Fear being weaponised

A powerful contribution to the Covid debate from John Kehoe, economics editor at the Fin Review.

As reported on October 20, 73 per cent of Australians who have died with COVID-19 had at least one (and often multiple) other pre-existing comorbidities.

The average age of COVID-19 deaths in Australia is 85 years – above the age of life expectancy.

Yet our scare-mongering politicians and bureaucrats have terrified millions of relatively healthy and non-elderly people to believe they are at serious risk of dying or getting very sick from the virus.

Facts on COVID-19 politicians won’t tell you

Liberty QuoteIf you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law — Winston Churchill

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84 Responses to Fear being weaponised

  1. Squirrel says:

    NSW had the big “reveal” today about the age groups of the people currently in their hospital system with Covid-related illnesses, but nothing about whether there are relevant pre-existing conditions/risk factors.

    Questions about those conditions/factors would doubtless be dismissed on privacy grounds, which is an insult to the intelligence, and an opportunity missed for awareness and transparency – it may be that most of them are otherwise healthy people for their age, possibly even very much so, but we will never know.

  2. BrettW says:

    Kehoe got the most important point as far as I am concerned. This needs to be constantly mentioned.

  3. Rebel with cause says:

    Great piece by Kehoe and good on the AFR for running it. Bravo.

    One could gripe that in a sensible world similar questions could have been asked by journalists 12 months ago but we live in none such place.

  4. twostix says:

    In the United States last year before vaccinations, the estimated COVID-19 infection fatality ratio (IFR) was 0.002 per cent for under 18s, 0.05 per cent for people aged 18 to 49, 0.6 per cent for 50-64 year olds and a significantly higher 9 per cent for those aged over 65, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says. The most vulnerable are now overwhelmingly vaccinated.

  5. a reader says:

    Interesting…very interesting

  6. mh says:

    Australians surveyed from varying age groups showed they believe they have a 38% chance of dying if they contract the delta variant.

    H/T Chris Kenny

  7. Barry says:

    Co-morbidity is a weasel word, that implies “dying with” something else.

    These people were ALREADY DYING.

    And Covid hastens that, by hours or days.

    If you’re not already DYING, Covid is not a mortal threat, unless you are very unlucky (<1 in 5000 level)

  8. Damon says:

    “Co-morbidity is a weasel word, that implies “dying with” something else”
    If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?

  9. C.L. says:

    Barry –> yes.
    “Comorbidity” is itself a con.

    The number of people who have died straight-up from coronavirus is infinitesimal.

    This was a Chinese psych-op that has become a Western psych-op.
    Lockdowns and masks are mandated to ensure that, far from punishing governments for their historic idiocy, voters are thankful to their ‘leaders’ for saving them.

    Both psych-ops have worked.

  10. Leo G says:

    In countries that have been subject to SARS-CoV-2 epidemic throughout the population, particularly multiple “waves”, it appears the trend is that up to about 15% of the population gets a detectable infection, and the infection rate is much the same for every age group.
    Once infected, the hospitalisation rate and death rates vary with age- the rates increase geometrically with increasing age. If certain co-morbidities are screened out, then there is a greater geometric rate of increase with age.
    The ACSH in November 2020 estimated a mean US infection fatality rate of 0.001 percent for 5-14 year olds and 8.3 percent for those over 80 years of age.
    Covid risks to Australians from such an epidemic here will involve different variants and will be moderated by the vaccination program and a better range of therapeutics. I expect our outcomes would be significantly better than for the overall epidemic in the US.

  11. C.L. says:

    Very disappointed in Alan Jones this evening.
    He rails against the pointlessness, fraud and un-Australian-ness of lockdowns every night but he called on those St George Dragons lads ‘caught’ having a party to be sacked en masse. They let down the club and society, he said.
    These are the healthiest young human beings on the continent.
    And so it goes on. No rebellion from the right – just goody-goody fulmination.

    As for Murray, his upbeat jollity about the Ongoing Crisis is obvious.

