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34 billionaires pledge to give away 50 percent of wealth (Gates, Buffett Lead Dontation Campaign)
MSNBC ^ | 08/04/2010

Posted on 08/04/2010 8:12:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Thirty-four U.S. billionaires pledged Wednesday to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Among the billionaires joining the campaign are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller and investor Ronald Perelman.

Gates and Buffett launched "The Giving Pledge" in June to convince hundreds of U.S. billionaires to give away most of their fortune during their lifetime or after their death

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1 posted on 08/04/2010 8:12:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Very commendable, or perhaps not. I wonder exactly what charities will receive these funds.
2 posted on 08/04/2010 8:14:10 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Awesome, sign me up for some of that. I’ll be happy with even .01%. Thank you in advance. :)


3 posted on 08/04/2010 8:14:28 AM PDT by CygnusTheSwan ("Me fail English? That's unpossible" - Ralph Wiggum)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama is willing to take them up on that offer by reinstating the estate death tax.
4 posted on 08/04/2010 8:14:52 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

To view the list of Billionaires, click on this link :

http://givingpledge.org/#enter


5 posted on 08/04/2010 8:14:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Since I just joined the ranks of the unemployed.. Sign me up to. But I’d rather one of them just give me a job to replace the one I lost.


6 posted on 08/04/2010 8:15:36 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: SeekAndFind

Shouldn’t they just give it to the gubmnt, since the gubmnt knows better what to do with their money.


7 posted on 08/04/2010 8:15:47 AM PDT by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
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To: SeekAndFind

How wonderful that our bettors are giving away their wealth.

Where is the line?


8 posted on 08/04/2010 8:15:57 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wish they would put it towards the government debt. That would help future generations more than anything.


9 posted on 08/04/2010 8:15:57 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SeekAndFind

Wealth that is not already inside irrevocable trusts?

This is a grand gesture without details.


10 posted on 08/04/2010 8:16:04 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Joe Brower

March of Dimes is one of my favorite charities.


11 posted on 08/04/2010 8:16:20 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

WHAT a SCAM.....they HAVE to do this or they will be taxed at 50-70%....AND....they give to LIBERAL causes usually...


12 posted on 08/04/2010 8:16:34 AM PDT by goodnesswins (WHEN DEMOCRATS LOSE.....America WINS!)
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To: Joe Brower
I wonder exactly what charities will receive these funds.

Their kids.

13 posted on 08/04/2010 8:16:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
scam award......so instead of paying taxes on their money like the rest of us, they get to booster they're favorite "charities" or "foundations"...many of them with leftist leanings....and avoid taxes on all that money....

jmho.......I don't see Gates or Buffet suffering for what they give....their wealth seems to mulitply.....

14 posted on 08/04/2010 8:16:50 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

Yep, color me very cynical on this one.


15 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Very often these guy give their money to each other’s charities.


16 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t think of a billionaire who understands freedom.


17 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:42 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can I leave my address here?

Who in the hell SUGGESTS billionares don’t leave their money to their family?

Spread the wealth... hog wash. They will donate to tree huggers and ACORN and Obama. Nothing new here to see move along.

If a conservative billionaire is reading this write me privately for my address I will run and dismantle the U.N. IMMEDIATELY and give the people back their country.


18 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:47 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: napscoordinator

>I wish they would put it towards the government debt. That would help future generations more than anything.

Unfortunately it wouldn’t; our Government would only see it as license to increase spending.


19 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:47 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: CygnusTheSwan

Here are the names :


ABOUT

The Giving Pledge is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death.

Each person who chooses to pledge will make this statement publicly, along with a letter explaining their decision to pledge. At an annual event, those who take the pledge will come together to share ideas and learn from each other.
The Pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract. It does not involve pooling money or supporting a particular set of causes or organizations.

While the Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires, the idea takes its inspiration from efforts in the past and at present that encourage and recognize givers of all financial means and backgrounds. We are inspired by the example set by millions of Americans who give generously (and often at great personal sacrifice) to make the world a better place.

