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The value of a moment – logistics and the acceleration of war
By David Beaumont. ‘Future advantage will lie with the side who can ‘own the time’ and best prepare the environment.’ – Lieutenant General R Burr, Chief of…
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yesterday
The Center Held Just Fine
Joan Didion’s July 1993 essay, “ Trouble in Lakewood ,” is about a gang scandal at a white high school in a southern California town, the emblem of the sordid…
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yesterday
The Magic Leap Con
Illustration: Jim Cooke ((GMG) “Today, our world feels divided.” Rony Abovitz, CEO of the infamous mixed reality startup Magic Leap stood awkwardly on a…
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2 days ago
A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
State of the Art Credit Doug Chayka More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every…
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5 days ago
Critic's Notebook: Why is the Petersen Museum ignoring Von Dutch’s racist past? - Los Angeles Times
If an art museum today were to open a group exhibition that featured, without comment, the work of an avowedly racist and anti-Semitic contemporary artist, all…
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6 days ago
Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
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8 days ago
Interview with the Luddite
Kelly: Other than arson and a lot of vandalism, what did the Luddites accomplish in the long run? Sale: The Luddites raised what was called at the time "the…
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8 days ago
That time 'Old Woman's Gun' saved Los Angeles
Oct. 8, 1846, was a scorcher with “not a breath of wind,” as one battle survivor would recall. At dawn, U.S. Navy Capt. William Mervine landed 300 Marines,…
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8 days ago
The Origins of Russia’s Broad Political Assault on the United States - Center for American Progress
Introduction and summary On January 6, 2017, the U.S. intelligence community released a declassified assessment to the public confirming what most had already…
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12 days ago
China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated Amazon and Apple
In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies , a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its…
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13 days ago
This Ohio Woman's Run-In With The FBI Provides A Window Into Mueller's Russia Probe
This Ohio Woman's Run-In With The FBI Gives Us A Window Into Robert Mueller's Trump–Russia Probe The probe into Cassandra Ford's Twitter account provides a…
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13 days ago
'Calling All Earthlings': Film Review
0:00 / 1:36 Loaded : 0% Progress : 0% Stream Type LIVE -1:36 1x Chapters descriptions off , selected captions off , selected en (Main) , selected This is a…
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15 days ago
California: The Not-So Golden State | History Today
Skip to main content Sign in Register Subscribe Search Subscription Offers Give a Gift Home Magazine Subscribe The Archive History Matters Miscellanies Digital…
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16 days ago
Why oil derricks are disguised as islands off the Long Beach coast
On some nights, the small islands off the shore of Long Beach shine with bright Vegas-style lights: orange, yellow, red and blue. Rising around a quarter mile…
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17 days ago
The Next Step for #MeToo Is Into the Gray Areas
As we near the one-year mark of the public accusations against Harvey Weinstein—that he serially assaulted women; that he used his power to avoid any…
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22 days ago
Q&A with QAnon
With little fanfare, on Wednesday night, anonymous conspiracy avatar Q announced “Q&A” and began answering questions from users on the image board 8Chan, where…
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26 days ago
‘True Detective’ Director Cary Fukunaga Is Bringing His Obsessions to Netflix
Credit Credit Richard Burbridge for The New York Times A t the end of 2009, the director Cary Joji Fukunaga was hunting for his second feature film. His first,…
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28 days ago
The Makings of a 2020 Recession and Financial Crisis | by Nouriel Roubini & Brunello Rosa
NEW YORK – As we mark the decennial of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there are still ongoing debates about the causes and consequences of the financial…
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28 days ago
Signs of the Times: Ancient Symbols Reused by Hate Groups
For the past year and half, I have written extensively about the appropriation of ancient symbols, texts, and material culture as a rallying point for hate and…
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4 weeks ago
A Trail of ‘Bread Crumbs,’ Leading Conspiracy Theorists Into the Wilderness
Go hungry for too long, and a lot of strange things will start to look like food. The smallest morsels become precious, especially if you believe they form some…
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5 weeks ago
Plans revealed for re-opening historic Jergins Tunnel in Downtown Long Beach
When the City of Long Beach was legally required by the state to pawn off its RDA properties following the dissolution of Redevelopment , there was one property…
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5 weeks ago
Making Monsters: The Enduring Appeal of Star Wars’ Creature Design
A rusted portcullis rises, concealed machinery rattling as sand falls from the bulwark’s blunt durasteel teeth. Beyond, a pair of pinprick eyes gleam in the…
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5 weeks ago
QAnon, Slender Man, and Our Paranoid Surveillance Society
Donald Trump was supposed to be the main event at his rally in Tampa, Florida, in early August. Instead, thanks to a number of people in the crowd sporting…
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5 weeks ago
A witch hunt or a quest for justice: An insider’s perspective on disgraced academic Avital Ronell
Justice is rare. But once in a while there arises an unexpected situation that nourishes the hope that justice has not disappeared entirely from the world. The…
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5 weeks ago
Ross Asset Management - the final chapter? | Lexology
In what is likely to be the final chapter in the Ross Asset Management (RAM) liquidation, assuming no appeal is filed, the High Court has considered an…
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6 weeks ago
White Magic
From an opening in the thicket we witness naked figures gathering around a growing fire. Their hair is long and their language foreign. Their chants intensify…
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6 weeks ago
What NYU Professor Avital Ronell’s Defenders Get Wrong
Avital Ronell. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Deutsches Haus: The Telephone Book @ 25/YouTube. One of the #MeToo movement’s lasting effects has been to…
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6 weeks ago
St. Joseph’s Orphanage
Millions of American children were placed in orphanages. Some didn’t make it out alive. It was a late summer afternoon, Sally Dale recalled, when the boy was…
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7 weeks ago
You Called for Me: Masculine Pain and Isolation in Akira
From Breaking Bad ’s arrogant, embittered Walter White to Conan the Barbarian’ s titular brute, the masculine urge to dominate is a prevalent narrative force in…
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7 weeks ago
What Kind of an American Am I? | Essay | Zócalo Public Square
I am American. That much I know—but my life’s experience has never taken me beyond that in any way, up until this point. While many Americans embrace their…
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7 weeks ago
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FINDING NEW MUSIC IN THE ALGORITHM AGE
Six people working in the music world tell us how they do it.
