Glenn Beck’s fear of Obama: Seize power overnight

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Glenn Beck’s fear of Obama: Seize power overnight
Rush: ‘Most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country’


Posted: August 26, 2009
9:30 pm Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Will President Obama “seize power overnight” in a move to consolidate White House control of the U.S. government?

That’s the fear of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck who discussed the issue at length today with another broadcasting powerhouse, radio’s Rush Limbaugh.

“I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought,” Beck said.

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His comment came as he was analyzing the changing nature of the media since Obama’s election, citing the administration’s close ties with the NBC network, owned by corporate giant General Electric:

If you watch

what could only be called the administration’s organ – anything involved with GE or NBC – you’ve got [GE CEO] Jeffrey Immelt on the board of the Federal Reserve, you have him in the Oval Office consulting not only on health care, but the financial situation, and they are an organ.

If you watch MSNBC, I contend that you will see the future because they are laying the ground for a horrible event … anything from the right, there’s some awful event and I fear this government, this administration has so much framework already prepared, that they will seize power overnight before anybody even gives it a second thought.

Limbaugh responded, “I don’t think they’re going to be able to seize it overnight without anybody knowing about it.”

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The pair analyzed Obama’s appointment of Mark Lloyd, the nation’s first “chief diversity officer” at the Federal Communications Commission, and both agreed he is looking to severely limit free speech in America through a series of new initiatives without ever having to revive the “Fairness Doctrine” that was abandoned in 1985.

WND recently reported that Lloyd believes the policy was never actually repealed, and he is said to advocate crippling $250 million fines for radio stations whose programming does not meet with the government’s approval. 

He’s also reportedly pushing for private broadcasters to pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs. That money would then be used to enhance funding of government-subsidized networks such as National Public Radio.

“Citizen access to popular information has been undermined by bad political decisions,” Lloyd wrote in his 2006 book, “Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America.” “Corporate liberty has overwhelmed citizen equality.”

“What they’re trying to do here to communications is simply stifle dissenting voices. They’re trying to wipe out any opposition,” Limbaugh explained. “The things he’s talking about doing to shut down radio are simply un-American. … It is a dangerous time. It’s the most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country.”

Limbaugh maintained every action thus far by Obama has been designed to intentionally hurt, rather than help the nation.

“Look at what they’re doing to the U.S. economy,” he said. “Anybody with a sense of economic literacy would know this is not how you create jobs. You do not rebuild the private sector. This is being done on purpose. All of these disasters are exactly what Obama wants. The more crises, the better. The more opportunity for government to say, ‘Let us in and fix the problem.’”

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The wretched excess begins

Michelle Malkin 

The wretched excess begins

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 26, 2009 12:02 PM

I’ll let these speak for themselves:

Kennedy’s Death Spurs Calls to Pass Health Legislation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office sent an email to reporters at around 2:30 a.m. today, just hours after his death, calling for the passage of health care overhaul. “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” the statement read.

MSNBC’s Matthews: Barack Is The Last Kennedy Brother

Byrd: Rename health care bill for Kennedy

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William Jacobson: Rush was right.

Strange, when Rush Limbaugh used the phrase “Kennedy Memorial Health Bill,” he was harshly criticized. But that was back in March, on the heels of the stimulus bill, when passage of a Democratic health care restructuring bill seemed like a certainty.

Now that passage of Democratic health care restructuring seems much less likely, I guess it is okay to invoke Kennedy’s name.

Meet Obama’s newest Census collectors: Your kids

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

Meet Obama’s newest Census collectors: Your kids!

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 27, 2009 12:39 AM

If Team Obama could send their ACORN foot soldiers into taxpayer-funded schools to collect Census data, they would.

Instead, they’re turning your own children into proxy Census collectors. Specifically targeted: Bilingual children whom the government is relying on to reach non-English-speaking parents. (See my April 3, 2009 column: Obama Census – No Illegal Alien Left Behind.)

The White House is also joining with Sesame Street to help preschoolers evangelize about the Census to their parents.

