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Mar 30, 2011

Show 706 Endgame: The End of the Debt SuperCycle. David Horowitz. Grover Norquist. Runaway Slave. Conservative Talk Radio, Audio

Dennis talks to John Mauldin, renowned financial expert and analyst. His free weekly e-newsletter, Thoughts from the Frontline, has over a million subscribers. His new book, already a best seller, is Endgame: The End of the Debt SuperCycle and How It Changes Everything… March 14, 2011 Radio Show

Segment 2- David Horowitz CPAC 2011  12 minutes.

Segment 3- Grover Norquist

Segment 4- Sean Hannity interviews producer of Documentary Runaway Slave.

 

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Mar 29, 2011

Show 705 The History of World War Two. By Michael Medved.

This is an excellent series of three shows discussing the history of and major misconceptions about World War Two. This is show three of a three part series.

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Mar 28, 2011

Show 704 Ron Pauls book The Revolution a Manifesto Chapter 4 Economic Freedom

 

 I love Ron Pauls domestic policies. No one is a better Libertarian than this Republican.

His Foreign policies may be suicidal (allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons) but there is much to learn from his Constitutionalist economics. – ACU Editor

 Books that have influenced Paul and which he recommends to his readers include 48 titles, such as The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The Creature from Jekyll Island, The Road to Serfdom, Economics in One Lesson, Human Action, Doctor Zhivago, Atlas Shrugged, and Democracy in America, as well as titles from Thomas DiLorenzo, Thomas Fleming, Chalmers Johnson, Rose Wilder Lane, Andrew Napolitano, Robert Pape, Lew Rockwell, Michael Scheuer, Murray Rothbard, and Hans Sennholz.

Mar 25, 2011

Show 703  Glen Beck discussing- Prepare for the Worst and an interview with Thomas Sowell.

Segment 1. Prepare for the Worst. 24 minutes.

This is an audio presentation of the video. Watch the video at:

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/19970/Glen_Beck_Prepare_For_The_Worst_Part_1_of_3/  

Segment 2 Glen Beck talks with Thomas Sowell on his book. 8 minutes.

Mar 24, 2011

Show 702 John Stossel gives his alternative vision for what Obama's "State of the Union" speech should have said. Episode 51.  44 minutes. Jan 27, 2011

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Mar 23, 2011

Show 701  The Evil of Communism         

It’s a moral scandal that Communism is not studied as the evil that it was. It murdered over 150 million people. February 22, 2011 The Dennis Prager Radio Show.

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Mar 22, 2011

 

Show 700 The Great American Bank Robbery: The Unauthorized Report About What Really Caused the Great Recession and the book The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen.

 

First segment-Dennis Prager talks to Paul Sperry, veteran financial reporter who has written for the NY Post, Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He’s also a media fellow with the Hoover Institution. His new book is The Great American Bank Robbery: The Unauthorized Report About What Really Caused the Great Recession. March 03, 2011

 

Second Segment The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen.

Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.

  

 

The Great American Bank Robbery reveals how the U.S. is being shaken down in the name of multiculturalism and diversity. In the Panic of '08 the American economy had a great fall and nobody-from the president to the treasury secretary-could put it back together again. Only it didn't really fall. It was pushed and this book will identify the guilty muggers. Sperry's exhaustive research reveals the economic costs of high-risk subprime mortgages and a host of other dangerous multicultural trends including: Islamic banking  banking with illegal immigrants gay rights the Indian casino monopoly and the rash of frivolous race-bias suits shaking down the travel and lodging industries Many are buying into the business-bashing and Big Government salves peddled by the same progressive quacks who got us into this mess. But if we blame the wrong culprits taxpayers will be on the hook for even bigger bank bailouts down the road.The Great American Bank Robbery reveals how the U.S. is being shaken down in the name of multiculturalism and diversity. In the Panic of '08 the American economy had a great fall and nobody-from the president to the treasury secretary-could put it back together again. Only it didn't really fall. It was pushed and this book will identify the guilty muggers. Sperry's exhaustive research reveals the economic costs of high-risk subprime mortgages and a host of other dangerous multicultural trends including: Islamic banking  banking with illegal immigrants gay rights the Indian casino monopoly and the rash of frivolous race-bias suits shaking down the travel and lodging industries Many are buying into the business-bashing and Big Government salves peddled by the same progressive quacks who got us into this mess. But if we blame the wrong culprits taxpayers will be on the hook for even bigger bank bailouts down the road.

 

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Mar 21, 2011

Show 699 Part 6 of 6. Documentary- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. 

 

This is ACUs audio version of the PBS 6 hour mini series documentary Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 

To watch the Documentary Film visit:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/commanding-heights-battle-world-economy/    

 

Episode Three:
The New Rules of the Game part 2 of 2.

