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Dear reader, your support is essential to keep this site going.

Moon of Alabama provides news and analysis which other media cover late or not at all. It offers original thought and no-nonsense writing on a nearly daily basis. It is free of charge and free of distracting advertisements. The comments are open and lively. It is the effort of a single person.

While that person lives in slightly better circumstances than Spitzweg's Poor Poet, he is neither rich nor does he indulge in luxuries.

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Your continued interest and your feed back keep me going. But I also need to eat and pay rent. There is currently no other income I can rely on. Thus every donation to this Poor Poet - be it $5, $50, $500 or more - is welcome and needed. A recurring contribution or sponsorship would be great.

Transaction costs are smallest when you send cash, a check or make a bank-wire transfer. Send email to MoonofA @ aol.com (remove the blanks) for the necessary details. (They are the same as before.) You can use a credit card or other means when you donate through the PayPal button below (The account is in Euro €1 = $1.21; $1 = €0.83).

Thanks you very much!

Bernhard aka b.

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thanks b.
just donated

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 14 2021 18:10 utc | 1

I continue to donate, but I'm not very happy with the way only the American perspective is presented. I understand that's because that's where most commenters are located. But I do think that a bit of the European perspective would be useful as a contrast. You know it well as a Hamburger. You could provide the European vision as a contrast in each piece. That would leave the Americans the chance to comment on their particular obsessions.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 14 2021 18:43 utc | 2

Thanks b for keeping alive one of the best news & sources on the internet. Your website is a thing you can be proud of. And when I search to something from last year, or even older, very little has become obsolete.
So congrats for a job well done - including the weeding through the comments section.

Posted by: marcel | Jun 14 2021 18:52 utc | 3

keep it up b! i donated... i like laguerres suggestion too... i think you do this some already..

Posted by: james | Jun 14 2021 19:08 utc | 4

James, I said American because that includes Canada. Anything the other side of the Atlantic doesn't gat a look in.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 14 2021 20:02 utc | 5

I'll donate once you start accepting crypto.

Posted by: Andrea | Jun 14 2021 20:12 utc | 6

Thanks b for all that you are doing to advance the cause of investigative journalism. Keep up the good work. Your site is a must read for me. I appreciate the comments from the many knowledgeable people who post. I am happy to donate.

Posted by: Michael Crockett | Jun 14 2021 20:14 utc | 7

Will do, via snail mail. Thanks b !!!

Posted by: vetinLA | Jun 14 2021 20:37 utc | 8

Donation accomplished. Thanks for your great site!

Posted by: Timmeh | Jun 14 2021 20:41 utc | 9

Done. Thanks for your job, and of course all those commenters I like. VK, Karloff, Grieved, Uncle Tungsten, etc. As I mentioned, every commenter is better than any others in MSM.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Jun 14 2021 23:25 utc | 10

@ 5 laguerre... if you step back a bit, i think you will see that all the articles b did on belarus along with the recent article on iran and a number of other articles - many not focused on north america, what you say has a bit of merit, but not completely fair as i see it.. i personally would like a story on germany where b is based, but that is up to him.. what do you think he could be addressing that isn't being addressed here?? i am curious..

Posted by: james | Jun 15 2021 0:40 utc | 11

Tried donating from France this morning using two different MasterCards and receive an error message from PayPal after entering the confirmation code. I will try again later today. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Mack Murray | Jun 15 2021 6:19 utc | 12

Third time's a charm!

Posted by: Mack Murray | Jun 15 2021 6:39 utc | 13

Coming here for (usually) smart insights, but your misinformed anti-crypto rant recently made me reconsider.

You haven't understood anything if you can't see the creation and control of "money" is the root of all wars and injustice in this world.

Accept Bitcoin, and I'll donate.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 15 2021 8:11 utc | 14

Bernhard, when you awake from the covid propaganda trance and get your head straight about the whole damned covid scam, I'll consider donating.

Till then: sorry buddy: such a huge blind spot blows a hole in your credibility: A bunch of footloose international billionaire parasites attempts a global coup-d'etat, using a fake-pandemic terror stampede, and b at MoA swallows their propaganda blitz hook, line and sinker! Bloody hell, b, do catch up! You're normally so unfoolably savvy!