  12. roman says:

    Again, if anyone is lying about the morbidity of covid-19 either directly or by their actions to ‘remediate’ the claimed problem then that is medical fraud and must be treated as such. There must be a proper, procedural reckonning. And sooner rather than later.
    Masks make me feel sicker than anything I’m likely to suffer from the wu-flu!

  13. duncanm says:

    Excellent article backed by solid data.

    I hope this find more traction in the remaining media.. I look forward to the ABC debunking it in their “Fact Check” unit.

  14. mh says:

    As for Murray, his upbeat jollity about the Ongoing Crisis is obvious.

    He’s in his man-cave.
    There’s a clue there.

  15. C.L. says:

    …if anyone is lying about the morbidity of covid-19 either directly or by their actions to ‘remediate’ the claimed problem then that is medical fraud and must be treated as such.

    To paraphrase Capt. Willard…

    Shit… charging a man with medical fraud in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.

  16. Dot says:

    Hi,

    Digging some stuff up I posted today on the OT:

    Dot says:
    July 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm
    Superior technology.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_V_COVID-19_vaccine

    Dot says:
    July 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01813-2

    Nature

    NEWS
    06 July 2021

    Mounting evidence suggests Sputnik COVID vaccine is safe and effective

    Russia’s vaccine is in use in nearly 70 nations, but its adoption has been slowed by controversies and questions over rare side effects, and it has yet to garner World Health Organization approval.

    Bianca Nogrady

  17. mh says:

    Selfless

    QLD Coronavirus News 9 minutes ago
    Ten hospital staff ‘risk lives’ to save dying Covid-19 patient
    Ten quick-thinking and selfless Queensland hospital staff have been forced into 14-day isolation after they rushed to saved the life of a patient with Covid-19 before they were able to put on full PPE
    .

    Maybe someone can tell the Courier Mail no one has died from Covid-19 in 2021.

  18. mh says:

    Tim Tszyu’s ended Stevie Sparks within three rounds as the Aussie superstar demolished the challenger with a relentless barrage of brutal body shots.

  19. Dot says:

    Full PPE for the common cold?

    Totally fucking barking mad.

  20. mh says:

    Oops, wrong thread.

  21. mh says:

    They are making shit up now because no one is dying.

  22. Steve trickler says:

    “Ten quick-thinking and selfless Queensland hospital staff have been forced into 14-day isolation after they rushed to saved the life of a patient with Covid-19 before they were able to put on full PPE.”

    On full pay.

    Any doctor or nurse playing along with this…disgusting.

  23. mh says:

    CL, Murray is getting angry! 😡

  24. C.L. says:

    Ten hospital staff ‘risk lives’ to save dying Covid-19 patient
    Ten quick-thinking and selfless Queensland hospital staff have been forced into 14-day isolation after they rushed to saved the life of a patient with Covid-19 before they were able to put on full PPE.

    Congratulations for doing your job.

    Roofers are in more danger, more often.

    They are making shit up now because no one is dying.

    Yep – they’re getting very snappy. They actually wanted a few deaths to kick this thing along a bit.

  25. rickw says:

    30 days to flatten the curve!

    Where the fuck are we now?

    The Governments of this country and their health advisers are complete fucking idiots.

    They took a situation that had happened several times before (SARS etc.) and they managed to completely fuck it up.

    The only thing unprecedented about the current situation is the stupidity of those in charge.

  26. mh says:

    Hospital staff try and save lives?

    I thought they did Tik-Tok vids.

  27. egg_ says:

    The average age of COVID-19 deaths in Australia is 85 years – above the age of life expectancy.

    Scummo has a lot to answer for.

  28. rickw says:

    Ten quick-thinking and selfless Queensland hospital staff have been forced into 14-day isolation after they rushed to saved the life of a patient with Covid-19 before they were able to put on full PPE.

    We were sitting around playing Sodoku when suddenly we realised that the patients monitor had been pinging warnings for the last 10 minutes and that they’d been buzzing us for even longer. Oh fuck! No time for PPE, we’re in deep shit!!!

  29. egg_ says:

    The only thing unprecedented about the current situation is the stupidity of those in charge.

    Scummo may have rat cunning, but he ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

  30. mh says:

    Half right

    Real Mark Latham
    @RealMarkLatham
    ·
    13h
    Make no mistake: these lockdowns are half politics, half health care.

