New Mittxico is found at six flags

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So like I promised 1 to two posts week starting this week since our summer is officially over as of August first and our fall readiness program will begin. However all is not well with the world, and we need to know why, so let’s begin.

 

Dog Days Untamed

Author: Leon

 

 

Wanko anime Dog Days is almost there in its latest episode, showing plenty of flesh but apparently saving the important bits for the disc-buying elite…

 

The gallery as usual can be seen on the site. Also, LB was finally announced so, let’s get that out of the way.

 

Little Busters Anime Finally Unveiled

Author: Artefact

 

 

Legendarily long-awaited Key anime Little Busters! may have attracted as much attention for who it is not being animated by as for its actual announcement, but that has not stopped enthusiastic optimists from excitedly hailing the release of its first trailer with some anticipation.

The trailer, announcing TV broadcasts are to being in October:

 

 

 

That being said, the gallery of posts can be seen on there. So let’s talk Romney.

 

Mitt Romney ‘providence’ comments in Israel outrage Palestinians

 

Palestinian leaders expressed offence and outrage at comments by Mitt Romney during his lightning visit to Israel, in which he said the Jewish state’s economic success compared with its Palestinian neighbours was due to “cultural” differences and the “hand of providence”, and declared Jerusalem to be “the capital of Israel”.

The presumptive Republican candidate in the the US presidential race told a $25,000 (£16,000)-a-head fundraising event in Jerusalem: “As I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognise the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

He cited a climate of innovation, the Jewish history of thriving in adversity, and the “hand of providence”.

Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, condemned Romney’s comments. “It is a racist statement, and this man doesn’t realise that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” he said.

“It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people. He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”

Romney, who did not visit the West Bank while in the Holy Land, made no mention of either Israel’s 45-year occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, nor its continuing blockade of Gaza, both of which have had a catastrophic impact on the Palestinian economy.

The consensus of international economists, including the IMF and the World Bank, is that the Palestinian economy will fail to develop firm foundations and sustained growth until Israeli restrictions on imports, exports and the movement of goods are lifted.

Romney’s comparison between the Israeli and Palestinian economies drew on figures substantially different from those cited by the World Bank. Romney said: “As you come here and you see the [gross domestic product] per capita, for instance, in Israel, which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”

According to the World Bank, however, Israel’s per-capita GDP was about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza’s was just over $1,500.

More than 40 people attended Romney’s fundraising breakfast at Jerusalem’s famous King David hotel, amassing more than $1m for the Republican election campaign. The event was moved from Sunday after Romney aides realised it had been scheduled during Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning and fasting.

Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American billionaire casino magnate who has bankrolled Romney’s presidential campaign, sat next to the candidate at a U-shaped table. Adelson also owns Israel Hayom, the Jewish state’s biggest-circulation newspaper, which is a staunch supporter of Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.

Among the other guests were the New York Jets owner, Woody Johnson, and the hedge fund manager Paul Singer. Donors ate a typical Israeli breakfast of salads, cheeses, yoghurt and pastries.

Romney, who introduced his eldest son, Josh, to the gathering, said he had “read a number of books” on what makes countries successful.

He added: “I am overwhelmingly impressed with the hand of providence, whenever it chooses to apply itself, and also the greatness of the human spirit, and how individuals who reach for greatness and have purpose above themselves are able to build and accomplish things that could only be done by a species created in the image of God.”

During a speech on Sunday delivered against the backdrop of the historic old city at sunset, Romney described Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel”. Erekat said the remark was “absolutely unacceptable”.

A second senior Palestinian official, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said the statement was unhelpful to peace negotiations, pointing out it “contradict[ed] the previous positions held by the American administration”.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 and later annexed by Israel in a move not recognised by the international community. The future of Jerusalem is one of the most complex and delicate issues in negotiations on a possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

All foreign embassies, including that of the US, are in Tel Aviv, with consular services based in Jerusalem. According to a statement, the White House official policy is: “The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

 

If Romney can get the Pale’s and the Jews to play nice, I might actually vote for him. I mean, it’s pretty ground breaking to have the 2 biggest warring countries fighting over an invisible man that never existed. Course, if he does, it’ll be an even bigger shock to the rest of the US than killing Osama.

 

Kryptonite particles found in new Superman ride

 

VALLEJO, Calif. —

Twelve people were stuck Sunday afternoon for nearly two hours on the new Superman roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

Two cars stalled at the highest point of the ride, 150-feet high, around 2:30 p.m. and riders were upright, according to witnesses.

Rescuers used a crane to release the cars from the track shortly after 4 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the park.

Every ride is checked every morning to make sure it runs properly and the Superman wide was checked Sunday morning and no problems were found, according to the park spokeswoman.

The park president said he doesn’t believe there was a mechanical problem with the ride.

Park mechanics have not yet investigated what led to the stall. The ride will stay offline until they complete their investigation.

The Superman ride opened on June 30 and is 15 stories tall at its highest point and reaches speeds of 62 mph.

This is not the first time there have been roller coaster issues at the Six Flags park.

In August of 2010, the boomerang ride got stuck in the upright position for about an hour with 26 people on board.

 

Louisiana police got bored and are looking into dirty license plates.

 

State police watching for dirty tags

 

Associated Press Reporting

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Col. Michael Edmonson, state police superintendent, says clean license plates can help citizens more easily report reckless or impaired drivers, as well as vehicles involved in criminal acts.

 

Next up, ermahgerd. How the fuck is this news?

