Dr. Oz claims that his critics are trying to silence him, when all he is doing is exercising his right to free speech.

But that's not really true.  Oz gives really poor or questionable advice (most of the time, according to this study).

And they are not trying to silence him: they are trying to remove the air of authority that comes with his position of vice chairman of Columbia University’s department of surgery.

I don't think I've ever watched Oz, but I do have an aversion to medical treatments that aren't proven by science.  While I recognize that some such treatments might still have positive effects, and that scientific studies are often flawed, and so on ... stuff like what Oz pushes are often silly to me.

If he wants to push them, more power to him.  But if I were a doctor, and especially I were a doctor affiliated with Columbia University, I probably wouldn't want Oz representing me, or having any prestigious position that made people more likely to believe him. G+

Don't believe everything you see on "Dr. Oz," researchers say

After investigating claims made on popular medical talk show, study warns, "The public should be skeptical about recommendations"

Summary: the WA state treasurer, James McIntire, says that we cannot fully fund education with existing revenues, and we therefore need an income tax.  The problem: the facts clearly show that we do have enough money, and that his income tax proposal is clearly unconstitutional. G+

Sound Politics: McIntire Doesn't Know Constitution, Math, or Both

McIntire Doesn't Know Constitution, Math, or Both. WA State Treasurer James McIntire says that fully funding K-12 education is mathematically impossible, and so he wants a new state income tax. But we know that's not true, that we have enough money right now from taxes to fully fund K-12 ...

The standard view from the left about the proposed repeal of the estate tax is that it is, as MSNBC said, a "massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires."

But the reason they generally justify the estate tax is that it is not actually taxing anyone, because the person supposedly being taxed is, well, dead.

They cannot have it both ways.  If it is a person, it is double taxation.  If it is not a person, it is not a massive tax cut for the wealthy.

Of course, you could argue that it is a tax on the recipients of the inheritance -- after all, the estate tax only kicks in if the value of the estate is over $5 million -- but that doesn't fit because the inheritors very well might not be millionaires, even after receiving the inheritance, depending on how it is valued, how many ways it is split, and how much debt the heirs have.

Also, if you're talking about it being a tax on the heirs, then the tax should not be based on the value of the estate, but on the income of each individual heir.

Calling this a tax break for rich people is simply dishonest, no matter how you slice it. G+

GOP passes massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires

With rising economic inequality, a $269 billion tax break, exclusively for multi-millionaires and billionaires, seems obscene.

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We finally got Hussein's Ginger General. G+

Top Iraqi militant Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed' - BBC News

Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi media say.

WA State Auditor Troy Kelly was indicted today.  Q13 Fox reports, "Speculation has been swirling around Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, since federal agents searched his home last month."

There's one problem with that: we knew about it before he was elected:

http://soundpolitics.com/archives/015547.html

Maybe Q13, and all the other local media, should've investigated it back in 2012. G+

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley indicted on tax-evasion; says he will take leave

SEATTLE -- Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property. The grand...

Dear Harry Reid:

After more than a decade of being in the minority (except for one Congress, where a Republican switched parties to give you the majority), you were given control of the Senate in 2006, not because you have great ideas, but simply because many people hated President Bush.  Bush still being President, you increased Democratic seats in 2008, when President Obama was first elected.

Every election since, you've lost Democratic seats, and then a few months ago, you lost the Senate.

Sorry: who's the loser? G+

Reid: GOP field a bunch of ‘losers'

Reid also compared McConnell to a "lump of coal."

Free month of Marvel Unlimited.  It's a pretty good service, if you have that much time to spend.  I will add a bunch of comics to my MU Library, and then subscribe to MU for just one month, do a bit of a binge, and then cancel the service. G+

Stars Wars Joins Marvel Unlimited

Unlimited access to over 15,000 Marvel digital comics now with over 500 issues of Star Wars Legends!

Netflix delivering the cold hard facts. G+

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Wow.  So the guy who landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn did it to bring attention to his pet issue: taking away freedom from the American people, specifically, the freedom to speak, and to spend money toward that speech, as we wish. G+

The Democracy Club | Because "We the People" own Congress!

Hello - I'm Doug Hughes, a mailman, pilot and the author of this web site. In my time, I've delivered a lot of letters, and I'm delivering 535 letters by 'air mail' today - a special delivery to every member of the US Congress. Congress knows the corruption I am writing about - the voters know ...

Um.  Why would anyone think that federal taxes should reduce income inequality?

