Sunday, 2 July 2017

By on July 2nd, 2017 in personal

09:09 – It was 65.3F (18.5C) when I took Colin out at 0630, partly cloudy.

When Frances and Al were up here Friday, we went to dinner and stopped at Grants Supermarket on the way home to pick up a couple things. Barbara mentioned something that speaks to the general culture up here. When the new supermarket opened, for the first month they were giving away something every day. One day it might be a free 2-liter Coke to anyone who walked in the door. One time when Barbara was in doing the weekly shopping, they were giving away small packages of shelf-stable Hormel bacon.

She talked to the guy at the display, who told her he hadn’t been able to give away any of the bacon. (The store manager stuck a pack into Barbara’s shopping cart, so she got one.) Same thing on other giveaways.

My guess is there are two factors operating here: first, rural people tend to be suspicious of anything that’s “free”. Second, many rural people think accepting charity is shameful; it means they can’t support themselves or their families.

The lack of decent jobs in rural areas particularly means we do have quite a few people on food stamps. The last time I looked, it was something like 16% of the county population. I think that’s about average or a bit below for the US as a whole, and much, much lower than the average in population centers. In the big cities, people have been on government handouts as a way of life, often for multiple generations. Up here, for most people it’s an absolute last resort. I suspect there are families up here that go hungry because they won’t accept government handouts.

64 Comments and discussion on "Sunday, 2 July 2017"

  1. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Barbara just gave me a haircut. As always, I feel extremely weak when Delilah shortens my hair. No temple destruction for me today.

  2. H. Combs says:

    I note that today’s WOOT (7/2/17) is the Alexapure Pro Water Filtration System for $99. I only have personal filtration units and wonder if this would be a decent solution for home use. It has a 2.5 gallon filtered / unfiltered capacity and claims “unprecedented, super-filtration power of an all-new gravity block core with a hybrid ceramic shell, it removes up to 99.9999 percent of impurities, including bacteria, lead, disinfectants, volatile organic contaminants (VOAs) and hormones
    Hormones? Can a ceramic filter remove hormones? I am conflicted, but for about half the price of a similar Berkey unity I am tempted.

  3. rick says:

    No real specifications and only 5,000 gallons. I’d pass.

  4. Dave Hardy says:

    69 and sunny w/blue skies and a nice breeze. Looks like fireworks tonight, not sure about the afternoon activities. No rain again, supposedly, until Thursday.

    Mrs. OFD enroute from Sodom-on-the-Bay to Chicongo for a two-hour layover and then to Burlap tonight late, ETA well after midnight. She’ll stay at GG’s and I’ll go pick her up tomorrow; maybe we’ll do lunch.

  5. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I wouldn’t buy it. It’s a cheap clone of the Big Berkey, which I also don’t recommend. The two problems with these type of units are: (1) very limited capacity and expensive replacement filters, and (2) the units are defective by design. If a gasket leaks (which has happened to Berkey), you end up with unfiltered water in the supposedly safe bottom container.

    The filters for this unit are apparently combined ceramic/activated charcoal. The former filters out biological contaminants, although I saw no independent lab testing to confirm the manufacturer’s claims, and the latter filters out SOME chemical contaminants.

  6. H. Combs says:

    RBT – That’s the kind of feedback I was looking for. I read the comments on Amazon and was put off by the expensive filters and number of problems reported. One comment said factory recommendation for “cleaning” the filters was to use sandpaper to remove the clogged surface ceramic.
    I will pass on this one.

  7. nick flandrey says:

    95F and headed to 100+ with currently 65%RH.

    Family stuff this afternoon, down on Galveston Bay. Friends have a house down there.

    Nice kite flying area, I think I’ll bring some…

    n

  8. nick flandrey says:

    Since I was up early this AM, tuned around the SW bands, which is something I never do at that time.

    Chart predicted not much in the way of reception, but I did get a couple of TN and FL stations, predictably doing X-ian Mass and other religious programming. A few Cuban stations were dribbling in. Most of the bands were completely dark though, as expected.

    Worth testing things at different times of day and year.

    n

  9. CowboySlim says:

    Not to worry….
    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-stranded-nuclear-waste-20170702-htmlstory.html
    I’m 34 miles up the coast.

