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Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/5/2011 | Susan Jones

Posted on 01/05/2011 9:30:34 AM PST by markomalley

The U.S. Justice Department went into a public high school on Tuesday with a message for students: If you’re “different,” if you’re gay, and if you’re being bullied – don’t feel alone, don’t be ashamed, and don’t hesitate to call on the federal government for help if your school doesn’t stop the bullying.

“If you have been targeted for harassment or bullying because of your sexual orientation, because of your gender identity or expression, or simply because your classmates see you as different, I am here to tell you that the Civil Rights Division will not stand for it,” Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, told students at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md.

As part of the event – sponsored by the school’s administration and its gay-straight alliance – Perez played a videotape in which mostly gay and lesbian Civil Rights Division employees (and one who identified herself as intersex) shared their stories of being bullied at school. They also offered supportive messages to those who are being bullied now:

“You do have allies -- we are here for you,” one Civil Rights Division employee says in the video.

“If you can find some hope in the fact that you have a whole community of people out here – people who you’ve never met, and we’ve never met you, but we think of you and care about you and want you to be safe and want you to be happy,” another employee says.

“Being different is cool,” another employee says.

“When I was in grade school and high school, I was bullied. But now I prosecute bullies,” says yet another employee.

“Don’t be ashamed of who you are, just keep on being yourself.”

The video was produced by the Civil Rights Division staff for submission to the national “It Gets Better” Project, which was launched after a string of suicides of homosexual students who reportedly had been bullied. The project is intended to reassure LGBT youth that life gets better after high school.

Following the assistant attorney general’s remarks and the video presentation, students at Blake High School were invited to sign the “It Gets Better” Pledge, which reads as follows: “Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that ‘It Gets Better.’"

According to a blog on the Justice Department’s Web site, Perez told students that in addition to the Civil Rights Division bringing cases against bullies, “we also need to address the attitudes and behavior that lead to bullying.”

Perez gave the students examples of how the Justice Department has intervened in cases of bullying – including the case of an openly homosexual teenager in New York who “failed to conform to gender stereotypes.”

A settlement reached in that case requires the school district to, among other things, retain an expert consultant to review policies related to harassment, and train faculty and staff annually on discrimination and harassment.


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1 posted on 01/05/2011 9:30:40 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Imho, this is one of the reasons that people voted for Obama.


2 posted on 01/05/2011 9:32:24 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: markomalley

So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?


3 posted on 01/05/2011 9:32:42 AM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: markomalley

The Federal government is more likely to see a ‘civil rights’ violation where none exists. Get ready for families to get crushed when their kid uses an epithet during an argument or a physical altercation.


4 posted on 01/05/2011 9:34:09 AM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: markomalley

Yep and I suppose if you are just fat, ugly, awkward, geeky, or a nerd they don’t give a damn. This identity politics crap is just manipulation to bully everyone to acceptance of the unacceptable.


5 posted on 01/05/2011 9:35:11 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: markomalley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmwqnqL3Hbg


6 posted on 01/05/2011 9:35:23 AM PST by samtheman
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To: markomalley

More special rights for homosexuals.


7 posted on 01/05/2011 9:35:33 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: omega4179

“So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?”

As long as they’re white.


8 posted on 01/05/2011 9:36:26 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: markomalley

What if you’re a goat-humper?


9 posted on 01/05/2011 9:36:38 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: markomalley

What if you’re bullied at school for “acting white” because you hand in your math homework every day?


10 posted on 01/05/2011 9:37:01 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: omega4179

Exactly. Why can’t we try to stop all bullying, not just that of protected classes?

I was bullied pretty consistently for 10 years and I have little tolerance for the common FR opinion that somehow it is acceptable. I have a sneaking suspicion those who feel this way were bullies themselves.

Such behavior will not be tolerated in adult life, why should it be tolerated in schools?

But this whole protected groups bit is the wrong way to go about it.


11 posted on 01/05/2011 9:37:30 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: markomalley

Hmmmm...what could the solution be to getting bullied because you’re gay?

Government intervention?
New anti-discrimination laws?
Counseling and recrimination for the bully?

