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  • [AAR] New Blood AAR

    Let this be the AAR for the first mission in the New Blood Series.

    Please give us your account of the VIP mission. I will document my experience when I have more time.

    It was a good time. Let's hear from the QRF team and the convoy. How did you enjoy the action and urgency of this mission?

    Current ARMA Development Project: No Current Project

    "An infantryman needs a leader to be the standard against which he can judge all soldiers."

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  • #2
    Re: New Blood AAR

    Private Tiberia. Automatic Rifleman. QRF Force. Callsign : JACKAL.

    It was mid afternoon when we got the word that command lost contact with a convoy transporting a VIP through Fallujah. JACKAL team was inserted to the north east of the last known location of the convoy with orders to secure the VIP and wait for extract from a convoy inbound from a base to the south east of the city.
    Insertion went off without a hitch. As soon as we were boots on ground we were double-timing it towards the AO. We had to make several stops in order to catch our breath; it was a long run.
    About 10 minutes after insertion we manage to contact VIP party on short range 343. We also spot contacts to our south, squad lead orders us to break contact and we disappear into the tangle of buildings. We manage to get a vague location of the VIP party and head south.
    We meet a few small pockets of resistance which are dispatched quickly and turn to the south east in order to meet up with the VIP party. We soon take up positions in the middle of a long row of tall apartment buildings. The VIP is nearby, we just don't know how close he is yet. Suddenly I hear someone in the squad yell "CONTACTS, SOUTHEAST, LOTS OF THEM!" There is a swarm of insurgents bearing down on our position and the incoming fire is heavy. I deploy my M249 and open fire on the contacts, short bursts, long enough to say "die, motherf***er, die!" with each burst. The enemy attack falls apart and breaks for the time being. I feel the adrenaline pumping through me. "Now that was some action!", I thought. We take the momentary lapse in fire to survey our wounded. We have a few wounded, our squad lead is dead. We were taking heavier fire than I thought. Fireteam 1 lead takes over. The sun finally gives up on us and we all switch to NVGs.
    We soon learn that our objective, the VIP, is only 2 apartments down from us hiding out inside of the apartment. We move two buildings over and link up with the VIP. He is alone, and has had no contact with his bodyguards for quite some time.We take up positions surrounding the entrance to the apartment and try to dig in as best as possible. Command is notified of our position and status and is inbound. It is here that things start to turn south. We immediately start taking contacts from the south east and south west. We repeatedly fend off attacks from both sides of the building, but the casualties are mounting and our medic has run out of morphine. I take a few hits from the south east. I am wounded, but I can still walk. We decide to fall back to the inside of the building. I am walking up the first set of stairs trying to find the medic when my vision fades to black and I lose consciousness.
    I fade back into consciousness. The medic is standing over me. He tells me I'm good to go and my bleeding is stopped but he is out of morphine so I have to deal with the pain. I take up position on a third floor balcony. The pain is almost too much for me and I cannot hold my rifle steady but I have been tasked to secure the VIP, and Ill be damned if I let a little pain get in the way of that. The enemy has us surrounded now, we are being assaulted from all sides. There is a loud explosion and a blinding white flash. I am hit again. Through the ringing in my ears I hear "I think they might be using RPGS!" I lose consciousness.
    I fade back into reality, the medic has patched me up again. There is now not a single unscathed person in the building. "Where is the convoy, where is the extract?," I yell. I am reassured that the convoy is nearby and we will be rescued shortly. I can hear the convoy over the radio, telling us to throw smoke grenades or light up the sky with our IR lasers to mark our position. The convoy is so close and I start to get anxious with anticipation. I turn on my IR laser and wave it in the sky desperately to try to signal the convoy and get our extraction. Another explosion. Blinding white flash. My vision turns red with pain and blood. I lose consciousness for one last time. I do not return.
    A few minutes later JACKAL tries to evacuate the building and get the VIP to safer ground. The VIP is almost immediately wounded. The wound is fatal.


    My first AAR, hope you enjoy, I know I can improve my writing skills a bit.

