Sunday, June 24, 2018

A State of Confusion: All the California News that fits

Mod: Depending on who you are talking to California is either the planet's 5th largest economy and therefore a wonder of the world, or going to hell in a hand basket. Or perhaps a little of both. Here are the stories that are rocking the Golden State.

California is full of psychopaths, ranks 2nd in nation, study finds (KCRA link): Ever feel like there's something sinister lurking behind the crunchy granola, yoga-loving, avocado-eating facade of your fellow Californians? Now there's research to back you up.

California is among the two U.S. states with the highest concentration of psychopaths, according to a working study from Southern Methodist University released on the Social Science Research network this week. The study looks at trends in personality traits across areas (the study hasn't yet gone through the full peer review process, so take the findings with a grain of salt).

The only places with more psychopaths? Connecticut (thanks, hedge funds!) and, shocker, the District of Columbia. Other highly psychopathic states include New Jersey, New York and Wyoming, while West Virginia, Vermont and Tennessee are among the least psychopathic states.

"The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere," the author writes.

The author, Ryan Murphy, combined the findings of two past papers, one that mapped distribution of the "big five" personality traits (neuroticism, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion and openness to experience) across states and one that tracked which of those five personality traits most closely corresponded with psychopathy, to get the results.

Murphy found that the greater the share of a state's population that lives in dense urban areas, the higher the rate of psychopathy. Other findings were more intuitive. Two things that correlate with a state with lots of psychopaths? High concentrations of journalists and lawyers.

Venture investor Tim Draper is back with a pointless plan to split California three ways (Los Angeles Times link): The late Robin Williams used to have a great line about how “cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.” But it’s a new day and a different world now. Here in California, it may be more accurate to say that God’s way of saying you have too much money is to have you spend millions of dollars on a chuckleheaded and self-interested ballot initiative. Case in point: Tim Draper.

Draper is the Silicon Valley financier whose ballot initiative to break up California into three states was certified this month for the November ballot. That achievement resulted from his submitting more than 365,880 valid petition signatures to the state attorney general’s office.

Given the lack of evident clamor statewide for breaking up the state and the manifest fiscal imbalance that would result, Draper’s initiative looks more like an investment by a Silicon Valley fat cat to keep more of his money in the long run while telling the rest of California to go to hell.

The three-state plan is widely thought to have no chance of passage in November; political experts have so far treated the initiative as a silly stunt, with the attitude that there’s no downside to letting Draper have his fun.

But that’s not so. This is a dangerous and dishonest proposal, with consequences that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. As long as it’s on the ballot, anything can happen — unexpected election outcomes occur all the time. So it’s proper to examine the measure’s ostensible rationale and its implications seriously.

Jerry Brown will decide whether Californians vote on daylight saving time in November (Sacramento Bee link): The fate of daylight saving time in California now rests in Gov. Jerry Brown’s hands.

The Assembly on Thursday sent Brown a measure that would ask voters to repeal a 70-year-old initiative enshrining the biannual changing of clocks into state law. If signed by Brown, that question could appear on the ballot as soon as November.

"While I would love to enLIGHTen you on this, our office typically doesn't chime in on pending legislation," Brown spokesman Brian Ferguson wrote in an email. "Please don't be alarmed, we will be sure to circle back when the time comes."

Assemblyman Kansen Chu, the San Jose Democrat who introduced the bill, has been trying for several years to eliminate the practice of springing forward and falling back, which he considers “outdated” and a detriment to public health.

Is sleeping on the streets a crime? Los Angeles Times link): Eleven years ago, Los Angeles officials agreed to stop arresting people who bed down for the night on streets and sidewalks until the city built more homeless housing.

The deal ended a legal battle with skid row residents and their advocates, who argued that the law trampled on the rights of homeless people who had nowhere else to go.

Now Mayor Eric Garcetti says enough housing has been built to meet the settlement requirements, clearing the way to enforce the law again. But if L.A. starts ticketing people under the contested code, it is likely to kick off a new battle with homeless advocates.

“There is a snowball’s chance in hell that a court will let them enforce that,” said Carol Sobel, one of the attorneys who represented skid row residents in Jones vs. City of Los Angeles. “The city will lose in court again.”

Garcetti, who is weighing a presidential run, has faced growing pressure to address the tent cities that sprawl across L.A. sidewalks. This spring, he launched plans to spend at least $20 million on new shelters and vowed to boost police patrols and cleanups to prevent encampments near those sites.

