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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ugandan President: President Trump tells the truth on: January 25, 2018, 12:09:32 PM
http://thehill.com/policy/international/370435-ugandan-president-i-love-trump-because-he-tells-africans-frankly

Ugandan president praises Trump for his frankness: 'Africans need to solve their problems'

Imagine the advancement of humankind if African nations suddenly got their act together.  For a how-to guide, just read the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom:
Rule of Law
Property Rights:
Freedom from Corruption
Limited Government
Fiscal Freedom
Government Size/Spending
Regulatory Efficiency
Business Freedom
Labor Freedom
Open Markets
Trade Freedom
Investment Freedom
Financial Freedom

It's 2018 and we know how to eradicate poverty.  We just don't seem to know how to set a better example.
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Stratfor: Venezuela on: January 25, 2018, 11:59:42 AM
Kind of a long silence from Denny S.  I hope all is well.

We were looking for the failure of socialism as a way to rid the country of these tyrants and their policies through the ballot box.  We got the former without the latter.

Maduro thugs are (still) using murder to stay in power:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-venezuela-suffers-1516566034

At what point the US offers aid, and how?  It would seem to me that starvation is the breaking point and we are there, yet the dictator and his thugs keep pushing forward (backward).

Venezuelan Entropy - A closed system tends to disorder.  Looting and stealing food from markets destroys the incentive for the merchant to re-stock food, for example. The hyper-inflation is a losing spiral.  I don't see a solution from the inside that is fast enough to save the country without outside help. 

For the US to act, we would need:
1. Clear confirmation that the people want that.
2. A new, free election that removes Maduro and all thugs from power.
3. Full free market reforms that reverse socialism and make the assistance temporary.
4. Is the above even possible and is the chaos reversible?

If we don't act, Russia or China will?  Or no one will?  Where is the rest of Latin America on this?  Broke or immersed in their own problems?  If US private charities (or governments) send food and assistance without conditions, does that bolster the regime - guaranteeing more of the same?

Hyper-inflation: Is it really inflation or just a failed currency?  The US$ retains its purchasing power in Venezuela.

We hear silence from Trump so far, but what did the Obama administration do in 8 years other than prop up the regime?

Trump is a businessman and Venezuela is rich in resources.  Is there a way to help without fleecing our taxpayers and our own budget.  Foreign aid is not high on Trump's agenda but a win-win solutions should be.

Venezuela's source of outside currency is the oil they aren't producing.  The US is now the world's number one producer of oil.  If we could prop up their oil industry in a global market it would be to the detriment of ours?

Does someone see a way forward?  Stratfor frames the problem but not the solution.
103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Stratfor: Important read on natural gas on: January 25, 2018, 11:03:03 AM
wish this piece had a map:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Caspian_Gas_Pipeline
The Trans/Caspian gas pipeline would run under the Caspian Sea from Türkmenbaşy to the Sangachal Terminal, where it would connect with the existing pipeline to Erzurum in Turkey, which in turn would be connected to the Southern Gas Corridor, thus taking natural gas from Turkmenistan to Central Europe.
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tangent #2, (Ted Vabn Dyk, WSJ) on: January 25, 2018, 10:57:46 AM
A lot of wisdom in that piece, 'wait for evidence and due process before calling for impeachment', but this is not your father's Democratic party.
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Trump is saying he will happily testify under oath. I would suggest he require the same of Mueller in exchange:
Mr. Trump, did you illegally collude with the Russians to win this election?
Mr. Mueller, have you found any evidence of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians in a year of searching at the cost of millions of dollars and the cloud it puts over our government to justify  continuing the investigation?
105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, ... McCabe on: January 25, 2018, 09:40:44 AM
McCabe's wife took almost $700,000 for a failed political campaign in Virginia from Clinton chum and VA governor Terry McAuliffe, WHILE McAuliffe was under investigation by the feds for accepting campaign donations from shifty sources.
106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics, Trump got tired of winning on: January 25, 2018, 04:17:21 AM
http://m.startribune.com/trump-launches-his-long-promised-war-on-imports/470987913/?section=opinion

I take back whatever good I said about him or his policies. "Protectionism", we are back to why I opposed him in the first place.
107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration on: January 24, 2018, 02:00:21 PM
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/22/shock-poll-us-wants-massive-cuts-legal-immigration/

Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump’s three demands for a border wall, limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.
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Trumps other points could pass if votes in Congress matched the views of the people.
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 24, 2018, 01:47:04 PM
One good point (among many) made by VDH:

"We have no idea whether the unprecedented hatred for a president, evident in mainstreamed assassination chic and 90 percent negative press coverage, will reach a saturation point and turn off voters."
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About 90 million people (estimate) will vote in the midterm.  0.8 million watch CNN in a day. 2-3 million might watch Stephen Colbert endlessly rip Trump and ore than 230 million eligible voters don't.  Of those, many are turned off by the onslaught.  People eventually notice when coverage is 93% against him while the policies are more than 50% in their favor.  (Case in point, new poll has a large majority favoring big new limits on immigration; they didn't get that from NYT or CBS!)  The Grammies, the Oscars, the Olympics, the NFL, NBA, plus academics and media are all on one side.  Even some liberals are embarrassed by the onesidedness of it all.  People are sick of it.  You can't turn on your TV and not see it.  At some point all the bias runs a big risk of backfiring.  
109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Samantha Power, HBO documentary on: January 24, 2018, 01:16:37 PM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455674/final-year-review-obama-administration-foreign-policy-arrogant-naive
(from previous post0  In gallows and tragedy humor, this is a great read, important for people to know what failures they were and what rubbish we were fed.

