About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Joe Emersberger: Washington Post tells whoppers about Greece and Argentina

This WAPO article by Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola said “But Argentina differs from Greece in deep ways. Argentina is one of the world’s top 25 economies, a commodity-rich nation that exported its way to growth with soybeans, corn and heavy industries such as steel and cars. “ Aside from putting forth the the magic soybean Read more…

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The Polemicist: Syriza’s Final Charade

Go to source. In my February post on The SYRIZA Moment (and in a revision of that piece, forthcoming in Canadian Dimension), I expressed great skepticism about the Syriza leadership’s commitment to the radical change the party promised to enact. I pointed out that the leadership, as represented by Alex Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis, refuses Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Guns and the Godly

Where do American Christians stand on guns and gun-related violence? Christianity, after all, is a religion that professes love and peace.  Admittedly, the Christian Bible’s frequent depiction of Christ (“The Prince of Peace”) as rejecting violence seems contradicted by his remark that he had come not to bring peace, but a sword.  But this statement Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: The destructive grip of capital

By Tapani Lausti István Mészáros, The Necessity of Social Control. Monthly Review Press 2015. Politicians around the world are busy trying to convince citizens that they know the road to economic recovery. Every little sign of economic growth and every small percentage in the fall of unemployment are greeted as if something dramatic has happened Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ignoring its own reporting – Guardian EU editor lets Jean-Claude Junker off the hook for his lies -UPDATED

EU Commission chief, Jean-Claude Junker, held a press conference today in which he claimed that Greece’s vicious EU overlords never demanded that Greece’s Syriza government cut wages and pensions. In fact, he claimed the lenders were on the verge of offering debt relief when Alexis Tsipras, the Greek PM,  “betrayed” them by calling a referendum. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters on PSUV primaries in Venezuela

The following line stands out, in a bad way, in Alexandra Ulmer’s report on the ruling party’s internal elections. “The revolution doesn’t work like it used to. You don’t feel that emotion anymore,” said a teacher at a state-run school in a low-income part of Caracas, who is disappointed with President Nicolas Maduro, the former Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Politico article on Argentina and Greece is grossly inaccurate UPDATED: Politico replies

Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt in December 2001. Its example (along with Iceland’s and Ecuador’s) offer important lessons for Greece which looks poised to default on debt owed to the IMF.  Naturally the corporate press can’t help but lie about Argentina’s example. The article by Zeke Turner says “It took more than five years Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Killing of the Shia Muslims in Kuwait on June 26, 2015

Nasir Khan, June 27, 2015 Those who commit such crimes have no concern for humans and humanity. They think what they are doing is for Allah and his ‘only true religion’, Islam. They see it as their Jihad, the holy war, for their version of ‘true Islam’, that excludes Shia Muslims and Ahmadis from the Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: The dilemma of CorporateCare

Reposted from HermannView. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Obamacare, which will be called CorporateCare in the rest of this article, in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell. For a quick summary one can look to the wire services. They reported that the Court upheld “nationwide tax subsidies,” or more simply “financial aid to Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The ‘Special’ Relationship of the United States and Israel

Nasir Khan, June 25, 2015 In a comment on a short article of mine, Comrade Bill Benfield raises an important point about the relationship between the US and the Zionist Israel. In fact, our views have much in common while we are looking at different aspects of the same issue. US imperialism is a militaristic Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Compassion Fatigue and Charleston

The shootings in Charleston have captured a nation’s attention. There have been some pretty laudable discussions emerging from this tragedy. I have seen three narratives emerge: A discussion about mental health, a discussion about guns, and a discussion about race. Let’s be clear: This issue is first and foremost about race. Dylann Storm Roof does Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Nick Miroff Smears Venezuela’s Democratic Process – as usual

Nearly four months ago I said, at the end of this blog post, that Venezuela’s parliamentary elections would be held in December.  The head of Venezuela’s electoral authority, the CNE, announced a few days ago that elections would be held on December 6.  Nick Miroff  reported the CNE’s announcement as a victory for jailed opposition Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Do I have psychic powers about Venezuela?

At the very end of this blog post, from almost four months ago, I said that Venezuela’s legislative elections “will not take place until December of 2015” Nearly four months later, a date of December 6, 2015 has been announced. Psychic powers on my part? No, it has long been obvious for anyone has been Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Why U.S. Farmers Oppose ‘Free’ Trade

FARM WASHING ‘FREE’ TRADE There seems to be a lot of “farm washing” of the new ‘free’ trade agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership, (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  For example, the public radio program, Here and Now, in a story about how the United Auto Workers oppose TPP, quoted sources claiming that “it’s Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anti-Austerity Song posted on the Media Lens site

Anti-Austerity Song posted on the Media Lens site Here is the Youtube link UPDATE The singer / songwriter comments: “Thanks to everyone who listened, commented on and/or shared the song I posted. The song is from an album that I’ve spent over two years putting together in my spare time and the whole thing was Read more…

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tim: My experience as a student at ZSchool

