Friday 27 July 2012

For your midsummer's laugh-out-louder

in the spirit of O. Henry

Before you read anything else in this jam-packed summer holiday issue of True North Perspective be sure to click on the photo below for 'Beautiful and incredible images from the latest batch of photographs sent back from the Mars Lander.' — From the Desk of Wendy Asman.

University of British Columbia journalism story leads

to 18 arrests in Brazil for murder of indigenous leader

By Justin McElroy
The Province
21 July 2012 VANCOUVER BC — A class project at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism has led to arrests of 18 in Brazil in connection with the killing of an indigenous leader in the Amazon.

“It’s the kind of impact journalists dream about,” said the graduate school’s director Peter Klein, himself a former 60 Minutes producer, in a release.

In February, eight students and three faculty members from UBC went to Brazil to investigate land disputes between different groups in the rapidly developing country. A focus of their reporting was Nisio Gomes, a leader of the native Guarani group. He was killed in an execution-style attack while he and 200 other Guaranis were squatting at a soybean farm located on their ancestral land.

After speaking to many in the area, including Gomes’s son and nephew, the resulting video and story appeared on the New York Times website on June 9. Arrests of people connected with the slaying began shortly after. (More.)


How Harper has 'gone to questionable lengths'

in using Israel to turn Jews away from the Liberals

By Donald Barry
Originally published in Arab Studies Quarterly
20 October 2010 — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power in 2006 with little experience in foreign affairs but with a well developed plan to transform his minority Conservative administration into a majority government replacing the Liberals as Canada’s “natural governing party.”
Because his party’s core of Anglo-Protestant supporters was not large enough to achieve this goal, Harper appealed to non-traditional Conservatives, including Jews, on the basis of shared social values. His efforts were matched by those of Jewish leaders and the government of Israel to win the backing of the government and its followers in the face of declining domestic support for Israel and the rise of militant Islamic fundamentalism.
These factors accelerated a change in Canada’s Middle East policy that began under Prime Minister Paul Martin, from a carefully balanced stance to one that overwhelm- ingly favours Israel. Harper’s “pro-Israel politics,” Michelle Collins observes, has “won the respect—and support—of a large segment of Canada’s organized Jewish community.” However, it has isolated Canada from significant shifts in Middle East diplomacy and marginalized its ability to play a constructive role in the region. (More.)


Monsanto linked to coup that ousted

democratically elected Paraguayan president

By Ethan A. Huff
Natural News via ReaderSupported News
24 July 2912 — The political system in Paraguay is undergoing some major turmoil right now following the forced impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo, a "left-of-center" politician democratically voted into office by the people of Paraguay back in 2008. And among those who initiated and brought about this controversial coup was multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto, which was apparently threatened by Lugo's resistance against the company's genetically-modified (GM) crop agenda.

For years, Paraguay's government has been dominated by so-called "right-wing" politicians that have served the interests of the country's local oligarchy, as well as the interests of the U.S. embassy and transnational corporations that have established a powerful stronghold in the country. Among these corporate influences was Monsanto, which over the years has converted much of Paraguay's arable land into plantations that grow GM crops.

But with the election of Lugo in 2008, things were beginning to change in many ways, according to reports, which triggered serious upset amongst Paraguay's status quo class. Unwilling to capitulate to every demand made by the likes of Monsanto, Lugo was clearly a problem for these movers and shakers, who had long controlled national policy to their liking at the expense of the underclasses who have had to endure extreme poverty as a result. (More)


Baskin-Robbins ice cream has become so popular

the company has now decided to stop making it

By Armine Yalnizyan
20 July 2012 — It's been an unusually hot summer, and soaring temperatures have boosted sales of that quintessential summer food, ice cream. But Baskin-Robbins has decided to shut its production facility in Peterborough, Ont., and lay off 80 workers because of . . . wait for it . . . increased demand!
From the department of "wait, what?" here's the scoop behind this brain-freeze-inducing decision.
Baskin-Robbins, home of 31 flavours (one for each day of the month), brought in $1.8-billion in sales from its 6,777 outlets around the world last year. Same-store sales rose by an impressive 9.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, and that's before the heat wave.
Though business is up, the company says expanding production is not part of the game plan. Peterborough is the last place in North America where Baskin-Robbins makes what it sells, and those 80 CAW-organized workers supply a third of the 4,200 outlets outside of the U.S., including 113 Canadian stores. (More)

How at least one voice from Iran sees the Syrian crisis

'What a wicked web Washington weaves in Syria'

By Ismail Salami
Press TV
Press TV is a 24-hour English language global news network owned by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Its headquarters are located in Tehran, Iran. Press TV carries news analysis, documentary talk shows and sports news worldwide with special focus on West Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
26 July 2012 — By a crafty act of political ruse, Washington has envisaged a taxing state of instability by fomenting and spearheading a civil war of attrition in Syria.

