Monday, December 15, 2014

N. A. Naseer - wildlife photographer


By Sukumaran C. V

13 December, 2014 Countercurrents.org

N. A. Naseer is a wildlife photographer par excellence....His photographs show the serene bond between him and the animals. He has wandered through the forests for years together without camera in hand and has become a part of the forest as the animals, birds, reptiles, butterflies and insects are. Only after being a part of it, he started to photograph the forest and its children.
"Now he has published a wonderful book in Malayalam titled Kaadine Chennu Thodumbole (When we Touch the Forest).


Naseer, who can rightly be called the Rachel Carson of Kerala, says in the book: "Everything should change and change is needed for everything. But the only thing that should not be changed is forest. I don't know how we can call those who kill trees and mountains and marshes humans…."

In his long years of forest life, he has encountered almost all animals and reptiles, in the wild, face to face. But no animal (the carnivore or herbivore) or reptile has ever attacked him. He says that the wild animals can perfectly differentiate the humans who are their friends, who see them with reverence from those who come to kill them, who see them as something dangerous. “If the wild animals come just in front of us and if we reach very close to them, it is because of an intimate language, the language of heart, which is recognized by both the photographer and the photographed animals. We commit grave mistake when we consider it as adventure.”

All photos by N. A. Naseer

White Buffalo (Gaur) Calf

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We Are All Bees Now

Bhramari Devi
Well, it's happened before, and seems to be getting more frequent, but animalliberationfront website has been down again for last 3 days at least. No surprise, since they, of course, are the most dangerous terrist threat to our great nation under god and, actually, all life on earth and everything good and wholesome and righteous.  So it's probably for our own protection by those who care so very much about all us proles.

There's a great article I'd like to share today about the emotional life of bees, and that is the sort of thing which I would always prefer to post in this space, but unfortunately there is a bit more of this little problem of all-pervading bullshit on the internet....
I know almost nobody reads my scribbling rantings, and I seem to have run out of things to say these days. I may have had some relevant, maybe even original, things to say in the past, and I was doing this for certain reasons, but I find now I can do no more than just repeat things I have written way too many times already, and I will probably only continue this blogspace with linking other writers and bloggers who have much more original things to say and are more articulate in getting crucial information across. 

Here is one rant that you shouldn't miss. 

See, this morning I had to bust a forum/blog because one of the admins posted a fake article from a fake "news" site regarding an environmental issue in the Amazon. He answered that "he had no idea the site was fake". It took me about 2 seconds to determine that the article and site linked was fake. Who the fuck are these people? I don't think they are even real in the identities that they project online. I believe there is a huge amount of this covert misdirection going on in these "open", "free", "truthseeking", "progressive" sites and blogs. Readers now have to be extremely vigilant and investigate what appears to be the above. The 'alternative' web is now way worse than mainstream media and way more voluminous. 
The above mentioned forum is closely associated with the wacko JimStone. He's the guy who posts shit like 'the 43 student-teachers murdered and incinerated in Mexico were communist thugs', and then this and more of his crap is picked up by VT, Rense, Truthseeker, and others. Then you get the shit about the fake 'oathkeepers' who claim all the protesters are "communists and muslims". It beats the crap outta me why anyone would want to be associated with these conscienceless and totally compromised characters with all the horseshit right-wing mind-fuckery that they push. These assholes, posing as 'alternatives to fascist mouthpieces'/'exposers of evil'/'supporters of culture' should all be incarcerated at the very minimum. A good portion naturally have spook or military 'backgrounds' too, duh. 

Nobody, in this day and age, with a strong such 'background' should be trusted as far as you can throw them. This is called "authoritarian follower" syndrome. It is a subset/symptom of WETIKO, plain and simple, hello. Actually they are equivalent. And it's not just limited, obviously, to the males with their hyper-masculinity cop-and-military 'culture', but includes the women who are attracted to those in uniforms of brutality

