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  • Welcome Silvio Canto Jr. to our order of bloggers. It is long overdue.

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  • My View by Silvio Canto, Jr.

    Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Monday, December 22, 2014 4:00 AM
    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan

    What does this Cuba Deal do to Compensate U.S. Investors?


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    Silvio Canto, Jr.
    12/22/2014 4:00:06 AM
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          My late uncle used to work for a U.S. citizen who had a small manufacturing company in Central Cuba. It employed about 20 Cubans and was typical of many Americans who lived and had companies in the island.       In other words, not every dollar confiscated by the communists was that of large hotel holdings or infrastructure companies.  On the contrary, there were many American small and medium-sized businesses that employed and trained Cubans. These Americans brought their talents and money to Cuba.      My uncle's employer saw his business closed and confiscated. He was never compensated by the Cuban government.      Who is[...]

    The week in review with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda


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    Silvio Canto, Jr.
    12/21/2014 10:01:00 PM
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              We discussed the shooting of two police officers in New York plus Cuba and the North Korea/Sony story. Click below for the show: <--> <[endif]-->  Check Out Politics Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Silvio Canto Jr on BlogTalkRadio        Tags: US politics  To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks       


    Left Coast Rebel

    Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:05 AM
    Limited-government, conservative, libertarian-leaning, constitutional anti-statist perspective on news, politics, and current events

    Those Who Sow to the Wind Will Reap the Whirlwind


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    12/21/2014 9:05:02 AM
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    This sweet vignette of liberal love and tolerance bore fruit today, as two police officers were shot by a lowlife thug from Baltimore, who set out to kill policemen, regardless of who they were or how diligently they performed their duties, simply because they had both taken the oath to 'protect and serve'.The two officers were stationed outside a housing project, in a predominantly African American neighborhood, that had been plagued by violent crime. To all of you semi-deranged folks who think that somehow these two "got what was coming to them", tell me, do you think that the people in that housing project will be more safe or less safe after these two murders?One Tweeter remarked: "I truly don't care that cops just got[...]

    Blazing Diplomacy


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    12/18/2014 11:19:33 PM
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    Fans of "Blazing Saddles" will remember Cleavon Little as the sheriff taking himself hostage. That was the impression that fist came to my mind after hearing President Obama's plan to normalize relations with Communist Cuba.But, did the President take himself hostage? Just his credibility (if there were any left) Step into the Wayback Machine with me to 2009: President Obama marked his 100th day in office Wednesday by holding a prime-time news conference from the White House. Obama said the Bush administrations use of waterboarding was torture... OBAMA: What Ive said and I will repeat is that waterboarding violates our ideals and our values. I do believe that it is torture. I dont think thats just my opinion; thats the[...]


    The Scratching Post

    K T Cat
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:04 AM
    The ramblings of an amateur missionary.

    Oh Sure, It Doesn't Look Like Much


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    K T Cat
    12/20/2014 9:04:31 AM
    ... but it took a little effort to parse the text on the California rainfall page into a table with the names of the cities and their percent of normal rainfall totals to date from this year and last. I used PHP Simple DOM Parser to scrape the page and then dealt with the results as a string. It turns out that NOAA didn't make a table of results, the lazy dogs, and instead just used the "pre" HTML tag to create what looks like a table on their page.CRESCENT CITY9040EUREKA13136UKIAH16418REDDING17031SACRAMENTO EXEC AIRPORT20536SACRAMENTO - CSUS1650SANTA ROSA17318SAN FRANCISCO20629SFO INT'L AIRPORT22826OAKLAND AIRPORT19134LIVERMORE21152MOUNTAIN VIEW - MOFFETT26132  Next up - creating a MySQL table and inserting these values[...]

    What Invention Has Made Us More Money Than Any Other?