The author accuses the Obama foreign policy team of being naive and arrogant.  Then he proves those points over and over with stories and quotes.  Quite amazing.

"Power travels to Cameroon to offer photo-op comfort to families terrorized by Boko Haram — only to have her motorcade kill a seven-year-old boy. The boy had run out into the road to gape at a helicopter pulling security for Power’s team of VIPs."  [Tragic, but kind of symbolic of their reign.]

Ben Rhodes, speechwriter, novelist, upon hearing Trump won:  “I mean, uh, I can’t even [long pause] I can’t, I ca— [long pause] I mean I, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t put it into words. I don’t know what the words are.”
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it appears that Rhodes, not Kerry, was running U.S. foreign policy in 2016, and perhaps for some time before that. At an event in Vietnam, for instance, Rhodes is seen giving orders to Kerry...
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Rhodes’ rhetorical trick, which he shared with Obama, was to use a favored trope of the center-right in service of knocking down a strawman.
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Rhodes is an arc man: There’s this Mighty Arc of History (™), see, and everything naturally bends toward it. (In Vietnam, Rhodes coaches Kerry how to talk about the trip: “I think the main thing for them is drawing the arc of progress
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Kerry, after Russia breaks the ceasefire in Aleppo in 2016: “It’s just so frustrating because we really had an agreement that could have worked. And unfortunately we have some people [Putin] who didn’t want to cooperate.”  [No kidding!]
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Power:  “My world is a world where you have 65 million displaced. Yemen and Syria and Iraq, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, Central African Republic, Burundi, South Sudan, Darfur, you know, the list, Afghanistan, of course, Venezuela imploding . . . There are concerns about terrorism and there is a fear of the other and . . . all the trendlines — on democracy, right now, at least — are going in the wrong direction.”   [Truth slips out.]

Thank God they are gone [for now].

110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump wins again? on: January 24, 2018, 11:09:27 AM
Here we go again with the Trump name calling, "Cryin' Chuck Schumer".
@realDonaldTrump
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!
8:07 PM - 23 Jan 2018

Okay, he cried about limiting people of Muslim origin gaining entry into the country:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-UzxqpPLc8  (9:30 mark)

But doesn't the negotiating point above stand on its own, without the name call?

I guess he has his way of winning.  Schumer deserves a putdown and Trump understands he has defeat his opponents, not just 'compromise' with them.  But this cheapens himself too, holds down his approval, doesn't sound Presidential, limits his own effectiveness.  MHO.
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Turkey as a US ally on: January 24, 2018, 10:46:20 AM
I heard Sen Dan SUllivan, R-Alaska, Marine combat veteran, this morning tout what a great US ally Turkey has been, especially pre-Erdogan. 
http://www.hughhewitt.com/wp-content/uploads/01-24hhs-sullivan.mp3
My recollection was how they refused accessand made us fly around Turkey to launch the 2003 Iraq action, but they have been helpful in other ways.

Note USAF use of Incirlik Air Base:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incirlik_Air_Base  A very strategic location, map at link.

Something like this is part of the leave-behind we should have insisted on in Iraq and would likely have prevented the genocidal ISIS occupation.

The relationship reminds me of the Glick piece on Jordan.  Our interests with some of these allies(?) only partly overlap.
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: January 24, 2018, 10:31:15 AM
"Obama was in on the insecure email activities with Hillary.":

Yes, and Andrew McCarthy is right on the money.   Obama 'only learned about it in the news', just like us, yet he was sending and receiving with her under his own pseudonym.  He was in all the way, over his head in it, lured in by the Clintons.  The Clintons and Obamas had some kind of mutually assured destruction pact between them in addition to  their shared political interests.

The only way that all of these scandals don't go right to the top would be if he was a puppet and someone else was really calling the shots.  The closest confidant to President Obama was Valerie Jarrett.  She had total access and was most trusted but she wasn't calling the shots in his place.

Obama was in it on Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting, FISA Fraud and unmasking and wiretap - the whole phony Russian conspiracy.  We are missing a whistleblower from that administration and a few more documents.  Maybe one of these lousy people, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Rybicki can be flipped.

"Obama had emails from Clinton, which he had to know were from a private account since her address did not end in “@state.gov” as State Department emails do."

He set up his own phony email address to do this.  He wasn't sending without knowing where he was sending.

"Note that claims of executive privilege must yield to demands for disclosure of relevant evidence in criminal prosecutions. But of course, that’s not a problem if there will be no prosecution.

