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Sowell: Is This Still America?
Creators Syndicate ^ | July 16, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 07/15/2013 9:02:37 AM PDT by jazusamo

There are no winners in the trial of George Zimmerman. The only question is whether the damage that has been done has been transient or irreparable.

Legally speaking, Zimmerman has won his freedom. But he can still be sued in a civil case, and he will probably never be safe to live his life in peace, as he could have before this case made him the focus of national attention and orchestrated hate.

More important than the fate of George Zimmerman, however, is the fate of the American justice system and of the public's faith in that system and in their country. People who have increasingly asked, during the lawlessness of the Obama administration, "Is this still America?" may feel some measure of relief.

But the very fact that this case was brought in the first place, in an absence of serious evidence — which became ever more painfully obvious as the prosecution strained to try to come up with anything worthy of a murder trial — will be of limited encouragement as to how long this will remain America.

The political perversion of the criminal justice system began early and at the top, with the President of the United States. Unlike other public officials who decline to comment on criminal cases that have not yet been tried in court, Barack Obama chose to say, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

It was a clever way to play the race card, as he had done before, when Professor Henry Louis Gates of Harvard was arrested.

But it did not stop there. After the local police in Florida found insufficient evidence to ask for Zimmerman to be prosecuted, the Obama administration sent Justice Department investigators to Sanford, Florida, and also used the taxpayers' money to finance local activists...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: notguilty; obama; racecard; racehustlers; sowell; thomassowell; trayvon; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/15/2013 9:02:37 AM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 07/15/2013 9:03:51 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What we have witnessed is the first time annoucement of the old beat-up race card being “declined” this past Saturday night.


3 posted on 07/15/2013 9:04:36 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: jazusamo

No, America died November 6, 2012 of self inflicted vote wounds. obamaville rose in its place.


4 posted on 07/15/2013 9:06:04 AM PDT by sport
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To: Biggirl

Wow...well said, and I sure hope you’re right.


5 posted on 07/15/2013 9:07:59 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: sport

Rather it is the failure of Obamaville.


6 posted on 07/15/2013 9:10:24 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Nea Wood

I am, look how puny the protests were.


7 posted on 07/15/2013 9:10:49 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: jazusamo

I love this man he is so right all the time..


8 posted on 07/15/2013 9:11:52 AM PDT by PLD
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To: jazusamo
obozo hussein’s only kept campaign promise: he will fundamentally change America
9 posted on 07/15/2013 9:12:51 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: Biggirl
I believe you're correct. It's for sure these six jurors recognized the race card and declined in no uncertain terms. God bless them.
10 posted on 07/15/2013 9:13:01 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: sport

America died on Nov. 4, 2008.


11 posted on 07/15/2013 9:16:18 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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12 posted on 07/15/2013 9:16:27 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors. They showed that this is still America — at least for now — despite politicians who try to cheapen or corrupt the law, as if this were some banana republic.

Hats off to those six brave women of the jury.

13 posted on 07/15/2013 9:16:55 AM PDT by The Great RJ (construction)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell is one of the clearest minds alive.


14 posted on 07/15/2013 9:18:53 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: jazusamo
"Is This Still America?"

No.

15 posted on 07/15/2013 9:20:30 AM PDT by YHAOS
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To: jazusamo

Its not even pre-America.


16 posted on 07/15/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: jazusamo

No. It is more like the USSA: United Socialist States of America.
Sort of like Sweden, except that it doesn’t work as well.

And Sweden is getting more conservative!


17 posted on 07/15/2013 9:25:34 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

It was mortally wounded then and never recovered. November 6,2012 it breathed its last. Roberts upholding obabacare and the upcoming “Immigration Reform” that both the Republican and Democrat Parties for different reasons will ensure that there is no resurrection.


18 posted on 07/15/2013 9:25:37 AM PDT by sport
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell for Emperor.

Only half joking.


19 posted on 07/15/2013 9:30:52 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: MarineBrat

Amen to that.

Decades from now, our kids may well look back on his writings and think, “Why the heck didn’t our parents listen to folks like him more?”


20 posted on 07/15/2013 9:31:45 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: jazusamo
I was waiting for the Sowell comments on this.

