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I am old. I am probably too old to be playing around with Dogecoin, but here I am. I am so old JFK was president when I was born and I have seen Elvis Presley in concert. That is still TOO YOUNG however to have really been a hippie.

I did not participate in the 1967 grassroots revolution known as the Summer of Love, but I witnessed it up close in Sixties California. It was a dynamic age. A time of huge change and social upheaval. This change was driven to revolution by the fact it was adopted by a whole generation. A generation which was so physically large it swamped the zeitgeist.

I feel a similar dynamic in society today. The Millennials are weary of the global conflicts the nation has engaged in most of their lives. They are young and idealistic. Just as the hippies tried to bring peace and love to the world, the Millennial generation feels similarly as they embrace Dogecoin.

It is not just the motto of this crypto currency which makes me feel this. However, the motto Do Only Good Everyday certainly puts those ideas square at the center of this Dogecoin community. The Millennials embrace of a cryptocurrency with this motto is a real hint to their idealism.

My birthday means I remember the Summer of Love and the Culture War it birthed. The Summer of Love was followed by so much upheaval and strife in America. The Baby Boomers tried to end the Vietnam War and bring about a more compassionate society. Robert Kennedy rode this generational wave to within a bullet of the Democratic nomination for president in 1968.

He was embraced by a generation as a leader for change. Martin Luther King, Jr similarly was a leader the Baby Boomers followed. However, when both RFK and MLK went the way of JFK, there was a change in the Baby Boomers. There is no denying these events destroyed the idealism of the Baby Boomers.

The movement as a truly complete societal transformation fell short. The seventies brought sex, drugs and rock and roll instead of peace and love. Hedonism led the Baby Boomers into the eighties. The rest is history. We are here now.

Millennials are wiser than they are given credit for. They understand the “Establishment” systems are rigged against them. They understand the mountains of student loan debt they drag around are unfair, especially when Lori Loughlin’s daughters are bribing their way into the same system. They understand America’s meritocracy is broken.

They understand the SEC is part of the problem when they pursue Martha Stewart while allowing Bernie Madoff to make off with billions. The GameStop revolt showed they also understand how Big Money has aligned against retail investors. Dogecoin represents a way to use money against money. If enough people obtain it and use it, then it organically wins. This is the power of the largest generation.

Millennials are not looking for politicians like RFK or JFK or MLK this time around. Now it is billionaires like Elon Musk and Mark Cuban who have the attention of the largest generation. Millennials have watched the politicians dancing for Big Money this entire century. They have no faith in politics and the old ways of doing things. These ways are clearly dead-ends in the 21st century.

Elon Musk is clearly winning in this new system. He is offering to mint new millionaires with his tweets. Who do millennials believe in, Joe Biden or Donald Trump? Neither, Elon Musk! Elon Musk is going to space. Elon Musk is going to the moon. Elon is going to Mars. Dogecoin is going to the moon is just not that great a leap…especially if Elon says Dogecoin would make a great currency for his Mars colony.

It is a NEW century. Elon is talking about a new city called Starbase near South Padre Island. This are borders Mexico as well as the United States. If one wanted to create an “autonomous” zone, then being on the edge of the nation on the edge of one of the most libertarian states would make a good choice…oh yeah and throw in that it is an island.

If Elon succeeds in pulling off his Starbase Autonomous Zone on South Padre Island, what is next? Is it much more of a stretch for Elon to then announce the SAZ will be using Dogecoin as its official currency? Elon Musk will need citizens for his new autonomous state. If he can provide a stable economy, jobs and an exciting future for his citizens they will follow.

An entire generation is disillusioned with the status quo. They do not want more of the same. Money is so powerful, everyone knows this. If Dogecoin becomes the currency of choice for the largest generation in this country, then things are going to change. This will be the first time the Baby Boomers will have to take a back seat to another generation.

