I’ve Been Busy Open Thread

Sorry about not much posting of late – but I’ve got a lot on my plate! Got the 2nd draft of the novel done and off to be reviewed by a publisher. We’ll see how that goes. Have I mentioned the title? Mirrors, it will be. I’m writing up the outline of Book II…prospectively to be titled Secrets. I’ve also started some research on another political book, and came up with a smashing idea for a science fiction book series. In addition, lots of other things going on in the personal life: all good, but taking a lot of time.

So, what have you guys been up to?

The American economy is now the most competitive in the world, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Center. The bottom line is that tax and regulatory reform is freeing up our economy after 8 years of Obama shackles. I think we’re about to have a boom like that of the early 80’s, and maybe a lot better.

I got on Gab back in November, but really didn’t do too much with it until recently. Just be prepared to mute one heck of a lot of Nazis…but once you’ve got that done, you’ve got a platform like Twitter was before the SJW’s took over. You can find me listed under @Mark_Noonan. I’ve also joined the Ace of Spades Moron Horde…which is already beating most Twitter for fun, and looks to become ever better. You can actually speak your mind there without worrying about some snowflake taking offense and getting all huffy.

Don Surber points out that the Republicans just might not blow it. Of course, give them time! But, seriously, things are flowing the GOP’s way, mostly because of Trump. The anti-Trump element in the GOP is still there, but I think if the GOP comes out on top this November, that will pretty much end it. The GOP will learn that Conservatism tinged with full-throated patriotism, disdain for Political Correctness and making a few bows to Populism is the way to go.

Byron York neatly encapsulates the entire Mueller Probe.

Have you heard of Tommy Robinson? I have – though I don’t know too much about him. Fundamentally, I don’t care about him, as a person. Lots of people – everyone on the left, but with some hand-wringing Fredocons as well – hate him; but that isn’t important. What is important is that he’s in a British jail, apparently for the crime of reporting about a trial the British government would rather keep quiet. There’s not much we can do about Britain – the so-called “Conservative” government there just congratulated Ireland for voting in favor of abortion – but the object lesson should sink in: what is going on in Britain is precisely what the Left wants to do here.

As regards that Irish vote – seems that only about 1/3 of the Irish remain Christian. The whole program of Irish independence has been shown to be a waste of time. Why be independent from Britain when you’re just going to go on and do what they do? The problem with Europe is that they seem to want to die.

Coverage of President Trump’s Memorial Day speech. He’s really starting to get this whole Presidenting thing.

37 thoughts on “I’ve Been Busy Open Thread

  1. Cluster May 29, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I like to think if it as “confrontational conservatism – Alinsky style”. It took the leadership of a life long East Cost Democrat who grew up on the streets of NY and in the unforgiving industry of commercial real estate to show us all how to stand up and fight back against the well entrenched leftist establishment. Trump risked his reputation, his wealth, and his life to take on this challenge and all conservatives owe him a debt of gratitude. He is undaunted in the face of relentless attacks and criticism and that resolve is now trickling down to people like the Mayor of San Diego who came out in opposition to California’s sanctuary policies, and to people like Kanye West who recently stated that “blacks don’t have to be Democrats”.

    The left is losing their authoritarian grip on the plantation they spent the last 50 years building – and they’re not happy.

    This just in though from MSNBC and Joe Scarborough – “if you stay at a Trump Hotel, you are essentially trying to curry favor with the POTUS.”

  2. Cluster May 29, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    ABC has canceled Roseanne over insensitive remarks, but everyone should know that Joy Behar still has her job with ABC.

    • Amazona May 29, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      I don’t understand why it’s Roseanne’s fault Valerie Jarrett thinks she (Val) looks like an ape.

      These morons don’t understand that when they freak out over any reference to apes or monkeys and call it racist, THEY are the ones saying black people look like apes or monkeys. Some do. So does Clint Howard. So?

      • Cluster May 30, 2018 / 8:05 am

        I never watched the show – the new one or the older one but the double standard is still something we need to fight back against. And of course Morning Joe is aghast and spending a lot of time on it, but I have yet to hear a segment on Farrakhan’s call for “an end to white people”

        Evidently, white people are superior and our criticism is debilitating. I can’t think of any other reason.

