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Fox Friend: Russiagate Is A Scam Perpetrated By The 'Democrat Media Complex'

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:30
 Russiagate Is A Scam Perpetrated By The 'Democrat Media Complex'

Now more than ever, it appears that Fox News isn't even trying to convince viewers of the 'veracity' of their fantastical accounts of reality. Ever since Ailes cashed in his chips and has relocated to become Nixon's new roommate in Hell, are they surrendering?

Today's Fox and Friends-Dan Bongino interview feebly and unsuccessfully attempted to refute Russiagate. Fox 'News' thought it was a good idea to pick the brain of Bongino, an ex-Secret Service agent with a history of hatred for Hillary Clinton, to dispel the deluge of evidence against Trump? He was practically waving a white flag of surrender!

Does the Fox Brass believe that, perhaps, enough time has elapsed since this profanity-laced drama with a Florida POLITICO reporter who covered Bongino's Congressional race? (CAUTION: The link contains some serious NSFW language). As their benefactor @RealDonaldTrump would say, SAD!

DOOCY: ...It seems like everybody is simply talking about Russia, Russia, Russia! And now, Time Magazine, which was 'once' one of America's great weeklies, has got a cover of the White House merging with St. Basil's Cathedral, as if Russia is taking over the White House! (Clutches his pearls). What do you think about that?

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We Have Ignition!

Balloon Juice - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:20

Despite Adam’s attempts to jinx me, I picked up the car this afternoon and there were no problems. Pretty seamless all the way around. The Subaru broke down Wednesday, they called me and gave me the details on the repair costs and likelihood of success, Thursday morning, that afternoon I went and test drove it, put down the down payment Friday, and picked it up today. I’d spent the last couple months researching CRV’s and Lexuses, so when the CRV was available in that shapoe and with that mileage, it was a no brainer.

Mom took me down to pick it up, and afterwards I treated her to lunch at Avenue Eats in Wheeling (I think David Anderson went there once on my recommendation), and while there took some pictures for my sister which I will now share with you:

This is the first car I have ever had with bluetooth (I had to play itunes through one of those shit fm transmitters in the Subaru), and the CRV has this nice seven speaker system and sounds great, so that is a real plus. Mileage is really good and it rides well, and I don’t miss the HP the Subaru

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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—messaging 101

Daily Kos - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:16

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide.

This week the focus is on your messaging. If you’ve been through any Democratic guided campaign program, you’ve heard a lot about the three C’s: Connect, Contrast, Compel. The concept of connecting with an audience, contrasting with and audience, and compelling action makes up the backbone of most Democratic training surrounding how your campaign or party handles messaging.

Many candidates, though, struggle before they even get to the point of utilizing those steps. This week, we’re going to talk about how to build a starting point for your campaign messaging.

If you have been through programs by organizations like Wellstone, DFA or others, you may associate messaging 101 with understanding the message box or shaping your message. The truth is, most candidates have their messaging strategy fall apart long before because the real basics of how to make your message work for you and not against you are not in place.

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Possible Radioactive Leak Investigated At Washington Nuclear Site

Slashdot - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:14
Authorities are investigating radioactive material found on a worker's clothing one week after a tunnel collapse at the waste nuclear waste site in the state of Washington. Around 7 p.m. Thursday, Washington River Protection Solutions, a government contractor contractor in charge of all 177 underground storage tanks at the nuclear site. detected high radiation readings on a robotic device that seven workers were pulling out of a tank. Then, contamination was also discovered on the clothing of one worker -- on one shoe, on his shirt and on his pants in the knee area. "Radiological monitoring showed contamination on the unit that was three times the planned limit. Workers immediately stopped working and exited the area according to procedure," said Rob Roxburgh, deputy manager of WRPS Communications & Public Relations said to KING-TV. Using leak-detection instruments, WRPS said it did not find liquid escaping the tank. "Everybody was freaked, shocked, surprised," said a veteran worker, who was in direct contact with crew members. "[The contamination] was not expected. They're not supposed to find contamination in the annulus [safety perimeter] of the double shell tanks." Washington's attorney general, urging a federal clean-up of the site, insists "This isn't the first potential leak and it won't be the last."

