September 12, 2002
Green Files #27: Saving the Planet IS the Priority
Here is a compilation I could not get around to send you last week. There are various news on the Earth Summit II and some interesting new energy info below.
I saw former president Clinton on the Dave Letterman talk show tonight. He had some pretty strong words regarding the urgent need to prevent global warming through encouraging renewable energy development. Too bad he is no longer in the White House...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. See also my latest Media Compilation #86: Bogus Claims to Bolster a War of Outright Agression --- Posted at http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Archives2002/MediaCompilation86.htm
"The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
- Alex Carey
1. Earth Summit Ends in Acrimony, Powell Jeered
2. EcoEArth Alliance
3. Russia announces plan to ratify Kyoto protocol as leaders shift focus at World Summit
4. Lutec 1000 free energy machine
5. Scientists agree world faces mass extinction
6. Rainforest loss slower than thought - study
7. Earth Charter Community Summits: Sept 28 in 20 U.S. Cities
SPECIAL LAST MINUTE INSERTION - This is sooo relevant to what is going on right now in the US...
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002
From: Michael Bridge <email@example.com>
Subject: A Quiet Epistle
"If in the first act you introduce a gun, by the third act you have to use it."
- Anton Chekov
A FEW QUESTIONS
Are we so interested in finding out about the chemical, biological, and nuclear capacity of the terrorist network, including whether they may be holding any of the suitcase nuclear devices missing from the Russian arsenal for some years now, that we will use an attack against Iraq, provoking the network to use its full capacity against our nation and our own precious children, to find out what that capacity is? Do we love our catastrophes that much? In response to some weapon of mass murder released against the west, who will we mass murder? Who? The insane love provocation.
Do not hesitate to spread these questions far and wide.
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Santa Rosa, California 95402
Report: Summer Smog May Have Doubled in 2002
Scientists, Starving Africans Know Something We Don't (August 15, 2002)
When three African nations facing famine reject emergency food shipments due to concerns over genetic engineering, it's time for Americans to reconsider their own government's policy toward biotech food.
Blowing the Whistle on West Nile (August 13)
Chemical spraying is usually the least effective yet most toxic way to control mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. Its a case of the "cure" being much worse than the disease. (...) In short, they report that these pesticides offer a toxic legacy: short- and long-term respiratory problems, immune and nervous system disruption, cancer, and reproductive and learning disorders. That covers just about everything you'd never want to get. The "Overkill" report also emphasizes the association between outdoor pesticide sprays and neurological damage, stating, "A report of pesticides and childhood brain cancers published in Environmental Health Perspectives (a publication of the National Institutes of Health) revealed a strong relationship between brain cancers and pyrethroids used to kill fleas and ticks." Anvil, a pyrethroid, is a popular pesticide used by state agencies to control mosquitoes. The use of DEET in mosquito repellents is extremely troubling. DEET has been associated with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy (encephalitis) in children, including three deaths, according to the Extension Toxicology Network at Cornell University. The battle against West Nile is supposed to prevent a virus that can cause encephalitis. It appears the cure can cause the disease. That would be ironic, if it weren't so tragic.
Earth Summit Ends in Acrimony, Powell Jeered (September 4)
By Alister Doyle and Alastair Macdonald
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The Earth Summit ended in acrimony on Wednesday with jeers for Secretary of State Colin Powell and criticism by environmentalists that it would do little to help the poor or the planet.
At a closing session in Johannesburg, speaker after speaker attacked as too weak a plan meant to tackle global problems from AIDS to depleted fish stocks. In formally agreeing the text, delegates of almost 200 nations applauded for just 10 seconds.
The summit close was delayed by almost two hours of wrangling over references to Palestinian territory, HIV-AIDS and other controversial issues in a separate political document, the "Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development."
Environmentalists branded the 200-nation gathering a waste of time and a sellout to business interests favored by President Bush, one of the few major world leaders who did not attend.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said expectations had been too high. Venezuela's left-wing President Hugo Chavez said the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) had turned out to be a 10-day "dialogue of the deaf."
