Some Days You Just Have To Cry

If you’re anything like me, there are news items that just blow your mind; you think, ‘How could this be?’

I’ve had a few of these days recently. Many of you can relate, I’m sure.

Do you, like me, shake your head in disbelief when you mention the abhorrent practice of abortion to a group of Christians online, perhaps on your Facebook page, and are confronted with almost deafening silence?

It’s very discouraging, to say the least.

After all, if Christians don’t stand up for the unborn, who will?

The Canberra Declaration proudly supports all pro-life organisations, including Cherish Life and the Walk For Life. In the video below, you can hear from Senators Matt Canavan, Ralph Babet, and past member of parliament George Christensen. George was instrumental in proposing the ‘Babies Born Alive’ bill. They are men of compassion and love.

Questions

Next time you see a politician on TV, ask yourself this question: will this person protect the unborn baby, the victims of paedophilia, or the right to refuse a medical concoction you don’t want? Will they call out the madness of LGBTQ+ agendas, or the support of racial discrimination under the guise of ‘inclusivity’?

Will they stand against grooming our children to think that the colour of our skin is the defining factor of our character? Or do they support genital mutilation of children due to the influence of the evil agendas of gender change activists?

Upping the Ante

Just when you think you might have seen or heard it all… wait! There’s more!

This afternoon, hubby and I watched an episode of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. What we saw just broke our hearts and spurred the need to write this article.

According to the news site Townhall, there’s a story that’s pretty much been glossed over, if not suppressed by the mainstream media. It’s a story that a mere five years ago would have had the country exploding in righteous outrage and disbelief; instead, it’s a by-line in tomorrow’s fish-and-chip paper.

The headline reads: “TAPES: We investigate a Suburban Paedophile Ring. Here’s What We Found“. This is a four-part series that contains a ‘Content Warning’. This article contains graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised. Let me reinforce this warning now.

Here’s the outline of Part One, and a quick summary of each part of the investigation will follow. Kudos to brave and intrepid reporter Mia Cathell:

A months-long Townhall investigation reveals disturbing new details about the affluent LGBTQ activist couple accused of sodomizing their young adopted sons-now ages 9 and 11-and distributing ” homemade” child pornography of the sexual abuse.

Half a year after the shocking story made national news, Townhall is the only outlet following up on the criminal case in Georgia that has seen zero headlines written about it. We’ve found that is far, far worse than what was first reported.

Not only did the married men allegedly rape the two boys who were adopted through a Christian ‘special needs’ adoption agency, but they were pimping out their children to nearby paedophiles in Atlanta suburbs, Townhall’s follow-up investigation discovered.

Recorded jailhouse calls reveal a trove of never-before-seen court documents, and testimony from a family member who spoke exclusively with Townhall uncovered the extent of the physical and emotional trauma that two elementary school-aged brothers endured, as well as the red flags that the state overlooked during the same-sex couple’s “faster than expected” adoption process.

As reported in August, the suspects were darlings of the LGBTQ media. They were part of an anti-gay hate campaign promoting “NOH8”, and Out magazine, which holds the nation’s highest circulation among LGBTQ monthly publications, repeatedly asked them if its website’s Pride page could feature their photos taken at the Atlanta pride parade.

Charges

The adoptive fathers, 33-year-old government worker William Dale Zulock Jr. and 35-year-old banker Zachary Jacoby Zulock (who was previously accused of raping a child) from Oxford, Georgia, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of incest, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, felony sexual exploitation of children, and felony prostitution of a minor.

William and Zachary are each facing over nine life sentences. They’ve pleaded not guilty.

“Records indicate that the child sexual abuse stretches back to as early as late 2019 and intensified in January 21 March 21 and December 21 as the offence dates are listed.

… an updated criminal affidavit says the child sexual abuse was filmed by William’s husband Zachary, with whom he “routinely engaged in sexually abusive acts” on the boy. Zachary, the household breadwinner, confessed to being the cameraman, and authorities allegedly found folder in his cell phone labeled “us”-that contain videos of William sexually abusing the child.

The indictment also charges Zulock co-defendants with soliciting two other men, through the use of popular social media platforms, in the greater Atlanta metropolitan region to “perform an act of prostitution” with their child, who suffered physical injuries from being brutally raped. Townhall is the first to publicly identify these two alleged members of a paedophile ring in the heart of the Peach state. 27-year-old Hunter Clay Lawless and 25-year-old Louis Armando Vicaro-Sanchez, both of Loganville.

The accusations are horrendous, heartbreaking and sadly more common than we could ever imagine.

Zachary, who lists his Snapchat name in his Instagram bio, where the self-described activist brags about being “Papa to our two wonderful boys”, admitted to sending such material “to less than a dozen people”.

There are other potential co-defendants under investigation that are “out there circulating videos of the Zulock boys”.

According to District Attorney Randy McGinley, “They just viewed underage boys as sex objects.”

More than Meets the Eye

Since their arrest, the married men’s assets have been seized, their vehicles have been forfeited, and their home is now the property of the state, with a lien filed against it. In jailhouse recordings in May, they are heard complaining about the raid that took place upon their home, and “how unfair it is that their assets were seized.” William said, describing the custom-built home he designed:

“I think they took our house because they think there was extra money coming in from somewhere, and we are, like, in our 30s and have this big, giant house. And they didn’t think we could afford it.”

The couple’s dream home sits on a two-acre secluded cul-de-sac in a private prestigious upscale neighbourhood, where pre-existing houses are selling for as much as US $900,000. Construction of the mansion from the ground up took only half a year in 2020. They said:

“The kids loved the forest behind us and the playroom for all their toys.”

Before, the Zulocks lived out of a small house in Snellville, which neighbours Loganville, at the time the boys were adopted. The couple’s lavish lifestyle began to materialise about a year after the Zulock men obtained the boys, the family insider told Townhall.

In addition to the mansion, the Zulocks considered purchasing the adjacent property, Zachary told friends, and they were looking to buy a condominium over the next few years somewhere in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach along the southern tip of Alabama’s white sand coastline.