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CNN investigative team: Rightist Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized 47 times in his master's thesis

Daily Kos - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:45

Investigative reporters at CNN are calling Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. a plagiarist after examining his master’s thesis written about U.S. security to earn his degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. They said they found 47 instances when Clarke failed to properly attribute the sources of verbatim quotations. Clarke announced this week that he will be joining the Trump regime as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. The thesis is titled "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible."

Clarke is known for his alignment with Pr*sident Donald Trump, tough talk, disgust with dissent, and over-the-top characterizations of people he disagrees with, including Black Lives Matter and anyone to the left of Genghis Khan.

Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott, all part of the so-called K-File team that CNN purloined from Buzzfeed last October, reported:

In all instances reviewed by CNN's KFile, Clarke lifts language from sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim.

According to guidelines on plagiarism posted on the Naval Postgraduate School's website, "If a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks (or, if it is a longer passage, presented as indented text), and followed by a properly formulated citation. The length of the phrase does not matter. If someone else's words are sufficiently significant to be worth quoting, then accurate quotation followed by a correct citation is essential, even if only a few words are involved."

The school's honor code defines plagiarism as "submitting material that in part or whole is not one's own work without proper attribution. Plagiarism is further defined as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person's original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research, strategies, writing or other form(s)."

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John Dryden

Quote of the day - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:33
"Boldness is a mask for fear, however great."
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Robert Browning

Love quote of the day - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:33
"So, fall asleep love, loved by me... for I know love, I am loved by thee."
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This week in science: chaos theory has nothing on this week!

Daily Kos - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:01

Rumors have been swirling that workers in Tesla’s various factories are so into their jobs that they are overworking themselves or otherwise risking their health. This week some of those rumors gelled into published articles:

The appetite for Musk’s electric cars, and his promise to disrupt the carbon-reliant automobile industry, has helped Tesla’s value exceed that of both Ford and, briefly, General Motors (GM). But some of the human workers who share the factory with their robotic counterparts complain of grueling pressure – which they attribute to Musk’s aggressive production goals – and sometimes life-changing injuries.

Ambulances have been called more than 100 times since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.

  • The long-awaited Alien: Covenant is coming to theatre near you this week, Wiki plot spoiler here. And speaking of xenomorphic slasher thrillers, I’ve been saying for year, there’s an incredibly well-written book called Blindsight by Peter Watts that is a hard sci-fi, first-contact, thought-provoking horror tale—costarring scientifically plausible vampire savants—just aching to be made into a movie.
  • John Oliver notes that American health care is like paying for a loaded Lamborghini and getting a donkey on roller skates, then reviews the science, policy, and profit behind lifesaving dialysis.
  • Research shows the dino-killer asteroid that changed the course of natural history so dramatically over 65 million years ago hit in about the worst place it could.

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A History Lesson From Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers: "The Black Rats of London"

Little Green Footballs - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:44

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing "Black Rats Of London" on September 28, 2016 in Portland, OR. Enjoy downloads from other live shows at http://brucehornsbylive.com/ and view upcoming tour dates at http://www.brucehornsby.com/tour

In our beautiful pursuit of manifest destiny
We give ourselves great credit, we thank the Good Lord so earnestly
But something's been omitted by the writers of history
Now stand up all unsung heroes who made this world for you and me

Night crawlers cleared the forests of seedlings, nuts and leaves
And everything everywhere dried up and the natives got the dry heaves
Mosquitoes brought malaria and bees brought their hives
And the Indians got less scarier with yellow skin and eyes

Hoorah, hooray, the black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let's raise a glass so thankfully

Hail, hail, hooray, the black rats of London
Made the long treacherous passage to
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you, a gift to you

Parasites decimated the red army of Cornwallis and his flock
Standing weakly on Yorktown battlefield with measles and small pox
Horses, hogs, chickens and dogs and John Rolfe's prized worms
Divine intervention, bacterial strains from imported English dirt

Hoorah, hooray, the black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let's raise a glass so thankfully

Hail, hail, hooray, the black rats of London
Made the long treacherous passage to
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you

