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THE SINGLE QUESTION HAMAS REFUSES TO ANSWER

by Stephen Levine on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

This is article 1207 of 1210 in the topic International

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With all of the professional agitators and anti-Jewish, anti-Israel demonstrators running around Europe, there is but a single question that puts the lie to Palestinian claims of wanting peace.

In order to bring about the creation of a peaceful Palestinian state, will you recognize Israel’s right of existence and affirm the nation’s sovereignty?

The truth that most pro-Palestinian supporters refuse to accept is:

  1. Hamas is not a government. It is a thugocracy that siphons off money from “taxes” imposed on all goods imported into their sphere of influence through established gateways and smuggling tunnels. In addition to siphoning off humanitarian aid, Hamas does not create, maintain, or operate the infrastructure needed to build a stable state.
  2. Hamas produces no goods or services other than continued terrorism and the victimhood of the self-named Palestinian people. They know that they cannot militarily win any conflict with Israel, so they persist in using terrorism to produce Palestinian victims, the younger the better, to achieve a propaganda victory and secure international humanitarian aid and donations to the cause.
  3. Hamas is disliked by other Arab countries in the region, especially those who fear an uprising of their own people should a critical mass of Palestinians enter their country.
  4. Most people do not remember that the original Palestinian home was in the Transjordan area, from which they were ejected after fomenting a revolution against the government.

If anyone is to blame for the current situation, it is the old-boy, anti-Semitic British who partitioned the Middle East in such a manner as to covey great advantage to their Arab trading partners and disadvantage the new territory of Israel; hoping that the Arabs would overrun Israel and the sub rosa colonial connections could be maintained. Unfortunately, the Jews – fresh from the Holocaust – said “Never Again” and defeated the Arab armies. Defeating them again and again until they captured enough territory to avoid being overrun in another attack. However, missiles have no respect for distance and boundaries and a new war of sustained terrorism was established.

Bottom line …

There will never be peace in the region until you can reform Islam and develop a tolerant secular democracy in the region. Until then, the war between the Palestinians will continue unabated – with fits and starts – but no clear resolution.

Until then, I suggest the Israelis carpet bomb the nation with old Playboy magazines, marijuana, Twinkies, and Jack Daniels miniatures.

– steve

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New Film Exposes and Mocks “Progressives”

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 69 of 69 in the topic Book & Movie Reviews

Former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, Larry Grathwohl, is one of the stars of Joel Gilbert’s new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” which is premiering in Denver on Friday and then goes nationwide.

Friday, July 18, also happens to be “Blog About Larry Day,” to remember his service to the nation and his untimely death last year. His friend Tina Trent says, “we are asking that bloggers, radio folks, podcasters, and others in the media use July 18th to tell the truth about violent leftist radicals like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk.” She adds, “Their war against America began with bombs, but it continues today in our institutions of higher education, the media, and the government.”

Grathwohl was a veteran of the Vietnam War, fighting the communists in Southeast Asia, before infiltrating their ranks and fighting them on the streets of America.

Gilbert says, “Larry Grathwhol was a hero of mine because he was on the front lines protecting America from the Marxist terrorist movement that wanted to destroy America.”

In addition to highlighting the service of Larry Grathwohl, the new film shows Gilbert visiting and joking with liberals and Obama supporters in order to understand what makes them tick, and to see whether they have become disillusioned. Inside an abandoned church in Detroit, Gilbert surveys the wreckage, including the busted stained glass windows and broken pews, and sings “Hallelujah, I’m Ready to Go.”

The film is both serious and entertaining. It makes you laugh and almost want to cry, as he skillfully describes what seems like the planned destruction of America.

Gilbert goes to Chicago where he interviews a local politician, sort of a young Barack Obama, who continues the “hope and change” rhetoric. He even started out, like Obama, as a “community organizer.”

Those who think we can overturn this unfolding disaster—and learn from what has been happening to us—have to be disappointed by the comments made in the interviews that Gilbert conducted with young Chinese visitors to Washington, D.C.

One admits that Mao killed 50 million people and made “great mistakes,” but is nevertheless still held in respect. “He’s great,” one of the young Chinese visitors tells Gilbert. At the same time, they admit—and seem quite comfortable in saying—that they have no free speech rights in China. “You can’t say communism is a bad thing,” one tells Gilbert. Otherwise, you go to a labor camp.

So is there a real possibility of recognizing the dangers of Marxism before they engulf a country? Or even after? That’s the open question left by Gilbert’s ultimately disturbing film.

