American Elephants

Biden Policies Are Causing Problems
May 6, 2021, 12:14 pm
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President Biden has just banned the annual POW/MIA memorial motorcycle ride in Washington D.C.The American group AMVETS has staged the event every year to remember and honor all prisoners of war and all missing in action veterans, by denying them the usual use of the Pentagon parking lot for their vehicles. Odd. He went to great lengths to adopt a couple of shelter dogs because he thought the appearance of presidential pets was important, like FDR and “his little dog Fala”. The dogs embarrassed him by biting White Hose personnel and pooping in the sacred halls, and had to be banished to Delaware.

President Biden’s Open Border is fueling the “deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History. A dozen Texas counties have declared emergencies due to the increase in human trafficking. Now the opioid fentanyl, highly addictive and lethal, is flowing across the border. More than 90,000 Americans overdosed on illicit drugs last year. Biden’s policies have led to less cooperation between American and Mexican drug interdiction agencies.

Americans usually notice pretty quickly if an administration raises the income tax rates, but administration caused inflation might as well be an official tax, and people are not as apt to notice although it affects the pocketbook just as much. In February, a 3/4″ standard sheet of plywood cost $72.49. In March it was up to $83.49 and in April it is $95.98 a sheet. That’s a 252% price increase in one of the most used pieces of common lumber for construction. Officially known as “inflation.” Widely used and quickly flows through society affecting other prices. We call it “inflation” but it should more accurately be called a tax.

Mark Zuckerberg continues to assume that his social media platform is more important than the office of the President of the United States. His “oversight board” continues to lie about the January 6 “riot” and continues to ban former President Donald Trump. Clearly, it’s time to do a bit of regulating of Big Tech. Their egos have gotten out of control. They may be very rich, but they are not as important as they think they are, and Mark Zuckerberg does not outrank the President of the United States.

P.S. Take a moment and write your congressmen and senators. It’s simply and And hearing from constituents is how we effect change.

When in Doubt, Blame Trump!
May 5, 2021, 12:22 pm
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Jen Psaki, President Biden’s press secretary, ventured into fantasy land yesterday at a press conference. She said that the influx of immigrants at the southern border was “something that began during and was something that was exacerbated by the Trump administration.” (That’s apparently why so many illegal immigrants when asked why they are choosing now to try to get in, say that Joe Biden invited them to come. And obviously the border wall that President Trump had been building along the southern border was meant as a special welcome?

She added “After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and is building a fair, orderly and humane immigration system. That’s our objective. After coming into office, our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border—something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration.” How embarrassing! There are some whoppers that even a dedicated press secretary should find embarrassing to utter.

The Border Wall that Trump was successfully building (and Biden is trying to tear down) is imaginary, those tee shirts that everyone kept wondering about that said something about “Biden let me in” were a figment of the imagination, and somehow Trump is responsible for the migrants that he tried so hard to keep out? The influx has been massive and devastating to the border states and towns. The Border Patrol is overworked and deeply frustrated with the lack of help and support from the current administration. And the increased flow of drugs is devastating.

Clearly, Democrats started hating Trump even before he was elected. They hated him throughout his presidency, gave him credit for nothing, while having their lives saved by “Operation Warp Speed”which set records in the speed of development of successful vaccines.They blamed him for an invasion of the capitol building which he did not cause, and impeached him for that invasion, which he had noting whatsoever to do with.

The Covid crisis began a few miles north of my house in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, when someone returning from Wuhan, China came to visit relatives in the nursing home, and infected many patients and staff. President Trump recognized promptly what was happening and slapped a ban on any flights from China. As soon as it was identified as a virus, he initiated “Operation Warp-Speed” to develop a vaccine. The most successful effort ever.

When it became clear that we were having a problem with illegal immigrants, and drugs coming in over the Southern Border, he started building a wall to control the influx. It is Joe Biden who halted the wall being built, it is Joe Biden who is responsible for the sharp rise in drugs coming in over the border. The illegal immigrants succeeding in getting across the border believe that Joe Biden invited them to come. But apparently Jen Psaki didn’t get the message. If, however, you are a Democrat, instructions are apparently to blame anything the public doesn’t like on Donald Trump.

