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Everyone’s Talking About Glenn Beck

Posted by Nancy on February 27, 2009

It’s hard to watch a televisions show at 5:00 every evening – especially when you never watch TV in the first place so don’t think to turn it on.  I’m going to have to make the effort to catch Glenn Beck, though.  I’m hearing way too much about him and need to see it for myself.

I have to say I agree with him here.  They, and by “they” I mean ALL the political class in Washington, are destroying our country.  They are concerned only with power and getting themselves re-elected, and the way to do that is by bringing home the bacon.

The bottom line, though, is that the voter is responsible for this travesty.  Just like every tax increase on businesses is ultimately paid for by the little guy who buys their products, we wouldn’t have such corrupt politicians if the people weren’t willing to sell their votes for pork.  Our elected representatives run for re-election on their record of bringing federal money to their districts, and not enough people follow the dotted lines to figure out it is just part of their own taxes coming back to the area

As I watch this fiasco of an economic stimulus bill unfold I am at a loss for words to describe it.

I have submitted projects to the Recovery.org website for my community – pave some roads, replace collapsing catch basins, storm water control – but when I checked the site to see how many submissions are there I was flabbergasted.  Almost 2,000 PAGES of requests, some of them just plain ridiculous.

This is supposed to be a website to request money for infrastructure, for stimulus projects, right?  So what is a request for funding for “four intern dancers” doing there?  What kind of stimulation are we talking about? 

Then there is the one titled “insulation for my house,” presumably submitted by some hopeful citizen who feels that the little guy should benefit some here too. 

Oh my, I just found one for a European Union approved structure to house 24 bulls, for export of their semen to the EU.  (Life must not be stimulating enough for the bovines overseas.)  I’m trying to wash my brain of the waa-a-aay too easy snide remarks that spring to mind.

Okay, so most of the requests are for roads, bridges, water lines, sewer, extra police officers, etc.  But they are all things we can live without, just like the projects I have submitted for my community.  If I don’t have enough money in my budget at home to buy something, I do without.  If our township doesn’t have enough money to buy something, we do without.

The federal government is out of money – our money! – and they need to stop spending!

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Did You Watch the Potentate’s Speech?

Posted by E. on February 25, 2009

Did you watch the speech last night?

I did, of course.

Until I fell asleep, that is.

Here are some thoughts I had prior to loosing consciousness:

  • Nancy Pelosi is probably the only woman in the world who can wear a pea-soup-green suit and not look like a pile of sick.
  • Here comes the Cabinet members.  Hmm . . . Yikes!  I’ve seen pictures of that guy before, but I’ve never actually seen him.  Mark my words, someday we will find out he is a child molester.
  • Finally, Obama is here, waiting to be announced.  Good lord, could he hold his chin any higher back there?  He does realize, doesn’t he, that it isn’t snowing and there won’t be anything to catch on his tongue.  Right??  He’s going to wake up with a painful kink in his neck tomorrow morning.
  • Enough of the clapping already.  I didn’t tune in and wait and extra 10 minutes for this man to show up just to waste my time watching televised clapping.
  • Great.  It looks like the whole thing is going to be about clapping.  Sit back down, Nancy.
  • Why can’t politicians actually speak when they give a speech?  You know, speak from the heart, as if they really mean something.  Why is every speech just a carefully crafted succession of sound bites?
  • Will somebody just give Nancy Pelosi some pom poms already?
  • Let me get this straight Mr. Potentate, you’re saying 95% of America is going to get a tax cut, you’ve just spent an extra fragillion dollars,  you have the debt you inherited, AND you are going to cut the deficit in half by the end of your first term?  What next?  Are you going to pull a rabbit out of a hat?  Maybe saw a woman in half?  Please let it be Nancy Pelosi.
  • SIT DOWN NANCY!
  • So, when you say you are going to cut the national debt in half, are you just referring to the inherited debt, or are you referring to that PLUS the insane amounts of money you’ve just committed, by law, to spend?  I think I know.
  • No earmarks in that bill.  *SNORT*
  • Did the Speaker of the House just finish up a week of cheerleading camp, or what?
  • Need to get the credit flowing again?  *Yawn*  Really, how many times are you going to beat that drum?  Any thinking person knows we’re in the trouble we’re in because too much credit was flowing.  It makes no sense to say we can fix that by giving people more credit.  We’re smarter than that Mr. Potentate.  Move along.
  • Kudos to the republicans for having enough spine to stay in your seats while the rest of the room is following Nancy’s lead and doing the wave. 
  • Yes, you’ve finally said something with which I can agree.  Education does need to start at home.  Just don’t start regulating that, mm’kay?
  • Good grief.  She’s jumped up AGAIN and is clapping AGAIN.  That must be one well-made bra that woman is sporting under her pea-soup-green get-up.
  • ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Understanding the Stimulus Package

Posted by Nancy on February 21, 2009

Via email:

 

Shortly after class, an economics student approached his economics professor and said, “I don’t understand this stimulus bill.  Can you explain it to me?”

