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Obama strips State National Guards of their combat attack helicopters

Dr. Eowyn:

The National Guards are state militias and a bulwark against federal government tyranny.

But Obama is neutering the National Guards by turning them into “disaster relief” units instead of the reserve MILITARY force that they are, via:

  • Taking away their Apache attack helicopters
  • Cutting the number of guards down to 315,000.

Call/write your Congress critters that you oppose this and that you support Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) bill, “National Commission on the Structure of the Army Act of 2014″!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

National Guard

The National Guardof the United States are state militias — part of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and territory. All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the militia of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C.§ 31:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National…

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A look back at the Vietnam War

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Thank you Maui Jim for this post. The Vietnam War was a very bad time for us and our allies. In this book we see through the eyes of an Australian veteran looking back, and pondering its effects on his current life. ~ TD

I was only nineteen by John Schumann illustrated by Craig Smith @AllenAndUnwin

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The Vietnam war may be in the past but it can never be forgotten. It was, at the time a controversial war. Returning soldiers were not treated with the same respect as those of the World Wars.
This sophisticated picture book is Schumann’s song I was only nineteen, put into pictures for younger readers to help them learn about the tragedy of this particular war.
I love the scenes with the colours and tones that Craig Smith has used to take us right in to the jungle. We really are in the jungle with the soldiers. Careful use of sepia tones in some pages also bring in another dimension to the story.
There is much to offer in this book, much to pull apart and mull over. While I am not a huge fan of songs becoming childrens’ books (and there are plenty these days) I do think this one works very well.
There are some teacher notes available to help make the most of this book. I think upper primary all the way through to secondary school students could learn much from this book.
I could see classes broken in to groups – those in one group watch the trailer and listen to the music and another group reads the book on its own. I would encourage the students to think about their reactions, feelings and compare the group’s responses. Food for thought!

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200+ armed feds declare war on Nevada rancher over desert tortoise

Armed men outside the Bundy ranch (photo by Cliven and Carol Bundy)

Elizabeth Harrington reports for The Washington Free Beacon, April 8, 2014:

A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the [federal] Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family.

Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a “one-man range war” since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries.

After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy’s “trespass cattle” forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said.

“The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” Bundy told the Washington Free Beacon. “What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.”

Bundy said the government has brought everything but tanks and rocket launchers. “They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he said. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”

His wife, Carol Bundy, said that roughly 200 armed agents from the BLM and FBI are stationed around their land, located about 75 miles outside of Las Vegas. Helicopters circle the premises, and the airspace and nearby roads remain blocked.

“We’re surrounded,” Carol Bundy said. “We’re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. We’ve got surveillance cameras at our house, they’re probably listening to me talk to you right now.”

A National Park Service spokesman denied there were armed guards rounding up the cattle in a conference call on Tuesday. However, she confirmed that there was “security” in place, citing threats to the contractors who are removing the cattle.

“Contractors are here and they are in place to round-up the cattle and to bring them to the impound area,” Christie Vanover said. “As for security, there [is] security in place, but that is merely to protect the contractors.”

“As you know, we have received threats and the contractors have received threats,” Vanover said. “Our personnel here and throughout the park service and throughout the BLM have received threats, as well. So security is in place to merely protect the contractors so that we can complete this operation.”

As of Monday, officials have seized 234 of Bundy’s 908 cattle. Impounding the cattle alone could cost the government as much as $3 million.

“They just brought a load down today,” she said. “They kind of harass us as well. When we leave they follow us.”

This afternoon eight helicopters surrounded the family after they began taking pictures, according to Bundy’s daughter, Bailey. Their son, Dave Bundy, was arrested for taking pictures on state road 170, which has been closed, and is being held by BLM.

Government helicopters circle the Bundy ranch / Cliven and Carol Bundy

The BLM said they took Dave Bundy into custody following his “failure to comply with multiple requests by BLM law enforcement to leave the temporary closure area on public lands.”

Carol Bundy said five officials took Dave and “threw him on the ground.”

“One put his knee on his head, the other put his boot on his head and pushed him into the gravel,” she said. “He’s got quite a bruised head. Just bruised him up pretty good.”

Environmentalists are praising the government’s forceful actions, which are being taken to protect the “desert tortoise.”

“We’re heartened and thankful that the agencies are finally living up to their stewardship duty,” said Rob Mrowka, a Nevada-based senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Gold Butte area has been officially designated as critical habitat for threatened tortoises—meaning the area is essential to their long-term survival as a species.”

“[Cliven] Bundy has long falsely believed that Gold Butte is his ranch,” added Terri Robertson, president of Friends of Sloan Canyon.

