AMERICA AND THE CONSTITUTION

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
Winston Churchill

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Nelson Mandela

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Sigmund Freud

liberty is the one thing no man can have unless he grants it to others.
Ruth Benedict

We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
Benjamin Franklin

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt



For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
Malcolm X

 

DECENCY
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
H. L. Mencken

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
Pablo Casals

Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail ­ as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.
Ted Koppel

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.
Caroline Kennedy

A better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.
Barack Obama

No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government.
Eric Hoffer

Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense.”… “We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.””The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.
Theodore Roosevelt

My cares and my inquiries are for decency and truth, and in this I am wholly occupied.
Horace

Some things transcend politics and policy and the lust for power. Truth, honesty, integrity, decency and fairness are immutable values. They are the ethical substance of life. They ought to be cherished. To sell them out is to sell one’s soul.
Michael Short

We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it’s necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and-perhaps-we all need some measure of unmerited grace.
Bryan Stevenson

I’ve always felt, in all my books, that there’s a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence – providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.
Studs Terkel

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
Theodore Roosevelt

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you cant buy courage and decency, you cant rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.
Peggy Noonan

Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
Jerry Seinfeld

I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.
Barack Obama

But I am not discouraged. I do not despair for our country. I believe tonight, as I always have, that the essential decency, compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail.
Jimmy Carter

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
Daniel J. Boorstin

 

INCITEMENT
Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights.
Elihu Root

There are indeed, in the present corruption of mankind, many incitements to forsake truth: the need of palliating our own faults and the convenience of imposing on the ignorance or credulity of others so frequently occur; so many immediate evils are
Samuel Johnson

There are indeed, in the present corruption of mankind, many incitements to forsake truth: the need of palliating our own faults and the convenience of imposing on the ignorance or credulity of others so frequently occur; so many immediate evils are
Samuel Johnson

Every idea is an incitement. It offers itself for belief, and if believed it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it or some failure of energy stifles the movement at its birth. The only difference between the expression of an opinion and an incitement is the speaker’s enthusiasm for the result.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The greater the importance to safeguarding the community from incitements to the overthrow of our institutions by force and violence, the more imperative is the need to preserve the constitutional rights of free speech, free press and free assembly in order to maintain the opportunity for free political discussion.
Charles Evans Hughes

… one of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement.
Geoffrey Hill

Race was a word that bred arrogance, danger and violence. When had incitement to race served a peaceful purpose? Race was a fuel and it needed only a match to light it. Any match – my hostility, your ambition, a third person’s advantage.
Nayantara Sahgal F

Political agitation, by the passions it arouses or the convictions it engenders, may in fact stimulate men to the violation of the law. Detestation of existing policies is easily transformed into forcible resistance of the authority which puts them in execution, and it would be folly to disregard the causal relation between the two. Yet to assimilate agitation, legitimate as such, with direct incitement to violent resistance, is to disregard the tolerance of all methods of political agitation which in normal times is a safeguard of free government.
Learned Hand

There are some whose only reason for inciting war is to use it as a means to exercise their tyranny over their subjects more easily. For in times of peace the authority of the assembly, the dignity of the magistrates, the force of the laws stand in the way to some extent of the ruler doing what he likes. But once war is declared then the whole business of state is subject to the will of a few … They demand as much money as they like. Why say more?
Desiderius Erasmus F

Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
Chanakya

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.
Thomas Merton

 

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
Thomas Jefferson

No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.
Thomas Jefferson

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Benjamin Franklin

Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.
Walter Cronkite

The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.
James Madison

The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
Hugo Black

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F. Kennedy

The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.
George Mason

The only security of all is in a free press.
Thomas Jefferson

Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose
George Orwell

Freedom of the press is essential to the preservation of a democracy; but there is a difference between freedom and license. Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wherever despotism abounds, the sources of public information are the first to be brought under its control. Where ever the cause of liberty is making its way, one of its highest accomplishments is the guarantee of the freedom of the press.
Calvin Coolidge

If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, Maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. … But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Donald Trump creates scapegoats in Muslims and Mexican immigrants. He calls for the use of torture. He calls for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists. He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit First Amendment freedom of the press. This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.
Mitt Romney

Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.
Benjamin Franklin

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.
John Quincy Adams

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
Jim Morrison

As unbalanced parties of every description can never tolerate a free inquiry of any kind, when employed against themselves, the license, and even the most temperate freedom of the press, soon excite resentment and revenge.
John Adams

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
Thomas Jefferson

Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.
Herbert Hoover

Whenever there is injustice, there is tension. But in China it is very hard to release your anger unless you burn yourself or you jump from a bridge. In a society where there is no freedom of the press, it is difficult for victims to be noticed.
Ai Weiwei

