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American School Kids Trash Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Sunday Mirror ^ | 29/01/2012 | Graeme Culliford and Nick Owens

Posted on 01/29/2012 8:25:36 PM PST by nickcarraway

It was Jamie Oliver’s toughest challenge... getting US ­youngsters to ditch junk food and eat a healthier diet.

But six months after he ­convinced an LA school to swap fattening burgers for low-calorie salads, his ­revamped menu is – literally – being binned.

Hundreds of students at West Adams Preparatory High School, where his hit show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was filmed, are ­refusing to eat his cuisine.

Instead, bins are overflowing with the TV chef’s veg curries, quinoa salads, Thai ­noodles and wheatbread burgers.

Many youngsters even go without lunch altogether.

Anna Redd, a cookery teacher at the school, where a shocking half of the students are ­overweight, revealed: “Things were positive at the start but now kids have made it clear to us, ‘This is not what we want.’

“Rather than eat the food that is provided in the canteen, they just throw it away.

“It is so sad to see, because now we have trash cans full of ­tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli and other vegetables.

“The school wants to bring in changes but the kids just have bad eating habits – and there is not much we can do about it.

“They eat junk food at home and so they expect to eat junk food at school too.

“I don’t know if it is a food ­addiction but I think it is wrong to blame the school district.

“These things have to start at home. If the parents are giving their kids junk food, how can we expect them to eat healthily at school?”

She said pupils at the school had been keen to take part in the scheme when Jamie was there, but as soon as he left they slipped back into their old eating habits.

Ms Redd added that the chef has been sending monthly boxes of vegetables to help obese ­diabetes sufferer Sophia ­Ruvalcaba – but she has not lost any weight since featuring on the programme.

More than three million Americans tuned in to see Jamie’s Food Revolution when it was screened last year.

He faced battles with Ramon Cortines, the superintendent of the Los Angeles United School District, who banned him from the city’s schools. Jamie had his filming permit ripped up and got so upset that he broke down in tears as he begged parents to help him.

He eventually found a loophole which let him into West Adams school. And soon afterwards a ban on junk food and milkshakes was ­announced.

Jamie set about working with local chefs to introduce radical changes to the lunch menu. But now many of Jamie’s meals are being thrown away before they are even opened and piles of ­unopened milk ­cartons are ­building up.

News of the failure of Jamie’s LA effort comes days after he was hailed for winning a battle against US fast-food giant McDonald’s.

After learning that ammonium hydroxide was being used by the chain to convert fatty beef offcuts into a beef filler for ­burgers in America, he denounced the “pink slime”. McDonald’s has now ditched the method.

A spokesman for Jamie said he was aware of the challenges at West Adams school and his team was talking to officials there to try to improve the situation.


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1 posted on 01/29/2012 8:25:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone surprised about this? Anyone at all?


2 posted on 01/29/2012 8:28:45 PM PST by Ronin (Now 15 kilograms down since August last year. Hell yeah I'm bragging!)
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To: nickcarraway

The problem is that the school administrators are taking a top down approach.

If they’d talk to the kids, explain to the kids what the objectives are and then work with the kids to develop better menus and such, the kids might actually be willing to eat the food.

The kids may not have the perfect diet, but they would be eating better.


3 posted on 01/29/2012 8:30:52 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nickcarraway

One or two meals a week blended with real food might work. An all crap attack won’t. duh!


4 posted on 01/29/2012 8:35:12 PM PST by FishinTX (Annoy liberals, VOTE NEWT.)
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To: nickcarraway

A socialist busybody Jaimie Oliver takes US taxpayer dollars to push his agenda.

A generation of idiots who don’t know anything more than how to take handouts from the government is ungrateful and throws the tax payers money down the drain.

No one’s nutrition is improved, much money is wasted. Someone got a TV show out of it, someone else got a lot of money from the taxpayer to make unpopular foods destined for the garbage. They were probably friends or donors to the political party for quid pro quo.

This is America’s future. This is America’s demise.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 8:37:19 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: nickcarraway

Wow.

The School Food Nazi speaketh, do they even hear the words coming out of their mouths?


6 posted on 01/29/2012 8:49:14 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

“Puckah!”

LOL!


7 posted on 01/29/2012 8:52:31 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Jonty30

It is none of the freaking government stooge’s business what we, the people, decide to eat.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 8:52:33 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

Jamie, the wall-eyed London busybody, got much worse from the schools in West Virginia if I remember correctly. He had to flee from their scorn along with his tv cameras. This is a man who cooked in the nude until he accidentally set himself on fire.


