June 24, 2019
As mentioned in our podcast with Jonathan Adler yesterday, today is the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland. The fire continues to be a prominent and compelling image of man’s relationship to the environment. Immortalized in song (Randy Newman’s "Burn On” and R.E.M’s "Cuyahoga”), and fodder for countless Cleveland-bashing jokes from standup comics, the incongruously short-lived fire (it was put out in about 20 minutes, causing a mere $50,000 in damages to a railroad trestle) burns on in memory. "You would think that people would forget about it after all this time—but no,” said Jim White, executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer; "I had a visitor here from Russia recently and the first thing he wanted to see was where the river burned.”
Much of what we know and think about the Cuyahoga River fire is myth, as Alder noted in the most detailed scholarly survey of the episode, and the deeper story about the Cuyahoga offers important lessons about familiar patterns of environmental thought that need revising to meet new circumstances. Adler wrote in "Fables of the Cuyahoga” that
"The conventional narratives, of a river abandoned by its local community, of water pollution at its zenith, of conventional legal doctrines impotent in the face of environmental harms, and of a beneficent federal government rushing in to save the day, is misleading in many respects.
"For northeast Ohio, and indeed for many industrialized areas, burning rivers were nothing new, and the 1969 fire was less severe than prior Cuyahoga conflagrations. It was a little fire on a long-polluted river already embarked on the road to recovery.”
The Cuyahoga and other rivers had experienced more severe fires repeatedly over the decades stretching back into the 19thcentury; indeed, a 1936 fire on the Cuyahoga River burned for five days.Over in Chicago, waste from the meatpacking industry so fouled an urban arm of the Chicago River that it became known as "Bubbly Creek.” Upton Sinclair memorialized it in his muckraking expose of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle:By 1969 local efforts to improve water quality in Cleveland were starting to make headway but were ironically impeded by bureaucratic red tape.
"Bubbly Creek” is an arm of the Chicago River, and forms the southern boundary of the yards: all the drainage of the square mile of packing houses empties into it, so that it is really a great open sewer a hundred or two feet wide. One long arm of it is blind, and the filth stays there forever and a day. The grease and chemicals that are poured into it undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of its name; it is constantly in motion, as if huge fish were feeding in it, or great leviathans disporting themselves in its depths. Bubbles of carbonic acid gas will rise to the surface and burst, and make rings two or three feet wide. Here and there the grease and filth have caked solid, and the creek looks like a bed of lava; chickens walk about on it, feeding, and many times an unwary stranger has started to stroll across, and vanished temporarily. The packers used to leave the creek that way, till every now and then the surface would catch on fire and burn furiously, and the fire department would have to come and put it out.
June 23, 2019
A Holocaust remembrance group has invited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to tour infamous Nazi concentration camps with a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor.
From The Depths, an organization that works to preserve the truth about the Holocaust, invited Ocasio-Cortez to participate in an educational tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, and Majdanek concentration camps with Edward Mosberg, who survived stays at multiple Nazi death camps...
"The opportunity you will have of visiting the German Nazi Concentration Camps along with Mr. Mosberg, a 93 year old survivor of history's most brutal genocidal regime, will enable you to become a witness of a witness, something that our generation will sadly be the last to do, as result of the fact that the survivors are passing away at an ever increasing rate," the letter said...
From The Depths, an organization that works to preserve the truth about the Holocaust, invited Ocasio-Cortez to participate in an educational tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, and Majdanek concentration camps with Edward Mosberg, who survived stays at multiple Nazi death camps.
In an open letter, the group said it believes Ocasio-Cortez's controversial comments stem from "a lack of proper education on the Holocaust, a significant issue of our generation."
"The opportunity you will have of visiting the German Nazi Concentration Camps along with Mr. Mosberg, a 93 year old survivor of history's most brutal genocidal regime, will enable you to become a witness of a witness, something that our generation will sadly be the last to do, as result of the fact that the survivors are passing away at an ever increasing rate," the letter said.
Mosberg said, "It should be a requirement of all United States Congressmen to visit Auschwitz," according to Haaretz.
