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Volume 17, No. 2                                                                                                               Jan 27, 2012

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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* Lights of Liberty 2011 Deadline: Febuary 22
* Visit Us at the Libertarian National Convention

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* Sir Richard Branson: Time to End the War on Drugs
* Libertarian Party Response to State of the Union Speech: "They're Both Right"
* New Video: 3 Reasons Conservatives Should Cut Military Spending -- Now
* Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free
 
THEY SAID IT: Jim DeMint on Ron Paul and libertarian ideas... Lindsey Graham on how US citizens held under NDAA should be treated... Commissioner Michael Williams on outlawing PJs in public... Judge James Gray on treating marijuana like wine... Jay Leno on economics and Congress

PERSUASION POWER POINT #321
* A Tale of Two Lumberjacks

ASK DR. RUWART
* How Can We Help Vulnerable People?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
* Word Choices: "United States Postal Monopoly" and More

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
* Libertarian Party of Florida state convention, Febuary 10-12
* Libertarian Party of Indiana state convention, March 22-25
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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris



Lights of Liberty 2011 Deadline:
Febuary 22

 
Dear friend,

A quick reminder: the deadline for claiming your Lights of Liberty Award for libertarian activism -- or for recommending someone else for that award -- is nearly here. 
 
The last day you can submit a notice of activism you performed in the year 2011 is February 22. 
 
I've written about the Lights of Liberty Awards extensively in the past, so I'll just touch on it lightly. For full details, please visit our Lights of Liberty site

Here are the basics. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS

Lights of Liberty is an Advocates program that honors libertarians who engage in vital outreach activities -- the kinds that build a strong grassroots movement. Our Lights of Liberty Awards program is designed to give much-deserved recognition to activists and to encourage more libertarians to participate in such outreach. 
 
You qualify for a Lights of Liberty Award if you did THREE of any combination of the following activities in 2011:
 
* Had a letter mentioning the word "libertarian" printed in a newspaper or magazine; 
 
* Participated for two hours or more in one day at an Operation Politically Homeless (OPH) booth; 
 
* Delivered a speech using the word "libertarian" to a non-libertarian audience. 

If you did ANY COMBINATION of three of these activities between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, congratulations -- you're a winner! 
 
And if you know anyone who did, they’re a winner – so let them know. 
  
AWARDS
 
In addition to having your name added to the Lights of Liberty Honor Roll, all winners will receive the following:
 
* A signed letter of congratulations and a handsome award certificate suitable for framing.
* A free subscription to the members-only Advocates Insider newsletter.
* 20% off your next purchase at the Advocates store of exclusive CDs, books, and communications tools.
 
* Plus, EVERY ACTIVITY YOU SUBMIT AUTOMATICALLY ENTERS YOU IN A DRAWING FOR OTHER GREAT PRIZES! These include classic liberty books, cutting edge outreach tools, and exclusive Advocates products. Details at the site. 
 
The more you did, the better your chance to win.
 
WHY SHOULD YOU ENTER?
 
Every Lights of Liberty winner is an inspiration to others. Your name on the list will inspire others to follow your example and do more of these kinds of valuable outreach activities. And isn't that the most important prize of all?  
 
CAN YOU ENTER SOMEONE ELSE?
 
Yes. If you know of someone who has done these activities, and you can verify it, please enter them. For instance, if you have done three OPH booths and you know some people who helped with the OPH booth for that same period, you can enter their names at our Lights of Liberty entry page

Help us reward vital grassroots activism for liberty!
 
HOW TO ENTER
 
Go to our special Lights of Liberty entry page and tell us about your activism. It's fast and easy!  
 
QUESTIONS?
 
Email us or call toll-free 800-932-1776.
 
Thank you for your work for the great Cause of Liberty! 

Sharon Harris
President, Advocates for Self-Government

P.S. If you're involved in a libertarian organization, please spread the word to others. We'd love to reward members of your group!

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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris



Sir Richard Branson: Time to End the War on Drugs
    
One of the world's best-known and most successful business leaders is calling for an end to the War on Drugs. 

"For all the successes I've had in business, I've also learnt to accept when things go wrong, work out why, and try to find a better way," wrote Branson in London's Daily Telegraph newspaper on January 23. "The war on drugs is a failed enterprise. We need to have the courage to learn the lessons and move on."

Branson, best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies, went on to note the many failings of the drug war and to call for decriminalizing drug use. His entire statement is well worth reading. 

