Manifestations of reality….

Ffolkes,

“Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.”

~~ Latin proverb ~~

siberian volcano from ISS

Siberian volcano as viewed from the ISS

Image from www.nasa.gov via Space.com

Hajime…. Having been assaulted in my sleep by a small, fur-bearing extortionist, to the point of meltdown before I was even awake, I sit to write, only to find myself with no inspiration whatsoever. In fact, a complete meltdown remains a definite possibility for the rest of the day, I’d say. I can’t say why I’m so fragile this morning, but, hey, that’s PTSD for ya. A lot of generals, and armies, could take lessons from PTSD, regarding stealth; it seems to be masterful at sneak attacks….

Since finding something in my head about which to write seems futile, I think I’ll skip the intro altogether, giving it up as a bad investment of time. I can’t see it getting much better than what you’ve already seen, although the possibility of getting worse doesn’t seem out of the realm. In fact, I can feel it getting away from me the longer I type. In the interests of saving face, and time, I’ll end this now, before it gets to a point from which I cannot save it. I’m not sure what the regulations say about that, but, it probably fits into the rudeness category, if naught else….

Rather than risk relatively undeserved rudeness, I’ll go on. You’ll probably see some archived material below; fresh stuff probably isn’t on the agenda for today. But, that also means no further whining, so, it all balances out. Let’s see what I can find to make this semi-okay, or, at minimum, inoffensive…. Oh, wait. Too late for that, and it’s against policy. Oh, well. We’ll see what we can do….

Shall we pearl?….

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction
that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide;
that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion;
that though the wide universe is full of good,
no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him
but through his toil bestowed
on that plot of ground which is given him to till.”

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance ~~

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Naturally, since I’m in default production mode, you, and I, get classical music for today’s selection. I hope you enjoy it; I intend to do so myself….

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Dont keep calm

“It is ridiculous to lay the blame of our wrong actions upon external causes, rather than on the facility with which we ourselves are caught by such causes.” — Aristotle

As I predicted in the intro, we’re hitting the archives. The following is one of the longest, and harshest rants I’ve written. It’s a subject about which I feel strongly, so, since I have nothing today of my own, here is something from my past…

From 8/20/2014:

 
This is a long rant, ffolkes…. When I start on this particular subject, I have a hard time stopping…. this time, to the tune of over 2500 words…. I figured I should give fair warning; this is not an easy rant to read, nor will it give any quarter to those it targets as the evil protagonists…. If you don’t feel up to it, then you can skip it…. However, this is an extremely important subject, to me, so, I’m asking you to take the time to read it, think about it, and maybe pass it on…. This needs to change, for sure, and for certain…. I’ve even given it a title, in case I decide to publish it alone, elsewhere….

A True Plague upon Our Houses….

In which we take issue with those who would call themselves Men, having none of the qualities of a Man…..

“Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.” — Susan B. Anthony

As we know now, 1976 has come, and gone, along with 1776, and 1876; yet, the oppression and ongoing abuse of women continues, unabated and unchecked, in spite of any progress shown by society, which would be thanks to Ms. Anthony, and others, for having instigated, and overcome a number of the legal challenges involved in securing full rights for women, efforts resulting in SOME legislation that SEEMED to make some needed changes, not the least of which was voting rights…

In too many ways, unfortunately, things are worse, due to the ubiquitous attitudes, of misogyny and unreasoning fear of sexuality, which is so ingrained in both the male, and female members of society, there are few who even acknowledge the issue, unless pressed…. at which time, they generally become either defensive, feign indignation, or go into active denial…. This fear, based on ignorance, of course, is complicated by religious attitudes heaped upon men and women from birth, which only encourage such ignorance, in favor of dogma….. Now, 40 years into the next hundred years since the beginning of the women’s movement in America, the same can be said to be absolutely true….. Nothing below the surface has changed at all….

“You, you, you shouldn’t, you shouldn’t traumatize women with sexual intercourse. I should know, I’m a medieval doctor, I own a mansion and a yacht.” — excerpted from the AMA manual of advice for teens and newlyweds, 1910, 1926, 1933, 1947, 1955, and, every year since then, without changing a word….

Okay, so, it’s not really there…. but, it certainly would be, if they could get away with it…. and, is definitely there, in place, in the ingrained prejudices of virtually every male doctor alive…. This idiocy is an example of the attitudes of which I’m speaking; the hidden, slyly perverted belief that women are no more than the sum of the misguided and totally false characterizations placed on them by men, who insist on perpetuating the false image of women, in general and as individuals, as weak, feeble-minded, emotional, sex-crazed, or frigid, selfish creatures concerned only with using their beauty and sex to control men….

