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Reader Selected News For Week Mar 1 – Mar 7

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Mar 1 – Mar 7”

  1. canary says:

    Top Mexican Drug Lords primarily served Chicago under guise of food.
    Will arrest of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman curb Chicago drugs?

    In 2013, the Chicago Crime Commission (CCC) named Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman the city’s Public Enemy Number One, a title previously given only to mob boss Al Capone.

    “Chicago is a major trans-shipment point,” says Peter Bensinger, former DEA administrator under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan.

    And Chicago’s many street gangs serve as a retail distribution network for the Sinaloa cartel’s drugs…

    “The defendants allegedly used practically every means of transportation imaginable to move these large amounts of drugs and to funnel massive amounts of money back to Mexico.”


  2. captstubby says:

    Over 100 published science journal articles just gibberish
    By Maxim Lott
    Published March 01, 2014
    Do scientific papers ever seem like unreadable gibberish to you? Well, sometimes they really are.
    Some 120 papers published in established scientific journals over the last few years have been found to be frauds, created by nothing more than an automated word generator that puts random, fancy-sounding words together in plausible sentence structures. As a result they have been pulled from the journals that originally published them.
    The fake papers are in the fields of computer science and math and have titles such as “Application and Research of Smalltalk Harnessing Based on Game-Theoretic Symmetries”; “An Evaluation of E-Business with Fin”; and “Simulating Flip-Flop Gates Using Peer-to-Peer Methodologies.” The authors of those papers did not respond to requests for comment from FoxNews.com.

    James Randi Educational Foundation
    Message posted in the Forum
    Blue Mountain Resident Skeptical Hobbit
    “As usual, Fox News leads with a wrong headline … you’d almost think they were anti-science or something.

    The papers for the most part weren’t retracted from scientific journals. They were removed from conference proceedings. A lot of conferences ask people to submit papers in advance and make a talk about the paper at a conference. Sometimes even getting on to the presenters list at a conference requires a paper up front. These papers are often published as-is without going through any sort of peer review.”

    “Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work. It constitutes a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field.”

  3. captstubby says:

    “the rubes buy it every time.”

    Oil Prices Spike on Russia Sanctions Fears
    March 3, 2014 (AP)
    The price of oil jumped more than $2 a barrel Monday as Russia’s military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world’s major energy producers…

    In other energy futures trading on Nymex:
    — Wholesale gasoline rose 4 cents to $3.02 per gallon.
    [ its$ 3.59 a gallon. where i live.]
    — Heating oil added 6 cents to $3.08 per gallon
    .[There are over 36 oil-producing countries. The U.S. is not overly dependent on any one region for our supply. More than 40% of our crude oil comes from the USA. Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia are our other main suppliers. The world’s total proven reserves of crude oil are about 10% higher than they were in 1980.]

    — Natural gas fell 12 cents to $4.49 per 1,000 cubic feet .
    [natural gas is a quintessentially American fuel, produced from coast to coast and together with supplies from Canada providing more than 99% of our domestic needs.]

    • captstubby says:

      todays update.

      unexpectedly seasonally adjusted.

      to be revised as deemed necessary to fulfill agenda.

      In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

      — Wholesale gasoline lost 4.41 cents to at $2.9762 per gallon.

      — Heating oil fell 4.96 cents to $3.0309 per gallon.

      — Natural gas added 2.4 cents to $4.516 per 1,000 cubic feet.

