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In the News:

1) International Criminal Court poised to open Afghanistan war crimes investigation
2) FBI releases 17-year old archive from Clinton pardon of Marc Rich
3) Venezuela: Leaked DEA tape ties First Lady to drug money
4) Standing Rock: Why 1.4 million are “checking in”
5) Tweets from Sanders’s account send Eli Lilly shares tumbling
6) South Sudan: UN chief fires general after harsh report
7) Aid workers accused of sex with underage refugees in Europe
8) In Ohio, spelling error could cost you your vote
9) ME: Candidate leaves state for college, remains on ballot
10) Google discloses critical Windows zero-day that makes all Windows users vulnerable
11) Paraguay: Cartes gives up reelection amendment after popular backlash
12) CNN’s Jeff Zucker on Donna Brazile: “Disgusting” and “unethical”
13) Venezuela: Opposition says five political prisoners released
14) FL: Man buries mom in back yard to continue collecting government bennies
15) WV: Judge approves $151 million settlement over drinking water contamination
16) Trump pushes for “special session” of Congress to replace ObamaCare with different government healthcare tinkering
17) Pakistan: Imran Khan abandons Islamabad protest after inquiry into PM granted
18) Kasich: Can’t stomach Trump but hates freedom too much to vote Libertarian
19) Chinese, Malaysian regimes sign agreement on navy vessels
20) India-Pakistan border firing kills 19 people amid rising tensions over Kashmir

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Politics is the opium of the people
22) Culture isn’t property. Copying isn’t stealing.
23) Who are libertarians and where do they come from?
24) Hillary Clinton’s selective moral outrage
25) Freedom from Information Act
26) Why I’m voting for Gov. [sic] Gary Johnson
27) GOP should hope it loses Congress
28) Just abolish the FBI
29) A behind-the-scenes tour of the Clinton campaign’s calculated decision to oppose TPP
30) Wikileaks reveals Clinton poll oversampling scheme
31) Will Anthony Weiner elect Donald Trump?
32) Feds ramp up REAL ID bullying tactics
33) Why 2016 may see a record top 1%
34) Could the elite survive without terrorism?
35) You thought Washington was gridlocked before Comey’s letter? Just wait
36) Election end-game nears? (Not hardly)
37) Britain should embrace unilateral free trade right now
38) Trump’s immigrant bashing isn’t winning the GOP white voters
39) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/01/16
40) Democratic voters to blame for Hillary Clinton’s headaches
41) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/01/16
42) Making sugar a delicacy
43) The indictment that made Bill Clinton president
44) Mass surveillance at public gatherings is why we need oversight policies
45) Uber and out
46) Don’t kill Colorado!
47) The US threatens Irish neutrality
48) Justifying the Saudi slaughter in Yemen
49) How statists and regulators turned New York into a Bitcoin hell hole
50) Activists wage war on womens’ personal care choices
51) Open source revolution circumvents capitalist monopoly
52) Clinton’s and Trump’s family policies — terrible ideas for women
53) How to unite a divided country
54) Dallas, Texas: Nut Country, 1963
55) Free Talk Live, 10/31/16

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***** In the News *****

1) International Criminal Court poised to open Afghanistan war crimes investigation
Source: Foreign Policy

“The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is ready to initiate a full investigation of a range of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including some by U.S. personnel, according to several knowledgeable sources. The ICC move would mark the first time that a formal ICC investigation has scrutinized U.S. actions and sets up a possible collision with Washington. Multiple sources have indicated that the chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, will seek to initiate an investigation in the coming weeks, likely after the U.S. presidential election but before the end of the year. U.S. officials visited The Hague recently to discuss the potential investigation and to express concerns about its scope.” (10/31/16)

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/31/exclusive-international-criminal-court-poised-to-open-investigation-into-war-crimes-in-afghanistan/

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2) FBI releases 17-year old archive from Clinton pardon of Marc Rich
Source: Worcester Telegram

“Only days before the presidential election, the FBI released a 17-year-old archive of documents from a long-closed investigation into Bill Clinton’s presidential pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, ex-husband of Worcester native Denise Rich, prompting [whining] from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign about its timing. …. The 129 pages of heavily censored material were published Monday on the FBI’s Freedom of Information Act webpage and noted by one of the bureau’s Twitter accounts Tuesday. Earlier in October, the FBI unit published historical files as far back as 1966 about Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump. An FBI official said the documents had been requested under the federal records law, but the bureau did not answer questions from The Associated Press about the timing and propriety of the release.” (11/01/16)

http://www.telegram.com/news/20161101/fbi-releases-17-year-old-archive-from-clinton-pardon-of-marc-rich

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3) Venezuela: Leaked DEA tape ties First Lady to drug money
Source: PanAm Post

