June 9, 2014

 

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Crop Circle Formed on DDay Memorial, June 6th, 2014

The formation is a spiral with Morse Code reading:

NO MORE WAR

(even the aliens want us to stop the madness)

How Self-knowledge is Crucial for Changing the World

"Belsebuub" is the author

The world is in a dire state in many ways, and yet most people carry on the same regardless. There’s a lot of information about meaningful issues available through the internet, and what’s really happening behind the scenes can be discovered by anyone digging in a little. This information could be a catalyst for real change; unfortunately there are so few people who are actually interested in digging deeper to find out what’s really going on, let alone actually doing something about it. This is not just a social or political problem, but one that goes deeper, into the nature of what it is to be human.

Our capacity for destruction increases as our technology advances. We inherit the technology and information, but we don’t inherit the wisdom, because it’s ultimately an individual choice. And so most people look towards their leaders in society to do things for them, they give up their responsibilities and rights as individuals and become like sheep. They follow their leaders mostly for superficial reasons as the conditioning of society has brought them up to be that way. Often the leaders are instruments of other forces controlling society beneath people’s knowledge, but the public is usually happy with that, happy to be domesticated humans, entertained fodder for the powerful to exploit. This has repeated through history as well.

It all comes down to the individuals within a society, and if they are basically domesticated animals, with an intellect, who are unable to question deeply, then what’s happening in the world and to the planet is only to be expected. We as a species have the means to get ourselves out of the problems we are facing, but it seems we just don’t have the wisdom and will to do it.

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Reestablishing the Feminine in Godhead: The Role of the Mother Goddess in Spirituality

"Lara Atwood" is the author

Looking back through history, is it any wonder that male dominated religions have also created male dominated societies? That women were restricted from entering temples, from being instructed in spirituality, from holding positions of authority in religion, and even having a right to speak and hold authority in society?

Holy Trinity by Fridolin Leiber

This injustice toward women is actually the result of a massive cover up, which has come to light as more and more ancient Christian texts have been discovered over approximately the last 200 years revealing that women were treated by Jesus as being equally powerful as men in society and religion and that the feminine is part of Godhead, just as the masculine. This same understanding existed in the sacred texts of the ancient Egyptians, the Vedic scriptures and those of the ancient Chinese amongst many others.

The feminine is a great mystery of life—she exists throughout the cosmos, and in our own inner divine nature. She is the essential half of the positive/negative forces of creation (the yin and yang). Jesus taught about the feminine as part of Godhead, but these teachings were excluded from the Bible. Instead the common concept of God and of women in society has been based on the ideas of powerful groups of men who created and sustained male dominated societies for thousands of years which Western culture inherited through orthodox religions.

The First Council of Nicaea

Later, at The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, the exclusion of the feminine from Godhead was solidified. The council was a convention of Christian male bishops brought together by Constantine, the Emperor of Rome who converted to Christianity. It was a turning point in Western culture, as it was instrumental in defining the Christian religion as we know it today and its dominance in the Western world. Christianity eventually became the official religion of Rome in 380 AD, and this union formed the basis of Roman society which consequently had powerful influences on the cultural development of the West. Today, the Roman Catholic Church is still the largest Christian church, with over 1 billion members worldwide.

It was here that the idea of a male only Godhead really gained ground (later to become fully defined as the Trinity at the Council of Constantinople in 360 AD) as the relationship between the Son and the Father was decreed. The Council had two arguments about how the Son had been created. One was that he was begotten by the Father from his own being, and the other that he was created as all creatures, out of nothing. Both ignored the role of the cosmic Mother in the process of creation—completely at odds with the principles of the natural world. In the end it was decided that the first argument was correct, and thus Christianity was left with the view that the Father created the Son from his Holy Spirit, with Mary as its human instrument.

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War Gear Flows to Police Departments

When the military’s mine-resistant trucks began arriving in large numbers last year, Neenah and places like it were plunged into the middle of a debate over whether the post-9/11 era had obscured the lines between soldier and police officer.

“It just seems like ramping up a police department for a problem we don’t have,” said Shay Korittnig, a father of two who spoke against getting the armored truck at a recent public meeting in Neenah. “This is not what I was looking for when I moved here, that my children would view their local police officer as an M-16-toting, SWAT-apparel-wearing officer.”

A quiet city of about 25,000 people, Neenah has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average. Neenah has not had a homicide in more than five years. “Somebody has to be the first person to say ‘Why are we doing this?’ ”

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Fusion Centers; Top Down Federal Control of our Local Police/Sheriff Depts.

