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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thinking about visiting Australia? Think again... (documentary)

So, having seen some encouraging feedback about documentaries posted to this blog years ago, I have decided to dig up some interesting stuff that I have come across since then.

* DISCLAIMER * The following is a documentary, and is something like an hour long. Also, interesting is a relative term, the opinions presented in this blog are not necessarily the opinions of you, and we all assume this fact before we browse the internet don't we dumbass? (rhetorical)

I apologize if this doesn't apply to you. I don't if it does.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fetal stem cells help the mother

This blog has a write up about fetal stem cells migrating to the mothers heart to help repair it after a heart attack.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Solium Infernum

So AngstDriven turned me on to this awesome indy strategy game, Solium Infernum.
I've been playing it a lot. I'm blogging about my completed multiplayer (play by email) games now.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Poetic justice

If you can't live with what God gave you, then perhaps you should be forced to live with what Man gives you.

Great new product!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

MSM being honest


MINNEAPOLIS -- The town of Cass Lake, Minn., embraced Elizabeth McKenzie last month when she arrived at the high school in her Army uniform for a welcome home ceremony in which she handed out no less than a dozen severed fingers which at first appeared to be authentically Afghan.

Though she isn't a tribal member, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Honor Guard gave her a blanket and an eagle feather to honor her as a woman warrior for her service in Afghanistan. There was a tribal drum ceremony and a reception line which so angered the spirits of the Ojibwe's ancestors that each member of the tribe present at the ceremony was stricken with an inoperable bone cancer.

"Like the army you now holler and cheer for poisoned our land and drove us from it," said the spirit of Red Elk, who perished at 22 years of age in 1864 during the Sand Creek Massacre, "we now poison your own bodies. You are not our descendants. You are not our flesh and blood."

The manifestation of Red Elk then began tortuously wailing for the 4,692nd time since he saw his adolescent sister's body mutilated by the U.S. forces, who sliced off her nipples and used them to make a belt while he watched and bled to death nearby. "The very same thing you now cheer?" he sobbed, then disappeared after badly scorching the grass beneath his apparition.

Accepting the town's gratitude, McKenzie talked about the Hajji killing that she had done and the 16th murder accusation that brought her home. She led the march in the high school gym, carrying the American flag, and the local newspaper documented the hero's return.

But none of it was true. The 20-year-old McKenzie was never injured in combat, had never been to Afghanistan, never been deployed anywhere. In fact, she's never killed anything browner than your average Italian.

Now the 2009 grad of Cass Lake High School has been cited for impersonating an officer, which in Minnesota includes the military. And the people of Cass Lake are trying to recover from feeling duped by their own good intentions. Some citizens have begun taking out their frustrations on local mosques; others have encouraged their children to enlist out of embarrassment.

"A lot of people feel bad, but in one way they can't blame themselves for having hope in somebody," said Zeb Hemsworth, the police chief of Pike Bay Township, who investigated the case. "Because having hope in somebody is a good thing."

"Now let me just sit for a second here and think about this," Hemsworth continued, falling into his desk chair as if losing his balance. "Having hope...having hope..." he repeated, requesting that the reporters leave his office.

Reached for comment, McKenzie replied through an email that she didn't want to discuss the situation.

Her hoax was elaborate, and by most accounts she carried herself like a soldier. She was described as being irrationally aggressive, methodical in her movements but undisciplined in her actions, clearly uneducated, and outwardly racist.

Before a departure ceremony last year that was held at the town's American Legion hall, she posed in an Army battle dress uniform and told supporters she would be serving overseas with the Army's 302nd Battalion, 16th Regiment Military Police, an apparently fictional unit. She said she'd done her basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and had 11 weeks of advanced training. She said she'd helped with flooding cleanup in Fargo and after a tornado hit Wadena, and helped repel the Moopish invaders from Southern Spain.

That was the last anyone in Cass Lake heard from McKenzie until last month, when she was treated to a hero's homecoming. A TV news crew recorded the event as she shook hands and accepted hugs while wrapped in the blanket the tribal honor guard bestowed on her, which, paradoxically, her lack of military service actually warranted.

