Christmas in India

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

Dim dawn behind the tamerisks -- the sky is saffron-yellow --
  As the women in the village grind the corn,
And the parrots seek the riverside, each calling to his fellow
  That the Day, the staring Easter Day, is born.
    O the white dust on the highway! O the stenches in the byway!
      O the clammy fog that hovers over earth!
    And at Home they're making merry 'neath the white and scarlet berry --
      What part have India's exiles in their mirth?

Full day begind the tamarisks -- the sky is blue and staring --
  As the cattle crawl afield beneath the yoke,
And they bear One o'er the field-path, who is past all hope or caring,
  To the ghat below the curling wreaths of smoke.
    Call on Rama, going slowly, as ye bear a brother lowly --
      Call on Rama -- he may hear, perhaps, your voice!
    With our hymn-books and our psalters we appeal to other altars,
      And to-day we bid "good Christian men rejoice!"

High noon behind the tamarisks -- the sun is hot above us --
  As at Home the Christmas Day is breaking wan.
They will drink our healths at dinner -- those who tell us how they love us,
  And forget us till another year be gone!
    Oh the toil that knows no breaking! Oh the Heimweh, ceaseless, aching!
      Oh the black dividing Sea and alien Plain!
    Youth was cheap -- wherefore we sold it.
      Gold was good -- we hoped to hold it,
    And to-day we know the fulness of our gain!

Grey dusk behind the tamarisks -- the parrots fly together --
  As the sun is sinking slowly over Home;
And his last ray seems to mock us shackled in a lifelong tether.
  That drags us back howe'er so far we roam.
    Hard her service, poor her payment -- she in ancient, tattered raiment --
      India, she the grim Stepmother of our kind.
    If a year of life be lent her, if her temple's shrine we enter,
      The door is shut -- we may not look behind.

Black night behind the tamarisks -- the owls begin their chorus --
  As the conches from the temple scream and bray.
With the fruitless years behind us and the hopeless years before us,
  Let us honor, O my brother, Christmas Day!
    Call a truce, then, to our labours -- let us feast with friends and neighbours,
      And be merry as the custom of our caste;
    For, if "faint and forced the laughter," and if sadness follow after,
      We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.
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Christmas 2014

“Outrage over Nativity scenes, menorahs, images of Santa Claus, wreaths, and even candy canes have become just about as traditional in America this time of year as eggnog and tree lighting.

Across the nation, controversies and Christmas caution are already underway.

In Indiana, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is seeking a court order for the permanent removal of a Nativity scene outside a local courthouse. Note: this is the fourth year in a row FFRF has tried to get it removed.

Michigan, however, may win the prize for diversity. It’s Capitol Building will not only have a Nativity scene, it will also have a display from the Satanic Temple. What exactly does this ‘display’ look like? It is a snake, wrapped around a tree and coming through a black cross…” [Full article Tis the Season: The Fight Against All Things Christmas is in Full Swing]

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Bail or not?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

There are no simple answers to this question, and I hope to return to it when the time and my blood pressure permit. In the meantime, many people quickly, and I guess correctly, have formed their opinion on the multiple successful bail applications by that lone Muslim hyena. If not dead, he probably would be on bail now.

Not surprisingly, there is an on-line petition – “We demand stronger bail laws” on Change.org.

hate.sheik I signed it, thought I am aware that laws are one thing and the hypocritical, politically correct judiciary is another, and far more important. Petition the governments to replace the Labor appointees (when their tenure expires, of course) by the less Left lawyers? There is no Santa Claus, Virginia, you mere citizen.

Still – here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/p/mikebairdmp-sydney-siege-gunman-should-have-been-in-jail-we-demand-stronger-bail-laws?recruiter=198009331&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

18th December, 1863 : This day Franz Ferdinand, a nephew of the Emperor Franz Josef I, was born at the Herberstein Palace in Graz to Archduke Karl Ludwig and Maria Annunziata, a Bourbon Princess of the Two Sicilies. He received home schooling and then served in the army. An enthusiastic hunter, he even managed to shoot kangaroos and emus in Australia.

The suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889 made Karl Ludwig the heir to the throne, but within days he renounced it in favour of his son Franz Ferdinand.

Serb student assassinates Archduke and his duchess

In Prague Franz Ferdinand met Countess Sophie Chotek, a Czech aristocrat of not sufficiently grand lineage to marry a future Habsburg emperor. Despite the fury of his family, Franz Ferdinand persisted, commenting that Habsburg inbreeding had made half their children either epileptic or idiots. They married in 1900 in morganatic union, meaning that their future children were debarred from the succession.

[More remembered for his death than life; he had some very progressive political ideas, which could had conceivably lead to vital, modern Austria-Hungary.]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

17th December, 1973 : There is growing speculation in Britain that, unless the disputes now paralysing industry, involving coal mines, railways and power stations, are settled soon after Christmas, the Prime Minister, Mr Heath, will be forced to call a general election. He needs both a strong new mandate for his policies and an answer to the question “who rules the country – an elected Government or the unions?”

In a pre-Christmas crisis budget, the Government has cut £1,200 million from public spending, but has decided not to increase VAT or duties on liquor, cigarettes and petrol because of the fear of pushing up the cost of living index.

[ Our spineless Mr Abbott shows daily that the Leftist media rule Australia]

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Comrade Un wants no more Uns – Barack to follow?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Somewhat belated news from the land of applied Marxism to which no Leftist wants to go, but would dearly love to bring here: The dictator Kim Jong-un apparently decreed that nobody in North Korea can be called Un. Or is it Jong-un? Or Kim? The whole shadoogle? According to the BBC’s expert Charles Scanlon having the same name as the ruler was banned in the ancient dynasties of China and its Confucian neighbours. So there! Superior Asian tradition, almost proletarian, as our academics will undoubtedly explain to the racist, redneck, misogynist masses soon.