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to… bare the secrets of government and inform the people.
Hugo Black

Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty.
Albert Camus

Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy — and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks.
Shashi Tharoor

Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego.
Mahatma Gandhi

When freedom of the press is threatened, the United States should be leading efforts to protect it.
Elliott Abrams

 

MIX AND MATCHES QUOTES
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
Margaret Mead

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Today, rather than looking for the worst in people, I encourage you to look for what’s best within them.
Robin Sharma

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne Dyer

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Ambrose Bierce

Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.
Rocky Anderson F

The greatest fears that governments have are freedom of speech and exposing the corruptness, the ineptitude, and the double dealing going on that they don’t want the public knowing about.
Gerald Celente

Far too few have much too much, and way too many have much too little!
Gerald Celente

The gap between the rich and the poor is wider in the United States than it is in any of the other industrialized nations.
Gerald Celente

The people are angry. It’s running out of control. And unfortunately, there are a group of police that have become nothing more than enforcers for the political and financial crime bosses.
Gerald Celente

The war is underway. It’s class warfare. It’s Off With Their Heads 2.0. It’s going to be a battle between the haves and the have-nots. Only a very few have everything, and way too many have much too little.
Gerald Celente

We hear the same refrain all the time from people: I have no life. I get up in the morning, daycare, eldercare, a 40 minute commute to work. I have to work late. I get home at night, there’s laundry, bills to pay, jam something into the microwave oven. I’m exhausted, I go to sleep, I wake up and the routine begins all over again. This is what life has become in America.
Gerald Celente

Know where your money is because we’re going to see bank failures, one after another.
Gerald Celente

 

CIVILITY
So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
John F. Kennedy

Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
Mary Wortley Montagu

Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health. Taking an active interest in the well-being of our community and concern for the health of our society is also involved in civility.
P. M. Forni

The whole country wants civility. Why don’t we have it? It doesn’t cost anything. No federal funding, no legislation is involved. One answer is the unwillingness to restrain oneself. Everybody wants other people to be polite to them, but they want the freedom of not having to be polite to others.
Judith Martin

The great thing about civility is that it does not require you to agree with or approve of anything. You don’t even have to love your neighbor to be civil. You just have to treat your neighbor the same way you would like your neighbor to treat your grandmother, or your child.
Barbara Brown Taylor

Be civil to all; serviceable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Benjamin Franklin

Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.
George W. Bush

Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character.
Aaron Sorkin

When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.
Samuel Johnson

Civility is not a sign of weakness.
John F. Kennedy

Speak not injurious words neither in jest nor earnest; scoff at none, although they give occasion.
George Washington

Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail ­ as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.
Ted Koppel

Let’s not forget that American democracy started with ‘We the People’ agreeing to work hard to create ‘a more perfect union.’ We’ve lost the idea that politics begins at home with what happens in families, in neighborhoods, in classrooms, in congregations. We called this democracy into being – and if we want to call this democracy back to its highest values, it’s got to be the us doing that calling. That’s not going to happen if ‘We the People’ don’t know how to talk to one another with civility and hold our differences in a creative, life-giving way.
Parker J. Palmer

I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.
Edward Kennedy

Genuine tolerance does not mean ignoring differences as if differences made no difference. Genuine tolerance means engaging differences within a bond of civility and respect.
Richard John Neuhaus

You ultimately judge the civility of a society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor, the disfavored and the disadvantaged.
Bryan Stevenson

Civility is not about dousing strongly held views. It’s about making sure that people are willing to respect other perspectives.
Jim Leach

I believe that if we stop talking at one another and start talking with one another, we can get a lot done.
Barack Obama

After our ages-long journey from savagery to civility, let’s hope we haven’t bought a round-trip ticket.
Cullen Hightower

Civility does not …mean the mere outward gentleness of speech cultivated for the occasion, but an inborn gentleness and desire to do the opponent good.
Mahatma Gandhi

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.
P. T. Barnum

Gratitude is the beginning of civility, of decency and goodness, of a recognition that we cannot afford to be arrogant. We should walk with the knowledge that we will need help every step of the way.
Gordon B. Hinckley

We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.
James McGreevey

All of us should banish hateful communications and practice civility for differences of opinion.
Dallin H. Oaks

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
George W. Bush

Our political debates today are corrosive and not reflective of the belief that Abe Lincoln espoused back in his day: that we are a great country because we are a good country.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Diversity is not an abnormality but the very reality of our planet. The human world manifests the same reality and will not seek our permission to celebrate itself in the magnificence of its endless varieties. Civility is a sensible attribute in this kind of world we have; narrowness of heart and mind is not.
Chinua Achebe

