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Dalio: Loss Of Truth In Media Is A Threat To Our Democracy


Authored by Ray Dalio via LinkedIn.com,

While I have reflected on the corrosive effects that fake and distorted media are having on our society’s well-being for the past few years, I am now more concerned about it than ever.

To me media distortions + great polarity + the upcoming elections = a significant risk to quality democracy. 

It is no longer controversial to say that media distortions are a serious problem. Even most of the media folks I speak with share my concern. As Martin Baron, the Washington Post’s Executive Editor, said in reflecting on the problem, “If you have a society where people can’t agree on the basic facts, how do you have a functioning democracy?”

This is not just a fringe media problem; it is a mainstream media problem. A 2019 Gallup study said that only 13 percent of Americans surveyed have “a great deal” of trust in the media. Only 41 percent of those surveyed said that they have either a “fair” or “great deal” of trust in media. That compares with 55 percent having such confidence in 1999 and 72 percent in 1976. The dramatically decreased trustworthiness has even plagued icons of journalistic trust such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as sensationalism and commercialism have superseded accuracy and journalistic integrity as primary objectives.?

A number of media writers have in private told me that their editors have specifically hired them to write negative, sensationalistic stories because they sell best. They explained that the financial decline of print media and the public’s short attention span have required them to produce such attention-grabbing headlines and stories or face financial decline.

I also see this problem becoming a greater issue —perhaps the greatest issue—of the presidential election. One very senior political strategist explained that in the upcoming presidential election only about 500,000 people—i.e., the swing voters in the swing states—will determine the election and the way these voters will be won is with critical sensationalistic headlines. As a result, this strategist works with those in the media to bring that about. To me that is a clear threat to democracy.

To be clear, I am not saying that distorted media is coming from all people in the news media or in all publications. In fact there are a number of true journalists and publications that seek to convey accurate information and there are newer outlets in new formats such as podcasts that produce excellent media. Also, social media platforms like the platform we are now communicating on allow large groups of people to communicate directly whereas in the past traditional media controlled all large-scale communications. Still, the problem remains.

What can be done to fix this problem? While I’m no expert on this, I will throw out a few thoughts. 

The news media is unique in being the only industry that operates without quality controls or checks on its power. It has so much unchecked power that even the most powerful people and companies are afraid to speak out against it for fear of recrimination. At the same time we all treasure our free press. I think it would be terrible for our government to regulate it.

Perhaps because the loss of credibility is a threat to the media, prominent media organizations might explore ways of self-regulating the quality of what they are producing, or create ratings in the way the Motion Picture Association of America provides its movie ratings. If the industry created a self-regulatory organization that set standards and conveyed assessments of quality as is done in a number of other industries, perhaps that would work. Or perhaps private organizations—perhaps NGOs—would come forth to rate the quality of major media outlets accuracy.

via zerohedge


  1. Media, just like the Government needs to show they are there to be impartial. But since the “coup” players have their OWN fake news in CNN and let’s not forget the ever lying MSDNC, the deterioration of journalism will continue.

    BUT there is light….yep Fox News Channel, though some will sway towards the “coup” agenda in their way, there are those who do give you facts and real news. It’s needed to be said over and over again, but that’s ok. TDS and the poison pill of CNN and MSDNC HAD big affect but those who really want the truth are starting to see thru the smoke screen. So keep it up.

    Like the rest that this “coup” has TRIED to destroy….Our Constitution, The Three Branches of Government, Rule of Law, it will be a time before it’s back on track. Draining the swamp will be a HUGE climate change and Freedom will breath a LOT better by doing this. The USA and the World will be a better place.


    • Fox News and the Murdoch are deathly scared of spreading “Fake News” about the pandemic. As soon as the courts are open, they will be charge by the Southern District, of the US Attorney’s office in NYC for fraud and wrongful death. My hope was, that all like you who also are culpable would be charge as well. Though, alas, “keyboard warriors” continue to talk “shite” but do nothing but spread lies and untruths, more like Putin’s Russian trolls. So do us all a favor and crawl back into your hole and wait till this is over, will come and find you and prosecute with the harshest sentences under the US legal system. Unlike you, I have no fear in using my real name and being a true Patriot!

  2. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/19/exclusive-devin-nunes-cnn-in-defiance-of-federal-judge-order-to-respond-to-defamation-lawsuit/

    “It’s ironic how all of this blends together,” Nunes said on Breitbart News Sunday. “Remember the reason that CNN went with the story in the first place: it was right after the grand opening of the Democrats’ impeachment charade, and I think by all reasonable accounts, I was the person in the lead on that as the ranking member. And they didn’t like that myself, and John Ratcliffe, and Mike Turner and all the members of Congress — Elise Stefanik, Jim Jordan — I think we did a pretty good job without any witnesses practically destroying their entire narrative because all of their witnesses had no firsthand knowledge.”

