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Sorry I’ve been MIA. John Siracusa’s OS Mavericks review didn’t tell me the update would completely nuke my computer for three days. Fairly big omission, JS.

Only by the grace of God did I not wind up on Senator Session’s anti-NEH hit list.

* Apple screws up Capitalism 101 by having its products remain useful on a too-long obsolescence-cycle.

“If part-time is so good, why don’t we have part-time administration?”

* Against student evaluations. UPDATE: Of course the natural form for discuss this is a Twitter fight.

* Rape culture at UConn. Really stunning report.

Carolyn Luby, a student who organized the complaint, said the university failed to stop harassment she faced for criticizing the school’s new “powerful and aggressive” Husky logo in an open letter to UConn president, Susan Herbst. Luby saw the redesigned logo as “glorifying intimidation with an already prevalent rape culture.”

In reaction, commenters on Barstool Sports posted links to her Facebook page. Rush Limbaugh did a segment criticizing Luby in which he stated, “I, El Rushbo, have amplified it and made it even bigger. Let’s see what happens.”

Luby subsequently received rape and death threats. People walked by her on campus and called her “a bitch,” she said. One email she received told her, “I hope you get raped by a husky,” and another said, “I wish you would’ve run in the Boston marathon.” Fraternity members sexually harassed her, Luby said, making statements like, “Don’t worry, we won’t rape you,” as they drove by.

“[The university] would send campus-wide emails about picking up trash, but no warning about hate speech and harassment,” Luby said.

Unlike Georgetown University’s president, who sent a campus-wide email defending Sandra Fluke after Limbaugh and others made her a target in 2012, UConn did nothing, Luby said. Herbst remained silent, and Luby said one school official told her, “That’s kind of the risk you run when you publish something on the Internet.”

University police suggested she keep a low profile and wear a hat on campus, Luby said.

* I ranted about this one enough on Twitter, but this story about the University of Iowa TA who accidentally emailed nude photos to her class (which I feel dirty even linking to at all) is also rape culture in action.

62% of higher education professionals report experiencing workplace bullying.

Talking with Students about Being an Adjunct. Totally insanely, CUNY hasn’t been paying its adjuncts for months.

The UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Cop Gets a $38,000 Settlement, $8000 more than his victims.

City College of S.F. outlines closing plan.

* Thinking (only) like an administration: Faculty Couples, for Better or Worse.

We have the rare opportunity to chronicle a labor movement’s development in real time from its infancy as we watch the organization of college football players.

Confessions of a Drone Warrior.

Flood Insurance Jumping Sevenfold Depresses U.S. Home Values. I wonder if even “the market speaking” could pull us out of the death spiral now.

* Climate change cost you the McDonald’s dollar menu. Greenland Has Melted So Much That We Can Mine It for Uranium Now. Arctic Temperatures Reach Highest Levels In 44,000 Years. Gambling with Civilization.

* The men’s rights movement is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake.

* Rortybomb on striking fast food workers and the neoliberal failings of Obamacare. From the second:

Conservatives in particular think this website has broad implications for liberalism as a philosophical and political project. I think it does, but for the exact opposite reasons: it highlights the problems inherent in the move to a neoliberal form of governance and social insurance, while demonstrating the superiorities in the older, New Deal form of liberalism.

* The Decline of Wikipedia.

Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-­ranking quality scores.

The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.

* Mitch Hurwitz at the New York Television Festival.

* Davis Sedaris writes about the suicide of his sister Tiffany.

* We should put hyper-efficient rich people in charge of everything: How to lose $172,222 a second for 45 minutes. That’s why they earn the big bucks, I guess.

Condé Nast Discontinuing Internship Program. The first of many, I’d bet.

* After all this time I’m completely amazed that people still talk to the Daily Show at all. “They made all those other people look like total idiots! I’d better be super-careful as I make my wise and reasoned argument!”

* From the archives: How They Made Bottle Rocket. 1995.

* Wisconsin conservatives file challenge against state’s same-sex partnership law. Special Prosecutor Looking At Wisconsin Recall Elections. Milwaukee has still not enrolled anyone for ACA.

What Good Wife Storyline Did CBS Kill to Avoid Pissing Off the NFL?

* They said it: Fox News: Anti-Bullying Policies Limit Conservatives’ Free Speech.

America’s Most Popular Boys’ Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF.

* The Harvard Crimson says don’t teach for America.

American Schools Are Missing 389,000 Teachers. Study: Charters Pose a Financial Threat to Already-Struggling School Districts.

