July 24, 2014

Flashback: the online conservative movement and me

I don’t know that I ever posted this before, but a while back Chris Muir, the artist and creator of Day By Day, produced a large piece, modeled on “The Last Supper,” that was auctioned off as part of the Blogger’s Defense Fund.  Most of those who were pictured (that is, those of us on the proper side of history) signed the master print, and each of us in return received a print of our own, plus a separate piece of our likeness, representing our place within the piece’s overall theme.

Having felt with the slings and arrows of the new breed of online “conservatives” the last few days made me a bit nostalgic for the days before a few people worked diligently to see me marginalized, so I had Chris send me a picture of the final product.  My own copy is rolled up in a cardboard tube and ready for the move.

As I told Chris, one of the biggest thrills of my “career” online was being chosen as one of the representatives for the conservative cause — and then, you betcha!, getting placed next to Sarah Palin in the picture (others pictured, in the white and red: Ed Morrissey, RSM, Glenn and Helen Reynolds, Malkin, Mandy Nagy, Bill Whittle, and Clarence Thomas).  So for those of you who haven’t seen it, here it is:

LS

 

And here is my separate piece, which was suggestive of my role in the promotion of language and its importance:

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I have always tried to remain absolutely true to the principles of classical liberalism.  At times this has put me at odds with some on “our” side who I felt were promoting ideas, almost always unwittingly (at least at first), that were wrong-headed or dangerous to the cause of individual liberty and sovereignty.

Ultimately, that doggedness cost me, and there are days when I regret that it’s simply in my nature to fight like hell for what I truly believe is right, and do so in a way that tries simultaneously to make the case in such a way that others will be persuaded.  I’m perhaps the world’s worst diplomat.  But what I am is loyal — to my friends and to my causes.  I don’t believe, looking at that picture today, there is a single person on the conservative side I haven’t defended at one time or another.

Many of them, in return, have had my back — including yesterday, when I needed it.

To them I say thank you.  And to Chris I say, once again, thank you for finding some of the work I’ve done here at protein wisdom over the years worthy of the honor of inclusion.

As always, outlaw.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 4:35pm
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Comments (113)

  1. >which was suggestive of my role in the promotion of language and its importance:<

    Thesaurus.com Now Lists ‘Redneck’ & ‘Right-Winger’ as Synonyms for ‘Obstructionist’

  2. Those are very fine portrait tributes and ought to be a source of pride. You have been stalwart, steadfast, patient, and unrelenting — in a word, true — Jeff. Couldn’t have been better.

  3. In the spirit of the situation we’re in, I’d like to call everyone’s attention to a neologism coined over at David’s place: bemerd.

    Those of you who have a passing familiarity with Romance-language expletives know what it means.

  4. a translation: up to our eyeballs in shit

  5. Damn well put [in both comments] Sd.

  6. Actually, it’s closer to beclown: to make a fool of oneself. Context: “It is so wrong, inappropriate, and foolish that the only one bemerded by it is the bozo asking the question.”

    Ergo, having departed radically from Constitutional principles, we’ve well and truly bemerded the Republic.

  7. I can happily accept that translation, particularly in a context I hadn’t bothered to look at. Still, who bemerds the Republic will necessarily bury himself along with everybody else in shit.

  8. Jeff,

    Paid a visit to your twitterground and was wondering what the story of these pictures was.

    Well placed Mr.!
    and…
    KEEP FIRING!!!

  9. Very cool, and well remembered, of course. As for the unpleasantness of late, I suspect those who called moby were right and further suspect that Neal Rauhauser’s tomfoolery was afoot.

    You’ll notice that the tool who decided to spin some old foolishness up, a shitball going by the @Ymtise handle no longer exists. Pretty fucking staunch, that.

  10. NR, I was thinking that those tunnels should be flooded. The Egyptians had a much better idea.

  11. if it is us vs. them: we be the liberals they be the illiberals. you could look it up but the definition might change.