“The first evidence linking Venezuela’s presidential family to the ‘narcosobrinos’ drug-trafficking case in the United States has surfaced. The transcript of an alleged conversation between a nephew of Venezuelan First Lady Cilia Flores and a DEA informant was recently made public by El Nuevo Herald. In the recording, Efrain Campo, 29, not only claimed to be at ‘war’ with the United States, but said he made a ‘quick cocaine deal’ to help finance the Venezuelan First Lady’s political campaign.” (11/01/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/01/dea-tape-ties-venezuelan-first-lady-drug-money/

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4) Standing Rock: Why 1.4 million are “checking in”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“More than 1.4 million people have ‘checked in’ on Facebook to support protesters fighting against a new oil pipeline in Standing Rock, a Sioux Native American reservation in North Dakota. Activists say the Sioux Indians are under threat as the pipeline could contaminate the tribe’s water source. Protesters are worried police might be tracking them on social media, igniting concerns over digital privacy. Their aim is to confuse the police. They believe the local police department is using Facebook’s location feature to compile a list of activists who are protesting about the pipeline.” (11/01/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37834334

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5) Tweets from Sanders’s account send Eli Lilly shares tumbling
Source: USA Today

“A series of social media posts from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday sent shares of Eli Lilly and Co. briefly tumbling to a seven-month low. Sanders'[s] Twitter account posted a link to a Washington Post article detailing the decades-long price increase of a Lilly insulin called Humalog. The price of Humalog has risen from $21 a vial to more than $250 during the last 20 years, according to the Post. The tweets went out to Sanders'[s] 2.7 million Twitter followers. They were not signed by Sanders, indicating they were written by members of his staff. After sharing the Post’s article, Sanders'[s] account posted several more messages that were sharply critical of the Indianapolis drugmaker.” (11/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/11/01/feeling-bernd-tweets-sanders-account-send-eli-lilly-shares-tumbling/93130396

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6) South Sudan: UN chief fires general after harsh report
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan on Tuesday after an independent investigation sharply criticized the military response to deadly attacks in July on a U.N. compound housing 27,000 displaced people. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced the dismissal of Kenyan Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki shortly after the executive summary of the investigators’ report was released, saying the U.N. chief was ‘deeply distressed’ by the findings.” (11/01/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1988369/UN-chief-fires-general-in-South-Sudan-after-harsh-report.html?isap=1&nav=5024

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7) Aid workers accused of sex with underage refugees in Europe
Source: Fox News

“Female aid workers have been found committing sex acts on children at a refugee center. Officials apparently knew for months that one worker at the Bornecenter Tullebølle children’s asylum center in Denmark had engaged in sexual activity with underage residents, but they failed to do anything about it. Some of the acts were photographed. One worker was videotaped performing oral sex on at least one refugee and full intercourse with one boy at the center in Tranekær. Two other female workers are said to have ‘violated’ other boys at the center.” [editor’s note: Yet the “real danger” is the slim chance a transgender male abuses little girls in ladies’ rooms – SAT] (11/01/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/01/aid-workers-accused-sex-with-underage-refugees-in-europe.html

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8) In Ohio, spelling error could cost you your vote
Source: Reuters

“Voting is no easy task for Roland Gilbert. The 86-year-old retired Ohio lawyer, who is legally blind, completes his absentee ballot with help from a machine that magnifies the print. So the registered Democrat was not completely surprised to learn he had made an error in filling out his 2014 ballot, entering that day’s date in the birthdate field. What surprised him was that it cost him his vote. Local election officials rejected it because it did not perfectly match his registration information on file. … Laws passed by the Republican-led Ohio state legislature in 2014 require voters to accurately fill out their personal information on absentee or provisional ballots or they will be rejected – even if the votes are otherwise valid. The laws are being applied in a presidential election for the first time this year.” [editor’s note: Given that their Governor just “wrote in McCain” on his ballot (after signing off to prevent third-party ballot status) the whole state should probably be offline – SAT] (11/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-ohio-insight-idUSKBN12W3LQ

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9) ME: Candidate leaves state for college, remains on ballot
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The father of a candidate for a Maine state House seat says his son has moved out of state for college and is no longer running. The Sun Journal reports that candidate Elliot Chicoine is now living in Arizona. The Republican’s name remains on the ballot in Maine, however, because he never notified election officials that he was dropping out of the race. Officially, Democrat Roger Fuller and Chicoine are battling to represent northern Lewiston. Chicoine has not campaigned and his latest finance report shows that he has neither raised nor spent any money in the race.” [editor’s note: Coulda been a good opportunity for a Libertarian to challenge; too late now – SAT] (11/01/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Candidate-leaves-state-for-college-remains-on-10429450.php

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10) Google discloses critical Windows zero-day that makes all Windows users vulnerable
Source: The Hacker News

“Google has once again publicly disclosed a zero-day vulnerability in current versions of Windows operating system before Microsoft has a patch ready. Yes, the critical zero-day is unpatched and is being used by attackers in the wild. Google made the public disclosure of the vulnerability just 10 days after privately reporting the issue to Microsoft, giving the chocolate factory little time to patch issues and deploy a fix.” (10/31/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/google-windows-zero-day.html

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11) Paraguay: Cartes gives up reelection amendment after popular backlash
Source: PanAm Post

