The “D Train” Is Derailed

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ALL A’BOARD????

Since Trump announced he was running for President in *2015 the polarised camps in America of various shades of Liberalism competing against various degrees of Conservatism underwent a two-fold transformation: 1) DT’s deliberately muddied and mixed ideology attracted Liberals as FAR AND HARD LEFT as Bernie Sanders supporters, and the fringe/kook “Right” of Alex Jones, (NOT that these nuts are remotely true Conservatives, BUT that was part and parcel of Trump’s deliberately muddying the waters),  2) Then the “Trump Train Conservatives” began to falsely label everyone NOT a’board the “Trump Train” as Liberals, accusing us of “WANTING Hillary to have won”…regardless of THE FACT that OUR Principles remain TRULY Conservative AND we did NOT vote for Hillary.

(*We have proof that he PLANNED on it as early as 2012 when he trademarked “Make America Great Again/MAGA“.)

When that two-fold transformation had sufficiently taken hold then the polarisation started deepening and hardening.

  1. “Trump Trainers” called everyone “Liberal Snowflakes”, even though we embrace Jefferson, Coolidge, and Reagan, and they embrace Nixon, Carter, Obama, and Trump.
  2. A so-called “Conservative” wing of NeverTrumpers began to call for, push for, and promote voting in as many Democrats/Liberals as possible to get rid of Trump…and all who dared disagree with these LUNATICS were accused of SUPPORTING Trump and being LIBERAL!! Never mind that, again, OUR Principles did NOT change, and that WE were Jefferson, Coolidge, Reagan Conservatives who would NEVER vote for ANY Democrat/Liberal like THEY WERE…no, we were “Trump Liberals” and THEY, the ones VOTING LIBERAL/DEMOCRAT were “the true Conservatives”!!  Seeing a pattern here? “Trump Trainers” call CONSERVATIVES “Liberals” for NOT supporting Trump. “Conservative” NeverTrumpers call CONSERVATIVES “Liberals” for NOT voting FOR Liberals/Democrats!! INSANITY!!! The ONLY Group NOT to change is the TRUE CONSERVATIVES who would NEVER vote for ANY Liberal, NOT for Trump, Nixon, Obama, or Hillary…and BOTH sides call US “Liberal”! Again, that IS INSANITY.
  3. US/REAL Conservatives. Yep. We STILL EXIST. We’re the ones who were Constitutional-Conservatives BEFORE Trump AND Constitutional-Conservatives AFTER Trump. To US Principles, values, issues, policy, character, morals MATTER.
  4. Then there’s the “Regular Liberals” who hate Trump, admit they’re Liberal and proud of it, and, of course, only promote voting for THE MOST LIBERAL Democrat available.

Of the 4 groups that are literally pitted against each other, three are actually some variant of Liberal, ONLY Group #3 is truly different.

Groups #1, #2, and #4 are Liberal.

#1 because they support a raging, raving, ranting Liberal- Trump.

#2 because they openly and always push for VOTING LIBERAL/Democrat, and bully and berate all who disagree with them. This group and group #1 FALSELY believe, or at least say they’re Conservative. BUT YOU CAN NOT SUPPORT/VOTE FOR LIBERALS AND LIBERALISM AND BE CONSERVATIVE.

#4 BECAUSE, well, they openly admit that what they do and who they support ARE Liberals and Liberalism. All three of these groups ARE Liberal. IF you vote for, support, promote LIBERALS AND LIBERALISM YOU ARE A LIBERAL- PERIOD.

Group #3 stands alone. WE ARE STILL CONSTITUTIONAL-CONSERVATIVES, WE STILL embrace and promote ONLY Conservatism, we ARE and NEVER WILL support, NOR BE Liberal- EVER.

So, with this divisive gulf of contention as our back drop…just what IS being done to America???

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The 11 most dangerous things Donald Trump said in his Montana speech

Updated 5:07 PM ET, Fri July 6, 2018

 Chris Cillizza

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On Thursday night, President Donald Trump flew to Montana to headline a rally for Matt Rosendale, the Republican nominee against Sen. Jon Tester (D) this November. Trump’s speech was, like most of his addresses, a remarkable mix of stream-of-consciousness thinking, fact-challenged claims and demagoguery.