I visit your site religiously, because experience has shown how unusually penetrating your insight is. But falling for the covid terror-porn scam like this has really dented your reputation with a lot of radical dissidents. Nevertheless, I'll continue to read your output. But a donation will only be forthcoming when you finally publish an admission that you got it glaringly wrong about the 'pandemic' scam. Start from these simple premises:

There is NO pandemic. There's a more-than-usually-nasty novel flu about, which may or may not have been engineered, and may or may not have been released deliberately, or may simply have escaped, possibly from Fort Detrick, possibly from Wuhan. Or it may have been generated naturally, in the usual Gaian way. No-one knows any of this for absolute certain.

It's killed a very small minority of unusually vulnerable people, as flus do every season.

Everyone else - over 99.9%, literally! - recover from it easily (often without even noticing that they've had it), especially when assisted by the half dozen or so effective treatments which have now been tried and proven by actual front-line doctors actually treating patients: Genuinely safe and effective treatments, unlike the murderous experimental poison-stabs that everyone's being urged to get (thousands killed by the stabs already, millions suffering lesser, but often still serious, adverse effects).

The covid-flu has killed possibly a few more than usual, compared with the past decade, but not many, if at all. Since the West's mediawhores and pocket-politicians, and far too many technocrats and scientists as well, are thoroughly under carrot-and-stick oligarchical control in the Anglozionist empire, there has been a comprehensive degradation of ALL possible sources of information about the flu. Literally nothing, from any source at all, can be trusted to be a hundred percent reliable, until cross-checked several ways. Investigators must tread exceedingly warily before trusting any statistics at all that we're being fed. Special care must be taken not to swallow the panic-pushing, and not to stampede into irrational credulousness, as has happened with so many of the terror-porn hypnotised. Including you, most regrettably, b.

So - no donation from me till you recover your balance, b. Sorry!

Posted by: Rhisiart Gwilym | Jun 15 2021 9:18 utc | 15

PS: I should add my - genuinely-felt - thanks to you, along with all the others in this comment section, for all the excellent work you do, b. MoA is, almost invariably, one of the best sites for sound information and analysis. And no-one can get things right absolutely every time. Some allowance must always be made for human fallibility. Solidarity in any case, despite the spectacular balls-up over covid! (But no donation till you admit that you misjudged the scam).

Posted by: Rhisiart Gwilym | Jun 15 2021 9:29 utc | 16

Get yourself a crypto wallet, and you'll get some ETH or BTC, whichever you choose.
Maybe poverty will cure your fiat bigotry

Posted by: Jezabeel | Jun 15 2021 9:29 utc | 17

As others have said;

Get a crypto wallet, post your addresses.

Once you've received some crypto sell it for cash in person.

Posted by: David Nichols | Jun 15 2021 11:16 utc | 18

Posted by: Rhisiart Gwilym | Jun 15 2021 9:18 utc | 15

That is exactly what corruption looks like. Say this and you will get some much needed mullah.
This is exactly the opposite of what b does.

Posted by: arby | Jun 15 2021 12:00 utc | 19

@ 19 arby... peoples words and actions are much more revealing then they are able to recognize in themselves... some examples on this thread really highlight this...

Posted by: james | Jun 15 2021 15:33 utc | 20

@19 arby & 20 james

Precisely so. Some people don't understand the meaning of the word "donation".

If b ever writes in the expectation of patronage it will be a low day.

I have in recent years felt that he thinks he has to produce a quantity of work each week, and I've tried to suggest that this isn't necessary - I hope it's to meet his own standards and not from feeling he has to satisfy his readers. Writers owe everything to readers in terms of being readable, but they owe nothing in terms of output.

