Progressive Calendar 08.13.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:03:56 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   08.13.10

1. Palestine vigil    8.13 4:15pm
2. Yard sale drop off 8.13 6pm
3. Working Democracy  8.13 7pm

4. AWC yard sale      8.14 8am
5. Peace walk         8.14 9am Cambridge MN
6. CUAPB              8.14 1:30pm
7. Northtown vigil    8.14 2pm
8. Iraq film          8.14 8pm

9. Stillwater vigil   8.15 1pm
10. AI/Palestine      8.15 3pm
11. Organic/Ritchie   8.15 6pm

12. Erich Pica   - Climate ostriches: extreme weather about to become norm
13. Alan Fisher  - Ignoring the obvious: floods fires droughts disasters
14. Amy Goodman  - News at 11: how climate change affects you
15. Ian Sinclair - Documentary review: Conversations on climate
16. ed           - Promising sin  (haiku)

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 8.13 4:15pm

The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the
intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo
starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: Yard sale drop off 8.13 6pm

Yard sale: Drop off your items for our sale
Friday, August 13th 6 - 8pm@ Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 East Franklin
Avenue, Minneapolis

Looking for an excuse to clean out your closets, garage, basement, porch?
Stop by on Friday night drop off your gently-used items, so they can find
a new home with one of our Saturday yard sale shoppers. Feel free to
spread the word to neighbors, co-workers and friends. VOLUNTEERS needed -
help us sort and price donated items. All proceeds will benefit the AWC.

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From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at]>
Subject: Working Democracy 8.13 7pm

Working Democracy Book Club
Friday, August 13, 7:00 pm
MayDay Bookstore, 3rd & Cedar, West Bank - 612-333-4719

At this special Working Democracy Book Club Meetup, we look at the Program
of Working Democracy, what it is, how it works, and how it will solve the
now intractable problems of capitalism and statism.

Read it at:
and attend the Meetup for the in-depth discussion.

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: AWC yard sale 8.14 8am

AWC Yard Sale
Saturday, August 14, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511
East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Recycle and support the Anti- War Committee (AWC)! Come and buy items that
have been donated from a lot of families in the movement and give them a
new life! Find your "new" furniture, kids toys, clothes, etc. at the AWC
yard sale. Come shop and support peace. All proceeds will benefit the AWC.
Sponsored by: the AWC. Endorsed by: WAMM.

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 8.14 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street

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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at]>
Subject: CUAPB 8.14 1:30pm

Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 8.14 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Iraq film 8.14 8pm

Film about Displaced Iraqis: "The Unreturned"
Saturday, August 14, 8:00 p.m. Tarnish and Gold Gallery, 1511 Marshall
Street Northeast, Minneapolis.

Screening of Nathan Fisher's film on the displaced Iraqi middle class.
Part of "The Art of Conflict" exhibit. Sponsored by Iraq American
Reconciliation Project (IARP). Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI:

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 8.15 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560

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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at]>
Subject: AI/Palestine 8.15 3pm


Join us for our regular meeting on Sunday, August 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00

This month, our presenters will be Sylvia Schwarz and Susie Gad, who will
talk about the conflict in Israel/Palestine in their presentation, "Myths
of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict."

Sylvia Schwarz is a Jewish resident of St. Paul and a wastewater and water
engineer. She has been interested in the Palestine/Israel issue since the
1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and especially the massacres in the
Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. At that time the defense
minister, Ariel Sharon, was found personally responsible for the
massacres, but instead of spending time in prison for his culpability he
was rewarded with the Ministry of Housing in the Israeli Knesset. It
became clear that Israel was not the moral bastion that Sylvia had grown
up believing. In 2008 she visited parts of the West Bank and Israel and
saw first hand some of the human rights abuses that Palestinians have been
contending with since before 1948. 2008 was also the beginning of
Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign and Sylvia will discuss this campaign
and our role as Minnesotans in ending human rights abuses and
international law violations in Israel and Palestine.

Susie Gad grew up in an Egyptian household and recently graduated from the
University of Minnesota School of Law. She took the bar exam in July. She
has been active in the University chapter of Minnesota Break the Bonds
Campaign, helping to plan some of the fantastic events that have taken
place on campus, and she is active in the Legislative Committee of MN BBC.

