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APsplainin | PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook's ["]payments project["]

"Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, and we will continue to partner with and support Facebook in various capacities," PayPal said.

Facebook has [re]presented Libra as a currency that could be used for digital payments, particularly outside the U.S. It would be backed by real currency, unlike [?] other digital currencies like Bitcoin or Etherium.

no
The Libra Association [cartel], based in Switzerland, was supposed to give the currency project a comfortable arm's length distance from Facebook, which wouldn't own Libra.
[...]
PayPal Holdings Inc., which is based in San Jose, California, is the first company to publicly end its partnership with Libra [Association], but other companies have been reportedly having second thoughts. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Mastercard and Visa, the world's largest payment providers financial services firms, were considering ending their Libra [Association] relationships.

archived
EU antitrust regulators raise concerns
about the possible competition restrictions that may result from the [Libra] Association
Always Read the Footnotes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 04:57:53 PM EST
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Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System
... authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a)) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code
"the walls are closing in"

reference
EO 11030--Preparation, presentation, filing, and publication of Executive orders and proclamations: "The provisions of Executive Order 11030 of June 19, 1962, appear at 27 FR 5847, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 610, unless otherwise noted. ..." as amended
CRS, Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation, 2014

Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations are used extensively by Presidents to achieve policy goals, set uniform standards for managing the executive branch, or outline a policy view intended to influence the behavior of private citizens. The U.S. Constitution does not define these presidential instruments and does not explicitly vest the President with the authority to issue them. Nonetheless, such orders are accepted as an inherent aspect of presidential power. Moreover, if they are based on appropriate authority, they have the force and effect of law. This report discusses the nature of these written instruments, executive orders in particular, with a focus on the scope of presidential authority to execute such instruments, as well as judicial and congressional responses to their issuance.
[...]
A widely accepted description of executive orders and proclamations comes from a report issued in 1957 by the House Government Operations Committee:  ...'he President's proclamations are not legally binding and are at best hortatory unless based on such grants of authority.'
norms and conventions: "lawyer up"

## Rule of law is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 11:09:48 PM EST
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OBSCURE "public charge" arguments heating up in a district ct

Judge SKEWERS Rule Change on Immigrants Receiving ["]Welfare["]

"I think a low credit score is an indication of someone who has made decisions that are not necessarily financially sound," Davis said.

"Poor people are likely to become a public charge," the judge shot back.

ooooo boiz, is DDG "Immigration and Nationality Act" auto-suggestion HOT today or wut!
8 USC 1182: Inadmissible aliens a/o 7 Oct 2019. oops
(1) Health-related grounds
(2) Criminal and related grounds
(3) Security and related grounds
(4) Public charge
   (A) In general
Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.
   (B) Factors to be taken into account...
   (C) Family-sponsored immigrants ...
   (D) Certain employment-based immigrants ...
   (E) Special rule for qualified alien victims ...
(5) Labor certification and qualifications for certain immigrants
(6) Illegal entrants and immigration violators
(7) Documentation requirements
(8) Ineligible for citizenship
(9) Aliens previously removed
(10) Miscellaneous [uh oh AG and cabinet duties]
landssakes. Who enrolled and enacted these "hoops"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:01:36 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

[District court] blocks Trump administration 'public charge' rule targeting poor immigrants

The nationwide injunction from District Judge George Daniels in New York City halts the administration's attempt to REDEFINE what constitutes a "public charge," or immigrants who are, or who might become, OVERLY DEPENDENT on government assistance.
f* crackers
wut: PPACA "Individual Responsibility"
The scheduled enactment [sic] next week of the rule comes as the Trump administration last Friday announced another rule, a proclamation effective Nov. 3 that bars immigrants from coming to the United States unless they will be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have the financial wherewithal to pay for any medical costs.

It's an ironic stance from a government that has repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act, which helps provide health insurance for millions of U.S. citizens.

archived Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States
The question advising applicants of their "rights" is on every form. ...*
New 'public charge' rule could affect millions of immigrants
Hello?! Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp 'loophole'..
--
* Ima tell y'all how I know the real dealio, the "deep dive". Being indigent, unlike bloviators polluting US 'policy analysis', I, a "natural born" US citizen burdened by a "privileged" education, have actually submitted applications for state 'public charge' (US HHS "benefits," formerly known as "welfare"). Filled diverse forms online and offline 2009-present. Shocking, I know. Even family members question my primary reports of "benefits" processing, because they prefer to trust "media". What is the matter with you people?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 01:56:28 AM EST
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MEMORABLE QUOTE
of my "meal ticket", the physician, RIP 07.11.2008

< wipes tears>

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 02:12:29 AM EST
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Who in hell did not see this coming?

