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    by Published on 07-25-2018 01:45 PM

    Free Speech Attack? Trump Eyes Pulling Obama-Era Security Clearances



    After meeting Monday with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), President Trump appeared to agree with the Senator that certain senior Obama era intelligence community officials may be abusing their security clearances for personal and political gain. Opponents claim that any move to strip the clearances would be an attack on the First Amendment of those involved. Plus bonus topic: Did the FBI mislead the FISA Court in pushing for surveillance permission on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page?
    by Published on 07-25-2018 12:10 PM

    When a U.S. citizen heard he was on his own country’s drone target list, he wasn’t sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does – and is suing the United States to contest his own execution

    By MATT TAIBBI - JULY 19, 2018

    Bilal Abdul Kareem is an expert in staying alive.

    Born Darrell Lamont Phelps, he grew up just north of the Bronx in Mount Vernon, New York. He did what lots of kids in his neighborhood were doing in the late Seventies and Eighties: He spent his time rolling on the floor laughing to comics like Flip Wilson and Richard Pryor.

    Later, after college at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, he decided to try stand-up himself. Hecklers were a problem.

    In upscale white clubs where he sometimes performed, audiences ...
    by Published on 07-24-2018 07:20 PM

    New Poll: What If Russophobes Held A Rally And No One Came?



    Bad news for Russia-obsessed Democrats as we get closer to mid-term elections? According to a newly released Gallup poll, American concern over the "Russia threat" is at less than one percent. Blue wave?
    by Published on 07-24-2018 01:00 PM

    Rand Paul defends Edward Snowden before meeting Brett Kavanaugh

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., defended former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and appeared to obliquely rebuke a legal opinion written by Brett Kavanaugh hours before meeting the Supreme Court nominee.

    The Kentucky Republican, a swing vote whose opposition could block Kavanaugh, was not pressed for his views on the nomination during a Tuesday event hosted by the Fund for American Studies. But one student asked about Snowden, who exposed the NSA's bulk collection of domestic call records – a program at the heart of Paul's unease with Kavanaugh.

    "He didn't sell secrets to the Russians, he wasn't a traitor. He revealed something that revealed the highest ranking member
    ...
    by Published on 07-23-2018 10:30 PM

    Abolish the FISA Court
    The introduction of judges shields the executive branch from accountability.
    By William McGurn - July 23, 2018

    On the gentle summer evening that was last Saturday night, the Justice Department finally made public the October 2016 application for a warrant to spy on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official. The application’s release kicked off a furious effort by Democrats and their allies in the press to gaslight the American people into disbelieving what they could read with their own eyes. Yet notwithstanding all the sound and fury, its 412 pages—even in redacted form—largely vindicate the principal object of Democratic attack, California’s GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.

    Back in February, Republicans on the House Intelligence
    ...
    by Published on 07-23-2018 09:01 PM

    An excellent year of production combined with tariffs on it from China and Mexico in response to tariffs had over a million tons of meat piling up.

    http://kticradio.com/agricultural/me...-exports-slow/

    Meat is piling up in U.S. cold-storage warehouses, fueled by a surge in supplies and trade disputes that are eroding demand.

    Federal data, coming as early as Monday, are expected to show a record level of beef, pork, poultry and turkey being stockpiled in U.S. facilities, rising above 2.5 billion pounds, according to agricultural analysts.

    U.S. consumers’ appetite for meat is growing, but not fast enough to keep up with record production of hogs and chickens. That leaves the U.S. meat industry increasingly reliant on exports, but Mexico and China — among the largest foreign buyers of U.S. meat — have both set tariffs on U.S. pork products in response to U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum and other goods. U.S. hams, chops and livers have become sharply more expensive in those markets, which is starting to slow sales, industry officials say.

    The meat industry’s growing production already is filling the specialized warehouses built to store meat and other goods. “We are packed full,” said Joe Rumsey, president of Arkansas-based Zero Mountain Inc. The company’s five storage facilities serve as way stations for turkeys and chicken strips between processors and retailers, holding around 250 million pounds of products on any given day.
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    by Published on 07-23-2018 07:55 PM
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    President Trump is on a roll this morning, lashing out via Twitter at every and any one who has wronged him this weekend.

