93% Crazy And Diligently Working My Way To The Finish Line

93% Crazy And Diligently Working My Way To The Finish Line

Prologue

MANIACS

I paint myself black like a soldier
I sneak through the jungle in the night
I make lists of all the public enemies
One list for the left, another for the right.

It doesn’t seem to matter much anymore
Which way your politics happen to lean
There are so many ways to be buried alive
So many maniacs and their manic dreams

Some people call me a killer
But I do what I must to survive
Some say I’ll never be happy until
I bury the whole world alive

But it doesn’t seem to matter much anymore
Who is righteous and who is wrong
So many sharp points to any point of view
So many maniacs coming on strong

Nobody gives a goddamn anymore
It’s just another bullet to the brain
The glazed eyes are a dead giveaway
The fragile wall between people and their pain

It doesn’t seem to matter much anymore
There are no drugs left to get us high
The only thing we pray for is absolution
So many maniacs waiting to die

I wrote this in 1982. It was part of a collection of lyrics that for a screenplay entitled Two Gods. It was all about the music industry but, it was obviously also an allegory for a lot of other stuff that was going on back then. That was thirty five years ago, and all this stuff is still with us. Only much louder and brassier and tackier than ever.

Oh sure I survived. We all survive. And a lot of us can shut out the darkness, turn on a lamp and read a book that was written before the Industrial Revolution started sucking the life out of humanity.

Sounds pretty cynical, I suppose. But looking around at the world, you can’t help but get the feeling like it’s standing on the edge of a thousand foot drop begging to be talked out of jumping.

You could probably argue that it’s always been this way and that the big difference is that it just wasn’t coming at us 24/7 like it is these days.

But there’s a warning here. And the warning is for us to slow down. To get back in touch with our humanity, to start talking to each other like civilized human beings again, because that’s what’s lacking out there these days.

All this energy we are expending trying to get where we are going…all this me me me, it’s all about me bullshit…it ss doing nothing more than squeezing the world too tightly.
Sooner or later something has to give. Sometimes I feel like it’s my brain.

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I am out of it.

The world appears to have turned a corner and headed off in some strange direction and I didn’t get the email.

I get headaches trying to figure out what’s going on. This is mainly because very little appears to make any sense any more.

How the hell did Donald Trump get to the president of the United States?

I mean, to any objective observer, it looks like he just kind of conned his way into the job. He doesn’t really have any qualifications that make sense. He’s a billionaire or so he tells everybody, and he’s in real estate which is a business that’s famous for people screwing other people over big time. He’s about as diplomatic as a mongoose confronting a cobra. He is as self absorbed as any human being ever could be. And only about 13% of everything he says has any relationship to reality.

I think I missed the point somewhere along the line that about 60 million Americans seem to have gotten. And damn it, I was watching closely.

How the hell did it happen that the British people voted to leave the European union, and the
very next day, Google registered millions of inquiries from Britain asking what the European Union, in fact, was?

How could so many people vote for or against something they knew absolutely nothing about? I was watching that go down too and just ended up shaking my head. Not for the British people, because I could care less. But for me, because it was all so fucking puzzling.

How many news stories were written about cops in the US and Canada shooting unarmed people (mostly black)?

These cops get arrested. They go on trial are are found guilty. They go to prison and probably have a hard time there what with all the young black guys they are penned up with.
And yet the cops don’t seem to show any signs of actually letting up. I don’t get it. I mean if you were a cop and you saw all this happening to other cops, wouldn’t it be logical to say…you know, maybe I should think twice before emptying a clip into some black guy who’s just holding his smart phone?

This is me, sighing heavily because I am starting to feel that my marbles, which used to be bright and shiny and intuitive, are deserting me.

Where does all this insanity come from? Or has the world just morphed into a place where all the crazy shit is normal and I just didn’t get the memo again?

As a writer, I do a lot of thinking and a lot of what I’ve been thinking about lately has to do with why I don’t seem to be able to figure things out the way I used to back in the day.

