Virus of Mass Destruction

There comes a point in the introduction of every new official narrative when people no longer remember how it started. Or, rather, they remember how it started, but not the propaganda that started it. Or, rather, they remember all that (or are able to, if you press them on it), but it doesn’t make any difference anymore, because the official narrative has supplanted reality.

You’ll remember this point from the War on Terror, and specifically the occupation of Iraq. By the latter half of 2004, most Westerners had completely forgotten the propaganda that launched the invasion, and thus regarded the Iraqi resistance as “terrorists,” despite the fact that the United States had invaded and was occupying their country for no legitimate reason whatsoever. By that time, it was abundantly clear that there were no “weapons of mass destruction,” and that the U.S.A. had invaded a nation that had not attacked it, and posed no threat to it, and so was perpetrating a textbook war of aggression.

These facts did not matter, not in the slightest. By that time, Westerners were totally immersed in the official War on Terror narrative, which had superseded objective reality. Herd mentality had taken over. It’s difficult to describe how this works; it’s a state of functional dissociation. It wasn’t that people didn’t know the facts, or that they didn’t understand the facts. They knew the Iraqis weren’t “terrorists.” At the same time, they knew they were definitely “terrorists,” despite the fact that they knew that they weren’t. They knew there were no WMDs, that there had never been any WMDs, and still they were certain there were WMDs, which would be found, although they clearly did not exist.

The same thing happened in Nazi Germany. The majority of the German people were never fanatical anti-Semites like the hardcore N.S.D.A.P. members. If they had been, there would have been no need for Goebbels and his monstrous propaganda machine. No, the Germans during the Nazi period, like the Americans during the War on Terror, knew that their victims posed no threat to them, and at the same time they believed exactly the opposite, and thus did not protest as their neighbors were hauled out of their homes and sent off to death camps, camps which, in their dissociative state, simultaneously did and did not exist.

What I’m describing probably sounds like psychosis, but, technically speaking, it isn’t … not quite. It is not an absolute break from reality. People functioning in this state know that what they believe is not real. Nonetheless, they are forced to believe it (and do, actually, literally, believe it, as impossible as I know that sounds), because the consequences of not believing it are even more frightening than the cognitive dissonance of believing a narrative they know is a fiction. Disbelieving the official narrative means excommunication from “normality,” the loss of friends, income, status, and in many cases far worse punishments. Herd animals, in a state of panic, instinctively run towards the center of the herd. Separation from the herd makes them easy prey for pursuing predators. It is the same primal instinct operating here.

It is the goal of every official narrative to generate this type of herd mentality, not in order to deceive or dupe the public, but, rather, to confuse and terrorize them to the point where they revert to their primal instincts, and are being driven purely by existential fear, and facts and truth no longer matter. Once an official narrative reaches this point, it is unassailable by facts and reason. It no longer needs facts to justify it. It justifies itself with its own existence. Reason cannot penetrate it. Arguing with its adherents is pointless. They know it is irrational. They simply do not care.

We are reaching this point with the coronavirus narrative. It is possible that we have already reached it. Despite the fact that what we are dealing with is a virus that, yes, is clearly deadly to the old and those with medical conditions, but that is just as clearly not a deadly threat to the majority of the human species, people are cowering inside their homes as if the Zombie Apocalpyse had finally begun. Many appear to believe that this virus is some sort of Alien-Terrorist Death Flu (or weaponized Virus of Mass Destruction) that will kill you the second you breathe it in.

This is not surprising at all, because, according to the official narrative, its destructive powers are nearly unlimited. Not only will it obliterate your lungs, and liquidate all your other major organs, and kill you with blood clots, and intestinal damage, now it causes “sudden strokes in young adults,” and possibly spontaneous prostate cancer, and God knows what other medical horrors!

According to all the “scientists” and “medical experts” (i.e., those that conform to the official narrative, not all the other scientists and medical experts), it is unlike any other virus that has ever existed in the history of viruses. It certainly doesn’t follow the typical pattern of spreading extensively for a limited period, and then rapidly dying down on its own, regardless of what measures are taken to thwart it, as this Israeli study would seem to indicate.

Also, “we have no immunity against it,” which is why we all have to remain “locked down” like unruly inmates in a penitentiary until a vaccine can be concocted and forced onto every living person on earth. Apparently, this mandatory wonder vaccine will magically render us immune to this virus against which we have no immunity (and are totally unable to develop immunity), which immunity will be certified on our mandatory “immunity papers,” which we will need to travel, get a job, send our kids to school, and, you know, to show the police when they stop us on the street because we look like maybe we might be “infected.”

