Rescue Flags

Posted in GSU photo archive, Holidays, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 5, 2015









A few years ago, a well meaning real estate lady put American flags on lawns. Her business card was attached. This is a violation of the flag code. “The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.”

Many of these flags stayed 24/7/365. The sun and rain took what toll they could on the synthetic fibers. Many of the staffs began to tumble over, leaving the flag in the dirt.

One day, PG was riding his bike. He stopped to look through some boxes. In one of these landfill bound containers was an American flag. PG decided to save this flag from the indignity of being buried under coffee grounds.

PG saw more flags laying in the dirt. He began to stop, and pick them up. A collection of rescue flags began to accumulate.

Meanwhile, the real estate lady saw the error of her ways. The unwanted flags no longer arrived the first week of July. Sometimes there is change.

The rescue flags were displayed July 4, 2015. It rained the first part of the day. The sun soon came out, and dried the rescue flags. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Bad Patriotic Jokes

Posted in History, Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 4, 2015









What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved!
What’s red, white, black and blue? Uncle Sam falling down the steps!
What would you get if you crossed Washington’s home with nasty insects? Mt. Vermin!

What did a patriot put on his dry skin? Revo-lotion!
Which colonists told the most jokes? Punsylvanians!
What was General Washington’s favorite tree? The infantry!

Where did George Washington buy his hatchet? At the chopping mall!
What quacks, has webbed feet, and betrays his country? Beneduck Arnold!
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up!

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog? Yankee Poodle!
Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington? The horse was too heavy to carry!
What happened as a result of the Stamp Act? The Americans licked the British!

This is a repost. Picture are from The Library of Congress.









July 3, 1981

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 3, 2015








July 3, 1981, was another day before a holiday. The new President, Ronald Reagan, was recovering from gunshot wounds. There was talk of an era of conservatism, with possibly severe repression.

There was an article in the New York Times. RARE CANCER SEEN IN 41 HOMOSEXUALS. “Doctors in New York and California have diagnosed among homosexual men 41 cases of a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer. Eight of the victims died less than 24 months after the diagnosis…”

This was the media debut of AIDS. It would not have that name for a while. Almost nobody thought, on that summer day, just how bad AIDS would be. In five years it was obvious how serious AIDS was.

article-02 PG was on another trip to the west coast. It was becoming obvious that this would be a vacation, rather than a relocation. He was riding a bicycle, with a milk carton overloaded with camping gear. Some kids told him to get saddle bags, and carry the weight lower. If you have the weight on top, you would lose control coming down a big hill. PG did not listen to the kids.

On July 4, PG left Patrick’s Point state park, about 300 miles north of San Francisco. Coming down the first hill on highway 101, the bike shook, shook harder, and flipped on its side. PG was thrown off. The front wheel was bent beyond repair. PG gathered his gear, left the bike behind, and got a ride into the nearest town.

PG got a bus ticket to Seattle. That city was in an economic downturn, with less than half a page of help wanted ads. PG found a auto delivery service, and got a VW bug going to Oak Ridge, TN. In a few days he was in Atlanta. A few days later, a temp agency came up with a job as a driver for a blueprint company. PG worked for that company, in one form or another, for the next 24 years.

As for the gay men with Kaposi’s Sarcoma … in all probability, the patients mentioned in that article were all dead within a year. AIDS has become a dominating story in our time. At its worst, it was claiming 50,000 lives a year. With the advent of wonder drugs, the death toll has been greatly reduced. The impact of AIDS on American life cannot be adequately described.

Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Founding Babydaddies

Posted in History, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on July 3, 2015

People often try to justify their opinions by saying that the “founding fathers” agree with them. They often are guilty of selective use of history. A good place to start would be to define what we mean by the phrase founding fathers. This is a repost

The FF word was not used before 1916. A senator from Ohio named Warren Harding used the phrase in the keynote address of the 1916 Republican convention. Mr. Harding was elected President in 1920, and is regarded as perhaps the most corrupt man to ever hold the office.