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8 weeks ago
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American…
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8 weeks ago
How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon
In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded…
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9 weeks ago
Exclusive: Hacked Emails Take Us Inside the Billionaires’ Club Around Vladimir Putin
exclusive How a little-known lawyer is at the center of a complex nexus of connections between Western fixers, Russian oligarchs, Vladimir Putin—and even Donald…
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9 weeks ago
The Kek Wars, Part One: Aristocracy and its Discontents - Ecosophia
Every month or so since the 2016 presidential election campaign hit high tide, somebody has asked me to say something about the weirdest and most interesting…
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9 weeks ago
Pitch Battles - Believer Magazine
I n 1988, more than a dozen of opera’s greatest superstars—including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Birgit Nilsson—added their names to a petition…
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9 weeks ago
I’m done with Twitter
After 12 years, I’ve decided to hang it up on Twitter . I started using the site in 2006, when it was all texts sent to your phone, and I remember my first…
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9 weeks ago
⛵ Learning Meaning in Natural Language Processing — The Semantics Mega-Thread
Krabi, Thailand by Mo Baghdadi In which Twitter talked about meaning, semantics, language models, learning Thai and Java, entailment, co-reference — all in one…
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9 weeks ago
It's Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters
"What the fuck is wrong with boomers?" There's a growing group of Trump supporters who are convinced that Donald Trump is secretly trying to save the world from…
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10 weeks ago
Structure
I had done all the research I was going to do, assembled enough material to fill a silo. And now I had no idea what to do with it. Construction by Stephen Doyle…
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10 weeks ago
Los Angeles in Buildings: Scientology Pacific Area Command Base
It isn't always obvious who owns Los Angeles' notable old buildings, but 4833 Fountain Avenue requires no research more intensive than an upward glance. There,…
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11 weeks ago
Death of a Godfather: Peter ‘Sana’ Ojeda Reshaped the Mexican Mafia and Paved the Way for SoCal's Gentrification ~ L.A. TACO
D ressed in his best flannel Pendleton, Peter “Sana” Ojeda can be seen at El Salvador Park weidling his will over a collection of Southern California’s most…
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11 weeks ago
Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots
This dulcimer-playing automaton from the 1770s, attributed to clockmaker Joseph Möllinger, mimics human movements to play eight compositions. Credit: M.S. Rau…
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11 weeks ago
Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not
Sometime in the late Eighties, I participated in a meeting organized by the Honda Foundation in which a Japanese professor—I can’t remember his name—made the…
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11 weeks ago
Molly McKew “Information Warfare Expert?” – Dustin Giebel – Medium
Information Warfare Experts are hard to come by, they are specialists who understand the integration of cyber warfare and psychological operations so they can…
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11 weeks ago
China's Xinjiang Province: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Johannes Eisele / AFP Police patrol a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in Chinas Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In western China, Beijing…
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11 weeks ago
A New Voice of the Southwest
ACID WEST IS a bit of a chameleon: it changes its color and character from one sort of book to another, depending on how one encounters it. Or, to be truer to…
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12 weeks ago
The QAnon Conspiracy Is the Oldest Scam Out There
In October 2017, President Trump posed with a group of high-ranking military officers and cryptically declared that it was “ the calm before the storm .” Most…
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12 weeks ago
Tron
The very first shot of Tron seems to depict a digital humanoid being compiled from its constituent digital parts. We don't see a face though, so perhaps we are…
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july 2018
Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture - Charlie's Diary
While I'd like to write SFF or rewrite Hot Earth Dreams , this year I'm stuck spending most of my energy fighting developers who decided not to let a good…
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july 2018
High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too
One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by…
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july 2018
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway FIGURE 1: Mount Lowe’s Incline Railway courtesy of the Los Angeles…
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july 2018
New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe
Any comments, suggestions or just looking for a chat about this subject? Don't hesitate and leave a comment on our improved comment section down below the…
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june 2018
Social Media and Influence Companies Related to the Trump Russia Story
Chart and highlights of companies reportedly involved with influence campaigns supporting Trump including SCL/Cambridge Analytica, Psy-Group, Black Cube, Data…
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june 2018
I Went On A Hunt For The Best Pakistani Food In The U.S.