David Letterman“You know who they haven’t seen in a while, Kim Jung Un, evil dictator of North Korea. They haven’t seen him in, like, six weeks. He’s probably spending more time executing his family.”

kim-jong-un-fat-kidI think it is only funny if you are sitting comfortably in a TV studio, surrounded by bodyguards. In North Korea, it is probably safer not to have any children at all, for what do you do if the next dictator is called Minjoon?

The directive, saying that no newborn could be given the name, and those who already had it should amend their birth certificates, is apparently three years old, and, apparently, only now has been made public. How has it worked so far? A midnight knock on the hut? Comrade, change your name voluntarily now or … the truck is waiting.

I wouldn’t be called dead ‘un, and I guess many South Koreans too. Further I promise if I have another son I will definitely NOT name him Un, Kim or Jong.

For the duffer-in-chief, the imperial amnesties dispenser, comrade Barack Hussein Obama it means more sleepless nights, more problems – is he to follow the Marxist tradition, or the Muslim one? For on the other side of the world and in other cultures (if ‘culture’ is not Politically Incorrect Expression) Mohamed in his various spellings is going strong and getting stronger.

Mark Steyn :

What’s the most popular baby boy’s name in Belgium? Mohammed. In Amsterdam? Mohammed. In Malmo, Sweden? Mohammed. By 2005, it was the fifth most popular baby boy’s name in the United Kingdom. Yet most Europeans weren’t even aware of the dominant demographic trend until 9/11…

Fifth place in 2005, eh? This year, Mohammed is Number One:

Mohammad and Sophia most popular baby names of 2014
Arabic names and 1970s names on the rise while the royals prove out of favour.

Victoria Ward reports on the survey by Babycentre:

Its list of the top 100 baby names for 2014 reveals an “enormous” surge in Arabic names.

Maryam* is the biggest riser for girls, jumping 59 places to number 35, Nur is a new entry at number 29, while Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are all new to the boys’ top 100.

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre, said: “Traditionally, Muhammad is often the name given to the first-born boy in Muslim families.

“With the increase of other Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.”

If you say so. I’d say it portends an ever increasing lack of diversity. For a start, Mohammed, Omar, Ali and Ibrahim are not really “Arabic names” – in the sense that the majority of babies in the United Kingdom so christened (if you’ll forgive the expression) are not ethnic Arabs. British “Mohammeds” and “Omars” and “Alis” and “Ibrahims” are ethnically Pakistani and Bangladeshi and Somali: only a small minority of them are Arabs.

So these are not Arabic names, so much as Muslim names. How do Arabic names come to be given to babies from south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa? Robert Spencer:

A few years I came across a group photo of a summit meeting of Southeast Asian government officials. The Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai, Burmese and Chinese officials all had names indigenous to their nations; the Malaysian and Indonesian ministers had names like Muhammad and Abdullah – names indigenous to Arabia. Converts to Islam the world over give up a bit of their cultural diversity to take on Arabic names, and in many cases feel compelled to adopt the dress of a seventh-century Arab. This is not diversity, it’s homogeneity.”

That much from Mark Steyn (full article The Chic of Araby here). I am not sure if it helps Obama in his deliberations. If it is too hard, he will postpone his decision. On the other hand, maybe the decision was made long time ago, on his accession to power (as Kim Jong Un’s) and is quietly enforced by his right hand hoons, Internal Revenue Service.quill.1

*/ Maryam, a.k.a Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the only female mentioned by name in Koran. Misogyny, Julia?

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Prosinec

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952)czech_flag_small

Po sněhu půjdu čistém, bílém,

hru v srdci zvonkovou.

Vánoční země je mým cílem.

Až hvězdy vyplovou,

tu budu blízko již. A bude ještě blíž,

až lesní půjdu tmou.christmas-trees.snow

Tu ztichnu tak, jak housle spící,

a malý náhle, dětinný,

a v rukou žmole beranici,

včarován v ticho mýtiny,

tu budu blízko již. A budu ještě blíž,

svých slz až přejdu bystřiny.

Mír ovane mne, jakby z chléva,

v němž vůl a oslík klímají,

světýlka stříknou z prava, leva,

noc modrá vzlykne šalmají,

tu budu blízko již. Ach, jsem tak blízko již,

snad pastýři mne poznají . . .

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Live Well and Prosper (a New Year Resolution)

Milan Skarka

The French diplomat Talleyrand (1754–1838) has been credited with the saying La vengeance est un mets que l’on doit manger froid. [Revenge is a dish that should be eaten cold.], albeit without supporting detail. Well, there are a lot of cold ‘dishes’ being served in this World. As for myself I do not like cold cuts and cold dish makes me uncomfortable. There is nothing like a warm and soothing sauce poured over venison and dumplings. Certainly, roasted turkey and all that jazz during Thanksgiving was absolutely wonderful. Seafood, steaks, pork chops, good wine or beer and occasional brandy with a good cigar and good book are the ticket to happiness on this Earth. I know, it seems limited to the young ones and the restless, and it should be to them, for it will be their task to re-build our republic, the Republic that we have let slip away. It is a sure bet that the task will be enormous. However, for us the old farts it looks like heaven.

skarka.navyI think the best revenge is living as well as one can manage. There are a lot of questions, as one can imagine, about what living well and prosperity actually represent. What does living well actually mean? Does one need a lot of money and time to accomplish such ends? Does one need power to fulfill his/hers dreams and needs? What are or should be the ends and means to really achieve the satisfaction of such “revenge” in full? Most of all: does it require freedom to live well? A lot of questions, to be sure and I do not pretend to have answers to them. The answer my friend is blowing in the wind as Bob Dylan so quaintly expressed in the song. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l4nVByCL44)

Well, so much for self-absorption and happiness. Given that we live in a binary three-dimensional universe the answers will be limited to the environment we live in and feel it with all of our virtual sensors. This inevitably leads to politics de jure because everything humans do or don’t do is essentially based in politics of one sort or another. Even the caveman had to be embroiled in rudimentary politic and fight his rivals for their very life in order to survive. History is filled with machinations and competitions of man for everything ranging from acquiring possession of materials to possession of women. This is how Mother Nature made us and to deny it would not only be detrimental to our very existence but idiotic.

