Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Someone told me a while back that, of all the immortal Douglas DC-3s still in use in the United States, well over half are flying in Alaska.  I haven’t taken the time to confirm that but we do see DC-3s regularly passing overhead, sometimes two a day.  They’re great for small Alaska airfields:  Rugged, rough-field capable, dependable, and able to carry big loads.  I expect we’ll see them in use here in the Great Land for some time to come, which is pretty good for a model of aircraft which once carried the Old Man from Lowry Army Airfield, Colorado to Victorville, California, in 1945.  He described that trip in an Army C-47 as “being sealed in a tin can full of bolts and shaken,” but then, his sorties in B-25 and B-17 bombers in that time frame were very similar, or so he always told it.

Here’s a neat video of a startup and takeoff of a Swissair DC-3.  What a beautiful old bird.  It’s great to see them still in use.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Elder Versus Newsom: Two Radically Different Views of the Soul of America.  That’s something of an understatement.

Amazon’s Answer to Delivery Driver Shortage: Recruit Pot Smokers.  Note to self:  Stop ordering snack foods from Amazon.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving cackling harpy.

Up to 60% of Americans think President Biden(‘s handlers) should resign over the Afghanistan catastrophe.  Problem is, he has a great life-insurance policy, namely that nobody in either party wants Heels-Up Harris in the Imperial Mansion.

Joe Manchin steps up.

Ready… Fire… AIM!

Artorius rex!

Fuck off, slaver!

Savages gonna savage.

Why not just ditch the monarchy altogether?  Seriously, Brits, it’s way past damn time.

How Has Joe Biden Become So Unpopular?  Well, his constant incompetent fucking up may have something to do with it.

Well, this is amusing.

Timing Biden’s exit?  He may not have much say in it.  He likely isn’t coherent enough to have any say in it.

Wait, we don’t call them tornadoes any more?  Seriously, is there anyone left on the planet that can’t see that this guy is too far gone to blow his own nose, much less be President?

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York TimesEzra Klein (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is an idiot.

New York Magazine‘s Eric Levitz is an idiot.  Seriously, do none of these dimwits ever give a moment’s thought to what happens when the shoe is on the other foot?

CNN’s John Blake is an idiot.

The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross is an idiot.

Guardian‘s Lawrence Douglas is an idiot.

NY Daily News’ Paul Bledsoe is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Mike Nesmith is probably best known for his tenure with The Monkees, but the post-Monkee Nesmith did some… interesting stuff.  Among other things, he was one of the pioneers of the themed music video, along with his buddy Frank Zappa and the prescient David Bowie.

In 1981, Nesmith released a video album (on Laserdisc!) called Elephant Parts. It was odd, to say the least, but worth a watch.  Here, from that album, is the classic work Cruisin’.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Californey Recall News

Before we start, check out the latest installment of my current fiction series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  Heels-Up Harris seems bound and determined to help loony Californey Governor Newsom lose his recall election.  How?  By appearing with him.  Excerpt:

The days are winding down until California’s Sept. 14 recall election and Gov. Gavin Newsom is bringing out big-name Democrats to support him in the final stretch. On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris will appear with the progressive governor in the Bay Area, which conservatives are pointing out is actually a “gift to Larry Elder.”

The campaign stop is the second time such an event was planned—the first Harris canceled after the terror attack in Kabul killed U.S. 13 service members.

The campaign stop points to continuing concern among Democrats about Newsom’s chances — despite the Golden State’s deep-blue electorate.

California Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly two-to-one — but voter backlash against the governor’s pandemic restrictions has been mushrooming.

Harris, a California native who won statewide elections to the US Senate and to serve as the state attorney general, will be the highest-profile Dem to hit the hustings on Newsom’s behalf. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was set to appear with him in Los Angeles Saturday.

But Harris’s own popularity has been tanking in recent weeks, leaving some Dems worried that she could do more harm than good if she hits the trail for the party’s candidates. (NY Post)

What’s chuckle-worthy about this is the utter ineptitude of all the parties involved.  Fauxcohantas Warren’s appearance is cut from the same tepee cloth, having a pol that is arguably to the left of the daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont won’t appeal to the people Newsom needs to survive this.

There are, after all, still some moderates in California, and not all the folks with right-of-center views have yet left the state for friendlier locales.  Newsom probably won’t win without at least a few of those moderates, and plenty of those folks are plenty worried about the fecklessness and incompetence of the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration and its members.  Plenty of those folks are, according to recent surveys, unhappy about the direction of the country, although that seems to be a permanent thing now no matter who is supposedly in charge.