      • M. Noonan May 30, 2018 / 3:32 pm

        The amazing rapidity with which her show was cancelled and her older shows pulled from the air indicates to me that they were just waiting for their excuse. The Tweet in question is in no way racist…but, it was said to be and that was all it took. I’ve never been a fan of Roseanne, but I was furious at the people on the right who joined with the social justice mob against her. I can only ascribe it to cowardice…this was their way to, in their minds, build up some “I’m not a racist” street cred…you know, go after Roseanne so they can say in the future, “hey, I went after Roseanne!”. As if that will save them. I’m afraid I offended some people I had been friendly with in the past…but I don’t care. The broad definition of racism wasn’t created to get rid of racism, but to get rid of anyone who dissents from the left. And I am furious that idiots can’t see that…

      • Amazona May 30, 2018 / 7:15 pm

        Bob says his new brother-in-law is as ugly as an ape.
        Sheila asks him why he hates black people.
        Sandra says when she goes to the zoo she avoids the primate section because it smells so bad.
        Gina says Sandra is insulting black people.
        Bill comments that his toddler is so active he ls like a little monkey and Gene says that is a racially insensitive thing to say.
        Mary tells John that he is no smarter than an ape, and Steve reports her for making racist remarks about black people.
        Sally says she doesn’t think William Macy is very attractive because he looks like he is half ape. Georgia screams that Sally is a vile racist bitch who hates all black people.
        So—who are the racists?
        The interminably outraged Left would say Bob, Sandra, Bill, Mary and Sally—after all, they all talked about apes or monkeys in ways that could be seen as negative.

        But what about the people who hear “ape” or even “monkey” and automatically think of black people? Aren’t THEY the ones with the ugly stereotype in their hearts and minds? Aren’t THEY the ones who mentally link apes with blacks? Bob and Sandra and Bill and Mary and Sally never said a thing about race, but the other five had knee-jerk reactions that any reference to any ape or monkey had to be about black people.

        Yet now the narrative that Roseanne made a “racist” comment is carved in stone—-that is, carved into the minds of the Left and the lemmings—-and will never be erased.

        Score another point for propaganda

      • Amazona May 30, 2018 / 8:32 pm

        But the whole “going after” meme is the strategy of the Left right now. Dem hopefuls in Colorado are all “going after” the NRA. Yes, the NRA. There is posturing about going after the NRA, there is bragging about “standing up” to the NRA. The NRA is the new target in town, followed closely by Trump (though that is wearing a little thin as attack after attack is proved to be hollow and, let’s face it, stupid) and I predict this will be the tone of all the races across the country.

        We need a string of billboards across the country, with two columns: One for the number of deaths attributable to the NRA and one for the deaths caused by Planned Parenthood. Get those numbers up there! Better yet, have electronic billboards so the death rate of the PP is constantly being updated. Add another column for black babies killed by PP. Another theme that should be pounded into the heads of the masses is that of who spends the most money in lobbying, and who gets money back from the government due to the lobbying. If the Left has decided to target a specific private enterprise as the devil, as the source of all that is evil, they are saying that targeting specific agencies or groups is just fine, so let’s go at it. They are opening up a can of worms here, and I hope someone is smart enough and tough enough to take advantage of it.

      • Retired Spook May 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

        Not that we NEED another example of the double standard between what Leftists are “allowed” to say and write vs. Conservatives, but this is about as glaring an example as I’ve seen recently. And I’m not defending Roseanne. Like Cluster, I never watched the original or the new one either.

      • Cluster May 31, 2018 / 8:13 am

        George W Bush was regularly compared to being a chimpanzee …..

        Why wasn’t that racist?

      • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 11:57 am

        In 2016, Wanda Sykes said, “We elected an orangutan to run the country.”

        Wanda Sykes is black. Was she insulting all black people by comparing them to Donald Trump?

        BTW, she is also one of those vicious pseudo-comedians whose “comedy” depends on hate expressed with an absolutely filthy mouth.