These claims are, of course, completely untrue in reality, but, the unreasoning, innate fear of their own sexuality, and the fear of being controlled by women, that permeates male attitudes, causes them all, or mostly all, to believe all of it, true or not… Thus, as the quote below from former President Jimmy C. notes, this belief in a full set of delusions, falsely accusing women of evil intent, is used to justify all of the pervasive objectification, abuse, and oppression of women throughout history, continuing today, no matter how much anyone says to the contrary….

Jimmy Carter sez:

jimmy sez

He would know, wouldn’t he?…..

Below this paragraph, I am placing a link, to the web site/blog of a woman who rescued herself from sexual slavery; there is no other term that fits. She was forced, at a young age, to become a prostitute, and spent most of her childhood and teen years trapped in the sex trade…. Her experiences should never happen to anyone; when I read her writing, it takes ALL of my control to keep from jumping up, buying weapons, and going hunting, for human males…. I get so angry it wouldn’t even matter to me WHICH males I started wasting; all bear equal guilt, from at least one point of view…. Otherwise, why would the rest of us, we males who do NOT wish to oppress our species’ mates, ALLOW this to take place? How can we know of this, and not act?

http://rmott62.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/are-we-not-human

Lack of honor is the only answer that occurs to me; there are not enough men, it seems, with sufficient honor to stem the tide of idiocy, gross perversion, and lack of moral fiber that infuses the greatest portion of humanity’s male members…. I would guesstimate that 98% of all males never even THINK about the issue of how women have been oppressed throughout history; most are perfectly happy to enjoy the lack of responsibility that such moral and ethical blindness allows; we are, as a species, after all, lazy by nature…. (Nothing wrong with lazy, as long as it’s not a way of life, but a tool, to make one look for smarter ways to do things….) But, to allow that laziness to act as an excuse for not acting in this respect, can only indicate a complete lack of what I call HONOR…..

This may sound like a harsh accusation; to that charge I say: Yes, it is and so fucking what? It’s a harsh world, and what men have been doing to women for millennia….. not years, not centuries, MILFUCKINGLENNIA, PEOPLE! No exaggeration or hyperbole is necessary or, in my case, desired….

Listen up, all of you men out there, because I am talking to YOU!…. It IS harsh, and I make the accusation without apology, because, I must in all honesty include myself in the group of those who have not done all they could to see the issue addressed; if it is never addressed, it can never be resolved…. I’ve done more than many, perhaps, and I do acknowledge the seriousness and urgency of the issue…. but, I, too, am guilty of NOT doing enough…. S’okay, it just makes me madder, & more determined to keep writing about this….

You see, the whole issue illustrates one small, but, critical facet of human nature that is part and parcel with those other character flaws in us which are leading us merrily down the road to hell, blithely wishing we had a bigger handbasket….. This tendency on the part of human males, to abandon honor and ethical behavior, in favor of allowing their fears and misapprehensions rule them, for our ENTIRE history, has held us back, from becoming all we have the potential to be, as rational creatures with an understanding and appreciation for what is good and beautiful in life.

Instead, we have witnessed, over those thousands and thousands of years, virtually unending wars, conflicts, slavery, abuse of women and children, or anyone considered weak and unable to defend their rights. We have seen people learn to use lying, cheating, aggressiveness, and self-interest as their primary tools for obtaining the resources needed to live, and to hoard what they have taken, by right or threat of force; this process is, in today’s world, considered to be a blueprint for successful living, with the ultimate goal in life being the fulfillment of one’s own personal goals and desires, at the cost of whatever it may take to wrest it from other people, and the world at large….

“Get it while you can!” Do unto others before they do unto you.” Bigger is better!” “One nation under God!” (It would be more honest if they just said what they REALLY believe which is, “As a Christian, I have more rights than anyone who isn’t….”)

Okay, so the last line, in parentheses, is one most people will only say under their breath; you can be sure, though, that every “Christian” alive believes they are the elite of the species, the only ones with the true answers…. This, you see, naturally gives them all a completely unwarranted and false sense of entitlement, one that really annoys the rest of us, who haven’t fallen under the spell of that particular delusion, and couldn’t care less who they think they are…. I GUARANTEE, even if there WERE a God, such as the figment they seem to believe in, I’m pretty sure, as an omnipotent entity, She wouldn’t want to have anything to do with such idiotic wastes of sperm….

