*VIDEO* Bill Whittle: The Struggle For Stupidity


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Study: Half Of American Public School Employees Are Non-Teachers

Maybe Johnny Can’t Read Because These Workers Crowd Out Teachers – Daily Signal

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Half of America’s public school employees aren’t classroom teachers, according to a new study. Instead, they’re non-teaching personnel such as instructional aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, and librarians.

It hasn’t always been this way.

The study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a nonprofit think tank specializing in education policy, found that the number of non-teaching staff grew by 130 percent from 1970 to 2010. Their salaries and benefits account for one-quarter of current education spending.

To show where each state is on the spectrum between least and most non-teaching personnel per 1,000 students, Fordham created this map:

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So why are non-teachers on the rise? The Fordham Institute left that up to school district and state education officials to explain.

By using national, state, and local data, though, “The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach” attempts to draw attention to what some education experts consider an alarming trend.

By a wide margin, Nevada and South Carolina public schools had the fewest non-teaching workers per 1,000 students, at 26 and 28 respectively, the study found. Virginia, Vermont, and Wyoming had the most at 104, as the chart below shows.

Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation, argues for reducing the number of non-instructional and administrative positions in public schools:

States should consider cutting costs in areas that are long overdue for reform and pursue systemic reform to improve student achievement. Specifically, states should refrain from continuing to increase the number of non-teaching staff in public schools.

Michael Petrilli, president of the Fordham Institute, told The Daily Signal that the results of the study should encourage policymakers to “raise tough questions about whether these trends are helping or hurting children.”

Among the most significant findings of “The Hidden Half’,” the authors say in a release on the study:

Since 1950, school staffing has increased nearly 500 percent, and non-teaching personnel played a major part in that growth. Passage of several pieces of federal legislation – Section 504, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, and Title IX (Equal Opportunity in Education Act) – likely were instrumental in changing the makeup of schools.

America spends far more on non-teaching staff (as a percentage of education spending) than do most of the nation’s economic peers in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. spends more than double what Korea, Mexico, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, Luxembourg, Austria, and Spain do. Only Denmark spends more.

States vary in staffing their schools, but much of the variation is because of differences within their borders. States with a large proportion of the population living in cities tend to have fewer workers per student. (See chart below.)

The category of teacher aides has been the largest gainer over the past 40 years. From 1970 to 2010, aides went from nearly non-existent to the largest group of workers other than teachers.

School districts vary greatly in number of employees, but the differences likely stem from staffing decisions made by leaders. Although factors such as location (rural, suburban, urban) and number of students in special education matter, they don’t explain most of the variation across school districts.

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Who knew Billy Bad Ass was a teacher/union thug?

One day this wannbe tough guy will mouth off to the wrong person

Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!”

The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight.

“I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” Mulgrew threatened.

The teachers union bigwig made the speech at a convention in Los Angeles last month, according to the New York Daily News.

Common Core is a Socialist dream, a one-size-fits-all top down approach that is a massive failure waiting to happen

Teachers Union Thug (aka UFT President) Says He’ll ‘Punch You In The Face’ If You Don’t Go Along With Commie Core (Video)

This Teachers Union President Will ‘Punch You In The Face’ If You Don’t Like Common Core – Daily Caller

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Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!”

The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight.

“I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” Mulgrew threatened.

The teachers union bigwig made the speech at a convention in Los Angeles last month, according to the New York Daily News.

Ed Notes Online, a blog that follows education news, posted the screed yesterday.

Mulgrew’s bizarro, menacing outburst was part of an intense debate on a mundane resolution calling on the 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers to continue its support the implementation of Common Core.

“I’ve heard the stories about how Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Joel Klein and a flying saucer full of Martians designed these things to brainwash us all,” Mulgrew also raged in scorn of the growing grassroots tide of opposition to Common Core.

Attendees at the convention said the hulking, bald and very angry union boss’s intimidating diatribe was frightening.

“It was scary,” a member of the audience who wished to remain anonymous told the Daily News. “People were saying that he shouldn’t be around children.”

