Favorite Writings

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7 July 2003 – 18 September 2017

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Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Climate Change Denial Is Murder
9 September 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/09/climate-change-denial-is-murder/

What Can I Do About Climate Change?
4 May 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/05/04/what-can-i-do-about-climate-change/

How Dangerous is Climate Change?, How Much Time Do We Have?
5 December 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/12/05/how-dangerous-is-climate-change-how-much-time-do-we-have/

Energy for Society in Balance with Nature
8 June 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/06/08/energy-for-society-in-balance-with-nature/

Environmentalism, Maslow Needs and Civilization’s Power Cycle
20 May 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/05/20/environmentalism-maslow-needs-and-civilizations-power-cycle/

Closing the Cycle: Energy and Climate Change
25 January 2014
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2014/01/25/closing-the-cycle-energy-and-climate-change/

Obama’s Less Bad Arctic Oil Drilling
30 May 2012
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/30/drilling-the-arctic-obama-style/

The Righteous And The Heathens Of Climate And Capitalism
12 March 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci43.html

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Energy for Society in Balance with Nature
8 June 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/06/08/energy-for-society-in-balance-with-nature/

The Economic Function Of Energy
27 February 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci41.html

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Climate and Carbon, Consensus and Contention
18 September 2017 (4 June 2007)
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/18/climate-and-carbon-consensus-and-contention/

Climate and Carbon, Consensus and Contention
4 June 2007
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/06/climate-and-carbon-consensus-and-contention/

Thirsty Invaders, Chasing Heat
19 July 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci18.html

The Palestinians Versus The SUV
10 May 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci13.html

Oil, Population And Global Warming
15 March 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci10.html

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Grumpy Old Man Rants

My Excellent Independence Day Rant, 2017
1 July 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/07/01/my-excellent-independence-day-rant-2017/

What I Have Learned
14 April 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/04/14/what-i-have-learned/

Hello Void, A Thanksgiving Message
22 November 2014
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2014/11/22/hello-void-a-thanksgiving-message/

Peak Apes in a Self-Entangling Universe
26 May 2014
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2014/05/26/peak-apes-in-a-self-entangling-universe/

The Damned Human Race (Still)
1 August 2013
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2013/08/01/the-damned-human-race-still/

Winter Reflections, 2012
17 December 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci59.html

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What Does It Mean To Be American?
3 June 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/06/03/what-does-it-mean-to-be-american/

What Does It Mean To Be American?
7 June 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci15.html

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War and Peace

Why Does War Exist?
5 September 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/05/why-does-war-exist/

Will a Russo-American Nuclear War Happen (Soon)?
10 August 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/08/10/will-a-russo-american-nuclear-war-happen-soon/

Nuclear Weapons Are Obsolete
9 August 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/08/09/nuclear-weapons-are-obsolete/

Haunted by the Vietnam War
22 February 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/02/22/haunted-by-the-vietnam-war/

The Assassination Bureau
15 July 2009
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia07152009.html

Will A Russo-American Nuclear War Happen (Soon)?
1 September 2008
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia09012008.html

Oiling The War Machine
11 July 2008
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia07112008.html

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Report From An Outpost
21 June 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/06/21/report-from-an-outpost/

Report From An Outpost
4 October 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci23.html

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Which Holocaust Matters?
12 April 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci12.html

How Will The Iraq War Affect Americans?
2 February 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/iraq/garcia.html
Swan’s Special Issue on the Iraq War

America’s Nuclear Weapons Labs, The Reality Beneath The Headlines
7 July 2003
http://www.swans.com/library/art9/mgarci01.html

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Nature and Science

Honey and Pepper – A Cat Tale
5 April 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/04/05/honey-and-pepper-a-cat-tale/

Darwin’s Living Legacy
13 February 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/02/13/darwins-living-legacy/

Outline History of Life and Human Evolution
(HWPTRA and MG,Jr.)
29 January 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/01/29/outline-history-of-life-and-human-evolution/

A Visit to Canyon, California
6 May 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/05/06/a-visit-to-canyon-california/

Sugaring the Sky, Hummingbirds Near Me
1 August 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/08/01/sugaring-the-sky-hummingbirds-near-me/

Conformal Mapping of Dickinsonia Costata
7 February 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/02/07/conformal-mapping-of-dickinsonia-costata/

