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  • Today's comic is Shooting down gun control by Matt Bors:
    Comic - Shooting down gun control
  • No wonder Congress is less popular than lice. At least lice don't illegally download movies and TV shows while passing laws to punish illegally downloading movies and TV shows:
    Over the last four months, employees of the House of Representatives have illegally downloaded dozens of films and TV shows, according to a report shared with Whispers by ScanEye, a website that tracks what IP addresses have downloaded on BitTorrent. BitTorrent is a protocol for sharing large files over the Internet. Unauthorized downloads of copyrighted material is illegal in the U.S.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott abandons Reagan.
  • Sad that this is actually news:
    One of the abiding mysteries at the Supreme Court is why Justice Clarence Thomas has failed to say a word in almost seven years of arguments. On Monday, when he finally broke his silence, the mystery was replaced by a riddle: Just what did Justice Thomas say? [...]

    The court transcript confirms that Justice Thomas spoke, for the first time since Feb. 22, 2006. It attributes these words to him, after a follow-up comment from Justice Scalia concerning a male graduate of Harvard Law School:

    “Well — he did not — .”

    Guess we'll look forward to more brilliant scholarly insights from him in another seven years.
  • Now you can read Playboy for the articles (wink wink) in Hebrew:
    It’s unclear whether Israelis in 2013 will consider a magazine with nude photos acceptable, either because they are conservative or because they object to the use of women as sex objects, a charge leveled at the magazine since its inception. Circulation potential is not the only issue; there's concern that large advertisers may be reluctant to jump on board.

    But the Playboy team feels there is an audience waiting and they're working hard to win the hearts of Israeli men. The team already includes an editor-in-chief, a deputy editor, a designer, a vice president of marketing and a business development manager, while Pomerantz serves as CEO.

    All the Playboy-Israel execs know the old joke about people who “read Playboy for the articles,” but they are taking the magazine’s content very seriously.

  • Sorry, you people, but Ann Romney will not be on Dancing With the Stars.
  • Here's a shocking headline:
    Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in Wyoming has Bipartisan Support
  • Oh great. Another George Bush wants to get elected. What could possibly go wrong with that?
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Nutters plan a walled city in Idaho. Greg Dworkin on new gun policy polling. Sandy relief in the House, and we learn how & why the Rules Committee is protecting the bill from most cuts. Conservative Crazies, from Bachmann, to Sandy Hook Truthers, to yet another anti-gay crusader exposed. A glitch repeatedly pinpoints one man's house as the location of lost cell phones. And finally, a video that shows just what can happen with some of these gunslinging hero fantasies. Can you guess?

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  •  Hey Kossacks! (4+ / 0-)
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    Have a meta problem? Click on the link in my signature and Courtesy Kos will help provide a safe neutral place in which you can talk about your problems, and provide helpful tips on how to express yourself in a productive and civil fashion!

  •  Ann Romney withdrew... (8+ / 0-)

    from DWTS when she realized they wouldn't let Rafalca be her partner.  

  •  Dancing With the Stars? (7+ / 0-)

    Guess that's too hard, as well.

  •  Lice have purer motives than the congress. (10+ / 0-)

    And who the hell is Grover Norquist???

    by ZedMont on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:04:14 PM PST

  •  I posted a puzzle diary earlier (3+ / 0-)
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    Puzzle2

    which is as yet unanswered. No one has even been close.

    What's My Line: A News Visual Pun

  •  Chicago NW Suburb Forest Preserve Restoration Work (3+ / 0-)
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    Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL is a beautiful place full of oak woodlands, savannas and prairie that has been well protected from development.  Many areas have been untouched by human hands for nearly 100 years.  But that means the forest and prairie have been neglected and become overgrown with invasive trees and weeds.  I am a member of the restoration groups that work with Cook County to restore the woodlands to their original pre European settlement state.  And we are in need of more volunteers.

    There are many levels of involvement for adults and school age children.  Some people scout for rare frogs and birds and collect and scatter plant seeds.  Many like me work to clear small to medium sized brush, build brush piles and burn them to clear the woods of invasive species and free up room for new oak trees to grow.  And a few people run chainsaws during the work days to help clear the really nasty stuff.  We also pull aggressive weeds like garlic mustard in the spring.  We have a need and place for you no mater your type or level of interest.  Come on out and see if you like it.  Tell your friends.

    It can be vigorous outdoor work, great exercise, and is extremely rewarding.  After we have cleared an area of the choking underbrush, Cook County contractors come in and conduct controlled burns that re-invigorate the native prairie and woodland savanna plants, many of which are endangered species.  Fire is a natural part of the ecology that has been sorely missed.  The transformation is incredible, and in the spring and summer native wildflowers are now free to bloom.