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    K T Cat
    12/19/2014 6:21:53 AM
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    The printing press because it allows us to print more and more and more moneyJapan is in recession. Europe is in recession. The Ruble has collapsed because oil prices have cratered so Russia will soon be mired in a depression. Does this spook the markets? Only temporarily. As soon as the Fed revs up those glorious machines and shows a willingness to make sure lots and lots of dollars are available to everyone, we can all get back to the business at hand - making money in the stock market.Oh, sure, in the old days, a share of stock represented partial ownership of a company that made things. If the company did well, you did well. If the company did poorly, then you lost money. That's not so true any more. Now it represents[...]


    W.C. Varones

    W.C. Varones
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:53 PM
    Thoughts of a radical libertarian Jeffersonian vegan militant bicyclist populist capitalist pig in San Diego navigating GD II... and friends.

    Sounds like a personal problem


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    W.C. Varones
    12/17/2014 1:53:07 PM
    Beavers boost emissions with 800 million kg of methane every year

    CIA goes Pulp Fiction on detainees


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    W.C. Varones
    12/10/2014 2:35:31 PM
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    ... or maybe it's more like South Park:The CIA force-fed detainees through their rectums, and called it a well acknowledged medical technique. One detainee suffered from an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapsewhen parts of the rectum protrude from the anus and are visible outside the body.    UPDATE: James Taranto settles it. South Park:Cartman has a brilliant idea, reasoning . . . it could be possible that eating food through the rectum can cause defecation through the mouth. The other boys (especially Kyle) think it is stupid and disgusting, and Cartman bets him $20 it will work.Wikipedia.org summary of Red Hot Catholic Love, aired July 3, 2002


    The Liberator Today

    B-Daddy
    Monday, December 15, 2014 9:55 PM
    Government growth threatens our liberty and our prosperityA liberty movement blog

    High Density "Transit Oriented Development" in Bay Park and Linda Vista


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    B-Daddy
    12/15/2014 9:55:58 PM
    I haven't looked at the ongoing process of amending the city's community plans to comply with SB 375 in a while, but the whole process moves slowly; prior posts on the subject can be viewed here.  The more I read about the sausage making of the process to amend the community plans the more my head hurts.  Apparently it's an arcane process intended to bore opponents to death and allow insiders and city staff to dominate the process.  Understand The Plan is a great resource if you are willing to dive into these details. Currently the opponents of the 60 foot height limit are planning to propose amendments that would impose a 30 foot limit in Linda Vista near the proposed trolley station at Tecolote Road as well[...]

    Death and Taxes and Eric Garner


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    B-Daddy
    12/15/2014 10:07:29 PM
    The death of Eric Garner has struck a chord in a way that Michael Brown's did not.  For one thing, there is video evidence lacking in the Michael Brown. The outrage over the tactics used to arrest a man for selling untaxed cigarettes has provoked outrage.  Further outrage ensued when a Grand Jury failed to indict, just as in the Michael Brown case.  But there are some big differences in these two cases.  Michael Brown credibly committed a crime against persons before his encounter with the police.  Further, there is evidence that Brown put the life of officer Wilson in danger.  From this video, we see that Garner was no such threat to the police.We also have to ask why the police feel that they[...]


    Beers with Demo

    Dean
    Monday, November 10, 2014 4:52 PM
    A blog for the unwashed and well-read

    And where a Salon writer wades into (for him) completely uncharted waters


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    Dean
    11/10/2014 4:52:12 PM
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    .    *Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a bit of dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece. You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes. If[...]

    Next, they came for the craft beer and you said nothing


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    Dean
    4/19/2014 11:47:13 AM
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        Want to know how to goon up a perfectly good win-win situation for all participating parties? You get the federal government involved, thats how.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now be regulating the spent grains from the brewing process because of pet food or something.For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end that relationship. "The whole brewing community was shocked about it," said Josh Deth, co-owner of Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Ill. Deth, whose title is "Chairman of the Party," says it's always been a great deal[...]