Empire of Prisons: How the United States Is Spreading Mass Incarceration Around the World

June 6th, 2014

Via: Counterpunch:

The United States, which leads the world in imprisonment rates, is exporting its model of mass incarceration to developing countries around the world. This “prison imperialism” is one of the foundational components to the infrastructure of Empire. Along with the militarization of police forces and borders, mass incarceration enables neoliberal economies to manage by force and intimidation the inevitable consequences of global capitalism: widespread social disruption and rising political dissent. (Neoliberalism is a system including free trade agreements, austerity programs and other measures that assure profitability is treasured above any other social value, and in the developing countries of the US Empire, it is backed up by the US military and its allies.)

Since 2000, there has been an explosion in US efforts to augment and restructure international penitentiary systems, providing training for prison personnel and/or building new jails in at least 25 different countries. The first of these efforts was the Program for the Improvement of the Colombian Prison System, signed by the US Embassy and the Colombian Department of Justice on March 31, 2000. The program was funded as part of the $9 billion the US has invested since 1999 in Plan Colombia mostly to benefit the military and law enforcement.

By 2002 in Afghanistan, and 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, the US was building and managing prisons as part of the invasion and occupation of those countries.

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Spying On People In Their Home Is Justified As ‘Good For The Economy’

Corporatism’s New PR Tool: “Limited Hangout” Puff-Pieces

Maurer-smartmeterad-4-3-14On Sunday, Forbes Magazine published an article entitled, Smart Meters: Between Economic Benefits And Privacy Concerns. This is an example of a new type of propaganda we’re increasingly seeing, which could be called a “limited hangout” (ie. partial truth-disclosing) industry puff-piece.

The column admits to concerns regarding the eradication of your in-home privacy, but ignores basic facts (such as, economic benefits to whom exactly?), and comes wrapped in a mind-numbing tone attempting to leave the reader with the false idea that there is nothing they can do.

The use of this tactic isn’t surprising, with the magazine’s status as voice for mainstream corporate business. Their inherent conflicts of interest make it unlikely that it would present anything other than the perspective that corporates deserve more money and more control.

As our film Take Back Your Power was specifically mentioned in the industry piece, at the bottom of this post is my response.

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sun wilting broccoli

Will California’s Drought Bring About $7 Broccoli?

(hit 105 here yesterday in N. CA and 104 today…and it is only early June!)

California will keep getting nuttier. According to US Geological Survey hydrologist Michelle Sneed, it’s not family farms that are sucking up the most water. Rather, it’s large finance firms like Prudential, TIAA-CREF, and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group. To cash in on surging demand for nuts among China’s growing middle class, these companies are buying up California farmland and plunking down nut orchards; acres devoted to pistachios jumped nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2011, and the almond orchard area expanded 11 percent. Nuts are some of the thirstiest perennial crops around, with a single almond requiring a gallon of water and a pistachio taking three-quarters of a gallon. So when the finance companies snatch up farms in the Central Valley, they’re also grabbing groundwater—and California places no statewide limits on how landowners can exploit the water beneath their land. Even Texas, a state known for its deregulatory zeal, has stricter rules.

Mexico and China won’t fix this for us. Nearly half of the fruit and almost a quarter of the vegetables we eat come from abroad, mainly from Mexico, Canada, China, and Chile. But water supplies are dwindling worldwide. Mexico, for example, supplies 36 percent of our fruit and vegetable imports, almost all of it in the winter months. Most of that produce is grown in Sinaloa and Baja California, states that also are under intense water stress, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Parts of the Mediterranean have a California-like climate suitable for year-round farming, yet those places, too, have severe water issues (and an already-ravenous market for their goods in Europe). Even Southern Hemisphere countries like Chile, from which we get 8 percent of our imported.

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El Niño likely to be too weak to have big impact on drought

The odds of an El Niño helping shake California out of its prolonged drought got a bit bleaker this week with a new forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

California drought: Voluntary cutback falls short in Bay Area

(Severe Mandatory cutbacks will occur shortly in CA.  The State has refused to declare water emergencies so it can keep water flowing to the frackers….this is going to get really, really ugly for most)

The Perfect Storm

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Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers, Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy

(…but it’s the work most must do to feed themselves healthy, known, real food as prices are set to go postal and we are not allowed to know what they are putting in conventional food. On your knees sheeple, grow your own and take back your freedom.)

June 7th, 2014

Via: Los Angeles Times:

By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.

He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall rain.

Timing can mean the difference between profit and loss for the 4-year-old farm.