    Yep, shame on all of you! lol. Great job by the way, thank you!!!!

    Hoping you get your day in court Rep. Devin Nunes. You deserve it for all the BS you and your team were put thru by this arm of the Democratic ilk. MSDNC should be sued too for all their hatefilled fake news.


    • For the world, you can have the good, decent, friendly and normal and the others will have the bad, evil, enemy and weird. Which is your pick? When AOC and Hillary Clinton called George Bush an asshole and a muthafucker, that caused a ruckus and Donald Trump helped George Bush deal with the corrupt democrats and that is good. Trump is like Bush and Obama is like Clinton. You dig? Good! Political parties have their polarities.

  3. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/01/20/jeff-flake-difficult-for-gop-lawmakers-to-speak-out-against-trump-because-they-want-to-keep-their-jobs/

    lol, a “FORMER” representative who is a NEVER-TRUMPER. Well, President Trump will be here this year and the next 4 years. In my humble opinion, I think the NEVER-TRUMPERS are worried about keeping their jobs. The Republicans I’ve seen, especially in the House have been fighting NOT just for the President, but for the CONSTITUTION. A document that is shredded by Democrats and NEVER TRUMPERS.

    The Republican Party is a LOT stronger because they are choosing to Fight instead of “appease”. So glad to see that. And after President Trump, I think a new “fighting” Republican party will do just fine. Need it desperately as what the Democrats and their “appeasing” NEVER TRUMPERS did to this Great Nation, has to be cleaned up.

    So go away Never Trumpers, Republican party doesn’t need this type of TDS in their ranks. The Democrats LOVE it so I think you might as well change your “R”ino to a D. It will get rid of the swamp stink from the Republicans that are standing alongside a Republican outsider who IS changing the party for the better.

    The BEST is yet to come!


    • President Trump said to Judge Jeanine Pirro that “If you worship and praise Me and make Me your Personal Lord and Savior, I will worship and praise your PRETTY BIG LIPS, LIPSTICK, SMILE and EARRINGS honeybun. I love your nice rosie and sweet big pink lips Jeanine sweetheart and you need to be my fiancee’ honey” as Trump mentioned to Pirro and this is Good News Gospel of Trump and Pirro! Next week, I plan to preach a sermon on how Pirro and Trump would have a SUPERGOOD RELATIONSHIP THAT IS 100% REPUBLICAN CHRISTIAN. This will be good for America too!

  4. Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries
    P.O. Box 1452
    Maple Grove, MN, 55311-6452

    Main: 763-559-4444
    Alternative: 763-210-8291


    Parental Rights Under Attack In Public Schools And That Means That The Democrats Are Of Satan The Devil. The Republicans Are Christian. Proven True In Your Own Bible!
    By Jan Markell, Jack Hibbs and Jill Martin Riche reporting
    Whatever happened to parent’s rights when it comes to their children in public schools? It’s becoming more frequent that parents who disagree with transgender ideology have no idea how much is already accepted in schools, and how many teachers encourage kids to use preferred pronouns, receive hormone therapy, or even “transition” to the gender of their choice. Many parents are being left out of these life-altering decisions and this means that Nancy Pelosi, IIhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants America to become faggots and lesbians. I want to say at our Olivetree Ministries Depot that we Americans need to worship and praise our Good Republican Christian Government Leaders to make Republican Jesus Christ from Heaven work better spiritually. Start by making President Trump, Mike Pence, Michele Bachmann and George Bush your Personal Lords and Saviors and that way, Jesus Christ will make America Holy, Prosperous and Righteous. It did for me personally and for my colleagues here at the Olivetree Ministries Depot in Maple Grove, MN and I am sure that it will work well for you if you will give things a chance with faith in this venture.

