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Simple Homemade Mini Greenhouse

Simple Homemade Mini Greenhouse

Spring is coming quick, and if you’re itching to get your survival garden planted, you will probably want to start seeds as soon as you can. If you don’t have the budget for one of those homemade PVC pipe DIY greenhouses, or you can’t build one because there’s still two feet of snow in your yard, I’ve got a great idea for how to get seeds started quickly and easily indoors, greenhouse style. This DIY mini-green house is ridiculously easy to make, and will hold in warmth and moisture just like a real greenhouse, only in miniature. If you’ve got […]

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Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

Survival News: Deadly Fungal Infection Detected in US

A highly drug-resistant fungal infection that doctors have been fearing has been found in nearly three dozen people in the US. Federal health officials warned in June of last year to be on the lookout for this deadly fungus, which has been spreading around the world in the last year. This is a strain of the Candida yeast, but unlike garden-variety yeast infections, this can cause infections in the bloodstream that can have devastating effects on circulation, heart, and lungs. It is also highly contagious, and can be communicated through the skin as well as live for weeks on bed rails, chairs, and […]

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Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Ideally, you’ll always have a firearm or knife when stranded in the wilderness or stuck in a precarious situation in which we had to defend our own life. But of course, you never know when you might find yourself without a man-made weapon, and you’ll have to improvise. These are a few ideas for ways to use you environment to protect yourself from an attacker. Dirt or Sand How to use sand or dirt for self-defense is a great thing to know in general, and could always be incorporated into any self-defense situation. You’ve probably seen it in the movies, […]

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Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who hates the time changes of daylight savings, it probably will not surprise you to hear the conclusion of a recent study on the effects of daylight savings on the body. Not only is the practice of changing clocks each fall and spring annoying and disruptive, it’s also unhealthy to unnaturally change our sleep schedules and daily routine so abruptly each year. And not only that, it could actually be increasing energy costs, rather than saving them, which is one of the few reasons daylight savings is done, year after year. A recent trend […]

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Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

Gunshot First Aid Must-Haves (Infographic)

I wrote an article awhile back on first aid for a gunshot wound. I covered some bare-bones basics, but recently found this great infographic on first-aid must haves for a gunshot wound from ModernSurvival.com. Now, my original article was mostly in the context of waiting for paramedics to arrive, so considering this site is for survival preparedness, it is also going to be important to prepare for treating a gunshot wound if help isn’t going to come. Since we truly don’t know if world war or civil war are a real possibility, treating gunshot wounds in battle is honestly something […]

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5 Creative Ways to Signal for Help

5 Creative Ways to Signal for Help

If you are stranded in the wilderness or trapped somewhere, your top priority beyond basic survival will be to signal for help. This might be from passing aircraft, boats, or anyone within eyesight who might be able to help; whatever you can do to alert someone else to your location could be life-saving. Here is a guide to a few different creative ways to signal for help. Keep in mind that you might not always want to signal for help, though, after a large-scale disaster, for example, in some cases, it might be more prudent to lay low and camouflage […]

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How to Get Hydration From Cacti

How to Get Hydration From Cacti

Finding water in a cactus is common survival lore, but it’s not exactly true. While you can, in fact, find hydration in a cactus, it’s not as simple as cutting one open and glugging down some fresh, clean, drinking water. Cacti can, on the other hand, still save your life, if you know what you’re doing. They do in fact retain water, or moisture, rather, and if you open them up correctly, you can access that life-giving hydration. Here’s a simple guide: Flat cacti There are two main types of cacti, and one is the kind with flat parts. What you do […]

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Banks vs. Credit Unions (Video)

Banks vs. Credit Unions (Video)

I saw this video recently on a survival channel I really like, and I found it very interesting. It was actually posted in 2010, right in the midst of the last big financial crisis, but I think it’s still quite relevant today. Banks can be pretty risky places to keep your money, really, and I know many people who have switched to credit unions and have been very happy. This man shares why he switched to a credit union and the reasons he likes it and recommends it. Enjoy! The Silent Killer You’re Not Preparing For… What Do CIA Ops […]

