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Ithaca HS Graduation Features Murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Ithaca Journal ^

Posted on 06/25/2002 4:09:54 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Edited on 05/07/2004 8:00:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

ITHACA -- They sang, they danced, they played cello and the bongos in a true alternative graduation ceremony. But the multi-talented seniors at the Alternative Community School also celebrated their commitment to justice, equity and compassion at commencement Monday night.


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Beyond the outrage of honoring convicted murderer Jamal at the graduation, note that "one of the requirements for graduation from the Alternative Community School is to 'understand bias and take action to eliminate it.'"

In other words, students must adhere to the PC political agenda, and even become activists within it, in order to receive their diploma. Worthy of any Chinese re-education political indoctrination concentration camp.

1 posted on 06/25/2002 4:09:55 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Do my tax dollars support this bullsh*t?
2 posted on 06/25/2002 4:12:14 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Ithaca: Home Of The Empire Strikes Back!
3 posted on 06/25/2002 4:12:36 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Ithaca - The City of Evil (tm)
4 posted on 06/25/2002 4:15:04 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: YourAdHere
Yes, this school and its atrocity of a graduation are paid for by the taxpayer. The "alternative" school involved here is a public school. I have emailed two members of the Ithaca school board this morning, expressing my outrage.
5 posted on 06/25/2002 4:17:10 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
ping
6 posted on 06/25/2002 4:17:37 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Ho9w about a theme for our ROTTEN EDUCATION RACKET that goes like this SOL " Understand the growth of civilization and prepare yourself to productively participate. "
7 posted on 06/25/2002 4:18:58 AM PDT by chemainus
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To: AppyPappy; governsleastgovernsbest; LibKill; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; ...
Just when I think nothing can drive the point home better that Ithaca is the City of Evil, you get articles like this.
8 posted on 06/25/2002 4:24:50 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Also note the parting comments of the school principal, who blatantly calls on the students to become left-wing political activists:

"He [the principal] spoke of reading Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" about mice and "little people" in a maze and their reactions as they found their beloved cheese moved one day. All acted out of instinct or self-interest in solving the problem.

"Why have a maze?" Lehman asked. "Where is the collaborative democratic community sharing the decision-making?" he asked to roars of laughter.

"I see you not fitting into a maze," he told the students. "I see you making changes for democratic justice"

Of course "collaborative democratic community" and "democratic justice" are code words for socialism.

9 posted on 06/25/2002 4:25:34 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: 1bigdictator
City of Evil bump
10 posted on 06/25/2002 4:26:43 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
'understand bias and take action to eliminate it.'

Like "diversity" and "tolerance" this probably does not include the increasing bias against conservative or Christian views.

11 posted on 06/25/2002 4:28:01 AM PDT by knuthom
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
seniors at the Alternative Community School also celebrated their commitment to justice, equity and compassion at commencement Monday night.

"Justice, equity, and compassion" for the murderer. Where's the justice, equity, and compassion for Daniel Faulkner and his survivors?

EXECUTE MUMIA!

12 posted on 06/25/2002 4:43:29 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
These people are the ones who will want to lead lives of responsibility-free granola munching and birkie wearing dancing and camping until they decide it is time to "settle'. They will then see and become envious of the fruits of those who took responsibility for their own lives earlier on, and then lay claim to a "fair portion" of the others earnings. They will claim that those opposed to their pickpocketing are "mean", and really don't care about "the children", the "environment", or "the poor". They will endorse freakish behavior in return for the freaks supporting their cause, then label their opponents as "freakophobic" extremists. They will pimp minorities to support thier cause, after framing their attempted thievery as a racial issue. CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC,their partners in crime will shower then with praise: "They are so brilliant!" The praise will embolden these shallow peacocks, and they will run for office, actually believing their own tripe. Lies and deception become standard and accepted. The word "is" loses definition. Bottom line: rename this type of school a Clinton Factory.
13 posted on 06/25/2002 5:00:41 AM PDT by ArmoredCav
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The evening began with a message from radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row in Pennsylvania for 20 years for the killing of a police officer. According to defenders, he was framed because of on-air comments the Philadelphia establishment didn't like.

Yeah, that's what happened. Sheesh.

Not that anyone around here needs it, but for reference purposes, and for those lurking, you can get the other side of the "Free Mumia" story here - find out why this sh*tbag is exactly where he belongs.

"I see you not fitting into a maze," he told the students. "I see you making changes for democratic justice and self-determination. And I don't see you as 'little people.' I see you ACS graduates as giants."

