Monday, November 21, 2011

Daily Digest November 21, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION

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Subject: Current State of Our Government
From: John Anderson

Hello Joe:

This post is triggered by Pat Martin's profane outburst on Twitter last week that seems to have caught the media's attention for all of a day or so.

Pat Martin was absolutely correct.  Our government, i.e. Parliament, is being emasculated by the tyranny of the current Harper majority.

So -- full disclosure -- in accordance with Winston Churchill's maxim, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," I have for some time now been a member of the Liberal Party.

One can rant and rave about Stephen Harper and his cohorts, but actually doing something about it involves staying engaged in the political process.  And at this time strengthening the Liberal Party is the best way to do this.

The Liberal Party has some very good people.  It has been my privilege to meet a couple of them in the last few weeks, specifically David McGuinty (my MP here in Ottawa South) and Irwin Cotler.

Both of them made the same point that Pat Martin made: Harper's government is not interested in debate or, apparently, the best interests of Canada.

The current "hot button" issue is Harper's "Safe Streets and Communities Act".  Mr. Cotler is one of the country's foremost experts on justice and crime issues.  He has tried to raise issues in debate, but the Conservatives have used their majority to block his initiatives.

Given that the provisions of this act seem to fly in the face of all reasoned commentary, I asked Mr. Cotler about those groups that appear to support the bill.

Mr. Cotler pointed out that many of the Conservative witnesses in support of the bill are victims of violent crimes.  In other words, in bringing this bill forward in this form, Harper is pandering to the basest instinct -- revenge -- of his supporters.

The fact that revenge ("Lock 'em up and make 'em pay!") has been shown to be ineffective in reducing crime is, apparently, irrelevant.

So Harper is, in effect, running a populist government that panders to the basest instincts of his supporters.  Evidence showing that this approach will have devastating long-term effects is considered to be irrelevant.  Short-term support is the only thing that counts.

Mr. McGuinty is running into same problems in connection with legislation relating to economic development.  Any attempts to talk about possible impacts on climate change are stone-walled.  The only thing that counts is short-term benefit to the Conservative Party's base: money in their pockets!

Perhaps there are those among your readers who think that Harper's approach is correct.  But I sincerely hope that there many who are as alarmed as I am.

Best Regards, John A.

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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>

j, Mahmood Elahi is more concerned with representing provinces than representing ciitizens. he picks the interesting u.s. senate which give every state two senators. but he chooses to ignore that their house of representatives rigorously relates the number of state-elected representatives to their populations, a scrupulous attention to rep by pop.
i worry furiously that in Canada we are going to continue to over-represent small provinces in the house of commons and there seems every intention although absolutely nothing had been said by the harper government (they keep all discussion of the proposed size of a new senate totally secret,) that their reconstructed and elected and more powerful senate will again over-represent regions to deliberately offset the house of commons.
the only hint we have of what great minds in ottawa would propose for the new senate was the recommendation of the last progressive conservative government to a 2002 party conference in alberta that their senate should have 20 seats for b.c. and the territories, 20 for the prairie provinces, 20 for ontario, 20 for quebec and 20 for the atlantic provinces. it actually managed to pass with something over 60% in favour!!
so the great risks for ontario particularly now that everybody is so keen to give quebec its exact population share of the house of commons, is that because we are big and capable and attracting, sure good old ontario can deal off part of its fair share of seats to just about everybody else at the table. to which I say NUTS!!!! I think we need a lot more talk in ontario about packing up and leaving probably with b.c. and alberta and let the grubby rest of them have fine time all on their owns! cz

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <mgdir@macdonaldlaurier.ca>
Subject: Keystonew is also opposed by Nebraska Republicans

The Editor
The Ottawa Citizen
 
Copy to: Mr. Brian Lee Crawley, Managing Director, McDonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa/
 
Keystone is also opposed by Nebraska Republicans
 
Re "Pipeline decision will weaken Obama," by Brian Lee Crowley (Buiness, Nov. 19).
 
While criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama for postpoining decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, Brian Lee Crawley fails to mention that  Nebrsaka Republicans are also opposed to the pipeline's route because it traverses the Ogallala Aquifer which provides most of the state's drinking water. In fact, Nebraska's Republican Governor didn't like the pipeline's route, nor did state's Republican lawmakers. On Nov. 15, the state's two federal Senators and the Governor said they would support Keystone if the pipeline went through another part of the state. Contrary to what Brian Crawley says, approving the pipeline as it is would have terminally weakened Mr. Obama. He would have infuriated both the Republicans and Democrats.
 
Here is a simple solution: refine the tar sand oil at source in Alberta and then ship it by rail tankers across North America.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: It isn't so Remote

How to Lock Your Car and Why

I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation . I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars. Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening....
While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, briefcase.....you name it. He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.

When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: The Holy Bible

DD
 
You will have to pardon my ignorance, I am hung up on a small,probably unrealistic concern .
 
I have been unable to join any of The Christian denominations.
 
If I could follow my forebears druthers, I would belong to a Christian church.
 
What is holding me back?
 
Just can`t bring myself to join a Christian sect. A sect who I believe, declares, , that every Jot and Tittle in their  Bible, are The Words of God.
 
Their Bible, is Prefaced by Judaism, and Jews have always said , and believe, that The  Messiah (Christ, to Christians)  has never come to earth.
 
Stranger than fiction I guess. Strange bedfellows.
 
Am I missing something that should be clearly understandable?
 
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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: swearing

Joe,
 
The use of any swear word does indicate the lack of education. Anyone with some education knows
how to find words to express themselves even in anger. That desperation also is expressed in the
length of speeches/articles that go nowhere, have no conclusion. The effect is that people will not
listen/read their stories.
 
Suan

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: Fwd: Fw: When insults had class

Hi Joe:  I don't surf the internet, don't have time!  Humans aren't perfect so mistakes happen but I do think that at least the Western world have a better way of doing things than repressive governments in other parts of the world.  We do have a way of protesting just get involved and VOTE. That's democracy. I have wondered recently whether or all these Occupy people voted?  So I try not to ape other peoples opinions and I do not have the knowledge about some issues to contribute anything worthwhile. Just keep on going Joe. your devotion is remarkable. Hope this one gives you a laugh  Thanks Peggy 

Thanks, Peggy - and I did several times!

Subject: When insults had class

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
  • · A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." 
  • · "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
  • · "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr
  • · "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill
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  • · "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow
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  • · "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
  •  
  • · "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas
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  • · "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain
  •  
  • · "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde
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  • · "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
  •  
  • · "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second .... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.
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  • · "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop
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  • · "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright
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  • · "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb
  •  
  • · "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson
  •  
  • · "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating
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  • · "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand
  •  
  • · "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker
  •  
  • · "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain
  •  
  • · "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
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  • · "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
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  • · "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
  •  
  • · "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder  
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From: Steve Campbell
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Subject: Retired Police Captain to NYPD: "Don't be Wall St. mercenaries"
Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/5761.html
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Subject: OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment
Rep. Deutch Unveils OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment
Bans Corporate Money in Elections and Declares Corporations Are Not People
Click here to read the OCCUPIED amendment.
Click here for a backgrounder on the amendment.
Link:  http://deutch.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=269672
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Subject:  Health Canada ordered to examine impact of Monsanto's Roundup on amphibians
http://wcel.org/media-centre/media-releases/health-canada-ordered-examine-impact-monsanto%E2%80%99s-roundup-amphibians

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From: Robert Ede  -  from my mom
Subject: Fwd: The debt crisis explained better than CNN ever could
 
"People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
—Rogers Hornsby

Gordon was the proprietor of a bar in Glasgow. He realises that virtually all of his customers are unemployed alcoholics and as such can no longer afford to patronise his bar.

To solve this problem, he comes up with a new marketing plan that allows his customers to drink now, but pay later. Gordon keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around about Gordon's "drink now, pay later" marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into his bar. Soon he has the largest sales volume for any bar in Glasgow.

By providing his customers freedom from immediate payment demands, Gordon gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, he substantially increases his prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Gordon's gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Gordon's borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern because he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral!

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS. These 'securities' are then bundled and traded on international securities markets. Naive investors don't really understand that the securities being sold to them as "AAA Secured Bonds" really are debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb - and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.

