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Climate change may make it impossible for future humans to survive outdoors during the hottest summer days:
The most extreme manifestation of this heat is calculated using a measure of the most stifling conditions the body can endure. It’s called the Humid Heat Stroke Index, or HHSI, which takes into account both heat and humidity. At an HHSI level of 95 degrees, the human body can’t keep its core cool enough for survival, even at rest. [...]

An HHSI level of 95 degrees has only been recorded just once, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 2003, according to today’s report. The outside temperature reached 108 degrees, and the dew point hit 95 degrees, making it life threatening to go outside.

If humans continue to pollute greenhouse gases on the current trajectory, the average Midwesterner could see an HHSI at the level of 95 degrees two days every year by the end of this century. By the end of next century it will be impossible to remain outdoors without a cooling system for 20 days a year.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2002House Dems push 9-11 commission:

Even though the issue looked dead, pushed to the background by the nation's worsening economic situation, House Democrats won their bid to create an independent 9-11 commission.

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95% of all new created wealth now goes to the top 1% but Rand Paul, Ted Cruz & Jeb Bush all have plans to get it up to 96.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter join us to round up the stories of the day. NC's Outer Banks are largely doomed, but the real estate industry wants to pretend it's not so. Primary elections wrapped up in MS, NY & elsewhere. Crappy-looking GDP numbers give everyone a scare, but there's a twist. NN14 is coming up fast! A federal court finds due process fault with the "no-fly list." The Detroit water crisis. More filibuster follies. Speaking of which, it's the 1 year anniversary of Wendy Davis' Texas filibuster, and her campaign's looking for supporters' help in marking it. SCOTUS decides on cell phone searches. And one BIG GunFAIL.

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  •  Please Rec This Diary by Sara R (18+ / 0-)

    ... and help to keep it on the Rec List through the night.  Do promote it by republishing to your Daily Kos Groups - Please help MsSpentyouth.

    MsSpentyouth is in a red state and fighting the good fight on our behalf.  Thanks for whatever you can do.  Every little bit helps.

    An excerpt from Sara's diary:

    Our friend, MsSpentyouth, is a force of nature, a phenomenal activist in the red State of North Carolina and a fixture of the registration desk at Netroots Nation, who also happens to be very ill.  

    After two rounds of chemo for breast cancer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she suffered damage to her bone marrow.  She also has non cancerous tumors in her brain and on several endocrine glands. These conditions have left her disabled and unable to hold a steady job.  And although she has SSDI, there is a gap in coverage which, due to her residence in this Red State, has left her without the extended coverage under ACA to which those of us in Blue States have access.  MsSpentyouth needs the cash to pay co-pays or some of her doctors, including her endrocrinologist, will not see her. Seriously -- once, recently, she had only $50 of the $70 co-pay and she was turned away.

    TO SEND PAYPAL DONATIONS TO MSSPENTYOUTH, go to and send funds to kim [DOT] yaman [AT] gmail [DOT] com or message me for an address should you prefer a check.

    Helping Fineena - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:31:27 PM PDT

  •  That'll start first in the Southeast... (8+ / 0-)

    ...and then they'll be screaming for government help.

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

    by JeffW on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:31:52 PM PDT

  •  1,041,894 registered users on dKos now. (11+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,041,200: James2692wma3 (spammer)
    #1,041,300: Vivienvpj (already banned)
    #1,041,400: Budknv
    #1,041,500: tzelios
    #1,041,600: arnoldob
    #1,041,700: Loreyog (already banned)
    #1,041,800: Nathan5937jap9 (spammer)

    We've added 793 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks, and it seems to be getting even faster now.  This is getting a bit insane.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Pharrell Williams' "Happy".

  •  Hey look! (9+ / 0-)

    Another 'don't ask for hand-outs', 'pull yourself up-by-the-bootstraps', rugged individualist Republican is running for congress in Oklahoma.

    Hahaha.....just kidding!

    Young Republicans, just like Old Republicans, are horrible people. And since the only qualification necessary to govern as a Republican is contempt for governance, his lack of any actual qualification to govern shouldn't be a problem.