Beam Me Up! (With Fossil Fuels?)
18 September 2017 (25 October 2013)
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/18/beam-me-up-with-fossil-fuels/

Can I Beam Up, Yet? (or, The Fossil Fuel Paradigm)
25 October 2013
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/25/the-fossil-fuel-paradigm/

Darwin’s Living Legacy
6 February 2009
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia02062009.html

Industrialized Greed Produces Pandemics
11 October 2005
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Garcia1011.htm

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Poetry and Reverie

Horizon
14 September 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/14/horizon/

The Touch of the Open
31 August 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/08/31/the-touch-of-the-open/

I Am The All, I Am Nothing
11 August 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/08/12/i-am-the-all-i-am-nothing/

Mazurka Beans
9 July 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/07/09/mazurka-beans/

Passing Thoughts
25 June 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/06/25/passing-thoughts/

Reflections on the Wen Ho Lee Case
1 June 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/06/01/reflections-on-the-wen-ho-lee-case/

Love For A Mother
13 May 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/05/13/love-for-a-mother/

Worst Disease and Best Health
24 April 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/04/24/worst-disease-and-best-health/

Two Flowers, Two Thoughts
21 January 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/01/21/two-flowers-two-thoughts/

Mandala Jesus
17 January 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/01/17/mandala-jesus/

My Best Friends Are Strangers
2 January 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/01/02/my-best-friends-are-strangers/

Why Does the Buddha Smile?
14 December 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/12/14/why-does-the-buddha-smile/

For Men: How to Attract Women
7 December 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/12/07/for-men-how-to-attract-women/

Pre-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
30 November 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/11/30/pre-traumatic-stress-syndrome/

An Old Cur Gnaws Through
21 October 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/10/21/an-old-cur-gnaws-through/

Yewm-oon Oon-yewm
20 October 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/10/20/yewm-oon-oon-yewm/

Sometimes
14 October 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/10/14/sometimes/

Enjoy Life, Old Guy!
29 September 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/09/29/enjoy-life-old-guy/

Civics 911
14 September 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/09/14/civics-911/

Survivor’s Luck
31 August 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/08/31/survivors-luck/

Pins in Fermented Lemonade (an unpoetic poem)
26 August 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/08/26/pins-in-fermented-lemonade-an-unpoetic-poem/

Two Love Poems
21 August 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/08/21/two-love-poems/

A Meditation on Cassandra
30 June 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/06/30/a-meditation-on-cassandra/

Boundary Limit
18 June 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/06/18/boundary-limit/

Yes, I Am Embarrassing
26 May 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/05/26/yes-i-am-embarrassing/

Variation Of Parameters
6 April 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/04/06/variation-of-parameters/

Renewal
27 March 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/03/27/renewal/

The Buried Rainbow
25 January 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/01/25/the-buried-rainbow/

Footprints In The River, Handprints On The Sky
1 January 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/01/01/footprints-in-the-river-handprints-on-the-sky/

Siempre En Mi Corazón — Español-English
4 October 2014
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2014/10/04/siempre-en-mi-corazon-espanol-english/

Overtones Of Awareness
8 September 2013
http://www.swans.com/library/art19/mgarci70.html

I Am A Cloud
26 September 2012
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2012/09/26/i-am-a-cloud/

Renewal
8 April 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci45.html

Rima LXIX — Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
16 November 2011
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2011/11/16/rima-lxix-gustavo-adolfo-becquer/

Swiftian Overload
5 July 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci17.html

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Memorials

Lou Reed, A Flash In The Dark
28 October 2013
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/28/lou-reed-a-flash-in-the-dark/

Honey And Pepper, A Cat Tale
4 June 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci48.html

Pericles’ Funeral Oration for The 9-11 Dead
6 September 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci21.html

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The Syrian Civil War

Sarin In Syria
14 May 2013
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/14/sarin-in-syria/

Chemical Defanging of the Syrian Civil War Begins
22 September 2013
http://www.swans.com/library/art19/mgarci71.html

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Philosophy

What Is The Purpose Of Life?
4 August 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/08/04/what-is-the-purpose-of-life/

You In Humanity
25 July 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/07/25/you-in-humanity/

Heart-held Truth
23 July 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/07/23/heart-held-truth/

Four Human Pinnacles
22 May 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/05/22/four-human-pinnacles/