    His latest target is Amazon's Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post, as Trump angrily tweets "The Amazon Washington Post has gone crazy against me ever since they lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court two months ago."
    Trump then went one step further, adding that "In my opinion the Washington Post is nothing more than an expensive (the paper loses a fortune) lobbyist for Amazon. Is it used as protection against antitrust claims which many feel should be brought?"
    The Amazon Washington Post has gone crazy against me ever since they lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court two months
    ...
    by Published on 07-23-2018 05:00 PM



    Written by Ron Paul
    Monday July 23, 2018

    According to financial writer Simon Black, the federal government is spending approximately 52,000 dollars per second. This, not last year’s tax cuts, is the reason why the national debt has reached a record 21 trillion dollars, which is more than America’s gross domestic product (GDP).

    Another ominous sign is that this year both Social Security and Medicare will have to draw down on their reserve funds to be able to pay benefits. The Social Security and Medicare trust funds will both soon be bankrupt, putting additional strains on the federal budget and American taxpayers.

    The excessive debt caused by excessive spending will inevitably cause a major economic crisis. Yet, with a few notable exceptions, there is little to no desire in Washington to cut spending. Instead, both parties are committed to increasing spending on warfare and welfare while ignoring the looming entitlements crisis.

    Examples of fiscal irresponsibility on Capitol Hill are easy to find. For instance, even though the Untied Stares is currently spending more on its military than the combined budgets of the next seven highest spending countries, Congress recently increased military spending by 82 billion dollars. This brings the total the US spends on a futile effort to police and democratize the world to 716 billion dollars. The US House has also recently passed a farm bill that increases spending by more than 3 billion dollars over the next five years. This bill does not take a step toward ending subsidies to wealthy farmers and even continues providing farm subsidies to non-famers! Pressure on Congress to increase spending on farm subsidies is likely to increase as famers becomes collateral damage in President Trump’s trade war.

    ...

    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives...fiscal-crisis/
    by Published on 07-23-2018 10:40 AM

    It's worth listening to. He talks about Rand's Brennan tweets.

    by Published on 07-22-2018 12:00 PM

    Paul Gosar endorses Kelli Ward for Senate, attacks Martha McSally's GOP credentials
    By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

    Rep. Paul Gosar, a conservative Republican from northwestern Arizona, broke from traditional norms and endorsed former state legislator Kelli Ward for the U.S. Senate over his colleague Rep. Martha McSally.

    In a statement announcing the endorsement, Gosar questioned McSally’s conservative Republican credentials, a public broadside to the conservative image she has been peddling to primary voters as she seeks the GOP nomination for Arizona’s open Senate seat.

    “We cannot afford another establishment patsy who promises one thing and votes differently,” Gosar’s statement said.

    “Arizona has suffered for years with a lackluster senate delegation that promised one thing during the election and did another back in D.C. — Kelli is not like that.

    “Her opponent, Martha McSally, is. In my time working with Martha, I found her, though likable personally, to be very inconsistent politically. None of us can count on Martha keeping a campaign promise as she will fall for whatever the D.C. elite tells her to do at the time. I have seen that firsthand.”
    ...
    More: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...lly/790977002/
    by Published on 07-22-2018 08:17 AM

    President Donald Trump has multiple reasons as to why he should take control of the Federal Reserve. He will do so both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so. The president is anti-overregulating American industry. The Fed is a leader in pushing stringent regulation on the nation. By raising interest rates and stopping the growth in the money supply it stands in the way of further growth in the American economy.

    First, He Can

    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump.

    The Federal Open Market Committee has 12 members and sets the nation’s monetary policy. Seven of the 12 are the members of the Board of Governors. Five additional are Federal Reserve district bank presidents. Other than the head of the Fed bank in New York, who was nominated by the president, the other four can only take their positions as district bank presidents if the board in Washington agrees to their hiring. One of these, the Fed Bank president in Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, is already arguing for no further rate increases.

