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7 More Countries From Which Trump Wants to Ban Immigrants and Visitors

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The Trump administration continues to chip away at America's immigration system. Its 2017 order banning travel to the U.S. from several Middle Eastern countries will once again face challenges in federal court this week, but President Donald Trump and company nonetheless plan to expand the ban to more countries.

The administration is reportedly looking to expand the ban to people coming from four African countries (Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania), two former Soviet republics (Belarus and Kyrgyzstan), and Myanmar.

"We're adding a couple of countries to it," Trump told reporters last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, adding that the announcement would coincide with the three-year anniversary of the original ban.

Few details are certain about how these new travel bans would apply. But experts are already criticizing the move, especially its application to Myanmar and Nigeria.

"Why? What's the rationale for this?" asked Rosaire Ifedi, a Nigerian immigrant and an education professor at Ohio's Ashland University, on WOSU. "Nigeria has been a friend with the United States, Nigeria is a partner with the United States in fighting terrorism and everything you can think of."

"Some of the countries [on the new list] are known for having high visa overstay rates," notes NPR, "but some of these countries also send many students to American colleges and universities, particularly historically black colleges and universities."

"Continued engagement with the Myanmar government is critical for the United States to have an answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative," argues Daniel O'Connor at The Diplomat. "By implementing this travel ban, the Trump administration would push Myanmar—a country looking to leverage its natural resources to drive exports—into a monopsony market, with China as the sole buyer."

At Forbes, Stuart Anderson explores how the initial travel ban has hampered reunification of families:

The administration's travel ban caused the number of Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens—the spouses, children and parents of Americans—who received permanent residence in America from the five majority-Muslim countries (Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Syria) to decline by 69% between FY 2016 and FY 2018, according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis….In all, 10,544 fewer spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens from these five countries were admitted to America in FY 2018, after the ban went into effect, compared to FY 2016….

The story is similar for Americans wishing to sponsor an adult child or sibling, or a lawful permanent resident sponsoring a spouse, child or unmarried adult child, from the five countries. Between FY 2016 and FY 2018, immigrants in family-sponsored preference categories decreased by 3,703, or 91%, from Yemen, by 72% from Iran, by 35% from Libya, by 37% from Somalia, and by 62% from Syria.

The Trump administration can show little evidence "that preventing American citizens from living with a spouse, child or other close relative improves safety in America," Anderson adds.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit will consider three lawsuits claiming the original ban—which applied to people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—is rooted in anti-Muslim bias. The plaintiffs come from families of people forbidden from entry into the U.S. They are not currently seeking a ruling on the merits of that claim per se; right now the issue is whether their cases can move forward to the legal discovery phase.

The Justice Department argues that the Supreme Court's 2018 ruling on the matter—which said the original ban could be credibly tied to national security, at least for five of the countries—should be the final word.


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Reporter suspended for Kobe Bryant tweet. Basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and several others were killed yesterday in a helicopter crash. When news of Bryant's death broke, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez tweeted a link to a story about Bryant being accused of rape. "Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling," she subsequently said.

The Post responded by suspending Sonmez. A spokesperson said the Post is looking into whether she violated the paper's social media policy by sharing a screenshot of the critical emails she was getting.


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  1. Bring on the corona virus!

      1. You are just upset I got the top spot.

        1. I don’t know what you mean.

        2. Fist is okay with a #2 if he gets to go first.

          1. I don’t know what you mean.

    1. Hello.

      “….The Trump administration can show little evidence “that preventing American citizens from living with a spouse, child or other close relative improves safety in America,” Anderson adds.”

      What’s evidence got to do with it?

      /looks over at impeachment assholes.

      1. Did someone overhear a phone conversation or something?

        1. Someone said they talked to someone who saw a notepad.

    2. Cool map of where the coronavirus has spread in China so far.

      Looks like many provinces are now in about the same situation re confirmed cases Hubei province was about 10 days ago. And the rest of the world is where Hubei province was three weeks ago.

  2. Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling,” she subsequently said.
    Robbie should have told her that reality is now problematic.

  3. Reporter suspended for Kobe Bryant tweet.

    When the #MeToo meets sports idolatry.

    1. Social Justice Squad: attack!!!

    2. Hey, everyone can be rehabilitated. Until they get nominated for the Supreme Court.

      1. I saw that. Hilarious. More proof that progtards are the real racists.

        1. She confused the New York Kniggerbockers with the Los Angeles Lakers. Easy mistake.

          1. They’re phonetically identitical!

      2. That’s Kneeckros.

      3. Wow.
        That’s really bad

  4. OMG! Orange Hitler may not have built a literal wall. But he’s still finding ways to prevent highly skilled doctors and engineers from coming to the US.

    By turning back caravans, Mexico is acting as Trump’s border wall, critics say

    Totally unacceptable. How is Charles Koch supposed to prosper if his preferred labor pool isn’t allowed in the country?

    #NoBanNoWall
    #(NotEvenAFigurativeOne)

    1. Remember when he said Mexico would pay for it?

      1. Well, yeah, I suppose alt-right white nationalists are enjoying this temporary victory.

        But the Koch / Reason open borders agenda will ultimately win.

        1. “But the June deal did not include additional support.”

          Something something better to fight them over there than here

      2. unreason has assured me that illegal Mexicans inside the USA pay more in US taxes than they use.

        So Mexicans are paying for the US Border wall.

        1. Goddamn Mexicans with their smelly food I don’t understand.

          1. New sock trolls are so funny.

      3. How many troops has Mexico deployed to their border?

        Mexico has been doing more than I expected them to do. I’m fine with us building a wall on their southern border. Win-win.

    2. Central America is full of chemical engineers who want to work at his refineries? Who knew?

      1. Central America is full of chemical engineers who want to work for low wages at his refineries.

      2. What’s your explanation for Mr. Koch’s enthusiasm for immigration — that he wants to import unskilled peasants who will work for minimum wage or less? Don’t be silly.