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    • #3
      Re: New Blood AAR

      Not really sure how things looked from the QRF / Convoy for the most part. My experience was thus however:

      Mission start: I find myself surrounded by bodies, unaware of how exactly I got into the situation. Possibly a blow to the head as the firefight started, or maybe I just didn't want to remember. The principal is just in front of me, he seems panicked and frantically runs towards a nearby set of red flats. We take cover in one of them, receiving incoming fire as we turn the corner to hide. I set up by the door and keep watch for anyone trying to push in.

      Sure enough, the Principal calls to me to say there's one just about to pass the door. As the balaclava wearing man creeps towards the doorway I freeze. His eyes cold, robotic, movements measured and specific. His rifle turns to me and in a move of pure instinct I squeeze the trigger, putting several rounds into the man's chest. It was the first of several men I'd kill that night.

      We took fire, sporadic but effective and often in heavy servings. Back clutched to the wall behind me, my hand shaking nervously as my entire world became a single tunnel passing out through the front door. Another dropped just outside the door. The principle decided we were going to make a break to grab his weapon and radio. We did just that.

      To our left a group of these armed men fired upon me, putting a round into my leg, making the leap back inside all the more difficult. I was bleeding and in need of morphine but the best we had was a few plasters. I probably wasn't making it out. Still the pain burning through my leg reminded me of just how alive I was. At least, until the limb started to numb and feel disconnected from my own body. We held out like this for a short time, myself struggling to stay awake and guard the door, the principal hiding on the floor above, cowering as a hail of gunfire hit our building.

      The Principal had a quick look out during a lull, trying to establish just what kind of a mess we were in. He got hit and went down. I guess I gave up at this point. Lost consciousness, unable to put up with the pain any longer. I woke sometime after, finding myself greeted by a thick blackness. A matte wall in front of me, with a brownish panel atop, labeled 'debriefing'. I was certain I'd found myself in hell.



      Retry:

      More or less the same, except this time instead of guarding the door we tried shooting the guys as they came up the stairs. Which worked fairly well, until a round hit our building from the outside which took me out whilst scampering back upstairs with a radio and an AK. The Principal was on his own again.

      Greeting Dimitrius to see that the rescue force hadn't actually left the base yet I wondered if I should tell him that we had several squads worth of hostile infantry surrounding the building and then one of those slowly making their way to the top floor. I was instructed to reslot and try again. Wasn't looking too forward to that given the area would be crawling with hostiles, but I like a challenge.

      [AMAZING RESLOT MONTAGE SECTION WITH AWESOME UPLIFTING MUSIC ABOUT STRUGGLE AND BEING A HERO, ETC.]

      I'm back on the ground, by the bodies of the less fortunate bodyguards. Immediately I spot a group of three to four balaclava'd bandits. They open fire, myself returning a few random shots before turning around and sprinting into a nearby alley to evade. Don't believe I got any of them unfortunately. I decided to work my way out of the area and then back in towards the building the principal was inside. This took some time.

      Occasionally I'd run across a single assassin within the alleyways and streets, who went down with relative ease. I did find myself in a few close calls several times however, being faced with hostile squads. Dodging their fire often led to being pinned inside a compound. Luckily, although they were better armed, they weren't terribly smart. Popping up in random positions around the compound seemed to confuse them for long enough that I was able to eliminate their overwatch man and then take the other two to three guards out as they attempted to assault my position without covering fire.

      Finally, I got in 20 meters range of the building the Principal was in, and made audio contact. I wasn't getting any closer however, far too many hostile balaclavamen were stacked around the building. I hunkered down in a compound and decided to wait it out til the QRF arrived, who's gunfire was drawing closer every minute. As it goes however, hostile forces got a fix on my position since I stayed in place for too long. Two guys came round the corner at once, one of them going down. The other... Well, the led content of my chest rose sharply in quantity.

      Tagged along with the rescue guys from there, who were positioned outside the city, plotting their path towards the building. Believe we know what happened when contact was established with them....

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      • #4
        Re: New Blood AAR

        Excellent AAR Tiberia. Thank you.

        AAR's allow us the chance to document our operations so that we may learn from our accomplishments and mistakes.

