A New Love Story For The Ages

For all those who’re driven by the PC movements ideology, we wouldn’t want you to feel left out.

So in an attempt to cater to your desires, coming soon, to a theater near you …..

The long awaited epic and soon to be a new leftist trend ……..

The block buster …..”Fifty Shades Of Goat”   Continue reading

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Mr. Burns Declares WAR!

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Two Administrations and Congress Dismantled the Constitution – How Can It Be Restored?

Barack Obama, then President-elect, and President George W. Bush at the White House during the 2008 transition.Washington’s Blog

MEMORANDUM FOR: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Subject: Two Administrations and Congress Dismantled the Constitution – How Can It Be Restored?    Continue reading

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Cop Pulls Shotgun and Taunts Protesters: ‘Are You Scared? Are You Scared?’

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Recently, the NYPD pledged to stop policing protests with machine guns. But the Port Authority has decided that tactical shotguns are still a must to keep peaceful demonstrators in line. Not only that, but Friday night, as protesters converged on Penn Station, armed only with banners and pictures as they recited the names of people who have been killed at the hands of the NYPD, one cop decided to pull a shotgun on them.

The protesters were non-violent throughout the demonstration, but the officer taunted them, saying “are you scared? Are you scared?” as he brandished the tactical shotgun, trying to intimidate them.   Continue reading

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​Canadian faces $20k fine, jail time for refusing to unlock phone during airport check

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A 38-year old Canadian citizen is facing up to a year in jail and a fine of up to 25,000 Canadian dollars for refusing to unlock his cell and thus “obstructing” an in-depth security screening by the border service officials at the Halifax airport.

Alain Philippon from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec, has been detained and charged with “obstructing border officials” after he refused to provide his BlackBerry phone password to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers upon his arrival from the Dominican Republic this week.   Continue reading

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Flashback: From the Trenches’ Exclusive to Michael Rivero’s Exclusive

Originally Posted August 12, 2013

On Friday Michael Rivero released an “Exclusive” article on What Really Happened, attempting to justify what he perceives as his righteous actions in threatening From the Trenches.  In doing so, he attempts to slander our fight here in the Trenches.  He ends his article in stating that it is his aim to head off a smear campaign, when in reality he knows he has tread upon that rattlesnake and the fangs are going in and the poison is going to pump.

Mikey puts forth the notion that we here at From the Trenches violate copyright law because we bring complete articles to the site for discussion, which is what makes From the Trenches unique and indeed powerful because we are not just warehousing information; we are disseminating it and working the problem.   Continue reading

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How the US Supreme Court Has Treasonously Undermined and Destroyed America’s Democratic Republic

11q_034Veterans Today – by Joachim Hagopian

This presentation will focus on how our Big Government in general and the US Supreme Court in particular has undermined and destroyed America’s onetime democratic republic. The judicial branch of our government consisting of the federal district courts, the circuit courts of appeal and the Supreme Court in tandem with the prosecutorial legal arm of the executive branch the Justice Department represent America’s federal judicial system that’s supposed to operate above the fray of petty politics and polarized partisanship. All these federal judges appointed by the US president who presides over the executive branch are then formally approved of by the legislative branch US Congress. Unlike these two branches, federal judges enjoy permanent tenure with a fixed income for life to ostensibly reinforce the notion of bipartisan impartiality in constitutional interpretation of both legislative laws passed and executive orders and decisions made.   Continue reading

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$800k + apology: Man sues Ohio over 19yr wrongful imprisonment

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A man from Toledo who spent 19 years in prison is suing the State of Ohio for an apology and massive compensation.

Danny Brown has filed a lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment. He was sentenced to life in 1982 for the murder of 28-year-old mother of three Bobbi Russell, whom he was dating at the time. She had been raped and strangled with an extension cord. The victims’ six-year-old son testified against Brown, landing him behind bars, despite inconsistencies in the boy’s testimony.   Continue reading

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‘War crime': ISIS bulldozes ancient Assyrian city in Iraq

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Islamic state extremists have ‘bulldozed’ an ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq near Mosul with heavy military vehicles, the country’s authorities said. This is the latest in the series of ISIS attacks against Iraqi heritage.

