Thursday, January 26, 2012
CNN iReport roundtable - Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET

Please join us here at 2:30 p.m. ET for today's  iReport roundtable.

 

We'll open comments at 2:30 p.m. ET and look forward to talking with you then.

110 Comments
January 26, 2012
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Hi everyone and welcome to our roundtable.

January 26, 2012
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Hi all-  Alun here, live from (very warm!) southern Spain today!

January 26, 2012
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I'm going to start by showing off some of the great iReport driven content that's been published on CNN.com this week. It's been pretty exciting.

 

CNN Money published their gallery of iReporters' favorite cars: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/autos/1201/gallery.ireport-favorite-car/index.html

 

Health did a profile of a man who lost 270 pounds, which is amazing.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/25/health/weight-loss-profile-bryan-ganey/index.html

 

 

January 26, 2012
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Hello!

January 26, 2012
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We also had iReporters who shared fond memories of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/2012/01/25/remembering-what-paterno-meant-to-you

 

And we're planning to publish a wonderful piece on iReporters' memories of the Etta James song "At Last."

 

January 26, 2012
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Hi Alun and Chris,

How are y'all doing?

January 26, 2012
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Spain sounds lovely. It's quite gloomy in Atlanta this week.

January 26, 2012
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Doing Well, thanks Davidw. Hi Alun too! :)

 

I'd love for my recent iReports to be vetted. :)

January 26, 2012
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We've also got a fun new assignment for folks to try. We're asking people to share their favorite recipes that use Fair-trade chocolate. It's the latest in our Freedom Project challenges:

http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/733442

 

January 26, 2012
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We'll take a look at them Chris

January 26, 2012
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Super sunny in San Diego. 80 at the beach! a rare thing and big waves as well at a great white shark sighting.

January 26, 2012
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It's nice to see some sunshine - I'm also filming a few "This is CNN" pieces!

 

Re Eta James - UK newspaper the Daily Mail ran a headline which initially said

 

" At Last Singer Etta James Dies at 73"

 

which caused a few raised eyebrows ....

January 26, 2012
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Ooh, that's unfortunate headline

January 26, 2012
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What will the 'This is CNN' be used for? And are they using the ones from the past as well?

January 26, 2012
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What do people do when they see a shark? Is it business as usual or do people stay out of the water?

January 26, 2012
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whats the time with u lot:)

 

January 26, 2012
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I live at the beach. There are signs that say danger at the beach, shark sighting. But surfers are crazy and take the risk.

 

I've never seen a great white at this beach. very rare.

January 26, 2012
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Regarding big whites get the cameras out

January 26, 2012
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Hi 53mice,

Welcome to the roundtable. I don't think we've met. I'm David Williams and I'm the CNN.com community manager.

If you ever have questions or concerns, you can drop me an email or private message.

January 26, 2012
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53mice - hard to track a moving target in the ocean. Even if 16-18' and 5,000 lbs. :)

January 26, 2012
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hello all!

 

majorly jealous of you, alun. i love love love southern spain. what town?

January 26, 2012
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Cheers David, got a few Q

January 26, 2012
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Hi everyone! Sounds like a lovely bunch today at the roundtable.

January 26, 2012
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Fire away 53mice we will do our best to answer them

January 26, 2012
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Hi guys! What's going on?

January 26, 2012
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I was thinking Business Sharks in these tough times

January 26, 2012
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Hi everyone.

January 26, 2012
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I never did understand surfing .. but then again I can't swim ...

 

 

 

January 26, 2012
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53mice - :)

January 26, 2012
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Good evening from Wales (a rather cold, but clear Wales which makes a change), have I missed anything of import?

January 26, 2012
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San Diego has some nice sharks. Wouldn't mind to go to there myself.

January 26, 2012
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Hello everybody.

January 26, 2012
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Ok how can I make some dosh doing this writing stuff and how can i illustrate TIME front cover

January 26, 2012
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Hi everyone.I am Tina Armstrong from Lagos Nigeria,happy to be here with you all.This is my first roundtable meeting with the CNN iReport community.

January 26, 2012
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Well Hello Harry from Wales, welcome to the roundtable! I don't know if there is much of import but there is a nice discussion happening here.

January 26, 2012
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@Rachel8 - I;'m in the hills above Benalmadena tonight - off to film in Marbella tomorrow - if my partner gets better - unbelievably she's got a cold!

 

I was in Malaga today, wanted to do an iReport on their newish Picasso museum, but ran out of time!

January 26, 2012
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Ryn

Hello all!

First  David where to send the "This is CNN" video clip?

Rachel I just got word you called the other day and am sorry I did not return your call.

I have a difficult time hearing on the phone but always check my email.

Love the new assignments!

I sent in several photo essays and one weather posts with the ice storm we had last weekend. I know I about wore everyone out, but was pretty excited with my new camera.

