Saturday, December 03, 2011
Then he said into the microphone, 'Children, every time I clap my hands together, a child in America dies from gun violence.'
Then, little Richard Earl, with a proud West Virginia drawl, pierced the quiet and said: 'Well, dumbass, stop clapping!'
She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar.
To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.
Heidi keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).
Word gets around about Heidi's "drink now, pay later" marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit .
By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages.
Consequently, Heidi's gross sales volume increases massively.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.
He sees no reason for any undue concern because he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral!
At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS.
These "securities" then are bundled and traded on international securities markets.
Naive investors don't really understand that the securities being sold to them as "AAA Secured Bonds" really are debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb - and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices still are climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar. He so informs Heidi.
Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons. But, being unemployed alcoholics -- they cannot pay back their drinking debts.
Since Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Heidi's 11 employees lose their jobs.
Overnight, DRINKBOND prices drop by 90%.
The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank's liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.
The suppliers of Heidi's bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms' pension funds in the BOND securities.
They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.
Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the government.
The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, nondrinkers who have never been in Heidi's bar.
Now do you understand?
ABC News' Jake Tapper talked to GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich about topics including a defense of his charge that child-labor laws are stupid because poor children need to "learn how to go to work." We're pretty sure he wasn't kidding. Check out his idea in these highlights of the exchange:
“Look,” Gingrich said, “at a time when you have up to 43% black teenage unemployment, you have entire communities that are devastated, you have neighborhoods where nobody has worked and nobody has any habit of work ... "
“Young children who are poor ought to learn how to go to work,” he continued. “What I’ve said is, for example, it would be great if inner city schools and poor neighborhood schools actually hired the children to do things. Some of the things they could do is work in the library, work in the front office. Some of them frankly, could be janitorial ... "
"[W]hat if they cleaned out the bathrooms and what if they mopped the floors? What if in the summer they repainted the school? What if in that process they were actually learning to work, learning to earn money, they had money on their own, they didn’t have to become a pimp or a prostitute or a drug dealer, they had money on their own?
“Now that’s not a casual comment,” Gingrich said. “It actually grows out of a lot of thinking over many years of trying to figure out who do we break out people trapped in poverty who have no habits of work."
"I am sure for [President Obama] it [whether he has done enough for the black community] has to almost involve cognitive dissonance because how can he look in -- how can he say, ‘This is the community I have done so little for?’ “I think as Americans, forget the president for a moment, Americans if you truly believe you are endowed by our Creator with the right to pursue happiness, one of my major goals, is to apply that to the poorest neighborhoods in America in very very different ways and try to break out of what we have trapped people into for the last forty years.”
Photo to Make You Miss Photos of the President Clearing Brush
I added this to remember what a real man looks like. Of course, if there's any doubt we can always compare them throwing out the first pitch again.
Somewhere there's a softball-playing Elena Kagan who is jealous.
I don't know if Herman did or didn't. I don't know if Clarence did or didn't. I do know that leaving the plantation is grounds for a flogging. And the media types are more than willing to oblige.
This guy says it better than I could. Social Justice as a supposedly Christian Concept is error (in my humble opinion). The Sojourners and Jim Wallis pastoral stream is one I do not believe in. I know that it seems right, but it's not. I can't find scriptural basis for giving someone something without some level of accountability required of them. I'm not trying to change your mind, it's more a hope that you can understand that these issues are felt as passionately by those who don't buy into social gospel.
The EPA has made a command that all cars which currently get an average of 27MPG will get almost 55 MPG by 2025. That'll be easy. Right? I think the EPA should make a command that Cancer be cured by 2015 or else. Or, perhaps by 2014 they could cure Baldness...that'd be good. OR by 2017 cure FAT. I mean, how dumb can you be and still breath?? Does making up stupid rules negate science and physics?
- Pulling the troops out of Iraq,
- Keeping Guantanamo open,
- Finding Bin Laden, and gathering the intelligence to do so,
- Continuing the Patriot Act,
- Implementing across the board tax cuts,
- Stimulus packages,
- Auto bailouts
And all of those have come to pass under the Obama Administration.
That Hope and Change Thingy:: not so much. The one thing the President has done tinkering with the health care system is probably going to be down-scaled a great deal. Harrumph
IF you want a glimpse of the future in America you only need to look at Greece. The Church will find this staggering and at the same time a great opportunity. That will define the real church and those that are just placeholder institutions. Lots of preaching, not much doing of the "Stuff".
