April 14, 2020

Please Don't Feed the Spammers

Dear readers,

(This post will remain on top for a long while.)

The Aviary is under attack from a blizzard of spammers. We ask all readers in the strongest terms not to click on any suspicious link in the comments section, or any commercial link therein. Links in posts themselves are fine. The Aviary staff and management are in no way responsible for these ads and encourage everyone to avoid them in the strongest terms.

These people are despicable weasels. Please do not feed the animals.

BTW we are going to report have reported spammers to the DOJ, especially those trying to illegally sell narcotics. We are working with the authorities to stamp out this behavior.

Tim, Dana, Jack and the Aviary team.

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September 23, 2020

Our “Non-Partisan” Media At Work

Dana Mathewson

This article is from Power Line, written by Steven Hayward, who often approaches the news of the day with humor -- the only way to keep his (and our) sanity, I believe. This is a great read!

Trump hasn’t even named his pick to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, and already the media is stepping up to fulfill its role as the propaganda adjunct for the Democratic Party and its leftward-most pressure groups.

Like this NBC "News” story:

Trump front-runners ‘antithetical” to Ginsburg’s legacy, critics say

"Critics” say! Which critics? I’m surprised they don’t say "experts” just to give it that special CDC glow. I wonder what Anthony Fauci thinks? How long until the CDC declares that Ginsburg-Grief is a serious health threat that can only be cured if Trump appoints Nina Totenberg to the Supreme Court?

Anyway, to continue:

The women on President Donald Trump’s shortlist to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court do not reflect Ginsburg’s legacy and could undo key civil rights victories she backed during her 27 years on the court, LGBTQ and civil rights advocates warn.

"Just having a woman, any woman, does not cut it,” Sunu P. Chandy, legal director of the progressive National Women’s Law Center, told NBC News. "We need someone with deep civil rights experience and background if we are looking to fill the legacy of her seat on the court.”

It’s really easy to be a reporter in the mainstream media when all you do is rewrite the press releases from leftist interest groups.

We'll likely see a lot more of this, because the President has promised to name his pick on Saturday, and it's only Wednesday. Plenty of time for the Drive-By Media to beclown itself more.

Go here https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/09/our-non-partisan-media-at-work.php for the rest of the article. You'll be glad you did!

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Didn’t Understand Her Job

Dana Mathewson

Many of us have understood the title of this article, even though we may not have articulated it. In this National Review article, Kevin D. Williamson lays it all out, chapter and verse, for us all to see. I will quote parts of it, but you really should read the whole thing, because he does an excellent job of it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg did a great many interesting and impressive things in her life, but she never did the one thing she probably really should have done: run for office. Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t an associate justice of the Supreme Court — not really: She was a legislator in judicial drag.

You need not take my word on this: Ask her admirers. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a vision for America,” Linda Hirshman argues in the Washington Post. What was her vision? "To make America fairer, to make justice bigger.” That is not a job for a judge — that is a job for a legislator. The job of making law properly belongs to — some people find this part hard to handle — lawmakers. Making law is not the job of the judge. The job of the judge is to see that the law is followed and applied in a given case. It does not matter if the law is unfair or if the law is unjust — that is not the judge’s concern. If you have a vision for America, and desire to make the law more fair or more just, then there is a place for you: Congress. That is where the laws are made.

[...]

Justice Ginsburg’s using her position to try to impose a feminist vision on federal policy ought to be recognized for what it was: an abuse of power. If you want to rewrite the law along feminist lines, that’s a perfectly honorable project — run for Congress.

The real fissure running through the Supreme Court is not between so-called liberals and notional conservatives, but between those who believe that judges are superlegislators empowered to impose their own vision on society and those who believe that judges are constrained by what the law actually says.

[...]

Ginsburg’s legacy is not a body of legal opinions but a deformed and disfigured judiciary, one in which the American people have — with good reason — lost some measure of faith. Setting that right will be the work of a generation. And that work begins with understanding that a judge’s concern is not justice or fairness or progress but the law, and that people who want to change the law should run for office.

The entire article is here: https://www.nationalreview.com/the-tuesday/ruth-bader-ginsburg-didnt-understand-her-job/ and I recommend it highly!

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Sarah Sanders blasts Dems who 'viciously' attack Judge Barrett while lecturing about 'empowering women'

Dana Mathewson

Here's a splendid article by Sarah Sanders on Fox News. The same thing will happen if the President nominates another woman.

