Show Notes 03-31-2018

Saturday notes 03-31-18

Passover
Passover is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. It commemorates the Biblical story of Exodus, when Hebrew slaves were released by God from bondage in Egypt.
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Knights of Columbus Send $1 Million-plus to Aid Iraqi, Syrian Christians
As the Christian Holy Week begins, the Knights of Columbus has announced that it is sending more than $1 million to persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq to help them recover and rebuild from the devastation caused by the ISIS-led genocide in the Middle East.
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Florida school shooting suspect gets ‘piles’ of fan letters
The suspect in the Florida high school shooting that killed 17 is getting letters of support in jail including fan mail and pictures of scantily-clad women in addition to hundreds of dollars in contributions to his commissary account.
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Retired cop posts epic message after homeowner’s son uses AR-15 to drop 3 thugs
As a man who received a “Lifesaving Award” from the Arkansas State Police during his career, he also knows a little more about acting fast in an emergency than the vice president who served under Barack Obama.
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Sportswear Company Selling Out of New Line of Gun-Pocket Yoga Pants
Alexo Athletica, a company that proudly supports the Second Amendment, has introduced a new line of yoga pants designed to allow women to “carry with confidence” and comfort.
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ABC spin machine goes all in on ‘Roseanne’ pro-Trump success story
ABC’s PR machine shifted into high gear on Thursday after the news that its pro-Trump revival of “Roseanne” had scored monster ratings — with ABC executives claiming they brilliantly came up with a populist programming strategy following the November 2016 election.
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Family fights to keep strangers out of backyard
A county in Florida that took over private beach property and opened it to the public has had its hand slapped by a new state law that reverses its “theft.”
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Study claims chocolate Easter bunnies, eggs ‘bad for the environment
On Friday, two days before Easter, an academic journal published a study claiming that chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs are harmful to the environment.
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Toronto chef taunts vegans protesting outside his upscale meat restaurant by butchering a deer’s leg at the window then eating it in front of them after cooking it
Toronto chef Michael Hunter, who made headlines earlier this week after carving up a deer leg in full view of the vegan protesters outside his restaurant, has admitted that he felt “guilty” after pulling the stunt even though he was only trying to make a point.
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Cancer experts say coffee is safe, despite California’s new warning label requirement
Cancer experts say coffee is safe, despite California’s new warning label requirement
A California court judge’s ruling ordering coffee companies to put cancer warning labels on their products is not changing the minds of scientists and health professionals who say there is no credible evidence to warrant the dramatic move.
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Show Notes 07-08-2017

