Very opinionated post about politics

I watched an interview earlier in which Jared Kushner dubbed President Trump’s response to the Corona Virus Pandemic hitting the United States as a tremendous success.

Stepping aside from the fact that he needs to kiss his father-in-law’s ass as a means to remain in good standing with the family, and to quite literally have any job at this point in time, ignoring the silver spoon and ignoring the sheer idiocy of what is Fox News, I can’t help but think of the 61,000 families who’ve lost a loved one, be it a family member or friend, over the past two months. I can’t help but think of how utterly cold and offensive a statement like Kushner’s must seem. When he steps in front of that camera and peddles this complete and utter bullshit to the American public, it must feel as though he’s kicking 61,000 families while they’re already down. I would suggest a correlation between Kushner’s statements and spitting on the graves of those Americans lost, but honestly… 61,000 people have died in two months and he’s celebrating when these people haven’t even been properly laid to rest.

When President Trump ‘celebrates’ how low he’s keeping the death toll, it must make 61,000+ families feel as though the lives of their family members and friends who’ve passed are expendable to a government who’s leader promised he would stand up for the underdog. Celebrating a death toll, under any circumstances, showcases a serious character flaw that we all knew existed, but many refuse to acknowledge.

When President Trump spews complete nonsense from the podium day after day after day, only to turn around and claim he was being ‘sarcastic to see how news reporters would spin it’, it must make millions of people shake there heads and wonder why the fuck this idiot thinks right now is the appropriate time for sarcasm, under any circumstance. I know that’s how I feel.

Listen, I’m not American. I’m an outsider looking in and I’m looking in because I know that what happens in the United States is going to have a very real and lasting effect on my country. We’re not without problems in Canada. And yes, things suck right now. We are not immune to issues by any means. But it also sucks everywhere. It just seems like the USA is competing for a gold medal in the who can suck the absolute most Olympics. Or who can convey they have the coldest hearts.

Because there are as many people now out of work in the United States as there are people who live in Canada. And that hits me. As someone who knows the extreme lows that come with unemployment, that hits me really hard. I feel for these people who are struggling. People struggling to find the balance between remaining healthy/alive and feeding their families.

When Mitch McConnell says that he refuses to bail out blue states, I can’t help but think that this isn’t the time for a political pissing match or a dick measuring contest. (Vulgar, yeah, I know) When the Governor of Georgia waits until April to announce that he’s only just learned people can be asymptomatic carriers of this virus, infecting dozens or more without even knowing it, only to less than a month later say ‘Fuck it, social distancing is too hard’, I can’t help but think that it must really suck to be in Georgia and coming to the realization that they really don’t care if you live or die.

And when I hear about these tests, these ‘beautiful tests’ as Donald Trump touts them, the tests that are for everyone, the tests that Mike Pence needs to clarify were distributed but not processed, I can’t help but think what the fucking point is in having tests distributed if they can’t fucking be processed.

Literally, when Donald Trump gets out of office, he’s going to write a tell all book (and by write, I mean dictate because the man can’t speak so he definitely cannot write) about how he fucked over the United States of American. He’s going to sit on his golden throne on the top of Trump Tower and laugh about how many lives he ruined and how he’s going to go down in history for just how ‘beautiful’ of a job he’s done.

Side note – I don’t think he knows any other adjectives beyond ‘beautiful’. Beautiful tests, beautiful phone calls with the Ukrainian government, beautiful letters from North Korean dictators… oh don’t get me started with North Korean dictators…

For everyone who’s lost a loved one, a friend, a colleague, a neighbour, a stranger who you appreciated, I am sorry. I cannot imaging the pain you’re going through at this time. For everyone who is struggling, who doesn’t know how they’re going to make it through this, I am sorry. We will get through this together, whilst keeping a safe distance. And for the doctors, nursese, health care workers, and anyone on the front lines or working essential work right now to keep us all going through this, thank you. I cannot explain how much you mean to me, and though I don’t want to speak for a collective, how much you mean to all of us. You’re heroes. Full stop.

End rant. For now.

71 thoughts on “Very opinionated post about politics

  1. The political leadership’s emphasis on “the economy” over common sense and public health and well-being is truly infuriating – particularly because they aren’t doing it to safe jobs so much as to protect their own vested interest. This epidemic has brought to light just how much the average person in the U.S. ISN’T a priority for leaders.

