• This sums up my own theory pretty well. Anons are the news now!
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    Right Off The Boards And Served Up Hot

    NSFW Anon Theory on PG&E and unexplained explosions in California (QRV) submitted 1.7 hours ago by 3468115?

    I've been following this for a few days and the pieces seem to fit from many different threads.

    Here is my pure speculation but grounded in quite a few facts. The white hats had PG&E turn off power to Northern California, they then canvassed the entire area with helicopters equipped with LIDAR* technology that is basically like ground penetrating radar but it detects metal, hollows, concrete and especially electricity.

    With all legitimate electricity turned off it was easy for them to scan below ground, quadrant by quadrant to detect the exact locations of the tunnel systems connecting DUMBS in California to Utah or where ever else because the tunnels still had power which runs on their own power grid. The underground power network was being masked by the above ground electrical network

    After they mapped out the exact locations the next day there were 5 simultaneous explosions caught on satellite in the mountains and waste lands.

    My theory is the tunnel systems were collapsed and they cut off the bases from one another in key strategic locations. The power being cut to 2 million homes was absolutely necessary to pinpoint the still active electrical pathways in the tunnel systems. This is war ladies and gentlemen and the deep state just got served a hardy defeat.

    Look at the facts of what has occurred recently. The military has been training for subterranean battle, troops pulled out of Syria and the Turks are given the go ahead to wipe out the last vestiges of the deep state in Syria amongst the Kurds, the Chi-Coms are booted out of Long Beach Port, our 2nd largest and most strategic shipping port, deep state goons being arrested and outed everywhere from Federal judges to Politicians and corporate sociopaths.

    This is war, make no mistake it is a war between the non-corrupted military and the NSA against the CIA and the deep state communists. It is full on war but the main stream media propaganda machine will not report it so it is a secret war being fought with technology, law, subterfuge, propaganda, black mail, murder and yes, bullets, bombs and banks.

    I'm loving it.

    *LIDAR stands for Light Imaging distance and ranging. it can't see through solid objects.

    #TheGreatAwakening #QAnon #QArmy #MAGA #MEGA
    This sums up my own theory pretty well. Anons are the news now! ------------------------------------------------------ Right Off The Boards And Served Up Hot NSFW Anon Theory on PG&E and unexplained explosions in California (QRV) submitted 1.7 hours ago by 3468115? I've been following this for a few days and the pieces seem to fit from many different threads. Here is my pure speculation but grounded in quite a few facts. The white hats had PG&E turn off power to Northern California, they then canvassed the entire area with helicopters equipped with LIDAR* technology that is basically like ground penetrating radar but it detects metal, hollows, concrete and especially electricity. With all legitimate electricity turned off it was easy for them to scan below ground, quadrant by quadrant to detect the exact locations of the tunnel systems connecting DUMBS in California to Utah or where ever else because the tunnels still had power which runs on their own power grid. The underground power network was being masked by the above ground electrical network After they mapped out the exact locations the next day there were 5 simultaneous explosions caught on satellite in the mountains and waste lands. My theory is the tunnel systems were collapsed and they cut off the bases from one another in key strategic locations. The power being cut to 2 million homes was absolutely necessary to pinpoint the still active electrical pathways in the tunnel systems. This is war ladies and gentlemen and the deep state just got served a hardy defeat. Look at the facts of what has occurred recently. The military has been training for subterranean battle, troops pulled out of Syria and the Turks are given the go ahead to wipe out the last vestiges of the deep state in Syria amongst the Kurds, the Chi-Coms are booted out of Long Beach Port, our 2nd largest and most strategic shipping port, deep state goons being arrested and outed everywhere from Federal judges to Politicians and corporate sociopaths. This is war, make no mistake it is a war between the non-corrupted military and the NSA against the CIA and the deep state communists. It is full on war but the main stream media propaganda machine will not report it so it is a secret war being fought with technology, law, subterfuge, propaganda, black mail, murder and yes, bullets, bombs and banks. I'm loving it. *LIDAR stands for Light Imaging distance and ranging. it can't see through solid objects. #TheGreatAwakening #QAnon #QArmy #MAGA #MEGA
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  • SYRIA: Turkey, the Kurds and NATO explained - This is the best analysis of the situation in ME. #Kurds #NATO #Syria #Turkey #US
    https://thewallwillfall.org/2019/10/10/syria-turkey-the-kurds-and-nato-explained/ via @VanessaBeeley
    SYRIA: Turkey, the Kurds and NATO explained - This is the best analysis of the situation in ME. #Kurds #NATO #Syria #Turkey #US https://thewallwillfall.org/2019/10/10/syria-turkey-the-kurds-and-nato-explained/ via @VanessaBeeley
    "Anyone who is not loyal to his country and sells it at the lowest price, he/she will find themselves thrown out of the history. We have warned for many times of these conspiracies against the homeland and the Syrian people, and we said that those who throw themselves into the lap of the foreigner, the foreign will kick them out when the time is right,"
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  • In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/european-first-proposed-constitutional-amendment-sweden-would-enshrine-rights-nature
    Jon Queally, staff writer

