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David Koch, courtesy DonkeyHotey
Knock yourself out, Mr. Koch.
Television sets will be turning off all across America very soon, if this keeps up.
More than 66,000 ads in U.S. House and Senate races aired through March 9, more than triple what candidates and allied groups aired during a comparable period four years ago, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. […]

More than 30,000 of the ads had an anti-Obamacare message, a 12-fold increase from four years ago, according to data compiled by CMAG. The anti-Obamacare spots accounted for 45 percent of all ads, up from 12 percent during the comparable period leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. […]

Dominating this year’s early blitz is Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) group funded by billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch that promotes limited government and bills itself as the “nation’s largest advocate for health-care freedom.”

Americans for Prosperity’s ads have run more than 17,000 times for the 2014 election, most linking politically vulnerable Democrats to Obamacare.

At this rate, they might even be risking turning off their own base. At some point, there will be so much noise, no one—except the fact checkers!—will be paying any attention. Particularly not the 64 percent of Americans who now want the law to be kept as is or improved.

That's a lot of eggs for the Kochs to be putting in what might be a flimsy basket. But, hey, what else are they going to do with their money? Create jobs?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:31:25 AM PDT

  •  This is excellent news for DVRs. (9+ / 0-)

    Punxsutawney Phil has been unfriended.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:36:23 AM PDT

    •  excellent news for my cousin who (1+ / 0-)
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      works at a teevee station too!  He loves the koch money. Not so much the kochs but he gets bonuses and their money spends just fine.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:03:59 PM PDT

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  •  So glad I unplugged the TV and cable (5+ / 0-)

    And downloaded Adbusters on the computer!

  •  good article detailing how PPACA repeal (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, shoeless

    figures into avalanche of early political advertising, and who is sponsoring the ads

  •  more AFP product placement (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:00:48 AM PDT

  •  Pryor is vulnerable (0+ / 0-)

    Everybody knows that. Mary Landreau less so.  The add only has to move a few undecided and its over.

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:01:07 AM PDT

    •  Have you seen the poll? People are beginning (6+ / 0-)

      to like this law.  64 percent is a high like factor.  People are benefiting and seeing friends and family benefit...we knew this would happen once the law was here to stay and was working in people's lives.  Imagine how high it will be by November.

      •  kos has said as much on the front page (2+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, mjd in florida

        He isn't very concerned about it, from what I read. Every week and month Obamacare gets more popular, in single digits that will add up quickly by November.

        We can only HOPE the GOP decides to run against the ACA. That way the Senate will remain in Democratic hands (not that there's any serious chance the GOP will take it back), but it also means the same fucking status quo for the last several years. Teabagger gridlock, their specialty and sole remaining talent.

        "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

        by DaddyO on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:08:37 AM PDT

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        •  That might be true, but "pox on both houses" is (0+ / 0-)

          just as likely.

          Koch's money is going to be well-spent, I predict. Obama has not stood up for the ACA strong enough, Dems are running from it, and the Koch's will make sure that a general level of disgust is slathered over the whole thing.

          The fact remains that conservatives are flooding the airwaves with haterism, and that will certainly diminish the D brand. I don't know how folks here manage to whistle through that graveyard.

          The only proper response in the face of what's happening is a shitload of money spent bolstering up Democratic platforms and a full-throated defense of Obamacare. Neither of which is going to happen.

          •  Again, did you see the poll? I agree with full (0+ / 0-)

            support but I agree with it because the people are beginning to like it.  That poll wasn't in the high 40's or high 50's but 64 percent of those polled like it as it is or improvements.  They like the law! There is no graveyard to whistle passed...the poll proves it.  But I do agree that we need to stop with all the "fix" talk and endless delays.  

            •  Look further in that Bloomberg article: (0+ / 0-)
              Seventy-three percent of Bloomberg poll respondents who would repeal Obamacare say the law will be a “major” decider of their vote, compared with 45 percent of those who support modifications and 33 percent of those who back the law as is.

              Repeal advocates are also the most likely to vote, with 73 percent saying they will “definitely” do so. By contrast, 61 percent of those who want only small modifications are likely voters as are 54 percent of those who want the law kept intact.

              So, there's "liking" the ACA, and then there's the actual effect it has on voting patterns. My point still stands: the Koch's money is well-spent haterism.

              And this: Obama is STILL underwater with people about his leadership on the ACA.