 

JERMPING TEH SHERK: ERMAHGERD EENERPERPRIT ERMAHGERDZ

 

By now you all know about the ERMAHGERD meme, using the twisted face of some poor girl from the ’90s for the expression of excitement and the belittling of those with speech impediments. It showed up on the weird shadowy side of the Internet a few months back and just now started gaining traction with the normals.

You know, that poor lady is probably sitting at a Denny’s right now writing a suicide note because some ass clown found her picture at a garage sale and dredged up old feelings of loneliness and pain of adolescence.

But as the meme would say, it has, jermped teh sherk. Nowadays if you don’t get on the ground floor of a meme the first few weeks, you get buried under the weight of a million others on Facebook, attaching a political cause to something that doesn’t need to be attached to.

ERMAHGERD CHERK-FER-RAY IS HERMAPHERBIC!

Or something like that.

That’s why I came up with eight or so inappropriate ERMAHGERD, because before now this meme has been too cutesy and dear. Pain, death, misery, hatred, these things deserve to be memes.

Er, merms.

 

Next up, The Olympic flame has died. Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia.

The Olympic Flame Dies, Gets Unceremoniously Relit By Old Guy On a Cherry Picker

 

This is not a metaphor: the Olympic Flame has died for real, as technicians were moving the cauldron to a new location in the stadium. Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.

Actually, they just sent some old guy named Austin Playfoot on a cherry picker to re-light it. It looked more ridiculous than majestic, but it did the trick. At least Mr. Playfoot was one of the Olympic Torch-bearers, both this year and back in the 1948 London Olympics.

According to millenary tradition, the flame has to burn inside its cauldron for the duration of the game. It went out this Sunday, 11:14pm London time.

Thankfully, it was not accidentally extinguished by London’s perpetual rain. It had to be extinguished for security reasons before the cauldron was moved to a new location. Before unceremoniously turning off the gas, they lit up the torch that was used by Mr. Playfoot to relight the cauldron this morning.

The move follows strong criticism by British media, which has been hammering the games’ organizers’ decision to place the cauldron in a place where it can’t be seen from anyone outside of the stadium—something that apparently has never happened in Olympic history. Their strong criticism included words like bloody, git, knobhead, cabbage and how dare they. They also wrote organizers in the traditional British way: organisers.

 

And now more Olympic fails.

 

Olympics epic fail

Man gripped by Olympic fever tries to swim to America… and fails

 

After a pulsating and pounding opening ceremony on Friday night, and world record’s being broken left, right and centre on the days that followed, it seems as if Olympic fever has gripped us all. There’s no doubt about it, people’s interest in sport has shot through the roof, and so have people’s expectations.

For one man, it inspired him to try and swim to America from Biarritz, southern France, without any training or equipment. In short, he had gone out of his mind on the Olympics.

Despite his insistence that he was up to the challenge, he was rescued by coastguards just off the coast who convinced him that it probably wasn’t a good idea to continue, in what will no doubt be one of many epic fails at the Olympics.

It’s thought that the 34-year-old holidaymaker was visiting Biarritz with friends. He told them that he was planning to swim to New York, 3,594 miles away, to carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic.

They let him go because they thought he was joking and knew that he was a strong swimmer.

At 3.30pm, lifeguards watched as he swam past the buoys 300 yards out to sea, which mark the legal limit for swimmers. He then continued to swim until he was out of sight.

At this point, lifeguards called out a helicopter and a diver dropped into the sea and explained to the man that it was a good idea to turn back.

At the same time, lifeguards arrived in a rescue dinghy. The man then realised that he might have made a mistake, so lifeguards threw him a line and towed him back to the beach.

Laurent Saintespes, senior officer at Biarritz airbase told Agence France Presse: “He was a bit naive. But at a time when the Olympics are taking place in London you have to see the funny side of things.”

Have you seen any epic fails at the Olympics yet? What’s been your best bit?

Oh, and here’s an epic fail by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, a few days ago:

 

 

Oh did you hear about the 19 year old that tried to use twitter to join the National Guard?

 

Kent State student accused of tweeting threat instructed to stay away from school, president

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he planned to “shoot up” the northeastern Ohio campus has been instructed to stay away from the school and its president.

Nineteen-year-old William Koberna will be released Monday after posting part of a $50,000 bond set at Portage County Municipal Court. He will be required to wear a GPS tracking device and to stay away from university President Lester Lefton and the school.

Koberna was arrested Sunday at his parents’ home in the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick. The sophomore has been charged with inducing panic, a felony, and aggravated menacing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

University officials say Koberna posted a tweet July 25 that included the threat: “I’m shooting up your school ASAP.”

 

And finally,  a 74 year old man gets police to chase him around at 105 miles an hour.

 

Driver, 74, injured while fleeing police

 

PRINCEVILLE —

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

That’s our show for today folks, I’ll see you guys on the flipside. Good night, everybody.

Shota Week Final Day: Romney Steps up to Bat

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The weekend is upon us, which means 1 thing and one thing only, flicks or movies if you still call them that cause you’re not a hipster. I josh, but some people in this country still believe that we should stick to our old ideals; namely the Republicans. But getting to our news story about Romney will come shortly. Today is the last day of shota week for us which is something I decided to do on a whim. In any case we should probably move on at this point. The US campaign for presidency sure has been busy lately. What does that mean for the rest of us? Well, bad times is what it means. Let’s open up and look at this recent article about Mitt Romney talking some bullshit about his campaign against Obama.

