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Consumers “Here’s Your Sign”

first_img Facebook Twitter Yet, if you surveyed consumers and asked them if they would be willing to eat meat from sick animals, the majority would say no. So, how are we supposed to keep the animals healthy if we can’t treat them with drugs when they get sick? Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has launched a marketplace campaign that urges supermarkets to only sell meat raised without antibiotics. Consumers Union Director of Food Policy Initiatives Jean Halloran says they want supermarkets to tell their suppliers to procure only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. She says we need to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals because they are losing their potency in people and leading to a major national health crisis. What Ms. Halloran does not understand is that the real crisis that is looming is an animal health crisis, not a human one. Ms. Halloran, “Here’s your sign.” By Gary Truitt – Jun 24, 2012 SHARE Bill Engvall is one of the most popular stand up comedians of our time. One of his most popular routines is “Here’s your sign.”  In the routine, Engvall describes people who ask questions to which the answers should be obvious; and, in the process, he shows these people to be stupid. With the tag “Here’s Your Sign,” Engvall then metaphorically gives these people a sign declaring their stupidity as a warning to others interacting with this person. He believes that stupid people should wear a sign so that we will know they are stupid and not rely on them for intelligent information. One of Engvall’s examples goes like this, “A couple of months ago, I went fishing with a buddy of mine, we pulled his boat into the dock, I lifted up this big ‘ol stringer of bass and this idiot on the dock goes, ‘Hey, y’all catch all them fish?’ ‘Nope – Talked ’em into giving up. Here’s your sign.’” Two recent surveys reveal that, when it comes to food, there are a lot of people who should be wearing signs.A survey of young people in the UK showed a shocking, (Engvall would call it stupefying) lack of basic knowledge about food. For example, according to the survey, one in ten young adults think eggs come from wheat. One in five believes jam and marmalade come from cereal crops. A third of 16 to 23-year-olds do not know that eggs are laid by hens, and even more are unaware that bacon comes from pigs, the poll found. In spite of the findings, 43% of 16 to 23-year-olds told researchers that they considered themselves knowledgeable about where foods come from. (Sort of sounds like some food experts in this country.) Consumers “Here’s Your Sign” Here at home a new poll released by Consumer Reports shows that a majority of Americans want meat raised without antibiotics to be sold in their local supermarket. In fact, 86 percent of the consumers polled indicated that meat raised without antibiotics should be available in their local supermarket. More than 60 percent of respondents indicated a willingness to pay at least five cents per pound more for meat raised without antibiotics, and more than a third would pay an extra dollar or more per pound. The research showed that most American consumers think farmers pump their animals full of antibiotics and that these drugs pose a threat to human health, even though dozens of scientific research studies have shown that any threat to human health from antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production is negligible. Nevertheless, this is another battle that the livestock industry has already lost; last week the National Pork Producers Council advised its members that most antibiotics will be off the market in the next three years. SHARE Facebook Twitter by Gary Truitt Home Commentary Consumers “Here’s Your Sign” One British newspaper called the young people in the research study “food dunces.” While it is easy to joke about consumers lack of basic food knowledge, this ignorance has serious and dangerous consequences.  Even with the“foodie” culture all the rage in some circles and two national television networks dedicated to food and cooking, when it comes to knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced most people are wearing one of Bill Engvall’s signs. Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Finds Common Ground in ChinaNext articleIndiana FFA Unveils New State Officer Team Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Only four of ten defendants will be in court for Brignol Lindor murder trial