Three Experts on What to Expect!
May 2, 2021, 7:11 pm
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Here’s a fascinating discussion with Victor Davis Hanson, Conrad Black and Bill Bennett, talking about the economy, where we are and what is happening. Not what you are reading in the news, but what is actually going on out there.

It’s about half an hour long, but worth every minute. Inflation, Biden, Debt, college admissions, a little shocking and disturbing. But we are better off knowing more about what to expect, aren’t we? When do we get the American people angry enough to talk back to their representatives in Washington DC and tell them that they are not happy with the progressive plans of President Biden, or don’t you mind major inflation?

It’s already noticeable in the rising price of gasoline, but also becoming noticeable at the grocery store. And the cost of a sheet of plywood is going through the roof!. Which means rising home prices and remodeling costs, and eventually everything else. With a lot of governors raising taxes, it’s going to get very interesting out there.

President Biden’s Speech to Congress was not well received.
April 30, 2021, 9:12 pm
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President Biden’s speech to Congress was not well received by the general public, in spite of his promises that he was going to have a job for everybody. Democrats seem to believe that full employment is created by government action and government promises, but the people mostly know better. Democrats believe in a powerful central government that does everything, and Republicans are apt to believe just the opposite, that a big powerful government is a major problem, and keeping government interference to a minimum is the correct goal.

Our founders came from countries with powerful governments, and that was just what they wanted to escape in coming to a new world. They tried hard to create a new kind of government that responded to the needs of the people rather than directing the people in how to support a rich and powerful government. They wanted to leave the people free to create their own lives, and tried to design a government that would help them to do that, rather than training them in how to support the government. That’s the origin of America’s free enterprise economy, and we are blessed because of it.

The big and prosperous businesses of America often began with a single person with an idea. The genius of the American founding was the recognition of that fact, and the idea and the desire to help it to happen and prosper.

Here are a couple of familiar examples of people who did just that: Jeff Bezos and his wife famously loaded up the trunk of their car with books, and set out. We had some mail order catalogs at the time, so just how his ideas developed into Amazon, and made him a billionaire is not clear. Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward died. Of course the Covid crisis helped, when people where locked up at home and had to depend on Amazon and delivery services to get by, but Amazon clearly would have succeeded anyway, and did.

Mike Lindell had an idea of a way to make a better bed pillow. and made a great success of it. His success, of course is not so much celebrated because he was a big Trump supporter, but it is nevertheless a good example of Americans taking an idea of their own and turning it into a successful business. There are, of course, hundreds and hundreds of small businesses across the country that just putter along, struggling to survive. That’s how America grew and became a big and powerful country. We came from other countries with other kinds of governments, and our founders weren’t a bunch of control freaks. They had come to a new land and rejected the rule of kings that they had left behind, and they wanted something different Lots of struggles and mishaps along the way, but it has turned out pretty well.

There have always been those who believe that it is the government that makes things happen, and those who believe that one of our major problems is too much government. That seems to end up with one political party deeply in love with the functions of government, and the other that sees too much government as a major problem. That’s how the parties line up. President Biden is thinking in terms of what the government should do for the people, rather than how the government can support the people in their own goals and beliefs. There is a major difference.

President Biden Spoke to Congress.
April 29, 2021, 12:25 am
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I watched all of President Biden’s speech to Congress. He told them how he was going to create jobs for everybody, ignoring, of course all the jobs he had destroyed by banning the XL Pipeline in the illusion that would somehow save the planet from the ravages of Global Warming by banning fossil fuels. Unfortunately the Canadian oil will now just be transported by train from Canada to American refineries and on to the gulf, which is more subject to accident and oil spill.