There is a lot of buzz around the Saturday Night Live spot where Elon is appearing along with Miley Cyrus. Both of them are popular with millennials. They are revolutionary people without appearing to be complete radicals. Nonetheless, if there is a concerted move among millennials and their icons to jump on the Dogecoin train, the Shiba seems completely unstoppable.

Just like in 1967 and the Summer of Love, a Summer of Doge could be a HUGE threat to the Establishment. This time around though the players are well-financed. Millennials are not naive hippies, but hard-working people who know how to put their money where their mouth is.

There is a younger generation gaining control. They like Dogecoin. They think Shiba is cute. They want to use it. Millennials are idealistic and hopeful. Dogecoin is idealistic too: DOnly Good Everyday!

Cryptocurrency is going to get used. The more it gets used, the more difficult it is to purge it from the system. If Millennials start using Dogecoin, then Dogecoin wins. They would not even need Elon Musk to jump in, but we know he would…presuming he is not already on this train. Wink.

I am waiting and watching for a Summer of Doge.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article belong to the author alone. Nothing in this article constitutes investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before making any investment decisions.

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Analyst Predicts the Future of Dogecoin and XRP! Says XRP Price Will Pump the Hardest!

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The top 100 altcoins showing massive gain indicating that the cryptocurrency market is in “Altseason.” Ether, ADA, Doge, and Ethereum Classic have all surpassed their previous highs. Several large-cap tokens hit multi-year highs this week, but Bitcoin’s price has struggled to hold on to any of the week’s news-driven increases. 

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The recent surge in altcoins has caused Bitcoin’s market share to dwindle in recent weeks. Analysts believe this is yet another sign that the Altcoin season has arrived.

Dogecoin (DOGE) and XRP Price Poised For Massive Gains

Alex Saunders, a cryptocurrency researcher, is keeping an eye on Dogecoin (DOGE) and XRP Price, predicting that both will make significant changes in the near future. The analyst who predicted Bitcoin’s drop from $58,000 to under $45,000 in February has sent an alert to all DOGE holders.

In an interview with Ticker News, Saunders discusses how Elon Musk’s hosting of the famous US sketch show Saturday Night Live would affect Dogecoin’s price. 

He says that Elon Musk is one of the people who has often tweeted about Dogecoin. He’ll be on Saturday Night Live, which is a huge show in America, and there’s been a lot of rumours that he’ll talk about Dogecoin, and there’s even a joke going around that says,

 “Dogecoin to a dollar.”

He continued to say that it all started when Dogecoin was a couple of cents, and now it has reached $0.60 something or $0.70, which is amazing. It’s currently encased in a bubble. It will pop, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s a sell-the-news thing, so we could hit a dollar, but he believes it will pop before Saturday Night Live, which everyone is anticipating and hyping.

Although Saunders believes Dogecoin will fall in value, he believes the asset has gained some credibility in the media as a result of Shark Tank star and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban embracing DOGE payments at his team’s events and online shop.

Despite the fact that DOGE is still regarded as a joke by crypto enthusiasts, Saunders believes that he is mistaken and that it will have some staying power in society. 

When it comes to how the Dogecoin craze could affect other common crypto assets, Saunders believes that XRP is due for a huge surge due to retail-led trading.

And still 100% to go to previous ATH..‘The same retail money that’s chasing DOGE will soon chase XRP. It’s that 1 time every 4 years I believe XRP has a good chance to pump the hardest.’”

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Green drive scales new peaks

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BEIJING, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — This is a news report from China Daily:

While city folk flock to zoos or animal parks for a glimpse of wildlife, the threats posed by predators such as snow leopards, wolves and brown bears are a daily fact of life for 41-year-old forest ranger Zhao Hongshang in the Qilian Mountains in northwestern China’s Qinghai province.

A herd of horses from a local farm gallop at the foot of the Qilian Mountains in Gansu province in May, 2020. [Photo by WANG CHAO FOR CHINA DAILY]

His base, Qiqing forest station, sits at an altitude of 2,900 meters and is the highest forest station in Qilian Mountain National Park-one of China’s first 10 pilot national parks.

