10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag

June 25, 2015   |   Naji Dahi

Naji Dahi
June 25, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) A common technique the media employs when covering news is the “feeding frenzy.” The dictionary defines feeding frenzy as “a period of intense excitement over or interest in a person or thing: the media erupt into a feeding frenzy.” The Bill Clinton sex scandal of the late 90’s is one example. Other classic cases from the 1950’s to the 1990’s are highlighted by the Washington Post—which has not updated the section since the 1990’s. Had they done so, they might have included many recent cases highlighted here and here.

The media is at it again, but this time the subject of the frenzy is the Confederate flag of South Carolina and other Confederate emblems used by Southern states. Not only has the Confederate flag media frenzy diluted the issue of white supremacy and racism surrounding the Charleston shooting, the coverage has also taken over the airwaves and crowded out other stories that are equally deserving of discussion. So below are ten of the top stories that the media has missed during this frenzy:

1. The think tank New America issued a report showing that more Americans died from right wing extremist violence than deadly Jihadist attacks since 9/11. The U.S. media, government, and Islamophobic pundits have exaggerated the threat of Islamic extremism in the U.S. to such an extent that it is accepted as fact without the need of any proof. Not only that, Glenn Greenwald reports that Americans are more likely to be killed by a car, bees/wasps/hornets, lightning, or crushed by their own furniture than be killed by Islamic extremists.

2. The Taliban launched a daring attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul while it was in session. If the Taliban is making such daring attacks while the U.S. troops are still stationed in the country, what will they do when the American presence is further scaled back? If the capital city is not secure and safe from Taliban attacks, then nowhere else in Afghanistan is safe. This means that as soon as the U.S. pulls its last soldier from the country—which is inevitable—the current Afghan government will likely fall, the Taliban will seize  power, and the United States’ fourteen year presence in Afghanistan will have been futile.

3. A study released by the Pew Research Center this week  found that the majority of the global public opposes torture (harsh interrogation techniques)—except for the American public. According to the report,

A median of 50% across 40 nations surveyed say they oppose these practices, which were detailed in a widely publicized U.S. Senate report in December 2014. Only 35% believe they were justified. Americans disagree – nearly six-in-ten (58%) say they were justified.”

Though this story is worthy of attention, the media shies away from exposing the American public as nationalist flag-waving aggressors they have been propagated into by—you guessed it—the media.

4. The Pentagon released its new “Law of War Manual.” In it there is a chilling finding. As reported by Anti-Media,

One change in terminology directly targets journalists, stating, ‘in general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces […] or unprivileged belligerents.’ Apparently, reporters have joined the ranks of al-Qaeda in this new “unprivileged belligerent” designation, which replaces the Bush-era term, ‘unlawful combatants.’ What future repercussions this categorization could bring are left to the imagination…

One would think that the media would be ‘shouting this from roof tops,’ in the interest of their self-preservation should they get killed while covering a story. It is not far fetched for the U.S. military to target journalists and kill them. They have done it during the invasion phase of the Iraq war. Now that the policy is codified into law, the question should be asked: Is the U.S. military going to target journalists in future wars? Alas, the media is too obsessed with a piece of cloth to ask this serious question.

5. At a time when Detroit is recovering from bankruptcy and water to its residents is cut, Israel is asking the U.S. for more money in FMF (Foreign Military Financing). Since the early 1970s, the U.S. has given Israel $3.1 billion in FMF on a yearly basis. Beginning in 2007, the U.S. aid package to Israel was negotiated on a 10 year basis. Now, Israel wants the aid package increased to $4.5 billion per year. The money is delivered up front, at the beginning of each year, so Israel can invest said money in U.S. treasury bonds and earn more money from the interest charged to the U.S. taxpayer. Apparently, the Confederate flag is more important for the mainstream media than the fleecing of the U.S. taxpayer by an alleged ally that spies on the U.S. and refuses to stop illegal settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

6. Wikileaks is at it again. On June 23, Wikileaks released NSA documents implicating the agency in spying on France—specifically current and former French presidents and members of the French cabinet. According to the cables, “The top secret documents derive from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications of French Presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), and Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French Ambassador to the United States.” This is part of a broader pattern of spying that the NSA has engaged in for years. Thanks to Edward Snowden and Wikileaks, we now know that the NSA was not only spying on Americans, but on up to 35 foreign countries, as well as the Vatican.

7. According to a study this week, Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction. Making conservative assumptions, scientists believe that species are disappearing at a rate not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs: “…even using this background rate and the most conservative species loss estimates, the researchers found that animals are still being wiped out around 15 to 100 times faster than they should be – in fact, the rate of species loss hasn’t been this high since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.” Moreover, the culprit responsible for such mass extinction is none other than humans. Human action, it seems, is leading the planet to its demise, but the media is content to talk about a flag from the 19th century.

 8. It is no secret that the American media loves the “War on Drugs.” So when a news story about the value of cannabis oil in the treatment of autism comes around, it has to be ignored since it does not fit the narrative that marijuana is a gateway drug (that too is wrong). As Anti-Media reported,

Through a fundraising program, they were able to receive a tiny bottle of the oil. Kalel was given oral doses twice a day. Within just two days, he was finally able to speak…Soon after, he began using consonants, too, speaking like his parents never thought possible.

9. The mainstream media is usually fond of natural disasters, but this escaped its attention. After five days of hot weather and humidity in Karachi, Pakistan, more than 950 people have died. That is an average of 150 people per day. I do not mean to downplay the murder of the 9 people at the church in downtown Charleston, but 150 people dying per day should require more coverage when compared to the wall-to-wall coverage of the mass shooting in Charleston. To its credit, Mashable presented detailed photographic coverage of the humanitarian crisis.

Related: How the Entire Country Bought the Government’s Confederate Flag Ploy

10. While the country was talking about a red, white and blue cloth, the Senate approved fast track trade promotion authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as Obamatrade. The deal has been called “NAFTA on steroids” and has far reaching implications across every aspect of American life. Critics of the TPP say it will crush American jobs, exploit oppressed foreign labor, suppress internet freedom, make healthcare more costly, void national and local sovereignty, and hand total control of 40% of the world’s economy to corporate tribunals. The Senate handed Obama a clear defeat on the TPP recently, but Congress took advantage of the media frenzy over the Confederate flag to renew the push to give Obama full authority to negotiate the ever-secret deal on his own without public debate. There is now little time left for the public, which has passionately expressed its disapproval of the TPP, to try to convince lawmakers that it’s a bad deal for everyday Americans.


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Author: Naji Dahi

Naji Dahi joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in June of 2015. His topics of interest include American politics, Middle East politics, foreign policy, electric cars, electric gadgets, and yoga. Born in Syria, he currently resides in Long Beach, California.

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  1. #1 is based on a report from a group with a political agenda. If you read the actual instances on their report, most of the "right wing extremists" were perpetrated by neo-Nazi groups/individuals. The Nazi party was the National Socialist German Workers' Party (translated, of course). Socials and Workers' Party are on the left of the political spectrum.

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  2. Greg Can you be that ignorant? Facts are facts, whether political agenda or not.
    You reichwingers need to learn the difference between Socialist and 'Nationalist Socialist'. The word 'nationalist' as in nationalism is far right, fascism and totalitarianism. That happens to be in America like the libertarian and teacrapper parties, who are also white supremacists.
    Please get educated before commenting……and before you put on your profile that you're in university. Doesn't say much about going there.

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  3. It's not just a flag, it's the fact that American history is being erased. Statues are being removed, we are going to be told what videos and music we are allowed to buy. This all goes hand in hand with some of the stuff your posting. America is going to shit all around us and all you can say is see what happened when everyone was trying to be a voice in a supposed FREE COUNTRY !!!

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  4. John Marengo , Yes, facts are facts, so let's talk about facts….

    Yes, I know the difference between Nationalist and National. The problem is that you're talking about "Nationalist" and the Nazis are "National". Nothing makes an ignorant person happier than equating what they don't like to Nazis.