It appears the funds for this massive mansion nestled within a suburban paradise were probably funded by wealthy outside influence. It was a house of horrors, with surveillance cameras installed on every square foot of the property. There was a secret windowless room the size of a closet without any doors, hidden behind a movable bookcase in the home office that the cops left open, which felt like something out of a horror movie, a relative said. Another creepy interior room devoid of windows was purportedly used as a “home theatre”. LGBTQ Pride paraphernalia littered the family’s extravagantly furnished four-bedroom, five-bathroom house, plus a packed three-car garage. A neon sign, “love is love”, adorned the kitchen’s granite countertop.

Doormats proclaimed: ‘Gayest place in town” and ‘it’s basically a zoo in here’.

“Our business is our business. What happens in our home, stays in our home,” the gay couple allegedly told their abused sons.

Beyond the sexual abuse, as punishment during after-school hours, the Zulock boys were forced to stand in a corner for eight hours straight over back-to-back days, only being allowed to move either to eat or to use the bathroom. William was also witnessed slapping their younger son hard in the face. “They were just abused every possible way,” the relative told Townhall. “The boys were just another commodity to them.”

The family is questioning, in hindsight, how a low-level civil servant and a small-town bank teller could indulge in such niceties openly on display in their home. After an application was submitted for representation by the public defender, a letter addressed to William shows that the county’s indigent defence program found them to be ineligible, citing equity ownership and his spouse’s whopping $7500-a-week income. A similar denial memo was also sent to Zachary, who handles their money, pointing to his supposed well-to-do weekly earnings.

Part 2: Just How Big Was the Operation Led by the LGBTQ Couple Who Abused Their Adopted Sons?

Covering the crimes of the co-defendants Lawless and Vicario- Sanchez could be the tip of the iceberg. People are still under investigation and out there distributing videos.

Could the Zulock couple face federal charges? How far-reaching is the paedophile ring, and will other members be unmasked?

“We decline to comment,” a public affairs officer in the US attorney’s office replied when Townhall inquired if the US Justice Department had any interest in investigating and prosecuting a federal case against these co-defendants.

Last year Georgia’s DOJ office pursued a handful of child sex crimes-related cases in this jurisdiction. Now as Townhall previously reported, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice is preoccupied with targeting peaceful pro-life leaders and rounding up elderly Christian preachers who stand up for innocent unborn life. One father, who protested outside an abortion clinic in Georgia’s northwest neighbourhood of Tennessee, was arrested at home by a swarm of armed FBI agents in front of his children.

Townhall goes on to explain the intricacies of the American judicial system, where child pornography is illegal contraband under federal laws of child exploitation and the obscenity section. Child sex trafficking is prohibited by 18 USC 1591. They talk of the Rico Act, which is basically racketeering.

For the Zulocks, living outside of their visible means was certainly a matter of boasting on social media, where their pages were full of gay pride family trips. They enjoyed lengthy AirBnB stays in Chicago, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Gulf Shore’s Alabama, listed as a go-to vacation spot for gay tourists.

In May 2018, they attended a Gulf Shores pizza place, where Zachary had drawn a rainbow circle around a portion of the children’s menu for kids aged 12 and under that jokingly quipped, “Children unattended will be sold as slaves!”

Other destinations over the years included New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN. The nationwide road trip also took the Zulocks to the national capital in September 2019, in addition to a White House tour where the family took a selfie in front of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington DC.

Part 3: How Did An Accused Child Rapist Adopt Two Children?

This instalment exposes everything they learned about the faith-based special needs adoption agency that the same-sex couple used to adopt the two boys; the role that Georgia’s child-welfare system played in placing the children in an abusive home, and the lack of accountability across the board.

Red Flags

Seven years prior to the adoption, Zachary was accused of being a child rapist, but never charged. The 2011 probe into paedophilic behaviour covered the accusation of luring a 14-year-old boy to a residence and having sexual intercourse. The probe was closed without a full investigation. Townhall was denied a copy of the incident report.

The boys could have been rescued as early as June 2020.

Zachary affectionately calls his husband, “My #partnerincrime for life.”

How was this previously accused child rapist allowed to adopt two children with his new husband? Apparently with ease!

In 2018, the Zulock co-defendants adopted the two brothers through All God’s Children, Inc., a now-defunct private special needs agency. They specialised in matching more difficult-to-place children. As well as undergoing police background checks, the men were required to attend mandatory pre-adoption classes called “Parents as Tender Healers”. A case worker completed the assessment, and the children were in the hands of these monsters 8-12 weeks later.

The usual jargon of how the process was managed came forth from Georgia’s DFCS.

“Everything seemed fine, I actually thought DFCS would scrutinize them more, being a same-sex couple, but it seems they passed with flying colours. The process moved faster than expected,” a family source told the reporter.

The agency closed in October 2022, and not a moment too soon; the couple were considering applying to adopt a daughter! Zachary asked the executive director for further references to other agencies. Ms Bailey cited two agencies ‘open to same-sex families.’

Fast forward to last summer, the county’s DFCS office was notified about the need for emergency protective placement for the two children and joined Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program advocates, who provided forensic medical attention to the abused boys during the midnight July rescue operation at the family’s mansion.

The narcissistic nature of the paedophiles continues unabated, when William complained: “They made us sign over our parental rights, I really don’t want them back in foster care; they really don’t deserve that.” He criticised the former foster parents, saying, “They were only in it for the money.”

Part 4: What it’s Like In Jail For Two Accused Child Rapists

Frankly, who cares?

Evil rises all around us; the destruction of the family unit is a top priority for the communist/Marxist system that the world seems to heartily embrace.

I have included some links for your perusal.  It’s becoming patently obvious that some VERY powerful people are behind promoting paedophilia as a ‘new normal’ as society evolves. Scotland Police are calling the perpetrators Minor Attracted People (MAP). These are the folks we used to call upon to protect our kids! What the heck is going on?

Thank God that some journalists still have a backbone and righteous anger! Here’s Sky NewsRowan Dean’s take on it.

