George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
TUESDAY through THURSDAY, January 29 through 31, 2008
- The State of the Union Message delivered by
President Bush on Monday was so effective in drawing a straight line
between the last few years and the future that some liberal media
ignored it completely (eg. the NBC Today show), while others were
tongue-tied in regurgitating the same ol' same ol'.
This President's biggest mistake was Don Rumsfeld and "loyalty".
But he is not going to ride quietly into the sunset.
- John McCain wins Florida, proving that not all
Republicans have a death-wish. Meanwhile, the carbon monoxide
from his cigars must be getting to Rush Limbaugh's brain.
- Mitt Romney criticizes McCain for his efforts at
needed election financing reform; he criticizes McCain for trying to
inject reason and common sense into the Immigration debate; and he
indirectly criticizes McCain for doing anything cooperatively with the
Democrats. All good reasons for him to keep losing.
- And, dealing with "cooperation": the constant
tug of war in the balance of power between the Federal Legislature and
the Executive is one of the legitimate reasons for limited
"cooperation". That's how the Founding Fathers intended it; and
that's why they wrote it into the U.S.Constitution that way.
- "Recession"; "Stimulus Package"; marked increase
in foreign investment in the ownership of our
national family jewels. It would do well for our leaders to
remember the motto of the Medical Profession: "Primum,
Non Nocere" ("First, Do No Harm").
MONDAY, January 28, 2008
Yes, ridiculous. What's also ridiculous is
the totally unrealistic and schizophrenic policy of this country -
especially of most Republicans - towards Immigration. Unless that
Party has an epiphany very soon, and comes up with workable policies
for the present and the future, it will lose the 2008 elections, big
time. Check out my several comments on this subject on my Rapid
Response, by searching "Immigration". See also: "The
Dream Of Immigrants And Dr. King", by Ronald Fernandez, The Day
Jan. 27, pE3; and "Commentary: Blurred Boundaries In Immigration",
Connecticut Law Review, July 2007. GS
It's time we wake up. Boy am I confused. Listening to the Partisan
"politicals," I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the
Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that
to be RIDICULOUS.
Now ... I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over
again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of
reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of all the
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs
such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school
education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the
American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare
& social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused
by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's
two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular,
their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in
the US .
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens
that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens
from Terrorist Countries.
Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana,
crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security
12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of
mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average
cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to
their countries of origin.
14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex
Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ".
The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Are we THAT stupid???
SUNDAY, January 27, 2008
There was a time, in the not-too-distant past,
when Globalization was a hot topic in political
circles. Not this time around; no "sucking sound" oratory.
All the candidates seem to have accepted the current version of
globalization as an enduring fact. Is anyone other than
Michigan, the land of the "one-State recession", talking about
it? Well, the sub-prime debacle in this country and the world's
response to it presents us with new insight. The current
version of globalization is destroying our industrial base, while what
passes for public "education" is failing to prepare our students
for coping with...much less leading...the technology revolution which
has always been our strong suit. Meanwhile, foreign
countries are encouraging and enabling us to "consume", way beyond
our means and on credit increasingly extended by those same
countries. (See the article in the NYTimes Friday, Jan 25,
entitled "Weighty Role on the World Stage", pC1). So,
will we have a recession? Do we need a "stimulus package" to
avert it? Two articles in the WSJ clearly address this: "Feel-Good
Economics", Jan. 19-20, pA12; and "Bush's Stimulus Flop",
Jan. 22, 2008, pA19. Maybe what we need is a little recession,
like a dose of Castor Oil, followed by living within our means, saving,
and forgetting the generational entitlement mentality. Then we
will be ready to lead the new and improved version of
Globalization. Tough Love, anybody?
THURSDAY through SATURDAY, January 24 through 26, 2008
Here's a "stream of consciousness", much of it stimulated by
stories appearing in The Day Saturday, Jan. 26.
- At long last, Connecticut has decided to get tough,
somewhat , with crime. But the touchy-feely
Democrats just couldn't bring themselves to consider seriously a "three
strikes" provision. Connecticut's version appears in another
article, in which a Judge finally sentences a seven-time felon
(including four armed robberies) to 40 years. And what were the
victims sentenced to?
