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The Wire: 1/7/2013

TIPS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS AND SNIPPETS Welcome to today’s editions of the wire … our pseudo-daily effort to engage We’re officially one day away from the start of the 2013 session of the S.C. General Assembly, a truly mind-numbing six-month ordeal which will result in at least $23 billion of your…

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TIPS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS AND SNIPPETS

Welcome to today’s editions of the wire … our pseudo-daily effort to engage

We’re officially one day away from the start of the 2013 session of the S.C. General Assembly, a truly mind-numbing six-month ordeal which will result in at least $23 billion of your money going down the drain to perpetuate nation’s most corrupt, dysfunctional and ineffective system of government.

Sound like fun? Not really … but count on us to follow it regardless, doing our best to hold our “Republican” governor and “GOP-controlled” legislature accountable for their actions. Speaking of … FITS is preparing a couple of new additions to our site for 2013, a “Bible” of long-overdue reforms as well as a listing of specific spending items that we believe ought to be eliminated in favor of placing the money into a “taxpayer rebate fund.”

If you’ve got a reform you want to include in our “bible” – or an unnecessary spending item you think we should designate for the rebate fund – email us here with your suggestions.

Also the “new FITS” website is almost ready. In fact we’re currently working out the final bugs in anticipation of launching within the next week or so. Sorry for the delay … but we think everyone will appreciate the hard work that’s been put into this upgrade.

What’s happening nationally this week? Well, the battle over the “fiscal cliff” has given way to a fight over the nation’s debt ceiling. As of this writing, the federal government has exceed its $16.394 trillion debt limit – blowing through $2.1 trillion in new deficit spending in only seventeen months. Not only that, the modest cuts approved in August 2011 as part of the debt ceiling deal were postponed as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations – yet another sign of Washington’s refusal to take even the smallest steps toward fiscal responsibility.

Oh well … the bread and circus goes on.

Which reminds us, the University of Alabama football team goes for its third national championship in four years (and the Southeastern Conference’s seventh straight title) in tonight’s Bowl Championship Series national title game.  The second-ranked Crimson Tide are 10-point favorites over top-ranked Notre Dame.

Kickoff from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida is set for 8:00 p.m., with ESPN televising the game.

To the wire!

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NIKKI HALEY VERSUS FAT KIDS

The governor is soliciting ideas to help her fight childhood obesity.

FITS: Since when did it become government’s job to fight obesity? Childhood or otherwise? Not saying it’s a bad thing, just doesn’t strike us as a core function of government.

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ELECTION PROTEST PRESS CONFERENCE DELAYED

A press conference announcing the protest of the “Richland County Robbery” scheduled for Monday, January 7 has been delayed. Please help us get the word out about this postponement.

FITS: Thanks for the heads-up. We wrote on this issue over the weekend. Let’s hope the protest receives the attention it deserves – and is successful in overturning this abomination.

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FEDS TO INVESTIGATE VOTER SUPPRESSION IN SC?

USDOJ will be in South Carolina in mid- or late January (and it’s not just Richland they’re looking at for voter suppression).

FITS: We hope you are correct, however we suspect a rigged vote aimed at suppressing white turnout isn’t exactly the sort of thing Barack Obama’s Justice Department cares to stop.

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SOCIALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

Your boy Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) called former minority leader Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter (D-Orangeburg) and several other lawmakers “socialists” recently. I am surprised you haven’t covered this yet.

FITS: Is he wrong? We can’t write an article every time someone makes an accurate observation.

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SC-1: MARK SANFORD “STAFFS UP”

Mark Sanford has hired a pair of Lee Bright operatives: Grassroots coordinator Somer Grasser and communications advisor Michael Stevens. He may have also hired Wesley Donehue’s firm to do his website/ manage social media.

FITS: “Staffs up?” That’s what she said …

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SCDHEC RESTRUCTURING

Since you broke this story you might as well have it straight from the horse’s mouth …

FITS: Wow. She looks good in red …

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MICK MULVANEY INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN ANTI-BOEHNER PLOT?

Looking forward to your take on this …

FITS: Good for Mick. John Boehner is no friend of freedom, free markets or the American taxpayers.

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JEFF DUNCAN BETRAYED CONSERVATIVE EFFORT TO OUST BOEHNER?

Is it true that Jeff Duncan promised conservative House members he would vote to oust John Boehner as Speaker and then betrayed them when it came time to cast his vote?

FITS: Well … sort of, but not exactly. Our sources say Duncan was planning to vote against Boehner until the morning of the vote (January 3). That’s when he informed a few conservative members that he had “slept on it” and decided to vote for Boehner. We disagree with his choice, but it was his choice.

