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What Are They Teaching Your Kids About Global Warming? ["scientists" upset]
National Journal ^ | 6/26/2014 | Clare Foran

Posted on 06/26/2014 3:43:34 AM PDT by markomalley

It starts with Al Gore.

When it comes time to teach his high school sophomores about global warming, Wyoming science teacher Jim Stith shows An Inconvenient Truth. The green documentary delivers an unambiguous message: Human activity is driving dangerous climate change.

But the third-year teacher is no devotee of the former vice president. "I make sure they watch it on a day I'm gone because I can't stand to listen to him talk," Stith said.

And he doesn't teach Gore's conclusions as settled science. After the film, his class watches a movie called The Great Global Warming Swindle. It trots out an array of scientists, politicians, and economists who dispute the idea that climate change is man-made.

Then Stith asks his students to take a position. They can argue whatever they want as long as they back their claims with evidence. In the end, the class is left to draw its own conclusions. "We're putting stuff into our atmosphere that isn't great. And it's undeniable that the climate is changing," Stith said. "But whether humans are the cause, that's a bit more open to interpretation."

It's a conclusion that drives climate scientists crazy, especially when it's passed on to students. Here's why: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause.

The scientific consensus, however, has no equivalent political agreement. Instead, rejection of the link between human activity and climate change has become a near-universal stance in the Republican Party.

All this puts science teachers in an awkward position: Scientists insist that teaching the controversy—and not the consensus—is a dereliction of duty and a propagation of falsehood. But a powerful conservative coalition opposes any effort to standardize a consensus curriculum, and they've had success in blocking such a standard from taking effect.

The end result: a patchwork of climate instruction guidelines that largely leaves teachers to their own devices, facilitating massive disparities in global-warming education from school to school and state to state.

"There's a lot of variability in how this is taught right now," said Minda Berbeco, the National Center for Science Education's programs and policy director. "What's really troubling is a lot of students are not receiving accurate scientific information."

An effort to change that is under way, but has so far faced significant headwinds in a handful of red states. Last year, a coalition of scientists and educators released a set of academic standards for kindergarten through 12th grade that require schools to teach the scientific consensus on man-made global warming.

That academic framework—known as the Next Generation Science Standards—has won praise from high-profile scientific organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. They say teaching the consensus is crucial, especially as global warming begins to intensify.

Conservative organizations with tea-party ties, however, oppose the standards, particularly the part that deals with global warming. Truth in American Education, a network of tea-party and conservative groups, has come out against the standards. A researcher with Heartland Institute, a think tank that promotes global-warming skepticism, said the guidelines "impose alarmist global-warming ideas on children," and conservative advocacy organization the Wyoming Liberty Group said they "drive an eco-agenda."

The standards have so far been adopted in 11 states: California, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, along with the District of Columbia.

But elsewhere, the academic framework has been rejected. In March, Wyoming lawmakers blocked their adoption. Two months later, an Oklahoma House committee voted to prevent them from taking effect. And South Carolina's Legislature passed a measure to prohibit the guidelines in the state before they had even been made final.

While the fight drags on, most of the existing standards that mention global warming provide little to no direction as to how it should be taught. And some make it exceedingly easy for educators to teach the controversy.

Georgia's state science standards ask students to "judge the current theories explaining global warming." West Virginia compels high school science classes to "debate climate changes." Louisiana and Tennessee, meanwhile, have laws on the books protecting teachers who promote climate denial.

The net result is that climate skeptics get equal airing in many classrooms.

Georgia teacher Virginia Kirima asks her 11th-grade environmental-science students to debate whether climate change is natural or man-made. According to Kirima, there is no right or wrong answer. The team that offers up the most compelling scientific evidence wins. "It's up to them to accept whether climate change is natural or caused by humans," Kirima said.

Meanwhile, several thousand miles away in sunny California, high school teacher Heather Wygant ensures her students understand the consensus. "We talk about the fact that most scientists agree on this and we look at the evidence. I also spend a lot of time talking about misconceptions and why people don't believe things because I don't want there to be any confusion," she explained.

In West Virginia, where the coal industry wields massive political clout, high school science teacher Kathy Jacquez's students leave the classroom with a firm grasp on the global warming consensus. And, she says, that lets them think critically about the political battles currently unfolding in the state. "If you look at the headlines, they talk about cutting air pollution and say it's the death of the coal industry," Jacquez said. "But when I talk to my kids it's really amazing. None of them think this is up for debate. They know climate change is real, and it's something we have to deal with."