How about this radical idea.....

MAN UP and stop acting like a damn fruit!!!!!!!!!

(I know...I’m SO insensitive.)


12 posted on 01/05/2011 9:37:44 AM PST by hoagy62 (.)
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To: markomalley

That’s so gay.


13 posted on 01/05/2011 9:38:37 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: markomalley
I wonder how likely Eric's DOJ is to enforce anti-bullying laws against people of a certain protected racial category?
14 posted on 01/05/2011 9:38:51 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: markomalley

What about being bullie for being small? Not so bright? Stuttering?

Why aren’t the school authorities doing something about bullying, in general?

When I was in school, the teachers didn’t want you to come to them with tales of being bullied, “Nobody likes a tattle-tale” was the cry. Yet, if you defended yourself, both of you were suspended.

When my daughter was in elementary school, a young, black thug was sitting behind her, bullying her. We went to the school authorities, and got nothing. And the principal was a personal friend of the family.

It was only after one teacher personally saw this hoodlum stick a pin (not pen) into her shoulder that the bully was transferred to another school.


15 posted on 01/05/2011 9:39:03 AM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

We all know this is BS.
Mostly it’s about punishing anyone who expresses opposition to homosexuality being punished for that belief.

No actual person is being “bullied”,
except, of course, for the person expressing his opposing belief.


16 posted on 01/05/2011 9:39:03 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: markomalley

Buck up.


17 posted on 01/05/2011 9:39:23 AM PST by onedoug
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To: omega4179

short kids and nerds? fat kids? redheads? kids who wear glasses and those braces that look like bridles? ...

Shut up and sit down, losers. And hand over your lunch mney.


18 posted on 01/05/2011 9:39:40 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: markomalley

Bullied by the Civil Rights Division, how about that!...


19 posted on 01/05/2011 9:40:02 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: omega4179
So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?

No, just Christians and Heterosexuals.

20 posted on 01/05/2011 9:40:19 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: markomalley

On the other hand the JD has no problem with voters being bullied at the polling place.


21 posted on 01/05/2011 9:40:50 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: omega4179

Only if they’re white.


22 posted on 01/05/2011 9:41:34 AM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: markomalley

`It Get’s Better’ program
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyAFbSDPVk

I wonder how women and blacks feel about being compared to homosexuals.


23 posted on 01/05/2011 9:42:35 AM PST by tumblindice (Think about it, but don't hurt yourself)
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To: markomalley

How many transexual teens are there at school????

Also, what is this crap with “bi”??? If homosexuality is genetic and no one can help it, how do you explain people having sex with BOTH sexes? If not genetic, aren’t they just sluts?

Maybe it’s nobody’s business at school if a girl or guy is a bisexual slut, but why does the government want to force others to make pledges on behalf of slutty people?

It’s absolutely preposterous. How did transvestites, transexuals and bisexuals get into this favored status?


24 posted on 01/05/2011 9:42:41 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: markomalley
In a freer and saner times, we used to teach the kids the Golden Rule and gave them moral training and that reduced the amount of bullying...
25 posted on 01/05/2011 9:42:52 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: markomalley

Of course bullying would include such phrases as “There is a better way than the lifestyle you’re choosing, and it can be found in this Book.”


26 posted on 01/05/2011 9:43:01 AM PST by aSeattleConservative ("...the American Christian ... would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!" G. Washington)
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To: silverleaf
short kids and nerds? fat kids? redheads? kids who wear glasses and those braces that look like bridles? ...

Shut up and sit down, losers. And hand over your lunch money.

F**k that. Happened to me too many times in junior high. Nowadays, someone getting bullied is just as likely to 'eliminate' the problem and cap you or stick a shiv in your chest.

27 posted on 01/05/2011 9:44:59 AM PST by hoagy62 (.)
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To: Maelstorm

Those individuals don’t have a “protected class” yet. Give it time...


28 posted on 01/05/2011 9:45:39 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Muslims are protected; watch your choice of words.


