The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 4 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

Expensive, Designer ARs In Mid-Range Calibers

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago


RTH Firearms today released its first semiautomatic production rifle chambered in 6.5x47mm Lapua or 6.5mm Creedmoor precision cartridges.

These rifles achieve amazing precision, hitting below sub-MOA at 100 yards with the ability to reach 1,400 yards with very little felt recoil.

Here is a picture of it.


Sweet rifle, yes?  Here is the web site, and here is the URL for the gun.  Now get ready for the sticker shock.  Are you ready?


We covered precision shooting and semi-automatic mid-range caliber rifles before, and I noted that the guns were in that price range as well, most of them special order guns.  They’re not shelf guns, they’re not even mid-range priced.  These aren’t even highly priced, as you can get designated marksman rifles that will shoot < 1 MOA for much less than that.

I’m sure this gun is nice, but folks, what good is it, realistically, to have a gun that shoots < 1 MOA as compared to a gun that shoots 1 MOA, unless you’re a professional precision shooter or a professional sniper in the military?  And not only that, what good is it to have a gun that can shoot better than you can?

I admitted to my failures several weekends ago, failures that had to do with not checking my dope before I started shooting, and failing eyesight forcing me to consider a higher power scope.  Perhaps with perfect eyesight (uncorrected), years of experience, and your livelihood depending upon accuracy, it makes sense to worry over this sort of thing.

I suppose that they are targeting the very people I said would be interested in this gun, rather than the typical man who has trouble affording even much less than that, even for a really nice AR.  It would be nice to have a mid-range caliber AR that shoots well and doesn’t tear the gun up (like I hear about AR-10s and the .308), but until manufacturers are able to pull the price down by a wide margin, this isn’t going to happen for the common man.  They won’t be making many of these guns.

In the mean time, it’s easy enough to take my really nice ARs and slap a .300 Blackout upper receiver on it (which takes 10 seconds) and have a really nice mid-caliber AR that shoots 1 MOA or slightly less, which is as good as I can shoot anyway.

Pizzagate VIII

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago

Poor, poor James Alefantis of Comet Ping Pong.  He’s so misunderstood.

A popular Northwest, D.C. neighborhood pizza joint is trying to figure out how to fight back after what it suspects is a massive coordinated on-line attack suggesting the restaurant is involved in the worst kind of conspiracy.

The pizza shop owner suspects thousands of online bullies have set out to destroy him, maybe simply because he and a friend supported the Clinton campaign.

It’s a story so clearly absurd, it’s hard to imagine anyone would believe it. And yet two women who declined to give their names who were banging on the patio of Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday, looking for the tunnels where Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager were trafficking in children.

“All of this is an underground tunnel that helps take the kids and transport them back and forth so they can can do these rituals,” said one of them. “They are putting a lot of curses and spells over the city. They are kidnapping the children who are missing. They were never missing because D.C. know where they are.”

It’s all a lie. Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis said the restaurant does not even have a basement.

Well, that settles it.  Case closed.  Um … except for one little thing.

Well, we make everything from scratch. Other restaurants, even good restaurants, will, like, not roast their own peppers. You can just buy the roasted peppers in a can. Or you can buy garlic oil. Some products you can get, and they’re consistent and they’re easy. But I didn’t even know that existed actually until they said that. I was like, “What do you mean? There’s another way? You can just buy these things?” Because a lot of restaurants will open a can and put it on. Like our sauce — we harvest a whole crop of organic tomatoes — 10 tons of tomatoes every year. Can them all, store them in the basement, have like a harvest party when it gets loaded in.

I love it when progressives violate the laws of logic.  It reminds me that consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.  And perhaps James was right the first time.  Perhaps there’s a vast underground network of rooms.

By the way. Who is that doing the demolition – the village people?


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Gun Rights Work To Be Done At The State And Local Level

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago

With the election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States, the tendency is to rest on our laurels and take a break.  That’ a mistake, and the time to strike is now rather than later.