Newsom may pull it out, of course, and if I were betting on the race at the moment, I actually think that’s how I’d bet – not because Newsom deserves to win, but because I think the California election system is irretrievably rigged.  And seeing this as a redemption, California Democrats will accelerate their dragging of the once-Golden state into ruin.  Still – seeing Larry Elder appoint a replacement for the failing Dianne Feinstein sure would be amusing.

In a week, we’ll find out.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Bacon Time, Pirate’s Cove and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links and to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the mention!

Late last week, the Taliban – Afghanistan’s new de facto, if not yet de jure government, released a statement referring to China as “their trusted friends.”  Excerpt:

Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy director of the Taliban’s office in Doha, Qatar, said the terror group would “take effective measures” to protect Chinese institutions and personnel in Afghanistan and would allow China to continue its expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative.

“China has been a trustworthy friend of Afghanistan,” Hanafi said in a Thursday phone call with Chinese assistant foreign minister Wu Jianghao, according to a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. “The Afghan Taliban is willing to continue to promote friendly relations between Afghanistan and China and will never allow any force to use Afghan territory to threaten China’s interests.”

And while Chinese foreign minister Wang Webin would not directly answer questions at a press conference Friday about whether China will recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government in Afghanistan, he did say that the situation on the ground is being followed closely by the Chinese government.

Webin also pointed out that China’s embassy in Afghanistan plays an “important channel for China-Afghanistan exchanges” and is operating normally.

Through its partnership with the Taliban, China will be given access to Afghanistan’s natural resources such as copper and aluminum.  (emphasis added by me.)

“The cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative advocated by China is conducive to the development and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region at large,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement following Thursday’s call.

Maybe the Taliban could ask some Chinese Uighurs about how conducive China was to their prosperity – but then, the Taliban would have to go find some Uighurs in one of China’s concentration camps to ask them.

Here’s the thing:  Afghanistan was known as the Graveyard of Empires for centuries before President Biden(‘s handlers) catastrophic retreat.  But China has a couple of things the Brits, the Soviets and the U.S. lacked:  A population base measured in billions, and a callous disregard for the lives of that population base.  The Brits and Soviets tried wars of conquest, the U.S. a war of pacification and “regime change.”   However, it’s not unlikely that, were China to decide to simply annex Afghanistan to take advantage of their mineral wealth, that they would simply fight a war of extermination.

We left the Taliban a lot of military hardware, sure.  But most of the vehicles and aircraft will be useless in a very few years without the complex maintenance structure that a Bronze-Age goatherding culture simply can’t provide.  And China has, of late, been making a lot of noise about toughening up their population.  What if China sent an army of 25 million into Afghanistan, supported by armor and aircraft, with orders to simply kill everyone they meet?

Would the U.S. go to war with China to stop them?  Unlikely, I should think, especially given the invertebrate-like nature of the current administration.  Would the Russians?  Not if China makes a deal – say, to turn a blind eye if Russia continues annexing part of eastern Europe to ensure lebensraum for Russians.

Someone once said that war is armed robbery writ large.  I’m sure not inclined to do the Taliban any favors, but if I were them, I’d look at China’s offers with a very jaded eye.

Rule Five Fossil Fuels Friday Part 1

There’s an interesting blog out there called Master Resource, which presents free-market solutions on energy issues.  Recently, on that site, author Steve Overholt produced a two-part post titled “Can-do Petroleum vs. Can’t-do Renewables.”  Today I’ll discuss Part 1 of this work, and Part 2 next Friday.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

When I heard Joe Biden say in a presidential debate that he wants to “transition away” from petroleum by 2050, I wished I were there to respond. Here’s what I would have said: “We have to make things, Joe!”

There is an inconceivable truth for the renewables crowd, and it is this: Fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal) are used in more ways than just burning for energy. They have important non-combustion uses… billions of tons per year of them worldwide. They are used to make things. These uses of fossil fuels are largely ignored in “news” media denunciations of fossil fuels as the wellspring of all evil.

There are a subset of Luddites among the “greens” who don’t want us to make things, of course – a plurality, although I’m not certain it it’s a majority.  But most of them are just ill-informed nincompoops who don’t understand that ceasing fossil fuel extraction would eliminate most, if not all, of the modern conveniences they enjoy.

