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Kunstler: 2017 Year in Review

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2017 was the kind of year when no amount of showers could wash off the feeling of existential yeccchhhhh that crept over you day after day like jungle rot. You needed to go through the carwash without your car… or maybe an acid bath would get the stink off. Cinematically, if 2016 was like The Eggplant That Ate Chicago, then 2017 was more like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, a gruesome glimpse into the twisted soul of America. And by that I do not mean simply our dear leader, the Golden Golem of Greatness. We’re all in this horror show together.

2017 kicked off with the report by “seventeen intelligence agencies” — did you know there were so many professional snoops and busybodies on the US payroll? — declaring that Russia, and Vladimir Putin personally, tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. “Meddling” and “collusion” became the watch-words of the year: but what exactly did they mean? Buying $100,000 worth of Google ads in a campaign that the two parties spent billions on? No doubt the “seventeen intelligence agencies” the US pays for were not alert to these shenanigans until the damage was done. Since then it’s been Russia-Russia-Russia 24/7 on the news wires. A few pleas bargains have been made to lever-up the action. When and if the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Mueller, pounces, I expect the GGG to fire him, pardon some of the plea-bargained culprits (if that’s what they were and not just patsies), and incite a constitutional crisis. Won’t that be fun?

Anyway, that set the tone for the inauguration of the Golden Golem, a ghastly adversarial spectacle. Never in my memory, going back to JFK in 1960, was there such a bad vibe at this solemn transfer of power as with the sight of all those Deep State dignitaries gathering gloomily on the Capitol portico to witness the unthinkable. From the sour scowl on her face, I thought Hillary might leap up and attempt to garrote the GGG with a high-C piano wire right there on rostrum. The “greatest crowd ever” at an inauguration, as the new president saw it, looked pathetically sparse to other observers. The deed got done.

Five days later, the Dow Jones stock index hit the 20,000 mark and began a year-long run like no other in history: 50 all-time-highs, and a surge of 5000 points by year’s end, with 12 solid “winning” months of uptick. You’d think that would make a few thoughtful economists nervous, but there are no thoughtful economists left anywhere around the mainstream media, so this epochal bull market just received polite golf-claps at every new record. Apparently, the concept of financial risk had been bundled in a lead-lined box, flown 12,000 miles away from Wall Street in a Lockheed AC-130 military transport plane to some lonely valley of Turkmenistan, and buried under the shifting sands by local tribesmen sympathetic to America’s noble aims in the region.

Oh, and in the first months of the year, Mr. Trump announced it was “game on” once again in Afghanistan. Now there’s a place that ought to be the poster-child for America “winning” (not). Operations in that “Graveyard of Empires” are going on — what? — fourteen years now? Can one out of ten thousand Americans name a single battle that took place in this now-longest-running war in US history? Me neither. But, by the way, that’s what we’re doing in nearby Turkmenistan, in case you wondering.

The dog days of mid-summer were made grimmer by the riots in Charlottesville between a ragtag white supremacist corps and a battalion of Antifa warriors. One dead, which is a pretty low casualty number by US national standards for public mayhem. Statues of Confederate heroes came down all over Dixieland, and a few were ignominiously ushered out of Statuary Hall in the US Capitol under cover-of-night. It looked for a while there like some of the Founding Fathers — Washington, Jefferson, Madison, et al — were going to get the bum’s rush, too, for once owning slaves. But that hysteria died down and is now pretty much forgotten — to be replaced by new hysterias!

Fall kicked off a round of hurricanes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico like nothing we’d ever seen before — a long train-wreck of storms that nearly drowned Houston, put several Caribbean island out-of-business for years to come, and climaxed with the near-total destruction of Puerto Rico, where, months later about 40 percent of the island’s electricity is still off and the news media has lost interest in the story. Feliz Navidad, everybody! 2017 was the year that Cable News went All Opinion 24/7. The News channels no longer employ reporters out in the field. Every night now, they just “go to our panel.” Is it any wonder the public is so clueless?

