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A Tremendous Day for
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Watch the swearing-in and
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Below is our rating of
Supreme Court justices
based upon judgement of
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As the chart illustrates,
there are too many rogue
justices on the Supreme
Court. These appointed,
life-term judges take it
upon themselves to
arbitrarily unilaterally and
autocratically over-rule the
will of the people. They are
the equivalent of tyrants.

It is crucial to our
Democracy to fill all open
seats on all Courts, as
they arise, with true-to-
the-law judges. With
originalist, textualist
judges who apply the law
as passed by the
representatives of the

It is NOT the role of judges
to over-rule laws they just
happen to dislike. As
Gorsuch said at the

"A judge who likes every
outcome he reaches is
very likely a bad judge..."

April 07, 2017

A Supreme Court seat
opened with the passing of
Antonin Scalia just months
before the 2016 election.

President Obama
nominated Merrick Garland
as a replacement, but
Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
blocked the nomination,
claiming that the voters
should decide.

Elections have
consequences. Democrats
were certain they would
hold the White House and
regain the Senate in 2016,
thereby giving them full
control of the nomination

But the GOP held the
Senate, and won the
White House, against
all predictions.
Republicans campaigned
on the Supreme Court
issue, and won.

And that's why Democrats
lost the Supreme Court
nomination: because they
didn't win the election. The
people spoke. As it should

January 31, 2017

President Trump has
nominated Neil Gorsuch to
the United States Supreme
Court. View the
proceedings at the White

As the President so
appropriately remarked at
the nomination ceremony:

"I have always felt that
after the defense of our
nation, the most important
decision a president of the
United States can make is
the appointment of a
Supreme Court justice.
Depending on their age, a
justice can be active for 50
years and his or her
decisions can last a
century or more and can
often be permanent."

We anticipate that Neil
Gorsuch will be an
outstanding Supreme
Court Justice, just like
Antonin Scalia, the great
man he will replace.

Neil Gorsuch: a judge who
understands both what a
judge's role is; and what a
judge's role is not.


2017/05/08 - We are constantly told by the “experts”, who seem to always get it wrong, that we can continually renegotiate some kind of tolerable rolling ongoing détente with North Korea. We are told that its 33-year-old President Kim Jong-un is a rambunctious hedonistic youth who can be distracted with hoops, chicks, and wine & cheese. That he is an exuberant immature young man with a bit of a temper problem. That we can guaranty international peace simply by keeping him occupied with a steady stream of pleasures flowing in his direction.

But what if that meme is wrong? What if that scenario is nothing but naïve wishful thinking reinforced by a cocktail party echo chamber of smug liberal diplomats, academics and journalists, disconnected from reality or any real insights into what Kim and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, aka “the North”) truly seek to achieve?

Bear in mind that no Westerner has had more quality time with Kim than… Dennis Rodman. (Yes, that Dennis Rodman.) The experts have no idea of what Kim is about, other than what they’ve learned from Dennis Rodman, which is probably wrong. The thesis proffered by the experts is mostly speculation and conjecture from a liberal Western perspective; so we offer a counter-thesis of Kim and the DPRK, also based mostly on speculation and conjecture, just like the experts, but we will try to get inside Kim’s head.

To understand the possibility that war with North Korea is both inevitable and imminent, it is necessary to try to think like their leader Kim Jong-un and the Kim regime, to take the time and focus to put yourself into their position, rather than judge them by our own circumstances.

Think about it: we have everything to gain from maintaining the status quo; they have nothing to lose from upsetting the status quo. Their math works out far differently from ours. From our perspective they may seem crazy, but considered from their perspective, they most assuredly are not. Wrong, yes; evil, yes; crazy, no.


American Presidents obsess about their legacy from the moment they take office. As do most world leaders. Probably most Fortune-500 CEO’s as well. So why shouldn’t Korean Presidents? Suppose you are the President of North Korea, wouldn’t you ponder the implications of being President, the “what” and the “why”, of who and where you are?

