June 27, 2008, - 11:44 am

Bozo The Clown Makes Return Visit to NBA Draft

By Debbie Schlussel
After last year’s NBA draft, I posted the photo of #9 pick Joakim Noah (son of tennis great, Yannick Noah), who went to the Chicago Bulls. With his bizarre outfit and hairdo, he resembled Bozo the Clown.
Well, Bozo the Clown made a repeat visit to this year’s NBA draft, held yeseterday. This time, his sartorial taste (his suit) is more restrained. But Bozo’s stock has dropped in value. Robin Lopez was picked 15th by the Phoenix Suns. In case you were wondering, he’s 7 feet tall and weighs 255 pounds. His twin brother, Brook Lopez, went 10th in the draft, selected by the New Jersey Nets.
Last Year’s Bozo . . .

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Joakim Noah in 2007 NBA Draft

This Year’s Bozo . . .
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Robin Lopez in 2008 NBA Draft

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June 26, 2008, - 2:59 pm

Religion of “Peace” and “Tolerance”: Muslims Tear Down Synagogue to Make Room for Palace

By Debbie Schlussel
You know it’s really intolerant when even Al-Arabiya is posting the Reuters story about it:

Tajikistan has knocked down its only synagogue to make way for a new presidential palace, casting the Jewish community into despair, community members said on Wednesday.
The 19th century building is due to be replaced by a park adjoining the new palace for President Imomali Rakhmon, who has ruled the impoverished, mainly Muslim nation since 1992.
Community leaders said the weekend demolition of their synagogue — a wooden, one-story house adorned with stars of David — put their 350-strong community under threat.

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“Tolerance”: Muslims Demolish Tajikistan’s Only Synagogue

“It’s painful to lose something very dear, something that cannot be valued in money terms,” Rabbi Mikhail Abdurakhmanov said after the building was bulldozed.
“At the moment the existence of Tajikistan’s only Jewish community is under threat. It’s also a threat to elderly people who came here for help,” he told Reuters.
The Jewish community in Tajikistan — descendants of Persian-speaking Bukhara Jews who have lived in Central Asia for centuries — has dwindled since the country’s independence from Soviet rule with many leaving for Israel. . . .
The building technically belonged to the state because Soviet officials nationalized it in 1951 while allowing Jews to continue to worship there.
Before its demolition, the synagogue ran a daily canteen for the poor and allocated humanitarian aid to its mainly elderly community members with an average monthly income of about $20.

Yup, yet another textbook case of Islam’s tolerance. On the Al-Arabiya site, there are some “interesting” comments by the tolerant Mohammedanists. Here are some highlights:

There are no more Jews in Tajikistan, they all being helped to immigrate to the US most of whom work as hairdressers. . . .Hallelujahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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is time the other arabs do the same

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excellent by the way build there a mosque intead of presidential palace

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what are Jews doing in Tajikistan?

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June 26, 2008, - 2:43 pm

Brad & Skankelina Show Us Who’s Wasting

By Debbie Schlussel
Next time you hear celeb couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Voight tell you–as they did in hour-long specials on ABC and NBC–about how America doesn’t give enough to charity (our nation gives more than any other on earth) and how Americans don’t give enough (we give more private charitable donations than any other population, even across all economic strata), remember this from the June 23, 2008 issue of US magazine. Also remember it every time you hear Brad Pitt’s stupid admonitions about being “green.”
Hmmm . . . $350,000 on furniture, including two $25,000 chairs. How many starving Africans could eat for a decade on that amount? A $4,000 private helicopter ride–not just costly, but the gas emissions pollute the environment.
Rich Celeb Hypocrites of the World, Unite:

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June 26, 2008, - 1:07 pm

Sandra Bullock v. Immigration Enforcement: Actress Poses w/ICE While Making Pro-Visa Fraud Movie

By Debbie Schlussel
Sandra Bullock is currently in New York, filming “The Proposal,” about a Canadian who forces her American assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in a sham marriage to keep her visa and avoid deportation. Then–as all immigration defrauders always do–they fall in love. Didn’t we already see this same tired BS story in “Green Card” (starring admitted serial rapist Gerard Depardieu)? Aren’t you getting tired of Hollywood glorifying immigration fraud?
Of course, we know that most of the people engaged in marriage fraud don’t look like or have the agenda of Bullock in the movie. They look like Nada Nadim Prouty and Samar Spinelli and some of the terrorists who committed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. And many have evil intent, like spying for Hezbollah or murdering Americans. But why be accurate, when you can be PC?
Ironically, though, while shooting the movie, Bullock posed with an ICE officer and his Homeland Security dog. Based on other photos I’ve seen, it appears he and K-9 may be in a scene in the movie. I’d bet this was orchestrated by ICE’s numbskull-populated public relations team. No worries that her movie glamorizes violating immigration laws when the ICE PR unit can show off this lovely photo of Sandra Bullock. Check it out, we got touched by Hollywood! Maybe Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” can get her autograph. Hey, under her, her agents are rarely investigating marriage fraud, anyway.