        They also serve as an indirect chronicle of our most intense battles. When all the AARs are gathered, they tend to contain more exciting and impressive material than most fiction.

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        "An infantryman needs a leader to be the standard against which he can judge all soldiers."

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        • #5
          Re: New Blood AAR

          Combat Action Report
          Date: 5-May, 2012
          Location: Anbar Province, Fallujah

          Blufor Disposition: QRF Force
          Lt. ThirdSin. Squad leader. CS "Jackal"
          Sgt. Wypie. Fireteam leader. CS "Able"
          Sgt. Talon. Fireteam leader. CS "Baker"

          While conducting patrol operations in the North East Sector, a priority message was received over the platoon net. An important VIP and escorts were no longer in radio contact. Word was that the group had been ambushed during an assassination attempt. JACKAL was the nearest asset available to respond to the incident and was tasked with rendezvous and protection of the VIP until reinforcement could arrive.

          The men of JACKAL squad were ill equipped for any prolonged fighting, most carried a handful of extra mags and a grenade if they'd bothered to bring one. The disadvantage of being lightly equipped did however make the squad lighter and able to cover ground more quickly, resting less often. Our squad moved West toward the last known location of the VIP. It was several kilometers away, so we wasted no time planning our movement. JACKAL's Western movement would place us about half a kilometer North of the VIP's last location. Once at that range, JACKAL's medic 'Pax' would use his short range radio to attempt to make contact with the surviving escort team. Once contact was made, JACKAL would secure the position until reinforcement could arrive.

          Our squad made it to the North side of the VIPs last known location, but half a kilometer still stood between us and the objective. On the route in, we had bypassed several enemy patrols to our south. We knew that to get into a firefight now would result in our becoming bogged down and drawing lots of enemy our way between us and the objective. Once we were roughly North of the objective, we made our turn South. Our movement South was made with a cautious aggression. Fireteam bounds would provide some security, but the point was to keep us moving quickly. We didn't have time to waste.

          CONTACT! I let loose double shot bursts down a street. 75m away was an enemy patrol headed our way. I didn't have time to setup a fireteam to take down the threat, I was on point at the moment and was holding a corner, only one other person could fire with me as I crouched and they stood firing over my head. The shells kicked up dust around me and the crack of gunfire above my head drowned out all other sounds. 3 Enemy dead. 2 stragglers that couldn't determine where their friends had been shot from joined their brothers in the middle of the street. Able and Baker FT leads were squawking over the short range net asking what the hell just happened, I gave them the update and the squad started to move.

          Pax had been making regular short range broadcasts trying to get in touch with the VIP. Sometime around our first contact he yelled out that he had made contact and was attempting to get a grid. A minute later we had a rough idea where the VIP was. The VIP was held up only 400m away in a multi story apartment building. A few problems, we had to cross 60m of absolute dead ground to get there. A perfect shooting gallery for even a lone PKM gunner to end our mission in a hurry. We didnt have time for the 'what-ifs'. Either we got there in time, or we didn't.

          I ordered a full sprint across the field into the row of apartment buildings the VIP was hiding in. We didn't know which building the VIP was in, so we ran to the one closest to us and sought some cover. Being on point again, I moved to the corner of the building to look south. The assumption was that the VIP was 3 or 4 more buildings away, so we just needed to bound a few times to get there. We could then setup security as needed and
          CONTACT! I fired a few shots into the dark. The sun by this time was almost set. The glow of the setting sun cast a distorting effect on buildings and other objects. I'd just leaned around the corner when I saw what I made out to be a troop transport truck. A second later movement on the ground in front of it, an enemy rifleman was turning my direction.

          I'd been broadcasting over the shortrange net to the rest of the squad, telling ABLE and BAKER FT leads the plan. "I want your squads to regroup once across the field. Able form up on the north side of this alley, Baker form up...." I didn't have time to finish, holding my microphone button while turning the corner I saw the truck, then the rifleman. I swung my rifle wildly in the direction of the prone enemy. My only thought was fire superiority would suppress long enough for me to regain control of my rifle. CRACK CRACK CRACK I let off 3 rounds. 2 bounce harmlessly to the sides of the insurgent, 1 hits the truck next to him.

