Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Conservation: The Biggest Con Game In History


Conservatism is the protection of the greediest and wealthiest among us by their front group, the Republican Party.

But the Cons can't present themselves this way in a participatory democracy, even some of the Low Information Voters may wake up, so the Cons have to lie - to lie, obfuscate, and hide behind the biggest con game in world history -- Conservatism.



One way to find out about their con jobs is to see what your favorite Cons have done for their own constituents...

"If You Live in a Red State and Still Vote GOP, This Map Will Show You Why You’re Irrational."

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"The New York Times has put together a map that ranks where Americans fair the best and worst when it comes to health and wealth. You can probably guess where we’re going with this.
The Times got their results by looking at 6 data points for each county in the U.S.: education, median household income, unemployment rates, disability rates, life expectancy and obesity..."

This pic may make it a little easier to understand...



But let's take a look at a few Conservatives who are masters at the Big Con. There's this guy...



And you remember this guy, the "compassionate Conservative ("compassionate" means "vicious" or "severe" in Conservaspeak...



And even the "short con" Cons thrive in a country where Freedom of Speech is a license to kill...



Sometimes you never know your favorite muscle-bound Conservative candidate is conning you - until he get caught.  (Notice that they never seem to serve any prison time.)



"More GOP Voter Fraud: Republican State Rep. Forced to Resign for Registering to Vote in Two States."

"The GOP knows quite a bit about voter fraud–after all, they do tell us that it is a problem so large that we must institute discriminatory voting laws in order to stamp it out. They do, however, manage to repeatedly demonstrate their expertise.

"Washington State Rep. Mike Hope resigned following the discovery that he is registered to vote in both Ohio and Washington since last Summer.

"A Democratic activist in Snohomish County alerted Barbara Baker, chief clerk of the House of Representatives, that Hope had registered to vote in Ohio in August of 2013, though he says he did not remember registering.

"'I had no idea that I was ever registered somewhere else,' Hope said. 'I had no clue that’s what I did.'

"In fact, Hope does not have a permanent address in Snohomish County..."

Here's another guy who lied about his residency...



Sure, you say. What harm can a little fibbing do to a strong country anyway? A middle class made strong by Roosevelt's New Deal is too strong to be destroyed by a band of confidence men...

"All The Wealth The Middle Class Accumulated After 1940 Is Gone."



"Here's more proof the middle class is dying.

"The middle-class share of American wealth has been shrinking for the better part of three decades and recently fell to its lowest level since 1940, according to a new study by economists Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics.

"In other words, remember the surge of the great American middle class after World War II? That's all gone,.."

So when you hear the con jobs the Cons are conning you with...



...here's what's really happening:



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Sometimes a Con will tell the truth, and the truth shoots the Conservative candidate all to hell at election time...but the Conservatives are usually successful at their relentless con jobs.

Whenever you hear the words, "individual responsibility," "America is a Christian country," "pro-life," and the like -- you know it's a con job. With Conservatives, it's ALL about the money.

When a Con says he is trying to help, watch out, keep your hand on your wallet, and vote the straight Democratic ticket.

If that doesn't do the job, then maybe you ought to consider making these con jobs illegal...


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"I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't
encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and
all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in
politics."

Newt Gingrich.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Are The Two Parties The Same? Let's Take A Look...


You hear it from the Libertarians, and you hear it from the Low Information Voter, and you even hear it from some of the Cons - there's no difference between the two Parties.  But is it true?

"Steve Marmel: 'No, The 2 Parties Aren’t The Same.'"



"'There’s no difference between the two parties!'

"You’ve seen it on Facebook. And twitter. On Tumblr. All over the place. Usually by “libertarians” who – if you dig further into their likes – it’s all Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.

"You know… conservatives embarrassed to call themselves conservatives.

"Here’s the thing: I believe 'there’s no difference between the two parties' is a coordinated effort to disillusion the democrat vote. And I think after six years of a constant conservative negative drumbeat, it’s working. It is exhausting, after all.

"Is Obama the perfect candidate? Did he deliver everything he promised? Is the world super awesome? No. It is not.


"But what are the alternatives? President McCain or Romney? Can you imagine what the Supreme Court would look like today? What health care would look like today? What marriage equality would look like today?

