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Campbell Soup Shares Plunge after Cutting 2011 Forecast (CPB)

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Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) on Friday posted fiscal second quarter earnings that met analyst expectations, but cut its full-year outlook, sending its shares plummeting in premarket trading. The Camden, NJ-based company reported fiscal second quarter net income of $239 million, or 71 cents per share, compared with $259 million, or 74 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 1% from last year to $2.13 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of 71 cents per share, albeit on slightly higher revenue of $2.15 billion. Looking ahead, the company cut its full-year 2011 outlook, citing weaker-than-expected soup sales. It now expects full-year revenue to range from a 1% decline to a 1% rise, and forecast profits to fall 1% to 3%. Campbell Soup shares plunged $1.45, or -4.2%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently removed shares of Campbell Soup ( CPB ) from our recommended list. The company has a 3.32% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.94. The stock has technical support in the $30 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $36 price level. Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Nordstrom Q4 Profit Jumps 35%; Will Acquire HauteLook for $180 Million (JWN)

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Fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. ( JWN ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit surged 35% from last year, beating analyst estimates, as the company announced the acquisition of discount luxury website HauteLook. The Seattle-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $232 million, or $1.04 per share, compared with $172 million, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 10% from last year to $2.92 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 99 cents per share, on lower revenue of $2.83 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.95 to $3.10 per share. Analysts currently expect $3.04 per share for the year. In a separate announcement, Nordstrom said it would buy discount luxury goods website HauteLook for $180 million in stock. Nordstrom shares fell $1.27, or -2.7%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nordstom ( JWN ) have a 1.72% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $46.48. The stock has technical support in the $40-$44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50 price level. Nordstrom, Inc. ( JWN ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Is Warren Buffett Heading for the Exits?

Is Warren Buffett Heading for the Exits?

Nobody ever rings a bell at the top. That’s why sometimes it is instructive to keep an eye on so-called “smart-money”—especially when they make a move towards the door. All of which, strikes me as curious since just a few months ago the grandfatherly Buffett said, “I am a huge bull on this country. We are not going to have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back across the board.” Hmmmm…I wonder if he has changed his mind on this one. From Bloomberg by Andrew Frye entitled: Berkshire Exits BofA ‘a Loser’ on Three-Year Holding. “Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold its stake in Bank of America Corp., ending an investment that spanned three and a half years in which the lender’s stock lost more than two-thirds of its value Buffett’s firm had no shares in the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank at the end of 2010, compared with 5 million shares three months earlier, Berkshire said late yesterday in a regulatory filing that lists the company’s U.S. stockholdings. Berkshire, where Buffett serves as chief executive officer and head of investments, entered the Bank of America stake with the purchase of 8.7 million shares in the second quarter of 2007. The lender’s CEO at the time, Kenneth Lewis, was expanding through acquisitions and telling investors that the U.S. housing slump would be over within months. “He’s closing out a loser,” said Jeff Matthews, author of “Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha,” whose Ram Partners LP invests in Berkshire and Bank of America. “We bought it during the crisis. But its earnings power coming out the crisis has been reduced.” Berkshire also eliminated its stakes in Nike Inc., Comcast Corp., Nalco Holding Co., Fiserv Inc., Lowe’s Cos. and Becton, Dickinson & Co. in the fourth quarter. In November, Berkshire disclosed that it had sold holdings of Home Depot Inc., trash hauler Republic Services Inc. and Iron Mounta”in Inc., a provider of records management. Buffett’s U.S. portfolio had 25 stocks and a value of about $52.6 billion at the end of December.” Maybe there is nothing to see here, but I don’t think so. You just can’t trust a guy that plays a ukulele. Related Articles: Warren Buffett’s Dividend Stock Strategy The Good Works of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Ben Graham’s Winning Investment Advice Warren Buffett: The Investor of the Year To learn more about Wealth Daily click here. Advertisement Samurai Super Alloy It was the secret ingredient that turned an ordinary sword into the legendary Samurai Katana— the deadliest weapon before the arrival of modern rifles. Today, it’s crucial to the $987billion/