    Heralded as the first of its kind in Europe, a proposed constitutional amendment in Sweden seeks to enshrine the rights of Nature to ensure that the creatures, fona, and features of the natural world are protected from exploitation and abuse by endowing them with legal status previously reserved only for humans and select animals.

    "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries."

    The proposed amendment to Sweden's Instrument of Government, the nation's constitutional document, would secure the Rights of Nature to "existera, blomstra, regenerera och utvecklas"—which translates as "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve"—in order to provide the people and government of Sweden the ability to defend and enforce these rights on behalf of Nature.

    Introduced by Swedish MP Rebecka Le Moine with the backing of a coalition of national and international groups—including Rights of Nature Sweden, Lodyn, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's International Center for the Rights of Nature—the change to Swedish law mirrors that of others in the world but, if passed, would set a new precedent in Europe.

    "For twenty years, we have been working with the national environmental goals in Sweden. After all this time, we are barely reaching two of them," Le Moine said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "The underlying value in our society is that we are the dominators of this world, and Nature is just a resource for us to use," she continued. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries. Now, when we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse, I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature. And for me, it starts with admitting that Nature has rights."

    On its website, the group Rights of Nature Sweden explained the process for having the amendment adopted this way:

    A proposed rights of nature amendment to the Constitution could be introduced directly into the Riksdag by Members of Parliament.

    Members of Parliament may introduce private motions for consideration by the Riksdag. This occurs in the autumn, when the Riksdag opens, during which time Members may propose private motions.

    Each motion is referred to a parliamentary committee for its review and consideration (a rights of nature amendment possibly would be referred to the Committee on the Constitution, or the Committee on the Environment and Agriculture). The committee then examines the motion and presents a proposal for how the Riksdag should decide before it adopts a position in the Chamber.

    As the group also noted, this approach to defending the natural world is hardly new, with legal rights of nature having already been "recognized in laws and court decisions in the United States, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and Colombia."

    Mari Margil, associate director of CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature, championed the proposal and thanked Le Moine for her leadership.