Other teachers stop short of spelling out facts simply because they're afraid. "I stay out of the process because when I first started teaching this I was labeled an evangelist. I have a kid of my own, and I have a job to keep," said Colorado science teacher Cheryl Manning. "I want my students to come away understanding that human activity has caused global warming. But I don't tell them that explicitly."


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: globalwarminghoax; planetgore
This global warming hoax garbage is fascinating. Check this one little quote from the middle of the article:
Scientists insist that teaching the controversy—and not the consensus—is a dereliction of duty and a propagation of falsehood.

Translation: this is secular dogma. Honest scientific inquiry is not permitted. Heresy against dogma MUST be punished.

Shows who the actual free thinkers are in today's society.

1 posted on 06/26/2014 3:43:34 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

When did Global Warming stop being a theory?

So stop teaching the consensus, consensus is NOT valid scientific method!

I loved the part where the author bemoans the ‘intensifying global warming,’ what intensifying...I froze my butt off this past winter and this summer doesn’t even put some legs on the tomatoes!


2 posted on 06/26/2014 3:53:51 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: markomalley

Proof that our entire school system is nothing more today than public indoctrination centers.

History will look back at how America fell and the key will be the public indoctrination centers.

Politics today are the result of political correctness and the hate of the white working male that was taught in all levels of these indoctrination centers...from public school through college.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 3:55:12 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: markomalley

In 1965 they were teaching us that we’d be in an ice age by 1975. They said we’d be out of oil by 1970. When we got to 1970 the moved it to 1980. It has since been indexing forward under names like “peak oil.” I was scared to death as a kid. Now I realize a lot of what I learned was propaganda. It’s still propaganda but it’s now anti-western, anti-American and anti-white.

We basically need to get government out of education.


4 posted on 06/26/2014 3:56:13 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley
And it's undeniable that the climate is changing," Stith said.

Really? This is a statement of faith, rather than science, especially given what we know about the falsification of climate data.

If it was simply a recognition that "climate" is always changing, one way or another, that would be unquestionably accurate, but the context doesn't indicate this.

5 posted on 06/26/2014 3:59:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Told 'em not to science those burgers too hard. ~ Darksheare)
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To: markomalley

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/09/03/cooks-97-consensus-disproven-by-a-new-paper-showing-major-math-errors/#more-92998

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/02/05/in-their-own-words-climate-alarmists-debunk-their-science/

http://www.principia-scientific.org/michael-mann-faces-bankruptcy-as-his-courtroom-climate-capers-collapse.html

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/younger_dryas_to_present_time_line1.png

http://www.earth-climate.com/

http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/02/18/5-scientific-reasons-that-global-warming-isnt-happening-n1796423

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2415191/Global-cooling-Arctic-ice-caps-grows-60-global-warming-predictions.html

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/060413-658776-study-shows-co2-rise-is-causing-deserts-to-get-greener.htm

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/23/cold-and-snow-wave-grips-the-usa-nearly-10000-cold-and-snow-records-set-in-the-last-month/

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/globalwarming2.html


6 posted on 06/26/2014 4:10:11 AM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: markomalley

Whenever you run into a AGW kook, ask him to explain the MWP (medieval warm period) followed by the LIA (Little Ice Age).
Most likely they had never heard of either one.
By the way, it was during the MWP that America was discovered, and Europe flourished.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 4:13:47 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: markomalley

“Scientists insist that teaching the controversy—and not the consensus—is a dereliction of duty and a propagation of falsehood.”

In other words “you disagreed, shut up and drink your hemlock”.


8 posted on 06/26/2014 4:16:24 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: markomalley
Here's why: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause.

This has been debunked so many times that every time I read it I want to scream, but they still keep throwing it out.

Sigh...

9 posted on 06/26/2014 4:21:09 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: markomalley

97% of climate scientists, eh? You mean the guys who are dependent on grants for their livelihood? Do THEY back their position with EVIDENCE like the students are challenged to do? And how firm is that 97% number?


10 posted on 06/26/2014 4:22:48 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: markomalley

DoublegoodGroupThink.


11 posted on 06/26/2014 4:23:19 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: DH

“Politics today are the result of political correctness and the hate of the white working male that was taught in all levels of these indoctrination centers...from public school through college.”

My white male children have a healthy distrust of public education. I’ve made it clear to them that global warming, and the larger environmental movement, are simply pagan replacements of the Christianity many Americans abandoned. Once Americans steered away from breeding, many had to find a cause to fill their time. It is no accident that many of the older people in the movement still dress and appear as they did when they were protesting against the Vietnam War...

