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Monday, November 21, 2011

Former AIG CEO Sues U.S. Government For $25 Billion Over Takeover

The one company that will forever be linked to the financial meltdown in the final years of the last decade is AIG (or American International Group, if you're not into the whole brevity thing), which was bailed out and then effectively taken over by the U.S. government. Now a company led by AIG's former CEO has filed suit against the feds, alleging that said takeover was unconstitutional.



ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 21, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of Robert R. Hagans to the Board of Trustees for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. He will assume the trustee position previously held by Robert Schaefer.

“I am pleased to announce Robert’s appointment to the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Board,” said Governor O’Malley. “His steadfast belief in fiscal stewardship and years of expertise in financial management will serve us well as we work together to develop a more sustainable and effective system for all state employees.”

Since 2001, Mr. Hagans has served as chief financial officer for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). In this position he provides strategic guidance and expertise in all areas of AARP’s financial management, strategy implementation and policy formulation, in addition to AARP’s environmental and physical resources.

Mr. Hagans also has over 30 years of work experience in nonprofits and financial management. Prior to joining AARP, he served as director of finance for Prince George’s County Government, where he was responsible for the management of the $1.7 billion in cash flow of county funds and the $780 million debt management program. Hagans also served as assistant vice president for Asset Management and Treasury Operations at Howard University and served on the Prince George’s County Police and Fire Service Pension Plans Board of Trustees and the Prince George’s County Risk Management Committee.

He currently serves as treasurer and trustee on the Board of Directors of Industrial Bank and chairs the Finance Committee of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Hagans is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and a member and mentor of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC. He is a resident of Mitchellville, MD.

Fruitland Police Department Press Releases 11-21-11

DATE & TIME: Friday October 18, 2011 at 2105 hours
INCIDENT: Trespassing / Warrant
LOCATION: 117-B Church Street
CASE NO.: 2011-1372

Terrance Lee Mason (Trespassing)
Francis James Fletcher (Warrant)

AGE: 23 and 26

ADDRESS: Both of Wicomico County

Trespassing on Private Property
Warrant for 1st Degree Assault

Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

On the above date and time Fruitland Officers conducting a Patrol Check in the area of Summit Apartments (Church St.) became aware that a large party with a DJ was underway at 117-B. As officers made contact with the resident it was agreed that all partygoers would leave to prevent further noise violations. Terrance Mason, who had been previously banned from the property, was observed and placed under arrest for trespassing. Francis Fletcher, who was known to be wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, was also observed and arrested as well. Both suspects were transported to WCDC without further incident.

DATE & TIME: Sunday October 20, 2011 at 1149 hours
INCIDENT: Domestic Assault
LOCATION: 101 N. Camden Avenue
CASE NO.: 2011-1381
PERSON CHARGED: Milton Allen Phillips
AGE: 34
ADDRESS: Fruitland

Assault (Domestic)
Reckless Endangerment
Malicious Destruction of Property

Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

On the above date and time Fruitland Officers responded to the area of the Eagle Express Mart regarding a report of a male and female engaged in a fight inside of a vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had assaulted the female driver and caused damage to her vehicle during the incident. Officers observed injuries consistent with the report and the suspect was placed under arrest and was transported to WCDC without further incident.

Speed Traps

This is for much detail. Even to the description of theUnmarked cars used for layering and ticketing in all states. Click on what ever state you want and then It will show the city or towns, click on which one you want to view.You can see them in the cities in the U.S. &/or Canada.

Very interesting.
I had no idea this was available to everyone.
Do you know the speed-traps in your hometown?
Click on the link below



The Republican co-chairman of the bipartisan deficit panel said Sunday that the members’ inability to strike a deal is a “huge missed opportunity,” while refusing to say definitively that the committee had failed.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., another member of the so-called Super Committee, both said on “Fox News Sunday” that members are not giving up on striking some semblance of an agreement before a Wednesday deadline.

“There’s still time on the clock,” Becerra said.

But the committee has a matter of hours to submit a plan in order to give congressional budget scorekeepers enough time to review it. The de facto deadline could be as early as Sunday night. While Hensarling said lawmakers are “not going to give up hope” and continuing to talk, he did not dispute suggestions that the committee was headed for failure.

I really wish people would stop talking about “success” like it would actually be success, because it’s not.


When Did The GOP Lose Touch With Reality?

It’s a very strange experience to have your friends think you’ve gone crazy. Some will tell you so. Others will indulgently humor you. Still others will avoid you. More than a few will demand that the authorities do something to get you off the streets. During one unpleasant moment after I was fired from the think tank where I’d worked for the previous seven years, I tried to reassure my wife with an old cliché: “The great thing about an experience like this is that you learn who your friends really are.” She answered, “I was happier when I didn’t know.”

It’s possible that my friends are right. I don’t think so—but then, crazy people never do. So let me put the case to you.

Burglary Suspects Arrested WCBI 11-21-11

DATE:November 19, 2011
CBI Case # 11-0268 (related WCSO Case # 11-0000843)
LOCATION: 10100 BLK Beaver Dam Creek Road
Berlin, MD


ACCUSED: 1) JUVENILE W/M 15yoa Berlin, MD

2) JUVENILE W/M 13yoa Berlin, MD

On August 18, 2011 a Deputy of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office took an
initial report of a Burglary and Theft from a remotely located hunting camp
located on the Beaver Dam Creek, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland. Reported
stolen was a 12’ fiberglass boat, electric trolling motor & battery, pair of
chest waders, battery charger, set of deer antlers, Duck mount, Black Bear skin
and several bottles of alcohol.

