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Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Little Known Fact!

Back in 1965 when the movie "The Sound of Music" came out it was also released in Japan.

Yes, with sub-titles, but it was also too long.

So they cut out all the singing!!!

(I sure hope they changed the title!)

Your "tone-deaf" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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The Plain Truth, so help me Howard!

"The Plain Truth About God-101"
(What the church doesn't want you to know!)
As told by Penn and Teller!!!

(Just in case your getting tired of ME going on about it!)
Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) at; www.God-101.com
And the petition to have people mind their own business instead of yours at; http://www.petitiononline.com/moses/petition.html

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With all the hoopla over identity theft and fraud, especially this time of year, I am attempting to do my part to help!

I will be leaving my credit cards maxed-out and my bank accounts overdrawn from now on. That way it will thwart any potential thieves!

Your "always willing to help" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!
From Us to You.
Kim Jong-Il and Family.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

How's That Again?

We know a couple where the guy is an atheist, his wife is Jewish and their son is Jewish.

Their son just married a girl who is a Muslim, her Dad is a Muslim, and her Mother just converted to Christianity.

So, they are all going to the parents of the bride's place to celebrate Christmas this year!

Also, none of them believe in the Easter Bunny, or in putting all your eggs into one basket!

Your secular scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Naked Chef, Oriental Style!

About one half of all Japanese Television programs are in one way or another connected with food.
Could be preparing, cooking, eating, preserving, planning, talking about, playing for, dieting for, or whatever.
It's no wonder they have their own version of, (but not to be confused with,) "The Naked Chef!"
The big difference is, this one took its cue from a program we have here called "The Naked News!"
One thing for sure, you will never catch them frying bacon!

Your "Just the Bare Facts" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Rosie, Rosie lend me your comb!

This feuding and contrived bullshit in the media is getting out of hand. It's no wonder Entertainment Tonight is the "Most watched entertainment program on the planet!"

We have your Nicole Ritchie and Dittsy Hilton, on again, off again, friendship, the continuing tale of Brad and Angelina with Jennifer thrown in for good measure, the low-down on fearful battles with life-threatening diseases, various divorces and get-togethers, sordid gossip about best friends, the poop on previous transgressions, encounters with addictions and rehabilitations including a daily tally of who got a D.U.I. Battles of the bulge and the ravages of mental afflictions, who got laid and who got dumped, which diet is the best and worst, and of course the "heartbreak of psoriasis!"

It seems our latest daytime drama is a contrived feud between "The Donald" Trump and Rosie O'Donnel that just won't go away.

Since joining in September, the outspoken O’Donnell has also made waves by accusing Kelly Ripa of homophobia; mocking spoken Chinese and later apologizing; saying actions by Oprah Winfrey and pal Gayle King were “very typical of gay relationships” even though she is openly gay herself, and saying that “radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.” (Which it is!)

Now I have to tell you that all this baloney is about as real as professional wrestling. In other words, it's contrived, manipulated, orchestrated and punctuated from a well rehearsed script.

And I will definitely be watching today to see what the hell happens next!

Your shamelessly tacky scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Optical illusion.

The burners are the eyes, bottle caps the nose, and string the mouth!

Your magical scribe;
Allan W Janssen


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

We skipped the light fandango!

LONDON - A judge awarded a 40 percent share in the copyright of “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” one of the most famous pop songs of all time, to a former organist for Procol Harum.

Lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid always claimed credit for the hit, but in his ruling, the judge decided that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to both credit and royalties as well!

The song is best known for it's organ solo and the judge said "this is a distinctive and significant contribution to the overall composition and quite obviously the product of skill and labour on the part of the person who created it.”

In a statement, Brooker and Reid said Fisher’s court victory created a dangerous precedent because it meant any musician who had played on any recording in the past 40 years could claim joint authorship.

“It is effectively open season on the songwriter,” they said. “It will mean that unless all musicians’ parts are written for them, no publisher or songwriter will be able to risk making a recording for fear of a possible claim of songwriting credit.”

