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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
7/07/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve

Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one.

it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days.

It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave" by Ernest Furgurson. It's OK. Nothing to rave about though.

Well, what are you reading now? Let's hear about it!


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To: MplsSteve

“Sharpe’s Company” by Bernard Cornwell. I heard Hugh Hewitt and David Mamet mention Cornwell as one of their favorite authors on Hugh’s show, so I thought I’d give him a whirl. Good stuff, so far, a Historical novel set during the War of 1812. I recently finished “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, and I highly recommend it.


151 posted on 07/07/2011 10:09:41 PM PDT by drew
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To: smokingfrog

I recently started reading Cornwell (”Sharpe’s Company”). I’ll have to check that one out too.


152 posted on 07/07/2011 10:11:43 PM PDT by drew
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading up on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions.

Tunneling Beneath the 4He Fragmentation Energy
J. Condensed Matter Nucl. Sci. 4 (2011) pages 241–255 ^ | February 2011 | K P Sinha
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2743039/posts#comment
Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:45:05 PM by Kevmo

Peer reviewed journal article updating K P Sinha’s theory that explains LENR.

http://www.iscmns.org/CMNS/JCMNS-Vol4.pdf

Interactions of charged particles on surfaces
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2743353/posts
Saturday, July 02, 2011 10:27:03 PM · by Kevmo · 6 replies
LENR-CANR.org ^ | 7 December 2009 | Nabil M. Lawandya

A model for enhanced fusion reaction in a solid matrix of metal deuterides
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2732072/posts
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 10:14:09 PM · by Kevmo · 35 replies
International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science. 2008 ^ | July 2008 | K P Sinha


153 posted on 07/07/2011 10:22:30 PM PDT by Kevmo (Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: MplsSteve

Demonic How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America by Ann Coulter.

The Original Argumwnt by Glenn Beck

The Miracle of Freedom 7 Tipping Points that SAVED the World by Chris and Ted Stewart

AND...

Beastly by Alex Flinn, just so I know what in the world my God Daughter is talking about :/


154 posted on 07/07/2011 11:24:02 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: MplsSteve

Demonic How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America by Ann Coulter.

The Original Argument by Glenn Beck

The Miracle of Freedom 7 Tipping Points that SAVED the World by Chris and Ted Stewart

AND...

Beastly by Alex Flinn, just so I know what in the world my God Daughter is talking about :/


155 posted on 07/07/2011 11:24:15 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: MplsSteve

“My Reading Life” by Pat Conroy.

For Pat Conroy fans or anyone who loves books.


156 posted on 07/08/2011 4:11:29 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished Jeff Shaara’s “The Final Storm”, the Marine Corps fight in the Pacific and the end of WWII.

Moving on to Ben Shapiro’s “Primetime Propaganda”, about the liberal control of television content.


157 posted on 07/08/2011 4:16:06 AM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: MplsSteve
What Would They Say?: The Founding Fathers on the Current Issues, Glen Gorton
I'm on page one

Night of the Grizzlies, Jack Olsen
I was scaring myself before a vacation at Glacier Park this summer.

Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State ,William Voegeli
Interesting - the Dems have no checks on their spending and no one cares

The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806, Meriwether Lewis , William Clark
--For fun

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, Brion McClanahan
Don't like it so far

Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, Dick Armey, Matt Kibbe
I can't get enough of Dick Armey and his clear communications

Also a couple of Cusslers and a Clancy

158 posted on 07/08/2011 4:24:59 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: RoadTest
“The deliberate Dumbing Down Of America” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt.

Wow! Pretty pricey if you want a real copy of the book.

I was interested in this title because it reminded me of John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education which is also a hefty 8.5 x 11 tome, and also available on line for free. (But a book is so much better!)

ML/NJ

159 posted on 07/08/2011 6:26:56 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: MplsSteve

Interesting that no one is reading Kissinger’s new book about China. On my want list but too cheep to pay full price for a new hardback.