    3. For all the trouble they’ve been I’m surprised trump didn’t add the Ukraine to the list.

    4. #WontSomeoneThinkOfCharlesKoch

  5. John Bolton’s book about his time in the Trump administration is scheduled for a March 17 release. The manuscript has already been leaked…

    READ THE MANUSCRIPT

    1. It’s weird how Bolton chose the same publisher as Comey and the pre orders went on sale just 20 minutes after the “leak.” It is cute though that Bolton is attempting to blame the NSC.

      The most hilarious thing about this is the people who have hated Bolton for 2 decades are now decrying his honesty and trustworthiness.

      1. Mr.’Bomb them All!’

      2. +100000

        I would cite all the unreason articles about Bolton being brought on by Trump and Bolton never got his war-mongering way, then unreason and the Lefties find Bolton a reputable guy now that he might say something bad about Orange Man.

        1. …but we all know about unreason and the Propaganda. No links needed.

        2. Where has Reason said that Bolton is reputable?

          1. What Would John Bolton Say About Trump’s Ukraine Policy?
            If I were Trump, I would not want to find out.

            Jacob Sullum | 12.16.2019 3:50 PM
            That does not necessarily mean Bolton has direct evidence of a quid pro quo, although his reference to “many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed” is certainly intriguing.
            […]

            See… I call unreputable people what they are.

            Boehm is unreputable.
            Shikha is unreputable.
            Bolton is unreputable.

            1. It seems that Sullum is saying that he might have something to add as a material witness. Not that he is “reputable” with respect to foreign policy. He was, after all, in meetings with Trump discussing Ukraine.

              Try harder, your “Orange Mag Bad” is showing.

              1. I don’t see how it could be politically viable to call Bolton as a witness, without allowing Trump’s defense to call a witness of THEIR choice. Likely Michael Atkinson. And that could be disastrous for the Democrats’ effort to leave Trump tainted.

                In the House they were able to create an evidentiary record carefully pruned of all exculpatory testimony. Even if a witness favorable to the prosecution gets called, cross examination by Trump’s defense team is likely to expose things the House managers don’t want heard.

                So I continue to predict there will be no witnesses. Neither party’s establishment will see it in their interest.

            2. “Disreputable” is the proper term, not “unreputable”.

              1. Theyre way worse than disreputable people.

      3. “The most hilarious thing about this is the people who have hated Bolton for 2 decades are now decrying his honesty and trustworthiness.”

        Like Trump?

        1. To be fair, Trump kinda hates everyone.

        2. Who’s hated Trump for two decades that’s now sticking up for him?

          You’re just pissed because Bulworth turned out to be a Republican instead of a Democrat.

        3. Who here is saying trump is completely honest Jeff? He is as honest as any politician. But you seem to raise other politicians above him for some reason. It’s why some of us look at the primary sources, concurring evidence like Sondlands texts, and ignore the hearsay and supposition.

          1. Why ya talkin’ to someone who’s not there, JesseSpaz.

      4. It was a foregone conclusion you’d come up with some reason to not believe anything that goes against your Trump boner. So you’re going with Bolton ain’t credible.

        1. Bolton ain’t credible.

          1. Neither is The Hulk, but he seems to do ok.

          2. Maybe not, but the leaks from his book merit calling the four witnesses the Democrats have been asking for.

            1. the leaks from his book merit calling the four witnesses the Democrats have been asking for.

              Maybe they should have called them during the House investigation, where they had total control? Seems politically short-sighted to rely on their opposition to call witness they themselves didn’t call.

              Can I put you down as “Bolton’s assertions that Iraq had WMD’s justified having the army go look?”

              What’s your opinion of Bolton’s role in Iran-Contra?

        2. Thanks for proving my point, mortgage-welsher.

          1. Is that like a Matt Welch joke? You’re trying too hard.

            1. Try harder, Mary.

        3. I dont believe anything a long term politician says. I’ve based by assumptions on Sondlands concurrent texts and the Ukraine transcript.

          On top of that my belief is nothing criminal or abusive was said during the call since I believe Biden, like most politicians, uses his office for personal gain.

          The only people changing their standards here are Democrats and never trumpers.

  6. … a seasoned public servant …
    Someone sucking at the public teat his whole life.

    1. Yeah, why is is this insulting euphemism still in use? It blows my mind that a supposedly libertarian publication actually has any regard for public institutions and the parasites who run them.

  7. More bad economic news.

    Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch has already lost $999,000,000 this year.

    So don’t complain when Reason runs 5 pieces today denouncing Drumpf’s tariffs.

    #DrumpfRecession
    #HowLongMustCharlesKochSuffer?

    1. Koch needs better financial advisers. Fredo, er Hunter Biden is available and knows how to make money in down times.

      1. Chris Cuomo is Fredo, Hunter Biden is more like the drunken piece of shit father from Angela’s Ashes.

  8. “Nigeria has been a friend with the United States, Nigeria is a partner with the United States in fighting terrorism and everything you can think of.”

    “And Nigeria is ready to transfer $52 million in funds currently sitting idle in an unknown royal estate if the United States would be willing to share its bank account credentials.”

    1. Make that $52 trillion, and maybe we’ll talk.

  9. 2019 North Carolina special election results

    Better late than never. Here are the 2019 North Carolina Special Election result from House District 9 where a Republican was accused of election fraud and then another Republican won. Then the same Board of Elections was in the news again for threatening arrest for those in the audience who wanted to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

    BTW: NC has a lot of GOP control, not a Blue state like Democrats would have you believe.

  10. The administration is reportedly looking to expand the ban to people coming from four African countries…

    Muslim ban no more.

    1. Did you notice Reasons open appeal to emotion to allow for chain migration?

      1. Trump would be wrong to appeal to emotion (fear) to support his travel bans though, right?

        1. Sure. Which is why o never use his fear talking points in my arguments for the border. You create strange strawmen arguments Leo.

      2. Are you not part of a chain going back an immigrant, JesseSpaz?

        1. No, I’m not sqrsly. My family came here on an individualized visa. I still have family in the various countries my family traces back to. We did not move everyone related to us here based on a single visa.

          You’re quite ignorant of general precedent.