    "We need to quickly make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the natural world," Margil said. "Advancing the Rights of Nature in Sweden's constitution is an important step forward. We congratulate Parliamentarian Le Moine on taking this politically brave, and necessary, step."
    In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/european-first-proposed-constitutional-amendment-sweden-would-enshrine-rights-nature Jon Queally, staff writer Heralded as the first of its kind in Europe, a proposed constitutional amendment in Sweden seeks to enshrine the rights of Nature to ensure that the creatures, fona, and features of the natural world are protected from exploitation and abuse by endowing them with legal status previously reserved only for humans and select animals. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries." The proposed amendment to Sweden's Instrument of Government, the nation's constitutional document, would secure the Rights of Nature to "existera, blomstra, regenerera och utvecklas"—which translates as "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve"—in order to provide the people and government of Sweden the ability to defend and enforce these rights on behalf of Nature. Introduced by Swedish MP Rebecka Le Moine with the backing of a coalition of national and international groups—including Rights of Nature Sweden, Lodyn, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's International Center for the Rights of Nature—the change to Swedish law mirrors that of others in the world but, if passed, would set a new precedent in Europe. "For twenty years, we have been working with the national environmental goals in Sweden. After all this time, we are barely reaching two of them," Le Moine said in a statement on Tuesday. "The underlying value in our society is that we are the dominators of this world, and Nature is just a resource for us to use," she continued. "Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I'm tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries. Now, when we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse, I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature. And for me, it starts with admitting that Nature has rights." On its website, the group Rights of Nature Sweden explained the process for having the amendment adopted this way: A proposed rights of nature amendment to the Constitution could be introduced directly into the Riksdag by Members of Parliament. Members of Parliament may introduce private motions for consideration by the Riksdag. This occurs in the autumn, when the Riksdag opens, during which time Members may propose private motions. Each motion is referred to a parliamentary committee for its review and consideration (a rights of nature amendment possibly would be referred to the Committee on the Constitution, or the Committee on the Environment and Agriculture). The committee then examines the motion and presents a proposal for how the Riksdag should decide before it adopts a position in the Chamber. As the group also noted, this approach to defending the natural world is hardly new, with legal rights of nature having already been "recognized in laws and court decisions in the United States, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and Colombia." Mari Margil, associate director of CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature, championed the proposal and thanked Le Moine for her leadership. "We need to quickly make a fundamental shift in our relationship with the natural world," Margil said. "Advancing the Rights of Nature in Sweden's constitution is an important step forward. We congratulate Parliamentarian Le Moine on taking this politically brave, and necessary, step."
    In European First, Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Sweden Would Enshrine Rights of Nature
    "When we're in the beginning of an ecological and climate collapse," said the lawmaker who introduced the measure, "I hope we can re-think our relationship with Nature."
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  • From a good friend Dwayne:
    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.

    The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

    The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

    The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

    But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

    But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

    Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.

    Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

    In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
    When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

    Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
    We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing."

    We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
    From a good friend Dwayne: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day. Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Ambitious Just Society Plan
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just debuted The Just Society plan, a collection of anti-poverty bills aimed at helping Americans living in poverty.

    As a rising star in the Democratic party, The Just Society is the most ambition plan AOC has unfurled since the Green New Deal, explained has a comprehensive way of fighting climate change.

    In her time in Congress, AOC has taken on everyone from big pharma to President Trump.
    #AOC #JustSociety #Poverty #Politics #News #NowThis #NowThisNews
    https://youtu.be/npVXKoAuk9U
    Now This News 9/25/19
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Ambitious Just Society Plan Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just debuted The Just Society plan, a collection of anti-poverty bills aimed at helping Americans living in poverty. As a rising star in the Democratic party, The Just Society is the most ambition plan AOC has unfurled since the Green New Deal, explained has a comprehensive way of fighting climate change. In her time in Congress, AOC has taken on everyone from big pharma to President Trump. #AOC #JustSociety #Poverty #Politics #News #NowThis #NowThisNews https://youtu.be/npVXKoAuk9U Now This News 9/25/19
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    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is introducing a suite of anti-poverty bills called ‘The Just Society’ to radically transform the lives of the 40 million...
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  • Sixteen Child Petitioners Filed A Historic Complaint With The U.N. Here's WHY, In Their Own Words
    Sixteen young people from around the world filed an official complaint this week to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling out the lack of government action on the climate crisis.

    Crafted by petitioners from 12 countries and between the ages of 8 and 17, the landmark case alleges that U.N. member states’ failure to properly address the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights.

    Speaking on stage, the youth activists shared their names and explained their motivations for filing a complaint and organizing to fight against climate change.