You are 33 years old. Your grandfather was your country’s equivalent of George Washington, a hero, a god. At least officially. Your father ruled the country after your grandfather died, maybe he’s… Thomas Jefferson? And then there is you, Andrew Jackson perhaps? How will you be remembered? What do you do to prove yourself? Are you in this position by accident, or is it supposed to mean something? What great accomplishment earns legitimacy for your rule? Are you a worthy heir of your hero-god grandfather? You probably ask these questions.

What do you think Kim Jong-un thinks about? Rest assured, it is nothing like what you or I think about. Like picking up milk at 7-11. Or whether to buy a convertible with summer just around the corner? Do I go to my son’s baseball game, or my daughter’s soccer game? Or mow the lawn? Or hey, what about some me-time and shooting a round of golf?

What if Kim thinks about securing a place in history, about crystalizing a glorious legacy? What if he has no interest in burning through fifty years as a caretaker President, a janitor with fancy titles? What if he wants to be a difference-maker, not a caretaker?

Most western observers reflexively, unthinkingly, seem to believe that the Kims are obsessed with survival or safety. That after 70 years in power they are still stuck on level 1 or 2 of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. But what if that’s just totally not true? What if Kim is obsessed with, so to speak, self-actualization? What if Kim views himself as a god-like copy of his grandfather, ordained to fulfill a destiny, to unite the Korean peninsula under a single government, headed by none other than his own great self?

Perhaps he sees himself, Kim Jong-un, as the great Kim Il-sung’s even greater grandson, as Charlemagne was the even greater grandson of the great Charles Martel. Or perhaps he sees himself as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln, reuniting his people, leading the victorious North over the rebel South. That he the Korean must not fail where the Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh succeeded.

So you are Kim Jong-un. Are you going to twiddle your thumbs for fifty years and then die, or are you going to achieve greatness? The smart money is that Kim didn’t fight (and kill) his way to the top of the food chain to sit on the sofa and watch basketball with Dennis Rodman. As Obama said, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” That’s how Presidents think, that’s why they are presidents.


The Korean peninsula and the Korean people have been dominated by foreign powers for centuries. In the late nineteenth century Japanese adventurism in the form of economic, political and military maneuvering allowed them to gain the upper hand over the Chinese. Emboldened by their stunning naval victory over the Russians in 1905, the Japanese tightened their grip on the Korean people, culminating in the Forced Occupation that began in 1910.

In 1945 the Imperial Japanese Occupation ended with the successful deployment of nuclear weapons by the Americans, who promptly took over from the Japanese with their own Capitalist American Occupation, an oppression that continues to this day.

Many Koreans slave laborers were injured or killed working at the Mitsubishi plants in Nagasaki Japan that were destroyed by the American atomic bomb “Fat Man”. Koreans are nuclear victims, and Japan and American are jointly and severally responsible for their horrible deaths and injuries, a culpability neither villain has been willing to broach. The Japanese got far less than they deserve, and Korea still owes payback both to Japan and the US. The wounds are not healed, the scores are not settled.

After the Americans took over the Japanese occupation, we (the Kims) looked to our Communist brethren Stalin and Mao to assist us in freeing ourselves from the yoke of bondage of foreign Imperialists and Capitalists; but the Russians and Chinese turned out to be traitors who abandoned us in our time of need and left us to struggle against America on our own.

So which is worse, to be enslaved by enemies like the Japanese and Americans, or to be betrayed by false friends like the Russians and Chinese? All foreign powers are selfish and exploit, impoverish, torture and murder the Korean people. All foreigners must be forced out, their presence terminated and influence negated, so that the Korean people, finally freed from centuries of foreign servitude, can be reunited into a single great prosperous nation, and manifest their destiny.

And that in short is the story the Kim’s tell themselves: It’s their country, and they want us out. The basic Kim narrative is not at all crazy – it’s normal, rational and reasonable.


The DPRK realizes that it cannot defeat a superpower like the US through conventional engagements of standing armies, but the US proved in World War 2 that nuclear weapons can make such an engagement unnecessary.

Indeed, as dreadful as nuclear weapons are, the toll in Hiroshima and Nagasaki pale in comparison to what a conventional invasion would have inflicted: possibly millions of Allied casualties and fatalities, and probably tens of millions on the Japanese side; versus far less than a million casualties and fatalities as a result of the combined nuclear attacks. Thus nuclear weapons are not at all immoral, they are in fact humane; the means by which war is made as quick and painless as possible.