 

With communism discredited, more and more nations harness their fortunes to the global free-market. China, Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe and Latin America all compete to attract the developed world's investment capital, and tariff barriers fall. In the United States Republican and Democratic administrations both embrace unfettered globalization over the objections of organized labor.

But as new technology and ideas drive profound economic change, unforeseen events unfold. A Mexican economic meltdown sends the Clinton administration scrambling. Internet-linked financial markets, unrestricted capital flows, and floating currencies drive levels of speculative investment that dwarf trade in actual goods and services. Fueled by electronic capital and a global workforce ready to adapt, entrepreneurs create multinational corporations with valuations greater than entire national economies.

 

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

 

 

Mar 18, 2011

Show 698 Part 5 of 6. Documentary- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. 

 

This is ACUs audio version of the PBS 6 hour mini series documentary Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 

To watch the Documentary Film visit:

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Episode Three:
The New Rules of the Game part 1 of 2.

 

With communism discredited, more and more nations harness their fortunes to the global free-market. China, Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe and Latin America all compete to attract the developed world's investment capital, and tariff barriers fall. In the United States Republican and Democratic administrations both embrace unfettered globalization over the objections of organized labor.

But as new technology and ideas drive profound economic change, unforeseen events unfold. A Mexican economic meltdown sends the Clinton administration scrambling. Internet-linked financial markets, unrestricted capital flows, and floating currencies drive levels of speculative investment that dwarf trade in actual goods and services. Fueled by electronic capital and a global workforce ready to adapt, entrepreneurs create multinational corporations with valuations greater than entire national economies.

 

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

 

 

Mar 17, 2011

 Show 697 Documentary Part 4 of 6- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 This is ACUs audio version of the PBS 6 hour mini series documentary Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 

To watch the Documentary Film visit:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/commanding-heights-battle-world-economy/   

Episode Two: The Agony of Reform part  2 of 2

As the 1980s begin and the Cold War grinds on, the existing world order appears firmly in place. Yet beneath the surface powerful currents are carving away at the economic foundations.

Western democracies still struggle with deficits and inflation, while communism hides the failure of its command economy behind a facade of military might. In Latin America populist dictators strive to thwart foreign economic exploitation, piling up debt and igniting hyperinflation in the process. In India and Africa bureaucracies established to end poverty through scientific planning spawn black markets and corruption and stifle enterprise.

Worldwide, the strategies of government planning are failing to produce their intended results. From Bolivia and Peru to Poland and Russia, the free-market policies of Thatcher and Reagan are looked to as a possible blueprint for escape. One by one, economies in crisis adopt "shock therapy" -- a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism.

As the command economies totter and collapse, privatization transfers economic power back into entrepreneurial hands, and whole societies go through wrenching change. For some the demands and opportunities of the market provide a longed for liberation. Others, lacking the means to adapt, see their security and livelihood swept away. In this new capitalist revolution enlightened enterprise and cynical exploitation thrive alike. The sum total of global wealth expands, but its unequal distribution increases, too, and economic regeneration exacts a high human price.

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Documentary Description- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

 

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Mar 16, 2011

Show 696 Documentary Part 3 of 6- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

This is ACUs audio version of the PBS 6 hour mini series documentary Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 

To watch the Documentary Film visit:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/commanding-heights-battle-world-economy/   

Episode Two: The Agony of Reform part 1 of 2

As the 1980s begin and the Cold War grinds on, the existing world order appears firmly in place. Yet beneath the surface powerful currents are carving away at the economic foundations.

Western democracies still struggle with deficits and inflation, while communism hides the failure of its command economy behind a facade of military might. In Latin America populist dictators strive to thwart foreign economic exploitation, piling up debt and igniting hyperinflation in the process. In India and Africa bureaucracies established to end poverty through scientific planning spawn black markets and corruption and stifle enterprise.

Worldwide, the strategies of government planning are failing to produce their intended results. From Bolivia and Peru to Poland and Russia, the free-market policies of Thatcher and Reagan are looked to as a possible blueprint for escape. One by one, economies in crisis adopt "shock therapy" -- a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism.

As the command economies totter and collapse, privatization transfers economic power back into entrepreneurial hands, and whole societies go through wrenching change. For some the demands and opportunities of the market provide a longed for liberation. Others, lacking the means to adapt, see their security and livelihood swept away. In this new capitalist revolution enlightened enterprise and cynical exploitation thrive alike. The sum total of global wealth expands, but its unequal distribution increases, too, and economic regeneration exacts a high human price.

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Documentary Description- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

 

 

Mar 15, 2011

Show 695 Part 2 of 6 Documentary- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy 

This is ACUs audio version of the film documentary.