Earlier, hecklers chanting "Shame on Bush," twice interrupted Powell as he defended U.S. policies against criticism that the world's richest country and biggest polluter did not care.
"Betrayed by governments," read a banner held up by the mainly American protesters. Seven were hustled out of the summit hall by guards as they whistled and booed.
"Thank you, I have now heard you. I ask that you hear me," Powell responded, breaking off from his prepared speech as South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairing the meeting, banged her gavel more than a dozen times.
Powell was first jeered after talking about famine in southern Africa and accusing the government of Zimbabwe of mismanagement. He was booed again when he said Washington was taking firm action to combat global warming.
Bush, supported by the oil, coal and logging industries, has been widely criticized for rejecting the Kyoto pact meant to fight climate change. Scientists say greenhouse gas emissions from burning oil and coal are raising temperatures, thereby raising sea levels and threatening to drown small island states.
At the summit, the United States unveiled dozens of projects with business which aim to clean up the planet, including $970 million to help provide fresh water to the Third World.
But activists slammed Washington as the main cause of the summit's failure to raise aid or set firm new targets as part of an overriding drive, agreed in 2000, to halve poverty by 2015. About 1.2 billion people live on less than a dollar a day.
"The reaction to Colin Powell's speech is a very accurate reflection of the anger of non-governmental organizations at the role played by the United States at this conference," said Remi Parmentier, political director of Greenpeace.
Environmental group WWF redubbed WSSD the "World Summit of Shameful Deals," saying governments led by the United States were trying to shirk responsibility by involving businesses.
New targets the summit did set include halving by 2015 the 2.4 billion people without sanitation in the Third World, minimizing harmful effects from chemicals production by 2020 and halting the decline in fish stocks by 2015.
But they include little fresh cash. Current aid from rich nations totals about $54 billion a year -- $67 from each of their citizens. The United Nations reckons goals like halving poverty by 2015 could be solved if it were doubled.
Among U.S. allies only Australia pronounced the summit an "outstanding success." Others, wary of criticism at home, griped at the shortcomings of a 'lowest common denominator' deal.
"We go from summit to summit but our peoples go from abyss to abyss," Venezuela's Chavez said. "It seems to be a dialogue of the deaf."
The U.S. delegation at the final session reminded delegates that the 65-page plan was not legally binding -- Washington insists it cannot bind the American people to vague goals.
Annan said expectations had simply been too high. "We have to be careful not to expect conferences like this to produce miracles," he said. "This is just a beginning, but it's an important beginning."
All delegates remember that many of the promises made at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, staged amid great optimism after the end of the Cold War, have been broken.
The European Union said Johannesburg might be the last example of a giant summit that tries to solve global problems.
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said he was "satisfied" overall but added: "We cannot be happy with everything."
Among disappointments, he singled out a deal merely urging a "substantial" increase in the use of renewable energies like wind and solar power. Under pressure from Washington and the OPEC oil cartel, the drive was stripped of any firm targets.
"I don't think that mega-summits are the way to secure effective implementation," Rasmussen said.
The political declaration, a symbolic document capping the summit, was finally adopted without a vote after regional blocs haggled over sections.
Delegates said the agreed version included references to two specific obstacles to sustainable development -- foreign occupation, at the request of Arab states on behalf of Palestinians, and HIV-AIDS at the urging of countries led by the United States.
From: "Rob Wheeler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Special Earth Summit II/EcoEArth Alliance
Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2002
I am here in Johannesburg focusing on the good that we can continue to do for the world. While it is true that the governments are indeed acting most irresponsibly, led-on to a great extent by the Bush administration, it is also true that there are many good initiatives coming out of this process.
Many NGOs are concerned that the emerging Partnership Initiatives could lead to further privatisations and indeed great care should be taken to ensure that this does not happen; however there are also excellent partnerships that are supported by governments, business, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations.
This includes the Global Village Energy Partnership, Water and Sanitation Partnership (WASH)and about eighty others.