Ooh! That was harsh, too, wasn’t it? Oh well… Again, I have to say, so fucking what? If people insist on showing their lack of intelligence in public, they are fair game for anyone who cares to come along and poke holes in their lack of logic, and/or foolishly naive belief in delusions that someone taught them before they could defend their own minds…. It isn’t my problem if they are offended; that is their own reaction, for which THEY bear ALL the responsibility….

I welcome dialogue, and will listen to any argument, as long as it is evidence based…. However, don’t even think about coming at me with something that has nothing more to verify its veracity than “ispe dixit”…. You will regret it to your dying day….. And, so will I, for I am not really mean, or cruel by nature; I just can’t abide people acting as if being stupid is better than ANYTHING else; it isn’t, and wishing won’t make it so…. But, it’s better to put such folks out of their misery, before their ignorance can spread to others….

Men and women are in this together, ffolkes; neither sex can possibly survive without the other, and why would anyone wish to? But, the way things are going now, if we don’t figure out, soon, how to take care of each other, instead of being at odds all the damn time (as all the people who spread jokes about the “war between men and women” keep yelling about, thus keeping the divisiveness alive, and actively harmful….), we will surely reach the point, in the not so very distant future, when our insistence on making the worst of our differences will result in the only possible ultimate end, to wit: our own extinction as a failed species.

The abuse of women, and anyone else; war; sales of drugs and/or arms; and the relative insanity of the divisive elitism as acted out by all organized religions….. All of these blights and plagues upon the spirit and growth of Man, carried out for thousands of years by those in our species who refuse to embrace any sort of beliefs that do not serve their own ends alone, all spring from one source in human nature; the expression of that negativity in our spirit has held sway since the beginnings of recorded history……

It is that part of our inner selves which compels us to use our innate talents for violence, treachery, and selfishness, using them to take advantage of others for our own benefit, using fear, and the threat of reward or punishment to control others, the use of which has led us to the impending threat of doom we face in coming days…. In order to survive, human nature MUST change…. Hmm…. not terribly good odds, I should guess….

I wish I had the ultimate answer; I wish I knew just the right words, and could say “THIS, THIS, and THIS…. just do that, and we’ll all be okay….” I don’t have them, though, any more than anyone else has had so far…. The worst part is, I know what needs to be done; but, due to the fact that I can only make changes to myself, I can’t just DO it, or even just SAY it…. It has to come from all of us, or it won’t work at all….

SIGH…. Damn if I know what to do…. I guess I’ll just go out, shoot a couple of pimps, and call it a day….. Oh, and if those pimps happen to be wearing a uniform of some sort, you may count on them being fully guilty as charged, with sentence carried out according to the dictates of justice…. in spite of any loud noises they might make to the contrary. Any noise they make in these situations is merely an automatic defense against the insistence on them taking responsibility for their actions….

Any lawyers who may try to involve themselves may try to make us feel differently, but, we can discuss that later, right? (We can decide what to do about them when we figure out where to dispose of the bodies….) For the moment, my day will be over, and justice done; it’s all I need to get to sleep….. especially knowing the women freed by my good aim will have the choice and opportunity to start the process of changing out of their slave clothes, into something a bit more free, and of their own choice….

Well, we all have our fantasies, right? Now, the trick is to remove all the above from the realm of speculation and imagination, and make it so, in Reality…. I guess we’ll see how it goes, eh?…. Later, ffolkes, & remember…. Free our sisters, and we free ourselves….

This took a long time to write, because it’s important to me…. Hence, I took a long time to pick a closing pearl, one that had the right feel to it, to express the depth of emotion involved, while still giving a nod to importance of addressing the issue’s less palatable aspects, such as the way women having to live in today’s world, or any world we have seen, are consistently, often brutally, abused, made to feel secondary, and at the very least, completely misunderstood, by their own alleged mates.

I am speaking of men who, in the final analysis, are failing their own species, not to mention failing to understand the concept, or to comprehend the importance, of such old-fashioned words as honor, compassion, and duty…. any one of which requires much more strength than any sort of aggressiveness, or shows of physical prowess…. Such behaviors are those of a child, based on fear, a child who never grew out of being selfish and/or afraid of girls, (i.e., afraid of their own sexuality, and of women’s….), refusing to grow up and truly BE a man…..

We need each other, men and women; nature’s other creatures have shown us how it is supposed to work, using the blueprint of nature’s design…. Each gender of a species is made to contribute certain characteristics to the solving of the puzzle of living, in concert with their opposite half, with the caveat being the simple FACT, that neither can survive, one without the other. Both are needed for the species to prosper, and grow…… It’s a shame there are so many men in the world who are so afraid of themselves, and of women, they can’t learn to act as men….

Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The Genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council; and the state of man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection.