From The Depths has already hosted nearly two dozen U.S. lawmakers from Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, on tours of concentration camps, according to the letter...
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See the full article here.
Ocasio-Cortez has not yet responded to the invitations.
Of course not. As North-Central States editor Dana Mathewson gently observes, "And of course she will turn it down. Can't have reality intruding on the agenda, now, can we? For the same reason, I doubt that she will spend any real "quality time" on our southern border learning just what really is going on there."
China's market is about to implode in a manner similar to the Lehman collapse which triggered the Great Recession in the U.S.
According to Asia Times Online:
That’s the thing about credit-market cracks. They tend to emerge with little warning and spread quicker than even the bears imagined. September 2008, when Lehman Brothers imploded, is a case in point.
Risks are even greater in an opaque, developing nation like China. The black-box nature of China Inc. warps yield levels, credit spreads and the sober allotment of credit ratings. Along with censoring the media and Internet, Beijing discredits or blacklists overseas researchers highlighting risks.
Earlier this month, China began allowing local governments to increase borrowing even further for infrastructure. It also will allow municipalities to use proceeds from bond sales as equity in certain projects, including highways and railways. This alone could raise already precarious risk profiles around the nation.
The upshot: when China’s debt markets do crater, it will come out of nowhere for even the savviest of investors.
China has been monumentally successful over the last couple of decades precisely because Western elites decided they should be. They have had sweetheart deals with no pushback when they misbehave. Now that they are being squeezed the vulnerability of their command economy is starting to show. This should surprise no one; we saw this in the old Soviet Union, which the "experts" assured us was an economic powerhouse until the day it collapsed. China may well go the same way.
Here's an interesting article about the most evil company on Earth - Google. I have been a huge critic of Google for a long time now, and this essay by Linda Goudsmit fleshes out WHY we should fear the Alphabet.
From the article:
Google searches are easily designed to manipulate the public with their globalist narrative. How would it work?
Consider the seriousness of Carole Cadwalladr’s experience. Anyone who Googles the word Jew is inundated with antisemitic propaganda validating the most vicious politically motivated lies about Israel and the Jewish people. In an earlier article, the Political Purpose of Anti-Semitism, I discuss how the political purpose of anti-semitism is to galvanize support for a political movement during times of social and political upheaval. The political movement that Google supports is Globalism.
I have discussed Globalism at great length, but its defining distinction is this:
"The word globalism is often used in its narrowest context to mean global trade, which obscures its broader political intention to internationalize nation states and ultimately impose one-world government.”
The globalist elite unapologetically envision a new world order that restructures the world into one world community with one world nation, one world currency, one world flag, one world language, that are imposed under the auspices of the United Nations and ruled by themselves, of course. United Nations initiatives like its Agenda 2030 promote this restructuring with glorious promises of a better life for all. The 17 sustainable goals articulated in the documents expose the plan to loot industrial countries, particularly the United States, and redistribute US wealth to non-industrialized countries to make the world a more "just and fair place.” REALLY??
The globalist vision of one world and one world government offers global businesses like Google and Amazon an unfettered marketplace for their goods and services. Globalism is very good for globalist businesses. America-first policies are not good for global businesses – they are good for America and American workers. That explains why giant global businesses are uniformly hostile to America-first President Trump and his America-first policies.
Read the whole article; it's well worth your time.
Czech Physicist and String Theorist Lubos Motls pens a rather disturbing essay on the dangers of 2006 QV89, an asteroid that is going to pass the Earth in September.
From the Reference Frame:
Sorry but 1-in-7,000 is very far from zero. Let's look at this beast, 2006 QV89, through Sentry, NASA's mostly automatic system to monitor such objects (Wiki on Sentry).
OK, its mass is 40,000 tons and the diameter is 31 meters.
Without the extra acceleration in the Earth's gravitational field, the speed during the impact would be[Math Processing Error]vinfinity=5.16km/s. However, the Earth's gravity adds some speed that is calculable from the escape velocity [Math Processing Error]vescape=11.2km/s so that the actual speed of the asteroids near the Earth's surface would be the Pythagorean hypotenuse[Math Processing Error]vimpact=vinfinity2+vescape2=12.28km/s. A football stadium could hit the Earth by the speed of 12 kilometers per second. The probability is 1-in-7,000. If you throw a die five times and you get 6-6-6-6-6, the asteroid will hit the Earth on September 9th. So please don't throw any dice if you want to preserve the safety of the people.
