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George Clooney: “Houston is Syria post Hurricane Harvey”

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Riiiiight. Because Syrian refugees and victims of Hurricane Harvey have so much in common.

Bonus: Not only does Julianne Moore want “re-education for everyone,” she also wants to “eradicate all these borders.”

From Hollywood Reporter: As George Clooney joins efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma rips through Florida, the Hollywood star on Sunday likened Americans left homeless by catastrophic weather events to Syrians caught up in their country’s civil war.

“It’s going to take a long time … and we’ll all have to be involved, because Houston is Syria,” the multihyphenate said during a press conference for his film Suburbicon, which is screening this week at the Toronto International Film Festival after bowing in Venice. “People in Houston are now refugees based on something that had nothing to do with them. They didn’t do anything. They’re now victims and they’re out of their homes and they will be suffering for a very long time,” he added.

Harvey slammed into Texas’ Gulf Coast on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane. It was soon downgraded to a tropical storm but lingered for days, dropping up to 50 inches of rain on Houston and the surrounding area before moving eastward to Louisiana.

“We’re going to have to find ways to get involved — that’s our jobs as citizens of the world,” said Clooney. The Hollywood star directed Paramount’s Suburbicon, which features Matt Damon and Julianne Moore as a couple in over their heads with a dastardly plan in a caustic satire penned by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov.

Moore, also in Toronto to help promote the film, said humanitarian crises like in Syria and hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida remind Americans they need to come together to help one another. “This is happening everywhere, with people being forced out of their homes and their nations and are looking for places to go. The only way we can help each other is by eradicating all these borders and thinking globally,” said the actress.

Damon said Suburbicon, a drama about very flawed people making very bad choices in a seemingly idyllic 1950s community, also has resonance with the Trump era. “You never know when you’re making a movie. A lot of these current events, we couldn’t have predicted,” said the actor.

A movie inspired by the true-life story of African-Americans who were harassed by their white neighbors to get them to move out of their Levittown, Pa., community in the 1950s, Suburbicon will inevitably be overshadowed by recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Damon suggested.

“Everything was there, but the lid hadn’t been torn off yet. And it seems like this presidency has reinvigorated this certain element, and emboldened them to step out into the open,” the actor said of Donald Trump’s defiant comments about alt-right provocateurs in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.

The U.S. president stirred controversy when he initially declined to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.

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George Clooney: “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now”

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Damon, Clooney and Moore: Bunch of angry libtards

Feel free to keep your butt in Italy, George.

Bonus: Julianne Moore wants “re-education” for everyone.

From NY Post: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” has a timely subplot — based both on present times and a 1957 incident — about racism in white America. That subplot, however, resounded deeply during the Venice Film Festival press conference for the film, which stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

“I was watching a lot of speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things,” said Clooney, talking about how the pic germinated.

While casting around for story ideas, Clooney found a 1957 incident that happened in Levittown, Pa., in which an African-American family moved into a suburban development; however, many white residents in the area reacted with violence. Then, while looking to try to make a film out of the Levittown story, he remembered that the Coen brothers had written a script called “Suburbicon,” so those two elements were meshed together.

Of course at that stage the Charlottesville, Va., race riots had yet to happen, noted Damon, who in the film plays a bad guy who goes all the way, to an extent that he’s “never been able to do so far” in his career.

“When we were filming we obviously could not have predicted the race riots,” said Damon. “We weren’t literally thinking that race riots would erupt in America right before this came out. But it does speak to the fact that these issues have not, and are not, going away. So there’s an honest reckoning in our country.”

As to the character Damon plays: “It’s kind the definition of white privilege when you are riding around your neighborhood on a bike covered in blood murdering people and the African-American family [who are his neighbors] is getting blamed for it,” he said.

Clooney pointed out that the film’s very dark tone reflects the anger he sees in the U.S. today.

“If you go to our country…depending on what side of the aisle you sit on, it’s probably the angriest I’ve ever seen it,” he noted. “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now.” But he added: “I’m an optimist…I believe that we will get through all these things…but people are angry; a lot of us are angry.”

The “Suburbicon” director also underlined that the film “isn’t a movie about Donald Trump. … This is a movie about our coming to terms constantly with the idea that we have never fully addressed our issues with race.”

