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House Dust Could Spur Growth of Human Fat Cells, Suggests Study

12th July 2017

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I knew it had to be something.

But we can still blame it on Global Warming.

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Thought for the Day

12th July 2017

To Catch A Fish

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The Case for Continentalism

12th July 2017

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

Once again, Trump’s historical role appears to be to act as a catalyst accelerating existing trends, inciting his enemies to declare what’s really been on their minds all along. Thus, even cohesion in Western Europe, which is favored by Trump’s Polish hosts, is now viewed as a racist plot against People of Color, denying them their rightful right to migrate en masse to Europe.

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Why Conservatism Died

12th July 2017

ZMan waxes delightfully dyspeptic today.

Full disclosure: I read (and like) both Tyler Cowan and Raihan Salam (who writes for NR).

That said, I agree with this:

One of the reasons many of us gave up on conventional politics is that in the mainstream, guys with weird, unpronounceable names, from foreign lands keep demanding we change our country to suit their needs. That would be tolerable if the response was “shut up and learn how to be Americans.” Instead, the political class goes out of its way to celebrate these people. Our rulers make it clear that the opinions of newly arrived boat people count for more than the opinions of the natives, who made the country possible.

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Thought for the Day

11th July 2017

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“The World Keeps Not Running Out of Oil”

10th July 2017

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Amazing how that just keeps happening.

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Thought for the Day

10th July 2017

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Democrats, Party of the Rich: $2.6 Million Spent by Ivy League on Hillary. Trump? $15,000

9th July 2017

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The center compiled data on donations made from faculty to presidential, Senate, and House campaigns. Clinton received the most money from each school, with her donations often totaling more than 10 times the amount contributed to the second-most highly funded candidate.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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People Who Can’t Recognize Humor (Literally)

9th July 2017

Scott Adams encounters the world the rest of us live in.

One of the most mind-boggling discoveries I made while becoming a professional humorist is that a large segment of the general public has no sense of humor. I mean that literally, in the same way that some people can’t tell the difference between good wine and bad, and some people are tone deaf. Humor appreciation is like every other human capacity. Some have it, some don’t.

Most of them gravitate to ‘the media’.

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Thought for the Day

9th July 2017

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Thought for the Day

9th July 2017

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Stabbing Paddy O’Grady

8th July 2017

Severian looks at history.

The Left finds it politically useful to pretend that certain people can, and should, be held to account for the sins of their forebears.  But only certain people, of course — nobody’s demanding “slavery reparations” from, say, Ghana, even though just about every African sold into bondage in the New World was sold by a fellow African.  And surely if Paddy O’Grady’s great-great-great-grandson showed up at their door, demanding a room in their house and half their bank account for what great-great-great-grandpa did back on the potato boat, they’d throw him out on his ear.

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Who did rich people really vote for?

8th July 2017

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A new data source became available in April, at the U.C. Berkeley SDA archive, and that’s the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2016. This provides a cornucopia of information not available in the exit polls.

I ran this report selecting only non-Hispanic white voters.

In this dataset, among this demographic, Trump beat Clinton by 52.5% to 40.2%

However, the breakdown by income clearly shows that those with the top incomes swung decisively for Clinton. Trump’s support came from whites with income below than $110,000/year. Note that study asks for “family income.”

Income below $110,000: Trump beats Clinton 55.7% to 36.7%
Income $110,000 and above: Clinton beats Trump 50.3% to 43.3%

Democrats, party of the rich.

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Thought for the Day

8th July 2017

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New Satellite Data Still Shows Less Global Warming Than Climate Models

7th July 2017

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Satellite temperature data still shows about 40 percent less warming than the average climate model trend, despite more warming being added to the satellite record after researchers corrected for decaying satellite orbits.

These are the climate models that the Chicken Littles are using to predict catastrophic rising seas and mass extinctions.

AlGore must be speaking somewhere about ‘climate change’.

I’m still waiting for the apocalyptic Global Warming holocaust he predicted in 1997 would occur within 10 years.

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Silicon Valley Has a New Vision for the Pizzeria. It Involves Lots of Robots

6th July 2017

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Let’s hear it for the $15 minimum wage.