The impact kinetic energy is 0.72 megatons of TNT, about 50 Hiroshima bombs. Because it's below 1 megaton, this asteroid cannot make it to the Torino scale at all: it's Torino scale 0 right now. If the probability grew for that asteroid, it would be a routine discovery, scale 1, or the localized destruction, 3 or 8, depending on whether it's certain.
There is no way how this small asteroid could terminate the life on Earth but I still think that you don't want this asteroid to hit a major city.
The mankind should be learning to fight against these threats – because at some moment, larger and more urgent threats of this kind are guaranteed to arrive. To make some experiment, I propose to simply send some ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead against this particular asteroid to break it to pieces. Note that when the asteroid is still far away, it is moving by the speed of 5 km/s or so relatively to the Earth. The ballistic missiles also move by up to 5 km/s. But we don't need to chase the asteroid, it's approaching us. That makes it much easier to achieve the collision.
Motls is a powerhouse intellect and not someone to dismiss lightly. While the chances of Earth being hit are small, they aren't THAT small.
I don't expect any problems, but at some point we are going to take it on the chin from one of these chunks of interplanetary debris. They killed the Dinosaurs, after all. We need to work out a system for dealing with them.
Well, if this thing is going to hit Earth, maybe it can hit the U.N. building? Or land on top of CNN's headquarters? A fellow can dream...
Facebook has the GDP of many nations on Earth, so now they are launching their own currency. Apparently they want to be fully independent of any nation.
From theNBC News article:
A new nonprofit group based in Geneva, the Libra Association, will oversee the currency, called "Libra." It will initially be backed by Facebook's expertise but governed by 28 founding partners including payment firms Visa and Mastercard and internet companies eBay, Spotify and Uber.
Facebook said that it wants the currency to be available starting the first half of next year and that it believes many of the 2 billion people who are already on the company's services will one day regularly use the new currency to buy things or send money internationally.
"The motivation for this is to effectively enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people," Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, told NBC News.
The new currency will be called Libra, after the Roman deity for scales and measures.
Considering how lax Facebook has been in matters of privacy, and how Facebook has shamelessly sold user information, one wonders about who exactly would buy this crypto-currency; you would basically be giving your financial information to a predatory entity. But people are stupid that way, and would no doubt embrace the convenience and ignore the danger.
Facebook ahs become way, way too big.
I find it strange that the Progressives, who claim capitalism is the problem in society and that we need strict controls over big corporations, are happy with Zuckerberg and Facebook having so much power. If the Left really was concerned about the little guy being steamrolled by a mammoth corporation, wouldn't they worry abot Facebook? Amazon? Twitter? Nah...these guys are on the "right side" as they see it.
There are over 2.38 billion users of Facebook worldwide. That's more than there are Christians worldwide (2.19 billion) and a full billion more Facebook users than Muslims (1.8 billion). And Facebook users appear more devout than, well, a majority of Christians, at the very least. The raw power of this platform is quite frightening. It reminds me of The Book of Revelation "who is like unto the Beast, and who can make war with It?" Also, the name is reminiscent of Revelation; Libra, the balance, reminds me of the rider of the black horse.
Think that's over the top? Remember the beasts of Daniel; the fourth is not like any creature, but is something new. Makes me think of Facebook, a beast unlike any we have ever seen.
How long before this type of international crypto-currency becomes a mandatory thing? How long before you can neither buy nor sell without it? And how long before you have to have a chip to prove you are who you say in order to use it?
Facebook has become too powerful to rein in at this point. I doubt the U.S. can do anything about it at this point.
The top ten reasons why transgenderism is just wrong from TFP Student Action.
