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Median Net Family Wealth Boston Mass USA: $247,000.00 Whites, $8.00 Blacks. Source Boston Federal Reserve Bank.

So I guess this book by Eric Lonergan & Mark Blyth is going to be a real snapper!


I'm only hearing about it today from the podcast below, but I think it may be a hot bestseller.


A financial portfolio … for everyone

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I'll say it, Adam Smith is wrong!

I'm extremely fond of the hosts Kai Ryssdal & Molly Wood as well as the content of the show even though I'm about to criticize a moment of Wednesday's show below. Their work is great, their humanity is exemplary.

Something triggered a visceral & bad feeling when I heard the quote of the venerated Adam Smith

Adam Smith wrote:

"Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production."

Here's the gist of the content of the show before the quote:
  • audience question about the work-from-home market ...
  • high pay workers moving to low-cost locations ...
  • Apple can not/should not pay American level wages in China ...
  • can't have the same labor wage across the globe ...
  • why not?
  • WORMHOLE ...
  • some distracting banter ...
  • audience question Can has Economy not based on Consumerism? ...
  • Kai says no, then quotes Adam Smith...
  • Molly and I simultaneously have our brains go into skeptic mode and Molly's went too fast ...

There is a lot to unpack, and I'm going to come back to why I reacted to the spurious idea inside the quote later.

If Silicon Valley people move to rural places with big money flowing to them because teleworking, some of the excess money will drop on the scene, it's going to splash off onto the people that live there. Like Yacht's are disgusting opulence, but the people who built them got paid. You won't have a lot of friends in town if you tip small but they find out you are earning 1,000x the local wages. If you ask the local builders to make an ice-ring addition on your 2,000 square-foot home, you will be charged more than if the town commissioned the job for public use.

Molly, if you are reading this, write labor is not an invasive species on the chalkboard 100 times. the population of high paid people is small and if they do diaspora it's not going to change much. The place they leave will feel it more than the place they go to.

Geography dependant wages have a plethora of reasons behind them. For one, Silicon Valley with all their secrets and espionage wouldn't be able to secure their ideas if people could work from everywhere; e.g. the CIA will not move their headquarters to China. Also, the biggest players need the best people to stay ahead of the competitors, so the talent moves to where the geography pulls it to (depending a lot on the economic and moral value system of the talented). In the type of labor that requires the production of goods, or the performance of in-person services (think factories, mechanics, carpenters, lawyers, doctors, and so on), the topography of wages across the Earths surface will be dependant on supply and demand of the thing adjusted for the population density and some other factors. Land is a scarce resource and that's why in cities you have to manufacture land by creating taller buildings. Too many people want the same land, so you take the footprint of the land and multiply it by the number of floors you set on top of it to try making the footprint cheaper per square unit. This base cost of doing business raises the ask for all goods and services and has to be higher as a consequence where the population density is higher. Density decides the price of the wages, not the wages deciding the price of the land. The more economic engines a location has to attract people the higher the density gets. If your product can be delivered from afar, the owners of the company get a bigger share of the selling price, this is because they can absolutely underpay but relatively overpay a worker in Flint to build an item they sell in NYC for full price; build in low density, sell in high density. The ability to move to where things are produced to a location where people are more disadvantaged and/or the cost of living is lower can only lower the wages, never raise them. Where it moved away from becomes more desperate so asks for less to do something. When the production moves again is when the new place becomes skilled and has enough money and power to ask for more. The wages will not go up till industrialists without morals run out of downtrodden people on the Earth; better pack a lunch.

So now, what if a person is a factory unto themselves who can build in one place and deliver in another place? They are the owner and the labor of their system. If their product/service is unique enough and has value to more people than it can be produced for, they can ask whatever they want to make it wherever they want and deliver it to wherever they want. That type of person/product/service is rare indeed. Most of us and our abilities are commoditized, so if we say we won't do it another person will replace us fairly quickly. Most of also can't leave an area because we are emotionally attached to people places and things in an area and languages, and foods, and so on. We can't move like a factory and that is a disadvantage for labor.

