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    The following story is compiled from a series of three special articles that first appeared in The Manila Times, starting on May 29, 2002 and continuing
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      The following story is compiled from a series of three special
      articles that first appeared in The Manila Times, starting on May 29,
      2002 and continuing through May 31, 2002. It was written by Dorian
      Zumel-Sicat, Correspondent and Jeannette Andrade, Reporter.
      Extensive additional information has been added from other news
      accounts and the "credit and original article links" follow
      this
      story. Photographs are from a number of sources, including some from
      the original articles. http://justicein2002.com/id25html to see photos

      American Treasure Hunter is almost killed in a fiery explosion in his
      hotel room in the Philippines.



      Evergreen Hotel, Suite 306, Davao, Mindanao, after the explosion on
      May 16, 2002.

      First of three parts

      Michael T. Meiring had basked in the shadow of inscrutability for
      many years as he roamed around the Philippines with his numerous
      partners, contacts, and other treasure hunters. By some accounts, he
      is a treasure hunter, and a physician who dabbled in herbal medicine.
      There is mention of a wife, a nurse who worked in a hospital in
      California. He doesn't smoke, and drinks only occasionally.

      It is said he has been in and out of Davao City for the past 10
      years, always staying in Suite 306 of the Evergreen Hotel. The talk
      in Davao is that Meiring hobnobs with influential political
      personalities in Mindanao, among them Nur Misuari and Hashim Salamat.

      An explosion in his Davao hotel suite on May 16, 2002, ripped off
      that mantle of obscurity, exposing Meiring and his numerous American
      and Filipino partners, to the public limelight. What has been
      revealed, however, is a more complex man whose trail leads back to
      South Africa and boxes supposedly containing US Federal Reserve
      notes and bonds obtained from the Abu Sayyaf.



      Since the May 16 blast, there have been enthusiastic attempts by
      authorities and his partners to keep the circumstances surrounding
      the incident very hush-hush.



      Meiring lost both his legs in the explosion, which also left a big
      portion of his body badly burned. What is unusual is that he was
      reportedly whisked out of Davao, past the Philippine National Police
      guarding him at the hospital, and on to a chartered plane,
      accompanied by what Immigration officials described as agents of the
      US National Security Agency agents and agents of the US Federal
      Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

      The mystery doesn't stop there. Meiring's present whereabouts
      are
      unclear. One report said he was taken to the Makati Medical Center in
      Makati City, where he is still under intensive care. Another version
      has it that Meiring was flown to San Diego, California after a brief
      stay at Makati Medical, and further reports place him in Singapore.

      Piecing together an accurate story about Meiring will be difficult.
      But there are indications that he is part of a bigger, much more
      spellbinding tale, one detailing a quest for treasure, intrigue and,
      possibly, double-cross by his long-time American and Filipino
      partners.

      What is definitely known about Meiring is that he was born in 1932 in
      South Africa and later became a naturalized US citizen. He first came
      to the Philippines in 1992, where he spent almost a year in Metro
      Manila, where he stayed at the Sundowner Hotel or the Manila Garden
      Hotel (Where Steven Morgan resides).

      While in Manila he went around with two agents of the National Bureau
      of Investigation (NBI) and has fallen under the protection of Ricardo
      Diaz, the NBI chief of Interpol, and his treasure-hunting group,
      including Steven Morgan, Karl Ryll, and PNP Colonel, Segundo Duran.

      "He was in the Philippines primarily to hunt for treasure and do
      research in herbal medicine he told me". According to his wife,
      Angela, who is a nurse at a 7th Day Adventist hospital in Loma Linda,
      California. But the real facts of the case appear to be much more
      sinister.

      It was learned that Meiring's wife Angela, who is in the United
      States, has been telling Evergreen Hotel general manager Sarlo
      Gentapan that they don't have money. Gentapan served as a guarantor
      of the victim so he will be treated at the hospital. Gentapan told
      Sun.Star that the hotel already released P20,000 as advanced payment
      for the hospitalization of the victim. Hughes confirmed that the
      victim was really financially strapped, saying, "Michael has no
      money, I know that." Gentapan said Angela told him Friday morning
      over the phone that they are broke. However, Angela told Gentapan
      that Meiring is covered by health insurance in the United States.

