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What We Have Learn From Covid

(Please note that all stats are provided by the Mayo Clinic, Statista, and the CDC. Data used was collected through November 2022) 

We found out that the United States government is ill-equipped to make the proper decisions during a pandemic.  

It is impossible to determine how many people died from Covid because hospitals and healthcare providers were monetarily incentivized to report all deaths as Covid as the cause.  

With Covid, the demographics are clear, children 17 years and younger made up 0.1% of all US Covid deaths although we forced vaccines and masks upon that population. Kids generally did not get Covid, and when they did, the cases were mild or non-detectable. The cost was high in terms of children falling at least 2 years behind in their education, but mental health issues, teen suicide, and violence all increased during 2021 and 2022. The CDC and the WHO both draw this conclusion based on hard evidence.  

We saw how easily people can be controlled and how quickly they were willing to give up their individual freedoms on the whim of the government. In California and in other states, we saw how our elected officials ignored their own rules and attended activities without mandated masks and gatherings that were considered Covid super spreaders. How ignorant have the American people become? 

After yo-yo-ing back and forth between rolling back restrictions and then bringing them back, Dr. Fauci decided that there was no reason to worry about Covid. The President himself declared the Covid pandemic over, although doctors and scientists said, no it is not. 

Covid vaccines will now be made mandatory with the standard vaccines for children to enter school. California is now writing the law. Since 71% of deaths occurred in the 50 and over age bracket, maybe vaccinations should be considered on entering that age bracket. In my opinion, they should not be given to children 17 and younger, which I stated above, make up 0.1% of all deaths from Covid.  

For nearly 2.5 years we were told to mask up, only to find out at the end that the only masks that were useful were N95, KN96, and triple fold surgical masks, the other masks may have contributed to increases of Covid cases because those masks that gave minimal protection gave a false sense of security. So much for putting trust in your government.  

Here are the stats: 

333,000,000 people in the United States as of the last census 

Total Covid deaths: 1,065,726 = 0.3% people died of Covid. 

Breakdown by age groups – Deaths – Covid Cases /Covid Deaths Total Population 

0-17 0.1% 0.0004% 

18-29 0.6% 0.0019% 

30-39 1.7% 0.0057% 

40-49 4.2% 0.013% 

50-64 18.3% 0.059% 

65-74 22.7% 0.073% 

75 Up 52.2% 0.16% 

We should not take this lightly, within certain age brackets, Covid can be a contributing killer. At the end of the day, we all have the right over our own bodies and what we put in them.  

As a disclosure, I have had all Covid booster shots. I was not forced; it was my choice. I am over 60 😊 

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Setting the Record Straight

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: People cheer veterans in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015 in New York City. Known as “America’s Parade” it features over 20,000 participants, including veterans of numerous eras, military units, businesses and high school bands and civic and youth groups. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Veterans Day

Honoring our Veterans

Why is this important: Veterans Day in the United States is a special day for Americans to say thank you to the men and women who have defended the freedom, liberty, and people of America. This is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which occurs on the fourth Monday of May. Memorial Day is set aside to morn and remember those in the armed services who died defending our freedom. Veterans day was originally called Armistice Day marking the end of World War I. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans who served in the armed services.

The Facts

Veterans Day is always observed on November 11, the day that World War I ended.

The American Flag should be flown at half mast and a period of silence of two minutes should be observed at 11am. World War ended in the 11th month on the 11th day at 11O’clock.

A wreath-laying ceremony takes place in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier typically by the President of the United States.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday.

While Veterans Day as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”

Woodrow Wilson inaugurated the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, and gave the following address to the country


The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago, today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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Celebrating Winston 146th Birthday

I am frequently asked, “Why Churchill.” The reference of course is to my dedication and admiration of the great man. My standard answer to people who I know don’t know Churchill is that he made a ton of mistakes and then saved the free world. That is indeed an extremely short answer considering all his accomplishments.

I had a high school coach whose philosophy was you either win or learn. This  had nothing to do with the “everyone’s a winner” fallacy. His point was well taken and that was his coaching style. This also encompasses Churchill’s life as well.

People who sit back and do nothing never make mistakes, never grow personally, or fulfill their potential as human beings.  We can safely say that Churchill fulfilled several lifetimes.

Although Churchill was wrong about many things, In many cases I don’t believe that he was wrong but only in opposition. Never afraid to speak his mind. Never afraid to ask others what was on their mind. Never afraid to act when action was needed.