Several critical non-fuel uses of fossil fuels are:

  1. Synthetic polymers and chemicals
  2. Lubricants
  3. Dyes and colorants
  4. Pavement
  5. Helium production
  6. Pharmaceuticals

Unfortunately, when compared to the above fossil fuel-based materials, the “natural” materials the Far Left proposes are far more environmentally inferior, if not destructive. Drawbacks include:

  • Hundreds of millions acres of forest and prairie will be converted to crops and pasture to achieve the transition from synthetics to plant- and animal-based fibers and leathers.
  • Millions of tons of soil erosion, fertilizer application, and pesticide application will result from the massive increase in agriculture.
  • Extensive new irrigation projects will be needed to grow all those crops, dewatering rivers and depleting groundwater sources.
  • Millions more acres of forests will be cut for lumber and paper production.
  • Mountains will fall to mine and quarry metal and stone “naturals.”

In addition, the only viable source of the critical element helium is natural gas processing.

Unintended consequences, anyone?

But here, given the current pants-shitting from most of the world governments over the Kung Flu, is the real dinger:

According the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), pharmaceuticals are primarily derived from petrochemicals. NIH reports that health care’s reliance on petroleum for pharmaceuticals and plastics is a longstanding concern.

Petrochemicals are used to manufacture analgesics, antihistamines, antibiotics, cough syrups, ointments, and much more. Synthetic plastics are used in heart valves and other specialized medical equipment. Petrochemicals are used in radiological dyes and films, intravenous tubing, syringes, and oxygen masks.

Petrochemicals provide the building blocks for most medicinal drugs. Nearly 99% of pharma chemical feedstocks and reagents are derived from petrochemicals. Natural alternatives do not exist for the vast majority of these building blocks…

Joe Biden(‘s handlers) in the 2020 campaign promised to move us completely off of fossil fuels by 2050.  As you can see – as anyone with three IQ points to rub together should be able to see – this move would drive our society back to the mid-19th century.  It’s not just medical items, of course – take a look at any car or truck made after 2000, and you’ll see a lot of molded parts.  Now contemplate replacing those with steel, and think about the added weight and the reduced gas mileage to go with it.  “But wait, Animal,” you might point out, “the government also wants us to switch to electric cars!”  OK, so these heavier cars will have reduced range – and probably larger battery capacity, which batteries we still have not yet worked out disposal techniques when they, as all batteries eventually do, reach the end of their useful lives.

You could go on for hours documenting all of the ways in which this is a stupid idea.  Read the whole story for a more in-depth analysis, and drop back next week for our take on Part 2.

Animal’s Daily Zero COVID News

Here, from Molly McCann at The Federalist, is an interesting take on the whole Kung Flu issue, one with I can find little issue with.  Excerpt:

“[S]truggl[ing] to find a delicate balance between halting the spread of the disease and damaging vital commerce,” the city authorities, The Guardian tells us, ordered travelers “to carry a ‘bill of health’ and ships arriving at the Mediterranean port underwent a 40-day cordon sanitaire or quarantine.”

“Three hundred years on,” The Guardian seriously intones, “President Emmanuel Macron is walking an equally tricky tightrope . . .” Hopefully, you spotted the glaring problem with this comparison. In 1720, the Great Plague in Marseille killed more than half the city’s population.

We have gotten to the point in this “pandemic” where government leaders and a worryingly high percentage of the American people are acting like COVID is a crisis on par with Marseille’s Great Plague. We have been buried in facts, figures, mountains of data, constantly shifting information, misinformation, and more. We are relentlessly briefed by the media about rising infection rates or the current capacity of local ICUs.

But cut through it all and ask — how many Americans are dying? According to Johns Hopkins, the fatality rate of COVID in the United States is 1.7 percent, which means that 98.3 percent survive. That takes into account all deaths, including people who had underlying conditions and the elderly. Excluding those who are obviously high-risk, the survival rate is close to 100 percent.

Did you catch that key phrase?

In 1720, the Great Plague in Marseille killed more than half the city’s population.

More than half.  As in, over fifty percent.  Every other person died.  In a typical family of four, you could expect to lose two.

Any comparison of the Kung Flu to the Great Plague is not just comparing apples to oranges; it’s comparing apples to green-eyed, left-handed Hungarian traffic police.

Ms. McCann concludes:

COVID is not an emergency. People are not dying in droves. There is no justification for the continued suspension of the American form of self-government that secures all our individual rights and liberties.

In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” it was the honesty of a child that finally exposed the emperor and the people for fools when he cried out, “but he hasn’t got anything on!” It is long past time to speak the truth: there is no true COVID emergency.

Enough is enough. Return America to its proper constitutional order and insist on consent of the governed.