Germany (where I live) is way out in front of this. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the federal government plans to introduce a coronavirus “immunity card” as part of its “Infection Protection Law,” which will grant the authorities the power to round up anyone “suspected to be contagious” and force them into … uh … “quarantine,” and “forbid them from entering certain public places.” The Malaysian authorities have dispensed with such niceties, and are arresting migrant workers and refugees in so-called “Covid-19 red zones” and marching them off to God knows where.

Oh, yeah, and I almost forgot … the germ and chemical warfare researchers at DARPA (i.e., the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have developed some new type of fancy blood test that will identify “asymptomatic carriers” (i.e., people who display no symptoms whatsoever). So that will probably come in handy … especially if the “white supremacists,” “Red-Brown extremists,” and “conspiracy theorists” keep protesting the lockdown with their wives and kids!

And these are just the latest additions to a list of rather dystopian examples of the “brave new normal” official narrative that GloboCap is rolling out, right before our very eyes (which the OffGuardian editors have streamlined here and here, and which continues on Twitter). It’s all right there in black and white. They aren’t hiding the totalitarianism … they don’t have to. Because people are begging for it. They are demanding to be “locked down” inside their homes, forced to wear masks, and stand two meters apart, for reasons that most of them no longer remember.

Plastic barriers are going up everywhere. Arrows on the floor show you which way to walk. Boxes show you where to stand. Paranoid Blockwarts are putting up signs threatening anyone not wearing a mask. Hysterical little fascist creeps are reporting their neighbors to the police for letting their children play with other children. Millions of people are voluntarily downloading “contact tracing applications” so that governments and global corporations can monitor their every movement. In Spain, they bleached an entire beach, killing everything, down to the insects, in order to protect the public from “infection.” The Internet has become an Orwellian chorus of shrieking, sanctimonious voices bullying everyone into conformity with charts, graphs, and desperate guilt-trips, few of which have much connection to reality. Corporations and governments are censoring dissent. We’re approaching a level of manufactured mass hysteria and herd mentality that not even Goebbels could have imagined.

Meanwhile, they’re striking the mostly empty “field hospitals,” and the theatrical “hospital ship” is now gone, and despite their attempts to inflate the Covid-19 death count as much as humanly possible, the projected hundreds of millions of deaths have not materialized (not even close), and Sweden is fine, as is most of humanity, and … just like there were no WMDs, there is no Virus of Mass Destruction.

What there is, is a new official narrative, the brave new, paranoid, pathologized “normal.” Like the War on Terror, it’s a global narrative. A global, post-ideological narrative. It’s just getting started, so it isn’t yet clear how totalitarian this show will get, but, given the nature of the pilot episode, I am kind of dreading the rest of the series.

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CJ Hopkins
May 4, 2020
Photo: AsiaWire

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64 thoughts on “Virus of Mass Destruction

  1. Germany (where I live) is way out in front of this.

    Why do you do this to yourself….I was born, raised and fled Germany for Canada as soon as the idea struck me there must be more to the world than that sticky atmosphere…

    “What there is, is a new official narrative, the brave new, paranoid, pathologized “normal.” Like the War on Terror, it’s a global narrative.”
    But the German folks in their majority oh so love a bit back of this old totalitarianism, and especially playing the neighbourhood cop..oh, the feeling of power to finally being able to really stick it to this nasty neighbour

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    1. I can only speak for myself in response to the question “Why do you do this to yourself,” Peter Moritz, but when I landed in Berlin in 1990, it was by far more left-leaning, edgy, lumpy, weird, anti-corporate and unregulated than any of the dozen or so states I had lived in in the US. It was freer than London and more interesting than Stockholm, too. Back in 1990, the authorities were still going to great lengths to shake off the bad publicity generated by all the stuff that had happened, over here, in the middle of the 20th century. That began to change, already, I noticed, in the late ’90s, when hugging Africans (et al) became less fashionable in Berlin (though Uni students were still reassuringly into the “Arafat bandanna” accessory look); mainstream articles were published about the “charity burnout” the average well-educated, formerly-progressive German Berliner was supposedly feeling. After 9/11 (or 11/9, as we call it in Berlin), things were shoved even further toward the NATO norm (ie Right Wing)… but things were still palpably less Right Wing Corporate around the best parts of Berlin than anywhere else I could think of. Yeah, the scowling amateur bureaucrats running around the U-Bahn and the grocery stores are irritating but… would you rather be shot (in North America)? That’s what keeps me here, really. That and the hope that so many Berliners DON’T buy this Potemkin Village Plague that the Authorities will back off, despite pressure from that psychopath/frontman Gates (and his mob).

