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Friday, October 29, 2004

Seal Up the Wagons, Head For the Hills, And May God Be With Us! 


It's over! I saw it on Drudge! Bush will win in a landslide! A landslide! A terrible, violent caucophony of death and mayhem! The Labor Department says so!
WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor Department staff, analyzing statistics from private economists, report in an internal memo that President Bush is likely to do "much better" in Tuesday's election than the polls are predicting.

Bush's win of the popular vote could be 57.5 percent, 55.7 percent or 51.2 percent, said the paper, dated Oct. 22 and prepared by the department's Employment and Training Administration staff for the assistant labor secretary.

The Kerry campaign said the analysis was an improper use of taxpayer money... "If the Bush administration focused more on the economy and less on politics, George Bush would not be the first president in 70 years to lose jobs," said Kerry campaign spokesman Phil Singer. "George Bush has turned the government into his own taxpayer-funded political machine."

The document also includes a Washington Post story, an article from Monster.com and charts and briefs
The analysis also discusses a futures market that lets players bid on a probable election outcome. It also checked Web sites of oddsmakers in America and abroad.

Monster Dot Com! Bookies! We're through! At least spare us the women and children! The good looking women! And the gifted children! But not the weird gifted ones! Just the polite kind!

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The World Could Use More Carl Lewis 


Fast runner. Long jumper. Humanist. Old lady hound. Carl Lewis is all these things. Thankfully, Blake posts to this little ditty, which makes me think that if George W. Bush had just listened to Carl Lewis, we wouldn't be in this mess in Iraq. Or he would have invaded much sooner. It could go either way.

And just what are they doing in that sauna....

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Mr. Smith 


My dad always said Senator Bob Smith was certainly crazy, but at least he was an independent kind of lunatic, never a Republican sycophant. I was never quite sure, but now, the big bad Republican from NH has endorsed John Kerry, just as the race in the Granite State heats up.
President Bush has failed to restrain federal spending, sending our deficit spinning into the stratosphere. I well remember that you were one of a handful of Democrats who crossed the aisle to forge a bipartisan coalition in the Senate to balance the federal budget [...]

John, for each of these reasons I believe President Bush has failed our country and my party. Accordingly, I want you to know that when I go into the booth next Tuesday I am going to cast my vote for you. So will my wife, Mary Jo, and all three of my children: Jason, Bobby and Jenny.

Awesome. Feel the burn, Dubbs*, feel it!

* Dubbs is short for W., which is short for George W. Bush, who is our president for the next couple months.

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Schilling's Chilling Out 


Many on Democratic Underground jumped to Curt Shilling's defense in message boards recently, when other took him to task for endorsing W. He's a man of principle, they said, who is not likely to blow with the political winds. Whether you agree with him or not, they said, you have to respect his desire to do what's right. Now it looks like Shilling will not be stumping with the President in NH.
An e-mailer identifying himself as Schilling posted a message on a fan Web site saying an ankle injury would prevent the Boston Red Sox pitcher from attending [today's rally].

The pitcher endorsed Bush in a TV interview Thursday, a day after the Red Sox won the franchise's first World Series championship in 86 years. The e-mail said Schilling should have kept his opinion to himself.

"While I am a Bush supporter, and I did vote for him with an absentee ballot, speaking as I did the other day was wrong. While I hope to see him re-elected, it's not my place, nor the time for me to offer up my political opinions unsolicited," the e-mail read.

Many of the people lining up Friday morning for Bush's rally said they were more excited to see Schilling than the president. That includes Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley, who was wearing a Red Sox cap and said he hoped Schilling would sign it
Ha! First that Shilling can't come because of that bum ankle, and second that the big crowds were there for old Curt and not the unPresident. It is a great year for Red Sox fans after all.


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Bush's Bulge Back in Business 


Not the one from the USS Lincoln -- we're back on the debate stuff. Now it takes dudes from NASA -- who launch shit into space -- to tell us this was no "poorly tailored shirt." Jeez Louise. Does anyone not think it was a wire?



Oct. 29, 2004 | George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. "I don't know what that is," he said on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. "I'm embarrassed to say it's a poorly tailored shirt."

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He's a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he's engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn's moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons. [And he used the same techniques investigating the Bush images.]

