I’m very happy to see some gains for Dylan Farrow.

(“The low buzz of controversy that’s hummed beneath the filmmaker’s career for 25 years is becoming a roar.”)

As I have written here before, I believe her. And more people do too now, and the awareness of her case and story and the problems regarding the problematic investigations, the disappearance of evidence, the behind-the-scenes manipulations by Woody, and the fact that she was wrongly disbelieved simply because Allen is one of the biggest names in Hollywood is all being rethinked by some people, who are also asking themselves if she isn’t telling the truth and going up against an enormously powerful but nevertheless guilty pervert.

Dylan Farrow on speaking out against Woody Allen: “I thought things would change”

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/1/7/16859962/dylan-farrow-woody-allen-golden-globes-2018-metoo-timesup

She recently tweeted: It’s Sunday. Four years ago, at the Globes in 2014, Woody Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Four years ago I decided enough was enough and wrote an open letter detailing the abuse I sustained at the hands of Woody Allen. /1 I thought it would make a difference. I thought things would change. I learned quickly (and painfully) that my optimism was misplaced. His time wasn’t up. /2

Dylan Farrow, along with her brother Ronan, has continued to speak out against Allen, most recently in a December 7 LA Times op-ed entitled “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”

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You can see that this is a very divisive case that polarizes people just by reading the comments to every article that comes out on her case. Vox had a very good article with a long recap and recent developments on people’s perceptions of the case:

Why Woody Allen hasn’t been toppled by the #MeToo reckoning — yet

One of the reasons that people are easily polarized, and that the above article doesn’t mention is that the overwhelming majority of the people are never going to read in-depth all that happened with the case – all the documents, all the testimonies published, all the articles, all the comments, etc. And this makes a huge difference. If you just read one or two articles – which is the most most people will ever do – there is so little information. It’s like a jury that doesn’t sit through an entire trial, but just is given a few paragraphs of information and is then asked to make a decision. Of course, it’s going to be biased or a big guess – even if in the right direction.

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“Dylan linked her argument to the way that Weinstein and other powerful sexual assaulters in Hollywood had been protected:”

Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult, too “dangerous,” to use Lively’s term, to confront.

The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it. It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would.

It isn’t just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets. It is also our collective choice to see simple situations as complicated and obvious conclusions as a matter of “who can say”? The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades. It works for Woody Allen still.

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Indeed. Many people who say they are against child abuse and sexual violence are in actuality, frauds. They are never taken to task on their beliefs and attitudes that support these violence systems.

 

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Amazingly someone has – for the first time that I am aware at least – written an article about how sexually violent homosexual and bisexual pigs are  that has been published in a major paper -and this, in a “gay bar – that is, a bar for turds of men who have a perverted attraction to other men.

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How does Harvey Weinstein happen? Visit a gay bar with me.

Take a trip with me. Imagine being gay, or queer, at a club, or a bar, with the lights turned down, the fog machines blowing. It’s around midnight. People are drunk or getting there. The groping starts. Shirts come off. Hands trace down backs and starts cupping butt cheeks.

Rarely is consent obtained or given beforehand. Occasionally crotches are groped. Occasionally quite aggressively. Some people let it happen. Some welcome it. Sometimes a joke is uttered by one of the parties: “Haha, I can’t help myself.” And sometimes people pull away. Sometimes they slap hands away. Sometimes friends step in.

But almost never are there consequences for this. There are no fights. No complaints to bouncers or a security guard. I have never seen anyone get kicked out of a bar for being too handsy. The same people are there, the next week, testing boundaries, stepping up the ladder of predatory behavior.

Marc Ambinder is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and journalist-in-residence at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania.

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See? Normal for garbage of people. Normal for liberals. Normal for turds of LGBT people.

And true – I have never seen any complaints. How deformed must be the mind of a person for them to think this is normal? Well, once a person thinks homosexuality is normal, notice that thinking assault and harassment and violence are normal are just around the corner, if they weren’t there to begin with and the basis for them thinking that so many other perversions are normal.

I’ve had the disgusting personal experience of talking to a POS of a liberal woman – the mother of an 18 yr old (if I remember correctly) who took her son to a “gay bar,” since she loves “gays” and thinks “gay bars” are fun, and as they were entering the bar, a gay pig grabbed her son’s head forcefully and violently smacked his lips on the teen’s lips – right in front of her. She just laughed completely – and told her son “not to be upset” because these were “just gays being gays”. And she continued laughing recalling the whole episode.