— William Shakespeare ~~

Julius Caesar — Act ii, Sc. 1

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Between what I see and what I say
Between what I say and what I keep silent
Between what I keep silent and what I dream
Between what I dream and what I forget:
Poetry.

~~ Octavio Paz (1914-1998) ~~

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Shot in the dark….

Nothing old will do
to soothe such internal fire;
only new haiku.

Infernal chaos
bites with vicious teeth of steel.
Starts the day poorly.

Routines fill an hour
seeking a sort of balance.
Not easily found.

To bring serenity
is a task for a lifetime.
Today’s morning chore.

Five times seventeen
seems to have brought me some peace.
Counting words for hope.

~~ gigoid ~~

7/25/2016

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Naked Pearls

A path to freedom…

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“He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge;
and one only evil, namely, ignorance.”

~~ Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Socrates, xiv ~~

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“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”

~~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ~~

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“Before you can be creative, you must be courageous.
Creativity is the destination, but courage is the journey.”

~~ Joey Reiman ~~

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“To be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough;
the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.”

~~ Descartes ~~

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“The aim of life is to live,
and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

~~ Henry Miller ~~

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“I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years,
and I’m happy, Doctor, I finally won out over it.”

~~ Jimmy Stewart in Harvey, 1950 ~~

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“When I speak to you about myself,
I am speaking to you about yourself.
How is it you don’t see that?”

~~ Victor Hugo ~~

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The mere fact this is done should be recorded in the Book. But, it probably won’t be, and, that’s okay. It’s done, so, I win. For now. To maintain my record at that, I will warn y’all now, I’ll try again tomorrow, without any claims as to any sort of improvement, or even change. All I know is, I have to try. See y’all then, provided the meltdown has been averted, once again….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….

Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

Kowabunga!

À bientôt, mon cherí….

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7 thoughts on “Manifestations of reality….

  1. I was thinking all the same things….I found some articles I had saved from 1990 and 1991 and you know a lot of thew same issues are still being debated…especially women’s issues…..sad that we have come NO than we have…we had such potential and we crapped it away….is that American exceptionalism?

    Music good…but for me today is Hendrix….just in that mood….

    I have a black terrorist myself that ambushes me on certain days just to keep me on my toes…LOL

    Have a good day my friend…..chuq

    • Whenever I re-read this one, I have to breathe deeply, (a euphemism, of course, for a much stronger reaction), & today wasn’t the right day for it… but, the message is more important than how I react to it. It isn’t JUST an American problem; it’s a human culture problem, embedded in the male nature, which fears their own sexuality; probably has to do with our overly vivid imagination. Male humans apparently don’t have the emotional strength to handle both imagination AND sex without turning into tiny bullies, as if they were still four years old, fearing ‘cooties’.

      My little nine pound terrorist and I are having a battle of wills today; we’re both losing….

      You have a good one, bro…. Writing today’s post kept me from turning homicidal, but, the day is young, and I have to go out….

      See ya…

      gigoid, the dubious

        • LOL! I remember the ‘tongue’ attacks before full light…. Dogs don’t usually use their claws; cats are ruthless when hungry, or, in Leelu’s case, lonely for company… That’s the issue; she’s learned to get me up by getting into stuff she isn’t supposed to…. because my sleep was so irregular for so long, she thinks I should be up already at 0400, no matter when I went down…

          SIGH…. adjustments are tough on us old guys, & cats don’t much like routine changes….

          Ah, well, we’ll both adjust….

          See ya; I’ll be by after I go TCB for a while…

          Ned

          • Jaz uses her front legs to drag mine out of bed and then she lays down for a nap….that is until I try then it is more of the same…..I am awake when she says I am awake…..chuq

  2. I shan’t take my normal tack for a response. Suffice it to say, i know the solution. I live the solution.

    You are correct. No one wants to hear it. Regardless of how simple the solution is.
    Xxx

