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Who is Candice Swanepoel ?

Who is Candice Swanepoel? The Entertainment and Modeling world knows her as a South African model best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret.

Early Life & Career

Candice Swanepoel was born October 20, 1988  in Mooi River, Natal Province, and was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market at age 15.[1] By age 16, Swanepoel was earning 5,000 Euros or R40,000 for a day’s work.[1] Swanepoel’s resume includes covers for Vogue (Greece & Italia), ELLE (Germany), and Ocean Drive (U.S.)[2] and advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess?, and Versus Eyewear.[2] Swanepoel has walked the runway for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Shiatzy Chen, Sass and Bide, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Fürstenberg and numerous other designers,[2] as well as for Victoria’s Secret in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In addition to appearing in the lingerie brand’s commercials, she was a featured model in the 2010 “SWIM” catalog,[3] along with Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Erin Heatherton. In 2010, Swanepoel became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Swanepoel modeled for the Kardashians’ 2010 swimwear line. On August 12, 2010 Swanepoel officially opened the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada, at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton.[4] Candice Swanepoel was voted #61 in FHM Magazine’s annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll[5] and has been on the cover of Vogue Italia.[citation needed]

Personal life

Swanepoel has dated model Hermann Nicoli since 2006.[6]

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Who is Elizabeth Herring?

Who is Elizabeth Herring?  The political world knows her as Elizabeth Warren, she is an American attorney and law professor. She serves as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law. In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, she became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel, created to investigate the U.S. banking bailout (formally known as the Troubled Assets Relief Program). She has long advocated for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau[3][4], which was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010.
On April 12, 2010, CNN reported that Warren’s was among additional names being considered as Supreme Court nominees to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.[5][6] On May 24, 2010, Time Magazine called Warren, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro the “New Sheriffs of Wall Street” in a cover story.[7] On September 17, 2010, she was named a special adviser by President Obama to oversee the development of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her position will include the responsibility of recommending a director for this new entity, although it is unclear whether Warren herself will be considered for the position.[8]

Personal life

Elizabeth Warren was born June 22, 1949 Elizabeth Herring, and raised in Oklahoma where she was a state champion debater at age 16. She married Jim Warren at age 19, and transferred from George Washington University to the University of Houston, where she graduated with a B.S. in 1970.[9] In 1976 she received her J.D. from Rutgers Law—Newark, where she served as an Editor to the Rutgers Law Review and was one of two female summer associates at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s Wall Street office.[10] After law school, Warren worked from home, writing wills and doing real estate closings for walk in clients.[11] She divorced Warren in 1978, and later married Bruce Mann.
She joined Harvard Law School in 1992 as the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Commercial Law. Prior to Harvard, she was the William A. Schnader Professor of Commercial Law at University of Pennsylvania School of Law and also taught at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Michigan and Rutgers Law School.
From 2005-2008, Warren and her law students wrote a blog called Warren Reports, part of Josh Marshall‘s TPMCafe.
Warren appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out in 2006, has appeared several times on Dr. Phil to talk about money and families, has been a guest on The Daily Show,[12] is interviewed frequently on cable news networks,[13] appears in Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, has appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show[14], and has appeared on the Real Time With Bill Maher talk show[15].
Warren is a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion and the Executive Council of the National Bankruptcy Conference. She is the former Vice-President of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served as the Chief Adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.
Warren is married to Bruce Mann, a legal historian and law professor also at Harvard Law School. She has a daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, with whom she has coauthored two books and several articles, and a son, Alexander Warren. She is an ex-Sunday School teacher and cites Methodist John Wesley as an inspiration.[3]

Popular works

In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles and six academic books, Warren has written several best-selling books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan (ISBN 978-0-7432-6988-9), coauthored with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.
Warren is also the co-author (with Tyagi) of The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke (Basic, 2003) (ISBN 978-0-465-09090-7). Warren and Tyagi point out that a fully employed worker today earns less inflation-adjusted income than a fully employed worker did 30 years ago. To increase their income, families have sent a second parent into the workforce. Although families spend less today on clothing, appliances, and other consumption, the costs of core expenses like mortgages, health care, transportation, child care, and taxes have increased dramatically. The result is that, even with two income earners, families no longer save and have incurred greater and greater debt.
In an article in the New York Times, Jeff Madrick said of Warren’s book:

The upshot is that two-income families often have even less income left over today than did an equivalent single-income family 30 years ago, even when they make almost twice as much. And they go deeper in debt. The authors find that it is not the free-spending young or the incapacitated elderly who are declaring bankruptcy so much as families with children. … their main thesis is undeniable. Typical families often cannot afford the high-quality education, health care and neighborhoods required to be middle class today. More clearly than anyone else, I think, Ms. Warren and Ms. Tyagi have shown how little attention the nation and our government have paid to the way Americans really live.[16]

In an article in Time magazine by Maryanna Murray Buechner, “Parent Trap” (subtitled “Want to go bust? Have a kid. Educate same. Why the middle class never had it so bad”), Buechner said of Warren’s book:

For families looking for ways to cope, Warren and Tyagi mainly offer palliatives: Buy a cheaper house. Squirrel away a six-month cash cushion. Yeah, right. But they also know that there are no easy solutions. Readers who are already committed to a house and parenthood will find little to mitigate the deflating sense that they have nowhere to go but down.[17]

In 2005, Dr. David Himmelstein and Warren published a study on bankruptcy and medical bills,[18] which claimed that half of all families filing for bankruptcy did so in the aftermath of a serious medical problem. The finding was particularly noteworthy because 75% of those who fit that description had medical insurance.[19] This study was widely cited in academic studies and policy debates, though some have questioned the study’s methods and offered alternative interpretations of the data.[20] In one critical article funded by an insurance industry group, the authors simply multiplied two numbers found in the Himmelstein and Warren manuscript, and reported that only 17% of bankruptcies resulted from medical bills. [21] In a rejoinder, Himmelstein and Warren explained the critics’ multiple errors. [22]

TARP oversight

On November 14, 2008, Ms. Warren was appointed by United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to chair the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.[23] The Panel releases monthly oversight reports that evaluate the government bailout and related programs.[24]
The Panel’s monthly reports under Warren’s leadership covered foreclosure mitigation, consumer and small business lending, commercial real estate, AIG, bank stress tests, the impact of TARP on the financial markets, government guarantees, the automotive industry, and many other topics. The Panel has also released special reports on financial regulatory reform and farm loans. For each report, Warren released a video on the Congressional Oversight Panel’s website explaining key findings. All reports and videos are available at cop.senate.gov.
In her role as Chair of the Panel, Warren testified many times before House and Senate committees on financial issues.[25]
In an interview at Newsweek, December 7, 2009 entitled “Reining in, and Reigning Over, Wall Street” Elizabeth Warren was asked: “Congress is trying to reform financial regulation, and it can get a little abstract. Where should people focus?
She responded:

To restore some basic sanity to the financial system, we need two central changes: fix broken consumer-credit markets and end guarantees for the big players that threaten our entire economic system. If we get those two key parts right, we can still dial the rest of the regulation up and down as needed. But if we don’t get those two right, I think the game is over. I hate to sound alarmist, but that’s how I feel about this.

Public Service After TARP

While not officially on the short list of potential nominees to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens,[26] members of the media speculated on her potential service on the court. In an interview by Tavis Smiley, Warren was asked about serving on the Court and also about heading a potential Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[27] She was complimented by Tavis on her diplomatic answers and she asserted that she has not been asked to serve in either of those capacities. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Warren is the top pick of Democratic leaders in Congress to head the new consumer agency.[28] There have also been calls for her to challenge Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the 2012 election.[29]


Warren was named one of Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009 and 2010.[30][31]
In December 2009, the Boston Globe named Warren the Bostonian of the Year.[32]
The National Law Journal has repeatedly named Professor Warren as one of the fifty most influential female lawyers,[33] and she has been recognized for her work by SmartMoney magazine, Money magazine, and Law Dragon.[citation needed]
In 2009, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts honored her with the Leila J. Robinson Award.
Warren has been recognized for her dynamic teaching style. In 2009, Warren became the first professor in Harvard’s history to win the law school’s teaching award twice. The Sacks-Freund Teaching Award was voted on by the graduating class in honor of “her teaching ability, openness to student concerns, and contributions to student life at Harvard.” Warren also has won awards from her students at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and the University of Houston Law Center.
On August 13, 2010 a rap video by the Main Street Brigade was put on YouTube in an effort to encourage President Obama to nominate Elizabeth Warren as the first director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.[34]