Churchill once told his wife Clementine at if he had not made mistakes, he may not have made anything. Is it possible that his early mistakes were his greatest gift? Certainly, his greatest attribute was the ability to learn from his mistakes and apply them to his future greatness.

His wicked wit, his boldness in speech and actions set him up for long years in the 1930’s.  Stanley Baldwin’s meekness, Chamberlin’s arrogance, and the Holy Fox – Lord Halifax’s peace at any cost mentality, turned the Conservatives against the truth and the truth bearer, Churchill.

Would Hitler have been stopped if Churchill were Prime Minister in 1936? We can only speculate. In the end the unnecessary war became necessary and the man whom at an early age, predicted that he would be called upon to save Britain not only did that but also saved the free world.

Do great men come only once in a lifetime? With today’s cancel culture, overt political correctness, and young people having tremendous un-understanding of the world, I sure hope great men come frequently, but looking at the horizon it may be up to our grandchildren to straighten this all out.

Happy 146th Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. May long live your memory, your foibles, and your victories. Your life has been a life lesson for all of us.

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When the Cure is Worse Than the Disease

Recently we Californian’s have witnessed our leaders do the exact opposite of what we were by executive order were told to do. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her hair styled at a shop that was supposed to be closed because of the Wuhan Flu and when Nancy was caught, she claimed that she was set up by the shop owner.  Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom (Nancy’s nephew, by the way) was caught having a wonderful evening at the French Laundry in the Napa Valley with several people. Not outside but inside. No one was wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

            The problem arises because Nancy and Governor Newsom have told us to do just the opposite. It seems that the Democrats operate under the axiom of “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than follow the rules.” Personally, I am sick and tired of being treated like cow in a herd of cattle. Mr. Newson says that he is following the science. Unfortunately, the CDC provides an inconvenient truth.

  1. People under the age of 49 have a 99.9 percent of recovery.
  2. 40% of people infected have no idea they have it as they show no symptoms.
  3. Healthy people over 70 have 94.6% of recovery. The other 5.4% have compromised conditions.
  4. Elderly people have a much higher percent of infection and death but the government collects these people in homes with infected patients. Governor Cuomo of New York is responsible for so many deaths of elderly.
  5. Children have a very small infection rate although our officials close the schools. It is a historical fact that it is easier to control an uneducated population. So why not allow our children an “uneducation”
  6. 80% of all transmissions happen in the home, but we close all the beaches, public parks and other places outdoors
  7. Large businesses are given a free pass and are allowed to make huge profits when the backbone of America the little guy is left to suffer and become unemployed because their businesses cannot survive being closed.

A good friend of mine who is a experience nurse in a large metropolitan hospital wrote to me pointing out the following:

            The collateral damage is huge much larger than the disease:

  1. Suicides are at record numbers
  2. Depression and Opioid addiction
  3. Alcoholism
  4. Domestic Abuse
  5. Increase in homicides
  6. Children suffering from the lack of socializing

Recently, Governor Newsom has issued a curfew for 10pm like the Wuhan Flu knows how to tell time. He allows restaurants with bars to remain open, but bars must close. This damn Wuhan virus must be the smartest virus of all time if it can tell the difference between a restaurant with a bar from just a bar. We must put our masks on between taking a bite of food in a restaurant.

In the beginning I understood and supported shutting everything down until we understood what we were dealing with. After we understood, uncommon sense took over.

We are intelligent adults. Each day we weigh the consequences of our actions, our safety and our own common sense and then act accordingly. This is exactly what we should be allowed to do today. I will be damned if I will follow Governor Newsom’s Thanksgiving orders:

  1. Must be held outside
  2. Everyone must be six feet apart
  3. Can only last for two hours
  4. There shall be no singing

Please Please Please tell me how this makes any sense at all. Especially Governor Newsom can’t  follow his own rules.

Is help on its way? Mr. Biden says he will help states get through this when, in fact, the best thing he could do is sit in a dark corner and be keep his mouth shut.

Fools with power become tyrants. No Governor Newsom, we will not follow your orders.

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Long Live the Cause of Freedom – Churchill – 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day May 8, 2020

Tired, confident, and jubilant, Prime Minister Winston Churchill sat at his place in the cabinet room at Number 10 Downing street. Steadying himself, Winston announced to the British people and the Empire that the war in Europe was over. The Germans unconditionally surrendered. May 8th would be VE day – Victory in Europe! After a short period of celebration all military operations would refocus to the pacific and the eventual defeat of the Empire of Japan.

