Bloggfrslur mnaarins, desember 2006

Bush viurkennir a hann lesi dagbl

Fjölskyldutengd jólavitleysa í hinu sígilda jólastórvirki "Jólafríið" sem er af gagnrýnendum talin besta jólaskemmtun síðustu tuttugu og fimm ára.jpg

g get ekki sagt a g hafi lesi miki af dagblum yfir jlin, ea yfirleitt fylgst me frttum. Og essvegna hef g ekki heldur haft fyrir v a skrifa um upptki repblkanaflokksins ea tilvonandi ingmeirihluta. a er samt af ngu af taka. T.d.singur Denis Prager yfir v a nkjrinn ingmann okkar Minnesotaba, Keith Ellison tli a nota kraninn egar sver embttiseiog singur Virgil Goode yfir v a Ellison s mslimi. En fyrir utan etta Prager-Goode-Ellison ml allt virast bandarskir pltkusar hafa haldi aftur af verstu vitleysunni yfir jlahtina. Jlin eru lka hti fjlskyldutengdrar vitleysu, og sur hti opinberra uppota! (v g tel dausfll auvita ekki til uppota, au su kannski pltskar frttir.)

En a eru arir sem virasthafa teki upp v a lesa dagbl -New York Times birti jladag langa greinar sem fjalla var um merkilegu uppljstrun a forseti Bandarkjanna, George W. Bush hafi hugsanlega lesi grein dagblai!

Flash! President Bush Says He Reads Papers

Is there hope for newspapers after all? Readers may be abandoning the printed versions, but over the last couple of years, at least one person seems to have started reading them, at least sometimes. He lives in the White House.

President Bush declared in 2003 that he did not read newspapers, but at his final news conference of the year last week, he casually mentioned that he had seen something in the paper that very day.

Asked for his reaction to word that Vice President Cheney would be called to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, the president allowed: I read it in the newspaper today, and its an interesting piece of news.

etta ykja auvita merkilegar frttir, v forsetinn hefur treka lst v yfir a hann lesi ekki dagbl. vitali vi Brit Hume Fox fyrir remur rum sagist forsetinn stundumrenna yfirfyrirsagnirnar:

I glance at the headlines just to kind of [get] a flavor for whats moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who [...] probably read the news themselves.

Forsetinn reiir sig nefnilega flk semhann heldur a hafi sennilegafylgst me frttum. En svo virist sem etta s allt eitthva mlum blandi, v forsetafrin ykist geta bori vitni um a forsetinnlti sr ekki ngja a lesa dagbl, v hann drekki lka kaffi morgnana. Tony Snow stafestir essar frttir, en neitar a veita frekari upplsingar:

Laura [Bush], said last week that she and her husband had read the morning papers for years. Weve done the same thing since we first got married, she told People magazine. We wake up in the morning and drink coffee and read the newspapers.

Tony Snow, the presidents press secretary, said in an interview he was certain Mr. Bush read the papers, though he was not sure which ones.

etta er allt hi undarlegasta ml - v forsetinn hefur ur lst v yfir a hann fi heil fjgur dagbl borin t Hvta Hsi, og a einstaka sinnum fletti hann eim, .e. ef honum finnst einhver af fyrirsgnunum forsunni hugaver:

I get the newspapers the New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post and USA Today those are the four papers delivered ... I can scan a front page, and if there is a particular story of interest, I'll skim it.