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Sandra Bullock ICEs Immigration Enforcement

Of course,this officer is from the Federal Protective Service division of ICE, which has been severely chopped up by Myers. Your federal buildings are less safe because she laid off many of the FPS personnel who protect them. No worries, though. While ICE’s funds are thin and FPS’ resources far thinner, and while many federal buildings haven’t had a security assessment in years, Julie Myers improperly ordered FPS analysts to conduct a security assessment of her private residence, to the tune of $3,500 of your taxes.

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June 26, 2008, - 12:24 pm

“Out in the Cold” on Barack: Muslim Whinery Holds Emergency Session on Obama

By Debbie Schlussel
Uh-oh. Detroit extremist Muslim leaders are upset that Barack Obama won’t pander to them on Jerusalem in an open forum. Obama’s flip-flop on Jerusalem, after his AIPAC speech (in which he said he supported an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then “clarified” his comments later), isn’t enough for Hezbollah agent Osama Siblani (whose brother is an executive for Hezbollah’s Al-Manar) and “former” Islamic terrorist/sham marriage perpetrator/FBI award revokee Imad Hamad.
They’re bummed and have nowhere to go (because they won’t vote for McCain). So sad, too bad. Last night, they held an emergency planning meeting on what to do, how to hold Obama’s feet to the Islamic IED explosion fire. I love it. This will only make them look even more extreme than they already are and make Obama squirm as he continues to lie to both sides:

After a testy private meeting last week with Barack Obama, Arab Americans are gathering tonight in Dearborn to discuss their strategies for the presidential election.
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Muslim Terror Agents Imad Hamad, Osama Siblani Whine About Obama

(Hamadafat by Six Meat Buffet/Preston Taylor Holmes)

“Tonight’s meeting is very important because it will lay the foundation for a collective and unified community approach,” said Imad Hamad, Michigan director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Last week, more than 10 Arab-Americans and Chaldeans met with Obama in Detroit at a private session that included more than 150 community leaders, mostly African American. At one point, the meeting got tense after some Arab-Americans challenged Obama.
According to three Arab-Americans who attended the meeting, Anan Ameri, director of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, asked Obama a critical question about his appearance before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) earlier this month. In his speech before the group, Obama had strongly defended Israel and said that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel.
Obama responded to Ameri by saying that the Jewish community has every right to assemble and get involved in politics, according to people who attended the meeting.
“He stressed the importance of granting equal opportunity to all, and the right of every political group to lobby,” said Hamad, who was at the meeting. Obama added that he would always act to serve American interests, according to Hamad.
Then, Osama Siblani – publisher of the Arab American News in Dearborn – raised his hand and shouted:
“You went too far at AIPAC,” according to Siblani and Hamad.
Obama seemed to be concerned that Siblani appeared to be talking out of turn and replied to Siblani:
“No, sir,” according to Hamad.
Siblani said he then replied: “Yes, you did, you went too far.”
At that point, Obama said, according to Siblani:
“Sir, if you want to talk to me, we can talk here, on the side, after I finish.”
Siblani, Hamad and others waited after his talk, but were unable to speak to Obama. His aide said they would possibly arrange a later meeting with them.
Siblani said he was disappointed with the meeting.
But Ramzi Dalloo, a Chaldean-American from Troy at the meeting, said he thought the meeting went very well.
“Sen. Obama was reaching out to the community,” Dalloo said.
The meeting was also attended by Noel Saleh, a board member at the Dearborn-based Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Ahmed Chebbani of the American-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Dearborn attorney Ali Dagher. A message left with an Obama spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Don’t be impressed with Obama’s alleged responses to them. In addition to Hezbollah agent Siblani and “former” PFLP terrorist Hamad, Noel Saleh is a thrice-disciplined lawyer to Islamic terrorists galore and an admitted donor to Hezbollah. Ali Dagher is an anti-Israel, open supporter of Hezbollah, who sent me a threatening e-mail.
That these four individuals were invited to meet with Obama tells us all we need to know. And these people are stupid. We all know that Obama is really on their side, but just can’t afford to say so right now.
When he gets into the White House, these Islamofascists will be sitting pretty . . . if they don’t keep screwing it up for themselves with these fruitless confrontations which provide me with a lot of entertainment and laughs.

