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Falling for Fourth Year, U.S. Slips to World's Seventh Most Competitive (from FIRST in 2008)
Fox Business News ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Jennifer Booton

Posted on 09/10/2012 10:58:10 AM PDT by Innovative

The U.S. has fallen for the fourth straight year, by two spots, to the seventh most competitive country, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 by the World Economic Forum.

It is now led by Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; competition; competitiveness; democrats; economy; elections; jobs; nobama2012; obama; obamanomics; unemployment; usa
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"For most of the 20th century, the United States has been considered the world's economic superpower. And up until four years ago, the World Economic Forum would agree. In 2008, it ranked the U.S. as the most globally competitive economy in the world. This year, when the group published its annual Global Competitiveness Report, the U.S. ranked seventh."

And it will probably be down the 100th, if Obama gets reelected.

It's time for all those who are still pouting to face reality that this is not the time to pout and stay home or vote third party and let Obama push the US down the drain in his second term.

When some of us say, this is the most important election of our lifetimes, we are not exaggerating. The fate of our country IS at stake.

1 posted on 09/10/2012 10:58:17 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

In his second term, Obama would be working to see that the US would be 16th...


2 posted on 09/10/2012 11:00:07 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Globalism has come home to roost....


3 posted on 09/10/2012 11:02:32 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: txrefugee

Bush’s fault.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 11:03:36 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: DonaldC

The reason we are not competitive is the ever increasing burdensome regulations, which is stifling businesses.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 11:06:35 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Beaten by Sweden??? That’s like beat by Uganda...


6 posted on 09/10/2012 11:10:42 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Innovative

Suze Orman was just on CNN saying how “My God! Are you kidding? Of course we’re better off than we were 4 years ago!” And it’s all thanks to obama.

If that dried up old piece of filth says it, it must be true!


7 posted on 09/10/2012 11:11:10 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Innovative

Considering many of the countries ahead of us are Euroweenies, whose regulation requirements are usually ahead of us, no this is not caused by regulation.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 11:11:49 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

What was she saying before his gay epiphany?


9 posted on 09/10/2012 11:19:56 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Innovative
Falling for Fourth Year, U.S. Slips to World's Seventh Most Competitive (from FIRST in 2008)

That's easy to fix.

Tax the he!! out of the rich and give government more input into the the day to day operations of business to allow government to more efficiently help these companies when the EVIL senior officers try to make more money on the backs of the middle class and the minorities like faygut employees just trying to make it known that THEY are important people too....

Once government has made us fair again we will be on top for ever.

10 posted on 09/10/2012 11:20:28 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

She is a leftist and the worst dresser I have ever seen.


11 posted on 09/10/2012 11:21:27 AM PDT by funfan
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To: Doctor 2Brains
“My God! Are you kidding? Of course we’re better off than we were 4 years ago!”

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12 posted on 09/10/2012 11:26:17 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Innovative

Competition is bad, man. Because for there to be (toke) like a winner, you gotta have everybody else lose. That’s so, like, greedy and selfish, man (exhale)./s


13 posted on 09/10/2012 11:29:52 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Innovative
To all you Anti-Bush Freepers, I suppose this is Bush's fault too.
14 posted on 09/10/2012 11:31:54 AM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: Chgogal

I would say Boosh II helped foster the conditions leading to the train wreck along with the Rat house and senate. Hard in some ways to tell them apart.


15 posted on 09/10/2012 11:39:43 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: funfan

During the interview, she said “As an economist...” According to wikipedia, the ugly old hag pig has a degree in SOCIAL WORK!


16 posted on 09/10/2012 11:39:49 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Innovative

Have you noticed that someone has tampered with the ‘Global Competitiveness’ rankings at Wikipedia? Shows United States as #1 in 2009-2010 which isn’t true. We fell to #2 Obama’s first full year in office. Someone’s busy covering for Obama to mislead on his abysmal record.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 11:40:28 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Innovative

Obamaeconomics - ever-building the middle class outwards, enough said. =.=


18 posted on 09/10/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Innovative
CHANGE! FORWARD!
19 posted on 09/10/2012 11:48:03 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: All

World Economic Forum:

http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-competitiveness

“The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide. Access the data platform to visualize and download the data.