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Jlasagan r: David Sedaris sem Crumpet the Elf

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g held g hafi fyrst heyrt David Sedaris fyrir tveimur rum - og hann er sennilega einhver skemmtilegasti hversdagscommentator sem g hef heyrt. Og tilefni jlahtiarinnar datt mr hug a psta essum link jlasgu um reynsly Sedaris af v egar hann var jlalfurinn "Crumpet" Macys. a er ekki hgt a tengja beint upptkur NPR- svo a arf a smella "Listen" takkann efst meginmli essa glugga - "The original 1992 segment", sem er aeins near sunni er reyndar rlti lengri, og essvegna pnulti skemmtilegri.

einhvern furulegan htt tekst Sedaris a endurvekja tr manns mannkyni og minna mann hversu strfenglega djdskst og frnlegt a er. Sedaris stendur lka fyrir allt a besta sem Bandarkin hafa upp a bja - a er nefnilega ekki bara Rick Santorum og Michael Savage Bandarkjunum, heldur lka David Sedaris og Dan Savage!

essi jlasaga er s fyrsta sem Sedaris flutti NPR - National Public Radio - sem er nokkurskonar rkistvarp Bandarkjanna, og er eitt allra besta tvarp sem g hef hlusta . A vsu hlusta g MPR, Minnesota Public Radio, v a eru lkal public radio stvar hverju fylki sem tvarpa efni NPR og framleia lka sitt eigi tvarpsefni. Sedaris er tur gestur ttinum This American Life sem er framleiddur af Chicago Public Radio. a er hgt a hlusta This American Life hr. This American Life er sennilega allra skemmtilegasta innsn Bandarkin sem til er! (Ira Glass, sem strir This American Life, er sennilega klkasti hversdagskommentator okkar daga, eftir Sedaris.)

En semsagt: g mli endregi me David Sedaris, hann er frbr - og lka frbr Bille Holiday eftirherma!

Og, mean g man: Jlakvejur fr Minnesota!!!

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Update (mjg raunveruleg) krossferapln Robin Hayes til rak!

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grkvld - sem er snemma um morgun slandi - skrifai g frslu um Robin Hayes, sem hefur tala opinberlega fyrir v a tttaka Bandarkjahers borgarastri raka meiki engan sens nema henni s breytt alvru krossfer. Robin Hayes benti nefnilega hi augljsa: a verur aldrei friur Mi-Austurlndum nema llum arbunum veri sni til kristni!

essi hugmynd hefur reyndar ur veri rdd af stjrnmlaheimspekingum bor vi Ann Coulter - sem vildi reyndar lka a vi myndum drepa alla leitoga arabaheimsins, en kjlfar 9/11hafi Coulter etta a segja:

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity

allan dag hafa stjrnmlablogg Bandarkjunum veri a velta v fyrir sr hvort Hayes hafi virkilega sagt a a tti a kristna raka - v a er almennt viurkennt a Coulter s ekki alveg lagi hfinu, mean Hayes er ingmaur Bandarkjaingi, og or hans hafa v aeins meiri vigt en blari merkjungnum Coulter. Hayes er ekki heldur alveg eins blyrstur og Coulter - vissulega er etta trbo hans tla til ess a dreifa fagnaarerindinu, st og nungakrleik, en svoleiis bissness hefur yfirleitt ekki gengi alveg srsaukalaust fyrir sig, og fyrri tilraunir vesturlanda til a dreifa fagnaarerindinu og hinni einu snnu tr meal ba Mi-Austurlanda hafa ekki allar mtt miklum skilningi... og allsendis vst a svona vangaveltur skiljist sem friarboskapur meal breyttra borgara rak. En semsagt: hr er ljsmynd af forsu Concord Standard "Your Hometown Newspaper" sem flutti frttina af krossferaplani ingmannsins.

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ingmaurinn Robin Hayes (R-NC) hefur lausn standinu rak: sna rkum til kristni

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Hayes lsti v yfir Rtarfundi heimab snum um daginn a Bandarkjamnnum myndi ekki takast a stilla til friar rak fyrr en bi vri a kristna alla djfuls heiingjana sem ar ba:

Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.