I am coordinating one through the newly created EcoEarth Alliance for a Sustainable Rural Development and Ecovillage Training Program. We are doing some really exciting work combining reforestation, water harvesting, sanitation, renewable energy, organic agriculture, ecological building, eco-restoration, health care, education, and community based decision-making in villages in many countries around the world.
Folks can go to http://www.ecovillage.org/ecoearth to find out more about this and the wonderful contributions our partner organizations are making, including the Global Ecovillage Network, Village Earth, Sustainable Village, EarthRights Institute, etc.
Thanks again, Jean, for all the good work that you are doing.
Senior International Associate International Institute for Sustainable Future
Coordinator, Global Peoples Assembly Network
Russia announces plan to ratify Kyoto protocol as leaders shift focus at World Summit
By PAUL GEITNER, Associated Press Writer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Russia promised on Tuesday to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, a move that would bring the historic accord on trimming output of greenhouse gases into effect despite U.S. opposition.
The announcement came as leaders at the World Summit wrapped up a long-term blueprint for tackling global woes of poverty and pollution and attention shifted to immediate crises, including Iraq.
With U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell en route, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz sought support from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former South African President Nelson Mandela for heading off a threatened U.S. attack.
Annan urged Aziz to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions, which call for the unconditional return of weapons inspectors, his spokeswoman said.
Mandela publicly urged Washington on Monday to act within the U.N. framework and not attack Iraq unilaterally.
Powell was expected to hear more such advice Wednesday during his own meeting with Annan, as well as leaders including Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.
"I do not favor unilateralism no matter where it comes from," said French President Jacques Chirac at a news conference.
Moscow would veto any measure for military action against Baghdad that comes up before the Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in Moscow.
The United States also continued to be hammered for its rejection of the Kyoto protocol, which many countries view as crucial for reversing a global warming trend blamed for cataclysmic storms, floods and droughts worldwide.
"All countries around the world need to address the questions of environmental protection ... under the same rules," said Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator Christie Whitman said the United States supported other countries' ratification of the deal. But she said the agreement was not appropriate for the United States, which is taking other action to limit climate change.
Kasyanov did not say exactly when Moscow would ratify, frustrating Kyoto's U.N. and European backers, who had hoped for a commitment to get it done this year.
"Russia has signed the Kyoto Protocol and now we are preparing for its ratification," Kasyanov said. "That ratification will occur in the very near future."
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said "we intend to sign" the accord, but gave no timeline and said experts were still reviewing the documents.
But the strong signal after much wavering was viewed as positive by Kyoto backers.
Enough countries have already ratified Kyoto, but for it to take effect, those countries must account for at least 55 percent of carbon dioxide emissions based on 1990 output.
Despite Washington's withdrawal last year, that can still be met if Russia joins the European Union and Japan in ratifying.
Russia, whose industry and pollution has declined dramatically since 1990, had hoped to benefit greatly from mechanisms established by Kyoto to let countries buy the right to pollute from those that come in under their quota.
But the United States, as the biggest polluter, was expected to be the biggest buyer.
Environmentalists said they suspected Russia was dragging its feet hoping to gain in other areas, such as increased financial aid or compensation for maintaining its vast forests as a carbon sink, absorbing and storing excess carbon in the atmosphere.
Ecuador's president, Gustavo Noboa, raised a similar point during a forum on financing for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
"If the developing world needs our oxygen, we must be economically compensated," he said, referring to competing demands between developing and preserving tropical rain forests. Ecologists often describe rain forests as the "lungs of the planet," transmitting oxygen to the atmosphere while using carbon dioxide.
"I agree that we should fight against terrorism," he said. "This is something that has marked us all. But I would like to give some of the same impetus and financial resources to the fight against poverty."
His call for action was echoed by most of the dozens of leaders who spoke Tuesday.
"Put your money where your mouth is," said Jan Balkenende, prime minister of the Netherlands. "We've done the talking, so let's start walking!"