    Not only that, but neither "National" nor "Nationalist" is right wing, and just because you deem them to be so, doesn't make it so. Can you be that ignorant? You start off talking about facts, but your whole comment is nothing but insults and name calling. lol.

    Do you even know what "right vs left" on the political spectrum means? Obviously not, since you are trying to equate "totalitarianism" with right wing. Here are the facts….

    http://www.clermontteaparty.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/FounderPoliticalSpectrum3_Opaque.png

    http://s53.photobucket.com/user/JRoberto_2006/media/The-True-Political-Spectrum.jpg.html

    Or maybe someone explaining it to you would help
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODJfwa9XKZQ

    Also, like my university debate team coach used to say, "the first person to use ad hominem attacks has lost the debate, and they know it." and the fact that you're stalking my profile is kind of moving… really, I'm touched.

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  5. John Marengo….. most idiot comment of the day….. That happens to be in America like the libertarian and teacrapper parties, who are also white supremacists.
    Please get educated before commenting…..

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  6. Anti Media, you are awesome for cataloging and dragging out what's going on behind closed doors. Thanks for that.

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  7. You're right David Campbell, "its not just a flag"….. As a matter of fact it is a living symbol as much as the "cross" of Jesus is. And THAT IS THE POINT. As much as the "cross" of Jesus represents hope, forgiveness, salvation, and redemption; the confederate flag represents evil, treason, racism, hate, and greed – something that was conquered and demolished a long time ago in a terrible and bloody war called the Civil War…. you might have heard of it? The confederate flag should have NEVER EVER been allowed to fly anywhere in the United States after the south fell and was allowed back into the Union. The confederate flag and ALL that it symbolizes NEEDS to go! Would it be OK with you if every where we displayed the "cross" of Jesus, we also displayed the "crescent moon" of Islam? It would be considered "freedom" right? The part of American history that the "confederate" flag represents NEEDS to be erased… or in the least put in a museum of history, but it never should be displayed in public to remind so many people of what it stands for…. both those who still recognize its "dark" and "treasonous" symbolism and to those who were oppressed by it. Love your American flag!

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  8. The American people (well a lot of them) miss all the real issues while they are worried about what the Kartrashians are doing. So let's not put this issue in the same light. Let's face it, it all comes down to HATE. And if we can deny yet another symbol of brutality and oppression against any race or religion, then it IS a step in the right direction. A legacy of Love left behind by the victims of this deadly shooting, a spit in the eye against the racist POS who committed these crimes.

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  9. Just because it not in the media does not mean it is not note worthy. I like to know the depth of these said missing reports, are each valid, what is the incentive. And what does it indicate about our observations of matters and sources influence in misguidance, detourment, dillusionalizing or address core matters, that pertain to our preservation and more. Is the media falling short , are we absorbed by the being just current or the importance of the information provided and how it applies to us.

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  10. Diane Riley You really need a history lesson! The Cofederate flag was a battle flag along with several others. It does not represent as you put it evil, treason, racism, hate, and greed, are you really that ignorant? I have 3 ancesters that fought in the civil war and carried that flag. The flag was made to be able to tell the difference between the troops of soldiers! It's ignorant, unintelligent people like yourself who do not know their history who make it a race issue! That flag represents my heriatage and to make false claimes against it about what it represents is nothing but ignorance! so if i were you and praise God I'm not I would go back to central washington and get my money back for an education you didn't get! So as for your statement "The part of American history that the Confederate flag NEEDS to be erased" You can go FUCK yourself! That is a slap in the face to every soldier who has ever searved or went to war! You are true exsample of pure ignorance!

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  11. So heat stroke victims in Karachi are more important than 250 years of institutional racism? I guess I know where you guys stand.

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  12. Pamela Funck , I have to bring this up, and I should state upfront that I mean absolutely no disrespect to you or your family. Even though the Confederate flag was a "battle" flag, as you stated, it was the flag that represented the south and the south was fighting to maintain its right to use slave labor among other things. The plantations were reliant on this labor force to keep its tobacco and cotton production going steady. Although, a grain of credit can be given to the business owners for being upset that Lincolns decision to emancipate the slave labor force would greatly impact the rich and middle class white man greatly. It does not make the moral decision any less impactful. Regardless of your personal ties to the South's fight to maintain its monopoly on the market, it does not make what happened to an entire race of people any better. The Confederate flag does with out a doubt represent and terrible time in HUMAN history. The Kind Relief Inc. main issue I have with the whole "flag" deal is the fact that it is displayed on government property in some states and unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at it, the Confederacy lost the war. They were not able to advance their agenda. They were on the wrong side of history. So why should anything that represents the USA also simultaneously represent a view point that has been deemed inappropriate and immoral. Its like if Germany still flew the Nazi flag on it's official buildings. If you personally want to display that flag that is your choice, I have no problem with that, I would question your judgement but it is your right to do so as an individual.

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  13. Lol, not quite. Authoritarian communism is a government take over of commerce. Fascism is a corporate take over of government. Everyone clearly agrees that Hitler was a master manipulator, and an expert propagandist, yet some people have the strange notion that, just because he used certain words in his party's name, that he actually stood for those things. Hitler was brought to power, backed by big business leaders. He lied to people to gain popularity. He took out the left leaning members on the Night of Long Knives. He busted unions. He was rabidly opposed to communism. As well as religious justifications, he argued that the Jews were responsible for communism. He gave businessmen slave labour. The more power is concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, the more the authoritarian left and right become similar, as they approach totalitarianism.

    http://i.imgur.com/EYDiXDx.jpg

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  14. Pamela Funck I'm from the North and I was taught the facts. You are correct and I stand by my Southern Brethren. All those that keep bringing up slavery need to go back to school or turn off the TV/PC or just crawl off into their ignorant holes and live their hate filled lives. As for the others attacking Pam you are hypocrites, especially those who use their religion to justify their own hate. Look up some facts people, even your beloved Ulysses S Grant owned slaves up until the day it was put on paper to be illegal and when asked why he said, "It's hard to find good help." Let's start tearing down what you take pride in and see how much you cry about the injustice. Turning a horrible crime committed by an individual against a whole population of the South and tearing down their heritage is supporting the very thing you are complaining about. Wait your turn cause what goes around comes around and stripping away anothers freedoms because you disagree is slavery in itself not the freedom you claim to be advocating.

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  15. More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

    More civilians were killed by Muslim hijackers in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Muslim fundamentalists kill more people everyday than were killed during the entire Salem Witch Trials.

    Islamic terrorists murder more people everyday than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 70 years.

    Sunni supremacists slaughtered more Yazidi minorities on August 14, 2014 than the number of black Americans lynched by White supremacists in the previous 100 years

    Most people agree that Spanish Inquisition, Salam Which Trials, KKK, Racists are terrible things yet if I say "I hate Islam" I am no called Islamifobic.

    ……all 2 minutes a Christian is murdered by Muslims, 99% of all Muslims killed are killed by Muslims

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  16. More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

    More civilians were killed by Muslim hijackers in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Muslim fundamentalists kill more people everyday than were killed during the entire Salem Witch Trials.

    Islamic terrorists murder more people everyday than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 70 years.

    Sunni supremacists slaughtered more Yazidi minorities on August 14, 2014 than the number of black Americans lynched by White supremacists in the previous 100 years

    Most people agree that Spanish Inquisition, Salam Which Trials, KKK, Racists are terrible things yet if I say "I hate Islam" I am no called Islamifobic.
    More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.

    More civilians were killed by Muslim hijackers in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Muslim fundamentalists kill more people everyday than were killed during the entire Salem Witch Trials.

    Islamic terrorists murder more people everyday than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 70 years.

    Sunni supremacists slaughtered more Yazidi minorities on August 14, 2014 than the number of black Americans lynched by White supremacists in the previous 100 years

    Most people agree that Spanish Inquisition, Salam Which Trials, KKK, Racists are terrible things yet if I say "I hate Islam" I am no called Islamifobic.

