• SOTT FOCUS: The Battle for Mosul: Cause for Celebration or Humanitarian Concern?

    "The idea that somehow [we] should delay this operation because of others' concern about the humanitarian situation in Mosul; that doesn't make sense."~ Josh Earnest, White House Spokesman, 22 October 2016
    On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the beginning of the long-touted military campaign aimed at retaking the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS terrorists. The announcement was met with much applause in Western and Gulf State political circles, but there are justified conc
  • Anxious for a fight: Israeli Defense Minister vows to destroy Hamas in event of new Gaza war

    Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened on Monday to destroy the Hamas movement "completely" in case of any possible hostilities sparked by the militants."If Hamas imposes the next war on Israel, it will be their last... It will be their last confrontation, because we will completely destroy them," the minister said in an interview with the Al-Quds newspaper.Comment: What will be considered a start of the war, a couple of harmless projectiles?The defense minister added that Israel
  • Turkey helps Peshmerga in advance on Mosul despite Iraq opposition - Peshmerga deny claims

    Turkish artillery and tanks have aided Kurdish fighters in advance on the Islamic State stronghold Mosul, according to the Turkish PM. Baghdad has repeatedly called on Ankara to refrain from anti-ISIS operation in the city.Artillery and tanks of the Turkish army have shelled positions of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) near the jihadists' key city of Mosul. According to the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim the military action followed a request by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces."The P
  • Fukushima – The Untouchable Eco-Apocalypse No One is Talking About

    Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
    Waking Times
    The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution.Widespread Denial and Willful Ignorance
    The media, politicians and the world at large seem to be engaging in extreme denial regarding Fukushima. A survey of mainstream media coverage of the fallout of this event reveals the tren
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  • 80+ instruments of Western subversion call for Russia to be dropped from UN rights council

    A number of human rights and aid organizations have urged the United Nations to deprive Russia of its seat on the UN's Human Rights Council (UNHRC), AFP reported on Monday.More than 80 international organizations have signed the appeal, with such groups as Human Rights Watch, CARE International and Refugees International among them, AFP says.The move was prompted by Russia's involvement in the anti-terrorist campaign in Syria.The signatories asked the UN member states to "question seriously whet
  • Single mother fatally shot by cops on Muckleshoot tribal land was 5 months pregnant

    An investigation is underway into the fatal shooting of a single mother from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe by Kings County police, in her home on the reservation. She was five months pregnant and was holding a gun at the time of the incident.Renee Davis, 23, had been struggling with depression when King County deputies turned up at her home on Friday night. The reservation is located 30 miles south east of Seattle in Washington state.
  • The truth about mammograms: False positives, over-diagnosis, over-treatment and radiation-induced cancer

    In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer, 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer, and 40,450 breast cancer deaths are expected to be recorded in the United States alone. With the rising rates of breast cancer, mammography has gained popularity globally as the most effective screening technique to detect the most common cancer among women.I believe that if you did have a tumor, the last thing you would want to do is crush that tumor between two plates, because tha
  • World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao builds 1,000 homes for poor in home town

    After earning millions for fighting Floyd Mayweather, the boxer and politician used a portion of his earnings to construct homes for 1,000 poor families in his hometown.Manny Pacquiao is more than a world-class athlete or a Filipino politician. He's a compassionate activist who paid for 1,000 homes to be built to help out underprivileged families in his hometown.Earlier this year, Pacquiao proclaimed his good deed on Facebook:"I'm so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani
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  • Class action lawsuit: DNC lawyers argue pro-Hillary bias is OK, 'fair and balanced primary' just a 'political promise'

    Democratic National Committee (DNC) lawyers responded on October 14 in support of their motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit against the DNC and former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, maintaining that a fair and balanced Democratic primary is just a "political promise.""Courts have uniformly rejected attempts to litigate on the basis of purported political promises, including 'statements of principle and intent in the political realm'" wrote the DNC lawyers. "These decisions have not alway
  • Slippery slope: Telling small lies desensitizes your brain to self-serving dishonesty

    Telling small lies desensitises your brain to the associated negative emotions and may encourage you to tell bigger lies in the future, suggests new research at University College London.The research provides the first empirical evidence that self-serving lies gradually escalate and shows how this happens in our brains.The team scanned volunteers' brains while they took part in tasks where they could lie for personal gain. They found that the amygdala, a part of the brain associated with emotion
  • FIFA postpones decision on sanctions for Israeli teams based in Occupied Territories

    Last month, Human Rights Watch released a damning report emphasizing that soccer's governing body, Federation International du Football (FIFA), should render a decision on Israel Football Association (IFA) teams that are being played on occupied Palestinian land.The teams in question, Beitar Givat Ze'ev, Beitar Ironi Ariel, Beitar Ironi Maale Adumim, Ironi Yehuda and Hapoel Bik'at Hayarden are all based in illegal settlements in the West Bank.The regions are in territory that is being disputed b
  • WATCH OUT! Ballots Are Being Stolen From MailBoxes! Election Fraud NOW Commencing!