The western world, and indeed the entire world, is now full of these 'adult children' posing as adults. But let's not gloss over the fact that amerikka truly leads the way in being the most evil collectivity/empire ever to exist in the last 9000 years. One good thing is that there's no racism or misogyny - just ask a racist or misogynist anyone. Actually, 'evil' or 'horrific' or 'monstrous' doesn't even begin to come close to describing what needs to be utterly wiped from the face of the earth. If it were up to me, I'd nullify all laws and ownership, and just turn the whole damn thing over to a few generations of indigenous grandmothers to sort out. There are no words in any language to describe what the anglo/'murrkin/israhell/canadian/australian whatever-you-call-it is. All politicians, corporate execs, and spook/military heads (and all who even minutely support them) need to roll off the guillotine platform into the bucket asap for the extremely slight possibility of preservation of life on the planet. (And that should include the 'scientific', 'medical', and 'legal' establishment perps too.)

We still have no idea how anything like that might possibly come about, short of a 'miracle'. But, miracles do happen. Our own lives can attest to that. 
I still don't know if I even want to continue keeping this site alive, but I do acknowledge that, even if those un-compromised are a tiny minority, they have done and continue to do great work and service. I would include, among others, the previously linked Timster, A Peasant, Nina, Chris Floyd, 'willyloman', KulturCritic, easyidler, R. Sauder, Desdemona, Aang, Vivek, DublinMick, Zoner, and probably others I'm forgetting right now. These lovely folks have truly been an inspiration and comfort these past years. 108 thanks and praises!

Please read this fascinating study about the bee situation. It is not the usual or like what we're all familiar with. 
THE SORROW OF BEES 

Musical break - "there will be an answer...."
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holy Manhood Personified - "Are You Really THAT Insane?!"

Ramana & his devotee Lakshmi
After the last couple of posts, I thought maybe I should acknowledge or at least for balance sake throw out a little human sanity...what the hell. 
If that vile imaginary-entity-propitiation shit happens again in 5 years, I'm gonna sign up for the full human extinction program.

It be waaaay past time for shit-canning those sentient-being sacrifices for propitiating ANY "gods". Not to assume the non-existence of gods/goddesses/angels/elementals, but, hey, a real goddess', say Mother Earth's, absolute LAST desire would be some kinda pointless, sicko death ritual of Her beautiful animal children. Beauty, on the other hand, is always the preferred offering in every situation.

I brought that thing up because I was tracking it 5 years ago, trying to get the word out, especially within the India-phile communities. I was horrified then because throughout all the years in India the water buffalo was my most loved animal - so gentle, shy, sensitive, beautiful in form and motion, lovely to swim with in the river, I was always drawn to their intelligent and humble gaze of their pretty eyes surrounded by the longest eyelashes ever seen. A wonderful feel to their skin. To me, they were as "holy" as anything else there walking, flying, swimming, or rooted. Still feeling a heavy heart. 

Been one helluva week here in ol' usa. Mostly I feel speechless. Nuthin' new, been this way as far back as I can remember. Guess a lot of folks younger than I think this is a recent development. The post-racial thing, and all that. Just a matter of diversity-fatigue. I have nothing to say; it's all been said too many times before with less than agreeable reception. Fuck it. 

My only point here today is to share the words, and the vibe, of this gentleman - a man who takes responsibility for his knowledge, position, and all that he is connected to. In 1975, Frank T'Seleie was Dene chief in Canada's Northwest Territories, university-educated and in his 20s. 
1975 PIPELINE INQUIRY - CBC ARCHIVES 
    

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

UPDATE - Courage

UPDATE:
from a Facebook post by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN) - 
The organizers said this would be the “biggest and most spectacular” Gadhimai Festival ever. They projected there would be 500,000 animals sacrificed. So confident of numbers, they sold in advance the carcasses of 10,000 buffalo to a meat contractor for US$160,000. This contractor has now backed out after counting only 3,266 buffalo carcasses, with an estimated 15,000 goats and 5-10,000 pigeons. The carcasses are being left to rot in the ground, whilst the organizers are facing a huge financial loss.
This is the first Gadhimai Festival since our Stop Animal Sacrifice campaign began, and already we have reduced animal sacrifices by at least 70%. For five years we have been conducting mass sensitization in all 99 villages of Bara district, and we have reached every single adult in the five villages surrounding the festival area. Together with our friends from Humane Society International, we have moved the Supreme Courts in Nepal and India, and we worked so hard on the ground to save as many animals as possible, despite much adversity and great personal risk (due to the political and corruptive forces behind Gadhimai). We mobilized hundreds of volunteers, confiscated thousands of animals, and convinced countless pilgrims not to sacrifice their animals. At the last, we held an all night protest within the heart of the temple itself and convinced the butchers to release over 300 buffalo.
The whole event has been a disaster for the organizers and has exposed the total incompetence of the Nepalese authorities. 
- Manoj Gautam, President AWNN