160 posted on 07/08/2011 6:45:35 AM PDT by DManA
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To: TheMom

“Gone Baby Gone” is really the best of that series IMO. The movie was pretty good except they changed a few minor things. For example, they made Bubba into a drug dealer instead of an arms dealer. Ben Aflack really is a pretty good director.
He also did a great job with the movie “The Town”.

There is another of the detective series coming out in hardcover soon. I read about it on Amazon. They are married and have a child in this book.

I read “Shutter Island” but not “Mystic River”. I will have to pick that one up. The movie was great. Of Course, Clint Eastwood directed it.


161 posted on 07/08/2011 6:50:01 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: MplsSteve
continuing my study of the US Navy operations in the Pacific as recounted by well researched current scholars, I am Reading now The Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors by James D Hornsfischer.

I have recently read and re read in parallel The Battle of Leyte Gulf by H.P. Wellmont and Clash of the Carriers by Barrett Tillman. Taken as a whole the three describe the total destruction of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the period July through October 1944. The first two are concerned with the 4 battles lumped as the battle of Leyte Gulf that occurred in late October and the last describes the great battle of the Philippine Sea during which Japanese air power was destroyed.

These books are all within the last 5 or so years and draw on references and perspectives not available to authors who wrote earlier. I am also reading fiction by P. T. Deuterman, Zero Option that is eerily similar to the present reality where federal agencies go their own way and big time problems result.

162 posted on 07/08/2011 7:35:03 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: A_perfect_lady
Don't Panic! when I tell you that the book is the first of a four part trilogy.
163 posted on 07/08/2011 7:38:24 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: La Enchiladita
Her Death Comes for the Archbishop is one of my favorite books.
164 posted on 07/08/2011 11:57:47 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks, Tax-chick.

Cather’s stories set in Nebraska resonate for me because that was where my mother was born and raised in the early 20th century. Throughout my life, my mother regaled me with anecdotes of farm life, of being a country girl. She wrang the necks of the chicken for dinner and she chopped wood. She learned how to cook, mostly Pennsylvania Dutch style, from watching her grandmother. I wish I had written more down more of what she told me.


165 posted on 07/08/2011 1:05:56 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (It should be illegal for illegals to play with matches... just sayin'...)
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To: BIGLOOK

I read that a couple of years ago for the first time.
Bradley gives a vivid, unvarnished picture of what our Marines went through, what they accomplished.
If anyone doubts that war is hell, they should read it.
It was good to know the men, as human beings, who raised the flag.


166 posted on 07/08/2011 1:14:51 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (It should be illegal for illegals to play with matches... just sayin'...)
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To: La Enchiladita

I heard similar stories from my grandmother and her sisters when I was a little girl in Missouri. It’s not as flat as Nebraska, though!


167 posted on 07/08/2011 2:00:26 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: MplsSteve

I was reading Anna Karenina but had to take a break from it for a week. Just read Catcher in the Rye and could only underline about two paragraphs from the book. I don’t understand why it is a classic. I am due for a vacation soon and am looking for the perfect sci-fi book on my Kindle. I was going to download Canticle for Leibowitz but they don’t have it on the Kindle yet.


168 posted on 07/08/2011 3:07:49 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: bigbob
The last book of Stephen Kings Dark Tower series (#7 and 20 years after the original book was written)

I quit at book #3, is it worth picking up again?

169 posted on 07/08/2011 3:10:15 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: The Raven
Night of the Grizzlies, Jack Olsen I was scaring myself before a vacation at Glacier Park this summer.

My parents read that book to us when we vacationed at Glacier in the early 80's. I think my dad enjoyed scaring us. Especially when he would get close to the edge of the cliff on Going to the Sun road.

170 posted on 07/08/2011 3:19:49 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: DManA
nteresting that no one is reading Kissinger’s new book about China.

I was in Barnes and Noble looking for books to download on my Kindle and saw that one sitting on the rack. I think I will download that one soon.

171 posted on 07/08/2011 3:25:02 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

The Going to the Sun road is closed -— there is about 40 ft of snow on the road at Logan’s Pass and it will be the latest opening of the road since the park opened.


172 posted on 07/08/2011 3:59:48 PM PDT by The Raven
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To: MplsSteve

A lot of you are reading books about the Civil War.