There are two groups of men who could be considered the founding fathers. (The fathers part is correct. Both groups are 100% white male.) The Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, which cut the ties to England. Eleven years later, the Constitutional Convention wrote the Constitution that governs America today. While the Continental Congress was braver, the Constitution is the document that tells our government how to function. For the purposes of this feature, the men of the Constitutional Convention are the founding fathers.

Before moving on, we should remember eight men who signed the Declaration of Independence, and later attended the Constitutional Convention. Both documents were signed by George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Read, Roger Sherman, and James Wilson. George Wythe left the Convention without signing the new document. Elbridge Gerry (the namesake of gerrymandering) refused to sign the Constitution because it did not have a Bill of Rights.

The original topic of this discussion was about whether the founding fathers owned slaves. Many people wonder about this. If you go to google, and type in “did the founding fathers”, the first four answers are owned slaves, believed in G-d, have a death wish, and smoke weed.

The answer, to the obvious question, is an obvious answer. Yes, many of the founding fathers owned slaves. A name by name rundown of the 39 signatories of the Constitution was not done for this blogpost. There is this revealing comment at wiki answers about the prevalence of slave ownership.
“John Adams, his second cousin Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Paine were the only men who are traditionally known as founding fathers who did not own slaves.
Benjamin Franklin was indeed a founder of the Abolitionist Society, but he owned two slaves, named King and George. Franklin’s newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette routinely ran ads for sale or purchase of slaves.
Patrick Henry is another founding father who owned slaves, although his speeches would make one think otherwise. Despite his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, he had up to 70 slaves at a time. He did apologize from time to time. He knew it was wrong, he was accountable to his God, and bemoaned the “general inconvenience of living without them.”

Patrick Henry was a star of the Revolution, but not present at the Constitutional Convention. The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was in Europe during the convention. Mr. Jefferson not only owned slaves, he took one to be his mistress, and kidsmama.

One of the more controversial features of the Constitution is the 3/5 rule. Here are the original words
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” In other words, a slave was only considered to be 60% of a person.
This is offensive to people today. It was a compromise. The agricultural southern states did not want to give up their slaves. The northern states did not want to give up Congressional representation. This was the first of many compromises made about slavery, ending with the War between the States. This webpage goes into more detail about the nature of slavery.

The research for this feature turned up a rather cynical document called The myth of the “Founding Fathers” . It is written by Adolph Nixon. He asks :
“most rational persons realize that such political mythology is sheer nonsense, but it begs the question, who were the Founding Fathers and what makes them so great that they’re wiser than you are?” (The link for this information keeps changing. Here is the latest source. This is not a totally reliable source.)
Mr. Nixon reviews the 39 white men who signed the Constitution. He does not follow the rule, if you can’t say anything nice about someone, then don’t say anything at all. Of the 39, 12 were specified as slave owners, with many tagged as “slave breeders”.

The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, have served America well. However it was intended, it was written so that it could be amended, and to grow with the young republic. It has on occasion been ignored (when was the last time Congress declared war?). However fine a document it is, it was created by men. These were men of their time, who could not have foreseen the changes that America has gone through. Those who talk the most about the founding fathers know the least about them.

Internal Genitalia

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized, Writing Contest by chamblee54 on July 2, 2015





The current episode of the Bret Easton Ellis podcast features Jonathan Ames, who probably writes entertaining word product. Maybe the Chamblee library will have one of his books some time. Until then, this hour of conversation will suffice.

BEE likes to talk about political correctness. There was discussion of a newspaper article, What Makes a Woman? The acronym terf (Trans exclusionary radical feminists) devolved into comments about turf battles. Some men have an instinct for making tacky jokes.

