Obama’s climate hypocrisy

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for US president. There are now global concerns that his campaign could succeed. President Barack Obama said foreign leaders were unsure how seriously to take his pronouncements. He said Trump displays either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines. He suggested more useful proposals would thoughtfully address what’s required to keep the US safe and prosperous and “to keep the world on an even keel.”

But Obama himself disregards what might keep the world on an even keel. For example, regarding climate change:

The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.

Those uncertain whether dangerous anthropogenic global warming (DAGW) is a reality, but who would still disapprove of silencing dissent by saying the debate (any scientific debate) is “settled”, are persuaded by mention of the children not to raise objections. Which is a fact-free, sentimental argument, full of a cynical disregard of the democratic principle of free inquiry.

If it’s climate change, we caused it

This is not some distant problem of the future. This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now. Whether it means increased flooding, greater vulnerability to drought, more severe wildfires — all these things are having an impact on Americans as we speak.

Obama obviously accepts that specific evidence of a human cause is not required when there is evidence of climate change. Nowhere have the climate events he refers to increased in frequency or severity—and wildfires aren’t really a climate event.

Part of what’s unique about climate change, though, is the nature of some of the opposition to action. It’s pretty rare that you’ll encounter somebody who says the problem you’re trying to solve simply doesn’t exist. When President Kennedy set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it; it was going to be too expensive, it was going to be too hard, it would take too long. But nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying that the moon wasn’t there or that it was made of cheese.

He refuses to acknowledge that valid objections exist and slanders sceptics by saying they think the moon is made of cheese. A bit childish, really.

CO2 is not pollution

Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants. There are no federal limits to the amount those plants can pump into the air. None. We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, and sulfur, and arsenic in our air and water, but power plants can dump as much carbon pollution into our atmosphere as they want. It’s not smart, it’s not right, it’s not safe, and I determined it needs to stop.

It was a clever move by the greens, to call carbon dioxide “carbon” and then to call carbon “pollution”. They gave it a dirty name so people forget that plants need carbon to keep them alive. Plants get their carbon from airborne CO2, underwater plants from dissolved CO2.

There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.

This talking point appeared recently, with an air of desperation about it. It’s patently untrue that climate change poses a greater threat to our safety than, for example, Islamic terrorists, earthquakes, China’s bellicose ambitions in the China Sea, emerging diseases, hurricanes, aircraft accidents or landslips. Climate change won’t be a danger for many decades to come, while these other things threaten us right now.

Tweets and headlines

Obama knows all about an interest in getting tweets and headlines, since he does it so much. For example:

Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.

Just for a moment, let’s assume this is true. Now consider the 3% of those scientific experts who don’t agree. Unless they have lost their ability to read and to reason, then they have legitimate, scientific grounds to question the consensus. Do we call them deniers? In truth, the claim that 97% of scientists or climate scientists agree on global warming is the most notorious untruth in modern science, with no evidence to support it and comprehensively debunked long ago.

Gravity exists. The Earth is round. Climate change is happening. #ScienceSaysSo

After the UN defined climate change as being caused by humanity, activists could make statements like this with impunity—they couldn’t be wrong. At first hearing, you think we’re all talking at cross purposes but then you realise these opponents are winning some kind of argument against you. It takes a while to work out what’s happening but by then you’re forking out for a carbon tax, wondering why the traffic has slowed to a crawl because of all the bus lanes and why you can’t buy normal light bulbs any more.

The worst Obama does is resort to the “denier” label when people disagree with him about climate change. For example, he allowed his website to feature Ted Cruz under this hostile headline:

Ted Cruz is a Climate Change Denier

All because Ted Cruz stated:

There remains considerable uncertainty about the effect of the many factors that influence climate: the sun, the oceans, clouds, the behavior of water vapor (the main greenhouse gas), volcanic activity, and human activity. Nonetheless, climate-change proponents based their models on assumptions about those factors, and now we know that many of those assumptions were wrong.

But in denying questioners the right to voice their scepticism, President Obama is the denier in chief.