Instability is seeping through cities with prodigious rapidity and spilling into neighboring countries. Cleanly choreographed terrorist operations also deepen the crippling crisis in the country.

Although Washington seems to have decided to monitor from afar the developments in Syria without any military intervention by avoiding a Libya-style scenario, they are resorting by any means to expedite the collapse of Assad regime.

During a recent press conference in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clearly stated that “So we’re going to continue to press forward in the Security Council. We’re going to continue to press the Russians because that is an important part of reaching a resolution in the Security Council. But it is worrisome that the violence is increasing, that it is more prevalent in Damascus and the suburbs. I believe — and I’ve said it before and obviously I can’t put a timeline on it — that this regime cannot survive.” (More)

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 Editor's Notes

A happy holiday to all!

We're taking a working holiday from 

Friday 27 July to Friday 7 September

It takes a lot of hard work to make something look easy. The challenge is being met by the volunteers of the good hearts and gentle people who represent the high talent that produces each weekly edition of True North Perspective.

A special thanks go to our columnists who labour so hard to meet their weekly deadlines and do it with such high professionalism in both quantity and quality. These exceptionals are, by alphabetical order: Alex Binkley, Beverly Blanchard, Geneviève Hone, Frances Sedgwick, Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair, The Rev. Dr. Hanns Skoutajan.

Unless you try it, you'll never know how hard it is to produce a weekly column. Just ask those who are paid to do it by publications with money in the bank, let alone for those who do it as volunteers while they otherwise have very busy lives.

And many thanks go to our contributing editors: Nick Aplin, Dennis Carr, Anita Chan, Thomas Dow, Ken Jeffries, Bob Kay, Shannon Lee Mannion, Randy Ray.

We are also favoured by readers who send in suggestions that support our mandate to provide balanced reporting. Managing Editor Geoffrey Dow and I do our best to scan Canada and the world so that our readers can have accurate knowledge about what's happening that the corporate media would deliberately distort by bias or lie about by omission. But we can't be everywhere and know everything, so your suggestions are always most welcome.

And please don't self-censor (the worst kind of censorship) by thinking, oh this story is so local True North Perspective wouldn't be interested." Believe me, if it's happening to people, then we would definitely be interested in at least seriously considering it. (More)

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The Binkley Report

A food-price crisis looms

'What we really need is public attention to climate change'

By Alex Binkley

True North Perspective
27 July 2012 — The heat and drought that’s gripped much of North America this summer combined with weather challenges elsewhere has the world headed toward another food-price crisis.
We went through this in 2008 when shortages and speculation caused prices to skyrocket hitting consumers in emerging countries hard. Prices jumped again last year because of farm production problems in parts of the world.
The rising cost of food is thought to have played a major role in triggering the Arab Spring movement that has toppled governments in Egypt and Libya and generated unrest elsewhere in the Middle East. Food riots broke out in at least 30 countries.
Rarely mentioned is that by midyear 2008, farm commodity prices were on the decline although the cost of food remained high, mostly because of the interference of market speculators. The use of corn in ethanol production has also attracted criticism. (More)

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Massive rain causes havoc in Beijing as infrastructure fails

By Philip Bump
25 July 2012 — Infrastructure's curse is that we quickly take it for granted. It's like that Louis CK bit on technology, but with sewers and electricity.
Infrastructure is amazing and nobody's happy. Before infrastructure is in place, people want the infrastructure. Once it's there, people ignore it until it breaks.
The 18 million residents of Beijing are no longer ignoring their sewer system.

Over the weekend, the city was drenched by the most rain it had seen in a single day since the 1950s. Nearly seven inches fell in the afternoon and overnight, quickly overwhelming the city's sewers. Thirty-seven people were killed: drowned, electrocuted, in collapsed homes, by lightning. (More)

Spirit Quest
By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

27 July 2012 — When I was seven years old, still living in prewar Czechoslovakia, my parents enrolled me in an atheist Sunday School, only we met on Saturdays instead. Both my parents had left their respective churches, mother the Roman Catholic and father the Lutheran  but they wanted me to have “something to stand on.”
My teacher was a gifted young man who could not only tell a good story but also illustrate it on the blackboard. He drew pictures of cave dwellers and the primitive  pictures they put on their walls, also of their tools and weapons.

