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jcitybone

Warren is up and everybody else down. Bernie still second. Bernie and Warren together have 36 to Biden’s 27. Bernie highest favorability. Pretty high MOE at 5.5.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/warren-gains-harris-slips-room-movement-vast/story?id=65414558

Biden owes much of his advantage to blacks, with 44 percent support, about double his level among whites and Hispanics alike. (Results among blacks and Hispanics are from the last two ABC/Post polls combined for more robust sample sizes.)

Biden also holds a clear lead among moderates, with 33 percent support, while he runs about evenly with Sanders and Warren among liberals. And a persistent age gap continues: Biden’s support peaks by age at 41 percent among seniors (with just 5 percent for Sanders), while Sanders in turn has 41 percent among 18- to 29-year olds, Biden about half that.

Sanders also is especially strong among those who prefer a nominee who’s closest to them on the issues, rather than most likely to beat Trump. Warren, even though she’s positioned herself as highly issue-focused, does better with those more concerned with beating Trump, as does Biden.

It’s notable that all three of the top-running candidates are well regarded in their party. Eighty-two percent of leaned Democrats express an overall favorable opinion of Sanders, 79 percent feel favorable toward Biden and 74 percent feel favorable about Warren (with more undecided, as she she’s less well-known). Harris and Buttigieg, also tested for favorability, score somewhat lower at 63 and 53 percent, respectively, but that’s chiefly because more people have no opinion of them. Indeed, all five of these candidates are seen unfavorably by just 11 percent (Warren) to 16 percent (Harris).

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jcitybone

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2019/09/07/bernie-was-right-climate-change-demands-family-planning/

But the point he was making—about the vital relationship between human reproduction and our environment—is entirely spot on.

In the US, which has (despite numerous remaining obstacles) some of the safest and most accessible family-planning options in the world, research has shown that unintended or indeed unwanted pregnancies can lead to loss of income or educational opportunities, health issues, high medical expenses, and other significant challenges for parents and their extant children.

For many US residents, it’s still difficult to access or afford simple family planning tools, from condoms and ‘morning after’ pills to long-term birth control, and increasingly difficult to find and afford abortion services, which the earlier tools are meant to preempt. The same is true around the world.

The numbers also show that, around the world, people will be denied these but also other forms of healthcare due specifically to our country’s stance on reproductive health, whether they personally want to receive birth control and/or abortion services, or not.

The simple fact and end result are this: in the US, and in every other nation, reproduction is only one of several major life areas which remain partially or completely outside of our control as individuals, and to our detriment, survival-wise.

orlbucfan

Talk to the Religious FRightwingnuts and the demagogic parasites who feed off them. Good luck.

wi61

When to a street fair in my home town yesterday, their was a penny poll for pres. Trumpcorp dominated the R side. Surprisingly Bernie was ahead of Warren and was killing Trumpcorp as well. Totally unscientific I know but considering i’m in a 65% R voting district that would vote against Jesus if he had a D behind the name. It was a feel good for me that Bernie was ahead :). Wi political news even though we had a couple R congresscrttters retire it wont matter as the districts are so gerrymandered both races will be between what R’s that will run for the seats –no chance for a D to win.

polarbear4

The 32-page decision, written by Judge Anthony J. Trenga of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, detailed how individuals can be “nominated” to the watchlist as “known or suspected terrorists” even if there is no evidence the person is engaged in criminal activity, committed a crime, or is expected to commit a crime in the future. Having noted that the watchlist included roughly 1.2 million people as of 2017, among them about 4,600 U.S. citizens or green card holders, Trenga wrote that when it comes to due process, inclusion on the watchlist carries “an inherent, substantial risk of erroneous deprivation.”

The 23 plaintiffs involved in CAIR’s suit are American citizens who, though they do not believe they are on the no-fly list, have experienced intensive screenings at airports and other U.S. ports of entry (a subset of the TSDB known as the “Selectee List” requires precisely those types of screenings). The plaintiffs described hourslong interrogations and in several instances said they had been arrested at gunpoint as a result of their inclusion on the government’s secret lists. Some described serious psychological harm resulting from the experiences and a fear of traveling at home and abroad.

“The general right of free movement is a long recognized, fundamental liberty,” Trenga observed. “While inclusion in the TSDB does not constitute a total ban on international travel in the same way that inclusion on the No Fly List does, the wide-ranging consequences of an individual’s watchlist status render it more closely analogous to the No Fly List than to the types of regulations that courts have found to be reasonable regulations that still facilitated access and use of means of travel.”

