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  1. Morning all YSB’ers,

    Latest email from Simon Bridges:

    Dear

    Today I’ve announced that, under my leadership, National will rule out working with New Zealand First to form a Government after the 2020 Election.

    I can’t trust New Zealand First, and I don’t believe New Zealanders can either.

    This Labour/Green/NZ First Government has failed to deliver for New Zealanders. The cost of living has gone up, taxes have been piled on, there’s been no new infrastructure, and crime has risen making your family less safe.

    I believe New Zealanders need to have a clear choice, and certainty, when they go to the ballot box in September.

    A Party Vote for National will mean more money in your back pocket, more transport infrastructure and safety for your family.

    The decisions we make, and the policy we put forward, will be about what’s best for New Zealanders, not New Zealand First.

    Our campaign has hit the ground running and we can’t do it without you. The election is less than 8 months away, and the choice couldn’t be more critical for the future of New Zealand.

    Are you prepared to risk more broken promises, higher taxes, and inaction on the issues that matter? Or do you want a National Party that will get things done.

    Can you chip into our Campaign Fighting Fund right now?

    Click here to chip in $30

    Click here to chip in $50

    Click here to chip in $100

    Together, we have the opportunity to make history by turning this Labour/Green/NZ First coalition into a one term government.

    I hope I can count on your support.

    Regards

    Simon

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    • What did Notional do in its nine years?
      -Created the dreadful Auckland council.
      -Stacked every major Council in the country with Labour Party people (or Green shades thereof) and set in place a retirement scheme for Labour Pardy MPS that have no place to go in commerce.
      -opened the flood gates to immigrants at about 40-50,000 a year with a shift to non English speaking shitholes with bugger all house approvals let alone building to house them.
      – borrowed $300,000,000 a week to pay social welfare, teachers salaries, the pension, etc. on average for each week of their first term. That was their economic miracle ??
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5106876/Government-debt-rises-to-71-6-billion
      – ultimately spent about $10 billion net on the Christchurch rebuild – over 5 years. So about $2 Billion a year. On Govt annual expenditure of about $60 Billion at that time it was about $3.30 per $100 Exp.
      The trumpeting sound was much louder!
      – no actual tax cuts just a shift in the tax take sources plus some minor taxes being added on.
      I don’t mind petrol taxes if they build the bloody roads!
      There was not much headroom for tax cuts to be fair.
      -They had a clean majority in 2008 and did nothing about the RMA- that Notional passed- in 1991. They were never going to then, and wont now. It is all smoke and mirrors. If you are going to get soft and say they had the GFC and Christchurch to worry about then look at the legislative reform Simon Power got through in 2008-11. It is about focus and intent and they had no intent to touch the RMA.
      Call out their bullshit on this.
      -There was no succession planning by Key. He handed the reins to English who was an excellent Finance Minister and in effect C.O.O. but a lousy PM.
      Then we got Bridges. That is not leadership.
      It is just fecking Sad.

      On the plus side
      -The partial float of Air NZ and the Power Co.s turned out to be a good idea despite the usual economic destruction that Liebour are known for.
      -The Fibre rollout to the majority of dwellings.
      -??? in 9 years.
      Not aspirational and not inspirational.
      ACT now.

      Reason to vote Notional. They don’t do much so don’t screw up too much.
      It is not like the Flag Referendum was that much of a failure. It was a daft idea that effectively transferred $17 million of the $24 million to failing NZ Post for all the mail outs.

      God Bless y’all. Soimon
      Hallelujah. Hallelujah

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  2. It just shows the mentality of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her comment that Bridges refusal to partner with NZ First is just “electioneering”. Ardern said the Government was focused on the response to the Coronavirus and other important issues- “everything else I consider electioneering and I won’t spend time on it today”.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12305342
    This from a Prime Minister that prostitutes her daughter everyday to the media and wouldn’t have a clue or a brain to decipher the meaning of electioneering.

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  3. Election 2020 Simon Bridges ruling out working with Winston Peters was inevitable, Political Commentator Mathew Hooton says.
    Political Commentator Mathew Hooton says Bridges is relying on NZ First voters who don’t like the Labour Party, “there is a chance this strategy will work” Hooton told Newshub.
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/02/election-2020-simon-bridges-ruling-out-working-with-winston-peters-was-inevitable-political-commentator-says.html
    There is a lot of dissatisfaction in NZ First and many that think Jacinda Can’t and won’t stand up to Peters so I don’t think even the media political commentators can pick what’s going on hence there push for Jacinda.