California net neutrality bill gutted as lawmakers cave to AT&T lobbyists (Ars Technica link): A California net neutrality bill that could have been the strictest such law in the country was dramatically scaled back yesterday after state lawmakers caved to demands from AT&T and cable lobbyists.

While the California Senate approved the bill with all of its core parts intact last month, a State Assembly committee's Democratic leadership yesterday removed key provisions. "What happened today was outrageous," Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill author, said. "These hostile amendments eviscerate the bill and leave us with a net neutrality bill in name only."

AT&T and the lobby group that represents Comcast, Charter, Cox, and other cable have been lobbying against the bill and seeking changes.

"AT&T and other large Internet service providers are engaging in a massive and expensive campaign to lobby members of the committee to kill or water down the bills," Wiener's office said in a press release before yesterday's hearing. "Specifically, they are pushing to remove key protections such as the ban on charging website owners 'access fees' so that their websites are available to an ISP's subscribers and the ban on circumventing net neutrality protections at the point of interconnection."

California Billboard Credits ICE With Making ‘Kids Disappear’ (Huffington Post link): Activists in California altered a billboard on a busy highway to remind citizens what the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s priorities are all about.

 “We make kids disappear’ - I.C.E.” the billboard, changed Wednesday night, reads on Emeryville’s Shellmound St, referring to the U.S. law enforcement agency by its acronym. It previously read “We Make Junk Disappear” for an ad for trash removal, CBS San Fransisco reported.

Activist group Indecline created the new piece as a response to the separation of children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border. It also refers to the migrant child detention centers springing up across the country.

Spokesman Heran Medhin said the billboard is an attempt to publicly condemn President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies. He also cited the president’s “willingness to inflict immense trauma on young children and their families under his banner of xenophobia” in a statement to the Washington Post.

See the 100 highest pensions in the CalPERS and CalSTRS systems (Modesto Bee link): How much does it take to make it into the 100 top-earning CalPERS or CalSTRS retirees? A pension of more than $219,000.

CalPERS is the retirement system for most state employees. CalSTRS is the retirement system for most certificated school district employees. Both systems have faced scrutiny for years due to large unfunded liabilities — they don't have enough money at the moment to pay all the benefits they have promised. In response, both systems have increased the required contributions for local governments that are part of the system.

Most CalPERS and CalSTRS retirees will never make anywhere near the pensions earned by the top-earning 100 retirees. The 100 top-earning CalPERS employees, for instance, make up about one-hundreth of 1 percent of CalPERS beneficiaries. The pensions paid to them in 2016 were equivalent to about one-tenth of 1 percent of all benefits paid to CalPERS beneficiaries.

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71 comments:

  1. Not surprised at being #2 for psychos. One only has to consider the liberal California government people and their programs and the rest of the looney liberals in the State. They are out of control.

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    1. I take it you're only here for the free health care and EBT.

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    2. 5:43 is exhibiting California behavior.

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    3. 5:57. You are funny. We pay for those EBT cards and free health care for all those on the dole. We pay over 250K in taxes. Thanks to the liberal bleeding hearts in govt and those of you that voted them into office.

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    4. You pay over $250K in taxes? Nice one, fib face.

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    5. 8:00 I only wish that number was a fib. I want to puke when I pay my quarterly estimated. Work over four months to pay taxes for govt pensions, welfare, and a bunch of unnecessary programs.

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    6. I don't believe you.

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    7. The nay sayers here are our biggest problem. Their attitude is give everyone everything. Enjoy your taxe.

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    8. Wah. Poor little rich boy. Move somewhere else if you don't like it here.

      Incidentally, just about everyone works 4 months to pay taxes, foo.

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    9. 8:23 sure is whiny.

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  2. Since being accused of “eviscerating” a bill that sought to reinstate net neutrality in California, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago — a relatively unknown figure outside of Sacramento political circles — has received a firestorm of criticism. “I have received threats, and my wife has been harassed. My personal family pictures have been stolen from my social media platforms and used to create memes,” Santiago, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement Friday. “This is a new low.”

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Threats-memes-and-data-caps-The-fight-13018805.php

    Good on you.

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    1. How does it feel Santiago?

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    2. Santiago is a rat who prefers fat bribes to the needs of his constituents.

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  3. This is just too much for a Sunday morning. 5:43 is a good example of all that is wrong in California. Please leave the state.

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    1. I think he already did.

