Mar. 8, 2016
President Obama huddled Monday with top financial regulators to push for still tougher oversight of Wall Street to head off another financial crisis.
Tuesday saw the first sale of a benchmark negative-yielding covered bond, according to Bloomberg data, with German mortgage bank Berlin Hyp AG selling a $550 million deal at a yield of minus 0.162 percent. That’s just the latest addition to the world’s $7 trillion-strong pile of negative-yielding debt. It wasn’t unexpected, given that the market has already seen a covered bond sold with a negative coupon, and many previously issued covered bonds are also trading below zero percent.
Pacific Investment Management Co. says investors should move out of government securities and into corporate credit because the U.S. will avoid a recession.
Treasuries gained with Japanese bonds, whose 10-year yields extended their push below zero, as stock-market declines drove demand for the relative safety of sovereign debt.
The U.S. Treasury Department has reaffirmed that it’s not imposing sanctions on the Russian company that makes rocket engines used to launch U.S. national-security satellites, providing the latest twist in a two-year dispute.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from three financial-services companies that sought to save a total of $1.5 billion by using a tax-avoidance strategy designed by Barclays Plc.
The death sentence of Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani can be commuted if he cooperates by returning the $2.7 billion he was convicted of embezzling, Justice Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi said.
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The first widespread ransomware attack on Apple Inc. computers is drawing attention to a growing and lucrative corner of the hacking underworld where attackers encrypt and hold data hostage until they are paid to unlock the information. An estimated 6,500 Macs were infected with malicious software designed to make files inaccessible to owners of desktops and laptops, according to the Transmission Project, a file-sharing software provider.
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Iran conducted multiple ballistic missile tests Tuesday in what it said was a display of “deterrent power,” defying US sanctions imposed earlier this year aimed at disrupting its missile program.
The Russian foreign ministry on Monday condemned as “totally unacceptable” North Korea’s threats to launch pre-emptive nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States, and appealed to all sides to show restraint.
A 15-year-old girl was fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital Tuesday after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a village outside the city, police said.
China’s foreign minister took a hard line Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying it won’t permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
A former missionary from Oklahoma convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya was sentenced Monday to 40 years in a federal prison.
An American air strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia killed more than 150 fighters planning an imminent attack on forces from the United States and its regional allies.
Gold edged towards a 13-month high on Tuesday, supported by a weaker dollar and lower European shares after Chinese trade data fuelled concerns about the state of global demand.
Iran has launched several ballistic missiles from silos across the country as part of a military exercise, state media say, defying US pressure. The Revolutionary Guards said the tests demonstrated the country’s “deterrent power” and “ability to confront any threat”.
Venezuelan air force troops have been searching for the bodies of 28 gold miners who are reported to have been killed by a criminal gang in a remote jungle area.
The kidnapped son of a Pakistani governor assassinated in 2011 has been found alive, just over a week after his father’s killer was hanged.
Israel’s prime minister has rejected a White House claim that it was surprised by his decision to turn down the offer of talks with President Obama.
At least 12 people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on an opposition-held town in northern Syria.
Two Iranian refugees who were transferred to Cambodia under a A$55m deal with Australia have returned to Iran voluntarily. Just two of the five refugees transferred by Australia to the Southeast Asian country now remain. Australia has promised to give Cambodia A$40m in aid and A$15m in resettlement costs to take in its rejected refugees. This will be paid regardless of the number of people who settle there.
Muslim migrants wreaking havoc across Austria turned their sights on the capital over the weekend: One man was hospitalized by a “Shariah patrol” in Vienna while gangs of Afghans and Chechens battled in other parts of the city.
The Obama administration is taking steps to make buying health insurance more transparent by rating plans based on the number of doctors and hospitals offered in each network.
A Christian business analyst was booted from a flight from the United Kingdom to Amsterdam when his seatmate, reading on the man’s smartphone as he typed messages, apparently saw the word “prayer” and reported him to authorities as a possible security threat.
Top News – 3/8/2016
Report: Obama to Enlist Anti-Israel UN in Last-Ditch Effort for Middle East Peace
Obama plans to make one more desperate bid for peace between Israel and the Palestinians by way of an international body known to be hostile to Israel – the United Nations (UN).According to a report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Obama’s last-ditch effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is likely to include a UN Security Council resolution which would set a framework for a viable deal.
White House surprised as Netanyahu cancels U.S. visit
Netanyahu was expected to be in the United States to attend the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Monday the White House announced the one-on-one was canceled. Netanyahu will address the conference by satellite, a source told CNN, saying he chose not to visit the United States during the bitter 2016 presidential election campaign.
China says it won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty
China’s foreign minister took a hard line Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing won’t permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area, APA reports quoting Associated Press.