Some excerpts: 

"Just as prohibition of alcohol failed in the United States in the 1920s, the war on drugs has failed globally. Over the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion has been spent fighting this battle, and all we have to show for it is increased drug use, overflowing jails, billions of pounds and dollars of taxpayers' money wasted, and thriving crime syndicates. It is time for a new approach.

"Too many of our leaders worldwide are ignoring policy reforms that could rapidly reduce violence and organized crime, cut down on theft, improve public health and reduce the use of illicit drugs. They are failing to act because the reforms that are needed center on decriminalizing drug use and treating it as a health problem. They are scared to take a stand that might seem 'soft.'

"But exploring ways to decriminalize drugs is anything but soft. It would free up crime-fighting resources to go after violent organized crime, and get more people the help they need to get off drugs. It's time to get tough on misguided policies and end the war on drugs.

"[The War on Drugs] has totally failed to stop the growth and diversification of the drug trade. Between 1998 and 2008, opiate use increased by more than 34 per cent, even as prison populations swelled and profits for drug traffickers soared.

"As these grim trends show, the two strategies at the core of drug control policy have been ineffective. First, prohibition and enforcement efforts have failed to dent the production and distribution of drugs in any part of the world. Second, the threat of arrest and punishment has had no significant deterrent effect on drug use.

"Unless this issue is tackled now, countless individuals and families will continue to suffer, no matter how much money is spent. …

"Drugs are dangerous and ruin lives. They need to be regulated. But we should work to reduce the crime, health and social problems associated with drug markets in whatever way is most effective. Broad criminalization should end; new policy options should be explored and evaluated; drug users in need should get treatment; young people should be dissuaded from drug use via education; and violent criminals should be the target of law enforcement. We should stop ineffective initiatives like arresting and punishing citizens who have addiction problems.

"Many political leaders and public figures acknowledge privately that repressive strategies have only made the drug problem worse. It took 14 years for America's leaders to repeal Prohibition. After 50 years of the failed drug war, it is time for today's leaders to find the courage to speak out."

Libertarian Party Response to State of the Union Speech: "They're Both Right"

The day after Obama's State of the Union address and the Republican response, America's third-largest political party, the Libertarian Party, weighed in with their take. 

Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party chair, denounced both speeches as "shameless free Infomercials for two guilty parties," noting that "unlike Ginsu knives, hair spray for men, and ripped abs in 30 days, the Republican and Democratic infomercials have no redeeming social value."

Hinkle continued: 

"Honest taxpayers realize you can't spend more money than you earn. They know that the #1 problem in America today is Government Overspending.

"The State of the Union and Republican Response infomercials are a grand dog-and-pony show aimed at distracting attention from the fact that Democratic and Republican politicians are equally guilty of driving government spending into the stratosphere.

"Both Democratic and Republican politicians initiated and supported bailouts.

"Both Democratic and Republican politicians initiated and supported mandates to buy medical insurance imposed on individuals and small businesses.

"Both Democratic and Republican politicians have voted for a laundry list of new and expanded government programs -- keeping taxes high and driving our national debt to staggering sums that defy comprehension.

"President Barrack Obama blamed the administration of former President George W. Bush for driving up debt and high unemployment.

"In response, Republican Governor Mitch Daniels threw blame back on the president and on the Democrat-controlled Senate.

"Both are correct. Both Democratic and Republican politicians in Washington D.C. are responsible for causing today's economic woes. … More voters than ever realize that Democratic and Republican politicians are equally responsible for destroying jobs, violating individual rights, and lowering the standard of living for Americans.

Hinkle, naturally enough, suggested that fed-up voters consider the Libertarian Party as an alternative.  

"The Libertarian Party offers voters a desperately-needed alternative. Since its founding 40 years ago, the Libertarian Party remains unwavering in its pursuit of liberty, free trade and small government.

"Libertarians represent the silent majority of Americans who want a choice for much less government:

* Huge and immediate reductions in taxes and government spending

* Repeal of laws that violate individual freedom

* An end to gunboat diplomacy and foreign political entanglements

* Dismantling of government bureaucracies and red tape."

The entire response is available at the Libertarian Party's website.

New Video: 3 Reasons Conservatives Should Cut Military Spending -- Now

As government spending spirals out of control, conservative Republicans are happy to talk about cutting spending on the poor, education, and -- gasp! -- even defunding cowboy poetry readings. 

