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Julian Assange at Occupy LSX in London in October 2011.

Despite being under house arrest in England and facing sex-crime charges in Sweden that could see him extradited in the months ahead, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will seek a seat in the Australian Senate in an upcoming election.

Australian political scientist John Wanna predicted that Assange would lose the race because he lacks the backing of a major political party, but his high profile could win him as much as 4 percent of the vote in his nominated state. —ARK

The Huffington Post:

“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.

Assange has criticized Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s center-left government for not standing up for him against the potential threat of his extradition to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents.

Australian police have concluded that WikiLeaks and Assange have not broken any Australian laws by publishing the U.S. cables, although Gillard has condemned the action as “grossly irresponsible.”

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By heterochromatic, March 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

PH—- see my comment in the thread about it.

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By PatrickHenry, March 31, 2012 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

tic,

Galloway ran and won.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17549388

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By PatrickHenry, March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

tic,

Without proof of conviction all you have is your opinion.

All searches come up with Galloway being vindicated of the charges, he was found innocent and not aquitted of them, big difference.

He is cleaner than any U.S. politician with the myriad of PAC’s and super PAC’s used to launder money over here.

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By heterochromatic, March 22, 2012 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Pats———let him run… and you’re welcome to vote for him.

he is what I said he is and he’s known as I said he’s known.

enjoy.

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By PatrickHenry, March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

diamond,

Very good points and well researched.

tic,

I have seen nothing from you in the way of proof and evidence (hard numbers).  Galloway is eligible and is running again for office. 

If electronic voting machines are used he is toast.

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By heterochromatic, March 21, 2012 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

dia———you merely posted general information ....and nothing specifally about
Cheney and his finances….......it’s not at all incredible that I don’t mention
Cheney’s finances because I know nothing of what he did after becoming VP that
was clearly violative.

I know some people who spent a lot of time digging into his finances and were
hoping to uncover something, but they were able to find not much more than
hints that his “blind trust” wasn’t entirely blind.

I would be right pleased to hear any dirt on Darth.  My loathing for him
transcends merely the harm to the plane and to the country that he engendered
but reaches the personal as he tried to harm a family member

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By diamond, March 21, 2012 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

Is it any wonder America’s in the mess it’s in? You appear not to comprehend that Cheney’s financial machinations for the entire duration of the Iraq war were a conflict of interest and corrupt. How could it not be corruption for someone to start a war that he stood to gain millions from? And did gain millions from. A war that cost 1.3 million Iraqi lives. It’s outrageous that the best you can do is to call this ‘distasteful’? George Galloway stood to gain nothing financially by opposing the Iraq war and he did gain nothing from it, politically or financially. He was simply following his conscience, like so many other people who suffered as a result of telling the truth about what the neo cons were doing, Joe Wilson and his wife, for example, and many others.

And Cheney wasn’t the only one to benefit from the 9/11 ‘event’ and the wars it started:

A stock called a ‘put option’ is a bet on whether or not a stock will lose value.  The way it works is that put options allow the people who own them to benefit financially from a drop in the value of stock by buying it at market price and then selling it at the higher option price. A call option is a bet on whether or not a stock will rise in value. The ratio of put options to call options is called the ‘put/call’ ratio. This ratio is usually less than one and 0.8 is considered the norm (9-11 Research, ‘Profiting from a Loss’) but in the days leading up to 9/11 there was a huge spike in put options involving the two airlines involved in the hijackings, American Airlines and United Airlines, and also reinsurance companies and financial services companies that would stand to lose stock value after the 9/11 attacks when the stock market opened again. The spikes in put options purchased occurred on days when there was no known event that would have made this happen.

‘On September 6-7 when there was no significant news or stock price movement involving United, the Chicago exchange handled 4,744 put options for UAL stock, compared with just 396 call options, which are essentially bets that the stock will rise. On September 10, an uneventful day for American (Airlines), the volume was 748 calls and 4,516 puts based on a check of option trading records’ (9-11 Research). The Bloomberg News reported that put options rose to an incredible high of 285 times their average.