They intend to file an appeal.

Your "hum along because he doesn't know the words" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Creation and Evolution (the final word)

Short and to the point. We don't need any long dissertations like the three or four pages of nonesense that Peter sent me for the last blog on this subject.

Let's reduce everything to basics and not try and impress anyone with flights of convoluted logic!

It's a generally accepted scientific fact that the Universe operates according to certain laws of "nature."

I don't think these "laws" appeared out of thin air, or are supported by "nothing!". There has to be some force, or whatever, that started the ball rolling and keeps some order to things. (Like that old saying: "Time is Natures way of preventing everything from happening at once!")

This "Divine Cause" supports "Intelligent Design," but doesn't necessarily mean anything that has happened since is caused by, or even the result of, Divine Intervention!

As a matter of fact, looking at the world and how it operates I would hazzard a guess that since the original Creation there has been little or no "Divine Intervention" AT ALL!

(Two notes here; First - my big commission cheque came in from work today, just in time for Christmas.
To which my wife said, "Thank the Lord."
I replied,"I don't think the Lord had too much to do with it but you can thank the people in accounting!"
Second - my wifes Lymphoma, on the roof of her mouth, has mysteriously disappeared thanks to healthy living and a lot of prayer from everyone that knows her.
To which I said, "Thank the Lord!!!!!")

"And that's all I have to say about that!"
Your "matter of fact, but hedging his bets," scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Super-Size Me!

Well Lordy, I just got an e-mail that informs me I can increase my dick size substantially and/or get larger, firmer, breasts.

Nice to have all your bases covered!

Your "I have enough trouble being bi-lingual, let alone bi-anything else!" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Carl Edward Sagan

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrobiologist, and highly successful science popularizer.

He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

A book to accompany the program was also published.

He also wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name starring Jodie Foster.

This book has one of the most moving concepts that I have ever seen. Although just fiction, (we think) it tells the story of how we meet the first extra-terrestials and how a message is discovered deep, deep inside the equation for pi, ( π = 3.14159265…etc. etc) that proves the existence of God.

Sagan also assembled the first physical message that was sent into space: a gold-anodized plaque, attached to the space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972. Pioneer 11, also containing the plaque, was launched the following year.

He continued to refine his designs and the most elaborate such message he helped to develop and assemble was the Voyager "Golden Record" that was sent out with the Voyager space probes in 1977.

Sagan taught a course on critical thinking at Cornell until his death on this day in 1996 from a rare bone marrow disease.

Quotes from Carl;

*The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

*If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

*In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.

*It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

*One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

*The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.

*Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.


*A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

*Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source

*Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

*Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves.

*In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion.
- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP Keynote Address

He will be missed, a billion times!

Your sad scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) at; www.God-101.com
And the petition to have people mind their own business instead of yours at; http://www.petitiononline.com/moses/petition.html


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Let the Sun Shine In!

Viganella, a sun-deprived village in the Italian Alps has come up with a novel solution to fix the problem - by installing a giant mirror on the opposite side of the valley!

Viganella's problem is that it was built at the bottom of a very steep-sided Alpine valley, right up against the Swiss border.

The southern side of the valley is so sheer that on November 11th the sun disappears behind the mountains and does not re-appear until February 2nd.

Not a single ray of sunlight falls on Viganella in the weeks between.

"It's like Siberia," one of the village's nearly 200 residents has said.

However, the south-facing slopes to the north do get sunshine just a few hundred metres above the village. So the mirror was mounted on the mountainside to reflect sunlight into the village's main piazza.

Your "illuminating" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie!

"American Pie" movie star Natasha Lyonne turned herself in at a Manhattan, New York court yesterday almost a year after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.
The warrant for the 27-year-old actress was issued after she missed four court hearings on charges from harassment to trespassing.
She also stands accused of making threats to sexually molest a neighbour's dog during an argument two years ago.
Lyonne's drug counsellor accompanied the actress to court and told the authorities she was still attending outpatient rehab groups after checking into an in-patient drug programme in February.

