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The COVID19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is, by any measure, an immense planetary crisis which will probably change the world we live in forever. Still, there are other issues which are maybe not quite as dramatic and important, but which deserve not to be forgotten. Here are some of those

The grand betrayal of Tulsi Gabbard

It was pretty clear to most observers that Tulsi Gabbard, being the only real “peace candidate” would never be allowed to get the nomination, nevermind make it into the White House. It was also clear that Tulsi, for all her very real qualities, simply did not have what it takes to take on “The Swamp”. Still, in spite of this all, her candidacy and campaign were like a huge pitcher of cool water in the middle of an immense and dry desert. Her uniqueness amongst all the candidate is what make her betrayal even more painful for those who respected or even supported her. Once it became clear that she would never get the nomination, not only did she not run as an independent (something which Hillary seems to fear a lot), she endorsed Uncle Joe, the clearly senile, totally corrupt and generally repugnant frontman for the Clinton gang. This endorsement of Biden is something which she did not have to do, but she did it.

When the DNC stole the nomination from Sanders, he did not lead a protest or run as an independent, he endorsed Hillary. I always considered him a fraud for this (and many other) reasons. Now Tulsi Gabbard is doing the same thing, which probably is a good indicator that the Democratic Party is evil and corrupt to the core, which is hardly big news, but which is dramatically confirmed by Gabbard’s profoundly immoral decision. Why do I say that? Because Biden is the ultimate “anti-Gabbard”, she should have endorsed either Bernie, or even Trump, but instead she endorsed a morally corrupt warmonger, a total pawn for the MIC.

At the end of the day, she mostly betrayed herself, and that is the saddest aspect of this debacle.

The AngloZionist Empire – as clueless as ever

I have forced myself to listen to the daily COVID19 briefings from the White House and I have to say that Trump’s constant flag-waving and self-worshiping is almost physically painful to watch. The worst parts of these briefings are when Trump, or Pompeo, speak about the US “leadership” as if the entire planet was desperately expecting the US to help. It does not. In fact, most of the planet is disgusted by US action, be it the denial of vitally needed meds to countries like Iran or Venezuela, to the attempts are buying off German vaccines, to the mantric repetition about how great the US private sector is and how Amazon and Walmart will help us weather this crisis.

The truth is that this worldwide pandemic will allow us all to compare how different political systems, countries and cultures have reacted to the threat. In a year or so, we shall all know how free-market capitalism and libertarianism compared with social-democracies, socialist and even communist countries when their population needed protection and assistance.

True, other countries have responded with truly amazing incompetence (including several EU countries), so the inability to protect its citizens is not a purely US problem, it really affects all the countries currently subjugated by the Empire.

Finally, it appears that the China-bashing strategic PSYOP has largely failed. Most fake-news about China was quickly and rapidly debunked, and even the legacy corporate ziomedia could not completely obfuscate the fact that China is, so far, the only country on our planet which defeated COVID19.

Will there be an “ideological lessons learned” once the crisis subsides? I sure hope so!

For the time being, the Empire does what it always does, it plans to deny even more civil rights to its own people which has true patriots like Ron Paul extremely worried. What else is new?

Capitalism with a human face?

Nope, that sure ain’t gonna happen this time around.

Serbia betrayed by Europe (again!) while Russia provides vital aid to Serbia and Italy

Serbia has been betrayed by the Europeans, again. This time around, the Europeans did not bomb Serbian civilians, they simply refused to sell the meds needed to respond to the crisis. President Aleksandar Vucic has now officially declared that the EU solidarity “exists only on paper“. He then openly appealed for China to help, and help China did – the Chinese sent aircraft filled with much needed medical equipment and doctors. Then Russia followed suit and sent 10 heavy transporters filled with gear and specialists.

Even more amazing (and appalling) is the fact that the Empire does not even help its own subjects – in Italy, it was Russia again which organized a major air bridge (over 15 heavy transporters!) and now we see Russian Army units deployed in northern Italy to help the struggling Italians. Check out these short videos reports by the Russian military. You don’t need to understand Russian to see the size of the air-bridge the Russian Aerospace Forces have established or to how grateful the Italian officials are!