    I need to write a full diary on the subject (with pictures).  But for now I’d like to start gauging interest.  If you would like to join us for a workday, please let me know.  The forest preserve is split by Quentin Road into two sections.  Deer Grove West has workdays on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 9am to Noon.  Deer Grove East has workdays on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  One group works from 9am to Noon, another from 1pm to 4pm.  That way each weekend there is usually a volunteer opportunity.  Many stick to one side or the other.  I like to work on both sides.  Gloves and tools are always provided.  Wear long sturdy clothing and boots, bring a water bottle.

    Please visit our websites for more information and contact numbers for the group leaders.
    Deer Grove West:  http://deergrove.freehostia.com/
    Deer Grove East:  http://deergroveeast.net/
    Map:  http://goo.gl/...

    The next workday is this Saturday, Jan 19th, Deer Grove West, at 9am.  Enter off Quentin Rd.
    Dress like a lumberjack and come out to restore and enjoy the great Illinois oak woods and savanna!

    •  I'm familiar with (0+ / 0-)

      Tyler Creek Forest Preserve, on the north edge of Elgin, across SR 31 from Judson "University."  I also used to work up Big Timber Road, just past the preserve at the Allied Electronics warehouse.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:42:50 PM PST

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      •  I know of it, but I've never worked there (0+ / 0-)

        Tyler Creek is in Kane county, which isn't far but I've limited myself to the Cook county areas closer to me, as there's more than enough work to do.

        Kane county has started restoration work there as well.  If you'd prefer to work there instead, there are probably oportunities to do so.

        •  No longer anywhere near the area. (0+ / 0-)

          I left as soon as I finished my undergrad studies, and only went back to pick up my diploma - 37 years ago.

          You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

          by PSzymeczek on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:37:15 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Of course Ann Romney won't be on (8+ / 0-)

    Dancing with the Stars... How could she dance with both feet in her mouth?!

  •  Personally, I'm more interested in Braille.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Now you can read Playboy for the articles (wink wink) in Hebrew:

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:06:35 PM PST

  •  10-year-old Juliet Farr has a lesson for us all, (9+ / 0-)

    about perseverance! It took her 3 years to get the school district and city to use recyclable lunch trays.

    The effort to make the district a little greener spanned three years, two district superintendents, two Tempe mayors and changes on the district governing board’s makeup. A meeting with former Mayor Hugh Hallman, governing-board meeting presentations, a trip to a Styrofoam compactor in Mesa and countless hours of research were part of the process. This past fall, the 100 percent pre-consumer recycled lunch trays made their debut districtwide. This is projected to keep 900,000 Styrofoam trays out of a landfill. Arizona Republic
    I imagine some jackass will try to get the teacher fired who inspired Juliet—for being an environmental advocate or some such nonsense.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:08:05 PM PST

    •  recycleable, what about reusable (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't understand how it can possibly be cost-effective or enviromental not to use trays/plates/silverware that can be washed and reused.  That's is certainly what I remember from school lunches growing up.

      •  That was certainly a question I had when I first (0+ / 0-)

        read the story, because I remember the plastic trays that were washed. The article doesn't address it, but in the comments one person says some schools are not set up to wash trays, and it sounds like there are stricter employee/cleanliness regulations that, unfortunately, make it easier for schools to throw away everything rather than reuse it. They don't use dishes, for instance, and I guess all the utensils are plastic, so there's no washing on site.

        At least hers is a step in the right direction.

        stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

        by Mother Mags on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:24:52 PM PST

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  •  Can I please fire Governor Braindead??? (6+ / 0-)

    and the rest of the Republicans in Iowa??

    The State is starting to run surpluses in revenue.  This happened because of drastic measures started in mid 2009 by Governor Culver (10% across the board cuts in all State Spending effective immediately - at that time).  Braindead and his followers have continued to make cuts in State spending - including mental health centers and unemployment centers, but not limited to those.  There have been some increases in court fines and fees, increases in some fees elsewhere - temporary furloughs, etc.  Another thing that had 'saved' us was the mandated rainy day fund, which is now empty.

    So... what do they want to do with this real and projected surpluses??  Cut property taxes of course!!!  It's not like our schools have put off upgrades and repairs, or the roads haven't been maintained, or the court system is open 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, or there's now full employment, rebuild the rainy day fund.......  no... we need to have property tax cuts.

    Uggg.....

    I just got done with a phone interview.  Think it went alright.  Not sure about the idea of moving to Des Moines though.....

  •  Growing Political Will (1+ / 0-)
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    Global Atlas to improve analysis of renewable energy potential
    January 15, 2013 - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched the world's first open access Global Atlas of renewable energy resources -- the largest initiative ever to help countries assess their renewable energy potential and invest in new markets.

    The Atlas charts solar and wind resources and brings together data and resource maps from leading technical institutes and private companies worldwide. It also provides tools for evaluating the technical potential of renewable energy.

