Index of entries from October 2004
October 31, 2004
Endorsements: Ballot Initiatives
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 PM, 8 Comments
These are my endorsements for ballot initiatives (statewide, King County and Seattle) on Tuesday's ballot. These endorsements reflect only my personal opinions and not necessarily those of other Sound Politics contributors. Statewide I-872: "Replace the party primary with a Lousiana-style... [read more]

Endorsements: Judicial Races
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:50 PM, 1 Comments
These are my endorsements for state Supreme Court and King County Superior Court on Tuesday's ballot. These endorsements reflect only my personal opinions and not necessarily those of other Sound Politics contributors. State Supreme Court, Position #1: Jim Johnson. Johnson... [read more]

Endorsements: Statewide Offices
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:51 PM, 4 Comments
These are my endorsements for statewide offices on Tuesday's ballot. These endorsements reflect only my personal opinions and not necessarily those of other Sound Politics contributors. Governor: Dino Rossi is running to be the governor for all the people of... [read more]

October 30, 2004
Endorsements: Federal Races
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:27 PM, 1 Comments
These are my endorsements for federal offices on Tuesday's ballot. These endorsements reflect only my personal opinions and not necessarily those of other Sound Politics contributors. President: George W. Bush U.S. Senate: George Nethercutt Of the state's nine Congressional districts,... [read more]

Stay local
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:55 PM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial page, which claims it doesn't have the wherewithal to endorse candidates in any of the Seattle state legislature races, somehow imagines it has unique capabilities to opine on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Yesterday's editorial grandly sneers at... [read more]

October 29, 2004
Good Americans
by Marsha Michaelis, 03:54 PM, 1 Comments
I had my last speaking engagement before the election last night in Orting (at the Republican PCO meeting), and couldn't have ended on a better note. I took several dark country roads to get to Orting and got lost, of... [read more]

Sometimes you just gotta complain
by Marsha Michaelis, 03:28 PM, 3 Comments
The Initiative 884 campaign is running television ads featuring children chanting about the "education trust fund!" I-884 is not a trust fund (legislators have the constitutional authority to amend any part of the initiative), but sponsors know voters are more... [read more]

Baghdad Jerk
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:32 PM, 1 Comments
Seattle Congressman "Baghdad Jim" McDermott is not only a hallucinating street corner lunatic, a tyrant's useful idiot and a Jihadist fellow traveler, he is also a garden variety jerk. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered Congressman Jim McDermott... [read more]

Let's work hard this weekend
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 0 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer published some more poll results. Initiative 83, the Seattle Monorail Recall initiative, is trailing 52% opposed, 33% in favor and 15% undecided. I-884, the sales tax increase for a billion dollar a year Education Slush Fund is... [read more]

October 28, 2004
Governor's race update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:20 PM, 1 Comments
I've been saying that Dino Rossi is running to be the people's governor, while Chris Gregoire is running to be the government's governor. It's also fair to say that Dino Rossi is running to be the governor for Washington state,... [read more]

Q & A with Baghdad Jim
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 PM, 0 Comments
I attended a public appearance/Q&A session with Seattle Congressman Baghdad Jim McDermott yesterday evening. My write-up is here. McDermott seems to have a rich inner fantasy life which he enjoys sharing in public. Do any local journalists bother to follow... [read more]

Monomanic Depression
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:37 PM, 1 Comments
A despondent looking Cleve Stockmeyer, elected member of the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors. This is not the face of a man who tastes victory in next Tuesday's recall vote.... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 0 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial comments on the missing Iraqi explosives Unfortunately for the Bush camp, the story of the missing explosives of Al Qaqaa won't disappear as easily as the explosives did. Administration cover stories for the loss of nearly... [read more]

October 27, 2004
Christine Gregoire: The Government's Governor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 2 Comments
More confirmation that Christine Gregoire is running to be the government's governor, not the people's governor. Attorney General Gregoire is siding with Sound Transit against voters and taxpayers: In court papers filed last week, the state agreed with Sound Transit... [read more]

October 26, 2004
Silver Lining?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 PM, 7 Comments
The King County Council approved the draconian "Critical Areas Ordinance" that sharply limits what rural property owners can do with their land. It's an unfunded land grab conceived by urban environmentalists and put into law by the (Bolshevist) Democrats who... [read more]