It's a blog. You write what you want, when you want. People like us hang on in threads because we like the altitude of the post, and the company of similar high-flyers. We donate from that appreciation, not from the size of the flow.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 15 2021 18:07 utc | 21

Posted by: Paul | Jun 15 2021 8:11 utc | 14

Not me. I donated using PayPal and my credit card . Keep up the good work, b.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 15 2021 18:39 utc | 22

@Rhisiart Gwilym, Jezabeel, David Nichols

The analyzes and opinions I offer are not for sale.

Posted by: b | Jun 15 2021 18:50 utc | 23

touche

Posted by: powerandpeople | Jun 15 2021 19:29 utc | 24

Just made a donation. Thanks B for keeping MoA going.

I would like to see MoA hosting other people's work as you did recently with Kit Klarenberg's article on the UK's information and propaganda warfare effort and as you used to do with Richard Galstaun's posts on Libya.

I would like to suggest Patrick Armstrong and Paul Robinson (author of Irrussianality blog) as two possible writers whose work you might like to repost occasionally. Both are Canadians and some of us MoA commenters are already familiar with Irrussianality and post comments in the comments forums there. (Yes, I know, we all ought to get a life. But posting comments is so much fun!)

Also if you were to feature the work of some European-based writers and analysts, like Alex Mercouris (The Duran) for example, this would go some way to giving your blog the more Eurocentric outlook that Laguerre and maybe some others would like to see.

Posted by: Jen | Jun 16 2021 1:32 utc | 25

Mr. Rhisiart Gwilym | Jun 15 2021 9:18 utc | 15

Nonsense.

I recieved the news late last night that an older acquaintance, aged 76, died a few days ago of COVID-19.

May be you consider people like that expandable.

I do not.

Posted by: Fyi | Jun 16 2021 1:41 utc | 26

Mr. Laguerre | Jun 14 2021 18:43 utc | 2

I think language is a significant barrier; someone commenting in Italian, for example. Or Serbian.

Posted by: Fyi | Jun 16 2021 1:45 utc | 27

Thank you, b, for your contribution (additionally the other regular commenters/contributors too) of this little corner of sanity.

Posted by: bobzibub | Jun 16 2021 2:33 utc | 28

Happy to give a few of my commie euros to this wonderful website.
Even more so reading the latest mud fight of shady alt-media figures, in this case, between Whitney Webb and former Mintpress News writer Raul Diego. For those that don't know, Diego was accused by Webb of stealing money from her crypto cash in bank. They were a couple for some time and also working together at MPN before Webb went independent. Whether or not he stole from her, what is more revealing is how the text conversations and public statements (on Twitter) between them show what a money-grifting shit show a large part of that profession is.
Another reason why I come here fordilligent journalism rather than this phony sensationalism I read by many of these hired-for-money scribblers.

Posted by: v | Jun 16 2021 11:31 utc | 29

"Precisely so. Some people don't understand the meaning of the word "donation"." (same thought as Grieved, Arby, James in 19, 20, 21)

Secondary meaning - gratitude. (At least in my case. I have learnt so much by coming here, it is almost like going back to school)
*****

(Second thought - I am not sure I learnt a lot of useful information at school! I once got the mention "could do better if he got his hair cut, if he was able to see what he was doing")
*****

Mack Murray | Jun 15 2021 6:19 utc | 12
Problem as well, I donated to b, but the next payment I tried to make to Kapersky anti-virus kept me waiting 12 minutes - before I gave up. (and then complained to the Bank.)

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 16 2021 14:30 utc | 30

Crypto and Coronavirus as reasons not to donate?

Those getting religious over these issues are misguided.

Sure crypto has its uses and I'm a fan. But will governments allow crypto-currency that they don't control? IMO b is not wrong to be skeptical. It's not something that should deter contributions to moa.

Covid-19 is real and b has covered it well. And I say that as someone who has been critical of a few things about b's coverage of the pandemic. Continued bitching from the politically partisan (astro-turfed?) libertarian mob should actually inspire donations for b's courageous reporting.

DONATE!

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 16 2021 15:42 utc | 31

Dear b. My crappy $5 is not meant as an insult. Good work sir.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Jun 16 2021 18:02 utc | 32

@32 - David,

the size of a donation does not matter. I value all equally.