    Traditional databases focus mainly on specific attributes, such as physical information on insulation or wind speed, while others feature economic and policy frameworks such as support mechanisms for renewable energies.  read more>>>

    * * * Open Access Renewable Energy Atlas * * *

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:09:46 PM PST

    •  But on the other hand... (2+ / 0-)
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      Brit Conservatives for Green Economy, American Tepubs Not
      British conservatives vow to push a green economy; why won’t Republicans?
      January 14, 2013 - If you listen to Fox News or conservative talk show hosts you get the sense that advocating a green economy is not conservative. In fact, American conservatives—Republicans, treat it as folly and a socialist plot. The mantra for American conservatives is "drill baby drill," not "conserve baby conserve."

      This is not the case in other places. A very influential group of British Conservative Party Members of Parliament (MPs) called on their party to "redefine the green agenda" and make it a central plank of its pitch to the country ahead of the 2015 election.

      Expanding the Green Economy in Great Britain read more>>>

      Speaking of, when is everyone going to start Stop calling them 'republican', the GOP doesn't exist anymore, start shaming the ones that actually think there is a party with that label but yet as as wacky or cultist as their reps and talking heads, if there are any as they stay mum like they did throughout the bush admin. as they and those tepub congresses were carrying out policies of destruction on many issues not only In All Our Names but in the name of that once political party!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:25:56 PM PST

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    •  And Under Obama (1+ / 0-)
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      Big US Wave Energy Test Center Going To Newport, Oregon
      January 15, 2013 - The U.S. intends to get serious about wave energy development in Newport, Oregon.

      The seaside town of 10,000, an hour’s drive over the Coast Range from Corvallis (home to wave energy leader Oregon State University), was selected to be the site of the Pacific Marine Energy Center {OregonWaveEnergyTrust site}

      The test center would provide companies a patch of water and the infrastructure to test their devices, a necessity in the infant industry’s quest to prove it can be a contributor to U.S. electrical grids. read more>>>

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:27:57 PM PST

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  •  Clarence Thomas the Scholar (4+ / 0-)
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    Guess we'll look forward to more brilliant scholarly insights from him in another seven years.
    I think you may be right. “Well — he did not — " is the most scholarly thing we can expect from Mr. Virginia Thomas.

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:14:39 PM PST

  •  A very old joke regarding silence (4+ / 0-)
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    Brother John a Monk Took a Vow to only speak two words a year.

    The First year his words were-"Bed Hard"

    The Second year his words were-"Food Cold"

    The Third year he disappeared When his fellow monks inquired the head of the mission said Brother John was asked to leave because he complained too much.......

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:14:51 PM PST

  •  there is an important new report on education (1+ / 0-)
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    written by Martin Carony and Richard Rothstein for EPI, is is about  what international tests tell us about American student performance.  I examine it in this post from earlier today.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:16:49 PM PST

  •  Fucking useless House GOP members; wasting time (5+ / 0-)
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    on reading the Constitution all day!!

    What assholes!!!  And all those that sent them there!

    •  What reason (0+ / 0-)

      did they give for this?

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:21:16 PM PST

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      •  Probably to please the teahadists in their (3+ / 0-)
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        districts who keep screaming...the Constitution ..but they do not like parts of the Constitution, only a few bits here and there.  But they scream Read the Constitution over and over again and they are kissing up to baggers.

        When will the GOP realize the baggers lose elections for them ?  Maybe we will get lucky and they never will realize this.  And we can get a D majority in the House once again and in governors seats too.

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:27:02 PM PST

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      •  They did the same thing (2+ / 0-)
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        when the 112th Congress went into session two years ago.

        You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

        by PSzymeczek on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:44:47 PM PST

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  •  Mark Sanford running (or hiking?) for Congress (1+ / 0-)
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    WaPo:

    It’s official (or will be tomorrow): Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) is running in the special election for the state’s 1st district.

    “Officially we’re going to announce tomorrow, and then it’s off to the races,” he told the National Review.

    The House seat was left vacant earlier this month, when Rep. Tim Scott (R) was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by former senator Jim DeMint (R). A special election primary will be held March 19 with a general election on May 7.

    Sanford told the conservative magazine that he had thought his political career was over but that “miraculous events” had brought him back. Sanford held the 1st House seat from 1995 to 2001.

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:26:08 PM PST

  •  Back to normal, with military budget corrections. (4+ / 0-)
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    Don't refer to "cuts to defense spending" when what we’re really doing is reconverting from a wartime back to a peace time economy.

    It's better talked about as the “military budget corrections”… returning to a more normal economic life.