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TOM RICE’S FIRST SPENDING VOTE

I understand Tom Rice didn’t take long to break with the South Carolina delegation on a spending issue. Can you tell us more? Nikki Haley promised us Rice would fight for taxpayers, you said he wouldn’t. I want to know who to trust.

FITS: Yes … Rice voted for a $9.7 billion bailout of the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program, which is currently $20 billion in debt. There’s another $51 billion in additional “Superstorm Sandy”-related funding set for a vote soon.

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TOM RICE, TEA PARTIER

Not really a tip but in case you didn’t know, Tom Rice is speaking at the second annual Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach (invitation only event). Know how much you love him!

FITS: Yes, we included this event in our “News and Events” section. We’re sure Rice will wax on about being a “conservative.” And Nikki Haley will pat him on the back. “Same as it ever was …”

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RON PAUL’S GRANDSON BUSTED

Bet we won’t see this story on your site. Or if we do it will be another attack on evil “big government” imposing on the right of this kid to be a douche bag.

FITS: Not at all. Law enforcement is a core function of government and if the 19-year-old grandson of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul broke the law, he deserves whatever punishment he gets.

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SPEAKING OF GETTING HAMMERED 

Taxes explained … using beer.

FITS: Ha! Nice … we’re buzzed.

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TWITTER GULAG DEFENSE NETWORK

Your boy Todd Kincannon is all over this … where are you?

FITS: We didn’t know Twitter had a Gulag …

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JADEVEON CLOWNEY HIT: GREATEST HITS

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Have you seen this website yet?

This should sufficiently help y’all continue your review of Clowney’s tackle. I’m a Clemson fan, but I’ll give credit where it is due, big time hit.

FITS: Yup … we love With Leather.

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TEACHER SEX SCANDAL: DISAPPOINTED IN FITS

A hot high school teacher gets busted on sexual battery charges and FITS is silent? Say it ain’t so, Sic … say it ain’t so …

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FITS: Sha-ZAM. She is cute. Maybe we’ll reach out to her … of course this will mean we get to reiterate our eminently sensible yet extraordinarily unpopular position on student-teacher sex, which is that as long as the kids are over the age of consent – no one should go to jail for it.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan … write on his Facebook wall here.

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TODAY’S TUNEAGE: “LOOK WHERE ALL THIS TALKING GOT US, BABY”

Don’t forget to tip your bartender …

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33 comments

junior justice January 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

Templeton – thanks for the video, now my fantasy has been busted because I wouldn’t want to kiss that mouth or listen to that voice. Otherwise, she may be on the right track but I still believe the two divisions should be separated. If opportunities for promotion/advancement for employees is opened, that would be a good thing. If the top deadwood is dismissed but re-hired (as I understood previous articles) in other positions, that may not sit well with others. There are other aspects to this intrigue, but I’ll keep following the story – let’s see how it looks in six months from now.

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lexconserve January 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

Wow, she has gotten big. Used to be pretty.

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Johnny Cash Was A Liberal January 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I thought she would be classy.

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lexconserve January 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Well, Johnny, you thought wrong. A silk purse cannot a sow’s ear make.

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Lance Riprock January 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

FITS, you need to learn the difference between “malum prohibitum” and “malum in se” before you shoot your mouth off about law enforcement being a core function of government and siding with the pigs in every instance. Malum prohibitum is a thing that is wrong because it is prohibited (like getting drunk and not bothering anyone or going 80 mph on a deserted Wyoming interstate highway). In contrast, malum in se is a thing that is wrong in and of itself (like murder or child molesting). If the kid didn’t infringe on anyone else’s rights or freedom, then he should not have been arrested for something he chose to ingest while young. Get your libertarian head on straight.

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? January 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

His fundamental understanding and ideological positions are all over the map. I think he glosses over Cato excerpts now and then to inform himself, which would explain a lot

At the end of the day when you are for even “limited gov’t”, which is a definition that means different things to just about every single person you have to also acknowledge that you are a statist, or “for” gov’t-just your notion of how it should exist differs slightly from other statists.

This argument is in its essence is no different from any of the political parties in the United States. The argument the is really just a matter of degrees of such.

As a result, we will hear in perpituity the complaints about gov’t on every level and in different areas with the solution always being the right combination of laws and/or people as needed to “fix” gov’t.

It will never be “fixed”. Thinking it can be reformed is really Lucy holding the ball for Charlie Brown to kick over and over again. I find the arguments for “better gov’t” getting stale and more importantly lacking in any real objective truth as to the reality of what gov’t represents.

I appreciate this site for keeping us informed…but the arguments as to what constitutues “core” gov’t and how it should function and/or be reformed are in essence no different from those of Democrats, Beltway Libertarians, Republicans, etc. et al

I feel like I’m watching the same reel of tape being looped back over and over again over the last 100 years.

