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April 6, 2014

New Blog

I am starting a new blog. This blog has been a lot of fun, but it has been irregularly updated and it totally lacks focus. I probably published enough weird ideas that my credibility has been shot with virtually every reader.

Incorrigible Savagery” will focus on freedom issues. The discovery of a tiny libertarian left and Thaddeus Russell’s “A Renegade History of the United States” has given me some new lenses to view the fight for freedom through. “Renegade History” was inspired by Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States,” which credits people’s movements for expanding civil rights, ending slavery, preserving the natives from total extinction, and so on. “Renegade History” says that even the scum of the Earth, acting without organization, have won freedoms for us modern folk. Progress is accomplished by the bad people who are willing to flout convention without being ashamed — like the hookers of old who walked in public without male escorts, dressed in red, and danced where dancing was against the house rules.

Michelle Obama is dressed like a 19th-century whore and is dancing with the President groin-to-groin in public!

Michelle Obama is dressed like a 19th-century whore and is dancing with the President groin-to-groin in public!

A savage is a forest person. Civilized people who fear all Others slapped a lot of negative connotations onto the word, but that’s fine since we’re working from the supposition that “bad” people are the freedom fighters. Protecting the freedom for various peoples to simply exist will be a topic of interest on the new blog. Also, the right for civilized people to turn their backs on Babel and live as savages. Many common traits of savages, such as matrilineal descent and sustainable horticulture, could really help to round out civilized culture. I’m fighting for your right to garden your front lawn and snuff toad venom here, understand?

Regarding this idea of left-libertarianism… imagine a libertarian who acknowledges that class warfare exists. A libertarian who knows that entitlement programs are people’s lifelines and that corporate welfare and imperialism are the really egregious wastes of taxpayer money.

As of right now, there is one post on Incorrigible Savagery, regarding the basis for moral reasoning (it’s fun, there are witches in it).

This blog is not dead. There are likely to be some gardening and beer-making projects in my future that don’t fit the new blog. Plus, there is a need for some corrections and updates to old posts here.

I appreciate all you readers!

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July 10, 2013

I wasn’t raised to tolerate fascists.

Filed under: Uncategorized — paragardener @ 6:49 pm

I was raised to tolerate other people’s ways and beliefs. Gay? Four wives? Believe that the mountains and lakes were created by the prankish adventures of a primal coyote? No problem.
Some people hold some pretty destructive beliefs, such as the world’s genital mutilators. Assuming that Americans were able to quit slicing on baby boys and take the moral high ground, I suppose we could send our armed forces around Africa and Arabia and lock up all of the older women who perpetuate the tradition, and shoot all the imams who preach nonsense about the clitoris, and impose new laws on all the nations. That would be a stunningly arrogant and costly approach. It’s better to extend a limited, first-do-no-harm form of tolerance.
One thing I was taught never to tolerate is fascism. Fascists are people turned monstrous, who take over governments and turn them to evil purposes, such as exterminating the Jews. They must be stopped, absolutely and in all circumstances.
Identifying fascists is like diagnosing a mental illness. The patient must be over the age of 14 and display four or more of the following symptoms:

-loyalty to nation placed above all other duties
-champions a rising elite
-believes in using brute force to crush opponents (of various ethnic, denominational, and ideological categories)
-overt favoritism for the Military-Industrial Complex and belligerent militarism.
-accepts or perpetrates fabricated threats from weaker nations
-accepts the curtailment of civil rights

