Friday, June 15, 2018
As women’s roles expand, society’s need for men in their traditional roles as protector, provider and parent is shrinking
When all other variants of race, socio-economic status, health and other obvious metrics are accounted for, fatherlessness is the single biggest predictor for many negative outcomes among boys.
Father’s Day approaches and with it the opportunity to consider the importance of fathers to their children.
It is difficult to overstate both the positive effects of growing up with a father and the negative effects of father absence, especially for boys. These myriad benefits and perils are on record, undisputed and easily accessible. But in this gynocentric era, what is good or bad for boys does not seem to attract the interest of our cultural elites.
Boys are in crisis everywhere. They are falling behind academically in 60 of the most developed nations. Boys are 50 per cent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency standards in reading, math and science. Rates of ADHD among them are escalating. Since the Great Depression, the gap between male and female suicides has tripled in the U.S.
What is good or bad for boys does not seem to attract the interest of our cultural elites.
The common denominator behind many of these trends is fatherlessness. When all other variants of race, socio-economic status, health and other obvious metrics are accounted for, fatherlessness is the single biggest predictor for many negative outcomes among boys. Male prison inmates are 85 per cent fatherless. Juvenile detention centres are likewise full of dad-deprived boys. Male violence and fatherlessness are strongly linked, even in violence-promoting political movements. Fiyaz Mughal, a radicalization specialist with the Faith Matters Network, says, “All of these (young ISIL recruits), they have an absent father … the kids fought police, fought at school, rebelled against every power structure at every opportunity.”
These are some of the interesting, well-annotated facts that arise from a reading of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys are Struggling and What We Can Do About It, Warren Farrell’s latest book, written in collaboration with John Gray, author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. For 30 years, Farrell has been the North America doyen of research into the male psyche. Some of his original insights have served as “aha” moments for women who want to understand what makes men tick.
For me, that “aha” moment came while reading Farrell’s 1993 book, The Myth of Male Power, where I encountered his theory of “disposability” as the guiding principle behind men’s self-valuation. The basic idea is that our societies depend for their survival and comfort on male willingness to take on the nastiest jobs — oil rigs, hydro lines, construction, mining — that is, those with the highest risk of injury and death, and in particular to enter into combat to protect society’s vulnerable members: women and children.
Thus, men grow up learning that in order to garner society’s admiration and respect (“social bribes,” as Farrell puts it), they must strive for a heroism that can only be earned by high risk and willingness for self-sacrifice. (I was surprised to learn that over 75 per cent of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteers.) The result is the curious paradox that men can achieve high social valuation only by conceding the pricelessness of women’s and children’s lives, while placing a low value on their own.
As Farrell and Gray explain: “The traditional boy’s journey to self-sacrifice incorporated service to others, and required responsibility, loyalty, honour, and accountability. It created his mission. And his mission created his character.” This explains why boys tell each other to “man up” when they are in pain. Society can’t afford too much empathy for those who may have to be sacrificed. It also helps to explain why, for every soldier killed in battle, 25 veterans kill themselves.
As men absorb society’s indifference or outright hostility to them, they feel increasing loss of 'mission.'
As women’s roles expand, society’s need for men in their traditional roles as protector, provider and parent is shrinking. As men absorb society’s indifference or outright hostility to them, they feel increasing loss of “mission.” The news is replete with the bad things some men do, and much of the media tolerant of collective condemnation. Last week The Washington Post published a vicious denunciation of men by a gender-studies professor, entitled, “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” The content of the piece, replete with falsehoods to boot, bore out the scabrous misandry its title implies.
Farrell and Gray posit a new mission for men: “warrior parenting” — a shift in attitude that puts equal valuation on “hanging out” with kids as previously put on money as the primary male contribution to family. Much of The Boy Crisis is prescriptive, delivering sage advice on how mothers and fathers can contribute their unique parenting instincts (father roughhousing is crucial to boys’ ability to regulate aggression, for example) in creating a mutually constructive “checks-and-balances” family team.