How can Nelson be certain there's some kind of mechanical device beneath Bush's jacket? It's all about light and shadows, he says. The angles at which the light in the studio hit Bush's jacket expose contours that fit no one's picture of human anatomy and wrinkled shirts. And Nelson compared the images to anatomy texts. He also experimented with wrinkling shirts in various configurations, wore them under his jacket under his bathroom light, and couldn't produce anything close to the Bush bulge.

Worst President Ever.

Although, I'm sure Franlklin Pierce would have worn a remote if they had those back then.


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Developments 


Yasir Arafat could be on his last legs. Great news to some, tragic to others, but nonetheless a possible change which could bring some good. Apparently, Arafat is en route to be treated for what's believed to be leukemia; and meanwhile back home...
Senior Palestinian officials said Thursday night that a move is afoot among leaders of the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala), whereby Abu Mazen would replace Arafat as PA chairman after he is flown abroad for medical treatment, or alternatively, after his death. Abu Ala would continue in his current role as prime minister.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised Thursday that Arafat will be able to return to the territories after completing his medical treatment in France.

The first time Arafat has left Ramallah in three years. I've heard both Kerry and Bush speak disdainfully of Arafat, which, no matter the charges leveled against him, is inherantly disrespectful to a growing number of people who carry him in sybolic value. I suspect it's political when Kerry throws harsh words about, but it does damage nonetheless.

That conflict there is the most important battle in the War On Terror. It is one common thread woven through all manner of "terrorist", "freedom fighter" " zealot" "nationalist" "rebel" thought and deed. Moving with a steady hand toward an actual resolution between the Israelis and the Palestinians would be the surest sign to people all over the world, that America wil be handling things more responsibly. While it is a given to acknowledge Israel's right to existence, how often is there discussion of Palestinians' rights to live? It's somehow "politically charged" or "biased" to show images of Palestinian suffering, to even bring it up. It's easier to overlook this when people like Arafat stir such ire, and when they blow up cafes and make threats with their faces covered. But the Israeli army inflicts even more damage, and what little territory the Palestinians have had is being strangled and sliced away. The US needs to handle this as the most sensitive political matter in the world today, which is exactly what it is, and stop siding only with Israel. I don't know that Kerry or Bush will be able to do that. Even Clinton was uneven.

I just hope this opportunity -- if one arises and with full respect to those who will miss Arafat -- that it not be squandered. And that the US show that it means well.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Bush Got Schilling?! Dear God... 


While Kerry rocked out with his cock out next to Bruce Springsteen in Wisconsin, W. is stealing our hailed hero. Curt Schilling, the Red Sox ace in the last two series, will be shilling for BushCo. Now Red Sox Nation may mourn again.
At least 80,000 people turned out to rock with the Democrat and The Boss in this key midwestern state, adding high-octane harmonics to the leaden drumbeat of attacks on Iraq that Kerry exchanged anew with President George W. Bush.

On Friday, Bush will counter with two celebrities of his own, baseball pitching ace Curt Schilling, fresh off a thrilling championship run by the Boston Red Sox, and Hollywood star cum California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger .

He can keep Arnie, but Curt, you breaka ma heart....

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My Most Controversial Post... EVER 


The actual popular vote tally come Wednesday morning. (Keep in mind, this is barring any shenanigans in Florida or Ohio.)

Kerry: 52%
Bush: 47%
Nader 1%

What do you think, dear reader?

(Edited. Damfa is too darn good at math. I'll get you, Damfa....)

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The Cosmos Are Broken 


These were Tom's words when Foulke made that dainty toss to first base for the third out last night, winning the Red Sox their first World Series since before the polio vaccine. It was oddly anti-climactic, since the real world championship came last week in the ALCS. After Game 2 it kind of seemed to me that Boston might sweep, just to make certain everyone knew that this was their year and no one else's. And yet it was joyous, to finally get that monkey off our backs, and in such stellar style.

But it leaves us wondering: what will Red Sox fans bemoan now? They've been identified for several generations as the woebegotten underdwellers; the cold, huddled Russian peasants; the Courtney Loves of professional sports. (That one's a stretch.) Have they now lost their meaning, their badge of burden, their rasion, as it were, d'etre?