    • captstubby says:

      Oil rises on hopes of more US jobs, Ukraine crisis
      Oil prices rise amid Ukraine crisis, hopes of better US hiring for February
      Associated Press – 8 hrs ago
      Oil prices rose Friday as the Ukraine crisis took a new twist and expectations rose for a solid increase in U.S. employment.
      Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was up 31 cents to $101.87 per barrel at 0720 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, the contract rose 11 cents to close at $101.56. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 21 cents to $108.31 per barrel on the ICE exchange in London.
      The U.S. government will release February employment figures later Friday. Hopes for a strong report were boosted after the Labor Department said Thursday that the number of people who filed for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months.
      The unemployment claims report was one of the first bits of good news investors have had on the economy after weeks of data that showed the U.S. recovery slowing because of the severe winter.
      Tension over Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula also underpinned oil .
      In other energy futures trading on Nymex:
      — Wholesale gasoline was up 0.2 cent at $2.947 per gallon.
      — Heating oil added 0.6 cent to $2.989 per gallon.
      — Natural gas dipped 2.3 cents to $4.639 per 1,000 cubic feet.

  4. captstubby says:

    What you need to know about March health deadline
    Tune in before it’s too late: What you need to know about the March health insurance deadline
    By Connie Cass | Associated Press – 17 hours ago
    The big deadline is coming March 31.
    By that day, for the first time, nearly everyone in the United States is required to be signed up for health insurance or risk paying a fine.
    Most people don’t need to do anything. Even before the health care law passed in 2010, more than 8 out of 10 U.S. residents had coverage, usually through their workplace plans or the government’s Medicare or Medicaid programs. Some have private policies that meet the law’s requirements.
    If you’re already covered that way, you meet the law’s requirements.
    Since October, about 4 million people have signed up for private plans through the new state and federal marketplaces, the Obama administration says, although it’s not clear how many were already insured elsewhere. In addition, many poor adults now have Medicaid coverage for the first time through expansions of the program in about half the states.
    President Barack Obama is urging people who have coverage to help any uninsured friends and relatives get signed up.
    A big hurdle for the effort: As recently as last month, three-fourths of the uninsured didn’t know there was a March 31 deadline, according to polling conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Most said they didn’t know much about the law and had an unfavorable opinion of it.
    Plus, many worry they won’t be able to afford the new plans.
    The enrollment campaign is emphasizing that subsidies are available on a sliding scale to help low-income and middle-class households pay for their insurance.
    How to enroll? Start at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. Residents of states running their own marketplaces will be directed there; people in other states go through the federal exchange.
    After March 31, many people won’t be able to get subsidized coverage this year, even if they become seriously ill.
    The next open enrollment period is set to begin Nov. 15, for coverage in 2015.
    Figuring out just how many of the uninsured got coverage this year won’t be easy because the numbers are fuzzy.
    The administration’s enrollment count includes people who already were insured and used the exchanges to find a better deal, or switched from private insurance to Medicaid, or already qualified for Medicaid before the changes.
    Some who sign up will end up uninsured anyway, if they fail to pay their premiums.
    The budget experts predict enrollment will grow in future years and by 2017 some 92 percent of legal residents too young for Medicare will have insurance.
    But even then, about 30 million people in the United States would go uncovered.
    The law says people who aren’t covered in 2014 are liable for a fine. That amounts to $95 per uninsured person or approximately 1 percent of income, whichever is higher. The penalty goes up in later years.
    A year from now, the Internal Revenue Service will be asking taxpayers filing their forms for proof of insurance coverage. Insurance companies are supposed to provide that documentation to their customers.
    If you owe a penalty for being uninsured, the IRS can withhold it from your refund.
    The agency can’t put people in jail or garnishee wages to get the money. But it can withhold the penalty from a future year’s tax refund.

    had to share this;
    today on theYahoo Finance Comments web site page;
    posted by” Liberal Professor ! ”
    107users liked this comment .
    7disliked this comment.
    Why I vote for Democrats always..As posted by a fellow Yahoo liberal poster