The premise of this video is nonsense.  I wish the left would abandon this intellectually bankrupt idea that there can be economic equality, or that government should try to do something about economic inequality. G+

Do Federal Taxes Reduce Income Inequality?

Just how unequal is the U.S. before taxes? How much--or how little, depending on your perspective--does the tax code change that? David Wessel, Director of t...

If Hillary really cares about Americans and their productivity, she should be in favor of effectively abolishing the existing tax code, which -- other than wars -- has been the biggest productivity killer for individuals in businesses that our country has every seen.

Setting aside the cost of the taxes paid -- which we can argue about the right amount for, of course -- businesses and individuals waste tens of billions of dollars annually on federal tax compliance.  And I see no way of arguing that this isn't a massive waste, when we could get the same tax revenues from a much simpler -- and at least as fair -- system, such as a flat tax or consumption tax. G+

Remy: Best Song Ever! (Tax Code Edition)

Remy channels One Direction to help us understand the tax code. Written and performed by Remy. Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Produced ...

Hillary is trying hard to push the left-wing populist agenda. The problem is that the facts don't line up with the philosophy ... and the philosophy often doesn't make much sense anyway.

* “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker"

a. They do not, and b. if they did, it isn't indicative of something wrong.

This is one of the core myths of progressivism today: that income inequality is a bad thing. It might be indicative of a problem, but in itself it is not "something wrong."

But again, CEOs make nowhere near that amount.


* "There’s something wrong when American workers keep getting more productive … but that productivity is not matched in their paychecks."

a. Compensation is going up with productivity, and b. even if it wasn't, it isn't indicative of something wrong.

Compensation should be based on relative value.  Maybe your productivity is going up, but maybe your replacement cost is going down, so there's no reason for your compensation to increase.  That better than bad: it's good.

But again, compensation has been increasing with productivity.


* "there’s something wrong when hedge fund managers pay less in taxes than nurses or the truckers I saw on I-80"

They don't pay less in taxes, either in percentages or sum total.

Granted, if they did, that might be indicative of something wrong, but they categorically do not.  It's just a lie.

(While I am for more equality in taxation, we shouldn't be in the position of rich people paying less in total taxes.  As for percentages, I think ideally everyone pays the same amount of taxes, with the lower wealth brackets exempted, but that's not going to happen; and, of course, as long as we have a graduated system, it should actually be graduated.  But again: they pay more in both taxes, and in percentage of their income.  It's a lie.) G+

Three Statements Of Fact; Three Errors Of Fact

Yes, I know the starting gun for the next Presidential election has been fired. Yes, I know that I shouldn't let this sort of thing get to me. But in her first official campaign stop Hillary Clinton made three statements of fact about the economy. And in those three statements [...]

Lovick seems like he's just trying to be offended. And I hate having to take Somers' side. G+

HeraldNet.com - County executive says chairman's comments were racist

TULALIP - A leadership breakfast here Friday was supposed to bring Snohomish County and Tulalip tribal governments closer together.Instead, fallout...

Is it weird that this in no way diminishes my enthusiasm for trying it out myself? G+

Passenger killed at Walt Disney World’s Exotic Driving Experience

A passenger was killed at a pay-for-play exotic-car driving event. This one happened at Walt Disney World in Florida when driver Tavon Watson, 24, lost control of a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera ...

"It was revealed that a new stamp featuring the late poet Maya Angelou contains a quote that she did not write.  Now, that's bad, but not as bad as none of you noticed that this is actually a picture of Della Reese.  Oh, you feel a little racist now, don't you?  And you should, 'cause I'm lying, this is actually Toni Morrison." -- Jay Pharoah, on SNL Weekend Update

I didn't know who it was, but I immediately knew it wasn't Maya Angelou.  So no, JAY, I do not feel "racist." G+

My favorite part of the Edward Snowden interview is where he keeps saying that he wants American people to make choices and decide what kind of government they want to have.

Except, of course, that the American people had already done that, and by electing people to decide what should be kept secret, and he took it upon himself to reject the choice of the American people.

Like many statists, Edward Snowden thinks it's great if you have choices, as long as they are choices he agrees with. G+

The biggest NCAA championship game of the year is set for Saturday, and it's two East teams: Providence, and the hometown favorites, Boston University.  Go Terriers!

(Also, go Flyers ... keep the Bruins' dream alive.) G+

Dear +ESPN: your mock NFL draft does not constitute actual news, such that you should include the first round results in the news crawl bottom of the TV screen, or send me alerts on my phone.  It's embarrassing, frankly. G+

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Mitt Romney represents the top 1% of NCAA tournament brackets

His bracket is better than President Obama's.