first_img Follow the news on Haïti December 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Only four of ten defendants will be in court for Brignol Lindor murder trial News November 14, 2019 Find out more Organisation News While welcoming the trial of Radio Echo 2000 reporter Brignol Lindor’s alleged murders on principle, Reporters Without Borders said today it feared the course of justice could be perverted because six of the 10 defendants have not been arrested and will therefore not be in court. The trial is due to open on 10 December in Petit-Gôave, the southern town where Lindor lived and worked, and where he was murdered six years ago.“The Lindor murder was a national trauma and has waited too long to come to trial,” the press freedom organisation said. “The fact that the trial is taking place at all reflects a real political will to put an end to a scandalous level of impunity. Nonetheless, we think a case such as this needs to be handled better. The trial is good for justice in principle, but may not be good for the search for the truth.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The six being tried in absentia will, by definition, be unable to answer for their actions before the court. While the four who are present could try to put the blame on the other six, although they could themselves end up taking the entire rap. Bearing in mind, too, that threats have been made against the prosecutor, who is also concerned about the outcome of the case, we think the conditions for a satisfactory trial have not been met.”The 10 defendants are members of a local armed militia called Domi Nan Bwa (Sleep in the Bush) that was particularly active during Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s second presidential term. They were charged with this particularly barbaric murder in 2002 at the end of a judicial investigation that failed to clearly identify all those involved.Of the four defendants who will be in court, three were arrested earlier this year after warrants were issued by Petit-Goâve state prosecutor Kébreau Zamor. They are Joubert Saint-Juste (arrested on 28 March and held at the national penitentiary in Port-au-Prince), Simon Cétoute (arrested on 24 October and held in Petit-Goâve) and Jean-Rémy Démosthène (arrested on 26 October and also held in Petit-Goâve). The fourth man is Fritznel Doudoute, who was arrested on 28 December 2005 in nearby Miragôane and is now being held in Carrefour prison, outside Port-au-Prince.The trial was originally scheduled to start on 3 December, the sixth anniversary of Lindor’s murder. When the postponement was announced, Zamor told Reporters Without Borders he was concerned about the infrastructural problems in Petit-Goâve and the difficulty of preparing for the trial in the time available. He also said he and his family had received death threats.—–30.11.07 – Trial of journalist’s alleged murderers postponed one weekThe start of the trial of the alleged murderers of Radio Echo 2000 journalist Brignol Lindor has been postponed until 10 December. It was supposed to have started in the southern town of Petit-Goâve on 3 December, on the sixth anniversary of his murder.“Six of the defendants are fugitives from justice and will be tried in absentia,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Petit-Goâve state prosecutor Kerby Zamor. “The other four alleged killers are in detention in Petit-Goâve, Carrefour and Port-au-Prince.”Zamor said he and his family had received death threats. He also complained that Petit-Goâve lacked the necessary infrastructure for a trial of this scale.“We take note of this postponement and we hope this additional delay will allow time for the arrest of the six accused who are on the run,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In view of the imminence of the trial, we again express the hope that it will not be rushed or botched, and thereby fail to shed light on all those who had a role in Lindor’s especially barbaric murder.”________________16.11.07 – Four arrested in journalist’s murder as trial nearsReporters Without Borders today welcomed the arrest of four suspected killers of radio journalist Brignol Lindor, of Radio Echo 2000, on the eve of a trial set to begin on 3 December, six years to the day after he was hacked to death in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve. Six other suspects ordered arrested early this month remain at large. The worldwide press freedom organisation regretted such last-minute moves and warned against a a hasty trial that might gloss over the responsibility of some people for Brignol’s death. “This murder is one of the most barbarous killings of a journalist ever seen in the Americas and the arrest for the first time of four of the 10 long-accused members of the Domi Nan Bwa (“Sleep in the Woods”) militia, as well as the upcoming trial, gives hope that impunity in this disgraceful crime may end,” it said. “But why has it taken so long for these locally well-known people to be picked up? The trial must determine exactly who was responsible for the murder. The short time remaining before the trial raises the danger that it may be hurried, sham or flawed, which must be avoided at all cost.“Petit-Goâve public prosecutor Kerby Zamor told Reporters Without Borders on 14 November he had issued warrants for the arrest of 10 Domi Nan Bwa members who were charged on 16 September 2002. Two of the accused were arrested and jailed late last month, bringing the number detained to four – Fritz Doudoute (held in Carrefour, west of the capital), Joubert Saint-Juste (held in Port-au-Prince) and Simon Cétoute and Jean-Rémy Démosthène (both held in Petit-Goâve). The then Petit-Goâve deputy mayor, Bony Dumay, made a fierce verbal attack on Lindor and his alleged friends in the opposition group Democratic Convergence at a press conference in the town on 29 November 2001 called by backers of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, including the mayor, Emmanuel Antoine. Town officials met activists of the pro-Aristide Domi Nan Bwa on 2 December, the day before the murder. Next morning, Duverger, one the militia’s leaders, was attacked by supposed Convergence supporters and this was used as an excuse to take revenge on Lindor. A dozen militia members were about to kill Convergence member Love Augustin at his home when they let him go and instead killed Lindor when he arrived on the scene.Despite these facts, the September 2002 charges made by Judge Fritzner Duclair avoided targetting any of those suspected of ordering the killing. Petit-Goâve town officials have never been drawn into the case. Only four of the 10 people charged with the 2002 killing of Radio Echo 2000 journalist Brignol Lindor will be in court when the murder trial starts in Petit-Goâve on 10 December. Reporters Without Borders thinks the trial is good news in principle for justice in Haiti, but questions whether all the facts of the case will be brought to light. October 11, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Receive email alerts Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Another journalist murdered in Haiti to go further HaïtiAmericas HaïtiAmericas News Help by sharing this information News RSF_en June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant serves as mentor for several NBA’s young stars, role players