    -- We are just regular people informed on issues

    by mike101 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:32:32 PM PST

  •  Alaska and NY GOP act(Badly) on Guns (1+ / 0-)
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    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Only In Alaska: Proposed Bill To Arm Teachers Would Actually Tighten Lax Gun Laws

    Republican state Representative Bob Lynn is backing a new bill which would allow school districts across Alaska to arm their teachers and school officials with guns inside public school classrooms.

    Arming teachers has become something of a catchall for Republicans across the country who remain unwilling to support new restrictions on gun ownership yet admit that something needs to be done to prevent future tragedies from occurring. But arming teachers remains a deeply unpopular solution, perhaps because it doesn’t work.

    Lynn told the Anchorage Daily News that his plan is merely a matter of allowing individual school districts to decide what is best for their communities.

       “We’ve got to protect our kids, and how do you do that?” Lynn said. “Should you do that by arming somebody in the school? Should you do that by some other method? I’m not sure I know the answer to that, but that’s why the school boards need to take this up and get input from the community, from all sides of that issue, and make up their own mind.”
    http://thinkprogress.org/...
    New York Lawmaker: There Will Be More Than 7 Bullets In My Wife’s Firearm!

    New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R) spoke out against the state’s proposed ban on assault weapons on Tuesday and threatened to defy the legislation should it become law.

    New York is expected to become the first state to pass a gun safety measure since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, with a final vote scheduled for Tuesday. The comprehensive measure outlaws assault weapons and high capacity ammunition and requires New Yorkers who own military style firearms to register them with the state police. Gun magazine that can hold over 7 rounds of ammunition would be banned, the state will conduct more background checks and access to guns by the mentally ill will be drastically limited.

    Speaking against the bill, Katz warned that it transforms gun owners into “a new class of criminals overnight” and pledged to load his wife’s guns with more bullets than is allowed under the proposed legislation:

       KATZ: After what happened to the young mother in Loganville, Georgia who defended her two young children against an intruder, this bill would turn me into a criminal because you can bet that before I leave to do the people’s work, there will be more than 7 bullets in the magazine of my wife’s firearm.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:34:22 PM PST

  •  What Kind of Man Downloads Playboy? (0+ / 0-)
    It’s unclear whether Israelis in 2013 will consider a magazine with nude photos acceptable, either because they are conservative or because they object to the use of women as sex objects, a charge leveled at the magazine since its inception. Circulation potential is not the only issue; there's concern that large advertisers may be reluctant to jump on board.

    Or because they download all the free porn they want instead, far more diverse in content than Playboy. Just like people around the world, not because theyre Conservative or (a kind of) feminist.

    I bet the writers and editors don't' realize that people don't read newsprint anymore, either.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:53:46 PM PST

  •  What kind of family nicknames their kid Pee? (0+ / 0-)

    That's just mean to give a kid a nickname that will most likely cause him to be laughed at as he grows up.  People may not laugh at him to his face, but you can be sure some of his schoolmates did behind his back.

  •  As The GOP fights against any efforts to (0+ / 0-)

    curb gun violence, one must wonder- When will the next school shooting incident occur?

    Ummmm. That would be about 2 hours ago. At a college in St. Louis.

    "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

    by aggressiveprogressive on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:48:13 PM PST

  •  Using Bittorrent to download something illegally (0+ / 0-)

    is really freaking dumb.  It's like robbing a bank and telling the clerk to deposit the money into your account.

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:06:09 PM PST

  •  From the Citadel FAQ's (1+ / 0-)
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    This absolutely crackes me up! They advertise FantasyLand!
    "Private vs. Public

    One of the primary reasons for a lease paradigm versus private property inside the walls is our desire to make the community for Patriots only.

    The model will be similar in many ways to that of Disneyland. It is walled, gated, private property with controlled access. People pay to enter and agree to the rules because they see value in doing so. It is all based on a voluntary agreement between the owners of the property and those who want to come inside. Millions of people visit Disneyland and interact peacefully. It's exceptionally rare to hear of any serious problems. The key is that those people want to be there and understand what is expected of them. Surprisingly similar to what we are doing."

    •  We should encourage more of this- specifically (0+ / 0-)

      on the Southern border of the US. Heck, I'd be willing to pay higher taxes to help ship a few tens of million of these nut jobs South, and then we can save on border protection costs. Because, really, who in their right mind would try to sneak into the country through a "town" where everyone is armed to the teeth and ready to shoot anyone who looks out of place?

  •  Is there any way to impeach those who vote (0+ / 0-)

    against raising the debt ceiling on the grounds that they have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US and one of the Amendments states explicitly the debt of the US cannot be questioned?  Seems to me voting to not raise the debt ceiling, causing the US to default, is doing precisely what they swore an oath not to do.

    IANAL, though.

    •  Not as long as enough money is collected to pay (1+ / 0-)
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      debt and interest that come due. Nothing in the constitution about having to raise enough money to pay the spending they've authorized.

      IANAL either.

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