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Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

Latest Episodes

Thought Stopping Techniques w/Tammie Willis

Tammie Willis grew up in a Christian fundamentalist church in Virginia that she now knows was a cult by the ways in which it abused and controlled its members. She explains how her church, school, and family life were all steeped in methods of control based on fear, abuse, dependency, coercion, and obedience at all costs. Tammie describes how although she's been away from fundamentalism for 30 years, she's still coming to terms with how her life has been affected. She goes on to explain how seeing what is happening in the United States political system and the rise of Christian nationalism has been eye-opening and triggering for her. Before you go: Rachel discusses religious trauma and spiritual abuse, which despite being frighteningly commonplace are still relatively unknown to the public. She describes ways in which these abuses can manifest themselves throughout the lives of those who are victimized by them. Thanks so much to our newest Patrons; Ellie, Lindsey Millen, Jason M, Elizabeth Long, Karen Unterreiner, Anne, and Jake Phillips! We appreciate your support!

64 min17 h ago
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Thought Stopping Techniques w/Tammie Willis

Recognizing The Patterns w/ Mark Vicente

Mark Vicente is an author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Producer most well-known for directing the sleeper documentary hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!" Being born in apartheid-era South Africa, and witnessing a number of atrocities, Mark found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. He spent a good part of the late 80's and early 90s shooting anti-apartheid films before going to Hollywood. He has traveled two parallel paths in his life so far. One working his way up the ranks of the camera department in the film industry, eventually becoming a film Director... and the other an unquenchable thirst for self-knowledge. This quest led him through many different religions and self-help organizations. It all came crashing down in 2017 when Mark found out that the company he was working with, and the mentor that led it, was hiding illegal and deeply immoral activities. Before he could even begin to heal, he and a few other brave souls had to become whistleblowers to expose what they were discovering. The journey of taking down the NXIVM organization and its key figures are captured in the 9 part HBO Documentary Series "THE VOW" currently on the air. In this second part of their conversation, Mark describes how recognizing the patterns in Raniere's manipulations helped him unravel his disturbing web of deception. Before You Go: Rachel describes how manipulators benefit from their victims' natural tendency to resist information that contradicts their beliefs. She suggests ways that loved ones can help victims without being seen as unsupportive.

59 min1 w ago
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Recognizing The Patterns w/ Mark Vicente

Covert Violence w/ Mark Vicente

Mark Vicente is an author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Producer most well-known for directing the sleeper documentary hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!" Being born in apartheid-era South Africa, and witnessing a number of atrocities, Mark found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. He spent a good part of the late 80's and early 90s shooting anti-apartheid films before going to Hollywood. He has traveled two parallel paths in his life so far. One working his way up the ranks of the camera department in the film industry, eventually becoming a film Director... and the other an unquenchable thirst for self-knowledge. This quest led him through many different religions and self-help organizations. It all came crashing down in 2017 when Mark found out that the company he was working with, and the mentor that led it, was hiding illegal and deeply immoral activities. Before he could even begin to heal, he and a few other brave souls had to become whistleblowers to expose what they were discovering. The journey of taking down the NXIVM organization and its key figures are captured in the 9 part HBO Documentary Series "THE VOW" currently on the air. Rachel and Mark discuss the difficulties of continuing his healing process while simultaneously "fighting the war" against NXIVM. Before you go: Rachel examines the idea of forced confessionals and the peer pressure used in cultic group settings that manipulative leaders use to extract deeply personal feelings in order to control followers.

67 min2 w ago
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Covert Violence w/ Mark Vicente

Save The Children? The Cultic Ideas of QAnon

In this week's episode, Rachel gives her unique perspective on QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory whose dangerous and cult-like ideas are spreading at an alarming rate. She provides insights on what followers find appealing about the group and why it is so difficult for their loved ones to reason with them. To hear more of Rachel's insights on the group, listen to her recent interview on NPR's Marketplace: https://www.scpr.org/programs/marketplace-tech-report/2020/09/01/81807/ Thanks to our newest Patreon supporters Shelia M. King & Sheridan Humphreys! Have you bought your tickets yet for the "Uniting The Continents: Support For The Pacific Rim'' online conference? It's not too late to buy tickets the event starts this Friday! (September 11 &12, 2020) It's an ONLINE EVENT for Families, Former Members, and Friends Affected by CULTIC Groups and Relationships. The conference will have fourteen+ 50 minute sessions AND a 3 HOUR FORMER MEMBER workshop. Talks are available for 30 days after the event!! You don't want to miss this. Buy tickets from Cult Mediation here: https://pacificrimeventcultmediation.lpages.co/usa/ Photo credit: "QAnon - Q Conspiracy - Deep State Trump"bymikemacmarketingis licensed underCC BY 2.0 "QAnon in red shirt"bymarcnis licensed underCC BY 2.0 "Qanon nutter splinter group"bymarcnis licensed underCC BY 2.0

