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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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And if you truly understand a reval, you would know "overpayers" do not exceed "underpayers".


In all likelihood, that is an incorrect statement. In dollar terms, true. But the reallocation of the tax burden is not a one to one exercise. It is an almost certainty that the number of overpayers is far greater than the underpayers, but that each of the underpayers has been underpaying by a much greater amount than what each of the overpayers have overpaid. Just think about the value of the homes that are most prominently underpaying relative to the areas that get pointed to most frequently as overpayers. One $2 million underpaying house covers a lot of overpaying houses in Greenville, for instance.

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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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How would a phase-in work, though? To Brewster's point - the only way you can not delay fully raising the taxes of those due an increase is by delaying lowering the taxes of those due a cut, unless there is either something else to fill the gap like state aid or the city goes without a chunk of revenue. Neither seems likely.

Posted on: 2/16 5:54
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Lol indeed!

a. you are responding to me with obama and iraq - I didn't say anything remotely related to that. Lol! But fine - since you've presented another whack-a-lie opportunity, I'll play. Lol!

b. the action the obama administration took was tied to real, honest to goodness intelligence (that even Kellyanne Clampett acknowledges) - not some hysterical "bad things happen in these countries" wide net bullshit. Lol!

c. the action obama took didn't block iraqis - it slowed the flow due to - wait for it - increased vetting. Lol! But obama was the worst - people were flooding over our borders and beheading babies in the streets, sharia-ing our women and putting hijabs on our statues, not staying in Trump hotels... Lol!

Defending the indefensible has to get tiring after a while, no? Lol.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fa ... 1/?utm_term=.b0b79bcb9dcb

Posted on: 2/10 15:19
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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To be followed by Newark, JC, etc. putting payroll taxes in place so that those bedroom communities stop having it both ways (at least for those who work in NJ.)

I seriously doubt you would like the way your country would look like if secessionist movements take root. But you are welcome to it. The great part is you can make border security impossibly difficult - no one will want to go there.

Posted on: 2/10 13:44
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Monroe wrote:
So these local 'legislators' want to have the rest of the taxpayers in the state make up the difference if their 'sanctuary' policies end up with loss of Federal dollars?

Why not have Hudson County residents make up the difference, lol?

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... y_cities_denied_fede.html


Or do what California has threatened to do and withhold federal tax dollars in an amount equal to the lost funding. Not sure JC has a big enough public workforce to achieve that, so it may have to wait until next January when we have a governor again.

Posted on: 2/10 13:03
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Re: Up to 3" of Snow likely 2/8 (Wed night into Thursday)
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T-Bird, the National Weather Service posts totals from NJ locations. Hoboken is closest to JC that I see.

Here's the link:
http://forecast.weather.gov/product.p ... &issuedby=OKX&product=PNS

Scroll down and you'll see NJ, and a bunch of other places and observations.


Thanks!

Posted on: 2/9 21:20
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Re: Up to 3" of Snow likely 2/8 (Wed night into Thursday)
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What is a good site to get total snowfall amounts by location? There are a million places to get forecasts but it seems very few of them bother to say what actually happened.

Posted on: 2/9 12:06
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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Nothing like getting the city to pay for your campaign events.

Posted on: 2/2 13:44
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Re: Developement on Marin
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Of course there are hardly any emails between them. Fulop prefers texting and Bertoli is old school. Talk in person or on the phone.

Posted on: 1/27 9:55
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Re: St Peter's Prep Condos
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Yvonne wrote:
After all, if a college which receives state funding gets 30 years, why can't a private school which receives no funding from taxpayers not have this deal?


Because Prep doesn't own the development - Fields Development Group (Rob and Jim Caulfield out of Hoboken) does. They built the Madox across the street, too. Prep swapped parcels with Fields and Fields provided space in the building for the athletic center as part of the deal.

Posted on: 1/18 10:03
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Re: Power out Downtown
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Back on. Thanks everyone.

Posted on: 1/9 21:00
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Power out Downtown
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We lost our power about five minutes ago - in Gull's Cove. The building is out. Anyone else?

Posted on: 1/9 20:20
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Re: Something wrong with paying for new developments we can't afford | Morgan
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Just because it's about money and classism doesn't mean it's about race.


As a general rule, I'd agree. In Jersey City, because of the cancer that is machine politics and who inherently populates that machine, money/classism/race are synonymous.

