General Discussion, Thursday, December 21, 2017

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  1. Lucille says:

    Thursday, December 21st, Winter Solstice

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  2. Lucille says:

    Bing Crosby “The First Noel”

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  3. stella says:

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze!

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  5. Menagerie says:

    Well y’all, I have completed my biggest job ever. Finished It Monday, took about 4 days. Completely primed and painted a house, stained floors, stenciled a lovely faux gilded inlay pattern, then poly’d the floors, striped a wall in a bedroom, and papered an accent wall in the great room.

    Did a faux brick exterior that looks astounding.

    I sure hope my granddaughter loves her doll house. It has hours and hours of hard work in it. Today I tackle the actual work of my life left to do before Christmas, which piled up big time while I played doll house.

    The countdown begins, for me at least. Will the crazy, frazzled, tired woman get themshopping, cleaning, cooking, and all the wrapping done between coffee time and Jack time?

    Will she get to Friday Adoration and remember the reason for all this work? I’ll have another coffee, please. I’m tired already!

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  6. G-d&Country says:

    Good Morning Everyone πŸ™‚
    Today’s picture is Musical Angel by William Morris – a stained glass panel. I have always loved stained glass art.This is from St. James Church in Cumbria UK. From the website www victorianweb org. Photograph by P. Neil Ralley. P. Neil Ralley has most generously shared information, images, and text from his Stained Glass Photography site with readers of the Victorian Web. The copyright on these images remains, of course, with him. [GPL]

    I am so sorry to have missed so many great posts while recuperating. I especially like the Christmas music. I am looking to buy cd’s of Christmas music by Perry Como etc., and choral/orchestra classical songs. Does anyone have favorites?
    BTW Menagerie did you write the post you were thinking of? Did I miss it? How did you have time while doing all that house painting?! HAHAHA πŸ˜‰

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    • stella says:

      I hope you are feeling well now!

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Thanks to you Stella and all the kind well wishers here. πŸ™‚
        I am doing better as long as I am careful how I move, and don’t lift anything much heavier than a cup of coffee! My abdomen injury is affecting eating etc, and will take a few more months(!) to heal the doc said, but it will heal :-). I am hoping no more tests or any surgery will be necessary. The constant pain has subsided, so I can get sleep, and that is most recuperative. It’s weird – I did not think what I was doing was that unusual, but I obviously did something wrong! So everyone PLEASE be very aware and careful when moving heavy objects – even if it’s something you have done in the past. Thanks to all!

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    • lovely says:

      Good to see you G-d&Country. πŸ™πŸΌPrayers that you feel well soon. Stained glass is so beautiful.

      The Chagall window at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Thank you for your prayers Lovely. I need them πŸ™‚
        I never knew this window existed or that he did stained glass. How very interesting. He managed to get a watercolor effect in a solid glass window! Thanks for posting it.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Just saw a story about making stained glass gingerbread house windows out of melted Jolly Rancher candies. Melt in separate cups then pour 2-3 colors at a time into a candy mold shaped like the window you want. Found instructions for melting at sugartownsweets.com

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        • lovely says:

          Very cool! We made stained glass cookies when the girls were little, we smashed up some kind of hard candy and put it inside of empty spaces in cutout sugar cookies then baked them in an oven and let the candy melt. They looked really pretty but were inedible as the candy seemed to just wrap around your teeth and stay stuck there. Melting Jolly Ranchers sounds like a better way to go!

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          • Menagerie says:

            I am pretty good at cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a long history of failure with gingerbread houses. Tried it again last week with a sick third grade grandson. Yep, still suck at it.

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            • lovely says:

              We made gingerbread houses when the girls were little. They fought over the decorations and what should go where. Scratch that idea.

              Then we made gingerbread houses when the girls were teenagers. They fought over the decorations and what should go where.

              Scratch that idea.

              Girls. 20 months apart. Sometimes it wasn’t so fun.

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              • Menagerie says:

                Money was always tight when our kids were little. I would buy all the stuff to make the houses over the course of weeks, especially all the candy. The oldest and youngest would mostly eat their pile as they went along, then eat the house. Middle son would hoard his candy, guard it from the other two who were left with nothing much after eating their own, and save the danged house until I threw it away around Lent.