  10. SteveF says:

    No temple destruction for me today.

    Not a problem. Just go for online insulting of a religious figure. There are plenty to choose from: the terrorist-smooching antipope currently infesting Rome, Al Gore, or that perennial favorite, Mo the Kiddy-Diddler.

  11. Dave Hardy says:

    No one gets any grief from me insulting the anti-pope.

    Other religious figures: the Obummers, Field Marshal Rodham, Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, et. al. Oh, and of course that guy who crawled out of the desert bat cave 1,300 years ago mumbling about demon-engendered rubbish which has since garnered over a billion minions (which says something about homo sapiens sapiens) and terrorized the civilized world since.

  12. SteveF says:

    Oh, and of course that guy who crawled out of the desert bat cave 1,300 years ago mumbling about demon-engendered rubbish which has since garnered over a billion minions (which says something about homo sapiens sapiens) and terrorized the civilized world since.

    Right. Mo the Kiddy-Diddler.

  13. H. Combs says:

    I declare that the light emitting diode is the greatest invention in the last century. From HD displays to cheap flashlights that run on milliwatts, to lasers that read DVDs or drive cats crazy. The most versatile devices.

    What are your thoughts or suggestions for best invention of the last century?

  14. Ray Thompson says:

    What are your thoughts or suggestions for best invention of the last century?

    Transistor. That little device is the foundation for the microprocessor and the LED FLASHLIGHTS of today. The transistor, and the follow on technology, has done for advancing human existence including medical, information, flight, cars, basically everything in our lives.

  15. Dave Hardy says:

    “Right. Mo the Kiddy-Diddler.”

    Yes, I just wanted to pile on with the other stuff, too. Always good to pile on.

    WRT best invention of the last century?

    The atomic bomb. Kept the Japs from invading Kalifornia…oh wait. That might not have been such a bad idea, in light of history since.

    Just kidding!

    Not the tee-vee, that’s for sure.

    Can’t nominate radio or keyboard. (19th-C)

    Nor refrigeration or indoor plumbing. (earlier)

    Ima gon agree with Mr. Ray on the transistor, but with most honorable mention to antibiotics.

  16. CowboySlim says:

    WRT to great inventions, none of those listed above were the result of government funding, including that tested at Kitty Hawk. I mean if the bicycle mechanics didn’t have PhDs in metaphysics, why would the government invest in them?

    Outside of that, your tax $$$$$ at waste.

  17. Dave Hardy says:

    Gummint funding (DOD) got us the innernet, sort of. A very mixed “blessing.”

    Debatable on the antibiotics or some of them.

    But that funding came from our taxes, of course, so we paid for them.

    And this just in! A U-Haul trailer full of EXPLOSIVES is being unloaded on our pier right now! Nazi saboteurs? Drug smugglers? Musloids?

    Nope, just local derps getting ready for tonight’s mega-blast, just a hundred yards from our front door. About seven hours away.

  18. Eugen (Romania) says:

    I also wanted to say radio, but that was indeed from the end of 19th-C. And also picked nuclear fission (bomb or plant/reactor). That is currently my choice. I’m using as a criteria also the Black Swan aspect. The radio, the nuclear are different/bigger class of jumps in evolution than the semiconductors.

  19. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    IMHO, the greatest invention of the 20th century was me.

  20. paul says:

    My mother would disagree with you.

  21. SteveF says:

    IMHO, the greatest invention of the 20th century was me.

    Amusingly enough, I was going to say the same thing. About myself, naturally. But then I realized that I was not so much an invention as a fortuitous happenstance, the random mixing of DNA and experience resulting in the ultimate lifeform.

  22. SVJeff says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever used it in written form, but, when spoken, my preferred version is the longer IMHBAO (lest anyone miss the accuracy)

  23. lynn says:

    Well, looks like we had an exciting night here in the number one rated subdivision, Greatwood, in the Houston metropolitan area. Apparently a young man was house sitting for a neighbor vacationing in Jamaica. The young man apparently invited some friends over for a party at the house sitting and a few of their rowdy friends showed up. The result is one young man shot dead and another young man in the hospital fighting for his life. This happened about a half mile away from my home which is thankfully in the back of Greatwood where nobody can find us.
    http://abc13.com/2173908/

  24. CowboySlim says:

    “I also wanted to say radio, but that was indeed from the end of 19th-C. And also picked nuclear fission (bomb or plant/reactor). That is currently my choice. I’m using as a criteria also the Black Swan aspect. The radio, the nuclear are different/bigger class of jumps in evolution than the semiconductors.”