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Three Garbage Stocks

Three Garbage Stocks

The market goes up everyday… This two-year chart represents the thirty varsity players on the U.S. economic court. You might look at this 100% gain in two years and think that this bull market is overdue for a correction. But don’t worry. Uncle Ben, our fair Chairman over at the United States Federal Reserve, has it all in hand. This is not the time to fret over debt, inflation, taxes, or unemployment… Don’t fight the Fed This market is simple. The Fed is pumping liquidity into the market at an unprecedented rate. There is an old Wall Street platitude that says “Don’t Fight the Fed.” It means you buy stocks when interest rates are dropping and sell when they are going up. The current Fed fund rate is at 0.25%. It can’t get much lower, and no one expects them to hike rates in the near future. What are you waiting for… zero percent? People heed the Bernanke It looks like folks just like you and me are putting the hard times behind them… The adjusted retail numbers for December showed $380.9 billion in sales, an increase of 0.6 percent from the previous month, and 7.9 percent above December 2009. Total sales for 2010 were up 6.6 percent. For the fourth quarter, they were up 7.8 percent. Car sales jumped 14.7 percent over last year. For non-store retailers like Amazon, sales jumped 15 percent. The unofficial numbers for January show a 4.1 percent gain from a year ago. This is great stuff. Amazon investors liked it so much that the company now trades at twice the price it did during the dot-com bubble in 1999. Amazing. ~~SIGNUP_WD~~ The screen It’s a good idea to screen for stocks at least once a week. I generally screen for low P/E, small market capitalization, and good dividend. From there, I go through the list and look for red flags and growth potential. I like the companies that are under $250 million in market value, with high future growth and fat margins. I also look at debt ratios. I call these “garbage stocks” because they ain’t for widows and orphans, but they tend to run under the right circumstances. Today, three companies in the retail sector popped up on my screen. All three shared my garbage stock credentials. And they have something else in common: They cater to the petite bourgeois. They are Books-A-Million (NASDAQ: BAMM), Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), and CPI Corp. (NYSE: CPY). The merchant of Wal-Mart All of these companies sell products to the middle class, but none of their products are necessities… Books-A-Million runs 223 discount bookstores in the Southeastern United States. Collectors Universe provides third-party authentication, grading, and related services for rare collectibles like coins, trading cards, and sports memorabilia. CPI runs Wal-Mart Portrait Studios and PictureMe Portrait Studios. BAMM has a market cap of $92 million and a trailing P/E of 6.62. The company had a negative revenue growth of 5.5% year over year, but it does pay a fat 5.2% dividend. (They could also be a beneficiary of Barnes and Noble going bankrupt.) CLCT has a market cap of $109.34 million, a P/E of 6.6, gross margins of 60%, quarterly revenue growth of 8%, and a dividend yield of 9%. CPY has a market cap of $152 million, a P/E of 8.06, 8% margins, a flat quarterly revenue growth, and a 5.10% dividend yield. …

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Sysco Confirms Our Worst Fears

Filed in AMAG, BP, GOld juniors, Gold Market, HAL, inflation, lead, Lear, o, target by on February 14, 2011 0 Comments