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Thought for the Day

6th July 2017

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Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account for ‘Nearly All of the Warming’ in Climate Data

6th July 2017

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A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

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Shower Techniques Can Cause Back Acne, Says Dermatologist

5th July 2017

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And we wouldn’t want that, now, would we?

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15 Collectibles That Are Completely Worthless

5th July 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

Two words: Franklin Mint.

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Thought for the Day

5th July 2017

Day Off

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Report: Bannon Wants To Raise Taxes On The Wealthy

3rd July 2017

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Since the rich are mostly Democrats these days, I have no problem with it.

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Report Says Canada’s Socialized Medicine Failing Canadians

3rd July 2017

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Canada’s socialized health care is driving more than 63,000 Canadians out of the country for medical assistance — largely to the U.S.

A new report from the Fraser Institute, a conservative think-tank, estimates that more than 63,459 Canadians traveled to find the health care that is often unavailable in Canada, usually due to long wait times for operations. That number is a 40 percent increase from the previous year, CTV News reports.

How about that great government-provided health care? Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

Only we wouldn’t have a United States to escape to when it failed, as it always does.

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Thought for the Day

3rd July 2017

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What’s the Point?

1st July 2017

Severian cuts to the chase.

It’s fun — by which I mean very, very sad — watching Lefties struggle with the fact that there’s a point to life.

Yes, there is, and everyone knows there is.  At least, everyone behaves as if there is, which is functionally the same thing.  Albert Camus, the famous existentialist novelist, once said that the only real problem in philosophy is the problem of suicide — as in, since life is so obviously pointless, why don’t we just kill ourselves?  The fact that Camus had no plans to off himself should tell you how seriously to take this kind of remark.  We may actually be random conjunctions of atoms in an endless void, but nobody acts like we are.

I know why I’m here. I just don’t know why you’re here. Except maybe to irritate me.

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Thought for the Day

1st July 2017

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How Non-Scientists Think About Science and Science-Denial

1st July 2017

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Mostly it is interesting because the article shows how some of America’s non-scientists think about science: as a body of correct knowledge that is being gradually refined. Why is that remarkable? Michael Myers, the foundation manager interviewed, appears to be at least 60. Thus he was born into a more-or-less static Earth, contracting from its birth heat and thus sometimes wrinkling up into mountains. Around 1968, however, at least the younger geologists began to accept the continental drift hypothesis (some history from New York Times). So he should know as well as anyone that to talk about someone rejecting “science” is a rather vague accusation. Does the denier deny today’s theories or yesterday’s?

Can it be that for these non-scientists science is actually a religion? That would explain why they get so upset that someone would dare to “deny science”. And that would explain why they can’t remember that the best minds of science used to believe completely different stuff than what they currently believe. Religious dogma tends to be mostly static, with gradual refinement.

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‘Designer Nipples’ Set to Be the Biggest Cosmetic Trend of 2017

1st July 2017

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I am not making this up.

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Fare-Minded

1st July 2017

Theodore Dalrymple talks to Parisian taxi drivers.

Most revealing, however, were two Parisian taxi drivers of African origin who said they were planning to return to Africa for the sake of their freedom. To return from Europe to Africa in search of freedom might seem at first a quixotic thing to do, completely counterintuitive, for is not Africa associated in our minds with tyranny, oppression, corruption, and poverty? It is true that the immediate inheritors of colonial power, the bizarre dictators who were the principals in what Byron called (and said that he longed to see) “Africa’s first dance of freedom,” are now of the past, having gone the way of all flesh; but even if tyranny has become a little less evident than it was formerly, arbitrary rule, official exactions, and so forth are still prevalent on the continent, and only a few countries have what we think of as proper elections.

In Africa, by contrast, they could start a business straight away, the only requirement being a little capital. They had already started: shops, hotels, cinemas, bars. They had needed no one’s permission; they simply bought premises or land upon which to build them and started their businesses as they saw fit. It was easy to square any interfering official, much easier than dealing with an “honest” bureaucracy. They hired whom they chose and paid them what the market would bear. They themselves could work as much or as little as they liked; the risk was entirely theirs, and if their enterprises failed, there was no one to rescue them and no one upon whom they could fall back other than their families (but they had chosen countries other than those of their descent). Paperwork was almost nonexistent and the government a long way off. In Africa, they felt they were free men in a way that they never would be free men in France.