As the New Year approaches we’re bound to reminiscence about what perspired during the past year and compelled to come up with resolutions of good will and wanted prosperity for the following year. This, in many forms, is mostly a wishful thinking. However, as once a smart man noted: we live our lives in the future but can only understand it in the past. Well, the past is often in dispute and requires a lot of soul-searching. This is immensely important if we are to chart a bold future for us, the people. Supposedly, this is what separates us from the animals. Rational thoughts, rational decisions and rational actions based on logic and experience.

Last November’s election in the US was a resounding victory for Republicans at all levels of government. One might even think that they have a mandate to change whatever malfeasance is currently going on in this administration. Many newly elected representatives campaigned on bold promise to stop the Obama regime in its track and introduce new agenda of hope and prosperity. This is very positive. However, the “Inside-The-Washington” crowd and leadership have not changed sufficiently enough to inspire very much confidence in the new direction. Only time will tell and the time is running. Republicans can be inept, granted. When democrats (lefties) screw up and get caught, they argue that both sides do it and everybody is responsible. This means that no one is really responsible and they usually get away with it by lowering the common denominator of behavior even lower, unlike the republicans who are experts in forming a circular firing squad when one of theirs strays from the traveled path. There are a few good men in the Republican Party that must be supported. They do not have a seniority position yet (what a antiquated system) but do have drive, new ideas and common sense solutions. Will the establishment let them succeed? It is up to you voters. They are your representatives. Granted, the difficulties are vast, the will of the people is dwindling and the Constitution is trampled upon every day with little hope of a turn-around. The only constant in this universe of ours is a change and change is coming for sure. The question remains, what kind of change?

Free minds and free markets?

All the best in the New Year 2015,

from your humble Washington correspondent

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Europe’s spirit gone

Ludwig von Gress

euro.flamesI am not sure why the writer of Geopolitical Diary considers the impending disintegration of the traditional political systems “unthinkable”. Nihil aeternum est and none are more aware of that than the main-stream politicians. That’s why they grab whatever they can while they can, (just google corruption + politicians) and try to prolong the feeding frenzy by pretending everything is fine, when in power, or fixable, when in opposition. And that’s why we have political parties in 40 shades of pink, with some brazenly claiming they are blue.

Australian LibNats, irreformable and in any case likely to be in power for one term only, already ceased pretending they are conservative. I doubt that there is any reasonable likelihood of an emergence of a genuinely conservative party. All we can expect are parties formed by irrational extremists, red, green and brown; populist, but only for as long as necessary.

As the medial and academic experts and “experts” are feeding from the same trough as the establishment, they have identical interest, and a real change, not a Obama’s fraudulent one, is an anathema to them. That’s why they have to dismiss and denigrate any independent political thought.

Europe may indeed be in a worse shape than it would appear from the socialist media, still on the multiculti and AGW steroids. Unfortunately it lost the will to do anything about it, leaving the field open to the extremists. Australia is unlikely to learn from Europe’s plight.

From Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly, republished with permission:

Europe: When the Unthinkable Becomes Possible

(with a few of my non-expert comments in italics)

Europe’s economic crisis is slowly but steadily eroding the political systems of many countries on the Continent. New actors are emerging and threatening the supremacy of the traditional players. Alliances and events that seemed impossible only a few years ago are now being openly discussed across Europe. On Dec. 3, for example, Sweden announced it would hold early elections, partially because of political moves from the far right. In Spain, the ruling center-right party is openly discussing the possibility of entering an alliance with its traditional center-left rivals to prevent a protest party from taking over. Key members of the European Union, including Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom and possibly Greece, will hold elections in 2015. In most cases, these countries will see outcomes nobody would have thought possible in 2008.

Sweden

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced the snap elections after his center-left government lost a budget vote less than three months after coming to power. Lofven’s announcement was precipitated by a decision by the far-right Sweden Democrats party to support the opposition during a budget vote. Sweden’s early elections, the first for the country in almost 60 years, will be held March 22, with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats likely playing a central role. In Sweden’s parliamentary elections in September, no coalition managed to form a majority government, but the elections were marked by the strong performance of the far-right party, which received 12.9 percent of the vote, up from 5.7 percent in 2010, when it entered parliament for the first time.

Why far-right? For a long time the Australian Labor Party was strong and vociferous opponent of immigration and in fact created the so called “White Australia Policy”. Would it be described as “far-right” also?

While Sweden is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, unemployment remains above pre-crisis levels. More important, Sweden has the largest number of asylum applications per capita in the European Union. Last year, violent riots shook Stockholm’s immigrant-heavy suburbs, revealing Sweden’s struggle to integrate its immigrants into mainstream society.

Wouldn’t it be more honest, albeit politically incorrect, to write – “… revealing refusal of immigrants to integrate” ?

Opinion polls show that Swedes still largely support the idea of living in a country that is open to asylum-seekers, but they are also worried about the economic and cultural impact of increased immigration. If the Sweden Democrats hold their place as the country’s third-largest party, they will probably become key in the formation of a new government. This would put a far-right party in a position of power in one of Europe’s main economies.

Spain

Spain’s general elections, which will be held in late 2015, will likely have an even greater impact on its political system. The country’s enduring economic crisis and a series of corruption scandals involving the ruling party ..