“President of Paraguay Horacio Cartes has requested that the draft of a constitutional amendment introduced by his party to allow for reelection be rejected. ‘As a society we have it noted that the proposed amendment does not generate consensus,’ his statement, published Monday, October 31, said. Paraguay is among the handful of countries in Latin America that has a constitutional ban on all forms of reelection.” (11/01/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/01/reelection-in-paraguay-president-gives-up-popular-backlash/

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12) CNN’s Jeff Zucker on Donna Brazile: “Disgusting” and “unethical”
Source: The Wrap

“CNN President Jeff Zucker blasted Donna Brazile’s behavior as ‘unethical’ and ‘disgusting’ in a meeting with CNN staffers following reports that she leaked debate and town hall meeting questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign while working for CNN. Zucker also said in a Tuesday editorial meeting that Brazile’s behavior ‘hurts all of us,’ adding, ‘I have no tolerance for her behavior or that kind of behavior.’ He stressed that CNN employees working on the events did not provide Brazile with the questions.” [editor’s note: If she didn’t get them from CNN employees, where could she have possibly got them? – TLK] (11/01/16)

http://www.thewrap.com/cnns-jeff-zucker-calls-donna-brazile-disgusting-and-unethical/

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13) Venezuela: Opposition says five political prisoners released
Source: Bloomberg

“Venezuela’s opposition alliance said late Monday that the government of Nicolas Maduro released five opposition figures from jail in what could be the first sign of a political thaw after Vatican-mediated talks started up on Sunday. ‘The first political prisoners have been liberated,’ opposition alliance general secretary Jesus ‘Chuo’ Torrealba said in a post on his Twitter account, naming Carlos Melo, Marco Trejo, Andres Moreno, Andres Leon and Coromoto Rodriguez. The release of political prisoners has emerged as a key issue in the start up of the Vatican dialogue process, with one of the main opposition parties — Voluntad Popular — sitting the talks out as its leader, Leopoldo Lopez, remains in jail.” (11/01/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-01/venezuela-opposition-says-5-political-prisoners-released

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14) FL: Man buries mom in back yard to continue collecting government bennies
Source: Naples News

A 56-year-old Florida man could face up to 20 years in prison on charges of continuing to collect more than $35,000 in benefits owed to his dead mother after burying in the backyard of her home. Brian Lee Adams of Green Cove Springs …. told authorities that his mother had died of natural causes in July 2014 and, instead of telling anyone, Adams buried her in the backyard of her home, stated a plea agreement.” (11/01/16)

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/01/florida-man-buries-dead-mom-collect-her-benefits/93104268/

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15) WV: Judge approves $151 million settlement over drinking water contamination
Source: Fox News

“A federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a $151 million settlement involving two companies sued over a 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in southern West Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver approved the proposed deal after more than two hours of closed-door negotiations on the wording of the class-action agreement. Stuart Calwell, an attorney representing residents and businesses, said that under the settlement, West Virginia American Water Co. will pay $126 million and chemical maker Eastman Chemical will pay $25 million. The money will be distributed to any resident or business in the affected area through an application process to be determined later.” (11/01/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/01/151m-settlement-tentatively-approved-after-wv-spill-contaminated-drinking-water.html

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16) Trump pushes for “special session” of Congress to replace ObamaCare with different government healthcare tinkering
Source: United Press International

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to convene a ‘special session’ of Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. … Trump has called for doing away with the bill and instead allowing insurers to compete over state lines, which he said will help drive down costs. He has also called for converting Medicaid into a bloc grant to states who can administer the program themselves and for the greater use of health savings accounts to allow Americans to address out-of-pocket costs for healthcare with tax-free savings that come out of their paychecks.” (11/01/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/11/01/Trump-calls-for-special-session-to-address-healthcare-repeal-ACA/3881478018801/

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17) Pakistan: Imran Khan abandons Islamabad protest after inquiry into PM granted
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Imran Khan has abandoned plans to bring Islamabad to a standstill after Pakistan’s highest court agreed to his petition to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations against the prime minister. Khan, the leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), had vowed to ‘lock down’ Pakistan’s capital on Wednesday as part of his campaign against Nawaz Sharif after the leaking of the Panama Papers. He says the prime minister must explain how his children became owners or trustees of offshore companies that own expensive London property. With thousands of Khan’s supporters bearing down on the capital on Tuesday, the supreme court offered a way out of the crisis, saying the PTI and the governing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) had until Thursday to agree terms of reference for the judge-led inquiry or the court would decide them.” (11/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/01/pakistan-imran-khan-abandons-islamabad-protest-corruption-inquiry-granted-prime-minister

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18) Kasich: Can’t stomach Trump but hates freedom too much to vote Libertarian
Source: Politico

“In one final shot at his former primary rival Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain for president. According to a cleveland.com report on Monday, Chris Schrimpf, the governor’s political spokesman, confirmed Kasich cast his ballot for the 2008 Republican nominee even though he is not an official write-in candidate for president in Ohio. Schrimpf said Kasich voted for Republicans on the rest of his absentee ballot.” (11/01/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/kasich-mccain-trump-president-230569