    Lazy Millennial's Mom Started a Super PAC to Fund His Run For Congress

    Republican Mike Turner is 27, and his parents really must want him to move the hell out. So much so that they've dedicated more than $600,000 to his candidacy to the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Turner, is in a six-way Republican primary for Oklahoma's fifth congressional district. And his campaign has taken getting help from your parents to new heights: A super-PAC that appears to be financed by his mom has paid for $225,693 worth of pro-Turner ads. Turner donated $375,000 to his own campaign—money earned partly from his stake in the family trucking business. And when Turner filed papers to run for Congress, he listed as his address his childhood home.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:37:35 PM PDT










    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:37:59 PM PDT

  •  Shocker (11+ / 0-)
    Town Watch Ousts Veteran Member After Learning He's a KKK Grand Dragon:

    William Walters seemed like a typical civic-minded resident of Tacony in Northeast Philadelphia. He'd served as a Republican committeeman for a decade and had been on the neighborhood watch for five years. Until neighbors found out about his enthusiasm for this other organization.

    Walters, it turns out, has also been an active member of the Ku Klux Klan for more than three decades. Not just an active member, but a Grand Dragon of the "East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire," according to Philadelphia magazine:

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 08:45:33 PM PDT

  •  Crying for my great grandchildren. n/t (6+ / 0-)
  •  Chris Hayes special on Chicago crime (4+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, nellgwen, Ice Blue

    Chris Hayes had a must-see special tonight about violence and crime in Chicago.  (BTW, since it's a pretty significant topic in the segment, FYI, I worked with COMPSTAT as part of my Ph.D. dissertation in statistics.)

    The other big news was the fallout over the Mississippi Senate GOP runoff last night, and how angry the Tea Party is.  Rachel talked with Steve Kornacki about this, and Lawrence had on Steve Schmidt and Michael Tomasky.

    One final clip that's well worth watching is Lawrence talking about the latest IRS scandal nonsense, drawing upon what Jon Stewart covered last night, and expertly informing us on some key details almost nobody in the media is telling you.

    Chris will also report from North Carolina about the fights going on there in an upcoming episode.  He also mentioned the Supreme Court ruling on cell phones and privacy.

    Rachel also previewed the upcoming Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision with Dahlia Lithwick.  She looked at the 2012 RNC shitshow, and what they have in store for 2016.  She also covered the story of Gitmo lawyer Jason Wright.

    Lawrence also talked about the Supreme Court case on cell phones and privacy with Ari Melber.  He looked at Hillary's explanations about her taxes with Nia-Malika Henderson and Ezra Klein.  He had a good news update about one of the Boston Marathon bombing survivors.  And he talked with Crystal Moore and Jarett Taylor about her firing as Latta, South Carolina, sheriff because of homophobia, and what the mayor just did this morning to screw the will of the voters.

    Ed talked about the American steel industry with Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC).  He talked about gay marriage rulings with Mike Rogers.  He talked about some Keystone XL pipeline leaks with Anthony Swift and Mike Papantonio.  Ed then blasted Arizona superintendent John Huppenthal for turning out to be a nasty racist troll on the Internet as well.  And he talked with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) about Dick Cheney trying to regain some of his influence within the GOP.

  •  So the libertarians are crowing... (6+ / 0-)

    about the story of Sandy Springs, Georgia, for becoming completely privatized.  They're saying it's now a paradise.

    Anybody know more about this?

    •  Sooooo (4+ / 0-)
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      high uintas, Aunt Pat, nellgwen, Ice Blue

      How does the Police and Fire Dept etc. work in a situation like that?

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:00:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Snow Crash (6+ / 0-)

      …by Neal Stephanson.

      It's heeere….

      From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should.

      Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue.

      A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.


      This is America.

      People do whatever the fuck they feel like doing, you got a problem with that? Because they have a right to. And because they have guns and no one can fucking stop them. As a result, this country has one of the worst economies in the world.

      When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y'know what?

      There's only four things we do better than anyone else:

      and high-speed pizza delivery.

    •  Good let them all move there (1+ / 0-)
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      Pale Jenova

      and leave the rest of us alone.

      I want to be the next Secretary of Antics.

      by nellgwen on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:37:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Teabaggistan! (1+ / 0-)
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        A teabag in every pot. And guns everywhere, of course. We are talking Georgia, after all.

        And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

        by Pale Jenova on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:54:07 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  There's a horrible update... (8+ / 0-)

    to the story of a father who left his baby in the back seat for several hours in Georgia.  Initially, it seemed like a tragedy.  Now, it may turn out to have been deliberate.  Horrifying.

