In this episode we talk about the possible overtake of Twitter by the growing popular Parler, also, let’s talk about the latest vegan trend among fast-food chains and the latest Forbes article that discuss the possible linking between COVID-19 mental health.
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Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, depending on when you are tuning in. My name is Jonathan Torres Herrera and you are watching or listening to the JTH Show today. Let’s discuss the fact that it appears that Parler might be pushing out Twitter Plant based McDonalds and researchers link COVID to mental illness. Interesting. But first roll the intro.
Alright. And for those of you guys watching on YouTube as a general reminder, remember, you can watch this episode and any other episode we’ve ever uploaded on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or radio Public for those of you guys already listening on there. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it. And you know, what else I would appreciate is if you take two seconds to just hit that leg by and I would really, really, really appreciate you. All right. And with that, let’s jump into the first story. And that is an article that I found on Forbes and it was, it was interesting because of the headline, of course, and that is one in five COVID patients diagnosed with a mental illness within the first three months of testing positive study fines.
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Now that when you just read the article right away, you’re like, Whoa, Whoa, hold on, hold on. Right. Jesus Christ. I mean, on top of everything else that that COVID has already doing to the world, you know, and in fact, we also know of some of the side-effects of, you know, of getting COVID and, and recovering from it like possible scar tissue that has left on the, on the lungs and stuff like that. Now you have to worry about it somehow messing with your insights in a way that you can potentially fall victim to some kind of a mental illness. Yes. That appears to be the case. Now the real little bit of the article to give you guys a bit more context, and that is saying in another worrying set of findings for the long-term impact of COVID-19, the new peer reviewed study has confirmed reported links between psychiatric illness and COVID-19 with nearly one in five COVID-19 patients developing a mental illness within three months of be testing positive for the virus and those with preexisting mental conditions being 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 even accounting for other risk factors.
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There’s a, there’s a whole bunch of points to put on there for you, which I will leave there for you guys to, to read and the description and, you know, on YouTube. But, you know, I, I gotta, I gotta say this, right. I immediately did my general steps of, of, of trying to research this and saying, okay, hold on. Who else is reporting this? What other research? And, and to be fair, find anything recent, but I did find some of the clips. So you guys saw at the beginning of this video where, you know, some, some doctors are saying, Hey, listen, there, there might be a sort of byproduct effect of being under this whole lockdown and then being secluded and I are isolated, you know, and I’m able to see loved ones that My provoke some episodes, right.
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For either people that are already experiencing are nowhere. And they’re aware that they have some kind of, of, of mental disorder or, or Illness rather, or just people developing it, period. Right. Including things like depression, heart, depression, right. This is a real, it’s the real thing. Right. And you know, some experts have beta, whether it’s just, Me chemically something that happens in your and your, and your body and it’s in, it’s all due to, you know, something you were born with or you, you actually develop it, you know, due to something, you know, traumatic. Right. I would argue On I see that maybe both in this case COVID, or at least a, again, going back to what the experts say, you know, the byproduct of, of, of COVID and the pandemic is the fact that, you know, we, we can feel lonely.
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We can feel out of our, of our, out of our normal routine and in a lot of us, you know, you know, it’s just, what makes us feel human? You know, we are creatures of habit and, you know, going through the motions of what we’re used to is kind of what keeps us sane in fact, you know sure are those, those people that they’re already kind of Kermit and are hermits, I’m sorry. And a, you know, they’re kinda like, you know, already in their shell and they, they never really laughed. So they’re like, Hey, I’m happy. You know where I’m at. I really don’t know what you mean, what, what program? And in fact, yeah, sure. There is going to be people that, that feel that way. But I don’t think that’s the vast majority of people right now. I’m, I’m really hoping here that it’s, you know, not a situation where COVID, you know, after is in your body, it actually messes with, with your mind in a way where it provokes some kind of reaction, you know, inside your, your body that, you know, throws off your hormones to the point where you do end up with what’s, you know, a mental illness.
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I really just hoped that his, is this something that we’re experiencing again, like it is believed because of, of, of being isolated and stuff like that, because otherwise Jesus COVID is already scary as it is. Right. We don’t really need one more thing. But I figured I brought that out of that piece of information over to you. And with that, let’s move on to the next story. And that is a major, fast food chains are doing BIC. The menu changes including McDonalds. So a, there was a couple of articles that I came across, one on the international business times, and then another on the BBC. So we first start with the business times and their headline again, reads five fast food restaurants, offering vegan meat from pizza hut to McDonalds.