  31. dover_beach says:

    Governments could not get away with this without the media and social media backing.

  32. MatrixTransform says:

    these lockdowns are half politics, half health care.

    Latho could sharpen up on the calculus

  33. mh says:

    Dolly Downer telling Paul Murray he was staggered at the 38% figure that I quoted earlier

    mh says:
    July 7, 2021 at 8:49 pm

  34. dover_beach says:

    Dolly Downer telling Paul Murray he was staggered at the 38% figure that I quoted earlier

    Constant COVID porn does that to you.

  35. Maniac says:

    Here in the States, they’re talking about going door-to-door with the “vaccines.”

    I have a gun.

  36. Lizzi55 says:

    The fin review article subversively legitimizes the covid vaccines and the fake pandemic (there is no excess mortality)

  37. Arky says:

    The average age of COVID-19 deaths in Australia is 85 years – above the age of life expectancy.

    ..
    So you live longer on average if you die from the cov?
    Get it into ya, you old bastards.

  38. Lazlo says:

    Very disappointed in Alan Jones this evening.
    He rails against the pointlessness, fraud and un-Australian-ness of lockdowns every night but he called on those St George Dragons lads ‘caught’ having a party to be sacked en masse. They let down the club and society, he said.
    These are the healthiest young human beings on the continent.
    And so it goes on. No rebellion from the right – just goody-goody fulmination.

    Couldn’t agree more CL. The demonisation and persecution of our healthy young people has been disgusting. They are being blamed for alleged super-spreader events, in order to deflect attention from the idiocies of old farts like Hazzard and Chant. They are also trying to frighten them into being vaxxed.

  39. Infidel Tiger says:

    As for Murray, his upbeat jollity about the Ongoing Crisis is obvious.

    In his physical condition he will be dead within hours if he gets any virus.

  40. Chris M says:

    This was a Chinese psych-op

    Partly, yes. I also was conned by the twitter clips from China – a clue should have been that the platform was banned there.

    However I do believe this virus was much stronger when initially created – the young lab workers died for example. So it did kill a lot of Chinese people, and poor treatment methodology with ventilators killed many Westerners in the early days. Thankfully it is attenuating / becoming less virulent as it mutates which many viruses do. So the Delta variant is now down to 0.1% IFR in the UK (vaxxed or not) and possibly much less if unreported cases were included.

  41. Lazlo says:

    The IFR of Delta appears to be much less than 0.1%. More numbers required, but 0.05% is a flu season.

  42. Mullumhillbilly says:

    I had the Xtra Sinical vaccine many years ago, shortly after I began lurking around the Cat and JoNova. Pretty sure I’m immune to any contagious fear pestilence now.

  43. egg_ says:

    Fear being weaponised

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself – particularly a PM who fears the MSM.

  44. Howard Hill says:

    particularly a PM who fears the MSM

    The LSM is the a vile despicable group of Bolshies. They are our number one enemy. We need to come up with a plan to utterly destroy them, it will take a group effort but it must be done.
    With all the smart thinkers on this blog there must be a way we can achieve this objective? Stop being distracted and offer a plan how we can accomplish this. GO!

  45. Mark M says:

    Get ready to do the lambda lockdown …

    The lambda coronavirus variant has arrived in Australia. Here’s what we know so far …

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-07-06/what-we-know-about-the-lambda-variant/100267978

    It’s just a step to the left.

  46. Howard Hill says:

    Speaking of fear being weaponised. Tucker Carlson whinging he’s being spied on by the NSA and they have released his private emails to other journos.
    These presstitue fuckers are as dumb as dog-shit. He works for the devil and has been hiding the devils play book for years. The devil plays with fire and now he’s whinging that he’s getting burnt.
    “Well karma’s a bitch you dumb fuck. You sold out your brethren and played for the enemy, what did you expect, a freaking medal?”
    I can’t wait to see the media here being fucked up the arse in the same way, that goes for the vile, despicable parasites in .gov as well. When it happens, the barby and beer are on me and I don’t have small, cheap barbys!
    All these fuckers need a lesson in loyalty truth telling!