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Smirks January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Not that I argue your basic point, but in this particular case he was drunk in public at an airport and being disorderly and disruptive. That’s pretty clearly wrong, even if you want to argue the consumption of alcohol by a minor part is only “wrong because it is prohibited.” Hard to give Willie grief on this instance.

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Lance Riprock January 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Perhaps I could have chosen a better example to make my point, but it was the best I could do on short notice. On another point, if he got too obnoxious, somebody should have just bitch-slapped him. Arrest, fingerprinting, mug shots, Miranda warnings, police incident report, bond hearing, pre-trial detention, assignment to prosecutor, retain defense attorney, pre-trial motions, discovery, jury summons, jury selection, trial or plea bargain, sentencing (if guilty), service of sentence. There’s a lot of paperwork and manpower in all that. More trouble than it is worth. No vale la pena.

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? January 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

“At least with government, there is due process. Even if the game is rigged to some extent, you are still entitled to a trial by a jury of your peers.”

Due process against a litigant with unlimited resources to prosecute you? At least warlords are only going to go so far as it costs them something that they don’t have unlimited sources of(time & money).

:)

At least you admit the game is rigged, but let us remember a “jury of your peers” represents those too stupid to be able to get out of jury duty or perhaps worse, those that actually want to be there-whether it’s out of boredom, desire for power, noseyness, or sadomasochism.

Not exactly a great set of traits from individuals judging your “guilt” or innocence.

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? January 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Please ignore the above response, it was meant for below.

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Swingline January 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Being drunk and disorderly infringes on the public’s right to be free of nuisance.

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Original Good Old Boy January 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

? — are you against all government? Or do you believe it’s a necessary evil to some extent?

I think if you have like-minded people, with similar culture and values, anarchy could work on a small scale. Otherwise, though, people are too self-interested, and unscrupulous people will take advantage of the power void if government ceased to exist.

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Lance Riprock January 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

You take out the unscrupulous. There is no safety but in doing good.

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Original Good Old Boy January 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What happens when someone “takes out the unscrupulous,” then becomes drunk on his power and believes he’s the righteous one who knows right from wrong, and who should hang and who shouldn’t.

No thanks.

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? January 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

“people are too self-interested”

Yea, but do you think there’s some magic line where that stops once they get into gov’t?

In fact, is it really that much of a stretch to say those seeking office are probably the ones that shouldn’t hold it?

“? — are you against all government? Or do you believe it’s a necessary evil to some extent?”

I can’t answer your question at this time. I know that I’m for voluntary interaction, which by its defintion rules out gov’t as we know it today.

“I think if you have like-minded people, with similar culture and values, anarchy could work on a small scale.”

You make what I think is a valid point, there is a successful business man/investor who also happens to dabble in philosophy from time to time that has written on the point you make:

caseyresearch.com/cwc/doug-casey-phyles

There are some random efforts about the globe right now to bring this notion forth in various stages of movement.

From floating boats/platforms out on the sea to “in border” agreements with S. American gov’ts to keep their “hands off”, almost on a lease basis from certain members of a voluntary society within a leased plot of land.

Self defense is still a problem(on a large scale), but as technology moves forward that will probably change in the next 50 years….if we already have individuals able to create nuclear reactions the implications towards the ability of small communities to defend themselves from big ones is self-evident long term via tactical nukes, etc.(or whatever technology brings forth)

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? January 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I was posting when you made this note to the earlier commenter:

“What happens when someone “takes out the unscrupulous,” then becomes drunk on his power and believes he’s the righteous one who knows right from wrong, and who should hang and who shouldn’t. ”

It is all a matter of perspective though, no? Really, this is how much of the world operates today…with gov’ts all over serving this role…some more tyrannical than others but all tyrannical none the less.

With nothing to keep a gov’t in check the end game is the same…and we can all see now “voting”, picketing, protesting, suing, etc. et al is a mostly ineffective check against gov’t power. Anyway saying otherwise is really fooling themselves.

The American experiment is a miserable failure. It is bankrupt, tyrannical structure that assumed the mantle of empire at the prodding of England.

The “tree of liberty” argument is interesting and I think mostly correct…but I personally find the notion of a good round of killing every 20 years to be distasteful(when confronted with the violence of money theft you are left with little choice)…it’s time man moved the idea of the American experiment FORWARD and not backward.

The notion was “anarchy”, but not in the sense of the word as most know it. Unfortunately we moved towards gov’t, not away from it-breaking with the notion as to why we wanted gov’t small to begin with.

Jefferson talked about anarchy honestly, British propaganda in relation to it, etc. Though most just take a sentence or two out of context it is a light read and says it all:

monticello.org/site/jefferson/tree-liberty-quotation

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Original Good Old Boy January 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thanks for the reply. Seems like you are an anarchist but aren’t quite willing to admit to it. ;-).