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  17. Is this in some way in response to my comment? I'm trying to figure out where bringing up slavery when discussing the origins of the Confederate flag is either ignorant or irrelevant? I mean it was a huge factor in how the Civil War started and what was being fought over. Yes there was a feeling of lack of representation in the Government and that is another big factor in the war but I still am failing to see your point in the first part of your comment Steve. I do, however, agree with your statement of people standing behind their religion and being hypocritical in that sense.

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  18. Is this in some way in response to my comment? I'm trying to figure out where bringing up slavery when discussing the origins of the Confederate flag is either ignorant or irrelevant? I mean it was a huge factor in how the Civil War started and what was being fought over. Yes there was a feeling of lack of representation in the Government and that is another big factor in the war but I still am failing to see your point in the first part of your comment Steve. I do, however, agree with your statement of people standing behind their religion and being hypocritical in that sense.

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  19. "As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race."
    "As a national emblem, it (the Confederate flag) is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race." – William T. Thompson, designer of the Confederate flag

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  20. To everyone that on this little thread fuck the damn flag. u read this whole article (I hope) and all u can still talk about is ur prided heritage. Things much more serious are goin on that are taking away our freedoms and our safety here on earth. I dont care about any flag i care about surviving as a human race. get ur priorities in check for real. Fuck every single flag on this earth we are all human at the end of the day. Think about thi gs more much more important then ur ego and pride.

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  21. You're not looking in the right places. If you check something other than the major 24/7 "news" networks, you'll find these stories.

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  22. WTF does that have to do with the Confederate flag? Also, not to get in the way of your Islamic hatred but regurgitating the lies of 9-11 will probably not fly to far on this site as most here know who was really behind the attack.

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  23. Isn't that the whole point of meaningless left wing media drival, to keep the public busy while Congress took another dump on America? And really, it's our own fault because we buy into that crap, especially the young, brainwashed politically correct. It took a facebook post to point out that it's quite alright to burn an American flag on American soil, but a flag from a time that not one living person is affected by, garners so much attention. Wake the fuck up people, it's getting almost too late to turn back and save this country.

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  24. Author? Naji dahi….. Using the confederate flag issue to push basic anti-American, anti-Israel garbage. How predictable. Let's see 10 things the media missed this week: 1) Israeli researchers discover a flower that can treat diabetes. 2) Eight days into ramadan, we already have 77 islamic terrorist attacks worldwide. 3) Israel creates a home device that turns garbage into fuel. 4) Palestinian Authority admits Hamas rockets blew up kids on beach attack. Celebrate by murdering Jew in knife attack. 5) In Malamo, Sweeden, Sweedishtinians throw fire bombs at police station while screaming "Allah Akbar". 6)……Need I go on? Point made.

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  25. I am not understanding how "The part of American history that the "confederate" flag represents NEEDS to be erased"….Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. It cannot be erased, it is our history, and it should be respected. Why would any black American want anyone to forget?
    If those flags let you know someone is a hater, fly it high, thanks for the warning….but, you don't know what it means to the person flying it, unless you ask.
    This is a DEMOCRAT flag….don't forget it…when you vote. Why didn't Democrats have it decommissioned in the past? Why now and not years and years ago?
    Remember our History, honor it and it's symbols for both the good and the bad and all that it has and can teach us..
    There is only one flag for this country, and one state flag for each state. These flags should be taken out of state, court, etc…buildings, but not from the war memorials, or from the citizens who have the right to wave it on their properties, etc…

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  26. Haha ey you get it Anthony, everybody is always trying to stand up for their 'beliefs', 'culture', 'heritage', 'opinions'. "I'm an American" "I'm an African" you're a fucking parasitic human living on the planet called earth. Stop these hateful thoughts and actions by labelling and compartmentalizing all of us according to paltry man-made, language bound concepts or this planet will deal with us the same way the body deals with disease. "We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt." – Cooper (Interstellar)

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  27. This is one of the more skewed slanted articles with an obvious agenda disguised by news you're a turd

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  28. that's because Marijuana slows down your mind. Not to be confused with making you dumber; it slowed his though processes down and he was better able to keep up with them and focus on them.

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  29. Diane Riley

    Erase history because you and others are offended by it. That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. Literally.

    Central Washington University must have extremely low academic standards…….

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  30. //Most people agree that Spanish Inquisition, Salam Which Trials, KKK, Racists are terrible things yet if I say "I hate Islam" I am no called Islamifobic.//

    Ummm, your first three were all Christian. If you said "I hate Christianity" and, in turn, all Christians, because of its extremists, then that would also make you a bigot.

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  31. Well,according to this top 10 significant news,nobody is being slaughtered in the Middle East.There is nothing called "Sykes Picot" either.Sssshhhh!!!Don't wake up the wild East with these lousy news.

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  32. Point 1: Anyone who says that the Islamist threat is "exaggerated" is talking out of their ass.

    ISIS is posting absolutely horrific execution videos. For example, filling a car with prisoners then firing a rocket launcher at it. For example, lowering a cage full of prisoners into water to watch them drown.

    (And ISIS, by the way, has a very sophisticated religious doctrine… believe it or not. Yes, it's psychopathic, but if you get into an argument with them about religious doctrine, you will have a hard time winning… )

    On any given week, there is more and more news of somebody getting killed via car bomb, suicide bomb, you name it. Boko Haram killing people at random… etc.

    Meanwhile, Europe is having migrant issues from refugees fleeing north to escape Islamist violence.

    To say that the Islamic terror threat is "exaggerated" is totally ridiculous.

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  33. Right wing terrorists? WTF!!!! Ignorant left wing Sheep hearded towards the destruction of this once great country… SMH….

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  34. As Diane put it "The part of American history that the "confederate" flag represents NEEDS to be erased… "
    Does that also mean we can erase the topic of slavery? No need to continue to talk about it when the flag has been taken down right? Also, sense the flag has been taken down, everything will all of a sudden be hunky dory right?

    Here is a great site of information about the North's Slavery. http://slavenorth.com The part I like the most is after emancipation. "Any further effort made in the North toward resolving the slavery issue generally went into the pipe-dream of colonization and to making sure Southern blacks stayed there, or at least did not come north."
    Seems the north became very racist to the blacks…..

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  35. Tessa Sprague Ask a muslim ANY muslim what they think of Israel and what they think should be done to ALL jews and you will see them for who they really are. ANYBODY that advocates for the genocide of a race/faith is a monster and the muslims are at the front of the line when it comes to hatred of others. Get a clue, woman. Their are "no go" zones in Europe because the muslims have taken over those areas and are violent to non-muslims. Draw a picture of their child rapist and they murder you for it.

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  36. muslim conquest has killed 270 millon humans, hatred for this cult of death who parades as a religion,this dogma who acts worse then Nazism is weak…move your fat ass to a muslim country and experience their 7th century treatment of women, worse then cattle but some female leftists apologist reatrds deserve to be treated the muslim way

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  37. John Marengo Facts are not just facts when they are being reported in a biased manner. Have you never taken an elementary math class which teaches you how to read a statistical graph? First lesson is don't just look at the line and make a decision; you need to look at the parameters of the graph to understand what you're seeing. Simple changes can make an otherwise flat line look like a steep incline. Obviously I'm using this as a general example of how the reporter can manipulate what the average, undereducated, sheeple of America derive from what they're presented. The exact same is true of written "facts," as they can be presented in a way that shows one side of the story, and with opinion added no less, making it entirely biased and more or less devoid of any REAL facts.

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  38. And what we need to be especially careful of are the reporters who dig up these facts, and through no intentional fault of their own, derive a conclusion based on their personal bias. Two people can be presented with the exact same facts and derive two completely different conclusions. THAT is what bias is, not to be confused with blatant lies meant to mislead (which I'm sure happens, too). Whether the glass is half full or half empty is the age-old example. The FACT is that there is water in the glass, the bias comes in as to how to decide whether it is half full or half empty.