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Survival News: China Warns of New Arms Race

Survival News: China Warns of New Arms Race

Earlier this week, the US began a large-scale misslie defense operation in South Korea, causing China to condemn the activities as well as warn of a potential arms race between North Korea and its southern neighbor and allies. The announcement from the US came after North Korea launched four missiles into Japanese waters, which state television said was a drill to attack American bases in Japan. This drill was performed shortly after North Korea announced they would block Malaysian citizens from leaving the country in response to the Malaysian government accusing North Korean citizens of using a nerve agent to kill Jim […]

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Why Trees Are Awesome

Why Trees Are Awesome

This might seem like a funny title, but seriously, think about it. Trees are awesome. And when you are fighting for survival, you’ll come to love trees. They provide so much to us, from the air we breathe, to shelter, shade, even food. Here are a couple of reasons why trees are so crucial when you are trying to live off the land, to whatever degree. Shelter Trees can provide shelter in a number of ways. They can offer cool shade on a hot day, a shield against strong winds and rains, or can even be a temporary home if you have […]

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How to Prepare Game for Consumption

How to Prepare Game for Consumption

We covered hunting vs. trapping a few days ago, and of course, once you’ve caught an animal, you need to make sure it’s consumable for humans. Here are some types of game you might catch in the wilderness and how to ensure they are safe for you to eat, as well as some general rules about dressing freshly caught animals in the field and preparing them for consumption. Birds You can usually peel off the skin of a bird, but this contains the most fat, so it’s actually better to pluck them as best you can. When you’ve gotten the […]

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Survival News: Wikileaks’ Vault 7

Survival News: Wikileaks’ Vault 7

The internet has been abuzz with the latest info dump from Wikileaks, code-named Vault 7 by the notorious hacking organization. It is the largest ever publication of confidential documents by Wikileaks. The first part of the Vault 7 series, called “Year Zero”, reveals thousands of documents from a high-level security network based in CIA headquarters in Langley, Virgina. These documents reveal the extent of the CIA’s global hacking system, which includes malware and “weaponized exploits” against a number of European and American products’ operating systems, including iOS, Android, Windows, and even Samsung SmartTVs. Wikileak’s press release goes on to explain that […]

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Bug Out Bag Training (Video)

I found this video recently and was pretty impressed with this man’s dedication to training with his bug out bag. This is serious stuff, and honestly, anyone who’s planning on bugging out should take note. He fills up his pack and runs a certain distance, to see how he can manage with the supplies he has packed up, and strengthen and condition his body for a bug out. If you fill up your pack with everything you need and don’t actually train yourself to carry it for long distances, it might not actually be worth anything at all to you, […]

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How to Carry an Injured Person

How to Carry an Injured Person

There are many situations in survival, or even life in general, in which you might have to carry an injured person. Ambulances are simply not always going to be able to arrive right when and where you need them to, and you might find yourself at some point faced with the task of having to transport an injured or sick person for a bit of a distance. There are a few basic rules to learn if you want to do this effectively, and properly. First of all, you want to make sure that it is, in fact, your only option. […]

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Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

When you are in the position of needing to find, kill, and dress the meat for your next meal, the finer points of how you acquire this meat can make all the difference in the world. There are several different ways of catching and killing meat that have all been practiced in some form, across the world, since the beginning of our species. And they all have their pros and cons. The survivalist knows that it is always prudent to know a bit about these different methods of trapping and hunting animals, and it is certainly better to be prepared for […]

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Survival News: Trump Tweets on Wiretapping

Survival News: Trump Tweets on Wiretapping

You have probably heard by now that over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that Obama had been wiretapping his campaign headquarters last year, right before the election in November. This caused quite a stir in the media, as you can imagine because of the accusation that a sitting president would wiretap a presidential hopeful are very grave indeed. Not to mention, not everyone was sure why Trump felt confident making such a bold statement when there doesn’t seem to be any indication of it. Remember Trump’s statement about Sweden? Well, in this case, it seems to be very similar. While […]