This......is also Planet Earth, November, 2014
 Many pray it is the last time ever. May it be so.
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Next weekend - the most massive religious animal sacrifice on the planet.
It happens every 5 years.
It is an alcohol-fueled demonic hell-realm.
A million people will show up.

India outlawed animal sacrifice, and is manning the border, but it is still planned to go forward despite last 5 years of activists' efforts and petitions to Nepal govt.

Below is kickstarter page for one courageous young man, wildlife activist, whom a film-maker is attempting to document.
I will not post more links.
If interested, you can search "Gadhimai festival", but be very aware of horrifically disturbing images from the search.

For the 4 min. film :
ALL LIVING THINGS


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some Human-oriented Reality-Checks Would Be Helpful

I'm listening to the Indigenous Wisdom Summit and one elder is speaking about the danger of listening to false information that claims to be true. We need to talk about that, but first....back after a brief endorsement:

Last weekend we discovered our new favorite eatery in the world (though we can only seldom afford to eat out). Jambo Cafe. African and Caribbean cuisine. Irie, magical, dreadie chef- and wait-staff. Reggae music and indigenous art enhanced atmosphere. Stunning, local photographer's archival photos of Ras Bob lining one wall that brought us to tears. Part of every dollar spent supports schools and communities in Kenya. And of course, every dish indescribable and ecstasy-invoking. We fall in love once again. [disclosure: not strictly I-tal] Sorry, but it's only in Santa Fe...damn.

So, one Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, elder from Greenland, was speaking of "the melting of the big ice", how he lives near glaciers which were 5 miles thick and now are 2, how for the first time in thousands of years there are TREES - 15 ft. tall, how his people are walking on EARTH in many areas for the first time in tribal memory. 
You see, this is information sourced from a true human with no agenda. Does this have anything to do with Al Gore? See, maybe I'm gonna come up with my own "litmus test". What's up with these fucking web-writers and bloggers who are so rabidly insistent with their denial and obfuscation and agenda-driven narcissistic need to be 'authorities' and obsessed with arrogantly flaming anyone who questions or disagrees with their pronouncements? "No, no, no, goddamnit, it's gotta be global cooling", there can't be any warming!!!" Sheesh! Get a clue. Do any of them give a shit that they are playing stupidly right into the corporate-matrix mind-fuckery, and the wetikos are laughing all the way to the bank? It's called complexity, what else is new? 
SotT's big into this shit, as well as "no human involvement" (and absolutely no such thing as geoengineering - so shut the fuck up, you nutty conspiracy theorists!). Oh, please! But so are many others, those claiming 'propaganda-free', but they will be named here too.

Swallowing that shrill shit about open borders and hordes of alien terrists? 
Have a look at the new film featuring Ed Harris and Michael Peña - Frontera. Simply a well-done human story that cuts through a good portion of the BS. Yeah, it's what many of us have always known, but...for the confused, or anyone appreciating natural human reality as well as the complexity of the situation, it's a great film. 

There's another thing that has bothered me for several years. There was some bad publicity regarding PETA a while back which blew up into a big "news item(s)", especially on the so-called alternative media, and was duly repeated and commented-on ad nauseam by the usual suspects. It had to do with "PETA kills animals". The usual suspects include SotT, Rense, Truthseeker, Huffpo, Visible's blogs, and many others who like to jump on opportunities to spew cool-sounding cynicism to bolster their impressive credentials of how they are our best source of information on the all-pervasive, wall-to-wall corruption everywhere all the time. 
Well, sorry to burst the hate-PETA bubble, but the whole story was a bullshit, cherry-picked distortion of the facts, promoted by a wetiko-corporate-funded, astro-turf, ag-gag-law-promoting scam called "Center for Consumer Freedom", and another demented wacko named Nathan Winograd who obsesses over his idea that no-kill shelters are the only answer to animal overpopulation, and who put up "peta-kills-animals-dot-com" and similar facebook pages.
Another example of a complex situation. But don't just take my word for it. You can read the whole detailed story HERE. The way humans are capable of self-compromising is truly fascinating, both those who live the lies and those who repeat the lies.