    Well, radio was invented by Marconi….no government $$$.

    Nuclear? Nope, no government $$$ for Einstein.

    Outside of that, Skylab and Space Shuttle were a total, useless waste.

  25. CowboySlim says:

    Oh yeah, how many $$$$$$ did obamanous toss into Solyndra prior to bankruptcy. YUUUP, your tax $$$$ at waste.

  26. Dave Hardy says:

    “… a young man was house sitting for a neighbor vacationing in Jamaica.”

    Three huge warning flags right there.

    Mowed back lawn, consolidated boat storage, weed-whacked, picked purple-pod peas, hung laundry out to dry, and argued, sort of, with next-younger brother about the importance of focusing on local stuff and meatspace versus keeping tabs on all the world and national shit.

    Some ground floor cleanup to make a dent in, and then I’m bagging it for the night. Looks like fireworks are on schedule and more peeps are showing up and wandering around. Thought I heard music from the park but not now.

  27. MrAtoz says:

    On the plane back to Vegas. I need a vaction to recover from the vacation. At least I scored a “Professor Slughorn” wand at Hogwarts. I’m not kidding. Nerd.

  28. Miles_Teg says:

    “Across the site, deep pools of water and massive concrete casks confine high-power gamma radiation and other forms of radioactivity emitted by 890,000 spent fuel rods that nobody wants there.”

    Sounds like a nice place to build a musloid refugee camp.

  29. Miles_Teg says:

    DH, how did Princess’ gig in Maffachuffets go? Did she *really* sleep in her car?

  30. Dave Hardy says:

    “Sounds like a nice place to build a musloid refugee camp.”

    Outstanding! Best idea from Oz in quite a while!

    Let the enabling politicians, SJWs and progs live there with them.

    “At least I scored a “Professor Slughorn” wand at Hogwarts.”

    Man, you sure know how to live! Can you operate the drones with it?

  31. Dave Hardy says:

    “DH, how did Princess’ gig in Maffachuffets go? Did she *really* sleep in her car?”

    It was in Bah Hahbuh, Maine. Yeah, she lived out of her car and probably tents also with her musical pals. Her performance stuff is, naturally, posted on FaceCrack.

  32. Miles_Teg says:

    Geez, appart from short naps I haven’t slept in a car since 1990. (Long story.)

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    Mr. OFD: What is the latest intel on your spousal unit’s gig on Jeopardy?

  34. DadCooks says:

    WRT Nuke-Lear Waste:

    There are methods of safely handling it, but the eco-weenies will basically not allow it to be done. Then there is the gooberment which would rather keep kicking the can down the road. At current rates all the hot-shit is going to decay away before anything is done.

    The simplified solutions that exist and have been “demonstrated” are vitrification, making the waste into “glass logs”, and the other is encasing in an impermeable high density “special” concrete logs and bricks. These methods can be done for both solid and liquid waste. These logs and bricks can be put in caves, buried, or stored in above ground bunkers. With these methods there is no chance of “leakage” to ground water and there is also no chance of an inadvertent criticality (because of the design density, size, and configuration).

  35. SteveF says:

    We should either hang on to the nuclear waste on the chance that someone will figure out how to get some use out of it or else feed it to welfare parasites. If you want to live on the dole, you have to live in a special camp, where all of the free food will be mixed with shavings from fuel rods or reactor vessel walls. When the welfare parasites die, they’re dumped into a volcano.

  36. Dave Hardy says:

    “Mr. OFD: What is the latest intel on your spousal unit’s gig on Jeopardy?”

    It’s set for broadcast July 6th, IIRC, but I’ll double-check; thanks for the reminder.

    WRT nukular waste and kinda stealing from Miles_Teg’s idea, why not store whatever logs and bricks in the downtowns of Mecca, Mordor, Riyadh, Medina, Pyongyang and Islamabad?