Saturday Show 7-8-17

Memorandum to DOD
Under existing DoD policy, such accessions were anticipated to begin on July 1, 2017.  The Deputy Secretary directed the Services to assess their readiness to begin accessions.
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GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities’ Federal Funds to Border Wall Budge
One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow the law: take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
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Cambridge Offers ‘How-To’ Legal Guide For Illegal Aliens
Late last month, one of the Bay State’s most progressive cities quietly started offering a new service on its website, an “immigrant concerns” resource page aimed at assisting “undocumented people living in Cambridge.”
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ICE Director: ‘We Do Not Conduct Sweeps’ Or ‘Raids’
During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said that ICE does not conduct sweeps, raids, or roadblocks to remove people who have illegally immigrated into the U.S.
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Judge Denies Hawaii’s Motion on ‘Travel Ban,’ Says Supreme Court Right Venue
A federal judge in Hawaii has denied a motion filed by that state seeking to limit the scope of President Donald Trump’s so-called travel ban, parts of which were cleared to be implemented by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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First of 100 ‘Police-Stations-in-a-Box’ Arrive in Iraq: ‘Nothing Says Normal Like a Policeman’
Nothing says normal like a policeman,” Anderson told reporters. He said the temporary, relocatable police stations will be set up in all five of Iraq’s liberated provinces  (Nineveh, Kirkuk, Saladin, Diyala and Anbar) “to establish a visible police presence as soon as possible.”
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Trump to Three Seas Nations: If You Need Energy, ‘Give Us a Call’
In a speech at the Three Seas Initiative Summit, President Donald Trump on Thursday touted the United States’ energy independence, telling Central European leaders that America exports energy and if they need energy, they should “give us a call.”
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Franks: If Senate Strips Planned Parenthood Defunding From Health Bill, It Will Blow It to ‘Smithereens’
On Twitter last Friday, House Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) warned that if the Senate takes the “pro-life components out of” the health care bill, it will blow the bill “to smithereens” in the House. Franks’ remarks came several days after he signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the bill was essentially non-negotiable.
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New holes in Loretta Lynch’s story on the Hillary probe
When former Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified last year about her decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, she swore she never talked to “anyone” on the Clinton campaign.
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DNC WON’T RELEASE EVIDENCE OF SETH RICH’S WIKILEAKS TIES
Jack Burkman, a lawyer and GOP lobbyist who is funding the Profiling Project, wrote the letter on behalf of the group. He called on the DNC to turn over any evidence that would substantiate Rich’s ties to WikiLeaks.
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Tech start-up event pulls flier featuring topless robot, lingerie show
Silicon Valley is reeling from charges of sexism and discrimination. But that didn’t stop a tech start-up networking event at San Francisco’s swank W Hotel from advertising itself with a poster of a topless female robot and the promise of a “summer seduction lingerie fashion show” to follow.
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Hybrid Driving-Flying Robots Could Go Beyond the Flying Car
Whether they’re swooping in to deliver packages or spotting victims in disaster zones, swarms of flying robots could have a range of important applications in the future, a new study found. The robots can transition from driving to flying without colliding with each other and could offer benefits beyond the traditional flying-car concepts of sci-fi lore, the study said.
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Saturday Show 10-22-16

Christian Bakery Sued by Lesbian Couple Closing
An Oregon bakery has been forced to close down after losing a legal battle brought by a lesbian couple who sued the owners for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs.
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Demolition of Controversial Migrant Camp in France to Go Ahead; Protests Continue
Demolition of a controversial camp for migrants on France’s Channel coast is imminent, but the plan to disperse inhabitants to reception centers around the country continues to draw a strong public response.
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Pope Francis denounces Christians who don’t want refugees
Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia published a column slamming anti-Catholic emails exchanged by members of the Clinton campaign.
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Curt Schilling questions CNN’s Jake Tapper why Jews support Democrats
Days after the former Boston Red Sox pitcher expressed a desire to run for a Massachusetts Senate seat in 2018 opposite Elizabeth Warren, Schilling asked Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead why Jews support the Democratic Party.
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EPA Spends $10.8 Million for Teacher Training on ‘Environmental Education’
The Environmental Protection Agency is spending over $10 million in taxpayer dollars for a five-year program to train teachers to “deliver high-quality environmental education in formal and non-formal education settings.”
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What Time Warner-AT&T alliance means for you
Superman, Bugs Bunny, Larry David and Wolf Blitzer could have a new corporate home soon, and depending upon who you ask, that’s either really bad for consumers, or a golden opportunity.
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How your DVR was hijacked to help epic cyberattack
Technology experts warned for years that the millions of Internet-connected “smart” devices we use every day are weak, easily hijacked and could be turned against us.
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Here’s what the average American owes after college
In case you haven’t heard by now, there’s a major student loan crisis brewing, and the average American borrower is graduating with more debt than ever before. In fact, student debt is rising faster than inflation, and it doesn’t just affect recent graduates.
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Support for Higher Teacher Salaries Drops When People Find Out How Much Teachers Earn
Americans consistently underestimate how much is spent annually to educate children in the nation’s public schools, including how much teachers are being paid.
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U.S. Combat Casualties in Iraq Rise to 3,693
The U.S. serviceman killed by a roadside bomb north of Mosul Thursday is the fourth to be killed in action since the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) was launched in 2014 – and the 3,693rd American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine to be killed in combat in Iraq since the war there began in March 2003.
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Iraqi leader says no thanks to U.S. push for Turkish role in Mosul fight
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit Saturday, hoping to push Iraq to allow Turkey to play a role in the battle against the Islamic State for Mosul, but Iraq’s prime minister said no thanks.
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Show Notes 07-28-2016