But nothing scares people more than a nuclear attack. It is the ultimate extortion weapon. Whoever has a nuclear weapon can bend people to their will. The ability to hit a foreign country with a nuclear weapon provides extreme leverage, such as acquiescing to a North Korean demand for all foreigners, including and especially military forces, to leave Korea and stay out of Korea. Forever. Get lost.

To this point the West has shown no resolve, even against the most daring provocations, to stand up to the North. In 2010 the DPRK torpedoed the ROK naval vessel Cheonan, sinking it with 46 killed. Our response? Nothing. The Kim’s can hardly be faulted for believing that their adversaries simply have no will to fight, we have taught them that we do not have the will to fight. Ask yourself, ask your self – do you want to go to war?

The Kim strategy then is to build up a ballistic/nuclear capability, then threaten foreign powers with an attack. The foreigners will in fact leave, both because the foreigners have no will to fight, and because the foreigners believe the Kim’s are crazy and will force their people to fight. Then the ROK – it, too, abandoned by its foreign allies – will be defeated by the DPRK with its with superior conventional forces. Finally, a united Korea freed from foreign domination. Owned, operated and tormented by the Kim Kleptocracy.


There are a number of factors at work impacting the timeline. Foremost is that the North’s nuclear threat does not yet appear to be fully wrought. How soon will they have it? Years, or just months?

Understand that the Kim’s do not want a negotiated, diplomatic solution. At least not on any terms that we would consider acceptable. To them, the diplomatic process is an end in itself. Diplomacy is a stalling tactic, to keep us at bay while they develop their nuclear weapons and delivery systems. And then the war starts. There is no diplomatic end game.

On the other hand, US military readiness probably already troughed at the end of the Obama Administration, and under Trump we would expect preparedness to improve. The US has deep penetration strike capability in the form of B2 Spirit bombers, F22 Raptor fighters, and F/A35 Lightning attack aircraft, and E/A18 Growler electronics warfare aircraft. However, a surprisingly large number of the total aircraft are not in service do to parts, maintenance and budgetary issues.

The Kims are weighing their readiness vs US readiness. They have surely noted that Trump campaigned on rebuilding the military, and have observed the Republican-controlled Congress increase funding for the military in the recent spending package. As a result they can expect US first-strike preparedness to improve markedly in the coming months and years, especially as the US continues to take deliveries and bring on line more F35 aircraft.

As US preparedness turns the corner, the North must ask whether they already have sufficient extortive threat to pursue their objective. They have conventionally armed ballistic missiles that can easily hit civilian targets in Japan and Korea, as well as US military targets throughout Southeast Asia. Okinawa, less than 1,000 miles from Pyongyang, would be an especially mouth-watering target that would simultaneously strike Japanese soil and an American military base that threatens the Kim’s - the DPRK could kill two birds with one stone.

Further forcing the American hand, however, is the emergence of North Korean weapons in Iran. Iranian submarines and missiles appear to be identical to North Korea’s. Obama’s wretched, treasonous deal with the Iranians is filling their coffers with money, both directly and through oil sales. That money is then being sent on to North Korea in exchange for weapons systems. As the North Koreans arm the Iranians, is there any chance that Israel and Saudi Arabia are telling the US to put North Korea out of business immediately, before they send nuclear technologies to Iran?

North Korea is in the process of blowing up both the Mideast and Northeast Asia.

And then there are cyclical factors. Experience has shown that winter warfare is a nightmare. For the DPRK, resupplying their ground forces in a blizzard after we’ve bombed their roads and railways would be a logistical nightmare; and for us, it would be a humanitarian nightmare if civilians froze to death by the thousands after we destroyed their power grid. If there is war, it will be a summer war.

The American political cycle cannot be ignored. It is unlikely that a Commander-in-Chief would want to start a war in an election year, especially if Republicans have ideas of big Senate gains in 2018. And we have to expect that the North Koreans will be ready to act pre-emptively before the summer of 2019. So 2017 seems deterministic. It has to be this year, and it has to be summer.