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    1. It’s sad, but it’s really true. Unless you’re one of the wealth 1%, it really doesn’t matter if you live or die to this administration… and that’s fucking heartbreaking. A life should not be valued based upon the amount of money in one’s bank account.

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  2. From here in America, I don’t speak for every one, but thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated. It is hard to believe that some of our citizens our still to this moment defending the president and his cabinet and all their actions. However, that is our right, here, to have that opinion. I am waiting for that “beautiful” day in November to cast my lot and hopefully jut as many more beautiful people will cast his “Pristine” ass out, but who knows, he lost the popular vote last time, just saying…

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    1. While I see those protests going on in those certain states and I do understand that is their right, I’m also reminded that the Doctors and Nurses and Health Care Aids are the one’s who are gong to be looking after them when they get sick, not the president. Front line workers are going to be helping them survive, not the president, or his desire to be ‘open for business’. I know everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, I just hope that when people are out protesting theirs, they don’t fall ill in the process. Front line workers have enough to worry about already.

      As for voting in November, that’s another subject that scares me. I’ve got a lot of thoughts going through my mind with respect to the election… what happens if you can’t vote? What happens if there’s a worse wave in the fall and it’s literally not safe to go out and vote? Will they push ahead with voting in person anyways in hopes that means they’ll have a better chance of another republican victory? Why is no one considering this now? Because they think that if it is worse in the fall then that’ll for sure mean another republican victory? I just don’t know…

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      1. I don’t understand them either. We go out but mainly stay in the car and away from people as my husband is a grocery worker and he is already around enough people. Yeah, he even had a few co-workers that are “bucking” the mandatory mask wearing. It is disgusting to see and hear my own educated (Ivy league) relatives wanting the orders lifted because of the spotty news reporting. One of them even said that the number of deaths 60k+ did not warrant the toll the shut down of our economy.

        Our health care workers are stretched to the limits here and this was before this pandemic. Hopefully your voting in November will happen as ours is in question. Our most lovely leader would like to pull funding from the US Postal service so we can’t mail in our ballots. I am disabled but I will stand in line with a mask on if I have to vote in November. We here in the States are already thinking about the election. We have a primary coming up in 13 days. Yeah, your guess about all of this is just about as good as mine as we are not getting good or reliable info from the media.

        Anyhow, sorry for my rant. Take care and be aswell as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Don’t ever be sorry for sharing. Your points are very valid. The Canadian election was in October of 2019, so thankfully it’s not something we’re worrying about right now.

        I had heard about the President’s desire to not help the Postal Service but I hadn’t yet to think about the fact that that could very well effect the election in a big way. That’s a very important point that you raise that could play a large role in the election. If the postal service isn’t functioning properly that election could be hugely effected by it. That’s a scary thought.

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      3. Thank you. I worry as I try not to offend people I know here. Politics is always a hot subject. Oh I misread your response before…oopps. Yes, it is a scary thought and they are already planning for it. Yes, rumor has it that this is a delay tactic from our pres. It is quite the soap opera here in the states. No need for new shows or movies here.

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  3. As an American, this evaluation is spot on, and I completely agree. It is commerce over community health. If a global pandemic cannot shift the mentality of the greedy, white men who run this country, I’m not sure what will.

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    1. I don’t think too much at this point in time.
      Perhaps if someone come’s for their wealth? Maybe they won’t care unless someone comes for their personal money? But I doubt that’ll ever happen.

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      1. Maybe. Even then though, they would just continue to hoard their wealth like they do their toilet paper. My hope is they are a dying breed, and that the next generation will see the value in wealth equality and the benefit of a healthy, educated, secure, and engaged population.

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      2. As much as people bash AOC, I have a lot of respect for her and I genuinely think that she’s leading the charge to change a lot of minds in that direction. I’m hoping she instills some positive values and beliefs such as these, in generations now and generations to come.

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      3. It’s a tricky problem! It takes education and breadth of experience to gain appreciation for those things, a lot of the time.

        I see as a common factor behind a lot of societal problems, being the insular way in which we live. Strengthening feeling of local community and dependence on each other goes a long way, I am sure of it. Isolation and insularity lead to a lot of arrogance and selfishness, I think.

