May 26

Inside the Growing Homeschooling Movement

As dissatisfaction with education reform rises, more and more secular parents are exploring the homeschool option.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld / AlterNet

homeschoolingprogramsUntil recently, if you homeschooled your children, you were either part of a pioneering movement in alternative education or doing so for religious reasons. Now, more than 2.2 million children ages 5-17 are homeschooled in the United States, a figure on par with the number of children enrolled in Catholic schools and public charter schools, according to Brian Ray, founder of the National Homeschool Education Research Institute and the journal, Homeschool Researcher. Ray points out that the number of secular homeschoolers is increasing exponentially, though just how fast is hard to measure.

As the number and types of families educating their kids outside of traditional school settings has grown, the term “homeschooling” has become something of a misnomer. Fading fast is the image of a stoic mother sitting across the kitchen table from her children in a one-room homeschool environment. Today, many homeschooling parents belong to active co-ops and homeschool support networks, where they typically participate in educational outings and learning opportunities, relying upon a collective approach to educating their children.

“One of my mantras is: Nobody homeschools alone,” says Lesley Debrier, president of the Sonoma County Homeschool Nonprofit (SCHN), a support network for homeschoolers of all stripes. While this might seem to fly in the face of the notion of homeschooling as an independent enterprise, Debrier says that’s just one of many inaccurate stereotypes. “Socialization is very important to us,” she says.



May 26

Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church


driven by simple curiosity, I did some investiagative reporting and found out some surprising things about the Catholic Church… Louis C.K.


May 26

Stunning video of newly discovered sea creatures

via Science Dump

A group of scientists exploring the deep sea off the coast of Puerto Rico have found numerous sea creatures that as of yet are undiscovered and therefore unnamed. The images were being captured by a remote operated deep sea vehicle that streamed the images in real time. Scientists in a chat room discussed what they saw, as the images were being streamed, showing previously unknown creatures.

Scientist Andrea Quattrini, one of the co-leads of the expedition, said that the team was in contact (via the chatroom) with other scientists from across the world, sometimes up to forty people at once. This set-up is unique in that by using a chat room, the team is able to put the expertise and experience of various specialist scientists to good use, in order to better understand what they are seeing.

Check out the video below by Quartz and be amazed at all the gorgeous and sometimes scary looking creatures that inhabit the oceans of our great planet!


May 26

What Are the Most Effective Natural Antibiotics? And how are they best used?

by Robert Harrington

food_spices_herbsNature has provided thousands of natural medicines and natural antibiotics over millennia. Most people are unaware, but virtually all pharmaceutical medications originally came from the plants of the Earth. After they were proven effective in treating various ailments, the pharmaceutical industry then created synthetic variants which they could patent. In this way, they retained the exclusive rights to earn revenues from their patents over a specific period of time.

The point is that every medicine under the sun originated as an herb or a spice, a tree leaf or shrub root, a berry or a fruit. Fortunately, some of these same medicinals function as very efficacious natural antibiotics. Especially when they are prepared properly, these potent medicines can produce the desired effects without many of the adverse side-effects associated with pharmaceutical-grade antibiotics.

High-powered pharmaceutical antibiotics certainly have their place in today’s society. But the proliferation of so many antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria (as well as other infections) has warranted a new class of similar yet even more potent medications. There is a downside to many of these in that they can leave residues within the human body which sometimes require a deliberate process to remove or detoxify.



May 26

Scientists Achieve Levitation Using Nothing But Sound

via Educate Inspire Change

A team of researchers in Switzerland have developed a way of levitating and transporting small objects using nothing but sound.

Using ultrasonic waves – that is, sound waves whose frequency is too high for humans to hear – scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have made water droplets, instant coffee crystals, styrofoam flakes, and a toothpick, among other objects, hang in midair, move along a plane, and interact with each other.

It is the first time that scientists have been able to use sound to simultaneously levitate several objects next to each other and move them around.