DIRECTORY

Paul G. Allen
Laura and John Arnold
Michael R. Bloomberg
Eli and Edythe Broad
Warren Buffett
Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
Ann and John Doerr
Larry Ellison
Bill and Melinda Gates
Barron Hilton
Jon and Karen Huntsman
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
George B. Kaiser
Elaine and Ken Langone
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
Lorry I. Lokey
George Lucas
Alfred E. Mann
Bernie and Billi Marcus
Thomas S. Monaghan
Tashia and John Morgridge
Pierre and Pam Omidyar
Bernard and Barbro Osher
Ronald O. Perelman
Peter G. Peterson
T. Boone Pickens
Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
David Rockefeller
David M. Rubenstein
Herb and Marion Sandler
Vicki and Roger Sant
Walter Scott, Jr.
Jim and Marilyn Simons
Jeff Skoll
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor
Jim and Virginia Stowers
Ted Turner
Sanford and Joan Weill
Shelby White


20 posted on 08/04/2010 8:17:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The fourth entry is:

“Eli and Edy the Broad”

I don’t know much about Edy, but I cannot believe her husband talks about her that way in public.


21 posted on 08/04/2010 8:18:34 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: SeekAndFind
I am certainly all in favor of people -- regardless of their wealth -- donating to charity.

That said, I think that Warren Buffet has been very much in favor of programs that increase the taxes of people far less wealth than he is.

I wonder why, then, he wants to donate his money (and take a charitable deduction) his wealth to charity.

It seems to me that he should consider GIVING his money to the Federal Government. Let's see him willingly give his money to the Federal Government so that the Government can determine how his money should be spent.

22 posted on 08/04/2010 8:19:07 AM PDT by chs68
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To: Joe Brower

The usual far left, slavery-supporting socialist ones.


23 posted on 08/04/2010 8:20:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Satan is a Democrat and Obama is his minion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Billionaires,

Please send me a check and a good job.


24 posted on 08/04/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: earlJam

RE: “Eli and Edy the Broad”

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was founded with a $100 million donation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Broad and his wife, Edythe, in 2003. In 2005, the couple donated another $100 million to Harvard. On 4 September 2008 the Broads gave another $400 million to the Broad Institute. The endowment will be managed by Harvard’s investment unit.[1]

Eli Broad donated $23.2 million towards the Broad Art Center at UCLA, and another $20 million to UCLA Stem Cell Institute.[2]

Eli and Edythe Broad are the founders of The Broad Foundations,[3] with the mission of advancing entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. The Broad Foundations, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, have assets of $2.1 billion. The Broad Foundations’ Internet address is www.broadfoundation.org.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation’s education work is focused on dramatically improving urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. The Broad Foundation has four national flagship initiatives:

The $2 million Broad Prize for Urban Education is the nation’s largest education award given annually to urban school districts that have made the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement.[4]

The Broad Superintendents Academy is a 10-month executive management program to train working CEOs and other top executives from business, non-profit, military, government and education backgrounds to lead urban school systems.[5]

The Broad Residency in Urban Education is a two-year management development program that trains recent graduate students, primarily with business and law degrees, who have several years of work experience and places them immediately into managerial positions in the central operations of urban school districts.[6]

The Broad Institute for School Boards is a national training and support program for urban school district governance teams of school board members and superintendents. The latest offering of The Broad Institute is Reform Governance in Action, a training program for reform-minded school board-superintendent teams to establish efficient and effective policies and processes that will improve board operations, strengthen management oversight and directly improve learning opportunities for students.


25 posted on 08/04/2010 8:21:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ben Franklin left his fortune to the city of Boston to establish The Franklin Institute. A technical school that still turns out people that perform real jobs. Andrew Carnegie established most libraries.


26 posted on 08/04/2010 8:21:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee what a terrible sacrifice, aren’t they just so wonderful. Lets see, if they have 10 billion dollars, and give away 50%, they will ONLY have 5 billion dollars left....yes this is the material of which great martyrs are made.

