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Our next movie (May 18) is 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐲 (𝟏𝟗𝟗𝟗)

https://open.substack.com/pub/ziggywiggy/p/wonkette-movie-night-the-mummy-1999?r=2knfuc&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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May 12·edited May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

We just saw it in the theater a Fathom remaster. Really a lot of fun! All action no filler! And so good on the big screen!

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May 12·edited May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

I want to see it, but I'm going to be tied up in the afternoon. Hopefully I can call it a wrap before the movie starts. And I don't want any of you Tut-Tut-ing me for that joke.

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May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

I LOVE this movie! Especially Bruno, the dog who hates trains. My dog also hates trains, and she didn't even get her tail run over as a puppy.

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May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

I watched this years ago, when it first came out. What stuck in my mind most of all was the dog Bruno, and the bike racer Champion's gigantic calves, like an upside-down Popeye.

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Hope youse muthas is happy.

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Jamal Bowman (and other Squad members) getting primaried over his stance on Gaza.

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Nice jacket, Velshi!

[this has been your Sunday morning talking heads fashion commentary]

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I do believe that my heart has grown three sizes larger as well as considerably warmer.

I know that the smile on my face has gotten much wider.

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Awwww goodness that's cute

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🩷

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Watching a Gene Wilder/ Harrison Ford flick, "The Frisco Kid," from 1979. It's a real hoot.

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I was flipping through OTA TV last night and happened on "Bonnie and Clyde" from 1967. I'd forgotten (or never realized) that Gene Wilder was in that.

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May 12·edited May 12

The scene where Wilder realizes that the Amish farmers aren’t Jews cracks me up. That, and when he’s chasing the bird saying “Here, chickie, chickie! I dun’t vant to hurt you, I only vant to make you kosher!”

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I giggled a lot for that one. Love Gene Wilder, and Harrison Ford was fun too.

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I remember liking that very much.

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Happy day to you mothers and sons of mothers and motherfuckers but happy day especially to ME, because I have now been 100 days without smoking tobacco. Fuck, I hate it. I had such a bad week I **almost** walked down to the corner and bought a pack. But Infinite Jest saved me (again), in particular Don Gately's reflection about any given moment being endurable.

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I quit almost 30 years ago, and I'm so glad I did. My father and BFF both died from smoking.

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Take a measure of comfort in knowing that even after giving them up months ago and not once slipping off of the proverbial wagon I have been craving a cigarette fiercely since yesterday evening. I have no idea what's brought this on but the desire is thoroughly consuming me and I've found myself taking a moment to be very glad that I don't have any way to get out of here by myself anymore.

It would've been too damned easy to cave in and cop a butt if I still had my car keys.

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Solidarity, sister! ✊

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May 12·edited May 12

Might see about getting some Zyban - it completely erased the craving in me after 40 years. I had nothing to do with my quitting, except that I took a pill every morning for 90 days or so. No strength of character from this guy who would beg a stranger for a smoke. After two weeks I found I had driven the car and used the phone and bathroom without a smoke. I was very surprised, but it worked. People can light up next to me and it still doesn't create a craving.

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This October second will mark 23 years since I quit.

I STILL get cravings once in a blue moon. Had one just the other week out of nowhere and it was kinda more annoying than anything else.

It *is* endurable.

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I quit almost 30 years ago, and I feel like if I lit up tomorrow, I'd go back to being a nicotine fiend, rumbling around at 3 AM trying to find a loose cigarette somewhere.

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It's astonishing, right? I quit for like 15 years and then went and bought a pack when I split with my kids' dad. Fucking stupid. I don't want to make that mistake again.

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Aaaccck! It's sooo easy to start again, and sooo hard to quit.

You know how I finallly quit? I kept reminding myself that evil corporations were making money off of my addiction, and that I was paying them to slowly kill me. My BFF used to say "well, I could step outside tomorrow and get hit by a bus." He never got hit by a bus, but he did die at the age of 54 of cancer, after a lifetime of smoking. I wish he'd quit when I quit.

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Twenty years last January since I quit. You'll be happy to hear that I quit dreaming about smoking after three or four years.

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Oh, God, I thought dreaming about cigarettes was something unique to me. I don't remember how long it took for the dreams to stop, but I know it was a VERY long time.

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Thank you for staying strong. Deep breaths if it helps.

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Weirdly breathing helps and is easier. Who knew!

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After a while, your clothes and house won't stink, and you'll feel better, too.

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I quit 5 years ago and still want one occasionally. But it's not overwhelming.

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I'm just grateful that there's no smoking in most public spaces. I was doing happy hour with my friend the other day & not one person was smoking inside or out, I barely even missed it.

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𝗦𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿

https://queenmeabh.substack.com/p/siding-with-slander

Even as Missouri continues to underfund basic public services like education, health care and infrastructure, one state official has decided the taxpayers should pay to defend the grotesque defamation of a private citizen. Yes, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is at it again.

This time, Bailey is using state resources to provide the legal defense of three rightwing state senators being sued for tweet-slandering a bystander to the February mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl celebration, falsely alleging he was the shooter.

