Monday, September 1, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Has Raised $100 Million & Counting

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Has Raised $100 Million & Counting

The viral philanthropic blockbuster, which has been ubiquitous on Social Media by luring in hundreds of celebrities, has sparked millions of donations to ALS research and raised awareness -from all walks of life, to the disease.

The ALS Association announced that donations related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge where participants pour a bucket of ice water on their heads and dare others on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to donate — have topped $100 million in the past month.

In retrospect, that's a 3,500% increase from the $2.8 million that the ALS Association raised during the same time period last year. More than three million people have donated, the association says.

To put in perspective on how social media can accelerate fundraising, consider the following: Livestrong launched its yellow bracelet cancer-awareness campaign in 2004 which took them one year to raise $50 million.

Perhaps the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge works because it hit a sweet spot amongst its darers, challengers, participants, and viewers. Not only was it for a good "compelling" cause, it was accessible and just plain fun.

As with anything in life, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has rubbed some people the wrong way, especially as participants get caught-up in the act of making videos for publicity rather than focusing on the substance of the charity itself. Regardless, given the campaign’s unbelievable success — who knows what the next viral celebrity challenge will be like in the near future?

The Beauty Of Independence (2014) EP by G-Unit

The Beauty Of Independence (2014) EP Review

Out of nowhere, G-Unit feeds the streets with "The Beauty of Independence" EP to hold the fans over until the main course.
After he proved he was a bankable rapper, 50 Cent started his own imprint and made G-Unit his first priority. For a while Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Fiddy were consistently putting out quality music that fed the streets. But all good things must come to an end. In the Unit's case, the general fell out with first Young Buck and kicked him out of the group. This was already after Cali rapper The Game was shown the door and the two became embroiled in a long-running beef. Then 50 grumbled about Banks and his work ethic. The Queens rapper became more focused on non-music projects and concentrated his time on his clothing label, budding acting career and other business ventures and he became even richer in the process. Meanwhile, Banks’ career floundered; Yayo was in and out of legal trouble; and Young Buck seemed to suffer the most and had to watch the government auction off his personal possessions to pay for his looming tax bill.
But a funny thing happened on the way to 50 Cent’s appearance at this year’s Hot 97 Summer Jam. In late February, the rapper announced he was leaving Shady Records, Aftermath, and Interscope, and instead opted to go the independent route. Even though just months earlier he was adamant about not getting the old unit back together, he took the stage that Sunday in June and made an announcement that no one thought would happen again: G-Unit was back together. Following their reunion performance, 50 and his cohorts were on a tear. They released freestyle after freestyle hyping their fans up in truly believing this time they’ll make it work. The last time they released anything together was in 2008 but with the promise of full G-Unit album in the fall, Fiddy, Banks, Buck, Yayo and newly added fifth member Kidd Kidd continued to feed the street with new music.

Then out of nowhere, the five-member unit unleashed The Beauty of Independence. The six-track EP dropped quietly on iTunes and it’s meant to hold G-Unit fans over until the main course is served in the late fall.
The album opens with “Watch Me,” an appropriate song because they know with the buzz that they’ve created just by getting in the same room together would draw attention. All five members flex on their bars, showing off the many reasons why when they step in a club all eyes are on them. But that’s all of the flexing they’ll do. G-Unit gets back to the dark, gritty, drug-slinging, gun toting music that made them the favorite in the streets back in their heyday.
The fearsome five-some dives right in the slow, creeping “I Don’t Fuck With You” and they dare anyone to come at them sideways. G-Unit has always shined when they stick to what they know best and it was evident in “Digital Scale.” No matter how many times he tries to do love songs or goes commercial, Fiddy is on point when he reverts back to the old drug dealer in the streets:
“Sixty-two eights of that raw, imported keys/ Half of chicken whole chicken/ Niggas got to cop 'n' go, yo/ I said you niggas got to cop 'n' go/ This is like fast food, nigga/ May I take your order?/ I require nothin' cookin' but bakin' soda 'n' water”
Newcomer Kidd Kidd may not be as well known as his other G-Unit counterparts but the New Orleans rapper held his own in “Digital Scale:”
"You known from the get-go/ I ain't 'bout to let nobody play with my green/ When they coward belly yellow/ Polka-dot carbine on your chest, screamin' "hold on"/ Hold on/ You see my face and let go/ I'm from the N.O.; better check the death toll/ You was playin' Casanova/ Cookin' bitches casserole/ I was on the ave with O's, me and red taggin' toes/ On the Greyhound bus/ Pounds in my baggy clothes"
The Guerilla Unit takes a brief reprieve and get reflective on how money and fame can have certain effects on the people they thought were in their corner with “Changes.” 50 once again leads the way:
"All I'm hearing is Jimmy want my shit to flop, Dre don't care if I blow/ God damn, all this from fucking selling headphones/ Chris died, Theo didn't show up to a nigga wake/ Which indicates the team I thought we built, it was fucking fake/ Barry's drunk, Barry dump, Barry's in the pen again/ I'm back at the drawing board, somebody call Eminem."