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19) Chinese, Malaysian regimes sign agreement on navy vessels
Source: Reuters

“China and Malaysia signed 14 agreements on Tuesday, including one on navy vessels, after a meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The agreement on the joint development of the vessels, known as littoral mission ships, was announced at a signing ceremony at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.” (11/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-malaysia-idUSKBN12W3WF

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20) India-Pakistan border firing kills 19 people amid rising tensions over Kashmir
Source: Sky News [UK]

“At least 19 people have been killed in recent firing between India and Pakistan across the disputed border in Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed powers have been ratcheting up shelling and small-arms fire for weeks, with each accusing the other of violating a 2003 ceasefire. … Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since partition and independence from Britain in 1947 have been fought over Kashmir.” (11/01/16)

http://news.sky.com/story/india-pakistan-border-firing-kills-19-people-amid-rising-tensions-over-kashmir-10640542

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) Politics is the opium of the people
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I don’t know how anybody who has been observing politics from the outside can deny that statism is the new religion. The State is treated as a god that provides all that is good in the world, other states are treated at demons that are responsible for all that is bad in the world, desecrating the symbols of the State is treated as hearsay [sic], and for many political participation is almost indistinguishable from religious worship. The State even has its own prayers, such as the Holy National Anthem, and those who fail to publicly proclaim their faith but reciting the prayer are harshly criticized. People even sign up to be sent off to foreign lands so they can kill the heretics of heathen states. The difference between Republicans and Democrats is the difference between Catholics and Lutherans.” (11/01/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/11/01/politics-is-the-opium-of-the-people/

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22) Culture isn’t property. Copying isn’t stealing.
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Piled on top of demands that all of us who haven’t received our perpetual victimhood certificates check our privilege and respect others’ pronouns and perhaps cough up reparations for things we didn’t do to people we didn’t do them to, comes now the burden of ensuring that our Halloween costumes include no elements drawn from societies (living or dead) for which we cannot produce personal affiliation credentials of some sort. It’s not just a Halloween thing, of course. But Halloween seems to be ground zero for ‘cultural appropriation’ butthurt.” (11/01/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8182

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23) Who are libertarians and where do they come from?
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Libertarian Party Prez and VP candidates are making bigger news than any other LPers before them. They’re showing up on all the cable news networks, all over social media, and most impressively they’re raking in Newspaper endorsements from biggies like the Chicago Tribune (Barack Obama’s and Rahm Emanuel’s domain as well as Hillary’s Hometown), the Detroit News (Big Union’s bailiwick) and smaller outlets in New Hampshire, Richmond, and Winston-Salem. Unfortunately, this leaves the majority of non-libertarians with the impression that libertarianism is just a political idea dreamed up by ‘Republicans who want to smoke pot.’ Few get that libertarianism is a full-blown movement embracing personal freedom, individual responsibility and the deeply held conviction that all people should be treated as unique human beings rather than as interchangeable parts in some big tribal group. So the question for many is who exactly are these people who call themselves libertarians, how did they get this way, and where did they come from?” (11/01/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Who-Are-Libertarians-and-Where-Do-They-Come-From

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24) Hillary Clinton’s selective moral outrage
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Will Porter

“Not all civilian casualties are created equally. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has taken a tough line on the rights record of the Syrian government, but remains silent about similar war crimes committed by a coalition of states led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in their ongoing war in Yemen. Jeremy Bash, Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, told the Telegraph last summer that a Clinton administration would order a ‘full review’ of American strategy as it relates to Syria, pushing for the creation of a no-fly zone and the removal of Syrian president Bashar al Assad from power. ‘It is a murderous regime that violates human rights,’ Bash said of the Syrian government, echoing Clinton’s position. Yet not only has Clinton pulled her punches on Yemen, her own actions as Secretary of State helped to produce the dismal situation in that country today.” (11/01/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/hillary-clintons-selective-moral-outrage/

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25) Freedom from Information Act
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“Look, let’s not kid ourselves. There’s no way that a bunch of high officials from both parties get private email servers solely for some sort of technical convenience because their favorite Blackberry apps don’t always play nice with government IT specifications. No, they get private email servers to evade the Freedom of Information Act. Do they actually violate the Act, or do they merely find a perfectly lawful loophole? I dunno, ask a lawyer. But we all know damn well that they’re doing this for shady reasons. In that sense, I’m perfectly fine with criticizing Hillary Clinton (and everyone else) over email servers. But they can’t go after her without exposing themselves to similar criticism, so they have to insist that classified data must have been compromised.” (11/01/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/11/01/19331