Adolf Hitler, sick with watching his Third Reich crushed, and with the Soviet Union bearing down on Berlin, killed himself a few days before on April 30th.  Der Fuhrer, the man who had sights on populating the world with his master race, took the easy way out.

This moment in time, this grand moment in the history of the victory for freedom was an accumulation of the greatest generation who heard the call and traveled halfway around the world for the sake of freedom and liberty. It was the Courage of the British people, rallied by Churchill, across their empire and the might of the Americans who defended freedom against a madman the likes that had not been seen for centuries.

Let’s also not forget the thousands of resistance fighters across Europe who risked their lives and the lives of their families to live free again.

According to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, listed are the death toll of the major combatants:

Military                              Civilians

Germany            5,500,000                           2,000,000

Italy                   301,000                              460,000

Japan                 2,000,000                           700,000


United States     420,000                                12,000

Great Britain      385,000                              67,000

France                220,000                              390,000

Soviet Union     9,000,000                           7,000,000


Think about it – In total, all Allied and Axis forces combined with Civilians – 70,000,000 people lost their lives in World War II.

We must not forget the murder of 6 million of our Jewish brothers and sisters at the hands of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of the Nazi rule.

Churchill was the lion of the 20th Century. Many said that his greatest contribution to the War was that he did not lose it. He hung on until help arrived. Churchill and Britain were not like the weary boxer, leaning in the corner of the ring, with his gloves covering his face. No! that was never Churchill’s style, the British took to the air defended their island home! They did their best to attack the Germans whenever they could.

When Goering and the Luftwaffe could not put the British on bended knee, the Nazi’s turned east. The victory of the Battle of Britain, won by “The Few,” as Churchill said in a speech honoring the men of the Spitfires and Hurricanes, was the turning point of the war.

Everyday our freedoms and liberties are being challenged. Ronald Reagan said in a speech that the loss of freedom is only one generation away. He was right.

On May 8th, please take a moment and raise your glass, filled with your favorite beverage, and give thanks to that greatest of generations and to Sir Winston Churchill who roared like a lion defending the cause of freedom.

“Long live the cause of freedom…” – Winston Churchill




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Demolition of History and Heroes

Culture is a difficult thing to change. It may be easier to destroy. To properly send culture into an upheaval requires the control of the educational system, teaching revisionist history, defaming the heroes and what they stood for and command the power of the language. A good example of controlling the language:  Illegal Alien = Illegal Immigrant = undocumented Immigrant = migrant. Refining the language into the phony idea of Political Correctness is foundational to undermining the freedom of the English-speaking people.

Our Founding Fathers, most notably George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, set forth on a grand experiment. Freedom and Liberty. A government ruled by the people.

Washington and Jefferson have become targets of the left for the sole reason of being slave owners. Set aside what they accomplished; it no longer matters. This revision is being taught in many of our public school systems today. Not that the Founding Fathers built our country and put their lives on the line for freedom and liberty, but that they were bad people because they owned slaves.

I have not understood why John Adams has not become a hero of the left. He refused to own slaves.  He supported big central government and was willing to stretch or break the meaning of the constitution. It was those actions that contributed to the end of the friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s crafty political maneuvering allowing him to defeat Adams in his bid for a second term did not help either.  Although I do not agree with many of Adam’s political actions, I do admire him all the same. If it were not for his angry persistence for freedom, our nation might have never come to be.

In many states, we are witnessing the removal of historical icons and history books are being revised because of the pervasive, “That triggers me, makes me feel sad, please take it away.” culture that has infected us like a virus. Helicopter parents who raise their children ready made for “Safe Spaces.”

Good examples of this are the “Safe Spacers” wanting to remove any reference to American Indians. Images of proud warriors and chiefs are being removed, History is being made to bend because of perceived exploitation and terrors inflicted on our American Indian brothers and sisters by the white man. (Read angry white male.) There are Confederate statues across the southern and eastern parts of our country being demolished.  Somehow the Safe Spacers and left socialist supporters believe that if you remove the statue, it erases an unfortunate part of our history. The icons should remain to remind us that we cannot let it happen again.

Teaching revisionist history could be the deadliest sin of all. Every person of historical note has their own set of foibles. We are humans, after all. Without a solid understanding of REAL history, we will become the buffoons of the future – we well may already down that path.  Without a historical foundation, our freedoms will crumble right before our eyes.