Romney camp steps up response to Democrats’ attacks

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For weeks, anxious Republicans called on Mitt Romney to respond more aggressively to attacks from the Democrats, afraid his hopes of winning the presidency could slip away if his rivals are able to define him as being out of touch with ordinary Americans.

This week, those Romney supporters are getting their wish.

Over the Internet and the airwaves, Romney and his allies have launched a stream of counterpunches against President Barack Obama and his team.

The effort is aimed at countering the Democrats’ attempts to cast Romney as someone who shipped U.S. jobs overseas as a private equity executive at Bain Capital and hid much of his fortune in overseas accounts to avoid paying taxes.

The aggressive Republican strategy has included calling Obama a liar and demanding that a top Democratic Party official release her tax returns.

It is a shift from early July, when missteps by Romney’s campaign on healthcare and immigration, among other issues, had some conservatives questioning his staff’s competency and grumbling that Romney was playing too much defense while leaving Democratic attacks unanswered.

A speech by Romney on Wednesday, in which he was booed by a pro-Obama crowd at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention, seemed to reflect that more aggressive strategy.

In what many analysts saw as Romney sending a signal to conservative white voters, Romney went before a not-so-supportive mostly African-American audience and criticized the first black U.S. president and his policies, particularly the healthcare overhaul the Republicans have dubbed “Obamacare.”

At a fundraiser in Montana on Wednesday night, Romney told supporters: “I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else. … Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy – more free stuff.”

Romney occasionally has used the phrase “free stuff” to decry what he and other conservatives see as wasteful spending, although some Democrats see the phrase as a racially tinged reference to welfare.

‘STEPPING UP THEIR GAME’

Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said firing back at the Obama campaign’s attacks suggests “the Romney camp realizes that they played defense all last week and they are stepping up their game.”

Opinion polls indicated that Democratic attacks on Romney’s record at Bain helped Obama gain ground with many Americans, notably in politically divided industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, both battlegrounds in the November 6 election.

Some of Obama’s claims about Romney’s role in outsourcing jobs at Bain “have hurt Romney, particularly in the Rust Belt,” Mackowiak said.

Romney’s team argues that an Obama ad calling Romney an outsourcer of jobs was unfair and cites various political fact-checking columns that said as much.

A new ad from Romney’s campaign, addressing Obama’s claims about the Republican’s business record, calls the president a liar running a “dishonest campaign.” It is also firing back at Obama by accusing the president of being “the outsourcer-in-chief” and using “taxpayer dollars to create jobs overseas.”

The attacks focus on job-creation programs in Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus program, and are essentially based on an assumption that any money sent to a foreign-owned company goes to hire foreign, not American, workers.

Analysts have called that leap in logic a stretch.

“It seems rather strange for Republicans, who claim to be defenders of free enterprise, to be making an argument that foreign companies should not receive federal money even if it is used to hire American workers,” The Washington Post’s political fact-checking column said on Thursday.

ROMNEY’S TAX RETURNS

The new wave of attacks by Romney’s camp also fights back against Democrats’ calls for the former Massachusetts governor, who has a fortune of up to $250 million, to release more of his tax returns.

In January, Romney released his family’s 2010 return and an estimate of its filing for 2011. They indicated that Romney is holding millions of dollars in offshore accounts and once had a Swiss bank account.

The disclosures raised questions about the lengths to which Romney has gone to shield his money from taxes – and inspired Obama campaign’s suggestions that Romney is hiding something.

Republicans have countered that Obama is diminishing himself with personal attacks targeting capitalism, and are demanding the release of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s tax returns.

Wasserman Schultz has been a leading voice in the tax offensive against Romney, but it is otherwise unclear why she has been targeted.

Since 1968, most presidential candidates – including Romney’s father, George, who sought the Republican nomination that year – have released years of tax records. Members of Congress, including Wasserman Schultz, generally do not. She has responded to Republicans’ calls for her to release her returns by noting that she is not running for president.

Mackowiak, the Republican strategist, said there was some risk Romney’s strategy of striking back at Obama could alienate independent voters being courted by both sides. Conservatives may have been thirsting for Romney to hit back harder against the Democrats, but he also will need to win over independents to oust Obama from the White House in the November 6 election.

“Base Republicans unquestionably want to see Romney fight,” Mackowiak said. “The question is, what happens to swing voters if both sides are throwing haymakers for four months?”

 

It’s funny what Romney’s done. Hiding his assets overseas so he doesn’t have to pay taxes. Can we as Americans trust this kind of behavior and reward him by giving him presidency? If so, we Americans have hit an all time low and probably should kill ourselves. It’s kind of a morbid thought to think that we as Americans can think the way we do and get away with it just because we’re America. That’s dangerous thinking, I mean, if we follow this logic, we could simply say Americans will rob another country in a sneaky way and get away with it just because we’re Americans. I mean what kind of world do we live in anymore? Next up we have a major fail by Koei.

 

Koei Accidentally Publishes Wrong Game

Author: Artefact

Koei has managed the perhaps unprecedented feat of accidentally publishing the wrong game, after it attempted to release a PSP version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII, only to mistakenly place Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII on all the discs.

The title, released on the 12th as part of their “Teiban” classics series, included the wrong game on the UMD but was otherwise correctly marketed as VIII.

Koei have published a suitably formulaic apology, expressing their deep regret for the “great inconvenience” they have caused customers who were expecting the game on the package.