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26) Why I’m voting for Gov. [sic] Gary Johnson
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“If I were a Democrat, then I’d be as furious with my fellow partisans for nominating Hillary Clinton as I am at my fellow Republicans for nominating Donald Trump. Once again, Clinton is in hot water because of her reckless decision-making. Her original sin was setting up a home-brew server. Her second sin was deciding to delete thousands of emails under subpoena. Defenders act perplexed as to why the Democratic nominee set up this email system. I assume she had many, many things she wanted to hide — which is why she lied about the whole arrangement. The GOP nominee lacks conviction, character and self-control. Trump didn’t keep his promise to release his tax returns. He trash-talks women and minorities. In all my years of covering politics, I’ve never seen a campaign where supporters actively blame the candidate’s lack of self-control (not his advisers or pollsters) for the harebrained things he says. Even his most enthusiastic fans say Trump is his own worst enemy.” (11/01/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/11/01/why-im-voting-for-gov-gary-johnson-n2239881

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27) GOP should hope it loses Congress
Source: USA Today
by Jason Sattler

“After 18 months of being torn over whether Donald Trump is a terrible misogynist or a wonderful misogynist, the Republican Party has united again — in a mission to harpoon the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. But even if this quest is successful, Trump’s candidacy has exposed rifts in the party that will only grow more jagged if voters reward Republicans with another House majority. If you lived through the 1990s, you didn’t need a reminder of what it looks like when a Republican Congress obsesses over any excuse to take out a Clinton presidency. Republican House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz, with a big assist from FBI Director James Comey, decided to give us a blast from the past anyway.” (11/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/01/congress-republicans-civil-war-women-ryan-chaffetz-trump-clinton-tea-party-fbi-investigation-jason-sattler/93080882

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28) Just abolish the FBI
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Clinton’s assets within the mainstream press are on the warpath over FBI Director James Comey’s decision to advise Congress that the FBI had discovered additional evidence in his investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Given the possibility that the announcement could influence people to vote against Clinton, Clinton’s supporters are saying that Comey should have kept the information secret until after the election. They have it wrong. Whatever effect Comey’s actions have on the election is not his responsibility. Sole responsibility for the controversy lies with Clinton herself. If she had followed the rules and the law in the first place, she wouldn’t find herself in this pickle. But as is standard with people in Washington, when wrongdoing goes awry, the propensity is to immediately shift attention from the wrongdoer and look for a scapegoat to attack and be used to distract attention away from the original wrongdoer, which in this case is Clinton.” (11/01/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/11/01/just-abolish-fbi/

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29) A behind-the-scenes tour of the Clinton campaign’s calculated decision to oppose TPP
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“How do political leaders decide to take a stance on an issue? Does it come down to principle, a matter of drawing a line that they refuse to cross? Or do they examine pages of data, research and evidence to determine what would best serve the country? If the emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign are any indication, the answer is neither. The process of developing one’s stance apparently involves weeks, if not months, of backroom discussions by advisers and aides that may only minimally involve the leader. Her position is then carefully weighed against a number of competing interests — from the feelings of key constituencies and other segments of the public to the timing of pending legislation–to ensure the least possible damage. That’s the impression created by the thousands of private emails recently released by WikiLeaks, many of which cover one particular topic: how to manage the epic flip-flop Clinton was forced to make in the course of her campaign over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).” (10/28/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19579/hillary_clinton_tpp_wikileaks_emails_trans_pacific_partnership

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30) Wikileaks reveals Clinton poll oversampling scheme
Source: Hawaii Reporter
by Frank Salvato

“As we approach Election Day, there will be an incredible amount of talk about the polls. Mainstream media pundits will expound on the lead that Hillary Clinton has and how it is something that, in the short time left, can’t be overcome by Donald Trump. But is this ‘lead’ that Hillary Clinton is said to possess and accurate reflection of the electorate? Emails released by WikiLeaks last week prove that the Clinton team applied an enormous amount of pressure (as if it were needed) on the mainstream media into systematically and deliberately over-sampling Clinton-friendly demographics in their polling. The emails, that originated with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, included a detailed 37-page manual on how to go about most effectively skewing the polling results so as to give the Clinton campaign the numbers they needed to claim a lead.” (11/01/16)

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/wikileaks-reveals-clinton-poll-oversampling-scheme/123

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31) Will Anthony Weiner elect Donald Trump?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“In one week, this nightmare election will be over. If Hillary Clinton does manage to win, Democrats and progressives will experience a complex set of feelings. First, of course, sheer relief that American democracy was spared Donald Trump. Second, some hope and good wishes — that Clinton can somehow break through the toxic Republican cynicism that has blocked progress on serious national problems; that she can begin to repair the damage to American democracy. But third, there will be barely repressed fury that Clinton came so close to blowing it because of her own questionable judgment on so many fronts. A less blemished candidate would be leading the bizarre Donald Trump by double digits, and pulling along a Democratic Senate majority with her. A narrow Clinton win will be a weak mandate. Trump will challenge the election’s legitimacy. Republicans will be emboldened to block everything.” [editor’s note: Raise a toast to gridlock – SAT] (11/01/16)

http://prospect.org/article/will-anthony-weiner-elect-donald-trump

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32) Feds ramp up REAL ID bullying tactics
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“In practice, REAL ID coopts the states into creating a national ID system. The federal government has no constitutional authority to mandate such a thing. The feds resurrect these bully tactics every couple of years, and has done so since Pres. George W. Bush signed REAL ID into law in 2005. Instead of following through on threats the feds simply keep extending their deadlines. Under the act, all 50 states were supposed comply with the federal law by 2009. But, states rebelled against REAL ID for several reasons, including privacy concerns and the fact that Congress didn’t provide any funding for the mandates it expects states to implement.” (11/01/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/feds-ramp-up-real-id-bullying-tactics/