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  39. Honestly….I knew most of these things already…and if you pay attention to the correct media sources they give you this information. Don't get your news from Facebook. That's ridiculous. Also, where are the articles about all the great things that have been happening worldwide? Like the creation of renewable and clean fuel sources? Fucking garbage article and garbage people.

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  40. Actually the flag that represents slavery and all things racist connected to it is the American flag. Slavery was legal for 76 years under the American flag, the slaves were bought, brought here, and sold under the American flag. Slavery was legal under the confederate flag for 4 years.

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  41. Actually the flag that represents slavery and all things racist connected to it is the American flag. Slavery was legal for 76 years under the American flag, the slaves were bought, brought here, and sold under the American flag. Slavery was legal under the confederate flag for 4 years.

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  42. John Marengo @Jason Clark. Go look at the 25 points of the NSDAP and compare them to the Democrat party or any socialist party around the world. It is all collectivism, fascism and NAZI ism are collectivization by other means. Hitler had the support of businesses the would get government contracts if you didn't play ball, you had your taxes raised or your assets seized. You might have the outside appearance of having and running a business, but you could only produce what the government told you. He also believed in euthenasia, gun control, price controls and socialized medicine? Right wing? Bullshit. He also nationalized industries, steel for example.

    "John Marengo @Jason Clark. Go look at the 25 points of the NSDAP and compare them to the Democrat party or any socialist party around the world. It is all collectivism, fascism and NAZI ism are collectivization by other means. Hitler had the support of businesses the would get government contracts if you didn't play ball, you had your taxes raised or your assets seized. You might have the outside appearance of having and running a business, but you could only produce what the government told you. He also believed in euthenasia, gun control, price controls and socialized medicine? Right wing? Bullshit. He also nationalized industries, steel for example. "

    Yeah Stalin and Lenin locked up communists too, and Lenin had Trotsky whacked, what's your point? The Nazis and communists were competing in the same pool for votes, communists left their party to join the Nazis – which didn't have a large following because they were just another left wing party in a parliamentary system. The Nazis didn't outlaw unions either, they replaced them with their own

    "In 1933, the Nazis disbanded the Weimar unions and replaced them with the new and improved union, the German Labor Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF), which was comprised of 2 primary entities, the National Socialist Factory Organization and the National Socialist Trade and Industry Organization"

    http://thegraph.com/2011/02/hitler-didnt-outlaw-unions-as-a-national-socialist-he-went-double-down-on-them/

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  43. Jason, did you make that image with MS Paint? It's about as far off as much of the other internet misinformation. Hitler gave business slave labor because they were part of the war machine.

    "We are socialist; we are enemies of the capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with it's unfair salaries, with it's unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions."
    -Adolf Hitler, May 1, 1927

    "To conquer a nation, first disarm it's citizens"
    -Adolf Hitler 1933

    "I am a Socialist, and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow. . . . What you understand by Socialism is nothing more than Marxism."
    -Hitler, May 21, 1930

    "If the National Socialist Movement should fail to understand the fundamental importance of this essential principle, if it should merely varnish the external appearance of the present State and adopt the majority principle, it would really do nothing more than compete with Marxism on its own ground. For that reason it would not have the right to call itself a philosophy of life. If the social program of the movement consisted in eliminating personality and putting the multitude in its place, then National Socialism would be corrupted with the poison of Marxism, just as our national-bourgeois parties are."
    -Mein Kampf, Chapter 4

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  44. Pamela Funck The confederate flag was not hoisted in front of the SC State House until 1961 as a white response to Civil Rights. It is 100% a symbol of hatred in that context. I also have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. The Southerners, from Arkansas, were some of the largest plantation owners, and coincidentally, slave holders, in that state (so the story goes). This is a fact of my heritage, like it is a fact of yours: OUR heritage was built on a plantation system run by slaves subjected to brutal conditions. The people who fought in the Civil War may have sincerely believed that they were fighting for their state's rights, but those rights were, in fact, the maintenance of a system of slavery and oppression. Racism is WRONG. The Confederate States of America were created by the rich, white, property owning man for the rich, white, property owning man. Over 500,000 American soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the Civil War, countless others were maimed and scarred for life. The South will not rise again, because the antebellum was a fantasy propped up by the nightmare of slavery, justified by racism. That nightmare can no longer be allowed to exist in the modern world.

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  45. Nikole that is because the Confederate flag was only in use for 4 years before slavery was abolished. HELLO! Connecting yet?

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  46. I think most southerners are more pissed that their ancestors are soley being blamed for slavery. The northerners mostly just wanted to send all the black people back to Africa (Lincoln was one of them) almost every white person was racist back then as we used human beings as tools because of their skin color. And the ones who didn't wanted to send them back. All white people were wrong back then.

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  47. Pamela Funck ; Well aren't we a little sensitive….. I am sure there are Nazi Germans who feel as passionate about their own symbolism as you do about your "confederate" flag and grandfathers…. It is old history, gone history, and It in no way makes the symbolism of the flag right. All I am saying is that you as an individual can honor your family's history without shoving it down the throats of those your family had oppressed. And by the way, I am very educated and informed. Sorry. So your cussing and degradation of a person you don't even know just goes to show some of what my post meant is true. If you are a "southerner" with ties to the "confederate" flag and you hold all that it represents dear to your heart then I am sorry to inform you that you just might represent the kind of person that the opposition is describing. Those people are most likely to still feel blacks are second class citizens, that your states don't have to play by the same rules as other states, that religion should dictate individual civil rights, and that your politics are restrictive rather than inclusive. Again – the south LOST, and this symbolism has NO PLACE in the American public. By your combative post, you have just verified the very claim I make: The confederate flag and "southerners" in southern states who hold on to the "confederate flat's" divisive history tend to hold onto the same racist, derisive, political, hate, and prejudice that their grandfather's did. That is the point I was trying to describe and you made it perfectly for me. If you can't even respond to a post without being hateful and derisive…. a trait that I inferred is represented in the symbolism of the confederate flag, then how will you ever be able to understand the social and psychological impact that symbolism has on others? The days of "southern" superiority and belief that "blacks" should only be slaves is OVER. Be proud of your family history. but, find a new pride in being AMERICAN…..not SOUTHERN.

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  48. Danny Phillips; I am Native American and I CAN tell you about how my people feel about the AMERICAN FLAG. Again, your ignorance to the social and psychological impact of the negative "symbolism" of the confederate flag to those it oppressed and hated is understandable…. most white people don't get it, so don't feel bad. First, American Indians honor the AMERICAN flag with great passion. American Indians, in honoring that flag, have always enlisted enthusiastically in all the major wars including some that most white people went fleeing off to Canada to avoid service. Native people have been protecting your sorry selves even before we were allowed to become citizens until 1924 and couldn't vote until 1948. Even Black slaves were given citizenship before we were. We treat our OWN flags [usually the eagle staff] with great dignity and honor as well….. but among ourselves! We don't shove it down your throat to "remind you" (whites) of the heinous and unthinkable acts your grandfathers committed against American tribes in U.S.policies of genocide, persecution, hate, theft, broken treaties, the unauthorized "sterilization" of our women, and the rape of our natural resources. The difference between Native people and white people??? We don't have to rub your nose in "shit" to make a point of superiority, we are respectful of how something affects the "whole" of society.

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  49. As usual, I read almost all of these stories in the mainstream media this week. News isn't just what your friends post on facebook. Pick up a newspaper, read something! Antimedia thinks you can only read about one news story a week, but you can actually read dozens a day if you want to.

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  50. Almost all of these stories were reported in the mainstream news. Pick up a damn newspaper once in a while.

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  51. Joe Mckee Your stupidity is hanging out. Reality check, do you believe those poor white boys were fighting for slavery? They could care less about slavery, it was for them about being pushed around by the power grabbing north. Sound familiar? It should on many levels. I love the way people like you portray southern soldiers as evil and northern soldiers as a bunch of virtuous hero's coming to the aid of the oppressed. Have any you even read the diaries of CW soldiers from either side? You find very few references to slavery in those diaries. To most soldiers it was about the REPUBLIC, and the pride in their states. Bunch of moronic A holes, get off the plantation!

