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17-year-old local rock climber is making her way to the top

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Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Sepulveda is at the top of her game—literally. The 17-year-old Fairfax Station resident is a professional rock climber, and has established herself at national and global competitions in the youth division through all three disciplines of rock climbing (bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing). Sepulveda ranked fourth at Nationals in July, and for good reason: The young athlete can speed climb a standardized 15-meter wall in 9.37 seconds, her best time to date. She is currently training for the Pan American Championships, being held this month. We asked her about her athletic pursuits.

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How did you get your start?
I was at summer camp; I was 11. My friend kind of dragged me to the climbing wall. I wasn’t super interested. I was kind of scared and intimidated but she made me try it with her. I remember the first time I did it, I got to the top and I just fell in love instantly. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. From there I came home, I told my parents, “I found my sport,” and when I turned 12, I  joined the local climbing team, started on the rec team, and then I worked my way up.

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Sepulveda can speed climb a 15-meter rock climbing wall in under 10 seconds. (Photo by Aaron Spicer)

Biggest accomplishment so far?
This past year was pretty big for me. I made the national team for the first time ever. I made youth semifinals in a different discipline for the first time and I was invited to the first-ever combined invitational National Championship. That’s an adult category, so that was huge for me. And at Youth World Championships, I placed fourth.

What’s your ultimate goal?
I have a lot of goals. Pipe-dream goal would be to win a World Cup. That’s the ultimate in my mind. That’s a huge deal; an incredible feat. I have to make my way to the adult national team first. Climbing is a sport where there are so many factors that come into play. For me, it has always been about personal improvement and being happy with my results. For immediate goals, I really just want to get onto the international stage more. I’ve done a few international adult competitions, but getting to be there more regularly, that’s a big goal of mine.

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Reston-based LifeFuels launches innovative water bottle

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Drinking water is intuitive—or so you’d think. But according to a 2018 survey by Quench (a provider of filtered water systems), 77% of working Americans stated they don’t drink enough water to meet their health needs. Enter Reston-based LifeFuels, a bottle manufacturer on a mission to make drinking water fun, nutritional and flavorful, while also giving you reminders throughout the day to stay hydrated.

The tech startup began in 2006. “That year was a bit early to bring a technology like this to market,” says co-founder and CEO Jonathon Perrelli. “We effectively shelved the idea and just continued to research technologies in consumer electronics, and we thought a lot about vitamins and how to create a beverage on-the-go.”

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Perrelli knew his co-founder, Rob Lawson-Shanks, CTO, from prior work together. “One day in the summer of 2014, the day before Rob was supposed to go back to school, I showed him the pitch deck for LifeFuels, and Rob made the decision at that moment to not go back to school,” Perrelli says. “I thought his parents would kill me.”

Together, they created three LifeFuels products: the bottle, FueldPods (flavored inserts that provide vitamins and other hydrating nutrients) and the app, and—after several fundraising rounds, including a reported $20 million from beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper in early 2019—the product hit the market in mid-September. The bottle holds 16.9 fluid ounces, and the water sits atop a battery-operated dispenser, which releases the FueldPods into the water by pressing the bottle’s button.

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The LifeFuels bottle (Photo courtesy of LifeFuels)

“The unique and very interesting aspect of this water bottle is that we have water sitting on top of an electronic,” Perrelli says. “It’s very simple and elegant. One button does it all and communicates well with the app, and there’s security built in between the bottle to protect the battery.”

Marketed as “life-proof,” the bottle is made to last. “It’s made of tritan BPA-free polymers, and aluminium-ionized components, so you get this really rich, luxurious experience that’s also very rugged and is going to get you through your day,” Lawson-Shanks says. The battery lasts seven days and is rechargeable with a micro-USB cable.

The main use of the LifeFuels app is to track users’ hydration, which the founders hope encourages people to drink more water, just like a Fitbit motivates users to walk. “If you think about pedometers, they were available for decades, but it wasn’t until we could wear them on our wrists and have a nice interface that people cared about tracking 10,000-step goals,” Perelli says. The app also sends notifications to phones and smart watches that say, “Time to ReFuel,” to get users to take a sip.