* The Duke Chronicle says walk out on Charles Murray.

A man is stealing your home, poisoning your food and burning the forests around you, all the while explaining why you should thank him. Maybe you are allowed to question his genius, and maybe he answers. Some nod; others frown.

And you watch the flames rise, knowing at least you have engaged in “discourse.”

Mayor Bloomberg grants Metropolitan Museum of Art right to charge mandatory entrance fee.

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

List of reasons for admission to an insane asylum from the late 1800s, supposedly.

California Deputies Shoot and Kill Boy Carrying a Fake Gun. Black Teen Detained by NYPD for Buying an Expensive Belt.

Zombie Simpsons: How the best show ever became the broadcasting undead.

* It’s handled: Scandal has its own scandal after popular fan blogger turns out to be ABC executive. UPDATE: Followup!

* Old villains never die, they just fade away: Diebold charged with bribing officials, falsifying records in China, Russia, Indonesia; fined nearly $50 million.

* Gawker is seriously arguing no one should be fired for uncritically publishing an entirely fact-free smear job so ludicrously inaccurate it didn’t even last two hours. I disagree!

* We’ve all been there: Groom Who Called in Bomb Hoax to Own Wedding Sentenced to Year in Jail.

Facebook OKs Decapitation Videos (But No Breastfeeding).


* And today’s apocalypse: “We’ve Reached ‘The End of Antibiotics, Period.’”

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"Don’t worry," we’re told, "Lieberman is totally insincere."

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Harry Reid’s office is telling people Reid and Lieberman have a “private understanding” regarding cloture on health care:

The unpredictable Democrat-turned-Independent last week publicly stated he would join Republicans in filibustering the Democratic legislation after Reid (D-Nev.) announced he had included a government-run health insurance plan in the bill.

But sources said Reid’s staff is telling liberal interest groups that Lieberman (Conn.) has assured Reid he will vote with Democrats in the necessary procedural vote to end debate, perhaps with intentions to change the bill.

“At the end of the day Sen. Lieberman will vote to cut off debate,” said Richard Kirsch, national campaign manager of Healthcare for America Now. “He’ll do what he has to do. He’s making a lot of noise.”

Take it for what it’s worth.

UPDATE: Lieberman’s office: “Senator Lieberman’s clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health-care bill because he supports health-care reform that will control costs and insure people who don’t have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option.”

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November 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

A Few Links, and Yes Even More Palin

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A few links, and yes even more Palin.

* Great moments in disappointed Google searchers: I hope the person who was looking for “megan fox with her ass up in the air” someday finds what they need.

* World’s most obscure video game easter egg, revealed.

* Editing Infinite Jest. I think I’ve linked to a version of this essay before, but I can’t find it if I have.

* This story has everything! Operation Midnight Climax is a new web series about how the CIA used prostitutes to test LSD on unsuspecting American citizens.

* The price of oil over 25 years. And the roller coaster’s just begun. Via Matt Yglesias.

* And Sarah Palin is giving every indication that she somehow intends to run for office again. Assuming that’s really what’s going on, and it’s not something else, as I understand it the plan goes something like this:

* Quit the only relevant elected experience she’s ever had halfway through her first term. (After planning to quit “for months” and having run for vice president after just a year on the job.)

* Raise a lot of money for GOP 2010 candidates and give a lot of speeches. Hope those candidates win and become important establishment allies for her. Hope too that while she’s doing this no one remembers how she flamed out halfway through the only real elected experience she’s ever had.

* Run for president in 2012. Hope Romney and Huckabee never mention the fact that that she flamed out halfway through the only real elected experience she’s ever had. Hope that Obama and the media never mention it either.

* Profit!

Like TPM and MyDD, I strongly contend this is ludicrous. In particular, this from Josh Marshall is entirely correct and bears repeating:

To a degree it goes without saying. But it’s worth reviewing just how deeply preposterous Palin’s argument yesterday really was when she claimed that she refused to exploit the people of Alaska by serving out her full term.

When you run for governor, as for president, you run for a four year term. You commit, at least implicitly, to serving four years, though many people end up not doing that for various reasons. There’s nothing in the implied contract about running for reelection. Indeed it’s arguable that the public would be better served by a governor focusing for four years on running the state rather than laying the groundwork for their reelection.