Hayes er vel ekktur fyrir srkennilegar hugmyndir snar um stri rak - hann er til dmis einn frra ingmanna sem enn tra v a bandarkin su a vinna, og hefur reyndar frt rk fyrir v a vaxandi ld landinu s til marks um hversu vel gangi a stilla til friar...

a er auvelt a gera grn a Heyes, ea frast yfir trarofstki Suurrkjamanna. En raunverulega vandamli er ekki trarofstki, per se, a bandarkjaher fari a stunda trbo meal mslima ( eim vri kannski trandi til ess) ea a utanrkisstefna Bandarkjanna veri rekin sem krossferir ( Heyes virist dreyma um a). Raunverulega vandamli er a menn eins og Heyes hafa veri kosnir ing, ar sem eir f a setja lg sem hafa hrif lf og framt heilla ja. Menn sem hafa svona brenglaar hugmyndir um hvernig heimurinn raunverulega virkar geta aldrei leitt jir neitt anna en t gltun. Menn sem tra v virkilega a a s hgt a leysa borgarastr (ea whatchamacallit) hinum megin hnettinum me v a "spread the message of Jesus Christ" eiga ekki a f a taka sti jingum. Svoleiis menn geta aldrei fundi skynsamar ea vitrnar lausnir nokkrum skpuum hlut! Mean repblkanar eru a kjsa svona jlasveina ing er ekki nema von a eim gangi lla a stjrna flknu inrki ntmanum.

Ein helsta sta ess a flokknum hefur gengi jafn lla og raun ber vitni (samanber tap eirra kosningunum um daginn) er a eir hafa of marga jlasveina eins og Robin Hayes innan sinna raa. Og v miur tkst demokrtunum ekki a fella alla essa grasasna seinustu kosningum. Vonandi hafa kjsendur Repblkana vit a fella Hayes prfkjri fyrir nstu kosningar.

Update: essi frtt er bin a birtast nokkrum pltskum bloggsum (t.d. Carpbetbagger Report- upprunalega virist hn hafa fari af sta af BlueNC). Upprunalega er frsgnin r einhverju lkal smblai Norur Karlnu - en enn sem komi er hefur enginn meirihttar fjlmiill fjalla um ummli Hayes. Huffingtonpost og Raw Story pikkuu essa frtt reyndar upp fyrir stuttu, svo ess er vonandi stutt a ba a hefbundnu fjlmilarnir fjalli um Krossfarann Hayes.

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Jlakort Tennessee veldur uppotum - mynd af mslimskri konu ykja alvarleg helgispjll!

Látið ekki lístfengnina blekkja ykkur: Þessi afghanski jólahatandi íslamófasti vill drepa The Baby Jesus!.jpg

etta er me fyndnari "war on christmas" frttum rsins! Fylkisstjri Tennesse er tmstundamlari, og mars var karlinn fer um Afghanistan og mlai mynd af ungri konu - og svo fannst honum og konunni hans, sem er guslifandi feginn a maurinn skuli hafa smilega heilbrigt tmstundagaman, en s t.d. ekki upptekinn fyrir framan interneti llum stundum, etta svo falleg og hjartnmt mlverk, a hann kva a prenta a jlakort. Sem vri hi besta ml ef Afghanir vru ekki allir upp til hpa geslegir heiingjar sem vru lei til helvtis - fyrir utan a vera slamfasistar, talbanar og hata Jes Krist, og Jlin! En a eru alltaf einhverjir tilbnir til a verja Jess fyrir svona helgispjllum:

Pastor Maury Davis of Cornerstone Church in Madison said the timing doesn't make sense.

"If on Martin Luther King Day, you sent a picture of a Klansman and said Martin Luther had a dream that this guy would one day get along with the people he's trying to kill, I'm not sure the African-American community would handle that very well," Davis said. "Christmas is about Christ. Put a picture of the Savior on our card."

Davis has been vocal ever since he heard about the card.

"We have to understand that we have a problem between our culture, their culture, the religions possibly. And I think Christmas ought a be kept pure at this time," Davis said.

Fylkisstjrinn hefur reynt a afsaka sig:

Bredeson wrote in his explanation of his choice, "While it may seem odd to put a portrait of a young Muslim woman on a Christmas card, this Season reminds us that He loves His children most of all."