 

Normally, I go through the transcript of Trump’s speeches to pick out 30 or 40 (or 50) of the most eye-popping lines, the sentences that stood out most to me for whatever reason. I tend to take a light-hearted approach to this exercise because Trump’s word-salad tendencies when speaking extemporaneously are exacerbated when reading a transcript of his speeches.
Today, I am going to take a different approach.
Trump’s speech on Thursday night contained a number of genuinely dangerous lines, lines no president before Trump would even considering uttering among a small group of friends — much less in front of thousands of people. Below, then, are the 11 most dangerous lines Trump said last night — and why each one poses a real risk to the body populace.
1. “She gets special treatment under the Justice Department. … Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. She gets special treatment under the Justice Department.”
Trump is talking here, of course, about Hillary Clinton. He’s interrupted in his attack by chants of “lock her up” from the crowd. Trump’s undermining of the Justice Department — which he has done on an almost-daily basis since winning the White House — is deeply dangerous to how people perceive those who are tasked with enforcing our laws. When the President of the United States insists the Justice Department is biased and can’t be trusted, it erodes one of the long-standing pillars of civil society.
2. “It’s a rigged deal, folks. It’s a rigged deal. I used to say it. It’s a rigged deal. It’s a disgrace.”
It’s not entirely clear to me what Trump is referring to here — whether he’s reiterating that the FBI is biased or, more likely, casting aspersions on the whole system of government. Either way, he’s fomenting (for political gain) the resentment that lots of people feel toward their government and toward societal establishment more generally.
Trump is provoking people to believe that there is some “they” out there working to keep you down. And enjoying doing it.
The last American 'trade war' didn't work out so great
3. “But we signed a wonderful paper saying they’re going to denuclearize their whole thing. It’s going to all happen.”
Trump’s assertion that North Korea has agreed to denuclearize and that “it’s going to all happen” is a massive overstatement of the facts. What Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed in Singapore last month was a sort of outline of an agreement. There was nothing binding in it. And this week we got word that satellites have picked up what looks to be more construction at a ballistic missile site in North Korea. So yeah, this version of the North Korea story via Trump misses some major points.
4. “They are so dishonest. Fake news. They’re fake news media.”
Eight days ago, a man walked into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland and murdered five staffers. His motives were his own — he held a grudge against the paper for its coverage of a criminal harassment claim against him — and had nothing to do with Trump’s repeated rhetorical attack on the media as “fake.” Full stop. That said, one might think that in the wake of such violence committed against reporters, the President of the United States might be more mindful of savaging the media to a crowd of his supporters. That would be the responsible thing to do. That isn’t what Trump did.
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MORE ON TRUMP’S SO-CALLED “FAKE NEWS”:

HERE . HERE . HERE . HERE .