Late Monday, negotiators resolved the last main sticking points in a 70-odd page plan to turn commitments made 10 years ago at the Rio Earth Summit into reality. Most of the items were geared to helping the world's poorest people without polluting.
After losing its push for targets on the use of wind and solar energy, the European Union said Tuesday it would form a coalition of "like-minded countries and regions" willing to commit to strict timetables for increasing renewable energy.
Many developing countries had sided with the United States and Japan against including the targets in the summit's plan, arguing they were a rich country's luxury.
The text agreed late Tuesday includes a commitment to "urgently" increase the use of renewable energy sources, but says cleaner use of fossil fuels is also acceptable, diplomats said.
British Environment Minister Margaret Beckett called the plan "a generous and serious and substantial outcome."
Dropped language linking women's health care with human rights become a sticking point in 11th hour deliberations, but was restored before the plan was official adopted by the summit's main committee of ministers.
As U.N. officials prepared the agreed proposals for final adoption by the full summit, world leaders worked to wrap up a political declaration in which they commit to building a "humane and caring global society in pursuit of the goal of human dignity for all."
On the Net:
Main summit site: http://www.johannesburgsummit.org
U.N. Climate Change Agreement site: http://unfccc.int
As recommended by "Paul LeBreton" <email@example.com>
The Lutec 1000 is the first free energy machine to be developed to commercial stage anywhere in the world.
The Lutec 1000 generator will produce up to 1000 watts of DC electricity twenty four hours a day, every day, which will be stored in a battery bank and then inverted to AC power and connected directly into the home or business.
The Lutec 1000 draws the power it requires to run itself from the same battery bank. The average house in Cairns, Queensland, uses only fourteen of the twenty four kilowatt hours able to be stored in twenty four hours by this method.
The excess can be sold to the local power supply company in line with the greening Australia policy of the federal government which has legislated that the mains power supply companies must pay individuals or companies who provide green, clean, sustainable power and put it back into the grid system.
The batteries will last ten years. The generator has a warranty for ten years, the generator will probably have a life of over fifty years.
The magnets that are responsible for the generation have an effective life of one thousand three hundred years.
This product is non polluting. It will assist to bring down greenhouse gases and therefore help cure our sick and dying planet. There are strong community health benefits. It will help slow the rate of use of non renewable resources, like oil. It will help reduce airborne emissions of gases and elements that ruin our forests and lakes.
No buying petrol or diesel to run generators. No having to depend of the sun coming out, no flooding perfectly good farm land to build hydro systems, no nuclear meltdowns or disposal problems with radioactive by-products, no high sulphur and nitrous content, foul smelling, coal burning.
Buyers can structure their repayments so that the power produced pays for their purchase.
Convenience plus, no more black outs, brown outs, interruptions because of line maintenance, lightning strike, heavy rain, strong wind, fire, cyclone, flood, poor maintenance at power stations.
Add to all that, better computer security, personal security, more heating, more disposable income, more cooling, more appliances purchased because it costs nothing to run them.
There are many, many more excellent reasons why everyone should have one of these.
It is the intention of this website to help pass on the message about how you can be involved! ---
Check the UPDATES page below for the latest photos of the Lutec engine - July 2002!
To see how it works go at http://www.lutec.com.au/how.htm where it says (in a nutshell)...
That same principle is one of the reasons the Lutec 1000 motor turns, it is of course the spinning of the centre core of the motor which is caused by the permanent magnets being attracted and then repulsed from the steel cores of the fixed stator coils. It is this primary movement that allows the magnetic fields around the stator coils to be cut by the effect of the permanent magnets sweeping past the steel cores of the coils.
Note that we have achieved two effects from one cause, thus inducing an electric current per Mr Faradays theory, and so generating electricity as an output or product of the motors motion. The only electricity consumed has been that required to temporarily charge the coils and so creating a temporary magnet of like polarity to cause the permanent magnet to be repulsed rather than attracted.
There are a couple of other major factors that we wont go into here, suffice it to say that our current prototype demonstrates 1500% more out than in...