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Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

When you think of natural disasters that can pose a threat to your life, you probably think of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. But regular old thunderstorms can also be quite dangerous. When a dangerous thunderstorm is headed towards your area, it will most likely be announced in your local weather alert system. You’ll want to get yourself indoors, to safety, and follow these basic steps for sheltering indoors. 1. Keep a weather app on your phone While these days, very severe weather warnings will often be broadcasted on all mobile devices in a given area, you still want to  make […]

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Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

If you find yourself trekking across long distances or happen to be in a very wet environment, you might be faced with the difficult task of crossing very moist, muddy ground. Any veteran who’s been in a tropical battle zone can probably tell you how dangerous this ground can be. A muddy path doesn’t seem that serious to the untrained eye, but after you’ve been slogging through it for a bit, you don’t want to find out the hard way just what a challenge it can be. Dangers of wet ground First of all, very wet ground is unstable. You […]

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The Reality of Living Off-Grid

The Reality of Living Off-Grid

If you’re a survivalist, prepper, or aspiring homesteader, one of your goals is probably to live off-grid. And it is certainly a wise goal to have; our global energy grids are growing increasingly precarious and connected to bigger and bigger networks, making them more likely to be shut down by events like a solar flare, EMP, or terroristic hacking. Not to mention, you probably get sick of shelling out high energy costs and taxes to large corporations of government entities, and want to be free and independent. Going off-grid is great, but are you sure you’re really ready for it? […]

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Dehydrating Meals for Backcountry Camping (Video)

Dehydrating whole meals, as opposed to individual ingredients dehydrated in bulk, is a popular practice among survivalists and outdoorsmen alike, for good reason. You can pack up several individual meals all at once, and have a complete, balanced meal ready to eat and rehydrate. This video, made for the purpose of backpacking or camping, but easily applicable to survival prep as well, is an excellent overview of the whole process of dehydrating meals. He makes several dehydrated meals as an example, as well as provides an easy-to-follow set of instructions that you can use to apply to virtually any meal. […]

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How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

Storing survival food in buckets is a very great idea. They will keep your food protected from light, temperature, and moisture, and help to store them neatly and securely in your basement or garage. They have the added advantage as well of being able to be transported quickly and easily, should you have to evacuate your home. But, not all buckets are created equal. You might be tempted to use any bucket you have access too, especially those you can get for free. If you want your food to last, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re storing it in food-grade […]

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Survival News: Loretta Lynch Calls for Violence?

Survival News: Loretta Lynch Calls for Violence?

Through all the chaos and upheaval in the wake of 2016 presidential election results, one theme has been constant: Democratic leadership feels quite the sense of urgency. We’ve been following the response to Donald Trump’s election and subsequent inauguration here simply because any whiff of civil unrest is something for survivalists to look out for. Whether you love Trump or hate him, voted Democrat or don’t vote at all, one thing seems to be clear: people are upset, scared, angry, and have been hinting at, if not outright calling for, violent resistance in the face of a Trump presidency. This […]

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Natural Materials You Can Cook In

Natural Materials You Can Cook In

If you are stranded in the wilderness and manage to acquire some food and start a fire, you’ll need something to cook in. Here is a list of several materials you should look for that you can cook food in. Bamboo Bamboo is a wonderful all-purpose survival plant, and one of it’s many uses is that you can cook in it. You can do this by cutting off one enclosed segment of bamboo, big enough to fit your food or water in. Place this container near the fire but not actually on it, and let it heat up until it is […]

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Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

When you are stranded in the wilderness or in some other survival situation, one of the most crucial components of finding adequate shelter is time.  You need to base your decision on how much effort to put into your shelter on whether or not you have enough time to seek out shelter or build one. Here are some crucial components of the time factor when determining how to pursue shelter. Time of Day One of the most obvious time constraints to your need for shelter is going to be the time of day. If you have most of the day left for […]