Most memorable, however, was his story of the domestication of fire. Those thunderbolts from heaven that set fire to grass and trees, they discovered, were not only from an angry god punishing his disobedient subjects, but became the means of warming their dank caves and could be used to roast the hunters’ kill and cook what the women gathered from the land. We were enthralled and to this day I remember some of his teachings. (More)

Bits and Bites of Everyday Life
By Geneviève Hone
True North Perspective

Geneviève Hone is a grandmother, family therapist and social worker.  With her husband, Julien Mercure (also a family therapist), she has co-authored three books on couples and family life. Her home on the web is

27 July 2012 — “And where are you off to?” inquires my husband as he sees me rummaging in the closet for my hat and binoculars. I haven’t taken long walks along the river since the onset of this heat wave and today is not cooler than yesterday, so why the accoutrements of hiking?
“Oh, I’m just going to see if the big birds are in the area.”
The “big birds” in question are three swans that have periodically appeared on the river below us in the past few weeks so today I head for the balcony rather than the park. Our balcony offers a superb view of the Rideau River and at a glance I spot the swans gliding along just beyond the curve by the small rapids.. (More.)

Bring back real rent controls

Fight back against rent gouging

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective
Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

This year The Parkdale Tenants Association (PTA), celebrating forty years of helping tenants fight back against unscrupulous landlords, is currently on a campaign to Bring Back Real Rent Controls.
Members have been petitioning on street corners in Parkdale to ask the Ontario Provincial Government to keep their promise made in 2003 to bring back "real rent control". (More)
Beating the Drum

Sorry Bieber baby, no free gas for you

By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective
Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.

27 July 2012 —It was a week of interesting articles in First Nations country this week. Justin Bieber lead the way by announcing in a Rolling Stone article that he believes that he has Indian or Inuit heritage and apparently it is enough to get him free gas. This of course sparked outrage among some First Nations and called for a public apology.

I have no problem with people claiming Aboriginal ancestry. There are a lot of people who tell me they have some Aboriginal blood in their backgrounds. Personally, I think if your family has been in Canada for centuries you may have some First Nations ancestry somewhere in your background. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that records were kept about who was a member of the various nations. This was done by the Indian agents to determine who was eligible for the $4 treaty payments. This $4 payment is still made today and has never been increased. I should add that I am required to fill out forms and I am sent a cheque that probably costs $30 to process. (More)

In case you missed it ... and always worth repeating

Winston Churchill

Give us the tools and we'll finish the job

Let's say that news throughout human time has been free. Take that time when Ugh Wayne went over to the cave of Mugh Payne with news that the chief of his group had broken a leg while chasing his laughing wife around the fire. That news was given freely and received as such with much knowing smiles and smirks to say nothing of grunts of approval or disapproval.688 words.

From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll find the petition in support of Julian Assange and discover fascinating on-going reports and videos related to one of the most important events in modern history, and the desperate attempts to put a lid on information that everyone should know. Don't miss this special opportunity to stay informed.

Ecuador invites Swedish authorities

to interview Assange in London

“If Ecuador could be assured that the evil it wishes to prevent: the extradition to the USA of Julian Assange, could be [avoided], then that would be a just solution."
By Kevin Rawlinson
The Independent
26 July 2012 — The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could yet avoid extradition for questioning over sexual assault allegations after Ecuadorean government officials invited the Swedish authorities to London, offering to host an interview there instead.
Senior Ecuadorean government sources said today they have sent a formal request to Sweden and would be happy to facilitate questioning between Mr Assange and the Swedish prosecutor in their west London embassy, where the Wikileaks founder has been staying for the more than a month after claiming asylum.
The embassy, a grand building which sits behind Harrod’s in London’s chic Knightsbridge, would be the perfect setting, senior officials said today. (More.)

Republicans say Hugo Chavez will hurl Iranian bombs at US

There's apparently no limit to the hysterical lies the right will spout

While US spends $20 million in bid to oust Venezeulan president

By Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution

21 July 2012 CARACAS Venezuela — From the first time Hugo Chavez was elected President of Venezuela in 1998, Washington and its allies have been trying to undermine his government. When Chavez was just a presidential candidate, the US State Department denied his visa to participate in television interviews in Miami. Later, when he won the presidential elections, Ambassador John Maisto called him personally to congratulate him and offer him a visa. The following months were filled with attempts to “buy” the newly elected President of Venezuela. Businessmen, politicians and heads of state from Washington and Spain pressured him to submit to their agendas. “Come with us”, urged Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, trying to seduce him with offers of wealth and luxury in turn for obeying orders.