Another story that dropped into the memory hole was the Mandalay Hotel massacre in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight killed by a mysterious gunman and 546 injured, a US record for civilian mass murder. All kinds of lingering loose ends dangle from that one, including the motives of the solitary, rather wealthy identified shooter, Stephen Paddock. The number of lawyers for the victims in that case may exceed the number of active players in the NFL.

Speaking of which, “the knee” is still an ongoing ritual, after a great deal of national kerfuffling inspired by tweets emanating from Golden Golem Central. For the record, I don’t give a fuck about it, nor generally for the NFL, since I think the days of professional mega-sports are numbered in this land. I will be happy when my little town in upstate New York has its own softball league.

Oh, there was a bit of good news this year: Russia Russia Russia (with the wicked Vlad Putin at its helm) managed to put an end to the Syrian civil war, without a whole lot of help from the US-Truly, which has been sending arms to various ISIS clans for years, even though they were our reviled enemy. What you have to admire in this case was how clear-cut the situation actually was without us muddying and bloodying it up — namely, who needs another failed state in the Middle East? (Apparently we do.)

2017 slid down the autumnal chute with a lively witch hunt for sexual predators and abusers in public life. Much as some of them might have deserved censure and perhaps prosecution, it was kind of sad to see their talents stuffed down the memory hole, most of all poor old Garrison Keillor, a truly great American who didn’t have to be vilified for petting some lady on her back, did he? I don’t think the story is over. I suspect an army of lawyers is at work in these cases behind the scenes and there will be a second act in 2018.

Surely I left out quite a bit of the action from the year now passing. Forgive me. I will be busy preparing the perhaps more interesting forecast for the year to come, while you citizens of Clusterfuck Nation gather around your hearths (or flat screen TVs) in the dark nights ahead, waiting for the Sainted Nicholas to bring your tax cuts, and sugar plums for the little ones. I’ll be back here on the morning of the Day-of-Days, preceding my annual journey to dim sum in the quaint old Dutch town that is New York State’s capital. Merry Christmas to all!

Kunstler



70 Comments on "Kunstler: 2017 Year in Review"

  1. MASTERMIND on Mon, 25th Dec 2017 4:50 am 

    Clogg

    ‘10,000 Muslim Migrants” to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018
    http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/italy/10-000-refugees-to-be-relocated-from-libya-to-eu-in-2018-1.2146268

    Merry Christmas! You better welcome these Muslims with open arms!

  2. Davy on Mon, 25th Dec 2017 5:31 am 

    tulip, unlike you I come into contact with people of other races and cultures here in the US. My farm is in a predominantly white area. There are few if any “others” but all I need to do is go to the University town of Rolla, Missouri nearby to find the “others”. I go to St. Louis which is my nearest big city for many reasons. St Louis is multicultural but it is still predominantly white American especially with the various power structures.

    What I find so depressing about you tulip is how you can talk down people just because of their ethnicity, culture, or nationality. Any peoples can be bad people as individuals. Peoples can have traits that are bad. You cannot generalize about any one person. I have met and have had friends that are from all over the world. If I were friends with them it was because they were good people. They had good values and they were smart. I don’t waste my time with anything less. I still respect less because who am I to judge. I am not like you Tulip, with your dirty Nazi judgmental nature. I respect all people because I have found with all races, cultures, and nationalities people have basic human values that are common and innately good.

    I do not subscribe to globalism any more. I once did. I was a supporter in the 80’s during my last years in college. In fact I was so into being international I live and work in Europe. I married European. I learned other languages. I now have become an academic of sorts studying the nature of human civilization and the collapse process I have now completely turned against the idea of globalism. Turning against the idea of globalism is not a rejection of it. Globalism is here to stay in that the results of many years of its implementation are part of the social fabric. We have to adapt and mitigate the results of globalism. We can’t just leave it without dangerous results.