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      1. Germany in the late 60s to late 70s slowly was changing to a less conservative country, less infected by some Nazi ideology that I still encountered im many places in Frankfurt and also Bavaria, the rural parts of northern Germany etc. It was not all bad, but I felt at 30 not very comfortable, and less willing to enter a career somewhere starting at Middle Management in the Ag industry.
        So, what was there to escape? The USA i really did not like anymore after their Vietnam disaster, and the obvious racism (that I first encountered massively as a member of the Bundeswehr in Grafenwöhr Training were a lot of US troops were located) was a mighty deterrent. Based on my language skills it was down to Ireland, Canada and Australia.
        And Canada it was from 1979 to 2015, living there working hard in the oil patch but real happy in the northeastern part of British Columbia where the weather gets down to -40 and the bears roam around the house looking for some morsels, hunting and fishing is a major part of life and the folks are easy to get along with… when we decided that the pension was not enough to live comfortable in Canada anymore.
        So we sold out, and live now quite content and happily in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, where we are forced (not really, English gets you around just fine, but one wants to be friendly with the locals) to learn the language, are far form the turmoil of the EU Mainland (of course, it affects as somewhat, but right now our Island is closed off anyway), have chickens, a large garden and a weather that only demands a woodstove.
        Quite a change again, but that keeps your brain engaged and no moths settling on you.

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  2. When I was a young boy, I remember wondering what I was and why I existed. The thought of death didn’t bother me in the slightest; what puzzled me was why I was alive.

    Now my feelings have changed a bit. Over a lifetime, memories build up – precious, average and some hideous. They become a large part of your personality, and curiously you start to dislike the idea of death because you will lose those memories. That is… er… you won’t have those memories any more because you won’t be there any more. So, logically, no harm no foul.

    Pity I’m no longer as clear-minded and logical as I was at 9.

    Another thing that has changed is that I no longer look up to most adults, and assume that they know best. On the contrary, every year that goes by – recently, every day – I have less respect for them. They seem so unfathomably, unbelievably stupid.

    I have begun to understand how Ivan feels in “The Brothers Karamazov” when he says, “‘It’s not God I don’t accept, Alyosha – only that I most respectfully return him the entrance ticket’”.

    Except that I don’t believe in God.

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  3. People that I always believed were smart and rational have become utter idiots over this- no other way to put it. Not believing that masks and “social distancing “ work make one an utter pariah. It’s the newest way to judge people… it’s the 2016 election all over again.

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  4. Many thanks, CJ. I particularly appreciate:

    It is the goal of every official narrative to generate this type of herd mentality, [in which “the consequences of not believing it are even more frightening than the cognitive dissonance of believing a narrative they know is a fiction”] not in order to deceive or dupe the public, but, rather, to confuse and terrorize them to the point where they revert to their primal instincts, and are being driven purely by existential fear, and facts and truth no longer matter. Once an official narrative reaches this point, it is unassailable by facts and reason. It no longer needs facts to justify it. It justifies itself with its own existence. Reason cannot penetrate it. Arguing with its adherents is pointless. They know it is irrational. They simply do not care.

    That’s a valuable update on your 2017 essay Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works which remains one of my crucial touchstones of modern understanding. Don’t let the oncoming high-tech dystopia break your spirit!

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  5. Thanks so much for this, CJ! For the last couple of years, every once in a while I get an itch to read something coherent, written by someone who hasn’t completely lost his marbles. The Consent Factory is a place that never disappoints in this respect. That itch really has turned into something else though lately. As you say:

    “They know it is irrational. They simply do not care.”

    So thanks for helping me stay halfway sane in this fucked up mess.

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  6. Thanks so much for this, CJ! For the last couple of years, every once in a while I get an itch to read something coherent, written by someone who hasn’t completely lost his marbles. The Consent Factory is a place that never disappoints in this respect. That itch really has turned into something else though lately. As you say:

    “They know it is irrational. They simply do not care.”

    So thanks for helping me stay halfway sane in this fucked up mess.

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  7. Some of your best work here CJ and barely a hint of satire, as I think you pointed it, they are not even trying to pretend or hide what they do, rendering satire redundant. So what we are left with here is some very well articulated gravitas and reality check. I think it actually requires more bravery to write about Covid than any of the other situations you mentioned, so pervasive is the panicked coherence to GloboCap mainline narrative. Have you been unpersoned down the memory hole by Youtube Faceborg and Twitter yet ?