Laws were broken that should be investigated and prosecuted.  If so, that barricade falls.
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Related note, Michael Flynn (reportedly) plead guilty when they threatened to go after his son.  
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/08/politics/michael-flynn-son-special-counsel-russia-investigation/index.html
Flynn was illegally and unconstitutionally wiretapped as part of the lie to the FBI trap.  That all falls as discovered.  In the end those charges will be dropped.  He had hoped to flip him on Trump collusion that didn't exist and they needed to indict someone high up to justify their existence.
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Anyone who doubts that the Obamas had a partisan interest in the successor election should watch this video again, Michelle Obama's speech to the 2016 DNC.  Michelle didn't give this speech separate from Barack and the administration's interest, and they were not neutral on choosing a successor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNWYqDU948

The Obama's hate Trump and it's personal, not just political.
113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Nuclear Power, Ask Carnegie Global Ecology Scientist at Stanford... on: January 23, 2018, 02:49:53 PM
Ken Caldeira‏
@KenCaldeira
https://dge.carnegiescience.edu/labs/caldeiralab/

If we discovered nuclear power today, we would be working like mad to make it as safe and cheap as possible.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2017/08/03/the-real-climate-consensus-nuclear-power/#64be7dd82ef5

The Real Climate Consensus: Nuclear Power
Scientists across the political spectrum support nuclear power.
“Some 65% of scientists favor building more nuclear power plants..."

A powerful consensus, transcending scientific and political beliefs, supports nuclear power as an effective and affordable means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Perhaps we can overlook our political differences long enough to prioritize removing impediments to nuclear power in America and throughout the world.
114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Russia-Asia, Russian ties to North Korea regime on: January 23, 2018, 02:28:27 PM
Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-exclusive/exclusive-trump-accuses-russia-of-helping-north-korea-evade-sanctions-says-u-s-needs-more-missile-defense-idUSKBN1F62KO
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http://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/comments/the-prospect-of-regime-change-in-north-korea-is-a-serious-concern/

Moscow’s position was motivated by a belief the status quo made Russia a powerful geopolitical player in the crisis because of its close ties to Pyongyang, Kortunov said, just as Russia’s support for Assad has gifted it greater Middle East clout.
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If the United States were to remove Kim Jong Un by force, he said Russia could face a refugee and humanitarian crisis on its border, while the weapons and technology Pyongyang is developing could fall into even more dangerous non-state hands. (From the Russian perspective)
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Turkey, Russia, Kurds, YPG on: January 23, 2018, 02:19:58 PM
"I am struck with just how much of an error it was for Obama to invite the Russians back into the Middle East , , , and before that to withdraw from Iraq.  Now it just looks like we are in the eternal wars of the Middle East.  If we leave, Iran (and the Russian-Iranian axis) gets the land bridge to Lebanon and the Mediterranean, thus setting up a possibly nuclear war with Israel and if we stay, well we are drained by strategies based upon the shifting sands of the region.
 tongue tongue tongue angry angry angry
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That's right.  (   We don't want to be the world's policeman, but Russia will act in our best interests??!  This former President is highly regarded?  It reminds me of the basic argument Romney couldn't make to Obama's voters, do you support him for his failed economic policies or for his awful foreign policies?  What a disaster!
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More on the Turkey versus Kurd conflict, this from the YFG Kurd leader:
https://anfenglish.com/rojava/sipan-hemo-russia-betrayed-the-kurds-but-victory-will-be-ours-24350

"Russia betrayed the Kurds, but victory will be ours"

116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Europe, Sweden increases deportations to Morocco on: January 23, 2018, 02:04:07 PM
https://www.thelocal.se/20180122/sweden-increases-deportation-rate-to-morocco

Many of the young Moroccans who come to Sweden lack sufficient cause for asylum, according to Sveriges Radio, and some have ended up on the street involved in crime and drug abuse.
117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Illegals to vote in California starting this year on: January 23, 2018, 02:01:26 PM
Automatically registered to vote if they have a driver's license...  ??

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/alert-starting-april-1-california-dmv-will-automatically-register-illegal-aliens-to-vote-by-court-order/
https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/28/dmv-licensed-800000-undocumented-immigrants-under-2-year-old-law/

http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20180122/settlement-may-open-door-to-voter-fraud

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/01/illegals_in_california_with_drivers_licenses_eligible_to_vote_after_april_1.html
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Illegal voting is or should be (additional) grounds for deportation.
118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cognitive Dissonance of the left, Schumer, It would be governmental chaos on: January 23, 2018, 01:54:56 PM
It would be governmental chaos, if we did what we just did.

"You know we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say ‘We’re shutting down the government. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos. "

2:52 on the video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=172&v=yuCuuYUQFXM
119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: USN ship ice bound on: January 23, 2018, 11:41:07 AM

Al Gore:  The world will be free of all ice-caps by 2014.
Snopes:  Partly true.
US Navy:  Should have double checked.

https://www.snopes.com/ice-caps-melt-gore-2014/

2014: Harsh Winter Causes Greatest Great Lakes Ice Coverage Since 1979
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/nearly-frozen-lake-superior-ma/23439393

2017-2018  Here we go again:
The winters of '13-'14 and '14-'15 [and '17-'18] were basically Arctic,
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/29/great-lakes-ice/989619001/

It's hard to dummy up the old records on major shipping lanes.
120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama administration war on the rule of law on: January 23, 2018, 11:19:03 AM
Sometimes in this world of ugly partisan politics we see our opponent caught up in a scandal and can't help feel a sense of joy or hummor as if their demise is your victory. 