The professor replied, “I don’t have time to explain it at my office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I’ll be glad to explain it to you.” The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor’s house.  The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket.  Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, “First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can.” The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, “Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it.” The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, “Excuse me, but why are we doing this?”

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.

The student didn’t think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.

However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad.  The student finally replied, “All we’re doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits.  Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you’ll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!”

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, “Congratulations.  You now understand the stimulus bill.”

h/t: Gay

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How To Plan Your Tea Party

Posted by Nancy on February 21, 2009

Are you ready to attend a tea party but there isn’t one planned in your area?  Are you not going to be able to make the Chicago tea party at noon on Friday, Feb. 27?  How about the ones planned in WashingtonD.C., Dallas and Atlanta

If at all possible you should turn out for one, and make a sign to take with you.

 Boston Tea Party

Here are some tips to plan your own tea party from The Conservative Revolution, where you can get advice by emailing bsteinhauser @freedomworks.org 

  1. Pick a location – a main street with lots of traffic is best.
  2. Tell your friends – family, co-workworkers, and anyone else you can think of.  Build an email list for quick correspondence if things change, and a Facebook page so everyone can communicate with each other.
  3. Make at least 5 – 10 signs – have a clear message and write in BIG LETTERS so passersby and the media can see and read them easily.
  4. Call your local talk radio host – try to get the location and time announced for several days leading up to the event.  Send a letterto the editor of your local newspaper announcing the protest; email other local bloggers for additional publicity.  in short, get the word out as far as you can and however you can.
  5. Write a press release – send it to your local TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers by email, mail, and fax.  Call the reporters who cover local events and politics and talk with them or leave voice mails.
  6. On the day of your protest show up with your group, be loud, happy, and engage the public.  Wave your signs around and make lots of noise.  Talk with reporters and give them some good sound bites; stay on topic and keep your answers short.  Bring a one page handout of quick facts that explain why you are protesting.
  7. Bring sign-in sheets – get the names and contact information of all who attend or say they support you so they can help you make the next event even bigger and louder.
  8. Add your pictures – also video and an after-event report to your Facebook page.  Send them to the bloggers and reporters you contacted initially and ask them to post the pictures, story, and video.
  9. Thank everyone who attended via email and phone.  Set up a meeting to plan your next event.  You now have a list of people in your community who can help make the next event huge; ask each of them to bring at least one friend next time.
  10. Go find a friend in a neighboring town or county and help them organize a protest there.  You and your people are now veterans and should be able to keep the momentum going in your area.

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. — Samuel Adams

For your enjoyment, a little history on the original Boston Tea Party.

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The Wagon Analogy

Posted by Nancy on February 21, 2009

What a great post today on American Thinker.  This really hits the nail on the head.

The westward-bound Conestoga wagons of the 19th century are an emblem of America’s expansion. They also offer a useful analogy for our current situation.

 Why is that?  In order for the pioneer family to successfully cross the Kansas prairie, they had to leave the family heirlooms, trunks, pianos and chest behind.  Space had to be opened up for food and supplies for the family but the item that was most essential was grain for the teams that pulled the wagon. Care of the team, whether they were oxen, mules or horses was the most important factor. Without them, the wagon and the family were lost.  If the team failed, the family was stranded on the prairie and they faced starvation and death.  The pioneer also had to take great care of the wagon, a broken wheel or cracked axle meant disaster. Contrary to the movie depictions, the family walked beside the wagon. The women, children and pets walked. The only people who were allowed to ride were the sick and the injured. As soon as they got better, they had to get off and walk. Why? They couldn’t afford to burden the team with the extra weight. The survival and fitness of the team equaled success and survival.

These pioneers also had to count on themselves for protection.  They faced many dangers and had no one to protect them from wild animals, Indians and thieves.  As a result, they were heavily armed.  Firearms were tools just like the axe and the shovel.  They didn’t have the government to defend them, feed them or house them.  Most of them survived and prospered. The ones who refused to drop the piano off at the river crossing and insisted on taking the extra baggage with them at the expense of food for the team usually failed.  The team died or the wagon broke down and they were left in the middle of the prairie to face the winter with no food or shelter.  There were no anti-gun advocates on the wagon trail either. Guns were their  best friends.