I have to say that the Serbs have been fantastically naive to trust the very same people who bombed them, in total illegality, for 78 days, murdering scores of innocent civilians (including those murdered in the TV stantion). For example, the Serbs could have considered how the EU has been lying to Turkey, for decades. But no, the Serbian elites now seem to think that they will be able to fill their pockets with lucrative contracts with the EU.

Hopefully, what these events have demonstrated shall not be forgotten when the next elections take place in Serbia.

That also goes for Italy.

And, finally,

The situation in northern Syria and Iraq

The situation in northern Syria and Iraq has developed pretty much as expected. So far, the Turks have been unable to re-take full control of the M4 highway. As a result of that failure, the joint Russian-Turkish patrols have not been able to move along the full length of the highway as spelled out in the agreement between Russia and Turkey. Clearly, Turkey lacks either the will, or the capability, or both, to remove the Takfiri forces from the M4 highway. So far, the Russians and Syrians have very kindly agreed to wait a little longer, but the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Shoigu to Damascus clearly shows that big decisions are being worked on:

As for Iraq, the various Shia militias are doing exactly what everybody had predicted, they are executing limited but very disruptive strikes against US forces in Iraq. Here is a good infographic by the Institute for the Study of War which sums it up very nicely:

What we have hear is a small trickle of attacks which do not yield any major victory to the Iraqi forces, but which over time will tremendously demoralize US forces. Finally, such “death by a thousand cuts” strategy also will severely limit the operational capabilities of the US forces in Iraq: when you are mostly busy protecting yourself, you have less time to murder locals.

Still, sooner or later the Shias will have to step up their attacks because forcing the occupation forces to hunker down and actually kicking them out of your country are two very different propositions. These small strikes are very useful, not only because they demoralize the enemy, but because by forcing him to stay inside fortified “secure” areas only makes them better targets for a bigger missile strike.

This is a very sound strategy against which the US forces have no good option, other than throwing in the towel and leaving, which they will have to do anyway (except that they call it “declare victory and leave”, but its the exact same thing).

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  1. What, exactly, did Tulsi owe to Bernie? I don’t recall him defending her from the Russiagate bots – even Yang did far more of that than Bernie.

    Bernie had instead been too busy sucking up to the young careerist SJWs in his movement and to the Russiagate freaks, rather appropriate that he was Russiagated out of the nomination, LOL.

    All the candidates, including Tulsi, had committed to supporting the winner and Bernie’s odds by the time Tulsi endorsed Biden were very close to zero. It is ironic, as noted by Michael Tracey, that it is generally Tulsi’s most eager supporters who were most inclined to dismiss her own words.

  2. Svevlad says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Eh. Dissilusionment. They had expectations too large for her. They thought she was “the one”, and the instant she does something that doesn’t fit that idea, all support is dropped.

    She probably thought “oh well fuck it status quo then”. Really, it’s not important – Sanders, Trump, Biden and that entire circle are very old. They probably won’t live to 2024 and if they do they won’t run.

    Tulsi, on the other hand, is just beginning. The morning sun allows a few clouds to block it until it rises above them inevitably

  3. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    she mostly betrayed herself,

    Very sad to see. I just figure they got to her in some way through blackmail, threatening her family, etc. Seems rather out of character otherwise. The description of Biden is apt, real scum he is.
    The virus, whatever it’s origin, has provided the opportunity to revoke whatever is left of the rights of the populace, the best since 9-11.

    Turkey lacks either the will, or the capability

    At this point they probably have way lower capability than their numbers suggest. They’ve had enough to deal with just Kurd guerillas. Their approach is NATO style throwing a lot of ordinance at targets. Don’t count on them for anything.

    • Agree: Alfred
  4. AKAHorace says:

    Could Tulsi Gabbard be considered as VP with Biden ?