Via USA Today:

Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a tough time doing it — especially if they have kids in school.

The government has launched Census in Schools, an all-out campaign targeting superintendents, principals, teachers, students and, indirectly, parents, as schools open across the nation this month and next. The message: The Census is coming and here’s why everyone should care.

The goal is to send posters, teaching guides, maps and lesson plans to every school in the nation, Puerto Rico and U.S. island territories to encourage everyone to participate in the national count. The materials will land in more than 118,000 schools and reach 56 million students.

“It’s great to reach the children because children are such strong voices in their homes,” says Renee Jefferson-Copeland, chief of the Census schools program. “In households that are linguistically isolated, they can express the information to their parents.”

…Between January and March, the Census Bureau will help plan a week of Census education in schools. During Census Week, teachers will devote 15 minutes every day for five days to the topic by discussing such things as civic participation, confidentiality or geography.

ABC stands for Activate Barack’s Cadre!

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And in related schoolkid exploitation news:

The United Nations is recommending that children as young as five receive mandatory sexual education that would teach even pre-kindergarteners about masturbation and topics like gender violence.

The U.N.’s Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a 98-page report in June offering a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, an
“informed approach to effective sex, relationships” and HIV education that they say is essential for “all young people.”

The U.N. insists the program is “age appropriate,” but critics say it’s exposing kids to sex far too early, and offers up abstract ideas — like “transphobia” — they might not even understand.

“At that age they should be learning about … the proper name of certain parts of their bodies,” said Michelle Turner, president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, “certainly not about masturbation.”

Turner was disturbed by UNESCO’s plans to explain to children as young as nine about the safety of legal abortions, and to advocate and “promote the right to and access to safe abortion” for everyone over the age of 15.

“This is absurd,” she told FOXNews.com.

Barack Obama doesn’t care what you think

Barack Obama doesn’t care what you think

By Drew Brown

Don’t believe me? Just pay attention to the next two weeks. The organization Barack Obama developed to get elected and still leads, Organizing for America, is attempting to hold pro-healthcare rallies throughout the country right before Congress reconvenes. Said another way, the president who swore to represent you is sending his promoters to tell you to support his agenda. Americans, Obama neither listens to you nor cares what you think.

I’m not too worried about the rally-goers. I’ve seen a pro-healthcare rally recently. It was at one of the town hall meetings. It consisted of five people. I talked with four of them. One had a story about having to pay a few thousand dollars more for a surgery than he thought he should have. One didn’t think it was fair that her uneducated daughter should have to pay for insurance, because it was expensive and she didn’t make much money. One was the teenage son of a local politician. One was a college student who did nothing but brag about “turning people in” to the White house (remember flag@whitehouse.gov?). I’m not concerned about these people, the believers in nationalized healthcare. I expect many of them believe in UFO abductions too.

 

What I am concerned about, and warning everyone about, is the media machine that uses these organized events to broadcast the agenda. Framed differently, these activities aren’t meant to convince attendees that healthcare is good; these activities are meant to manufacture the news, spread propaganda tropes, and over-inflate the image of the pro-socialized healthcare forces. PR stunts. The Obama modus operandi is to make his goons look bigger than they are. These are the people who will make a group of twenty conservatives appear diminutive with a far-away camera angle, and then give individual interviews to all three liberal attendees. It’s just like a real estate agent photographing a small house from the best angle. Organizing for America is an illusion. It is the Wizard of Oz.

 

The operating methods are predictable enough. Health Care for America Now is the other group involved, and they’ve enlisted union leaders to send their grunts along. You’ll recognize Obama-style unionists when you see them; they are good at getting media attention; they’re frequently loud, make for good angry mobs, and get bulk rates from Kinko’s on the signs their illiterate members carry. I’m just grateful many unionists aren’t this way, and oppose this bill, too.

 

And you will see them. The operation will be simple; bus in supporters, give speeches, tell lies, and do not give any opposition an opportunity to speak. It’s Obama’s election campaign all over again, brought to you by Obama’s own campaign committee. America, we have seen this tired strategy over and over, and here it comes again. I wouldn’t be surprised if Green Day put on a free concert to get a crowd so they could record all those people listening to the local senator for the 30 second pause. Again.