One day, even though the bond prices still are climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Gordon's bar. He so informs Gordon.

Gordon then demands payment from his alcoholic patrons. But, being unemployed alcoholics - they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since Gordon cannot fulfil his loan obligations he is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Gordon's 11 employees lose their jobs. Overnight, DRINKBOND prices drop by 90%.

The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank's liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community. The suppliers of Gordon's bar had granted him generous payment extensions and had invested their firms' pension funds in the BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off his bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.

His wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, his beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion pound no-strings attached cash infusion from the government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never even been in Gordon's bar.

Now do you understand?

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From:John Duddy.
To: tybach@sasktel.net, pm@pm.gc.ca, joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca
Cc: Breitkreuz.G@parl.gc.ca, bpatterson@canadians.org, Nycole.Turmel@parl.gc.ca,
        newsletter@theecologist.org, Dale.Hjertaas@swa.ca,
        caucus@ndpcaucus.sk.ca, info@skcaucus.com, contact@saskliberals.ca,
        votelau@gmail.com, info@sierraclub.ca, info@safewater.org,
        info@environmentalsociety.ca, info@econet.sk.ca, RaeB@parl.gc.ca,
        louis.plamondon@parl.gc.ca, info@naturecanada.ca,
        Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca

Subject: Re: ROBERT REDFORD:  Stand together against the tar-sands scourge -  robert redford

Dear tybach, Daily Digest and Prime Minister Harper.

We have even bigger threats to the Canadian environment.

See links to US Veterans Today:-
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/09/catastrophic-effects-of-radiation-contamination
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/16/the-actual-victims-toll-of-911/

John Duddy.

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From: Rene Moreau 

To Joe;
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; When ignorance is bliss, t'is folly to be wise.

1.   When someone sees the nakedness of the emperor, is it wise to pretend ignorance? Perhaps.
   If your country is under attack, and no-one else sees anything alarming, or figures that some-one else is watching, or it is some-one else's problem, is it wise to pretend ignorance? Doesn"t it now become treasonous, even?

2. re; Muzzling of the RCMP, on purpose;
   Say a particular country, government official, or organization wanted to  control most of the info flow through-out a country to facilitate an over-throw, would it not be wise for those leading  the coup, to demand ALL information of any groups that might resist? So, in typical 1984, reverse-speak, the  Public Safety Ministry, DEMANDS PRE-CLEARANCE of information of our NATIONAL watch-dog?
Will the next move be on our Nation Defense Forces? Will they have to answer to HARPER, THE PROBLEM?

3. When the world has never seen such a multi-faceted attempt at a world-wide coup to re-arrange world governance, in favour of un-elected, corporate-type entities,  now is not the time for focussed resistance. 'Occupy' is doing just fine!

Réveiller, mes amis!
                                                                        Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
As Mentioned;
An Activist's Prayer;
 
Some Strength o Lord, for this we seek,
For we are often growing weak.
Some grace and help and wisdom too,
to help us to know what to do,
when all we do is not enough,
a pittance and just merely stuff.
But through it all, thy helping hand,
To help us save this wondrous world, (and land).

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BECKY'S BLITZ
http://dictionary.infoplease.com/blitz

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
hi becky:
 
i just wrote from what i was reading and extrapolating out of an aboriginal 20 studies grade 11 textbook. please don't be mad at me, i have a metis uncle thru my grandp0as 1st wife and cousins, they said 2 me take an ab stuidies course so i am. i go to the enoch reserve in west edmonton 4 powwows quite ofetn. i love nativce culture.