                Of course, after the first disaster I found this article that showed how “easy” it was to make the houses out of graham crackers, so that’s what we did for years. Not much better, except you didn’t have as much blood, sweat, and tears in it when the blasted thing collapsed.

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                • lovely says:

                  We used graham crackers from the get go. So it wasn’t a complete loss as at least I could eat them with my tea after the fiasco of “Red skittles look stupid on the door!” “No! The gumdrops are too big!”

                  Money was tight for us also, we home schooled so I could justify it as learning experience of ratios, scale etc. Of course it ended up being a lesson in my not pulling my hair out instead.

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    • Trans-Siberian Orchestra is my favorite for Christmas music.

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  7. Lburg says:

    Yes, you will get everything done, you will make it to Friday Adoration and you will get the wrapping completed. However…….when your labors of love have finished just in time for Jack and prior to the Celebration……

    PS – I fully intend to make the most of this look when things wind down.

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  8. WeeWeed says:

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  9. lovely says:

    With apologies to Peter Clenott

    Beware, ye politicians and anti-Americans, for the sun is up and I am awake.” __Donald Trump

    Nikki Haley is kicking some butt at the moment.

    Wow!

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  10. stella says:

    Isn’t this a good portrait of President Trump?

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  11. Lucille says:

    Groundhog Day (1993) – Eat Cake scene

    I love this film…and Andie MacDowell’s hair in the scene where Murray is sculpting her in ice. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried at the same scenes or how many times I’ve seen the film over the years.

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  12. G-d&Country says:

    Judge Declares Mistrial in Bundy Case After Documented Government Conspiracy Against the Family is Revealed
    Posted on December 21, 2017 by Alex Thomas
    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2017/12/21/judge-declares-mistrial-in-bundy-case-after-documented-government-conspiracy-against-the-family-is-revealed/
    Just days after a shocking whistleblower complaint from a leading BLM investigator, a federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case against the Bundy family who have been accused of leading a 2014 standoff with the government over cattle grazing rights.

    The judge, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, admonished the prosecution for specifically (and most likely purposefully) failing to turn over β€œpotentially exculpatory” evidence to the Bundy defense team. Navarro also dismissed the jurors in the case despite seven weeks of testimony from overzealous prosecutors hellbent on taking out the entire Bundy family.

    β€œThe judge is obligated to disclose all evidence that might be favorable to defense attorneys,” she said, according to a report in The Washington Times.
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/20/judge-declares-mistrial-cliven-bundy-case/
    New trial scheduled for February in 2014 Nevada standoff.
    β€œIt’s a step in the right direction,” Ryan Bundy told reporters outside the Las Vegas courthouse. β€œSo now we’ve got to go through a few more steps and get this properly dismissed. There’s a lot more to do, but we’re glad to have this step done.”

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  13. derk says:

    Morning Stella, all.
    Love this day, cuz from here on the days just keep getting longer! Snow, something good to look at from afar. Love the lighthouse even though those would not be my footprints venturing out and about.
    Kids all rolled in late last night, slept in till almost 9! Doesn’t happen, but something about having a house full made for a comfy home. Yay!

    Have a great darkest day of the year day y’all!

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  14. Lucille says:

    Hilarious….

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  15. Lucille says:

    “We Are the Bollards” by Mark Steyn
    Steyn on Australia – December 21, 2017

    “So there will be more empty seats round the Christmas table this year, after an ‘Australian citizen’ mowed down pedestrians at the junction of Flinders Street and Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.”

    https://www.steynonline.com/8340/we-are-the-bollards

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Love Mark Steyn. Well worth the read.
      This also brings up the concept being used by those who would destroy us – that these are “mentally ill” people. It does not have anything to do with islam (*). If you demean them, then you demean the mentally ill. If you go to the W.H.O. they have records on the highest rates of mental illness. The highest is Somalia. In islam some imams allow inbreeding, and along with a violent and perverse culture, of course mental illness is rampant. The question is: Why are we letting in people with mental illness that is obvious and/or easy to test for? The ban by President Trump is a good first step, but many of these “mentally ill” people are in Europe now, and can come here from there.
      (*)Well I guess that proves that islam along with (new age) liberalism is a mental disorder.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Regarding the years & years, summits & treaties, Nobel Peace prizes to Arafat, et al, billions & billions of $$ of our money given to get Palestinians & other enemy arabs to stop attacking Israel, what we get is alarmists saying if we move the embassy to Jerusalem we will start a war. No, bombers & dissidents & haters will start a war. The west has placated the arabs for too long, they do not respect us. Time to stop repeating ourselves. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      I just read some more on Steyn’s website, and found this article. Any grammatical errors, as well as caps for emphasis, are mine in trying to cut it down to a reasonable comment size. Please read the whole article:

      https://www.steynonline.com/8334/the-great-brain-drain
      The Great Brain Drain by Mark Steyn Steyn on Culture December 19, 2017