  12. oh i got that from this to give credit

    “To Block Gaza Tunnels, Egypt Lets Sewage Flow”

  13. Oh, hell. That was Morsi, last year. See? Nobody likes Hamas.

  14. A very fitting tribute, one you’ve earned over the years. And still earning, day by day.

    I’d suggest blocking those obviously low-class mongrels (the ‘stoned trucker’ sorts) instead of engaging. Between the lot of those I’ve seen (I’m out of town, not on the twittering circuit much of late) they aren’t worth your consideration. Whatever they write is of zero consequence.

    Everyone who uses that medium has to develop thick skin and use the block tool aggressively. I’d make more suggestions, but each to his or her own. I ‘follow’ (hate that misleading term!) quite a few because I like a fast-moving, rich & varied time line. There’s a lot more to see and react to if things are moving quickly enough, and ignorance like stoned trucker can be disappeared forever with just a mouse click.

  15. Those who forget history… are condemned to put gun show tattoos on their arms.

    Uhhh, seriously. That did just happen. Like, for real and everything.

  16. Can’t say for certain though I have got the impression bh, but what may have just happened is the a photo of such a tattoo was filched off the internet from someone else unknown and passed along as though it belonged to the passer. Again, I ain’t positive about that, but it looked that way for a bit.

  17. Neal Rauhauser’s tomfoolery was afoot

    Black hole level of suckage right there.

  18. What I’d like to know is why 2 tickets for a gun show?

    Paradise; that makes sense, but bodybuilding (and shooting) is a solo sport.

  19. During the recent unpleasantness, was it ever established what LIDAC is supposed to mean or is it just an example of schizophrenic glossolalia?

  20. Since I’m chairing the recognition of underappreciated links committee tonight ;^)

    Conservative leader and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may have a lead foot, but she was all smiles when she was pulled over for a speeding ticket in Wasill last week driving herself in a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck. When asked by TMZ about the incident, she gave a classic nod to her NASCAR fans:

    I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying.

    (From Jeff’s link above)

  21. Also, Confused Cats Against Feminism by someone who thinks he’s mocking the #WomenAgainstFeminism crowd, only not.

  22. if the clowns want to do civil war , baracky best keep out of those areas where he would be detained as “insane”

  23. sdferr says July 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Hmmm…

    Danger says July 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Hah!

    “schizophrenic glossolalia” from TaiChiWawa

    Hmmm… then hah!

  24. Something that Donna twitter person has reminded me of though is the wisdom of avoiding simple vulgarity as a way to make a point or show emphasis.

    It just reads as stupid.

  25. > is the wisdom of avoiding simple vulgarity as a way to make a point or show emphasis.<

    no shut it down

    Pregnant Woman Unable to Cross Street to Hospital Because of Obama Motorcade

    like tianamen

    Tank Man

  26. refresher

    >A SPECTER is haunting Eastern Europe: the specter of what in the West is called “dissent.” This specter has not appeared out of thin air. It is a natural and inevitable consequence of the present historical phase of the system it is haunting. It was born at a time when this system, for a thousand reasons, can no longer base itself on the unadulterated, brutal, and arbitrary application of power, eliminating all expressions of nonconformity. What is more, the system has become so ossified politically that there is practically no way for such nonconformity to be implemented within its official structures.

    Who are these so-called dissidents? Where does their point of view come from, and what importance does it have? What is the significance of the “independent initiatives” in which “dissidents” collaborate, and what real chances do such initiatives have of success? Is it appropriate to refer to “dissidents” as an opposition? If so, what exactly is such an opposition within the framework of this system? What does it do? What role does it play in society? What are its hopes and on what are they based? Is it within the power of the “dissidents”—as a category of subcitizen outside the power establishment—to have any influence at all on society and the social system? Can they actually change anything?

    I think that an examination of these questions—an examination of the potential of the “powerless”—can only begin with an examination of the nature of power in the circumstances in which these powerless people operate.<
    The Power of the Powerless

  27. no shut it down

    You do understand that these sentence fragments are frustrating, right, nr?

    If your fellows take the time to flesh out their thoughts to the best of their varied abilities, well, then it’s discourteous to respond in this manner.

    People properly take this lack of care in being understood for disregard in the conversation itself.

  28. That’s you in the back? I thought you were the one behind Clarence Thomoas. You know, the jabberbox booring poor Clarence into a dazed stupor.