This is something far different.  Our own FBI, our own intelligence agencies, our outgoing administrationl caught up in a massive effort to sway the election and to overturn it if necessary bring fright, not joy, to see them caught.

For one thing, the misuse of the FISA process will make it harder or impossible for future administrations to fight future threats with that valuable and powerful tool.  So real future threats will go undetected and real people will be killed, cities destroyed,  because a bunch of partisan hacks infiltrated our most trusted agencies and destroyed our trust.

What Loretta Lynch did, and James Comey, conspiring to 'recuse' but still control the result is beyond contemptible.  They saw gross negligence and labeled it something else, for what purpose?  To not sway an election that they are more than happy to overturn. 

This didn't start with a fear of Trump.  The Obama administration weaponized the DOJ under Holder way before that and the IRS targeting took abuse of power and corruption light years beyond Nixon's feeble attempts.

They hid their tracks.  Holder took a contempt of congress charge with no penalty to avoid telling the American people what really happened in Fast and Furious.  The Schumer Senate issued an IRS targeting report that concluded both sides were wrongly targeting.  On page 188 of that report it turns out that all progressive groups were approved while all conservative groups were denied. 

A previous IRS chief visited the White House once in four years.  Obama's IRS chief was on the calendar 157 times during this time.  The fish stunk from the head.

These huge unconstitutional acts were orchestrated from the Oval Office.  Don't you think the tracks, if found, on this one, fake dossier, FISA fraud, unmasking and wiretapping lead there too? 

President lost his bid for a second term protecting the idea that we don't prosecute ex-Presidents, especially when they were already disgraced and forced out of power.  What test should we apply to ex-President Obama?

It sets a dangerous precedent to have political opponents prosecute predecessors after they leave office.  It's sets an even more dangerous one to let high crimes against our republic go by without consequence.
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Politics, defining Rino on: January 22, 2018, 10:45:47 PM
Tom Cotton:  "When Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin agree on immigration, that’s not a bipartisan agreement. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin are not adversaries in negotiating. They are allies strategizing.”

https://ijr.com/the-declaration/2018/01/1052987-lindsey-graham-picked-a-fight-with-tom-cotton-it-went-exactly-as-well-as-youd-think/?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_S8ghuHvz63kxDupIEQCzzeGY-EbkTRIhMJ6C5q9_77ZZqWGgP6P0Pu_y9BXHSG4UmSE9PajQfDnTCEHxFaTz2SwQaJLkXGqEdrQpnZX5_NThe
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Just a reminder, the wall became law in 2006 on: January 22, 2018, 01:35:48 PM

Yes - the inside baseball point made on Sunday shows yesterday of "authorized" but not "appropriated".

We don't need it authorized.  We need the construction costs appropriated as a line item on the current year budget.

If we are trading DACA for wall, we should be timing completion of DACA status change with completion of the secure border.

[Earlier in the month I had the opportunity to cross the northern border in both directions.  They weren't taking anyone 'undocumented'.]
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 22, 2018, 01:29:05 PM
"We will vote today to reopen the government," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

   - Confirmation that it was Schumer et all who shut down the government.
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Comprehensive DACA reform on: January 22, 2018, 01:23:29 PM
Assuming the shutdown is over for a moment, we are back to DACA and immigration.

Some points to consider while structuring the deal: 

How many people are we talking about?  800,000 'dreamers'?  3 million?  All illegal immigrants?  11 million?  23 million??  Democrats want all illegals to be voting citizens for political purposes. Democrats are ready to welcome Puerto Rico as a state too.  Felons too, any group that votes with them.  Point that out and you oppose ethnicities for political purposes - and are racist.  [What about rule of law, assimilation, e puribus unum?]   We might not need to hold elections anymore if they can sign up enough new voters. 

A minute after they pass amnesty without citizenship they will scream discrimination and demand citizenship and voting rights for these legal residents.

Republicans are divided on the illegal immigration issue.  Enough would vote amnesty for DACA alone to pass with the Dems if Schumer could get that vote.

Real border security has to be part of this. Not a wall everywhere, not just fence, real money appropriated to real contractors to actually build out an acceptable plan to secure the border as promised. This can't be the Reagan deal again where amnesty happens and security doesn't, making the problem permanent and accelerating.

Enforcement of overstayed visas is part of border security.  They come here in airplanes too.  See 9/11.

We need a settlement on sanctuary states and cities.  Why give legal status to people who already have it?

Anchor babies.  The problem is caused by a misinterpreted constitutional amendment. How is it solved?   Maybe it requires a constitutional amendment to fix it.  The policy of giving a baby a different nationality than the parents is splitting up families.  Are Senators for that or against it?

Chain migration.  Dick Durbin supported an end to this in 2010 - before he called it racist.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/12/watch-dick-durbin-advocated-for-ending-chain-migration-in-2010-a-term-he-now-says-is-racist/

Wouldn't it be great if our side framed the issue instead of always having to always say no to their bad deals.
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: January 22, 2018, 12:30:38 PM
"Someday we will not be in power; going nuclear carries near certainty of blow back some day.

I'm open to the idea of carving out the military budget as an exception."

   - I agree on both counts.

