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Not Martial Arts, cRuciaL ArtS! (visionary)

Let's face it, today's society is a form of 'low intensity war'; we are a colonized lot, compelled away from our pre-colonized imaginations long ago. We are bred to fight, and we regularly fall back on all we know. Then, to evolve the situation, to "wage peace", some of us are going to go to a kind of "peace war". This war is the war of cRuciaL aRts, not Martial Arts. Sections include: intro scenario, a craZy sketch, then a realistic sketch; after that is 'seeking to articulate'
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(see next sections of this in "comments" section below!)

(this portion is much better hand-written/drawn, but i lack resources to change that, at this *point*)


some people just gotta have it, gotta have war. (bear with me please) But they don't know that there's a difference between always society war (a form of low intensity war) and world elite routine severe alienation war...aNd there's also another t o t a l l y other formulation of this thing we *like* so much about 'war' war war war war!
NOT MARTIAL ARTS war, mind you,
but
cRuCiaL aRtS waR!
CruciaL aRts(z) war--
The CLASH of hearts FINALLY SPEAKING,
processing, being & becoming;
ju-jitsuing planted colonization traps!

ARtinG our deepest desires in process!

Permitting ourselves!

RealizinG the vaLue of being radically excellent and/or beautiful with each other!

(not that there's a hierarchy of rigid value; it's all informal human beings daring to be their HEARTS in continually becoming depth arts(z)!)

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(i's/you's could use funding. i's/you's could use critical thinking. i's/you's could if others would. If not, i's'll (and you's'll?) go on & continue anyway, 'cutting' bigger corners--hey, i kinda like being thinner again finally, anyway!)
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MARTIAL ARTS?
yOU've known it since you were a kid
encouraged to fight to
go to meaningful depth.
Yet now such becomes so old, so over-done, so fucking fucked-up.
cRuciAL aRts?
Old wayz with the new!
Pow-Wow-Pows dancing at multiversities of phires, AIM 'activists' tryin to compell their semi-colonized wills, us all artinG back and forth, til we start to see!
Ganja peace circles, Beer peace circles, Liquor Peace Circles, aNd so on
Drink and/or 'drug' til ya drop.
Then we see some of our truths &
move on to another tes(z)t.****
Shall we (critter crawlin on my paper too) always be reduced
to fearing, punching, kicking, biting, destroying?
i don't kno about yOu, but:
i's aM mUCH MORE & look,
some of i's, it's 'just *us*' to SOAR, to coRe, to
cruciaL aRtS rOaR! (and thus, cruciaL artS(z) goes to 'war'.)
(****denotes old-style art-texting that puts both "s" & "z" together in one letter)
(next section is "Handling G.I. Joe" in comment area below!)

II.

(a little craZy po-eh-tree heaviness for thoze who like art imaging ness: )
G.I. Joe is over there on his path just a few seconds before he is 'obliterated' in an explosion.
i's spirit comes in from another dimension floating in a trippie(y)-looking craft
S L O W - M O (Joe as slo-mo too)
Just as Joe is compelled away, i & a greaT loVinG doG in the sky do a fly by
(that is, i guess we were floating there waiting for a crucial moment in your 'not able to listen' and
your planet came speeding by (at thousands of miles per hour) & we reached out & kinda touched you (heh), but more like "grabbed" you---with 'kid gloves' &
brought yOu into our LoVe stYLe wayz.
. . . . . . . . . wayZ(s) that make your eyes sparkle,
your heart wanting to love living again.
"Love living?" retorts a surprised young/old G.i. Joe, "Why I Love living right back there, shooting and killing with all those supersofisticated death machines and shit! Fuck, I'm livin' more than I ever have!"
*"So sad,"* we reply. *"But 'sexy', i/we suppose. All those big-dick guns and automatic come-shots and climax orgasms of fire...all that fucking each other...oh, can humanity get any 'higher'?"*
"Huh???!?" says Joe.
(go to next comment below..."a realistic sketch")

III.

