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In the north-east of illegal bourgeois Estonia restored Soviet power - a liberated territory of the USSR, the newly proclaimed by the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, eliminated in 1991, the outcome of the All-Union referendum...    unusualrussia.blogspot.com/
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In Russia stop manufacture of engines for military fighter MIG-29
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In Russia stops manufacture factory of Tchernyshev who makes engines for military plane MIG-29. Engines for MIG-29 cease to make in Russia. Them start to make in Ukraine and France. Manufacture of engines for military planes the INSTANT is turned off by communications with sharp decrease in quality of engines. Earlier contracts with China and India have been ruined. Also there were failures on a number of operating planes of the Air Forces of Russia.
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You didn't just misspeak. You pointed to this as your foreign policy experience. You still don't have any.
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Americans are asking for Political Asylum...Why don't we hear about it?     

There is no country in the world that understands propaganda more than the United States. Billions are spent at the Pentagon on what you hear and repeat. The mainstream news is a psychotronic parade as the democrats bumble and the reporters comment as though they are on the Bush administration payroll. 

The truth is not reported. The public responds as a story of importance makes breaking news only to see it squashed in the next 72 hours. Americans are asking for political asylum and you are not hearing about it. 

The government is torturing American citizens who are Whistleblowers-  myspace Darren Gelbard, youtube Monarch Katherine Moore, and DIA Topoff to see electronic warfare torturing a U.S. citizen in 2007. Or, for those of you who think these victims are conspiracy theorists, there are the ADS military tests on youtube, 60 Minutes, and CNN. People being hit out of thin air by a ray beam. For real!

Weapons that can harm or kill you from a distance, without leaving marks if the operator so desires, are being used on people in their homes. There are interviews with U.S. citizens who are victims and with a Baghdad surgeon in which he states there are bodies in Iraq he and his team of ten Doctors have seen that are being killed by..."No bullets, no shots..arms cut straight off...we don't know what kind of weapon it is." A Baghdad Orchestra player also stated he saw bodies where..."Only the face was burned, no eyes..and the teeth. The rest of the body was untouched.

The Washington Post released an article called Mind Games in which the victims of psychotronics and V2K described what it was like to have someone mentally and physically torture you using communications and electronic warfare from a distance. And Russia is trying to ban Space weapons after Congress changed the bill that would have banned psychotronics years ago. This is the most dangerous game. Weapons that no individual can defend themselves against. Weapons that manipulate people and that torture and can kill you in your home with no warning from a distance.
 
 
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/23456568#23456568
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nyjeter02
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I think for the first time in my young voting record, I am really scared and on edge about what is going to happen with our country. I moved my support to Obama a few months ago when Clinton decided to let her husband speak her dirty words for her (although she was the biggest proponent of not "throwing mud" during the campaign) and he made the mistake of playing the race card. Personal attacks are apart of politics; this much I know. But to make reference to anyones race is going over the line to me. It would be like if we called Hilary a dike for wanting to be the most powerful person in the country. But thats neither nor there.

Everyone seems to be cautiously writing Clinton off for the primaries on Tuesday. And I think that is a major mistake. I mean, I know they need ratings, but by drawing more attention to her lack of luster, I am really afraid women will try to rally around her and support her and prolong this race even longer than I want it to go. The only reason why I say this is because of what happened between Iowa and New Hampshire. Obama won Iowa and the media couldn't stop singing his praises and calling it a done deal for Clinton, and then (mostly) women rallied for her to win in New Hampshire. The more I see her talk in debates, the more I lose my respect for her. (Used to be MAJOR Clinton fan; my uterus did cart wheels when she was elected into Senate) She has reverted back to what got her husband elected in the early nineties; silly, ridiculous and utter stupid name calling tricks that aren't getting her anywhere (I hope) with anyone above a high school education. I've watched all 20 debates. And I'd say with every debate she has lost 2 years of maturity. Yup, she's a teenager again ("Shame on you Barack Obama! Meet me in Ohio and lets debate!"