This year’s report findings show that Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report for the fourth consecutive year. Singapore remains in second position with Finland, in third position, overtaking Sweden 4th). These and other Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with the Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom respectively ranked 5th, 6th and 8th. The United States (7th), Hong Kong (9th) and Japan (10th) complete the top 10. The Report emphasizes persisting competitiveness divides across and within regions, as short-termism and political deadlock continue to hold back the economic performance of many countries and regions. Looking forward, productivity improvements and private sector investment will be key to improving global economies at a time of heightened uncertainty about the global economic outlook. Read the full report, press release and access the full rankings”

Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013

Full report in pdf:

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalCompetitivenessReport_2012-13.pdf

In GDP per capita, the US is #14!

(see page 385 of the very informative pdf document above)

And in “protection of property rights”, that US ranks #42 (page 389)

Go ahead and browse this highly informative and interesting report.


20 posted on 09/10/2012 11:52:25 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: DonaldC

There are many ways to measure business freedom, and Heritage does the best job. You’d be surprised how many “Euroweenies” rank ahead of us. So the reflexive, “if it’s Euro, it’s bad for business” thing simply is not accurate.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 12:04:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Doctor 2Brains

200,000 or so small businesses that closed taking over 3M jobs with them alot because the saw Obama of Roanoke coming. How will the ‘Progressives’ explain the downturn if Obama is reelected? Oh, that’s right! They’ve got a ‘fiscal cliff’ (which Howard Dean and Patty Murray insist they breach because it will finish off the ‘obstructionist’ Republicans once and for all)!!!


22 posted on 09/10/2012 12:09:57 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: lonevoice

ping


23 posted on 09/10/2012 12:12:46 PM PDT by Pride in the USA (With Romney - Ryan you get change back.)
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To: Innovative

No one is surprised by this except those that choose to be. Since The Empty Chair has occupies Our Lawn, America’s petticoats have been dragged in the mud deliberately.

We need to vote this !@#$%!&!$!@ out of office. ASAP!


24 posted on 09/10/2012 12:13:41 PM PDT by Monkey Face (A rolling stone gathers momentum.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama
Related thread from a couple of days ago:
Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate,
containing this gem:
But the planned inspections appear to go well beyond health issues to include such details as sales, ownership, employees and the size of company buildings.

Note the usual suspects blaming, of all things, people who believe in free and open markets.
25 posted on 09/10/2012 12:17:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Innovative

Forward. /s


26 posted on 09/10/2012 12:46:03 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Gasshog
I am so pleased that I see Boosh II getting so beat up here at FreeRepubulic and so little blame thrown at Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Schmuckster Schummer, Clinton, Kerry, etc. who are Statists on Steroids (aka Communists/Socialists/Big Government Central Planners).

Here at FreeRepublic it is all Boosh II all the time.

I am so damn sick and tired of Freepers like you piling on our side. It is not enough that I have to listen to the Dems constantly saying, “It's Bush's fault.” I never hear a Dem say, “Hey, it is our fault, we screwed up!”. But Freepers like you and many more like you, just follow the Dems and MSM talking point and pile on our side.

Shame on you and all other Freepers who point the fingers at Republicans instead of the Statists on Steroids. It is sickening. It is disgusting. Your stupidity is only equaled by your fellow Dummycrats' governing skills. You are Pro-Dummycrat Freepers (deemed so by your words and actions) . You accuse us FReepers of being BushBots while blind to the fact that you are only a useful idiot to the Dummycrats. They use you, Kristol, Cheney (unnecessary Sarah bashing), Rove (Tea Party bashing), et al. and your comments to beat us (Conservatives) over the head. Thanks a lot FRiend!!! Your so called "deep and objective analyses" are no longer required so go to DU where your intellect will be much more appreciated.