1. Transgenderism IsTyrannical
2. It Fuels Child Abuse
3. It Contradicts Biology and Science
4. Biological Sex Cannot Change
5. It Warps Manhood and Womanhood
6. It Destroys Reason
7. Transgenderism Is Self-Destructive
8. Where Will Transgenderism Lead Us: Trans-Species
9. Transgender Ideology and Religious Persecution
10. It Offends GodDo read the entire article; he fleshes out the details.
One quick point; I think transspeciesism is the least of our worries. More than likely this will lead to demands that we normalize pedophilia and other really bad stuff like bestiality and necrophilia. But pedophilia is the Holy Grail of the hedonists movement, and that is in the works now. Recently the American Psychiatric Association removed pedophilia from their list of mental illnesses, calling it a "sexual orientation" - exactly what they did in the '70's with homosexuality. If it follows the same course we should have decriminalization in a few years, then we will be ordered to celebrate it.
And read this article about three men arrested in Britain for raping livestock. It's coming, folks, and the transgender movement is at the forefront of this.
Do read the entire article.
It is amazing how ignorant Democrats are of history. All day long I've gotten tweets from moron leftists saying we need reparations "because we need to hold America responsible for slavery." Nearly 700,000 Americans firkin DIED while being held accountable for slavery. That train left the station in 1865, morons
June 22, 2019
A mainstream media advice columnist has accused Donald Trump of raping her back in the mid '90's.
She also said he has a small penis.
Now, if she were telling the truth, would she make that statement? There's more:
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) June 22, 2019
This is not just a lie, but a profound lie. The Left is desperate.
BTW, Trump likes beautiful women. This gal wouldn't even fire up Bill Clinton.
Bookworm makes the following observation:
Am I the only one who understands that @realDonaldTrump is letting the Iranians know he’s a mad dog who’s just barely leashed and that, if they act up again, the leash will break?
— Bookwormroom (@Bookwormroom) June 21, 2019
The longer version goes back to a theory I developed when George Bush was president. Back then, the Lefties on my feed all called Bush a "cowboy,” meaning that he was a stupidly loose cannon who might do anything, at any time. Back then, I argued that Bush’s actions were, in fact, very restrained, but that there was a virtue to being perceived as a loose cannon. It made him unpredictable and, to our enemies, threatening.
Trump cultivates a different, albeit equally unpredictable and dangerous, image: He’s the attack dog, constantly barking ferociously, anxious to charge his enemies and rip out their jugulars. The only thing holding him back is the leash that his more mature advisers are able to tug on, just barely, in order to restrain his killer, otherwise-unmanageable instincts.
This seems to be a successful pose. After all, it was his insouciant, killer dog bomb-dropping during a dinner with Chairman Xi that probably brought Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. On the one hand, Kim is the premier of a despicable, deadly totalitarian system, and has apparently participated fully in that system, whether because he believes in it or because it’s the only way to stay alive in a tank full of fanatical communist alligators. On the other hand, Kim is also a guy who was raised in the West, who likes his creature comforts, and who doesn’t want to die. He worries that Trump might kill him and that’s an incentive to negotiate.
From Tom Harris and Dr. Jay Lehr
Many people think that science is somehow immune to frauds and misrepresentations. Application of the "scientific method” supposedly weeds out the bad apples. Yet, just as in every other human endeavor, there are always scientists who will lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead. A few even received Nobel Prizes before they were found out.
One of these deceptions has yet to be effectively unveiled. The cost to medicine, human health, and energy is huge. That is the unsupportable concept that even the smallest amount of radiation could lead to the production of cancer cells in the human body.more...
June 21, 2019
Americans for Tax Reform
Read about it here.
Funny; I thought Republicans were opposed to tax hikes, yet here we are. This guy needs to be primaried out of office. We don't need false friends like that.
Rooney is a Congressman from Florida.
Good news! A Federal Court has ruled that the Trump Administration can defund Planned Parenthood! Believe it or not!
'From the Epoch Times:
"Absent a stay, HHS will be forced to allow taxpayer dollars to be spent in a manner that it has concluded violates the law, as well as the Government’s important policy interest in ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not go to fund or subsidize abortions,” the judges wrote in the ruling (pdf), which was published online by CNN.
