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Can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

15 Oct

Why is the poem on this blog?

These three gents were not saints.

I’d dare say they were not “godly” men.

I think the below poem will give you some things to think about.

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This piece will be written in what I call the Triple Rhyme Time style. We will deal with three subjects and every three lines will rhyme instead of the traditional two lines.

“Good Money” is a colloquial phrase that means that something or someone alright or cool.

The question posed here is can three famous U.S. Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson be considered “good money”?

Well, let’s see.

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Can We Call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

George Washington was the first President of the United States.

Let’s take a fresh look at his legacy to see how he rates.

Stories about him are legendary and he is the topic of many debates.

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He led the rebellion against the British but he lost just about every battle that he fought.

He was slippery and talented at stealth so he never got caught.

Without the tutelage of the Iroquois and/or Algonquian peoples his survival skills would have come to naught.

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Why is it that he is considered a freedom fighter but Ho Chi Minh was considered a terrorist?

Were they both not fighting to release the yoke of an imperialist foreign power or is there something I missed?

George was considered a man of virtue but here is a twist.

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Here is a tidbit of info that you probably didn’t get in any of your history classes.

You’re about to become one in-the-know because this isn’t generally known by the masses.

Did you know that it is rumored that the father of our country once traded a slave for a keg of molasses?

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His Mount Vernon plantation was the home to many slaves.

They suffered under an evil institution but they prayed constantly because they were told that Jesus saves.

It is peculiar how a freedom fighter would deny liberty to others which is something that the human spirit craves.

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Founding father and third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, wrote that “All men are created equal” in The Declaration of Independence.

It baffles me why he did some things because it just doesn’t add-up or make sense.

Let me tell you what I’m talking about as I don’t want to keep you in suspense.

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He owned a slave girl named Sally Hemmings who was 14 when the left, Virginia, and 16 when she returned with him from Paris, France.

While they were away, the widower, Tommy, started the romance.

He was the master so her resistance would’ve been futile so young, little Sally never had a chance.

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According to some, Sally was a slave that was 1/7 Black, and he fathered children six children with her even though he preached against the mixing of the races.

Virginia had a law on the books prohibiting marriages between the races, but it was overturned in 1967 and became one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark cases [Loving v. Virginia].

Dang, that was only 50 years ago so Virginia and this country as a whole should run and hide their faces.

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Andrew Jackson was the 7th U.S. President and he is infamous for what’s called “Indian Removal.”

This was not a problem with the U.S. Congress at the time so this policy met with their approval.

This was a cruel thing to do to the Five Civilized Nations, so their deportation was met with resistance and refusal.

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The Five Civilized Nations were the Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek.

With the Seminole in particular it became a game of hide-and-seek.

They hid and fought using guerilla warfare in the Everglades and much havoc did they wreak.

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Andy was a warrior since he was 13-years-old and was ready to fight under the heat of the sun or the dim light of the moon.

For the Five Civilized Nations, his death couldn’t come to soon.

Jackson admitted that he had but two regrets: “I didn’t shoot Henry Clay or to hang John C. Calhoun.”

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Some of the atrocities that these three men committed makes me want to scream and cuss.

They are long dead now so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Revisiting who we call American heroes is a must.

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These men had no scruples and the bad things they did are far from funny.

This information should cast a dark cloud over their legacies and their reputations are no longer sunny.

So tell me, can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “good money”?

Who Are the True Children of Israel?

3 Oct

Why is this poem on this blog?

Judaism is full of myth.

This particular relgious mythology has been promoted by Asiatic, Indo-European, and European people.

Also, people of African descent have also promoted Judaism’s mythology.

Believe what you will, but if you dip this religious mythology in chocolate (i.e., make them Black Jews), it still doesn’t mean you can confirm any events or the existence of the biblical patriarchs.

Again, believe what you will.

Proving it is another mattter.

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Did you know that there are a good number of Black Jews out there?

They are not a common as Black Christians or Black Muslims, but they are out there.

As of the writing of this piece, among the many Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) denominations, three of the best-known are as follows: the Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of the Living God Pillar & Ground of Truth, Inc.; the Church of God and Saints of Christ; and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC).

NOTICE: I will pose some questions to adherents of the three organizations that they may find uncomfortable. As I’ve have always said and will continue to say, believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person and your beliefs make you productive rather than destructive. My goal here is to provoke critical thinking and analysis of the subjects at hand. I just want people to know about things that affect their community.

This poem is written in a style that I call Triple Rhyme Time. In this style of poetry, I present information on three subjects/groups and the rhyme scheme is different from traditional rhyme schemes as every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines.

I hope that you find this information enlightening.

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“Who Are The True Children of Israel?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The Commandment Keepers were a large, Black Jewish congregation in Harlem.