    I vote Democrat because
    *I believe it’s okay if our federal government borrows $85 Billion every single month.
    *I care about the children … by saddling them with trillions of dollars of debt to pay for my bloated leftist government is okay.
    *I believe it’s better to pay billions of dollars to people who hate us rather than drill for our own oil, because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.
    *I believe it is okay if liberal activist judges rewrite the Constitution to suit some fringe kooks, who would otherwise never get their agenda past the voters.
    *I believe that corporate America should not be allowed to make profits for themselves or their shareholders. They need to break even and give the rest to the federal government for redistribution.
    *I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted, so long as we keep all of the murderers on death row alive.
    *I believe it’s okay if my Nobel Peace Prize winning President uses drones to assassinate people, as long as we don’t use torture.
    *I believe people, who can’t accurately tell us if it will rain on Friday, can predict the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Chevy Volt.
    *Freedom of Speech is not as important as preventing people from being offended.
    *I believe the oil companies’ profit of 3% on a gallon of gas is obscene, but the federal government taxing that same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t obscene.
    *I believe a moment of silent prayer at the beginning of the school day constitutes government indoctrination and an intrusion on parental authority ….. but sex education, condom distribution and multiculturalism are all values-neutral.
    *I agonize over threats to the natural environment from CO2, acid rain and toxic waste ….. but I am totally oblivious of the threats to our social environment from pornography, promiscuity and family dissolution.
    *I believe lazy, uneducated stoners should have just as big a say in running our country as entrepreneurs who risk everything and work 70 hours per week.
    *I don’t like guns ….. so no one else should be allowed to own one.
    *I see absolutely no correlation between welfare and the rise of illegitimacy.
    *I see absolutely no correlation between judicial leniency and surging crime rates.
    *I believe you don’t need an ID to vote but you do to buy beer.
    *I like to keep black people enslaved to welfare and food stamps just to keep their votes.
    *I believe marriage is obsolete, except for homosexuals.
    *I think AIDS is spread by insufficient funding.
    *I think “fairness” is far more important than freedom.
    *I think an “equal outcome” is far more important than equal opportunity.
    *I would rather hide in a class room while others fight for my freedom.
    *I’m not smart enough to own a gun and I need someone else to protect me.
    *I would rather have free stuff than freedom
    *I suffer from white guilt.
    *I like spineless no class imbeciles representing American on the world stage.
    *I like paying double for my healthcare with six and seven thousand dollar deductibles just so i can hear my liberal elitist puppet masters tell me how great it is while they keep their golden healthcare plans.
    *I’m convinced that I need others to think and provide for me because I lack the IQ and ballz to do it on my own.
    Liberal Professor !

  5. canary says:

    Business Etc: Facebook to Invest Fortune in Drones

    Facebook… is now reportedly interested in buying Titan Aerospace, a company that makes very high flying drones capable of staying airborne for five years at a time. It’s said that the price for the acquisition is $60 million (€43 million).

    According to TechCrunch, Facebook is interested in using these drones to blanket parts of the world without internet access, beginning with Africa. The company would start by building 11,000 of these unmanned drones.

    The drones can be used for a number of purposes such as weather monitoring, disaster recovery, imaging and communications, with Facebook being particularly interested in the latter.


    Much more under less revealing headlines….

    CNBC: Start-Ups, Investors Bet on Drone Economy

    Entrepreneurs and investors are betting on a future full of flying robots that can be programmed to do anything from survey crops or wildlife to delivering vaccines to remote villages in Africa.

    It may sound a little like something out of an episode of the “The Jetsons,” but the reality is the Federal Aviation Administration is required to implement regulations to integrate commercial drones into the national airspace by 2015, meaning flying robots are going to become a lot more common in the U.S….

    Andreas Raptopolous, co-founder and CEO of Matternet, explains how his startup plans to deliver goods via drones to remote places with no infrastructure…

    Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures announced in May they were investing $10.7 million in Airware.

    “The technology has gotten mature to the point that it’s now pretty easy to make the Silicon start-up model work to get into the drone business,” Anderson said. “Hardware is starting to act more like software.”

    DroneDeploy, which just recently came out of the start-up incubator Angelpad, is another businesses focused on providing a drone-focused service. The company, which is in the early stages of raising funding, makes the software that allows people to manage a fleet of drones.