Being added to a watchlist can seriously damage a person’s reputation, Trenga went on to write, describing the cascading effects inclusion on such a list can have on an individual’s interactions with important, often powerful, institutions. When a person is placed on the watchlist (typically unknowingly and frequently without suspicion of links to criminal activity), the judge wrote, that information is shared with more than “18,000 state, local, county, city, university and college, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies,” not to mention an additional “533 private entities” and foreign governments.

polarbear4

i like to see locals resisting the fundamentalists.

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WindDancer13

On the other hand, I would trust a 15-year-old Windows far more than I would trust Windows 10.

WindDancer13

I saw other tweets with this same information, but Krystal Ball has the best comment.

jcitybone

Overall early contests (18 states), it’s Warren 26 (+6 from July), Biden 25 (same), Bernie 19 (+4), Harris 8 (-8), Buttigieg 6, and O’Rourke 4 According to CBS, this somehow translates to Biden 600 delegates, Warren 545, and Bernie 286.. The rest have 34 or less.

Of course Bernie winning Iowa and then NH would change all this. Overall, he’s doing better than Warren in these four states.

Youguv polls—Economist and CBS (which are online panels) have been pretty favorable to Warren.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-battleground-tracker-2020-poll-elizabeth-warren-rises-as-joe-biden-clings-to-delegate-edge/

jcitybone

Oh and Steyer qualified for the October debate with his 2% showing in the Nevada CBS poll. So I guess we are back to a split debate.

polarbear4

kewl klip

Benny

polarbear4

wow.
of course, this is MSM.

WindDancer13

Sirota is having some fun today:

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goodnews

jcitybone
humphrey

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Why a President Sanders Would NEED Paula Jean Swearengin in the Senate | Full Interview

humphrey

Bernie Responds To Question About The DNC Screwing Him

humphrey

It appears as if they are trying to pull this crap once again.

Not the DNC but the MSM.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/460427-warren-gains-support-but-biden-retains-lead-in-new-poll

A CBS/YouGov delegate tracker included in a poll released Sunday, estimates Biden has 600 delegate votes from early contest states. The estimate found that Warren has 545 delegates from the same early voting states.

Sanders, with 286 estimated delegates, is in third, based on the poll. All other candidates were estimated to have fewer than 40 delegate votes.

Warren is also neck and neck with Biden for support among primary voters in early states, based on the poll.

WindDancer13

So Rising IS a sop for progressives. The Hill having its cake while eating it.

polarbear4

it’s the fracking delegates too. why there is so much demexit.

humphrey

WindDancer13

There are now three announced candidates running in the Republican primary. This could be a good thing for Democrats. A number of states, including NH, have open primaries meaning Independents can vote in them.

For many right-wing Indies, they may well vote for Biden as he has name recognition along with a record of being more to the right than the majority of the other candidates. Others may do so to just ensure a Dem loss. New candidates on the right may give them someplace to go rather than messing with the Democrat primaries.

Sanford announces challenge to Trump

“I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford added. “As a Republican Party, we have lost our way.”

Chris Wallace pointed out Trump’s approval rating among Republicans (85%), some states have canceled R primaries, and the RNC will not schedule any debates. He also brought up the scandal that Sanford was involved in 10 years ago. The video is available at the link.

humphrey

It appears to be an attempt to avoid telling the truth.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/460401-noaa-staff-was-warned-against-providing-opinion-about-dorian-after

NOAA staff was warned against providing ‘opinion’ about Dorian after Trump com
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reportedly warned its staff against providing information beyond official forecasts just hours after President Trump claimed in a tweet that Alabama could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The agency issued the directive on Sept. 1, according to an email obtained by The Washington Post.

The email, which was sent to National Weather Service (NWS) personnel, told employees to “stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon.”

The Post noted that the email also cautioned staff against providing “any opinion” when faced with questions about the hurricane.

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Don midwest
Don midwest

NYT company board member, head of MIT media lab, taking money from Jeffrey Epstine

has now resigned both NYT board and MIT

NYT had the whistle blower info but did not publish the story

it was Ronan Farrow at New Yorker who broke the story

and following the tweets one is reminded that MBS, the head of Saudia Arabia, also visited the MIT media lab last March

We know a whistleblower gave documents to the Times. We know Ronan Farrow also had those documents and the whistleblower’s story. We know the Times didn’t publish a story until after the New Yorker did. We know Ito was on the board of the Times. We know there’s no public editor. https://t.co/PRlCwQkj3z

— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) September 7, 2019

Here is an article on MBS visit

https://thetech.com/2018/03/25/mbs-visits-mit

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“Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman visits MIT
Protesters call for MIT to cancel visit, citing Saudi involvement in Yemeni crisis”

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polarbear4

It’s a big club and it’s time to tear it away from the slime bags!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Rhodes Scholarships still have a high status, but what about Rhodes?

early days of the neo liberal order & slavery & colonization & what we have today

Nilsen: In April 2015, the Rhodes statue fell in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. How did you interpret that event?