If this was meant to solely serve as the opening act to the main round, then The Beauty of Independence has certainly served its purpose. But somehow Yayo got lost in the shuffle even though you could tell they all tried to get equal shine on each track. And it’s interesting to note that Lloyd Banks was noticeably absent at times. If nothing else, G-Unit has managed to bring back that nostalgic feeling from back in the day when hardcore thugs off of the corner weren’t too embarrassed to one-two step in the club with a pair of Timberlands on. And it makes us even hungrier for the main event. — Iva Anthony |

50 Cent & G-Unit Talk The Beauty Of Their Reunion

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Watch 50 Cent And G-Unit Talk The Beauty Of Their Reunion
It's The Unit!

G-Unit is officially back. On Monday (August 25), 50 Cent and his maniacal band of MCs dropped The Beauty of Independence, a brand new six-song EP to cement the comeback which they put into play at the beginning of the summer.

To celebrate, Fif, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and newcomer Kidd Kidd gave a special radio interview to Shade45 on SiriusXM and also spoke to MTV News about their reunion.

“I always felt like we would be back together and doing music. That was the most important part to me,” Banks told us. “All the other things that helped break sh– up, I didn’t participate in.”

Fif has been putting his G-Unit crew in the forefront since his storied mixtape run in the early 2000s. Even before 50 dropped his diamond-selling debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003 fans were well acquainted with Banks, Buck and Yayo.

G-Unit were amongst the most successful rap groups in the early aughts, but around the time the group released their sophomore LP T.O.S. in 2008, things began to go sour. 50 and Banks stopped seeing eye-to-eye, and Bucks also found himself at odds with the G-Unit CEO. Yayo would go on to voice his displeasure about the crew’s lack of unity.

Despite six years of turmoil, the squad was able to put their differences aside to perform at Hot 97′s annual Summer Jam concert on June 1. Two days later 50 dropped his first post-Interscope album Animal Ambition and started a new, independent chapter in his career.

“The timing surrounding me actually having my independence, at the same time moving away from Interscope. And I look around and I say if they’re is a time to do it, it would be now,” Fif said of his plans to put the group back together.

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“We didn’t have one of those situations where people were off. A lot of times when you see a group together, it’s separated on different terms,” he said, before commenting on how his mega-success made him an unhealthy crutch for the rest of the group members. “It’s more me, conditioning them for something that wasn’t healthy for me. It went on, it went on until each one of the situations kinda took it’s own path and then we had our little differences.”

Still, 50 said the members of G-Unit are like his little brothers and he’s been fairly consistent with that message.

“Most of the time it’s due to lack of communication,” Banks reasoned. “Me and Yayo always remained talking and I just had a chance to speak with Buck and we never stopped talking when we actually did get in contact.”

Now, they have a new EP and a second chance to recapture the magic they once brought to the rap world. — Rob Markman | MTV

Sunday, August 31, 2014

25 Fake Photos That Went Viral

25 Fake Photos That Went Viral

Ever since the advent of Photoshop the number of fake viral images has skyrocketed. Whether the motivations are malicious or mischievous these are 25 fake photos that went viral.