    “The world signed a contract between generations that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future,” said 14-year-old activist Alexandria Villaseñor as she introduced her fellow petitioners.

    “And today I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we are here to collect.”
    #ClimateViolations #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCrime #GretaNailedIt
    https://youtu.be/zUZGqs0gyGA
    Democracy Now! 9/24/19
    Sixteen Child Petitioners Filed A Historic Complaint With The U.N. Here's WHY, In Their Own Words Sixteen young people from around the world filed an official complaint this week to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling out the lack of government action on the climate crisis. Crafted by petitioners from 12 countries and between the ages of 8 and 17, the landmark case alleges that U.N. member states’ failure to properly address the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights. Speaking on stage, the youth activists shared their names and explained their motivations for filing a complaint and organizing to fight against climate change. “The world signed a contract between generations that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future,” said 14-year-old activist Alexandria Villaseñor as she introduced her fellow petitioners. “And today I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we are here to collect.” #ClimateViolations #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCrime #GretaNailedIt https://youtu.be/zUZGqs0gyGA Democracy Now! 9/24/19
    Sixteen child petitioners filed a historic complaint with the U.N. Here's why, in their own words.
    Sixteen young people from around the world filed an official complaint this week to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling out the ...
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  • On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/climate-strike-eve-450-activists-and-groups-urge-united-nations-back-global-fracking
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    On the eve of a global climate strike and just days before a major United Nations climate summit, more than 450 environmental activists and organizations sent an open letter Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to support a global ban on fracking for fossil fuels, highlighting growing concerns about public health and the climate emergency.

    "As you are aware, man made climate change is the biggest and most comprehensive existential threat humanity has ever faced—apart from a nuclear war," the letter reads. "However, at a time when global forces must be combined to combat the foreseeable and enfolding mass extinction of our planet, the oil and gas industry—backed by many irresponsible governments—bets on a fossil fuels extraction technique that will destroy the joint forces of humanity: hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking."

    Organized by the U.S. advocacy group Food & Water Action, its European arm Food & Water Europe, and Pennsylvania-based air quality group the Breathe Project, the letter lays out the oil and gas industry's contributions to methane emissions, how hydraulic fracturing supports the plastics industry, and the environmental, health, and human rights implications of fracking.

    Food & Water Action @fwaction
    We wrote a letter to the @UN to ask them to finally call to #banfracking everywhere.

    Over 400 people and orgs have signed it, including @MarkRuffalo and Emma Thompson!

    RT pls — it's time to stop endangering our future so oil execs can turn a profit! https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/mark-ruffalo-emma-thompson-among-400-call-un-demand-ban-fracking?ms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing&oms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing

    Mark Ruffalo, Emma Thompson Among 400+ To Call On UN To Demand A Ban
    On the eve of the youth-led climate strikes that will pack the streets and cities all across the globe, actors Mark Ruffalo and Emma Thompson and inspiring authors like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
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    8:57 AM - Sep 19, 2019

    Letter signatory Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor of ecology and environmental biology whose research on methane leaks has exposed climate impacts of fracking, explained Thursday that "over the past decade, methane levels have been rising rapidly in the atmosphere, contributing significantly to the unprecedented global climate disruption seen in recent years."

    "Over 60 percent of the increased global methane emissions are from the oil and gas industry, and shale gas development in North America is responsible for one-third of the increased emissions from all sources," Howarth said in a statement. "Fracking for shale gas is a climate disaster."

    As actress and U.N. Human Rights Champion Amber Heard put it: "Every well and every pipeline adds more methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and pushes us closer to the edge of the climate cliff. The science demands, and our children demand, a global ban on fracking."

    Biologist Sandra Steingraber, a longtime critic of fracking, pointed out that "a decade ago, when there were only nine scientific studies on the impacts of fracking, some political leaders suggested that fracking might serve as a bridge to a stable climate. Now there are 1,800 studies, and the science is clear."