I guess I just dont trust her anymore. And my heart is really clamoring for Obama to win. As much as I fear his safety (for whatever reason, it is a constant on my mind when I watch him speak on CNN), I think once he gets to the White House he could make real change. And lets face, a multi-millionaire white, college graduated women would hardly constitute the average working woman "breaking the final glass ceiling." Lets be honest, really. I don't want her in the office. I no longer think she will do a good job.

..just a political rant before I head off to work. (x-posted)

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With the more and more momentum Obama seems to be getting, the more I tend to think of what violence could be bestowed upon him. It was nice to see that I am not the only one who fears what could happen. Read the article under the cut.


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zephoral39
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So, the more I read about these supposed "superdelegates", the more I consider the entire system a load of crap.

Everyone is talking about the Democratic party nomination coming down to the superdelegates, but all the while working under the assumption that the average working class American citizen actually knows what the fuck a superdelegate is.

I had no idea. In fact, no one I talked to really had any definitive answer for me because they were fuzzy on the details. I did what every college-educated person would do when confronted with something they didn't know-- I looked it up. I looked at a bunch of places, but I think Wikipedia (as terrible as it is) breaks it down the best for the common layperson to understand what the fuck the system is. The only thing they don't really go into is why on earth we have such a crappy system in place. Like the electoral college, I am under the assumption that it should be done away with. Surprisingly enough, such a stupid system has only been in place since 1980! Why on earth do we have it?

So, for those of you (like me) who have no idea what it is, I will help you understand because I did research it a bit for my own understanding.


- Superdelegates really only refer to those in the Democratic party. Rebublicans have a different system and call them something else.

- Superdelegates make up about 1/5 of the total number of delegates.

- Basically, the superdelegate rule was put in place in 1980 because some people believed that politicians didn't have enough power in selecting the president (no fucking shit, sherlock, the American PEOPLE should be deciding, not the politicians!)

- "Superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention include all Democratic members of the United States Congress, Democratic governors, various additional elected officials, members of the Democratic National Committee, as well as "all former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee." There is an exception, however, for otherwise qualified individuals who endorse another party’s candidate for President; they lose their superdelegate status. In 2008, Senator Joe Lieberman was disqualified as a superdelegate because he endorsed Republican John McCain." (Wikipedia)

- This process has been under attack for being undemocratic (absolutely agree with this).

- Basically, 20% of the delegates will be voting for the presidential nominee.

- Superdelegates have NO RESPONSIBILITY to vote for the candidate that is chosen by the popular vote. They are selected without any regard to what candidate they favor.



I hope that this helped those of you, like me, had no idea what the superdelegates were and what their part will be in the outcome of this presidential race. Please let me answer any questions you have as well.

For those who want to sign the online petition and feel strongly against the superdelegate process, I found it and signed it myself. This seems to be a completely undemocratic process and the few should not be voting for the many. Here is the link to the petition: http://nosuperdelegates.org/

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Basically, the Super Delegates can vote their conscience, or we can try to make it where they follow the popular vote. Of course, your decision is primarily based on who you want as the democratic nominee. But since this IS a political forum, I thought I'd let people decide for themselves.

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Superdelegates?

Hi,

You've probably heard about the "superdelegates" who could end up deciding the Democratic nominee.

The superdelegates are under lots of pressure right now to come out for one candidate or the other. We urgently need to encourage them to let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama—and then to support the will of the people.

I signed a petition urging the superdelegates to respect the will of the voters. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/superdelegates/?r_by=-9025127-J8QIF3&rc=paste

Thanks!

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zephoral39
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Our Moment is Now (December 27, 2007)

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This is something that I always wonder about whenever following the elections, so I thought I'd post this article. It has to do with how the delegates are distributed among the candidates.

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We're all guilty of owning some consumer item that we could live without-- I'm talking about a nice laptop, a $50 shirt, an iPod, a Channel bag. A professor of mine was talking about an interview with this woman, and recommended we go to see this site to watch this video. It is broken down so that the average Joe can understand the process of where our "stuff" comes from and where it goes. She makes some good points in arguing that while we always want the bigger or better thing (better computer, bigger tv, etc), it isn't making us happier as a whole. In surveys taken over the course of different eras, the 1950s were seen as the time when our country was at its happiest. Now, with all of our new technology and bigger, better "things", we're sliding down a slippery slope into consumer unhappiness.

