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2018 Income requirements for K1 Fiance Visa
 
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http://www.visacoach.com/k1-fiance-visa-financial-eligibility.html The 2018 requirements for financial income eligibility have been updated in March and have risen $200 from last year. To successfully petition for your fiancee to come to the USA, the US citizen sponsor must demonstrate to Immigration he or she has enough income coming in, to support future spouse, and household. The USA sponsor must have income equal to and preferably more than 100% of the poverty income level where he lives. To Schedule your Free Consultation with Fred Wahl, the Visa Coach visit http://www.visacoach.com/talk.html or Call - 1-800-806-3210 ext 702 or 1-213-341-0808 ext 702 Bonus eBook “5 Things you Must Know before Applying for your Visa” get it at http://www.visacoach.com/five.html Fiancee or Spouse visa, Which one is right for you? http://imm.guru/k1vscr1 What makes VisaCoach Special? Ans: Personally Crafted Front Loaded Presentations. Front Loaded Fiance Visa Petition http://imm.guru/front Front Loaded Spouse Visa Petition http://imm.guru/frontcr1 K1 Fiancee Visa http://imm.guru/k1 K1 Fiance Visa Timeline http://imm.guru/k1time CR1 Spousal Visa http://imm.guru/cr1 CR1 Spouse Visa Timeline http://imm.guru/cr108 Green Card /Adjustment of Status http://imm.guru/gc The way the financial eligibility calculation works: The sponsor's annual income, adjusted for the number of dependents his combined household will have, should be at least 100% of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guideline for his state. Each year in March the Department of Health and Human Services publishes their Poverty Guidelines. As announced in 2018 the guidelines have risen about $ 200 from last year. As of March 2018, for residents in the continental US the Financial Eligibility Thresholds for K1 Fiance Visas are as follows. Required Annual Income $16,460, if 2 Persons in Family or Household $20,780, if 3 Persons in Family or Household $25,100, if 4 Persons in Family or Household For each Additional person add $4,320 The Financial eligibilty thresholds are lower for active military, and higher for residents of Alaska or Hawaii. To demonstrate his income, the US sponsor normally provides his most recent Federal Tax Return, 3 to 6 pay stubs showing 'Year to date' earnings, plus a letter from his employer confirming his job, and what his annual pay is. Cash Assets can count as an alternate to income. In some cases a sponsors income may be low, but he has 'money in the bank'. Cash assets, can be used as a substitute for annual income. 'Cash' assets are assets which can be easily converted (sold) to cash. For example: stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, cash in a checking account can be used. Other assets that can NOT be easily turned to cash with the EXCEPTION of equity in his home, are not useable. $5 cash assets = $1 annual income For example, a retired Fiancee Visa sponsor living in the continental USA, with NO income, and no dependents would need to have $82,300 in cash assets to quality for the Fiancee Visa. 5 x $16,460 = $82,300 Alternatively a combination of income and assets will work. For example, if the sponsors income is $10,000 per year, then he should have $32,300 cash or convertible assets to qualify. $16,460 - $10,000 = $6,460 x 5 = $ 32,300 cash assets needed. If the sponsors income or assets are not enough to achieve the eligibility threshold, he can ask a relative or friend to act as a joint-sponsor. Just like buying a car, a second person could 'co-sign' your loan. In this case he is financially joint-sponsoring your petition. When a joint-sponsor is used the size of the household increases. The combined household (for the financial calculations) would include the household size of the sponsor combined with the household size of the co-sponsor. For example, a college student petitioning for his fiancee, asks his father to joint-sponsor. Both the college student and the father would each complete an affidavit of support. The students household is just 2 persons, himself and his fiancee. The fathers household would be father, mother, and the two siblings still living at home. Thus the combined household would be 6 persons, and the combined income of both sponsor and joint-sponsor would have to be $33,740 or more. A joint-sponsor can be used for MOST Fiancee Visa petitions but Not all. For example, the US consulates in Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Nigeria do not allow the use of a co-sponsor. If you are applying for a Fiancee visa and know you will need a joint-sponsor, before filing the petition, best is to contact the consulate directly and confirm whether the consulate's policies permit the use of a financial joint-sponsor
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David Graeber: "DEBT: The First 5,000 Years" | Talks at Google
 