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Obama lives on another planet, called Planet Obama, where he is Emperor. He recently came to the UK to advise the Brits that staying in the EU would be better for them and the entire world He, apparently, is the answer to world peace, having enabled the Islamic Republic of Iran to go full steam to build nuclear weapons within the next 10 years, and fulfil their dream of annihilating Israel and completing The Final Solution. Nuclear weapons are bad, as he recently said in Hiroshima, but weapons in the hands of Iran or North Korea are OK. Climate change is the biggest existential threat to humanity, he says, bigger than ISIS and global Jihad. Who are we to argue, when even the Pope agrees? Popey says that ISIS are like Jesus’ disciples, by which he means, presumably, rampaging around the middle east raping women, burning children to death, dissolving prisoners in vats of nitric acid, is just like the disciples. Oh I missed that in Bible studies, I must have been asleep Popey, who kisses the feet of Muslims, but leaves Christian refugees behind and ignores their letters asking for help, seems… Read more »

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Anyway, it looks like God Emperor Trump is going to rip up the Paris Climate Agreement

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/donald-trump-pledges-rip-paris-climate-agreement-energy-speech-n581236

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Here is an article on sea levels that demonstrates how out of touch with reality Mr Obama is

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/28/2015-updated-noaa-tide-gauge-data-shows-no-coastal-sea-level-rise-acceleration/

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Always amazes me how many of the US populace swallow Obama’s tripe. Their minds must be mush.

I think we have witnessed the rise and fall of USA, there’s no more up that I can see. From time to time a while back I would pick up a tome at the local library of great speeches mainly American. Uplifting stuff but from a bygone era. I read all of Obama’s speeches around the time of his inauguation (written by his speech writer), communitarian rants none of which will ever make it into an updated edition.

The Obama examples given just show the new low level to which US public discourse has fallen. The presidential race seems to be plunbing new lows but at least there’s a push back against Obamaism.

Unfortunately I think USA is going to wake up with a very severe economic headache in the near future, now that Obama’s debt-fueled QE party is over, Whichever candidate wins the race will inherit a monster recession in due course. Clinton or Sanders wont have a clue, Trump might, either way it will be nasty.

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There is a little glimmer of hope in the pushback against Social Justice Warriors in the online world

There are the people I refer to as “principled conservatives” who base their view on the US constitution and its values enshrined therein.

The last time the US has one as a president was Ronald Reagan

On the other hand, we have the “Alt Right”, who seem to embrace a lot of distasteful racists and anti-semites, though some of them might be OK.

At the moment, the Alt Right seem to have the momentum. maybe Trump can find conservatism and the principles of the US constitution

On the other hand, we have “crooked Hillary” and the socialist from Vermont

It’s all too depressing. I might join this guy and self-identify as a goat in the Swiss Alps

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3198557/The-man-tried-live-GOAT-Researcher-transforms-prosthetics-follow-herd-Alps.html

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Trump protesters appear to rally behind the Mexican flag. I’ve been to USA. If you want to ingratiate yourself there the appropriate flag would be — as I witnessed in solemn ceremonies — the stars and stripes, I would have thought.

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I’m quite amazed at the anti-Trump propaganda in NZ media.
Obviously, if you are a “constitutional conservative” then Trump is a worry, but the one eyed reporting is quite a sight to behold

Saturday’s Press editorial page had Trump presented as a fire-breathing dragon

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More than 7,000 attend Trump speech NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune May 26, 2016 Republican Party presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump electrified a crowd of more than 7,000 Thursday afternoon in the Bismarck Event Center, delivering his first major address on energy policy at the conclusion of this year’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Trump, whose support from North Dakota national convention delegates put him over the top for securing the party’s nomination earlier in the day, told the crowd he’d eliminate regulation he says is killing the fossil fuel industry as well as be favorable to additional pipeline projects and exports of American oil. Thunderous applause greeted Trump’s declaration that in his administration there’d be an “America-first energy plan.” “We will accomplish a complete American energy independence,” Trump said. “We’re going to turn everything around. We are going to make it right.” He thanked the North Dakota delegates for putting him over the top. “I will always remember that,” Trump said. For those hoping to witness a dose of the sharp rhetoric that’s been a staple of his unconventional and eyebrow-raising campaign, he didn’t disappoint. Trump vowed to reverse the energy policy of President… Read more »

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>”I’m quite amazed at the anti-Trump propaganda in NZ media.”