"Do the Dems ever show restraint when they are in power? I mean aside from ramming through Obamacare and weaponizing the IRS, the FBI and the intelligence community to use illegal means to maintain power..."

   - All true, but Dems get away with treason while Republicans get called out for hypocrisy.  The rules of the Senate slowing down the process should generally be in the favor of the smaller government side.  Even in this case, the 60 vote rule is forcing Dems to side with Trump in order to govern.

Note the false words used by Dems and media that the Republicans "control" all three "branches" and can't govern.  Besides that the House and Senate comprise just one branch, fewer than 60 votes is not control of the Senate, unless we do change the rules..

Do we want it to be easier than 60 Senators to takeover industries and create new monstrosities like Obamacare?  

The fact that former Pres. Obama used Executive Orders and bureaucratic rulings instead of constitutional process and legislative rules to make things happen, like labeling CO2 a pollutant, is what made it easy for his successor to undo.  That he made the Obamacare mandate a "tax" made it possible to undo it with 51 votes in a tax bill.
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs (budget process) Shutdown on: January 22, 2018, 12:12:25 PM
Where were you when the government shutdown?  I don't want to trivialize the impact for those who are truly affected, but really, for most of us, other than that we have our freedom because of the US military, how were affected this weekend and this Monday with a $4 trillion government shutdown.  None of that money goes to anything I do, use or need.  The street was plowed on schedule this am, the garbage got picked up, city water is on, the county roads are open. 

What if we only had the federal government today that was envisioned by the Founders?
``only have the size of government that it takes to get the votes to pass it, no more. 

The problem with this shutdown is that Democrats support all the spending in it but don't vote for it. 

The previous event was different.  Dems were requiring Republicans to vote to fund for Obamacare that they were specifically elected into the majority to not fund.

What part of the government were Dems elected to not fund?  Defense??

Republicans are normally presumed to be Republicans because they are perceived to be anti-government.  But this is not true.  Responsible Republicans are pro-government; they are just against all those things other than governing that government does.  Free shit, social engineering, redistribution, gender reassignments, that kind of thing.

This was different.  Democrats shut down to make to get their way on another issue, and to make Trump look like he couldn't govern.

As I post, a deal was made...  ??
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: WSJ: Turkey strikes Syrian Kurds on: January 22, 2018, 09:18:23 AM
More on this here: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/01/turkey-upend-us-syria-strategy-attack-ypg-aleppo.html

Who is our allly here, turkey or the Kurds?

Who is Turkey's ally, the US or Russia?

Why is turkey still in NATO? They aren't an ally of the US.
128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We don't know how many illegal immigrants are here to the nearest 10 million on: January 19, 2018, 06:50:05 PM
https://nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2018/01/19/yale-study-shows-23-million-illegal-immigrants/

A working paper by Dr. Mohammad Fazel Zarandi from the Yale School of Management, coauthored by two other Yale professors, estimates that there are 22.8 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

This is over double estimates compiled by the Department of Homeland Security, which claims 11.1 million illegal aliens live in the US.
129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Steele didn't write the (phony) dossier on: January 19, 2018, 03:45:42 PM
Yet another twist in the story, the British English was most likely produced by a lousy Russian to British English translator program with no one checking the myriad of grammar and punctuation errors.

Christopher Steele is a highly skilled writer, at least technically, well educated, he wrote for the Cambridge University student publication.

He didn't write this sentence:
"Alpha held 'kompromat' on Putin and his corrupt business activities from the 1990s whilst although not personally overly bothered by Alpha's failure to reinvest the proceeds of its TNK oil company sale into the Russian economy since, the Russian president was able to use pressure on this count from senior Kremlin colleagues as a lever on Fridman and AVEN to make them do his political bidding."

Nor could it pass the smell test at the FBI, DOJ or FISA Court.

More at:
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/01/did_christopher_steele_write_his_dossier_or_did_a_russian_associate.html#ixzz54fY4DYKZ

130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / California to ration water PERMANENTLY! on: January 19, 2018, 03:36:59 PM
https://californiapolicycenter.org/permanent-water-rationing-coming-california/

Meanwhile in MN, Lake Superior is holding 555 Billion gallons of water (for sale) per inch of depth.  The Great Lakes added 5.1 trillion gallons in 12 days last April.
http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/04/great_lakes_gain_mind-boggling.html

The drought isn't global - or year-round.
131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: President Trump, press questions on: January 18, 2018, 06:21:10 PM
"Dr. Jackson, did you take a waist measurement for the President? His weight — I think you said 239, right? That seems — I think that’s just shy of obesity, right? So you’re confident of that number, and did you do any measurements?"

  - This from a press who thinks Oprah should be President.

Can you imagine asking this of a woman?  Of Oprah?

Did you take her measurements?  Is she obese?  What exercises did you recommend?
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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/17/the-80-questions-white-house-reporters-asked-dr-ronny-jackson-about-donald-trumps-health/
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Sweden? Govt may sends troops into no-go zones on: January 18, 2018, 06:12:47 PM
What changed in Sweden? 

For the first time since World War II, Sweden is preparing to distribute a civil defense brochure to some 4.7 million households, warning them about the onset of war.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-violence/swedish-pm-does-not-rule-out-use-of-army-to-end-gang-violence-idUSKBN1F629L

Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence

... linking public concern about the rising crime rate to a large increase in the numbers of immigrants...

criminals who throw hand grenades "as if it were war".