The need for civility in society has never been more important. The foundation of kindness and civility begins in our homes. It is not surprising that our public discourse has declined in equal measure with the breakdown of the family. The family is the foundation for love and for maintaining spirituality. The family promotes an atmosphere where religious observance can flourish. There is indeed beauty all around when there’s love at home.
Quentin L. Cook

I think a lot of the people that stand by Donald Trump are deplorable. And the things that they say are deplorable.
Robby Mook

 

ANTI SEMITISIM
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.
Coretta Scott King

If we confront anti-Semitism … if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.
Michael Douglas

Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
Daniel Barenboim

The growing tide of anti-Semitism shocks the conscious of everyone who values freedom, and the ugly, hateful acts particularly stain the character of democracies where liberty and religious freedom are supposed to be respected.
Mike Ferguson

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.
William Howard Taft

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
Joseph Epstein

I was a working class Jewish girl. In my girlhood, anti-Semitism was a daily fact of life in Detroit. I did not come from people who had many options in their lives or many choices open to them. I was a girl in a family in which women were, as in society at large, very much second-class citizens. I did not see why I should accept these forced limitations without a fight. Being free to make my own choices thus became very important to me at an early age.
Marge Piercy

Yet, nearly 6 decades after the Holocaust concluded, Anti-Semitism still exists as the scourge of the world.
Eliot Engel

Major problem for Black women, and all people of color, when we are challenged to oppose anti-Semitism, is our profound skepticism that white people can actually be oppressed.
Barbara Smith

Jewish people have been victims of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in Europe they were the target of the Holocaust, the ultimate abomination. Yet, we cannot expect Palestinians to accept this as a reason why the wrongs done to them.
Kofi Annan

Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the businessman.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Acts of anti-Semitism in countries throughout the world, including some of the world’s strongest democracies, have increased significantly in frequency and scope over the last several years.
Tim Holden

Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.
Mary McCarthy

 

QUOTES ON CORRUPTION
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
Karl Kraus

Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre and destroys trust.
Robert Zoellick

I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
Ashleigh Brilliant

No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
Kurt Cobain

When people treat corruption as a routine part of the process, you have something far worse than wrongdoing or moral failing. You have a political cancer that breeds cynicism about democratic government and infects all of society.
Edward Brooke

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.
Thomas Jefferson

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Richard Armour

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
John F. Kennedy

The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to
the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors
Plutarch

 

LIARS
By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.
Immanuel Kant

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Charles Spurgeon

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
Samuel Butler

A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.
Mark Twain

Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.
H. L. Mencken

The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.
Oscar Wilde

All men lie when they are afraid. Some tell many lies, some but a few. Some have only one great lie they tell so often that they almost come to believe it… though some small part of them will always know that it is still a lie, and that will show upon their faces. (a servant in the House of Black and White)
George R. R. Martin

I’ve studied pathological liars, and anything they say, they believe, and that’s one of the reasons they’re so convincing, because they have no connection with the truth. It’s a dead issue. It’s like they’re color-blind to the truth. So anything that comes out of their mouths is their reality.
Jane Velez-Mitchell

Pathological liar’ is absolutely the toughest individual to deal with as a psychiatrist. Because you can’t take anything they say at face value. And you can’t, you know, fill in their personality. You don’t know what’s real and what’s not.
Dale Archer

Sociopath is a word that has sort of become shorthand for psychopath and there’s a distinct difference, it’s interesting if you look it up. Sociopath if you look at the medical definition, the profile of a sociopath is that they are supremely intelligent people that are also pathological liars, they have no moral structure and there is one more, they have no compassion or empathy for other people.
Cillian Murphy

Dan Coats, retiring senator from Indiana, a mild-mannered man, a former United States ambassador to Germany, former congressman, said of Ted Cruz he’s the most self-centered, narcissistic, pathological liar I have ever seen.And he said, you can quote me on that.
Mark Shields

Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, “I’m a Liar,” right there on the dust jacket.
Alan Moore

Contrary to all those times you’ve heard a writer confess at a reading that he writes fiction because he is a pathological liar, fiction writing is all about telling the truth.
Paul Harding

“I was just like a pathological liar when I was a kid. I think I just wanted to one-up somebody. Somebody would be like, ‘Oh, God, my legs hurt.’ I’d be like, ‘Your legs hurt? I’m getting mine amputated next week.’ And that’s actually how my mother found out. She came to school and somebody was like, ‘God, that’s such a shame about Jennifer’s legs.’ She made me purge. I had to spill out all of my lies. I was like, ‘I said that Dad drove a barge, and we were millionaires, and you were pregnant, I had to get my legs amputated, and I spayed cats and dogs on the weekends.’ Now I can’t lie.
Jennifer Lawrence

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