Moore, who plays a double role in the pic, made a clear-cut a statement on the issues being raised by Charlottesville.

“We are living in the United States where people are arguing about removing Confederate monuments: They must be removed,” she said. “You simply cannot have these figures from the Civil War in town squares and in universities for our children to see. As a parent and as a citizen I need to be active in the eradication of those, in the re-education of everyone. We have to take responsibility for it.”

Clooney joined her on a similar note: “This is something that is really festering right now in the United States: Talking about the Confederate flag, and the Jefferson Davis monument,” he noted.

“Now, if you want to wear it [a confederate flag] on your T-shirt or if you want to hang it on your front lawn…have at it. But to hang it on a public building where possibly African American tax payers are paying for it — and it’s a symbol of hate — that cannot stand.”

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Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ to Lose $75 Million

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Too bad, so sad…

From Hollywood Reporter: The collapse of The Great Wall at the domestic box office (it has made $34.8 million in North America) has iced any notion of a significant future for U.S.-China co-productions. The movie likely will end up with losses of more than $75 million, sources say, and Universal Pictures will be on the hook for at least $10 million.

The studio funded about 25 percent of the film’s $150 million production budget, the rest coming in equal parts from Legendary Entertainment, China Film Group and Le Vision Pictures. But Universal also covered Wall’s global marketing expenses, conservatively estimated at $80 million-plus. The film earned $171 million in China (a disappointment) and is expected to top out at about $320 million globally. That’s way less than investors had anticipated for the biggest-ever U.S.-China co-production. “The fusion of the No. 1 and No. 2 movie markets in the world will eventually happen, but it is a misfire, domestically speaking,” says box-office analyst Jeff Bock. Adds one Hollywood executive who has dealt extensively with China, “There’s no question but that it’s a failure.”

The good news for Universal is that its share of this failure will be relatively modest. The studio gets to collect a roughly 10 percent distribution fee from all theatrical revenue (between 40 percent and 50 percent of the total box office), and box-office rentals likely will recoup much, if not all, of its marketing outlay before other investors dip into whatever money is left to cut into production costs. The four partners will split any further theatrical income equally.

If the movie generates hoped-for ancillary revenue (including $20 million from domestic home entertainment and as much as $40 million from international home entertainment, with $25 million to $30 million from TV — admittedly, a best-case scenario), that will further stanch the red ink.

Read the rest of the story here.

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The growing list of Hollyweird hypocrites to boycott

As if you didn’t already boycott Hollyweirdos, here’s a list of those who think their opinion matters to you. Don’t waste your money on their products.

From Cosmopolitan, a list of Hollywood folk who despise Trump:

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Schumer trying to make all people happy

Amy Schumer

My act will change because I’ll need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain, or somewhere. It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s too crazy.” — Schumer on BBC’s Newsnight, a little over a month before her recent show in Tampa, where 200 people walked out after she called Trump an “orange, sexual assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.” Later Schumer, a survivor of sexual assault, asked the audience, “You know what I love? A famous guy that will just take me furniture shopping and just straight up grab my pussy.”

(Schumer later offered a sarcastic apology, saying: “Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now,” Schumer said reading the letter, noted People. “How could I think it was okay to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?

“After the show, I want you to know that I will go straight to a rehab facility that will teach me how to make all people happy. Both the rich, entitled, white people who are gonna vote for him and the very poor people — who’ve been tricked into it,” she added.

Schumer concluded: “… I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster. Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”)

Chelsea Handler

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Handler not playing with a full deck of cards

“It’s kind of great to have a person like that represent everything that’s wrong in the world. It’s always a good thing to look at somebody and say, ’That’s the worst thing that could happen.’ I think we should keep [Trump] in the spotlight— not as a president, obviously.” — Chelsea Handler at Variety’s Entertainment and Tech Summit, months after posting her naked body to Instagram in protest against Trump and admitting on Live With Kelly and Michael that she “bought a house in another country just in case” Trump wins.

(The worst thing that could happen? Being “grateful” for being able to safely abort the two babies you conceived as a teen. From CNN:

At 16, “I hated my parents and I was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, who was not someone I should’ve been having sex with in the first place, never mind unprotected sex,” she said.

I wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards, and when I got pregnant I just thought, Why not? I can have a baby,” she recalled. “Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names!” Instead, Handler said, her parents took her to Planned Parenthood and she had an abortion.

But that didn’t stop her from getting pregnant again that same year by the same boyfriend, she wrote. “Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it’s still necessary to make a thoughtful decision,” Handler said. “We all make mistakes all the time.”)

Matt Damon

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Damon thinking deeply about gun control

“[Trump] makes me nervous… There’s no way we can let this guy be the [president]. To let that dude have the nuclear football, are you kidding me? That’s dangerous. He’s impulsive and rash, and doesn’t seem to think deeply about too many things.” — Matt Damon on ABC’s Popcorn With Peter Travers. Damon’s feelings on Trump were made evident nearly a year earlier in an interview with a Spanish news agency when he called Trumps’ speech “xenophobic,” “dehumanizing” and “disgusting.”

(This from an actor who is anti-Second Amendment. On a promotional tour for his gun-heavy action series Bourne, he said, “It’s wonderful what Australia did because you guys haven’t had a mass shooting since you went, ‘No, we’re going to be sensible about this.’ And nobody’s rights have been infringed, you guys are fine. I wish we could be sensible like that but I don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime.”)

Margaret Cho

Just the nastiest. @realDonaldTrump, you literally have no moral fiber. You’re like no ply toilet paper. Just trash.” — Margaret Cho in a tweet.

Amber Rose

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Jesus Christ, I can’t even think about it! I’m moving, I’m out! I can’t. And I am taking my son with me! I would be devastated, to be honest with you!” — Amber Rose discussing the possibility of Trump becoming president in an US Weekly interview.

Shakira

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Callate!

“No one living in this century should stand behind so much ignorance.” — Shakira in a tweet just a few weeks after Trump characterized Mexican immigrants to the US as “rapists” and criminals.

 (Shakira is a Columbian living in Spain.)

George Clooney

George Clooney's Lake Como mansion - how many refugees are living there?

George Clooney’s Lake Como mansion – how many refugees are living there?

“He’s just an opportunist. Now he’s a fascist; a xenophobic fascist.” — George Clooney in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. A few months later, Clooney, who’s publically a Clinton supporter, said, “There is not going to be a President Donald Trump. Fear is not going to drive our country.”

(George and his wife Amal fully support Merkel’s open-door policy towards refugees. Yet how many refugees have they accepted into their 30-room mansion? A big fat zero. Hypocrites.)

Eva Longoria

Longoria, whose words apparently don't create

Longoria, whose own words apparently don’t create emotional poison

What I don’t think [Trump] understands and what people don’t understand is words create emotional poison. That’s what they do, they create emotional poison. Hitler moved a nation with words, just words. So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash.” — Eva Longoria, who almost a year later delivered an impassioned speech at the DNC in which she said that Trump’s comments insult American families like hers.

(This from a women who, as an Obama campaign co-chair, retweeted this: Women, minorities ‘stupid’ to vote for ‘racist/misogynistic’ Romney. She later deleted that tweet.)

Lena Dunham

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No comment necessary

I know a lot of people have been threatening to [move to Canada], but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there.” — Lena Dunham at the Matrix Awards, adding another comment to her long list of anti-Trump sentiments. The ’Girls’ actress is a staunch Clinton supporter and has been very vocal about Trump’s treatment of women on Twitter and other platforms.

Cher

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“He’s so Patty McCormack: consummate liar, doesn’t care who she hurts, insane; a sociopathic narcissist. I just wish he’d fall off the face of the Earth.” — Cher in a speech at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser, in which she also compared the candidate to Stalin and Hitler and said, “I just think he’s a fucking idiot.” The Goddess of Pop has also made her anti-Trump stance evident on Twitter with comments like “dump Trump,” “support him!? I’d rather chew glass,” “let’s throw Trump in a volcano,” and “If he were to be elected, I’m moving to Jupiter.

Johnny Depp

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Depp the accused domestic abuser and his bullied ex-wife

“If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States in a kind of historical way, it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States. It just won’t work after that.” — Johnny Depp, just a few months after he called the Republican candidate a “brat” who works through “bullydom.”

