Who are you? Who are you? I Really Want To Know – Who Are You?

“The man in the blue shirt” depicted on video surveillance on 5/17/15

Waco – Prosecutors promised the defense a still photo of a man seen signalling to others outside the restaurant next door to Twin Peaks just moments before shots rang out.

Defense attorney Casie Gotro, who is defending Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal, alleged in a status conference on Thursday, October 5, in 54th Criminal District Court that he is a police officer, not just a confidential informant, and if he cannot be identified otherwise, she will place his picture on social media.

The public is asked, who is this man?

“All I know is, he’s a witness, and I want to talk to him,” Ms. Gotro told Judge Matt Johnson.

The Legendary received these four still photos late Saturday afternoon from the law office of Casie Gotro.

One may view the YouTube video of the actions of a man believed to be the same person at the moment just before shots rang out at the restaurant on May 17, 2015.

Waco Council Mocks Motorcycle ‘Safety’

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. … All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. – George Orwell, author of 1984

Six Shooter Junction – May 2015 didn’t escape the notice of the Waco City Council as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.”

Steven Cochran acted on behalf of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents by giving the grin and grab photo op in the Council Chamber a stone solid miss, just two days after the blood spilled on the pavement at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

Sandra Lynch, who had a part in the arrangement of Waco hosting a conference of clubs from the Metromess, Austin and San Antonio, couldn’t make it.

She and her husband were locked up in the Jack Harwell Detention Center, that bastion of neoconservative corporate can do dedicated to the notion that government should perform its ministerial duties the way the corporate world draws the bottom line over black and white figures – globally.

A project of the city and county economic development corporation built with Class AAA-rated municipal revenue bonds, it’s a steady money pit the private operation of which has resulted in a number of tax increases.

But, then, that’s what the to-do was all about. Number one on the legislative list that infamous day of May 17, 2015, was the small matter of a $17 million motorcycle safety fund extracted five bucks at a time from the pockets of Texas drivers with motorcycle endorsements when they renew their licenses.

It’s a designated fund, something the state’s executive leadership is obliged to spend on rider safety training. The upper echelon of state government doesn’t see it that way. They hadn’t drawn on the fund; they preferred to use it as a counterbalancing flywheel to trim out the debits and credits of the books. It had accumulated mucho dinero over the life of its existence.

Where did it come from? The lobbying arm of the COC&I had gotten the legislation passed, only to see its “repurposing” – love that corporation newspeak – as something else.

And then there was the motorcycle profiling bill that never got a sponsor after the blood spilled in what appears to have been a police-inspired shootout when certain patch holders attacked others with rags of differing colors.

After CNN and other networks splashed the bloodshed across the small screeens of televisions and computers worldwide, it was impossible to find a legislator anywhere near Ostentatious who would even listen, according to the Legislative Strike Force of U.S. Defenders.

Suddenly, their attention lay elsewhere, other issues, other proposed bills that would help them forge on through to retirement.

No one ever got the chance to hear about any of it.

When Jake Carrizal, former president of the Dallas Bandidos Chapter led a delegation of bandits including his father into the parking lot – well – all hell broke loose.

That’s when the police took over; Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told the world long and loud that “These people didn’t come here to drink beer and eat barbecue.”

True story. They didn’t. The Bandits’ leadership attend all meetings of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents – nationwide.

They used to help collect the dues from member clubs to turn over to the confederation, something that has become a predicate in the Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization criminal litigation leveled at the Bandidos U.S.A. in U.S. District Court at San Antonio.

They don’t do that anymore.

Then, two days later, the Waco City Council bestowed the proclamation of “motorcycle safety” on the organizers at the behest of City Secretary Esmerelda Hudson.

Outside of the biker press and the local scribes, few paid any attention, but a television reporter from Shreveport/Bossier City mentioned the factoid in a brief summary by saying that “…the same group that organized the motorcyclists’ meeting that turned violent received a Waco City Council proclamation…”

The motorcyclists’ meeting that turned violent? Say what?

