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Glenn Beck seeks Congress members for Giffords letter

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 12-01-2011

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Fox News’s Glenn Beck is recruiting members of Congress to sign on to his open letter denouncing violence and stressing that Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting bears no connection to politics.

My colleague Jonathan Allen obtained an email from a Fox producer, Virginia Grace, to Congressional offices this morning:

From: Grace, Virginia
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:45 PM
Subject: [LIKELY_SPAM]Glenn Beck// Fox News Request for Rep. ….

Dear XXXX,

Following the tragedies in Arizona, Glenn Beck has put out a challenge to all Americans to denounce violence (please see below). He would like to invite all members of Congress to participate in this challenge. He would like to publicize the list of participating members tomorrow on our show as a message of unity. I am hoping assemble a list of members wishing to participate tomorrow by 3 PM EST (our show airs live at 5 PM EST). Please let me know if you are interested. Should you have any questions, my direct line is

212-301-xxxx.

Thanks so much,

Virginia Grace

Beck’s letter begins:

While Americans are grappling to understand the Arizona tragedy, the absolute vacuum of leadership on both sides is staggering.We live in a country that has been struck by John Hinckley Jr. and Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald and Mark David Chapman. And one that’s been hit by terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, the DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad, the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, and 19 highjackers all claiming to be freedom fighters. You’d think we’d understand the difference between madmen and terrorists.

The insistence that, for instance, the D.C. Sniper is less crazy than Lee Harvey Oswald is a provocative one, and that and other elements of the letter’s thrust suggest it’s going to get mostly conservative signatories. 





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A Challenge To Glenn Beck: Will He Cool His Paranoid Anti-Government Rhetoric?

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 11-01-2011

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On Sunday, federal officials charged Jared Lee Loughner on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, AZ that critically wounded Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ) and killed a federal judge and a Giffords staffer, among others. In the wake of the tragedy, many are wondering what motivated Loughner — whether he was a mentally-ill lone wolf vigilante or inspired by something else.

Information coming out about Loughner portrays the 22-year-old as “odd” and “isolated by his increasingly erratic behavior.” Moreover, video posts on his YouTube page give some insight into his thinking, and a few themes emerge from his writings: a twisted understanding of the U.S. Constitution; a feeling that there is a government conspiracy to control the American population; and, a belief that currency should be backed up by precious metals. For example:

- “The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America’s Constitution.” “Read the United States of America’s Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.”

- “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”

- “No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver!”

While the vast majority of the public appropriately considers these statements the deranged rantings of a madman, Glenn Beck fearmongers about these same subjects nearly every day before a large national audience that tunes into Fox News:

THE CONSTITUTION

- “Progressives have been patient for decades, creeping their way into the system in the cover of darkness. And this is their opportunity. They’re going to deal a final death blow to the Constitution if they can.” [1/20/10]

- Health care reform “is the end of the Constitution.” [1/04/10]

- Progressivism “is the poison that’s killing our Constitution”; “We’ve got to irradiate it.” [1/21/10]

GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY/CONTROL

- “I do not want the government controlling my diet.” [3/10/10]

- The government is using the census to “increase slavery.” [3/09/10]

- “The government is gearing up to conduct one of the biggest scientific experiments ever and you get to be a part of it. … They’re going to study us and find ways to essentially trick us into driving crappy hybrids and I bet that’s just the beginning.” [7/30/09]

- “[Net neutrality] will control every aspect of the Internet … We are losing our country.” [5/06/10]

- “They control your life. Now, they control financial reform. Through the financial reform bill, they control every dollar and how it’s spent. They now control not only how you live and die, but they control businesses, and which one lives or dies. They control your life and your pursuit of happiness. That leaves only one out of the three in the Declaration that you still have: liberty, life, pursuit of happiness.” [7/23/10]

THE GOLD STANDARD

- “One of the highest profile targets of this bizarre regulation is the gold industry, AKA, your pathway to acquire anything of value as they filet our currency.” [7/22/10]