They also promise to replace the game with the right version, and have cancelled all sales of the present special edition whilst they sort out the mess and doubtless assign a few employees to cleaning toilets.

How exactly the mistake came to pass and how it was possible for them not to have picked up on it until the game was on sale has been the subject of much speculation, although it might always be possible games in the series are so similar they did check but didn’t notice…

 

Oh and look another fail by a company in Japan. Let’s move on to this next gallery about some ero-anime.

 

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! Nipple Anime

Author: Leon
Harem horror anime Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!’s steamy bathing scenes have delivered that most sought after of anime elements, a nipple – and on a (human) female as well.
Next up is a story about domestic violence in Japan…against women. Oh look America #2!!!

 

Domestic violence reports in the first half of this year skyrocketed 46.3 percent from a year before to 2,016, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

Women were the victims in 94.3 percent of the cases.

NPA officials attributed the steep rise to stepped-up efforts by police to encourage victims of domestic violence to file reports.

These efforts began after a police station in Chiba Prefecture came under fire for mishandling a stalking case that resulted in the murder of two people in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture, last December.

Spousal abuse cases rose noticeably in three prefectures in the Kanto region: Saitama saw its number rise by 100 to 156, Chiba by 84 to 121 and Gunma by 62 to 102.

Overall crime rates in the country fell 6.4 percent in January-June from a year earlier to 665,666, down for the 10th straight year on a first-half basis after peaking in January-June 2002.

Thefts, which account for some 75 percent of all crimes in Japan, dropped 8.0 percent to 500,062.

However, violent crimes, such as assault, and public indecency and other sex offenses, increased from a year before.

This reflected a rise in reports from the public after prefectural police forces nationwide set up special teams to beef up their fight against crimes targeting children and women, the agency officials said.

In the three Tohoku region prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were severely damaged by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, the number of crimes fell 7.3 percent year on year to 19,086.

 

I’m sorry, what the hell Japan? Why do you want to act like America so much? I mean I get that US and Japan relations have gotten better since days of WWII, but I mean c’mon this is absurd. I usually don’t hear much about about domestic violence in Japan though I know they’re prone to using corporal punishment. But this is just what the hell…I don’t even have words for this. And now more fail for you!

 

Texas Demolishes USDOJ’s Case Against Voter I.D.

 

Testimony has concluded in the trial of Texas ‘Voter I.D.’ law, after attorneys for the state demolished the main arguments raised against the law by the Obama Administration, and got the key witness for the Justice Department to admit he got his information from Wikipedia, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The Justice Department presented what it said was evidence that as many as 1.5 million Texans don’t have the government issued photo i.d. required to vote, but Attorney General Greg Abbott says of the people on that roll, 50,000 are dead, 330,000 are over the age of 65 and can vote by mail, where a photo i.d. is not required, and more than 800,000 are on the list improperly.

Among the people who the DOJ listed as ‘lacking the required documentation needed to vote’ are Former President George W. Bush, San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, and Licia Ellis, who’s husband, Houston state Senator Rodney Ellis, on Wednesday blasted the voter i.d. law as ‘just like the racist murder of James Byrd’ who was dragged to death in east Texas in 1998.

In fact, University of Texas students conducted a telephone survey of random people on the DOJ’s list of people who allegedly don’t have the documents required to vote, and found that more than 90% of them, including 93% of African Americans and 92% of Hispanics on the list, actually have a photo i.d.

Which brings us to Victoria Rodriguez.  The San Antonio teenager was the only individual in a flurry of ‘experts’ the Department of Justice called to the stand to represent the 1.5 million allegedly set to be disenfranchised under the Texas law.  Rodriguez testified that she not only lacks a photo i.d., but lacks the documentation need to obtain one, and State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said requiring her to pay to obtain those documents would amount to an illegal ‘poll tax.’  Under cross examination, Rodriguez admitted that she has a birth certificate, a voter registration card, and a Social Security Card, and only two of those three forms of i.d. are required to obtain a free voter i.d. card offered by the DPS.  Rodriguez testified that she ‘doesn’t have time’ to go the DPS office to obtain the voter i.d. card, but she testified she had plenty of time to fly more than 1500 miles to Baltimore, catch a train to Washington DC, and sit for hours in a federal courtroom to testify about how unfair the Texas voter i.d. law is.

Perhaps the most embarrassing for the Justice Department was the testimony of its alleged expert witness, Harvard Professor Stephen Ansolabehere.

He testified that his research shows the law is ‘more likely to affect black and Hispanic voters worst than white voters.’

But under cross examination, Ansolabehere testified that in fact ‘almost no one is excluded’ by the requirement to vote.

Another Department of Justice ‘expert’ testified that the Legislature ‘intended’ to discriminate against minorities when it passed the Voter I.D. bill.  But J. Morgan Kousser’s comments under cross examination show he knows little to nothing about the Texas Legislature (he referred to State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte as the enate Minority Leader, a position that doesn’t exist in the Texas Legislature) and lawyers for the state pointed out that  he said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which upheld a similar voter i.d. law in Indiana, a decision which was written by Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, Scalia, Rehnquist, and Thomas, was written so the five, laughably, could ‘promote white supremacy.’

Kousser also claimed in a book that Republicans are ‘not legitimate representatives’ of minority communities, and that any African American or Hispanic who supports voter i.d. ‘has been manipulated and misled by Republicans.

In fact, Kousser admitted that he got many of the ‘facts’ used to buttress these bizarre claims from ‘Wikipedia,’ an on line encyclopedia that anybody, including Kousser himself, can upload information onto.