"We would be living in the Christian equivalent of a Muslim theocracy. Is that what you want?

"Because every person who says 'I’m not voting, there’s no difference,' is handing a vote to someone who is saying 'I want to roll back everything. Your rights. Social security. Work place protections. Air quality. Healthcare...'"

"ALL OF IT..."

You're still think the Dems and Repubs are the same? This "letter to the editor" explains a few of the more important differences, differences made obvious by who the Parties attack...



"Dear Editor,

"You can tell a lot about a political party just by noticing what offends them.

"In general, we Democrats are offended by poverty, hunger, allowing children to die from purely preventable diseases, students drowning in debt, growing wealth inequality, and that senior citizens too often die alone in poverty, after a lifetime of hard work and community involvement. We are upset by the astronomically high incarceration rate and social issues like racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and religious bigotry. Environmental destruction and the never ending greed that motivates it is also deeply offensive to Democrats.

"On the other hand, Republicans are outraged by food assistance for the poor with a special emphasis on children benefitting from food stamps, school lunches, and Head Start. They are offended by clean energy initiatives, healthcare for all, raising the minimum wage, marrying who you love, public schools, teacher’s wages, science, global warming, a woman's right to choose, veteran's care, equal pay for women, GMO-free food, voter’s rights, the separation of church and state, and teaching evolution in the schools. They fight against paying taxes, campaign finance reform, regulating Wall Street, Big Pharma and punishing corporations who send our jobs overseas.

"In November, 100% of young adults will be adversely affected by Republican policies, but ironically, only 23% are expected to turn out to vote in order to make their own lives better. This election is NOT about 'voting for the lesser of two evils' - it is voting for the party who is working to fight evil and not always winning, but is willing to keep on trying.

"Sincerely,

"Karin Wells."

But if you like pretty pictures, this one also spells out who gets attacked by the Cons...



The Cons think one of the differences between the Parties is "leadership..."



So here's one of their leaders with a few things that the Cons believe in...



And here's one of their followers...



Some even think that the spokesmen for the GOP over at Fox News is only made up of old, white men...



But the Cons always deny that there are racists in their group...could they be lying?



If they are lying, that COULD be a problem down the road...



...because the Republican Conservatives are the Masters of Mankind!



And even though the Other Party keeps trying to steal our votes, there really is a difference that can be settled on Election Day...



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As we've been preaching, the phony social issues claimed by the Republican/Conservatives as their own are nothing but smoke to attract the dumbest among us. Class warfare defending greed is the real difference.

The REAL difference between the two Parties is economic, and believe it or not Thomas Jefferson had the Conservatives' number:
"Men have differed in opinion and been divided into parties by these opinions from the first origin of societies, and in all governments where they have been permitted freely to think and to speak. The same political parties which now agitate the U.S. have existed through all time. Whether the power of the people or that of the [aristocracy] should prevail were questions which kept the states of Greece and Rome in eternal convulsions, as they now schismatize every people whose minds and mouths are not shut up by the gag of a despot. And in fact the terms of Whig and Tory belong to natural as well as to civil history. They denote the temper and constitution of mind of different individuals." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813." 
"The division into Whig and Tory is founded in the nature of man; the weakly and nerveless, the rich and the corrupt, seeing more safety and accessibility in a strong executive; the healthy, firm, and virtuous, feeling confidence in their physical and moral resources, and willing to part with only so much power as is necessary for their good government; and, therefore, to retain the rest in the hands of the many, the division will substantially be into Whig and Tory." --Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 1802."
Other countries have multiple political parties and we can do without the GOP but when all is said and done, Conservatism is a vast, criminal cartel that needs to be abolished - NOW.


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"You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat."

Jackie Kennedy.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Soiled, Squalid World of Conservatives During Election Season, Part IV


A funny thing happened over at the Supreme Court the other day.  The same folks who brought you the judicial coup de etat in 2000 did it again...

"Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law."



"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

"A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

"The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday..."

One of the non-party hacks who believe in democracy and that Americans have the right to vote disagreed...

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law."



"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent early Saturday morning, blasting the court's decision to allow Texas to use its new voter ID law in the November elections. She was joined in the dissent by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

"'The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,' Ginsburg wrote.

