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Dems Reject Bigger Survival Checks, Float Tax Breaks For The Rich (DP)
79% of Americans Think The US Is Falling Apart (RT)
Americans Are Being Divided As The War On Domestic Terror Expands (TLAV)
Prosecutors Walk Back Story Of Plot To Kill Lawmakers In Capitol Riot (JTN)
Signs and Wonders (Kunstler)
At Least 23 Die After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine In Norway (DS)
Silicon Valley and WEF Announce Vaccination Credential Initiative (Webb)
Twitter Suspends Account of Russian COVID Vaccine Citing Attempted US Hack (MPN)
Signal Is A Government Op (Levine)
When Will The Window Of Euphoria Close? (O’Rourke)
America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates (F.)



America is united by the spread of the media clickbait used to divide it.





People are saying: Jimmy Dore goes on Tucker! He’s a traitor! As if this is not the way things should be, people with different views talking to each other to see what they might have in common.

But that’s not what clickbait feeds on.




New morning in America.

Or: among the growing divide in America, both sides still agree on one thing: stiff the poor.

Dems Reject Bigger Survival Checks, Float Tax Breaks For The Rich (DP)

Just two weeks after Democrats won the U.S. Senate on a promise to immediately pass $2,000 survival checks, party leaders are now proposing $1,400 checks — a lesser amount than many expected, which would save the federal government money and could address conservatives’ concerns that too much money is going to people who supposedly do not need it. And yet, Democratic lawmakers are also considering a new tax break that could cost nearly as much or more as the savings gleaned from reducing the survival checks — and the tax break’s benefits would primarily go to the rich. If passed, the new stimulus proposal released this week by president-elect Joe Biden would significantly boost the minimum wage and funding for unemployment benefits and rental assistance.

But the Biden initiative recommends sending $1,400 checks instead of $2,000 checks — a reduction that would save the federal government somewhere between $164 billion and $200 billion, based on estimates from Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. At the same time, Democratic lawmakers are reportedly considering resurrecting their past proposal to temporary repeal a cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions that high earners can deduct on their federal taxes. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, temporarily repealing the current $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction would cost $136 billion over the next two years, which was the timeframe proposed for such a repeal in legislation pushed by House Democrats last year.

California Republican Rep. Mike Garcia is touting new legislation to repeal the limits on SALT deductions. Bloomberg News reported that “Democrats have been trying to restore unlimited SALT deductions since the 2017 tax law capped the benefit at $10,000.” If Democrats choose to permanently repeal the cap, it would cost almost $600 billion — or three times the amount it would cost to boost the $1,400 checks to $2,000. The survival checks and the SALT tax breaks are mirror opposites when it comes to distributing benefits. $2,000 checks would target help to the bottom 60 percent of income earners, who would see an average increase of 11 percent in their annual income, and it would be a particularly big income boost for the poorest Americans.

By contrast, the SALT deduction would mostly benefit wealthy households, with the top 5 percent of households receiving over 80 percent of the benefit. The top 1 percent of households would get roughly 60 percent of all the benefits of a SALT cap repeal, which translates to “an average tax cut of more than $33,000,” wrote Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center.

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“The objective is to separate Trump and his supporters, to purge both from the public square, and likewise to leave no alternative to the ruling Democratic-RINO, Big Tech, mainstream media, corporate-state hegemon that threatens to impose its technologically enforced totalitarian rule.”

79% of Americans Think The US Is Falling Apart (RT)

Both Democrats and Republicans think America is disintegrating. But the newspeak narrative says that Trump and his supporters must be cleansed from the nation before it can heal. This totalitarian mindset could be the US’ undoing. A recent Axios-Ipsos poll suggests that 79 percent of Americans believe that the nation is disintegrating. “The question, asked Tuesday and Wednesday, reflects the collision of crises besetting the country — the backdrop of a pandemic, recession, decoupling of red/blue America, and racial injustice and the immediacy of the Capitol insurrection, followed by Impeachment II,” writes Axios AM reporter, Mike Allen. But the question of whether the US is now a failed national project is meant to put a stake into the heart of the Donald Trump presidency and to destroy, entirely, the movement he mobilized.

The purpose of the poll is to leave no doubt in the minds of readers that Trump is responsible for these national crises and must be removed from office, and never allowed to run again. The objective is to separate Trump and his supporters, to purge both from the public square, and likewise to leave no alternative to the ruling Democratic-RINO, Big Tech, mainstream media, corporate-state hegemon that threatens to impose its technologically enforced totalitarian rule. Twitter has banned the sitting president from its platform indefinitely. Facebook and Instagram have banished Trump until at least after Joe Biden’s inauguration. After Twitter began cancelling Trump followers, Amazon Web Services, Apple Store, and Google Play cancelled an entire corporation, Twitter competitor Parler. Other social media platforms could face a similar fate at the hands of the leftist authoritarian Big Tech cartel.

Tens of thousands, if not millions, of Trump supporters have either been purged from mainstream social media platforms or have fled in protest. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has recently promised more censorship and purges. Even the libertarian leader of an earlier populist movement, Ron Paul, has faced a Facebook ban (although this was subsequently claimed to be “an error”). Guilt by association seems to the rule, no matter how distant or strained the association. The purges extend well beyond social media. Trump has been cancelled by former business associates, including by one of his former financiers, Deutsche Bank. Blacklists of Trump supporters are being compiled. Congress members have called for the resignation of senators and House members who questioned the election results. If they refuse to resign, say the totalitarian wannabes about to seize complete control, they should be removed from office. ABC News contributor Rick Klein called for the “cleansing” of Trump supporters from the political landscape in a now-deleted tweet.

