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  • Today's comic is The fiscal cliff of metaphorical gibberish by Matt Bors:
    Comic by Matt Bors - The fiscal cliff of metaphorical gibberish
  • Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah:
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes. [...]

    In a phone call confirmed by three people, Mr. Bloomberg encouraged Mrs. Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale. She would, he suggested, be a perfect fit. [...]

    During their conversation, Mrs. Clinton left little room for doubt: she was not interested in seeking the mayoralty, people briefed on the call said.

  • Brilliant:
    Kyle McCabe, a sophomore at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, has become a condom-toting superhero on campus, on call to deliver protection to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [...]

    “Some friends and I have all run into a similar problem,” McCabe, 19, said of being caught in the heat of the moment without protection.  ”I just sort of  would rather people call me instead of going through with any sort of sexual encounters unprotected.”

  • Offered without comment.
  • Uh ... breaking?
    Rep. Steve King may be a kingmaker in the Republican Party, but there’s one area in the Hawkeye State in which he doesn’t wear the crown.

    After being nominated for a “sexiest person” competition, the Iowa Republican failed to make the final cut.

    King was among about 120 people nominated and vying for a spot on Des Moines Cityview’s “Sexiest Person in Des Moines” contest.

  • This kid is freakin' awesome:
    She is asking Hasboro — maker of the Easy Bake Oven — to start putting boys in their commercials, so that her little brother sees it’s okay for boys to cook:
    [B]oys are not featured in packaging or promotional materials for Easy Bake Ovens — this toy my brother’s always dreamed about. And the oven comes in gender-specific hues: purple and pink.

    I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work. [...]

    I want my brother to know that it’s not “wrong” for him to want to be a chef, that it’s okay to go against what society believes to be appropriate.

  • Who's classier—the New York Post for publishing this picture, or the New York Times for publishing the picture to attack the Post for publishing the picture?
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin reviewed the WaPo/Pew poll showing Republicans losing the "Fiscal Thingy" debate. Then, a wandering bit of interconnected background on the current filibuster reform fight, the origin of the filibuster, Aaron Burr versus Alexander Hamilton, and back to today's tax cut fight, via House discharge petition procedure. Finally, ALEC's pre-fabricated legislation that allows states to turn its prison population into a profit center. Now crime really does pay. The state, that is.

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  •  Gay marriage in Colombia (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, HugoDog, ontheleftcoast

    Passed its first legislative round out of four:

    http://www.eltiempo.com/...

    The Constitutional Court told Congress that it had to at least pass a civil unions bill to satisfy equal-protection requirements, but in Colombia they don't do anything half-way.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:03:33 PM PST

  •  I would have two easy bake ovens in my (3+ / 0-)
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    paradox, ontheleftcoast, JBL55

    house if they were a little more boyish.  Even though we're pretty uncaring about colors, the pink oven was more than my pink shirt wearing son would even take, and he likes to cook.

    "But the problem with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence." - President Clinton

    by anonevent on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:03:45 PM PST

    •  Women like a guy who can cook (4+ / 0-)
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      JBL55, luckydog, JML9999, wintergreen8694

      I gravitated closely to my mother growing up and became a decent cook.  Women like it, for a lot of reasons.

      Learn to cook, young man, I can assure you it will take you places....

    •  We just skipped the EZ Bake ovens and went (5+ / 0-)
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      paradox, JBL55, luckydog, mgoodm, RainyDay

      right to the real thing. We didn't let them use it by themselves, not at first. But now my son and daughter both cook, bake, etc. Everyone in our house can cook.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:14:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  My little boy will probably cook (2+ / 0-)
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        RainyDay, anonevent

        I (his father) cook dinner every night, while he watches (only 17 months, not too much hands-on yet).   My mother always encouraged me to cook and experiment.  One of my favorite memories is of when, at the age of 8 or 9, I woke up early on a Sunday and decided to treat my still-sleeping parents to ginger snaps.  A lot of ginger snaps.  I made a huge, at least quadruple, batch.  The kitchen was covered with cooling ginger snaps.  I think they were a bit dismayed that I had used the oven so much without them, but were consoled by 1) my continuing good health and 2) warm ginger snaps for breakfast.

    •  Hasbro will owe this kid royalties. (4+ / 0-)
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      paradox, JBL55, luckydog, msmacgyver

      If they take the advice, they have the potential of increasing sales by 100%.

      Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

      by ROGNM on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:16:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Seems to me the colors are relatively new (0+ / 0-)

      When my sister had one - which I also used, but then again I am gay - I could have sworn it was beige, not purple or pink. Of course, this was during the Ford administration, so I could be mistaken.

      A government that denies gay men the right to bridal registry is a facist state - Margaret Cho

      by CPT Doom on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:40:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kids cooking is great news in over-processed food (0+ / 0-)

      world of today. I know Easy-Bake is hardly the epitome of do-it-yourself cooking from scratch but you have to start somewhere. Feeling comfortable with kitchen mechanics - recipes, tools, ingredients, timing - might get future generations off the obesity cliff we're heading for.