  3. Cluster May 30, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Thank God we are finally getting serious about prison reform:

    After months of back-channel talks between Kim Kardashian and Jared Kushner, the high priestess of reality television is coming to the White House. Before four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, Secret Service agents will wave Kardashian and her attorney through the southwest appointment gate to the West Wing, where they will meet Kushner to discuss prison reform before he walks with them to sit down with President Donald Trump, likely in the Oval Office.

    I can’t think of anyone more qualified than Kim Kardashian to address prison reform

    • M. Noonan May 30, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      That bit is absurd…but anyone from that camp moving Trump’s way can eventually lead to a cascade of people willing to rethink who their political friends are.

    • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      I think a lot of people have good ideas and am happy to see that the president is not locked into that mindset that everything has to come from politicians.

      It’s also a wise move, politically, to establish a public persona of respecting people from all aspects of American life and culture. For reasons that absolutely baffle me, a lot of people are impressed by the Kardashians, and if developing a public relationship with them helps get some of a certain demographic to rethink their knee-jerk positions, that would be a good thing.

      The Left has done a brilliant job of dividing this country, and then fomenting distrust and dislike, if not outright hatred, among the different groups they have created, I am all for anything that starts the process of dissolving those invented boundaries and getting us back to the concept that we are all Americans, in this together.

  4. Cluster May 30, 2018 / 8:25 am

    This is HILARIOUS. Last night MSNBC hosted a show called “Everyday Racism” hahahahaha, I can’t say that without laughing


    And according to one of the liberal panelists – this is what white people want:

    And now their children and grandchildren are saying, “oh, the suburbs, there’s only so many Olive Gardens I can go to. So I need to go back to the city and get my life in the city. But when I do that, I need to have my hot yoga studio and my pottery studio and my stuff represented and if you intrude on that, I will then call the police.”

    And below is one “Reverend” Sharpton’s more loving tolerant quote from years past:

    “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house,” Al Sharpton

    My heart is warmed by such quality people with so much love and compassion

  5. Cluster May 30, 2018 / 8:30 am

    And not to be outdone, Eddie Glaude lashes out again:

    “We could talk about the politics, we could talk about what’s happening in the White House and folks who complicit with it. But for a lot of black folk in this country, it seems as if, in a generality, white people have lost their damn minds and we have to raise our children in the midst of this,”

    I didn’t know black fathers actually raised their children. Now that’s news !!!!

  6. Cluster May 30, 2018 / 11:22 am

    So just heard on MSNBC in re: to Roseann …. it was mentioned that she was “an employee” of ABC and that the employer has the right to establish norms of conduct and can terminate the employment if those norms are violated ….

    Why does that same principle not apply to the NFL?

  7. Retired Spook May 30, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I wonder what the reaction would have been if she’d tweeted, “if a Muslim Brotherhood member and a Marxist had a baby…..”

    • Amazona May 30, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      I don’t know the details of the reaction, but I can bet it would be OUTRAGE.

      And she would be fired.

  8. Cluster May 31, 2018 / 8:09 am

    And then there was this on CNN yesterday:

    Michaela Angela Davis, a “cultural critic,” said during a CNN interview Wednesday morning that she believes everyone who voted for President Donald Trump is racist.

    You’re all RACISTS!!

    And then it struck me that no one stepped up to defend Sarah Huckabee Sanders when liberal Michelle Wolf viciously attacked her appearance. And nothing happened to Michelle Wolf, other than being invited on the media shows to be celebrated …… and now you know why we have such disdain for the left.


    • Amazona May 31, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I define “bigotry” as the assignment of a negative characteristic to a large group of people, based on things like religion, skin color. education, or political affiliation.

      So when I hear someone say “ALL so-and-so are like —–” I immediately know the speaker is a bigot. Period. Pick a demographic—Catholics, Southerners, Republicans, high school dropouts, people who drive electric cars—–and if you damn all of them as a group you are a bigot.

      I admit to a certain degree of bigotry when it comes to the Left, but I base that on a combination of study of the history of the Left and its tactics and on observation of the Leftists who represent the Left in our media. Because I don’t think that everyone who supports the Leftist agendas and political system is a vile person, I don’t damn all who do, but when someone steps up and screams in my face “Put me in that category and do it NOW” I do.