What is it about our country (and the world for those abroad) that makes us think that consumer goods are what makes us happy?

The chapter on "planned obsolescence" and "perceived obsolenscence". The media makes us feel like the stuff we have isn't good enough-- it just makes us unhappy with what we have and makes us feel that everything will be okay when we go shopping.

It is very interesting (if not depresing), so I thought I'd share it and see what you guys think.

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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I'm sure most of you know this, but former president John F. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has officially endorsed Barack Obama. It's an interesting article, and a big moment for Obama. I was able to find the article online.

Follow the link..

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/opinion/27kennedy.html?em&ex=1201582800&en=68dbeb8e37c848ac&ei=5087%0A

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I have written a new article for Blogcritics.org. I hope you'll take the time to check it out and leave a comment.

How To Vote with a Clear Conscience


It's time to pick a leader that we can be proud of.

Enjoy, Alex Hutchinson
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OBAMA WINS SOUTH CAROLINA in a landslide-- 55% of the votes to Clinton's 27% and Edwards'18%.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/26/sc.primary/index.html
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Karl Rove to leave the White House




WASHINGTON - Karl Rove, President Bush's close friend and chief political strategist, announced Monday he will leave the White House at the end of August, joining a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration.

On board with Bush since the beginning of his political career in Texas, Rove was nicknamed "the architect" and "boy genius" by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House. Critics call Rove "Bush's brain."

"Karl Rove is moving on down the road," Bush said, appearing grim-faced on the White House's South Lawn with Rove at his side.

"We've been friends for a long time and we're still going to be friends ... I'll be on the road behind you here in a bit," he said ruefully.

"I'm grateful to have been a witness to history. It has been the joy and the honor of a lifetime," said Rove, his voice quivering at times. "But now is the time. ... At month's end," Rove said, "I will join those whom you meet in your travels, the ordinary Americans who tell you they are praying for you."

After a lengthy hug from Bush and then his wife, Laura, Rove joined them on the president's helicopter. Rove, his wife and their son were flying with Bush on Air Force One to Texas, where the president is vacationing.

A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name but he was never charged with any crime. In a more recent controversy, Rove, citing executive privilege, has refused to testify before Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Rove's departure reinforces Bush's lame-duck stature and declining influence, particularly with Democrats in control on Capitol hill.

"Obviously it's a big loss to us," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said. "He's a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind. He will be greatly missed, but we know he wouldn't be going if he wasn't sure this was the right time to be giving more to his family, his wife Darby and their son. He will continue to be one of the president's greatest friends."

Since Democrats won control of Congress in November, some top administration officials have announced their resignations. Among those who have left are White House counselor Dan Bartlett, budget director Rob Portman, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, political director Sara Taylor, deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch and Meghan O'Sullivan, another deputy national security adviser who worked on Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced out immediately after the election as the unpopular war in Iraq dragged on. White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day they would be obliged to remain through the end of the president's term in January 2009.

Rove became one of Washington's most influential figures during Bush's presidency. He is known as a ruthless political warrior who has an encyclopedic command of political minutiae and a wonkish love of policy. Rove met Bush in the early 1970s, when both men were in their 20s.

Once inside the White House, Rove grew into a right-hand man.

Rove is expected to write a book after he leaves. He disclosed his departure in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

"I just think it's time," Rove said in an interview at his home on Saturday. He first floated the idea of leaving to Bush a year ago, the newspaper said, and friends confirmed he'd been talking about it even earlier. However, he said he didn't want to depart right after the Democrats regained control of Congress and then got drawn into policy battles over the Iraq war and immigration.

"There's always something that can keep you here, and as much as I'd like to be here, I've got to do this for the sake of my family," said Rove, who has been in the White House since Bush took office in 2001.

Rove's son attends college in San Antonio and he said he and his wife plan to spend much of their time at their nearby home in Ingram.