          Pax was on my six when I opened fire. In the instant I fired he's yelling "CONTACT EAST" I hear an uproar of fire from behind me. Perhaps I'd also missed additional insurgents from the truck i'm now staring at. I can't believe I've put my team into such an enclosed killzone, how didn't I see enemy when I got here? I stop shooting. Now I see the muzzle flashes of the AKM firing just 15m away from me. FLASH FLASH FLASH. All I can see is the muzzle flash lighting up the side of the truck.

          "SQUAD LEADS DOWN, SQUAD LEAD IS DOWN!" I hear Pax yell just behind me. As if in slow motion my body is falling backward, drifting toward the rest of my squad. The muzzle flashes continue, the yelling gets louder, "RETURN FIRE RETURN FIRE" "WHERE'S THE CONTACT?" "IN THE STREET! IN THE STREET" "DRAG HIS BODY BACK TO COVER, GET HIM BACK HERE!" But it was too late, my flesh was no match for the 7.62 fire hitting me from such close range. In my haste to bring the squad into the fray, I hadn't setup a formal command succession plan. Being ABLE FT Lead, Wypie took over those duties. The last words I heard from someone were "HE'S GONE, NOTHING WE CAN DO. GRAB HIS RADIO."


          ================================================== ==========

          "Second life"

          In summary, I was picked up by Viking in the UH60 and dropped at an LZ where Overlord (Command) was waiting. We eventually make our way via vehicle convoy to the street my squad had just fought on. We were also north, my squad's last known location was 5 or 6 buildings to the south. We were still assuming that the VIP was 3 or more beyond that. I hoped that my squad survived the firefight that resulted in my death and by now secured the VIP.
          Radio traffic was sporadic. Platoon net was unreliable, short range was often broken and unreadable. Jacezz was a VIP escort coming back into the fight. We took point moving south toward my squads last known location.

          Building to building, we moved to the cover provided. 3 or 4 buildings down I freeze and yell "CONTACT EAST, TECHNICAL 100M, BACKUP BACKUP!". If the technical had seen us, we would have been killed in the first burst. I started relaying its coordinates over platoon net to Overlord. Perhaps a M2 HMV could even the odds. I might have gotten out my rough coord and a relative coordinate of the technical before I heard "ITS COMING THIS WAY!".

          I could see its headlights moving across the building to my South and East across the road. It had pulled out of its parking spot on the road and was moving our way quickly. Again, getting off the radio I had enough time to switch my weapon to full auto and spray wildly as the vehicle came into view. The technical crew was as vulnerable as me at this point. Stopping at the T intersection, maybe 10m from me, gun shots coming from the infantry squad Jacezz and I had been leading to my rear. Jacezz was proned out to my side firing his AK. Gunfire is deafening. The technical gunner is slouched of the machine gun mount - a good sign for me. A passenger bailed out of the southern side of the vehicle, Jacezz took him down with a burst. "Threat resolved" I said over platoon net, "Copy that" came back Overlord.

          Short range traffic was getting better. We were communicating with the balance of JACKAL, but even they didn't know exactly what building they were in. At that point out of the corner of my eye I saw one of the infantry behind me activate their IR Laser sight. PERFECT. I put a request out to anyone in JACKAL "ACTIVATE YOUR IR LASER AND GIVE US A LIGHT SHOW OUT THE WINDOWS" A second or so later we saw their lights, just one more building to go.

          I radioed back to Overlord "VIP'S position identified, moving to secure". Our relief squad arrived on site. We had moved from the North to South, the building they were held up in had a North facing entrance so we could see several of the JACKAL squad inside when we moved into the alley. I moved past the entrance toward the West slightly to get a visual across the field still to the West. I'm on the radio with Overlord stating that we've just arrived on site and were awaiting orders when shots ring out. CRACK CRACK CRACK, the flashes wash out my NVGs, the shooter is just around the corner from me. As I spin to engage the shooter, I can see a blufor fall to the ground out in front of the building entrance. Again with my wild shooting I miss 3 or 4 of my fully automatic shots while I'm still holding down my microphone transmit button. The rest of my bullets hit their mark, but the damage was done. The VIP is down.
          Q: How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb?
          A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effort. Why do you hate freedom?!?