How bad is this latest self-serving stunt from Missouri's worst major public officeholder? Bad enough that even Gov. Mike Parson, a fellow Republican who appointed Bailey as attorney general last year, isn't having it.

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You know you're done when your own party is pushing back on your stupid. That seems to be happening more and more.

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"So when we were faced with destruction as a nation after Pearl Harbor, fighting the Germans and the Japanese, we decided to end the war by bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear weapons," he continued. "That was the right decision. Give Israel the bombs they need to end the war they can't afford to lose and work with them to minimize casualties."

https://www.rawstory.com/lindsey-graham-hiroshima/

Can I ask- is this what you're taught? Is this what the education system in the US teaches about the Second World War- that the US was "faced with destruction as a nation after Pearl Harbor"?

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As a kid, I was taught we dropped the bombs because we didn't want to deal with the fanatical civilian population we would face in an invasion. Of course, that does not address the fact that we had Japan isolated so we could simply wait them out which brings us to the real reason. In reality, the US wanted to keep Stalin out of Japan. With Germany's surrender Stalin could turn to the east and as an "ally" vie for a piece of Japan. Truman et al. believed the bomb(s) would bring an end to the war before Stalin could act.

Fun fact I didn't learn until I was an adult: Stalin had a pact with Japan that Japan would not attack US shipping headed to Russia since it was carrying weaponry to be used against Germany and Stalin would leave Japan alone showing how good of allies Japan and Germany were.

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Jeepers, somebody wasn't paying attention in school.

The reason Japan went for such a bold stroke as Pearl Harbor in the first place was because they knew they couldn't win a protracted war with the U.S. So they tried to cripple the Pacific fleet, then they would take what they wanted in the Pacific and then negotiate from there.

Germany, meanwhile, gave up on even invading England, right across the channel, after failing to gain air superiority.

Also, Germany was done by the end of April 1945, over three months before Hiroshima.

Dumbass.

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I recall learning fairly early on about Yamamoto advising his superiors that if Pearl Harbor was wholly successful (and it wasn't), the attack might give the Imperial Japanese Navy a free hand in the Western Pacific for about a year. No one in Japan was shit-all stupid enough to believe destruction of the U.S. was possible.

However, I have no recollection of whether they taught that fact in the public schools.

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Somebody needs to be bombed with extreme prejudice.

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Israel has nukes. Let them use those if it’s that bad.

And yeah, that’s pretty much what I was taught.

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I wasn't taught it that way, and to my knowledge it isn't taught that way. Graham is engaging in typical right-wing hyperbole: "faced with destruction" is like "they want to outlaw your stove" and "cities burned down", all of them meaningless figures of speech used to justify doing whatever they want to do, no matter how illegal or inhuman it is.

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Not to mention Israel is NOT faced with destruction. Iran lobbed a few rockets at them, and they shot them down.

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Well yes.

There was a Japanese fleet on its way to Pearl Harbor to crippleUS presence and influence in the Pacific. Also plans to invade the Philippines and Singapore soon after.

We were able to thwart this effort and quickly win the war.

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I did not add /S.

Cmon people.

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Well I mean you are correct, except the "ending the war" part isn't the same thing as holding/regaining Pacific territories.

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May 12·edited May 12

We completely thwarted (edit: reversed, really) that effort with aircraft carriers, though. We didn't need nukes for that.

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"There was a Japanese fleet on its way to Pearl Harbor to crippleUS presence and influence in the Pacific."

Which is, of course, the same as being faced with destruction as a nation.

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Not me. I was taught that it was necessary to end the war in the Pacific - that is, that we would have won eventually, but at the cost of many more American soldiers' lives.

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May 12·edited May 12

I took a Japanese history course in college. The professor, as you would expect, was deeply immersed in its culture.

One day after class I asked him if he thought the atomic bombing was justified. He said, “The older I get, the less I think I have the answer.”

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You can't justify the bombing, but you can recognize that it was inevitable given the situation.

There would never have been an invasion of mainland Japan. There were already enough incendiary bombs stockpiled in the Pacific to burn every Japanese city down to the smallest villages. Japan would have burned, then starved, then been occupied.

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Not quite. Usually the story we tell ourselves to justify the nukes is that casualties would have been even higher in an invasion of Japan.

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Based on the islands we fought over in the Pacific, to include Guadalcanal, the Solomons, all the way to Okinawa, there’s no question that an invasion of the homeland would have ended up in more casualties than there were in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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That's what lies I was told.

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It's impossible to say how much truth there is to a what if. It does conveniently leave out the Soviet advance and the desire to keep them from getting part.of Japan the way they got part.of Germany, though.

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In Lindsey's rewritten US history, yes. Sadly, it was simple math that was the decision, IIRC. How many soldiers would die invading the Japanese home islands.

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May 12·edited May 12

I was also told that wanting to make the whole rest of the world aware of the fact that we now had nukes and would be willing to use them was a fairly big factor.

