25 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-27-20

  1. Too funny.

    So one of the major outlets that like all the rest, still refuses to accept the American people’s election results is worried Trump might not accept the election results. Poor little lefties are projecting again.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/ny-times-pushes-conspiracy-theory-about-trump-refusing-to-accept-2020-outcome/

    “NY Times Pushes Conspiracy Theory About Trump Refusing to Accept 2020 Outcome

    “After Mr. Biden wins a narrow Electoral College victory, Mr. Trump refuses to accept the results, won’t leave the White House and declines to allow the Biden transition team customary access to agencies before the Jan. 20 inauguration.””

    “In the age of Trump, many media outlets have resorted to publishing pure fiction disguised as news, hence the popularity of the term “fake news.”

    Over the weekend, the New York Times put out a story that is based purely on fantasy. It is like fan fiction for the “resistance.”

    The scenario presented is that Trump is not going to accept the outcome of the 2020 election (sounds familiar) and that preparations are underway to deal with the situation.

    Reid J. Epstein writes:

    Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.

    A group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but also some anti-Trump Republicans — have been gaming out how to respond to various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election.”

    In October, President Trump declares a state of emergency in major cities in battleground states, like Milwaukee and Detroit, banning polling places from opening.

    A week before the election, Attorney General William P. Barr announces a criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr.

    After Mr. Biden wins a narrow Electoral College victory, Mr. Trump refuses to accept the results, won’t leave the White House and declines to allow the Biden transition team customary access to agencies before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

    Far-fetched conspiracy theories? Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well — who have been gaming out various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election. Outraged by Mr. Trump and fearful that he might try to disrupt the campaign before, during and after Election Day, they are engaged in a process that began in the realm of science fiction but has nudged closer to reality as Mr. Trump and his administration abandon longstanding political norms.

    Joe Biden has pushed this conspiracy theory as well, which Epstein advances without question. This is not a coincidence. The New York Times is doing this for the Biden campaign:

    Mr. Biden, for his part, has suggested more than once that Mr. Trump might try to disrupt or delay the election. And his campaign grew very concerned this month when it was announced that election security briefings, which in past cycles had been delivered to candidates by the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security, would now be the province of the director of national intelligence.

    Epstein also puts forth a deliberately misleading story about Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, meant to sound like Trump insiders are plotting to postpone the election:”

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  2. This is why Democrats want the C-19 shutdown to continue. They need it to.

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    “The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading”

    “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” says a top former economic adviser to Obama.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/26/2020-election-democrats-281470

    ““We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he said.

    The former Cabinet secretaries and Federal Reserve chairs in the Zoom boxes were confused, though some of the Republicans may have been newly relieved and some of the Democrats suddenly concerned.

    “Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken,” Furman said in an interview. Instead of forecasting a prolonged Depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and gross domestic product growth ever.

    Since the Zoom call, Furman has been making the same case to anyone who will listen, especially the close-knit network of Democratic wonks who have traversed the Clinton and Obama administrations together, including top members of the Biden campaign.

    Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

    And top policy officials on the Biden campaign are preparing for a fall economic debate that might look very different than the one predicted at the start of the pandemic in March. “They are very much aware of this,” said an informal adviser.

    Furman’s case begins with the premise that the 2020 pandemic-triggered economic collapse is categorically different than the Great Depression or the Great Recession, which both had slow, grinding recoveries.

    Instead, he believes, the way to think about the current economic drop-off, at least in the first two phases, is more like what happens to a thriving economy during and after a natural disaster: a quick and steep decline in economic activity followed by a quick and steep rebound.”

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    They fear America doing well.

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  3. Democrats have a plan to fight what they call “disinformation”……

    With disinformation of their own, as post #1 demonstrates nicely….

    They try to make it sound like a noble undertaking, but it’s not. It’s rank partisanship and self-interest. Truth doesn’t matter at all.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-05-26/democrats-mull-disinformation-counteroffensive

    “As conservative conspiracy theories and “deep fake” videos race through the internet, defying the fact-checkers and bruising political candidates, Curtis Hougland is trying to fight back by borrowing from the playbook of his adversaries.

    Hougland, a technologist and online-extremism expert, is hiring small armies of social-media mercenaries to do battle for Democrats.