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      4. I see it in the people I currently live with now, and it’s scary and unnerving.

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      5. You’re right. Unfortunately, there is definitely an individualistic tendency in this country. I agree that fostering a sense of community and empathy for one another can absolutely bring about the positive change that we so desperately need.

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  4. Thank you. While I happen to live in the US, I would rather be anywhere else right now. Never in my 54 years have I seen such a shameful rift of the American people like what is happening now. Trump is a symbol of hope for the poor, uneducated people of this country who want to return to the 1950s, when a shoe salesman can support a family of 4. Not happening. Don’t let me go on. Can’t listen to him, or look at him without feeling nauseous. He’s a dispicable disaster and hopefully will be gone soon.

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    1. I’m scare of what is going to become of the American election if there is a worse wave of this pandemic in the fall. As someone who is not American, do you know what will happen if an election is not possible? Or will people be forced to go out and vote and risk their health? If they don’t enact a system of people being able to vote by mail in the masses, what happens? Lowest election rates ever? Or pushing the election back to 2021? I’m not all that well versed on this kind of stuff, so I am asking because I am curious.

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  5. Girl, bless your beautiful Canadian heart! Your opinions are well taken here and I couldnโ€™t agree with you more. There is definitely an idiot and company in the white House. I donโ€™t refer to him as president, Iโ€™d rather be hung from a tree. Calling him president gives this person too much respect. โ€œI like to grab him by the pussy and they let me. โ€œ
    I know that many Americans didnโ€™t want a 1/2 black man as president, but just compare president Obama to the idiot we have now. There is no comparison!!!
    I loved your post. You have every right to express your opinions, unless you have a dictator for a leader. By the way the current person taking up space in our White House wants to be โ€œAmerican King.โ€

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      1. He’s no Obama. He’s also not even on a level playing field with any of the past presidents in my opinion. They, at the very least, understood the value of the every day American and that it takes every day Americans to make that country function. The United States doesn’t need a King, they need a fucking leader right now. And he ain’t no leader, nor is anyone in that cabinet of his… sadly. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. I can’t speak to his choice of tan. That being said, he must have deemed some workers essential to keep him tanned though, because his tan has remained ‘on point’ throughout this.

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    1. That’s true. Maybe that’s the plan. Then he could claim the award. I can hear his words now: “they said it couldn’t be done and I did it ladies and gentlemen. I singled-handedly bankrupted the best economy in the world. I did it. Beautiful bankruptcy! Please bow at my feet”.

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  6. You are absolutely right. This government is an abomination but it came about because of failings on the part of the Democrats who now are hard put to come up with a decent opponent for the next election. hat we need here is a total upheaval. I want a world in which the “little people” (and I don’t mean small) can be heard.
    I go off on rants periodically too. I heartily support yours.

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    1. Thank you. I’m a little scared that people will just ‘reselect’ Trump because of the fact that his only competition right now is Joe Biden. Biden seems like a nice enough dude, but I think he’s needs a serious facelift as far as his public image goes to be a contender. Not that Trump has a good image. I just think… well, right now I think there’s still enough Trump supporters to have him relected unless the democratic committee makes some serious changes and seriously fast.

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    1. Obama was a ray of light in what was, at the time a very broken system. And now, they’re back to a very broken system and they need a ray of light that they just won’t get from Trump. Like you said, he’s void of empathy, and sympathy. And probably a human heart.

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      1. Re: Empathy: Trump hasn’t a notion of what empathy is, but he’s a symptom (the apotheosis, really) of what has happened to the GOP over the last fifty years. It began with Nixon, deepened with Reagan, and became (literally) part of the party platform with the rise of Newt Gingrich in 1994. Trump is the logical, inevitable extreme degenerate case.

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    1. I’m not really sure if you’re just joshing me or not, but I would make a terrible reporter. lol. I’m too opinion based. I’m of the belief that reporters should be about sharing the news and leaving their personal opinions out of it. To me, my opinions are what I want to share.