- The Democrats in Congress are still trying to make the "stimulus
package" a give-away. Wait a little longer, and the
economy won't need anything at all.
- The South Carolina Primary has unearthed all
the racist "usual suspects", making it a black -
and - white issue. Be careful, folks. The vast
majority of Americans are sick and tired of all this race-baiting,
almost entirely by Black "leaders".
- Israel and Palestine: like two trains in the
night, on a collision course. Two letters in The Day today again
demonstrate this: just serial monologues.
- "Choat Students Protest Selection Of Rove To Speak At
Graduation" The parents of these dummies should demand
their tuition money back!
- When free speech purists and cynics of the democratic process
take issue with the McCain - Feingold attempt to rein in election
spending, they should contemplate the mischief that the major
donors (Wall Street and other business entitles) create: recurring
efforts to open vast tracts of national forests and wilderness lands to
unbridled development. What if Teddy Roosevelt had been subject
to such pressures?
- Despite the fact that I am a physician and Senator John
Edwards was a plaintiffs' trial lawyer most of his life, I
have had no animus toward him. Now comes the article in today's
The Day (www.theday.com) by Charles
Krauthammer, enumerating the many issues that he has evidently taken
both sides of. As law students, we have to learn to argue both
sides of any case; but - if true - this is ridiculous.
- "Say it ain't so!" The highly vaunted New
England Patriots play the rough game of Football
better than anyone. But playing Dirty? That's
what several of the Patriots proudly assert in the article by Howard
Ulman (AP) entitled "Working Dirty?", in The Day today.
We have the uncivilized spectacles of Hockey, of "American
Gladiators" and of other "extreme" fighting. Do we need to do
this to Football too, to get our jollies? Another of the many
signs of decline of the American empire.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, January 22 and 23, 2008
- The "Recession" Panic. In the current new
and debilitated American society, everybody's a victim. Actions
should have no consequences. Unbridled greed...and
stupidity. Nothing about "living within one's means", and
"I Fight Poverty...I Work". Everybody wants a
bailout, paid for by those of us who still have some common
sense. And the problem is global. America is holding up the
world's economy. How? On "consumerism" and on credit...with
the Chinese and many other countries holding our IOU's. WHAT WE
NEED IS A DOSE OF CASTOR OIL. THEN, PAY AS YOU GO...AND
- There is little or no news being reported by the major media on Iraq,
Arghanistan, and Pakistan. That can
only mean good news.
- There's plenty of news...or rather hare-brained ideas...about health
care delivery. A classic case of ignoring the diagnosis
of the PAIN, and simply offering a nostrum...like "universal health
care". But wait: there's more! The geniuses
are about to worsen the problems with initiatives begun by Medicare: "Insurers
Stop Paying For Care Linked To Errors" (by Vanessa
Fuhrmans, WSJ Jan. 15, pD1). They allege that this will only
refer to the most egregious errors (like operating on the wrong side of
the brain). But things like "infection from indwelling urinary
catheter" and "bed sores" already are on some lists. Disregard
the fact that the catheter was placed to avoid the development of bed
sores in the first place. This approach promises to bankrupt some
hospitals, followed by a massive gaming of the system. It is
reminiscent of the draconian approach the government chose in dealing
with the thousands of "Superfund Sites" and the "Proposed Responsible
Parties" since the mid-1980's, having resulted in a minimum of sites
having been cleaned up in the intervening 20 years. "Is
anybody there? Does anybody care?
MONDAY, January 21, 2008
GERMAN'S POINT OF VIEW ON ISLAM
Tanay is a well known and well respected psychiatrist.
A German's point of view on Islam
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a
number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German
people were true
Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
'Very few people were true Nazis ' he said,' but many enjoyed the
return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of
those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the
majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it,
they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had
come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and
the Allies destroyed my factories.'
We are told
again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the
religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to
live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel
better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging
across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics
rule Islam at this moment in history.