Obama’s Lobbing Yet Another ‘Peace Plan’ at Israel
This one, the White House threatens, may involve a United Nations Security Council Resolution that will impose a solution, rather than the Israelis and the Palestinian Arabs working out the details of how they will co-exist “side by side in peace and security.”
The World Is Getting Worse, But This Time America Won’t Save It
The United States is led by a president whose primary foe seems to be the prime minister of Israel, even though the prime minister’s country happens to be the freest, most moral and most pro-American country in the Middle East. The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command recently told Congress “that China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea,” in order to gain “hegemony in East Asia.”
Iran Revolutionary Guards conduct ballistic missile test
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles from silos across the country on Tuesday, state television said, defying recent U.S. sanctions on its missile program.
6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes southwest of Samoa
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Samoa islands, Geoscience Australia and the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported, adding that the epicenter of the quake is about 200km from Apia, the capital and largest city of the island country.
Ex-Guantanamo prisoners suspected of rejoining militants increases: U.S.
The number of former Guantanamo Bay prison inmates who are suspected of having returned to fighting for militants doubled to 12 in the six months through January, the Obama administration said on Monday. The increase could fuel Republican attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama’s plan to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba…
Iran Revolutionary Guards conduct ballistic missile test
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles from silos across the country on Tuesday, state television said, defying recent U.S. sanctions on its missile program. The test happened two months after the United States sanctioned businesses and individuals linked to Iran’s missile program over a test of the medium-range Emad missile carried out in October 2015.
Biden coming to Israel to discuss US military aid
US Vice President Joe Biden will land in Israel on Tuesday afternoon, six years after his last visit. Biden’s main objective for the visit is working to convince Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding between Israel and the United States, which will ensure Washington’s continued security aid to Jerusalem for the next 10 years.
Migrant crisis: EU and Turkey plan one-in, one-out deal
The EU and Turkey say they have agreed the broad principles of a plan to ease the migration crisis. Under the plan discussed in Brussels, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey would be returned. For each Syrian sent back, a Syrian already in Turkey would be resettled in the EU. Turkey would also get extra funding and progress on EU integration.
Report: Obama considering peace push, including UN Security Council resolution
US President Barack Obama intends to renew his efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during the remainder of his term in office… The plans for a new peace push, reported as US Vice President Joe Biden was set to visit Israel on Tuesday, could possibly include a UN Security Council resolution that would provide a framework for a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, according to the report.
Bloomberg decides against third-party bid for White House
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that he will not run for president, citing a concern that his independent bid would hand the White House to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
U.S. airstrike kills more than 150 at Somalia terrorist camp, military says
The United States launched a series of airstrikes on an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia Saturday, killing more than 150 militants and averting what a Pentagon official described as an “imminent threat” posed by the group to both U.S. and African Union troops stationed in the war-torn country.
Air strike hits Syrian market, opposition says truce must be respected
A Syrian or Russian air strike was reported to have killed at least 19 people and possibly many more at a market in northwestern Syria on Monday, straining a cessation of hostilities agreement meant to pave the way for peace talks.
Oberlin trustees fire back at school, crackpot prof
Trustees and alumni at a presitigious Ohio college are turning up the heat on the school administration, which has so far taken no action against a nutty professor who believes Jews were behind 9/11 and the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in France.
Israel’s Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday, citing Israeli news reports.
Sexual Assaults Soar At Swedish Swimming Pools After Refugee Influx
Young male asylum seekers have turned Sweden’s public swimming pools into ordeals of rape and sexual assault.