Dino Rossi, Governor for all the people
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 PM, 2 Comments
The Seattle Medium, a newspaper which serves the African American community, has issued its endorsements for a variety of state and federal offices. Out of 19 partisan races, the Medium endorsed 17 Democrats and 2 Republicans -- Doug Sutherland and... [read more]

Secretary of State race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:04 PM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Times reports on the race for Secretary of State between incumbent Republican Sam Reed and Democratic challenger Laura Ruderman: Ruderman says Reed, as the state's elections chief, should not have backed a ballot measure to change the way... [read more]

I-884 Hype and Sleaze (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:56 PM, 0 Comments
From the Seattle Channel's moderated debate about I-884 (Program of 10/22/2004) [3:28] Moderator C.R. Douglas: Every year, we as Washingtonians have spent more on education than the previous year. And the feeling is, we're still not getting the job done.... [read more]

What are the Monomaniacs afraid of?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:06 PM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Monorail Project still refuses to release the details of the sole bid to build the Monorail. As the article notes, it's obvious that if the bid were favorable to the Monorail project, which is up for a revote... [read more]

The Government's Governor or the People's Governor?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:59 PM, 1 Comments
Sunday's Seattle Times had a number of pieces comparing gubernatorial candidates Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi, under the lead article "Governor's race: How would they lead?". A Q&A with both candidates is here. Rossi, we learn, is unafraid to state... [read more]

October 25, 2004
Dinner with George Nethercutt
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 0 Comments
Join Senate candidate Congressman George Nethercutt for dinner this evening Monday, Oct. 25 at 5pm at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club. After dinner and informal conversation, I will interview Congressman Nethercutt for later broadcast on local cable television. The interview... [read more]

October 24, 2004
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 PM, 0 Comments
The P-I's Tom Shapley seems to be infatuated with both Sound Transit and the Monorail. I hope Mr. Shapley puts his money where his mouth is. He apparently lives in Kitsap County so probably doesn't pay the hundreds dollars a... [read more]

Analog Brownshirts in Seattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:52 PM, 6 Comments
Republican State House of Representatives candidate Savun Neang (West Seattle) reports that someone is covering his yardsigns with Kerry signs: Neang describes himself as a survivor of the Communist Khmer Rouge regime “Killing Fields” [Democratic Kampuchea] where the Government controlled... [read more]

October 22, 2004
Axis of Evil
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:09 PM, 0 Comments
The Washington Education Association is the single largest contributor to the campaign against charters schools, with more than $560,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. The national NEA is close behind, pouring $500,000 skimmed from the salaries of the nation's teachers... [read more]

Christine Gregoire's Character Problem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:39 PM, 1 Comments
Whether Christine Gregoire wins the governor's race will be decided on November 2, but in any event, she isn't likely to win any awards for integrity or human decency. Her latest low-ball campaign stunts are to trash a whistleblowing former... [read more]

October 21, 2004
Nethercutt v Murray Debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:35 PM, 8 Comments
The second and final Nethercutt - Murray debate took place last night. Video of the debate is here. Murray had this bizarre vacant stare on her face most of the time. As this woman in a focus group said Sen.... [read more]

October 20, 2004
Leggie Candidate Gets Sex Change
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:03 PM, 1 Comments
...Or else the Seattle Weakly has made a howler of an error in its endorsements this week. This is in the Oct. 20-26 print edition (p. 15) and until it's corrected, the online version as well. When I scrolled down... [read more]

It's time to end this bad trip
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:32 AM, 0 Comments
Bruce Ramsey of the Seattle Times lays out some compelling reasons to vote YES to recall the Monorail "The bad hallucination that was the monorail" The original hallucination was that the monorail would be built by private investors. That was... [read more]

October 19, 2004
Griswold v Chopp Debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 PM, 0 Comments
Mark Griswold and Frank Chopp will face each other in a debate, Monday, October 25 at 6:30pm, Seattle Central Community College.... [read more]

Nethercutt v Murray Debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:46 PM, 0 Comments
The Nethercutt campaign e-mails: Before the King 5 debate in Seattle come rally for George! Help cheer and wave signs wearing your Nethercutt blue until George enters the studio. We’ll then go to Piecora’s Pizza located at 1401 East Madison... [read more]

The Economics of Government Healthcare
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 PM, 1 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial tells a terrifying tale of the failure of central planning: Millions of Americans either will stand in line for hours to get a flu shot or forgo it and risk their health because of inadequate planning... [read more]