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    2. Anyone who is able to leave the state is cashing out and moving to where sanity is held in high regard. Where we all leave, from where will all the come for all the free loader programs. Haha

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    3. You should try the red state/food stamp belt. Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, places like that. I'm sure Uncle Sugar Don will get you all of the assistance you need.

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  4. Some people commenting on this blog have said that the Obama and Bush administrations also separated children from their families. According to USA Today, that is not the truth.

    Fact check: Did the Obama administration separate families?
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/23/trump-obama-administration-separate-families-immigration/728060002/

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    1. UN says Trump separation of migrant children with parents 'may amount to torture'
      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/un-trump-children-family-torture-separation-border-mexico-border-ice-detention-a8411676.html

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    2. Trump enjoys cruelty. But being a narcissist he cannot understand others not enjoying it.

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    3. After two plus years of nationally covered lies on top of lies on top of lies, the real question is why would anyone expect truth from Trump and his deplorable supporters?

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  5. When Americans are sent to jail and their kids separated from them and sent to foster homes is that “torture”. Illegal invaders with children should just be allowed to come in and disappear?

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    1. When Americans are sent to jail it is because they committed a crime and were convicted. If someone comes to this country illegally looking for work just send them home. You don't have to take their children away from them.

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    2. And when they come to the border to seek asylum they have committed no crimes.

      And the children of Americans convicted of crimes aren't transported in the middle of the night to far away internment camps where not even US Senators are allowed in to inspect the conditions.

      No doubt Eichmann is making room in his circle for those who have participated in and supported this atrocity.

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    3. They aren't seeking asylum. They are paying smugglers to smuggle them in. You apply for asylum at a port of entry, not by climbing over a fence. No one who seeks asylum at a port of entry is arrested. You are lying. And trying to improve your personal finances by leaving the garbage county you and your garbage culture created by invading mine is not a valid claim for "asylum". It's an invasion.

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    4. Sorry 12:43 that the facts don't fit your narrative: asylum seekers are indeed getting arrested (at far greater rates, at least for now, than the arrests of Trump officials.)

      Incidentally, my peeps and their "garbage culture," as you so enlightenedly describe it, invaded your paradise in the early 1900s. We've been been bypassing and economically marginalizing ignorant, fear-based people ever since.

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  6. Lol 6:59am. I agree 5:43am got it wrong, California is ranked number one in the country for psycho's, your comment is a prime example.

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  7. Vindication, thanks 8:38am. This is a prime example of the Progressive Left and emotions vs fact arguments.

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    1. 8:48 - Obviously you have let your emotions get the best of you.

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    2. Confiscating children is a just punishment in your mind, 8:48? Talk about psychopathic behavior.

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    3. Trump claims immigration laws are 'a mockery,' seeks to deprive migrants of due process by deporting them without trial
      In a pair of morning tweets, President Trump described immigrants as invaders and wrote that U.S. immigration laws must be changed to take away trial rights from undocumented migrants.
      “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents...”
      Trump's tweets came ahead of a crucial vote in the House this week on GOP immigration legislation.
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/24/trump-claims-immigration-laws-are-a-mockery-seeks-to-deprive-migrants-of-due-process-by-deporting-them-without-trial/?utm_term=.e29495cc4850

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  8. Here's another top billing for California: California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, with about one-in-five people living in poverty. More California children age 0-5 live in poverty than any other age group — about one-in-four.

    https://www.laprogressive.com/end-california-poverty-crisis/

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    1. And yet people are crossing deserts on foot to get here. Go figure.

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    2. Free food, free medical, free education courtesy off the tax payers. Our legal citizens don’t get the help they need.

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    3. Shouldn’t we spend tax dollars on these kids? And they cross the border because it is worse where they come from. But we’re getting to be more like the countries they leave everyday.

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  9. Mayor Eric Garcetti says there is enough homeless shelters built to meet "his" settlement requirements (lobbyists backing his Presidential run!)
    California definitely is #1 with psychos in charge.
    Garcetti, Finstein, Pelosi, Brown, Harris, Schiff, the lists go on and on.

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    1. I agree with you 110%.

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    2. 8:59 You are right on!

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    3. A Trumpie complaining about psychos is like a skunk complaining about stink.

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  10. How much is being spent on these temporary illegal family housing builds?
    It would make California cent$ to have the entire states legal homeless population go over and cross back from Mexico into the USA, so that all of them will finally be recognize as human beings.
    I suppose Progressives cant operate their campaigns using these photo opportunities, they step over these US legal citizens every day going into their redecorated office.