    When the original story came out, someone linked to this Washington Post piece that won a Pulitzer Prize about how often parents forget their baby in the backseat of their car, leading to the baby's death.

    “Death by hyperthermia” is the official designation. When it happens to young children, the facts are often the same: An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just... forgets a child is in the car. It happens that way somewhere in the United States 15 to 25 times a year, parceled out through the spring, summer and early fall. The season is almost upon us.

    Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?

    The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

    Last year it happened three times in one day, the worst day so far in the worst year so far in a phenomenon that gives no sign of abating.

    If you haven't read that whole story, you need to.  But be forewarned, when I finished reading it, I was an emotional mess.  That piece drains the life out of you.  And if you think this could never happen to you, YOU ARE WRONG.  Because it turns out because of evolutionary biology, ALL humans are primed to possibly forget in situations like this when added stress is introduced.
    •  I can see how this could happen (3+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, Pale Jenova, tardis10

      Both parents are more involved in baby care now, it doesn't just fall on one set of shoulders, you could forget and think that the baby was with the other parent.

      Babies are a major cause of sleep deprivation, and often parents are running through their days. I can't imagine how horrible it would be to do this, but I can see how it would happen.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:15:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Vanderbilt beats Virginia 3-2... (1+ / 0-)
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    in game 3 to win the College World Series in baseball, thus capping off the 2013-2014 season in Division I college sports.  Neither team had ever even reached the NCAA title game in history before this year.

    Similar to last year when UCLA won it, the winner was not one of the top 8 seeds.

  •  Are the Baggers still claiming that it's racist (6+ / 0-)

    to call them racists? If so, then I guess that makes me a racist.

    Tea Party urges Chris McDaniel to run as write-in after black Democrats ‘steal’ primary:

    Sarah Palin suggested last week on Facebook that Democratic activists had offered “scooby snacks” to black voters to encourage them to support Cochran, and she urged McDaniel to challenge the runoff results.

    “There were several potentially illegal political games afoot in Mississippi to motivate Democrat voters to ‘switch’ over to the GOP for a day to help save a 42-year Republican member of Congress,” Palin said.

    “On top of that, millions of dollars from out of state liberal billionaires like Mike Bloomberg poured in at the last minute on that same incumbent’s behalf,” added Palin, a former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate who now lives in Arizona. “You have to ask yourself why?”

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:15:26 PM PDT

  •  Pulaski Skyway, Sopranos Style (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, this just in, tardis10

    In honor of Chris Christie's newest problem, I thought I would post here a time-lapse drive over what is causing Christie's next round of heartburn.  As a bonus, the original poster set it to The Sopranos theme song.

  •  Right after Kagro in the Morning... (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Jeff Y, tardis10

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:28:17 PM PDT

  •  And just how many days at a time can... (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, nellgwen

    ... plants and animals survive under such conditions?

  •  There was aa 7.9 earthquake the other day (5+ / 0-)

    I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned here. Then again it was a bit remote, out near the end of the Aleutian Islands. I pay more attention because I spent a couple of years out there.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:35:56 PM PDT

  •  Malibu Beach Front Real Estate Prices (0+ / 0-)

    When the price of beach front real estate in Malibu, Miami, Honolulu, and Manhattan stop denying predictions masquerading as science then I will stop denying predictions masquerading as science.

    What we really care about is science that can tell us when the arid climate in California will become less arid. Now that is actually useful science. So predictors is that a year from now, two years, three years, or never? If the science is settled enough to predict certain doom in 100 years then it should be good enough to predict the end of the arid climate in CA. Otherwise the predictors masquerading as scientists are focusing on the wrong problem.

  •  Go for it, Repugs! (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, this just in, nellgwen, Ice Blue

    And please, hurry. Mid-terms are coming up.

    ‘You’re being silly’: Fox’s Neil Cavuto mocks Michele Bachmann’s impeachment talk:

    “You’re conflating issues and you’re being silly,” Cavuto told Bachmann. “Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders? Because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now. There are far more important things that I think you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits past each other.”

    “I’m not the one talking about that,” Bachmann countered. “What I am saying is that what’s very important is the president trying to establish lawlessness in the United States.”