In any case, Gov. Palin, who’s served only a little more than half her first term (remember, she was elected in 2006), announces she won’t run for reelection. And having decided that she won’t run for a second term, she concludes that it would be exploiting the people of Alaska to agree to serve out the remainder of the term they elected her to serve back in 2006. This is apparently because she’ll be a lame duck. And, she claims, lame ducks never get anything done and just spend a lot of money going on taxpayer funded junkets. So better to walk away from her job and pass it off to the Lt. Governor who no one hired to do the job at all.

We actually have states, like Virginia, in which governors are term-limited to just one (consecutive) term. Applying Palin’s logic to Virginia, anyone elected to the governorship in Virginia should immediately resign because they can’t be reelected. Applying this theory to the presidency, second-term presidents should resign in favor of their vice-presidents, again immediately upon their reelection. It makes absolutely no sense and bears no relation whatsoever to the world in which we actually live. And yet I am somehow certain that for the next three-and-a-half years we will be told over and over again how suddenly and inexplicably resigning your high office without warning because you’ve decided you don’t plan to run for reelection is simply the most natural thing in the world. It’s mavericky! You betcha.

* Okay, one more Palin one-liner, this one via William Gibson.

That crucial GOP demographic: “Despite the misstep, Palin enjoys an ability to connect with voters that cannot be taught.” –AP

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July 5, 2009 at 4:31 am

Whatever Happened to Sarah Palin?

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‘Whatever happened to Sarah Palin?’ Look for stories with that headline over the next few years—with polling like this Sarah Palin will likely never be a serious candidate for national office ever again. And that’s good news for all of us, in Real and Fake America alike.

The New Yorker has an interesting first-crack in the “Whatever happened to Sarah Palin?” genre this week, actually, with a post-mortem on how McCain ever came to make such a damaging choice.

With just days to go before the Convention, the choices were slim. Karl Rove favored McCain’s former rival Mitt Romney, but enough animus lingered from the primaries that McCain rejected the pairing. “I told Romney not to wait by the phone, because ‘he doesn’t like you,’ ” Keene, who favored the choice, said. “With John McCain, all politics is personal.” Other possible choices—such as former Representative Rob Portman, of Ohio, or Governor Tim Pawlenty, of Minnesota—seemed too conventional. They did not transmit McCain’s core message that he was a “maverick.” Finally, McCain’s top aides, including Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis, converged on Palin. Ed Rogers, the chairman of B.G.R., a well-connected, largely Republican lobbying firm, said, “Her criteria kept popping out. She was a governor—that’s good. The shorter the Washington résumé the better. A female is better still. And then there was her story.” He admitted, “There was concern that she was a novice.” In addition to Schmidt and Davis, Charles R. Black, Jr., the lobbyist and political operative who is McCain’s chief campaign adviser, reportedly favored Palin. Keene said, “I’m told that Charlie Black told McCain, ‘If you pick anyone else, you’re going to lose. But if you pick Palin you may win.’ ” (Black did not return calls for comment.) Meanwhile, McCain’s longtime friend said, “Kristol was out there shaking the pom-poms.”

McCain had met Palin once, but their conversation—at a reception during a meeting of the National Governors Association, six months earlier—had lasted only fifteen minutes. “It wasn’t a real conversation,” said the longtime friend, who called the choice of Palin “the fucking most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.” Aides arranged a phone call between McCain and Palin, and scrutinized her answers to some seventy items on a questionnaire that she had filled out. But McCain didn’t talk with Palin in person again until the morning of Thursday, August 28th. Palin was flown down to his retreat in Sedona, Arizona, and they spoke for an hour or two. By the time he announced her as his choice, the next day, he had spent less than three hours in her company.

Meanwhile, Palin is back in the news today with a revealing flub demonstrating that she either (still) has no idea what the vice president does or has a vision of expanded powers for the VP that rivals even Cheney’s.


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Nearly 100% of McCain’s advertising budget is going towards negative ads. Mavericky!

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October 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm

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VP Debate Liveblogging

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(new thread)

10:30 PM Biden ends with a strong assertion of Barack Obama’s readiness and then his usual closing about “God blessing out troops.” And that’s it. I’ll be back in a few minutes with reactions.

10:29 PM Palin likes being able to answer these “tough questions.” Oh, give me a break.

10:21 PM Palin talks about mavericks again. Sweet Caroline actually threw up on my floor. This looks *really* bad against Biden’s answer about his kids and the kitchen table answer—this is the answer where she lost this debate.

10:20 PM Biden dodges the Achilles heel question too after a joke. Biden’s breaking up a little bit talking about his kids.

10:18 PM Gov. Palin, what is your Achilles heel? Answer: “I am awesome.” What?

