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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Nazis in 1930's Brooklyn
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Lest we forget. From the Brooklyn Public Library website:

We have grown accustomed--too accustomed perhaps--to thinking of Brooklyn as the borough that integrated baseball, a borough dominated politically by Democrats, in which liberal and left-wing politics historically have flourished. But a recent acquisition brought home the fact that other points of view--including some many of us would now find repugnant--have gained a foothold here in the not so distant past. The drumbeat of Fascism in the 1930s could be heard all over Europe. It should come as no surprise that Brooklyn in that era also had its share of Fascist sympathisers.

On November 17 and 18, 1934, a gathering of "Friends of the New Germany" aka Nazis, drawn from all over the Eastern U.S., met in Brooklyn. We recently came across a well-preserved program for the event, and acquired it for the Brooklyn Collection.

The groups represented are listed in the program, with "Bay Ridge N.Y." receiving special mention, and Brooklyn at the head of the list, as "Seat of the Leadership District." Many things about the program indicate a well-organized group with firm roots in the community. Who, then, were the Nazis of Brooklyn?

On August  12, 1935 the New York World Telegram reported that there were 1,100 Nazis in Ridgewood, Brooklyn, but "to most of them, the American Nazi movement offers simply another of those sociable Vereins they can never resist joining." There were two main organizations: the Friends of the New Germany, headed by Joseph Schuster; and the breakaway American National Socialists League established in January 1935, headed by Anton Haegele.

According to William Birnie in the same newspaper on August 14, Nazism offered two attractive features to German Americans who might have had no interest in spreading Nazi propaganda: first, they supported the war on the American boycott of German goods and services; second, they offered an extensive program of social and athletic activities.

Brooklyn Public Library--Brooklyn Collection

Several photographs in the program show uniformed groups. Above, Brooklyn's Nazi soccer team took on the Philadelphia Gauleitung. We do not know who won. But soccer was only one of many activities offered by the Nazis. Camp Siegfried in Yaphank, L.I., offered the area's Fascists a place to strutt, march, relax and exchange salutes. On arrival at the Yaphank train station, an enthusiast from Brooklyn would have been greeted by crowds of fellow campers giving the Nazi salute.

Brooklyn Public Library--Brooklyn Collection

Once settled, the camper could enjoy marching in strict formation, stealing fruit from nearby orchards, chasing local residents from Yaphank Lake, or taking a ride on a Ferris Wheel. According to the outraged Justice Neuss reporting to the Brookhaven Town Board, between 3,000 and 5,000 persons visited the camp each weekend.

Camp Siegfried, Yaphank L.I., September 1938. Brooklyn Public Library--Brooklyn Collection.

 

According to the program, Brooklyn's women's group was "the strongest in the region." 

On March 13, 1938 Brooklyn's long-serving Representative, Emanuel Celler, appeared on a radio program in which he registered his alarm at the spreading of Nazi ideology. Quoting a study in the magazine Ken, he said, "Within the last week (the Nazis) have captured complete control of the old German American societies which for five years put up a stiff fight against the Nazi invasion. In Los Angeles, New Jersey, Brooklyn...Nazi officials took over the united German societies, lock stock and barrel..." Celler urged the passing of a bill in congress to compel all propagandists to register. 

Celler was not the only one to be alarmed. One correspondent to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote: "Why are the German-Americans parading here? Why are they establishing Nazi camps, dressed in full uniform, practicing the Hitler salute?...and when doing so they carry the American flag."

Apr 23, 1938 Charles Weiss, editor of a Brooklyn anti-Nazi magazine, was found badly beaten with swastikas etched on his back. He worked in the offices of the Anti-Communist Anti-Fascist and Anti-Nazi League at 130 Flatbush Ave near the LIRR. Four men "of German appearance" broke in, pinned his arms behind him and demanded that he kiss a small Nazi flag. He refused.

Oct 3, 1938 2000 members and sympathizers of the pro-Nazi German-American Bund met at the Prospect Hall, 261 Prospect Avenue. 200 pickets from the American League for Peace and Democracy, "a leftist group," picketed outside.

March 16, 1939 400 members and friends of the German American Bund attended a rally at the Schwaben Hall, Knickerbocker and Myrtle Aves. Sponsored by the Brooklyn unit of the Bund in Ridgewood, the meeting was held to show motion pictures drawing comparisons between the old and the new Germany. The event included speeches by Karl Nicolai, Brooklyn chairman of the Bund, and Gustav Wilhelm Kunze, national director of public relations. The Schwaben Hall in Bushwick was a particular hotbed of Nazi activity. In fact the final page of our program invites German Americans to meetings at the Schwaben Hall "Jeden Mittwoch" (every Wednesday) at 8:30 P.M. The headquarters of the Friends of the New Germany was nearby at 533 Knickerbocker Avenue, and Hamburg Ave was renamed Wilson Ave after Word War I.

Belcher Hyde Miniature Atlas of Brooklyn, 1912.

The Schwaben Hall, shown as the pink square at the top right of the map, burned down in 1977.