    Temple of Mut

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:15 AM
    Shrine of Flaming Capitalism

    Canto Talk - October 28th: A Citizen's First Campaign


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    mutnodjmet13
    10/28/2014 8:15:48 AM
    Dear Readers:I have always felt that the best step many of my fellow citizen activists could take would be to get elected to local offices. So when I heard one of my favorite, savvy, and sassy conservative activist friends was running for her city's town clerk, I just had to find out more.Therefor, it will be my privilege to join Silvio Canto Jr. to interview New York's Karen Beseth, who is running for Dewitt Town Clerk.I will be asking her for campaign tips and tricks she has learned, to pass down to others who might be inspired to join her on their own political careers. And, of course, we will be comparing Blue State Blues.Her Facebook page is HERE, for those who want to send a direct message of support. If you do[...]

    CANTO TALK, SEPT. 25: Spanish Flu Pandemic/World War I Aftermath


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    mutnodjmet13
    9/23/2014 9:30:45 PM
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    Dear Readers: I am happy to report I will be able to delve into two areas of personal study on the next edition of Canto Talk Thursday: infectious diseases and history. As military history expert Barry Jacobsen concludes his review of World War I history with a look at its aftermath, I will chime in on the event that took even more lives in 1918: The Spanish Flu Pandemic.Click HERE Thursday, Sept. 25th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for the podcast.A great documentary on the subject: WE HEARD THE BELLS.A synopsis:Influenza StrikesThroughout history, influenza viruses have mutated and caused pandemics or global epidemics. In 1890, an especially virulent influenza pandemic struck, killing many Americans. Those who[...]


    Doo Doo Economics Blog

    Doo Doo Econ
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 AM
    Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.

    Windows 10 is Cool


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    Doo Doo Econ
    10/16/2014 3:06:33 AM
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            This article is being written on the technical preview of Windows 10. It is impressive and exciting to see a real improvement aimed at desktop productivity.My motivation for reviewing Windows 10 on one of my Virtual Machine (VM) servers is to understand the future of Microsoft Windows Apps. Out of the gate, Windows 10 addresses my primary concerns. Apps tiles are now wonderfully integrated into the classic Windows Start button.    The future of Windows apps looks bright. This new apps interface is terrific and a huge improvement over Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows apps now use their inherent responsive design model to resize throughout the desktop environment.The Windows 8 style[...]

    ObamaVirus: Enterovirus (HEV D68) Timeline of Events podcast


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    Doo Doo Econ
    10/15/2014 8:14:21 AM
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      Before beginning this timeline there are two alarming facts to keep in mind.This current enterovirus strain appears more severe than previous strains.If diseases were spread to American children through the Obama Administration's unilateral amnesty and relocation programs, enterovirus is just one of many pathogens in the exposure.Per USA Today:A dozen Colorado children have been diagnosed with polio-like paralysis, Wolk said. Although all of the children had a respiratory virus before muscle weakness set in, only four tested positive for enterovirus D68, he said. Most have gone home and are in rehabilitation."We're optimistic that a number of them, if not the majority, will gain some functionality back," Wolk said.This[...]


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    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:33 PM
    A topnotch WordPress.com site

    Do Not Pass Go Ethics in California


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    dawnwildman
    10/14/2014 3:33:15 PM
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     At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]

    First They Came for Ferguson Then They Came For Us


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    dawnwildman
    8/15/2014 9:06:12 PM
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    The most shocking part of the stories out of Ferguson is the photos and realization that the Ferguson and state police are armed to the teeth. If this doesnt seem like an overreaction to the situation at hand I dont know what does. Most telling is the fact that the law enforcement in the state feel like they need to bring out all of their war toys.Since 1997 the DoD has been shuffling through the Department of Homeland Security all of their excess hardware such as armored vehicles, assault weapons and even helicopters. So is it any wonder that the cops are now acting like the military? And how far do we need to go before losing our liberty is more important than our perceived security? I know if I live in Ferguson, MO I dont[...]