Whatever mush they are trying to fill these kids’ heads with isn;t working very well; I still hear kids tell the same racist jokes from my childhood (and many new ones), and I have yet to meet a kid who gave a hoot about the environment. For my part I proudly point out all of the things invented and/or made by white men around them (to prevent them from suffering the self-perception issues associated with ghetto people).


12 posted on 06/26/2014 4:24:03 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley

A good teacher points her students to many facts and allows them to draw their conclusions. My class, with many misgivings on my part, had a presentation they prepared on AGW. I needn’t have worried. Half of the class presented Algore and the other half refuted it. Truth always will win.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 4:25:17 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: markomalley
The consensus of Americans believe that Obama will be the best President ever!

The consensus opinion is always correct.

14 posted on 06/26/2014 4:28:15 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: kearnyirish2
“Politics today are the result of political correctness and the hate of the white working male that was taught in all levels of these indoctrination centers...from public school through college.”

As a teacher, I am forced to correct you - it is not just "was" it is "is".

15 posted on 06/26/2014 4:33:03 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: markomalley
"I stay out of the process because when I first started teaching this I was labeled an evangelist. I have a kid of my own, and I have a job to keep," said Colorado science teacher Cheryl Manning. "I want my students to come away understanding that human activity has caused global warming. But I don't tell them that explicitly."

You can't tell them that explicitly, since the data connecting human activity and global climate change just isn't there. In fact, the data supporting the hypothesis that carbon dioxide is a driver (not a responder) of global temperature just isn't there.

The hypothesis is based in the fact that carbon dioxide has a wide fluorescent band in the infrared frequencies. Most substances have fairly narrow fluorescence bands in comparison. (You might see fluorescence referred to as "absorbance." Absorbance is only half of the picture--all substances that absorb photons of light also emit them; absorbance + emission = fluorescence.) When a photon is absorbed, it is almost immediately emitted at a lower energy, and the extra energy becomes kinetic energy of the molecule. While that kinetic energy is equivalent to heat, there is a limit on how much of this process can go on. Eventually, the energy of the photons is too low, making the wavelength too long for the CO2 to absorb it--so no further absorption occurs, and no feedback loops exist. As this blog post points out, the limiting factor on how much energy can enter the atmosphere in this way is the amount of IR radiation entering the atmosphere, not the quantity of CO2. And the quantity of IR radiation is nothing that anyone can control.

16 posted on 06/26/2014 4:33:11 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

“As a teacher, I am forced to correct you - it is not just “was” it is “is”.”

As a FReeper I am forced to direct you to the original poster; I was including their quote before my response.

FRegards!


17 posted on 06/26/2014 4:37:42 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley

What an irony it would be if world governments spent gazillions to fix something that doesn’t exist and by doing so devastated these ‘educator’s’ budgets. Imagine the howls and screams.


18 posted on 06/26/2014 4:38:07 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: Ronin
This has been debunked so many times that every time I read it I want to scream, but they still keep throwing it out.

Sigh...

Yep, and FReepers would be well-served to be able to recite the process that this 97% was derived.

A poll was conducted of 11,000 people, asking on video ‘Who's you're favorite football team?’

Then their answers were reviewed, but the only responses considered were the 79 people who wore Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys. Turns out, 77 of those 79 claim the Steelers are the best!

(The other two were people who admitted they didn't have any other clean clothes that day)

And that's how you get a 97% consensus.

19 posted on 06/26/2014 4:44:53 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: markomalley
And some make it exceedingly easy for educators to teach the controversy.

Oh, the horrors!!

I've been saying for years that this period of time in our history will be looked at as the Dark Ages Part Deux.

20 posted on 06/26/2014 4:47:26 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: markomalley

I watch Suspicious Observer on You Tube every mornimg...and so should school kids....and this man made BS global warmimg debate would be over!

No longer is the public schools promoting patriotism...no longer teaching the truth of history...no longer instructing students how to think for themselves.....tbis society is falling...and with the students today graduating without any form of social skills...will become dormant soon enough...


21 posted on 06/26/2014 4:58:26 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail)
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To: VeniVidiVici

“...this period of time in our history will be looked at as the Dark Ages Part Deux.”
_______________
Only if we managed to survive it and logic, real scientific method and common sense again become the norm. Otherwise, this era might become known as the “New Enlightenment” (shudder)


22 posted on 06/26/2014 5:02:28 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: markomalley
Here is a very short article your students would understand completely.