    These are not troops predisposed to political warfare. They are typically not aligned with the progressive candidate or cause that Hougland’s firm, Main Street One, is representing. But they hold a weapon that’s lacking among internet activists in the echo chambers of the left: large and devoted followings of persuadable voters.”

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    “For example, in recent days the president proudly announced he was ingesting hydroxychloroquine, despite studies questioning its efficacy and safety in combating the coronavirus, and endorsed conspiracy theories about voting fraud using absentee ballots.

    Much ridicule and mockery came in response, energizing the social media hangouts of the left but possibly suggesting to many persuadable voters that this was just more noise from Trump-haters. As is often the case, the online shouting amplified the president’s misleading claims, drawing even more interest to them.

    A more effective response, disinformation experts say, might provide useful information about the risks of ingesting such untested drugs or about the security of absentee voting, attributed to messengers persuadable voters are inclined to believe.

    A network of trustworthy messengers is essential, the experts say, to slowing the spread of debunked material. Deep fakes — images or video manipulated to suggest a candidate did something or went someplace they did not — bounce through social media even after they have been detected. Discredited accounts of the origins of the pandemic and motivations of those fighting it continue to spill from the darkest corners of the internet onto mainstream channels even after they were taken down by YouTube and Facebook.”

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    “A network of trustworthy messengers”

    From Democrats? Bwahahaha….. seriously?

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  4. Passed?

    Long ago…..

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-liberal-leaning-media-has-passed-its-tipping-point-11590430876

    “About 35 years ago I was sitting at lunch next to Jeane Kirkpatrick, a onetime Democrat who became a foreign-policy adviser to President Reagan and later U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was lamenting what she called the “liberal leaning” media. As the president of CBS News, I assured her it was only a “liberal tilt” and could be corrected.

    “You don’t understand,“ she scolded. “It’s too late.”

    Kirkpatrick was prophetic. The highly influential daily newspapers in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Boston are now decidedly liberal. On the home screen, the three broadcast network divisions still have their liberal tilt. Two of the three leading cable news sources are unrelentingly liberal in their fear and loathing of President Trump.

    News organizations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Mr. Trump has accelerated the pace. The news media is catching up with the liberalism of the professoriate, the entertainment industry, upscale magazines and the literary world. Recent arrivals are the late-night TV hosts who have broken the boundaries of what was considered acceptable political humor for networks.

    To many journalists, objectivity, balance and fairness—once the gold standard of reporting—are not mandatory in a divided political era and in a country they believe to be severely flawed. That assumption folds neatly into their assessment of the president. To the journalists, including more than a few Republicans, he is a blatant vulgarian, an incessant prevaricator, and a dangerous leader who should be ousted next January, if not sooner. Much of journalism has become the clarion voice of the “resistance,” dedicated to ousting the president, even though he was legally elected and, according to the polls, enjoys the support of about 44% of likely 2020 voters.

    This poses significant problems not only for Mr. Trump but for the media’s own standing. If Mr. Trump prevails in November, what’s the next act, if any, for journalists and the resistance? They will likely find Mr. Trump more dangerous and offensive in a second term than in the first.

    More important, how will a large segment of the public ever put stock in journalism it considers hostile to the country’s best interests? Unfortunately, dominant media organizations have bonded with another large segment of the public—one that embraces its new approach. Pulling back from anti-Trump activism could prove commercially harmful.

    On the other hand, how would the media respond to a Joe Biden victory (beyond exhilaration)? Will Mr. Biden be subjected to the rigor and skepticism imposed on Mr. Trump? Will he get a pass because he is a liberal and “not Trump”? The media’s protective coverage of the sexual-assault allegation against Mr. Biden is perhaps a clear and concerning preview to how his presidency would be covered.

    The media seems uninterested in these issues of bias. But wouldn’t a softening of its editorial orientation bring new readers or viewers? Probably not. The growth of new customers would be more than offset by the defection of outraged members of the current audience. The news media seems very comfortable with its product and ability to sell it.”

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  5. “The Doctrine of Media Untruth”

    “When knowledge, wisdom, independent thought, even basic competence were no longer requisites for success, then the media naturally slid into mediocrity, and mastered networking and obsequiousness instead of valuing independence.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/05/24/the-doctrine-of-media-untruth/

    “As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.