This is slowly becoming a chronic condition in my head. It’s kind of like one of those Mission Impossible episodes where the IMF team puts together a con so elaborate that you would swear it was real. But all the time you’re telling yourself that it doesn’t make any sense. But you still believe it, because, other than what’s happening in your head, you have no reason not to.

The logical consequent is that either the world is crazy or you are. And frankly, I have an easier time thinking it’s me.

So what do I do?

Well, I try try and exorcise the demon by seeing if I can write it out of my system.

I try ignoring all the news in the hopes that if I do that for long enough, things will go back to normal. But they never do.

Finally, and this is the hardest, I try to stop trying to understand it. Because, let’s face it, it’s no fun being 93% convinced that you are nuts and having it reinforced every day.

But I’ll be alright. As a species, we are adaptable if nothing else.

Just another 7% and I will be able to join all the other crazies out there. And who knows…I might just enjoy it.

At the very least, it will be a relief.

jim out

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The Uphill Work Of Raging Against The Dying Of The Light

The Uphill Work Of Raging Against The Dying Of The Light

Yesterday, I reposted an article I wrote last year before Donald Trump was elected. It was really more of a lament on the current state of humanity with particular focus on America.
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I know that these mini-tirades are not as popular as the pieces that I write on marketing and how to be a better blogger and my mis-adventures in the advertising business or whatever, but to me they are necessary.
My mother told me a long time ago that it was a lot better for your own well being to blow off steam than to keep your opinions bottled up inside you. And I have taken that advice to heart all through my adult life.
I sincerely believe this attitude of always speaking the truth as you know it has served me well both personally and professionally. As a result I have become an advocate of speaking the truth and encourage everyone to do so all the time.

Political Correctness Is A Repressive Tool

Political correctness, which has become a chronic intellectual disease in many societies, is simply another tool that oppressors and the powerful use to keep criticism under control. And it’s a big part of what creates the sheeple that I wrote about in my post.
This political correctness was very much in evidence in a comment I got from an actual 3-D friend on Facebook. This person is a politician and someone I think is pretty intelligent. But because he is a politician he is more or less forced to say the politically correct thing, which, in this case, amounted to an inference that I was doing nothing more than name calling, because I was showing little respect for people with opinions that differed from my own.
OK. Sure. That’s what I was doing alright.
But if you look at it objectively, I mean truly objectively sans the politically correct horse collar, it’s very easy to see that the vast majority of people who supported Donald Trump were ignorant and politically uneducated, and for that reason highly susceptible to the ravings of a lunatic who promised to make their lives better, to get them back jobs that any sane person knows are lost forever and get rid America of the threat of terrorism by isolating their country from the rest of the world.
All that not withstanding, I was very disheartened by my friend’s comment and started to actually wonder if all this raging against the machine was really worth the effort.
But then, I received another comment, This time on beBee from a fellow writer and ad guy, Jerry Fletcher.

Jerry’s Comment

“Sheeple are herd animals not ‘heard’ animals. Nobody listens to them…until it is too late.
A friend reported being in a deli/bar in a blue collar neighborhood at lunch time last week. It was just after Trumpcare went down to defeat. In the noisy room filled with truck drivers and construction workers, one young man stood up and said, ‘Thank God Trumpcare crashed and burned.’ The crowd started to turn on him.
He went on, ‘So now my granny will be able to stay in care because Medicaid is paying for it. Otherwise she’d be sleeping in my car. I voted for him, but that S O B doesn’t care about folks like us. Every one of us could wind up without health care. I’m voting Democrat in 2018 I don’t give a rat’s ass who they run.’ My friend joined the cheer from the crowd.
You want to change the world? As Dylan Thomas said, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Have the courage to speak out. Jim makes for a fine example. Yes, he can push your buttons but what do you expect from a professional writer?”

My Response to Jerry

“Jerry Just wanted to thank you for this comment form the bottom of my heart.
Sometimes you get to the point where feel you might be a bit of a lunatic for raging against the machine.
But your comment put it all into the real world perspective and I have to tell you it genuinely energized me. I’m going to incorporate it into an anti-Trump post that I wrote last night.
Raging against the dying of the light comes naturally to a lot of us, and although I wasn’t going to stop, I am, in fact, going forward in a higher gear.
You’re a great writer Jerry, because you moved me in a pretty serious way. And that’s what we’re supposed to do, isn’t it? So thanks my friend.”

