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Assessing Airport Security Measures

28th December 2009

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First, as I pointed out in this post, many of the TSA’s most intrusive and annoying policies are not used by Israeli airport security, generally considered to be the best in the world; these include forcing people to take off their shoes and confiscating all liquids other than those in special containers. Interestingly, the measures used by the TSA, but not by the Israelis, tend to be highly visible and intrusive to the average traveler. That leads me to suspect that the TSA has adopted them for “security theater” reasons, so as to make it seem that they are making a great effort to combat terrorism, and make people feel more secure. If the public sees the TSA making a major visible effort, fear will perhaps decrease and the agency is less likely to be blamed for any security failures that may occur in the future. Thus, the agency engages in “political theater” measures despite the inevitable grumbling by passengers. The Israeli public, by contrast, may demand less in the way of security theater than American voters, because of the nation’s vastly greater experience in dealing with terrorist attacks.

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The Great Fish Oil Experiment

28th December 2009

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Everything good is bad for you.

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Thirty words and phrases you need to stop using today

27th December 2009

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1. Bandwidth
Please don’t tell me you don’t have the “bandwidth” to take on a project. I’ll just assume you mean you don’t have the mental capacity to do it. And I’m probably right.

10. Passion
For God’s sake, get a room, won’t you? Some of us are trying to work in here.

15. Human capital
Smarter HR types, having wised up to the offensiveness of the term “Human Resources”, have rebranded the field as “Human Capital”. Hmm. Still kinda implies that you see me as a figure on a balance sheet, doesn’t it? An asset to be used, shifted around or disposed of as required. What, you mean I am? Oh, okay then.

24. Challenge
The fact that your sales are down 54% on the quarter isn’t a challenge – it’s a problem. Recognise it as such.

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New technology makes for more accurate guns

27th December 2009

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Don’t think, just shoot.

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Shooting the alligator and other conversations

27th December 2009

Mencius Moldbug is at it again.

Teh Internets are a big place, though, surely with room for a good liberal racist. Naturally, LB’s goal is to convince liberals to be racist rather than racists to be liberal, and he is not always good about replying when served. But he can take off the gloves and hit a little. I charge him with contempt for history; he suggests that I should be burned as a witch. We could both be right.

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25 British-born Muslims in Yemen training to bomb Western airliners

27th December 2009

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I’m working on a concept here: Why don’t we bomb them first? It is their turn.

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Technology Predictions Are Mostly Bunk

27th December 2009

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Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction writer, identified what he called the “three laws of prediction,” reflecting an optimistic view of ingenuity: 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong; 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture past them into the impossible; and 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

He has some good ones.

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Arbitrage, Comparative Advantage, and World of Warcraft

27th December 2009

David Friedman points out that markets will show up even when they aren’t invited, that you can learn a lot about life from role-playing games even when you’re not trying to, and that much of what people ‘know’ about economics is nonsense based on silly word games.

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Homo Economicus

27th December 2009

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Is economics a science? Or merely a highly mathematical role-playing game?

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The Counterjihad: Resisting Islamization and Reviving the West

27th December 2009

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Islam has been at war with the Western world for fourteen centuries — since its inception. Muslims all over the world still consider themselves to be at war with non-Muslims; this is why Islam refers to us as Dar al-Harb, the “House of War”.

The West, however, has forgotten that this war exists. We continue to labor under the illusion that Islam is an ordinary religion, like Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Unfortunately, Islam is above all a totalitarian political ideology, sugar-coated with the trappings of a primitive desert religion to help veil its true nature. The publicly stated goal of Islamic theology and political ideology is to impose the rule of Islam over the entire world, and make it part of Dar al-Islam, the “House of Submission”.

Widely accepted Islamic theology based in Koranic doctrine explicitly requires that Islam be spread by any and all means necessary, including by violence and mass slaughter, in a process known as jihad, or holy war.

The fact that many Muslims do not support or engage in violent jihad is not germane. If only one percent of Muslim believers take the Islamic mandate of jihad seriously, it means there are over fifteen million people scattered among the world’s Muslims who want to destroy us, and we have no means of determining in advance which ones they are.

Therefore, those who oppose Islamic totalitarian ideology and the expansion of Islam into the West have formed themselves into a coalition known as the Counterjihad.

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Learning to Love Olive Oil

27th December 2009

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The Dhimmi Code

27th December 2009

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An analysis of the Ft Hood incident.

Days after the shooting, at a point where the motives for the massacre were obvious to most ordinary Americans, commentators, reporters, psychologists, and Army spokesmen were still “searching for a motive.” Hot on the trail of the real motive? For many Americans the point had been reached where such assurances carried only slightly more credibility than O.J. Simpson’s promise to search for his wife’s killer. Out of respect for Islam, society’s spokespersons had managed to cast themselves in the role of the boy who cried wolf–except that, in this case, it might be more accurate to picture a boy who cries “sheep” every time a wolf appears.