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On the liquid side, FueldPods contain multivitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes, and come in flavors like blackberry acai, ginger citrus and more. “The FueldPods are zero to five calories per serving,” Perrelli says. “They’re sweetened by Stevia and all-natural flavors.” Users can mix the FuelPods for customized flavors, and each dispenses up to 15 drinks. “We work with world-leading nutritionists to figure out what the best things are to put in the FueldPods to help people become their best selves,” Lawson-Shanks says.

Adds Perrelli, “We all have the goal of remaining healthy and we aspire to achieve wellness in our lives. This has been a thread throughout the company’s existence.” // LifeFuels bottle $179, FuelPods $11.99 each

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Watch: NSA Adviser Shuts Down Chuck Todd on Why Russia Was Notified in Advance of ISIS Raid

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

You’d think everyone would have been elated at the news, but the national media and Democrats including Obama loyalists and former Obama officials were some of the saddest, angriest people in the aftermath of the news of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend.

After the news broke, the mainstream media wasted no time in latching on to a Democratic talking point about how Trump had informed Russia about the raid in advance but not Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd was just one of many journos who saw something sinister behind Trump’s decision to notify Russia in advance of the raid and “thank Russia first” afterwards, and he let National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien know it on Sunday’s “Meet the Press”:

CHUCK TODD: The president said that there were a number of folks that helped. He thanked Russia first. He thanked the Kurds last. Should we read into that?

ROBERT O’BRIEN: No I don’t think you should read into that. I think what the president talked about is that it was a very dangerous mission for our troops. And the president made a courageous decision to send them far into enemy territory at night, a long range helicopter raid. It was a courageous decision of the president. But it was incredible bravery and skill of our men and women in the armed forces and the intelligence community that executed the mission flawlessly. But they had to fly over areas where there was significant anti-aircraft capability, the Syrians, the Russians, the Turks, others. So I think we appreciated the fact that our helicopters and our planes weren’t molested. The Kurds played an important role in the operation. And we’re grateful for the Kurds and for the SDF and our allies there.

When Todd again pressed O’Brien on the Russia angle, the NSA adviser patiently explained again why Russia played a crucial role and deserved thanks, even though they were not an ally of the United States:

CHUCK TODD: On a policy front, Russia. Are they an ally of the United States in this fight in ISIS? And are they an adversary of the United States in this situation with Ukraine? How would you describe it?

ROBERT O’BRIEN: Well, let me just make it very clear, Russia is not an ally of the United States. The president doesn’t believe that. I don’t believe that. I think there’s anyone —

CHUCK TODD: First country he thanked today.

ROBERT O’BRIEN: Look, there are times when our interests overlaps with the interests of Russia. Last night it overlapped. We didn’t want Russian air defense missiles being shot at our men and women who were executing this raid. And, and so last night — and they don’t like ISIS, as the president pointed out. Last night, our interests overlapped with Russia. When our interests overlap with Russia, there’s no reason we shouldn’t work with them. Russia is not an ally of the United States and look Russia presents a great danger to the United States. And something we keep an eye on every single day.

Watch O’Brien calmly teach Foreign Policy 101 to Todd below:

And to be perfectly clear, per Trump Russia was not notified of the specific mission:

“We spoke to the Russians. We told them we are coming in. They said, ‘Thank you for telling us,’” he said. “We told them we thought they would be happy. They hate ISIS as much as we do. You know what ISIS has done to Russia. They did not know the mission but they knew we were going over an area where they had a lot of firepower.”

In spite of the LSM and Democratic concern trolling about what Russia knew vs. what Pelosi and Schumer knew, it was just a great weekend all around for the dedicated men and women of the U.S. military. Job well done, y’all.

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A Total Disgrace: Trump Gets Booed at World Series Game, Fans Chant, ‘Lock Him Up’

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I suppose it was to be expected. After all, President Trump had ventured right into the heart of enemy territory.

On Sunday night, the President and First Lady Melania Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Nationals Park.                        .

When an image of Trump’s box flashed up on the video screen, fans broke into a full-throated round of boos, and followed with a chant of “Lock Him Up.”

It was a pathetic display, and a total disgrace.

WUSA9 reported that the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Nationals, concerned about being put into the position of having to decline an invitation to join the President, called on MLB last week to intervene. Classy.

According to Fox News, Jim Crane, the owner of the Astros, stopped by Trump’s box to greet the President and First Lady.

Trump did not throw the ceremonial first pitch, as that honor had already been bestowed upon a local chef before the President decided to attend the game. After witnessing the crowd’s reaction to the mere sight of him on the video screen, I’d say that was a good thing.