On Friday, November 18, 2011 a lead developed in the investigation and
ultimately resulted in two (2) juveniles being identified. The case was worked
until the early morning hours of Saturday, November 19, 2011 and resulted in the
recovery of the set of deer antlers, Duck mount and Black Bear skin. The through
the course of interviews the location of the remainder of the stolen property
was identified.

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:15am the 12’ fiberglass boat, electric
trolling motor & battery were recovered with the assistance of the Maryland
Natural Resource Police. Later that afternoon the pair of chest waders and
battery charger was recovered. All the stolen property initially reported stolen
with the exception of the alcohol has been returned to the owner.

The two (2) juveniles involved in this crime have been charged and released to
their parents. The charging documents will be forwarded to Juvenile Justice for
processing and disposition at a future date.

Minimum Wage Job No Longer Can Cover The Typical College Bill: Numbers Behind The News

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Once upon a time -- not too long ago -- a minimum wage job was enough to pay the typical college bill.

Not any more.

It's not even close at Ohio’s public universities, once the cost of tuition, fees, room and board are totaled.

Salisbury Police Department Press Releases 11-21-11

On November 18, 2011 at approximately 9:56 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department were dispatched to a residence on the three hundred (300) block of Penn Street for the report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival the officers met with an adult female victim who advised that she had become involved in a domestic type argument with a family member. The argument escalated into a physical altercation and resulted in the below listed suspect throwing the victim on the ground and striking the victim repeatedly. The victim did not require medical attention.

ARRESTED: Latasha Chantell Holbrook, 24 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Second degree assault
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100045549

On November 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police arrested the below listed suspect on an outstanding arrest warrant for theft and related charges. The Salisbury Police initially responded to a local hotel on October 18, 2011 and received information concerning the theft of several bank deposits. The investigation by Salisbury Detectives identified the below listed suspect, who was an employee of the hotel, as responsible for the thefts. The suspect was also found to have forged and passed several checks made to the hotel, and additional checks taken from a co-employee.

ARRESTED: Eugene Oronald Stewart, III, 23 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Theft (under $ 10,000)
Theft (under $ 1,000) – 3 counts
Theft (under $ 100) – 2 counts
Forgery of private documents – 3 counts
Issuing false documents – 3 counts
Possession of forged documents – 3 counts
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100040953

On November 19, 2011 at approximately 4:24 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police responded to a residence on the seven hundred (700) block of Camden Avenue for the report of an assault. Upon arrival the officers met with a female victim who advised that she had been assaulted by the below listed suspect while the victim was holding her eight (8) month old infant. The victim stated that she had become involved in a verbal argument with the suspect which led to the suspect striking her in the head area. The victim continued that during the altercation she was holding her infant and as a result the suspect struck the infant in the back and head before fleeing from the scene. The officers located the suspect at a residence on Washington Street where she was positively identified and taken into custody.

ARRESTED: Tianna Etoy Thompson, 21 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: First degree assault
CHARGES (cont.): Second degree assault – 2 counts
Reckless endangerment
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100045751

On November 21, 2011 at approximately 12:05 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the eight hundred (800) block of S. Schumaker Drive for the report of a domestic assault. Upon arrival the officers met with an adult female victim who advised that she had been assaulted by the below listed suspect during an argument. The victim advised that during an argument the suspect pushed her several times against a wall. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

ARRESTED: Virgile (nmn) Walson, 26 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Second degree assault
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100045938

As Drought Continues, Depleted Texas Lakes Expose Ghost Towns, Graves

BLUFFTON, Texas – Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later.

Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes.


The Ignorance Of Newt Versus The Inalienable Rights Of All

During a recent Republican Presidential debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich implied that he strongly disagrees with very important assertions of the Declaration of Independence:

"That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Additionally, like many people now, Gingrich seems to believe that there should be a different set of laws for society when there is a "war" underway. But the truth is, war is an artificial concept used by collectivists and statists to rationalize the commission of criminal acts of aggression against others and get away with it.

The truth is, there are really two kinds of behaviors in general:


Why The Myth Of The Meth-Damaged Brain May Hinder Recovery

Methamphetamine is widely believed to cause brain damage and cognitive impairment in users. But this claim may be wildly overblown, according to a new review of the research.

In 2004, the New York Times ran a story about how meth use eats away brain cells, headlining it this way: "This Is Your Brain on Meth: A 'Forest Fire' of Damage." In 2005, another Times piece about the rise in foster children taken from parents who use meth noted the "particularly potent and destructive nature" of the drug and claimed that "rehabilitation for methamphetamine often takes longer than it does for other drugs." And the authors of a 2002 study on the brain-robbing effects of meth warned, based on their data, that the "national campaign against drugs should incorporate information about the cognitive deficits associated with methamphetamine."


Ron Paul: Flawed Policies Helped Lead To 9/11

(CBS News) Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Sunday he thinks flawed U.S. foreign policy "contributed to" the causes that led to the September 11 terrorist attacks, though he stopped short of saying the attacks were America's "fault."

Paul, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," said there was a "connection" between U.S. policies and the 9/11 attacks, and that "policies have an effect."

But, he emphasized, "that's a far cry from blaming America."