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How to Build an Igloo

30th June 2017

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Winter will be here before you know it. Be prepared.

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Thought for the Day

30th June 2017

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Why Not Have a Randomly Selected Congress?

29th June 2017

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The Athenians did it.

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Harvard Study: Being Exposed to Income Inequality Makes You More Conservative

28th June 2017

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It’s from Harvard so it HAS to be true, right?

Perhaps exposure brings home the reality that poor people are typically that way for a reason, and the reason isn’t that rich people are rich.

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Clinical Psychologist: ‘Women Hate Harmless Men’

28th June 2017

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Many modern men have been propagandized to believe that modern women want nice, sensitive, empathetic guys who make them feel safe.

And then they are perplexed and frustrated when they eventually find themselves dumped, divorced, or relegated to the friend-zone for perpetuity.

According to Jordan Peterson—clinical psychologist, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, and popular speaker—such results are not surprising. When he spoke to a gathering of people earlier this year, his thoughts on what women really want in a man supported a stereotype that still has popular cachet: that women are attracted to assholes.

Those of you who watch TV, consider The Blacklist. Agent Elizabeth Keene is the epitome of modern feminism, who kicks butt and rarely bothers to take names, and is married to a classic pajama-boy beta male who teaches gradeschool and is so sensitive and supportive that it’s surprising that he has lived as long as he has.

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The Witch Hunters

28th June 2017

ZMan has an interesting take.

One of the themes here is that the American Left is a different thing from the European Left in that it was not born out of the French Revolution. It was born out of the English Civil War and the religious radicalism of the prior century. American Progressives are the spiritual children of the Puritans and Public Protestantism. Their primary motivation is communal salvation. To that end, their focus is on rooting out sin and naming the sinner, rather than the material egalitarianism we associate with the European Left.

Is there anything that we can’t blame on Cromwell?

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Bacteria Are Eating Most of the 2010 BP Oil Spill

27th June 2017

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Oil-eating microbes ate most of the oil BP spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, according to new research by scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The study discovered and sequenced the DNA of a new type of natural oil-eating bacteria. Knowing how oil-eating bacteria behave will help prevent future oil spills from doing as much damage to the environmental as the BP spill.

So all of the OMG WE’RE DOOMED people are, as usual, full of shit.

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The Only Way to Fix Healthcare Insurance in the U.S.

27th June 2017

Scott Adams has a solution.

Our system of government has been amazingly robust for hundreds of years, but it fails when you have these two conditions:

1. An issue is too complicated for the public to understand.

2. Big companies are willing to distort the system for profits.

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We Are Watching A Slow-Motion Coup D’etat

27th June 2017

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It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.

To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system. Unlike the coup d’etat that sees a military or popular figure lead a minority resistance or majority force into power over the legitimate government, this coup d’etat is leaderless and exposes some of the deepest fissures in our system of government. This coup d’etat represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our elites.

There is an old English proverb, ‘He who draws his sword against the king must throw away the scabbard’, and that’s what we’re seeing now.

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Thought for the Day

27th June 2017

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Minimum Wage: You Want Jobs With That?

26th June 2017

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As cities and states raise minimum wages to as much as $15 an hour, companies that rely on unskilled labor are cutting labor costs. Of course they are, though those like McDonalds with low-income customers will never tell you why. But businesses don’t spend a dollar when they can spend 50 cents. Employees who contribute less than their pay don’t stay employees for long.

Duh.

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26th June 2017

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It’s Time to Break Up Syria

25th June 2017

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Whether it’s the deployment of special forces against ISIS or firing Tomahawk missiles against Bashar al-Assad, regardless of which faction is eliminated or who is removed from their position of power, the likelihood of stabilizing Syria is low. The country has traveled too far down a path that no amount of international goodwill can bring back. “Syria,” as it was previously known, is dead. Investing in an attempt to revive the pre-war status quo of a unitary state is a fool’s errand, which will drain immense resources, drag out the suffering of the people and distract the international community from seeking more achievable goals. The limited capacity of the international community (both resources and will), the conflicting geopolitical interests, and the depth of animosity among people on the ground mean that a strategy premised upon a return to the Syria that once was is bound to fail.