Gun rights advocates see the upcoming legislative session as their best shot yet to get rid of an Indiana law that requires a license to carry handguns.

The controversial legislation failed to advance during the 2016 session, but supporters think this time could be different after sweeping Republican victories on Election Day and with a new, gun-friendly lawmaker overseeing the committee that acts as a gatekeeper on such bills.

“I think the planets are aligned this year,” said Rep. Jim Lucas, a Seymour Republican who plans to file the bill when lawmakers convene in January.

He and other advocates of so-called “constitutional carry” — including the powerful National Rifle Association — see licensing requirements and fees as unnecessary impediments to the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. They want Indiana to join at least 11 other states that allow people to carry concealed handguns on their person or in their vehicles without a permit.

“I want to decriminalize our constitutional right to bear arms,” Lucas said. “Our right to self-defense shouldn’t be controversial.”

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Indianapolis police say guns are being used more often in those killings. Of the 144 homicides last year, 84 percent involved guns. This year, guns have been involved in 91 percent of the homicides.

Getting rid of the state’s licensing requirement would only make it easier to carry a weapon, opponents of the legislation say.

“I would be totally against that. I think that’s nonsense and crazy,” said the Rev. Charles Harrison, a pastor at Barnes United Methodist Church who leads the Ten Point Coalition, an Indianapolis crime prevention group.

As you might expect, I’m 100% behind this effort, and I would like a reader in Indiana to keep me posted on the progress of this legislation.  But with all due respect, this isn’t about stars aligning.  I understand that this is a figure of speech, but the point is that this is all going to be about hard work, and in the case of Indiana, we’ll have to fight (in many cases) the police, and in other cases progressive clerics.

Tampa Bay Times:

This week, Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, proposed the first pro-gun measure for the upcoming legislative session, which convenes March 7.

The bill (HB 6001) would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry guns in airport terminals. Guns are not allowed past the security checkpoint, and state law currently bans them in terminals except as checked baggage.

A similar plan failed to pass last year.

The Nov. 8 election secured strong Republican majorities in the Legislature and paved the way for a more gun-friendly state Senate.

“You’ve got, I believe, a much more favorable environment for Second Amendment legislation in the Senate,” said Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. “The House has always been a place where those types of bills move pretty easily.”

This is all well and good, but he neglected to mention open carry, the very reason that we defeated Florida State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, in his reelection bid.  It’s time for the Florida politicians to go to the mattresses over this.

We’ve mentioned constitutional carry in Texas as an upcoming fight, and let’s not forget the defeat of State Senator Larry Martin in South Carolina over open carry legislation that he buried.  It’s time to go to the mattresses in South Carolina.

There will never be a better time for us than the one we have right now.  Rest is for when we get done.  There are many miles to go before we rest.

Pizzagate VII

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago

I’m sending you to a URL at discussion thread that redirects to an archived post.  Here is some of it.

For the last few days I’ve been reviewing the events that lead up to the banning of r/pizzagate and noticed a few things that I thought should be shared to generate discussion and critical feedback.

I. The uproar and censorship caused by the revelation of Twittergate was related to the shutdown of the Pizzagate subreddit