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May 12·edited May 12

After Okinawa they saw how manyJapanese would be willing to die and take several people with them. People fight with even greater ferocity when they are defending their homeland.

See also: Manila, which probably could have been bypassed, but MacArthur's ego and the Japanese commander's unflinching loyalty to the emperor cost thousands of lives on both sides.

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May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

Off I go to work. PSA: if you're buying a last-minute Mother's Day gift, do NOT get mad at the sales associate if we're out of your chosen item. YOU waited until the last minute, sweetness. (I know Wonketeers won't do this, just putting it out there in the universe.)

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Ah retail... At least I worked in a sector where, if we were told it was for mother's day, we could raise an eyebrow and ask, "Are you sure you want to do this?"

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As a regular reader of notalwaysright.com, I'm well aware that there are a great many people who have failed to get this message about *every* holiday. ( Also applies to not screaming at the servers when you attempt to go to a restaurant without bothering to make a reservation, and are shocked that you can't immediately get a table. )

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Anyone doing that on Mother's Day or Valentimes deserves to be roundly mocked and then turned away.

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hello everywonk!

happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!

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Why is cursive the new "anti-woke" crusade among some older folks? Legit question, because it seems a very strange hill to die on.

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In my day we learned our cursive straight from the hose.

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I don't write my name very often but on the occasional check or document, signing in cursive seems more "authentic" to me.

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Dunno, they still teach it here in SoCal, starts in 3rd grade.

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This oldz isn't buying into any of that horseshit.

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I don't see what's "woke" about it, but iirc, it does help develop eye-hand coordination in young children.

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Cursive is stupid. It's for speed writing and it's mostly illegible and completely obsolete. We aren't going to start writing letters again. Printing is clear and it's fast enough for 99.9% of writing. There is absolutely no need to start gatekeeping kid's education over it.

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I can see it as a writing and learning exercise, but there seems to be a real kind of formality with it for those upset about it. Weirdest culture war note yet for me is all.

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They're running out of plausible targets for their outrage.

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I agree with Leanne - wearing diapers on the outside of your clothes is the weirdest shot fired in the culture wars.

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It's definitely not necessary as a practical skill these days! If these people think wearing diapers outside their clothing is cool, they might also get obsessed with weird things like cursive?

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May 12Liked by ziggywiggy

I suspect a stubborn, adamant insistence that everything remain the same.

If they had to learn how to write in longhand then everyone ELSE should have to do it as well.

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IIRC, everyone had to learn cursive. It seems like cursive is becoming a lost art.

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May 12·edited May 12

It's something they can point to to say 'kids these days'.

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I stopped using cursive the day I finished high school.

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Took a typing class the moment I was allowed to. I sign my name on checks, otherwise it's keyboard or printing.

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My cursive signature is shameful. I use a kinda stylized printed signature on checks and other documents.

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I stopped when they stopped enforcing it on me. I've yet to have a problem.

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I can print faster. I took all my notes in college that way. When I tries using cursive, I spent too long trying to decipher my handwriting.

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There was a kerfuffle locally when the primary schools stopped teaching it. It *does* seem an odd hill to me, also too.

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I vaguely remember something like that back home too. Penmanship matters in being legible, but I don't see the formality in it anymore.

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𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗹 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝗻. 𝟲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆’𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀

https://apnews.com/article/election-2024-jan-6-candidates-congress-7659d9493956919c83adf474259ab303

For Derrick Evans, being part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol wasn’t enough. The former West Virginia lawmaker wants to make his path to the halls of Congress permanent. On the other side of the metal barricades that day, Police Officer Harry Dunn couldn’t stand what he saw as he defended the Capitol and its inhabitants from rioters on Jan. 6, 2021.

On Tuesday, Evans and Dunn will make bids for U.S. House seats in their respective state primaries. They come into the election with dramatically different interpretations about what happened that day, and their performance in Tuesday’s primaries in West Virginia and Maryland could hint at whether voters’ opinions about the attack and its meaning have changed over time.

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Harry Dunn is a badass, the good kind.

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Well since section 3 of the 14th amendment has been disqualified by the courts, I suppose we will have to solve this problem using the 2nd amendment instead.

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I would like to see those traitors in the House tell Harry Dunn to his face that the participants in that atrocity were "tourists", "peaceful protesters", and "hostages". I hope he wins and that he is a competent and effective legislator.

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Good morning and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. On a different subject, and not for nothing, is broke-ass Mike Lindell living in a cardboard box under a bridge yet? When is President Bannon reporting to prison? Today I feel giddy about those less fortunate than me—because I’m not broke and because I’m not going to prison.

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Ain't proud of it, but the thought of Lindell under a bridge, hammered on Sterno and gibbering incoherently about how calling his pillows lumpy makes you an asshole, puts a big ol' smile on my face.

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You must be one of those ... ELITISTS!

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Oui. The Deep State c’est moi.

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I'm deep all right but not the state kind.

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et moi aussi!

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(Shhh! You're not supposed to say that out loud!)

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