An appendix lists 55 benefits fathers bring to parenting. Many will surprise you. If the boy crisis were a girl crisis of these proportions, a national emergency would be declared. This book should be read without gender prejudice at the highest policy levels.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Newspaper Closures on Public Finance. This study, published in May, shows what happens to local politics when local newspapers close their doors.
In short, it’s not good. But that doesn’t mean we need to preserve the relics of a bygone era. When a changing market unearths negative results, that is a golden opportunity for an innovative entrepreneur to fill the void.
And actually, the story starts when online job listings and classifieds became popular. This innovation provided locals with a better alternative to the print versions. But in the process, it took a big chunk of local newspapers’ revenue.
Craigslist was the catalyst to newspapers’ decline. But I’ll explain at the end about a tool I think could help replace local newspapers.
1. Craigslist is the Harbinger of the Local News Apocalypse.The study found that when Craiglist was introduced to a new location, local newspapers were 10% more likely to fail.
The growing popularity of Craigslist in the 2000s came at a cost to traditional newspaper outlets, which largely rely on revenue from advertisement sales. Kroft and Pope (2014), for example, show that Craigslist had a large impact on job advertising in local newspapers, as employers were increasingly using online forums like Craigslist to advertise their job openings. Gurun and Butler (2012) provide evidence that Craigslist entry in Pittsburgh and St. Louis significantly eroded advertisement sales for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and St. Louis-Post Dispatch, causing those papers to provide more favorably slanted coverage to local corporations that purchased advertisements in those newspapers.
2. When Newspapers Close, Local Government Efficiency Deteriorates.After local papers shut down, town and county workers’ wages increased compared to local private sector employees. On average this led to a 1.3% increase in the government wage ratio to other county employees.
The median county studied increased wages by a total of $1.4 million overall and hired an average of four more government employees per 1,000 residents.
The burden on taxpayers increased accordingly. Each taxpayer paid an average of $85 more per year. This might not sound like a lot, but it actually amounted to .25% of the median wage–$33,700–in the counties studied.
These are averages, but certain towns showed much more shocking results.
Bell California’s only local paper closed in the early 1990s. In 1993 Bell hired a town manager at a starting salary of about $70,000.
By 2010, the same town manager was making over $785,000 per year, owned a waterfront mansion in town, and a ten-acre horse ranch outside Seattle.
The Bell Police Chief was earning more than $450,000 per year in the town of 37,000 residents. He earned 50% more than the Police Chief of Los Angeles, the closest major city to Bell, with a 2010 population of 3.8 million residents.
The study found that newspaper closures led to a decrease in local government efficiency even where overall economic conditions improved. The economic conditions of the area had nothing to do with the newspaper closures.
Closures were distributed relatively evenly from 1996-2015 as well as across economic recessions and expansions, geographic regions, and red versus blue states.
3. Political Engagement Dies With the Newspapers.The study found that having more than two local papers was important for good government. It kept politics competitive by ensuring ideological diversity in the views expressed by the local news.
Similar results were observed whenever an area with three or fewer newspapers had one close down.
The government got worse in towns reduced to two, one or, zero local newspapers.
This seems to be because people participated less in local elections. As a result, politicians spent less money campaigning which carried over to less engaged town officials in general. This also correlated to less federal money being brought back to the municipality by local politicians active in lobbying the feds for handouts.
You could debate whether these effects are net positive or negative… As an outsider, I am happy to see less of my federal tax dollars go to random little towns. Lower spending on campaigns also seems like a good thing.
But when it comes to less civic engagement, this likely only exacerbates the problem with less efficient government. It makes it that much easier for politicians to hire more friends, pay them more, and raise taxes.
4. The Further You Live From Your Government, The Worse It Is. Newspaper Closures Compound This Problem.
[T]he relative distance between a state’s economic and political centers is a useful measure of the quality of public governance in that state, with longer distances being associated with lower quality governance. The marginal effect of external monitoring on governance quality is likely to be stronger in states with low quality governance.Translation: if you have a really crappy government, local newspapers will improve it more than they could improve a decent government.