      So it is hard cold bigotry to say all who voted for Trump are racists, just as it is hard cold bigotry to say that all Republicans are motivated only by money (as I was once told) or any other “all”. It is hard cold bigotry to say all white people are bad, just as it would be to say all people of any other race are bad.

      I think there are probably a lot of people who harbor a little bias against some group, thinking that people in this group are a little lazier, for example, or a little more likely to be dishonest. These are biases based, for the most part, on personal experiences which have been expanded to at least possibly apply to the larger demographic. But I have never seen any group so proud of its ardent, carefully nurtured, detailed bigotry, so eager to flaunt it, so happy to scream it from the rooftops, so motivated to screech at every opportunity I AM A HATE-DRIVEN IRRATIONAL BIGOT AND PROUD OF IT !!! as the modern radical Leftist.

      • Cluster June 1, 2018 / 8:00 am


  9. Cluster May 31, 2018 / 8:40 am

    And we haven’t heard much from this ignorant bitch for a while but here’s Kirsten Powers:

    CNN political commentator and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers wore her disdain for Trump supporters and middle America on her sleeve during Wednesday night’s Anderson Cooper 360, as she berated them and President Trump for playing the victim.

    “And I’m also not surprised, frankly, that he has turned this into a grievance because that’s what he does and that’s what a lot of his voters like,” she bitterly spat. “[T]o be in this state of perpetual grievance that they have it so hard, even though none of those things that he mentioned comes anywhere near close to what Roseanne Barr did to Valerie Jarrett.”

    We’re not victims honey. We’re just shoving your sh*t right back in your face and you’re not liking it. Liberals are use to conservatives backing down and cowering in the face of criticism. NO MORE.

    Take your racism and shove it

    • Amazona May 31, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Roseanne Barr made a snide comment about the features of Valerie Jarrett. She did not mention race, or even imply a racial component to her comment. If anything, she linked Jarrett to Islamic radicals, not to black people.

      Once you remove the jagged splinter of alleged racism shoved into the comment by the hate-driven Left and twisted to draw all the blood possible, all that is left is a snotty and rude comment about someone’s appearance. As if this is not a major component of Leftist commentary about people on the Right.

      Nice? No. Rude? Yes. Poorly thought out? Absolutely. But its biggest flaw was that it touched upon the borders of an area staked out by the Left, which is comparing black people to apes and monkeys, and allowed the howling mob to rush in with its screeching, its accusations, and its hatred.

      I can’t remember anyone but a Lefty assuming that an ape looks like a black person. Yet once they invented this ugly concept they have projected onto every single conservative who says anything at all about any primate.

      I find it unforgivably vile and vicious, even for the Left, and that’s saying something.

  10. Cluster June 1, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy …..

    The setback for Mr. Avenatti—who after the hearing appeared on at least four cable-news television shows—represented the latest in a string of blows for the celebrity lawyer, who has become a hero for many eagerly pressing for Mr. Trump’s downfall.

    On a single day last week his law firm, Eagan Avenatti LLP, and a company he started were hit with back-to-back court judgments ordering them to repay millions of dollars in outstanding debts. In the past year alone, more than a dozen creditors—including a former colleague, a law firm and former landlords—have gone to court to collect millions of dollars more in debts they allege are owed them by Mr. Avenatti, his law practice or his corporate entities. Most of these cases remain open.


  11. Cluster June 1, 2018 / 8:47 am

    And more information on the Awan family – which is of course going completely unnoticed by our media:

    Investigators say the alleged congressional fraud may extend to millions of dollars. The FBI is in possession of hundreds of “Suspicious Activity Reports” detailing unusual transfers from Imran’s bank accounts, officials said…………..“This is a national security issue… He should have been locked up in jail a long time ago with all his family members,” Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, told TheDCNF after it briefed him on the latest findings. “Anybody that’s hiding assets by buying gold bars and trying to get people to set up LLCs, who knows what else is going on. If he’s going to those lengths there are a lot of assets here,” he said. “How much of this do [prosecutors] know? They should.”


