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Julie,interrupted: Bush Whacked!

"Earth to President Bush, in your inaugural speech you spoke about ending tyranny worldwide. Perhaps it is time to look in the mirror or wake up from your dream. Your version of liberty is oppressive and dangerous. While the religious right was orgasming during your speech, the rest of the world was crying. Your veiled threats, fear inducing rhetoric, and coded language made me screeeeaaaammmmm!!!!!!! I, of course, have deciphered some of the scary speech:"
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CGEU: News for Graduate Employee Unions: UCSC clerical workers rally for new contract, pay raises

"SANTA CRUZ — Michelle Tapiz broke into tears as she shared her story Thursday. 'I’m a mother of three, and I can’t support my kids,' said Tapiz, 34, of Watsonville, who makes $2,400 a month at UC Santa Cruz and hasn’t had a raise in three years. 'It’s not fair. I work at this huge university that has the money.' About 200 people rallied at noon at the Cowell College plaza to show support for Tapiz, an administrative assistant in the sciences division, and other clerical workers whose contract expired Sept. 30. They carried signs calling for a "living wage" and reading, 'Imagine if the Regents were underpaid, too.'"
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Bullybusters!

A good resource for folks...
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News

"The case has highlighted the brutal treatment of black farmworkers by their wealthy employers, at a time when the South African government wants them to give up part of their land for redistribution to the poor."
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wwb-2005-01-26-chomskymix1.mp3

A pod cast mp3. I still don't groke what a podcast is, but mp3 technology I understand.

This is a good few minutes of Chomsky!
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to the barricades

"Worst Corporations of 2004: The year's most egregious price gougers, polluters, union-busters, dictator-coddlers, fraudsters, poisoners, deceivers and general miscreants.'"
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Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: And...rape.

"What a high incidence of rape suggests, though, is a pattern of sexual violence in our culture that is a direct result of male entitlement, and that in order to stop rape we have to eradicate male entitlement. The alarming thing is that in their desperation to secure male privilege, anti-feminists find themselves in a situation where they are arguing that we don’t have to worry about men’s power over women because men don’t avail themselves of their opportunity to rape except in very, very, very rare circumstances. To me, that’s like arguing that because the king is benevolent and only rarely has someone executed on a whim, it’s okay to have a king. "
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Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: Burning Door recounts the anti-inaugural protests

"We again marched to the barricades. This time the group was even less organized but after a concentrated effort and a count of three we rushed the barricades and succeeded in bringing part of it down. There was a very rapid retreat after the pepper spray made another appearance but according to the Washington Post, the presidential motorcade was momentarily paused because of the incident. I guess this was a small victory."

Irritated that the people doing the action didn't know if their action was a victory or not. Might as well not spent a damn dime that day.
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Worcester Telegram

"BOSTON— A Boston parking meter attendant suffered first-and second-degree burns on her face and upper torso after a man angry over the $55 ticket she gave him allegedly threw hot coffee at her.

Christi Noviello, 44, was walking her beat in the Back Bay at about 8:30 on Thursday morning when she saw a Hummer parked in a loading zone with a woman in the passenger seat."
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IFILM - Television: Fair and Balanced Inauguration

"A Fox News anchor flips out when a guest dares to question the nature of Bush's elaborate 2nd inauguration."
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"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

"Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars. "

How did I miss this??????? Chuck?
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Local Names

A friend is working on this idea, that was inspired by wiki. To be honest, I don't entirely groke it, but I think I get the basics, and they are sweet!
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Treesit Blog: Pacific Lumber Threatens Bankruptcy, Environmental Destruction

"Freshwater, CA - Pacific Lumber Company (PL) is threatening bankruptcy to pressure California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow logging in areas already chronically damaged by years of over cutting."
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to the barricades

"'A crowd of well over 6,000 people from across Washington state converged on downtown Seattle to deny the Bush administration a mandate for its agenda of war and repression. The Westlake Park rally hosted by Not In Our Name was held at 2 p.m. Answering the call for 'No Work, No School, No Business As Usual,' people took the day off work and students from more than 20 schools--ranging from middle and high schools to community colleges and universities--walked out.' (link)"
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to the barricades