Clear thinking as always.

21 posted on 07/15/2013 9:36:44 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: jazusamo
More important than the fate of George Zimmerman, however, is the fate of the American justice system and of the public's faith in that system and in their country. People who have increasingly asked, during the lawlessness of the Obama administration, "Is this still America?" may feel some measure of relief.

My feeling was that 'yes, the basic jury system still works' but at what price?

If I was attacked my skin color and lack of 'ethnic cover' would mean that every hateful thing done to George Zimmerman would work on me. NBC news would call me 'white' with enough hate to kill an elephant. They'd doctor tapes to make it worse. CNN could make up words and put them in my mouth - then retract their hate comments at 3 AM.

Bullies in the press have made sure Zimmerman's right to defend himself has been trumped by their right to do what they can to destroy his life.

Many of us will wonder if we'd just be better off allowing black thin-skinned thugs to beat us to death rather than go through the horror of a 'show trial'.

Then we saw the State act in criminal ways - holding back information - firing whistle blowers who wanted the truth to come out... The FBI and DOJ acting like Obama's personal army against his political opponents. Even after they discovered Zimmerman was a democrat who voted for Obama. That wasn't good enough. Having black blood wasn't good enough. Nothing was 'good enough' once they felt Zimmerman could be passes off as a conservative gun totting 'white guy'... The IRS evil, the FBI evil, all of it could be 'justified' with the destruction of Zimmerman. They weren't going to let him off the hook.

Liberal elites wanted blood - white middle class, middle aged conservative blood. And Zimmerman could be protrayed that way if the alphabets lied... and they did lie.

The rigged show trial was an excercise in hate aimed at 'right wingers' -even if Zimmerman wasn't one - he was portrayed as one. The FBI and DOJ wanted white conservative to lynch - Zimmerman would have to do... he was close enough for the goons to run with.

No, this isn't my country. I have little faith totalitarian jerks won't work to destroy the jury system now they know it's a weak link.

Expect calls from the boys in the press for professional juries. And a general mocking of private citizens. If the members of the jury are made public, Obama's boys in the MSM will go after them with the same hate and scorn they went after Zimmerman. It's not my country.

22 posted on 07/15/2013 9:43:16 AM PDT by GOPJ (Department of Justice organized rallies against George Zimmerman.)
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To: jazusamo
But the very fact that this case was brought in the first place, in an absence of serious evidence — which became ever more painfully obvious as the prosecution strained to try to come up with anything worthy of a murder trial — will be of limited encouragement as to how long this will remain America.

The truth.

As for the sickness America is suffering:

America contracted the disease on November 8, 1988

The disease became worse on November 3, 1992

On November 5, 1996 it became systemic.

On November 7, 2000 the country was given a huge dose of, what turned out to be ineffective, medicine.

On November 2, 2004 the disease received a much needed boost.

America was put on life support on November 4, 2008

Life support was removed on November 6, 2012. The patient still lives using autonomic functions. Once those have been killed the patient will die.

23 posted on 07/15/2013 9:46:56 AM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: GOPJ
Sadly what you say regarding this fiasco is all true.

If we had a halfway decent leader in the WH many heads would roll from the DOJ to officials in FL and the enemedia, but many will say I'm nuts for even bringing that up.

Obummer, the supposed leader in the WH and his worshipers are the crux of the problem.

24 posted on 07/15/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Biggirl

Agreed if the focus is on the Zimmerman/Martin Kangaroo court action, but if we are to step back from that focus, and Zoom out so to speak for a look at the BIG picture I think we’ll find our attentions have been successfully diverted from the ugliness that truly is the destination Obama’s handlers intend for us.

IOW I believe we’ve been duped by the party of unAmerican activities again.


25 posted on 07/15/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Dead Corpse

I understand your trust in TS,

but that kind of thinking is EXACTLY how the left thinks -

“as long as we get the right person in power, one with benevolent motives and high intellect, we can trust him with as much power as he needs to set things aright”.

Sowell himself would oppose this.
(Maybe not Walter Williams though - [joking])


26 posted on 07/15/2013 10:03:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: jazusamo
No, it is not. We have been reduced to a tribal society.