‘When the market reopened after the attack, United Airlines stock fell 42 percent from $30.82 to $17.50 per share, and American Airlines stock fell 39 percent, from $29.70 to $18.00 per share’ (9-11 Research).

And when that happened the people who bought all those put options –inevitably - made a lot of money.

In September 2001 the ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ gave estimates of liabilities of $1.5 billion for Munich Re and $0.55 billion for AXA Group. The telegraph.co.uk estimated liabilities of £1.2 billion for Munich Re and £0.83 billion for Swiss Re. In financial services the pattern continued. Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley both had their headquarters in lower Manhattan on 11th September 2001. Morgan Stanley took up 22 floors of the North Tower and Merrill Lynch had headquarters near the Twin Towers. Morgan Stanley normally had an average of 27 put options per day up to September 6th but in the three trading days before the attacks there were 2,157 put options on its stock. For Merrill Lynch the average number of put options on its stock purchased before September 5th was 252 but in the four trading days before the attacks there were 12,215 put options on Merrill Lynch stock. Both of them saw their stock fall when the stock market reopened after 9/11 (9-11 Research).

Distasteful, isn’t it? That you can be raving on about Galloway and not mentioning any of this is absolutely incredible, especially more than ten years after the ‘event’.

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By heterochromatic, March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

diamond—- i like Galloway a hell of a lot more than I like Cheney and Cheney’s
crimes DWARF galloways, but Cheney’s finances are distasteful but legal.

and among Cheney’s crimes are taking that 70% opposed to the invasion of Iraq
and organizing a propaganda campaign that left more than 50% of Americans
supporting the invasion by the time the military ops kicked off.

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By diamond, March 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

Look Hetero, if you’re interested in corruption from the Iraq war, take a look at this:

‘An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney’s Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney’s options—worth $241,498 a year ago—are now valued at more than $8 million (October 2005). The former CEO of the oil and gas services juggernaut, Cheney has pledged to give the proceeds to charity.
“Halliburton has already raked in more than $20 billion from the Bush-Cheney Administration for work in Iraq, and they were awarded some of the first Katrina contracts,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “It is unseemly for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his Administration funnels billions of dollars to it. The Vice President should sever his financial ties to Halliburton once and for all.”

Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options. The company has been criticized by auditors for its handling of a no-bid contact in Iraq. Auditors found the firm marked up meal prices for troops and inflated gas prices in a deal with a Kuwaiti supplier. The company built the American prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The Vice President has sought to stem criticism by signing an agreement to donate the after-tax profits from these stock options to charities of his choice, and his lawyer has said he will not take any tax deduction for the donations. However, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) concluded in September 2003 that holding stock options while in elective office does constitute a “financial interest” regardless of whether the holder of the options will donate proceeds to charities. CRS also found that receiving deferred compensation is a financial interest.

Cheney told “Meet the Press” in 2003 that he didn’t have any financial ties to the firm.“Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush’s vice president, I’ve severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest,” the Vice President said. “I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven’t had, now, for over three years.”

However, Cheney continues to receive a deferred salary from the company. According to financial disclosure forms, he was paid $205,298 in 2001; $262,392 in 2002; $278,437 in 2003; and $294,852 in 2004’.

(Originally published on Tuesday October 11, 2005 on the Raw Story website).

Of course you would rather tell lies about Galloway than focus on the truth about Cheney or any of the other bums and Neanderthals who started and prosecuted this illegal war. Cheney has profited to the tune of millions of dollars from the Iraq war, which he and other neo cons started. You are transparently a shill for the Republicans and will only ever criticize those who criticize the Republicans’ smash and grab raids on Iraq and Afghanistan. That speaks for itself.

The Europeans weren’t the only ones who didn’t want the Iraq war - 70% of Americans didn’t want it either.