 

Local businesses of all kinds were not shy to advertise in the program. The particular meeting documented here included musical excerpts, as well as a speech by Gauleiter Schuster. The Star-Spangled Banner opened the event; Johann Strauss's Fledermaus Overture came next, then a few other items followed by the Radetzky March.  After speeches, athletic displays and songs by the youth group, the program ended with the Horst Wessel Song.  

And what happened to the members of these organizations when war broke out? Some surely quietly hid their involvement. But according to Mark D. Van Ells, "When Hitler declared war against the United States four days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bund members found themselves stranded in enemy territory. Federal agents seized Bund records. Many of its members faced denaturalization proceedings and imprisonment."  

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Posted on 09/30/2014 2:19 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Former Acting CIA Director Denies Iranian Involvement in Benghazi
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by Kenneth R. Timmerman (October 2014)


In a September 19 speech in Florida, for which he was paid the princely sum of $22,000, former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell doubled down on the administration’s fairy tale of what happened in Benghazi.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 1:47 PM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Moroccans Rooting For The Home Team
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"ISIS, ISIS" and "Let's go on Jihad."

Just the thing to make France and other Western countries want to admit you.

Here.

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Posted on 09/30/2014 1:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Ivan Rioufol: Those Phony Muslim Opponents Of The Islamic State
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Here.

A few hundred people -- Muslims -- showed up, summoned by the official government-supported Imam of the Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur. A few hundred, out of several million in France. And they were quick to resist the attempt to allow them to distance themselves, by setting up that Islam vs. Islamism opposition. They knew better, and were going to remain loyal to Islam. And these were those claimed as opposing the Islamic State. It's been the same all over the West -- no mass rallies of heartfelt indignation by Muslims, a few throwing-sand-in-your-phase meretricious statements by the likes of CAIR, designed to make non-Muslims think that, yes, indeed, most Muslims "overwhelmingly" condemn the Islamic State and our leaders are not wrong when they keep telling us, in tutte le salse, every-which-way, that the Islamic State is a "complete perversion" of, has nothing to do with, Islam. It's Islam, straight up.

 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 3:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Taming The Shadows
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by Dilip Mohapatra (October 2014)


Strangely

your own shadows

are strangers to you

and mostly disloyal.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 9:05 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Looking East From Mt. Scopus
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by Steven Sher (October 2014)


From this overlook, we can see beyond Maale Adumim

to the Dead Sea and as far as Amman.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 9:01 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
"The Evening Comes" by Sangram Jena
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translated by Bibhu Padhi (October 2014)


The evening comes.

Your memory returns

like the day’s last tiredness.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:58 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Fun Time
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by Robin Hirsch (October 2014)


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We're off, Argentina kicking off and moving the ball out to the right, just inside their half after recycling it across the back four and Zabaleta launches a 40-yard pass down the inside right channel that skips into Cillessen's hands as he races to the edge of his area. Saved!

At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York City
perhaps a dozen people
are watching the World Cup semi-final  more>>>
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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:54 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Musings #4
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by Hannah Messinger (October 2014)


I fell for a feeling you never had,

That type of “how do you do” that kind of

Went straight through my soul and onto my pillow,  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:48 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Gaza Strip: The Window
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by Bibhu Padhi (October 2014)


What do your eyes find outside

those window-bars, across

the afternoon road, daughter?  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:44 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Viewing a War Map From the Sky by Miklós Radnóti
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (October 2014)

      

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        HOW OTHERS SEE...

 

How others see this region, I cannot understand:

to me, this little country is menaced motherland  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:39 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Perchance To Dream
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by Sam Bluefarb (October 2014)
 

She told him that it was all over between them--they would not marry in the spring. She'd given him the news quietly, matter-of-factly, a stunning contrast to those ardent protests of love throughout the previous year. But for weeks after, as though unable to let go of him completely, or perhaps out of some vain, sadistic streak, she still kept him on a string.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:33 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Piling on Ray Rice
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by Richard Kostelanetz (October 2014)


I find it profoundly disturbing that an American professional football player should be suspended, perhaps permanently, for knocking unconscious a woman who initially had slugged him. A surreptitious videotape shows him dragging by her hair the woman who, incidentally, became his wife. The motive for killing his athletic career is purportedly teaching other athletes first and then men in general about the possible costs of domestic violence.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
For the Future of Florida
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A Proposal for A Study Abroad Program for Canadian College Students

by Geoffrey Clarfield (October 2014)


Preface-Why Study the Future of Florida?