Apparently, Dove doesn't understand math.

I wanted someone in the commercial to say, "I believe I am beautiful, and I believe most people are beautiful, and therefore I am average." G+

Dove Reminds Women To #ChooseBeautiful

Dove wants women to #ChooseBeautiful. As part of the brand's latest campaign, which launched on April 7, Dove set up signs above side-by-side doors in five cities around the world. In each city, one door read "Beautiful" and the other &q...

Since Obama is questioning the faith of his fellow Christians, his own faith is fair game for others to question. G+

Obama concerned by ‘less-than-loving’ Christians

Obama stops himself before going further off script.

My concern about creating special legal protections is historically in our country we've only done that in extraordinary circumstances. And it doesn't appear to me where at one of those moments today.

I will say this: I think there are many that turn to the heavy hand of government to solve society's problems too easily. I think that instead, we need to be working with people on their hearts and minds. And I have faith and confidence in the people of America and that people of New Orleans and that people of Louisiana to not tolerate discrimination, to not support businesses that wanna support discrimination.

So absolutely we need to have a society where we're not discriminating against people. I do think we need to be very careful about creating special rights.

-- Governor Bobby Jindal G+

Meet the Press Transcript - April 5, 2015

MEET THE PRESS -- SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015 CHUCK TODD (V/O):This Sunday, the Iran deal. Appeasement of an enemy or a historic agreement that makes the world saf...

I'm trying to create an account on the Washington department of fish & wildlife's site.  (#WDFW)
They emailed me to let me know I'd set my password. And included my password. facepalm

It should be noted they have some pretty strict password requirements: 10 characters, one number, one uppercase. If you change it, it has to be "suitably dissimilar".

Way to miss the point guys.

As a reminder, passwords should never be stored anywhere. Not your database, not your email system, not my email system, and not the entire internet in between your email system and mine. G+

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Providing information resources to protect, restore, and enhance Washington's fish and wildlife.

First Post!

I am a Practitioner of Chef Style DevOps.

@adamhjk:"A cultural and professional movement, focused on how we build and operate high velocity organizations, born from the experiences of its practitioners."

To join the movement, fork the repo, add your name, and create a pull request.  Or, fork the repo and create your own movement. G+

Neal McDonough should be The Watcher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. G+

Batteries should never read 100% unless the device is plugged in. G+

And this is why people running private businesses should be generally allowed to discriminate based on their religious beliefs.

Discrimination on the basis of religion/race/beliefs/sex/etc. usually sucks.  But forcing someone to associate with something they deeply disagree with -- like, you know, the KKK -- sucks, too. G+

KKK wins lawsuit against bakery for discrimination

A Georgia court has ruled in favor of Marshall Saxby, the Grand Wizard of a local KKK chapter, in a lawsuit stemming from two years ago when a local bakery denied him service. The three judge panel...

Dear Chris Matthews,

In comparing Ted Cruz to Joe McCarthy, you're the one actually guilty of McCarthyism. Yes, really. G+

So sad. Clarkson was -- is -- brilliant. In both senses. Maybe he'll be back in some form, a wiser Tigger. G+

Transmission – BBC Top Gear BBC releases statement on Clarkson « - BBC Top Gear

Car News · First Drives · Motorsport · Latest from the Top Gear TV Show · Geneva Motor Show: winners and losers · Geneva Motor Show: winners and losers: From Aventador SV to Bentley Speed 6, it was quite a show for fast metal. But what was the star of Geneva?

Video lessons about every element on the Periodic Table: http://goo.gl/lAUlW8

Credit: Ted-Ed G+

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Dear Internet,

Have thefts of light bulbs outside people's homes -- now that those light bulbs are becoming much more valuable, being more expensive and long-lasting LEDs -- increased recently?

If not, why not? G+

There's more evidence for a link between autism and vaccines, than there is that Michael Brown was trying to surrender when he was killed. And the Brown lie has contributed to more deaths than the vaccine lie. G+

Dick Durbin says Republicans are putting the first black female nominee for Attorney General in "the back of the bus" by opposing her.

Dick Durbin opposed the first black female nominee for Secretary of State.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00002 G+

Loretta Lynch nomination fight takes on racial tinge

On Wednesday morning, the No. 2 Senate Democrat accused Republicans of putting the African-American nominee for attorney general in “the back of the bus.” Hours later, Tim Scott, the Senate’s only African-American Republican, shot back that Democrats are using “race bait” in the fight over the long-stalled nomination.To...