How demented is that? I was so shocked and disgusted I couldn’t even speak. What was I going to say? If I had opened my mouth I would have attacked that woman in so many ways…

But for a pervert, nothing is perverted – everything is normal. The very own mother witnesses her son being assaulted by a gay pig and she stands there laughing. Now that’s a liberal for you.

These people are like a cancer in society.

 

Well, one good thing coming out of the Weinstein scandal + metoo + Hollywood/other industries harassment scandal is that some people started investigating homosexual/bisexual pigs – at least when the perp is ultra famous – such as Kevin Spacey.

And now here is another one:

Male Models Say Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Sexually Exploited Them

New York Times article – they seem to have talked to a lot of people. The reported testimonies sound credible. And additional factor going in the direction of credible is the NYT itself – I mean you cannot get more homosexual fanatic than this crap of a newspaper.

“The men recalled, with remarkable consistency, private sessions with Mr. Weber in which he asked them to undress and led them through breathing and “energy” exercises. Models were asked to breathe and to touch both themselves and Mr. Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt their “energy.” Often, Mr. Weber guided their hands with his own.”

“I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates,” said the model Robyn Sinclair. “We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation.”

After Weinstein Scandal, a Plan to Protect Models OCT. 23, 2017
In accounts going back to the mid-1990s, 13 male assistants and models who have worked with the photographer Mario Testino, a favorite of the English royal family and Vogue, told The Times that he subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation.

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“He was a sexual predator,” said Ryan Locke, who succeeded Mr. Fedele with Gucci.

Mr. Locke said that when he told other models that he was going to meet Mr. Testino, “everyone started making these jokes — they said he was notorious, and ‘tighten your belt.’”

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And one thing to note here is how liberals – who have the mind of pigs regarding sexuality – are all so cozy with sexual harassment and assault. But what are they going to think if they think homosexuality and porn and promiscuity and prostitution are normal? Instead of being disgusted with all these things plus the sexual harassment – they joke and laugh.

And this is why I think it’s important for people to take note that thinking that homosexuality is normal is always part of a larger package of an ideology that supports and facilitates sexual violence and harassment.

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“Former assistants said that Mr. Testino had a pattern of hiring young, usually heterosexual men and subjecting them to increasingly aggressive advances.”

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See what turds of people homosexuals and bisexuals are? They love perversity and demeaning people and destroying anything that is healthy about sex.

““He shuts the door and locks it. Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, ‘I’m the girl, you’re the boy.’ I went at him, like, you better get away. I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out,” Mr. Locke said.”

““I was often made to feel uncomfortable on shoots, asked to massage Mario in front of other assistants, models and fashion editors.”

“One night after a dinner, Mr. Tillman said the photographer grabbed him on the street and tried to kiss him. A few weeks later, while on a business trip, Mr. Tillman met Mr. Testino in his hotel room. Mr. Testino demanded that the assistant roll him a joint, then threw him down on a bed, climbed on top of him and pinned down his arms, Mr. Tillman said. Mr. Testino’s brother came into the room and made the photographer get off Mr. Tillman.” “I was scared,” he said of the hotel room experience. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Taber, a model who worked with Mr. Testino for much of the late ’90s and early 2000s (he used only his first name professionally), described Mr. Testino as a friend until he stuck his hand down the back of Taber’s pants, and showed up at his hotel room asking for sex. “He was a mentor who took it a step too far,” he said.

“Sexual harassment was a constant reality,” said Roman Barrett, an assistant to Mr. Testino in the late ’90s who said the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him.

“He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights,” he said. “Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted.”

Another assistant to Mr. Testino, a decade later, said he had his pants pulled down and buttocks fondled while on the job. Yet another said that Mr. Testino masturbated on him during a business trip. Both were granted anonymity because they feared career repercussions.

Even those who worked for Mr. Testino without experiencing the most direct harassment were affected. “I saw him with his hands down people’s pants at least 10 times,” said Thomas Hargreave, a shoot producer who worked frequently with Mr. Testino between 2008 and 2016. “Mario behaved often as if it was all a big joke. But it wasn’t funny. And the guys being placed in these situations wouldn’t know how to react. They would look at me, like, ‘What’s going on? How do I deal with this?’ It was terrible.”