first_imgGeorge endlessly mimicked Bryant’s mannerisms in pick-up games, ranging from his fadeaway jumpers to his jaw strutting. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson took similar notes, the former Santa Margarita standout often imitating Bryant’s footwork and post-ups. Of course, plenty would love to reach Bryant’s resume that entails five NBA championships, a career-high 81 points and the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer. “To get on his level is going to take a lot of work. It’s basically impossible,” Thompson said. “But he’s never afraid to take the big shot, and that’s what I’ve always tried to do.” Plenty of players have seen Bryant’s offseason regimen that has helped maintain his prolific play and longevity. NBA stars, such as James, Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Anthony Davis witnessed Bryant’s routine during different stints with Team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Both Thompson and Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings attended Bryant’s summer camps years before turning pro. Bryant’s teammates, such as Young and Wesley Johnson, worked out privately with the Lakers’ star this past summer.All accounts tell the same story. Bryant’s work day started at 5:00 a.m. He worked out without any interruptions. Bryant’s approach involved repetitive drills on his footwork, shooting stroke and weight training. “For a guy to be able to do that and still get ready for practice was pretty amazing,” said Jennings, a Compton native. “That just made me want to work harder every day.” Memorable interactionsBryant proudly calls himself the “O.G. of the league,” characterizing himself as the NBA’s ambassador that imparts wisdom to any young star or role player willing to listen.“I help them, mentor them and give them advice,” Bryant said, “because I’ve pretty much seen it all.”Bryant has both exchanged text messages and talked extensively on the phone with Durant as late as 3 a.m, offering unspecified advice on how to improve his scoring and demand more out of his teammates. Bryant contacted George shortly after fracturing his right leg with USA Basketball this summer, offering sympathy and encouraging him to devote his on-court absence toward film study. Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Thompson and Young report Bryant has provided positive reinforcement by praising their play and encouraging them to stay hungry. “I always want to get better and I want to show my worth,” Young said. “Playing on a team like Kobe and him taking me under his wing has been one of the best things for me.”Yet, Bryant still unleashes his on-court intensity on the same players he mentors. In 2012, Bryant continuously jawed with Durant, Westbrook and Harden when they all played together in Oklahoma City during a regular-season game. Bryant did the same thing to Thompson during an exhibition game. “I knocked into him in the lane and he told me, ‘If I did that again, he would knock my (butt) over,” Thompson said. “I lit a fire under his belly. He has an edge at all times, even at the beginning of October. He wasn’t messing around.”It appears Bryant welcomes the give-and-take. Bryant and Young traded profanity-laced barbs during a recent practice. Young proclaimed, “Nobody in the world can guard me one-on-one.” Bryant then responded, “You’re going exactly where I want you to go.” Two years earlier at Team USA’s pre-2012 Summer Olympic training camp in Las Vegas, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving challenged Bryant to a game of one-on-one. “I know your dad doesn’t think you can beat me one-on-one,” Bryant told Irving at the time. “Get your dad on the phone right now. Be like, ‘Pops, I’m trying to bet Kobe 50 grand I can beat him one-on-one.’ He’ll be like, ‘Son, are you crazy? Are you crazy?’”Passing the torchBryant may have embraced serving as the NBA’s elderly statesman. But no rising star has become labeled as the next Bryant the same way the Lakers’ star immediately sparked comparisons to Jordan.“That door is closed. Good luck waiting on another Kobe Bryant,” said ESPN analyst Jalen Rose. “The sport is his first, second and third priority.”Bryant expressed indifference on whether he will pass the torch to anyone. But he still believes he has served a purpose in instilling values that he believes has influenced the NBA’s current generation that he described as “gym rats.” “The common denominator is always the competitive spirit, and how to get into that frame of mind night in and night out to go out and compete,” Bryant said. “I grew up watching Michael. Michael grew up watching others play. So it’s really just about watching, observing and learning from those that have come before you. You try to have that help you become a better basketball player.” His pre-draft workout just ended, leaving Nick Young with one responsibility that has become as natural as his infectious smile. He talked. But reporters did not ask probing questions that often prompt Young to show off his goofy personality as a Lakers’ reserve. Instead, Charlotte owner and NBA icon Michael Jordan peppered Young on various topics to evaluate how the former Cleveland High of Reseda and USC standout might fit on his roster. Jordan eventually threw Young a curveball that both made him feel uncomfortable and compromise his allegiance to his childhood hero. “He asked me where I learned my fadeaway from,” Young recalled after working out for the former Charlotte Bobcats seven years ago. “Jordan was looking at me dead in my eyes. I was going to say Kobe Bryant, but I was forced to say Jordan at that moment because I wanted him to pick me.” When Lakers (7-16) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17) today at Target Center, Bryant will need to score only nine points to eclipse Jordan’s 32,292 career points for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Unsurprisingly, Bryant’s upcoming milestone has fueled the never-ending comparisons to Jordan, something that has followed Bryant throughout his 19-year career. But Young’s uneasiness to Jordan’s question provided a snapshot on how the current generation of NBA players idolize Bryant the same way the Lakers’ 36-year-old star admires Jordan. “It’s so hard to compare anyone to Michael, but I think it’s fair to say Kobe is the second coming of MJ,” said Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who grew up watching Bryant while playing for Knight High in Palmdale. “Kobe has transcended the league the same way I felt Michael did.”Idolizing BryantBryant’s presence struck a chord in different ways.Cleveland forward LeBron James recently told reporters he had a Bryant poster on his bedroom wall growing up. The poster served as an inspiration for James as he followed Bryant’s path in morphing from high school phenom to NBA star. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant told L.A. News Group last year he endlessly watched Bryant’s scoring outbursts with hopes he could somehow replicate them. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Jazz signing Bojan Bogdanovic to 4-year deal

