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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 02:37:23 -0800 (PST)|
P R 0 G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 02.20.07 1. Health care salon 2.20 6:30pm 2. Produce/peace 2.21 8am 3. Women/color/media 2.21 8:30am 4. Darfur/women 2.21 12noon StCloud MN 5. Thirst/film 2.21 7pm 6. CCHT housing 2.22 7:30am 7. Foreign Policy 2.22 12noon 8. USSR/US/Latvia 2.22 12noon 9. Eagan peace vigil 2.22 4:30pm 10. Northtown vigil 2.22 5pm 11. Birch/WAMM 2.22 5pm 12. Iraq for Sale/f 2.22 7pm 13. Maxed$ out/film 2.22 7pm 14. War tapes/film 2.22 7pm 15. Black pioneers/t 2.22 8pm 16. Karen Kwiatkowski - Can a US war with Iran be prevented? 17. Robert Jansen - The problem of bi-partisan empire-building 18. Mickey Z - Top 10 ways Democrats differ from Republicans --------1 of 18-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] EARTHLINK.NET> Subject: Health care salon2.20 6:30pm Tuesday, Feb. 20, the salon guest will be John Schwarz to give us a brief overview of the major issues of health care and explain and compare major proposals and issues. Universal coverage will be explained as will single payer and consumer driven health care. John is a long time advocate for single payer and other progressive health reforms and is the director of United Health Systems. There will be much time for discussion and questions Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------2 of 18-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Produce/peace 2.21 8am "Produce for Peace" North Country Co-op donates 5% to WAMM Wednesday February 21 and Wednesday, February 28, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. North Country Co-op, Riverside and 20th Avenue on the West Bank in Minneapolis. Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) will be the beneficiary of North Country Co-op's "Produce for Peace" campaign. In recognition of the importance of the coming months for our country's involvement in the Iraq War, North Country Co-op is donating 5% of all produce sales to a group working for peace. North Country Marketing & Membership Manager Erik Esse."More than ever, we need WAMM's energy to bring some sense back to our national priorities." North Country, the Twin Cities' oldest food co-op, has a tradition of supporting the peace movement from its inception in 1971 to today. More information: www.northcountrycoop.com. --------3 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Women/color/media 2.21 8:30am The Women's Foundation of Minnesota's UpStart Lecture Series by Simon Anderson The Women's Foundation of Minnesota's UpStart Lecture Series continues on Wednesday morning February 21. The event features KFAI Radio's executive director, Janis Lane-Ewart, speaking on the topic "Increasing the Number of Women of Color in Public Broadcasting." UpStart, brings together diverse women leaders from across the state and around the globe to talk about the issues that matter most to women and their communities. The lecture takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis, located at 2121 E. Lake Street. To RSVP call 612-236-1858 or email heidi [at] wfmn.org. For more information visit www.wfmn.org/events/ --------4 of 18-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Darfur/women 2.21 12noon StCloud MN Wednesday, February 21: St. Cloud State University Women's Center Women on Wednesday "Dafur Crisis: The Unbearable Burden Women Carry." Noon-1PM at Atwood Theatre. Free and open to the public. More info: www.stcloudstate.edu/womenscenter or 320/308-4958. --------5 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Thirst/film 2.21 7pm Wednesday, 2/21, 7 pm, free film "Thirst" examining whether safe drinking water should be a common right or a private commodity, Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Carpenters, 700 Olive St, St Paul. www.laboreducation.org --------6 of 18-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT housing 2.22 7:30am Learn how Central Community Housing Trust is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. Minneapolis Sessions: Feb 22 at 7:30a St. Paul Sessions: Feb 28 at 4:30p We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: www.ccht.org/bd or call Philip Schaffner at 612-341-3148 x237 Central Community Housing Trust 1625 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 341-3148 www.ccht.org --------7 of 18-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Foreign Policy 2.22 12noon The Foreign Policy Disconnect: Multilateral Public, Unilateral Officials Benjamin Page, Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University Thursday, February 22, 2007 Noon - 1:00pm Room 215, Humphrey Center 301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Foreign policy has often been designed to serve the nation's interests even if it runs counter to what majorities of Americans prefer. The result is that decades of American foreign policy have been at odds with strong and sustained public opinion. Although some discrepancies may be unavoidable, large and consistent gaps endanger the sustainability and democratic underpinnings of American foreign policy. Ben Page, Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University, will discuss the growing gap between the American public and policymakers on the issue of foreign policy. His talk is based on the book he recently co-wrote with