          1. You dumbshit. That makes you part of a chain.

            1. He just explained how it doesn’t. You’re not very good at this.

              1. His explanation was stoopid.

                1. It isn’t. It’s just beyond your comprehension.

          2. “My family came here on an individualized visa. I still have family in the various countries my family traces back to. We did not move everyone related to us here based on a single visa.“

            Lucky you.

            Mine did not fare so well in home country status. Mostly murdered. From there came a few survivors and yet a new generation.

            You had good fortune. Pass it on.

    2. It never was a Muslim ban.

      Next Reason is going to be telling us that it’s vicious prejudice to bar entry of people traveling from plague zones.

      1. They already did that during the Ebola outbreak scare some years ago.

      2. I believe they did that when there were restrictions on travel from countries with ebola outbreaks in 2016. So no need to wait, already been done.

      3. You’re wrong. Trump originally called the plan a “Muslim Ban”, and has since then conflated the travel ban with a ban on all muslims numerous times.

        https://www.cato.org/blog/dozen-times-trump-equated-travel-ban-muslim-ban

        1. The actual travel ban bans people who aren’t Muslims from traveling from those countries, and is wildly under-inclusive when it comes to covering Muslim majority countries. It is not by any rational standard a “Muslim” ban, and IIRC, even the court rulings against it would have allowed it if a different President had ordered it.

          1. Tell all that to Trump, who originally called it a “muslim ban” and keeps equating it with a muslim ban.

            1. Do you believe what Trump says?

              1. “Trump lies all the time. Except for this one time.”

        2. Why does Cato’s article link those original statements to youtube videos that are private and can’t be viewed?

      4. Meaning, there was no press announcement stating, “We Want to Make This Very Explicit: This is a Muslim Ban.”

        1. Meaning, Trump got legal advice saying, “You can’t do that.”, and went off and did something else instead.

      5. Pedo Jeffy certainly will.

  11. Today’s the day! National #SchoolChoiceWeek 2020 officially begins…

    In the middle of the school year? Bad planning.

    1. It’s when parents generally apply to schools for next year.

    2. It’s never a bad time to take your kids out public schools. Having a child in public school should be considered a medical emergency.

  12. Schiff says he has no regrets about embellishing Trump phone call with Ukraine

    Schiff, 49, admitted to making up a dramatized version of the call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump and claimed that he “meant to be at least part in parody.”

    At least one Democrat will finally admit this House Impeachment is a joke. Dismiss the Impeachment like the joke that it is.

    1. READ THE MANUSCRIPT

      1. You misspelled ‘manifesto’.

    2. LOL

      Putin’s Puppet is now intimately involved in the two biggest scandals in world history — #TrumpRussia and #TrumpUkraine. Either one by itself should warrant removal from office.

      #ImpeachAndRemove

      1. Either one by itself should warrant removal from office.

        And yet, so far, no one at all has begun the process to remove Schiff.

    3. Schiff is only 49? Yikes. Ugly, and aging poorly. And a toddler could snap that pencil neck of his.

      He could at least distinguish himself by not being a huge lying piece of shit too, but no.

  13. “John Bolton’s book about his time in the Trump administration is scheduled for a March 17 release. The manuscript has already been leaked to The New York Times.”

    I’m sure it’s a total coincidence the leak just so happened to occur hours before the book’s pre-orders were available.

    1. 25 minutes, not hours.

    2. So, what? Nice sidestepping of whether the book is telling the truth or not.

  14. When news of Bryant’s death broke, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez tweeted a link to a story about Bryant being accused of rape

    White women journalismists are the worst.

    1. Since when do chicks know about important stuff like sports, amirght?

        1. Naker please.

    2. She wasn’t the only one. There were a lot of folks in the Woke Brigades calling Kobe a rapist on Twatter yesterday. I can’t wait until OJ bites it just to see how the Blue Checkmarks react.

      Tragic incident, but I had a hard time getting all that worked up about it like some people were doing.

  15. Meet the Latina hoping to do in Texas what Beto O’Rourke failed to do

    HAHAHA. Lefties are so stupid. Ted Cruz is ALSO Hispanic. If two Hispanic politicians are running then voters pick between Party and/or political positions.

    1. The whole point of Beto getting pimped by the national media was that he was supposed to be able to have greater appeal to the red counties north of the Nueces and into west Texas.

      The fact that she hates white people isn’t going to appeal to anyone other than the usual suspects in the state.

  16. but some of these countries also send many students to American colleges and universities, particularly historically black colleges and universities

    The extent to which the MSM will make everything about race is staggering.

    And gross.

    1. Skin color is the most important thing.

      1. Nope.
        You are hopelessly out of date.
        You missed sex/gender passing race, and trans passing sex/gender.

        1. I’m so old it isn’t funny anymore.

        2. What about skin transplants?

          1. Denying color changes to children might make them kill themselves.

        3. Me too. Who cares. After long enough I don’t care about your skin color, where you were born, what religion you are are or not, your SAT score, your sex life. I could care less.

          Now, we working together or not here?

    2. Belarus, Khazakstan, and Myanmar are sending lots of students to historically black colleges? Where are they sourcing these students from? Or have those colleges relaxed their minimum melanin threshold standards?

      1. minimum melanin threshold standards

        Watch for this headline: DNA Testing Reveals State Might Have Executed A White Man

    3. Ah yes. The people noticing that nearly every action the Trump administration takes seems to negatively affect people who aren’t white are the racists. Not Steven Miller, who sets his priorities to deporting Vietnam war refugees, purposefully being cruel to Mexican children, and other existential threats.

      https://thehill.com/latino/393000-hhs-official-says-family-separation-policy-will-have-deterrence-effect

      1. Well shit Pedo Jeffy, they might even start deporting your favorite people. The illegals who rape children.

    4. The extent to which the MSM will make everything about race is staggering.

      And in such an empty, knee-jerk way.

      “Historically Black Colleges” are supposed to be good things because they are focused on educating historically disenfranchised American blacks who suffer legacy effects of slavery.

      What does that have to do with educating Nigerian immigrants? Other, of course, than the coincidence of skin color?

      If HBCs fill up entirely with African immigrants, is that supposed to make American blacks feel like the “team” is doing better, so it’s all good?