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;" 1 Peter 2:10
When you are called out of darkness into light you become something completely other than the rest of the world. You are unique. You are HOLY. It's the OTHERNESS that makes you holy. Stop TRYING to be Holy, recognize that your calling out makes you Holy. When you see that, the behavior will follow. You can LIVE like this. Don't let anyone Should on you by telling you you aren't living Holy. It's not behavior, it's identity. Uniqueness. Differentiated.
A little Bible study will help you, look up all the words holiness, holy. You will most of the time see it Holy AND. Blameless, without spot. When we get the idea out of our heads that Holy is something we do rather than who we are, the easier it will be to obey.
You have to see who is number 25 in this list.
This man represents a view I share. I don't know what Herman Cain has or has not done. It doesn't look good, but I'm willing to allow the chips fall as they will.
<<“I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist,” she said sarcastically. “I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.” ...As she tried to lift a lightweight walker off her lap, she says, the metal bars banged against her leg and blood trickled from a gash. “My sock was soaked with blood,” she said... She says the TSA agents showed no sympathy, instead pulling down her pants and asking her to raise her arms... Zimmerman, who takes blood thinners, later had a tetanus shot for fear of infection from the walker wound.>>
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:8-9
End Public Education's monopoly, institute vouchers usable at any school and this kind of foolishness ends.
End Public Education's monopoly, institute vouchers usable at any school and this kind of foolishness ends.
What makes it important is the instruction of Jude verse 3, which says, "Earnestly contend for the faith, once for all, delivered to the Saints." And the faith, once for all, delivered to the Saints is talking about the Scripture and the content of sound doctrine, the revelation of God committed to us. We are to earnestly fight for the faith, to contend for that faith. If we're going to contend for the faith we need to understand where the battle is coming from.
A quote from Martin Luther that I found very interesting. This is what Martin Luther said, "If I profess with the loudest and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God, except that little point, which the world and the devil are, at that moment, attacking. I am not confessing Christ. However, boldly, I may be professing him. Where the battle rages, said Luther, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battlefield, besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point," end quote.
Luther was saying if you're gonna call yourself a Christian then you have to fight the battle where the battle rages. And where it rages today, and I think all through history, is at the very point of the truth of Scripture.
The Bible is under incessant assault from the enemy. It's pretty easy to understand, from the biblical prospective, God is the source of, author of, truth. Satan is the source of, author of, lies. And, therein, is the battle, God's truth, Satan's lies. And Satan attacks God's truth relentlessly with his lies.
"JUST A THOUGHT" can you say "BREAK THROUGH" coming and the enemy only wants to sabotage and delay "DESTINY"
Friday, December 02, 2011
FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD
Twas the Month before Christmas
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ' Holiday'.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday!
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
"I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don't worry about you. . . . They're on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful."--Barack Obama to New York supporters, Nov. 30
Out on a Limb
"Dominique Strauss-Kahn: 'Uninhibited Sex Life' Ruined My Career"--headline, Daily Telegraph (London), Dec. 1
Who Says Obama Isn't Tough on Terror?
- "The Emerging 'Strong Horse' of the Islamic World"--headline, WND.com, June 11
- "Obama, Congress Restore Horse-Slaughter Industry"--headline, Washington Times, Dec. 1
So Much for the War on Drugs
"Obama: 'Massive Blow' if GOP Blocks Payroll Tax"--headline, Associated Press, Nov. 30
Left in the Lurch
"No Kerry Success at Munster Class 4 Inter-County Badminton Series"--headline, Kerryman (Ireland), Nov. 30
Where's Mrs. Obama When You Need Her?