The three judge federal appeals court panel, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, will issue its ruling on the case in the coming weeks, and the ruling will certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

And next up, even more dumbassery.

Back-to-back hold-ups at shopping center were fruitless, police say

 

NORCROSS — In back-to-back attempted robberies at a shopping center near Norcross last week, police say a Cadillac-driving crook netted not one thin dime.

Charged with two counts of robbery by intimidation, 42-year-old Alex Mccray remained at large Thursday. Arrest warrants list his home city as Norcross, but his address is unknown.

Just after noon Friday, Mccray allegedly walked in a certified public accountant office at the Carter Oak Crossing shopping center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and presented a female employee with a handwritten note. It demanded money and claimed the robber had a gun.

“(The employee) informed the suspect that she was not able to give him any money due to the business not collecting money from their customers,” an officer wrote in a report.

The frustrated suspect left the business, walked two units down and handed the note to the owner of a gift shop. She got a closer look and noticed the note threatened to kill its reader if demands weren’t met, the report states.

The owner pretended that she couldn’t speak English, and the man eventually grew frustrated again and left. Another employee followed him to his getaway car and jotted the tag number, the report states.

A security guard told police the car was an older model, four-door, white Cadillac with aftermarket chrome wheels.

Police describe Mccray as a 5 foot 10 inch black man with no facial hair and a clean-shaven head. He wore a white tank top, blue jeans and black shoes, the report states.

Mccray’s whereabouts were unknown Thursday. He wasn’t listed as an inmate in Gwinnett County Jail records.

“There is nothing to indicate (Mccray) is in custody at this time,” Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday.

 

Harrison Ford is 70 today. Congratz man. Moving on to our final post for today.

 

Man says woman wanted $50 to return his iPhone

OKALOOSA ISLAND – Lawmen say a woman and man tried to extort money from a man for the return of his mobile phone.

On July 2 the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a man who said his $400 iPhone had been stolen the day before while he and his girlfriend were out shopping.

He told deputies he had earlier called the phone. It was answered by Shannon Chere Johnson, 39, of Fort Walton Beach. The man told her the phone was his and was stolen from his vehicle yesterday afternoon. Johnson told him she wanted money for the phone’s return. The man offered $20, but Johnson hung up.

Later, Johnson called back and told him if he’d pay her $50 she’d return the phone.

Around 4 p.m. the man called his phone and said he’d pay $50 to get it back. Johnson told him to meet her at the corner of Santa Rosa Boulevard and Bluefish Drive. As Johnson and co-defendant William James Ector, 42, of Fort Walton Beach, approached the man’s car, she was seen by a watching sheriff’s deputy handing over the phone.

Johnson denied knowing anything about the phone being stolen and denied trying to extort money.

Both were charged with felony dealing in stolen property and have an Aug. 7 court date.

 

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the idiots of America being celebrated every single day. Good night everybody, this is Grass signing off.

 

 

As the Obama reign nears an end

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As I stated on the Facebook page, today marks the beginning of shota week on The Grasshole Show. Don’t like it? That’s too bad. It’s already mid-July-ish and we’re kinda already shooting too far for Congress. Obama wants Reps to help out and see if they’re willing to keep tax cuts for non-rich people; Like that’ll happen. Republicans embody what people see Americans as and that’s something I’ve never been for. Fat, pig-like Americans that support the rich and only the rich. It’s kinda disgusting if you know what I mean. But enough about philosophy, let’s move onto the news we need to talk about.

Obama challenges Republicans to keep tax cuts for middle class

By Jeff Mason and Alister Bull

 

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Monday for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, seeking to steer the election-year debate away from high unemployment and portray himself as a champion of ordinary Americans.

The tax proposal is unlikely to sway Obama’s Republican opponents in Congress, who argue that the cuts should be maintained for everyone, including higher earners.

Obama said both sides agree on the need to keep tax rates down for middle income groups at least.

“Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy,” Obama said at the White House, standing in front of a riser filled with people who he said would be hurt if their tax cuts were not extended.

“We can have that debate, but let’s not hold up working on the thing that we already agree on.”

Whether it gains traction or not, the Democratic incumbent’s appeal achieves several goals as the campaign heats up ahead of the November 6 general election.

It shifts the conversation – at least for a day – from last week’s meager jobs report and his handling of the economy to “tax fairness” and inequality.

It burnishes Obama’s message of being the candidate who backs the middle class while Republicans and their presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, are out of touch with ordinary people and favor the wealthy.

Democrats have hit that message hard in recent days as they call on Romney to release more tax returns and give details of holdings in foreign tax havens like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.

Obama’s tax announcement also sets a baseline for what is likely to be a months-long debate about deficit reduction in the campaign. Polls show the economy is the issue that worries voters most, and that Obama and Romney are running a close race.

ROMNEY REACTION, FISCAL CLIFF

Republicans charge that allowing taxes to rise for wealthier Americans would hurt small business owners who are helping to create jobs in a tough economy, but Obama tried to neutralize that argument by saying 97 percent of all U.S. small business owners would fall under the $250,000-a-year income threshold.

“This isn’t about taxing job creators, this is about helping job creators,” Obama said.

The tax cuts enacted by Republican President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor, will expire on January 1 without congressional action, increasing fears that the United States will go over a so-called fiscal cliff as deep public spending cuts also kick in.