Rove, currently the deputy White House chief of staff, has been the president's political guru for years and worked with Bush since he first ran for governor of Texas in 1993.

Even as he discussed his departure, Rove remained characteristically sunny. This quality of unrelenting optimism about the president, which matches Bush's own upbeat, never-admit-disappointment nature, has at times gotten Rove into trouble. Up to the end of the 2006 midterm elections, the political guru predicted a Republican win. That of course was not to be, and there was grumbling that Rove wasn't on his game during those elections as much as he had been before.

In the interview, Rove predicted Bush will regain his popularity, which has sunk to record lows because of the war in Iraq.

Rove also predicted conditions in Iraq would improve and that the Democrats would nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, calling her "a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate."

Rove does not intend to work for any candidate in the 2008 presidential election, White House press secretary Tony Snow said.

Rove testified before a federal grand jury in the investigation into the leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA officer whose husband was a critic of the war in Iraq. That investigation led to the conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on charges of lying and obstructing justice. Plame contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband.

Attorneys for Libby told jurors at the onset of his trial that Libby was the victim of a conspiracy to protect Rove. Details of any save-Rove conspiracy were promised but never materialized.

The most explicit testimony on Rove came from columnist Robert Novak, who outed Plame in a July 2003 column. He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

Rove, though, was not indicted after testifying five times before the grand jury, occasionally correcting misstatements he made in his earlier testimony.

The jury in Libby's trial did not hear that testimony, nor did it hear that Rove is credited as an architect of Republican political victories and has been accused by opponents of playing dirty tricks.

All that jurors heard is that Rove leaked Plame's identity and, from the outset, got political cover from the White House. He was never charged with a crime.



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zephoral39
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http://www.guba.com/watch/2000957340?duration_step=0&fields=23&filter_tiny=0&pp=40&query=lil%20bush&sb=10&set=5&sf=0&size_step=0&o=72&sample=1183269414:18dc63aabd1cd1d1b7f036aa9db90bd14533e1d9

Gov Bush vs. Pres Bush.

FANTASTIC! Hahaha.
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nyjeter02
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Hey, this community has been kind of dead lately, so I thought I'd post this link to a Yahoo article I saw this evening..

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_el_pr/obama_memo


...any thoughts?
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/05/03/climate.report.ap/index.html
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nyjeter02
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While checking on the Democratic candidates, I noticed senator Obama hasn't voted in a lot of *key* decision shaping sessions of congress. And when he has, he has passed a lot. This makes me weary because of two things...
1. He is already fairly new to politics as it is, I need something like a voting record to go off of
2. Why is he avoiding taking a stand? Sorry, but I dont trust a politician who wont vote for something and stand by his vote. Especially a man who has been calling on his own voting record to gain support.

here are a couple of links:
http://yahoo.capwiz.com/y/bio/keyvotes/?id=3181

http://www.vote-smart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=BS030017

..I am still looking at other Democrats (mainly Hillary), but am not really interested in Republicans, mainly because I dont plan on voting that way, but if anyone has any desire, please post!

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This story was on the front page of today's Chicago Tribune. I highly encourage everyone to read this. It's a reality check for sure. Our country is one of the main reasons for this problem and we're doing so little to stop it.


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I just watched Crash again last night and it got me thinking of our precious community here. Do any of you watch/know of any good politically charged films? I am typcially a big fan of anything that goes against the grain and shows the real world. So, I'll start a list. Here are some of my favs:

Traffic (drugs)
Crash (race)
Death of a President (Mockumentary about what would happen if Bush died, interesting!)


..what about you guys?
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Barak Obama


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Every once in a while, you need a good laugh about the current standings around you. For that, I offer to you theonion.com... Very amusing. Just some of my favorites for today:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/mccain_to_send_self_back_to

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/bill_of_rights_pared_down

..enjoy!
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Read this article about the debate tonight. Pretty interesting stuff, considering we are just getting started.

Linky-Poo

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My speech prof is bff's with the guy from Wake Forest. Thought I would pass this all on to you guys!
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Thursday night - Presidential Debate Kickoff

DebateScoop's 2008 Presidential Debate Coverage begins tomorrow night (April 26th) with the democratic primary candidates' debate from South Carolina.