Hi! I wanted to write about my experience of being a student in the first set of courses for ZSchool, which have just finished. ZSchool had 14 online courses, which ran for 2 months for April and May. It has now joined with other partner organisations to become the World Institute for Social Change (WISC), Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Rachel Dolezal’s story

I wrote this comment on Rachel Dolezal’s story a few days ago (before learning the more recent news on her case): The story of Rachel Dolezal reminded me of Seyyed Jamal al-Afghani (1838–1897)—even though in totally different contexts. Al-Afghani claimed to be Afghan and Sunni most of his life, probably to escape anti-Shia hostility. He Read more…

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The Polemicist: Mad Cow Disease Blights Human Rights Festival

Go to source Je Suis Elsie Goldie The Wanted 18 is a funny and serious documentary by Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan and Palestinian multimedia artist Amer Shomali. It’s showing today at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York. The film is about an episode of creative, constructive, and non-violent resistance in Beit Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Growing Against Racism

Green Time TV: Growing Against Racism   by Don Fitz   Do organic farms have a part in growing a world without racist intimidation? Would developing our own non-violent life styles mean that we should not call for the arrest of police who kill young black people? July Green Time episodes explore the complex interaction Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: TPP and Stakeholders

So luckily the Democrats defeated the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement fast track authority today. The treaty is being staunchly opposed by damn near everyone left of Rush Limbaugh. I’ve gotten messages from the Feminist Majority Foundation, Noam Chomsky views it as a neo-liberal assault… I’ve been asked by a few people to explain TPP, and the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters does much worse than bury the lead on TPP

This article by Reuters on a crucial vote in the US House of Representatives regarding the TPP (the Trans Pacific Partnership) was flagged by AOL as a top story. The reporters, Richard Howard and Krista Hughes, never get around to telling readers in this lengthy article that TPP is a secret. Here is a list Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: What’s the matter (Colonel) Bernie Sanders…chicken?

This was originally posted on HermannView and has been reprinted here. Progressive after progressive has supported the candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders for President, acting like he is a savior who will “rescue” us from the brutal corporate masters who rule over the United States. As readers may or may not know, I have tried my best to Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice for Beginning Farmers

We’re Missing the Biggest Part  (Subtitle, optional)  INTRODUCTION This was written on the occasion of a Post on the “GOAT” (4 coalitions “getting our act together,”) list about a Report from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota on the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The report is important, and shows the kind of policy Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

The recent announcement by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed “democratic socialist,” that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President raises the question of whether Americans will vote for a candidate with that political orientation. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the idea of democratic socialism — democratic control of Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Activists imprisoned in Azerbaijan, the house BP built

A protest against Azerbaijan’s crackdown on political dissent will be staged in London this Friday, 12 June, as the first European Games open in Baku. At least 33 human rights defenders, youth movement activists, bloggers, journalists and others have been jailed in the last year in Azerbaijan – where the UK-based oil group BP is Read more…

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Faramarz Farbod: It’s capitalism, Stupid!

Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla.  The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics from below that can challenge the fundamentals of capitalism instead of today’s politics that is content to treat Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Are Farmers Commodified ‘Excess Resources’ to Food Progressives

A new article that has been circulating argues that “more than 90 percent of [the] U.S. could eat food grown or raised withing 100 miles of their homes.” ( https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/ecampbell3/Locafoodpressrelease.docx ) This is then cited as good for the economy and for sustainability. It’s supported by a map showing where this could happen, with blue Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Anomalies in the Dietary Guidelines Paradigm

Quite a few progressive groups, along the lines of the Food Movement, have signed on to the recent Dietary Guidelines proposal. It’s generally treated as a united front, a no-brainer, with no other progressive points of view. They’ve even put out a full page ad in major newspapers. In contrast, I see it as a Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: CLALS bias against Venezuelan government more obvious than I thought

I just wrote this piece about a study of Globovision (a Venezuelan TV broadcaster) that was done by American University’s Center for Latin American and Latin Studies (CLALS). Despite concluding that Globovision’s content was not biased in favor of the Venezuelan government or the opposition since an ownership change in May of 2013, CLALS decided Read more…

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Elliot Murphy: The absolute sheer magnificence of Made in Chelsea and the Tanganyika laughter epidemic

One of the central ‘characters’/‘personalities’/‘people’ on the latest episode of Made in Chelsea said something philosophically intriguing and apposite on an almost neo-Absurdist level of Nietzschean angst and quasi-Hellenic undespachungzi with an undertone of Habermasian schadenfreude, intentionally. When explaining why she and her partner go so well together, she claimed the reason was because ‘he Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth.  But does it?  New York State’s experience indicates that, when it comes to producing jobs, corporate welfare programs are a bad investment. In Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here!