Work on the parks started in 2015, with the aim of further protecting local ecosystems and wildlife.

In August 2018, a pack of wolves chased Zhao and his colleague Ma Xu for about 5 kilometers while they were patrolling the forest on a motorbike. The wolves sprang from a hill beside their route and followed the two rangers for more than 10 minutes, with the chase ending when a truck approached.

“We jumped off the motorbike and rushed into the truck,” Zhao said. “We were surrounded by 11 wolves. That was very scary. The driver hit the horn for a long time. We kept yelling at the wolves and finally scared them away.

“The experience was life-threatening, but sweet to me. I’ve been working as a forest ranger for nearly two decades. For me, nothing could be better than seeing the land I’ve protected become greener and home to more wildlife.”

The construction of the national park, part of China’s comprehensive strategy of improving the environment and achieving the goal of ecological civilization, has boosted animal populations and biodiversity in the Qilian Mountains, which lie on the border of Qinghai and Gansu provinces.

In August 2019, President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed the importance of the ecological protection of the Qilian Mountains.

“The Qilian Mountains are a vital shield for ecological security in the western part of China,” he said. “This is a positioning in the national strategy.”

Xi made the remarks at a horse ranch during an inspection tour of Gansu, when he also expressed satisfaction with the effectiveness of nature conservation work in the area.

Severe threats

Qilian Mountain National Park covers 50,200 square kilometers-68 percent of which lie in Gansu-and features forest, grassland, desert and wetland landscapes.

Most of the 10 pilot parks have a core protected area and a general protected area. Regulation is stricter in the core protected areas, with commercial activities, such as tourism, banned and other forms of human activity kept to a minimum. That even applies to local residents, who are being relocated from the parks’ core protected areas.

The core protected area of Qilian Mountain National Park-27,500 sq km-accounts for 55 percent of its total area.

The mountains’ ecosystem faced severe threats from overgrazing, tourism, mining and commercial logging dating back to the 1980s. By the 1990s, their natural resources were overexploited by more than 500 mining enterprises and 150 hydropower stations, according to Gansu’s provincial government.

Thanks to the launch of the pilot national parks, the ecosystem of the Qilian Mountains has been recovering steadily, although threats to the mountains’ environment have not been completely eradicated.

Economic Information Daily, a newspaper affiliated with Xinhua News Agency, reported that large-scale illegal coal mining had continued to devastate the environment of the Qilian Mountains and reported that a company was suspected of making billions of yuan through illegal coal mining in the past 14 years.

The government of Haixi prefecture, where the mine is located, sent a special team to investigate the case and the Qinghai provincial government sent a special inspection team a day after it was reported.

Two senior officials in Haixi prefecture were removed from their posts for dereliction of supervision duty on illicit mining in Muli coal field in the Qilian Mountains, the provincial government announced at a news conference in 2020.

Liang Yanguo, a member of the Party committee of the prefecture, and Li Yongping, head of the Muli coal field management bureau, were removed from their posts and are under further investigation, according to the provincial discipline inspection commission.

Another three officials from local supervision departments in Haixi were also removed from office and put under investigation.

Since 2017, the central government has conducted two rounds of environmental inspections, including one in the Qilian Mountains.

Illegal mining and commercial logging in the mountains have been banned, and tours that could damage the environment have been suspended. Herdsmen have also been relocated from the core protected area of Qilian Mountain National Park.

Wang Hongbo, director of the park’s management office, said 114 mines were closed in 2018, with all facilities and buildings dismantled or removed, and 25 tours that posed threats to the ecosystem had been modified due to environmental concerns.

The improved environment has seen the revival of the population of some endangered species. Images of Tibetan donkeys, blue sheep and yellow Mongolian gazelle, animals not seen since the 1990s due to excessive hunting, have been captured by infrared cameras several times in recent years.