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I think that the last part also strikes at one of the horrible aspects of sexual harassment. It can be so profoundly damaging and disconcerting at the psycho-emotional level, even though in many situations, there is no physical violence. And this is something people must take note of.

The article also talks about that many victims are afraid to come forward because they fear retaliation. Which is why sexual harassment is such a cancer in society. Because powerful people almost always have the power to retaliate against victims who come forward.

And now for the million dollar question – how many liberals are going to shun this homosexual POS now that he has been denounced? My bet is on three. The remaining hundreds of millions of homosexual-loving pigs will continue kissing his behind.

Maureen Calahan asks:

http://nypost.com/2017/10/30/kevin-spacey-is-another-everyone-knew-who-else-does-hollywood-know-about/

Still, the fact remains: Just as Hollywood knew all along that Weinstein was a sexual predator, it seems many also knew about Spacey.

Whom else does the industry know about and protect? It’s hard to recall a time when the cultural landscape has shifted so dramatically. More than ever, the general public is inclined to believe self-reporting victims. More than ever, we are inclined to demand that the accused speak, that guilt be met with real consequence.

The next tipping point is one Hollywood may not see coming: Public disgust with those in power who know and do nothing, who knew and still deny knowing. Just ask Matt Damon and George Clooney, who spent all last week denying they knew about Harvey Weinstein (except when they did), only for the public to call out their blatant hypocrisy and reject their new movie “Suburbicon,” which flatlined at the box office. By week’s end, both actors pulled out of their scheduled public appearances. Wonder why.

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Indeed. Surely Netflix must have heard the rumors on Spacey? Did they bother to do an investigation before hiring him to be in House of Cards?

I would bet not – they were negligent and complicit with the silence. For greed.

In all these red-carpet clips that are being re-played now, has anyone noticed how Weinstein shoves his wife close to him when they pose in front of photographers? It’s very brief, but clearly a violent shove. She looks distressed while she complies with the violent gesture.

And what about her? Being married to such a vile man and claiming she didn’t know what he was like?

Notice that women attacking Weinstein are silent about Georgina.

And there were plenty of women putting themselves on display as Exhibit A as to why the problem of sexual harassment and violence is not about men against women. It’s about turds of human beings against victims. Around the men who do the harassment, there are always garbage of women supporting them for their own horrendous reasons. Like Kate Winslet and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. The latter wrote an entire article on how horrible sexual misconduct is in Hollywood and then states, unabashedly and unequivocally, how much she adores Bill Clinton (and apparently always will). As long as Clinton treats Bloodworth OK, apparently it’s all that she cares about. In what way is Bloodworth any different than all these Hollywood male honchos who protect their buddy predators? Her mental disconnect is appalling. And you know why. Because there is no social opprobrium to put pressure on her to face her own vile protection and bond with Clinton. Quite on the contrary.

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/linda-bloodworth-thomason-i-knew-harvey-weinstein-you-did-guest-column-1049819

However, I will be the first to admit that clearly delineated moral choices can still be painfully complex where friendship is involved. One of the best friends I will ever have and a man I love dearly, former President Bill Clinton, has certainly taxed my feminist conscience, but always without diminishing my affection. I even helped write his apology to the nation for his own sexual misconduct, was sitting next to him when he delivered it, and believe to this day it was based on something that was none of our business. And yes, some may call it hypocritical, but I confess to having had no problem warning at least three top-level Democratic operatives against allowing Harvey Weinstein to host political fundraisers.

Lisa Bloom is one more woman putting themselves on display as Exhibit A as to why the problem of sexual harassment and violence is not about men against women. It’s about horrible human beings against victims. Around the men who do the harassment, there are always garbage of women supporting them for their own horrendous reasons. Like Kate Winslet and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. And all the people who vote for Hillary Clinton.

 

 

 

Great article on Kate Winslet’s disgusting hypocrisy:

Kate Winslet’s Hollywood Hypocrisy: Blasting Harvey Weinstein While Promoting a Woody Allen Film

The Oscar-winning actress received praise for joining the chorus of voices condemning accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein—yet she’s defended working with Allen and Polanski.

Last week, Amazon Studios canceled the red carpet for the premiere of Woody Allen’s latest film Wonder Wheel—not because they were afraid of stars being asked about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse allegations, and most certainly not because of director Allen, who has had his own allegations leveled against him by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. No, it was because Amazon Studios’ president Roy Price was suspended after his own allegations of sexual misconduct. The irony of an Allen red carpet being canceled because of someone else’s abuse allegations might make you roll your eyes if you weren’t too busy seething with anger at Hollywood’s continued hypocrisy.