Perhaps you might think, oh well, there are always some bad apples. True. However, it becomes apparent with some research that the foster care system is broken in the USA, and the rot doesn’t stop there.

German authorities reported on an ‘experiment’ that placed foster care children with paedophiles! Are you kidding me? When you read the article, you soon realise that the man at the centre of this diabolical practice was himself a paedophile. Cosy.

Sin as Old as Time

When we search ‘sexual immorality’ in the Bible, 69 verses come up with the phrase. People perpetrating these acts and seeking to ‘normalise’ them are the same ones pushing abortion, LGBTQI+ and the genital mutilation of our children.

Make no mistake — this enemy, this anti-Christ, anti-human agenda is from the pit of hell.

Let’s recognise it for what it is and treat it as such. Anything less is unbecoming a follower of Jesus Christ. After all, He told us plainly how He loved and cared for the children brought to Him (Mark 10:13-16).

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Bakhmut has been encircled trapping nearly 25,000 Ukros and supplies cut off

Bakhmut has been encircled trapping nearly 25,000 Ukros and supplies cut off
By Cossack Colonel YURI KOMONYISKI

It would appear that Zelensky has lost favour with the west and is on the way out. His government is falling to pieces, numerous high-profile resignations are now frequent. It all started with the death of his internal affairs minister when the chopper carrying him with 9 others (presumed NATO) was shot down presumably by his own. The EU looks to be scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ammunitions, all of the old stores have been bled dry. Apparently, the EU/Germany will not be handing over planes at this time. The German chancellor was recently reminded that during WWII (1941) German tanks never reached Moscow but the Russian tanks did end up Berlin, will history repeat?

An old foretelling seems to be on track, following easter and about the 5th of May 2024 there will be a great hunger based on the foretelling the war will stop in 2024, perhaps following this war the China / US war will start!! In the meantime, Kim Jong-un officially stated that “North Korea will always stand together on the same battle field as Russia”.  Nearly 80% of the ex-convicts that joined Wagner’s to fight for their freedom and survived, have returned to their brothers to continue fighting this is the essence of the Russian fighting spirit. 

Two weeks ago, the Poles were eager to carve up the Ukraine keenly intent on reclaiming primarily the Ivano-Franko, Lvov regions that border Poland and western Ukraine. However, Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia has indicated this will not be permitted and that the RF may yet retrieve the historical lands absorbed by Poland. The US may exchange western Ukraine with Poland if Poland pays off Kiev’s debt which has amassed $150 billion (and counting).

The Ukrainians rate of surrender in Bakhmut has increased 8-fold. It is clear that the Ukros are experiencing a severe deficit of Ukro fighters Perhaps that’s why Zelensky has dictated that every male between the ages of 20 thru 55 years of age is to be conscripted, regardless of family status, profession, physical or mental health, or any other consideration. Lists are to be prepared by every employer, organization, or institution (the document concerns the Kiev region specifically).

The numbers surrendering are becoming staggering, Kadyrov has organised a psy-op where they are reconditioning the surrendering men to fight against the Ukro-NATO militants, to date 6000 Ukros have reoriented their support against NATO’s Zelensky. These men receive the same pay, treatment, equipment as the RF soldiers do. Zelensky’s conscription crews continue to kidnap people off the streets, grocery shops, medical centres etc. this only adds to the Ukros low moral on the frontline. Hence many men stay hidden indoors and the granny does the shopping on their behalf.

Bakhmut encircled

Unofficial news from the front line is that Bakhmut has been encircled. Approximately 25000 Ukros are now trapped and supplies to them cut off. Right about now they’ll be wishing they had stayed at home. The RF soldiers are finding decapitated and handless bodies of fallen soldiers, the RF believes such men are NATO soldiers and that this is how the Ukros hide the evidence. The RF had gathered many of the corpses littering the streets of Soledar. It was actually 22 trucks worth of corpses. The RF offered them up to the Ukros as a ‘gesture of good will’ providing guaranteed safe passage for the Ukros to come and collect them. Many of these corpses have been feeding the local dogs and in some instances pigs. (Cairns News has seen photos of these gruesome events.) The Ukrainian Armed Forces losses, according to data provided to the Pentagon by AFU Chief of Staff Zaluzhny, amount to 232,000 dead. According to “Stratfor Forecasting”, Ukraine’s losses have exceeded 305,000 dead.

The US has indicated that the Abrams will be delivered to the Ukraine in August. That’s interesting considering the Ukros need to be taught how to use them unless of course they intend to place NATO personnel behind the driver’s seat. We are all wondering where these guzzlers intend to find the kerosene needed to run them. They are also designed to fire Uranium depleted shell, not so good for the country. This has the Poles concerned and rightly so.

Ukraine has no defence against 9K720 Iskander (SS-26) missiles

The German and UK Leopard 2 and Challenger 2 tanks, weigh 65–70 tons each, and are not well suited for use on narrow roads or in cities. They will require significantly more fuel and maintenance, as well as new types of 120-mm ammunition, currently not in Ukraine.

Moscow will regard Ukraine’s use of uranium-tipped projectiles for Leopard 2 tanks as the use of “dirty” nuclear bombs. We know that the Leopard 2 tank, as well as the Bradley and Marder infantry fighting vehicles, are armed with uranium-core armour-piercing projectiles, the use of which leads to contamination, NATO’s gift to Yugoslavia and Iraq. If NATO supplies such shells to Kiev, we will consider this as the use of dirty nuclear bombs against Russia, with all the ensuing consequences.

One of our retired generals recently commented that all transport routes used by the enemy are identified and that the RF is ready to destroy them all ie., critical roads, rail, bridges, tunnels etc. Senior RF officials have indicated to the Poles that the RF if pushed will use tactical weapons. Such weapons can have an impact zone of a radius of 50 klm.

Some Swedish zealots have been publicly burning the Koran in their demonstrations. This is a major sin in the eyes of the Muslin world. In response the Turks will not ratify Sweden’s NATO application, the Turks may even exit NATO this would be detrimental to NATO whom will lose access to the Black Sea. Something the west is still to learn about the Turks they have a very long memory.