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  4. When push comes to shove, these students want to make others suffer from the supposed good ideas, but exemptions for them.

    Professor Parker responded with a provocative offer. “I am not able to arrange any divestment at short notice,” he wrote.
    “But I can arrange for the gas central heating in college to be switched off with immediate effect. Please let me know if you support this proposal.”…….

    …….. It is all too easy to request others to do things that carry no personal cost to yourself.
    The question is whether you and others are prepared to make personal sacrifices to achieve the goals of environmental improvement (which I support as a goal).”
    .
    Students reply
    ……. “This is an inappropriate and flippant response by the bursar to what we were hoping would be a mature discussion.
    It’s January and it would be borderline dangerous to switch off the central heating.”

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/01/31/students-demanded-disinvestment-fossil-fuels-professor-offered-turn-off-heat/

    Now can we insist that all heating and air conditioning be turned off in Parliament buildings, government buildings?
    Have they got a medical exemption? 🙂
    Just as oil & natural gas exploration was stopped.

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  5. More of discussion and back ground to the issue of Ezra being investigated by federal police.
    Questions of where are civil liberty groups, other journalists, freedom people etc… What do they say?
    Showing the lawfare used by institutions of the state, and how to shut down independent media.

    Ezra Levant: Elections Commission must be told by a judge that this is wrong | David Menzies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=765&v=T4UsD1myAZs&feature=emb_logo
    Feb 1, 2020 : 22 minutes 10 seconds.
    May have to adjust video to the start.

    So has NZ got an institutional set up, just looking for more trigger points to then fire off automatically, with a hair trigger.
    Andrew Little with others, seems to be taking aim, and searching for targets, like the Canadian system.

    So take note, even your type writer etc. will need to be registered as some countries have done 🙂
    Gun registering will only be a small part, when can figure how far this may go.

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      • ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A HUMAN RIGHT IN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES! ⬅️ ⬅️ ⬅️ ⬅️ ⬅️

        The “living, fluid spirit” of constitution and treaty will mean that “free speech” person in this modern day world, that is the 21st Century, noting that it is now 2020, so coming of age, in this “real world” MUST be registered, so that they can have an approved HUMAN RIGHT. 🙁

        And so “seances” are held by our Parliament, to make laws, seances by the academia to guide the seances of judiciary to interpret and media public seances to “show & tell” of the “spiritual” showings.

        And so the USA and many other countries have the powhiris, encompassing all the fluid & malleable spirits.

        https://www.redstate.com/diary/ClintFargeau/2019/12/13/the-united-states-has-two-constitutions-thats-a-problem/
        The few comments are also interesting.

        Sometimes easier to understand from another view, this time of the USA, but the same factors are at work in NZ.

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    • One of those “institutional star chambers” looks like being set up in New Zealand,

      new measures will ban livestreaming of objectionable content; permit Government agencies to issue takedown orders and fine non-compliant websites; and create a regulatory framework for internet filtering.
      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/02/03/1013161/proposals-set-up-clash-over-filtering-the-internet

      So who decides what is “objectionable”?
      Sure in some ways I know what is graphic, and disturbing, but that comes into what is sickening, and even that differs between people.

      Why is the power of “fining”, allowed, as this will slide into ‘lawfare’ of penalties if one resists.
      Plus major costs, just to initiate a defence, let alone going to court.

      Opens the door to other nefarious government departments that will find ways to expand & use this lawfare, to garner more control over the citizens, as noted by Ezra in the above video.

      Can New Zealanders trust our judges at a “feelz” seance?

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      • This is terrifying. We have now:

        * A government that makes electoral law changes without bipartisan support under urgency.
        * A government that uses the police force to intimidate and control opposition
        * A government that is looking to censor the internet, like China does

        And none of Jacinda Arderns’ fans see anything wrong with the way she is architecting this.

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  6. First day of school today.
    The grandie usually bikes, but requested drop off by car this morning because of the heavy load of stationery etc.
    That part of town was gridlocked, so is was bell time before we even got close to school. Executed the drop off a couple of hundred metres from the gate so the Miss 12 could lug her possessions to class.
    The absentee system has been triggered and 30 min later I get a text asking why she is not present. Made a phone call explaining, but since the school is in powhiri no one can check she is actually present. It is now an hour since I last saw her. If she isn’t at school, we need to ring the Police – isn’t that the point of the absentee register? – but there’s a powhiri.