This definition of “fascist” was derived from Michael Newton’s “Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories,” but you can craft your own list of identifiers from the many definitions offered on Wikipedia or elsewhere. I might add “support for corporate-government joint management of the economy” to the list. Whichever symptoms are core to your idea of fascism, compare them to the behavior of the American-Anglo “globalist” leadership.
Point by point: Since the nation is supposedly global, it represents all of humanity, and nothing could be more important than loyalty to it. “We Are the World.” On the other hand, old-fashioned jingoist flag-bumper-sticker nationalism is still appropriate during start-of-a-war pep rally time. I find our leadership confused on this point, so I will score them “negative” on this point.
The next question is, does the leadership support a rising elite? The answer is a clear “yes,” with a rising inequality of wealth even amongst the wealthiest 1%, the stocking of the White House with financiers, and the imposition of financier “technocrats” on peripheral nations.
The question of brute force can be answered with a resounding “yes.” Every police department in the USA seems to be purchasing a tank and military-style armor for their troops, and I understand that the UK is under some harsh riot-control tactics itself. They are being trained that “extremists” are enemies, but extremists are sometimes construed to include groups as broad as the militia and patriot movements, anarchists, even Catholics and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. I can tell you with 100% confidence, as an occasional demonstater and protestor, when the police are treating you as the one they’re serving and protecting, they can be really friendly and helpful. But when they see you as the enemy, they are motherfuckers, and as a group they are willing to bully, beat and torture. We need to focus on people’s actions and real violence, and not frame Islam or redneck culture or what-have-you as the enemy… that way is sure to erupt into serious violence.
Belligerent militarism, Military-Industrial Complex? Check that box for the reason of your choice — sporadic robotic missile attacks on friendly nations, rattling sabres at Iran, the scale of the military in proportion to all other government projects combined…
The US and UK (and NATO, and…) most clearly accepted a fabricated threat by going to war over an alleged Osams bin Laden – Iraq connection and Saddam Hussein’s magical disappearing Weapons of Mass Destruction. As for false flag attacks, I can do no justice here to any particular case, but submit to you that in general the terrorists seem to come from within allied nations or the ranks of last decade’s beloved freedom fighters.
This brings us to the next point of our diagnosis, the curtailment of civil rights. Civil rights are regularly being rolled back to make way for the War on Drugs. Privacy has not been protected through the transition into a Digital Age. My city is holding an election for its formal government while it is actually being run by a dictator appointed by the State, so where does that leave my right to vote?
Finally, we come to the matter of the corporatist economy… intellectual property rights extended to seed and perpetual copyright? Loans of free money to too-big-to-prosecute banks? Modernized food safety standards in the face of trans fat and GMO? Check.
Our shitty globalist empire thus displays 6 of 7 fascist symptoms, or thereabouts, subject to your own definition of fascism and your own analysis. This means that the Tories and Labour and Fox News and CNN and MSNBC and Jon Stewart are basically all upholding fascism, or they would lose their mainstream credentials and access. It is everywhere, in every person who takes on a mainstream stance. And it is the one thing I was not raised to tolerate.
I cannot unsee the fascism all around me. Now I am in a position a bit like the hardcore Christian who sees wicked Hellbound sinners everywhere. How can I learn to tolerate fascists without accomadating fascism?

December 12, 2012

Letter to the Lakotah

The Lakotah people live on the Great Plains of America, their rightful lands including much of the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. They used to all live in teepees and hunt bison from horseback… The Republic of Lakotah is a new sovereign nation rejecting bogus treaties, and experimenting with a return to the matrilineal and anarchical ways of traditional Lakotah…

I just sent the group a few bucks for humanitarian aid. I have been broke most of my life and only just now feel like I have something material to give instead of taking.

The Republic inspires me to struggle for freedom, and feel like thriving instead of cowering and shuffling. I feel like freedom for whites and all the others in America depends in some way on Indians getting a fair deal.

Please keep up your work as sovereigns from the settler government, the world needs you!

Peace, love & happiness,

~Ethan

November 26, 2012

Little Upgrades

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — paragardener @ 7:15 am

Hi people.

I have been fixing some glitches in recent posts, such as grammar and style. There were some more interesting changes:

I embedded Russell Means’ hour-and-a-half speech “Welcome to the Reservation” into the post “Honor Russell Mean by Seceding.” The speech fired me up about freedom in America and informed me about the situation for Sioux/Lakotah.

I replaced “Baby What You Want Me to Do” and “4th Amendment Drug War Blues” with new and improved recordings in “The Dirt Worshiper Sings.” You could go and “like” the new recordings on Youtube out of a sense of loyalty — I might well do the equivalent for you!