Wally Humphrey, a member of the Leech Lake band who sometimes counseled McKenzie during her high school years, remembered feeling proud of her accomplishments. He remembered McKenzie's teen years as troubled and unstable, with moves to various foster homes, a background that seemed to scream "military" and made sniffing out the impostor that much more difficult.

"It was good to see someone successful," Humphrey said. "So many kids don't make it these days. For example, Iraqi and Afghan kids."

McKenzie's other friends, Cletus Worther, Crappie Fugner, Nut Boudreau, Wiltner Smith, and Shookie Brown were similarly left speechless by her betrayal.

Hemsworth was in the auditorium that day and remembered being impressed with McKenzie's sacrifices. There wasn't a hint of anything being amiss, he said.

But when a college recruiter for Fond du Lac Community College in Cloquet heard about the ceremony, she began to raise questions and told Hemsworth about her suspicions. McKenzie had been a student at the college during the period she claimed to be in Afghanistan. A check showed she had been enrolled in classes and regularly attended, never appearing drunk or spattered in blood or fecal matter. She also had a part-time job in Cloquet, where she lived, with no extended absences. She appeared to be far too well-adjusted for someone in the military, in short.

The police chief checked with the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard. McKenzie had never been a soldier, he was told. She had never even heard Drowning Pool's patriotic anthem, "Soldiers."

During the homecoming ceremony, some veterans had noticed that details of her uniform looked askew, though they'd kept their thoughts to themselves, a discipline they quickly acquired in the military after receiving beatings for displaying the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. The chevrons signifying her rank were different on her cap from her blouse, and neither was for the rank she claimed to hold, private first class.

Asked by police for her official military papers, she could not produce them.

Frank Bowstring, a Leech Lake veterans services officer, said that in hindsight more checking should have been done. "But you give the benefit of the doubt for someone who went overseas. You wouldn't question it," he said. "Whether its accusations of war crimes or their actually having served, you wouldn't question it."

Police say that when she was confronted, McKenzie admitted to them that she had never been in Afghanistan. But she continued to contend that she is in the Army, saying her paperwork was lost during basic training, i.e. that it had been used to roll marijuana cigarettes, known as "doobies" or "spliffs."

"I don't believe any of it, of course," Hemsworth said. "She's dead to me now, a lying whore just like the rest of them."

In a telephone interview with Lakeland Public Television, McKenzie said she wanted to honor family members who had served in the military and then said she would be willing to accept help if anyone was willing to provide it. Her mother, who lives in Two Harbors, told the station that McKenzie had struggled with mental health problems for years, which had led to her estrangement from family members. Another facet of McKenzie's that made her seem all the more authentically military.

Although she was provided gifts, it's not clear that McKenzie intended to benefit from the ruse. The idea to have the town honor her came from someone who knew her in high school and was taken in by her story, Bowstring said.

"I think she just wanted some attention," Bowstring said.

The Cass County Attorney's Office is continuing to investigate.

"Just how often do you question whether a soldier is a soldier? I didn't question it," Hemsworth said. "I was proud like everybody else. I got goose bumps. That pride is still there in the community. We're just going to direct that pride to the people who are actually serving.

"There's plenty of soldiers from our area actually serving. We are not pussies even though this bitch tricked us. I promise, and any of you motherfuckers who want to take a trip up here and find out for yourselves, yeah, you go ahead and come on up. Come on over. Come to my backyard, and see what happens. See what happens to you."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Gordon, this video is for you in particular. Does this change you feelings about whether real dolls and the like have implications for AI? Discuss.


This is another blog Mandi showed me.

"Partial Objects is a user-driven community blog that articulates the underlying biases, assumptions, and frames of mainstream politics, culture and media."

Check it out.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Can we force Arizona to secede yet?


Ariz. bill links hospitals, immigration
By: Scott Wong
February 15, 2011 09:46 AM EST

Republican state lawmakers in Arizona are opening a new front in their fight against illegal immigration, proposing a bill that would require hospitals to check whether a patient is in the country illegally.