Posted by: b | Jun 16 2021 18:48 utc | 33

Not the least interest to dig through this.

Otherwise, theoretically one can support, without enforcing one's larger plans. Maybe the cryptowarriors can invite me into their demands on b's blog and beyond. There must be some beyond sphere. No?

Posted by: LeaNder | Jun 16 2021 20:09 utc | 34

Sorry to say, but paypal asks for my email and mobile to do the transaction from my credit card. I am not willing to surrender my phone and payment details to a US spy agency. Aren't there less nosy ways?

Posted by: aquadraht | Jun 16 2021 21:17 utc | 35

Bernhard, are donations by readers "banned to post" accepted?
Ich gehe in Ruhestand, mein letzter Tag für MoA. (netto!).

Und Schluss mit Covid.

Bernard F
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Agree with Stonebird | Jun 16 2021 14:30 utc | 30
We learned to think by our own

Posted by: Bernard LeFranc | Jun 16 2021 21:58 utc | 36

I'm doing my part! thanks for the stimulus, Joe.

you can read shit like this below over at counterpunch. i really hate to say this: they do not need your money. As much as I love David Yeardsley etc., and mostly enjoy St. Clair, he now regularly supplies the material for R2P human rights warriors against Syria and Russia, and now 2 days in a row, pseudo-academic and pseudo-legal arguments about China and the Uighurs. this today, from L Ali Khan:

...China cannot lawfully invoke internal sovereignty to engage in gross violations of human rights in Xinjiang or elsewhere within its territory. China, holding a veto in the U.N. Security Council and a repeat member of the Human Rights Council, is under a legal obligation to allow the international press, human rights organizations, and U.N. special rapporteurs to visit Xinjiang. In addition, China must furnish credible evidence to demonstrate that the Uighurs are not the targets of degradation....

this dude's a lawyer?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 16 2021 22:37 utc | 37

A crypto address is a method of payment. I want to donate in crypto. I don't want to buy your opinions. But I do see how you convince yourself that by doing the right thing, justifies being less prosperous. That's a very US occupied German way of thinking b. That kind of thinking almost sunk Nord Stream. Good luck with that paradigm moving forward.

Posted by: Jezabeel | Jun 17 2021 7:45 utc | 38

I too wish to pay in crypto but have no desire to influence your writing. I don't see why they were conflated.

Annon payment... what's not to like?

Posted by: David Nichols | Jun 17 2021 12:54 utc | 39

I don't think the suggestions to accept crypto are the same as trying to coerce b into changing his stance on the pandemic or anything else, although I do like Laguerre's suggestion because I'm in Europe (now part time after travel resumed) and it would be pretty cool to see the German perspective on things other than the Nordstream 2.

All of this having been said, I normally comment as "KYLE" or more frequently "_K_C_" or a variant depending on how fat my fingers are for a given device, and I often find my comments just disappear like I'm shadow banned by b or the server or something. In fact it's happening a lot more frequently so I hesitate to donate without understanding what's going on. It's not like I'm putting forth any completely insane opinions or even disagreeing with our host (virtually ever if at all) - nor am I rude to other barflies, so I'm at a loss...What gives? More than happy to donate with some transparency on that.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 17 2021 15:55 utc | 40

Accept Bitcoin, and I'll donate.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 15 2021 8:11 utc | 14

I will accept! I can even pass most of it to. But I do not know how to accept a bitcoin.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 18 2021 0:19 utc | 41

Those getting religious over these issues are misguided.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 16 2021 15:42 utc | 31

Could be worse, like getting religious over religion. b's writing do not indicate spiritual guidance from entities higher than ourselves, say, Karl Marx or Lord Krishna.

the size of a donation does not matter. I value all equally.

Posted by: b | Jun 16 2021 18:48 utc | 33

Banging my head on the wall: why did I donate more than last year!

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 18 2021 0:34 utc | 42

In the past I have had a very cynical attitude towards people who berate b for not having 'other' ways of receiving donations as I believe for a good number that is merely an excuse for not putting their hand in their pocket but today whilst acknowledging nothing has changed on b's part - it has always been paypal or wire transfer , it seems to me that paypal have become much nosier with their questions - sorry security procedures.