    "Fracking is making the climate crisis worse," said Steingraber. "Fracking is destroying drinking water and undermining human rights around the world. Fracking is harming health through toxic air pollution and supporting a polluting plastics industry that is killing our oceans. Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped everywhere and right now."

    Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1
    Proud to be a signatory on this letter to UN Secretary General. #Fracking is incompatible with climate solutions and is a public health menace. #AsktheSG: There's #NoRoomForGas in the Carbon budge. To stop the #ClimateCrisis we must #BanFrackingNow https://twitter.com/ssteingraber1/status/1174693879779643392
    Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1
    On the Eve of Global Climate Strikes and Summit, Celebrities, Advocates and Grassroots Groups Call on UN to Endorse Worldwide Fracking Ban https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/pressreleases/on-the-eve-of-global-climate-strikes-and-summit-celebrities-advocates-and-grassroots-groups-call-on-un-to-endorse-worldwide-fracking-ban/
    9:40 AM - Sep 19, 2019

    Concerned Health Professionals of New York—which Steingraber co-founded—and Physicians for Social Responsibility in June published a comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific, government, and media reports detailing the various health and climate consequences of fracking. The analysis noted with alarm that U.S. oil and gas production, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, "has spurred a massive build-out of fracking infrastructure."

    Without increased public opposition and government regulation, that build-out is only expected to continue throughout the United States. A first-of-its-kind report released in June by Food & Water Watch showcased more than 700 recently built or proposed facilities across three industries that benefit from and help fuel the U.S. fracking boom: the petrochemical and plastics industries, gas exporters building liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and natural gas-fired power plants.

    Wenonah Hauter—founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, Food & Water Action, and Food & Water Europe—noted in a statement Thursday that U.S. opponents of fracking have had some success in reining in related industries.

    "In more than a decade of fighting fracking in the U.S., we've banned it in multiple states and made great progress elevating the issue globally. But there is much more work to do," she said.

    "The fracking surge in the U.S. has been a boon for the polluting petrochemical industry, which turns fracked gas into plastics. Our planet and our oceans are drowning in plastic and fracking companies are profiting," Hauter added. "This needs to stop once and for all. We need a global ban on fracking."

    The letter to Gutteres makes the case that "directly affected regions and communities all over the world rely on a strong and bold public position of the United Nations on this significant and existential issue." Signatories call on the U.N. chief "to accept this climate champion role" and vocally support a worldwide fracking ban.

    Groups backing the letter include the Break Free From Plastic Movement, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking, Support Centre for Land Change South Africa, and SumOfUs. Individuals include activists Karenna Gore, Naomi Klein, and Bill McKibben; human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson; children's singer Raffi; fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré; and actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo.