Across the country, bureaucrats in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories had originally decided to implement Common Core with virtually no democratic input.

Since then, a handful of states have either neutered or – in the case of Oklahoma – banned Common Core entirely. Legislatures in several more states are mulling bills that would limit the controversial national standards.

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School decides indoctrination is more important than education

Via Clash Daily

Welcome to Dumb-Ass 101, serfs of Obamaland. Here in Obamaland, “Diversity” training, AKA a rejection of western culture, is more important than Geography. See below…

El Rancho Verde Unified School District will stop requiring its high-school students to take geography and instead require them to take a class on diversity and inclusion.

ERUSD president Aurora Villon said the class is necessary because minority students “need to feel validated.”

“When you negate their culture, they feel less than other students,” she said in an e-mail to Whittier Daily News.

This is why so many liberals want more and more emphasis on education. this is why they want college for everyone, this is why they are pushing for mandatory K 4, and soon K 3, and K 2 no doubt. It is all about raising up kids to be good little Liberals. It is all about teaching kids NOT to think, and to only speak what they are taught to speak. It is about crushing individuality, and pushing Collectivism. Look for more schools to follow the lead of the school in this story.

Common Core-Neo-Marxism in action

Via It Ain’t Holy Water

A few days ago this writer went to his first Minnesotans Against Common Core meeting in Becker Minnesota. This writer was not surprised to hear various concerns the speakers mentioned during the course of this

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  • Establishing Child Career Pathways beginning in Second Grade;
  • Recording of “Biometrics” of Children in data bases for future Government use;
  • Dumbing Down of the masses;
  • Indoctrination children to make them more compliant to authority;
  • Conditioning Individuality out of Children;
  • Extending the Length of the School Year.

Just another reason I dread my niece going to public school

Savannah is going on five, which means Kindergarten is getting close. I am happy for her to go and have fun, but, I also know that the Leftist indoctrination machine is in high gear in public schools. Stacy McCain reports on the looming chance of Radical Lesbian Feminism coming to public ed

Last week, I mentioned that the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pushing to introduce “gender studies” to the high school curriculum, “creating innovative spaces for young people to engage in feminism and activism, equity, and social justice in today’s classrooms.” The symposium on this AAUW program featured Ileana Jiminez, a lesbian English teacher from New York. What this indicates is that the radical theories of feminist academics are ultimately destined for the K-12 classroom — and any parent who objects can expect to be condemned as a sexist homophobe.

Consider the phrase “compulsory heterosexuality.” This phrase entered the feminist lexicon via an influential 1980 essay by Adrienne Rich, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” which I discussed at length in April. Rich’s essay, asserting that heterosexuality is notnatural for women, but rather is imposed as a condition of male supremacy, has been widely anthologized and incorporated in Women’s Studies curricula.

The phrase turned up in a Google search I did, appearing as the title of a book chapter, “Compulsory Heterosexuality as Mis-education.” The author speaks of “the psychological damage inflicted [on gay adolescents] by years of bearing witness to, or experiencing, anti–lesbian and gay prejudice in countless forms”:

They are the product of a lifetime of learning in the hegemonic ideology of heterosexism.
In practice, heterosexist ideology is instilled through numerous mechanisms. Family members initiate children into heterosexist ideology almost from birth, teaching acceptable gendered conduct as well as uneasiness with cross-gendered behaviors. This education is reinforced and expanded by religious institutions, peer groups, and the media . . . By the time children have reached first grade, they have already compiled a significant amount of data about what it means to be gay in a heterosexist society, even though much of what they have learned may well be incorrect, born of fear and prejudice rather than factual information. Schools are in a unique position to correct much of this misinformation at an early age before it ripens into anti–lesbian and gay prejudice and violence.

So, if this is being pushed for high schools now, what will be pushed in 11 years when Savannah is 15? And, how long until this Leftist garbage is taught in junior high? I tell you, the worries an uncle endures these days.

