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So that YOU know what SEAN is talking about when he opens his big mouth:

 

Conservative:

Date: 1831. From Latin conservare, for "to keep", "guard", or "observe". A Conservative relies upon family traditions and figures of authority to establish and maintain values. 

A Conservative puts group security above personal freedoms. 

A Conservative believes that successful use and maintenance of power proves God's favor for the government. 

A Conservative believes that social values, religious rules, and forms of governments may only be altered gradually. 

Stability and continuity are the goals of government.

 

Liberal:

Date: 1820. From Latin liberalis for "free". A Liberal uses reason and logic to set personal, social, and religious values. 

A Liberal places personal freedom above group security. 

A Liberal believes that governments rule by the consent of the governed. 

A liberal believes that governments may be changed or removed at the will of the people.  

A Liberal supports rapid change in the pursuit of progress and reform.

Freedom and Justice are the goals of government.

 

Note: a nation, and an individual, may move back and forth between these positions often. They rarely sum up a personality completely. And they should never be permanent blinders for anyone to view the world.

When a people succeed in a Liberal revolution, for instance, they often find themselves in the Conservative position protecting these gains. Similarly a person might have a Liberal view on public financial assistance and then move into a conservative position once these demands are met.

One might say that Affirmative Action is a prime example. At one point instituting Affirmative Action was a Liberal position, it was needed to reverse decades of discrimination following the end of Slavery. However, today the Liberal position might well be the ending of Affirmative Action, as it has largely completed its task and now stands as a stumbling block to truly moving the nation beyond race as a discriminatory trait. Meanwhile, the position of defending AA is now actually a Conservative stance (whether its so-called "liberal" defenders realize it or not).

Another way to think about this is that these terms describe a way of thinking about issues, not the positions on those issues. That is a Conservative might support a war because politicians they respect urge it, because the enemy scares them, and ultimately because it just "feels right". A Liberal might also come to support the war in spite of the position of authority figures and celebrities, not because it feels right, but because hours of research and consideration support the cause.

Neither is a "better way" of coming to a position, necessarily. Sometimes too much thinking interferes with a solid moral judgment, such as on the Abortion issue. And then other times only rational examination can skip over the emotional baggage and come to the most reasonable decision, as we see in the Abortion issue.

I realize this might be difficult for some people to accept after a long time of hearing party dogma on the issue. Personally I find value in BOTH positions. On some issues I am myself rather Conservative and on others I am quite Liberal. The same with the terms Radical and Reactionary, noted below. I found that stepping beyond these labels opened up my thoughts and cleared my head of a lot of bs.

 

Reactionary:

Date: 1840. From Latin reagere for "to act". A Reactionary uses government pressure as a means of containing and responding to changes in society.

 

Radical:

Date: 14th century. From Latin radicalis from radix for "root". A Radical supports social movements and political pressure groups as a means of affecting change in government.

 

The Right:

Date: early modern. The term comes from  English Parliamentary Rules; which place the party in power on the right of the Speaker. As the Conservatives held sway for a long time, the term Right came to be associated with the "Establishment" and thus with Conservative politics.

 

The Left:

Date: early modern. The party in Opposition sits on the Speaker's left. The Left came to be associated with labor movements, the lower classes, and socialist politics. It has also come to be associated with Liberalism. This was useful for Conservative politicians, and Socialists as well, during the 60's. But I find this to be a big intellectual and political mistake.

 

Capitol Goods:

Date: circa 1639. From the French from Latin capitalis for "top", used in French for "principal" or "chief". (1) : a stock of accumulated goods; especially at a specified time and in contrast to income received during a specified period (2) : accumulated goods devoted to the production of other goods (3) : accumulated possessions calculated to bring in income

 

Capitalism:

Date: 1877. An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

 

Socialism:

Date: 1837. From Latin socialis for "friend" or "companion" or "associate". Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods; usually there is no private property; in Marxist theory this is also considered just a transitional stage between capitalism and communism and it is distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

 

Communism:

Date: 1840. From French communisme, from Latin communis for "common". A doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed. It is the final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably. In its only examples of practical application, in the USSR, China, and Cuba it became a totalitarian system where a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production and the people are enslaved in production geared to support the power of this party.

 

Note: in Marxist theory these three systems represent a sliding scale, with Capitalism on the Right, Socialism in the middle, and Communism on the Left. A nation was supposed to move from one to the other over time. However, in practice few systems in the world have ever been purely one or the other. Most national economic models employ some of all three.