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“..the US has moved from the “War on [foreign] terror” to the “War on domestic terror”

Americans Are Being Divided As The War On Domestic Terror Expands (TLAV)

The first week of 2021 kicked off with chaos at the Capitol in Washington D.C. Was it a protest, a riot or an insurrection? Were there provocateurs, and if so, were they Antifa, the cops, and/or the Feds? As usual, everyone on the internet thinks they know the answer within ten minutes. Unfortunately, this genuinely leads to the spreading of unfounded theories – many based on nothing but speculation and emotion. But while the public is debating over theories and arguing amongst themselves, the newly emboldened Military Industrial Complex is eagerly anticipating the incoming Biden Administration as an opportunity to expand the War on Domestic Terror. In the immediate aftermath of the “storming of the Capitol”, the media pundits, intelligence community, and politicians began foaming at the mouth in excitement over the chance to push through Domestic Terror legislation.

Michigan representative Elissa Slotkin, also former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIA analyst, said, “the post 9/11 era is over. The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. The threat of domestic terrorism.” Slotkin went on to say that she urges the Biden administration to “understand that the greatest threat now is internal.” TLAV writer Whitney Webb responded to Slotkin’s comment by reminding the audience that, “before Congress, Elissa worked for the CIA and the Pentagon and helped destabilize the Middle East during the Bush and Obama admins. What she says here is essentially an open announcement that the US has moved from the “War on [foreign] terror” to the “War on domestic terror”.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) also reportedly released a bulletin warning that “domestic extremists” are planning a nationwide protest to stop Joe Biden from being sworn in as President. According to ABC News, “The FBI has also received information in recent days on a group calling for “storming” state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event President Donald Trump is removed from office prior to Inauguration Day. The group is also planning to “storm” government offices in every state the day President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump.”

Since the bulletin has not been publicly released the report should be viewed skeptically. However, it’s only one of many emerging reports and articles stoking the flames of civil war and internal chaos. The fact of the matter is that this is not a new attempt to demonize the American people. This current effort is simply a continuation of the effort to label Americans as terrorists that has been taking place since at least the mid-1990’s following the Oklahoma City bombing false flag. These efforts were expanded further after the attacks of 9/11. In fact, as most readers know by now, it was Joe Biden who wrote the anti-terror legislation in the 90’s which became the basis for the Patriot ACT after 9/11.

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The “Qanon shaman” story was always just obvious bogus. But the seed has been planted, so it’s now safe to walk it back.

Prosecutors Walk Back Story Of Plot To Kill Lawmakers In Capitol Riot (JTN)

The acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin announced on Friday that there is no “direct evidence” indicating that the crowd of people who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 had any intention of killing or kidnapping members of Congress. He told reporters, “We don’t have any direct evidence of kill-capture teams,” which seemed to contradict federal prosecutors in Arizona who had alleged on Thursday in a court filing that there was evidence rioters wanted “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” Reuters reported that Sherwin was attempting to “walk back” the claims filed in Arizona, which were about Jacob Chansey, the so-called “Qanon shaman” who was shirtless and wearing horns in the Senate chamber. He allegedly left a note saying, “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”

Sherwin said that his office in D.C. is taking the lead on prosecuting crimes related to the breach of the Capitol, adding that there may have been a “disconnect” with other offices on some of the evidence. “The cases are all being charged here in D.C., and with our law enforcement partners, and what makes this case in particular unprecedented and unusual and extremely complex is the fact that, after the event, obviously thousands of people went back to their home districts,” said Sherwin. “And that has complicated things.”

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“..The poor schlemiel is headed straight into history’s discontinued merchandise bin…”

Signs and Wonders (Kunstler)

It’s late in the game but something appears to still be in play, and the Resistance is keenly aware of it: a trove of declassified documents laying out their crimes against their own countrymen. Nothing has stuck to the Resistance because they controlled the levers of adjudication. What if, under the extraordinary conditions of the moment, those levers are transferred to one arm of the government that has not disgraced itself: the military? I wrote in this blog more than once in recent years that political disorder could lead to this. Has that moment come? Thousands of troops are billeted in and around Washington DC now. Why is that? The figment of more white supremacists coming to reenact last week’s incident at the Capitol? I don’t think so. A BLM / Antifa riot, like the ones staged in cities (including Washington DC) all through the summer and fall? (Weren’t they mostly peaceful?)

Or is something else up, something that will mark an epochal shift in the fortunes of the USA? Did you catch Joe Biden on TV last night? Did his appearance fill you with the sweet, warm unction of reassurance? Or did you get the impression that I got: of a near-mummy in a state of panicky confusion, sent from his hidey-hole out to a podium to give an impersonation of someone in authority? I didn’t believe the performance for a minute. The poor schlemiel is headed straight into history’s discontinued merchandise bin. He will probably wonder what awful vanity propelled him down the memory hole as he descends into the darkness… but his memory preceded him down the memory hole and he will have forgotten how the whole thing started. His exit will be a merciful one compared to the people who trussed him up and shoved him onstage to flesh out their lame narrative.

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Increasing calls to refuse the Pfizer vaccine for people over 80.

At Least 23 Die After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine In Norway (DS)

At least 23 people who received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. firm Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech have died in Norway, with 13 of the fatalities linked to the vaccine’s side effects, authorities said Thursday. All 13 individuals were above the age of 80, according to the Norwegian Medicines Agency. It noted that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine’s common side effects, such as fever and nausea, could have contributed to the death of some elderly recipients of the shot. Along with the 13 deaths, nine cases of serious side effects and seven instances of less serious side effects have been recorded, the agency’s medical director, Steinar Madsen, told national broadcaster NRK.

Norway launched its vaccination campaign last month, right after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Nearly 33,000 people have received a dose in the country, according to data by U.K.-based tracker OurWorldInData. The latest figures show Norway’s virus caseload currently stands at 57,736, including 511 fatalities.

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There’s not one single word here that is not scary as all hell.