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The Daily Mail was one of the newspaper websites to publish
the fake picture of Osama bin Laden's body.

An image purporting to show Osama bin Laden's bloody corpse, right, is a
composite of two separate images, left and centre.

Alaskan Bush People by Discovery

SYNOPSIS: Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild. Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children – 5 boys and 2 girls – are so far removed from civilization that they often go six to nine months of the year without seeing an outsider. They’ve developed their own accent and dialect, refer to themselves as a "wolf pack," and at night, all nine sleep together in a one-room cabin. Simply put, they are unlike any other family in America.
Recently, according to the Browns, the cabin where they lived for years was seized and burned to the ground for being in the wrong location on public land. They were devastated, but instead of giving up and moving back to society, they decided to go deeper into the wilderness to continue their way of life. Their new land is located in the Copper River Valley, where temperatures can drop to 60 degrees below zero.
It’s a race against the clock as the winter gets closer and closer. The Browns must work together to build a new cabin that will protect them from the harsh Alaskan environment, but the falling temperatures and dwindling daylight make it harder and harder. They’ll use what the land provides to construct their small home and will also have to contend with other rogue bush people. It’ll be tough, but having lived this way for decades, the family wouldn’t have it any other way.
Meet The Brown Family

Snowbird Brown
Snowbird, or “Bird” for short, is the second youngest child.  Though she's the oldest girl in the Brown family, she has no trouble keeping up with her older brothers. Bird isn't afraid to get her hands dirty; she'll take on any task the boys throw her way and she might even do a better job of it.

Snowbird is known in her family as being an excellent ...
Bear Brown
Bear is the epitome of a “wild” child. He's more likely to be found climbing a tree or bounding through the forest than socializing with the locals.  Bear's number one priority is survival, so he keeps his Bush skills sharp in order to protect his family.

Gabe Brown
Gabe is equal parts workhorse and comedian of the family.  He's happiest when chopping wood or hauling lumber while cracking jokes and talking in funny voices.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown is the resilient patriarch of the Brown clan. Born into a wealthy in Fort Worth, Texas, tragedy struck at 16 years old when his mother, father and sister were killed in a plane crash. Despondent, he left Texas and traveled the country until he met the love of his life, his wife, Ami. Unhappy with the existence is the lower 48,  the couple set off for the Alaskan Bush, where they discovered newfound freedom and a place where they could call home with their seven children.

Ami Brown
As Bill's wife and the mother to seven children, Ami is endlessly resourceful. She can whip up a meal, mend an injury, or break a fever in even the harshest conditions. She has homeschooled all of her children, teaching them not only basic academics, but how to be creative, strong, and independent in the Bush.
Bear, Matt, and Gabe stand in a snow-covered Alaskan forest ...
Bear, Matt & Gabe
Noah Brown
Noah is the Brown's resident mechanic and inventor.  He can fix a chainsaw, build a knife holster from a shoe, and perform any other innovative task asked of him.  When not building something or breaking it down, he can be seen with his nose buried in a book, studying everything from poetry to mystical arts.

Matt Brown
Matt is the oldest of the Brown siblings. Whether chatting up the family or residents of the nearest town, Matt always has something to say...even if others don't want to hear it.

Joshua Bam Bam Brown
Bam Bam is easily the most stubborn member of the Brown family, making him perfectly suited for the role of taskmaster.  He always keeps his parents and siblings on point.

Merry Christmas Raindrop “Rain” 
Rain may be the youngest member of the Brown clan, but she always makes her voice heard. Though she is treated like a princess by the rest of the family, she's a Bush girl through and through, always excited to go hunting or explore remote regions of Alaska.

Bear Fishing | Alaskan Bush People
Like everything they do, the Browns also have a very unique way of fishing: Bear fishing. Naturally, Bear Brown is a master.