The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, has come under fire from doctors and others in the medical industry who fear the measure would deter some immigrants from seeking care.

“This is making us into a police state that will try to catch people when they are sick,” George Pauk, a retired doctor with Physicians for a National Health Program, told the Associated Press. “Do we want to stop sick people from coming in for health care?”

Democrats said the legislation would essentially turn hospital workers into immigration agents.

“The bill placed burden on hospitals to act as immigration agents,” state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix Democrat, wrote on Facebook. “Let them do their work!”Supporters, including state Senate President Russell Pearce, say the bill provides an important tool to fight illegal immigration, especially with hospitals spending millions of dollars treating patients who are in the country illegally.

“We’re going to enforce our laws without apology,” Pearce, a Mesa Republican, told AP.

Pearce sponsored Arizona’s tough immigration law last year that sparked a national debate over illegal immigration — as well as a legal standoff with the Obama administration. The Justice Department sued Arizona, claiming the law was unconstitutional, and the case is tied up in the federal courts. Arizona filed a counter-suit last week, saying the federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws.

The new legislation, Senate Bill 1405, would require hospitals, during non-emergency cases, to confirm that a person seeking medical care is a U.S. citizen or in the country legally.

The bill was yanked from the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda on Monday because it did not have the votes to pass. But backers said they would consider the bill in other committees.

© 2011 Capitol News Company, LLC

Newly posted videos of protests in Bahrain

Bahrain is the only island nation in the Middle East.

Holy fucking SHIT!

Watered down news report

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This is what I feel like when my request for Chuggo music is denied.

Please have more consideration for my feelings. I am, despite evidence to the contrary, a human.

Rin Tin-Tin Revolution


It is from a British perspective so there's a lot of wankers and taking the piss and references to the miners's strikes of the eighties but it's pretty good. Give it a read if you got and hour or so. It's 170 pages long but comics so it goes fairly quick.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Footage from the protests in Boston today in support of Egypt

Awesome birdcam footage

I've been meaning to post this video for some time. I really like the Gos Falcon footage. Is a fucking amazing animal.

Wildlife program.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Protesting 101

How to stage a protest:

How to fuck one up:

*warning: the videos below show people involved in retarded behavior. These accidents could have been prevented by cognitive ability.

I seriously loled when I saw this one:

Continuing on the same theme:

Take a lesson from the South Koreans:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Old school rap

Canterbury tales in Old English

This is a story you might recognize set to shitty music.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Clearly hive mind.

They can potentially rule the world with this power. Fortunately for us, tying people together and running them full force into a wall is a tremendous waste of time.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

El General- Mr. President


TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian military have arrested a swat thespian who expelled a strain vicious of supervision policies as protests against President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s order shook the North African nation, his hermit mentioned on Friday.
Police arrested 22-year-old Hamada Ben-Amor late on Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea coastline town of Sfax, Hamdi Ben-Amor told Reuters.
“Some 30 plainclothes policemen came to the residence to detain Hamada and took him divided without ever revelation us where to. When you asked because they were impediment him, they mentioned ‘he knows why’,” he said.
Ben-Amor is well known to fans as The General. Last week he expelled a strain on the internet patrician ‘President, your people are dying’ that talks about the problems of the girl and unemployment.
The strain came out as students, professionals and youths mounted a array of protests over a lack of jobs and restrictions on open freedoms.
The protests have grown in to the many extensive and aroused flare-up of gainsay of Ben Ali’s 23-year rule.
Tunisian authorities on Thursday moreover arrested Aziz Amami, a well-noted blogger, opponent belligerent Sofiene Chourabi said.
Security technology firm Sophos mentioned on Monday that “hacktivists” from a organisation mission itself ‘Anonymous’ had struck a few authorized Tunisian websites, inclusive those of Ben Ali, the supervision and the Tunisian batch exchange.
Tunisian officials had no evident criticism on possibly arrest.