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Experts caution that inaccuracies in state motor vehicle records also make them a poor choice for tracking citizenship, if that is the bureau's goal.
morons, Your turn is coming. REAL ID verification and replacement has been rolling since 2018. It was endorsed by AAMVA from the beginning. It's been litigated by "privacy orgs" since at least 2007, when the US visa regs first changed US passport controls. I WAS SUMMONED June 2019 by the state to appear with three (3) proofs of residence and nativity or lose my license. The motor vehicle dept scanned each piece into a digital record.
The bureau also is seeking more state records on individual recipients of public [assistance] programs. A new request published last month in the Federal Register said the records would be used for the 2020 Census and other research, and they're needed to "improve efficiency and accuracy in our data collections, and to improve measures of the population and economy."
[...]
States already share records on food public assistance and other programs to help the bureau track traditionally ["]undercounted["] populations and pinpoint vacant houses. The states' administrative records could cover a host of topics attributes, including citizenship, said John Thompson, a former Census Bureau director in the Obama administration.
They. still. don't. get. it.
Several civil rights organizations filed a new challenge in federal court in Maryland last month, claiming Trump's executive order is "motivated by a racially discriminatory scheme to reduce Latino political representation" and gives an advantage to white voters at the expense of Latino voters.
IF fed gov wants you, fed gov will find you. You know what that means? Fed gov could find who is and who is not a descendant of US slaves, IF it wants, if only by sorting the last 100 years' State department records. Fed gov has the CPUs and "pivot tables" that you don't.

So back the fuck up. Reparations are coming, and UST bondholders are going to pay for it.

archived
Federal government is the "central registry" of the Unied States' population.
the press discredited agencies' "data sharing" capabilities and invented the yella cake of stormtrooper surveillance traps. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 11:17:45 PM EST
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APsplainin | [13 out of 50 states and US Territories] not giving driver's license data to Washington
based on AP requests for comment on "philosophical" personal property rights.

m'k.

Let's check the wikiwtf Real ID article. oops. dead links.

Let's skim Pub.L. 109-13, DIVISION B-REAL ID ACT OF 2005, enacted 11 May 2005, incorporated with 8 USC. Immigration and Nationality Act. (p 72-86) under the GWOT. oops. It appears that states' motor vehicle departments are required to shared license data with several federal agencies who are required to report data analysis periodical to several senate and house committees. What's more, TITLE II--IMPROVED SECURITY FOR DRIVERS' LICENSES AND   PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS [...] Sec. 202 Minimum document requirements and issuance standards for federal recognition.--failure to comply jeopardizes applicants by subjecting them to SCRUTINY of the several federal agencies in WHICH? coourts and possible deportation. Good going, APsplainin. So. I ask myself, "SELF, why would the department of commerce request data to which it already has access from states' motor vehicle departments? What could fed gov learn from this test?"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:46:58 PM EST
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U.S. Code § 2721. Prohibition on release and use of certain personal information from State motor vehicle records, (b)1
may be disclosed as follows:
(1) For use by any government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions, or any private person or entity acting on behalf of a Federal, State, or local agency in carrying out its functions. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 06:08:51 PM EST
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Less than a year to obtain 'Real ID' licenses
"For security reasons, Nizer noted, the federal government requires MVA to have one proof of age/identity and Social Security, plus two forms of residency, scanned and on file for each Maryland resident."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 03:33:04 PM EST
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California DMV data BREACH exposed THOUSANDS of drivers' information, agency says
A data breach at the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have exposed some drivers' Social Security number information to seven government ENTITIES, according to the DMV. The breach affects about 3,200 individuals over at least the last four years, the agency said in a statement. The DMV insists it was not hacked and information was not shared with private individuals or entities.
Gee. Seems like an inside search to me.
The information was improperly disclosed through the Government Requester Code Account Program, which allows government agencies to access information on file with the DMV and is "permitted only for limited purposes under state and federal law."
18 USC § 2721 (b) permits 14 different types of "disclosure", 11 without "consent" of the individual "to whom the information pertains". Then there's Real ID ahh disclosure purposes.
The DMV said it has "implemented several additional layers of review" for any new requester that seeks to access any social security information.
o. look. California is compliant with the REAL ID Act.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 12:12:49 AM EST
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NY Law Giving Licenses to Noncitizens Upheld
The Green Light Law allows people to apply for driver's licenses without handing over a social security number, allowing the use of foreign identification documents. The law also expressly states that people do not need to prove they're legally present in the U.S. in order to get driver's licenses, and that the DMV cannot question them about their immigration status.
New York State DMV began issuing REAL ID licenses, permits, and ID cards on October 30, 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 02:28:01 PM EST
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No bars