Motter and his business partner, Jeff Kramer, are part of a growing crop of farmers — many of them young — choosing to produce food without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. As consumers demand more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, a new generation has taken up organic farming.

The two Brawley, Calif., natives, both 30, have learned that small-scale agriculture is neither easy nor lucrative. Their days on the 15-acre farm start at dawn and end with exhaustion.
Aging crop of farmers

“There’s nothing romantic about it,” Kramer said. “It’s hard work and long hours for little pay.”

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Child’s Life Destroyed by Fluvax, Millions in Damages Paid Out to Parents

June 9th, 2014

Holy crap.

Via: PerthNow:

THE parents of a WA girl who has been awarded millions in damages after a defective flu jab left her severely disabled say they it’s a “massive relief” the legal battle is over. Mick and Kirsten Button’s daughter Saba was just 11 months old when she received the Fluvax shot in April 2010.

The then toddler suffered a hypoxic brain injury, kidney, liver and bone marrow failure. She can now no longer walk and talk and needs round-the-clock care. Three days after Saba was admitted at Princess Margaret Hospital, Fluvax was recalled. It is now banned for children under five.

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Outrage in Arizona: US dumps hundreds of illegal migrant kids in AZ warehouses

(yet we have billions to give Israel, Ukraine, Egypt, etc. to further our global war agenda)

“I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy,” Brewer said in a written statement.

“Not only does the federal government have no plan to stop this disgraceful policy, it also has no plan to deal with the endless waves of illegal aliens once they are released here.”

Another 700 children were scheduled to be transported from Texas to the Arizona facility over the weekend. Following their brief holdover, the detainees – many of them women, children and unaccompanied juveniles – are abandoned without food and water.

Previously, illegal aliens from Central America were held in detention facilities before being returned to their native countries. Homeland Security officials say the new illegal arrivals being released will remain under supervision and are still subject to deportation. Immigrant families were flown from Texas, released in Arizona, and told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office near where they were traveling within 15 days.

However, it was never explained how the government expects to track thousands of undocumented migrants, or how much it would cost taxpayers to carry out such an ambitious task. Meanwhile, something of a humanitarian crisis is brewing at the warehouses where the new arrivals are being held until their release.

Gov. Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said Friday that conditions at the facilities are so dire that federal officials have asked the state to send medical supplies to the facility in Nogales.

At the way station, private service providers are being contracted to supply meals, according to US Customs and Border Protection officials. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide “counseling services and recreational activities.”

The Homeland Security official told AP that the number of children at the warehouse was expected to double to around 1,400. The warehouse has a capacity of about 1,500, the official said.

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North Carolina House Votes to Drop Common Core

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Wednesday, the North Carolina House passed a bill that would end the state’s involvement in Common Core educational standards, effectively nullifying its implementation within the state. The vote was 78-39.

House Bill 1061 (HB1061) went through two hectic days. On Tuesday, the House Education Committee rewrote the original bill removing a number of sections that Common Core opponents wanted out of the bill. They voted 27-16 to send the bill to the House floor, where it passed today on second and third readings.

Representatives opposing the bill on the House floor were worried that scrapping Common Core would leave North Carolina with no state standards for education. However, both primary sponsors of the bill, Reps. Larry Pittman and Michael Speciale assured the other members that that was not the case.

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Catholic Mass Grave Sites Of 350,800 Missing Children Found in Ireland, Spain, Canada

(HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VATICAN….anyone else outraged??)

The atrocity of close to 800 emaciated childrens’ bodies buried in a Irish Nuns’ septic tank represented the 34th child mass grave site linked this week to the Catholic Church. Pope Francis was being prosecuted by the International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ) in Brussels for allegedly trafficking 300,000 children of political prisoners through Vatican Catholic Charities during Argentine’s Dirty War. According to witness testimony last week some of those orphans ended up in a child mass grave site in Spain. Last year’s ICLCJ prosecution concerned 50,000 missing native Canadian children. There have been 32 child mass grave sites uncovered so far in Canada, most of them on Catholic-run native residential school grounds.

 

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Arctic Sea Ice Steep Decline Continues

US Navy predicts summer ice free Arctic by 2016

The lowest sea ice volume for 2014 is expected to be reached in September, and – given the shape the ice is in now – will likely be one of the lowest minima on record. In fact, there is a chance that there will be no ice left whatsoever later this year. As illustrated by the image by Wipneus below, an exponential curve based on annual minima from 1979 points at zero ice volume end 2016, with the lower limit of the 95% confidence interval pointing at zero ice end of 2014.