I used to be able to use paypal with a 'burner' debit card I bought in a supermarket, but now it seems that no longer works.

I own no plastic and haven't for decades as whilst not subscribing to any of the superstitions, I decided a long time ago that usury is truly the most common method of keeping humans compliant and credit cards are the most common method of dispensing usury.

The only wire transfer service available in Aotearoa is Western Union and long term moonbats may remember the hassles I had with that service back in the early noughties when I tried to help a young fella from Pakistan recover part of the dowry which he had sent his fiance's family via western union, only to find it had been frozen by HQ in amerika 'in case it was terrorist financing' (my friend had a couple of the more obviously Islamic names).

What I cannot understand is why some posters are treating the ridiculous & obvious hurdles with sending even small sums of money across borders as being somehow b's fault.

amerikans may not have this hassle but I know from experience that buying bitcoin here in Aotearoa is no simple task. Here there are financial transaction laws (around since well before bitcoin) preventing anonymous purchase of bitcoin. Back when a bitcoin was worth around $10 I bought 10 of em - that was a real hassle and in the end I set up a wallet (all because a usenet indexing service was charging 1 bitcoin for a subscription for life) with 10 bitcoins in it. One went to the indexing service and the others disappeared when Mt Gox had a meltdown.
I have no idea about Germany's banking laws, perhaps they are more lax than Aotearoa's but whatever I do think it a little rich to demand b accept bitcoin payment & the hassle that can entail.

The real problem is the empire's control of all financial transactions. A problem which is not of b's doing. It is salient to remember that post 911 amerika insisted that Hawala be closed down & declared illegal around the world (the reason my friend had to use western union). Marginalising Hawala was just one of the hundreds of pieces of legislation/government policy which amerika just found in the bottom drawer immediately after the WTC action.

The world needs a usury free money transfer system like hawala because right now there is no secure, anonymous for small sums, method of transferring money across borders which reduces us all to having to find a middle ground between confidentiality & morality then discovering neither.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jun 18 2021 4:47 utc | 43

b, I tried to use a VISA Forex card that had some euros sitting on it, but was told by Paypal that the country I am in does not allow it. I then tried using the details of my daughter in London. No go.

Can't you somehow get merchant status from some bank, to accept credit and debit card payment? You might lose up to two percent but it would be worth it.

As far as accepting crypto, please do it. I take it you know all about the ethical status of the Federal Reserve and ECB but are still willing to accept dollar and euro payments.

Similarly, whatever your reservation about crypto please go ahead and use the payment mechanism.

Posted by: sarz | Jun 18 2021 5:51 utc | 44

What's your Bitcoin address

Posted by: Dogon Priest | Jun 18 2021 13:29 utc | 45

I agree with those urging b to accept crypto/Bitcoin. Even if you don't think that cypto-currency has a future, the fact is that it is here now and working. Any Bitcoin that b receives he could immediately sell it for fiat.

IMO Bitcoin is a better option for funding moa than credit cards or Patreon.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 18 2021 13:56 utc | 46

@sarz - Moon of Alabama is not a commercial project and wont get merchant status.

I will not do crypto. It would only attract more unwanted official attention to this blog and to me.

You can always send cash by snail mail. I don't see why that would be a problem for anyone.

Posted by: b | Jun 18 2021 17:42 utc | 47

Here’s an idea. A barfly who is (1) a veteran and regular commenter, (2) relatively rich, and (3) proficient with crypto apps can announce that he/she will accept cryptos, convert them to dollars/euros and forward the money to b, say, each month.

Posted by: S | Jun 18 2021 19:10 utc | 48

(Veteran in the sense of veteran commenter, not former combat participant.)

Posted by: S | Jun 18 2021 19:12 utc | 49

Bernhard (b),

You are still on my bookmark bar, and I have sent you money before. It wasn't a lot, 10 Euros twice, so far as I remember, and I am pretty sure it got through.