Zhao said rangers were four times as likely to encounter a blue eared pheasant now than 20 years ago, with the chances of seeing a blue sheep seven times greater.

With three other rangers, he safeguards wildlife in 427 sq km of forest. They patrol the region for 21 days a month and each covers more than 30,000 km a year-nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s circumference.

Preserving ecosystems

Other areas have also seen their ecosystems recover and have gained better protection thanks to China’s efforts to establish nature reserves.

When delivering a report at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the CPC in 2017, Xi said the country, as part of an effort to build a beautiful China, would develop a nature reserve system composed mainly of national parks.

That idea had its genesis in 2005, when Xi was the Party secretary of Zhejiang province. In August of that year, on a visit to Yucun, a village in Zhejiang’s Anji county, Xi praised the local government for stopping mining activities and closing cement factories to deal with a serious pollution problem.

During the visit, Xi put forward his famous development theory that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, which later became known as the “Two Mountains Theory”.

The green development philosophy is changing the country, with action plans to fight air, water and soil pollution introduced in recent years and its harshest-ever Environmental Protection Law rolled out.

Ecological civilization was also included in the CPC Constitution as a principle for development at the 18th CPC National Congress. It was the first time in the world that a ruling party had highlighted green development in its charter.

In June 2020, the State Council unveiled a guideline on nature reserves, with national parks as a major component, aimed at providing systemic protection for natural ecosystems, relics, scenery and biodiversity, and also safeguarding the country’s ecological security.

Xi has personally reviewed plans for four of the 10 pilot national parks, including those for Qilian Mountain National Park, according to Yang Weimin, deputy head of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs, and demanded that the integrity and original condition of the ecosystems be preserved.

“The aim is to give about 215,000 sq km of land back to nature, to give roughly 2 percent of China’s territory to giant pandas, Siberian tigers and Tibetan antelopes, and to give our future generations a larger area of pristine land,” Yang said at a news conference on the sidelines of the 19th CPC National Congress.

Thriving wild animals

The National Forestry and Grassland Administration said in 2019 that the construction of all 10 national parks will be completed on schedule, adding that some had already made significant achievements in ecological and wildlife protection.

In Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, which spans the border of Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, Siberian tigers and Amur leopards-two species listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List-have seen their populations increase in the past two years.

Zhang Shanning, deputy head of the park’s management bureau, said 10 Siberian tigers and six Amur leopards had been born in that time.

In Giant Panda National Park, which unites more than 80 fragmented habitats scattered in southwestern China’s Sichuan province and Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in the northwest, 319 cases of illegal use of forest land, 621 cases of commercial logging and 462 criminal cases of wildlife hunting and trading were subjected to prosecution or administrative punishment in 2019.

Improving livelihoods

Relocation of residents from the core protected areas of most national parks is speeding up.

Nearly 2,900 residents have been moved from the core protected area in Qilian Mountain National Park in Gansu province, Wang said.

They include herdsman Kang Yongsheng and his family, who were relocated in November 2017 along with other residents of Nangou village.

Wang said the government gave one herdsman from each family a job as a forest or grassland ranger in the national park. The job, together with government subsidies, pays 100,000 yuan($14,240) a year, equal to the amount they could earn from raising livestock.

Kang’s son and daughter-in-law now work as taxi drivers in Zhangye, Gansu, and the family’s living conditions have improved significantly thanks to its relocation.

Building on his decades in the company of wildlife, the mountains, grasslands and rivers, Kang said he loved working as a forest ranger.

“Now every time I see the soft clouds floating in the air, and deer and blue sheep drinking water quietly on the river bank, a strong feeling of peace and pride overwhelms me,” he said. “I guess it’s because of the love of the mountains, which I’ve taken as my home.”

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PNM and AVANGRID Formally File New Mexico Stipulation with Additional Parties

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PNM Resources, Inc. (NYSE: PNM) wholly-owned New Mexico subsidiary, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), and AVANGRID filed a revised stipulation with additional parties in its merger application before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) today.