The food inflation strategies we outlined here and here and here may have sounded a bit gloomy, but considering what’s been happening in the commodity markets (inflation, weather-related disasters, and freezing conditions in Mexico), the well-timed strategies remain in place. ———————— Now that Sysco has confirmed their prices are rocketing (which also means your food prices will head north), it’s about to get a lot worse for the millions already struggling to pay their outrageous food bills… According to reports, you’ll pay double… even triple the price for produce within weeks thanks to a freeze that wiped out crops in Mexico and the southwestern US. And, according to Zero Hedge, “Now might be a good time to hit the frozen foods (or fresh produce if you’ve got a vacuum sealer) aisle at your local grocery store and stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies, as there may be a severe supply crunch coming in the next couple weeks lasting perhaps several months.” “Why pay premium prices later when you can prepare yourself today, before the rest of the country gets wind of it,” says Zero Hedge, as inflationary risks, supply problems, weather related incidents, and a recent freeze in Mexico that’s lead to an 80% and 100% crop damage makes life a bit more unbearable for companies that Sysco, which just released the following note: ALL OF OUR GROWERS HAVE INVOKED THE ACT OF GOD CLAUSE ON OUR CONTRACTS DUE TO THE FOLLOWING RELEASE. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU PERSONALLY TO REVIEW HOW THIS WILL AFFECT OUR CONTRACTED ITEMS WITH YOU GOING FORWARD. THE DEVASTATING FREEZE IN MEXICO IS WORST FREEZE IN OVER 50 YEARS… THE EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT A VERY BROAD SECTION OF MAJOR GROWING REGIONS IN MEXICO, FROM HERMOSILLO IN THE NORTH ALL THE WAY SOUTH TO LOS MOCHIS AND EVEN SOUTH OF CULIACAN. THE EARLY REPORTS ARE STILL COMING IN BUT MOST ARE SHOWING LOSSES OF CROPS IN THE RANGE OF 80 TO 100%. EVEN SHADE HOUSE PRODUCT WAS HIT BY THE EXTREMELY COLD TEMPS. IT WILL TAKE 7-10 DAYS TO HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE FROM GROWERS AND FIELD SUPERVISORS, BUT THESE GROWING REGIONS HAVEN’T HAD COLD LIKE THIS IN OVER A HALF CENTURY. THIS TIME OF YEAR, MEXICO SUPPLIES A SIGNIFICANT PERCENT OF NORTH AMERICA’S ROW CROP VEGETABLES SUCH AS: GREEN BEANS, EGGPLANT, CUCUMBERS, SQUASH, PEPPERS, ASPARAGUS, AND ROUND AND ROMA TOMATOES. FLORIDA NORMALLY IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER FOR THESE ITEMS AS WELL BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN STRUCK WITH SEVERE FREEZE DAMAGE IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY AND UP UNTIL NOW HAVE HAD TO PURCHASE PRODUCT OUT OF MEXICO TO FILL THEIR COMMITMENTS, THAT IS NO LONGER AND OPTION. WITH THE SERIES OF WEATHER DISASTERS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN BOTH OF THESE MAJOR GROWING AREAS WE WILL EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE VOLATILE PRICES, EXPECTED LIMITED AVAILABILITY, AND MEDIOCRE QUALITY AT BEST. THIS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE AN IMMEDIATE…

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Expedia Q4 Profit Plunges 30% on Charges; Adjusted Net Misses View (EXPE)

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Online travel agency Expedia, Inc. ( EXPE ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit fell 30% from last year on one-time items, sending its shares plunging in aftermarket trading. The Bellevue, WA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $71.3 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with $102.2 million, or 35 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 32 cents per share. On a more positive note, revenue rose 16% from last year to $808.4 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a higher adjusted profit of 32 cents per share, albeit on lower revenue of $801.5 million in revenue. Expedia shares fell $3.37, or -13%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Expedia ( EXPE ) have a 1.09% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $25.69. The stock has technical support in the $20 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $26-$28 price levels. Expedia, Inc. ( EXPE ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Northrop Grumman’s Q4 Earnings Fall; Forecast Lowered (NOC)

Filed in dividend, earnings, Gold Investing, o, revenue, shares by on February 9, 2011 0 Comments

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation ( NOC ) on Wednesday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter profits, but lowered its full-year forecast below analysts’ view. The Los Angeles-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $376 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with $413 million, or $1.31 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell more than 3% from last year to $8.61 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of $1.01 per share, albeit on higher revenue of $8.80 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $6.40 to $6.60 per share, excluding its shipbuilding business, which will be sold or spun off this year. Analysts currently expect a higher full-year profit of $6.98 per share. Northrop Grumman shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Northrop Grumman ( NOC ) have a 2.64% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $71.09. The stock has technical support in the $66 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $75 price level. Northrop Grumman Corporation ( NOC ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Disney Shares Pop on Solid Q1 Earnings (DIS)