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By heterochromatic, March 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment

diamond———  just about all of Europe warned the Us that the invvasion of
Iraq would be a disaster and that Cheney was having his office fabricate the shit
about the nukes.

Galloway was one of the few people who said that stuff and also took money
from Iraq…..

that does set him apart.

“He was found not to have received the corrupt payments America accused him
of receiving”——

do you mean that there were other charges of corrupt payments that were NOT
proven ASIDE from the one that WAS proven?


I’ve said few things about Galloway and there’s not one of them that is less than
the truth, dia.


you welcome to love him, but don’t go around saying that he didn’t do what he
did. he took the money

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By diamond, March 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

Following the 2005 election, his participation rate remained low, at the end of
the year he had participated in only 15% of Divisions in the House of Commons
since the general election, placing him 634th of 645 MPs – of the eleven MPs
below him in the rankings, one is the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, five are
Sinn Féin members who have an abstentionist policy toward taking their seats,
“three are the speaker and deputy speakers and therefore ineligible to vote, and
two have died since the election. Galloway claims a record of unusual activity at
a “grass roots” level. His own estimate is that he has made 1,100 public
speeches between September 2001 and May 2005.[38]
In September 2009, he still had one of the lowest voting participation records in
parliament at 8.4% as a total of 93 votes out of a possible 1,113 divisions.”

This is irrelevant. He was found not to have received the corrupt payments America accused him of receiving. And he told the truth about the Iraq war, one of the few with the courage and the gift of the gab to do it. Everything he said about the Iraq war has since been proven to be true. He was the only member of the parliament (more or less) to stand by his conviction that the war was a tragedy and a colonial war fought for profit. As usual, Hetero, you are not interested in the truth and would rather sift through meaningless statistics than face the fact that on Galloway you are simply wrong and that the whole campaign against him was run to silence him and negate his outspoken criticism of the war. He and Assange have that and much more in common.

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By heterochromatic, March 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Galloway sorta finished out his term after the suspension…........and then went
down to defeat when he ran again…...maybe in thirty years he might be able to
hoodwink a new generation of voters and get another gig in government….but
it’s about as likely s Michelle Bachmann becoming US president.

After he was suspended and later expelled from the Labour Party, Galloway’s
participation in Parliamentary activity fell to minimal levels. After speaking in a
debate on Iraq on 25 March 2003, Galloway did not intervene in any way in
Parliamentary debates or ask any oral questions for the remainder of the
Parliament and his participation in House of Commons Divisions was among the
lowest of any MP.[37]
Following the 2005 election, his participation rate remained low, at the end of
the year he had participated in only 15% of Divisions in the House of Commons
since the general election, placing him 634th of 645 MPs – of the eleven MPs
below him in the rankings, one is the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, five are
Sinn Féin members who have an abstentionist policy toward taking their seats,
three are the speaker and deputy speakers and therefore ineligible to vote, and
two have died since the election. Galloway claims a record of unusual activity at
a “grass roots” level. His own estimate is that he has made 1,100 public
speeches between September 2001 and May 2005.[38]
In September 2009, he still had one of the lowest voting participation records in
parliament at 8.4% as a total of 93 votes out of a possible 1,113 divisions.[39]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Galloway#Parliamentary_participation_stat
istics

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By PatrickHenry, March 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Galloway went on for 3 more years in the House of Commons after his 18 day suspension for insulting the Iraq war hawks, he should have been given a medal for opposing a war which we know now was based on lies.

He lost in 2010 but is running again in 2012.

We need more politicians like him over here.