    All ya need is a depraved woman like me to get a small business grant from the Federal Govt. Get into one of those inexpensive new smart business buildings and use it as a condo since I should qualify for that too.

  6. canary says:

    Code Pink co-founder radical protester fought deportion and threatened a security office.
    She and women’s group went to enter the GAZA from Egypt not accepting the border was closed.

    From the nut sympathizers in the media…..

    Daily Star AP: US activist says Egypt police assaulted her

    Mar 04, 2014 – By Sarah El Deeb

    CAIRO: The co-founder of U.S.-based anti-war group CodePink said Tuesday that Egyptian police detained her at Cairo’s international airport when she tried to enter the country on route to the Gaza Strip and treated her roughly, fracturing her shoulder as they handcuffed her before deporting her…

    When she refused to board a plane to Istanbul without first meeting with U.S. embassy officials, the 61-year-old Benjamin said security agents wrestled her to the ground, sat on her back and yanked her arms behind her….

    “It was as if I was some kind of crazy terrorist,” she said…

    The official, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said that after being told to leave the country, Benjamin threatened a senior security official that she would “make a scandal” for them before the world if they deport her.

    Benjamin confirmed the encounter with the official…

    Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-04/249257-us-activist-says-egypt-police-assaulted-her.ashx#ixzz2v4dWNlRU
    (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

  7. canary says:

    England Wants Sugar Tax

    California study :Eating Cheese and Meat is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes

    Could a diet rich in meat and cheese be just as deadly as smoking cigarettes? New research from the University of Southern California indicates that consuming high levels of animal proteins could be detrimental to a person’s health, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism…

    “Cancer mortality was higher for high-protein [eaters] compared to current smokers,” Longo said.


    Irish Times: High-protein diet could be as dangerous as smoking – study

    Animal protein levels linked with fourfold increase in cancer death, similar to 20-a-day habit

    A high-protein diet could be as dangerous as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, a new study has found.

    Research from the University of Southern California shows that high levels of dietary animal protein in those under 65 were associated with a fourfold increase in their risk of death from cancer compared to those on a low protein diet.


    What a bunch of bull, and no doubt the study was paid for by the federal government who want to cap everything you eat. Didn’t even warn too much fish can be harmful. Greeners wanting to get rid of cows, or California wanting to sell more fish. Protein is protein. It contradicts all the studies that cow meat does not effect people’s hormones.
    Mice are naturally grain eaters.

    I guess the California doesn’t remember people were once all short do to like of protein, meat, and diary. The fish did not aid them in growing on long voyages.

  8. canary says:

    How awful. A muslim cartoon making fun of Obama the king, could make him feel justified in attacking someone.

  9. canary says:

    US Feds gives Billions to Airline that literally wiped Israel off the map and profiles by accents and looks to not allow any Jews; even American Jews.

    US Feds Provide Billions to UAE Airline that Removed Israel From Its Maps – Etihad Airways

    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    March 3, 2014 11:29 am

    The federal government has provided more than a billion dollars in loan guarantees since 2009 to an Arab airline that has literally wiped Israel off the map.

    Etihad Airways, a United Arab Emirates-based airline, scrubbed any mention of Israel or its major cities from a map showing its travel routes in the area.

    Etihad receives $425,000 annually from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Post reported on Monday. But those subsidies are a fraction of U.S. taxpayer support for the company…


  10. canary says:

    The Jerusalem Post: IAF strikes terror cell attempting to fire rockets from the Gaza Strip
    By Yaakov Lappin – 03/03/2014

    Israel Air Force planes struck a Palestinian rocket-launching cell about to fire rockets at southern Israel from northern Gaza on Monday evening…


    IDF soldiers shoot and reportedly kill Palestinian attempting to damage Gaza fence

    One person was killed… Palestinian media later identified the man killed as Masab Musa Aza’anin, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member.