"Like Rest of Nation, Mass. Residents Not Moving"--headline, Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.), Nov. 30
2nd Prize is 4 Obamas
"Michelle Added to Obama Dinner Raffle"--headline, WhiteHouseDossier.com, Nov. 30
Dept. of Low Expectations
"Milwaukee's Economic Recovery Outpacing Chicago's"--headline, Marquette Tribune (student newspaper), Dec. 1
QE3 Is Under Way
"Bank Courier Van Spills Money on Roadway in Upper St. Clair"--headline, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 30
Generalissimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead
"America Is Still a Giant Oil importer"--headline, Slate.com, Nov. 30
We'll Pass, but Really, Thanks for Offering
"Vomit in FAMU Student's Mouth Before He Dies"--headline, Associated Press, Dec. 1
At That Age, It's Amazing He Can Remember Anything
"Witness Turns '180,' Vindicates Wash. Cop"--headline, PoliceOne.com, Dec. 1
Questions Nobody Is Asking
- "Can You Spot the Difference? Surgeons Replace Dad's Severed Thumb With BIG TOE After He Sawed It Off in DIY Accident"--headline, Daily Mail (London), Dec. 1
- "Truth or Dare: Would Black America Support President Obama If He Were Atheist?"--headline, Puffington Host, Nov. 30
Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking
- "Supercommittee Failure Shame? Not for Its Members"--headline, Politico.com, Dec. 1
- "Why Rick Santorum Hasn't Had His Moment in the Primary Sun"--headline, DailyCaller.com, Nov. 30
- "Is This the World's First Space Beer? No."--headline, Discovery.com, Nov. 30
Too Much Information
"College Men's Basketball: Purdue Leans on Johnsons"--headline, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, Nov. 30
News of the Tautological
"Poll: Money Is the Best Employee Incentive"--headline, Ragan.com, Dec. 1
News You Can Use
"Now Might Not Be the Best Time to Hire Pakistani Mercs"--headline, Wired.com, Nov. 30
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From the Video Below:
The roots of Replacement Theology and its rotten fruit of anti-Semitism date back to Christianity's infancy. Ironic when the Church was formed by Christ was all Jewish . It was founded in Judea and all its founding documents were written by Jews. As the Church began to spread beyond Judea, its message was embraced by more and more Gentiles who had no interest in maintaining contact with the Church's Jewish roots. Even worse, the new Gentile leaders began to turn against the Jews by characterizing them as "Christ killers." Consider the following examples, which are but a few:
Justin Martyr (100-165 AD) - Claimed God's covenant with Israel was no longer valid and that the Gentiles had replaced the Jews.
Irenaeus (ca 130-202 AD) - Declared the Jews were disinherited from the grace of God.
St. Augustine (354-430 AD) - Asserted that the Jews deserved death but were destined to wander the earth to witness the victory of the Church over the synagogue."
THE JEW HAS NOT BEEN REJECTED BY GOD
First, the Bible affirms that the Jews were called as God's Chosen People to be witnesses of what it means to have a relationship with Him (Isaiah 43:10-12). And the Bible makes it clear that this calling is "irrevocable" (Romans 11:29). Second, in direct contradiction of Replacement Theology, the Bible teaches that the Jews have never been rejected by God because of their unbelief. In Romans 3 Paul asserts point blank that their rejection of Jesus has not nullified God's faithfulness to the promises He has made to them (Romans 3:1-4). Paul makes the point again in Romans 11:1 when he asks, "I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He?" He answers his own question with an emphatic statement: "May it never be! ... God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew" (Romans 11:2).
What is God's plan for the Jews in the end times? How will He bring about the salvation of a great remnant? Let me outline the answer for you briefly:
The Jewish people will be regathered in unbelief from the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:11-12).
They will once again occupy the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:7-8).
All the nations of the world will come against them over the issue of the control of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3).
The Antichrist will come to their rescue by guaranteeing them peace and allowing them to rebuild their temple (Daniel 9:27).
This false "peace" will begin the Day of The Lord and God's judgments and wrath upon the world.
At the end of 3½ years, the Antichrist will declare himself to be God, and the Jews will reject Him (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
The Antichrist will then attempt to annihilate the Jews, and he will succeed in killing two-thirds of them (Revelation 12:13-17 and Zechariah 13:8-9).
At the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews have come to the end of themselves, they will turn to God and receive Jesus as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10).
Jesus will return at this point in time, and He will regather all believing Jews to Israel where He will establish them as the prime nation in the world (Deuteronomy 30:1-9).
The blessings of God will flow out to the nations through the Jews during the Millennium (Zechariah 8:22-23).
The above comes from this Video.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
1. St. Petersburg, Florida
2. Detroit, Michigan
3. Memphis, Tennessee
4. Tampa, Florida
5. Louisville, Kentucky
6. St. Louis, Missouri
7. Birmingham, Alabama
8. Miami, Florida
9. Reno, Nevada
10. Las Vegas, Nevada
1. Honolulu, Hawaii
2. Manchester, New Hampshire
3. Fargo, North Dakota
4. Omaha, Nebraska
5. Boston, Massachusetts
6. Madison, Wisconsin
7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
8. St. Paul, Minnesota
9. Burlington, Vermont
10. Plano, Texas
This is true, there are lots of Jobs that don't require a college degree, just ability. It's become nearly impossible to find people that know how to DO anything. I can but they all speak Spanish. The crisis we have is lots of educated people with no skills. If you are out of work or looking for a job, the question isn't what education do you have, the question is, what do you know how to do well. If the answer is nothing...you are in deep trouble, even if you have a masters degree with a 4.0 gpa.
The EPA and the Administration could shut down the Oil Boom in North Dakota in a few weeks. Just like they did in the Gulf of Mexico. Is there a pattern here? Why is the government against prosperity and jobs?
When great Religions die. I'm not sorry to see this one go. Zeus and Thor were fictional just like this was. Chuck Comstock you know I have to tag you on this. But you have always been a bit agnostic about this. Now you can go full on atheist about the whole thing.