And similarly, what will all we whiny left-leaners do when George W. Bush loses? What then? Will we return to our humming caves of complacency, cancel our subscrptions to The Nation, close down our blogs, and buy more flashy breakfast cereals? The true test of this country's mettle will come November 3, when the neocons are out of power (for now, bra ha ha ha!) and we get the thing we've been desperate for so long. Gosh, it seems like we've been up in arms for twenty years, doesn't it? I'll be all right with a short honeymoon, a long sigh of relief, giddiness at unseating the most dangerous Administration in the history of the globe, but after that, there will be much more work to do. And I hope it's not just making fun of Kerry's horse face.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bush: A Texas Chainsaw Massacre 


The leader of the free world tops the list in Britain for movie villains this year.

In a poll for Total Film magazine, the U.S. leader fought off competition from such well-known baddies as atomic scientist Doctor Octopus from "Spider-Man 2" and fellow Texan Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

"The overwhelming response of our readers voting Bush top villain just goes to show how frightening people found him in Fahrenheit 9/11," Total Film's editor Matt Mueller told Reuters.

"He was absolutely terrifying in that film. The infamous scene where he's informed about the Twin Towers attack while visiting a school, and sits there absolutely paralyzed, is enough to strike fear into anyone's heart," he said.

A small but fitting victory for the President.


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Arafat's Last Breaths 


I hate to say this, but it would be far better to see Yasir Arafat disappear of natural causes than to have been assassinated by the Israeli Army. He refuses to step down, and the Palestinians need different leadership, so one way or another...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - Doctors were rushed to the bedside of the ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as Israeli radio reported he had lost consciousness.

His condition also prompted members of the Palestinian security services to go on alert late Wednesday, a Palestinian official said.

"Agents of the Palestinian security services have been called back to their posts as soon as possible and to go on alert," the official told AFP, asking not to be named.


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Allawi Ka-Powie 


Who would dare impugn the word of this brave soul, who courageously fought for Iraq's freedom from the mean streets of America. I dare say that anyone who calls what the new leader of Iraq says into question is merely engaging in the worst sort of unpatriotic political opportunism. Maybe they should even be shot. Or something. Because that.... would be.... really, really... bad. Ahem.
Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, on Tuesday accused foreign troops in the country of "gross negligence" in the massacre of 49 Iraqi National Guard recruits over the weekend, an unusually critical remark by the U.S.-backed leader.

"A terrible crime was committed in which a large number of the ING were martyred," Allawi said. "We think this shows, in addition to gross negligence on the side of some of the multinational forces, it shows the kind of insistence to hurt Iraq and its people."

The terrorists "and no one else must be held fully accountable for these attacks," [a US military] statement said. The Iraqi interim government "is investigating this tragic incident. Multinational forces will fully support and cooperate to establish the facts and avoid repetition of similar events."

In Washington, a former top occupation security official said more Iraqis were being trained for the country's security forces than the United States and its allies are capable of protecting.

"There are so many being trained now, U.S. forces can't watch them all now," said Peter Khalil, an Australian defense expert who was in Iraq from last summer until this spring as the director of national security policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Ahhhh, that's why. There are too many troops now. We're doing too good a job, you see. It's like when Bush acknowledged a miscalculation in his planning for the Iraqi invasion: he didn't realize the American army would be so fucking awesome! And when Cheney tried to accuse Edwards of misleading on the casualty rate in Iraq: no, you forgot to count all the dead Iraqis, too. See, more people are dying in this war than you let on, you slick, country lawyer!

Bah!


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Monday, October 25, 2004

More to Chew On. 


Michael Ruppert has been around for a while, and he's been writing some fascinating stuff since before 9-11. The former LA cop made it a mission some years ago to expose corruption and crime in the halls of government and the country's intelligence community. I found him about a week after 9-11, and have returned ever since. Despite mud-slinging, and the well-deserved monicker of conspiracy theorist, he has worn on, continuing to bring up sensitive and otherwise hard-to-get stories.