 

Don’t believe me yet? Check the news every night. Tuesday night MSNBC did its part of the campaign (campain?) with an article entitled “Health care claim costs may rise 10.5 percent,” added fuel to the fear-mongering fire. After restating the intro, the bulk of this article then says two things: (1) “expect to pay about 10.5 percent more in claims costs in the next year.” and (2) Employees may have to carry these costs through higher premiums, lower pay increases, etc.

 

Contradictory arguments are mentioned casually near the end.

 

The Obama campaign machine is about to explode on to the scene again. Obama is sending his campaign comrades to tell you what to think. Look forward to many more pro-healthcare articles in the coming weeks. Look forward to massive media mania around Democrats’ large and fabricated or small and sparsely attended rallies. And look for the media to ignore key events from the opposition, like the Cincinnati tea party on September 5th  (by last count nearly 2000 Ohioans had RSVP’s, I am told. And they don’t even need a concert).

 

Entrench yourselves. The media will put in overtime these next few weeks telling us we’re a minority again. Look for the words “fringe,” “ultra-conservative,” and their kin to resurface. Remember all that has changed in the last few weeks — we are the majority, and we are the power base. Our weakness is our disorganization, and it is their strength, but we do outnumber them. Stay strong in our beliefs and stand up, wherever you can, in your respective home towns and rally against government-run healthcare. They will attack your fiercely in the coming weeks. Band together with friends, keep the conversation going. Be heard, be seen, be public. Public opposition is as American as the revolution itself, and it is what the radical left, like their socialist founders, fears. If we stand still and quiet they can push us over, but if we push back, they can not win.
Drew Brown is a consultant for a global consulting firm. He can be reached at his work in progress, wethepeople@foundedamerican.com.

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Worse and Worser

Worse and Worser

By Randall Hoven

The Congressional Budget Office came out with an update to its predictions of the federal budget this week.  For some reason, the CBO did not title its report “Hell In A Hand Basket.”

It is difficult to put all these predictions into easily understandable apples-to-apples comparisons.  But I will try.  One thing that messes up the understanding is that the White House or Treasury comes out with predictions as well the CBO, and usually at about the same time, so that there are always multiple estimates of about the same things.

 

Here is my tip for getting a grip on such predictions: ignore all predictions coming from the Obama administration.  To keep things simple and within an order of magnitude of the truth, stick with CBO estimates.  Not that the CBO is perfect, but (a) it is more accurate than anything coming from Obama, and (b) its predictions are apples-to-apples comparable to each other.

 

In March, the CBO came out with a report that included predictions for two different scenarios: a “baseline” scenario and an “Obama budget” scenario.    It also updated that report in June.    In August, the CBO updated only one of those predictions, its “baseline” one.    (Format note: the embedded links here are directly to pdf versions of the CBO reports.  In the first two reports, look for Table 1-1.  In the August report, look for Table 1.)

 

The CBO’s “baseline” is an estimate of what will happen if Congress does nothing new and just lets existing law continue.  If tax breaks expire, Congress lets them expire, etc.  The CBO also assumes discretionary spending will go up merely at the pace of inflation.  The “baseline” is not quite what Bush left for Obama, since it includes legislation passed already, such as the $787 B stimulus and the $410 FY 2009 reconciliation budget, both passed in 2009 under Obama.

 

The CBO’s “Obama” estimate is based on Obama’s proposals being adopted, rather than continuing with the current law.  Obama’s proposals are documented in his budget, originally submitted February 26 and updated May 7.  This budget is not yet law; it is what Congress is considering right now.  Also, this budget includes neither Obamacare nor Cap & Trade.

 

In order to compare all these predictions, each full of numbers and assumptions, I provide only the predictions of the cumulative deficit over 2010-2019.

 

“Baseline” from March report:  $4.441 trillion.