To watch the Documentary Film visit:  

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/commanding-heights-battle-world-economy/  

 

 Episode One:   The Battle of Ideas Part 2 of 2    

  A global economy, energized by technological change and unprecedented flows of people and money, collapses in the wake of a terrorist attack .... The year is 1914.

Worldwide war results, exhausting the resources of the great powers and convincing many that the economic system itself is to blame. From the ashes of the catastrophe, an intellectual and political struggle ignites between the powers of government and the forces of the marketplace, each determined to reinvent the world's economic order.

Two individuals emerge whose ideas, shaped by very different experiences, will inform this debate and carry it forward. One is a brilliant, unconventional Englishman named John Maynard Keynes. The other is an outspoken émigré from ravaged Austria, Friedrich von Hayek.

But a worldwide depression holds the capitalist nations in its grip. In opposition to both Keynes and Hayek stand not only Hitler's Third Reich but Stalin's Soviet Union, schooled in the communist ideologies of Marx and Lenin and bent on obliterating the capitalist system altogether.

For more than half a century the battle of ideas will rage. From the totalitarian socialist systems to the fascist states, from the independent nations of the developing world to the mixed economies of Europe, and the regulated capitalism of the United States, government planning will gradually take over the commanding heights.

 

 

 

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights reunites the team that created The Prize— award-winning producer William Cran (From Jesus to Christ) and Daniel Yergin—and is the first in-depth documentary to tell the inside story of our new global economy and what it means for individuals around the world. Filmed on five continents, the powerful narrative combines stunning film footage with dramatic stories and extraordinary interviews with world leaders and thinkers from twenty different countries, including: Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Rep. Richard Gephardt, and President George W. Bush's Economic Advisor Lawrence Lindsey.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century.

 

 

Mar 14, 2011

Show 694 Part 1 of 6 Documentary- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. 

 

This is ACUs audio version of the PBS 6 hour mini series documentary Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

 

To watch the Documentary Film visit:

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/commanding-heights-battle-world-economy/   

Episode One: 

The Battle of Ideas Part 1 of 2   

A global economy, energized by technological change and unprecedented flows of people and money, collapses in the wake of a terrorist attack .... The year is 1914.

Worldwide war results, exhausting the resources of the great powers and convincing many that the economic system itself is to blame. From the ashes of the catastrophe, an intellectual and political struggle ignites between the powers of government and the forces of the marketplace, each determined to reinvent the world's economic order.

Two individuals emerge whose ideas, shaped by very different experiences, will inform this debate and carry it forward. One is a brilliant, unconventional Englishman named John Maynard Keynes. The other is an outspoken émigré from ravaged Austria, Friedrich von Hayek.

But a worldwide depression holds the capitalist nations in its grip. In opposition to both Keynes and Hayek stand not only Hitler's Third Reich but Stalin's Soviet Union, schooled in the communist ideologies of Marx and Lenin and bent on obliterating the capitalist system altogether.

For more than half a century the battle of ideas will rage. From the totalitarian socialist systems to the fascist states, from the independent nations of the developing world to the mixed economies of Europe, and the regulated capitalism of the United States, government planning will gradually take over the commanding heights.

But in the 1970s, with Keynesian theory at its height and communism fully entrenched, economic stagnation sets in on all sides. When a British grocer's daughter and a former Hollywood actor become heads of state, they join forces around the ideas of Hayek, and new political and economic policies begin to transform the world.

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Documentary Description- Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this groundbreaking series explores our changing world—the great debate over globalization and the future of our society.

Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century

Commanding Heights reunites the team that created The Prize— award-winning producer William Cran (From Jesus to Christ) and Daniel Yergin—and is the first in-depth documentary to tell the inside story of our new global economy and what it means for individuals around the world. Filmed on five continents, the powerful narrative combines stunning film footage with dramatic stories and extraordinary interviews with world leaders and thinkers from twenty different countries, including: Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Rep. Richard Gephardt, and President George W. Bush's Economic Advisor Lawrence Lindsey.

 

Mar 11, 2011

Show 693 OutloudOpinion- Audio of America’s Top Conservative Columnists.

Visit OutloudOpinion at http://www.outloudopinion.com/category/podcasts/outloudopinion-podcasts/best-of-the-web/    

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Mar 9, 2011

Show 692 Michael Medved talks to the author of The Future of Power.  Joseph S. Nye Jr. (Author)

Product Description-  In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power was expressed in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, numbers of men under arms, and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. By 2010, none of these factors confer power in the same way: industrial capacity seems an almost Victorian virtue, and cyber threats are wielded by non-state actors. Politics changed, and the nature of power—defined as the ability to affect others to obtain the outcomes you want—had changed dramatically. Power is not static; its story is of shifts and innovations, technologies and relationships.