Silicon Valley and WEF Announce Vaccination Credential Initiative (Webb)

On Thursday, tech giants with deep ties to the US national-security state—Microsoft, Oracle, and the MITRE Corporation—announced that they had partnered with several health-care companies to create the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) to advance the implementation of digital COVID-19 vaccination records. According to a Reuters report, the VCI “aims to help people get encrypted digital copies of their immunization records stored in a digital wallet of their choice” because the “current system [of vaccination records] does not readily support convenient access and sharing of verifiable vaccination records.” The initiative, on its website, notes that the VCI is a public-private partnership “committed to empowering individuals with digital vaccination records” so that participants can “protect and improve their health” and “demonstrate their health status to safely return to travel, work, school and life while protecting their data privacy.”

The initiative is essentially built on a common framework of digital vaccination “wallets” called SMART Health Cards that are meant to “work across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries” as part of a new global vaccination-record infrastructure. The host of the VCI website and one the initiative’s key backers is the Commons Project Foundation. That foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), runs the Common Trust Network, which has three goals that are analogous to those of VCI. As listed on the WEF website, the network’s goals are (1) to empower individuals by providing digital access to their health information; (2) to make it easier for individuals to understand and comply with each destination’s requirements; and (3) to help ensure that only verifiable lab results and vaccination records from trusted sources are presented for the purposes of cross-border travel and commerce.

[..] The SMART Health Cards framework was developed by a team led by the chief architect of Microsoft Healthcare, Josh Mandel, who was previously the Health IT Ecosystem lead for Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences. Verily is currently heavily involved in COVID-19 testing throughout the United States, particularly in California, and links test recipients’ results to their Google accounts. Their other COVID-19 initiatives have been criticized due to still-unresolved privacy concerns, something that has also plagued several of Verily’s other efforts pre-COVID-19, including those involving Mandel.

Of particular concern is that Verily, and by extension Google, created Project Baseline, which has been collecting “actionable genetic information” with a focus on “population health” from participants since 2017. Yet, during the COVID-19 process, Project Baseline has become an important component of Verily’s COVID-19 testing efforts, raising the unsettling possibility that Verily has been obtaining Americans’ DNA data through its COVID-19 testing activities. While Verily has not addressed this possibility directly, it is worth noting that Google has been heavily involved in amassing genomic data for several years. For instance, in 2013, Google Genomics was founded with the goal of storing and analyzing DNA data on Google Cloud servers. Now known as Cloud Life Sciences, the Google subsidiary has since developed AI algorithms that can “build your genome sequence” and “identify all the mutations that an individual inherits from their parents.”

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The CIA is hacking Russian Twitter accounts?!

Twitter Suspends Account of Russian COVID Vaccine Citing Attempted US Hack (MPN)

The Twitter account of the Russian COVID-19 “Sputnik V” vaccine was suspended yesterday after the Silicon Valley-based platform detected suspicious attempts to log into it. Raising more eyebrows was the stated location of the attempted hack: not Russia, but Virginia, U.S.A. The news immediately prompted Internet sleuths to question who was behind the hack. “Now who in Virginia might want to sabotage a global health initiative by one of Washington’s “official enemies?” wrote former MintPress contributor Morgan Artyukhina. Virginia is, of course, home to many of the three-letter national security agencies engaged in online warfare, including the CIA. Many social media users suggested this was evidence of a failed nefarious action. Sputnik’s Twitter account has since been reinstated.

Named after the first manmade satellite to orbit the Earth, the vaccine is among the first to be developed and brought to market. With rich nations buying up huge quantities of Western vaccines before they were even approved, leaving little for poorer states, Sputnik is primarily being used in Russia, Asia, and Latin America. Already, 727 million doses have been ordered by 50 countries, including 200 million from India and 160 million from Russia. Meanwhile, Brazil has ordered 100 million and Mexico 24 million. Bolivia, Argentina, and Venezuela are also major customers. In December, Hungary became the first EU nation to purchase the shots, and there is a possibility that the vaccine could be rolled out across the continent soon. Testing occurred in a number of nations in the Global South and the vaccine will be produced in nine countries.

Like Western variants, Sputnik must be delivered in two shots weeks apart and must also be stored in deep freezer conditions (-18°C/-0.4°F). Developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute, it is a viral vector vaccine, meaning that it employs another virus to carry the DNA encoding of the desired immune response into cells. Protein coding genes from the coronavirus are inserted into two common cold-like viruses that have been genetically modified so they cannot replicate inside the human body. Trial results suggest that the injections are between 91-95% effective, similar to the Moderna and BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines. However, Western politicians and press have been casting doubts and fears on the safety and effectiveness of the product for months, describing it as “controversial” (The Guardian) or “rushed” (BBC). Others, such as CNN and CNBC have characterized it as unsafe and ineffective.

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Signal Is A Government Op (Levine)

Signal — the privacy chat app favored by the world’s leading crypto experts — is trending again. In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s MAGA Maidan Internet purge (which was followed by Facebook’s announcement that it was gonna start siphoning data off its WhatsApp property), Signal shot up to being the top downloaded messenger app on the planet. The New York Times is writing about it. Edward Snowden is tweeting about it, telling his fans that Signal is the only reason he’s able to stay alive (and not the fact that he’s being protected round-the-clock by Russia’s security apparatus.) Hell, Even Elon Musk is out there telling people to go Signal. So many people are flooding the app that it’s been crashing.

Given that the app is blowing up, I figure it’s a good time to roll out my periodic public service announcement: Signal was created and funded by a CIA spinoff. Yes, a CIA spinoff. Signal is not your friend. Here are the cold hard facts. Signal was developed by Open Whisper Systems, a for-profit corporation run by “Moxie Marlinspike,” a tall, lanky cryptographer who has a head full of dreadlocks and likes to surf and sail his boat. Moxie was an old friend of Tor’s now-banished chief radical promotor Jacob Appelbaum, and he’s played a similar fake-radical game — although he’s never been able to match Jake’s raw talent and dedication to the art of the con. Still, Moxie wraps himself in air of danger and mystery and hassles reporters about not divulging any personal information, not even his age. He constantly talks up his fear of Big Brother and tells stories about his FBI file.