Mbembe: For those who are not aware of who we are talking about, Cecil John Rhodes was a privateer. He was a ruthless actor in the mercantile expansionism that characterised 19th century settler colonialism in the southern part of Africa. Through political alliances, sheer brutality and expediency, he carved out for himself a huge chunk of South Africa’s mineral wealth, in particular diamonds in Kimberley and gold in the Witwatersrand. He bestowed some of the land he had grabbed in Cape Town to the university which, in return, erected a statue in his honour on the steps of one of its main buildings.

Rhodes prefigured the extraction and privatisation of ill-gotten wealth neoliberalism today has pushed to a refinement unseen in the history of humankind. He was a precursor of the type of predatory economic system and plutocratic politics at work in most parts of the world today, the results of which are the raping of the biosphere and the destruction at a massive scale of the basic conditions of life on Earth.

I interpret the toppling of his statue as a small, symbolic victory, in the long and protracted struggle for universal justice.

Nilsen: So there is a lineage from Rhodes to the neoliberal order we see today?

Mbembe: There is an explicit kinship between plantation slavery, colonial predation and contemporary forms of resource extraction and appropriation. In each of these instances, there is a constitutive denial of the fact that we, the humans, coevolve with the biosphere, depend on it, are defined with and through it and owe each other a debt of responsibility and care.

An important difference is the technological escalation that has led to the emergence of computational capitalism in our times. We are no longer in the era of the machine but in the age of the algorithm. Technological escalation, in turn, is threatening to turn us all into artefacts – what I have called elsewhere “the becoming-black-of-the world” – and to make redundant a huge chunk of the muscular power capitalism relied upon for a long time. It follows that today, although its main target remains the human body and earthly matter, domination and exploitation are becoming increasingly abstract and reticular. As a repository of our desires and emotions, dreams, fears and fantasies, our mind and psychic life have become the main raw material which digital capitalism aims at capturing and commodifying.

During Rhodes’ times, the exploitation of black labour went hand in hand with a virulent form of racism. Contemporary capitalism still relies on racial subsidies. But the technologies of racialisation have become ever more insidious and ever more encompassing. As the world becomes a huge data emporium, tomorrow’s technologies of racialisation will be more and more generated and instituted through data, calculation and computation. In short, racism is relocating both underneath and at the surface of the skin. It reproduces itself via screens and mirrors of various kinds. It is becoming both spectral and fractal.

Otherwise, as far as the toppling of Rhodes’ statue is concerned, my argument has always been that the statue should have never been there in the first instance.

This came up on my twitter feed by folks in international relations. I had never heard of him before. He will give a high profile series of lectures in Europe later this fall.

Joseph-Achille Mbembe, known as Achille Mbembe, is a Cameroonian philosopher, political theorist, and public intellectual.

Thoughts on the planetary: An interview with Achille Mbembe
Focusing on the global implications of decolonisation, Achille Mbembe calls for the reformation of reason as a shared human faculty towards repairing and caring for life.

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Thanks Don. Lots of articles on the site peaked my interest.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Greenwald asks if this guy as Obama’s chief of staff for the first 2 years is the reason he didn’t get much done, like nationalizing the banks and single payer health care

Is it possible that Obama’s selection of this person as his Chief of Staff helps explain what did – and did not – happen during the first two years of Obama’s presidency when the Dems had majorities in both houses of Congress? Seems quite possible: https://t.co/O7qfaQxFzx

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 8, 2019

Millionaire investment banker Rahm Emanuel says supporting Medicare For All is “reckless” and “literally hindering yourself for the general election.” pic.twitter.com/Z4SCrXCqdh

— Ib (@IbrahimAS97) September 8, 2019

WindDancer13

One of the tweets says the reason was because Obama did not have a super-majority. This is the excuse:

However, Bill Clinton never had a super-majority either and still managed to pass a bunch of right-wing legislation. ACA was also a right-wing developed program, so either Obama was not an effective president or he didn’t really support what he claimed to in his campaign.

polarbear4

He did not support it. He made deals with big Pharma before they even had the supposed committee’s going. He put Max Bacchus in charge. Max Bacchus threw Maggie flowers (single payer advocate) out of the hearings. His appointments filled his hardest workers with shock, then rage.