      THE DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE WESTERN WORLD IS “THE BIGGEST STORY OF OUR TIME”, and it will indeed determine all the others. A line from America Alone is, the future belongs to those who show up for it. And, if those showing up in America, Britain, Sweden, Austria are dramatically different from the entire history of those polities, then the future will be something of a crap shoot.

      For example, this story from my old friends at The Spectator – “Is IQ Falling Across the West?” …the Nordic nations are projected to see national intelligence scores drop by a total of seven points by 2025.” “Something” has “happened”, eh? In 1900 Sweden’s foreign-born population was 0.07 per cent -, of whom all but 300 were from Europe or North America. By 2010 Sweden’s foreign-born population was just under 15 per cent, of whom two-thirds were born outside the EU. In the space of a century, from 1950 to 2050, Sweden will have gone from an homogeneous ethnic state with barely any visible minority population to a land in which ETHNIC SWEDES WILL THEMSELVES BE THE MINORITY.You can’t really do that sort of thing without upending everything. In once boringly placid Sweden, all the indicators are going wacky. Whether or not you’re in favor of wholesale demographic transformation as a matter of public policy, it would seem unlikely that you could accomplish such a thing in a couple of generations without it having some impact on IQ. In fact, it would render any comparative measure of IQ between 1950 Swedes and 2050 Swedes as completely pointless.

      According to a 2007 study by the Rockwool Foundation, after ten years in the Danish school system, two-thirds of students with an Arabic background remain functionally illiterate. In Bradford, Yorkshire, 75 PER CENT OF PAKISTANI BRITONS ARE MARRIED TO THEIR FIRST COUSINS, MANY OF WHOM ARE THEMSELVES THE CHILDREN OF FIRST COUSINS. In the new west, why even bother worrying about IQ?

      And the more demographic transformation transforms, the more ill-advised it becomes to mention it. Before 9/11, even the BBC was happy to discuss whether the resurgence of rickets in the United Kingdom is due to Muslim dress. Sixteen years later, when UKIP bring it up, it’s cited as proof they’re a laughingstock. A question for Professor Bates is WHETHER A SOCIETY IN WHICH MORE AND MORE SUBJECTS ARE RULED OUT OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE SHOULD EXPECT ITS MEASURES OF INTELLIGENCE TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN HEAD SOUTH – FOR NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE ALIKE. Thus: …the student “clientele” had deteriorated so dramatically over the years that the classroom struck me as a barn full of ruminants and the curriculum as a stack of winter ensilage… The level of interest in and attention to the subjects was about as flat as a fallen arch. The ability to write a coherent English sentence was practically nonexistent; ordinary grammar was a traumatic ordeal. In fact, many native English-speakers could not produce a lucid verbal analysis of a text, let alone carry on an intelligible conversation, and some were even unable to properly pronounce common English words.

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      • Honestly, I think the self appointed elites in the West don’t care. As long as they can maintain their little self-proclaimed fiefdoms, it doesn’t matter to them how many parents can’t find a halfway decent school to put their kids in or that the collective IQ of the country goes sliding into the double digits.

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        • Lucille says:

          A large percentage of Western government officials, and elites who vote in those officials, never have to deal with the consequences of their immigration policies. Their insulation allows them to dictate to their citizens and punish those who don’t toe the party line.

          Until Western nations stop this insanity and dissolution of citizen rights, chaos will become an every-day thing and annihilation inevitable.

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  16. lovely says:

    Not only is this great, but catch President Trump’s look at the 58 – 60 second mark 😎.

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  17. Lucille says:

    LIMBAUGH: Donald Trump Has Led The GOP To The Defeat Of The ‘SWAMP’
    DailyRushbo YouTube Channel

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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