    Put another way, the media’s “truth” is a good guide to what is abjectly false. Perhaps we can call the lesson of this valuable service, the media’s inadvertent ability to convey truth by disguising it with transparent bias and falsehood, the “Doctrine of Media Untruth.”

    Take the strange case of the respective records of liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida counterpart Ron DeSantis. Both states have roughly equal populations, with Florida slightly larger by about 2 million. Both have populations that travel daily back and forth between their respective major cities. Both are major international tourist and travel hubs. Both have widely diverse populations.

    Both have large numbers of retirees and long-term-care homes. Yet, New York has suffered 14 times the number of coronavirus deaths as has Florida. Florida is now increasingly open, and on May 19 saw 54 deaths attributed to the virus. That same day, New York was completely locked down and yet saw nearly twice that number at 105 deaths.

    One would never know from the media of the contrasting fates of the two states during the epidemic.DeSantis is often rendered little more than a reckless leader who exposed Floridians to needless danger. Cuomo, in contrast, increasingly is deified by the media as likely presidential timber who finesses press conferences in the lively fashion of his legendary beloved father, and iconic liberal, Mario Cuomo.

    Yet on the principle of media’s commitment to untruth, the public legitimately could deduce from the hagiographic news coverage that the frenetic Cuomo has proven the most incompetent governor in the nation in dealing with the virus. He sent the infected into vulnerable long-term care homes. He neither applied social distancing to, nor cleaned, mass transit. And Cuomo exaggerated his need for some medical supplies, while neglecting shortages in others.

    In contrast, the media furor at DeSantis is a good guide to his successes in both mitigating viral fatalities while charting Florida’s path back to economic normality.

    Hagiography of the Unfit and Unprofessional
    The media assures us that failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is a statuesque heroic figure who is an experienced state politician, a successful polymath, and would be a valuable asset as Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick, but even better—wink-and-nod—a likely next president.

    That new media consensus narrative is best typified by a recent and obsequious promo piece in the Washington Post. So given the media deification and the Doctrine of Media Untruth, we might assume that Abrams never has held statewide office, in incoherent fashion could not concede her legitimate defeat in the last Georgia gubernatorial race, and until recently still had not paid off an enormous credit card, student, and tax debt well over $200,000.

    In other words, read the media narrative on Abrams and without knowing much else, one could conclude that she is not a photogenic candidate; she is not gracious in defeat; and she is without much experience of victory. Her baggage and lack of even a statewide constituency would mostly hurt a Biden ticket, which explains why his opponents hope that she is the vice-presidential nominee.

    The Doctrine of Media Untruth was a valuable guide during the serial psychodramas to abort Donald Trump’s presidency. When Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee was canonized for tele-diagnosing Donald Trump as unhinged and in need of forced removal under the 25th Amendment, we knew the media glorification signaled she was unprofessional in making such a diagnosis of a patient she never met, and would never dare offer such a long-distance mental assessment of presidential candidate Joe Biden, based on his obvious cognitive impairment, memory lapses, and frequent cul-de-sac patterns of thought.”

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    Hanson nails it again.

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  6. This is how our govt treated an innocent man, and they knew all along he was innocent.

    “They KNEW he was innocent! John Huber’s thread on what the Deep State tried to do to George Papadopoulos is a DOOZY”

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/05/26/charged-with-a-crime-they-knew-he-didnt-commit-john-hubers-thread-on-what-the-deep-state-tried-to-do-to-george-papadopoulos-is-a-doozy/

    “We’ve written about a good many Undercover Huber/John Huber threads here at Twitchy, but this one may well be the longest we’ve ever covered. And honestly, it’s worth the time it takes to read through because holy cow, guys, these people were pulling some seriously shady (illegal?) crap.

    Looks like George Papadopolous is just another in a long line of Deep State victims at this point, and all to stop Donald Trump.”

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  7. More bad news for lying Democrats and Deep State frauds.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/grenell-declassifies-slew-of-russia-files-as-ratcliffe-takes-helm-as-dni

    “Grenell declassifies slew of Russia probe files, as Ratcliffe takes helm as DNI”

    “The documents include transcripts of phone calls that then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had in December 2016, during the presidential transition period. Grenell said publicly last week that he was in the process of declassifying those files, after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked that he do so.