For two years, Sandra Lynch and her husband Mike kept silent on the advice of their lawyer. They are charged but not indicted, which means a Grand Jury could act at any time because the charge carries the stipulation that as a result of their allegedly engaging in organized criminal activity, cases of capital murder occurred.

There is no statute of limitation of that crime – capital murder.

They didn’t do anything violent, and they filed federal lawsuits to redress what they allege was a violation of their civil rights.

All that is on hold pending the outcome of the 154 cases yet to be tried over the Twin Peaks debacle and the two RICO federal cases against national leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club U.S.A., former President Jeffrey Pike and Vice President John Portillo.

After those two long years, they told the press that they frantically begged their friends in law enforcement to come see about the menacing presence of heavily armed men wearing the patches of a club that refused to join the Confederation of Clubs, the Cossacks.

Their pleas fell on deaf ears. Imagine their horror when they watched the world explode in a few seconds of fierce gunfire that left 9 men dead and 20 wounded and resulted in the arrest of 177 persons whose bail was set at $1 million.

They live under the conditions of bond, which strictures are severe and offer only a tenuous hold on freedom, one that is very expensive, obtained a day at a time, their lives regulated by prosecutors and court coordinators, bondsmen and lawyers.

I searched, very hard, but somehow I couldn’t find a picture of the city dads bestowing the framed proclamation upon the no shows from the Confederation of Clubs. I did find a picture of a heavily armed and armored SWAT team member standing vigilant with his “assault rifle” at the ready, a gloved finger handy to the trigger.

It may be of note that Swanton, the city’s public information officer was similarly armed. He mentioned to me at the time that the security condition of the crime scene was still  “an active shooter situation.” He said, “We still have people out here with rifles, Jim. We can’t be too sure who they are or where they are located. You might catch a round in the back.”

Yeah, true story. He’s right. That’s why they call it Six Shooter Junction. Place has a rep for that kind of thing. There are even historical markers on the public square commemorating just how someone shot another guy in the back with a Colt “Peacemaker.”

Just saying, Officer McGruff.

I am sincere.

So mote it be.

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The Mind-Numbing Consequences Of Constant Fear

CAN’T YOU SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO YOU WITH FEAR? THE CONSTANT SENSE OF IMPENDING DOOM IS OVERPOWERING.

There is a very clever writer named P.J. O’Rourke who once described the “savings and loan crisis” of the eighties this way:

They, that is the federal government’s Resolution Trust Corporation, say they “lost” this many billion dollars in a collapse of thrift institutions, or savings and loan industry outlets.

“LOST,” asked our man O’Rourke. Did they have any idea where? Checked under the couch? Behind the refrigerator?

The numbers are so vast, they’re mind-boggling. The average person has no idea how to comprehend the amounts of money, here. A billion is a thousand million; how’s that for starters?

At the time, O’Rourke was with “Rolling Stone” Magazine. Now, he’s editor and chief of an on-line publication called “American Consequences.” It’s a financial newsletter that prints things as provocative as his missive about President George Herbert Walker Bush’s savings and loan “crisis.”

O’Rourke’s punch line was this. That many billion dollars is enough to take a taxi from Times Square to the planet Uranus 187,000 times round trip and still have enough left over to leave the cabbie a 10 percent tip.

Is your head feeling like it’s as numb as can be, like you just pulled it out of a snow bank? It should be. That’s state of the art doom and gloom be-bop, served up rapid fire in the key of A-flat Major, double 4 cut time, al presto.

That’s what it’s all about.

Ritual trauma, its infliction on the public mind – or perhaps more appropriately, the oversoul alluded to by certain psychoanalysts and various other mental pathologists – is one of the great semantic innovations of the mass media.

Sigmund Freud’s nephew invented the practice of “public relations.”

It’s a government thing. After all, the G controls broadcasting, the multi-national, vertically integrated corporations that provide everything needed in publishing, from the forests where the paper begins its production process to the tread rubber on the tires of the trucks that haul the confetti to the U.S. Postal Service’s bulk mailing centers.

Nothing new about that. Take a look at the corporate career of Mr. B. Franklin, Printer, of Philadelphia. You’ll get the picture – pronto.