Moldovia recently sent an emissary to Russia to plead for Russian gas. They were kindly told to revert to NATO whom is obligated to supply you with everything you could want. The citizens of Moldavia want Sandu’s head on a spike. She now has UK special forces functioning as her personal body guards and dirty operations specialists. About 5 days ago they roughed up some locals, in response the locals later caught three of these mercs killed them and staked them on to a fence. Of course, no mention by the Main Stream Media (MSM).

The RF has strengthened the forces in Transnistria, currently the Ukrainians will not be able to manage 2 fronts unless NATO enters the fray. The Moldavians are strictly against the Romanians entering their country. Should they enter, many Romanians will die the locals remember the Romanian Marauder squads of days past. The Romanian Marauder squads served the Nazis by exterminating Slavs. Stalin gave the command not to take any of these marauders’ captive to this day the Moldavian soils are well fertilised with Romanian marauders.

The government of the Trans-Baikal Region of Russia will use the regional budget to finance and reward serviceman for the capture or elimination of the new NATO tanks during the SMO, the cap is set at USD 43,000 for an operating Leopard tank. The RF expects that at these prices the Ukrainians will personally deliver the tanks together with its NATO operator, the offer is open to Ukrainians. 17,200 Ukrainian troops are now deployed on the border with the Republic of Belarus. France and the republic of Australia agreed on joint production of shells for use in the Ukraine.

According to the west arms supplies to Ukraine do not make Paris, Germany or NATO a party to the conflict, really!! They arm the Nazis to the teeth, including heavy equipment and tanks, finance them, train them, provide intelligence, deliver ammunition, help with the repair of equipment and treat their wounded, their military advisers and mercs are fighting amongst the Nazis BUT they are not a party to the conflict, really!

With respect to SRBMs (short-range ballistic missiles) and the reason why Ukraine has no defence against them. In addition to the different trajectory (a ballistic, ie. a parabolic trajectory), whereby the missiles do not fly parallel to the surface, like cruise missiles, but come down in a steep downwards curve. The key factor is the tremendous (in comparison to most common cruise missiles) terminal velocity of SRBMs, which is the velocity on the final approach to the target. Gravity works in a ballistic missile’s favour, and it is what makes it such a potent weapon.

The terminal velocity of an SRBM like 9K720 Iskander, for instance is 2100–2600 m/s (Mach 6–7), making it hypersonic on approach to the target, whereas most common cruise missiles, like the Kalibr, are pre-sonic. Cruise missiles avoid air defences and radar detection by flying low, manoeuvring, and hugging the terrain. SRBMs have no need for this. An ICBM is even faster, reaching a terminal velocity of 3.3 km/s.

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service: “report that the Ukrainian army is stockpiling weapons and munitions provided by the West on the territories of nuclear power plants. Ukrainian NPP’s now house missiles for HIMARS and foreign air defence systems, as well as large calibre artillery ammunition. In the event that a large-scale detonation at Ukrainian NPP, Kiev will blame Moscow. The Ukro-NATOs assume the Russian Armed Forces, will not strike such nuclear power plants. Ukrainian intelligence noted the RF’s use of blowup-mockups of military equipment ie., tanks as decoys. Each decoy has a heating device that simulates a working engine, visible to infrared.

The Colonel has just returned to active service, convalescing from wounds. He has lost many from his detachment.Translated Feb2

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Hitler’s Economic Miracle, Freedom from Debt Slavery

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” If Gentiles refuse to live a life of inferiority, then this signals their rebellion and the unavoidable necessity of Jewish warfare against their very presence” Cf. Mordechai Nisan, Kivumin, Official publication of the World Zionist Organization,August 1984 pp. 151-156.

The National Socialist Movement in Germany and Austria shut down the Rothschild banks, seized their assets and issued new labour notes as currency, backed by labour provided.
The result was the biggest economic miracle turnaround in history as the usurious class and their crippling debt burden were expelled.
Judea declared war on Germany in 1933.

24 major efforts to avoid war with France and UK by the National Socialists were ignored by the British, French, even unofficial backdoor attempts such as leaflet drops on England (“Last appeal to reason” )and the parachuting in of a senior Nazi to talk with powerful Dukes on a peace deal. The final position of the Germans was offering to leave the siezed ethnic German parts of Poland and also offer assistance to the British Empire should it come under challenge.
All to no avail as Churchill was in and the bankers needed their war and got it. Nations leaving the global cabal banking system will never be accepted even if atrocity propaganda is needed to justify the actions carried out in shutting such recalcitrance down.

https://rumble.com/vf525x-atrocity-propaganda-of-ww2-camps-exposed.html

https://rumble.com/vhsokl-ww2-work-camp-history-war-truth-vs-atrocity-propaganda.html

https://rumble.com/vj247x-spielberg-the-last-days-of-the-big-lie.html


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Germans wanted to end the Jewish usury that enslaved the whole world, today more than ever we need this type of brave men which were the National Socialists. The term NAZI was created as a derogatory term by the Jews, because Hitler was Waking Up the World to The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion & The Synagogue of Satan. The Germans were devoted Freedom loving people with National Pride that wanted all other countries to enjoy the same living conditions free from Jewish Communist enslavement. The Germans wanted to cleanse the world from from Rothschild’s Debt Slavery System. Adolf Hitler was the most beloved Freedom Fighter on earth with an approval rating of 99%. The Germans knew that after WW2 there was nothing else if they were to lose the war, the JEW would destroy the entire Free world, and sadly they were correct. This documentary is banned in most countries around the world but thanks to the internet and VPN technology, you no longer have an excuse for being Asleep, Unconscious, and Brainwashed. The only way to stop the Jewish Globalist Communist Cabal with their New World Order agenda is to Awaken to the Truth as quickly as possible and take actions to stop the world-wide Communist enslavement that is in full swing right now. It was the Jews & Rothschild’s that Declared War on Germany and started WW2. Expect lots of thumbs down on this video because we live in a world of braindead Zombies and dumbed down Sheep that are incapable of doing their own research to ever Wake Up. The very fact that 65 to 70% of people on earth lined up for a SUICIDE JAB is Proof in the Pudding. Never forget that Lincoln & JFK both tried to squash the Rothschild Federal Reserve & Central Bank in the USA, and look what happened to both of them.


