The Ant and the Grasshopper – 2020 Version

The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different …Two Different Versions …Two Different Morals
OLD VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!
MODERN VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’
Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, We shall overcome.
Then Reverend Al Sharpton has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.
Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and given to the grasshopper.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be careful how you vote in 2020
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Message to Democrats on Roger Stone – Carl Paladino

Message to my Democratic Friends about Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence

by Carl Paladino
13 July 2020


To my Democrat friends losing their minds over President Trump’s Commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence I have this to say, are you stoned? Before you accuse Trump of abuse of power and flaunting the criminal justice system, educate yourself on the facts behind this case and the acts of Trump’s last two Democrat predecessors.

FACTS:

• Roger Stone was convicted for lying for his part in trying to gain access for information on Hillary’s crime, her illegal server, and the crimes related to the cover-up. Guess who also lied on this topic who to date were never charged? Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, James Comey, dirty spies Clapper & Brennan. Where was your outcry when the Obama Administration ran cover for them?

• While Hillary was given a get out of jail free card from the Obama DOJ, CNN was given a tip that the flawed Mueller mob was sending more armed forces, on Land, Inner Coastal and Air than were sent to Kill Osama Bin Laden.  All a media stunt to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.

• Under Obama’s reign, he pardoned or commuted over 1700 criminals, the greatest number than any president before him. Obama also made the record books for signing 330 pardons during his last day in office to avoid the scrutiny that you are bestowing on Trump today. Worst was the Obama pardon of Chelsea Manning convicted for leaking government information which, like Hillary’s server, likely resulted in the deaths of individuals working on behalf of America.

• Bill Clinton was investigated for selling Pardons, the most notable being Clinton ally Marc Rich who fled the country with a $48 million dollar tax debt that Clinton erased with his pen. Oh and afterwards the Rich’s made a sizable contribution to sweet Hillary’s campaign.

So, Democrats before you once again Rush to Judgement, put the bong down and accept the realty that this is just another Democrat propaganda grand illusion to anger you into voting for yet another flawed Democrat candidate.


Carl Paladino is the Chairman of Ellicott Development Co, a Real Estate development company he founded in 1973 in Buffalo, New York, and the Tea Party and Republican candidate in the 2010 Gubernatorial election.

 

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THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

To the People who “Freed Capitol Hill”

It is irresponsible to have made no effort to publicly state your objectives and civilly effect change prior to your siege, but alas, you’ve already crossed that bridge. Your demands will never become a reality as they are simply incompatible with US Law. Without law there is mayhem. Surely the Mayor would gladly welcome another option that would more sufficiently meet your needs — a Charter with the City to allocate funds for a self-contained program, wherein your group would learn valuable skills, providing the means by which you can become self-sustaining.

This movement has no proper foundation and is doomed to fail. Quickly. Adopt a program that will work for everyone and not end in bloodshed. Let it end well. https://teanewyork.wordpress.com/buffalos-monticello/

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In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list of demands is neither brief nor simplistic. This is no simple request to end…

Source: THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

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We can thank Cuomo for not being able to open up today

We can thank Cuomo for not being able to open up today. From 

By Carl Paladino

Feel free to share everywhere. Buffalo News won’t print it so it’s up to us to spread the news!

I spoke with many concerned businessman over the past three weeks. They have asked me to help organize a rally, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday at the Ellicott Square lobby at noon to bring hundreds of small business owners and have a couple of speakers outline their thoughts on the matter and see if there is a willingness to declare and then open for business on a day certain in disregard of the of Cuomo’s illegal and unconstitutional lockdown and/or bring a lawsuit.

An attorney has researched the question of the legality of the lockdown. Cuomo’s emergency directive can only be made once for 30 days to maintain the status quo on an urgent issue while allowing time to be considered by the legislature. The law says that no “suspension or directive shall be made for a period in excess of 20 days, provided , however, that upon reconsideration of all relevant facts and circumstances, the governor may “extend the suspension” for additional periods to exceed thirty days each.’ He can extend suspensions but not new directives, which is what the shutdown is and its over 50 days old.

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Gridlock Buffalo: PR 20Apr2020

For Immediate Release:
20Apr2020
Contact: Rus Thompson

Gridlock Buffalo

We vehemently object to Governor Andrew Cuomo asserting dictatorial control over the lives and livelihood of millions of New York State residents as an extreme response to COVID-19.  As with many poorly planned and executed one-size-fits-all solutions to problems New York City primarily faces, the Governor has yet again applied crippling mandates to the entire State of New York.  There is also no consistency regarding essential and non-essential businesses.  Department stores and liquor stores stay open while small businesses with minimal employees are required to close.

Extending the lockdown to May 15th is not sustainable for New York businesses or their employees who rely upon daily operation, receipts and pay to survive.