If you live in the Atlanta area be sure to come to the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta next weekend Saturday July 16th.

Check out all the activities. There are a number of lectures earlier in the week.

http://www.batlevent.org/main.html


173 posted on 07/08/2011 4:34:19 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: MplsSteve

As usual, I’m grazing.

Fiction: HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY, STORM OF SWORDS

Nonfiction: PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR


174 posted on 07/08/2011 4:40:43 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: The Raven

I took my family there last year. I got in a global warming debate with a ranger that was giving a sermon on the receding glaciers up at Logan Pass. I wonder if they are encouraged to talk about global warming or if she did it out of her own concern.


175 posted on 07/08/2011 5:16:31 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: MplsSteve
Just finished Sea of Thunder," by Evan Thomas, and The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk.

Now reading The Real George Washington, by Parry, Allison, and Skousen, The Rising Tide, by Jeff Shaara, and A World at Arms, by Gerhard L. Weinberg.

Queued: The other two in Shaara's WWII trilogy plus his new one on the Pacific theater, Texian Iliad, by Hardin, and a Michael Connelly book or two...

176 posted on 07/08/2011 6:04:14 PM PDT by umbagi
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To: umbagi

... I also read The Bible, ten chapters a day, and have been doing so for years...


177 posted on 07/08/2011 6:06:18 PM PDT by umbagi
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To: MplsSteve

The fathomless, ever increasingly interesting, edifying Bible.


178 posted on 07/08/2011 7:42:26 PM PDT by Bellflower (Isa 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.))
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To: knittnmom

I also re-read the last book so I would be ready for the final film. I will be wearing my SpectraSpecs to the midnight premier.

I’m really going to miss discussing the Harry Potter books with my now grown children.

I’m also reading “Sweaty Palms” which is a book about interviewing well.


179 posted on 07/08/2011 8:13:34 PM PDT by Melian ("I can't spare this [wo]man; [s]he fights!" (Apologies to Abe Lincoln) Go, Sarah!)
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To: umbagi

Tell me about “The Real George Washington”. What is the gist of the book?


180 posted on 07/08/2011 8:54:21 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

The Complete Jack the Ripper~Donald Rumbelow.


181 posted on 07/08/2011 9:53:15 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: MplsSteve

“Confederates in the Attic” - Tony Horwitz
“The Great Cat Massacre” - Robert Darnton


182 posted on 07/08/2011 11:17:25 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: MplsSteve

The Happiest Baby on the Block. Hope it works for the FReeperette we are expecting next month.


183 posted on 07/08/2011 11:31:26 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: mbynack

Omgosh, when my son and I read Swiss Family Robinson, and we are both kinda Swiss, we laughed our heads off all the time. You can tell it was written on cold Swiss days inside by a fire where the author had some nature books and made up everything not in the books. The snake walking up the path erect! The fact that Of Course a Swiss on a tropical island would find some “wild potatoes” growing that could form the base of their diet. Enjoy! It’s sweet.


184 posted on 07/08/2011 11:36:40 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Shadowstrike

How are you liking the Coulter book? I think it is her best one so far.


185 posted on 07/08/2011 11:38:46 PM PDT by firebrand (It's a scandal that we have not yet impeached Obama.)
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To: MplsSteve
Tell me about “The Real George Washington”. What is the gist of the book?

It's mostly a straight biography -- very little interpretation or commentary -- that tells much of the story in GW's own words (from letters, diaries, etc.).

It's a very positive view of his life -- none of that "the founders were greedy and trashy individuals" spin here. He's presented as one who deserved the sobriquet "father of his country," and that's backed up with facts. He was truly one in a million.

The second part of the book (about a quarter) is a collection of Washington's writings arranged by subject; it's a good reference.

I'm enjoying the book. It's a fairly quick and pleasant read, although historians might consider it somewhat shallow...

186 posted on 07/08/2011 11:59:28 PM PDT by umbagi
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To: Sawdring

Yep-—note there’s a difference btw global warming and “man-made” global warming

I was at a conference last Feb and it looks like they have a big boo boo with their global warming models. They were treating water vapor incorrectly and the catastrophic warming is no longer in the cards.