(This comes from a man who was accused of domestic violence by his former wife Amber Heard. They settled out of court claiming, “their “relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” Heard donated her $7 million proceeds from the divorce to charity.)

Susan Sarandon

Sarandon trying to get a reaction

Sarandon trying to get a reaction

“He reminds me of a drunk uncle at a wedding, who gets up and starts talking and just loves the crowd and just goes on and on and on and says whatever he can to get a reaction. He’s like a figure from a Kurt Vonnegut novel; I can’t even address him seriously.” — Susan Sarandon when introducing Bernie Sanders at a rally in January.

Robert De Niro

High school dropout De Niro

De Niro didn’t do his homework

He’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con — a bullshit artist. A mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s an idiot.” — Robert De Niro in a video released through Anonymous Content and their voteyourfuture.us campaign. The actor continues, referring to Trump as “this fool,” “this bozo,” and saying, ” “He talks about how he wants to punch people in the face. Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.”

(This coming from an actor who never graduated from high school.)

Miley Cyrus

Cyrus is a nightmare

Cyrus is a nightmare

“Donald Trump is a fucking nightmare.” — Cyrus on Instagram.

There’s plenty more Hollyweirdos on the list. Read it here.

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Vote for Your Favorite Crisis Actor in Our First Annual Psy-Op Awards!

To those who claim to be “offended”, the following is intended for satirical purposes only.

Springtime is award season time, so join us by voting in Fellowship of the Minds’s First Annual Psy-Op Awards! Celebrating the False, the Fraudulent, and the downright F***ed Up!

Best/Worst Performance by a Crisis Actor at a staged event!

The nominees are:

1) Robbie Parker at Sandy Hook
2) Cowboy Man at the Boston Marathon
3) Gene Rosen at Sandy Hook
4) Jeff Bauman at the Boston Marathon
5) Woman in red at the Boston Marathon
6) Black lady on a stretcher at the Boston Marathon

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Best/Worst Performance by a Hypocrite Celebrity!

The nominees are:

1) Liam Neeson on guns
2) Leonardo Di Caprio on global warming
3) Matt Damon on both guns and global warming
4) Gwyneth Paltrow every time she opens her mouth

Best/Worst Television Show made by Useful Idiots for Useful Idiots! (Someone has to indoctrinate the masses!)

The nominees are:

1) Modern Family
2) Two and a Half Men
3) Ellen
4) Any show with a Kardashian in it
5) Any show made by Disney

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Best/Worst Performance by a He pretending to be a She! (Though they labor long and hard to suppress it, inside every tranny lies the truth, just waiting to burst forth!)

The nominees are:

1) Bradley Manning
2) Michael Obama

Best/Worst Performance by a lesbian, Muslim-Brotherhood spy!

The nominees are:

1) Huma Abedin

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Best/Worst Performance by a celebrity appearing to be satanically possessed!

The nominees are:

1) Beyonce at the Super Bowl

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Best/Worst Creation of an entity that’s entirely fake!

The nominees are:

1) Adam Lanza
2) Beyonce’s pregnancy
3) aka Obama’s birth certificate

Is there a baby in there?

Is there a baby in there?

Best/Worst Performance by a fraud pretending to cry!

The nominees are:

1) Robbie Parker at Sandy Hook
2) Gene Rosen at Sandy Hook
3) aka Obama at the Sandy Hook press conference

Who are you trying to kid?

Who are you trying to kid?

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Best/Worst Performance by Mindless Sheeple, marching off to their own slaughter!

The nominees are:

1) The circling crowd at Sandy Hook
2) The crowds shouting, “USA! USA!” while armed troops walked the street of Boston.
3) The protesters and rioters in Ferguson, Missouri
4) The American people at every false flag event

Special Lifetime Achievement Award for a career filled with Lies, Fraud, and Deception!

The nominees are:

1) aka Obama
2) Hillary Clinton

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Rapper Wyclef Jean’s Haiti charity a cesspool of fraud

Donating to charities is now a hazardous undertaking.

We must exercise caution and discernment when we give to even well-established charities like United Way, given disgraceful incidents of their CEOs’ misuse of donated funds on lavish personal expenditures like gold bathroom faucets. All the more dubious are charities set up by “celebrities” in the “entertainment” industry which lack a track record as well as institutionalized checks and balance. Madonna Louise Ciccone’s Malawi charity is an example. Here’s the latest.