    "The climate emergency is a casting call for heroes, and we need everyone to show up," said Ruffalo. "Step one is to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, that there is no place for fracking on a climate-destabilized planet."
    On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/climate-strike-eve-450-activists-and-groups-urge-united-nations-back-global-fracking Jessica Corbett, staff writer On the eve of a global climate strike and just days before a major United Nations climate summit, more than 450 environmental activists and organizations sent an open letter Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to support a global ban on fracking for fossil fuels, highlighting growing concerns about public health and the climate emergency. "As you are aware, man made climate change is the biggest and most comprehensive existential threat humanity has ever faced—apart from a nuclear war," the letter reads. "However, at a time when global forces must be combined to combat the foreseeable and enfolding mass extinction of our planet, the oil and gas industry—backed by many irresponsible governments—bets on a fossil fuels extraction technique that will destroy the joint forces of humanity: hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking." Organized by the U.S. advocacy group Food & Water Action, its European arm Food & Water Europe, and Pennsylvania-based air quality group the Breathe Project, the letter lays out the oil and gas industry's contributions to methane emissions, how hydraulic fracturing supports the plastics industry, and the environmental, health, and human rights implications of fracking. Food & Water Action @fwaction We wrote a letter to the @UN to ask them to finally call to #banfracking everywhere. Over 400 people and orgs have signed it, including @MarkRuffalo and Emma Thompson! RT pls — it's time to stop endangering our future so oil execs can turn a profit! https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/mark-ruffalo-emma-thompson-among-400-call-un-demand-ban-fracking?ms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing&oms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing … Mark Ruffalo, Emma Thompson Among 400+ To Call On UN To Demand A Ban On the eve of the youth-led climate strikes that will pack the streets and cities all across the globe, actors Mark Ruffalo and Emma Thompson and inspiring authors like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben foodandwaterwatch.org 8:57 AM - Sep 19, 2019 Letter signatory Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor of ecology and environmental biology whose research on methane leaks has exposed climate impacts of fracking, explained Thursday that "over the past decade, methane levels have been rising rapidly in the atmosphere, contributing significantly to the unprecedented global climate disruption seen in recent years." "Over 60 percent of the increased global methane emissions are from the oil and gas industry, and shale gas development in North America is responsible for one-third of the increased emissions from all sources," Howarth said in a statement. "Fracking for shale gas is a climate disaster." As actress and U.N. Human Rights Champion Amber Heard put it: "Every well and every pipeline adds more methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and pushes us closer to the edge of the climate cliff. The science demands, and our children demand, a global ban on fracking." Biologist Sandra Steingraber, a longtime critic of fracking, pointed out that "a decade ago, when there were only nine scientific studies on the impacts of fracking, some political leaders suggested that fracking might serve as a bridge to a stable climate. Now there are 1,800 studies, and the science is clear." "Fracking is making the climate crisis worse," said Steingraber. "Fracking is destroying drinking water and undermining human rights around the world. Fracking is harming health through toxic air pollution and supporting a polluting plastics industry that is killing our oceans. Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped everywhere and right now." Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1 Proud to be a signatory on this letter to UN Secretary General. #Fracking is incompatible with climate solutions and is a public health menace. #AsktheSG: There's #NoRoomForGas in the Carbon budge. To stop the #ClimateCrisis we must #BanFrackingNow https://twitter.com/ssteingraber1/status/1174693879779643392 … Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1 On the Eve of Global Climate Strikes and Summit, Celebrities, Advocates and Grassroots Groups Call on UN to Endorse Worldwide Fracking Ban https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/pressreleases/on-the-eve-of-global-climate-strikes-and-summit-celebrities-advocates-and-grassroots-groups-call-on-un-to-endorse-worldwide-fracking-ban/ … 9:40 AM - Sep 19, 2019 Concerned Health Professionals of New York—which Steingraber co-founded—and Physicians for Social Responsibility in June published a comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific, government, and media reports detailing the various health and climate consequences of fracking. The analysis noted with alarm that U.S. oil and gas production, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, "has spurred a massive build-out of fracking infrastructure." Without increased public opposition and government regulation, that build-out is only expected to continue throughout the United States. A first-of-its-kind report released in June by Food & Water Watch showcased more than 700 recently built or proposed facilities across three industries that benefit from and help fuel the U.S. fracking boom: the petrochemical and plastics industries, gas exporters building liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and natural gas-fired power plants. Wenonah Hauter—founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, Food & Water Action, and Food & Water Europe—noted in a statement Thursday that U.S. opponents of fracking have had some success in reining in related industries. "In more than a decade of fighting fracking in the U.S., we've banned it in multiple states and made great progress elevating the issue globally. But there is much more work to do," she said. "The fracking surge in the U.S. has been a boon for the polluting petrochemical industry, which turns fracked gas into plastics. Our planet and our oceans are drowning in plastic and fracking companies are profiting," Hauter added. "This needs to stop once and for all. We need a global ban on fracking." The letter to Gutteres makes the case that "directly affected regions and communities all over the world rely on a strong and bold public position of the United Nations on this significant and existential issue." Signatories call on the U.N. chief "to accept this climate champion role" and vocally support a worldwide fracking ban. Groups backing the letter include the Break Free From Plastic Movement, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking, Support Centre for Land Change South Africa, and SumOfUs. Individuals include activists Karenna Gore, Naomi Klein, and Bill McKibben; human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson; children's singer Raffi; fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré; and actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo. "The climate emergency is a casting call for heroes, and we need everyone to show up," said Ruffalo. "Step one is to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, that there is no place for fracking on a climate-destabilized planet."
    On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban
    "Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped."
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why U.S. Housing Is 'Barbarism'
    In US news and political news, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez spoke at length on Capital Hill today about housing. AOC, member of the House of Representatives for the Democratic party from New York and advocate for the Green New Deal, explained that housing is a human right.