While the US and Europe are considered the paragons of Capitalism, they both retain many Socialist elements. Both the US and Europe offer state sanctioned monopolies of public utilities. The American Postal Service is a state owned enterprise, as are the European aerospace entities. Europe offers state run healthcare, as do many American states, and both regulate the health industry heavily.

Through out history Europe and the US have also held some Communist elements. The common grazing lands of town centers and the great unfenced Western plains were both representative of these traditions. One might say that Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Dole are also holdovers from our more communal days.

On the other hand, while China has long been a paragon of Socialism / Communism, it still has many elements of free enterprise. They allow small farmers and craftsmen to sell excess production on the open market, they have private telecoms and industrial companies, and now they have a stock market, the ultimate symbol and apparatus of Capitalism.

When one system or the other fails to serve a nation, many proponents argue that actually the system simply was not implemented purely enough. However, attempts to purify these systems require a heavy hand in government, education, and economic practice. And this has led to oppressive regimes and brutalized citizens.

 

Democracy:

Date: 1576. From Greek dEmokrati, from demos "people" + kracy "rule". A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections; usually accompanied by the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges.

 

Republic:

Date: 1604. From Latin respublica; from res "thing" + publica "of the people". A government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who is elected by popular vote.

 

Note: that the root of the word Democracy is Greek, while the root of the word Republic is Latin. These terms are NOT antithetical, they do not even derive from the same language.

In common use they both have come to describe types of Liberal governments, specifically the one is a type of the other. It is possible for a nation to be a Democracy, but NOT also a Republic. However, a nation that is a Republic is ALWAYS also a Democracy. A Republic is a TYPE of Democracy.

The UK is a Democracy, but not a Republic, because of the Queen. Ireland became a Republic only after it dropped from the Commonwealth and replaced the Queen with an elected President

 

Fascism:

Date: 1921 From Latin fascis for "bundle" or group. Last, but not least, is this term, which actually combines the economic system and the political system entirely. In this system the state and large corporations merge, the rights of the individual are subordinated to the glory of the State, and all dissent is suppressed. It often utilizes a racial or religious cause to motivate the people into giving up their rights in the first place. These states usually rise out of an economic collapse or hardship with high inflation and unemployment.

 
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Monday, February 28, 2005

Revolution In Lebanon

CNN reports that the Syrian pupet governemnt in Lebanon has just resigned in response to round-the-clock protests in Beruit's Martyrs' Square.

According to an NPR report protestors shouted such odd-sounding solgans as "The Lebanese Army Is Good Enough For US", or something similar, urging the Syrians out as they commended their own forces... which made it pretty difficult for the Lebanese Army/Police to crack down on the protestors as their government masters might have wanted. Interesting tactic.

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Sean: Monday, February 28, 2005 [+] |
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Thursday, February 24, 2005
The Blogger Threat

Andrew Sullivan channels Jeff Jarvis who quotes Bill Keller worrying about the polarization of the blogosphere.

My anxiety about the blog world is not that it will put us out of business but that it contributes to an erosion of middle ground, that it accelerates a general polarization of the nation into people, right and left, who are ardently convinced and not very interested in exposing themselves to facts or ideas that contradict their prejudices.


Are you kidding? Michael Totten and I are part of a much larger grew of non-partisan "hacks" who are more than willing to slam anyone who deserves it. Andrew, you paying attention?

Sean: Thursday, February 24, 2005 [+] |
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Europe Is Such A Loser

Mark Steyn throws some shade at Europe.

International relations are like ex-girlfriends: if you're still deluding yourself you can get her back, every encounter will perforce be fraught and turbulent; once you realise that's never gonna happen, you can meet for a quick decaf latte every six – make that 10 – months and do the whole hey-isn't-it-terrific-the-way-we're-able-to-be-such-great-friends routine because you couldn't care less. You can even make a few pleasant noises about her new romance (the so-called European Constitution) secure in the knowledge he's a total loser.


Read the whole thing here.

I do agree with Deacon that Europe is going to be far more of a p.i.t.a. than any exgirlfriend... Europe's desire to play games with the US and its willingness to sleep with anyone to do it... Wait that IS kinda ex-girlfriendy isnt it? No, really, Europe is trying to sell China sophisticated weaponry... over my dead body! Iraq, Iran, China... What, is Europe sleeping with North Korea now too? That BITCH!

Hat tip to Powerline.

Sean: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 [+] |
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Iranian Bloggers In Trouble

Mojtaba and Arash Day: these two two Iranian bloggers are in prison for expressingly themselves freely in Iran. Please visit this site, and if you too blog, give them a link. And remember this when you next snicker at the idea that "the enemy" hates you for your freedom. They do.