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Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company ( DIS ) on Wednesday said its fiscal first quarter profit jumped 54% from last year, beating analyst estimates and sending its shares higher in premarket trading. The Burbank, CA-based company reported fiscal first quarter net income of $1.3 billion, or 68 cents per share, compared with $844 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 10% from last year to $10.7 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of 56 cents per share, on lower revenue of $10.5 billion. Disney shares rose $1.47, or +3.6%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Walt Disney ( DIS ) have a .97% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $41.18. The stock has technical support in the $38 price area. The shares are trading at all-time highs and have a little overhead resistance. The Walt Disney Company ( DIS ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.8 (MCD, CL, AET, CLX, AVP, more)

The second interest rate hike in China in less than a month is being digested by Wall Street right now with a ho-hum reaction this morning. At some point the market will begin paying a bit more attention. With numerous M&A deals still being announced, and IPOs lining up on the runway, we’re not sure when the buying streak will begin to ease up, but we are carefully examining possible scenarios. Gold prices seem to be perking up today, as the last four months have been nothing but sideways action. At some point soon, we will see either a coiled spring effect and higher prices, or impatient investors heading for the exits. Elsewhere in the markets, shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) got a nice boost from solid January sales. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL ) was also rallying on some takeover rumblings. Aetna ( AET ) and Clorox ( CLX ) had some decent buying following positive analyst comments. Avon Products ( AVP ) went in the opposite direction following lackluster earnings results. I was reading numerous accounts of AOL’s acquisition of the popular news site The Huffington Post yesterday. I tend to pay attention to what is happening in the web media space closely, as our firm is often grouped into that space, since “.com” is part of our brand. You have to question the uncanny love that is expressed for the deal, with the word “innovation” being tossed around in seemingly every other compliment. Sorry, but what is innovative about having 6000 contributors writing free content for your website, as Ms. Huffington managed to achieve? The company does only have 200 employees and can be described as lean and mean, but innovative? I’ve also seen a lot of insults leveled toward “old media” (newspapers, magazines) regarding their new goals of putting up so-called “pay walls” (which just means you charge users to access your content). If I were running the New York Times or any other major paper, I would’ve put some sort of pay wall up years ago. Why charge for a print version and give it away online for free! The lack of vision has costs thousands and thousands of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industries. Some people may say “who cares, it’s free now, I can get the same information anywhere on the web.” I don’t know about you, but reading articles created by content farms that pay writers $3 a post (if that) isn’t exactly very appealing. Unfortunately, that’s the direction that many online media plays are heading. I am not going to knock Arianna Huffington and her major payday, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t so much about innovation, as it …

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An Egyptian Firebrand Away from $400 Oil

Investors are remarkably sanguine about the events in Tunisia and Egypt… Oil actually fell yesterday to $88.27. The Dow has been on a hot streak and is up again today — as it has been for months — to 12,149. History suggests events in the Middle East go from bad to worse. According to the Democracy Index put out by The Economist , there are no “established democracies” in the region. Israel is listed as a “flawed democracy.” Lebanon and Turkey were listed as “hybrid regime,” along with Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Armenia, and Iraq (Lebanon is now run by Hezbollah). The rest are categorized as “authoritarian regimes.” The last free vote saw Hamas sweep the Palestinian elections in 2006. Hamas started as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. On gaining power, they started lobbing rockets into Israel. In 2007, the Battle of Gaza was fought between Hamas and the Palestinian security forces. Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization in most G-20 countries. In the aftermath, Israel and a Hosni Mubarak-ruled Egypt imposed an economic blockade on Gaza that is still in effect. Population and scarcity Jack Andrew Goldstone points out in his book, Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World , that all revolutions from the French to the Russian, from China to Japan, occur where there is a rising population and diminishing resources coupled with an inflexible ruling party. (Note: The population in Russian doubled between 1850 and 1913.) Today, the Arab world has the fastest growing population on earth— and the youngest. In Yemen, the average age is 17.9 years with a birth replacement rate of 2.71, which puts it at number 23 in the world. The United Arab Emirates is in fourth place with 3.56, Kuwait is fifth with 3.50, the Gaza strip is six with 3.29. Libya, Chad, Egypt, Oman, Syria, and Iraq all make the top quintile. These young people will be the next rulers of the largest oil-producing region within the next ten years — mostly because all of the current leaders are in their 80s… with the exception of Qaddafi…