Top Headlines – 3/8/2016
Report: Obama considering UN resolution on peace process
Palestinian president urges int’l support against Israeli violations
Indonesian president calls on Islamic states to unite for ‘Palestine’
An Israeli leader wants to put Jerusalem’s Arabs on the other side of new walls
Most Israelis believe a divided capital is already a foregone conclusion
Biden coming to Israel to discuss US military aid
Israel’s Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House
White House ‘surprised’ to learn Netanyahu turned down meeting
Abdullah: ‘Israeli violations on Temple Mount dangerously increased lately’
Palestinian Leader Abbas Accuses Israel of ‘Judaizing’ Jerusalem on Day Israel Announces 2,500-Year-Old Jewish Artifact Found in… Jerusalem
Gaza marvels at new Samson
Israel slams UN report blaming it for domestic abuse of Palestinian women
Nefesh B’Nefesh: New York Jews’ interest in aliya this year ‘highest ever’
Jews fear as neo-Nazis gain support in Europe
Sayyed Nasrallah: “Israel, allied Arab regimes will fall all together”
Balad, Hadash condemn Gulf labeling of Hezbollah as ‘terror group’
Report: Egypt imposes entrance ban on Hezbollah’s leaders following Gulf’s declaration
Tunisia: 53 dead in clashes near Libyan border
Tunisian Clash Spreads Fear That Libyan War Is Spilling Over
More than 5.6 mln people affected by hunger, malnutrition in African areas due to Boko Haram violence
At least 17 killed, including 2 children, in Pakistan suicide attack
U.S. airstrike kills more than 150 at Somalia terrorist camp, military says
Putin, Sisi agree about need to fight terrorists in Libya, Yemen – Kremlin
Executions in Saudi Arabia reach ‘frightening’ rate as 70th prisoner in 2016 is killed
Report: ISIS gunmen stage mutiny, kill local commander in de facto capital
UK police: Islamic State seeking ‘spectacular attacks’ on West
Biden Says U.S. Will Wipe Out The Evil That Is Islamic State
Air strike hits Syrian market, opposition says truce must be respected
‘Game changer’: How EU may shut Turkish door on migrants
Migrant crisis: EU and Turkey hold ‘difficult’ summit
EU welcomes bold Turkey plan to stop migrants, defers decision
Turkey seizes control of another news agency close to pro-opposition cleric Gulen
Russia warns Sweden it will face military action if it joins Nato
U.S. slaps export curbs on China’s ZTE over alleged Iran scheme
China says “blind faith” in North Korea sanctions irresponsible
US State Department: US takes North Korea nuclear threats seriously
In drills, US, South Korea practice striking North’s nuclear plants
White House to reveal death toll of US drone strikes for first time
Record 61 million immigrants in U.S., 15.7 million illegally
NM ranchers outraged by lack of security at border
Ohio lost 112,500 jobs due to trade with TPP countries
Ohio voters, leaning to Donald Trump on GOP side, can be anything but predictable: Thomas Suddes
Cleveland seeking to buy riot gear for Republican National Convention
Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump
Mexico’s President Says Donald Trump Sounds Like Hitler and Mussolini
NY judge dismisses attempt to block Canada-born Cruz from state’s ballot
Soros Tops Individual Donors as $100 million floods Presidential Super PAC
Senators again request State Department staffer testify about Clinton server setup
Justice Department asks judge to revisit NY iPhone case
Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans
Genetic Test Firm to Put Customers’ Data in Public Domain
A strange hum is haunting residents of a Canadian city
Total Solar Eclipse Will End the Day Before It Begins
Rise of Fracking Wastewater Injections in Ohio Sparks Fears of Earthquakes, Water Contamination
No, ‘Carbon monoxide explosion’ doesn’t mean earthquake is coming
5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia
Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft
Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 12,000ft
Collegiate spring breakers shrug off the Zika virus
RuPaul still reigns supreme as ‘Drag Race’ hits 100 episodes
Sweden’s pro-incest youth wing of the Liberal People’s Party suggests giving men right to ‘legal abortions’
China bans images of gay people on TV
Trio suspected of killing friend in satanic ritual to turn him into vampire
1) SCOTUS sends clear pro-abortion signal by temporarily blocking Louisiana abortion law
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Wall Street Journal (Jess Bravin)
2) Single women now most powerful political force driving progressive agenda
The Single American Woman, New York Magazine (Rebecca Traister)
3) Blue cities, red states: worldview and living environment often go hand in hand
Blue cities, red states, Los Angeles Times (Harold Meyerson)
In other news…
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 08
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- Iron Ore’s Rally Stalls as Goldman to Citigroup Forecast Retreat (Read More)
- EU and Turkey close to groundbreaking migrant deal (Read More)
- Carney’s `Brexit’ Stance Under Fire as BOE Accused of Bias (Read More)
- Oil edges lower after Kuwait dents hopes for output freeze (Read More)
- OECD Leading Indicators Point to Slowing Global Growth (Read More)
- Treasuries Rally as Japan Yields Extend Record Low on Safety Bid (Read More)
- Germany’s Sch??uble Sees No Need For Immediate Decision on Greece Payments (Read More)
- Justin Trudeau: The Canadian Coming for Dinner (Read More)
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- Sharapova fails drug test, Nike suspends ties (Read More)
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The Italian banking system is a “leaning tower” that truly could completely collapse at literally any moment. And as Italy’s banks begin to go down like dominoes, it is going to set off financial panic all over Europe unlike anything we have ever seen before. I wrote about the troubles in Italy back in January, but since that time the crisis has escalated. At this point, Italian banking stocks have declined a whopping 28 percent since the beginning of 2016, and when you look at some of the biggest Italian banks the numbers become even more frightening. On Monday, shares of Monte dei Paschi were down 4.7 percent, and they have now plummeted 56 percent since the start of the year. Shares of Carige were down 8 percent, and they have now plunged a total of 58 percent since the start of the year. This is what a financial crisis looks like, and just like we are seeing in South America, the problems in Italy appear to be significantly accelerating.