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DEBT: The First 5,000 Years While the "national debt" has been the concern du jour of many economists, commentators and politicians, little attention is ever paid to the historical significance of debt. For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors—of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payments, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards, and the selling of debtors' children into slavery. By the same token, for the past five thousand years, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of debt records—tablets, papyri, ledgers; whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place. Enter anthropologist David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years (July, ISBN 978-1-933633-86-2), which uses these struggles to show that the history of debt is also a history of morality and culture. In the throes of the recent economic crisis, with the very defining institutions of capitalism crumbling, surveys showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans felt that the country's banks should not be rescued—whatever the economic consequences—but that ordinary citizens stuck with bad mortgages should be bailed out. The notion of morality as a matter of paying one's debts runs deeper in the United States than in almost any other country. Beginning with a sharp critique of economics (which since Adam Smith has erroneously argued that all human economies evolved out of barter), Graeber carefully shows that everything from the ancient work of law and religion to human notions like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption," are deeply influenced by ancients debates about credit and debt. It is no accident that debt continues to fuel political debate, from the crippling debt crises that have gripped Greece and Ireland, to our own debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. Debt, an incredibly captivating narrative spanning 5,000 years, puts these crises into their full context and illuminates one of the thorniest subjects in all of history. ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. This talk was hosted by Boris Debic on behalf of the [email protected] program.
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"What's Behind the Numbers? A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery" | Talks at Google
 
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About the book: Learn to detect corporate accounting sleight of hand: the aggressive accounting tactics companies use to make their numbers look better than they are, from "channel-stuffing" to inventory tricks. This knowledge lets you avoid the risk of investing your savings in companies that are playing with -- rather than by -- the numbers. The book also presents an integrated long-short investing strategy to take direct advantage of such shenanigans, but, whether you go all the way to a long-short portfolio, or just focus on avoiding landmine stocks that will blow a hole in your financial security, the book will help improve your investment approach. About the authors: John Del Vecchio is the cofounder and co-manager of The Active Bear ETF, a fund dedicated to shorting individual stocks with fundamental red flags. Previously, he managed a hedge fund for Ranger Alternative Management, L.P. In addition, he worked for well-known short seller David Tice and famed forensic accountant Dr. Howard Schilit. Del Vecchio co-advises the Motley Fool Alpha long-short newsletter. Tom Jacobs, Portfolio Manager of Motley Fool Special Ops, applies this book's earnings quality tests to his value and special situations long side to form a long-short portfolio. He is managing partner of holding company Complete Growth Investor, LLC, principal of The Marfa Group, Inc., and a real estate investor. This talk was hosted by Alex Martelli on behalf of Authors at Google.
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Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? - Ideal Sample Answer
 
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Investors' Perspective: Pricing Climate Risk - Panel Discussion (ClimateCAP 2018)
 
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What types of financial risk does climate change pose to companies, how big are they, and can they be hedged? How are forward-thinking investors pricing companies' climate risk exposure? Panel discussion featuring: Kate Gordon, Senior Advisor, Paulson Institute; Elizabeth Lewis, Partner, Terra Alpha Investments; Mark McDivitt, Managing Director, Head of ESG Solutions, State Street Corporation; and Ron Temple, Managing Director, Head of US Equities & Co-Head of Multi-Asset Investing, Lazard Asset Management. Moderated by Dan Saccardi, Director, Company Network, Ceres, moderator. Part of ClimateCAP: The Global MBA Summit on Climate, Capital, & Business. Hosted in 2018 at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in partnership with 16 leading business schools.
Women's Work in the World Economy: A Personal and Political Perspective from Laura Tyson
 
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(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Economic growth around the world is influenced by who is in the workforce and what they are paid. Women’s participation and compensation are shifting under the influence of social and economic trends at the national level and on a global scale. UC Brekeley Professor Laura Tyson shares some of her own experiences, observations, and analysis as she makes a case for greater gender parity for economic growth, including how economic policy can influence the recruitment and retention of women in workplaces worldwide. Recorded on 02/17/2015. Series: "UC Berkeley Graduate Lectures" [4/2015] [Public Affairs] [Business] [Show ID: 29294]
CIGIE Conference, July 11, 2018:  Building on 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight
 