This presentation will present some of the more common myths that
Americans hear regarding the conflict, and correct some of the
misconceptions. Some of these misconceptions include:

- Israel is building the separation wall for security
- The conflict is between Jews and Muslims
- Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East
- Palestinians need to find their "Gandhi"
- United States news media coverage of the conflict has generally been
fair and balanced

Their presentation will begin promptly at 3:00.

In our second hour, we will discuss recent developments in our particular
areas of focus and in human rights in general.

All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis
(corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot
behind the Center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn).

A map and directions are available on-line:

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: Organic/Ritchie 8.15 6pm

August 15: Women's Environmental Institute Organic Farm School. "The
Future of Alternative Farming and Food Justice in Minnesota" with Mark
Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State. 6 - 8 PM at Midtown Global Market.
$20. Register.

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Climate Ostriches: Why Russia's and Pakistan's Extreme Weather Is About To
Become the Norm
by Erich Pica
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Huffington Post
Common Dreams

Record-setting temperatures in Russia, floods in Pakistan: it's tempting
to categorize these as simply fluke weather events. And many media outlets
are doing just that. But to do so is a disservice to the public. Acting
like ostriches won't help us solve the problem. The media should be
helping to connect the dots: what seems extreme now will be tomorrow's
norm if we continue to ignore that these events are harbingers of climate
change, and they're patterns with real human consequences.

If Moscow were in the United States, it would be located somewhere just
south of Juneau, Alaska. Yet since July 29, Muscovites have endured at
least five days that have been hotter than the previous record of 99
degrees, set back in the 1920s. Prior to this summer, Moscow had never
seen a day with triple-digit temperatures. Now, it's seen several.

These are more than just a few hot days that can be endured by camping out
near an air conditioner. The extreme heat - the worst weather to occur in
Russia in 1,000 years - and the resulting acute air pollution, have
caused the death rate in Moscow to double. Over 15,000 people are likely
to have died in this summer's heat wave. Wildfires are burning rampantly,
releasing more carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas that does the most to
cause climate change, into the air. A section of the Siberian tundra
one-and-a-half times the size of Texas continues to thaw out.

Potentially more devastating is the effect the heat has had on Russia's
grain harvest. Nearly a third of it will be lost from drought and
wildfires. This loss will be felt globally; Russia is currently the
world's third-largest exporter of grain, and some analysts expect its
export to be halved this year, causing prices to skyrocket.

The floods in Pakistan have been equally devastating. They're "worse than
the Southeast Asia tsunami ... and the Haiti earthquake." 14 million
people have been affected by the flooding, and several thousand have died.
Villages that had yet to fully recover from a devastating 2005 earthquake
have been essentially washed away. And the rain continues to pour,
destroying more lives and keeping rescue efforts from proceeding. Food
prices in Pakistan have quadrupled, making basic nutrition unattainable
for many.

As Lester Brown explains in Plan B 4.0, climate disruption will have a
devastating effect on our food supply. Two different and catastrophic
weather patterns in two totally different parts of the world have resulted
in the decimation of harvests and widespread food shortages. Even after
the temperature in Moscow goes down or the rain stops in Pakistan, these
tragic events will continue to pile up casualties from starvation. As
grain prices rise around the world and extreme weather patterns become the
norm, starvation and malnutrition, already an overwhelming problem, will
become more persistent and farther reaching. The scope of climate change
goes far beyond simple environmentalism - it's a fundamental question of
how we power ourselves, or grid, and our economy.

The other day, I heard a news story that made reference to the "debate" on
climate change. The only "debate" is the willful deception funded by Exxon
and peddled by science-denying ideologues like Sen. James Inhofe, Lord
Monckton and Glenn Beck. These ideologues, for example, used last winter's
vicious snowstorms in Washington, DC to mock those who have been pushing
for strong action on climate disruption, not recognizing that those storms
were another example of the weather we will soon be forced to accept as
normal if we do nothing about climate disruption. While some are starting
to change their tune, the media continues to give the more stubborn
ideologues credence and legitimize the fallacy of their "debate."

