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Video Game Designers Show the Carefully Orchestrated Movements That Bring Their Stop Motion Characters to Life

Vokabulantis is an episodic video game by author Morten Søndergaard, animator Johan Oettinger, and puppet animation studio Wired Fly. The team used stop motion to animate the two main characters—Kurt and Karla—which the player leads through a series of

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Saturday midday open thread: CDC sees alarming rise in worker suicides; household debt soars

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos… Remembering the horrors of the Jonestown massacre 40 years later, by Sher Watts Spooner Has America reached peak hate under Trump, and where do we go next? by Frank Vyan Walton Democrats and progressives won Midterm
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Saturday midday open thread: CDC sees alarming rise in worker suicides; household debt soars

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos… Remembering the horrors of the Jonestown massacre 40 years later, by Sher Watts Spooner Has America reached peak hate under Trump, and where do we go next? by Frank Vyan Walton Democrats and progressives won Midterm 2018: Here is how we keep the win, by Egberto Willies Donald Trump is not a smart man—and his latest voter fraud statement proves it, by Mark E Andersen The Obama economic expansion keeps rolling on, by Jon Perr Republicans need to decide if protecting Trump is worth the price of destroying their party, by Laurence Lewis  Beyond deplorable: Trump threatens and attacks U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and on the mainland, by Denise Oliver Velez International Elections Digest: Brazil elects fascist president who adores military dictatorship, by Daily Kos Elections House Democrats are right to push for stronger labor protections in Trump's revised NAFTA, by Ian Reifowitz • Trump is in California to visit firefighters and survivors of the Camp Fire that killed at least 71 and the survivors of the Thousand Oaks bar shooting in which 12 people were murdered: “I think that the biggest message and the biggest takeover will be the president saying, ‘We’re here,’ and thankfully the president’s got big shoulders, and I think he’s going to go there to offer them up to people that need somebody to lean on,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday on the Fox News Channel. [...] But when he was asked by Fox News in an interview set to air Sunday whether climate change played a role in the number of serious fires, he said “maybe it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.” He added that he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire. “This should have been all raked out.” At first, it seemed Trump might bring a planeload of paper towels to hand out as he did in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck. Now it seems maybe Air Force 1 is brimful of rakes, although we have yet to see them. Perhaps he’s arranging for the military to bring them after they’re done confronting the scareavan on the Mexican border. • Check out these giant puppet robots roaming the streets of Toulous, France, earlier this month. MIDDAY TWEET xThou shalt not be the president and compliment a widow on how many kids she has and imply that she and her dead husband used to fuck a lot and you like that. This is not the Howard Stern Show. It's the presidency you sick fuck— God 🌈 (@TheGoodGodAbove) November 16, 2018 • Here is The Washington Post’s whip count on Democratic support for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House: 81 who give a definite “yes”; 20 who give a definite “no”; 68 who “dodged questions”; and 62 whose stances are “unknown/unclear.”   • Centers for Disease Control issues alarming report on increase in suicides by U.S. workers. The study scrutinized the occupations of 22,053 people who committed suicide in 17 states in 2012 and 2015: From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among American workers has increased 34 percent, up 12.9 per 100,000 working persons to 17.3, according to a worrisome new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs, the U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The CDC study [does not explain why more U.S. workers appear to be taking their own lives. But by breaking down suicide rates by occupation, this can help doctors and lawmakers support the workers who may be most at risk of suicide.  • Fart roils darts championship. Contestants deny it was theirs: The world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match. Gary Anderson of Scotland and the Dutchman Wesley Harms blamed each other for “rotten” farts during their clash in the Gland Slam of Darts. • Household debt soared to $13.5 trillion last quarter. That’s $837 million more than the last high point, which occurred in 2008 just before the Great Recession really got rolling. Among the worst—student debt: Flows of student debt into serious delinquency — of 90 or more days — rose to 9.1 percent in the third quarter from 8.6 percent in the previous quarter, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It was a reversal after a period of improvement for student debt, which totaled $1.4 trillion. Such delinquency flows have been rising on auto debt since 2012 and on credit card debt since last year, which could raise a red flag for economists. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Amazon HQ2 destroys plan to build 1,500 affordable housing units in New York City

Blowback has been fierce ever since the announcement that online mega-giant retailer Amazon would be receiving billions of dollars in subsidies to build one of two new headquarters in Long Island City, New York. Besides questions surrounding the company
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Amazon HQ2 destroys plan to build 1,500 affordable housing units in New York City