    By Lisa Haven
    While Hillary Clinton claims election fraud and stealing doesn’t happen, Project Veritas, an undercover agency that exposes fraud, releases videos exposing how the Clinton campaign, a proclaimed denier, has been doing just that. They reveal how a democratic linked organization has been falsely hiring people to either drive their vehicles or be bussed into voting centers where they will cast their vote for the democratic nominee using dead peoples names.Despite the video evid
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  • India-Pakistan border clashes continue, several reported killed on both sides

    Two Pakistani civilians and an Indian soldier have been killed in cross-border firing in the disputed region of Kashmir, officials from the two sides say.Pakistan's military said on October 24 that two civilians, including a 1-year-old baby, were killed in the village of Janglora, and seven others were injured in the overnight exchange of fire.The Indian Army said a guard from India's Border Security Force was killed and another injured.Both countries accused the other of resorting to unprovoked
  • Chinese CCTV camera firm behind Friday's internet outage threatens Western accusers with lawsuits

    As we reported earlier today, according to Bloomberg, Internet-connected CCTV cameras made by a Chinese firm, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology were infected with malware that allowed hackers to takeover "tens of millions" of devices and launch the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks which brought the internet across much of the US, and especially on the east coast, to a virtual crawl for hours on Friday.As Bloomberg first reported, and many others confirmed, the company itself admitted its
  • German spy agency evacuated after toxic fumes detected

    The new headquarters of Germany's spy agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), in central Berlin has been evacuated because a dangerously high concentration of sulfuric acid vapors has been detected in its basement, local media reported.A fire brigade dispatched to the scene has also cordoned off the adjacent roads, Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.A spokesman for the fire department said no one is currently in danger, but firefighters had to wear protective suits to enter the premises and a de
  • Project Veritas Exposes DNC: Rigging the Election Pt. 3 - Killary Wanted "Ducks on the Ground"

    Project Veritas Action has released the third video in a multi-part series that is sending shockwaves through the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The first video explained the dark secrets and the hidden connections and organizations the Clinton campaign uses to incite violence at Trump rallies. The second video exposed a diabolical step-by-step voter fraud strategy discussed by top Democratic operatives and showed one key operative admitting that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fift
  • Deadly mosque strike: HRW calls for probe as only US coalition and Iraqi jets in area

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Baghdad to investigate the alleged airstrike on a mosque south of Kirkuk that killed 13 women and children on Friday, noting that only US-led coalition and Iraqi air force jets are known to operate in the vicinity.Local residents and police told HRW they believe the attack on the mosque in Daquq 30 kilometers south of Kirkuk, was an airstrike because of the sound of aircraft and the scale of destruction."Of the troops fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul, o
  • China to invest $11 billion in Russian shores of Siberia

    Russian tour operator Grand Baikal has made a deal with Chinese investors to create a "world-class tourism cluster" in Siberia on the shores of the world's deepest lake. A pool of Chinese firms headed by Chungjingxin will invest $11 billion in the project that will include traveler attractions, transport and logistics infrastructure. A memorandum of cooperation, backed by the governor of Siberia's Irkutsk region Sergei Levchenko, was signed last week. A feasibility study is underway before the f
  • Battle for Mosul: Iraqi army kills 772 militants, Daesh responds with terror

    Iraqi armed forces freed 74 villages and killed 772 Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) militants in the first week of the campaign to retake Mosul, the army command said Monday.The Iraqi government launched an offensive on October 17 to reclaim the Daesh stronghold with air support from the US-led coalition. The operation involves Kurdish forces and Sunni tribal fighters.Twenty-three Daesh militants have been captured, the operations center said as cited by Shafaq News. Iraqi security forces seized t
  • New Podesta email exposes Clinton playbook for rigging media polls through 'oversamples'