NOTE FROM JEAN: I checked with Hal Fox (the new energy expert I always refer to in these matters) as to whether he has heard about this new device and he responded this:
Dear Friend Jean,
I have looked at the website discussing the Lutec 1000. Wow! it is certainly big enough to do something. At the present time, we have no data, except for the word of the inventors that it works. They cite the trouble with the switching transistors that they are working on.
At this stage, I cannot offer any professional judgement. However, if it were my device, I would not tell people how wonderful it is until it was working.
In the 13 to 14 years that I have been searching for new energy devices, I have not found a rotating machine that produce more energy output than energy input, despite the many claims of the inventors. It would be a heart-warming experience if we could have a simple rotating machine that would produce more energy output than energy input. In my judgement, until I am shown something better, I am of the strong technical judgement that there will not be an electro-magnetic rotating machine that will tap the vast energy of the universe. This energy requires some much faster operating components or combination of electric and magnetic fields to be able to take into this abundant energy source. I have only found two that really do tap into this type of energy and I am not absolutely sure of one of the two.
I find no problem in citing the website and the claims of the individuals. They appear perfectly willing to tell the viewer the latest developments. Personally, I would wait until I had proof before I would tell the world that my device was so wonderful.
The negative thing about the device pictured on their website is that it is so huge. I am not sure of what the energy density is either by weight or by cubic volume, but I would like to see some figures. Even better, I would like to see some independent measurements made by experts.
I am not sure how much help this is, but thanks for asking. I would greatly like to see me proven wrong when I state that it will be very difficult to make a rotating machine that can tap the vast energy of space.
Best personal regards,
The new Self-Powered / Self-Charging Electric Car with near unlimited range that was recently announced by the Tilley Foundation.
This car is a converted DeLorean (the same car that was used in the "Back to the Future" movies) and can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph. "The longest test run so far has been 400 continuous miles without refueling or recharging. At the end of the test the batteries were still fully charged thanks to the onboard recharge device."
"There is a new car on the road today. A car built with technology that defies the concept of fossil fuel powered cars, and can run coast to coast without ever relying on the battery being charged from an outside source. The long awaited transportation revolution and the end of our reliance on fossil fuel has now begun."
LOTS more details at http://www.TilleyFoundation.com
Sent by "Mark Graffis" <firstname.lastname@example.org> on August 25
Scientists agree world faces mass extinction
By Gary Strieker
(CNN) -- The complex web of life on Earth, what scientists call "biodiversity," is in serious trouble.
"Biodiversity includes all living things that we depend on for our economies and our lives," explained Brooks Yeager, vice president of global programs at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. "It's the forests, the oceans, the coral reefs, the marine fish, the algae, the insects that make up the living world around us and which we couldn't do without," he said.
Nearly 2 million species of plants and animals are known to science and experts say 50 times as many may not yet be discovered. Yet most scientists agree that human activity is causing rapid deterioration in biodiversity. Expanding human settlements, logging, mining, agriculture and pollution are destroying ecosystems, upsetting nature's balance and driving many species to extinction.
There is virtual unanimity among scientists that we have entered a period of mass extinction not seen since the age of the dinosaurs, an emerging global crisis that could have disastrous effects on our future food supplies, our search for new medicines, and on the water we drink and the air we breathe. Estimates vary, but extinction is figured by experts to be taking place between 100 to 1,000 times higher than natural "background" extinction.
At the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro 10 years ago, world leaders signed a treaty to confront this crisis. But its results have been disappointing. According to Yeager, "It hasn't been a direct kind of impact that some of us had hoped for."
One hundred eighty-two nations are now parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The United States is the only industrial country that has failed to ratify it. But there is wide agreement that the treaty has had virtually no impact on continuing mass extinction.
