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Operation underpants

by Migeru Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 04:30:35 AM EST

The recent incidents involving over a thousand dead migrants in Italy and Greece has led to a new European Union strategy on immigration. Behold:

  1. Bomb the smugglers' underpants
  2. ???
  3. Profit!
see the "now, seriously" version below the fold.


European Commision: Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council: Ten point action plan on migration (Luxembourg, 20 April 2015)

  • Reinforce the Joint Operations in the Mediterranean, namely Triton and Poseidon, by increasing the financial resources and the number of assets. We will also extend their operational area, allowing us to intervene further, within the mandate of Frontex;
  • A systematic effort to capture and destroy vessels used by the smugglers. The positive results obtained with the Atalanta operation should inspire us to similar operations against smugglers in the Mediterranean;
  • EUROPOL, FRONTEX, EASO and EUROJUST will meet regularly and work closely to gather information on smugglers modus operandi, to trace their funds and to assist in their investigation;
  • EASO to deploy teams in Italy and Greece for joint processing of asylum applications;
  • Member States to ensure fingerprinting of all migrants;
  • Consider options for an emergency relocation mechanism;
  • A EU wide voluntary pilot project on resettlement, offering a number of places to persons in need of protection;
  • Establish a new return programme for rapid return of irregular migrants coordinated by Frontex from frontline Member States;
  • Engagement with countries surrounding Libya through a joined effort between the Commission and the EEAS; initiatives in Niger have to be stepped up.
  • Deploy Immigration Liaison Officers (ILO) in key third countries, to gather intelligence on migratory flows and strengthen the role of the EU Delegations.
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I think your comment put it clearly:

Migeru:

European policy:

  • leave the migrants in the first country of entry
  • do not organize rescue operations so as not to attact more migrants
  • organize a military operation to sink the boats of the people smugglers
  • "stabilize Libya"
  • collect underpants
  • ???
  • profit!

In particular the "leave the migrants in the first country of entry" which together with the transporter liability and tighter control of airports means people fleeing will have to go over the seas (or through Russia, but that does not appear to happen much) to get to the EU or drown trying.

This is EU:s main refugee policy, the rest is just handling the consequences of that policy.

by fjallstrom on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 07:05:01 AM EST
Sigh.

'A systematic effort to capture and destroy vessels used by the smugglers.'

'We really have no clue how these pesky smugglers are organized and damn sovereignty anyway.'

More sigh:

Member States to ensure fingerprinting of all migrants;

'Member States stimulate the practice of migrants mutilating their own fingers. It does not wish to consider that the storage of fingerprint registration is legally questionable and damn privacy anyway'.

Need fresh air now.

by Bjinse on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 07:40:19 AM EST
After doing a one-up on the Washington Consensus on economics with the Brussels Consensus, comes adopting and improving on US foreign policy.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 09:34:36 AM EST
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Unfortunately, Italy won't have armed drones for another year.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 06:13:35 AM EST
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Yew kaint improov on owr polisee cause MURICA!
by rifek on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 11:03:01 AM EST
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  1. Lie brazenly about the nature of the problem

  2. Do the same thing you have been doing anyway just more of it.

  3. Profit

No underpants involved and has worked every time:
Capitalism collapsing? Privatization!
Climate change? Derivatives!
Fascists running wild? More power for the Spooks!

by generic on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 08:08:29 AM EST
Don't forget the massive propaganda effort to convince the average voter that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE to 'austerity'. This is far cheaper than dealing with an even partially successful THERE ARE REAL ALTERNATIVES campaign, which could elevate the discussion to the realm of competing 'reality creation' machines and which would provide a stage for TARA. A large portion of the target demographic is the 'low information' type voter who buys into the 'common sense' notion that the rich know better how to use their money to create jobs because 'why else would they be rich if they didn't know better than the average guy like me?'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 12:35:37 PM EST
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And don't forget that the only alternative to fascism other than more fascism is Satan (i.e. something that doesn't funnel all assets and power to the 1%).
by rifek on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 11:01:20 AM EST
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How the fall of Qaddafi gave rise to Europe's migrant crisis
In 2010, Europe was moving quickly to normalize relations with the former dictator. Oil interests played a role, but so did the desire of many European nations to outsource migrant control to the North African country [...]