If they gave it nearly all away and left themselves with a meager 60k per year stipend, then that would impress me.

Giving is good of course, but making a big show of your giving is not, its self aggrandizement.


27 posted on 08/04/2010 8:22:15 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (In the White House the mighty White House the Liar sleeps tonight.............)
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To: MarkeyD

Even liberal billionaires are no so stupid as to believe that the government won’t piss it away. No, they will create endowments that other liberals will run in order to promote liberalism and the enslavement of mankind.


28 posted on 08/04/2010 8:22:19 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Satan is a Democrat and Obama is his minion.)
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To: OneWingedShark

If you love abortion, yes, March of Dimes is the charity to give money to.


29 posted on 08/04/2010 8:22:33 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Joe Brower

I do not see this as wonderful. We need billionaires. All this indicates is another sapping of wealth from U. S. citizens. Gates and company will dump the funds. Those funds will be spent on idiotic projects or give-aways, and in two years we’ll be right back where we started, with billionaires having halved their wealth, those in need still there with their hand out.

Stupid idea IMO.

I have never in my life seen more promotions for people to donate funds to a good cause. Many of these projects are leftist pipe dreams. It’s my take that some of them are legit, and others are there to fleece the wealth out of our nation.

Some of the funds go to good causes, and a lot of it is diverted to leftist projects. What do you want to bet concerns like ACORN and others don’t see some of these funds along the way.

Who manages these projects? ACORN, some other leftist entities?

There is a full blown effort to take this nation down, and I see the fleecing of our citizens, to be part of that process.

We’re talking hundreds of millions if not billions from our citizens, and that’s not even touching on Gates and company. These funds would be better spent on investments, and things that make this nation grow.

Instead we’re being urged to give it away to the third world and such. Some, okay. This much, I think we’re being played.


30 posted on 08/04/2010 8:22:51 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Latest most accurate Az Poll to date, of 14 likely voters: McCain 137%, Hayworth -37% (+/- 92%))
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To: Joe Brower; SeekAndFind

>>> I wonder exactly what charities will receive these funds.

If you read the fine print, I suspect most of this “charity” will be in the form of funding new versions of institutions like the Ford Foundation.

They money is protected from most taxation, they get enormous personal and estate deductions, and the funds are administered by their highly paid nominees (such as grandchildren) to pay out only small portions of the income of the trust. The trust itself growing over time.


31 posted on 08/04/2010 8:22:59 AM PDT by tlb
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To: SeekAndFind

Great. That is their money, they can do what they want with it. Why not extend that freedom to everyone who earns money? Keep it OR give it away: your CHOICE.

< /obvious>


32 posted on 08/04/2010 8:24:50 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: goodnesswins

Mostly left wing causes from Gates & Buffett , so far.

Gates has wasted billions.


33 posted on 08/04/2010 8:24:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.)
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To: Theo

Did they change their stance?
March of Dimes, IIRC, used to be [very much] for helping premature babies.


34 posted on 08/04/2010 8:25:07 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Larry Lucido; Cagey; MotleyGirl70; Gamecock

Wyck: They had more than some monies. Many, many monies. And they planned to give a sizable portion of their estate to you and Susan after the wedding.

George: And now?

Wyck: Not. It’s all been endowed to the foundation, even this townhouse.

George: This townhouse?

Wyck: This would have been your wedding gift.

George: And now?

Wyck: Not.


35 posted on 08/04/2010 8:25:38 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Yeah, that’s right give it away, stupid fools.
Why not pool your billions and support space
based applications, we need a reliable safe
transport to orbit, that would be a worthy
gift to mankind!


36 posted on 08/04/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Joe Brower; wintertime

They can do what they want with their money, but it will mostly be wasted because they will rely on “experts” that will channel the funds to liberals. It almost always happens. Gates is a good example. He has spent a fortune on improving government schools. Like a thoughtless techie, he assumed that there were university “experts” who had a body of technical knowledge that just needed to be infused into the system. The money went to the “pedagogical fads du jour”, and the result was epic failure. Good thing for Gates that he doesn’t know that mothers in the hills of Tennessee without high school diplomas and who wear unstylish clothing are producing educational results that would humiliate Lakeside - Gates’ ever-so-expensive and exclusive prep school alma mater. Moreover, the mothers are doing it on a financial shoestring.