It's like living in a gang ridden neighborhood. Pretty soon you will be forced to pick which "tribe" you belong to. At some point the "creept ass crackers" are going to have to determine whether he chooses to be enslaved or to save their societies.

27 posted on 07/15/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell nails it again.


28 posted on 07/15/2013 10:18:09 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anywhere there is tyranny you will find that the people were first disarmed.)
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To: raybbr

For sure your timeline is closer to the truth. The decline of the system overall and the corruption of justice has been progressing should be measured in decades, not years. It can be attributed to 535 members of Congress, and above.


29 posted on 07/15/2013 11:02:13 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: MrB

I know. Hence the “half joking”.


30 posted on 07/15/2013 11:21:06 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: jazusamo

If all white people were like Ronald Reagan, and all black people like Thomas Sowell, we’d have flying cars by now. I’m convinced of this.


31 posted on 07/15/2013 11:25:29 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: 101stAirborneVet
There's little doubt you're right nor would we have constant race card fiascoes like we've had for years.
32 posted on 07/15/2013 11:32:21 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: MarineBrat

I always like reading the words of Thomas Sowell, based on a lot of common sense. I know when I graduated from college in 1990, at the time, the liberal viewpoint was so prevelent and I read columns and a lot of them I agreed with were from Thomas Sowell.


33 posted on 07/15/2013 11:45:13 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: riri

You are exactly right. The onus has been on white people from the start to be the ones to “not see color”. Others have used this to their advantage and run with it, because they “see color” with a vengeance, and use it for all it’s worth. Unless we want to remain the scapegoat for all evils in this country, and the whipping boy for the failures of others, we now have no choice but to come together as a tribe and damn the names we’ll be called for doing so-knock-out king and polar bear hunting can break our bones, words can never hurt us.


34 posted on 07/15/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Little Ray

> And Sweden is getting more conservative!

Kind of interesting, I been to Sweden one time, really a nice country. As messed up as the US is getting, wouldn’t mind moving there. Plus working there, much more generous vacation time from the workplace. I remembered taking some vacation to New Zealand and met an older Swedish gentleman from the hostel. Mentioned to him I thought of wanting to live in Sweden but mentioned about their high tax rates were a big turnoff.

But now, with the leftism taking over this country, not a bad thought. Have to look over the income tax rates again both for the USA and Sweden. And then decide.


35 posted on 07/15/2013 11:55:07 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: raybbr
On November 7, 2000 the country was given a huge dose of, what turned out to be ineffective, medicine.

Placebo effect from a sugar pill, IMO.

36 posted on 07/15/2013 12:36:30 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: jazusamo
The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors. They showed that this is still America — at least for now — despite politicians who try to cheapen or corrupt the law, as if this were some banana republic. Some are already calling for a federal indictment of George Zimmerman, after he has been acquitted.

Will this still be America then?

NO, it will NOT.

There's a huge silent majority of us, who agree with the jury's verdict.

We're out here acting like adults, because the other vociferous side isn't.

Eric Holder and his corrupt Justice Dept. had better realize that we're just about at the breaking point.

37 posted on 07/15/2013 12:43:41 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx
Well said my FRiend.

The race pimping has been going on way too long, it started with hustlers, among them Jackson and Sharpton.

The CBC joined in as well as leftists but now we have a race pimp in the WH that has thoroughly packed his Cabinet with them.

The silent majority, being law abiding people have stood by obeying our laws. The race card pimps from the WH on down had better wake up to the fact, like you said, that we are about at the breaking point.

38 posted on 07/15/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

May God bless us and hear our prayers.


39 posted on 07/15/2013 1:08:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: CORedneck

Dunno if it is that easy. If your are not EU resident, you might have do some sort of “buy-in” or bring a lot of money with you.
But it isn’t a bad idea. I am going to get on my wife to get her New Zealand passport renewed.


40 posted on 07/15/2013 1:33:49 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: drypowder

Indeed. And here I thought he just wanted to destroy the economy. Who knew that he had the end of the rule of law as an ambition as well.


41 posted on 07/15/2013 3:19:09 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT!