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    It’s set for broadcast July 6th, IIRC

    I suppose you are sworn to secrecy and cannot reveal any details until after the show has been broadcast. I am guessing the spousal unit did not win a couple hundred thousand dollars. Regardless, just getting on the show is a major accomplishment.

  38. CowboySlim says:

    “We should either hang on to the nuclear waste on the chance that someone will figure out how to get some use out of it or else feed it to welfare parasites.”

    It was all a scam of the last dem senate majority leader, from Nevada, Harry Reid.
    Millions of $$ to prepare Yucca Mtn for storage of nuclear waste. And then, when almost ready, he shut it down.

  39. SteveF says:

    Understood, CowboySlim. But the fact that corrupt politicians (almost a tautological redundancy there) screwed it up in practice doesn’t make it a bad idea.

    Oh, and addendum to my previous suggestion: every time we chuck a dead (or living; I’m not particular) welfare parasite into a volcano, we also chuck a living Greenie/Earth!Firster/Sierra Clubber into the volcano.

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    It was all a scam of the last dem senate majority leader, from Nevada, Harry Reid

    Harry Reid scam the US citizens? Say it ain’t so. I would wager that many of his buddies got a lot of the contract work building the site, probably at twice the normal rate. Of course Mr. Reid enhanced his personal wealth in the process.

    Unfortunately that is not unique among the congress critters and the senate assholes. They really don’t go into office for the benefit of the people or to serve the country. They go into office to benefit themselves, some very significantly.

  41. CowboySlim says:

    “Harry Reid scam the US citizens? Say it ain’t so. I would wager that many of his buddies got a lot of the contract work building the site, ”

    Buddies? How about his son scamming as “consultant” to a developer having environmental issues getting BLM approval to develop housing tract at intersection of I15 and US95, several miles N of LV. Mr Atoz?

    Yes, after Jr met with top BLM officials in WDC, it was approved by local BLMs in LV, NV.

    Note: This BLM is Bureau of Land Management not Black Lives Matter.

  42. Dave Hardy says:

    ” I am guessing the spousal unit did not win a couple hundred thousand dollars. Regardless, just getting on the show is a major accomplishment.”

    Roger all that; I’m pretty sure it’s July 6th but will check when I talk to her later or tomorrow and I’ll post it here accordingly. No, she didn’t win a bundle. The winner was on his fifth game, IIRC, and very adept and knowledgeable, but she gave him a good run for his money, which he admitted afterward. Most peeps have no idea just how difficult it is to make the actual show; many are called and very, very few are chosen. Forex: they had 400 of ’em being auditioned in Boston last summer; six made it to the end, including wifey. Of those six, only she made it to Kalifornia. So, one outta 400. I wouldn’t have a chance. Her mind is like velcro. Whereas mine is a rancid glob of misfiring electrons and neurons and busted circuits and other rubbish.

  43. Dave Hardy says:

    WRT Harry Reid; he’s one of the many, many politicians to be stood against a wall when the time comes. And his estate distributed to the poor people of Nevada. With an extra skim for MrAtoz for having the gumption to live in Lost Wages all this time and THEN do the goat rope thing at DW in Floriduh just recently. Hardcore.

  44. Dave Hardy says:

    P.S. The mobs have been arriving in the village here and the scanner is wild with calls all over the town/city AO.

    Very near dusk and the fireworks will be kicking off soon.

    Neighbor kid came over to offer assistance on various issues outside and will be joining me later to watch the show. He’s been working 80 hours a week since skool got out. Not a full deck but a hard, hard worker and dead-honest. Hell, I’m not a full deck, either.

  45. DadCooks says:

    @SteveF Said:

    “We should either hang on to the nuclear waste on the chance that someone will figure out how to get some use out of it…”

    That is what a Fast Breeder Reactor is for. It basically turns nuclear waste into nuclear fuel. It creates way more fuel than it uses and it also creates a whole lot of isotopes that have medical and industrial uses. One of the reactors I was involved with at Hanford was the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), a sodium cooled Fast Breeder Reactor. It was designed to operate continuously. It could be refueled and loaded with waste to “burn/convert”. The Clinch River Breeder Reactor could do the same things.

    So, at one time we had two reactors that could have taken care of all of our spent fuel and nuclear waste. We invested many billions of dollars in these two reactors, proved concepts, then shut them down. They could have more than paid for themselves with the electricity they could have produced as a by-product.