Kudos to the Shark
by Marsha Michaelis, 05:42 PM, 2 Comments
If you didn't make it to the Downtown Seattle Republican Club dinner last night (with featured guest Michael Medved) you missed out. The room was full, the Sharkansky/Medved interview was witty and substantive, the conversation was delightful, and several local... [read more]

Go Dino!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 PM, 2 Comments
Dino Rossi has now been endorsed by five leading Washington newspapers: The (Vancouver) Columbian (10/11/04) The Seattle Times (10/17/04) The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review (10/17/04) The (Tacoma) News Tribune (10/18/04) The (Everett) Herald (10/19/04) [Gregoire, on the other hand, has been endorsed... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 1 Comments
Speaking of "bogus claims" and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, today's P-I editorial: "Build the Seattle monorail; vote no on I-83" It's stunning to see Seattle's timid response to an outrageous attempt by a disgruntled land baron to underwrite the end-run around... [read more]

The Times flip-flops
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 0 Comments
As noted earlier, The Seattle Times endorsed Sen. Patty "Osama builds day care facilities" Murray for re-election. On what grounds? Murray unabashedly brings home the bacon on transportation projects, $700 million in recent years for projects from Walla Walla to... [read more]

My apology to the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:55 AM, 0 Comments
Sound Politics co-conspirator Ron Hebron e-mailed the P-I's Thomas Shapley to commend him on his recent column about Christine Gregoire's bogus claim that there are tens of billions of dollars in state tax exemptions just waiting to be mined for... [read more]

October 18, 2004
Seattle Channel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:51 PM, 1 Comments
The Seattle Channel has removed tomorrow's Michael Moore speech from its schedule. The Moore lecture had previously been scheduled to air this Thursday. It does not appear to have been rescheduled. I had asked the Channel to either give equal... [read more]

Silence isn't always golden
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 AM, 0 Comments
Mark Griswold tells me that the editorial boards of both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer have decided not to endorse any candidate in the race for the 43rd Legislative Distrct House of Representatives Position 2. Not only are... [read more]

October 17, 2004
Low cost of Ref. 55
by Ron Hebron, 06:35 PM, 1 Comments
A University of Washington study on implementing Washington's charter school law calculated the cost at about $14 million over 5 years, which is $1 per student - a fraction of the $100 million the anti-charter crowd are using. The Center... [read more]

On the campaign trail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:03 PM, 0 Comments
Timothy Goddard has pictures of Dino Rossi on the campaign trail. Who knew there were so many Republicans ... in Snohomish County! motivated to go out and doorbell at 9am on a Saturday! in the rain!... [read more]

Surprises and unsurprises
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 0 Comments
Here's the pleasant surprise of the day: The Seattle Times has endorsed Dino Rossi for Governor! Coming from the private sector, Rossi is more likely to work harder at straightening out 20 years of administrative rules that now encumber our... [read more]

October 15, 2004
Smokin'
by Marsha Michaelis, 02:53 PM, 2 Comments
I see Stefan Sharkansky has already introduced the Seattle Times run-off on I-884 today, and in fine and flattering fashion ("Smoked!"). Thanks, Stefan! Since I didn't get to preview Mr. Gates' op-ed before publication, I went ahead and wrote some... [read more]

Bottomless Pit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 0 Comments
There are some huge differences between State Superintendent of Public Schools candidates, Terry Bergeson and Judith Billings. Bergeson supports accountability, standards and charter schools. Billings is a member of the Axis of Evil who opposes standardized tests and school choice.... [read more]

No Moore
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 1 Comments
I tend to favor Republican candidates in most cases, but every once in a while I will endorse a Democrat. In this case I am endorsing incumbent Representative Mark Miloscia in the 30th district (south King County). His Republican opponent,... [read more]

Smoked!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:21 AM, 1 Comments
Today's Seattle Times published side-by-side op-eds on the subject of I-884. The pro from Bill Gates the elder, the con, from Sound Politics contributor Marsha Richards of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. Bill Gates wrote, and I paraphrase, "Everybody values education,... [read more]

The Seattle Channel responds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 2 Comments
Beth Hester of the Seattle Channel sent me a thoughtful and proactive response, which I include in the extended entry. I commend the Seattle Channel for pledging to make more of an effort to include the conservative voices that have... [read more]