“They [Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS)] assaulted … Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy machinery, appropriating the archaeological attractions dating back 13 centuries BC,” says a statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on its official Facebook page.   Continue reading

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French delete evidence US carrier was ‘sunk’ by sub in drill

USS Theodore Roosevelt (Reuters / Mark Wessels)RT

A major vulnerability that allowed French submarine to “sink” aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and most of its escort during drills was apparently revealed by the French Navy and Defense Ministry in blogposts that were quickly wiped out.

Both the French Defense Ministry and the Navy released and then quickly deleted a news post entitled“Le SNA Saphir en entraînement avec l’US Navy au large de la Floride” (“The SNA Sapphire in training with the US Navy off the coast of Florida”) that praised the 34-year-old French nuclear submarine’s success in “sinking” the American aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt along with best part of its escort.   Continue reading

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One More Winter Storm: No Relief in the South, Northeast


Clocks are springing forward this weekend, but Friday will still feel like winter for much of the country.

Temperatures of 10 to 30 degrees below average were expected from the South to Northeast, along with heavy snow in the Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service. The late-winter storm means school is canceled yet again for students in several states, and many households found themselves without power. State offices and legislatures shut down, too. In the Washington area, federal offices were open but on a two-hour delay, and workers were given telecommuting options.   Continue reading

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Okla. agency linked quakes to oil in 2010, but kept mum amid industry pressure

E & E Publishing – by Mike Soraghan

Oklahoma’s state scientists have suspected for years that oil and gas operations in the state were causing a swarm of earthquakes, but in public they rejected such a connection.

When the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) did cautiously agree with other scientists about such a link, emails obtained by EnergyWire show the state seismologist was called into meetings with his boss, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, and oil executives “concerned” about the acknowledgement.

One of the oilmen was Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm, a leading donor to the university.

The seismologist, Austin Holland, told a senior U.S. Geological Survey official that as far back as 2010, OGS officials believed an earthquake swarm near Oklahoma City might have been triggered by the “Hunton dewatering,” an oil and gas project east of the city.

“Since early 2010 we have recognized the potential for the Jones earthquake swarm to be due to the Hunton dewatering,” Holland wrote to USGS science adviser Bill Leith in 2013. “But until we can demonstrate that scientifically or not we were not going to discuss that publicly.”

Instead, he pointed to changing lake levels.

And when USGS officials linked a “remarkable” surge in earthquakes in Oklahoma and other states to drilling waste disposal in 2012, OGS criticized their “rush to judgment.”

Holland told EnergyWire the intense personal interest shown by Boren, Hamm and other leaders hasn’t affected his scientific findings or those of OGS.

“None of these conversations affect the science that we are working on producing,” Holland told EnergyWire. “We have the academic freedoms necessary for university employees doing research.”

But Holland and OGS have been the voice of skepticism in the scientific community about connections between oil production activities and the hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the state.

Industry and political leaders in the state, where one out of every six jobs is linked to oil and gas, have seized on that skepticism.

“Researchers in Oklahoma, notably Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, have repeatedly said the increase in seismic activity cannot be fully explained by man-made causes,” Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) President Mike Terry said in a 2013 statement.

Other states have ordered wells permanently shut down and imposed strict rules after earthquakes. But Oklahoma regulators have been reluctant to permanently shut down wells and have limited new regulations to information-gathering requirements.

“We know a lot of it’s just natural earthquakes that have occurred since the beginning of the earth,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said earlier this year in an interview with the Tulsa World, “but there has been some question about disposal wells.”

Federal and academic seismologists say the wave of shaking in Oklahoma and other central states is not from “natural earthquakes.” They link it to disposal of wastewater by oil and gas companies.

“This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes,” USGS said in a recent release. “Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes and the corresponding increase in seismic hazard in the central U.S.”

Oklahoma’s top elected officials have avoided talking about the state’s earthquake swarms, leaving the response largely to Holland, 40, who joined OGS in 2010. No other state official has done as many television and news interviews about earthquakes.

The agency’s 2012 annual report quipped that “Holland seems to be on everyone’s speed dial when the ground starts shaking.”

‘Natural causes’

Scientists have known for decades that injecting waste fluid in deep disposal wells — from oil and gas or other industrial activities — can cause earthquakes in rare cases. More “earth-friendly” industries, such as geothermal and carbon capture and storage, can also set the Earth rumbling. But high-volume fracturing and some other technologies driving the U.S. oil and gas boom create many times more wastewater than conventional production.