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Parties to the filed stipulation include: Attorney General of the State of New Mexico, Western Resource Advocates, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611, Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Nava Education Project, San Juan Citizens Alliance, To Nizhoni Ani, the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, Interwest Energy Alliance, Walmart, Inc., and Onward Energy Holdings, LLC.

The addition of several parties to the stipulation demonstrates a growing consensus around the benefits of the merger to customers, employees and communities across New Mexico.

If approved by the NMPRC, the agreement among the parties will bring over $270 million in benefits to New Mexico. The hearing examiner for the case has scheduled a procedural conference for parties on May 11.

Additional materials pertaining to the stipulation and PNM’s application for approval of the merger with the NMPRC are available at https://www.pnmresources.com/investors/rates-and-filings.aspx.

Background:
PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2020 consolidated operating revenues of $1.5 billion. Through its regulated utilities, PNM and TNMP, PNM Resources provides electricity to approximately 800,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. PNM serves its customers with a diverse mix of generation and purchased power resources totaling 2.8 gigawatts of capacity, with a goal to achieve 100% emissions-free energy by 2040. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PNMResources.com.

     

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Timeline: Key Events in U.S. History that Defined Generations

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Looking back at history is a necessity when trying to understand what the future may hold.

Using insights from our Generational Power Index 2021 report, along with survey data from Pew Research in 2016, we identified some key milestones for each cohort, to understand how these events helped shape each generation’s unique perspectives.

Quick Context on Generational Definitions

Before diving in, it’s important to clarify which generations we’ve included in our research, along with their age and birth year ranges.

Generation Age range (years) Birth year range
The Silent Generation 76 and over 1928-1945
Baby Boomers 57-75 1946-1964
Gen X 41-56 1965-1980
Millennials 25-40 1981-1996
Gen Z 9-24 1997-2012
Gen Alpha 8 and below 2013-present

These generational categories aren’t universal, but we went with the most widely cited definitions from reputable U.S. sources including the Pew Research and the U.S. Federal Reserve. It’s also worth noting that these generational definitions are somewhat specific to North America. For this reason, the focus is on U.S. historic events.

Defining Events: Silent Generation

The oldest members of the Silent Generation were 11 years old at the start of World War II, and were teenagers by the time it ended. In other words, their formative years fell smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest international conflicts in modern history.

Because of this, it makes sense that World War II ranks as the second most impactful event in their lifetimes, trailing only the far more recent Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (2001).

Most Impactful Historic Events, Silent Gen (Survey Results)

Rank Silent Gen Survey %
#1 Sept. 11 59%
#2 WWII 44%
#3 JFK Assassination 41%
#4 Vietnam War 37%
#5 Moon landing 29%
#6 Obama election 28%
#7 The tech revolution 27%
#8 Civil rights movement 18%
#9 Korean War 18%
#10 Iraq/Afghanistan wars 14%

In fact, the Silent Generation cited four different wars on their list, more than any other cohort. For context, Boomers identified three conflicts (including the Cold War), while Millennials only referenced one (Iraq/Afghanistan).

Of course, other not-so-violent events made the list as well. And interestingly, some of these impressionable moments occurred later on in life.

For example, the youngest members of The Silent Generation were already in their mid-t0-late forties when cellphones became common in the ‘90s—yet, 27% identified the tech revolution as one of the top 10 most impactful events that happened in their lifetime.

Clearly, life never stops throwing you curve balls—no matter how far along you might be.

Most Notable Historical Events: Baby Boomers

Many of the historical experiences cited by Baby Boomers were related to war and violent acts. For instance, Boomers identified two assassinations on their list—John F. Kennedy’s in 1963, and Martin Luther King’s in 1968.