29 posted on 01/05/2011 9:45:39 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: omega4179

As a kid who was both short and nerdy until my junior year of high school that’s EXACTLY what I thought when I read this. The Justice department shouldn’t be involved at the local school bully level to begin with.


30 posted on 01/05/2011 9:46:19 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (The more the plans fail the more the planners plan - Ronald Reagan)
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To: markomalley
The U.S. Justice Department went into a public high school on Tuesday with a message for students: If you’re “different,” if you’re gay, and if you’re being bullied – don’t feel alone, don’t be ashamed, and don’t hesitate to call on the federal government for help if your school doesn’t stop the bullying.

What if you're an irritating, self-righteous @$$hole who happens to be gay?

31 posted on 01/05/2011 9:47:29 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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To: markomalley

Wearing or carrying anything resembling Old Glory, a short prayer at the beginning of the day, or having a 20 gauge in your truck so you can go directly to dove-hunting after school—the U.S. Justice Department ‘Won’t Stand for It,’


32 posted on 01/05/2011 9:47:54 AM PST by tumblindice (Think about it, but don't hurt yourself)
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To: markomalley
“If you can find some hope in the fact that you have a whole community of people out here – people who you’ve never met, and we’ve never met you, but...want you to be happy,” another employee says.

Well, it's certainly true that it is the government's job to make sure it's citizens are *happy*.

“When I was in grade school and high school, I was bullied. But now I prosecute bullies,” says yet another employee.

Prosecute with a vengeance, I'm guessing. The employees' life mission is PAYBACK.

“Don’t be ashamed of who you are, just keep on being yourself.”

"Don't be ashamed"? Even if you're one of those homos that leans towards pedophilia? A rapist? Yep. Just keep being yourself, there are no boundries kids.

33 posted on 01/05/2011 9:49:05 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
More special rights for homosexuals.

More special rights for alleged homosexuals.

What is the Justice Department's standard of proof for a complainant? Having a slog on Holder's junk? Actually packing fudge with Obama?
Just askin'.

34 posted on 01/05/2011 9:49:56 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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To: markomalley
Interesting that we don't here a peep from this Justice Department about other students that have been bullied into committing suicide:

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2010/08/23/family-of-sladjana-vidovic-16-year-old-who-committed-suicide-suing-mentor-schools

On October 2, 2008, 16-year-old Sladjana Vidovic was found by her sister. Vidovic was dead, having committed suicide by hanging herself out of her bedroom window. In her suicide note, the Bosnian native said that she was constantly bullied at school.

35 posted on 01/05/2011 9:50:51 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The courts have already said that one must simply declare oneself to be a homosexual to be treated as one.


36 posted on 01/05/2011 9:53:01 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: markomalley

US Justice Dept: “We won’t stand for gay kids to be bullied”
Gay kid: “Those black kids just called me a ‘fag’”
US Justice Dept: “You probably misheard them”


37 posted on 01/05/2011 9:53:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: markomalley

I always wondered why bullying was suddenly such a BIG ISSUE. Sure enough, it was a wedge to introduce support for the homosexual lifestyle.

“Just be yourself.” That is what they say. It is a pagan lifestyle all the way.

In truth, liberals do not mind bullying at all, as they are long-time practitioners.


38 posted on 01/05/2011 9:56:59 AM PST by docbnj
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To: markomalley

putting it out there. If even there was conduct worthy of ridicule, homosexual conduct is it. Physical violence? No. Laughing and pointing at ridiculous conduct? Yup.


39 posted on 01/05/2011 9:57:12 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: markomalley
America: Where the unwholesome is wholesome and the wholesome, unwholesome.

You folks just don't understand. They're just building the Dem base here.

40 posted on 01/05/2011 9:58:16 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: omega4179

“So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?”

Only if they’re unarmed.


41 posted on 01/05/2011 9:58:30 AM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: markomalley

Phew, this attitude really lifts a burden off the American people. What would we all do without this federal attitude? /sarc


42 posted on 01/05/2011 9:58:50 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: markomalley

Oh come on...hello... There are always bullies that will bully whoever they think they can get away with bulling, gay, white, black, little, learning disabled, nerds....anyone who isn’t cool, doesn’t matter, as long as that person can bully whoever it is.