Fed cuts rates again, hints it will pause


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 12:54:54 AM EST
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Who in hell did not see this coming?

Facebook, other social media sites pressured to protect census

Russia or another country may try to push the census off course, they say, and Facebook and other companies should be prepared.
[...]
"We're extending the current set of policies we have around voter suppression to a new census suppression policy too," Zuckerberg said. "We recognize this is important and rises above normal hoaxes or misinformation where we may allow someone to post it and mark it as potentially false by independent fact-checkers."
wut
"The biggest thing about our partners already, though, is their ability to be a set of eyes and ears where the census is not, and in some places cannot be, to try to catch that misinformation and disinformation before it even gets to the level of a few social media posts," Ahmad said.
[...]
Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Education Fund, a census outreach partner, said Trump's unsuccessful effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census may spill out online during next year's count.

"I'm expecting the president to use his Twitter platform to say who should be counted and who should not be counted," Vargas told CQ Roll Call. "I don't know if (census officials) are going to be prepared to handle that."

Census 2020 online! 48% response rate! 83% of households! It's going to be great.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 9th, 2019 at 01:18:40 AM EST
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APsplainin | Inmate headrights
When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners.
[...]
"When you undercount people for the census, they end up losing in that community dollars that could go toward services that can help remediate poverty," said state Rep. David Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat co-sponsoring legislation to end what critics call prison gerrymandering.

Democrats argue the system shifts resources from traditionally liberal urban centers -- home to many inmates who are disproportionately black and Hispanic -- to rural, white, Republican-leaning areas where prisons are usually located.

archived Dred Scott revisited
Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Connecticut
"Though most of these inmates have lost their voting rights because of their felony convictions, the NAACP says that Connecticut since 2011 has been counting the inmates as residents of the communities where they are incarcerated."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 07:07:51 PM EST
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yeah?
APsplainin | America's ["]last slave ship["] could offer a case for reparations
"Now, the history of Meaher and the slave ship Clotilda may offer one of the more clear-cut cases for slavery reparations, with identifiable perpetrators and victims."

No. AP published this story to suggest proscribing the cause of action and class certification of claimants demanding reparations for multiple injuries by the US federal gov. More despicable than contradicting the pertinent legislative bill, by omitting state liabilities in this specious  "narrative" and reducing standing to sue to private parties, the plot seemingly verifies the conviction of 63% of McConnell's crypto-libertarian residents that they are not beneficiaries of historical slave labor, much less systematic economic frauds, peonage, and political discrimination harming descendants of US slaves.

reference
H.R.40 - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
"SEC. 3. Establishment and duties. ...(b) Duties.--The Commission shall perform the following duties:..."

DICTION CORNER
cause of action
class action

archived APOLOGIES! ACCIDENTS! STAINS!
Trump STATE cockroach alert
1860 at Mobile, ALABAMA
I'll be dead and goddamed before that happens.
immediate action on today's problems

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 12:28:18 AM EST
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Trump: "African Americans built this nation. You built this nation. You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that, OK? I don't know if you know that ... You built the nation. We all built it. But you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit."

He said the C-word. Twice. Alrighty then.

Here it comes ...violating NORMS ...black DUPES ... cynical PLOY ... RUSSIAN bots ... b-b-but FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ... DIVIDING the country ... INSANITY defense and 25th amendment ... OLD WHITE MEN ... It's not me ...