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June 26, 2008, - 11:25 am

Absurd Lawsuits of the Year: U.S. Citizens Sue Govt Over Children Seeing ICE Arrests, Other Stupid Stuff

By Debbie Schlussel
This is WAAAAAY more annoying than the woman who sued Victoria’s Secret over hitting herself in the eye with thong underwear.
Several U.S. citizens are suing the government over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, in lawsuits that go far beyond absurd.
One woman, Denise Shippy, is suing because ICE Agents arrested illegal aliens in front of her young kids whom she brought to work and she thinks the government should pay for her kids seeing the handcuffs and her having to explain to them that these people were here illegally and broke the law.

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Denise Shippy, Her Kids, Nitin Dhopade: “Traumatized” By ICE Doing Its Job

Um, do her kids know about criminals and bad people? Do they know that there are police in this country who arrest them? Better not break the traumatic news to them. Wow, how unprepared these kiddies of hers will be as adults. If only my parents knew of this new type of litigation. They could have sued Channel 7 News for reporting on the “Oakland County Killer,” who kidnapped, molested, and killed children. We could have made a mint.
Then there’s Nitin Dhopade, Chief Financial Officer of Micro Solutions Enterprises. Being in charge of saving money and managing finances for his company, he was probably well aware of the 138 illegal aliens his small company employed and which ICE arrested. But rather than thank his lucky stars that ICE and the U.S. government have no cojones to go after him and his company, he’s suing America for detaining him for AN HOUR! What’s worse, agents told him he couldn’t use his cellphones. So sad, too bad.
So, he’s suing. Absurd. The fact is that members of law enforcement have the right to arrest, detain, and even jail material witnesses. In this case, that didn’t happen. He was just sent to a room for an hour so that ICE agents could conduct their raid and arrest illegal aliens in an orderly manner. This is standard ICE procedure. They don’t want angry employers in the way, and they don’t want them tipping off other illegal alien employees not to come to work because there’s a raid in progress.
114 U.S. citizens have filed these frivolous lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security over such brief ICE detentions and “trauma.”
If suits like this are victorious, perhaps ICE should just disband (which wouldn’t be such a bad idea, anyway). More about these people “scarred for life” because law enforcement did their job:

Nitin Dhopade, the chief financial officer for Micro Solutions Enterprises, was headed toward the accounting department on the afternoon of Feb. 7 to deliver checks he had just signed. Suddenly, he says, he encountered armed men and women wearing bulletproof vests and uniforms branded with “ICE,” which stands for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Dhopade, 47, says he and 30 other administrative workers for the Van Nuys, Calif., company, which recycles used toner and ink cartridges, were marched down a stairwell lined by officers. The workers were ordered against a wall and told not to touch anything or use their cellphones. “There was no way you could leave. You were definitely detained,” he says. “None of us were in handcuffs, but there was no way you could say ‘I’m leaving.'”
That marked the beginning of a surprise raid that would result in the arrests of 138 suspected illegal immigrants, about one-fifth of MSE’s workforce. Also swept up in the same raid were more than 100 U.S. citizens and legal residents, including Dhopade, a naturalized U.S. citizen from India. They say they were illegally detained at the factory for an hour when ICE agents blocked the doors and interrogated them, forbidding them to leave or go to the bathroom without an escort.
Whether their brief detention was a mere inconvenience or a flagrant violation of their constitutional rights is the subject of a growing debate that seems likely to be resolved in federal court. . . . Increasingly, U.S. citizens and legal residents who work alongside illegal immigrants are being detained and interrogated, too. And some, such as Dhopade, are filing claims or lawsuits against the government.
Dhopade says he was a victim of racial profiling by ICE. An ICE agent questioned him about his immigration status and his ability to speak English “because of my skin color,” he says. “None of the white folks in the office ‚Ķ that I know of were asked for proof of citizenship. To be asked for proof of citizenship, in this country, it’s an insult. This is the United States of America. This country does not require that.”

Um, actually, it does require that, if a member of law enforcement asks you to produce it–especially a member of ICE.