Blowback has been fierce ever since the announcement that online mega-giant retailer Amazon would be receiving billions of dollars in subsidies to build one of two new headquarters in Long Island City, New York. Besides questions surrounding the company’s labor practices, the fact that the multi-billion-dollar company, headed by the wealthiest man in the world, needed to be paid off to locate in the City That Never Sleeps has infuriated many. Politico reports that, on top of the huge price tag, two of the sites that will house Amazon were slated for affordable-housing development. Plaxall, which owns land around the Anable Basin, was prepared to ask New York City for permission to build up to 4,995 new homes on a 14.7-acre site on the East River, 1,250 of which developers would have set aside for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. Most of that site will now be subsumed into Amazon’s office campus. A small portion of it — about two acres — can still be used for housing because it won’t be part of Amazon’s campus. But Plaxall hasn’t decided if it wants apartments or office space there, and either way, it won’t be able to accommodate nearly as many homes as originally planned.

View from the Left: Trump sunk Republicans in the midterms; we can help him do it again in 2020

As the final weeks of the 2018 midterms closed in, Donald Trump's desperation was palpable. He was thrashing around about the so-called “caravan” of migrants, ordering U.S. troops to the border, holding impromptu press conferences about executive orders t
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View from the Left: Trump sunk Republicans in the midterms; we can help him do it again in 2020

As the final weeks of the 2018 midterms closed in, Donald Trump's desperation was palpable. He was thrashing around about the so-called “caravan” of migrants, ordering U.S. troops to the border, holding impromptu press conferences about executive orders that hadn't been written, and lamenting the hate-speech inspired pipe bombs and shooting massacres that had thrown Republicans off their game. As Democrats studiously ignored Trump's repulsive anti-immigrant rants, his raw racist appeals just grew louder and more shrill. And yes, it totally backfired. Research from the New American Economy found that the *30 congressional districts that had flipped as of Nov. 15 had all grown «much more educated and much more diverse than they were even just five years ago.» (*The analysis did not include districts that had been redrawn since 2016.) In all districts that flipped, the number of college-educated adults increased sharply. In all but one there were at least 10,000 more college-educated adults in 2018 than there were in 2013.  In all but one of the districts that flipped, the share of Asian American and Hispanic American eligible voters increased in the last 5 years. The education levels of voters within these districts combined with their growing diversity made Trump's escalating fixation on the desperate migrants entirely toxic. And it didn't just hurt the GOP in the House—it likely also cost Republicans some very precious Senate seats. Former Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, a former Republican who recently became a registered Democrat, said Trump's racist rhetoric was way out of step with the direction of the region. “The extremism of the current Republican Party is a losing strategy for the future," Woods said. “In the Southwest in particular, where we’re talking about a diverse population and, increasingly, a younger population, people just aren’t going to put up with it.”

House Republicans will use some of their last days in power rehashing Hillary Clinton's emails again

Republicans won’t have control of the House for much longer, but by gum they’re going to use their final weeks to stir up as many far-right conspiracy theories as possible. The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to subpoena former FBI Director James
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House Republicans will use some of their last days in power rehashing Hillary Clinton's emails again

Republicans won’t have control of the House for much longer, but by gum they’re going to use their final weeks to stir up as many far-right conspiracy theories as possible. The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. But don’t expect to learn anything from their appearances, other than what media outlets will bite on strategic Republican leaks: The source said the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, plans to issue the subpoenas on Monday for Comey to appear for a closed-door deposition on November 29 and for Lynch to appear on December 5. The interviews are part of the House Republican investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation. Comey has previously rejected the committee's request for him to appear privately before the GOP-led inquiry, saying he would rather testify publicly instead. But Republicans don’t want Comey or Lynch appearing publicly, since that sort of thing hasn’t gone well for them the last few years. No, this way they can make Comey and Lynch as uncomfortable as possible. They can keep the Republican base whipped into a froth over Hillary Clinton’s emails (yes, in late 2018) and whatever the Trumpist anti-Comey theory of the week is. And they can do those things without any danger that a lunatic Republican question or a particularly sharp answer from Comey or Lynch will go viral. It’s a last raging stand by Republicans to prove how little they care about substance, about Russian election hacking or Trump campaign collusion with Russia or corruption within the administration or any of dozens of other things that actually matter and might survive as issues past the Republican ability to issue subpoenas. It’s a simultaneous reminder of how dangerous they are and how pathetic they are.

