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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 12:16:21 PM EST
BBC News - Daniel Morgan axe murder: Mother to meet home secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May has agreed to meet the mother of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan, who has stepped up her fight for a judicial inquiry into his death.

Despite five police investigations, costing millions of pounds, no-one has ever been convicted of his murder

Isobel Hulsmann, 83, from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, has vowed to get justice 24 years after her son was killed.

Mrs May will be the first home secretary to meet the family.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 12:31:04 PM EST
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Rating agencies urge Spain's Rajoy to make "radical" fiscal reform

MADRID, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Risk assessment agencies Fitch and Standard and Poor's have called on the Popular Party to take advantage of their overall majority won in last Sunday's general elections to "launch a radical and ambitious structural reform".

The PP, led by Mariano Rajoy won 186 out of the 350 seats in the Spanish Congress in the elections and can now rule with an absolute majority, replacing the Socialist party in power.

The agencies have not yet taken any action to lower their rating of Spain's debt, which is currently AA- with a negative perspective. Indeed they have refused to lower it further unless Spain complies with its obligations to lower its deficit (which Rajoy has already promised to do) or if growth forecasts are reduced.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 01:18:25 PM EST
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He hasn't even taken office yet.

Everyone, even the ElPais editorial is asking for the usual constitutional times to be sped up so Rajoy can take power and start enacting reforms.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 06:27:50 PM EST
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Is it the function of ratings agencies to make direct policy recommendations to "sovereign" governments?

(I know it's a feeble objection since everyone has long since decided it's just fine...)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:28:53 AM EST
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given what's happened in Greece and Italy, I'm surprised they merely "recommended" the policy. Usually orders are couched in stronger language.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:45:54 AM EST
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Here is our list of demands. We will start cutting fingers off next week.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:48:59 AM EST
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I would advise against painting the Market(tm) as the monster. The market is ledning money, without which budgets would, by definition, have to balance immediately. The fault lies not with the markets who merely offer (or not) to extend loans, but with the politicians all over the Eurozone and the politicians in charge of the ECB.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:30:56 PM EST
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BBC News - German MPs unite against murders blamed on neo-Nazis

Parliament in Germany has united to express its shame at the failure of security services to stop a neo-Nazi cell accused of 10 murders.

MPs from across the political divide rose to their feet in the Bundestag to hear the speaker, Norbert Lammert, condemn the handling of the crimes.

The 10 victims - eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman - were killed over a decade.

Their suspected killers were only discovered this month.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 01:26:41 PM EST
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Apparently they're shocked. I'm sure they didn't know what was going on, but I think elements within the police and security services knew exactly what was occurring.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:50:05 AM EST
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BBC News - Merkel sees EU treaty change as solution, not eurobonds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that EU treaty changes rather than eurobonds will help solve the eurozone debt crisis.

On the eve of European Commission proposals for bonds backed by all 17 eurozone states, she said that what was needed was a political response.

Mrs Merkel argued if there was to be a debate on eurobonds, it should be at the end, not the middle of the crisis.

Germany fears that it would bear much of the cost of jointly backed bonds.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 01:27:06 PM EST
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the cavalry arrives to a smoking field of ruins littered with corpses.

Are there psychological clues in this? Germany was saved, and perhaps implicitly absolved of its sins, after being severely fcuked over in WWII. Likewise, East Germany was not simply integrated, but severely punished for its communism, by decades of economic depression.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:53:15 AM EST
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It is imperative to mount a grass-roots opposition to this treaty from right now.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:04:43 AM EST
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Isn't there an EU process for citizens to garner enough signatures to propose legislation?

ET did have a petition drive before.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:15:42 AM EST
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That's not the point here. The point is a treaty revision will eventually have to be passed by the national parliaments and hopefully some referenda where it can be defeated. But the noise needs to start now.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:17:11 AM EST
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I think it is time for more than just rejection of this treaty revision. The left's idea of Europe is what we need.
by Katrin on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:25:46 AM EST
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But the next treaty revision will have to be defeated first, like the constitutional fiasco. And the attempt to ram it through again, unlike the Lisbon Treaty.

You are right to be sceptical about the chances of success, but at least we have Cohn Bendit's declared intent to oppose it.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:31:16 AM EST
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We probably need an alternate proposal too.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:32:42 AM EST
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That can also be part of the process, yes.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:34:20 AM EST
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Necessarily, imo, if we are to be distinguishable from the national-sovereignists of right or left.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:42:59 AM EST
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That's roughly the idea that was staggering around my mind.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:44:58 AM EST
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But as part of the process.

Just like the opposition to the specific treaty proposals will have to shift as the proposals shift, so the specific counterproposal needs to evolve and we're not supposed to have a treaty drafted before we can oppose Merkel's ideas.

Also, this should be open. Something not unlike this blog or a wiki or the indignant movement.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:51:30 AM EST
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he seems the only one with a clue, and the gonads to speak out...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 03:21:02 PM EST
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BBC News - School murder scandal shocks France

The French government has condemned the judiciary's handling of a teenager accused of rape who went on to murder a girl from his boarding school.