Rory--I also love the Natives I have met and interacted with.  It is not the Native people I wrote about--it was their 'leaders' that are as bad as ours.  The Native people mean nothing to their 'leaders' except as a way to get more taxpayer money to serve their own needs.  I have seen too much abuse of the Natives by their own leaders to think otherwise.
becky

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Subject: Malaise   DD
Joe--sadly the malaise we are suffering comes from our need for self protection.  If we admit to reality we will have to wake up and do something.  It is better to live in wonderland than reality?  Sadly, by doing nothing we are dooming ourselves.  By ignoring reality we are dooming ourselves and our children to a life of serfdom--that is if we live through this apocalypse that is man made and intended to rid the planet of thinking people.  We are under water at the point of death.  What will we decide?
becky
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Subject:  Government puts tighter leash on RCMP public statements  MORE... DD
Corporate America Is Using the Police Departments As Hired Thugs - Ret Police Captain Ray Lewis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxk8OYiZ3vk&feature=player_embedded

The police have become nothing more than guard dogs for the government in Canada.  Sadly our police must follow orders or be destroyed.
becky
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Subject: more proof that polls(poles) are for dogs!!!!!
Canadians willing to pay road tolls, poll suggests
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/18/poll-infrastructure-road-toll-commute.html?cmp=rss
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Subject: I guess governments think if the deny the problem it will go away?
  This article is frightening--they recycle DU contaminated machinery to use
 in other equipment 
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DEPLETED URANIUM: USES AND HAZARDS
Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
(This paper is updated version of the paper  presented in the British House of Commons; London, England;  on December 16, 1999)
http://www.iacenter.org/depleted/duupdate.htm

WARNING:  This paper contains information that may be disturbing because it reflects the harsh reality of environmental and health consequences of war.
RECENT EVENTS.
The emerging adverse health effects and deaths  in NATO- KFOR and residents of the Balkans is an issue of great concern.  Depleted uranium (uranium 238) has been implicated. Today, 10 years after warriors were exposed during combat in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait; civilians have been exposed  in Vieques, Puerto Rico; Iraq; Okinawa; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Pudacah, Kentucky; and other sites we are seeing adverse health effects amongst this entire group.  We also need to consider that the releases of numerous other hazardous materials  occurred during the Gulf War and recent bombing in the Balkans which are probably contributing to the health effects that are being observed.  Consequently, a thorough investigation and more important complete medical care which has been denied for so many years must be provided with immediate environmental remediation of all uranium 238 (DU) completed.  Dr. Pekka Havisto of the United Nations in a published interview has recommended that all areas and equipment with uranium contamination be isolated and that it be cleaned.  Although,  Depleted Uranium training programs were completed; approved by U.S., Germany, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia military officials; and ready for distribution and implementation by January 1996 the commanding General for Italian forces in Kosovo verified on January 12, 2001 that the United States Department of Defense did not give them this training program and that they had not provided Italian soldiers with DU training as required for U.S. military personnel.  The commanding General for Italian forces also verified that the U.S. DOD had not provided them with either a copy of the U.S. Army guidelines that specify proper handling and clean up of depleted uranium  (uranium 238) contamination.   United States and NATO officials continue to state specifically that there are no  known adverse health effects in those of us in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Depleted Uranium Medical project.  That is a lie as proven by our own medical records based on diagnosis of medical problems completed by our personal primary care physicians.   In response to inquires by German and Swiss officials the United States Department of Defense as admitted during the middle of   January 2001  that depleted uranium munitions were contaminated with plutonium, neptunium, and americium during the manufacturing process at Puducah,  Kentucky and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Neither the DU team members nor anyone else were ever told of this contamination.  A press report from January 10, 2001 reported that  'Defense Secretary William Cohen had said earlier this month that DU was no more dangerous than "leaded paint," and a U.S. Army briefer assured reporters it was safe enough to eat'.   I do not know of any scientist or physician that would insinuate that either lead paint or uranium is safe to eat. Although numerous requests from the Iraqi government or their representatives attending medical conferences on Gulf War Illnesses for medical care and environmental clean up have been made united States Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs have rebuffed these requests.

Please take the time to read through this paper until you reach this portion

Today,  NATO soldiers are reporting medical problems and some have died.  Still medical care is denied or delayed for all uranium exposed casualties while United States Department of Defense  and British Ministry of Defense officials continue to deny any correlation between uranium exposure and adverse health and environmental effects.  They continue to contend that they can spread radioactive waste (depleted uranium)  in anyone's backyard without cleaning it up and providing medical care.  Their arrogance is astonishing.  

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NEXT?

         Joe
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Subject: our democracy =corportocracy!!

It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing
The world's statesmen no longer shape events but merely respond to them, in thrall to market forces
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/20/peter-beaumont-democracy-in-crisis

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