Also the previously ruling party, the socialist, union-controlled PSOE.

.. led to a dramatic rise in popular support for Podemos, a left-wing protest party that wants to renegotiate the European Union’s debt and deficit targets and restructure the Spanish debt. Podemos was created less than a year ago, but recent opinion polls put its popularity at around 28 percent — above that of the mainstream center-right Popular Party and center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, commonly known as PSOE.

In my humble opinion a party adopting that discredited Obama’s slogan as its name (podemos = we can ) can only cause harm. Recently it back-tracked a bit, but it is a proponent of a socialist, global government. Its founders spent some time assisting Hugo Chavez in mismanaging Venezuela’s economy; and the second in command, Íñigo Errejón was recently suspended by University of Málaga for, what I would call, an attempt to defraud the taxpayers. Errejón was hired by the university to research housing in Andalusia, with a gross salary of €1,825 a month. The contract specified that he should spend 40 hours a week working from the UMA campus. The Podemos secretary has admitted that he was working on the project from Madrid, but claims all this to be an “organised slander campaign”. [and another Podemos academic, Alberto Montero in trouble – El Pais]

The leftists everywhere expects the taxpayers pay.

Podemos’ rise in Spain has been so resounding that on Dec. 2, Popular Party chief Maria Dolores de Cospedal said her party would consider an alliance with PSOE in order to form a government.

PSOE rejected the idea, while members of the Popular Party had backed away from it by Dec. 3. However, Cospedal’s statements highlight the extent of the threat to Spain’s two-party system, which was created after the end of the Franco dictatorship in the late 1970s. Before the crisis, Spain’s mainstream parties normally captured between 70 and 80 percent of the vote. The 2015 elections will probably mark the first time in modern Spanish history that their combined support falls below 50 percent. The situation is particularly awkward for PSOE, which recently moved slightly more to the left to appeal to some of Podemos’ voters. The party has yet to decide whether it wants to risk losing voters to the left by siding with the Popular Party or risk losing moderate voters by siding with Podemos.

Whatever it takes to stay at the trough. You don’t expect the workers’ party politicians to work, do you?

Greece

france.riotGreece offers an example of what Spanish politics could look like in the future. Like Spain, Greece had a relatively stable two-party system that saw the center-right and the center-left alternate periods in power. But the economic crisis led to the rapid rise of the left-wing Syriza party, which opposes the EU austerity measures supported by the mainstream parties. In 2012, it took two elections for the mainstream parties to form an alliance to keep Syriza at bay. In Greece, where political rivalries are old and deep, such an alliance would have seemed impossible before the crisis.

Greece will probably return to the center of the European crisis next year when the Greek parliament attempts to elect a new president. If the parliament fails, it will be forced to hold early elections. With Syriza still at the top of the opinion polls, it would be more difficult to keep the upstart party from power this time around. Syriza has promised to restructure Greece’s debt, a move that would probably make financial markets nervous and generate uncertainty across the eurozone at a time when Europe thought it had found some stability. When the European Central Bank promised to intervene in financial markets almost two years ago, the European Union lost the sense of urgency it had in the early stages of the crisis. The European Union, and particularly Germany, chose caution instead of action. Should Greece generate financial turmoil in Europe again, the Europeans will have to go back to the negotiating table and discuss all the issues that have so far been avoided.

United Kingdom

Finally, Euroskepticism will also be a key player in the United Kingdom, which will hold elections in May. Britain also had a functioning two-party system before the crisis, making coalitions relatively uncommon.

Functioning very well for politicians, not so well for the citizens.

But the rise of the anti-immigration UKIP party is seriously threatening this system. A coalition between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party or an agreement between the Tories and UKIP both seem impossible for now, but either would be conceivable if no party wins enough seats to govern on its own.

The current norm in Europe would have seemed impossible only five or six years ago. Most people would not have believed that unemployment in Spain or Greece could go above 25 percent or that nationalist, protest and Euroskeptical parties would become key players in European politics. More important, most Europeans would never have thought that the survival of the European Union would be under such a serious threat.

I disagree.

For many Spaniards, Greeks, Swedes and Britons, the transformation of their political systems may still seem unlikely, but for some a surprise is likely coming next year.

A surprise for whom? The experts?

Read more: Europe: When the Unthinkable Becomes Possible | Stratfor

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India’s civil service

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

In Jharkhand state in eastern India a system was installed to track the daily attendance of 14,000 civil servants. They have to log in and out by scanning a fingerprint or iris. The data is published live online.

What a fantastic idea! Now how to make them work while they are physically present?

Our public servants, beside running various personal enrichment schemes, sending mass e-mails praising Labor, Greens and Australian Broadcasting Commissariat, are the world’s top computer games players. Iris scans will not be enough.

And the other taxpayer-fleecing parasites at that socialist propaganda outlet (from Tim Blair):

ABC management is bracing for a possible strike before Christmas as the journalists’ union says it is not ruling out industrial action over forced redundancies.

As staff revolt over up to 300 forced redundancies and the digital direction taken by ABC management, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance national secretary Christopher Warren said strikes were an option.

There’s nothing planned or intended but we’re not ruling out industrial action,” he said.

Please, go right ahead. One small problem: many of the ABC’s high-profile personalities are already on holidays. And how would it be possible to tell if Radio National’s notoriously work-shy yoga chickens were on strike or just putting in their usual effort?

ABC staff have compared the redundancy process to Hollywood movie The Hunger Games, in which contestants participate in a brutal fight to the death until only one remains …

Outgoing 7.30 host Quentin Dempster said these methods were not the right way to downsize the ABC.

Any survivors of hunger games will be resentful and demotivated,” he said.

Considering Dempster’s previous workload, he might not be the best person to speak to about strikes. He basically got paid $300,000 per year to be on one.”