When Chavez refused to be bought, he was ousted in a coup d’etat April 11, 2002, funded and planned by Washington. When the coup failed and Chavez’s supporters, in their tens of thousands, rescued their democracy and president in less than 48 hours, attempts to destabilize his government continued. “We must make it difficult for him to govern”, said former US State Department chief Lawrence Eagleberger. (More)

US contractors not satisfied with billions in war profits

now engage in slave labour trade in Iraq and Afghanistan

23 July 2012 — US contractors (mercenaries) have made billions from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now, several are being investigated for slave labor.

Vinnie Tuivaga, a hairdresser from Fiji, was one of the many victims who fell into the trap of modern slavery. Recruited to work in a luxury hotel in Dubai, instead she was trafficked to a military base in Iraq. She was forced to live in a shipping container, paid only a fraction of what was promised, and was unable to leave.

Meanwhile, the contractors kept the difference, lining their pockets with the taxes of ordinary American families.

U.S. tax dollars were never meant to fund slavery.

Almost 130,000 people have already signed the petition - will you tell the U.S. Senate to pass the bipartisan End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act and stop taxpayer-funded modern slavery? (More)

Four men died saving their girlfriends

Heroes of the Aurora, Colorado, massacre helped

save girlfriends, best friend, mother and children

By Alyssa Figueroa
24 July 2012As we learn more about the Aurora, Colorado, shootings, stories of the heroic acts that took place on the tragic Friday 20 July night are beginning to emerge.

Four men murdered in the tragedy — Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, Alex Teves and John Larimer — all died while shielding their girlfriends.

According to Jansen Young, when Holmes started shooting, her boyfriend Blunk threw her to the floor and began pushing her under the seat. She noticed he had stopped, but didn’t realize he had been killed. (More)


Russia fires rocket carrying five research satellites

Two Russian, one each for Belarussia, Germany, Canada

22 July 2012 — Russia's Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with five satellites on board Sunday blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

The rocket will deliver the Russian satellites Canopus-B and MKA-PN1, a Belarusian BKA satellite, the Canadian ADS-1B and German TET-1 into orbit.

The satellites were initially planned to be launched in the first half of 2012, but the mission was postponed several times because Kazakhstan dragged on the decision on Russia's use of its territory as a drop zone for the first stage of the Soyuz rockets.

Kazakhstan gave permission following a meeting between Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in June. (More)

Greenland's ice cap suffering quick, extreme July meltdown

24 July 2012 WASHINGTON D.C — Virtually the entire ice sheet covering Greenland — from its coastal edges to its two-mile-thick center — experienced some degree of melting for several days this month, according to an analysis by NASA and university scientists based on measurements from three satellites.
An estimated 97 percent of the top layer of the Greenland ice sheet thawed at some point in July, the satellite data shows. This is the largest extent of surface melting observed in three decades of satellite observations.
Located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. British climate scientist Jonathan Gregory has estimated that if the Greenland ice sheet were to melt away completely, the world's sea level would rise by more than seven meters (23 feet).. (More)

Life without Medicare

Uninsured Aurora, Colorado, victim

faces up to $2 Million in medical bills

By Steven Perlberg via
24 July 2012 — Caleb Medley was shot in the eye in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting Friday 20 July. He remains in the intensive care unit in an induced coma. Medley sustained the terrible injuries only days before his wife Katie was due to give birth to a baby boy they plan to name Hugo. She now joins him in the same hospital — just one floor away — where she has given birth to a boy.

But even if Caleb makes a full recovery and meets his son, what happened late Friday evening at the movie theater could ruin the young family’s finances. Caleb doesn’t have health insurance, and his medical bills could amount to $2 million, according to his family. (More)


The Glass Teat

So Breaking Bad it's good:

The Wire meets Wile E. Coyote

Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally posted at Edifice Rex Online


July 16, 2012, OTTAWA — I can't remember the last time I wrote a preview of some popular entertainment. I'm tempted to say "never", but that's a hell of a long time.
That said, I guess I'm kind of offering a preview of the 5th season of Breaking Bad, by way of a very (for me: circa 800 words) brief review of its first four.
I feel kind of dirty for so looking forward to last night's episode (no, I've not yet watched it), but looking forward to it I am. Breaking Bad is an awesome guilty pleasure.
The Wire meets Wile E. Coyote (not much in the way of spoilers).
Post-script, July 27, 2012: I have now seen the first two episodes and have not been disappointed. That said, the tone seems to have shifted, with the emphasis on Walter White's moral degradation, even as his tangible powers grow. For him, at least, this can't end well. For us? Well, we can but wait and see.