President Biden is going to create jobs for everyone, with a wave of the presidential pen. But it becomes clear that he is not very intimate with just how that works. Very clear on spending lots of tax money, and will need lots more of it, but not all that familiar with the basic economic works that would bring all those jobs he’s counting on, other than just signing some papers at his desk in the Oval Office. Just what creates jobs or does not in an economy seemed a little beyond him.That was just my impression. Jobs will be created though, as he reassured us, and things will be much better as soon he has undone everything that the former president did. I just didn’t get the impression that he understood the economics of what Trump did, nor why it was or was not the correct thing to do.

He took credit for the jobs that have come back as the lockdowns from Covid ceased, which makes it an easy way to create jobs, and creating jobs was pretty much the only subject of interest. He again assigned Kamala Harris to take charge of something or other, which she may or may not do. The American public has pretty much lost any faith in the possibility of Harris being in charge of much of anything.

Joe Biden Wants to Ban Hamburgers!
April 27, 2021, 8:22 pm
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Lawrence Kudlow reported in The New York Sun, that President Biden was going to ban eating beef. Beef! In the interest, of course, of saving the planet from the ravages of Global Warming, in which President Biden fervently believes. Cow flatulence, you know. CO2. Which is not how it works anyway.

Carbon dioxide, CO2, is plant food, and creates more food for humans and animals. It does not create “global warming.” The warmth of the atmosphere is created by the action of the sun. “Global Warming” has it’s origins in the computers of the science labs of some universities, competing for federal grants, and has not much of anything to do with the real atmosphere. When they started trying to understand Global Warming, the scientists in the universities put what they knew for sure about the climate, which was not all that much, and then they added a lot of informed guesses, and the rest was what they they thought might be probable. This is not what is usually defined as the best science.

Christiana Figueres, who was once General Secretary of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) admitted to a press conference back in 2013 or 2015. somewhere in there, that the object of the climate change thing, was to get rid of capitalism.

No telling what this administration will come up with next. Of course I’m not sure they know what they will come up with either. Their goals are a little unclear, other than putting the Democrats in charge.

Anyway, getting rid of beef? I grew up in cattle country. Not bloody likely. Improve the fence around the back yard a little, buy some hay, and get a calf. I don’t know, you can train a puppy, but a calf is something different. Fortunately the press, or the president changed their minds, and said they didn’t plan on outlawing beef after all. Good. Americans are rather fond of their hamburgers. That would not go down well. And Thousands of McDonalds customers would certainly vote for someone else.

The supposed change of presidential mind came so quickly, that I assume they got a whiff of public reaction to this “brilliant” idea. There will be more. President Biden seems to really believe in the need to do something about a non-existent climate problem The climate is controlled by the sun, not by a number of Herefords on Western ranches. Leave the poor cows alone.

Nobody Watched the Oscars!
April 26, 2021, 5:07 pm
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The Oscars were last night, and apparently nobody watched. Not interested. It may, of course, have been a reflection of the Covid shutdown, and nobody has gone to the movies, or conversely, people may be sick of so-called “celebrities” one has never heard of, mouthing off about politics that they clearly know nothing about.

Reporters have learned that if they can insert a “celebrity” into a story, it is apt to get more clicks that a story that doesn’t have one, simply because a familiar name attracts attention. That’s all a “celebrity” is, is someone whose name may be familiar. You are more likely to click on familiar than unfamiliar.

However, being a celebrity and thus familiar, does not mean that we want to listen to the works of their minds. Your views on politics are not welcome, and when they are stupid, as often happens, we reject the views and the celebrity as well. That could account for a lack of interest in the Oscars.

The current political battles are about words, and attempts to change the words people use to describe their beliefs. I just noticed a new one. The words “husband” and “wife” have been banished in favor of the currently ubiquitous “partner”. That is designed to eliminate any prejudice or disapproval of same-sex couples. Inclusiveness is good, disapproval is not acceptable, unless it is disapproval of the correct people. Trying to change a society is difficult, and the language must be controlled to make the necessary changes. I really don’t like attempts to redefine my language.

Sorry, I don’t welcome thousands of illegal aliens either. I welcome immigrants who apply properly to become citizens, not those who sneak in by the back door. I don’t welcome huge increases in the national debt and the raised taxes to pay off the unnecessary spending. If “infrastructure”, roads and bridges, need fixing to keep people safe, that is one thing, if you’re just trying to buy votes by scattering cash around, it’s quite another.