(now to a realistic sketch)
so. You've HAD IT with shit shit shit & you're on the brink
of war war war WAR W A R goddammnit!
And your demonized enemy is also ready to go.
But then strange ==music== is heard.
Wha tha fu--?
NOISE really, lots and lots of it, from seemingly everywhere. And then, what's that?????????
Michael Jacko singing as a kid, singing 'A,B,C, 1-2-3'!??
And then a clan of Scottish pipers piping in
& then a little heavy metal &
some uni-fie(y)d (w)rapperz(s) spinnin right in
in a jazzy-ass way
&
y'all can't help but stand there with your mouths hanging open

and then how about them comedians who also finally escaped corralled stages? Whattya think they might then do?

and after awhile, once the ol' frame of reference of 'consumer'/'audience' has kicked in,
an aRmY of maNy others(z) and others still (maybe the funda-mentalist religionists), all aRtiNg ourseLves
(up to our imagin-ation!)

(see next portion in comments below!)
 
 


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IV.

Dissent Welcome!

"Dare deeper than the roots on every issue of your concern, to where the roots systematically come from, --the heart of the matter. To realize the depth value of seeking the *root of the roots*---to the HEART!"

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."--George Bernard Shaw (note: i don't bow down to him, i just like dis ideah!)

Imagine living in a world
where people 
   began to realize 
          the VALUE 
         of deep, on-going efforts 
to get along 
and understand each other 
     BEYOND perpetual war (at home and abroad).

Imagine a kind of society which encourages and rewards people for their *ability* to openly dissent AS WELL AS empathize with others! All towards an inclusive idea of
*mutually beneficial outcomes*.

If you can still allow yourself to imagine such a world, or something like this, then you may have the kind of excellent *indomitable* spirit that i'm seeking to enhance and promote and put into motion, via a way of doing things that i call the *Crucial Arts*.

The Crucial Arts is a way of doing things deeply rather than superficially, or in the case of social issues, seeking root or heart change rather than mere reform. The Crucial Arts is a vision for being, thinking, and doing in ways that not only utilize known ways as tools, but as well yet not-known ways. The bottom line being a *need* for the unique arting input of a multiversity of creativity, especially yours! Your arting style of desiring to not merely survive but also THRIVE--in order to make visions and community that perpetually include (rather than exclude or dominate) towards meaningful depth, or going *to the heart* of matters.

The pages herein are meant to stir up your independent-minded creativity and visionary desire with in-the-heart visions, art, spoken word, ideas, and analysis which you won't usually find easily.

(more below in comments section!)

V.

Intro to the Crucial Arts

Basically, doing the *Crucial Arts* is an attitude, a way of thinking, becoming, being, and interacting--towards an openly challengeable claim of *mutually beneficial outcomes* (MBO's). It is a way of creative liberation, beyond the confines of ideology and every political imagination i've seen.

Beyond Givens
The philosophy of the Crucial Arts proves the value of waking up to and moving beyond the coerced Givens so normalized in our War-subordinated societies (a). Givens (i.e. "This is The Way Things Are So You Better Get Used To It") are spoon-fed to persons systematically alienated and divided from their desires and made to subordinate to the interests and severely alienated beliefs of the terrorist elite, whether manifesting as States, kings, or gurus (b).

For instance, the Martial Arts claims great ideals, yet for centuries this way has practiced war--maiming and killing--as its most integral way of interacting with rigid systems and their forced or manipulated fighters. There is no liberation here, only two groups of highly manipulated persons seeking to impose their wills on the other, often at the behest of their leader, or "master".

The Crucial Arts provides an escape.

As well, the Crucial Arts *also* shows the folly of rigidly pacifist nonviolence, providing an escape from that ghetto as well. Both ways have some value, given extreme contexts, yet are so limiting of their adherents' potential that they prove, as rigid systems often do, to be more boon to stated ideals than alleged progressions.

"If maiming and killing solved anything, we would have been living free of the problems they allegedly solve long ago."--unattributed

On the other hand, the Crucial Arts seeks to utilize, as its main mode of vision, operation and interaction, the broad imagination potential and creativity of its utilizers, each taking various leading roles as they dare.

Underlying the proactive "action" face of the Crucial Arts is the general seeking of community and mutual aid of *individuals* with other individuals (i.e. persons liberated from the confines of ideology) towards a *multiversity* of inter-dependent persons, groups, and camps seeking excelling beautifulness.