WindDancer13

I actually think both that he was ineffective and did not support changes. Bill Clinton also did not have a super-majority, but he made deals with Republicans to get his agenda passed, the vast majority of which was right-ring trash. If Obama had worked on getting right-wing support for the ACA, it would have been harder for Trump et al to dismantle.

It kind of makes one think that Obama had a large role himself (blame it on the Republicans) in the current divide that Trump is exploiting.

polarbear4

I’ll agree to disagree. I think he was very effective at speaking with forked tongue so that he could enact a very neoliberal agenda.

polarbear4

Obama picked him for a reason.

WindDancer13

This is why the right and some left are so misinformed.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/08/progressives-explode-after-abc-panel-featuring-chris-christie-and-rahm-emanuel

The ABC political show “This Week” on Sunday devoted a chunk of time to attacking Medicare for All, drawing fire for the segment’s panel makeup and language.

Of particular gall to critics was the fact that the panel’s nominal liberal was former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a fiercely right-wing Democrat whose decades-long career in Washington, as Intercept editor Ryan Grim recently detailed in his book “We’ve Got People,” has been devoted to stifling the party’s progressive wing.

Sunday was no different as Emanuel, now an investment banker with the firm Center View Partners, took aim at Medicare for All by framing the broadly popular policy proposal as a danger to Democratic electoral hopes in 2020.

During the discussion, Emanuel attacked progressive calls for Medicare for All. Both men claimed that voters would viscerally reject any attempt to change the nation’s healthcare system, both by getting rid of private insurance and ofering care to non-citizens.

Recounting how he recently “biked around Lake Michigan, nearly 1,000 miles, through Michigan and Wisconsin,” Emanuel said that at diners in the two midwestern states, one constant theme emerged.

“Nobody at a diner ran at me and said, take my healthcare away,” said Emanuel.

That’s likely accurate, said MapLight reporter Andrew Perez.

“Rahm says no one at a bunch of Michigan and Wisconsin diners told him to take their health care away which is probably somewhat true since who in a diner would start talking to him at all,” Perez said.

WindDancer13

Excellent (and long) article on UBI by Caitlin Johnson:

Universal Basic Income + Automation + Plutocracy = Dystopia

Do you know who supports the implementation of a UBI besides Andrew Yang? Billionaires. Lots of billionaires, especially the new money tech billionaires who are positioning themselves to inherit the earth in the transition to a new paradigm dominated by automation and artificial intelligence. Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bill Gross, Tim Draper, and more moderately Bill Gates have all been seen advocating for a policy that is now being popularized as one which would level the economic playing field and take power away from the billionaire class.

Now why would that be? Why would a group of people who’ve clawed their way up to positions of immense wealth control, enabling them to live as modern-day kings, be so eager to suddenly give away that power? Why would they break with the trend we’ve consistently observed in rulers since the dawn of recorded history and voluntarily relinquish the power they fought to claim without a fight? Are billionaires just naturally good people inherently predisposed to compassionate action and wealth redistribution? Have we been wrong about Jeff Bezos being a real-life supervillain this entire time?

Of course not. This increasingly powerful class of new money tech plutocrats are not pushing to give power away, they’re pushing to secure more. As Jimmy Stewart’s character says in It’s A Wonderful Life, Potter isn’t selling, Potter’s buying. [emhasis added]

WindDancer13

But imagine what will happen with a system of the kind Yang and the tech billionaires are proposing. Imagine what will happen in a society where people are no longer necessary and have nothing the powerful need. Imagine what will happen when people become dependent on a subsistence UBI set up by the already plutocrat-controlled government to sustain them when plutocrat-owned technologies render their labor completely moot. Imagine a world where a few increasingly consolidated automation firms produce more and more of the goods and services once provided by human labor and re-collect all taxes they have to pay into the UBI from a public forced by their subsistence wages to buy automation-made products and services.

That would be total oligarchic control. Not what we’re seeing now; what we’re seeing now is not total oligarchic control. Our current predicament pales in comparison to how bad it could get.

Think about what would happen in that situation if people decided they weren’t being treated fairly by the existing system. What recourse would they have? They can’t organize labor strikes if they have no labor. They can’t boycott if everything is made by the same corrupt system. Mass demonstrations and civil disobedience would go unnoticed by a power structure that needs nothing from its populace. Violent revolution would be an unwinnable game as security systems protecting the infrastructure of the powerful would also become automated. People would cease to be active participants in their society, and would instead be merely along for the ride at the whims of the oligarchs, for as long as the oligarchs deemed them not too inconvenient to keep around.