The Harsh Bigotry of Twilight-Haters

Why is it that female fantasy is so derided and feared?

Hating Twilight is so 2009, and with the newest installment, Breaking Dawn, ruling the box office, the juggernaut hardly needs defenders. But the virulent seriousness of the haters is surprising. Many of the reviews have heaped disproportionate and moralizing scorn on an Oscar-winning director’s fantasy enactment of a young girl’s dreams and fears. Kristen Stewart and her co-stars have been excoriated for their “sullen” and “wooden” performances despite receiving respectable and sometimes highly favorable reviews in other movies in which they have starred.

Trying To Buy Snacks With Fake Money Will Get You 80 Years In Jail

Put that Monopoly money away! A man who tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy snacks at a movie theater has been sentenced to 80 years in jail for his crime.

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Jets Coach Rex Ryan Fined $75,000 For Profanity

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jets coach Rex Ryan has been fined $75,000 by the NFL for using profanity while angrily responding to a fan at halftime of New York's game against New England last Sunday.
The 49-second video shot by a fan at MetLife Stadium, shows the Jets walking off the field and someone yelling: "Hey, Rex, Belichick is better than you," referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan looks up and tells the fan to "shut up" while using an obscenity.


Top Democratic Pollsters Call For Obama To Abandon Re-Election Run

In a WSJ Op_Ed, Patrick Caddell, who served as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter, and Douglas Schoen, who served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton, are calling on President Obama to abandon his re-election bid.

They write:

When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality—and he must reach the same conclusion.

He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

Even though Mrs. Clinton has expressed no interest in running, and we have no information to suggest that she is running any sort of stealth campaign, it is clear that she commands majority support throughout the country. A CNN/ORC poll released in late September had Mrs. Clinton's approval rating at an all-time high of 69%—even better than when she was the nation's first lady.


Inside The Corporate Plan To Occupy The Pentagon

With time fast running out for the so-called deficit supercommittee, the mammoth amount of government money spent on the military has become a prime target in Washington. But the main focus isn't on big-ticket weapons projects or expensive wars—it's on retirement benefits for the roughly 17 percent of soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen who have served 20 years or more in uniform. Currently the total cost of their benefits is about $50 billion a year.

Cuts to military pensions are "the kind of thing you have to consider," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in September. When President Obama unveiled his $3 trillion debt-reduction plan the same month, it called GIs' benefits "out of line" with private employee retirement plans, saying the system was "designed for a different era of work." When Congress held a hearing on military retirements in October, Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) promoted a cheaper 401(k)-style plan that would slash existing benefits for many troops. "I see nothing wrong with them being able to choose a different retirement plan," he said.

'Face The Nation' Faces Up Against Ron Paul And Retreats!

Whoa! Check this out. Under hostile questioning from Washington D.C's Bob Schieffer of 'Face the Nation', Ron Paul gives better than he gets.

After getting bashed for ten straight minutes, Schieffer ended the interview. Lew Rockwell reports that "Schieffer promised Ron 2o minutes."

Also, for you deep conspiracy theorists, consider the possibility that a little technological disruption might have been planned for Dr. Paul. Lew writes:

...there was a loud buzzing from Ron's earpiece during the entire interview. Deliberate? Who knows, but the flaw had been pointed out again and again 15 minutes before airtime.


Police Search For Missing Orlando Mother Who Disappeared After Appearance On Court TV Show

Authorities are searching for a missing Florida mother of three who disappeared Thursday after appearing on a taped episode of "The People's Court" television show.

Michelle Parker, of Orlando, Fla., was last heard from Thursday afternoon when a text message showed she was in the Waterford Lakes area, the Orlando Sentinel reports.


A Letter To The Editor 11-21-11

There's a town of pittsville meeting tonight where they plan to swear in the commissoners that were elected with an election that occurred on the wrong date and without propert advertising?

The charter says the elections are to be on odd number years on the election day which was nov 8 not November 1. also ads as to where to register to vote, register to be a candidate, etc. were to be done. Instead one small ad was run on who had already filed for election. It was all over the news when mardela had a wrong election, but this all seems to be slipped under the radar...(typical denver moore way of doing things.)

I would hope you would show up and do a story on this. alot of residents dont know about it because it wasnt on the news and was not advertised properly (the president daughter works at the town hall so when you ask there as a citizen she covers it up or plays dumb) are they brining back the other town clerk who quits everytime something doesnt go her way?

Egypt's Cabinet Resigns As Protests Intensify

CAIRO - Egypt's state television says the Cabinet has submitted its resignation to the ruling military council but will stay on to run the nation's day-to-day affairs until a decision is made.

The resignation of the Cabinet on Monday came amid widening protests against the ruling military. Protesters are demanding that the military quickly announce a date for the handover of power to a civilian government. At least 24 protesters have been killed in the past three days.


ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 21, 2011) – TODAY, Governor Martin O’Malley, as part of the “Maryland: Stronger Together” Campaign, will visit the Light House shelter in Annapolis to give out Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and announce Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Emergency Shelter awards for 2012.

Bill Gates Testifies In $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft

SALT LAKE CITY – Microsoft's Bill Gates took the witness stand Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its rollout of Windows 95.
Gates began his testimony with a history of Microsoft Corp. and was expected to remain on the stand throughout the day. He said he was just 19 when he helped found the software giant.