In April, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, a public interest law firm here, filed claims for damages on behalf of 114 MSE employees, all citizens or legal permanent residents, also called green-card holders. The claims allege that they were subjected to “false imprisonment” and “detention without justification” and seek $5,000 each in damages from the federal government.
The lawsuits and claims against the government are part of a strategy by immigration lawyers to halt or change workplace raids. Peter Schey, president and executive director of the center, acknowledges that “we’re hoping the prospect of thousands of U.S. citizens over time filing claims for damages against the United States government might cause (ICE) to reconsider how these raids are conducted.” . . .
Denise Shippy, nine months pregnant the day of the MSE raid, says it was more than an inconvenience.
She had planned to take off that afternoon for parent-teacher conferences and a doctor’s appointment. But Shippy, 30, needed to train a receptionist to fill in for her while she was on maternity leave, so she took her two children to the office with her. The raid occurred as she settled Cassidy, 7, and Ricky, 9, into the mailroom for lunch.
As she left the mailroom, Shippy found the lobby filled with ICE agents, and she, the children and co-workers were herded in there. When Shippy tried to respond to an e-mail, she says, one ICE agent said, “Stop typing.”
“My rights were violated,” Shippy says. “I am a citizen of this United States. I was born here. I’m not who they’re looking for. I wasn’t allowed to leave. . . . I couldn’t go anywhere and couldn’t do anything. Neither could my children.”
Although she was upset, she tried to calm her kids, she says. She needed to use the restroom, but held off because she didn’t want an agent to accompany her.
“I didn’t want to scare the heck out of my kids,” she says. “I was trying to be cool and calm for my children. My heart was racing.”
At one point, agents started escorting handcuffed workers – suspected illegal immigrants – from the factory floor out the front door. Her children asked why the workers were handcuffed, what they had done wrong and what would happen to them, she says.
“That was when I started getting angry,” she says. “My kids should not have had to watch these things. They saw people being led out in handcuffs. These are people who are recognizable to my children.”
Shippy, who gave birth to a boy on Feb. 19, returned to work June 9 and says she still feels justified in filing a claim.
“I’m not some money-hungry person,” she says. “This is something I’m pretty passionate about. It shouldn’t have happened the way it did.”

PUH-LEEZE. If the people recognizable to her kids are the ones being handcuffed, that means this woman knew her company employed illegal aliens and did nothing about it. That’s the lesson she should be worried that he kids are observing.
Another conundrum: ICE agents are damned because they allegedly didn’t ask the White people for their proof of citizenship and detained the Indian guy. Yet, on the other hand, ICE agents are damned because they, in fact, did detain a White chick.
Hmmm . . . same lawyer, same lawsuit against ICE. Looks like these immigration and “civil liberties” lawyers need to get their stories and arguments straight. Or do they?
As they noted, the whole reason they’re filing this frivolous lawsuit is to stop ICE raids. The lawyers should be sanctioned and their resource-wasting, court-clogging lawsuit thrown out.

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June 25, 2008, - 5:35 pm

Memo to Desperately-Trying-to-Look-Hip-But-Failing World: Gangsta “Greeting” Out

By Debbie Schlussel
Here’s a tip. When a 78-year-old with not-so-early-onset-dementia and an angry bitch who’s never before been proud of America do something, it’s no longer hip. It’s out. When the angry bitch who’s never before been proud of America does it multiple times, it’s just ugly.
Time to get rid of the fist-bump, or as FOX News Channel’s E.D. Hill calls it, “the terrorist fist jab.” Either way when these people do it, it ain’t cool (not that it ever was). Oh, and memo to US Magazine: It’s not cute. It’s just stupid grown adults trying to look like hip-hop gangstas. Just laughable and embarrassing. Duly so, when the people doing it want to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Or already have.

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How very “Presidential” . . . if you’re President Camacho at the House of Representin’ (Strong Language Alert):

As reader Robert wrote:

This fist bump thing is the most ridiculous worn out fad I’ve ever seen in my life. Do any women realize how silly this looks? Is this the new (old for most) greeting for girl power? You’ve come along way baby, but I would much rather kiss a woman’s hand than try to bruise her.

Please, Make It Stop!:

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Bottom line: Stop trying to look hip. Try looking dignified for a change. GROW UP.
Exit Question: What ever happened to the High Five?