“In January 2014, the actress Martha Plimpton, an abortion-rights advocate, sent out a tweet about a benefit for Texas abortion funding called “A Night of a Thousand Vaginas.” Suddenly, she was swamped by criticism for using the word “vagina.” “Given the constant genital policing, you can’t expect trans folks to feel included by an event title focused on a policed, binary genital,”…

Let me get this right: The word “vagina” is exclusionary and offers an extremely narrow perspective on womanhood … should describe ours with the politically correct terminology trans activists are pushing on us: “front hole” or “internal genitalia”? …

“Abortion rights and reproductive justice is not a women’s issue,” wrote Emmett Stoffer, one of many self-described transgender persons to blog on the topic. It is “a uterus owner’s issue.” Mr. Stoffer was referring to the possibility that a woman who is taking hormones or undergoing surgery to become a man, or who does not identify as a woman, can still have a uterus, become pregnant…”

PG has a knack for trouble with SJW. He is a person of interest for the Pronoun Police. Just yesterday, there was a facebook thread for a heart circle. PG noted that a shart circle was not a good idea. Within minutes, the comment was taken down, by request.

Whitehall Street was a 42 word poem for a writing contest. It stated that MTF transpeople do not get pregnant. There was soon an e-mail from the contest.

“Your submission this week is unsuitable for publication and has been removed from the grid. Our editorial standards respect the diversity and dignity of our audience. I know it seems desirable to appear “edgy” but _____ does not accept posts which insult or demean any person based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits. Based on the nature of your post this week, your entries will no longer be welcome at yeah write.”

Few people like to be persona non grata. PG was really more puzzled than hurt. A letter to the contest was ignored. A couple of weeks later, another letter was sent to the contest. This one got a reply.

Whenever we receive a submission that pushes the boundaries or is of questionable taste or quality, the editors all weigh in. In this case, our submissions editor brought your post to the attention of the editors as soon as it was submitted. We discussed the content, and all agreed that it was hurtful and demeaning and did not represent _______ well. What you said, essentially, is that a trans woman is a fake woman.

Frankly, we have never felt the need to specifically articulate that hate speech is unwelcome in our community. It seemed obvious to us and, indeed, to nearly everyone who submits posts.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These men served as Confederate soldiers.





Racism Education

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 1, 2015



















A link keeps turning up on facebook. It is for an item, 18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism. It was posted at The Frisky | Celebrity Gossip, Relationship Advice, Beauty and Fashion Tips. The facility has a series of suggested posts at the top of the page. The first one you see is BLOWJOB TECHNIQUES YOU NEED TO TRY.

18 Things is supposed to be educational. PG was encouraged to read the piece two weeks ago, and found it lacking. The link today was from a combination facebook friend/ facebook unfriend. Maybe 18 Things deserves another look.

18 Things is garbage. Take a look at number one. “1. It is uncomfortable to talk about racism. It is more uncomfortable to live it.” You would never know this from the number of people who seem to enjoy talking about racism. The louder you talk, and the more passion you display, the more truth your words have. Maybe what is uncomfortable is to quit talking, and listen.

But then, maybe the idea is for everyone to talk at once. Here is item 16: “16. Silence does nothing. Blank stares and silence do not further this difficult but necessary conversation.” If you are going to listen to someone, it is very helpful to keep your mouth shut.

“2. “Colorblindness” is a cop-out. The statements “but I don’t see color” or “I never care about color” do not help to build a case against systemic racism. Try being the only White person in an environment. You will notice color then.” This is a curious paragraph. Sentence one has little to do with sentences two, three, and four.

Sentences three and four are connected. The author assumes that the PWOC reading this piece has never been the only pale face in an enviornment. Actually, it is probably more common to be the only white person in the room, than to be the only black person in a room full of whites.

“3. Oprah’s success does not mean the end of racism. The singular success of a Black man or woman (i.e. Oprah, or Tiger Woods, or President Obama) is never a valid argument against the existence of racism. By this logic, the success of Frederick Douglass or Amanda America Dickson during the 19th century would be grounds for disproving slavery.”