Original Full article source: CSMonitor


May 26

Near-death experiences: what it feels like to die

Meeting with deceased loved ones is a significant feature, combined with the experience of feeling peace and love. People who have been close to death often report similar feelings. Whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant

Meeting with deceased loved ones is a significant feature, combined with the experience of feeling peace and love. People who have been close to death often report similar feelings. Whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant

Near-death experiences (NDEs) can agitate and excite in equal measure.

Skeptics argue, often fiercely, that they result from nothing more than brain activity, or psychological constructions of a dying brain. Yet, people who have NDEs unanimously contest to the realness of the NDE.

And these people are not ‘crazed’ in any way. They are regular people, who just happen to have had an extraordinary experience. NDEs are reported by men, women, and children, regardless of age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, occupation, or education level.

They are not new phenomena. NDEs are evident across cultures and throughout history, with some of the earliest known accounts being recorded by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

In fact, NDEs are quite common. They occur daily, under a wide variety of circumstances, in virtually every country around the world.

Around 20% of cardiac arrest survivors and 4-9% of the general population are estimated to have had an NDE. But, they are believed to be under-reported, so the actual number of people who have one is probably much higher.



May 26

Amazing Benefits of Echinacea: From Fighting Colds to Cancer

By Dr. Josh Axe |

9-echinacea-benefitsNot only are echinacea benefits big news in the natural health community right now, they are BIG business. As reported by the American Botanical Council, “Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 7.9% in 2013, reaching six billion dollars for the first time!” (1) This is the most dramatic boost since the late 1990s, and herbal sales have steadily climbed for the past 10 years straight.

And guess which herb has lead the pack?  You guessed it, echinacea! Once known as an alternative way to prevent the common cold, now echinacea is quickly becoming known for multiple uses and benefits.

Outpacing the other herbs by a long shot, echinacea (Echinacea spp.) sales rose 95 percent (!!) in 2013, and it’s now a $28 million industry! (2) Why the surging popularity in this magnificently attractive flower? Because echinacea benefits our health and well-being like few plants on the planet.

What is Echinacea and What Are the Key Echinacea Benefits?

Echinacea flower isolated on a White backgroundEchinacea flower isolated on a White backgroundEchinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Technically classified as an herb, several species of the Echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its flowers, leaves and roots. 

Prior to 1950 and the introduction of antibiotics, Echinacea held an esteemed medicinal status. As the health care industry shifted, antibiotics became the rage, and the now famed herb lost much of its esteem. 


May 26

The Consciousness of Plants

By Paul Lenda | Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The-Consciousness-Of-Plants1Plant consciousness is evidenced by the process of bio-communication in plant cells, which means that plants are sentient life forms that feel, know, and are conscious. The scientific field of neurobiology has been effective in demonstrating plant consciousness.

Consciousness exists in everything, but manifests itself in different ways. With the reality that all matter is energy vibrating at different frequencies, it is reasonable to say that all matter has consciousness in its unique way, since all matter comes from the same source and is comprised at its basics level of the same building blocks. This can be seen in DNA consciousness as well. This universal principle is true for any state of energy – be it a solid, liquid, gas or plasma – and manifest as plant, animal, human, crystalline, and higher-dimensional life forms.

Plants communicate just through feeling. They are purely feeling beings, they do not even know what “thinking” is (except to the extent that they can get a taste of what “thinking” means when they connect with a human). You have to get in touch with your own feelings in the moment in order to communicate with a plant.

You have to be there in the moment and be aware of what you are feeling right then when you are in contact with the plant. Not the feelings about what is going on yesterday and tomorrow, but the feelings of Now, in the present moment. It is one of the things that plants can teach you. Not just entheogens, but any plant who shares your life with you. Each species has a distinct personality that you can get to know just by being open to “feeling” it.