31 min3 w ago
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Save The Children? The Cultic Ideas of QAnon

Coming Out, Anew w/Todd Brown

Todd Brown continues telling his story of recovery as an ex-member of the independent sect of Sufism called Sufi Dayemi Tariqat. He describes the abuse he endured from the guru who continually belittled Todd for not living up to binary gender norms. Todd speaks openly about how he struggled with his homosexuality within the group and explains what led him to finally leave the community just a few months ago. Before You Go: Rachel examines how the hierarchical nature of controlling relationships leads to victims internalizing blame and unjustly taking responsibility for the negative actions of those in power. Thanks to our newest Patreon supporter Mary B. Stewart! Check out Rachel on NPR's Marketplace discussing Qanon this week: https://www.scpr.org/programs/marketplace-tech-report/?fbclid=IwAR2FO-Im4k4WcqDb2Q9bHl_wwPg1aHcjXSnbKVQJ7BCXMAgTreUJSOGKL0I

49 minSEP 2
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Coming Out, Anew w/Todd Brown

Decision Deception w/ Todd Brown

Todd Brown is an ex-member of an independent sect of Sufism called Sufi Dayemi Tariqat. He reclaimed his identity as a gay man after 23 years with the group. He is currently working towards his PhD and hopes to help people get out of coercive groups. Todd describes the life experiences and vulnerability that lead him to joining this manipulative and controlling group in their Southern Illinois center and details the difficulties inherent in his early healing process. Before You Go: Rachel expands on the manipulative tactic of the false dilemma and describes how her concept of decision deception seduces victims into a false sense of autonomy. Thanks to our wonderful new Patreon supporter Jolie Holland! Share your story for our upcoming call-in show by leaving a message for Rachel at: 1(818)907-0036

61 minAUG 26
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Decision Deception w/ Todd Brown

Indoctrination Presents...Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

For 30 years, a man claimed to be a priest. He performed baptisms and took confession. Every time he ran into trouble, Father Ryan would move on to another small Midwestern town and start his scheme all over again. Followers who once worshiped him, now accuse him of exploitation, fraud and abuse. Multiple prosecutors have charged him, but he’s never been imprisoned for his crimes. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman, who hails from a small Iowa town himself, set out to find out how Father Ryan got away with it for so long and why on earth he did it. Along the way, he discovers Father Ryan has connections to a murdered priest, a false prophet, and an entire subculture where he and other frauds can thrive. In season one of Smoke Screen, join Alex Schuman as he unravels this con and gets answers from this white-collar criminal himself. Listen to Smoke Screen: Season 1 Fake Priest, an all-new podcast from Neon Hum Media.

7 minAUG 19
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Indoctrination Presents...Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

Undoing The Process w/ Jonathan DePeyer

Jonathan DePeyer is a professional counselor who grew up in an organization called The Process Church of The Final Judgment later known as The Foundation, a religious group established in the United Kingdom in 1966 that some scholars of religion have classified as a form of Satanism. His parents' marriage was arranged by the group's leaders in order to receive passports and citizenship to expand the group in the U.S. Jonathan was isolated from his family and left in the custody of abusive and neglectful caretakers from the group. Rachel and Jonathan discuss how children growing up in abusive religious groups are affected and how difficult it can be to overcome the damage done. Before You Go: Rachel further analyzes how devastating of an impact can be made on children who face insecurity at an early age. She explains how this can lead to ongoing and debilitating anxieties throughout adulthood. Thanks to our sponsor Neon Hum Media and our newest Patreon supporter Anne of the Beeves

69 minAUG 19
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Undoing The Process w/ Jonathan DePeyer

Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise

Author and Educator Maria Peregolise grew up as the daughter of a "spiritual prophet". A follower of The Urantia Book, her father used the theology of that religious text to justify his narcissistic abuse. Maria's father claimed to have channeled the voice of Jesus and acted as God's Prophet in order to exercise control over her. Rachel and Maria discuss the signs and symptoms of being raised in a cult or narcissistic environment, as well as the fantastical and outlandish content of the controversial book and the effects it has on its followers. You can find more information about Maria's upcoming book "Culted Child" at her website https://cultedchild.com/ which archives the resources used in her book. Before You Go: Rachel discusses the sensationalistic terms and damaging language used in The Urantria Book and what's left when the smoke and mirrors of these manipulative teachings clear. Thank you to our newest Patron Hollie Hire and to Ken Bernstein, a Patron for a few months now and counting!