ABC should be disbanded.quill.1

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

10th December, 1905 : Robert Koch, the German bacteriologist, today received the Nobel Prize for identifying the germ that causes that most dreaded of diseases: tuberculosis. This discovery, made in 1882, was only one highlight in a career that has established Koch as one of the greatest of all bacteriologists. He also discovered the germs that cause anthrax and cholera, and more recently he has proved that bubonic plague is transmitted by rat lice and sleeping sickness by the tsetse fly.

Koch, who established the classic rules for proving that a particular germ causes a disease, also developed the use of aniline dyes for staining bacteria to aid recognition and ways of growing them outside the body.

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Justice

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I guess you are tired of reading about the Ferguson riots, and now of the New York riots, and all the other future riots planned by the socialist Left, aided and abetted by the nation-divider-in-chief and duly executed by the benighted blacks. Once again, the US justice system is under attack; and yes, I admit – it is not perfect.

divideThe judicial activism is approved by the ‘progressives’, whenever it suits them, but a decision of the United States Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. “in which the Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectually disabled, “for the protection and health of the state” did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution” would not be approved by the Left. Justice Holmes wrote: “It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute the degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, the society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”

The Supreme Court has never expressly overruled Buck v. Bell. Obviously, there is no need to. Imbeciles do not starve and blacks do not commit crimes, as for example, the latest Left poster victim, late Mr Garner in New York. But:

1. The choke hold did not asphyxiate him. He was telling the officers that he could not breathe. You can’t do that if you’re being fatally choked.

2. The autopsy showed that he had an underlying heart condition and asthma. According to the autopsy report the compression applied to his chest is likely what caused his death.

3. Garner had been arrested some 30 times and knew what to do. For some reason on this occasion he chose to resist arrest. He was aware of his own health condition and should have submitted immediately when asked to do so, repeatedly and calmly, by the officers.” ( Jack Lacton)

Theodore Dalrymple:

More than a quarter of blacks killed by police — about 1300 of 4500 — were killed by black officers; and as black officers represent only a sixth of the force, a black man should therefore be warier of a black policeman than a white.”

Long time ago the media stopped the pretence of unbiased reporting; perhaps unaware how closely they resemble the Communist regimes’ press in all but intelligence. The communist editors of old had to consider the knowledge of their readers; the today’s ones know that the educational system took care of that. For example, the most descriptions of the recent Arizona shooting had Brisbon “reaching for his pills” when shot, which suggests an unfortunate man about to suffer some medical mishap and trying to prevent that. Only some reported it was a bottle of oxycodone pills and none, to my knowledge, what I easily found on Wikipedia:

United States – As a street drug, Oxycodone is also called oxycotton. In the United States, more than 12 million people abuse opioid drugs. In 2010, 16,652 deaths were related to opioid overdose…

Australia – The non-medical use of OxyContin began in Australia in the early 2000s. By 2007, 51% of a national sample of injection drug users in Australia had reported using oxycodone, and 27% had injected it in the last six months.

I am not suggesting that drug pushers with previous convictions ought to be shot by the police. Still … maybe some mothers in the neighbourhood are not too upset.

Our (Australian) socialist media are pining for some shooting of an ‘unarmed Aboriginal teenager’ so that they too can confirm their party credentials. As I often wrote, our leftists have no imagination and blindly copy the American ones. As long as unemployement cheques are coming our ferals are also ready.

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Deaths in custody

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The death in custody is alive and well. The myth of it, of course, as evidenced by the slogans and handy posters at the recent Brisbane G20 humbug:

g20.black.deathsBy the way, the Aborigines would do well to stop, read history and find out what their socialist (both nationalist and internationalist) friends had been doing to, say, gypsies.

The myth of high rates of Aboriginal deaths while in custody has been around for some time; the activistas could not resist flogging the dead horse (if that is a right simile) so in 1987 the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was set up. It investigated 99 Aboriginal deaths in police custody, youth detention centres and prisons between 1980 and 1989. Four years and $30 million later it found “46 per cent of deaths resulted from natural causes ( especially alcoholism and drug overdoses), 34 per cent from suicides, 15 per cent from injuries inflicted by non-custodians and only 5 per cent from custodians’ actions, but not person had deliberately caused a death or deliberately inflicted harm … A surprise finding was that Aboriginal men’s survival rates were better in prison than outside”. / Josephine Flood – The Original Australians, Allen & Unwin 2006, p. 246/

And to the present – Australian Institute of Criminology May 2013 Abstract: Compiled for two decades by the Australian Institute of Criminology, this report found both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of deaths in custody have decreased over the last decade and are now some of the lowest ever seen (0.16 per 100 Indigenous prisoners and 0.22 per 100 non-Indigenous prisoners in 2010–11). For the last eight years in a row, the Indigenous rate of death in prison has been lower than the equivalent non-Indigenous rate.

Deaths in custody, global warming, fracking dangers … can’t they come up with something real to protest about if they have nothing to do and want to get on TV?quill.1

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When I Read the Book

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

When I read the book, the biography famous,

And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man’s life?

(As if any man really knew aught of my life,

When even I myself often think know little or nothing of my real life,

Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections

I seek for my own use to trace out here.)

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Obama’s sons

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Ferguson-RiotsIf, if… They wouldn’t be like Thomas Sowell, that’s for sure. Most likely, they would grow up like their parents, hypocritical, America-hating, venal crooks.

It is difficult for me to write about Ferguson farce from so far away. So Americans will have to do:

Do you know that with each passing year there are approximately 35,000 cases “reported to police” of white women that have been sexually assaulted by African Americans? And on the flip side of that there are statistically 0 (yes zero) cases (actually between 6 and 12) of black women reporting to police that they have been sexually assaulted by white men. Have you figured it out yet that whites are in a race war with blacks and we don’t know or acknowledge it yet?”