The boy, identified as Mathieu M, 17, had spent four months in jail for raping a minor in southern France.

He had been under judicial supervision. The school said it had not been fully aware of his past.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 01:27:44 PM EST
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And as usual in Sarkozistan: a new murder, a new law.
by Bernard on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:19:32 AM EST
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As usual: a new murder, a new law announced which they claim will do what is already in the law today...

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:22:36 AM EST
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BBC News - Helen Ghosh: Extra border relaxation 'never mentioned'

The ex-border force chief never mentioned the relaxation of checks on non-Europeans to Immigration Minister Damian Green or the Home Office's top civil servant, MPs have been told.

Mr Green said he met Brodie Clark nine times during an approved pilot scheme, but was never told that border staff were routinely going beyond its remit.

Dame Helen Ghosh said he also never mentioned it in his written reports.

Mr Clark has insisted he did not ignore government policy.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 01:47:44 PM EST
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Well, of course he wouldn't mention it if the order had come from the Home Secretary. He would simply be following departmental policy.

This is a classic he said, she said where a new policy, overlain over another, combined to create a mess. What made it worse was the Border agency being understaffed so that the policy pf opening the gates ended up becoming routine rather than an occasional relaxation.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:57:12 AM EST
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Danielle Mitterrand - Telegraph

Certainly the elegantly attired diplomats at France's foreign ministry were exasperated by her outbursts, which made her Socialist husband appear a hidebound traditionalist by comparison. The causes she adopted, and loudly defended, were numerous: Tibet; Iraq's Kurds; Marxist guerrillas in El Salvador; Zapatista revolutionaries in Mexico. When Fidel Castro visited France in 1995, she embraced him on the steps of the Elysée Palace.

Then there was her apparent insouciance at her husband's philandering. This was displayed in particularly astonishing style (to Anglo-Saxon eyes, at least) when, at Mitterrand's funeral, she was joined in front of the casket by her dead husband's mistress, Anne Pingeot, and by Mazarine -- the daughter Mitterrand had fathered with her. Far from appearing furious, Danielle Mitterrand embraced Mazarine, winning plaudits from a French establishment which had long known of the president's double life, but chosen not to report it.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 02:09:11 PM EST
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François liked to say of her: "She's my leftwing conscience".

Which presumably allowed him to dispense with having one of his own.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 03:07:47 PM EST
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BBC News - Johnson 'affair' bodyguard sacked

A police bodyguard to former Home Secretary Alan Johnson has been sacked after an inquiry into an alleged affair with the Labour MP's wife.

PC Paul Rice, 45, was dismissed by the Metropolitan Police, which condemned him for damaging its reputation.

Mr Johnson quit his ministerial post in January as allegations surrounding the affair became public.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 at 02:15:53 PM EST
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I thought you'd have had to do a lot more than have an affair with an MP's wife to "damage the reputation of the Metropolitan police".

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 02:59:57 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: The Spanish bank run has started
Spain has to pay 5.22% for three-month treasury bills, the result of a bank run that is now affecting the whole of southern Europe; Spanish 10-year spreads rose to over 4.7%; the recapitalisation requirements and the latest stress tests put European banks under massive pressure, as they are seeking to raise money, and dispose of units; Angela Merkel yesterday reiterated her firm opposition to Eurobonds, and criticised the European Commission for bringing this proposal at inopportune time; Hans Werner Sinn calls them "instability bonds" on the grounds that they would produce excessive capital movements; the EU is underlining its message that there will no money for Greece, unless Antonis Samaras gives a written assurance of his support for the programme; another Greek coalition partner is now refusing to sign up, saying that he would instead write an article in his party's newspaper; Belgium's 10-year spreads are now above 3%, as the country is now on the verge of getting into a self-fulfilling insolvency spiral; another "comprehensive solution" to the eurozone crisis beckons in the form of a treaty revision that brings austerity for everybody, forever; Nicolas Sarkozy supports Angela Merkel's plan for such a treaty revision, but may extract a quid pro quo in the form of greater role of the ECB in crisis resolution; the French finance minister has drawn up a new debt reduction plan that relies on unrealistically optimistic assumptions about future growth; Martin Wolf says the eurozone will need a series of drastic policy changes to secure its survival; Bild, meanwhile, warns that the world is out "to get our money".


To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:03:55 AM EST
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Another comprehensive solution beckons: a treaty change that somehow misses the point

We are going to hear a lot more about as this is we approach the next summit. The German are pushing for a Treaty change, which they genuinely believe will solve the crisis, and which reflects their warped interpretation of why this crisis arose. Angela Merkel said yesterday: "Treaty changes are for me an immediate part of solving the crisis, the political response to a politically-derived confidence crisis... I don't see any other alternatives currently. One can't muddle through anymore," she was quoted by Reuters.