Councilwoman Laura Mitchell Wins Idiot Of The Year Award

In today's Council Work Session Councilwoman Laura Mitchell made the statement of the year when discussing legislation on Code and Compliance rental inspections.

"Tenants can complain anonymously"

Oh, heck, I'll just leave it at that and YOU can have fun with it.

Councilwoman Shanie Shields Writes New Dictionaryism Phonics


Pilot Accidentally Locks Himself In Bathroom In Flight

When you've gotta go, you've gotta go, but accidents can happen even if you make it to the bathroom on time. Take it from a Chatauqua Airlines pilot who accidentally locked himself inside a lavatory during a flight, leading to a misunderstanding that sparked fears that terrorism was at work.

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Eating Disorders And The Holidays: A Recipe For Disaster?

Holidays, in combination with the ingredients of stress, preparation, and old family conflict, can be tough to swallow. Add in a teen with an eating disorder that you may have at your Thanksgiving day table and you might be facing a recipe for disaster. But, then again, maybe not.

With an estimated 10 million females struggling with eating disorders in the U.S., it's not unlikely that you may have to face this tricky issue.

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Iran

White House orders sanctions to target those who contribute to the growth of Iran's petrochemical products, amid new concerns of nuclear weapons development.

From Fox News

5 Things You Should Know About Black Friday

As we mentioned earlier this week, some people have already begun camping out to get in line for this year's Black Friday sales. But are these people going to actually see any big savings or have they just given in to the annual hype machine surrounding the super shopping day?

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Rain Causes Parts Of Paseo Del Mar To Shift Loose, Fall

SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KTLA) -- San Pedro residents are expecting a sinkhole along a popular road to get even bigger after chunks fell off during a storm on Sunday.

Officials say the landslide along Paseo Del Mar is now moving four inches a day, exposing huge, deepening crevices along the seafront roadway and dropping chunks of earth and concrete into the ocean below.

At the beginning of November, the road was only moving at a daily rate of less than half an inch.

Report: More Consumers Want Food That Tastes Good

Market research firm Technomic is out with its 2011 Consumer Flavor Report, and one finding is that 53% of consumers say "new and unique flavors" drive their decisions on where to eat, compared to just 42% in 2009. The report's authors say that "craveability and culinary expertise [are] increasingly relevant to consumers, many of whom say they are more interested in experiencing new flavors as they dine out."

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Air Travel Tax Could Pinch Small Cities

(CNN) -- It's the holiday season, and that means air travelers across the United States have shelled out good money to spend time with their families. With record fuel prices squeezing airline margins, travelers may have paid more than they expected this year. And if the government has its way, you might be paying even more next year for less frequent flights, especially to small cities.

As we all know, the federal government is short on revenue, and it has been trying to find a way to reduce costs as well as increase money coming in the door. A small part of that plan involves the airlines.

Rep. Andy Harris Statement On The Super Committee

"I'm disappointed that the Super Committee wasn't able to achieve even the minimal amount of deficit reduction,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “Committee members like John Kerry refused to cut spending and instead tried to increase taxes on American job creators by one trillion dollars.

Their unwillingness to comprise on tax increases will put us on a one-way path to a European-style debt crisis."

The Ruling Elite Have Chosen Self Preservation Over Americas Future!

In one of the most brazen examples of political self-preservation and perpetual bureaucracy, Mr. Obama, members of the unconstitutional “Super Committee” and Congress have admitted that they are unable to balance the Federal budget. Their goal was to reduce Federal spending by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years. By failing to achieve this painful, but simple task of aligning spending with income (as every American household must do to live within their means), they have avoided taking responsibility for the unpopular decisions that might have jeopardized their power and control over the people. Instead of facing reality and performing their elected duties, they have chosen to continue to reward campaign donors, print more money and amass more debt at the expense of future generations of Americans.

I am the only Declared Presidential candidate who is willing to go on the record with a balanced budget for 2013, not in 10 years. I am willing to make the bold, unpopular and permanent decisions that they are either unwilling or unable to make. As President, I will voluntarily make the tough decisions today so that our creditors and other countries don’t make them involuntarily for us tomorrow. Together, we the people can give our children an America that is better and stronger than was given to us.

One Nation, Under God
Thomas J. Miller

It's About To Become 5% More Expensive To Ship With UPS

In news that must surely have folks at the Postal Service cackling with delight — or at least it would if it weren't after 4 p.m. and they hadn't all gone home for the day already — UPS announced that it will soon be raising its published rates almost 5% on all domestic ground, air and international shipments that originate in the good ol' U.S.A.

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Woman Claims She Heard Natalie Wood’s Cries For Help On Night Actress Died

Police have reopened the investigation into the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood, and a witness has now come forward to say she heard the actress screaming for help on the night she died.
Wood died Nov. 29, 1981 while she was boating with her husband, Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken, off Catalina Island in California.

Your 20s Aren't Too Early To Worry About Retirement

Although it's tough to plan nearly half a century ahead, the moves you make now can greatly affect your outlook when it comes time to retire. Small sacrifices today can potentially pay off exponentially as the decades roll by.

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Washington Post Column Incredulous That Congress Is Considering Censoring The Internet

It appears that more and more in mainstream America are waking up to the horrors of SOPA and PROTECT IP. Dominic Basulto, writing in the Washington Post notes that the debate over SOPA sends an "ugly message" to the rest of the world about the US:
Imagine a country where the government is able to shut down Web sites at the slightest provocation, where elected representatives invoke fears of "overseas pirates" to defend the interests of domestic industries, and where Internet companies like Google must cave in to the demands of government censors or risk being shut down.