Because our last bargaining chips would have been taken away from us. [emphasis added]

WindDancer13

What is good about UBI is the focus on this video. However the system needs to change before it can be safely implemented. See Johnson’s article:

polarbear4

@magsview hope your family is ok. 🌺

WindDancer13

Start at 8:46 to see how this relates to the US and Trump’s penchant for pyramid schemes . . . the current US economy is one.

Don midwest
Don midwest

good reminder

i once fell for a nutritional one

i didn’t even try to sell anything to anyone until I saw the benefits

they had, probably audio that far back, and I wanted to have happy cells

had not spent enough time helping my cells

my wife heard some of it and said that it was common knowledge

had not spent much time on biology or health foods to know the difference

so I had a soft fall

and it has been many years since friends and neighbors and relatives have to try and sell us Amway

humphrey

This is not news to supporters of Bernie but it is good that it is getting publicity.

magsview

So ridiculous. Insane even.

WindDancer13

Is Clinton trying to distant herself from Biden?

Biden told Clinton not to criticize Trump for the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape in debates because that ‘just drags it down’ at https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-told-clinton-not-to-criticize-trump-for-the-access-hollywood-tape-in-debates-because-that-just-drags-it-down/ar-AAGZjEc?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=mailsignout

Former vice president Joe Biden said during a campaign event on Friday that he advised the former Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, against criticizing President Donald Trump for bragging about sexual assaulting women during the 2016 election.

Biden tells his story, then comes some push back from a Clinton aide.

Brian Fallon, who served as a senior aide on Clinton’s campaign, told BuzzFeed News Biden’s approach to addressing the “Access Hollywood” tape reflected a “Mad Men-era mentality.”

“Is he suggesting Hillary’s reaction to the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape should have been, ‘Oh, never mind?'” Fallon asked.

I am sure Fallon would not have made this comment without at least the implicit agreement by HRC. She maintains tight control over those she touches. It also makes sense in a time when the connections between Warren and HRC are becoming more apparent.

Fallon is currently the executive director of Demand Justice. The following is from Influence Watch at https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/demand-justice/

Demand Justice is a left-of-center advocacy group created in early 2018 that aims to influence the political leanings of America’s courts by supporting the appointment of liberal judicial nominees and opposing right-of-center nominees. The organization acts primarily through media campaigns against nominated and unconfirmed judicial nominees.

Demand Justice is a project of Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization characterized as “dark money” by critics which hosts a number of similar advocacy groups advocating for a left-wing policy agenda. [1] Demand Justice itself has been characterized by the left-leaning Center for Responsive Politics as a “liberal dark money” group. [2] Demand Justice also shares the same building with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit New Venture Fund, a prominent left-wing incubation group and affiliate of the 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund, the fiscal sponsor of Demand Justice. [3]

polarbear4

If Clinton’s involved, they must mean neoliberal judicial nominees.

WindDancer13

Sixteen Thirty Fund:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In 2016 and 2017, the Sixteen Thirty Fund board of directors consists of Arabella Advisors principal Eric Kessler, Albright Stonebridge Group senior advisor Michael Madnik, Democratic Party consultant and former Hillary Clinton 2008 campaign spokesman Douglas Hattaway, Arabella Advisors chief financial officer Wilbur Priester, and Arabella Advisors general counsel Andrew Schulz.

Arabella Advisors:

FOUNDER
Eric Kessler is the founder of and a principal and senior managing director at Arabella Advisors. He also serves as board chair of the New Venture Fund and president of the Sixteen Thirty Fund. Kessler previously served as the national field director for the League of Conservation Voters and as a White House appointee managing conservation issues for President Bill Clinton. [41]

magsview

Yes, I noticed they said “left-of-center” not ‘left’. I see them. 👀

humphrey

Violent weather is not just happening here.

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Another example of The Energizer Bernie.😁👇

jcitybone

moved below

jcitybone

Happy Birthday Bernie. Still younger than springtime. 🥳🥳🥳

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Thanks Tulsi!

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Bernie loves the kitties more than the doggies . I’m the opposite but that’s ok. Both are great.

humphrey

I am hoping that he gets to celebrate his next birthday in the White House!

humphrey

Joe Biden’s cat.😁

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His last one went missing. But someone found it.

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there’s a 🧵
they were told they could leave. last minute, no. hospital apparently no water or electricity.

polarbear4

they are going to pretend that delegates count on the first vote. And why the hell does Biden have 600 super D’s anyway. I could spit.

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humphrey

LOL

polarbear4

oldie but a super goodie. He does a great job.

humphrey

Last for tonight.

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