A while back, he ran a piece on a book by Zbigniew Brzezinski, former NSA to Carter, adviser to Reagan, and founder of the Trilateral Commission. Brzezinski's book, 1995's The Grand Chessboard, essentially maps out the neocon plot and explains how total American dominance (through containment and isolation of Russia and China by gaining control of the eurasian region and its natural resources while barring any obstruction to "free trade" and military might) could be achieved over the next couple generations. Like PNAC, this allows us a window into the mind of the desperate and obsessed group of zealots who are in control of American policy right now. It is amazing, really, and I urge readers to consider excerpts from it here. Then read Ruppert's article.
"...The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world's paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power... (p. xiii)

"The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America's engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor." (pp 24-5)

"A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources." (p.31)

"Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifice (casualties, even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization." (p.35)

"...To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together." (p.40)

"Without sustained and directed American involvement, before long the forces of global disorder could come to dominate the world scene. And the possibility of such a fragmentation is inherent in the geopolitical tensions not only of today's Eurasia but of the world more generally." (p.194) (See, it's our duty...)

"Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.." (p. 211)

Hmm. A widely perceived direct external threat. Could that be this Al Kayda fellow I keep hearing so much about?

We have to remember how obsessed these people are, how indoctrinated into this point of view they have become, and how intoxicated with power and righteousness and determination they certainly seem to be. Even for one who considers himself the greatest patriot and lover of this land, if they are of this school, would it not be worth it to sacrafice a relative handful of Americans if it meant controlling the world's most important resource for the rest of the foreseeable future? To keep China at bay? To finally stem dangerous Islamic fundamentalism that threatens America's dominance?

And for the students of Leo Strauss -- Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, Clarence Thomas and others -- who believe the masses should and could never be trusted with running the world; who believe the teachings of ancient philosophers offer us more insight than modern thought; who reject trifles like "historicism, relativism, eclecticism, scientism"; who believe there is an esoteric knowledge only to be shared with the most careful and elite to rule society with; could these thinkers and egoists ever expect us stupid Americans to be enlightened enough to understand their grand designs? The only choice would be a secret so devastating the unassuming public would have to go along. It's been done before.

If you think I am weird, please, direct your attention to this breed. I'm talking about it; they actually are doing it.

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From the Great State of New Hampshire 


Some great news. They live free, man, or they die, and now it looks like Granite-Staters are regaining their wits about them.
RINDGE, N.H. -- A new poll puts Democrat John Kerry ahead of President George W. Bush in New Hampshire, and shows a tie between Gov. Craig Benson and challenger John Lynch.

The Franklin Pierce College poll gives Kerry a 50-41 percent lead over the president, with 1 percent for independent Ralph Nader. The sampling margin of error was plus or minus 4.6 percentage points
This is pretty big, methinks. These are a stubborn lot, and "W" bumperstickers abound on back roads and city streets. Though my parents report that when they went to see Bowling for Columbine in the middle of the day, the place was almost full. With old folks. Either they were confused or patriotic. Remember, too, how a NH swing -- three piddling electoral votes -- would have won the election for Gore last time. When was that...? Too long ago to remember, almost.

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Here's A Link 


To that zany lawsuit accusing BushCo for direct involvement in 9-11 as part of a years-old neoconservative foreign policy objective; one of the most important strategic objectives in history.


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Sunday, October 24, 2004

For the Young People 


Damfa have a nice link to a pretty sweet rap video. Homeboy has his facts straight up; I'm sure this is the first time I've heard the Plan for A New American Century brought up in a rap song.
"My name is Supadubya and I'm livin' fuckin' crazy!"

Sweet.


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Ain't That Some Shit 


I'm sitting here at my desk, after a Game 1 Red Sox victory, hunched over the keyboard, bathed in blue light, and about to light a cigarette.

I just lit it.

(My first "real time" post, that.)

And the conspiratorial juices are flowing. My good friend Jim, a bit of a connoiseur of the esoteric knowledges, forwarded me a very odd and intriguing legal complaint. It seems one Stanley G. Hilton, former Chief of Staff to Bob Dole, has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Robert Mueller, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, et al. for their culpability in the 9-11 attacks, fraudulence toward the congress and the American people, and willful repression of citizens' rights.

Hot damn!