  12. Retired Spook June 1, 2018 / 10:41 am

    I love it that the Left has ripped off its collective mask. In fact it’s almost become a contest to see who can do it the fastest and with the greatest flourish. They are either incredibly stupid or incredibly over-confident — either works for me. And I’m delighted when left-wing comedians engage in this kind of despicable rhetoric. Every time they do it it probably adds 100,000 votes to Republicans margin of victory in November.

    • Amazona June 1, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      saw a crude comment by Sally Field, supporting Samantha Bee and using the c-word several times. She came off as demented, though clearly trying to get cred with the New Left females—the ones who march around dressed as genitals, brag in screeching speeches about being “dirty girls”, think it’s darling to use the c-word and demand not only the ability to butcher their innocent children but respect for doing so. The men on the Left are stupid, but the women add a whole new dimension to reprehensible behavior. If I had been voting Dem, after the past couple of years I would run for the door to avoid being linked with any of these crude, rude, foul-mouthed harridans.

      Somewhere recently I saw something about Bee, who is a Canadian, saying that her family back home is so worried about her living in the belly of the beast they are afraid she will get shot or something—-her father actually sent her a bullet-proof vest. I laughed out loud when I read this, as she is part of the problem, feeding the frenzy of hatred and emotional violence her family then postures as finding upsetting.

  13. Retired Spook June 1, 2018 / 11:37 am

    I’m thinking seriously of just memorizing this entire article to use every time I get in a discussion with a Liberal.

    I don’t argue with liberals for several reasons, including the fact that as a trial lawyer I argue for a living so I expect to be paid for it, and the fact that I really don’t care what liberals think enough to try to change their minds. When I deal with them on Twitter and other social media, I just want to defeat them as I demonstrate to fellow conservatives that it’s okay to fight back. But some of you do argue with liberals, though I don’t get why. See, liberals don’t argue either, mostly because they know no one else will buy the ideological garbage they are peddling. Instead of a reasoned position, they will inevitably offer a cheesy simulacrum of an argument that consists of the kind of hack ploys that would embarrass a shyster in a polyester leisure suit doing shaky rear-ender cases out of his 1992 Corolla parked down by the dump because he can’t afford a van down by the river.

    Liberals don’t argue in good faith because they can’t, and Normal people who don’t argue every day as part of their job often don’t see the argument grifts they are being side-swiped by. Normals are direct and honest folks, and often (though much less frequently than they used to since Normals began to get militant) they labor under the illusion that debates with liberals involve honest exchanges of facts and evidence that can lead people to change their minds. No. Liberal “argument’ is a bludgeon designed to beat you into submission with distraction and deception.

    On second thought, the only part that really needs to be memorized is the “pound sand” part.

    • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 11:48 am

      I think I have mentioned the time I ran into an old friend of a brother’s at another brother’s farm. I hadn’t seen this man for many years, and in the meantime he had become an airline pilot. In the course of catching up he mentioned that he had to be very careful about saying anything about his politics because the cockpit of an airliner over the Atlantic is a very bad place to have a big fight. When I asked what his political position was, and he told me, I said “Yeah, I know. Ask a Lefty what he thinks about immigration and his response is (yelling) GEORGE BUSH IS AN A**HOLE!”
      He got it right away, and we entertained ourselves for quite a while, with one of us asking a legitimate question and the other replying with a shouted ” GEORGE BUSH IS AN A**HOLE!”

      And that, my friends is what discussing politics with a Lefty is like.

      These days it is “You have to admit, those unemployment figures are pretty good” and the response is “He got spanked by a porn star and he has ugly hair and if you don’t hate him you are a racist”.

      So it has become a “why bother” response, and the only thing to do is keep on keeping on and get him reelected while building up a solid bench to step in after 2024.

  14. Amazona June 1, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    I’ve mostly been trying to deal with the battle between my body and cottonwood cotton, and so far I’ve been losing. Everywhere I go people are sneezy and weepy and miserable, and we have finally decided it must be the cottonwoods. But we had a breezy afternoon–maybe it all blew away.