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  52. Kali, I was merely sending out appreciation for online articles like these where you don't have to exactly, "pick up a damn newspaper," to gain quickly accessible, concentrated information. Why you felt the need to down talk my unbiased, positive feedback seems both self-glorified and irrelevant.

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  54. I actually had read about many of the stories listed here. While I support the idea that we should be more culturally aware I do not support the idea that any of these stories are more/less important than those that are lending voice to racism, sexism, equal rights, etc. All of these stories are important and should be told and discussed

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  55. Where do you think this current batch of extremists are getting their backing from? Play this timeline out in your head for a moment: USA and cronies want to oust Assad in Syria – congress and UK parliament block direct intervention (good for them but doesn't help long term) – support continues for so called activists and rebels (already known to include some heavy duty terror groups) – within a year or so new enemy becomes ISIS (ISIL etc) only we're not encouraged to remember that these are the same rebels and "moderates" the West and allies like Saudi Arabia have been backing all along.

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  56. Hello, I am a White American living in a Muslim country. From my experience… you are an idiot.

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  57. You are not the only one who lived in a muslim country which only 1400 years ago was very prosperous and an agricultural marvel and also called then the Bread Basket of Europe, today thanks muslim arab invasions its desertic and poor and the populations productivity is close to zero….and from my experience you are the idiot..

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  58. Muslim conquest didn't need any outside agression or attacks to massacre 270 million humans and invade countless countries where they enslaved and massacred all and brought their stoen age superstiton, slavery and misery.Islam is parasiting on others and enslave em into dhimmis, they can't produce or invnet and claiming other Civilisations invnetions didn't make Saudi Arabia the cente rof Science and Progress.

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  59. http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rape, Islam is a dogma like Nazism which openly promotes death and destruction to all Jews and Kuffars and has done that for 1400 years also invading other countries and massacring, enslaving and parasiting on the to dhimmitude reduced more advanced Natives…Islam is from Arabia and all this Muslim Arabs should go back there and take their BS hatemongering quran with them.

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  60. Lucas Judson: Actually, you are wrong. The flag has only stood in front of the State House for 15 years now, and it was placed at its current location via the same bill that took it off the State House roof. Furthermore, the spot on which it currently stands is a memorial to fallen CSA soldiers… who, whether you like it or not, are still Americans who died in war.

    If you have some issue with American soldiers who died in battle being honoured simply because you don't back their cause, can we safely assume that you also believe the Vietnam memorials at Arlington should be torn down as well? Or how about the Alamo? The main reason Texas seceded from Mexico was to keep their slaves, so the Alamo is therefor a sign of slavery. Do we take a wrecking ball to it?

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  61. "The Islamophobic pundits have exaggerated the threat of Islamic extremism in the U.S. to such an extent that it is accepted as fact without the need of any proof." ………………………….So it is with everything with the media, global warming, need for stimulus money, obamacare etc etc. The media get into a feeding frenzzy with no facts or proof just an agenda.

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  62. I hope some of one dont have kids because i feel sorry for them because if you like it or not its history … Schools will teach your kids one day what it means and now why people argue over hows opinion is right lol … Some of you fokes need to wake up and small your own damn skittles because this isn't fantasy land ! Lmao … Evil will ALWAYS be around town to get you rather you like it or not….. And point out something, rather or not the Confederate Flag is gone or not, there is more hate now without it lmao

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  63. So what is your plan Juerg? Spell out your ideas for attaining a peaceful future for our children. You seem to have all this worked out … Yet you avoid talking about any solutions.

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  64. Islamo-Fascism does have to go the same way as Nazism disappear or we will all perish. such as great Persian and Hindu Civilisation disappeared and were replaced with primtive Muslim Barbarism invented by some Pervert arab who was afraid of Black dogs and raped children and let old women been torn apart by camels.

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  65. Greg Jones Get over the use of words. Everybody and anybody was throwing around the word "social" or "socialist" in Germany, around that time. Even today, right wing parties have to win over at least some of the middle and lower classes, to get elected, and do so by lying to them, or by making very unimportant non-capitalist things, that they know will swing some of them their way, sound very very important (like gay marriage and other nonsense that won't really affect their lives at all).

    "It was while living in Vienna that Adolf Hitler became interested in politics. Hitler was a supporter of Karl Lueger, the leader of the Christian Social Party and the mayor of the city."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/GERhitler.htm#section4

    "Plan to change street signs bearing name of anti-Jewish leader who inspired Hitler causes far right complaints"

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/apr/27/vienna-row-legacy-antisemitic-karl-lueger

    "a major conservative political party in the Cisleithanian crown lands of Austria-Hungary"

    "Political position: Right-wing"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Social_Party_(Austria)

    "In September 1919, Captain Karl Mayr instructed Hitler to attend a meeting of the German Worker's Party (GWP)."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/GERhitler.htm#section7

    "Political position: Far-right"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Workers'_Party

    "Political position: Far-right[3][4]"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party

    "Industrialists such as Albert Voegler, Gustav Krupp, Alfried Krupp, Fritz Thyssen and Emile Kirdorf, who had provided the funds for the Nazi victory, were unhappy with Röhm's socialistic views on the economy and his claims that the real revolution had still to take place."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/GERnight.htm

    "Krupp was initially hostile to the policies of Nazi Party. However, after a meeting on 20th February, 1933, he was persuaded by Adolf Hitler and Hjalmar Schacht that the Nazi government would destroy the trade unions and the political left in Germany. Schacht also pointed out that a Hitler government would considerably increase expenditure on armaments. Once converted, Krupp, as chairman of the Association of German Industrialists, was in a good position to encourage other business leaders to contribute to Hitler's election fund."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/FWWkrupp.htm

    "Thyssen supported the measures that Hitler took against the left-wing political groups and trade unions. He also put pressure on Hitler to suppress the left of the Nazi Party that resulted in the Night of the Long Knives."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/GERthyssen.htm

    "Kirdorf, who held extreme right-wing political views, first heard Adolf Hitler speak in 1927. He was so impressed that he arranged to meet Hitler at the home of Elsa Buckmann in Munich. Although Kirdorf supported most of Hitler's beliefs he was concerned about some of the policies of the Nazi Party. He was particularly worried about the views of some people in the party such as Gregor Strasser who talked about the need to redistribute wealth in Germany.

    Adolf Hitler tried to reassure Kirdorf that these policies were just an attempt to gain the support of the working-class in Germany and would not be implemented once he gained power. Kirdorf suggested that Hitler should write a pamphlet for private distribution amongst Germany's leading industrialists that clearly expressed his views on economic policy.

    Hitler agreed and The Road to Resurgence was published in the summer of 1927. In the pamphlet distributed by Kirdorf to Germany's leading industrialists, Hitler tried to reassure his readers that he was a supporter of private enterprise and was opposed to any real transformation of Germany's economic and social structure."

    http://spartacus-educational.com/GERkirdorf.htm

    Against the mainstream: Nazi privatization in 1930s Germany

    http://www.ub.edu/graap/nazi.pdf

    //Jason, did you make that image with MS Paint? It's about as far off as much of the other internet misinformation.//

    So, I take it you're a moron then. It's pretty basic stuff. Complete control (totalitarianism) is the opposite of no control (anarchy). Complete capitalism + complete authoritarianism (fascism) is the opposite of complete socialism + no authoritarianism (anarcho-socialism). Complete socialism + complete authoritarianism (Communism) is the opposite of complete capitalism + no authoritarianism (anarcho-capitalism). Complete socialism + medium authoritarianism is the opposite of complete capitalism + medium authoritarianism. And, in the middle of it all would be centrism.

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  66. @John Marengo

    You do know that the Nazi propaganda philosophy was to repeat a lie enough times, don't you?

