Personal Strike Stories

Posted by eskslo 6 years, 12 months ago to The Gulch: General
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I have noticed several members mention that they are or have been on strike. I am not myself (I will explain more later today on my intro), but I have considered it and an fascinated to hear some real life stories. Anyone interested in sharing? Or if there are previously posted stories please point me in the right direction.


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  • Posted by khalling 6 years, 12 months ago
    there are posts regarding galting in here. and some great posts. I just can't remember the titles. but someone else may well remember. We just post again when people ask questions. There are many ways to do this and even fellow strikers do not agree on any one path (just like in the book). Also, this a public forum and so you're not likely to get details as such.

    I will say this. My husband and I have galted, yet remain committed to finding new ways to educate those in the US who are teetering on the brink. also trying to get those asleep at the wheel to wake up. This year, you will see an avalanche of "dawning". People figuring out that some law or other has passed and now affects them. Here's one of my recent favorites and I will post another law that many are unfamiliar with in here.

    We have a good friend in Kansas whose wife is a teacher. The legislature is looking at legislation that would force teachers to buy only state sanctioned things. For example, if you wanted to buy a car, it would have to come from a qualified list of cars the state of Kansas agreed to. you can see where this goes. vacations, refrigerators, land outside of the state, etc. While all the teachers were enjoying their employment protections and salary increases not on merit but on seniority, they didn't even contemplate that they were in it to the devil. Now, they're going to have to pay if that passes. Of course they are horrified! We said to them, we have been following and telling you about govt over-reach for decades now. You just now get it?? They responded-well, you do when it finally happens to you-and you're the same. We replied, No. We have always followed EVERY freedom removal whether it happened to us or others. and you called us nuts for being so concerned about stuff nobody cares about. It's like cooking frogs. (I have never done this-but I'm told you put them in the cold water and by the time it is too hot, they're already done for. Now you'll get a french comment. :)
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    • Posted by 6 years, 12 months ago
      Thanks for the feedback Khalling. I really appreciate it. I will look for past posts in the forums. I anticipated what you mentioned about the public aspect and people not wanting to go into too much detail. I actually spoke with one of the web designers here regarding contacting members privately. It sounds like they are working on it, or at least willing to try and do so.
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  • Posted by baileyrc 6 years, 11 months ago
    21 years as a public school educator. District, state, and national awards for excellence in the classroom. Volumes of positive feedback from students and parents. None from administration. Still got paid the same as the slugs who put forth little effort and were never around to help kids. Couldn't take it any more. I walked away. Now, whenever I need a name tag for some event, I use "John Galt".
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    • Posted by 6 years, 11 months ago
      Sorry to hear about your experience and not too surprised, but thankful there are still some good people, around in our kids education. Thank you for your efforts. They are appreciated
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  • Posted by Esteban 6 years, 11 months ago
    When I was in the Air Force, I was constantly frustrated by the fact that I was paid significantly less than my married cow-orkers even though we had the same job. Even those I outranked were paid more than I if they were married. In addition to the second income from a spouse, they also got a host of social and financial benefits from the government for no reason other than their marriage. The same went for single parents, who were paid extra for having created children, along with their child support, WIC, and other welfare handouts. Without fail, I got the weekend, holiday, and night duties nobody wanted because I was the most available. I was also compelled to take on more additional duties than anyone else, for the same reason. When I objected to this treatment, I was told to shut up and stop whining, that my cow-orkers made sacrifices by being away from their families, and that I had no inkling of what it meant to be married with kids.

    I also had no inkling what it was like to be paid for marriage or breeding, nor receive the sheer volume of social and fiscal support they did. I was forbidden to live on base and required to live on the local economy, which sucked tremendous amounts of money out of my pocket in rent & utilities and also travel back and forth to the base. So in 2008, I decided that I'd had enough. I didn't quit the AF, but I dialed back on the amount of time and energy I dedicated to their bottomless demands that I do more than anyone else, with fewer resources. The screaming and tantrums that followed was epic, with all manner of hatred and derision coming down on my head because I stopped being a sacrificial animal for their personal and reproductive choices.

    When I started blowing the whistle on their illegal activity, they backed off. But that's another story...
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    • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 11 months ago
      Greetings Esteban,
      It sounds like the Twentieth Century Motor company; Starnesville policies have infiltrated the military.