    These are the greatest times of our lives, the truth always wins out no matter how you try to spin it. These are the times that the truth reins supreme. It is a sight to behold. Enjoy the ride, this is becoming epic!

  47. win says:

    Some one Steve I think alerted us to the Pfizer vaccine and Graphene oxide which is said to makes up a high percentage of it. The Chinese tentacles if you go by the names of the 2015 researchers from the journal Nanoscale seem to have papers published by groups but no institution behind them. Seems to be immune therapy for cancer and vaccinations. Bruce of Newcastle over to you .

  48. Fair Shake says:

    But they knew and we knew all this in April 2020, yet MSM and CMOs went full retard and the pollies charged from behind with gusto. Here we are trillions in debt and still no way out. Dumb and getting dumber.

  49. Rohan says:

    Ten hospital staff ‘risk lives’ to save dying Covid-19 patient
    Ten quick-thinking and selfless Queensland hospital staff have been forced into 14-day isolation after they rushed to saved the life of a patient with Covid-19 before they were able to put on full PPE.

    This has been an issue for a while now. I know the chief surgeon at a country hospital and these policies had cost 2 lives there 12 months back because they couldn’t get their PPE on fast enough. In both instances they were “SCOVID” cases. Suspected as having COVID.

    It’s a brave new world.

  50. 132andBush says:

    Lazlo says:
    July 7, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    The IFR of Delta appears to be much less than 0.1%. More numbers required, but 0.05% is a flu season.

    Observed this a few days ago.
    A bad flu is actually 0.1%.

    The Delta strain appears to have become no more than “the flu”.

  51. Judith Sloan says:

    This is the best time ever to be a politician.

  52. 132andBush says:

    Damon says:
    July 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    “Co-morbidity is a weasel word, that implies “dying with” something else”
    If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?

    Nice try but false equivalence.

  53. Perfidious Albino says:

    I suspect the media barely need to sell advertising space at the moment with what Big Pharma are spending on ‘advertising’ (ie: funding vaccine positive / pushing news and suppression of negative stories / comments).

    Would be an interesting requirement for the media to have to report/publish that kind of detail at the moment I suspect. Of course, the ABC would be working pro bono. We can start with a stat dec at the corporate and individual ‘journalist’ level to the effect they haven’t received any extra ‘compensation’ in the last quarter. With great power, comes great responsibility, afterall.

  54. Mak Siccar says:

    Judith Sloan says:
    July 8, 2021 at 7:47 am
    This is the best time ever to be a politician.

    +1

  55. Roger says:

    Kehoe’s piece sent to my two local LNP representatives, state & federal.

    At least it might give them a guilty conscience.

  56. Vicki says:

    My concern is the increasing indication that vaccination will become effectively mandatory. The media are definitely pushing it.

    While it may not be actually legislated or regulated as such, I suspect there will be everyday imperatives – such as travel, access to cinemas, sports facilities & even health facilities etc – which will be enforced by the commercial world.

    Isolation by stealth.

  57. ozman says:

    CL is making valid points.

    In Italy, the COVID-19 was supposed to have killed 25,000.

    The official numbers are 3.4% (925) did not die from an existing comorbidity. The 925 would have been the yearly cohort that suddenly gets the flu and then contracts pneumonia and die, even though they were otherwise healthy.

    Influenza doesn’t kill anybody. It merely weakens the immune system in immunosuppressed people sufficiently for pneumonia to quickly take over and suffocate the lungs. The elderly suffer from immunosenescence (an immune system that is dying with age).

    Average age of death in Australia was 85. The others who died without a chronic morbidity, were part of the new yearly cohort that had reached the end of their life. Compared with Italy, the numbers are lower, therefore the percentage may sound more striking. Still the number of people who died without a morbidity is around 200 with an average age of 85, I assume. They might have been the ones who died in their 90s, for all I know.

    However, the TGA say that of the 333-335, who have been reported as having died after receiving their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination, did not die from the vaccination but from a comorbidity. Two only died from the vaccination, as they had no comorbidity. From what I understand, reporting is voluntary.