65 minAUG 12
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Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise

Campus Coercion w/ Eric Navas

Eric Navas is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills. It is there where he got involved with the group University Bible Fellowship, an organization that started in South Korea in 1961 by Samuel Chang-Woo Lee and Sarah Barry. It was originally associated with the Presbyterian Church but when they moved to the U S in the mid-seventies, they broke off from the Presbyterian church and became involved with the human shepherding movement. Eric speaks about his 3 year experience in the group before realizing the physical, spiritual and financial abuses of the group. UBF has 91 chapters throughout US college campuses under the guise of many different front groups. Eric and Rachel discuss the groups' student evangelism and what makes college students so vulnerable to indoctrination. Eric gives tips on how to ensure college groups such as UBF are legitimate campus organizations and talks about his motivation to start his YouTube channel and UBF informational website ubinformed. Before you Go: Rachel focuses in on why predatory groups such as UBF target college students and shares her own personal experience as a student encountering the tactics of campus centered recruitment. Thanks to our new Patreon supporters: Jen,Becky Weaver,Tammie Willis and Cathryn Mazer Eric's website and YouTube Channel can be found here: https://www.ubinformed.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAApyMdRKHNUjIDkQXOpEA You can find the book on UBF by Brian Karcher that Eric mentions here: https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Snatchers-Exposing-Korean-Campus-ebook/dp/B014YT4ULC/ref=pd_cart_vw_crc_2_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B014YT4ULC&pd_rd_r=5a9784f6-5250-4220-8f06-538b112afd6e&pd_rd_w=nekAQ&pd_rd_wg=la4YG&pf_rd_p=7b1a11cb-b9d6-4645-a52e-34c86ca37029&pf_rd_r=Q7SHXTCRGB5M8PV724JB&psc=1&refRID=Q7SHXTCRGB5M8PV724JB

47 minAUG 5
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Campus Coercion w/ Eric Navas

Latest Episodes

Thought Stopping Techniques w/Tammie Willis

Tammie Willis grew up in a Christian fundamentalist church in Virginia that she now knows was a cult by the ways in which it abused and controlled its members. She explains how her church, school, and family life were all steeped in methods of control based on fear, abuse, dependency, coercion, and obedience at all costs. Tammie describes how although she's been away from fundamentalism for 30 years, she's still coming to terms with how her life has been affected. She goes on to explain how seeing what is happening in the United States political system and the rise of Christian nationalism has been eye-opening and triggering for her. Before you go: Rachel discusses religious trauma and spiritual abuse, which despite being frighteningly commonplace are still relatively unknown to the public. She describes ways in which these abuses can manifest themselves throughout the lives of those who are victimized by them. Thanks so much to our newest Patrons; Ellie, Lindsey Millen, Jason M, Elizabeth Long, Karen Unterreiner, Anne, and Jake Phillips! We appreciate your support!

64 min17 h ago
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Thought Stopping Techniques w/Tammie Willis

Recognizing The Patterns w/ Mark Vicente

Mark Vicente is an author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Producer most well-known for directing the sleeper documentary hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!" Being born in apartheid-era South Africa, and witnessing a number of atrocities, Mark found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. He spent a good part of the late 80's and early 90s shooting anti-apartheid films before going to Hollywood. He has traveled two parallel paths in his life so far. One working his way up the ranks of the camera department in the film industry, eventually becoming a film Director... and the other an unquenchable thirst for self-knowledge. This quest led him through many different religions and self-help organizations. It all came crashing down in 2017 when Mark found out that the company he was working with, and the mentor that led it, was hiding illegal and deeply immoral activities. Before he could even begin to heal, he and a few other brave souls had to become whistleblowers to expose what they were discovering. The journey of taking down the NXIVM organization and its key figures are captured in the 9 part HBO Documentary Series "THE VOW" currently on the air. In this second part of their conversation, Mark describes how recognizing the patterns in Raniere's manipulations helped him unravel his disturbing web of deception. Before You Go: Rachel describes how manipulators benefit from their victims' natural tendency to resist information that contradicts their beliefs. She suggests ways that loved ones can help victims without being seen as unsupportive.