    More at: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/20/trum...l-reserve.html
    by Published on 07-22-2018 07:36 AM

    Battle lines are forming over what could be one of the most contentious fights about housing in California in decades.
    I’m talking about Proposition 10, the November ballot initiative that would overturn California’s Costa-Hawkins Rent Control Act and let local governments impose any form of rent control on any type of rental housing within their jurisdictions.
    “The future of California is at stake here,” said Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Economics at UC Berkeley and a fierce opponent of the measure.
    What the measure boils down to is whether housing “is an essential, like a human right — something that everyone needs and deserves, or whether one views housing as just another commodity that should be bought and sold and rented without limits,” said Prop. 10 supporter Dean Preston, executive director of Tenants Together, a statewide nonprofit for renters rights.


    The Legislature passed Costa-Hawkins in 1995, after some cities had enacted aggressive rent control rules in response to housing shortages and affordability issues. The law said cities (and counties for their unincorporated areas) could limit rent increases — what we think of as rent control. But it said rent control could not apply to single-family homes or condos of any age or to multifamily buildings first occupied after Feb. 1, 1995 (or earlier if a city already had rent control with a previous cutoff date).
    It also said owners of rent-controlled properties could charge whatever they want after a tenant moves out, but once the new tenant moves in, rent increases would be subject to the annual limit. This is known as vacancy decontrol.
    If Prop. 10 passes, local jurisdictions could impose rent control on all property types, including single-family properties and new construction. They also could prevent landlords from charging whatever they want when a unit turns over. This is known as vacancy control.
    If voters approve the measure, most local governments — or their citizens through the initiative process — would still have to adopt rent control, or modify an existing program to tighten their rules. However, some cities that had strict rent control ordinances before 1995 still have them on the books and just stopped enforcing provisions that Costa-Hawkins struck down. If Prop. 10 passes, “they wouldn’t have to pass a statute, they could just flip a switch” and start enforcing the old provisions, said Debra Carlton, senior vice president with the California Apartment Association.

    More at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business...t-13092956.php
    by Published on 07-21-2018 06:40 PM

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...rk-toll-plazas

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed on Friday that facial recognition cameras installed at bridge and tunnel toll plazas across New York City are scanning every driver's face and feeding them into a massive database designed to catch suspected criminals.



    “When it reads that license plate, it reads it for scofflaws . . . [but] the toll is almost the least significant contribution that this electronic equipment can actually perform,” Cuomo said at a press conference outside the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

    “We are now moving to facial-recognition technology, which takes it to a whole new level, where it can see the face of the person in the car and run that technology against databases... Because many times a person will turn their head when they see a security camera, so they are now experimenting with technology that just identifies a person by their ear, believe it or not,” he continued.



    The technology is currently in use at the RFK/Triborough Bridge, and was switched on at the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels on Friday, according to the Governor's office.

    It will also eventually come to at least two of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s six other spans — the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges — and down the road will be added at all area airports, Cuomo’s office confirmed.

    A request for proposals from contractors previously published by the online news outlet Vocativ says the tech is slated for all seven of the city’s toll bridges in addition to the two tunnels. -NY Post

    So how do you just bypass the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Turn every person that is protected by them into Non Citizens. Well, thats one way... I suppose another way is to just ignore them also...

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    clouds

    Bible verses tha agree with Ron Paul and/or libertarian views, etc.

    Thread Starter: clouds

    This would be a good idea to compile verses to counter anything christians might throw at us. Considering the big super tuesday coming up, this could be really useful. I'm using the message bible because it's worded so well. Even better if it's Jesus' words. Here's a fun one:(matthew 5:33-37) "And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only...

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    Swordsmyth

    Ron Paul Praises New Tax Plan Making It Easier To "Ed-exit"

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    This week the House of Representatives will vote on a package of bills making the temporary tax cuts contained in last year’s tax reform bill permanent and making additional tax law changes. The bills will likely pass in the House, but will almost certainly be filibustered in the Senate if the Senate leadership tries to bring them to the floor. The GOP tax plan does offset some of the damage...

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    Brian4Liberty

    China's 'Digital Dictatorship'...And Ours

    Thread Starter: Brian4Liberty

    China's 'Digital Dictatorship'...And Ours

    Last Post By: Swordsmyth Yesterday, 07:59 PM Go to last post
    Peace Piper

    Jimmy Dore: Ron Paul Tells Truth On Syria - Immediately Smeared

    Thread Starter: Peace Piper

    Dore's interview segments with Tulsi Gabbard were good too. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnyAO9wFPPI It's time for Americans to do whatever is necessary to END THESE ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL WARS that continue to create enemies every day. They have ruined the nation. After 18 years (not counting Kosovo, which was a PNAC war), it's an emergency NOW. How would you like it if an...

