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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Daily Mail sez Ghislaine Maxwell is in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts
[Mail] Ghislaine Maxwell, long-time consort of Jeffrey Epstein and the alleged procurer of victims in his underage sex trafficking ring, has been laying low in a New England beach town, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

Maxwell, 57, is in a relationship with Scott Borgerson, 43, and has been living with him at his secluded oceanfront property at the end of a long private road in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

The British socialite has been loath to leave the $3 million mansion, a source told DailyMail.com amid heightened focus on Epstein's alleged co-conspirators following the convicted pedophile's apparent suicide on Saturday.

'She's become a real homebody, rarely ventures out. She's the antithesis of the woman who traveled extensively and partied constantly with Epstein,' said a source familiar with Maxwell's new life.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 02:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Borgeson denies Maxwell is staying at his house.

Borgerson is the founder of The Arctic Circle, an organization founded to “facilitate dialogue and build relationships to address rapid changes in the Arctic,” including lower ice sea levels, his LinkedIn profile indicates. He’s also the co-founder of the Insitute for Global Maritime Studies, “dedicated to exploring a wide range of policy issues relating to the sea.”

He was an international fellowship on the Council on Foreign Relations for two years and was a co-founder of USCGA Institute for Leadership according to his LinkedIn. For three years, he was an assistant professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and was in the Coast Guard for four years. While in the Coast Guard, he was a commanding officer from 1999 to 2001.

He’s currently a board member of Hivers and Strivers, “an Angel Investment Group focusing on early-stage investments to support start-up companies founded and run by graduates of the U.S. Military Academies.”

According to his bio on HuffPost, Borgerson writes op-eds for many publications including The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 2:48 Comments || Top||

#2  A Manchester man, an investor,
Is smitten with moll of molester,
Who hastens to teach him
Her whole florilegium
Before they arrive to arrest her.
Posted by: Dopey Phatle7682 || 08/15/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#3  From a few wks deep in the pile...

A snailtrail of slimeballs and slobber
That nobody follows to Jabba,
Much less to the hut
Where that sultan of smut
Went to rut, his Caribbean Kaaba.
Posted by: Dopey Phatle7682 || 08/15/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Words you might not want to hear. Ghislaine, we're here from the government to protect you.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/15/2019 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Let the brits send chris steele and a gang of other crack(pot) limey spooks to guard her...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 8:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd be in Switzerland or Israel. Ask yourself, when did Jeffrey's most recent overseas travel cock-up begin ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Handy for people and drug trafficking are those subs eh?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/15/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Why wasn't she charged alongside her fellow rapist?
Oh, wait...
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#9  OK, I've been wondering: is that name pronounced Gizz-lane (first syllable sounds like gizzard) or Jizz-lane (first syllable sounds like, uh, you know...)?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 14:22 Comments || Top||

#10  "at the end of a long private road "

Private no longer, I guess
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#11  Spotted in CA at a In N Out (no, really) per NYPost
Posted by: Frank g || 08/15/2019 16:33 Comments || Top||

#12  #9 OK, I've been wondering: is that name pronounced Gizz-lane (first syllable sounds like gizzard) or Jizz-lane (first syllable sounds like, uh, you know...)?
Posted by: M. Murcek 2019-08-15 14:22

Actually, I thought it was pronounced Jil-lane.

Or I may have simply missed the joke entirely.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/15/2019 19:48 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
State legislator wants to use seized fentanyl in Ohio executions
[The Columbus Dispatch] A death-penalty expert calls it unworkable, but an Ohio House member intends to introduce a bill to allow the state’s condemned to be executed with illegal fentanyl seized by police.

In a Monday email, Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, sought co-sponsors for his planned legislation, which would employ a synthetic opioid that has killed thousands of Ohioans in accidental overdoses.

"I believe that seized fentanyl (considered forefeited contraband through the court system) is the best solution" to the state’s inability to buy execution drugs from their manufacturers, Wiggam wrote.

