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EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical
Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on April 26, 2012 | by Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/26/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The EPA has scrambled to contain the damage from the clip highlighted by Morgen Richmond this morning, which went viral yesterday, showing an EPA administrator bragging about crucifixion as a means to impose the EPA’s will on American subjects, er, citizens.  The EPA’s Richard Armendariz apologized late last night for his remarks, and the EPA rushed to assure people that they are all about “ethical enforcement”:

The Obama-appointed Environmental Protection Agency official who explained that the agency uses a “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies apologized for his comments on Wednesday night.

“I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller. “It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws. …

While Armendariz apologized, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Cynthia Giles asserted that the agency is still committed to ethical enforcement of the law.

“Strong, fair and effective enforcement of the environmental laws passed by Congress is critical to protecting public health and ensuring that all companies, regardless of industry, are playing by the same rules,” she said in comments provided to TheDC. “Enforcement is essential to the effectiveness of our environmental laws, ensuring that public health is protected and that companies that play by the rules are not at a disadvantage. The same holds true for companies involved in responsible and safe development of our nation’s domestic energy resources.”

Sure they are.  Why, just ask the Sacketts about the EPA’s idea of “ethical enforcement.”  They ruled that the land that the Sacketts bought were wetlands after the Sacketts starting building a house on residential-zoned land even though it had not been classified as such beforehand, and then refused to allow them to access the court system without paying tens of thousands of dollars each day that they delayed the EPA’s mandated abatement.  The Supreme Court hit the EPA with a unanimous smackdown on a process which could only be called a financial crucifixion of the Sacketts, and a lesson to everyone else — just as Armendariz described in the video.

Don’t count Senator James Inhofe among the easily impressed with this apology and endorsement of the EPA’s approach to enforcement:

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is not buying the mea culpa offered by the EPA official who bragged about the agency’s “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies.

“His apology was meaningless,” Inhofe told The Daily Caller in a Thursday morning interview.

“You’re going to treat people like the Romans crucified the church? Get real,” he said.

According to Inhoffe, Obama-appointed Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz’s claim in his apology that the agency is focused on “fair and vigorous enforcement” isn’t supported by the facts.

Inhofe appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to talk about his intent to investigate the EPA, and to tie Armendariz’ comments to Barack Obama’s war on domestic oil and gas production, especially gas:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday blasted an Environmental Protection Agency official’s claim that the agency was using a “crucify them” strategy against oil and gas companies, calling it a part of President Barack Obama’s “war on domestic energy.”

“Let’s keep in mind, this is all a part of Obama’s war on domestic energy,” Inhofe said on “Fox & Friends.” “He’s the one who said that we have good natural gas and it’s plentiful and all of that but we’ve got to stop hydraulic fracturing. This is the war on hydraulic fracturing.”

It’s more than a war on hydraulic fracturing, or on energy production.  It’s a war on liberty, waged by bureaucrats who want to crucify people like the Sacketts in order to pacify the rest of us.  The apology won’t fool anyone.


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1 posted on 04/26/2012 2:02:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He’s only sorry he let somebody tape him.


2 posted on 04/26/2012 2:05:38 PM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Too late. After Rush was all over this today, it’s just toooooo late.


3 posted on 04/26/2012 2:06:01 PM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The problem these a$$holes have is their rhetoric perfectly matches their act. They’ve been caught after the fact talking publicly about what they have been doing all along.


4 posted on 04/26/2012 2:06:08 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Michael Barnes

Rats keep digging their graves. Wanna bet he gets thrown under the bus?


5 posted on 04/26/2012 2:08:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The guy is a total jerk, and also he doesn’t know history.

The Romans did not bother going after “little villages,” and the Turks were nowhere around the Mediterranean at the time. They were still off in Central Asia somewhere.

This EPA official obviously went to a public school. But where did he go to college? Let’s have names here!


6 posted on 04/26/2012 2:09:45 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The guy is a total jerk, and also he doesn’t know history.

The Romans did not bother going after “little villages,” and the Turks were nowhere around the Mediterranean at the time. They were still off in Central Asia somewhere.

This EPA official obviously went to a public school. But where did he go to college? Let’s have names here!


7 posted on 04/26/2012 2:10:04 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

SHUT DOWN THE EPA COMPLETELY!


8 posted on 04/26/2012 2:11:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And people here think it would be just as bad under Romney.

Wow, just wow.


9 posted on 04/26/2012 2:16:11 PM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Al Armendariz

And not only has Armendariz talked about crucifying oil companies, he’s tried to do it. In 2010 his office targeted Range Resources, a Fort Worth-based driller that was among the first to discover the potential of the Marcellus Shale gas field of Pennsylvania — the biggest gas field in America and one of the biggest in the world. Armendariz’s office declared in an emergency order that Range’s drilling activity had contaminated groundwater in Parker County, Texas. Armendariz’s office insisted that Range’s hydraulic fracking activity had caused the pollution and ordered Range to remediate the water. The EPA’s case against Range was catnip for the environmental fracktivists who insist with religious zealotry that fracking is evil. Range insisted from the beginning that there was no substance to the allegations.