    They were authoritarian capitalists:

    "In general, apart from the nationalizations of some industries, fascist economies were based on private property and private initiative, but these were contingent upon service to the state.[5]"

    "In terms of economic practice, this meant promoting the interests of successful businessmen while destroying trade unions and other organizations of the working class.[7] Fascist governments encouraged the pursuit of private profit and offered many benefits to large businesses, but they demanded in return that all economic activity should serve the national interest.[8] Historian Gaetano Salvemini argued in 1936 that fascism makes taxpayers responsible to private enterprise, because "the State pays for the blunders of private enterprise… Profit is private and individual. Loss is public and social."[9]"

    "They favoured corporatism and class collaboration, believing that the existence of inequality and separate social classes was beneficial (contrary to the views of socialists).[14] Fascists argued that the state had a role in mediating relations between these classes (contrary to the views of liberal capitalists).[15]"

    "Fascism was highly militaristic, and as such, fascists often significantly increased military spending. It also emphasized privatization.[17][18][19]"

    "The author of "An Economic History of Twentieth-Century Europe" (Cambridge, 2006), Ivan T. Berend said the economy of Nazi Germany just these features: the government has a strong control action, effectively controlling the production and distribution of resources. On the whole, except in a few cases, nationalization of the economy of the fascist states developed on the basis of private property and of private initiative, but it was subordinated to the tasks of the state. As part of the relations between workers and employers fascism was guided by the principles of social Darwinism: the strongest prosper, while the weaker are rooted out. In economic practice this meant on the one hand, protecting the interests of successful businessmen, on the other the destruction of trade unions and other organizations of the working class, "the use of extreme violence to suppress the working class and all working people." As he wrote in 1936, Gaetano Salvemini, saying the responsibility of taxpayers to private capitalist enterprises, the state thus covers failures of the capitalists' profits – business and private individual; loss – public and social work ". The fascist government approved pursuit of private profit and gave significant concessions to large corporations, requiring instead that all of their economic activities serve the public interest."

    "but the degree to which the Nazis supported this programme in later years has been questioned. Several attempts were made in the 1920s to change some of the program or replace it entirely. For instance, in 1924, Gottfried Feder proposed a new 39-point program that kept some of the old planks, replaced others and added many completely new ones.[23]"

    "Hitler was clear to point out that his interpretation of socialism "has nothing to do with Marxian Socialism," saying that "Marxism is anti-property; true Socialism is not."[25] At a later time, Hitler said: "Socialism! That is an unfortunate word altogether… What does socialism really mean? If people have something to eat and their pleasures, then they have their socialism."[26]"

    Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings…."[27]

    "I absolutely insist on protecting private property… we must encourage private initiative".[28]

    "these new territories were forced to sell raw materials and agricultural products to German buyers at extremely low prices"

    "Even before the war, Nazi Germany maintained a supply of slave labour. This practice started from the early days of labour camps of "undesirables" (German: unzuverlässige Elemente), such as the homeless, homosexual and criminals as well as political dissidents, communists, Jews, and anyone that the regime wanted out of the way. As the war progressed, the use of slave labour experienced massive growth. Prisoners of war and civilian "undesirables" were brought in from occupied territories. Hundreds of thousands of Poles, Jews, Slavs and other conquered peoples were used as slave labourers by German corporations such as Thyssen, Krupp, IG Farben and even Fordwerke – a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company.[48] By 1944, slave labour made up one quarter of Germany's entire work force, and the majority of German factories had a contingent of prisoners.[49] The Nazis also had plans for the deportation and enslavement of Britain's adult male population in the event of a successful invasion.[50]"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics_of_fascism

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  67. Since discovering the events of March 27, 1861, I no longer consider the District of Columbia to be the location of the Federal Government of the United States since that date. The Federal Government created by the Several States in the Constitution ceased to exist when Congress adjourned sine die.

    Until the incorporation of 1871, the oligarchy consolidated their power while Abraham Lincoln was busy subjugating the Confederacy and the spigot of borrowing was turned on under emergency military rule. As I’m sure you’re aware, Abraham Lincoln did not possess constitutional authority to emancipate anything within the states including slaves, which at that time were considered the property of their owners. All actions by Washington, D.C. were under military rule, not constitutional. Even the amendments subsequent to that time were not lawful under Article V of the Constitution and therefore void.

    The District of Columbia is FOREIGN to the Several States and in a state of war against the natural rights of the people within them. It is NOT a party to the Constitution since Congress adjourned sine die, so people contracting with them is not doing so under Article I, Section 8, and clauses 17 and 18. It is a totally foreign entity like France or Spain and not constrained by any limitation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    Note that I'm NOT quoting any Supreme Court or other inferior court case on any of this… since the Supreme Court is the legal department of the corporation, not government of the people. When it comes to the American Republic, the Supreme Court as constituted today has no jurisdiction or bearing since it is a corporation. Organic government is part of the natural world and pertains to the Laws of Nature, not corporate.

    “When the Southern states walked out of Congress on March 27, 1861, the quorum to conduct business under the Constitution was lost. The only votes that Congress could lawfully take, under Parliamentary Law, were those to set the time to reconvene, take a vote to get a quorum, and vote to adjourn and set a date, time, and place to reconvene at a later time, but instead, Congress abandoned the House and Senate without setting a date to reconvene. Under the parliamentary law of Congress, when this happened, Congress became sine die (pronounced see-na dee-a; literally "without day") and thus when Congress adjourned sine die, it ceased to exist as a lawful deliberative body, and the only lawful, constitutional power that could declare war was no longer lawful, or in session.

    The Southern states, by virtue of their secession from the Union, also ceased to exist sine die, and some state legislatures in the Northern bloc also adjourned sine die, and thus, all the states which were parties to creating the Constitution ceased to exist. President Lincoln executed the first executive order written by any President on April 15, 1861, Executive Order 1, and the nation has been ruled by the President under executive order ever since. When Congress eventually did reconvene, it was reconvened under the military authority of the Commander-in-Chief and not by Rules of Order for Parliamentary bodies or by Constitutional Law; placing the American people under martial rule ever since that national emergency declared by President Lincoln. The Constitution for the United States of America temporarily ceased to be the law of the land, and the President, Congress, and the Courts unlawfully presumed that they were free to remake the nation in their own image, whereas, lawfully, no constitutional provisions were in place which afforded power to any of the actions which were taken which presumed to place the nation under the new form of control.

    President Lincoln knew that he had no authority to issue any executive order, and thus he commissioned General Orders No. 100 (April 24, 1863) as a special field code to govern his actions under martial law and which justified the seizure of power, which extended the laws of the District of Columbia, and which fictionally implemented the provisions of Article I, Section 8, Clauses 17-18 of the Constitution beyond the boundaries of Washington, D.C. and into the several states. General Orders No. 100, also called the Lieber Instructions and the Lieber Code, extended The Laws of War and International Law onto American soil, and the United States government became the presumed conqueror of the people and the land.”

    Read more at:
    http://www.barefootsworld.net/war_ep.html

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  68. John Patiño I will be more than happy to meet you face to face, and I assure you that you don't have the balls to say that to my face. So you little man sit behind your computer and spew your ignorance! I'm a former Marine sir and will have no problem handeling your little ignorant ass! Semper Fi……Mother Fucker!

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  69. The traitors who killed Americans by the hundreds of thousands, Surrendered at Appomattox. While Lee wet his pants. I am the great grandson of the actual Josey Wales, "Turkey Creek Jack Johnson". Who had only recently been a Blount, hunted by Yankees. The Yankees didn't burn his home and family. They just wanted to see if hanging him would stop him from shooting them in the back, in the dark. A trucker with that flag on his rig, should be drug from his cab and shot.

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  70. It's fucking sad that the article is shining light on issues much greater than a fucking racist flag that has no place in modern society and all you see in the comments are ignorant racists defending the flag and not focusing on the real issues…

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  71. Pamela Funck And you are ignorant if you can't see it has been hijacked for a century and a half by those who support segregation and succession.

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  72. Although I believe in the right to fly the Confederate Flag, I have failed to see what, if any of these "10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag" actually have to do with the Confederate Flag…I mean, other than to draw attention. Am I missing something here?