But they insist that spending on the military and homeland security should not only not be cut, it should actually be increased. 

And it's not just conservatives. In his proposed 2011 budget, President Barack Obama actually called for bigger spending on the military and homeland security than the Republicans do. 

Our friends at ReasonTV have a new video that makes a simple but persuasive case that military spending can, and should, be cut now. And it's less than three minutes long. 

It also serves as a guide on how to begin useful conversations on this contentious issue. 

For further info, you can read the text of the video, with links that document its facts and figures, here

Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free

Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington University and a well-known civil libertarian. 

He's written a Washington Post commentary that everyone interested in liberty should read. 

"Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free" is a sobering look at vital freedoms America has lost in the political upheaval that followed the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks. 

"In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state," Turley writes. "At what point does the reduction of individual rights in our country change how we define ourselves? …[T]the United States now has much more in common with [authoritarian] regimes than anyone may like to admit."

Turley goes on to list ten alarming Big Brother powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11.

Here we'll only give short excerpts. For more details, see his excellent and shocking article. 

1. Assassination of U.S. citizens

"President Obama has claimed, as President George W. Bush did before him, the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism."

2. Indefinite detention

"Under the law signed last month, terrorism suspects are to be held by the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely detain citizens accused of terrorism. … The government continues to claim the right to strip citizens of legal protections based on its sole discretion."

3. Arbitrary justice

"The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the federal courts or in a military tribunal, a system that has been ridiculed around the world for lacking basic due process protections."

4. Warrantless searches

"The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information on citizens' finances, communications and associations …including searches of everything from business documents to library records. The government can use 'national security letters' to demand, without probable cause, that organizations turn over information on citizens -- and order them not to reveal the disclosure to the affected party. " 

5. Secret evidence

"The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts. It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security -- a claim made in a variety of privacy lawsuits and largely accepted by federal judges without question. Even legal opinions, cited as the basis for the government's actions under the Bush and Obama administrations, have been classified. This allows the government to claim secret legal arguments to support secret proceedings using secret evidence." 

6. War crimes

"The world clamored for prosecutions of those responsible for waterboarding terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration said in 2009 that it would not allow CIA employees to be investigated or prosecuted for such actions. This gutted not just treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law."
 
7. Secret court

"The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has expanded its secret warrants to include individuals deemed to be aiding or abetting hostile foreign governments or organizations. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers, including allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an identifiable terrorist group." 

8. Immunity from judicial review

"Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has successfully pushed for immunity for companies that assist in warrantless surveillance of citizens, blocking the ability of citizens to challenge the violation of privacy."

9. Continual monitoring of citizens

"The Obama administration has successfully defended its claim that it can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing any court order or review."

(Editor's note: Whether the Supreme Court's recent GPS ruling, which came after this article was written, will affect alleged national security use of GPS is unknown. However, as item 4 above indicates, the federal government already claims the right to conduct secret warrantless monitoring and searches.)

10. Extraordinary renditions

"The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary rendition, which has been denounced as using other countries, such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects."

Turley summarizes: 

"Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely. …The real question is whether we are lying to ourselves when we call this country the land of the free."

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Intellectual Ammunition is written by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has been a Finalist for the Mencken Awards, given by the Free Press Association for "Outstanding Journalism in Support of Liberty."


They Said It...

GOP NEEDS LIBERTARIAN IDEAS: "One of the things that's hurt the so-called conservative alternative is saying negative things about Ron Paul. I'd like to see a Republican Party that embraces a lot of the libertarian ideas. … If Republicans don’t understand the important aspects of what Ron Paul is saying, I don’t think we will continue to exist as a party, certainly not as a majority party." -- South Carolina Republican senator Jim DeMint on the Laura Ingraham talk radio show and on FOX News, January 2012.
 
SHUT UP: “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’” -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, describing how American citizens arrested without judicial review and held indefinitely without charge or trial should be treated under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

PROTECTING THE MORAL FIBER OF AMERICA: "The moral fiber in America is dwindling away. It's pajamas today; what is it going to be tomorrow? Walking around in your underwear?" -- Commissioner Michael Williams of Caddo Parish, Louisiana (which includes Shreveport), who plans to introduce an ordinance making it a crime to wear pajamas in public.
 