first_imgUtah has added a quality wing to its roster.The Jazz are signing Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. NBA free agency rumors: Pacers revamp backcourt, add Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic has agreed to a four-year, $73M deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources tells EPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019The 6-8 Croatian is 30 years old and coming off a career year in which he averaged 18.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. Bogdanovic averaged 20.9 points and shot 42.2 percent from behind the arc after the All-Star break and was essential to the Pacers’ success after star Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending quad injury in the first half of the year.Indiana finished fifth in the Eastern Conference in 2018-19 despite the absence of its star and Bogdanovic was a big part of that. Related Newscenter_img NBA free agency rumors: Ricky Rubio, Suns agree to 3-year deal The Jazz tied for 10th in 3-point shooting percentage last year, converting 35.6% of their attempts from behind the arc, and adding Bogdanovic’s touch will likely improve Utah’s efficiency from deep.The Jazz were eliminated by the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs in 2019, but upgraded their backcourt by acquiring Mike Conley from the Grizzlies in a trade.Utah has continued to improve its personnel, and could become a dark horse in the Western Conference if its newest pieces work well together.last_img read more

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Senior Invitational Tournament hosted by Regents

first_imgRegents International School Pattaya was proud to host the 2017 Senior Invitational Tournament that drew 10 schools from the SE Asian area to compete in football and basketball over the weekend, Feb. 4-5.  Participating teams came from 5 nations including Nepal, China, Philippines, Malaysia and host country Thailand.Regents International School Pattaya girls take on The British School of Guangzhou on the basketball court.The tournament, in its eleventh year, was played in a competitive spirit and showcased the reasons why team sport is such an essential part of a young person’s education.Regents PE Department, led by Roslyn McConnell, pulled out all the stops to ensure the event progressed smoothly with their superb organisation.Competition took place over two days with 10 international schools taking part.The International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia won the Girls’ Football title.British International School of Phuket were winners of the Boys’ Football tournament.Winners of the various sports and categories were as follows: Girls’ Basketball 1st The International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia, 2nd British International School of Phuket, 3rd St. Andrews International School Bangkok. – Boys’ Football 1st British International School of Phuket, 2nd Regents International School Pattaya, 3rd The International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia. – Girls’ Football 1st The International School of Penang (Uplands), Malaysia, 2nd British International School of Phuket, 3rd Regents International School Pattaya. – Boys’ Basketball 1st International School Eastern Seaboard, 2nd The British School Manila, Philippines, 3rd Regents International School Pattaya.last_img read more