"'The Israeli government secretly approved a measure last summer that says it can seize land in East Jerusalem owned by Palestinians who live elsewhere, the government and a lawyer for the Palestinians said Monday. The lawyer said the decision could affect hundreds of Palestinian property owners and thousands of acres of land...In the last two years, access has become difficult if not impossible because of Israel's West Bank separation barrier, which includes walls and fences separating Jerusalem and Bethlehem. But until recently the Palestinians still believed that they retained ownership of the property, most of it olive groves and grape orchards that have been in the families for generations.' - The New York Times"
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to the barricades

"'The Israeli government secretly approved a measure last summer that says it can seize land in East Jerusalem owned by Palestinians who live elsewhere, the government and a lawyer for the Palestinians said Monday. The lawyer said the decision could affect hundreds of Palestinian property owners and thousands of acres of land...In the last two years, access has become difficult if not impossible because of Israel's West Bank separation barrier, which includes walls and fences separating Jerusalem and Bethlehem. But until recently the Palestinians still believed that they retained ownership of the property, most of it olive groves and grape orchards that have been in the families for generations.' - The New York Times"
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The Next Tea Party: Louisanna Guard unit defies Pentagon request not to show coffins






--not sure why the coffin image is not showing up, as compared with the other photo, I think I have done everything the same. help requested.--
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Spread The Facts On Wal-Mart

Purple Ocean... baby!
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David Grenier: Wal*Mart

"So we all know that Wal*Mart is on this huge PR campaign to convince people that they are actually a great place to work and gloss over the sex-discrimination, employee lock-ins, and shipping of U.S. jobs to China."
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Bombs and Shields

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Another in a series of fine finds over at The Next Tea Party:

The Next Tea Party: Another attack on Iraqi freedom

"Now, Iraqi farmers are not allowed to plant seeds they save from each harvest, as it violates newly inforced international plant patent laws. So its not just about the oil afterall.
From From Vegsource"

Nope, it is about the money as you so simply state.
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Fine finds, over at the The Next Tea Party: the 34 (so far) scandals of the Bush Administration

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Inauguration Tribute:
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Boing Boing: Why is the president's daughter throwing signs?

"Why is the president's daughter throwing signs? Is it me, or is Jenna Bush holding up the sign of Satan next to her father's face in this photo? Choose picture #7 in this MSNBC slide show. Are there other common meanings for this hand-sign, other than, say, 'four more beers'? "

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Treesit Blog: Press Release from the Friends of Judi Bari

Bookstore Cancels Appearance by Judi Bari Smear Book Author Kate Coleman,

Julia “Butterfly” Hill Joins the Fray,

Count of Falsehoods in Coleman's Book Hits 351
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wav file of a Blade Runner clip
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Dominion Weblog: Venezuela's Chavez nationalizes Venepal under workers' control

"Have you seen The Take, Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis's documentary about Argentine workers' struggles to take control of the empty factories they used to work in?

What a difference a revolutionary government makes."
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ON THIS DAY | 7 | 1971: Swiss women get the vote: "
1971: Swiss women get the vote
Swiss women can now vote in federal elections and stand for parliament after a national referendum.

The official result shows 621,403 of the all-male electorate supported the vote for women and 323,596 were against."


323,596 were AGAINST IT! In 1971. This reminds me of when I was a lot younger and my younger brother was having trouble understanding his white privelage, and I had no words to express it at that time. For him, he thought racism was from a galaxy far far away and a long long time ago. I kept trying to get him to understand that its ugly claws were ingrained in current life. But hey, I was - like - 12 years old.
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Get the truth out: view, download & email 100 friends (note: links to painful photograph)

http://draftfreedom.org/
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Arbor Update: ...White Allies Training...

"What does it mean to be a white activist working with communities of color? How does white privilege affect our organizing? How do we make better groups and better coalitions?
January 28th, Friday, 6pm"
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From an email from a friend:

I've been following the news from Benton Harbor, and this is the worst I've heard in some time. First, excerpts from a Jan. 16 message charging sexual harassment and brutality by police. Then below, Gov. Granholm awards Benton Harbor police chief Sam Harris with an MLK award. If you haven't been following the complex situation in BH, you might think this is all exaggeration and angry conjecture. Whether you agree with Rev. Pinkney's analysis or not, Sam Harris receiving an MLK award, at the same time his department is being charged with brutality and harassment, is gross and cynical politics played at the expense of Benton Harbor residents. Make your opinion known to Gov. Granholm and spread the word.....Thanks, Jackie

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From Rev. Edward Pinkney, 269-925-0001

During an emotionally charged Community Forum in Benton Harbor on Saturday January 15 it was reported that African-American victims of recent racial profiling were ordered to PULL THEIR PANTS DOWN IN THE PRESENCE OF POLICE
DOGS. In the past week I have heard the same report from three different people: the driver is ordered out of the vehicle by Benton Harbor police and dogs are released from the police cars. The men are told to pull their pants down or the dogs will "bite off their balls." Women are told to drop their pants or go to jail.