I’m not.

“Go Bammy” – Jack Tame, ONE News US Correspondent cheer-leading for Obama on ONE News long before this election round.

He looks a bit shell-shocked trying to get his head around the fact that, surprise, Obama isn’t the last word or the end and pinnacle of US politics, neither has Obama umified the US in any way and quite the contrary i.e. not the raging success he was made out to be (he will leave an economic mess as his legacy although Tame probably can’t see that). It’s all moved on in a rather different vein that Tame obviously wasn’t prepared for.

I think it will take a while for all the media dupes who thought Obama’s “Hope and Change” was the ultimate vision for everythig to turn out rosy for everyone, to figure out what’s actually happened.

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A juxtaposition of floundering “agreements”: 1) Greens Blame Donald Trump for Crumbling Paris Climate Accord Eric Worrall / May 28, 2016 Everyone knows the Paris agreement was dead on arrival. President Obama’s desperation to get China on board, by granting a joke size concession, the Chinese “commitment” not to do anything about CO2 emissions until 2030, created an intolerable structural economic advantage. Add the ongoing split with Russia about the implementation of the Paris Accord, it was only a matter of time before the agreement collapsed. In my opinion, Greens are well aware that the agreement was doomed from the outset. Now they’re just trying to save face, by trying to pin the blame on someone else, for their own political blunders. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/28/greens-blame-donald-trump-for-crumbling-paris-climate-accord/ 2) G7 Leaders: Boost the Global Economy The Mainichi Shimbun reports: “The Group of Seven (G-7) leaders agreed at their annual summit on May 26 that their countries will use monetary policy, fiscal stimulus measures and structural reform to lead the world economy out of its current slump. “This will be incorporated in the leaders’ “Ise-Shima Economic Initiative” joint declaration to be issued at the end of the summit on… Read more »

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Trump sees a whole other world than Yellen does. US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen – “The economy is continuing to improve” Trump: Only ‘dummies’ believe Fed’s unemployment figure By John Crudele May 25, 2016 Donald Trump, if elected president, will investigate the veracity of US economic statistics produced by Washington — including “the way they are reported.” I caught up with Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, by phone Tuesday morning, and we had a frank talk about the economy and what is making his campaign tick. “When you look at some of these [economic] numbers they give out and then you go out and see people dying to get a job all over the country, I mean, it’s not jibing with what’s really going on,” Trump said. “The economy is not doing well,” Trump said. “You know, John, I’m getting 20,000 to 25,000 people every time I make a speech, and they are not there just because of the border,” he added, referring to his vow to build a wall between the US and Mexico. “They are there because — and you know — if you put out a job notice, you’ll… Read more »

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The Ugly American, nothing’s changed. ‘Silencing the United States as It Prepares for War’ John Pilger takes apart the liberal commentariat and points to the need for a genuinely anti-imperialist analysis of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and yes — Bernie Sanders. By John Pilger May 27, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “teleSur” Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun. The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King, had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places. “We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom. Now don’t you forget it.” So said a National Parks… Read more »

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You guys are way onto it. I picked the Trump would be POTUS about 5 months ago. Now he has the strength of constituents he is pulling no punches regards climate change and energy policies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNkYgdXPL7U

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Text of Trump’s first major address on energy policy at the conclusion of this year’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Bismarck Event Center, North Dakota. An America First Energy Plan – May 26, 2016 – https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/an-america-first-energy-plan Synopsis: ​ A Trump Administration will develop an America First energy plan. Here is how this plan will make America Wealthy Again: # American energy dominance will be declared a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States. # America has 1.5 times as much oil as the combined proven resources of all OPEC countries; we have more Natural Gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia Combined; we have three times more coal than Russia. Our total untapped oil and gas reserves on federal lands equal an estimated $50 trillion. # We will become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests. # At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy. # We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and… Read more »