Natural juices, yes a gift to you
Hoorah, hooray, hoorah, hooray
Hail, hail, hooray, hoorah, hooray, ray, ray, ray

Hoorah, hooray, the black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let's raise a glass so thankfully

Hail, hail, hooray, the black rats of London
They made the long treacherous passage to
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you

The black rats of London
They crossed the sea for you and me
Let's raise a glass so thankfully

Hail, hooray, the black rats of London
Made the long treacherous passage to
Spread their natural juices, a gift to you, yes a gift to you

Pat yourself on the back, you did a great job
And the black rats of London made such a glorious, vicious mob
Sorry Renee it's just not true, parameciums have feelings too

Where were the black rats when we needed them the most?
There were slave owners to infect
And the Joe Mengeles of the American West

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New Evidence of a Decline In Electricity Use By U.S. Households

Slashdot - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:09
There's some surprising news from the Energy Institute at the University of California's business school. America's households are using less electricity than they did five years ago. So what is different? Energy-efficient lighting. Over 450 million LEDs have been installed to date in the United States, up from less than half a million in 2009, and nearly 70% of Americans have purchased at least one LED bulb. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are even more common, with 70%+ of households owning some CFLs. All told, energy-efficient lighting now accounts for 80% of all U.S. lighting sales. It is no surprise that LEDs have become so popular. LED prices have fallen 94% since 2008, and a 60-watt equivalent LED lightbulb can now be purchased for about $2. LEDs use 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, are much more durable, and work in a wide-range of indoor and outdoor settings. "I would add LED TVs replacing LCD, Plasma and CRTs," writes Slashdot reader schwit1.

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This week in the war on workers: 40,000 AT&T workers strike for a fair contract

Daily Kos - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:55

Friday afternoon, 40,000 AT&T workers in 36 states launched a three-day strike as part of their fight for a fair contract. David Bacon offered some background leading up to the strike:

AT&T has proposed to cut sick time and force long-time workers to pay hundreds of dollars more for basic healthcare, according to CWA. At a huge April rally in Silicon Valley, CWA District 9 vice president Tom Runnion fumed, "The CEO of AT&T just got a raise and now makes over $12,000 an hour. And he doesn't want to give us a raise. He wants to sabotage our healthcare then wants us to pay more for it. Enough is enough!" [...]

The relocation of jobs to call centers in Mexico, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and other countries is one of the main issues in negotiations. A recent CWA report charges that in the Dominican Republic, for instance, where it uses subcontractors, wages are $2.13-$2.77/hour. Workers have been trying to organize a union there and accuse management of firing union leaders and making threats, accusations and intimidating workers. Several members of Congress sent a letter to President Donald Trump this year demanding that he help protect and bring call center jobs back to the United States.

You can follow the strike on Twitter @UnityatMobility and you can find a picket line near you

Monday, May 22, 2017 · 6:07:28 PM +00:00 · Laura Clawson

Workers were back on the job Monday after the three-day strike, but they're not done fighting, as you can see in that video.

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What's The Real Scandal About The 2016 Election?

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:30

Melissa McEwan, who's blogged at Shakesville.com for years, puts her finger on the real scandal about the 2016 election in this twitterstorm:

The issue isn't just facts, but tone of coverage. Tone (eg treating Trump like entertainment) was an even bigger issue during GOP primary.

I don't know why the people who ignored the facts would have changed their mind because you gave them more facts.

Don't forget there was a very long time when there were virtually zero deep dives on Trump, because he wasn't taken seriously as a candidate If we'd seen this sort of serious coverage of Trump even before the general, he might not have been the Republican nominee in the 1st place.

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Open Thread: Bring on the Very, Very Tiny Violins

Balloon Juice - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:22

You knew what he was when you signed up to work for him!