So how big a threat is Moxie to the federal government? This big: After selling his encryption start-up to Twitter in 2011, Moxie began partnering with America’s soft-power regime change apparatus — including the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (now called the U.S. Agency for Global Media) — on developing tech to fight Internet censorship abroad. That relationship led to his next venture: a suite of government-funded encrypted chat and voice mobile apps. Say hello to Signal. If you look at Signal’s website today, you’ll find all sorts of celebrity endorsements — Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and even Jack Dorsey. You’ll also find a “donate” button — which, by the way, you shouldn’t press because Signal has plenty of tech oligarch cash on hand these days. What you won’t find is an “about” section that explains Signal’s origin story — a story that involves several million dollars in seed and development capital from Radio Free Asia, a CIA spinoff whose history goes back to 1951 and involves all sorts of weird shit, including its association in the 1970s with the Moonies, the hardcore anti-communist Korean cult.

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“A window of euphoria as a $21 Trillion economy digests $10 Trillion of stimulus. What happens after that?”

When Will The Window Of Euphoria Close? (O’Rourke)

These certainly are interesting times. Despite a global pandemic, the S&P 500 is 5 days removed from all-time highs. Additionally, there are 20,000 members of the National Guard protecting Washington DC, notably Capitol Hill. That is 4x the amount of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their purpose is obvious – to protect the nation’s “peaceful” transfer of power from supporters of the outgoing President. Violence is expected throughout the nation next week. While those events are uncomfortable for Americans to contemplate, they have had no effect on the financial markets. Equities remain elevated and bonds have sold off, no haven bid necessary.

[..] There is little doubt as to what is fueling this insanity. In 2020, there was nearly $5 Trillion of fiscal stimulus pumped into the United States economy. There was an additional $3.25 Trillion of monetary stimulus and zero interest rate policy added as well. President elect Biden is seeking an additional $1.9 Trillion in fiscal stimulus in the coming month, and the Federal Reserve will add another $1.4 Trillion in monetary stimulus this year. This is a massive stimulus driven bubble. Market participants frequently talk about generational buying opportunities like Q1 2009, or maybe even March of 2020. Take note, 2021 is setting up to be a generational selling opportunity.

In the span of 12 months’ time, we are setting up to witness approximately $6.5 Trillion of fiscal stimulus and $3.5 Trillion of monetary stimulus for a $21 Trillion economy. $10 Trillion of stimulus is a tremendous amount of stimulus to digest. In his futile quest for consumer price inflation, Fed Chairman Jay Powell has created a historic asset bubble that will be the downfall of the US economy. [..] The charts below of call option activity and total equity volumes reinforce that this is simply a speculative snapshot in time. A window of euphoria as a $21 Trillion economy digests $10 Trillion of stimulus. What happens after that? The window should be used for tactical exits and certainly not as entry. The day will come when this window slams shut, and it is likely to be in the coming months.

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“While Gates may be the country’s biggest farmland owner, he by no means is the largest individual landowner.”

America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates (F.)

Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world and a self-described nerd who is known for his early programming skills rather than his love of the outdoors, has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S. — enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America. After years of reports that he was purchasing agricultural land in places like Florida and Washington, The Land Report revealed that Gates, who has a net worth of nearly $121 billion according to Forbes, has built up a massive farmland portfolio spanning 18 states. His largest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres). Additionally, he has a stake in 25,750 acres of transitional land on the west side of Phoenix, Arizona, which is being developed as a new suburb.

According to The Land Report’s research, the land is held directly and through third-party entities by Cascade Investments, Gates’ personal investment vehicle. Cascade’s other investments include food-safety company Ecolab, used-car retailer Vroom and Canadian National Railway. While it may be surprising that a tech billionaire would also be the biggest farmland owner in the country, this is not Gates’ only foray into agriculture. In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $306 million in grants to promote high-yield, sustainable agriculture among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The foundation has further invested in the development and proliferation of “super crops” resistant to climate change and higher-yield dairy cows. Last year, the organization announced Gates Ag One, a nonprofit to advance those efforts.

It is not entirely clear how Gates’ farmland is being used, or whether any of the land is being set aside for conservation. However, there is some indication that the land could be used in a way that aligns with the foundation’s values. Cottonwood Ag Management, a subsidiary of Cascade, is a member of Leading Harvest, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture standards that prioritize protections of crops, soil and water resources. [..] While Gates may be the country’s biggest farmland owner, he by no means is the largest individual landowner. In its list of 100 top American landowners, The Land Report gives the top spot to Liberty Media Chair John Malone, who owns 2.2 million acres of ranches and forests. CNN founder Ted Turner ranked number three with 2 million acres of ranch land across eight states. Even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is investing in land on a large scale, landing the 25th spot with his ownership of 420,000 acres, mainly in west Texas.

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    Pablo Picasso Blue nude 1902   • Dems Reject Bigger Survival Checks, Float Tax Breaks For The Rich (DP) • 79% of Americans Think The US Is Fallin
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 16 2021]

    V. Arnold

    Pablo Picasso Blue nude 1902

    Lovely; just lovely…

    Basseterre Kitona

    “…empowering individuals with digital vaccination records”

    There is nothing empowering about it. Instead, it is one more thing that is subject to fraud or hacking (like everything digital is) that individuals will need to keep track of. Kind of like a credit score. And heaven forbid should your digital record have an error and you are forced into the bureaucratic hell of trying to correct when all of the powerless technicians say something like, “gee I’d like to help but I can’t change what the computer says.” The whole thing is terrible idea and total BS.

    Qanon shaman ?
    That guy is a total fraud. He actually had a page on a freelance acting website (now removed) saying that he was for hire. In retrospect, the “storm the Capitol” looks like an expertly timed bit of political theater that conveniently redshifted the narrative just in the nick of time. Instead of Americans hearing various Republicans making a case for election shenanigans…instead that conversation was pushed int the middle of the night while the entire world was now abuzz with talk about all of those “crazy” images out of the Capitol.