Lastly, I included the original sheet music for “Happy Greetings to You” in “‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Protects Legacy of Plagiarism.”

Much love to all readers.

April 1, 2012

Is This Some Kind of a Joke?

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March 25, 2012

Resist!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paragardener @ 8:13 pm

Reposted from Jesse’s Cafe Americain.

The White Rose
Third Leaflet
Munich, 1942

Salus publica suprema lex
The good of the people is the law of the land.

All ideal forms of government are, of course, utopias.

But a state cannot be constructed on a pure ideal, a theoretical basis; rather, it must grow and ripen in the way an individual human being matures. But we must not forget that at the starting point of every civilization the state was already there in rudimentary form. The family is as old as man himself, and out of this initial bond mankind, endowed with reason, created for himself a state founded on justice, whose highest law was the common good.

The state should exist as a parallel to the divine order, and the highest of all utopias, the civitas dei, is the model which in the end it should approximate. Here we will not pass judgment on the many possible forms of the state – democracy, constitutional monarchy, and so on.

But one matter needs to be brought out clearly and unambiguously. Every individual human being has a claim to a useful and just state, a state which secures freedom of the individual as well as the good of the whole. For, according to God’s will, man is intended to pursue his natural goal, his earthly happiness, in self-reliance and self-chosen activity, freely and independently within the community of life and work of the nation.

But our present “state” is the dictatorship of evil. “Oh, we’ve known that for a long time,” I hear you object, “and it isn’t necessary to bring that to our attention again.” But, I ask you, if you know that, why do you not act, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one set of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and fools?

Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right – or rather, your moral duty – to change this system? But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his rights, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish. We would deserve to be dispersed through the earth like dust before the wind if we do not muster our powers at this late hour and finally find the courage which, up to now, we have lacked. Do not hide your cowardice behind a cloak of expediency, for with every new day that you hesitate, failing to oppose this offspring of Hell, your guilt, as in a parabolic curve, grows higher and higher.

Many, perhaps most, of the readers of these leaflets do not see clearly how they can practice an effective opposition. They do not see any avenues open to them. We want to try to show them that everyone is in a position to contribute to changing this system. It is not possible through solitary withdrawal, in the manner of embittered hermits, to prepare the ground for the overturn of this “government” or bring about the revolution at the earliest possible moment. No, it can be done only by the cooperation of many convinced, energetic people – people who are agreed as to the means they must use to attain their goal. We have no great number of choices as to these means. The only one available is passive resistance.

The meaning and the goal of passive resistance is to topple National Socialism, and in this struggle we must not recoil from any course, any action, whatever its nature. At all points we must oppose National Socialism, wherever it is open to attack. We must soon bring this monster of a state to an end. A victory of fascist Germany in this war would have immeasurable, frightful consequences. The military victory over Bolshevism dare not become the primary concern of the Germans. The defeat of the Nazis must unconditionally be the first order of business, the greater necessity of this latter requirement will be discussed in one of our forthcoming leaflets.

And now every convinced opponent of National Socialism must ask himself how he can fight against the present “state” in the most effective way, how he can strike it the most telling blows. Through passive resistance, without a doubt. We cannot provide each man with the blueprint for his acts, we can only suggest them in general terms, and he alone will find the way of achieving this end…

Please distribute this as widely as possible.

March 18, 2012

Spot Perseids Aug. 12-13

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paragardener @ 2:09 am

The Perseids are reliable, abundant annual meteors that splash Earth’s sky every goddamned year as numerous shooting stars. This year they peak around August 12-13, nights with a morning crescent moon (meaning zero moonlight for some while after the sun goes down), but they stretch out for weeks before and after. The best place to see them is any place in the Northern Hemisphere with little light pollution and a fair chance of clear weather. Maybe camping? Sailing? Trekking on camel?

flee populated areas

World Light Pollution Map. Credit: P. Cinzano, F. Falchi (University of Padova), C. D. Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder). Copyright Royal Astronomical Society. Reproduced from the Monthly Notices of the RAS by permission of Blackwell Science.