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Some counter-points to Trump’s energy speech:

‘6 things we learned from Donald Trump’s first big energy speech’

by Brad Plumer on May 26, 2016

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/26/11788374/donald-trump-energy-speech

1) Trump simply doesn’t care about climate change
2) The US produces more oil and gas than anyone else — but Trump wants more
3) Trump called for “energy independence,” a popular but meaningless concept
4) Trump wants to bring back US coal mining — but it’s doubtful he actually can
5) Trump isn’t a huge fan of wind and solar
6) Trump wants clean air and clean water — but (apparently) not through regulations

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>”5) Trump isn’t a huge fan of wind and solar” On wind, not just Trump. Booker on RSPB and WWF: ‘The founding members of some of Britain’s greatest charities must be spinning in their graves’ Christopher Booker 28 May 2016 It is intriguing to contrast the current agendas of some of our more celebrated environmental charities with the aims of those who first set them up. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), for instance, originated in 1889 with some Victorian ladies wanting “to discourage the wanton destruction of birds” – which for decades was what the RSPB very laudably did. Yet its latest publication – a report headed “The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision” – says little about birds. Not only does it call for Britain’s target for cutting CO2 emissions to be raised from an improbable 80 per cent to an impossible 100 per cent, it also says “our research shows the UK could have six times the current level of onshore wind turbines”. Since we already have 5,500 of them, the RSPB would thus be happy to see 25,000 more littering our countryside. Yet studies show that the prime… Read more »

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From Trump’s energy speech:

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against seven North Dakota oil companies for the deaths of 28 birds while the Administration fast-tracked wind projects that kill more than 1 million birds a year.

Still, those 28 birds got justice.

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It has taken some time for us to be given a clear view of what Donald Trump has REALLY said and what he actually intends for America, without it being modified by the Leftist filter of juvenile egoists and watermelons such as Jack Tame, whose performance on-air and on-screen reduces me to incoherent shouting, which my wife says is bad for me and totally unproductive (I will never forget Tame being incredibly insulting to a scientist of impeccable pedigree during an interview when the scientist would not agree with Tame’s Idiotic Warmist beliefs).
Sometimes I despair for the Western World when Obama is lauded; he has been nothing less than an unmitigated disaster in everything he has meddled in.
When I consider how vile and corrupt Hillary Clinton is, it makes me wonder how the sensible, kind, intelligent Americans I have known over the years can tolerate her.
With some views that are now emerging from the USA, I am hoping the Mr Trump may just be the right man at the right time.

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I hear from Bernie Sanders – “social justice”, “equality justice”, “economic justice”, “racial justice”, “environmental justice” etc. Problematic as even Salon points out: ‘Bernie Sanders’ inequality blind spot: Why social issues and economic justice can’t be siloed’ Sanders’ record on both choice and inequality is strong. But to insist that they’re separate issues is fallacy by Gary Legum […Context – Bernie Sanders’ speech at Liberty University on Monday…..] I questioned whether it was worth the time and effort for a leftist like Sanders to speak to an audience that likely leaned so far to the right it was in danger of tipping over the starboard rail. What possible common ground could a politician of the left find with a crowd at ground zero of the conservative evangelical movement, a university founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell that teaches creationism in its biology classes? As others have noted, Sanders took a very smart approach. He acknowledged at the outset that he and the crowd would not see eye to eye on issues such as gay marriage and abortion rights. Then he challenged the crowd of Liberty students and faculty to look at the issue… Read more »

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>”In recent decades debt has been the massive economic leverage to illusory shortcut wealth (think China).”

Or New Zealand:

‘Nation of Debt: New Zealand sitting on half-trillion-dollar debt bomb’

Tamsyn Parker. Money Editor for NZ Herald. Tuesday Jun 7, 2016

New Zealand now owes almost half a trillion dollars in debt – and a growing chunk of it belongs to ordinary households, mainly borrowing to buy property. In the start of a week-long series Tamsyn Parker spells out the problem.

“Households are now carrying a debt level that is equivalent to 162 per cent of their annual disposable income – higher than the level reached before the global financial crisis.”