    • Replies: @fenestol
    , @Anonymous
  5. plantman says:

    The Iranian strategy in Iraq is working like a charm. I think Pompeo would step up the attacks but I think Trump is bogged down with Covid at home and unwilling to commit. In any event, the US is being chased from the Middle East as Iran promised following the assassination of Soleimani.

    Also, I think Erdogan has lost his will to fight in Syria. His blustery comments are almost nonexistent and the media has gone largely silent.
    Yes, the jihadists are still causing trouble, but I think the Russians are just about at the end of their rope. I expect the hammer will come down in the next few weeks. I think Putin wants to move to the endgame and I don’t think Erdogan will oppose him this time.

    Putin will make some territorial concession so Erdo can save face, but that’s about it..

    Also once the US bases in western Iraq are removed the US occupation of East syria will become untenable.

    It’s all good.

    • Agree: bluedog
  6. Trump will wipe the floor with Biden. Biden was main actor in starting two wars. War in Libya and war in Syria . On top of it Biden did have a fishy deals in Ukraine and China.
    Biden is a dead duck with slow wit. He has no chance.

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
    , @Realist
  7. fenestol says:

    It comes down to whether dirty old Biden’s urge to grope is greater than his urge for graft.

    • Thanks: TomSchmidt
    • LOL: NoseytheDuke, Realist
  8. anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    Tulsi Gabbard had and has no real base within the D’s. Sanders has a mix of aging Boomer leftists and young Bros; Biden has aging Boomer moderates and blacks; everyone else has some of something but not much. If Biden winds up with the D nomination then the choice of VP matters very much because it is not likely he will serve out a full 4 year term. He’s been mildly disoriented more than once in the last few months during public appearances and in the last 3 weeks has all but vanished.

    Gabbard is a very outside chance for VP. Harris may be more likely. Even Warren is probably more likely.

    Latest speculative rumor: brokered convention where NY Gov. Cuomo is drafted to run for President.

    Frankly, Gabbard is possibly too decent a human to have any chance of winning the nomination for President.

  9. Antiwar7 says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    She could have waited until the bitter end to endorse the Democratic candidate, if she wanted to keep her word.

    Or she could have not done so, in the same way that a soldier need not follow an illegal order, or anyone with a conscience would avoid endorsing a committed and repeated warmonger.

  10. Antiwar7 says:

    Except, perhaps, for the coronavirus and the economy.

    I agree, in the sense that I can’t see how anyone could vote for Biden, and yet I see that they can. One can never overestimate the stupidity of human beings.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @NoseytheDuke
  11. The US doesn’t have “free-market and libertarianism”. Never has.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  12. der einzige says: • Website

    This is my comment from a year ago, if Saker censor read it, he wouldn’t be surprised. It just means his “analysis” is worth shit.
    How can anyone who is a CFR member or serves two rounds in Iraq based on Colin Powell be anyone good? How the fuck?
    All his writing (description of the facts (after the facts) of what everyone can see) brings nothing and any forecasts are wrong (love for Tulsi, fall of Ukraine, nuclear war threatening as an excuse for Russia’s submission to the Empire).
    Saker was over when he began to censor those who disagree with him and who, as you can see, are right. Pride walks before falling. Fuck him and his great Tulsi love!

    • Replies: @bluedog
  13. Realist says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    It is academic for me to argue which party is the dumbest, since I believe both are part of the Deep State. But currently the dems have it over the repubs in stupidity. Gabbard was the best in a horrible lineup. She was a one trick pony…antiwar…but a great trick. I know about the promise to endorse the nominee…but Biden is brain dead.

  14. Realist says:

    Trump will wipe the floor with Biden. Biden was main actor in starting two wars. War in Libya and war in Syria . On top of it Biden did have a fishy deals in Ukraine and China.

    Not to mention…he’s brain dead.

  15. Realist says:

    One can never overestimate the stupidity of human beings.

    That’s for sure…why would anyone support a brain dead nominee…that is only one example, there’s a million more.

  16. As a Russian I don’t approve of this aid that Putin sent to Italy. That’s Soviet-slyle showmanship, when our country objectively cannot afford it. Stalin was sending grain to East Germany, when Russia was starving. Now Putin is doing something similar.