The study calls states where the seat of government is far removed from the seat of economics “high isolation states.”
In contrast, in “low isolation states”–where most of the population lives in economic hotspots close to the seat of government–governments improve.
[T]he distance between a state’s economic and political centers is a useful measure of the quality of public governance and accountability in the state. Governments face less scrutiny by citizens and the media when the distance between these centers is large, and Campante and Do (2014) show that the quality of governance is worse as a result.Newspaper closures negatively affect both high isolation and low isolation states. But they affect the high isolation states worse. “This indicates that local newspapers are especially important in states that already have low quality governance.”
Newspapers can help people keep control of a government from which they are isolated. Living close to your government officials also seems to help keep them in check, but the best scenario is living close by and having a local newspaper vet the politicians.
5. Local Bond Yields Increase, Costing More To Finance Government Debt.The major focus of the study was on the borrowing costs to local government. The study found that the interest rate towns and counties pay on their debt increased as local newspapers died. This means that debt costs towns, and therefore taxpayers, more when there is no local newspaper to scrutinize the public finances. This is because purchasers of those bonds–the people financing the debt–have less information about the stability of the local government, and are therefore taking on more risk when they lend them money.
Specifically, we find that the average offering yield for bonds issued in Closure counties during the pre-closure period is 4.047%, which is 1.5 basis points lower than the average offering yield from the matched control group (4.062%). In the post-closure period, we find that the average offering yield for bonds issued in Closure counties is 3.556%, which is 3.0 basis points higher than the average offering yield for the matched control group (3.526%).Translation: towns where newspapers would close–but had not yet shut down–were actually paying a better rate compared the control group. After the closures, those same towns paid a higher rate than the control group.
A local newspaper provides an ideal monitoring agent for these revenue-generating projects, as mismanaged projects can be exposed by investigative reporters employed by the local newspaper. When a newspaper closes, this monitoring mechanism also ceases to exist, leading to a greater risk that the cash flows generated by these projects will be mismanaged.The study also concludes that the cost of debt increases even more in “high isolation states”–where people live further from the seat of government power. So what we see is that a high isolation state starts with a worse government, which gets even crappier when the local newspaper shuts down, which makes the interest rates increase even more than in “low isolation states,” with a closer, better government.
While newspaper closures increase the cost of debt for both types of local governments:
the effect is much stronger in high isolation states. In particular, following a newspaper closure, yields in low isolation states increase by 5.5 basis points, while those in high isolation states increase by 12.3 basis points, for a difference of 6.8 basis points that is significant at the 5% level. This evidence supports our hypothesis that newspaper closures lead to worse public finance outcomes in states with low quality governance. We also find evidence that yields are slightly higher in high isolation states (2.2 basis points), suggesting that states with low quality governance generally have higher borrowing costs, even without accounting for newspaper closures… [emphasis added]
6. Online News Sources Have Not Effectively Replaced Print Sources of Local NewsThe study indicated that these negative effects of local newspapers closing were not inevitable. If a replacement to the local newspaper is better at investigating the government, it could have a positive effect on local government efficiency and bond prices.
Clearly, Craigslist was a better alternative for job listings and classified ads. But what can replace the political vetting which newspapers do?
Unfortunately, it seems that an effective replacement for regulating local government has not yet arrived.
The study compared high versus low internet usage in areas where a print paper closed. They used this as a general indicator of whether or not residents were more likely to replace print news sources with online news sources.
[T]he closure of a local newspaper creates a local information vacuum. Moreover, it is unlikely that such a vacuum can be easily filled by other sources of media. First, local issues are not topical enough for the national news media, which faces a much broader audience. Second, non-traditional media outlets, which are primarily online, have not sufficiently filled the investigative journalism gap that has resulted from newspaper closures (Waldman (2011)). Instead, these non-traditional outlets have primarily been in the business of content dissemination rate.That means that the replacements don’t do deep digging, they just pump out stories with information aggregated from other online sources.