According to the NYS Department of Health website, as of April 19, 2020, 84.6% or 205,466 of the 242,786 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in the vicinity of NY City, Westchester County and South.  Disregarding the inflation of the death toll by attributing non-COVID deaths to COVID, 95.4% of NY State deaths have occurred in the same area. Just 632 of the 13,869 deaths in NY State have occurred outside the vicinity of NY City.

Crashing the New York State economy from which we may not recover, is not a viable solution. We know the protocol. We know how to protect ourselves, others and our work environment from the spread of disease.  But we cannot contain the spread of poverty, bankruptcy and despair that have quickly surpassed the danger of a virus.

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https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Fatalities?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no&%3Atabs=n

https://www.livestories.com/statistics/new-york/influenza-flu-pneumonia-deaths-mortality

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How to challenge your home property tax assessment in NY State

From Divide NYS:

Property values have dropped in a lot of areas in New York State. These are the steps to challenge your home property tax assessment in NY (Note there is an example near bottom)

First Step

Get an estimate of how much your property is worth (full market value) today. (check with an appraiser, bank your insurance company to confirm the value in writing)

Second Step

Get the amount your property is currently assessed from your town or city. It should be on your tax bill.

Third Step

Get the Residential assessment ratio (RAR) for your town village or city go to this link http://orps1.orpts.ny.gov/cfapps/MuniPro/ Select your county; then select your town or city; then select RAR Information take the most current RAR.

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Why We Love Trump: A Compilation

Robby Starbuck @robbystarbuck on Twitter put together a nice compilation which I’ve transferred here:


Robby Starbuck
@robbystarbuck

•Trump administration will provide HIV prevention drug for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years •All time record sales during the 2019 holidays
•Trump signed an order allowing small businesses to group together when buying insurance to get a better price
•President Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act that provides funding for states to develop maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions & largely focuses on reducing the higher mortality rates for Black Americans
•In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society
•The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes
•The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes
•Over 90% of those benefitting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans
•The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime
•Trump increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by more than 14%
•Trump signed legislation forgiving Hurricane Katrina debt that threatened HBCUs
•New single-family home sales are up 31.6% in October 2019 compared to just one year ago
•Made HBCUs a priority by creating the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs
•Trump received the Bipartisan Justice Award at a historically black college for his criminal justice reform accomplishments
•The poverty rate fell to a 17-year low of 11.8% under the Trump administration as a result of a jobs-rich environment •Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data
•Pres. Trump signed a bill that creates five national monuments, expands several national parks, adds 1.3 million acres of wilderness, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund
•Trump’s USDA committed $124 Million to rebuild rural water infrastructure
•Consumer confidence & small business confidence at an all time high
•More than 7 million jobs created since election
•More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history
•More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs created since his election
•Trump appointed 5 openly gay ambassadors
•Trump ordered his openly gay ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell to lead a global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe
•Through Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, Federal law enforcement more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged by 75% in ACTeam districts
•In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismantled an organization that was the internet’s leading source of prostitution-related advertisements resulting in sex trafficking.
•Trump’s OMB published new anti-trafficking guidance for government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking
•Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations arrested 1,588 criminals associated with Human Trafficking
•Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need
•The hotline identified 16,862 potential human trafficking cases
•Trump’s DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving nearly 9,000 cases from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018
•The Department of Homeland Security has hired more victim assistance specialists, helping victims get resources and support
•President Trump has called on Congress to pass school choice legislation so that no child is trapped in a failing school because of his or her zip code
•The President signed funding legislation in September 2018 that increased funding for school choice by $42 million
•The tax cuts signed into law by President Trump promote school choice by allowing families to use 529 college savings plans for elementary and secondary education
•Under his leadership ISIS has lost most of their territory and been largely dismantled
•ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed
•Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs
•Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers
•President Trump’s issued an Executive Order prohibiting the U.S. government from discriminating against Christians or punishing expressions of faith
•Signed an executive order that allows the government to withhold money from college campuses deemed to be anti-Semitic and who fail to combat anti-Semitism
•President Trump ordered a halt to U.S. tax money going to international organizations that fund or perform abortions
•Trump imposed sanctions on the socialists in Venezuela who have killed their citizens
•Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea •Made a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe
•Withdrew the U.S. from the job killing TPP deal
•Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam
•OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation
•Has had over a dozen US hostages freed, including those Obama could not get freed
•Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades
•Trump secured Billions that will fund the building of a wall at our southern border
•The Trump Administration is promoting second chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment
•Trump’s DOJ and the BOP launched a new “Ready to Work Initiative” to help connect employers directly with former prisoners
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PRESS RELEASE: Pro-TRUMP vs. Impeach Trump Rally -Buffalo NY 21 July 2019