    These people need to be held accountable. Twisting facts to fit the false narrative is medical fraud.

  58. flyingduk says:

    “Well karma’s a bitch you dumb fuck. You sold out your brethren and played for the enemy, what did you expect, a freaking medal?”

    Indeed … I stopped watching Tucker Carlson after his efforts on the night of the US election.

  59. That Jo says:

    Vicki says:
    July 8, 2021 at 8:05 am
    My concern is the increasing indication that vaccination will become effectively mandatory.

    Yes, and I surrender, just give it to me! Actually no, no… how do I find a doctor to “give” it to me, without actually “giving” it to me?

    I hate the world now 🙁

  60. MatrixTransform says:

    Judith Sloan says:

    *chuckles

  61. mh says:

    A manager at work yesterday told me he asked his physio if he had been vaxxxed and he said he had no intention to have the shot. In addition, this physio told him the mRNA vaccines will be causing all sorts of health problems in the years ahead for those getting them.

    Anecdotal, but it does seem many out there are educating themselves about the covid vaccines. In combination with no one dying in Australia from Covid, I doubt we will ever see a really high percentage of vaxxxed Australians. Not the 80% Gladys wants before she will give back the stolen freedoms.

  62. duncanm says:

    Judith Sloan says:
    July 8, 2021 at 7:47 am
    This is the best time ever to be a politician.

    for a politician with cajones, yes.

    For the ones we have – not so much.

  63. duncanm says:

    ozman says:
    July 8, 2021 at 8:08 am

    exactly.

    To hide the Covid comorbidities while reporting the vaccine comorbidities is criminal.

  64. Vicki says:

    On a lighter note, the wretched COVID has brought at least one benefit to out household – a more careful attention to our health via what we put into our mouths.

    When I heard (January 2020) via the internet about the Wuhan outbreak & then the spread to Italy, I was pretty sure it was not going to stop there. Family decided to “get healthy”.

    Got out the NutriBullet in the depths of the back pantry & began a breakfast routine of glass of juice of celery, carrots, blueberries, apple, banana, orange or lemon (& any other fruit on hand) & a sprig of mint & tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. Husband, who will never eat fruit, decided it was OK. Supplemented generally with scrambled eggs ( eggs of our girls of course) mixed with olive oil instead of milk.

    Throughout summer we mostly ate veges from the garden & made sure we bought home fish on town trips. Otherwise, a normal diet with the exception of more than usual alcohol and chocolate courtesy of anxiety induced by the whole bloody pandemic & lingering gitters from the drought & the fires!

    The moral of the story (sorry to bore everyone) is that when husband had his annual blood tests – he got an A pass. Lower cholesterol & PSA scores than ever before. All other tests similar. Doctor very impressed.

    Don’t want to get too complacent ( could come down with anything at any stage) but it was pleasing & surprising.

    Thank you COVID for some bloody thing at least!

  65. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Vicki says:
    July 8, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Way to go Vicki – looking for silver linings is certainly worthwhile

  66. Buccaneer says:

    Good article, but it needs to add comparative data from US, UK and India with emphasis on alternative treatments in India and an analysis of their effectiveness. Just pointing out that there have been few fatalities among under 85s in Aus wont make a dent on the alarmists, indeed, they will likely double down and say this is just a function of our government doing a great job.

  67. Mater says:

    “Co-morbidity is a weasel word, that implies “dying with” something else”
    If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?

    Did their cancer make them more prone to being hit by a truck?

  68. RacerX says:

    “The average age of COVID-19 deaths in Australia is 85 years – above the age of life expectancy.”

    It seems the politicians, health officials and mainstream media want to ignore this fact as they spread their fearmongering. We all end up succumbing to something eventually.

  69. HT says:

    Mater says:
    July 8, 2021 at 9:28 am
    “Co-morbidity is a weasel word, that implies “dying with” something else”
    If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?

    Did their cancer make them more prone to being hit by a truck?

    If their untreatable pain drive them to end their lives? Not at all uncommon, actually.

  70. Boambee John says:

    132andBush

    The Delta strain appears to have become no more than “the flu”.