After constructing a timeline and taking several factors into consideration, the information we know about the censorship of anti-child trafficking efforts on both Twitter and Reddit suggests possible collusion between the two corporations. We moderators at r/pizzagate received word that the admins were receiving outside pressure to close us down, and now we know who at least one of those outside sources was: Twitter.
A. Nov 21st
Many people on the_donald are already familiar with the timeline of “Twittergate,” which began on November 21 when Twitter user @0hour began to post the Twitter handles of thousands of accounts sharing child pornography, seeming to be comprised of individuals across the globe. News of the discovery quickly spread to /pol/ and r/pizzagate where users were investigating similar claims. Rather than dismantle the network though, Twitter banned @0hour and left the outed accounts up:
Other users had picked up the story however, and soon there were hundreds of individuals looking into the discovery. Many of the accounts openly promoted sex with minors, using hashtags such as #legalize14:
*B. Nov 22nd Dorsey’s Twitter goes down amid claims of hacking
Predictably, Twitter’s reaction of banning citizen investigators only served to throw fuel on the fire. A plethora of abuse was directed at Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and a Director at the Walt Disney Company:
After this abuse had gone on all night and the next day, Dorsey’s Twitter handle @jack suddenly went offline the next day. Users began to speculate about his motives for banning whistleblower accounts, digging up tweets they claimed alluded to dark subjects like spirit cooking such as this one:
Immediately, several news sources issued reports on the suspension, speculating that Dorsey’s Twitter had been hacked.
C. Correlation between @jack suspension and banning of r/pizzagate
The same day of the Jack Dorsey account closure, Reddit admins shut down the r/pizzagate subreddit where news of the unfolding “Twittergate” had been posted and spread to other parts of both Reddit and the web at large. Interestingly enough, there was a massive spam campaign of threads talking about Richard Spencer on /pol/ which knocked the major pizzagate threads there offline as well.
The reason for the closure was that “personally identifiably information” was being “continually” released even though the admins refused to give specific examples of the supposed infractions.
What was interesting about the pizzagate closure was the rhetoric about “doxxing” and “harassment” being used to justify the censorship on Reddit very closely mirrored early reports of “hacking” and harassment that were thrown about in relation to the @jack suspension. In fact, if you look at the leaked chat log between Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and top mods from Reddit, you can see them using these arguments as an excuse to shut down r/the_donald:
False claims of doxxing then refusing to back them up:
False claims of real life harassment from the same mod who refused to back up her “doxxing” claims:
Additional claims of hate spamming, notice how in the second screenshot they mention Twitter:
Some demanded that our godly mods be replaced with others more “responsible,” Huffman promised to chat this week about it and revealed a plan is in the works:
A key part of this “plan” is obviously to compile a list of fake “harassment” to justify a ban. Notice how Huffman asks people to start reporting “leaking.” We’ve seen this in the real world this week when Soros justified dumping more money into stopping Trump by mentioning “hate crimes” which his affiliated groups are actually responsible for:
The false claims of harassment have also appeared hit pieces on pizzagate run by the “reputable” press:
It is very significant that the admins mention that they are cataloguing examples of our “hateful harassment” because this week we discovered that Huffman/spez can edit the posts of others, showing how easy it would be to create a narrative of false “hate” harassment:
The infamous post showing Huffman edited comments on the_donald:
And proof that he was doing it as many as seven years ago:
We also discovered muted usernames on r/pizzagate had been unmuted early to allow them to continue acting as agent provocateurs by releasing PII:
That same evening, Dorsey’s Twitter came back online around the same time that the mod chat log leaked with a massively reduced follower count. It is not clear whether or not any tweets were removed from the account during the time it was offline:
Twitter responded to queries about the closure with the claim that Dorsey’s Twitter was suspended by accident. Despite the fact that the suspension occurred in the middle of an online frenzy caused by the revelation of pro-pedophile accounts and the banning of whistleblowers who alerted the public. Notice how they brought @jack’s Twitter back online and gave the excuse of an accident after the mod chat log leaked here. Did that leak inadvertently prevent a false flag effort?
The reason that the chat logs have been censored so heavily on Reddit now seems clear: they not only revealed an active plan to either ban the_donald or replace our moderators, they also showed clear parallels between the language being used to justify their actions against us and the rhetoric that was being used to justify shutting down the_donald. With the leak of the chat logs these plans were ruined as we had seen their playbook. Now they’re making efforts to clean the whole thing up in the hopes that no one would put two and two together.
II. Personal incentive Reddit and Twitter corporate figures have to censor Pizzagate
It seems that members of the Reddit and Twitter corporate team have some personal incentive to derail movements getting people interested in topics like pizzagate, spirit cooking and other similar stories which have been growing in popularity since election day.
A. Steve Huffman
Over at Reddit, our beloved spez has been involved with some very odd stuff in addition to allowing certain forums to exist which some might find questionable. First of all, spez is the only moderator at r/cannibals:

You can read the rest for yourself.  It’s all well documented, the details are not disputed or in question, and it goes to show the collusion between the Twitter CEO and the Reddit CEO to censor pizzagate.  And there is ample evidence that Twitter is enabling child trafficking and molestation.  Oh, and don’t skip past what you just read.  The Reddit CEO (who Donald Trump has demanded resign from his position) is involved in a subreddit called cannibals.  No, it’s not a joke.  It has now been set to private, and you should ask yourself what kind of subreddit needs to be set to private?

Consider the depths of depravity to which the politicians and heads of corporations have sunk in America.  Two hundred years ago the towns would have dragged these bastards out into the town square and hung them for everyone to see, including children, as an example and object lesson of what happens to evil men.  I wish we would bring that back, including the civilian posse.  I am a strong advocate of public executions.


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Another Open Carry Fight Is Brewing In Texas

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago


GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – Tom Mannewitz has owned the Targetmaster Indoor Shooting Center in Garland since 1979.

He supports open-carry, which lawmakers approved in 2015, allowing people to carry handguns openly just the same as long rifles.

But Mannewitz said he opposes a new bill that would make licensing to carry a handgun, required education classes and fees optional.  I understand why people would like to have constitutional carry but I have to say I would vote against it. Not everybody should be carrying a gun. Not everybody has the right to own a gun. If the police have some way of determining are you licensed or not, I think that’s an asset to the law enforcement community,” he said.

We don’t think Texans should have to pay for the right to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, said the man who filed the legislation, HB 375, Republican State Representative Jonathan Stickland of Bedford.

Stickland said his bill would make the rules for handguns the same as they already are for long rifles.

What my bill is not it is not an expansion of who can carry. Under constitutional carry, anyone who is eligible for a CHL now would be able to carry. No one new would be able to carry.”

He said under his legislation, people would still need to pass a federal  background check when buying a firearm. But Mannewitz said he also wants the state to continue doing background checks for those who are carrying guns.

The state license costs $140 for the first time and $70 for renewal every five years after that. Once a gun owner reaches the age of 60, the cost of the license drops to $35.

Stickland though believes the cost of the required license and class can be prohibitive to people with lower incomes.  He said some gun shop owners oppose his bill because they may lose a lot of money if the gun safety classes are no longer required.

But Mannewitz said the income he generates from those classes is half of one percent of his gross revenues.

Democratic State Representative Eric Johnson of Dallas strongly disagrees with Stickland’s bill.

I have a real problem with the idea of unlicensed open carry.  It’s asking for trouble. It’s just beyond the pale. I have a real problem with open carry in large urban areas like Dallas,” he said.

As a result, Johnson has proposed his own bill, HB 291, that would exempt Dallas from open carry.

As I’ve stated before, the reason to oppose nullification at the local and county level is that little Napoleons like to rule over other people, negating duly enacted laws.  To my knowledge, there has never been a time when local or county nullification actually enabled liberties rather than curtailing them.  The advocates of exception for Dallas or other cities don’t really believe in pushing authority downward unless is suits their needs at the time.

As to Mr. Mannewitz, you really find out who your friends are when the issue invokes money, yes?  And as for the notion that Mr. Mannewitz earns half of one percent of his revenue from these classes, I wish I could believe that, but I doubt it.

There is something more going on, perhaps being a one stop shop and offering up their services to complete paperwork for a fee, or running students past counters full of guns in order to sell them to class participants.  Either way, progressives never sleep, and it looks like Texas is in for yet another open carry fight to bring constitutional carry to their state.

I told you this wasn’t the end of it when they passed that ridiculous law allowing permitted open carry.  Stay frosty folks.  The war isn’t over yet, you’re just in an interlude.