10:17 PM: Bad news for Palin, Biden knows what the Constitution actually says about the vice president. Good news for Palin: No follow-ups.

10:17 PM: Biden thinks Cheney is a douche.

10:14 PM Palin is interpreting the Constitutional powers of the vice president. She claims to agree with Cheney, but she’s just trying to talk her way out of this question.

10:13 PM Ezra’s having the same problem I’m having:

10:03 Sarah-Palin-as-Tina-Fey-as-Sarah-Palin says “it’s just so clear I’m a Washington outsider” then she tilts her head and smiles and shrugs and accuses Joe Biden of being “for it before being against it” and says “the American people are craving some of that straight talk.” With Palin, we have left the age when satire ruled comedy and entered a period in which reenactment reigns supreme.

10:12 PM: Now Palin’s talking about elementary school teaching? How the hell did we get here?

10:10 PM Her answer to the question of what she would do if John McCain died devolved to a repetition of her first answer on taxes and government-being-the-problem. That was weird. Now Palin drops a planned line: “Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again,” but she flubs it, and the whole thing is just weird.

Why did Ifill ask a question about assassination?

10:09 PM Palin answers the assassination question with a smile. Jaimee says, “She can’t wait.”

10:08 PM Ifill drops the assassination bomb. Skirting the line there, Ifill. Kendra is visibly shaken.

10:06 PM Those little ums and pauses at the start of her answers are getting longer and longer.

10:04 PM Ambinder: 10:02: Palin gets the name of the commander general in Afghanistan wrong: he’s McKiernan, not McClellan. She does not know who he is, clearly.

10:00 PM Interventionism. Palin calls Biden a flip-flopper. She is reading from a piece of paper.

9:58 PM Biden: “Facts matter, Gwen.”

9:56 PM Palin’s pretty obviously reading from her notes here. I hope somebody’s getting clips of this. (Debate Hub is still the best application for this in the world.) (UPDATE: Here.)

9:55 PM Do you know what I like about best about Sarah Palin? The generalities. I can’t believe there’s 35 more minutes of this. At least Biden is killing on the “more of the same” line: “I don’t know how his policy is going to be different from George Bush’s.”

9:54 PM Ezra Klein: “9:52: Like John McCain, Sarah Palin is firmly against a second Holocaust. The silence of the Obama/Biden ticket on this issue is deafening.”

9:51 PM Biden drops the Spain-bomb.

9:50 PM There’s a little bit of shouting at the TV in my house right now.

9:49 PM Dictators hate our freedoms. Check.

9:48 PM Palin calls Obama naive and dangerous, but unlike John McCain she can say “Ahmadinejad” on the first try.

9:45 PM Biden is doing really well on Pakistan and terror. Palin tells us to trust al Qaeda when it says that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. Trust al Qaeda? Really, Governor? That’s not change we can believe in.

9:43 PM Biden: “John McCain voted against funding the troops.” “John McCain and Dick Cheney said…” “John McCain has been dead wrong.” Good answer, Joe.

9:42 PM Democrats want to wave the white flag of surrender in the face of “the Talibani.”

9:41 PM Biden says what Obama should have said last week: John McCain is the only one who doesn’t want to leave.

9:40 PM Here comes the surge. Palin tries to pit Biden against Barack by reading his own words to him. That’s good note-carding.

9:38 PM Biden wins the gay marriage dispute, but only on points.

9:36 PM Biden keeps getting in the last word. That’s good stuff. Next question: gay marriage. Biden just came out very strongly in favor of marriage equality, though he tries to dial it back a bit at the end of the sentence and begins to crouch it in Constitutional terms. Palin chooses to insist that she’s tolerant and mentions that some of her best friends are gay.

9:32 PM Biden: “If you don’t understand what the cause is, you can’t come up with a solution.” Right.

9:30 PM Drill, baby, drill. Here comes climate change. Palin doesn’t want to argue about the causes—didn’t Jon Stewart decimate this line last night?

9:29 PM Michael Crowley is on Palin note-watch.

The camera behind Palin’s podium just caught her furiously (but discreetly) shuffling papers as Gwin Ifill was asking her question; and Palin took at least one glance down midway. Something to keep an eye on over the next 90 minutes.

9:26 PM Tim gets a gleam in his eye when she uses one of her catchphrases: “rears its head.”

9:25 PM Biden is taking a “There you go again” tack. It seems to be working, at least where I’m sitting.