It is the
fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50
shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically
slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire
continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead,
murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after
mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging
of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is
that the 'peaceful majority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and
THURSDAY through SUNDAY, January 17 through 20, 2008
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in
peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of
about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's
huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to
kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a
warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan
murdered and slaughtered its way across South
East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the
systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by
sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda,
which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority
of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all
our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and
uncomplicated of points:
Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like
my friend from Germany,
they will awaken one day and find that
fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis,
Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died
because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only
group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
- Islam. the more I read about it, the less
I understand. See the several articles in the Sunday Jan. 6 issue
of the NYTimes Book Review, the entire review entitled "Islam".
One essay reinforces my underlying belief that The Koran lends itself
to many interpretations, with no central, authoritative source of
doctrine ("Reading The Koran", by Tarik Ramadan, p6). But, as
with most religions, Islam does have both "moderate" and
"fundamentalist" traditions and followers. That is problematic
within a religion. It is corrosive to understanding and
cooperation between and among religions. There is a lesson here,
if peace is ever to come to the human family.
- Another article from a NYTimes Book Review talks not at all about
Natural Law, and just a little about Morality, preferring a more
politically correct title: "What Makes Us Want
To Be Good?" (Jan. 13, p32). At least the subject
is being studied and discussed...a far cry from the "value neutral"
education that an entire generation of children had to
survive...barely. Just in time for the annual flurry of articles
on the most pervasive immoral of human activities: Abortion,
on another anniversary of Roe v Wade, a judicial decision based on
neither legal nor medical or moral grounds.
- And another anniversary: Martin Luther King Day.
Now there was a man of whom it can be said: he issued a second
Emancipation Proclamation that directly enabled this country to end 100
years of hypocracy and criminality on the matter of race
relations. Yet there are those, not only White cretins but also
Black demagogues, who continue to bang the drum of "racism" as if
nothing ever happened to race relations in this country. This is
best expressed by Dr. Shelby Steele, as quoted in Tom Brokaw's recent
book, "Boom! Voices of the Sixties" (Random House,
2007). "Steele takes direct aim at his critics, whom
he calls 'these yammering blacks out there - the Jesse Jacksons,
the Al Sharptons, the Dick Gregorys'. He claims 'racism is
valuable to blacks now because it keeps whites owing us. In other
words, racism is the single greatest source of power blacks in America
have today...the more you think that, the more you're gonna be open to
our demands. It all began in 1968. White America lost its
moral authority. That's the price it paid for being good, for
acknowledging it was wrong. Whites could be stigmatized, and
they've been living in terror ever since. The worst thing that
can happen to a white person is to be labeled a racist.'" (pp324-5).
That is not the legacy that Martin Luther King lived and died for.
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 14 through 16, 2008
Today, first global; then local.
- Israel and the Palestinians; Dumb and Dumber.
Hamas continues to send rockets into Israel. It gets hammered for
its trouble. Then a Right-Wing Israeli Party leaves the
government of Mr. Olmert...predictable in view of Olmert's rercent
comments regarding Jewish settlements and Jerusalem. Predictable,
but still Dumb.
- Egypt's Mubarak supports President Bush's
efforts for peace and for a Palestinian State. But can he be
trusted? In that part of the world, nothing is as it seems.
- Then we hear an interview on NPR with Strob Talbott,
former deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, a man
who just published a book whose subtitle includes the words "...Quest
For A Global Nation". At the same time, we read of tribal
conflicts in Kenya and throughout Africa, in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India.... Mr. Talbott, you and all the
other "America Second" Internationalists are OUT OF YOUR MINDS!
Meanwhile, back at home:
- Michiganders cannot be blamed for seeking hope
amid worsening economic news. But it looks like they also want to
be lied to.
- After "fourty days and fourty nights in the wilderness", will Rudy
Giuliani emerge viable?
- All this talk about a Recession reminds us of
the fateful words of President Roosevelt: "We have nothing to fear
but fear itself". For fear is the indispensable
ingredient for a recession to occur.
- Once again, the excessively thin skin among the Black
"leadership" gets everybody into trouble. Taken in
context, Hillary Clinton said nothing wrong. And she should be
the last person to accuse of a racist remark...she, whose husband has
been called "The First Black President in America.