It surprises me how many people have never heard of them.

They believe that through King Solomon and Queen Sheba they are the descendants of Shem.

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Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew was born in Nigeria and he established the Israelite Rabbinical Academy.

He ordained more than 20 rabbis who led congregations in the U.S. and various islands located to our south in the Caribbean Sea.

He taught that the original Jews were all Black but the Ashkenazim deserved credit as they kept traditions alive while Blacks were taken into slavery.

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Rabbi Matthew was a supporter of Marcus Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and the vision of a Black Utopia.

The Commandment Keepers added to the UNIA program and strengthened ties between Blacks in America and Africa – particularly Beta Israel in Ethiopia.

The spiritual, economic, and political mixture had the potential to be quite a cornucopia.

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The rites and practices are in line with the Sephardi style of Judaism such as the way they conduct services on the Sabbath and the use of the De Sola Pool Spanish and Portuguese Prayer Book.

To have seen these Black Jews walking into their synagogue at 1 West 123rd Street would have caused most to take a surprised second look.

Like the namesake of Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Less Traveled” was the path that this congregation took.

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Prophet William Saunders Crowdy started the Church of God and Saints of Christ in Lawrence, Kansas in 1896.

Their doctrine borrows from both Old Testament and New Testament rituals that makes for a unique mix.

They are well-organized and active in their respective communities so their legacy sticks.

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They are the oldest BHI in the world but don’t get a lot of press.

Maybe it is because they silently do community service work and only on the Sabbath do they have a distinguishable style of dress.

They teach that the original Hebrews of the Bible were Black, but the brotherhood of all men is something that they also profess.

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Their a capella style of singing is enjoyable and will get your hands clapping and your feet moving.

You’ll be prancing and swaying to the harmony as their sweet hymns are so soothing.

It is so enjoyable you’ll think that you’re in a dance club grooving.

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The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ is a little different from the other two.

They believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that he is coming back to gather his people, but he comes like a thief in the night so as for an exact time we haven’t a clue.

However if you are not of the Twelve Tribes he is NOT a savior for you.

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Tazadaqyah is the current leader of the organization and he is called The Comforter by those who believe in what he is teaching.

Their church doesn’t have an open-door policy so unless you’re invited you’ll have to go to his website to hear him preaching.

He is charismatic, street-smart, and a good speaker so among inner-city dwellers his message is wide-reaching.

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In their theology, Blacks are the chosen people and that White people and those who disbelieve in his teachings will all burn in Hell.

White Jews are impostors and they have no right to be in the Holy Land in which they currently dwell.

He proclaims that Deuteronomy, Chapter 28 lets you know who the true Israelites are so do not go for the lies or fall under the spell.

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I have a total of 12 questions for all three groups.

There pretty straight-forward and require no jumping through hoops.

They’re just questions to which you may have answers so there is no need to rally your troops.

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  1. How is it that a nomadic people with no history of architecture built large pyramids in Egypt which is a feat that even today we cannot duplicate?
  2. Why are you not focused on the overall upliftment of all African people and instead preach hate?
  3. What was the name of the pharaoh that took the Israelites into bondage and what was the exact date?
  4. How can you say that African-Americans are from the tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Issachar are modern-day Mexicans?
  5. In my archeological research I couldn’t locate any grave sites for the Hebrew patriarchs so may I please borrow your lens?
  6. Do you understand that you must have an multi-faceted, revolutionary plan must be based on liberty and equality if you’re going to be considered the new Black Jacobins?
  7. How is it that Zondervan’s Compact Bible Dictionary says that Ham is the father of the Black race, but not of the “Negroes?”
  8. Has not science proven that ALL humanity sprung from the great lakes region of Africa from whence the Nile River flows?
  9. Is there any scientific evidence to support your claim of a separate, unique, dark-skinned Israelite race, or are we being fitted for The Emperor’s New Clothes?
  10. Do you have a plan for Black economic development like Claud Anderson’s Powernomics or Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power?
  11. Or will we have to engage in illegal activities that will cause us to end-up in Attica or Folsom while the hacks watch over us from the watchtower?
  12. After reading this, can we please remain civil and not have any hard feelings or become sour?

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Believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person is fair as far as I can tell.

Some actually believe that Joshua marched around the city of Jericho and it’s walls crumbled and fell.

I still have a question: Who are the True Children of Israel?

Shiny, New Pair of Dimes

25 Sep

Some people like Davey Crockett and Abraham Lincoln are looked-up to with saintly reverance.

Perhaps we should remember that they had agendas and and are not as pristine as they have portrayed.

I’m a student of history and I’m going to explore three connected events in U.S. history: The Mexican-American War; militant abolitionist movements (Bleeding Kansas and Harpers Ferry); and the U.S. Civil War.