I expect people to “study up” and know what they are advocating. In the past 100 years, the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere had increased by about one degree Centigrade. The planet is fine, and controlled by the action of the sun. We do not need to banish fossil fuels, and America is fortunate to have enough to sell to other countries. We have had slightly warmer eras in the past, and cooler ones as well, and done just fine. If you recall, we have even had ice ages that shaped the Rocky Mountains, and left us lots of beautiful lakes. Unfortunately, wind turbines don’t work and cannot supply the energy needed by a modern society. It costs about $35,000 to take one down, and they have to be buried in a landfill because nothing is recyclable. I wrote a post in July of 2013 about abandoned wind turbines (the ones pictured were in Hawaii) that has proved to be perennially popular, I hope as a negative case for wind energy which just doesn’t work well enough for a modern society to depend on.

It’s hard to be well-informed. Some of what you read will be wrong. Your own prejudices may well lead you astray. You may be influenced by the wrong ideas. And you just have to read a lot to understand what is right and what is not. There are a lot of people out there who just don’t like to read. I’ve noticed that many articles now have a “reading time” and an effort to keep it brief for busy people. An attempt to be helpful, that’s a little scary. I’m a big reader, always have books I’m reading or re-reading. Always have. But I do recognize that many find reading to be a task rather than a pleasure.

Do read this post at Breitbart.
April 25, 2021, 5:17 pm
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AWR Hawkins has a wonderful post at Breitbart. about all the fences and walls the Hollywood “celebrities” have erected to protect themselves from the common folk out there, during the Oscars. Great pictures, riotously funny! I haven’t seen a movie at a movie theater this last year, and seldom before that. Watch some old movies now and then online.

I do not want to hear from Hollywood “celebrities”, not now, not ever. I may find their acting in someone else’s story of interest, but the work of their minds—no thanks. They may be “click bait” because their names are familiar, but their ideas? Oh please.

“President Mean Tweets?”
April 25, 2021, 4:38 pm
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Some wag has recently called President Trump “President Mean Tweets”, and it seems to have caught on a bit. Not fair, but funny. Yes, he did. But did you notice that his “mean tweets” were usually in response to a vicious attack, and if attacked, President Trump was not inclined to just let it ride. And he was viciously attacked consistently and steadily, from his first day in office till the present.

When the Covid Crisis first appeared in America in a nursing home a few miles north of my house, a number of people in the nursing home died after someone coming from Wuhan, China infected them with a disease that turned out to be a pandemic. As soon as it became clear that someone from China had brought an infection, Trump banned all flights from China to immediate vast accusations of racial prejudice and unnecessarily creating fear, but he was right, and it saved a lot of lives.

As soon as it began to become clear that it was an infectious disease, and other people were getting sick, President Trump got automobile factories producing ventilators, which turned out to not be needed, and invented and ordered what came to be called “Operation Warp Speed” to get the big pharmaceutical companies working on developing vaccines, and getting the stuff that got in the way of their work out of their way. He sent hospital ships to the major ports, made arrangements for temporary tent hospitals, kept the cruise ships in port, and worked hard at finding the right advisors for all of the tasks so rapidly appearing.

A plan for vaccinating the American people had to be developed and implemented. The States had to be informed about what we knew, and plans developed for how to proceed in each state, and who would be in charge of what. When you think back on it all, it was a huge and vastly important undertaking. There were, of course drawbacks and confusion, some things didn’t work. Trump got Covid himself. How much should they lock down, what about requiring masks, closing restaurants, hotels, shops. It didn’t all go smoothly, of course.

The rest of the world was also reacting and trying to cope. Everybody made mistakes, but we learned quickly what worked and what didn’t. Lots went wrong, and had to be fixed. Nations and States learned from each other. Travel shut down for the most part. There will be lots of books yet to be written that will elaborate on what happened and how we coped.

