The power and danger of complexity and secrecy

3/9/2015 – Corporations and the wealthy use complexity and secrecy combined to operate under the radar. This is a big deal– an approach and system that was a real shock to me. Imagine– a bank with thousands of subsidiary operations. I’m not talking about branch outlets for the public. I’m talking about subsidiaries created to hide what is being done by whom and what.

That is the current state of capitalism. It is designed for evading, skirting and totally breaking the law and avoiding paying taxes and externality costs. it is a system that should not exist.

Chris Taggart, of Opencorporates.com, presenting at personaldemocracyforum.com, gave a talk describing how complexity and secrecy are used by corporations. He said, “this complexity is really great if you want to avoid detection, if you don’t want to be supervised, if you don’t want people to know what you are doing. One of the groups that really loves this is criminals…. it also provides powerful incentives to do bad behavior.”

Taggart says, “The complexity of these things is absolutely mind-blowing. Lehman brothers, just before it went to the wall, it’s last filings with SEC filing had something like 300 subsidiaries in its filing disclosed. But the bank of international settlements subsequently did an audit of it and found 2985 legal entities… ”

The opencorporates.com site is a powerful tool. I don’t expect most readers to dive in and build something with their API (application programming interface– Opednews using numerous APIs in different parts of the custom designed Populum content management system.) But my hope is that when you see the name of a big company, you start thinking of it as a web or network of hundreds, if not thousands of veiled subsidiaries operating with multiple levels of complexity and secrecy.

Think about how these companies and their billionaire owners are doing all they can to sabotage, weaken and hamstring government watchdog organizations so as to prevent them from even tracking their existence. This is the current state of capitalism. Many say that there is no alternative better than capitalism. I would argue that there are many different manifestations and kinds of capitalism. it is possible to create models that require openness, transparency and simplicity. We need to start electing and supporting people who walk the talk. (Obama gave the talk but has not walked it.)

….Imagine an organism with two eyes. Now imagine an massive organism with sensors that reach out, like cilia, or moth antennae, sensing in thousands of ways from thousands of miles away, sensing almost every manifestation of your being. That’s what is possible with all of these subsidiaries– and you can be sure that agencies like the CIA and other intelligence and homeland security operations use the same strategies, setting up corporations and then subsidiaries of them to work in ways that they want to keep hidden….

By Rob Kall – OpEdNews.com –

Obama mulls taxation imposed by executive order!

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.

“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

“Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of,” Earnest continued. “But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally,” Earnest finished.

Sanders sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Friday identifying a number of executive actions he believes the IRS could take, without any input from Congress….

By Conn Carroll – Townhall.com –

Corporations Taking USA Back to the 19th Century

[T]he growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what they’re worth in the market.

A Forbes Magazine contributor, for example, writes that jobs exist only “when both employer and employee are happy with the deal being made.” So if the new jobs are low-paying and irregular, too bad.

Much the same argument was voiced in the late 19th century over alleged “freedom of contract.” Any deal between employees and workers was assumed to be fine if both sides voluntarily agreed to it.

It was an era when many workers were “happy” to toil 12-hour days in sweat shops for lack of any better alternative.

It was also a time of great wealth for a few and squalor for many. And of corruption, as the lackeys of robber barons deposited sacks of cash on the desks of pliant legislators.

Finally, after decades of labor strife and political tumult, the 20th century brought an understanding that capitalism requires minimum standards of decency and fairness — workplace safety, a minimum wage, maximum hours (and time-and-a-half for overtime), and a ban on child labor.

We also learned that capitalism needs a fair balance of power between big corporations and workers.

We achieved that through antitrust laws that reduced the capacity of giant corporations to impose their will, and labor laws that allowed workers to organize and bargain collectively.

But now we seem to be heading back to 19th century.

Corporations are shifting full-time work onto temps, free-lancers, and contract workers who fall outside the labor protections established decades ago.

The nation’s biggest corporations and Wall Street banks are larger and more potent than ever.

And labor union membership has shrunk to fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers.

So it’s not surprising we’re once again hearing that workers are worth no more than what they can get in the market.

But as we should have learned a century ago, markets don’t exist in nature. They’re created by human beings. The real question is how they’re organized and for whose benefit.

In the late 19th century they were organized for the benefit of a few at the top.

But by the middle of the 20th century they were organized for the vast majority.