- “The Fed made sure that your dollar would be devalued. They’re monetizing the debt — monetizing our debt — printing more than $ 600 billion. Now, if we were on the gold standard and we just struck $ 600 million gold mine, that would be great because then — I just lost the gold coin.” [11/04/10]

- “Have the progressives grown the size of government? What was the tipping point? Well, the tipping point, really, there was one in the 1970s when we went off the gold standard and then the late 1990s when the Fed started just creating bubble after bubble after bubble because we had to continue to spend.” [10/28/10]

To be clear, there’s no evidence Loughner was a Glenn Beck watcher or that Beck bears any responsibility for Loughner’s actions. Still, these tragic events provide an opportunity to re-examine the implications of extreme conservative rhetoric. The danger is real: A person who genuinely believes that progressive governance is an organized conspiracy to destroy American liberty might feel justified in taking drastic measures in response.

Yesterday, Media Matters founder David Brock called on News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to rein in Beck and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin. “You have the power to order them to stop using violent rhetoric, on and off of Fox’s air. If they fail to do so, it is incumbent upon you to fire them or be responsible for the climate they create and any consequences thereof,” Brock wrote.

For Beck’s part, any pleas for sanity will likely fall on deaf ears. Slate’s Dave Weigel reports that Beck responded to the tragedy in Tucson by flipping “it back and imply[ing] that the violent left needs to back down, too.” And his Fox News show yesterday, Beck spent most of the program defending himself from critics of his rhetoric. Ignoring his history of using violent rhetoric, Beck said “I don’t use it on or off the air. So I guess I’m in compliance, Media Matters.”

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Hanoi Jane Pins Tucson Shootings on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Tea Party

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 11-01-2011

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Jane Fonda — who traveled to North Vietnam during the war to propagandize against our troops and to pose cheerfully with the sort of anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots — still hasn’t finished making her contributions to American politics. The tragic events in Tucson Saturday were yet another opportunity for her to vent her hatred of patriots. Here‘s what she’s been spewing on Twitter:

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That she can’t even spell Beck’s first name is an indication of the general cluelessness of a Hollyweird liberal elitist, but also confirmation that she is not familiar with his show, his books, or probably even his message. He’s a conservative, therefore if something bad happened, he did it.

There is zero evidence that Hanoi Jane’s line of thought has any justification whatsoever. Jared Loughner was not exactly Tea Party material. But having to listen to these despicable smears is a price we have to pay for not enforcing the law against treason.

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This should have been the last we heard from Hanoi Jane.

On tips from G. Fox, Wiggins, and Antara. More at Atlas Shrugs.

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Jane Fonda Blames Giffords Shooting on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 08-01-2011

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Jane Fonda has blamed Saturday's tragic shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party movement.

Obviously possessing no facts about the alleged shooter, the liberal actress and activist tweeted the following moments ago:

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Jane Fonda Blames Giffords Shooting on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 08-01-2011

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Jane Fonda has blamed Saturday's tragic shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party movement.

Obviously possessing no facts about the alleged shooter, the liberal actress and activist tweeted the following moments ago:

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Glenn Beck to Michele Bachmann: Are you seriously voting against raising the debt ceiling?

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 07-01-2011

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High stakes.


He insists (as he’s done before) that he’s on the fence about whether they should vote no, but if even a guy who’s famous for apocalyptic rhetoric is uncomfortable with the possibilities from this vote, it’s a cinch that the GOP will rustle up enough support to raise the ceiling. (No less than Paul Ryan [...]

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New York Radio Station WOR Drops Glenn Beck’s Radio Show From Its Lineup

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 05-01-2011

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Today, the New York radio station WOR announced that Glenn Beck’s nationally syndicated radio show will be dropped on January 17, 2011, and hate radio host Mike Gallagher, a familiar New York name, will be taking Beck’s spot. According to Scott Lakefield, the WOR program director, the reason is due to Beck’s drop in ratings. Scott explained that the “show wasn’t getting what we wanted”:

WOR (710 AM), one of the city’s two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck’s syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.“The reason is ratings,” said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. “Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn’t getting what we wanted.”