From 1975 to 2008, the state of Oklahoma averaged one to three quakes a year of magnitude 3 or greater, according to USGS. In 2009, the number of quakes began rising sharply. There were 20 in 2009. In 2012, the number went over 100. Last year, it had 585, an average of 1.6 a day (EnergyWire, Jan. 5). That was three times as many as California.

In 2011, Oklahoma was hit by its largest-ever recorded earthquake, a magnitude-5.7 event near Prague, Okla., that injured two people and damaged more than 200 homes and businesses.

Seismologist Katie Keranen, then a professor at the University of Oklahoma, published a peer-reviewed paper in 2013 linking the Prague quake to nearby disposal wells. “There’s a compelling link,” Keranen had explained, “between the zone of injection and the seismicity.”

OGS rejected Keranen’s findings.

“It has been suggested that this sequence represents earthquakes triggered by fluid injection,” said an OGS statement posted shortly before Keranen’s article was published. “The interpretation that best fits current data is that the Prague earthquake sequence was the result of natural causes.”

Not long afterward, Keranen left Oklahoma for a professorship at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

State officials continued to allow the companies in the area to inject near the fault that had ruptured. Statewide, injection of oil and gas waste fluid rose 42 percent from 2010 to 2013.

Denial phase

In the fall of 2013, though, OGS edged toward acknowledging a link between the state’s earthquakes and its oil and gas industry. OGS email correspondence, obtained by EnergyWire through an Oklahoma Open Records Act request, show Hamm and other Oklahoma leaders then took a personal interest.

In September 2013, earthquakes started to rattle Marietta, a small town in southern Oklahoma near the site of a new disposal well. Holland investigated, and his preliminary report focused on the correlation between disposal operations and the earthquakes. He has not published a final report, but it’s the closest OGS has come to linking earthquakes to a specific well.

In October 2013, OGS joined in a USGS statement about the growing seismic risk in Oklahoma. Under the OGS seal, it said “activities such as wastewater disposal” may be a “contributing factor to the increase in earthquakes.”

Industry leaders were not pleased.

Holland was summoned a week later to the headquarters of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) with Jack Stark, who was then senior vice president of exploration with Continental Resources. Stark is now president and chief operating officer. OCC, overseen by three statewide elected commissioners, regulates oil and gas in the state. The meeting was in the office of then-Commissioner Patrice Douglas.

Douglas and the Continental executive were “concerned” about the joint statement with USGS and a story about it by EnergyWire, Holland recounted later in an email (EnergyWire, Oct. 25, 2013). Holland wrote that he had tried to explain to them that the joint statement was “made better” by his input.

“Continental does not feel induced seismicity is an issue and they are nervous about any dialog about the subject,” Holland wrote to his bosses after the 2013 meeting. “They are in the denial phase that this is a possibility.”

At the time, Douglas was about to run for Congress. She got more campaign money from Continental executives in 2014 than anyone except Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and the Republican National Committee, according to OpenSecrets.org. The $14,775 she received from Continental includes $6,575 from Hamm, who did not contribute to her Republican primary opponent, Steve Russell. Russell beat Douglas in the primary and is now a congressman.

In the meeting, Douglas said she “wants to, of course, protect the safety of Oklahomans, but also balance that with industry in the state,” according to Holland’s email.

Holland “blind copied” himself on the email.

‘Coffee’ with Hamm

The meeting with Hamm and Boren was about three weeks later.

“I have been asked to have ‘coffee’ with President Boren and Harold Hamm Wednesday,” he wrote in an Nov. 18, 2013, email to a co-worker.

The significance was not lost on his colleague, OGS Public Information Coordinator Connie Smith.

“Gosh,” Smith responded. “I guess that’s better than having Kool-Aid with them. I guess.”

A meeting with such powerful figures in the state would be intimidating for a state employee such as Holland, said state Rep. Jason Murphey of Guthrie.

“Wow. That’s a lot of pressure,” said Murphey, a Republican whose district has been rattled by numerous quakes. “That just sends chills up your spine if you’re from Oklahoma.”

Hamm is the chairman and CEO of Continental. But as the founder of the company, he’s much more than that.