Crazy, Isn’t It?

As you can see, fighting against political correctness and the what really amounts to textbook fascism is not without its difficulties and emotional ups and downs.
And I am not politically motivated it this. I am motivated by the friends I have in America, which are many, who never saw this coming and feel completely victimized by the maniac that has been put in power, and the party of right wing drones who support him no matter how crazy he may get.
The comparisons to Nazi Germany in the 1930s are not without substance here. And it is a right thing to do to speak out against this, because when (arguably) the most powerful nation on earth elects someone as completely inept and self-serving ad Donald Trump, it’s naive in the extreme to believe that will not someday impact on your country.
Finally. Here is the post I wrote last night on Facebook. I usually keep them there in familiar territory, but thanks to Jerry’s comment I am en
ouraged to start publishing them everywhere.
The politically correct are welcome to come at me with all they’ve got. Because these days that’s really not a hell of a lot.
I leave you with my latest Anti-Trump tirade. One of many I have done and on of many yet to come.

It’s Like He’s Trying To Win The ‘Worst President Ever’ Contest

You know, I have been aware of US presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late fifties, and I have to tell you that none of them, not even Nixon in the 1970s was ever really considered an big a monster as The Drumph. None of them.
But this one is different. This one slithered out from under a gold plated slime covered rock 70 years ago, and has been a pig literally ever since I can first recall being aware of him.
But America is a funny place. America is a place that equates fame with wisdom and wealth with leadership.
And now we’re really getting a front row view of just what fucked up perceptions those actually are.
Because now, you’re starting to see the asshole who paraded around in hat with “Let’s Make America Great Again” on it is now using all the power he has to turn America into a complete 1% have/99% have not country.
The problem with that is that it doesn’t make sense.
A democracy only works when everybody has the opportunity to have what they need.
An economy only works when people earn enough to be able to afford the stuff they need.
And a society only works if the people leading it have enough compassion to make sure that everyone is taken care of.
This president don’t have any awareness of what I have just said. He cannot see any farther than what he sees in the mirror each day. So he can fuck his people six ways from Sunday and never feel a twinge of guilt or remorse or concern. That also happens to be the text book description of a psychopath.
I have for a while now, been wondering what the hell is wrong with America and I have actually concluded that it’s Trump.
It’s what he represents. It’s how he acts towards other human beings. It’s how he shows no respect for quite literally anything that doesn’t affect him directly.
America has painted itself into a corner, thinking they were making a change for the better. And now they are starting to realize that they were making a change, only it was a change for the worse.
I feel bad for all the Americans who are and will inevitably be victimized by this insanity. Because they are caught between a rock and a hard place.
But at the same time, we all have to be aware that this was the will of the people and the body politic.
You’re getting the government you deserve America. Next time, maybe, you’ll a little less gullible.

jim out

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Why People Are Questioning Donald Trump’s Sanity

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I have never called Donald Trump president. I never will. What he is and what he wants to become has nothing to do with leadership or honor or even human decency.

Donald Trump is a philosophical traitor to his country. He is a traitor to the principles on which America was founded and has thrived for well over two centuries.

The list of philosophically traitorous acts that lie at his feet is long and quite damning.

They include:

The desire to turn America into a complete racist state,
The denial of affordable health care services to most American citizens,
The ignoring of the rights of women to control their own bodies,
The condemnation of the gay, lesbian and trans-gender communities.
The deregulation of industries that are destroying the environment.
The complete denial of climate change and the massive reduction in funding to help the world combat it.

The list goes on.

What kind of human being would take all of these positions, especially if they had real power at their command?

What kind of person would work to isolate and alienate his country from the rest of the world when their job should really be to take the lead in uniting the world?

What kind of person is so self obsessed that they would do things like removing restrictions on the importation of ivory which is the cruelest of black market industries?

The kind of person who would do this is one who is not capable of rational thought. He is instead one whose mind has become so diseased from chronic narcissism that he can no longer tell the difference between doing evil or good things to gain attention.