Where: South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

When: 7:00 to 8:30 pm (ET) on MSNBC

Who: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson

Moderator: Brian Williams, NBC News

Post Debate Chat with Debate Scoop: At midnight EDT, tune into a live post debate radio show on BlogTalkRadio hosted by Ross Smith, debate coach at Wake Forest University and founder of DebateScoop - the world-wide-web's premier political debate site.

There are three ways to participate:

1) Listen: Tune your browser to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/debatescoop to listen in (you will need Windows Media Player)

2) Call in and chat with Ross: The host channel is: Debate Scoop and the dial in number is: (646) 478-4670 (you may call in from any phone line).

3) AIM: You may also IM Ross at "rossyourboss" and he will share your comments or answer your questions with listeners.

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The tragedy at Virginia Tech was something that has launched the country into so many debates based on many facets-- most of which all boil to one question: "How could this happen?".

Personally, I think this is a fantastic discussion question. How does something like a school shooting happen?

The crime rate in America is one of the highest in the world when it comes to crimes with guns. Why is that? Is it the access to guns that puts us over the top? In England, you cannot even own a gun. In Canada, everyone has guns, yet why is their gun crime percentage lower than ours? I found these all to be pretty interesting scenarios and was wondering much of the same myself.

Is the problem our violent video games? I doubt it, since Japan and China have far more violence in their video games and play them just as much, if not more than Americans. Are they shooting up colleges? I don't that I've ever heard a story about anything like that happening.

So, the shooter at VT was able to go and buy a gun in under 15 minutes. This seems to be a problem, but what is the answer? You try and take guns away from Americans and you're going to come up with a fight. Our first answer to everything is violence. It always has been. How did we get here? How did we get land away from the natives? How did we win our freedom? We didn't negotiate-- we turned a gun on the people we disagreed with.

My take on this is that there are a few things at work. Our gun control policy is ridiculous and laughable. How can it be possible that any Joe Blow off the street can walk in and buy a gun in under 15 minutes? I don't agree that guns need to be taken away from the citizens, because I think that that is just asking for a fight (and more crime), but I think that the gun laws need to be reformed. I'm all for the assault weapons no longer being allowed to be owned. What do you need a 9mm Glock to go deer hunting? There are no need for things other than rifles to be out in the American public. There is talk of reforming the concealed weapons laws.. saying that people SHOULD be allowed to conceal their weapons. Personally, I think that is asinine, but I can see the point in it. Texas has a very high percentage of their citizens who own guns-- one of the highest in the country, I believe. They also don't have strict concealed weapons laws (someone from Texas can correct me on that), and someone told me that if they get stopped for a crime, they need to show their gun, but they don't get in trouble for having it. Do we need to just hand out guns to everyone so that we all can protect ourselves? I don't think that is the answer, even though it seems to work for places like Texas.

My take is that the media is partially to blame. There was a French program on this morning and the reporter said something about America's "Culture of Death", in that we are absolutely obsessed with death in this country. When something of this magnitude happens, we extort the hell out of it. I find that to be disturbing, but true. We seem to have a preoccupation with death-- but is that our faults?

I think that I would say that our country has more of a "Culture of Fear" than a "Culture of Death". Our media passes the idea of a fearful nation to our people. In no other country will you find daily death counts and mass stories on murders, rapes, etc, going on throughout their cities. We show more violence on television and in the news than any other country, and I think that the way the media portrays our world (and in turn, how the world views us because of our violent history) is a big reason as to why something like this can take place.

The tragedy at Virginia Tech was such a horrible shock-- but was it really, when we take a step back and take a look at why it happens, then we can find a way to prevent it in the future.

What are your thoughts?

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Anyone see this? We got it on our news because there is someone from Sausalito who's currently in Chinese custody with the other 3 members of this protest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J9rUC1m8e8

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Welcome to the POLITICALdarwinism community! Please make sure to read the community information and rules before posting! Keep it civil and happy posting!

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