"For people who complained about it, I'll send them a card next year and maybe they'll get the Christmas spirit next year," Bredesen said.

Davis er nefnilega uppfullur af st og nungakrleik... Og kk s citizen journalism Wonkette vitum vi meira um Maury Davis - hann er dmdur moringi... og akkrat annig menn viljum vi a standi vr um litla baby jesus yfir jlahtina! Hverjir arir tli geti vari frelsarann fyrir jlakortum me myndum af mslimum?

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Scarborough lka binn a f ng af Bush

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Joe Scarborough sem var einn af leitogum the pitchfork revolution of 1994 egar repblkanar tku ingi, og er sennilega skynsamasti sjnvarpspundit/ttastjrnandi repblkana kapalstvunum, er binn a f sig fullsaddan af Bush. Umfjllun Scarborough um yfirlsingu Bush um a stri s tapa - en hann tli samt a senda fleiri hermenn til rak - jafnvel enginn af herforingjum hersins styji hugmynd og jafnvel aeins 11% Bandarkjamanna (Scarborough segir 12%) styji hugmynd. Og af ingmnnum? Stugt fleiri ldungadeildaringmenn repblkana hafa lst v yfir a eir muni ekki styja a fleiri hermenn yru sendir til rak. N sast Norm Coleman fr Minnesota. Scarborough tti a srstaklega varhugavert a Bush vildi ekki segja hvort hann myndi ganga vert rleggingar yfirmanna hersins, the joint chiefs of staff ea herforingja rak. The commander in chief getur ekki reki str vert vilja og rleggingar yfirmanna hersins!

Scarborough bendir a ef Clinton hefi stai fyrir lka pltk hefu repblkanar lklega veri bnir a standa fyrir uppreisn! Scarborough kemur nlgt v a segja a Bush s versti forseti Bandarkjanna fyrr og sar.

egar menn eins og Scarborough er farnir a segja hluti eins og essa er lla komi fyrir forsetanum.

Sj essa upptku af umrunum Scarborough vi MSNBCvi Mike Barnicle, Michael Crowley og Joshua Green. Barnicle, sem er frttaskrandi MSNBC, segir hreint t a Bush s "totally delusional" og httulegur, og allt sem hann segi s "poppycock"- (vdei er 13 mntur, og tekur sm tma a opnast).

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Bush fjlskyldan loksins htt stjrnmlum?

Jeb og George á góðri stund - þ.e. áður en stórbróðir eyðilagði alla framtíð litlabróður...jpg

Fyrir stuttu san voru stjrnmlaskrendur a velta v fyrir sr hvort Jeb Bush, litlibrir George, myndi bja sig fram til forseta 2008 ea 2012, og vera arme riji Bush-inn, eftir Pabba-Bush (41) og Dubya Bush (43) til a stra Bandarkjunum t gngur vi almenn fagnaarlti repblkana. Jeb hefi geta ori 44 ea 45 forseti Bandarkjanna.

En n virist sem stri brir hafi eyilagt ll slk pln - hrmuleg frammistaa hans og almenn and alls orra vitiborins flks utanrkispltk hans og annarri stjrnsslu virist hafa gert taf vi ll pln um a framlengja Bushveldi! Jeb a hafa sagt spnskumlandi blaamnnum Miami: "No tengo futuro", sem ir vst "g mr enga framt", ea eitthva lka.

Bush did not elaborate on his terse "no future" comment. But he has said repeatedly over the past year that he would not run for president in 2008 and has never seemed comfortable with talk about Bush III or the Bush presidential dynasty.

"Jeb would have made an outstanding presidential candidate," said Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback who joined Bush at a luncheon on Wednesday hosted by a Cuban American political action committee.

