OF WAR, ISLAM, AND ISRAEL

OH, SAY, CAN YOU SEE XENOPHOBIA IN A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS?

ONE-WAY TRIP TO NOWHERE

ORWELLIAN ANTI-SEMITISM

OSAMA’S ENDORSEMENT

PAT BUCHANAN, POSTER BOY FOR WHAT AILS AMERICA

POLICY THROUGH ROSE-COLORED PILOT’S GOGGLES

POLITICAL BITS AND PIECES

POLITICIANS MAKING FOOLS OF US ALL

PRESIDENT FROM PODUNK DRILLING INC

RE-BRANDING OPPRESSION

REFLECTIONS ON THE ORIGINS AND MEANING OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

SARAH PALIN: BUSH DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

SEEKING THE EVIL ONE

SEVERAL STEPS CLOSER TO ARMAGEDDAN

SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPES

SHOULD ISRAEL TALK TO HAMAS?

SICK PUPPIES

SOME LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

SOMETHING MONSTROUS THIS WAY COMES

SORRY, MR. PRIME MINISTER, AFGHANISTAN IS NOT OUR WAR

SPINELESSNESS AS FOREIGN POLICY

STANDIN’ IN THE DOORWAY

STRANGE DREAM

STRANGE VICTORY

TERROR IN TORONTO OR TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT?

THE ANNAPOLIS CONFERENCE: DEAD MAN WALKING

THE CASE FOR WAR

THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US

THE DEVIL AND GEORGIE BUSH

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

THE DREADFUL RECORD OF THE FBI

THE DUMBEST STORY EVER WRITTEN

THE FIGHTER PILOT AND THE PRINCESS IN AMERICA’S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES

THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF INSANITY

THE FIRST VICTIM IN THE WAR AGAINST TERROR

THE FUTILITY OF WAR

THE GOMERY REPORT AND SEPARATISM

THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE

THE HORROR OF HAITI: WHAT THE PRESS COVERAGE TELLS US

THE ICEMAN COMETH

THE IRAQ WAR’S TRASHIEST PIECE OF PROPAGANDA

THE LIKELY HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WAR IN IRAQ

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

THE PAINFUL HORRORS OF POLITICAL AUTISM

THE PARABLE OF THE HATCHET OR THE NONSENSE OF NATION-BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN

THE PARABLE OF SAMARRA

THE PARADOXES OF ISRAEL

THE PECULIAR STATE

THE PENTAGON’S SECRET WEAPON

THE PERFUMED PRINCE AND OTHER POLITICAL TALES

THE REAL CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: LIBERALS VERSUS THE CRYPTO-NAZIS

THE THING WITH NO BRAIN

THE TROUBLE WITH ELECTING CAESAR

THE WORST KIND OF LIE

THOMAS FRIEDMAN, SPOKESMAN FOR ENLIGHTENMENT

THOMAS FRIEDMAN’S LIFE AS A PET HAMSTER

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

TORTURE AND WHITE PHOSPHORUS

TWELVE RUSTED PIPES

UNDER GOD

URGENT CALL FROM CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

WALRUS BULLS BELLOWING ON A BEACH

WAS EINSTEIN RIGHT?

WE HAVE HOPE, BUT REAL CHANGE IN AMERICA REPRESENTS AN IMMENSE TASK

WHAT DID STEPHEN HARPER ACTUALLY WIN?

WHAT SHARON WANTS

WHAT THE GRUESOME IMAGES SAY

WHEN TERROR IS JUST FINE

WHY AMERICAN LIBERALISM IS IMPOSSIBLE

WHY CAN’T A WOMAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

WHY MUST THE RIGHT WING SOUND SO BRUTALLY STUPID?

WHY PAT ROBERTSON ISN’T TREATED AS A TERRORIST

WHY REPUBLICANS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR

WHY STEPHEN HARPER LOST (2004)

WHY THE CIA ALWAYS WILL BE A COSTLY FLOP

WORDS ON COLUMBIA’S FIERY DESTRUCTION

ZAPATERO!



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WALRUS BULLS BELLOWING ON A BEACH
chuckman_john

August 22, 2009

 

WALRUS BULLS BELLOWING ON A BEACH

 

John Chuckman

 

I am disappointed with the view of some knowledgeable commentators over Scotland’s release of the dying man who was convicted of the Lockerbie-airline bombing. 

 

From a purely power-politics point of view, of course, they are right: judging by the ugly noises echoing across the oceans from America, Scotland has done itself no favor.

 

But if all affairs are to be carried on in every country from that point of view, it seems to me that it is acceptance of America's right to dictate every matter over the planet, including such intimate matters as how individual countries interpret justice and the government of laws.