The connection between these weather events and climate change couldn't be
more unambiguous. But the mainstream media first avoided referencing
climate change, when it should be the headline. CNN, for example, at first
seemed to care more about the political fallout from the Russian heat
wave. Instead of simply remarking how unprecedented these weather events
are, outlets should be asking why they're happening now and what it means
for our future, and that means pointing readers to the many scientific
studies that help contextualize this activity and show that climate
destabilization will cause more extreme weather. That's not advocacy of
one viewpoint or another, it's journalism. (Despite some encouraging signs
that the media has finally begun to wake up to the relationship between
this summer's brutal weather and climate change, this report by the New
York Times shows that some editors are still asleep at the wheel.)

We can keep our heads stuck in the sand and pretend what's happening will
go away. Or we can disabuse ourselves of any responsibility, just to say
"I told you so." Or we can, for once, look at what's happening now and do
what's necessary to mitigate and adapt to the forces of our changing

It's clear what our choice has to be.

 2010 Huffington Post
Erich Pica is President of Friends of the Earth.

[With malice aforethought, global warming is poo-pooed by the ruling class
and its drooling lackeys in politics and the media. Fixing the problem
would cost the rich lots of money; forcing it go on will make them richer.
So these social criminals are lying and cheating and bribing away our
future. They're not stupid - they know it and don't give a damn; they are
hardened sociopaths. It is time, NOW, to declare all-out class war on
these smarmy bastards, or see the earth and our life on it die. Tax away
their money and power;  expose away their sociopathic evil; learn not to
respect or allow a billionaire class. Eat the rich. Next time you go by a
country club, give 'em the finger. -ed]

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Ignoring the Obvious: The Floods and Fires, the Droughts and Disasters
Will Continue
by Alan Fisher
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Al Jazeera
Common Dreams

You may know I've just returned from Niger. There, tens of thousands of
people are facing extreme hunger because of the droughts of the last two

The rainy season is under way but the rains around the capital of Niamey
have been torrential and persistent. It's not what is needed. The water is
not nourishing the soil. It's washing away the crops. It's washing away
homes. It is destroying lives.

The trouble there comes as Pakistan struggles to cope with the worst
floods since the creation of the state. Millions of people are homeless.
The UN predicts the devastation will be worse than the Asian Tsunami,
which struck several countries.

Torrential rain has swept through China. The official death toll is
creeping up all the time. It is going to be in the thousands. Mudslides
have brought havoc to many places across the country's northwest.

In Russia's capital, Moscow, forest fires - started in scorching hot
temperatures - have left the air quality so poor, the authorities are
telling people who cannot leave the city to stay indoors.

In Greenland, a mass of ice has broken away from a glacier. Four times the
size of Manhattan Island; it's the biggest iceberg in more than half a
century. Scientists say arctic ice is melting at record pace and 16
countries have recorded record temperatures this year.

Yet despite the evidence of floods and flames, of drought and danger,
there is no concerted international action towards reaching an agreement
on the best way to fight climate change.

Most countries of the world gathered in Denmark in December. I know
because I was there. They left after ten days suggesting there had been
substantial progress, that things were moving in the right direction and
it takes time for an international agreement to be hammered out.

There were hopes that a comprehensive, legally binding deal could be
reached when the next round of talks convened in Cancun in Mexico in
November 2010.

That was both optimistic and unlikely. The politicians smiled and used
honeyed words of good intention, but already the process leading up to
Cancun is, in the words of a leading environmental journalist, in

There is a preparatory meeting scheduled for China in October. What should
happen there is that a draft text is agreed so that the politicians can
roll up, sign the deal and depart looking like they've saved the world.
Sound familiar? Well, that was what was meant to happen in Barcelona last

Instead, what we have is a forty page document which has to be negotiated
line by line. And there simply isn't the time to do that.

There is an optimistic idea that with countries suggesting things to be
added to the text, it means they are now fully engaged in trying to reach
a balanced agreement.

In Copenhagen last year, developing countries reacted angrily to the deal,
which was tabled. The idea was the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally
binding agreement on reducing carbon emissions, would be scrapped,
replaced by a new agreement which would allow industrialised countries to
set their own targets and timetables to make the changes needed.

The countries most at risk raised their voices loud. They felt they were
being told that they must reduce their minor emissions and deprive their
people of developing a stronger economy while richer nations did little to
minimise the impact of more than 100 years of mass industrialisation.