5. “You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people.”
This is a dangerously naive view of the Russian president. First of all, the US intelligence community has unanimously said that Russia actively meddled in the 2016 election. Under Putin, Russia invaded the Ukraine and annexed the Crimean peninsula. Then there’s the fact that people critical of Putin — including journalists — keep winding up murdered under very suspicious circumstances. These are not the actions of a “fine” person.
6. “They’re fake. They’re fake. They quote sources — ‘A source within the Trump organization said’ — a source. They don’t have a source.”
Trump’s impugning of the media’s use of unnamed sources is part of a broader attempt on his part to undermine a free and independent media. For those who cheer that effort — and insist the media deserves what they get — I would ask you a simple question: Have you ever seen what life is like for the citizenry in a country in which the media is state-run?
FOR MORE ON “FAKE NEWS” SEE #4 ABOVE.
7. “A vote for the Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities.”
Campaign rhetoric can be a bit over the top. But this feels beyond the pale to me. Trump is purposely weaponizing fear here. Democrats do not, in fact, want to let the violent MS-13 gang “run wild in our communities.” But Trump knows that the image of tattooed thugs marauding your neighborhood strikes terror in the hearts of many people. And that terror is useful to him in a political context.
8. “Democrats want anarchy, they really do, and they don’t know who they’re playing with, folks.”
Two things here. First, Trump is saying Democrats want “anarchy” — total chaos to be loosed on the United States. Again, weaponizing fear. Second, the threat inherent in “they don’t know who they’re playing with” is purposeful and dangerous. If the 2018 or 2020 election is regarded by people as a war between the rule of law and anarchy or between war and peace, then there will be people out there who feel as though using any means necessary to win is totally justified. And that is a scary proposition.
9. “I said it the other day, yes, she is a low-IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High — I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.”
What Trump is saying: A prominent African-American female politician is very dumb. And, no, none of this is by accident.
10. “Winning the Electoral College is very tough for a Republican, much tougher than the so-called ‘popular vote,’ where people vote four times, you know. Much tougher. Much, much tougher.”
Study after study has shown that claims of widespread voter fraud and abuse are simply not borne out by the facts. Which doesn’t stop Trump from pushing the idea to his base by insisting that people “vote four times” in the popular vote. And if you don’t think trying to disqualify the results of an election without evidence is dangerous, then you aren’t thinking straight — or at all.
TOTALLY disagree here with Chris’ analysis. The ONLY reason Trump IS president IS because of voter fraud and Russian rigging.
11. “We will take that little kit and say, but we have to do it gently. Because we’re in the ‘#MeToo’ generation so I have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm even though it only weighs probably two ounces. And we will say, I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test so that it shows you’re an Indian.”
Truly remarkable. In his usual riff about the questions surrounding Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native-American heritage, Trump shows his true colors on the #MeToo movement. He seems to suggest that the movement, which grew out of a series of news stories of powerful men sexually harassing women, is about political correctness run rampant. Trump seems to think — or at least say — that he has to be careful not to offend the #MeToo movement by throwing a DNA heritage kit at Warren. Which both deeply misunderstands what the #MeToo movement is about and denigrates the entire idea of women feeling safe to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

 

Is there anything going on “off the radar” so to speak?

Let’s take a look…

Trump’s Gift to Kim: a One-Time Insult, Now Set to Music

 

Pompeo corrects Trump, says North Korea is a nuclear threat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that North Korea still poses a nuclear threat, directly contradicting President Trump’s claims from earlier this month.

Pompeo told lawmakers during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that Trump “intended” to say that the U.S. “did reduce” North Korea’s nuclear threat, when he tweeted that “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”…

Defense Secretary James Mattis said last week that he is “not aware” of North Korea having taken any steps to denuclearize, adding that the Pentagon is still “at the very front end” of the process.

“The detailed negotiations have not begun,” he told reporters. “I wouldn’t expect that at this point.”

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Satellite Images Hint North Korea Won’t Disarm Anytime Soon

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo arrives Friday for negotiations, but the photos suggest North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s regime is increasing its missile-making capabilities

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Satellite Images Hint North Korea Won't Disarm Anytime Soon

DICTATOR KIM JUNG UN SHAKING HANDS DUFUS DOTARD WANNABE DICTATOR TRUMP

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It took just sixteen days for this tweet to blow up in Trump’s face

 

FROM THIS:
 TO THIS:

AND HERE’S A “GOLDEN-OLDIE” FROM 4 YEARS AGO…THAT HAS NOT CHANGED ONE BIT:

North Korea says army must develop to be able to beat U.S.

Nick Macfie
Reuters

 

North Korea, US,

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A MORE RECENT UP-DATE:

Here’s what war with North Korea would look like

A full-blown war with North Korea wouldn’t be as bad as you think.

It would be much, much worse.

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Late last September, I moderated a discussion about North Korea with retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, whose 37-year military career included a stint running NATO, and Michèle Flournoy, the No. 3 official at the Pentagon during the Obama administration, who has helped shape US policy toward North Korea since 1993.

It was a chilling conversation. Stavridis said there was at least a 10 percent chance of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea, and a 20 to 30 percent chance of a conventional conflict that could kill a million people or more. Flournoy said President Trump’s tough talk about North Korea — which has included deriding Kim Jong Un as “Little Rocket Man” and threatening to rain “fire and fury” down on his country — made it “much more likely now that one side or the other will misread what was intended as a show of commitment or a show of force.”

The Trump administration, for its part, seems more confident in its ability to manage North Korea with precision. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is pushing something known inside the White House as a “bloody nose” strategy of responding to a North Korean provocation with a set of limited US military strikes. McMaster seems to believe that Kim would passively absorb the attack without hitting back and risking all-out war.