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Anti-Russian Sanctions Cause 40% Energy ‘Price Shock’ Increase in Germany

Anti-Russian Sanctions Cause 40% Energy ‘Price Shock’ Increase in Germany

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For at least three decades Germany enjoyed an unprecedented period of energy security, one which made it possible for the Central European country to flourish, further dominating the old continent. It didn’t take long for this economic power to translate into political influence and help Berlin expand even further, particularly in Eastern Europe.

And yet, by late February 2022, Germany’s “dream economy” came to an abrupt end thanks to its suicidal sanctions against Russia, which haven’t only proven futile, but also quite self-harming. Berlin severely underestimated the importance of access to cheap Russian energy, particularly natural gas which helped power much (if not most) of its export-oriented economic strategy.

Perhaps the best summary of just how immensely profitable it was for Germany to do business with Russia was an analysis published back in August last year, authored by Zoltan Pozsar, a renowned economic and financial expert. In his thought-provoking report, Pozsar also presented a chart showing how “$2 trillion of German value depends on $20 billion of Russian gas”. The wording was carefully chosen and it isn’t there just to be amusing. Essentially, Germany was making approximately a hundred times greater profit thanks to cheap commodities, particularly Russian natural gas, to run its export-driven economy at bargain prices.

With this now gone for years or even decades to come, Germany’s “economic miracle” has effectively become yet another footnote in history books. According to a Reuters report, published on January 30, Allianz Trade presented a study that cited contract expiries and delayed wholesale pricing effects and found that German industry is set to pay approximately 40% more for energy in 2023 than in 2021, before the energy crisis triggered by the political West’s failed economic siege of Russia.

“The large energy-price shock still lies ahead for European corporates,” Allianz Trade (better known as Euler Hermes until last year) claims.

The report states that higher corporate utility bills last year were contained as long pass-through times from wholesale markets and government interventions mitigated the immediate hit from surging prices as Russia’s energy exports to the West were disrupted due to the imposition of self-defeating sanctions by the European Union.

The European Central Bank (ECB) stepped in to fund the resulting budget deficits, which effectively means that, despite the official stance and Russophobic posturing, it was directly funding Moscow’s massive financial build-up. However, Allianz Trade estimates that as the pass-throughs are ending, meaning the price increases will soon hit EU corporate profits by 1-1.5% and lead to lower investment, in Germany’s case this would amount to €25 billion (approximately $27 billion).

And while the report claims that German corporate finances are robust and that a state-imposed natural gas price cap allegedly might help, it’s extremely likely to make things much worse. This doesn’t only include the fact that it’s exceedingly difficult to physically replace Russian natural gas with a readily available (much less affordable) alternative, but is also simply impossible for certain EU members such as Hungary, which is landlocked and couldn’t rely on port terminals for seaborne LNG shipments.

To make matters worse, such alternatives are also at least five times more expensive than Russian natural gas, which is effectively destroying the EU’s already dwindling industrial competitiveness on the global markets. Many EU officials have already expressed their frustration with the US due to this, with some high-ranking leaders in Brussels accusing Washington DC of profiteering at the expense of the increasingly troubled bloc.

Although the report insists that fears of crisis leading to deindustrialization and loss of competitiveness against the United States were overdone due to labor costs and exchange rates having a higher impact on manufacturing than energy prices, the same is not true in regard to other countries around the world. The exporters are losing market shares in areas such as agriculture, machinery, electrical equipment, metals, transport, etc. and the main beneficiaries tend to be Asian, Middle Eastern and African companies, not American ones, the report admits.

This effectively means that EU corporations will not only lose their global market share, but could also eventually start losing it in Europe itself, as the already high manufacturing costs in the EU will be even higher due to surging energy costs, which are affecting both citizens and companies.

On Saturday, the economy ministry stated that the German government’s one-time subsidy to help private households and small businesses with gas prices – the first stage of a package that will be complemented with retroactive price caps kicking in in March – has cost €4.3 billion so far. Germany has earmarked €12 billion for this purpose, but the government states that the €4.3 billion is not the final cost as many eligible companies are yet to apply. With the end of February being the deadline, they have exactly a month to do so.

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German Foreign Minister Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud on Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud on Ukraine

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock bluntly stated in fresh remarks that Western allies are fighting a war against Russia. The remarks came during a debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday amid discussions over sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

While Baerbock’s words were largely ignored in mainstream media, a number of pundits on social media noted with alarm that the German foreign minister just essentially declared war on Russia.

Ironically other German officials have long sought to emphasize their country is not a party to the conflict, fearing uncontrollable escalation.

Contradicting this official stance, Baerbock said the quiet part out loud, and introduced the comments with:

“And therefore I’ve said already in the last days – yes, we have to do more to defend Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more also on tanks.”

And that’s when she asserted:

“But the most important and the crucial part is that we do it together and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”

Interestingly, both Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his former defense minister who recently resigned, Christine Lambrecht, have been seen as weak on arming Ukraine – repeatedly declaring an unwillingness to get pulled deeper into the proxy war aspect to the conflict. But now it seems the more hawkish Baerbock is willing to at this point be much more open with the reality of what’s happening.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova seized on the comments, saying this is yet more proof that the Western allies were planning a war on Russia all along…

“If we add this to Merkel’s revelations that they were strengthening Ukraine and did not count on the Minsk agreements, then we are talking about a war against Russia that was planned in advance. Don’t say later that we didn’t warn you,” Zakharova said.

One thing is for sure, things are moving fast…

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Exclusive – Lt. Col. Daniel Davis Warns of Nuclear War: U.S. Has ‘No Plan’ in Ukraine, This Is Not a ‘Video Game’

Providing new tanks to Ukraine won’t change the reality on the ground of the current conflict with Russia, according to retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, who claimed the United States has “no plan” or strategy and warned of the real-world danger of invoking NATO’s “mutual defense” clause, which would trigger a nuclear war.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Thursday, Davis discussed the situation on the ground in Ukraine.