              •  Okay but only 37 percent or less want to repeal it (0+ / 0-)

                and that is today. By Novemeber, that number will be way lower.  So even if 37 percent will be majorly moved by their opposition view, the others will not.  Also, the repeal people already vote for the GOP, so who cares. We never had their vote anyway.  

                •  I will feel better when some of these Senate Races (0+ / 0-)

                  start to go in positive  territory. I  see the the NC Senate go positive but Montana and West Virginia , we might be able to turn them around Pryor might be a lost cause.

                  a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

                  by Jamesleo on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 01:23:59 PM PDT

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                  •  We can turn it around by not running away from the (0+ / 0-)

                    ACA.  That has been our mistake.  Delays, "fixes", a roll out that granted wasn't the best but now that it is fixed we need to shout it from the mountaintops etc.  The ACA is not our problem but the solution.  Run on it. Once millions and millions are benefitting from could they vote to get rid of it??

  •  With so many now in support of the law, we need (3+ / 0-)
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    to let the people have it and counter opposition with equal amounts of ads strongly supporting the law.  We should stop saying we are going to "fix" a law with such high support.  People want the law and then they want it expanded.  

    "Fix" is just a code word for wishy washy support.  We should embrace it and say only that we will stop the delays and "improve" it.  Improvements are different than fixes, improvements means expansion.

    •  Nancy Pelosi was defending (1+ / 0-)
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      The term "fix" today.  She really needs to understand its negative connotation out here.  Alex Sink used it in an ad and then ignored promoting all of the good things its done or never challenged Jolly about a replacement for his proposed repeal.  (but then she is a corporate Democrat and is definitely not a populist)

  •  we must be free not to have affordable health care (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, JrCrone

    or something like that, Koch clowns

    free the information

    by freelixir on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:04:01 AM PDT

  •  Total Corruption of American Politics (1+ / 0-)
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    The boobs who watch the TeeVee 12 hrs a day are going to be mainlining the message from the charming Koch bros. It's inevitable.

    Only hope I see is that kids are spending more time on their iPads/Androids which the Kochs have not figured out how to crack. That and President HR Clinton can appoint one or two more liberal judges to the SC.

    But the Kocks and their ilk will simply overrun us unless we stop them. Mobilize, vote, legislate and mock these miserable f**kers out of existence.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:04:13 AM PDT

    •  Well, they do know where to put some (0+ / 0-)

      of their ad $$$.

      I am not a subscriber hangs head in shame and I see plenty of pro-Republican and anti-Obama ads on this site.

      It's interesting to see what they think will sway anybody hanging around on DKos on the regular. Or even on the occasional.

      Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

      by JrCrone on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:26:54 AM PDT

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  •  I am so (0+ / 0-)

    spoiled by Netflix, Amazon Prime and premium channels. I can't even watch regular t.v. anymore.  Really grateful for DVR, too. I see a commercial and I change the channel.  Then I usually forget to go back to what I was watching anyway.

  •  "Health Care Freedom"- Good one (0+ / 0-)

    I laughed 'till I cried.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:05:52 AM PDT

  •  Ads and money are a problem (2+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, JeffW

    But they are not the end-all of politics. Money does not dictate the final vote. How do I know?

    Simple. If money DID dictate the final vote, Republicans would never LOSE.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:06:15 AM PDT

  •  There must be a saturation point where (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    advertising loses its effect. A good GOTV effort by the Democrats would negate Koch money.

    •  The threshold of annoyance... (2+ / 0-)
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      dougymi, jck

      ...where the repetition of talking points becomes less compelling and more annoying to the viewers. If you don't vary your message, it becomes more so. I mentioned it in a diary here.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:49:18 AM PDT

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    •  yep. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, jck

      Ever switch stations because of political ads?  I have. For me that's the saturation point.

      I wonder if the supersmart koch brothers have ever heard of the law of diminishing returns?  Keep throwing money around, you supersmart bastards.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:09:38 PM PDT

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  •  When I, as an entrepreneur, have to answer to (1+ / 0-)
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    My shareholders and investors more than I have to listen to my customers.......the system is pathetically broken.

    We can fix it, but it should be different than the old system.

    Conservatives know this...which is why their only dog-whistle is Obamacare......if they shout it loud enough, they figure they can hide from the REAL problem.....

  •  we don't have to sit and take it, (2+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida, JeffW

    some groups, are pushing back ...


    link to video

    posted by senate majoritypac -- Mar 13, 2014


    Out of state billionaires are spending millions to rig the system and elect Bill Cassidy. Their goal? Another politician bought and paid for.  Their Agenda: Protect tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas; Cut Social Security, and end Medicare as we know it. They even tried to kill relief for hurricane victims.