March 7, 2016
— Donald J. Trump has been pouring tens of thousands of dollars into the coffers of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But the financial bribes went for nothing, as Trump cancelled his CPAC speech last Saturday amid reports that hundreds of conservatives were preparing to turn their backs and walk out on the billionaire businessman’s remarks… (more)
March 7, 2016
– like change
– is an alluring word that promises everything, and nothing at all. Therefore, both are among the demagogue’s favorite buzzwords. Without knowing what’s involved, many people get taken in by them. To avoid this, we must raise the simple question that encourages people to think things through. This column attempts to do so… (more)
March 7, 2016
J. MATT BARBER
— What would happen if Donald Trump sat down with the Creator of the universe in a SoHo bistro? The following statements attributed to Mr. Trump are not fabricated. The man truly uttered them. Those attributed to God are likewise genuine. With whom do you agree? Lattes are poured and chairs scooted. The discussion begins…. (more)
March 7, 2016
— Nancy Reagan, one of the most high-profile and influential first ladies of the 20th century, has died. She was 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library…. (more)
March 7, 2016
— Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says reporters are telling him they have scandalous stories on Donald Trump, but are sitting on them until he becomes the GOP presidential nominee…. (more)
March 7, 2016
— Donald Trump and Ted Cruz got a split decision from Republican voters in four states Saturday that didn’t dramatically change the the nomination race but did expose unrest among party conservatives who want an alternative to the celebrity real estate mogul as their presidential nominee… (more)
March 6, 2016
— The Louisiana state GOP announced the current estimated delegate breakdown: Ted Cruz and Donald Trump both get 18, Marco Rubio gets 5. How is this possible, when Trump got more votes? Well, the popular vote count statewide was effectively a two-man race, as only Trump and Cruz got above 20%…. (more)
March 6, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES
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March 6, 2016
— View full speech…. (more)
March 6, 2016
March 6, 2016
— The Uzbek nanny who beheaded a 4-year-old girl in Moscow while the family was away was radicalized by her husband, Suhrob Muminov, who visited Islamic State contacts frequently in the Urgut Mountains in Uzbekistan. Gulchekhra Bobokulova killed the child while the family was away and paraded the head around a Moscow metro station for an hour before being tackled by police… (more)
March 5, 2016
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST
— President Romney – whose brilliant strategy to ride to the White House by writing off 47 percent of the population fell…er…short of the mark – has handed down the sacred tablets of judgment as to who is and who is not fit even to run, let alone be elected, President of these United States… (more)
March 5, 2016
— Now that Mitt Romney has weighed in on Donald Trump (heavy-handedly, we might add), we thought Americans would like to see some lighthearted, humorous skits featuring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon as The Donald. Enjoy!… (more)
March 5, 2016
— After taking the stage to a long and loud standing ovation from thousands of enthusiastic CPAC attendees, Sen. Ted Cruz – – appearing confident and relaxed without a tie and wearing cowboy boots – – proceeded to deliver applause line after applause line…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— Donald Trump’s namesake real estate school was a “bait-and-switch scheme,” New York Attorney Gen. Eric Schneiderman, who brought the fraud lawsuit against Trump University, said Friday while describing the evidence as “pretty straightforward.”… (more)
March 4, 2016
— The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday dispensed with what probably was the last legal case over the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation last summer of “same-sex marriage,” dismissing several related petitions and ripping the nation’s highest court as “lawless.”… (more)
March 4, 2016
— Ted Cruz won Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Detroit “hands down,” radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday. “I don’t think it’s even close,” Limbaugh said on his afternoon program. “Ted Cruz was in a different league last night…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— In case there was any confusion about what version of Donald Trump was going to show up for the eleventh GOP debate in Detroit, we found out very early on in this debate that the presidential Donald Trump of Super Tuesday is a vague and distant memory…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the best alternative for Republicans against Donald Trump, and showed it by rising above the Trump-Marco Rubio argument in Thursday’s debate, political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax TV…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— When the dust settles on this wild and wacky GOP primary season, there will be at least one clear Biggest Loser: the Republican National Committee. After 2012, when liberal journalists routinely hijacked the party’s 20 televised debates while cashing in on ratings and advertising revenue, the RNC resolved to change narrative-surrendering business as usual…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— They’ve been told for years that they need to embrace a more lenient approach on immigration, but grassroots leaders at the Conservative Political Action Conference are having none of it, saying they want to see the laws on the books enforced instead…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— There are two types of people in this world – – those who see only the trees and those who see the entire forest. Talk radio host Dennis Prager assured CPAC attendees that he falls into the latter category…. (more)
March 4, 2016
JEROME R. CORSI
— The decision to grant immunity to Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton aide who placed the private email server in her home, makes clear the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation and has convened a grand jury, said former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova in a telephone interview Thursday morning with WND…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and to turn its military posture to “pre-emptive attack” mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, official media said on Friday…. (more)
March 4, 2016
— A recent scientific paper on the movement of the human hand has faced strong criticism for referring to a ‘Creator’ throughout. The paper, titled: ‘Biomechanical characteristics of hand coordination in grasping activities of daily living’ was written by a team of four researchers, three from Huazhong University in China, and one from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts…. (more)
March 8, 2016
“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1789)
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In an editorial posted to the website of his media company, Michael Bloomberg announced that he would not run as a third-party candidate in the 2016 election. “[I]f I entered the race,” he conceded, “I could not win.” Keen sense of the obvious, right there.