As to the argument that US government is just as dangerous as that theoretical leader “drunk on power,” I disagree. At least with government, there is due process. Even if the game is rigged to some extent, you are still entitled to a trial by a jury of your peers. That is much less scary than a warlord (or mob) who dishes out whatever punishment he (or they) feel is appropriate.

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? January 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

“At least with government, there is due process. Even if the game is rigged to some extent, you are still entitled to a trial by a jury of your peers.”

Due process against a litigant with unlimited resources to prosecute you? At least warlords are only going to go so far as it costs them something that they don’t have unlimited sources of(time & money).

:)

At least you admit the game is rigged, but let us remember a “jury of your peers” represents those too stupid to be able to get out of jury duty or perhaps worse, those that actually want to be there-whether it’s out of boredom, desire for power, noseyness, or sadomasochism.

Not exactly a great set of traits from individuals judging your “guilt” or innocence.

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Original Good Old Boy January 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

While a jury of your peers is not a perfect way to have your innocence judged, it’s better than every other alternative.

For all the imperfections of our government, I would much rather have a right to counsel, a right against self-incrimination, a right to a jury trial, a right to appeal, etc. than to be judged summarily on the whim of one person (or mob).

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? January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

“it’s better than every other alternative.”

lol…I have to disagree with that. We can’t even count how many alternatives there might be.

“than to be judged summarily on the whim of one person (or mob).”

But that is exactly what the judgement is, based on a “mob”…of 12 people…who meet the traits I outlined above…lol

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Original Good Old Boy January 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Well, give me a better alternative. If there are countless alternatives, I would be interested in hearing about them. Because having some dude or his posse decide my fate does not sound fun. With our current system you have the right to counsel, right against self-incrimination, right to appeal, and rules of evidence and procedure — things you would likely NOT have if tried by a warlord or mob.

Our government is very imperfect. But our due process rights and procedures could be a LOT worse.

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? January 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

” If there are countless alternatives, I would be interested in hearing about them. Because having some dude or his posse decide my fate does not sound fun.”

First, I worded my sentence to suggest there are more than I, you and others might realize.

That aside, the ADR/Arbitration models work well. You also have old tribal standards which are also at least voluntary(think old wise men).

In those formats you have people chosen on the basis of their merits in resolving greivances/crimes, not based on the earlier mentioned attributes of a jury pool that are again picked through by attorney’s before seated based on less than noble principles.

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Original Good Ole Boy January 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Arbitration is fine for civil trials (unless you are a plaintiff’s lawyer :)), but I would much rather trust my criminal fate to 12 jurors than a single arbiter. The benefits of arbitration — quicker procedures, informality, relaxed evidentiary and procedural rules — are NOT benefits in the criminal context. But the good thing about current criminal procedures is if you really want a single man rather than 12 to decide your fate, you can choose a bench trial. With arbitration you lack that option. Arbitration is far inferior from the accused’s perspective.

As to the “wise old man” thing, that sounds ideal assuming you actually get a “wise” man. There are plenty of old men who are thought wise but really aren’t. So, again, it’s very imperfect, and would depend entirely on having a fair judge to decide your fate, rather than at least giving you standard fair procedures and rights to ensure that you get as fair a trial as reasonably possible.

And like I said above, if you really just want a wise old man to decide your fate, you can choose a bench trial. The judge is trained in the law. And if you know the judge is the lenient type, you might be better off having him, instead of a jury, decide your fate. But, again, I would want that option.

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OhNoNotAgain January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

One DHEC? How long Sid it take them to come up with tht lame slogan?

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Sarge January 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Lillian McBride? Jean Toal said it’s okay to go by Dick Harpo’s office and get the check now. It’s all over. Oh, and she said thanks.

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BradWarthenSucks January 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm

So what’s the deal with the Lexington Mafia… already swept under the rug? I thought charges were supposed to be presented in late December.

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lexconserve January 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Danny says alot of people are gonna be shocked.

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Really? January 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Yeh,yeh,yeh.

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Kellers P January 8, 2013 at 5:04 am

Nothing happening here. Danny Frazier lies yet again. This ain’t news folks….

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Tech Dr. January 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm

A guys grandson got drunk on a plane and acted out while being underage. Who cares.

That really ranks right up there with more than one of our electeds’ offspring dealing the white powder. The snow vein runs deep in this state and it makes you wonder who really gets to keep the cash at the end of the day.

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Wondering January 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’d bang her.
I bet her husband is pissed!

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Wondering January 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Kinsley Wentzky has just announced to the world that she is a whore.

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Cooter January 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

Ok by me. One hot bitch!

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