"I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that serious, organized crime is stamped out."

"This is not a script for a dystopian crime story. This is Sweden in 2018, Kristersson said.

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/lofven-utesluter-inte-att-satta-in-militar
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, Fusion, HRC, Do I have this right? on: January 18, 2018, 04:00:40 PM
Is it true that the Hillary campaign hired and paid for a false dossier against her opponent Donald Trump that served as basis for a FISA court order granting authority for the Obama administration "Justice Department" (who was backing Hillary) to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign, and then they fed that information back to political players in the administration to the Hillary campaign?  And that the FBI and DOJ knew the basis information was largely false when they launched the phony collusion investigation that was formed with the authority to include "all matters arising out of the investigation" in order to find and create crimes where none were known to exist?
134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Immigration issues - Dreamers?? on: January 18, 2018, 03:03:10 PM
One of my pet peeves about politics is the way the Left is stealing our language, a word and a phrase at a time, affordable housing, affordable healthcare, smart growth, choice, for examples.  In this case, these people aren't "Dreamers", they are the most politically active of all the illegal aliens, opposing the sanctity of our laws. We don't owe them something.  IF we extend a preference to them it would be out of the goodness of our hearts AND because it is in the best interest of the country.

Are they are no different than us except for lacking formal legal status?  

We have already offered them free education (free everything?) and yet they are more than three times as likely to become high school dropouts:  http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/11/the-numbers-behind-the-dreamers/

For some reason it is wrong to point out the heinous crimes committed by individual members of this group but perfected fine to talk about individual members who have done great things.  

A better idea than the current daca dreamer drama might be to judge people one by one on their merits instead of in a such a wide ranging group.
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races on: January 18, 2018, 02:45:35 PM
"The state Senate election in Wisconsin is another damning data point for Republicans."

I don't have a countering argument to the liberal take on this except that the Nov 2018 elections are not going to be held today.  They will be held after people see the increase in economic growth and the impact that has on people's lives.  His tweets and utterances aside, Trump and the Republicans have done a lot of policy things right.
136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Demographics, Will The “C” Question Destroy The Democratic Party? on: January 18, 2018, 01:45:40 PM
Along the same lines as previous post,

"This is the “C” question: are you a citizen or not."

Will The “C” Question (Citizenship status) Destroy The Democratic Party?
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2018/01/will-c-question-destroy-democratic-party/

"If millions of non-citizens refuse to participate in the US Census, the Democrats will take massive political beating."

Why are we giving representation to non-citizens?
137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: GPF: Relations headed south (big read) on: January 18, 2018, 01:35:48 PM
"As North Korea Goes Nuclear, U.S.-China Relations Sour"

Great article.  Our previously 'unsoured' relationship was a bit one-sided.

China was stealing our technologies.
China was undermining us and laughing at our aggravation over North Korea.
China was allegedly manipulating currency.
China was building their economy to surpass us.
China was building their military to surpass us.
China was militarizing the South China Sea.
China was undermining us at the UN.
China was undermining us everywhere else in the world, cf. Venezuela.
US was denying that democratized Taiwan is a sovereign nation.
US was deferring to China on N.K.
US was building plants in China, giving ownership shares to China.
US was looking the other way on technology and license, copyright theft.
US was intentionally limiting our own GDP growth, giving world leadership opening to China.
US was unilaterally disarming, setting budget limits on defense.
US was looking the other way on China's treaty violations.
Just off the top of my head... there is plenty more I'm sure. (See Crafty's post while I was typing.)

Any righting of any of the above wrongs risks souring the relationship.  That doesn't mean it isn't the necessary thing to do.  A more balanced relationship of mutual respect of valid interests would be an improvement over being their b****, or whatever one might call the current arrangement.
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: January 18, 2018, 01:11:47 PM
ccp:  "... none of this means it is a good idea to call black countries shit holes especially knowing how the left will drum this into " he is a nazi , a clansman, a bigot , white racist , insensitive rich prick theme to drum the anger and voting desires of the Blacks , the Browns, the Yellows, and the Latinos.

I agree with you.  I'm sick of making excuses for him.
OTOH:
 - As Crafty wrote, it was a private statement (and likely misquoted)
 - Documented is that some of these places are literally fecalized.
 - Barack Obama said exact same thing, see media post this am.
 - Cry wolf, cry wolf, then see a real wolf?  The Left said the same of Mitt Romney.
 - Trump's support is going up within some of these groups.
 - Black unemployment at a is 14 year low?
 - Unknown to all political analysts, Trump already had a relationship with black and Hispanic
 - Americans:  "The Apprentice drew a mass audience that pulled in an especially high proportion of
black and Hispanic viewers..."  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-06/the-remaking-of-donald-trump
139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tax Policy: Apple bringing cash and operations to US on: January 18, 2018, 12:50:03 PM
CNBC Jan 17, 2018: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/it-looks-like-apple-is-bringing-back-home-nearly-all-of-its-250-billion-foreign-cash.html
"It looks like Apple is bringing back home nearly all of its $250 billion in foreign cash"

Who could have seen coming??
http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1023.msg108022#msg108022
Doug Jan 11, 2018:  "Maybe Apple will come to the US someday too!"