  46. lynn says:

    What is this, steal a senior citizen’s identity year ? Some asswipe named Jeffrey ******** (same last name as my FIL) has managed to get himself established as my father-in-laws son on my FIL’s USAA account. I cannot believe this.

    And yes, my FIL does have one son. My BIL was murdered in April of 1982. And his name was not Jeffery. So, my FIL does not have the son that USAA just listed on my FIL’s account.

  47. RickH says:

    @lynn … sounds like you have some ‘identity theft recovery’ work to do. Passwords, credit locks, etc. on behalf of your FIL.

    Good times! (not)

  48. lynn says:

    @lynn … sounds like you have some ‘identity theft recovery’ work to do. Passwords, credit locks, etc. on behalf of your FIL.

    Good times! (not)

    My FIL is an 84 year old 100% disabled vet in a nursing home. My wife has total power of attorney for him. She just went through this a month ago and has his credit locked down and his address (our house) locked down at the post office. But his USAA house insurance is on autopay to his checking account.

    I cannot believe this.

  49. Dave Hardy says:

    Believe it. Like RickH. says, it’s a huge PITA but steps gotta be taken now and fast.

    Anyone who does this needs to be punished. I’d say public flogging and then a few years on a road repair chain gang.

    Fireworks show is over and approximately 3,000 Cockasoids behaved themselves, no one got hurt that I know of (no ambulance arrivals), and they all left the village here in about 20 minutes. Just like previous years.

    Certain denizens nearby are still lighting stuff off, though. Near pro-level, too. Must be nice.

    Wife called from Chicongo and won’t get to Vermont until 01:30. Her uncle F.T. Korean War vet, is in the ICU down in beeyooteeful Glens Falls, NY, where wife grew up. His nervous system has locked up and he’s in deep chit, after multiple cancer treatments; he’s 84. Might not make it this time. If he checks out, it will devastate wife, as he was a decent dad figure to her growing up; her own died when she was a baby. We will be praying accordingly.

    Scanner now very busy with cop traffic calls, vehicle pursuits, and other assorted peripheral shit left over from the fireworks stuff, I guess, and the fact that it’s a four-day weekend for lots of derps. More like a Friday or Saturday night than a Sunday night.

    I’ll be up fairly early to do ground floor cleanup and then go pick wife up down in beeyooteeful Shelburne Bay. She gave the thumbs up for neighbor kid taking care of the dog and cats and mowing the yard and painting the porch next week while we’re gone to southern NH for her gig. While she’s working I will make the rounds of the benighted sibling souls still wasting away down in the Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts. And do some additional recon.

  50. Miles_Teg says:

    “Oh, and addendum to my previous suggestion: every time we chuck a dead (or living; I’m not particular) welfare parasite into a volcano, we also chuck a living Greenie/Earth!Firster/Sierra Clubber into the volcano.”

    I knew that if only I lived long enough SteveF would say something I can completely agree with.

  51. Miles_Teg says:

    Will you be able to post Mrs OFD’s Jeopardy gig on Youtube?

  52. lynn says:

    “Illinois Taxoholics Wear Down Rauner: Massive Tax Hikes In The Works”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-02/illinois-taxoholics-wear-down-rauner-massive-tax-hikes-works

    My great-grandfather from Belgium moved his family from Illinois to Wharton, Texas around 1910. The cold winters in Illinois gave him arthritis. Who knew that he, a guy who gave up a good job in the Allis Chalmers pump plant to become a simple sharecropper, would be setting up his descendants for the paradise of Texas ?

    One of my nephews just graduated from college in Louisiana and moved to Chicongo to work for Discover. He may have a rude awakening coming. He interned there last summer and loved it though.

  53. lynn says:

    I found that the USAA does not have checking account access to my FIL’s account. So, the wife and I are perplexed. The wife is going to call them in the morning and they will probably want her to fax them her POA before they will talk with her.

  54. lynn says:

    She gave the thumbs up for neighbor kid taking care of the dog and cats and mowing the yard and painting the porch next week while we’re gone to southern NH for her gig.

    Sounds like he is a worker, not a partyer.