To touch back on the example of Bell, California, the closest local tv stations were in Los Angeles and rarely covered Bell.
Where There are Problems, There are Opportunities.
What this says to me is that someone is about to cash-in when they serve consumers a solution to this problem.
Perhaps the issue is convenience. Local newspapers get delivered to your door. They don’t have to compete with much else–just some catalogs and mail. But online, local sources need to get YOU to go to THEM. Even if they get the opportunity to throw a digital newspaper at your e-mail address, it has to compete with spam, your friends, work, and national news.
One alternative that comes to mind–admittedly because I have a vested interest in the company–is BadMirror.tv.
This is an online tv viewing experience, and anyone can add videos from YouTube or Vimeo.
In my area, there are videos on BadMirror from a resident who has covered topics like corruption in a local church, cleanliness issues at a downtown restaurant, and a proposed ordinance to ban skateboarding on city sidewalks. This seems like a great opportunity for someone like him to dig deep into local politics and expand his following.
It is now easy to watch videos from the internet on your television, so BadMirror is just like another station to flip on in the background. You can keep it on the news channel, or let it play interspersed with videos of local musicians, restaurant reviews, and upcoming local events.
The platform has only recently launched, but in the future, they plan to pay content creators based on how popular their content is. But all content is only shown locally until it gets enough likes and views to expand into a larger region. That means that locally relevant content is more likely to get an initial boost in popularity.
And while local newspapers had trouble with funding, an innovative independent investigative reporter has much less overhead. Combing something like BadMirror with a blog might be a viable business model for a local journalist. A few big stories a year would drive big waves of traffic to the blog, while daily aggregating could make sure people keep coming back. Adding video summaries of the local news to BadMirror helps find the local audience.
Of course, take my words with a grain of salt; I want to see BadMirror continue to grow, and solve problems that neither the internet at large or fading businesses like newspapers can tackle.
But far be it from me to end an article without offering a solution!
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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Pierre Trudeau was a trained Jesuit, Margaret Sinclair is from the original bloodline from the founding Scottish Freemasons, they were paired up for that reason, Margaret was an MK-ULTRA 'sex beta ' , after Margaret returned to Daddy Trudeau she had a 'nervous breakdown ', Pierre sent her to the psychiatric hospital in Montreal and was re-programmed by a CIA trained doctor who happened to be Mila Mulroneys father .
Everyone needs to search "Kathy Obrien" on youtube.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018
The Speakers Action Group presented Melanie Phillips at Bennett Jones Law Offices with her talk entitled “The World Turned Upside Down: The Role of the Media”. Melanie Phillips has made a career of not bowing to the will of the public on controversial issues. Her new book, Guardian Angel: My Journey from Leftism to Sanity, chronicles her experience being “excommunicated” from the mainstream progressive movement while working for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Her staunch independence and refusal to play party politics have put her at the center of some of Britain’s most important debates from immigration to Brexit. Experience this “lunch and learn” with one of the UK’s most important political commentators in an intimate setting.
00:00 - 02:11 - Introduction by Rick Orzy, Bennett Jones
02:12 - 04:54 - Introduction by Daniel Bordman, Speakers Action Group
04:54 - 53:30 - Melanie Phillips, main lecture
53:31 - 01:23:14 - Q&A
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
In an editorial Sunday, the board condemns the promotion of abstinence among teens by the current Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The reproach is delivered without one word about the scientific fact that the only certain way young teens can avoid having to deal with the unfortunate situations of an unplanned pregnancy or being infected with an STD is to not have sex.
“The administration is promoting a ‘just say no’ approach” and is ‘poised to shift Title X family planning dollars … toward programs that advocate abstinence outside of marriage,” says the editorial board, sure that only horrific outcomes will ensue from encouraging young people to delay sex until they are older, have completed school, and have met someone special.
“The administration’s approach defies all common sense,” the editors write, claiming there is no evidence that teaching young people to make healthy decisions about sex will reduce teen pregnancies or STDs.
