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officialnatasharomanoff:

slecnaztemnot:

nmscares:

#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares

This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.
She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.
"No… They don’t, actually."
"And how do you communicate, then?"
"Talking?"
"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"
"It is, sometimes."
"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.
But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”
It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.

i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.
i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.
little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.

officialnatasharomanoff:

slecnaztemnot:

nmscares:

#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares

This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.

She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.

"No… They don’t, actually."

"And how do you communicate, then?"

"Talking?"

"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"

"It is, sometimes."

"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.

But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”

It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.

i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.

i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.

little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.

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cormoranstrike asked: JKR actually is a Gryffindor but Hufflepuff is "in many ways" her favourite house :)

star-lords-pelvic-sorcery:

Well damn. After some googling…I stand corrected. Rowling is a Gryffindor who loves Hufflepuff. However. The quote to which I responded is still completely asinine and, like most fan discussion I’ve seen of Hogwarts houses and how they’re portrayed, entirely oversimplifies the issues at play.

There’s this section of fandom that wants to defend Slytherin House. I get it. Draco Malfoy is a big Dark Emo Woobie that we all wanted hugs and a redemption arc for. We want to know that there is good even in the darkest of places. Not getting that is deeply disatisfying. But it is NOT deeply unrealistic. And neither is the portrayal of Slytherin House, despite all the meta and headcanoning to the contrary.

First, let’s look at the core values of Slytherin House: Cunning, ambition, cleverness, shrewdness, pureblood status.

Yes, you do have to include that last one, because the racial hatred and pureblood superiority associated with Slytherin House during Harry’s time were not added to the mix later, kids. They were in it from the very start. Remember the Sorting Hat’s song in the fourth year?

"Said Slytherin, ‘We’ll teach just those whose ancestry is purest,’" and "For instance, Slytherin took only pure-blood wizards of great cunning, just like him."

Did you get that? Salazar Slytherin took only purebloods. Only. Regardless of talent, his first criteria was that they be a pure-blooded wizar or witch.

Slytherin would not have admitted Lily Evans, who was by all accounts a wonderful person and a brilliant witch, because she had muggle parents. He wouldn’t have admitted her halfblood son, either, who quite aside from the incidental things that made him famous, was not only gifted well beyond his years in Defense Against the Dark Arts and a survivor of multiple attacks by a powerful Dark wizard, but also capable of teaching that advanced defensive magic to other underaged wizards before he was sixteen years old.

(Hell, Slytherin wouldn’t have let Severus Snape or Tom Riddle come to Hogwarts either, for that matter.)

And Hermione Granger. HERMIONE GRANGER.
Hermione
"brewed a polyjuice potion in my second year"
"entrusted with a Time-Turner in my third year"
"devised an elaborate security system for a covert army of underage wizards in my fifth year"
"bosses baby giants around"
"capable of safely performing a complicated memory charm before attending my seventh year"
"memorized my textbooks before ever getting on the train"
"brightest witch of my fucking age thank you very goddamn much"
Granger.

Yeah, no. Salazar Slytherin didn’t want riff-raff like that at his school.

In fact, he was so opposed to admitting muggleborns and halfbloods that when he finally left the school, he left behind a creepy underground chamber to house his GIANT KILLER SNAKE CREATURE, whose sole purpose was to “purge” the school of those he deemed unworthy. Or, in less euphemistic terms, kill all the non-pureblood children.

So I’m sorry, but no…it’s not that J.K. Rowling villifies shrewdness and ambition, or even the ruthlessness that can sometimes come with them, due to these being qualities she doesn’t value. In fact, Hermione Granger is both ruthless and ambitious, and she’s one of the three characters we’re supposed to root for the most.

The aspect of Slytherin House that J.K. Rowling villifies, from the very beginning, is its association with racial hatred and, by extension, Dark magic. (The two are very closely tied in the series, possibly because both entail a lack of respect for life.)

And what she portrays very accurately in doing so is that hatred and intolerance are both hereditary and contagious. They are learned at home and either enforced or discouraged by our peers. And while the racial hatred within the Harry Potter series is a problem of the Wizarding World as a whole, and therefore likely present to some extent in students from all four houses, none of those houses encourage it the way Slytherin does, not in their peer interactions OR in their histories.

Slytherin House, in at least three generations that we’ve seen, and probably in all of them from Slytherin’s time to Harry’s, attracts the children of parents who espouse racial hatred and elevate pureblood status (and children who, for one reason or another, lack that status and want it for themselves). Those children join Slytherin House not because they’re ambitious or clever, but because they believe in the supremacy of magical blood, as taught to them by their parents. They are encouraged to venerate Slytherin, to value the things he valued, and to want to continue the family legacy by being in his house.