 

This is the acceptance of a de facto aristocracy running the world since American voters - and only about half of eligible Americans bother to vote - represent only a percent or so of the planet’s population. It is remarkable how many Americans do not understand the basic point that not everything a democracy does is democratic or decent or even acceptable, especially things done outside its borders.

 

Democracies abuse power just as surely as any other form of government, and a democracy with the immense military power of the United States – a power virtually cancerous to genuine democratic values - provides a case study in the inexorable workings of Lord Acton’s dictum.

 

It would also represent a repression of all the better motives from which individuals and societies act now and then, surprising us and raising the standard of human behavior from the violent-chimpanzee standard that tends to hold for much of humanity and is especially notable in America’s international affairs. 

 

That is unacceptable to most people who are not Americans or who are not dedicated flatterers of America seeking leftovers being dropped from its groaning table.

 

You only have to ask yourself how Americans themselves would react to others telling them how they should run their court system. The sound would be deafening, like the bellowing of walrus bulls on a stony beach in mating season, which is actually pretty close to the sound of some of America’s professional-victim families today.

 

Mercy is never misplaced, and I think Scottish justice has reached an admirable decision despite the bellowing of the unthinking American families we have heard from for years.

 

Apart from that, and a very important consideration, it is almost certain that al-Megrahi is innocent, having been fitted up by American intelligence desperate for a scapegoat with the relentless political pressure of the walrus-bull families.

 

I have to say, also, I always find it troubling to read the press repeating the lines about 270 victims for the thousandth time. It is an American mantra, emphasizing the special and precious nature of American lives over all others, at least, that is, the lives of upper middle-class Americans.

 

Rarely do we read an accurate perspective on the Lockerbie event.

 

The United States Navy stupidly shot down an Iranian airliner with 300 souls aboard as it observed the devastation of the Iran-Iraq War, a devastation America had an important hand in extending.

 

Those 300 innocent men, women, and children received no mercy, and their horrible deaths certainly never saw any justice. Their families never received compensation. And no apology was even offered by Americans, a disgusting set of behaviors, entirely.

 

Lockerbie was absolutely clearly revenge, but no one knows who actually committed the act of revenge.

 

I might offer the observation, too, that it is the same bellowing Americans always ready to use capital punishment or torture and assassinate opponents or, indeed, to invade the lands of those with whom they disagree, bombing and killing countless innocents – three million just in Vietnam, another million or so in the Cambodia they de-stabilized, and another million or so in Iraq.

 

The whole pattern of the two acts of wanton destruction explains the basis for the so-called War on Terror. It is simply America's saying, “I can do to you, but you can't do to me.”


OBAMA KEEPS AFGHANISTAN VERSION OF GUANTANAMO AT BAGRAM AIRBASE GOING
chuckman_john
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE INDEPENDENT

I am sorry to read of this.

But it is America that Obama leads, not Ronald Reagan's fantasy shining city on a hill.

America is an imperial power with a vast network of intelligence agencies, secret police, military officials, corporate war profiteers, and powerful, ruthless old families much resembling the Borgias of Italy centuries ago.

You cannot just reverse what these groups believe is in their interests. If you try, you put yourself at risk.

America's establishment can ruin you and even eliminate you.

There are the examples of Clinton who became the center of sleazy scandal, going down in history as a shabby failure, and Kennedy who died trying to fight some very powerful interests. His brother too.

I firmly believe Obama's basic instincts are not bent towards this sort of overseas criminal behavior - something not typically true of American presidents, men like Bush or Nixon or Johnson being quite comfortable with it - but he is not in a position to change America's excesses.

What we get with Obama is an intelligent and decent man who will make at least some decisions in light of broader interests. I'm afraid that is the most we can hope for.

Those who wished for more were hoping for what cannot be.

MORE ANTI-MUSLIM GARBAGE AT THE DAILY TELEGRAPH : THIS TIME ABOUT HOW MUSLIMS RESIST INTEGRATING
chuckman_john

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY DENIS MACEOIN IN THE TELEGRAPH

Denis MacEoin, this piece lacks any perspective, save that of uninformed, paranoid anti-Islamism.

It is just irresponsible to write such stuff, feeding prejudice with red meat.
We have many, many religious groups that do not mix with mainline society.

Mennonites in many parts of the world stay to themselves, living in segregated communities, and refuse even to drive cars. Traditionally, members who violate the rules face the devastating fate of being "shunned," ignored by everyone in the community.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews behave in even more extreme ways. They dress in similar 19th century costumes, live in segregated communities, and maintain elaborate, and even oppressive, rules for that must be followed. Women cannot even leave their husbands without the threat of losing their children while men may readily divorce a wife.