    Earlier this morning we wrote about the obvious sampling bias in the latest ABC / Washington Post poll that showed a 12-point national advantage for Hillary. Like many of the recent polls from Reuters, ABC and The Washington Post, this latest poll included a 9-point sampling bias toward registered democrats.
    "METHODOLOGY - This ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Oct. 20-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 874 likely voters. Results have
  • Most tortured prisoner at Guantanamo Bay released after 14 years without being charged

    A man who is widely regarded as the most tortured prisoner in the history of Guantanamo Bay has been released without charge after nearly 14 years.Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national who wrote a best-selling memoir about life in the detention centre, was reunited with his family after US officials ruled he did not pose a strong enough threat to national security to continue his detention.The Guantanamo Bay Diaries, published in January 2015, provided the first in-depth account of ritual
  • Mush for brains journalist: 'Washington has evidence Russia hacked US' - no proof though (VIDEO)

    US intelligence has "evidence" that links Russia to meddling in the US elections, The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky told RT, yet failing to name exact facts, not disclosed by American authorities either.Speaking to RT, Budowsky, whose email exchange with Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, was leaked by WikiLeaks on Saturday, said that Russia is behind the recent hacking of US officials' and organizations' emails. A respective accusation was published in a joint statement from the Dep
  • Dashcam captured last seconds of Malta plane before deadly crash

    Dashcam footage has emerged showing the moment a plane crashed to the ground and exploded in Malta. Five people were killed in the accident, which reportedly occurred while the aircraft was en route to Libya.The video, posted on Facebook by Laurent Azzopardi, shows the plane falling from the sky and erupting in a huge explosion. Azzopardi says he was driving to work when her dashcam captured the footage."A very shocking experience," he wrote in his Facebook post.
  • Wikileaks 17: Concerns over Wall Street speeches, tactics for framing email server controversy

    WikiLeaks has released a new tranche of emails from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta.The organization has published more than 26,000 emails on its website over the last fortnight, with a new batch dropping every day.The latest leaks include emails in which Podesta suggests going "postal on the press", and expressions of concern over the content of Clinton's Wall Street speeches.Earlier leaks revealed details of Clinton's Wall Street speeches, 'Pay to Play' dona
  • Russia & Saudi Arabia agree to stabilize oil market, possible production freeze

    Moscow and Riyadh have found common ground on a possible agreement with OPEC and a plan to stabilize oil prices after a meeting in the Saudi capital.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak met with representatives of Saudi Arabia and other major regional oil producers at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) conference in Riyadh on Sunday. They discussed possible means to stabilize the slumping oil prices, and the parties appeared to come to an agreement."We discussed questions related to freezing
  • FLASHBACK: Social Media Patterns Show Trump Is Looking at a Landslide Victory (Updated w/ Latest Stats)

    Current polls show the race for President is much tighter than it really is. Ann Coulter warned us years ago in her best seller Slander that Democrats and the liberal media always use polls to manipulate and discourage conservatives from voting. Thanks to social media there is more and more evidence that the polls are way offand if things stay as they are, Trump will win in a landslide!It's evident Hillary has a hard time filling a Union Hall while Trump regularly turns people away from his stad
  • Hints of fascism: Orban declares Hungary must fight 'Sovietization' of Europe by defending borders against refugees

    During the commemoration of an anti-communist uprising in 1956, Hungary's prime minister said his nation must stand up to the "Sovietization" of Europe by defending its borders against migrants, leading to brawls between his supporters and opponents."People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietization, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during the Sunday event in Budapest.The leader, who has been a vocal opp
  • Pepe Escobar: So Russia Won't Elect the Next POTUS

    Wallowing in the mire of a headline grabbing "suspense" in case "such a nasty woman" becomes the next President of the United States (POTUS), the fear-and-loathing Las Vegas cage-match between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton once again yielded a few stark facts that should be of the highest concern especially to the Global South.You have all been warned.Merely relying on Trump's notorious vocabulary impediment is not enough. His "suspense" tirade -- as in not endorsing the final result of the f
  • U.S. backs down - 'supports' Philippines war on drugs, remains 'steady & trusted' partner

    America supports the Philippines' controversial war on drugs and remains a "steady and trusted" partner of the island country, a senior US diplomat for Asia, Daniel Russel, assures.Russel is the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Speaking to the press in Manila after a meeting with Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, the diplomat backtracked on Washington's previously-expressed stance over Manila's controversial crackdown on narcotics business,
  • After embassy banned Assange from internet usage, Anonymous retaliates by taking down Ecuadorian govt webmail