The same Democrats who "lecture us about empowering women" have wasted little time attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett, believed to be the frontrunner for President Trump's nomination to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told "Hannity" Tuesday.

"President Trump hasn't even named who he will nominate to the Supreme Court," Sanders told host Sean Hannity, "and they have already started aggressively and viciously attacking Judge Barrett, one of the potential nominees -- a very conservative, strong woman."

"They are attacking her for her Christian faith," Sanders went on."Let's not forget these are the same liberals who lecture us about empowering women when the truth is, they are nothing but liars and hypocrites who are only trying to empower themselves and their radical agenda."

Barrett, 48, a judge with the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is a pro-life Roman Catholic who clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after she graduated from Notre Dame Law School.

Barrett, long a favorite of conservatives, was one of a handful of judges considered to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy after he retired from the high court in 2018. Trump ultimately nominated Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed that fall after a brutal confirmation battle.

Sanders urged Republicans "to send a clear and strong message that we will not tolerate the liberal mob.

Find the rest of the story here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sarah-sanders-democrats-viciously-attack-coney-barrett

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September 22, 2020

A little personal virtue-signalling

Dana Mathewson

I'm old enough to remember when neighbors acted like neighbors no matter what their political persuasion was. Heck, I'm so old that I can remember when you could buy pasteurized, by which they meant non-homogenized, milk in grocery stores.

Anyhow, in my neighborhood there have been few signs touting candidates decorating lawns this season, nor were there last season. As a Republican, I'm rather saddened to report that there are two groups of Democrat signs on my side of the street, and they are both in front of homes where live ladies who are good friends to my wife and myself. We don't discuss politics with them, and everyone is happy enough. If they want to spend money buying Joe Biden For President signs, it's their privilege to do so.

So when, a few days ago, while returning from my afternoon walk with my dog, I saw four boys, whom I judged to be probably just into their teens, walking south toward me, I initially paid no attention, until one of them, the only white among three blacks, suddenly veered over to my neighbor's lawn, grabbed her Biden sign, dashed across the street to bushes at the end of the apartment complex, soon to re-emerge without the sign, met with his cronies and they disappeared. They had ignored me all this time.

Well! I took Bijou home, then went to the bushes, found the sign, took it back to the lady's lawn and put it back in place; then I phoned her and told her what had happened. "What? Again?" she said, amazed. It was the second time that day some kid had messed with her Biden sign! Her signs were in front of her garage where she couldn't see them from the house, and she decided to put the Biden sign right in front of her living room window. Problem solved, and she thanked me. I then called the other Democrat sign-displaying neighbor and suggested she check her Biden sign; it was OK.

I couldn't help wondering what would happen to our place if we had a Trump sign our? Broken windows? Keyed cars, if they were out? The adults in this neighborhood are all OK as far as I know, but these days, who knows, really?

Never thought I'd have to be a hall monitor! And for a brain-dead candidate on the other side. Sheesh!

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Christian actress warns Christian followers about an 'onslaught' of ignorance as Supreme Court debate looms

Dana Mathewson

Wow! I wasn't aware that there were any Christian actresses in Hollywood, though I knew there were some actors who weren't afraid to let their orientation be known; Jon Voight, for one. This is refreshing, and she doesn't hesitate to lay it on the line.

Patricia Heaton told her fellow Christian followers on social media to prepare for an "onslaught of arrogant pronouncements” in the coming days from people who are ignorant of religion.

The "Everybody Loves Raymond” actress took to Twitter on Sunday to make her declaration, bracing her followers for "breathtaking ignorance” as the world of politics heats up ahead of the November election.

"Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically and Catholicism in particularly by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum,” she tweeted.

Although the "The Middle” actress didn’t specify what she was talking about, she’s likely referencing the debate between Democrats and Republicans about filling the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant spot on the Supreme Court. In addition to squabbles about whether or not President Trump should push through a replacement now or wait until the results of the November election,debates over Supreme Court seats often hinge for many on a potential candidate's stance on abortion. That topic typically invites religion into the conversation.

I think it's very easy to tell what she's talking about!

Go here https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/patricia-heaton-onslaught-ignorance-religion-supreme-court for the rest of the story. It's a good one.

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September 21, 2020

Light Blogging

Timothy Birdnow

Not going to be much gang; lots on my plate. Hopefully I'll be back in the saddle after a few days.

Tim

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Lying and Cheating

This from Richard Cronin:

The Delaware Democrats rammed thru mail-in ballots legislation in spite of the State House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D) assuring Republicans that he would not do so in the current term. Lying thug. Typical for a Democrat.