YOCHI THEN SAID:

So I’ve spent the past month posing those questions to more than a dozen former Pentagon officials, CIA analysts, US military officers, and think tank experts, as well as to a retired South Korean general who spent his entire professional life preparing to fight the North. They’ve all said variants of the same thing: There is a genuine risk of a war on the Korean Peninsula that would involve the use of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. Several estimated that millions — plural — would die.

MILLIONS — PLURAL — WOULD DIE

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IS THIS BEGINNING TO SINK IN? HERE’S MORE…

 

“Meanwhile, Kim has his nukes,

Xi has a functioning ZTE,

and Putin gets to keep Crimea, with sanctions probably to be eased.

It seems that “Trump” and “chump” do more than rhyme; they can be used interchangeably.

Donald Trump

Trump the Chump

  • 3 MIN READ

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We have now had several opportunities to see just what the president, practitioner of the art of the deal, can do when given an opportunity to negotiate with other heads of state. Short answer: give away the store.

Start with North Korea. Trump gave Kim Jung-un the gift of prestige and credibility by meeting with him to discuss North Korea’s dismantling its nuclear weapons infrastructure. Worth it, says Trump, since after the meeting Kim was rushing home to begin that process “right away,” so that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.” Half right. Kim was indeed rushing home, but to begin the acceleration, expansion, and concealment of his country’s nuclear production. U.S. intelligence agencies report that North Korea is stepping up its uranium enrichment program in at least one undeclared facilityand upgrading another. It is also completing an expansion of a plant manufacturing solid-fuel ballistic missiles capable of reaching U.S. military installations in Asia. None of which is something one does as a prelude to destroying these facilities…

…The president also claims to be in touch with his Mar-a-Lago buddy, Xi Jinping. It seems that restrictions placed on ZTE, a Chinese telecoms equipment maker, for its multiple violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, threatened the company with a shutdown and all or most of its 75,000 workforce with the loss of their jobs. Xi spoke to Trump, who settled for a fine and an agreement by Xi to cashier the people responsible for the sanctions violations. Which Xi did, replacing the entire board of directors and firing dozens of top executives. So score one for Trump.

Except, not quite. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “The incoming board members were handpicked by ZTE’s state-backed controlling shareholder . . . and the majority are veteran officials of the shareholder or its state-backed parent companies.” And some of the outgoing directors hold stakes in the company—Trump apparently neglected to require them to divest those holdings. A game of musical chairs says Mark Stokes, a former China director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

And now Trump is on to a meeting with Vladimir Putin who, even before he sits down with America’s hard-nosed negotiator, has already been promised much of what he wants. Trump startled the G-7 by announcing that Russia, kicked out of the group back when his troops marched into Crimea and grabbed a slice of Ukraine, should be readmitted to a reconstituted G-8.

You may recall that Ukraine had given up its nuclear weapons in exchange for American, British, and Russian security guarantees and pledges “to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.” If Trump was aware of the Budapest memorandum that contained these guarantees, he showed as little respect for them as did Putin, for whom readmission to the club of leading developed nations is an important goal.

Trump then mused about the possibility of recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea allowing Putin to retain his conquest while lifting sanctions because, reasons Trump, most of the people in Crimea are Russian-speakers. That sent chills up the spines of Estonians: Because some 320,000 people—about one-quarter of the nation’s total populationare ethnic Russians, and speak Russian. No one doubts that Putin has his eye on Estonia, and is weighing the possibility that Trump, unhappy with NATO, might pull out or reduce the presence of American troops in the Baltic. Trump has not yet promised to do that. But Putin has already caused yet another rift between America and its allies.

There’s more, but you get the idea. Our chief negotiator can be had, and easily, so eager is he to do three things. First, prove that he can get a meeting with whichever dictator desperately wants one. Second, give away the store in return for, well, not very much. Third, return to Washington waving some meaningless piece of paper that he claims shows just how great a negotiator he really is.

Meanwhile, Kim has his nukes, Xi has a functioning ZTE, and Putin gets to keep Crimea, with sanctions probably to be eased. It seems that “Trump” and “chump” do more than rhyme; they can be used interchangeably.