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Inspectors General are Building on 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight. Learn more: https://www.ignet.gov/2018-commemoration. 12:00 Welcome – Carol Ochoa and Dave Berry, Conference Co-Chairs 30:00 Opening Remarks – Senator Charles Grassley 59:30 Keynote Address, “The Real Legacy of Watergate” – Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, Washington Post 1:44:14 Panel Discussion – Commemorating 40 years of Impact Gaston Gianni, Former Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Mary Kendall, Acting Inspector General, Department of the Interior David Williams, Former Inspector General, United States Postal Service Scott MacFarlane, NBC-4 Washington (Moderator) 2:26:30 Panel Discussion – Congressional Views on Independent Oversight Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Paul Light, Goddard Professor of Public Service, NYU (Moderator) 4:37:38 Panel Discussion – Agency and Outside Perspectives on Independent Oversight William Barr, Former U.S. Attorney General Sylvia Burwell, Former HHS Secretary and OMB Director Martha Minow, Harvard Law School Glenn Fine, Acting Inspector General, Department of Defense (Moderator) 5:36:37 Panel Discussion –The Pillars of Independent Oversight David Apol, Acting Director, Office of Government Ethics Henry Kerner, Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel Daniel Levinson, Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service (Moderator) 6:53:00 Panel Discussion – Preparing for the Next 40 years of Independent Oversight Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice/CIGIE Chair Peg Gustafson, Inspector General, Department of Commerce Susan Gibson, Inspector General, National Reconnaissance Office Carrie Johnson, National Public Radio (Moderator) 7:55:00 Closing – Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice/CIGIE Chair This video features footage from C-SPAN, Storyblocks, the Jimmy Carter Library, the Reagan Library, the GPO, CIGIE and various Offices of Inspectors General. The footage is used with permission or is considered to be in the public domain. Stock media from Audioblocks | www.audioblocks.com | Composer Patrick Smith and Publisher Electric Philharmonic | Composer Mikael Manvelyan | Composer C. Zatta and Publisher SkillMedia Master | Composer Jason Donnelly and Publisher Music Design by Jason Inc. | Composer Joel Thomas Hunger and Producer Zec Music Ltd.
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2018 Ideas Conference - Full Event
 
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For the past 15 years, the Center for American Progress has served as a creative engine for introducing bold solutions that advance progressive values on nearly every possible front. In the past year alone, we have defended the Affordable Care Act; outlined policies to create workplaces that support women and families; discussed the impact of race across a wide range of issue areas; and helped drive opposition to President Donald Trump’s tax plan. At CAP, we believe that ideas are the heart of all progressive change, but we also know that ideas aren’t enough. It takes grassroots advocacy and real leadership supporting those ideas to create true progressive change. As we celebrate our 15th year of big ideas, CAP is bringing together elected officials, policy experts, cultural influencers, and grassroots activists at the 2018 CAP Ideas Conference, where we will explore and unveil new ideas that can make America a place for every single one of us to thrive. SPEAKERS INCLUDE: ` SEN. CORY BOOKER | (D-NJ) SEN. SHERROD BROWN | (D-OH) JULIÁN CASTRO | Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO | New York, NY RYAN DEITSCH | Activist and Student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND | (D-NY) FATIMA GOSS GRAVES | President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center GOV. JAY INSLEE | (D-WA) SEN. DOUG JONES | (D-AL) REP. JOSEPH KENNEDY III | (D-MA) SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR | (D-MN) PAUL KRUGMAN | Economist, Nobel laureate MARIA TERESA KUMAR | President and CEO, Voto Latino REP. TED LIEU | (D-CA) SARAH MCBRIDE | Author and National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign SEN. CHRIS MURPHY | (D-CT) GOV. PHIL MURPHY | (D-NJ) DEJUAN PATTERSON | Founding Partner/CEO, The BeMore Group CECILE RICHARDS | President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America SEN. BERNIE SANDERS | (I-VT) REP. TERRI SEWELL | (D-AL) SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN | (D-MA) SALLY YATES | Former acting U.S. Attorney General
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WCSD Opening Day 2017
 