      1. Good then! Trump’s action will free up more spaces at historically black colleges for African-Americans, allowing more of them to attain college educations and thereby fight racism and White Supremacy!

  17. Kobe Bryant is the reason I stopped caring about professional basketball–and I’m not the only one.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_NBA_Finals#Aftermath

    It was during the 2004 finals, specifically. There was no reason why the Lakers shouldn’t have beaten the crap out of Detroit to win that championship–except that Kobe Bryant’s personal beef with Shaq over the course of the series was such that Kobe refuse to pass the ball to Shaq.

    It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. The most dominant player in the NBA is open under the basket, and Kobe Bryant refuse to pass him the ball over and over and over again. Detroit stopped covering Shaq when Kobe had the ball. I’ve never seen anything like it–before or sense. And neither had Phil Jackson–who retired from coaching over the incident (the season after the next he came back).

    Meanwhile, there I am, watching Kobe thrown the championship out of spite because of some things Shaq said about him (which were true). After game 1, I’m thinking, “Do I care more about whether Kobe wins than he does?” After they lost the championship, I started thinking, “If the players don’t care about whether they win the championship, why should I care whether they win at all?”

    It’s because of Kobe Bryant.

    Q: What’s worse than throwing a game because of gambling?

    A: Throwing a championship out of spite.

    The reason they’ll put Kobe in the Basketball Hall of Fame is the same reason why I don’t give a shit about professional basketball.

    P.S. There isn’t a superstar in the NHL who would have gotten away with Kobe’s prima donna routine–either from his teammates or the team’s fans.

    1. Plus, he was a rapist.

      1. Word around the campfire had it that it was more complicated–but not much. The rumor at the time was that the victim may have consented to something a little more biblical and a little less . . . um . . . Sodom and Gomorrah. No, just because she says “yes” to one thing doesn’t necessarily mean she said yes to anything and everything you want to do forever, and as soon as she says no, well, that means no. And calling her a dirty little whore for saying yes to the first thing doesn’t change that calculation in the least.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeMeDihwyrg

        1. Those points are all true, but the initial consent makes proving a crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt that much more difficult.

          1. I understand there may have been witnesses.

            Regardless, you can color me unimpressed with Kobe’s behavior.

            1. Her outcry to her coworker about 30 minutes post the alleged assault, made me think this wasn’t a money grab. How Ken laid it out was my suspicion about what actually happened.

              His people sure made her out to be a crazy slut though.

            2. My point was not to condone whatever he did, just say that the circumstances made it very difficult to prove that a crime occurred.

        2. Ken, come on now. We all know that no means yes, and yes means anal.

      2. I read Kobe’s statement that preceded paying the girl off for the first time Sunday. Does not sound like the comments of an innocent man. He says something to the effect of “I can see from her standpoint how she may not have viewed it as consensual”. If I am innocent of rape I am saying “this was consensual”.

        1. The statement was part of the settlement. If you say “What do I gotta say to just make this all disappear?” and I give you that statement, you make it and go on with your life.

    2. Still not the worst thing kobe ever did. He released a single with Tyra Banks singing the hook.

    3. He couldn’t get along with someone he worked with. It happens. Basketball is such an individually driven team sport, a lot of its greatest stars have been difficult to play with and not gotten along with their teammates. Oscar Robertson is on any serious top ten players of all time list. Robertson was as close to a perfect technical player as there ever has been and likely ever will be. He was traded at the height of his career because he couldn’t suffer fools and the teams couldn’t stand him. That is just one example of many.

      And Kobe’s beef with Shaq was partially legit. Kobe saw Shaq as lazy and someone who didn’t take the game seriously enough and got by on his physical gifts. Bryant was always a complete maniac worker. And he was absolutely right about that. The reason Kobe was pissed was the Lakers had been run out of the gym the previous year by the Spurs. And one of the reasons was Shaq was fat and out of shape during that series allowing Tim Duncan to run circles around him.

      1. He threw the championship.

        Shaq was the most dominant player in the paint, probably ever.

        Imagine if a quarterback repeatedly refused to throw to his receiver in the end zone–in the Super Bowl–over and over and over again, even after the other team stopped covering him.

        That’s Kobe Bryant.

        1. The back door rapist.

        2. Shaq did the same thing the year before by showing up out of shape. Shaq didn’t look too dominant in 2003. And Kobe didn’t throw the championship. They couldn’t get along and didn’t play well together at that point. They were both equally responsible.

        3. That is the problem with the NBA. So many of the stars of that league are narcissistic prima donnas, and the sports channels like ESPN love those types of personalities because they can play up soap opera type narratives. It is why ESPN pundit shows are largely unwatchable, especially during the NBA season. My personal interest in sports is not in how well it can imitate a “Real Housewives” show.

          1. Heck, look at the bitch fit Kawai Leonard pitched when he was on the Spurs. I’m injured. But no, you can’t send me to this doctor, or make me go through this rehab. He got into a snit with Popavich—who could teach lessons on cult behavior to Jim Jones—forced a trade, and ended up winning a title because he decided to give a shit again. Magically uninjured, this time.

            That, and the WWE-level officiating, and it’s hard for me to give a shit about basketball.

        4. Most dominant in the paint ever? More dominant than Jabber? Or Chamberlain? You lost whatever credibility you had about the NBA.

          1. He was pretty damned dominant. If he played with a bunch of pasty, rat white guys, he could have put up Wilt’s numbers too. Alcindor-Jabaar was just amazing, agreed, even before the skyhook.

            1. Shaq’s biggest issue was that he never really had an equal at his position after Olajuwon retired. He’s really the last of the classic big-man centers, starting with Mikan, that offenses would play the outside-in game to get him the ball.

              Once Hakeen retired, he didn’t have anyone equally good or better to measure himself against, like Wilt did with Russell, and so he was never motivated to get much better than the same playstyle he had going back to high school. He got away with it because he was so strong and agile, even after he started putting on weight.