Wyclef Jean is a Haiti-born American rapper, singer, record producer, and aspiring politician. Although he has an estimated net worth of $50 million, Jean fancies himself one of the oppressed 99% and is a vocal supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In April 2012, Jean released a song “Justice” as a musical tribute to Trayvon Martin

In 2004, Jean set up a charitable organization “Yele Haiti” to help his poor homeland. In 2010, a terrible 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 316,000 and leaving one million homeless. Yele Haiti received millions of dollars in donation from viewers of the MTV telethon Hope for Haiti and audiences for numerous benefit concerts and other events.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports, Oct. 12, 2012, that Jean’s Haiti charity is a “cesspool of fraud and broken promises” and has collapsed under a mountain of debt.

The collapse of the organization once labelled by its founder as Haiti’s ‘greatest asset and ally’ comes after years of accusations of mishandled funds totaling $16million.

The group, which the Haitian-born Jean stated in 2004, was small in its first years of operation, with assets amounting to only $37,000, but according to the New York Times, after the devastating 2010 earthquake, donations started pouring in.

Jean said he raised $1million in 24 hours after issuing a plea for help on Twitter. But rather than using the money to help the millions of displaced residents living on the quake-ravaged streets of Port-au-Prince, the Times reported that Yele funneled a large portion of the funds to pay for  ‘offices, salaries, consultants’ fees and travel’ to say nothing of Jean’s family, friends and legal team.

In one case, the group allegedly shelled out $30,763 to fly Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to a charity event in Chicago that raised $66,000.

In another instance, Yele Haiti spent nearly $58,000 on private jets to fly actor Matt Damon and Jean’s other celebrity friends to Haiti. [One would think that given Damon’s estimated earnings of $65 million and his vaunted reputation as a philanthropist, he could have paid for his own transportation to Haiti. ~Eowyn]

Wyclef Jean (why is he wearing army fatigues?) and Matt Damon handing out relief food to Haiti’s earthquake survivors.

‘If I had depended on Yele, these kids would all be dead by now,’ says Diaoly Estime, who runs an orphanage in Haiti’s capital.

Following the earthquake, Yele spent $9 million of its $16 million on office space, workers’ salaries and other expenses.

About $600,000 in donations went toward Yele’s headquarters, which have since been abandoned; another $375,000 was used to cover ‘landscaping’ costs; and more than $470,000 was spent on food and beverages.

Wyclef Jean, who made an unsuccessful bid for Haiti’s presidency in 2010, reportedly paid himself $100,000 to perform in a charity concert and gave his family over $500,000 for unspecified work. Also, $37,000 was paid by Yele to cover the rent of Jean’s Manhattan studio.

According to The Smoking Gun, the charity also made payments of more than $100,000 to the alleged mistress of the married 42-year-old singer.

As for Yele’s much-hyped revitalization plans, many of them never got off the ground. The group paid $146,000 to build a medical center inside geodesic domes and another $93,000 to erect temporary housing, but neither project was completed.

A New York attorney general’s investigation into Yele’s pre-earthquake activities has already found financial improprieties. The forensic audit covering the time period between 2005 and 2009 found $256,580 in illegitimate benefits to Jean and other Yéle board and staff members, as well as other improper transactions.

At the end of August, Derek Q. Johnson, Yele’s chief executive, announced his resignation after Jean rejected a settlement offered by the attorney general that would have required the singer and the two other Yele founders to pay $600,000 in restitution ‘to remedy the waste of the foundation’s assets.’

Before I give to a charity, I always check it out on websites such as Charity Navigator.

~Eowyn

Matt Damon has voter’s remorse…

What did he expect?

In the current issue of Elle Magazine, part of the 1% Matt Damon stated the following.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,’ ” Damon says, his disappointment ringing with a now-familiar tone of wounded idealism. “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better. If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate—people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off,” he says. “Imagine if they had a leader.

Maybe  if Matt had put down a script and taken the time to read about Skippy’s background, his Senate voting record, private sector experience (or lack thereof), and his “leadership” skills training, he might not have been so disappointed.

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