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          • #6
            Re: New Blood AAR

            Combat Action Report

            Date: 5-May, 2012
            Location: Anbar Province, Fallujah



            Blufor Disposition: Commanding Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, Reconnaissance Detachment Team 1
            1st Lt. Dimitrius CS "Overlord"
            SFC E_Leader. Platoon Sgt. CS "XO"

            16:45 local: Urgent radio transmission from allied force requesting assistance. Distinct small arms fire heard during transmission.
            16:50 local: Several requests from platoon signals to originator for grid location go unanswered.
            16:53 local: Nato standard emergency radio message received by platoon signal support.
            16:55 local: Flash traffic issued to Recon Team 1 CO Dimitrius from Batallion.



            Between the principal happening to be stranded in our district and our platoon field resources picking up the emergency beacon, we had begun ramping up our readiness before receiving orders from higher up to deploy a rescue attempt. I reached Jackal by long range and apprized them of the situation. Their mission changed from combat patrol to Quick Response Force and 2nd Lt. Thirdsin happened to be in the field with the team so their proximity to the last known reported position of the VIP and bodyguard team made them ideal for the objective. After reporting ammo and equipment status to me, I ordered Jackal into an unknown AO and informed him of my intention to extract Jackal and the VIP bodyguard team with a light motorized convoy. 1st Squad, 1'1'A "Reaper" was tasked with forming the convoy and leading the extraction attempt. Segeant 1st Class, E_Leader received orders to form a 5 victor rescue convoy manned by 1st Squad and platoon command element. My intent was to get to the pickup point using the most indirect route we could manage while still allowing the swiftness needed to extract the pricipal as quickly as possible. I decided to deploy ahead of the convoy with my own security team and the platoon marksman. We crawled inside of Viking and took off, leaving the convoy in the hands of XO, I had no doubt they would make it without issue. I set the convoy rally point at the top of Fallujah and waited for the convoy to RV, hiding in an abandoned house, I requested status from Jackal.

            I was mildly surprised and satisfied to find that Jackal had covered approximately three kilometers in the time it took me to get to the staging point, north of their position. Not only had they covered so much ground, Thirdsin reported that they had established contact with the Security agent and one of his bodyguards. The convoy picked me up five minutes later and we poured into the north part of Fallujah heading south towards the VIP. Halfway to the VIP we stopped the convoy and received word that Thirdsin had sustained mild wounds and was being treated by 2nd platoon's medic. Once we were able to recover Thirdsin from 2nd platoon, I put him and one of the healed body guards on point and sent 1st Squad down the last half a click to the VIP's position and prepare for the convoy. Ten minutes later I heard that the VIP had been killed.

            After collecting what was left of the body guards, Jackal and 1st Squad returned to the airport without incident. We lost 2 of our own and neutralized approximately 21 contacts along the way.

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            "An infantryman needs a leader to be the standard against which he can judge all soldiers."

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            • #7
              Re: New Blood AAR

              Combat Action Report

              Date: 5-May, 2012
              Location: Anbar Province, Fallujah
              Position: QRF Medic

              Blufor Disposition: QRF Force
              Lt. ThirdSin. Squad leader. CS "Jackal"
              Sgt. Wypie. Fireteam leader. CS "Able"
              Sgt. Talon. Fireteam leader. CS "Baker"