Beck’s drop in popularity isn’t new, as seen by the plethora of major companies who have dropped advertising from Beck’s show on Fox News. Additionally, Beck’s show in the U.K. ran without any advertisements for five consecutive days during February 2010, and according to Color of Change, a total of 81 companies have withdrawn their advertising to date.

- Paul Breer

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Glenn Beck: Raising the debt ceiling is the beginning of the end for Republicans

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 04-01-2011

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Hmmm.


A surreal clip, not because they don’t understand the consequences of failing to raise the ceiling but because they do — and Napolitano, at least, seems prepared to accept them. From the myopic standpoint of what’s more likely to bring about the end of the GOP, I’m guessing that an economic collapse triggered by a [...]

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Glenn Beck Loses a Big New York Radio Station Due to Poor Ratings

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 04-01-2011

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Who said New Yorkers don’t have good taste?

Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York’s WOR cold.

WOR (710 AM), one of the city’s two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck’s syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.

“The reason is ratings,” said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. “Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn’t getting what we wanted.”

Beck, whose style is sometimes off-center and who hosted a well-publicized national rally in D.C. last year, has been seen as one of the rising conservative radio and TV talk stars.

The trade magazine Talkers ranked him No. 3 on its “Heavy Hundred” list last year, trailing only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Gallagher was a long-time host on WABC (770 AM) before he moved to national syndication several years ago. WOR general manager Jerry Crowley praised Gallagher as a New Yorker who will comment more on local issues than Beck.

Limbaugh on the “Heavy Hundred” list? (I will not respond to a set up line..)


The Moderate Voice

So This Explains Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 03-01-2011

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So this explains Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh:

Today’s human brain is 10% smaller than that of our Cro-Magnon ancestors, but scientists are divided on whether that means we are getting smarter or dumber. Some say it does represent a dumbing down, but that our increasingly complex society means individuals don’t need as much intelligence to survive and reproduce. Others think it’s a sign of domestication and lower aggression, pointing to cases of shrinking brain mass among some species as they become less violent, reports NPR. “Another way to say that is an increase in tolerance,” said a Duke anthropologist.

Increase in tolerance?

Nope. That doesn’t explain it..


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A Flailing and Failing Glenn Greenwald Goes After Wired

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 01-01-2011

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It’s ironic and a bit sad that Glenn Greenwald, who first gained notoriety out here in 2006 for being exposed as a sock puppet and a liar, would be ranting about Wired’s handling of the story of PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest.

Instapundit has linked my main page on the Greenwald sock-puppet/lying story, but most of the Greenwald stuff isn’t here. Here are the key links in this story:

But this kind of thing does seem to be Greenwald’s shtick in whatever corner of the Internet he occupies, one I generally choose to ignore given his bizarre and disingenuous nature. That he’s ranting about disclosure and transparency is laughable given his dubious history. But I guess that’s what passes as credible in the cesspool otherwise known as Salon.

There’s a fairly concise window into the back and forth here at BoingBoing. I’d also suggest this link and Wired’s response if interested. If Wired made any mistake, I’d suggest it was taking Greenwald seriously. I never have understood that unfortunate phenomenon, though the Left and this or that vanity press did go to some lengths to make him appear credible in 2006. He really never has been that.

For its part, Wired seems to have done a fine bit of journalism. The updated record demonstrates how incapable of such a thing is Greenwald. He generally pontificates and then screeches in an endless plea for attention, so far as I have ever been able to ascertain.

In short, Wired seems to have treated its source, Adrian Lamo, with skepticism and objectivity and disclosed what needed to be disclosed of chat logs between Lamo and Manning to support their story. They don’t appear to have hidden anything pertinent, or to have sensationalized it at Manning’s expense, as they could have. But because they didn’t disclose all of the logs and Lamo has now gone on to make other claims in other media outlets not supported by what they did publish of the logs, Greenwald found a nit to pick in his unique and utterly annoying manner.

Six months ago, Wired.com senior editor Kevin Poulsen came to me with a whiff of a story. A source he’d known for years claimed he was talking to the FBI about an enlisted soldier in Iraq who had bragged to him in an internet chat of passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks.