    Vaccine too dangerous for the over 80 crowd?
    Given that that the virus primarily affects the elderly, then the vaccine is pretty much useless and not worth the risk of side effects.

    Dr. D

    Have to correct: Both sides were sending $1400, the balance of the $600 already sent, totalling $2,000. Yes, that’s pathetic. UBI? Income = $2,000 a year?

    The article better illustrates the problems of large numbers. Even a dollar given to 300M adds up fast, while you could give $1M to the 10 top donors and no one would notice. Also at this point their helping has so ruined the nation that half don’t pay taxes. …They have no money. They GET money, in EIC if not direct Welfare. So immediately any tax cut must go to the top half of the nation, right? Except that top 50% doesn’t pay taxes either: they’re barely collecting from 50% > 95%. So the top 5% pay 50%/60% of all taxes. Any tax cut must therefore be to the “rich”.

    …Except that we’ve so destroyed that nation, made it so much like Boliva, that the “rich” here starts at TWO incomes equaling $166,000. Wow. Palatial. Eat the rich. That’s a nurse and a regional manager of Kroger’s in a high-income city.

    Yet the second part is still true: if you DON’T lower taxes, the economy won’t recover and move. …Because (socialism) got us here over 100 years and everything’s broken, and it’s illegal to work. Own a business. Try stuff. Do anything and you’ll be arrested. And now the optics of recovering, of returning to freedom and hard work are horrible.

    “to leave no alternative to the ruling Democratic”

    Yes, when leaving the Democratic Party is illegal and purged on Facebook, (WalkAway) we’ve come a long way, baby.

    “79% of Americans Think The US Is Falling Apart (RT) This totalitarian mindset could be the US’ undoing.”

    No, this is them realizing what has been true all along. For decades. So that everyone sees it and agrees is a GOOD thing. They only thing the adversary has going is LIES. This shows those lies are ending. The adversary can only hide. When he’s exposed everyone rejects him.

    Like I said, now you’ve got Jimmy Dore and the Progressives finally up on it, and uniting again the way the Tea Party and Occupy were set to unite. Against? Liz Cheney, Biden, and the 100% NeoCon murdering, imprisoning, profiting cabinet he’s building.

    “The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) also reportedly released a bulletin warning that “domestic extremists” are planning a nationwide protest to stop Joe Biden from being sworn in”

    Because: FBI, this is a lie. Calling “anyone” for a “statement” would show as on the biggest/only coffeehouse for Trumpers, TheDonald.win, there are ZERO official protests for that day. Zero. Why? Because they know/believe it’s a setup. And the FBI helps prove this accusation for them.

    The FBI who was infiltrating QUAKERS in 2001 for being antiwar and arrest a new innocent man who has to embarrassingly be released each year? The same. You might know them as the ones writing MLK to go kill himself or they’ll release their (illegal unjustified) surveillance of his marital affairs. They guys who ran Whitey Bulger and released guns to the Mexican Zetas. The ones who had a meth head-run lab-for-hire that would send back any forensic results you asked. For decades. Real boy scouts.

    Remember: ZERO protests planned. They will be reported anyway. And violent. That’s interesting: by who then? CNN reporters and their hired AntiFa agitator as were just arrested yesterday?

    “Prosecutors Walk Back Story of Plot to Kill Lawmakers in Capitol Riot (JTN)”

    More boy scouts. Listen: if ANYONE planned to overrun you, they would have done it. You wouldn’t have stopped them. It’s hilarious and embarrassing that you think you could. Okay: 1,000 capitol police vs. 250,000 protestors: Go! It didn’t’ happen because no one but CNN and an AntiFa agitator were interested. Everyone else saw the Capitol Police open the barricades, wave them in, and since it was clearly open, toured the atrium between the velvet ropes. Now depending how you feel, that may be embarrassing in it’s own right, but clearly shows the overall intent: Incredible law-abidingness.

    “Increasing calls to refuse the Pfizer vaccine for people over 80.”

    Apparently someone noticed Science again. Don’t worry: it’ll pass.

    So….Signal is the same as WikiLeaks. Originally set up as a plausible whistleblowing platform since the press had totally discredited themselves as anything but boot-licking CIA flunkies. Wow. So surprised. Difference here is Signal likes the dough and won’t flip the switch on their funders, making it actually private.

    Don’t worry: peer to peer blockchain-ish communication is around the corner. It’s soooooo easy: if they’re not fighting it tooth and nail, it’s a scam. A trap. You know them by their enemies. Snowden…a supposedly talented ex-CIA guy, is FOR it. What does that tell you? Okay, so if he’s still mouthing for the CIA…while sitting in Russia…what’s going on?

    “ When Will the Window of Euphoria Close? (O’Rourke)”

    BTC $40,000 again and rising. From $4,000 this year.

    “America’s Biggest Owner of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates (F.)”

    You wouldn’t think he knows something about food and, I dunno, sun cycles, do you?

    The Chinese own the other half, but through a warren of fronts and holding companies. They have to as they are about to starve. The U.S. is the only exporter. If they don’t take control of the U.S. by any means, they die.

    Like Snowden and Musk…and Assange…you know them by their ACTIONS. Because everything said by an adult is a lie.

    ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’. George Orwell.

    This is your best proof that Musk, Gates, Snowden, Nike, CocaCola, NBA, NFL, are not your revolutionaries. …If you hadn’t noticed that the “Resistance” the “Revolution” is being run by international corporations and corrupt monopoly billionaire oligarchs yet.