And I'll be seeing them at the drive-through window...

14 posted on 06/25/2002 5:06:34 AM PDT by general_re
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But the multi-talented seniors at the Alternative Community School also celebrated their commitment to justice, equity and compassion at commencement Monday night.

Oh...puh-lease!

15 posted on 06/25/2002 5:10:08 AM PDT by diotima
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To: knuthom
'understand bias and take action to eliminate it.'

In other words, do away entirely with the important process of discernment.

16 posted on 06/25/2002 5:12:37 AM PDT by ncpastor
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"When I grow up I wanna be on death row, just like my hero, Mumia..."

Oh, gag me and make me puke!

17 posted on 06/25/2002 5:13:30 AM PDT by mhking
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I have to admit that I knew things were bad up there, but I never dreamed they had deteriorated to this level.

The next time some liberal moron tells me educational vouchers will lead to screwball schooling, I'll give him an earful about this.

18 posted on 06/25/2002 5:15:59 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: mhking
To all: what is really so outrageous about this is that this is taking place in a public school. If it were a private school, we good shake our heads and wonder, but respect their right to miseducate their childrena.

But here, not only are our dollars being used to fund this, but our public institutions are being corrupted. Liberals claim to be good people, but they don't hesitate to use their power to undermine our democratic insitutions and twist them to their political agenda.

19 posted on 06/25/2002 5:16:12 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: general_re
Having recently graduated from Cornell this May, I can say that Ithaca really is one of the most ridiculous places I have ever visited. For the four years I went to school there, they tried to give me a liberal brain washing. I was constantly criticized by administrators and students for having ANY conservative views. These people are just insane and I am not surprised by this latest of insanity.
20 posted on 06/25/2002 5:17:43 AM PDT by wannabpoolshark
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To: diotima; governsleastgovernsbest; LibKill; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; ...
Ironically, the editorial page of the today's Ithaca Journal has a piece on the need to spend more tax dollars on schools on the theory that "The vitality and health of the Ithaca community is dependent to a large extent on the credibility...of its public education system.

Yeah, nothing says "credible," like inviting a convicted murderer to speak to graduates.

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21 posted on 06/25/2002 5:19:14 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
This is straight out of the Onion, or Atlas Shrugged.
22 posted on 06/25/2002 5:22:17 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: ArmoredCav
These people are the ones who will want to lead lives of responsibility-free granola munching and birkie wearing dancing and camping until they decide it is time to "settle'. They will then see and become envious of the fruits of those who took responsibility for their own lives earlier on, and then lay claim to a "fair portion" of the others earnings. They will claim that those opposed to their pickpocketing are "mean"...

My friend, you have just described the vast majority of Ithacites and hit on the head exactly why "Ithaca is the City of Evil."

A few typical Ithacans:

To read more about life under Ithaca's far left, Click Here.


23 posted on 06/25/2002 5:27:13 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: wannabpoolshark
These people are just insane and I am not surprised by this latest of insanity.

Oh, they're not insane, at least not in the barking mad sense. They may be delusional, but they're bound and determined to enforce their delusions on everyone else, as you can attest.

Hey, give yourself credit - think of your classmates who fell for that crap, and realize that you are probably a part of a tiny minority that has the fortitude to resist four years of indoctrination at one of the nation's finest re-education camps ;)

24 posted on 06/25/2002 5:27:39 AM PDT by general_re
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Fry Mumia!

Those cops in Philly sure did a good job of framing Mumia.

They got him to stand over the body of the cop with a smoking gun

25 posted on 06/25/2002 5:28:55 AM PDT by TC Rider
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"the credibility...of its public education system."

Well THAT has certainly been called into question. Makes me want to fork over more tax dollars for the "education" provided by Mumia. I mean who will be next?

26 posted on 06/25/2002 5:29:58 AM PDT by diotima
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Where is the collaborative democratic community sharing the decision-making?" he asked to roars of laughter.

It must have been the delivery.

27 posted on 06/25/2002 5:32:51 AM PDT by monkey
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If we immersed Mumia Abu-Jamal in urine, would we call it art ?


28 posted on 06/25/2002 5:32:52 AM PDT by pyx
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He said the system is badly in need of alternatives.

Mumia is still breathing. He is badly in need of the alternative.

29 posted on 06/25/2002 5:33:47 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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City of Evil, big time bump

Just when I think nothing can drive the point home better that Ithaca is the City of Evil, you get articles like this.