Posted on: 1/6 10:40
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Re: Capital One Eliminates People
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I literally just kicked off a project at work to do research to explore the "branch of the future" and what that means for customers/employees.

I know I personally go into a Bank of America branch only when I absolutely need to: money order, large withdrawal...maybe 1-2X a year. They have kiosks now that are starting to offer many of these services.

I welcome everyone's thoughts to add to my data :)


We don't even use a "bank" - we use Fidelity. They do have a couple branches in Manhattan, but since they've provided remote deposit by smartphone, I've been in their offices once in the past five years and that was a paperwork issue related to a private equity investment, not a banking-related matter. They have a well-staffed highly skilled call center (located in the US) that has been able to handle all sorts of fairly complicated transactions. They partner with UMB Bank out of Kansas City to provide basic services such as check clearing, but its all done under the Fidelity brand and Fidelity answers for any issues with my account, banking or otherwise.

Posted on: 12/15 17:17
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Re: Capital One Eliminates People
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We actually moved it to Cap1 because their branches had parking!


Is that you, Yvonne??

Posted on: 12/15 17:09
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Re: Jersey City Parking lot, first sold now renting
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Two things strike me here:

1. Gupta is a Tom Bertoli client. I'm sure every effort is being made to take care of him.

2. Ever since Fulop decided to abandon his run for governor (for reasons that still are unclear and likely will remain so, since he wasn't called to testify in the Bridgegate trial) and will run for re-election for mayor, he's really amped up his attacks on Yun. I chuckle with the image of him furiously texting out a Yun screed in the back of the Explorer, sending it to Morrill to cut and paste into a Terrence email and then calling her every three minutes to see if it went out yet....

Posted on: 12/14 11:48
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Re: 25-year tax break on tap for new Downtown Jersey City tower
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If this deal is consistent with previous attempts to do this, the school will pay that (and more) over time (same as debt service) via a "market rate" lease.

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Here is a link to the cost for the newly completed P.S. 20.

Total Estimated Project Costs $49.3 Million
Total Construction Costs $28.7 Million

https://www.njsda.gov/NJSDA/Schools/sc ... &SchoolName=Number+20+E.S

So even if all the tax revenue from the new building was dedicated to building a new school, it would take quite a while to raise the money to build it.

I still think a better deal should be made.

Posted on: 12/11 8:23
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Re: Tractor trailer crashes into gazebo in Hamilton Park
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Just another day on the streets of Jersey City

Posted on: 12/9 8:56
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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I revisited this thread out of curiosity just to see what was added.
Now I understand how posters get the "home away from home" designation.
Sheesh -- everyone's going in circles.

Where's the "get on your bikes and ride" person??

I'm still here


He means Heights

Posted on: 12/1 10:40
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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Why not read the article Dan linked to? It might dispel some of your baseless notions. In that article, you would find that in the rest of the world the driving public is not "getting more and more dangerous to all of the populace." So what is being done in other countries to make that the case?

And I'll happily live with whatever might come from increased traffic enforcement. If you are following the rules (or, around here, in the same zip code as the rules) you have nothing to fear.

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I revisited this thread out of curiosity just to see what was added.
Now I understand how posters get the "home away from home" designation.
Sheesh -- everyone's going in circles.

Where's the "get on your bikes and ride" person??--seems like they'd be a natural for this topic.

Again, find a safer place to ride for enjoyment of your bike. Realize that the driving public is getting more and more dangerous to all of the populace. Those of you shouting for ticketing, enforcement etc., be careful--you may get what you wish for on both sides of the coin. Municipalities love nothing more than revenue streams from laws that once on the books are hard to eradicate.

Remember the traffic cameras??

Posted on: 12/1 9:12
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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Congrats on your one-man circle jerk. Although local practice may indicate otherwise, enforcing traffic laws is not a novel idea.

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Let's face it - people behind a driver's wheel around here are assholes.

I'm not sure that would change with a stricter police enforcement effort.


Well, Dolomiti isn't sure so we probably should hold off... Seriously - when has it ever been tried on a sustained basis?

You're the one proposing the policy. I'd say it is your obligation to demonstrate that it will work.