Has anyone ever said that the success of Oprah Winfrey is the end of racism? Do you have a link for that? Ok, and even if they did say that, it would be wildly untrue. But it gets better. If you agree with this statement that very few people have made, that is like saying that the success of Frederick Douglass disproves slavery. This is ridiculous.

The rest of the piece is not much better. Items 4, 5, 9, 14, and 15, can be summed up with the five words … there is racism in America. You are encouraged to use google to educate yourself. This can go in different directions. Maybe you could google “logical fallacy,” or “critical thinking.”

This feature should not be taken as denying the existence of a race problem in America. (The words racism/racist are problematic.) People should be treated with kindness and respect. Opportunities should be available to all people. The police should not target racially defined populations. Celebrities should not say tacky things.

The question arises, though. What value do articles like 18 Things have? Do they inform people who need to learn? Are they preaching to the choir? (Frisky has a header ad for Red Bull. Do articles like this sell power energy drinks?)

There are other possibilities. Do articles like 18 Things trivialize racial problems? Maybe the constant promotion of nonsense like 18 Things will lead people to believe that there really isn’t a race problem in America. People who uncritically praise articles like this are doing more harm than good. Those who claim to educate should be held to some sort of standard. Posting nonsense on the internet is not the same thing as working for equality and justice.

This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

How Black Is BHO?

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Race, Religion by chamblee54 on June 30, 2015









Episode 35741 of is another edition of the two black guys, @JohnHMcWhorter and @GlennLoury. They had plenty to talk about. PG has been burned out on racial discussions, and kept turning it off and on. Finally, at the 43 minute mark, PG realized that it was just fifteen minutes to go. He might as well listen to the rest of the show.

At 46:11, there was something to listen to. Dr. McWhorter had been talking about the eulogy BHO gave at the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pickney. The message was set in the rhythyms of the black church. It was very well received.

BHO was raised by white people. He lived in Hawaii and Indonesia. BHO attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School. When BHO came to Chicago, and began a political career, it was suggested that he find a church. This church affiliation is essential to an identity as a black politician. The act of speaking, in a black church, in the manner of a black minister, is something that BHO learned as an adult.

Rachel Dolezal was discussed on the show. Here is a white woman, who presented herself as black. After a while, she was roundly criticized for doing so. It was said that she has not suffered the hardships, and oppression, that comes with being black. Therefore, this light skinned woman is the object of derision for claiming to be black.

BHO was raised by white people in Hawaii and Indonesia. Arguably, he has suffered little, if any, of the oppression that most black people face. He chose to attend a black church in part because he wanted a political base. And yet, this half white man with dark skin is routinely accepted as a black man. Racial labeling, like beauty, is skin deep.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.








Two Hundred Yards Behind

Posted in GSU photo archive, Uncategorized, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 30, 2015








In 1985, PG went to work for Shaky Blueprints. The real name was a Japanese word that nobody knew how to spell. Two of the previous hires were an athletic young lady, and a fat man. Until better nicknames arrive, we will call them AYL and FM for this story.

AYL was trying to get FM to go jogging with her after work. This was an ongoing conversation, with FM always turning her down. One afternoon, PG wore an old pair of jogging shoes to work, and said that he would go running with AYL.

Shaky was just off highway 400, in what is now part of Sandy Springs. There was a road leading away from it. The road went over the highway, and went in a wooded semi circle for a couple of miles. The plan was to go on this loop, and take sidewalks on Roswell Road back to Shaky.

At one time, PG went running every day. He was out of the habit by this time, and always a slow runner. When the work day was over, PG tied his glasses on with a rubber band, did a few stretches, and was ready to take on the course.

AYL and PG left the parking lot, and started up the road. PG trudged along with his head down. When he got to the bridge over the highway, PG looked up. AYL had taken off like greased lightning, and was already two hundred yards ahead. PG hollered for her to slow down, and finished the course.