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: United For Trump 2020 on Facebook
Rus Thompson, Co-Organizer
JULY 20, 2019

Pro-TRUMP Gathering Counter-Protest vs. Impeach Trump Rally
in Buffalo NY on July 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Bidwell Parkway and Colonial Circle

In response to Grand Island Supervisor and former NY-27 Congressional District candidate Nate MacMurray’s call to impeach the POTUS, many groups felt compelled to counter-protest in response, including (listed alphabetically):
Buffalo and Western New York for Trump
Long Island President Trump Train
Make New York Red
Make New York Red Again
New York For Trump
New York State 2A Forum
Tea New York and who are all united under one group called
United for Trump 2020

Many others across the State of New York share their love and respect for President Donald J. Trump including the 46 of 62 counties that voted for him and the 47 that voted against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. We represent all those who could not be present.

President Trump made promises and kept them. From the highest GDP to the lowest
unemployment ever, providing relief from tax and regulatory burden to honoring our Military, Police and service agencies, and from making peace with foreign dictators to strengthening our religious liberties and Constitutional protections, President Trump is anything but a disgrace. He is an honorable man, and the massive misinformation campaign to discredit him and those who support him is a pathological, destructive force that preys upon the under-informed, and is antithetical to civil liberty and natural rights.

In the spirit of peaceful disagreement Nate MacMurray will meet with political activist Rus
Thompson halfway, express their considerable friendship and mutually disagree. In light of some prevalent violence perpetrated by groups like Antifa and almost exclusively by the Left, we encourage others to similarly seek common ground or just walk away. Lawlessness is not an option and people can coexist, even across great ideological divides.

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Prepared by TEANewYork.com, celebrating 10 years in 2019 as a New York Tea Party. As America was founded upon free market principles we reject socialism with responsible exceptions; We support the free exchange of ideas, the targeted suppression of which has currently become a disturbing norm; We support a fast-track to citizenship for “law abiding” Illegals and refugees in the US, Asylum for non-criminals, and do forcefully implore the allocation of proper resources to complete the wall, so that we may adequately address the problems that have developed from an open border; and we support strengthening and expediting the legal immigration process.

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Dear Sister,

August 2, 2019

Dear Sister,

It has become impossible for me to continue this discussion on social media, it just doesn’t seem right to have such vehement disagreements in a public forum, especially among sisters. And so I invite you here.

I’m continually struck by your regular accusations of every last Trump voter including your family to be guilty of the most horrendous things. We don’t love endless wars nor do we support genocidal maniacs. And since you’ve been gone 35+ years and I live in, I can assure you no one here in your family actively engages in polluting the planet. In fact we’re all really quite the opposite.

To be sure you would argue we are guilty by non-association, but regardless of how much you would like us to fight for your issues, everyone has things that are important to them. Every disagreement on the science of climate change doesn’t have to meltdown to a fight over who is more ignorant.

What people fail to consider with a myopic view, Left or Right, is that everyone is unique. They cannot and should not be lumped into one giant monolithic block. I’m guilty of it myself when I refer to the Left in collusion with Mainstream Media, and our peculiar great-Aunt the Democrat Party as the Borg. That is the Borg Collective, who is helplessly subservient to central mind control. You are guilty when you lump every Trump voter, even those who just voted for the lesser of two evils, into cultists.

Trump-haters as a side, should own the fact that rabid Trump supporters are a monster of the Left’s own making. A not-bigoted, non-racist, non-homophobic, non-misogynistic, non-xenophobic monster. They simply have come to the defense of their unfairly maligned President, who doesn’t always do a great job of defending himself. It’s hard to see the Left project so much of their own aberrant behavior onto a very unlikely man.

I believe there is either very strong spiritual deception or a massive media disinformation campaign occurring today. I don’t care if you call me a conspiracy theorist. But everything you just posted about Trump is everything the Right believes about various characters associated with the Democrat Party and the Left. Many Conservatives would believe your characterization is preposterous, and can only be attributed to the Left. I repost it here for review:

“Let’s not forget that besides fueling race wars, increased violence, and potentially internecine warfare, T remains at the heart of scandals involving sex, children, graft, corruption, collusion, nepotism, tanked economy, filling the swamp with co-rapists and co-classists, gutting clean water & air protections, legalizing known toxins, clear hypocrisy, golden toilets, bankrupt properties and those of the business owners contracted, golf @ over $1.3M, tax evasion, being a big player-mafioso wannabe, violating the Constitution, seeking an unprecedented third term before his 1st is out, pretending to be a deity, fucking the whole immigration system and the honor codes of a host of other institutions, not divesting of his foreign investments so as not to compromise his “leadership,” pulling out of any global agreements involving cooperation on the climate crisis, faking crises to justify strikes, wagging the dog, making decisions based on his limited 1.7GPA worldview, co-opting a whole cadre of MoscowMitches, raiding the treasury, making natives suffer again, causing trauma to children, laughing while you burn, and for being a first class asshole, if you’ll forgive this last, being the only insult among observations.”

