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Re: JC monopoly mural on/in newark pedestrian plaza
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Unfortunately, many of Jersey City?s murals seem to have been created with a type of paint that remains tacky throughout the life of the piece? so, so tacky.

Posted on: 2016/6/23 15:49
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Re: Jersey City Muslims Unite Against Trump
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The Islamic terrorists don't hesitate to identify themselves as such, much like Nazi's did.

Would Obama have a problem calling a Nazi a Nazi? 'Disaffected Germans' maybe?


I obviously can't speak for the President, but I can speak to how little sense that makes.

Nazism was not "misappropriated" in an effort to rationalize a violent agenda. It was already a foul ideology. This doesn't need any further explanation.

Islam, on the other hand, is a religion practiced by almost a quarter of the world's population, 99.9999%+ of whom are peaceful. It is only an extremely small percentage of individuals in this vast, worldwide group who are guilty of fraudulently misappropriating Islam in order to rationalize their antagonism. It is because they absolutely do not represent Islam that we should avoid granting them the supposed association. Why lend credence to an enemy's misguided beliefs? Does that seem wise to you?

Posted on: 2016/6/20 15:36
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Re: Jersey City Muslims Unite Against Trump
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It All Comes Back to Religion


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It comes back to violence, not religion.


Amen.

The violence of man has identified with a seemingly endless array of external factors as its raison d?etre for millennia?more than enough time to observe that they?re often just labels that aid a fragile psyche in the process of rationalization. Individuals who claim that a religious belief system drove them to violence aren?t much less enlightened than those who are willing to accept such an explanation at face value. If we didn?t believe that the dog owned by David Berkowitz? next door neighbor was to blame for his crimes, why would be believe the words of vicious young men who fraudulently claim to speak for an entire religion?

Given the violence-prone nature of mankind, the psychological gymnastics we?re able to perform in order rationalize unconscionable behavior, and today?s hyper-normalization of firearm possession and gunplay, it should be no surprise that it?s proving to be a tragic combination. The worst part of all is that we deliberately chose this course.

Posted on: 2016/6/16 21:45
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Re: Chris Christie 'Suspiciously Connected' To Revenge Traffic Jam
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I have to admit that I had underestimated Trump's political talent. He is perhaps as talented as Hitler...


You may be confusing ?talent? for a neurotic tendency to say and do absurd, irrational things with absolute confidence.

Posted on: 2016/5/23 15:34
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Re: Your Casino Input Wanted - From Mayor Fulop
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I made no characterizations whatsoever of his motivations (nor do I claim to know him personally). I pointed out that it's common for some people to attack certain politicians, no matter what they say or do.


The Mayor has a way of bringing out cynicism the way that measles has a way of bringing out a rash.

Okay great, he finally landed on the decision that the public seems to favor, but he can?t go from calling Jersey City casino opponents ?Debbie Downers? (his words), to suddenly agreeing with them, without looking ?politically expedient? to put it far too nicely.

Posted on: 2016/5/19 21:26
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Re: Yvonne Outdoes Herself - Transgender Bathroom Editorial
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My goal is not to convert Yvonne to come towards the light. I don't think that's possible.


Of course not. I can only assume your intent was to punish an easy target for her misguided opinion by dragging her letter into a forum where the "discourse" was guaranteed to become needlessly personal and aggressive.

Posted on: 2016/4/27 20:35
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Re: Yvonne Outdoes Herself - Transgender Bathroom Editorial
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?They should be ashamed of themselves.?
?No, you should be ashamed of yourself.?

Oh the shame? the shame?

Posted on: 2016/4/26 13:34
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Re: Grove Street Path Elevator
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Anyone knows why work at Grove Street Path station for elevator access has stopped and when it will be completed?


Work is ongoing by all appearances. I noticed yesterday that structural framing was recently installed in the slab opening, extending down to the platform level.