From the Washington Post, in its role as the paper for a company town whose monopoly industry is politics — “The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump“:

Some White House staffers have turned to impeachment gallows humor. Other mid-level aides have started contacting consultants, shopping their résumés. And at least one senior staffer has begun privately talking to friends about what a post-White House job would look like, according to two people close to the staffer…

…[Trump’s] team is growing increasingly weary. Privately they say that the problem is not an incompetent communications shop, as the president sometimes gripes, or an ineffectual chief of staff, as friends and outside operatives repeatedly warn, but the man in the Oval Office, whose preferred management style is one of competing factions and organized chaos…

One Republican operative in frequent contact with White House officials described them as “going through the stages of grief.” Another said some aides have “moved to angry,” frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but in recent days has publicly tarnished the credibility of his team by sending them out with one message — only to personally undercut it later with a contradictory tweet or public comment.

And a third said that others are sticking around purely for self-interest, hoping to juice their future earning potential. This Republican added that any savvy White House staffer should be keeping a diary. “The real question is, how long do you put up with it?” this person said. “Every one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.”…

Are there no Koch-fueled conservative ‘think’ tanks? Are there no Mercer-paid ‘study groups’?
 
Take the word of Rick Wilson, “Republican political consultant for almost 30 years” — “If you work for Trump, it’s time to quit“:

Whether you’re a 20-something fresh off the campaign trail, or a seasoned Washington insider serving in the Cabinet, by now you’re painfully aware that you’re not making America great again; you’re barely making it to the end of the daily news cycle before your verbally incontinent boss, the putative leader of the free world, once again steers the proverbial car into a ditch. On every front, you’re faced with legal, political and moral hazards. The president’s job, and yours, is a lot harder than it looked, and you know the problem originates in the Oval Office…

You learned quickly that your job isn’t actually to serve the nation, manage your agency or fulfill the role you ostensibly play according to the White House org chart. In reality, you spend most of your time fluffing Trump’s ego. Either that or you’re making excuses for not being a more aggressive suck-up. If you’ve been ordained to appear on television as an administration surrogate, you know by now that your task isn’t to advocate for your agency or issue, but to lavish the president with praise…

You already know you can’t save the president because he doesn’t want to be saved. You already know there’s not another, better version of Trump getting ready to show up. You’re smart. You’re loyal. You’re sniffing the wind like a gazelle, nose filled with the scents of predators. You don’t want to break from the pack too soon, but there’s greater risk in waiting too long…

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Spotlight on green news & views: Cutting the federal renewables budget; Antarctica heating up

Daily Kos - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:01

This is the 499th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the May 13 Green Spotlight. More than 26,910 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—What’s it Mean to be Virtue Signalling? Probably Means You Aren’t Awful: “We can’t even keep up with all the scandals coming out of the Trump administration right now, so we’re going to take this time to discuss a phrase that you may have been trolled with: virtue signalling. It’s the idea of ‘you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk’ rebooted for the alt right and others who need to disguise their trolling as intelligent discourse. The climate debate is increasingly seeing accusations of virtue signalling. Last year, an Investor’s Business Daily editorial decried Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change speech at the UN as empty virtue signalling, rather than an example of putting star power to good use. In a similar vein, the Paris Agreement, according to deniers, isn’t a laudable effort to get almost 200 different nations on the same page on the need to reduce emissions, but instead is just a virtue-signalling farce. (If it’s such a farce, why all the pressure for Trump to leave?)This rhetorical tool allows the user to write off any argument or action to solve a problem as meaningless virtue signalling. WUWT labels most climate action and policies as meaningless virtue-signalling, from fossil fuel divestment to energy efficient light bulbs.”

Food and Water Watch writes—Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters: (By Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch; and Donald Cohen, Executive Director of In the Public Interest.) We’ve all heard the statistics about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and agree it needs to be fixed—the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates we need to invest $4 trillion in our infrastructure across the country. But what’s still up for debate is how improvements will be financed and who will be in control—the public, or corporations and big banks? It’s an important distinction—privatized infrastructure projects have a troubling track record. [...] But there are alternatives to privatization. The American public is willing to pay for improvements to make their communities stronger and safer. Last November, voters approved hundreds of local and state bond measures to bolster public schools, transit and water systems. Residents of California’s Alameda County approved $580 million in municipal bonds to provide affordable housing. A large majority of Los Angeles voters approved a permanent sales tax increase to fund a major public transit expansion.”