          2. Throwing Jabber stones from your glass house? Calm down.

      2. Robertson was a unique case because he was so damn good and it came so natural, I think it was hard for him to understand how anyone couldn’t play as well as he did. Kareem mentioned in his autobiography how critical having him in Milwaukee was, because the team needed someone who could hold people accountable, and Kareem was still early enough in his career that he hadn’t gotten comfortable with taking on that role yet.

        1. Robertson was a true basketball genius. And you are right, he just couldn’t understand people who were not like him. Kobe was a bit like Robertson in that regard.

          I personally like guys who are hard asses and hold their teammates accountable. It is why LeBron James would not be on my all time starting five one team to play for my life team. It would be Robertson, Jordan, Kobe, Bird, and Russell. That would be one hell of a grim starting lineup but good luck beating them.

    4. I lost interest during the time when Allen Iverson was considered a star. It’s boring to watch a guy shoot the ball 30+ times a night and hit like 35% of his shots.

      1. The 90s and early 00s were a lousy time for basketball. The league over expanded and the teams and quality of play was not as good as it had been. It has gotten a lot better over the last 15 years thanks to the influx of foreign talent.

      2. Some people are mostly in sports for the money.

        Iverson has some good stats and he plays basketball to this day, so he enjoys the game. He just valued money and trouble over being a team player on a team sport.

  18. JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Sees Negative Interest Rates as a Great Experiment

    Yup. These are the morons running some banks.

    Why would anyone leave wealth in a bank that has interest rates guaranteed to lose money?

    This is what government bailouts and no financial moral hazard get you.

  19. FOUL UP Bungling BBC shows clip of LeBron James instead of Kobe Bryant on Ten O’Clock News report of his death

    To be fair, THEY all look alike.

    …Basketball players.

    I know what you were thinking, you racists!

    1. …ha ha… haha… Man you are quite humorous.

    2. My condolences to the others on that flight, Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.

  20. Cities Prepare for the Worst as Trump’s Food Stamp Cuts Near

    I expect unreason to do a Propaganda piece about how this is bad news, ’cause TDS.

    1. Oh noes! Able bodied adults now must get jobs if they want to eat. The horror.

      1. Wait! Where’s AOC whining about how cutting benefits to able-bodied childless people would have devastated her childhood?

  21. US Embassy dining hall in Baghdad hit by rocket, senior US official says

    I look forward to the unreason Propaganda piece where this is Trump’s fault.

    Obama is jealous that he only ordered the murder of an American man and his American son. Trump is blowing up Ukrainian airliners over Tehran and forcing the Iranians to launch tactical rockets from Iran into Iraq.

  22. “BREAKING: John Bolton’s book, “The Room Where it Happened,” is tentatively slated for release on March 17. The Amazon page just went live https://t.co/dZ1AkZDQ7x

    — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 27, 2020″

    It should be noted that John Bolton is a lying sack of shit, and the reason he had to settle for a recess appointment when Bush Jr. sent him to the UN is because a Republican controlled Senate refused to confirm Bolton–because he’s a lying sack of shit.

    When John Bolton was lying about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs and collaboration with Al Qaeda, he was a lying sack of shit, and he doesn’t become any more credible than he was before because he says something about Donald Trump that you like because it’s bad.

    1. This timeline rules. I never thought I’d see the day that liberal journalists would unironically pimp anything by Bolton as something to take seriously.

      1. They can’t even claim that the Republicans took him seriously!

        They refused to confirm him.

        That being said, the left generally does share his neoconservative foreign policy views–and they don’t care at all about his noble lies as a matter of principle. They think we shouldn’t have relationships with nasty dictators (like China and Russia) because they’re nasty dictators, and they don’t care at all about using lies to push their agenda. They certainly don’t object to using the coercive power of the state, the police, or the military to spread and implement their ideas.

        John Bolton and the left is a match made in heaven, and apparently all the shit they leveled at him in the aftermath of Iraq was mostly about using him as a proxy for the nominally Republican president he served under. Incidentally, if George W. Bush had run as a southern Democrat, the left would have loved him. From a neoconservative foreign policy to Bush’s expansion of Johnson’s Great Society, what’s for the left not to like about Bush?

        Abortion? Gay Marriage?

        Did he have any impact on those issues anyway?

        1. Ken, for most power-hungry or righteous people, when has lying in the name of the holy cause ever been a problem?

          1. When their lies are caught out like they were with Bolton.

            Wikilieaks still gives me hope that the age of the noble lie may be drawing to an end. The digitization of data makes it so easy to leak. Comey may find out eventually, but even if he doesn’t, much of what he did has been laid bare–and much of what he did was for fear that his underlings would leak the truth.

            I don’t think you could do what Bolton did in 2003 in 2023.

            1. Better access to accurate information may help those who seek the objective truth on which to base rational thinking.

              What about the other 90%?

              E.g., the progressive bubble circling the twin stars, the New York Times and the DNC? If anything, the advent of hyper-connectivity has hardened the shell of this bubble, and set its course towards the edge of the universe.

        2. Incidentally, if George W. Bush had run as a southern Democrat, the left would have loved him.

          Well, they do love Gore, but I suspect that’s more because of his enviro-apocalypticism than anything else.

          1. It’s all about their acculturation of power and the erosion of individual rights to protect that power. Progressives would gladly engage in another jewish holocaust, re enslave blacks, and oppress gays if they believed it would give them their marxist dystopia.

    2. La la la la, sticking my fingers in my ears, because I don’t want to hear anything bad about Trump.

      1. Like I said, thanks for proving my point, mortgage-welsher.

    3. “The Room Where it Happened”, interesting title. Did Sabrina Ederley ghost write it? Is Haven Monahan mentioned?

  23. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/scientist-who-simulated-the-global-impact-of-a-coronavirus-outbreak-says-the-cats-already-out-of-the-bag-and-chinas-efforts-to-contain-the-disease-unlikely-to-be-effective-2020-01-24

    Scientist who simulated coronavirus outbreak says efforts to contain the disease unlikely to be effective. I am generally skeptical of disease scares because these things usually turn out to either be very contagious but kill people so quickly it can’t spread like Ebola or not contagious enough to really spread like avian influenza. I have never had any illusions about the ability to contain a virus that was both contagious and didn’t show symptoms quickly enough for people to realize they have it or not kill just enough people to allow it to spread. The Coronavirus appears to be this. And if it is, there is no stopping it.