It’s probably nothing, Poulsen said. The source in question, an ex-hacker named Adrian Lamo, often sees himself as at the center of important events in need of public attention. But sometimes, Poulsen added, he’s right.

Acknowledging the long shot, Poulsen wanted to drive up to Sacramento, California, to meet Lamo in person and try to get a copy of the alleged chats. I agreed.

Frankly, I don’t see how Greenwald’s non-point impacts Wired at all. They published what they did, handled it appropriately and even well - and moved on. What another outlet may, or may not have published with, or without solid documentation, is on said other media outlet, or outlets. Perhaps Greenwald’s jealous of what appears to have been some excellent, ground breaking reporting by Wired, something he never has managed to accomplish for all his many screeds over the years. More likely, he’s simply keen on Manning, straining to try and defend him - recklessly, I would add, given the apparent nature of the undisclosed logs. Or, perhaps he’s simply link trolling and desperate to make himself relevant, somehow. He has always been notorious for that, as well.

But then, I’ve never been able to figure out the reason for this nitwit Greenwald being taken seriously as a pundit in the first place. I suppose that’s why he’s at Salon. It somewhat qualifies him, when one stops to think on it a bit.


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A Flailing and Failing Glenn Greenwald Goes After Wired for Bradley Manning Arrest Story

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 31-12-2010

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It’s ironic and a bit sad that Glenn Greenwald, who first gained notoriety out here in 2006 for being exposed as a sock puppet and a liar, would be ranting about Wired’s handling of the story of PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest.

Instapundit has linked my main page on the Greenwald sock-puppet/lying story, but most of the Greenwald stuff isn’t here. Here are the key links in this story:

But this kind of thing does seem to be Greenwald’s shtick in whatever corner of the Internet he occupies, one I generally choose to ignore given his bizarre and disingenuous nature. That he’s ranting about disclosure and transparency is laughable given his dubious history. But I guess that’s what passes as credible in the cesspool otherwise known as Salon.

There’s a fairly concise window into the back and forth here at BoingBoing. I’d also suggest this link and Wired’s response if interested. If Wired made any mistake, I’d suggest it was taking Greenwald seriously. I never have understood that unfortunate phenomenon, though the Left and this or that vanity press did go to some lengths to make him appear credible in 2006. He really never has been that.

For its part, Wired seems to have done a fine bit of journalism. The updated record demonstrates how incapable of such a thing is Greenwald. He generally pontificates and then screeches in an endless plea for attention, so far as I have ever been able to ascertain.

In short, Wired seems to have treated its source, Adrian Lamo, with skepticism and objectivity and disclosed what needed to be disclosed of chat logs between Lamo and Manning to support their story. They don’t appear to have hidden anything pertinent, or to have sensationalized it at Manning’s expense, as they could have. But because they didn’t disclose all of the logs and Lamo has now gone on to make other claims in other media outlets not supported by what they did publish of the logs, Greenwald found a nit to pick in his unique and utterly annoying manner.

Six months ago, Wired.com senior editor Kevin Poulsen came to me with a whiff of a story. A source he’d known for years claimed he was talking to the FBI about an enlisted soldier in Iraq who had bragged to him in an internet chat of passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks.

It’s probably nothing, Poulsen said. The source in question, an ex-hacker named Adrian Lamo, often sees himself as at the center of important events in need of public attention. But sometimes, Poulsen added, he’s right.

Acknowledging the long shot, Poulsen wanted to drive up to Sacramento, California, to meet Lamo in person and try to get a copy of the alleged chats. I agreed.

Frankly, I don’t see how Greenwald’s non-point impacts Wired at all. They published what they did, handled it appropriately and even well - and moved on. What another outlet may, or may not have published with, or without solid documentation, is on said other media outlet, or outlets. Perhaps Greenwald’s jealous of what appears to have been some excellent, ground breaking reporting by Wired, something he never has managed to accomplish for all his many screeds over the years. More likely, he’s simply keen on Manning, straining to try and defend him - recklessly, I would add, given the apparent nature of the undisclosed logs. Or, perhaps he’s simply link trolling and desperate to make himself relevant, somehow. He has always been notorious for that, as well.

