Occupy Wall Street protest coming to Minneapolis

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Occupy Wall Street, the broad-based protest that unsettled New York and resulted in hundreds of arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend, is spreading to Minneapolis this week.

The local version of the protest will officially start at 9 a.m. on Friday, when organizers plan to fill the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza -- or, as they're calling it, "The People's Plaza."

To prepare, the OccupyMN group that's organizing Minneapolis's protest has started an aggressive promotional campaign, with accounts on Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook plugging Friday's activities. Originally, the event was set to take place at the Federal Reserve building. But organizers switched to the Government Center, with its more open and protester-friendly landscape, after a meeting on Saturday.

As for what, exactly, the local arm wants in response to its protest, a series of website postings and Youtube videos are somewhat vague.

Hitting on a point that has dominated the protests in other cities, the original posting to the Occupy MN website praises the New York protesters for "demonstrating against corporate greed and the injustices that we face as the 99%," referring to the 99 percent of people they claim are ruled by the other 1 percent. The message goes on to describe the protest, but is still evasive as to what its goals are:

This is a call to like-minded Minnesotans asking them to dedicate their energy toward this same common goal. Our mission is simple, we intend to start an occupation of our own in Minnesota. We need to let the people who run this country know that the 99% have a voice, and we intend to be heard!
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Osha Karow is a spokesman for the local chapter.
In its latest Youtube video, posted yesterday, OccupyMN advertises the event with a series of flashing images -- the Minneapolis skyline, protests in other countries, cash, and the Hennepin County Government Center -- with Nine Inch Nails playing underneath.

"Do you want to help change it?" asks a block of text.

Ultimately a digitally altered voice explains, twice, that the protests will be nonviolent.

"The abuse and corruption of corporations, banks, and government ends here," says the voice. "Join us."

The event's public organizer is Osha Karow, a local actor, artist, and advocate, who lists his activist credentials on his website as work with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, In Defense of Animals, and the Red Cross.

Karow told the Star Tribune the goal of holding the protest at the Government Center plaza is to "reclaim" the site, and had relatively modest goals for a successful protest.

"My goal," Karow said, "is a peaceful, nonviolent occupation."
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Al
Al

How about an Occupy gathering at Koch refinery in Rosemount?

Not Rich
Not Rich

The Obama "Hate Free Enterprise" group has arrived in Minneapolis.I hope they are able to get Rev Jeremiah Wright to deliver the opening blame others prayer.

For Real
For Real

Have you seen their list of demands? LOL.Free money.All debts of all kinds be forgiven.HAHA. This is a joke, I don't think it's serious.

Hustle
Hustle

Occupy Wall Street - Official Demands - coupmedia.org

Written by Anonymous - Last Updated Saturday, 01 October 2011 07:35

1.

CONGRESS must pass HR 1489 - ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT")

http://www.govtrack.us/congres....

THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

--- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act

of 1933 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the

separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued

securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation

also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers

serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal

directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007-2011 by

allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their

depositors' money that was held in commercial

banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here's detail on repeal in

1999 and how it happened:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

2.

USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL

AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who

clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis in the

following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear cut criminal

actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a clear group of

people who got away with millions / billions illegally and haven't been

brought to justice. Boy would this be long overdue and cathartic for

millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the bow for the

financial industry. If you watch the solidly researched and awared winning

documentary film "Inside Job" that was narrated by Matt Damon (pretty brave

Matt!) and do other research, it wouldn't take long to develop the list.

3.

CONGRESS must ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE

EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said

corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The result is that

corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations should be highly

limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the

election and no matter what the form of media. This legislation should also

RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES

ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING

DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media.

4.

CONGRESS must PASS THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND

CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES AND ENACT

A PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE. No more GE paying zero or negative

taxes. Pass the Buffet Rule on fair taxation so the rich pay their fair

share. (If we have a really a good negotiating position and have the place

surrounded, we could actually dial up taxes on millionaires, billionaires

and corporations even higher...back to what they once were in the 50's and

60's.

5.

CONGRESS must COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and

staff it at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done

protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors are

both protected. This agency needs a large staff and needs to be well-funded.

It's currently has a joke of a budget and is run by Wall St. insiders who

often leave for high ticket cushy jobs with the corporations they were just

regulating. Hmmm.

6.