Judge anthony Ferrara declared all the charges against Lyonne would be dropped if she continued with her rehabilitation and stayed out of trouble for the next six months.

That's all fine and dandy, and call me crazy, but for some reason I have this morbid curiosity about what she was going to do with the dog, and I can't find the info anywhere!

Your "voyeur" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella!

I seeeeeee you!

(My uncle Bill.................
I wonder why Mom would never leave me alone with him???)


Iranian Opponents Leading in Local Elections!

Opponents of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an early lead in key races in Iran's local elections, including in the capital Tehran.
This was according to partial results announced by the Interior Ministry on Monday.

Those leading are mostly not reformers, but are more moderate conservatives than those allied with the extreme president.

The trend, if borne out by final results, could prove an embarrassment for Ahmadinejad, whose anti-Israeli rhetoric and unyielding position on Iran's nuclear program have provoked condemnation in the West and moves toward sanctions at the UN Security Council.

One political analyst, Mostafa Mirzaeian, said Iran's political lineup was changing in favour of more moderate voices — though he stressed those winning were still within the ruling Islamic establishment.

"Results also show that a new coalition has developed between reformers and moderate conservatives, at the expense of hard-line extremists who support Ahmadinejad," he said.

Your "politically correct" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Trick or Treat.

I just found out that Jehovah's Witnesses don't like halloween!

It's got nothing to do with their religion.

They just don't like it when you come to their door and bother them!

Your "knock-knock" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Please, Take ME out to the Ballgame!

I was in the kitchen making a coffee when the T.V. in the living room informed me that there is a guy who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays that just signed a contract for 18 million buck a year, every year, for the next 7 years.
That's a 126 million dollars. ($126,000.000.00)

That's $50,000.00 dollars a year (a thousand a week) for 2520 years. Which means he will come out of retirement in 4526 A.D. and have to work like the rest of us.

And here I am trying to budget for Christmas!

Jesus Christ, I think I'm going to puke!

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The Creation - Evolution Debate. (again)

I am going to wax philosophical for a few minutes so if that bores you just go to one of the blogs with pictures in it because we are going to re-visit the long simmering debate on Evolution - Creationism.

As you probably know by now I am a Darwinist and not a Creationist but that does not mean that I reject “Intelligent Design” out of hand. (I was asked, during a chat room discussion on evolution, whether I had read Michael Behe. I replied that I had, at which point the person let out a self-rightgeous “Ah HA!”)

What this person didn’t realize is that he asked the wrong question!

Yes, I have read Michael Behe, but that by no means indicates that I agree with him.

On the contrary, his crap about “Irreducible Complexity” is full of holes and contradictions. Besides that, who uses words like irreducible anyways?

No, my point there, and in this article, is that we are asking the wrong questions in the whole debate over creation and evolution. It is not an either/or answer.

First, we have to take a brief look at the whole concept of God and Creation.

Everything we do and wonder about is grounded in THIS Universe and we have to apply the “laws of nature” to understand them in a “this world” context.

Another way to define this is by a line of reasoning by Dr. Michael W. Tkacz concerning some points that were first voiced by Thomas Aquinas.

Strictly speaking, points out Thomas, the Creator does not create something out of nothing in the sense of taking some nothing and making something out of it.

This is a conceptual mistake, for it treats nothing as a something. On the contrary, the Christian doctrine of “creation ex nihilo” claims that God made the universe without making it out of anything.

In other words, anything left entirely to itself, completely separated from the cause of its existence, would not exist—it would be absolutely nothing.

The ultimate cause of the existence of anything and everything is God who creates, not out of some nothing, but from nothing at all.

Now, that is pretty heavy and convoluted, but basically it says that God is not of this universe, but rather “apart” from it and we cannot use physical terms to describe God, or the process (act) of creation.

There is no way we can describe “God and Creation” in “earthly” terms since there is no frame of reference for us.