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      1. You are correct! As my journalist son explained to me a while ago, the news reporters should not express their opinions, it is only allowed in editorials :). Besides, I do not need to start one more time on how low they are paid. If you are not a celebrity ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Opinions are like yesterdays everyone has one. I live in the U.S. and I have been a libertarian for decades. Democrats and Republican politicians have destroyed the fabric of this country over greed. Trump is an easy target, I dont disagree with the criticisms hurled his way. What saddens me the most is the sweeping generalizations you see from people, all over the world.

    You differ on one subject and BAM that person is an idiot, mean, evil, racist on and on and on and on. That’s where we are, and Trump has pushed it to a whole new level. It’s been there for years though, and for those who want to assign blame to one individual misses the larger issue of our decline. I wonder often, what or who will people point to when Trump is gone? Who will be to blame then?

    Trump is the 10th president I have lived under, he isnt responsible for the millions of people who engage in outrageous behavior. Novemeber is when Trump can be held accountable, it will change the narrative for a short time. In the end people, millions of them will still be cruel to one another, they’ll just find someone else or something to justify their behaviors.

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    1. I do believe that whomever is Trump’s successor will get blame put on them once elected. Whether that’s in November or in four years. It’s a cycle. I was too young to remember the Clinton days, but I do remember various stones (metaphorical) hurled towards George Bush in the early 2000s, and I very much remember stones (again metaphorical) hurled towards Obama when he was in office. These metaphorical stones that are being hurled towards Trump aren’t new. In a governmental position such as his, one should expect to be held to the height of criticism because leaders elected need to be held accountable, and the court of public opinion is how that happens.

      That being said, I am guilty of what you suggest, but only to an extent. I’m very much a Liberal leaning person on the political spectrum, I’ve never been shy about sharing that. I also believe that Trump is a moron. He’s an idiot. That’s not just because I disagree with him though, that’s because he is an idiot.

      I’m using George Bush as an example because he was the last Republic president prior to Obama. I will say that I disagreed with a lot of George Bush’s (early 2000s – I’m giving you a time frame because I’m not sure which one of them is George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, sorry!) policies, but I do believe that George Bush (early 2000s) was/is a very intelligent man. I can’t see an instance when I personally would consider calling him an idiot.

      I am definitely guilty of calling Trump an idiot… a lot. But that’s because he is one. His behaviour, rhetoric, governmental policies, lack of understanding of pretty much everything needed to make him successful and unwillingness to admit to the fact that he has a lack of understanding of pretty much everything, these are all contributing factors. There are more, but I realize that I am rambling, I’m sorry, I should stop.

      I guess the main point is – no one is exempt from being held accountable to the court of public opinion. Obama, Bush, Clinton (from what I’ve read) and Bush Sr. (from what I’ve read) put their feelings aside for the betterment of the country. Donald Trump can’t seem to get over his hurt feelings.

      Okay, I’ll really stop now.

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      1. I once saw someone on a message board say Arnold Schwarzzenegger was an idiot republican. I recall the rebuttal as being he came from another country dominated his sport, then changed professions made millions as a movie star, then married into one of the most powerful families in the world, then become governor of one of the largest states in the U.S. For me, its hard to proclaim any of these high level politicians as idiots, given the multitude of accomplishments they have in compare to myself. I dont think you are necessarily wrong, I think its just very easy to point at the person in the crowd who stands out.

        Tens of millions of people voted for Trump, are all of them idiots too? Racist, Sexist, hate filled morons? Im going to go out on a limb and say no. You didnt miss much by missing those presidencies as an example, the Clintons have destroyed many womens lives over Bill’s adventures.

        There are bad players on all sides, and in the end we are often left with a choice between “rich blowhard arrogant prick” or “self righteous, liar, say anything to get elected”.

        I dont profess to know all that much about Trump, I dont spend a lot of time on it. People get consumed over it its rather sad. Im more interested in my local politics, why the park trash barrels arent empty or how do we get kids better Lap Tops for the high school. I respect your opinion, and I respect your right to say whatever you want and I mostly agree with you.

        You take care and thanks for the thoughtful reply.

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  8. He knows two other adjectivesโ€” one which you used (tremendous) and also incredible. So he knows: beautiful, incredible and tremendous. That’s it! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    1. Ohhhhhhh he says beautiful so much that I nearly forgot about tremendous and incredible. For someone who touts himself as a genius, he doesn’t have a very large vocabulary.