Posted on: 2016/4/26 13:05
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Re: Red Flag with Cresent Moon and Star over the Hudson
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I witnessed some kind of, ?We didn?t do it,? skywriting display above the Hudson River while I was in LSP last week.

Posted on: 2016/4/25 13:38
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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That's right folks... pubic racks!


Posted on: 2016/4/19 18:44
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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She was talking about allegations that Hoboken's bike share system was deliberately planting their bikes in public racks in Jersey City.

It should be very clear, based on both the discussion at hand and her record, that she is not categorically opposed to the use of public spaces for limited and managed commercial use.

I don't know her specific position on the Loews, but using that quote to try and zing her or the city government is absurd.


Going to bat for Motivate/Citi is simply a recent demonstration that Jersey City indeed supports the use of public property for commercial use, so long as the proper relationship has been established.

You may not like my remark, but if we take the allegations at face value, perhaps it?s more absurd that the solution couldn?t have been less protectionist than imposing limits on parking commercial/rental bicycles at pubic racks. A law that would effectively punish the users of other rental systems seems to be going too far. After all, while a car rental outfit can?t use our streets as its staging and maintenance area, users of their cars don?t face special parking rules that apply only to rentals... but that's way off-topic.

Posted on: 2016/4/19 15:39
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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So, in the Hudson Reporter story, Candice Osbourne says "We do not want public spaces used for commercial purposes". Sure, she was specifically referring to the Hoboken bikes but her comment juxtaposes quite nicely with the prospect of bringing the for profit promoter AEG in to put on concerts and such at the Loews. Just sayin.


Considering her remark was made in the context of protecting the city?s agreement with a bicycle rental/billboard advertising company whose title sponsor is one of the world?s largest banks, it?s obvious that the City treats public property as fair territory for commercial use.

Posted on: 2016/4/19 13:11
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Re: Good News For Lightrail riders.
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one day soon, i hope, there will be drones that identify (via massive image bank) and fine lawbreakers (people who speed, don't stop at red lights or stop signs and don't pay tolls).


Better yet, a robot could be assigned to every single person in America, monitoring and recording our every infraction. Just imagine it, cute little Stasibots. Exceed the speed limit--busted. Open a bottle of wine in a public park, watch a pirated film, or write your name in the snow--busted. Put any chemical into your body the law says you can't, cross on a Don't Walk light, or try and beat the light rail fare--busted, busted, busted.

In time, and with the proper application of ignorance and complacency on our behalf, we could be the drones... an entire nation of drones, slaves to the rules who are fearful to step out of line.

In a free country, law enforcement absolutely must err on the side of getting away with it. The policeman's job? is supposed to be difficult. Mass surveillance and automated enforcement is already a disturbing tend, but what's even more frightening is that there are American citizens who are so nearsighted that they deliberately want to forfeit a cornerstone of what it means to live freely.

But you probably don't have anything to hide, right? Isn't that how it goes?

Posted on: 2016/4/14 13:39
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Re: Good News For Lightrail riders.
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Well then Frank why isn't a similar enforcement plan implemented for the subway path and ferries?


PA police don?t appear heavily focused on catching and punishing individuals who attempt to beat the fare, so the pattern of enforcement doesn't seem all that different.



Posted on: 2016/4/13 20:48
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Re: Good News For Lightrail riders.
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No amount of inspection is going to make the system profitable?we?re talking about public transportation after all?so its losses already have to be weighed against the benefit the system brings to the region. Would tougher enforcement and harsher penalties result in a genuine benefit, or would it make the system less accessible and less beneficial to communities that are otherwise poorly served by public transportation? Maybe NJT isn?t getting the balance right, but a balance that includes some degree of non-enforcement is probably a wise move.