The Times continues that comprehensive sex education (CSE) programs of the sort promoted by the Obama administration are the reason why teen pregnancy has declined in the United States in recent years.
A senior HHS official, however, recently told Breitbart News that this narrative is not supported by research data from the federal government itself.
A 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex, an increase of 28 percent since 1991. This data complements research that also shows a historic drop in teen pregnancy rates since 1991.
Yet, despite this scientific data that was produced during his own tenure, in his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, former President Barack Obama eliminated funding in his administration’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) for sex education programs that focus on reinforcing the healthy decision to delay sex made by many adolescents. His administration proposed only funding CSE programs, which assume all middle school children need to know where to get the morning-after pill and how to use a condom.
“The previous administration tried an approach that just didn’t work,” the HHS official said. “And our commitment requires that we change that approach.”
An HHS document points to 37 evaluations of TPP programs performed for grant applications to fund the programs.
“Overall, of the 37 funded and evaluated projects, 73% either had no impact or had a negative impact on teen behavior, with some teens more likely to begin having sex, to engage in unprotected sex, or to become pregnant,” HHS explained. “Very few positive results were sustained over time.”
Additionally, as CDC has also observed, while teen sex and pregnancy rates are at record lows, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at record highs. HHS said sex education, therefore, “should be centered on science in the promotion of optimal health outcomes.”
“If we know that more teens are waiting to have sex today than 25 years ago, then shouldn’t we be reinforcing those healthy decisions and building upon that?” HHS asked. “Similarly, we know that teen pregnancy rates have decreased and yet sexually transmitted diseases and infection have increased to record levels. There’s something going on there, and we need to learn what it is and to make sure we make some amendments to the messages we’re communicating, because we can’t be satisfied with those numbers.”
The Times editors, however, are more concerned about keeping up appearances at places like the U.N., where, they gasp, Trump administration officials have been heard referring to the United States as a “pro-life nation.”
The editorial board further condemns what it calls Trump officials engaging in “savvy rebranding” of teen sex ed programs by using “innocuous sounding terms like ‘sexual risk avoidance’ and ‘healthy relationships.’” The editors do not apparently take offense, however, at the abortion industry’s attempt to smooth over the elective ending of an unborn child’s life by defining the procedure as “women’s health care.”
Many parents throughout the United States say they have had “enough,” in fact, of the “pornographic” and “gender-bending” sex education curricula taught by organizations like Planned Parenthood – which profits from abortion and also boasts that it educates students about how to have “LGBT-inclusive sex”:
We're working w/@sexedhonestly @SIECUS @AdvocatesTweets @GLSEN & @HRC to call for LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed:https://t.co/cJksxIba4I #EqualSexEd“We are disgusted that our taxpayer money is going to teach children how to question their gender, perform anal and oral sex, and masturbate,” said Elizabeth Johnston, the “Activist Mommy,” who led an international “Sex Ed Sit Out” in April.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) December 2, 2015
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) December 2, 2015
Planned Parenthood’s ideas about sex education have been exposed on other occasions.
Pro-life organization Live Action produced a video in 2014 that highlighted the abortion vendor’s normalization of Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism (BDSM) for young people.
More recently, Planned Parenthood itself released a video titled How to Tell Someone You Have an STD, in which the group minimizes the significance of sexually transmitted disease.
“So, you’ve got an STD,” the video’s narrator nods casually. “Guess what? So do lots of other people. Half of all people will get an STD at some point in their life. Seriously. Not kidding – half. It’s OK.”
For the New York Times editors, however, teaching young people to delay sex until they are older and might have better judgment about relationships is “anti-science” and more.
Such education “keeps all people who are subjected to it in the dark about critical aspects of their health, and treats a normal part of life — sexuality, and women’s sexuality in particular — as aberrant and shameful,” they say.
“Science,” however, is not pro-sex or pro-abortion. And encouraging young teens to respect themselves and their bodies – and to view their sexuality as a special part of who they are – does not equate to teaching sex is abnormal, “aberrant,” or “shameful.”