Marshall M. Bouton, /The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders but Don't Get/. Professor Page's research interests include public opinion and policy making, the mass media, empirical democratic theory, political economy, policy formation, the presidency, and American foreign policy. Professor Page received a PhD from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance works to develop practical solutions to pressing political and policy challenges. CSPG provides non-partisan research and forums to foster more effective and efficient governance, increase the transparency of government processes, and rebuild public trust in order to counteract negative influences that threaten our democracy. RSVPs requested to cpsg [at] umn.edu <mailto:cpsg [at] umn.edu> or 612-625-2530. www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/cspg To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email cpsg [at] umn.edu <mailto:cpsg [at] umn.edu> --------8 of 18-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: USSR/US/Latvia 2.22 12noon Feb. 22 - Ieva Zake, Rowan University, "The Dark Side of the USSR-US Cultural Contacts during the Cold War--the Perspective of Latvian Immigrants", 12-1 pm, 308 Andersen Library --------9 of 18-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 2.22 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------10 of 18-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 2.22 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------11 of 18-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Birch/WAMM 2.22 5pm Birch Clothing (Fair Made, Fair Trade) Donates 15% to WAMM Thursday, February 22, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 2309 West 50th Street (at Penn Avenue), Minneapolis. Fair-made, fair-trade clothing. Birch Clothing is donating 15% of sales to WAMM. Birch Clothing sells apparel and accessories made from sustainable fabrics and recycled materials that are constructed under fair labor conditions. The clothing Birch carries is made from natural fibers and sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and linen, hemp, silk, bamboo, wool, tencel and soy. Located in Minneapolis, Birch is a boutique for consumers seeking to shop their values. Classic and contemporary styles made from high-quality fabrics. FFI: Call Birch Clothing, 612-436-0776. --------12 of 18-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Iraq for Sale/film 2.22 7pm The film, "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" will be shown, free of charge, at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center on Thursday February 22nd, 7 PM sharp. This film addresses two vital questions: Who's getting killed? Who's making a killing? Sponsored by NW Neighbors for Peace; all are welcome. For more information, please contact Art Bjorngjeld at bjorngjeld [at] juno.com or at 763-566-8255. --------13 of 18-------- From: Jordan Ash <financialjustice [at] acorn.org> Subject: Maxed$ out/film 2.22 7pm On Thursday, February 22, there will be a free premiere of the acclaimed film Maxed Out which shows how the modern financial industry really works. Maxed Out, which presents a compelling, eye-opening examination of debt in America and the lending industry that profits, opens in select cities nationwide on March 9. Filmmaker James Scurlock will be on hand for a question and answer session. Maxed Out veers from comic absudity to tragedy as it shows how current lending practices are wreaking havoc upon the lives of ordinary Americans. After the film, members of Minnesota ACORN will discuss how they fought back and won against predatory mortgage lenders, unscrupulous real estate agents, and ruthless scam artists, and will talk about their current efforts to pass a state bill against predatory lending. The film will be at 7 p.m. at the Lagoon Theater, 1320 Lagoon Avenue in Minneapolis. Seating is limited, please RSVP to (651) 644-5061 or financialjustice1 [at] acorn.org For more information about the film, visit www.maxedoutmovie.com --------14 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: War tapes/film 2.22 7pm Thursday, 2/22, 7 pm, free documentary "The War Tapes" made by Iraq soldiers, County Library, 123 Main St, Hopkins. www.dfalink.com/events.php --------15 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: MN black pioneers/TV 2.22 8pm North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers tpt17 Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8PM This tpt -produced documentary traces the history of African Americans in Minnesota through 12 individual stories that take us from George Bonga, a voyageur and trader, to Frederick McGhee, the state's first black attorney and one of the founders of the NAACP, to the 1963 March on Washington. First broadcast in September 2004, this program has already become a tpt classic. --------16 of 18-------- Can a US War With Iran Be Prevented? LRC columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. <http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/mailto:ksusiek [at] shentel.net>* Even after a long winter of orchestrated chanting and battlegroup repositioning springtime American attacks on Iranian territory are not written in stone. Such a war is not predetermined, except in the minds of neoconservatives in this country and some politicos in Tel Aviv We should remember that these people do not run the