And because of the isolation created by the House system itself (boy I could write a separate tome of an essay on that shit), these children are unlikely to have any positive interactions with anyone from the other houses, who might be of a different background or upbringing—and learning a different set of primary values—than their own. At the same time, children within Slytherin who aren’t pureblood or who weren’t raised by pureblood-elevating parents probably aren’t going to be very vocal about that, if they mention it at all. Maybe they don’t outright antagonize members of other houses or add to the hatred themselves, but they don’t speak out against it either, because it’s a matter of survival for them to at least appear to conform.

Does that make all of Slytherin tiny racist villains-in-the-making? No. But what Rowling is depicting is, in some sense, a very bleak reality in a very fantastical setting. Wizards, for all their magic, are no better—or better off—than muggles. They still have wars. They still have prejudice and inequality. They still have people who do horrible things and people who stand by and let them. And yes, they still have people who fight for what’s right…and a lot of those people walk away scarred forever. Some don’t walk away at all.

So the point of the way Slytherin House is portrayed is not meant to demonize every individual child who’s in the house. It’s to illustrate how hate can be a legacy, passed on through the generations, and how once that legacy is forged it is almost impossible to wipe completely clean.

In fact, the only way the negative legacy of Slytherin would have a hope of changing would be if all “pureblood” parents stopped glorifying that status and associating it with both superiority and Slytherin…as well as for all other parents in the wizarding world to stop villifying Slytherin as the house of dark magic and blood status. And it would take a long, LONG time for that transition to be made.

Rowling shows this somewhat in her epilogue. You have Harry reassuring his son Albus that there’s nothing wrong with being in Slytherin, and Hermione admonishing Ron not to pit children against each other based on houses. But the very fact that either conversation has to happen is indicative of how much things have not changed.

Ron, who was once terrified at the possibility of not being put in Gryffindor with the rest of his family, is now passing on that legacy of house separation and rivalry to his own children. And Harry may say there’s nothing wrong with being in Slytherin, but James Jr. got that idea from somewhere and torments his younger brother with the possibility.

The children of this new generation will likely grow up with conflicting messages about houses, blood status, and the way the two are related. And perhaps their children will grow up with similarly conflicted messages. There’s really no telling how many generations it would take for Harry and Hermione’s view to become the more prominent one, if it ever does. And even then, there’s no way of knowing whether it would truly eclipse the original notions.

And that begs the question: if the entire Wizarding world moved past all its blood-based prejudice and racial hatred, would anyone even want to be associated with Salazar Slytherin anymore? Would anyone want to uphold the name or wear the colors of a man who espoused the exclusion and murder of halfblood and muggleborn children? Would it be possible to uphold the other values of Slytherin House, acknowledge the flaws of Salazar Slytherin himself, and still justify having a house in a prestigious place of learning named after him?

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eamo2747 asked: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

whitepeoplestealingculture:

By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

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(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

  BeethovenCweb

Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

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sexxxisbeautiful:

pizzagrrrl:

Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.

MORE FEMALE KINGS.

Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.

I will never not reblog King Peggy on my dash. Yes. Also i’ma need to find that book.

the-false-monicker:

somehowfurious:

kissing-monsters:

apiphile:

sexxxisbeautiful:

pizzagrrrl:

Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”

King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.

“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”

Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.

MORE FEMALE KINGS.

Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.

I will never not reblog King Peggy on my dash. Yes. Also i’ma need to find that book.

(Source: pizza-grrrl, via marchingjaybird)

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Crappie

I cover a lot of pop culture in this blog, since that is MST3K’s wheelhouse. But, I thought it might be fun to cover something a little different, like sport fishing. Because the crappie are really biting today, Earl.

Crappie (P. nigromaculatus & P. annularisare one of the most frequently-caught fish in Minnesota.  On MST3K they namedrop some other popular sport fish, like walleye (the state fish) and the bluegill. Without doing some kind of scientific chart, I would guess crappie (usually pronounced more like croppie than crappy) gets the most mentions. Crappie are said to be a mild, slightly sweet fish with a nice texture, suitable for deep frying, pan frying or broiling.  

MST3K’s streak of midwesterness is one of the things that makes the show unique. They started and stayed in Minnesota, which is unusual for such a long-running television show. At one point Best Brains was pressured by the Comedy Channel to move to a studio, but they liked their quirky little enclave in the Midwest and that is where they stayed. (Kevin Murphy has said that their fly-over state location is one of the reasons the show was not micromanaged to death. No one wanted to trudge out there to boss them around.) Every once in a while, their Minnesota comes out, whether they are joking around about tucking into some hot dish or weighing the chances of catching crappie up at the lake.