Apart from the obvious violation of fundamental liberty that would be required to have mandatory voting -- I have an absolute right to not vote -- there's also no reason to think it would be a positive thing for society, unless you're interested only in outcomes (Democrats getting elected) and not process (the people selecting their government).

Presumably, in a country like ours, where it is easy -- but not required -- for anyone to vote who cares to vote, we get the best result: the most informed and interested electors are the ones casting the votes, while the people who don't care and aren't informed don't have their opinions considered.

In a world with mandatory voting, we descend even further into elections by slogans and popularity, hoping to capture the significant number of ignorant and apathetic electors -- in some cases, a majority -- who will be voting based on feelings instead of thoughts.

I can't see how anyone thinks it's a good idea that everyone votes, when we know so many people don't have votes that are worth being cast.  And I am not looking down my nose at anyone; it's just a fact of life.  When I first moved to my current home, there were several elections I didn't cast a vote for on my first ballot, because I was too ignorant about the people or the issue being voted upon.  When you're ignorant, the responsible act is to not vote.

But I commend the many wise and ignorant people out there who regularly choose to not cast votes, because they know that, being ignorant, their votes should not be cast.

I think the only reason Obama wants mandatory voting is clear: because he thinks that ignorant and apathetic voters are more likely to vote for his party.  It's the same reason many Republicans don't want a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens: because they think that such citizens would vote Democratic.

Both sides are wrong: getting the government properly selected by an informed citizenry matters more than getting a particular outcome. G+

Obama broaches the idea of mandatory voting

While discussing money in politics on Wednesday, President Obama broached a topic normally confined to academic circles: A law requiring people to vote.

People are claiming that Boston has a new "title" and is "champion" again because it broke its own snowfall record.  But it's only the record snowfall in Boston.

Syracuse averages more than Boston's maximum. Their record is nearly twice Boston's maximum.

This isn't a championship or title.  It's just a personal best. G+

I feel like there's something wrong with me because I am for vaccinations and against the arguments made against vaccinations, but I am also against most of the rhetoric coming from the pro-vaccination side.

Nah, just kidding. I think there's something wrong with everyone else. G+

I wanted to make sure no one could easily find info about my kid online, so I named him "Google." G+

A new poker game: Obamaha.  It's like Omaha, but when you pick your two cards to make your hand, your other two cards are added to the community cards for other players to use.

Other possible rules:

* players with stacks shorter than the mean get an extra river card
* graduated antes, based on stack size (the smallest chip in play for most players; nothing if your stack is in the bottom 10% of players; 10 of the smallest chip if you're in the top 20%; and half your stack if you're in the top 1%)
* flushes are the lowest-ranked hand, due to lack of diversity
* the dealer always knows everyone else's hand
* if you get three-of-a-kind Kings your stack is distributed to the other players and you are kicked out of the game, unless you're really sorry and the dealer likes you G+

The protests in Ferguson are a good case study in how facts simply don't matter.  It seems likre pretty much all of these protestors believe that Officer Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown was unjustified, even though the facts clearly demonstrate otherwise. G+

“Would I be happy if they left the university, and were no longer our students? Yes, I’d be happy,” said Boren. “We don’t have room for racism and bigots at this university.”

False.  In fact, seeing as that it is a public institution, you are not allowed to exclude people for having unpopular views or saying unpopular things.  You are absolutely required to have room for racism and bigots at Oklahoma University.

You can ban actual harassment, but you cannot ban having racist or bigoted views or saying racist or bigoted things at a public institution.  If you don't like it, then go to a private university. G+

Oklahoma fraternity's 'racists and bigots' condemned as protests grow

David Boren says Sigma Alpha Epsilon would not be welcome on campus after video emerged of fraternity members chanting racial slurs against black people

Was watching the Apple Event.  After Tim Cook introduced Christy Turlington Burns and showed her picture on the big screen, the camera showed Al Gore.  Compare and contrast. G+

This is such nonsense.  What the reporter says "many legal scholars considered a trivial statutory flaw," is actually a very clear and unambiguous statement in the ACA that President Obama is not allowed to do what he is doing.

The law says, "you can't give these people money," and Obama is giving them money.  That's not trivial.