    I am now against mass immigration and cultural mixing beyond a point where it destroys the cultural fabric of peoples. This is most apparent in Europe where a cultural identity of many nations is so important. It is also important in the US where the multicultural process of becoming an American in an assimilation process cannot be overwhelmed or we have social tensions. I am most against immigration because pretty much any place on earth is now in dangerous overshoot so mass movement of people is now only disruptive of stability with the coming collapse process. Of course this is a collapsenik point of view and that is my starting point. This overshoot is either with population and or complexity. Those areas who have very high populations and complexity will fare the worse. This includes all major urban areas the world over.

    I am also against the influence market based capitalism is having on other cultures who are barely hanging on to their unique identity. We are killing cultures with a homogenized multiculturalism of liberal democracy and market based capitalism driven by the profit motive of hyper globalization. This process is supporting delocalization of sustainable and resilient locals. It is promoting large populations and increased complexity not as a good human value but as a way to increase profits. Profits are equated with human development and happiness. Hence this process is behind all nation’s motivations. Of course there are some push back but for the most part if efficiency and profits are better they supersede other considerations. We are habituated to this and the global system is now a self-organizing force pushing this process. It is beyond control and now has taken on a life of its own. When you combine techno optimism to this we can see the dehumanization of what is human in the name of techno development based on efficiency and profit.

    I am respectful of other cultures and I am now against further integration of nations and cultures beyond what is realistic and practical. IOW, globalism needs to be now discouraged not promoted. This idea is with economics and social policy. We need to relocalize and downsize globalism. We cannot leave it without collapse but we can now discourage its spread. Wil this happen? It can only happen at the local level. The global level it will only end with the collapse process that is already occurring IMO. Globalism is dying because of limits and diminishing returns but this will likely not be an event it will be many events that make up a process. This may unfold over years so we better learn to get along and reject Nazi’s like you tulip.

  3. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 6:29 am 

    My farm is in a predominantly white area.

    That’s why you live there in the first place, you insufferable hypocrite.

    We are killing cultures with a homogenized multiculturalism of liberal democracy

    Oh you do agree with that, but when I say the same thing you are going to launch the usual US empire smear words against me.

    This may unfold over years so we better learn to get along and reject Nazi’s like you tulip.

    Pious but empty virtue signaling by a hypocrite who has married European women only and made sure he lives in near 100% white enclaves only and has reserved himself a retreat in 100% white northern Italy just in case things go majestically wrong in the US and his professed “learning to get along” doesn’t work out, as it didn’t everywhere else. Total hypocrite.

    #Kurdish lives matter
    #Shi’ite lives matter
    #Sunni lives matter
    #Serbian lives matter
    #Ukrainian lives matter
    #Russian lives matter
    #Black lives matter
    #Hutu lives matter

    And the list goes on and on.

    The waiting is for the inevitable White Lives matter movement to erupt in the US.

    Here the darling of the western libtards of the Nobel Peace Prize variety, who loved to celebrate alleged Human Rights Babe Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. Lately she had a bad press because she allowed her military to ethnically cleanse and kill thousands of Muslim Rohinga:

    http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/jahresrueckblick-2017-internationale-politik-fotostrecke-156270.html

    Message to the ADL: It.does.not.work.

  4. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 7:01 am 

    “My farm is in a predominantly white area. That’s why you live there in the first place, you insufferable hypocrite.”
    You wish Nazi scum bag. This farm has been in the family since 48. I am here because I am taking pride in maintain a family farm that has lots of history. How about your zero SUM family history. What do you have for family…ZERO. You are nothing but a lonely old man like mad kat. Two losers whining and complaining daily about others because you both are losers.

