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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 604 26th July ­ 1st August 2004

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SHOCK HORROR!!
Shock!! Horror!! Fahrenheit 9/11 is a propaganda film. Unable to meet the
intellectual challenges of Michael Moore's latest offering, the corporate
media's embedded commentators have launched a campaign that challenges its
credibility on the basis that the film is just propaganda. The media's self
appointed literati have had a field day writing monotonous monosyllabic
montages about the film's lack of balance, conveniently forgetting about the
chronic lack of balance that exists in the mass media.

NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
'WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

Fahrenheit 9/11 is powerful community theatre because it doesn't pretend to
be value free. It, unlike the daily blancmange that's served up in most
post-modern media outlets, is crammed full of juicy macadamias. Michael
Moore's films strengths lie in their ability to place society's underlying
values and assumptions directly into the public spotlight. Post-modern
media is all about propaganda. Most people don't seem to understand that
nothing in the media is value free. Every article, film clip, sound bite,
internet chat room is crammed full of underlying assumptions and values.

Post-modern western societies foundations rest on a number of underlying
value systems that dominate all aspects of life in these countries.
Capitalism is the only system that makes good economic sense, competition is
better than co-operation, the State must have a monopoly on the use of force
to maintain a stable society, striving for equality is both counter
productive and unnatural, parliamentary democracy is the pinnacle of human
achievement and the list goes on and on. Almost everything that appears in
the media in the western world accepts these and many other underlying
assumptions as fact.

The difference between Mike Moore's babble and the babble that emanates from
the western world's embedded media gurus is, that one side acknowledges the
belief systems that make it tick while the other side continues to propagate
the myth that they are presenting value free analysis and refuse to publicly
acknowledge the underlying assumptions and values systems that mould their
opinions.

CUSTOMERS?
I was astounded to hear Paul Mullett the Secretary of the Victorian Police
Association describe Victorians as consumers when he was outlining the
police's case for possible industrial action to help increase police numbers
and resources in Werribee. Consumers? He must be kidding. As one of
Victoria's most powerful and senior trade union figures, you'd expect that
he of all people would know the difference between a consumer and a citizen.
The police are not dealing with consumers who have bought their services on
an open market, they are dealing with citizens who have both rights and
responsibilities in law.

The distinction between consumer and citizen is an important one that has
been blurred by government's privatising services that have traditionally
been provided by the State. Paul Mullett seems to forget that both the
Kennett and the Bracks government have, over the past decade contracted some
of the services his members have traditionally provided, out to the private
sector. The police hold a legal monopoly on the use of force in society.
They exercise this monopoly on behalf of the citizens they police.
Individual citizens are not able to decide which laws they will obey and
which they will ignore. Each citizen is theoretically bound to obey all the
laws that parliament decides to pass.

Citizens have rights that consumers can never enjoy. They have the right to
elect, to be treated equally before the law and they have the right to
challenge those who oversee organisations that have been set up to protect
their interests. Consumers only have the right to complain if they believe
that the services or goods they have purchased do not meet the standards
that were advertised. Citizens have the right to challenge those who
exercise power on their behalf and be involved in campaigns and struggles to
increase their role in society. It's time that citizens reclaim their
prominent role in society and refused to be labelled as mere consumers of
goods and services.

TONY, TONY, TONY, TONY
Mr. Abbott the Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care must think that
Australians are mushrooms. His statements that the "Free" Trade Agreement
(FTA) with the United States "will not increase pharmaceutical costs for
individual consumers" and that the waiting time for listing new drugs on the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will be reduced from 5 months to 6 weeks are
the type of comments that should produce a bumper crop of mushrooms.

The Howard government knows that the FTA will increase the cost of
pharmaceuticals to the Australian public. This will occur because the
bargaining power that the Federal government is able to exercise over
pharmaceutical monopolies that hold patents on new medications will be
weakened as a result of the FTA. As the Australian taxpayer pays the bulk
of the costs of medications that are listed on the P.B.S. the Australian
government is currently able to strike a relatively good deal for
Australians because of the buying monopoly it is able to exercise over
pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Although the Federal government has made a decision not to pass on increased
costs to individuals consumers, the Australian taxpayer will have to pick up
the tab for the inevitable price rises that will occur as a result of the
FTA with the US. The increased cost of the P.B.S will initially be offset
by reduced expenditure on the public health sector. In time, the Howard
government will pass on price rises to both concession and non-concession
card holders.