Six weeks ago, the New York City billionaire (sound familiar?) and former mayor known for his crusades against large soda cups, salt and the right to bear arms, floated the idea of a third-party run if he didn’t like the candidates who were eventually chosen by Republicans and Democrats. But after studying the issue, Bloomberg decided that the chances of him — a turncoat Republican — giving the election to a Republican were too high. If the majority of the Electoral College doesn’t agree on a candidate, the fate of the 2016 presidential election would be handed to the House, where it would vote the next president into office. This has happened only twice in the history of American politics, once in 1800 and again in 1824.
“As the race stands now,” Bloomberg wrote, “with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.” Thus ends the blip of a third-party candidacy for a man who is decidedly anti-Liberty.
As Mark Alexander wrote in January regarding Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, “Although Obama only referenced ‘gun violence’ once in his opening remarks, he has cut a deal with billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a quid pro quo to make gun control the centerpiece of his last year in office in return for Bloomberg’s support of Obama’s presidential library.” A similar deal — or at least an understanding — likely exists with Hillary Clinton, who, as far as Bloomberg is concerned, is preferable to Bernie Sanders on guns. That may be why Clinton came out swinging against guns so strongly in Sunday’s Democrat debate.
It is irony indeed when the agreement with Iran that was supposed to ensure more transparency and more security from nuclear arms leads to the exact opposite result. On Monday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, told reporters that the agency tasked with ensuring the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons was hamstrung from reporting Iran’s potential violations of the deal … by the deal itself.
In the past, the IAEA monitored Iran’s nuclear program under the direction of resolutions passed by the UN Security Council and Board of Governors, but the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other world leaders wrote over the IAEA’s mission. When the deal was first announced, the Obama administration said it let Iran keep its nuclear program in exchange for increased transparency. The deal was supposed to ensure Iran wouldn’t weaponize its uranium for at least a decade or two. But now, the IAEA cannot disclose the amount of uranium and number of nuclear centrifuges in the country’s possession, even though Iran was supposed to reduce both as part of the agreement.
“Now Amano has revealed that the nuclear deal gutted the ability of journalists and the public to have insight into Iran’s nuclear activities,” The Israel Project’s Omri Ceren wrote. “In critical areas, it’s not even clear that the IAEA has been granted the promised access.” Let’s put this in context: There is nothing preventing a terrorist sponsoring state from developing a weapon of mass destruction, and realizing their mantra, “death to America.”
As a governor, if your state was given the chance to defer millions, possibly billions, of dollars in burdensome and unnecessary energy mandates, would you accept it? Even some liberal governors would likely answer in the affirmative, and happily at that. Unfortunately, in states like Virginia, the opposite is true. Last month the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the EPA’s power-grabbing Clean Power Plan (CPP). But while the ruling was applauded by more than two dozen states, Democrat Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe decided to ignore the warning signals and overhaul his state’s energy sector anyway.
Writing in the Washington Examiner, attorney Terry M. Jarrett says, “Virginia, for some reason, has chosen to move forward with the task of rebuilding its entire power generation sector. This means the state will still undertake the construction of new grid infrastructure, including the many new transmission lines and towers needed to carry electricity from planned wind and solar assemblies.” It’s a curious decision — one, because CPP’s legal requirements were nullified (albeit temporarily but hopefully permanently at a later date), and two, renewable technology is nowhere near prime time. And keep in mind, nearly 30% of the state’s electricity comes from coal. “The question,” Jarrett posits, “is why Virginia would bear this cost when it is currently under no legal obligation to do so.” Is it ostensibly to address “climate change”? If so, consider that by the EPA’s own estimates the regulations would slow global warming by just 0.02 degrees Celsius.
A court will eventually decide whether or not to strike down the Clean Power Plan, but Gov. McAuliffe is looking beyond that. And he’s willing to extract a hefty amount of tax dollars from Virginians to enact a flawed energy policy. Since Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, voters have ousted 11 Democrat governors. If McAuliffe isn’t careful, he could become the 12th.