Posted on: 2016/4/12 14:29
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Re: Is Legal Beans closed?
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Last summer, Legal Beans on Division Street sold me the worst quality ribs I have ever eaten. I gave them the benefit of the doubt after a disappointing experience months prior, and they really outdid themselves: The rub was flavorless, there was absolutely no smoke flavor or aroma, the meat separated from the bones in dry, intact tubes, and many of the bones had turned into black mush. Its only saving grace was that it still tasted like pork--old, dried-out pork coated with spent coffee grounds, but pork nonetheless.

Every restaurant makes mistakes or comes up short once in a while, but there?s no excuse for taking customers' money and serving them days-old, reheated garbage that wasn?t even prepared correctly in the first place. There was a period of time when Legal Beans did a very good job with ribs, but that was years ago and it was over as quickly as it began.

Posted on: 2016/4/11 17:05
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Re: Downtown Roads...why so bad?
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Does everything being built these days have to be built with the absolute 100% cheapest crap available?
Can't we get at least a whiff of style on some of these giant projects? This is some Eastern Block stuff happening up on 10th St.


You can only have two of these qualities in residential construction:

High Rise
Affordable
Stylish

Posted on: 2016/3/31 21:29
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Re: State of the city rebuttal
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(as the nj.com poster points out)

On the ?increase? in murders?.

2013 - 20 (Fulop starts term in July)
2014 - 23 (includes 5 domestic)
2015 - 25 (includes 6 domestic)


It?s probably not fair holding the Mayor too accountable for those statistics, but an increase from 20 to 25 would almost certainly have been sold as a major, twenty-five percent change if it marked some kind of improvement in another area.

Posted on: 2016/3/29 19:41
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Re: Down under the New Jersey Turnpike extension - recreational use?
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Man I cannot wait until the media gives everyone's dad a new buzzword to describe people in their 20's. Can hipster as a a description just be retired?? I get embarrassed on behalf of the person using it because they come off sounding like they are out of touch and 80 years old.


I hope you recovered from that wave of embarrassment on my behalf, Tony, but I?m not making a generalization about millennials. I?m making a generalization about hipsterism?a subculture for which an affinity for a classic, old-man?s game like bocce would be quite expected.

Posted on: 2016/3/24 18:47
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Re: Down under the New Jersey Turnpike extension - recreational use?
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That BB court in HP brings nothing but excessive litter and noise especially late at night in the warmer months. Replace it with a bocce court.


Bocce and petanque seem ripe for hipster appropriation and cosplay. Choose your poison carefully.

Posted on: 2016/3/24 15:29
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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I believe monuments should reflect the US history not another country's history.


Did you think that all the way through? What about, for example, the United States? numerous Holocaust and Great Famine memorials?

Posted on: 2016/3/18 14:44
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Re: TALDE JERSEY CITY
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I was looking forward to a spicy ginger slush from the Kelvin machine when I stopped by Talde on a nice day a couple weeks ago, but it was gone from its place behind the bar. The staff told me it needed repairs almost equal to the cost of a new unit, and so there were no immediate plans to put it back into service. Meanwhile? Kelvin is advertising on its website that Talde Miami Beach will have one of their machines, but neither the Jersey City nor Brooklyn locations are listed. Hmmm.

There are only about four menu items I really enjoyed at Talde, and while I normally don?t get excited about cocktails, especially frozen ones, that drink was one of them.

Posted on: 2016/3/17 16:19
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Re: Jersey City fired me for Facebook posts on Hillary Clinton, Muslims, man says
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I don?t have enough information to form an opinion whether the firing was justified, but at the very least I can say that Mr. Guglielmi probably doesn?t have much room to be critical of accepting refugees into the United States. Conditions may have been desperate in whatever backwards, impoverished region of Italy his ancestors and their strange religion came from, but they weren?t fleeing from the sort of widespread violence and destruction taking place in Syria.

Again, I don?t know what he wrote specifically, but I do know that anti-immigration sentiment is phenomenally inappropriate coming from a representative of the City of Jersey City, considering our history, our population, and our likely future. An individual who publishes such opinions would be a poor fit indeed.