January 26, 2012
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Hi Tina, thanks for joining us! Welcome, hope you enjoy your visit. Great to have someone from Lagos on here.

January 26, 2012
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Hi Ryn,

You can email it to me.

January 26, 2012
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Hey Tina! Thank you for all your recent contributions.

January 26, 2012
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Hi @HarryWales - Actually, there is a neat international project I'm just starting that you might be interested in. It has to do with the U.S. election.

January 26, 2012
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Hi everyone.  I'm getting ready for some snow and nasty weather that is predicted to hit here in Vermont.  

January 26, 2012
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I joined iReport Januaru 2012. I wanted a voice. It worked well, but now that the crisis I reported is over. How do I turn this from a one time gig into a full time freelance engagement?

January 26, 2012
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Totally okay, @Ryn! Is it better to email you than call?

January 26, 2012
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@eenaija0880 Can I be the first to welcome you - we're a friendly bunch here -and your country is fascinating at the moment (and always, actually!).

 

 

 

January 26, 2012
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Welcome teenaija0880 -- It has been fascinating to see all the iReports coming in from Nigeria. How are things there now? Is it quieting down or is this the start of a new political movement.

January 26, 2012
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I'm always interested in anything to do with the US elections. What are you planning?

January 26, 2012
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Hi @mice53 - I don't know the folks at Time yet, but it would be could if we could one day have iReports on the cover.

January 26, 2012
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hi David. can you answer the 'This is CNN' question? please.

January 26, 2012
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Hey Chris,

I think I sent you an email about it last week.

January 26, 2012
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Ryn

Rachel Usually it is best to email, or I will drive you crazy saying pardon me, what did you say? lol

Appreciate you

 

January 26, 2012
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@Akata A lot of iReporters use their "on CNN" stories as clips on their resume when they're looking for a full-time job or freelance positions, and that's definitely a good strategy! I'd also recommend that you keep an online portfolio of your work (iReports and whatever else you've done). Here's a story we did about iReporters who leveraged their iReporting to get jobs: http://www.cnn.com/2011/IREPORT/08/11/job.success.irpt/

January 26, 2012
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@David...the link you sent about the "This is CNN" only took me to a log on page that wouldn't let me log on.

January 26, 2012
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oh David. I emailed you questions from that email. Thanks!

January 26, 2012
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@Ryn Noted! Thanks :)

January 26, 2012
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I'll send you better instructions KCRep.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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@HarryWales - We'll be looking for what each country thinks of America and the U.S. election. Get your opinion cap on.

January 26, 2012
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I could certainly contribute something from Wales (a country which has a long connection to the United States) in fact I shall be talking about those connections at our local history society next month. Would you want a personal viewpoint or views from my part of Wales?

January 26, 2012
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Hi, I'm new to this roundtable.  I've been a CNN iReporter since April 2011.  I have a question about the recent changes to the iReport site.  Why are articles being limited to 4000 characters?  Why don't comments have the same limitation?

January 26, 2012
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@David the same thing happened to me as it did to KC.

January 26, 2012
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SPK

By the time your Election comes around we will be getting ready for our Vote on Independence.

January 26, 2012
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Since we're talking about it, I'll go ahead and open it up to everyone.

I'm working on a fun little video project and asked some iReporters to help me out with it.

If you're interested, shoot me a note and I'll send more details.

 

January 26, 2012
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I could work on the concept then we could approach them do get it done, especially as iReports are the future

January 26, 2012
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Just noticed this was going on..

January 26, 2012
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@HarryWales - That's a good question. I'd be keen to get a video perspective from you, but if you interviewed other folks as well, that'd be fascinating. Let's stay in touch. I'll let you know when I've launched an assignment.

January 26, 2012
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@david - ah, yes, same here now I've checked re "this is CNN".

January 26, 2012
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Hi anobid,

I don't know what caused the character limit on iReport stories, but I do have a work around.

 

What you can do is post the story with just a little bit of text when you upload it.

 

Then you can go in and edit the story and add as much as you like.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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Greetings All.....Chris you be my Hero.....David you do a helluva job Thanks....

January 26, 2012
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@Chris Super sunny and 80 sounds much better than snow, sleet, and freezing rain.  I'm not looking forward to this nasty weather.

January 26, 2012
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@SPK - Do you think Scotland will declare independence? I hope you'll keep us updated.

I loved Edinburgh when I was there this summer.

January 26, 2012
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Ah, talking about the weather. It's pretty nice out.

January 26, 2012
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JVHill :)

thepizzaman - I've like to order a pizza for delivery :)

January 26, 2012
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yeah, stay warm @thepizzaman.

 

January 26, 2012
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I'm hoping to go to Scotland this year, works well for the amount of Delta FF miles I have.

January 26, 2012
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David,

Just a thought, consider stories on Non-Profits asking the good and bad, etc;

January 26, 2012
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SPK

I hope so david but the Press over here as well as the Political Prties on the Right & the Left are pretty much all run from London.