Of course, an awakening of any kind in the U.S. is not likely if young people turn into zombies. Gilbert travels to Colorado to learn about the widespread availability of legalized marijuana, another project encouraged by the Obama administration. One young man talks about using dope to address the problem of high arches in his feet. It is a ploy to get high.

Massive illegal immigration, another project to solidify Democratic Party rule in America, is addressed through Gilbert’s interview with a military veteran who examines how the demographics of Denver have changed and the quality of education has deteriorated.

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Chaotic world: Muslim terrorists continue global jihad

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 776 of 775 in the topic Terrorism

With the world’s news media covering the shocking story of Malaysia Airlines MH17 and its 298 passengers being shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, little attention is being given to other crises especially the global jihad. For example, on Thursday, al-Qaida-linked Boko Haram terrorists invaded the northeastern Nigerian town of Damboa arbitrarily killing villagers and torching many of the township’s houses.

According to African media organizations, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a group who are dissatisfied with the government’s protection, claims that half the town of Damboa is burning to the ground.

Islamic extremists attacked a new military base near the town, and the security force was driven out. While the Nigerian soldiers killed about 40 terrorists and lost six soldiers who were shot to death, local town reported that the soldier retreated and abandoned the base and Boko Haram jihadists have twice ambushed military united attempting to reach the base.

Meanwhile on Friday, the United Nations accused Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters of executing religious Christians and Shi’ites, school teachers and health workers. ISIS is also accused of forcibly recruiting children and raping women among acts qualify as war crimes.

Official from the United Nations released a report documenting attacks against civilians by the former al-Qaida in Iraq, who now call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The report also accuses the Iraqi military, police and security forces of failing to protect the Iraqi people from the extreme violence.

The UN claims that about 5,570 Iraqi civilians were killed during the first six-months of 2014. According to the report: “ISIS and associated armed groups have also continued to… perpetrate targeted assassinations (community, political, and religious leaders, government employees, education professionals, health workers, etc.), sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, forced recruitment of children, kidnappings, executions, robberies.”

The report also noted the extent of the destruction and plundering of places of worship and of cultural or historical significance, which is not surprising because of the hatred that exists between the majority Shi’ites and the minority Sunnis, from which al-Qaida’s offshoots emanate.

“Every day we receive accounts of a terrible litany of human rights violations being committed in Iraq against ordinary Iraqi children, women and men, who have been deprived of their security, their livelihoods, their homes, education, healthcare and other basic services,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.

The UN report claims that the lack of security in Iraq had hampered officials’ ability to accurately record some incidents of terrorism and war crimes. Close to 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were displaced so far in 2014, according to the report.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup -

by Daniel Greenfield on Friday, July 18th, 2014

HAMAS IS A 7TH CENTURY PROBLEM

To understand why, let’s step into a time machine and go back to the spring of 632. The Byzantine Emperor Heraclius is engaged in the first of a series of wars with Mohammed’s maddened followers. England is divided into seven quarreling kingdoms. Across the water, the Merovingians are killing each other in ways that would give George R.R. Martin nightmares. Meanwhile in a more civilized part of the world, China’s fading Sui Dynasty fields an army of over a million men in a failed effort to invade Korea.

Back in Medina, Mohammed had come down with the sniffles. He had a fever and a headache and there wasn’t any Tylenol around for miles. Mohammed hadn’t been a very good man and he made a very bad patient. Upon being told that he had pleurisy, he claimed that only people possessed by Satan came down with that disease so he couldn’t possibly have it and instead blamed the Jews for poisoning him.

His own homemade cures, such as bathing in seven skins of water from seven different wells, didn’t help. But before he died, he managed to make the Middle East an even worse place by ordering the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians.

Israel Is the Victim of Mohammed’s War Against the Jews

How Can Justin Amash be the “Conservative” Candidate if he Supports Illegal Alien Amnesty?

SHAMELESS

The biggest problem with Hard Choices was always the title. The Clintons don’t make hard choices because they have no impulse control.

That’s what led Bill Clinton to harass every woman within a hundred mile radius and it’s also why Hillary Clinton allowed herself to be recorded laughing about the time she helped a rapist who beat a 12-year-old girl into a coma beat the rap. It’s why the greedy couple stole White House furniture, traded pardons for cash and grabbed every bit of loose change that they could get their sweaty hands on.

The Clintons have always been oblivious to their own vulgarity. They have never understood how they embarrassed their own political allies. Hillary’s gaffes about money, like Bill Clinton’s gaffes about sex, are symptoms of their obliviousness to their lack of self-control.