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Sweden: 88 Per Cent of Gang Rapists Have a Migrant Background, Perpetrators have a “distorted view of sexuality”
A study by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has found that 88 per cent of gang rapists in the Scandinavian country over the last six years have had a migrant background.
The investigation looked into 58 court cases involving convicted gang rapists since July 2012.
82 of the 112 convicted gang rapists were born outside of Europe, while just 13 had two Swedish parents, meaning that 88 per cent had a migrant background of some sort.
25 of the culprits were from Afghanistan, 9 from Iraq and 7 from Somalia.
The study also found that the victim’s median age was just 15-years-old, with most perpetrators being aged between 15 and 20 years old.
The number of gang rape convictions has more than doubled in four years, with Aftonbladet explaining that perpetrators have a “distorted view of sexuality” which leads them to mistreat women.
Last month, it was reported that a Swedish woman who had campaigned in favor of migrants and refugees was brutally gang raped by two Afghan migrants whom she agreed to follow back to their asylum center after a night out.
A private study of 4,142 rulings regarding sex-related crimes passed by 40 Swedish courts between 2012 and 2014 found that 95.6% of rapes were committed by men of foreign descent.
Two out of three rapes with aggravating circumstances were committed by newly arrived migrants or approved asylum seekers. Official crime statistics show that reported rapes have increased 34% in the last 10 years.
With national elections coming up in September, the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats are polling number one amongst people aged 18-34.
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Monday, May 7, 2018
This is an excellent short video explaining the source and nature of Cultural Marxist movements like political correctness, modern feminism, pansexualism, multiculturalism, "whiteness studies," etc. For an in-depth critique of the thinkers whose writings shaped Cultural Marxism, see Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left by the eminent British philosopher Roger Scruton. Scruton brilliantly exposes the pretensions, obscurities, and inanities of Sartre, Foucault, Galbraith, Marcuse, Lukacs, Habermas, Adorno, Rawls, Dworkin and others of their ilk. The book is not just a philosophical tract but a work in critical political economy and contains one of the most penetrating discussions of the Marxist labor theory of value that I have ever read.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Canada’s southern border is being invaded by illegal migrants!
In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a tweet, welcoming the world’s self-professed refugees to Canada. In the first 12 months that followed Trudeau’s invitation, Canadian officials processed over fifty thousand illegals, meaning there are now more people seeking asylum illegally than legally in the country. And, during that same period of 12 months, Canada’s federal officers, the RCMP intercepted over twenty thousand people who simply, illegally walked across the border. Meantime, already this year, over 6,300 illegal border jumpers have arrived in Canada this way.
The main illegal port of entry across Roxham Rd, between New York and Quebec, is a location I’ve been reporting on for over year but nothing could prepare me for what I saw during my trip to the border this week...
The most jarring discovery of my latest trip to the border was the increase in sheer numbers of illegals entering Canada!
Once upon a time, taxi sedans would bring illegals from the nearby bus station in Pkattsburg NY to the border crossing in Champlain, but now, shuttle busses drove in their stead, to accommodate the illegal influx. At certain parts of the day, there would be unadulterated periods of 20 to 30 minutes where a non-stop flow of migrants would arrive, with an average of 20 migrants arriving per cohort. This time, the majority of migrants said they hailed from Nigeria, while others cited Zimbabwe, Haiti, Kenya, and even one man in a suit from Jordan. And the migrant flow doesn’t stop at sunset; rather, Canada’s illegal revolving back door continues to spin into the middle of the night.
Watch as I share exclusive footage of the 24 hour illegal migrant railroad into Canada’s welfare state and announce an action plan for immigration patriots who demand #BorderActionNow!
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
English | March 25, 2014 | ASIN: B00J8SWIRS | MP3 | 10 hrs 14 mins | 292 MB
EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots is a harrowing story of survival after the destruction of the electric grid and nearly every electronic device in the country.
Jonathan Hollerman paints a vivid and disturbing picture of society falling apart after an Electromagnetic Pulse attack against our nation.
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