We The People are the only ones that can stop this.

Books below are excellent reads about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

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Where Will We Be After All That?

Greatness can be defined in many ways, sometimes it is when the right person encounters a critical moment in history.  On the surface, that could be said of Winston Churchill. In the end, I believe that he was always a great man. His personal efforts in the great wars and being able foresee the future and consequences of the Iron Curtain are proof enough.

As the history of the wars fade, and the greatest generation passes silently from this world to the next. The western democracies are losing their way. History, as it is taught in our American school system, has become a background subject, with a majority of teachers believing that the United States and the West were the villains and the plague to all that is evil in the world.

Somehow socialism and communism have become vogue again with people clamoring for huge central governments tasked with supporting – controlling the masses. The thought of a big central government controlling my life makes me physically ill. As Churchill famously said in a speech to his cabinet, “If this long island story of ours is to end, at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground!” I too, would do the same for our constitution, I will die defending it until I was choking upon my own blood upon the ground.

Why should be concerned with Churchill at this moment in time?” Churchill was:

  • Courageous. Churchill said, “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others.”
  • Committed to Principles. The moral foundation of life. Principles are the things that one can fall back on when life or situations begin to unravel.
  • He was always learning and growing his knowledge. Never an idle moment with Churchill. Many have said that Churchill was always in a hurry, and he was.
  • He had the incredible ability to learn from his mistakes. Not a trait that we would apply to many leaders.
  • He didn’t blindly follow authority, which drove the conservative party nearly to wit’s end. If he towed the party line, Hitler would have had his way.

America and Britain, the two greatest English-speaking countries in the world need to step back and ask themselves, as Churchill has asked others during the early days of the war, “Where will we be after all that?”

Where will we be after the Chinese-virus? Where will we be when it’s time to rollback shelter in place and social restrictions? Where will be if the left wing with their communist/socialists ideals have their way?  Where will be as individuals bound together with our roots in the Magna-Carta?

I say the United States and Britain take their rightful and earned place together to lead. Be the leaders of freedom, democracy, and liberty.

Still, it will take Courage, a commitment to a moral foundation, to learn and increase our knowledge, to learn from our mistakes, and to continually question authority.

We the people can do this.

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The Winston Week – #7 The Majority and The Truth

Note: The Winston Week, is an attempt by me to provide comment and the 3-5 best thoughts and links which I have come across during the week. I am an unabashed Churchillian, but will try and keep to the facts. Many times facts are hard to swallow, but in the end, provide nourishment for the soul.

Christopher Kaczor, in, wrote an article titled: Lessons from Churchill’s Walk With Destiny. Many of us Churchillians have read and learned many lessons from Winston; I appreciated the brief description of the top lessons Kaczor provides.

One of these lessons stopped me in my tracks: “The majority does not determine the truth.” Those six words are profound. The example Kaczor uses is the appeasement of Hitler before the war.

I spent an hour or so smoking a Romeo y Juliette Churchill contemplating these six words. It could be that in America; the founding fathers used this same principle when developing the electoral college.

Groupthink, appeasement, identity politics are based on the majority determines the truth. In school, we were taught that the majority rules; it’s the basis of democracy. Right? That is what our teachers said. There is a huge difference between majority rules, ad the majority does not determine the truth.

In the new management styles that are taught in the corporate environments today, which I believe were devised to placate the millennium generation are based on consensus, how do you feel about this? But what now rings in my head is the majority does not determine the truth. That does not mean one should lead by dictatorship as all input must be considered. Leadership is a difficult and dirty job sometimes. How many failures have you seen when groupthink is applied, or the truth is rather inconvenient thus ignored. (Not to be confused with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Which is about as far from the truth as one can travel.)

In government today here in the USA and in Great Britain, we struggle exactly with this concept mainly because facts are ignored, or one operates under an alternate truth. Example: yes, the climate is changing. No, the world will not come to an end in twelve years as the Green New Deal suggests. The wall will keep illegal’s out. No, the wall won’t. The truth is, in this case, immigration reform and politician’s willingness to enforce it. Many will believe that I am wrong on both counts. But there is only one truth, and the majority will not decide what that truth is.

Here are my favorite links of the week.

Churchill’s Lessons for Europe Today

Trust The People

Did Winston’s Words Win The War?

Winston Orator and Wordsmith.!