    Big Dick Kennedy

    Not anyone will watch it, but Danny Kaye is spectacular as Ragpicker defending/being a rich person.
    Madwoman of Chaillot

    Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
    Niccolo Machiavelli

    Rules for Radicals
    1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
    2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
    3. Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
    4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
    5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
    6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
    7. A tactic that drags on too long is a drag.
    8. Keep the pressure on.
    9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
    10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
    11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side.
    12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
    13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it.

    wilderness of mirrors” – creating a chaotic information environment that so perfectly blends truth, half-truth and fiction that even the best can no longer tell what’s real and what’s not.

    1. Be a patient listener (it is this, not fast talking, that gets a con-man his coups).
    2. Never look bored.
    3. Wait for the other person to reveal any political opinions, then agree with them.
    4. Let the other person reveal religious views, then have the same ones.
    5. Hint at sex talk, but don’t follow it up unless the other fellow shows a strong interest.
    6. Never discuss illness, unless some special concern is shown.
    7. Never pry into a person’s personal circumstances (they’ll tell you all eventually).
    8. Never boast. Just let your importance be quietly obvious.
    9. Never be untidy.
    10. Never get drunk.

    Big Dick Kennedy

    Dr. D

    UBI was recently refereed to as PDR, Please Don’t Riot money.
    Watch the Madwoman link. Worth the time.

    Dr. D

    I love the disavowing of Cue-tee pie. Okay, so what you’re saying is, 1) No powerful person anywhere is a pedophile, not in the Catholic church, not in Cory Feldman’s Hollywood, and not the 1980’s Speaker of the House 2) There is no blackmail in politics, especially not after the time where having an affair or being gay has no leverage anymore, AND 3) Epstein doesn’t exist, there are no high-power young-girl and human trafficking with him, Weinstein, Nexum, U Penn, Prince of Britain, etc. You must believe all three, completely.

    NOPE! All our politicians are pure as the driven snow, no one ever uses blackmail there or anywhere, and Epstein and Maxwell are completely innocent and got a raw deal.

    Otherwise…perhaps some of the more inflammatory points of what this particular person was saying might possibly be true?

    The level of people seeing, agreeing, then suddenly not knowing what they just agreed and admit they knew and believed just a second ago is stupefying. There is a two. There is a two. And when you count them they equal what?

    Other thoughts: Whoever is running the 25,000 army standing in D.C. to protect the world’s most popular President-elect, are incredibly well-restrained and very, extremely quiet. Which side do you think this indicates? Dorsey and Pelosi, AOC and Mattis? Or somebody else? Since this is 5x the troops needed to hold F-Stan and Donald.win says there are zero riots planned, what are they there for? To keep AntiFa from being too happy?


    “..the US has moved from the “War on [foreign] terror” to the “War on domestic terror”

    • Americans Are Being Divided As The War On Domestic Terror Expands (TLAV)
    Only the FBI and CIA tells the truth (sac)
    • Prosecutors Walk Back Story Of Plot To Kill Lawmakers In Capitol Riot (JTN)
    Attention all enablers, a tracking and obedience DOG collar is being prepared for you
    • Silicon Valley and WEF Announce Vaccination Credential Initiative (Webb)


    UK To Close All Travel Corridors To Curb New COVID Variants
    Right Now. Keep checking. See if there are less planes going to UK.
    TOTAL 8,988

    Big Dick Kennedy

    Dr. D

    The Franklin Coverup Scandal The Child sex ring that reached Bush/Reagan Whitehouse

    Barney Frank and the Male Prostitute – 1989

    “Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank admitted a lengthy relationship with a male hooker who ran a bisexual prostitution service out of Frank’s apartment. ”

    Report Reveals Dianne Feinstein’s Personal Driver For 20 Years Was Chinese Spy


    Why give away your money?????
    Because, Maybe its an operating expense and tax deduction.

    The Biden Inaugural Committee on Saturday released its list of donors, which included Google, Microsoft, Boeing and several other major corporations.

    The list contains all contributors who donated more than $200 to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony and related activities. The committee did not disclose the amount of any of the contributions, but it will have to within 90 days after Inauguration Day, according to FEC guidance.



    A president can propose ideas, but Congress passes the laws
    Biden’s relief proposal now shifts to Congress, where it may change substantially as Democratic leaders transform it into a bill.
    Securing support can be a laborious process.

    “All the work of getting people lined up — that’s likely going to take a lot of time,” Kosar said.

    Doc Robinson

    • At Least 23 Die After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine In Norway

    This is one of the risks of getting an unapproved mRNA vaccine injection. (There was not enough data for the FDA to actually approve the vaccine, instead they gave an “emergency use authorization.”)

    The FDA briefing document about this vaccine indicates that people age 75 and over (6.9% of US population, 2019) were underrepresented in the Pfizer trials (only 4.3% of those who received the vaccine). Moreover, most of this “75 and over” group in the trials were only in their 70s (mean age 78, median age 77), when most of this age group (in the US population) are over 80, and about 30% of this age group (in the US population) is 85 or older.

    From the medical authorities in Norway:

    The large studies on Comirnaty [vaccine brand name] (BioNTec/Pfizer) did not include patients with unstable or acute illness – and included few participants over 85 years of age.


    FDA briefing document, Demographics, Tables 4 and 5

    US population data


    Dr.D, Dr.D, tss, tss
    “Because (socialism) got us here over 100 years and everything’s broken”.
    Nothing wrong with the statement if somebody mentioned it at least three times in the year prior to September of 2007, as a warning by the keen observer. Nobody ever did. What was Vietnam war for?
    I can clearly see Jimmy Dore, wide eyed, spreading his arms in “see what I mean” gesture and saying: “And this guy is actually watching my daily posts.”


    Had not seen this one before.
    Left over of a blue paint and girl in the “La Bateau”
    Entire nude done in the master assured command of drawing skill. Then he decides not to enclose the outline of her left hip and made her right leg growing out of it. That leg is oddly stiff and square, as a mirror reflecting the dark smudge of
    her crotch. Picasso, Picasso.