country, ostensibly still a Republic. True, this mindset of war-economics and benign super-dominance of the world is appealing to many in Congress. Those with the ability to deliver votes, and take them away, seem to want this next iteration of creative destruction. More dangerously, this mindset grips the military-industrial complex and even many diplomats for reasons of self-actualization. War makes them relevant, prosperous, significant. If we were a kingdom, George W. Bush would be our King. If George W. Bush were our King, a war with Iran would indeed be inevitable. To stop that war, we would need to stop the king himself - and stopping a king is often something that requires bold action on the part of those with access to him. If we were a kingdom trying to stop a troublesome king, we might look to the person closest to him. For us, this would be the vice president, Dick Cheney. However, if we were a kingdom today, we would be witness to a power behind the throne in the form of a well-placed civilian with a mystical reputation for force of personality, and a posse of loyal samurai willing to kill and die for him. Other empires have had their Grigori Rasputins, their Agrippinas, their de Richelieus. If we were a kingdom, we would have Dick Cheney. If we were a kingdom, a key source of power with excellent access to a wayward or delusional king would be the head of the king's army. Marine General Peter Pace has recently stated that he "believes" Iran is involved in Iraq against our troops, but he sees no need for "kinetic action against Iran." Well, I suppose that's comforting. In a kingdom, the top military officer would be exceptionally loyal to his king. In a republic, he would be loyal to the Constitution, or perhaps, the "people." The jury is out on Perfect Peter, but somehow I think he will be of little assistance this time. If we were a kingdom, we might seek the help of trusted advisors to the king, and call on their persuasive skills to realign the kingdom towards fiscal sanity, peace, and civility. The modern American serfs might set their hopes on the lovely Condi Rice, ostensibly holding an important position and personally close to the president. However, her latest obfuscations to the Congress should leave the serfs less than inspired. If we were a kingdom, those who speak for the serfs might truly be our salvation. In a republic, a congress may represent the people, and in ours, holds the sole charter to declare wars and to impeach incompetent and corrupt officials. If we were a kingdom, we would have something similar, perhaps a parliament that exists to advise the king, but rarely if ever overrule him. It might be called a parliament of whores to borrow a moniker popularized by P.J. O'Rourke. Not much help, if we were a kingdom. If we were a kingdom, we would be in dire straits. We would be saddled with a crazed and warlike fantasist as king, a powerful warlike fantasist as his right hand man, a perfect peter as top military man, an /über/-loyal diplomatic advisor, and a parliament of whores standing alert and ready like trained dogs. Are we not a republic? A republic would, in response to the desires of a supermajority, turn back our carrier battle groups, and bring our troops home from Iraq and elsewhere in the world where they occupy unwanted garrisons. A republic would seek constitutional inspiration and hard truth in order to make foreign policy. A republic would take action to impeach corrupt officials, and remove from power those who have proven to be both criminal and grossly incompetent in their public duties. If we were still a republic, reversing the stupidity and hubris of this administration and bringing troops home, much less avoiding this so-called inevitable attack on Iran, would be achievable, and even normal. If we are still a republic, I am not justified in advocating harsher and more radical action. But if we are no longer a republic, then more radical action by individuals and groups is surely appropriate. Today, those who wish for good government and a wise foreign policy charitably march on Washington during the weekend, disrupting no traffic, and seeing few lawmakers. If we are not a republic, it is legitimate to act in a less charitable manner, perhaps by shutting down traffic around the White House Monday through Friday, and disrupting the everyday activities of our monarchy and their lackeys in other creative ways. If we are not a republic, we have already lost a great deal of that for which we fight as a nation - and thus we ought to feel no obligation to fight solely for an unpopular king. If we are no longer a republic, we should be supporting the troops not by sending sunscreen and love letters but by encouraging desertion, insubordination, and rebellion at every turn. If we are a kingdom, or an empire ruled by our own special Nero, then we have nothing to gain by following the rules of republican citizenship, and everything to gain by ignoring them. I don't know if we will attack Iran or other countries from the sea, the air, and our lily-pads in puppetized post-Saddam Iraq and post-Taliban Afghanistan. I don't believe it is inevitable, exactly. If we were a republic, we would not do it. Sadly, habit and evidence both point in a different direction, one of more murder, more death, more destruction - and it demands that each of us begin to learn and practice new and more frightening