 

“Obama budget” from March report:  $9.270 trillion.

 

“Baseline” from June report: $4.441 trillion.

 

“Obama budget” from June report:  $9.139 trillion.

 

“Baseline” from August report:  $7.137 trillion.

 

Note a few things.  First, Obama’s budget would more than double the long-term deficit, from $4.4 T to about $9.2 T, when estimated apples-to-apples.  Secondly, the baseline estimate has gone up $2.7 T, or 61% just between June and August.  Third, we do not have such an updated estimate for Obama’s budget.

 

If CBO would re-do its estimate for Obama’s budget like it did for the baseline case, we could expect the 2010-2019 cumulative deficit to be $12 T to $15 T if Obama gets his way — before Obamacare or Cap & Trade or anything else new.

 

Let’s be clear here.  If Congress from here out does nothing but maintain the dreaded status quo, we are on an unsustainable budget path.  A path of structural deficits never going below $500 B or 3% of GDP in any year from now on.  A path that leaves us with a public debt of about 67% of GDP from 2011 on, or a level not seen since Truman was paying off World War II.

 

That’s the good news.  The bad news is if Obama gets his way.  If he does, essentially double everything: annual deficits more like $1 trillion or 6% of GDP every year.  Debt held by the public will reach at least 80% of GDP, if not 90% or more.

 

You need to note something else about all this.  We are talking 2010 and beyond.  Obama expects our current recession to end this year.  Most economists expect the same thing.  Years from 2010 on are expected to be post-recession years.  To be explicit, that means that even Keynesians would say fiscal stimuli are not needed in those years.

 

Yet we spend like crazy, non-stop, that entire time!  This is not about fixing the current recession.

 

Critics (e.g., the Washington Post) always like to remind us of Cheney’s quote, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.”  I don’t think Cheney meant just any deficits, but deficits of limited size and duration.  Size and endurance matter.

 

In Reagan’s eight years, 1981-88, the deficit averaged 2.4% of GDP, with the worst year being 6.0%. Under George W. Bush, 2001-2008, the deficit averaged 2.0% of GDP, with the worst year being 3.6%.

 

Now let’s look at CBO’s forecast of Obama’s deficits for 2009-2016.  The average deficit will be 6.3% of GDP, with a worst case of 13% and a best case of 3.9%.  And these are the rosy predictions, the June predictions — before being updated in August as the baseline scenario was.

 

Do you get the size and endurance differences?  Obama’s average will be worse than Reagan’s worst single year.  Obama’s best will be worse than Bush’s worst single year.  Obama’s average will, in fact, be worse than any year since 1930 except for World War II.  That means unprecedented in peacetime.

 

What’s more, the numbers under Obama never get better.  The picture doesn’t clear up with the end of this recession.  The deficit will be 5.6% of GDP, and the public debt 82% of GDP (unprecedented in peacetime), in 2019.  But again, those are the rosy numbers.

 

Obama’s budget is now being considered by Nancy Pelosi’s House and Harry Reid’s Senate.  Do you think the tweaks they make to Obama’s budget will increase or decrease the deficit?  Obama’s budget did not include health care reform.  The health care bill currently being considered (H.R. 3200) was estimated to add $1 trillion to the 2010-2019 cumulative deficit, per the CBO

 

Things were bad in 2008.  What Obama did early ($787 B stimulus, $410 B reconciliation, $350 B TARP part II) made them worse.  What he put in his February budget would make them even worse.  What he proposed after that budget (health care reform with a public option, cap and trade emissions legislation) would make them yet worse again.

 

Every single proposal from this President makes the budget outlook worse.  Much worse.  Unprecedented in peacetime worse.  Third World basket case, debtor-nation, worse.  Can we get anything from this man that is not a 1,000 page piece of legislation that costs $1 trillion and needs a new czar?

 

Let’s grant, for the sake of argument, that Obama was handed a terrible situation.  He was made captain of a ship that was leaking and close to sinking.  But instead of patching the leaks, he is taking an ax to everything.  He says we can’t live with the status quo.