    SALT [1st article]

    ‘By contrast, the SALT deduction would mostly benefit wealthy households’

    Wrong! It is no surprise it is being sponsored by California. As wealthy people are fleeing California due to the ever increasing local taxes it means they can write it off and have less reason to move.

    In effect it is a move to support State finances, paid for by the IRS.


    The US ‘war’ on Communism, post WW2, was against socialists, community oriented groups, workers, particularly Unions / any form of org. in that direction, suspected ‘leftist’ sympathisers (hoo! help, Soviet Spies!), and civil rights figures, e. g. Martin Luther King as a communist stooge!

    The Red Scare, some lives destroyed. Ostensibly against political stances. Internal.

    Next, the US war on drugs, which was instigated to target hippies (middle-class, anti-war, peace ’n love) who embraced pot, as well as poorer minority communities (Black..) who trafficked to earn a living.. Plus, to safeguard the monopoly in drug distribution and its revenues to para-state organisms. In addition, to increase the prison population which provides slave labor for many US companies.

    Officially, against ‘bad personal habits’ and ‘illicit, unregulated trade in dangerous substances’ which made all the moralists feel wonderfully puffed up (and cashing in.) Internal.

    Next, the GWOT, after 9/11. This was approx 90% directed outwards (I am not meaning to make light of discrimination and attacks towards Muslims in the US), the point was to bomb, destroy, subjugate the enemies of Israel, feed the MIC, consolidate US imperialism, force allies to obey. External.

    Now, 2021, the enemies are once again Internal, “domestic terrorists” – though who exactly they are is not quite defined yet…:

    Trump followers / voters? Deplorables, low-level workers, dirty ppl? Ppl who have guns? Tractors? Republican voters (that means destroying the Duopoly, it might go there)? White men (as opposed to all other categories)? Putin lovers? ..Ppl who post on / supposed forbidden internet site?

    Imho, will end up in a ‘wrong-think’ including ‘hidden saboteurs’ definition, with nothing concrete to refer to, a bit like the McCarthy Era. There really isn’t anything much to single out and refer to.

    Potted history, sure. The point is, who is to be included on the Victim list?



    True or not the idea that Signal is a CIA front makes sense.

    Having an APP where dissidents feel safe means the CIA would receive a steady stream of useful information. It would be a very clever idea.

    Realistically, any American social media apps are either tied to the government or will be destroyed if they become too prominent, like Parler.

    I do not use social media [or own a smart phone] but the only APP I have heard of outside the US is Telegram. I believe they have 500 million users, 50 million very recently. Not a minnow!

    It is weird! It is bankrolled by a Russian oligarch so advertising and income is not needed. They were made unwelcome in Russia and have relocated a few times and are currently in Dubai, but are always ready to move again. Their FAQs are a fascinating read.

    Personally I would not mind using Chinese apps. Even if they could be bothered to spy om me they wouldn’t be the ones smashing down my front door!

    I keep on thinking of horror films, like Rosemary’s Baby, where at the end they realise that no-one is on their side. Real life is beginning to feel like that.


    55 Americans Have Died Following COVID Vaccination, Norway Deaths Rise To 29


    I hope this will encourage real discussion on TAE of what’s happening in the US, and not the recent diet of offensive language, disagreements and long winded posts. Let’s open our eyes to the moment.

    Biden Exploits His Capitol Gains

    From outside the melee, it is easy to define the serious issues that should dominate political debate in the United States. But instead of that, we hear a torrential exchange of insults. The establishment elite cannot stoop to exchange viewpoints with populists denounced as deplorable, racist, misogynist, white supremacist, fascist and now even “terrorist.”

    The populists’ unfocused denunciation of the elite describes Wall Street Democrats as “socialists” and veers off into accusations of genocidal vaccination campaigns, occult pedophile rites and Satanism. Instead of anything resembling a clear political division, America is increasingly split by blind, burning mutual hatred.

    What American political life needs is not more censorship, but the self-censorship of reason. That is very far away.


    With all the libertarian alt-right diatribes on TAE, here is some left analysis of what happened with the Trump mob. Mike Davis from England has this view of what it all means for the Republican party. Others are suggesting that the Centrist Republicans can now make an alliance with the Democratic party, especially since Bernie Sanders has been totally sidelined.

    This may allow for all the Dem hawks to move to their usual place at the right of center.
    Just a look at Biden appointees shows it’s going to be wars as usual.


    But something unexpectedly profound happened: a deus ex machina that lifted the curse of Trump from the careers of conservative war hawks and right-wing young lions, whose ambitions until yesterday had been fettered by the presidential cult. Today was the signal for a long-awaited prison break. The word ‘surreal’ has been thrown around a lot, but it accurately characterizes last night’s bipartisan orgy, with half of the Senate election-denialists channeling Biden’s call for a ‘return to decency’ and vomiting up vast amounts of noxious piety.

    Let me be clear: the Republican Party has just undergone an irreparable split. By the White House’s Fuhrerprinzip standards, Pence, Tom Cotton, Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, Jim Lankford even Kelly Loeffler are now traitors beyond the pale. This ironically enables them to become viable presidential contenders in a still far-right but post-Trump party. Since the election and behind the scenes, big business and many mega-Republican donors have been burning their bridges to the White House, most sensationally in the case of that uber-Republican institution, the National Association of Manufacturers, which yesterday called for Pence to use the 25th Amendment to depose Trump. Of course, they were happy enough in the first three years of the regime with the colossal tax cuts, comprehensive rollbacks of environmental and labor regulation, and a meth-fed stock-market. But the last year has brought the unavoidable recognition that the White House was incapable of managing major national crises or ensuring basic economic and political stability.