    At the very least he should have extracted some payment for it – Italy is a rich country, has bigger GDP than Russia, and can totally pay.

  17. I guess I’m the only one here who is aware that Princess Tulsi Coconut favors ‘reparations’ for negros; something not especially popular with this particular audience.

    Not much of a loss, all in all.

  18. Realist says:

    The COVID19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is, by any measure, an immense planetary crisis which will probably change the world we live in forever. Still, there are other issues which are maybe not quite as dramatic and important, but which deserve not to be forgotten.

    Mostly manufactured.

  19. neutral says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    That does not imply she has to support Biden, the establishment choice, the same establishment that decided to remove her from the mass media.

  20. The worst parts of these briefings are when Trump, or Pompeo, speak about the US “leadership” as if the entire planet was desperately expecting the US to help.

    It seems to me, that you really do not have a good understanding of the American political system and its leadership. In short, it breaks down into this:
    – the message is mostly for your supporters, who will support you regardless of what you do;
    – your opponents will never agree with you, so fuck them;
    – keep messaging the undecided or soft vote on how great the country, and by extension you personally, are, hoping they buy in.

    The leadership of every country does this to some extent, but the US has the biggest bullhorn, and, from what I see, the least cynical electorate, which makes it all possible.

  21. gepay says:

    If I had known that she had promised to endorse the Democratic nominee I would never have had thoughts about her candidacy. since she was my choice based on her anti regime change stance I knew she didn’t have a chance. She had watched Bernie get deprived of the nomination in 2016. It was worrisome that she was a former CFR member. It didn’t bother me that she didn’t get into 9/11 as that is death for anyone who wants the system to take them seriously. It did bother me that she didn’t confront the Israeli – whatever you want to call it. Especially as the media ignored her and the party worked against her. She was an attractive candidate and seemed sincere but the Dem voters never considered her. so fooled again. then again we here all know that the President only has so much power against the national security evolving police state and MIC and global deep state. If they use it then they only have to watch the Zapruder film for their near future or their loved ones.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  22. @gepay

    It did bother me that she didn’t confront the Israeli – whatever you want to call it.


    She would eagerly fellate a donkey for Israel.

    • LOL: vot tak
  23. Sadly, our “Capitalist” system is not libertarian, Federalist, or Christian in the least. Over the past 150 or so years it has degenerated into mercantilism, crony capitalism, gangster/bankster capitalism, and fascism (public risk; private profit). The best example of a libertarian/federalist/Christian system has been that championed by Dr Ron Paul. While he might be semiretired, Tom Massie from Kentucky offers hope in the House. Sadly, there’s only one of him.
    Having said that, different approaches could work well in different cultures. President Putin has positioned the Russian Federation with very low debt, very high gold reserves, in-sourced his manufacturing and agriculture, and created an effective military deterrence at a very reasonable cost. He appears to truly be the “peoples’ champion”. My only “beef” with the Russian Federation is that they’d never allow me to immigrate! Well, I’m too old anyway.

    • Thanks: bluedog
  24. vot tak says:

    “she should have endorsed either Bernie, or even Trump,”

    Even the likud quisling trump? And this would be less of a betrayal than endorsing biden? In what delusional alternative universe?

    • Replies: @vot tak
  25. vot tak says:
    @vot tak

    For the record, this comment is a more critical version of a comment I attempted to post at saker’s site. That comment was rejected by the censors there.

  26. Cyrano says:
    @Felix Keverich

    I would have to disagree with you on this, my friend. Italy is famous for being one of the most communist friendly countries in the western world. During “communism” Italy’s Fiat gave the license to build their cars to many Eastern block countries: Poland, Yugoslavia, and yes USSR.

    The original Lada was nothing else but Fiat 124 model. As a sign of gratitude the Russians even renamed the city where the Lada was being made into Togliatti – after an Italian communist. I think the friendship and respect between Italy and Russia goes way back, and now the Russians are just trying to continue that tradition by helping as much as they can Italy in these difficult times.