      On Friday afternoon, United States Embassy vice-consul Michael
      Newbill went to the Davao Doctors Hospital to settle Meiring's bills
      after the US insurance company released some money, reportedly
      coursed to the US embassy, for the victim's hospitalization. Gentapan
      said Newbill assured him that he will facilitate the payment of
      Meiring's hospital bills which, as of Friday, reached already
      P300,000.



      Meiring had close links with some well-placed government authorities
      in southern Mindanao as well as with national government officials
      and PNP officials, such as Colonel Segundo Duran (PNP). Included in
      this circle are former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman
      Nur Misuari (photo) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief
      Hashim Salamat (Right photo), and even suspected New People's
      Army
      (NPA) leader Father Navarro. He has close ties with Commander Tony
      Nasa (MNLF) and others in Cotabato who acted as "front" men
      for his
      dealings with Abu Sayyaf in the purchase of US Treasury notes and in
      helping him in his search for sunken Japanese shipwrecks with Ryll
      and Morgan.

      Meiring's connections and dealings with rebel leaders made the
      military very wary about him. He was under surveillance by more than
      one intelligence unit on more than one occasion. Still, there was
      little to add to his dossier. This is truly amazing as numerous
      reports were made to the media, the NBI, Philippine government
      agencies, the United States Embassy, over six years ago (See "Urgent"
      faxes), about all of Meiring and his partners activities.

      Meiring is known to have spent millions of dollars while in the
      Philippines. Where he got his funds was not known. Medical research
      grants from South Africa could be one source. "He has told me
      that
      the South African government gives him some support," says
      Meiring's
      private secretary, Sylvia Durante.

      According to close friend, American David Hawthorn, Meiring told him
      he had found a fabulous treasure in US Federal notes and gold bonds.
      The way Hawthorn told it, Meiring in 1992 was able to sell a
      "box"
      full of US Federal Reserve notes worth more than $500 million. That
      box was one of 12 said to be part of a war chest for American and
      Filipino guerillas fighting Japan forces during World War II. After
      the war, the boxes disappeared and stories have circulated ever since
      that they are in the possession of the MNLF/MILF and the Abu Sayyaf.
      There are also a number of reports of "fake" bonds and notes that
      have been sold by the Muslim extremist groups to finance their arms
      purchases.

      Second of three parts

      Treasure hunter had white supremacists for associates!

      Philippine and US investigators chasing the case of Michael Meiring,
      the American who sustained critical injuries from a mysterious
      explosion in his Davao hotel suite, have to dig through a wide circle
      of acquaintances — ranging from South African anti-apartheid
      warriors
      to American white supremacists and other Filipino and American
      treasure hunters.

      The Manila Times confirmed yesterday from a source at the Makati
      Medical Center that Meiring remains confined at the hospital's
      cardiovascular unit. The Times also learned that police in Davao City
      had finally filed illegal possession of explosives charges against
      the American and have issued two arrest warrants. The authorities
      want him returned to Davao to face charges there.

      The Times tried to visit Meiring but was told only his doctor —
      handpicked by the US Embassy — has access to him. The Times was
      also
      not allowed to see any of Meiring's watchers.

      A close friend of the American had earlier claimed Meiring was
      airlifted to San Diego, California. Other American sources from the
      California city, home to a sprawling US naval base, also insisted
      yesterday that Meiring had arrived there.

      Among the most startling developments in the Meiring case was
      Immigration Deputy Commissioner Daniel Queto's admission last
      week,
      that no less than agents of the US National Security Agency and FBI
      agents from the United States Embassy had brought Meiring from Davao
      to Manila.

      Confusing background

      At the time of the blast, journalists were confused about
      Meiring's
      nationality. Some dubbed him British, others American. Meiring was
      formerly a citizen of South Africa, but of British descent. He fled
      to the United States, sources said, towards the end of South
      Africa's
      apartheid regime.