  • ‘Bankruptcy Policy’ (1987) 54(3) The University of Chicago Law Review 775-814
  • ‘The Untenable Case for Repeal of Chapter 11’ (1992) 102(2) The Yale Law Journal 437-479 73
  • ‘Bankruptcy Policymaking in an Imperfect World (1993) 92(2) Michigan Law Review 336-387
  • ‘The Bankruptcy Crisis’ (1997–1998) 73 Indiana Law Journal 1079
  • ‘Principled Approach to Consumer Bankruptcy’ (1997) 71 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 483
  • ‘Financial Characteristics of Businesses in Bankruptcy’ (1999) Am. Bankr. L.J. 499 (with JL Westbrook)
  • ‘Illness and Injury as Contributors to Bankruptcy’ (2005) SSRN (with DU Himmelstein, D Thorne and SJ Woolhandler)
  • ‘The Success of Chapter 11: A Challenge to the Critics’ (2009) 107 Michigan Law Review 603 (with JL Westbrook)
  • ‘Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study,’ (2008) American Journal of Medicine (with DU Himmelstein, D Thorne and SJ Woolhandler)
  • Warren, Elizabeth; Westbrook, Jay Lawrence (2008). The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases, and Problems (6th ed.). Aspen Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7355-7626-1.
  • Warren, Elizabeth (2008). Chapter 11: Reorganizing American Businesses (Essentials). Aspen Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7355-7654-4.
  • Lopucki, Lynn; Warren, Elizabeth (2008). Chapter 11: Secured Credit: A Systems Approach. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. ISBN 978-735576490.
  • Warren, Elizabeth (2007). “The Vanishing Middle Class”. In Edwards, John. Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream. The New Press. ISBN 978-1-59558-176-1.
  • Lopucki, Lynn; Warren, Elizabeth; Keating, Daniel; Mann, Ronald; Goldenberg, Norman (2006). Casenote Legal Briefs: Commercial Law. Aspen Publishers. ISBN 978-0735558274.
  • Warren, Elizabeth; Tyagi, Amelia Warren (2006). All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-6988-9.
  • Warren, Elizabeth; Tyagi, Amelia Warren (2004). The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-09090-7.
  • Sullivan, Teresa A.; Warren, Elizabeth; Westbrook, Jay (2001). The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-09171-7.
  • Sullivan, Teresa A.; Warren, Elizabeth; Westbrook, Jay (1999). As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America. Beard Books. ISBN 978-1-893122-15-4.


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Who is Carrie Ann Inaba?

Who is Carrie Ann Inaba? The entertainment and dancing world knows her as an American dancer, choreographer, actress, game show host, and singer.

   She started her career as a singer in Japan, but became best known for her dancing, first introducing herself to American audiences as one of the original Fly Girls on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. She has appeared as one of three judges on the ABC television seriesDancing with the Stars (DWTS), a show that pairs celebrities with professional dancers as they train and then compete in front of a studio audience.

Early life

Inaba was born January 5, 1968 and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School in 1986. She is of Chinese, Japanese, and Irish descent. [1] She studied at Sophia University and University of California, Irvine before graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. degree in World Arts and Cultures.[2]


Inaba, who speaks Japanese, lived in Tokyo from 1986 to 1988 and was a popular singer. She released three singles, “Party Girl” (backed with “China Blue”), “Be Your Girl” (backed with “6½ Capezio”), and “Yume no Senaka” (backed with “Searching”) and hosted weekly radio and television series.

After returning to America, Inaba appeared as one of the “Fly Girls”, a group of backing dancers on the television series In Living Color from 1990 to 1992. She also performed with Canadian singer Norman Iceberg and dancers Viktor Manoel (David Bowie‘s “Glass Spider” tour) andLuca Tommassini at Prince‘s notorious Glam Slam. Inaba appeared as a dancer during Madonna‘s 1993 Girlie Show World Tour.

Inaba appeared in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Fook Yu, alongside Diane Mizota who played her twin sister Fook Mi.

The two women are not related, but when Mizota had been cast for her role, she was asked if she knew any actresses who resembled her and suggested Inaba. Inaba, who had appeared briefly in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was given the role and the two women were made up to appear as identical twins. Inaba and Mizota would later reprise their roles with Mike Myers in a commercial for Motorola.

Inaba has acted (usually as a dancer) in the movies Monster Mash: The Movie, Lord of Illusions, Showgirls, Boys and Girls, Flintstones II,Freak and American Virgin and the television series Jack & Jill and Nikki.