(A treaty change that effectively promises more austerity, forever, and everywhere is not going to calm the markets. Just look at the market reaction to Mariano Rajoy's victory in Spain. In our view, we have moved to a stage in the crisis, where the only political commitment anybody would care about now would be a strong form of Eurobonds, and an ECB lender of last resort status. The crisis has escalated precisely because Merkel has ruled out both, and of course due to muddling through.

Angela Merkel wins over Nicolas Sarkozy for EU treaty changes

Nicolas Sarkozy last night announced that he supported Angela Merkel's request to change the EU treaty "in order to avoid that (euro) countries can diverge in budgetary, economic and fiscal policies", Les Echos and Le Figaro report. Sarkozy's support is an important victory for the chancellor who wants euro countries, which repeatedly break the deficit rules, to be made subject to direct interference by Brussels. Also she wants to possibility to bring them to the ECJ. The question now is, the paper says, whether Sarkozy has obtained a quid-pro-quo, for example German concession on an ECB backstop. Nicolas Sarkozy hinted this could be the case.



To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:07:32 AM EST
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It's somehow richly ironic that Greece's impending default and possible exit from the Euro (with all of its ramifications for the rest) may depend on the right-wingers in a unity gov't, some of whom are professed neo-Nazis. If you wrote this script about how it might all end many years ago, you would be laughed out of Hollywood.

The absurdity is so juicy that one is tempted to simply see how it will play out. One hopes the right-wingers will not cave simply to see this dark comedy continue toward its perverse conclusion.

by Upstate NY on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 11:58:31 AM EST
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Bild: Alle wollen unser Geld! Briten, Amerikaner und die ganze EU
ALLE WELT WILL AN UNSER GELD. WIE LANGE HÄLT KANZLERIN MERKEL NOCH STAND?

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Merkel hielt gestern (mal wieder) dagegen: ,,Eurobonds wird es so nicht geben."

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Auch hier legt sich Merkel quer, sieht in grenzenlosem EZB-Anleiheaufkauf sogar Rechtsbruch. Aber beim letzten G20-Gipfel Anfang November stand sie damit allein. Immerhin: Ohne das deutsche Ja geht mit der EZB nichts.

All want our money: Britons, American and the whole EU
ALL THE WORLD WANTS AT OUR MONEY. HOW LONG WILL CHANCELLOR MERKEL YET RESIST?

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Merkel spoke (yet again) against [Eurobonds]: "There will not be Eurobonds like this".

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Also here Merkel threw a spanner in the works, even seeing in unlimited ECB bond purchases a legal breach. But at the latest G20 summit at the start of November was she alone on it. In any case: without the German yes nothing goes with the ECB.

I suggest, since everyone else wants their marbles, Germany should take them away and play alone.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:35:09 AM EST
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"If you don't give us some of your money, we won't be able to buy your shiny cars"

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:24:49 AM EST
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Another possible answer: since you want all of our blood, it's only fair that you pay for it.

But the best answer is "fuck off with your gold coins and let the rest of us have an adult monetary system".

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:27:02 AM EST
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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 05:34:59 AM EST
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BBC News - Obama effigy burnt by St Andrews Conservative students

An effigy of US President Barack Obama was burned over the weekend by members of the Conservative student association at St Andrews University.

The incident is understood to have taken place on Friday evening on the town's East Sands beach.

One of those who attended told the BBC that members of the association had "no input" and were "surprised" to discover Obama was on the bonfire.

The St Andrews Conservative Association apologised for any offence caused.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 07:02:51 AM EST
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Tory society which torched Obama effigy repeatedly burned Mandela | Political Scrapbook
The Conservative Association which caused outrage by burning an effigy of Barack Obama have previously torched a likeness of Nelson Mandela on numerous occasions and toasted Apartheid at their annual dinners. The group at St Andrews University have been excoriated for the racial insensitivities of the stunt -- but the burning of Mandela, which occurred most recently in 2005, recalls student posters and t-shirts from the 1980s:


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 07:37:37 AM EST
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the next generation of effete sociopaths practices its riffs, preparing for their turn at power.

smug, entitled little *&^*s, makes you proud, don't it?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 07:33:03 PM EST
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Parties bring Kalashnikovs to election shoot-out -- RT

A world-famous weapons designer has accused the Russian Communist Party of illegally using his name in its election campaign.

­Mikhail Kalashnikov has submitted an official complaint to the Central Elections Commission and to the Prosecutor-General's Office in which he said that the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) was using his name in their campaign without his permission.

The 92-year old inventor of the Kalashnikov rifle objected to billboards placed all over Russia in which he is pictured together with his namesake, Communist Party candidate Leonid Kalashnikov, with the slogan "Kalashnikov - the choice of millions" and "Vote for Kalashnikov." Other billboards featured Mikhail Kalashnikov with his assault rifle and with the Communist Party emblem.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 09:03:24 AM EST
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