Press Here

The former professor at Southern Methodist University is a diehard environmentalist, having grown up in El Paso near a copper smelter that reportedly belched arsenic-laced clouds into the air. (Here’s a profile of him in the Dallas Observer.) Texas Monthly called him one of the 25 most powerful Texans, while the Houston Chronicle said he’s “the most feared environmentalist in the state.”

Nevermind that he couldn’t prove jack against Range. For a year and a half EPA bickered over the issue, both with Range and with the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drilling and did its own scientific study of Range’s wells and found no evidence that they polluted anything. In recent months a federal judge slapped the EPA, decreeing that the agency was required to actually do some scientific investigation of wells before penalizing the companies that drilled them. Finally in March the EPA withdrew its emergency order and a federal court dismissed the EPA’s case.

10 posted on 04/26/2012 2:18:19 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Too late to be sorry. He scr*wed #BigguDickus right out of the water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8_jgiNqUc


11 posted on 04/26/2012 2:19:46 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: docbnj
Here is his condensed CV.
12 posted on 04/26/2012 2:20:56 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,”

Translation: "I apologize that you had to hear something that was not meant for public consumption and I regret I got caught."

(I for one believe he said exactly what he meant.)

13 posted on 04/26/2012 2:21:39 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Just posted this:

Jim Inhofe rips EPA’s ‘crucify’ approach

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Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, had announced on Wednesday that he was launching an investigation into an EPA official’s comments from 2010 that were caught on tape, in which he compared the agency’s enforcement policies to how the Romans used to “crucify” people.

14 posted on 04/26/2012 2:22:17 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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talk from the guy these environmentalists still affectionately call “Dr. Al,” activist Allison Silva—who heads a group fighting a proposed coke-fired coal power plant in Corpus Christi—echoes a common sentiment about Armendariz for the crowd: “He’s a rock star in my book.”

the most feared environmentalist in Texas, telling a story about when he was just a kid in El Paso, surrounded by the arsenic-laced cloud of the Asarco copper smelter, one of the lucky ones among generations of children who, many studies later showed, were poisoned by the plant.

“You could taste the air,” he recalls for the crowd. “Your throat would tingle with all the metals that were put into the air.”

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-03-10/news/toxic-avenger-in-the-war-between-the-feds-and-texas-epa-chief-al-armendariz-has-science-on-his-side-is-that-enough/


15 posted on 04/26/2012 2:22:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: thackney; steelyourfaith

Ping.


16 posted on 04/26/2012 2:24:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years

Problem is, there were no Turkish towns in the Mediterranean basin until the eleventh century AD at the earliest, long after AD 337, when the Romans abandoned crucifixion.

17 posted on 04/26/2012 2:24:35 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: kcvl

Wonder how cool he will look when he goes before Sen Inhofe?


18 posted on 04/26/2012 2:24:46 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Mrs.Z

if the fallout from this is EPA finally gets de-funded, his fellow enviro-wonks will be hanging him in effigy, if not in person.


19 posted on 04/26/2012 2:25:43 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TigerLikesRooster; landsbaum; Signalman; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Lancey Howard; ...

fyi


20 posted on 04/26/2012 2:28:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: kcvl

After seeing that picture I have to ask, what the hell is that?


21 posted on 04/26/2012 2:36:54 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45

He said just as the Romans conquered villages by crucifying people, “you make examples out of people” who are not compliant with the law in order to easily manage them.

22 posted on 04/26/2012 2:41:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
How does Carney go out there and say 'Bobo doesn't share this guy's views' and then Fox failed to follow up to ask, 'So if that's the case, why is this bozo still employed by the EPA?'
23 posted on 04/26/2012 2:46:48 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is how they speak when they are among their ‘friends’ at the wine and brie parties or at ‘tea’ in the faculty lounges. It is their true self. They are MARXISTS to the end. (Hopefully that will be soon)


24 posted on 04/26/2012 2:52:07 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Richard Armendariz seems to have made himself a perfect target for use in a crucifixion.

What an utterly stupid thing for him to have said ~ particularly in light of the fact that Saudi Arabia still uses that method to dispose of criminals and offensive people.

25 posted on 04/26/2012 2:52:07 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Mrs.Z

Open defiance, armed resistance. You can only push people so far.


26 posted on 04/26/2012 2:52:26 PM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Fiji Hill

There were no Turks at all ~ but there were Sakkah. But they didn’t live in Anatolia.


27 posted on 04/26/2012 2:54:53 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

By their very nature, those attracted to a career in government are those who wish to have the power to crucify their neighbors.