      My wife and I have never had children and it is far too late for us now, but that hasn’t stopped the state from taxing us yearly with excessive school taxes in order to indoctrinate the children of others... We do not believe there should be a marriage benefit, but we are not so foolish as to not use it as a way to recoup some of the taxes they have extorted.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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      • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 6 years, 11 months ago
        Hello OA, we had neighbors that moved to a town in NJ that does not and will not have any schools. It's empty nesters or people who chose not to have kids, so no school taxes. They love it!
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        • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 11 months ago
          Good morning NMA,
          That is very interesting. How do they discourage people with kids or those who will have kids from moving in?Too bad NJ has other issues. Their "republican" governor is like ours inconsistent.

          By the way, make sure you let me know when you post some more pic's of your work on your page in the producer section. I don't know anything about art, but I have some friends who are avid collectors and your style seems right up their alley.
          Best Regards,
          O.A.
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          • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 6 years, 11 months ago
            Hi OA, I believe that in the listings for homes in that area, it states that there are no schools. I will do some digging and see if I can get some specifics. It is unfortunate in its locale, I quite agree.

            I working on a painting now, as a matter of fact. I'm trying a new technique, and am curious myself about how it will come out. When it's finished, I will surely post it. :-)
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  • Posted by TheTrooper 6 years, 11 months ago
    In April of 2011 when I was at my nadir John Galt came to see me. He explained some things to me and helped me to see other things. I had an epiphany! Both him and I knew I wasn't ready that day so he said he would be back for me. We both knew the next time I would be going back with him. Fast forward to 2012. In the summer everything he said fell into place and I was ready. In the fall John Galt comes back to get me. On this day I accepted John Galt's invitation and life has never been better.

    Ayn got it right. In so many ways. On so many levels.
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    • Posted by TheTrooper 6 years, 11 months ago
      I had a successful career. I was an accomplished professional. However, I worked in a dysfunctional office. The people at the top and bottom of the organization did nothing. The people in the middle, led by me, did all the work, including the jobs of the people above and below us. It got to the point where the slackers didn't even bother to conceal it and began to flaunt it. I asked myself one simple question: Why do I need this? Answer: I don't. If the people above me didn't care anymore why should I? It took me a while to figure it out but when I did the conclusion was resounding. I resigned. Just walked away from it.

      While sorting all of this out the following passage from Atlas Shrugged lingered in my head:

      It was worth whatever it cost me. I could afford the price of that show. What's a burning city compared to tearing the lid off hell and letting all men see it?

      I have not been back to the old office since I left. Reports from different people say the place is not operating efficiently. Words like "crazier around here than I even imagined" and "bottlenecks" have described the new environment. So what do I do? Just like Atlas I shrug.
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  • Posted by $ stargeezer 6 years, 11 months ago
    Eight years ago I opened a business in a small town after purchasing the long abandoned Railroad Depot. For three years my business prospered and I was able to expand the original building to five times it's original size. Since the business was centered around handwork of my own making (pottery), you can imagine how happy I was with the growth and with the welcome I received from the community I came to love.

    After the 2008 election my business like so many other retail businesses suffered a loss in sales and of course income. Since I have another fixed source of personal income, and the fact that I took on no debt to build my business, I felt confident that I could weather any storm. To this point I took no income from the business, choosing to put all profit back into the studio, equipment and supplies.

    For the next two years we watched every dime, paid all our bills, expanded into wholesale markets and worked to build an additional internet market for my product. We did everything right, covered all the bases and filed sales taxes, filed income tax statements and to outward appearances, we seemed successful except we still never took a salary, but I was happy that what I was working toward was a future where we would reap the benefits of our labors.

    Then one day late in 2010, I received a letter from the IRS informing me that they were going to audit my business, my personal filings and bank accounts. Although there was going to be some effort required to gather 3 years of statements, copies of filings, deposit slips, sales tax payments and all the rest, I knew I had filed everything correctly and the accountant I hired to file my taxes was a old, established firm I had confidence in. A few days and I had everything in one big file box, copies of everything, financial statements or each year and proof of where every dollar of income I had came from.

    The two agents came to my business on a day we were closed and I laid everything out for them, gave them copies of everything, and as they ran the numbers, they agreed that indeed I had actually not taken any income, that every dollar that had entered my cash register was accounted for, and finally informed me that this was the problem - they did not believe that anyone would do what I did without hiding income somewhere. That our lifestyle mandated that we had more income than they could account for.