    Word Warrior of So Cal

    Friday, September 19, 2014 7:54 PM
    Just another WordPress.com site

    LYNDON BAINES OBAMA: HOW NOT TO WIN A WAR


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    barrycjacobsen
    9/19/2014 7:54:26 PM
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    It is trite but true, that those how fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. This is why we study history: to find clues as to what will or likely will not work in the future.It is therefore disconcerting that President Obama, as he prepares to wage war against the Islamic State seems bent on repeating the two worst mistakes made by President Lyndon Johnson in his conduct of the Vietnam War.Wars need to be waged to win, or not be engaged in at all. When a President wills the outcome, he must will the means. Which is to say, if he want to defeat an enemy he must give his generals the tools and the latitude to get the job done. However, too often civilian leaders fail in this simple recipe, and[...]

    REMEMBERING 9/11, THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER


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    barrycjacobsen
    9/11/2014 2:23:07 AM
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    (I wrote this on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems just as timely today, on the 13th anniversary.)It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels[...]


    Shane Atwell's Blog

    Shane Atwell
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    Defending Capitalism from its Enemies Abroad, Parasites at Home and Alleged Friends

    Reaching Students Through Book Reviews


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    Shane Atwell
    1/22/2013 5:00:11 AM
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    This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site.     One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]

    In Search of Where We Went Wrong


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    Shane Atwell
    1/16/2013 8:46:01 AM
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    First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs.    Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]


    United Networks -News & Wires [Corruption]

    Monday, January 01, 0001 12:00 AM
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    China's anti-corruption watchdog turns attention to former top aide


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    (22:19 UTC) AuBC: China's anti-corruption watchdog turns attention to former top aide

    Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud


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    (10:16 UTC) AP: Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud


    Bing News [Corruption]

    Monday, January 01, 0001 12:00 AM
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    Chinas Anti-Corruption Squad Probes Aide to Ex-President Hu


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    The anti-graft arm of Chinas Communist Party began a probe of a former top aide to retired President Hu Jintao as the nation pushes ahead with a campaign to root out corruption thats brought down high-level officials. Ling Jihua, 58, a vice chairman ...

    Jonathan condones corruption, says Osinbajo


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    The Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that one of the fundamental problems bedeviling the nation is the failure of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government to tackle corruption.


    Legal Insurrection - Leslie Eastman

    Monday, January 01, 0001 12:00 AM


    California Battles Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic in 70 years podcast


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    Leslie Eastman
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    Although the media has recently been less focused on Ebola, the disease is still impacting Africa and the death count now tops 7000.Meanwhile, a new epidemic of a disease that was once thought well-contained by vaccinations may be occurring in my home state of California. The number of cases of whooping cough (pertussis) has skyrocketed this year.Nearly 10,000 cases have been reported in the state so far this year, and babies are especially prone to hospitalization or even death.Whooping cough is cyclical in nature and tends to peak every three to five years. The last outbreak of the disease in California was in 2010.But doctors are discovering that immunity from the current vaccine may be wearing off on a similar timeline.[...]


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    College Insurrection - Leslie Eastman

    Monday, January 01, 0001 12:00 AM


    U. Pennsylvania Frat Suspended Over Holiday Card Featuring Sex Doll


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    Leslie Eastman
    Perhaps imbibing too many seasonal spirits explains one Pennsylvania fraternity's choice for their card.The downside: The groups has been suspended by the school.The upside for the frat? Its choice is generating more conversations. According to progressive academics, that's a good thing.A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyonc sex doll.Phi Delta Theta's national leadership halted its Penn chapter this week amid concerns the image criticized as racist and misogynistic shows a lack of judgment that's inconsistent with its values.The chapter issued an apology and says it displayed poor judgment by[...]

    Despite Complaints, Obama Rolls Out His College Ratings Plan


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    Leslie Eastman
    I hope academics enjoy the imperial presidency they so enthusiastically supportedDespite numerous complaints about a proposed college ratings plan, Obama is going forward with enacting his plans.The Obama administration will spell out an ambitious college-rating plan on Friday that introduces new metrics to judge the nations roughly 5,000 colleges and universities at a time when student debt is hamstringing the U.S. economy and the efficiency of the higher-education sector is in question.Under the draft framework, schools may be judged on graduation and retention rates; the ability of their graduates to pay back their student loans; and the schools accessibility to low-income and first-generation students.The Department of[...]


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