Hillary’s Greed is Destroying Her Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton Suggests Hamas Backer Mediate Between Israel and Hamas

THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE ENEMY

“There were people – babies – thrown through the window and covered with blood,” an eyewitness described the horrifying scene.

“The worst thing I saw, which I think will haunt me all my life, is a baby that was sitting in a stroller outside a shop and was dead,” another eyewitness related.

One of the Hamas terrorists involved in the attack described her reaction and the Muslim reaction.

“While I was on the bus and everybody was congratulating one another, they said on the radio that there had been a martyrdom attack at the Sbarro restaurant, and that three people were killed. I admit that I was a bit disappointed, because I had hoped for a larger toll. Yet when they said ‘three dead,’ I said: ‘Allah be praised.’”

“Two minutes later, they said on the radio that the number had increased to five. I wanted to hide my smile, but I just couldn’t. Allah be praised, it was great.

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Cartoon Round Up

by Alan Caruba on Friday, July 18th, 2014

This is article 14 of 14 in the topic Humorous

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Obama Prepares Pardons for Terrorists

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 775 of 775 in the topic Terrorism

Bill Ayers’ recent appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program appears to be part of a systematic campaign to whitewash the activities of the communist terrorists who were murdering policemen and FBI agents during the 1960s and 70s, and to set the stage for their release and rehabilitation.

Kelly was unprepared for the interview and failed to consult prominent experts on the case, such as former FBI agent Max Noel. “I’m extremely disappointed, as are a number of us who actually worked the WUO [Weather Underground Organization] case on a daily basis, in your attempt to ‘confront him’ without availing yourself of the knowledge that those of us who actually worked the case could have given you,” Noel said in a message to Kelly. The former FBI agent, who arrested the UNABOMBER and has co-authored a sensational new book about that case, was a member of the Weatherman Task Force in San Francisco, where Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were operating.

Noel has sensational details about how the Weather Underground constructed its bombs in order to kill people, not just damage property. This information, if publicized on “The Kelly File,” would have exposed Ayers as the crazed and committed communist he truly is. As a result of this glaring omission, Ayers succeeded in coming across as simply an aging “anti-war activist” or “radical” who carried things a little too far with bombings that caused  some property damage but killed no one.

This is as big a lie as Ayers’ claim made to Kelly that he didn’t know Barack Obama very well, even though he helped him launch his political career in Chicago. “I knew him as well as he knew 10,000 other people,” Ayers said. “Today, I wish I knew him much better and I wish he’d listen to me.”

But the evidence indicates that President Obama, or at least his Attorney General Eric Holder, is listening.

Left unsaid on “The Kelly File” show was the critical fact that many of Ayers’ comrades are still in jail or prison, waiting for Democratic politicians such as President Obama and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to grant pardons or clemency. Some have already been released, with no significant press attention devoted to the pattern that is developing.

Ayers and Dohrn could themselves be charged in the Park Police Station case, in which Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell was killed. But apparently they are quite confident that this will never happen as long as President Obama and Eric Holder are running the Justice Department.

The insidious campaign of releasing and/or rehabilitating these terrorists has been underway for some time.

It began in 2003 when Kathy Boudin, one of Ayers’ more notorious associates, was granted parole from New York state prison. Boudin had gone to prison for her involvement in an October 20, 1981 armed terrorist assault that left Nyack, New York Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Patrolman Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige dead.

Taking a cue from the rehabilitation of Ayers himself, who had become a “professor” of education at the University of Illinois, Boudin is now an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

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A Game Changer in Gaza

by Daniel Greenfield on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 1202 of 1210 in the topic International

Terrorism is a game. The rules are simple. You have three choices. 1. Destroy the terrorists. 2. Live with terrorism. 3. Give in to the terrorists.

There are no other choices.

The first choice comes from the right. The third choice comes from the left. The second choice is
what politicians choose when they don’t want to make a decision that will change the status quo.

Despite all the explosions in Gaza, Israel is still stuck on the second choice. The air strikes aren’t meant to destroy Hamas. They are being carried out to degrade its military capabilities which will buy a year or two of relative peace. And that will be followed by more of the same in the summer of 2016 when Hamas will have deadlier Iranian and Syrian weapons that will terrorize more of the country.

That doesn’t sound like much of a deal, but these kinds of wars have bought more peace than the peace process ever did. The peace process led to wars. The wars lead to a temporary peace.

This status quo became the mainstream choice ever since Israelis figured out that the peace process wasn’t going to work and that their leaders weren’t about to defy the UN, the US, the UK and all the other U’s by actually destroying the terrorists.