May 26

Government Scientists Gather To Protest Something Everybody Thought Was A “Conspiracy”

The use of pesticides is another issue (out of many within the realms of science) which is not presented truthfully, and this problem has been making major headlines recently, specifically when it comes to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide…..


standScientists working for the Canadian government are starting to raise their voices, accusing the federal government of “muzzling” them and their findings on various issues, particularly when it comes to climate change. Apparently, the union representing this group of researchers will be taking “the unusual step of demanding Ottawa enshrine scientific independence in their collective agreement.”  (source)

The union represents 15,000 government scientists and is proposing multiple revisions within the collective agreement, one of which states that scientists should have the right to talk about their work at conferences and to the media and their families – as long as they make it clear that they are “speaking in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the Government of Canada.” (source)

Michael Rennie, a scientist with the Experimental Lakes Area – an organization that was run by by the federal government and  is now a non-profit group – said that when the organization was a government-run facility, requests from the media vanished “99.999 percent of the time.” He went on to tell the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that the “communications policy was part of a toxic work environment and that it was disheartening for researchers not to be able to share their work.”(source)



May 25

Watch A Record-Setting Hoverboard Flight

Funny, Marty McFly was supposed to do that in October

By Kelsey D. Atherton

 Man On Hoverboard Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Man On Hoverboard Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Although the movie was set in 2015, Back to the Future Part II-style hoverboards remain the province of fiction or elaborate marketing stunts. But that didn’t stop Catalin Alexandru Duru from building a device inspired by the film, and then, with a crew from the Guinness Book of World Records there to confirm it, flying it for almost 1000 feet over a lake in Quebec.

Like the X-Games cousin of a Segway, Duru’s board is controlled by balance. Propellers spinning underneath the board give it lift. Duru writes in the video’s description that “The prototype can be used anywhere, but is usually tested over water because of how dangerously high it can fly (which is ironic considering that the movie joked that it can’t).”

Like other hovercraft, this hoverboard presumably has counter-rotating blades keeping it and its rider aloft, as if he strapped a quadcopter to each foot. To qualify for therecord, Duru just had to fly a distance of 160 feet, but he soared past that, traveling 905 feet and 2 inches before sinking triumphantly into the lake.

Watch his flight below:


May 25

Astral Projection – The Self has no Boundaries

by Bhavika

astral-planeHeard of that term before? After a conversation with a friend on tarot cards, interpretation of dreams and one’s subconscious mind, I was quite curious on finding out what it was all about and the research was a bit startling. If you interested in finding more about it, please continue reading.

You’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night with a jolt or an involuntary jerk, well, this is the astral body returning to the physical body. Astral Projection is basically an out of the body experience, OBE as its called. When a person sleeps in the night, your astral body (soul or consciousness) separates from your physical body.

As unusual it may sound, it actually happens to every one of us when we fall asleep. Its like when the physical mind is asleep, the subconscious takes over. That means, everybody does it, but they just don’t remember it. That’s because the ego hasn’t put in the effort to recall it. Same is the case with dreams, if they are viewed as unimportant by you, then you won’t remember them. Usually your dreams are in the beginning of the sleep cycle, and those dreams are nothing more than an accumulation of the events and thoughts during the day. If you wake up in the morning and remember your dream real well, it is usually an astral body experience.

Everyone is actually born with this ability to leave the body and go some place else, some place where they always wanted to go. So your physical body just rests, no harm is done to that. Its not like near-death experience



May 25

SAFIRE—The Documentary (trailer)


The premiere of SAFIRE — The Documentary will take place on Saturday evening, June 27, at the EU2015 Conference: Paths of Discovery, Phoenix Arizona. The SAFIRE Project is an experimental investigation of electric discharge behavior of an anode (positively charged electrode) in a vacuum chamber, with special attention to correlations between such discharge behavior and “anomalous” features of the Sun.

Members of the SAFIRE Project team will be presenting at the conference, including Montgomery Childs, Wal Thornhill, Dr. Donald Scott, Dr. Michael Clarage, Dr. Paul Anderson, Dr. Lowell Morgan and Jan Onderco. See the conference schedule for details:…


May 25

The Darkness That Nourishes ~ Michael Tsarion

How do we take the darkness that is slathered all over everything and turn it into fuel that nourishes, instead of being drained and left withered?

May 25

Time as a Lens: Speculations on self-referencing non-local awareness

by R.Ayana

imagesConsciousness is non-local. We can view objects and occurrences remotely, using cameras and other equipment. We can also use consciousness itself to remotely view points from other perspectives (to learn about remote viewing see the Farsight Institute’s material, for instance).