Now look at the country a mere one hundred and fifty years later.  We are in the middle of the prairie.  The team pulling the wagon (the tax payer) has been pulling hard for years and they are getting tired.  The wagon (the government) is loaded down to the railings. It is full and can’t hold any more.  The axles are buckling under the strain and the spokes of the wheels are failing.  There are some people riding the wagon that need to be there.  They are the old, the sick and the unfortunate (social security, Medicare and temporarily unemployed).  Unfortunately for the team, there are far too many who are on the wagon that shouldn’t be there.   They have been on the wagon for generations and never plan to get off.

When the team dies, they will sit with the wagon until it rots and someone comes to save them. If a savior never shows up, they will die in place feeling sorry for themselves until their last breath.

So here we are in 2009. The team is faltering under the strain and it looks like they can’t pull the wagon much further.  There isn’t much more they can give.  The wagon is maxed out. The people on the wagon refuse to get off, in fact they demand more even when their doom is staring them in the face.  The snow clouds are gathering and it looks bleak.

At least settlers in wagon trains were sometimes saved by the cavalry.  Our so called leaders just arrived on the scene and put a 100 ton mill stone (stimulus package) in the wagon. 

We are stuck here for the next two winters.  Mike Williams

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A Million Dollars Every Single Day

Posted by Nancy on February 20, 2009

Spend a million dollars every day from the day Jesus was born until today, and you still won’t have spent as much as Congress just did with their porkulus spending bill.

Speak for yourself, Sen. Schumer.  I care a whole lot about your “porky little amendments.” 

After a lifetime of playing by the rules, not going into debt, paying the mortgage, saving, and in general acting in a fiscally responsible manner, my husband and I now find our future coming smack up against a federal government that thinks it has the right to take the fruits of our labors and spread them around to those who have acted irresponsibly.  To add insult, we are accused of being cowards and racists if we complain.

Guess what, it’s those who can’t stop talking about race that are the racists.*  They need to get over themselves and get to work saving our country’s economy instead of apportioning it out to those who didn’t earn it.

Everyone who would like to be forced to pay for their neighbor’s mortgage please raise your hand.  Then leave a message in the comments section and tell me how you think that will work for you.  In fact, let’s have a little unscientific poll here, and everyone’s thoughts are welcome in the comments section.

Now, not only is the government taking taxpayer money to pay people’s mortgages, but the “community organizers” are breaking into homes and occupying them, in broad daylight and on camera, claiming it is their “right.”  Will they be arrested and prosecuted, or pandered to and allowed to continue their destruction of our country’s rule of law?

It’s time to stop talking about rights and get back to responsibilities; good luck with that, though.

*In the interest of full disclosure, three members of my family are of other races, including the race Eric Holder is a member of and doesn’t seem comfortable with.

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Putin Advises Against Socialism – The Democrats Aren’t Listening

Posted by Nancy on February 18, 2009

Can it be possible that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is less of a Socialist than Obama?  The following excerpts from the speech he gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January make more sense than what the liberals now running our country are doing. 

Esteemed colleagues, one is sorely tempted to make simple and popular decisions in times of crisis. However, we could face far greater complications if we merely treat the symptoms of the disease.

Naturally, all national governments and business leaders must take resolute actions. Nevertheless, it is important to avoid making decisions, even in such force majeure circumstances, that we will regret in the future.

This is why I would first like to mention specific measures which should be avoided and which will not be implemented by Russia.

We must not revert to isolationism and unrestrained economic egotism. The leaders of the world’s largest economies agreed during the November 2008 G20 summit not to create barriers hindering global trade and capital flows. Russia shares these principles.

Although additional protectionism will prove inevitable during the crisis, all of us must display a sense of proportion.

Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake.

True, the state’s increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent.

The concentration of surplus assets in the hands of the state is a negative aspect of anti-crisis measures in virtually every nation.

In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.

Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.

And one more point: anti-crisis measures should not escalate into financial populism and a refusal to implement responsible macroeconomic policies. The unjustified swelling of the budgetary deficit and the accumulation of public debts are just as destructive as adventurous stock-jobbing. 

[snip]

 Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, we have so far failed to comprehend the true scale of the ongoing crisis. But one thing is obvious: the extent of the recession and its scale will largely depend on specific high-precision measures, due to be charted by governments and business communities and on our coordinated and professional efforts.