One could apply the analogy of the Emperor’s New Clothes to many, many things in government today – Joe Biden’s ever-accelerating slide into dementia, for one – but the massive over-reaction to the Kung Flu rates pretty high on the list.  The West, including the U.S. but even more so Australia and New Zealand, have shut down our countries, destroyed our economies, wrecked many small businesses and ruined lives, all over a bug that is now relatively treatable and was never a significant threat to anyone except the very elderly and those with significant co-morbidities.  I’d like to think that there will be some reckoning on all this, but I suspect there won’t.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In difficult times like these, it’s helpful to look closer to home, at the good things in our lives.  Your mileage may vary, but of late I’m taking more and more pleasure in our regained rural lifestyle here in the Great Land.  Every morning, walking over to the office requires going outside, rain, snow or shine.  We had our first frost last Friday, the leaves are turning, and it’s a great time to be outdoors.  And that’s a good thing; every day we breathe the free air of Alaska.

Chickadee

Our most regular visitors at the feeders this time of year, as we are exchanging summer birds for winter birds, are juncos, red-breasted nuthatches and black-capped chickadees.  Chickadees are my favorites, and like the nuthatches and juncos they are year-round residents.  They seem immune to winter weather in spite of being one-ounce bundles of fluff and feathers, and they punctuate the morning with their cheery calls.  I enjoy having them around.  Also, we have one nuthatch we call Mr. Noisy, as he keeps up a constant flow of chatter as he flies to and fro, and even as he’s eating.  It’s amazing that such tiny creatures can have personalities, but they sure do.

News and politics aren’t everything, True Believers.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of that.  Relax.  Look out the window.  Take a deep breath.  Things aren’t all bad.

Now that we’re all re-grounded…

On To the Links!

If you ask me, Ilhan Omar should have her passport revoked and be deported back to the shithole she and her brohusband came from.

The United States effectively has no President.

When you’ve lost CNN…

Good for Greg Gutfeld.

Yes, Biden(‘s handlers) and the generals should be held to account, but we all know they won’t be.

Speaking of Biden(‘s handlers) I’ll be surprised if he finishes out the year, much less one term.

Well, sure, how could Chicago possibly get any worse, anyway?

Yet another reason for Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. to be damn glad we got out of Colorado.

I swear, this administration could fuck up a wet dream.

Democrats aim to drive American business out of the country – again.

Larry Elder may be California’s last hope for any semblance of sanity in government.

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Afghanistan debacle.  Always worth the read.

Well, here’s a piece of good news.

Documenting the fall of the House of Biden.

There are reasons they are keeping Heels-Up Harris out of the spotlight.  Well, her stupidity, for one.

Well, what could possibly go wrong with this?

Bill Maher finds an acorn.

Biden Will Not Recover.  I’ll be mildly surprised if he lasts until the end of the year.

Why the hell should we resettle Afghans in the U.S.?

Answers you never wanted to questions you never asked.

This Week’s Idiots:

I don’t know who David Rothkopf is, but he’s an idiot.

are both idiots.

The Nation‘s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Salon‘s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Washington Monthly‘s Luisa Deprez is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic is an idiot.

Neil Young can fuck right off.  Further proof that talent and intelligence aren’t necessarily linked.

Van Jones is an idiot.

Salon’s Chauncey DeVega (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Vox‘s Rebecca Leber is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I think we could all use something cheerful, don’t you?

Paolo Conte is an Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer.  I can’t speak for his lawyering but his music is kind of fun; he has a gritty voice, and his music has a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it.  You can almost picture yourself seated at a table at Alassio or Levanto, enjoying a glass of white wine, watching the ocean and listening.  Not my normal cup of tea, but something I could appreciate, given the chance.

Here, from his 1990 album Parole D’Amore Scritte A Macchina, is the song Happy Feet.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Signs and Portents News

Before we start, check out the latest installment of my current fiction series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  You’ve probably read about Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller, who recently sacrificed his career, pension and benefits to call out the incompetence of the military leaders who botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Well, he’s made some interesting statements following his relief from his position and subsequent resignation of his commission.  Watch the entire video statement here.  My take on it is this:  He’s got something in mind.  Excerpt:

In a tell-all video posted on social media, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller acknowledged he was sacrificing a comfortable retirement by criticizing the way the withdrawal was handled. 

“I could stay in the Marine Corps for another three years, but I don’t think that’s the path I’m on. I’m resigning my commission as a United States Marine, effective now,” Scheller said. “I am forfeiting retirements, all entitlements, I don’t want a single dollar. I don’t want any money from the VA. I don’t want any VA benefits [even though] I’m sure I’m entitled 100%.” 