ways to be patriots and republicans. --------17 of 18-------- The Problem of Bi-Partisan Empire-Building Liberal Icons and War By ROBERT JENSEN CounterPunch February 19, 2007 In a political culture defined by a centrist-to-reactionary political spectrum, Paul Wellstone was a breath of fresh air when he brought his progressive politics to the U.S. Senate in 1991. His death in 2002 robbed the country of a humane voice on the national political stage. I lived for a time in Minnesota and followed Wellstone's career closely. The last time I saw him speak was December 1998 when I was part of a peace group that conducted a sit-in at his office to protest his support for a U.S. attack on Iraq and force a meeting to challenge the former anti-war activist's hawkish turn. Yes, that's right - a group sat in at Wellstone's St. Paul office when he supported Bill Clinton's illegal 1998 cruise missile attack on Iraq, which was the culmination of a brutal and belligerent U.S. policy during that Democratic administration. It might seem odd to recall such a small part of contemporary history when the United States is mired in a full-scale occupation of Iraq, but there's an important lesson in this little bit of history - one that's is often difficult for many liberals and Democrats to face: Illegal and immoral U.S. aggression is, and always has been, a bipartisan affair. Democrats and liberals are responsible for their share of the death, destruction, and misery caused by U.S. empire-building along with Republicans and conservatives. I mention the Wellstone incident not to suggest he and George W. Bush are equally culpable, but to make the point that even politicians with Wellstone's progressive politics can be twisted by the pathology of power and privilege. Precisely because we face such crucial policy choices in Iraq, the Middle East, and the world, we must remember that while W. and the neocons are a problem, they are not the problem. Sweep this particular gang of thugs and thieves out of office, and what? A kindler-and-gentler imperial policy designed by Democrats is still an imperial policy, and imperial policies always have the same result: The suffering of millions - others that are too often invisible to us - in support of policies that protect the affluence of us. Name a politician at the national level today who has even come close to acknowledging that painful reality. Go ahead, think about it for a minute - I can wait. I'm reminded of a meeting that a group of Austin activists had with our congressman, liberal Democrat Lloyd Doggett, as part of a national grassroots organizing effort in the late 1990s to end the punishing embargo on Iraq that the Clinton administration imposed for eight long years. Those economic sanctions were killing an estimated 5,000 Iraqi children a month, and it's likely that as many as a million people died during the Clinton years as a result of this aspect of the U.S. policy of dominating the politics of the region. We asked Doggett - who had courageously spoken out against U.S. aggression in the past - to challenge this policy of his Democratic leadership, which he declined to do. One of us mentioned our opposition to this in the context of a larger critique of U.S. empire. Doggett's response: "That was never my analysis." In other words, even though the United States has been pursuing imperial policies since it was founded - first on the continent it eventually conquered and later around the world - that wasn't his analysis. In other words, his analysis was apparently to deny the reality of how the United States became the most powerful nation-state in the history of the world. In other words, his analysis required obscuring difficult truths, which might be called a I'll leave that sentence for you to complete. Again, my purpose in pointing this out is not to suggest that there is no difference in the policies of Doggett and Bush, but rather to point out the disease at the heart of conventional politics in the United States: The willingness to lie about the history and contemporary policies that have made us the most affluent society in the history of the world. The political elites of the United States of America are united in their acceptance of these historical fabrications and contemporary obfuscations. Whatever their particular policy proposals, they all lie about the nature of the system that has produced U.S. power and affluence. They all invoke mythical notions of the fundamental decency of the United States. And because of that, they all are part of the problem. Here's a gentle corrective: People can be decent, and many in the United States - just as everywhere in the world - are incredibly decent, but no imperial nation-state has ever had any fundamental decency. The rich First World nations of this world got rich through violence and theft. That doesn't mean there's nothing positive about the U.S. system, but is simply a reminder that if we start with a lie, we end up telling lots of lies and doing lots of damage. So, let's tell the truth, not only about our political opponents but about our alleged allies. Let's tell the truth about the so-called "human rights" president, Jimmy Carter, a man who has accomplished some good things since leaving office and lately has been brave in standing up to critics who denounce him for telling part of the truth about the Israel/Palestine conflict (the part that