Pop Culture, Alaskan Bush Style | Alaskan Bush People
The Browns sit down for a quiz on current pop culture. Hear what they think man-scaping, twerking, and selfies really are - and if they got the answers right! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo Learn Sia's "Chandelier" Dance

Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo Learn Sia's "Chandelier" Dance
The star of Sia's "Chandelier" music video is a young girl named Maddie Ziegler who is a phenomenal dancer. Jimmy saw the video and decided that he and Guillermo should know how to dance like that. Maddie was nice enough to take the time to help them.

 my family & friends! Dancing is my life! Cast Member on Dance Moms

Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Outlaw Instagrammer Of New York City

The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City

The 17-year-old photographer Humza Deas spends so much time exploring the air above New York City that he’s begun to run into people he knows up there. On a recent balmy night he strolled across the Manhattan Bridge, snapping long exposures of FDR Drive from the pedestrian walkway. He was descending into Chinatown when, about 50 feet over Henry Street, his name wafted out.

Two backpack-laden figures ran laughing over the rooftop of a six-story building across the street, just a few feet above the walkway. They scurried up a ladder to an empty billboard and disappeared around its far side. “I think that was Last Suspect,” Deas told Junior, a friend who was carrying his tripod. “I can tell by the way he dresses.” Last Suspect is a well-known New York City street photographer, part of a community that specializes in combining picture-taking with urban exploration: a tribe of outlaw Instagrammers for whom, every night, New York City becomes a playground and battlefield. They compete to capture the gritty cityscape from unexpected — often aerial — angles while garnering as many likes and follows as possible in the process.  (Like Deas, Last Suspect is an elite of the group, called a “K,” which means he has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram so the last three digits of his follower count are replaced with the letter K.) They can be spotted by the distinctive humpback of their padded photographers’ backpacks and colorful lightweight Nikes, equally effective at gripping rusty ladder rungs and looking cool in a photograph hanging over the city from the edge of a skyscraper’s roof, as if all of Manhattan were just an ottoman.  For them, photography is more performance — or competition — than visual art.
There has long been a subculture of so-called “urban explorers” who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. But Deas and the other Instagrammers distinguish themselves from these mostly older, more cerebral trespassers. “They'll go to the top of the bridge and touch it and be like, Wow, this architecture!,” Deas says, a little dismissively. Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they’ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point.  The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape. Many Instagrammers go by enigmatic handles that would look good scrawled on the side of a subway car, like Novess, Black_soap, Heavy Minds, and 13thwitness, aka Tim McGurr, an unofficial godfather of the scene. But the outlaw Instagrammers are better-positioned to thrive in post-Giuliani, post-Facebook New York than old-school graffiti writers: transgressive enough to be cool, but innocuous enough to amass a huge following without getting hunted down by the NYPD.
Even as individual Instagrammers have gained tens of thousands of followers, the community remained largely out of the mainstream, until last month, when Deas nearly blew up the scene. It started July 22, the morning some then-unknown party swapped the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with big white flags. (A pair of German artists, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke claimed credit for the stunt this week and offered convincing proof to the New York Times.)
The best outlaw instagrammers have a specialty that sets them apart, and Deas’s is climbing bridges. In one photo he balances at night on a suspension cable at the top of the Manhattan Bridge as cars streak below him. In another, a friend sits on the sloping steel beam of what appears to be the Queensboro Bridge, his face lit by the glow of a smartphone he’s staring into. And so Deas woke the morning of the white-flag incident to find his Samsung pinging with Instagram notifications, texts, and emails from fans and friends who thought he’d officially staked his claim up there.I think this guy did the white flagNice job, man! Was it you? He posted a note on Instagram to his more than 22,000 followers, declaring that he did not do the bridge. Then his friend Neil, a barber who cuts a WPIX camerman’s hair, told him the station was looking to interview someone about bridge-climbing and Deas, intending to clear his name, instead got himself in trouble.