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33) Why 2016 may see a record top 1%
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“How much income do you want to report next spring on your 2016 tax return? For most of us, that question rates as downright silly. We don’t get to choose how much income we report on our tax returns. The vast bulk of our annual income comes from our paychecks. We just transfer the numbers from our W2s onto our tax forms. The wealthy, thanks to capital gains, can time when they receive their income. The wealthy can time when they receive their income. America’s wealthy come at taxes from quite a different perspective. Top 1 percenters do, of course, take in plenty of paycheck income. CEO salaries have, after all, never been higher. But America’s rich also take in a substantial share of their income from buying and selling assets, everything from real estate to shares of stock.” [editor’s note: If you have created wealth, you get to spend a lot of energy on protecting it, or you lose most of it to taxes; if you have essentially stolen it, you make the same choices – SAT] (11/01/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161101/why-2016-may-see-a-record-top-1

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34) Could the elite survive without terrorism?
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I’ve been long struck by a comment attributed to Adolph Hitler: ‘If there were no Jews, we’d have to invent them.’ This callous sentiment lies at the heart of rulership, including the rulers of our day. Power needs a frightening enemy. The systems that be, after all, are wholly organized around our fears. Without something to be terribly afraid of, the core justification for rulership fails.” (11/01/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/elite-survive-without-terrorism/

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35) You thought Washington was gridlocked before Comey’s letter? Just wait
Source: Reuters
by Bill Schneider

“News of another FBI review of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails may not change the outcome of the election. But it could poison a Clinton presidency. At this stage of the campaign, most voters have made up their minds. More than 12 million early and absentee votes had already been cast when the new investigation was revealed. Last-minute revelations do not typically have much impact because they are seen as political. That appears to have been the case in 2000, when the story broke a few days before the election that Republican nominee George W. Bush had once been arrested for drunk driving in Maine. At the end of a campaign, when passions are running high, everything is seen as political.” (11/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-clinton-comey-commentary-idUSKBN12V1U3

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36) Election end-game nears? (Not hardly)
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As Wikileaks and others release more and more information about one of the four pieces of work running nationwide for Massa in 2016, and as more and more people chime in on issues and potential outcomes, it seems very likely to Mama Liberty and I that it won’t all be over even when the last polls are closed and the votes are counted on the 8th of November (if indeed, all the votes are counted as quickly as usual). The media and the claims of fraud and more will then kick in, and it may not even be decided by the Electoral College in December.” (11/01/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9957

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37) Britain should embrace unilateral free trade right now
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Louis Rouanet

“If we read the newspapers or listen to the experts, Britain faces two ways to negotiate its way out of the European Union without succumbing to the protectionists’ sirens. The first is a deal a la Norway not only with full access to the common market, but also with full implementation of EU law and a contribution to the EU budget as is the case for every member State. The second option would be a trade treaty such as the one negotiated between the EU and Canada. However, a viable third opportunity exists: unilateral free-trade. Contrary to what is often assumed, unilateralism is not simply a utopian libertarian ideal which cannot be reached in today’s world. Unilateral free trade is genuine free-trade. It is also the most pragmatic and efficient strategy to foster commerce and peace.” (11/01/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/britain-should-embrace-unilateral-free-trade-right-now/

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38) Trump’s immigrant bashing isn’t winning the GOP white voters
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“The Trump candidacy is a referendum on one thing: Anti-immigration restrictionism. He has wavered on many things, but not on his hardline immigration position. In fact, his plan to seal the border and cut back on all forms of legal immigration has literally been plucked from the ultra-restrictionist ideas voiced by the nativist Center for Immigration Studies and echoed by the National Review Online. Their electoral theory is that what the GOP loses in Latino voters through this hard-assed immigration plan, it’ll gain in seven million missing white voters who sat out the last election. Call it the Latino-version of Richard Nixon’s southern white strategy. So how is it working out so far for the GOP? If current polling trends hold, not very well …” (11/01/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/01/trumps-immigrant-bashing-isnt-winning-th

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39) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/01/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’ve got a bit of a conspiracy episode for you today. I know, we typically stay away from speculation but the two stories I’ve got for you today are so plausible I feel like I need to share them with you. The first story has to do with James Comey and why he announced to Congress that he was looking into additional emails related to his closed Hillary Clinton investigation. The other has to to with voter fraud.” [various formats] (11/01/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-clearest-evidence-of-potential-voter-fraud-ive-seen/