Not that being "beautiful" necessarily means a rigid orientation to what many people seem to think of when they think of "utopia" or "peace". Instead, the Crucial Arts way is a way of *being real* with each other in non-moralistic ways (wanting even to escape from the rigid underlying demands of what "morality" supposedly stands for)(d).

So, to draw up an illustration, the Crucial Arts is a militant style of peace, seeking to embrace the indomitable spirit of rebels and challengers, while not letting the ways in which they are tooled (by the domineering paradigm) continue to mine and tool us. Thus we realize the value of indivudially choosing to avoid or jiu-jitsu that both overt and covert social conditioning which has tooled us--so that we may most freely move towards our most basic loved desires.

Such as our most basic *desires* of wanting beautiful meaning in our lives. Of wanting to live excellently, fully, and even wildly! Our most basic desires to utilize the imagination and intuition we usually learn to distrust and suppress in our schooling years. These desires we often nurse and secretly hold onto underneath layers and layers of armor in what become, over time, the fortresses of ourselves.


"Why can't we all just get along?"--Rodney King, victim of municipal soldier brutality

Extremes
Whether we are so-called "idealistic" and "naive", or well-seasoned in the worst stupidities of humanity, both extremes long to find ways to get along with others in meaningful ways. We just don't accept the idea that it's so-called "human nature" to continue waging varying amounts of stupidity at each other. Nor do we accept the belief, popular today amongst vanguards and intellectuals today, that subtle coercion--aka the "manufacture of consent" is the way towards sanity. We know in our hearts that it *is possible* to basically cooperate, even when we don't have too many experiences. We see the impediments, and they are usually having nothing to do with individual people so much as organized people (e). To at the very least keep bridges between each other which may prove mutually beneficial as mutual trust builds.

On the other hand, maiming and killing people destroys bridges with others, since people are forced to hide or suppress their true feelings when violence or threatened violence coerces so-called bridges.

"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."

So, the Crucial Arts is a way of proceeding towards this connection in both micro and macro--with each other as individuals (the micro), and each other as communities or camps (the macro).

To actually attain this depth of connection with others, whether in defensive mode or *on the offensive*, we see that we must find ways to escape the traps that keep us rigidly divided from each other.

The way i've found to escape those traps is by *going to the heart* of situations personal and seemingly impersonal. Going to the heart means to find out what situations perpetuate challenges, either to our own thinking and beliefs, or those of others. The best way i've found in my imperfect search is the way of mutually beneficial liberation.

So, the crucial arts is a way of doing things which first uncovers and demystifies, and then explores ways of doing things that liberate our imaginations and desires. For me, this means playing with and working at ways of promoting escapes and liberations from the situations and beliefs which keep people feeling powerless and lost, and thus prime product for exploitation and mining.

In order to go seriously towards such escapes and liberations, we're going to have to realize the value of "digging deeper" than what we've previously imagined--because every way we have so far dug has proved to not solve the problems we face! And such problems, or challenges, continue to crop up in new forms!

It is here that i say we need to *go to the HEART*, to the CRUX of things; to the place that perpetuates the same old consequences and allows them to thrive--and "mess with" that. To become conscious of these realities via empathy, walking in another's moccasins, and realizing the value of doing so. Thus we evolve!

A way i have found to go to the heart is to help spread deep ideas, experiences, and insights, as already articulated by as broad a spectrum of people as possible. And to promote a continued orientation to critical thinking about situations which many seem to uncritically overlook.