    We then spent 6 months confirming every dollar we had earned, every capital gain, every cent of savings interest and how I'd taken a tax exempt settlement 15 years back. After all that they finally conceded that yes, I was a rare person who was actually 100% honest in all ways with my tax reporting and I owed nothing. I felt like I'd been beat to a pulp by then but I was relieved that this might be over. I was so relieved that I almost missed the next thing they told me. They added that there was a certain change that needed to be filed, that it did not change a thing, it was a correction and the agents assistant walked me through the form.

    As I placed the form into the mail, I really assumed the grief was over. Foolish me. Two weeks latter another letter arrived informing me that a change had been entered to my filing that increased my tax liability in the amount of $145,000!!! I just lost the next few minutes. When my blood pressure finnaly lowered enough that I could see to read I quickly discovered that the person who had input the data into the computer had made a error and multiplied one number 10 times the real number.

    A quick call to the investigating agents office reveiled what I could expect for the next year. "Oh, our people could not have made a mistake like that" was a phrase I soon got familiar with, along wit "if you pay this now, we will refund it to you when the entry problem is solved" sure you will. Then they began to ask for me to pay the interest on the amount I did not owe, or else they might be forced to freeze my bank accounts.

    Almost a year of this, while I'm trying to run a business that was just getting by. The business I loved, the work I got out of bed for, the craft I'd spent years to perfect and the 6 years of university training I'd spent acquiring the needed skills was being used as a club against me each time I unlocked the door.

    A year after it started there in the mail was the letter confirming that all claims against me had been dropped and that I owed nothing to the IRS - I was a free man - according to the government.

    A couple events came together and a few weeks later a lady in town asked me if I'd ever consider selling my place. I thought about all that had taken place. The grief, the fear and frustration, all of it flashed in my mind for the long span of 15 seconds and I answered, yes I am. I sold it to her for $100 less than I'd invested. The IRS got nothing from me, my labor or my future.

    I'm on STRIKE
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    • Posted by $ stargeezer 6 years, 11 months ago
      Being a "artist" people assume that I drink the liberal KoolAid and believe that anything government does is just great. Well, this artist (a term I detest - I'm a craftsman - I create things, good things, well made and inspiring on some level) creates for HIS profit, HIS soul, HIS urge, HIS dream. If you like it (and I hope you do - I do have a ego :D) buy it. If you don't like it, that's OK too, but do not tell me how to make it so that EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT. I did not make it for them or you, sorry.

      Then I turn around and those who pledge to support "we the people" fight everything we try to do. In ASII Ken Daninger says the "government takes what it wants ans taxes what is left". Man oh man, truer words were never spoken. If you are a "good business" and make green products today, you can write your ticket for stimulus money, special incentives for government purchase agents and so on. But if you work with coal or oil, well, you just might be closed down. All green jobs are "vital", while jobs in coal mines and oil fields must be sacrificed.

      The IRS are the storm troopers these days and far too many people find themselves in the place I was. Thanks for the suggestion about getting representation, my accountant did as much as he could to help. He told me that he'd never seen anybody go through so much who did nothing wrong.

      There is one lesson I learned from this, the IRS always assumes you are guilty before you prove yourself innocent. I thought at one point we were going to lose our large home (which I built myself), our cars and camper and be left on the street - guilty of the crime of being a innocent man.

      Now, my wife and I travel, looking for our "valley" and when I find it, I'll buy it (or as much as I can afford) and shrug off everything that ties us in a state that's become oppressive in a nation becoming oppressive. I hope we may yet find happiness in my chosen occupation.

      A occupation I will not profit the looters with or feed the moochers with. The proceeds will be mine. Until then, like I said, I'm on Strike.
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    • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 11 months ago
      Hello stargeezer,
      I know of five cases similar to yours over the last ten years, where people I know were simply bankrupted by the process. Finances, businesses, families and marriages by the wayside… Terrible. We need a fair tax.
      Congratulations on your strike.
      O.A.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 11 months ago
      Wow. Quite a story. Thank you for sharing. Being self employed, I am not surprised as I hear meany similar stories.