Mr. Qaddafi was well aware of European alarm at the rising tide of migrants in his final years in power. He used it as a powerful wedge to improve his own standing. Back to 2004, Qaddafi began making deals with individual European states to control the tide of migrants. In August 2010, he visited his friend Silvio Berlusconi, then president of Italy, in Rome and said Europe would turn "black" without his help.

by das monde on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 08:24:23 AM EST
Yes, and the Syrian civil war, too... It's not like those boats were full of Libyans. They were full of Syrians (and Etitreans). Also, the incident in Greece does not involve Libya in any way.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 09:32:47 AM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 09:36:50 AM EST
EU advises refugees to found banks if they want to be rescued:

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 08:58:57 AM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 12:10:03 PM EST


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 12:11:49 PM EST
Somebody needs to go to prison for this.

This is a completely unconscionable abdication of the bedrock principles of the laws and customs of the sea. A fundamental assumption underpinning the laws and customs of the sea is that search and rescue (SAR) is a naval function. The navy gets to press commercial shipping into SAR functions as a supplement to proper naval SAR missions, not as a substitute.

Commercial shipping is not equipped, and crews are not necessarily trained, to pick up scores of survivors from a shipwreck. Let alone provide adequate care and medical treatment.

(Full disclosure: My current employer is a shipping line that has diverted vessels to pick up shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean.)

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 01:00:05 PM EST
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Refer to my old diary The new private state (May 3rd, 2011)
The most important consequence of running the state like a private firm is that the state should not be in the business of providing free or implicit guarantees of any kind, as these are large "contingent liabilities" threatening to bankrupt the state. The threat of bankruptcy is real, as the state must fund itself by borrowing from private lenders, unable as it is to create money to fund necessary expenses deriving from the exercising of implicit guarantees. One alternative to bankruptcy is default, but this is considered unthinkable as defaulting on obligations to fellow EU member states is "uneuropean". In addition, countries with a large primary trade deficit may find it impossible even to default.

So, what kinds of implicit guarantees are Eurozone governments providing that they shouldn't be in the business of providing? I can think of half a dozen off the top of my head:

  • deposit insurance for banks
  • granting limited liability to businesses
  • disaster relief
  • access to health care
  • access to education
  • access to legal redress
  • public safety

All of these are implicit guarantees that every citizen in Europe expects to enjoy relatively free of charge. These are large contingent liabilities of the state. Any and all of them could not be undertaken by a private entity that didn't charge hefty fees up front and wasn't adequately capitalised in case a particularly large claim presented itself. Would you pay a savings deposit insurance premium to an inadequately capitalised insurance company? (not that "sophisticated investors" didn't do exactly that when they bought CDS "protection" over the past 10 years) Would you incur risks with a full-liability entity having less capital than your potential loss? Would you trust you can be rescued from a disaster by an entity without the capital and operating income to actually fund a rescue operation? How about health insurance from an entity without the resources to pay for the treatment? How about your right to file a complaint to an entity without the necessary money to operate a grievance handling system? How about contracting physical security or firefighting services from an entity without the operating income to actually deploy security or firefighters?
File naval search and rescue under "disaster relief".

Also, you can't really expect a Swabian housewife or a Bavarian beancounter to understand the laws and customs of the sea. They're landlocked and myopic. The case of Spain is a bit more egregious, we should know better.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 04:29:11 AM EST
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But what good is owning a government if you can't make a buck off of it?
by rifek on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 11:23:05 AM EST
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If we were to imprison all the Ueberklass in the US that ought to be imprisoned for their activities just in the last 10 years, we'd actually have to release all the potheads and political prisoners first just to make room.
by rifek on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 11:20:02 AM EST
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Amnesty International: Amnesty International's "Blueprint for Action" to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Med (22 April 2015)
The briefing shows the decision to end the Italian Navy's humanitarian operation, Mare Nostrum, at the end of 2014, has contributed to a dramatic increase in migrant and refugee deaths at sea. If figures from the latest incidents are confirmed, as many as 1,700 people will have perished this year, 100 times more than in the same period in 2014.

...

Triton is not a search and rescue operation. Unlike Mare Nostrum's ships whose area of operation extended south of Lampedusa for about 100 nautical miles (nm), Triton is limited to a border patrol 30nm off the Italian and Maltese coasts, far from where the vast majority of boats get into trouble.

...

In addition, merchant vessels play a large role in current rescue operations, although they are not designed, equipped or trained for maritime rescue. Despite all actors' efforts, and having saved of tens of thousands of lives this year, they cannot be expected to address the magnitude of the current humanitarian crisis.



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 04:33:40 AM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 04:52:44 AM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 06:03:19 AM EST
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Most migrants crossing Mediterranean will be sent back, EU leaders to agree | World news | The Guardian


Only 5,000 resettlement places across Europe are to be offered to refugees who survive the dangerous Mediterranean sea crossing under the emergency summit crisis package to be agreed by EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.