WHY THERE ARE NO ILLEGAL VINEYARDS: "Marijuana is the largest cash crop in the State of California. Number two is grapes. But today you do not see the Mexican drug cartels raising illegal vineyards in our National Forests in competition with Robert Mondavi. We can force these thugs out of this business. We can regulate marijuana like wine." -- Retired Superior Court Judge and Libertarian Party National Judicial Committee Member James Gray on California's “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative,” which would allow use, possession and sale of marijuana with the exact same legal status as drinking, owning or selling wine.

JAY LENO ON WHITE HOUSE ECONOMICS: "A hiker who was lost in a blizzard said he stayed alive by digging a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth. Today he was offered a job as President Obama's economic adviser." -- Jay Leno, January 19, 2012.
 
JAY LENO ON CONGRESS: "A new poll says 84% of Americans disapprove of Congress' job. The other 16% weren't aware Congress was doing one." -- Jay Leno, January 18, 2012.
 
JAY LENO ON CONGRESS, AGAIN: "Researchers found a frog in New Guinea that is so tiny, they believe it's the smallest vertebrate on the planet. It has the tiniest backbone of any living creature, except members of Congress." -- Jay Leno, January 12, 2012. 

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"They Said It..." is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris.


Persuasion
Power Point
#321

by Michael Cloud

A Tale of Two Lumberjacks
retold by Michael Cloud
 
The great timber harvest drew the very best cutters. All the men gave good work for good wages.
 
But there were two loggers far better than the others. Who was the best? One was young and strong and eager. The other, older and more experienced.
 
One day, they had a contest to see who could cut down the most trees between sunrise and sunset.
 
The young lumberjack was relentless. As soon as he cut down one tree, he began on the next.
 
The older lumberjack would cut with a smooth swing for 50 minutes, then sit down for 10 minutes. Then he'd begin again.
 
As the sun set, the competition ended -- and the other loggers counted each lumberman's harvest.
 
The young logger had cut down 20 trees. But the older logger had cut down 27 trees.
 
"That's not possible," said the young man. "I never stopped cutting. But every hour, you sat down and rested for 10 minutes."
 
"I wasn't resting," said the older man. "Every time I sat down, I sharpened my axe. With a sharper axe, I was able to cut more lumber, more easily."
 
Libertarian persuasion skills are your axe. How often are you sharpening your axe?
 
Perhaps you've read my book, Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, or Liberty A to Z by Harry Browne, or Short Answers to the Tough Questions by Mary Ruwart.
 
That's a good start.
 
But have you practiced the answers and techniques in those books? Have you sharpened your axe?
 
Skills have a short shelf life. Use them or lose them. They must be regularly practiced -- if you want to get good and stay good.
 
Harry Browne regularly and repeatedly sharpened his axe during the six years of his two presidential campaigns. And he kept sharpening his axe afterward -- for his speaking engagements, TV appearances, and talk radio appearances. That's why he stayed in top form -- for libertarian persuasion.
 
Carla Howell, new Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, regularly plans and practices her speeches and talking points for TV and radio interviews. She has done this since 1999, when she prepared and practiced for her 2000 U.S. Senate campaign against Ted Kennedy. Results? Black belt performances time after time.
 
I could name a few others who regularly sharpen their axes.
 
But let me tell you how much I believe in sharpening my own axe. I haven't given a public speech in 3 years. In February, I'm giving the kickoff speech at the Free State Project's Liberty Forum. In May, I am giving the keynote speech at the Libertarian Party Presidential Nominating Convention. A brand-new speech. 
 
Once each day, I practice my February speech. Later in the day, for 20 minutes, I practice my answers to likely questions. 
 
After I give the February speech, I'll do the same thing for my Libertarian Party keynote speech. When I give those two speeches, my axe will be razor sharp and unbreakable.
 
Just like Harry Browne's was. Just like Carla Howell's is. Just like yours can be.

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Michael Cloud is author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, available exclusively from the Advocates.
 
In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.




Ask Dr. Ruwart


Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column.
 
How Can We Help Vulnerable People? 

QUESTION: How would libertarians handle these situations?
 
* An emotionally disturbed adult friend, family member or associate who seems to really need psychiatric care but won't get it? Who might be headed for self-destruction or hurting someone else?
 
* A child you know whose family is emotionally abusive/neglectful but is not breaking current child welfare laws?

MY SHORT ANSWER: What you are asking is how to help vulnerable people, who don’t always cooperate with their caregivers. The truth, sadly, is that some will “fall through the cracks” under any system of governance. 
 