October 14, 2004
Viewer Mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 0 Comments
Brad Jacobsmeyer sent us this e-mail, which he also submitted as a letter to the editor to the Seattle Times. Brad predicts "as they’ve never printed [my letters] before, I doubt they’ll start now": I read with interest your endorsement... [read more]

Request for Equal Time on Seattle Channel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 PM, 0 Comments
Seattle's city government cable television channel, the Seattle Channel, has scheduled the broadcast of my interview of Michael Medved for next Thursday, Oct. 21. My 30 minute interview of Michael Medved will follow a 90 minute speech by Michael Moore.... [read more]

October 13, 2004
Extremes in Questions
by Ron Hebron, 11:01 PM, 2 Comments
Watching the Rossi-Gregoire debate tonight, I want to comment about the questioners. Robert Mak [corrected] from King TV, David Postman of Seattle Times, a woman from a Spokane TV station and a guy who reports for public radio in Western... [read more]

I-884 Hype and Sleaze (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 PM, 0 Comments
Some of the wost hype and sleaze about I-884 comes from the media people who are supposed to be explaining the measure to the public. In today's Seattle Times, Danny Westneat writes: Parents in my neighborhood lamented recently that the... [read more]

I-884 Hype and Sleaze (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 PM, 1 Comments
The I-884 campaign is resorting to child abuse in its new TV advertisement -- forcing the poor kids to march like goosestepping fascists, and indoctrinating them into believing that the solution to every problem is for the government to raise... [read more]

Follow the Money
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:57 PM, 2 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that Big money continues to roll into the charter-school measure that is on the Nov. 2 ballot, with a total of $4.8 million raised so far by both sides. As of this morning's PDC report, it's... [read more]

Seattle Channel Ethics Complaint
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 1 Comments
This letter, documenting numerous violations by the Seattle Channel of city (and state) laws against using public facilities to assist political campaigns, has been sent today to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. The local media has been all over... [read more]

October 12, 2004
Seattle's Lovely Liberals
by Ambra Nykol, 10:41 AM, 11 Comments
Via my weblog, a Seattle (Fremont) reader emailed me this photo of his most recent encounter with our state's most uncouth Liberals [ click image to enlarge ]:Ambra, I thought you like to see what a nasty Kerry fan did... [read more]

October 11, 2004
I Don't Like Ike
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:31 PM, 0 Comments
The Kitsap Sun reports that the non-profit agency operated by State Representative William "Ike" Eickmeyer is under investigation for "irregularities": The Washington State Gambling Commission is investigating Sound Institute of Family and Children's Services, a nonprofit organization whose executive director,... [read more]

I-884: Hype and Sleaze (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 2 Comments
As I've followed the campaign for I-884, the initiative to raise the state sales tax by a billion dollars a year, I've been astonished at the quantity of hype and sleaze oozing out of the advocates for what is being... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:14 PM, 4 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly writes today that "National GOP has pulled the plug on ads for Rossi" The Republican Governors' Association has planned a negative blitz against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Gregoire in a bid to end the 20-year... [read more]

Want more taxes? Don't do anything.
by Marsha Michaelis, 02:59 PM, 1 Comments
I've spoken at nearly two dozen forums and editorial boards in the past few weeks regarding Initiative 884, the billion-dollar education tax increase proposal. I've done point/counterpoint with no fewer than sixteen different people from the pro campaign. And I've... [read more]

The One-Note Democrats
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 1 Comments
The Washington Democrats are scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with scare tactics against the Republican challengers, reports the Seattle Times -- "Democrats put heat on GOP with two hot-button issues" Attacking Republicans on abortion has become... [read more]

October 10, 2004
Why Democrats should care about charter schools
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 0 Comments
The other day I met Rep. Jim McIntire (D-46) at a neighborhood forum in Seattle. I was there to speak against I-884. Several other ballot measure were also discussed, including R-55 to approve charter schools. Rep. McIntire voted for the... [read more]

October 09, 2004
One-on-one with a City Councilmember
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:33 PM, 1 Comments
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden at today's Seattle Neighborhood Coalition breakfast. I introduced Andy MacDonald by saying that we were two of the few people in town who had the fortitude to... [read more]