SUNDAY, January 13, 2008
- Here are two "blasts from the past"; they are "oldies" but not
"goodies". Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
under the Clinton administration, answers "10 Questions" in
the Jan. 21 issue of Time Magazine. "Question 1: How will
President Bush be judged when he leaves office?" "I wrote my
book 'Memo to the President Elect' for the next President
because they are going to have a very hard job to do. Our
reputation is the lowest that it has ever been. This presidency
has done a great deal of damage, and I'm very glad that it will end".
This follower of the great "Moistened Finger In The Wind" President
takes credit elsewhere for "Kosovo". Will she also take credit
for the years of equivocation during the ethnic cleansings of Chechnia,
Bosnia and Serbia? Madam, you were more accurately Secretary of
State for the European Union than for the United States. And this
most recent comment cements your loyalties. And then there is George
McGovern, former candidate for President,
who today calls for the impeachment of both the President and the
Vice-President (in The Day Sunday, Jan 13, Perspective,
pE1). Here he also uses the outrageous and unfounded claim
that "the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress,
the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear
arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an 'imminent threat'
to the United States".
- Iraq. Having done a terrible job of
prosecuting the war, thanks to the arrogant and inept Donald Rumsfeld,
with the misplaced "loyal" acquiescence of the President, this
administration is starting to get it right: finally working to
establish security with more troops and air power, and with the carrot
of interpersonal relations with the Iraqi people; convincing the Sunni
people that al Qaida is its real enemy; and maintaining good relations
with the Kurds. Now, we must call in the chips of our good will
with the Kurds to convince them that their future lies with a united
Iraq...and not with the pipe-dream of an independent Kurdistan
that will not be permitted by their neighbors to the North,
the East and the South. In this effort, we must not
equivocate. Finally, the President is making clear to all that we
will be physically in that region for at least a decade, and
probably longer...notwithstanding the Sunday editorial of the NYTimes
that continues to report approvingly the demands of the Democrats for
full withdrawal within two years. At least on this issue,
Republicans remain united.
- That brings up a related matter. Should
unaffiliated citizens have the right to vote in Party
primaries? The editorial in The Day Sunday, Jan 13 is a
reasoned analysis which, I believe, nevertheless comes to the wrong
conclusion. Our system of campaiging, campaign financing, and
elections are grounded in a Party system...generally but not always a
two party system. Even our system of governance relies on group
consensus and on compromise between and among groups - rather on the
actions of individuals acting alone. Party identity, Party
loyalty and Party positions are integral to this process.
Meanwhile, as acknowledged in the editorial, unaffiliated voters have
more than one means of participating in all levels of the
process...while having their choice in how to participate. What
do you think?
SATURDAY, January 4 through 12, 2008
There are times when the best that I can do is to
highlight some good newspaper articles.
- "Voter-Fraud Showdown": WSJ, Jan. 9, pA15;
- "What We Want In a President", WSJ, Jan 2, pA11
- "The 16-Year Itch", WSJ, Jan. 4, pA11
- "The Seinfeld Campaign", WSJ, Jan. 3, pA13;
- "President Bloomberg?", WSJ, Jan 3, pA12;
- "Protecting America From Pakistan", by Scott Bates, The Day, Jan
- "Olmert: Israel is not living up to road map", by Amy Teibel, The
Day, Jan 5, pA2;
- "Liberty Theology", WSJ, Dec. 31, pA12;
- "Heil Woodrow!", by David Oshinsky, NYTimes Book Review, Dec. 30,
- "Arizona Law A Study In Inhumanity", by tom Teepen, The Day, Jan
This is also a vote for the permanent relevance of the print media
in our daily lives. GS
THURSDAY, January 2 and 3, 2008
...to which I say: AMEN. GS
Editorials say Iowa too
Thu Jan 3, 1:39 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Democrats and Republicans prepared to vote
in the Iowa
on Thursday, some U.S. editorials said the midwestern
state was too unrepresentative and voter turnout too small to merit
such an outsized role in the U.S. presidential election process.
Jeff Greenfield, political correspondent for CBS News, wrote in the
online magazine Slate.com
caucuses, in which Iowans gather to discuss and vote for their party's
candidate in the November 2008 election, "violate some of the most
elemental values of a vibrant and open political process" - the secret
ballot and the principle of one person, one vote.