During the 30 years after the end of World War II, as the economy doubled in size, so did the wages of most Americans — along with improved hours and working conditions.

Yet since around 1980, even though the economy has doubled once again (the Great Recession notwithstanding), the wages most Americans have stagnated. And their benefits and working conditions have deteriorated.

This isn’t because most Americans are worth less. In fact, worker productivity is higher than ever.

It’s because big corporations, Wall Street, and some enormously rich individuals have gained political power to organize the market in ways that have enhanced their wealth while leaving most Americans behind….

By Robert Reich – Op Ed News –

Welcome To The Matrix: Enslaved By Technology & The Internet

If ever Americans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expediency and comfort delivered by way of blazingly fast Internet; cell phone signals that never drop a call; thermostats that keep us at the perfect temperature without our having to raise a finger; and entertainment that can be simultaneously streamed to our TVs, tablets, and cell phones.

Likewise, if ever we find ourselves in bondage, we will have only ourselves to blame for having forged the chains through our own lassitude, laziness, and abject reliance on internet-connected gadgets and gizmos that render us wholly irrelevant.

Indeed, while most of us are consumed with our selfies and trying to keep up with what our so-called friends are posting on Facebook, the megacorporation Google has been busily partnering with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, and other governmental agencies to develop a new “human” species, so to speak.

In other words, Google—a neural network that approximates a global brain—is fusing with the human mind in a phenomenon that is called “singularity”; and they’ve hired transhumanist scientist Ray Kurzweil to do just that. Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, Kurzweil said. “It will have read every email you will ever have written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself.”

But here’s the catch: the NSA and all other government agencies will also know you better than yourself. As William Binney, one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA said, “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”

Science fiction, thus, has become fact.

We’re fast approaching Philip K. Dick’s vision of the future as depicted in the film Minority Report. There, police agencies apprehend criminals before they can commit a crime; driverless cars populate the highways; and a person’s biometrics are constantly scanned and used to track their movements, target them for advertising, and keep them under perpetual surveillance.

Cue the dawning of the Age of the Internet of Things, in which internet-connected “things” will monitor your home, your health, and your habits in order to keep your pantry stocked, your utilities regulated, and your life under control and relatively worry-free.

The key word here, however, is control.

In the not-too-distant future, “just about every device you have — and even products like chairs, that you don’t normally expect to see technology in — will be connected and talking to each other.”

By 2018, it is estimated there will be 112 million wearable devices such as smart watches, keeping users connected in real time to their phones, emails, text messages, and the Internet. By 2020, there will be 152 million cars connected to the Internet and 100 million Internet-connected bulbs and lamps. By 2022, there will be 1.1 billion smart meters installed in homes, reporting real-time usage to utility companies and other interested parties.

….I’m not suggesting we all become Luddites. However, we need to be aware of how quickly a helpful device that makes our lives easier can become a harmful weapon that enslaves us.

This was the underlying lesson of The Matrix, the Wachowski siblings’ futuristic thriller about human beings enslaved by autonomous technological beings that call the shots. As Morpheus, one of the characters in The Matrix, explains:

“The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

“What truth?” asks Neo.

Morpheus leans in closer to Neo: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”

By John W. Whitehead – Western Journalism –

America on the Precipice of Immigration Anarchy

It may be difficult to understand how the leadership of our own government could be behind a push for anarchy, but incredibly this is precisely what we are witnessing — not only in Washington, but among political leaders in some states and cities across the United States. The prime issue behind this lunacy is immigration. Entering the realm of immigration is the equivalent of entering a parallel universe where up is down, left is right and right is wrong.

On December 22, 2014 the newspaper, Arizona Daily Star published an article titled “Tucson ‘dreamers’ line up to get driver’s licenses” that contained the following quote:

Many undocumented immigrants have to drive without licenses to get to work or school or do anything in their daily lives, said Rodriguez, who said he was brought to the United States from Agua Prieta, Sonora, when he was in third grade.

Consider that illegal aliens who should not be in the United States in the first place openly say that they “had to drive” to work or go to school. Illegal aliens are not supposed to be here or be working. However, their attitudes are perfectly normal and understandable considering the statements made by the president of the United States as well as by politicians from both political parties on the federal, state and local levels.

Consider how many politicians in Washington and in cities and states around the United States have blithely stated that illegal aliens are going to drive anyway so that providing them with licenses will enable them to drive safely. Given the terror attacks conducted in Paris, it is clear that the “all clear” has not sounded. We remain at risk of terror attacks and our leaders had better dust off their copies of the 9/11 Commission Report and relating documentation and finally get serious about truly protecting America and Americans.