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Yep. You’re hearing that correctly. So according to the article, you know, that it’s very expensive. They have a lot of details, but essentially they’re saying pizza hut, why castle McDonald’s burger King and Carl’s jr I guess, are jumping into this mix, which is now it feels like it’s a race to see who can be the healthiest in a way, or the healthier option for those people that normally don’t visit those establishment. Now you hear some thing that immediately came to my right, especially after my researcher slash writer. And, you know, we’re, we’re discussing the article. You know, I told him, you know, when he asked me, Hey, what’s your initial reaction to this?
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I’m like, listen, these, these establishments, okay. They’re not known too, you know, for being non-profits, you know, like a church or something, or are they’re doing it for the good of the people, let’s be honest. These, these places are corporations. Let’s not, you know, mix up things here. They are for their margins, you know, our, for that matter of their financial margins, not necessarily of your happy, you know, there are not necessarily their worry that of your, you know, that you look at the margins on On so-so or communities not being happy with our restaurants. Yeah, yeah, sure. Yeah. Publicly that that’s my, the, what they say, right. They might say, Oh yeah, we always use our metrics. As you all happy people are sure. You know, know their, their main metric, their main margin is seen where they’re at, whether they’re financials.
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I don’t know what that said. You know, I will say that, you know what I see here, you know, going back to what I was telling my guy is this is just a way for them to, to try to like grab and reach out for a C you know, a group of people that normally are not their biggest fans. Right. Again, if we’re, we’re, we’re going to keep on track of being honest here, these establishment, right. Normally serve communities where people are sometimes paying for their, for their food, with, with government assistance, I EBT cards and stuff like that. A lot of the times, you know, there are serving communities where there is a large homeless population, right.
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We’re you know, or if you have your, your average homelands that makes a few bucks a day, what are they doing? They’re usually going and eating at some of these locations. Right. So I don’t know that, you know, they’re necessarily going four, the image of being the healthier option, you know, again, maybe through their marketing and press releases. Sure. That’s what they’re, that’s what they’re saying. But in fact, I think that one, ultimately, what can happen here is that they’re going to alienate their best customers and the best customers. I mean, no disrespect are not the people that are most concerned with their health. Right.
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And, and, and again, I insist, I don’t think that these establishment are worried about making sure that their best customers are now healthy. I just don’t buy it. I’m sorry. I don’t are, they’re going to maybe with, you know, the, the current trends and stuff like that, of offering, like, in this case, he’s literally asked to BBC, put it a plant based burger, you know, just to ju just to say that they have one, you know, it’s, it’s kinda what I, what I think right, is this, this is, it’s one of those things where I feel like it’s disingenuine, right. Or some of these places already have, you know, quote unquote healthier options.
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Although arguably, some people would say, yeah, it’s not necessarily as healthy as they say it is. Right. Some of these salads offered by these places are actually more unhealthier than actually just getting the damn burger itself. Right. But they are there again for those, for those patrons that walked in and there are a want a burger, they want to sell it. Okay. They’re there. So their healthy options are there. Right. But I almost feel like these, these, these establishments, the, these corporations, they, they insist on trying to you be as in touch with you communities and woke or whatever, whatever is that they are trying to connect to, right. To again, grab more of the market. And as a business owner, I’m like, well, that’s, that’s Mark J JT.
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What are you complaining about? You know, as a person, as a, just every day, Joe, I’m like what a load of, you know, crap, you know, because let’s be honest, you, you really picture that any of these, the healthy are extremely healthy options and plant base options. They’re going to be inexpensive. Like it is now to go, you know, an example of you go and get a burger at McDonald’s or burger King for my buck. No, in fact, we found that the impossible Whopper and for those of you guys are, you’re like, what the hell is the impossible Whopper? Well, it’s, it’s something like anything that is essential made were the non-traditional ingredients, right.
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That you have an example, like the Whopper, but you make it with just a Plant base or something. Again, the healthy choices, options, ingredients, whatever it’s called impossible. Or I would then, by the way, it leads me down another rabbit hole that I’m thinking impossible pizza. Hmm. Interesting. Because, well, yeah, while you can have maybe the DOE be animal free and stuff like that, you know, and, and really healthy. Hm. You know, there’s, there’s a couple of more ingredient on the pizza. They’re going to be hard to make em impossible, you know, as they say, extremely healthy and that is, are pretty much every other ingredient in the pizza.