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The Williamsville Central School District hosted their 2017 Opening Day celebration for teachers, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
Becoming CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation at 26 with John Spence | WHOA GNV Podcast
 
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Welcome to the show, one of the most incredible speakers in the world, John Spence! He is one of the top 100 business thought leaders and top 500 leadership development experts in the WORLD! Not only is John a speaker, but also an author of FIVE books and former CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation at just 26 years old. Learn about the journey that led John to where he is now and what actions he took to create opportunities for himself coming right out of Gainesville, Florida! 3:38 Wrap Spot Giveaway and John Spence origin story 14:05 The defining moment that made John change his life 19:23 How did you get the job as CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation? 28:24 When you were asked to be the CEO, how did you feel? 34:55 You were a very forward-thinking CEO, is that because you were younger than most CEOs? 47:18 Where did you make the transition from CEO to a speaker? 52:07 have you ever had a speech that completely bombed? 59:55 Some questions from Gainesville business owners. 1:09:07 How do you handle underperforming employees? #whoagnv #businessspeaker #becomingaceo CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST: John Spence https://johnspence.com/ https://www.instagram.com/johnspencespeaker/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbspence https://www.facebook.com/pages/Awesomely-Simple/109023626227 https://www.youtube.com/user/flycasterjbs CHECK OUT OUR LAST EPISODE: Branding Yourself and Your Accomplishments with Kim Kaupe | WHOA GNV Podcast:https://youtu.be/r2Bs12Vrp-s CONNECT WITH OUR PODCAST & NOMINATE A GUEST: https://www.whoagnv.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/whoagnv Facebook: http://facebook.com/whoagnvpodcast Twitter: http://twitter.com/whoagnv Know someone that would be PERFECT for our show? Nominate them here! https://www.whoagnv.com/nominate-a-guest/ LET'S BE FRIENDS: Instagram: http://instagram.com/collinaustin Facebook: http://facebook.com/thecollinaustin Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/ns4lcollin Website: http://collinaustin.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/realcollin Medium: http://medium.com/@collinaustin CONNECT WITH MY COMPANIES: NEW SCOOTERS 4 LESS Instagram: http://instagram.com/NS4L Facebook: http://facebook.com/newscooters4less Website: http://NS4L.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/NS4L Medium: http://medium.com/@NS4L REPAINT THE WALL - A DIGITAL MEDIA UN-AGENCY https://www.repaintthewall.com/ http://facebook.com/repaintthewall https://www.instagram.com/repaintthewall/ ABOUT THE WHOA GNV PODCAST: THE PODCAST BRINGING YOU BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHOA! Collin Austin, founder of New Scooters 4 Less, and Ty Rucarean, founder of Best of Gainesville, have come together to bring you incredible and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and other awe-inspiring leaders. Hear the fascinating challenges individuals have had to persevere through. Soak in the wisdom of talented men and women that have had the grit and focus to get to glory. Reflect on their life-altering stories. Join in and celebrate the wins with them (and us) as well. If it makes you go “WHOA!”, it’s on this podcast! Educate yourself and grow as we come together EVERY Monday at 8am to learn from the BEST. Ty and I are SUPER passionate about Gainesville, FL so we decided to create a podcast CENTERED here in Gainesville. Of course, we will bring in guests from other places and have a ton of fun learning from those outside our realm, but we want to have a heavy focus on showing off Gainesville's talent and what makes this place so special. We are on a mission to KEEP our talented students coming out of UF, a top ten public university HERE in Gainesville. We want to help Gainesville businesses recruit top talent to Gainesville, FL. We want to help Gainesville bring in new businesses. We want to help the small businesses in Gainesville learn from others and from one another in order to grow and be more fruitful. Join us for this journey and listen on... iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whoa-gnv-podcast/id1381002391?mt=2&i=1000410719480 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/whoagnv/paving-the-road-for-potential-opportunities-with-kara-winslow-i-whoa-gnv-podcast/s-7Bv5Q Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/whoa-gnv-podcast?refid=stpr Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3vZ0Bg4FJmdx3VPKg4ehMf
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School Board Meeting - May 2, 2017
 