Romney’s campaign said on Monday that Obama’s tax proposal would amount to a “massive tax increase” on families, job creators and small businesses.

“It just proves again that the president doesn’t have a clue how to get America working again and help the middle class,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

Obama’s move holds political pitfalls as his fellow Democrats are divided about how to address the issue.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has suggested that the income threshold for extending tax cuts be set at $1 million a year. Some Democrats oppose any extension, while others are wary of allowing taxes to rise for higher earners because of its economic impact.

Democratic strategist Doug Hattaway, an adviser to Hillary Clinton when she ran for president in 2008, said Obama’s plan was a good strategy.

“Middle-class families drive the economy and middle-class voters will decide the election,” he said. “This helps the president continue to tell the story that he’s doing everything he can for them, while Romney ships their jobs overseas.”

Obama agreed to a two-year extension of all of the Bush tax cuts that went into effect last year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday the economy was worse now than it was when the parties agreed to the last extension. He argued for extending all of the cuts for a year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would not sign a bill that extended tax cuts for all income groups.

The expiring tax cuts set up what could be another deeply partisan fight in Congress, where Republicans hold the House and Obama’s fellow Democrats narrowly hold the Senate.

Obama will campaign in the battleground state of Iowa on Tuesday, where he will promote his tax proposal and seek to draw a sharp contrast over the issue with Romney.

 

Another week, another tax proposal, another bill and another dime lost. I may not be a congressman and thus not understand all the jargon that they use, but I know one thing is for sure. The government should fear the people not the other way around. Have you ever wondered what America would be like if no one voted? If every American citizen decided one day that they just wouldn’t vote for either president and then what? This country was founded on representative democracy not Rome’s true democracy. In which case if government officials fucked up they’d be tortured or executed. I kinda wish that was how we ran governments these days. You may think that’s cruel and usual punishment or that we’re not barbarians anymore. Ancient Rome had no barbarians, it was a civilization of a group of people with common interests. To quote Wikipedia…

 

The Romans are still remembered today, including such names as Julius Caesar, Cicero, and Horace. Ancient Roman society contributed greatly to government, politics, warfare, art, literature, architecture, technology, religion, and language in the Western world. A civilization highly developed for its time, Rome professionalized and greatly expanded its military and created a system of government called res publica, the inspiration for some modern republics such as the United States and France. It achieved impressive technological and architectural feats, such as the construction of an extensive system of aqueducts and roads, as well as large monuments, palaces, and public facilities.

 

Rome was a thriving New York for it’s time. Rome gave the western civilization a great deal of technology and culture. Remember those 10 commandments, the bill of rights, and a ton of other government things we were taught in grade school? They came from Rome. I suppose after 200 years a country like the US can’t survive the way it is, if it continues this way. Well history lesson over, time to move on.

 

 

Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret

State rushes closure of its only TB hospital in Lantana

By Stacey Singer

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

JACKSONVILLE —

The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.

That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.

As health officials in Tallahassee turned their focus to restructuring, Dr. Robert Luo’s 25-page report describing Jacksonville’s outbreak — and the measures needed to contain it – went unseen by key decision makers around the state. At the health agency, an order went out that the TB hospital must be closed six months ahead of schedule.

Had they seen the letter, decision makers would have learned that 3,000 people in the past two years may have had close contact with contagious people at Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, an outpatient mental health clinic and area jails. Yet only 253 people had been found and evaluated for TB infection, meaning Florida’s outbreak was, and is, far from contained.

The public was not to learn anything until early June, even though the same strain was appearing in other parts of the state, including Miami.

Tuberculosis is a lung disease more associated with the 18th century than the 21st, referred to as “consumption” in Dickensian times because its victims would grow gaunt and wan as their lungs disintigrated and they slowly died. The CDC investigator described a similar fate for 10 of the 13 people who died in Jacksonville.

They wasted away before ever getting treatment, or were too far gone by the time it began. Most of the sick were poor black men.

“The high number of deaths in this outbreak emphasizes the need for vigilant active case finding, improved education about TB, and ongoing screening at all sites with outbreak cases,” Luo’s report states.

Today, three months after it was sent to Tallahassee, the CDC report still has not been widely circulated.

Backer of closing hospital didn’t know

Meanwhile the champion of the health agency consolidation, Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, said he had not been informed of the Jacksonville outbreak and the CDC’s role as of Friday.

Told the details, the chairman of the House Health Care Appropriations Committee vowed that there would be money for TB treatment.

“There is every bit of understanding that we cannot not take care of people who have a difficult case of TB,” Hudson said.

The governor’s office asked a reporter to foward a copy of the CDC letter on Saturday, but did not comment by press time.

Treatment for TB can be an ordeal. A person with an uncomplicated, active case of TB must take a cocktail of three to four antibiotics — dozens of pills a day — for six months or more. The drugs can cause serious side effects — stomach and liver problems chief among them. But failure to stay on the drugs for the entire treatment period can and often does cause drug resistance.

At that point, a disease that can cost $500 to overcome grows exponentially more costly. The average cost to treat a drug-resistant strain is more than $275,000, requiring up to two years on medications. For this reason, the state pays for public health nurses to go to the home of a person with TB every day to observe them taking their medications.

However, the itinerant homeless, drug-addicted, mentally ill people at the core of the Jacksonville TB cluster are almost impossible to keep on their medications. Last year, Duval County sent 11 patients to A.G. Holley under court order. Last week, with A.G. Holley now closed, one was sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The ones who will stay put in Jacksonville are being put up in motels, to make it easier for public health nurses to find them, Duval County health officials said.