Keep in mind that nothing is more important than the first strike, the element of surprise. In warfare, you sucker punch the enemy, it’s what you do. Like the Nazi’s sucker punched the Poles in 1939. Like Washington sucker punched the Hessians at Trenton in 1776. Sucker punching the enemy is what you do. The Golden Rule of warfare is “Do unto others before they do unto you”.

Thus it is mission-critical for the Kim’s to act before the US does. And for the US, to act before the North does. If the US shows some resolve and sucker punches North Korea - destroying or even damaging the North Korean nuclear/missile threat, and gaining air superiority - the Kim plan is pretty well over, and the Kim regime pretty well done.

Weighing against US action is the likelihood that the DPRK will launch an artillery barrage on Seoul that can be expected to inflict massive civilian casualties. So in a very real sense, the South is already being held for ransom. But that barrage is probably inevitable under any scenario – whether the North strikes first, or they respond to our first-strike - so why wait for the Kim’s to strike first?

Something has to give soon; soon, someone will have no choice but to strike first. There is no diplomatic end game.


Nothing Kim Jong-un has shown indicates that he plans to drift through his lifetime as a caretaker. Rather he seems ambitious, intending to be a difference-maker. A transformational President, as one world leader recently put it.

So for the South there are only really three choices: War with the North, on their terms, in their timeframe; War with the North, on our terms, pre-emptively; or surrender.

Surrender or some other negotiated reunification compromise does not seem possible, or even acceptable, to any of the parties. Look at Hitler, look at Assad – the Kim regime will not go down without war. They will rule or they will die, but they will not compromise. And the South, the US and Japan will never accept a united Korea led by the Kim’s. Thus there is no ground for a compromise.

For decades the so-called experts within the West’s diplomatic echo chamber have insisted that time was on our side, that sooner or later the North would collapse. In hindsight that seems to have been a dreadful miscalculation. Instead the North is getting stronger, not weaker. It is developing weapons and delivery systems that make the North capable of coercion, extortion and infliction of massive casualties. Time was never on our side, and now time is nearly up.

It is doubtful that the American window to commence military action against North Korea extends beyond the summer of 2017, a calculation not lost on the North Koreans.

We are probably weeks away from a North Korean nuclear test. The US might act militarily to prevent it, in which case the war begins, on our terms, our best chance for a favorable outcome with fewer civilian casualties.

If we do not stop the test and the test is successful, the Kim’s will announce that they are ready to conduct nuclear war, and order America to leave the peninsula and Okinawa, and order the South to surrender. The North will demand inspection and flyover rights, and threaten conventional missile attacks within days if the withdrawal does not begin immediately, accelerate rapidly, and conclude expeditiously.

And then the ball is in our court: leave, or fight. And of course we will fight. And the war begins, on their terms.

They are not us, so to understand them, don’t think like us, think like them. They have no qualms about using weapons, including nuclear weapons, against civilian or military targets. Kim Jong-un is no better or worse than Bashar al-Assad, and he will learn from Assad - you fight to the finish using every means necessary. You win at all costs.

They hate the Chinese and Russians for their betrayals; they hate the south for being prostitutes and lackeys for the West; and they hate the Japanese and Americans most of all for a century and a half of occupation.

The missiles will land on Seoul, on Tokyo, on Okinawa… soon.


That’s the grim scenario. But just because it is not rose-colored, does that make it less likely, or less accurate?

The best case scenario is that if we act pre-emptively now, the DPRK will not be able to execute a nuclear attack, that a full-scale conventional war will ensue, and that for the first week the North will be able to inflict substantial damage both on the South and in Japan through artillery and conventionally armed missiles. After perhaps a week the international threat will be mostly suppressed, and within a month the North will collapse, sooner if we are able to decapitate the Kim regime. Then begins the work of rebuilding a free prosperous reunited Republic of Korea. Before autumn.


May 30, 2017 - Here are just a few reasons why war on the Korean Peninsula is more likely (10%?) than most people think (0%?):

1. During the campaign Trump was loathe to discuss military strategies or objectives - thus, just because he's not talking about it, doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

2. After the election Trump boxed his opponents into a corner by saying all countries - South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, etc. - should have nuclear weapons. His really smart opponents ridiculed him of course, screaming out Trump's real opinion, saying we should do everything we can to reduce nuclear proliferation. Now that's real negotiation skill, when you get your opponents to make your case for you! You can bet Trump has those sound bites stored in a safe place.