 

 

February 19, 2012

Conspiracies are a Fact of Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — paragardener @ 4:45 pm

From time to time, I see a book or article published that asks why people believe in conspiracy theories, and what can be done to help the poor fools. Michael Shermer, writing in Scientific American, sees conspiracy theory as a result of cognitive biases, such as “patternicity,” the human tendency to find patterns, whether or not they are there, and “agentism,” the tendency to imagine that intelligent actors have caused things to go the way they’re going. Erik Hayden, writing in the Atlantic Wire, suggests that Machiavellian people believe in conspiracy theories because they would participate in conspiracies themselves (“Sure Cheney flew remote control planes into the towers. That’s what I’d have done to push the Patriot Act through and invade anywhere I liked.”)

Asking why people believe in conspiracy theories is totally ridiculous, like asking why some people believe in apes. The skeptic can point to a mountain of shady evidence that leaves one in doubt about Sasquatch, but we know damn well that there are chimps and orangutans in this world, and we know just as well that there are real conspiracies (people working together to commit crimes). John Wilkes Booth did not act alone!

The role of conspiracies in history is highlighted by that most charming of American institutions, the CIA. The CIA defines covert operations as activities “conducted or sponsored by this Government… but which are so planned and executed that any U.S. government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the US Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them.” So besides intelligence gathering, the CIA is the authorized criminal wing of the government. Obviously, there are going to be a lot of conspiracies hatched there: toppling the democratically elected governments of Guatemala and Chile, installing the Shah in Iran, conducting “secret” wars in Laos, Cambodia and Angola, attempting to invade Cuba and assassinate Fidel Castro, slipping johns LSD and watching them get in on with hookers from behind a one-way glass, selling heroin and cocaine in America, arming the Taliban, and on, and on…

At this point, some conspiracy skeptics differentiate between “conspiracies” and “conspiracy theories.” “Conspiracies” are undeniable and well-documented crimes like the Watergate break-in or the murder of Julius Caesar; “conspiracy theories” are any conspiracies I don’t or won’t believe in. People who abuse the language in this way deserve to be called “deniers” — denying things is neutral, and you should deny false things, but just the same the word suggests “Holocaust denier” and “addict in denial,” so go for the cheap hurt. Allow me to illustrate:

Conspiracy theorist: “FDR totally knew that the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbor.
Skeptic: “Nuh-uh. There’s no way that people in government knew the attack was going to happen, yet no one leaked the information to the public. That is just a ludicrous conspiracy theory.”
Conspiracy theorist: “Oh, well, I guess I should’ve known you’d be one of those Pearl-Harbor-Inside-Job deniers.”

I make fun, but just as there are people who will believe the thinnest of conspiracy theories (“Nazis secretly dominate world events from their base inside Hollow Earth”), there are a whole lot of people who are seriously in denial about the possibilities for conspiracy. Despite the frequent occurrence of conspiracies in the real world, conspiracy theory is to be marginalized from all discussions of politics or history.

Look up “New World Order” on Wikipedia, and you will find two main entries (plus various entries on books or musical acts):

When George H.W. Bush told us that he was building a new world order, that was meant in the “politics” sense: “Despite various interpretations of this term, it is primarily associated with the ideological notion of global governance only in the sense of new collective efforts to identify, understand, or address worldwide problems that go beyond the capacity of individual nation-states to solve.” According to Wikipedia, the new world order spoken of by Establishment figures is a positive, benign, problem-solving order.

“In conspiracy theory, the term New World Order or NWO refers to the emergence of a totalitarian one-world government… Numerous historical and current events are seen as steps in an on-going plot to achieve world domination through secret political gatherings and decision-making processes.” Thus, if you don’t like the elites creating interlocking trade organizations and treaty obligations that are fusing into one worldwide agency of control, you are a conspiracy theorist, outside of the realm of reasonable, normal debate. Develop a positive outlook on the elites who build those international controls, and you could add your input to the “New world order (politics)” page.