Inaba has choreographed several television series, including American Idol, American Juniors, All American Girl, He’s a Lady, In Search of the Partridge Family (in which she also appeared on air), Married by America, The Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant, The Swan, andWho Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?. She also choreographed the Miss America Pageant for five years.

Inaba is the founder and President of EnterMediArts, Inc., a video production company. She directs, writes, and edits films. Her work includesE! Behind The Scenes Miss America Special, 7th Festival of the Pacific Arts, A Portrait of IVI and Beyond the Dancing Image, along with the short feature film, Black Water. She also appeared in the first season of So You Think You Can Dance during the audition stages where she provided choreography for the “choreography round”.

Other TV appearances include Inaba as guest and co-host on The View, the ABC talent competition Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, and the FOX special Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.

Also, Inaba guest stars as Tina, Hannah’s choreographer, in the Hannah Montana episode, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Friend”.[3] In the episode, Tina is seen teaching Hannah new dance moves. However, she is accidentally pushed out of the window when Hannah does the electric slide, and becomes incapacitated in a full-body cast. Hannah pleads her to keep her job, but Tina refuses, forcing Hannah to hire a new choreographer.

TV Guide Network announced that Carrie Ann has been signed on to anchor its live red carpet coverage, beginning with the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards.[4]

In October 2010, she was named host of a revival of the game show 1 vs. 100. The show airs on GSN.

USA Dance 2009 National DanceSport Championships

According to the January/February 2009 issue of American Dancer magazine,[5] Inaba will be an honorary judge at the 2009 USA DANCE National DanceSport Championships in Baltimore, April 3–5 USA Dance, which is the national governing body for DanceSport in the United States, as recognized by the IDSF (International Dancesport Federation) and the US Olympic Committee, of which USA Dance is a member organization. Inaba will be assisting in the first stages of the review by USA Dance of competitive ballroom dancing “in the modern era” as they explore a new major initiative in the critique of DanceSport and its public appeal. Her input to USA DANCE will provide additional critique outside that of the traditional judging panel and will be focused on aspects of performance and personality that may escape normal judging standards. USA Dance, along with Inaba, will present the first-annual Star Quality no Award to 12 DanceSport championship level couples being judged in their divisions.

Personal life

Inaba dated Artem Chigvintsev, a dancer and former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, from 2006 to 2008.[6]

While sitting in as guest host on Live with Regis and Kelly on March 31, 2011, Regis was “answering” a letter asking for advice on how to propose. The lights dimmed just before her boyfriend, Jesse Sloan, appeared on stage. With violinists playing behind, Sloan, bent on one knee, asked for Inaba’s hand, to which she responded “Yes! I will marry you!” [7]

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Bartolomeu Anania, Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Cluj-Napoca, Alba Iulia, Crişana and Maramureş (since 1993), died he was , 89

Bartolomeu Anania, (born Valeriu Anania😉 was a Romanian Orthodox bishop, translator, writer and poet; he was the Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crişana and Maramureş died he was , 89.

(March 18, 1921 – January 31, 2011)


Early life

Anania was born as Valeriu in Glăvile, Vâlcea County, to Vasile Anania and his wife Ana, the daughter of a priest. He attended primary school in Glăvile and entered the Bucharest Central Seminary in 1933.[1]
At the age of 15, Anania, while a student at the Seminary, joined the local organization of the Cross Brotherhood (Frăţia de Cruce), part of the Iron Guard, being introduced to it by an older student.[2] However, he claimed that within the Cross Brotherhood at the Seminary, politics was not discussed and the group was not anti-Semitic, like the rest of the Iron Guard.[3] Anania graduated the Seminary in 1941. That year, he spent three weeks under arrest, being accused of participating at the funeral of a member of the Iron Guard.[4]
In 1942, he was tonsured a monk at the Antim Monastery,[5] graduating from Bucharest’s Mihai Viteazul High School the following year.[1] In 1944, Hierodeacon Bartolomeu began studying Medicine and at the Cluj Conservatory, but he was expelled after organizing a student strike against the new communist government of Petru Groza. Afterwards, he continued his studies at the Theology Faculty of the University of Bucharest[4] and the Theological Academies of Cluj and Sibiu, receiving his degree in the latter city in 1948.[1]