    • Troll: Felix Keverich
    • Replies: @yurivku
  27. bluedog says:
    @der einzige

    Good for him a lot of assholes should be censored for they bring nothing useful to any conversation,their goal is to twist the conversation into another direction anything to disrupt the normal flow on that conversation,as they troll and shill for their masters.!!!!

  28. Tulsi’s problem is that she thinks GIs SHOULD NOT REFUSE TO DEPLOY OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY LIKE WE DID 53 YEARS AGO. She thinks THEY HAVE A DUTY TO GO!!! She probably doesn’t even know who Smedley Butler is. She wants to end the Regime Change Wars but has no idea how to do it!!! So now she is supporting a Warmonger who just had a #Me To charge and his accuser has been labeled a RUSSIAN AGENT AND WAS DOXXED.

  29. vot tak says:

    US Forces Return Qayyara Air Base to Iraqi Control, Withdraw From Mosul Area

    “As a result of the ISF’s [Iraqi Special Forces] success in their fight against [Daesh], and in conjunction with our partner forces and the Government of Iraq, CJTF-OIR will relocate and consolidate personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020,” a Thursday statement by Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) reads.”


  30. vot tak says:

    Actually “dead on arrival” biden is the logical choice for democrat prez candidate if the zionazis wish to keep their far right, likudite/neocon trump colonial regime in power. They are looking for continuity in their american colony and changing horses would disrupt that, so zionazia arranges for the demicans to lose and the republicrats to win. Very similar to the 1984, 1988 & 2004 (s)elections.

  31. Cyrano says:
    @Felix Keverich

    You know what? Russian or not, go fuck yourself, you stupid monkey. The f*ck do you know about anything.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  32. @Antiwar7

    Was it PT Barnum who said that nobody ever went broke underestimating the American people?

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  33. @Felix Keverich

    Soft power is much. much cheaper than hard power. Russia has been constantly demonised in the West and a show of compassion of this magnitude reveals the lies for what they are. It will be much more difficult to garner support for harsh measures against Russians when people everywhere see them as being “just like us”. This is especially true of Europe whose support is very much needed by the US and it’s minions like the UK, Poland and the usual flunkies.

    Why did you label Cyrano’s response to you to be trolling? It was polite and sincere, I thought.

    • Agree: Patagonia Man
  34. csucsu says:
    @Felix Keverich

    If a Russian military gaining experience against an unknown enemy , isn’t
    that a form of payment ?
    I am not a Russian , but I am sure your president knows what he is doing.

  35. yurivku says:

    As a Russian I do support this action, despite it obviously will have no positive changes in Italy’s policy.
    Not all Russians are like Felix (if he’s really Russian, which I’m not sure).

    • Thanks: Cyrano
    • Replies: @Felix Keverich
  36. “At the end of the day, she mostly betrayed herself, and that is the saddest aspect of this debacle.”
    It would be sad in everyday life, but national politics and everyday life have almost nothing in common.
    And that is all the truer when discussing the national politics of the United States, which may fairly be characterized as ruthless and totally corrupt.
    Tulsi Gabbard is a young, intelligent, appealing woman who wants a political career ahead of her.
    Her prospects would instantly drop to zero if she did not endorse the party’s candidate.
    I find it disappointing that she did so, but I find the entire American political scene disappointing.
    I am not even clear why a person like Tulsi would want to run in the United States.
    Perhaps it indicates an underlying level of naivete?
    Still some lingering belief in the high school civics class vision of American politics?
    Stuff about guys in frock coats pledging their sacred honor?
    Bringing good intentions to Washington is bit like Jesus’s statement about throwing pearls before swine.
    I am not even sure what Tulsi was doing because her ability to change anything important is also about zero – even in the imaginary world of becoming president.
    The game is fixed. The stakes are so immense with just the military/security arm of the establishment burning through a trillion dollars a year.
    It virtually all exists to serve plutocrats and empire.
    None of those powerful people want a “change” candidate.
    The last president who actually thought he could challenge the American establishment left half his head on a street in Dallas.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  37. @yurivku

    Do you live in Russia or a Soviet emigre like Martyanov? I have to say your English is too good for a Sovok-ish type.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  38. yurivku says:
    @Felix Keverich

    I live in Moscow. Thanx for your estimate of my English.