They spoke about CDC’s report Friday, only after weeks of records requests from The Palm Beach Post. The report was released late last week only after a reporter traveled to Tallahassee to demand records in person. The records should be open to inspection to anyone upon request under Florida Statute 119, known as the Government in the Sunshine law.

TB strain spreads beyond homeless

In his report, the CDC’s Luo makes it clear that other health officials throughout the state and nation have reason to be concerned: Of the fraction of the sick people’s contacts reached, one-third tested positive for TB exposure in areas like the homeless shelter.

Furthermore, only two-thirds of the active cases could be traced to people and places in Jacksonville where the homeless and mentally ill had congregated. That suggested the TB strain had spread beyond the city’s underclass and into the general population. The Palm Beach Post requested a database showing where every related case has appeared. That database has not been released.

It was early February when Duval County Health Department officials felt so overwhelmed by the sudden spike in tuberculosis that they asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to become involved. Believing the outbreak affected only their underclass, the health officials made a conscious decision not to not tell the public, repeating a decision they had made in 2008, when the same strain had appeared in an assisted living home for people with schizophrenia.

“What you don’t want is for anyone to have another reason why people should turn their backs on the homeless,” said Charles Griggs, the public information officer for the Duval County Health Department.

Even the CDC was not forthcoming about the outbreak. An agency spokesperson declined requests from The Post when asked to make an expert available to discuss a CDC-authored scholarly paper on the possible origins of the Jacksonville outbreak, offering only general fact sheets on TB.

“After checking in with the Division of TB Elimination about your specific questions, they have suggested that you reach out to your health department,” wrote Salina Cranor of the CDC’s TB prevention office. . “They are really the best source for your questions.”

“With TB it’s a judgment call,” said Duval County Health Director Dr. Bob Harmon in a telephone interview Friday, after the state’s new surgeon general referred questions back to him.

“There have been TB outbreaks where we do alert the public, such as a school or a college,” Harmon added.

For weeks, there had been a dissonant message coming from the Department of Health press office in Tallahassee. It released overall numbers of Florida tuberculosis cases showing a marked decline statewide, supporting the argument that A.G. Holley had become irrelevant. Asked whether she had been aware of the severity of Jacksonville’s outbreak while delivering that message, she did not answer.

“Florida experienced a 10 percent decrease in cases for 2011 compared to 2010. For the period 2007—2011, there was a 24 percent decrease in cases,” wrote agency spokeswoman Jessica Hammonds in an emailed response to written questions on May 18. She declined, at the time, to make agency experts available for interview.

In an article published in June’s American Journal of Psychiatry, CDC experts Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh, Dr. Kiren Mitruka and colleagues described the apparent origins of the current outbreak, when a TB strain called FL 046 came to claim two lives and sicken at least 15 mentally ill residents of one assisted living facility in 2008.

A single schizophrenic patient had circulated from hospital to jail to homeless shelter to assisted living facility, living in dorm housing in many locations. Over and over, the patient’s cough was documented in his chart, but not treated. It continued for eight months, until he finally was sent under court order to A.G. Holley. That year, 2008-2009, a total of 18 people in that community developed active tuberculosis from the strain called FL 046 and two died. The CDC sent a $275,000 grant to help pay for the staff needed to contain it.

After the money ran out, Harmon said, staff were redeployed to other needs. But in 2011, suddenly, the number of active cases of FL 046 spiked, rising 16 percent to 30 cases of a specific genotype, the one seen in 2008.

“We thought after 2008 that we had it contained,” Harmon said. “It was not contained. In retrospect, it would have been better to inform the general population then.”

Harmon said the Duval County Health Department will need more resources if it is to contain the current TB outbreak. In 2008, when the TB outbreak hit, his department employed 946 staff with revenues of $61 million. “Now we’re down to 700 staff and revenue is down to $46 million,” Harmon said. “It has affected most areas of the organization.”

If he can raise at least $300,000, he will use the money to hire teams of experts — epidemiologists, nurses, outreach workers, to look under bridges, in fields — in all the places where Jacksonville’s estimated 4,000 homeless congregate, to track down the people who may still be infected unknowingly. Fortunately, only a few of the cases have developed drug resistance so far. The vast majority respond to the first-line antibiotics.

In downtown Jacksonville, in the homeless shelters and soup kitchens, the TB strain called FL 046 continues to spread.

On a recent June morning, 60-year-old Lilla Charline Burkhalter joined about 100 other poor and homeless guests being served a free hot meal of scrambled eggs, grapes, potatoes and butterless bread by a local church youth group.

The youth group was volunteering at the Clara White Mission, where a man with active tuberculosis had been identified just three weeks earlier.

Looking weary but friendly, Burkhalter described her life of late, sleeping in grassy fields and in shelter dormitories. She lived on a small Social Security disability check, she said. It had enabled her to pay for a room in an apartment, for a while. But her roommate had kicked her out for making his girlfriend jealous, she said, and she hadn’t been able to find any other accommodations. It had been a rough few months, she acknowledged. But she had been through tough times before.

As she spoke, she coughed often. It was her emphysema acting up, she explained.

Asked if she was fearful about the TB in the community, she shrugged.

“The health department tests me for TB once a year, so I know I don’t have it,” she said. “I’m not worried.”