The judges wrote that Congress enacted Title X in 1970 to create a limited grant program for certain types of pre-pregnancy family planning services. In 1988, HHS regulations were put into place forbidding clinics receiving Title X funds from providing counseling or referrals for abortion as a method of family planning.
Those regulations were suspended several years later by the department but now the Trump administration is seeking to put them back into place, referring to it as the "Final Rule.”
"The Final Rule was a reasonable interpretation of” Title X, the judges wrote. It was supported by the Supreme Court decision in Rust v. Sullivan in 1991 that upheld the 1988 regulations, which were crafted by the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
That is the truly astonishing part; the Ninth Circuit, the most liberal appelate court in America, ruled the President has the authority to cut off funding. This is like seeing the Dali Lama firing a machine gun in a war, orseeing the Pope in a gangsta rap video. It's just not something we could ever expect.
For decades Planned Parenthood has suckled at the teat of Uncle Sam while promoting abortion, something that half of the country abhors. They've gotten away with it by claiming they keep their abortion services and other "health" services separate, but the reality is there has never been any sort of wall between the two. It is well past time they lost their Federal dollars.
Of course, they will employ the trick so often used by Progressives; change their name and reapply for funding. ACORN, the vote stealing organization that Obama worked for way back when, is now officially defunct, but they still operate under a new name and new management. It's hard to kick these progressive maggots out of the body politic.
But this is a very good opportunity to at least show we do not support reaching into a woman's womb and chopping up little babies.
June 20, 2019
W. James Antle III argues that war with Iran would spell doom for the Trump Presidency.
From American Conservative:
Whether one thinks a military response to Iran is warranted or wise, I disagree with Antle's logic; Bush wrecked his own presidency, it was not the fault of his Iraqi invasion. Iraq was the shoal which foundered Bush's ship of state, but in the end it was Bush himself (and his rotund pucillanimous brain Karl Rove) who failed to defend his decisions. That was always the maddening thing about the Bush Administration; Bush simply would not contradict the media. That was Rove's strategy; to simply move on rather than fight mischaracterizations and half-truths. Bush conceded the "no WMD's" meme rather than provide evidence (which he had) of those weapons and how they were moved out of Iraq prior to the war. Bush telegraphed the war, and gave Saddam Hussein plenty of time to move his stockpile. Bush no doubt had this information, but he wouldn't use it because (probably) the CIA and others didn't want him to do so. Knowing what we do now, and remembering that the CIA did in fact run a black op on Bush via the Valerie Plame affair (which led to the appointment of Patrick Fitzgerald as special prosecutor) we can conclude that either Bush was lied to by his intelligence people OR they dropped the ball. Either way, Bush should have come clean with the American People. He didn't, and the end result was people stopped trusting him.
Selwyn Duke discusses America's descent and the wastebin of history at American Conservative this morning. Check itout; it has many of the points I have made here at The Aviary.
An article at Conservative HQ delineates the plot by Democrats to impose slavery reparations on America.The author, George Rasley, hit the nail on the head with this.
From the article:
Jackson Lee’s bill received a hearing yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee — the chamber’s first hearing on reparations in a decade. The bill is expected to soon have a full committee markup, though Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has not yet set a date. A floor vote would come after that reported Ferris and Oprysko.
This was followed by some quotes by academics who are pushing this. Again from the article:
Malveaux said that the wealth gap between black and white Americans hasn’t diminished over the years—in fact, studies show it’s gotten worse. And though Donald Trump’s presidency has helped to galvanize some of these conversations around racial equity, she added that the work around studying reparations has been done for many years through organizations like the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (NCOBRA).
This prompted me to leave the following reply:
Question; what is the wage gap between Black Americans and the average person in West Africa? That is the more important comparison, not the wage gaps between Americans. Seems to me the current African Americans have actually profited by having ancestors who were slaves; it got them out of those hell-holes their ancestors inhabited. Nobody is saying slavery was some sort of benefit, but clearly black Americans are doing better than their African cousins. Oh, and does anyone remember George Obama, Barack's half brother who was living in the equivalent of a cardboard box in Kenya? He would have been better served to have been born here, slavery or no.