The reduction in the waiting time before a new drug is assessed for
inclusion in the P.B.S., although initially attractive, will not give
personnel within the P.B.S. the time they require to adequately assess the
therapeutic claims made by the manufacturer. The proposed reduction in red
tape that will result in Australians having quicker access to life saving
new drugs is a receipt for pharmaceutical monopolies to line their pockets
at the expense of Australian patients and the Australian taxpayer.


APPLES AND PEARS
Shock!! Horror!! Half as many publicly educated students in Victoria go on
to university, as do privately educated students. Case made, a private
education is much, much better than a public education, or is? I remember
years ago when I was heavily involved in medical research that the surgeons
who had the best results were those that hand picked the patients that they
would operate on. The less risks a surgeon took, they more patients they
excluded who may have suffered an adverse outcome the better their figures
at the end of the year. That didn't mean that the surgeons who took on all
comers didn't have a greater impact than the surgeons who picked and choose
their patient's.

It's the same with private education. At the end of each academic year,
busloads of private educated students who will not be able to gain entry to
a university are literally bused from to their private school to their local
public school. In an effect to improve their academic scores at the end of
the year, private school poach academically gifted State school students by
offering them scholarships to transfer to private schools. The scholarships
are a tax-deductible investment in the future earning potential of that
private school. The greater the percentage of students who enter university
from a particular school, the more fee-paying students they will be able to
attract.

Comparing university entrance rates from public and private schools is like
comparing apples and pears. The situation is a little more complex than
people are led to believe. When you compare the rate of private and public
students who have entered university a year after they have started, the
university drop-out rate for private secondary collage students is twice the
drop-out rate for publicly educated secondary school students.

Next time you see some billboard or some corporate media outlet telling you
how great a private education is, look at the way they have gathered their
figures, ask about their results a year after their students have entered
university and you may find that $20,000 to $30,000 a year in private fees
and all wonderful Commonwealth money going into private schools, makes no
difference when you compare apples with apples.

WHY?
Alexander Downer's factitious comments regarding terrorism and the
withdrawal from Iraq of Spanish and Philippine troops, has a special
poignancy for the Philippines. The Philippine government withdrew its very
small contingent of troops form Iraq, when a Philippine truck driver was
kidnapped for some very good social and economic reasons. One of the
Philippine's major sources of income is derived from the money that
Philippine guest workers repatriate back to their families at home.
Over 1.5 million Philippine guest workers, work in the Middle East. They
support nearly 10 million people back home. It makes no sense to plunge the
country into an economic crisis for the sake of a symbolic presence in Iraq.
It's no exaggeration to say that over 10% of the population would be
destitute if overseas workers were forced back home.

The return of millions of guest workers would put enormous pressure on an
already fragile economy. The monetary crisis that this would precipitate
could lead to the collapse of the government and law and order. The
President and her Cabinet were more than aware of the dislocation that a
unprecedented return of guest workers would cause to both the economy and
Philippine society.

While Downer and Howard make vacuous comments about how they would never bow
to terrorist threats in an attempt to elicit a short-term political
advantage, the Bush administration has the good sense not to publicly attack
the Philippine government for their decision. The US administration knows
that the social dislocation caused by the return of millions of guest
workers, would make the Philippines a fertile recruiting ground for Muslim
fundamentalists.