      While the same sources said Meiring was a doctor for the South
      African police, they also stressed his ties to the African National
      Congress of Nelson Mandela, and hinted that he fled because of
      pursuit by state security officials.

      American David Hawthorn, a close friend of Meiring, claimed the blast
      victim had confessed passing to Mandela's government the proceeds
      of
      a box of old US federal notes. That box was one of 12, containing an
      estimated $500-million worth of notes.

      Hawthorn said Meiring showed him a letter from the South African
      government and a US Treasury permit to back his claim. Hawthorn also
      saw a "packing list" that had a cover sheet printed with the
      words "US Army," the Army seal, some numbers and a group of
      upper
      case letters. Meiring, he said, claimed the list represented the
      serial numbers of the missing notes, dating back to 1937.
      Similar "boxes" were recovered by United States Secrete Service and
      the Philippine Central Bank late last year.

      Double cross?

      Meiring had spent the last nine years looking for more boxes and
      other treasure, securing a permit during the Ramos administration to
      recover treasure from sunken Japanese and American ships around
      Mindanao, and to look for gold bars and "Victory" notes.

      It was then that he entered into a partnership with private hunters
      which included Steven Morgan and Karl Ryll (both Americans) and Linda
      Datoon of Davao ( Who he reportedly coerced in to helping him) to
      salvage shipwrecks located in the ARRM region of Mindanao.

      According to both Hawthorn and secretary Silvya Durante, Meiring had
      fronted for a very wealthy, powerful group in Manila. He returned to
      the country six months ago to buy another box of federal notes but
      was told the treasure was still in Mindanao. After a month, the
      impatient Meiring flew to Davao, after getting information on the
      box's whereabouts.

      The American's friends fear the Manila group, threatened of
      losing
      the box, could have plotted against Meiring as they have in the past
      with other Americans who got in their way.

      The group, they told The Times, was connected to a long-time Meiring
      financier, James Rowe of Nevada, who joined the victim during a 1993
      visit, and other people in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles,
      California.

      White supremacist?

      Rowe is executive producer of Wild Rose Productions, an independent
      film and video documentary company based in New Green Valley, Nevada,
      near Las Vegas. One of the projects of Wild Rose was to do a
      documentary on Yamashi­ta treasure allegedly hidden and recovered
      by
      highland tribes in parts of Mindanao.

      American intelligence analyst, Dan Crawford said Rowe had links to a
      right-winged, white supremacist and tax revolt group in Nevada that
      is linked with the neo-Nazi party of the United States and the
      "Fifth
      Reich" in Germany.



      Treasure hunters claim much of Yamashita's `treasure'
      (photo) was
      money, jewels, and gold belonging to the Nazis and the Japanese Army.
      Their descendants, inspired by some of the surviving and aged minion
      of Adolf Hit­ler, are in search of that treasure, believing that
      they
      can recover it, they can revive the movement and fulfill their dreams
      of a world run by a superior Aryan race.

      Those same people harbor a deep-seeded resentment against Nelson
      Mandela and those who dismantled the racist apartheid system of South
      Africa. Meiring, being a supporter of Mandela is considered
      a "traitor" to the white race.



      Another right-wing associate of Meiring is an American named Chuck
      Ager, from somewhere in Colorado, USA. Ager is a mining engineer. He
      was tasked by Meiring to supervise more than 30 tunneling operations
      in search of the remaining 12 boxes and the Yamashita treasure (see
      map). In all, Ager was in charge of more than P5-million ($100,000
      USD) worth of mining and digging equipment purchase over the years by
      Meiring from Jun Herrea at Davao General Hardware Store, which is
      only a half block from the Evergreen Hotel. Meiring and his American
      and Filipino associates have been known throughout the area as using
      explosives in their excavations of treasure sites and shipwrecks for
      many years. Meiring has provided explosives to other treasure
      hunters for their salvage attempts in Mindanao and North Luzon on
      Japanese shipwrecks and an American Warship.

      Fearful

      Both Hawthorn and Durante claimed that Meiring had feared for his
      life in recent weeks. Each time that Hawthorn asked why, Meiring
      would only say, "it has to do with the treasure." It was
      well known
      that he had numerous "problems" with his American and
      Filipino
      associates in the Philippines.