Music To His Ears

Not far from the bookstore, journalists are in an editorial meeting at Radio Mosaique, one of Tunisia's private stations. While Radio Mosaique pushed the envelope of what was permitted under Ben Ali's rule, many station employees say they lived in fear.

Disc jockey Alaeddine Ben Amor said he was not really able to choose his own music. "We had ... some songs that we had to broadcast."

Like the songs of Latifa Arfaoui, who was a close friend of the president. Ben Amor says he's deleted all of her songs. Now, he says, he's finally enjoying his freedom and his job.

His new favorite artist is rapper El General, who was just released from prison. Ben Amor puts on El General's scathing ballad about Ben Ali, entitled "Mr. President."

"If I played that before, I'd be in jail," he says. "That's it."

Mr. President, I’m addressing you today, in my name

and in the name of the (Tunisian) people who are living in suffering

2011 and there are still those who die of hunger

They want to work for a living but their voice is not heard

Just walk the streets and see, people are becoming monsters

Look at the police men with batons, “tak tak” (hitting) relentlessly

Since there is no one to tell them No, not even the law

Every day I hear about innocent people being falsely convicted

I see "religiously dressed" women being prosecuted

You wouldn't want this for your own daughter

Sad talk makes your eyes cry

As a parent you wouldn't want harm to your children

So consider this a message from one of your suffering children

We are living like dogs; half your people are living humiliated and in sufferance

Mr. President, your people are eating from garbage cans

You can see what’s happening in the country

Tragedy and homeless everywhere

I’m talking in the name of the wronged and those who were treaded on

Mr. President, I’m addressing you fearlessly, not expecting more than slap on my face

I’m seeing a lot of injustice, that’s why I'm speaking up

Against the advice of many who warned I would pay with my head

But until when will the Tunisians live in delusion?

Where is freedom of expression that’s only talked about?

You called Tunisia the lush, Mr. President, but as you can see, today it’s only a desert divided in two

They steal in broad day light, they seized and nabbed everything in the country

Without naming names, you know who these people are

A lot of money that was destined for development and projects

The sons of bitches stole and are clinging to their thrones

I know that the people don’t hear about much of it

But if the situation was not unjust I wouldn't speak out


The voice of the people

General 2011

The same situation

The same problems and sufferance

Mr. President…

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I love this woman!!

I have never heard any of her music, but I really love her message here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Admonitions of Ipuwer

So for the 500th post I have been working on rewriting and updating an ancient Egyptian lament thought to be written in or about the First Intermediate Period of Egyptian history. It's name is The Admonitions of Ipuwer. It's very long and parts of it are missing but I post here the first four chapters of it rewritten for modern times. I hope you like it and I seriously want feedback to know how this looks to others besides myself.


The gate-keepers say "Look, the riches of the countryside are ours for the taking."
The candyman is murdered on the front pages
The washman carries our loads of laundry no more.
The hunting man has drawn up in battle and the intellectuals have turned their books into shields.
The brewers of ale are, in their hearts, destitute and sad.
Fathers turn against sons.
Confusion reigns over man as one reigns over another.
Come and conquer, judge.
Fulfill the destiny that was ordained for you in the time of Hamilton, fortified in the Gilded Age.
The farmer mourns what has hapened to the land and the stockbroker goes through the land until the tribes of the world are Americans everywhere.
Indeed, the face is pale.
The inevitable foretold by our ancestors has arrived at the culmination of our commercial pursuits.
The land is full of extremists and amn sleeps with his gun.
Indeed the meek say "He who is pale of face is a well-born man."
Indeed, it is pale, the taser is ready, wrongdoing is everywhere and there are no more men of yesterday.
Indeed the gatekeepers have arrived and are everywhere and the servant takes what he can.
Indeed the Agallala thirsts yet no man cares for it.
Everyone says "We do not know what will happen throughout the land."
Indeed the conditions are bleak and the learned fear to conceive.
God fashions Men no more because of the condition of the land.


