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The Real Al Gore (An attack from the left!)
The Nation ^ | from the November 5, 2007 issue | Alexander Cockburn

Posted on 10/20/2007 1:20:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Line up some of the more notorious Nobel Peace Prize recipients, such as Kissinger, and if you had to identify the biggest killer of all it was probably Norman Borlaug, one of the architects of the Green Revolution, which unleashed displacement, malnutrition and death across the Third World. If the Kyoto Accords were ever implemented, and they never will be, the net impact on greenhouse gases--99.72 percent of them natural in origin--would be imperceptible, but the devastation to Third World economies and life expectancies would rival that caused by Borlaug's seed strains.

Already the hysteria about anthropogenic global warming stoked by Al Gore and the Big Lie gang writing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's press releases has done enormous damage to vital environmental cleanup, sidetracking attention and money from work on sewers, toxic waste sites, filthy smokestacks--not to mention the vast disaster of agricultural pollution. Two other consequences of the hysteria will be deadly. Biofuels will steal the meals of the Third World poor and put them in First World gas tanks. Nuclear power is the hysteria's prime beneficiary. As Peter Montague describes it in our current CounterPunch newsletter, "The long-awaited and much-advertised 'nuclear renaissance' actually got under way this fall." NRG Energy, a New Jersey company, applied for a license to build two nuclear power plants in Bay City, Texas--the first formal application for such a license in thirty years.

NRG can confidently await the green light for two reasons. Using the fakery over the supposed effects of man-made greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, the nuclear industry successfully lobbied to pass the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provides four different kinds of subsidies for atomic power plants. The other shoe promptly dropped with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's sweeping revision of its procedures, drastically attenuating the approval process for new plants. As nuclear plants start to sprout like toadstools across the landscape, it is certainly appropriate to lay a large measure of the blame on Al Gore, who has been a shill for the nuclear industry ever since he came of age as a political harlot for the Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory in his home state of Tennessee.

For a Man of Peace, Gore has plenty of blood on his CV. Looking back through the 1980s, we find that on every relevant issue, whether it was supporting the contras or Reagan's bombing of Libya in 1986, shilling for the Pentagon's latest weapons systems, voting for nerve gas or backing the Reagan/Bush position on NATO deployments in Europe, Gore's hawkishness was unflagging. In the course of his career he voted for the neutron bomb, the B-2 bomber, the Trident II missile, the MX missile and the Midgetman. He also backed the mini-Star Wars plan. The defense contractors always loved Al, the same way the nuclear plant manufacturers do today.

When it came to Bush Senior's attack on Iraq, Gore's antics astounded even his hardened colleagues in the Senate as they debated the war resolution. Of course he had long since decided to vote aye on war, having been a hardliner on Iraq since 1988. But on January 12, 1991, he spun out his supposed travails in coming to this decision in prime-time posturing, speaking of his "heavy burden of conscience" and the lonely weeks "questioning, probing, searching for the truth." Saddam, he proclaimed, "has more troops than Hitler did in the early years of World War II." In the New York Times he wrote, "We can no more look forward to a constructive long-term relationship with Saddam Hussein than we could hope to housebreak a cobra" and that the Iraqi dictator is not "an acceptable part of the landscape."

In Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign Gore was told to earn his keep with constant pummeling of George Bush Senior for having been soft on Saddam. Gore duly crisscrossed the country yoking Saddam and Bush in fervid denunciation. "The cover-up of Bush's arming of Saddam was," Gore shouted, "bigger than Watergate ever was."

In January 1993 Vice President-elect Gore announced that there could never be normal relations with Iraq so long as Saddam remained in power. He reiterated the call for a coup, if not by the Iraqi military then by the CIA. Vice President Gore was then given authority in the Clinton Administration for Iraq policy. In this capacity he presided over the sanctions that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them children. The mid-1990s saw Gore as a major voice urging NATO's bombing of the Serbs. In his 2000 presidential campaign he publicly distanced himself from the Clinton Administration on Iraq policy, reiterating that Saddam had to fall and pledging support for Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress.

On May 27, 2000, Gore laid out his foreign policy and military strategy in a commencement speech at West Point. It was a neocon manifesto. He said he would pursue a more robust form of Clintonism, highlighted by quicker interventions, less diplomacy and more firepower against the "rogue states...that represent the emerging threat to our country." He called this approach "forward engagement," a phrase redolent of his fellow Peace Prize winner Kissinger's "constructive engagement," which meant backing brutes like Suharto, Somoza and Pinochet.