  11. canary says:

    Israel’s Prime Minister Office transcript of Netanyahu calling on Obama
    (excerpts from transcript) entire and video below.

    Meeting of PM Netanyahu with US President Barack Obama

    Prime Minster Netanyahu: Thank you, Mr. President….

    Mr. President, I appreciate the opportunity to meet with you today, especially since I know you’ve got a few other pressing matters on your plate…

    The 20 years that have passed since Israel entered the peace process have been marked by unprecedented steps that Israel has taken to advance peace.
    I mean, we vacated cities in Judea and Samaria.
    We left entirely Gaza.
    We’ve not only frozen settlements, we’ve uprooted entire settlements.
    We’ve released hundreds of terrorist prisoners, including dozens in recent months.

    And when you look at what we got in return, it’s been scores of suicide bombings,
    thousands of rockets on our cities fired from the areas we vacated,
    and just incessant Palestinian incitement against Israel.
    So Israel has been doing its part, and I regret to say that the Palestinians haven’t.

    And we’ve learned from our history — Jewish history, but I think from general history

    — that the best way to guarantee peace is to be strong.


  12. canary says:

    WIC program for Women Infants and Children expands for more food, fresh fruit, vegetables, etc. also
    “food to meet “cultural” needs.? beans and rice? WIC is a separate program than Food Stamps. Qualifying for one automatically qualify’s for the other. WIC you have foods you can only pick from. Food Stamps you can buy soda and junk food with. WIC get’s the best. They even get those frozen vegetable entries, and name brand foods.


  13. captstubby says:

    2-year extension offered for canceled health plans
    — Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don’t meet requirements of the new health care law.

    The decision helps defuse a political problem for Democrats in tough re-election battles this fall, especially for senators who in 2010 stood with President Barack Obama and voted to pass his health overhaul.

    The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama’s law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.

    Hundreds of pages of provisions affecting insurers, employers and consumers were issued by the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. It will likely take days for lawyers and consultants to fully assess the implications.

    and explain to me again, for five years, how businesses are suppose to put together any kind of economic game plan for the future?
    boss;” hey Jerry, did you draw up the numbers on what it would cost to hire more guys to start up a second shift ?
    Jerry; “well,do you want todays or yesterdays?”

    • canary says:

      Insurance companies are allowed to postpone cancellations but they don’t have to go back to those they already cut off. And another wave is coming up. And the majority of the people will have to wait til after the 2016 elections to see if they will lose their insurance. It’s been nerve wrecking.

      And the IRS forms didn’t ask if you have insurance.

      This is a great travesty.

      Obama is outraged that a few Democrats voted against that Debo Adegbile in a 47-52 vote.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/senate-blocks-debo-adegbile-justice-department-104297.html#ixzz2vAEky9pp who attended rallies supporting the Black Panther murderers, and got the murderous terrorist Mumia Abu-Jama’s sentence reversed.

      I thought it was insane for Obama to pick that radical lawyer for assist DOJ to begin with, and was frankly shocked only 6 Democrats voted against him. I’ll bet there were more Democrats that would have voted against him, if they weren’t afraid of Obama’s wrath.

      But, Obama is enraged and made a long statement calling it a “great travesty”?

      Millions losing their health care was just a “hip cup”

      So, I’m thinking Obama not getting a fellow radical protester in the DOJ position means either Obama had sinister and personal reasons for wanting Debo Adegbile for the position. He could help get Osama Bin Laden’s brother
      off who is ready to be tied. And he could get protests and rallies incited if Obama get’s into legal trouble.

      And what a poor example to set for the youth in this country.

  14. canary says:

    Tommorrow, US Marine to carry US Flag at Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Opening


    Word is Putin will be there too.

    Obama could have gone to represent Team USA and spoke to Putin in person.

  15. canary says:

    AP: Crimea Lawmakers Schedule Vote on Joining Russia

    Associated Press | Mar 06, 2014 | by Yuras Karmanau and Tim Sullivan

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine – Lawmakers in Crimea voted unanimously Thursday to split from Ukraine and join Russia instead, and scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters on the disputed peninsula to support or reject their decision.