    •  They make a grey one. (0+ / 0-)

      As I mentioned in my post below, they make a grey one.

      "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

      by Bill Section 147 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 04:01:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  More posted without comment (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    http://sandiegofreepress.org/...

    ( I also linked to it in Scarce's fun diary Mitt Romney Hits Costco)

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

    by HugoDog on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:04:35 PM PST

  •  "Fiscal Thingy" debate (1+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast

    Now Now enough of the Techno-Babble

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:06:19 PM PST

  •  That is just one reason why I (4+ / 0-)

    despise Bloomberg so much. He believes he can just hand pick a successor to "his" position as opposed to, you know, hold elections where NY'ers can actually pick who we deem best qualified.

    Can't wait to get rid of him. Won't be soon enough.

  •  Blonde eyebrows on a news anchor? (1+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast

    This cartoon has lost all credibility, now I know that whatever it says must not be the truth.

    •  As the song says... (1+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694

      "See the bubble-headed bleach blonde... comes on at 5:00. She can tell you 'bout the plane crash... with a gleam in her eye"

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:12:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  That picture of Hillary on the plane looking (5+ / 0-)

    totally awesome and in command. That BEGS for a Bloomberg put down, something like, "Are you freaking kidding me? Mayor?"

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:10:21 PM PST

    •  People talk about being Mayor of NYC... (1+ / 0-)
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      citizenx

      ...as some kind of de facto foreign policy or otherwise international job, but you'll notice that nobody who says that has any real foreign policy or otherwise international experience.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:12:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And nobody has managed to be mayor of NYC (3+ / 0-)
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        milton333, citizenx, Rich in PA

        and go on to the Whitehouse. Heck, it seems to be a tombstone of your political career. From Wikipedia

        Indeed no sitting or former mayor has been elected to another public office since Ardolph Loges Kline (acting mayor in late 1913) was re-elected Alderman in 1913 and later elected in 1920 to his only term in Congress.
        On the other hand, no woman has been mayor of NYC, ever. That definitely needs to change. But I don't see Hillary being the one to do that.

        To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

        by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:18:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Well After All She'd Have Her Own Army. (1+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:29:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fracking is fracking scary (3+ / 0-)

    There's a piece at The Nation called "Fracking our Food Supply"

    here that makes me want to just scream at the insanity of it all.

    The dire straits facing America are not due poor people having too much money

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:11:56 PM PST

  •  squish happens. (0+ / 0-)

    although it's a commentary on the cellphone camera culture as "citizen journalism"

    Who's classier—the New York Post for publishing this picture, or the New York Times for publishing the picture to attack the Post for publishing the picture?

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:15:29 PM PST

  •  Guess who I ran into in Costco.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, wintergreen8694

    •  Figures, he bought wasteful bottle water (3+ / 0-)
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      CPT Doom, RainyDay, wintergreen8694

      Though it wasn't some haughty brand like Evian. And in a twist of irony had he been seen shopping like a regular Joe Q. Public during the campaign it might've improved his image. That's Mitt for you -- too little, too late.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:23:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  He needs to learn to wear a baseball hat (0+ / 0-)

      Who does he think he is... Dwayne Murphy?

      "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

      by Bill Section 147 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 04:04:32 PM PST

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  •  Is Boehner chairmanship purge part of planning (1+ / 0-)
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    mgoodm

    for an agreement on the feared "fiscal cliff"?

    Freedom Works is in a snit:
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    In the final days before the start of a new Congress, John Boehner (Office Phone Number: 202-225-0600) and the Republican establishment is quietly purging crucial House committees of strong fiscal conservatives, including:

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS) - House Budget Committee (96% FreedomWorks Lifetime Rating)

    Rep. Justin Amash (MI) – House Budget Committee (100% FreedomWorks Lifetime Rating)

    Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) – House Financial Services (96% FreedomWorks Lifetime Rating)

    These three principled legislators have stood with the Constitution even when it was unpopular to do so. Their dedication to the principles of lower taxes and limited government is now being punished by a Speaker who would rather concede to the big spenders in Congress instead of making the tough choices.
    =
    ===============

    Could it be a wolf gnawing off its leg to escape a trap?

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:16:41 PM PST

  •  There will be 20 Women in the Senate soon! Yay! (1+ / 0-)
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    DRo

    Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

    oh.

  •  A couple of scary thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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    citizenx

    What if Grover Norquist can make good on his Tea Party Too threat because a lot of billionaire money buy a lot of astroturf?

    Or if Dick Armey quit Freedom Works because it's ineffective, to only to start a group that's more effective?

    Except this stuff don't happen unless it happens...

    Otherwise, any word on the John Doe trials in Wisconsin? I'm hoping for a Watergate-sized scandal across some of the GOP and Bagger statehouses.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:17:42 PM PST

  •  What was "offered without comment"? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, ontheleftcoast

    My employer's firewall won't let me go there.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:23:59 PM PST

  •  Who's classier... (4+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, milton333, Feadog, my pet rock
    the New York Post for publishing this picture, or the New York Times for publishing the picture to attack the Post for publishing the picture?
    or those who link to the story about the picture that publishes the picture...