But, after the Force we describe as God created this universe, IT operates according to laws we can understand. (Science)

In other words, the Universe was created as a single thing quite apart, but caused by, the creator. Then, “after that,” the laws of this universe took over and guided the process of evolution.

With this in mind, and after all is said and done, this means that Creation and Evolution are not an “either / or” proposition. Rather, it turns out that creation and evolution are mutually exclusive.

Yes bunky, "Intelligent Design" was used in the creation of the Universe, but since then...............God only knows!

Now, take two aspirins and go do something else!

Yer "The Olde Philosopher" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) at; www.God-101.com
And the petition to have people mind their own business instead of yours at; http://www.petitiononline.com/moses/petition.html

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Genetic Engineering

Get set for the future because who knows what will happen
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Weird, Eh!

I used to be one of those people who put "coincidences" down as just being coincidences, and thought Karma was some form of opera!

I did not believ in serendipitous occurences, E.S.P., fortune telling and especially psychic healing. That is until my wife had lymphoma in her mouth cured by prayer and a psychic healer.

Now I am not so sure about all this "other world" stuff and am keeping an open mind because, after all, even if there is nothing to them, they sure are interesting!

*Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910.
He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."

*On July 28th 1900, the King of Italy Umberto I was having dinner in a restaurant in the city of Monza.
It turned out later that the restaurant's owner looked identical to the king. The restaurant owner's name was Umberto, his wife's name was the same as the queen's and the restaurant was opened on the same date as the king's inauguration.
The Restaurant-owner Umberto was shot dead the next day. So was King Umberto.

*Claude Volbonne killed Baron Rodemire de Tarazone of France in 1872. 21 years earlier, the Baron's father had been murdered by somebody else called Claude Volbonne.

*In November 1911, three men were hanged at Greenberry Hill in London after being convicted of the murder of Sir Edmund Berry.
Their names were Green, Berry and Hill.

*The British actor Anthony Hopkins [who shot to fame as Hannibal Lecter] was delighted to hear that he had landed a leading role in a film based on the book The Girl From Petrovka by George Feifer.
A few days after signing the contract, Hopkins travelled to London to buy a copy of the book. He tried several bookshops, but there wasn't one to be had. Waiting at Leicester Square underground for his train home, he noticed a book apparently discarded on a bench.
Incredibly, it was The Girl From Petrovka. That in itself would have been coincidence enough but in fact it was merely the beginning of an extraordinary chain of events.
Two years later, in the middle of filming in Vienna, Hopkins was visited by George Feifer, the author. Feifer mentioned that he did not have a copy of his own book. He had lent the last one - containing his own annotations - to a friend who had lost it somewhere in London.
With mounting astonishment, Hopkins handed Feifer the book he had found. 'Is this the one?' he asked, 'with the notes scribbled in the margins?' It was the same book.

*As the inhabitants of Ruthwell, England, were watching a scene in the film "Around the World in 80 Days" where a hot air balloon was about to take off, their TV sets went off due to a power cut.
Nearby, power lines had been damaged.
A hot air balloon had crashed into them

*A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist down.
Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver. One day in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side.
Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that he was able to take walks in a local park. He was walking there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt hit him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years later.
Lightning sought him out one last time. Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery and destroyed a tombstone.
The deceased buried here? Major Summerford.

*In 1899 a bolt of lightning killed a man as he stood in his backyard in Taranto, Italy.
Thirty years later his son was killed in the same way and in the same place.
On October 8, 1949, Rolla Primarda, the grandson of the first victim and the son of the second, became the third.