He has a sharecropper’s son-to-billionaire life story that has cemented him as the embodiment of the state’s wildcatter ethos. Forbes listed him last year as the 43rd-richest person in the country. He served as the energy adviser for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

He gained fame outside of business circles last year as the ex-husband in one of the largest-ever divorce settlements in U.S. legal history.

Hamm is also one of the industry executives in Oklahoma who don’t believe in a connection between disposal and earthquakes. Asked about the shaking after a 2014 congressional hearing, Hamm told EnergyWire, “It’s certainly not related to oil and gas activity.”

Perhaps more relevant to Boren and Holland is Hamm’s relationship to the university. In March 2011, Boren declared Hamm’s $20 million gift launching the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center “the largest single gift in the history of the Health Sciences Center.”

In addition, Boren serves on Continental’s board of directors. In 2013, he received $272,700 in cash and stock for his service.

Asked about the meetings, Continental spokeswoman Kristin Thomas said she was not familiar with them.

“But I do know that research had been conducted by a geologist at Continental showing broader global earthquake activity spanning both time and distance,” Thomas said. “There was a desire to educate and provide greater global perspective on earthquake activity.”

News coverage in Oklahoma indicates that the Continental geologist, Glen Brown, did not begin his research until around December 2013, after Hamm’s meeting with Boren and Holland.

Boren declined comment through a spokesman. Attempts to reach Douglas were unsuccessful.

‘Far too much hype’

After the meeting with Stark, a long-standing swarm of earthquakes northeast of Oklahoma City expanded to the north and grew stronger. The Jones swarm had been rattling the area for several years at that point.

Keranen had recently presented scientific findings that the Jones swarm was linked to oil and gas, and she said the expansion was likely also connected.

Holland, though, downplayed any connection to the Hunton Dewatering project. In a television interview at the time, he pointed toward natural causes (EnergyWire, Nov. 4, 2013). In a scientific posting, he pointed at changing water levels at a nearby lake (EnergyWire, Nov. 14, 2013).

“The correlation between lake levels at Arcadia Lake and this earthquake swarm is interesting and requires further investigation,” Holland wrote.

That concerned Leith, who runs the earthquake hazards program at USGS. He wrote to Holland saying the lake level theory was “unlikely” and possibly unhelpful.

“This could be very distracting from the larger issue of earthquake safety in Oklahoma,” Leith wrote, “and the role that wastewater injection may be playing.”

Holland replied that he was “quite skeptical myself” of such a link. But he said reporters asked him about it, so “my hand was forced on this matter.” He added that the agency had suspected ties between the Jones quakes and Hunton production for three years, but had been reluctant to discuss it publicly.

“Now, we have no choice, because others are discussing this publicly,” Holland wrote. “This is not helpful to our efforts because every hour I spend talking to reporters is another two hours really can’t be doing the research that needs to be done. There has been far too much hype about the recent earthquakes.”

Asked by EnergyWire why he hadn’t publicly aired suspicions that Jones swarm was caused by oil production activities, Holland replied, “I guess you should go back and read my paper.” He sent a citation to a paper he published in 2013, which does not make a link between the Jones swarm earthquakes and the Hunton dewatering.

Dewatering is a technique, pioneered in Oklahoma by a company called New Dominion LLC, in which massive amounts of water laced with oil are extracted from spent conventional fields. The oil gets separated out, and the water gets injected back underground into deep disposal wells.

“It is unclear as to the cause of the Jones earthquake swarm,” Holland’s paper states, “but it is clear that whatever the cause the resulting seismicity is quite different from that observed elsewhere in Oklahoma.”

In February 2014, OGS again rejected the link between the Jones swarm and the oil and gas industry.

“At this time a direct link to oil and gas activity and this unusual earthquake sequence cannot be established,” OGS said in a statement after Guthrie, Okla., was rocked by a series of quakes (EnergyWire, Feb. 20, 2014).

The right thing

In a media outing earlier this year, Holland acknowledged to reporters from the Tulsa World, The New York Times and The Washington Post that the industry has tried to influence his work.

“I can’t really talk about it,” Holland told the reporters. “We’re going to do the right thing.”

But Bob Jackman says Holland did talk about it last year and indicated that it was Hamm who was leaning on him.