    For AOC, dancing around tough issues is not an option.

    In this Ocasio Cortez speech, she presents big ideas she's become known for. AOC isn't afraid to take on titans like big pharma and the political establishment.
    #HousingAsAHumanRight #AffordableHousing #WarOnThePoor #AOC
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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why U.S. Housing Is 'Barbarism' In US news and political news, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez spoke at length on Capital Hill today about housing. AOC, member of the House of Representatives for the Democratic party from New York and advocate for the Green New Deal, explained that housing is a human right. For AOC, dancing around tough issues is not an option. In this Ocasio Cortez speech, she presents big ideas she's become known for. AOC isn't afraid to take on titans like big pharma and the political establishment. #HousingAsAHumanRight #AffordableHousing #WarOnThePoor #AOC https://youtu.be/F79mCbPcUDg Now This News 9/10/19
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  • With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries.

    Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday.

    To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org.

    The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all."

    "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement.

    Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!"

    350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h
    HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    350 dot org ✔ @350
    The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20:

    ❌No more fossil fuels
    🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice
    💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376
    10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am."

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    School strike week 55.
    New York City.
    Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019

    Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action."

    "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over."

    A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike.

    Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein
    Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905

    YouthStrike4Climate 🌍
    @Strike4Youth
    We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾
    Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905
    6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities.

    Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva."

    "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all."

    Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us."

    Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action."

    The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week:

    A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects.

    Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas.
    Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution.

    Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030.

    Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture.

    "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past."

    350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it.

    "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable Jessica Corbett, staff writer As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries. Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday. To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org. The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all." "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement. Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!" 350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 350 dot org ✔ @350 The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20: ❌No more fossil fuels 🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice 💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376 10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am." Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg School strike week 55. New York City. Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action." "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over." A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike. Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 … YouthStrike4Climate 🌍 @Strike4Youth We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾 Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019 In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities. Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva." "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all." Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us." Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action." The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week: A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects. Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas. Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution. Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030. Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture. "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past." 350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it. "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    "Our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it."
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down On Electoral College Criticisms.
    In US news and current events today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio broke down why she dislikes the electoral college, despite the bashing she received from Fox News Channel. In this AOC electoral college video, Ocasio Cortez reveals the problems with the electoral college, explained by her as a system that benefits few.

    For Ocasio-Cortez dancing around an issue is not an option, fighting for social justice directly is what she does.
    #ElectoralCollegeScam #AOCWontBackDown #AOC #FoxNews #Politics
    https://youtu.be/Mn1dVbBlUvQ
    Now This News 8/28/19
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down On Electoral College Criticisms. In US news and current events today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio broke down why she dislikes the electoral college, despite the bashing she received from Fox News Channel. In this AOC electoral college video, Ocasio Cortez reveals the problems with the electoral college, explained by her as a system that benefits few. For Ocasio-Cortez dancing around an issue is not an option, fighting for social justice directly is what she does. #ElectoralCollegeScam #AOCWontBackDown #AOC #FoxNews #Politics https://youtu.be/Mn1dVbBlUvQ Now This News 8/28/19
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    ‘It’s bogus. It’s a scam.’ — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is not backing down from her criticisms of the Electoral College, no matter what Fox News sa...
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