The Founding Fathers went to their graves believing they had designed the perfect system by which to avoid such abuses.

Alas, they were wrong.


28 posted on 04/26/2012 3:00:29 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Grampa Dave; tubebender; Carry_Okie; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge; BOBTHENAILER; ..
Doesn't this just beat ALL?!?

THIS is the "Audacity of Hope"(lessness)!!!

29 posted on 04/26/2012 3:03:56 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: JohnG45

looks like the skidmark on the shorts of life!


30 posted on 04/26/2012 3:08:55 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: docbnj
This EPA official obviously went to a public school. But where did he go to college? Let’s have names here!

From

Dr. Armendariz received his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health where he was also selected as a Royster Society Fellow. He holds an M.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. Al is a chemical engineer by training, with an undergraduate degree from MIT.

Before joining the EPA he was a professor of Environmental & Civil Engineering at SMU.

In other words, a know-nothing egghead from the bowels of academe from the very git-go.

31 posted on 04/26/2012 3:09:20 PM PDT by okie01
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To: SierraWasp; All

Foxnews special report had the video clip and much more of all this in their opening 5 minutes tonight.


32 posted on 04/26/2012 3:23:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical

Yeah, they're going to sterilize the nails with alcohol before they drive them through our hands and feet.

33 posted on 04/26/2012 3:52:43 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (No, Mr. Obama--Marbury vs. Madison was not an NCAA first round matchup.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

OUTSTANDING!!!


34 posted on 04/26/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: Michael Barnes

“They’ve been caught after the fact talking publicly about what they have been doing all along.”

Indeed. After what the EPA did in Rampanos v US, the Congress had enough evidence to charge the EPA nazis with sedition and extortion.

No hearings were held by the worm Republicans who controlled the House back in 2003. We also had enough dirt on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to impeach and remove every commie liberal on that court.

We need to take back the senate so Inhofe can be appointed chair of the resources committee and begin throwing these nazi pigs in prison. He knows where the bodies are buried.


35 posted on 04/26/2012 4:23:33 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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36 posted on 04/26/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Army Air Corps
Here is his condensed CV.

Check out the e-mail address on that page, looks like messages to Al get filtered through someone named David Gray.

I'd bet real money that Mr. Gray was the author of that "apology", it sounds like something that an "external affairs" guy would crank out.

37 posted on 04/26/2012 5:11:13 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“ethical enforcement” = “ethical cleansing”


38 posted on 04/26/2012 5:19:34 PM PDT by jmax (Be warned....I'm armed.)
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To: Charles Martel

Well, he has a PR minded “handler.” Gee, I wonder why? ;-)


39 posted on 04/26/2012 6:27:58 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical”

No you ain’t.

You’re all about being dictatorial.

And someday soon, you’re gonna get what dictators deserve….


40 posted on 04/26/2012 6:47:46 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We can only hope Senator Inhofe will be able to raise sufficient backing to go after this creep. Job termination comes to mind.


41 posted on 04/26/2012 6:58:50 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: Michael Barnes

Meanwhile, the drumbeat of Dictator Obama grows louder:

regulate -— control -— destroy -— Regulate -— control -— destroy -— REgulate -— control -— destroy -— REGulate -— control -— destroy -— REGU


42 posted on 04/26/2012 7:58:26 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: SierraWasp; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Exposure to light is the best disinfectant for roaches...and ‘rats. lol

“Doesn’t this just beat ALL?!? “

I love that saying. It’s so “southern”. ;o)


43 posted on 04/26/2012 11:49:54 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
To: EPA Administrator Al Armendariz — horse hockey. You got caught telling the truth, dude.
44 posted on 04/27/2012 3:56:25 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: dixiechick2000
Yayyah, it shur is suthern, awlrite... Shazzam!!!

I maida pilgrumage to Wa Mart taday an bawt me a dang tent.

45 posted on 04/27/2012 9:13:40 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Hey EPA,

Tyrants "motivating the populace".

Populace "motivating tyrants"

Mussolini and his mistress

Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana

46 posted on 04/27/2012 6:06:49 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: okie01

What the hell is “Environmental Engineering”?!


47 posted on 04/27/2012 6:11:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
What the hell is “Environmental Engineering”?!

In the College of Engineering, it's called "Environmental Engineering".

The same major, in the College of Arts & Sciences, is called "Environmental Bullshit".

But nobody ever takes a degree in it...

48 posted on 04/27/2012 10:52:41 PM PDT by okie01
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To: SierraWasp

Boy howdy! Wat a dang gud tent dat must be!

I lub me sum Wa Maht...cain’t wayt ta be able ta shop dere agin.


49 posted on 04/28/2012 12:17:58 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Hay Chick! Ya been jabbin any GOP with that 3 tine pitchfork lately??? If he hollers, let’em go!!!


50 posted on 04/28/2012 7:35:21 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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