"Ginsburg disputed the Fifth Circuit court of appeals' argument that it was too close to the November election to stop the law. Early voting begins on Monday in Texas..."

But don't be afraid, the Cons are really here to help you get over your fears and get out the vote...

"7 instances of blatant GOP fearmongering this election cycle."

7 instances of blatant GOP fearmongering this election cycle
Scott Brown (Credit: AP/Steven Senne)
"As the economy slowly rebounds, Republicans are doing everything they can to distract American voters.

"The GOP is scared its 2014 'wave' isn’t materializing, so it’s trying to scare voters. How? Pretty much with anything in the news cycle.

"By now the GOP was supposed to be well on its way to taking a solid Senate majority, along with another big chunk of the House. Things aren’t turning out that way: all the Senate races that were supposed to by settled by now instead remain neck and neck; the states the GOP was eyeing for expansion, like Minnesota, have turned back to the Democrats; and new vulnerable states like South Dakota and Kansas have opened up.

"To make matters worse, the standard bludgeons that the GOP used in 2010—namely spending and the economy—have been subsumed by progress. The unemployment rate has dipped below 6% in half the time Mitt Romney promised he would effect as president, while the deficit continues to plummet (actually faster than is good for the economy). Meanwhile Obamacare has been effectively neutralized as a campaign issue.

"This has left the GOP with nothing but fearmongering..."

But when all is said and done, our job creators appreciate how the benefits of democracy make them rich beyond all comprehension and hey are always ready to give something back to their country...

"Koch Group Sends Fake Voter Information To Discourage Illinois Voters."

Koch Group Sends Fake Voter Information To Discourage Illinois Voters

"They're not satisfied to be breaking the law in North Carolina. Now they're aiming at Illinois.

"First it was North Carolina, now it's Illinois. Same pattern of voter suppression by fraudulent mailing, too.

"Joan McCarter at Daily Kos:

"The Kochs' Americans for Prosperity must have decided they need to do some 'voter information' in what's an awfully tight race for governor in Illinois. According to the Daily Kos Elections Outlook, there's about a 4-point spread between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner. Enter AFP to try to create a little chaos in the election. And like in North Carolina, where they sent hundreds of thousands of fraudulent mailers, they're upsetting people by sending mailers to their dead loved ones. 
"DECATUR – It's not uncommon for residents such as Maryilynn Baer to receive political mail before the general election. 
"But when recent letter came to her home that asked for her husband, Edgar, to re-register to vote before the November election, Baer was overwhelmed and upset.
"Her husband had been dead since May. 
"'It was upsetting,' she said. 'His name had already been taken off the voter registration list, and I sent the letter to (Macon County Clerk) Steve Bean and told him I had already notified him that Edgar had passed away.'"

"See, the mailer made it seem like it had one from County Clerk Bean..."

At any rate, here is what the Cons think about elections and democracy and history and all that stuff...



...because they are really, really serious about helping their fellow Americans.



And the Cons know about economics and business, so how can we lose voting for them?



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If the judicial coup de etat in 2000 that was Bush v. Gore didn't convince you that the Fascist Five in the SCOTUS were nothing but  Republican Party hacks, the Texas decision won't do it either.

Conservative Sheeplets love what their leadership and propagandists tell them to love, it's the Conservative way.  And when the Fascist Five corrupts the electoral process it's time to make a move.

We can impeach them or we can try to get our Congress to overrule their draconian decisions with something to help save democracy instead of corrupting it for a change.

Or we can criminalize Conservatism.  (I'll take criminalization...Joyce, Jnr.)


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''Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn
ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose
pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend.''

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who
suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations to help balance the budget, 8/ll/11.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

How Many Murders Do Conservatives Have On Their Bucket List?


The Iraq invasion, guns for all - no matter how many die, climate change from the spewing of toxins into our lungs from their boss's factories, miners killed because owners are too cheap to pay for their safety, the list goes on.

We all know how the Cons have killed their own people, that's easy.  But how many more of us do they plan on murdering in the continuing battles in their class warfare...their war against the poor and the middle class?

