The Thunderbolt 151015 Behead of their Time

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The Thunderbolt

News — Commentary — Calendar of Activist Events — Dumb Jokes

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1) FYI: Leonard Peltier Health Crisis

2) Olympia World Affairs Council, the Nuclear Agreement

3) Justice Not Jails Monthly Meeting

4) Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics with Dr. Nader Nazemi

5) Crisis in Gaza and the Middle East with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei

6) Olympia World Affairs Council, “Global Humanitarian Initiatives”

7) People For Parks

8) 2nd Annual Harvest Fest at West Central Park

9) A Growing Threat: GE Trees in the PNW

10) The Null Set Remembered: 1964-1967

11) Film Screening and Discussion: Hearts and Minds

12) Port Commissioner Candidate Forum

13) Forum on Greek Austerity and Resistance and Refugee Situation

14) Bonus Tip of the Day

 

A detailed description of all events is located after the News and Commentary section

To go directly to an event description just type the index entry above into a search box

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Behead of their Time!

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More Excuses

Hey Kids!

So I had a date with my girlfriend this week, and in addition to that I just spent six hours uploading the last four months worth of the radio show version of the Thunderbolt onto the Radio 4 All website. You can now listen to the radio show any time you like or you can download past episodes at your leisure.

I will be posting each week’s show every Friday morning.

Go here and then type “The Thunderbolt” into the website’s search box:

http://radio4all.net/

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Failed Tactic Or Not?

I saw a friend who read the Thunderbolt for October 1st, The True Confessions of an Evangelical Mother F*#%er.

She said that even after reading my piece, the word that I just censored still triggered her every time she read it — and thus she felt that my strategy of delegitimizing and disempowering the word by making fun of it and appropriating it had failed.

Yes, it may seem so — but I’m thinking that in future instances of being exposed to that particular word in a serious context when she must consider it in its full ridiculous glory — I am thinking that possibly my friend may now think about that particular world in the context of The True Confessions of an Evangelical Mother F*#%er — and then maybe she will be able to laugh at it rather than be triggered by it.

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Saudi Arabia: Behead of Their Time!

C’mon, somebody’s gotta be the world’s top beheader! Might as well be our goodest buddy over in Saudi Arabia!

After all, they could be emulating our other goodest buddy over in Uzbekistan, where they like to slowly lower political activists feet-first into a vat of boiling water.

Actually, though — maybe the Saudi’s are intimidated by not being the most brutal punishers on earth because those fun loving Saudi mullahs just sentenced a young political activist to be crucified.

Really. I could not get away with making this up. (Remember: Lies must have at least a modicum of credibility and believability.

Dude! Crucifixion? For an activist! Really?

With friends like these — who the hell needs frigging enemies?

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Proportionality Not

Since everyone who is targeting anyone is targeting civilians these days (including our own government) it would seem that everyone has forgotten that intentionally targeting civilians is a major war crime.

Meanwhile, our own government is still handing out multi-year prison sentences for marijuana.

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More Fixes

If your fix hasn’t been satisfied and if you still need more political perfidy to fill out your week, I will suggest two Democracy Now segments that you can watch or read; the first piece is about how reprehensible our country’s dealings with the refugee crisis are:

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/13/outsourcing_a_refugee_crisis_us_paid

And the second one is about Allen Dulles — the target of two major Thunderbolt pieces just in the last couple of months:

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/13/the_rise_of_americas_secret_government

Amy interviews an author named David Talbot whose book about Mr. Dulles is called The Devil’s Chessboard. In this interview Mr. Talbot focuses mostly on Allen Dulles’ hijinks in Iran and Guatemala. He also gets into the overthrow and brutal CIA murder of Congolese hero Patrice Lumumba — done in direct contradiction to the wishes of John F. Kennedy — and while I know all about that story I’ve never written about it in the Thunderbolt (yet).

Mr. Talbot doesn’t say anything about Allen Dulles and all the Nazi stuff during this DN interview and I don’t know whether his book gets into all that but I do know that a lot of ‘mainstream’ writers won’t touch that hot potato with a ten foot pole since it involves people with names like Rockefeller and Bush et al committing treason before, during, and after World War II. They won’t touch it even though all of it is well-established and easily verifiable fact.