Wiggam proposes that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to secure fentanyl seized in law enforcement operations for lethal injection.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 07:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It would "work" just fine. Being as pharma grade stuff has been cited in deaths there's not much doubt about that. Problem is, the invitation to lawsuits is huge. How will the dept. of corrections ensure the seized illegal product is pure?

George Carlin once quipped, "You know, they use an alcohol swab on the arm before they give a lethal injection..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#2  On the other hand MM, maybe it'll deter some potential users?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Death Penalty Expert ? What... he serve at Birkenau or something ? How many executions can he have 'researched' ? Fentanyl overdose will easily put down anything, 1 mg for every 50 kg of body-weight.

Absolutely workable, poetic and economical idea. I'd support it just for the poetic.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Why? Why do we have to use drugs at all?

I maintain that hanging people is good for everybody involved. It makes a dramatic statement, it is of cultural significance, it is easy to do when drug companies are being political creeps, and it doesn't require much prep. And it really isn't a comparatively cruel way to kill somebody.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/15/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe if fentanyl was used for executions China would suddenly decide to stop sending it for "human rights reasons." Nah, that's just crazy talk...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||

#6  State legislator wants to use seized fentanyl in Ohio executions

Well played.
Posted by: gorb || 08/15/2019 19:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Why not use the way of the PC Navaho of old. Put the felons head on a rock and crush it with a club. That way Coyote and the Ants get fed.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 08/15/2019 21:31 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Leftist attack on ICE office in San Antonio may be a portent of worse to come
[American Thinker] San Antonio's ICE office was hit with a barrage of bullets in the wee hours of the morning, mercifully striking no one, though there were people working in the specially targeted office.

Obviously, what happened was a political act, rooted in die-hard opposition to any enforcement of U.S. borders. According to the Washington Examiner, it was the fourth such act targeting law enforcement in just a few weeks:
Last month, protesters with Never Again blocked the entrances to ICE's national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In mid-July, police in Tacoma, Washington, fatally shot an armed man after they said he hurled Molotov cocktails at an ICE building.

On July 12, a group of protesters in Aurora, Colorado, took down an American flag and two other flags from outside an ICE facility and raised a Mexican flag and a defaced "thin blue line" flag, which commemorates law enforcement.

Antifa is a likely suspect, given its open advocacy of violence and encouragement from some elements of the media, such as Fredo Cuomo. But there are others, from the list cited by the Examiner above, as well as a new investigative book coming up from Michelle Malkin, chronicling the funders of open borders. She describes it here.

It represents a downward slide, the Latin Americanization of U.S. politics. If you want to know how Colombia became a hellhole in the late 1990s when first Pablo Escobar and his M-19 leftist guerrilla allies waged a reign of terror on the country's judges, then the Cali cartel did its damage, then the FARC Marxist narco-terrorists made open warfare with the Colombia government, and now the ELN has made Colombia so miserable, look no farther than the leftist rhetoric coming from the pols, the press, and the university intellectuals. Together, they created the Petri dish from which terror attacks on government buildings could go off with such impunity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 03:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Note to FBI. Cell phone tower triangulation records for that street during the shots fired time frame. 100% id of shooter.
Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253 || 08/15/2019 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't need to look south for a precedent.
This is a repeat of the 5x daily bombings of government offices, by the Weatherman and others, that this nation experienced in 1971.
Buckle your seat belts.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  *Weathermen
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

The bitter cost of fighting in Yemen and the urgent need for a united stand
[ARABNEWS] Twelve years ago, when I lived in Aden, protests by the Southern Movement were a regular occurrence ‐ and with equal regularity, they were brutally suppressed. The complaint of the Movement was this: that the unification of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
in 1990 had been carried out with a promise of parity between North and South, but this had failed to materialize.

When I left Yemen ‐ young, naive and overconfident of my analytical prowess ‐ I predicted a civil war within three years. But, like many, I was thinking about a re-run of the civil war of 1994: a north-south clash over the steamrollering of the promises made four years earlier. The South lost that one, and northern dominance of the economy and government of Yemen grew apace.
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Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Aden and the battle on Eid’s eve
[ARABNEWS] Amid the blessings of Eid, the emotional behavior of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
’s Southern Transitional Council (STC) almost resulted in a tragedy that would have lasted for years to come. The council came close to destroying recent achievements in the country and all but ruined its political project of independence from Sanaa in the future ‐ a goal that cannot be achieved by defiance, fueling enmity and creating chaos.