If you know of any art, spokenword, critiques, and visionary writings on topics across the spectrum which help shed light on a broad picture, please email me at intheheart2 [at] ziplip.com

upcoming points:


direct action: interactors and teams
*spanarchy* (a social system which incorporates the stated and idealized ideals of all systems, thought of and yet to be thought of.)

reFerences:
a) for a broad crucial arts-styled analysis see here; for a more general page of crucial depth see here. b) a reference to the terrorist elite comes from the excellent insight of John Trudell when he speaks of states and their minions not having "power" so much as the ability to carry out military terrorism. See his 'We Are Power' speech for more info on this idea and way of looking. c) spanarchy link forthcoming d) see this critique of morality e) See Aldous Huxley (in _Brave New World--REVISITED_) on the danger of "uniform man" and man becoming an "automaton"
Further reading:

1) The closest Euro-centric political theory i've found to the Crucial Arts and spanaRchY is the post-left methodology. See Jason McQuinn's article on this. See also C.A.L.'s (Columbia Anarchist League) "As We See It" manifesto (?). (note: i claim that spanarchy encompasses post-Left anarchist analysis, claimed ideals, amongst other analyses and ideals that resonate also; yet goes possibly further in a old/new "rendition")
2) "The Revolution of Everyday Life" by Raoul Vaneigem ============================================================= ============================================================= Dissent Welcome! Intro to the Crucial Arts Basically, doing the *Crucial Arts* is an attitude, a way of thinking, becoming, being, and interacting--towards an openly challengeable claim of *mutually beneficial outcomes* (MBO's). It is a way of creative liberation, beyond the confines of ideology and every political imagination i've seen. Beyond Givens The philosophy of the Crucial Arts proves the value of waking up to and moving beyond the coerced Givens so normalized in our War-subordinated societies (a). Givens (i.e. "This is The Way Things Are So You Better Get Used To It") are spoon-fed to persons systematically alienated and divided from their desires and made to subordinate to the interests and severely alienated beliefs of the terrorist elite, whether manifesting as States, kings, or gurus (b). For instance, the Martial Arts claims great ideals, yet for centuries this way has practiced war--maiming and killing--as its most integral way of interacting with rigid systems and their forced or manipulated fighters. There is no liberation here, only two groups of highly manipulated persons seeking to impose their wills on the other, often at the behest of their leader, or "master". The Crucial Arts provides an escape. As well, the Crucial Arts *also* shows the folly of rigidly pacifist nonviolence, providing an escape from that ghetto as well. Both ways have some value, given extreme contexts, yet are so limiting of their adherents' potential that they prove, as rigid systems often do, to be more boon to stated ideals than alleged progressions. "If maiming and killing solved anything, we would have been living free of the problems they allegedly solve long ago."--unattributed On the other hand, the Crucial Arts seeks to utilize, as its main mode of vision, operation and interaction, the broad imagination potential and creativity of its utilizers, each taking various leading roles as they dare. Underlying the proactive "action" face of the Crucial Arts is the general seeking of community and mutual aid of *individuals* with other individuals (i.e. persons liberated from the confines of ideology) towards a *multiversity* of inter-dependent persons, groups, and camps seeking excelling beautifulness. Not that being "beautiful" necessarily means a rigid orientation to what many people seem to think of when they think of "utopia" or "peace". Instead, the Crucial Arts way is a way of *being real* with each other in non-moralistic ways (wanting even to escape from the rigid underlying demands of what "morality" supposedly stands for)(d). So, to draw up an illustration, the Crucial Arts is a militant style of peace, seeking to embrace the indomitable spirit of rebels and challengers, while not letting the ways in which they are tooled (by the domineering paradigm) continue to mine and tool us. Thus we realize the value of indivudially choosing to avoid or jiu-jitsu that both overt and covert social conditioning which has tooled us--so that we may most freely move towards our most basic loved desires. Such as our most basic *desires* of wanting beautiful meaning in our lives. Of wanting to live excellently, fully, and even wildly! Our most basic desires to utilize the imagination and intuition we usually learn to distrust and suppress in our schooling years. These desires we often nurse and secretly hold onto underneath layers and layers of armor in what become, over time, the fortresses of ourselves. "Why can't we all just get along?"