You may as well skip Wednesday’s show, though, as it covers the Democratic debate and almost exclusively features politicians saying things. Since what politicians say when they are campaigning is completely useless as far as determining what they will actually do if they are elected, then I suggest you don’t waste your time listening to them.

Ignore what they say. Watch what they do. Pay attention to who funds them.

Otherwise, that’s it for the Thunderbolt this week — but don’t be sad! I’ll be back next week! Yippee!

In the meantime — maybe before you get to work — you should check out the radio show!

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The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of October 15th thru October 21st, 2015

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1) FYI: Leonard Peltier Health Crisis

Leonard Peltier is suffering a major health crisis and the Bureau of Prisons is exacerbating it.

This message came from Oregon Jericho:

After nearly a three-week lockdown at USP Coleman I, what we feared has occurred. Due to being served one warm meal a day and bread and water for the other meals during this period, Leonard Peltier’s blood sugar is high and out of control. The solution? The doctor gave Leonard a list of foods not to eat. But here’s the problem: ALL the foods Leonard has been told not to eat are the only foods available to him.

Demand a transfer to medium security in a location that will afford Leonard quality health care. Do NOT contact the prison. Instead, contact:

Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director

Federal Bureau of Prisons

320 First Street., NW

Washington, DC 20534

Telephone: 202-307-3198

Email: info@bop.gov

Be respectful, but firm. The situation is life threatening. After many years of high blood sugar, Leonard is at serious risk for kidney failure and the need for dialysis, blood vessel damage in the eyes that can lead to blindness, and nerve damage in the feet that could lead to the need for amputation. Supporters should also remember that Leonard already suffers from a heart condition. Heart disease is, in fact, the number one cause of death in people with diabetes.

Leonard needs our help. Act now. Write or fax a letter. Make a call. Send an e-mail.

Thank you.

Leonard counts on supporters like you!

Make a Donation Online / Pledge to Donate Monthly

Mail donations to ILPDC, PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123

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2) Olympia World Affairs Council, the Nuclear Agreement

Thursday October 15th at 7 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St N

Come educate yourself about what is really going on with Iran and nukes.

This message came through TC Pro Net:

Olympia World Affairs Council, The Nuclear Agreement
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: The Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics. Speaker: Dr. Nader Nazemi, Prof. of Middle East Studies, U. of W.
Location: Olympia Center
222 Columbia St. N.
Olympia, WA 98501

Very few international agreements have aroused so much emotion as the recent

nuclear pact that limits Iran’s capability to produce fissionable material for

developing a nuclear bomb. Although the world’s major powers have given

their approval, the United States Congress has grave concerns about the

wisdom of the agreement. Dr. Nazemi, a native of Iran and a student of the

Middle East and Iranian politics, is well qualified to discuss the significance of

this controversial breakthrough.

Dr. Nazemi first left Iran for England and subsequently to the United States to

pursue his education, ultimately receiving his PhD in political science from the

University of Washington. His areas of expertise are international relations,

politics of the Middle East and North Africa, and social movements and

political change.

Professor Nazemi’s research interests have focused largely on the relationship

between international conflict and the state-formation process in the

developing world, specifically the Middle East and North Africa. This interest

began with an exploration of how state capacities and state-society relations in

the Islamic Republic of Iran were shaped by the exigencies of fighting a long,

destructive war with neighboring Iraq (1980-88). This research has continued

with focus on the possibility of reform and revolution in the Middle East and

North Africa. Specifically, why do some countries in the region experience

revolution (the Arab Spring countries, for example), while others seem more

likely to experience movements for political reform (the Green Movement in

Iran, for example). Furthermore, what are the prospects for reform and

revolution in the region culminating in the establishment of stable democracies?

Click here for more information.

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3) Justice Not Jails Monthly Meeting

Thursday October 15th at 7 pm @ Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW

This is a monthly meeting for prison reform. This message came through Olympia FOR:

Thurs Oct 15:  Justice Not Jails:  More and more people in Olympia are working together to reform various aspects of our criminal “justice” system in humane ways.  Our local “Justice Not Jails” groups meets at 7:00 pm the third Thursday evening of each month at the Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St NW, Olympia.  Confirm tonight’s meeting and get info: Steve Tilley tilley5000@gmail.com

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4) Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics with Dr. Nader Nazemi

Thursday October 15th at 7:30 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW

This message came through Oly FOR:

Thurs Oct 15: “The Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics” – Presenta-tion by Dr. Nader Nazemi, Professor of Middle East Studies, at the Olympia World Affairs Council: The diplomatic agreement that limits Iran’s capability to produce fissionable material is highly controversial. Much misinformation exists. Dr. Nazemi, a native of Iran and a student of the Middle East and Iranian politics, is well qualified to discuss the significance of this controversial breakthrough. Dr. Nazemi’s areas of expertise are international relations, politics of the Middle East and North Africa, and social move-ments and political change. 7:30 pm in Room 101 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW. Info: www.olympiawac.org olywac@yahoo.com

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5) Crisis in Gaza and the Middle East with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei

Friday October 16th at Noon @ First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE

This message came through Oly FOR:

Fri Oct 16: Hear Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei of Gaza Community Mental Health Program bring us up to date about the crisis in Gaza and the Middle East: Earlier this year, 30 International Aid Agencies issued a report about Gaza and stated, “We must not fail in Gaza. We must realize the vision of making Gaza a livable place and a cornerstone of peace and security for all in the region.” These agencies also shared that over 425,000 of the nearly one million kids in Gaza are in need of “immediate psychosocial and child protection support.” Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, the psychiatrist who directs the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, traveled from Erez checkpoint in Israel to Amman, Jordan, for his travel to the U.S. in order to share his own and GCMHP’s story. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice invites the public to join them for lunch at 12:00 noon today at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE in downtown Olympia to welcome Dr. Yasser, psychiatrist M.D. and Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, to learn more about the current situation in Gaza and the Middle East, and to lend your support to the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP). Admission to the noontime event is free, but donations are encour-aged. A $15 ticket option for lunch catered by Nineveh Assyrian is available for online purchase at Brown Paper Tickets or by delivering a check to the Rachel Corrie Foundation, 203 East 4th Avenue, Suite 402, Olympia, WA 98501. Deadline for catered lunch reservations is Monday, October 12. Those wishing to bring brown bag lunches are welcome. In 2002, Dr.Abu Jamei joined Gaza Community Mental Health Programme as a student in the High Diploma Programme in Community Mental Health. He has since served as a Psychiatrist-Clinical Supervisor and Director of Training and Research, and in 2014 was appointed Executive Director. His particular interests include neuropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and ad-vocacy and policy change.

On July 21, 2014, during the bombing of Gaza, Dr. Yasser’s extended family was breaking their Ramadan fast with their iftar dinner when their home was hit by an Israeli missile. Twenty-eight members of the family

were killed, including nineteen children and three pregnant women. “There was no place for parents and chil-dren to hide,” says Dr. Abu Jamei. “You never knew where the bombs were going to fall.” He chooses to stay and help the people of Gaza. “In Gaza, you just have to start by doing something. Select anything that will do good, and that is the right thing to do.” Dr. Abu Jamei will discuss the situation of physical and psy-chological health in Gaza through the lens of his personal experience and efforts to help.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, established in 1990 to meet the mental health needs of those in Gaza exposed on a daily basis to malnutrition, destruction of homes and livelihoods, injury, and loss of family members. GCMHP currently provides crisis intervention and rehabilitation services to families in Gaza traumatized by years of military bombardment and siege. Virtually everyone in Gaza suffers from continuous traumatic stress disorder. Children are especially impacted, as illus-trated by the staggering numbers of children killed and injured last summer. The impact of ongoing violence on psychological health is exacerbated by ongoing blockade, the destruction and defunding of schools, loss of family members and friends, and stalled reconstruction efforts.

Get more information from the Rachel Corrie Foundation for peace and justice from (360) 754-3998 or www.rachelcorriefoundation.org or info@rachelcorriefoundation.org

To learn more about the Gaza Community Health Foundation, a U.S. organization that supports the work of GCMHP, see www.gazamentalhealth.org

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6) Olympia World Affairs Council, “Global Humanitarian Initiatives”

Friday October 16th at 7 pm @ the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St N

This came through TC Pro Net:

Olympia World Affairs Council, “Global Humanitarian Initiatives”
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Short Description: The Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics. Speaker: Dr. Nader Nazemi, Prof. of Middle East Studies, U. of W.
Location: Olympia Center
222 Columbia St. N.
Olympia, WA 98501

Very few international agreements have aroused so much emotion as the recent

nuclear pact that limits Iran’s capability to produce fissionable material for

developing a nuclear bomb. Although the world’s major powers have given

their approval, the United States Congress has grave concerns about the

wisdom of the agreement. Dr. Nazemi, a native of Iran and a student of the

Middle East and Iranian politics, is well qualified to discuss the significance of

this controversial breakthrough.