We will compare the states and how they fared and how they reacted, and the federal agencies will be examined to see how they responded. We have had a few pandemics before, and undoubtedly there will be others in the future, even if of diseases as yet unknown and undreamed of. Will they be bringing back infections from other planets? We can’t know the future, but only prepare for it by trying to learn the correct lessons of today.

President Biden desperately wants the credit for ending the Covid 19 epidemic and has tried to blame the whole thing on Donald Trump, and has tried to stamp out any Trump accomplishments and when he can, claim them for himself. I think Democrats believe that if they can just get people outraged enough over the “invasion” of the Capitol, claiming that Trump urged it or started it or something like that, then they can keep Trump from coming back, or challenging them again. Donald Trump did not cause the Capitol invasion, he invited some of his supporters to come to Washington DC and march down Pennsylvania Ave. with him. No connection to what actually happened at all. But they will keep trying to blame it all on Trump. President Mean Tweets, indeed.

Did you have a happy Earth Day?
April 22, 2021, 11:33 pm
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This has been Earth Day, which nobody seems to care much about except the ardent “environmentalists” who believe the autistic child from Sweden who came to America to scold the United Nations for not doing enough about the climate.

Joe Biden is deeply concerned about the climate. He is going to offer asylum or other legal protections to “climate refugees” to the country, I’m not sure just what he has in mind as a “climate refugee” but here a lot of people get sick of the climate where they live, too hot summers, too much snow in the winter, smog in LA, that sort of thing, but they would be more likely to qualify as “climate refugees” than a lot of other ordinary people. That’s the reason there are so many elderly people in Florida.

I do not, however, believe in a threat to the planet from CO2. I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, at about 4000 feet on 400 acres, surrounded by National Forest. And I grew up mostly outdoors, accompanied by my trusty St. Bernard. Mild winters, big winters, floods, snowslides, I had a fairly intimate connection to the climate. One year the snow came unexpectedly early, and the deer, who usually moved slowly down to the Snake River Drainage for the winter were caught without food and tried to survive on the willows by the river. Hay was unavailable, because ranchers were trying to save their own herds as well. Dead deer provided more food for the carnivores like coyotes, cougar, lynx and the other wild cats.

Simply, the earth has warmed by about one degree Centigrade in the last 100 years. OMG, run for the hills. The climate of the earth is controlled by the actions of the sun, not the fact that you drive a gasoline-using car. Joe Biden has managed to raise the cost of gasoline significantly with his threats of electric cars, and attempts to put the oil industry out of business, like killing the XL Pipeline and all its jobs. He continues with dumb projects attempting to restrict oil, which accomplishes nothing at all. CO2, carbon dioxide, is a natural fertilizer for plants. When there is a little more CO2 in the atmosphere crops grow more abundant, more people in the world do not go hungry, and wildlife flourishes.

If you don’t understand the natural processes, you come up with dumb policies like AOC’s “Green New Deal”. She can always be counted on for a very large mouth, and massive ignorance. Her quote today at Breitbart was: “Trampling Racial Justice is the cause of Climate Change.” Ponder that one for a while,

Polls show that 73% of Americans trust the Private Sector over government to solve any environmental challenges. That’s encouraging. They are also more concerned about water pollution rather than climate change.

Here’s an article you might enjoy from the Wall Street Journal. “How a Physicist Became a Climate Truth Teller” who was the chief scientist of the Obama Energy Department.

Georgia On My Mind…
April 22, 2021, 4:49 pm
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The State of Georgia, in the wake of wide accusations across the country of vote fraud, decided to rewrite their voting regulations to eliminate such accusations. They had had some accusations directed at them and wanted to make clear what their regulations were, and make some corrections for public convenience about the hours the polls would be open. Perfectly harmless.

Apparently, if Georgia, once a Confederate State in the Civil War, approaching 200 years ago, does anything about their voter regulations, it obviously has to be deeply prejudiced and racist, because Georgia was once a Confederate State. An assortment of major corporations, several of them headquartered in Georgia, and Major League Baseball promptly Condemned Georgia’s actions! Apparently the corporations had to respond so quickly to avoid any contamination by racial prejudice that they couldn’t be responsible enough to find out what they were talking about. Simple stuff, like reading the new regulations to find out just how racially prejudiced they were.