From a fellow Delawarean, La Mar Gunn Sr. -

"What all voters in the Delaware primary should be concerned with, is that the Delaware Department of Elections intentionally waived the safeguards that protect against fraud in vote-by-mail and vote-by-email. This convenient lax of the rules was shared with one particular camp and they took full advantage of it. Most troubling after meeting with the DOE for several hours is that the Delaware Department of Elections has zero evidence that residences were verified for regular mail or email voting. Tell me how in one of the most important election cycles this happens? Have a look at the candidates who won the mail/email/

absentee votes by large numbers and you will know where the 22 fake-out began. "As a practical matter, there must be a substantial regulation of elections if they are to be fair and honest and in some sort of order, rather than chaos, is to accompany the democratic process," Storer v. Brown, 415 U.S. 724, 730 (1974) smh

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September 20, 2020

Book Burnings on Tik Tok

Timothy Birdnow

I remember when the Left accused Conservatives of wanting to burn books. Now we see who actually does the deed.

J.K.RowlingBook Burning Videos Spreading Like Wildfire Across Tik Tok

And here they are using the Chinese company to promote their xenoheterodoxy while China imprisons and oppresses homosexuals and other non-conformists.


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Latest in Race Fakery

Dana Mathewson

First there was Rachel Dolezal, and for a time she was all alone on the dungheap. Then, a short time ago, Jessica Krug showed up. Now it appears the dam has broken.

Steven Hayward writes in Power Line:

We’ve reported here previously on the case of George Washington University history professor Jessica Krug, who was forced to resign her tenured position when she was exposed for claiming to be black when she is, and has always been, white. For this she was awarded our brand new Rachel Dolezal Award for Race Fakery.

Looks like we’re going to have to order more award statues from Chy-na because more such cases of race fakery are starting to stack up like cordwood. We reported that a similar case had emerged at the University of Wisconsin in the case of CV Vitolo-Haddad, and now Vitolo-Haddad followed the example of Krug and has resigned, though her explanation is full of the usual post-modernist gobbledygook:

"In trying to make sense of my experiences with race, I grossly misstepped,” Vitolo-Haddad wrote in a September 8 article on the blogging platform Medium. "I went along with however people saw me. I over-identified with unreliable and unproven family history and latched onto anything I remembered growing up.”

Expressing deep regret to those "I deceived by inserting myself into Black organizing spaces I didn’t belong in,” Vitolo-Haddad called the deception "parasitic and harmful.”They [Haddad prefers "they” as her pronoun, of course] went on to realise that "perception is not reality” and "ace is not flat” but a "social construct rife with contradictions.”

Oh-kay. Meanwhile, there’s a new case out of Indianapolis. The Star reports:

Satchuel Cole, a highly visible community leader advocating for racial and social justice in Indiana, has apologized for misleading people about Cole’s own race, saying "I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white.”

Cole — who uses pronouns they/them — worked with Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ, apologized and admitted lying in a social media post. Cole, who also was active in the LGBTQ community, did not respond to multiple phone messages and emails from Indy Star this week.

"Friends, I need to take accountability for my actions and the harm that I have done. My deception and lies have hurt those I care most about. I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use. I have asked for support and energy as a Black person. I have caused harm to the city, friends and the work that I held so dear,” Cole posted on a Facebook page under the name Satch Paige.

[...]

Exit question: If your gender is a matter of choice and is "fluid,” and if race is a "social construct,” why can’t you choose your race, too?

This is a great article and I urge you to read it (found here  https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/09/the-latest-in-leftist-fakery.php), but don't have a mug of coffee (or whatever) in your hand: Hayward writes with a delicious amount of snark.

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Disarm Cops of "Weapons of War"?

Timothy Birdnow

Senator Markey Says Police Must be Disarmed of all "Weapons of War" Including Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets

Funny; when conservatives were worried about the militarization of the police the Democrats said nothing. Now that it doesn't suit them they are angry about it and want to disarm them.

If they had kept the powers of the State, including police authority, within it's proper sphere we wouldn't be having this discussion. But they simultaneously changed the mission of peace authorities, making them do the work of military, and at the same time empowered criminals and weakened social prohibitions against criminality.

They made this whole mess.