3. In a recent press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, Trump scolded Obama for pre-announcing the plans to retake Mosul. Never tell your enemies what you are about to do to them.

4. Trump's favorability ratings improved after - without warning or discussion - he fired missiles into Syria, and dropped a MOAB on Afghanistan. Yes, the US public is OK with killing bad guys.

5. Last week Defense Secretary Mattis said that war would be catastrophic. For US domestic consumption, you don't want to be seen as eager to go to war.

6. Last week Defense Secretary Mattis said that war would be catastrophic. For NK consumption, lull them into a reduced sense of readiness.

7. We don't want to fight a winter war - it will be a humanitarian nightmare when (not "if") women and children freeze to death in the dark after we take out the power grid.

8. We don't want a war in an even-numbered year, an election year - too much politics. It will be messy, it will require some time to clean up the mess, and some time to overcome the fake news.

9. Speaking of politics, Trump could use a change of subject, from Russia to anything else (isn't that the title of a Bond film?).

10. As if out of a James Bond movie, bear in mind that in less than a year the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in the north central mountains of South Korea, barely 50 miles from the DMZ. Will the Kim's play that card, and if so, how?

11. North Korea will be able to hit the entire US mainland with nuclear ICBMs before the end of the current administration.

12. So it's now on our terms, or later on their terms.

May 17, 2017 - The Dow dropped 373 points today. US stock markets tumbled in the biggest one-day drop since the election.

We hope you didn't panic, that you were buying, not selling.

For months the Biased Leftist Media (BLM?) and the DC Bubble have been demanding that markets go down, not up, to punish the evil Trump, but the markets continued to climb.

So today the bears - deceived people who believe in the fake news - had their day. All sellers had the chance to abandon ship.

Or is it more of a case walking the plank? Sellers will rue this day, the day they ignored the "One Way" sign and exited at an entry point.

Chalprem, of course, maintains the perspective that the DC Bubble and the Biased Leftist Media have it completely wrong. They are leftists, socialists, differing only in the extent of their extremism - some less so, some more so.

The left does not understand markets, economics or the interaction of supply and demand. They don't mean to get it wrong, they just can't help it.

The fact is that the Comey-Russia-Trump storyline in which the biased leftist media is so heavily invested, is fake news. The journalistic equivalent of a Ponzi scheme or a penny stock.

The American people know the BLM - the Biased Leftist Media - is peddling fake news, and that's why the BLM continues to flounder with such low approval.

Financial markets also ignore the Comey-Russia-Trump fake news. What does the fake news have to do with a growing economy and rising profit? Nothing. Nobody cares. So for a couple of days the markets reset, and then go up some more.

Chalprem believes today's market decline is nothing but a fake-news induced brain fart. That there are few sellers, and when those chicken littles have finished selling, buyers will take advantage of the lower prices. By next week markets will again be trending north, and will be hitting new highs before the end of the month.

In our opinion, investors should stay in this market, and not sell. Investors should be taking advantage to buy on the dip. I bought more NVDA, happy to take advantage of the fake news and save $10/share.

May 11, 2017 - Trump on his way to re-election.

At least that is what we are being told by - of all people - a Columbia University Sociology Professor named Musa al-Gharbi, in an article published on the blog "The Conversation".

Expanding on the idea of the power of incumbency, or "the default effect", al-Gharbi believes that "Trump will most likely be reelected in 2020".

We covered the flip side of this idea in our November 2016 election recap, that the administration's party is not usually granted more than two terms.

But on the flip side, a party is almost never denied a minimum of two terms. In fact, since the 1800's, only Jimmy Carter failed to win his party a second consecutive term - his single term was both preceded and succeeded by Republican administrations.

So the norm in American presidential politics two terms, not more, not less, and the Professor argues that there is no dynamic in place - at least at this point - that would suggest a change in pattern.

According to al-Gharbi, Trump is no Carter - a very good thing, we would argue - and the Democrats have no Reagan.