CONGRESS must PASS SPECIFIC AND EFFECTIVE LAWS LIMITING THE INFLUENCE OF

LOBBYISTS AND ELIMINATING THE PRACTICE OF LOBBYISTS WRITING LEGISLATION THAT

ENDS UP ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS.

7.

CONGRESS must PASS "Revolving Door Legislation" LEGISLATION to prevent THE

ABILITY OF FORMER GOVERNMENT REGULATORS from GOING TO WORK FOR CORPORATIONS

THAT THEY ONCE REGULATED. So, you don't get to work at the FDA for five

years playing softball with Pfizer and then go to work for Pfizer making

$195,000 a year. While they're at it, Congress should pass specific and

effective laws to enforce strict judicial standards of conduct in matters

concerning conflicts of interest. So long as judges are culled from the

ranks of corporate attorneys the 1% will retain control.

8.

ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS. The film "The

Corporation" has a great section on how corporations won "personhood

status". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Fast-forward to 2:20. It'll blow your mind. The 14th amendment was supposed

to give equal rights to African Americans. It said you "can't deprive a

person of life, liberty or property without due process of law". Corporation

lawyers wanted corporations to have more power, so they basically said,

"corporations are people." Amazingly, between 1890 and 1910 there were 307

cases brought before the court under the 14th amendment. 288 of these were

brought by corporations and only 19 by African Americans. 600,000 people

were killed to get rights for people and then judges applied those rights to

capital and property while stripping them from people. It's time to set this

straight.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Stand up and be counted.  It's about time the financial conglomerates realized that the banking system is to serve not to treat others like servants.The 401k game is a losing pipedream where market traders use our money to make billions, and yet we have the greatest risk.  Financial system revolution is required as our current system is not sustainable.

Why do we have to steal?  Why do we have to consider money a fictious commodity?How about we take a simple step - tougher regulation on wall street and more so, no bail outs!!!

Not Rich, but Not Stupid
Not Rich, but Not Stupid

Obama and Democrats have spent the Social Security funds.   The "lock box" never really meant anything to big spenders who are trying to buy votes with other people's money

The only hope is to save for yourself.  You can only count on big government to tax, spend and blame others.

If you do not like the policies or fees for one bank, you are free to take your business elsewhere.

Try to not participate in Obama Care and you will be subject to Obama Fines.

Mikeo Bonecrusher
Mikeo Bonecrusher

Yes, let the people know what's going on, I've been trying for while now, and everyone I've encountered tried to discredit me, but its time to "Wake Up The People" from this box the 1% is trying to make us comfortable in.

LIBERTY OR DEATH
LIBERTY OR DEATH

obama is pro war.  Ron Paul has continued to vote against the wars. Wake up tools

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Only an idiot is against all wars.   Ron Paul would have been cool with Hitler huh?   Ron Paul is pissed they killed Osama Bin Laden?    When you are the leader of the free world sometimes you have to kick a little ass.    As a Liberal I'm not opposed to all wars, I'm opposed to stupid wars.   If Ron Paul is such a saint why did he run a racist newsletter for years?   I notice all you idiot Ron Paul supporters just love to ignore or excuse that.   How can a racist lead a diverse modern nation like the United States? 

Hes Wanson
Hes Wanson

Of course why don't all these "bums" be complacent and "get a job" that DOESN'T EXIST (statistically speaking there are NOT enough jobs for the population)to continue the ever increasingly impossible task of keeping this FAKE economy propped up just a little longer before it comes to an end...

This economic system we live by now is a joke. It doesn't work, it's broken, the people on here making the "just get a job" comments are ether in denial of the fact that any economic system biased on infinite growth is inevitably going to fall apart (as you see now) or is willfully ignorant of this.

Wait until your job gets taken away (slave labor over seas or technological unemployment) then your house, then your FOOD, then your LIFE...

Once that happens then you can talk about "Just get a JOB".

RONPAUL2012
RONPAUL2012

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are Hypocrites If They Do Not Call For Obama To ResignDo you know how many countries he is currently bombing and how many more are on his list. Obama=Wars but lib-tards are too stupid to question democrats and their choices. 

guest
guest

I think the fact that people are blaming Obama is just stupid. Blame the people who only voted in the presidential elections and caused republicans to get into the house. You are aware that our government is made of checks and balance, correct?  Blame the presidents before Obama that started the wars he has to finish. To pull out of an unfinished war would be extremely dangerous. 