  29. People properly take this lack of care in being understood for disregard in the conversation itself.

    – Actually an individual tending to the unkind side of things could take it as an indication of a limited vocabulary, or perhaps even a dislike for Sea salt and vinegar chips..

  30. Bill Whittle, maybe?

  31. Bill Whittle behind Justice Thomas, that is.

  32. >You do understand that these sentence fragments are frustrating, right, nr?<

    no very much say to baracky: "we shut your fundraiser motorcade down now and tomorrow and next week". some uaw '30's style sitdown strikes for the baracky fundraiser tour.

  33. Actually an individual tending to the unkind side of things could take it as an indication of a limited vocabulary […]

    If it’s a matter of not knowing how to properly express himself, that’s cool. We’ve all been there. We’re all still there to one degree or another, really.

    It’s the obvious disregard coming through loud and clear that grates on me.

  34. if the baracky wants war against his enemies/americans: let us give him some choom!1!

  35. no very much say to baracky: “we shut your fundraiser motorcade down now and tomorrow and next week”. some uaw ’30’s style sitdown strikes for the baracky fundraiser tour.

    Which has nothing to do with what I was referring to.

    Like I said, disregard for those you’re speaking with. If you’re not reading my comments or thinking about what I’m trying to express then why are you responding to me?

  36. >It’s the obvious disregard coming through loud and clear that grates on me.<

    to what or whom? if you have a disagreement be specific.

  37. I went with the snarky remark I thought was least likely to get me booted in a misunderstanding, bh.

    The runner-up was to quote Pablo’s 6:52 and lament how another hapless American has been denied his 1st Amendment rights by that well-known rage-aholic with impulse control issues fellow.

    But you never know who might be lurking

  38. You do see the obvious correlation to this very post itself, don’t you?

    Doesn’t that come through loud and clear?

  39. Vocabulary envy?

    – Just kidding. For the 2nd day in a row the Padres acted as if they are a legitimate baseball team, so I’m a bit manic.

  40. I hear you, Ernst.

  41. To what or whom? if you have a disagreement be specific.

    Again, no, I won’t jump through hoops for you.

    You’re being an ass. If you want to understand it then all you have to do is read back in this very thread.

    Stop being an ass. I’m not being cryptic here.

  42. - Congressional circle jerk #3,456.

  43. You do understand that these sentence fragments are frustrating, right, nr?

    Might be insistence on using An Infernal Hand-Held Device With A Teeny-Tiny Keyboard.

    Which is a scourge and an abomination for just that reason.

    I can’t even stand laptop keyboards. If God had intended us to use something smaller than a standard QWERTY, he’d have given us retractable cat claws.

  44. What bh is saying is dumb motherfuckers who can’t piss and chew gum at the same time pepper their speech with fuck this and ass that, proving themselves to be dumb motherfuckers by their inarticulateness.

    Whereas a lazy-ass fucking potty mouth like myself, who swears like a drunken sailor just woken up in the wrong whorehouse, well, I just make myself look like a dumb motherfucker who can’t piss and chew gum at the same time, so why bother with me.

    What bh is sayin’ is don’t be a lazy-ass fucking potty mouth, or people might mistake you for a dumb motherfucker who can’t piss and chew gum.

    Can I get a Fuckin’-A, Bubba!?

  45. fuckin’a, bubba

  46. I can’t even stand laptop keyboards. If God had intended us to use something smaller than a standard QWERTY, he’d have given us retractable cat claws.

    Amen!

  47. That what Gus is sayin’ here scene in The Right Stuff is one of my all time top-ten movie scenes.

  48. >Again, no, I won’t jump through hoops for you.

    You’re being an ass. If you want to understand it then all you have to do is read back in this very thread.

    Stop being an ass. I’m not being cryptic here.<

    this ain't my blog and your opinion is sinking from a logical perspective. asking about a particular statement from you is not "being an ass."(your quote above). i hope all is well in your life. good luck.

  49. Ernst Schreiber says July 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Yes. And, also, bh is still too often that dumb motherfucker his very own self and he should try to stop speaking this way because it’s keeping him coarse and inarticulate.