It’s a grinding, relentless and mind-numbing struggle for control of a person’s thought processes, an unswerving and plodding progression from one overwhelming crisis to the next.

Here’s the opening minutes of an audio presentation from Stansberry Research instructing one as to exactly what to do on the day the system fails, traffic comes to a standstill, the cell phones don’t work and all forms of communication are down for some unexplained reason transmitted by the government to every computer and phone terminal simultaneously from a number with a 202 area code.

This is the kind of good advice only the CIA insider can pass on to the unsuspecting business owner with wealth who is so desperately looking for a way to hang on, if only for awhile, to what he has scrimped, saved, fought, bled and struggled to obtain for – all – these – years!

Enjoy. It’s our legacy – or, at least, it sure seems to be.

 

‘I Don’t Want To Put Anyone’s Life In Danger’

Casie Gotro – Attorney for Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal…

Waco – Every time the woman stands up in the stirrups and speaks to authority – to the State of Texas – you realize all over again, this is the place where we seek a civil solution to a dreaded conflict.

Ms. Gotro is a 90-pound ball of fire, a whirling dervish of an argumentative and incisive professional advocate – a barrister – who orders around 300-pound goons who could snap her leg with a kick, shatter her jaw by backhanding her.

They wouldn’t dare.

She is a walking example of what all the symbolism, the majesty and pomp of the law contains.

Heading into a Monday court date in which jurors will fill out questionnaires with interrogatories about their attitudes governing the behavior of people who ride 800-pound chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected screaming suicide machines to mansions of glory, she pointed out to the Judge – Matt Johnson of the 54th Criminal District – that she still has no idea of who, just who it is, who stood in the parking lot at Twin Peaks and appears to have unleashed the hell and fury of an ambush from a remote location at the apex of an L-shaped ambush.

“I don’t want to put anyone’s life in danger,” she said. And then she explained that surveillance footage had depicted at the time violence began at Twin Peaks, about the time her client Jake Carrizal, with his father and son behind him on their Harley-Davidson cruisers, rode up.

An “undercover officer” in the “true sense of the word,” not a confidential informant, appears, signals with his hand to his head after looking both right and left, and then runs like a bat out of hell to the safety of an establishment next door, his knees pumping, elbows held tight to his sides and arms swinging.

No one knows his name.

“I just know that the guy is a witness, and I want to talk to him,” she concluded.

Silence.

Momentary, yes. Total. Bleak.

All you heard for a long moment was the hum of the ventilators spewing frosty refrigerated air from the vents.

No paper shuffle. No murmur. No nothing.

The moment passed when Johnson looked at his former law partner, elected Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna, and following the Judge’s glance, the DA responded by saying, “I don’t know what she’s talking about…” Then he backpedalled and said that if she means this or that, maybe the other, he could surely accommodate her issue.

Maybe “If they would provide a still copy,” he said, gesturing with both hands in a conciliatory posture.

Johnson readily agreed. He nodded vigorously, looking directly at Ms. Gotro, who stood poised on one foot flatly planted on the carpet, the other a toe-pointed down, ready to pirouette, spring, cut, flank or sprint.

Why not? They’re the home team. Gotro practices from a solo office in Houston. Who would oppose a 90-pound ball of fire in any way other than obliquely after stalling she and the entire defense bar representing 154 people accused of being gangsters in the most violent sense of the word for 29 long months?

It just isn’t done that way, is it?

They are both the sons of judges, Reyna’s dad Felipe an appeals judge who was once the DA, Johnson’s a District Judge who started his career as a Justice of the Peace in Waco.

After the lunch break, as Johnson took guilty pleas from a group of men wearing the dingy gray and grayer striped jumpsuits of inmates, he beckoned to Ms. Gotro and she approached the bench, returning to her seat in the gallery with a CD in hand.

And then, she and her associates walked away into the brilliant sunshine of a mid-day in that gloriously heart breaking beauty of an October afternoon after cotton season in the black lands.