Gore also denounced George W. Bush's recent call for deep cuts in the US nuclear arsenal, cuts that Bush said the United States should consider making on its own. "Nuclear unilateralism will hinder, rather than help, arms control," Gore said. "Reductions alone don't guarantee stability.... If you're not careful, you could have a reduction of missiles and a more dangerous world."

Spoken like a Peace Prize winner!


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agw; algore; carbonoffsets; climatechange; democratparty; democrats; globalwarming; gorebullwarming; thenation; weather

1 posted on 10/20/2007 1:20:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love the smell of leftists attacking each other in the morning!


2 posted on 10/20/2007 1:27:29 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Algore is a piece of work, of that there is no doubt.
3 posted on 10/20/2007 1:28:46 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Biofuels will steal the meals of the Third World poor and put them in First World gas tanks.

That's quite a statement

4 posted on 10/20/2007 1:33:21 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My goodness, I didn’t realize what a wonderful guy Algore is.


5 posted on 10/20/2007 1:33:48 PM PDT by Lucas McCain (The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The attack on Norman Borlaug ID’s this guy as a genuine kook.

But I don’t mind that he, kook that he is, actually uses a decent argument to dump on Gore.


6 posted on 10/20/2007 1:41:32 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: eyedigress

Setting aside the imagery — biofuel from foodstock is a bad idea. Food prices have already begun to rise.


7 posted on 10/20/2007 1:43:24 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: MonicaG

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8 posted on 10/20/2007 1:43:53 PM PDT by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
if you had to identify the biggest killer of all it was probably Norman Borlaug, one of the architects of the Green Revolution, which unleashed displacement, malnutrition and death across the Third World.

OK, can someone explain what the hell this is supposed to mean? It's always been my understanding that Norman Borlaug is one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century. His agricultural research and his tireless efforts for better crop yields ended famine in most of the Third World and turned nations like India into grain exporters. I have no idea how anyone can dispute the great work this man has done for the rest of humanity - in a century notable for mass murderers like Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, Borlaug saved millions of lives and improved millions more.
9 posted on 10/20/2007 1:44:05 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My bet is this is being done by some Clinotista with the aim of sidelining any White-house ambitions Gore might have...
10 posted on 10/20/2007 1:46:49 PM PDT by tje
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hitchens is so funny.


11 posted on 10/20/2007 1:48:54 PM PDT by JLS
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To: tje

Gore’s scared to death to run against Hillary, he wasn’t just a Green Prophet for some on the left, they really wanted him to run, and he won’t.


12 posted on 10/20/2007 1:50:34 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

My guess is his green revolution led to economies of scale in agriculture in other parts of the world causing subsistance farmer to be force off their plots? I looked in wikipedia and the main controversy they mentioned was fertilizing and genetic engineering.

Remember the Ludites of the left are generally against us living better lives. In that respect algore is in a long leftist tradition and Hitchens is out of step.


13 posted on 10/20/2007 1:55:39 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Baladas

I don’t think he will either.. but I think this writer is trying to sway the Gore supporters away, to Hillary? Obama? Kucinich?..


14 posted on 10/20/2007 1:58:18 PM PDT by tje
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow! Moonbat on moonbat! Almost better than a hot girlfight! ;)


15 posted on 10/20/2007 2:01:05 PM PDT by Scarchin (+)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Some of the deep ecologists are perfectly happy with mass starvation, as it is one of nature’s ways of keeping human numbers in check. The green revolution has saved scores of millions from starvation. That makes Norman Borlaug and his bioscience compatriots villains in some green eyes.


16 posted on 10/20/2007 2:03:52 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow! If I had known this about Al Gore I would’ve voted for him in 2000!


17 posted on 10/20/2007 2:05:31 PM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"For a Man of Peace, Gore has plenty of blood on his CV."

That's why his name is "Gore".

Get a GRIP, you phony intellectuals on the Left. Nothing much is going to please you, so ANY action by anyubody that happens to be slightly too bold, or maybe could make an honest dollar for anybody, is to be condemmed immediately. Take this almost dogmatic resistance to use of nuclear power for ANY purpose, because some long-lived (or even short-lived) isotope may be generated that could (COULD!) cause a toad to develop a second set of back legs.

Therefore, in the one-eyed logic that apparently is the only tool used for investigation of any problem, anything that causes a toad to develop a second set of back legs is by definition radioactive in nature, and must be avoided at all costs.