    “Oh you do agree with that, but when I say the same thing you are going to launch the usual US empire smear words against me.”
    Reread my comment Nazi racist. You are very good at putting words in others comments. That is just the tip of the iceberg of your intellectually dishonest activity. DISGUSTING

  5. joe on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 7:36 am 

    Nazi lover types like Cloggie don’t think religion matters. They think blood is thicker creed, they think that their version of democracy and rights will force all these people’s and nations to come to heel in the face of courts institutions backed up by secular governments who have neutral state enforcement and spying apparatus, they think this system will be eternal if only we remember ‘our shared values’. What they miss is that Islam is an Arab supremacist religion. What do they mean by ‘values’?. Liberalism. Liberals will sell out their people because they are intellectually void at the core of their ideology. Liberalism was founded by white people to live free of ottoman/muslim domination of trade globally ‘free trade’ was a way to get around the requirements to pay for trading and anyone who got in the way soon paid the price by suffering at the hands of what 500 years of self-defence against islam had turned European weapons tech into. Islam sowed the wind of imperialism and reaped the whirlwind, Europe did the same and is suffering the result, the US is currently sowing the same wind. Humans can’t help themselves. By the process of ‘integration’ Europe will balkanize itself and each area will govern themselves in smaller and smaller communities, the perfect scenario for infiltration by politically and financially active muslims. The Pope does not go around the world using papal bank money to found churches and pay for people to martyr themselves in non Christian countries the way Saudi and nearly all muslim leaders do to the west.

  6. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 7:59 am 

    This farm has been in the family since 48.

    I bet there is a relationship between the end of the war and your family moving to the US. Something you don’t want to talk about.

    Reread my comment Nazi racist.

    Little shabby Slavic guy thinks he can rule the world with his terror empire, that is now crumbling exactly because of Davy’s promoted multi-racialism. Davy, the last shabby communist.

    I have explained many times how the US and their Soviet buddies and not the Germans were the real scumbags and you and your minute brain had never anything to say against it.

    Again in steno:

    – 1933: both US and USSR are under kosher control and decide to hook up as a first step towards the intended destruction of Europe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6hqfcoXfmc
    – 1934: Churchill is in the bag of US Jews and promotes alliance USSR and British war party
    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/churchill-stalin-alliance-as-of-1934/
    – 1939: US diplomats push UK and France in fatal Polish war guarantee and know that they have their desired war
    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/bullitt-reveals-in-april-1939-that-war-has-been-decided-upon/

    [part 1]

  7. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:00 am 

    – 1939: US diplomats encourage Polish government to not give in to any reasonable German demand
    – August 1939: Poles begin to ethnically cleanse Germans forced to live in Versailles Poland. 100,000 refugees by September 1.
    – End August 1939: Soviets approach Germans with offer of a non-aggression agreement, for one purpose only: to fool the Germans into thinking they can avoid a two-front war a la WW1, where in reality Roosevelt-Churchill-Stalin have agreed among themselves that the time has come to destroy Europe and divide the loot between them.
    – When the Germans cross the Polish border to come to the aid of their Germans, they (and the rest of Europe) are trapped in a world war, worked towards by Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill (not PM Chamberlain) since 1933. The rest is history.
    – To top it off, in a show trial in Nuremberg, the victors accuses the Germans of everything, including holotale, to whitewash the real agressors: the Allies

    Now in 2017 the time has arrived for some major score settling with the end result that Anglosphere will be dismantled and divided between Europe (Paris-Berlin-Moscow) and China in similar fashion as the US and USSR divided Europe amongst themselves in 1945.
    – President Trump has de facto announced he no longer wants to lead the West.
    – China is unstoppable on its way to become the #1 super power and replace the US, that is on its way towards third world country status as a result of insane immigration policies conducted in the past half century in the name of globalism/NWO (world in the hand of the Self-Chosen).
    – The US is on the verge of a breakup as a result of a rising conflict between left and right. The (white) right wants to remain a white-majority country, where the left, led by the koshers, want to ram European-America into minority status.
    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/paul-krugman-white-americans-are-losing-their-country/

    As a consequence the 640 million of continental Europe are now in a position to offer an alternative for European-America and as such drive a wedge between the constitutionalists and Washington and terminate the US empire, that is walking on its last legs anyway.
    The downfall and breakup of the US will most likely be initiated by a major confrontation between the US and China, for instance over North-Korea.