Rob MrowkaThe BLM designated 186,909 acres of the Gold Butte off-limits for the “critical desert tortoise” population in 1998. Bundy had already lost his grazing permit five years earlier for refusing to pay fees for the land, which his family has ranched since the 1870s.

The “federal grazing fee” is $1.35 per “Animal Unit Month,” or the amount of forage needed per animal, each month. Bundy said he owes roughly $300,000 in back fees, while the BLM asserts he owes over $1 million. The BLM defended the removal [of Bundy's cattle] because Bundy did not “voluntarily” give up his cattle.

“We’ve tried to do this through the legal and we’ve tried to do it through the political, and what we’re at right now, I guess we’re going to have to try to stand,” Cliven Bundy said. “We the people have to stand on the ground and get our state sovereignty back, and also take some liberty and freedoms back to where we have at least access to this land.”

“The story is a lot about the cattle, but the bigger story is about our loss of freedom,” Carol Bundy added. “They have come and taken over this whole corner of the county. They’ve taken over policing power, they’ve taken over our freedom, and they’re stealing cattle. And our sheriff says he just doesn’t have authority, our governor says he doesn’t have authority, and we’re saying, why are we a state?”

“I’m a producer,” Cliven Bundy said. “I produce edible commodity from the desert forage, and all of these things are governed under state law. So, in other words, this type of government has eliminated all of our state law, eliminated our state sovereignty, and has took control over our public lands and even took control over our Clark County sheriff. They’ve taken the whole county over. The whole state, almost.”

“This is just about power of the government,” Carol Bundy said.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R.) voiced his concern about so-called “First Amendment Areas,” designated locations set up by the BLM where citizens can protest the removal.

“Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

“To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately,” he said.  “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.  The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

Sandoval also said his office has received numerous complaints about the BLM’s conduct, including road closures and “other disturbances.”

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska & swampygirl

UPDATE:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that:

  • Militia are rallying to help the Bundys: Two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at the ranch, with “hundreds” more expected. Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers says militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida “tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak. We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants. Expect to see a band of soldiers.”
  • Yesterday, April 9, Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was shot with a stun gun by law enforcement officers; and Bundy’s sister, Margaret Houston, was pushed to the ground.
  • Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency.

Infowars reports that Ammon Bundy said around 20 cowboys came to their aid and retrieved the cattle that the feds had forcibly taken from the ranch.

~Eowyn

Pentagon bans all leave travel to Diego Gracia, suspected to be where missing MH370 landed

Diego Garcia is a tropical, footprint-shaped coral island located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean. It is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory and administered by the UK. A local government as normally envisioned does not exist.

Diego Garcia is home to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia and its 1700 military personnel and 1500 civilian contractor. The Naval Support Facility SG has a large naval ship and submarine support base, military air base, communications and space-tracking facility, and is an anchorage for pre-positioned military supplies for regional operations aboard Military Sealift Command ships in the lagoon.

According to news.com.au, the island is so little-known that it has been rumored that the US authorities have used it as a base for a secret prison.

Diego GarciaThough small, the island has a runway large enough to accommodate commercial aircraft — and was even deemed suitable for a landing by the US Space Shuttles in the event of an emergency.

It is also the same landing strip that was programmed into the home flight simulator of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370’s pilot, Captain Zaharie Shah.

Blogger Jim Stone maintains the missing MH370 had landed in Diego Garcia because an American MH370 passenger, Philip Wood, managed to send a text from his iPhone stating that he was being held hostage by unknown military personnel, along with GPS coordinates. Those coordinates revealed a location a few kilometres away from Diego Garcia, although some have argued that it is quite easy to fake a mobile phone’s GPS coordinates.

Now, the discovery of a notice posted on the Facebook of the Diego Garcia Passenger Service is lending some credence to Stone and Wood.

What is Diego Garcia Passenger Service? From its “About” page:

Welcome to Diego Garcia AMC Passenger Terminal, U.S. Naval Support Facility British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), the ” Footprint of Freedom “. At Diego Garcia Passenger Terminal, we understand the needs and expectations of travelers and provide a variety of passenger services to make your airport visit pleasant and convenient. On behalf of Detachment 1, 730th Air Mobility (AMC), we wish you a safe and enjoyable journey.

5 days ago on April 5, 2014, the following notice was posted to Diego Garcia Passenger Service‘s main Facebook page:

Diego Garcia

H/t OrlyTaitzEsq.com

~Eowyn

Americans who know least about Ukraine, most want U.S. to use military force

Dr. Eowyn:

God help and protect us from the willfully ignorant!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Can you locate the country of Ukraine in the world map below?