              --- CAR starts at point, were Lead got killed ---


              The QRF were under sup-fire and the Squadlead just were killed.
              Someone told about taking lead when I got another short-range massage from the VIP: He was alone and lost contact with his BG.
              Lead moved the Squad along the street - building to building. VIP posted that we're in vocal range and I gave this info to Lead, which was Wypie, I think.
              We were able to move slowly to VIP's position and immediately recived fire from any direction, like all the 10 minutes ago.
              1 down, 4 wounded before we reached the VIP.
              Lead decided that we would be more safe inside the building, so we took position in it. Due to cover we had about 2 minutes no contacts and I checked my supplies. 4 Morphine left, lots of EPI and only a few medkits. As i climbed up the ladder to roof-top I saw enemy Infantry moving in to the appartmenthouse from the east and yelled it out on Ch'7. I climbed the ladder down to take position on 3rd floor as a first explosion took down 1 soldier and wounded 2 more, just bleeding. No problem to fix them up. Chichco head towards us and got integrated in QRF.
              2 more explosions in 2 seconds wounded 3 guys: 1 on 3rd floor, 2 on 2nd floor. I fixed them too but now I was out of Morphine.
              Someone yelled that the enemy is using RPGs and just as he said one more explosion killed 2 guys one the balcony at third floor directly in front of me. Another explosion killed one guy at 2nd floor. First time I got hit, so i patched up anyone else than myself. Nother explosion wounded one more guy. I tried to patch him up. Then Someone yelled that the VIP is down outside of the building.
              I never heard an order to leave building and get a safezone around the VIP. I think at that time, someone yelled that they were using RPGs, there allready existed no Lead in the Squad inside the Appartment. At least I think so, because I just heared confused guys running from floor to floor. There was nearly no Radiochat on CH'7 343 or any orders coming in, which told us what to do.

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              • #8
                Re: New Blood AAR

                * I'm not hijacking this thread as this is a more technical post. But because I believe this was indicative of a problem we experience all night I thought it worth mentioning here so as to maximize the potential for reaching the most readers and for the purposes of learning from it so we can maximize return during these events.

                ADDENDUM

                As I read these AARs (I was Baker-4 in the QRF), I can tell right away what I'm betting was a significant contributing factor to the confusion -- radio comms were sporatic. As a team, I thought we did a good job with fire manuevers and displacing as we progressed toward the VIP regardless. Things got really hairy when SHTF post ThirdSin going down. For example, I called out several times regarding a mounted technical to our East. I also didn't hear any of PAXs comms, and only a couple of WyPie's (if any). I think this was because we had mix-matched MOD versions (eg. CBA) of players in game. I say this because in addition to what I mention, I didn't hear most of the radio references mentioned in the previous AARs above. And, it seemed to persist through the night.


                BACKGROUND: When you sync using SixUpdater, you are syncing your local MOD versions with the latest version of the same MOD in the SU network repository, not the game server. Game servers configured in this manor do not broadcast the versions of MOD they are running -- only that they are running the MOD. In cases where the server is not recently sync'd to the SU repository, you may be updating to a more recent version of a MOD than what would be running on the server at that time.

                ISSUE: While many of the MODs are compatible when out of sync by minor version releases, you may still notice functional inconsistencies between you and a server running a different version AND issues between you and other mismatched clients. Compounded, this creates a non-fault problem for folks who are installing SixUpdater for the first time or getting configured for the first time since they have no other choice than to sync with the respository -- meaning they would naturally be given the latest version and become out of sync with a dated server.

                WORKAROUND: Fortunately TacticalGamer Admins are aware of this and do notate all the server's running MODs and versions in the TeamSpeak channel description. This is what you need to compare to.

                SOLUTION: For events, the only practical option at this point is to make sure you are setup WAY AHEAD of time so that you are sync'd and relative to the server's dated versions (as mentioned in the TS description) OR have the host make sure the server is sync'd to the latest versions before the event.
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                • #9
                  Re: New Blood AAR

                  The pace of Six updates had slowed recently. Of course the day of this event it looked like a bunch came down for misc things and we just didn't have an admin around in time to update the server. It's a tricky thing to deal with sometimes. Personally, I just launch Six and run updates before checking the forums or TS - admittedly a bad habit. The admin team has done a stand up job updating the server, enabling me to throw caution to the wind and pull the trigger before checking.

                  My suggestion if this really became a recurring issue (which I don't think it will be), would be to put a message of instruction into the Event thread about updates. Tell players not to update unless advised etc etc. This could work for some players with fast internet connections who could wait till the last minute, but not for others. Its a tricky thing.
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                  A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effort. Why do you hate freedom?!?

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