Money and Markets

The man who invented 'Too-Big-To-Fail' banks

finally recants . . . will Obama or Romney follow?

By Robert Reich

Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. His "Marketplace" commentaries can be found on and iTunes. He is also Common Cause's board chairman. His website is:
26 July 2012 — I’m in Alaska, amid moose and bear, trying to steal some time away from the absurdities of American politics and economics. But even at this remote distance I caught wind of Sanford Weill’s proposal this morning on CNBC that big banks be broken up in order to shield taxpayers from the consequences of their losses. Forget the bear and moose for a moment. This is big game.

If any single person is responsible for Wall Street banks becoming too big to fail it’s Sandy Weill. In 1998 he created the financial powerhouse Citigroup by combining Traveler’s Insurance and Citibank. To cash in on the combination, Weill then successfully lobbied the Clinton administration to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law that separated commercial from investment banking. And he hired my former colleague Bob Rubin, then Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury, to oversee his new empire. (More)

How and what the rich buy, live-in, and sell
Top ten real estate deals in the United States
Two NASCAR champs home auctions

August will be NASCAR Month in the auction business when the luxury homes of both Junior Johnson and Joe Nemecheck will be going to auction. Nemecheck's Mooresville, North Carolina home is a 139-acre horse farm called Finncastle Estate. It has world-class equestrian facilities and a 8,935 square foot, five bedroom home. Other features include a gourmet kitchen, media room, mirrored gym and a climate-controlled dream garage. The home was originally built for another NASCAR star, Ernie Irvan. It was for sale at $10.995 million, and will go to auction on August 2.

Junior Johnson is auctioning his Hamptonville, North Carolina 150-acre luxury farm and 10,000 square foot home on August 7.  Includes home, guest house, pool, race shop, breakfast building, European hand-painted murals, and Macedonia limestone tile floors.  The home had been on the market at $6.1 million and then reduced to $4.95 million.  

Rich turn to auctions as luxury home resale market continues to slump

Nemecheck was the Busch Series champion in 1992 and current owner of NEMCO Motorsports. Johnson progressed in the race world from bootlegging his family's backyard alcohol out of North Carolina in fast cars to become an early NASCAR pioneer. He won 50 races and is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Auctions of multi-million dollar homes are becoming more frequent as the luxury homes resale market continues to deteriorate.

Real estate is never boring at  where we bring you the inside story on historic, famous and celebrity homes for sale. Also check out today's most entertaining and unusual real estate news stories of the week where you won't get information about home loan rates or housing starts or stuff like that. Instead, we will bring you news such as the Michigan family who had their 15 minutes of fame after they bought Madonna's childhood home, famous TV series location homes, celebrity home sale bummers, and the city where buying a closet will set you back about one million dollars. Also a new reality game from Canada: is it a million dollar mansion or a crack-house?


The Old Man's Last Sauna

(To read the stories just click on the italic titles. Please tell us what you think.)
An eclectic collection of short stories by Carl Dow that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story. The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.

The pair will fight for the world title in Las Vegas on July 7, almost two years after Sonnen's fifth-round loss to the Brazilian in their only previous meeting.

"I feel sorry for him. He is a frustrated man," Silva told TV Globo on Sunday night. "He has never won anything in his life. The fight is going to be something else."

During a press conference to promote the event in Rio last month, the American said Silva's championship belt was "a fake" and belittled his humble upbringing in Brazil.

Silva, who has not lost a bout since January 2006, said his family had taken offence at Sonnen's remarks.

The pair will fight for the world title in Las Vegas on July 7, almost two years after Sonnen's fifth-round loss to the Brazilian in their only previous meeting.

"I feel sorry for him. He is a frustrated man," Silva told TV Globo on Sunday night. "He has never won anything in his life. The fight is going to be something else."

During a press conference to promote the event in Rio last month, the American said Silva's championship belt was "a fake" and belittled his humble upbringing in Brazil.

Silva, who has not lost a bout since January 2006, said his family had taken offence at Sonnen's remarks.

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