Go Astros!

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Twitter Lampoons WaPo’s Absurd Characterization of ISIS Leader Abu with Hilarious Submissions for #WaPoDeathNotices

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As covered earlier by RedState’s cool Elizabeth Vaughn, The Washington Post noted the passing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by calling him an “austere religious scholar.”

That was after the initial label of the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief” was lamented by communications manager Kristine Coratti Kelly:

Nice save.

The internet wasn’t impressed, and Twitterers rose to the occasion with their own sarcastic tributes to the tune of the #5 hashtag: #WaPoDeathNotices.

Some of the submissions are pretty hilarious.

Here’s one for the austere cannibal, Jeffrey:

And one for all you Wicked fans:

And of course:

More:

And there was this:

WaPo eventually settled on the description, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State.”

If you’re wondering, he went to Paradise by detonating his suicide vest.

He took three of his children with him.

As for the hashtag, I’m sure you have your own contributions.

And I look forward to reading them in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Uh Oh! Rudy Giuliani Accidentally Dialed an NBC Reporter – Twice – and Left Three Minute Voicemails

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At 11 pm on October 16, Rudy Giuliani unintentionally called (butt-dialed) an NBC reporter he’d spoken to several hours before. The reporter was sleeping and the call went to voicemail.

When the reporter heard the message the next day, he or she heard Giuliani having a conversation with another person.

Giuliani is heard saying, “You know, Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case ’cause he didn’t do any due diligence.” It was difficult to hear the other man in the room.

Giuliani continues, “Let’s get back to business. I gotta get you to get on Bahrain…I’ve got to call Robert again tomorrow. Is Robert around?”

The man answers, “He’s in Turkey.”

Giuliani tells him, “The problem is we need some money…We need a few hundred thousand.”

The man says, “I’d say even if Bahrain could get, I’m not sure how good [unintelligible words] with his people.”

Giuliani answers, “Yeah, okay.”

The man tells him, “You want options? I got options.”

“Yeah, give me options.”

The message ended.

Unbelievably, Giuliani had made this same mistake several weeks earlier. This time the reporter was attending a family birthday party on a Saturday afternoon and the call went to voicemail.

The day before, the reporter had interviewed Giuliani. Several of his former colleagues had said “they believed he committed crimes in his effort to push the Ukrainians to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.”

On this message, Giuliani is heard speaking to one or more others. He is discussing the comments his former colleagues had made about him and tells the others,

(Note: One of Hunter Biden’s early business partners was Christopher Heinz, stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry. But Heinz objected to Hunter Biden’s decision to work for the Ukrainian gas company and ultimately cut ties with him. Heinz had nothing to do with the Chinese investment fund. But in the voicemail message, Giuliani is heard telling his friend that Kerry’s stepson was working for the same foreign entities that employed Hunter Biden. Giuliani was mistaken.)

Giuliani tells the others, “I expected it would happen. The minute you touch on one of the protected people, they go crazy. They come after you.”

A man says, “You got the truth on your side.”

Giuliani notes, “It’s very powerful.”

According to the reporter, Giuliani spends the entire three minutes railing against the Bidens. “He claims that Biden intervened to stop an investigation of a Ukrainian gas company because his son Hunter sat on the board, and that Hunter Biden traded on his father’s position as vice president to earn $1.5 billion from Chinese investors.”

Giuliani speaks:

There’s plenty more to come out. He did the same thing in China. And he tried to do it in Kazakhstan and in Russia…

It’s a sad situation. You know how they get? Biden has been been trading in on his public office since he was a senator…

When he became vice president, the kid decided to go around the world and say, ‘Hire me because I’m Joe Biden’s son.’ And most people wouldn’t hire him because he had a drug problem.

His son altogether made somewhere between 5 and 8 million. A 3 million transaction was laundered, which is illegal.

Last week, Hunter Biden said in an ABC News interview that he will step down from the board of the Chinese investment company that he joined in October 2017.

His partner was John Kerry’s stepson. Secretary of State and the vice president for the price of one.

They don’t want to investigate because he’s protected, so we gotta force them to do it.

And the Ukraine, they’re investigating him and they blocked it twice. So what the president was [unintelligible word], ‘You can’t keep doing this. You have to investigate this.’ And they say it will affect the 2020 election.

The recording ends. Mercifully.