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  7. It looks like the Union would like to take charge of billions of dollars in Government accounts with Mike Treen a Union and Labour Party Stalwart suggesting he knows how to get the $100 billion needed to fix all our infrastructure problems at know extra cost. His suggestion is to strip the ACC and Pension accounts funds and use the money to sort out our infrastructure as it is not being used productively or usefully now.
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/02/03/how-we-can-get-the-100-billion-we-need-to-spend-on-infrastucture-at-no-extra-cost/
    UNIONS using money productively and usefully I don’t think so.

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  8. Simon meeting Peters jibes head on “A vote for NZ First is tied to the hip of Jacinda Ardern and a vote for Labour and the Greens.”

    Simon Bridges says National’s caucus backs him on ruling out NZ First coalition after election

    National Party leader Simon Bridges says his caucus is united behind his decision to rule out working with New Zealand First after the election.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/simon-bridges-says-nationals-caucus-backs-him-ruling-nz-first-coalition-after-election?auto=6128953438001

    Bridges told Morning Report it was his call to rule out the party, but he did consult with colleagues and signalled his intentions to his caucus and the board, all of which he felt were in unanimous support.

    National MP praises Winston Peters as ‘very successful’ just hours before Simon Bridges calls him untrustworthy

    “It’s not just me as I say, it’s a view my caucus shares, a view that the board that I also met with before announcing the decision shares and endorsed.

    “We’re ruling out New Zealand First, full stop. If they hold the balance of power after the next election, we’re not working with them.”

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  9. I knew it, that attack in London was a muslim terrorist.
    And he was let out early from jail where he was serving time for terrorist activities.
    You could not make that up.
    Just like the last guy on London bridge.
    Send them all back

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    • Gang sources have described the Taradale incident as the culmination of tensions that have been bubbling for months, with nearly all stemming from rival gangs failing to show respect for each other’s boundaries.

      Respect for boundaries?
      Jesus wept.
      These animals have violent brawls in kids playgrounds, the Village swimming pool, Hastings library, Napier Health Centre, the Main Street in Taradale and have the unmitigated gall to even think of complaining about respect for THEIR boundaries.
      What about everyone else’s boundaries?
      These soap dodging, ink-splattered thugs and bullies are too stupid to recognise respect if it sat on their face.

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  10. Christchurch landlord says he fatally drove over tenant by mistake
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/02/christchurch-landlord-says-he-fatally-drove-over-tenant-by-mistake.html

    “I didn’t kill someone, it was an accident … I didn’t even know he had hung onto the car,” Phal told The Press.

    Robinson’s partner Jodie Reeves said she had asked Phal to leave multiple times but admits she told him to “f**k off, you black c**t”.
    “He should not have been there, it makes me sick knowing an old man is taking photos of my home,” Reeves told The Press.

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  11. If Winston Peter’s is so confident that Simon Bridges has overplayed his hand in ruling out working with the NZ First Leader and his Party at the September Election 2020 why has his back benched Mark Patterson been warning the voter about the extremes of a Labour Green Government and need for NZ First to be the calming influence.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12305552
    I will tell you why because he is a vindictive old prick that has played his last card knowing there is a growing dislike to his Politics with many sick of the way he holds the country to ransom.

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      • That is OK
        Old Don was a right royal chick magnet.
        He must turn them on.
        Your turning him off will make no difference 🙂

        I am amazed it took people this long to wake up to Brash.
        He has had glue ear in one ear forever.
        He shows strong signs of Aspergers (now just called Autism Spectrum Disorder)

        Note
        Poor Social Skills:-
        “Because of their limited fields of interest and a low emotional ability, Asperigans feel isolated through most of their childhood and into adulthood. Aspergians do try to make friends, but they are often either temporarily successful or completely unsuccessful due to their lack of social skills. In the end, they sometimes display a lack of interest or even curiosity for the discussions, thoughts and opinions of the people they temporarily befriend.”

        He had glue ear on the NZ economy so was a very poor Reserve Bank governor. Alan Bollard showed this up clearly with his better management.