59 min1 w ago
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Recognizing The Patterns w/ Mark Vicente

Covert Violence w/ Mark Vicente

Mark Vicente is an author, speaker, and award-winning Writer/Director/Producer most well-known for directing the sleeper documentary hit "What The Bleep Do We Know?!" Being born in apartheid-era South Africa, and witnessing a number of atrocities, Mark found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. He spent a good part of the late 80's and early 90s shooting anti-apartheid films before going to Hollywood. He has traveled two parallel paths in his life so far. One working his way up the ranks of the camera department in the film industry, eventually becoming a film Director... and the other an unquenchable thirst for self-knowledge. This quest led him through many different religions and self-help organizations. It all came crashing down in 2017 when Mark found out that the company he was working with, and the mentor that led it, was hiding illegal and deeply immoral activities. Before he could even begin to heal, he and a few other brave souls had to become whistleblowers to expose what they were discovering. The journey of taking down the NXIVM organization and its key figures are captured in the 9 part HBO Documentary Series "THE VOW" currently on the air. Rachel and Mark discuss the difficulties of continuing his healing process while simultaneously "fighting the war" against NXIVM. Before you go: Rachel examines the idea of forced confessionals and the peer pressure used in cultic group settings that manipulative leaders use to extract deeply personal feelings in order to control followers.

67 min2 w ago
Comments
Covert Violence w/ Mark Vicente

Save The Children? The Cultic Ideas of QAnon

In this week's episode, Rachel gives her unique perspective on QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory whose dangerous and cult-like ideas are spreading at an alarming rate. She provides insights on what followers find appealing about the group and why it is so difficult for their loved ones to reason with them. To hear more of Rachel's insights on the group, listen to her recent interview on NPR's Marketplace: https://www.scpr.org/programs/marketplace-tech-report/2020/09/01/81807/ Thanks to our newest Patreon supporters Shelia M. King & Sheridan Humphreys! Have you bought your tickets yet for the "Uniting The Continents: Support For The Pacific Rim'' online conference? It's not too late to buy tickets the event starts this Friday! (September 11 &12, 2020) It's an ONLINE EVENT for Families, Former Members, and Friends Affected by CULTIC Groups and Relationships. The conference will have fourteen+ 50 minute sessions AND a 3 HOUR FORMER MEMBER workshop. Talks are available for 30 days after the event!! You don't want to miss this. Buy tickets from Cult Mediation here: https://pacificrimeventcultmediation.lpages.co/usa/ Photo credit: "QAnon - Q Conspiracy - Deep State Trump"bymikemacmarketingis licensed underCC BY 2.0 "QAnon in red shirt"bymarcnis licensed underCC BY 2.0 "Qanon nutter splinter group"bymarcnis licensed underCC BY 2.0

31 min3 w ago
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Save The Children? The Cultic Ideas of QAnon

Coming Out, Anew w/Todd Brown

Todd Brown continues telling his story of recovery as an ex-member of the independent sect of Sufism called Sufi Dayemi Tariqat. He describes the abuse he endured from the guru who continually belittled Todd for not living up to binary gender norms. Todd speaks openly about how he struggled with his homosexuality within the group and explains what led him to finally leave the community just a few months ago. Before You Go: Rachel examines how the hierarchical nature of controlling relationships leads to victims internalizing blame and unjustly taking responsibility for the negative actions of those in power. Thanks to our newest Patreon supporter Mary B. Stewart! Check out Rachel on NPR's Marketplace discussing Qanon this week: https://www.scpr.org/programs/marketplace-tech-report/?fbclid=IwAR2FO-Im4k4WcqDb2Q9bHl_wwPg1aHcjXSnbKVQJ7BCXMAgTreUJSOGKL0I

49 minSEP 2
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Coming Out, Anew w/Todd Brown

Decision Deception w/ Todd Brown

Todd Brown is an ex-member of an independent sect of Sufism called Sufi Dayemi Tariqat. He reclaimed his identity as a gay man after 23 years with the group. He is currently working towards his PhD and hopes to help people get out of coercive groups. Todd describes the life experiences and vulnerability that lead him to joining this manipulative and controlling group in their Southern Illinois center and details the difficulties inherent in his early healing process. Before You Go: Rachel expands on the manipulative tactic of the false dilemma and describes how her concept of decision deception seduces victims into a false sense of autonomy. Thanks to our wonderful new Patreon supporter Jolie Holland! Share your story for our upcoming call-in show by leaving a message for Rachel at: 1(818)907-0036

61 minAUG 26
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Decision Deception w/ Todd Brown