And do Conservatives kill us and inflict misery on their own people? Let's find out by taking a look at the future through the Conservative crystal ball...

"American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015."



"Guns and cars have long been among the leading causes of non-medical deaths in the U.S. By 2015, firearm fatalities will probably exceed traffic fatalities for the first time, based on data compiled by Bloomberg.

"While motor-vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend..."

It's a good thing we can prosecute those guys who kill their wives and kids...except in South Carolina:

"South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence."

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"South Carolina is one of more than 20 states that has passed an expansive Stand Your Ground law authorizing individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. The law has been used to protect a man who killed an innocent bystander while pointing his gun at several teens he called 'women thugs.' But prosecutors in Charleston are drawing the line at domestic violence.

"In the cases of women who claim they feared for their lives when confronted with violent intimate abusers, prosecutors say the Stand Your Ground law shouldn’t apply.

"'(The Legislature’s) intent … was to provide law-abiding citizens greater protections from external threats in the form of intruders and attackers,' prosecutor Culver Kidd told the Post and Courier. 'We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent...'"

So far, Conservative-made murders are only in the tens of thousands, but these criminals keep trying for EVEN MORE...their built-in hate and greed demands it.

"The Smoking Ebola Gun: Rand Paul’s Senate Hold Is Why The Nation Has No Surgeon General."



"The Republican obstruction strategy of “stall and block” is coming back to haunt Republicans in many ways, not the least of which is the country’s realization that we have no Surgeon General as we face the Ebola crisis.

"But of course, politicians don’t like to take responsibility for their tactics, so the Republicans’ new talking point to get around taking responsibility for their obstruction of President Obama, his entire administration and indeed, our entire federal government, is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) could call for a vote any time to confirm the nomination for the Surgeon General.

"But that’s not true.

"Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) put a hold on the November 2013 nomination after the NRA objected to the nominee..."

To the Cons, the Ebola virus is tailor-made for the worst of their murderous impulses...



All you have to do is cut funding! Cut, snip, hack...

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Oh, those Conservatives sure are a hoot...



And finally, there are a couple of reasons we have a hard time stopping that Conservative Cult of Death...



And here's the second reason - Conservatives lie through their teeth...



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Murder, theft, and misery are right up the Conservatives alley, and the longer we keep them in office and in our faces the more of us they add to the lists of their victims.

Murder, theft, and the infliction of misery on innocents is the bailiwick of criminal cartels, and the American Conservatives make the mafioso hit men amateurs, just plain amateurs and greenhorns.

Shouldn't there be a law?


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"I’m a radical! I’m a real extremist. I don’t want to impeach judges. I want to impale them!"

Michael Schwartz. (Chief of staff to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in 2004.)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Conservatism: Sex, Lies, And Videotape (But Mostly Lies).


"Sex, Lies, And Videotape" was a 1989 film. Summary: "A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything."



A modern remake of the film would include a ton of Conservatism's own sex, lies, and videotape, so let's take a look at the modern Conservative and sex...

"Frustrated Christian Conservatives Are Logging The Most X-Rated Google Searches, Finds Study."



"A new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior has found that Christian Conservatives are big fans of online porn.

"The study, conducted by researchers from Canadian Universities, established that citizens in U.S. states that identify as more religious and conservative are also more likely to search for sex online, out-doing their liberal rivals by a considerable margin.

"It seems that while liberals are out having real sex, Christian Conservatives are busy condemning them for it, then masturbating furiously to the online substitute.

"The study even breaks down the differences between states that identify as religiously conservative, and those that identify as politically conservative.  While political conservatives were most likely to look use search terms like 'gay sex, free porn and xxx,' religious conservatives were cannier in their language, using generalized sex terms, and even scientific terms for bodily parts..."

Skipping the lies for a moment, let's see what the Cons and videotaping have in common...

"Georgia video journalist arrested for recording Republican rally."



"Within the hour, she would be screaming, bent double over a store counter in her black sun dress, with her arms twisted behind her and a deputy close on her haunches.

"All because she had pointed her video camera at Republican candidates. Not a proud moment for a political party in need of female support.

"AJC account here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/an...