      The intelligence source also said that within three weeks of the
      blast, Meiring was in communication with a man from England named
      Derek S. Fawell, of Yorkshire. Fawell knew Meiring well, according to
      communications from him to Meiring that was recovered by the
      source. "With regard to your ordinance disposal problem, I have
      talked with our experts. They will be at your location upon the time
      frame that you instruct. The device that you have described is highly
      volatile and must be deal with quite delicately," says one
      paragraph
      of that facsimile communication shown to me by the source.
      Fawell's
      address is listed as 3 Glenhurst Avenue, Yorkshire, England.

      On Meiring's company letterhead, PAROUSIA International Trading,
      Inc., with Evergreen Hotel, Davao City address and telephone
      number, is a UK address: Patchole Manor, Kentisbury Ford, North
      Devon, England. Under the address, in italicized letters are the
      words: When in residence. The only address of record for Meiring, in
      his passport and with US authorities is, 381 Smokeridge Trail,
      Calimesa, California.

      Almost immediately after the blast, security tightened around
      Meiring. Hawthorn told The Times: "I was told by a Filipino in
      Davao,
      carrying a message from the US Embassy that Michael would never be
      charged with a crime in connection with the explosion. The
      investigation will end up as a stonewall. Michael will be protected
      and eventually taken back to the safety of the United States. The
      incident will be shortly forgotten, if you're willing to forget
      it."

      But even that doesn't explain why a treasure hunter and collector
      of
      medicinal herbs merited attention from the powerful US NSA and the
      FBI.

      Conclusion

      Spies, terrorists attracted to treasure hunters' circles!

      LOST and hidden treasures are the stuff of which legends are made.
      The legends of the treasures of Mindanao are full of international
      intrigue, accounts of treachery and betrayal, tales about shadowy
      characters, shady deals all mixed with a bit of the noble and of
      compassion.

      Michael T. Meiring was critically injured in a blast that gutted his
      hotel room, Suite 305 of the Evergreen Hotel in downtown Davao City
      on May 16. He will not fully recover from those injuries. Both of his
      legs were amputated at the knee because of irreparable compound
      fractures. He suffered first to third degree burns in 40 percent of
      his body. The "who" and "why" of the blast remains
      unknown amidst an
      array of speculation by investigators and reporters.

      Meiring's background is murky but that, military defense
      officials
      note, is par for the course. Terrorists and intelligence operatives
      of all stripes about among treasure hunters' circles. The
      Americans
      have used treasure hunting as a cover for intelligence activities. In
      1963, a C-47 US Air Force Cargo plane crashed somewhere in the
      central highlands of Min­danao, sinking into the depths of a lake
      that
      has yet to be charted. Top secret is the tag on this story.

      According to sources in the United States who will remain anonymous,
      the plane was carrying the stolen cache of Madame Ngu who fled from
      Vietnam in 1963 after a successful US-led coup. The fight was un-
      manifested and had no flight plan. But sources say that it was en-
      route to Clark Air Base. There is record of a sole survivor of the
      crash, Airman Lawrence Havelock.

      Havelock reported struggled to Cagayan de Oro, where he was treated
      at a hospital for exposure and minor injuries. Later he was
      repatriated and then mysteriously given a general discharged from the
      US Air Force.

      Several years after his discharge Havelock returned to Mindanao to
      try to find the crash site and the plane. He never did. He returned
      to the States broke and in debt. He finally ended up convicted of a
      federal fraud charges.

      Terrorists, too, have been known to put up treasure hunting fronts.
      The three Vietnamese terrorists arrested last year for plotting to
      blow up the Vietnamese Embassy here were assets of the US
      intelligence community. They and their Japanese colleague were also
      involved in treasure hunting — and the export of marijuana. They
      had
      links to close friends of deposed presidents Joseph Estrada and
      Ferdinand Marcos and their patroness and financier hobnobbed with a
      poseur who called himself a son of Marcos.