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Here’s a hint:

The southernmost part of Ukraine is the Crimea peninsula (that recently was annexed by Russia). The peninsula juts out into the Black Sea.

If you correctly located Ukraine where the red star is in the map below, you are among a very select minority of Americans — 16% or one out of every six Americans.

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That was the finding of three political scientists: Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth College, Joshua D. Kertzer of Harvard University, and Thomas Zeitzoff of Princeton University.

As they reported in The Washington Post of April 7, 2014, the trio conducted a national survey on March 28-31 on what action Americans wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine. The respondents were also asked to locate Ukraine by clicking on a high-resolution world map (see below).

Where's Ukraine

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Chinese J-20 stealth fighter incorporates F-35 secrets stolen from U.S.

Dr. Eowyn:

And what is Obama doing about this?

Instead of tightening the controls on technology transfers to China, he’s loosening the controls!

This man truly is an enemy of America.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

F-35 J-20

Bill Gertz reports for The Washington Free Beacon, March 13, 2014:

A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.

The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry.

Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC).

An AVIC subsidiary, the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, used the stolen data in building the J-20, said defense and intelligence officials familiar with reports of the illicit tech transfer.

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Is latest Ford Hood shooting another false flag?

It is said that one of the signature attributes of a false flag event is the co-occurrence of a government drill at the same time as the traumatic event and in around the same place. The purpose of the concurrent drill is to provide special ops personnel (who are the real perpetrators of the false flag incident) and/or professional crisis actors with a cover story should they be seen or caught on film at the false flag event. (For more on what’s a false flag event, go here.)

Bloggers have noted a peculiar phenomenon — how recent mass trauma events were immediately preceded by or contemporaneous with government-sponsored drills, such as Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) drills/exercises conducted by the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) across America.

As an example, on the day of the alleged shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sept. 14, 2012, HSEEP was conducting a drill, “FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters,” at 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT, which is about 14 miles from the Sandy Hook school.

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. EDT, a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 666 Boylston Street, killing three people and injuring 282 others. Thirteen seconds after the first blast, at 3:02 p.m., a second bomb exploded 180 yards down from the first explosion, also on Boylston Street.

But what we were not told is that there was a bomb drill on that same day and mere yards from the marathon’s finish line.

On April 15, 2013, at 12:53 p.m., the Boston Globe tweeted that according to police, there would be “a controlled explosion” on the 600 block on Boylston Street, across from the Boston Public Library. The Boston Public Library is across the street from the Marathon Sports Store, which is located at 671 Boylston St, just a little down from the Boston Marathon finish line. The first bomb had exploded right in front of the store. (For more, see “Were Boston Marathon bombings a false flag? – Part 2: The bomb drill.”)

The latest mass trauma event — the shooting at the Fort Hood Army base — is no different.

On April 2, 2014, a mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood military base near Killeen, Texas. After killing 3 people and wounding another 16, the alleged shooter, 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, shot and killed himself.

The Mad Jewess reports that Blaine Cooper, the patriot who told off RINO Sen. John McCain at a townhall meeting in Prescott, AZ, found a Craig’s List ad soliciting “role players” for a “military mock simulated disaster” at Fort Hood on March 17-19, 2014. (Click image below to enlarge)

Ft Hood drill1We are told that shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez had served in Iraq and was under treatment for depression and anxiety and being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What is less known is that Lopez did not see combat during his tour in Iraq. As reported by NBC News, April 3, 2014:

“There is no record that Lopez saw combat during a four-month deployment to Iraq in 2011, military officials told NBC News on Thursday. At that time, American forces were withdrawing from Iraq. Records show no combat citations or ribbons, the officials said. They stressed that it did not mean Lopez was not suffering serious psychological problems — only that they did not appear combat-related, as is often associated with soldiers suffering from PTSD.”

H/t FOTM’s Wendy, Gingercake, and CSM.

~Eowyn

MASSIVE 2012 VOTER FRAUD: 35,750 with same name & DOB voted in 2 states

More evidence that Obama and the Dems stole the 2012 elections.

More evidence that the United State of America has devolved into a Third World and third rate country.

DeadPeopleVoteBryan Preston reports for PJ Media, April 2, 2014:

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

  • 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
  • 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
  • 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.

In October 2012, Project Veritas produced video showing a Barack Obama campaign worker helping a voter register to vote in both Texas and Florida.

The Interstate Crosscheck examines 101 million voter records in more than two dozen participating states.

The findings, while large, leave open the question of just how widespread double voting might be since 22 states did not participate in the Interstate Crosscheck.

In addition to the above, the crosscheck found that more than 13,000 deceased voters remain on North Carolina’s rolls, and that 81 of them showed voter activity in their records after death.