27 posted on 09/10/2012 1:12:22 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: Chgogal

You must understand. Sour grapes are a balm to total losers. Their tastebuds are deformed by the crap they feed on to the point they cannot eat and enjoy like normal people.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 1:19:44 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: bert
Huh?

You are not a good communicator. If you have a problem with what I posted, speak plainly.

If you piss on our side than you joined their side.

There that is speaking plainly.

29 posted on 09/10/2012 1:24:50 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: 1rudeboy

It’s been my experience over a lifetime in International Trade the Europeans are quite Scroogeish in their salaries, benefits, etc. as well they haven’t a qualm about delaying payments outrageous periods of time for services rendered, and often simply creating issues to avoid payment for services, or products altogether.

Sort of a Leftist in-your-face sneering “whatcha gonna do about it” business attitude. Quite frustrating to deal with some of them as well infuriating.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 1:36:51 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: bert
It's not that I mind some sour grapes now and then. It's the ones who don't understand economics that are troubling.

Fact of the matter is, most folks were sitting on their butts enjoying the Bush tax cut, maybe complaining about government spending (but it was always the "other Congressman's fault, not theirs"), and failing to listen to warnings (from Bush, Greenspan, and even McCain) about Fannie and Freddie.

There's probably an element of subconsious guilt working to explain their desire to blame everyone but themselves.

31 posted on 09/10/2012 1:40:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Innovative

The decline of our country continues under the stewardship of Barack Obama.


32 posted on 09/10/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Suze Orman is a lesbian. Of course she supports Obama.


33 posted on 09/10/2012 1:46:38 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Innovative

We just need more taxes and regulations on the evil corporations!

How else are we to afford all of the goodies we provide to the welfare slackers and government do nothings!


34 posted on 09/10/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: bert

I agree almost completely with your post. My comment was to let you know about those who hate Bush are mostly disgruntled eaters of sour grapes.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 2:21:13 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Innovative

it is as he wanted........


36 posted on 09/10/2012 2:47:34 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Innovative
7th?

Most of the things we see in stores made in China.

Obama has borrowed 6 trillion $ in the last 4 years. That is what this economy is running on , borrowing money. all that borrowed money being pumped into the economy and still no jobs being created, still things are bad even with borrowing all those trillions of dollars. This shows how bad things really are. We don't create or produce a damn thing and we can't keep on borrowing at this rate forever. As long as they allow the ever increasing borrowing of trillions and the money still has value then it will SEEM like things haven't collapsed yet but we all know that this borrowing cannot continue for too much longer.If you borrowed a 100 thousand $ per year then you'd live good as long as they kept lending to you but you know that can't be forever.

This obama monster, these democrats and their damn socialism have destroyed the greatest country ever.

37 posted on 09/10/2012 4:22:14 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: Gasshog
Your Obama sure turned things around huh? NO actually Obama borrowed 6 trillion $ in 4 years which will ensure a U.S. collapse. Also your Obama is a dictator : Just one example it gave out an executive order which granted Amnesty to a million illegals. that is unlawful for this cretin to do and the media hides this. As bad as you all say any Republican president was I don't think any Republican president behaved like a dictator as Obama has and how it has destroyed our businesses and gave Amnesty through dictatorial acts.
38 posted on 09/10/2012 4:27:41 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

Cool off rurgan

You’re turning downright purple.


39 posted on 09/10/2012 6:01:38 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: Chgogal

You should cool off also - stress is unhealthy for you.

I was here posting with Jim Rob when Clintoon was Commander-in-Sink. I voted for Mr. Bush once - he didn’t do anything to earn my vote the 2nd term but he did a lot to prepare the way for the Kenyan and I don’t have to go thru the list.

Been a proud FReeper and a conservative no matter what you may think. (dont tell me you were badmouthing Jim Rob too before he decided to endorse Mitt?) I will stick with my values no matter who says what - Live with it, because I can.