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By heterochromatic, March 19, 2012 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

Maani—- that report concluded that they couldn’t prove actual guilty
knowledge but they DID conclude


A further Charity Commission Report published on 7 June 2007 found that the
Appeal had received funds from Fawaz Zureikat that originated from the Oil For
Food programme, and concluded that: “Although Mr Galloway, Mr Halford and
Mr Al-Mukhtar have confirmed that they were unaware of the source of Mr
Zureikat’s donations, the Commission has concluded that the charity trustees
should have made further enquiries when accepting such large single and
cumulative donations to satisfy themselves as to their origin and legitimacy.
The Commission’s conclusion is that the charity trustees did not properly
discharge their duty of care as trustees to the Appeal in respect of these
donations.” They added: “The Commission is also concerned, having considered
the totality of the evidence before it, that Mr Galloway may also have known of
the connection between the Appeal and the Programme”.[96]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Galloway#Mariam_Appeal


furthermore ....Galloway was suspended….......as the

House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges

However, it found that Galloway’s use of parliamentary resources to support his
work on the Mariam Appeal “went beyond what was reasonable.”
“  Had these been the only matters before us, we would have confined
ourselves to seeking an apology to the House. However, Mr Galloway’s conduct
. . . and his calling into question of the Commissioner’s and our own integrity
have in our view damaged the reputation of the House. In accordance with
precedent, we recommend that he apologise to the House, and be suspended
from its service for a period of eighteen actual sitting days. As the House is
shortly to go into its Summer Recess, we further recommend that Mr Galloway’s
period of suspension should begin on 8 October, the day it resumes.[41]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Galloway#Suspension_from_the_House_of
_Commons

and that’s how his career in the House ended….not that he ever actually spent
much time in there voting when he was a member…..he was usually off from
work and managed to vote less than 9% of the time.

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By PatrickHenry, March 19, 2012 at 3:46 am Link to this comment

Diamond,

The Galloway thrashing of our less than prepared Senate was truely something to behold.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm


tic,

I am predisposed to be bigoted against liars and trolls such as yourself who display an irrational defense of zionism and the criminal acts and inhumanity which are inherent in that system of belief.

With every post you make you prove my point.

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By Maani, March 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

hetero:

“Galloway was suspended from the House of Commons after a long investigation found that Galloway did take the money from the Oil for Food program.”

Sorry, Charlie.  Not so.

“On 17 July 2007, following a four-year inquiry, the House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges published its sixth report. The committee concluded that there was ‘no evidence’ that Galloway gained any personal benefit from either the former Iraqi regime, or from the Oil-for-Food Programme.”

In fact, even before that:

“On 22 April 2003, the Daily Telegraph published news articles and comment describing documents found by its reporter David Blair in the ruins of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. The documents purported to be records of meetings between Galloway and Iraqi intelligence agents, and state that he had received £375,000 per year from the proceeds of the Oil-for-Food Programme. Galloway completely denied the story, and pointed to the nature of the discovery within an unguarded, bombed-out building as being questionable. He instigated legal action against the newspaper, which was heard in the High Court from 14 November 2004. On 2 December, Justice David Eady ruled that the story had been ‘seriously defamatory,’ and that the Telegraph was ‘obliged to compensate Mr Galloway ... and to make an award for the purposes of restoring his reputation.’ Galloway was awarded damages of £150,000 plus, after a failed appeal in 2006, legal costs of about £2 million.”

Nice try.

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

diamond—- I’m sure that it was a fine performance….unfortunately, it wasn’t
meeting Saddam that was the action alleged to be improper…it was taking the
bribes…....and that one didn’t involve hanging with the Husseinster….....

Galloway was suspended from the House of Commons after a long investigation
found that Galloway did take the money from the Oil for Food program…...

as I started out saying, Galloway is known as a crooked pol who takes the
under-the-table money…..

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By diamond, March 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

Obviously, Hetero, you missed the superb Galloway performance where at a hearing, the US Congress tried to accuse him of being an oil dealer and a friend of Saddam Hussein. Galloway was succinct: “I met Saddam Hussein exactly as many times as Donald Rumsfeld’ he said. ‘But Rumsfeld was there to sell him weapons and to provide him with maps to better target those weapons’. I have a photo of Donny shaking Saddam Hussein’s hand and looking very jolly on one of his weapon selling trips, which included Sarin gas and anthrax while the British thoughtfully provided him with mustard gas. As for his being an oil baron, Galloway said, ‘I do not buy oil. I do not sell oil’. He leaves that to America and the multinationals who now constitute the world government so many have feared for so long.