People are too lazy to think logically, they would just rather blame the black man. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

yes yes yes, regurgitate the fox soundbyte.  come back when you have a real thought to contribute.

granny t
granny t

Fox ignores Ron Paul... try again.

LIBERTY
LIBERTY

Multiple wars is not a real issue?    Foxnews is pro war. I am not. Get past your left/right paradigm

So wars are okay as long as a democrat starts them? 

infowars.com
infowars.com

too bad they are not protesting the fed, since that is the one of the largest problems. 

Jason Lee
Jason Lee

Citypages is always so absurdly polarized (to the left) and obnoxious. And look at that hipster's picture. Yeah right, I'm going to follow his theoretical ass. This will be over in 3.5 hours.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Oddly enough, that's just what people said about the protest in NYC.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

A main criticism of these protests is the lack of focus or unified goal. Media outlets and political commentators love phrased goals, because it's easy to compartmentalize. They can stash the war protestor story in the war protestor folder, the pro-life story in the pro-life folder. These said outlets/commentators also want us to think that problems are simple, that we just need to tax the rich or we just need to stop war, or business just don't have enough money. We all know it's not that simple, that maybe capitalism isn't evil, but unchecked for-profit healthcare is (for example).

That's what I see these occupations as: a way for frustrated citizens to find solidarity with others, to show those who are apathetic or doubtful that there are angry, confused, and restless people like them, and that maybe our culture isn't as insular or selfish as it seems. These protests are not an end in and of themselves, but a potential beginning for more organization, more discussion, and more activity.

And contrary to the standard conservative knee-jerk reaction, many of these protestors do work for living (as if you could ever get real employment numbers). I am one of them, trying to live and save for an uncertain future, while understanding that my own comfort and desires are contributing to global economic inequality. We were all handed an unsustainable culture of greed, and it's up to us to give back something better to our children. See you there!

Discus
Discus

Useful idiots.  'We don't know what we want, or that we're being played like fiddles, but look at us here in the street!  Dude, did you see me on the news?!'

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Useful Idiots: is that the name of your new band or something? I like it.

CapitalistJerk
CapitalistJerk

Is this thing going to be done by Sunday or should I not plan on being able to go to the Vikings game?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

You won;t need to worry until your house value depreciates and you can't take out your hosue loan to get your new Escalade and walk around thinking you're elite, but you're not. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

There will be more entertainment at a protest than a Vikings game as of late...

sorry, no disrespect, just poking fun.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

To quote an article in the Strib: "Ron Brezzell runs the South Florida district for Domino's Pizza and faces a common problem in almost every location: a lack of people wanting to deliver pizza for a living."

I didn't know you could make a living delivering Pizza?  It's many, many asses, much bigger than the above jackass with the same glib BS.

These folks may be a bunch of anarchists / hippies / trouble makers / slackers - but they are reacting to over 20% (U6) real unemployment / under employment / part time employment - jobs that don't pay enough to meet everyday expenses.

We are now a 'jobs econonmy' except their ain't no jobs.  I predict it will get uglier.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And according to Frances Fox Piven;  "the neo liberal cancer that has spread across the world."

Individuals like Frances Fox Piven has been openly planning the destruction of America for years.  Are you ready for their mission?

For those of you that have a 401, or have parents that have money wrapped up in thestock market through a 401, tell them to get out.  This movement WILL cause a devaluation of most stock portfolios.  This is a movement to collapse the finical system, and IT WILL devastate your life savings if this movement takes hold.  Imagine if your dollar was worth half what it is today.  Also, whose money are we to redistribute after we steel everything from the rich?  Do we pilfer our neighbors to the north?  Do we rob from each other?

Don't be a useful idiot.KNOW WHO YOU ARE STANDING NEXT TO!

Bilky
Bilky

hey 'stewie fan'. you know family guy and mr seth mcfarlane are extremely liberal, right? yet, you're a huge fan of his mediocre (if not immature, predictable and annoying) offerings. hypocrite. go outside, get with reality and quit watching so much TV, dumbass.

cm
cm

Kids are dumb and are disenfranchised.  It happens.Unfortunately we have had an unprecidented growth in wealth since WW2 and it appears that it will be harder to get along now.  Unfortunately the baby boomers have spoiled their children with promises that can't be kept.  And unfortunately these kids believe they should get what they want - a great job and bonuses/raises every year.This is the time where they learn that it doesn't happen like that - at least not anymore.  Jobs can be had - rural EMTs and Teachers and doctors and nurses etc..., or other jobs people "don't want" - which is dumb, because the cost of living is far cheaper in rural areas (generally) than in the popular urban/suburban areas.Anyway, these brats need to get off their butts and make the change they are looking for.  Start a business, work in a rural area -- there is hope, these little sh!ts are just too ignorant and whiney to realize it.  And unfortunately these kids are in my age group.  I hate being the only one who gets it...