Howard and his cohorts are grasping at any straw, playing the anti-terrorist
card in an effort to maximise their electoral standing. Downer's attacks
are both counter productive and dangerous. Howard's carping has placed
Australians directly in the firing line. Their rhetoric is the rhetoric of
men who will use any means at their disposal to try to retain their grip on
power

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
THE FOLLOWING QUESTION WAS SENT IN BY JAMES EMERTON / AUSTRALIA.
Q. What features of 'post-modern anarchism' make it a unique branch of
anarchism (i.e. what sets it apart)?
A. I began using the term post-modern anarchism in the Anarchist Age Weekly
Review a few years ago to describe the shift in strategic thinking in the
Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society that began about a decade
ago. Although anarchist thought and action is not constrained by the dead
hand of ideology, it is constrained by a set of historical precedents that
have taken on an almost mystical quality within the anarchist community.
Those of us who cut our political teeth in the new Left in the 1960's and
70's, unquestionably accepted these historical precedents as core
principles. Using the legal system, accepting a leadership position in the
trade unions, accepting or striving for a position in the bureaucracy,
participating in the electoral process and cooperating with government at
any level, were strategies that were anathema to the modern anarchist
movement.
As a consequence of pursuing strategies that encouraged non-participation
and noon-cooperation at all levels of society, the anarchist movement
allowed the instruments of power at all levels of government and bureaucracy
to be held and manipulated by individuals and groups from the Left and Right
with an authoritarian political and social agenda. The anarchist movement
and the ideas we stand for, have, as a consequence of pursuing strategies
that have marginalised us, have become irrelevant in the 21st century.
Post-modern anarchism rejects historical strategic structures and precedents
that have become to be considered by a significant proportion of the
anarchist movement to be core principles. We accept that the anarchist
project is to create a community without rulers. The best way to do this is
to strive to create a society where everybody has the right to be involved
in the decisions that affect them and has the right to share in the wealth
of the society they live and work in.
We reject the idea that certain strategies are off limits to anarchists and
will examine each situation on its merits. If we believe we can use the
courts in particular situations to highlight the absurdity of capitalism and
authoritarian politics, we will. If we believe that being elected or
appointed to a particular position will help us break down authoritarian
structures and our participation as anarchists will encourage members to
become active and change the principles of association of the organisations
they're involved in, we will. The only constraint we place on this strategy
is that we carry out these assaults on these institutions as anarchists and
that during our campaigns we highlight that we aim to get members to abolish
hierarchical structures within their institutions and replace them with
non-hierarchical structures.
Radical egalitarian social change doesn't normally eventuate from one
enormous upheaval, it generally comes from challenging those who wield power
at every level in society. That's why post-modern anarchists strive to work
at all levels in society.

ACTION BOX
NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS
We're all members of some type of group. Issue orientated groups, community
groups, ratepayers associations and sporting groups have hundreds of
thousands of members. Few of us take any interest in how these groups
operate, we pay our dues, a few of us attend Annual General Meetings (AGM),
one or two may sit on committees. If we are serious about radical
egalitarian change, we need to take another look at our relationships with
non-government organisations.
If you're involved in a group, the first thing you should look at is the
group's constitution. Most groups have the same structure, president, vice
president, secretary, treasurer and committee members. Elections are
normally held yearly. What's interesting about non-government organisations
is that their constitutions give ordinary members the power to put questions
about altering the constitution at AGM's. In some groups you need support
from less than 6 members to put a constitutional question on the agenda at
the AGM.
Unlike shareholders meetings, proxy votes are not normally accepted at
AGM's. The people who attend the meeting, are those who make the decisions
about the group's constitution. With a little bit of planning, there's
nothing to stop you from putting forward questions at the AGM that challenge
the hierarchical nature of the organisation you belong to.
You can have a recall amendment added to the constitution, if 5% of members
are dissatisfied with the conduct of anyone on the executive. They can call
an extra ordinary general meeting to see if this member still retains the
support of the membership. You can put up motions that canvas different
ways that the executive is structured. You can ask that affairs of the
group be put in the hands of a series of mass meetings and that the
executive is replaced by a number of recallable delegates. The sky's the
limit. It's up to you to decide how you would like to see the constitution
altered.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
FIRST LABOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
In April 1904, J. C. Watson became the first Australian Prime Minister. The
Labor Party relied on the support of the Protectionists to stay in power.
J. C. Watson and the Labor Party remained in office till August 1904. They
lost office because they lost the support of their parliamentary allies, the
Protectionists.
While in office, they were not able to wield effective parliamentary power
because they only held 27 seats while the combined opposition parties held
47 seats. The Labor Party gained 27 seats and 31% of the votes cast at the
second Federal election held on the 16th December 1903. The Protectionist
Party gained 29.7% of the vote while the Free Traders held the largest
number of seats in Parliament, winning 34.4% of the vote. It wasn't till
the Federal election held on the 13th April 1910 that the Labor Party won
government in its own right, winning 50% of the votes cast and 43 of the 75
Federal seats. Interestingly, this is the second highest vote the ALP has
ever recorded in a Federal election.
It's interesting to compare the Labor Party's policies 100 years ago with
its electoral policies in 2004. Its electoral manifesto in November 1903
promised electors they would; 'maintain the policy of a white Australia,
give industrial arbitration. The Labor Party will put an end to strikes and
lockouts and guarantee fair wages and conditions of labour to every worker,
male and female, in every State of the Commonwealth. The Labor Party will
give old age pensions to Australian men and women in their declining, needy
years. The Labor Party will nationalise all monopolies. It will make work
for thousands by establishing State enterprises, protect primary producers,
help the labourer, the artisan, the mechanic, the farmer, the miner and all
who do honest work to better their conditions'.
Comparing the ALP's 2004 election manifesto with its 1903 manifesto, gives
people an idea how far things have changed over the past 100 years.
Although the ALP's social policies have improved during the past century,
it's disappointing to see how the ALP's economic policies resemble the
economic policies of the very people they fought against in 1903.