Pictures for this repost are from Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.









Article Has Multiple Issues

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 29, 2015













@bob_owens The white half of @POTUS is racist for using the “n-word.” ~ PG thought of a tv show in the sixties. The host of the show was Billy Graham, and the guest was Richard Nixon. The former Vice President had bought his teenage daughter a Beatles album, and now that was all he heard around the house. ~ @TheAliaJanine were you the one in the podcast yelling “show your tits?” ~ @TheAliaJanine Im starting a class where social media stars teach people how to use porn. ~ @murderkroger If it weren’t for half measures, we’d take no measures at all ~ I am not sure I would trust these old foundations with a second story retrofit. ~ I was at many many of the shows listed in this thread (did anyone mention red white and bluegrass) Rather than give my list I’ll tell a fond memory. I was a freshman student a GSU in 74 After one of the shows( can’t remember who) I was standing outside in the corridor waiting on some friends. When out the door came my General Chemistry Professor Dr Sears arm in arm with the best looking girl in my class. They turned beet red turned and got away from me as quick as they could. I often wonder if I could have went and bribed an A out of him. LOL ~ Paraprosdokians ~ @WaltWhitmanLAN I swear I think there is nothing but immortality! ~ tmi ~ This is what happens while people are pitching a fit about the so called Confederate Flag. ~ @fieldnegro When racists call me a racist I smile inside.@chamblee54 especially when they think they cannot be racist ~ We need to get rid of the electoral college. Unless you live in a contested state, you do not get a vote in the POTUS final election. The electoral college keeps the democrat/rethuglian duopoly in power. It will be tough to get rid of. The electoral college is to governance what facebook typography is to graphics. ~ The still sell the bible. ~ Every almond takes a gallon of water to grow. ~ Glenn Loury ~ 20/20 Insight research ~ @wintersong @TheKevinAllison what twitter looked like at 062415_0230edt for one person ~ @dandrezner @blogginheads @natsecheather ~ the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality ~ “This is the only place on my newsfeed that isn’t filled with cruel opinions or hateful banter.” This is not always the case ~ This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. ~ The land seems to have recovered from all the cars that were parked there. ~ “The south starts at the Canadian border” unknown ~ ‘We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare” The scare part is correct ~ Is ScotuScare going to be a movie? ~ Okay, we’re going to lay low while we are . . . #waitingforlyle. pins and needles Here’s Lyle with the first opinion. Marriage. Kennedy has the opoinion. Holding: Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.And to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when a marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state. It’s 5-4. Chief dissents, joined by Scalia and Thomas. Sixth Circuit is reversed. Each of the four dissenters has written a dissent ~ Rainbow colors have their place, but sometimes black and white works better. ~ @whitman632 The crucifixtion & resurrection of Christ is one of our favorite fairy tales. ~ Please leave me out of this dispute i am tired of talk about, and living with, racism and prejudice ~ BS in dead heat with HDRC. What an appalling visual. ~ The Scalia dissent begins on page 69 of today’s opinion. You can’t make this stuff up. ~ I will be out of the office through June 29 with only limited e-mail access during that time. Thank you for your patience in waiting for a reply. ~ @whittmman Do you really believe Little Red Riding Hood’s version of the incident? ~ But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. ~ Sarah Palin is satire. ~ ‏@ChrchCurmudgeon Whose picture will be on the three dollar bill? ~ Are his pants on fire? ~ The phrases “sexual harassment” and “J. Max Davis” should not be in the same sentence. ~ They should pick Diana Ross. She has experience at being a Supreme. ~ No, I just butt posted a period ~ Kurt Vonnegut ~ just ask a hippie ~ pure applesauce ~ Maybe we can get Yoko Ono and Hillary Clinton back together. ~ The anagram of admins is mad sin ~ What is porpoise Beyonce’ reason? ~ Facebook is having issues with pictures. I see the headlines, and the comments, but not the picture. It is like watching tv with the sound cut off. ~ pictures from The Library of Congress. ~ selah













Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on June 28, 2015








The neighborhood along Peachtree Road has always been a great place to be a freak. For a long time it didn’t have a name. It is north of downtown, between Piedmont Park and Georgia Tech. Sometime in the early eighties, people started to call it Midtown, and the name stuck.