Big companies influence government to prevent the little guy from getting ahead. It's called RENT SEEKING. That's what the christmas tree tax was all about that didn't happen. Read this too. http://online.wsj.com/article/
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I know my friend Terry Bobzien hates this kind of corporate corruption as much as I do.
I know some of you will think it cruel, but what is happening now is worse. The excess of horses on the hoof that are better used as for people who like the meat than killed and buried. I'm a farmer at heart. This is a good option for a bad problem.
Cars didn’t shape our existence; cars let us escape with our lives. We’re way the heck out here in Valley Bottom Heights and Trout Antler Estates because we were at war with the cities. We fought rotten public schools, idiot municipal bureaucracies, corrupt political machines, rampant criminality and the pointy-headed busybodies. Cars gave us our dragoons and hussars, lent us speed and mobility, let us scout the terrain and probe the enemy’s lines. And thanks to our cars, when we lost the cities we weren’t forced to surrender, we were able to retreat.
I know several churches that are very much like the Crystal Cathedral. They too will die because of the inbreeding that a son or daughter brings when the succession passes to them because dad says it should. It seldom works. The only ones that do are when the successor goes away, has success on his or her own, and then after a few years of accomplishment returns to pick up the reins. These situ...ations suffer because the successors anointed have lived in a hothouse environment, never having to learn the rough and tumble ways of public ministry and when the real heat and cold comes they wilt. It is a hard thing, but the best thing a person who is going to be your successor to do is LEAVE for a while. Learn to stand on your own feet and then come back battle hardened. When I see a young person striving to follow on in their father's footsteps in ministry and Dad is paving the way to make it possible, all I see is failure about to happen. I have a friend with children in ministry with...
Why so much of the 99% are:
Social scientists routinely find that individuals raised in intact families are generally better equipped to thrive in the economy. Today's 99% is teeming with tens of millions of Americans who were not raised in a stable home environment, and their earnings potential is compromised as a result.
The problem of family breakdown doesn't lend itself to easy fixes. And its cultural roots run quite deep at this point. But it's a safe bet that in the several months they occupied Zuccotti Park and other public spaces, not one new idea was raised by Occupiers that would help arrest this driver of increasing income inequality.
A great leap backwards
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I've also seen people leave the "the church" (shouting, running, lifting hands, trying to live right, giving your $, singing etc...) because they got tired of it and realized it was a lie........ so they join the wild life.
You will be searching your entire life for an identity as long as you continue to look outside your self. The REAL you is waiting to be discovered and unveiled and can only be accessed through silence, unlearning everything you once thought you knew and focusing on the real you. You don't need to TRY to be you... you just BE. So instead of being a carbon copy of your fav celeb, or the church you go to etc... It's time to be YOU for a change..the No Boxes- No ceilings- No Fear YOU! you will ENJOY the results. But be careful... because OTHERS WONT. (trust me)
What are we paying him for? We’re paying him to run for president again, I thought.
A video treat below in honor of Fitch declaring that its outlook on U.S. treasuries is now officially negative after the Super Committee’s failure. Coming next: Another bump down to AA for President Downgrade.
[T]he negative outlook indicates a “slightly greater” than 50% chance that Fitch downgrades the U.S. over the next two years.
“Failure to reach agreement in 2013 on a credible deficit reduction plan and a worsening of the economic and fiscal outlook would likely result in a downgrade of the U.S. sovereign rating,” David Riley, a managing director at Fitch, said in the report…
Fitch warned that further deficit reduction efforts “will not be credible” if they solely rely on cutting discretionary spending. Economists have said Congress needs to quickly move to slash entitlement spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The failure of the Supercommittee to reach a compromise “underlines the challenge of securing broad-based consensus on how to reduce the outsized federal budget deficit,” Riley said.
Granted, the Committee’s failure further weakens America’s creditworthiness, but on the upside, it’s super helpful to Obama’s campaign narrative about a “do-nothing Congress.” And don’t think both sides on the Committee weren’t keenly aware of it. I think the most O-friendly answer you can muster in response to Christie’s question, in fact, is to ask what good it would have done if he had participated. Even if he was willing to detonate his 2012 messaging by making a deal with the GOP — possibly including entitlement reform, which would tie the DNC’s hands on ads targeting seniors next year — who thinks he still has enough political capital left to get any of the Committee’s Democrats to go along with it?
Two clips, one of Christie and the other of O promising Europe we’re ready to “do our part” to help them out of their fiscal quicksand. What that might mean, I don’t know, but the speculation already has me nervous. Dude, three words: Secret. Fed. Loans.
Watch them HERE:
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