9 posted on 01/29/2012 8:53:09 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Jonty30
If they’d talk to the kids, explain to the kids what the objectives are and then work with the kids to develop better menus and such, the kids might actually be willing to eat the food.

I don't know of a single Los Angeles Unified School District school that even bakes their own bread. I don't think the issue is the kids, I think the issue is the lazy jerks in the food services. When I saw pre-cooked quinoa go on the bulk foods list for a local distributor, the connection was obvious. Rather than cook the quinoa in spices and flavorings, they're buying pre-cooked bags, microwaving them, and then tossing the bland grain straight atop the bagged salad, along with a couple canned mandarin oranges and calling that a 'Jamie Oliver' salad.

Second major problem are these stupid federal guidelines that require every student on reduced or free meals to take a container of milk. Required. As in there's someone who stands next to the milk case yelling at kids to take the milk or they can't have any food. Expand the guidelines to include fruit juices and water, or just drop the guidelines for beverages.

We've got thousands of 'cooks' in the LA district, and the truth is, they just don't cook. If there was a budget crunch, maybe I could understand it, but food services gets paid a fat fee per meal, they can certainly afford to get staff into the kitchens and start cooking from scratch.

But hey, why should kitchen staff be any different than 'teachers' who instruct via pre-packaged units? Both are offering junk, and it's not surprising that it's not working with the kids.

10 posted on 01/29/2012 8:54:56 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

bump

The kids should be bringing their own lunches, IMO.


11 posted on 01/29/2012 9:00:25 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

At the risk of ticking off a liberal... perhaps the solution to poor eating habits is to get some child labor back on the farm. You tend to appreciate what you grow and for some reason it tastes better when your labor went into it. Worked for us anyway.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 9:04:38 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: GeronL

Sure, if you’re not buying from the school cafeteria.

But if you are, there would be minimal standards of all kinds, so it is the feds business on that point.

Having said that, it is in the school’s best interest to work with the kids to ensure that the foods that are sold on school grounds are foods the kids will eat.


13 posted on 01/29/2012 9:14:39 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nickcarraway
....and the Vegetarian Socialist Marxists wept.

14 posted on 01/29/2012 9:28:42 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (kill all the terrorists, protect all the borders, punch all the liberals :^)
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To: nickcarraway

A lot of public schools administrators are clueless when it comes to kids. There are healthy foods for kids; just make >wholesome pizzas, tacos & enchiladas that kids will actually like & eat. (such foods can be made ‘wholesome’)

Getting kids to drink wholesome-milk is difficult. Maybe package the milk as real> Dinosaur-snot would work. Who knows? Kids seem to like the milk in the form of cheese or on cereal. (chocolate milk: it’s the chocolate & sugar they want.)

A lot public schools would go out of business if they were judged on the success rate. All the problems in our public schools are public knowledge.


15 posted on 01/29/2012 9:31:16 PM PST by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista)
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To: nickcarraway
After reading this, it makes me look back fondly at the gray 'mystery meat' and instant flaked mashed potatoes the cafeteria served us in high school back in the '70's.........vegetarian curry? Wheatbread burgers? *YAK*

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

16 posted on 01/29/2012 9:34:16 PM PST by Viking2002 (Hey, Urkel. Frack THIS!)
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To: nickcarraway
Anna Redd, a cookery teacher at the school, where a shocking half of the students are ­overweight, revealed: “Things were positive at the start but now kids have made it clear to us, ‘This is not what we want.’
“Rather than eat the food that is provided in the canteen, they just throw it away.

I'll bet she didn't say "canteen," which in America is a portable water flask. However the writer probably put the word into her mouth because his audience might not be familiar with the word "cafeteria."

17 posted on 01/29/2012 9:42:10 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: GeronL
When I was in High School, late 1950’s the only time I bought cafeteria food was on Thursday. They served hot dogs and the rest of the time I brought a sandwich from home...kids are all the same...cannot force them to eat what some chef says is good for them...
18 posted on 01/29/2012 9:51:05 PM PST by goat granny
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To: kingu
I don't know of a single Los Angeles Unified School District school that even bakes their own bread. I don't think the issue is the kids, I think the issue is the lazy jerks in the food services. When I saw pre-cooked quinoa go on the bulk foods list for a local distributor, the connection was obvious. Rather than cook the quinoa in spices and flavorings, they're buying pre-cooked bags, microwaving them, and then tossing the bland grain straight atop the bagged salad, along with a couple canned mandarin oranges and calling that a 'Jamie Oliver' salad.