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STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT TRUMP IS DOING PUTIN’S BIDDING BY:

  1. WRECKING NATO,
  2. WRECKING THE EU,
  3. BY NOT ENFORCING THE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA,
  4. BY WORKING TO LIFT THE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA,
  5. TO KISS PUTIN’S “RING” AS OPENLY AND OFTEN AS HE CAN.

STILL NEED MORE??

HOW’S THIS??

Trump Fires Off Warning Letters to NATO Allies

Ahead of summit, president complains others, especially, Germany, aren’t contributing enough

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2018 6:32 AM CDT

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…Trump has long made clear he dislikes NATO, though he previously reversed his position that it was “obsolete.” Specifically, the US asserts that other nations are not meeting a commitment to devote 2% of their GDP to national defense, reports CNN. Belgian leader Charles Michel says he is “not very impressed” with Trump’s letter, and the Times collects a quote from a former Pentagon official: “Trump still seems to think that NATO is like a club that you owe dues to, or some sort of protection racket where the US is doing all the work protecting all these deadbeat Europeans.” (The G7 summit was a little acrimonious, too.)

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A TWITTER PATRIOT AND FRIEND POSTED:

Easiest part of Trumps trip is meeting with his handler! For anyone to doubt that Putin isn’t running the show at this point is willfully ignorant!

 

AND, COMING AROUND THE LAST CORNER AND HEADING DOWN THE FINAL STRETCH…

All of Robert Mueller’s indictments and plea deals in the Russia investigation so far

That we know of.

 

According to a recent poll, most Americans don’t think special counsel Robert Mueller’sinvestigation has uncovered any crimes.

But the truth is that Mueller’s team has either indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 20 people and three companies — that we know of.

That group is composed of four former Trump advisers, 14 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Five of these people (including three former Trump aides) have already pleaded guilty…

Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to making false statements about their contacts with Russians to investigators. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were hit with tax, money laundering and other charges that relate to their work for the government of Ukraine and a Russia-affiliated Ukrainian political party

The full list of known indictments and plea deals in Mueller’s probe

1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the FBI.

2) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December to making false statements to the FBI.

3) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted in October in Washington, DC on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and false statements — all related to his work for Ukrainian politicians before he joined the Trump campaign. He’s pleaded not guilty on all counts. Then, in February, Mueller filed a new case against him in Virginia, with tax, financial, and bank fraud charges.

4) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But in February he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge.

5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller.

22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine.

23) Konstantin Kilimnik: This longtime business associate of Manafort and Gates, who’s currently based in Russia, was charged alongside Manafort with attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses in Manafort’s pending case this year.

Two ex-Trump advisers lied to the FBI about their contacts with Russians

AND LASTLY,

Paul Manafort’s chances of flipping on Trump just went through the roof

Paul Manafort

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  • Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, most likely has one question on his mind after being jailed while he awaits trial: Should he flip?
  • “It’s one thing to be a stand-up guy and not cooperate with prosecutors when you’re out and about,” one Justice Department veteran said. “That dynamic changes once the cell door locks and you spend your first night in prison.”
  • One important factor that could stand in the way of Manafort’s striking a plea deal is Trump’s pardon power.
  • Trump said Friday that he felt bad for Manafort and believes he is being treated unfairly. He later wrote on Twitter that Manafort got a “tough sentence.”

Manafort Held in Solitary Confinement 23 Hours a Day

His lawyers say he can’t adequately prepare for his trial

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2018 4:04 PM CDT

– Paul Manafort’s lawyers are pushing to get him out of jail to prepare for his upcoming trials, and their newly filed court documents reveal something of a surprise: President Trump’s former campaign manager is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, reports Axios. The reason? The Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia “cannot otherwise guarantee his safety,” the lawyers write. What’s more, the jail is about a two-hour drive for his defense team, and all of this “makes it effectively impossible for Mr. Manafort to prepare” for his trials on money laundering and bank fraud.

Manafort had his bail revoked and got sent to jail last month after he was accused of tampering with witnesses. His lawyers are appealing that decision, but prosecutors say the limitations he’s facing behind bars “are common to defendants incarcerated pending trial,” per New York. The court documents do not provide details on the safety concerns regarding Manafort. His first trial is scheduled to start on July 25, and the charges he’s facing are unrelated to his work on the Trump campaign of 2016.

 

MY THOUGHTS: BOO-HOO TRAITOR!!!!

 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

 

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