The accusation that Galloway is a liar is just another example of Orwellian double speak - lies are truth, war is peace, Donald Rumsfeld is a hero. That kind of thing. There are banks that are too big to fail and people who are too big to jail. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld come into this category. Galloway most certainly does not. He is not in jail because he hasn’t committed a crime. It might be old fashioned to care about things like innocence or guilt rather than ideologically driven hatred and misinformation but call me old fashioned.

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

just you bending over reflexively into a position of
bigotry….

that kid of yours needs luck if you’re infecting him
with your presumptive swinishness….


and I wish him luck and more. may he grow into being
the man you should have been….

one who doesn’t assume that differences are motivated
by tribal loyalties rather than rational motive.

g’luck, kid….

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By PatrickHenry, March 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

tic,

You take on many of the same positions as those ball sweat adl posters.

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

Patsy….you shiteating sweetheart, you….....what
exactly do you mean when you say ....“from one of you
people’s…?”

eh?

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By PatrickHenry, March 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

tic,

Once again you prove yourself to be FOS.

For one of your peoples articles.

http://www.adl.org/main_Anti_Israel/galloway_us_tour_09.htm?Multi_page_sections=sHeading_5

Now take note halfway down the article where it says he was never found guilty of the charges.

putz.

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By nestor, March 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

i’d vote for the moon raven

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 10:47 am Link to this comment

the evidence against Galloway is from Iraqi files and from testimony from a former
high iraqi government official and it was broken in the UK news, not the Israeli
press. ... and it’s been seconded here in the US as well as Canada.

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 10:44 am Link to this comment

Patsy—- I’m not an Israeli or an admirer of Israel….and your repeatedly calling me
an Israeli or Israeli agent indicates that you have some kind of odd little mental
problem…..........bit shrill, aren’t ya.

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

not at all….. I’m perfectly wiling to see how Assange’s bid to win an Australian
Senate seat goes…......if idiots can elect Michelle Bachmann to the House of
reps…...Assangeprobably has some kind of shot…...


should be lotsa laughs if Julie gets elected and is given the Official Secrets Act to
sign.

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By PatrickHenry, March 18, 2012 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

And your proof?  Again with your unfounded israeli shill BS.

Here’s the wiki on Galloway, note the many unfounded accusations but no evidence of proof, accusations brought on by other zionist shills as yourself but with no results, just unfounded smears, a tactic media jews have used forever to those opposed to the zionist agenda.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Galloway

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By gerard, March 18, 2012 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

heterochromatic:  Sour grapes?

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By heterochromatic, March 18, 2012 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

Galloway is known for being a crooked pol willing to lie for cash and other
considerations.

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By PatrickHenry, March 18, 2012 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

He will be known for the works he does.

Assange, like George Galloway are known worldwide by their truth platform in a time of universal deceit.

Unfortunately, only by hand counted paper ballots will he win. 

The level of computer manipulated electronic voting fraud has reached staggering proportions along with research poll manipulation.

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By diamond, March 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Oh, he does, gerard, he does. The lead singer of a great band, Midnight Oil, already graces the Australian parliament. He and Assange would make a good team for shaking the place up. Be afraid righties, be very afraid.

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By Maani, March 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

Actually, it would be quite amazing if he actually won the seat living in Brtain, not campaigning, and possibly repersenting his constituency from jail…

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By heterochromatic, March 17, 2012 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

perhaps after the Swedes finish questioning them, the British will transport him to
Australia and he can run for office in Australia and can guard the state secrets of
the Australians…....


and ravens will live and grow fat and happy on the moon.

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By gerard, March 17, 2012 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Brains, a sense of universal justice, and hutzpah to back it up!  The living spirit of humanity!  Must drive authoritarians crazy.

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