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Survival News: Sweden Reinstates Conscription

Survival News: Sweden Reinstates Conscription

We’ve reported on the increase in crime in Sweden recently, as well as the murmurings of war across the globe, and this story relates to both. This week, Sweden has reinstated conscription, and will soon be drafting men and women into the armed forces, a practice that has not been in place since the Cold War. Government officials have stated they feel Russia is posturing itself more in recent years, between the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Ukraine, and that it is time to dust off outdated war preparations and begin training the military and communities once again […]

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Essential Oils for Survival (Video)

Essential Oils for Survival (Video)

A lot of people have hesitations when it comes to herbal remedies and essential oils, especially for survival. Well, you can trust a nurse’s perspective right? Good old Patriot Nurse recorded this video a few years ago on the essential oils, herbal tinctures, and homeopathic remedies she recommends for survival and medical prep. She lends her prepper know-how and medical knowledge to the effectiveness of different remedies and aromatherapy, and gives a basic overview of which natural remedies and oils you definitely want to have in your prep stash. Natural remedies like these are actually great for preparedness. As you […]

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Creating an Emergency Preparedness Binder

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Binder

In a disaster, all our easy-to-access digital information about all of our assets, utilities, and resources might vanish in an instant if communication grids go down. We also might find ourselves in quite a precarious situation very quickly if we don’t have important physical documents we normally keep somewhere safe in our house and never really think about. If our houses are damaged or destroyed, or we have to evacuate quickly without much notice, we might lose a lot of important information and documents in the process. Here is how to create an emergency preparedness binder that you can grab […]

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Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

The last year has seen a troubling rise of the bird flu around the globe, and it doesn’t seem to be subsiding. Since the first human cases of bird flu were detected in 2013, over 1,200 cases worldwide have been recorded. But one-third of those cases have been in the last year. While the H7N9 flu seemed to have been decreasing as a major threat in recent years, it seems to have now overtaken the H5N1 virus, and the American CDC is concerned with recent changes in the virus strain. The incoming Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price has been briefed by […]

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Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Boar hunting is no joke. Boars can weigh hundreds of pounds, have sharp tusks that can do serious damage, and are a lot faster than you’d think, really. If you’ve ever watched boar hunting videos on YouTube, you probably know what kind of crazy stuff can happen on a boar hunt, and how graphic boar attacks can be. Boars aren’t afraid to run full force towards anyone or anything threatening them, and many hunters have been seriously injured by those deadly tusks. So, you’ll probably find these 10 awesome boar hunting shots as satisfying and exhilarating as I did. Boar […]

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Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Meterologists warn that close to 100 million people throughout the Midwest are subject to extreme weather Wednesday, in the wake of 22 tornadoes that hit the states of Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, and Iowa last night. Three people were killed and several injured by tornadoes Wednesday night, as high winds and tornadoes blew cars across highways and destroyed buildings and even entire areas. The town of Perryville, KY, was hit particularly hard, as witnesses described it as “a disaster zone”, with tractor trailers flipped over, cars scattered across the highway, and debris littering the hillside. Fortunately, all residents were accounted for. Meteorologists also […]

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The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

A mylar blanket emergency blanket is a very common item to throw in a bug out bag or emergency kit. It can be a very handy item, but it’s not necessarily supposed to be used the same way you would any other blanket. There are a couple of things you should know about mylar before depending on it as your wilderness survival or post-disaster blanket. Mylar was designed to be used in emergencies, and you’ll often see people wrapped in mylar blankets they’ve been handed by emergency personnel after a traumatic accident or event. Mylar blankets are very handy, for […]

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Random Survival Hacks Everyone Should Know

Random Survival Hacks Everyone Should Know

I often come across great little survival hacks online that don’t really seem complex enough to call for a whole article, so I’ve been saving them up for an epic list of survival hacks. I’m a big fan of life hacks in general, meaning, cool little tricks you can use to make life easier. So of course, survival hacks or even better, because they’re tips and tricks that can save your life. Here are a list of some really brilliant survival hacks: Crayons as Candles You can use a regular old crayon as a candle. Simply light it and let […]