Everything is blamed on slavery by the victocrats in the black community, but how much is a result of slavery and how much is a result of clinging to a culture that has failed them? Black culture is a blend of the stone-age values of the ancestors of modern blacks mixed a veneer of Western civilization and an unhealthy dose of victimology and dependency. They embrace the Democrats as an article of faith, a religious belief that is at odds with empirical data and their own interests. So many black people blindly obey the slave masters in the social welfare state and the Democratic Party.
I have to ask; why are Asians doing so much better than African Americans? Asians weren't slaves, but they were just barely a step above, yet they do very well.
Victimhood is like alcoholism; denial is the first and most noticeable symptom. The African American community will never find what they claim to be looking for as long as they blame others for their fate. Did they get a raw deal in the past? Sure, but every ethnic group did as some point. The Irish weren't exactly welcomed with open arms. And that is true in all countries through all history. The Romans held slaves; lots of them. Should Italy be paying reparations?
For decades the Federal Government practiced what was called "race norming" in it's hiring practices. They denied they did it until just about fifteen years ago or so; they knew it would be very unpopular. But hiring was done on the basis of how one scored on the civil service exams, yet far more blacks were employed than whites, which made no sense as blacks generally score more poorly on written exams. There was discrimination against whites as a form of reparations. Also, the entire welfare state - the Great Society - was aimed at the black community. In short, we've already had reparations. I wouldn't mind giving them if that would mean the end of things; no more race norming, no more affirmative action, no more whining. But this will only accelerate the pro-black discrimination, not give us a race-neutral country.
Of course, the logistics of reparations are daunting, and they would be inherently unfair. Who pays? Will children of Bosnian immigrants who came here during the war with Serbia have to pay? They had nothing to do with slavery, nor did many white people whose family immigrated after the Civil War. And America has never held the sins of the father against the son. Who receives the benefits? Somali immigrants? They never experienced slavery. This is nothing but a way to enshrine discrimination and reverse racism.
I have a modest proposal; perhaps we should focus our attention a bit more precisely. Since the Democratic Party supported slavery (the Republicans were founded as an anti-slavery party0 and since they supported Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan, maybe the reparations should only come from registered Democrats? Just asking.
Another from the St. Louis Police Officer's Association. Seems St. Louis Prosecuting attorney Kim Gardner's indicted investigator clandestinely met with Gardner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana prior to her takedown of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
Here is the statement:
Here is the article which gives this information.
I wrote about this here at the Aviary a couple of days ago.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association made this comment about the inability of the city to hire policemen:
Here is the article they are referencing.
St. Louis can't get applicants because they are not backing their officers. The District Attorney (our name for Prosecuting Attorney) is a George Soros woman who cut her teeth in the Black Lives Matter protests. She hates cops, and has a list of over thirty that she will not follow up with prosecutions if they make arrests because she says they are racist. The city has allowed protests - and illegal activity during those protests - and even riots. Many city aldermen in the north side marched in Ferguson and in the Shaw neighborhood. City cops are completely hamstrung and there have been shootings of them. Who in their right mind would want to join an organization to be universally maligned?
In point of fact, the police in St. Louis pretty much leave you alone if you aren't committing crimes, unlike many of the police departments in towns out in St. Louis County. The city didn't have control of the police department; the state of Missouri did, and so it was never used as a revenue-generating mechanism.
City cops are hated primarily by criminals who don't like being kept from preying on city residents.
Amazingly enough, an idiot on KMOX radio named Charlie Brennan once argued that we need more immigrant so America to fill vacancies in teh St. Louis Police Department. Yeah; maybe we can get our own version of Officer Noor, the Somali who murdered the Australian woman who had called for police protection up in Minneapolis. We need more like THAT!
What we need is more backing and less groveling to BLM, George Soros, Antifa, and Occupy Wall Street. But then, the Democrats have controlled St. Louis since 1948 when the last Republican mayor was defeated by a Democrat.
Oh, and the SLPD is busy making officers gay pride parades instead of actually trying to stop crime. (See footnote at end for link.)
Hat tip: Tim McNabb
I guess these imbeciles don't know snow and ice melt in summer...
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