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Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Excuse me?

From the Detroit News:

BJ's expand food stamp payment options

Well, yes, I guess they do.

Posted on 04/14/2009 2:17 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
1 dozen facts, 1 garbled conclusion

I've written previously on the 1979 Grand Mosque attack.  I always appreciate commentary that underlines the fact that the jihad did not begin in late 2001.  From in Pakistan:

ln 1979, an alarming incident occurred in the Islamic world, which most history books across the Muslim realm have almost completely expunged from its pages.

However, today the details of this violent incident are slowly making their way out thanks to various Muslim and Western historians who believe that within this incident lies the chance to study the roots of modern-day Islamic extremism.

On November 20, 1979, a group of armed Saudi fanatics entered the premises of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The group was being led by a man called Juheyman bin Muhammad. With him as his second-in-command was one Muhammad Abdullah.

The group was made up of about a hundred men, most of them Saudis, but also comprising Egyptians, Yemenis, Syrians, Sudanese, Pakistanis, Libyans and at least two African-American converts.

All of them were followers of Abdul Azizi bin Baaz who was Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti.

Bazz had been highly critical of late King Faisal’s moderate reforms that had seen the setting up of the Kingdom’s first television station. Faisal had also given conditional permission to the Kingdom’s women to work in offices.
Bazz was also incensed by the presence of Western workers in Saudi Arabia who had been hired by the government to manage the large amounts of oil wealth the Kingdom had accumulated.

In his fiery Friday sermons, Bazz attacked the monarchy for moving away from the path set by the monarchy’s predecessors, especially King Al-Saud (d 1953) — even though it was under Saud that the discovery of the vast amounts of oil in Saudi Arabia was made with the help of British and American firms.

But Saud knew that to retain power he had to remain on the right side of the powerful official clerics. That’s why, though flushed with oil money, he was painfully slow to initiate reform. Instead he kept the Kingdom running on the ultra-conservative principles of puritanical Islam. No wonder, to Juheyman and his men they were doing exactly what they were taught at Saudi schools and universities: Purge ‘false Muslims’ and ‘infidels’ from Islam.

To counter the rise of secular Arab Nationalism and Arab Socialism in the 1960s initiated by regimes in Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Syria (and later), Libya, King Saud’s successor, King Faisal, started implementing some soft social reforms.

The Kingdom’s clerics accused Faisal of turning Saudi Arabia into a ‘liberal’ country, though almost all of these clerics were on the payroll and perks of the monarchy and pragmatically tolerated.

The policy of toleration of the clerics continued even after Faisal was assassinated by a member of his own family (in 1975) who too was a Baaz admirer.

Baaz’s blazing sermons eventually gave birth to a group of young fundamentalists quoting an ambiguous hadith, claiming that Muhammad Abdullah was the Mehdi. The hadith also mentioned that the clash between Mehdi’s followers and ‘infidels’ will take place in the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

The mosque was taken while pilgrims were present. Some were allowed to leave, while a number of others were taken hostage.

Mayhem ensued. For days the militants fought bloody gun battles with Saudi forces.

Misled by rumours that attributed the Mosque take-over to an ‘American-Zionist conspiracy’, mobs in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Libya attacked and burned down American embassies in their respective countries.

The first days of the battle saw the militants gaining an upper hand. Scores of Saudi soldiers were slaughtered. Watching the situation spiralling out of control, Saudi regime contemplated using outside help.

Since no non-Muslim is allowed to enter the Grand Mosque, the Saudi regime pondered using Pakistani and Jordanian commandos.

But the Saudis eventually called in French commandos and asked them to supply training (just outside Mecca) and weapons to the bloodied Saudi forces. It took another three days for the Saudi forces to defeat the militants and clear the mosque. The battle cost over 900 lives.

Muslims slaughtered  Muslims by the hundreds, in their most holy city, in their most holy mosque, in their most holy month, in the name of purifying their religion.  What does that tell you about the Religion of Peace?

Logically the Saudi regime was expected to launch a crackdown on fundamentalists after the tragedy, but it did what most Muslim regimes usually do in the face of a movement or insurgency by fundamentalists: It rolled back whatever little social reforms it had initiated and became even more subservient to the puritanical clergy.

And here is where most Muslim regimes and societies have faltered. Faced with pressure and violence from Islamists, many regimes in the Islamic world have historically tried to work out their survival by giving into a number of regressive and myopic demands of the Islamists.

The social fall-out of this trend has been devastating. Today societies in Islamic countries plagued by terrorism are almost completely incapable of raising a united front against the extremists.