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The May 2, 2017 meeting of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees. Length: 2 hrs., 23 min.
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08/20/18  Special Budget & Finance Committee
 
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Coverage of a Special Budget & Finance Committee: Blue Ribbon Presentation Meeting held at the historic courthouse on August 20, 2018
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President's Management Advisory Board Meeting - Part 2
 
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The President's Management Advisory Board meets with key government officials to discuss the accomplishments made by the board's 2012 Subcommittees on Strategic Sourcing and Improper Payments and provide a robust update on the 2011 PMAB initiatives. October 12, 2012.
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2017 Spring Business Leaders Forum - Steve Ross
 
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Steve Ross - Founding Partner, Common Sense Financial Steve Ross fell into the financial services industry at the age of 22 and has grown and thrived in this complex, customer-focused business for fifteen years. Learn how he left a successful business supervising 40 - 50 people to become a founding member of a brand new organization
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University of Minnesota Board of Regents - Finance and Operations Committee
 
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University of Minnesota Board of Regents - Finance and Operations Committee, June 7, 2018.
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Auburn Coach Wife Kristi Malzahn Agrees with Match & eHarmony: Men are Jerks
 
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My advice is this: Settle! That's right. Don't worry about passion or intense connection. Don't nix a guy based on his annoying habit of yelling "Bravo!" in movie theaters. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go. Based on my observations, in fact, settling will probably make you happier in the long run, since many of those who marry with great expectations become more disillusioned with each passing year. (It's hard to maintain that level of zing when the conversation morphs into discussions about who's changing the diapers or balancing the checkbook.) Obviously, I wasn't always an advocate of settling. In fact, it took not settling to make me realize that settling is the better option, and even though settling is a rampant phenomenon, talking about it in a positive light makes people profoundly uncomfortable. Whenever I make the case for settling, people look at me with creased brows of disapproval or frowns of disappointment, the way a child might look at an older sibling who just informed her that Jerry's Kids aren't going to walk, even if you send them money. It's not only politically incorrect to get behind settling, it's downright un-American. Our culture tells us to keep our eyes on the prize (while our mothers, who know better, tell us not to be so picky), and the theme of holding out for true love (whatever that is—look at the divorce rate) permeates our collective mentality. Even situation comedies, starting in the 1970s with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and going all the way to Friends, feature endearing single women in the dating trenches, and there's supposed to be something romantic and even heroic about their search for true love. Of course, the crucial difference is that, whereas the earlier series begins after Mary has been jilted by her fiancé, the more modern-day Friends opens as Rachel Green leaves her nice-guy orthodontist fiancé at the altar simply because she isn't feeling it. But either way, in episode after episode, as both women continue to be unlucky in love, settling starts to look pretty darn appealing. Mary is supposed to be contentedly independent and fulfilled by her newsroom family, but in fact her life seems lonely. Are we to assume that at the end of the series, Mary, by then in her late 30s, found her soul mate after the lights in the newsroom went out and her work family was disbanded? If her experience was anything like mine or that of my single friends, it's unlikely. And while Rachel and her supposed soul mate, Ross, finally get together (for the umpteenth time) in the finale of Friends, do we feel confident that she'll be happier with Ross than she would have been had she settled down with Barry, the orthodontist, 10 years earlier? She and Ross have passion but have never had long-term stability, and the fireworks she experiences with him but not with Barry might actually turn out to be a liability, given how many times their relationship has already gone up in flames. It's equally questionable whether Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, who cheated on her kindhearted and generous boyfriend, Aidan, only to end up with the more exciting but self-absorbed Mr. Big, will be better off in the framework of marriage and family. (Some time after the breakup, when Carrie ran into Aidan on the street, he was carrying his infant in a Baby Björn. Can anyone imagine Mr. Big walking around with a Björn?)
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