The US is the largest historical emitter and the second biggest carbon
polluter in the world. China overtook it in 2007. Its plan to help remains
essentially the same - cut emissions by four per cent on the 1990 figure;
a suggestion widely derided in Copenhagen, and a sign the US isn't quite
ready to face the pain of significant changes to the lifestyle its people
enjoy or the way it uses fuel.

The poorest countries are getting angry again. More than 100 of them are
now calling for any future climate change agreement to limit the global
temperature rise to 1.5C - not the 2C everyone has been talking about.
They are demanding more money to help with fighting the costs of climate
change - saying the $100bn a year already suggested simply isn't enough.
And they want much more from richer countries that aren't willing to give.

And that's where the basis of future disappointment in Cancun lies. If the
rich don't want to do anything - despite the howls of protests outside the
halls and the demands for action from charities and non-governmental
organisations - then nothing will happen.

And Cancun will be remembered for failure in the same way that Copenhagen
is remembered. The countries will leave, claim they're taking important
steps and push for agreement in 2011, or 2012 or 2013. And the whole
process starts again.

Meanwhile, the floods and fires, the droughts and disasters will continue.

 2010 Al Jazeera
Alan Fisher is an award-winning correspondent who has reported from across
the world.

[And the horrendous heat and humidity here in dear old MN. Millions of us
suffer so a few arch criminals can have longer yachts. They're lucky I/we
don't have our hands on their neckties. -ed]

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News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You
by Amy Goodman
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Common Dreams

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and
state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

And yet, no matter how glitzy the presentation, a key fact is invariably
omitted. Imagine if, after flashing the words "extreme weather" to grab
our attention, the reports flashed "global warming." Then we would know
not only to wear lighter clothes or carry an umbrella, but that we have to
do something about climate change.

I put the question to Jeff Masters, co-founder and director of meteorology
at Weather Underground, an Internet weather information service. Masters
writes a popular blog on weather, and doesn't shy away from linking
extreme weather to climate change:

"Heat, heat, heat is the name of the game on planet Earth this year," he
told me, as the world is beset with extreme weather events that have
caused the death of thousands and the displacement of millions.

Wildfires in Russia have blanketed the country with smoke, exacerbating
the hottest summer there in 1,000 years. Torrential rains in Asia have
caused massive flooding and deadly landslides in Pakistan, Kashmir,
Afghanistan and China. An ice shelf in Greenland has broken off, sending
an ice island four times the size of Manhattan into the ocean. Droughts
threaten Niger and the Sahel.

Masters relates stark statistics:

.2010 has seen the most national extreme heat records for a single year:
.The past decade was the hottest decade in the historical record.
.The first half of 2010 was the warmest such six-month period in the
planet's history.
.The five warmest months in history for the tropical Atlantic have all
occurred this year (likely leading to more frequent and severe Atlantic
"We will start seeing more and more years like this year when you get
these amazing events that caused tremendous death and destruction,"
Masters said. "As this extreme weather continues to increase in the coming
decades and the population increases, the ability of the international
community to respond and provide aid to victims will be stretched to the

And yet the U.N. talks aimed at climate change seem poised for collapse.

When the Copenhagen climate talks last December were derailed, with select
industrialized nations, led by the United States, offering a "take it or
leave it" accord, many developing nations decided to leave it. The
so-called Copenhagen Accord is seen as a tepid, nonbinding document that
was forced on the poorer countries as a ploy to allow countries like the
U.S., Canada and China to escape the legally binding greenhouse-gas
emissions targets of the Kyoto Protocol, which is up for renewal.

Bolivia, for example, is pursuing a more aggressive global agreement on
emissions. It's calling for strict, legally binding limits on emissions,
rather than the voluntary goals set forth in the Copenhagen Accord. When
Bolivia refused to sign on to the accord, the U.S. denied it millions in
promised aid money. Bolivia's United Nations ambassador, Pablo Solon, told
me: "We said: 'You can keep your money. We're not fighting for a couple of
coins. We are fighting for life.'"

While Bolivia did succeed in passing a U.N. resolution last month
affirming the right to water and sanitation as a human right, a first for
the world body, that doesn't change the fact that as Bolivia's glaciers
melt as a result of climate change, its water supply is threatened.