    • From Deacon Wayne Collins of Seneca Creek Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland reporting:
      Trumaine Foster should have made our Good Republican Christian President Donald Trump his Personal Lord and Savior down at the Whitehouse instead of committing insurance fraud. The chocolate hersheybar was hanging around the corrupt democrats that are of satan like that chocolate hersheybar dude al Sharpton who said that “If jesus Christ were to be of any value to me, he would give me some money and suck my dick. For all I care, let that muthafucker go fuck girls up in heaven so that we will have sex here on earth. That Christ was made from joseph and mary fucking in bed over in gethsemane and in the manger, there was plenty of good quality fucking” as Sharpton further said as he became apostate and reprobate towards Christianity. “That’s just embarrassing. That’s absolutely embarrassing and that was from hanging around that honkey white cracker Hillary Clinton and that muslim nigger michelle Obama as Obama is from a chocolate factory and that honkey white cracker Clinton plays with her ass in the bathroom and her pussy too,” Foster’s neighbor Shelby Littleton said.
      “That it was a hoax just kind of made us look silly. To make something up, that just does not make sense to me and this is the reason why we need Good Republican Christians such as Donald Trump, George Bush, Mike Pence and Michele Bachmann in our world today,” Littleton added.
      In the age of Jussie Smollett, it makes perfect sense when you realize that there are corrupt satanic democrats out there determined to prove that Bush and Trump supporters are racists — even if it means staging hate crime hoaxes against themselves to do it but, Bush and Trump are Good Republican Christians.
      Meanwhile, them mainstream media ignores actual racist attacks against Bush and Trump supporters which occur on a regular basis as the Deepstate tells Christians to “act like al Sharpton and ask jesus Christ to give us money and suck our dicks and pussies” as mentioned further.

    • Read this important article from Pastor Gregg Zetts, who is also Journalist and Bookstore Director of King Of The Nations Church in Rockville, Maryland 13th March 2020