Okay, the groundwork is laid.  Time to tie it all up in conclusion:  Why is it that Muslim governments are forever subservient to Muslim clerics?

The pathological politics of compromise indulged in with the Islamists by previous and present governments have pushed these societies either in a state of stunted fear, or worse, have left them reeling outside the spheres of reason and logic. This trend has eventually hurled them into the intellectual black hole where twisted religious exegeses and xenophobic exhibition of ‘patriotism’ and faith abound, shoving these societies further down the cyclic spiral of violence and denial and creating havens for faith-based ogres in crucial corners of culture and politics.

 Got it?

Posted on 04/14/2009 2:43 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Greek media: Obama takes the role of Turkey's attorney

On his recent visit to Turkey President Obama had a 10 minute meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartolomei (Bartholomew). There is a lot they could have talked about - the situation of Christians in Turkey under a regime which is becoming increasingly Islamic and no longer secular. The long running difficulties in Cyprus. The economy. The price of fish.
President Obama used the time to champion the Muslims in Greece, specifically in Thrace.
This is from the Macedonian News Agency MINA and GR News from Greece.

Barack Obama has undertaken the role of Turkey's advocate in Thrace, reads Monday's edition of Greek daily "Ta Nea".
According to the newspaper, the U.S. President opened the issue of opening a seminary at island Halki during a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Diplomatic sources claim that Obama presented to Bartholomew the Turkish arguments, according to which Athens should give something in return related to the Turkish minority in the region of Thrace.
According to information from the Greek media, the American President told Vartolomei that just the way that the Theological school in Halki teaches orthodox priests in a Muslim country, Greece needs to have schools, which will teach Muslims and other religions. Barack Obama also supported the Muslim appeal from North Greece to choose their own Muftiand not for it to be given to them by the government.
Patriarch Bartholomew was put in an awkward position, having to explain that the Ecumenical Patriarchy is a separate topic and can in no way be related to the minority issue in Western Thrace.
Thus, information that Washington gave the blessing to Turkey's position, which sets a condition that Athens undertakes activities regarding the education of the Turkish minority in Thrace, has been confirmed.

Posted on 04/14/2009 4:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Taliban execute eloping Afghan couple: Governor

From The Hindustan Times
Afghanistan’s extremist Taliban publicly executed a young couple who had tried to elope, a provincial governor said Tuesday.
The pair were shot dead on Monday in front of a mosque in the southwestern province of Nimroz, an area where the Islamists have influence.
It followed a decree by local religious leaders that they should be put to death, governor Ghulam Dastageer Azad told AFP.
“An unmarried young boy and an unmarried girl who loved each other and wanted to get married had eloped because their families would not approve the marriage,” Azad said.
The pair, both adults, were discovered by Taliban militants and returned to their village in Khash Rod district where the extremists are active.
“Three Taliban mullahs brought them to the local mosque and they passed a fatwa (religious decree) that they must be killed. They were shot and killed in front of the mosque in public,” the governor said.
Azad said some reports said that the families of the young couple might be associated with the Taliban. The Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment.

Posted on 04/14/2009 4:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Don't call me mate, mate

Robert Crampton, who turns forty-five this year, pulls rank on a whippersnapper: "mate" grates. From The Times:

Finding myself alone in the lift at work, rather than do my usual Elvis impersonation in the mirror, I squared up and threw a short right uppercut at the ugly old groat’s solar plexus. Immediately, I felt my back go, “Oooh-er, me back,” and so on. Another sign of impending decrepitude is I have started to dislike people calling me “mate”.

I’m an informal, approachable kinda guy, don’t stand on ceremony, no airs or graces, take me as you find me, pull up a chair, get the kettle on, old-fashioned northern hospitality, where there’s muck there’s brass, etc. And yet this mate business is my line in the sand. We can jettison, deride or erode the old customs so far, but no further. Call me anything, call me nothing, but don’t call me mate. Unless you are my mate, in which case call me whatever we both find amusing.

I was in the bike shop to collect my bicycle after a service. They said it’d be ready by 5pm and I went at 5.30 and it wasn’t. Fair play, these things happen. “Be ready by six, mate,” the mechanic, 20 years my junior, told me.

I went back. He hadn’t started work on my bike. “Yeah, sorry mate, been busy.” And so on. I finally took delivery at nearly seven, £37.50, new brake cables, plus labour. Mate.

Cycling home, I found myself in a minor rage.