No, we are not talking about China, North Korea or Iran — we are talking about the United States, where legislators in both the House and Senate are attempting to push through new anti-piracy legislation by year-end that would benefit Hollywood at the expense of Silicon Valley.

The European Union Uber Alles

(Translation: The EU Over All)

"Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having it decided for them by a handful of banksters, politicians, and bureaucrats." – Paul Craig Roberts

Roberts is right. The monetary and political elites only like democracy when they know they can game the system and control the outcome of the election. German Chancellor Merkel should support giving the Greek people the right to vote on the imposition of crippling austerity measures. In fact, given the EU problems today, every member nation should have a referendum on whether to stay or leave the EU since most countries never allowed their citizens to vote yea or nay on joining in the first place. My question is what kind of union is against democracy and voters having their say on important issues or where politicians bypass voters and suddenly announce new leaders without elections?

Even Reich Chancellor Hitler supported plebiscites and this is far more than we can say for Merkel or the European Union. We all know how earlier referendums on EU membership were curtailed when the elites discovered citizens in most countries would intelligently vote to oppose joining the European Union. This is why the British people have been prohibited from voting on EU membership. The banking and political elites demand each nation march to the tune of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and Berlin regardless of what is in the best interest of individual EU nations.

Bypassing the Voters Yet Again


Schools In Kentucky On Lockdown After Fatal Shooting

A gunman was at large Monday in central Kentucky after shooting two people, one fatally, near a college campus.

The suspect, identified by police as Matthew Denholm, shot and killed one person and injured another shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time at an apartment near Berea College in Berea, Ky., about 40 miles south of Lexington.


Decaying Into A Police State

The process is sadly well under way. And I am throwing in the towel on the American people for ushering in the police state. I’m not going to bother cataloging all the recent behavior, authoritative use of violence, lying rhetoric, or even to define what is a police state. The line of events, from the patriot acts, the department of homeland security, the groping of children and senior citizens at airports, the wiretaps, rendition and torture, the expansion of wars and assassinations, up to the suppression of Occupation Wall Street protests, are part of the historic record. As is the blatant serial betrayal and misuse of trust, granted the political leaders and perversely twisted against us, most obviously with wars and bailouts, as prequel to the inevitable misuse of trust in the police state the public had granted, and will have used against them down the future line. No police state in history has ever acted otherwise, and the American one will not be the first.

A police state in the USA can only take hold with the acquiescence of the people. That prerequisite has been met. Most recently reconfirmed with the acceptance of police violence in several cities, inflicted upon OWS protesters. Acceptance being the absence of tens of thousands of citizens in the streets, demanding arrest and prosecution of the police officers who committed violence. But like the bankers, mortgage brokers and other criminals, these have gone un-investigated and uncharged. The number of American people demanding justice is miniscule.


Egyptian Military Say Their Tactics Are No Worse Than The Methods Used By US Police Against Occupy Protesters

The Egyptian military, battling renewed demonstrations in Tahrir Square, have defended their used of force against protesters by comparing themselves to police in the US who are dealing with the Occupy protests.

According to various sources, officials on Egyptian TV have asked why they are being criticised when similar tactics are allegedly being used against peaceful protesters in America.

The comments come in the wake of controversial tactics used by police in a number of US cities. Just in the past week, 84-year-old Dorli Rainey was allegedly pepper-sprayed by police at Occupy Seattle and protesters at UC Davis were pepper-sprayed after police claimed they felt threatened by a bunch of people sitting on the ground.


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
― John Steinbeck

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan

“Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
― Mark Twain

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”
― Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome

“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
― G. Edward Griffin

L.A. Hospital Denies Liver Transplant To Medical Marijuana User Despite Prescription From Its Own Doctor

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is refusing to grant a liver transplant to a cancer patient because he used medical marijuana, which not only is legal under California law but also was prescribed by a Cedars doctor.

Diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer in 2009, Norman B. Smith, 63, has been treated at Cedars-Sinai by oncologist Steven Miles, who approved medicinal marijuana in part to help his patient cope with the effects of chemotherapy. Smith became eligible for a liver transplant last year, but was removed from the list in February after testing positive for marijuana.

Get Ready For Old Man Winter

Big Boy Worker Dumped Pig Meds In Coffee

An employee at an Ohio Big Boy restaurant is charged with pouring animal medication into customer coffee with the intent to poison.
The Blade newspaper reports 36-year-old Edwin Ledgard told Toledo police that he had a delusion to kill customers.
A police report says the Toledo man went to the Frisch's Big Boy on his day off on Friday and poured into a pot of coffee a drug called Dextran, which is used to treat anemia in baby pigs.

Debt Ceiling

Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in
your neighborhood .... and your home has sewage all the way up to your

What do you think you should do ..

Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

Your choice is coming Nov. 2012

Private Prison Charges Inmates $5 a Minute for Phone Calls While They Work for $1 a Day

Last year the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison company, received $74 million of taxpayers’ money to run immigration detention centers. Their largest facility in Lumpkin, Georgia, receives $200 a night for each of the 2,000 detainees it holds, and rakes in yearly profits between $35 million and $50 million.

Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.