  50. - I suppose I tend to use way too many expletives, but then I’m a crazy old mofo so I don’t expect that much from myself and thus I’m never disappointing.

  51. Chen Wei-Yin was a stud tonight (8ip, 0runs, 5hits, 1bb, 3so). Don’t think he talks cussin’ like us, but then he’s Taiwanese so he probably cusses differently.

  52. fuckin’ A bubba

    (I’m trying to improve myself as well)

  53. - Its a North bound train on a Southbound track….
    ….He’s already leavin’ an he won’t be back…..

  54. I do truly wonder who you think you’re fooling with that nonsense, nr.

  55. Speakin’ of which, any of y’all catch the catalog of historical sexact speech Insty linked the other day? Some of it’s pretty funny yabber.

  56. - Apparently Obama’s surrender monkey diplomacy is about as effective as his golf game.

  57. >being an ass.; I do truly wonder who you think you’re fooling with that nonsense, nr.<

    i'm not your problem.

  58. Gus sayin‘.

    Justin Case.

  59. Anyone have the link for SBP’s banhammer script? I’m using Chrome now though and I don’t know if it’ll work. Did that require greasemonkey?

  60. at the first and end note

    Al Stewart — Roads to Moscow

  61. It did require greasemonkey.

    Trollhammer link if it still works, it timed out for me.

    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/34653

  62. Looks like you can use Tampermonkey to run scripts in Chrome like I used greasemonkey with Firefox.

    Thanks for the Trollhammer link, Geoff. It’s timing out for me as well though.

  63. it is a strange song : alstewartroads. half hug a commie

  64. when you are sent to the gulag bonus points

  65. IIRC it stopped working when we went to the login wordpress at PW.

  66. There’s a mirror site at http://userscripts-mirror.org/ but it has no search function.

    Couldn’t find it with a google advanced search of “trollhammer” within the mirror site either.

  67. IIRC it stopped working when we went to the login wordpress at PW.

    Oh. That’s… problematic. Ehhh, I was hoping for a nice easy answer. Such is life.

    Thanks though, Geoff.

  68. Ah, here’s some evidence for what I’ve just now decided to call my L.G. Murphy hypothesis: Republicans respect the law; Democrats own it.

    Another one of my all time top ten favorite movie scenes.

  69. Can’t stream Chisum from Netflix or Amazon Prime, I’ve just discovered. Those excerpts from the transcript were a good read though.

    Okay, this is wildly out of left field but I’ve been reading The Mad Sculptor and it’s bizarre how this time Schopenhauer filled the (syphilitically-addled, sp?) mind of the killer with his dark continental thoughts. Reminds me of Leopold and Loeb to a degree.

    So, I was wondering, why wasn’t there a greater tsunami of these sorts of nihilistic crimes when there did seem to be this earlier rash developing? Is it possible that Nazism basically consolidated this entire crime wave in one huge rush and then this essentially cauterized the wound? Or, has it kept going and has been a background issue for awhile now? Maybe it’s just that odd kids (or any kids, really) don’t read Nietzsche or his sort anymore regardless. Much like they don’t read Moby Dick or The Fall of the House of Usher.

    I don’t know, just a random thought rattling around my head as I read this fluffy true crime book.

  70. Thank you Jeff.

  71. Is it possible that Nazism basically consolidated this entire crime wave in one huge rush and then this essentially cauterized the wound?

    This, I’m thinking. For decades “Never Again” meant genocide, before it morphed into mentioning the genocide.

  72. Might be insistence on using An Infernal Hand-Held Device With A Teeny-Tiny Keyboard. Which is a scourge and an abomination for just that reason. – See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=54519#comments

    Heh. Try using that at 70mph. Gives insight into some of ‘feets’ strange commentary..I’m guessing he’s using the voice-to-text feature, which necessarily removes all punctuation.

  73. I tried that voice-to-text on my new phone when I first got it. Found out you really have to enunciate your words clearly or you’re liable to get all kinds of gobbledygook.