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  73. Pamela Funck Hey shithead, that flag is a symbol of hate. There is a reason it was hoisted by the SOUTH during the civil war and not the North. Hmmm maybe because southerners supported this horrific thing called slavery. The south was fighting in the Civil War in order to keep their rights to own slaves in the first place. There is no reason for you to say that it is connected to your heritage unless you are proud of the fact that your ancestors probably had slaves of their own.

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  74. Diane Riley I NOW SEE YOU AND MANY OTHERS FLYING THE FAG FLAG AND IT OFFENDS WE WOULD YOU PLZ TAKE IT DOWN ?

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  75. More liberal claptrap ins response to liberal claptrap.
    "1. The think tank New America issued a report showing that more Americans died from right wing extremist violence than deadly Jihadist attacks since 9/11"
    Yeah sure. Yup I believe it…. NOT!!!!!!

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  76. Pamela Funck [To me], it's pretty embedded in racism especially considering that I grew up with a neighbor who raised that flag after he committed arson against the only person of color in our neighborhood and destroyed that entire family's house. As much as we can pretend what it does and doesn't stand for, it's a symbol of hatred no matter who fought under it.

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  77. ISIS =/= Islam. You will never win an argument against someone who is an essentialist. The hadith that ISIS uses to support itself is fundamentally unfounded.

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  78. Diane Riley – Spoken like a true Fascist. You want to revisit the sins of the past? Blacks from Africa were exploited, enslaved, and sometimes killed under the confederate flag…. but the American Indian nation was wiped off the face of the Earth by your wonderful red,white, and blue. I'm sorry but you're a Fascist. Just because you agree with the trampling of other people's rights doesn't make you any less so. If the rainbow flag was being burned and vilified in the South, you'd scream bloody murder. You'd claim some moral superiority about how you were for "freedom" and "tolerance." But when the tables are turned you show your true stripes. Hate is hate no matter who you hate and why.

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  79. insane would mean I wouldgo out killin people for my imaginary god based on the writings of a perverted pedophile who mass-murdered people, raped and esnalved em..snce I am noth doing any of this you have to rethink your whole accusation and try using your brain before posting shit..

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  80. Insane Jason Clark would mean I would go out killing people for my imaginary god based on the writings of a perverted pedophile who mass-murdered people, raped and enslaved em..snce I am not doing any of this you have to rethink your whole accusation and try using your brain before posting shit..FYI a good Muslim its the one who does jihad as written in quran and kills as many kuffars possible…so the Terrorists who massacre innocents are GOOD MUSLIMS DOING JIHAD…the arab lying on the ground being executed isn't a Muslim and nobody in France's Muslim community declared him a hero such as done with the Charlie Hebdo murderers…so good muslim is the one killing and even when beng a Sunni Mslim and blowing a schoolbus fll Shia chirde up and dying this Sunni Muslim is declared a martys and goes rigth to heaven fucking 72 virigs with an eternal erection…prove me worng or STFU

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  81. if it makes you all feel any better, i dont think they would have reported on these stories anyway

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  82. Whereas: David-Wynn: Miller., a Federal Postal Judge has now taken possession of the American Flag, Congress failed to Copy-write and protect it from invasion, it now belongs to him. This is why Congress, the President and Courts of law are flying Gold Fringed Flags and violating the Army Manual every court,office,agency, state and federal are hiding the truth of the matter from American men, women and children. Miller on the other hand is bragging as to how easy it was to seize it. So let us now make this flag the new standard for America. Now people we have a color of law fraud scheme in every court. See DDE Executive Order 10834.

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  83. Pamela does not know her history. The south secession from the union was because they did not like the political crap going on in DC and refused to be a part of it. Read the ruling of the Attorney General B.J. Black 1863. Secession is a matter for Congress not the president. this is now my disclaimer:

    Without Prejudice U.C.C. 1-308=1-207 All Rights Reserved: a published document.
    Disclaimer: a man, david-lee; buess, non-corporate entity reserve the right to amend or make further
    corrections to this document as further information becomes available. Furthermore, I do not agree to any Civil
    and or Criminal Penalties whereas documents taken from Congressional Record, IRS Code, Farm Bills, Trading
    With the Enemies Act, Legislative Procedures Act, Court rulings and decisions and the Bankruptcy Acts – now
    4 – of these United States, et al and Birth Record Fraud Scheme, Bond, C.U.S.I.P., Commodities Fraud, Theft of
    and or misuse of CESTA QUE VIE TRUST, AKA, ONE PEOPLES PUBLIC TRUST ACCOUNTS which were
    to be established so the men and women could pay their debts as all lawful money was stolen from us, treason
    against the Constitution, by Roosevelt and his coconspirators AKA the Vatican, British Empire, International
    Bankers, et al. The FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE a debt instrument merely discharges the debt, Breach of
    Public Trust and Misprision by the Congress of the United States, AKA federal employees, Fiduciary Trustees,
    in dealing with the Bankruptcy Act(s) of 1933 and acts of TREASON by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress and
    the Receivers of the Bankruptcies. 1779 without amendment the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, dba,
    CORPORATION, a French Corporation – Congress has refused to provide names of the 3 parties who formed
    this Corporation – an act of treason. (28 U.S.C. @ 3002 Definitions 15) United States means A) a Federal
    Corporation – de facto government. Between March 3 – 5 1861 12 States walked out of Congress in Secession,
    see Rulings of the Attorney General B. J. Black published 1863, and Congress was forced to adjourn Without
    Day; became Sin Die, never to meet again, the next day as they did not have enough votes to call the next
    session – see Congressional Record March 5 – July 15, 1861. Every Legislative Act since is fraud in the
    inducement. Welcome to the Dictatorship – de facto Government. It should be herein noted that in the 1933
    Bankruptcy Act all Offices, Agencies and Departments were turned over to the Receivers, unknown, of the
    Bankruptcy, via the United Nations – 12 years before that became and Organization, and All Law and Statutes
    became international law and copy written AKA Lawless America. Any nation once bankrupt is no longer
    sovereign. Are you practicing Corporate Policy instead of law? Prove it. Also read the 16th American Jurist
    prudence, Second Edition, Section 177…any law written in violation of this Constitution is as though it were
    never written and no one is obligated to obey it…….; massive voter fraud.
    NOTICE: The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS A CROWN/VATICAN/SWISS BANK Property the result of land theft by the Pope from the Great Marzocco. ( A fraud scheme the result of the 1933 Bankruptcy Act & G5. Trustees Are: The Pope, British Monarch, U.S. Postmaster See 28 U.S.C. @ 3002 Definitions 15) United States means A) a Federal Corporation. AKA French.
    Now consider the beginning of the Court Fraud Scheme and the establishment of the Court system AKA Renaissance whereas the CATHOLIC CULT AKA CHURCH via 4-Popes, AKA, Jesuits, and bought into the Courts and Royalty and remain to this day controlling the Judicial system, AKA, the Bank. The Court case number is the Account number from which the Court, aka, Bank is running their Bond, C.U.S.I.P. , and commodities fraud scheme against all defendants, pro se, and private man/woman P.A.G. litigants who enter thereof. It is a Ponzi Scheme. Contracting in violation of uberrimae fidei – of utmost good faith and uberrima Fideas – utmost good faith. (Ref. BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY 8th EDITION pg. 1558.) No court papers are disclosing as a contract; Nor have a proper identity from the OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (OMB NUMBER), fail to provide their Commodities license information nor their Bonding information nor the C.U.S.I.P.: (CUSIP stands for Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures. Formed in 1962, this committee developed a system (implemented in 1967) that identifies securities, specifically U.S. and Canadian registered stocks, and U.S. government and municipal bonds.) A "public official” has no rights in relation to their employer, the state or federal government:
    “The restrictions that the Constitution places upon the government in its capacity as lawmaker, i.e., as the regulator of private conduct, are not the same as the restrictions that it places upon the government in its capacity as employer. We have recognized this in many contexts, with respect to many different constitutional guarantees. Private citizens perhaps cannot be prevent…ed from wearing long hair, but policemen can. Kelley v. Johnson, 425 U.S. 238, 247 (1976). Private citizens cannot have their property searched without probable cause, but in many circumstances government employees can. O'Connor v. Ortega, 480 U.S. 709, 723 (1987) (plurality opinion); id., at 732 (SCALIA, J., concurring in judgment). Private citizens cannot be punished for refusing to provide the government information that may incriminate them, but government employees can be dismissed when the incriminating information that they refuse to provide relates to the performance of their job. Gardner v. Broderick, [497 U.S. 62, 95] 392 U.S. 273, 277 -278 (1968). With regard to freedom of speech in particular: Private citizens cannot be punished for speech of merely private concern, but government employees can be fired for that reason. Connick v. Myers, 461 U.S. 138, 147 (1983). Private citizens cannot be punished for partisan political activity, but federal and state employees can be dismissed and otherwise punished for that reason. Public Workers v. Mitchell, 330 U.S. 75, 101 (1947); Civil Service Comm'n v. Letter Carriers, 413 U.S. 548, 556 (1973); Broadrick v. Oklahoma, 413 U.S. 601, 616 -617 (1973).”[Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 497 U.S. 62 (1990)] 18 U.S.C. 1001 et al.