  39. @Jamesvkruse

    So many wrongs in the world blamed on something that is imaginary.

    Emotional thinkers seldom allow reality to intrude upon their beliefs.

  40. @Cyrano

    Well, he knows that you are a clueless idiot.

    • Replies: @Cyrano
  41. @John Chuckman

    “It virtually all exists to serve plutocrats and empire.”

    And it exists because of the alpha-male social hierarchy of the animal world.

    A behavior that greatly enhances the survival of alpha-males.

  42. Cyrano says:

    Do you take supplements, or are you naturally this stupid? Your condition indicates stupidity on steroids.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  43. @Cyrano

    You are okay for someone who doesn’t have any neuronal development beyond the brain stem.

    I myself identify as a pre-limbic single helix mutoid.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Cyrano
  44. anon[264] • Disclaimer says:

    I myself identify as a pre-limbic single helix mutoid.

    What are your pronouns? I would think “it” and “that”, but don’t want to be presumptuous.

  45. Cyrano says:

    Come on, now, pre-limbic, don’t be so modest. I am going to go on a limb here and guess that your boyfriend goes fully limbic when you talk to him like that. Next time ask him – is that a limb in your pocket or are you happy to see me and hear me talk so sub-lim(b)inally.

  46. Antiwar7 says:

    According to this source,
    that’s close to a quote by H. L. Mencken.

    P. T. Barnum is more popularly associated with the phrase “there’s a sucker born every minute,” but this source ( ) says there’s no evidence he actually said it.

    • Thanks: NoseytheDuke
  47. PTG Mann says:

    “The historical unity of the ruling classes is realized in the State.” – Antonio Gramsci

    Its somewhat bemusing that we discuss American politics ad nauseam, when it’s been amply demonstrated that voters in the USA cannot make changes to government policy through their electoral process.

    In fact, I would contend that American democracy has been non-existant since the JFK assassination (57 years after the event with no charges having been laid) which was essentially a coup d’état

    Don’t believe me? Read it and weep …

    A 2014 study from Princeton University spells bad news for American democracy – namely, that it no longer exists:

    Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens – Martin Gilens & Benjamin I. Page

    “Each of 4 theoretical traditions in the study of American politics — which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic-Elite Domination, and 2 types of interest-group pluralism, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism — offers different predictions about which sets of actors have how much influence over public policy: average citizens; economic elites; and organized interest groups, mass-based or business-oriented.

    A great deal of empirical research speaks to the policy influence of one or another set of actors, but until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions against each other within a single statistical model. We report on an effort to do so, using a unique data set which includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.

    Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.” [Emphasis mine]


  48. PTG Mann says:

    Having said that, the Saker’s explanation of both the continued beneficial role played by the Russian Federation to geopolitical developments, and of the incredibly complicated situation in the Syrian proxy war is always welcome.


  49. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:


    This is a severe misunderstanding. China has temporarily suppressed it. As soon as the social isolation protocols are lifted, the disease will begin to spread again. (What the academics call a second wave).

    The same goes for the US. Our lockdown efforts only slow the spread so hospitals don’t get overwhelmed. There is no defeating this unless an effective vaccine is developed. Nature will run its course.

  50. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Not a chance. Joe Biden represents the old Neo-liberal wing of the Democratic party. Tulsi is an anti-war progressive.

    The other thing you have to consider is Joe is old and senile. It is not certain he would finish out his 4-year term if elected. The DNC will make sure they pick someone they are willing to see in power in case Joe bows out. There were paranoid rumors that it would be HRC but I don’t think this will fly with the public. Most likely a moderate woman. Kamala Harris (in a cynical bid to get the Black vote). Amy Klobuchar.

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