In the Wall Street Journal,
Iowa resident and freelance journalist Michael Judge complained that
the caucuses encouraged candidates to pander to Iowans, 90 percent of
whom were unlikely to show up at caucuses.
"Even if you're a died-in-the-wool (sic)
Democrat or Republican, you have to be a certain kind of person to do
the caucus thing," he wrote.
The caucuses kick off the state-by-state
process by which Democrats and Republicans will select their nominees
to face off in the November presidential election. Fewer than 250,000
people are expected to take part in the voting on Thursday.
The winners can expect a tremendous wave
of publicity and flood of contributions that can boost their campaigns
for the next, crucial stage of the nomination battles.
Those who do badly could be out of the
race within days. Both major parties' nominees are expected to be
selected by mid-February.
There is nothing new in criticism of Iowa and
New Hampshire, the state that holds the first presidential primary vote
next Tuesday. It happens every four years. This time, Iowa scheduled
its vote earlier than ever before to stay ahead of other states seeking
to cast ballots earlier in the process.
Defenders of Iowa say the state's
citizens take their role in winnowing the presidential field extremely
seriously and force the candidates to do on-the-ground, personal
campaigning instead of relying on television advertisements.
"Sorry, but that's not good enough," the San Francisco
Chronicle wrote in an editorial. It noted that the state's
largest city of Des Moines
had a population less than half the size of Oakland, California.
"The system favors enthusiasts with the
time to attend a caucus for several hours, a process that screens out
those with family duties, conflicting work hours, travel plans or
disabilities," the newspaper wrote.
New York Times
columnist Gail Collins agreed:
"The identity of the next leader of the
most powerful nation in the world is not supposed to depend on the
opinion of one small state. Let alone the sliver of that state with the
leisure and physical capacity to make a personal appearance tonight at
a local caucus that begins at precisely 7 o'clock. Let alone the tiny
slice of the small sliver willing to take part in a process that
involves standing up in public to show a political preference, while
being lobbied and nagged by neighbors."
columnist David Broder joined the attack, saying the peculiar
procedures in Iowa favored conservative Christian and anti-abortion
groups among Republicans and organized labor among Democrats who were
best organized and able to get their members to the caucuses.
The result, he wrote, was "a double
(Reporting by Alan Elsner, editing by
TUESDAY, January 1, 2008
A HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO
ALL. (Everything else will take care of itself).
Let's start a new "tradition"
for this section: A List of New Year's Resolutions for the Rest
of the World. (I have a few for myself; but, by definition,
they are for myself).
- That the Israel of the political world can never be the
Israel of the Bible...so, compromise;
- That "Palestine" will never re-emerge in any form until
the Arabs and Muslims accept the existence of Israel and make a
- That the Iraqi government earn its name and form a unity
government with Shia, Sunni and Kurds - its only hope for nationhood
- That the intelligent and cultured people who populate
Iran realize that Islamic fundamentalism under the clerics has wasted
30 years of their past and continues to endanger their future;
- That the entire world of Islam realize that it can hope
for only wars and defeat if it does not turn away from radicalism and
terrorism and back to the true teachings of The Prophet...and that only
Muslims can make that happen;
- That V. Putin realize that the Russian people are much
greater than he gives them credit for, and that Russia can thrive
as a full member of the world community without the rule of fear,
repression, dictatorship and robber-barons...and that he is making
Russia more "oriental" than the old Chinese;
- That Afghanistan's leaders once and for all convert their
opium economy to a legitimate world economy - with a lot of help from
- That Pakistanis seek and earn democracy as a consequence
of long-term stability, and not as a substitute for it;
- That the great nation of China, in its drive into the
mainstream of world society, follow the better lessons of America and
not repeat its historic failures;
- That India can never be a "great democracy" until it
makes peace with itself...Hindu and Muslim;
- That Europe carry its legitimate burden in its own
self-defense and in the promotion of world peace and prosperity,
and that it stops playing its new form of colonialism in the Third
- That everyone realize that the U.N. as currently
constituted can only serve at best as a pressure-release valve to world
conflict...and no more;
- That American voters choose representatives worthy of
themselves, wise men and women who will work only for the national
interests of America, Americans, and Peace.
- That God, in His many names, give substance and success
to these prayers.
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