ignores his own contributions while in office to the entrenchment of Israeli power and control, and hence to contemporary policy failures). But Jimmy Carter as president - the person he was when he held power - was a person who backed the brutal rule of the Shah of Iran and, after the Iranian people has overthrown that dictatorship, allowed the shah to come to the United States. Carter continued to support and arm the military dictatorship of Indonesia through the worst of the genocidal atrocities in its illegal occupation of East Timor. Not exactly human-rights kinds of policies. Nor was a concern for human rights in evidence in Carter's policy toward El Salvador. By coincidence, yesterday (February 17) was the 27th anniversary of a letter that Archbishop Oscar Romero wrote to Carter, pleading with him to support human rights by ending U.S. funding and arms transfers to the authoritarian government of El Salvador. Romero wrote to Carter that "instead of favoring greater justice and peace in El Salvador, your government's contribution will undoubtedly sharpen the injustice and the repression inflicted on the organized people, whose struggle has often been for respect for their most basic human rights." Carter's response was to continue support for the brutal military dictatorship that put guns in the hands of death squads, including one that would assassinate Romero a month later. And then there is the famous "Carter Doctrine" proclaimed in his 1980 State of the Union address, in which he made "absolutely clear" his position on the oil-rich region: "An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force." In other words: Control over the flow of Middle East oil must remain in U.S. hands. Hmm, does that seem familiar? There was, of course, no outside force attempting to gain control of the region. But plenty of forces within the region - then and now - have wanted to break decades of U.S. domination, and those forces have been the real targets of the doctrine of Carter, and every other post-WWII president before and since. While the primary responsibility for the mess we have created in Iraq should be laid on the doorstep of Bush and the neocons, there's a lot of responsibility left to go around. Let me be clear one more time: I am not saying that there is no difference between Paul Wellstone, Lloyd Doggett, Jimmy Carter on one hand, and George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell on the other. There is, and sometimes those differences make a difference. But ask yourself: Are the victims of these bipartisan policies around the world likely to be so concerned about the differences? When Lloyd Doggett and many other Democrats in Congress were supporting Clinton's sanctions policy - fully aware that children in Iraq were dying by the thousands due to a lack of clean water, medical supplies, and adequate nutrition - should we have expected those children to be grateful that the Democrats had a better record on the minimum wage? When Jimmy Carter shipped weapons for death squads in El Salvador, should the campesinos murdered with those weapons have been grateful that Carter wasn't as reactionary as the Reagan gang that would come next? Yes, Paul Wellstone was in many ways an inspirational progressive figure at a time of right-wing backlash, and he often was politically courageous. But if we ignore the ways that politicians - even the best of them - can come to accept the illusions of the powerful that so often lead to pathological delusions and disastrous policies, how can a peace-and-justice movement hope to hold power accountable? I'm not arguing for a holier-than-thou purism on all doctrine at all times; we have to be strategic in offering support to politicians with whom we inevitably will have some disagreements. Instead, I'm arguing for an honest assessment of politicians, and of ourselves. If we are willing to excuse so quickly the pro-imperial policies of our so-called progressive leaders, might that be in part because we haven't broken with the imperial mindset ourselves? As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan crumble under the weight of this imperial madness, we owe it to the people there not only to critique the policies of the psychotically self-righteous madmen of the Bush administration, and not only to point out that the current Democratic leadership is too timid in its opposition to these wars. We owe it to Iraqis and Afghans - and to all the people living in places that our empire targets - to critique the allegedly more humane and liberal face of empire. If we look in the mirror, whose face is that? Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the board of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity. He can be reached at rjensen [at] uts.cc.utexas.edu. --------18 of 18-------- Top Ten Ways Democrats Differ from Republicans by Mickey Z 1. They tell different lies to get elected 2. THEY TELL DIFFERENT LIES TO GET ELECTED 3. They tell different lies to get elected 4. THEY TELL DIFFERENT LIES TO GET ELECTED 5. They tell different lies to get elected 6. THEY TELL DIFFERENT LIES TO GET ELECTED 7. They tell different lies to get elected 8. THEY TELL DIFFERENT LIES TO GET ELECTED 9. They tell different lies to get elected 10. THEY TELL DIFFERENT LIES TO GET ELECTED ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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