    1. The market reaction suggests that this is serious for certain sectors of the economy. Tourism is highly susceptible to these scares–whether or not they’re credible–and tourists are probably canceling flights, cruises, car rentals, and trips to Disneyland like crazy right about now. We won’t know how bad it is until airlines, cruise operators, car rental companies, and places like Disney report earnings after the summer, so investors who don’t want that uncertainty are headed to other sectors of the economy are being rational.

      The mortality rate of this disease seems to be pretty high, but it’s likely worst for people infants and the elderly. That being said, we may all be exposed to it eventually.

      Incidentally, I think what the U.S. government is doing is really smart in terms of their evacuating Americans from Wuhan. It may seem counterintuitive to bring a bunch of carriers home to the U.S., with the likelihood of spreading the disease*, but those people are coming home eventually anyway, and by the government evacuating them, we can also test them all and treat them if they’re infected before they mix with the general population.

      *In past infections, the main vector for the spread of these diseases is healthcare workers who treat the patients.

      “As deaths from SARS soared in the province of Ontario. Seventy-seven percent of people infected with SARS there contracted it in the hospital. They were patients, visitors and health-care workers. Another 17% got it at home, often from a health-care worker who lived with them. In short, SARS started as a travel infection but rapidly became a hospital infection because of lax infection-control standards. The same laxity is found in most U.S. hospitals today.”

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-hospitals-arent-ready-for-the-coronavirus-11579975968?mod=opinion_lead_pos6

      1. The market reaction suggests that this is serious for certain sectors of the economy.

        A 3% move is not particularly significant. That said, I will probably rebalance into more equities from bonds this week.

        1. J&J says they expect to have a vaccine available in a year.
          Coronavirus must not go well with talc
          Who gets the lime?

          1. I have my doubts about this vaccine. They still don’t have one for SARS or, I think, MERS. The SARS vaccine had a bad habit of causing more pulmonary issues than the bug. Molecular biology has really improved in the interim, but I guess we’ll see.

        2. The question is can the US keep it under control here. I think China and most of Asia are screwed at this point. I am not sure about the rest of the world.

        3. What do you mean a three percent move isn’t significant?

          20% is considered a bear market. A three percent move across the entire market is a big deal.

          And it’s a far bigger deal for the companies that are being directly affected. Cyclical travel companies cover their costs with business travel and make all their profits with tourists. What’s that Big Daddy Bush said, “When you’re the one that’s unemployed, the unemployment rate is 100%”. Some really big companies may have a really hard time because of this.

          1. Ken, Ken, Ken…..A 3% move (over 3 days of trading, BTW) is noise. I look at these as unique events that you can profit from, long-term. To me, it makes sense to sell bonds right now and buy equities as they decline. Better for me if the decline is quick, and comes back quick. I only use index funds, so it is easy to do.

            See my comments below. This is a very serious event.

          2. We had a 10% correction in 2003 with the SARS outbreak, I am thinking the markets will correct 10% for this one, as long as it gets contained in the next couple of weeks. Last year the market didn’t have a 10% correction, and it averages one per year. If this thing spreads like wildfire, however, look out.

            1. What a wonderful moneymaking opportunity = 10% decline, and it comes back quick.

    2. A big thing perhaps making this bug’s effect on Chinese suppliers, is that the country takes a week or two off anyway around Lunar New Year. It’s only if they’re still not working, because of travel bans, they’re sick, what have you, that we’ll really see what this means for global markets.

      One guy I read said it this way: “The country that makes all our shit, is going off-line for awhile.” Put that way, the effect on companies that rely on a steady supply of Chinese goods is going to be tremendous. Even before any disease effects if any in other countries than China. Thank God the news has been all Peach Mint, all the time up till now.

      1. Masking, not making. Cut me some slack; I’m waiting in a jury duty pool.

        Blessed be the wifi.

        1. If they detect you’re looking a Reason, you’ll be excused.

          1. Reason does make it through their wifi filter…

          2. Just say you’re a libertarian during selection. Bonus points if you announce it without being asked.

  24. Kobe Bryant: NBA legend dies in helicopter crash aged 41

    Koeb refused to be swept up in the #MeToo takedown!

    Too soon?

    1. Death transforms scumbags into saints for some reason.

  25. U.S. Air Force plane crashes in Taliban-held territory in Afghanistan

    The Taliban are so sad they are claiming victories based on crashed aircraft from aircraft malfunctions.

    Thy Will of Allah!

    1. I hope the crew are well, and that SAR can get to them before the Taliban do.

  26. Unreason Readership should not underestimate the severity of the Wuhan coronavirus. This is a very serious event. We should not kid ourselves about this. I would immediately:

    Avoid cities, and their mass transit systems.
    Stay off buses, trolleys, trains, planes.
    Have hand sanitizer ready to go.
    Avoid crowds, limit shopping to off hours when there are fewest people.

    Now, you might think I am being an alarmist. I assure you, this is not the case. On Friday, we had ~750 cases. We now have ~3K cases. On while we are on the topic of reported cases, does anyone here believe the Chinese government numbers? NFW. We are going to see substantial spike in reported cases this week, probably in the next 48 hours.

    Here is what I will be interested in. In this RNA-strand coronavirus, are there gene sequences that would not occur naturally? That is at the top of my list. Because the thought of a snake transmitting that virus in a seafood market is….wait for it….very fishy!

    If you want to track this more closely, check out the Wuhan virus website that Johns Hopkins set up. Stay safe!

    1. I’m not saying it’s time to panic, but it’s time to panic!

      1. Panic….No. Have an extremely high level of concern…..Yes.

        With a 10-14 day incubation period, during which you are 100% infectious, it is just prudent to take commonsense precautions now.

        1. It all a ploy for the ‘what, me worry?’ mayor to get more votes

  27. How California’s homelessness crisis surged

    Another segment from How Lefties Think

    This is a Propaganda piece as an example of how Lefties try to cover their tracks. They did this with Detroit too. The internet was young, so the Gatekeepers mostly got away with it with Detroit. Now you hardly hear anything about Detroit.