42 posted on 07/15/2013 3:26:51 PM PDT by Pagey (HELL is The 2nd Term of a POTUS who uses the terms “social justice” and “fair distribution".)
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To: PLD

Ditto-—he’s a breath of fresh air.

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43 posted on 07/15/2013 4:18:02 PM PDT by Mears
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To: mrsmel
Trust me when I tell you, I hate that it is like this. I wish it were not but it is.

Someone on one of the FR spin off sites once said something to the effect that, "there is a reason WHY the world shook out like it did". Basically that there is no one more ruthless and clever than the white man. When he decides, collectively, he wishes to survive, look out.

44 posted on 07/15/2013 5:08:19 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: jazusamo
It was a clever way to play the race card,

Yeah it's clever to play off the emotions of the stupid.

45 posted on 07/15/2013 5:16:40 PM PDT by Impy (Bring back the spoils system.)
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To: riri

We’re being given no choice, if we want to survive. The left will cry copious tears over the extinction of some tadpole, and the EPA will prevent people from developing their own property because of some insect, but those same peole applaud the extinction of the white race, with all the characteristics which are unique to Caucasians.


46 posted on 07/16/2013 5:18:19 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel; SWAMPSNIPER
No, it is not. We have now descended into mob rule as evidenced by the George Zimmerman case. His eventual acquittal cannot undo the damage done. The damage done, you ask? The two highest officials, no make it three in State Government, Officials who had sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. The Constitution which protects the citizens from the Government. Gave into mob rule. they first fired and replaced the honest Officials who had applied the facts of the case to the law and seen that the facts indicated that no law had been violated. These Officials were removed from Office and replaced with those who would follow orders.

That alone was bad in itself, in my opinion. But what is worse, some are saying that Republicans must vote for Scott again, with it implied that one must also vote for Bondi. They insert, "What are you going to do, vote for the Democrat?"

I would expect this type of mob pandering from a Democrat, but not a Republican.

47 posted on 07/16/2013 5:40:59 AM PDT by sport
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To: CORedneck

From what I’ve read in various articles about current events in Sweden, they’re even further along the road to politically correct serfdom than we are, if you can fathom that. In the recent Muslim riots they had, the police wouldn’t go into the Muslim “no-go” areas to arrest the rioters. The firefighters would”t go in to put out the fires. Some indigenous Swedes had their cars torched, and a meter maid ticketed the burned cars for being parked over the time limit! They wouldn’t deal with the Muslims who torched the cars, but ticketed the Swedes who had their cars torched!

Also, rape of indigenous Swedish women by Muslim “yoots” is a serious problem there. These problems are not only in the large cities, they have spread to the small towns.

They also have no right to keep and bear arms.

I’d do a lot of research before considering jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.


48 posted on 07/16/2013 7:19:51 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Little Ray

New Zealand has the same problem with the abos, as we have with our “yoots”. Drugs, drug dealing, crime, rape, generational dole, incapacity to be educated, all the rest. And they are a protected class, just as our “yoots” are, perhaps even more so. New Zealand’s prime minister is an official socialist.

As bad as the US is, many western nations are worse. Consider Britain, where you can be jailed for writing “rayciss” comments on Facebook-and the definition of “rayciss” is a very broad one. Or Emma West in England, who was jailed for for making a “rayciss” comment, when she told some Paki women who were harassing her, to go back to Pakistan.

Or Canada, where they have “Human Rights Commissions”, extra-judicial committees empowered to fine or jail people for anything they deem “hate speech”. Mark Steyn recently had to fight one of these kangaroo courts (he won, thank goodness. But if you don’t have deep pockets or access to them, you can forget it). Canada is perfectly honest about the fact that they have no right of free speech.

All this is undoubtedly coming to the US, but it’s not here yet, and at least we have a “fighting” chance to slow or stop it, because we’re one the very few western nations who have a right to keep and bear arms.


49 posted on 07/16/2013 7:29:32 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

I heard that young Maoris adopted American Thug “culture” whole-heartedly.

And I have heard about the UK’s weird anti-free speech stand and Steyn’s epic battles with the Canada’s PC courts.

But, a guest or new resident in another country, I’d be adapting to new standards so I wouldn’t feel quite as bad about these issue as I do about what has happened in USA.


50 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:40 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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