I'm finally circling back to Adam Smith and Kai. When he said it, it sounded like it was right; like truthiness. But it bothered me like to me it felt like a broken clock that is right twice a day and close to right a lot of time in the day depending on how accurate you need the time to be. I also feel like I'm hearing a man tell me that he saw a cart pushing a horse up a street. I think Molly started to do the mathematical thing where you generalize the statement testing for counterexamples by asking questions, like what is "production", like does a mom produce babies.

I think it would be more accurate to say, extending one's life and culture is the sole purpose of all human activity and most human activity is the production of goods and the performance of services. I could be easily taking Adam Smith out of context, but I don't think I'm taking the way Kai used it out of context. Kai just finished reading parts of a nuanced question and called TLDR then quoted Adam Smith. The word "consumerism" which the audience questioner used is nuanced, the ideas of production & consumption stated in the Smith quote are nuanced, but it got whipped out there in a declarative way that was intended to stop discussion on the topic. I know nearly nothing about producing a radio show, time constraints, and so on, so I'm not assembling a posse to right this wrong, yet it compelled this post and the things linking to it.

Is a metal tool with a lifetime guarantee that you have multiple generations using ever consumed? Do I consume art when I look at a painting? Do I produce smiles for the consumption of others? Has nobody ever failed at trying to produce something? Like built something they thought was great but nobody bought/consumed it? You can't consume what has yet to be produced so consuming can't start the production.

How about this instead? Solving problems and making life easier is the sole driving force behind all innovation/invention, and popular inventions have a strong calling, so production must be done to satisfy that demand, and if the invention is difficult to make or scaling it up can lower the cost it will be produced in mass, and if the product doesn't last long it will be consumed repeatedly.

Let's think about food & shelter. We consume food, but we don't really produce it, the Earth produces it and was doing that before us, we just sort out the bad planning of nature in order to have the Earth get more made per square foot (I'm not saying that's healthy for us though.). And we do produce shelter, though we don't really consume it. Sure we use it, but the intention is not to make it deteriorate from us using it so not a consumed good. This one is for Molly, we produce babies, but not to consume them, we do it because we are compelled to.

Regarding the specific thing about consumerism from a listener, think about the parallels between illegal drugs and all other products. Illegal drugs have almost no lasting value, and if they were never introduced into the world, we would all have been better off. They are marketed in a way that people who shouldn't consume them do, and the value they cost the world is greater than the value they give their consumers. Many legal products fit that form. Advertisers, like Steve Jobs hacked brains and forced people to think they needed something they didn't, overcharged for it, and left a lot of environmental degradation in the process of doing that. So very many products would not be consumed if they weren't marketed with psychological hacks, they cost much and they deliver little. They warp culture into something it doesn't need to be and it makes the majority of people worse off for the benefit of the few.

Kai, you should have said, "yes, we could have an economy without consumerism, it just would be a different one than what we have now. I don't know if it would be better or worse, but it would probably be better the way you asked the question."


This is the embedded audio player for the show attached at the bottom of the post.


Yes, Quibi still exists

The History of Ronald Reagan | with Patton Oswalt on The Dollop

While listening to The Congressional Dish #, I heard about The Dollop and couldn't resist sampling it. I'm drawing peoples attention to # aka: Ron Ray Gun. He has been deified by many #, #, and # #. I'll admit to being ignorant enough to think he was a good thing for # when I was younger and I was more likely to swallow # whole because it had #. I'm older and wiser now and don't think in bumper-sticker sized ideas.

These two windows into the life and times of Ron & Nancy Reagan were pretty eye-opening to me and I already have a lot of # reasons to detest him for his hidden agenda connected to his actions.

I hope you take the time to listen to them.


Ronald Reagan, Part 1 with Patton Oswalt | The Dollop #400



Ronald Reagan, Part 2 with Patton Oswalt | The Dollop #400


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Palestine Sunbird: A Stamp of Defiance

I saw this uplifting story about # recently. It's a bit melancholy, but it has a happy ending so press on and watch the whole video.





# # # # # # # # # # # #

Vote For Pete Buttigieg! #NOT

(Former) # gets some of his # aired out here, and man-o-man it stinks!