Davis, a Defense Priorities senior fellow and military expert, spent over two decades in active service, which included combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded two Bronze Star medals.

“It just doesn’t work that way in reality”

Calling the recent decision by the U.S., Germany, and other European nations to send tanks to Ukraine a “huge information operation ‘game changer,’” Davis cautioned that “information operations and claims don’t translate into reality on the battlefield.”

“From someone who has done combat operations in tank-on-tank fights; in operations patrolling the East-West border during the Cold War and its potential Soviet invasions; and was the second-in-command of an armored cavalry squadron for the First Armored Division in the mid 2000s in Germany; I can tell you that just having NATO tanks does not equal battlefield success,” he explained.

Davis cast doubt on the perception many have on how effective the new tanks will prove on the battlefield.

“The problem is that what works on video games and on paper — you have to make it work on the ground,” he said. “And very few people anywhere in the western media or anywhere in the other media, for that matter, understand how combat power is made. 

“And it’s not just the platform, though that is very important, but roughly 90 percent of the success is the people who operate the equipment,” he added. 

In order to achieve that, he explained, a “trained individual at each of the positions within a tank” is needed, in addition to “a trained crew that knows how to fight well together.” 

“And then you have to have a trained platoon, platoons in a company; and a company in the battalion; and if you’re talking about the inner-level operations, battalions within brigades etc,” he said.

“So all of those are necessary and they all take time,” he added. 

Recalling his unit’s “intense training” in Europe and Saudi Arabia prior to battle in order to “replicate” how war would play out, Davis noted that it had all taken place with [military] officials in key positions with many years of experience — something he asserted could not be “manufactured.”

“You can’t send 500 [Ukrainian] dudes to Germany and conduct six weeks of maneuver training and think you’re going to get the same output, because those guys don’t have the experience,” he said. “They don’t even have the baseline understanding that we had a whole career and our whole training before we even arrived at that one year preparation.”

Davis suggests imagining the chances that someone who has “never even seen this equipment” will “have to just fall in on it while they’re in [combat] potentially a few months from now — which is what they’re saying they’re trying to do — and it’s somehow those things are going to be effective in combat.”

“I mean just on the surface of it, that’s ridiculous,” he said. “I mean it’s people who just don’t have any idea of how actual combat power is generated that would believe that.” 

“Because maybe it works for movies and in video games — just getting this capacity on your video game and poof, you’ve got the full capacity as though you were fully trained, but it just doesn’t work that way in reality,” he added.

“What makes somebody think that just the presence of a different kind of tank is suddenly going to change all that?”

Another problem Davis pointed to is that Ukraine has already possessed strategic weapons on the ground throughout the conflict. 

“It’s not as though Ukraine has no tanks and so they need tanks to operate because suddenly [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky said he needed 300 new tanks,” he said. 

“Well, the fact is they’ve got — depending on who you want to believe — somewhere around 1,000 tanks already and, according to Bloomberg, something along the neighborhood of 410 Soviet-era tanks have been given to them since the war started in addition to whatever survives from when they first started,” he continued.

“So they have tanks; they have artillery pieces,” he added. “We’ve given a bunch of those. They [also] have rocket launchers.”

As a result, Davis questioned “just what an Abrams or Leopard tank is going to do differently than the T72s, the T80s or the T64s that they have right now?” 

“And that’s the part that no one’s even talking about,” he said. “It’s like, look, you have tanks already; you can say that our Abrams is more capable but what is that going to do in the field?”

“I’ve been scouring the internet and any report I could find for months, and there’s hardly any tank-on-tank engagements,” he noted.

Highlighting how Ukraine, “in a year of fighting, has never pushed Russia back [from the Donbas area],” Davis questioned, “What makes somebody think that just the presence of a different kind of tank is suddenly going to change all that?”

He also noted that Ukraine “has no experience in maneuver warfare.” 

“They have lots of experience in trench-warfare, in static warfare, and in defensive warfare — they’ve actually gotten very good at it and that’s why it’s so hard and taking Russia so long to push Studenok, because they’re actually very good at defending,” he said.

“But that doesn’t help you at offense, it’s a completely different skill set and I haven’t seen any evidence that they have that,” he added. “And that’s just something you can’t manufacture in a couple of months. You just can’t do it. It takes a lot longer than that.” 

Davis, who fought in the largest tank battle of Desert Storm, the Battle of 73 Easting, concluded that “the expectation that so many in the West, and certainly those in Kyiv, have been professing: that they think the possession of these Bradleys, Abrams, Leopards, AMX-10, M109 Paladins, etc. combined, is going to allow them to go on a NATO-type offensive maneuver is just not going to happen because it’s way more than the platforms required to enable that kind of offensive operation.”

“You’re… making Russia want to go to war”

The former Lt. Col. admitted that “if providing all this equipment we have in the last eight days combined with what’s apparently coming from these other dozen European nations, had a legitimate shot at ending the war and winning it for Ukraine without sparking a nuclear retaliation from Russia, then I’d be willing to say it is worthy.”

However, he explained, “there’s none of that.” 

“All you’re doing is making Russia want to go to war,” he warned. “Far from wanting to deter Russia or making them hesitate and count the costs – it’s having the exact opposite effect across the board in Russia.”

“If anything, it makes them want to be more aggressive,” he added. “It makes them absolutely think we cannot lose this and double down on their efforts.” 

According to Davis, “even the general Russian population — you don’t see any protests anymore and you barely see any kind of negative social media comments, and that’s usually people who aren’t even in Russia.” 

“In Russia you don’t see any of that, because people are for the most part convinced that this is what has to be done because [they feel] it’s a very valid position to say all of NATO is against them,” he said. 

Davis insisted that reality was “not some fantasy,” but “it’s graphically produced on the ground, you see it.”