Meanwhile, research is suggesting that yes, bike infrastructure can make a big difference.
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2012/10/22 ... ry-risk-up-to-90-percent/

I also have to say that IMO saying "screw the data, let's bust bad drivers" is ultimately not a rational argument, it's an emotional one. Rather than figuring out where the problems really are, We Must Do Something!!! Sorry, but I really don't find that to be very persuasive. It's like prescribing a broad-spectrum antibiotic, without doing a full workup, because the patient has a cough.


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How on earth could anyone credibly make the argument "it would never work" when it has never been tried?

You don't think any municipality has ever tried to reduce crashes via stricter or increased traffic enforcement? And yet, you are certain it will work anyway? How curious.


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Not enough manpower? You are probably talking about a dozen or fewer cars for a couple of hours in the morning and a similar amount of time in the evening....

Doing what, exactly?

Where will they go?

Where will they have the biggest effect?

How long will this go on?

Will this be more or less effective than modifying street infrastructure for traffic calming?

Why are you objecting to the very idea of doing research to figure out the best options?



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moving them around is what would make them effective, not parking them like furniture in one spot for an extended period.

Good thing I didn't suggest that


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if the city's $100 million-plus police budget can't afford that then we need to take a serious look at how we are spending our police dollars.

I have no idea how well JCPD resources are allocated.

That said, I doubt they have a dozen idle traffic officers. Just a guess.


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Actually, we don't know what it's changed, because we haven't seen any data.

Actually, as someone who rides every day - on Grove most days - I can tell you nothing has changed.

Again, anecdotal data doesn't really tell us anything.

How many fatal bike accidents were there on Grove Street in 2015? Is it more or less than previous years? Is there a trend?

How can we tell if something works, without having data as a baseline?

Are there more or less bicycle crashes in JC than in other cities of the same size and density? Or compared to Manhattan? Or compared to other parts of Hudson County or NJ?

How can you even tell whether enforcement will work, if you don't have any way to measure the effects? Should the city just call you up every 6 weeks and ask you if it's better?

The reality is that without data, we are basically blind. We have no way to know where the real problems are, or whether our efforts are having any effect.


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Many people on here post the same thing. Frequently. Data is great and more is better, but you don't need a spreadsheet to tell you your house is on fire.

Yeah, thing about that? You can't tell how bad things are by riding your bike down the street.

Perceptions like those are notoriously unreliable. All it takes is for one car to get a little too close, and you can be convinced that "NJ/JC drivers are insane." Subjective impressions like this are highly susceptible to availability heuristics and similar cognitive biases.

It seems pretty obvious to me that we need real data in order to know if our efforts will have a real effect.

Posted on: 2016/11/28 15:04
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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Dolomiti wrote:

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Let's face it - people behind a driver's wheel around here are assholes.

I'm not sure that would change with a stricter police enforcement effort.


Well, Dolomiti isn't sure so we probably should hold off... Seriously - when has it ever been tried on a sustained basis? How on earth could anyone credibly make the argument "it would never work" when it has never been tried? Not enough manpower? You are probably talking about a dozen or fewer cars for a couple of hours in the morning and a similar amount of time in the evening - moving them around is what would make them effective, not parking them like furniture in one spot for an extended period. if the city's $100 million-plus police budget can't afford that then we need to take a serious look at how we are spending our police dollars.

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In contrast, changing the infrastructure can calm traffic, is not punitive, and can nudge drivers into safer behavior.


Let's do this, too. But the way people have run over middle of the road pedestrian crosswalk signs and blow through new stop signs (for years after they've been introduced) doesn't lead me to believe it's a panacea. I'm all for it, but not instead of enforcement - let's do it alongside enforcement.

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We've already seen that a painted line on a street doesn't change anything.


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Actually, we don't know what it's changed, because we haven't seen any data.


Actually, as someone who rides every day - on Grove most days - I can tell you nothing has changed. Many people on here post the same thing. Frequently. Data is great and more is better, but you don't need a spreadsheet to tell you your house is on fire.


Posted on: 2016/11/28 12:44
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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I am a strong proponent of increased/improved cycling infrastructure wherever we can get it - I ride daily. But I grudgingly accept the reality: DTJC isn't ready for a widespread rollout or even a significant reconfiguration of one major artery. We could be in a year though, if...