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Elections | Opinion about Lib's/Socalists/etc. versus Capitalist Ambition

Typically I'm posting a # for people to listen to and a reason to listen to it, but here, a podcast merely # my thoughts while doing man-on-the-street type interviews of # #.

An older-sounding white man said something about how all the # (pejoratively) and their # and free # is going to kill off all the # of #. I definitely paraphrased him, but his point is intact.

His comment caught me in that way where you clearly see how and why he is so mistaken. I felt the immediate recoil from him misunderstanding what a # is, but I'll give him that because # is messy and people on the same side disagree if given the chance to talk to each other instead of yelling at the "others". However, he is fundamentally wrong about ambition. He was confusing the idea of working out of desperation and the survival instinct with ambition. Perhaps he was a # type who had hopes for his next of kin doing better and instead sees 23-year-old grandchildren playing X-Box all day and drinking at night. I don't know why he thinks his opinions are valid, but I do know he is wrong.

It's been # proven that when we are stressed over meeting our basic needs in life that we can't make good decisions. Ambition comes from having a good idea that can improve people's lives in a way that it would be valued at more than what it costs to produce. It's hard to have good ideas when you can't figure out what to do without; #, #, #, #, Clean #, or the # / # payment. I believe it's a goal of socialism to meet these basic needs without question, thus the desperation is lifted and people can be free to think of greater things.

The # # had an unquestionably great thing going with flourishes of #, #, # and so forth. Their institutions of learning did not charge admission for entrance. They did, however, have a bar to entry, and it was based on the economic standing of the citizens. If you were wealthy enough to stop working for a period of time, you could get the "go-ahead goal" of learning about important things. Poor people were still stuck in the cycle of desperation. This may explain why it's so much more likely that non-poor people have # ideas and subsequently the ambition to get rich as a result.

If nobody was stuck in desperation mode due to bad-luck-of birth #, # and ambition might skyrocket.


Chapter 4: The Southeast | Crooked Media (site link)
Stitcher embedded audio feed
"I don't know why he thinks his opinions are valid, but I do know he is wrong"
I have an evidence based reason why he thinks his opinions are valid, and I know he is wrong too..

How China Tracks Everyone | VICE on HBO

Maybe it's just me, but does anybody think it's odd how a "# country (# found a refinement of a # country's product, #, as ideal for their "way of life"?



To be clear, # did invent # because it was always a problem for # to figure out how to persuade their market into overpaying for their products/services. Broadcast advertisement was a blunt instrument, like washing clothes by banging them with rocks along the riverbed, but it was the best option they had for mind control. They would try to get a "better bang for the buck" by all kinds of user surveys, but it just narrowed down fishing with dynamite to fishing with nets. They wanted to fish with smart hooks that found the fish they wanted without them making any effort. # showed them all the way. # just didn't have a pretense of # or # to slow them down.

Companies in a # society, if they are big enough, hate government because they want to be as powerful as a government, but with dictatorial powers. China and Russia are showing us that is what they want too. Capitalism infected the world like a virus and now we are going to reap the whirlwind.

George Bush, Barack Obama, and the CIA Torture Cover-Up

The latest #Podcast by Intercepted is a big reveal on how we #American's have lied to ourselves for over a decade about our #CIA #Torture programs. At least 2 of our #POTUS have been implicated as complicit in this episode, and other perpetrators who got off scot-free are called out with the evidence against them.



CD203: Scattering Interior

Well, my latest #Hero #Journalist Jen Briney, creator and voice of the #CongressionalDish dropped another great episode. I'm not sure if #MAGA types would like this episode despite her having a following from them too because she tends personally as a #Libertarian and plays no favorites with her content about the #USA #Congress #HouseOfRepresentatives, but if said #Conservative #Republicans are truly principled and not just "fan-boys" voting for a color/logo/wishful-thought, then thy will like it too.

The main thrust of her episode is the way our #Executive branch of government has nefariously altered the way our country collectively regulates public land. Their goal and result was to streamline all the land to be used for energy production. Depending greatly on how any given person defines #TheSwamp in Washington #DC and what a #Monster is in that swamp will change their opinion on the success of #DrainTheSwamp. If your idea of a swamp monster is a person who protected public land for a small subset of American Citizens so that oil drilling wouldn't happen on it, then you'll be happy about what has happened because the filth is about to flow on many of us while a tiny minority of corporations will profit mightily.