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40) Democratic voters to blame for Hillary Clinton’s headaches
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“In the closing days of this election, we’ve seen a consensus building within the Republican Party that, should Hillary Clinton win the presidency but not the Senate, she should be denied Supreme Court appointments–and that perhaps all of her nominations to the federal bench should be rejected. We’ve seen FBI Director James Comey (seeking perhaps to head off Republican criticism and more-damaging leaks by partisan agents hoping to influence the election) intrude outrageously into the presidential campaign with innuendo about Clinton’s emails that, intentionally or otherwise, created an unwarranted atmosphere of criminality around the Democratic Party’s nominee. And now, we’re seeing leaks to news outlets from FBI officials that reflect generously on Donald Trump and negatively on Clinton.” [editor’s note: Nice to see one “progressive” pundit putting the blame where it belongs – SAT] (11/01/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138293/democratic-voters-blame-hillary-clintons-headaches

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41) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/01/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lousander Feen, Lisa DeLasho, Jeremy Henggeler, and Michael W. Dean form a full squirm of worms to talk about Wyoming’s ranchislators, the Schulman/Kaufman paradox, Kratom benders and the experiences of MWD’s friend Cash Newmann, Walking Dead jumping the dead shark, welcoming our robot bee overlords, and wondering who hasn’t sold heroin to Perry Farrell.” [various formats] (11/01/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12974

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42) Making sugar a delicacy
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“When I was fourteen years old, my family took a trip to Germany …. At that age, Dr. Pepper was all I drank, and my parents accommodated this by buying me a large case of Dr. Pepper to help me survive. German Dr. Pepper, though, tasted slightly different than what we bought in the United States. At age fourteen, this was a mystery to me — just one of many oddities in another country, I assumed. The reality, of course, is that what I was tasting for the first time was Dr. Pepper as it was originally made. The formula I was accustomed to was an adaptation started in the 1970s that substituted high fructose corn syrup for actual sugar and became an increasingly common substitute over the next couple of decades. This change in formula only took place in the United States factories, though. The reason behind this? Government interference in the sugar industry.” (11/01/16)

https://mises.org/blog/making-sugar-delicacy

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43) The indictment that made Bill Clinton president
Source: The American Conservative
by C Boyden Gray and Elise Passamani

“In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton email probe, there has been an explosion of Clinton and media criticism alleging that the investigation could influence the outcome of the election. And at a rally in Florida on Saturday, Secretary Clinton emphatically charged that Comey’s action was ‘unprecedented.’ Contrary to her claim, she herself contributed to an even bigger influence on an election: the October surprise four days before Election Day in 1992 that helped then-Gov. Bill Clinton defeat then-President George H.W. Bush. This event was the last-minute indictment of Caspar Weinberger, which the Clintons and the press turned into an indictment of Bush. (The prosecutor himself later claimed credit for having affected the outcome of the election.)” (11/01/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-indictment-that-made-bill-clinton-president/

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44) Mass surveillance at public gatherings is why we need oversight policies
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Camille Ochoa

“You probably don’t expect the government to log and track your personally identifying information, despite having broken no laws, just because you attended an event at the fairgrounds. That would be preposterous in the Land of the Free. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, federal agencies have joined forces with local police to deploy automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology at gun shows, with the aim of collecting attendees’ plate information — without an explicit target. Gun show patrons are typically concerned about their Second Amendment rights, but what about the First Amendment?” (10/31/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/mass-surveillance-public-gatherings-why-we-need-oversight-policies

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45) Uber and out
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“The gig economy does throw up some important questions about employment rights. Uber would, on the face of it, seem to be the perfect, flexible working arrangement. All you need is a reasonably new car in good condition, a private hire licence, a smartphone, and off you go. Log on whenever you feel like working and log off again when you’re done. In theory, no one at Uber should be demanding that you work at particular periods, you can even take advantage of high demand to charge more for the trip through ‘surge’ pricing. For those looking for an extra bit of income on top of another job, that might be a sensible arrangement, particularly if you own the car already. But for those treating Uber as their main source of income, the situation is more troubling. Uber looks like it is skirting around employment rights in order to cut costs under the pretence of self-employment.” [editor’s note: There is no “right” to employment. Don’t like the way Uber does things? Don’t work with them – TLK] (11/01/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/uber-and-out/

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46) Don’t kill Colorado!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I know Colorado, fondly, as the only state with a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional amendment requiring state legislators who want to hike spending or taxes to first ask citizens for approval. It was passed by voters in 1992, by citizens’ initiative. Imagine that! Citizens in charge. In real life. In Colorado. Unsurprisingly, TABOR has long been No. 1 on Big Government’s hit list; for politicians, lobbyists, university presidents and political insiders, it’s the bane of their existence. Along with the citizen initiative process, from which it came. That’s why Colorado’s political establishment spent a million dollars to put Amendment 71 on next Tuesday’s ballot. They aim to kill both TABOR and the citizen initiative.” (11/01/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/01/dont-kill-colorado/

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47) The US threatens Irish neutrality
Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