Where we are getting the disinformation should be priority one for anyone who is genuinely seeking the truth.

You preach tolerance but treat as a villain anyone who doesn’t agree with you 100%. Ronald Reagan said those that you only agree with 80% of the time are not your 20% enemy. It saddens me you treat me and others like enemies. Granted, you have multiple disagreements with me that might easily exceed 80% but the good news is we don’t have to agree.

I’ve made no overt efforts to try and persuade you to see things my way, to insist there is no other way to properly obtain or process information except in the way that I do. I accept there are many views other than my own. Why do you find it so hard to extend the same courtesy to me? You always say Live and let live, but you’ve never accepted me for who I am.

That you would waste so much time and effort trying to be my “moral compass” is really the height of arrogance and narcissism. I am not permitted a dissenting opinion, and if I dare to have one, I am a super villain to you.

I don’t say this to insult you, I say it for perspective. Your facts and my facts don’t match up. Wouldn’t it be far better to make a change in your news sources for a time, perhaps listen to some Mark Levin instead of posing questions to me, virulently opposing my responses and melting down into a fight over who is more ignorant?

I just had a slew of tough days at work, but yesterday I nearly single-handedly packed up two 2-yard concrete mixers on hooklifts and sent them to Florida, and today was productive.. until your slew of angry hateful barbs nearly ruined my day. I admit one of my responses could have been Your timing is impeccable as always, Have a Happy Fucking Birthday and I hope your day sucks.

But I am a child of God and so are you, whether you know it or like it or not. He doesn’t want us to have destructive arguments and a piss poor relationship. I can only admonish you to humble yourself before Him. Then let Him guide your thoughts and give you wisdom about how to speak in a productive loving manner. And Have a Happy Birthday. I truly hope you have a great day.

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Erie County NY Democrat Commissioner Jeremy Zellner Violating Election Law?


Erie County NY Board of Elections

Commissioner Jeremy Zellner

James J. Eagan

June 10th, 2019

Open Letter to Erie County Democrats

Dear fellow Democrats:

As reported by the Buffalo News this past Sunday, I filed a complaint with the Erie County Board of Elections regarding possible campaign finance violations by the Erie County Democratic Committee. Here is a link to a copy of the complaint for your review. Click here to view complaint

Please note the following:

  • Commissioner Zellner refused to forward the complaint to the investigative division of the NYS board of Elections for review.

  • Commissioner Zellner insists that he is not conflicted.

  • Commissioner Zellner’s excuse is “clerical error” (dating back to 2012)

  • There are credit card payments totaling $201,743.47. Only $101,813.14 of charges are accounted for and itemized. There are $105,930.53 of charges not accounted for.

  • There are loan payments to M&T back dating back to 2012 and being made this year (from the Housekeeping account) that have never been listed as a liability on any filing.

  • Commissioner Zellner made sure there was no clerical error relating the loan his own campaign committee made to the Party committee for $25,000.

  • ECDC’s 2018 32 Day Pre-Special Committee Account filing lists a payment to I.C. Systems Inc.a Collection Agency, for $893.71 on 03/09/2018. This liability is not accounted for on any financial filing.

  • Commissioner Zellner failed to itemize expenditures that are over $50. There are 153 expenditures over $50 totaling $49,370.17. As an example, ECDC spent $1,123.35 on 7/12/18, $1,823.69 on 7/13/17 and $2,438.38 on 7/11/16, all filed as unitemized. Where is this money being spent?

Where is the money? How is he spending your donations? We need transparency and accountability.

Sincerely,
Jim Eagan

ECDC Bylaws
“ARTICLE XI – FINANCIAL REPORTS”
“Section 1. Full compliance will be held with the disclosure and filling requirements of the New York State Election Law”
“Article 14 and any other applicable law(s); and a biennial financial report of the County Committee shall be prepared and shall be posted on the party’s website with notice thereof to be contained in the meeting notice of the biennial re- organization meeting. Such report shall be prepared by a five (5) member Financial Oversight Subcommittee of the Executive Committee, appointed by the chair and confirmed by the Executive Committee, and shall provide a detailed report on expenditures and receipts, as well as any debts entered into by the Executive Committee including the amounts, parties owed, terms and guarantors, as applicable”

“The Financial Oversight Committee shall also have the power to review or audit the financial affair of the party committee, including the “housekeeping” committee and subordinate committees and shall report, regularly to the Executive Committee about financial issues.”

An audit of the financial records, including the income, expenditures and outstanding liabilities of the party, shall “be conducted by an outside independent firm, on an annual basis, with the report to be submitted to the Executive”

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