Over 50 "Driving-While-Black" complaints, many involving police brutality/sexual harrassment, have been documented at BH City Hall in the LAST WEEK ALONE.

A young man reported to me two days ago that a "white cop snatched my food and put his hands in my pocket. He grabbed my arm and twisted and bent it, trying to break it. He slammed my head against the car over and over, and kicked me between my legs over and over." A second cop stood by and kept saying that he had the wrong man, but the cop continued to beat him mercilessly.

At the Community Forum on Saturday a woman addressed the group saying, "The police are on an illegal hunt and it is a conspiracy." Her son graduated from college last spring, and is now taking classes and running his own business. His car is paid for. He was stopped by cops twice in one week and believes they were trying to provoke him. They used swear words and made accusations.

Sam Harris, the Benton Harbor Police Chief who has broken MANY Benton Harbor rules and regulations, was on TV news recently saying, "You can't get rid of me." He also said City Commissioners mean nothing to him.

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**Please Forward as Widely as Possible**

From Rev. Edward Pinkney, 269-925-0001 (January 18)

It is no exaggeration to say that we are living under the shadow of death in Benton Harbor. We are in the MOST desperate need possible for MANY people to contact Gov. Granholm. Express your outrage at what you read below.

GOV. Jennifer Granholm -
PHONE: 517-373-3400
FAX: 517-335-6863
EMAIL: http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995---,00.html
(scroll down a bit to: Share Your Opinion)
ADDRESS:
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
PO Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

Yesterday at a holiday celebration at Lake Michigan College Gov. Granholm gave the MLK award to Benton Harbor police chief Sam Harris who has broken more BH rules and regs. than anyone, and has presided over extreme police brutality and sexual harrassment. At the event, with a crowd of over 400 (95% white Republicans), Granhom said that PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS COMPLAIN, and that Harris SHOULD IGNORE THE OVER 50 COMPLAINTS filed in recent days against the BH police department. Yes, this is really what she said.

The people from Benton Harbor fled from the cowardly enemy of the south only to seek refuge in the same cowardly enemies in the north. They go into policing so that they can beat and kill us. They seek to kill us or get us killed at any price and do not care about our loyalty to them.

It is obvious that Gov. Granholm has defaulted on this promisory note in as far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this scared obligation, Gov. Granholm has given the black people of Benton Harbor a bad check which has come back marked insufficient funds. The city is outraged. There have been more than 50 complaints in recent days about police chief Harris and the BHPD which has 27 officers, 20 of whom are white. Sam Harris is no MLK - maybe Luther, but no MLK. Today more than 100 registered voters called me about Granholm saying they will never vote for her again. I, Rev. Edward Pinkney, will never vote for her again. The governor's task force which was put together after the 2003 uprising in BH was a joke. The city of BH is in worse shape today than before the uprising. Residents of BH are growing weary of the gov. as police brutality and sexual harrassment continue to grow out of control. We have proof here in BH that a corrupt police chief produces corrupt officers. No citizen who stands on the principal of justice will vote for Granholm in 2006.

Once again the rich get richer. You don't build a city by allowing rich, white people to come in and remove revenue from the city. You build a city by providing jobs.

We live under the shadows of death. White people in Berrien County have nothing in their hearts but death for the African-American people of BH. We live under the shadow of death. Believe it or let it alone.

Rev. Edward Pinkney - 269-925-0001 anytime, night or day

ps - a vote for Granholm in 2006 is a vote for racism
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to the barricades

"'10,000 people marched in Columbus, Ga. on Jan. 15 to protest the murder of Kenneth Walker, a 39 year old insurance agent by a Muscogee County Deputy Sheriff on Dec. 10, 2003. After almost a year of delaying tactics and lack of information about the investigation, a grand jury declined to charge David Glisson with any criminal act.'"
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Take Action: Take Action Over Sorrento's New Display Of Ignorance

"On Nov. 19, officials at the headquarters of cheesemaking giant Sorrento Lactalis Inc. in Buffalo, New York refused to meet with a delegation of farm workers and supporters or accept their online petition. It was signed by more than 12,000 consumers backing dairy workers at Sorrento’s supplier, Threemile Canyon Farms in Oregon."
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Ribbons, u design
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PDF of the wage gap, you have heard of this, haven't you.
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Stop Violence Against Women

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Tired of all the W's




not directly linking to the source of the image: http://dontblamemeivoted4kerry.com/, because I am not so sure about them, I like the image though!