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So, eh, whatever. Right. And that just, you know, makes you wonder, you know, what is, are we really going to eat the Plant bays or are we going to be eating, you know, worse, but okay. Going back to the impossible Whopper, normally your retails were about $5 and 50 cents, which, you know, no, it’s not, I guess, too crazy when you see it on it on itself. Of course, that doesn’t include taxes and everything that was at my desk, whether it be soda, ice tea or whatever, and in whatever you’re going to get. Right. So you’re looking at probably eight or $9 meal, which we found that it’s actually about a dollar 40, more expensive. Now you’re like, sorry, $2 40 is not that bad for our healthier choice. And that, isn’t the only thing that by yourself. But we were thinking of who else visits these establishment?
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I think immediately of, of people like me, not just literally me, but people like me who have kids who have families then while we are not regular, you know, patrons of, of, you know, any of these establishments in a sense of we there daily or something, we eat there often enough where I’m like a buck 40. Even if we go there maybe once or twice a month times, you know, it’s me and my, my family of five or family of, you know, five with me, whatever. But, you know, I’m like, okay, whatever, make them at home. Okay. So I’m thinking we’re going to spend another, what 20 ish dollars taxes and all that apply to okay. Just to, to eat healthier again, I want to argue semantics.
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Here are some people will be like, dude, what’s going on, no brainer, just do it. So I’m going to be like, are you serious? And, and how healthy again are these options? Right. So there’s, there’s definitely a lot to, to really, I dunno, think about when, when these, you know, franchises or whatever are going out there and saying, come here, give us our money. Where are they a healthier choice? You know, of course the us is one of the leading countries when it comes to the whole vegan movement. And it looks like, you know, while this will be their, their concentration or the market where they concentrate rather there, this, this whole thing, they are eventually going to be moving over to Europe. Right. And seeing how all it takes there.
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Now, I always wonder how I’m wondering how it’s going to take and places where I know people don’t normally the healthiest. I like Mexico because we don’t, I’m Adam go to Mexico. I’m thinking, you know what I want, I really want to one of the bigger burgers. No, I don’t know where to go to Mexico for all of my, I really want tacos. That was where I were to go for it. Right. But anyways, that will be really interesting, right. To see, to see where this goes. A couple more bullets here that we gathered a, you know, that the us has seen an average of about a 600 increase over the last few years when it comes to the whole healthy vegan movement. Right. So, you know, we’ll see, we’ll see how popular this remains.
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And with that, let’s move on to our last topic. And that is we’ll Parler B the new Twitter. Yep. Okay. So let’s start with the small clip that I have for you guys out of a Fox business interview that a, one of the anchors did with John mates, which is the CEO and founder of Parler.
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All right, Megan, the bus this morning, Apple’s number one app store download is Parler joining us right now is the founder of Parler John mates. John, thanks so much for being here. Congratulations, being the number
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One downloadable app on the Apple store. Thank you. Yeah. This is a, this is amazing. We’re we’re seeing 40 X. We are seeing 40 X on our sessions. We’re seeing a massive amounts of users or activity on the app. You know, it’s really kind of exploding. And I think people are really just fed up with what’s going on on Twitter and Facebook and these other places that are really cracking down and trying to just interfere, I guess, with what people are trying to talk about during this time, what we’re seeing is just people are really trying to go somewhere where they have trust in the platform.
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I feel that they don’t have trust anymore and these other places. And so what they’re saying is, you know, look, we know we can speak freely. We know you guys believe and what, you know, our right to free speech and our, our rights to, you know, basically say what we needed to say. And, and that’s really why there’s this boots on the ground movement to, to transition to a new place for them to communicate with one another.