My feelings of disgust for Donald Trump, have, since he has been elected, morphed into a deep sense of pity. I have been watching and watching closely, and, although I am no expert myself, a great number of psychiatric professionals agree that what we are seeing here is the manifestation of a deep narcissistic psychosis.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/a-neuroscientist-explains-trump-has-a-mental-disorder-that-makes-him-a-dangerous-world-leader/

He’s fucking insane.

Sane people do not lie chronically. Sane people do not accuse other people of felonious crimes without a single shred of evidence. Sane people do not identify with or admire insane people. Sane people do not govern without consensus. Sane people do not solve immigration problems by building physical walls. Sane people do not send soldiers into battle without consulting their intelligence agencies. Sane people do not propose legislation that will do more harm to their country than good, simply because they can. Sane people do not fly into rages because things don’t go their way. Sane people do not promise to clean up a wounded political structure and then build their cabinet with people whose agenda is to further destroy it.

He’s fucking insane.

And he’s not the only one. This insanity manifested itself long before he ever was elected and yet 61 million people voted for him. They were so gullible and so convinced that their government was fucking up their lives that they were willing to believe an insane person who was promising them all kinds of things that he could never deliver on.

What does that make them?  Enablers? Or insane themselves?

The majority of people in America are not insane. The majority of people in America are deeply and profoundly disturbed by Donald Trump’s insanity.

Even about half of his core of supporters now understand that the man they voted for is not well.

And this is what is going to save America from becoming completely consumed by Trump’s insanity.

This ever growing number of Americans who are making their voices heard by their representatives in Washington.

Add to that, the ever growing number of congresspersons and senators who are listening to their constituents and realizing that the government of the United States doesn’t have to bend to the will of one insane individual, no matter what his title.

This is a potential game changer.

And as they move forward together to block this insanity, the insane person will eventually and inevitably crash and burn. Because insanity on this level cannot be sustained in the face of organized resistance.

I have never liked Donald Trump. I have always believed that the only ideology he supports is the Trump brand. But paradoxically, all he has done since taking office is sabotage that brand. That’s crazy too.

He calls himself a winner but he doesn’t not have a single significant win to report and is not even close to one. He bragged that he would wipe out Isis within 30 days and he still does not even have a plan to execute. He said he was going to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it and about a week ago he asked Congress to approve the $25 billion to pay for its construction. He promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but his proposal to do that was pulled for lack of support.

What kind of person says all this to a whole nation and then ends up with nothing to show for it? It’s obviously a rhetorical question.

It’s All Up To You America

If you’re an American of voting age, its up to you to let your representatives know that you really don’t want someone who is insane running your country.

They are starting to listen, because they know it’s true and they want to get re-elected next term.There’s nothing like enlightened self- interest to really make things happen in Washington.

The people, meaning you, need to take back your country. Because the guy who promised to make your country great again isn’t just full of shit…he’s crazy too.

And pretty much incapable of doing anything on the “Make America Great Again” scale.

If you don’t believe that, then I maintain you are simply not paying enough attention to reality.

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Objective Truth & Social Media. Happily Married or Acrimoniously Divorced?

Last night, after I put together my latest Anti-Trump meme, I was cruising around on Facebook and came across a video on Britain’s Channel 4.

It was some politician who was trying to make the point that criticizing Trump was tantamount to criticizing the 61 million people who voted for him, and the electoral college system that gave him the majority that he needed to win the election.

So his point was that we, (meaning everybody), were supposed to show the proper amount of respect for this man, the office he holds and the people and the system that got him elected.

Alrighty Then

Now because I majored in philosophy and have never been what you would call extremely left or right, except when it came to my tolerance for fools, I saw his philosophical point.

The trouble with it, however, and this is the trouble with a lot of things these days, is that the world has become so polarized that very few people are willing to put forth a well-reasoned and complete picture of any issue they are talking about.

900-2For example: This politician, whoever he is, wants us to respect the 61million people who voted for Trump. But he says nothing about the 64 million who voted for Clinton.