    Hacktivist group Anonymous said it had shut down the Ecuadorian government mail in retaliation for its decision to cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet connection for the period of the US presidential elections."Shut Down The Internet; We'll Shut Down Your Communications!" read the tweet posted by Anonymous on Sunday night.The claim, supported by a screenshot with "connection timed out" messages in response to the pinging of the supposed government address/port, could not be immed
  • Platforms like Facebook's Instant Articles and Google AMP will discourage small independent web publishers

    Creating content for these formats reintroduces a coding requirement, and online code is vastly more complicated today than it was in the mid-1990s.One of the wonderful things about the rise of the web, twenty-something years ago, was the way in which it democratized publishing — suddenly, anyone with an idea could set up a website and make it available to anyone. Early on, publishing online required at least a rudimentary understanding of code. To be an online writer meant you also had to
  • War monger in chief NATO commander warns 'nuclear war with Russia in Europe' is coming

    Senior British army officer and former NATO commander Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff says that America is already at war with Russia.NATO has a new reason to exist...war with Russia. Or so goes the bellicose rhetoric coming out of various factions of the western war machine.Former deputy supreme allied commander Europe Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff penned, yet another, aggressive anti-Russian propaganda piece for CNN, that continues to push a self fulfilling prophecy that will plunge all of Europe, and t
  • NATO's warmonger-in-chief warns 'nuclear war with Russia in Europe' is coming

    Senior British army officer and former NATO commander Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff says that America is already at war with Russia.NATO has a new reason to exist...war with Russia. Or so goes the bellicose rhetoric coming out of various factions of the western war machine.Former deputy supreme allied commander Europe Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff penned, yet another, aggressive anti-Russian propaganda piece for CNN, that continues to push a self fulfilling prophecy that will plunge all of Europe, and t
  • Redrawing the tree of life: Scientists discover new bacteria groups, stunning microbial diversity underground

    One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life.The bacterial bonanza comes from scientists who reconstructed the genomes of more than 2,500 microbes from sediment and groundwater samples collected at an aquifer in Colorado. The effort was led by researchers from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley. D
  • Being single, infertile, now a disability according to WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) would redefine single people with no known medical issues and want to be parents but could not would be considered being infertile or having a disability. The redefinition would no longer treat infertility as a medical condition.WHO used to define infertility as the inability to conceive after 12 months or more of sexual intercourse. In redefining the word, the health agency aims to provide single men and women the right to reproduce.The Telegraph reports that
  • Iceland Proves Third Parties Have Legitimate and Crucial Role in Democracy

    Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
    Waking Times
    The progressive island nation of Iceland is on the verge of ‘re-booting’ Western democracy and of proving third parties have a legitimate and important role to play in maintaining the balance of power between people and their leadership.
    In response to overwhelming government corruption in Iceland, the Pirate Party is now leading in polls coming into national elections, threatening to install a new type of political party, on
  • Killary's hysteric Russian 'puppet' rant

    She accused a rival nominee of being a stealth agent of a foreign power.
    For months she had only intimated it, or delegated the real dirty work to her surrogates and campaign staff, but at the final televised debate this week Hillary Clinton finally let loose: Donald Trump is "a puppet" of the Kremlin, she declared.It's worth pausing to consider just how extreme and incendiary that allegation is. For Trump to be a "puppet" of a hostile foreign power—especially Russia, arguably America's ol
  • Dwarf sperm whale found dead on shoreline in Makena, Hawaii

    A female dwarf sperm whale carcass was found on the Makena shoreline on Maui Saturday prompting a multi-agency response.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says a witness saw two small whales stranded in Makena on Maui's west shore around 7:30 in the morning.When crews arrived, they discovered a dead 7-foot whale on shore.NOAA, with help from Maui County and the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, have removed the dead whale and transported it to Oahu where
  • Threat to sales dominance: Israel refuses to sign US document regulating export of killer drones

    Israel is reportedly refusing to sign a US document on the use and export guidelines of armed drones, fearing it would hurt its defense industries. The State Department paper aims to establish international standards in the production and selling of UAVs.The one-page document, titled "Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)," covers a number of topics regarding the selling and usage of drone systems, according to Defense News.
  • Father gets 1,503 years in prison for raping daughter, longest in Fresno, California history

    A 41-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period.The Fresno Bee reports Rene Lopez was sentenced Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history.A jury in September found Lopez guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor.Prosecutors say that Lopez's daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but that instead of protecting her, Lopez
  • Elon Musk's dreams for human habitats on Mars

    SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk answered questions about his plans to send humans to Mars in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session Sunday afternoon that prompted thousands of reader comments.The question-and-answer session was intended as a follow-up to Musk's speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month, in which he described plans to send up to 1 million people to Mars and turn humans into a multiplanetary species within 40 to 100 years.His vision involves
  • US backed militants shell civilians in Aleppo killing 3 with 28 injured

    Three people have been killed, including a seven-year-old girl, and 28 more injured after militants shelled residential areas of government-held West Aleppo, reports RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev, who is there and has spoken to those injured.The attacks, which targeted West Aleppo's Hamdaniya district and Salah-Eddin neighborhood, lasted for hours, Gazdiev said, citing his sources on the ground."Today's barrage began in the early hours of the morning, at dawn. It lasted through to midday. And t
  • Amid waning Asian influence US unleashes relentless anti-China propaganda campaign

    It is becoming clear that US influence-despite its "pivot toward Asia"-is waning across the Asia Pacific region. Washington has suffered geopolitical setbacks in virtually every nation in Asia Pacific, including those now led by regimes it has meticulously organized, funded, and backed for decades. It is also waning, however, among those nations considered long-time and crucial US allies.This includes Southeast Asia's Thailand, whom the US repeatedly reminds the world has been Washington's ally
  • Shallow 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kuril Islands, Russia

    An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred on Sunday near the Kuril Islands, the US Geological Survey reported.The earthquake occurred at 20:25 GMT on Sunday at a depth of 29,7kilometers (about 18 miles) with the epicenter located in 117 kilometers to the east of the Shikotan island.There appeared to be no tsunami threat following the earthquake and there were no immediate reports of any damages or casualties. The Geological Survey appointed the green level of the earthquake conse
  • Shark attacks surfer near Byron Bay, Australia; third such incident in a month for New South Wales state

    A surfer escaped with cuts to his leg on Monday in the third shark attack off New South Wales state north of Sydney in a month.The attacked occurred at Byron Bay, 22 miles north of Ballina, where a 25-year-old man sustained minor leg injuries while surfing with friends on October 12.Beaches in the area, around 500 miles north of Sydney, were closed for at least 24 hours after the early morning encounter, with the victim taken to hospital by a friend."It is believed that the shark emerged from un
  • Keeping TPP alive: Kaine says Clinton open to 'exploring new trade deals'

    Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine tells Chuck Todd that Hillary Clinton would be open to exploring new trade deals, despite their opposition to the TPP.Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine went on NBC's "Meet The Press" and told host Chuck Todd that a Hillary Clinton administration may be "against the TPP" but "we aren't against trade.""Public and private persona" Hillary Clinton, and her would be administration, is not against the TPP.Publicly they say they are against the controversial trade
  • Propaganda alert! Clinton campaign manager squirms through 'Russian hacker' interview

    This is how the Clinton machine does propaganda.It is beyond amazing that Hillary and her corrupt cronies, pulled a "Russia did it" card out of thin air in order to distract from all her foundation kick backs and email 'bleachbiting'.Now the narrative is mainstream, actually believed by many journalists (who are coincidentally on Clinton's payroll), and even puts the world at risk for full scale global war.Reckless Hillary, doing anything to cover up her criminal tracks.Her campaign manager, Rob
  • Light therapy device for SAD sufferers invented by creative high schoolers

    An inventive team of high school students has created a new light therapy device that may provide relief for the millions of people who suffer from a seasonal form of depression.As the days shorten and fall gives in to winter, bouts of the "winter blues" aren't uncommon. But a more serious form of winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can make the colder, darker months a long period of misery for many.What is SAD?When the seasons change and the length of daylight hours var
  • Hong Kong court hears British banker 'filmed torture and murder of victim on iPhone'

    A British banker filmed himself torturing and killing one of his sex worker victims on his iPhone before stuffing her body into a suitcase, a Hong Kong court heard on Monday.Rurik Jutting, 31, is charged with the murders of Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih, whose bodies were found in his high-rise luxury apartment near Hong Kong's Wan Chai red-light district in November 2014 after he called police.Jutting, a Cambridge graduate who worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the city, pleaded
  • Go figure: Murder or accident?

    Harold Shipman was a doctor in Britain, who was arrested for murder in 1998. He turned out to be a true Angel of Death, the most prolific known serial killer, who killed it is thought between two and three hundred of his patients by prescribing opioids in large doses.After his trial and conviction and jailing, he committed suicide in jail with no-one any the wiser as to why he had behaved the way he did.His killing spree led to a change in medicine's regulatory apparatus, ostensibly to ensure th

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