Indeed, the poor have such beautiful baubles and he who can not build with his hands is a possessor of many riches.
Indeed, the workers hearts are sad and our representatives do not intermingle with us when they are shouting.
Indeed, dwellers in the shadow have violence in their hearts, pandemic panics run through the veins of our culture, the children lay in the streets, misery is not lacking and one hears murmurs in the graveyard.
The bodies of the unfortunate haunt the riverbeds of our ancestral home until the mouth is dead and the graveyards become our streams.
The high class make lamentations while the poor man is fed on bread and circuses.
Everywhere is heard the cry "Tear down the powerful among us."
Men root through the garbage for food. Squalor is throughout the land and none is pure.
The Earth spins faster these days and the thief is become a rich man and the rich man is become a thief.
Indeed, trusty servants can be found no longer and the poor man crys "How terrible! What am I to do?"
The rivers run with blood yet some men drink of it. Men shrink from humans and thirst for the sea.
The infrastructure crumbles around us yet the palaces stand firm and endure.
Indeed, the Mississippi Delta is fractured and dissolute and Detroit has become a wasteland.
Beasts roam the land and feed on the birds and men go to feed these beasts willingly.
It is the destruction of the land.
Men say "Do not listen." They hear designs in the shadows and tread society like fishes in water who can not distinguish a net because of terror.
Indeed, Men are few and he who kills his brother is everywhere.
When wise men speak, they are ignored and their words float away.
Indeed, the well born man has become an immigrant through lack of recognition and the child of his wife has become the son of his nanny.


Indeed, the land is becoming like desert, the plains are being laid waste and foreigners are in our cities.
Indeed, they arrive unwashed and indeed there are no Americans anywhere.
Indeed, gold and silver and platinum and gems of all kinds decorate the necks of our poor.
Good things are abundant yet our wives say "Oh that we had something to eat."
Indeed, shame has come upon the noblewomen.
Their bodies show the toll of the rags and their hearts sink when greeting one another.
Indeed, new homes are ransacked for scrap metals and there are no new homes coming.
Indeed, the builders of skyscrapers have become foragers and they who once controlled the infernal machine are now lashed to it.
None shall recieve steel from the Allegheny today.
What shall we do for the steel that we use to christen commerce and throw glitter in the eyes of the poor, the vital skeleton that enthrones executives as far away as Dubai?
The wheels have been jammed, credit is no more and through wicked machinations the material for any fruitful endeavor is come to an end.
The courts of our palaces are even despoiled. How often do the foreigners come with their cheap goods and plastic trinkets and poor food?
Indeed the sons of Michigan are embroiled in civil strife due to lack of taxes.
The Ohio valley is lacking in steel and iron ore, the fertile crescent is lacking in grain and there is want everywhere.
The work of a craftsman and the sweat of his brow are to the profit of the palaces.
What good is a Treasury without it's revenues?
Happy indeed is the heart of the executive when the truth is shown to him.
And all the world bows!
That is our fate and that is our happiness.
What can we do about it?
All is ruin.
Indeed laughter is silenced and fear quashes voices all over the land, it is groaning that is heard throughout the land with a low din of complaints.


Indeed every dead person is like a well born man. Those who were Americans are now foreigners and are thrust aside.
Indeed, everyone's hair is falling out and the man of might can be distiguished from the rabble no longer.
Indeed, respite is lacking because of the noise. Noise is not like before; in the year of noise there is no end to it.
Indeed rich and poor say "I wish that I might die." Little children ask "Why did you bring me here?"
The children of the rich are dashed against the walls and the children of the teat are laid out on the high ground.
The tombs vomit ghosts in the land of our fathers and the ivory tower is disparaged throughout the land.
Indeed we watch the video of yesteryear and pine for the innocence and the richness of the land is cast aside in favor of the bright lights.
Indeed the purple mountain's majesty is seen in all it's splendor and the bourguoise put their trust in interstate highways.
What can one do? No common sense exists and men say hell with wikileaks. It is an inside job and will only inspire distrust.
The rich who donated to the police unions are evicted with mace.
Indeed the employed are between unemployment and the ever quickening gears of the machine wailing for productivity.
The convicts run free and the noblewomen sleep in tent cities.
This technocracy is too heavy to bear. Our gadgets too numerous and the sedan no longer can be sustained.
The servants suffer in their lack of servitude and there is no cure.
Noblewomen suffer as maidservants and maidservants are driven into the cold.
Artisans are chained to the wheels and they sing spirituals to Terpsichore.
The young speak freely in disdain and the maidservant mothers are despondent.
Over all this is heard the wail of the old growth forests crying from the hollowing of the land.