Joseph Nye is a long-time analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government. Many of his ideas have been at the heart of recent debates over the role America should play in the world: his concept of "soft power" has been adopted by leaders from Britain to China; "smart power” has been adopted as the bumper-sticker for the Obama Administration’s foreign policy. This book is the summation of his work, as relevant to general readers as to foreign policy specialists. It is a vivid narrative that delves behind the elusive faces of power to discover its enduring nature in the cyber age.

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Mar 7, 2011

Show 691 Book- Deconstructing Obama. The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President.  Michael Medved talks to the author Jack Cashill. – 2/16/2011

Description- Did Obama write his own books and is the story they tell true?

"I've written two books," Barack Obama told a crowd of teachers in July of 2008. "I actually wrote them myself." The teachers exploded in laughter. They got the joke: lesser politicians were not bright enough to do the same. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama supporters pointed to the first of those two books, the 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, as proof of Obama's superior intellect. Time magazine called Dreams "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician." The Obama campaign machine traded on the candidate's literary reputation, encouraging volunteers to "get out the vote and keep talking to others about the genius of Barack Obama."

There was just one small flaw, as writer and literary detective Jack Cashill discovered months before the November 2008 election: nothing in Obama's history suggested he was capable of writing either Dreams or his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope. In fact, as Cashill continued his research, he came to the shocking conclusion that the real craftsman behind Dreams was terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers.

"This was a charge," David Remnick admits in his definitive Obama biography, The Bridge, "that if ever proved true, or believed to be true among enough voters, could have been the end of the candidacy."

Deconstructing Obama tells the story of what happens when a citizen journalist discovers a game-changing reality that the media refuse to acknowledge. Despite their rejection, Cashill expanded his research into Obama's literary canon. As he came to see, if Dreams serves as sacred text, the poem "Pop" is the Rosetta stone, the key to deciphering Obama's shrouded past, his fragile psyche, and his uniquely cryptic political life. In unlocking that past, Cashill discovered that the story that Obama has been telling all his life varies from the true story in ways big and small. In fact, much of Obama's life story appears to be a wholly constructed fabrication, one that Jack Cashill "deconstructs" to show the world just who Barack Obama really is.

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Mar 4, 2011

 Show 690 Segment 1. Dennis Prager talks to Burton Folsom, professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan and senior historian at the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. His latest book is New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America. January 13, 2011

 Segment 2. Dennis talks to Roy Baumeister, Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. His new book is Is There Anything Good About Men?: How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men…

 

Synopsis of Book-   Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased? Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all?

 

In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that successful cultures capitalize on these differences to outperform rival cultures. Amongst our ancestors—-as with many other species—only the alpha males were able to reproduce, leading them to take more risks and to exhibit more aggressive and protective behaviors than women, whose evolutionary strategies required a different set of behaviors. Whereas women favor and excel at one-to-one intimate relationships, men compete with one another and build larger organizations and social networks from which culture grows. But cultures in turn exploit men by insisting that their role is to achieve and produce, to provide for others, and if necessary to sacrifice themselves. Baumeister shows that while men have greatly benefited from the culture they have created, they have also suffered because of it. Men may dominate the upper echelons of business and politics, but far more men than women die in work-related accidents, are incarcerated, or are killed in battle—facts nearly always left out of current gender debates.

 

Engagingly written, brilliantly argued, and based on evidence from a wide range of disciplines, Is There Anything Good About Men? offers a new and far more balanced view of gender relations.

 

Publishers Weekly

Drawing on psychological and sociological theory in what he acknowledges is an essayistic rather than scholarly work, Florida State psychology professor Baumeister addresses gender roles and equality in a simplistic and even baffling book (as an example of male-female cooperation, he writes, "Most men voted to extend the vote to women," overlooking how long it took before men agreed to cast that vote). The reason men dominate culture and rule the world, he observes, is not that men are superior to women or have designed patriarchy to oppress women but rather that culture grew out of male relationships, which resulted in large structures containing many people (whether to engage in trade or in war), and thus men were always in charge. Whereas women, in Baumeister's view, seek close one-on-one relationships that are not culture-building. The author's belief that future cultures will be better off if they recognize and accept the differences between men and women can sound an awful lot like a "separate but equal" argument. Ultimately, though, Baumeister's repetitious and circular arguments fail to contribute any fresh ideas to the gender debate. (Sept.)

 

Biography

 

Roy F. Baumeister is the Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited (most influential) psychologists in the world. He is the co-editor, with John Baer and James Kaufman, of Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will and The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life.

Mar 2, 2011

Show 689  Libertarian all-star panel looks at 2010. Dec 9, 2010.

 Stossel Season 2010  :  Episode 44.   44 minutes

 

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