My only question, why did it take these hypocritical opponents and beneficiaries of growth 6 days to admit that Republican policies are making America great again.

By their politics, you might think they would rather destroy America and work in China.
140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Media Issues, Did O call an African country a "Shitshow", or No? on: January 18, 2018, 11:05:05 AM
Hat tip to Larry Elder radio.

Snopes says "Mostly False".  Oddly in liberal speak that means a conservative called out a liberal and it's True.

https://www.snopes.com/obama-called-libya-a-sht-show-and-media-was-silent/

"WHAT'S TRUE
President Obama reportedly used the term "shit show" in private to refer to the escalating violence in Libya following the death of Muammar al-Qaddafi."

"WHAT'S FALSE
... Obama's remarks were widely reported by the media at the time."  ?

Were there 200 mentions on CNN in the first 3 days?
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If your country is 'fecalized', the issue of the reported characterization is vulgarity, not racism or accuracy.



141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela, they kicked out the capitalists on: January 18, 2018, 10:05:52 AM
Oil production and revenues are declining - right when they really need the cash.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuelas-oil-industry-takes-a-fall-1516271401

Venezuela’s Oil Production Is Collapsing
Sharp drop in output increases the odds of a debt default, worsens economic crisis
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But they did get rid of the capitalists and the greedy oil companies.
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Russia and China in Venezuela, losing on: January 18, 2018, 09:18:00 AM
https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2018/01/15/venezuela_maduro_chavez_russia_china_112682.html
143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Glick joins Breitbart on: January 17, 2018, 04:26:35 PM

It sounds like she had a good relationship with Andrew Breitbart, also with someone there now.  There was distinct turn after the departure of AB.  Maybe Bannon gone was part of negotiations to land this great writer and analyst and turn the publication around.  Breitbart may become a more trusted source going forward.
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / President Trump increasing support from black and Hispanic males on: January 16, 2018, 05:56:06 PM
This is in an article reporting his declining support.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-voters-abandoning-donald-trump/550247/?platform=hootsuite

In other news, Trump would win MN today.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/minnesota-kinda-likes-donald-trump.php
Closing the poll gap since losing MN by only 1.5%.

Even though he is getting shithole media coverage.
145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy - tax cuts increase GDP growth on: January 16, 2018, 05:50:20 PM
More than 90% of economists said the tax cuts would increase GDP growth over the next two years.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/economists-credit-trump-as-tailwind-for-u-s-growth-hiring-and-stocks-1515682893

Who knew.
146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Energy Politics: It's time to go nuclear on climate change on: January 16, 2018, 05:47:57 PM
This article ends with "best bet to save the world", the author takes human caused climate change quite seriously.  If you believe excessive carbon emissions are serious, and everyone should to some extent, then nuclear energy is the answer.

Read this at the source to get the links that back up the points made. I post the text here to capture it on the forum.
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https://grist.org/article/its-time-to-go-nuclear-in-the-fight-against-climate-change/

It’s time to go nuclear in the fight against climate change
By Eric Holthaus on Jan 12, 2018

After holding steady for the past three years, global carbon emissions rose in 2017 by an estimated 2 percent. That increase comes amid the largest renewable energy boom in world history.

That irony points to what I see as an inescapable conclusion: The world probably can’t solve climate change without nuclear power.

Something big has to change, and fast, in order to prevent us from going over the climate cliff. Increasingly, that something appears to be a shift in our attitudes toward nuclear energy.

By nearly all accounts, nuclear is the most rapidly scalable form of carbon-free power invented. And, the technology is rapidly improving. But lingering concerns about waste and safety have kept nuclear power from staying competitive.

Solar power has grown at a whopping 68 percent average rate over the past 10 years, but still accounts for less than 2 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. The 99 reactors in the U.S. generate about 10 times that amount. Roughly 30 nuclear facilities are set to retire in the next few years because those plants have become economically infeasible. (California regulators voted unanimously Thursday to shutter Diablo Canyon, the state’s last remaining plant, in 2025.) That’s despite these facilities producing more than double the amount of electricity than all the solar panels in the United States combined.

“In 2016, renewables received about 100 times more in federal subsidies than nuclear plants,” Michael Shellenberger, founder of the Berkeley, California-based, pro-nuclear advocacy group Environmental Progress, wrote in an email to Grist. “If nuclear received a fraction of those subsidies, there would be no risk of nuclear plants closing in California or anywhere else.”

Jesse Jenkins, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, reveals in a preliminary scientific paper — meaning it’s still awaiting peer review — that the rapid decline in the cost of natural gas has been the driving factor in undercutting the electricity market in the U.S. Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Those regions are home to a majority of the nuclear reactors now expected to go offline.

The take home? The advent of fracking — in addition to being the fastest-growing source of emissions in the U.S. — is also cannibalizing what is currently our biggest source of carbon-free electricity.

A similar story is playing out in Germany. The country’s nuclear power plants have been shuttered with only part of the capacity replaced by wind and solar. Dirty coal has filled the gaps. So it’s no surprise, German electricity sector emissions are actually rising slightly — and the country’s leaders are now considering scrapping an ambitious climate goal for 2020.