Brownback er sjlfur a skjast eftir tilnefningu Repblkana, og er eini sanni "social conservative" frambjandinn, v hvorki Giuliani n McCain eru ngu haldssamir fyrir "the base".

a er stutt san Pabbi-Bush fr a hskla fyrir framan ing Flrda mean hann var a lsa mannkostum Jeb:

He then broke down in tears mentioning his son, Gov. Jeb Bush, as an example of leadership and the way he handled losing the 1994 governor's race to popular incumbent Democrat Lawton Chiles. He vaguely referred to dirty tricks in the campaign.

"He didn't whine about it. He didn't complain," the former president said before choking up in front of lawmakers, Gov. Bush's top administrators and state workers gathered in the House chamber for the last of the governor's leadership forums.

g veit ekki alveg hva mr a finnast um essi fjlskylduml Bushfeganna, en g vona a Jeb standi vi a vera httur pltk. Bandarkin eru bin a ola alveg ng af hendi eirra!

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Enn annar sigur "trara" afturhaldsmanna "the culture wars"

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Kennslustofur barnaskla Suurrkjum Bandarkjanna hafa undanfarin r veri einn silegasti vgvllur "the culture wars". tkin hafa aallega snist um runarkenninguna og skpunarsgu biblunnar - en nokku hvr hpur flks hefur krafist ess a runarkenningin skuli tekin af kennsluskr, v hn stangast j vi bjargfasta sannfringu eirra a gu hafi skapa heiminn feinum dgum fyrir nokkursund rum san.

A vsu hafa bkstafstrarmenn ekki lagt a krefjast ess a skpunarsaga biblunnar skuli kennd sklum, en hafa lti sr ngja a krefjast ess a niurvatnaar tgfur hennar skuli kenndar til jafns vi runarkenninguna, enda s hn barasta "kenning" og hljti v a geta stai jafnftis rum "kenningum", t.d. "intelligent design". Vinsalasta taktk bkstafstrarmanna var a sigla undir fnum "opinnar og gagnrninnar umru" - ll "vsindi" vru vihorf, og a tti a kenna brnum a vega og meta lk sjnarmi og hugmyndir. Kennslustofur ttu a vera vettvangur gagnrninnar umru ar sem nemendur og kennarar rddu kosti og galla vsinda annarsvegar og rugls og vitleysu hinsvegar... Enda er rugl og vitleysa "vihorf", svona eins og vsindi eru "vihorf"?

Hvai bkstafstrarmanna var mestur milli 2003 og 2005, og eftir a Bush vann kosningarnar 2004 voru margir skynsamir og vitibornir Bandarkjamenn farnir a ttast a kristnum bkstafstrarmnnum myndi takast a ryja viurkenndum vsundum t r sklakerfinu. En san hafa talsmenn ess a ll fri vru bara vihorf bei hvern sigurinn ftur rum.

Sasti sigurinn kom gr, en sklayfirvld Cobb County Georgu samykktu a fjarlgja lmmia sem st: "evolution is a theory, not a fact" r kennslubkum lffri. LA Times fjallai um etta ml morgun:

In a settlement announced Tuesday in federal court, the Cobb County Board of Education agreed never to use any similar "stickers, labels, stamps, inscriptions or other warnings," or to undermine the teaching of evolution in science classes. [...]

Evolution has long been controversial in Cobb County, north of Atlanta, where some biology teachers used to tear pages out of textbooks to avoid discussing it. In 2002, after more than 2,000 parents objected to sections on evolution in a new biology textbook, stickers were placed on the inside of the front cover.

Board members said they attempted to craft a sensitive response to parents' complaints. The sticker read: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

essi niurstaa snir a jafnvel "hgvrar" tilraunir bkstafstrarmanna Bandarkjunum til a ryja ntmanum til hliar mistakast. Skynsemin sigrar alltaf a lokum.

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Loksins svar vi einni af rgtum okkar daga: Hver drap Bamba? Hver annar en Dick Cheney!

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essi spurning hefur brunni vrum allra umabil rj ratugi, ea svo, hver drap bamba?!Hipparnir hafa veri bendlair vietta disverk- enda eim ekki treystandi. En n kemur semsagt ljs a a lklega hefur Dick Cheney veri bakvi daua Bamba!