Have I forgotten anything?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:56:20 PM EST
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That's it. NATIVISM.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:58:37 PM EST
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3-way TIE: RUSSIAN bots, DIVIDING the country, black DUPES

Senate Intelligence Committee has released Vol 2 of its report on 2016 election interference, redacted

against Clinton?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 09:20:45 PM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 01:43:24 AM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE ... for 10th Amendment!
HuffPoo | These States Are Considering Reparations In APOLOGY For Slavery
US Constitutional CRISIS averted? I. don't. fucking. think so.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 06:10:18 PM EST
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APsplain | poll: Most Americans oppose reparations for slavery
FUIGM. Wow. That's new.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:50:32 PM EST
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NYT, the publisher that invented yellow cake and the "1619 Project" for Dummies (Oct 2019), reports:
"'We're Self-Interested': The Growing Identity Debate in Black America," an exposé of #ADOS agitators for restitution, reparations payments ($0 paywall)

I declined to support NYT advertising sales plans. Pre-view its reporter's sources before you register or review four years' weekly YouTube broadcasts PR by Antonio Moore and Yvette Carnell preparing for the 2nd ADOS Conference. It's as close to Niagra Movement, politically and ideologically, as post-racial 21st cen. USA is going to get during the 4th red scare and without commie benefactors.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 11:44:16 PM EST
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America's Education System: Teaching the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

archived 1619 Project
an accidental encounter with original sin
STAINS, vibranium

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 01:44:01 AM EST
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....the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 06:27:07 PM EST
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Women Are CEO's Of Top Weapons Manufactures
Fabulous. Are they progressive voters?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:43:53 PM EST
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He's done.

Farm Bankruptcies Rise Again
There are other weaknesses in PPI fed gov has tried to paper over. Closing a "China deal" by FYE or Q1 will be too little, too late. Ima call it Trump's "own goal" when #Resistance celebrates.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 01:34:20 AM EST
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Perception is what matters ... low unemployment, consumer spending and 401(k) plan. NYSE at all-time high.

The American Dream .... wealth!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 08:52:21 AM EST
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btw, how's that CAP reform coming along? in reality.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:31:43 PM EST
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Congress struggles to agree on funding as November deadline looms, podcast, no transcript. darn.
Congress needs to reach agreement on a second continuing resolution before funding runs out on Nov. 21 to avoid a partial government shutdown. But that deadline is going to be difficult to meet.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:26:44 PM EST
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UPDATE

v1: Majority of Senate votes for bill to fund federal government through Dec. 20, voting continues
link to ... nothing
v2: Senate passes stopgap spending bill, sends it to Trump for signature--enacting the enrolled bill

The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal 2020 began on Oct. 1. Once Trump signs it -- as his aides say he will -- the stopgap measure will fund the government through Dec. 20, giving appropriators more time to hash out numerous divides over policy riders and programmatic spending levels. The vote was 74-20. ...
links to self

FETCH FACT: congress.gov

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 08:00:35 PM EST
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See that? MSM "perception" of market failure trails customary 2-month lag in reporting by fed gov, every admin.
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, September 2019
The September figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with South and Central America ($5.0), Hong Kong ($2.1), Brazil ($1.0), OPEC ($1.0), Singapore ($0.9), United Kingdom ($0.7), and Saudi Arabia ($0.3). Deficits were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($28.0), European Union ($15.7), Mexico ($9.1), Japan ($5.9), Germany ($5.0), Italy ($3.0), Canada ($2.5), Taiwan ($2.1), India ($2.0), France ($1.7), and South Korea ($1.2).

  • The deficit with Germany decreased $1.9 billion to $5.0 billion in September. Exports increased $0.7 billion to $5.6 billion and imports decreased $1.2 billion to $10.7 billion.
  • The deficit with China decreased $0.9 billion to $28.0 billion in September. Exports decreased $1.0 billion to $9.0 billion and imports decreased $1.9 billion to $37.0 billion.
  • The deficit with Canada increased $0.9 billion to $2.5 billion in September. Exports decreased $0.3 billion to $24.5 billion and imports increased $0.6 billion to $27.0 billion.
Accumlating export losses over the past 24 months. Unless miracle "u-turn", he's done.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 06:41:17 PM EST
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Calculated Risk | chart pr0n
From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production fell 0.8 percent in October after declining 0.3 percent in September. Manufacturing production decreased 0.6 percent in October. Much of this decline was due to a drop of 7.1 percent in the output of motor vehicles and parts that resulted from ["]a strike["] at a major manufacturer of motor vehicles. [BWAH!] The decreases for total industrial production, manufacturing, and motor vehicles and parts were their largest since May 2018, April 2019, and January 2019, respectively.



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by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 07:17:59 PM EST
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