  55. Eugen (Romania) says:

    @lynn,
    I think Brian Krebs from krebsonsecurity.com might be interested in your identity theft story. He is a reporter and runs serious investigations on all kinds of frauds. Here is an example:
    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/blind-trust-in-email-could-cost-you-your-home/

  56. Dave Hardy says:

    “Will you be able to post Mrs OFD’s Jeopardy gig on Youtube?”

    Oh hell no. She had to sign a raft of legal papers for that gig. They strictly control every broadcast aspect of it. You don’t get “Jeopardy” in Oz?

  57. Ray Thompson says:

    She had to sign a raft of legal papers for that gig

    From what I have heard about such requirements and documents are you certain that one of those papers was not about your left testicle? Or was it the right?

  58. Ray Thompson says:

    He is a reporter and runs serious investigations on all kinds of frauds.

    When my son was doing the paperwork on his house I told him to not do anything through email or fax. Insist on letter through the mail or better yet through FedEx. That way you know the document is original and you have proof. I also told him to mark each document he received and each page in the any documents with the date and time received and initial each page. Also save the envelope. If he was to have a question about any document he was to call the creator of the document in question, note the date and time of the call, and a short synopsis of what transpired in the call.

    I check all my accounts every day. I also have the credit card accounts set to email me or text me anytime there is any activity on the account.

    Actually helped one account. I used a credit card I rarely use at the local Applebees. Two days later I get a text about a charge attempted in Mexico. I called the CC company and told them it was not me. The CC company had already blocked the card. I told them to cancel the card. After I hung up I got a call from their fraud department asking about the transaction. I told them I had already called and the transactions were not mine. They asked if I had the card to which I replied I did have the card. A new card arrived in about 10 days.

    I do have to compliment Discover. When my wife’s purse was stolen (broke the window on my car) I called Discover at 10:30PM on Friday night. Saturday morning at 08:30AM FedEx arrives at the house with a new card. Ten hours to get a new card from Discover at no charge while VISA takes 10 (working) days.

  59. Dave Hardy says:

    “…are you certain that one of those papers was not about your left testicle? Or was it the right?”

    Oh, those are long gone. I’ve been (re) married twenty years now.

  60. Dave Hardy says:

    HAHAHAHA!

    From the We’re Better Than You and We Rule You Department:

    http://photos.nj.com/8001122/gallery/gov_chris_christie_and_family_on_closed_island_beach_state_park_in_nj/index.html

    How to make friends and influence people. And they’re all fat as pigs, too. Perfect.

  61. Greg Norton says:

    The lack of decent jobs in rural areas particularly means we do have quite a few people on food stamps. The last time I looked, it was something like 16% of the county population. I think that’s about average or a bit below for the US as a whole, and much, much lower than the average in population centers. In the big cities, people have been on government handouts as a way of life, often for multiple generations. Up here, for most people it’s an absolute last resort. I suspect there are families up here that go hungry because they won’t accept government handouts.

    In the Portland Metro, the food stamp program participation rate was 25%, especially on the WA side of the river in Clark County. Numbers were similar for Medicaid participation.

    To me, sure sign of food stamp dependency in an area is a significant number of the outlets of the national “take and bake” pizza chain which can accept the vouchers because they sell uncooked food. The company HQ is in Vantucky, of course, and, similar to Whole Foods, their stock growth mirrored the expansion of the food stamp program in the last decade.

    As for Hormel, IIRC, they are Chinese owned currently. That may have been a factor in why the product was not popular in Sparta.

  62. Ray Thompson says:

    Oh, those are long gone. I’ve been (re) married twenty years now.

    So they put in for early retirement.

  63. Ray Thompson says:

    From the We’re Better Than You and We Rule You Department:

    Saw that on the news. Unbelievable that he would do that. Or was closing the beaches his idea so he could get the beach to himself.

    I am sure he will come up with some reason such as the trip was planned well in advance of the beach closing. I am certain there are other families that also had plans made well in advance. But the rules only apply to us mere surfs and not to our lords and masters.

    I hope this does not end well for that cretin.

  64. dkreck says:

    We don’t have the money to keep them open but we do have the money to keep them closed.
    Christi now in full denial mode. Announced that 119 of 130 miles of NJ beaches are open.

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