This Hilton is either a complete crazy-person or the most dangerous man in America. Maybe a little of both. Hilton claims to have all manner of documents, memos and testimony from insiders at the FBI, CIA, and the terrorists' bedrooms -- some of their wives have allegedly been deposed. He's working on getting testimony from the defendants, though I can picture him dead before that happens. Hilton says his office has been broken into and his staff has been threatened. Which seems a pretty mild punishment thus far. And luckily, ole Hilton, that wily magilla, made him some copies, so the original documents, now stolen, have been maintained.

Here's a little teaser from this most extradordinary of legal complaints.
12. Plaintiffs aver that defendants all conspired with the government of Saudi Arabia("GSA") prior to 9/11/01 to knowingly finance, encourage, recruit, permit, and aid and abet, certain individuals to carry out the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, in order to orchestrate a contrived, stylized and artificial "second Pearl Harbour" event for the purpose of galvanizing public support for their military adventure agenda in the middle east, and in order to persuade congress to enact their repressive patriot acts I and ii for the purpose of suppressing political dissent inside the us. Plaintiffs aver that defendants Bush et al. Knew about plans by "Al Quaeda" to launch the 911 attacks (hereinafter referred to as "the 911 acts"), and conspired with gSA to fund, finance and encourage said Al Quaeda individuals (many of whom were acting as informants and agents of defendants) to mount the 911 attacks, and allowed these attacks to occur deliberately, thereby violating clearly established rights of plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also are informed and believe, and so aver, that defendants orchestrated the 911 acts and utilized a technology known as "fly by wire"("fbw"), i.e., remote control of aircraft, in the 911 acts. Said technology is also employed in the "global hawk" aircraft and military drone aircraft, and in commercial aircraft used in the 911 acts. Then, defendants concocted a scheme to cover up what they had done and suppress their prior knowledge and approval of the 911 acts.

13. Plaintiffs also aver that defendants knowingly utilized the climate of fear and hysterical created by the 911 acts, and deliberately concocted untrue and fraudulent claims of "weapons of mass destruction" ("WMD") said to be present in Iraq, from 9/11/01 through the present, and particularly in october 2002, when defendants presented these false claims to congress in order to obtain a resolution "Enabling act" which Bush then used to launch a preemptive war against the sovereign state of Iraq.

Youch. That one smarted. Yikers! Waddya say guys, hits a little close to home, huh? Georgie? Dickster? Riceball? Anything to say?

A cricket chirps (a sound effect I make rather effectively, incidentally.)

Interesting stuff. I wonder how America will take to this, since a story this sensational is bound to get a lot of press coverage.

Tumbleweed rolls idly by (one of my weaker impressions, as it were.)

PS. One of the most interesting things I learned from reading Hilton, is a claim that the military was running five separate drills on the morning of 9-11, simulating national emergencies like planes flying into buildings. And stuff. (Even the National Reconnaissance Office -- the people who run our spy satellites -- were planning to run a drill in which a private jet flies into their HQ that very morning.)

These drills are why some say Norad's response on that morning was so dismally slow. This had always seemed to me to be one of the most damning components of the whole 9-11 timeline. Why was Norad unable to scramble any jets until all the buildings had been hit? Andrews AFB is only miles from the Pentagon, and by then they were fully aware that a terrorist attack was under way. Well, if a good portion of the National Guard is standing down during drills, it makes it harder to know what's real and what's not (a common theme with BushCo). Remember that morning, amid the hysteria, there were reports of 22 hijacked planes? Could these have been part of the drill? There were also reports from the days immediately following 9-11 that some of the terrorists actually got flight training at US military facilities. What?! But if they're US agents, then this doesn't seem so unrealistic.


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Extension 



To the previous post. This stuff is just too good. Also from the complaint:
Under the guise of the mantra, "the country is at war," plaintiffs have suffered loss of freedoms and loss of tax dollars. And all the while, defendants have continued to march forward with their cavalcade of horrors intended to frighten the plaintiffs into coughing up endless moneys.

Bam!
Defendants also presented fraudulent claims to Congress from 9/12/01 to the present that "Osama Bin Laden" was a live leader of a worldwide conspiracy to deploy WMD against the US and to destroy and inflict severe damage against the US, when in fact defendants knew that Osama Bin Laden had been killed many years before 9/11/01. Hence they fraudulently presented a dead man as the casus belli justifying waste of resources to pursue a pointless War against Afghanistan.

Pow!


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