In the resulting video, Deas walks the Manhattan Bridge with a reporter while spilling the secrets of the outlaw Instagrammer. He explains that the best time to climb bridges is in the very early morning, right after they shut the lights off. He even drags Last Suspect into it: Last Suspect had claimed responsibility for the flags as a joke, and Deas tut-tuts that "you shouldn't take credit for someone else's work," over a screenshot of Last Suspect’s Instagram page. When the report aired, other outlaw Instagrammers were horrified. Deas received death threats, and Last Suspect proposed a Humza Deas “boycott”.
Even sympathetic outlaw Instagrammers thought Deas was trying to pull up the ladder after climbing it to fame. “It just awoke New York to like, there are these kids, these grown-ass men, even women up on our bridges and our roofs so we gotta watch out,” says a 17-year-old Instagrammer who goes by Kostennn (51k followers). “Of course Humza wouldn’t care because he’s already hit everything so he’s just like, Whatever I’m gonna do the interview. And that made us mad because it’s like, Wow, that’s pretty selfish. What if I wanted to hit the bridge this Friday night?”
Deas is a handsome kid with a babyface and a marathon runner’s frame clad head to toe in cutting-edge streetwear. (Unless he’s trying to sneak onto the roof a Times Square hotel, in which case he’ll dress up a bit in some nice pants and a button-down and Stacy Adams pinto shoes since, as a young black man, he’s likely going to get a second look from the doorman at a luxury hotel.) He’s has been skateboarding since he was 8 years old and is good enough at that to be sponsored by the Belief Skateshop in Queens, where he grew up before moving to Bushwick with his aunt. He got the idea to start climbing earlier this year, while watching a viral videoof two Russian daredevils scaling the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower, still under construction in China. The first-person video was so intense that his hands began to sweat as he held his phone. “I was like, damn, this is so dangerous,” he says. Then he saw the otherworldly scenes they captured while clinging to a crane at the top, where skyscrapers poked out of a sea of clouds. “I’m thinking, Hey, they’re in China, they’re not in New York,” Deas says. “I can show New York this kind of photography.”  So one night in April, Deas climbed the Brooklyn-side tower of the Williamsburg Bridge. He found it was easier than he’d expected. It took just 15 minutes, although, having learned something from the WPIX fiasco, he swears me to secrecy when he tells me how he did it. The resulting photos were more popular than the well-composed shots of subway tracks and DUMBO sunsets he had posted in the eight months he’d been on Instagram. He then scaled the Queensboro Bridge, Hell Gate Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge. He hit the Williamsburg bridge six more times, late at night or early in the morning, often with a small crew of fellow photographers. At the same time he began hitting skyscrapers.
His Instagram feed over the past four months seems to belong to someone who bounds across Manhattan from rooftop to rooftop, rarely touching the sidewalk. Some Instagrammers use Google maps to scan the city for juicy targets but Deas’s method is largely spontaneous. If he comes across a space in the city he thinks would look good from above, he’ll hit the roof of a nearby building after looping around the block a few times to get a sense of security.
Deas’s rising notoriety has made climbing a bridge a sort of badge of honor among other Instagrammers. If you click around certain accounts — like night.shift, demidism and 7expresstrain — you’ll see photos from the tops of New York’s bridges have proliferated like selfies. Deas was recently up on the Randalls Island tower of the Hell Gate Bridge with some friends when another group of Instagrammers in town from San Francisco climbed up. After a brief moment of panic — each group thinking they’d just been busted — they realized they knew each other and ended up clambering over the beams to Queens together.
If he does get caught, Deas’s only hope is to talk his way out of trouble, which has worked out so far — he’s never been arrested. The building manager and his teenage son once caught Deas photographing a girl against the sunset on the roof of the 53-story Eventi skyscraper on Seventh Avenue. As they waited for the cops, Deas chatted with the son about high school and the upcoming New York State Regents exam, which, Deas casually mentioned, he had to take the next day. When the cops came the guy decided not to press charges.