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‘Dad dancing’ may be the result of evolution, scientists claim

27th December 2009

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The cringeworthy “dad dancing” witnessed at wedding receptions every weekend may be an unconscious way in which ageing males repel the attention of young women, leaving the field clear for men at their sexual peak.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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15 Uses for Incredibly Inexpensive White Vinegar

27th December 2009

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Don’t say that we never have useful stuff here.

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Looftlighter

27th December 2009

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Wish I’d had one of these as a Boy Scout.

It also won’t give away your position in the dark. On the other hand, it’s useless for signaling.

Field interrogation of prisoners. Hmmmm.

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Machine Gun Ammo USB Drive

27th December 2009

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Well, I think it’s cool.

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Naked Self Promotion about Targeted Killing

27th December 2009

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You are dealing with people who can be targeted, and it is not necessary, under the rules in effect, to make a decision about whether the person could be detained.  You can shoot first.  There is no affirmative duty to ask first if they want to surrender.  In that case, the decision is not a serial one of decide whether you have an obligation to try and detain; and if it seems too dangerous then to strike to kill.  You are legally permitted to strike to kill, without warning and without obligation to offer surrender.  If that’s the case, and if the personal legal risks to you or your career, now or down the road, are as they are now, and disfavor interrogation or detention, then the incentive runs toward a targeted killing.

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Rambler Socket tucks a recoiling extension cable, pinch of genius within your AC outlet

27th December 2009

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Very cool.

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Britain’s biggest bullock weighs 3,682lbs

27th December 2009

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Lowlights of a Downer Year: Dave Barry on the money, madness and misery of 2009

27th December 2009

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To be sure, it was a year that saw plenty of bad news. But in almost every instance, there was offsetting good news:

Bad news: The economy remained critically weak, with rising unemployment, a severely depressed real-estate market, the near-collapse of the domestic automobile industry and the steep decline of the dollar.

Good news: Windows 7 sucked less than Vista.

Bad news: The downward spiral of the newspaper industry continued, resulting in the firings of thousands of experienced reporters and an apparently permanent deterioration in the quality of American journalism.

Good news: A lot more people were tweeting.

Bad news: Ominous problems loomed abroad as — among other difficulties — the Afghanistan war went sour, and Iran threatened to plunge the Middle East and beyond into nuclear war.

Good news: They finally got Roman Polanski.

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TSA: The Stupid Agency

27th December 2009

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Of course, none of these new restrictions would have impeded the bomber. He was fine with staying in his seat. To the contrary, it was the passenger who subdued the bomber that left his seat. Extra screening of carry on luggage would have been no problem for the bomber, since the bomber had the bomb sewn into his underwear.

The problem is, of course, that Political Correctness doesn’t allow any government employee to take any effective action, such as ‘profiling’ young Muslim males; therefore everything that the TSA does is what Bruce Schneier calls ‘security theater’, actions designed to be pointed at later with the claim ‘See? We were doing something!’ for fairly obvious ass-covering purposes.

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Bizarre Baucus Behavior on Senate Floor Ignored by MSM

27th December 2009

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Was Baucus so intoxicated by the sound of his own voice that he went off the deep end? Or perhaps he was so drunk with power over shaping the Senate health care bill that it explains his strange rant.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Indian politician resigns over video showing him in bed with three women

27th December 2009

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He ought to come to the U.S., where such a video would be a qualification for Governor or Senator, if not President.

If he were caught on video with three boys, however, he could only be a Congressman from Massachusetts. Sorry.

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Arsonists attack ‘new Sangatte’ centre in Calais

27th December 2009

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  1. These people are not trying to sneak into France. They are already in France. They are trying to sneak into Britain. Apparently France isn’t good enough. Can’t fault their judgment.
  2. France has established a camp near the relevant transport links to serve those wanting to sneak into Britain as a convenient staging area, rather than shipping them back where they came from. Thanks a lot, France.
  3. One wonders what the British government is doing about all this. If such camps were established by the Mexican government by our southern border, would the U.S. government not be taking some sort of action against it? Oh, wait — they are, and it isn’t. Forget I even mentioned it.

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Health Insurers Have Second Thoughts About Riding The Tiger

27th December 2009

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It’s a time-tested strategy by Big Business in making deals with Big Government: hope you can cut a deal that puts the real hardships on consumers and small competitors, and avoid the worst for yourself. But of course, once you have traded your freedom for crumbs from the government table, you lose control over the process.

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Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

27th December 2009

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We have the technology.

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Engineering Jihad

27th December 2009

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Gambetta and Hertog find that “the share of radical Islamic engineers is no less than nine times greater than the share we could expect if the proneness of engineers to radicalize was the same as that of the male adult population.”

Once again we find our noses rubbed in the fact that intelligence and wisdom do not correlate.