Spend the next twelve months actively enforcing ALL traffic/cycling/pedestrian laws. Accepting the current state of affairs "because that's the way it is" is, well - unacceptable. Ticket the hell out of speeders, light runners, stop sign ignorers, aggressive lane changers, etc. Ticket jaywalkers. Ticket bike lane double parkers. Ticket people over the age of 12 riding on sidewalks (and don't tell me "I'm taking my life in my hands if I try to ride on Grand - ride on York, a couple of hundred feet away and already equipped with a bike lane. Same for other currently unsafe streets.) Let's face it - people behind a driver's wheel around here are assholes. It would not surprise me in the least to see some suburban commuter driving in the protected bike lane after sitting in traffic for fifteen minutes.

The culture has to change. We've already seen that a painted line on a street doesn't change anything. (Hell, more people are riding on the sidewalks than ever before.) Thoughtful consideration needs to be given to how to best achieve a long term success rather than roll out scattered, half-baked things willy nilly.

Posted on: 2016/11/28 10:21
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Way to crack the case, Neverleft. You and The Big "Guy" are a regular Cagney and Lacey. But wait - also from the article you posted:

The attack was one of several reported in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory.

I got an email today from St. Peter's Prep, where my son attends, telling me what measures they are taking to prevent further incidents of intimidation from occurring - incidents they have been experiencing following the election.

I'm sure keeping your head up your ass is good for warmth and allows you to better see the world you want, but it probably blinds you from what really is going on. Just a hunch.

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Apparently Trump asked Obama and Clinton to speak out against the protests. I want to see Trump speak out against these terrible hate crimes happening, especially in schools/colleges. He said he would try to unify. He should use that power now.


(which hate crime? )

WaPo: Louisiana student ‘fabricated’ story of hijab attack, police say

By Derek Hawkins and Fred Barbash November 10 at 7:34 PM

Updated
A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette fabricated a story that she was attacked and had her hijab rippped off, police said Thursday.

The attack was one of several reported in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory.

In a press release Thursday afternoon, the Lafayette Police Department said that during the course of their investigation into the woman’s complaint, she “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.

“This incident is no longer under investigation” by the department, the statement said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mo ... en-invoking-donald-trump/

Posted on: 2016/11/11 14:35
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Energy, too. I get it - liberals are condescending and non-inclusive. But the risks of know-nothingism are far more tangible and dangerous.

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So much for draining the swamp...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/us/ ... smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Posted on: 2016/11/11 8:32
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Re: Trump Our New President
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#draintheswamp? #burnitdown? Hardly. Of the 392 house members running for re-election, only 8 seats flipped to the other party. One senate seat (maybe 2, depending on the NH outcome.) That's 10 out of 426 - Washington is "the swamp" and nothing is more disliked than congress, yet nothing changed.

Last night was a repudiation of HRC (and Bill) and to a much lesser extent, the President. I was grateful not to have to vote for her, given my confidence that Trump wouldn't win NJ. Clinton was a historically bad candidate and I truly believe any other Democrat would have won last night, including Sanders - although she will still end up winning the popular vote. Trump would not have won PA, MI or probably WI against virtually anyone else.

This really is no mass uprising or a mandate or anything of the sort - it is just another example of how deeply divided the country is.

Posted on: 2016/11/9 14:39
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Re: PLAN for LONG lines at JC polling places…..JJ article….
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Is the equipment any different than usual or just a much higher turnout?


Same machines, in fact they've added machines in particularly heavy districts. Mine (E-6) had three machines. We went back at 3:00 and still waited an hour. I was the 961st voter in my district which is a huge number - and it was only 4:00.

Posted on: 2016/11/8 16:48
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Re: PLAN for LONG lines at JC polling places…..JJ article….
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Tried to vote about an hour ago at E-6 (the middle school on Bright st.) - the line was 2.5 to 3 hours long. Extremely unusual for such a long line close to midday. Usually those bottlenecks are worked out by now. Obama elections didn't even have these kinds of backups - huge turnout for those.

Posted on: 2016/11/8 12:32
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Re: Jersey City school board election November 8, 2016
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Polls are open from 6am to 8pm

Posted on: 2016/11/7 15:20
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Re: Ballot 1 - Casino's in No. NJ
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Wouldn't it be fun if they had "no" buttons next to candidates too? You would not only be able to vote "yes" for your chosen candidate, but also throw in a "no" for ones who you find particularly objectionable.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 14:59
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