Heisenberg ‘proved’ that an act of conscious observation alters that which is observed. We change reality by experiencing it. We also alter the consciousness of beings which we observe.

…We Are the Stuff of Which Dreams Are Made…

imageMany native peoples have been ascribed the belief that to record their image “steals their soul”.

It is a commonplace of sympathetic magic belief systems that to view someone’s photograph or image provides a current conscious link to them.

At the moment an image which ‘will’ be viewed or heard in the ‘future’ is recorded, the consciousness of that future audience impinges upon that moment, directly interfacing/interlacing with the minds of those present.

The more future viewers of a work, the more conscious perspectives intersect at the moment of its inception. If a recording or creative work is to be successful in its transmission – i.e. experienced by a wide audience during or subsequent to its creation – then ‘the muse’ will be with the artist and the work will appear to produce itself, or by an act of inspiration characterised by lucid ease of creation.



May 25

“James Brown: Soul Survivor” [Documentary]

by The Arcane Front

James-Brown“You might say I’ve got a mark on my back where I never knew there was one. They fix it where I couldn’t see it myself. I was marked in many different ways. With names, for example. And each one has a different story behind it. As a kid growing up in a whorehouse, I was called Little Junior. As a teenager in prison, they called me Music Box. On the road in the ’50s I was Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. My full legal name is James Joe Brown, Jr. Ben Bart, my manager for many years and a man who was like a father to me, always called me Jimmy. Today I prefer to be called Mr. Brown.” ‒James Brown


May 25

7 Books That Will Change the Way You See the World

imageby Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer | Waking Times

“You want weapons? Go to a library. Books are the best weapons in the world.” –Doctor Who

Books have a way of capturing us that movies and documentaries simply cannot compare to. The worst thing you can do is limit yourself to reading only a few books. The best thing you can do is find out what you’re interested in and get out there and read up on the subject. You’ll find that your interests will grow along with your knowledge, to the point that you’ll discover the deliciously heavy weight of knowing that you know nothing. If you’re looking for books that will challenge you mind body and soul, and cause you to see the world in new ways, look no further than the following seven books (just kidding, look further).

1.) Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

“With this book I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far. This book, with a voice bridging centuries, is not only the highest book there is, the book that is truly characterized by the air of the heights—the whole fact of man lies beneath it at a tremendous distance—it is also the deepest, born out of the innermost wealth of truth, an inexhaustible well to which no pail descends without coming up again filled with gold and goodness.”Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra has something terribly well-crafted about it, and indeed – sit venia verbo – it is Nietzsche’s magnum opus. The books single task and raison d’etre consists in turning the human soul inside out. And it succeeds, but only if the reader is open enough to receive it. It has everything from the death of God to the overcoming of man through the prophecy of the  Übermensch to the “eternal recurrence of the same.” It possesses a unique experimental style, sang in “dithyrambs” narrated by Zarathustra. It is neither prose nor poetry but it is both somehow, breaking all literary rules but coming out smelling like a rose someone laid on God’s own grave. Nietzsche’s elegant and far-reaching conclusion is that while autonomy and self-overcoming are not easily attained, their absence proves catastrophic to both the individual and culture, as the embittered conformists seek new victims on whom to psychologically pillage with their ideals and avenge their psychic wounds born out of the fear of being an insecure being in an unforgiving universe.

2.) The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

“Danger: real probability of the awakening of terror and dread, from which there will be no turning back.”Ernest Becker

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in 1974, The Denial of Death builds on the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Sigmund Freud, and Otto Rank. Throughout the book Becker’s voice is a chokehold of higher reason. He grabs us by the throat and brings us back down to earth, where he reveals how we are nothing more than insecure, fallible creatures “who need continued affirmation of our powers.” But it is through this continued affirmation where we discover our “symbolic self,” which we use to transcend the limits of our insignificance. This leads to our embarking on an “immortality project,” in which we become part of something we feel will last forever, beyond death. It is at this point that we transcend the dilemma of mortality through heroism. Becker speaks like his own tongue was a hero of a thousand faces itself, lashing like existential whips at the heart of the human condition. He forces our head over the edge of the abyss, challenging us to be heroically creative and responsible with bringing meaning, purpose, and significance to the grand scheme of our lives.