BOOK REVIEW
'THE BOOK OF THE DEAD'
by E. A. Wallis Budge,
Random House Edition'95, ISBN 0517122839
'The Book of the Dead' is a 1-Volume edition of E. A. Wallis Budge's
3-Volume edition of the 'Papyrus of Ani', originally published in the
1890's. (Sir) E. A. Wallis Budge, a pillar of the British Empire and keeper
of looted Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities at the British Museum in the
late 19th century, studied and wrote about ancient Egyptian magic, religion
and ritual.
The reason I decided to dip into this 704-page hard cover edition of the
funeral rites and beliefs of a society that existed nearly 4000 years ago,
is that I've been fascinated with the idea that most cultures treat life on
Earth as a dress rehearsal. As an atheist, I find it extraordinary that in
the 21st century, men and women are willing to use their bodies as weapons,
believing that their martyrdom will guarantee them eternal life.
'The Book of the Dead' highlights the importance that the preservation of
the body had in Egyptian funeral rites. It also outlines their beliefs in
their own words. 12 Gods seated in order as judges, the jackal headed
Anubis held the balance which held the heart (conscience) of the deceased
against the feather (a symbol of Egyptian law), those who failed were
devoured by the monster Amemit ­ The Devourer, the rest won eternal life.
The 40 or 50 commandments they were tested against are strangely similar to
the 10 commandments that God gave to Moses, page after page, ritual after
ritual, God after God, hell, heaven, torture, judgement, eternal life.
Egyptians, like all other humans, attempted to make sense of their life,
giving it a purpose that didn't exist.
Unless you're interested in archaeological mumbo jumbo, I don't recommend
you break your neck trying to get hold of a copy of 'The Book of the Dead'.
If you are, you can add this voluminous tome to your collection of the
different paths to eternal salvation. The moral of 'The Book of the Dead'
is that human beings have gone to and continue to go to extraordinary
lengths to make sense of life and death. Each culture comes up with its
unique solution to the riddle of life. Unfortunately most seem to forget
that we only have one life, it's the real thing (apologies to Coca-Cola) and
waiting for the sky pilot (apologies to the I.W.W.) is a recipe for a wasted
life.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
4 Treasury Place, Melbourne, 'People For A Royal Commission' gather to make
their thoughts known about the ominously named Government Members
Secretariat the Howard government's taxpayer funded dirty tricks brigade.
A few leaflets, a little conversation, the banners packed. One of our
members with a personal grievance against one of Australia's major banks, -
they foreclosed his mortgage, sold his property to one of their subsidiaries
for a fraction of its real cost and succeeded in having him jailed for 3
months for breaking a Supreme Court injunction against him approaching them.
For his troubles he was transferred to a country prison and was physically
assaulted in the bargain.
He'd seen a number of camera crews and reporters gathering outside 2
Treasury Place. He poured out his frustration to them, they listened and
took his phone number. It always plays to be polite when confronted with
someone who's had the shit kicked out of them, you never know what they may
do. By the time our friend had finished his tirade, most of us had reached
1 Treasury Place. On an impulse, we headed back to hijack the press
conference. We unfurled our 'Citizens For A Royal Commission' banner in
front of the cameras and began to indulge in a little bit of banter with the
crew.
We asked about how it felt to have the shoe on the other foot. Instead of
them pursuing some poor lost soul trying to squeeze out the last drop of
emotion out of them to increase their ratings, so their boss could sell a
few more products and make a few extra bucks, our friends began to wilt
under the pressure. The political advisers, who had lined up the interview
with their political masters, were not impressed. We held our ground. It
was public space. The mobile phones came out. A few quick calls. They
wanted to come in from the cold. They wanted to hold the interview in the
foyer. They explained that some people wanted to hijack the news
conference. 'Who?' A disembodied voice called out from the phone 'Citizens
For A Royal Commission'. The phone went dead.
In a few minutes, a government bureaucrat who had obviously borrowed one of
Paul Keating's $3000 Armani suits (or is that $6000), shepherded the little
flock of media hacks into 2 Treasury Place. I couldn't help myself and made
some quip about how good it was to see the State and its allies in the mass
media working together to subvert the will of the people. Did we achieve
anything? I doubt it. Would we do it again? I think so. When you count
the amount of fun we had putting the media in the spotlight, the effort was
worthwhile.