    Expect Davy to shy away from discussing the above, as usual he will call it “eurotard revisionism” and with the tail between his legs he will flee to his goat shack, patting himself on the back that he “neutered” the revisionist once again.lol

    [part 2]

  8. Makati1 on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:06 am 

    Cloggie, thanks for the run down on Davy, the goat herd. Other than replying to some of his delusional rants, I never give any thought to him. A nobody in the slum area of America.

  9. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:13 am 

    “I bet there is a relationship between the end of the war and your family moving to the US. Something you don’t want to talk about.”
    Dad’s family came over in 1849 and Mom’s a little latter in 1870. I have nothing to hide Nazi.

    “I have explained many times how the US and their Soviet buddies and not the Germans were the real scumbags and you and your minute brain had never anything to say against it.”
    Right Nazi, we have seen your multiple WordPress narratives that are carefully crafted revision of a fantasy history of an agenda of self-serving deceit. Your Future is equally deceitful and fantasy. It all revolves around your 100% renewable future of a Paris Berlin Moscow Empire nonsense. You often talk about a grand European army that will never materialize. You still need the Americans there to protect you. That must be the ultimate putdown to a Nazi wannabee. You are a FRAUD.

    “eurotard revisionism” “neutered” again. Lol.

  10. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:16 am 

    Hey, low caps joe crawled out of bed as well. How is Brexit going these days. Not too well eh?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-majority-uk-british-people-stay-in-eu-not-leave-latest-poll-theresa-may-florence-speech-tory-a7960226.html

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/13/parliament-to-have-final-say-on-brexit-deal-david-davis-announces

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/dec/05/theresa-may-struggles-to-rescue-brexit-deal-as-dublin-says-it-wont-back-down-politics-live

    Howard threatens war with Spain over Gibraltar:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsuE6sl9bD0

    Well, well, well. Keep in mind that Madrid has every incentive to invade Gibraltar, just to keep Barcelona quiet. A military conflict with Britain could be just what the Spanish government needed to keep the country together. Expect that Russia, China and the EU will be willing to provide the Spanish with fire crackers, the Argentinians were deprived off. With a little luck the Americans will come to the aid of Britain and the desired WW3 between Anglosphere and Eurasia is a fact.

  11. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:19 am 

    “Cloggie, thanks for the run down on Davy, the goat herd.”
    Misery loves company. Listen to the two old men swap spit. It is funny mad kat likes the board Nazi so much when he is the one calling your beloved Filipino people sub-human. LOL, mad kat is an opportunist. He believes in nothing but himself so it is not hard for him to jump ship.

  12. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:22 am 

    we have seen your multiple WordPress narratives that are carefully crafted revision of a fantasy history of an agenda of self-serving deceit.

    Again the 1%-wannabee offers zero arguments, just impotent bullying attempts. He is too stupid to frame an argument. And deep in his little Slavic heart he knows I am right and that’s why he avoids a discussion. Big fat-ass loser.

    You still need the Americans there to protect you.

    Why don’t you just bow over and we can show you how much we need this mafia style protection. Would be difficult to miss that fat ass of yours. You admitted yourself repeatedly that your BigWhopper empire is toast. And you were right for a change.

  13. Makati1 on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:47 am 

    Cloggie, Davy is beyond help. His mind must look like a can of squirming worms. I suspect we will see him in the headlines, shooting up some mall goers before it is over.

    It must be difficult for him to actually interact with real people. Maybe that is why his family bought him a farm in the back-land of Missouri to play with? Too embarrassing for him to be near them.

  14. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 8:56 am 

    “Again the 1%-wannabee offers zero arguments, just impotent bullying attempts. He is too stupid to frame an argument. And deep in his little Slavic heart he knows I am right and that’s why he avoids a discussion. Big fat-ass loser.”
    Lies do not deserve intelligent discussion. Lies deserve to be immediately be debunked. You are a well-crafted lie just like the Nazis were. No wonder you are so much in admiration of Hitler and his Nazi thugs. It is amazing how much time you spend with your 2 and 3 part series revising history here on this forum. It is just the same shit over and over just like mad kat. The both of you are in an endless repetitions of lies. FRAUDS.