May 25

8 Reasons To Keep An Open Mind And Think For Yourself


image“When all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann, 2 times Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist

Free-thinkers will all struggle at times to comprehend why mainstream viewpoints can remain unquestioned by those around them. Why people will aggressively push the dominant viewpoint even when it’s outdated, unhelpful, or even blatantly contradicted by evidence. Why these viewpoints leave no room for others to hold differing ones, and complete conformity is often the end goal, even though free-thinkers advocate individual freedom and choice.

How can free-thinkers comprehend the static viewpoints many hold about the important issues that affect our lives? Issues that free-thinkers see as demanding continuous, rigorous debate and evaluation, and an openness to adaptation and change. Issues regarding lifestyles, food, the environment, animal welfare, nutrition, health, war, peace, human diversity, all manner of social systems, parenting, governments, politics, education, science, religion and spirituality.


I have found one of the most powerful influences in life is social system regulation and stability. When one person disagrees with us we can shrug it off, but when several people disagree with us the effect is very powerful, our ability to reality-test is being compromised. For asking as little as an open question or sharing an alternative viewpoint, others may automatically experience our actions as offensive, and we can be ostracised to the out-group of our society.



May 25

Accessing Higher Levels of Consciousness ~ David Icke


May 24

Intro to Flat Earth History, Research and Conspiracy. Part I


May 24

The Reality salesman makes a house call

MatrixBluePillRedPillby Jon Rappoport

…For a moment, a person sees beyond the picture of his own reality. He sees huge open space. He knows he can act on the basis of an inner leverage. He knows he has great power.

And then…


Step up, folks. This is a deal you can’t afford to miss. You know that thing you cling to like a drowning man in a turbulent sea?

It’s called reality, and I represent the company that manufactures it. I’m proud to say I’ve held this job for over a hundred thousand years. So as far as product knowledge is concerned, you just aren’t going to find anybody like me.

I’m here to tell you that reality is never anything more than rocks and bricks and concrete and steel. Reality is never anything more than a house and all the things in it, and the mementos you hold on to, to remind you of the past.

And in conjunction with that, I’m really selling…guess what?

A little thing called perception.

I’m selling How You See Things.



May 24

Dirt! The Movie (FULL)

imagesExcursion into the realms of soil, the number 1 lifegiver on Earth…It’s fundamentally important ecological functions, our poor understanding of it as well as our destructive relationship with it. They are so essential to life and thus to us, that our survival is directly dependent on their understanding and protection!


May 24

Discovering Truth: Acquiring Knowledge Vs Returning to The Inescapable

CroppedImage608342-imagining-the-truthWe throw models, and concepts, and frameworks, and paradigms, and explanations at the universe, all in an attempt to bring to its knees the truths underlying reality. The problem with this is the separation it causes; we uses concepts to represent truths, which in turn convince us that we are separate from these truths. This is not the case. All truths that we identify, in psychology, physics, chemistry, biology, are still the strings that pull us towards every action, thought, and event. As a matter of fact, even the acknowledgement of these truths is the result of these truths in action. We must not fall for the dichotomy of separation from us from the truth we discover.

There is something that cannot be explained. It is a certain something that if named, would do it no justice. In fact, in order to know it, it may be necessary to be forced to search for it. It is that which gives green its greenness, love its love-ness, but also that which undermines the power of any thought. It begins to be discovered when we decide to think “let go” and also to feel “let go”. We may then think: ” Well this too is a thought” but it is the thought to end all thoughts, and in that silence, the principle I speak of is noticed, because it is all that is left over when thought is abandoned, and so one has no choice but to notice.