Nevada's Cortez Masto makes history again, as first Latina to lead Senate Democrats' campaign arm

Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, who in 2016 made American history as the first Latina to be elected to the United States Senate, has achieved another first in 2018, picked this week to head the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, making her the first Lati
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Nevada's Cortez Masto makes history again, as first Latina to lead Senate Democrats' campaign arm

Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, who in 2016 made American history as the first Latina to be elected to the United States Senate, has achieved another first in 2018, picked this week to head the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, making her the first Latina to hold that position. “I am committed to replicating the blue wave America saw in Nevada throughout the entire country,” Sen. Cortez Masto said in a statement, “and electing a Senate Democratic majority in 2020.” She told The Nevada Independent that important gains made in the state in 2016 and 2018 can serve as “a blueprint” to winning a Democratic victory in the Senate. In 2016, powered by the Culinary Workers Union and other local organizing, Nevada went for Hillary Clinton and kept former Sen. Harry Reid’s seat in the Democratic column. In 2018, this ongoing work—Culinary knocked on over 370,000 doors in Las Vegas and Reno—ousted Trump ally Republican Dean Heller and made Democratic Congress member Jacky Rosen the state’s junior senator. Cortez Masto “believes a message that resonates with Nevada voters will also resonate with Americans,” The Nevada Independent continued. “The example she gave was economic security, which she said she thinks helped her squeak out a victory in her 2016 race. It’s an overarching concern for people in various communities around the state, and one that allowed her to discuss specific policies to try to help people, she said.” Cortez Masto celebrated other historic gains made for the next Congress by the enthusiastic wave of Latinx, black, and Asian-American voters. “Glad to see Congress becoming as diverse as our country during last week’s elections,” she tweeted. “As the first Latina elected to the Senate, I’m committed to breaking down as many barriers as possible to ensure every community has a seat at the table.”

Republicans in Mississippi sink low to defend their racism, calling abortion 'black genocide'

Republicans in Mississippi are unapologetically showing their racism this week. First, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith made a deplorable comment about happily attending a “public hanging” that she refuses to apologize for—a racist and insensitive remark tha
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Republicans in Mississippi sink low to defend their racism, calling abortion 'black genocide'

Republicans in Mississippi are unapologetically showing their racism this week. First, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith made a deplorable comment about happily attending a “public hanging” that she refuses to apologize for—a racist and insensitive remark that conveniently makes light of Mississippi’s terrible and long history of lynching black people. Then Gov. Phil Bryant went out of his way to defend Hyde-Smith for her comment, deflecting its harmful impact with a bizarre, inappropriate lie about abortion and black children.  According to Think Progress, Bryant said the following in a press conference: “Absolutely we have been sensitive to race relations in this state,” said Bryant, who fielded questions for Hyde-Smith during a press conference and physically stood in front of her, serving both as a literal and metaphorical shield. “Today, I talked about the genocide of over 20 million African American children. See, in my heart, I am confused about where the outrage is at about 20 million African American children that have been aborted.” So according to Bryant, what black people should actually be upset about is not lynching or actual white supremacy but instead about the millions upon millions of tragically aborted black babies that conservatives are so terribly concerned about. Spare us, Phil. To be clear, this is an outright lie. There is no data that suggests that this number is real. But it is a common myth among anti-choice activists who love to paint black women as a problem and the ultimate challenge to their pro-life movement. What’s laughable is that these folks are pretending that they are so concerned about black life—even though they do nothing but make it hard for black people at every turn. They don’t care about black babies inside or outside of the womb and we truly know that since they often want to cut funding for needy families and Headstart programs and are the exact same people who don’t want to fund schools that are attended by poor black children. They hate affirmative action, they don’t want black women to have access to reproductive care or health care at all but somehow we are supposed to believe that they revere black babies. Yeah, okay. We aren’t buying it. Their policies and actions speak volumes and show us who they don’t actually care about.

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Black Friday 2018 streamer deals start Sunday: Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast discounts - CNET

It's never been cheaper to get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, ESPN, DirecTV Now and more to your TV. Here are the best discounts (so far) on our favorite streamers.
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Black Friday 2018 streamer deals start Sunday: Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast discounts - CNET

It's never been cheaper to get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, ESPN, DirecTV Now and more to your TV. Here are the best discounts (so far) on our favorite streamers.