This poem introduces a new style where I present three events, people, or opinions. Also, every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines. I’m calling this style Triple Rhyme Poetry. So consider this a Triple Rhyme Time Poem.

Also, for your enjoyment, movie titles and book titles or hyperlinked to their respective pages on IDMB.com or Amazon.com.

Please let me know what you think.

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“Shiny, New Pair of Dimes”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Shiny, new pair of dimes is about changing old, dirty paradigms with new, thought-provoking paradigms.

I’m going to drop some history on you and you’ll notice that every three lines will be patterned in rhymes.

I’ll present historical events in this poem that is need-to-know information because these are changing times.

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New paradigms are necessary because we have to rethink how we think about and do things.

Critical thinking and analysis is so comforting because of the clarity it brings.

I’m just a truth-seeker that shares facts as truth gives you power like you were a Lord of the Rings.

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In this poem I’ll present three events in United States history.

To many, the behind-the-scenes stories remain a mystery.

Light will be shed on the dark shadows so put on your thinking caps and listen to me.

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The Mexican-American War (April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848) was a warm-up for the future generals in the U.S. Civil War, you know.

Things go so much deeper than screaming, “Remember the Alamo!”

We’ll first talk about a few facts of Mexican-controlled Texas so here we go.

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Texas was owned by Mexico, but U.S. settlers were welcome to live there, but after 1830 slavery was not allowed.

The problem was slave-holders and slave-traders settled in Texas and became quite a noisy crowd.

Sometimes slaves would escape south of the border to live free and enjoy all of the natural rights that human beings are endowed.

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Slave hunters would try to recapture them but the Mexicans would not turn them over so they could become enslaved again.

This really pissed-off slavers and they had feelings of chagrin.

Fighting broke out against the Mexican government and eventually Davy Crockett and other rebellious Texans were slain by Santa Anna’s men.

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This was pretty much the event that sparked the Mexican-American War when afterwards the U.S. added Texas to the union as slave-holding state and also acquired the Mexican Cession [Sidebar — The Mexican Cession of 1948 added California, Utah, Nevada, most of Arizona, half of New Mexico, less than half of Colorado and less than half of the southwest of Wyoming.]

Hmmm… I wonder why when I was in school I did not get this history lesson?

That was a facetious question as I know that they were passed over in place of just more Lies My Teacher Told Me so there is no need for stressin’.

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Kansas was bleeding from 1854 to 1861 as the idea of it entering the union as a free state was met with much resistance.

The nation was divided over the issue of slavery, but the cotton gin made plantation slavery generate even more dollars and cents.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, caused abolitionist sentiments to incense.

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Militant abolitionist John Brown put his bullets where his mouth was and fought against slavery as he felt that it was the Christian thing to do.

After fighting in Kansas he embarked on a mission to cite slave insurrections among those of a darker hue.

He, his sons, and a few Black men raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia and from this event the U.S. Civil War would ensue.

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Harpers Ferry was initially taken by him and his men, but eventually he was overwhelmed and captured by marines under the command of then Colonel Robert E. Lee.

After his execution for treason, Frederick Douglas said, “John Brown was willing to die for his convictions and that makes him so much braver than me.”

John Brown understood that the slavery issue would keep factions on both sides in a state of constant enmity.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed slaves but what was his true drive?

Was it because he considered Blacks equal to him or was it a political move to further motivate the hive?

The hive that wore union blue uniforms that eventually beat those that wore gray in 1865.

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Saying that the U.S. Civil War was fought to free Black slaves is one of the biggest lies ever told.

It was fought to return break-away southern states with all of their natural resources back into the fold.

The slavery issue was used as a cat’s paw so that Great Britain and France wouldn’t support the CSA (Confederate States of America) and that gamble was very, very bold.

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Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th every year since 1865 and is called “Freedom Day” by American Blacks.

On that day slavery was abolished in Texas and the overseer’s whip no longer cracked on black backs.

So in reality, upon closer review, the Emancipation Proclamation was ineffective when you compare the evidence stacks.

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The South was a separate country for a time called the Confederate States of America, you see.

President Lincoln really had no jurisdiction over the people who owned Black slaves because as a separate nation they had sovereignty.

Don’t hear me wrong because the enemy of my enemy is a friend to me.

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I just want to view the causes of the U.S. Civil war in proper context.

If I think for a minute that it was all about Black people I’d fall for any lie that would come next.

The truth is that Black were pawns in a political game and to think otherwise gets me vexed.

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To be honest about Abe I’d say that he was a shrewd and practical in his decision-making.

He knew that reuniting the country was going to be a huge undertaking.

Even though dealing his race card would up the ante for his assassination and popularity he was forsaking.