Nothing to do with Ferguson racial riots? Oops. Somebody else then, say inimitable Ann Coulter:

The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot.

Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff.

From the beginning, Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t reported like news. It was reported like a cause.

The media are in a huff about the prosecutor being “biased” because his father was a cop, who was shot and killed by an African-American. What an assh@le!

. . . The reason most grand jury investigations result in an indictment is that most grand juries aren’t convened solely to patronize racial mobs. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was basically demanding an indictment of Wilson before Big Mike’s body was cold. It was only because of racial politics that this shooting wasn’t dismissed without a grand jury, at all.

Obama says anger is an “understandable reaction” to the grand jury’s finding. Why? And why — as almost everyone is saying — are we supposed to praise the “peaceful protests”?

There’s nothing to protest! A cop shot a thug who was trying to kill him. The grand jury documents make perfectly clear that Big Mike was entirely responsible for his own death. Can’t the peaceful protesters read?

The night of the riot, Obama said the law “often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion.” Maybe, but not in this case — except toward Officer Wilson.

I know liberals were hoping they had finally found the great white whale of racism, but they’re just going to have to keep plugging away. They might want to come up with a more productive way to spend their time, inasmuch as they’re about 0:100 on white racism sightings.

Anyone following this case has seen the video of Big Mike robbing a store and roughing up an innocent Pakistani clerk about 10 minutes before being shot by Officer Wilson. They’ve seen him flashing Bloods gang signs in photos.

They know Brown’s mother was recently arrested for clubbing grandma with a pipe over T-shirt proceeds. They’ve seen the video of Brown’s ex-con stepfather shouting at a crowd of protesters after the grand jury’s decision: “Burn this bitch down!”

Liberals will say none of that is relevant in court, but apparently they don’t think actual evidence is relevant either. It’s certainly relevant in the court of public opinion that the alleged victims are a cartoonishly lower-class, periodically criminal black family.

TV hosts narrated the riot by saying it showed “the community” feels it’s not being listened to. Only liberals look at blacks looting and say, See what white Americans made them do?”

obama.sonsThe looters aren’t the community!

The community doesn’t want black thugs robbing stores and sauntering down the middle of its streets. The community doesn’t want to be assaulted by Big Mike. The community didn’t want its stores burned down.

That community testified in support of Officer Darren Wilson. About a half-dozen black witnesses supported Officer Wilson’s version of what happened. One was a black woman, who saw the shooting from the Canfield Green apartments. Crying on the stand, she said, “I have a child and that could have been my son.”

And yet, she confirmed all crucial parts of Wilson’s account. She said “the child” (292-pound Big Mike) never had his hands up and the cop only fired when “the baby” was coming at him. “Why won’t that boy stop?” she asked her husband.

I always want to know more about the heroic black witnesses. They are put in a position no white person will ever be in and do the right thing by telling the truth — then go into hiding from “the community” being championed by goo-goo liberals.

White people don’t feel any obligation to defend some thug just because he’s white. Only blacks are expected to lie on behalf of criminals of their own race.

But real heroism doesn’t interest liberals. They only ooh-and-ahh over blacks with rap sheets. The only meaningful white racism anymore is the liberal infantilization of black people.”

The full article Ann CoulterLiberals Willing To Fight To The Last Drop of Black Blood

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Píseň

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)czech_flag_small

Vím, skepse má je příliš tvrdá

a mysl má je příliš hrdá,

a výsměch zlý a rouhavý

extáze moje otráví.

Rád v noci bdím a ve dne dřímám

a paradoxní názory mám.

Své lásky k zášti přinutím

a přátele si znechutím.

Je pro mne málo směrodatný

soud bližních dobrý jako špatný.

Včas pole svá si pokosím.

A o pohřeb se neprosím.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

B29.

29th November, 1949 : Planes fell from the sky with horrible frequency this month, as a whole series of air crashes claimed 142 lives across the world. On the first day of the month, a fighter plane collided with an Eastern Airlines passenger airliner, cutting it in half, 100 feet above Washington’s National Airport, and killing 55 men, women and children. The only survivor was the pilot of the fighter jet. Later in the month, three disasters in three days, all involving B-29 Superfortresses, claimed a further 25 lives. In Bermuda, the downing of a B-29 launched the biggest peace-time rescue yet, which found 18 of the 20 crew alive but delirious, after 75 hours floating on the sea. Another B-29 crashed off Florida, claiming another five lives and now all Superfortresses have been grounded. Last week, a crash near Oslo killed 34 people, 27 of them orphan children, on their way to a rehabilitation centre. Finally, today, 28 people perished as a passenger jet exploded at Dallas airport.

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America today

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

harold.blairNovember, 1949 : The Aboriginal singer Harold Blair has criticised Australia’s treatment of its Aborigines. Blair, on a concert tour in New York, was interviewed by the New York Herald Tribune. He is quoted as having said; “There are only 80,000 Aborigines left out of more than 700,000. That speak for itself, doesn’t? Now they live on reservations, where they teach you nothing but to became labourers. It is wonderful to get out and find that there is a world.”

[As of 30th August, 2013 Aborigine numbers were 669,900, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Does it speak for itself? Additional 589,900 Aborigines in 64 years?

In any case the pre-white-contact population numbers are, of necessity, a guesswork. In 1930 anthropologist Alfred Radcliffe came up with 250,000 to 300,000. Modern politically correct guesses reached 500,000.

Many would not know of Blair, who died in 1976 and after whom one of the Queensland’s electoral divisions was named, so I took the liberty of reproducing bellow what the Wikipedia is saying:

Blair was born September (?) 1924 at the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, 5 km from Murgon in Queensland. His mother was Esther Quinn, a teenage Aboriginal woman. His surname, Blair, came from the family that had “adopted” his mother. He and his mother then went to the Salvation Army Purga Mission near Ipswich. His mother entered domestic service, leaving Harold, then aged two, at the mission, where he received an elementary education. Blair left school at age 16, gaining employment as a farm labourer.