I do not believe that our society is short on truth-seekers, I believe society is short on truth seekers of a certain kind. See, there are some people born with this innate vision that sees existence as the shocking thing it is, and this encourages one to “figure it all out.” By the time those in our society are culturally conditioned, figuring it all out comes to mean acquiring facts in order to build a paradigm within which this reality makes sense. But for a moment, consider an alternative way of “figuring it all out”:



May 24

Dreams and Other Altered States of Consciousness – An Upgrade to Higher Awareness

by Laura Fox

Spirit-Bear-by-Simon-HaidukAn underlined assumption in our society is that everyday waking consciousness is the truest expression of how things are out there in “objective” reality.

We assume it to be more valid than say dream states or other forms of Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) such as visions, trance, hypnosis, meditative states or hallucinations brought on by substances such as ayahuasca.

But what if this assumption is wrong? What if the realms we visit in an ASC such as dreams, are in fact just as valid, real and important (or perhaps more so) than everyday waking consciousness?

Evidence from perception science as well as quantum physics suggest this may in fact be the case. Furthermore, a deeper look into the ASC phenomenon itself reveals it may be more valuable than many of us appreciate today with dramatic implications for humanity on an individual and collective level.

The Science Behind Our Experience

The brain does a lot of work behind the scenes to create a coherent, stable and predictable experience. The following are two examples from perception that demonstrate this: Colour vision and the blind spot test.



May 24

Cannabis Gets the Front Page of National Geographic

by Faye Sakellaridis

315861-resin-dusted-blueberry-cheesecake-bud-615Cannabis is gracing the cover of the latest issue of Natural Geographic. Inside is a comprehensive look by Hampton Sides on how researchers worldwide are deepening their understanding of what one organic chemist calls a “medicinal treasure trove.”

via National Geographic:

Even into the middle of the 20th century, science still didn’t understand the first thing about marijuana. What was inside it and how it worked remained a mystery. Because of its illegality and tainted image, few serious scientists wanted to besmirch their reputations by studying it.

Then one day in 1963 a young organic chemist in Israel named Raphael Mechoulam, working at the Weizmann Institute of Science outside Tel Aviv, decided to peer into the plant’s chemical composition. It struck him as odd that even though morphine had been teased from opium in 1805 and cocaine from coca leaves in 1855, scientists had no idea what the principal psychoactive ingredient was in marijuana. “It was just a plant,” says Mechoulam, now 84. “It was a mess, a mélange of unidentified compounds.”

So Mechoulam called the Israeli national police and scored five kilos of confiscated Lebanese hashish. He and his research group isolated—and in some cases also synthesized—an array of substances, which he injected separately into rhesus monkeys. Only one had any observable effect. “Normally the rhesus monkey is quite an aggressive individual,” he says. But when injected with this compound, the monkeys became emphatically calm. “Sedated, I would say,” he recalls with a chuckle.



May 24

Short Animation Keeps It Simple And Clear: This Is How You Can Change The World


imageThe clip below is from Dirt The Movie, and it features Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist who tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly insurmountable odds.

With so much new information coming to light, we’ve all asked ourselves the same question: “What can we do to effect change?” Whether it’s the prevention of war or deforestation to the spraying of pesticides on our foods, there seem to be hundreds, if not thousands, of areas where people would like to see change occur. This can be frustrating sometimes, because the solutions to these problems are already at hand. The problem lies within humanity itself and the way we treat each other. We create invisible barriers between us that make it impossible to work together and fix things, and at the same time there are those with tremendous power pulling strings behind the scenes, making it more difficult to even try to implement these solutions. Regardless of what issue we’re talking about, the list of available solutions is quite long, and we’ve provided countless examples of this on our website.

So many people are starting to see all of this information and ponder the question, “What can I do about it?” The answer is simple, be like this hummingbird.

Are The Odds Of Changing The World Really Unlikely? No!

Are the chances of changing the world really as slight as they seem? To be honest, no, and we are only starting to witness just how much of an impact we can have as one human race if we come together in a peaceful manner to bring attention to what is clearly important. The problem is not our inability to create and implement new ideas; our potential as a human race is huge. The problem is our consciousness and that “thing” within our thinking minds that prevents us all from coming together to create change.



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