The battle on Eid’s eve erupted following two attacks on Thursday when an al-Qaeda suicide boom-mobileing on a cop shoppe killed 13 people and a Iran's Houthi sock puppets
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
If You're Not Grateful To The United States, Why Are You Here?
[The Federalist] Earlier this month, the Washington Post featured an op-ed entitled "I am an uppity immigrant. Don’t expect me to be ’grateful,’" by New York University professor Suketu Mehta, an author who recently published a book arguing that "immigration is a form of reparations" for past American crimes.

In the article, Mehta accuses America of stealing "the futures of the people who are now arriving at its borders," of causing many immigrants "to move in the first place," and of "despoil[ing] their homelands and mak[ing] them unsafe and unlivable." He censures the West for "despoil[ing] country after country through colonialism, illegal wars, rapacious corporations and unchecked carbon emissions."

Mehta asserts, for such reasons, that he’s "entitled" to live in the United States. Yet a few brief historical reflections will demonstrate that immigration as reparations is a bit more complicated than Mehta lets on. Moreover, no one, whether first-generation immigrants or direct descendants of voyagers on the Mayflower, deserves to be here. Being American is a gift for which every citizen should be inordinately grateful.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's really too bad there's not a "return if defective" warranty on these knuckleheads.
Posted by: anymouse || 08/15/2019 1:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey scheisskopf: Didn't you swear an oath of allegiance as part of your citizenship process?
Were you just lying?
Was it because you were desperate to escape the shithole you came from?
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  I know several LEGAL immigrants who work their arses off. A couple of the LEGAL immigrants have businesses that create jobs. I know one American born businessman whose wife is a LEGAL immigrant who is the one that makes his business work. Without her, his business would not succeed. She runs his office so well that when the IRS audited him, they gave her 5 stars.

Everyone of these immigrants have one thing in common, they would fire "Mehta" in a heartbeat.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/15/2019 1:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Suketu Mehta. Indian. America never stole from India. If anything they were responsible for quickly ending the second world war after which the brits decided to leave.

Asshole. I hate these opportunistic bastards, thankless f↺ckers given residence in the west and trying to kiss ass for whomever appears to be have more influence, with clearly hypocritical rhetoric. All they want is better prospects, a promotion, or sometimes they're just addicted to invitations. Often, a modicum of false respect will earn you their eternal devotion.

These people are rightly called 'presstitutes' in India.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 2:31 Comments || Top||

#5  As if we needed more evidence that immigrants are a punishment for America.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/15/2019 2:44 Comments || Top||

#6  America never stole from India.

Isn't it interesting that we're never told the precise manner in which we 'stole' things from others? A bogus assertion if there ever was one.
Posted by: Raj || 08/15/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#7  If You're Not Grateful To The United States, Why Are You Here?

Why are any invaders here, to rape, to plunder, and to steal. Why not when you can get the local Judases pols to do the stealing for you and justify the raping and pillaging as 'reparations' for their sins?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/15/2019 7:24 Comments || Top||

#8  They'll keep taking what they can until they turn American into the same kind of shit hole they came from.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/15/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

#9  "immigration is a form of reparations for past American crimes."

The cruel U.S. occupation of India
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

#10  And the Bombay smallpox blankets
Posted by: Frank g || 08/15/2019 16:35 Comments || Top||

#11  And Bombay Gin!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/15/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#12  and calling the natives of America "Indians"!
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/15/2019 18:12 Comments || Top||

#13  ... and currying favor with the moguls
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 19:53 Comments || Top||

Democrats tagging Trump as white supremacist a losing strategy
Thank goodness for that.
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Desperate Democrats have apparently decided that the way to win in 2020 is to paint President Trump as a racist, perhaps even a hood-wearing, torch-carrying grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Democrats appeared ready to thunder to Election Day with a "Russia, Russia, Russia" war chant, but former special counsel Robert Mueller wee-weed all over that plan when he declared that neither Mr. Trump nor his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.