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June 25, 2008, - 5:06 pm

Armed and Dangerous

By Debbie Schlussel
I was away for an afternoon of lunch and shooting at a gun range with a friend. It was fun, and I hit the target exactly where I was supposed to. The only thing I didn’t like: they make you wait a second or two between shots.
In case you were wondering, I used a 9mm Glock 19 model. Read analysis of the Glock 19. Also see GlockTalk, TheFiringLine, and The High Road.

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Glock 19

It works well underwater:

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(From the Schlussel Charlie’s Angels card collection)

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June 25, 2008, - 11:25 am

And The All-Important “The Hills” Endorsement Goes Too . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . . Barack Obama. “Reality TV Airheads For Obama ’08.” Has a nice ring to it. In case you don’t know, M-TV’s “The Hills” is the hippest TV show for anyone under 30 (and too many over 30) that follows beautiful, rich airheads in the L.A. area in scripted situations. (It’s gotta be scripted if it’s “reality.”) Even the normally vapid Elle magazine isn’t impressed:

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No word on who will get the all-important I-Was-A-Hot-Masculine-Olympic-Gold-Medalist-Decathlete-Who-Got-So-Much-Plastic-Surgery-That-I-Now- Look-Like-A-Post-Op-Transsexual Presidential Endorsement.
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Bruce Jenner, Before & After

But I’d guess that it will go “Like airhead father, like airhead son.” Brody Jenner of “The Hills” is Bruce Jenner’s son. Bruce Jenner is on his own obnoxious reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” He’s pro-ho Kim Kardashian’s stepdad.

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June 25, 2008, - 10:56 am

Non-ICE Feds: Law Firm Encouraged, Helped 1/2 Fortune 500 Avoid Hiring Americans

By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another story that puts the lie to the claims about the “work Americans won’t do” and the Wall Street Journal’s whines that we need for H1-B visas for “skilled” foreigners.
It’s not news that law firms across America are specializing in advising and helping U.S. corporations to avoid hiring qualified Americans. Last year, I told you about a seminar hosted by the law firm of Cohen and Grigsby, in which they shamelessly engaged in exactly that. (Video reposted below.)
What is news is that the government–it appears–is finally doing something about it. Not Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but the Department of Labor.
It is now investigating the nation’s largest immigration law firm over allegations that it helped major U.S. corporations disqualify American job applicants and give thousands of high-paying positions to immigrants. (Obviously, the jobs become far less “high-paying” when they don’t go to Americans.)

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The unprecedented Labor Department inquiry centers on Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy – a New York firm at the forefront of a political effort to ease hiring of skilled foreign workers.
The Labor Department is auditing all pending applications for legal immigrant workers the firm has filed on behalf of its corporate clients.
Fragomen’s prestigious client roster includes General Electric Co., IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and Bank of America Corp., according to company publications and trade journals. The firm also represents The Associated Press on immigration issues.
The inquiry focuses on what advice the law firm gave its corporate clients. There was no indication the companies themselves are under scrutiny. [DS: Gee, why not?]
The Labor Department said that Fragomen may have improperly advised clients to contact a Fragomen attorney before hiring “apparently qualified” U.S. workers. The agency said lawyers can advise employers on how to follow the law in hiring immigrants but can’t dissuade them from deciding a U.S. worker is qualified.
The audit focuses on what is known as the permanent foreign labor certification, or PERM, process. Companies normally use it to permanently hire legal immigrants who have been working for them on temporary visas. It essentially allows companies to sponsor workers for green cards, the first step to U.S. citizenship.
Before applying, companies must recruit and try to find a qualified U.S. worker for the same job. If they do, they can’t hire the foreigner. . . .
With more than 200 attorneys, Fragomen is overwhelmingly the biggest player in an industry where firms with several dozen immigration attorneys are considered large firms.
In 2004, the last year the Labor Department made such information about law firms public, Fragomen lawyers filed more than 3,600 labor certifications – more than twice as many as its largest competitor.
The firm’s managing director has also said Fragomen represents about half of the Fortune 100 companies. Last year, Fortune 100 companies submitted more than 5,300 applications. The jobs listed in the applications pay an average of $80,000. And the largest group of applicants were from India.

Sadly, many law firms are engaging in this illicit advice and helping businesses take jobs away from Americans. Unless the government goes after both this law firm and all of the companies engaging in these practices, they will continue.
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Video: The Law Firm of Cohen and Grigsby a/k/a “Dewey, ScrewAmerica, and Howe”:

Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker. And in a sense that sounds funny. But it’s, uh, what were trying to do here.

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