Sean: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 [+] |
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On a lighter note... you know those crazy pocket bikes? Yeah, I hate them two. Then again, might be fun. Then again, you could always screw the environment and get a dirt bike.

Sean: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 [+] |
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Monday, February 21, 2005
Death Of A Gonzo Journalist

CNN reports that author and extreme journalist Hunter S. Thompson is no more. Hunter shot himself in the head on Sunday at his home near Aspen, Colorado.

Hunter invented "Gonzo Journalism", as explained by Wikipedia: "Gonzo Journalism is the notion that journalism can be more truthful without strict observance of traditional rules of factual reportage... with usual standards of accuracy subjugated to catching the mood of a place or event."

One of the most famous works of Thompson was "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas", in which "pointlessness is the point".

Hunter probably shot himself after consuming much alcohol (or more) and he would probably have had one hell of a story to tell about it.

Happy trails Hunter.

Sean: Monday, February 21, 2005 [+] |
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Thursday, February 17, 2005
Real news? Or "real news"?

The Guckart/Cannon Controversy has more to it than I first suspected. Read these two articles for both sides of the analysis.

Eric Boehlert writes for Salon from the Left that...

...news that Guckert was able to go from posting his gay male escort services online to being ushered into the White House under a phony name on behalf of a fake news organization constitutes a "real story"...

[note the emphasis on Guckert's "outsider" status, both as a possible gay man, a possible hooker, and not a "real reporter"... poor Guckert]


But Tim Graham at NRO points out that Presidents have enjoyed sympathetic reporting from the WH Press Corp for ages, from Kennedy to Clinton, and...

The man named "Gannon" is an embarrassment, but that's no reason to shut out opinion journalists — conservative journalists (even partisans) have every bit as much right to sit in those chairs and ask their own questions as the everyday liberal partisans do.


My main problem with this story is the aggressive defensiveness of the MSM (mainstream media) who have suggested, in their criticism of Gannon/Gukert, that the only "real journalists" are themselves, people who write for established "independent" news organizations. Who are they kidding? Do any of them realize how Conservative and Reactionary they sound? Do they care?

Anyone can be a "journalist" and anyone "deserves" a press pass to question the president. Not everyone will get one, welcome to the lottery gentlemen, and not everyone's "journalism" efforts will garner readers or pay the bills... but as any blogger would tell you... we should all jealousy maintain the rights of everyone to attempt to report news and shape opinion.

Sean: Thursday, February 17, 2005 [+] |
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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Criminal Stupidity?

CNN reports on the prison abuse trial of a British soldier.

Lance corporal Mark Cooley is one of three soldiers charged with various counts of abusing detainees caught in an anti-looter sweep at a depot near the town of Basra in May 2003.

He denies two charges of cruelty and conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline by carrying a bound prisoner on the arms of a forklift truck and being photographed simulating a punch on another detainee.

He said other soldiers had laughed at him and he accepted that the idea [of lifting the detainee to the second floor with a forklift] had been stupid. "I tried to do something to help him. I didn't help him, I could have hurt him," he said. "It was a ridiculous idea."

But he insisted he had not been cruel and had not been having fun at the man's expense. "It wasn't for fun, it wasn't for pleasure, it was just stupidity," he said.

Cooley, who is also shown simulating a punch on a bound detainee in one of the photographs on which the case is based, said he had been told by the soldier taking the picture to strike a warlike pose.

"I did something stupid that I regret dearly. It was just a stupid photograph," he said.


I think everyone can agree that what Corporal Cooley did was stupid. But was it criminal? We just cant judge his intent (let alone what is really going on, was that a simulated punch, or the real thing?) from a photo.

This trial should teach us that prosecuting a man based upon a still photo (and perhaps even video) is a risky venture... you might even call it stupid.

Sean: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 [+] |
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Warning/Apology

A reader informed me that the second CNN link in the post on Lebanon was NSFW (not safe for work). This might have happened when I updated the post from a tavern pc, or my own pc might have been "hijacked". I ran scanner programs and cleaned my computer - and I fixed the link. But I didnt pay much attention to where it went in my hurry to fix it and I dont remember what it was... if you followed the link and were offended I apologize.