STOP PRESS
'REALITY'
Phillip Hudson's commentary on media savvy politicians swapping the soapbox
for the idiot box Sunday Age (25/7) raises important questions about that
cosy incestuous relationship that exists between senior politicians and the
media. It's a tragedy that the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and the
senior politicians they spend so much time and energy courting, have such
little understanding about what's happening in the real world.
Seeing John Howard belt out a rendition of the 'Safety Swim' song on
television, Mark Latham peer through the one-way glass into the Big Brother
house and Peter Costello coming to grips with a python on Kerry Anne's
Morning show, highlights how the media has become the message. It's
disturbing to think that most senior political figures in this country are
professional politicians who long ago ceased to have any real interaction
with the people they represent. Protected by an army of advisers, a healthy
expense account, an extremely generous superannuation fund, chaffered around
in limousines and VIP flights, they soon forget the angst, trials and
tribulations the rest of the community experiences.
It's time that all Federal politicians from the Prime Minister down were
forced to experience the angst of everyday life. It should be mandatory for
all Federal politicians to spend 8 weeks of every year experiencing what
it's really like to work in a factory or a call centre, a child minding
centre, a hospital or an office. During this period they should have their
parliamentary privileges and wages suspended and they and their dependants
should be forced to live on the award wages they earn and live in
accommodation that these wages are able to buy.
A little bit of exposure to everyday reality, not the manufactured, edited
highlights that masquerade as reality on what is laughingly called reality
television could drag the political process out of the hands of media
commentators and politicians. They both have lost touch with reality and
need to place the political process back where it belongs, in the everyday
lives of real people.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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Liberazione Sociale L'internazionismo, Via Galileo Galilei 45, 97100 Ragusa,
SICILY, ITALY, email:si_lib@hotmail.com
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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Senior military officers have been accused of campaigning for the Coalition.
Melb Indymedia has reported claims "Aust military personnel are being told
if they want to keep their jobs, they, their families & friends must vote
for the Coalition at the next Federal election". The Defence Dept has also
banned the screening of Michael Moore's new film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on any
Aust military base. The film's Aust distributor offered the film for free
after a soldier approached them asking for a copy. (Source: SMH, Melb
Indymedia)
Vic Liberal MP Andrew Olexander wrongly claimed overnight travel allowances
for 18 months, a parliamentary enquiry has found. Mr Olexander submitted a
statutory declaration in April 03 saying his principal residence was in
Ringwood East & this was more than 28km from the GPO, thus allowing him to
claim a travel allowance of $107 per day. Opposition Leader Robert Doyle
said no one was to blame & there had been no wrongdoing. On July 11th Mr
Olexander crashed his govt car while driving to his Docklands apartment
after a drinking binge. The party executive has decided against expelling
him.
Of last year's Vic Year 12 graduates, 67% of private school students took up
a place at a uni, compared to only 34% of public school students & 47% of
Catholic school students. (Source: The Age)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "When I say that rewards & punishments have limited
success what I mean is at the most they can only ever teach children to do