*VIDEO* Bill Whittle – Obamadelphia, DC: The New U.S. Capital


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*VIDEOS* Ed’s Executive Branch Dream Team


PART 1
Ted Cruz
Scott Walker
Mark Levin
Trey Gowdy
Frank Gaffney
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PART 2
Stanley McChrystal
Keith Alexander
John Bolton
Mark Thornton
Thomas Sowell
Newt Gingrich
Rex Tillerson
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PART 3
Sarah Palin
Allen West
Terry Miller
Joe Arpaio
Ben Carson
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PART 4
Ted Houghton
Pamela Paulk
Bill Whittle
Arthur Brooks
Thomas Schatz
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*VIDEO* Bully Taunts Smaller Kid – Bully Attacks Smaller Kid – Smaller Kid Breaks Bully’s Face


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*VIDEO* Senator Ted Cruz Schools Treasonous Democrats On The Consequences Of Their Free Speech-Killing Bill


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Governor Bobby Jindal Seeks To Derail Common Core In Louisiana

Jindal Seeks To Block Common Core Test – Washington Times

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Gov. Bobby Jindal sought Wednesday to derail Louisiana’s use of standardized tests tied to the Common Core education standards, but state education leaders say the governor’s executive order is meaningless.

The Republican governor opposes the English and math standards adopted by most states as an attempted federal takeover of education, and he said he’s committed to stopping Louisiana’s participation in the Common Core.

“Common Core’s become a one-size-fits-all model that simply doesn’t make sense for our state,” Jindal said at a news conference.

Both state lawmakers and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have voted in support of the standards. Jindal’s executive authority is limited, so he sought to strike at testing from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career that is linked to the standards as a backdoor way to get Louisiana out of Common Core. He also says he’ll ask lawmakers next year to revisit the standards.

Among a series of anti-Common Core actions announced Wednesday, the governor put out an executive order requiring a competitive bid process for public school standardized tests.

The Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education planned to use Common Core-related testing for students in third- through eighth-grades, but the tests haven’t yet been purchased for the upcoming school year. Jindal said the tests in question appear to be most expensive available, so he’s confident they couldn’t be chosen in competitive bidding for standardized tests.

But Superintendent of Education John White and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Chas Roemer say the governor’s executive order won’t change the roll-out of Common Core in classrooms or the use of the PARCC test.

White said his department can buy test questions under an existing contract with an outside vendor. The Jindal administration disagrees.

“We’re planning on going ahead and implementing the plan that’s in accordance with state law and with what we’ve been doing for four years,” White said.

Where the dispute heads next is unclear.

Jindal’s office didn’t immediately say whether the governor would consider taking state educations officials to court over the testing, to try to stop the use of PARCC.

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Embarrassingly Ignorant Public High School Prom Slogan: “This Is Are Story”

Chicago Public School’s Prom Slogan: “This Is Are Story” – Downtrend

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The Chicago Public School system is pretty bad. Students are not learning – not by a long shot.

Forty percent of freshmen in the school system do not go on to graduate and more than nine out of ten need remedial courses in college because they don’t know basic high school math and English. Only one-quarter of graduates are ready for college.

But those are just numbers. It’s quite another thing entirely when this lack of education smacks you right in the face.

The picture above, sadly, is not a joke. It’s the card for this year’s prom, with the theme: “This Is Are Story.”

Paul Robeson High School is on Chicago’s south side – a poor and dangerous part of town and one of the not-so-shining stars of the city’s massive public school system.

Who is to blame for this? Parents certainly, but most of them are stuck with these shoddy schools. Teachers there don’t seem to care. Their average salary is $76,000. They just received a 17 percent raise. The median annual income in Englewood, where Robeson High School is located, is about $12,255 per person. The unemployment rate is 23.6 percent.

What future do these children have when the public school system fails them so miserably? Who will stand up for them in a bureaucracy where teachers get massive raises while they graduate children who are unprepared for anything except manual labor?

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California Judge Rules Against Smarmy, Leftist Teacher’s Unions

California Judge Rules Against Teacher’s Unions And His Perspective Is Incredibly Refreshing – Independent Journal Review

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A California judge ruled today that current tenure statutes for teachers deprive students of their right to an education due to evidence so compelling that “it shocks the conscience.” This ruling will be submitted for further appellate review.