Explaining something with a conspiracy theory is not something crazy, like blaming witches for your problems. Conspiracies are happening every day. Since criminals generally want to hide their activities, it can be hard to prove or disprove any given conspiracy theory; sometimes we may not all agree as to whether something was a conspiracy or who was behind it. I don’t believe in calling my opponents crazy, by scientifically examining the reasons for their bizarrely mistaken beliefs, or by excluding them from mainstream discussions. Conspiracy theories can be investigated through evidence and reason, just like any other stories about the world.

February 11, 2012

I’m all fo’ Zohydro

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 7:57 pm

Lately I’ve seen rumors flashed about Zohydro, a new super-painkiller “10 times stronger than Vicodin” that will create a new category of pill addict. This appears to be some mix of brazen scaremongering and bleak ignorance. I think, if released for doctors to prescribe, Zohydro will be less problematic than Vicodin for both pain patients and “street” users.

The scaremongering began December 26 of last year, when the Associated Press issued a hatchet job on the proposed new pill. The piece was entirely focused on the potential abuse potential of Zohydro. It quoted anonymous “critics” and anti-drug activists frequently, and barely laid out manufacturer Zogenix’s case for the pill. Newspapers and CBS News then repeated the story, sometimes making it more sensational in the process, thus creating the impression of widespread panic amongst authorities. I will now put this scare to rest with my incredibly influential blog.

What is Zohydro, really? It is time-release hydrocodone, an opioid drug already available in the popular form of Vicodin. Zohydro may be considered as time-release Vicodin, without the second ingredient acetaminophen (aka Tylenol).

Pain patients must take Vicodin every four to six hours, which is unpleasant. The pills aren’t small, and you have to carry them around like an addict because otherwise you’ll end up in pain and far away from relief. People lucky enough to sleep through the night will unluckily wake up unmedicated and in pain. To solve the problem, Zohydro contains several doses that gradually dissolve in your stomach. If the “super-pill” Zohydro contains 10 times Vicodin’s dose of hydrocodone, it also takes 3 times as long to release it. Clever people may be able to defeat Zohydro’s time release technology and get the entire dose at once, but even very stupid people can chew up a handful of Vicodin pills and achieve a similar effect. IMHO, extended release medication is nothing to be afraid of.

Each Vicodin pill also contains 500-750 milligrams of acetaminophen, aka Tylenol. That’s the equivalent of an extra-strength Tylenol, or more. According to a poison-control resource buried within NIH’s website, no one should consume more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a day. Overdose causes the usual nausea-abdominal pain-convulsions pattern of poisoning, possibly leading to liver and kidney failure and death. Guess what, NIH? Vicodin addicts blow out that 4,000 mg limit each day and every day. They are killing themselves because there is simply no source of hydrocodone available that is not mixed with a second drug.

The safety of acetaminophen is questionable. Personally, I’d rather pop a hydrocodone (or heroin) pill than a Tylenol if I had an annoying headache, because acetaminophen stresses your liver and I drink enough alcohol to stress my liver already. A literature review published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy found that patients with no risk factors were having their livers hurt by taking acetaminophen daily, even when they stayed below the accepted 4,000 mg limit. In January 2011, FDA asked pill manufacturers to keep acetaminophen to below 325 mg per pill, to limit the damage. Vicodin manufacturers are still putting out the same old formulations.

I wholeheartedly agree with my mortal enemy, the FDA, on this issue. Crank down the acetaminophen levels in our medicines! Tylenol is mixed into many, many common medicines for cold, flu and so on, despite all of the people with risk factors against it, and despite the risk of combining multiple medications that contain acetaminophen and accidentally overdosing.

So why are people slamming Zohydro for not  containing a deadly drug? Apparently, some people believe that lacing hydrocodone with poison is an appropriate “abuse deterrent.” According to the AP’s miserable excuse for a story:

At a conference for investors New York on Nov. 29, Zogenix chief executive Roger Hawley said the FDA was not pressuring Zogenix to put an abuse deterrent in Zohydro.

“We would certainly consider later launching an abuse-deterrent form, but right now we believe the priority of safer hydrocodone — that is, without acetaminophen — is a key priority for the FDA,” Hawley said.