But then, I’ve never been able to figure out the reason for this nitwit Greenwald being taken seriously as a pundit in the first place. I suppose that’s why he’s at Salon. It somewhat qualifies him, when one stops to think on it a bit.

Big Peace

A Flailing and Failing Glenn Greenwald Goes After Wired for Bradley Manning Arrest Story

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 31-12-2010

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It’s ironic and a bit sad that Glenn Greenwald, who first gained notoriety out here in 2006 for being exposed as a sock puppet and a liar, would be ranting about Wired’s handling of the story of PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest.

Instapundit has linked my main page on the Greenwald sock-puppet/lying story, but most of the Greenwald stuff isn’t here. Here are the key links in this story:

But this kind of thing does seem to be Greenwald’s shtick in whatever corner of the Internet he occupies, one I generally choose to ignore given his bizarre and disingenuous nature. That he’s ranting about disclosure and transparency is laughable given his dubious history. But I guess that’s what passes as credible in the cesspool otherwise known as Salon.

There’s a fairly concise window into the back and forth here at BoingBoing. I’d also suggest this link and Wired’s response if interested. If Wired made any mistake, I’d suggest it was taking Greenwald seriously. I never have understood that unfortunate phenomenon, though the Left and this or that vanity press did go to some lengths to make him appear credible in 2006. He really never has been that.

For its part, Wired seems to have done a fine bit of journalism. The updated record demonstrates how incapable of such a thing is Greenwald. He generally pontificates and then screeches in an endless plea for attention, so far as I have ever been able to ascertain.

In short, Wired seems to have treated its source, Adrian Lamo, with skepticism and objectivity and disclosed what needed to be disclosed of chat logs between Lamo and Manning to support their story. They don’t appear to have hidden anything pertinent, or to have sensationalized it at Manning’s expense, as they could have. But because they didn’t disclose all of the logs and Lamo has now gone on to make other claims in other media outlets not supported by what they did publish of the logs, Greenwald found a nit to pick in his unique and utterly annoying manner.

Six months ago, Wired.com senior editor Kevin Poulsen came to me with a whiff of a story. A source he’d known for years claimed he was talking to the FBI about an enlisted soldier in Iraq who had bragged to him in an internet chat of passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks.

It’s probably nothing, Poulsen said. The source in question, an ex-hacker named Adrian Lamo, often sees himself as at the center of important events in need of public attention. But sometimes, Poulsen added, he’s right.

Acknowledging the long shot, Poulsen wanted to drive up to Sacramento, California, to meet Lamo in person and try to get a copy of the alleged chats. I agreed.

Frankly, I don’t see how Greenwald’s non-point impacts Wired at all. They published what they did, handled it appropriately and even well - and moved on. What another outlet may, or may not have published with, or without solid documentation, is on said other media outlet, or outlets. Perhaps Greenwald’s jealous of what appears to have been some excellent, ground breaking reporting by Wired, something he never has managed to accomplish for all his many screeds over the years. More likely, he’s simply keen on Manning, straining to try and defend him - recklessly, I would add, given the apparent nature of the undisclosed logs. Or, perhaps he’s simply link trolling and desperate to make himself relevant, somehow. He has always been notorious for that, as well.

But then, I’ve never been able to figure out the reason for this nitwit Greenwald being taken seriously as a pundit in the first place. I suppose that’s why he’s at Salon. It somewhat qualifies him, when one stops to think on it a bit.

Big Peace

CORRECTED: The Wikiwars: What is Glenn Greenwald after, and must Wired help him find it?

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 30-12-2010

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CORRECTED: The post has been corrected to fix an error in the original post, which incorrectly substituted Poulsen for Lamo on the question of mental health/Asperger claims. Thanks to vigilant TRR readers for pointing out the error. Foreign Policy’s Blake Hounshell has perhaps the best summation/response to the growing feud between Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald and Wired [...]
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Glenn Beck vs. The Kremlin

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