The thing you must remember about Weinstein, however, is that it took multiple women coming forward—including a movie star in Ashley Judd—for him to be ousted from his company, for the industry to care, for the chokehold he had on the press to end, and for male actors to apologize for their complicity in his reign of terror.

But what about when it’s just one woman, like Dylan Farrow? Or, until several other allegations recently emerged, Samantha Gailey, the 13 year-old Roman Polanski raped? What makes these incidents different? What makes us less susceptible to believing women?

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, Kate Winslet explained why she didn’t thank Weinstein in her 2009 Oscar speech after winning Best Actress for The Reader, a film that he distributed. “That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate. I remember being told, ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t.’ And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him? He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with—he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone.”

Winslet seems willing to stand against Weinstein in part because he personally bullied her. But when it comes to her Wonder Wheel director Allen, since he’s by all accounts been professional towards her, it’s apparently not her place. Of Allen’s allegations, she recently told The New York Times: “Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.” (Winslet starred in 2011’s Carnage for Polanski.)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/kate-winslets-hollywood-hypocrisy-blasting-harvey-weinstein-while-promoting-a-woody-allen-film

Since Allen and Polanski weren’t abusive to her, it’s out of mind, out of sight—which is often a complaint we lodge at others when they choose not to believe people’s stories of abuse. It’s the same shroud of secrecy that allows men like Weinstein to continue to win Oscars. It’s the same hypocrisy that allows Amazon Studios to drop an expensive David O. Russell project because of its Weinstein ties, while conveniently ignoring the fact that they had no problem working with Russell, who not only has a reputation for being cruel on set but has also faced sexual harassment allegations of his own. And then there’s of course Allen, who was lured to Amazon with a reported $80 million deal.

It’s why John Oliver took Hollywood to task this week over the performative nature of removing Weinstein from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when the Academy still counts Polanski, Allen, Bill Cosby, and Casey Affleck among its members. It’s why Ben Affleck and Matt Damon can apologize for supporting Weinstein but get to remain silent on Casey’s sexual harassment allegations. It’s why so many actors, directors, and producers can condemn Weinstein, even though 138 of them signed a petition to have Polanski released from Swiss custody following a 2009 arrest.

While it’s commendable how many people want to condemn Weinstein and profess their intentions to do better by women in Hollywood, there’s more than just Weinstein poisoning the well—and more than a few people hoping to get back to business as usual.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/how-lawyers-protect-the-harvey-weinstein-in-your-workplace

I commend the courageous women (and a few men) coming forward with their stories of abuse/harassment.

I am very happy to see people talking about how psychologically violent harassment is, even though it generally does not involve physical violence.

It’s nice to see people finally, in 2017!, beginning to note that most men are silent about harassment, thus they act to protect abusers as a rule.

It’s bad to see that this scandal is being largely framed as a problem that men do to women. This excludes all the harassment that lesbian and bisexual turds of women do to other women. It also excludes male homosexuals and pedophiles/ephebophiles of all stripes.

Georgina, Weinstein’s wife of 10 years, 10 years!, has left him and I haven’t seen a single person state that Georgina must have as much of a criminal and putrid mind as Weinstein. Otherwise, how could a woman even stand being in the same room with him for more than half an hour.

Very nice to see an accusation against Bob, his brother, on harassment too. I can’t know if it’s true, but Bob’s disgusting declaration to the press that he never knew about anything bad regarding his brother is a major red flag that he is one more that knew very well.

Very nice to see at least some of the people who protected Harvey, who killed the newspaper stories being named for it in the media.

Very nice to see Ronan Farrow with his great article and work. What an interesting young man he is turning out to be. Proof that no matter what crap of parents you have, people are always individuals. And God, did he ever have bad luck with that, Sinatra (mob criminal) and Farrow (married to one child abuser creep and involved with mob criminal), and child abuser creep Allen as stepfather. Ever since Ronan came out in support of his sister, I took note. So many brothers do not. And the fact that NBC killed his story, so he took it somewhere else.

 

People examining the law:

A first-year associate at a Manhattan law firm brought her complaint of sexual harassment to the managing partner. Her male boss, she said, had told her to take off her clothing. After months during which she continued to work for the same man, she left, signing a nondisclosure agreement in connection with a severance package.