    Cassidy's billion dollar backers -- they got a plan for him, but it's not good for Louisiana.

    (Senate Majority PAC is responsible for the content of this advertizing.)

    But wait there's more ... more Koch Brothers push back:

    Senate Majority PAC is fighting the Koch Ad Lies, with the GOP Record
    by jamess --Mar 14, 2014

  •  Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach him (1+ / 0-)
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    To fish, he catches all the fish while private equity takes his fish and eats themselves sick......then gives them to their buddies in Switzerland, Grand Cayman, China, and Mexico......
    While the fisherman goes home hungry, and stinking of fish......

  •  Why are Kochs really against Obamacare? (0+ / 0-)

    Does anyone know why these guys are spending all this money to stop Obamacare?  What exactly is their motivation?  Do they make money somehow?

    I really don't get why this is such a big deal for them. Maybe they don't really care at all about Obamacare and just hate Obama, or maybe they are just using it as a club to beat up Dems.

    Why would they actually care about taking away health insurance from millions of Americans?  Seems strange.

    •  Because (1+ / 0-)
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      they're dicks and if people can live happy, healthy lives without billions of dollars then they get sad.

    •  Because (2+ / 0-)
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      mjd in florida, JeffW

      In my opinion, they don't care about Obamacare as such. They think that attacking Obamacare is one effective way to defeat Democrats. Voter intimidation through funding True the Vote is another way. And they want to defeat Democrats to protect their business interests from taxation and regulation.

      Their plan is always the same old trickle-down, on-your-own, special-interests-first, country-club, voodoo economics.

      Donate to Oxfam America for the famine in east Africa.

      by JayC on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:34:01 AM PDT

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      •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I'm a lifetime Democrat who happens to make a nice income. I don't mind higher taxes, but I was really disappointed when I got my letter from Anthem BCBS telling me that my coverage is being cancelled do to it not meeting Obamacare standards and that my new policy would have double the premium amount. So, I went to the Marketplace thinking that I'd get a better deal. Their bronze plan was actually worse.

        I feel like Obamacare is the worst of both worlds: It did nothing to help me shop nationally to get the best rates. The Marketplace plan was Anthem BCBS, the same as the current insurance company I already have.. It didn't do anything to improve my coverage. It did, at least for me,  put more money in the pocket of insurance companies. Perhaps it transferred wealth from me to the middle class, but I also am paying more taxes, while corporations aren't.

        I suspect there are lots of people like me who- when they think about their  finances-  are better off being Republicans, but can't stand all the stupidity from the right. However, this has shaken my faith mostly because I see it as another corporate handout at my expense.
        I am not happy, and I suspect leots of other people are not as well.

        If there's a big fallout at the ballot box, nobody is to blame but Obama. He botched the rollout and should have warned  the relevant consumers of the premium increases. I feel like I got blindsided.

        •  Could Obama Have Known? (0+ / 0-)

          Obviously, market-based health insurance is extremely complex because it involves so many individual cases.  It is not unlike re-writing the tax code:  nobody knows for sure how new provisions will affect everyone, but is that a good reason for ignoring the entire situation?

          Unfortunately, you were not one of the lucky ones who saved a lot of money on health insurance because of your situation, but blaming Obama for not understanding your particular case and warning you about it seems absurd.  Clearly, nobody wants to pay more for anything, but that is not the way a free market works.  If we had a single payer system, such as Medicare for all, then costs would be much more predictable, but Repubs and some Dems would not allow that because health insurers would be put out of business.

          So if you really want to blame someone, the Repubs are the culprits because they insisted on  market-based health insurance.

    •  Why? (1+ / 0-)
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      You have to ask?

      Any time regular working people, hell, anyone who isn't wealthy and powerful, have to worry about keeping themselves and their loved ones from being hurled into the indifferent abyss (due to catastrophic illness, or anything, actually) is time that they CAN'T spend thinking about how to make our world a better place.

      Wait. That's too philosophical.

      Try again-- if regular people have food, shelter, medical care, an education, employment they might start doing something radical and thinking that they have as many rights in our Republic as do the Kochs and their brethren.

      I genuinely think these two guys want to run the world by running the United States. They are like frickin' Bond villains.

      Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

      by JrCrone on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:34:30 AM PDT

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    •  The Great Terror of Wealth is the socialization (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, chrississippi

      Of anything. . . . Particularly if it is successful.

      ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

      by Rikon Snow on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:35:45 AM PDT

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  •  Best way to get the money out of politics! (1+ / 0-)
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    With those who are ambivalent or apathetic about real campaign finance reform, just remind them that it would mean they'd never have to watch another one of those stupid political commercials ever again. They'll ask, "Where do I sign?"

    We need to take private money entirely out of elections.

  •  Even my 88 yo mother (1+ / 0-)
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    who is an old timey Republican has TiVo (is that right???) and skips through commercials.  Not to mention, folks her age group fall asleep during commercials.  As did I when I actually had teevee.

    So many reasons in NYC never to have to go to the bastardized space for the arts with a Koch name on it.  Sad that it is so close to the Met Opera.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:23:48 AM PDT

    •  I fell asleep during a commercial (0+ / 0-)

      two, three years ago. Cable lapsed. Minimal money goes out to the corporatists.

      Channel 13 works for PBS. Netflix and USPS can find my box with DVDs. What else do I need?

      It's been wonderful.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Paul Ryan

      by waterstreet2013 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:18:45 PM PDT

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  •  Well of *course* they need to saturate the air (2+ / 0-)
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    with spots: the ACA have signed up what, 4 million folks while the Kochs have only managed to scrounge up a whopping 5 or 6 people who were actually too stupid to do their own math?

    That's the way this stuff works though… find one or two bad examples and use them to spearhead your whole attack.

    Set a better TRAP: Targeted Regulation of Arms/Ammunition Providers.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:25:44 AM PDT

  •  OMG you can say that again.... (1+ / 0-)
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    The freakin Kochs are saturating MI with anti ObamaCare trying to take down Peters.    

    I will not vote for Hillary. What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:33:41 AM PDT

  •  It turns out the Kochs really are job creators! (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, waterstreet2013

    It's just that the jobs they are creating are in advertising.

  •  For your lyin' eyes: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(4) provides for the exemption of two very different types of organizations with their own distinct qualification requirements. They are:

    "• Social welfare organizations: Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated EXCLUSIVELY for the promotion of social welfare, and

    "• Local associations of employees, the membership of which is limited to the employees of designated person(s) in a particular municipality, and the net earnings of which are devoted EXCLUSIVELY for the promotion of social welfare."IRS (my emphases)

    "Reg. 1.501(c)(4)-1(a)(2)(ii) provides that the promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

    "In Rev. Rul. 67-368, 1967-2 C.B. 194, the Service held that an organization, formed for the purpose of promoting an enlightened electorate, whose primary activity was rating candidates for public office, was not exempt under IRC 501(c)(4) because such activity is not "the promotion of social welfare." The ruling stated that comparative rating of candidates, even though on a non-partisan basis, IS participation or intervention on behalf of candidates favorably rated and in opposition to those less favorably rated."IRS (my emphases)

    Any questions?

    Any fucking questions?


    •  Check out RICO. (1+ / 0-)
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      Conspiracies to break federal laws in systematic patterns are themselves felonies. The substantives can be misdemeanors, all of them. But of course a conspiracy that is carried out with felonies is more common.

      These holes are felons, waiting to be investigated, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced. And then sued under the RICO civil sections for torts inflicted.

      Greatest Generation took out Hitler and Tojo.

      Surely we can take out these paranoid billionaires and their Flying Monkey minions.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Paul Ryan

      by waterstreet2013 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:11:25 PM PDT

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  •  Not for me (1+ / 0-)
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    I've learned to use the Mute Button, Robocalls are ignored, mailers don't make inside my home and emails? Don't see 'em.
    I don't care What candidates say during any campaign--their record of action says it all.

    I Refuse to allow the Kochs, Wall Street, Rove, Norquist, Peterson et al get One cent of ROI back from their Ad Investments....from me, anyway--I'm urging my friends and family to do likewise.
    If bs campaign propaganda is all thats available via modern tech? Then I won't access it.

    I check Voting Records, make in person visits, etc.  I refuse to allow myself to be influenced. Period.

  •  for me not thee (0+ / 0-)

    Shame Old - Shame Old: Healthcare for ME but not for Thee - Koch Brothers & Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke are tied at 45 percent each.

    by anyname on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:20:05 PM PDT

  •  1st ad for Gov. Scott last night (0+ / 0-)

    I will be disconnecting my tv by the end of March. I'll miss the final season of Mad Men, but will buy the dvd or view on itunes. I've had enough,.,.,.

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