187 posted on 07/09/2011 3:56:08 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: Melian
I’m really going to miss discussing the Harry Potter books with my now grown children.

My grown daughter is still at home. My grown son is not into the books, but his wife is, so we all have some good discussions when we get together. My son and his wife are busy this weekend with a "Disc World" convention that they helped organize. May be one of Terry Pratchett's last conventions. DIL is a huge Terry Pratchett fan. She loaned us some of the books, so that we'd be familiar with his work, too. I enjoyed Night Watch the most, of the 5-6 she loaned us.

188 posted on 07/09/2011 6:16:01 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: MplsSteve

Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses-

Theodore Dalrymple


189 posted on 07/09/2011 9:31:29 AM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Tax-chick

I could not put down “Empire of the Summer Moon”. Easily my favorite Indian read; plus no white guilt. The author bought history alive; I felt I was on the Southern plains riding with the Commanche or the Texas Ranger.


190 posted on 07/09/2011 11:11:36 AM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10))
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids

I’m almost finished it. It’s wait-listed at the library, so I have a deadline! I hope to be done by Monday.

You’re right: no white guilt!


191 posted on 07/09/2011 11:19:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: firebrand

This is the first book of hers I’ve had a chance to read. But, Lord what she didn’t say in just the first two chapters! Haven’t gotten too far into it, but I’m loving it.

She has hit it right center target!


192 posted on 07/09/2011 7:35:04 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: MplsSteve

I just finished “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood”


193 posted on 07/10/2011 5:02:42 PM PDT by YankeeMagic
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To: MplsSteve

The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times
Susan E. Tifft (Author), Alex S. Jones (Author)


194 posted on 07/10/2011 5:11:55 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Yaelle
Swiss on a tropical island would find some “wild potatoes” growing that could form the base of their diet. Enjoy!

I have to roll my eyes at some of the things in the book. As a graduate of AF Survival School, I've spent days trying to find something other than bugs to eat. These folks just stumble into lobsters, potatoes, wild birds, turtle eggs, coconuts, and pineapples. Everything they find is ripe.

195 posted on 07/11/2011 5:22:56 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: mbynack

He seemed to be hungry while writing that book! They ate like kings! I cold just picture this shut in Swiss guy at the turn of the century, dreaming of his warm tropical paradise. I believe he also roped ostriches from the island and used them as horses. It’s soooo funny.

We had to reread the parts about the snake slithering upright like a human several times to gales of laughter each time!


196 posted on 07/11/2011 8:49:57 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: submarinerswife

5 is the one that came out today, there are going to be 2 more. i think there’s one spot were Jon’s mother is mentioned, by name, but there’s no real detail. you get a little more if you watch the series on HBO, but it’s still very vague.

because ned’s so closed mouthed about it, i’ve heard tons of speculation.


197 posted on 07/12/2011 10:45:57 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: absolootezer0

So you are on book 5 and it (John’s real Mother) isn’t mentioned in any of the books through book 4?

I thought that John’s real parents were Ned’s sister Leanna and King Robert. He has that black hair. What are some other theories?

I am really enjoying the audio books, although, the narrator sucks, the story has me hooked. I am on book 2 about 1/2 done.


198 posted on 07/12/2011 1:39:43 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife

only her name.
other theories include rhaegar/lyanna; there’s a reference to some royal that killed herself not long after eddard left her castle; a nameless maid; one suggests brandon and one of the targaryns (long shot, he’d have had to be a little older than he is, but it’s possible); and there’s a couple others i forget.

not robert though, john has the same hair as eddard and arya- one of katlyn’s biggest problems with him is he looks more like eddard than any of her sons- plus the link to the wolves.


199 posted on 07/12/2011 2:32:52 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: MplsSteve

Today I’m going to the library to pick up Mark Levin’s “Rescuing Sprite: a Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish.”

I’m not really a dog lover, but I’m looking forward to taking a break from politics.


200 posted on 07/16/2011 7:07:28 AM PDT by Atlantan
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