*And now, for a grand finale:

*The life of Abraham Lincoln and J.F. Kennedy

-Both presidents had 7 letters in their last name.
-Both were over 6' feet tall.
-Both men studied law.
-Both seemed to have lazy eye muscles, which would sometimes cause one to deviate.
-Both suffered from genetic diseases. It is suspected that Lincoln had Marfan's disease, and Kennedy suffered from Addison's disease.
-Both served in the military. Lincoln was a scout captain in the Black Hawk War, and Kennedy served as a navy lieutenant in World War II.
-Both were boat captains. Lincoln was a skipper for the Talisman, a Mississippi River boat, and Kennedy was skipper of the PT 109.
-Both had no fear of their mortality and disdained bodyguards.
-Both often stated how easy it would be to shoot the president. Lincoln supposedly said, "If somebody wants to take my life, there is nothing I can do to prevent it."
-Kennedy supposedly said "If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it." Note that both these quotes are each 16 words long.


-Both presidents were shot in the head, on a Friday.
-Both were seated beside their wives when shot. Neither Mrs. Lincoln nor Mrs.
Kennedy was injured. Both wives held the bullet-torn heads of their husbands.
-In each case, the men who were with them were injured but not fatally. Major Henry Rathbone was slashed by a knife, and Governor John Connolly was shot.
-Lincoln sat in Box 7 at Ford's Theatre. Kennedy rode in car 7 in the Dallas motorcade.
-Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre. Kennedy was shot in a Ford product, a Lincoln limousine.
-Mrs. Kennedy insisted that her husband's funeral mirror Lincoln's as closely as possible.

The Assassins

-Both assassins used three names: John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. (It should be noted that Lee Harvey Oswald was known as just Lee Oswald prior to the assassination.)
-There are 15 letters in each assassin's name.
-Both assassins struck when in their mid-twenties. Booth was born in 1838, and Oswald was born in 1939.
-Each assassin lacked a strong father figure in his life. Booth's father died when he was 13 years old, and Oswald's father died before he was born.
-Each assassin had two brothers whose careers he coveted. Booth's two brothers were more successful actors and Oswald envied his brothers' military lives.
-Both assassins were privates in the military. Booth was a private in the Virginia Militia, and Oswald was a private in the Marine Corps.
-Both assassins were born in the south.
-Both assassins were known sympathizers to enemies of the United States. Booth supported the Confederacy and Oswald was a Marxist.
-Both assassins often used aliases. Booth frequently used "J. Wilkes" and Oswald used the name "Alek J. Hidell."
-Booth shot Lincoln at a theatre and was cornered in a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was cornered in a theatre.
-Each assassin was detained by an officer named Baker. Lt. Luther B. Baker was leader of the cavalry patrol which trapped Booth at Garrett's Barn. Officer Marion L. Baker, a Dallas motorcycle patrolman, briefly detained Oswald on the second floor of the School Book Depository until he learned that he worked there.
-Both assassins were killed with a single shot from a Colt revolver.
-Both assassins were shot in a blaze of light-Booth after the barn was set afire, and Oswald in the form of television cameras.

Family and Friends

-Both presidents were named after their grandfathers.
-Both were born second children.
-Both married while in their thirties. Lincoln married at 33 and Kennedy married at 36.
-Both married dark-haired, twenty-four-year-old women.
-Both wives died around the age of 64. Mary Todd Lincoln died in 1882 at age 63 years and 215 days, and Jackie Kennedy died in 1994 at age 64 years 295 days.
-Both wives were known for their high fashion in clothes.
-Both wives renovated the White House after many years of neglect.
-Each couple had four children, two of whom died before becoming a teen.
-Each couple lost a son while in the White House. Willie Lincoln died at age 12 in 1862, and Kennedy's son Patrick died two days after his birth in 1963.


-Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
-Both were runners-up for the party's nomination for vice-president in '56.
-Both were elected to the presidency in '60.


-Southern Democrats named Johnson succeeded both Lincoln and Kennedy (Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Baines Johnson.
-Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, and Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908.
-There are six letters in each Johnson's first name.
-Both Johnsons served in the military. Andrew was a brigadier general in the Civil War and Lyndon was a commander in the U.S. Navy during WW2.
-Both Johnsons were former southern senators.
-Both Johnsons had urethral stones, the only presidents to have them.
-Both Johnsons chose not to run for reelection in '68.

Just so yo know!
Your informative scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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