      IRS: Guilty until proven Innocent...on your own dime of course.
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    • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 6 years, 11 months ago
      Oh my goodness, Stargeezer! That just gave me cold chills all over. That is an unforgivable thing they did to you! How terrible that you put your heart, expertise and passion into your business, only to have the IRS spoil it! The damage done s so astoundingly unjust. khalling's advice is sound, should you ever decide to pursue it. And congratulations on your STRIKE!!!
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    • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
      wow. that is a very moving story. rule number 1. get qualified help if that ever happens. Do not let them in your place of business or meet them without representation. If I were you, I would consider getting representation now and have them go everything that happened. the IRS took advantage of your rights, and they are not allowed to do that or to tell you "how" to fill out forms. please consider meeting with a tax expert on this. as well, you can , on your own, file a complaint within the IRS with a tax advocate. I do not recommend doing this without representation.
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  • Posted by okie_greg 6 years, 11 months ago
    I left the workforce for about a year after paying over 100,000 in federal income tax alone. After being very depressed about the state of our union for some time, I finally decided to give it another go and started my own consulting firm about 9 months ago. Doing well, but feel like I am playing the game as I am self-employed and do everything I can to cut my inputs to the tyranical government (and there is quite a bit one can do).
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    • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
      okie, what is your consulting business?
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      • Posted by okie_greg 6 years, 11 months ago
        Software development.
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        • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
          you are a supporter of intellectual property?
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          • Posted by okie_greg 6 years, 11 months ago
            Of course I am! What would I be doing in the Gulch if I were not?
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            • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
              thank you. there are many in here who do not believe software should be protected. look around at posts, including a recent Reason article.
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              • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 6 years, 11 months ago
                To me, it seems only logical that it would be protected. Someone created it with the purpose of it getting used. Just not for free, and not without a licensing agreement. Keep up the good work, both you and okie!
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                • Posted by 6 years, 11 months ago
                  I dont get it guys??? You mean a one in a million genius who creates a tremendously valuable and useful piece of software doesnt owe it to US to just give it away? Why not, its for the public good, and after all what higher purpose is there? If they are that selfish I will just create it without them...oh wait, that is if I knew how to create any valuable piece of software myself. Oh well, I guess I will just steal it! (OBVIOUSLY this is a JOKE. I am trying to speak what someone who might rationalize this tells themselves. Love how the people who are the loudest are the least productive and have no real value or solutions to offer)
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                  • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
                    hmmm, let's see: reason magazine, Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, vonMises-I could go on-do not believe software should be protected and feel that the PTO gives out too many patents. as well, we are now seeing examiners hired into the PTO who do not have backgrounds technical enough for their job, and the general atmosphere within the office is trending towards not allowing. startups and individual inventors invest thousands in money and time (more than 3 years to get a patent-some 10 years or longer) only to be told no for illogical reasons. just part of the atmosphere of mooching. it infects everything
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                    • Posted by 6 years, 11 months ago
                      Agreed. Worst part is the obvious. I affect creativity and production. As I always say, anything worth doing is worth doing for money. Why create software that helps people, when the very people you help demand it for free? Let them design it themselves if it is SOOO easy and of sooo little value
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  • Posted by catskinner 6 years, 11 months ago
    One good thing about a time like this ie the rise of the inept,,, is that it brings people like us together. I don't have a good label for myself; I don't care if gays marry, i think they should. I don't think religion has a place in our government, i am atheist. i believe in helping those who are down by giving welfare but with mandatory work and training programs, im for immigration thru proper channels, im for penalties commensurate with crimes including the death penalty. Im for much less government and much more constitution. Im for leaving people alone to do their thing without the government nanny state telling us what is right for us and i am for the right to bear arms. As a Dentist and artist who put myself through school with menial labor, and then creating a good profitable business, i know what it is like to give blood sweat and tears to make it. I also know the risks involved with changing times and the risk of physical disability. I believe in protecting your own butt. At the peak of my earning years, in the midst of maximum leverage and family building I felt the need to pay thru the nose for high end disability insurance in order to protect my family. I live in a big city where the great majority of people are liberals. Due to the advent of HMOs and PPOs people increasingly were expecting to pay little or nothing, requiring Drs to play the ins GAME to get paid enough to make a profit. I was unwilling to do so and maintained a high end private practice where i would help some people out as i saw fit. One day while trying to stay healthy i was hit by an impatient car while riding my bike, landing me in the hospital for 13 weeks and ending my dental career. After having to hire lawyers to get my ins to pay, ( deep pockets VS me) i ended up ok but with much less than expected. Rather than stay in the buiss with associate Drs trying to play the ins game all for the benefit of the moochers, i sold the business to a objectivist and started consulting. I now only work with objectivist Drs to help them succeed against the moochers. I am much happier now that i do not have to bite my tongue all day and feel that i can do my part against the mob. What goes around comes around and there are many ways to skin a cat. Cheers to all of you for standing fast in your own way, together we can make a difference.
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  • Posted by Rainmaker 6 years, 11 months ago
    I shrugged off my business in 2007. First it was the moochers, I couldn't seem to live in peace without doing something to appease them. Then it was the looters. The government seized $60,000 on a mistake they made. Even after they admitted their mistake, I still haven't seen my money. The moochers only got worse. I walked. I had everything I could ever want, and I walked. Away from the business, from my fiancé, from the house... at the time I was in the process of buying my dream car, I walked away from that too. I was a marketing consultant and graphic artist. I loved what I was doing, helping small businesses achieve their goals. But I couldn't keep feeding myself to the zombies. I had to start a minimum wage job about a year ago. Seems to be big fall from grace, but I have less worries. Most of the people I work with don't believe I ever had a business that successful, let alone that I would ever walk away from it. Let them think what they will. They'll learn eventually. In the last year, I've come to realize that my own family is among the worst of the moochers. I feel alone now. Empty. I'm in the process of liquidating them from my life. I need so desperately to find a real Galt's Gulch...
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    • Posted by khalling 6 years, 11 months ago
      it is no panacea, but leave the country. It will further your goals of removing you talent, and reduce your stress and cost of living. it's also an adventure. Focus on the opportunities ahead and try not to dwell in the present emptiness. liquidating even mooching family is liberating, freeing after the tough decision is made. I will tell you one of my favorite stories. When I was in college, I dated an Iranian foreign exchange student for a brief time. His family had a business that had been very successful and his father, after working so hard to build it in a culture of religious oppression and surrounded by people who had just given up on their dreams, had it all stolen from them in the fall of the Shah. I felt so bad as he told me about the seizure of their property, inventory, and how he had to work to get his father out of prison. He looked at me perplexed. "Do not worry for my father. He made a million once, he will make a million again."
      We lost contact, but I do not doubt for one minute that his father left that hellhole and made his millions again.
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    • Posted by Non_mooching_artist 6 years, 11 months ago
      Wow. That sounds like a bit of the fictional life of Hank Rearden, come to life! Well, be secure in the knowledge that your looted tax money went to a higher purpose, like dog trainer. That's unforgivable! Unfortunately its not surprising. the rampant greed of this sdministration is boundless! Good for you that your eyes are open, but I'm sorry that it has come at such a price. Hang in there!
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  • Posted by BradA 6 years, 11 months ago
    I couldn't resist creating an account, after months of irregular lurking, so I could contribute to this thread.