In our opinion, we must first atone for the past and open our cards, so to speak.

This means we must assess the real situation and write off all hopeless debts and “bad” assets.

True, this will be an extremely painful and unpleasant process…  However, we would “conserve” and prolong the crisis, unless we clean up our balance sheets. I believe financial authorities must work out the required mechanism for writing off debts that corresponds to today’s needs.  [snip]

The need to develop a number of fundamental market institutions, above all of a competitive environment, has become more acute.

We were aware of these problems and sought to address them gradually. The crisis is only making us move more actively towards the declared priorities, without changing the strategy itself, which is to effect a qualitative renewal of Russia in the next 10 to 12 years.

Our anti-crisis policy is aimed at supporting domestic demand, providing social guarantees for the population, and creating new jobs. Like many countries, we have reduced production taxes, leaving money in the economy. We have optimised state spending.

But, I repeat, along with measures of prompt response, we are also working to create a platform for post-crisis development.

We are convinced that those who will create attractive conditions for global investment already now and will be able to preserve and strengthen sources of strategically meaningful resources will become leaders of the restoration of the global economy.

Are the Democrats listening?  The answer would appear to be no, as Obama today unveiled a new $75 billion program to try and stave off foreclosures.  From Jeff Schreiber:

President Obama’s plan to revitalize the housing market and stem the rising tide of home foreclosures by using the power and expanding the scope of the federal government… reeks of the same kind of government involvement which led to the housing and credit crisis in the first place.

This is more of the same failing policies, featuring the same lead players. Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac. Christopher Dodd. Barney Frank. The gang’s all here and, once again, we’re back to characterizing homeownership as a right and artificially propping up people who simply cannot stay afloat — only, this time, instead of forcing banks to lend money to borrowers who are obviously incapable of paying back the loans, the government is pumping money into the market and forcing banks to maintain those bad loans and refuse any sort of remedy.

We never learn. We allow ourselves to make the same costly mistakes over and over and over again because nobody will take responsibility for the errors which have already presented themselves. We continue to defy common sense by rewarding irresponsibility and sheer stupidity in America while simultaneously vilifying responsibility and success.

Once again, the people hurt the most are those like you and I, people who live and die by their budgets, who constantly are forced to make endless, unthinkable sacrifices in order to remain responsible and meet their own obligations. You and I will be the ones paying more in insurance rates, in interest rates, in fees and related costs. You and I will be the ones hurt when, six months down the road, the proverbial can being kicked by the Obama administration comes to a grinding halt and the inevitable becomes reality.

One of these days, it must stop, it will stop, and it will either stop naturally when the money dries up, when our currency is worth barely more than the paper it’s printed on, when countries like China and the United Arab Emirates explain that, gosh, our credit and our money just isn’t good anymore, or it will stop artificially when Americans finally wake up and smell the malfeasance, the socialism, and the “change” we so quickly will want to forget.

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Sen. Roland Burris (D., Ill.) Should Resign

Posted by Nancy on February 18, 2009

Let’s see if I can remember how this is all connected.

    Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama used the same fundraiser, Tony Rezko, before Rezko was indicted for illegal activities.  Then Blagojevich, who knew he was being investigated for fundraising irregularities, still openly tried to sell Obama’s Senate seat to a cadre of questionable characters.  Harry Reid promised the Senate would not seat anyone Blagojevich nominated to the seat, but when Blago appointed Roland Burris and he showed up they only kept him waiting a few days before welcoming him with open arms.

The official script was that they couldn’t refuse to seat a distinguished politician with such an unblemished record of moral rectitude.

Do I have it right so far? 

Meanwhile, Roland Burris serially gave testimony that:  Roland Burris with Rod Blagojevich

  1. He had no contact with anyone in the Blagojevich camp while angling for the Senate seat.  
  2. He talked with an advisor or two, but not about money or Senate seats
  3. He talked with Robert Blagojevich, brother and fund-raiser-in-chief of the former governor, but they didn’t talk about money or Senate seats either. 
  4. His fourth version of events (stay with me here) now has him trying to organize a fundraiser for Blagojevich while discussing his possible nomination to said open Senate seat – but it doesn’t count. The fundraiser never materialized because none of his contacts were willing to give any money, so no harm no foul as it were.

These versions, or at least some of them, were told under oath.  As in – perjured testimony.

Robert Blagojevich acknowledges that the feds have at least one phone conversation between him and Burris on tape.  Perhaps Burris’ story has morphed as this realization has sunk in?

At least I haven’t heard that he is in arrears on his taxes.