Meanwhile, the column of belly-chained and foot-shuffling inmates went through the motions of signing away every right to appeal, discovery of evidence, private investigation, or deposition they once had, many of them for the maximum period the criminal code of procedure provides – 10 years.

The contrast is stark.

The Twin Peaks defendants were headed for a legislative council meeting during a session considering their rights – motorcycle safety funds, handgun open carry, law enforcement profiling.

They are in similar lock-step, except theirs is diametrically opposed to those who would sign away all their rights in favor of “community supervision.”

The “motorcycle enthusiasts,” many of them members of clubs, as opposed to what the state must prove are “criminal outlaw gangs,” are unanimous in their determination to not plead guilty to the offense for which they face indictment.

Engaging in organized criminal activity.

So mote it be.

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Sex On Cell Phone Used To Coerce Plea – Lawyer says

Paul Looney and his legal assistant Roxanne Avery file court motion 

I CANNOT IMAGINE A MORE ABUSIVE PROCESS THAN WHAT HAS OCCURRED HERE. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF LIMBO BY NOW… – PAUL LOONEY

Waco – The last thing Paul Looney wanted to do was to make a public issue of the way prosecutors dragged his client’s reputation through mud.

In the last analysis, they forced his hand when they refused to remove video of the Twin Peaks defendant and his wife having sex and left the offending files in distribution to defense attorneys represent about 150 other bikers who were arrested at the Confederation of Clubs meeting that turned into a police blood bath on May 17, 2015.

As it is, he’s demanding the removal of DA Abel Reyna and his staff from the case – one of about 155 – the recall of the files, a court of inquiry, and criminal charges for a violation of the penal code.

In a wide-ranging press conference before television cameras, Looney speculated that the purpose for the distribution of the sex tapes was to coerce his client into pleading guilty in order to keep the indiscretely distributed, private pictures in the dark.

He stopped short of calling that a sign of bikers’ solidarity in not entering guilty pleas to the blanket and identical charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

He said it is a move for “getting out of the mess.”

This is a complete transcript of Mr. Looney’s remarks and his answers to media questions at the McLennan County Courthouse during the noon hour today:

Allege Criminal Offenses in Twin Peaks Discovery

Sexually explicit material on a  phone turned over to 150 lawyers

Waco – Prosecutors who included private images of sexual activity between a defendant and his wife in discovery material distributed to more than 150 attorneys are guilty of a sex offense, according to a Houston attorney.

Paul Looney, who represents a biker named Cody Ledbetter, will hold a public show down in the McLennan County Courthouse rotunda at 1:30 pm Thursday after filing a motion to disqualify DA Abel Reyna and his staff.

The allegation is that when Ledbetter’s phone was confiscated, the prosecution copied “photos and/or videos of himself and his wife engaging in consensual sexual activity on his cell phone” more than 150 times and distributed the material to other attorneys as discovery material under the provision of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Michael Morton Act..

According to Looney, the couple had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” as to the pictures. Their distribution is a misdemeanor violation of the Penal Code, he alleged.

“The District Attorney and his assistants have committed numerous crimes against Mr. Ledbetter and his wife by knowingly revealing these intimate images on his telephone without any legal excuse,” Looney wrote in his motion.

“The State has been claiming a ‘duty to disclose’ that never applied to these images and that is simply an outrage,” said Looney’s partner, Clay S. Conrad.

‘ACTIONS SIMPLY CRIMINAL’

“They are not protected by immunity; they are not protected by discovery rules, and they are not protected by common sense. Those actions were and still are simply criminal. The District Attorney’s Office in McLennan County can no longer be responsible for the prosecution of Cody Ledbetter; a special prosecutor must appointed.”

Looney argued that “there is no question” that a person can victimize another and still serve as his prosecutor.

“McLennan County citizens have a right to be disgusted…”

The motion cites violation of the penal code, procedural rules and the Michael Morton Act, which calls for exculpatory evidence to be turned over to defendants. None of those measures recognize the distribution of private photos.