You might not like that the law says it, and you might not think that the Congress meant it, but -- because there are obvious good reasons why that might be intentional -- the claim that it is merely a textual error requires evidence, and there is none. G+

How six words landed the ACA at the Supreme Court again

In the coming days, the Supreme Court will weigh whether states that rely on the federal health care exchange can provide subsidies to make insurance affordable. Special correspondent Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on how millions will be affected if the Court wipes out financial help in 34 states.

Dear Internet,

We know, as a matter of fact, that "hands up, don't shoot" -- the media narrative that Michael Brown was killed while trying to surrender -- is a lie.  So please, stop saying it.

I am not saying it did not happen.  I am saying the assertion that it did happen is not based on any serious evidence.  To assert it is true, is a lie. There is no reason to believe it is true.

Even Attorney General Eric Holder admits it's a myth.  To summarize his DOJ's report: the witness accounts that say he was holding his hands up to surrender were inconsistent with facts or with the witness' other statements, or were later recanted.  *All* credible witnesses said that Brown was moving toward Officer Wilson when Wilson shot him, and the credible witnesses who said he had his hands up also said he dropped his hands before then "charging" at Wilson.

President Obama's Department of Justice confirms that Officer Wilson was not charged because there was no evidence against him.

The relevant text of the DOJ report:

Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media. Prosecutors did not rely on those accounts when making a prosecutive decision. While credible witnesses gave varying accounts of exactly what Brown was doing with his hands as he moved toward Wilson – i.e., balling them, holding them out, or pulling up his pants up – and varying accounts of how he was moving – i.e., “charging,” moving in “slow motion,” or “running” – they all establish that Brown was moving toward Wilson when Wilson shot him. Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and “charging” at Wilson. G+

Former British MP George Galloway is no Benjamin Netanyahu, but when he was called before the Senate in 2005, Democrats and lefists around the nation cheerled his explicit attempts to undermine President Bush's foreign policy. So color me unimpressed when they same folks complain that Republicans are helping Netanyahu undermine President Obama's policies. G+

Greg Gutfeld leaving Red Eye. That's like ... Craig Kilborn leaving The Daily Show. G+

Dear Internet: Obama is not trying to ban all AR-15 ammo.  Most of it would not be banned under the new regulation, because it is only about the bullet, not the cartridge, and there are other types of bullets that are usually used in AR-15 cartridges.

The proposed regulation makes no sense, is probably illegal, and so on.  But it also will have virtually no effect on availability of ammo (except in driving up irrational demand). G+

The Obama Administration's AR-15 Ammo Ban: What's It All About?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has unveiled a new "Framework For Determining Whether Certain Projectiles Are 'Primarily Intended For Sporting Purposes.'" Under that rather bland rubric...

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Perl developers dispel doubts about the code’s longevity

Despite companies like Booking.com hiring developers with Perl skills in their droves, the thriving community is frustrated that there are still claims that the programming language is a legacy code, and that it is dying out.

Maybe the IRS put them with Lois Lerner's missing emails. G+

Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

A phone company official testifying in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial says several texts exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing are missing from his phone.

“This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “They both stand for the same concept: openness, expression and an absence of gatekeepers telling them what they can do where they can go and what they can think.”

George Orwell, your novel is calling. G+

The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules

But the politically divisive decision is sure to inspire a lawsuit.

It's Walky is an early '00s webcomic that is currently being reposted a day at a time with higher resolution and on a non-shitty/broken website.

Today's particular repost really took me back to those days...

+Rob Malda  G+

It's Walky! » Secret government mainframe

February 2015. M, T, W, T, F, S, S. « Jan · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. Storyline chapters. Select Story, Roomies! (2), College Ho! (12), Moving In (6), Psy-cute-ic (21), Alien Abductions (10) ...

Literally every argument I've seen against Keystone XL is objectively false. It's bizarre that the case against it has any traction at all. G+

What President Obama’s veto means for Keystone’s future

A bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was the first order of business for the Republican-led Congress this year, and today that bill was vetoed by President Obama. Gwen Ifill gets two views from Jeremy Symons of the Environmental Defense Fund and Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute.

"Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski"

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"Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski" G+

New species of wasp named after Bruins' Rask

Turns out Brad Marchand isn't the only pest on the Boston Bruins' roster.A new species of wasp found in East Africa has been named after goaltender Tuukka Rask, Carolyn Y. Johnson of The Boston Globe reports:Rask’s insect namesake, Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski, was discovered in the Teita Hills of Kenya by a team of entomologists that happened to include an admiring Boston sports fan who has closely followed his home teams despite moving to Africa...

pgsql == frozen ribs.

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pgsql == frozen ribs. G+

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"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."

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