When Netanyahu first ran against Peres, the difference between the center-right and the center-left was that he campaigned on security first and appeasement second, while Peres campaigned on appeasement first and security second. The center-right has dominated Israeli politics because most Israelis accepted Likud’s security first as a more reasonable position than Labor’s appeasement first.

Living with terrorism was a viable choice in the 80s. It stopped being a viable choice after Israel allowed terrorist states to be set up under the peace process. It’s one thing to manage terrorism in territories that you control. It’s another thing to deal with entire terrorist states inside your borders. Even physical separation isn’t enough. Not when terrorist groups can shell all your major cities.

Israel responds to that that threat with light air strikes which damage Hamas’ military capabilities. Hamas loses a few commanders, fighters and rockets, but scores a PR victory. Israel buys two years of peace while encouraging its enemies to attack it as a bunch of racist baby killers. Then Hamas replaces the rockets and fighters and launches a new operation and the whole thing begins again.

The left’s argument, framed by Washington Post pundits, Israeli leftists, Obama, assorted diplomats, retired security chiefs, activist busybodies funded by radical billionaires and the entire gang of foreign and domestic enemies, is that Israel has no choice except to default back to choice three; appeasement.

Israel has to gamble on appeasement because its situation is constantly worsening, they argue. What they neglect to mention is that the situation is worsening as part of their pressure on Israel to appease terrorists even though the current problems exist because of earlier appeasement.

“Drink this poison,” the doctors of diplomacy say.

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It’s Only a "War" if Israel Defends Itself

by Alan Caruba on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 1201 of 1210 in the topic International

By Alan Caruba

There are many reasons why Hamas, a terrorist organization according to the U.S. State Department, has increased its rocketing of Israel. And it is an increase because Hamas has never ceased from rocketing Israel following it seizure of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority, also known as Fatah.

Hamas is Iran’s Palestinian proxy in the war on Israel in much the same fashion as Hezbollah which controls Lebanon. It lost its support from Syria’s dictator who is engaged in a civil war with Islamists who, controlling a swath of its northern region, have now declared an Islamic State and are threatening Baghdad in Iraq after a swift military victory in its northern and central region. Hamas has also lost the support of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood which has been banned there.

The rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel have generated four conflicts since 2006 during which Israel took military action to reduce them. Israel is only considered to be “at war” when it takes steps to defend itself.

Hamas knows it cannot “win” a military conflict, but as Middle East expert, Dr. Daniel Pipes, noted in the July 11 edition of National Review Online, “The holy grail of political warfare is to win the sympathy of the global Left by presenting oneself as underdog and victim.” The current conflict began when three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed. This led Israel to round up suspects in the West Bank in the course of searching for the boys. Regrettably an Arab youth was killed in revenge and this was followed by a rain of missiles and rockets from Gaza.

As Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at Israel’s Global Research in International Affairs Center, noted, “There is a tendency to see the Israel-Palestinian arena as somehow set apart from the rest of the Mideast neighborhood, but this is an illusion. Firstly, in the most tangible way, the most potent elements of the Hamas assault on Israeli cities of recent days is made possible only by the movement’s link with Iran.”

The primary reason Israel has not suffered the problems of Syria and Iraq has been its defense forces. “More profoundly, in the simple and brutal logic of the neighborhood, Israel is trying to remind Hamas of the cost of tangling with the Jewish state,” says Spyer. “The objective of this is not to reconquer Gaza, nor to impact on local politics, still less to impose suffering on the Palestinians for its own sake.”

To demonstrate how deeply rooted the hatred of Israel is in the minds and hearts of Palestinians who have never agreed to any terms of peace, David Horowitz, the editor of Times of Israel noted on July 8 that “Gaza could have flourished after Israel wrenched its 8,000 civilians from the 20-plus settlements there in 2005.” Yes, it was Israel that cleared Gaza of its Jewish population to provide a place for the Palestinians to live together!

“Gazans,” said Horowitz, “could have built an island of democracy. Investment could have grown, as it did in the early 1990s, when expat Palestinian investors, believing better times were at hand, fueled a brief property boom. Gaza’s golden beaches could have been a promising tourism draw.

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How Diplomats, Reporters and Human Rights Activists Saved Hamas

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, July 12th, 2014

This is article 1200 of 1210 in the topic International

As Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets and Hamas rockets fall on Israeli towns, some wonder how did Gaza come to run by Hamas terrorists. The answer is that the world forced Israel to let them in.

In the early 90s, Nissim Toledano, a border police sergeant, was kidnapped by terrorists on the way to work. After an extended search, he was found dead in a roadside ditch.