As the sea ice disappears, a lot more heat will be absorbed by the Arctic Ocean. Sea ice reflects 50% to 70% of the incoming energy, describes NSIDC.org, but thick sea ice covered with snow reflects as much as 90% of the incoming solar radiation. Melting of snow creates melt ponds on the ice and because shallow melt ponds have an albedo of approximately 0.2 to 0.4, the surface albedo drops to about 0.75. As melt ponds grow and deepen, the surface albedo can drop to 0.15. The ocean reflects only 6% of the incoming solar radiation and absorbs the rest. Snow and ice decline comes with a further feedback in that all the energy that during the melt went into transforming ice into water will – in the absence of ice – now be absorbed by the ocean as well.

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Arctic Ocean Changing Routes

( Too bad the planet will be too hot due to mass methane gas releases and subsequent planet warming we are now seeing,  for the Arctic Wars to commence in earnest)

The Arctic, long considered an almost worthless backwater, is primed to become one of the most important regions in the world as its ice melts over the next few decades.

Unlike every other maritime area in the world, there is no overarching legal treaty governing the Arctic. Instead, the Arctic Council, made up of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S., oversees and coordinates policy.

But the Arctic Council has no regulatory power. The countries only use the Council to communicate on policy and research and each member state is free to pursue its own policies within their declared Arctic boundaries. According to a presentation by the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arctic is of primary strategic significance to the five bordering Arctic Ocean states — the U.S. (red), Canada (orange), Russia (grey), Norway (blue), and Denmark (green).

The region is stocked with valuable oil, gas, mineral, and fishery reserves. The U.S. estimates that a significant proportion of the Earth’s untapped petroleum — including about 15% of the world’s remaining oil, up to 30% of its natural gas deposits, and about 20% of its liquefied natural gas — are stored in the Arctic seabed.

And in terms of preparation, America is lagging behind its potential competitors.

In front is Russia, which symbolically placed a Russian flag on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole in 2007. The country, one-fifth of which lies within the Arctic Circle, has by far the most amount of developed oil fields in the region.

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Pentagon Study Suggests Potentially Catastrophic Consequences of Climate Change

Commissioned by highly respected Defense Department planner Andrew Marshall, a Pentagon study raised the possibility that global warming could prove a greater risk to the world than terrorism. Among the potential consequences, if climate change occurs abruptly or at the high end of scenario projections, might be catastrophic droughts, famines and riots. The study’s principal authors were Peter Schwartz, former head of planning for Shell Oil, and Doug Randall of the Global Business Network, a California think tank.

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Breaking Bad New Mexico WIPP: A Nuclear Waste Disaster

(and the deadly radiation of our planet for generations to come just keeps getting worse.)

A vast salt mine under the New Mexico desert was the Department of Energy’s last nuclear waste storage solution. On Valentines night, one of the now suspect 500 waste drums from DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) blast open inside DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Casks filled with 3.2 million cubic feet of deadly radioactive wastes remain buried at the crippled plant. That huge facility was rendered useless. Investigators believe the waste drums from Los Alamos were incorrectly packed under DOE supervision and one of them exploded.

“As part of the ongoing efforts to identify the cause of the event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, we are evaluating all possible causes including the waste packages themselves,” a statement issued by DOE says. “All possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated until the cause of the event has been determined.” Investigators are examining “the possibility that a chemical reaction may have occurred within a drum, causing a potential release.”

The disaster at WIPP is rooted in careless contractors and lack of DOE oversight, according to a DOE report released on April 24.

Greg Mello

Greg Mello, the Executive Director of the Los Alamos Study Group, says, “Perhaps most important is DOE’s willingness to walk away from how waste was supposed to be managed.” Mello points out that four months after the explosion, there are still 367 suspect storage canisters that came from LANL that are still at WIPP. He says they were packed with a form of kitty litter that DOE investigators fear could explode due to a chemical reaction with the radioactive contents inside each container. “The kitty litter acts as an explosive oxidizer. What are already in these storage drums are radiation contaminated salt nitrates – effectively the same salts as in gunpowder. How a national laboratory like Los Alamos let this happen is an issue that needs to be explored,” Mello says.

Losing Track of the Tainted Plutonium Waste

After the Valentines night explosion, investigators discovered that there was no accurate inventory of what was stored where in the huge salt caverns. Only when WIPP workers in radiation suits were sent to photograph the blast area did DOE learn that the 55-gallon drum was one of 368 placed in WIPP storage areas 6 and 7.  Called Panels, these huge storage rooms are supposed to be sealed forever once they are filled to the celling with drums of radioactive waste. Early Panels in WIPP’s history were filled and sealed (Panels 1, 2, and 5) with a 12-foot concrete explosion isolation wall, while Panels 3 and 4 were closed with a steel bulkhead and did not have an explosion isolation wall.