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    Son_of_Liberty90

    Mises Summit on Alternative Media w/Ron Paul in Lake Jackson, TX, 11/3/18

    Thread Starter: Son_of_Liberty90

    Exciting news! :cool: EDIT: Sorry for saying it was in Austin, not sure why I wrote that. https://mises.org/events/symposium-ron-paul

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    Swordsmyth

    Trump To Hold Press Conference At 5PM On Wednesday

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1044628910825230336 1044628910825230336

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    AuH20

    Project Veritas 'Deep State' Expose

    Thread Starter: AuH20

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    Swordsmyth

    "No Preconditions": Trump Will Meet Iran's Rouhani "Anytime They Want"

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    President Trump said on Monday that he is willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with "no preconditions," exactly one week after he blasted out a fiery all-caps threat to the regime over Twitter. “I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know if they’re ready yet,” Trump said, responding to a reporter's question during a White House press conference...

    Last Post By: Swordsmyth Today, 11:32 PM Go to last post
    AuH20

    Bolton's Bluff Called Out; Russia Sends S-300 Systems into Syrian Theater

    Thread Starter: AuH20

    The S-300s aren't invincible, but they make the airspace more difficult to navigate. Sorry IAF. 1044589841441337345 1044434134720901120

    Last Post By: RonZeplin Today, 11:24 PM Go to last post
    Swordsmyth

    California Bill Would Require Women On Corporate Boards

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    “It’s a world where all you see are men in the boardroom. I find it very hard to believe only men can qualify,” said state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). Sen. Jackson is determined to change that. She’s pushing Senate Bill 826 which would make California the first state to require companies to hire women on their corporate boards of directors or face a fine. “Women on...

    Last Post By: timosman Today, 11:00 PM Go to last post
    libertygrl

    What To Make of This: Former FBI Agent Outs Next CIA Head Brennan As A Muslim

    Thread Starter: libertygrl

    What are yout thoughts on this? Right away, I figured it must be Neo-con propaganda to once again perpetuate the myth of evil Muslims wanting to take over the country, and used as a smoke screen to keep people in the dark about the real enemy. But why would they say this about Brennan? Isn't he pro- war, pro- Israel, etc.?? Just trying to figure it out.

    Last Post By: timosman Today, 10:41 PM Go to last post
    goldenequity

    Live: World leaders arrive in NY for UNGA 2018

    Thread Starter: goldenequity

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    Swordsmyth

    Democrats losing lead on Republicans in midterm election polls

    Thread Starter: Swordsmyth

    Taking Congress back from the Republicans in this year's midterm elections may be more difficult for Democrats than anticipated, according to recent polling. A new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post shows Democrats’ advantage is narrowing in a so-called “generic ballot”, where voters are asked which party they plan to favour in the coming election. In January, Democrats lead...

    Last Post By: Swordsmyth Today, 10:16 PM Go to last post
    Brian4Liberty

    Scott Adams talks about the Battle of the Sexes 2018

    Thread Starter: Brian4Liberty

    Scott Adams talks about the Battle of the Sexes 2018 The Kavanaugh nomination is no longer about Kavanaugh at all. It's the battle of the sexes. 1044226377321312256

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    phill4paul

    Boom. You can't out tariff us. Period. This Trump knows.

    Thread Starter: phill4paul

    You sell to us five to one. This is a WAR they will not win. They know they can't. But, they had to try. Now it is a matter of allowing them to "save face" and renegotiate. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/10/trump-china-trade-tariffs-708707

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    DamianTV

    Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago

    Thread Starter: DamianTV

    https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/09/24/2337232/uber-drivers-and-other-gig-economy-workers-are-earning-half-what-they-did-five-years-ago Zip will be in shortly to claim this is a lie.

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    goldenequity

    Gold

    Thread Starter: goldenequity

    R U good at catching a falling knife? :cool:

    Last Post By: oyarde Today, 12:54 PM Go to last post
    ChooseLiberty

    Market Crash Looming

    Thread Starter: ChooseLiberty

    Wuh Woh It's October, time for a crash. It's not that easy is it? Is it? http://www.safehaven.com/article-14697.htm

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    Zippyjuan

    Psst, President Trump! The Chinese aren’t paying for the tariffs you’re imposing. We are.