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The Winston Week – #6 – That All My Past Life… – A Lesson In Leadership

Note: The Winston Week, is an attempt by me to provide comment and the 3-5 best thoughts and links which I have come across during the week. I am an unabashed Churchillian, but will try and keep to the facts. Many times facts are hard to swallow, but in the end, provide nourishment for the soul.
In the last paragraph of The Gathering Storm, Winston wrote, after receiving the invitation from the King to form a new government, “…and all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial.” I find this statement extraordinary. It guides future leadership qualities that many corporate leaders lack today.

When Winston speaks about his past life in the manner of great preparation, He is referring to are the cumulation of victories and foibles which have placed him in the seat of destiny.

Winston continues to stand out among all leaders because he had the capability of learning from his mistakes. One valuable lesson Winston learned from the Great War was to heed the advice of his Military Chiefs of Staff. It was a lesson learned from the disastrous Dardanelle’s campaign during the Great War. Winston was surrounded by a war cabinet, who were detached and approved the mission and by military leaders who half hardily committed after raising concerns. After a disastrous start to the campaign, Winston overruled his advisors and drove ahead, compounding disaster and a failed mission. Never during World War II did Winston rule against his Chiefs when they were unanimous in their opinion.

When a new leader arrives, it is understood that new leaders want to leave their mark, many times like a dog who comes into a new home. The changes the new leader implements are typically the same change that two leaders ago tried and failed. Circular failure happens when the new leader has not learned from previous mistakes, theirs and others, and won’t listen to the existing employees who understand why the proposed change will fail. I do believe that some corporate heads, move from one company to another, with ideas they know will fail, stay on until vested, collect their exit packages amounting to millions of dollars. Do that over a fifteen to twenty-year period, and you will be rich beyond belief not caring about the fact that you have destroyed thousands of employees lives in the process. It is the classic “Peter Principle.”

Where all we after all that?

From my experience (in the most horrible place in the world – middle management,) the qualities that are important to lead in a corporate environment or quite frankly in any environment.

There are many more, but here is a good start:

1) A leader must learn from their past mistakes. No learning, no future.

2) A leader coming into a new situation must listen to their subordinates. The subordinates with the longest tenure to understand past mistakes and group culture.

3) A transparent and clear path must be put forth.

4) Space must be created for innovation and celebration for failure.

5) Trust must be gained with employees, so they feel comfortable with bringing issues and failures to your attention.

6) Listen, listen, listen and follow up.

Much has been written about servant leadership and diverse leadership. They rarely work. Honesty, putting value into advice and feedback from your employees, rewarding success and rewarding failure when new things are tried is the formula for success.

Here are a few links and photos from last week:

What We Learned From Gallipoli

Churchill’s Navy – Podcast

Lincoln, Churchill, and Statesmanship


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The Winston Week – #5 – Things I wish he had said

Note: The Winston Week, is an attempt by me to provide comment and the 3-5 best thoughts and links which I have come across during the week. I am an unabashed Churchillian, but will try and keep to the facts. Many times facts are hard to swallow, but in the end, provide nourishment for the soul.

Winston’s contribution to freedom requires that his record always is kept accurate. Not only his deeds and accomplishments but what he said. Churchill publications total about 42, Winston also gave about 2500 documented speeches. His writing included a Nobel prize for his 6-volume memoir of the Second World War.

When the record is not accurate, the meaning and deeds become either infamous or legend. Revisionists begin to pollute accomplishments until they find themselves on the liar’s ash heap of history. That being said, I do wish some of the classic Churchill quotes, that he never said, were quotes he actually did say.

Here are some of my favorites Winston never said:

  •  Smoking cigars are like falling in love; first, you are attracted to its shape; you stay for its flavor; and you must always remember never, never let the flame go out.
  •   Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  •  If I had a husband like you,’ Nancy Astor said with concentrated scorn, ‘I’d give him poison!’ ‘Mad’m,’ Winston looking her over with a feeble sort of smile, ‘If I had a wife like you I’d take it.’”
  • You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. I think I heard Baroness Thatcher say this in a Prime Minister Question Time.

On my office window, I have the following. It is from Darkest Hour:

Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

I’m pretty sure Winston never said that one either. But to me, it encapsulates his life and gives me comfort.

Below are listed my favorite posts for the week


Various internet sites.


The Missouri Museum That Churchill Built

Social Media Misquotes Churchill

Soames Archive Opens at Cambridge

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