20 years ago, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's trailer made web history - CNET

The 1998 teaser for the return of Star Wars wasn't just a treat for fans: it was a coup for Apple and one of the biggest tests the internet had faced.
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20 years ago, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's trailer made web history - CNET

The 1998 teaser for the return of Star Wars wasn't just a treat for fans: it was a coup for Apple and one of the biggest tests the internet had faced.

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Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. H
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Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get […]

How cities can fix tourism hell

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve decided to
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How cities can fix tourism hell

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve decided to spare you from any more Amazon HQ2 talk and instead focus […]

WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of fea
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WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of features including augmented reality selfie masks, animated GIFs, or personalized avatars like Bitmoji. A good enough version of Stories conveniently baked […]

Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digita
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Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. He is currently chairing the Quantum Computing Working Group for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and is […]

China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines
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China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines” in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new CEO. At a company event on Saturday, Chen Lin, an […]

Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One

According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. This cheaper model could play regular Xbox One games, but there would be no Blu-Ray drive. This move would lower the price of the entry-level Xbox One
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Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One

According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. This cheaper model could play regular Xbox One games, but there would be no Blu-Ray drive. This move would lower the price of the entry-level Xbox One. An Xbox One S officially starts at $299 […]

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Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A museum in Nevada says it is about to send a diamond-shaped sculpture into space that will be visible to the naked eye at night. The Nevada Museum of Art's $1.5 million project will launch Monday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A museum in Nevada says it is about to send a diamond-shaped sculpture into space that will be visible to the naked eye at night. The Nevada Museum of Art's $1.5 million project will launch Monday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Reno Gazette Journal ...

8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change

Climate change is very real, but you don’t have to venture far to learn about it: many sci-fi books pinpoint this dangerous environmental issue and its negative consequences. Even though a UN-backed report […] The post 8 Sci-Fi Books That Highligh
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8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change

Climate change is very real, but you don’t have to venture far to learn about it: many sci-fi books pinpoint this dangerous environmental issue and its negative consequences. Even though a UN-backed report […] The post 8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change appeared first on Geek.com.

Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic

For many, the idea that Alexa-enabled devices could be spying on them is a very real fear. It’s certainly not far-fetched by any means – with all the holes in privacy in social […] The post Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenienc
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Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic

For many, the idea that Alexa-enabled devices could be spying on them is a very real fear. It’s certainly not far-fetched by any means – with all the holes in privacy in social […] The post Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic appeared first on Geek.com.

Wyoming museum's video series focuses on firearms' history

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum's collection. The first two videos in the «Firearms Friday» series were posted this week on the museum's YouTube channel . Mu
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Wyoming museum's video series focuses on firearms' history

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum's collection. The first two videos in the «Firearms Friday» series were posted this week on the museum's YouTube channel . Museum volunteer Evan Green explains the history and other ...

Outdoor climbing structures among children's museum plans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Custom-designed outdoor climbing structures are among plans for improvements at the Children's Museum in downtown Lincoln. A science center also was included in the plans shared with the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission earlier this w
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Outdoor climbing structures among children's museum plans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Custom-designed outdoor climbing structures are among plans for improvements at the Children's Museum in downtown Lincoln. A science center also was included in the plans shared with the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission earlier this week. The museum sits in the shadow of the Capitol, near Centennial ...

‘Hitman 2’ Is the New Gold Standard for Stealth Games

I’ve always been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell franchises. In my eyes, they are exemplary stealth gaming experiences. Unfortunately, both series are nowhere to be found these […] The post ‘Hitman 2’ Is the New Gold St
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‘Hitman 2’ Is the New Gold Standard for Stealth Games

I’ve always been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell franchises. In my eyes, they are exemplary stealth gaming experiences. Unfortunately, both series are nowhere to be found these […] The post ‘Hitman 2’ Is the New Gold Standard for Stealth Games appeared first on Geek.com.

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Logano and Truex top final practice; Kyle Busch scrapes the wall

Logano completed a sweep of Saturday’s practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Ford 400 season finale, leading the way in the final practice with an average lap speed of 171.701 mph. He was also fastest in Saturday’s first session and qualified fi
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Logano and Truex top final practice; Kyle Busch scrapes the wall

Logano completed a sweep of Saturday’s practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Ford 400 season finale, leading the way in the final practice with an average lap speed of 171.701 mph. He was also fastest in Saturday’s first session and qualified fifth for Sunday’s race. In addition, Logano had the fastest average lap speed among the drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps ... Keep reading

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