Posted on: 2016/3/15 14:49
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Re: Water Bills up 500%
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There is 7 units and about 12 residents.
The bill was for 155,000 gallons (2 months)
=215 gallons per day per person


A running toilet would be the most obvious suspect, but that's equivalent to over 100 gallons per minute for two months straight. I'd question the numbers.


I'd question your arithmetic. I get total usage at 1.8 gal/minute

155k/60/24/60


You're right. I made a stupid mistake. That's easily a running toilet then.

Posted on: 2016/3/9 18:17
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Re: Water Bills up 500%
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There is 7 units and about 12 residents.
The bill was for 155,000 gallons (2 months)
=215 gallons per day per person


A running toilet would be the most obvious suspect, but that's equivalent to over 100 gallons per minute for two months straight. I'd question the numbers.

Posted on: 2016/3/9 17:24
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Re: NJ Bill S298 “prohibits the sale or distribution of flavored electronic smoking devices”
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There is a substantial scientific unknown when it comes to the safety of vaping. You're being naive to believe any claims that inhaling any unregulated substance into your lungs from an unregulated vapor driven device is safe or safer than cigarettes. They don't call it bronchiolitis obliterans for nothing.

Even if the "juice" claims to be diacetyl-free, it is often not.


You raise some good points that are worth discussing.

The first is regulation. Vaping has evolved much faster than regulations, which are almost non-existent. On one hand, the absence of control has helped to promote a great deal of ingenuity in solving the problem of cigarettes and smoking. On the other, it also permits unscrupulous or half-hearted efforts among a minority of sellers and manufacturers. Informed consumers know what to avoid, but more needs to be done to protect everyone. Ultimately, we both probably agree that the FDA needs to be involved, and the good news is that regulation is not far off.

Regardless, there are many responsible, capable device and e-liquid makers who already set high standards for themselves and their customers. They avoid introducing diacetyl, acetyl propionyl and other undesirables along with their flavoring ingredients, and publish the results of third-party testing online. They give honest warnings about their products and use tamper and child-resistant packaging. They also put deliberate effort into giving their customers a high quality, satisfying experience. They're effectively doing many of the things that should form the basis of responsible legislation.

The second is harm reduction, or the incorrectly perceived lack thereof. I'm curious why you suggest that e-cigarettes are no less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, because you may be surprised to learn that in 2015, an agency within the UK's Department of Health estimated that electronic cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking, and chances are that's a conservative number on their behalf. After all, there is an enormous difference between the products of tobacco combustion at 2,000 degrees in the glowing cherry of a cigarette, and vaporization of non-toxic (given the dose) propylene glycol, glycerin, and nicotine at 400-500 degrees. Have you ever even been in the same room with a lit cigarette, much less smoked one? Granted that's not a scientific test, but come on now. Smoke is nasty stuff to inhale.

The question remains how harmful some flavoring compounds may be, and there's a great deal of study required, but current evidence suggests that the potential for harm pales in comparison to the smorgasbord of chemicals found in cigarette smoke. You can choose not to believe the experts, but most seem to concur that vaping is much less dangerous than smoking. Long term effects need to be studied after 20, 30, 50 years of use, but we have many reasons to predict that e-cigarettes will continue to prove much less harmful.

Getting back to diacetyl, we know that it, along with acetyl propionyl, carries an inhalation risk and should therefore be avoided in e-liquids. Still, there's something interesting to note: Even though conventional cigarettes produce tens to hundreds of times more diacetyl and acetyl propionyl than even notorious "buttery" e-liquids, tobacco smokers don't suffer from "popcorn lung." We don't know if that says anything about the potential impact of e-cigarettes and their much lower levels of DA and AP production, but that may be a promising sign.

Finally, you're right that there's a great deal we don't know... and that leaves us with an important choice: Should we use? the information we have already at our disposal and refine our understanding as we proceed, or enact knee-jerk legislation that severely limits access to e-cigarettes until we're absolutely sure about everything?