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Why Economists Are Not Popular

Filed in BP, deflation, Ford, o, silver, US Dollar by on February 7, 2011 0 Comments

One of the many reasons why economists are unpopular is that they keep reminding people that things have costs, that there is no free lunch. People already know that — but they like to forget it when there is something they have their hearts set on. Economists don’t have to say anything when people are buying things at a shopping mall or at an automobile dealership. The price tags convey the situation in unmistakable terms. It is when people are voting for nice-sounding things which politicians have dreamed up that economists are likely to point out that the costs ignored by politicians are going to have to be paid, one way or another — and that you have to weigh those costs against whatever benefits you expect. Who wants to put on green eye shades and start adding up the numbers when someone grandly proclaims, “access to health care for all” or “clean air” or “saving the environment”? Economists are strictly party-poopers at times like these. They are often gate crashers too, since usually nobody asked them how much these things would cost or even thought about these issues in such terms. Some of the more persistent or insensitive economists may even raise questions about the goals themselves. How much health care at the taxpayers’ expense? In Britain, a 12-year-old-girl was given breast implants. That much health care? Meanwhile, Britain’s skyrocketing medical costs of taking care of things that people would never have spent their own money to take care of forced cutbacks and delays in more urgently needed medical treatments. One woman’s cancer operation was postponed so many times by the British health service that, by the time the system could take her, the disease was now too far gone for medical help — and she died. Economists could have told anyone in advance that making things “free” causes excessive use by some, leaving less for others with more urgent needs that have to remain unsatisfied. Rent control, for example, has led to more housing being occupied by some, who would not have paid the …

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.3 (EL, NEM, YUM, K, CME, CVS, more)

The markets got off to a negative start today, but within the averages were several names that stood out on the upside, helping push the averages green by the market close. Screaming higher today were shares of Estee Lauder ( EL ) after the cosmetics giant beat estimates on its earnings report and raised guidance significantly. This is a name we have been watching closely and one we will consider on decent pullbacks. Also moving up on earnings-related stories were Ross Stores ( ROST ), Yum Brands ( YUM ), and Kellogg ( K ). On the flipside, earnings results hurt stocks like Ameriprise Financial ( AMP ), CME Group ( CME ), and CVS Caremark ( CVS ). Holding the averages back today a bit are energy plays that are seeing some red following multi-day gains. Newmont Mining ( NEM ) announced an acquisition this morning of Fronteer Gold ( FRG ). I will be watching the mining companies closely to see if this can get gold and sliver out of their recent slump. As I get prepared to do a national radio campaign where I will be interviewed on about 20-25 different national affiliates (I will give readers a heads up whenever I know I will be going on somewhere) regarding my “Be a Dividend Millionaire” book and of course our Dividend.com business, I want to reflect on my initial foray into the media world. About two years ago, I reached out to a local NBC affiliate to talk about what was happening in the economy and it was quite an enlightening experience. I learned some lessons early on about the media biz and business news from a local affiliate standpoint. First of all, I went in cold with no experience or training, and that likely showed my first few times on the air (fortunately no Cindy Brady-style freezing when the on-air light came on). After that, I seemed to find my groove. Unfortunately at the time, the economy was in the dumps and there was little I could do to sugarcoat the situation. Being a tell-it-like-it-is person is not something that broadcasters enjoy, depending on the station and people you deal with. In my case, my segments were focused on avoiding layoffs and when will the economy rebound. I had little in the way I was able to contribute from an investing standpoint (not my call, but the station manager at the time). I also learned about writing your own segments, which is what I had to do. The anchor would literally receive my notes for the first time as I was being seated up at the anchor desk a minute before going on the air. Can you say chaotic? I stopped doing the segments as there was a bit too much demand on what was needed for me to produce the segments, along with being held back from showcasing my investing expertise. I am excited to begin working with a top media/PR person who has worked with some key names in the financial and publishing space. I hope I am able to keep things real during my upcoming media appearances, and won’t be forced…

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