 

Aw man, hot dish is the best.

Here’s the thing: you can’t say “hot dish is the best” and also look down your nose at Duck Duck Gray Duck.

Plenty of places have hot dish. Only Minnesota has Duck Duck Gray Duck.

MST3K fans teach me so much about other states.

Duck Duck Grey Duck sounds better, anyway. =P

MINNESOTA FOREVER.

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Jai Rani Alisha: The Glorification of White Crime

theroguefeminist:

daughterofmulan:

Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.

White mobs.

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White pirates.

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White serial killers.

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White political corruption

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White drug dealers

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I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.

When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.

When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.

If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.

The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.

I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure

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What women in ’70s slasher films tell us about women in games today

pushtosmart:

The difficulty in applying Clover’s “Final Girl” to gaming is that it usually ignores the transferral of the phallic weapon from the male aggressor to the female lead. A girl-protagonist can be “final” in the sense that she survives all of her companions, but either her femininity is re-enforced in a sense of helplessness (being forced to hide like in Clock Tower), or she is masculinized by building her own arsenal independent of her aggressors (think Jill in Resident Evil 3).  This is something the article doesn’t address, but it does illustrate how ingenuity and survivalism are portrayed when the the lead is a woman—final or ortherwise. - Stacey

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Ruin Jam 2014 - itch.io

discovergames:

What is Ruin Jam?

Ruin Jam is a game jam celebrating the nonexistent demise of video games, inspired by a lot of current events and  a certain blog post. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has been, is being, or plans to be accused of ruining the games industry. All Ruiners are welcome to contribute to the death of video games, provided that they adhere to the spirit of the jam.

What’s Ruining Video Games?

Thanks for asking! So far as I can tell, the following items are among the things ruining video games:

  • "Forced Diversity", i.e. Minority characters with agency.
  • People who make or talk about games having social and/or love lives
  • "SJWs", which stands  "Social Justice Warriors". It’s bad to be this for some reason.
  • People calling things that aren’t games games. The criteria for what a game is has yet to be disclosed.
  • Not being able to jump, shoot, or be killed
  • Criticism or satire of existing game franchises

@legobutts-senpai has a post running this down in more detail.

What Games are Welcome?

Any games that contribute to the downfall of video games are good candidates for submission. They can include items from the list above, or generally just be anything off the beaten path. Remember: different is bad, so go for that.

Since we’ll all be equal in the apocalypse, this is not a ranked jam.

Please avoid making any references to actual people. This jam is intended to lampoon a cultural attitude, not bully, harass, or libel. Likewise, slurs and bigoted content are not welcome here. Unironically anti-SJ games will be rejected at my discretion because what is wrong with you.

This is excellent.

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eschergirls:


Charlie submitted:

*Flies to Neverland*

Because, as we all know, when women pass puberty all of their organs are removed and they are immediately shrink wrapped.

My first reaction was “yeah but it’s real vs illustrated”, but then I took a second look at the image, and yeah, it’s interesting how the men hardly change at all in comic form.  There’s obvious intent to keep the adult versions reflective of the real life ones.  They don’t get anything exaggerated, while the women get the usual comic book cinched in waist, large rounded breasts, etc additions, plus they’re thinner, even the ones that are the adult versions of the kids (look at Catwoman’s arms o_o).

(On a side note, it’s also annoying that neither Penguin is fat.  Like, they already made Amanda Waller thin in the nu52, and now Penguin here too? :\ )

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The NFL’s “second incident” approach to domestic violence places women in jeopardy, both now and in the future. Look at it this way: A football player abuses his partner, or anyone for that matter. This is bad PR for the league and the player, and it’s bad for the player’s pocketbook and career. So the victim does not report because she doesn’t want to be the one responsible for what happens after, perhaps even under threat of more violence. Let’s say, however, the abuse otherwise becomes public. The player is suspended. For that woman or any subsequent woman to seek help for further abuse (the “second incident”) means that again, in her abuser’s eyes, she would be responsible for his lifetime ban from the league. Is anyone doubtful about the kinds of coercion and threats that come into play here? Any intimate partner subject to current or future abuse and threats will almost certainly be less likely to come forward and report because the consequences for that victim may be more abuse or even death.
The NFL’s Domestic Violence Policy Is Dangerous (via brutereason)

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