Thursday Show 7-28-16

As Obama speaks, chaos and arrests outside DNC
As President Barack Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, a chaotic situation erupted nearby that led to seven arrests.
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DNC hiring actors to fill convention seats?
A Bernie Sanders delegate says that the DNC is replacing Bernie supporters with paid seat fillers in order to create a fake image of “unity” as the convention goes into its final day.
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Portland doughnut shop criticized for job posting
At Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai in Northeast Portland, owner Nate Snell is hiring. “I want people who are passionate about what they sell,” said Snell. “If you can’t eat it, how can you be passionate about it?”
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Brazilian Doctor on Rio Games: ‘Foreign Athletes Will Literally Be Swimming in Human Crap’
Olympic athletes competing in the waters off Rio’s shore dodge human feces, the invisible rotavirus, and dead bodies in pursuit of gold. This game ranks not as an official Olympic sport but as a necessity for athletes competing on the open waters during the August event in Rio.
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REFUGEE ACCUSED OF RAPING U.S. GIRL FLEES AMERICA
A 49-year-old Iraqi refugee who came to the U.S. in 2003 has fled the country 48 hours before he was to stand trial in Kennewick, Washington, for allegedly raping a grade-school girl.
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US Troops Move Down to Battalion Level with Iraqis
U.S. troops have gone forward with Iraqi forces for the first time on the battalion level in a prelude to the expected assignment of more troops closer to the front lines in the effort to retake Mosul, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
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Army Announces 800-Soldier Aviation Unit to Deploy to Afghanistan
The U.S. Army has announced an 800-soldier aviation unit will deploy later this summer to Afghanistan.
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Show Notes 05-05-2016

Thursday Show 05-05-16 

Seattle May Day protests marred by Molotov cocktails, violence
May Day protests in Seattle turned violent on Sunday, as protesters lit fireworks and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, Seattle Police said.
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Green Beret who tackled Afghan child rapist won’t have to leave the Army
The U.S. Army has reversed a decision to expel a decorated Green Beret for beating up an Afghan military officer who repeatedly raped a boy he kept chained to his bed.
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Armed Services Committee Rejects Amendment to Allow Abortions at Military Facilities
The House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed “service members and their dependents to receive abortion services at defense medical facilities (MTFs) if they personally provide funding.”
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Five years after Usama bin Laden’s death, new info — and a new nemesis
Five years ago, Rob O’Neill chomped on a sandwich watching television at Bagram Airfield. Usama bin Laden’s dead body lay on a table next to him.
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NC Gov. on DOJ Claim That Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights Act: Privacy Around the Nation ‘Now in Jeopardy’
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing him that HB2, the law he signed requiring state employees to use bathrooms and other public facilities according to their biological sex, violates the Civil Rights Act.
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USDA And EPA To Help Communities Use Internet to ‘Improve Walkability’
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced five communities that will participate in their Cool And Connected broadband internet program to “revitalize downtowns, diversify local economies, and improve walkability.”
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Gov’t Buys $4K Inflatable Smokey Bear Costume
The Department of the Interior has awarded a contract for a 10-foot inflatable WalkAround ‘Smokey Bear’ costume for $4,999.
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FDA Launches $35.7 Million LGBT Anti-Smoking Campaign
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have just launched an anti-tobacco campaign focused on young adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
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Stiff Fines Proposed For EU Members That Refuse to Admit Asylum Seekers
Under a new proposal by the European Commission (EC), members of the European Union (EU) would be fined 250,000 euros ($285,000 USD) for every asylum seeker from the Middle East and North Africa they refuse to accept from a fellow EU country.
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Londoners Look Set to Elect a First-Ever Muslim Mayor Despite ‘Extremism’ Controversy
As a tumultuous, often sharp-edged campaign comes to a close, polls predict that residents of the British capital will elect human-rights lawyer Sadiq Khan as their first Muslim mayor on Thursday.
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DOD: ‘Largest Group’ of U.S. Forces in Iraq There as ‘Security Protection for Advisers and Assisters’
President Obama has sent a growing number of troops to Iraq to protect the relatively small number of American advisers and assisters he deployed in the first place to help the Iraqis fight Islamic State terrorists.
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Show Notes 05-01-2016