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By Paul Albaugh
Far too often, government regulations are proven to be costly, ineffective and of no benefit to economic growth — worse, they hamper it. Yet bureaucrats in Washington wield their power to influence markets and industries and for the most part, they get away with it because either too many Americans don’t care or they just don’t know how much these regulations cost.
Take fuel standards for instance. Government regulations on the auto industry and on those who supply the fuel to run those cars have not helped but hurt our nation’s economy. Furthermore, many in Washington have used the agenda of combatting climate change as cause for continuing or implementing more regulations — without any concern for the economic ramifications of doing so.
Of the many regulations foisted upon our economy, one of the most costly is the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. In a detailed report, The Heritage Foundation offers some keen insight into the government’s involvement with regulating the fuel standards by which auto manufacturers must abide or pay hefty fines.
For starters, the intent of the federal government regulating fuel standards was to decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil. Good intentions, but the consequences have been staggering. The cost-to-benefit ratio is unreasonable and even if the sole purpose of the CAFE standards were to fight climate change there are miniscule results.
(And it’s worth noting we’ve reduced our dependence on foreign oils by something leftists hate — drilling for our own oil.)
In 2009, the Obama administration implemented regulations required by Congress and as a result raised the CAFE standards by approximately nine miles per gallon through model year 2016. Many economists warned of the costs of regulating fuel standards. Yet despite their warnings, the government opted for regulations. The pervasive argument seems to be if you can’t tax it, regulate it. But regulation is just another form of taxation. The fact that it’s harder for consumers to see is precisely why government likes it so much.
With the increase in CAFE standards, there is a higher cost for consumers. According to several economic scholars, the standards will cost consumers an estimated $3,800 more per new vehicle. On top of that, the average price of a vehicle in the U.S. is about $6,200 above trends in new vehicle purchases in other parts of the world. The rise in costs alone should arguably be enough to scrap the CAFE standards, but the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped in and is now using the fuel standards as a tool to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to fight climate change.
Obama recently boasted that the change in fuel standards, which mandates that the average fleet of new vehicles meets the 49.6 miles per gallon mark by model year 2025, will reduce global temperatures by a whopping .007 degrees Celsius by the end of 2016. By the year 2100, our great grandchildren should see a decrease in temperature of .018 degrees Celsius. In other words, like nearly every other climate change regulation, the fuel standards won’t make a dent in the overall temperature of our planet. Just ignore the mounting costs and move right along.
There are several unintended consequences of the CAFE standards as well, which essentially counters any reason for making them permanent to fight climate change.
First, there is what is called the “rebound effect.” According to The Heritage Foundation, “When consumers are forced to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, the cost per mile falls (since their cars use less gas) and they drive more. This offsets part of the fuel economy gain and adds congestion and road repair costs. Similarly, the rising price of new vehicles causes consumers to delay upgrades, leaving older vehicles on the road longer.”
Second, there is a high probability that millions of consumers will be forced out of the new car market altogether simply because people will not be able to afford the higher priced cars due to the fuel standards.
Finally, there is also the probability that the American Big Three automakers — Ford, GM and Chrysler, the latter two of which taxpayers bailed out a few years back — will see their corporate profits decline, while foreign auto manufacturers’ corporate profits increase.
Keep in mind that these CAFE standards are not the only hindrance to American consumers. Requiring consumers to pump more ethanol into their fuel tanks is another federal regulation on our transportation that is both hurting consumers and harming the environment.
It’s past time that the government scrapped the fuel standard mandates (among a host of other damaging regulations), but until we have a new administration that values constitutionally limited government, little will be done to change anything for the better. So consider this issue when casting your vote.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Thomas Sowell: “The most obvious way to stop Trump, if that was the sole objective, would be for the other candidates to drop out of the race, leaving it a Trump versus Cruz contest. But the Republican establishment has chosen the opposite strategy, wanting all the candidates to stay in the race. That way, if Senator Rubio can win his home state of Florida and Governor Kasich can win his home state of Ohio, that can deny Trump two important, winner-take-all states. This may keep him from reaching the number of delegates required to win the Republican nomination. At that point, it becomes anybody’s game at the convention. … [T]he most obvious person to have the best chance of beating Trump one-on-one is Ted Cruz, especially after his primary victories over the past weekend. The Republican establishment is not about to go down that road, even if that would increase their chances of stopping Trump from becoming the Republican nominee. This is because they don’t want Cruz to become the Republican candidate either. Senator Cruz has been fighting against the Republican establishment for years before Trump decided to become a candidate. Nor does he have Trump’s new-found ‘flexibility.’ But, whatever his merits or demerits, Ted Cruz is not the Republican establishment’s idea of the kind of candidate needed to win. Neither was Ronald Reagan.”