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New SMB Worm Uses Seven NSA Hacking Tools. WannaCry Used Just Two

Slashdot - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:59
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have detected a new worm that is spreading via SMB, but unlike the worm component of the WannaCry ransomware, this one is using seven NSA tools instead of two. Named EternalRocks, the worm seems to be in a phase where it is infecting victims and building its botnet, but not delivering any malware payload. EternalRocks is far more complex than WannaCry's SMB worm. For starters, it uses a delayed installation process that waits 24 hours before completing the install, as a way to evade sandbox environments. Further, the worm also uses the exact same filenames as WannaCry in an attempt to fool researchers of its true origin, a reason why the worm has evaded researchers almost all week, despite the attention WannaCry payloads have received. Last but not least, the worm does not have a killswitch domain, which means the worm can't be stopped unless its author desires so. Because of the way it was designed, it is trivial for the worm's owner to deliver any type of malware to any of the infected computers. Unfortunately, because of the way he used the DOUBLEPULSAR implant, one of the seven NSA hacking tools, other attackers can hijack its botnet and deliver their own malware as well. IOCs are available in a GitHub repo. Ars Technica quotes security researchers who say "there are at least three different groups that have been leveraging the NSA exploit to infect enterprise networks since late April... These attacks demonstrate that many endpoints may still be compromised despite having installed the latest security patch."

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We Go Now to Breaking Coverage of the Dealership Preparing Cole’s New Car for Pickup

Balloon Juice - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:41

Open thread!

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Ecuador 'did its duty' by giving Assange asylum, Correa says

Ecuador news - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:41

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. QUITO: Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that his country had "done its duty" by granting asylum in 2012 to Julian Assange, and said he was glad Sweden had closed its rape case against the WikiLeaks founder.

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Patti LuPone Speaks To Our Collective Trump Frustration

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:08
Patti LuPone Speaks To Our Collective Trump Frustration

Broadway Diva, Tony Award winner and American icon Patti LuPone is as dumbstruck as the rest of us over whom is 'leading' this country. What the hell has happened to this great nation? Apparently the worst person on Earth: Donald J. Trump.

LuPone appeared as a guest on Show People With Paul Wontorek. She was asked her opinion on several matters, and the conversation moved to the unpleasant fact that reality television is the biggest influence in our society. This is the new America,
dumbed down by years of Republican anti-intellectualism and the total devaluation of culture and the arts.

Patti really despises the true afterbirth of reality television, who has somehow been installed as our POTUS and she's doesn't hold back. She admits what he's done recently with regards to Russia is tantamount to treason. She doesn't even hesitate to drop the F-bomb, several times and it's likely something you too may have said. Then she pauses and asks some damn good questions.


WHY are we not doing anything about it?

Why is it taking so long?

What the F*CK is going on in this country?

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Impeachment Now

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:00
Impeachment Now

"History on Hyperdrive."

- Presidential biographer Jon Meacham on MSNBC this past Thursday, describing our current domestic political environment.

If he's right, the speed at which new allegations, admissions, and revelations enter the daily news stream, coupled with the velocity at which modern information technology disseminates them, might actually accelerate the arc over which this madness ends, for better or worse. With any luck, we'll move quickly toward impeachment and removal of Donald Trump.

On May 9, Trump fired James Comey, the Director of the FBI, purportedly on the basis of recommendations made to him by Jeff Sessions, the Recused-But-Maybe-Not-Actually-Recused Attorney General, and Rod Rosenstein, the Apparently-Complicit-But-Maybe-Not-Actually-Complicit-And-Now-Maybe-Really-Angry Deputy Attorney General/Acting Attorney General.

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EU Passes 'Content Portability' Rules Banning Geofencing

Slashdot - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:54
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament has passed draft rules mandating 'content portability', i.e. the ability to take your purchased content and services across borders within the EU. Freedom of movement rules, which allow EU citizens to live and work anywhere in the EU, require that the individual is able to take their life with them -- family, property, and services. Under the new rules, someone who pays for Netflix or BBC iPlayer and then moves to another EU country will retain access to those services and the same content they had previously. Separately, rules to prevent geofencing of content within the EU entirely are also moving forward.

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