Scheller ignited a firestorm of controversy Thursday for posting a less than five-minute video in which he went after top military brass for not taking responsibility over an ISIS attack in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 11 Marines, an Army soldier, a Navy corpsman and 169 Afghans. 

“I’m not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’?” Scheller said last Thursday. “Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?” 

Speaking to the pushback he had received from that video, Scheller said all he was asking for was “accountability of my senior leaders when there are clear obvious mistakes that were made.”

But here, this is the bit that jumped out at me and should jump out at you:

He reiterated that he was forfeiting a potentially $2 million pension fund for the rest of his life by going through with his actions, but warned that going after “stability and money” makes one a “slave to the system” and makes you compromise on your principles.

“I don’t need a single dollar. I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue-collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families. Those are the people that I need,” Scheller said. “Follow me and we will bring the whole f***ing system down. I am honorable and you can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of. We’re just getting started.”

Take a look at what Colonel Scheller has in front of him in that video:  A chessboard.  Now, as to this statements, there are two that are key:

I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue-collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families. Those are the people that I need,” Scheller said. “Follow me and we will bring the whole f***ing system down.

And:

I am honorable and you can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of. We’re just getting started.”

He’s planning something.  Now that something may well be an entry into politics; he sure would be far from the first veteran to ever do so.  He may be considering some other kind of activism.  And no, I don’t think he’s planning to foment a rebellion – at least, not yet.

But his use of the “we” and the chessboard – very, very interesting indeed.  Bear in mind what chess is, at its heart – a game of military strategy.

My take on Colonel Scheller is this:  This is a man who has just taken on a mission.  We’ll have to wait a bit to see what shape that mission takes, but he sure seems to have one, and I suspect holding accountable the military leaders who fucked up the Afghanistan withdrawal is only a part of it.  And a self-directed man, a Marine, with that kind of motivation, could well make himself a force to be reckoned with.  So, Semper Fi, Colonel Scheller; we will watch your new career with great interest.

We live in interesting times, True Believers.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Whores and Ale, The Other McCain, Bacon Time and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!  Thanks as well to our pals over at The Daley Gator for the linkback!

Now, finally, some sanity from the Supreme Court, as they strike down the CDC’s illegal eviction moratorium.  Excerpt:

In swiftly striking down this federal overreach, six clear-headed rational jurists laid bare the utter absurdity of the Biden administration’s legal argument. The majority point out that the Biden Administration attempts to rely on “a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination.” “It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts.”

See what the Biden administration does there? They try to equate CDC authority to implement fumigation and pest control to canceling lawful rental contracts. This is ludicrous. It is tantamount to the President of the United States – using power that he does not have – declaring “you may steal from your landlord. You may stay on her land as long as you wish and there’s not a damn thing she can do. I hereby suspend state eviction laws. I do this because my voting base wants me to and because I am the President.”

But here’s the real dinger:

Speaking of being held accountable. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer need to explain themselves. But they can’t. And they won’t ever have to. They serve comfortably for life. In attempting to explain himself, Justice Breyer writes in his dissent:

COVID–19 transmission rates have spiked in recent weeks, reaching levels that the CDC puts as high as last winter: 150,000 new cases per day. And then Breyer shows us a COVID19 chart.

Wow. What an amazing feat of legal analysis. The best that three justices of the highest court in the United States can do is say basically; “well the COVID19 numbers are scary looking so the President and the CDC can just to whatever they want. We will rubber-stamp whatever you want to do, no matter how many Americans’ livelihoods are wiped out. Because COVID.”

To put that in simple English, Breyer’s argument is:  “There’s a scary flu going around, so we’re in favor of just discarding centuries of contract law.”

There have been a lot of pixels spilled on this issue, and a lot of excellent arguments made in favor of kneecapping this illegal seizure of power (along with all the other illegal seizures of power taken in the last sixteen months.)  Many writers rightly point out that this hurts landlords, most of whom are individual owners or small businesses, who still have to pay mortgages, taxes and upkeep on the property; that it will drive rental properties into the ownership of huge corporations that can absorb the short-term losses; that rental property inventories are likely to crash as a result of this idiotic policy.

And if you want evidence of how idiotic this policy is, just look at the people who support it.

But those arguments aren’t the main point, and also not why the six sane Justices stomped the brakes on this lunacy.  The main point is that the entire thing was illegal from the get-go.  The CDC has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  The Executive Branch has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  The Congress has no authority to simply abrogate contract law.  And the Supreme Court, for once, acted rightly.

Wonders never cease.

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