    “You still need the Americans there to protect you.”
    More like you are pussies unable to buck and show backbone. You are too busy living the high life in false affluence. As soon as the affluence goes so will your peaceful continent. It is just a matter of time before you Eurotards turn on yourselves and it will be yet again the Russians and Americans restoring order.

  15. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:01 am 

    What’s da matter mad kat? Did I stump you with some good neutering earlier? Have you been moderated and now you reach out to the Nazi for help. Again let me remind you the Nazi finds your beloved Filipinos subhuman and you just don’t care. Is this because you are grasping for any friend you can find. You are running out of friends so now you reach out to the Nazi.

  16. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:20 am 

    Lies do not deserve intelligent discussion.

    Whaaaat???

    Lies need to be refuted. But you can’t, because they are not lies and you know it. You are making a fool of yourself in front of the peakoil community by chickening out of any meaningful discussion.

    America intentionally destroyed Europe because they wanted to, because they could.

    Try to refute that.

    Germany merely wanted a settlement with Poland over the 97% German town of Danzig, cut off from Germany in Versailles.

    But US and Soviet liars turned everything upside down by claiming in Nuremberg that Germany “wanted to conquer the world”, where in reality the US and USSR wanted to conquer the world. And did. And the US still tries.

    #Second American Century
    (my foot, you are going to balkanize)

    And that fat-ass liar of a “justice” Jackson in Nuremberg even admitted behind closed door that the Germans were innocent:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/justice-jackson-has-to-admit/

    GDP distribution 1941

    USA 29%
    USSR 13%
    British empire 11%
    France 5%

    Germany 11%
    Japan 6%
    Italy%

    How could Germany ever even have wanted to “conquer the world” with 22% vs 56% GDP. And since when do nationalists want to “conquer the world”. Only murderous scumbag communists like the US and USSR want to do that and the US does that until today (another 500,000 Syrians killed because of it for instance).

    much in admiration of Hitler and his Nazi thugs.

    I just puke on allied lies. Oh and you no doubt are now spitting on your own mother and grand-parents. Just a thing you can expect from a weasel punk like you. Was your grand-mother by any chance raped by a Soviet monster or GI?

    One year before the Roosevelt government managed to maneuver his country in his desired war, the Americans were already dreaming of owning the world in plain public:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/time-life-the-american-century/

    “American century”, yeah right. They had it all planned in advance, laying their greedy hands on the rest of the world. Or so they thought.

    And now it is all going to fall.ROFL America will need to reinvent itself after the end of American Era. And that is going to be a very painful process. Especially that aspect that European America after the end of the American Dream (US having it all) will find itself in a third world country. Good luck with that. Expect the US to fall to Romania levels without reserve currency.

  17. Davy on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:43 am 

    NAZI LIES. LMFAO

    The harder you try to explain your lies the longer your regurgitates become. Nazi, you post the same shit over and over trying to convince people you are right. That is a red flag for lies. You are the most despicable person on this forum. The self promoting lies supporting revisions that are lies supporting fantasy futures.

  18. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:51 am 

    Still no refutation of my statements. And worse, nobody comes to the aid of the sucker. Doesn’t look for good you at all, Davy boy.

    Could you give us any proof that Germany wanted to conquer the world?

    tic-toc-tic-toc.

    I did you give you proof that the US wanted to conquer the world:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/time-life-the-american-century/

    Come on Day boy, don’t chicken out. Provide proof that Germany wanted to conquer the world.

    (he can’t)

  19. Cloggie on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:55 am 

    Posted this in the wrong thread, my apologies:

    http://peakoil.com/production/the-biggest-factors-in-future-oil-production/comment-page-1#comment-427217

  20. MASTERMIND on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:56 am 

    Clogg

    This is how you treat a nationalist!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rh1dhur4aI

    Anti Fa FTW!

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