 

Can we please not save this country by destroying it?

 

Randall Hoven can be contacted at randall.hoven@gmail.com or  via his web site, kulak.worldbreak.com.

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In Obama We Trust?

In Obama We Trust?

By Robin of Berkeley

I grew up in a home where God was MIA.  I don’t remember religion being mentioned except occasional references to some sort of God and a heaven. While my family was proud of their ethnicity, they didn’t practice the religion.  Aside from the requisite Bar Mitvahs, they never set foot in a synagogue.

My parents did worship at the altar of pleasure. They loved to party; they lived for the times they’d go out with their large, rowdy group, and dance and drink the night away. 

 

I’m not sure why my parents were such party animals. It was probably a way to escape the past, the memories of which were permanently etched on the mournful faces of my grandparents.

 

The past: Atrocities in Tsarist Russia. Poverty in the U.S. Tiny, noisy tenements in New York City; ghettos of immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe huddled together.  

 

My father’s dad, desperate for money during the Great Depression, accepted a dollar to name my father after another man’s deceased loved one.

 

Brazen anti Semitism; recurrent chants of “dirty Jew.” WWII; the enormity of the death camps and the guilt of being safely sheltered.

 

My father, with a little money saved from working 12 hour days, reinvented himself.  He changed his Yiddish sounding name to something WASP’y, and moved the family to a look alike, tract house in the ‘burbs. While the lifestyle was modest compared to middle America today, my parents were euphoric, a state that continued even into old age.  

 

Escapees from the ghetto, no longer targets, my parents finally felt like true Americans.   They were happy as clams in their perfect, sanitized life of black and white TVs, a washer and dryer, frozen vegetables, and luxuries like bottled salad dressing.  

 

When I think about my dad, I remember how he ate.  Every morsel, whether formerly boxed or canned, was exquisitely delicious, and he savored each bite, murmuring “Mmm, mmm,”  like a man just rescued from starvation.

 

My parents worked hard during the week, and then weekends traveled the cocktail party circuit, dancing the night away.  They were in perpetual adolescence, recreating their lost childhood. 

 

Meanwhile, I was a latchkey kid before the phrase was coined.    With my only hobby being shopping, I occupied myself with my friends, the Addams Family, the Brady Bunch, Ed Sullivan, and Patty Duke.  When I was a teen, it became mind numbing sex and drugs and rock and roll.  

 

Weekends there was so little to do that I slept in until 1 pm. Occasionally I would tag along on a Sunday with my best friend and her family who went on outings.  I was astonished that an entire family went out in the car for activities like picnics and museums.  

 

It was a flat, colorless childhood with no strong arms to guide me. I drifted along the best I could, like a lone, unguarded leaf.

 

College was a blur of hook ups, hard drugs, and parties as I was speeding headfirst into disaster. Mercifully, in my early 20′s, I found my way to a few decent boyfriends who had brains and I gained some myself, giving up my untamed habits along the way.

 

I settled down with my husband, Jon, a bookish type, who came from a family the polar opposite of mine.  Jon still jokes (?) that he helped raise me.

 

Often Jon would drag me to talks by other brainiacs, where I would summarily nod off.  But I like to think I absorbed something in between snoozes.

 

Eventually my life took shape: around my career as a psychotherapist and my leftist crusades to change the world. I found religion, or perhaps it found me.  

 

I had just turned 30, an event that had given me the willies. Perusing a book by Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa in a bookstore, I was entranced by the novel idea that happiness is not the goal of existence, but the byproduct of a life well lived; that the purpose of life was truth not pleasure.  

 

I started studying Eastern religion with a fervor, especially books by Trungpa and Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), and even called myself a Buddhist until I shed most of my old identities a few years ago. I became more of a heavyweight, able to look at the big ticket items of life — mortality, illness, and suffering — because I was safely nestled in the world of the Spirit.