He also says nothing about the number of people who voted for Trump and who, through the worst wave of voter remorse in years, no longer support him. This, in turn, has dropped his approval rating to the lowest in the history of the presidency (37%). So that’s not 61 million anymore now, is it?

He says nothing about the ongoing series of policy failures that Trump has to deal with because he actually doesn’t have a clue how to be a president.

He says nothing about the cabinet he put together, which includes Wall Street robber barons, billionaires, admitted racists and people with no familiarity with the posts to which they have been assigned. So much for “Draining The Swamp.”

He says nothing about the wild and unfounded accusations that Trump has made about the previous administration, Muslim Americans and the Democratic National Committee to name a few.

He says nothing about the systematic breaking of just about every campaign promise he made to his base, none of which have come about.

He says nothing about the proposed dismantling of Obamacare, because the only thing he can think of to replace it with will be un-affordable for millions and millions of the very people who voted for him in the first place.

He says nothing about Trump’s promise to destroy ISIS, within the first 30 days of his presidency, and the fact that there isn’t even a plan to do that after 90 days.

He says nothing about the millions of dollars being spent on security so he can play golf almost every single weekend.

So What’s The Point?

The point is very simple. All you see now on social media or conventional news media these days is opinion. And the opinions are either heavily skewed to the left or the right.

And people know that. So what they do is gravitate and spend their time basically listening to people they agree with.

And they learn nothing because listening to people you agree with only reinforces the beliefs that you already hold.

Most people avoid listening to dissenting opinions because it could provide them with a more balanced picture of reality and perhaps cause them to alter the way they think.
God forbid that should happen these days.

Scrubbing My Own Social Media Floors

900-1Over the past while, I have been accelerating my mission to clean up my online life and try to have more people in it who believe that criticism is a fundamental part of the human learning experience.

I expect to encounter some shit along the way. But I also expect to find some new friends who believe that real knowledge comes from balancing differing points of view and using them to try and find the objective truth about…well, whatever you have.

I understand that this is all a very noble pursuit and that it will definitely shrink the number of people I actually interact with on social media.

But I have always believed that quantity is not quality. And I like to think that a lot of people are coming around to that themselves.

Mainly because they actually enjoy the process of learning and balancing differing points of view and creating their own belief system.

Now There Are Limits To Everything

Over the years I have encountered a number of people that I am more than willing to write off as trolls, charlatans, con men and miscellaneous whack jobs.

But nobody ever said the pursuit of any sort of objective truth was a smooth well-paved highway. It is, in point of fact, a bumpy road filled with potholes and fallen trees.

The Bottom Line

Intellectually, I can deal with just about anything except people who talk out of their asses instead of their mouths.

And because this is all very personal, it’s my decision to interact with these people or not. But I only do so after getting a clear picture of what they are about.

This is a big part of the reason I go after people like Donald Trump. This is a person whose agenda had and has very little to do with anything other than his own self-aggrandizement. It is cloaked in a love of America and passion for making it great again, but his actions do not reinforce his words, and never really have.

So if you’re a Trump supporter, good for you. If you support any cause or lifestyle choice that you’re comfortable with, good for you.

My best advice moving forward is to not get offended when you encounter people who, for one reason or another, won’t want to have anything to do with you.

I have encountered several people that I don’t want to have anything to do with on beBee, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.

But I only made that decision based on the opinion I developed through my interaction with them.

Win some. Lose some. Just keep your head in the game and you’ll be fine.

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And The “Coolest Guy On The Planet” Award Goes To…

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Since this is awards season, I think we need to announce that the Coolest Guy On The Planet award, for the 9th straight year, goes to Barack Obama.

Not only did he spend 8 long years putting up with up with a congress and senate filled with people whose solemn vow was to make his life miserable, he said nothing for the last three months while the World’s Biggest Asshole (WBA) accused him of all kinds of things that the whole world heard about.

What he did by not getting involved in all this bullshit was to let the World’s Biggest Asshole sink himself in the mire of his own lies. Now that’s pretty fuckin’ cool, you have to admit.
A lesser man would have been sucked into this vortex of crap and whatever legacy he may have had would have been ruined. Because that’s what people like the WBA do. They ruin people with lies, innuendo and deceit.