Dr. Nazemi first left Iran for England and subsequently to the United States to

pursue his education, ultimately receiving his PhD in political science from the

University of Washington. His areas of expertise are international relations,

politics of the Middle East and North Africa, and social movements and

political change.

Professor Nazemi’s research interests have focused largely on the relationship

between international conflict and the state-formation process in the

developing world, specifically the Middle East and North Africa. This interest

began with an exploration of how state capacities and state-society relations in

the Islamic Republic of Iran were shaped by the exigencies of fighting a long,

destructive war with neighboring Iraq (1980-88). This research has continued

with focus on the possibility of reform and revolution in the Middle East and

North Africa. Specifically, why do some countries in the region experience

revolution (the Arab Spring countries, for example), while others seem more

likely to experience movements for political reform (the Green Movement in

Iran, for example). Furthermore, what are the prospects for reform and

revolution in the region culminating in the establishment of stable democracies?

Click here for more information.

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7) People For Parks

Saturday October 17th between 9:30 and 11 am @ the Kissing Statue at Percival Landing, 4th and Water Streets

This message came from an anonymous source:

Dear Friends,

You endorsed the Yes on Prop1 effort.  Here is one small way you can help ensure that it will pass. PLEASE, join us and/or forward this to your friends, relatives, colleagues.  Thanks so much, Bonnie.

PEOPLE FOR PARKS

Saturday October 17th

Anytime between 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Join others & show your support!

  • This is a “y’all come” sign-waving event—bring kids, gram & gramps
  • Bring bells (no whistles) and a homemade sign (or wave one of ours)
  • Wear a costume or not / creativity welcome
  • Join us rain-or-shine—umbrellas show our dedication!
  • No speeches, just Yesses for Prop 1 and Parks
  • Remember, ballots have been mailed, voting YES on Prop 1 starts now!

Meet by the “The Kiss” statue at Percival Landing at 4th (east of Oyster House)

Sponsored by YesOlympiaParks.org

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8) 2nd Annual Harvest Fest at West Central Park

Saturday October 17th from 12 to 4 pm @ West Central Park, Corner of Harrison and Division Streets NW

This will be both educational and fun!

This message came from Alicia:

Mark your calendars for October 17th for the 2nd annual Harvest Fest at West Central Park. We will be celebrating the grand opening of our park office and highlighting our community and local agriculture! There will be lots of workshops and speakers, all about gardening, composting, fermentation, mushrooms, beekeeping and more. There will be a cider press, a vegetable swap and community stone soup, so bring organic things to share, swap and add!! This is a family friendly event with activities like face painting, but please leave your furry friends at home. Come Join us Saturday, October 17th, from 12-4!!

And remember, this park is all of ours to share, but it takes hard work and lots of dedication. It is not a government sponsored or maintained space. It is all done and owned by the people of West Olympia on their own time, putting in their volunteer hours. Come be a part of that hearty league of volunteers and become vested in West Central Park.

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9) A Growing Threat: GE Trees in the PNW

Saturday October 17th at 8 pm @ Media Island, 816 Adams St SE

Genetically modified anything is like playing with dynamite when you don’t have any idea of what you are doing. This message came from Ryan:

Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) & Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) will be on a speaking tour to talk about the dangers of Genetically Engineered (GE) Poplar, Eucalyptus and Arctic Apple trees.

Come hear Ruddy Turnstone, GE Trees Campaigner

with the Global Justice Ecology Project

Campaign to STOP GE Trees Steering Committee Member

http://globaljusticeecology.org/
http://stopgetrees.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/444963762363499/

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10) The Null Set Remembered: 1964-1967

Sunday October 18th at 2 pm @ Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E

This sounds like fun. This message came to me from Patricia:

Sun Oct 18: Patricia Holm, author of The Null Set Remembered, speaks about Olympia’s coffee house from 1964 to 1967: While many local folks know Pat Holm, not too many remember the Olympia coffee house she and a few others ran. Now Pat has written a book, The Null Set Remembered: A Memoir of a Coffee House 1964-1967,and will talk about it at 2:00 pm today at Orca Books. Pat says, “From 1964 to 1967, in days of alternative life styles, political upheaval and social protest, the Null Set offered a safe haven for new ideas and a stage for Northwest musicians who were exploring sounds from the past.” 2:00 pm at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, in downtown Olympia. Info: (360) 352-0123 and Pat Holm 438-3081 and pholm76@gmail.com

Five women will read “The Exception and the Rule” by Bertolt Brecht (30 min) at Orca Books in Olympia at 2 pm on Sunday, October 18. The play was performed at the Null Set coffee house in Olympia in 1967 as a puppet play, and this will be a remembrance of that event. The readers will be Llyn De Danaan, Susan Tuzzolino, Zena Hartung, Pat Holm and Laura Schleyer. Holm will also read briefly (5 min) from her new book, “The Null Set Remembered, a Memoir of a coffee house 1964-67.” The puppets will be on display at Orca Books.

This is also happening as part of the same event:

Written between 1929-30, “The Exception and the Rule” was designed as a short learning play to educate workers in schools and union halls about socialism and the necessity to change the economic system to something more just and humane. The situation Brecht places his characters in clearly shows the underbelly of unregulated capitalism.

Brecht’s work was blacklisted in the US from 1945 to 1956 and testified before our House of Un-American Activity Committee (HUAC) in 1947. The readers feel his play is as relevant now as it was then. Pope Francis recently said, “Let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change”, and he continues decrying a system that “has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature”. Francis also believes that “things can change”, as did Brecht. Naomi Klein in her book, “Everything Must Change” also says that we must change to save our planet.

  • The play shows a situation where a murderer is acquitted, chillingly apt for issues raised in Olympia recently. The readers feel his play is relevant now, as it was then. A discussion will follow the reading.

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11) Film Screening and Discussion: Hearts and Minds

Wednesday October 21st at 1 pm @ the Evergreen State College, Seminar II room A-1105, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW

This message came from Larry:

Wed Oct 21: FILM: “Hearts and Minds” is a 1974 Academy Award winning documentary on the history of The Vietnam War and its impact on Vietnam and the US: Watch it at 1:00 pm today in Seminar II building room A-1105 at The Evergreen State College in NW Olympia. Veterans will facilitate a discussion after the movie. Also see related events on Fri Oct 23 and Wed Oct 28 (with much info), below. Sponsored by three of Evergreen’s academic programs (“Political Economy of Power in American Society,” “Caliban and the Witch,” and “Culture and Violence”) and Olympia’s chapter of Veterans for Peace (VfP Chapter 109, the Rachel Corrie Chapter, http://www.vfp109rcc.org). All events are free and open to students and the community. Parking on campus is available for $2. For more information contact Larry Mosqueda at 360-867-6513 or mosqueda@evergreen.edu or Mark Fleming at 360-357-1060 or rezdog02@hotmail.com

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12) Port Commissioner Candidate Forum

Wednesday October 21st at 7:30 pm @ Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE

This message came from Allison:

Wed, October 21st @ 7:30 pm: Hear candidates for Port Commissioner (Districts No. 1 & 3) and School Board Director (District No. 2) discuss issues and answer questions.

All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the public. These events occur after library open hours and no other library services will be available.

Thanks you,

Allison Mackey

Adult Services Librarian

Olympia Timberland Library

313 8th Ave SE, Olympia WA

(360) 352-0595

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13) Forum on Greek Austerity and Resistance and Refugee Situation

Tuesday October 22nd at 6 pm @ Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E

This message came from Peter:

This coming Tuesday, October 20th, from 6-8 P.M., there will be a presentation and discussion on recent political and economic developments in Greece, focusing on austerity and resistance to it; and also the refugee situation in Greece and Europe.
Presenters and discussants are Peter Bohmer, Zoltan Grossman, Savvina Chowdhury and Peter Dorman.

This event is part of the Tea and Talk discussion series being organized by KAOS radio. It is also co-sponsored by Economics for Everyone.

Place: Obsidian Cafe, 414 East 4th Ave., downtown Olympia.

Date and Time; Tuesday, October 20th, 6 P.M.

There is no charge.

For more info, contact bohmerp@evergreen.edu

Please share this announcement with others!

https://www.facebook.com/events/931898443523294/

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14) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Make a new friend today!

Peace.

Dana

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