    I was doing a little digging around these Contact Tracing app firms and came up with some Israeli tech companies that develop this type of source code who are stepping out of the shadows. Many of their managers and crew are ex Mossad or IDF it seems. They must be the tech section for GloboCap, they are selling it on to governments like Austria , Singapore and Australia.

    Cheers

    3/5/20
    Israeli Cyber Intell Firms & Tracing App Technology
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spy-specialreport/special-report-cyber-intel-firms-pitch-governments-on-spy-tools-to-trace-coronavirus-idUSKCN22A2G1

    3/5/20
    Israeli Intell CyberAttack NSO Group Develops Drones & Contact Tracing Apps
    https://astutenews.com/2020/05/01/how-the-fight-against-covid-19-has-brought-us-a-step-closer-to-an-orwellian-nightmare/

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  8. […] CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. His dystopian novel, Zone 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. Volume I of his Consent Factory Essays is published by Consent Factory Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Content, Inc. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org. […]

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  9. Interesting to read the views on epidemiology and virology put forward by CJ Hopkins, a minor US playwright. When I seek out opinion on matters such as world pandemics, I often turn to minor US playwrights, but only when I can’t get the opinion of a former Love Island contestant or a 1960s one hit wonder.

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    1. I have the suspicion that while reading the article you actually didn’t understand that it is not about the disease, but the reaction to the disease and a normalization of government suppression that is quite unprecedented in it’s scope. (https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2020/05/civil-liberty-vanishes/)

      While Sweden has shown that without harsh lockdown measures the same results can be achieved, the Swedish results (https://www.theblogmire.com/lockdown-stockholm-syndrome/) are disturbing to the narrative by those countries that for whatever reasons – and they cannot be scientific, as there are enough experts arguing against as for the measures of a lockdown (which is a prison term of course) – established the economically hurtful measures that really do not make any sense considering who is affected most by a wide margin.

      The solution that was advocated is to quarantine and take care of those that are most vulnerable to protect – the elderly and those with other severe co-morbidity – and let the rest acquire herd immunity.

      Other than that: in the absence of a vaccine (unlikely to be tested and ready for at least another year) the lockdown gets repeated by the next wave, and the next one? Till what result is achieved? The complete impoverisation of anything below the 1% – and the final goal of a neo feudalism of a new rentier class that gives a damn about the well being of the underlings – we have been there before many times in history, and need no repetition.

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  11. I don’t agree that this is a plotted, staged series like the one that opened with 9-11. More precisely, I don’t agree that we can be sure about it, the way we were sure about it then. If it’s the same kind of situation, it is far less obvious than it was then.

    Though… when we say it was obvious then, we speak with hindsight. In the early… episodes, it was not obvious then.
    So, time will tell, now, as it did then.

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    1. (The only about-sure thing is this virus is man-made. Just the energy they put in censoring scientists of renown and integrity making the claim is some kind of confirmation.)

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  12. The University of Pennsylvania is conducting experiments to see if dogs can sniff out covid-19. The article I read says that the “U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center will be lending their expertise”. I also saw this story on a television broadcast last week which stated that if the experiments are successful the dogs will be deployed to hospitals, airports and train stations. So forget about the test D.A.R.P.A. is developing. The plan is to hunt down people with dogs. Imagine what that will look like. The dogs will probably be trained to start barking like they do when they are used to find drugs.

    Link to the article:
    https://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/press-room/press-releases/article/penn-vet-launches-covid-19-canine-scent-detection-study

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  13. i thought you would have mentioned 5g, the electronic prison. Surely this is the reason for this crazy hoax, the symptoms are the same, the medical staff are saying it doesn’t act like a normal virus. . . . .. . . why aren’t people connecting the dots with this??? the prison is now up, its VE Day tomorrow and UK are celebrating . . . . . basically celebrating the completion of the electronic prison, we are all at their mercy now!!!

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    1. “why aren’t people connecting the dots with this”
      Maybe there are no dots to connect?

      “the medical staff are saying it doesn’t act like a normal virus”

      Please explain what a “normal” virus is, and how sars cov2 des not act like one. Heard of Ebola? Is that a “normal” virus?