“When the Irish finally cast off their colonial yoke, they pledged never again to be cannon fodder in other nation’s wars, a pledge that has now been undermined by the U.S. Once again, a powerful nation — with the acquiescence of the Dublin government — has put the Irish in harm’s way. The flashpoint for this is Shannon Airport, located in County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on Washington and New York, some 2.5 million U.S. troops have passed through the airport on their way to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. The Shannon hub has become so important to the U.S. that it hosts a permanent U.S. staff officer to direct traffic. It is, in the words of the peace organization Shannonwatch, ‘a US forward operating base.'” (11/01/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/01/the-us-threatens-irish-neutrality/

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48) Justifying the Saudi slaughter in Yemen
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“The Obama administration has carried out a deliberately deceptive campaign accusing Iran of covertly sending arms to the Houthis by sea, a claim that Washington cites to help justify the Saudi massive air attack against the Houthis that began last year. By repeating the accusation over and over, the administration has been largely successful in turning a dubious allegation into accepted fact, even though it is contradicted by evidence that is well-documented on the public record.” (11/01/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2016/10/31/justifying-saudi-slaughter-yemen/

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49) How statists and regulators turned New York into a Bitcoin hell hole
Source: Bitcoin.com
by William Suberg

“New York regulators have issued just two BitLicense permits in the 18 months since the regulations became law, it has been revealed — while rejecting four. A Reuters request also revealed the BitLicense program has an application backlog of 15, with a lack of qualified staff blamed for the snail’s rate approval progress. … New York has become something of a dinosaur even at consumer level, with popular cryptocurrency services such as ShapeShift and Poloniex blocked in the region. Users are currently forced to go to New Jersey instead. Meanwhile, support is again rallying against a proposed update to Bitlicense which would impose further requirements related to cybersecurity.” (11/01/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/regulators-new-york-bitcoin-hell-hole/

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50) Activists wage war on womens’ personal care choices
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Angela Logomasini

“I suspect most women would agree that when you find a skin care product that works, you stick with it. But activist groups are waging war against many key ingredients in our personal care regimens based on highly speculative and questionable science. Both regulators and manufacturers are responding with product bans or ‘voluntary’ product reformulations, leaving women with fewer options.” (10/31/16)

https://cei.org/content/activists-wage-war-womens%E2%80%99-personal-care-choices

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51) Open source revolution circumvents capitalist monopoly
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“As my C4SS comrade Charles Johnson has pointed out, circumventing state authority and capitalist monopoly is far more cost-effective than lobbying and organizing to reform the law. This is confirmed, once again, by news of open-source hardware projects that offer much cheaper versions of two outrageously expensive medical devices: the EpiPen and the MRI machine.” (11/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46769

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52) Clinton’s and Trump’s family policies — terrible ideas for women
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“There are very few things that Democratic and Republican presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can agree upon. From taxes to immigration to trade deals, the candidates’ positions are rarely in agreement. One policy that both candidates support, however, is mandated paid maternity leave. … What these candidates fail to realize, however, is that their policies, no matter how well-intentioned, would create difficulty for businesses and ultimately harm the very groups the candidates intend to help — women and families.” (10/31/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8908

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53) How to unite a divided country
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Christopher Manion

“‘The Russians Are coming’ routine is designed not merely to distract any Americans who might still know where Russia is from the corruption of the Obama-Clinton regime. It has a future purpose, more sinister and more profound than its immediate purpose of merely manipulating the gullible. After the election, should Hillary’s criminals be able to pull off a victory, half the country will be boiling in contempt and resentment, not ignorant fear but informed and righteous anger, at the corruptos who control the Bipartisan National Establishment. These naysayers will be the establishment’s enemy, and a President Hillary will have to bring them to heel. Here’s how.” [editor’s note: Interesting predictions, although it’s risible that Manion identifies center-rightist Hillary Clinton with “the left” – TLK] (11/01/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/christopher-manion/left-wing-way-unite-divided-country/

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54) Dallas, Texas: Nut Country, 1963
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Swanson

“It has been common over the years to see commentators that support the Democratic Party label the entire conservative movement as based simply on racial fears or even see it as potentially dangerous. And now that Donald Trump has done better than anyone expected in the Republican presidential race, even establishment Republicans are portraying the Trump campaign as one that plays on people’s irrational fears. And libertarian thinkers such as Jeffrey Tucker see Trumpism as a form of the fascist movements of the 1920s and 1930s. We can better understand the present by looking at the past. In the 1960s there was a brand of radical conservativism that has disappeared down the memory hole. It was a conservatism that was in opposition to the civil-rights movement, because it saw it as a communist-controlled movement bent on destroying the nation.” (11/01/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/dallas-texas-nut-country-1963/

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/31/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“So-Called Hate Crimes and Blue Lives Matter Laws :: Most Entertaining Election :: NH Secession Demonstrations :: Zcash Controversy :: Legal Tender :: Venezuela to Add Zeros To Currency :: Non Voter Advocate :: Water Rights.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/31/16)

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Steve Trinward

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