I have heard he runs a lobbying firm, though.  From Politico:

He now runs the lobbying and consulting firm Burris & Lebed Consulting. That might make him ineligible to work in the Obama administration, but it doesn’t rule him out of the Senate. Blagojevich declared him to be a man of “unquestioned integrity” in announcing his appointment.

Let’s not forget it was the Illinois Democratic party that first promised an election to fill the vacant seat, then rescinded that offer when they realized the election might actually be won by a Republican.

Finally, from yesterday’s Chicago Tribune:

There’s only one honorable action for Burris: resign.

Strip this whole wretched process out of the hands of the politicians and give it back to the people.

With all the cadavers that vote in Cook County can they even count on an honest election?

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Mr. Price Goes To Washington

Posted by necessarygrace on February 13, 2009

God Bless him, Rep. Price is doing the best James Stewart imitation I’ve seen in a long time.

He is referring to this resolution which passed the house unanimously:

Mr. LEWIS of California moves to instruct the managers on the part of the House that they shall not record their approval of the final conference agreement (as such term is used in clause 12(a)(4) of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives) unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours prior to the time described in such clause.

Apparently the democrats had no problems voting in favor of this because they knew it held no legal weight, whatsoever. This must be the “hope” and “change” Obama promised us. Not that Obama’s word is worth anything… He promised to give “every bill” 5 DAYS of “sunshine” (time to be read) before he signed it. He broke that promise last month, so I’m sure he’ll have no qualms doing so again.

Mr. Smith was able to fight the corruption in Washington because he was able to inform the public (though he certainly had issues with the media as well… some things never change). The question is, are there enough people NOT drinking the Obama cool aid who will stand up and speak out? Time is running out… if you haven’t placed a call to your representative or senator, please, do it NOW.

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Generational Workers in the Labor Force

Posted by Nancy on February 12, 2009

This is one of those topics you sort of know instinctively if you are prodded to think about it, but probably won’t think about on your own.

Earlier this week I sat through a presentation on Generational Workers and the differences they makes in their contribtions to a company.  Of course these are all generalizations, but as you think of it and think of people you know, there is certainly truth lurking here. 

The presenter said for the first time our country’s workforce is made up of four distinct generations of workers:

  1. The Traditionalist – born before 1946, these people are 7% of the work force.  They are hard working, dedicated and loyal to their company, are comfortable with established chain of command, knowledgeable, dependable, and often in positions of leadership.  They are also financially responsible, only buying what they can afford. Fifty percent of the men in this group are military veterans, so they are very patriotic.
  2. The Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964, they not only were rebellious as youth but they were the first generation where women entered the work force in very large numbers.  They are such a large group they have had to compete all through their lifetime – to get into college, to get a job, to get promoted, etc.  That has made them very hard workers who expect others to work just as hard.  They are dependable, but they want instant gratification and are spenders who are approaching retirement age with no savings and often large loads of debt.  Many of them have no intention of retiring.
  3. Generation X – born between 1965 and 1978, they are the smallest group and the one everyone else loves to hate.  They were the first group to grow up with computers, so they are good with technology.  They were also the first group to grow up as latch key kids, left home alone by their working boomer mothers.  This made them independent and innovative, and many of them are very entrepeneurial.  They will get your job done for you, but they will do it their way.  They want to progress in their careers, and see the generations above them as a hindrance as they delay retirement.
  4. The Millenials – born after 1978, this group uses all forms of technology well and can usually be found multitasking with gadgets.  They don’t see why they should have to come to work at set hours, but are willing to take their work home to finish it.  Their primary allegiance is to their friends, and they see nothing wrong with quitting a job and taking a lower paying one if they don’t have a support group of peers where they are or if they don’t respect their superiors.  Raised in the era of self-esteem, they require a lot of positive stroking.  They see nothing wrong with living at home with their parents.  They also hate repetitive work and will not do it, which is going to cause problems for manufacturers who will need to replace older workers in repetetive jobs.

Anyway, I got to thinking about this not only in the context of the workplace, but also in the context of the political arena.

The Millenials will become an even larger group than the boomers, and they will be our voters of the future.  Read that above description of them again.  They will need somewhere to go when Mom and Dad no longer have a basement for them to live in – they are looking for someone to care for them so they can hang out with their friends forever.  Rather than feeling pride through hard work, delayed gratification, innovation, competition, or any of the attributes of the older groups, they are on the road to becoming perpetual children. 

They want a nanny state to take care of them.

This isn’t a generation gap – it’s a chasm.  How did we get here?

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