A confidential draft summit statement seen by the Guardian indicates that the vast majority of those who survive the journey and make it to Italy - 150,000 did so last year - will be sent back as irregular migrants under a new rapid-return programme co-ordinated by the EU's border agency, Frontex. More than 36,000 boat survivors have reached Italy, Malta and Greece so far this year.

The draft summit conclusions also reveal that hopes of a major expansion of search-and-rescue operations across the Mediterranean in response to the humanitarian crisis are likely to be dashed, despite widespread and growing pressure.

I really, really need a softer desk.

by Bjinse on Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 at 05:35:44 PM EST
A good way to create growth in population growth. But how to get the necessary population? It is impossible, of course, so endless stagnation + thousands of immigrants dying in the Mediterranean sea it is.
by rz on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 03:20:07 AM EST
population in some parts of Europe, for instance, France. Iceland and Ireland also are at or above replacement rate fertility.

This is largely due to ensuring policies remain pro-family in an evolving social landscape of increasingly equal gender rights. Iceland is commonly refered to as having the highest level of gender equity. And, it also has the highest natality rate in Europe.

There are, unfortunately, many EU countried which claim gender equity but in practise do not. For instance, in Germany, lunch is not served at school. So, a parent must care for children well into their school-agee years. And unsurprisingly, as women wish to pursue careers in that country, the birthrate is exceptionally low.

This isn't cultural for the Germans, as the DDR had quite high birthrate. But now that the DDR has been integrated into the highly conservative Federal Republic, the ex-DDR lander have seen their birthrates plummet, to converge with the western lander rates.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 08:39:29 AM EST
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Ireland has mostly been doing it recently by importing lots of young fertile immigrants, as it turns out.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 08:55:28 AM EST
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Whether or not they have 'recovered' from being part of the Soviet sphere?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 10:06:17 AM EST
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Libya hasn't been asked if they like to have their underpants bombed. And now they protest. What are they thinking they are?

timesofmalta.com - General, sporting, and business news for Malta and the surrounding region

Libya's Tripoli government will not accept Europe bombing sites presumed to belong to Libyan people smugglers and would "confront it", the Salvation Government's Foreign Minister is warning.

Muhammed El-ghirani told Times of Malta that nobody from the EU had consulted Tripoli about such plans and he insisted such action could not be taken unilaterally.

"We have been doing our best to get Europe to cooperate with us to deal with illegal immigration but they keep telling us we're not the internationally recognised government. Now they cannot just decide to take this action, they have to speak to us," he said.

Moreover, he questioned the very method being contemplated.

"You cannot just decide to hit. Let's say you strike a particular site, how will you know that you did not hit an innocent person, a fisherman? Does Europe have pinpoint accuracy? So we are saying, let's do this together," Dr El-ghirani said.

by Katrin on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 04:14:03 AM EST
One day it's a fishing boat, the next day a people-smuggler buys it. You going to sink them all for that reason, putting fishermen out of business, creating more refugees?
And that makes sense to anyone?

No-one seems to be mentioning birth control. These kids didn't ask to be born. Perhaps their parents thought that some of Europe's wealth would trickle down to them, instead of their resources hoovered up and their ecology wrecked, while we keep manufacturing new weapons that always seem to get into the wrong hands.

Way to go EU... I would teach them organic farming and house restoration and let them loose repairing the land and crumbling old farmhouses that owners can't afford to keep up in the 'new economy'.

There is space (and not-very-well-paid work for them, but integration will be tricky to put it mildly.

'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 Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 10:05:55 AM EST
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"One day it's a fishing boat, the next day a people-smuggler buys it. You going to sink them all for that reason, putting fishermen out of business, creating more refugees?"

Well, it is good for European fishing quotas. EU fishermen are emptying African fish grounds anyway, so in many parts African fishermen don't have a future except switching to the migration business. I guess suggesting another fishing policy would be called a very bad idea, though. Where would we drop the bombs then?  

by Katrin on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 10:26:13 AM EST
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One day it's a fishing boat, the next day a people-smuggler buys it. You going to sink them all for that reason, putting fishermen out of business, creating more refugees?
If you're a fisherman you don't just lend your boat to a people smuggler like that. And in fact, that's not what's happening:

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 10:30:59 AM EST
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Who said anything about lending the boats?
They get offered a lot of money to buy them.