Insight: “To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder.” —Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
For the record: “[I]f a majority of Republican primary voters don’t want Trump and would settle for any of the alternatives on offer, [a brokered convention] could just work. There’s nothing wrong with refusing to nominate a candidate opposed by a majority.” —Michael Barone
Non Compos Mentis: “I employ many people in Hawaii at my great hotel in Honolulu. I’ll be there very soon. Vote for me, Hawaii!” —Donald Trump (“There’s one problem here: Trump does not own the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. The Trump company is not involved in any way in selling or developing the property.” —CBS News)
Gun grabbers: “We have to try everything that works to … limit the numbers of people and the kinds of people who are given access to firearms.” —Hillary Clinton
A rare moment of truth: “Flint has voted for Dems for 84 straight yrs. What did it get us? For 18 months Dems remained silent & ignored pleas while Flint was poisoned. Dems in Flint today handing out bottles of water. Bottles? 100,000 people need 20 MILLION 16oz bottles of water EACH DAY! You’re not helping.” —tweets by Michael Moore
The BIG lie: “[W]hile the Constitution doesn’t mandate that [the Senate] give advice and consent — as they did not in the Bork and Ginsburg cases — it clearly gives the United States Senate the responsibility to ensure that the court is made whole and can act in a decisive manner so that the law can be settled.” —Rep. Steny Hoyer (“[The president] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…” —Article 2, Section 2)
And last… “There’s no problem Democrats can’t solve by throwing more money at it, including government over-spending.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest
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“Psst…Lectio Divina…Your Mysticism is Showing”
The first time I heard the term lectio divina I thought it was from the Harry Potter books, probably a spell cast by Harry to render an enemy helpless. But, no, as it so happens it’s Latin for “sacred reading” and we’re urged to practice it as we read our Bible and pray. Not surprisingly, lectio […]
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Bethel’s Medical Healing Conference to bring army; activate impartation
A gathering of medical professionals who pray for their patients seems like a fantastic idea, in the right context. But there is more to Bethel Church’s upcoming Medical Healing Conference than meets the eye. The April event starring self-proclaimed “prophet” Bill Johnson invites medical professionals to experience Bethel and “marry the natural with the supernatural,” […]
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Christians Don’t Take Personality Tests
I discovered the following post, written by Jessica Pickowicz, on Michelle Lesley’s blog. I’ve written on this subject myself in Carl Jung: Psychologist or Sorcerer? In it I examined Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological approach to personality. The Myers-Briggs test is designed to see what makes people tick. Christians should not take part in […]
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An Analysis of Celebrate Recovery Addictions Program
Eric Davis of The Cripplegate analyzes the popular packaged addiction program, Celebrate Recovery (CR) that many churches have adopted. The program, created by John Baker and Rick Warren, is supposedly based on biblical principles. In his review, Davis informs us that “CR is founded on eight principles taken from the Beatitudes and has similarities to the […]
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Your Choice: Homosexual Hegemony or Free Speech
Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch details how homosexual fascism is on the rise. LGBT activists aim to silence all dissenting voices and are attempting to destroy anyone who disagrees with their radical agenda. We’re in the midst of a moral revolution that is rapidly spreading across America and pressure to conform to the LGBT agenda is mounting. […]
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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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An Objection to God’s Sovereignty that Proves It – “In Romans 9, Paul discusses God’s absolute freedom in His saving purposes. He uses the illustration of the twins, Jacob and Esau, stating that God’s choice of Jacob over Esau had nothing to do with either of them. Rather, God chose ‘so that [His] purpose according to His choice would stand.’ This choice was ‘not because of works but because of Him who calls’ (Rom 9:11). He goes on to say that salvation ‘does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy’ (Rom 9:16), and then supports that claim by referring to God’s hardening of Pharaoh’s heart for the expressed purpose of demonstrating His power and proclaiming His name through the events that followed (Rom 9:17); cf. Exod 9:16). Paul then summarizes his point by declaring: ‘So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires’ (Rom 9:18).”
An Open Letter to Andy Stanley – “Although I’ve never written an open letter to anyone, I am compelled to do so in light of your comments in your February 28th sermon (specifically this portion), the public outrage it caused, and your eventual tweeted apology. I’m choosing to write this publicly for several reasons…”
Hope for the Lonely Heart – “There is no stage of life immune from the fear of loneliness. The nervous student fears loneliness due to a lack of the familiar. The single person fears a life of loneliness without a spouse. The new mother fears that no one will understand her struggles. The couple who has moved to a new city fears that they won’t find friends. Loneliness affects us all, and we often live in the fear that our loneliness will last the rest of our life.”