37 posted on 08/04/2010 8:27:03 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: tlb

The Ford Foundation is a VERY leftist organization. I wouldn’t give them a dime. Many of these types of organizations are not exactly what they seem. They fund some absolutely atrocious concerns that would make your blood boil of you knew about it.

It’s been some time since I’ve seen the exact concerns, or I’d give you some examples, but I was aghast as some of the things I have seen them fund.


38 posted on 08/04/2010 8:27:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Latest most accurate Az Poll to date, of 14 likely voters: McCain 137%, Hayworth -37% (+/- 92%))
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To: SeekAndFind

Done for notoriety. Not how giving is supposed to be done.


39 posted on 08/04/2010 8:27:31 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SeekAndFind

How about giving it all to the Federal Government?


40 posted on 08/04/2010 8:28:18 AM PDT by unique
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To: SeekAndFind

I promise to give away 100% to someone or something upon my death.

See, it’s not that hard.


41 posted on 08/04/2010 8:28:21 AM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s not like most kids don’t piss it away within a generation or so anyway.


42 posted on 08/04/2010 8:28:36 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: SeekAndFind

Every working person in the USA “gives away” half their income every payday, thus ensuring that they will never accumulate any significant amount of wealth.


43 posted on 08/04/2010 8:29:33 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: cherry

Nice gesture for sure but I think their efforts are a bit misplaced.

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish you feed him for life.

Charity usually falls into the “giving a man a fish” category.


44 posted on 08/04/2010 8:29:50 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: earlJam

Eli Broad is very liberal, but he did fund my business school at Michigan State University (The Eli Broad School of Business).


45 posted on 08/04/2010 8:30:13 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL I love how the “rich” are so generous. There are all kinds of tax dodges for these benevolent souls. For instance, the biggest ones are the charitable foundations they establish. They employ their kids and family and pay them a salary from the foundation and the “charity” only has to donate 10% a year and the rest can be held in reserves.

Bernie Madoff was managing a lot of these foundations that had all kinds of sheltered cash in them while only having to give up 10% a year.


46 posted on 08/04/2010 8:30:24 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: SeekAndFind

I salute the Gates Foundation for giving hundreds of millions to The Rotary Foundation to help eradicate polio in the world.

I might not like it when he makes my computer crash, and probably don’t like some of his other charitable donations, but he deserves to be honored for his choice on this one.


47 posted on 08/04/2010 8:30:49 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: meadsjn
Every working person in the USA “gives away” half their income every payday

Let's all remember this -- TAXATION is not voluntarily "giving away". It is TAKING AWAY BY FORCE.
48 posted on 08/04/2010 8:31:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
It has been my contention that the ultra-wealthy's measured fortunes can never be realized, thus they must give it away in order to even remotely “touch” their money.

Using Bill gates as an example, let us say he is worth $50B (Holy crapola, that's a big number). Know that his wealth is primarily due to the amount of shares of his company that he owns or controls times the stock price. Well, if Bill wanted to simply liquidate his holdings, so that he could have the money for his own use, by the time he sold even 1% of his stock, the stock price would plummet so rapidly that the remaining 99% of his shares would be worth a fraction of the value it had.

Think about it. If you owned 100 shares of Microsoft, and Bill Gates started selling all his, you'd want to own zero too. But there wouldn't be any buyers at the price it was yesterday. The laws of supply and demand would dictate that the price be much, much lower after his shares hit the trading floor.

49 posted on 08/04/2010 8:32:18 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: Beelzebubba

RE: I might not like it when he makes my computer crash

Bill Gates hasn’t been active with Microsoft for years. For that, you can now blame Steve Ballmer.


50 posted on 08/04/2010 8:32:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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