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Myers stresses the maternal characteristics attributed to the male leader of North Korea

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  • “…there’s one country that carries the presumption of innocence to truly psychotic proportions.” Great line.

    The presumption of innocence psychosis also permeates and stupefies those who support and maintain the the death machine that abuses and murders over 10 billion of our fellow animals yearly here in the “good” old USA.

    Great post, thank you.