Now they’re putting all their little white eggs in the big racist basket.
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Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It also lays dormant," Occasional Cortex tweeted.
No, sweetheart, a thing that is latent is said to lie (intransitive).
The transitive verb lay describes what you do, for a living.
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 1:33 Comments || Top||


Don't you know its RACIST to point out AOC's grammatical errors? She's a Boston U grad for gosh sakes. In Economics to boot!
Posted by: anymouse || 08/15/2019 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Affirmative action admit?
Posted by: Lex || 08/15/2019 1:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Al they are doing with this shit is pissing everyone off.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/15/2019 2:42 Comments || Top||

#5  The party of slavery, the Klan, and segregation calling someone else a 'white supremacist'. YJCMTSU
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/15/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#6  When this flames out, next will be Orange Man supremacy. Oompa Loompas hardest hit.
Posted by: Elmosh Cheaque8940 || 08/15/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The regressive left has gone completely insane. They can see their power and relevancy slipping away and they are freaking out.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/15/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
"Machines Designed to Change Humans"
[Medium.com] The Tech Industry’s War on Kids

Nestled in an unremarkable building on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, is the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, founded in 1998. The lab’s creator, Dr. B.J. Fogg, is a psychologist and the father of persuasive technology, a discipline in which digital machines and apps ‐ including smartphones, social media, and video games ‐ are configured to alter human thoughts and behaviors. As the lab’s website boldly proclaims: "Machines designed to change humans."

Fogg speaks openly of the ability to use smartphones and other digital devices to change our ideas and actions: "We can now create machines that can change what people think and what people do, and the machines can do that autonomously." Called "the millionaire maker," Fogg has groomed former students who have used his methods to develop technologies that now consume kids’ lives. As he recently touted on his personal website, "My students often do groundbreaking projects, and they continue having impact in the real world after they leave Stanford... For example, Instagram has influenced the behavior of over 800 million people.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Abuse of technology, for frivolous shit. Creates more idiots and psychos than decadence literature did. I would rather that machines and tech elevated humanity.

Tech could have made possible the democratization of Justice. A secured voting system where the Judge is a remote server and the entire population reads the arguments, peruses the evidence online and votes on a very limited choice of verdicts. Add in an AI that just needs weighted data, the skew pushing to lean toward a ruling, then the AI evaluates the best possible outcome.

But the powers of this world will not go for such a thing, because the coercive power of every state is enshrined in a black-robed arbiter who may be senile for all you can do about it.

The day a consensus powered Robo-Judge walks into courtrooms, the reign of criminality is over.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/15/2019 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm a broken record on this. See David Gelernter. Kids need to learn fundamentals, reading, writing, mathematics. I'm sure someone, somewhere has written a software package designed to provide drills in the fundamentals of reasoning. I'm even more sure you will not find it in general use in schools at the level where kids should be learning this. I also know teachers have long given up on seeing stuff lifted verbatim from wikipedia in kids cut and paste essays. At least the kids doing that have learned how to cut and paste.

The tech industry is all about telling kids what to think. How to think is criminal knowledge in the brave new world they want.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/15/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Why Ripley In ‘Aliens' Is The Ultimate Anti-Mary Sue
[HollywoodInToto] Few science fiction films have aged as gracefully as 1979's "Alien."

The special effects, the monster makeup and even the anti-corporate jabs seem as fresh today as they were back then.

The same holds true for its belated sequel.

The 1986 smash "Aliens" brought Sigourney Weaver back for more intergalactic scares. This time we weren't surprised by Weaver's Ripley. She appeared to be just one of seven potential victims in the first "Alien" adventure. By the film's end we saw a natural born leader, a scrappy soul who outlasted an efficient killing machine.

Ripley became nothing less than a sci-fi icon in "Aliens."