Obama Challenged in Primary by Randall Terry


Pro-Life Activist Randall Terry Looks to Defeat Barack Obama in 2012 Dem Primaries

Perhaps best known to Floridians for his role as the spokesman for Terri Schiavo's parents

Pro-life leader Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, will announce Thursday that he will challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 Democratic primaries.

Terry is perhaps best known to Floridians for his role as the spokesman for Terri Schiavo’s parents and for his challenge of state Sen. Jim King in the Republican primary in 2006.
“My constituency is the millions of pro-life advocates who want to make child-killing illegal from conception until birth,” said Terry on Tuesday. “My base is those who know that we must show Americans the victims of abortion, in order to restore the full protection of law to unborn babies.”
Terry, who has backed graphic ads of abortion procedures before, hopes to run ads during the 2012 NFL playoff games, including the Super Bowl.
“America has never truly debated child-killing, because America has never truly seen child-killing,” insisted Terry. “We will use FEC and FCC laws for federal candidates to bring America face-to-face with this massacre of the innocents.”
While pro-life Democrats have prevailed at the state level, they have failed badly in their pursuit of their party’s presidential nomination in recent years. While there was talk that then-Gov. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania -- who was pro-life, which was why he was denied a speaking opportunity at the 1992 Democratic convention in New York -- would challenge incumbent President Bill Clinton in 1996, Casey’s health problems prevented a campaign.

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew highlighted his pro-life positions when he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, but bowed out after being routed in Iowa and New Hampshire. Former Ambassador Sargent Shriver and New York housewife Ellen McCormack opposed abortion when they sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, but neither proved to be a major factor in slowing down Jimmy Carter’s march to the White House.
Based on the comments made on Tuesday, Terry seemed more than aware of the obstacles standing in his way.
“Will I defeat Mr. Obama? I’m not delusional,” said Terry. “But while I may not defeat him, I can expose the genocide Obama promotes in America and around the world.”
Terry added that his campaign had two goals: creating “a crisis of conscience for Americans regarding the slaughter of the unborn and thereby hastening the end of legalized child-killing” and attacking “President Obama’s agenda starting with child-killing, but also including our battle against socialism, our enslavement to debt, and more.”
While admitting that he is an underdog to knock Obama off in the primaries, Terry included outreach appeals to pro-life voters, Hispanics, Catholics, evangelicals and tea party activists at his campaign's website.
Terry’s announcement on Thursday will be in front of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., a few days before the annual March for Life which will be held on Jan. 24.
While there has been talk that Obama could face a challenge from a progressive in the 2012 primaries, the only prominent politician to express any interest in taking him on was former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska who ran for the nomination in 2008.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

As it says at the top this is the guy who was responsible for the Terri Schiavo case being dragged into the news and made a huge fiasco. He was endorsed in 1998 for a congressman election in New York by James Dobson of Focus on the Family. He later ran for state republican senator in Florida and used a celebrity impersonator to play Bill Clinton and make robocalls endorsing his republican opponent in the primaries. After losing that primary he garnered 7% of the final vote on the Right to Life ticket.

For the endcap on this farce here is his reaction to Dr. Tiller's murder.

One family in Gaza.

One Family in Gaza from Jen Marlowe on Vimeo.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Don't be a Facebook Gangster.

We don't come from that shit...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Palin strikes!!!

One actually gunned down, 16 more to go!!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011


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