    Thread Starter: Zippyjuan

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-tariff-china-trump-american-consumers-0924-story.html

    Last Post By: Swordsmyth 09-23-2018, 03:55 PM Go to last post
    goldenequity

    'EveryDay Tariff Prices!' 4 U :)

    Thread Starter: goldenequity

    Walmart Warns It Will Be Forced To Raise Prices Due To Trade War https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-21/walmart-warns-it-will-be-forced-raise-prices-due-trade-war

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    Danke

    It is gonna be a cold winter.

    Thread Starter: Danke

    This fall the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief Oyarde if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern society, he’d never learned the old tribal secrets. He couldn’t look at the sky to predict what the winter was going to be like. "It's going to be a very cold winter." So just to be on the safe side, Oyarde told his tribe that the...

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    Firestarter

    Psychiatry for population control

    Thread Starter: Firestarter

    When they tortured me in a psychiatric hospital in 2005 I watched “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest”, only to conclude that this movie is like a walk in the park compared to what I’m seeing here. Psychiatric drugs in fact cause severe damage to the brain, while the political prisoners in fact have no energy and aren’t able to concentrate on any task more difficult than tying shoelaces. When you...

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    Schifference

    Going to be Semi- off grid for a couple of months (VIDEOS ADDED)

    Thread Starter: Schifference

    Pulling an old Jayco Camping trailer to South Carolina where I purchased a dilapidated old house that needs lots of work. I plan on living in camper a couple of months this fall and a couple more in the spring. Refrigeration will be small. I don't want to spend lots of time or energy on food. I decided to purchase a pressure cooker canner and some canning jars. I am going to can meat, soup,...

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    Itsback

    ‘No evidence’ high cholesterol causes heart disease, say doctors

    Thread Starter: Itsback

    There is no evidence that high levels of total cholesterol or of “bad” cholesterol cause heart disease, according to a new paper by 17 international physicians based on a review of patient data of almost 1.3 million people.The authors also say their review shows the use of statins – cholesterol lowering drugs – is “of doubtful benefit” when used as primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. ...

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    donnay

    “The Truth About Vaccines”

    Thread Starter: donnay

    https://go.thetruthaboutvaccines.com/sneak-peek/?a_aid=TheGrowNetwork&a_bid=1501e5b8

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    shakey1

    How far we've gone astray

    Thread Starter: shakey1

    Ran across this yesterday... been awhile since I've read it. How far we've gone astray from the wisdom of our founding fathers. Excerpt from George Washington's Farewell Address (1796): "Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. "This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our...

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    timosman

    Deep State as the natural state of the State.

    Thread Starter: timosman

    Poll attached.

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    euphemia

    Let's Make America America Again

    Thread Starter: euphemia

    If you want to go back to watch Scott Baio's speech, you can. It was only about four and a half minutes. He concluded with the line, "Let's make America America again." This is a sentence that makes me want to ask, "What is America?" If our Founding Fathers were here today and scripting a return to America, what would that look like to you?

    Last Post By: Swordsmyth 09-23-2018, 04:04 PM Go to last post
    InterestedParticipant

    Iran: Was Khomeini CIA?

    Thread Starter: InterestedParticipant

    The following article presents, among much other history, evidence and analysis that Khomeini and The Shah were installed by the CIA. Note 1: footnote references can be found at the original article Note 2: I apologize in advance for typos, however, this is how I found the original article. (continued)

    Last Post By: pcosmar 09-23-2018, 02:15 PM Go to last post
    cajuncocoa

    Give me your best arguments against communism

    Thread Starter: cajuncocoa

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    Xerographica

    The Economics of Coercion

    Thread Starter: Xerographica

    My comment on: Finding Liberty Between Vulnerability and Coercion by Adam Gurri ****************************** The products at the grocery store aren’t equally relevant to my reality. Fortunately, I get to pick and choose which products I spend my money on. I have the chance to use my money to let the store know which products are the most important to me. The store offers me, and everyone...

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