Supercommittee Is Expected To Call It Quits Today

Nobody's holding out any hope of a last-minute surprise agreement to cut more than a trillion in deficits over the next decade, the Associated Press reported. The special bipartisan "supercommittee" is expected to call it quits today, with nothing to show for the two months of talks. The finger-pointing continues from both sides, with Democrats saying they couldn't get Republicans to boost taxes enough for wealthy Americans, and Republicans saying Democrats weren't serious about entitlement reform. The non-decision is supposed to trigger the "doomsday option," meaning across-the-board cuts will take effect.

Would You Take A Seat?

Chihuahua Rescue Group

Should you know someone wanting a Chihuahua---or --- anyone who has to give up their "Chi " -----please let them know about this Rescue Group. Some of these dogs are already house trained & socialized that are up for adoption at this time.

Sadly many are having to give up their animals due to expense , death of the owners, Illness or going into a Nursing Home. Know there is a Rescue out there to refer someone to should you hear of anyone in these circumstances .

There are many other Rescues out there that take all breed types------do pass the word along, as most Animal Shelters are Not - No Kill!!


Fill In The Blank 11-21-11

This year I am spending Thanksgiving at my ______.

Worth Seeing Again

CBS removed this video from YouTube, but here's another copy - watch it quick before its gone. You have to watch this video of Judge Judy before it's removed; it's actually a guy from St Paul , MN .

It will tick you off especially after our government had it shut down.

And they want to raise our taxes to educate these morons?

Maryland Leaders Struggle To Find Money For A Construction Jobs Program

The governor and legislative leaders want to boost jobs in the hard-hit construction industry, but are struggling to find the money to do it. More debt and higher taxes are some of the options.

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Maryland Register Reverses Decision To Charge Consumers For Real-Time Information

The Maryland Register, a state news publication that provides updates on state regulations, legal opinions and hearings, has reversed a decision to charge consumers for its real-time, online news. The policy reversal came after two articles and a legislative inquiry highlighted a new annual fee for consumers to view information the same day it was published.

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Vic Is Back

Vic Keen, (recently retired from the SPD) is back working for Salisbury but in a different capacity. Vic is now writing tickets for the metered parking but always takes the time to say hello to his brothers in Law Enforcement. Welcome Back Vic.

Ron Paul Out Of Step On Gay Marriage Amendment At Christian Forum

Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the only candidate at a Christian forum on Saturday opposed to amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union.
Also appearing at the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa were Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was invited but did not attend. Also not in attendance was former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who has not placed an emphasis on Iowa.

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Killed

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound.

6 Black Friday Secrets Those Deal Sites Won’t Tell You About

Stores aren’t even waiting for Black Friday this year to kick off the holiday-sale madness, but there are some things shoppers should keep in mind before they scarf their turkey and hit the sales. Retailers rely heavily on Black Friday to boost their sales figures, more so today in a lackluster economy. That means their usual tricks will be deployed, like jaw-dropping prices on items available in such limited quantities that it’s almost inevitable you’ll have to settle for a more expensive alternative. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Today's Survey Question 11-21-11

Should the Salisbury Charter Amendment about the City Attorney be put to a Referendum Vote as Mayor Ireton wants?

Physicians Face Cut In Medicare Reimbursements

In what the American Medical Association calls an “annual crisis,” physicians are once again facing a cut in Medicare reimbursements – almost 30% in 2012 – unless the U.S. Congress acts by January 1. This year, though, there appears to be an added layer of uncertainty because of the supercommittee, whose decisions are due this week.

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Poll: Romney leading Obama In Mich.

LANSING, Mich. - A poll of likely Michigan voters released Sunday showed Mitt Romney with an apparent lead over Democratic President Barack Obama should the Michigan-born ex-Massachusetts governor get the Republican nomination.
The poll showed 46 percent supporting Romney and 41 percent backing Obama if the 2012 presidential election were held now. The difference is just past the poll's 4 percent margin of sampling error. Thirteen percent are undecided.

Obama carried Michigan in 2008.

Shopping Malls A Holiday Hot Spot For Germs

WASHINGTON - With all the holiday shopping coming up...'tis the season to be germy.

Whether prepping for Black Friday or doing some last-minute scrambling on Dec. 24, shoppers are putting themselves at risk for germs lurking in malls -- even those that can lead to E. coli, the flu and staph infections.

Health Magazine "asked a panel of experts to rank the worst germ hot spots at your local shopping center."

Coming out with the top spot? The restroom sink.


Black Friday Hours Create Employee Revolt

Black Friday is almost here, and the prospect of low cost laptops and cheap HD TVs has some shoppers salivating.

Case in point: Tito Hernandez, who has been camping in a tent outside of a St. Petersburg, Fla., Best Buy store since last Monday. You read that right, last Monday, nearly two weeks before the big day.

Md. Revokes 157 Nursing Assistants' Certificates

BALTIMORE - Maryland health officials have revoked 157 nursing assistants' certificates after learning that a state employee awarded the medical documents to people who didn't apply or didn't meet minimum standards.


Dog Found: UPDATE Owner Located In 30 Minutes

Call Cathy's Pet Salon and ask for Christy, 410-546-5166.

BREAKING NEWS: Dow Plummets More Than 200 Points

Major American stock indices slump over continuing anxiety over the debt crisis in the U.S. and overseas.

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More Often Than Women, Sexually Abused Males Don't Talk About It

When the abuse began, Paul Treml was 14 years old, a schoolboy athlete, 5-feet 6-inches tall and 115 pounds.