I’m not a zealot about this. Some people reject mate per se. They’re usually the sort of people (massively over-represented among the nation’s columnists, I find) who want to turn the clock back to 1955 and wish men still wore bowler hats, women didn’t go out to work and we all called each other sir or madam [....] It’s a question of age differential, familiarity, context and the interaction between them.

This bike mechanic guy was maybe 25, we’d never met, and he’d cocked up. If he was 25, a stranger, and yet he’d done a good job, on time, then maybe he can employ the mate form under those circumstances. I’m happy, he’s happy, possibly it’s the start of a mutually beneficial relationship. I wouldn’t welcome it, but we can let the mate slide by.

Or say he’s 25, he’s cocked up, but instead of it being the first (and last as it happens) time I’d been in that repair shop, I’d been in half a dozen times already and we’d got a thing going, a bit of bike banter, a bit of routes rap, then mate is OK too, because we’re at least part way down the road to actually being that very thing.

Or I don’t know him, he’s cocked up, and yet he’s much closer to my own vintage, say late thirties or more, again, mate is acceptable, even at first meeting. Because mate is an expression of equality, is it not, and equality is partly dependent on being of a similar age. Or it should be. I would have to be on very intimate terms to feel comfortable mate-ing someone significantly older than me.

Because if we’ve chucked out God, and we’ve chucked out social snobbery, and we’ve chucked out men lording it over women, all of which it was right and proper and not before time to be rid of, what form of hierarchy is there left? Age is what’s left. Age, or none at all, and none at all doesn’t work.

As Robert Crampton makes clear, context is all. Regardless of age, the customer is always right, and an assumption of mateyness combined with overpriced or lazy workmanship is bound to grate. "Mate" is generally used by men to other men; women get called "love", "darling", "sweetheart", or, in the north east, "pet" and "hinny". I would probably bridle at "love" or "darling" if I was paying someone good money to fix my car; it's patronising. ("Pet" and "hinny" are fine, because they are Geordie, which is practically a foreign language.) For my local shopkeepers, who know me, different rules apply. After all, what's the alternative? Unless it's from a waiter, I always feel "madam" is rather sarcastic - this comes from being called a "cheeky madam" by my mother and others.

Back to "mate", one should make an exception for Australians, who can't help it.  

Posted on 04/14/2009 5:47 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer

Thanks to Gates of Vienna for reminding me of  this poem by Ogden Nash:

This is a song to celebrate banks,
Because they are full of money and you go into them and all
        you hear is clinks and clanks,
Or maybe a sound like the wind in the trees on the hills,
Which is the rustling of the thousand dollar bills.
Most bankers dwell in marble halls,
Which they get to dwell in because they encourage deposits
        and discourage withdrawals,
And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe
        betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless
        they don’t need it.
I know you, you cautious conservative banks!
If people are worried about their rent it is your duty to deny
        them the loan of one nickel, yes, even one copper engraving
        of the martyred son of the late Nancy Hanks;
Yes, if they request fifty dollars to pay for a baby you must
        look at them like Tarzan looking at an uppity ape in the
And tell them what do they think a bank is, anyhow, they had
        better go get the money from their wife’s aunt or ungle.
But suppose people come in and they have a million and they
        want another million to pile on top of it,
Why, you brim with the milk of human kindness and you
        urge them to accept every drop of it,
And you lend them the million so then they have two million
        and this gives them the idea that they would be better off
        with four,
So they already have two million as security so you have no
        hesitation in lending them two more,
And all the vice-presidents nod their heads in rhythm,
And the only question asked is do the borrowers want the
        money sent or do they want to take it withm.
Because I think they deserve our appreciation and thanks,
        the jackasses who go around saying that health and happiness
        are everything and money isn’t essential,
Because as soon as they have to borrow some unimportant
        money to maintain their health and happiness they starve
        to death so they can’t go around any more sneering at good
        old money, which is nothing short of providential.

Posted on 04/14/2009 6:30 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Obama Seeks To "Build A Little Trust" With Iran

New Duranty:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

The proposals, exchanged in confidential strategy sessions with European allies, would press Tehran to open up its nuclear program gradually to wide-ranging inspection. But the proposals would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period during the talks. That would be a sharp break from the approach taken by the Bush administration, which had demanded that Iran halt its enrichment activities, at least briefly to initiate negotiations.

The proposals under consideration would go somewhat beyond President Obama’s promise, during the presidential campaign, to open negotiations with Iran “without preconditions.” Officials involved in the discussion said they were being fashioned to draw Iran into nuclear talks that it had so far shunned.

A review of Iran policy that Mr. Obama ordered after taking office is still under way, and aides say it is not clear how long he would be willing to allow Iran to continue its fuel production, and at what pace. But European officials said there was general agreement that Iran would not accept the kind of immediate shutdown of its facilities that the Bush administration had demanded.