    The goal is a realignment of power within the Party with more traditional capitalist interest groups like NAM and the Business Roundtable as well as with the Koch family, long uncomfortable with Trump. There should be no illusion that ‘moderate Republicans’ have suddenly been raised from the grave; the emerging project will preserve the core alliance between Christian evangelicals and economic conservatives and presumably defend most of the Trump-era legislation. Institutionally, Senate Republicans, with a strong roster of young talents, will rule the post-Trump camp and, via vicious darwinian competition – above all, the battle to replace McConnell – bring about a generational succession, probably before the Democrats’ octogenarian oligarchy has left the scene. (The major internal battle on the post-Trump side in the next few years will probably center on foreign policy and the new cold war with China.)

    That’s one side of the split. The other is more dramatic: the True Trumpists have become a de facto third party, bunkered down heavily in the House of Representatives. As Trump embalms himself in bitter revenge fantasies, reconciliation between the two camps will probably become impossible, although individual defections may occur.


    Excellent post here around big tech censorship: https://streetwiseprofessor.com


    @ Glennda

    Its too late
    “I hope this will encourage real discussion on TAE of what’s happening in the US, and not the recent diet of offensive language, disagreements and long winded posts. Let’s open our eyes to the moment.

    reconciliation between the two camps will probably become impossible, although individual defections may occur.”

    My opinions will not change anything.
    I’m not going on the battle field when the giants are fighting.
    I’m trying to not get emotionally involved by taking sides.
    Truth = + 25,000 national guards and other militants have invaded and seized, and control the capitol for Biden and the boys.

    Doc Robinson

    Noirette: “Now, 2021, the enemies are once again Internal, “domestic terrorists” – though who exactly they are is not quite defined yet…”

    “The FBI divides their counterterrorism priorities into four distinct categories: racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental extremism, and single-issue extremism. This distinction is important in understanding everything from choice of targets to which methods or techniques are used by those who chose to turn their beliefs into violent acts.”

    Anti-government extremism is a loose-knit movement of right-wing groups including private paramilitary “militias,” Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, sovereign citizens, tax protesters, and “constitutional sheriffs.” It is often referred to as the Patriot Movement, but that label has faded in recent months as different factions have moved towards libertarian anarchy while other subgroups have adopted fascist themes and beliefs.

    Over the years, sovereign citizen schemes have taken root in some left-wing groups including the Moorish Science Temple and prepper communities, and in the last two months, there has been a noticeable rise in left-wing private paramilitary groups…

    In the past, the Ruby Ridge and Waco standoffs were the catalysts that drove Timothy McVeigh to terrorism. Such catalysts today could include heavy handed use of the American military on civilians/protesters, a street war that turned lethal, or the government using excessive force against what turned out to be an imaginary or exaggerated enemy. Anti-government extremists are aware that their plans for a revolution or “Civil War 2” require that catalyst…

    Assessing the Threat from Accelerationists and Militia Extremists
    Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism Committee on Homeland Security
    July 16, 2020
    JJ MacNab




    I would hardly call this left analysis! It is just the uniparty at work!

    Most Trump supporters are aware of this and don’t trust the Republican party or Mitch. Mitch is their enemy # 1!

    Thus the term RINO (Republican in name only)! = Uniparty

    Dems have DINO! (Democrat in America only)! = Uniparty

    Now you know why most Americans voters are disillusioned! No matter who they vote for they always get the uniparty!

    V. Arnold

    I hope this will encourage real discussion on TAE of what’s happening in the US, and not the recent diet of offensive language, disagreements and long winded posts. Let’s open our eyes to the moment.

    Amen to that…

    Veracious Poet

    Doc, ready for the anointment of Preet Bharara (Chucky Cheese’s favorite pupil) to head everyone’s favorite hunting club, the FBI ~ Got popcorn?

    While most Americans were busy watching porn, sports and other twits the steady drip of unabated despotism heaves forth for generations now:

    From the CIA using Bloods/Crips to move product in Klownifornia, while turning a blind-eye to the CCP gifting the Compton operatives with Kalashnikovs, to the soulless attempts to snare innocents into the domestic terr’ists narrative, to the sweeping-under-the-rug of fraudsters absconding with an ever growing chunk of the GDP (no admission of guilt or wrongdoing, no corrective action, just give us our vig!), the breakaway civilization could be mutilating infants on CNN and We the Sheeple will continue to roll over for a belly scratch.

    Even ol’ Billy Bob Barr cosigned the FBI sniping a mother holding her baby while standing in her home (through the window) ~ Let’s make a movie!

    The bill for generations of callous idiocy has been laid bare, and all the sedating stimulus will by is a few more weeks…

    Growth industry prediction: Armored vehicles to transport Prime goodies from complex to shack.

    V. Arnold

    Now you know why most Americans voters are disillusioned! No matter who they vote for they always get the uniparty!

    That’s certainly part of the problem; but only a part…
    The whole voting process is tightly controlled by big money. And they will not allow any third party’s in anything but local elections.
    It is so corrupt that there is effectively no free and fair democratic process…none, zip, zilch, nada…
    The unipartly is an illusion…

    Veracious Poet

    If nothing changes, nothing changes.

    It was interesting participating on TAE, been visiting since it was linked on ZH, and broke silence to post here, I guess for no other reason than to vent…

    Wasted way too much time trying to contribute to political/economic/news forums from 1996 through 2016, and as always it’s pointless.

    All the best!


    A reminder to take note that India, not afraid of Trump, or taking off label drugs, has used Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine (+ zinc and Vitamin D) with great affect after September, greatly outstripping Covid-19 case reduction compared to the United States.
    see https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/ivermectin-is-indias-new-hcq-against-covid-19/articleshow/78692006.cms


    Promises – back to the past

    Biden plans a flurry of executive orders, new legislation for first days as president


    Doc R, thx for the details. The question is really how far will the pre-crime analysis (targetting or … someone because of some trip-thresholds metrics, like having previous convictions, having been drunk and disorderly, behind on taxes, etc.) or wrong-think (independent of behaviour, pol. bent, sites visited, beliefs, adherence to ‘movements’ etc.) stretch, be used.

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