 

I remember the moment I discovered God, in my 30′s, when Jon and I were on vacation.  I was reading a light novel, and he, of course, was studying some heavy tome. When I perused it and saw it was a religious book, I asked him, “Do you believe in God?”  (Yes I know it’s bizarre that it took l0 years for the subject to come up.)  

 

I was bowled over when Jon said, “Yes.” (He was also raised secular, and had never previously mentioned the G word.) My eyes welled up with tears. I realized that I did too.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the factors in my life that lured me far Left for so long;  what captivated me and held me there even with mounting evidence that the ideology was bankrupt.  And why are millions still following the Pied Piper of Chicago, even though he’s looking increasingly more corrupt and vacuous?

 

And I’ve come to this: the Left is filled to the brim with people like me, who grew up in homes with God in permanent exile and various adults floating in and out in hot pursuit of self fulfillment. With no way to understand life, this realm starts looking like an unmanageable House of Horrors. The result: people turn to someone like Obama to engineer a whole new world. 

 

So we have a situation today with the Left in charge, preaching their religion which is anti-religion. Their dogmas are so harsh that they make the Torah look like a light summer read. The Left’s missionaries are trying to tame the savages (stupid white people) just as the missionaries of old traveled abroad to tame the savages.

 

But, as survivors of Jonestown learned, a religion without a beneficent God firmly in place, is a cult, and can destroy lives.  Those spiritual teachers I admired when I was young, Osho and Trungpa?  They turned out to be major pervs.  They slept with their students, even encouraged violence against them. Both died as a result of their depravity.  

 

Without some type of faith, people can remain in a state of ravenous hunger, as needy and frightened as a little lost child.  They’re looking for something, but all the roads are blocked off.  The only door leading to safety has been shut in their faces by a society that rejects the Sacred.

 

So the masses flock to Obama because he offers them meaning and a way to organize a chaotic universe. People believe he’s some kind of Messiah because they’re frantic for a Prophet to create a heaven on earth.  

 

I saw a blog where a young person posts, “I have pictures of Obama on my wall. He gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”  There are no rational arguments about bailouts and taxes that will counteract this desperation for purpose.

 

Our culture offers youth nothing of substance to carve out a dignified life.  In the place of spiritual and intellectual richness, we pump them up with noxious television shows and films, texting and sexting, addiction to Facebook, and lots of drugs. We may have created a Generation N, for Nihilism.

 

And it’s not just the young.  Baby boomers are being dragged kicking and screaming into old age, without any spiritual guideposts and within a culture that fears and despises anything old. In ancient times, elders were revered as the cultural wellspring of wisdom and tradition.   

 

But in most of the First World, older people are as disposable as yesterday’s trash.   How unacceptable to grow old in a culture that finds no grace, only disgrace, in wrinkles, and wants to hustle you out the door as soon as possible.

 

Baby boomers are also dancing to Obama’s beat, enveloped in feelings of hope and change, holding on for dear life to their long lost youth. But it’s not the real 60′s with its hard drugs, violence, and exploitation of women, but a fantasy, frozen in time, of peace and flower power. 

 

I understand the draw of Obama and liberalism and changing the world because I know what it is like when life has no other meaning. I understand how unbearable it is when not only one’s parents but God is MIA and school is a forbidding place, and drugs only temporarily blunt the pain.

 

And I know the feeling of being so depressed that you grab onto anything — whether it’s a bottle or a relationship or a guru — anything that eases the despair, and you won’t let go, even when the consequences keep mounting.  You won’t let go until you find your way to the truth.

 

And I know what it’s like to wake up from the fog, to shake off the dread, and to find that I’m strong enough to walk on my own two feet and that a Higher Power lifts and carries me when I’m too weak to stand.

 

If we as a culture don’t find our way back to those young and old who are lost in space, adrift and unanchored, they will embrace false idols.  For as long as Obama is the only game in town, the only way people can feel alive and hopeful,  they’ll ignore every red flag and defend Obama until their last dying breath. They must believe in him. The alternative is just too unbearable. 

 

A frequent AT contributor, Robin is a recovering liberal and a psychotherapist in Berkeley.

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