If you "comment" below, I will send you a personal apology. :(

Sean: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 [+] |
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Torture-Gate

When discussing the death penalty with my most revered Liberal Lefty I stated that government was the highest social construct of a people and therefore ought to represent its better (best) image of itself. He scoffed and asked what about the philosphs? I replied that they went into the total that was the government... that the ideas of philosophers, moralists, and priests inform the decisions of lawmakers, leaders, and jurists.

And so... the death penalty was not an option for my image of government. I don't believe that the government should do anything to its citizens (or those of another state) that it does not expressly need to do in order protect its citizens. Killing a suspect who resists might well be necessary and acceptable, killing an enemy soldier is likewise ok with me, but the murder (or torture) of a suspect already in control is not.

Surprisingly my Liberal Lefty replied that killers got what they "deserved" when executed. Interesting... no blood for oil, but go ahead and execute minors and the disabled in Texas then? Have you met my friend George Bush?

Ok, to be fair, when I commented that a recent study by several Columbia law professors found that over 70% of Death Row inmates may have been convicted in error and another study from D.C. suggests that thousands of suspects are pressured to plead guilty due to lack of legal advice and strong police tactics, he allowed that this was awful and the system should be (reviewed and) reformed.

And now, Andrew quotes harrowing tales from Gitmo that make our domestic criminal system seem near perfect in comparisson. Surely our government should not be doing any of this. Shame on us all.

When his interrogators asked about his treatment in Egypt, he said, he told them about the psychological abuse using his wife and children. Soon, he said, his Guantánamo interrogators were doing the same. Three or four times, he said, when he was taken to an interrogation room, there were pictures doctored to make it appear that his wife was naked next to Osama bin Laden. "I see my wife everywhere, everywhere," he said.


Light in the tunnel... some in our government and military tried to "do the right thing" but were shut down by the system (free registration required). When the system fails, it is our duty to fix it or replace it.

The [JAG officers'] objections were that battlefield interrogation methods, where slapping around a prisoner might be justifiable if it immediately saved lives, were immoral and possibly illegal if used on prisoners far from a war zone and long after their capture, three sources said.


I think that you could say that these military lawyers share my view on state use of coercion upon suspects.

Sean: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 [+] |
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Monday, February 14, 2005
Assasination In Lebanon

The government of Syria and its Lebanese puppets are "persons of interest" in this developing story reported by CNN:

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was among 10 people killed on Monday when a massive bomb blast hit his motorcade in central Beirut.

Although it could not immediately be authenticated, a previously unknown group claimed responsibility and said the blast was the beginning of more such "martyrdom attacks."

Hariri, 60, a multi-billionaire businessman who resigned from government last October, recently joined calls by the opposition for Syria to quit Lebanon in the run-up to general elections in May, Reuters reported.

In a video that aired on Arab-language television network Al-Jazeera, a turbaned, bearded man read a statement claiming responsibility for a group called Victory and Jihad, saying the bombing was a "just punishment" for Hariri's close ties to the Saudi government.

The Lebanese opposition Monday blamed Syria for the assassinationand called on the current pro-Syrian Lebanese government to resign. Syrian officials flatly denied their government was involved in the attack.



And like an old record, or a cd on repeat...

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi called it a "savage act" and accused Israel.

Sean: Monday, February 14, 2005 [+] |
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Friedman Calls On Dems To Get Real

I think there is much to criticize about how the war in Iraq has been conducted, and the outcome is still uncertain. But those who suggest that the Iraqi election is just beanbag, and that all we are doing is making the war on terrorism worse as a result of Iraq, are speaking nonsense.

Here's the truth: There is no single action we could undertake anywhere in the world to reduce the threat of terrorism that would have a bigger impact today than a decent outcome in Iraq. It is that important. And precisely because it is so important, it should not be left to Donald Rumsfeld.


Left to Rummy? Certainly not. It is far past time for the Euros to pony up more than less than 100 "trainers". We should have EU troops and EU dollars at work in Iraq. If that means letting EU companies up to the "feeding trough" then fine... but people should keep in mind that connection... only US companies have been given contracts to build because they would be using US money and US troops.


Sean: Thursday, February 10, 2005 [+] |
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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
They Like US, they really Like US

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Homeless In Europe

We need to be careful when we hold up Europe, or any other country, as an example for the United States, or worse, use European examples as a cudgel against ourselves. The United States is far from perfect, but it is not exceptionally heartless or incompetent when it comes to social issues.

We shoulder a far greater portion of the costs of defending the West; and yet we come in on par with Europe on the issue of homelessness (1% - Germany 900k/82m vs. US 3m/295m; or 5m/450m for EU total) and far ahead on unemployment (US 6% vs. Germany 30%).