Your outfit is trash (as a compliment)

This #Podcast is noteworthy, especially if you genuinely want to live in a more #Sustainable way with respect to the #Environment. It might mean you have to change the way you chose #Clothing and other #Apparel, but you'll be doing the right thing for the right reasons.

Next time you buy clothes, buy ones that will last longer, and keep them longer. Own fewer items. Consider getting and giving items at consignment shops. Look into repairing clothes instead of discarding them; all my childhood jeans had iron-on patches in the knees.


Your outfit is trash
#Economy #ClimateChange #Fashion #FastFashion #China #Garments #Cotton #DistressedJeans

EP 47: PROJECT RAVEN | 17 September 2019 | 61:49

#WOW! This #Podcast has a LOT going on!!!

The DARKNET DIARIES website linked in the webpage preview attachment at the bottom of this post has all their sources for the story ready for you to scrutinize. You have retired #US #Navy people going to private #InfoSec / #SurveillanceCapitalism companies overseas. You have #FalseFront's of these private #Spy companies being #Exposed. You have the links to #MiddleEast nations using the "services" in order to do #Khashoggi style #Hack, catch & kill operations on #Journalists for telling #TruthToPower. You have #Whistleblower's who didn't blow a whistle till these "companies" went #Psycho on the employees for showing they had some #Moral #Character.

This story is the seed for a #Blockbuster #Bollywood / #Hollywood #Thriller #Suspense #Action #Movie. Although after hearing the latest from Jeremy Scahill on The INTERCEPTED Podcast I'm being made aware—from a primary source—that the #CIA spends time and money the way the #Mossad does on effecting legitimate films in order to adjust them into #Propaganda to serve their agency's needs.

#Corruption and sunlight on it abounds in this little one hour story.



Why would Iran attack Saudi Aramco's oil facilities?

The FT News podcast called News In Focus just recently reviewed that recent question of, "did #Iran do the damage to the #Saudi #oil production facility?" The FT talks about claims of where the weapons were launched from and who built them as well as other nations having a consensus building and decaying over who to blame.

I'm personally not convinced yet by any claims of who did it, but if the #USA (my home country) wants to claim that #Iranian looking #weapons means Iran did it, I'm gonna have to call bullshit and fuck-you. We never find the time to blame ourselves for all the #death and #carnage that our weapons do in the hands of others! I'm leaving Iran off the hook on this one so far.



Why would Iran attack Saudi Aramco's oil facilities?

Make sense of a disrupted world Your browser does not support playing this file but you can still download the MP3 file to play locally. A devastating missile and drone attack on Saudi oil installations last week highlighted the vulnerability of global oil supplies to the threat of regional unrest. The attack was claimed by Houthi rebels fighting ...
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Congressional Dish Podcast Rocks!

I just love this Jennifer Briney #Podcaster! From the April-2013 CD024: Let’s Gut the STOCK Act episode where she first—in a non-partisan way—"gives the game away" of how unethical our "elected" officials can be, to the latest show where she reveals where she's coming from personally and ethically. She turns Congressional Gruel into palatable delicacies for the hungry masses. A true #Journalist.


"I Love America" Facebook page (pushing pro-Trump propaganda) is run by Ukrainians

I just caught this on my Twitter feed via Judd Legum, where the Popular.info site tells the story of how we still have an evil #Zuckerburg doing the #Facebook to the world.

The Trumped-up Economy and the coming world of hurt...

Back in August, #TheSignal #Podcast did an episode called How to start a currency war,

and it gave us a very foreboding message about one of the very real possibilities we are facing worldwide if my countries #Asshole in the #WhiteHouse continues making decisions to profit his ego and his massively wealthy donors bottom-lines.


Just this week, that same podcast aired another show along the same lines as the one linked above called, What happens in a recession.

The show paints a grim picture for the future, but it's not a dystopian fantasy, it's a likely outcome.