I like quinoa. It isn't very hard to cook. I never knew they made pre-cooked quinoa. But sadly I am not surprised that would would sale it that way. And honestly I wouldn't doubt if school cafeterias are not the only people using it.

19 posted on 01/29/2012 9:52:46 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: Jonty30

Nothing about schools is fed business. Even public schools should be run by local school boards and overseen by the state.


20 posted on 01/29/2012 10:32:20 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

Well when you have a woman who eats everything in sight, at hundreds of dollars per meal sometimes, being a food Nazi with celebrities is just another photo-op for limousine liberals.


21 posted on 01/29/2012 10:52:55 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: nickcarraway
From the LAUSD Report Card on West Adams, the demographic breakdown of the student body:

African-American 11%
Asian 1%
White 1%
Latino 87%

Well, I don't doubt that provided an education for Jamie.

22 posted on 01/29/2012 11:15:49 PM PST by TheMole
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To: miss marmelstein

“This is a man who cooked in the nude until he accidentally set himself on fire.”

Must be a typo.


23 posted on 01/29/2012 11:21:17 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: nickcarraway

I reject the premise that schools should be feeding kids, in the first place.


24 posted on 01/29/2012 11:46:29 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: nickcarraway

Probably 99% of the kids get the lunch for free. If they had to pay the full cost of it, they’d eat it. Kids should pay for their own lunches (or their parents should) or bring their own. The whole argument that kids can’t learn on empty stomachs should bring shame to the parents and make them do anything to get food for their children. There is WIC, there are food kitchens, there are private charities. But no parent is motivated to care for their own children when they are used to letting the institutions pay.


25 posted on 01/29/2012 11:58:15 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Persevero

Apparently, so did the kids.


26 posted on 01/29/2012 11:58:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Many years ago I delivered milk to all the Putnam County Florida schools. The amount of food and milk they dumped every day was amazing.

You can have one kid in a full cafeteria say, in a loud voice, "this milk tastes funny" or "this fish tastes funny", and 2/3 of the kids will refuse to drink the milk or eat the fish.

27 posted on 01/30/2012 12:44:19 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: nickcarraway
Many years ago I delivered milk to all the Putnam County Florida schools. The amount of food and milk they dumped every day was amazing.

You can have one kid in a full cafeteria say, in a loud voice, "this milk tastes funny" or "this fish tastes funny", and 2/3 of the kids will refuse to drink the milk or eat the fish.

28 posted on 01/30/2012 12:44:34 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Ronin

No. Same outcome where he tried it in England before coming here. But I guess when you’re playing with other people’s money, it’s only intentions that matter.


29 posted on 01/30/2012 1:02:57 AM PST by Nickname
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To: Jonty30

Just why is it the feds’ business to impose minimum standards on school kitchens?


30 posted on 01/30/2012 1:18:28 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: GladesGuru

True! Oliver’s original moniker was “The Naked Chef.” Now he gets insulted if you use it. He had to be taken off “to hospital” after dumping boiling pasta (or something) on his bare chest.


31 posted on 01/30/2012 4:34:15 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: nickcarraway
The problem with this "solution" is that it goes completely overboard. You will probably be unsuccessful if you radically change the kids' diet -- removing "staples" they will eat (hamburgers, pizza) with vegetable curries and Thai noodles. What you have to find is a way to make what kids will eat HEALTHIER.

For example, "cut" ground beef to make hamburgers with 1/3 ground turkey, and kids won't know the difference. Puree extra vegetables and mix into the tomato sauce with pizza, and again, who would notice?

Sweet potato fries, steak "fries" that are baked not fried, baked "fried" chicken. There are lots of ways to make the fare healthier without radically departing from what they want. You just have to use a little imagination.

32 posted on 01/30/2012 4:54:50 AM PST by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: Jonty30
The problem is that the school administrators are taking a top down approach.

The school administrators are leftists. Top down is the only approach they know. If you want them to do things any other way, you are going to have to force them.

33 posted on 01/30/2012 5:28:13 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: nickcarraway
A meeting of all those who are surprised at the news:


34 posted on 01/30/2012 5:55:32 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Viking2002

“Who wants chowder??”


35 posted on 01/30/2012 5:59:04 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: GeronL

I absolutely agree.

My position on the issue is that the feds should not be dictating standards, but until the DoE is closed, it is what it is.