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These are three true stories of American history that may be somewhat bitter to swallow like lemons or limes.

But the truth has to be told because these are changing times.

I gave you more than my two cents as I gave you a shiny, new pair of dimes.

For Heaven or Hell?

14 Aug

I couldn’t resist adding the below irreverent rant by comedy legend, George Carlin, on this very topic. It makes you think.

Below is an 11-part haiku chain poem. I hope that you like it.

“For Heaven or Hell?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Streets paved of gold and
pearly gates. Milk and honey.
Angel wings for all.

You will see loved ones
long lost. Reunified with
your spouse forever.

Make sure to go to
church each and every Sunday
to receive blessings.

The blessings for your
faithful attendance will be
mercy and goodness.

Don’t forget to go
to church or fail to pay your
tithes and offerings.

The salvation of
your soul is at stake. So guard
your duties, my friend.

GOD loves you, but he’ll
punish disobedience.
Hot fire and brimstone.

You will burn forever.
Eternal torment because
you are damned. No hope.

Hope has been lost. You
had your chance but you didn’t
heed warnings. Obey!

HE loves you, but will
throw you in the pit with that
devil, Lucifer.

So what is your life goal?
What are you aiming for? You
for Heaven or Hell?

Ben Netanyahu

6 Jul

I am very disappointed to hear news that the only “democracy” in the Middle East, Israel, is behaving like South Africa under legalized apartheid or even Nazi Germany. Shame on Israel!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described African migrants in Israel as “illegal infiltrators” that threaten “our existence as a Jewish and democratic state.” Knesset member Miri Regev, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, described refugees as “a cancer in our body” while addressing a mass rally that would shortly devolve into a riot targeting an African neighborhood in Tel Aviv. (“Israeli Racism Against Africans Proves Israel Is Not a Democracy”).

Write letters to your congressmen and your senators about this. Spread the word to churches that feel that they must go to visit the Holy Land in Jerusalem. Go to other holy sites instead until Israel gets its act together.

THIS IS NOT A CATEGORICAL INDICTMENT OF JEWISH PEOPLE!

I’m actually counting on Jewish folks like best-selling author Shlomo Sand to speak out against wrongs being done against people in Israel.

This poem is written in what I call a Haiku Chain. There are 16 haiku poems strung together to create this poem.

Please learn from this and take action.

“Ben Netanyahu”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The news reports say
that Africans are being
deported in droves.

You said you have to
to keep the “identity”
of Israel safe.

Sudanese who came
to your country are being
labeled as rapists.

Why would you dare say
such an inflammatory
thing? Riots began.

Beta Israel
from Ethiopia has
warned us about this.

How they face daily
discrimination in schools
and in housing.

I live in the good,
‘ol U.S.A. so why do
I bother to care?

Well, Israel is
the top recipient of
U.S. foriegn aid.

My tax dollars
are being used to oppress
people of color.

That is not how I
want my money spent. Has Ben
forgotten his past?

How Nazis spread lies
about Jews and made public
speeches full of hate?

How his people were
cast out of Germany to
protect its culture?

“Never forget the
Holocaust!” Agreed. We must
remember this crime.

Has the Israeli
leader forgotten? It seems
to have slipped his mind.

Your behavior is
disappointing and disgusts
me. Shame on you, sir!

Stop the race-baiting.
People may get hurt. Chill out,
Ben Netanyahu.

Well, I’m Not So Sure

29 May

This poem is a series of 12 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to Agnoticism. According to Wikipedia, in some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves there is a God, whereas an atheist disbelieves in God. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify knowledge of whether God exists or does not. Within agnosticism there are agnostic atheists (who do not believe any deity exists, but do not deny it as a possibility) and agnostic theists (who believe a God exists but do not claim to know that).

This poem has 12 verses – 12 haiku tied together to tell a story/present a message.

“Well, I’m not so sure”

© 2011, Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved

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Take modern science.
Dismiss things you can’t confirm.
Think critically.

Historic events
are recorded and leave things –
artifacts and graves.

Fairy tales amuse
and at times frighten children.
They just are not true.

Fear is a very
crippling and controlling tool.
Ask politicians.

The Catholic faith.
Rome’s Emperor, Constantine,
is the true father.

Moses had to go
to a mountain by himself
to get commandments.

Muhammad went to
a cave alone to receive
the Holy Qur’an.

Alone by himself
did Joseph Smith have the Book
of Mormon revealed.

Why were all of these
men alone with none to see
their event happen?

Isn’t that quite odd?
Should not truth be apparent?
Not a mystery.

Ask questions, beloved.
Be like a child and ask “Why?”
A child shall lead them.

Do you think that your
religion is the truth, friend?
Well, I’m not so sure.

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29 May

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