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EMP Survival: Your Golden Window of Time (Video)

EMP Survival: Your Golden Window of Time (Video)

‘Survival Mom’ blogger and YouTuber Lisa Bedford knows what she’s talking about when she talks survival, and this video is a great look at a very serious subject. EMPs, or electromagnetic pulses, could theoretically cause massive global metldown. Cell phones won’t work, modern cars with computers in them won’t work, security systems will fail, ATMs will be useless, and people will be freaking out. In this video, Lisa breaks down the crucial steps you need to take during the “golden window of time” after a massive power grid failure. Finding your family, stocking up on supplies, getting your home secure; […]

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Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Heavy weather has pounded the South American country of Chile this week, leaving millions without water. Heavy rains during the normally dry summer months has damaged the water supply to the capital city of Santiago, and officials are struggling to make the necessary repairs on time. Three people were killed, 19 are missing, and over 350 people have been isolated in the areas most affected by the heavy rains, as flooding and mudslides cause damage and dangerous conditions. The mudslides are what contaminated the Maipo River, which provides the main source of drinking water for the people of Santiago and the […]

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How to Survive WWIII

How to Survive WWIII

To be honest, people have been expecting the next WWIII since I was a kid. That being said, this definitely seems to be one of the craziest times in world history, and tensions are high at home and abroad. We have for years been wondering when the next major global cataclysmic event might hit, or the next major financial crisis, or, of course, this massive nuclear war everyone has been anticipating since the Cold War. As we’ve been covering in our survival news articles, the US recently deployed an aircraft carrier to disputed territory with China, Iran is doing their […]

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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Whether you are in a survival scenario or you are just out for a hike with some friends, you need to take precautions against the heat. The world experienced the hottest year on record, and it doesn’t look like things are going to be letting up for a while. The following are some tips that will help you to stay safe in the heat. Stay Inside If Possible If you don’t have to spend time outside during the middle of the day when it is the hottest, don’t. Try to spend time inside and in a cool location if you […]

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Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

International media sources have been reporting navy drills begun by Iran this weekend in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. This is their first significant military exercise since the inauguration of President Trump, Iranian state television reported. Iranian Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari stated in the report that the exercise will take place in 772,000 square miles of the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean near the strait, and the war games will include warships and helicopters. This strait is a major oil trading vein, and the U.S. and Iran have experienced confrontations with one another in this location in […]

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How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

Sometimes, we think so often about the big threats: war, natural disasters, economic meltdown, we forget the little threats all around us. Not even opportunistic criminals or buglers in our area, but tiny, potentially poisonous bugs hiding all around us. That’s right, I’m talking about spiders. Some people dread them, others defend them, but either way, you need to know how to recognize them and assess their threat level to you, especially in a disaster when they might make more of an appearance than in daily life, as their habitats might be disturbed by a natural disaster or you might be going […]

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How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

One of the ultimate forms of self-reliance is being able to raise and butcher your own livestock, and this won’t change after disaster strikes. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you definitely should be. If you’re able to bug in and hold down the fort while you live, you’ll be glad to have chickens that provide essential nutrients and calories you might struggle to get from other survival food sources. Of course, if you’re going to be butchering chickens, you need to be prepared to do it yourself, off-grid. I always love seeing other people’s […]

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5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

There are a lot of survival and preparedness items you’ll choose to invest in that you only need to buy once. Things like weapons, pressure canners or dehydrators, gas masks, body armor, deep freezers, shelving for food storage, freeze dryers, etc. And of course, there’s plenty of survival items you’ll probably want to continuously buy, maybe once or twice a year, like antibiotics and other medications, large packages of mylar or vacuum seal bags, food grade buckets, etc. However, if you really want to be building up an effective survival stash that lasts you a long time, there are some […]

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