  74. Bravo, Jeff …. stay true!

  75. “Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
    ? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

    OK, and I’d add “also, you just never know what sort of conditions are extant that might be deteriorating the signalling of proper intent to another’s communications.” Or something. In bed. )

  76. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

    To which I say, judge away, because I’m not going to stop being judgmental, nor do I fear judgement.

  77. I can’t even stand laptop keyboards. If God had intended us to use something smaller than a standard QWERTY, he’d have given us retractable cat claws.

    Something else I can completely agree with dicentra on. My fat fingers don’t work on those small devices worth a damn.

  78. And, Jeff, that depiction of you is just awesome! Almost better than being included in the group image.

    Remember, when you’re catching flak, you’re over the target.

  79. - Still slightly better than Hitlers vote percentages, but for how long.

    – He probably won’t fall below 27% at worst because that’s about the percentage of morons that lick his ankles.

  80. - Don’t mess with Joan Sasquatch Rivers.

  81. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

    Whatever the hell that means. It’s followed by

    “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

    Ergo, if you judge mercifully, you’ll be judged mercifully.

    “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    I don’t see a prohibition against judgment here. I see “be aware of your own weaknesses” and “put your own house in order first.”

    Not “we’re going to do what we want and you squares are going to shut up about it.”

    Which is how it’s been used since 1968.

  82. Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating.

    “Judging” in this context means snap condemnation based on superficial criteria. Love means what serr8d said: allow that you don’t know the other person’s story and if you did, you’d likely change your mind.

    And also that you yourself need plenty of slack cut on your behalf.

  83. “Unless, of course, your name happens to be George Bush, in which case we have a right to know everything, and if you won’t tell us we’ll make shit up.”

  84. Eleanor is such an unbecoming human being and made herself so. It’s not at all as though she could blame herself on nature. Nasty, nasty, nasty. Blech.

  85. - Anyone who doubts the fascist bastard Progressives won’t do everything they can to silence or censor things they can’t lie away just isn’t paying attention. Fortunately the greedy publishers will always go for the bucks, so the fascists can’t win ultimately.

  86. Fortunately the greedy publishers will always go for the bucks, so the fascists can’t win ultimately.

    Until the fascists make cooperation worth the publishers’ time.

  87. There’s a helluva separation between nr and ‘feets. One used to be an interesting read until the wimmens hatreds overwhelmed the charm factor. One still is, most times.

  88. Heh. The Liberal Fascist bastards always do their best to STOP and CONTROL every aspect of human life they can, as is their nature. But there’s the beginnings of a stirring in the force. The backlash, it comes. One way or t’other, they will be backed down. Blame that Darwin fellow, for the irony.

  89. “Judge not[…]” isn’t my concern here.

    My concern is the signal to noise ratio. Signal good. Noise bad. To frame it otherwise ignores my intent.

    If knowledge is good as the truth is good then gnats flying around distracting us from these considerations are… bad.

    It’s no more complicated than the drunk at the end of the bar interrupting a good conversation.

  90. Don’t pretend otherwise. It’s a simple, everyday experience. The fact that it’s happening online rather than in meatspace doesn’t change a thing, it doesn’t beg for a more nuanced understanding.

    In my personal case, all I want is to not be constantly distracted with horseshit that has nothing at all to do with the discussion at hand. It’s a very small request.

  91. Which, as I pointed out upthread, bears a strange resemblance to a written lamentation about some of the mentally invalid citizens of Twitter. Like, in this very post let’s say.

  92. OUTLAW.

    And in honor of Velociman, wherever he is, APOCALYPTO!

  93. - All of the forms of social networking, all of them, are simply less complex more direct versions of internet relay chat, IRC, which I used from the very beginning back when DARPA handed the network over, so I had tired of it many times over by the time twitter came along and as a consequence I use none of them. I view them all as weak versions of IRC with even less control over the assholes that tend to populate any process that gives them a chance to be assholes.

  94. IRC: where the men are men, the women are also men, and the children are FBI agents.

  95. i only got to episode 7 of season 1 of Lost cause of all the flashbacks

    at first i was ok cause I figured each character would get a flashback and then we’d get this show on the road

    but then some of the characters started double-dipping on the flashbacks and I was like ok this is not for me

    so now I’m wary of flashbacks

  96. - IRC, where the men are men, the women are also men, and the sheep are nervous.