Ledbetter, who was arrested on May 17, 2015,  has demanded a speedy trial since February of 2016 when Judge Ralph T. Stother scrubbed a court date in 19th District Court in favor of bringing the case of Bandido Jake Carrizal to trial first. That case is scheduled to begin jury selection on Monday, October 9 in 54th District Court under the gavel of Judge Doug Shaver of Houston following the recusals of both Judge Matt Johnson and Judge Strother.

Public’s Confidence Level Low In Vegas Cover Story

The LVMPD knows the motive behind the attack, but the FBI will not allow us to release the motive because it implicates the FBI in illegal arms deals and supplying arms to ISIS terrorists within U.S. borders.

A mysterious, heavily redacted g-mail circulating in the social media – click image for full size

Las Vegas – An unconfirmed g-mail attributed to an official source unable to speak publicly alleges that the Las Vegas massacre was a wild west shoot-out between an undercover FBI operative and ISIS soldiers seeking firearms and ammo.

The heavily redacted document made its appearance on an unidentified social media forum earlier today.

This is the legible text:

The LVMPD knows the motive behind the attack, but the FBI will not allow us to release the motive because it implicates the FBI in illegal arms deals and supplying arms to ISIS terrorists within U.S. borders.

Stephen Paddock was an undercover FBI agent who participated in multiple illegal arms deals in the Las Vegas area in a gun running entrapment scheme similar to Fast and Furious. Paddock thought he was engaging in another routine arms transfer, but ISIS operatives who were going to meet him learned about the entrapment scheme and Paddock’s true identity. They killed him and carried out the massacre, and then fled the scene. Leland Yee has a lot to do with this.

Everything is being kept under extreme wraps because 1) armed ISIS terrorists are still at large and 2) this is very embarrassing to the FBI and they don’t want their scheme to become public knowledge.

One may reach a cloud-based dropbox file of the image by clicking here. 

The g-mail has an air of political intrigue lending it some credence to both liberal and conservative readers who follow California politics.

Leland Yee is a former California State Senator from San Francisco whose district included parts of the city and the peninsula. After a failed bid for Mayor, he set his sights on Secretary of State and in an attempt to raise campaign funds, he was caught promising guns to an undercover FBI agent in a sting operation. Yee served time behind federal bars for the crime after entering a guilty plea in February, 2016.

Much speculation has circulated on social media sites since the Sunday night massacre that left 59 dead and more than 500 persons wounded in an onslaught of full automatic arms fire.

Many people gave the opinion that something about the story released on mainstream media was not only confusing, but seemed full of holes – while it bore just enough resemblance to other legends, other operations gone wrong to have the malodorous air of green government baloney.

Hoax, trial balloon, fishing lure, or truthful revelation from a civil war waged on American soil, the intrigue is as solid as anything of its type ever may be. C’est la guerre…

So mote it be.

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Biker’s Spot News Out of Vegas Hits Hard

THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS! – Blake Taylor,

BIKER BLAKE TAYLOR AT THE MIC IN A RAPID-FIRE REPORT

Reporting by Blake Taylor

Somewhere in Cyberspace – Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, used a hammer to break out two tempered glass windows in his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

And then he rained hell and hot lead on 22,000 unsuspecting people having a good time listening to the tunes at the Route 91 concert.

Paddock, an accountant with millions at his disposal was a pilot and a wheeler dealer who liked to gamble, according to his brother, who said he could recall no especial political bent about his brother.

He and a female companion named Marilou Danley, 62, had been holed up in the hotel room with 10 guns, obviously some of them automatic, and about 400 pounds of ammo. Curiously, housekeeping staff said they never noticed the artillery when they tidied up each day.

Paddock and his brother reportedly had no criminal background, but their father was a serial bank robber who spent a lot of time behind bars.

At last count, some 59 persons are dead in the bloody onslaught and 515 injured.

Our correspondent, Blake Taylor, prayed for Vegas, for us all, and he began his report by saying, “This is not about politics…”

A WOMAN COVERED WITH BLOOD LIES IN THE RUBBLE OF PANIC

 

Twin Peaks: To Recuse Judge Matt Johnson

Matt Clendennen is THE VICTIM OF THE POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM OF ABELINO REYNA, according to the recusal motion filed today  

54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson must recuse himself, said Dallas defense attorney, because his former partner is a witness

Waco  – The writ served on the 54th Criminal District Court to day could not be more clear or straightforward.