It was DOE’s decision to cutback on WIPP’s safety requirements to save money that is having a profound effect after the explosion. According to former DOE official Bob Alvarez, originally blast proof steel bulkheads were supposed to seal off the huge Panels once they were full. The idea was that the salt rock ceilings would eventually collapse on the drums and seal the outside world from the dangers of the nuclear materials forever. Instead, as the WIPP operations became routine, DOE first cancelled the blast proof bulkheads as too expensive and opted for metal but not blast proof bulkheads. As the WIPP site aged, those requirements were eventually ignored as well.

Last week the New Mexico Environment Department issued an administrative “expedited closure” order for DOE to seal off the two storage panels at WIPP where the Los Alamos waste is located because it fears another serious radiation leak. DOE has just ten days to develop a plan to seal off Panels 6 and 7 under the administrative order. There are 313 Los Alamos drums in Panel 6 and 55 in Panel 7, according to DOE officials.

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(can you say “Bitcoin” ?)

Cashless Society Ushering in Global Government on Steroids, Says Head of World’s Largest Private Mint

FSN: Ross, you recently returned from this year’s Mint Director’s Conference where a lot of important topics are discussed on the future of money and where things are headed. Can you tell our listeners what the Mint Director’s Conference is, who attends it, and what this year’s meeting was about?

Hansen: The Mint Director’s Conference is held every two years…two years ago it was held in Vienna, Austria and this year it was held in Mexico City, Mexico. And what it is is the world’s heads of the mints and usually the heads of their national banks getting together in a kind of a high security meeting and we talk about everything from monetary policy, bullion production, coin production, the technical issues, and the outlook of money. Then, of course, there’s the vendors that show up and want to sell us coining presses and paper and things like that, so it’s a very enlightening meeting. And this year if I had to pick a topic it was basically talking about the collapse of physical money.

FSN: When most people think of “the collapse of money,” they usually think hyperinflation, Weimar Germany, runaway gold prices, etc.; but from this and past meetings you’ve attended, heads of the world’s mints and central banks are preparing for and discussing a much different sort of monetary collapse than what most are probably expecting. Do you mind explaining?

Hansen: The mints nowadays are producing less coins than they have in modern history. And even the paper money that’s being created—because most of the world’s mints are also handling printing money—they’re seeing less and less paper and less and less coins being made because it’s all going electronic…and this has been a concern of the world mints, but to the delight of the world money policymakers.

FSN: We can all understand why this is a problem for the mints, since they produce physical coins and cash, but can you explain why world policymakers are delighted in this trend?

Hansen: One of the world bankers told me the cost to handle money—the cost of physical money—is considered a huge deferment. Most modern countries spend about 2.75% of their GDP moving physical money and guarding it. That means having bank-tellers to disperse the money. That means the armored cars to haul money. It means people to guard and people to count it and the people that do all these different cash transactions, which costs most of the modern countries about 2.75% of their GDP every year. And in some of the non-developed countries that number has skyrocketed to 15-20% because you can imagine trying to move cash in a place like Somalia or some place like that…it’s very dangerous. So, they view this as a security issue. Putting together the economies of your country you can make them more efficient if you eliminate cash. You add about 2 points to your growth, and your revenue that you capture through your tax system is so much greater. And the control that you have on your people—in the past if you wanted to control somebody you had to go find them. Now, you can just punch it up in a computer and you can see, hey, well they’re standing right now in a Starbucks. Let’s go out and pick them up. And if you really want to control them just cancel all their electronic money. This is what I see, what I’m taking out of the Mint Director’s Conferences and talking to the world’s banks, and talking and looking at money supply, they are actually envisioning a time when physical money is non-existent.

FSN: What is the most worrying part of this trend as you see it?

Hansen: Everything is being tracked. And also what it allows them to do—and they spoke about this in one of our private meetings on security—if you are a person of interest, they can track all of your spending habits and movements now by following your debit card. And a lot of these debit cards…if you walk by a terminal, your card is being read. You don’t even necessarily have to use it. […] They were proudly talking about how a number of criminals are being caught because they just look at their debit card, and they can follow their debit card—even if it’s not being used. They can track their debit card where it’s at. To me, this is globalism and one world government on steroids.

Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster

 

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