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Our argument for the breakup of Syria isn’t a call to revisit the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the subsequent Treaty of Sèvres—in which Western nations mapped out the current Middle East, ignoring what the local people wanted—but rather to recognize that borders are not immutable and are a function of an ever-evolving history, culture and politics. The century-long map of the Middle East, for better or worse, served the region during the interwar period and the subsequent postcolonial transitions, but the internal pressures that had been contained by strongman dictatorships, with the support of various foreign governments, can no longer be held back. Persisting with the status quo in Syria without acknowledging these challenges and realistically considering the likelihood of a sustainable peace will lead to a far worse situation.

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McDonald’s Stock Is Soaring Because of… Automation

25th June 2017

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Of course, reports such as these prefer to focus on the positive (at least in the eyes of investors) while leaving the other half of the story untold for the most part. Those kiosks are taking the place of entry level workers at the cash registers. Mobil ordering options also allow an app to load up the orders for the cooks in the back. One person can bring most of the orders to the tables or the pick-up window, cutting out the need for several workers in each store.

Saw that coming once the $15-an-hour minimum wage campaign heated up. (Bought the stock — kaching!)

There was a time when such automation was pretty much impossible or at least prohibitively expensive to implement. Not so anymore. It’s still not cheap to do on the front end, but managers have to weigh those costs against what human workers would cost in the long run. Even in places where cities and states haven’t already raised the minimum wage massively they’ve been threatening to. One of our major political parties is pushing to do it on the national level. If you scare these employers enough over a sufficient period of time they’ll eventually begin to believe you.

And nobody scares employers like the Democrats. With results as you see them.

Fight for 15, meet Robby the Robot. He’ll be taking your place now and you can fight for a spot in the unemployment line.

Perhaps you can hire an illegal immigrant to stand in for you, you know, doing the jobs Americans won’t do.

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Plastic Water Bottles Might Have Poisoned Ancient Californians

25th June 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

No doubt Trump is to blame.

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Thought for the Day

25th June 2017

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Me, in the Morning

24th June 2017

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STUDY: Antarctic Sea Ice Loss Driven by ‘Natural Variability,’ Not Global Warming

24th June 2017

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A series of strong storms late last year brought warm winds down to Antarctica that melted a South Carolina-sized chunk of sea ice every day, leading to the lowest sea ice coverage on record for the South Pole.

And it likely had nothing to do with man-made global warming, according a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

“There’s no indication this is anything but just natural variability,” John Turner, a climate scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, told the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) blog Friday.

DENIER! THERE’S A CONSENSUS!

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Conservative Wonk Avik Roy: The Senate Healthcare Bill Is Actually Pretty Awesome

24th June 2017

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Avik Roy is a pretty prominent conservative health care policy expert, and he has the reputation of knowing what he’s talking about. We report, you decide.

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Republicans’ Health-Care Bills Boil Down to … More Obamacare

23rd June 2017

Megan McArdle reads this crap so that you don’t have to.

Well, you know, if you tilt your head to one side and squint a little, you can sort of see … Obamacare. I called the House health care bill “Obamacare Lite,” but compared to the Senate bill, the House was offering a radical new taste sensation. The Senate bill touches very little of the underlying architecture of Obamacare; all it does is eliminate the insurance mandates, cut spending and give states somewhat more autonomy in how those dollars are spent. Repeal Obamacare, you say? They’re barely even worrying it.

 

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Democrats Bring the H8: Nebraska Democratic Party Official Fired After Saying He Wished Steve Scalise Had Died

23rd June 2017

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An official in the Nebraska state Democratic party has been removed from his position after an audio recording surfaced of him saying that he wished Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise had been killed last week when he was shot by a Democratic gunman during a congressional baseball practice.

Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb removed Phil Montag as chairman of the technology committee after an audio recording surfaced earlier this week of him saying that he was “glad” that Scalise was shot and that he wished “he was fucking dead.”

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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