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Ararat Anomaly to Be Imaged in Hi-Res

first_imgThe “Ararat anomaly,” an unusual structure at the 15,300′ level of Mt. Ararat in Turkey, is getting increased scrutiny with high-resolution satellite imaging.  Leonard David reported on Live Science that Porcher Taylor of Satellite Imaging Corporation has created a 3-D flyover movie of the site from Ikonos satellite data, and that Geo-Eye I, to be launched next year, will double the resolution of the site to 0.4 meter per pixels.    Buried under a glacier, the Ararat anomaly drew attention because of “its relatively smooth surface texture and unusual physical composition, according to some interpretations.”  Some have considered it a possible location of the remains of Noah’s Ark.It was nice to see Live Science give fair treatment to this story.  Our new era of Google Earth and hi-resolution imaging should be able to shed some light on the famous mountain.  For most of the recent decades, political tensions and local hazards have made the search frustratingly difficult.  Eyes from orbit may be able to make the job of sifting evidence much easier.    A historical string of eyewitness accounts has propelled the brave with ark fever (see noahsarksearch.com).  So far, however, the data collected have done more to rule out some promising sites than to find what would certainly be the most interesting archaeological artifact ever found, if it exists – and even many ark searchers have their doubts a wooden vessel could have survived at all.  Some are not even sure this is the right mountain.    The eyewitness accounts, tantalizing as they are, do not rise to the level of evidence required to convince a fair-minded skeptic.  Gathering more data quietly, without making outlandish claims, is the best thing that can be done.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Over 400 injured in traditional `Gotmar festival

first_imgChhindwara (MP), Aug 22 (PTI) As many as 462 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, in the annual `Gotmar (stone-pelting) festival at Pandhurna in the district today, police said.Three persons, whose condition was critical, were rushed to Nagpur for treatment, District Superintendent of Police Gaurav Tiwari told PTI.Police also fired teargas shells when people turned unruly and damaged an ambulance and a police vehicle.During the annual Gotmar festival, people of Sawargaon and Pandhurna gather on either side of the Jaam river, and race to snatch a flag hoisted atop a dead tree put up in the middle of the river while throwing stones at the other side.Villagers of Pandhurna grabbed the flag this time and were declared winner.The tradition is said to have started around 300 years ago when a boy from Pandhurna abducted a girl from Sawargaon, and faced a volley of stones when he was crossing the river with her. Villagers from Pandhurna came to his help, and he reached home safely with the girl, the legend goes.However, this traditional sport has also claimed lives in the past as sometimes injuries suffered in stone-pelting prove to be fatal. PTI CORR LAL MAS KRKlast_img
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Amazon India to launch 10.or D budget smartphone with 3500mAh battery today

first_imgAfter the 10.or E and 10.or G, Amazon India is now expected to launch a brand new budget smartphone, called the 10.or D that is expected to come with an entry-level price tag. Prior to launch, the e-commerce platform already listed the phone on its website with all its major specifications including a Snapdragon 425 processor and 3500mAh battery to name a few. Considering the specs, the phone is expected to come cheaper than the 10.or E. The promo suggests the phone could be priced at Rs 5,999 for the base model and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB RAM variant, which will be similar to the Redmi 5A.The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The phone will be offered in 2GB and 3GB of RAM with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, respectively. The handset also boasts of a fast fingerprint sensor on the back, which promises to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds (when the phone is on). Also Read: Flipkart Billion Capture+ looks great for the price but you should be cautiousThe budget smartphone will likely run stock Android 7.1 much like the 10.or E and 10.or G. It is backed by a 3500mAh battery, which promises up to two days of battery life. The handset will offer the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jack and support for OTG among other things.From the looks of it, the 10.or D will look to take on the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 5A, which was launched at Rs 4,999 for the first million customers and Rs 5,999 after that. One of the biggest advantages Amazon’s phone will have is the fingerprint sensor, which is still not a common sight to see on entry-level smartphones.advertisementTo recall, the 10.or E was launched starting at Rs 7,999 for the 2GB of RAM variant and Rs 8,999 for the 3GB of RAM version. The phone came with a full HD display, stock Android 7.0 Nougat and a fingerprint sensor on the back among other things. The phone impressed us with its display and battery life, but it felt lacking with regards to design and build quality.last_img read more

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12 hours agoNedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signingby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus chief Pavel Nedved says they’re ready to make another Cristiano Ronaldo-type signing.Juve held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, where a plan to raise €300m through an increase in share capital was approved.“We’re always ready to seize every opportunity,” vice-president Nedved told reporters.“We’ve talked about development and we want to develop on all fronts, above all the sporting one because it’s a leading part of the club.“And with this, I’ve think I said everything.” last_img read more

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