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

"Unfortunately the baby boomers have spoiled their children with promises that can't be kept."

Really? I'd argue for the reverse.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

On January 20, 2001 the Dow Jones opened at 10,887.36

On Janudary 20, 2009 the Dow Jones opened at 8,772.25.

Dow Jones current sits at 10,718.65, thanks for fixing Bush's fuckup Obama.    

Who's the useful idiot now you fucking lying hack piece of shit kirk?     Why would anyone be scared for their 401k when we have a smart adult like Obama in charge.       Everyone with a brain knows Bush and the rest of you Republican idiots fucked up the economy and won't let Obama do more to fix it.   I hope everyone here remembers what a bunch of liars kirk and every other Republican is.    Notice how I use facts and logic to prove you are a lying piece of shit?    Notice how you just use insults and bullshit?   The reason I'm a liberal is because I'm smart, educated, and give a shit about my fellow man.   The reason you are a Republican is you are a stupid fucking asshole who makes fun of dead children and boos American soldiers.    Fucking apologize for being an idiot or don't bother commenting anymore.   I think everyone here is sick of you stupid racist Republicans pulling shit out of your ass and trolling every story.   Nothing you say is ever backed up with anything remotely resembling facts. 

granny t
granny t

You aren't smart or educated, you are a pawn. Presidents don't have any bearing on the economy, banks do. Dems and repubs are equally stupid. Vote Ron Paul for the change your Obama didn't deliver.

granny t
granny t

Everyone has skeletons in their closet. If that's all they've got on RP (managerial negligence that didn't harm anybody) he's a saint compared to the rest of the field. Here are some facts since you seem to like "fact and logic" so much:w

Fact: you are a whiney liberal douche (christian conservative terrorists are equally douchey) and most likely always will be because you are ignorant and have tunnel vision. None of the other candidates talk about hemp, atmospheric energy, or ending the war on drugs. Others may talk about x amount renewable by year x, but that is simply for appeasement. So if you are for renewable energy or drug legalization, you can't be anti RP. Make sense?Fact: the 1850's were booming economically. It was the start of the industrial rev. Fact: when someone is wrong, you denounce them. When you are wrong you refuse to admit it. Everyone is a hypocrite, but your ego is so big it has disrupted your ability to learn and grow. Go Ron Paul.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Facts not rumors, you can actually view Ron Paul's racist newsletters by googling "Ron Paul racist newsletters".  Pretty sick stuff.    Even if he didn't write the stuff he is a pretty stupid and careless person to allow a racist newsletter to be published in his name wouldn't you agree?  I would say anyone that careless probably shouldn't be given access to nuclear weapons but then again I'm not a complete idiot like your average Ron Paul supporter.   Typical of a stupid Ron Paul supporter you make up crap instead of actually using facts or logic to debate me.   I love how your counterargument is basically making up things about me.   Please cite any proof you have that I am in favor of the drug war or opposed to green energy.   That's the number one sign of what an idiot Ron Paul is, all his supporters are a bunch of idiots who want us to return to the economy of the 1850s. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

ron paul is too tied up in guns to win my support.  I used to like him actually...in a best of a bad situation kind of way.

granny t
granny t

Rumors. Even if it is true, he didn't write it. But you would allow a monetary system to wipe out the human populous. You support the war on drugs. Are anti free/cheap energy, among so many other issues. What a humanitarian you are. It's especially funny when usefil idiots like you don't realize you are working against yourselves. Keep bangin.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Ron Paul either published or allowed someone to publish a racist newsletter in his name throughout the 1980s.  He refuses to answer questions about this disturbing lack of judgement.   I'm smart enough to know I wouldn't allow a man with judgement this poor to run a Super America much less the most powerful nation on Earth.  

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Blah blah blah.  Folks, this all this comes from a man that is so ashamed of his gender that he chooses to portray a woman.  Hey phony Michele Bachmann, have ya mutilated that LIMP piece of meat between your legs yet?