 

That means very little of the Scottish Point of View will be seen here.

 

You may be more likely to get unbiased Points of View in America than we are.

January 26, 2012
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Anybody got political project ideas, by the way? I specifically work with user comments, and politics is what everyone wants to talk about, so I'm always looking for fresh ideas to get people involved and so is Team iReport that you're talking to right now.

January 26, 2012
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Just stopped in to say Hello.. Got to run;)

January 26, 2012
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Thanks so much @JVHill. We've got a really great team and we're lucky to get to work with so many amazing people

January 26, 2012
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Hello everyone¡¡¡

January 26, 2012
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good to see you DaElmer.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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@SPK Would you want to share the Scottish point of view? I don't know if I speak for all Americans, but I certainly don't know what that would be.

January 26, 2012
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SPK

It will affect America but only because we have American Troops. We do have Nukes but I think England will want those back.

 

Just dont invade us for our Oil.

January 26, 2012
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Hey Guys

 

Will You Guys do a Special “iReport for CNN” Episode , because of the one million registered users? sort of a look back

January 26, 2012
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I almost forgot to let you know that our cool Week in iReport blog post will also post tomorrow in the blog.

 

We do a weekly rundown of some of the most interesting stories that came though CNN iReport. It's a fun read.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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SPK

I will be happy to. Things should start heating up in the next few months.

January 26, 2012
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It would be a long delivery Chris.  But I'm sure I'd love the sunny weather.

January 26, 2012
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HI Eaglenews - I don't know the answer to that question. Our friends at CNN International put that show together. I did see several really good articles about CNN iReport on the Internet this week.

The world is really paying attention to what you are doing.

January 26, 2012
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David:

Would appreciate you including me on your list for your project...

January 26, 2012
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Thanks David.  It's about 25 degrees here right now.  I have my wood stove crankin.

January 26, 2012
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Okay Thanks B)

 

iReport is great!!!!

January 26, 2012
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@thepizzaman A nice hot pizza will keep anyone warm.

January 26, 2012
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one million mark could been on the f/c TIME

perhaps the next land mark should be

January 26, 2012
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the pizzaman - I've got the craft beer covered if you deliver the pizza :P

January 26, 2012
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This has been really fun.

Just to let everyone know, we are going to get back in the habit of doing this every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET, so hopefully we'll see you all next week. If you have topics you'd like us to talk about, please let me know.

 

Also feel free to contact me or anyone on our team if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to remain private. My email is david.williams@cnn.com.

 

Finally, if you have friends in that you think would be interested in CNN iReport, please invite them to join us.

 

 

 

January 26, 2012
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@davidw - Thank you! I will try that! It has been a point of endless frustration!

January 26, 2012
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Ciao! ALL!

Have a super day and check out my iReports!

 

January 26, 2012
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Take care everyone,

I've got to run, but y'all don't have to leave on my account. Feel free to keep visiting amongst yourselves.

We'll talk with you next week.

January 26, 2012
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Ryn

I'll bring the fair trade chocolate treats!

January 26, 2012
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Bye guys! Thanks for coming. Diving back into comment land ...

January 26, 2012
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@EagleNews I just spoke with the producer of the iReport for CNN show and she's definitely going to include a salute to the 1 million iReporters.

January 26, 2012
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@nsaidi We have gotten more ice than snow here in Vermont this year.  I am turning into The Sand Man.

January 26, 2012
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STOP TALKING ABOUT PIZZA. I'M STARVING.

 

that is all. ;)

January 26, 2012
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Hi guys! Am i late to the party! Didn't have to pick up my kids today so I can check in!

January 26, 2012
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Hi Guys. Sorry I am late...

January 26, 2012
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@david

.WMV bugs??? I have to convert all my files before upload!

January 26, 2012
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We have a spring wther in Copenhagen. Only Racism is a problem. I have just been in court, The Universoty of Copenhagen is triyong to get me emprisioned as a Terrorist with connections with Afcaeda. First I was acused of being a terrorist. One year later I was not a terroris but a person who has Guns as Pistols asking for permkission to shut everyone. Strang but a serious case. I can go to jail for life.

January 26, 2012
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hi guys! just checked in to say 'hello'....it's 11pm here in Athens..

February 1, 2012
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my roomate's sister makes $86 every hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 9 months but last month her paycheck was $7861 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site... LazyCash9.com

February 7, 2012
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why does washington buttwipes and certain news affiliats feel the need to help other countries when we have so much needed to be done here,americans losing everything,illegals getting everything,schooling,foodstamps,jobs.that is wrong,illegals are crimminals broke the federal law.stop putting illegals welfare ahead of tax paying americans.deport all illegals their kids too.we cant afford to pay for their free shit anymore.arrest deport now

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