In terms of damage, Giuliani didn’t say anything he hasn’t said a thousand times before on cable news shows. He didn’t divulge any state secrets. Nor did he discuss any illegal activities. He was having a business conversation with a colleague about cash needs.

Still, a man in his position must be more mindful of security issues. It’s ridiculous that this happened – twice.

This is a wakeup call (no pun intended) for Giuliani. He’s lucky nothing more sensitive was discussed. He may not be so lucky the next time.

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Hilarious: NC Man CNN Interviews at State Fair Is Many of Us When It Comes to Impeachment News Coverage (Video)

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CNN sent correspondent Martin Savidge to my beloved state of North Carolina this week to ask voters their thoughts on the impeachment inquiry drama currently playing out in Washington, D.C.

As House Intel Chair Adam Schiff’s show trial inquiry has been described by Republicans like Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY) as nothing more than a “clown show” process, it would seem fitting that the choice of venue for the interviews was … the state fair.

Before we get started on what the voters said, let’s take a quick look at the beauty of it all – from the ferris wheel at sunset to the bacon stand where, of course, the bacon options are plentiful:

Most of the voters Savidge talked to were either against impeaching Trump or ambivalent about it. One of the voters talked about how he did not like the secrecy of it all. Here’s a partial transcript:

SAVIDGE: Here, you can satisfy your wildest deep-fried dreams. We’ve come to measure voter appetite for impeachment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it’s a waste of the taxpayer’s money.

SAVIDGE: Do you think the president did anything wrong?

JENNIFER WALL, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: Absolutely, absolutely.
[…]
JIM UZZLE, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: I don’t think he’s broken the law and I wish they would do right for America versus wasting their money, our money on a lost cause.

SAVIDGE: Most of the Trump supporters we talked to were unmoved by days of explosive testimony and revelations against the president.

Do you think it changes the minds of Trump supporters?

JEFF MASON, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: I do not. The ones of us who support him will continue to support him. If you look at the economy, there’s no way to design that weir doing pretty amazing.
[…]
RICH BLEWITT, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: If it was out in the open and everything was discussed and he did something wrong, impeach the guy. I just don’t like the secrecy. It just sounds wrong the way they’re going about it, that’s all.

It was the last voter, a Trump supporter, who stole the segment. When Savidge asked him if he followed the impeachment news closely, here’s how the voter answered:

SAVIDGE: Joe Miller did vote for Trump. Do you follow this?

JOE MILLER, NORTH CAROLINA VOTER: Not much. I try not to, actually.

SAVIDGE: How do you avoid it? It seems to be everywhere.

MILLER: I watch a lot of ESPN.

Heh. I set the video to start at his comments. Click below to watch:

Now my critics will complain that I’m saying voters should stay in the dark on what’s going on in the world by avoiding watching the news. Not so. I just know that as someone who covers this stuff every day, sometimes it’s nice to be able to avoid all the drama and spin, even if just for a few hours. Especially when we’re talking about watching the type of “news” programming that comes from national media outlets like CNN.

And it’s not even so much by watching ESPN as an alternative, either, because even they get political sometimes. Maybe watch some ID channel. Or HGTV, or some YouTube organizing videos, or …

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Fairfax County has a new policy for CBD oil in schools

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On Friday, Oct. 11, Fairfax County Public Schools announced a new policy in accordance with Virginia law, that allows the county’s schools to store, dispense and administer cannabidiol (CBD) oil and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oil to registered students.

Students whose parents or guardians have submitted the proper paperwork, including a Medication Authorization Form signed by a licensed medical or osteopathic practitioner, can have the oil administered at school by an authorized staff member.

The paperwork must also include the reasons for the student’s use of the medication, when it should be administered to the child and the exact dosage needed.

The policy protects administers of the medication from any type of prosecution in the policy as well. They cannot be charged for storing, dispensing or administering CBD oil or THC-A oil.

As always, parents or guardians must transport the medication to and from the school with the proper paperwork in order for the prescription to be registered and administered to the student on school grounds.

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Creatives find a home for their crafts with newly opened TINT in Falls Church

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When Carissa Englert moved to the DC area about 15 years ago, she quickly found herself interested in knitting, describing it as the “gateway drug” to all-things arts and crafts, like cyber arts, textiles, quilting and more. But as life went on and she became a mother of two living in Arlington, time got in the way, removing her from the knitting community she had become a part of. 