At the age of 17, he was working as a tractor driver at the Fairymead Sugar Mill. Communist trade union organiser Harry Green heard him singing and encouraged him to further his singing. Blair entered a radio amateur hour talent quest in early 1945, and attracted a record tally of listeners’ votes. A group of trade unionists, academics and musicians formed a trust to sponsor his career.

He entered the Melba Conservatorium in Melbourne in 1945 and earned a Diploma of Music with honours in 1949. In 1950, Blair was invited to study in the United States by the noted African-American singer Todd Duncan. Blair studied at the Juilliard School, New York. While in New York he sang in a church in Harlem, and entered into the community life. He was impressed how people of all races participated at all levels of society.

In 1951, the Australian Broadcasting Commission offered Blair a three-year singing contract, commencing with an extensive tour. By the end of the tour he had lost his voice. Breaking the contract, he was prohibited from singing professionally for three years. Discouraged, Blair sought other work including working for a hardware store. He expressed an interest in education and was taken on as a teacher at Ringwood Technical School. He later became a teacher at the Conservatorium in Melbourne, and served on the Aboriginal Arts Board.

Blair continued to act for Aboriginal rights all his life. He joined the Aborigines Advancement League in its early days and later the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Watching an Aboriginal marching girls group at Moomba in 1962 led Blair to establish the Aboriginal Children’s Holiday Project, and he was an early member of the Aborigines Welfare Board in Victoria. He stood as a candidate for the Australian Labor Party for a seat in the Victorian Parliament against the then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.” ]

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Could America survive Obama?

Ludwig von Gress

After adding 5 million of lawbreakers to the future electoral roll, it is appearing extremely unlikely indeed. Too impatient to wait for the democracy’s natural decay, Obama follows the Alinski script and the Hitler precedent. He knows he can expect no opposition, for Republicans, as our LibNats, are just a loose band of spineless, venal, power hungry, intellectual midgets, coincidentally finding themselves on the same side of the trough. Nothing can be expected from the populace as for all their posturing Americans are very docile.

king.obamaMr Friedman either labours under some misapprehension that deep down, very deep down, Hussein Obama is a decent American; or his respect for Presidency forces him to be dishonest to his readers. His article dates from 18th November 18, 2014, that is prior to the Obama’s latest unconstitutional act. The interspersed comments are, of course mine; and the article originally contained no illustrations.

From Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly, republished with permission:

On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies

By George Friedman

We do not normally comment on domestic political affairs unless they affect international affairs. However, it is necessary to consider American political affairs because they are likely to have a particular effect on international relations. We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama’s presidency, and like those of several other presidents since World War II, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.

The midterm elections are over, and Congress and the president are in gridlock. This in itself is not significant; presidents as popular as Dwight Eisenhower found themselves in this condition. The problem occurs when there is not only an institutional split but also a shift in underlying public opinion against the president. There are many more sophisticated analyses of public opinion on politics, but I have found it useful to use this predictive model.

Analyzing a President’s Strength

I assume that underneath all of the churning, about 40 percent of the electorate is committed to each party. Twenty percent is uncommitted, with half of those being indifferent to the outcome of politics and the other half being genuinely interested and undecided. In most normal conditions, the real battle between the parties — and by presidents — is to hold their own bases and take as much of the center as possible.

So long as a president is fighting for the center, his ability to govern remains intact. Thus, it is normal for a president to have a popularity rating that is less than 60 percent but more than 40 percent. When a president’s popularity rating falls substantially below 40 percent and remains there for an extended period of time, the dynamics of politics shift. The president is no longer battling for the center but is fighting to hold on to his own supporters — and he is failing to do so.

When the president’s support has fragmented to the point that he is fighting to recover his base, I considered that a failed presidency — particularly when Congress is in the hands of the opposition. His energy cannot be directed toward new initiatives. It is directed toward recovering his base. And presidents who have fallen into this condition near the end of their presidencies have not been likely to recover and regain the center.

Does he want to regain the center? Why would he? Après moi, le dèluge!

Historically, when the president’s popularity rating has dipped to about 37 percent, his position has been unrecoverable. This is what happened to George W. Bush in 2006. It happened to Richard Nixon in 1974 when the Watergate crisis resulted in his resignation, and to Lyndon Johnson in 1967 during the Vietnam War. It also happened to Harry Truman in 1951, primarily because of the Korean War, and to Herbert Hoover before World War II because of the Great Depression….  [see Rassmusen report daily presidential tracking]

However, this is not the final historical note on a presidency. Truman, enormously unpopular and unable to run for another term, is now widely regarded as one of the finest presidents the United States has had. Nixon, on the other hand, has never recovered. This is not therefore a judgment on Obama’s place in history, but simply on his current political condition. Nor does it take failure to lose the presidency; Jimmy Carter was defeated even though his popularity remained well in the 40s.

Obama’s Presidency

Of the five failed presidencies I’ve cited, one failed over scandal, one over the economy and three over wars — Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Obama’s case is less clear than any. The 40 percent who gravitated to the opposition opposed him for a host of reasons. He lost the center for complex reasons as well. However, looking at the timing of his decline, the only intruding event that might have had that impact was the rise of the Islamic State and a sense, even in his own party, that he did not have an effective response to it.

That does not sound right, though it may have been the last straw. Americans have minimal interests in matters beyond their borders. Many, such as New Yorkers or Californians are so parochial and narcissistic as to provide inexhaustible material for all those ‘geographically-challenged-Americans’ jokes without any help from the rest of USA.