Furthermore, he specifically stated that judges should focus solely on the law when making a decision, and ignore politics and personal opinion. How wonderfully adroit.

That this Court’s decision will and should result in political discourse is beyond question, but such consequence cannot and does not detract from its obligation to consider only the evidence and law in making its decision.

At issue in the lawsuit, filed by nine public school students, are statutes of the CA Education Code that violate the state’s constitution by resulting in “grossly ineffective teachers obtaining and retaining permanent employment.”

In other words, the functional impossibility of firing “grossly ineffective” teachers and the resultant letting-go of “competent” ones, especially in low-performing schools, kept kids from getting the quality of education to which they are entitled.

The lawsuit was vigorously opposed by the California teachers’ unions. Which is a shocking revelation in-and-of-itself, to be sure. The head of the L.A. teachers union said this in response:

This decision today is an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack children. You attack teacher and student rights.

So, a clear statement that children are being substantially harmed by current rules, is actually an attack against those very children? One wonders what planet teachers’ union leaders originate from and how reality is perceived of on that sad, alien world. Because it’s certainly different down here on earth.

The particular items at issue:

1. Permanent Employment Statute – 2 years is not sufficient time to establish sufficient competence. Most states have 3 to 5 year periods and 4 states have no tenure system at all.

2. Dismissal Statutes – it is almost impossible to fire “grossly ineffective” teachers once they’ve received tenure, so most districts do not even try.

3. Last-In, First Out – the newest teachers get let go first, regardless of gifting or performance.

The sixteen pages of the decision, with its unyielding indictment of the current tenure rules on every page, is stunning in its evisceration of the status quo. No wonder the unions are outraged. The status quo is them.

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*VIDEOS* 2014 Republican Leadership Conference Featuring Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Phil Robertson, And Ted Cruz


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Click HERE to visit the official website of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference

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Why would a school ask an 8th grader to do this?

This is simply beyond my ability to fathom

Via Daily Caller:

At least one pair of parents is fuming after their eighth-grade daughter came home from school saying that every student in her class had to indicate – publicly – how far they are prepared to go sexually.

The incident happened this week at Woodland Park Middle School in the San Diego, Calif. suburb of San Marcos, reports local ABC affiliate KGTV.

The parents, who don’t want to be named, say their 14-year-old daughter was embarrassed because the teacher in her family life and health class instructed her and all of her classmates to stand under one of several signs. Each sign was labeled with a different phrase.

Some of the labeled signs were innocuous, according to KGTV. These included “smiled at,” “hugged” and “kissed.”

Other signs, such as “above the waist,” “below the waist” and “all the way,” were to varying degrees considerably less innocuous. 

I write a lot about the idiocy that is zero tolerance, but this is just as bad frankly. This is about a school OVERSTEPPING its role! This is not about sex education, or health, or anything but placing the school into the role of parent

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill To Repeal And Replace Common Core

Oklahoma Gives The Boot To Common Core: Governor Signs Bill To Repeal And Replace It – Independent Journal Review

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that withdraws Oklahoma from the national Common Core standards. Not only is Oklahoma withdrawing from Common Core, but the new law stipulates that the new state standards must be sufficiently unlike the Common Core standards in order to prevent the readoption of Common Core under a different name.

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Governor Fallin had this statement about why Oklahoma decided to withdraw from Common Core.

Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable.

What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies. We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools.

The words ‘Common Core’ in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children. If we are going to improve our standards in the classroom, now is the time to get to work.

In typical “never let a crisis go to waste” fashion, the Obama administration is trying to nationalize education through Common Core. The Obama administration has been tying education funding to the adoption of Common Core. Common Core seems to overly complicate math problems, among many other flaws.

Oklahoma intends to revert to the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills until new standards are drawn up, while drawing up its own standards to be more rigorous than Common Core.