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      1. Hahaha! Oh, yeah, your use of ‘tremendous’ at the top was in a quote by that Kushner person.

        Haha, to be fair there’s no value any more in talking about how mentally deficient or narcissistic or whatever else trump is, because it’s all implicitly assumed by most by now, and however bad you think he is, it’s always worse. And it defies all logical or moral reasoning, apart from that of narcissism.

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  9. I fail to understand how come Trump not understand the simple fact that COVID-19 is a serious virus. Instead of blaming others on twitter shouldn’t he think of the people of America. His such an idiot seriously. Those doctors and nurses are doing such a great job. Hats off to those essential workers. We are really blessed that we have Jacinda Arden as our PM. I hope Mr. Trump for once makes a right decision๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I’ve heard some really great things coming out of New Zealand with respect to the slowing and controlling of the virus and it makes me really happy. Jacinda Arden does not mess around and she’s someone that to me, genuinely cares about the greater good for everyone.

      As for Trump, he’s a narcissist. I truly believe that he won’t see Corona Virus as serious unless he gets it. I hope he doesn’t, I don’t want anyone sick or suffering, but I do think the only way he will care is if he catches it himself.

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    2. Trump understands nothing that does not affect him directly. He is panicking now only because his favorability is in free-fall. But because he is a raging narcissist (perhaps the greatest one the world has ever seen!) he can’t admit error and will continue to double down on his bad bets.

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    1. Just have to warn people. There’s A LOT of people who read this blog who disagree with my political perspectives, so I figured if I warned what was coming in the title then they wouldn’t bother reading it knowing ahead of time they didn’t want to. lol

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  10. It’s a complete shit show here. I keep myself away from the mainstream news and anything Trump is doing. It’s an embarrassment and an outrage. Great rant V, I support every word.

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  11. I try to stay out of the debate, because like you, I’m not in the US – so it’s really nothing to do with me. The thing I find hard is understanding how ANY republicans can side with him. It reminds me of the “defence of self” psychology thing – that fanboyism is rooted in – where you make a decision, and then bend all logic to defend your decision.

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    1. I’m not sure why I missed this when you left it, I just wanted to say that I think people care more about their party winning then whether or not anything is actually being done with the government. I think that’s why people side with him. You know what I mean? Kind of like… it’s easier to ignore the bully than be on the bully’s bad side?

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      1. Yes, and: blame Gingrich more than anyone. He made it impossible to actually govern (which requires compromise). IDEOLOGICAL PURITY! DEATH TO HERETICS AND APOSTACY! (For anyone interested, more on this and more to come on my blog.)

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  12. Those beautiful, perfect tests they were talking about (until they weren’t)? You know, the ones that were distributed but not processed? They don’t exist. Here in NY we have tests, because the governor made it happen. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.

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    1. The entire process of managing this pandemic from start to finish has been a giant shit storm. I don’t know how the American legal system works and if it would allow for it, but after Trump is out of office, I think there should be a giant class action law suit from the people of the state of New York for how he literally put them all in danger and caused tens of thousands of lives to be lost because of his idiocy.

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  13. The constitution of the United States generally protects elected officials from civil liability for official acts; in the abstract this makes sense, though under the present regime it’s a travesty that they can’t be held accountable in this way.

    HOWEVER: There is no such protection for *criminal* acts, nor should there be. A crime is a crime is a crime, and it doesn’t matter if you are the dog catcher in East Bumfuck, NE or the President of the United States. The criminal laws apply to everyone, and I am sure that the NY Attorney General (and those in other states — California, Connecticut, Washington, Illinois spring to mind) is even now doing the research and building her case. (There’s a good argument that the botched non-response amounts to 100,000 counts of criminally negligent homicide; but see below.)

    There is no doubt that Trump has committed crimes while in office: bribery and extortion we know about (ample evidence produced during the impeachment proceedings), and there are surely other examples. We’d all love to see him in the dock. This presents a practical problem for the next administration: we don’t want to start a pattern of criminal prosecutions of former presidents; so I think there has to be something so extreme, so beyond the pale, that it withstands the inevitable, bogus charges of “politically motivated witch-hunt.”

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  14. The word “opinionated” is really catchy. It drags me to read the whole article and make me think that it is ok to show our most opinionated view. Thanks for an inspiring article.

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