      There are other names that come up in the treasure hunter game.
      Intelligence officers allowed The Manila Times to publish only the
      names of those involved during the 1990s, saying "current"
      names of
      the list were being monitored for links to a strange circle of white
      supremacists and Islamic fundamentalists:

      Bob Gould (in the Philippines in March of 1990 and June of 1991) came
      from Hayward, California. His connection was a Frederick Obado,
      Filipino-American, who was linked to a group of Kodar Kiram, son of
      the late Sultan Jumalul Kiram and younger brother of Rodinod Kiram.
      Gould and others in Davao City made plans in 1990 and 1991 to invade
      Sabbah and claim it for the Sultanate of Sabbah-Sulu. Gould has
      connections with a Libertarian group in California and is the subject
      of an Internal Revenue Service investigation on tax evasion.

      Nina North. A close friend of Gould. Her acquaintances claim she has
      connections to the Central Intelligence Agency, but those connections
      are too vague. In 1990, 1991, and 1992, she maintained contact with
      Obado and was dealing with high officials in the Mid-East, including
      representatives of Khadaffy and Bin Laden, with regard to transfer of
      gold bullion from the Philippines, through the "back door."
      North is
      from Fremont, California.

      Andy Gould (no relation to Bob), an Australian and John Lawrence, a
      Brit, both hangers-on in Ermita (back in the early '90s). They
      also
      had dealings with Obado, Bob Gould, and Swihart with regard to gold
      bullion and the Yamashita treasure.

      "Tinoy" Simbahon of Magpet, North Cotabato. A treasure guide.
      His
      wife had met with Obado and Gould on several occasions in the Manila
      Pen back in 1990. He had met with Obado and a certain De Lara, in
      late 1991 in Magpet to make a deal for the purchase of gold bullion.
      Simbahon had admitted to Gould that he was secretly working for
      Swihart to help Muslim independence in Mindanao.

      Fred Eder, Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a tailor. But he has a corporation
      registered under the name of Rose Mining and Exploration Company,
      with headquarters somewhere in General Santos City. Simbahon is a
      partner. This is the group that enticed Obado and Gould to look for
      treasure. Eder is also somehow connected with a Fil-Am group that
      once supported the defunct Movement for Independent Mindanao (MIM).
      On radio station KNDY, Honolulu, as late as 1999, Eder was heard
      advocating independence for Muslim Mindanao.

      A number of "current" shady people seem to center around Meiring and
      his activities. These include Commander Tony Nasa, MNLF, of
      Cotabato, Harold Karaka, an American partner of Karl Rylls, who is
      involved is selling the currency notes in Las Vegas and Europe and
      has made a number of trips to Mindanao in an attempt to kill another
      American treasure hunter, that was a rival of Meiring's. Meiring may
      also been heavily involved with Tony Wells, another American from
      Singapore that is working a number of sites in Mindanao. Wells "was
      robbed" of $151,000 USD not to long ago, while trying to "buy gold"
      in the Philippines. The rumors are that he was "set-up" by his
      partners. But who knows? Maybe Michael T. Meiring!











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    • fireofthe12
      Hello justice_in_2002hk, I m not sure why you posted this piece on our list. I remembered the name Michael Meiring (who is a South African) from back in
      Message 2 of 8 , Jul 2, 2002
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        Hello justice_in_2002hk,
        I'm not sure why you posted this piece on our
        list.
        I remembered the name "Michael Meiring" (who is a South African) from
        back in February this year. We had quite a debate on Anthroposophy
        versus Fundamentalist Christianity.

        Could this possibly be the same person? At the moment I can't see the
        connection. Maybe Engemi would know.

        -Greetings,
        Bruce
      • justice_in_2002hk
        Yes Bruce, he is the same person, Thought your readers might want to know! Regards,
        Message 3 of 8 , Jul 15, 2002
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          Yes Bruce, he is the same person, Thought your readers might want to
          know!
          Regards,
        • Sieglunda
          I am so very sorry to know Michael was so horribly injured, facing a long and very painful recupperation. I sincerely hope he recovers well. Sieglunda
          Message 4 of 8 , Jul 15, 2002
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            I am so very sorry to know Michael was so horribly injured, facing a long
            and very painful recupperation. I sincerely hope he recovers well.