Because I tend to be a contrarian, I looked for a silver lining. This type of an economic downturn, while it's helping the rich, hurting the middle-class, and not affecting the poor, it will be helping the fight against #ClimateChange. We will be doing less of everything that releases carbons into the atmosphere, and less of everything that degrades the earth and sea.

Olga Lautman on the Russian Mafia

This one is so new that the #Podcast isn't even available on the Gaslit Nation website yet. I used the Lybsyn podcast manager to get the content here.

Olga "knows where the bodies are buried" when it comes to #NYC #Mobsters. She's in the know with the #Jewish and #Russian #Mob's and she's naming names, and putting string from one person to another.
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The #RudyGiuliani thing was amazing. #Giuliani as the NY State Prosecutor got famous for going after Organized Crime, but now I see that was just him using public funds to clear out the #Italians so that the #Russians he was connected to could have it easier.


It’s an Economist’s World

This is soooo #Great!
The #Economist’s #Evolutionary path into the forefront of #Government is explored and scrutinized in a delightful way in this episode. As a staunch hater of #Friedman and his almost #Nefarious contributions to #Economic thought, I'm quite pleased to hear a new wave of thinkers are coming to the fore. Binyamin Appelbaum and his book,
"The Economists' Hour | False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society",
might get me to spend money on a paper book again! It's like Binyamin finally said, "the King has no clothes." Applebaum isn't pulling punches with his content and he's not sparing any former lead politicians from blame.


The interview starts at about 5:34

The page that audio comes from is https://slate.com/podcasts/the-gist/2019/09/new-york-times-binyamin-appelbaum-new-book-the-economists-hour
The attached article below is Applebaum's column in the NYT.

The New York Times: Opinion | Blame Economists for the Mess We’re In (By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM)



In the event that I have readers unfamiliar with the school of Economics, don't shy away. All people have the ability to contribute to this school of thought. In general, all economists study the motivation people have for selecting goods and services with their limited resources. All you need to participate is some personal insight and some curiosity in others rationale for their decisions.

Microeconomics focuses on those atomic level decisions like if you pick whole milk over 2% or a red-colored package over a green-colored package.

Macroeconomics focuses on what happens when all of us make decisions simultaneously, and how policy and/or regulatory actions can be enacted to avoid large scale societal problems.

The FEC is about to suffer a crippling loss

#American #Elections have more troubles for 2020. The #Marketplace podcasts are very brief. At the start of this one, we hear why trees will fall in the forest but nobody will hear them so they didn't happen. Well, the #Campaign #Finance version of that. #Koch will own it.



Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

#LOLZ, the @FailureShow aka: #SpectacularFailures #Podcast took some time this episode to have a look at the #Trump #Scams before he had the power to end the world. I knew he was a #ShitBag back in the 1980s.

I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets

This is a fun romp about how #Surveillance #Capitalism has become as #Omnipresent as the magnetic field of the Sun.


And this is more of an attempt to embed a PeerTube video via iFrame than to comment cause obviously, Google is the worst.
Oh, that's weird cause your on a Friendica server too. It renders right on my screen. The iframe is built into the BBCode. It's basically [iframe] url for the content that came from their embedded content <iframe> code [/iframe].

Just listening to this #Podcast from 2016, you know, from before #Trump was unleashed on the world with 5 infinity stones. This story reveals why plenty of #American's could reject #Hillary #Clinton.



Border Patrol is operating above our laws.

So, yeah, this new #Trump thing wasn't just bluster.
#Immigration #War #ICE #CBP #Racism

How the GOP Got Here

If you are a lover of #Logic and #Whitty #Satire, this is so worth hearing at least the first 5 minutes of Mike Pesca's #Podcast embedded below. There's 1:15 in ad content at the start. He's exposing the absurdity of the responses by Trump types of, "No you are the racist!".



The Trump administration wants access to encrypted messages

Yes #WTF! The #Trump has decided to eliminate the #Right to #Privacy in the #USA. I can see the short-sightedness of his base of support being in favor of this because they think if it happens they will be in power forever.