    For the last 10 years or so I have been running a reasonably successful dive bar. And in doing so, I am on strike.

    It's not that the business doesn't require a huge amount of effort to operate profitably; it does. Just ask any other bar owner you may run into. And while I still work hard, I consider this endeavor's contribution back to our moocher society to be minimal, at best.

    You see, like Hugh Akston and his diner, I have chosen not to use my skills and training to benefit those who want to reward my efforts by looting me of the fruits of those efforts. Instead, I use them on projects that amuse me and maybe a few of my customers.

    Like Galt, I too am an engineer. I have degrees from MIT. I have patents. I have run more than one multi-million dollar hi-tech company. But no more. I am on strike. When California (and the Feds) sees fit to take more than 50% of what I produce / earn, then I simply stop producing.

    And what I find most depressing is what happened last November. I cannot recall an election where the choice between the producers and the moochers was more stark. And yet the moochers prevailed. We now live in a society where the majority feels a moral right to take what they want/need from the minority without compensation. It's a slippery slope from which I cannot see a recovery. But unfortunately we do not live in Galt's world. Our decline will be more gradual, playing out over multiple generations. But make no mistake, the scales have tipped and the decline has begun.

    And I remain on strike.

    And I pray that my assessment is wrong.
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  • Posted by $ Tuner38 6 years, 11 months ago
    After working and paying taxes and enduring regulations until the age of 55 I retired to found a campground which I ran until the burden of regulation and taxation made it less enjoyable. I now quietly speak out against the statist juggernaut whenever possible and wait to see the self destruction materialize from the preponderance of bad ideas and evasion of good ones.
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