  3. Gentile.. Jew.. Servant or Free.. Woman or man no more..
    Lord it’s taken a couple of thousand years for so-called older
    Christian white males to wrap that around tHeRe head.. per the
    Woman or man no more for equal opportunities like
    so-called gnostic Mary Magdalene got before
    the patriarchs added the prostitute
    cloth to her Apostle
    white robe..
    and humble
    sandals as such..
    but certainly when Cory
    Booker.. an African American
    Senator at age 47 from New Jersey
    spouts the slogan we will rise together..
    no less than an optimistic Obama or MLK
    Jr… too.. in truly this golden old rule of new
    all toGeThEr trUe and gets a standing ovation
    from the crowd per se.. hmm.. looks like there
    just might be a Democratic administration of woman
    for at least 4 more years.. and at age 47 plenty of
    room for another 8 year term for a super charismatic
    black man again.. yes.. we’ve come a long way baby
    in so many more ways than one.. Trump would like
    to take us back to the dark ages of rule of man
    old.. in cigar smoking Catholic back wholes
    same as sin.. in Constantine sewers of
    way back when.. but go girl will have
    nothing of that in these new days..
    anyway.. it’s always been a battle
    of the sexes from day one
    human and now..
    a disintegration
    of the village and family
    of social roles strong.. and
    insanity in this new nomadic..
    nuclear to single person home..
    makes life rife for strife.. no matter
    what comes next.. grin and bear it
    super epic is what i WiLL say.. but
    i am a baby boomer who has lived
    it different and lives it different again..
    now.. rarely any more front to front slow dances
    of the ’80’s club.. disco 2001 in that decade where
    no one dances without asking someone to dance first
    then.. now it’s packs of girls and booties that dance freely
    with other girl’s booties and strange men’s fronts.. butt is there
    any emotional attachment that the front to front face brought
    way back when.. very little.. and what that spells as statistics
    do show.. is dropping fertility rates.. and lowering teenage
    rates of pregnancies.. specifically now as facts do show..
    it is a new experiment to us.. but in Nature’s eyes..
    Nature in Nature’s bigger eyes says there
    is enough of you now.. so
    shut the
    fuck
    up and
    try something
    different as the world
    turns now.. this IS A great
    day and age.. for a person who
    can create their own social role like
    me.. with sure.. a strong libido and open
    mindedness for change true too.. but for
    a closed minded person.. of the old patriarchal
    ways that are dying a slow death.. even in some
    middle eastern countries now too.. as sociologists
    suggest they too.. by the year 2050 will have similar
    free minority.. including women’s rights like we have now..
    Free trumps it all even what some folks call the nasty act now..
    And whatever works in Nature’s eYes for total balance
    WiLL get that job done.. no matter
    how uncomfortable iT makes
    the angry old men who are
    sitting at the mall
    with their
    Hillary frowns
    now.. as i come up to them
    with my now muscular 27 inch
    thighs and 45 inch man’s got muscular
    ballet dancing butt.. and like Marilyn Monroe
    in he man style hehe.. i could fucking dancing
    naked in a tutu.. colored pink and i would still
    rate more of a man with the women than them..
    and sure the pink tutu would be hilarious for
    a hairy man like me.. but never the less..
    a 48 inch chest balances out my
    Marilyn man shiny sun sHoWn
    figure
    now..
    hehe..
    balleting
    my way around
    the mall like a rogue
    full back now.. with
    baby’s got butt.. hehe..
    i blow tHeir minds every
    where they/i go.. and they are too
    fucking scared to mutter one word
    about the strange of me to me.. as
    my body language spells Lion from
    head to toe.. as i walk gracefully like
    My African American friends do2.. on the
    Savannah for WiLD.. fly like a cat angel on land fur free..
    But on a more somber note.. three degrees.. a certain
    intellectual poise when questioned by management
    store authorities.. as i mingle with them as i go..
    retired government white worker you know and
    all of that.. dressed casually but the
    shades do say designer and
    very expensive for sure..
    the Ninja has
    a certain
    privilege
    no different
    than Bruce
    Lee i suppose..
    not everyone can get
    away with what i do.. and
    seriously just a couple of decades
    when the odd of life was not the new
    black then.. in my little patriarchal town
    then.. it’s bigger now.. and seriously at
    the local Walmart store.. while i may be way
    out of the box with my exercise routine.. culture
    is no longer vanilla at all now.. no.. there are way more
    differences among individual cultures than i’ve ever seen
    before and it is only accelerating as folks become whatever
    the fuck they wanna be.. and sure humans are social animals
    where the majority are comfortable with secure and clear social
    roles.. it’s a very difficult challenge for those folks to adopt now..
    as someone
    definitely has moved
    the cheese.. and i am
    the area icon for the
    cheese that
    moved..
    hehe..
    just a field
    mouse i’ll be..
    carrying a new cheese
    they have yet to try in my style FReED..
    life is thrilling with the kind of middle age
    white male privilege i have.. but much
    harder for other folks still.. and
    i still have empathy for them..
    as Lord knows i have
    been in the worse
    place of all..
    where i had
    no executive control
    of my own FucKinG miNd
    and BoDy BaLanCinG act then..
    Perspective.. Perspective.. it’s all
    about perspective.. the other shoes
    are often so so.. different in world view now..:)

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