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On the Thurmond Rule and the Right to Choose

This from Steven Chase:

Historically, throughout American history, when their party controls the Senate, presidents get to fill Supreme Court vacancies at any time — even in a presidential election year, even in a lame-duck session after the election, even after defeat. Historically, when the opposite party controls the Senate, the Senate gets to block Supreme Court nominees sent up in a presidential election year, and hold the seat open for the winner. Both of those precedents are settled by experience as old as the republic. Republicans should not create a brand-new precedent to deviate from them. A president can always make a nomination for a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter how late in his term or how many times he has been turned down; the only thing in his way is the Senate.

Tim adds:

The Thurmond Rule was merely a gentleman's agreement. As the Democrats have proven time and again they are no gentlemen (changing the Senate filibuster rules, impeaching a President in an election year) there is no reason why the GOP should feel bound by it.

I would point out that the Democrats demanded they discard the Thurmond Rule when Obama tried to appoint his pick, and they raged against McConnell for not bringing Merrick Garland up for a vote DESPITE the agreement. So now that it works in their favor they WANT to keep the rule? Well, they already broke so many agreements already there is no reason to play nice anymore.

Be careful what you wish for; you might get it. The Democrats demanded the Thurmond Rule be abolished; now it has.

They impeached Trump during an election year and wouldn't allow the GOP to call their own witnesses before the House committee, for instance.

Now they want fairness? You can't make deals with snakes or scorpions.

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Wrong Wray

Timothy Birdnow

Christopher Wray was the biggest mistake Trump ever made.


FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization


This is what we call Deconstructionism. Or Newspeak. He is redefining the meaning of "Organization". He knows full well that it is organized, that it is funded, that it has core leadership.

Would they treat any so-called "right wing" group like this? The Klan, perhaps?  The Klan is organized in about the same way.

Or what of the Mafia? Most Mafiosa are private contractors. So is the Mafia not "organized crime"?

So Wray won't go after Antifa or Black Lives Matter. But he is recycling the "Russian Collusion" meme.

This guy is the filthiest of Deep State swamp rats.

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Why Wait?

Warner Todd Huston

There is no logic whatever in a president taking a pass on filling a Supreme Court position. All the arguments do not hold water.

1). It's too close to the election and we should let the one who wins in Nov. pick the next SCOTUS.... Why? The president we have now WON the election. And if he wins in Nov., too, we just wasted X number of months.

2). Trump didn't win the majority of votes in 2016, so we should wait until we seen who gets elected in Nov.... Invalid. Bush and Clinton did not win with clear majorities either. Should we have disallowed either of them to ever pick a judge? And what if Biden wins the election, but not with a clear majority? Should he not be allowed to fill the position and we go 4 years without a judge in that sat?

3). Trump should not be allowed to get another SCOTUS pick because he has used his picks to place "extremist conservatives" on the court.... so what? Every Democrat going back to FDR has placed extremist leftists on the courts. No one ever said that wasn't their prerogative.

We elect a president for his agenda. Trump is in office now. He was put there because enough people agreed with his agenda. He has every right to push another SCOTUS pick right away. And if he were a Democrat, he'd still have that right.

4). But, but Ruthie asked that her position go unfilled until after the election! Yeah? Who gives a crap? Her "request" is meaningless and holds no sway or force of law. Her wants and needs are utterly irrelevant in every way possible.

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September 19, 2020

More Voter Mischief at Facebook

Timothy Birdnow

Facebook did it again, this time to my wife:

Cathy, There's Still Time to Register to Vote
National Voter Registration Day is coming up this Tuesday. Register now to make sure your vote is counted.

To register online in Georgia, the deadline is Oct 5. To register in person, the deadline is Oct 5.
Showing info for Georgia ·

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CNN Host "Burn This F Down" If GOP Tries to Rplace RBG

Timothy Birdnow

American journalists are unbiased? Uh, right.

If They Even Try to Replace RBG We Burn the Entire F-Ing Thing Down" Former CNN Host Raza Alsan Todd Starnes

Leftists are threatening violence if Senate Republicans confirm President Trump’s nominee to replaceIf they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire f***ing thing down,” former CNN host
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. " Reza Aslan wrote on Twitter.

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On the Death of RBG

Timothy Birdnow

Now that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has assumed room temperature and is prepping for a worm banquet, we must look to the prospects of her replacement.

What should be done?

Trump and McConnell need to move quickly and decisively.

There was a guy who took the throne of England named Harold Harefoot. They called him that because he moved so fast to make himself king that nobody had time to lay an alternative claim. We need that now.