It is more than mere irony that legislators, also known as “lawmakers,” are quick to justify illegal activities that aliens who have violated our borders and immigration laws engage in, such as driving without licenses, committing identity theft to gain unlawful employment, etc.

These are the same politicians who will seek opportunities to stand before television cameras and microphones to talk about the need to protect America and Americans from terrorism yet they will never, ever make any references to the findings of the 9/11 Commission which was prepared in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 to identify the vulnerabilities that enabled those terrorists, as well as others, to enter the United States and embed themselves as they went about their deadly preparations.

Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform ignore the fact that the administration has provided hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens up to age 31 with temporary lawful status and official identity documents without an interview or a field investigation to verify the information contained in their applications leading to a lack of integrity to the process. There is no reliable way to verify the identities of the applicants. There is, consequently, no way to know anything about their backgrounds, affiliations or when, where or how they actually entered the United States. Yet all too many of our “leaders” are more than willing to overlook these issues and the way that this undermines national security….

When we consider words, we must consider that the oaths of office taken by members of our armed forces, law enforcement officers and publicly elected officials do not provide for any “wiggle room” where our Constitution or our laws are concerned.

Our Constitution and our laws are not the equivalent of items on a menu where the patron of a restaurant decides whether or not to order both soup and salad or one or the other.

Oaths of office do not provide the person taking that oath the option of picking and choosing what laws he/she will uphold, defend or enforce. The oaths mandate that the person taking that oath will honor and respect all laws equally.

All too often, politicians who invoke the “Rule of Law” when they claim to be “constitutionalists” will, however, frequently call for changing our laws and ignoring elements of the Constitution that they, or more likely their major campaign contributors, find inconvenient and an impediment to huge profits often at the expense of America and Americans.

Our political leaders must be made to understand that they cannot have it both ways — they either support our Constitution and our laws or they do not.

They either stand with America and Americans or they do not.

By Michael Cutler – FrontPage Mag –

Our ‘government’ is just another corporation!

By Al Whitney – AntiCorruptionSociety.com –

“We’ll know our disinformation campaign is complete, when absolutely everything the American people believe is false”.
Wm Casey, Director of the CIA (1981)

While most of us recognize that lobbyists for major corporations seem to control Washington, few people know that Washington, D.C. is a corporation itself. The so-called ‘federal government’ is actually the Mother Corporation of a vast network of state and local governments and governmental ‘agencies’ that is actually a CORPORATE franchise system. [1]

To understand, what our ‘government’ really is, we have to review the history that is not in most history books. Did you know that the original ‘organic’ Constitution of 1787 was hijacked just after the Civil War? [2]

1871, February 21: Congress Passed an Act to provide a government for the District of Columbia, also known as the Act of 1871.

With no constitutional authority to do so, Congress created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, a ten mile square parcel of land (see, Acts of the Forty-first Congress,” Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62). [3]

The act — passed when the country was weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War — was a strategic move by foreign interests (international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the coffers and neck of America.

Congress cut a deal with the international bankers (specifically Rothschilds of London) to incur a DEBT to said bankers. Because the bankers were not about to lend money to a floundering nation without serious stipulations, they devised a way to get their foot in the door of the United States.

The Act of 1871 formed a corporation called THE UNITED STATES. The corporation, OWNED by foreign interests, moved in and shoved the original Constitution into a dustbin. With the Act of 1871, the organic Constitution was defaced — in effect vandalized and sabotaged — when the title was capitalized and the word “for” was changed to “of” in the title.

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is the constitution of the incorporated UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The country was changed, by stealth, from a Constitutional Republic to a corporation. [4]

Now we can better understand why the following occurred:
• USA INC granted ‘corporations’ the rights of ‘persons’, in a slurry of lawsuits by corporations shortly after the end of the Civil War.
• USA INC turned control of credit and currency over to the same international bankers by passing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 [5] and initiated a taxation scheme on the people via the 16th Amendment [6]
• USA INC turned the US Treasury Department (including all its assets) over to the private Federal Reserve in 1920 (Independent Treasury Act – 1920) [7]