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Shameless Islamist Doublespeak Rages On

27th December 2009

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And why not? The Useful Idiots of the West allow them to get away with it.

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A Ponzi scheme that works

27th December 2009

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The greatest strength of America is that people want to live there.

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Al Qaeda Failed. What About Us? Ten Questions.

27th December 2009

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Early reports about the failed Christmas bombing of NW 253 raise questions that need answers.  Because, frankly, if the reports are true, al Qaeda never should have gotten this close to a successful attack.

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With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition

27th December 2009

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Whether such constant exposure to corporate socialism is a symptom or a cause of why California is a social and financial basket case is an exercise left to the reader.

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The Copenhagen Wheel

27th December 2009

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Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem
for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also
function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture
the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need
a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion,
and road conditions in real-time.

Soon to be an entry in the Stuff White People Like web site, I suspect.

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Extending Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Couples Will Cost $898M, CBO Says

27th December 2009

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Well, duh. But it’s not their money, so what do they care?

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Terror Suspect Wasn’t Considered Threat

27th December 2009

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Let those who would depend on government for our health care ponder how well they fulfill their core function of keeping the citizenry safe. The Post Office has its well-deserved reputation for a reason.

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“Don’t Say We’re Violent, Or We’ll Kill You”

26th December 2009

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10 obsolete technologies to kill in 2010

26th December 2009

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Sign me up.

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Earth-Friendly Elements, Mined Destructively

26th December 2009

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Some of the greenest technologies of the age, from electric cars to efficient light bulbs to very large wind turbines, are made possible by an unusual group of elements called rare earths. The world’s dependence on these substances is rising fast.

Just one problem: These elements come almost entirely from China, from some of the most environmentally damaging mines in the country, in an industry dominated by criminal gangs.

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The fatal cost of gangster fashion

26th December 2009

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Here’s a story to round off the year: a murderous New York gangster tripped over his own baggy trousers last week and fell to his death. Hector Quinones, 44, was in the middle of an apparently drugs-related killing spree when his low-slung trousers fell down and tripped him up. One of his would-be victims fled on to the fire escape of her apartment block; Quinones yanked up his trousers and struggled after her, but no sooner had he reached the fire escape than they fell down again, and he toppled overboard.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

I don’t think that ever happened to a zoot suit….

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Guess The Missing Word In NY Times Report On Attempted Plane Bombing

26th December 2009

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Hint: It’s not ‘Presbyterian’.

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Let’s look at some of our recent cost overruns in government-driven medical spending.

26th December 2009

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So when they tell you this is going to save money, you’ll know it for a barefaced lie.

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Stonemasons come out of retirement to revamp Victorian stations

26th December 2009

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A key part of the programme entails undoing some of the damage done to buildings by British Rail.
Well, that’s what happens when the government runs an industry.

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Britain experiences first white Christmas for five years

26th December 2009

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Gotta love that Global Warming. I sorta hope that AlGore moves to Michigan so that not only does he have to live the rest of his life under the economic effects of socialism but also gets caught by the advancing glaciers.

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Michigan Forces Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions

26th December 2009

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Socialism migrates from New England to the Great Lakes.

Ms. Berry owns her own business—yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to her on behalf of her low-income clients. Those dues are funneled to a public-employee union that claims to represent her. The situation is crazy—and it’s happening elsewhere in the country.

A year ago in December, Ms. Berry and more than 40,000 other home-based day care providers statewide were suddenly informed they were members of Child Care Providers Together Michigan—a union created in 2006 by the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union had won a certification election conducted by mail under the auspices of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. In that election only 6,000 day-care providers voted. The pro-labor vote turned out.

Many of the state’s other 34,000 day-care providers never even realized what was going on. Ms. Berry tells us she was “shocked” to find out she was suddenly in a union. The real dirty work, however, had been done when the state created an “employer” for the union to “organize” against.

This is the way unions in Communist countries are made a partner of the State.

Today the Department of Human Services siphons about $3.7 million in annual dues to the union—from the child-care subsidies. The money should be going to home-based day-care providers—themselves not on the high end of the income scale. Ms. Berry now sees money once paid to her go to a union that does little for her. She says she is “self employed and wants nothing to do with the union.”

Your tax dollars at work.

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The Year of Living in Everybody’s Face

26th December 2009

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Three or four attention-starved twits doth not a dysfunctional society make.

But still, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion something’s bollywonkers here.

No shit.

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First Functional Molecular Transistor Comes Alive

26th December 2009

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Our Google Government

26th December 2009

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Israel: U.S. Consulate Car Tried to Run Over Checkpoint Guard

26th December 2009

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Change you can believe in.

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White House: Failed Airline Bombing Was Attempted Act of Terrorism

26th December 2009

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Another reason why I don’t fly.

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Season’s Greetings

24th December 2009

To All My Liberal Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To All My Conservative Friends:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Pimp My Sleigh: Santa’s ride gets a makeover

24th December 2009

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