Ingrid Newkirk, director of PETA has spoken about "killing", when she started out in a municipal animal shelter. She made it her business to personally euthanize daily before the rest of the staff came in, because they were so incompetent, cruel, and unfeeling. 
Funny, that's exactly what I had to do for 3 years in what was truly a 3rd-world shelter in this small city. She said she had to kill a thousand animals. I didn't exactly do the injections (a compassionate vet was there for that), but I personally held each one of 2000 animals as they were humanely euthanized. Anyone who's worked at a shelter know what that's all about. I spoke to them, sang to them, stroked them, cuddled them, thanked them, praised them, and prayed for them all; and wept for each and every one of them. My associate and I did cut the euthanasia numbers by half in that period, doubling the adoptions.
So, if you want to know the authentic human-reality version of events, and not the sensationalizing bullshit hate-mongering version, read the above tale.

One more thing on the "human level": if anyone's unsure or confused about transhumanism or 'the singularity', you might check the following essay - 
Transhumanism: the Anti-Human Agenda
[I have read Dowbenko's stuff for years and find him trustworthy.] 
I only bring it up because there are bloggers who promote themselves as "human", but seem to buy into various aspects of this trend. (They also talk up the militarist and exceptionalism crap, so...just...beware.)
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On a completely different track, I have to say, I love this guy's complexity. I just found the blog. It's maybe the best sacred geometry site I've seen. This is a subject close to me for last 40 years, since I first discovered Indian temple architecture, and soon after, John Michell and Keith Critchlow. Here's a link to one posting, but there's much to explore (and, wow, no 'authoritative' ANSWERS, just brave curiosity with disciplined research): Secrets in Plain Sight.

This is kind of strange and wonderful, a human/animal story, enjoy.
UPDATE: Fabulous vid from the Senate! -
“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending grandmother earth and I am chasing peace."
 

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Herds of Elephants in the Virtual Room

I guess I feel a rant coming on today. If you're not in the mood, maybe scroll to the bottom, where I'll try to put up some cute photos, and leave the rest for another day. 

In both a local sense as well as world-wide, I see amazing, positive, conscious cultural creativity arising and appearing unexpectedly every day, and true humans exhibiting extraordinary response-ability in this time of mass spiritual degradation....but, Is anyone else thoroughly disgusted with the 'landscape' of the blog/alternative media world at this point in the Age of Purposeful Insane Misdirection? Is this just an absolute taboo subject, something continuously un-noted because it's "not cool to do something that creates divisiveness" among "our side", who simply want to 'spread truth, disempower the psychopaths, make the world a better place, save the earth, and bring about a return to sanity'? Ok, I'm talking about the biggies here, the "popular", the million-visitors-attracting blog-sites that dominate the coverage of news and trends on the alternative end of the web (as well as the thousand-visitors sites that aspire to, and worship, the biggies, and regurgitate said sites' misdirections and propaganda). Do I have to name names? What would you do if I spoke 'out of line'...."would you stand up and walk out on me"?  I see the overwhelming majority being agencies of narcissistic, historically-challenged, life-experience-challenged, non-earth-connected megalomaniacal individuals. Much expression of humility, but transparently not authentic. Much touting of their 'awakened state', even though admittedly of "recent occurrence". Disseminating of 'spiritual advice', but sourced in book-learning, not life-relationship disciplined hard practice. Personal social history of limited associations within exclusive, group-mind cult milieus (religion/business/military/commercial arts/academia/MSmedia/science/pharma-med/etc. Whatever, there's the ever-present dumb-ass amerikan "rock-star" mentality running through it all. 