Think about that - the Democrats have no obvious choice in 2020. The 2004 Democrat National Convention convinced me that the GW Bush was on his way to re-election; but Barrack Obama's convention speech left me justifiably terrified about 2008.

There is currently no Democrat within view who stokes fear in the hearts of Republicans, or hope in the hearts of Democrats.

Worse, the Professor points out that the Democrats have done nothing to address their ongoing failings, while Trump has largely stuck to his agenda and vindicated the choice made by his voters.

Quoting the article, "key players in the DNC still resist making substantive changes to the party’s platform and strategy. Hence it remains unclear how Democrats will broaden their coalition, or even prevent its continued erosion."

The bottom line is that the Democrats have become an extreme leftist party in a rightward leaning country. They are unwilling to offer the voters a plausible alternative to Republicans, so "the default effect" will hold.

Eight years of Resident Trump. Ponder that for a bit. And then if we are really lucky eight years of President Pence... that should make America great again!

May 09, 2017 - James Comey fired - finally!

The news isn't that he was fired - it's that the Trump Administration was so patient, allowing Comey every opportunity to right the ship.

But the fact remains that while the FBI Director should be a non-partisan position, Comey was the most bi-partisan, wandering, seemingly randomly, almost drunkenly, into political minefields, alternatingly sending wide swaths of each party into apoplectic seizures.

Shhhhhhhh!!! Comey's on TV - what's he gonna say now?

It's safe to say that the American public had had enough of this hyper-political side show. Time for the FBI to get back to the mundane job of investigation and law enforcement, without politics.

But now the left - big media and the Democrats - suddenly love Jim Comey again. They are shocked, shocked they say, that this evil Trump could fire this best FBI Director, ever.

Yes, this one and the same FBI Director - last week Democrats insisted he cost them the election with his incompetence; now, suddenly, he's a hero and a martyr!

Democrats are proving again that they truly have lost their minds. They have no idea whether they are coming or going. "Daisy" Jim Comey: we love him, we love him not; we love him, we love him not, no, wait, we love him again! Love James Comey!!

And then there is the self-serving aspect of Comey, who had a vested interest in keeping the fake Russian election-meddling meme alive, in order to deflect blame from himself, in a pandering effort to regain favor from Democrats. Like, are we sick of this by now?

Chalprem does not appreciate incompetent, cowardly, self-serving, spotlight-craving prosecutors, and Comey was all of that. So we now induct James Comey to the Prosecutors Hall of Shame that includes such grandstanding and/or incompetent and/or corrupt luminaries as Marilyn Mosby, Elliott Spitzer, Mike Nifong, John Chisolm and far too many others.

The fact is that Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation were and are corrupt, and Comey was scared of the Clintons, too frightened to do his job. It was a tough situation, and he succumbed to his fears. He chose cowardice, and the fallout continues.

James Comey: Worst. FBI Director. Ever.

Good riddance.

May 02, 2017 - Oscar Munoz testified before Congress today.

Who the heck is Oscar Munoz, you ask? Well, he's the CEO of United Airlines. Yes, THAT Oscar Munoz.

In case you are living under a rock, United is the airline that beat and hospitalized a passenger - Dr. David Dao - who refused to give up his seat.

Yes, he paid for his ticket, got his boarding pass, was allowed on the plane, sat down and buckled up, minding his own business. Then UAL decided they wanted his seat - he refused, UAL called the cops, who kicked the crap out of the senior citizen and put him in the hospital.

Stunning. Just completely shocking.

But, according to Munoz, in the immediate aftermath and ever since, including his testimony to Congress, it was everyone else's fault but his own. Kind of reminds you of Hillary Clinton.

In a free country, if you want something that other people have, you buy it from them and you pay the market price - a free, voluntary exchange.

In a dictatorship, if you want something that other people have, you call the cops, you beat the crap out of the people, and take it from them.

Prior to UAL, "Il Duce" Munoz was Chief Operating Officer of the freight railway CSX, a business known for moving stuff, not serving people. Prior to that he was with AT&T, another business not known for serving people.

Munoz got his job at UAL because he made his CSX trains run on time. Just like his mentor Mussolini made his trains run on time. And now the protégé runs UAL. Just like Mussolini would have. The mentor would be proud.


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