as they're told & I think that's a very dangerous thing to do for children.
It's dangerous b/c if we teach children to do as they're told they're
vulnerable to abuse particularly sexual abuse & Frieda Briggs who's a
professor here in early childhood in Adelaide has interviewed perpetrators
of sexual abuse & the single message from these individuals was, I wouldn't
have got away with it if the children hadn't been trained to do as they were
told by adults. So individual children are vulnerable if we teach them to do
as they're told. Secondly children are vulnerable, b/c most of the bullying
that goes on in schools is actually mobbing, where 1 ringleader suggests to
a couple of others to go & pick on some child [who] they don't like for one
reason or another. Now if the 2 followers or would-be followers said no, I'm
not doing that, it's not kind, then the bullying wouldn't happen b/c the
ringleader wouldn't have the courage to do it alone. And the 3rd reason that
teaching children to do as they're told isn't a good idea, is that society
is unsafe when it's peopled by individuals who follow the directives of the
despots that are in the world, as we're experiencing at the moment. So
teaching children to do as they're told is not a good enough aim for
behaviour management. Instead what I'd like children to learn to do is to
think for themselves, what I call to be considerate. Not to think what would
happen to me if I get caught doing such & such misdeed but what effect would
my behaviour have on other people". (child psychologist & early learning
specialist Dr Louise Porter)
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PAINTING A TERRORIST PROFILE James Emerton, Independent Activist
The new terrorists are resourceful & meticulous, skilled with technology &
with the patience to wait months for the opportunity to attack. Ready to
invade, they've no need to plan an escape route & they'll even sacrifice
members of their lower armies to force their way through the layers of
defence around their targets if forced to. They operate in a globalised
world in which borders & distance offer little protection to potential
victims. The terrorists' goal is ultimately to establish a super state
uniting all lands: from the Middle East through to the Americas & parts of
Asia. Attacks on further targets are still possible if terrorists are
unopposed throughout the world, or continue to crush any foe they dare to
take on. Greed, power & world domination are the main factors driving
terrorism. The terrorists are inspired by the success of the Sept 11 2001
attack. These new terrorists have used aircraft as weapons. They've used WMD
to kill indiscriminately. They've made bombs. They've experimented with
chemical & biological weapons as well as used them. They're limited only by
imagination & opportunity. They shift funds electronically, use the
electronic mediums to keep in contact & gather info about their targets &
publicise their threats. If a leader is killed or captured, the organised
hierarchical structure would ensure that an individual with the same policy
is easily replaced. Many modern terrorists are intelligent, educated &
skilled at planning & logistics. As their resources increased they'd often
revisit plans considered impractical in the past. When possible they use new
individuals, groups & networks of intelligence; some that we don't even know
about. They attack opponents by using small teams with the aid of whose
operations are minor & /or using bombs. The small, scattered teams work in
semi-isolation with leaders using modern communications systems to send
instructions. These new terrorists are the 'Coalition of the Willing'. They
blackmail. They tell lies. They ally themselves with transnational
corporations who keep the wretched in poverty. This submitted article is a
satire based on a The Age article (Paper paints a terrorist profile, 16/7).
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/07/15/1089694488731.html

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