You say, well, I don't have to go looking at some shit if it annoys me. Problem is, it's all that we have as 'alternatives' to the bullshit Matrix media. Tee-vee and radio went totally in the toilet long ago (except for some tiny pockets and web-radio here and there). What we have is inundation with ancient reactionary mind-numbing fear-mongering, scapegoating, tavistock/intel-sourced misdirection, erasure of the true stories of events experienced by real people in real time, monotonous references to exceptionalism, all-out efforts at demonizing the actual diversity of human and non-human culture in our world, and other time-honored traditions of insane political verbal diarrhea: all those trainloads of foreign children streaming through "our" porous borders with their diseases; amazon feminists and queers ravaging our social fabric with their 'agendas'; hypocritical environmentalists and drugged-out hippies and their marijuana destroying our 'way of life' and prosperity; Islam- the religion of violence; the war on christianity; white genocide; the scourge of race-mixing; all-bad-jews-all-the-time; Hitler and the third reich were cool - 'scientifically' and 'spiritually' advanced*; all our iconic historical revolutionaries were violent psychopathic murderers; vegetarianism is killing everyone and bacon cures cancer; 'commie' Obama's drones/Obama's this/Obama's that; the cool wise military/intel vet dudes (*hi, VT and JackHeart!) who know what's what and will save us (some day in the future); young black thugs who deserve to get shot; [addendum: chemtrails only exist in nut-cases' minds; humans have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with climate change -Gore's delusion], on and on and on and on....I think I gotta go puke, and that's just the short list. 

Alright, I don't give a shit if anyone wants to pollute their mind with misdirecting, confusing, half-assed social, political, or spiritual word-smithing that sounds brilliantly intelligent and  authoritative. Knock yourself out. Talk to me in 10 years, after you've realized you've been taken for a ride down a bad road to nowhere. And you find these 'heroes' of the intertubes are no more real than tee-vee and screen characters. Or better yet, make an effort and go actually meet these 'heroes' and observe their demeanor, inflection, body language, eye movements, interaction with other normal human beings. And let me know how that works out for you.

Sometimes some real history squeaks through in film, for instance, like Cesar Chavez, easily accessible through any of the usual outlets. And pay attention to the embedded old news clips of Ronnie Raygun's comments on the events over which he presided. Other featured politicians' and officials' words, too, will clear up any confusion one might have regarding the veracity of the exact same misdirection and bullshit being propagated today on alt and mainstream media 24/7. 
Raygun, btw, is the hero, "last legit president", to the VT crowd; but now they've 'awakened' to become supporters of Obama and Hillary. [You've come a long way! Praise Jeezus!]  
[As Chris Hedges calls it, "the sickness of hypermasculinity which lies at the heart of military and fascist 'culture'..."  (I don't know if "heart" is the correct chakra here.)]

Another film, of course, to bring one up to speed as to the historical reality of past and current conditions is Kill The Messenger, just released. From all accounts, also a must-see.

I get so mixed up, damn, don't know if we got a fat ball-head full-blown fascist police state, or is there just too many colored youth thugs runnin' aroun'? Too complicated, and there's a new game app out I need to download.  
Maybe you missed this little historical perspective essay on the Ferguson scene: 
The Making of Ferguson. More reality, actual history, exposing the ugliness of the ubiquitous ongoing racist misdirection. (or maybe you should just dismiss it - the author has a jewish sounding name...)

Wanna go back a little further? How about Watergate? Bet you didn't know a lot of the stuff spelled out in this little piece: 
Watergate Unstoppered.
If you don't understand that ALL propaganda, everywhere, is vetted and flows through the INTEL complex, and always has, you need to dig a little deeper, as the above researcher has.

About that ISIS crisis thingy (and amerika's "friends") - summed up in one sentence:
"There are no moderates; there never were any moderates."
Ok?  
We should all know by now that's how shit rolls. Excuse me, I meant the empire, same thing.

You see, actually I am an amerika-hater. 
Proud, card-carrying, and all that...and goes without saying, an israhell hater too. 
Neither entity has any "right to exist". Not that most so-called "nations" should be considered exceptions either...well, maybe Kanata and Lakota are two off the top of my head. 