I'm left speechless----this is outrageous!!!
30 posted on 06/25/2002 5:59:00 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: diotima; ArmoredCav; governsleastgovernsbest; LibKill; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; ...
Today's Ithaca Journal appears to be chock full of stories detailing the radical left's complete control of the Ithaca School System.

In addition to the articles already cited on this thread, there is an article detailing the school's efforts to find an "affirmative action officer" to insure "equity in the district in terms of ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation."

31 posted on 06/25/2002 6:04:40 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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That job is still open?

Even a free-riding race-baiting moocher can't be induced to move to the City of Evil!

32 posted on 06/25/2002 6:09:47 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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Dude! What'd you major in?
33 posted on 06/25/2002 6:12:36 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Unfortunately, that will not happen. They overturned his death sentence in December and will now live out his days in prison.
34 posted on 06/25/2002 6:44:08 AM PDT by huber777
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Please let us know if the Ithaca School Board responds to your e-mails. I'd be interested to hear their take on it.
35 posted on 06/25/2002 8:25:12 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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Will do. We won't let the issue die.
36 posted on 06/25/2002 8:47:58 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I thought of you while reading the newspaper this morning, and what came to mind was the line by Chief Brody in "Jaws," when he first saw the shark: "You're gonna need a bigger boat." In this case, it's "You're gonna need a bigger barf bag!"
37 posted on 06/25/2002 9:00:10 AM PDT by drjimmy
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FYI: The Wall St. Journal has picked up on this story:

We're against "zero tolerance," but this is ridiculous. In Ithaca, N.Y., the Alternative Community School had a murderer as a commencement speaker. The Monday graduation ceremony featured a "message"--on tape, we presume--from Mumia Abu-Jamal, who murdered Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

The article also had a link to the Alternative Community School's website, which those with strong stomachs can access by clicking here.

Ithaca is the City of Evil.

39 posted on 06/25/2002 11:08:29 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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Good bet the WSJ lurks on FR, in part for nuggets like this.
40 posted on 06/25/2002 11:14:21 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
City of Evil bump

The Wall St. Journal has picked up on this story:


Well good maybe we can get some help up here from the sane people!
41 posted on 06/25/2002 11:18:13 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The more I read about Ithaca, the more I uuderstand the "City of Evil" comments....
42 posted on 06/25/2002 11:28:02 AM PDT by El Sordo
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
{ He spoke of reading Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" }

These clymers are making a mockery of all that is free thinking cheese.
43 posted on 06/25/2002 11:46:45 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's beyond disgusting.
44 posted on 06/25/2002 11:47:31 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He spoke of reading Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" about mice and "little people" in a maze and their reactions as they found their beloved cheese moved one day. All acted out of instinct or self-interest in solving the problem.

"Why have a maze?" Lehman asked. "Where is the collaborative democratic community sharing the decision-making?" he asked to roars of laughter.

I am still laughing. Who said leftist whackos don't have a sense of humor?

45 posted on 06/25/2002 11:50:23 AM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: pyx
PI$$ MANDELA!

ha ha

46 posted on 06/25/2002 11:51:06 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All
FWIW, here is a letter I sent to the school board:

I am the President and CEO of a business with offices in Pennsylvania and New York, and I can barely contain my outrage over a commencement address that was given at a public high school graduation in Ithaca, New York. While you might ask why I would concern myself with the commencement address of a small, insignificant and essentially irrelevant school located within my area of service, or why I would have a problem with such a routine event, I humbly ask that you read further.

On Monday, June 24, 2002, commencement ceremonies were held for the high school graduating class of the Alternative Community School in Ithaca, New York. The Alternative Community School (ACS) is a small middle school/high
school consisting of about 260 students in grades 6 through 12. Detailed information concerning the school's curriculum and teaching methodology can be found at their web site address at http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/acs/ .

According to a news account published in the June 25th, 2002 edition of The Ithaca Journal, "one of the requirements for graduation from the Alternative
Community School (ACS) is to understand bias and take action to eliminate it." The Ithaca Journal reported that "change" was the theme of ACS Principal David Lehman's parting message to the graduates at the commencement ceremonies. He was quoted as he addressed the graduating class:
"I see you making changes for democratic justice and self-determination."

Apparently to celebrate their "commitment to justice, equity and compassion", Dr. Lehman endorsed the "agenda" of "understanding and eliminating bias" by welcoming a commencement speaker who was secured through the efforts of
one of the graduates. However, this particular speaker was unable to personally appear at the commencement and deliver his address, which was ultimately made by telephone. Nonetheless, high school students and faculty
embraced the speaker's message.