“I knew he wouldn't arrest me because I had a test in the morning,” Deas says with a grin. “He's a dad.”
But Deas has been keeping a lower profile since the white-flag incident. He’s convinced that he’s now on the NYPD’s radar because of the WPIX interview, and when a cop ambles past on the Manhattan Bridge, he and Junior visibly tense up until he’s out of sight. The blue lights glitter tantalizingly along the suspension cables above. But tonight Deas is heading to Long Island City to shoot the graffiti mecca 5 Pointz before it’s demolished this month. As if to make up for being physically grounded, Deas maintains his high-flying swagger until the moment he disappears into the subway at Canal Street. “If I really wanted to, I could do it,” he says, of scaling the bridge even in the face of ramped-up security. “The NYPD is not superhuman.” — Adrien Chen | New York Magazine

Floria Guei's Remarkable Finish 4 x 400m Relay European Championships 2014

Floria Guei is a French sprint athlete best known for her remarkable last leg in the 2014 European Championships 4 x 400m relay, when she went from fourth to first in the last 50 metres of the race.

Floria Guei

Who Is Zach LaVine?

Zach LaVine — Mile High Club

Who Is Zach LaVine?

A one-and-done product from UCLA became the Minnesota Timberwolves' 13th overall selection from the 2014 NBA Draft — high-flying guard Zach LaVine (6' 5" 187 lbs) wasted little time electrifying & wowing the Las Vegas Summer League crowds.

Questions about his abilities will soon be answered — as the team that drafted him recently made a monumental mega-trade for the ages. Minnesota Timberwolves sent their superstar power forward — Kevin Love, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a package headlined by 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick: Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick: Anthony Bennett & forward Thaddeus Young. While the Philadelphia 76ers receives Miami's 2015 first-round pick, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute & Alexey Shved.

Only time will tell if this trade pans-out for all those involved. What surely is a definite outcome is that Minnesota Timberwolves may very well become their own version of Los Angeles Clippers' Lob City ala Ricky Rubio's behind-the-head, no-look lobs to Wiggins' high-flying and LaVine's high-soaring dunks.

Check out some of Zach LaVine's best, high-flying highlights from 2014 Las Vegas Summer League!
Prospect Analysis
  • Good size for his position
  • Can play either guard spot
  • Big-time athlete
  • Spectacular dunker 
  • Length
  • Good 3-point shooter
  • Young with great upside

  • Has to get bigger and stronger
  • Needs to refine playmaking skills
  • Shot selection needs tightening

NBA projection: LaVine has been projected as a lottery pick by some draft analysts. Others see him falling farther into the first round

2013-14 Season
LaVine started out the season scoring in double figures in nine of his first 10 games. His production tapered off a bit in Pac-12 play, but he still made the league’s all-freshman team. He ranked fourth among Pac-12 freshman in scoring and 3-point percentage.

Key statistics: 9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.1 tpg, 24.4 mpg, .441 FG, .375 3PT, .691 FT

Cool statistic: Only one freshman in UCLA history made more 3-pointers than LaVine’s 48. That was Jason Kapono, who made 82 in 1999-00.

Reminds me of: Russell Westbrook

What Insiders Say
UCLA coach Steve Alford
“He is so explosive on offense that he can stretch [an] entire defense. He is very confident and fun to coach.”

What Outsiders Say
Atlantic Division executive
"He's a very good passer, but he just doesn't have the body right now, the strength levels, physically, to compete against stronger guards. He's got real quick twitch muscles. He can get his shot off against just about anybody, and that includes our league.”

David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Point Guards | Rank: No. 5
TNT Analyst David Aldridge breaks down the top prospects at each position
Freshman Zach LaVine plays the two for UCLA, with the 6-foot-9 Anderson doing a lot of the ballhanding, but projects as a point guard in the pros. Scouts think at least one more year in college would do him a lot of good, though the expectation is that he'll come out when UCLA's NCAA run is over.

"He's a very good passer," an Atlantic Division man said, of LaVine, "but he just doesn't have the body right now, the strength levels, physically, to compete against stronger guards. He's got real quick twitch muscles. He can get his shot off against just about anybody, and that includes our league. But you don't know if he's going to shoot off his back leg, or shoot it coming down. Reckless is what I would say. He can get it off effortlessly, but he's very sloppy in how he does it." —

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