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Okay. So a very interesting a short interview, but you can catch on again on, on Fox news, if you wanna catch the whole thing there, but essentially a key takeaway there is, you know, something that, that John said, which is people are fed up with Twitter, you know, they want free speech on social media platforms. And it’s very true. Now, some of you guys that you guys are new here, you can catch this video. And some of you guys that saw it, the video where I cover, you know, the, the, the whole Senate meeting that they had recently with the taxi yells, right. And there was a lot of conversation around censoring, right. Specifically with Twitter. Now some of you guys might have, we, might’ve not seen the Ted Cruz grilling of about the Twitter CEO <inaudible> to watch that real quick,
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Oh, the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the mediator are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear. And why do you persist in behaving as a democratic superPAC silencing views to the contrary,
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Right? We’re not doing that. And this is why I opened this hearing with calls from more transparency. We realize we need to earn trust more. We realize that more accountability has needed to show our intentions and to show the outcomes. So I hear the concerns and to acknowledge them, but when that we want to fix it with more of the answers,
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They’re we have a Jack Wright who a, you know, very, very calmly and everything that you responded to, to take crude. And he’s like, you know, I know I’m being grilled here, but you know, it’s not necessarily like that. You know, you know, we’re not necessarily trying to grill, even after he’s being told, you know, who the hell are elected you, you know, which is the thing that it’s gaining a lot of traction, right? It’s becoming more and more popular with many groups know that it’s not just conservatives for that. Have you guys watching this and maybe telling me all of you, because you’re a talking about conservatives that want to spill and spread misinformation. No, no, no. Hold on there, there has been many instances of people, you know, that don’t really claim either a political party or, or any, any hardcore believes.
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And they just feel like, Hey, my video was taken down. I see it all at a time. And I see it on different platforms. Right. Hey, I don’t even know why this video was taken down or this picture was taken down. I’ve seen different people, both that. I know one that I don’t know on Instagram, on Facebook, I know it’s owned by the same company, but still, you know, yeah. Twitter and tech talk saying, Hey, I’m not sure why this is taken down, but here it is again. And you know, the question is why, right? What would, what’s going on behind the scenes now in that video that I, that I mentioned to you guys, I share with her, you know, it’s maybe directly the CEO impacting these changes and saying, Hey, take that down center.
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This person blocked, blah, blah, blah. Or if we’re going to be more honest and realistic, it’s really just the people designing, helped design some of these systems, right. That are, you know, the bias to some, some viewpoints. And they’re like, man, I don’t like this person. Right? Yep. Since we have this person that blocked that person, Oh my God. Oh my God. Did we do that? Now that you say JT, now you are entering the realm of conspiracy. Hold on. Easy there, because there has been many instances, in fact, and you go back yourself and watch a Senate committee meeting, you know, Jack himself says, yeah, you know, we kind of took down to a, one of the, the New York, you know, articles, whatever it was.
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Oops. But we, we, we changed our policy. So that definitely tells you that you know, these companies and are ran by these a falafel. Isn’t the vigils that again, don’t have any biases. Of course they have their biases. Right. And, and sometimes they are forced to come out and admit like, oops, yep. We were kinda messed up there. Right? YouTube not long ago had something where a big creator of theirs kind of pointed out that another crater was, was flagged for having allegedly violated some of the, in terms of service. And he’s like, Hey, I, I showcased the same video. I hate that. I remember their names. But the point is that I later on YouTube, as you look at the beginning was like, Oh yeah, sorry, we didn’t catch up.
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Boom. You’ve been flagged two. And then later there was like a big uproar. And then they’re like, Oh no, no, no, nevermind. We shouldn’t of done that. Right. It’s just very interesting write and why this is, why is this happening again? I just cannot shake the idea of that. Yeah. It’s because they’re being ran by trusted individuals within these companies, maybe, you know, a high ranking official shows, maybe director plus individuals that are, you know, sitting there saying I have this power and w what have I said it before? Right. Even of the new, soon to be president absolute power corrupts. Absolutely. So when you have these individuals feeling, they have absolute power over the, who they can send to her and who they don’t have to censor and all that stuff.
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I am sorry. I, I don’t know that I can not sit there and be like, Hmm. I wonder if you have censored that person ’cause, you just don’t like them. Or if it’s because it’s popular not to like them. Right. So currently Parler allegedly, right? According to this also very interesting article and our does read the headline out of ABC thirteen.com. They say Parler new social media platform with no fact checking rises in popularity now of, you know what that is for as, because allegedly Parler, you know, they’re much more easier on the whole fact checking and stuff like that. They have community guidelines. They definitely do it.