    I’ve had a little more time to research things that should outrage me, and the newest is—-square dancing. Yep, folks, square dancing is inherently racist. It seems that some Lib with a really really good crystal ball went back in time and peeked into the brain of Henry Ford, and learned that he thought jazz would be the downfall of Western Civilization, which was the real reason he promoted square dancing at a resort he bought. Who knew?

    Evidently the Left knew, and have been fretting about it for quite some time. And now I know that “jazz” is a dog whistle for “black”, as well as knowing that Henry thought so.

    Indeed, as Eric Zorn wrote in 1990 for the Chicago Tribune, there’s nothing inherently wrong with square dancing—but there is something sinister about declaring it to be more valuable than any other form of dance.

    As innocuous as state-sponsored square dancing may seem, it’s just one of the many small ways that oppression has shaped the history and culture of the US. If Henry Ford hadn’t been a racist and anti-Semite who believed jazz would be the ruin of our country, square dancing would probably not be a state dance anywhere.


    That crystal ball is evidently still around, and getting quite a workout, as we have seen recently when it informed about 95% of the country that any reference to apes is an insult to all black people everywhere in the world. (While a crude and vulgar reference to a part of a woman’s anatomy is not an insult to every woman everywhere in the world—just, I guess, to women so equipped.) Then there is drooling babbling Sally Field, cackling “Don’t you dare call me old, you snot-nosed punk, I can be as foul-mouthed as any of those young c***ts out there taking all the good roles and leaving me stuck with Crazy Granny In Attic.”)

    So I have had to get rid of my Gorilla Glue, now that I know that using it is somehow an attack on all ethnicities with skin darker than mine. And because I nearly glow in the dark, that means pretty much everyone. I started a list of foods I can eat without committing Cultural Appropriation, but quit because the list was so short and so depressing. Seriously—–what’s exciting about German or Russian or Czech food? Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, beets. There’s always the Irish, and they have some pretty good whiskey and stout, but that might be offset by the soda bread. I already miss kung pau chicken. I’m dealing with quite a conundrum regarding my bird feeders. All the birds are either brown or black, except for some mulatto jays. Do I keep feeding them and perpetuating the cycle of dependence that is, after all, completely the fault of all white people? Or do I cut them off without a sunflower seed and prove that all white people are heartless and don’t care when the black and brown people/birds suffer?

    Spook is clearly going to have to change his nom du blog.

    And speaking of loopholes—and don’t we almost always end up speaking of loopholes?—-now the Attorney General of the great state of New York has announced that the theory of Double Jeopardy is a “loophole” allowing convicted criminals to be pardoned and not recharged, and she ain’t having none of that, no sirree. She’s promoting a NY bill that says if someone is convicted and then pardoned and they in New York decide the pardon was politically motivated they can go back and charge the same person again, with the same charges. A lawyer, an attorney general, thinks the state legislature can simply override a Constitutional protection, and is so proud of her brainstorm she’s posting it and promoting it.

    Damned loopholes.

    I’m not on Ambien but I’m definitely over the limit on Benadryl and Flonase, so if I’ve offended any micks or krauts or reds, tough.

    • Retired Spook June 2, 2018 / 9:57 am

      It’s sad that people let themselves be hijacked by the kind of nitwittery that you so hilariously parodied. OTOH, I’m still laughing. On a related note, Ari from Planet of the Apes really does look like Judge Judy.

      • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 11:35 am

        I’m still working on the concept that square dancing is “sinister”.

      • Retired Spook June 2, 2018 / 1:23 pm

        Just remember, in Leftist speak good is bad and bad is good. Keep that one simple principle in mind, and the Left isn’t all that hard to understand.

      • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 8:39 pm

        Well, the word “sinister” originally meant “on the left” …….

        4a : of, relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something;
        b : of ill omen by reason of being on the left

      • Retired Spook June 2, 2018 / 10:16 pm

        That reminds me of the email that was making the rounds a while back about all the bible verses that pertained to “left” being bad and right being good. Of course the first thing I did was pull out the Bible and check it out. It was true.

      • Amazona June 2, 2018 / 11:27 pm

        I’m sure it is just a coincidence. //sarc off

  15. Amazona June 2, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    I’m still waiting for the headline WANDA SYKES CLAIMS DONALD TRUMP IS BLACK

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