The reason for his absence: the speaker was none other than Wesley Cook, who is currently in on death row in a Pennsylvania prison for murdering a police officer. While you might not immediately recognize the name Wesley Cook, you might better recall him by his alias or the name he adopted, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

It is a good bet that none of the outgoing ACS students were born yet when Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered a police officer in cold blood. I would also bet that very few of the graduates know the history of Jamal, who rightfully
earned his reputation as an intolerant activist and a purveyor of violence based on his own racial bias. While this ignorance might give some forgiving latitude to the students, I openly wonder what Dr. Lehman's excuse could be.
It seems that by endorsing the address of this despicable human being, even if it was only through tacit approval, Dr. Lehman is promoting the overtly racially biased views of Jamal, which are well documented by Jamal's own
words and deeds. It appears that Lehman is selective in which bias he wants his students to understand and eliminate. The irony is sadly overwhelming.

For those unfamiliar with Jamal, who has become somewhat of a twisted "folk hero" of those who allegedly embrace tolerance, allow me to provide a brief account of the incident that resulted in Mumia Abu-Jamal being sentenced to
death.

Shortly before 4:00 AM on December 9th, 1981, on-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner stopped a Volkswagen for driving the wrong way down a one way street with it's lights off. The driver of the vehicle was
identified as William Cook, the brother of Wesley Cook, (AKA Mumia Abu-Jamal), was driving the vehicle. According to eyewitness accounts, Cook exited the vehicle and punched Officer Faulkner in the face. Witnesses also observed Mumia Abu-Jamal, who for unexplained reasons, happened to be
sitting in his cab across the street from the traffic stop, run across the street towards the scene with his arm raised as if he was pointing a gun. From approximately 2 feet away from the officer, Jamal fired one shot from the .38 caliber revolver he was carrying, hitting Officer Faulkner in the
back.

Wounded, Faulkner was able to turn and fire one shot at his attacker before falling to the ground and losing his weapon. The bullet fired by the officer struck Mumia Abu Jamal in the chest.

In a cold blooded fashion, Jamal then approached the wounded, still conscious unarmed officer, put his gun within a few inches of Officer Faulkner's face, and fired. The bullet entered the officer's head slightly
above his eye and penetrated his brain, killing him instantly. Jamal then staggered several steps and collapsed on the curb. Less than two minutes later, police apprehended Jamal, with his gun still at his side, only a few feet from Officer Faulkner's body. A decorated five-year veteran of the police force, Faulkner was a law student and military veteran. He was also a husband, son and a brother. And he was murdered at the hand of Mumia
Abu-Jamal as determined by a jury.

It is also important to note that Jamal joined the Black Panther Party as a teenager and rose to the level of Lieutenant Minister of Information for the Panther's Philadelphia chapter. In this position, Jamal called for a violent race-based revolution, advocating the shooting of police officers in his various writings. I fail to see any "commitment to justice, equity and compassion" or attempts to "understand and eliminating bias" as allegedly
advocated by the Alternative Community School and Dr. Lehman in any of those statements.

What I see is the deliberate prostitution of commencement ceremonies where the graduates are the victims of a psychological assault, propagated by an agenda driven pimp of misinformation disguised as a principal. In my opinion, one cannot eliminate bias by boldly embracing it as did Dr. Lehman. His insipid actions are shameful and an affront to each of us who are truly committed to justice. That said, I openly call for the resignation of Dr. Lehman and suggest that he publicly apologize for recklessly providing an
inappropriate forum to a convicted, cold-blooded killer.


47 posted on 06/25/2002 11:53:20 AM PDT by Huggy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'm thinking MUMU will try to fail the IQ test by posting a fraudulent score of 69!

So when will Charles Manson be able to speak?

Power to the PEOPLE, man!!!!

48 posted on 06/25/2002 11:54:49 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Huggy
That's a great response.
I will also drop them a line!

'Free Huey' </sarcasm

49 posted on 06/25/2002 12:02:16 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Stop my blood from boiling. This quote, from one of the brilliant instructors, turned up the flame. "

"Why have a maze?" Lehman asked. "Where is the collaborative democratic community sharing the decision-making?" he asked to roars of laughter." Rather than roars of laughter, he would have voices in unison shouting, "The electorial process", if the HS program was working.
50 posted on 06/25/2002 12:03:30 PM PDT by billhilly
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