Today, bureaucrats can take children from their parents with relatively little due process. I have received many horror stories from readers of this column about families destroyed by well-meaning social workers who felt that the children were poorly treated. The trauma experienced by the children, who were ripped from their families and rotated through multiple foster homes, sometimes makes such intervention a poor tradeoff. 
 
In a libertarian society, a concerned adult, most often a member of the child’s extended family, would be most likely to notice abuse and appeal to a court for custody. The child’s preference would likely play a greater role in determining the outcome than it does today. 
 
However, no system is perfect. The child may be intimidated by the parents into rejecting the overture of the concerned family member. When a victim does not cooperate, bringing aggressors to justice is always more difficult.
 
Similarly, an emotionally disturbed adult, who doesn’t realize that he or she needs guidance, cannot always be helped under any system of governance. If we give government and families more power to make involuntary commitments, many innocent people will be stripped of their freedom for political or financial gain. If we depend upon individuals to commit themselves, some will invariably refuse to do so and become a danger to themselves. No matter where the bar is set, some people will either fall through the cracks or be exploited.
 
People who are a physical threat to others would likely be required by a libertarian court to accept treatment as part of a restitution program. However, if they are simply a threat to themselves, the court might not have the grounds to make a forcible commitment. The families of the afflicted would either care for the loved one themselves, bring in professionals to assist them, or work with a charitable organization to provide treatment. 
 
Of course, the marketplace and private service organizations sometime surprise us with their ingenuity. A free society is more likely to discover the cause of such afflictions and provide ingenious options that are not available today.

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Got questions?  Dr. Ruwart has answers! If you'd like answers to YOUR "tough questions" on libertarian issues, email Dr. Ruwart at: ruwart@theAdvocates.org
 
Due to volume, Dr. Ruwart can't personally acknowledge all emails. But we'll run the best questions and answers in upcoming issues.

Dr. Ruwart's previous Liberator Online answers are archived in searchable form.
 
Dr. Ruwart's outstanding book Healing Our World is available from the Advocates.


One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris

Word Choices: "United States Postal Monopoly" and More

Advocates supporter Dmitriy Shnayder sent me an excellent suggestion for this column. 
 
He recommends using the phrase "United States postal monopoly" instead of "United States Postal Service." 
 
Great point! We should take every appropriate opportunity to point out the monopolistic and coercive nature of the USPS and so many other government “services.” 
 
Other possibilities: the government education monopoly. The federal currency monopoly. The federal retirement monopoly. No doubt you can think of others. 
 
Shnayder’s suggestion touches on another important point. We should reject the use of the word “service” -- or even better, point out the absurdity of that term -- whenever possible when we describe coercive government monopolies. The Internal Revenue “Service”? Selective “Service”?
 
As the great libertarian journalist John Stossel says: Give me a break!

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What's Happening with the Advocates

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF FLORIDA STATE CONVENTION, February 10-12: Advocates President Sharon Harris will be dinner speaker at this event, to be held at Embassy Suites near the airport in Orlando.  Mark Hinkle, LP National Chair will be the keynote speaker. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: All announced LP presidential candidates plan to attend and will participate in a Saturday debate. Non-LP members are welcome. More information here.
 
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF INDIANA STATE CONVENTION, March 22-25: Advocates President Sharon Harris will be keynote speaker. Other speakers and programs to be announced shortly at the party web site.
 
2013 FREEDOM CRUISES: Advocates Board Chair and longtime libertarian leader Dr. Ken Bisson invites you to join him for Freedom Cruises in January and May 2013. Enjoy a wonderful trip on a luxury cruiser -- at a bargain rate! January 2013 itinerary: an Eastern Caribbean cruise to Grand Turk, St. Maarten, and San Juan. May 2013 itinerary: The 7 day "Castles Along the Rhine,” cruising between Basel, Switzerland and Amsterdam, with a great opportunity to enjoy a few extra days in Europe on either end of your cruise. Non-libertarians welcome! Great food and fine company. (This isn't an Advocates event, but libertarians who have been on past cruises rave about them.) For photos and more details -- or to sign up for free, no-pressure, no-commitment email updates -- visit Freedom Cruises.

FREE OPH KITS FOR LIBERTARIAN STUDENT GROUPS: Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we're giving our acclaimed OPH (Operation Political Homeless) outreach kits to libertarian student groups FREE -- if they simply promise to use them a minimum of three times a year and send us photos documenting their OPH activity. OPH -- praised as the best recruiting tool in the libertarian movement -- normally sells for $50.00.
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