43 posted on 01/05/2011 9:59:00 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: markomalley
Resistance to the advances of Sodomites shall be severely dealt with.
44 posted on 01/05/2011 9:59:51 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: saganite
On the other hand the JD has no problem with voters being bullied at the polling place.

Will the JD prosecute if the victim is gay/white and the "bullies" are black ???

45 posted on 01/05/2011 10:00:03 AM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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To: markomalley

The article you’ll never see:

The U.S. Justice Department went into a public high school on Tuesday with a message for students: If you’re “different,” if you’re Christian, and if you’re being bullied – don’t feel alone, don’t be ashamed, and don’t hesitate to call on the federal government for help if your school doesn’t stop the bullying.

“If you have been targeted for harassment or bullying because of your religious convictions, because of your Christian identity or expression, or simply because your classmates see you as different, I am here to tell you that the Civil Rights Division will not stand for it,” Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, told students at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md.

As part of the event – sponsored by the school’s administration and its Christian-atheist alliance – Perez played a videotape in which mostly Christian and Jewish Civil Rights Division employees (and one who identified herself as interreligious) shared their stories of being bullied at school. They also offered supportive messages to those who are being bullied now:

“You do have allies — we are here for you,” one Civil Rights Division employee says in the video.

“If you can find some hope in the fact that you have a whole community of people out here – people who you’ve never met, and we’ve never met you, but we think of you and care about you and want you to be safe and want you to be happy,” another employee says.

“Being different is cool,” another employee says.

“When I was in grade school and high school, I was bullied. But now I prosecute bullies,” says yet another employee.

“Don’t be ashamed of who you are, just keep on being yourself.”

The video was produced by the Civil Rights Division staff for submission to the national “It Gets Better” Project, which was launched after a string of suicides of Christian students who reportedly had been bullied. The project is intended to reassure religious youth that life gets better after high school.

Following the assistant attorney general’s remarks and the video presentation, students at Blake High School were invited to sign the “It Gets Better” Pledge, which reads as follows: “Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Agnostic and other bullied teens by letting them know that ‘It Gets Better.’”

According to a blog on the Justice Department’s Web site, Perez told students that in addition to the Civil Rights Division bringing cases against bullies, “we also need to address the attitudes and behavior that lead to bullying.”
Perez gave the students examples of how the Justice Department has intervened in cases of bullying – including the case of an openly Christian teenager in New York who “failed to conform to atheist stereotypes.”

A settlement reached in that case requires the school district to, among other things, retain an expert consultant to review policies related to harassment, and train faculty and staff annually on discrimination and harassment.


46 posted on 01/05/2011 10:02:53 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: markomalley

So the goal is to combat homosexual bullying at the local level using Federal resources? What form of government do we have again? I do not recall the Fed being granted tyrannical oversight into the local doings of a community. How much is this stupidity going to cost me in tax dollars, waste, and fraud?


47 posted on 01/05/2011 10:03:19 AM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: jagusafr

Teach your children the fine art of making offensive people invisible. Just do not acknowledge their existence. Pretend they are not there. I have found this to be an effective tactic.


48 posted on 01/05/2011 10:04:31 AM PST by WVNan
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To: markomalley
Is the homo lobby's agenda to label all the bullied 'gay' so as to create false statistics of discrimination? There's been a steady drum beat in the press linking bullying with gay for some time now.

I met a very suggestable woman who expressed her concern for her son who was being bullied at school. She assumed he was gay because of it. So very strange.

49 posted on 01/05/2011 10:16:09 AM PST by Oratam
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
The courts have already said that one must simply declare oneself to be a homosexual to be treated as one.

Well then. There's your solution to bullying.

Tell the bully who has you on the top of his list that if he persists, you'll write a letter to the US Justice Department, naming him as someone who revels in bullying gays.
If said bully has half a brain, he'll do anything to avoid that shiite storm from coming down on his head.

Or better yet...don't tell him. Just write the letter.

50 posted on 01/05/2011 10:24:03 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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