In response to that attack and numerous other atrocities committed by Hamas, including a planned massive car bombing, Israel made the decision to deport 400 Hamas terrorists. Among them were the past and present day leaders of Hamas.

You might assume that the story ends there. And you would be wrong.

The United Nations issued a unanimous resolution condemning Israel’s deportation of “civilians” and demanding that Israel immediately bring them back, or face sanctions. The United States voted for that resolution, along with three others condemning Israel. Thomas R. Pickering, the American delegate warned that the deportations of Hamas terrorists “do not contribute to current efforts for peace.”

Lebanon refused to officially accept the terrorists. The Red Cross brought them tents and blankets and the media swarmed to take photos of them “shivering from the cold” while drinking coffee outside their tents. Newsweek accused Israel of “Deporting the Hope for Peace”. The LA Times ran a tearful interview with the wife of Mohammed Taamari, a future member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, who was terribly lonely without her husband. Much as after the flotilla raid, the Israeli media condemned the clumsy mishandling of the deportations.

Finally after enough browbeating by James Baker and Warren Christopher, Rabin agreed to take the Hamas terrorists back. In a bizarre charade that would serve as a tragic foretelling of events to come, Rabin agreed to return 100 terrorists immediately, and to take the remainder back in a year.. Now the Hamas terrorists that Rabin took back control all of Gaza, and have been responsible for an untold number of murders.

The terrorists that Israel was forced to accept included current Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh and Hamas’ religious figurehead, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

They included Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, who last year proclaimed; “They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people”. They included Mohammed Taha, another co-founder of Hamas. They also included Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, another Hamas co-founder, who was responsible for numerous murders of Israelis, who would proclaim, “By Allah, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine”.

They included his son Ayman Taha, who commanded the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which carried out numerous attacks on Israel, including the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.

And that is how a failure to drive out those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of one Israeli sergeant led to the capture of an Israeli corporal in 2006. It is also the story of why Gaza was turned over to Hamas in the name of “peace.” It is the story of how the United Nations, the UK and two US administrations pressured Israel into accepting the leaders of Hamas in the name of peace.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup – Romney Don’t Run

by Daniel Greenfield on Friday, July 11th, 2014

This is article 27 of 27 in the topic 2016 Elections

via American Digest

MYTHS AND FACTS

Israel is fighting an enemy that insists on having all the advantages of a state and statelessness with none of the disadvantages. The PLO/Hamas unity government is a state when it wants something from the United Nations or the United States, but it’s not a state when it comes to taking responsibility. The Muslims who live in Gaza and the West Bank are considered citizens when it comes to having political rights, but not when it comes to taking responsibility for the consequences of their political decisions.

Their votes are to be taken seriously, but once those votes lead to war they are no longer responsible.

The Palestinian Authority is a state when it comes to its territorial claims, but not a state when it insists on open borders with Israel while claiming that any Israeli border security is a violation of its rights.

The Myth of Israeli Collective Punishment

… you can find this article in Hebrew at Mida, for those who blog or distribute articles in Hebrew.

You can also find it at my new Hebrew blog as translated by talented translator Dan Bornstein. If you run a blog in Ivrit, feel free to link to it or pass along any of the articles.

Lefty Peace Conference in Tel Aviv Shut Down by Rocket Attack

THE BUCK STOPS WITH BUSH

 So there’s Barack Obama, the White House occupant.

And there’s also Barack Obama, the brand, who is owned by OFA, which is just the Obama campaign.

And it’s not always clear which Obama is Obamaing it up, especially when he’s flying to fundraise using Air Force One, but we shouldn’t ask about that because then @BarackObama might call us racist, which Barack Obama might or might not disagree with…

 White House: Barack Obama Not Responsible for what Barack Obama Tweets

White House: Border Security is at its Strongest 

Americans Missing 5 Mil Jobs, Obama Wants Amnesty for 5 Mil Illegal Aliens

Hillary’s Hard Choices is a $10 Million Loss for Publisher – Paying her a $14 million advance for a badly ghostwritten book about the time she did nothing as Secretary of State proved to be a really bad choice.

THE NEW REALITY

Obama is an ideological interventionist, not a nationalist interventionist. And despite his multilateralist rhetoric, he isn’t your usual globalist either. Instead he uses national and international power as platforms for pursuing ideological goals without any regard to national or international interests.

He will use national and international institutions to promote LGBT rights or Green Energy. He won’t however get involved in actively using them for national security unless he absolutely has to in order to protect his own political power.

To a transnational mindset, institutions exist to promote issues. America is only of value to the extent that it can promote the left’s agenda.

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