            Sieglunda


            > Yes Bruce, he is the same person, Thought your readers might want to
            > know!
            > Regards,
            >
          • fireofthe12
            Hello Justice , ... to ... He is listed as part of Defending the Faith Ministries: http://www.exjws.net/supportgroups.htm But this man is Michael J. Meiring
            Message 5 of 8 , Jul 15, 2002
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              Hello "Justice",

              > Yes Bruce, he is the same person, Thought your readers might want
              to
              > know!

              He is listed as part of Defending the Faith Ministries:

              http://www.exjws.net/supportgroups.htm

              But this man is Michael "J." Meiring not Michael "T." Meiring as
              listed in your story.

              Both men are from South Africa, but do you know for sure that the man
              in the article is our Mr. Meiring?
              Michael J. Meiring is also listed in Who's Who.

              According to one article, Meiring planted the booby trap that blew
              his leg off:
              http://www.asianjournal.com/pages/011000/news/050402police.html

              Anyway, it all sounds very Hollywood.

              Another peculiar thing is that one of Michael T's companies is
              PAROUSIA International Trading, Inc.- sounds like the kind of name
              Michael J. would use.

              Yours Cordially,
              Bruce
            • evlogite
              Hello Everyone: Can anyone help direct me to a systematic description of the various planes (AND SUBPLANES) of being and the type of consciousness and beings
              Message 6 of 8 , Jul 15, 2002
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                Hello Everyone:

                Can anyone help direct me to a systematic description of the
                various planes (AND SUBPLANES) of being and the type of
                consciousness and beings that exist there.
                What I'm looking for is an understanding of questions like the
                following:
                If mathematical thinking takes place, for example, on the 4th
                subplane of the manasic plane, what kind of beings have their
                normal consciousness there and what kind of other activities
                take place there, and other such descriptions. On the 3rd, 2nd,
                1st, etc.
                Wjere does true contemplation have its field of activity?
                Where does sense-free thinking take place?

                Would a comparison of planetary evolution and human
                consciousness yield the key to this? (e.g. Ancient Moon's seven
                cycles might reveal the condition of the seven subdivision of our
                astral body)

                Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

                evlogite
              • danifyou@tv.videotron.ca
                Charts and tabulations: www.bibleandanthroposophy.com/Smith/main/burning_bush/charts_tabs/titles.html ... From: evlogite Hello Everyone:
                Message 7 of 8 , Jul 16, 2002
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                  Charts and tabulations:

                  www.bibleandanthroposophy.com/Smith/main/burning_bush/charts_tabs/titles.html

                  -----Original Message-----
                  From: "evlogite"<evlogite@...>
                  Hello Everyone:

                  Can anyone help direct me to a systematic description of the
                  various planes (AND SUBPLANES) of being and the type of
                  consciousness and beings that exist there.
                  What I'm looking for is an understanding of questions like the
                  following:
                  If mathematical thinking takes place, for example, on the 4th
                  subplane of the manasic plane, what kind of beings have their
                  normal consciousness there and what kind of other activities
                  take place there, and other such descriptions. On the 3rd, 2nd,
                  1st, etc.
                  Wjere does true contemplation have its field of activity?
                  Where does sense-free thinking take place?

                  Would a comparison of planetary evolution and human
                  consciousness yield the key to this? (e.g. Ancient Moon's seven
                  cycles might reveal the condition of the seven subdivision of our
                  astral body)

                  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

                  evlogite



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                • evlogite
                  ... www.bibleandanthroposophy.com/Smith/main/burning_bush/ch arts_tabs/titles.html Thank you very much. Just what the doctor ordered. evlogite
                  Message 8 of 8 , Jul 16, 2002
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                    --- In anthroposophy@y..., danifyou@t... wrote:
                    >
                    > Charts and tabulations:
                    >
                    >
                    www.bibleandanthroposophy.com/Smith/main/burning_bush/ch
                    arts_tabs/titles.html

                    Thank you very much. Just what the doctor ordered.

                    evlogite
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