The Bankruptcy of USA INC – 1930′ s
• USA INC, after being pillaged and bankrupted by the Federal Reserve banking cartel [8], turned over the entire country – including the people – as collateral on its corporate debt in 1933 and bound the individual states to ‘its’ bankruptcy obligations. [9]
• USA INC gave its CEO (the President) the authority to call a national emergency (a banking ‘holiday’) and establish Executive Branch ‘agencies’ to manage the state of emergency. The “national emergency” has never been removed and is still in effect. [10] Hence we have far reaching unconstitutional “Executive Orders”.
• USA INC declared the American people “enemies of the state” to force them to surrender their gold [11] and use Federal Reserve debt ‘notes’ as currency [12]

• USA INC issued Birth Certificates and Social Security Numbers whereby making the people registered ‘collateral’ for the payment of the debt owed to the same banking cartel
• USA INC started requiring the American people – as enemies – to get licenses to do business
• USA INC gradually altered the legal system and implemented corporate commercial Admiralty law (aka statutory law) throughout all of the states, counties and municipalities. [13] Statutes are for THEIR corporations and agencies. They only apply to us if we agree to contract with them. [14]

Then in the 70’s – 80’s USA INC (passing as a legitimate government) removed the gold standard from the dollar, tricked the states into sending their tax revenues to the District of Criminals (‘revenue sharing’) and even authorized the Department of Defense to wage war on the general population [15] – which it is now doing! There is an ongoing electro-magnetic radiation attack, it is a US military operation, and it is being inflicted on us all via the wireless communication and surveillance network. [http://smartmetersmurder.com/]

In 1992 the CEO of USA INC ordered the corporate states, counties and municipalities to sell off their public’s assets. [16]

In 2001 USA INC passed the Patriot Act, which permits unlimited spying on the American population and in 2011 Obama, the CEO of USA INC, signed the National Defense Authorization Act, permitting the arrest, and indefinite detention of ANYONE on US soil for merely displeasing the office of the President.

– Why aren’t the American people told that they are still classified as “enemies of the state” by the so-called federal government? [17]
– Why haven’t folks heard about the USA INC bankruptcy of ’33 and the severe changes that came thereafter?
– Why aren’t we told our justice system is based on corporate/commercial law and not on justice?

Because all lawyers (including those calling themselves constitutional ‘experts’) have to swear an oath of secrecy and agree to administer the bankruptcy. [18] [19] And a vast number of our so-called elected representatives are lawyers themselves! Very few lawyers will admit to these facts – that many might not even be aware of!

And here is the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM:
The American people did not and would not have agreed to any of this. They were kept in the dark and today find themselves unwittingly ‘contracting’ with a completely corrupt corporate franchise system, that doesn’t represent their best interests and that they don’t even know is in place. Therefore, the CIA has achieved their goal:
” . . . everything the American people believe is false.”

So, let’s stop calling these bodies and agencies our government. They are not. They are only posing as government. They do not serve us, but are actually private corporations listed on Dunn and Bradstreet by their all caps corporate names. We owe them no loyalty and it is our duty to expose the fact that they are fraudulently receiving public funds and ‘governmental immunity’ while they are actively profiting from and harming us all . . . even if many of their employees are as much in the dark as the rest of the population.

We simply must understand that as dead legal fictions they can only control us by our ‘consent’, and retired Judge Dale did an excellent job explaining how the ‘system’ really works. A MUST READ: Judge says USA INC is just a corporate franchise network

References and Links

[1] Democratic-Federal Franchise; http://anticorruptionsociety.com/2010/03/26/democratic-federal-franchise/

[2] The Act of 1871: The United States is a corporation http://www.federaljack.com/slavery-by-consent-the-united-states-corporation/

[3] “27 CFR 72.11” U.S. Inc. defines all crime as commercial as a result of the fall of the republic when the South walked out of congress in 1861 and the de jure congress, unable to raise a quorum, was replaced by Lincoln with the de facto corporate Congress; and the de jure district court of the United States was replaced by the de facto corporate UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_98/27cfr72_98.html)

[4] “28 USC 3002” (definition of the United States as a Federal corporation never taught in civics class; go to paragraph 15) (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode28/usc_sec_28_00003002—-000-.html)

(15) “United States” means-

(A) a Federal corporation;