Jenkins wrote on Twitter that Germany’s shift in energy policy was misguided and resulted effectively in fossil fuels replacing much of the missing nuclear power — a pattern that’s playing out at home, as well. To get to a cleaner energy mix faster, you’d want to nix coal before nuclear.

Even if you believe 100% renewable energy is the end goal, if you think climate change is really an urgent existential threat, the order of operations is clearly phase our coal, then gas, then nuclear. Germany is doing opposite.

For once-and-future climate leaders like Germany and the United States to turn their backs on one of the best tools we have for rapidly decarbonizing the global economy is a short-sighted decision of international and multi-generational consequence. It’s also a climate story few people are talking about.

Historically, nuclear power has been the fastest way to decarbonize the global economy, Shellenberger argues, and it can be again. New reactor designs offer a generational leap in terms of cost and safety, but proponents have so far struggled to secure the billions of dollars in funding that renewables are getting.

Big name climate experts, like former NASA scientists James Hansen agree that a bias against nuclear is holding it back. He and Shellenberger see support for the industry as a tactic for attracting the Trump Administration’s attention on climate policy. (In September, the Trump administration made a conditional loan to help finish the construction of a languishing nuclear power project in Georgia.)

The sheer urgency of climate change demands an all-of-the-above approach to making carbon-free energy.

“If we discovered nuclear power today, we would be working like mad to make it as safe and cheap as possible,” Stanford University climate scientist Ken Caldeira tweeted last summer.

But resistance by mainstream environmental organizations has helped stymie that progress. And the most ardent supporter of climate change legislation in last year’s presidential election, Bernie Sanders, ran on an anti-nuclear platform. (In December, Shellenberger announced he is running for California governor as an explicitly pro-environment, pro-nuclear independent.)

The more the world feels the powerful effects of climate change and the longer we wait to reduce emissions the more attractive nuclear energy could become. On our current track, scientists are increasingly alarmed that multiple simultaneous weather and environmental disasters — like last year’s horrific hurricanes and wildfires — could ultimately bend society to the breaking point in our lifetimes.

If we were smart, we’d see nuclear power for what it is: A good bet to save the world.
147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: California to close last (carbon-free) nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon on: January 16, 2018, 04:22:18 PM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/the-devil-is-in-the-diablo.php

California Public Utilities Commission ratified the plan to shut down California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, even though, as one of the last nuclear power plants built, it could easily be re-licensed for another 20 years.  Diablo Canyon produces twice a much electricity as all of California’s solar panels, and PG & E is closing Diablo Canyon largely because of the state political mandate that electric utilities source 50 percent of their power from “renewable” sources by the year 2030, and nuclear power doesn’t count.
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Nuclear energy is carbon-free, you idiots.
https://grist.org/article/its-time-to-go-nuclear-in-the-fight-against-climate-change/

The Green or whatever you call far left climate alarmists are driving carbon emissions up!  Germany eliminated nuclear, burns more coal.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/328841/why-germanys-nuclear-phase-out-leading-more-coal-burning

Do they ever acknowledge that nuclear is carbon free and has the best safety record? 

Diablo is designed to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.  If unacceptable earthquake risk is the reason for closure, why not close it now?
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Oceans warmed 0.1 C in the last 50 years, less than margin of measuring error on: January 16, 2018, 12:54:18 PM
Oceans were warming faster 12,000 years ago.
https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25152
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/new-study-identifies-thermometer-past-global-ocean
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/climate-cancel-the-boiling-oceans.php
149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Native American history - a perspective on: January 16, 2018, 12:33:35 PM
"I don't want to be unkind, but a deeper, more honest discussion of both sides of the issue is long overdue."

   - Great post Martel.  Rarely spoken truths. 


150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Nuclear Power, California closing Diable on: January 16, 2018, 11:30:51 AM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/the-devil-is-in-the-diablo.php

California Public Utilities Commission ratified the plan to shut down California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, even though, as one of the last nuclear power plants built, it could easily be re-licensed for another 20 years.  Diablo Canyon produces twice a much electricity as all of California’s solar panels, and PG & E is closing Diablo Canyon largely because of the state political mandate that electric utilities source 50 percent of their power from “renewable” sources by the year 2030, and nuclear power doesn’t count.
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Nuclear energy is carbon-free, you idiots.
https://grist.org/article/its-time-to-go-nuclear-in-the-fight-against-climate-change/

The high cost of nuclear is in the construction of the plant.  In this case, they already have the plant.

The Green or whatever you call far left climate alarmists are driving carbon emissions up!  Germany eliminated nuclear, burns more coal.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/328841/why-germanys-nuclear-phase-out-leading-more-coal-burning

Do they ever acknowledge that nuclear is carbon free and has the best safety record?

They oppose pipelines, resulting in more fossil fuel and damage to result from fossil fuels.  And they oppose fracking that allowed  much cleaner burner natural gas to replace old coal plants, 40% less carbon emission.

Regarding solar, do they know we need electricity in winter too?  Besides much lower sun angles, peak electric usage in winter is AFTER DARK.  http://www.bhec.com/content/peak-demand-times

Every post on this forum could fit under cognitive dissonance of the left.
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