In a college dorm full of Pakistanis lazily singing along to Qawwali, I experience two firsts: one, I see a group of my people getting high for the first time,…
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june 2018
Self-Publishing a Book for Fun and Profit
I wrote and self-published a book called Atomic Design , and I’m really pleased with how the whole thing turned out. I want to share my experience largely…
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june 2018
India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims
Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ask…
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june 2018
This is how Donald Trump is getting away with the biggest scandal in American history
Chip Somodevilla/Pool via CNP via AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The other evening I was on a cable news show to cover…
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june 2018
‘Out!' Boyle Heights activists say white art elites are ruining the neighborhood...but it’s complicated
A century ago, if you'd uttered the word "artist," chances are it would have been accompanied by the modifier "starving." Consider the tubercular waifs of…
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june 2018
LA's Art Community and Activists React to the Closing of 356 Mission
Wu Tsang, The Luscious Land of God is Sinking installation view at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2016 (photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy the artist and 356 Mission)…
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june 2018
These Tricks Make Virtual Reality Feel Real - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus
I am standing a few feet away from a conference table, about to test something called a “Holojam.” It is made of head-mounted displays, motion capture cameras…
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may 2018
The King of Wrong: Final Words (Many of Them)
Those who are not into reading long self-referential articles can content themselves with the short version of this article posted two days ago. If I’d known…
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may 2018
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock claimed Americans needed to wake up to government plot to seize guns - NY Daily News
A man who met Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Las Vegas massacre said the mass shooter ranted about a government plot to confiscate guns and called…
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may 2018
4chan users seize Internet's power for mass disruptions
One morning in June, Google's list of the top global searches began to fill up with random words: "fried chicken," "comic book stores," "gyms." Before anyone…
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may 2018
Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman
A protester at a 4-chan organized anti-Scientology rally, in 2011. (Melisa Toh/Flickr) 4chan , that most elusive of Internet beasts, has seen a whole lot of…
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may 2018
Science news: Octopuses came to Earth from space as frozen eggs millions of years ago
The extraordinary claims were made in a report entitled Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic? which was co-authored by a group of 33 scientists…
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may 2018
Kumiho. — ethanmarcotte.com
Yesterday, Google announced Duplex , a new product that can conduct natural-sounding conversations over the phone, and can complete “real world” tasks while…
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may 2018
Reflections on Random Kitchen Sinks
Ed. Note: Ali Rahimi and I won the test of time award at NIPS 2017 for our paper “Random Features for Large-scale Kernel Machines”. This post is the text of the…
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may 2018
The Last Word On Nothing | How Things End
Some of the best shows on television should have ended before they did. Dexter, Weeds, some even think The Office dragged its feet out the door a few seasons…
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may 2018
People think she’s a Parkland ‘crisis actor.’ It’s terrifying.
Emma Jane Gonzalez has been dragged into a bizarre Internet conspiracy. People think she is a “crisis actor” portraying the Parkland, Fla., teen with the same…
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may 2018
Beyond Engagement: the Content Performance Quotient
Recently, Josh Clark , Gerry McGovern and I have been questioning our industry’s pursuit of “engagement.” Engagement is what all our clients want all the time.…
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may 2018
The Terribly Thin Conception of Ethics in Digital Technology
Thanks in part to ongoing revelations about Facebook, there is today a louder discussion than there has been for a while about the need for deep thinking about…
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may 2018
What can a fake gorilla teach us about the search for space aliens? | SETI Institute
SETI Institute Home For Scientists For Educators and Students Projects Our Scientists Colloquium Careers at the Institute For Educators Programs GGTM Science…
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may 2018
Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now
There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of…
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may 2018
Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone
Robert Daly / Caiaimage / Getty Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, made a remarkable announcement during a keynote at the company’s big conference…
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may 2018
Laura Steenberge: Humble Objects, Imaginary Sounds, and Ancient Myth in Los Angeles
All photos taken by jen byers’ at Steenberge’s apartment. Credit: jen byers (Instagram: @cl.ou.dy) Laura Steenberge is a particular artist. Her work is…
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april 2018
When Science Gets Demoted: The Case of Vitamins
Proponents of science-based medicine are fond of saying that there’s a name for alternative treatments that pass scientific tests: medicine. But what they don’t…
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april 2018
How I Accidentally Wrote the Antithesis of a Spielberg Blockbuster
I’M USED TO the comparison. Nearly all of the reviews of my new novel Bash Bash Revolution (2018) mention Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011). But, when the…
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april 2018
“She Paid for Everything”: How a Fake Heiress Made My $62,000 Disappear
Anna, in Marrakech’s medina on May 16, 2017. Photograph courtesy by Rachel DeLoache Williams According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet…
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april 2018
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