    Fox News has learned that the declassification review of those transcripts is now complete, and it will be left up to Ratcliffe on whether to release them publicly.

    Fox News has learned that Grenell also completed the declassification review of other documents related to the origins of the Russia probe — including one that a senior intelligence official told Fox News was “very significant in understanding how intelligence was manipulated to support launching the Russia investigation.”

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  8. It doesn’t make sense, but in context:
    The main stream media’s loathing of Trump is one of his assets.
    When I lived in Fairfax County, Va. I took the Washington Post because Elvera wanted the advertisements. But I never agreed to their output.

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  9. AJ (7:43) I posted that link a couple days ago.

    The more discouraging aspect was this point he made — it won’t pay commercially to “go back” to neutrality. The sites are all doing too well, readership-wise, with the biased, bubble-coverage they’ve drifted toward.

    So we probably just need to learn to live with it. Apologies, but there it is. Outrage over it won’t help at this point. It’s all been around too long, it’s entrenched (on both sides of the spectrum).

    I’m hoping some entrepreneur rises up to re-create down-the-middle journalism, an objective outlet that can be trusted by all sides. But even then it’ll take a while to earn back readers’ trust. I don’t see that happening in the near future.

    We just don’t live in that political or journalistic environment anymore. And as one of my editors told me, countries don’t survive this stuff (unreliable news sources).

    It all reminds us how good, objective journalism is always vitally important. The fact that the industry has imploded to where that barely exists in rare pockets here and there is both sad and dangerous to the nation’s health.

    But here we are. Best to move on and accept it for now, such as it is.

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  10. And remember, the country remains almost equally split right down the middle. Trump may win re-election. But he every well may not. I think we sometimes get tunnel vision when we’re “all-in” on one side or the other.

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  11. Social media hasn’t done any of it any good, I’m afraid. As someone said, only partly tongue-in-cheek, it may be our extinction event.

    The media now simply reflects the country and all its division and chaos. And that’s not a good thing.

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  12. I already have a very low opinion of the man.

    It just got considerably worse. He’s known what he was doing all along. Just vile….

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    More…

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-immunity-nursing-home-campaign-donation

    “The donation made the group one of the state party’s largest contributors in that cycle. Three of the hospital association’s top officials separately gave more than $150,000 to Cuomo’s campaign between 2015 and 2018, the outlet reported.

    That donation is now drawing scrutiny after Cuomo signed legislation last month that protects executives from lawsuits — just as he is under continued criticism for his March 25 order (since deleted) requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.

    On May 10, and amid increasing criticism, Cuomo issued a new directive stating that hospitals cannot send patients back to nursing homes in the state unless they tested negative for the virus.

    The budget provision says that officials “shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, for any harm or damages alleged to have been sustained as a result of an act or omission in the course of arranging for or providing healthcare services” to deal with the outbreak.

    The Guardian reports that critics are now trying to repeal that provision amid concerns that it removed a deterrent against nursing homes and hospital corporations cutting corners in the treatment of coronavirus patients. But the measures were drafted and aggressively advocated for by the group, the outlet says.”

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  13. I’m assuming most of you have seen, or at least heard about, the video of the cop with his knee leaning on the man’s neck. I saw the video, and it was so disturbing. I was glad to hear that the cops were fired, but that doesn’t seem like quite enough. I kept wondering why the other cop didn’t say something. 😦

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  14. Kizzie,

    I’ve seen the story, and yeah, it looks bad. But there are circumstances where that is what they are trained to do.

    But left out of all the stories I’ve seen on it, is what he did to draw police attention. Why did they have him face down in the street? What crime had he committed? It matters.

    And why continue to hold him like that when he’s cuffed? That seems excessive either way.

    These are my questions, and I’ll reserve judgement until I have the answers. Too many times I’ve seen it turn out to be justified force was used, like the Mike Brown and the Trayvon cases.

    The mob however, will not. That’s why they fired them immediately, to avoid the Ferguson Effect.