    1. “The state’s severe housing shortage, which has forced rents to increase at twice the rate of the national average and put the median price of a single family home at $615,000, has also contributed to the crisis.”

      A shortage largely driven by gov’t regs, and then we have people like the woman squatting in a vacant building in Oakland who came here from Mississippi; I guess looking for a lower cost of living?

      1. Cuz climate change , dude.

        1. “HOW DARE YOOOU”!!
          /Greta

    2. Homelessness on the rise in California and other places with perfect weather. Strange coincidence I guess.

      1. And in areas with unlimited enabling. (Not to mention those employed by the homeless support industry.)

      2. We have a strange absence of homeless tent cities in Minneapolis during the month of January – weird.

        1. Because you Minneapolis folks are much better. Or colder.

          https://youtu.be/ZNKOt2k7Pm4

  28. Why Bolton Represents a Big Wild Card in Impeachment

    I think it’s funny that Trump brings certain characters into the Administration and then they create a bunch of TDS on their way out. Even when a guy like a war-monger Bolton is opposite of Trump’s war limiting strategy.

    unreason fell for it. Democrats are falling for it with Impeachment. They tried to use Comey for the same bullshit politics of hope.

    #NeverTiredofWinning

  29. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-begins-reelection-year-more-competitive-against-democrats-than-he-was-three-months-ago-post-abc-poll-finds/2020/01/26/e5718616-3fc7-11ea-baca-eb7ace0a3455_story.html

    Trump begins 2020 more competitive against Democrats than he was three months ago. For it to be bad enough and obvious enough for the Post to have to tell the faithful, reality must be really bad.

    That whole impeachment thing is sure going well isn’t it?

    1. I’ll give credit to Reason today for not taking Bolton bait, and treating the impeachment like the rest of the country does, an embarrassment and waste of taxpayer money.

      I’m sure Suderman, like Welch yesterday, will screw it up later today.

      1. Shikha… damn should’ve guessed

      2. Shika is nuts. Welch is just stupid. A guy who has made a carreer out of repeating lame conventional wisdom has the nerve to say other people risk dumbing down the discourse.

        What a clown.

        1. The year ago tweet from Welch, cited yesterday in one of the threads, where he wanted conservative writers invited to a Red Wedding, was really out of character for him.

          Surprised me.

          1. I wasn’t that surprised; had already concluded even before that this was what he believed. He clearly goes out of his way to make sure all the new hires feel the same way.

            Up until the last few years he mostly did a good job of keeping his insanity under control, but Trump’s election pushed him over the edge for good. And a lot of people around here probably still haven’t even seen the tweet. I believe it’s important for people to know exactly what they’re dealing with.

  30. “John Bolton’s book about his time in the Trump administration is scheduled for a March 17 release. The manuscript has already been leaked to The New York Times.”

    Well, the NYT SAYS it has the manuscript, and we can give what they NYT says all the credit that it deserves. Say maybe the fiction of the year award?
    I don’t even believe the date on the front page of the NYT until I have fact-checked with at least two calendars.

    1. But Project 1619!

    2. ENB says that the manuscript has been leaked.

      Did NYT even say they had seen the manuscript, let alone had it in their possession?

      All I see them saying is:
      “Multiple people described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair.”

      Seems like a another total “anonymous sources say”.

      If the manuscript is leaked, can I get a copy?

  31. The Trump administration can show little evidence “that preventing American citizens from living with a spouse, child or other close relative improves safety in America,” Anderson adds.

    “However, if this could potentially help save just one life, aren’t we obligated to try?”

    1. Yeah, because no terrorist would ever be married or have kids. Reason’s position seems to be that “no one who is a parent or married could possibly be a threat”. I would call them dishonest but I think they actually believe this.

      1. Watch out, John! There’s a terrerists behind you! There’s terrerists everywhere!

        We all know this isn’t about terrorism. Why isn’t saudi arabia on that list yet?

        1. Yeah dumb ass. There is no reason to stop anyone at the border.

          This is what happens when you have retarded people thinking about serious issues. You wind up with De Opressor here.

          1. You put words in my mouth then argued against them. Bravo.

            1. ::puts words in other people’s mouths::
              ::complains that the same is being done to him::

    2. If it prevents even one case of domestic violence………

  32. KM-W really missed an opportunity in sending ENB to smoke dope at the pornography convention. A bolder, more creative editor would’ve sent Stephanie Slade to cover it.

    1. Or would have covered it herself or maybe done it as a team with Slade. “Dork Girls Gone Wild” wold have made for a much better story.

  33. “BEIJING—The mayor of Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of China’s viral outbreak, said rules imposed by Beijing limited what he could disclose about the threat posed by the pathogen, suggesting the central government was partially responsible for a lack of transparency that has marred the response to the fast-expanding health crisis.

    The comments by Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang were broadcast on China’s state television network just hours after Premier Li Keqiang arrived in the city to meet infected patients and front-line health workers—an attempt to tamp down rising public frustration with how local officials have dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-premier-tours-virus-epicenter-as-anger-bubbles-at-crisis-response-11580109098?

    This mayor is turning to the crowd and pleading for his life. They government is on a mission to look for a sacrificial lamb, and he can see it coming. That’s what they do in autocratic societies.

    In the U.S., the president can always blame Congress or the bureaucrats, and they often do so and run against them in the court of public opinion. They can do that because power is shared, and so the blame for what happens can never be exclusively theirs, and the solution to our problems can always be replacing the other guys.

    The problem with being the Emperor of China is that there’s no one else to blame when things go wrong–and changing the leadership with votes would mean giving power away to the people. So they hold their subordinates accountable and appease public outcries by accusing the officials in charge of a crime and executing them.

    Populism is a reaction to elitism, and Emperor Xi has to worry about populism just like all the other elitists do.

    1. “We regret to report that Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang passed away from the effects of the virus, effects which created 3 bullet-sized holes in the back of his head.”

    2. If all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail.

      Politics. Virus has no politics. Solution has no politics.