In the time after the War Between the States, this area was a shantytown called “Tight Squeeze”. It evolved into a pleasant middle class area. In the sixties, hippies took over. The area was known as the strip, or tight squeeze. Many stories could be told.

After the flower children moved on, the area went into decline. Gays started to move in, with the battle cry “Give us our rights or we will remodel your house.” Developers, worshiping the triune G-d of location, location, location, began to smell money. The neighborhood became trendy, then expensive, then more expensive. The freaks with money remain. This is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.








Scalia Satyricon

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 27, 2015









The Kinks

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, History, Music by chamblee54 on June 26, 2015






Dangerousminds brings the sad news that Pete Quaife, the original bass player for The Kinks , passed away yesterday. He was 66, and had been in dialysis for several years. Maybe it is time for Chamblee54 to do a post about The Kinks. This is a repost.

Battling brothers Ray and Dave Davies are the core of The Kinks. (The name is pronounced like the american Davis, as though the e did not exist). Ray was the vocalist, writer, and rhythm guitar player. Dave was the lead guitarist, and sparring partner for his brother. The fisticuffs were not restricted to the brothers. This led to the band being barred from performing in the United States between 1965 and 1969. The sixties happened anyway.

There were several hits in the early days, most notably “You really got me”. (This later became a signature tune for Van Halen). The band had numerous adventures, but never became the superstars that other British bands of that era did. Ray Davies developed as a songwriter, with many witty tunes, full of social commentary and britishness.(spell check suggestion:brutishness)

In the seventies The Kinks kept trooping on. They did an album called Preservation Act, which became the basis of a theatrical presentation. The next album was called Soap Opera, with a theater like production. This is where PG got to see The Kinks.







It was sometime in the spring of 1975, at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. Elvin Bishop was the opening act. The Kinks had started when PG arrived, buying a $4.00 balcony seat. Alex Cooley was in the box office counting money, and broke open a roll of quarters to make change for a five.

The band was playing “Celluloid Heroes” when PG walked into the auditorium. There was no one on the door checking tickets, so PG walked onto the floor and found an empty seat on the 13th row. The next number was “Lola”.

Ray Davies introduced the song by saying
” If you are a man, sing LO. If you are a woman, sing LA. If you are not sure, clap your hands”. The next number was about demon alcohol. There were lights shining on the crowd during this number, as Ray Davies asked if there were any sinners in the audience. The band did several more songs, ending the first half of the evening with “You really got me”. Dave Davies got some spotlight time with a rave up intro to this number.
The second part of the show was a theatrical presentation of “Soap Opera”. The band wore rainbow colored wigs, and stood at the back of the stage while Ray Davies told the tale. “Soap Opera” was about a rock star who traded places with Norman, who lived a boring life. The flat Norman lived in has pictures of ducks on the wall, which drove Ray/Norman to scream
“I can’t stand those f*****g ducks”. This led into a rocking ditty called, predictably, “Ducks on the Wall”.
As the show dragged on, Ray/Norman was embarrassed by the mess he was in.
“You can’t say that in front of The Kinks, they are my band, and that is my audience.” The audience lights were turned on again, and the band played a medley of hits from 1964.
Finally, the real Norman came back to reclaim his wife, put the ducks back on the wall, and kick out The Kinks. The band gave up on theater before much longer, and were popular for the rest of the concert happy seventies. Ray Davies was the babydaddy for Chrissie Hynde . Eventually, the band quit performing, and continued to cash royalty checks.

Pictures are from the “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.







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