Time reports:
Homelessness in western Europe is at its highest level for fifty years. The safety net is failing --

"That Europe's homelessness problem is roughly the same as America's is a shock. After all, Europe sees itself as more socially responsible than the U.S."

Share International reports:
"Homelessness in Germany: The visible form of true poverty," by Andrea Bistrich. An analysis of how/why some 860,000 people are homeless in Germany, which like most nations, has no governmental structure to address this human rights problem.

The Central Europe Review report:
The hidden problem of homelessness in Czech is becoming unavoidable in Prague. The homeless are estimated at about 35k out of 10 million total population, or .35% (3 times the US average).

IWB reported back in 1999:
"In the countries of the European Union, 5 million are officially recorded as homeless. But there are probably millions more homeless people in western Europe who go uncounted. And in the east the number cannot be calculated--although it is certainly higher than in the west- -because no studies have assessed the levels of poverty and homelessness."

While we may spend less on government funding of social services, private expenditures far out weigh European examples. And if we lack free education and health care, this should be countered by noting how many world citizens seek American education and medical treatment (as well as employment).

Meanwhile, I am not aware that any EU state offers a "right to shelter" as do many US states, including NY and NJ.

Sean: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 [+] |
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Monday, February 07, 2005
Karrie's Views Of Portland

Karrie is a recent immigrant from Iowa to Oregon. She is a great photographer and writer and I highly recommend that you visit her sites here and here. Check out these great photos of "pychogeography".



"I love how the building appears to cut through, like a ship through the water. There is an energy there, a sense that the building has more agency - and more power - than people."



"This sign always reminds me of the grid. How it moves me through the city, pushing me around corners, stopping me at others, guiding me through the maze."



"This fountain is often surrounded by skateboarders, practicing tricks along the water's edge. I love how the forms appear to float or hover, how they constantly seem as if they might move... I want to reach out and touch it, rearrange the shapes, see if I can make it fall apart. In a way, the skaters are already doing this. They have become part of the sculpture."



"I love how this skyscraper's grids break up the rigid form of the building reflected on it. One grid destroying another. Bending straight lines into curves. The exact opposite of Mondrian (who always believed curves should be straightened, in order to reveal the "true" structure of relationships)."



In the Pearl, old murals and industrial signs are integrated into the design... It's interesting to me how working-class industries create "kitsch-value" in wealthy neighborhoods."



Speaking of labor as high art . . . here, the cook looks like the subject of a painting. A trompe l'oiel on the wall of a greasy-spoon diner.



"I had an injured foot. I sat down on the bench inside this bus shelter to rest, and almost every person on the sidewalk pointed out the "Bus Stop Closed" sign. When the bus stop closed, the space closed, too."



"These lights must be reflecting off the US Bank Tower several blocks away . . . I love it that square windows bounce beams shaped like spotlights. There is a quality to the light in Portland that makes it seem personal, revelatory, even. If I had to explain what I mean by that, I would use this picture."

I am particularly interested in how Karrie sees the creation of space. She is an example of an "average" user of architecture in that she often responds to the built environment as architects often hope. But she is exceptional in her awareness of her own response and can explain her reactions. Brilliant.




Sean: Monday, February 07, 2005 [+] |
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Thursday, February 03, 2005
Me Over We

Benjamin Barber writes eloquently in the LA Times regarding the Social Contract and Social Security.


The social contract takes us out of the state of nature; it asks us to give up a part of our private liberty to do whatever we want in order to secure common liberty for all.

Private choices rest on individual power and skills and on personal luck. Public choices rest on civic rights and common responsibilities.

Privatization puts us back in the state of nature where we possess the natural power to get whatever we can but lose the common power to secure everything to which we have a natural right.

The Social Security entitlement should not be toyed with and altered in accord with today's economic fashions. It is an emblem of civic membership and a reflection of the benefits that come with the responsibilities of citizenship.


At a time when we are trying to show others (Iraqis) how to create the Social Contract it is a shame that this administration is trying to destroy ours.

Sean: Thursday, February 03, 2005 [+] |
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Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Terrorists Toy With Media

The MSM (mainstream media) proves itself to be run by morons, again - at the least the Associated Press... which ran this story about a US military hostage based on the photo and claim on an Islamist website... turns out that the GI in question is really "Special Ops Cody", a 1:16 scale action figure sold by Dragon Models USA, and widely available at US bases in the Middle East.

UPDATE: "al-Iraqi4" admits to hoax... apology here.

Sean: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 [+] |
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