  34. Average IQ in Nigeria is 84. That’s one point lower than the threshold for what is considered ‘borderline intellectual functioning’
    The average IQ for all of sub-Saharan Africa is 80.
    Why should we continue to import millions of immigrants that have little, to no ability to support themselves and end up living off of the labor of taxpayers?

    1. “Why should we continue to import millions of immigrants that have little, to no ability to support themselves and end up living off of the labor of taxpayers?”

      As long as these taxpayers have an IQ equal to or lower than the average Nigerian, who cares?

    2. Just a “race realist”, folks. Don’t you dare call him a racist; that would be offensive.

      He also is very confused about what a travel ban is vs an immigration policy. Not surprising. “Race realists” tend to be pretty fucking dumb.

    3. Average IQ in Nigeria is 84. . . . The average IQ for all of sub-Saharan Africa is 80.

      Cite?

      1. Easy to find
        new-iq-test.com/nigeria-average-iq.html

        1. While normally I would never suspect the integrity of the data at the “Check Your IQ Free!” site, in this case their whole presentation is based on Lynn & Vanhanen (2003), which is not, shall we say, universally accepted as not full of shit.

          1. I didn’t advocate it, it was the first hit.
            Or you could try
            /worldpopulationreview.com/countries/average-iq-by-country/

            1. I didn’t advocate it, it was the first hit.

              No worries – I appreciate the link.

              Or you could try
              /worldpopulationreview.com/countries/average-iq-by-country/

              That’s the same data, drawn from the same source.

  35. “Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling,” she subsequently said.

    I agree. Let’s remind people that John F. Kennedy raped a woman as well.

  36. Boo hoo hoo. Grow up Reason.

  37. This seems positive to me, someone tell me why its a negative?

  38. That is the 7 country ban.

    Apparently ENB wrote about other stuff which I didn’t waste my time reading. Any update on the sex workers crisis. Are the 7 countries and the sex worker crisis tied together?

  39. ENB forgot to read the Reason piece she linked to, which says the opposite about the new movie.

  40. Another worthless open borders article from Reason. All pants shitting and fact free.

  41. Most recent I can find from WHO
    Human-to-human transmission is occurring and a preliminary R0 estimate of 1.4-2.5 was presented. Amplification has occurred in one health care facility. Of confirmed cases, 25% are reported to be severe. The source is still unknown (most likely an animal reservoir) and the extent of human-to-human transmission is still not clear.

    https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/23-01-2020-statement-on-the-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)

    Since then reported confirmed cases which is obviously underestimated as to total in the population is doubling at a rapid rate. In a week look again.

    Wiki gives the following for comparison

    Disease Transmission R0
    Measles Airborne 12–18
    Diphtheria Saliva 6-7
    Smallpox Airborne droplet 5–7
    Polio Fecal-oral route 5–7
    Rubella Airborne droplet 5–7
    Mumps Airborne droplet 4–7
    HIV/AIDS Sexual contact 2–5
    Pertussis Airborne droplet 5.5[2]
    2019-nCoV Airborne droplet 2.3-5[3][4]
    SARS Airborne droplet 2–5[5]
    Influenza
    (1918 pandemic strain) Airborne droplet 2–3[6]
    Ebola
    (2014 Ebola outbreak) Bodily fluids 1.5-2.5[7]

    R0 is just an estimate based on a model. It is early to get any accurate numbers and effectiveness of containment measures.

  42. “Some of the countries [on the new list] are known for having high visa overstay rates,” notes NPR, “but some of these countries also send many students to American colleges and universities, particularly historically black colleges and universities.”

    Note that the two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it is likely that the visas being overstayed are educational visas.

    “Continued engagement with the Myanmar government is critical for the United States to have an answer to China’s Belt and Road Initiative,” argues Daniel O’Connor at The Diplomat.

    Burma is a poor country on the other side of the globe with serious social problems. It’s not our business, it’s not our responsibility, and if China wants to take it over, they should go for it.

    It’s globalists and war mongers whose infantile knee jerk response is “if Russia or China wants it, we need to hurt ourselves to deny it to them”.

    1. “Burma is a poor country on the other side of the globe with serious social problems. It’s not our business, it’s not our responsibility, and if China wants to take it over, they should go for it.”

      I wouldn’t wish that on the people of Burma. Their problems, at least in part, are very much our business. The problem of the Karen people are not so different from those of Palestine or Kashmir, sores left over from the breakup of empires in the aftermath of WWII. The Burmese also have an inclination to use English from the days of the empire. We should be trying to strengthen the bonds that make up the Anglosphere.

      1. Their problems, at least in part, are very much our business. The problem of the Karen people are not so different from those of Palestine or Kashmir, sores left over from the breakup of empires in the aftermath of WWII.

        We didn’t build those empires, we didn’t cause them to fail, and we didn’t cause WWII. Hence, we’re not responsible for it. Let the European imperial powers that wrecked those countries fix them.

        The Burmese also have an inclination to use English from the days of the empire. We should be trying to strengthen the bonds that make up the Anglosphere.

        You’re welcome to do so on your own time, with your own money. It’s not the job of the US federal government to do this.

        1. “It’s not the job of the US federal government to do this.”

          You’ve never heard of the State Department? It’s exactly their job to do this sort of thing. And by the way, the State Department is entirely funded by tax revenue.

          I don’t understand your reluctance to help people in need half way around the world.

  43. Maybe someday reason could get around to mentioning how Trump keeps getting win after win after win after win from SCOTUS on his immigration initiatives. “In 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court allows Trump plan to deny green cards to those who may need gov’t aid” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/5-4-ruling-supreme-court-allows-trump-plan-deny-green-n1124056

    1. Unreason followups to articles that rip their writer claims to shreds are too local.

  44. We should sell US immigration slots and citizenships for $50k, $100k, or whatever the free-market will bear.

    As an aside, can anyone explain why we are still allowing Chinese airliners and/or people coming from China to land in the US? (If they’re Americans, they need to be quarantined for at least two weeks.)

    1. We should sell US immigration slots and citizenships for $50k, $100k, or whatever the free-market will bear.

      In effect, we have such a visa; it’s called an “EB-5”. It requires at minimum a $900,000 investment.

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