A judge should recuse himself if his impartiality might be questioned because of the appearance of bias or personal knowledge of disputed evidence in a case.

There is a citation of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, P. 18b.

But a judge MUST recuse himself when a lawyer with whom the judge previously practiced law has been a material witness concerning the proceeding.

F. Clinton Broden, the attorney representing former Scimitars MC member Matthew Clendennen served the motion on the Court today. Its chief allegation of complaint is twofold.

First, Judge Matt Johnson cannot serve as judge because he and DA Abel Reyna for a number of years practiced in partnership; secondly, the Judge heard a similar motion to disqualify Reyna in which he, Broden proved up the fact that Reyna made himself a necessary complaining witness by taking over the Waco Police investigation of the violent debacle and police massacre at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015.

Nine died; twenty suffered gunshot wounds, most of them from police assault rifles.

Reyna ordered his staff to prepare an affidavit of warrantless arrest and had it served by his order on 177 persons because they were wearing the patches of motorcycle clubs. He alleged they are members of an outlaw criminal gang and their patches prove that.

He furthermore lied on the witness stand when he told the Court with Johnson sitting on the bench that the Detective who signed the affidavit he had cautioned that he must assure himself that he has personal knowledge of the allegations as to the defendants’ engaging in organized criminal activity.

When recalled to the witness stand, Detective Manuel Chavez testified that he never spoke or even saw Abel Reyna on that date, May 17, 2015.

Broden cites a case known as Ex Parte Ellis, 275 S.W. 3d 109, 116 (Tex. App. -Austin 2008) in which the holding is that “When deciding a recusal motion, courts must use an objective reasonable person test. Indeed, ‘the proper inquiry is whether a reasonable member of the public at large, knowing all the facts in the public domain concerning the judge and the case would have a reasonable doubt the judge is actually impartial. This “standard has been adopted in order that the public, i.e., the person on the street, might have confidence in the judiciary…”

Two visiting judges have ruled in four cases that 19th Criminal District Judge Ralph T. Strother cannot pass such a test when applied to his actions in the Twin Peaks affair.

Judge Johnson overruled and denied the previous motion for Reyna’s disqualification, which motion was reversed by the 10th District Court of Appeals at Waco, and then overruled by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on an appeal by the prosecution. That is the state’s highest tribunal in which criminal matters may be appealed.

Matt Clendennen is completely innocent of the charge, it says in the writ.

Broden argues that all evidence points out that Clendennen participated in no violence, that he fled the scene and took refuge in a restroom when a fight erupted in the parking lot.

The writ filed today points out that, “Thus, when considering a motion to recuse, one must consider more than whether or not the judge has a personal bias against the movant. In addition, one must consider the objective issue of whether a reasonable person would have doubts about the judge’s impartiality.

“Finally, it bears repeating that any reasonable doubt is resolved in favor of recusal. Birkett, 196 S.W.3dd at 896.”

“Abelino Reyna will be a material witness at trial,”  the motion vows.

Apparently, it matters not who the judge may be, the DA will be called as a defense witness to prove up his involvement as an investigator who became involved by interfering with a police investigation.

The defense strategy will be focussed on letting the jurors find the determinations of two facts:

“Mr. Clendennen’s defense at any trial in this matter will be two parts. First, that he is completely innocent, and, second, that he is the victim of the political opportunism of Abelino Reyna,” according to the recusal motion signed by F. Clinton Broden.(cllick here to read the entire motion)

REQUEST: DA’s PHONE RECORDS FOR 5/17/15

Obviously such information could be of great importance to a defendant seeking to learn the identity of persons potentially involved in providing information regarding a case or persons being called for leads or background information. – McLennan County Administrator Dustin Chapman 

Waco – This public information act request has been kicking around the rancho road between Six Shooter and Ostentatious for quite some time, now. It’s kind of interesting, this quest for information about who knew what, when , and who they let know all about it.

Just saying.

So mote it be.

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