Police Shooting in Olympia–updated June 4, 2015   Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Happen Anywhere in the United States Including Olympia, WA. It Did Happen Here! by Peter Bohmer, submitted June 15, 2015;  revised version of original article that was printed here May 26, 2015   Another Police Shootings of African-Americans! It Can Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing. Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a Read more…

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Vicki Nikolaidis: Reparations from Germany – Of course

Greece has every reason to negotiate for reparations from Germany based on damages caused during WWII. The evidence exists to apply for reparations from GB and USA as well, but starting with Germany is smart.  The main rub is that after WWII, German behaviors damaging to Greece continued, if not for that perhaps the intensity Read more…

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Vicki Nikolaidis: Syriza is not far or radical or anything liberal

Always best to look at what policies political parties put into place before giving them a label. For one example, university education was handily set back in time 20 years by Syriza. Think about a robust graduate student body with professors finding research money for the students (1) to pay the students and (2) to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: A Reuters article on Venezuela I almost can’t nitpick

The headline to this article by Alexandra Ulmer reads “Venezuela parliament leader squeezes media bosses over drugs story” It is about a defamation suit that Diosdado Cabello, the Chavista head of the National Assembly, brought against some media outlets that accused him of being a drug lord. The article notes “Opposition leaders and U.S. officials Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV — The Social Environment: Racism

 Green Time TV The Social Environment: Racism   by Don Fitz   The social environment, including how we are treated and mistreated by others, is as much a part of our environment as green spaces, rivers and climate change. What is it like to grow up in a world where people are as afraid of Read more…

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Bob Simpson: When White People Rioted in Baltimore

“The despot’s heel is on thy shore, Maryland! His torch is at thy temple door, Maryland! Avenge the patriotic gore That flecked the streets of Baltimore, And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! My Maryland!“ This is the opening stanza of “Maryland, My Maryland”, the official state song. You can view  the complete lyrics Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: Women in Afghanistan 1978

The pictures below are from Afghanistan in the 1970s, some of them from Kathleen Foster’s film “Afghan Women, a History of Struggle”. The bottom picture is from 2013 If we are to believe current mythology, the U.S. and its willing helpers are busy rescuing Afghanistan from the dark ages. The truth is not far from Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: UK Tories win Majority in Parliament despite getting only 36% of the votes

Another outrageous result courtesy of the First Past the Post electoral system. Graphics below show the grim details. Richard Seymour wrote a fine electoral post-mortem. He pointed out that the Tories did much better in terms of winning seats than in 2010 despite barely winning any more votes. Labour’s share of the vote was also Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: All you need to know about the UK election – courtesy of Peter of InterventionsWatch

One of my favorite writes maintains the InterventionsWatch blog and also contributes regularly to the Media Lens Message Board He is  a guy named Peter from the UK who obviously has a day job but puts 90% of professional political writers to shame. Anyway, somebody weighed in on tomorrow’s election in the UK with the Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Healing while fighting the good fight to be free

Sriram Ananth ([email protected]) Blog: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com/ Fighting the good fight to be free. Fighting to free ourselves, our loved ones, our community, indeed, humanity and the earth as a whole. Real freedom. True freedom. Freedom from oppression, fear, poverty, abuse, trauma, hunger, violence, authoritarianism, chauvinism, repression, drudgery, pain, boredom, sterility, loneliness, hopelessness, and more – in Read more…

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libbyliberal: Savage Sentences for Test-Altering Atlanta Teachers

In mid-April a Florida superior court judge handed down harsh prison sentences to 10 former school administrators, principals and elementary school teachers because of a citywide test cheating scandal within the Atlanta public school system. What these educators did was inflate 2008 test scores. The Obama administration and both corporate Democratic and Republican parties are Read more…

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Chris Wright: Thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust – Part 1

Even seventy years later, having learned nothing, Western intellectuals still love to proclaim with the ponderous air of authority that the Holocaust was “thoroughly at odds with the great traditions of Western civilization,” as Richard Rubenstein paraphrases in his book The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future (1975). It was contrary to Read more…

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Chris Wright: Thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust – Part 2

To See the Holocaust in a Grain of Sand While the industrialized murder of six million people is in a category all its own, one can observe in daily life many of the tendencies that make it possible. The thinking that sees the machinery of death as solely a thing of the past, an incomprehensible Read more…

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libbyliberal: Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?

Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders. In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Don’t you have access to Youtube?

Reuters does its bit support alarmist claims about Venezuela’s economy in an article by Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth: “Venezuela foreign reserves fall to lowest since 2003”  screams the headline. It looks only at liquid reserves of Venezuela’s Central Bank. It so happens a few months ago, during a debate at Harvard, Francisco Rodriguez (not Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Make up your own PDVSA data? What are Reuters’ folks smoking in the USA?

Plenty of international media have pushed claims that the Venezuelan government is on the brink of default, but how many have done so AND provided readers with an interactive calculator so they can make up their own data about Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA? That’s what Reuters did in this article by Marianna Parraga and Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Commemorating the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan

Nasir Khan, April 27, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan. On 27 April 1978, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan took over power. The socialist friends of Afghanistan are aware of the historic significance of this revolution in Afghanistan and for the people of the neighbouring countries. What happened to Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Trinity of Trifectas: an anti-oppressive mental health template for healing and liberation

by Sriram Ananth ([email protected]) Blog: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com/     An article I recently wrote on anti-oppressive listening and solidarity-based therapy was one of the more widely read pieces on my blog (which meant that it had a fighting chance of cracking three figures in unique views, but likely remained a solid two figures, which a writer Read more…

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