͠allan dag og gr, hef g,milliess a bakapiparkkur og drekka kaffi,veri a fylgjast me magnari frtt um dautt ddrfyrir utan the Naval Observatory, sem er opinber bstaur varaforsetans. (Myndin hr til hliar er af ddrinu, dauu). Um helgina uru vegfarendur varir vi a a l dautt ddr utan the Cheney compound - sumir reyndu a bija lgregluna a fjarlgja drshri, en remur dgum sar liggur dri enn jafn dautt fyrir allra augum:

People passing by the vice president's residence over the weekend were shocked to see a dead deer on his lawn. "Who killed it!?" asked one horrified witness. "The deer has been there a while, because a friend E-mailed me earlier this morning to report the sad sighting. I just saw it myself, in a cab going down [Massachusetts Ave.]. I'm crying."

Another source confirmed the carcass on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the vice president lives. "I was walking to work and tried my best to look away,"

etta bambamor hefur augljslega vaki mikinn hugmealvegfarenda semsenda tlvupst tilfjlmila, og bloggmila. Frttin var fyrst Wonkette - ogvnst NY Daily News, sem hringdi skrifstofu Cheneytil akrefjast skringa. Starfsmenn varaforsetans neituu hins vegar a svara spurningum um ddri ea nnur mor ngrenninu, og vsuu lgregluyfirvld.

NY Daily News telur reyndar a sennilega hafi Cheney veri a reyna a drepahinn gosagnakenndaRdolf - en hann var hreindr en ekki ddr. En Cheney hefur ur fari drategundavillt egar kemur a v a skjta hluti sem hreyfast - a er llum enn fersku minni egar hann skaut anna gamalmenni - vin sinn og Texas Bigwig Harry Whittington andliti veiifer fyrr r. ttist Cheney hafa veri rjpnaskytteri.

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Kannabis mikilvgasta landbnaarafur Bandarkjanna!

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essi frtt er bin a vera sveimi um veraldarvefina undanfarna daga - og gr skrifai LA Times langa grein um nja skrslu sem reiknar t a markasviri kannabis Bandarkjunum s varlega tla nstum tvisvar sinnum hrra en markasviri sojabauna, og um rijungi meira en mas!

A report released today by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the U.S. exceeds $35 billion far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay, which are the top three legal cash crops.

California is responsible for more than a third of the cannabis harvest, with an estimated production of $13.8 billion that exceeds the value of the state's grapes, vegetables and hay combined and marijuana is the top cash crop in a dozen states, the report states.

Skrsluhfundar atla a framleisla kannabis hafi tfaldast a umfangi seinustu 25 rum, rtt fyrir a miljrum af almannaf s ri hverju vari til aheyja "the war on drugs" ogsundir manna su rlega dmdir fangelsi fyrir ahafa kannabis undir hndum. a er ekki bara "the war on terror" sem stjrnvld eru a tapa - heldur lka "the war on drugs". Enda hafa talsmenn ess a rki urfi a endurhugsa str sitt gegn kannabis teki skrslunni opnum hndum.

Jon Gettman, the report's author, is a public policy consultant and leading proponent of the push to drop marijuana from the federal list of hard-core Schedule 1 drugs which are deemed to have no medicinal value and a high likelihood of abuse such as heroin and LSD.

He argues that the data support his push to begin treating cannabis like tobacco and alcohol by legalizing and reaping a tax windfall from it, while controlling production and distribution to better restrict use by teenagers.

"Despite years of effort by law enforcement, they're not getting rid of it," Gettman said. "Not only is the problem worse in terms of magnitude of cultivation, but production has spread all around the country. To say the genie is out of the bottle is a profound understatement."

Og talandi um kannabis - Barack Obama, sem "the netroots" demokrataflokksins elska hefur viurkennt a hafa reykt gras sem ungur maur.

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