Georgia expanded the hours the polls were open for the convenience of working people. They clarified the rules for where you were supposed to vote so you got to the right precinct, and that was about it. Nothing whatsoever about racial prejudice in any way. NOBODY made the slightest effort to actually read the short regulations so they could know what they were objecting to. We all have prejudices, many unreasonable. I am personally offended by facial hair. I hate beards and mustaches, and deplore the current fashion. I do recognize that the wearers may hate shaving, or even find facial hair attractive. But that’s the way it goes. We have had many eras of facial hair, and eventually they turn to clean-shaving again.

I am deeply offended by people who go off track and make big public deals of something because they cannot be bothered to do a tiny bit of reading.There will be no Coke in my house, even though some are claiming it’s a pretty good toilet-bowl cleaner. I have no interest in Major League Baseball anyway, and I don’t expect to fly Delta. They won’t miss me. If a lot of people react to stupidity like that, maybe some large corporations will realize that taking sides on political questions means that you are annoying about half the country’s population, and it might be a better idea to keep your mouths shut. America is a free country, and we get to voice our opinions about everything. But if your opinion is way out of line, you can expect some pushback.

They Are Trying to Trip Us Up With Language Again.
April 17, 2021, 7:16 pm
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This is a very confusing time. The Democrats in Congress, being in the majority, want badly to cement their position of being in charge. They like being in charge, and want to make it permanent. To that end, they are willing to go to all sorts of extremes like packing the Supreme Court, making Washington D.C. a state (?) and wherever it is helpful, even changing the language.

We just had a bunch of corporate executives confused into playing politics. And learning that it isn’t really good business practice to seriously annoy half the population of the United States. One of the problems is that race has suddenly become a hot button, and everybody is terrified of being called “racist”. The State of Georgia, trying to clean up their voting regulations after some accusations of vote fraud, so there would be no misunderstanding, wrote regulations making sure that the hours the polls were open made it easy for workers to vote, and to be sure that those who voted were entitled to vote at that particular precinct, they required voters to show I.D. A bunch of major corporations in Georgia decided that asking black voters for ID was somehow racist, although fine to ask white voters for ID, and made fools of themselves publicly by an assumption that was racist, and caused all sorts of trouble, mostly for themselves because they so annoyed the public with their nonsense, that a lot of people decided they didn’t need Coca Cola, and they didn’t need to fly on Delta and they didn’t need to patronize Major League Baseball.

The National Polling operations have been polling and public opinion is becoming available, and there’s some major readjustment of ideas out there. The Biden Administration is learning that their massive border crisis is very unpopular indeed. That people are not pleased with the huge invasion of hordes of people from Central America, demanding jobs that Americans could do, and offering to do them for less. Learning to their astonishment that those crossing the border illegally were not being welcomed, the Left has tried subtly changing the language to make it more palatable. They are no longer “illegal aliens” but “refugees”, a designation sure to provide sympathy and warm feelings. America is always caring when it comes to “refugees.”

Well, not so fast. If they are “refugees” what is it that they need succor from? What is the danger and oppression that they are fleeing? Are there wars down there in Central America that are threatening their lives? Terrorism? Brutality? Are they afraid for their children?

Well, no and no and no. They are hoping to earn more money, enjoy our free public schools, our free health care, all of our helping organizations, and improve their lifestyles in a free country. They are not “refugees” from anything. Now, you may feel kindly towards people who just want to better their lives, and most of us feel that the United States of America is a good country. But we have laws about how you can come to this country and become a citizen and enjoy all the blessing America offers. Congress has decided that we can accept a million new people every year. You don’t get around that by pretending that they are desperate people desperately needing help. Nor, for that matter by marching around with signs that announce that No Human is Illegal. It’s playing with language to try to make that which is against the law more palatable. If you don’t like the law, change it legally. And convince the rest of the population that it needs to be done. Because?

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