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If you go to check it out for herself, but you know, according to, to ABC 13, no fact checking, they are also rising mentally and popularity. Like I said earlier, they are at a point where as of recording this video, right, they reach number one and the Apple store and in the Google store. So what is that telling you that is telling you that, you know, and many people, it doesn’t take one or two do rice lead, number one of Google or Apple store, right. It takes, it takes quite a bit of people are downloading your application. They’re tired. Right? They’re tired of, of, of feeling like I’m going to post something and this may or may not get flagged and taken down, or just the communities that have unfortunately been built and almost empowered.
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Oh, flag Me flag. Me black, Me out. And I’m like, you flagging me flag me. In fact, before I close up to show Show, can I share something real quickly with you guys recently? I lost my Instagram account. Some of you guys follow me, they’re already, you can verify those are verified this herself, unless by the time you were watching this somehow has been, it has been magically restored. All I did is rename my account from Jonathan Torres Herrera right on my Instagram account to, just to JTH Show right. To keep it in the loop with everything else that I renamed my Twitter and everything. Well, it was taken down. It was it’s gone. I can no longer get into it. And in fact, many people that follow me, they’re like, dude, where did you go?
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Some people are like, dude, is it because he posted some of the things, the clips that you are always posting on your reels and stuff like that, do you do this? I don’t know. I have no clue. Honestly. I have no idea. I know that before I lost Instagram, I was getting played with in the sense of getting a reels ability and then losing a real ability, getting a real ability, losing real ability, you know, and that, and I suppose to realize, by the way that you know, what I’m talking about, which is like the tick-tock equivalent on Instagram, that was kinda weird. And then all of a sudden, boom, the application was gone completely. No email, no nothing. Now of course, a lot of these platforms were done with idea, right? Like you, maybe you’ve heard of the case of dr.
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Disrespect and Twitch where they don’t have to tell you why, because there are gods of their own application and they don’t need to tell you Jack, they want you, they want you they’ll leave you there. They don’t want, and you you’re gone. Which again, backs what I’m saying here with the Parler and what their saying that they’re, they’re going to really, really try not to do right now. Fair Parler is brand new. You were established this year, according to a quick Google search that I did. Everybody has 2.8 million users among those users are some controversial figures to some like Sean Hannity, Steven Crowder, Jordan Peterson, and Newt Gingrich. Now the controversial, because the, most of the people that I just mentioned lean, right, right.
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There are more on the conservative side of politics. So many people are like, ah, that’s why Parler is. And to be, you know, I don’t know a poison his place or a place where, you know, unless you’re a conservative, you’re going to be, I don’t know, squashed or, or ready killer or whatever, which I will then say, I don’t know. I don’t know, because a, it almost feels it’s the same way with platforms that are still out there. And that have been out there for many years platforms that are foreign, right? Like Reddit and fortune places have been up again for many, many years, but, you know, they pretty much allow all types of different discussions.
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Right. And often they’re not really fact checked forums are, but you’re not really fact checked. Right. And again, they’re very popular and they’re still up. The thing here is that unlike Facebook and Twitter and Instagram for them, and Reddit are more, you know, long, long form use, right. You’re sitting there and reading through comments, you have the conversation again, any more forum structure versus like a tweet where you just at first of all, so many characters, right? So many types of attachments, you’re S there are sent out they’re out to the world, right. Or, or even on Facebook. Right.
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And, you know, some are just easier to maneuver on, on your mobile because they’re a mobile first versus a, again, ready at four Chan is something that you sit down and you follow discussion and you contribute, you, you add another reply as sort of thing. Parler is the, I would say one of the applications that decay, we’re going to take some of the aspects, you know, of both worlds, right? Not really going to write off the bat, suppress the, the voice of those people that feel that there are oppressed. And at the same time, we’re not going to, we’re not going to just be another Reddit or fortune and be a forum kind of structure. We’re going to be more of a Twitter structure and a very interesting, right.
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Certainly on there. I’ll tell you that right now, already. I want to see, you know, kind of what happens. I, I try to jump
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On every, every social media platform and it’s interesting, you know, to see kind of like how it behaves, how I accepted myself, how I adapt to it. It’s definitely very interesting, but that’s it for today. OPA hope you guys enjoy the show and until next time, see ya. Hey, thanks for watching. The JTH Show remember, you can catch all the episodes full episodes on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or radio Public. You can also visit www.thejthshow.com to catch episodes there and to catch anything that we had to blur out because of YouTube or any other platform. We usually put all of our raw information in there that is uncensored, and you can also become a firstname.lastname@example.org to catch all the special perks.
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Thanks for watching.