    My case rests to be true thereof:

    __signature on file ________________________
    a man, david-lee; buess (non-corporation) P.A.G.

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  84. If the Nazis were really Socialists, why were they putting Marxists in concentration camps with the Jews, Homosexuals and Gypsies?

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  85. Its true. However the flag needs to go. At least use the originak 13 colonies flag if you so desperately need to hold on TO history. The confederates were the only ones who didnt want to abolish slavery. Not racist? Lol see my fellow Germans did it right. Not only did they ban the nazi flag and the likeness of hitler, but you will go to jail and/or fined. Its also been erased from the history books and no one talks about it. Skins heads are also ousted and looked down upon in our society. We are all ashamed of what our ancestors did and do not proudly hold on to our nazi flags because of our ancestors. We understand what our past was and want to move forward as a united nation. America is taking the right steps forward. Why the Union allowed the south to keep the flag, its called showing them compassion and trying to teach the south how not to be stubborn. We all live in america and need to fly the same flag united. Not seperate flags. That causes divide.

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  86. Are you Islamophobe? Here a simple test. Favor equal rights for and equal treatment of women and men? Reject the stoning of women accused of adultery? Are you in favour of compulsory education of girls all over the world? Reject slavery and child prostitution? Do you support the complete freedom of expression and freedom of the press? Do you support the right of the individual to believe in a chosen? Are opposed to governmental – and mosque-based anti-Semitic publications, radio, TV and textbooks? To reject the wearing of burqas in public spaces, schools and courts? Are you against gender segregation in public spaces and in prayer houses? To reject the death penalty for non-Muslims and Muslims who convert to another religion? Are you against "Honour killings"? Are opposed to female genital mutilation? Are opposed to forced sexual relations? Are opposed to discrimination against homosexuals? Do you support the right to criticize religion? Are you against polygamy? Stand against child marriages, forced or not? You oppose the statement of the Qur'an, to kill non-Muslims and apostates? In addition, refuse the installation of Sharia courts to the legal system of your country? You detest the superiority claim of Islam over all other religions? If you can answer most or all of these questions positively then you are a disgusting Islam haters and deserve to be beheaded, so as the Koran tells you

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  87. Wanda Finkbeiner- Did you just mention that the confederate flag is a democrat flag?

    As for my two cents, the flag represents a bad time in our nation. It represents how a percentage of our nation would rather fight and die for their right to own slaves rather than go with the flow and respect all humanity. It can candy coat it all you want, but the civil war was a fight for humanity. One side was about freedom and the other was about the supremacy of one race over another. That was included in every textbook I was given.

    One more thing…

    Diane Riley- Did you really compare the confederacy to the religion of Islam? I hope I read that wrong.

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  88. Mikael Evangale

    Actually, you would have a very difficutl time "winning" in an theological argument with ISIS, regarding Islam. They use a very literal interpretaion of the Koran, right down to chopping off heads (as it says in the Koran)… and also the explicit ruling that you are not permitted to innovate on the Koran.

    Here is an article about this published in The Atlantic…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

    PS: "=/=" is not human language.

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  89. Joe Mckee And the North was buying that cotton and tobacco and steering those ships so should the stars and bars go too??

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  90. Donald Smith; "As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race." "As a national emblem, it (the Confederate flag) is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race." – William T. Thompson, designer of the Confederate flag

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  91. XFunc Carter "Not equal"

    The symbol used to denote inequation (when items are not equal) is a slashed equals sign "≠" (U+2260; 2260,Alt+X in Microsoft Windows). In LaTeX, this is done with the "neq" command.

    Most programming languages, limiting themselves to the ASCII character set and typeable characters, use ~=, !=, /=, =/=, or <> to represent their Boolean inequality operator.

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  92. Zach Aguirre Human beings are not machines.

    Using programming language in common dialogue is talking in tongues.

    Talk to people as people. Use common English. Otherwise you risk making yourself misunderstood.

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  93. funny how i understood it, just figured you'd like to know its meaning. and being a programming language made by man how can it not be human, there is no tongues in text.
    welcome to the internet.

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  94. You can't trust your government . They passed the TPP,in secret and have kept under wraps.
    The media have constantly failed to report any new information on 9/11. As you all know it was not a terrorist attack

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  95. Tyler Poirier; I am sorry…. that was a bit of a stretch for ya ain't it? Sorry my metaphor was too abstract and intellectual for you. I will try to spell it out for you. A "symbol" is "something that stands for or represents something else, especially an object that represents an abstraction – ie: an idea, a belief, or a memory of something meaningful. The comparison of the SYMBOLISM of the "confederate flag" to the SYMBOLISM of the "symbol" or "sign" of Islam (an object that stands for Islam but is NOT Islam) was intended to create a comparison of what happens when two conflicting "symbols" and their representations are placed together side by side. Two opposing "symbols" create feelings of emotion and contradiction. Do you understand the difference between "symbol" [the created object] "symbolism" [what the created object stands for] and the "representation" [the abstract beliefs behind the created symbol]? The "symbol" [the confederate flag] and the "symbolism" [white supremacy and separation] has always been in conflict with the greater American beliefs. The flag has always represented racism [the belief in slavery and the racial intolerance of the non-white human being] and separation [wanting to become a separate nation] so as to defend the belief of white supremacy. It was and is against almost everything that is "symbolized" by the "symbol" of the American flag and the Constitution of the United States for that matter. The metaphor was intended to highlight the negative "psychological" symbolism that the "confederate" flag represents to those who it oppressed and to those who stand for equality and unity.

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  96. bull, it was cabout states rights. all 13 colonies and later states reserved the right to cecede from the union at any time .the north could not afford to lose the revenue and lincoln went to war. many southerners freed slaves before and during the war.many northerners still owned slaves after the war {grant} i believe it was maryland that didnt even ratifie the 13th amend. until 1901. the southern flag never flew over a slave ship.

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  97. Are you serious? These were all widely covered, important news stories. What newspaper do you read? What makes you believe "the media" missed these? Do you mean Fox outlets? My guess is, these are all familiar stories to people who read the print Times, Washington Post, perhaps LA Times. I suggest closing the computer and phone for a while each day and subscribe to a good printed newspaper so you'll stop missing critical, often front-page news stories so often and then feel like you're discovering secret knowledge when you see the unsourced story recycled online. That's not to say that for-profit media doesn't have significant problems… but of course, the most "mainstream media" and the most easily biased in the world is the recycled, redacted news posted on internet-based sites as a whole.

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  98. It represents the issues of the the civil war. . And the souths refusal to acknowledge defeat. . And that slavery truely does suck. It should not to flown any where! Ever! Not following the war. . And definately not now!

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