Sunday Show 05-01-16 

Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament 
Anti-government protesters tore down poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.
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Coalition: Park Ranger Uniforms ‘Threatening’ Latinos – Have ‘Cultural Implications’
A coalition of legislators and civil rights groups say the National Park Service needs to focus on increasing inclusion on public lands, including possibly changing the “threatening” uniforms of Park Rangers.
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11 year old boy shoots home intruder
An 11-year-old Alabama boy says he opened fire with a gun and wounded a man suspected of breaking into his home. Chris Gaither tells WVTM-TV he was home alone in Talladega on Wednesday when he heard a noise and realized someone else was inside.
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Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years
The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday. The monument is capped with a statue of a Confederate soldier.
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Starbucks faces 5 million over amount of ice in its iced beverages
According to The Telegraph, Stacy Pincus filed a 29-page complaint in Northern Illinois Federal Court in Chicago last week. Pincus alleges that Starbucks customers are being misled because the company’s iced drinks contain just over half the drink they are paying for.
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Why many retirees will run out of money
Saving for retirement is hard enough these days, with wage growth lagging and more than 40 percent of workers lacking access to a workplace retirement savings plan.
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One Top Taxpayer Moved, and New Jersey Shuddered
Our top-heavy economy has come to this: One man can move out of New Jersey and put the entire state budget at risk. Other states are facing similar situations as a greater share of income — and tax revenue — becomes concentrated in the hands of a few.
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Animals get to use their own bathrooms at JFK airport
Little Simba couldn’t wait to check it out. The toy poodle was among the first to try a special bathroom just for animals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, among a growing number of “pet relief facilities” being installed at major air hubs across the nation.
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Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. Circus
Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago.
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Show Notes 09-17-2015

Thursday show 09-17-15

Constitution Day
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation’s history by attending local events in your area.
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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States on September 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787.
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The new definition of mental disorder
No one really doubts the phenomena of birds and bees. But to call birds and bees miracles and to create a miracle-maker god who created them is a certain kind of fraudulent leap.
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Texas town erupts over plan for Muslim cemetery
Residents of a Farmersville, Texas, a town located about 25 miles from the site of a Garland attack by two radical Islamists – who were then shot by local police – say they’ll do whatever it takes to keep a Muslim cemetery away from their county, even if it means dumping pig parts on the requested property site.
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Obama’s Syrian fighter plan implodes
President Obama just found out how many good anti-ISIS fighters $500 million buys: five, at most. Gen. Lloyd Austin, who leads the U.S. military’s Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday there are only four or five Syrian fighters left out of 54 who were trained as part of a U.S. program.
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Obama set to deport 12 Iraqi Christian refugees
Nearly half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in coming weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday.
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Chinese hack of government network compromises security clearance files
Fox News reports that according to private security firm CrowdStrike’s founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, the Chinese are compiling a massive ‘Facebook’ like database on American federal government employees for use in espionage and blackmail.
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Obama rushing to bestow citizenship on immigrants
The White House announced a new campaign Thursday to get the 8.8 million legal immigrants in the United States on U.S. citizenship rolls – a message presidential staffers are sending across the nation just in time for voting season.
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Ex-judges bolt legal journal over ban on term ‘illegal alien’
A pair of veteran immigration judges have left a widely read legal journal over its ban on the term “illegal alien,” calling the decision a case of the “political correctness word police” taking control of the immigration debate.
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Antidepressant Paxil is unsafe for teenagers new analysis says
Fourteen years ago, a leading drug maker published a study showing that the antidepressant Paxil was safe and effective for teenagers. On Wednesday, a major medical journal posted a new analysis of the same data concluding that the opposite is true.
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