36 posted on 01/30/2012 6:03:21 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nickcarraway
I wouldn't eat this crap either. I remember when I was talking to a nutritionist while conducting research for a story some years ago. During the course of our talk the subject of kids and junk food came up. I was surprised when she said that kid's eating habits really were the same as they have always been. The difference is that the older generations were more physically active.
37 posted on 01/30/2012 6:26:02 AM PST by ohioman
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To: miss marmelstein

Huh? When did he cook in the nude? He had a show called The Naked Chef. He certainly wasn’t naked during the show. He just used basic, simple ingredients without a lot of fuss (hence the title “Naked”).


38 posted on 01/30/2012 7:00:40 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: coop71

You’re absolutely wrong. Jamie Oliver worked at home in the nude hence the title “The Naked Chef.” It was a catchy title when he was first on the British “cookery” scene. After the burning incident, he dropped it and gets annoyed if he’s refered to in this way. He was also chased out of West Virginia while filming one of his politically correct food nazi stories. Let’s not even get into the whole “15” restaurant disaster.

I happen to think that anyone who cooks without clothes is a blithering idiot. Whether on tv or off!


39 posted on 01/30/2012 7:09:23 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein
Wait...what am I wrong about?

There is one reference I could find about Jamie being naked. It had nothing to do with his show, and everything to do with him cooking nude for a significant other, one time... http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/673342-jamie-olivers-naked-nightmare/a>

Also: (from his Wikipedia page) "The Naked Chef (1998–1999) was Oliver's first series. The title was a reference to the simplicity of Oliver's recipes and has nothing to do with nudity. Oliver has frequently admitted that he was not entirely happy with the title, which was devised by producer Patricia Llewellyn. (In the UK edit of the show, the opening titles include a clip of him telling an unseen questioner, "No way! It's not me, it's the food!") The success of the programme led to the books Return of the Naked Chef and Happy Days with the Naked Chef."

Sounds like we can agree to disagree on Jamie Oliver.

40 posted on 01/30/2012 7:24:09 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: coop71

I wouldn’t believe either Wikipedia or Jamie Oliver in this regard. As you’ve found out yourself, with a little research, Jamie cooks in the nude. I know this from years of watching British tv in both London and New York. He distanced himself from the title after he got so full of himself and his food nazi ways and the infamous burning incident.

He also has a ridiculous habit of not looking into the camera when he talks hence my reference to him being wall-eyed. He talks to his producer off camera which produces the weirdest disconnect with his viewers. But he’s Jamie Oliver so he gets to do what he wants.

Personally, give me Nigella Lawson any day!


41 posted on 01/30/2012 7:29:34 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: kingu
We've got thousands of 'cooks' in the LA district, and the truth is, they just don't cook.

When I was in elementry schoolmany tyears ago when had a bunch of old woman who cooked our lunches. Yes they opened the food out of cans and the hamburgers weren;t grade a #1 but the food was tasty and some of it wa great.(chili day was not to be missed and cinnamin buns were delicious. So so was the bread. They knew HOW TO COOK FOOD, not just reheat the crap. Unforortunately the food served in junior high and high school was crap warmed over. Nowadays I can just passed through the school and retch at the smell of what they are serving kids now.
42 posted on 01/30/2012 1:19:51 PM PST by RedMonqey (A politician's integrity is usually only as strong as his poll numbers.)
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To: kingu
We've got thousands of 'cooks' in the LA district, and the truth is, they just don't cook.

When I was in elementary school many years ago when had a bunch of little old ladies, most of them grannies or aunts no doubt, who cooked our lunches. Yes they opened the food out of cans and the hamburgers were't Grade A#1 but the food was tasty and some of it was great.(chili day was not to be missed and the Cinnamon buns were delicious. So so was the bread. Hot, moist and melt in your mouth good. Mmmmmmmm!!!

these little old ladies knew HOW TO COOK FOOD , not just reheat the crap. Unfortunately the food served in junior high and high school was crap warmed over.

Nowadays I can just passed through the school and retch at the smell of what they are serving kids now.
43 posted on 01/30/2012 1:25:48 PM PST by RedMonqey (A politician's integrity is usually only as strong as his poll numbers.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, when my kids won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets and hot cheetoes I just tell them, “Ok, I give up, you are the boss and I will let you eat whatever junk you want. No need to try healthy foods because I tried but I can’t make you eat that even though I am the adult and you are the child.” I mean, I tried actually being in charge and responsible, but that was a lot of work. /sarc


44 posted on 02/01/2012 11:34:29 AM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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