His abuser, he said, was a decade older and seven inches taller, a hulking ex-college athlete who almost made it to the pros and who ran the youth sports league in Treml's Pennsylvania hometown.

'Tow Plow' To Take On Maryland's Snowy Winter Roads

HANOVER, Md. - A repeat of Snowmaggedon isn't in the forecast -- at least, not in the immediate future.

But should Old Man Winter decide to do his worst on the highways this year, the Washington region has a new weapon in its arsenal.

The Maryland State Highway Administration recently unveiled the "Tow Plow," a heavy-duty plow truck with a long, second plow attached to its rear. When fully deployed to the truck's right rear, it can salt and plow a second lane of snow, without the need for a second driver.


The Roop Group Real Estate Company

Oops. Murder Suspect Accidentally Released

PALMER PARK, Md. - Prince George's County police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in an Edmonston, Md. slaying they say was released after he was mistakenly granted bail.

Frederick Scott, 24, of Chillum, Md., has been charged with murder in the March shooting death of 30-year-old Phillip Watson of Washington. Scott was arrested in May in Las Vegas and was extradited to Maryland, where he was held on a no bond status.


Bachmann Says ‘Pentagon Should Prepare a War Plan’ for Iran

The “Pentagon should prepare a war plan” to handle an ascendant Iran in possession of a nuclear weapon, GOP contender Michele Bachmann said today, at a dinner hosted by a pro-Israel group in New York City.
Bachmann stopped short of advocating for a pre-emptive strike on Iran by Israel or the United States, saying “only a fool wishes for war,” but advocated for a naval blockade of Iranian ports, increased intelligence operations against Iran and “crushing economic sanctions.”

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Murdered

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect.

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.


Police Departments Look To Tune Out Scanner Hobbyists

Police departments around the country are moving to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes.

Ohio Woman Faces Jail Time For Feeding Squirrels

An Ohio woman could serve jail time for feeding squirrels on her neighbors' property.

WDTN-TV reported Annick Richardson of Kettering, Ohio, will appear in court in December for a pretrial hearing on two counts of criminal trespassing. If convicted, she could serve up to 60 days in jail and pay a fine. She was appointed a public defender Friday.

Neighbors said Richardson went onto their property to leave peanuts for local squirrels. The animals, drawn to the nuts, then ruined gardens, chewed through car wires and clogged air conditioners with peanuts, the report said.


Salisbury Police Department Press release 11-21-11

On November 20, 2011 at approximately 12:40 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department were dispatched to the Club Azul in the Plaza Gateway Building for the report of a large fight. Upon arrival the officers observed approximately two (2) to three (3) hundred male and female subjects in the middle of the street involved in a number of individual fights. The officers met with club security who advised that an altercation inside of the club had led to a larger fight outside in the parking lot.

As the original fight started in the lot, a number of other fights broke out. The officers were then directed to a male victim who had been the target of the original assault and fight. The victim had been assaulted by a number of suspects and had sustained serious injuries to his facial area. As officers calmed other fights that had broken out, the victim left the area without leaving any contact information.

All fights were stopped and the individuals involved eventually left the area.

Attempts by the officers to locate the victim for information and treatment were unsuccessful. The Salisbury Police received assistance from the Wicomico Co. Sheriff’s Department, the Maryland State Police and the Delmar Police Department with these altercations.

The Salisbury Police would like to make contact with the original victim in the assault to assist the victim with any services or treatment that the victim may need. The Salisbury Police is asking the victim, or anyone who has information about the assault, to call the Police Department at 410-548-3165 or to make contact with Crime Solvers of Delmarva. Witness information may be left anonymously.
CC # 201100045819

On November 19, 2011 at approximately 11:37 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the six hundred (600) block of Liberty Street for the report of a large party and a subject firing a handgun. Upon arrival the officers observed subjects located all around a residence and a number of subjects flee into an outbuilding behind the residence. Officers made contact with the subjects in the yard and with the assistance of the homeowner made entry into the outbuilding. While the officers checked the outbuilding, the officers located a loaded revolver type handgun and a quantity of suspected marijuana. While clearing the area of disorderly subjects the below listed suspects refused to leave the area and attempted to incite other subjects into becoming disorderly as well.

ARRESTED #1: Juvenile, 17 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland

ARRESTED #2: Orlando Gil Davila, 24 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland

ARRESTED #3: Steven Matthew Felix, 23 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland

ARRESTED #4: Keysha Marie Guzman, 28 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland

CHARGES (All): Disorderly conduct
Resisting arrest

DISPOSITION: Suspect # 1was released to parent/guardian
Suspects # 2 -4 released to Central Booking
CC # 201100045461

Just In Time For Holiday Travel: Gas Prices Fall 5 Cents

U.S. average gasoline prices fell nearly 5 cents a gallon to $3.38 over the last two weeks due to a combination of weak economic conditions and fewer daylight hours, an industry analyst said on Sunday.

The national average for self-serve, regular gas is down 8.64 cents over the past month, according to the Lundberg survey. Since the last Lundberg report on Nov. 4, the average was $3.38 a gallon, down 4.82 cents.