Lies, misdeeds, crimes, and lies again. Obamacare, economy, anti-free enterprise policies, IRS investigation of opponents and potential opponents, supplying firearms to gangsters and yes, encouragement of illegal immigration, are not enough?

Historically, extended wars that the president did not appear to have a strategy for fighting have been devastating to the presidency. Woodrow Wilson’s war (World War I) was short and successful. Franklin Roosevelt’s war (World War II) was longer, and although it began in failure it became clear that a successful end was conceivable. The Korean, Vietnam and two Iraq wars suffered not from the length, but from the sense that the presidency did not have a war-ending strategy.

It seems to me that a decisive military victory could be a good war-ending strategy. Unfortunately, US wants to be loved for all their deeds, good or good only in their eyes, ignoring the biblical saying “no good deed remains unpunished”. (John 10:32)

Obama appears to me to have fallen into the political abyss because after six years he owned the war and appeared to have no grip on it.

That was deliberate. Hussein Obama can not and will not effectively fight Islam. He will do anything he can to ensure Iran gets its nuclear weapon.

Failure extends to domestic policy as well. The Republican-controlled legislature can pass whatever legislation it likes, but the president retains veto power, and two-thirds of both houses must vote to override. The problem is that given the president’s lack of popularity — and the fact that the presidency, all of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for re-election in two years — the president’s allies in Congress are not as willing to be held responsible for upholding his vetoes. Just as few Democrats wanted Obama campaigning for them, so too do few want to join the president in vetoing majority legislation. What broke Truman, Johnson and Nixon was the moment it became clear that their party’s leaders in Congress wanted them gone.

Acting Within Constraints

With all due respect, Mr Friedman, what restrains? Surely you do not mean the Constitution.

This does not mean that the president can’t act. It simply means that it is enormously more difficult to act than before. Gerald Ford, replacing Nixon but weakened by the pardoning of his predecessor, could not stop Congress from cutting off aid to South Vietnam during the final Communist assault.

Admittedly, it was too late and too unpractical to try to reverse the rot incubated by Kissinger. Still, not a vote the Congress can be proud of.

George W. Bush was able to launch the surge, but the surge was limited in size, not only because of strategic conditions but also because he had lost the ability to force Congress to fund alternative expansions of the war. In each of the failed presidencies, the president retained the ability to act but was constrained by the twin threats of an opposition-controlled Congress and his own party’s unwillingness to align with him.

At the same time, certain foreign diplomatic initiatives can continue. Nixon initiated negotiations between Egypt and Israel that culminated, under Carter’s administration, in the Camp David Accords. Truman tried to open negotiations with China, and the initiative’s failure had little to do with opposition to a negotiated settlement in Korea.

Nixon and Truman were respected, grudgingly perhaps, aboard. Popinjay Obama is not.

The president has few domestic options.

Beside ruling by ukase, hm.. executive order?

Whatever Obama does with his power domestically, Congress can vote to cut funding, and if the act is vetoed, the president puts Congressional Democrats in mortal danger. The place where he can act — and this is likely the place Obama is least comfortable acting — is in foreign policy. There, the limited deployment of troops and diplomatic initiatives are possible.

For the sake of freedom and the remnants of democracy let us hope he does nothing, for everything he has done so far benefited Islam and other enemies.

Obama’s general strategy is to withdraw from existing conflicts in the Middle East and contain and limit Russian actions in Ukraine. The president has the ability to bring military and other pressure to bear. But the United States’ opponent is aware that the sitting president is no longer in control of Washington, that he has a specific date of termination and that the more unpopular things he does, the more likely his successor is to repudiate them. Therefore, in the China-North Korea model, the assumption is that that continuing the conflict and negotiating with the successor president is rational. In the same sense, Iran chose to wait for the election of Ronald Reagan rather than deal with Jimmy Carter (who was not a failed president).

This model depends on the opponent’s having the resources and the political will to continue the conflict in order to bargain with the president’s successor, and assumes that the successor will be more malleable. This is frequently the result, since the successor can make concessions more readily than his predecessor. In fact, he can make those concessions and gain points by blaming the need to concede on his predecessor.

This is, unfortunately, truth. However, after Obama’s concessions what is left? Unconditional surrender?

Ironically, Obama used this strategy after replacing George W. Bush. The failed president frequently tries to entice negotiation by increasing the military pressure on the enemy. Truman, Johnson and George W. Bush all took this path while seeking to end their wars. In no case did it work, but they had little to lose politically by trying.

Therefore, if we follow historical patterns, Obama will now proceed slowly and ineffectively to increase military operations in Syria and Iraq, while raising non-military pressure on Russia, or potentially initiating some low-level military activities in Ukraine. The actions will be designed to achieve a rapid negotiating process that will not happen. The presidency will shift to the other party, as it did with Truman, Johnson and George W. Bush. Thus, if patterns hold true, the Republicans will retake the presidency. This is not a pattern unknown to Congress, which means that the Democrats in the legislature will focus on running their own campaigns as far away from Obama and the next Democratic presidential candidate as possible.

The period of a failed presidency is therefore not a quiet time. The president is actively trying to save his legacy in the face of enormous domestic weakness. Other countries, particularly adversaries, see little reason to make concessions to failed presidents, preferring to deal with the next president instead. These adversaries then use military and political oppositions abroad to help shape the next U.S. presidential campaign in directions that are in their interests.

It is against this backdrop that all domestic activities take place. The president retains the veto, and if the president is careful he will be able to sustain it. Obama will engage in limited domestic politics, under heavy pressure from Congressional Democrats, confining himself to one or two things. His major activity will be coping with Syria, Iraq and Russia, both because of crises and the desire for a legacy. The last two years of a failed presidency are mostly about foreign policy and are not very pleasant to watch.

Or to try to live through them.

Read more: On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies | Stratfor

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