    Sorry, it had to be said.

  •  Is this site acting weird for anyone else? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, ontheleftcoast

    I noticed this morning that it's no longer keeping track of read/unread messages for me.  Every diary, front paged or otherwise, shows up as all messages unread.  I logged out and back in, no difference.  I'm using Firefox 17.0.1 on a Win7 machine.  

    •  Working OK For Me On My Firefox XP SP3 nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Bill W

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:33:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  DK4 has moved to client side caching of your (1+ / 0-)
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      Bill W

      status. This can produced odd quirks like seeing negative number of new messages in a diary. Your best bet to "fix" the problem is occasionally hit forced refresh (Ctrl-F5 on some browsers) which flushes the client side and requests all new data from the server.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:46:03 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Refreshing doesn't help. (1+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast

        But I do remember reading about the change. I get that it's trying to store my markers on my computer instead of on DK's, but how is it doing that?  I only enable scripts and cookies as necessary, so I may be blocking that function.

        I have seen the negative numbers in the comments field before.  Kind of funny, that was.  

        •  I didn't follow the technical discussion of that (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Bill W

          As you guess, there are only a limited number of ways to do that. Cookies being the obvious one. If you don't get ads on DK then enabling cookies for DK might be sufficient.

          To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

          by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:59:51 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I think it's a script issue. (1+ / 0-)
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            ontheleftcoast

            I just temporarily allowed everything that noscript was blocking, and it looks like it might have gotten things working again.  I'll play with it more tomorrow when I'm awake, and maybe figure out which one it is that fixes things.

  •  Steve King Sexy? (0+ / 0-)

    oh shame on the person who even thought his name in conjunction with this list.  

    O'Reilly just may be right this time. Democrats do want free stuff...Their Rights.

    by regis on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:33:04 PM PST

  •  Don't need no girlie oven (0+ / 0-)

    I got me a manly oven in my kitchen. It's where I make my masculine cheesecakes and macho samoas and testosterone-filled...uh...um...well I make a darned good banana bread.

    /flex.

    "I chose to change facts, reality, and the meaning of words, in order to make a much larger point." - Paul Ryan John Oliver

    by SC Lib on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:43:27 PM PST

  •  This PPP poll is both hilarious and sad: (5+ / 0-)

    ================
    A new Public Policy Polling survey shows finds that 49% of Republican voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama, as compared to 52% that thought ACORN stole the 2008 election, "a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore."
    =
    ===============

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:44:06 PM PST

  •  Weird CT diarist in need of HRs (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, sow hat

    Here.  I can't do it myself given the diarist's personal attacks on me and my integrity, but the diary's baselessness and weirdness is self-evident.  (If it's not, look at an other diary of his. The cumulative effect is such that a ban is warranted, IMHO.)

    •  The diarist is a bit of a crank from time to time (1+ / 0-)
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      sow hat

      but he's gone around the bend on that diary. The accusations against you and VetGrl as way, WAY over the top. I'll drop some pastry on specific comments. Thanks for the heads up.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:54:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kyle McCabe (where's Kyle?) is following (0+ / 0-)

    the trail blazed by Sal Doonsbury, who was famous as a Dr. Whoopee franchisee.

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:47:56 PM PST

  •  Wanna know what else to do to make it okay (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    for boys to cook besides showing them in ads for cooking items?  Be born into an Italian family.

    It's common for boys in Italian-American homes to grow up helping out in the kitchen, and then outright taking over for the parents if they're late in coming home, etc. My father did a lot of the cooking in our house when my mother started working. (I preferred his cooking!)

    I started making my own lunches when I was in elementary school, then about the age of twelve or thirteen I was throwing together pasta sauces, making meatballs, etc.
    No problem. Guys who look helpless in the kitchen always draw weird looks from me.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:05:14 PM PST

  •  They must be really worried (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    About Hillary in 2016 if they're offering her the mayorship of NYC - yeah, that's a job she'd take instead of being President

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:54:22 PM PST

  •  what a fleming asshole (0+ / 0-)

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Fleming is a Republican congressman from Louisiana

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:07:32 PM PST

  •  My son had an Easy Bake Oven (0+ / 0-)

    It was top of his Christmas list when he was 9. Mom wouldn't let him use her stove unsupervised and he figured if he had one, his own he was in.

    I got it without checking with my spouse first. Mom wouldn't let him use it unsupervised either so he and I got to use it together. Payback.

    They aren't all that great and since I had to be there anyway it would have been so much better to just use the oven but we had it so we "had" to use it. We get to use the oven now that he is 15.

    They are not all pink either they make a grey one so there is a choice there too. Also a heating element and not a light bulb.

    "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

    by Bill Section 147 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 04:00:50 PM PST

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