    With the rate of decline in virulence, Lambda must be getting close to the common cold?

    Do all mutating viruses revert to the lowest common denominator in their class?

  71. bollux says:

    There seems to be very little mention of the court case in Portugal that reveals that of the 17000 deaths attributed to Covid, only 152 were actual deaths from Covid and no other factor. The article i read said these figures would be roughly the same anywhere in the world. at what age is “age” not a contributing factor? And when we talk about numbers in hospital and ICU, for gods sake, ask how old they are!!!

  72. mh says:

    Dr Robert Malone joins The HighWire with Del Bigtree to discuss the issues with mRNA Covid vaccines

    https://banned.video/watch?id=60e623f836819249dd27b9aa

  73. Rex Mango says:

    Churchill’s quote is correct. The dictum that ignorance of the law is not an excuse does not apply nowadays. Our law schools churn out ever more graduates and we drown in regulations.

  74. E.J. says:

    Can anyone explain if these e-petitions in Parliament of Australia are real?
    Is this something we need to follow up on, pass around & show objection?

    https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN2794

    Is there a similar petition on Change.org?
    Do the politicians pay attention to these petitions, act on it?

    It feels impossible to have a direct Australian voice of objection to so many pieces of legislation that are put up & somehow passed in the dead of night or under the radar without a chance of consultation, consensus etc. by the people of Australia. Everyday you can read the many conversations that are being had about our rights, Human Rights, discrimination’s and so on but we are not able to reach out and communicate directly and loudly to Ministers of his country & the many politicians. These elected politicians that are taking liberties with our lives under the disguise of “safety” are not listening to the people and steam rolling thru with the help of Media propaganda, bullshit & false so-called medical advice. Why do we have to wait for elections to make a stand and prove we are not happy with the way governments are handling the current state of events. There has to be a way right NOW to communicate objections. Phone calls, emails, comments on blogs, letters, marching in crowds are not working.
    HOW DO WE GET A VOICE & CHOICE AND BE HEARD?

    So frustrated with being stifled, subdued, locked away. This is how fear and despair sets in and our lives should not be like this in this beautiful country.

  75. E.J says:

    For further Info on Parliament e-petitions…
    https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions

  76. kingsley says:

    Data out of UK on Delta in particular. 53,822 unvaccinated cases between Feb to June.
    52,846 of those under 50 and they have suffered just 6 deaths. Deaths defined only as died within 28 days of being diagnosed.
    There is the possibility that no under 50, unvaccinated Pom has died from Delta in the true sense of the word, as opposed to just happen to have it at same time, since it was first recorded in the UK.

  77. a happy little debunker says:

    Oh, wont somebody think of the children – ABC clickbait covid porn
    Headline on ABC news portal reads

    “It’s our failure’ Half of Indonesia’s Covid deaths in children under the age of 5

    Go into the article and they cite just 1.2% of deaths amongst children

    Media Watch (July 5th) bemoans the lightly negative coverage over the state of the vaccine rollout and the conflicts between PMO and the QLD CMO as reported by several MSM sources – but is overwhelming silent over the obvious promotion of panic porn in the ABC’s own coverage of the pandemic.

    Just another reason to defund the echo chamber of self reflection that is ‘their ABC’…

  78. Lee says:

    This is the best time ever to be a politician.

    And public servants.

  79. Kneel says:

    “If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?”

    Perhaps a more appropriate analogy would be: “If you fell off a 20m tall bridge onto a freeway and got run into by a truck 30cm from the ground, did the truck kill you?”

    Technically it did, but you were not very far away from your demise in any case, were you?

    Insuring that all trucks are fitted with pedestrian air-bags would likely not save you in such a situation either.

    COVID response seems to be that the truck is the devil, and must be fitted with pedestrian airbags to save lives – and if you don’t fit such an airbag to your truck, you will “cause” such deaths as described above.

  80. Damon says:

    “before they were able to put on full PPE”
    A mask and gloves? For God’s sake.

  81. Damon says:

    “If you have terminal cancer, and are hit by a truck, is this not a car accident?
    Nice try but false equivalence.”
    Well, it’s not a cancer death, is it?

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