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  15. The US media doesn’t strike me as particularly left wing nor “liberal” (the definition of liberal is ambiguous and is pretty much a useless term now). I will grant you that the media is partisan
    but in my view that makes some right wing and others right of center. The only true left wing daily in the English speaking world is the Guardian (and the Toronto Star to a certain extent). The Guardian based in the UK therefore is not partisan and has no problem criticizing Cuomo from the left.

    Both the Democrats and the Republicans have their conspiracy theories and worst case scenarios. And they both have morbid campaign advisers. I don’t think Trump will refuse to step down — but he will raise a big stink on his way out. I don’t think there is a Deep State — just a self interested bureaucracy mixed with a heartfelt commitment to the continuation of a administrative state (a state necessary for the US to function) . Obamagate is the most amusing — it seems for a wish fulfillment than anything else. But for ridiculousness you should investigate the Q conspiracy — I have a high school friend who told me you need to really listen carefully to Trump because he spoke in a code which matches the Q.

    As for the election forecasts. Sure an economic recovery will help but recoveries tend to take longer than economic crashes and employment is the last to recover. I think its too late for any recovery to affect the election in a major way. The politicization of the virus by both sides will only make it more difficult to fight the virus and push to recovery at the proper time. Data is suspect, protective clothing is a political statement, and leadership is non-existent on many levels. I will say, however, the new cases by country list is dominated by countries led by right wing male populists — US, UK, Brazil, Russia, India etc. Given its persistence, the virus will still be an issue — unless of course Republicans manage to hide the data eg Florida and Georgia.

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  16. My Somali friends posted the video — I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. There’s no excuse for using the knee on the throat for an extended period of time. He was no longer a threat. The fact the police officer had his hands in his pockets while pushing his knee on the man’s throat suggests he was in no fear and instead seemed to enjoy dominating an other man in some sadistic fashion.

    He was arrested for an outstanding warrant issued in NYC for fraud. There was no record of violence nor did he exhibit any violence. All four police officers were fired but the police should be prosecuted for murder, manslaughter and accessories as it was evident the man was dying yet he persisted.

    I won’t review past cases but Trayvon was shot by a white man scared because he wore a hoodie and carried candy. Fear is not a justification for murder. Nor do you shoot a man for jay walking. In this case, I’m sure it won’t take supporters of the thin blue line to come out with an explanation, video outtakes and stories of what this gentleman did in 5th grade that makes him a threat today. I’m done with the one bad apple excuses, the pressure of the job excuses, etc etc. Its evident there is a systemic issue in American policing.

    Meanwhile — heavily armed white men can legally rush into a legislature trying to intimidate the legislature and the governor …..

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  17. Here’s a link to the Atlantic article AJ showed in a tweet.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/donald-trump-the-most-unmanly-president/612031/

    The question the author tries to explore is why do working class white men support Trump when he doesn’t meet the traditional working class definition of a man. He defines the traditional working class conception of “man” — for the most part correctly — and describes how Trump falls short. Trump is his opinion a Peter Pan — a man who never grows up and takes responsibilities for his actions. I like the first half of the opinion piece but I thought he ran out of gas — and didn’t really answer the question — why is a Peter Pan acceptable to working class men — is it perhaps because the traditional working class values are also in decline, and if so, why? I of course blame Reagan and capitalism but the author never takes that step.

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  18. Just saw the video of the cop with his knee on the guy’s neck. Seems unjustifiable by almost any standard. Shocking, too, that he seems to be acting so nonchalantly.

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  19. Yes, it is horrible, DJ. Absolutely.

    The rioting is terrible too. I am sorry for all those in the Target store that is now looted and trashed and all the other businesses, car owners etc. None of that helps anything whatsoever.

    This will go through the courts. Rioting helps no one and harms many. Rioting is not protesting.

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  20. Yeah it looks like his only crime was allegedly trying to pass off a fake $10 bill. Clearly it doesn’t call for that kind of force.

    And additional video shows he resisted briefly, but was then led around in cuffs by multiple officers before the incident with the knee on the neck.

    Charges seem appropriate, let a jury decide.

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  21. Demonstrations here in LA as well, crowds briefly closed the 101 fwy near downtown LA.

    Just what we need, a few riots to top off what already is a national meltdown the works.

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