Something that makes you puke when you take too much might be a good abuse deterrent. Something that gradually eats your liver without giving you symptoms is a sadistic and violent punishment on drug abusers, not a deterrent.

Apparently, the folks at FDA get it, but AP’s Zohydro story was driven by statements from organizations like National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids, and Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. I have to suspect that these groups are driven by a pleasure-hating Puritanical streak quite as much as they’re driven by a genuine concern for patients and addicts (I’m being totally unfair, to the Puritans).

Dave Masko, writing on Huliq, voiced the claims that “people in real pain live with it” (implication: people taking pain pills are all whiny hypochondriacs) and suggested that pain relief is a luxury comparable to getting drunk. Once we’ve identified painkiller users as escapist subhumans, I guess it is acceptable to deny them any relief or launch a deadly attack on them through their livers.

Hopefully there is reform in the medical establishment, based on evidence and reason, to allow safer pain pills onto the market. Hopefully, the AP will give equal billing to drug manufacturers and FDA as it gives to anti-drug scaremongers in future stories (maybe patient advocates could even sneak a quotation in there).

I’m all for Zohydro. Everyone has a right to try to manage their pain, damnit! These people raising trivial concerns about a less-dangerous version of Vicodin should really take a long, hard look at where they’re coming from. I hate it when people I know are hurt or killed by drugs — but would you really “protect” addicts from their own stupidity over and above patients’ rights to live without extraordinary pain?

February 4, 2012

I don’t think the missionary is coming back.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — paragardener @ 5:38 pm

A missionary popped up on my front porch, totally obvious in his black trenchcoat and hat. I didn’t feel the need to be saved at that moment, so I considered hiding in my house, but that seemed wimpy. I thought about giving him a rude, angry sendoff: “take your God and shove it!”

There was only one civil thing to do: I stepped outside to talk to him. “Can I help you?”

He showed me a Bible verse, something from James that referred to Abraham as Jehovah’s only friend. “Wouldn’t you like to be Jehovah’s friend?”

Uncomfortable silence. “Well, isn’t it good to have a friend?” he persisted.

“Um… that depends on who your friend is.”

I explained, as gently as I could, that I did not want to be friends with a god who ordered his people repeatedly to commit genocide, and I especially don’t like that incident in Numbers where Jehovah orders the Isrealites to steal all the virgins from a city they’ve leveled. That’s icky, and this guy’s teenage daughter was following him around, looking sullen, so that made it way more uncomfortable to talk about marriage-against-her-will. “Look,” I told him, “this fighting for God is still going on. These days it could be over the name of God — Jehovah versus Allah. I don’t want to have anything to do with it.”

He told me that people who still fight over God are falsely claiming to be his followers,’cause they’re not really doing what God laid out for them. I told him that I could at least accept that they were hypocrites, ’cause in fairness the Bible does promote peace and love in many places.

He asked, “what would you do if your neighbors were keeping a child in their house, abusing them?”

I mulled it over. Having your parents arrested and being sent to foster care isn’t always better than the nasty situation a kid is already in. “Well, in some circumstances I would have to call the cops.”

“Well you see, the people in these cities that were destroyed were doing bad things, like sacrificing their own children. God had to have his people take action against them.”

It came out that he had an article all about the topic, but it wasn’t on his person. I told him that he should come back and stick it through the bars on my security door. We talked about the Bible for another minute, and then he cocked his head like a confused dog, said his goodbyes, and walked on down the block. Had he heard the voice of Jehovah?

Now I’ve been thinking about our conversation, and I want to know: 1) isn’t killing everybody in the city worse than the occasional child sacrifice? We’re talking about soldiers murdering babies with hand-to-hand weapons en masse… 2) isn’t Abraham Jehovah’s friend precisely because he was willing to sacrifice his own son?

That was almost three weeks ago. I don’t think the missionary is coming back.

Come on, man, I didn’t get to tell you about my Gaia, or even display the shrunken heads of all the missionaries who visited previously!

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