So Michele, you mean how the stock market trended upwards continually from 2002 till Jan 2007?   Funny thing was, 2007 was the same time the Democrats took over congress (house and senate)  Gee, if the tables were flipped, one like yourself would have blamed the Republicans in congress, in lue of the Democrat Commander and Chief.  Oh look, the DOW is down over 200 pts. today.    DAMN YOU OBAMA!!!!!  BTW, that is a bit of sarcasm for your broken and disproven talking point.

Were not MOST of the Democrats, and the Democrat talking heads announcing that "the recession is over" like two years ago?   Were they lying or just plain dumb?  TWO YEARS of FULL CONTROL while the unemployment lines surged.

No facts?Really Phony Michele Bachmann.   So I'm guessing you're choosing NOT to look into Frances Fox Piven?  Look into "Cloward–Piven"  That is her former, now dead husband (cloward)Look into their book "the nation"Suddenly her CURRENT actions make sense.

Here is a quick summary-Cloward-Piven is a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.  The strategy was first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University political scientists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven as a plan to bankrupt the welfare system and produce radical change. Sometimes known as the "crisis strategy" or the the "flood-the-rolls, bankrupt-the-cities strategy," the Cloward-Piven approach called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants - more than the system could bear.How many people did Obama add to the welfare and food stamp rolls in the last two years?Would you pat Obama on the back and say good work?

Also people-  HERMAN CAIN / RON PAUL for the 2012 ticket.That's MY preference.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

good job kirk, in typical republican/fox fashion, if someone brings facts to the debate, Personal attacks and deflection bring the game back to level huh?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Typical stupid lying Republican.  You made a stupid point about stock prices.  I proved you stupid.  You spin to jobs because you know you are stupid and lying.   Obama has done a great job trying to fix Bush's screwup.  I wish he would have done more on jobs but I won't hold it against him when I see what assholes the Republicans are.  The fight him and undermine him on every turn.  In the last 4 years Republicans have cheered not getting the Olympics, cheered death twice, and booed an active duty solider.  They are obviously not trying to help America, they are trying to hurt America because they want Obama to lose his reelection.  

cm
cm

Oh, Michelle, play nice in the sandbox, no one likes a whiner...And PS, neither Obama nor Bush really know how to fix the economy. Because it is not the government's job to fix the economy, its their job to make sure it doesn't veer of a ledge... And republicans aren't the enemy, STUPID republicans are...

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Let's translate that from Kirkeese: "Hippies are the biggest threat to capitalism, not Greek wastrels and shifty German bankers. So if your stock portfolio collapses, blame the left instead of a cascade collapse of the interdependent international financial markets. Also, the rich are better than you."

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Why do you always view your peeps as morons with basic comprehension problems?I mean, why else would you need to translate English?

And “hippies”? HA! These people are revolutionaries in the mist of useful idiots!  And when it comes down to it, they will through rocks, split your head, break windows, and set the streets ablaze.  (remember the RNC)  Do not doubt it!  The leadership here is attempting the peaceful approach first.  If that fails, which it will, look to Greece for insight.  Hell, look to the actual words, of a leader of these people, like Frances Fox Piven.  Take a look around brother.

Ya know, I'm starting to believe your claim of "zeroisanumber".  It looks to be the first digit of your triple digit IQ score.

Bilky
Bilky

stop writing like an 4th grader and people will stop mocking you. face it, you're not intelligent. it really detracts from your non-points.

Anthonasty Ross
Anthonasty Ross

Actually kirk, you'll find that at the RNC, G7, and G8 protests (along with many others) it wasn't the protesters throwing rocks and and setting fire, it was cops DRESSED as protesters.

see WWWdotYOUTUBEdotCOM/watch?v=DCRsj06wT64

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I looked into the content of your comments, it was very stupid content.   Other content of yours includes making fun of dead children.  

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I can't help you guys when you all get hung up on furious things like MY SPELLING.

Look into the content of my comment.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Take time to edit your responses. You sound like an idiot when you type things like, "in the mist" and "through rocks".

I spent a good part of my high school years in and out of the punk rock scene (such as it was) in the Twin Cities, Kirk. I'm well aware of the politics, and if you think that those kids will cause a collapse and general anarchy in Oakdale, then you're out of your mind.

"Ya know, I'm starting to believe your claim of "zeroisanumber". It looks to be the first digit of your triple digit IQ score"

Actually it's taken from a Nick Cave/The Dirty Three collaboration.

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