        There are simply areas of human interest he would not get.
        Her will not understand populism which is a basis of The Commander in Chief Trump’s support.

        During the 2005 election campaign he had to be micromanaged.
        He is hopeless with people and has huge blind spots
        Putting him in charge of ACT was just weird.
        He was a Director a Huljich funds at the same time as Honest John Banks.
        Brash was clueless to the scam going on and yet he spent years in banking.

        That naivety transfers to ‘boyish charm’ for some (and Danger ahead for others who see it) and may be the thing that makes him a chick magnet.
        He turns them on.
        You turn him off, Ed !

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  12. It just gets worse for China. Hunan province now has H5N1 bird flu as well as the Coronavirus. Just on 18000 chickens have been given the chop. Update on the Coronavirus ..confirmed cases exceed 17000 with 362 deaths.

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    • Worst thing is the food shortage. They had two bad growing seasons in a row. Food is scarce.
      Some would call it a perfect storm or planned.
      Their soil is so depleted in nutrients and their crops are not rotated. It never lies fallow.
      The forced vaccinations are concerning for the people too. Nobody is telling them whats is in the vaccine. (accelerator?)
      Speculation is now around the enforced culling of people to a more sustainable level, which makes sense since they lifted the single child policy.
      I don’t agree with their methods and President Xi will probably fall on his sword for this.

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    • Spark xtra has only been around since 1995 so 25 years.
      That is when the internet came to the public of NZ.

      You will have to inform all your suppliers yourself of the new email address.
      If you use it for IRD notices, bank accts, bills form power co, rates, water,
      Friends, relatives, groups you belong to that email you, update notices like for WOF
      It is a big job.
      it is not like changing ISP where they do all the work.

      Nasska is correct or hotmail which has better UI than 1990s looking Gmail.

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  13. One should learn to become a “sustainable” thief, besides not getting caught. 🙂
    Should have checked with Greta, as now that she has copyright about global warming, she could have lent him something cool. 🙂

    “It is… advisable to severely punish the defendant who commits crimes the gravity of which is important for the planet since the victim deprived of his bicycle has no other option than to use [a more polluting] means of transport,” the judge stated.

    He added that the man’s thefts were “contributing to global warming, and all this to allow the accused to buy narcotics.”
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/02/02/belgian-bicycle-thief-gets-three-years-in-prison-for-ecological-crime/

    I do not think this judge understands “recycling”.
    That will make him think of the environment first. yeahh

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    • Just read your 8.26am Simpleton. El Rancho Nasska was a dip free zone in the conventional sense. Not long after I bought my property I was forced to spend a fortune remedying an old dip site which the local Regional Council considered hazardous. From that point on I relied on low volume pour ons supplemented when necessary by a contractor with a mobile “shower” dip.

      But having witnessed the driving practises of our foreign tourists I would happily volunteer to hold them down in a dip bath with a manuka pole. I feel it’s the least I can do to help. 🙂

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      • Regional Councils are often a law unto themselves. Particularly when starting out, a pretty hard financial hit.

        I told a young fella to keep quiet about the old dip site, and he remains unaware of its true use.
        Told him the maoris had dug it, and so it could become a part of some claim or archaeological heritage site. Best to just quietly fill it in.
        It was carved into a clay bank, and a nearby spring, trickle would be diverted to fill it. Very nifty.
        I had heard the background story from some old people from times past, how they at the back of the adjoining farms came together and got the dipping done.
        After all the legal authorities for about 150 years, required all sheep to be dipped to control external parasites and it would have been good to help everyone to get the job done, plus knowing the neighbours are all synchronized in as well.
        The common dip then was arsenic, Part of the story was sadly a good dog nudged off a board cover, and lapped the made up mix, suffered and then died pretty dam quick.

        The old plunge dip with a chain of swimming and that forked manuka stick, should also sort out all those carbon burning tourists “plus
        those “flyabout perking” bureaucrats. 🙂

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  14. In the news: Man shot dead by London police in Streatham after ‘several people stabbed’ in ‘terror-related incident’.

    When Police were asked how they knew it was ” Terror related” they replied that he stunk of curry powder and looked like he hadn’t washed for a year.