Trump needs to nominate a rock-ribbed conservative jurist. Now is not the time to send up a lukewarmer. Why? First, a number of Senate Republicans are going to want to wait until after the election; that cedes the field to the Donkeys. This has enormous political leverage if it is handled properly. It will dominate the news cycle. A quick nomination of a solid Conservative will set Democrat heads to explode, and in the process help reveal them to the public as the radicals and hate-mongers they are. The public has forgotten, and this will be a good refresher. The Democrats don't want this fight now. They don't want to remind the public that the Supreme Court is up for grabs. They also don't want to drown out Hidin' Biden's carefully crafted message. This will do all of that. This will make Biden disappear into the woodwork even further, while it will bring Trump to the fore. Trump will be in the middle of this fight. Biden will either have to remain silent or get drawn out of the attic he's inhabiting with his rocking chair.

Frankly, the nastier this fight is the better.

The Democrats won't be able to control this. And it will expose their radicalism in a new and fundamental way.

I don't see any way Trump will get a pick through the RINO Senate, not with Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and perhaps Lindsay Graham not wanting to vote before the election. But Trump ought to make the nomination and fight.

And then if he gets it before the election so much the better.

RBG wouldn't retire when she had the chance. She waited too long and now may have cost her party the election.

That is, if the Republicans don't screw this up, which I have every reason to believe they will.

One final thought; this election is going to be hotly contested and likely will wind up in SCOTUS. This loss was absolutely critical for the Democrats. But if the Sups remain tied at 4 to 4? We need a conservative justice and a majority to prevent the Left from stealing this election. Right now, with Mr. Roberts riding that fence like a rodeo cowboy, there is real danger they will succeed at stealing America. Replace Dr. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is God's gift to this nation.

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RBG Meddles with the Selection of Her Replacement

Willis Eschenbach makes the following observation:

I just found out that Justice Ginsburg dictated the following statement before her death: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

BZZZT!

That is most improper and underhanded. Sorry, RBG. You got to be a Supreme Court Justice ... but by all that is holy, you do NOT get to have a say in the choice of your successor.

Be satisfied with what you achieved, Madam. Such political greed on your part is unseemly. You led a good life. You don't get to push people around after you are dead.

I especially don't like making it as a dying plea, playing on everyone's heartstrings ... that's dirty pool.

Sorry, good Lady, but I defy and totally reject your dying request. It is most unworthy of you. You were better than that. That is our choice to make, not yours.

In order to not stain your memory, I think I'll just pretend you didn't attempt such an ugly power play as to try to leverage your own death for crass political gain.

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Mostly Peaceful

Timothy Birdnow

So, the "protesters" were "mostly peaceful". Well, the Coronavirus is mostly benign too, but they still locked the country down in response.

Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gayce were "mostly peaceful" too, except when they weren't.

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"Nudging" Americans

Timothy Birdnow

Here  is an article from Natural News from back in August. It is about how the government will force compliance with a vaccination order for the new Covid 19 vaccine and, based on research by Harvard, how to market the "too big to fail" drug to the public.

I thought it worth repeating now as they are using many of the tactics suggested by the University of record.

For example:

Personal freedom message

This tactic tried to convince participants that COVID-19 is limiting people's personal freedom (even though government and institutional leaders are the ones restricting freedoms and imposing arbitrary controls). By working together to get enough people vaccinated, society can preserve its personal freedom, according to the message.

Economic freedom message

This tactic tried to convince participants that COVID-19 is limiting people’s economic freedom and instructed that all people work together by vaccinating.

Self-interest message

This message is about convincing people that COVID-19 presents a real danger to one's health, that their immune system is incapable and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it, no matter if they are young and healthy. Getting the vaccine is the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe.

Community interest message

This message tried to manipulate participants into feeling false guilt for spreading covid-19 infections they don’t have - infections that would most definitely kill their loved ones and the elderly in the community.

Economic benefit message

This message tried to convince people that the only way to boost the economy is to get vaccinated.

Guilt message

This message appealed to one’s guilt, stating that the health of one's family and community is at risk as long as the majority are not vaccinated. Without the vaccine, everyone spreads infections they do not have. The vaccine science will only work if everyone complies.

Anger message

This message teaches the participant to be angry at those who do not vaccinate because they are putting the health of the community at risk. Anyone who doesn’t comply is an enemy, killing others.

We are now seeing almost all of this put into practice.

At any rate, take what you will from this.

A while back Progressive Cass Sunstein (Samantha Powers' husband) wrote a book called "Nudge" in which he said the government should nudge people in the way they should go (because he figures people are too stupid to know what is best for themselves). Of course, if nudging doesn't work then they have to take sterner measures.

This is clearly the nudging stage.

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