All I got to say on the recent "election", and 'merkin elections in general (I don't need no stinkin' voting machine):

Or maybe someone like this would get me out to the polls - 
In the past, she did - 
And she did - 
Of course, they're all insane, conspiracy theorists, and enemies of the state. [edit: whoops, I almost forgot "commie"!] You'd know that if you read the right alt blogs.
If political reality was the only reality (flash: it's not), we're screwed.

Q: How many truthers does it take to change....anything? 
A: They have changed nothing.
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Last week, a certain individual having access to my residence grounds, someone considered by the 'cool people' to be just about the coolest dude ever, a 'hip' reggae-lovin' manly jack-of-all-trades type - decided to lay out d-Con in the shed near my house. Seems he has a critter problem. I only got to the second tray to remove it. Do you know what that shit is? I had to school the sumbitch quite forcefully. Mouse/chipmunk eats it, suffers from ebola for up to 10 days, owl eats mouse, coyote eats owl, vulture eats coyote...or my cat, our neighbors' dogs get in the food-chain...this thing has finally been outlawed (this fall!) after many decades of battles and campaigns by just about every environmental org that exists. 
What is wrong with (supposedly smart) peoples' brains? Sheesh! So yesterday I find a dead Brown Thrasher bird in the shed with no marks. Yesterday also found glue-traps all over another neighbor's yard. Fucking humans. Sometimes I just want out.

But....I have a most beautiful friend who depends on me. And I finally just found my tribe - a bunch of Cuban/Haitian drum maniacs. And I just began working with an amazing horse trainer and her horses. And I have new students from around the world. And I need to scan 40 years of rare traditional drum comps to make available on the web. And, and, and....

I think I'm losing it. 
Shit, all I wanted to do was go on the net today and see if there was any straight-up crucial info that I and the love-tribe needs to know....well, it's definitely not the worst day of this life so far.

I hope yours goes as well, or a lot better!
>onelove<
  



 

               

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Post-script to Indigenous Peoples Day, and a Four-legged Tribute

It's about time, and way past, that we are getting beyond this Columbus Day crap. The despicable and psychopathic nature of said historical personage has been well exposed and extensively documented, even by his own contemporaries and associates. Truly memory-hole material. 

It makes many of us sad, unfortunately, that locally we have to put up with daily reminders of a similar individual in this New Mexico town which has a rich heritage of Native pueblo people as well as Earth-loving non-native refugees. A main central commercial street is Kit Carson Rd. (with the Carson home and museum). The main city park is Kit Carson Park where all public festivals and outdoor concerts are held (located next to the Kit Carson cemetery with his grave, which frequently smells of urine, LOL). The public utility is Kit Carson Electric Co-op. And so it goes. It's a tradition in USA to honor as many big wetikos as possible in every locale, and our town is by no means special. Carson liked to burn fruit trees. Ask a Navajo. 
[The next town down the highway has lots of "Oñate"-named monuments and such. He was famous for chopping off feet. A few years back a Native with a sawzall removed one bronze foot from his statue, mailed it back after a couple years.]

Mickey Z. interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
author of the new book AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
"The whole country is a crime scene and should be marked with yellow tape."
"As the first chapter in the book, “Follow the Corn,” lays out, the multiple forms of democratic governance and social relations developed by Indigenous peoples in North America are breathtaking. For one thing, they are all rooted in matriarchy. Matriarchy is not the opposite of patriarchy, nor simply substituting female people for male people. Rather it is a profound comprehension of the biological factors that can lead to domination and authoritarianism."
"Native peoples built cities, towns, federations of towns, based on the common good. Indigenous socialism, as Evo Morales calls the phenomena, can provide both a goal and a practice, for survival and for defeating empire and structures of domination."

This is also relevant to our topic today:
"Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America" - extremely fascinating and an important part of our 'hidden history'.
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I would like to acknowledge the passing of a celebrated and inspirational 4-legged being, photos and videos of whom gained world-wide attention in the Athens riots of 2008 against "austerity". 
This is LOUKANIKOS, beloved "riot dog", who passed peacefully last week at the home of his caretaker after living in comfortable and well-deserved retirement. Unforgettable.





                              




Thank you for blessing us with your presence
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