[5] – “Lewis v. United States 680” (Federal Reserve Bank is privately owned: “…we conclude that the Reserve Banks are not federal instrumentalities for purposes of the FTCA (Federal Tort Claims Act), but are independent, privately owned and locally controlled corporations.” Lewis v United States, 680 F.2d 1239 (9th Cir. 1982). In other words, the Fed enjoys no United States immunity from law suit because it is a Federal institution in name only. (http://nesara.org/court_summaries/lewis_v_united_states.htm and http://www.geocities.com/chrisforliberty/lewis.html)

[6] – “Grace Commission” (Confirmed that virtually ALL taxes actually go to the Federal Reserve Bank to pay interest on the U.S. debt to the banking families that own the International Monetary Fund (IMF): “With two-thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal debt and by Federal Government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services which taxpayers expect from their Government.” J. Peter Grace, Cover letter, President’s Private Sector Report on Cost Control, January 12, 1984. Peter Grace was considered the Warren Buffet of his time, and the Grace Commission Report received widespread media attention as the gospel of Reagan’s so-called tax system overhaul.) (http://www.freecanadian.net/articles/grace.html or http://www.uhuh.com/taxstuff/gracecom.htm)

[7] Independent Treasury Act, 41 Stat. at L. 631, CHAP. 214 http://www.mindserpent.com/American_History/federal/acts/41_stat_631.html

[8] “Congressman Louis McFadden speech” (indictment of the Secretary of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board of Governor’s for treason by the chairman of the House Banking and Currency committee in 1934. In scathing speeches to Congress, McFadden said: “(The Fed) has impoverished and ruined the people of these United States, has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government.” This most knowledgeable man on banking also explained in vivid detail the method for recruiting the Federal Reserve to pay our debts as holder of the gold, and which is at the heart of today’s “tax remedies.”) (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7006/mcfadden-frb.html or http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/3616/flaherty10.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_T._McFadden)

[9] Who is Running America; http://www.barefootsworld.net/usfraud.html

[10] – “Senate Report 93-549” (The United States has been under dictatorial control since March 9, 1933. Report of the Special Committee on the Termination of the National Emergency, Senate Report 93-549, War and Emergency Powers Acts, November 19, 1973. “Foreward: Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency…These proclamations give force to 470 provisions of Federal law. These hundreds of statutes delegate to the President extraordinary powers, ordinarily exercised by the Congress, which affect the lives of American citizens in a host of all-encompassing manners. This vast range of powers, taken together, confer enough authority to rule the country without reference to normal Constitutional processes. Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.”) ( http://www.scratchinpost.net/barefootbob/war_ep1.html)

[11] “Executive Order 6102”: Government’s confiscation of your family’s gold and wealth under threat of 10 years in prison for failure to comply. As the Order specifies U.S. “persons” (eg. JOHN SMITH and JANE DOE), law enforcement was duped into enforcing against the general public a command that only applied to Federal employees and members of the armed forces.) (http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=14611 or http://www.the-privateer.com/1933-gold-confiscation.html)

[12] “HJR 192” (outlawing of the simple act of “paying with money” as a felony by substituting the lawyer’s parlor trick of “discharging” debts) (http://www.truthsetsusfree.com/HJR192.htm or http://www.nomoredebt.cc/hjr192.html

[13] James Trafficant (D-OH) speech on floor of Congress of March, 1993 exposing the bankruptcy; http://www.afn.org/~govern/bankruptcy.html

[14] “U.S. v. Spelar, 338 U.S. 217 at 222.” (U.S. regulations apply only within the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. “There is a canon of legislative construction which teaches Congress that, unless a contrary intent appears [legislation] is meant to apply only within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”)

[15] The United States Congress actually gave ‘approval’ to the Dept of Defense (and their private corporate contractors) to wage biological warfare on all of us!

The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States].” -SOURCE- Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, 91 Stat. 334. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 91, page 334, you will find Public Law 95-79. Public Law 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(1), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1882. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 96, page 1882, you will find Public Law 97-375

[16] Executive Order 12803; http://www.waterindustry.org/12803.htm

[17] We are the Enemies of the State; http://anticorruptionsociety.com/2011/02/25/we-are-the-enemies-of-the-state/

[18] Who is Running America; http://www.barefootsworld.net/usfraud.html

[19] The Bankruptcy of America – 1933 by Judge Dale: http://anticorruptionsociety.com/the-bankruptcy-of-america-1933/

 
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Former Editor of New England Journal of Medicine Exposes Medical Corruption

Expose’ By Dr. Marcia Angell –

“The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion)[in 2002]. Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.”

 
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