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 09:43:47 PM PDT

  •  Where Chris Christie got in trouble (2+ / 0-)
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    this just in, nellgwen

    As a follow-up to my previous post, here is a video of the approach to the George Washington Bridge, the one that Christie intentionally messed up to get back at a mayor who wouldn't endorse him, allegedly.
    The area of the closure is visible at the 3:36 mark, complete with the cones that were most likely used in the lane shift.  It was taken about a year and three months before the lanes were closed.

  •  Everday in Singapore (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Pale Jenova, Ice Blue

    Is an HHI of like 100 degrees (31-33C air, 73-77 dew point)
    Their solution: 8am to 6 pm workday with 2 hour midday siesta for laborers.

    •  Yea. The warnings are hyperbole, but . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      dangerous heat waves will become more common. In fact, being trapped indoors without a cooling system can be more dangerous than being outdoors. Provided you have a source of water. (Which, in Detroit . . .)

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:53:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well it's June 25th. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ice Blue

    And so far I've turned my air conditioner on just once this summer. And I live in Arizona.
    I want pie.

    I'm watching a great horrible movie right now called Raise The Titanic. It's awful, it's so awful, but fun.

    I recently watched a couple great old Terry Thomas comedies on Youtube. One was called Make Mine Mink. Which is really funny. And the other one is called Too Many Crooks which is even funnier. And in that one you can definitely see the inspiration for Ruthless People.

    I discovered a new drink I'm in love with, it's whiskey and birch beer. Oh my God is it good. Next time I'm going to add a maraschino cherry and maybe a couple shakes of bitters. Maybe.

    I had my first Manhattan today. I liked it. Do any of you know anything else you can do with bitters?
    I wonder if it would be good in a barbecue sauce.

    I found these today.

    I want to be the next Secretary of Antics.

    by nellgwen on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:20:35 PM PDT

  •  Here in NC, McDuke, Tillass and the Popester ar... (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, eeff

    Here in NC, McDuke, Tillass and the Popester are in denial on our beautiful coastline disappearing.The developers want groins put up so they can build.What little fracking that will be done here, plans are to have the wastewater wells in the coastal counties. Inevitable disaster in the making . Oh and one more thing , I wonder how hurricanes and fracking wastewater mix.......been through three...

  •  Grrr... (1+ / 0-)
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    I was having some crackers and brie and my cat climbed up on my keyboard to steal some. I looked at the screen and everything was inverted, even the cursor. I spent 20 minutes waiting for tech support to tell me to press Ctrl+Alt+Up arrow.

    Damn cats. Anyone want four of them?

    “You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.” --Dorothy Parker

    by Ice Blue on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 11:04:42 PM PDT

  •  It isn't as if.. (0+ / 0-)

    The Sacramento environs still allow a productive garden and there might be an "El Nino" in the works, and my trees are dying due to unprecidented drought. it's gonna get record-hot starting Sunday..

    My one and only sunflower might wilt and die as a direct result of global-warming.

    Flowers, not children. I'm full on horticulturalist and not animal husbandry except for..

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 01:07:38 AM PDT

  •  The average midwesterner will be dead (0+ / 0-)
    the average Midwesterner could see an HHSI at the level of 95 degrees two days every year by the end of this century. By the end of next century it will be impossible to remain outdoors without a cooling system for 20 days a year.
    When you want to know how well we can predict what everything is going to be doing in 100 years is to go back to 1914 and see what they were saying about us. Hmmm. If you were majorly prescient about computers, in 1999 you might've predicted what we'd be like - in 15 years. But go back 30? 50? 100 years? Forget it. CAN'T BE DONE.

    Now, there actually might be “average midwesterners” 100 years from now, but they're not going to be anything like what we think of as our average midwesterners. Is there much difference we can see between 1914 and 2014? Because they're going to be AT LEAST that much different. I don't say this stuff to be hissy, I say it because this IS important - but it has to be related to TODAY, because once you go all prognosticky you lose the audience. When they hear “Social Security is going to be Broke in 40 Years! Aiee! Aiee!” they know it's bullshit. Even if you're perfectly right about “impossible to remain outdoors without a cooling system for 20 days a year” it doesn't matter. No one believes anything past about next week, really.

    We have to set very concrete GOALS that relate to today, other wise this just goes in the “Flying Atomic Car” file and (quickly) out the poopchute.

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