How about all the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians who still live in monasteries and abbeys?

How about Buddhist monks?

Extreme evangelical Christians tend to avoid much of normal everyday society, disapproving of many mainstream activities. They found their own schools and other institutions with this aim in mind.

Then there are all the non-religious groups that tend to behave in similar ways, everything from nudists to survivalists.

God, isn’t it time we stop publishing anti-Muslim garbage?


TONY BLAIR'S PEACE AWARD: WHAT IT IS REALLY ABOUT
chuckman_john

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY ANDREW PIERCE IN THE TELEGRAPH

Andrew Pierce couldn't be more right in his main theme.

Blair is a ghoul, an ethical nullity, still collecting booty years after his crimes.

But the author does overlook the actual meaning of this award.

The award had nothing to do with peace as most understand that word.

It comes from Israel, and the blood-drenched policies of Bush and Blair served what Israel sees as its interests.

Why else is Bush so praised in Israel, the only country in the world, including his own, where the man is not despised?

Israelis have some very odd ideas of peace, after all.

They include never speaking to their opponents, assassinating their leaders, imprisoning others, and holding a vast population almost in bondage.

Attacking a refugee camp like Gaza with bombs and tanks – for that is what Gaza is, full of refugees from earlier horrors Israel inflicted on Palestinians – is about far from peace as you can get, but it served what Israeli leaders saw as their needs.

And it couldn’t have happened without the quiet approval of Blair’s comrade in war crimes, the wretched Bush.


FORMER GUARD WRITES OF GUANTANAMO BUT SADLY ERRS IN SAYING IT IS AGAINST WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR
chuckman_john

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY BRANDON NEELY IN THE INDEPENDENT

Thank you for this, Brandon Neely.

But your statement near the end that "it [Guantanamo] goes against everything the United States of America stands for" simply does not reflect historical facts.

Guantanamo, to paraphrase H. Rapp Brown, is as American as cherry pie.

America's is a bloody history, full of injustice. The only reason we don't speak of the growth of America as being like that of Imperial Germany is that America's victims were mostly weak and poorly organized, rather than established European states.

Of course, we all know how America first ethnically cleansed the East of Indians in the "Trail of Tears." Thousands died in this hideous operation. All their land and homes were stolen.

Years later, when it wanted the very land these people had ruthlessly been removed to, America pretty much tried to exterminate them in a long series of mass slaughters.

We all know about a couple of hundred years of slavery and then a hundred years of Jim Crow.

But many Europeans - and more than a few Americans - do not know of the shameful Mexican War.

Or the shameful Spanish-American War, started with a phony claim over a warship.

Or the U.S. efforts to put down rebellion against its rule in the Philippines, where torture was widely used. Water-boarding started there.

Many do not know the ugly story of the annexation of Hawaii. The entire population there signed a petition against the American take-over and sent a delegation to Washington to present it to Congress. No one would even talk to them.

Few in Europe know of the many mass murders of blacks during the 1920s. Whole small communities, hundreds at a time, were wiped out and their land was stolen. There bodies went to mass graves.

The homes and farms and other property stolen from Japanese Americans during WWII Internment was never returned. The later compensation was a pittance for many compared to what was stolen.

There are many other ugly stories over just two centuries, and it is simply incorrect to play the Ronald Reagan theme of the shining city on a hill. It just ain't true.


ON ISRAEL AND GAZA AND THE TIRED CHARGE THAT CRITICISM OF ISRAEL IS ANTI-SEMITISM
chuckman_john

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE INDEPENDENT

Howard Jacobson,

Yours is a shamefully dishonest article.

You are playing word games with mass murder, and truly, in the end, your circumlocutions restate the same disgusting tactic used by the defenders of Israel's bloody excesses: you are anti-Semitic if you criticize Israel.

Is Israel a country like any other or is it not? That truly is the heart of the matter.

If it is a country like any other, then its savage behavior in Lebanon and in Gaza and in the West Bank is completely unacceptable.

It has nothing to do with any "ism."

But if Israel is somehow to be considered by different standards than other countries, if it is to have special rules and allowances, then the real "ism" involved here is Israeli exceptionalism.

You cannot have it both ways, try as you might.

Israel does not talk to its opponents ever. It makes only public show of talking to a pathetic man like Abbas. The others it either assassinates - and there have been many bloody assassinations - or labels as "terrorists."

These are the techniques of tyrants, not states which respect human rights and democratic values.