      Early in the 18th century, the United States experienced a “Great Awakening.” It was a religious awakening. And again, in the 19th century, a second great religious awakening occurred, causing a reinvigorated enthusiasm to reconnect with Jesus Christ. Now, some are asking, “Is the United States reawakening again, once more? And if so, what kind of ‘Great Awakening’ is this one?”
      Thomas Paine once said, “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
      The words of Thomas Pain seem to be very fitting for our time. I say this due to the revival of a “political movement” that is gaining momentum in the United States; it’s called nationalism, or as some have alternately labeled it, populism, that is presently capturing the attention of the American populace.
      However, it has caused a political polarization within the public square, and with such intensity that it’s palpable—you can cut it with a knife. Yet, some would prefer to deny it’s happening, but it is. Lines are being drawn and sides are being taken!
      The Internet is boiling over with enormous varieties of speculation and conspiratorial jargon that is loaded with prodigious amounts of information and unfortunately, disinformation, too. We have a plethora of news outlets available over a vast network of different mediums to keep us all well informed, 24/7, all year. It’s rather overwhelming when considering the content of information we have at our fingertips.
      Combine this with a President who is not shy about using social media, and you have a recipe for controversy, intrigue, plots, and speculation, which occasionally is constructed from classified disclosures never before available to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Public—and frankly, some are finding out they “can’t handle the truth!”
      Part of this is due to the disclosures of Wikileaks, and former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowdon, of the National Security Agency, along with a variety of investigative reporters who all contribute to this new kind of “Great Awakening,” which is a political awakening, not religious, that has begun to reveal a level of corruption, subterfuge, and intrigue, lying, and spying within the United States government upon its own citizens and allies that is so large in size, that frankly, it’s just incredibly shocking and in so many ways hard to believe!
      Yet, as Thomas Paine said, “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…” And it is painful to recognize leaders of the United States that held and still do hold top level positions of trust in government, law enforcement, security and justice roles, with high level security clearances, who are involved in such nefarious and in some cases, illegal activity!
      When you begin to realize the government of your beloved country has for decades, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, have been betraying its citizens, allies, andeach others’ political efforts by accessing private phone records, computer search engines and/or wide-reaching intercepts and surveillance activity, or controlling and making up data, or dossiers to favor certain political parties and entities, along with spying on world leaders that are supposed to be your friendly allies, and meddling in foreign civil unrest—it becomes a stunningly disappointing reality check of abandoned honesty, integrity, and respect for the rule of law.
      Right or wrong, regardless of our opinion, information has now been publicized, revealing just how the United States has been working over the last few decades. Many of us find ourselves incredulous over what and who appears to be involved, and seems to be building toward the unsealing of over 28,000 sealed indictments since the current administration has taken position. By the way, that represents an increase from an average of just 1000 to 1500 annually! This is mind numbing! And the mainstream media is M.I.A.!
      However, we are now beginning to see some names coming into the public eye and arrests for crimes committed. Most recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accused of sexual misconduct, resigned. Founder Keith Rainer and movie star Allison Mack, who plays Chloe in the Superman series Smallville, has also been arrested and charged for “recruiting” on behalf of the executive training company, NXIVM, for human sex trafficking, money laundering, and tax fraud with suspected ties to the Clinton Foundation—and this is just the beginning!
      Sources close to the FBI and DOJ claim many of those under secret indictments are judges, current and former politicians, and business executives, all in line to be revealed, as the courts begin processing these indictments for prosecution and bring these charges forward, incrementally, over the coming months and years! It’s no wonder as to why approximately 50 senators and congressman have resigned or will not be seeking re-election. It’s fair to say some may not want to endure the public embarrassment, or maybe made deals to stand down.
      But whatever the reason, stay tuned, because it’s going to become quite shocking for some of us when it’s revealed publicly as to just who is, and was, involved in so much of this corruption, graft, and immorality for so long—decades long—especially here in the United States. The names that have been leaked and the charges they will face will be shocking for some to comprehend, while others will probably not believe the magnitude, scope, and degree of subterfuge, treason, and sexual misconduct that has taken place by both elected and appointed officials of trust, at some of the highest levels of leadership, from both sides of the aisle!
      What Is the Reawakening?
      Thomas Paine said, “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
      Admittedly, this was meant to be in context to His Word, the Gospel, but the principle still stands, and it doesn’t dismiss this fact: “Truth” has a way of setting you free from the shackles of control, deceit, anxiety, danger, and harm. It can be empowering—this is undeniable, especially as a Christian!
      There’s an old saying that “Honesty is the best policy.” When you have nothing to hide and you can live a life of openness and transparency, then no one or nothing can control your behavior in what you do, say, or think—that should be the aspiration of every Christian today. But, sadly, too many of our political leaders, educators, and those running our large corporations, along with some in law enforcement agencies, do not adhere to the Christian values so critical to the character necessary when serving the public trust. John Adams said it very plainly when he explained, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
      It would seem obvious, due to the liberty and freedom our U.S. constitution provides, that trust becomes a determining factor for the success of benefiting the greater citizenry. Otherwise, those of lesser character, untrustworthy, working self-serving agendas, can easily “game” the system and become very rich due to the access of power and influence, which comes with the positions of privilege while serving the public. That, unfortunately, is exactly what has been going on for the past 50–60 years. Far too many of our leaders, both Blue and Red, have been getting rich at the expense of the country’s well being and the people they’re supposed to serve!
      The prophet Isaiah has a lot to say to the United States; and though he’s speaking to ancient Israel, the cultural parallels are dead on and stunning! “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity [perversity, evil, mischief], a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, …from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it [they’re irrational, and void of judgment—moral relativism is now the rule]; the wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment [no accountability]. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire [literally, and culturally]: your land, strangers [foreigners] devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as over thrown by strangers [foreigners]” (Isaiah 1:4–7).
      Jeremiah has a similar message for Judah some 120 years later, but prophetically speaking, is also very appropriate and cogent for our country today. You might as well consider him warning many presidents, congressman, senators and judges—prime ministers, ambassadors, and many political leaders throughout the land of North America and the British Commonwealth nations—that judgment is upon the land. Notice how Jeremiah’s message is so germane for us today:
      “Declare this [this is a declaration] in the house of Jacob [which did not exist at this time—they had been conquered 120 years before. You can make the case that this actually is directed to us, for today] and publish it [make it known] in Judah [in Jeremiah’s time, as well as the future Israeli nation of the latter days], saying, Hear now foolish people, and without understanding [reprobates—void of judgment]; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not [you’re in denial and blind]: Fear you not me? saith the Lord: will you not tremble at my presence [Do you not respect God, His laws, power, and authority?]…. But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God [They are an arrogant people that does not revere or submit to God’s instruction]…. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you [We are limiting God from providing and protecting us because we choose to disregard His laws]. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men [They purposely set people up for blackmail and extortion, to control their actions]. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit [The houses of authority are full of leaders who deceive for self serving gain and are controlled for unethical and immoral purposes]: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich [They go into public service of trust and by exploits and subterfuge, blackmail, and extortion, become fat and rich]. They are waxen fat, they shine [They become prominent and popular]: yea they over pass the deeds of the wicked [They overlook lawlessness and ignore the rule of law for gain and power]: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless [The leaders don’t care about the orphan, but exploit children for gain, trafficking them into slavery and illicit sexual service], yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge [They don’t serve the needs of the poor; instead they take advantage of them for personal gain and power]. Shall I not visit for these things? says the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this [God fully intends to deliver justice for this injustice]? An astonishment and horrible thing is committed in the land [There is much evil in this described society]; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means [The religious leaders are misleading the people and not instructing them in truth. Why? To maintain their own gain, prominence, and control]; and my people love to have it so [The people prefer it this way because it makes them feel good]: and what will you do in the end thereof” (Jeremiah 5:20–31)? Yes, that is the question for all of us to answer upon realizing the evidentiary evil that clearly surrounds us.
      We are living in some very remarkably parallel times. It is obvious the United States and the United Kingdom, along with many of its commonwealth nations, suffer from the same sycophant pathologies and activities. Things we used to trust in and felt secure with are now beginning to unravel and come unglued because of disclosures made public that reveal those in public service betrayed the trust of the office they were elected or appointed to serve in. And God is not amused at this kind of political graft, corruption, and betrayal. As Hosea said during the time of the Assyrian invasions of the 8th century against Israel (not Judah): “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I [God] will also reject you [the nation], that you shall be no priest [figuratively, a moral religious standard] to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I [God] will also forget your children [future generations]” (Hosea 4:6). These are harsh statements from the God we embrace as a country!
      God is fed up with a nation that does the things described above. And it has been His pattern to correct any nation that embraces His standards as the God of the land, which the United States has done since its inception. And though many of us would argue and have to admit the United States itself hasn’t been perfect with human rights, it still doesn’t dismiss this current fact: Its attraction is due to personal freedoms and liberties, compared to the rest of the world, that excel all other nations. Everyone wants to immigrate to the United States—even if it requires breaking the law to get in!
      So What’s Coming Up Ahead—Around the Next Bend
      The United States is positioning for a correction in its course of interaction with the world’s community of nations. It would appear by the actions of this President, that he fully intends to rebuild and reinforce the overall strength and posture of the United States on the world stage. His most recent passing of the Omnibus Budget Bill clearly indicates military spending is a top priority. The fact this $1.3 trillion bill has $720 billion earmarked for military expenditures plainly indicates he is refurbishing and expanding the military might of America, for whatever military action may be required. Actually, it appears he fully expects preparedness for war is justified, and that’s why more than half of this Omnibus Bill is devoted to military spending!
      We are living in a time when at least four or five nations of the world are fully able to destroy all life on this planet. Mankind has achieved, without a doubt, the level of destructive capability that is now maximized. We are in the end times, just by knowing this “factoid” alone!
      With that in mind, the words of Jesus Christ should echo in our minds to secure us during these evil and perilous times. Notice, “Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near: go you not after them. But when you shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not immediately. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in different places and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” (Luke 21:8–11). This is what is up ahead, around the next bend!
      In addition, “And when you see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near” (Luke 21:20). It goes on to say that if you’re in that area, get out, and if you’re not in that area, stay out. Don’t go to the Middle East (verse 21)! Don’t believe and don’t be deceived by those claiming to know Christ and then advise you to go to the Middle East for safety and protection—that’s nonsense! Jesus says, “…and let not them that are in the countries [in and around the area] enter thereinto” (Luke 21:21). In other words, stay out of the area!
      Remember, Jesus said that wars and commotions will occur, but the end is not immediately. There will be nations rising against each other and great signs happening in the heavens, but Jesus will still be delayed—He will not come yet.
      It seems we need to be aware that preparing for wars and commotions up ahead is an appropriate worldview and mindset to have. There are a lot of tensions building with nations having the full capability of unleashing weapons of mass destruction, causing damage of biblical proportions. This is not hyperbole, but unfortunately, our current reality. We need to be mature about it and learn to embrace our current state of affairs with faith, confidence, and courage.
      Those of us who understand God’s expectations know He is not amused at the leadership, or social and immoral conditions of those nations claiming allegiance to Him. So, it should be no surprise about what potentially is coming in the way of worldwide conflict—especially since Jesus warned us “nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
      The United States is relearning to express assertive leadership after decades of appeasement, apologies, and accommodation at the expense of its own national well being and security. The question is, Will the world’s community of nations, having been working an agenda of globalism, accept and adjust to this revived nationalistic approach the United States, United Kingdom, and a handful of others within the European Union are now adopting? That remains to be seen as to how it will all play out.
      But we do know this: What’s up ahead and around the next bend is a globalist regime in the form of a “Beast Power” that will ultimately manifest for a short time (Revelation 17:11–14). And a major obstacle blocking the way for that to occur is nationalistic nations adhering to the ideology of sovereign states with borders. This is contrary to the globalist ideology and agenda of a One World Order. The clashing of these two geopolitical worldviews—Nationalism vs. Globalism—is what presents the potential for worldwide conflict between these nations that disagree about which is the better ideology for solving humanity’s global problems.
      In the ensuing years, we will see how this comes together to fit the description of what our Bible explains as a “resurrected” end-time Babylon which will rule the vast majority of the world, and “mark” the people who are part of its neo-pagan religious socialist system. Until then, it’s important we recognize that enduring until the end is required, if we expect to be saved (Matthew 24:13; Revelation 2:26).

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