The Endless Reality Of The Imperfect Now
16 April 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/04/16/the-endless-reality-of-the-imperfect-now/

Asian Philosophies, Oppenheimer, & the New Age
28 March 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/03/28/asian-philosophies-oppenheimer-the-new-age/

Left Conservatives Under Right Progressives
3 December 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci58.html

Asian Philosophies and the “New Age”
5 November 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci56.html

The Esoteric J. Robert Oppenheimer
22 October 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci55.html

The Endless Reality of the Imperfect Now
2 January 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci37.html

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Social Democracy

Post-Democracy America
2 September 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/09/02/post-democracy-america/

Swiftian Overload
30 April 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/04/30/swiftian-overload/

American Decline (continues)
26 March 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/03/26/american-decline-continues/

Winter Reflections (recycled)
31 December 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/12/31/winter-reflections-recycled/

The Conservative Bible, and Equality vs. Freedom
26 December 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/12/26/the-conservative-bible-and-equality-vs-freedom/

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (13 August 1926 – 25 November 2016)
27 November 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/11/27/fidel-alejandro-castro-ruz-13-august-1926-25-november-2016/

My Old Predictions on Election 2016
9 November 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/11/09/my-old-predictions-on-election-2016/

Voting Illusions And Reality 2012
8 October 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci54.html

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Rotten Ronnie (The Crimes of Ronald Reagan)
24 July 2012
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/24/rotten-ronnie/

Comments about “Rotten Ronnie”
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2012/07/24/rotten-ronnie-the-crimes-of-ronald-reagan/

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From Social Contract To Occupy Wall Street
7 November 2011
http://www.swans.com/library/art17/mgarci32.html

The Roots of Corruption (Election 2006)
9 November 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia11092006.html

Newtonian America
29 November 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci26.html

The Imprisoned American Mind
2 August 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci19.html

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Books

My Favorite Classics (Books, Music, Films)
31 July 2012
http://www.swans.com/library/art18/mgarci51.html

On Reading “At War With Asia,” by Noam Chomsky
20 June 2012
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2012/06/20/on-reading-at-war-with-asia-by-noam-chomsky/

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Student Life

A National Students’ Recovery Bank
21 November 2011
http://www.swans.com/library/art17/mgarci33.html

Homework, Testing and Stealth Apartheid in Education
24 April 2009
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia04242009.html

To Students Planning Careers: Be Mindful
7 January 2009
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia01072009.html
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2009/01/to-students-planning-careers-be-mindful/

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The Libyan Civil War

Samurai Rx for Libya
28 May 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/05/28/samurai-rx-for-libya/

No Regrets On Libya
4 November 2013
http://www.swans.com/library/art19/mgarci74.html

Political Belief And Self Image: Aron, OWS, And Libya
7 November 2011
http://www.swans.com/library/art17/mgarci31.html

Libya 2011: The Human Right To Political Freedom
3 May 2011
http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/05/libya-2011-the-human-right-to-political-freedom/

Rules Of Rebellion
6 April 2011
http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/04/rules-of-rebellion/

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Race Competition in the Class War

Decoding The Language Of Social Control
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia03122010.html
12 March 2010,
http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/03/decoding-the-language-of-social-control/
11 March 2010

Obama and the Psychic Auto-Shrink-Wrapping Called Race in America
20 March 2008
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia03202008.html

The Heart of Whiteness
21 April 2007
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia04212007.html

(Blacks, Latinos and) Immigrant Bashing For Colonial Control
6 June 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia06062006.html
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/June06/Garcia06.htm
(“Daniel Boone” should be “Davey Crockett”)

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Honor, Compassion and Redemption

Palestine’s Gift Of Christmas
22 December 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/12/22/palestines-gift-of-christmas/

Epiphany On The Glacier
28 November 2015
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2015/11/28/epiphany-on-the-glacier/

Palestine’s Gift Of Christmas
22 December 2009
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia12222009.html

Epiphany On The Glacier
21 November 2007
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia11212007.html

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The Physics of 9/11

The Big Heat (Thermal Expansion Downs WTC 7)
22 August 2008
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia08222008.html

CounterPunch Special Report, Debunking the Myths of 9/11
29 November 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/ninelevenconsp11252006.html
Alexander Cockburn, JoAnn Wypijewski, Manuel Garcia, Jr.;
includes the 3 reports below:

The Physics of 9/11
http://www.counterpunch.org/physic11282006.html

The Thermodynamics of 9/11
http://www.counterpunch.org/thermo11282006.html

Dark Fire (The Fall of WTC 7)
http://www.counterpunch.org/darkfire11282006.html

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Religion

God and Country
15 February 2017
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2017/02/15/god-and-country/

Torture Works (“God’s Torturers: From Torquemada To Opus Dei”)
28 March 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia03282006.html

Thinking Is Religious Freedom
22 September 2005
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia09222005.html

God And Country
17 January 2005
http://www.swans.com/library/art11/mgarci29.html

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The Iraq War (20 March 2003 – 18 December 2011)

The Eight Percent War
11 February 2005
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia02112005.html

From “The Eight Percent War”:
“Projecting the present Iraq War out to 2013 — a ten year war — with average losses as already seen, we have a 50,000 casualty war with 7000 war dead. This is a 33% casualty war (4.7% fatalities) if pursued with the same 150,000 soldiers. If the war managers choose to keep the casualty rate to that of the Vietnam War, 8%, then 625,000 soldiers will have to serve over the course of the decade. This implies 4 year terms of active duty. The fatality rate would be 1.12%, about half that of the Vietnam War [2.15%].”

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Compare the above estimate with the results of the Iraq War tallied in 2013 (Chris Adams, “Millions went to war in Iraq, Afghanistan, leaving many with lifelong scars,” McClatchy Newspapers, March 14, 2013, http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/14/185880/millions-went-to-war-in-iraq-afghanistan.html):

Ten years after the United States went to war in Iraq, one of the most common numbers associated with the conflict is the tally of Americans killed: nearly 4,500. Add in the twin war in Afghanistan, and the tally goes to more than 6,600.

Since the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and related Reserve and National Guard units have been deployed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, according to Department of Defense data. Of those, more than a third were deployed more than once.

In fact, as of last year [2012] nearly 37,000 Americans had been deployed more than five times, among them 10,000 members of guard or Reserve units. Records also show that 400,000 service members have done three or more deployments.

As of last September [2012], more than 1.6 million military members who’d been deployed in what’s classified as the global war on terror – in Iraq and Afghanistan, primarily – had transitioned to veteran status, VA records show. Of those, about 1 million were from active-duty service and about 675,000 from Reserve or guard deployments.

And of those, about 670,000 veterans have been awarded disability status connected to their military service. Another 100,000 have their initial claims pending, according to a November VA [Veterans Administration] analysis.

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An estimate for the casualty rate of the combined Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is 4.6% [in 2012-2013, using the data from the above news report]. The data used are: 776,600 casualties (6,600 dead, 670,000 veterans awarded disability status, and 100,000 having their initial disability claims pending), and 1.675 million formerly active duty personnel having transitioned to veteran status. The casualty rate based on the total deployment of 2.5 million military people is 3.1% (and the fatality rate based on this deployment is 0.26%). This makes for a 2% war in 2012-2013 based on assuming 8 affected Americans per military casualty (6,212,800 affected and caring) and a population of 315 million.

The assumptions behind 8 caring Americans per directly involved military person (war veteran, casualty, or fatality) were described in my 2005 article “The Eight Percent War.” The hypothesis of that article is that American war managers must keep the casualty rate of wars below 8% of the total deployment, and the “homefront” impact below 8% of the population, in order to continue a war without public opposition. From the above we can see that the combined Iraq-Afghanistan War was keep below a 5% casualty rate of the deployment, and to a 2% estimated impact on the homefront.

Conclusions:

I am very good at estimating, but I am not very persuasive.

Technological advances that enable American wars to be prosecuted by remote control and with few American casualties (of a physical nature) will also ensure that those wars will be unending.

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Guns

Gun Malpractice Insurance
25 January 2011
http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/01/gun-malpractice-insurance/

Gun Freedom, or Owning A Gun The Way The Constitution Intended You To
12 January 2011
http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia01122011.html
http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/01/owning-a-gun-the-way-the-constitution-intended-you-to/

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Music (often Cuban)

From Son Cubano to Cowboy Rumba
1 February 2016
https://manuelgarciajr.com/2016/02/01/from-son-cubano-to-cowboy-rumba/

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