In making that decision with respect to public health, the question and answer seems obvious. Should we allow people a satisfying alternative to cigarettes that is known to be much less dangerous, or pass laws like Mr. Vitale's bill that would effectively help to keep them smoking? Cigarettes are on their way out, why fight it?

Posted on: 2016/2/24 14:26
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NJ Bill S298 “prohibits the sale or distribution of flavored electronic smoking devices”
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Some of you may be interested to know that New Jersey Senator Joseph F. Vitale has sponsored a bill that would prohibit the sale or distribution of electronic smoking devices that use ?characterizing flavors? other than tobacco, clove, and menthol. Mr. Vitale is the chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee.

Amid the bill?s claims and hyperbole, it manages to ignore the likelihood that severely curtailing access to an effective and undoubtedly less harmful alternative to smoking will mean that fewer people will quit tobacco. I don?t know how Mr. Vitale arrived at his conclusions or whose influence he has been subjected to, but his bill appears to be highly counterproductive toward the supposed mission of public health policy. Such a law would almost certainly help to maintain the sale and use of cigarettes among adults and under-age users in the state of New Jersey.

If I was a lobbyist for Big Tobacco, Mr. Vitale?s proposal is the sort of bill I would encourage politicians to draft.

Read it here:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S0500/298_I1.HTM

Posted on: 2016/2/22 16:17
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Re: Jersey City Man Is Arrested After Drone Hits Empire State Building
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Radio controlled planes and helicopters obviously aren?t new, but the technology used in these new machines makes them much easier to fly and is such low maintenance that they have a broader appeal among casual users who would otherwise be put off by the skill and discipline required by earlier RC aircraft. It seems likely that unskilled operators relying heavily on technology, particularly young males in toy-induced stupid-mode (been there, done that), stand a fair chance of getting into trouble doing the wrong things in the wrong places.

Posted on: 2016/2/18 15:10
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Re: NYC deal to restrict helicopter tourism
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This is better than nothing, but still a pretty bad deal. DeBlasio protects the heli-tourism which barely contributes to the NYC coffers and Fulop hasn't been vocal enough or demanded that pilots stay off the NJ side of the Hudson.

Where is our Mayor on this issue - the entire Hudson facing area gets slammed with this endless noise.


The clip posted by Stringer may have answered that question. Mr. Fulop didn?t offer any personal opinion other than his belief that a total ban on tourist flights isn?t realistic, so that could be as much support for his constituents as we?re going to get. While he certainly made it easy for me to believe he doesn?t care, I disagree the industry is here to stay permanently.

On one hand, trying to shut down a long-running enterprise overnight is probably not a wise or feasible course of action. However, when a single entertainment business becomes a perpetual nuisance to so many thousands of residents on a daily basis, and generates significant noise pollution in some of the otherwise quietest public spaces along the Hudson and East Rivers, how realistic is the expectation that we should continue to live with it?

I?d be happy to see a complete shutdown immediately, but in fairness I?m willing to be patient as the industry adapts. Meanwhile, the Sunday moratorium is already very good news as are the overall reduction in flights. Call it another step in a long process, but ultimately I think aerial tourism around Manhattan, in its present form, is on its way out. Technology already exists to provide compelling, accessible alternatives, and it?s only going to get better.

Posted on: 2016/2/4 18:47
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Re: Trump: 'Thousands' in Jersey City cheered on 9/11
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So you are suggesting that Trump is a delusional psychopath? Certainly possible.


No, not a psychopath, but he may be a sociopath. Still, I?m in no position to say with any authority, nor would it be ethical even if I was. I can only see that given his pattern of behavior, he appears to my untrained eye to pass the duck test with respect to what experts write about narcissistic personality disorder. If that?s the case, his ego defenses would strongly resist the possibility that his perception of events may be uninformed, incomplete or flawed.

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