There are numerous studies that show that young American and Canadian students have a diminishing understanding of geography. They often do not know the names of the state capitals of the United States or Europe or (in the States) think that Toronto is the capital of Canada. And so, when I read these kinds of reports I often scan the Internet for the kinds of courses that could remedy this lack of important knowledge.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:22 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Sister Rose and Sea Wife
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by G. Murphy Donovan (October 2014)


“No one ever looks at a nun’s face.” – JM Scott

Nuns are a curiosity today. In another time, girls for whatever reasons were given over to convents for a life of prayer or good works. If the candidates were young enough, notions of choice were probably very elastic. Vocations are few in the modern cloister - and few orders of good sisters would tolerate or encourage any coercion by families or sponsors anyway.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:17 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
US Foreign Policy and The Evil Dictator
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by Richard Butrick (October 2014)


“If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Most admirable. But it doesn’t mean using the very same approach again and again. It means reassessing the situation, trying to learn what went wrong and adjust the plan accordingly. To the contrary, failing to adjust a problem solving strategy which repeatedly fails is a sign of a fixation disorder. As Einstein quipped, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:13 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The War against ISIS, Syrian Opposition and Middle East Christians: A Discussion with M. Zuhdi Jasser, Walid Phares, John Hajjar
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by Jerry Gordon (October 2014)


President Obama’s eve of 9/11 speech in which he declared "war" on the Islamic State, formerly ISIS, contained a commitment to arm and support so-called moderate Syrian opposition to assist in “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Salafist Jihadist self-declared Caliphate. That commitment Obama made clear did not include any a commitment to put US “boots on the ground.” Instead his plan relies on air attacks, training and support of Iraqi military forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Free Syrian Army contingents.  more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:08 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Verse Satire
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by David Hamilton (October 2014)


T.S. Eliot's inspiration, John Donne, was very influential in Verse Satire as Ben Jonson was in poetry. Verse Satire began as a poetic form in the 1590s, spread and influenced dramatists. This is a literary tradition, which far from being outdated shows continuity through time, and like a thread holds literary change together. It is rooted deep in our cultural origins. Culturally it is another example of the need to encourage the teaching of Latin and Greek in the schools.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:56 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The Meaning of Life
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


It always intrigued me when I practised as a doctor to observe how Man is always but a slight injury or biochemical disturbance away from paranoia. It is almost as if paranoia were always bubbling away under the smooth surface of normal social relations, like lava below the earth’s crust, waiting just some slight crack or fissure for the opportunity to emerge and cover everything. The list of possible physiological causes of paranoia is legion.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:41 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
A Raid on the Articulate: G. Wilson Knight and the Battle of Elsinore
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


“And so each venture / Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate / With shabby equipment always deteriorating / In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, / Undisciplined squads of emotion.”
                     -- T.S. Eliot 

 

Introduction

What Eliot says so well about the fashioning of poetry applies also to its reception by readers and audiences. Where the richest tropes are concerned, rarely are we equal to the task. Outnumbered by words, we leap from book-strewn trenches when exegetical duty calls to try to gain a few hundred yards of insight before we are tossed aside by winds of doctrine. Indeed, the bones of many a once-renowned littérateur lie bleaching in the sun. Among those forgotten heroes is G. Wilson Knight (1897-1985), in his day the prolific doyen of belles-lettres and Shakespearean exposition. Knight rests now, buried in footnotes and interminable bibliography.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:35 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Are We Making Progress? – A Conservative Estimate
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by Graham Cunningham (October 2014)


A chance conversation with a colleague, a few days ago, about some latest manifestation of political correctness: “The trouble with you conservatives” he said “is that it’s all doom and gloom with you. You’re addicted to it.” My initial reaction: “Me?..gloomy!...Breath of Spring, Me.” But then, on reflection, the thought occurred that maybe he had a point.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:30 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Assuming We are Dealing with Men: Taking Nietzsche Out of Context
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by Mark Gullick (October 2014)


The French philosopher René Descartes was a worried man. His concern was that his memory resembled a sheet of paper which was constantly being written over with his experiences, with facts and events. Realising that it is in the nature of paper eventually to become filled with writing, he avoided wherever possible being told extraneous facts for fear that insufficient room would remain in his mind for things of importance to this polymath. Thus, he hoped to avoid the fate of Homer. Homer Simpson, that is. The yellow father of three noted the same phenomenon, cheerfully asking of wife Marge whether she remembered ‘that time I learnt how to make tequila and forgot how to drive’.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Death in Benghazi, Part 3: the Web of Deception; an Interview with Ken Timmerman
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (October 2014)


The House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) opened on Wednesday, September 17th. The House GOP leadership requested initial funding of $3.3 million in support of investigations  and hearings. According to an AP report, the 12 member panel (seven Republicans and five Democrats with a staff of 30) focused on the issue of embassy security. Chairman Gowdy said, “the U.S. must learn from past violence on U.S. facilities from Beirut to East Africa to Benghazi to prevent repeat attacks.”   more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:21 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Shakespeare’s Double Play
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


In which we hoist a dram of eale with Messrs. Frank Kermode and Ted Hughes, and Prof. J.E.G. Dixon joins in.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:16 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Serial Killers and Serial Explanations
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


A friend of mine, who shall of course remain anonymous, is a great expert on the pharmacological aspects of serial killing by doctors and nurses. The cases are not many, but they are dramatic; and in the near future he will appear as an expert witness for the prosecution in a case in which a nurse is accused of killing several patients by poison. I am thinking of attending the trial to write about it.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:12 AM by NER
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