Technology is supprisingly good at containing and taking advantage of almost every problem that develops from earlier technological advances, but this mindset never wants to find out if that can be done, and by gosh, nobody had better never make a nickel for solving that kind of problem, that is purely unethical, by their definition.

Not that Al Gore would EVER use highly refined and free-ranging technology to solve any of the current set of problems now facing the world. Gore's model is to a) raise taxes; and b) regulate the "source" of the problem out of existence; all the while c) preaching that this is for the "common good".

Like ANY liberal has a notion what the "common good" really is. Supposedly based in the "popular mandate", liberals immediately attack the majority when the numbers are decidedly against them, because they are somehow "wrong", an intellectual fallacy, as they are "evolved" human beings and are obviously so much smarter than those yahoos who disagree with them.

Projection is such an ugly trait when seen in others.

18 posted on 10/20/2007 2:19:20 PM PDT by alloysteel (Ignorance is no handicap for some people in a debate. They just get more shrill.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...hysteria about anthropogenic global warming stoked ...has done enormous damage to vital environmental cleanup, sidetracking attention and money from work on sewers, toxic waste sites, filthy smokestacks--not to mention the vast disaster of agricultural pollution ... Biofuels will steal the meals of the Third World poor and put them in First World gas tanks.

The guy is right. Algore and The Global Warmers have firmly placed warming, which is not man-caused, and about which we can do nothing ... in first place over pollution ... about which we can do a lot!

>Nuclear power is the hysteria's prime beneficiary

Now that's good thing.

19 posted on 10/20/2007 2:35:40 PM PDT by Zerodown (Draft Petraeus. Or how about Pace? What do you say we win this one?)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

He probably means that the increased food production allowed more people to live and have more children thereby spreading misery (his opinion not mine) in the third world. Just a guess on my part


20 posted on 10/20/2007 2:56:09 PM PDT by saganite
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

thanks, bfl


21 posted on 10/20/2007 2:57:47 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: JLS

Perhaps you mean Alexander Cockburn, the author of the article, and not Christoper Hitchens.


22 posted on 10/20/2007 3:20:06 PM PDT by GregoryFul (is a bear a bomb in a bull?)
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To: GregoryFul

You are right, I saw Cockburn and read Hitchen and they have similar styles. Thanks for pointing that out to me.


23 posted on 10/20/2007 3:22:33 PM PDT by JLS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL, you would think he was one of us. Nah.....


24 posted on 10/20/2007 3:25:20 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So how much greenhouse gas does Algore emit?

25 posted on 10/20/2007 3:29:37 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; OKSooner; honolulugal; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; gruffwolf; ...

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Libretards Attack!!
26 posted on 10/20/2007 3:51:08 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

It is fun watching them eat each other.


27 posted on 10/20/2007 4:05:12 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: JLS
the Ludites of the left are generally against us living better lives.

The Left lives in mortal fear that some third world children might be able to rise out of poverty and become wealthy greedy polluting capitalists living in mcmansions and driving their large families around in gas-guzzling SUVs.

It is the job of the oligharchs that rule most of those countries to make sure that dosen't happen.

:-(
28 posted on 10/20/2007 4:15:36 PM PDT by cgbg ("I give you health care and I say 'no smoking'". "Yass'm Miss Hillary.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...When lefties attack...


29 posted on 10/20/2007 4:47:37 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief, Cockburn gets it! There’s hope for everyone.


30 posted on 10/20/2007 5:44:17 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d enjoy this criticism of Gore much more if the author wasn’t such a kook.


31 posted on 10/20/2007 5:53:18 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: Rocky

I’m kind of surprised people don’t know Cockburn’s credentials. He started (or helped to) the lunatic leftist site, counterpunch. The guy is further to the left AND he’s a conspiratorial nutbag.

That doesn’t invalidate his arguments totally but even though I can’t stand Gore, I can’t help but take anything by Cockburn with a grain of salt.


32 posted on 10/20/2007 6:10:07 PM PDT by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: eyedigress

Already happening. Prices of corn and grain have hit multi year highs on increased ethanol consumption. Why sell the extra production to the poor, hungry countries in Africa when (due to govm’t intervention) you can make far more money selling it to ethanol plants that service US and EU ?


33 posted on 10/20/2007 6:29:44 PM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the post.