When The World Has Gone Mad – “His belly was growling as he tried to listen. The king’s speech meant everything to him. The night before he’d gathered with his fellow countrymen pleading with the king to end his angry tirade and open up the food bank again. His children were starving. They were desperate. They wanted to get back the homeland they loved so much. They had hoped their world would be great again.”
KIC 8462852: One Strange Little Star – “NASA launched the Kepler spacecraft in 2009 with the mission of finding extrasolar planets— planets orbiting other stars. Kepler did this by monitoring the brightness of nearly 150,000 stars in the general location of the constellation Cygnus. Every twenty minutes, Kepler measured the brightness of these stars to one part in a million. If any of these stars had planets with orbital planes along our line of sight, then we could see transits. A transit is an eclipse, in which the eclipsing body appears smaller than the eclipsed body. For instance, if one were situated close to the earth’s orbital plane but far from the sun, the earth would transit the sun once a year. Each transit would last about thirteen hours and would dim the sun by a little less than one part in ten thousand. As small as this dimming is, Kepler could easily measure it. Hence, Kepler has found many extrasolar planets, even ones as small as the earth.”
Tom Chantry – As The Lord Wills (Deuteronomy 2:1-19)
College student admits rape might be a beautiful thing…
Donald Trump, the Pharisee, and the Tax Collector
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur
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How cool is this? “And so it was quite the thrill to discover in the box this astonishing letter written by William Wilberforce to Priscilla in 1822, when he was 61 and she was only around 14.”
Brad Hambrick: “Having just written Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends, I wanted to offer some points of consideration for pastors.” Also, “While this post is about preaching, my book is about friendship.” Additionally, click here to learn what you’ll learn if you read his book.
Be sure to read Bob Bevington’s tribute to his dear friend and prayer partner. “In the eyes of many, Jerry was a giant of the Christian faith. Yet in his own eyes, he was never more than an undeserving sinner redeemed by Christ. Those who knew him best understood that Jerry’s humility was the key to his greatness.” (Don Whitney has collected other tributes here.)
This is a great little biographical sketch of Vera Pink, wife to A.W. Pink.
Just like the headline says, here are ten things you should know about church discipline.
This Day in 1740. 276 years ago today, colonial evangelist Gilbert Tennent preached his famous sermon, “The Danger of An Unconverted Ministry.” Tennent was a friend of evangelist George Whitefield and a son of William Tennent, founder of the “Log College. *
TGC went far and wide to ask a whole collection of pastors for suggested books that every church planter should read.
Reformation21 shared a helpful review of the movie Risen. “Films seem better equipped to ask questions rather than answer them. Films, whether they are faith-based or secular, start to break down when they get preachy, but there’s a much greater temptation to get preachy when making a movie about faith.”
The way to really beat sin is not to whip it out, but to so glory in Christ that sleeze looks dirty. —D.A. Carson
An Identity That Can’t Be Stolen |Kimberly Wagner, True Woman Blog
“Some days I feel like someone’s stolen my identity. Fear starts to paralyze me, shame begins to strangle me, and hopelessness steals my joy. When that starts happening, I know, sure enough . . . I’m experiencing an identity crisis. I’ve forgotten who I am in Christ.”
Finding a Job that Works for You and for God | Meryl Herr, ChristianityToday.com
“Tips for overcoming job-hopping, career confusion, and vocational scrambling.”
Why Six Hours Of Sleep Is As Bad As None At All | Jill Duffy, Fast Company
“Getting six hours of sleep a night simply isn’t enough for you to be your most productive. In fact, it’s just as bad as not sleeping at all.”
10 Things You Should Do Right the First Time | Time Management Ninja
“Don’t spend time doing the same tasks over because you half-did them the first time. Instead, have the discipline to complete them. Finish tasks, put things away, and clean up when you are done. ”
A Checklist for Making Faster, Better Decisions | Erik Larson, Harvard Business Review
“Our research has found that managers who regularly follow the seven steps above save an average of 10 hours of discussion, decide 10 days faster, and improve the outcomes of their decisions by 20%.”
How I Became a Full-Time Blogger: Reflections on Ten Years of ScottHYoung.com | Scott H, Young
Intriguing inside look at how one young guy turned his blog into his career.
Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage by Rob Green
Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs by Eric Yaverbaum ($2.99). Not recommending this for wholesale transfer to churches. I just enjoy reading about leadership in different spheres.
The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority by Gregory K. Beale ($2.99)
How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart ($3.99)
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart ($3.99)
Understanding the Bible by Dr. John R.W. Stott ($2.99)
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Our Time is Short
Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)
What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
The Gospel In A Nutshell
Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.
Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
Ready to start your new life with God?
Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
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