(just linking to the site that they advertise on)
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shadows in action

""Some of the things he said sounded extremely sympathetic to the detainees," said Army Reserve Capt. Jason Orlich, a newly arrived intelligence officer. "I mean, it made the hair on the back of your neck stand up at attention."

That simply, Capt. James Yee became a suspect.

For the next two years — 76 days of it in solitary confinement — Yee would live under the cloud of treason. On Friday, he walked away from the Army with an honorable discharge but forever scarred by the treatment he received from his colleagues in arms."
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Electric Six

"We are from Detroit. We live in Detroit. We love Detroit. We love the fact that Detroit is the only place where the USA is north of Canada and we love our mayor Kwame."
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--> everybody needs a little extra-oomph

Some protest art. Some regular art. All pretty good.
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BUSHFLASH

Flash - 14 defining characteristics of fascism
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Stencil Pirates

"Featuring an exhaustive collection of over a thousand photographs, Josh MacPhee's unique survey brings together the complex history of the street stencil with the boldest and most beautiful paint work from around the world. From three-color anti-capitalist symbolism in Australia to fly-by-night hip hop tags in Ohio, from portraiture in Paris to feminist declarations of self-defense in San Francisco, from environmentalist wheat pasting in Texas to radical circus promotion in Chile, the enormous scope of this often anonymous art form is celebrated and brought into critical focus."
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FBI retires Carnivore | The Register

"FBI surveillance experts have put their once-controversial Carnivore Internet surveillance tool out to pasture, preferring instead to use commercial products to eavesdrop on network traffic, according to documents released Friday."
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Andy Borowitz: Bush Accuses Saddam of Telling the Truth

"Just hours after confirming that the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was over, President George W. Bush leveled his harshest charge ever at Saddam Hussein, accusing the former Iraqi dictator of 'knowingly telling the truth' about not possessing WMD in the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq."
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Arbor Update: U.S. Calling off Search for Iraqi WMD's

When do we call off the war?
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The Lost Highway Times: Some Mississippi Libraries Ban Jon Stewart Book

"Talking about the ostensable reason why they banned the book, the nude depiction of the Supreme Court justices"
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The Next Tea Party: A Lifetime of REAL Fun and Games


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Troops Out Now!

MARCH TO CENTRAL PARK ON SAT. MARCH 19th, 2005
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Bombs and Shields

"The City of Santiago Atlatongo, North of Mexico City has been turned into an autonomous zone with residents securing barricades at the entrances. The situation began when police, who attempting to make an arrest, were attacked for allegedly not having a warrant."
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A friend emailed me this morning to say that she was suprised to find this site different, then realized she had mistyped.http://markdilley.blogpot.com/

Kinda creepy...
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FOXBlocker - Keep The Radical Right Out Your Home By Filtering Out FOX News!

"Purchasing a FOX Blocker and telling the advertisers at FOX News why you did it will encourage advertisers spending their money somewhere else."
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The World: December 30, 2004

A friend of mine watched the tsunami come in and the destruction it brought. WMA audio link



"Arjuna Seneviratna, a 40-year-old IT consultant from Sri Lanka, lives in the capital Colombo but was staying in Beruwela on the south-western coast when the tsunami wave struck.

He witnessed the tsunami..."
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This sort of appeals to my sense of collective action:

It doesn't really matter that everyone will be out spending what they
didn't the next day -- a point or two will have been made: Since our
religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our
political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is
immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that
it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for
the people of the United States of America, not for the international
corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and
funnel cash into American politics.

Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200+ brave young Americans and (some estimated) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing
agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our
religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to
end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

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Index of /tsunami

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The Lost Highway Times: Calling all Coulters: Ted Rall

" A link to a Rall blog entry talking about his web challenge to Ann Coulter...

Mentions that Ann has this gem on her website: ""To The People Of Islam: Just think: If we'd invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU'D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW! Merry Christmas""
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