“Jeffrey Stangl, a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and economics lecturer at Massey University, said people were getting caught up in the euphoria without considering the risk of an economic shock which could be caused by an event outside of New Zealand.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11651648

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Just for giggles, if you are on Facebook, the Donald Trump Action Figure video is funny
https://www.facebook.com/maxgoodrich/videos/282940742049676/?pnref=story.unseen-section

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‘The Only Thing That Grows Is Debt’ Posted by Raúl Ilargi Meijer, June 8, 2016 [Debt Rattle] [….Intro….] All this is a mere introduction for what is a ‘western world wide’ trend that hardly anybody is able to interpret correctly. It what seems to many to be a sudden development, votes like the Dutch one are ‘events’ where people vote down incumbents and elites. But these are not political occurrences, or at least politics doesn’t explain them. In the US, there’s Trump and Bernie Sanders. In Britain, the Brexit referendum shows a people that are inclined not to vote FOR something, but AGAINST current political powers. In Italy, a Five-Star candidate is set to become mayor of Rome, something two Podemos affiliated -former- activists have already achieved in Barcelona and Madrid. All across Europe, ‘traditional’ parties are at record lows in the polls. As is evident when it comes to Brexit, but what when you look closer is a common theme, anything incumbents say can and will be used against them. (A major part of this is that the ’propaganda power’ of traditional media is fast coming undone.) The collapse of the system… Read more »

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>” ‘Associations’ like the EU, and perhaps even the US, with all the supranational and global entities they have given birth to, NATO, IMF, World Bank, you name them, depend for their existence on an economy that grows” And the UN, and the UNFCCC. Obama diverted $500m from a budget category that would have funded, say, the fight against the Zika vitrus, to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. This because Congress did not allocate any of the budget to the Green Climate Fund. Obama had to find a workaround, and he did. Similarly with EPA regulations stemming from UNFCC/IPCC climate “assessments”. ******************************************************************************* U.S. Funding of the United Nations Reaches All-Time High By Brett D. Schaefer. August 13, 2010 The source and amounts of all U.S. funding to the myriad number of organizations affiliated with the United Nations are difficult to track accurately. This difficulty prompted Congress to pass legislation requiring the Administration to report annually on U.S. contributions to the U.N. A recent report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on all U.S. funding to the U.N. system revealed that U.S. contributions to the U.N. system reached record levels… Read more »

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‘Epic Correction of the Decade’ Posted on June 8, 2016 by Steven Hayward Hoo-wee, the New York Times will really have to extend itself to top the boner and mother-of-all-corrections at the American Journal of Political Science. This is the journal that published a finding much beloved of liberals a few years back that purported to find scientific evidence that conservatives are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness, and that the supposed “authoritarian” personality of conservatives might even have a genetic basis (and therefore be treatable someday?). Settle in with a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy one of the most epic academic face plants ever. The original article was called “Correlation not causation: the relationship between personality traits and political ideologies,” [hotlink] and was written by three academics at Virginia Commonwealth University. […] …..take in the opening of this very long correction: “The authors regret that there is an error in the published version of “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51. The interpretation of the coding… Read more »

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‘Who’s Really The Fascist?’ June 13, 2016 Posted by Raúl Ilargi Meijer Like most of you, I too see an increase in the use of the term ‘fascism’ in the media, and it is -almost- always linked to the rise of Donald Trump in the US and various politicians and parties in Europe, Le Pen in France, Wilders in Holland, Erdogan in Turkey, plus a pretty bewildering and motley crew of ‘groups’ in Eastern Europe (Hungary’s Orban) and Scandinavia. I guess you could throw in Nigel Farage and UKIP in Britain as well. […] But what I’m really trying to get at is that if you look closer at these definitions and interpretations, you can made a solid case that it’s not Trump and Le Pen who are the fascists, but instead the present incumbents in our governments, as well as those belonging to the same political class and parties as them, and who aspire to one day fill their seats and shoes. […] ‘Politico-economics’ (a.k.a corporatism) is our present form of government, even of organizing our entire societies, and it’s the very thing people protest against when they vote for Trump and… Read more »

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