Eventually though, Englert found her way back, now welcoming the residents of Falls Church and beyond into recently opened TINT – A Modern Makerspace, providing an educational and inspirational hub for fellow craft-enthusiasts like her. 

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“In the DC area, there are businesses that are specifically focused on knitting or quilting as separate entities, but nothing for everything,” says Englert. “The concept of the makerspace is to have a place where people are inspired to learn different art forms and for me, it’s the melding of all these different things. I just want to have a space where everyone feels welcome and inspired.”

TINT is 50% retail, 50% workspace, providing all newcomers the chance to purchase materials for their next project, and also stay a while to learn from Englert and other guest speakers who will visit the shop for special events. 

While the site opened Sept. 13, Englert has already seen an influx of interest from the local community, specifically with the weekly craft night occurring every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. 

“It’s been really well-received and well-attended, and I think people are really excited to have a place to stitch and b****,” says Englert of the weekly event. “Anything you can work on in your lap, I’m happy to have it.”

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Over the course of the next three months, Englert plans on hosting about six on-site events, teaching anything from fall-themed embroidery to quilt-making to keep you warm this winter. In November, Englert will lead a Visible Mending Class, where she will teach individuals how to add patches and unique stitches to worn out jeans, sweaters or other pieces of clothing. 

According to Englert, many yarn stores and similar concepts in the area have closed over the past few years, creating a bigger need for TINT. And for her, it’s all about bringing the community together through the arts. 

“The maker movement is so huge right now,” says Englert, “and this is my attempt to bring the community out of the woodwork for knitting, spinning, quilting and really a little bit of everything.” // TINT – A Modern Makerspace: 417 W. Broad St., Suite 100, Falls Church; prices vary

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Former Speaker Boehner Contradicts Fox’s Napolitano, Says GOP Did Not Change Impeachment Rules in 2015

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Newsweek gleefully reported yesterday about comments Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano made on Fox and Friends Thursday morning in the aftermath of the storming that took place on Wednesday by dozens of frustrated House GOP members into House Intel Chief Adam Schiff’s secret hearings.

During the segment, Napolitano told the hosts that the GOP had no one to blame themselves for how the current impeachment inquiry was being conducted. Why? According to him, the impeachment inquiry rules were written in 2015 by the GOP and signed by then-House Speaker John Boehner:

“As frustrating as it may be to have these hearings going on behind closed doors…they are consistent with the rules,” Napolitano, who previously served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge, explained during a segment of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends.

“When were the rules written last?” the legal expert asked. “In January of 2015. And who signed them? John Boehner [the Republican speaker of the House]. And who enacted them? A Republican majority,” he asserted.

A video of the clip was tweeted out by Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis, who apparently is their designated monitor for Fox and Friends. The clip went viral, and as of this writing has over 29,000 retweets and nearly 80,000 likes:

In the next tweet, Lewis asserted – without evidence – that Napolitano “demolishe[d] Fox’s talking point that Dems need transparency.” Similarly, the Daily Beast ran a piece on the Judge’s comments, and uncritically passed them off as factual. “Napolitano … effectively dismantl[ed] the primary talking point of both Fox News and the Trump White House,” senior writer Matt Wilstein stated.

There’s just one problem: Boehner himself called BS on Judge Napolitano’s comments, as Brit Hume noted in a couple of tweets responding to the reports:

Boehner later confirmed that that’s what he said:

I assume Judge Nap is talking about a rule that was/is supposedly in the House Rules and Manual, an updated one of which is distributed every two years to the new Congress. Here’s how the process works:

Printed as a “House Document,” the Manual is usually authorized by House resolution at the end of a Congress for printing at the beginning of the following Congress. As such, the House document number reflects the Congress that authorized the printing although the cover page identifies the applicable Congress for the contents.

Let’s assume for grins and giggles that Napolitano is correct here. Even if he was, the book changes for each new Congress. 2015 was when the 114th Congress convened. We’re now in the 116th Congress. And as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) pointed out Wednesday, the rulebook for this Congress clearly states on page 568 all House members should have access to the documents/transcripts, etc that Schiff is keeping under wraps:

Is Napolitano not aware of this?

As far as depositions being held in the public view goes, Byron York made this great point this morning:

Indeed. Too bad our intellectual betters in the mainstream media aren’t interested in finding out why that’s the case.

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