    Ukraine’s prime minister said the Crimean lawmakers’ decision is illegitimate, and a European Union official warned that results of any referendum will not be recognized by the West.

    The 100-seat parliament in Crimea, which enjoys a degree of autonomy under current Ukrainian law, voted 78-0, with eight abstentions in favor joining Russia and for holding the referendum on March 16.

    Local voters also will be given the choice of deciding to remain part of Ukraine, but with
    enhanced local powers.

    “This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev,” said Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature. “We will decide our future ourselves.”

    However, another senior lawmaker, Leonid Slutsky, said Russia’s parliament could only consider such a motion after Crimea’s referendum.

    On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no intention of annexing Crimea, while insisting its population has the right to determine the region’s status in a referendum.


    I guess Ukraine’s lawmakers were promised jobs and money.

  16. canary says:

    Faculty and Student Haters at Rutgers University try to stop Condoleezza Rice from their commencement


    The haters that want Rice uninvited at Rutgers University should learn Obama’s interrogation technique is to take suspected terrorists on ships for months of interrogation so he can keep it secret.

    And Rutgers should know Obama wants to send 26,000 troops to Turkey to cross into Iraq
    and fight another war without Congressional approval.

    And you can bet Condoleezza Rice won’t accuse the intolerant of being racist. She has too much class for that.

  17. captstubby says:

    it appears that Fox has gone over to the Dark Side, and spreading the State B.S.
    FOX Business: Capitalism Lives Here
    U.S. stock-index futures climbed solidly on Friday after a closely-watched report showed the American economy added more jobs than expected last month.

    Weather Likely Chilled February Hiring.

    Strong Jobs Data Send Wall Street Jumping

    Weekly jobless claims fall to 323,000.
    (the Magic number)

    U.S. equity markets climbed on Friday after a key report showed the labor market is faring better than expected despite harsh winter weather.
    The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, higher than the 149,000 Wall Street was anticipating, while the data from the previous two months were revised higher. The jobless rate in February climbed 0.1 percentage point to 6.7%, slightly higher than the 6.6% economists expected, while the labor force participation rate remained the same at 63%.
    The Commerce Department said the U.S. trade gap rose in January to $39.1 billion, higher than the $39 billion deficit economists expected, and up from $39 billion the month prior. The data are a lagging indicator, but they will figure directly into estimates of first-quarter economic growth.
    Elsewhere, U.S. crude oil futures rose 29 cents, or 0.29%, to $101.85 a barrel. Gold slumped $1.70, or 0.13%, to $1,350 a troy ounce.
    the Fed (like many analysts) seems to be relying less on labor market indicators for their decisions on future policy and more on broader economic barometers such as GDP and inflation levels.
    In particular, the headline unemployment rate has been cited as especially misleading in recent months. The rate has fallen to its lowest level in four years but for the wrong reasons, namely because thousands of people have been leaving the workforce each month which reduces the number of people the government counts as unemployed.
    The number of long-term unemployed, or those who’ve been out of work for 27 weeks or more, declined by 232,000 to 3.6 million, according to the Labor Department. This category accounted for 35.8% of the unemployed.

    U.S. Adds 175,000 Jobs in February, Unemployment Rate Ticks Higher
    By Dunstan Prial
    Published March 06, 2014
    The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, more than anticipated despite brutal weather conditions across much of the U.S., with the unemployment rate ticking slightly higher.
    Economists had predicted 149,000 new jobs. The headline unemployment rate was 6.7% last month, up from 6.6% in January, a positive sign because it means more people entered the workforce.
    The labor participation rate, a key gauge of the percentage of working-age Americans currently employed, held steady at 63%, its lowest level in four decades.
    The December and January jobs figures, which both came in well-below expectations, were revised higher by a combined 25,000.

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