Most Impactful Historic Events, Boomers (Survey Results)

Rank Baby Boomers Survey %
#1 Sept. 11 70%
#2 JFK Assassination 45%
#3 Vietnam War 41%
#4 Obama election 38%
#5 Moon landing 35%
#6 The tech revolution 26%
#7 Civil rights movement 18%
#8 Fall of Berlin Wall/end of Cold War 16%
#9 MLK assassination 15%
#10 Iraq/Afghanistan wars 11%

For this generation, the moon landing in 1969 made the cut, as did Barack Obama’s election win in 2008.

Baby Boomers only identified one event that was unique to their cohort (Martin Luther King’s death). It’s worth noting that responses varied between Americans of different racial backgrounds. Not surprisingly, Black Americans were far more likely to name MLK’s death as a top defining moment.

Most Notable Historical Events: Gen X

For Gen Xers, two unique events made their list: the Challenger disaster (1986) and the Gulf War (1991). Interestingly, neither of of these events stood out for other generations.

The Challenger disaster impact was widely felt because it involved civilians alongside astronauts, making the space shuttle’s explosion all the more notorious.

Most Impactful Historic Events, Gen Xers (Survey Results)

Rank Gen X Survey %
#1 Sept. 11 79%
#2 Obama election 40%
#3 Fall of Berlin Wall/end of Cold War 21%
#4 The tech revolution 20%
#5 Iraq/Afghanistan wars 18%
#6 Gulf War 15%
#7 Challenger disaster 14%
#8 Gay marriage 10%
#9 Hurricane Katrina 10%
#10 Columbine shooting 9%
#11 Orlando shooting 9%
#12 Oklahoma City bombing 9%

Hurricane Katrina (which occurred in 2005) is the only natural disaster to make it on any of these lists. The hurricane—which caused a significant share of New Orleans’ population to resettle—left a lasting impression on the nation.

Most Notable Historical Events: Millennials

Millennials remember the September 11 attacks the most of all generations, with 86% citing it as their most influential event. They also paid close attention to the aftermath of this occurrence, as marked by the inclusion of both the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and the death of Osama Bin Laden among their most notable events.

Most Impactful Historic Events, Millennials (Survey Results)

Rank Millennials Survey %
#1 Sept.11 86%
#2 Obama election 47%
#3 Iraq/Afghanistan wars 24%
#4 Gay marriage 19%
#5 The tech revolution 18%
#6 Orlando shooting 17%
#7 Hurricane Katrina 11%
#8 Columbine shooting 10%
#9 Bin Laden 10%
#10 Sandy Hook 7%
#11 Boston Marathon bombing 7%
#12 Great Recession 7%

Sadly, a lot of Millennials recollect instances of gun violence more than any other generation, from Orlando and Columbine to Sandy Hook.

Last but not least, Millennials are the only generation to note the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, and the subsequent Great Recession, as a momentous event. This makes sense considering many of them began their careers in its aftermath.

Gen Z and Younger

The Pew Research survey data was collected in 2016, so opinions on more recent events have not been collected.

That said, it could be premature to say in the short term which events will leave a lasting impression on generations, young and old.

According to the above data, the election of Barack Obama was a lasting milestone in recent history. Will the election of Donald Trump leave a similar impact? How will COVID-19 be regarded in the future? Time will tell which events will define future generations.

Moments, Movements, and Everything in Between

One key takeaway worth emphasizing is just how varied these formative events can be. Some were experienced as a single moment, while others were a culmination of shifts over several years.

It’s also clear that timing and duration are not the only determining factors behind an event’s influence on American society. For example, the moon landing was a tangible moment with a date stamp, whereas the tech revolution has a much fuzzier start (before exploding in significance alongside the Dotcom boom and bust).

Also interesting is what is absent from the top results. For example, the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 is barely referenced.

In short, a variety of impactful events and more gradual revolutions have made their mark on American society. Some have influenced specific generations, while others have transcended generational boundaries and unified the American public.

Download the Generational Power Report (.pdf)

The Generational Power Index

For a full methodology of how we built the Generational Power Index, see pages 28-30 in the report PDF. This is the first year of the report, and any feedback is welcomed.

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