--Rodney King, victim of municipal soldier brutality Extremes Whether we are so-called "idealistic" and "naive", or well-seasoned in the worst stupidities of humanity, both extremes long to find ways to get along with others in meaningful ways. We just don't accept the idea that it's so-called "human nature" to continue waging varying amounts of stupidity at each other. Nor do we accept the belief, popular today amongst vanguards and intellectuals today, that subtle coercion--aka the "manufacture of consent" is the way towards sanity. We know in our hearts that it *is possible* to basically cooperate, even when we don't have too many experiences. We see the impediments, and they are usually having nothing to do with individual people so much as organized people (e). To at the very least keep bridges between each other which may prove mutually beneficial as mutual trust builds. On the other hand, maiming and killing people destroys bridges with others, since people are forced to hide or suppress their true feelings when violence or threatened violence coerces so-called bridges. "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." So, the Crucial Arts is a way of proceeding towards this connection in both micro and macro--with each other as individuals (the micro), and each other as communities or camps (the macro). To actually attain this depth of connection with others, whether in defensive mode or *on the offensive*, we see that we must find ways to escape the traps that keep us rigidly divided from each other. The way i've found to escape those traps is by *going to the heart* of situations personal and seemingly impersonal. Going to the heart means to find out what situations perpetuate challenges, either to our own thinking and beliefs, or those of others. The best way i've found in my imperfect search is the way of mutually beneficial liberation. So, the crucial arts is a way of doing things which first uncovers and demystifies, and then explores ways of doing things that liberate our imaginations and desires. For me, this means playing with and working at ways of promoting escapes and liberations from the situations and beliefs which keep people feeling powerless and lost, and thus prime product for exploitation and mining. In order to go seriously towards such escapes and liberations, we're going to have to realize the value of "digging deeper" than what we've previously imagined--because every way we have so far dug has proved to not solve the problems we face! And such problems, or challenges, continue to crop up in new forms! It is here that i say we need to *go to the HEART*, to the CRUX of things; to the place that perpetuates the same old consequences and allows them to thrive--and "mess with" that. To become conscious of these realities via empathy, walking in another's moccasins, and realizing the value of doing so. Thus we evolve! A way i have found to go to the heart is to help spread deep ideas, experiences, and insights, as already articulated by as broad a spectrum of people as possible. And to promote a continued orientation to critical thinking about situations which many seem to uncritically overlook. If you know of any art, spokenword, critiques, and visionary writings on topics across the spectrum which help shed light on a broad picture, please email me at intheheart2 [at] ziplip.com upcoming points: direct action: interactors and teams *spanarchy* (a social system which incorporates the stated and idealized ideals of all systems, thought of and yet to be thought of.) references: a) for a broad crucial arts-styled analysis see here; for a more general page of crucial depth see here. b) a reference to the terrorist elite comes from the excellent insight of John Trudell when he speaks of states and their minions not having "power" so much as the ability to carry out military terrorism. See his 'We Are Power' speech for more info on this idea and way of looking. c) spanarchy link forthcoming d) see this critique of morality e) See Aldous Huxley (link) on the danger of "organization man" and man becoming an "automaton" further reading: 1) The closest Euro-centric political theory i've found to the Crucial Arts and Spanarchy is the post-left milieu. See Jason McQuinn's article on this for more insight. 2) "As We See It" by the Columbia Anarchist League (note: spanarchy encompasses anarchist analysis and claimed ideals, amongst other analyses and ideals that resonate) 3) The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem

 

a flyer i pass out with this arting

there are many ways to "pass out" a flyer; do not be tooled by the ones we take for granted. Play with ways!

The idea of this flyer is to *speak to* as broad a possible spectrum as i can imagine (and of course, this flyer is not as full as it could be!), so that the cRuciaL aRtS angle adds to the whole thing in a deeply meaningful way!

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In case you didn't know...
General: www.whywork.org Find a possibly trustworthy auto mechanic: cartalk.cars.com/content/mechx/ Beyond nursing homes: www.freedomclearinghouse.org
Work injury aid: www.rtk.net/ncci & www.ncchem.com Military Recruiting Deception: www.nlg.org/mltf/youth.html & www.nodraftnoway.org "War is a racket" says ex-general of the US Marine Corps, Smedley D. Butler: lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm Computer safety: security.resist.ca Be your own lawyer (see also: "coaching"): www.pro-selaw.org www.ncsconline.org www.raggededgemagazine.com/archive/pro-se.htm self-helplaw.com Possible cures for cancer: www.ciss.org.au/documents/Hoxsey.html (includes clinic info) and essiac-info.org Alt medical remedies: members.tripod.com/~AspenIsle/kitchen1.html Fraudulent 'diagnoses': ADHD/ADD: www.adhdfraud.org www.thomasarmstrong.com/myth_add_adhd.htm Psychiatry: www.stopshrinks.org www.szasz.com Non-industry peer/survivor crisis line (Mental Patient's Liberation Alliance): 1-800-654-7227 Youth: Gifted Kids Foundation: www.nfgcc.org Juvenile 'justice': www.szasz.com/boostrom.html The lie of the "child savers" by Anthony Platt: www.ucimc.org/newswire/display/13390/index.php Youth liberation info: www.oblivion.net How to quit school and get "a real life and education": www.lowryhousepublishers.com/TeenageLiberationHandbook.htm (Grace Llewellyn, author)
Student Press Law Center (defending youth since 1975): www.splc.org Know your post 9-11 'rights': www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Civil_Liberties/Know_Your_Rights.html Report cop abuse: copwatch.com/AAAindex.html www.policeabuse.org Homeless?: www.cryoflove.org Juries have the right to judge laws: 1-800-TEL-JURY (Fully Informed Jury Assoc.) US Supreme Court says: artists have the right to SELL art in public WITHOUT a permit: www.openair.org/alerts/artist/nyrej.html (background: sacredlight.to/pages/decision.htm) Musicians: defend yourself from industry exploitation: www.recordingartistscoalition.com & www.thebaffler.com/albiniexcerpt.html Bio: Genetically-altered food warnings: www.truefoodnow.org A cure for Eczema that worked for me: Vitamin B-Complex (1 tablet a day) Traveler info: www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Travel/Travel_Info.html Find a map: www.mapquest.com Translate text: babelfish.altavista.digital.com/translate.dyn

"When I go around in America and I see the bulk of the White People, they do not feel oppressed—they feel powerless. We see the physical genocide that they are attempting to inflict upon [American Indians], and we understand the psychological genocide that they have already inflicted upon their own people…"—John Trudell, Lakota spokenword artist who lost his entire family, including 3 young daughters, to a very suspicious fire at the height of an illegal federal-sponsored war on a huge variety of legal dissent. Info: www.cointel.org & www.angelfire.com/psy/intheheart/TrudellJohn/tdellindex.html

Note: All info herein has been compiled, over years, by an anonymous independent getting no payment
except the joy of helping his fellow people. Get online, free, at your local public university or suburban municipal library! (best outfitted)

Thought control: General: The National Security Archive (with FOIA documents like "The Pentagon Papers"): www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ Noam Chomsky, despised institutional analyst (see: chomsky.info i.e. Watergate as 'small potatoes', 'crisis of democracy'; see also: www.zmag.org/chomsky/ni ) How elites deal with idealists: www.radio4all.org/anarchy/sabot.html Propaganda: www.buildinfreedom.com/ft/propaganda.htm

"[The public asks] 'how is this possible?--I get that all the time. [They ask] 'Are you telling us that the people in Washington are evil?'...And I kind of flared up; Americans are decent people; they are nice people, and they're insulated in the world that we live in, and we don't read our history..." --John Stockwell, 13-year top level CIA official, now dissident, awarded CIA's highest medal, US Marine Corps commander, West Point graduate with honors (very charismatic): www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Stockwell/John_Stockwell.html

Books: _It Did Happen Here_ by Bud and Ruth Schultz _The Four Agreements_ by don Miguel Ruiz _Love Canal: The Story Continues_ by Lois M. Gibbs, 1998 _Cop To Call Girl_ by ex-LAPD Norma Jean Almodovar Beyond the same old song: www.anti-politics.net/forum/ www.bopsecrets.org www.geocities.com/kk_abacus/vb/wd4-2go.html Get together with other critical thinkers: news.infoshop.org www.welcomehome.org www.ic.org Alt media: www.altpr.org www.cbc.ca/radioguide/ Indy Media (self-publish world-wide!!): seattle.indymedia.org chicago.indymedia.org www.indymedia.org (and so on; see left margin or bottom of pages for links) NOTE: pages not working can be found via keyword searches, i.e. google.com
 

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