A funeral industry giant keels over

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This is another great # for the @Stock Picking Discussion forum. The detail I caught in the story making it worth mentioning is one that might go past people who don't think about #. It won't take you long to listen to this show, but here's the...
spoiler/rant alert:
Reveal/hideThe Financial Industry wanders from one type of thing to another with their big-money the way a grain farmer goes out to reap the crops, except the financial industry doesn't plant the crops, it just kills the farmer and takes the crops. The pattern is the money-hawks will look for where the middle-class stores or spends their cash, then they plot the attack, and you'll see them swoop in to monopolize things, pervert # # # so that you're "over a barrel", then they will take it all till the middle-class is on the edge of becoming lower-class again. Based on the podcast, notice the way there was no death-business, then there was a business contrived for it, then the Wall Street types noticed it, swooped in and started making people pay for their hole in the ground decades ahead of time so they could get rich by investing your promise to be buried in the dirt. Right now they are doing schemes with # # and other # a little different than they did earlier this decade. In the last decades, they were raiding retirement funds; even the Mafia made good on pensions. In the '80s & '90s, it was churn & burn the accounts because the youth of the day didn't believe their grandparents' stories of how Stock Brokers screwed them in the '20s & '30s. Almost every generation has had untold wealth extracted from its masses and funneled into the accounts of these industry giants and some to their minions.


The main point of all this is to beware of what the owners of & workers on # decide to make a run at. You don't have to get # by them. Innoculate yourself. If you know they are trying to do it (hint: they always are), and what they are trying to do it with, you're well on your way to preventing them from getting over on you. Your common sense will do most of the rest.



Episode 924: Stuck In China's Panopticon

Holy shit! We thought # were shit to #. Wait till you get a load of what # doing! I think they are planning on a # of the #. As an #, I'm not a person who thinks # should be given respect, but I do think people should no matter what.


@Atheists in the open
It's 26:50 in length. I'm posting from Friendica, so you don't see it rendered correctly. Try this link?
https://social.outsourcedmath.com/display/1b3b355084f80137d19802000a000045
I usually embed a player for people to play a podcast in anonymity through my post along with a link to the source.

The show is produced by the National Public Radio here and it's a Financial podcast most of the time, but this episode is off their normal material. They are really good about being human with their perspective, aka: not greed-driven.

So true that quality is a better way to live! However, as it's measured, I don't think cheaper inputs to a product or service change the GDP. To avoid double counting they won't measure components made to become part of a final product that a consumer buys; they just measure the price the final product sells at. But, if cheaper inputs lower the final products price they will sell more units and thus raise the total GDP. Is that what you meant?


The theorybiz article has many of the items that I was thinking of, especially the increasing #scarcity. For example, the topsoil in the #USA is being depleted and is a positive in the GDP figures. Increasing the farming quality so that we have no net loss of topsoil should lead to the best possible results in whatever measure is used.

Lendy.co.uk a P2P lending service is going bankrupt after a few years of operations...

I spend a lot of time thinking about alternatives to #Banking. I'm not really sure how I feel about this story yet. I first heard about it in the last few minutes of the FT #Podcast called #BankingWeekly.




It appears that the Lendy company had been scaling operations up significantly since about January of 2016. Financially, they looked honorable. Theoretically, they seemed as feasible as ride-sharing services. They knew people with money, and people that needed money, so they were a glorified dating service that matched up people with capital to enterprising people. What could go wrong?

Lendy’s overdue loans hit 68% of book as FCA monitors £8m lawsuit
Two thirds of active loans issued by Lendy are now overdue while the peer-to-peer lender has also resorted to asking the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for help in a multi-million-pound contract dispute with a borrower.


I can't help but prejudge this by thinking that they took the higher risk type enterprises that banks wouldn't—probably for damn good reasons—and with that higher risk, they didn't secure methods and plans to negotiate fair, reasonable, and equitable repayment of such risky endeavors. I sincerely hope they get their endeavor straightened out because alternatives to centralized banking are important in an egalitarian world.


Trump's war in Iran

Every #Iranian I've ever met, I've liked tremendously. If it weren't for our stinking backward thinking governments, we would all be good friends.


Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent press, including coverage of #Iran, Saudi Arabia, and polio and the CIA.
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