(excerpted)

No smoking hot spot

1. The greenhouse signature is missing. We have been looking and measuring for years, and cannot find it.

Each possible cause of global warming has a different pattern of where in the planet the warming occurs first and the most. The signature of an increased greenhouse effect is a hot spot about 10km up in the atmosphere over the tropics. We have been measuring the atmosphere for decades using radiosondes: weather balloons with thermometers that radio back the temperature as the balloon ascends through the atmosphere. They show no hot spot. Whatsoever.

If there is no hot spot then an increased greenhouse effect is not the cause of global warming. So we know for sure that carbon emissions are not a significant cause of the global warming. If we had found the greenhouse signature then I would be an alarmist again.


23 posted on 06/26/2014 5:17:11 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: markomalley
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause.

 "JUST the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
    As he landed his crew with care;
  Supporting each man on the top of the tide
    By a finger entwined in his hair.

 "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
  Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true."

 From:  "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll

24 posted on 06/26/2014 5:20:30 AM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: All
said Colorado science teacher Cheryl Manning. "I want my students to come away understanding that human activity has caused global warming. But I don't tell them that explicitly."


25 posted on 06/26/2014 5:22:38 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Ronin

It’s a textbook example of the “bandwagon fallacy” anyway.


26 posted on 06/26/2014 5:29:39 AM PDT by Campion
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To: Ronin
Here's why: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause. This has been debunked so many times that every time I read it I want to scream, but they still keep throwing it out. Sigh...

Exactly. I stopped reading right there. This article is not worthy of my time.

27 posted on 06/26/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: markomalley
cientists insist that teaching the controversy—and not the consensus—is a dereliction of duty and a propagation of falsehood.

And in a nutshell, that's what's wrong with "education" today. It's all about teaching rote facts (and the theory du jour as fact) instead of giving students the TOOLS they need to succeed after school.

Math and English are basics. The sciences are more about teaching the scientific method and logic. History/Social Studies develops critical thinking.

Innovation comes from CHALLENGING the consensus, not accepting it. If not, we'd all still be believing the earth was flat, and that the sun revolved around the earth.

28 posted on 06/26/2014 5:36:37 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: markomalley
The scientific consensus, however, has no equivalent political agreement.

"Scientific consensus" is an oxymoron promoted by Marxists. If it is real science, it is provable thru experimentation and observation. There is no majority vote on E=MC2.


29 posted on 06/26/2014 5:43:24 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: markomalley
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause.

Flat out lie.

30 posted on 06/26/2014 5:46:33 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Campion

Exactly, the majority of academia was for the idea that the Earth was the center of the universe throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, look where that idea is now.


31 posted on 06/26/2014 6:25:07 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: cincinnati65

I agree. What’s more is the rediculous alarmist extent that plenty of people go to on the matter. Really? 6 feet of sea level rise in approximately 85 years (2013 to 2099). What does that tell you? Vast groups of people can be wrong, through a behavior known as groupthink.


32 posted on 06/26/2014 6:28:19 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: markomalley

The school text books teach that the world is getting warmer, along with eco-rationing as the solution.
I counter that the world was warmer when the dinosaurs were running around, since some of them ran around in semi-tropical forests near the poles at that time. Also brought up that it was warmer in other periods between ice ages, so we may get warmer as part of that cycle before getting REALLY cold. It is interesting that no one at school has taught them about ice ages, and to them it is only a series of movies.
I bring up that the sun is the major source of warming. “No, it’s CO2.” Then we talk about why it gets colder when the sun goes down, and warms up once it comes up.
When they are older, I’ll break out video of Penn and Teller’s BS show on Global Warming. They are liberal, but it is still a great rebuttal.


33 posted on 06/26/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: markomalley
Georgia teacher Virginia Kirima asks her 11th-grade environmental-science students to debate whether climate change is natural or man-made. According to Kirima, there is no right or wrong answer. ....brilliant. Love this teacher. That's the way it should be handled, IMO.

high school teacher Heather Wygant ensures her students understand the consensus.....:I also spend a lot of time talking about misconceptions and why people don't believe things because I don't want there to be any confusion," she explained.

In other words...."Shut up and believe what I tell you", she explained.

34 posted on 06/26/2014 6:53:42 AM PDT by wbill
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To: markomalley
Here's why: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause.

Primary conclusion: 97% of climate "scientists" are looking to keep their gravy train of research grants running unencumbered. And they'll happily lie to do so.

35 posted on 06/26/2014 7:14:45 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: tbw2

They should teach the truth, the climate on earth has been in continuous change for 4 billion years. It never stays the same in the historical time frame.


36 posted on 06/26/2014 8:37:47 AM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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