Jackman is a Tulsa petroleum geologist who has made himself a thorn in the side of Oklahoma’s establishment on issues such as earthquakes. In an opinion journal article last year, Jackman described approaching Holland about earthquakes after a conference in September.

Jackman said he pressed him about earthquakes until Holland blurted out, “You don’t understand — Harold Hamm and others will not allow me to say certain things.”

Holland told EnergyWire that Jackman had misquoted a private conversation, but declined to clarify it. Jackman said he wrote down Holland’s words immediately, and stands by his recollection.

OGS’s position on the cause of the earthquakes has drawn derision, even from within the agency.

In April 2013, another OGS scientist, petroleum geologist Richard Andrews, said in a note to a family member on his agency email account that OGS shouldn’t be telling the public that the earthquakes are naturally occurring.

“Myself and a few other geologists that know of the Hunton dewatering oil operations in the affected areas and subsequent re-injection into the Arbuckle [are] the culprit,” wrote Andrews, who is now the interim director of OGS. “I am dismayed at our seismic people about this issue and believe they couldn’t track a bunny through fresh snow!”

While Oklahoma leaders debate the cause, seismologists have warned that the surge in relatively small earthquakes has increased the risk of a larger quake that could cause widespread damage and serious injuries.

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BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

Yahoo News – Reuters – by Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai

A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company.

The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety.   Continue reading

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DHS claims ISIS terrorists could be working in mall kiosks


The news had security analysts examining potential vulnerabilities in those relatively anonymous purveyors of bedazzled cellphone accessories, cheap jewelry, and names emblazoned on grains of rice.

And talk among kiosk vendors at the city’s shopping centers has turned toward trying to figure out where in Philadelphia Abror Habibov, 30, hung his shingle.   Continue reading

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Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches

660-Florida-Church.jpgFox News – by Todd Starnes

A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.

Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000,  have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government’s permission to preach and pray?

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Majority of House members sign letter blasting Obama bullet ban proposal

Fox News – by Maxim Lot

Opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to ban a popular bullet is gaining steam in the House of Representatives, where more than half of the lawmakers have signed a letter opposing the move.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it wants to ban popular .223 M855 “green tip” ammunition because the bullets can pierce bulletproof vests used by law enforcement. Although the ATF previously approved it in 1986, the agency now says that because handguns have now been designed that can also fire the bullets, police officers are now more likely to encounter them.Some 239 members of the House have now put their names to the letter opposing the ban, which they say would interfere with Americans’ Constitutional rights.   Continue reading

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Purpose Driven SHTF Planning

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So what are you planning for? Are you planning to “bugout” to the hills at the first sign of societal trouble? Are you planning to stand fast, and defend hearth and home against the entitlement zombie hordes? Are you planning to thwart the evil empire’s designs on your community, as a member of the militia? Are you basing your preps on some fiction or non fiction book you read that gave you an idea for what might happen? There are plenty of scenarios out there, some plausible, some, not so much, but the important things are these. 1) Do you have general. realistic preps in place. 2) Do you have a solid, well thought out and realistic plan to deal with the general and specific concerns you’ve identified. 3) Are you physically and/or logistically equipped and able to carry out the planned responses to these threats. We’ll talk about these three things in order.   Continue reading

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“They’re Going To Kill Me,” Man Yelled Before Dying In Police Custody

CBS Miami – by Jim DeFede

COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) — John Arendale and Bonnie Eshleman were sound asleep when the sound of a commotion outside their front door, followed by two loud, firecracker sounding pops, roused them from their bed to see what was happening.

Eshleman looked out her kitchen window and saw as many as five Coconut Creek police officers standing around a man on the ground. The firecracker sound she heard was the shot discharged from the Tasers fired by two of the officers into the man, who appeared to be writhing in pain.   Continue reading

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1836 – Mexican Army Takes the Alamo

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TODAY IN HISTORY – March 6, 1836

On March 6, 1836 after a two-week long siege the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo.  The garrison and the fortification had both been worn down. As columns of Mexican soldiers headed for the Alamo’s walls, cannon and small arms fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks. Regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound. As Mexican soldiers scaled the walls, most of the Texian soldiers withdrew into interior buildings. Others trying to escape were slain. Inside the Mexican’s used a captured cannon to blast open barricaded doors. The defenders were overwhelmed and by sunrise, the battle had ended. Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.    Continue reading

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