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Annotated captions of COP Creative Jacque Fresco Lecture Part 8 in English

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vixi 00:00
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Let me have a little bit of this first.

vixi 00:08
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-My name's Daniel Rosenberg and I'm thinking of the prospect of how fast the Venus Project could be implemented.

vixi 00:16
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And secondly also, being a little flippant here in Demark which is where I live...

vixi 00:21
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..and are regarded as "hobbit" kind of county...

vixi 00:24
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...where we are very, very insulated. We are on the top of the food chain...

vixi 00:29
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...and but it's probably one of the best places in Scandinavia to create a Venus Project...

vixi 00:35
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...if there were, you know, philanthropists getting together.

vixi 00:39
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I know this sounds Utopian to people, but how fast could this be done do you think?

vixi 00:44
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Provided that there was a lot of goodwill and good people.

vixi 00:51
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-I'm sorry, these gadgets don't work too well. I still don't know what your question is.

vixi 00:57
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-The question is how fast can the Venus Project be made real?

vixi 01:02
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How, is what you do.

vixi 01:04
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Doesn't depend on me. I have no power at all.

vixi 01:06
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It's what you do.

vixi 01:08
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What ever country I go to and speak...

vixi 01:10
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...if the people do nothing, nothing will happen.

vixi 01:13
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The more you work at it and educate people as to what the Venus Project is, the sooner you'll see it.

vixi 01:19
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Or if you do nothing, we'll probably kill each other.

vixi 01:23
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Our language, our social habits are moving towards self destruction.

vixi 01:29
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And environmental destruction.

vixi 01:32
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I don't like what I'm saying, but I just have to. Yes sir.

vixi 01:37
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-We have a question over here.

vixi 01:45
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Hello, my name is Marius [xxx?].

vixi 01:47
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I was wondering, you talked about the current definition of sustainability where...

vixi 01:54
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...it just means that the people in power get to stay in power and keep the system the way it is.

vixi 01:58
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-That's what they mean by sustainability.

vixi 02:00
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-Sorry? -That's what they mean by sustainability. -Right!

vixi 02:04
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If you were to implement these new cities using the new resource based system rather than the monetary system...

vixi 02:11
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How do you propose to bridge the gap...

vixi 02:15
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...where you build a city that is resource based...

vixi 02:19
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...in a context that's still monetary based?

vixi 02:22
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-I understand.

vixi 02:24
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Years ago when I first was designing this system

vixi 02:28
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I asked myself, that's what thinking is, talking to yourself...

vixi 02:32
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I asked myself...

vixi 02:33
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How are you gonna change all these people?

vixi 02:35
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They have different values, different customs, different languages, different interpretations.

vixi 02:41
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So that's the time I joined the Ku Klux Klan in Miami.

vixi 02:45
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The reason I joined, to see if I could change them.

vixi 02:48
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So I disolved that organisation in a month and a half.

vixi 02:52
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Alone.

vixi 02:54
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Then I joined the "White citizens council"

vixi 03:01
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The White citizens council hates foreigners.

vixi 03:05
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All foreigners.

vixi 03:06
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So I joined that organisation, I disolved it in one month.

vixi 03:10
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Then I asked some questions in New York.

vixi 03:12
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What are the most backward people in the area?

vixi 03:15
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They said "The Arabs!"

vixi 03:17
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I said "What makes you think they're backward?"

vixi 03:19
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"That group still believes the earth is flat."

vixi 03:21
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Not all Arabs, the group they were talking about.

vixi 03:24
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So I said "Boy, if I'm going to try to change the world, I've got to change them!"

vixi 03:28
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So I called up the lead Arab. He wanted to know whether I was an arab and I said yes.

vixi 03:33
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I'm not an arab, that's to gain entry.

vixi 03:37
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So he said to me "Where was your father born?" and all that...

vixi 03:40
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..and I gave him places that he would accept.

vixi 03:43
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So he said "come and saw me", which means "come and see me".

vixi 03:47
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So when I came to see him he said to me "You believe the world she round?". I said "Yes".

vixi 03:51
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He went "tut tut tut". In his language that means it can't be right, you're wrong.

vixi 03:57
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So he held up his hands like this, and he said...

vixi 04:00
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"Jacque, if world he round, man fall me down here...

vixi 04:06
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...all the water, he fall me down from the world.

vixi 04:08
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There'd be no ocean, nothing.

vixi 04:11
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He kept pointing to his head, how smart he was.

vixi 04:14
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So I figured I have to get to that guy, if I wish to change the world.

vixi 04:19
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So I gave a rubber balloon and I rubbed it with fur...

vixi 04:23
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...and I put cornflakes in his hand and told him to hold it away from the balloon.

vixi 04:27
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Those of you that don't know this, if you rub a balloon with fur...

vixi 04:31
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...or rub it fast...

vixi 04:33
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...you generate static electricity, then it stuck the cornflakes up to the balloon.

vixi 04:37
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So all the cornflakes jumped out of his hand, up to the balloon.

vixi 04:41
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And his jaw hit the pavement!

vixi 04:43
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He said "World, he magnet?" I said "Yes!"

vixi 04:46
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"Ahhhhhh!"

vixi 04:48
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Then he explained that to all the other arabs.

vixi 04:50
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In an hour and a half they accepted the fact that the earth is round.