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    • This commentator understands how things are:

      “The Streatham incident confirms the value of concealed carry. On this occasion the armed good guys were cops but suppose they hadn’t been following the scumbag and took ten minutes to get to the scene. The public are always first on the scene of any incident while the cops turn up later to clear up the mess and generally inconvenience everybody else who was not involved. The value of having armed, appropriately trained citizens with concealed carry firearms simply cannot be over stated.”

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  15. In the run up to the election Ardern has ordered a crack down on political dissidents in an effort to justify her authoritarianism and show how she is needed to keep us safe.

    The police will ramp up their raids, executions, interrogations and harrassment. All under the banner of battling extremism and keeping us safe.

    I shudder to think what else the Ardern regime will do to maintain power.

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    • Not often Kea. On one occasion when there was a big tangi at a nearby marae I lost six prime hoggets but that was all I know about in 28 years on the property. Mind you the way access was set up it would have been a challenge at any time.

      Normal story. Shit happens & arseholes cause it.

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  16. I’ve just tried to buy a rifle sling from Amazon and was told they couldn’t ship to me. I bought this same sling a few years ago from Amazon no probs. Please tell me this isn’t to do with the CoL firearms legislation. I hope not but seems a bit odd.

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  17. “Just in case a global viral pandemic, whose sources are still unclear and apparently now include human feces, wasn’t enough, the global outrage meter is about to go “up to eleven” with Japan now set to flood the world’s oceans with radioactive water”

    Japan Set To Release 1.2 Million Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean, Causing “Immeasurable Damage”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/japan-set-release-12-million-tons-radioactive-fukushima-water-ocean-causing-immeasurable

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  18. We are constantly told the frigid areas of earth are melting because of white people, capitalism, racism and patriarchy.

    Water freezes at about 0 degrees. So can anyone tell me how its melting when the temperature warms to minus 23?

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  19. Team, I have a bit of a problem and need some advice. We had some friends of Mama Bears’ parents heading here for a holiday. They planned it last year, booked their tours and accommodation all across New Zealand and they’re due to arrive in just shy of two weeks. It’s a bit of a problem, because they’re tourists from China and will be barred entry.

    Fair enough, but Mama Bear now wants to have the deposits on all the tours and accommodation refunded. This is close to $8,000 at the moment so not money we’d just want to throw away. The Chinese Tour Company in NZ that has organised this luxurious trip is refusing to refund anything. They will keep all deposits, but if you’ve paid in full they’ll refund the balance.

    The China Airways part was easy, click on their app and tickets are all refunded. Not so here in NZ which is kinda the opposite way we were expecting it to be.

    What would / could you do in this type of situation?

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    • “The Chinese Tour Company in NZ that has organised this luxurious trip is refusing to refund anything. ”

      This is your problem and NZ law applies. I would check the fine print of the agreement as a starting point and identity the relevant law.

      Then craft a carefully worded letter.

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    • This will affect a lot of people so you wont be alone.
      There needs to be leadership of this wide ranging event.

      Maybe Phail Twyford can take charge.
      Ok, I’m not being helpful. Jeez!

      It is similar to the Govt taking charge of AMI insurance when the chips were down.
      That was not plain sailing but the initial efforts were made.

      As I said the other day – get good travel insurance.
      I use 1 Cover even if going to Australia for a week.
      About $44
      You pay double that in taxes just at Sydney Airport.
      Cant afford it, don’t travel.
      Harsh but true.

      Register with your MP
      Send an email and follow up with a phone call to the office.
      With 36 sitting days this year it is not like they have much else to do
      Gets it in the political spectrum

      The Minister of Tourism is Kelvin Davis who is a boofhead in a suit.
      He is 0.25 chromosomes away from being a patched gang member.
      He will be utterly useless as he has been all his life.
      Remember his white mother and white wife have had to put up with his racism forever.
      We hardly see him. Hallelujah!!

      Best wishes in sorting it.

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        • You say
          But what does the contract say?

          Dont ask me 🙂
          I am not a mind reader.

          I tried it with Cindy’s mind and got white noise
          I tried it with Kelvin Davis and heards grunts and Mongrel Mob barking
          I tried it with Phail Twyford and heard the perpetual sound of breaking glass

          My mind reading attempts nearly broke me.
          I give up.

          Imagine the material McPhail and Gadsby would have with this lot
          A Political satirists dreams and all we have is TV1 and the F..ing Herald.
          David even shares a name with a Minister… Mc… Phail

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