I dont have to sling derogatory comments back at you but it really doesn’t bother me. And please don’t go away mad or write your Opus — stick around here with me, things are going to get very interesting!


40 posted on 09/10/2012 6:21:49 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: 1rudeboy
It's been quite a while since I've seen free trade being blamed for those damned globalists who would dominate local producers in a effort to wipe them out.

Apparently, some people have a problem with other people having too much freedom. Too funny.

41 posted on 09/10/2012 7:22:38 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase

They’ve been drifting back since the OWS tent cities started folding up. :)


42 posted on 09/10/2012 7:27:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Gasshog
but he did a lot to prepare the way for the Kenyan

Never understood the logic: it as if the 2010 Super Bowl winner "prepares" the way for the team that wins the 2011 Super Bowl.

43 posted on 09/10/2012 7:30:51 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Probably because creeping socialism/Marxism isn’t particularly logical? Bush pandered to the left from the get-go, this only stunned me a couple of times and then it was pretty obvious what he was made of.

We get a Dem, we get a RINO, then another Dem, etc — all leading the population down the merry path to the loss of our liberties. If you don’t see how Bush II was a part of that progression, I cant help you see.


44 posted on 09/10/2012 9:12:59 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: Gasshog
1. I was for Newt, Perry and Palin.

2. I am now for anybody but Obama.

3. Having the Chicago Mob running the world's most powerful and moral country in the world for another four years is unimaginable.

4. RINOs, FReepers and so called “conservatives” who bad mouth our own leaders instead of constantly pounding the Chicago Mob are basically doing the Chicago Mob's job. Period. THAT PISSES ME OFF.

5. RINOs, FReepers and Mark Levin equate Bush's spending to Obama’s Stimulus Bill that was baselined into the budget. That is how our deficits increased to over the Trillion Dollar level. THAT WAS NOT BUSH’s FAULT.

6. Obama and the Senate have not come up with a budget for almost four years....Bush's Fault.

7. Because of point 5, the Military is facing sequestration. Bush's Fault!

I can go on and on. It irritates me beyond words how we attack our own instead of attacking the Chicago Mob. It is beyond stupid. Obama is literally the enemy and yet RINOs, FReepers and so called “Conservatives” focus on Bush. UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE!

I personally don't care who you vote for or if you even vote. But don't let me catch you ever complaining about Obama’s America. You are part of the problem if you let him get a way with it by allowing him to win reelection. I won't do anything except point out your stupidity for letting him get reelected.

And no, Romney is not Obama. They may both be liberals, but one is out to destroy America the other is not.

Huge difference in my mind.

45 posted on 09/10/2012 11:34:09 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: Gasshog
“And please don’t go away mad or write your Opus — stick around here with me, things are going to get very interesting!”

OK, you're forgiven. Mad, well I am mad as hell! Can't help it. And just because I am mad as hell does not mean I will quit or write up an opus. Hopefully we won't be living in “interesting times”.

46 posted on 09/10/2012 11:45:35 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: Chgogal

I hear you!
We Must Defeat The Obamanation, his administration, his Czars.


47 posted on 09/10/2012 11:51:03 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Gasshog
So instead of trying to defeat socialism/Marxism, you spend your efforts trying to defeat creeping socialism/Marxism? Specifically, by reminding conservatives on a conservative website something they already know, that Bush wasn't conservative enough?

It's entirely possible that you are part of the problem.

48 posted on 09/11/2012 5:20:51 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Believe what you will. My choice is and will always be to support conservatives. Insults will only strengthen this resolve. I will surely be here as I have since the Clinton days.


49 posted on 09/11/2012 10:24:48 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: 1rudeboy

Believe what you will. My choice is and will always be to support conservatives. Insults will only strengthen this resolve. I will surely be here as I have since the Clinton days.


50 posted on 09/11/2012 10:31:00 AM PDT by Gasshog
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