      The virus is not a hoax, but the reaction to it is rather irrational. Or rational if one wants to immiserate people and deprive them of their livelihoods resulting in poverty to make the plebs docile and glad for every job they can get their hands on.
      Neo Feudalism seems to be the Neo Capitalism after Neo Liberalism and Neo Conservatism. Long live the rentier class, lets get to where we were before..

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  14. […] CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. His dystopian novel, Zone 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. Volume I of his Consent Factory Essays is published by Consent Factory Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Content, Inc. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org. […]

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  15. […] CJ Hopkins writes, “Disbelieving the official narrative means excommunication from “normality,” the loss of friends, income, status, and in many cases far worse punishments. It is the goal of every official narrative to generate a herd mentality, not in order to deceive or dupe the public, but, rather, to confuse and terrorize them to the point where they revert to their primal instincts, and are being driven purely by existential fear, and facts and truth no longer matter. Once an official narrative reaches this point, it is unassailable by facts and reason. It no longer needs facts to justify it. It justifies itself with its own existence. Reason cannot penetrate it. Arguing with its adherents is pointless. They know it is irrational. They simply do not care. We are reaching this point with the coronavirus narrative.” […]

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  16. […] CJ Hopkins  escribe: “No creer en la narrativa oficial significa excomulgarse de la” normalidad “, la pérdida de amigos, ingresos, estatus y, en muchos casos, castigos mucho peores. El objetivo de cada narrativa oficial es generar una mentalidad de rebaño, no con el fin de engañar o engañar al público, sino más bien, confundirlos y aterrorizarlos hasta el punto en que vuelvan a sus instintos primarios y estén siendo impulsados ​​exclusivamente por miedo existencial, y los hechos y la verdad ya no importan. Una vez que una narración oficial alcanza este punto, es inatacable por hechos y razones. Ya no necesita hechos para justificarlo. Se justifica con su propia existencia. La razón no puede penetrarlo. Discutir con sus seguidores no tiene sentido. Saben que es irracional. Simplemente no les importa. Estamos llegando a este punto con la narrativa del coronavirus ”. […]

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  17. […] CJ Hopkins writes, “Disbelieving the official narrative means excommunication from “normality,” the loss of friends, income, status, and in many cases far worse punishments. It is the goal of every official narrative to generate a herd mentality, not in order to deceive or dupe the public, but, rather, to confuse and terrorize them to the point where they revert to their primal instincts, and are being driven purely by existential fear, and facts and truth no longer matter. Once an official narrative reaches this point, it is unassailable by facts and reason. It no longer needs facts to justify it. It justifies itself with its own existence. Reason cannot penetrate it. Arguing with its adherents is pointless. They know it is irrational. They simply do not care. We are reaching this point with the coronavirus narrative.” […]

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  18. The Americans have a mindset born of a mythology of national “exceptionalism” along with rugged individualism that won’t deign to acknowledge an external authority. Because of this they have a huge blind spot as to what is going on in their country.
    They confuse abstracts like politics and ideology with Biology and nature.

    They couldn’t acknowledge that Vietnam defeated them in their war for Independence, and won’t acknowledge that Vietnam has also proven itself superior to the USA in fighting the Covid 19 virus, despite sharing a land border with China and huge traffic between those nations. Same with Taiwan,Thailand and South Korea – all have probably the largest amount of human travel with China. As of Thurs 14 May:

    Vietnam : cases – 312, deaths – 0
    Thailand: cases – 3000, deaths – 56
    Taiwan: cases – 44, deaths – 7
    Sth Korea: cases – 11,000, deaths – 260
    USA: Cases – 1,456,150, deaths – 6,891

    All kinds of apologists will try to explain this in different ways but the simple truth is that many countries have kept their populations safe and healthy, regardless if they are multi-party democracies, one-party states, leftist, rightist, centrist. They did this by acting promptly in a united, cooperative, co-ordinated national effort through well established and efficient bureacracies – a.k.a. govt departments and agencies. They acted immediately on the intelligence information they had, implemented the pandemic protocols and systems they had in place. They respect the science.

    The USA had the same intelligence information, maybe more, especially as it has contacts in Taiwan, Sth Korea, inside China and eslewhere. But they lacked every other quality – unity of purpose, cooperation between authorities.

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/covid-19-and-geopolitics/12212204?fbclid=IwAR3tl2sqLt_2sxaHUTrsVLdE-2pOwEA6RqyvHI9kLUQ0vlk0McsEo6Vj-mM

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  19. […] this is where that Orwellian “doublethink” comes in. People (i.e., these “anti-authoritarians,” not to mention the majority of the […]

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