"Eyewitness account by a fellow citizen journalist here: http://tinyurl.com/l3vjk66"

The Cons especially loved the screaming and arm twisting...but on to the lies.  First, why is the knee jerk reaction of the Conservatives to lie?

"The Key Is to Lie First."



"By Robert Parry

"It's not entirely clear when the Republican Party made disinformation a political weapon of choice.

"Some trace the pattern back to the late 1940s when Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon used an exaggerated Red Scare to throw the Truman administration on the defensive and clear the way for the GOP's Cold War dominance of the White House.

"Others argue, however, that Republican lying is nothing special; that it's just the nature of politics; that it's always been that way; that the Democrats -- or the Greens and the Libertarians, for that matter -- are no better.

"But I believe there are shades of gray in politics, that a disingenuous 'spin' or a defensive equivocation are not the same as an outright falsehood intended to defame an enemy or to inflame the public. It seems to me that the modern Republican Party is unusual in that it not only steps across the line from time to time, but has relocated on the wrong side. Distortion and character assassination have become almost a political way of life..."

Then let's take a look at a couple of typical Conservatives. First, there's this guy...

"Larry Pressler lies about wanting to raise the retirement age."



"Back in November, Fix the Debt member Larry Pressler told the National Journal that the rationale for his candidacy was the national deficit and getting a 'grand bargain,' which meant cutting Social Security in exchange for Republicans agreeing to some tax increases. That meant, he said, increasing the retirement age. Apparently, Pressler has now changed his mind, telling the Argus Leader that the solution is tweaking the payroll tax cap, and that if 'we don't do something like that, we would have to raise the retirement age, which I am not in favor of doing.' When the paper asked him why he had told the National Journal he advocated for the retirement age hike, Pressler responded: 'I was clearly misquoted...'" (For the rest of the story --> http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/16/1336999/-Larry-Pressler-lies-about-wanting-to-raise-the-retirement-nbsp-age?detail=email)

And then there's one of the more practiced of prevaricators...

"The relentless lies of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback."

Much of what Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has told citizens amounts to a stack of lies.
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"Much of what Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has told citizens amounts to a stack of lies.

"All politicians spin. They exaggerate and make selective use of facts and data. These are tricks of the trade.

"But I have never seen a public official lie as easily and as relentlessly as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

"That sounds harsh, and it is possible that Brownback actually believes his own mythology. But much of what he has told the citizens of Kansas is flat out wrong.

"Brownback has lied about the fiscal conditions he inherited. He spins a fantasy about a low-tax utopia even as his state is exhausting its budget reserves, staring at more cuts in education, and not experiencing the promised economic rebound. He has salted his administration with sycophants who tell lies of their own.



"Where to begin?

"There’s the $876-in-the-bank lie, which Brownback has repeated in three state-of-the-state addresses, on national broadcasts, in multiple interviews and as recently as a September campaign debate. That’s the one where he inherited a measly $876 in the treasury and through his amazing governance converted it into a $500 million surplus in two years.

"Complete hokum. Money was flowing into the state treasury when Brownback took office in January 2011 because his predecessor, Democrat Mark Parkinson, signed into law a one-cent sales tax increase to rescue Kansas from the devastating effects of the 2008 recession. The state had $251 million in its bank account when Brownback was sworn in, and the revenue flow was strong until his income tax cuts kicked in..." (For more, go here --> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article2915118.html)

But where are the other lies and the lying liars who tell them? First, there's the gang over at Faux Snooze...





Even though other countries know them for what they are...



Then there are the Sheeplets with this tired old lie...




Then there's this liar...



But let's face it, they ALL lie...



Because they can't help it, even the ones who want to live in our White House.



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We know that the Cons lie every single time they open there mouths, but why DO they lie?  Because they have to.

If the Conservative "philosophy" was really about responsibility and all those rightwing Christian values they wouldn't have to lie.  But that's not what Conservatism is all about.

It's all about representing the greediest and wealthiest among us, eliminating the middle class, and destroying the poor -- everything else is smoke and mirrors.

Maybe there oughta be a law?


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"I have no skeletons in my closet."

Sen. David Vitter, speaking to the Louisiana Family Forum during his 2004 Senate race.
He won, but later confessed to frequenting prostitutes.

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