Indoctrination Presents...Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

For 30 years, a man claimed to be a priest. He performed baptisms and took confession. Every time he ran into trouble, Father Ryan would move on to another small Midwestern town and start his scheme all over again. Followers who once worshiped him, now accuse him of exploitation, fraud and abuse. Multiple prosecutors have charged him, but he’s never been imprisoned for his crimes. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman, who hails from a small Iowa town himself, set out to find out how Father Ryan got away with it for so long and why on earth he did it. Along the way, he discovers Father Ryan has connections to a murdered priest, a false prophet, and an entire subculture where he and other frauds can thrive. In season one of Smoke Screen, join Alex Schuman as he unravels this con and gets answers from this white-collar criminal himself. Listen to Smoke Screen: Season 1 Fake Priest, an all-new podcast from Neon Hum Media.

7 minAUG 19
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Indoctrination Presents...Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

Undoing The Process w/ Jonathan DePeyer

Jonathan DePeyer is a professional counselor who grew up in an organization called The Process Church of The Final Judgment later known as The Foundation, a religious group established in the United Kingdom in 1966 that some scholars of religion have classified as a form of Satanism. His parents' marriage was arranged by the group's leaders in order to receive passports and citizenship to expand the group in the U.S. Jonathan was isolated from his family and left in the custody of abusive and neglectful caretakers from the group. Rachel and Jonathan discuss how children growing up in abusive religious groups are affected and how difficult it can be to overcome the damage done. Before You Go: Rachel further analyzes how devastating of an impact can be made on children who face insecurity at an early age. She explains how this can lead to ongoing and debilitating anxieties throughout adulthood. Thanks to our sponsor Neon Hum Media and our newest Patreon supporter Anne of the Beeves

69 minAUG 19
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Undoing The Process w/ Jonathan DePeyer

Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise

Author and Educator Maria Peregolise grew up as the daughter of a "spiritual prophet". A follower of The Urantia Book, her father used the theology of that religious text to justify his narcissistic abuse. Maria's father claimed to have channeled the voice of Jesus and acted as God's Prophet in order to exercise control over her. Rachel and Maria discuss the signs and symptoms of being raised in a cult or narcissistic environment, as well as the fantastical and outlandish content of the controversial book and the effects it has on its followers. You can find more information about Maria's upcoming book "Culted Child" at her website https://cultedchild.com/ which archives the resources used in her book. Before You Go: Rachel discusses the sensationalistic terms and damaging language used in The Urantria Book and what's left when the smoke and mirrors of these manipulative teachings clear. Thank you to our newest Patron Hollie Hire and to Ken Bernstein, a Patron for a few months now and counting!

65 minAUG 12
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Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise

Campus Coercion w/ Eric Navas

Eric Navas is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills. It is there where he got involved with the group University Bible Fellowship, an organization that started in South Korea in 1961 by Samuel Chang-Woo Lee and Sarah Barry. It was originally associated with the Presbyterian Church but when they moved to the U S in the mid-seventies, they broke off from the Presbyterian church and became involved with the human shepherding movement. Eric speaks about his 3 year experience in the group before realizing the physical, spiritual and financial abuses of the group. UBF has 91 chapters throughout US college campuses under the guise of many different front groups. Eric and Rachel discuss the groups' student evangelism and what makes college students so vulnerable to indoctrination. Eric gives tips on how to ensure college groups such as UBF are legitimate campus organizations and talks about his motivation to start his YouTube channel and UBF informational website ubinformed. Before you Go: Rachel focuses in on why predatory groups such as UBF target college students and shares her own personal experience as a student encountering the tactics of campus centered recruitment. Thanks to our new Patreon supporters: Jen,Becky Weaver,Tammie Willis and Cathryn Mazer Eric's website and YouTube Channel can be found here: https://www.ubinformed.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAApyMdRKHNUjIDkQXOpEA You can find the book on UBF by Brian Karcher that Eric mentions here: https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Snatchers-Exposing-Korean-Campus-ebook/dp/B014YT4ULC/ref=pd_cart_vw_crc_2_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B014YT4ULC&pd_rd_r=5a9784f6-5250-4220-8f06-538b112afd6e&pd_rd_w=nekAQ&pd_rd_wg=la4YG&pf_rd_p=7b1a11cb-b9d6-4645-a52e-34c86ca37029&pf_rd_r=Q7SHXTCRGB5M8PV724JB&psc=1&refRID=Q7SHXTCRGB5M8PV724JB

47 minAUG 5
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Campus Coercion w/ Eric Navas
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