  97. OUTLAW!!!

    Being true to yourself is just that. Yourself. It’s not a popularity contest. Sharing your intimate political beliefs will get you some deep bruises.

    The signers of the Decleration of Independance were doomed to hang if they lost the war but they still signed on with the side of truth.

    Imagine the courage of the men who stormed Normandy so many years ago with a single intent.

    Courage my friend. You have plenty to last this many years.

    Teach your children well.

  98. he choppered off you head and stuck it on Justice Thomas’ body

  99. “Rules for Changing a Limited Republican Government into an Unlimited Hereditary One.”

    5. As the novelty and bustle of inaugurating the government will for some time keep the public mind in a heedless and unsettled state, let the press during this period be busy in propagating the doctrines of monarchy and aristocracy. For this purpose it will be particular useful to confound a mobbish democracy with a representative republic, that by exhibiting all the turbulent examples and enormities of the former, an odium may be thrown on the character of the latter. Review all the civil contests, convulsions, factions, broils, squabbles, bickering, black eyes, and bloody noses of ancient, middle, and modern ages; caricature them into the most frightful forms and colors that can be imagined, and unfold one scene of horrible tragedy after another till the people be made, if possible, to tremble at their own shadows. Let the discourses on Davila then contrast with these pictures of terror the quiet hereditary succession, the reverence claimed by birth and nobility, and the fascinating influence of stars, and ribands, and garters, cautiously suppressing all the bloody tragedies and unceasing oppressions which form the history of this species of government. No pains should be spared in this part of the undertaking, for the greatest will be wanted, it being extremely difficult, especially when a people have been taught to reason and feel their rights, to convince them that a king, who is always an enemy to the people, and a nobility, who are perhaps still more so, will take better care of the people than the people will take of themselves.

    “Those who had opposed the constitution thought their fears justified by the conduct of the government that began to function in 1789. Under the aggressive leadership of Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of the treasury, economic measures were taken that favored the few, while a effective party machine was organized and the army strengthened in such a way as to suggest an intent to control rather than to represent the many. The whole tone of Washington’s administration was aristocratic, favoring as it did the educated, the wealthy, the clergy, and the press, who were fearful of “mob rule” and preferred to see what Hamilton called “gentlemen of principle and property” in command. As Hamilton had at his service a newspaper – John Fenno’s Gazette of the United States – to support his policies, his opponents, led by Jefferson and Madison, decided to establish a rival newspaper, the National Gazette. Philip Freneau, an experienced journalist of known democratic leanings, was chosen to edit the paper. The editorial, reprinted here, is typical of those in which Freneau criticized the Hamiltonian program from 1791 to 1793.”

    Via Western Rifle Shooters

    Link to source for above quote.

  100. at first i was ok cause I figured each character would get a flashback and then we’d get this show on the road

    In later seasons, they do flash-forwards, then they have flat-out time-travel, where you see scenes from previous seasons from a different angle and with more knowledge under your belt so there’s a different resonance, and I thought it was pretty cool.

    The dudez who write Lost specialize in multi-temporal story lines, and if you saw the one for Sawyer you must agree that they can effect some pretty significant storytelling with it.

    Once Upon a Time is the same narrative technique, with flashbacks to show the peeps before and after the curse.

    Me, I like it. If you don’t like popping back and forth like that, Lost is not the show for you.

  101. i’m watching Hell on Wheels now on the netflix

    so far is ok

  102. Bates Motel season one was a winner

  103. Jeff, I was very happy to read in a recent thread here that you had basically decided to continue fighting, and to find a way to get your voice back into the main steam of discussion.
    To me, this is a big deal. IMO (outside of Levin) too many of the so called main voices of conservatism have been lured by individual fame and fortune. They do a poor job of pointing things out, and even worse of effectively countering the other sides arguments and ploys.
    You are not only sincere and passionate, but are extremely effective in telling it like it is while still being able to effectively point-counterpoint the arguments and tactics of the ‘progressives’.
    Stay strong. You are needed more than you know.

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