9:23 PM I just noticed her flag pin. I think it’s Bejeweled. Meanwhile, Palin’s off on energy. Then she admits that she’s only been at this for five weeks—that was a weird line.

9:22 PM Marc Ambinder: I just got 5 fact-check e-mails from the Obama campaign…can’t look at ’em all when they arrive at once.

9:19 PM Biden kills on it, uses his first punchline: “I call that the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere.” But he really does need that eyelid lift.

9:18 PM $5,000 tax credit issue. Palin bungles it badly, Biden smells blood.

9:18 PM Biden loves the middle class. Kendra says he needs an eyelid lift, and you know, she’s right. Palin is turning into Tina Fey before our eyes.

9:14 PM Things are blowing up already. Biden says she didn’t answer the question, Palin says she’ll answer the questions the way she wants. Biden’s walking a fine line on the “don’t be a bully” issue, but it looks like he’s not interested in treating Palin with kid gloves.

9:13 PM Now we need to learn to live with less, says Palin. That’s change we can believe in.

9:12 PM Palin drops another “darn right.” Folksy!

9:12 PM Biden goes after McCain, deregulation, and the cost to blow up your gas tank.

9:10 PM The sub-prime lending meltdown. Who was at fault? Palin blames the predatory lenders. Now she’s telling us not to live in debt. Interesting lecture from a millionaire.

9:08 PM Everyone in the room is enjoying Palin’s winks. Sweet Caroline says, “I can’t believe she’s flirting with us.”

9:05 PM That’s it? They don’t get to talk back and forth at all? That’s ridiculous.

…okay, Biden doesn’t want to let that be the rule. Good on him.

9:04 PM The bailout. So far Joe Biden has not said anything stupid, mission accomplished. Palin does okay too.

9:00 PM Here we go. Olbermann is comparing Biden-Palin to the Patriots-Giants last January. I thought this guy was supposed to be on our side.

8:36 PM My band is now fully assembled: I’ve got Tim, Kendra, and Sweet Caroline here on backup.

8:14 PM TPM Understatement of the Night: For the McCain camp to be conceding that the must-win battleground is comprised of red states, some of which Obama holds leads in, and that two states that haven’t voted Dem in decades are now real battlegrounds, doesn’t seem like a very strong position at all.

8:04 PM How crazy is America c. 2008 that shooting a man in the face isn’t the worst thing Cheney has done?

8:02 PM Pre-spin watch: Palin to attack Biden?

Sarah Palin plans to go on the attack in tonight’s debate, hitting Joe Biden for what she will call his foreign policy blunders and penchant for adopting liberal positions on taxes and other issues, according to campaign officials involved in prepping her for tonight’s showdown.

7:57 PM Some might ask why I’m starting my VP debate liveblogging an hour before the debate actually begins. Because I forgot Missouri was in the central time zone I’m a maverick, that’s why.

I’ll repeat what I said the other morning:

I’m reserving judgment on the debate until I actually see it. It’s very hard to say how the expectations game is going to work; traditionally, the candidate perceived as unimpressive benefits from asymmetric expectations and thereby “wins,” and in that sense Palin can’t lose. But I’m not sure there’s ever been a candidate as manifestly unprepared as Sarah Palin—and basically any mistake she makes, even relatively trivial ones, will serve to ratify the Tina-Fey caricature that has achieved critical cultural mass. In that sense she can’t win. So I have no idea what’s going to happen.

I still have no idea what’s going to happen. I think Biden will do fine—he’s an old hand at this, and well-aware of the pitfalls. The sole question is whether Palin can fake it on substantive questions for several minutes at a clip, whether Ifill will let her get away with it, and whether Biden will be able to call her out on it without looking like a jerk.

It’s a low bar, but seeing her on Couric, I’m genuinely not sure she can cross it. Here’s hoping for an implosion.

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October 2, 2008 at 11:53 pm

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Still the Undisciplined, Spoiled Brat That He Was When He Went In

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Dramesi, who went on to serve as chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of a wing of the Strategic Air Command, was not surprised. “McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man,” Dramesi says today. “But he’s still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in.”

‘Make-Believe Maverick’: Rolling Stone has a brutal profile of what it calls “the real John McCain.”

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October 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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Convention Minute

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Bob Casey does better in two sentences than just about anyone I’ve seen at the DNC: “John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he’s voted with George Bush over 90% of the time. That’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick.” Hell yes. The four-more-months chant was pretty good, too—too bad no one’s watching yet.

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August 27, 2008 at 1:29 am