The associate won’t give her name, fearing retribution for what she thinks would be an obvious breach of a legal contract. A provision in the nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, says that, in exchange for $40,000, she agrees to “not disclos[e] to any person or entity any information … about any one at the firm.” She also agreed to not sue or disparage the law firm. Her boss kept his job.

This is very often how the Harvey Weinstein at your company stays employed—and part of the reason his story rarely spreads beyond office whispers.

After the Weinstein revelations, however, the power of NDAs may face new legal and legislative challenges. Two New York State lawmakers recently introduced legislation to void any contract that includes a provision to silence workers about harassment or discrimination. “It is past time that we looked at why we allow this to occur,” said Brad Hoylman, one of the co-sponsors of the bill in the State Senate. “By silencing victims, we’re just creating new victims.”

The other problem concerns the statute of limitations that are too short and they serve to protect the perpetrators, not the victims. These laws must be changed.

Particular points:

some articles that have come out are really good! Like Ronan Farrow’s. Or Ira’s. Or this piece in the Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-human-stain-why-the-harvey-weinstein-story-is-worse-than-you-think/article/2009995

But of course people knew about Harvey Weinstein. Like the New York Times, for instance. Sharon Waxman, a former reporter at the Times, writes in The Wrap how she had the story on Weinstein in 2004—and then he bullied the Times into dropping it. Matt Damon and Russell Crowe even called her directly to get her to back off the story. And Miramax was a major advertiser. Her editor at the TimesJonathan Landman, asked her why it mattered. After all, he told Waxman, “he’s not a publicly elected official.”

Manhattan’s district attorney knew, too. In 2015, Weinstein’s lawyer donated $10,000 to the campaign of Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance after he declined to file sexual assault charges against the producer. Given the number of stories that have circulated for so long, Weinstein must have spread millions around New York, Los Angeles, and Europe to pay off lawyers and buy silence, including the silence of his victims. But he had something else going for him, too. He knew his victims would be reluctant to go public because it might suggest that some of their success, their fame even, was a function of their inability to protect themselves from being humiliated by a man who set the bar for humiliating others at the precise level of his own self-loathing.

One of the refrains you hear today from media experts and journalists is that they’d known about Weinstein’s transgressions for a long time. The problem, they say, was that no one was able to nail down the story.

Nonsense. Everyone had it, not just Waxman. Sure, reporters hadn’t been able to get any stars to go on the record. But that means the story journalists were pursuing wasn’t really about Weinstein’s sexual depredations. It means that what they wanted was a story about actresses, junior executives, or assistants who had been humiliated, maybe raped, and chose to remain quiet in exchange for money and/or a shot at fame.

I don’t blame her or Sivan for not saying anything, never mind reporting the story. Weinstein is violent, vindictive, and litigious—as well as sexually abusive—facts that the entertainment and political media knew for years. No one wanted to publish that story. But that’s not the same thing as “not being able to nail it down.” “Nailing it down” would have amounted to nothing more than printing a collection of facts under a byline.

The real issue, as Traister notes, was that “there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine.” Traister is referring to Talk, the magazine Weinstein started at Miramax with Tina Brown. The catchword was “synergy”—magazine articles, turned into books, turned into movies, a supply chain of entertainment and information that was going to put these media titans in the middle of everything and make them all richer.

Which brings us, finally, to the other reason the Weinstein story came out now: Because the court over which Bill Clinton once presided, a court in which Weinstein was one part jester, one part exchequer, and one part executioner, no longer exists.

A thought experiment: Would the Weinstein story have been published if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency? No, and not because he is a big Democratic fundraiser. It’s because if the story was published during the course of a Hillary Clinton presidency, it wouldn’t have really been about Harvey Weinstein. Harvey would have been seen as a proxy for the president’s husband and it would have embarrassed the president, the first female president.

Bill Clinton offered get-out-of-jail-free cards to a whole army of sleazeballs, from Jeffrey Epstein to Harvey Weinstein to the foreign donors to the Clinton Global Initiative. The deal was simple: Pay up, genuflect, and get on with your existence. It was like a papacy selling indulgences, at the same time that everyone knew that the cardinals were up to no good. The 2016 election demolished Clinton world once and for all, to be replaced by the cult of Obama, an austere sect designated by their tailored hair shirts with Nehru collars. “That is not who we are as Americans,” they chant, as Harvey Weinstein’s ashes are scattered in the wind.

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