The Clara White Mission is now playing a key role in helping Jacksonville fight TB. Its housing case manager, Ken Covington, had spent most of his career helping bank branches assimilate after mergers. Two months ago, he joined Clara White, charged with placing homeless veterans and recently released jail inmates into homes. But the job has became much larger.

Today, Covington is the new chairman of the Duval County TB Coalition. In his hands he holds a massive binder with the intimidating title, “Core Curriculum in Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know.” It was given to him by Vernard Green, the CDC’s visiting TB liaison.

Covington said he was a banker, not a clinician. But he had learned what to watch for with TB – coughing up blood, night sweats, sudden weight loss. The coalition members were looking at buying air filtration equipment, drafting intake protocols, getting to know the TB experts in the community, and educating shelter staff on what to watch for and what to do if a client appeared ill.

“We’re trying to do what we can to rein it in, and stay in front of it, and not let it get any worse,” Covington said. “I take it as a very important role for the community.”

 

Oh irony, but enough about that, I found an article about some random Pedo-bear.

 

Sex offender busted for ‘fondling’ young girls in Queens library

By DOUG AUER

A registered sex offender has been arrested for allegedly fondling two young girls last month inside a Queens library.

Joel Grubert, 49, was spotted on surveillance camera groping the victims, ages 6 and 9, at about 6:20 p.m. June 23 inside the Queens Library branch at 41-17 Main St. in Flushing, police said.

Grubert, of Brooklyn, was busted yesterday after a tipster identified him as the suspect, police added.

He was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of children.

In 2004, Grubert was convicted of possessing child pornography, records show. He has also served time behind bars for attempted kidnapping.

Look at that mug shot, damn that guy is fugly. Fuck if I had a mug like that I’d probably go smoke weed. And fondling girls in libraries? HMM, sounds like Japan! And now for our last story of the day.
Author: Leon
The 2nd season of Dog Days, Dog Days’, has arrived and delivers just what fans have come to expect: cuteness with a little dose of ecchi.
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Weekend Quicky: Occupy Tokyo and increase our busts

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I generally don’t post on the weekends due to me encased in a room/house all weekend studiously working on work, but this article grabbed my attention.

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In an attempt to copy Americans, Japanese people have once again proven themselves to be Ameriphiles. Ugh, I can’t believe I’m saying this. It’s one thing to love a country but to completely copy said country? I wonder if this is how Japan feels about Americans copying their kawi’s and their derpsu’s. In either case, here’s the article in all it’s glory.

 

 

As in New York, protesters use chance to attack wide list of issues from nuclear energy to trade

Hundreds turn out to ‘Occupy Tokyo’

 

Staff writer

The Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across the United States landed in Tokyo on Saturday, as hundreds of people gathered to protest against corporate greed and social inequality.

In addition to decrying the widening wealth gap between the nation’s haves and have-nots, demonstrators spoke out on a variety of unrelated topics ranging from nuclear power to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a free-trade pact promoted by the U.S.

Marching behind a large “Occupy Tokyo” banner, about 300 protesters proceeded to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the radiation-leaking Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. “Dissolve Tepco,” “Stop nuclear power plants,” they chanted.

The various signs, written in both Japanese and English, highlighted some of the issues apparently agitating the public.

“Let’s firmly oppose the TPP that only makes 1 percent (of the population) happy,” “No to Radioactivity,” “The 1 percent who are stained with their greed for profits should disappear for the sake of the world’s happiness,” the Japanese signs read.

One of the organizers, Mie Yasuda, said many people in Tokyo are indignant about the way Tepco and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are handling the nuclear disaster.

Nevertheless, she left the demands to the demonstrators.

“It is fine (to protest about) any absurdity in the world that angers you,” she said Friday.

Kazuko Hirano, an 80-year-old pensioner from Setagaya Ward, said she decided to participate because she strongly believes Japan should eliminate nuclear plants.

“(I joined to get) as many people as possible angry about nuclear power plants and to make demands to the state” to halt them, she said.

Masashi Hayasaki, an employee from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, decided to show up because he is concerned about the TPP talks.

Joining the free-trade negotiations will see the country “swallowed by global capitalism” and “destroy Japanese tradition and culture,” he said.

“I just want to tell pedestrians not to be indifferent” to the TPP and nuclear power plants, he said.

Passers-by had mixed feelings about the protests.

“Although it would be good if (nuclear power plants) did not exist, it is impossible to make them disappear immediately,” said a 23-year-old employee from Kawasaki who was shopping in the area.

The man, who would only give his last name, Azuma, said one of the key issues that needs to be resolved is the cost of fully making the conversion from nuclear power to wind, thermal and other renewable forms of energy.

Another man from Saitama, who came to see what the protest was like, said, “We should consider” whether to hold onto nuclear power plants.

“Japan is peaceful since people can speak with various opinions,” said the man, 52, who declined to be named.

A separate Occupy Tokyo event was also held in the Roppongi district.

I’m not commenting on this. Cause, I’m sick of Occupy wall street and riots/rioters. Sick of all the noisy people who poke their heads out to try to get under the skin of ‘The Man’. Fuck the man, I say, do as your told in life and although this may seem like a bad idea, it’s one of the few things people haven’t tried yet. The true irony over here is why people take it in the ass. I don’t approve of these sort of protests cause it causes unwanted attention. Attention to 3rd party media, aka Associated Press, that tend to twist words around. The media brainwashes the masses and has been doing for decades. Every story has 2 sides; consumers get 1 side and 1 side only.

Anyway enough talk, this article is done with. HAVE AT YOU!! Until next time.

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