Pizzagate VI

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 5 months ago

That a boy. Go get ’em David.  He said what I did here and here, except longer and better, and more directed to the sense of morality inside the souls of federal employees, if there’s any left.

Every man meets his end, and then the judgment and eternity.  Think hard about this.  There are sins omission just as there are sins of commission.


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Pizzagate V: Pizzagate In Theological Perspective

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 6 months ago

David Seaman has had readers and supporters recommend that he avoid focusing on the satanic issues surrounding Pizzagate (he correctly calls it a “Luciferian cult”). David stated that he couldn’t do that because to neglect that issue would be to ignore half of the story.

I like David, but with all due respect, I disagree.  To neglect that aspect would be to ignore 100% of the story.  This all has theological context, and if you don’t understand that context you don’t understand the story.

In Genesis 22 when Abraham had been commanded to offer up Isaac as an offering, Abraham said before going up on the mountain to his servants, “Stay here with the Donkey, and I and the lad will go yonder, and we will worship and return to you.”

Abraham knew in his heart or hearts that God would fulfill His promises to make him a great nation, and that Isaac would come down from the mountain alive.  God doesn’t command you to take the lives of others except in cases of self defense, defense of others or just war.  He is a just and kind God.

Offering children up to Moloch isn’t anything new.  Moloch (Molech) was a Babylonian god, and Israel had adopted the way of the pagans from being around them.  In Leviticus 18:21 God specifically commands Israel NOT to offer up their children to Molech, so as not to profane His name.  God sees it as an offence against Him, not just children.

But Lucifer is always and forever an awful demon, demanding the most horrible sacrifices.  That the children being offered up as sexual sacrifices (and if the reports are to be believed, literal sacrifices as well) aren’t their own is irrelevant.  This is still awful, and there is a further point in their schema.

In Old Testament law, the following sins and crimes were met with the death penalty.  (1) murder, (2) rape, and (3) kidnapping.  In the same act at the same time, the perpetrators of these horrors commit all three sins warranting the death penalty, in the ultimate display of high handed sin against God.

This is what happens when pagans rule other men.  This is a picture of what it looks like to reject God and declare yourself the only sovereign.  When man would be god, he reviles, demeans, harms, destroys and kills.  When God loves, he brings light out of darkness, and to point, He commands us to protect the little ones.

Do you hear them screaming?  Do you?  The little ones.  Do you hear them?


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BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 6 months ago

I’m going to shotgun this post on Pizzagate and follow up with a moderately more coherent piece on Pizzagate in theological perspective.  In the mean time, there are some videos you need to watch, and things of which you need to be aware.

From Voat/pizzagate, a massive pedophile ring was discovered in Norway on November 20, 2016.  That same day, Norway announced they would be cutting donations to the Clinton Foundation by 90%.  October 28 (2015) a pedophile operation was discovered in Australia that includes former Prime Ministers and other elite figures. Former victim claims this ring is “international” and includes “VIPs.”  On November 25, 2016, Australia says they are completely stopping 100% of donations to the Clinton Foundation.  Ask yourself this question.  What do law enforcement and intelligence agencies from other countries know that our own isn’t telling us?

Now I want you to spend the necessary time to watch these videos.  It won’t be time wasted.


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The New York Times On Smart Guns

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 6 months ago


… the guidelines reignite the promise of smart guns — a promise cut short 16 years ago when the N.R.A. led a boycott of Smith & Wesson after the gun manufacturer pledged in a White House agreement to explore smart-gun technology.

The technology is available. In fact, Jonathan Mossberg, scion of the nation’s oldest family-owned gunmaker, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, patented a shotgun in 2000 that successfully blocked firing by anyone not wearing the shooter’s radio-frequency identity ring. The gun industry lacks not the high-tech know-how, but the fortitude to advance the safety of its weapons in the face of gun-lobby politics and threats. The new voluntary guidelines aim to create industry standards for reliable battery power in a smart gun, for ensuring unhindered speed in drawing the weapon and for the distance allowed between the gun and its owner’s ID device.