Just because Israel is technically a democracy does not mean it cannot act as a tyrant.

A prejudiced majority can keep a technically democratic state behaving like a gang of thugs. We saw this in the American South. We saw this in apartheid South Africa. We saw this with France in Algeria. And we see this in Israel.

Even as Israel went about the business of killing, among others, 400 kids in Gaza, in the West Bank more of other people's land and homes was being seized.

How can anyone possibly regard this in a positive light?

If Israel would start treating its opponents with decency and respect and agree to return to its 1967 borders, we could have peace, genuine peace.

It is not Hamas that prevents this happening. Hamas has shown readiness to talk and reach a modus vivendi more than once. It kept the previous truce agreement scrupulously, which Israel broke.

The leaders of Hamas are intelligent, educated professionals, elected cleanly.

They represent for Palestinians the same yearning for clean government that Obamas does for America.

But Israel will not even talk. Ridiculous.


ON OBAMA'S EFFORT TO GOVERN BY CONSENSUS
chuckman_john

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY CLIVE CROOK IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES

The political divide in America is more visceral than it is in many other places.

It always has been.

I believe it reflects not just differences of view or understanding but of basic genetic make-up.

The Puritan strain in America gives us not just a tribe of Right Wingers but a nasty contemptuous propensity found in many American political commentators and politicians.

I think it not without some truth that the good folks in America always ready to bomb some society with which they disagree and going back to supporters of the extirpation of America's First Nations and the supporters of all-out, unforgiving war in the American Civil War are of a piece with the kind of Right Wing politics we see so often in America

The Coulters, the Limbaughs, the Gingriches, the Gramms, the DeLays, etc, etc represent a genetic strain going back to the horrific diatribes of dark souls like John Knox. They were horrible people in the 16th century and their descendants still are.

In America they are sentimentalized as religious refugees in distinctive garb, munching on the first Thanksgiving dinner.

In fact, they were so obnoxious in their behavior in 16th century Europe that no one wanted them around. Many used to go to the church meetings of other groups and raise ugly disturbances, showing absolutely zero tolerance for the beliefs of others. It was mobs of Puritans who ran through the great cathedrals of England hacking up ancient sculptures, burning paintings and manuscripts, and even destroying the graves of historic figures.

Of course, the reality is that after the first Thanksgiving these charming folks busied themselves with destroying the natives who had helped them.

Nothing has changed. This curse remains unlifted.

Unfortunately, America received so many Puritans in its early days while Australia was lucky to get the criminals.
 


ISRAEL'S TRAGEDY IS ITS POLITICIANS: A FALSE THESIS
chuckman_john
 POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY LIAM FOX IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

This makes no sense.

In a democracy, in the final analysis, you must put responsibility with the people voting and supporting its institutions.

Otherwise, all the talk of the merits of democracy is rubbish.

The people pretty much get the goverment they deserve in any democratic state.

What people fail to realize is that democracies are not automatically decent forms of government. A majority with bad intentions can indefinitely impose its will.

Only a bill or charter of rights offers some protection against such majority abuse, but Israel does not have one, nor is it likely that it ever will with religious definitions governing many aspects of its society.

It truly does not matter much who is elected in Israel.

The choice of a woman who worked with Olmert is hardly promising. He is surely a war criminal by any reasonable, meaningful definition.

Olmert launched a savage bout of killing just so his party could have election bona fides.

As to Lieberman, he is quite rightly characterized as a fascist. Were this any place but Israel, the world's press would be saying just that.

Netanyahu has a long record of inflammatory statements and corrosively negative attitudes. He is a dark, unpleasant figure, altogether.

More than once, he has openly expressed contempt for Arabs.

It is generally put that Israel has moved to the right, but I rather think it is more accurate to say that Israel has moved into darkness.

I don't know how it could be more clear that Israelis do not want a just peace.

Oh, yes, if asked about peace in general in polls, they say yes, but peace in general is a meaningless abstraction. Genuine peace has to be qualified by all the small print.

I wonder how many readers are aware that while Olmert was killing maybe 400 children in Gaza, there was heavy activity in the West Bank seizing more of other people's land?

Recent revelations through Google maps demonstrate the intensity of Israel's continuing efforts to seize land through informal settlements.

Other revelations through government papers demonstrate clearly the government's quiet collusion in such illegal and unethical efforts.

We will have peace if Israel is prepared to return to its 1967 borders, but there is not the least indication that that is likely or even possible.

But peace isn’t just borders, it is treating your neighbors with respect and decency, but we see no sign of this from Israel, and it is Israel that holds all the cards.

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