'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 Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 03:51:41 PM EST
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And let this serve as a warning to Greece. We aren't kidding!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015 at 07:55:50 AM EST
Just what I was thinking.  "Sure, we'll keep you in the EU.  We need a Greece-sized refugee camp."
by rifek on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 11:31:08 AM EST
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European Council: Special meeting of the European Council, 23 April 2015 - statement (23/04/2015)
Strengthening our presence at sea

a) rapidly reinforce EU Operations Triton and Poseidon by at least tripling the financial resources for this purpose in 2015 and 2016 and reinforcing the number of assets, thus allowing to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX. We welcome the commitments already made by Member States which will allow to reach this objective in the coming weeks;
Fighting traffickers in accordance with international law

b) disrupt trafficking networks, bring the perpetrators to justice and seize their assets, through swift action by Member State authorities in co-operation with EUROPOL, FRONTEX, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and EUROJUST, as well as through increased intelligence and police-cooperation with third countries;

c) undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers;

d) at the same time, the High Representative is invited to immediately begin preparations for a possible CSDP operation to this effect;

e) use EUROPOL to detect and request removal of internet content used by traffickers to attract migrants and refugees, in accordance with national constitutions;

Preventing illegal migration flows

f) increase support to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger among others, to monitor and control the land borders and routes, building on current CSDP operations in the region, as well as on regional cooperation frameworks (Rabat and Khartoum processes); step up dialogue with the African Union at all levels on all these issues;

g) reinforce our political cooperation with African partners at all levels in order to tackle the cause of illegal migration and combat the smuggling and trafficking of human beings. The EU will raise these issues with the African Union and the key countries concerned, with whom it will propose the holding of a summit in Malta in the coming months;

h) step up cooperation with Turkey in view of the situation in Syria and Iraq;

i) deploy European migration liaison officers in key countries to gather information on migratory flows, co-ordinate with national liaison officers, and co-operate directly with the local authorities;

j) work with regional partners in building capacity for maritime border management and search and rescue operations;

k) launch Regional Development and Protection programmes for North Africa and the Horn of Africa;

l) invite the Commission and the High Representative to mobilise all tools, including through development cooperation and the implementation of EU and national readmission agreements with third countries, to promote readmission of unauthorised economic migrants to countries of origin and transit, working closely with the International Organisation for Migration;

m) while respecting the right to seek asylum, set up a new return programme for the rapid return of illegal migrants from frontline Member States, coordinated by FRONTEX;

Reinforcing internal solidarity and responsibility

n) rapid and full transposition and effective implementation of the Common European Asylum System by all participating Member States, thereby ensuring common European standards under existing legislation;

o) increase emergency aid to frontline Member States and consider options for organising emergency relocation between all Member States on a voluntary basis;

p) deploy EASO teams in frontline Member States for joint processing of asylum applications, including registration and finger-printing;

q) set up a first voluntary pilot project on resettlement across the EU, offering places to persons qualifying for protection.



A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 05:54:03 AM EST
a) rapidly reinforce EU Operations Triton and Poseidon by at least tripling the financial resources for this purpose in 2015 and 2016 and reinforcing the number of assets, thus allowing to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX.

Danish papers are billing this as "tripling of the budget for assisting refugees in the Mediterranean."

The fact that it is not actually an assistance operation is buried halfway down the article, couched in jargon that is obscure even for people who work in shipping.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 01:46:59 PM EST
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Immigration: Victory in Europe m5s
Maximum sharing

The Council of Europe today has approved an amendment to my first signature which calls for Europe to share not only the responsibility but also the cost of operations regarding the management of migrants and, above all, to review the logic of the Dublin agreement to insert the concept of quotas for the host country.
To this result we arrived after three days of battle, in committee and in the house, to convince the representatives of 48 countries that Italy alone do not make that can be done, and needs help.
In essence we did change the paragraph that said " to revise the Dublin regulation in view of the sharing of responsibilities in the reception and management of irregular migrants and Asylum seekers " into " to revise the Dublin regulation in view of the sharing of responsibilities and costs In the reception and management of irregular migrants and Asylum Seekers, with quotas for their distribution among the member countries of the European Union on the basis of the population and the economic capacity of the same ".
What can I say... I am extremely pleased to have achieved in Europe What Matteo Renzi says in Italy but then it does not.
Now it will be up to the European Council go in this direction but, meanwhile, we have done our part keeping, as always, our promises and giving it to our country a charter in more to play.
 French Thierry Mariani, President of the commission migrants and refugees and displaced persons rapporteur for the measure, he took the word in the general assembly to cheer for this amendment calling it a " Revolution for the agreement of Dublin ".
I repeat, commitment, determination, honesty and passion are the only quality that we need to do politics, all the rest comes by itself, if you are in good faith, otherwise you are just a politician on the cheap.

The m5s is ready, has the answers we need and just needs to go to the government to change our country and Europe as a whole.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 at 08:55:18 PM EST


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