We’ve dealt with this before, but I’ll repeat it here for those of you who may have missed it.

… let’s talk yet again about smart gun technology.  I am a registered professional engineer, and I spend all day analyzing things and performing calculations.  Let’s not speak in broad generalities and murky platitudes (such as “good enough”).  That doesn’t work with me.  By education, training and experience, I reject such things out of hand.  Perform a fault tree analysis of smart guns.  Use highly respected guidance like the NRC fault tree handbook.

Assess the reliability of one of my semi-automatic handguns as the first state point, and then add smart gun technology to it, and assess it again.  Compare the state points.  Then do that again with a revolver.  Be honest.  Assign a failure probability of greater than zero (0) to the smart technology, because you know that each additional electronic and mechanical component has a failure probability of greater than zero.

Get a PE to seal the work to demonstrate thorough and independent review.  If you can prove that so-called “smart guns” are as reliable as my guns, I’ll pour ketchup on my hard hat, eat it, and post video for everyone to see.  If you lose, you buy me the gun of my choice.  No one will take the challenge because you will lose that challenge.  I’ll win.  Case closed.  End of discussion.

But that’s not the end of the discussion because I’ll add to it.  First of all as I pointed out above, the additional electronic components add additional failure modes to the firearm, making it more unreliable when it needs to be used than a gun without those same failure modes.

Second, the additional electronics is an additional maintenance headache because there will inevitably be breakage due to heat, shock from the recoil, and moisture and oil associated with gun usage.

Third, gunsmiths won’t be able to work on them and the guns will have to be shipped back to the factory for maintenance, or otherwise maintenance will have to be done by plug and play replacement of electronic modules.  This adds expense and time to maintenance.

Fourth, the additional electronics will add unnecessary weight to the gun.

Fifth, the additional electronics will occupy additional space inside the gun, making the gun less ergonomic and more difficult to use

Sixth, the additional electronics gives the government (or anyone else who designs the means to defeat the electronics) a door inside to cause the gun to malfunction when it’s called upon to operate.

There are more reasons that readers could add, but it isn’t necessary.  Six is enough.  Here is an engineer’s / mechanic’s / machinist’s adage that should guide your thinking.  Make the machine as simple as you can so that we can work on it.  That’s why we don’t like modern emission control systems and onboard computers.

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Fidel Castro Dead, Good Riddance

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 6 months ago

I see that the evil despot Fidel Castro is dead.  Good riddance.  I’ll toast his demise with a good glass of wine tonight.  He is in hell now, an appropriate place for him to spend eternity.

Like all communist dictators, he enriched and engorged himself and his cronies while the poor people of Cuba starved to death and perished in filthy hospitals.  The people of Cuba couldn’t enjoy the God-given right of self determination and worship as they saw fit, and couldn’t work without having to give the majority of it to the awful men who ruled over them.  It’s fitting that the only two world “leaders” who mourned Castro’s death are the awful Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau.

Donald Trump does much better, and Ted Cruz spews venom at the memory of Castro.  I grew up with the Castro regime, but it you’re young and don’t know about the man, you can learn all you need to know about him to interpret the rest of his life and work in three words.  Armas para que?

The Cuban revolution was no American one, and Castro’s embracing of communism after convincing the world he was a freedom fighter should remind all who can think of the “fool me once” adage.

As should Castro’s pointed question when making his case that the people no longer had legitimate need of guns, and that his administration should be the only ones wielding a monopoly of violence.

Read the rest of David’s piece for an eye opener concerning a previous position take by Guns Magazine.  David also points out that “Castro moved against private gun ownership the second day he was in power. He sent his thugs throughout the island using the gun registry lists — compiled by the preceding Batista regime — to confiscate the people’s firearms.”

Very well.  That places him squarely in the camp with ISIS and the Northeastern and West Coast democrats.

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