Communist era

Anania, accused of being associated with the Iron Guard, was arrested by the Communist authorities in 1958 and incarcerated at the Aiud prison.[6] Another political prisoner at Aiud, Grigore Caraza, accused Anania of having actively participated in the ‘re-education’ of prisoners, a charge categorically denied by Anania.[6]
In August 1964, he was freed and only a few months later, in February 1965, he was sent by the communist regime to become an Archimandrite of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada, where he lived for 12 years, also editing a religious newspaper called Credinţa (“The Faith”).[7]
The short time between his release from prison and the time when he was sent to the United States has been seen as a sign that he had links to the Romanian Securitate. This idea has been supported by Ion Mihai Pacepa, who argued in a 1992 book that Archimandrite Bartolomeu was an agent of the External Intelligence department of the Securitate who was sent to the United States to divide the Romanian community.[7][8] Anania has admitted that he signed denunciations against other high-ranking clerics for the Securitate in 1959, but he claims that he was not a collaborator and that these denunciations were made after he was given tea containing a truth drug at the Securitate’s Ploieşti headquarters.[9][10]
In 1974, he was recalled to Romania from the United States because of reports which mentioned a possible defection.[8] From 1976 to 1982, he was head of the Church’s Biblical and Missionary Institute; afterward, he retreated to Văratec Monastery, where he began retranslating Bible using as source for Old Testament the Septuagint (since the 1930s, Romanian Orthodox Church Bible uses as its reference text the Masoretic Text).[1]

After the 1989 Revolution

On January 21, 1993 he was chosen Archbishop of Vad, Feleac and Cluj. Following a controversial decision of the Holy Synod, in 2006, the archdiocese was elevated to the rank of metropolis, making Archbishop Bartolomeu the first Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crişana and Maramureş.[5][11]
In 1999, after the Church’s failed attempt to convince politicians to endorse a proposal to give Senatorial seats to the Orthodox Church Synod’s members, Archbishop Bartolomeu made two public requests. The first one was that the Church be able to select parliamentary candidates and then have priests urge parishioners during sermons to vote for them, while the second request repeated the proposal of making the 27-member Synod members of the Senate, arguing that the state was never really separated from the church. A law to this effect was drafted but never brought up for discussion in parliament.[12]
Nevertheless, after the 2000 elections, he reconsidered the involvement of clergymen in politics. In 2004, he made a proposal, which was approved by the Synod, not to allow priests to run in elections, giving an ultimatum to priests currently involved in politics to choose between the priesthood and politics.[13]
In 2007, he was a candidate for the office of Patriarch, but he lost to Daniel Ciobotea, who received from the Church Electoral College 95 votes, against 66 for Bartolomeu.[4] Following unsuccessful treatment in Vienna in early 2011, Anania died in Cluj-Napoca of heart failure and aortic valve stenosis at age 89.[14] He was buried in the hierarchs’ crypt beneath the altar of the city’s Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral.[15]


Metropolitan Bartolomeu was known as a conservative voice within the church. Politically, he asserted that he had always been attracted by the right wing.[3] Voicing disagreement with the Western world, he argued that it is built exclusively on politics and economics, lacking any trace of spirituality, culture or religion. Following the repeal of Article 200 (regarding homosexuality), he decried the Westernization of Romania, claiming that “Europe asks us to accept sex, homosexuality, vices, drugs, abortions and genetic engineering, including cloning”.[12]
He also condemned the way in which television stations “manipulate” viewers and use violent programs to “poison the souls of Romanians”, arguing that such programs are harming people’s personalities and make them unable to tell good from evil.[16]
In 2002, he was among a group of intellectuals who voiced their opposition to the building of a vampire theme park called Dracula Park, claiming that vampires are not a part of Romanian mythology (which instead has other monsters, like Muma Pădurii and zgripţuroaica).[17]
While he supported the neutrality of the Church in politics, in 2007 he did join seven other high-ranking Orthodox clerics in signing an appeal against the decision of the parliament to begin impeachment proceedings against President Traian Băsescu, calling the procedure “immoral politics”.[3]
Regarding ecumenism, Bartolomeu argued that unifying all Christians within one Church is a far-fetched goal.[18]
Bartolomeu Anania, as Metropolitan, joined the dispute over the biometric passports, signing in 2009 a public statement (together with all the bishops of his metropolitan see), in which he claimed that the usage of biometric chips in passports is offensive to the Romanian people, whom, he claims, are therefore treated as a potential gang of criminals. He also made clear his worry about the possibility of using microchip implants.[19]

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