Of course you have to have a good number of people on the receiving end to buy into all of this bullshit. But that number, as anyone can plainly can see from the WBA’s approval ratings, is going down down down.

When it bottoms out, probably around 20%, as his epic fails continue (and they will) you will very easily be able to identify the most gullible people in America, That might just be a good census stat to have.

In the meantime, I think all Americans should be grateful that they had a president like Barack Obama, because he genuinely is the Coolest Guy On The Planet, and whether they choose to believe it or not, he saved their country from a complete collapse caused by Wall Street greed
and pork barrel politics.

And he would have been able to do a lot more if the Republican politicians in his government cared more about the people than they did about trying to making life miserable for their president.

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The End Of The Innocence

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I have lived through several seismic shifts in our culture, and each one of those shifts has changed me, and I assume everyone else as well.

When I was younger I never thought much about the implication of cultural shifting, I just rode with it and tried to stay out of the way of anything I thought might turn out to be dangerous to my mental health.

For a writer, which is something I have been since the 1960s, mental health in very important.

As I grew, I found myself working hard to keep my perspective and understand the implications of the changes that were occurring. A lot of times I would be critical of them, especially if they didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

The older I got, the more I started to see that the world I was living is was one that was in a constant state of turmoil.

In the comfortable and relatively secure middle class world and democracy in which I lived the seismic shifts were mainly something I was observing. Other than the occasional periods of being between jobs, my life was pretty cushy and it was relatively easy to be philosophical about all the stuff that way going on outside my bubble.

That didn’t mean I was apathetic or uncaring. I mostly just felt lucky that my life wasn’t being torn apart by forces over which I had no control.

As I matured as a writer, I also matured as a thinker, and with that came a genuine clarity, at least in my mind, about the things that I was seeing around me. With that clarity came understanding. And with that understanding came peace of mind, all inside the bubble of being in a country where real chaos did not, for the most part, exist.

I was writing from the outside of a lot of the chaos that many places in the world were experiencing. The distance between me and that chaos was a buffer that protected me. But it was also a front row seat through which I could see things clearly. And write about lucidly.

Over the past couple of years, I have seen the chaos of the world edge closer and closer to my own front door.

What is happening literally 20 miles from where I am sitting right now, is, while, not unprecedented, something that is rippling though my little Canadian bubble. And what it signifies to me is that even when you think you are safe and removed from the chaos, you’re actually not.

The chaos is America today is something I have never experienced this up close and personal in my life. Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s in my face a lot more, because of all the media channels that are being dominated by it.

But it is nonetheless, quite unsettling. Because the clarity I have from my perch just slightly removed from all of this screams that this chaos is being powered by a degree of insanity that the US has not really experienced before.

You can agree of disagree with the politics of what is happening, but if you can’t can’t see the insanity of it, then I would strongly argue that you have your head stuck in the sand.

My country’s largest trading partner is the US. 70% of our exports go there and so our futures are inextricably bound by economics, as well as a shared belief in freedom and democracy.

But there is something very wrong down there. And I believe (the clarity things) that it is taking that country to a place where it has never been and really, at its core, does not want to go.

The fear that it being generated in America these days is not just hype. It’s real deal and it’s becoming more and more pervasive as it spreads.

I have been an close observer and honestly have never see this country in the kind of turmoil in which it finds itself. It feels very much like the beginnings of a huge seismic shift in the world order. And it scares the crap out of me.

I titled this piece The End Of The Innocence, because that’s exactly how I see it. My only hope is that the light at the end of this tunnel is not a runaway train coming at America.

My concern is echoed by an ever growing number of people who are much smarter and better informed than I am. But it is the same concern.

America is being steered off course by people who are all in over their heads and are being led by someone whose only agenda is self-enrichment. It is corruption and deceit on a scale we have never seen before.

And it really needs to be stopped before its too late.

That is not a political statement. But a fact based on everything that everyone not wearing political blinders or rose coloured glasses, can see clearly.

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