Debating against articles of clothing
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:01 PM, 5 Comments
Patty Murray has been avoiding debates with her challenger George Nethercutt, so Nethercutt debated a pair of tennis shoes instead: The conversation with the white, size 7 sneakers is the closest the Republican has been able to get to a... [read more]

October 08, 2004
The Monorail is Dead
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 PM, 0 Comments
This should be yet another decisive tipping point against the Monorail: An independent financial analysis of a proposed monorail system will take at least eight weeks to complete, meaning it won't be finished before the Nov. 2 election in which... [read more]

Howling media bias on the governor's race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:10 AM, 3 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran an anti-Rossi hit piece on its "news" page: It's a familiar Republican drumbeat: Less red tape equals more jobs. Dino Rossi has made regulatory reform the centerpiece of his campaign for governor, a platform aimed at... [read more]

Frank Chopp: The $400 Man
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:19 AM, 0 Comments
As of this writing, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-43) has raised $91,565.80 for his re-election campaign. But look closely to see where the money comes from. The lion's share is from corporations, PACs and unions. Most of the... [read more]

October 07, 2004
Biased Reporting in the Governor's Race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:42 PM, 1 Comments
The Tacoma News Tribune today blasts a businessman who appears in a Dino Rossi radio ad as "Man helped by state bites its hand in new Rossi ad". It might be true that small businesses are hampered by overregulation, as... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 1 Comments
As I wrote the other day, the Kill the Monorail campaign is likely to be getting support from the Sound Transit lobby. There are more signs of this now. The newly revamped Monorail Recall campaign site gives a prominent nod... [read more]

"Liberal Scum"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:19 AM, 3 Comments
The Seattle Times Nicole Brodeur writes today about her chat with Teresa Heinz Kerry, and concludes, admiringly, that Heinz Kerry is "liberal scum". In addition, Heinz Kerry's answer to one of Brodeur's questions suggests to us that the ketchup heiresss... [read more]

October 06, 2004
I-872: Dumb Idea
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:26 PM, 3 Comments
Today's Seattle Times endorses I-872, the ballot initiative for a "Top Two" Primary: "Take back primary through I-872". This initiative would allow only the top two vote-getters in the primary election to advance to the general election, regardless of party.... [read more]

Patty Murray, call your office
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:59 PM, 6 Comments
Another girls' school opened in Afghanistan. I doubt Osama bin Laden had much to do with it. Maybe the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will even call me a Nazi for pointing this out!... [read more]

I-884 won't accomplish what it promises
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 1 Comments
Bruce Ramsey's op-ed in today's Seattle Times: "Initiative 884 is the wrong way to fund education in this state" Like any large institution, public education has entrenched interests, among them administrators and unions. Some of the reforms that might make... [read more]

October 05, 2004
Trusted, Independent and Objective!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 AM, 2 Comments
This ad appears in today's Seattle Times. Yes, the Seattle Times is independent of some people, but not independent of others and the lines of dependency are not always transparent. Trusted? Objective? Raise your hands if you trust the Seattle... [read more]

The Seattle Channel: A Taxpayer-funded Democrat campaign resource
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 AM, 4 Comments
The Seattle Channel is a Seattle city department that describes itself as created to inform citizens about their government and to offer them a timely opportunity to be involved in government decisionsTo that end it operates a web site and... [read more]

October 04, 2004
WSJ: "Education Battle Brews In Washington State"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 3 Comments
Today's Wall Street Journal reports that "Education Battle Brews In Washington State" Teachers Union Opposing Charter Schools Makes Progress Against Well-Heeled Opponents By JUNE KRONHOLZ Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 4, 2004; Page A4 In one corner... [read more]

October 03, 2004
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 4 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Thomas Shapley acknowledges in today's column that the Nethercutt for Senate campaign ad was correct to ridicule Patty Murray's "Osama builds day care facilities" statement: The attributions of day care-building benevolence to bin Laden were apparently off... [read more]

October 01, 2004
Save the date
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:20 PM, 0 Comments
I'll be interviewing radio host and media critic Michael Medved on the topic "Media Bias: What's the Motivation?" The event is on Monday, Oct. 18 at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club, located at the College Club in Seattle. Dinner and... [read more]

Blindly Partisan at the Seattle Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 2 Comments
The Seattle Times endorsed John Kerry even before the Republican convention, so it should be no surprise how this morning's paper editorialized about the debate: "Round One: an edge for Kerry, a win for voters ": The confident performance was... [read more]

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