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We need to start calling “zero tolerance” what it is, Child Abuse!

A View From the Beach has your head exploding story of the day

Honor student charged with felonies over Science Fair volcano

A 16-year-old girl was arrested and expelled from school after she demonstrating the traditional ‘erupting volcano’ in class as a science experiment. Even a year later, she is still being haunted by the multiple felonies she was charged with.

Kiera Wilmot’s volcano was designed to demonstrate a chemical reaction simulating a volcanic eruption. Inside her volcano prop, was an 8-ounce water bottle with some toilet bowl cleaner in it. When the cleaner is exposed to aluminum, it creates an exothermic chemical reaction.

Her experiment got her in serious trouble on April 29th, 2013.

“When I put the aluminum foil into the bottle, the lid popped off an a little bit of smoke climbed out of the bottle,” Kiera described.

No one was hurt. No damage was caused. No harm was done.
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She was charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds, and discharging a destructive device, both felonies.

Why is this kid in trouble again? What in the Hell is our education system doing? Why the Hell are we tolerating this?

Scientists In The Netherlands Report Finding Reliable Way To Teleport Data

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way To Teleport Data – New York Times

Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein’s most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as “spooky action at a distance.”

In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.

Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things; rather, it involves transferring so-called quantum information – in this case what is known as the spin state of an electron – from one place to another without moving the physical matter to which the information is attached.

Classical bits, the basic units of information in computing, can have only one of two values – either 0 or 1. But quantum bits, or qubits, can simultaneously describe many values. They hold out both the possibility of a new generation of faster computing systems and the ability to create completely secure communication networks.

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A forest of optical elements that was part of the quantum teleportation device used by the team of physicists in the Netherlands. Credit Hanson lab@TUDelft

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Moreover, the scientists are now closer to definitively proving Einstein wrong in his early disbelief in the notion of entanglement, in which particles separated by light-years can still appear to remain connected, with the state of one particle instantaneously affecting the state of another.

They report that they have achieved perfectly accurate teleportation of quantum information over short distances. They are now seeking to repeat their experiment over the distance of more than a kilometer. If they are able to repeatedly show that entanglement works at this distance, it will be a definitive demonstration of the entanglement phenomenon and quantum mechanical theory.

Succeeding at greater distances will offer an affirmative solution to a thought experiment known as Bell’s theorem, proposed in 1964 by the Irish physicist John Stewart Bell as a method for determining whether particles connected via quantum entanglement communicate information faster than the speed of light.

“There is a big race going on between five or six groups to prove Einstein wrong,” said Ronald Hanson, a physicist who leads the group at Delft. “There is one very big fish.”

In the past, scientists have made halting gains in teleporting quantum information, a feat that is achieved by forcing physically separated quantum bits into an entangled state.

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Researchers teleported quantum information between two distant atoms for the first time in 2009.
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But reliability of quantum teleportation has been elusive. For example, in 2009, University of Maryland physicists demonstrated the transfer of quantum information, but only one of every 100 million attempts succeeded, meaning that transferring a single bit of quantum information required roughly 10 minutes.

In contrast, the scientists at Delft have achieved the ability “deterministically,” meaning they can now teleport the quantum state of two entangled electrons accurately 100 percent of the time.

They did so by producing qubits using electrons trapped in diamonds at extremely low temperatures. According to Dr. Hanson, the diamonds effectively create “miniprisons” in which the electrons were held. The researchers were able to establish a spin, or value, for electrons, and then read the value reliably.

In addition to the possibility of an impregnable quantum Internet, the research holds out the possibility of networks of quantum computers.

To date, practical quantum computers, which could solve certain classes of problems far more quickly than even the most powerful computers now in use, remain a distant goal. A functional quantum computer would need to entangle a large number of qubits and maintain that entangled state for relatively long periods, something that has so far not been achieved.

A distributed quantum network might also offer new forms of privacy, Dr. Hanson suggested. Such a network would make it possible for a remote user to perform a quantum calculation on a server, while at the same time making it impossible for the operator of the server to determine the nature of the calculation.

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