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    1. So true. Don’t forget our veterans.

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    2. Our Veterans, our poor, our mentally ill deserve much more than they get. The libs cry about non-citizens crashing the border but where is their care for our citizens in need? I’m a second generation Californian and I have seen this state change intolerably.

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    3. Gibberish much?

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    4. 9:55 is not just a crybaby, he is also a repetitious one.

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    5. Gibberish? Crybaby? Repitious? All opinions. You have the right to them even if your wrong.

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    6. Sorry, but comment 9:09 is gibberish. It just didn't translate well from Russian.

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  11. Splitting CA into three states is stupid. Putting LA County is a different state than the rest of SoCal is even stupider.

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    1. Not if you want to increase republican votes in the electoral college


      That’s what this is about

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  12. Then there is the plan (underway already?) to go back to all the records of naturalized American citizens and check their fingerprints against any who might have been in the US illegally (skipped a visa for example) and then reapplied for citizenship. At one point, not too long ago, it was stated that most of the visa escapees were of northern European origin.

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    1. Let us know when you finally get someone to read your screenplay.

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    2. Better a screenplay than your tedious comments.

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    3. Sorry for the tedium 12:01. Perhaps you're smart enough to translate for 10:11, maybe include some citations to the asserted plan and that it might already be underway.

      If you do reply, let me save you the tedium of awaiting my response by saying "Didn't think so."

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    4. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-immigration-strip-citizenship-20180613-story.html

      You can read it for yourself.

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    5. Trump learned his so-called "immigration policy" at the knee of his KKK dad.

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    6. Does that mean Melania, who allegedly worked here illegally, may get denaturalized?

      Will she wear her "I really don't care" jacket to the denaturalization proceedings?

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  13. Young people crossing the deserts to get here.
    The United States is a great nation and with President Trump in the WH this nation will continue to prosper.
    Immigration into the US is what this country is all about, but legal immigration.
    The young people crossing the deserts can apply for amnesty just like everyone else.
    Yes many countries have extreme poverty, the US is generously supporting these many countries, if only the United Nations would do their job along with being fiscally supportive and stop the politics, the world would be a better place.

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    1. Vlad says no payment for that post Comrade 10:28 because you forgot to mention that NATO costs too much and Trump should withdraw the US it.

      Now back to work--no more mistakes!

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  14. Stupider? Well anyway, i agree. LA County should be relocated to an island all to itself.
    Hollywood is the capital of Bizzaro Land, psychopathic actors run amuck.

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    1. Uh oh. It's the Hollywood Hater guy.

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    2. Funny how RWNJs love to hate Hollywood, but like navel gazing, celeb worshipping sheep just love to elect actors: Reagan, Bono, Schwarzenegger, Ventura, Thompson, Grandy, Eastwood, Temple....

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    3. Don’t forget Trump he has a star on the Hollywood

      Trolls trumped and still don’t even realize it

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    4. ‘Amuck’

      Fail

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  15. Hey, its the Russian collusion guy! All those children "ripped" from their parents arms are Russian.

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    1. Not just collusion. It's a conspiracy.

      The only question is how smug will Don Jr act around his cellies?

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  16. Good idea about checking expired Visa's. There us no good reason that someone who let their Visa expire has for not renewing or applying for permanent residency or dual status, unless they have something to hide.
    Countries around the world do not allow law breakers or criminals to remain on their soil, neither should the US.

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    1. So you're going to deport Trump?

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  17. Who gets up at 5:43am to obsess about liberals? No one local.

    How many Russia hits you get today, mod?

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    1. 45. Probably all from the same good little Putinoid.

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  18. California would save money by cleaning up Immigration into this state and country.. Im not against immigration or immigrants at all... I just think California would do alot better if we limited immigration and deported the over stay visas and deport the illegals and illegal felons and criminals.. California needs to really get its act together or I fear this state will not be able to sustain its greatness and not be able to ever be what it once was, A golden great powerhouse where Americans felt Free and Proud, I want that back.. And Im sure every fair and normal minded American would Agree. Lets Make California Great Again and Lets Unite Together to Make America Great and Free and Safe For Americans! 🇺🇸

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    1. Yes. Lock Trump up.

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    2. 8:14 "thinks" "fears" "wants" but offers no actual facts to support what he "thinks" "fears" "wants".

      Same old thinly veiled red meat to the base calculated to divide and weaken the US and most importantly do the bidding of his Moscow Master.

      Meanwhile, in real America: Maghats Are Getting Arrested.

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