“We have all agreed that is simply not going to work — experience tells us the Iranians are not going to buy it,” said a senior European official involved in the strategy sessions with the Obama administration. “So we are going to start with some interim steps, to build a little trust.” ...

So it's up to Israel to solve this problem for Europe and America. Then Europe and America will condemn Israel and use it as an excuse to isolate her.

Posted on 04/14/2009 6:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Algerian Writer Anwar Malek Says The Arabs Are Without Worth, Humanity, and Culture

Read here.

Posted on 04/14/2009 8:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
"We Will Kill The Infidel" But Islam, Of Course, Has "Nothing To Do With It"

From a news story about the rescue of Captain Phillips:


Sometime Thursday, a desperate Phillips jumped from the lifeboat in an attempt to swim to the USS Bainbridge, only to be hauled back on board after the pirates opened fire. From then on, Phillips was tied up.

One pirate radioed the Navy destroyer and demanded to know how far they were from the sanctuary of Somalia's coast.

“Very far,’” came the reply from the Bainbridge.

"Thank you," the pirate negotiator responded, according to a U.S. military timeline, his politeness masking menace. "If we cannot [reach the] Somali coast, we will kill the infidel."

Posted on 04/14/2009 10:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Algerian chemist jailed for nine years

From Gloucestershire Today
An unemployed Algerian chemist dubbed a serious risk to the public was jailed for nine years today for contaminating food and wine by spraying his own urine and faeces in supermarkets.
Sahnoun Daifallah also sprayed the slurry over children’s books and in a pub as he carried out his foul campaign by concealing a 1.5 litre weed killer container in a lap top bag modified to allow the nozzle to poke out.
Daifallah, 42, was last month found guilty of four counts of contaminating goods at Tesco and Morrisons in Gloucester, Waterstones bookstore in Cirencester and the Air Balloon pub near Birdlip on May 14 and 16 last year.
Daifallah, who had fantasies about biological weapons to cause public alarm, was also found guilty of having an offensive weapon, namely a catapult with marbles.
Today Judge Carol Hagen said security agencies had labelled Algerian-born Daifallah, who has a degree in industrial chemistry, a very high risk to public safety.
She sentenced him at Bristol Crown Court today to concurrent sentences of three years, five years and two of nine years for the contamination offences and 12 months for possession of a weapon.
She told him that during the seven day trial, in which he had represented himself, she found him to Algerian chemist Sahnoun Daifallah jailed for nine years over attacks on Gloucestershire supermarkets and a Cirencester bookshopbe “arrogant and inflexible” in his thinking.
She added that she had wanted to jail him indefinitely but the law would not allow her to. (HHJ Hagen is a decent Judge of the old school)
“Your actions showed a callous disregard for public safety and you caused considerable alarm and anxiety,” she said. “You caused substantial police and forensic involvement given that the nature of the substances were not known.”
Proceedings to deport him have begun.
It is not spelt out but if the security agencies have expressed such an opinion then I think they may have realised the background motivating him. I do hope so.

Posted on 04/14/2009 12:13 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
This may be pure coincidence of course but

on the very afternoon that Sahnoun Daifallah went down for 9 years at Crown Court Bristol for spraying shops and a pub with foul liquid somebody else sprayed noxious smelling garlic in and around the court restaurant causing some hearings to be abandoned.
Police are investigating areas along the first floor and corridor to the restaurant at Bristol Crown Court where garlic oil is thought to have been spread along radiators and in plant pots.
CCTV captured the suspect as he doused the areas with the liquid but it is unclear whether the man is a disgruntled defendant or a member of the public.
Jurors, judges, barristers and defendants were forced outside after they were gassed by the pungent smell which permeated the entire 10-courtroom building.
Senior listing officer Nigel Northeast said: "It was harmless but it has been very disrupting. We have identified the individual from CCTV and police are investigating."