What's fascinating about watching James Cameron's sequel today is spotting what isn't on the screen. Thirty-three years ago, Cameron didn't stuff the narrative with empowering speeches. He didn't need to virtue signal to his fellow filmmakers.

The screenplay doesn't emasculate male characters to make Ripley look more bad ass. Bill Paxton's glorious Hudson is blissful comic relief.

In short, Cameron wrote Ripley as a full-bodied character sans agenda. And she's glorious.

The 1990 Director's Cut version, available on the franchise's four-pack edition, is a mixed bag. Some scenes are clearly unnecessary, like a series of remote gun turrets which blast the alien invasion until the ammo runs dry.

Other moments pack a sizable wallop.

Had "Aliens" been made in 2019, the mother-daughter connection might have been underplayed or ignored entirely. Motherhood connects to the patriarchy, the screenwriters might declare. Social Justice critics would complain about parenthood getting in the way of Ripley’s career and/or heroism.

Ripley’s romantic bond with Hicks (Michael Biehn), served up with delicacy by Cameron’s script, also wouldn’t make the cut.

Powerful women can’t be identified by their cis-gender emotions. Why doesn’t Ripley flirt with Vasquez, the buff female Marine played by Jenette Goldstein?

Any flaws in Ripley, from moments of weakness to feminine flourishes, would be wiped clean.

Instead, she exists forever on home video and streaming as the Anti-Mary Sue.

It’s one reason the ’80s endure. The decade offered direct pleasures, free from social media scolds and finger-wagging lectures. The films featured heroes who could do the wrong thing, or treat their fellow characters in ways we wouldn’t accept with our friends and families, and still earn our cheers.

Imagine "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" hitting theaters today. The cries against a straight white male gaming the system would drown everything out.

"Save Ferris?" How about, "Check your privilege!"

No apologies are necessary with Ferris or Ripley. They remain entrenched in pop culture lore, impervious to cultural scolds.
Part of the reason of Hollywood declining and pumping out reboots as fast as they can. Anyone with real writing talent will be shunned in favor of "wokeness" and making all female roles Mary Sues.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Also fr pile, re the Masked Malaysian (really showinf off the ol' work ethic on this one):

Ayuda me, muse, as I canto...
Of whom? The Mohammedan Santo,
Ms. Mary Sue! Yay!
Now I've no more to say
And descend to an end rallentando.
Posted by: Dopey Phatle7682 || 08/15/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  The SJW's have made it hard to find any new science fiction to read if it is published by one of the major publishers... So, yeah, I see what he is saying.
Posted by: magpie || 08/15/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  The SJW's have made it hard to find any new science fiction

Try rereading some of the old (our contemporaries) guys: Bulmer, Offutt, etc...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/15/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd be interested in your opinion of Andi Through the Multiverse.
Posted by: Fred || 08/15/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  To save you lazy bums the trouble of googling: Andi Through the Multiverse

It sounds like fun.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/15/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||

#6  I like Baen publishers, they do Larry Correia's
Posted by: Frank g || 08/15/2019 13:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Another character whose progression from naif to expert was logically done so her capabilities were earned is "Game of Thrones" Arya Stark.
Posted by: Ptah || 08/15/2019 13:30 Comments || Top||

#8  I liked David Weber's 'Honor Harrington' series
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/15/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2019-08-15
  Iraq anti-terrorism troops kill 10 IS militants, capture 5 others in Anbar
Wed 2019-08-14
  On beyond Veritas: Google Insider Turns Over 950 Pages Of Docs And Laptop To DOJ
Tue 2019-08-13
  North Macedonia police find 22 migrants packed into SUV
Mon 2019-08-12
  UAE-backed forces expel Saudi-backed troops from Yemeni Presidential Palace
Sun 2019-08-11
  Southern Transitional Council stages an attempted coup, says Yemeni government
Sat 2019-08-10
  Jeffrey Epstein dead in Arkancide
Fri 2019-08-09
  US slaps Hezbollah financier with 5-year prison sentence, $50m. fine
Thu 2019-08-08
  Clashes erupt between Indian, Pakistani forces in Kashmir
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