To send money to people in Germany, is not that easy, and often even more difficult to send $10 to Tom Feeley (ICH). My British Bank Froze My Account, and I had to phone them up, to get it released.

They couldn't believe, that I was sending $10 to the USA to Information Clearing House. I said yeh, its me its OK, but Tom still didn't get my money.

I think the $10 to Feeding America got through..

But I am still thinking of you, and Lotte Lenya

"Alabama Song
Oh, show us the way to the next whiskey bar
Oh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why
For we must find the next whiskey bar
For if we don't find the next whiskey bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you
I tell you
I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say good-bye
We've lost our good old mamma
And must have whiskey
Oh, you know why.
(2x)"

COVID

You are a Good Man,

Thank You,

Tony

Posted by: Tony_0pmoc | Jun 18 2021 19:58 utc | 50

Done and Thanks b

Posted by: jo6pac | Jun 19 2021 13:02 utc | 51

Bernhard,

PayPal'd you a thank you for your excellent work.

Stay well. You are needed more each day as the West unravels.

Posted by: Red Ryder | Jun 20 2021 1:24 utc | 52

Hi Bernhard,
I faced the same issue as that of #44 mentioned above. I tried to make the payment via credit card.
I do not have a paypal account and have never used it.
If you have an instruction and other method, please do email in my given email.
rgds, Seeji

Posted by: Seeji S | Jun 20 2021 14:24 utc | 53

I wish I had more to give.

This is a place of truth.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Jun 20 2021 18:50 utc | 54

I have donated in the past, as this was always an excellent political blog. However when you decided to enter the medical realm and declared that covid was the doom of humanity and untested vaccines its savior, I tuned out. The disciples mindlessly following demonstrated not an environment of critical thinking and debate but simply a gaggle of yes men seeking approval. It also put all their previous comments into a new light. Currently drop in only occasionally, lets see where we are next year.

Posted by: Gravel Rash | Jun 21 2021 11:38 utc | 55

@ 55-Gravel Rash

My thoughts exactly.
Great site but..... man, what a blind spot.

Posted by: Subtropical | Jun 21 2021 13:18 utc | 56

Gravel Rash @Jun21 11:38 #55

You are exaggerating.

  1. b didn't "enter the medical realm", he reported on what others (including researchers) had to say.
  2. b didn't declare "that covid was the doom of humanity", in fact he stated - early on - that China would defeat the virus.
  3. The vaccines are not "untested", they are not well tested (especially wrt long-term effects).
  4. moa commenters have not been a "gaggle of yes men seeking approval" - moa commentators always have a diversity of opinion and provide historical and technical information that is invaluable to an understanding topics that b covers.
  5. "It also put all their previous comments into a new light." This smear is unfounded and further demonstrates your bias.

Clearly, this is just nonsense from someone that "tuned out"and "drop[s] in only occasionally".

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On the whole, b's pandemic coverage was comprehensive and timely. Much better than MSM. With that said, there were some things in b's coverage that drew valid criticism like an unwillingness to mention that mRNA technology was funded by the US military, and absolving Trump of culpability (and not correcting this assertion after Trump acknowledged that he had lied to the American people about the severity of the virus). But bs complainers like Gravel Rash and the libertarian mob are not really interested in these things. IMO they are astroturfed political cover for the failings of Western countries to effectively fight the virus.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 21 2021 14:32 utc | 57

Just donated 50 Euros, sorry I was a bit late. As always, I appreciate your efforts and insight, please keep doing what you do so well. Thanks!

Posted by: Bill in the 4 cornes | Jun 21 2021 18:26 utc | 58

B - I've been reading your blog for years. Thank you for all the effort you put in researching and writing your posts. They are almost aways well thought out and referenced. I was happy to make another contribution.

Re the covid discussion in this thread and on the site. I understand that there is a lot of disagreement on it. The virus and the best way to confront it are not simple subjects, but this has always been one of the best sites for researching and explaining complicated subjects in plain language. Please dont stop writing about it. And for those who disagree w B's take. Nicely write your disagreement in the comments. We read those too.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: mpn | Jun 23 2021 4:47 utc | 59

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