Posted on 04/14/2009 12:59 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Churches burnt, scores injured in Niger violence

JW has the BBC versionof this story but you know me and my liking for a local paper, which is where you get the version with the local colour and details.
From The Punch.
The Easter celebration on Monday turned sour in Minna, the Niger State capital, and Gwada town as people suspected to be Muslim fundamentalists stormed some churches, causing bodily harm and destroying properties worth several millions of naira.
Christians all over the world earlier in the day had assembled at churches for the symbolic Galilee picnic, an event to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But the day turned bloody in Gwada, where three churches were burnt while about 26 Christians were injured. In Minna, the Niger Baptist Church was the target of the fanatics who injured five Christian youths and damaged more than five cars.
Our correspondents gathered that the incident in Gwada happened as Christian youths from all churches marched round the town, drumming and rejoicing over their ability to see another resurrection day of Jesus Christ.
It was learnt that as the procession continued, some Muslim youths, who apparently had pre-planned their action, appeared and started attacking the Christian youths, injuring some of them.
The attackers reportedly turned their attention to churches where special services and picnics were being held to commemorate the Easter.
They disrupted their activities and burnt three of the churches.
In Minna, the incident at the Baptist Church, our correspondents gathered, happened in a similar way, but the combined efforts of the Christian youths saved the churches in the town from being set ablaze.
It was learnt that two Muslim fanatics, who had hidden in a provisions shop near the church, had first come to spy on the building but they were spotted by the Christian youths who had come out of the church.
The youths, on getting wind of the development, vowed to protect the church.
According to (a victim Mr Olajide Oke), the two Muslim fundamentalists earlier found lurking around the church premises left and came back a few minutes later with about 60 others and they immediately sprayed the cars parked outside the bookshop with petrol, “but the efforts of the Christian youths prevented the hoodlums from setting them ablaze.”
However, three vehiclels were badly damaged as the Muslim youths threw stones and other weapons at the vehicles and the Christian youths. Those injured were either stabbed or hit by stones, the victim said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Richard Oguche, said three assistant commissioners of police and a detachment of riot policemen were immediately sent to Gwada to put the situation under control.
Oguche confirmed the arrest of 88 Muslim fanatics, adding that they had been taken to the Criminal Investigations Department and would be charged to court soon.
The police spokesman said 20 suspects were arrested in Minna while all the injured were taken to the General Hospital where they had been receiving treatment. No life was lost.
The Superintendent of Police, David Abuo, who is also the head of the mobile police in Minna, led the operation to flush out the fanatics.
Our correspondent observed at the Baptist Church in Minna that the Easter programme abruptly came to an end when the attack happened. The floor was also stained with blood of the wounded.

Posted on 04/14/2009 1:37 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Pseudsday Tuesday

I like Giles Coren. He isn't as funny as his father Alan was, but that is setting the bar very high. Besides, the son does have the advantage, currently, of being alive.

Coren Junior is best known as a restaurant critic, and plainly loves his food. Not for him the prissy faddishness of A. A. Gill. He hates vegetablists,  those tedious tyrants of the table, even more than I do. From The Times:

[V]egetarianism is an eating disorder.

It's a better eating disorder than many others, because at least it doesn't make you fat, and in general it doesn't cause you to wither away and die. But it does make you pale, and flaky, and unbelievably tedious to be around.

Vegetarianism is a cry for help. A sadly transparent attempt to exercise control over your body, which you feel the need to do for psychological reasons of which you are probably unaware. It's why so many vegetarians have tattoos and exotic piercings (you know it's true). It's why anarchists, squatters, G20 protesters and art students are usually vegetarians. Frustrated that they cannot, and never will, control the world, or anything else of any significance, they starve themselves and carve holes in their bodies. It's as primitive a lifestyle as there is. It's why the very oldest religions eschew meat altogether, and others eschew some forms of it - because one exercises what control one can in the shadow of a mighty God with miserable little gestures of abstinence.

Is it coincidence that many Esperantists are vegetarians? Anyway, Giles Coren generally has his head screwed on, but the screw was coming loose the other day when he bit into some grilled eel. From The Times: 

There was dry earth, clay, wood, a very faint hint of ash as the newly scraped truffle lid crumbled under my molars, and then a pale, round, ever-so-slightly yeasty sweetness as the rice moved the black shards back into my mouth, and then more sweetness from the amber glaze on the eel, a little warmth from the roasting of the fish earlier that morning, and then the smokiness you get from grilled eel, referring back nicely to the ash of the truffle… And then, with my mouth all lined with that, came the burst of omega-3 fatty acid, rising like the kraken from the innards of the roll, the slippery muscle, the proper tongue snog of eel, and here the earthiness of what had gone before bringing out the snakiness of the beast, which is its greatest quality, as opposed to the fishiness. And then a little miso-sweetness to smooth it over, to still the last ripple on the surface, so that you’d never know the monster had been there.

But what did you have to eat?

Posted on 04/14/2009 2:23 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
States Rights

From the Drudge Report:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

Perry continued: "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas."


A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.

It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.

Posted on 04/14/2009 5:10 PM by Rebecca Bynum

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