Pacific Island nations like Tuvalu may disappear from the planet entirely
if sea levels continue to rise, which is another consequence of global

The U.N. climate conference will convene in Cancun, Mexico, in December,
where prospects for global consensus with binding commitments seem
increasingly unlikely. Ultimately, policy in the United States, the
greatest polluter in human history, must be changed. That will come only
from people in the United States making the vital connection between our
local weather and global climate change. What better way than through the
daily drumbeat of the weather forecasts? Meteorologist Jeff Masters
defined for me the crux of the problem:

"A lot of TV meteorologists are very skeptical that human-caused global
climate change is real. They've been seduced by the view pushed by the
fossil-fuel industry that humans really aren't responsible ... we're
fighting a battle against an enemy that's very well-funded, that's intent
on providing disinformation about what the real science says."

It just may take a weatherperson to tell which way the wind blows.

Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

Copyright  2010 Truthdig, L.L.C.
Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international
TV/radio news hour airing on 800 stations in North America. She was
awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, dubbed the .Alternative Nobel.
prize, and received the award in the Swedish Parliament in December.

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Documentary review: Conversations on climate, action and the future.
Directed by Stefan Skrimshire
By Ian Sinclair
Source: Morning StarThursday, August 12, 2010
Z magazine

How do those interested and active in stopping man-made climate change get
everybody else to realise the urgency of the threat and change their
behaviour accordingly? It is a question that has generated a lot of
discussion in the Green movement, the outcome of which will have profound
consequences for the entire planet. Speaking at a public meeting organised
by the World Development Movement in May 2008 newly elected Green MP
Caroline Lucas noted that the language of fear and disaster surrounding
climate change is both "deeply scary and deeply unhelpful". According to
Lucas "trying to terrify people into action" simply doesn.t work.

To illustrate her argument Lucas mentioned the discourse of tipping
points, the topic of Beyond the Tipping Point, a short documentary
directed by Stefan Skrimshire, a Research Associate in Philosophy of
Religion at the University of Manchester.

"At certain points in time elements of the Earth's system, triggered by
positive feedback loops, can switch from small changes to huge ones",
Skrimshire, the narrator of the film, explains. Huge changes in this case
meaning accelerated, uncontrollable and importantly, irreversible, climate
change. An increase in 4 degrees, according to the 2007 Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, will likely lead to a marked decrease in global
food production, "major extinctions around the globe", a 2-7 metre sea
level rise and more frequent and severe flooding, heatwaves, droughts and
water pollution.

There is little agreement about where these tipping points are precisely
located, although many climatologists believe we may have passed a number
already. For example, as early as 2005 the respected NASA climate
scientist James Hansen warned. "We are on the precipice of climate system
tipping points beyond which there is no redemption".

Bypassing the science of these thresholds and choosing to focus on "impact
on our imaginations" the film is broken up into a series of easily
digestible sections dealing with questions such as "Do tipping points
generate action or apathy?", "Are we trying to prevent climate change or
adapt to it?" and "Are the challenges too great?". All huge topics taken
on their own, but the experts, academics and activists interviewed give
incisive answers that both lay persons and experienced campaigners will be
able to engage with and debate.

What effect does this looming point of no return have on those involved in
climate protest and action? Leo Murray of direct action group Plane Stupid
argues the climate science of tipping points and feedbacks means there is
a limited time period available for effective action against climate
change. "If ever we are going to act on climate change, we need to do it
now", he says. Polyp, an activist and political cartoonist, continues this
line of thinking, highlighting how the end of slavery and civil rights for
African-Americans took decades to achieve. "It's no longer viable for that
sort of social justice to happen at that sort of pace", he notes. "It's
got to start happening much more quicker".

Raising more questions than it answers, Beyond the Tipping Point is a
refreshing take on an issue that will only grow in importance in the
future. One thing missing is a discussion of the corporate forces involved
in deliberately planting doubt and uncertainty in the public debate,
surely a key reason behind the general public's relative inaction on
climate change. But this is a minor criticism of a film that, considering
it focuses in part on the very survival of the human species, is
surprisingly positive and hopeful.

"We must try as that is what it is to be human", concludes the University
of Southampton's Dr Mark Levene at the film;s close.

To request a free copy of the DVD to show in your community visit

*Ian Sinclair is a freelance writer based in London, UK.
ian_js [at]

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 I have not sinned today. Just
 watch me tomorrow.


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