“We’re doing everything except physically pulling the trigger,” he asserted. 

“We’re providing intelligence. We’re providing ammunition. We’re providing weapons systems [and] repair facilities, literally everything but the pull of the trigger,” he added. 

He then suggested considering another country doing the same to the United States:

“Imagine during the war with Afghanistan that Russia or China had just completely got behind the Taliban, gave them everything they had, including all their modern gear to kill American soldiers,” he said.

“Do you think we would have accepted that? Would we have been OK with that?” he asked. “We’d go crazy. We’d have potentially gone to war with them.”

And yet, Davis noted, “we think that, like Biden said hiding behind a fig leaf today, when he announced this change, that ‘we are not going to war with Russia’ and ‘we’re not a direct participant,’ as though just saying those words means anything to Russia.”

“They’re looking at your actions, and the actions speak louder than the word,” he said. 

Though, according to his analysis he did not see “any possibility that this can accomplish an objective and outcome that we want,” Davis did see it as having “a real chance at making sure that Russia does whatever it takes to win.” 

“And I think that there’s not enough recognition of just how much risk and gamble we’re taking right now,” he warned.

“We have no plan”

Davis described the “unambiguous” conclusion of all the aforementioned as the fact that the U.S. has “no plan.” 

“We have no strategy,” he said. “Nobody is asking what comes next.” 

Having “just talked ad nauseam on the failings of the United States in Operation Iraqi Freedom — when we went in in 2003, nobody talked about what comes next and then — after we had this easy military victory — we didn’t know what to do next and we’ve been paying for it ever since.” 

“All the stuff that happened after is because we didn’t have a plan,” he added.

 According to Davis, “we’re now doing the same thing. — we have no plan.” 

“We’re just giving all this stuff, nobody’s talking about, not even ethereal kinds of overarching statements. What is this supposed to accomplish? What is the outcome you see by giving [these tanks]? What are you trying to produce on the ground? How is this going to benefit the United States of America as opposed to not doing it? What are the pros and cons? 

“That conversation hasn’t even taken place,” he added. 

“We don’t even know what we want to do”

Davis noted that without a clear plan, it would be impossible to achieve a successful outcome.

“Imagine if you’re throwing all of this military equipment out there and you don’t even know what you want to accomplish — how are you going to know if this is successful?” he asked. “How can President Biden or anybody in the Pentagon tell the American people whether it’s worth it to send this equipment or whether it’s not? Whether it’s making a difference or not?” 

“There’s no criteria!” he exclaimed. “We don’t even know what we want to do.”

Even if you claim to want to “win,” Davis insists the term be clearly defined.

“Define ‘win,’” he said. “Because you had the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff one week ago repeat what he’s been saying a lot, and one of the few things I agree with him on, [that] he sees no military path for Ukraine to win this war in the foreseeable future, meaning throughout the entire 2023.” 

“And he’s right,” he added. “Even with all this stuff, of course, he knew what we were going to offer before he made that comment. And he’s right, but no one pays any attention to that, they just pretend it didn’t happen, [as if] he didn’t say it.”

Asking what the objectives are, Davis questioned exactly what the “American national security interest here we’re trying to protect is?” 

“And what does President Biden hope to accomplish by giving Ukraine all of this stuff [tanks, sophisticated military equipment]?” he continued.

He insisted that the American people “deserve an answer” to such questions. 

“Not a general statement, but an actual physical, detailed answer: ‘Here’s what we want to accomplish; here’s what we consider success; here’s the objectives we want to accomplish.’ That should be a bare minimum, and it’s not even on the table,” he said. 

“And that is a major major problem,” he added. “Because then you can stumble into all kinds of stuff, if you haven’t given thought to those.” 

“Russia has the biggest nuclear stockpile in the world”

Davis also highlighted the uniqueness of the situation.

“One of the things that’s been from the outset that it just has not come to grips within the West [is that] this is not Syria; this is not Iraq; this is not Libya; this is not Yemen; this is not even Iran,” he said.

“We have basically done whatever we wanted to do in all these places and didn’t even care about what they might do because we know they don’t have the ability,” he added.

According to Davis, “we’re having that same mentality in Russia,” which possesses “the biggest nuclear stockpile in the world.” 

“They can do something. The rules are different. You cannot behave and act in the interest of Russia or opposed to it, like you can against Syria,” he explained.

“You just can’t just launch a strike into Russia — especially on their territory — like you could against Syria, or like we did in Libya or all these other places and not worry about what would happen,” he added. “We have to worry about it now.”

Though the “rules are different” in the current scenario, “we’re not acting like it.” 

“And I fear that one day, Russia’s going to say, ‘OK, you finally did cross a red line this time and we’re going to take action,’” he said. 

“For example,” he added, “[Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov recently said that based on all this stuff about the tanks, they reserve the right to attack any provider of NATO gear, NATO tanks, NATO vehicles, their ammunition – no matter where they are, meaning Poland or in some other NATO country.” 

“So they’re now saying that they may attack those things that are directly for war, that are there against their forces wherever they are,” he added.

Davis also warned that Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty, which dictates that member states consent that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all,” could lead to an explosion: 

There is zero chance – and I mean zero – not point anything, that Russia could ever militarily defeat NATO in a conventional sense. It’s a physical impossibility. They’re just struggling even now to defeat Ukrainians in part of the Donbas, their next-door neighbor, so they certainly couldn’t take on a 30 member NATO military alliance; they know that. 

“So the only way they can defend against NATO, is through nuclear weapons, of course,” he explained. “So if we try to think we’re going to trigger Article 5 and not trigger nuclear war. I mean, we’re just insane and fooling ourselves.”

And while, he claimed, the information he relayed is “just common sense and logic, if you just played stuff through,” Davis argued that “we don’t like to play with reality.” 

“We like to play with words,” he said. “In fact, we just create our own reality, whatever we prefer.”

The matter comes as Western countries agreed to supply tanks for use against the Russian invasion this past week, prompting the Ukrainian government to push the envelope further, with discussions about more major military equipment advancing.