North Carolina officials are now calling for tighter election security.

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That’s the call to action from NC officials? Pathetic.

What this calls for is a class-action lawsuit to overturn and nullify the 2012 Election’s supposed results — a lawsuit that should be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, only the sound of crickets from the MSM on the massive 2012 voter fraud . . . .

See also:

~Eowyn

Benghazi In The News This Week.

Call me a cynic, but even if Obama came out and said they lied nothing would happen. So with that being said let me give you the gist of this story and refresh your memory on Benghazi.

4 Brave Americans died, Admin blamed it on some funky video that had insulted that dude from that “religion of peace”  Oh yea Ahhckmedpatui, sumpin like that.Anyway about 4 people saw the vid, but that’s what they said.They said a protest began because of it and it went bad. OK, so Susan Rice the U.N. Ambassador at the time goes  on like every news  talk show, even the “Muppet’s” I think, and this is what she says over and over. Admin stuck to these talking points.

Well this story by the Washington Times says they knew otherwise. Well the CIA did anyway.Seems the station chief in Benghazi sent then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell an email telling him there was no demonstration. So kiddo’s Mr Morell is set to Testify Wed. 4-2-14 in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence . In the story it says he’ll address it. We’ll see.                                             

I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore.

I’m mad as Hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore.

 

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CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given

Information on ground rejects protest account

By Guy Taylor  The Washington Times   Monday, March 31, 2014

Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

The attack was “not an escalation of protests,” the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.

Michael J. Morell

Michael J. Morell

That the talking points used by Mrs. Rice, who was then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, were written by a CIA that ignored the assessment by its own station chief inside Libya, has emerged as one of the major bones of contention in the more than two years of political fireworks and congressional investigations into the Benghazi attack.

What has never been made public is whether Mr. Morell and others at the CIA explicitly shared the station chief’s assessment with the White House or State Department.

Two former intelligence officials have told The Washington Times that this question likely will be answered at a Wednesday hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during which Mr. Morell is scheduled to give his public testimony.

Mr. Morell, who has since left the CIA, declined to comment on the matter Monday. He now works at Beacon Global Strategies, a Washington insider strategic communications firm.

One former intelligence official close to Mr. Morell told The Times on the condition of anonymity that “the whole question of communication with the station chief will be addressed in his testimony.”

“We’re confident that it will clarify the situation in the minds of many who are asking,” the former official said.

Another former intelligence official told The Times that Mr. Morell did tell the White House and the State Department that the CIA station chief in Libya had concluded that there was no protest but senior Obama administration and CIA officials in Washington ignored the assessment.

( OK, If That is not a smoking gun then what the hell do we need?)

Why they ignored it remains a topic of heated debate within the wider intelligence community.

A third source told The Times on Monday that Mr. Morell and other CIA officials in Washington were weighing several pieces of “conflicting information” streaming in about the Benghazi attack as the talking points were being crafted.

“That’s why they ultimately came up with the analysis that they did,” the source said. “The piece that was coming out of Tripoli was important, but it was one piece amid several streams of information.”

One of the former intelligence officials said the Libya station chief’s assessment was being weighed against media reports from the ground in Benghazi that quoted witnesses as saying there had been a protest. Analysts at the CIA, the source said, also were weighing it against reporting by other intelligence divisions, including the National Security Agency.

“The chief of station in Tripoli who was 600 or 700 miles away from the attacks wouldn’t necessarily have the only view of what actually went on in Benghazi,” that former official said.

U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.

~Steve~

Story Continues →

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/31/cia-ignored-station-chief-in-libya-when-creating-t/#ixzz2xd3MpL45

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10,000 Russian troops conduct massive nuclear exercise

Dr. Eowyn:

This is ominous, especially in view of Putin’s military doctrine that states Russia would use nuclear weapons “in response to large-scale aggression utilizing conventional weapons in situations critical to the national security of the Russian Federation,” that is, even if Russia proper hadn’t been attacked.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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In January 2014, Russia carried out a large surprise ad hoc military drill around the Crimean Black Sea. No one at the time thought anything of it. But, of course, we know now the drill was a prelude to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Three days ago, on March 27, 2014, ten thousand Russian troops began a military drill simulating the massive deployment of nuclear missiles.

Zachary Keck reports for The Diplomat, March 29, 2014, that while much Western attention has been bestowed on Russia’s conventional military buildup along the borders of Ukraine, Moscow also began a massive nuclear offensive exercise on Thursday.

According to the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, citing multiple senior Russian military officers, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) began a massive three-day exercise involving 10,000 soldiers and 1,000 pieces of equipment from more than 30 units. The major purpose of the drill, according to the report, is to…

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