34 posted on 10/20/2007 9:02:36 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: farlander

I also don’t “get” why leftyweenies are consistently overlooking this point AND the fact that biofuels generally are MORE polluting than regular gas. Nuclear is cheap, safe, and used elsewhere in the world with great efficiency; if the envirowackos really want cleaner fuel, why not go nuclear? (To answer my own question, because it’s not really about cleaner fuel, it’s about wrecking the economy and taking power away from capitalists.)


35 posted on 10/21/2007 4:56:07 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Tarp as a shack.)
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To: xcamel

Well, Cockburn is printed regularly in our newspaper, so maybe this “heresy” will get read by the loony left. It seems that envirowackos don’t listen to the message when it is communicated by anyone right of Cockburn, and no one can accuse him of being an oil company shill, LOLOL!

Thanks for the pings.


36 posted on 10/21/2007 4:59:07 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Tarp as a shack.)
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To: JLS

Remember the Ludites of the left are generally against us living better lives. In that respect algore is in a long leftist tradition and Hitchens is out of step.

13 posted on 10/20/2007 1:55:39 PM PDT by JLS

They are only against us living better lives. They themselves live in the lap of luxury.

However, they are for being our masters i.e. owners. Unfortunately, they are huge numbers in the US of A that also feel they should be our masters. So long as they give us free health care and American Idol.


37 posted on 10/21/2007 5:06:01 AM PDT by sport
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To: Skywalk
Cockburn’s credentials

Born to a very prominent Communist family.

38 posted on 10/22/2007 10:31:14 AM PDT by Zerodown (Draft Petraeus. Or how about Pace? What do you say we win this one?)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Except Gore isn’t a “Leftist”, he’s a rank opportunist, something which Cockburn, dyed crimson in the wool, senses immediately.

Cockburn, say what you will, is funny when he wants to be. As far as I can tell he invented the word “factoid” [A fact-like object] to describe New York papers reporting on the murder of a fashion model by her gangster boyfriend in the late 1970’s. It was one of those “too good to fact check” stories that oozed sensationalism. Even the (then) normally staid New York Times got in on it.

Cockburn’s leftism is of the dyspeptic and misanthropic sort. In my experience misanthropes have done the World far more good than humanitarians, far, far less harm. Why not a Nobel Prize for Misanthropy?

39 posted on 10/22/2007 10:45:03 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here's a link to some anti-Hillary articles from Nation, also. You may have missed them because the moderators hid them in the blogging section. I guess they don't care for Nation.

I have to wonder what is going on at Nation, myself.

For Hillary, there is no such thing as dirty money.

40 posted on 10/22/2007 10:51:28 AM PDT by Eva
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...
Line up some of the more notorious Nobel Peace Prize recipients, such as Kissinger, and if you had to identify the biggest killer of all it was probably Norman Borlaug, one of the architects of the Green Revolution, which unleashed displacement, malnutrition and death across the Third World. If the Kyoto Accords were ever implemented, and they never will be, the net impact on greenhouse gases--99.72 percent of them natural in origin--would be imperceptible, but the devastation to Third World economies and life expectancies would rival that caused by Borlaug's seed strains. Already the hysteria about anthropogenic global warming stoked by Al Gore and the Big Lie gang writing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's press releases has done enormous damage to vital environmental cleanup, sidetracking attention and money from work on sewers, toxic waste sites, filthy smokestacks--not to mention the vast disaster of agricultural pollution... Nuclear power is the hysteria's prime beneficiary... Using the fakery over the supposed effects of man-made greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, the nuclear industry successfully lobbied to pass the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provides four different kinds of subsidies for atomic power plants... As nuclear plants start to sprout like toadstools across the landscape, it is certainly appropriate to lay a large measure of the blame on Al Gore, who has been a shill for the nuclear industry ever since he came of age as a political harlot for the Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory in his home state of Tennessee... The defense contractors always loved Al, the same way the nuclear plant manufacturers do today.
Hey, these are compelling pro-Al arguments. If A Cock Burn is against Gore, what *am* I supposed to do? /sarc
41 posted on 10/31/2007 11:15:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

So Algore is a neo-con? Who’d have thought he was one of us? I’m still chuckling over a quote of his I read yesterday, from the 2000 election: “A zebra cannot change its spots.”


42 posted on 10/31/2007 1:51:39 PM PDT by Berosus ("The candidates that can't face Fox News can't face Al Qaeda."--Roger Ailes)
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To: Berosus

Gosh, that is true, in a way... ;’)


43 posted on 10/31/2007 10:45:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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