Three Arrested In Prostitution Investigation


-Accupressure Massage, 17326 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE

-Rainbow New Spa, 37025 Rehoboth Avenue Extended, Rehoboth, DE

Date of Occurrence: Friday, November 18, 2011

Defendants, Charges, Arraignment Information:

-Hui Wu, 54, Silver Spring, MD

-Engaging in the Practice of Massage without being Duly Licensed within the State of Delaware

Arraigned at JP Court 3 and released on $600 secured bail.

-Hsiu Jung Yu, 57, Rehoboth, DE

-Promoting Prostitution (2 counts)
-Conspiracy 3rd Degree
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
-Prostitution within 1000 feet of a Residence
-Possession of a Prescription Drug without a Prescription
-Engaging in the Practice of Massage without being Duly Licensed within the State of Delaware

Arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $11,700.00 secured bail.

-Feng Ying Liu, 52, Lewes, DE

-Promoting Prostitution
-Engaging in the Practice of Massage without being Duly Licensed within the State of Delaware

Arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $5,600.00 secured bail.

Lewes, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested three women as part of an investigation into prostitution occurring at massage parlors in the Lewes and Rehoboth, Delaware areas.

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit, along with the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations, began an investigation in October of 2011 into the Accupressure Massage located in the 17000 block of Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE, and the Rainbow New Spa, located in the 37000 block of Rehoboth Avenue Extended, Rehoboth, DE after receiving information that the employees of these massage parlors were promising customers sexual favors in exchange for money.

On Friday, November 18, investigators, with the assistance of the Department of Professional Regulations, executed search warrants at the Accupressure Massage and the Rainbow New Spa. During the searches of the massage parlors, investigators were able to gather evidence linking three employees to prostitution. As a result Hui Wu, 54, and Hsiu Jung Yu, 57, who are both employees of the Rainbow New Spa, and Feng Ying Liu, 52, who is an employee of the Accupressure Massage, were all arrested and charged with the above list of crimes.

Officers In UC Davis Incident Placed On Leave

(SAN FRANCISCO) — A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school's chancellor accelerated a task force's investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation.

Getting By: Out Of Food, Out Of Options

One local family's story illuminates how food stamp use has tripled in county

He was a salesman accustomed to making $100,000 a year and she was a stay-at-home mom whose primary responsibility was caring for two pre-teen children.

They never expected to need help putting food on the table.

But Tuesday, in a small consultation room at the Department of Social Services building in Annapolis, the south county couple applied for food stamps.

They agreed to tell The Capital their story on condition of anonymity - they don't want the children to know the extent of their financial difficulties. Editors agreed to call them John and Alice Smith.

The Smiths said applying for public assistance last week was one of the hardest things they've ever done.

"I told no one we were coming here," Alice Smith said.

"I don't know what I am applying for. All I can tell you is neither of us have a job and there is zero income coming into the house," she said when senior caseworker Jeffrey Brown asked how he could help them.


Debt Supercommittee Poised To Admit Failure

(WASHINGTON) — A special deficit-reduction supercommittee appears likely to admit failure on Monday, unable or unwilling to compromise on a mix of spending cuts and tax increases required to meet its assignment of saving taxpayers at least $1.2 trillion over the coming decade.

State Agency Told Disabled It Had No Money While Building $34 Million Surplus

For more than two years, Heidi Berlin and her husband, Dan, have fought state bureaucracy while seeking help for their developmentally disabled son.

And for more than two years, officials have told the Edgewater couple there isn't enough money in state coffers.

So the Berlins were shocked to learn this month that over the past two years the Developmental Disabilities Administration hadn't spent at least $34 million intended to help people with disabilities - and actually returned more than $25 million to the state's General Fund.

"We live in a very depressing world," Heidi Berlin said Thursday morning after a particularly long night caring for her 4-year-old son, Adam. "But this was a real slap in the face. ... They could have helped us, but they gave the money away."


Attorney: Truck In Yale Tailgating Death Faulty

HARTFORD, Conn. - A rented U-Haul that struck and killed a Massachusetts tailgater at a Yale-Harvard football game malfunctioned as a Yale undergraduate drove the vehicle into a crowded parking lot, the student's attorney said Sunday.

William Dow, representing Yale student Brendan Ross, said Saturday's collision was a "tragic accident that appears to be the result of a vehicle malfunction." He did not elaborate and said Ross would not be speaking publicly about what happened.


New I-95 Newark Toll Plaza Welcomes Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers For The First Time

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds travelers to exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state this Thanksgiving weekend. The busiest travel times are from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday after Thanksgiving.

This is the first Thanksgiving that the reconstructed I-95 Newark Toll Plaza will feature highway-speed E-ZPass lanes and seven fully-staffed manual cash-lanes available in each direction. Travelers can expect smooth and quick passage through the previously notorious trouble spot just north of the Delaware/Maryland state line.

To improve conditions, the early 1960's-era site had significant improvements completed this summer. In conjunction with the highway-speed lanes, new signage, pavement markings, lighting systems, and employee safety measures were addressed.

To serve customers at the two State Route 1 toll areas, additional personnel will also be on hand at Biddle's Corner Plaza and the Dover Plaza to ease traffic congestion.


NYC Mayor: Al Qaeda Sympathizer Arrested

NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday an "al Qaeda sympathizer" who plotted to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorism-related charges.

Bloomberg announced at a news conference the Saturday arrest of 27-year-old Jose Pimentel of Manhattan, a U.S. citizen originally from the Dominican Republic.

Today's Weather- 11/21/11





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