The treaty is more like a political statement than a plan of action, setting very broad goals instead of real targets, and leaving it to national governments to decide how to reach them. Many developing countries in tropical areas, where the most species of plant and animal can be found, wanted nothing in the treaty that could limit their freedom to exploit natural resources. So the treaty was framed as a political compromise to balance three principles: conservation, sustainable development and fair sharing of the benefits of biodiversity.
In the process, critics say, the operation of the treaty has lost its focus. It's been distracted from science and conservation by other issues, such as "biopiracy" - determining who profits from genetic resources -- and "biosafety" -- controlling trade in genetically modified organisms, such as seeds, with built-in pesticides. Many pressure groups have forced governments to address the issues of "biopiracy" and "biosafety."
Debbie Barker, co-director of the California-based International Forum on Globalization, says, "You cannot really separate preservation and sustainability and conservation and biodiversity without addressing, for example, important new technologies like genetic engineering or genetic modification."
That may be true, but many scientists and conservationists say almost all the work at the treaty's conferences has been focused on these hot-button issues, including "biopiracy" and "biosafety", during the past decade. The result, they say, has been a lost opportunity to address the real crisis.
The member nations still stand by the treaty, but at a conference earlier this year at The Hague they issued a statement admitting humans are still destroying biodiversity at an unprecedented rate.
Rainforest loss slower than thought - study (August 14, 2002)
BRUSSELS - A European study has found that the world's tropical rainforests are disappearing more slowly than previously thought, though the rate of destruction is still alarming, a magazine reported.
The study by a team at the European Union's Joint Research Centre found the area of rainforest destroyed between 1990 and 1997 to be 23 percent smaller than the generally accepted figure.
"I think we have to be cautious about saying it's good news," said Hugh Eva co-author of the team's report published in this week's issue of the Science magazine. Even the new figures mean an area of rainforest twice the size of Belgium is cut down each year, Eva told Reuters on Monday. CLIP
From: "SUSAN ZIPP" <email@example.com>
Subject: Earth Charter Community Summits: Sept 28 in 20 U.S. Cities - Spread the Word!
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002
It's Time to Connect!!
The annual Earth Charter Community Summits are a grassroots effort to bring Americans together to realize the vision and principles of the Earth Charter in their communities. The Earth Charter: A Declaration of Interdependence, recognizes that humanity's environmental, economic, social, cultural, ethical and spiritual aspirations are all interconnected.
It came into being through an extraordinary grassroots drafting process that involved thousands of people in 78 countries over the course of 12 years. Its core value is the interdependence of all life and it calls for economic and social justice, peace, democracy and ecological integrity. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history.
Following the international launch of the Earth Charter at The Hague Peace Palace in June 2000, the Earth Charter was launched in the United States on September 29, 2001 in 12 cities linked by satellite. This year's Earth Charter Community Summits are being held on September 28 in 20 cities.
There will be festive celebrations, inspiring speakers and meaningful dialogues to make the Earth Charter principles a reality in personal lives, workplaces and community. For the first time, the community summits will be connected via webcast. This will allow people who do not live in a summit city to view the event in real time over the Internet. The webcast will be available on September 28, viewable from your home computer, at http://www.earthchartersummits.org. Speakers that can be viewed during the webcast include David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World; Steven Rockefeller, Earth Charter Commission; Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and Ecology of Commerce; David Kreiger, President of Nuclear Age for Peace Foundation and co-author of "Choose Hope"; Bob Correll, former Assistant Director of National Science Foundation and many others.
Sociologist Paul Ray, Ph.D. studied 100,000 Americans and their values over 14 years and found that one in four value the same things that the Earth Charter is about -- relationships, sustainability, the oneness of life. However, people who share these values often work for the greater good on their own or with a few friends. It's time to connect and for all of us to join together under the holistic and hopeful vision of the people's Earth Charter to become a catalyst for positive change.
Please help us get the word out about the September 28 Earth Charter Community Summits to other like-minded people who value a respect for nature, economic justice, universal human rights and a culture of peace.
For more information including specific locations and times for the 20 Summit cities, visit http://www.earthchartersummits.org.
Earth Charter Community Summits, National Planning Committee
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