Update on North Korea from Brad Johnson

While the true condition of Kim Jong Un remains unknown, Brad Johnson, retired Senior CIA Operative and President of Americans for Intelligence Reform, says information continues to leak from China. Clearly there is a health problem, but the extent is unknown. While Un’s demise wouldn’t be surprising given his poor health, the sister is whom to watch. Kim Yo-Jong, clearly the front runner, may succumb to foul play given the history of family violence to gain power. Brad suggests we turn our eyes to watching the health of Yo-Jong.


Brad Johnson it is April 26 2020 and one
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of the really big stories that’s being
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occulted by the virus craziness is it
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sure looks like the leader of North
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Korea Kim jung-un I think it is has died
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during a botched stent operation and is
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there any update on on what do you think
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is gonna happen in North Korea
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yeah and just in the last few days since
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our last update the conversation has
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just kind of shifted to the side that
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that something’s wrong with the the
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North Korean dictator so he when we
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spoke last time there was a lot of
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reporting saying now we don’t know for
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sure and I mentioned that out of South
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Korea for example now the South Korean
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reporting is kind of shifted back like
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something’s clearly wrong we don’t know
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what yet and so now the question is not
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you know did it happen and kind of how
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bad is it now it’s sort of like how bad
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is it or is he dead there are there is
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some kind of very preliminary reporting
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saying that he’s passed away there’s
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some reporting that is that he’s that
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there was this botched stent operation
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to his heart and look we all look at the
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guy I mean he was somebody that clearly
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wasn’t putting off that last drink or
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the last you know muffin or doughnut or
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whatever it was if he liked to eat that
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was making him so heavy so I mean and
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he’d had problems in the past like as he
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got so heavy and overweight he was
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having those knee and ankle problems and
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stuff so this is something that’s been
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building the fact that as a young man
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he’s got heart problems shouldn’t be a
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particularly surprise to anybody a lot
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of doctors doing this you know standoff
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examination looking at the photographs
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of him and all of that we’re all saying
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I know this kids a walking heart attack
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you know a little surprising that it’s
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happened in his 30s perhaps but ker
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these files are coming so it makes a lot
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of sense but that’s also part of what
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fuels these conversations now one of the
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changes that’s happened is some of this
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information is starting to leak out at
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China we all know that basically North
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Korea is a client state of China they
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could not exist without China their
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economy doesn’t exist without China all
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of those things so
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they’ve got the inside track there and
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if he were in help as some of the media
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reporting is saying medical help that he
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would call China and China would send
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these doctors in to help him so that’s
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kind of where we find ourselves today
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but like I say the the flavor of this
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thing overall has changed quite a bit
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now because the reporting is that
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there’s a problem everybody kind of
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agrees on that it’s the depth of it so
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something like I said some of the
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reporting is that he’s in a vegetative
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state that he’s in a coma or something
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like that or perhaps no oxygen to the
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brain for a period of time so that the
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brain died
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you never know I remind everyone of a
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lot of this sort of reporting had gone
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on previously for example with a similar
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type type dictatorship where it was a
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one-man show and that was with Fidel
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Castro and the last few years of his
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life there are always rumors that he
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died and they had this emergency surgery
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he had to have a bunch of his intestines
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taken out because of botched surgery
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very similar circumstances and the
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rumors were going back and forth about
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whether he was dead or not and and Cuba
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was essentially a client state of Russia
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so very closely paralleled situations I
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grant you there’s other plot
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other differences as well but
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nevertheless one-man show in a country
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and these rumors just were rife for
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months it was going on so this could
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this could again go on for months it’s a
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similar type situation even more so
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they’re even more closed than in Cuba so
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you know I wouldn’t count on anything
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yet I mean he may show back up in videos
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again in in a couple of weeks and he may
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already be buried or cremated or
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something and have been dead for a few
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days – we just don’t know with that
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closed society but it’s going to be
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apparent fairly quickly they’ll either
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if he’s brain-dead you know they’re
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going to have to do something at some
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point a couple of other things to
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remember about this situation the he had
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an older brother and a younger brother
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and his sister and the older brother got
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assassinated and was killed gee I wonder
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who did that so we we know perfect any
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speed killed and uncle he’s killed some
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other relatives and things just to make
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sure that he has this control on power
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the uncle thought he was a young
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excuse me a young stupid kid that he was
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going to take over and watch that kid
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out of the max and ended up being
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executed for his trouble trying to try
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to take cover so that’s just a cough not
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covered so he it’s it’s one of those
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things where this this this family now
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with the sister helping him all along
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the way did all of these things killed
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other family members a sibling and a
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uncle and all of this to make sure they
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were in power so I mean completely
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ruthless and enforcing this stuff the
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question is I were kind of circling back
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but the question is will this will the
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sister be able to maintain control
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because she’s clearly the the main
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lieutenant their most trusted lieutenant
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therefore the the current dictator if
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he’s still alive
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and the younger brother he’s like plays
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in a band and goes off to concerts and
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stuff he’s non-political not a player so
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unless something else happened to really
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change the situation he’s not going to
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be in it but there’s other relatives
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still alive still in North Korea is
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still involved so will it repeat what it
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did when the current you know dictator
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took over from his father who took over
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from his father the grandfather you know
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in this previous iteration there was
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bloodshed there was fighting for it so
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there is some recent history that I
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think we could expect to repeat itself
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so if he is dead
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I think the sister is going to have to
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prove that she’s willing to take in
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control I think she’s still the
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front-runner there are other people
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probably in the in the back wings that
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might think they’re in a better position
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it would be her relatives so I think
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again it’s it’s going to be one of those
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things where they’re either already
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afraid they’ve already proven their
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loyalty to this point by me and they
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haven’t been shot or it’s gonna be
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bloodbath but if they if they’re gonna
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try to take over they’ve gotta kill the
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sister so I think that’s what we kind of
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have to watch if the sister is alive
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then she’s in charge if she’s dead well
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then obviously she’s not in charge that
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somebody else is so I think that’s the
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key to watch for is the sisters health
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and and then of course just to see if
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the dick
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shaders alive or dead actually and by
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that same token if there’s a couple of
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missing cardiologists from the Pyongyang
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hospital then you know you probably know
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he’s dead
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yeah they don’t do well with failure in
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that country so yeah I wouldn’t be
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surprised if they were executed and
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that’s kind of a I guess an Asian thing
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they would have lost face and there was
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some precedent for that certainly in
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China with different cases Chairman Mao
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and he died that doctor was looked at
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pretty hard too they were originally
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gonna execute him although he ended up
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living and escaping and writing an
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excellent book about how Chairman Mao
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was in real life I think I might look
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into that thank you very much Brad
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Johnson it’s on the shelf behind me it’s
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a good one
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