vixi 04:59
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When I took a few of those arabs to an airport, they'd never seen an aeroplane.

vixi 05:06
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And they turned to Elbez, who was their leader.

vixi 05:08
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They said "Why for they put the fan on the front of the aeroplane?"

vixi 05:14
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The fan meaning the propeller.

vixi 05:16
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Elbez said "The aeroplane go up near to the sun, it gets hot. So they put the fan infront".

vixi 05:23
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Now, he was using his background.

vixi 05:25
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There's nothing wrong with that. Nobody ever does anything wrong by the way.

vixi 05:29
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They use whatever knowledge they have.

vixi 05:32
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If the knowledge doesn't fit reality, they suffer.

vixi 05:35
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So, no one ever makes mistakes.

vixi 05:38
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The first guy that played around with nitric acid and glycerine...

vixi 05:41
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...the building disappeared, so did the guy.

vixi 05:43
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So his brother in law wrote -Never fool with that stuff.

vixi 05:48
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The first guy that wanted to fly built two sets of wings...

vixi 05:51
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...three feet on each side.

vixi 05:53
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He jumped off the Eifel tower and he died.

vixi 05:56
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And his brother in law wrote -Make wings larger next time.

vixi 05:59
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Where do you think it comes from?

vixi 06:01
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If no one ever makes a mistake, how are they going to know? Yes?

vixi 06:06
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-I was just wondering, when you see your vision of the future...

vixi 06:10
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...it made me think about, because the lack of presence of police and army and so on and prisons...

vixi 06:17
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-You mean during the transition?

vixi 06:19
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-Yes. It made me think about what William Burroughs once wrote.

vixi 06:22
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He wrote that a true police state doesn't need any police...

vixi 06:26
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...because people are policing themselves.

vixi 06:29
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Is that what you are thinking about?

vixi 06:34
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-Well I don't quite understand your question.

vixi 06:37
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-I'm asking, is this you know, the fulfillment of a total police state?

vixi 06:43
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No. The city that I show you here is transitional.

vixi 06:46
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There's no final cities.

vixi 06:48
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Everything I make, build, I always change...

vixi 06:51
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...next month, next year. There's no final frontiers.

vixi 06:54
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And everything I work on is all transitional.

vixi 06:58
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So, everything that you saw on that screen is not the way the future is gonna be.

vixi 07:02
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If things the city I design, the kids in the future, that will be a straight jacket for them.

vixi 07:08
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They'll design their own cities.

vixi 07:10
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See, if you make a statue of Fresco and put it there and say he designed the city...

vixi 07:14
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...you hold people back.

vixi 07:16
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There are no great men in the future.

vixi 07:18
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There are no beauty contests.

vixi 07:20
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There's nothing like that in the future.

vixi 07:22
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'Cos everybody works on the world to make it better...

vixi 07:25
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...and they're all received as friends.

vixi 07:27
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There's nobody out there to take anything away from you.

vixi 07:30
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-But how[xxx?]is your vision of the future with human nature. -Very good.

vixi 07:35
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Because, you know, you said everybody will be functional inhabitants in the city. -Within the context.

vixi 07:44
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But what about people who doesn't want to take part, who doesn't want to participate?

vixi 07:48
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Ok, very good.

vixi 07:49
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The countries that don't wanna join...

vixi 07:51
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...let's say many countries join, but some won't join this universal world project...

vixi 07:57
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...this is true.

vixi 07:58
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But they're on their own. They don't get the advantages of the cooperative group.

vixi 08:03
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So, if there's a group like the Amish people...

vixi 08:06
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..who wanna live their own group, their own life style.

vixi 08:09
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They don't wanna live in our cities, they wanna live out in the country, with their own projects.

vixi 08:15
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We'll put up the buildings for them, design the buildings for them...

vixi 08:19
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...design the food production systems for them...

vixi 08:21
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...if they want us to.

vixi 08:23
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But we don't control them.

vixi 08:25
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Now, if they say "We don't like your materials, we want wood, we like wood."

vixi 08:31
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Then if it catches fire, it's your problem. Do you understand?

vixi 08:35
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-Ya, but... -If you want to go the old way, if you don't wanna take...

vixi 08:39
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...everything we design in buildings...

vixi 08:41
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...your matresses will be inflated with CO2 gases...

vixi 08:45
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...so if you happen to smoke and drop a cigarette on it, it puts it out.

vixi 08:50
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But, if you want to go ahead the old way, that's up to you.

vixi 08:53
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You're responsable for it if you don't live in our cities.

vixi 08:57
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Our cities have no fire engines, no police, no prisons.

vixi 09:00
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'Cos everything designed in the city is fireproof.

vixi 09:05
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And you don't have signs "drive carefully, school district, 15 miles an hour".

vixi 09:10
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The power output in that region to your car is 15 miles per hour.

vixi 09:15
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So you can step on the gas all you want to...

vixi 09:17
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...all your car does is 15 miles an hour.

vixi 09:20
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Then there are signs today "Drive carefully, school children crossing."

vixi 09:25
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Well, we have a pavement that looks like two combs.

vixi 09:29
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When a kid presses the button to cross the street...

vixi 09:32
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...the pavement turns up like that so no car can hit the kid.

vixi 09:36
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Do you understand what I'm getting at?

vixi 09:38
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Not a sign, be nice, be kind, be careful.

vixi 09:42
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No, we build it in the city system.