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Now Receiving Tanks, Ukraine Advances Discussions to Jets, Submarines, Long-Range Missiles

Now Receiving Tanks, Ukraine Advances Discussions to Jets, Submarines, Long-Range Missiles

Western countries agreed to supply tanks for use against the Russian invasion this week, prompting the Ukrainian government to push the envelope further, with discussions about more major military equipment advancing.

(above, clockwise from top left: German Frigate Lübeck (F214), German Leopard-2 Main Battle Tank, German 212A diesel-electric hydrogen fuel cell attack submarine, F-16 fighter jet)

Talk of NATO nations supplying long-range missiles, warships, submarines, and fighter jets is evident, with Ukrainian government figures seemingly tasked with acquiring new equipment wasting absolutely no time to push new ideas immediately after the dam burst on tank supply.

The shift from tank talk to fighter jets was, perhaps inevitably, almost instantaneous after the United States and Germany dropped their previous objections to sending offensive armour to Ukraine this week. Yet the conversation has, at the hands of Ukrainian politicians and diplomats trying to talk Western powers into sending more equipment, taken another leap forward.

Discussions to get long-range missiles to Ukraine are apparently well underway, with reports describing the talks as “fast-track”. Advisor to Ukrainian President Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, who has been a cheerleader for western warplanes is involved in the missile talks and said he was trying to explain to allies that getting the advanced weaponry would “reduce fatalities… reduce security threats to the European continent, this will keep the war localised”.

Nevertheless, Podolyak criticised some unnamed allied nations as being “conservative” in their attitude in sending military aid because they feared “changes in the international architecture”, in other words, deviance from the status quo.

But even larger and more sophisticated weapons than long-range missiles, main battle tanks, and jet fighters are apparently on Ukraine’s shopping list. Deputy Foreign Minister Andrij Melnyk, who hit the headlines this week for instantly demanding jets even as the ink on the tank deal was still drying, has been turning his attention to naval power.

Speaking of Ukraine’s ambition to kick Russia out of the black sea, the diplomat pointed to Germany’s class of six 212A diesel-electric attack submarines, asking for one of them, and a German frigate, the Lübeck which was taken out of service last month.

The 212A submarines are regarded as small and stealthy craft, using hydrogen fuel cells powering an electric motor for silent running underwater. “Why not to send one to Ukraine?”, Melnyk posited.

The diplomat, who is the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, put forth a similar argument for a German warship. Laid down in the 1980s and decommissioned in December after it completed its final deployment last summer, the frigate Lübeck is therefore presently surplus to requirement but may still be in a position to be re-activated quickly.

Melnyk said of the ship that with political will “it could be transferred to Ukraine to combat [Russian] submarines & war ships in the Black Sea”, citing the ship’s Sea Sparrow and Harpoon missiles.

The requests for ever more sophisticated weapons of war beg serious questions for Western allies about how involved, exactly, they are willing to get in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

The United States had long insisted — right up until the point it flipped and agreed to send them — that its Abrams main battle tanks were too sophisticated to quickly train Ukrainians to drive, fight, and maintain. Yet donating a submarine with a novel energy system without crew is a whole new level of complexity. Sending a manned submarine is immediately possibly, but of course would be an actual act of war by a NATO member.

A typical submarine crew would embody decades of experience and training to effectively use one of the most sophisticated weapons systems in the world, and even for experienced crews in competent navies the complexity of submarine operations has meant a steady drumbeat of subs grounded, damaged, and lost — with deadly consequences — for as long as they’ve been in service.

Underlining the problem, German state politician Martin Habersaat quipped back at Melnyk’s request for one of Germany’s six submarines, asking how many sailors in Ukraine’s navy knew how to operate submarines at all.

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WW3 Watch: German Foreign Minister Declares ‘We Are Fighting a War Against Russia’

WW3 Watch: German Foreign Minister Declares ‘We Are Fighting a War Against Russia’

In a stunning statement contradicting her own government and the official line from NATO, Germany’s Foreign Minister declared that her country and Europe as a whole is in a “war against Russia” in Ukraine.

Speaking before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Annalena Baerbock of the German Green Party and a top member of the traffic light coalition government of Olaf Scholz, publicly contradicted the head of her government by saying that they are at war with Russia.

“I’ve said already in the last days – yes, we have to do more to defend Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more also on tanks,” Baerbock said. “But the most important and the crucial part is that we do it together and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”

The comments from the foreign minister came just hours before Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would indeed be sending military tanks to Ukraine. However, the German leader expressly said that this did not represent an act of war against Russia, maintaining the Western line that the tanks are allegedly only intended for defensive purposes.

“We must always make it very clear that we are doing what is necessary and possible to support Ukraine, but at the same time preventing an escalation of the war to a war between NATO and Russia, and we will continue to observe this principle,” he said.

Aside from being contradicted by the chancellor, Germany’s chief military ally in the European Union, France also rejected Baerbock’s declaration, with a spokeswoman for the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs at the Quai d’Orsay, Anne-Claire Legendre saying: “We are not at war with Russia and none of our partners are.”

“The delivery of military equipment as part of the exercise of its self-defence… does not constitute a co-belligerence,” she said. “We deny these statements made by the Kremlin.”

On Thursday, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office also attempted to walk back the comments from Baerbock, telling the Bild newspaper that supporting Ukraine’s defensive effort against Russia “does not make Germany a party to the conflict.”

Yet, the comments were not missed by the Kremlin, with Moscow likening the statement to a recent interview from former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who suggested last year that the 2014 Minsk peace agreement was intended to buy Ukraine time in order to build up armaments to fight Russia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “If we add this to Merkel’s revelations that they were strengthening Ukraine and did not count on the Minsk agreements, then we are talking about a war against Russia that was planned in advance. Don’t say later that we didn’t warn you.”

Despite the Green Party’s traditionally anti-war stance, Baerbock has been one of the most vociferous voices in Germany on behalf of the Ukrainian war effort against Russia. Indeed, speaking from Prague in September, the foreign minister said that her government would be willing to support Ukraine for years “no matter what my German voter thinks.”

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