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Date:2008-03-07 17:48
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I just finished reading "Are Men Necessary?" by Maureen Dowd, and have decided that I have a lesbian crush on her (I think all people are entitled to at least one lesbian/gay crush and she and Fiona Apple are mine). I decided to share some of my favorite quotes from the book with you, just to make you want to pick it up like I did. I know there were other awesome quotes, but these were the only ones I wrote down so they're all you get.

Talking about men- "If they would only give up their silly desire for world dominance, the world would be a much finer place. Look at the Taliban. Look at the Vatican. Look at Dick Cheney. Now look at the bonobo.
Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, live in the equatorial rain forests of the Congo and have an extraordinarily happy existence.
And why? Because in bonobo society, the females are dominant. Just light dominance, so that it is more like a co-dominance, or equality between the sexes." p.55

"It seems unfathomable now, in an era when women obsess on wiping out winces and removing wrinkles in their earlobes. But there was a time, long ago and far away, when women didn't only talk about skin. They talked about books, plays and politics." p.213

Perhaps my favorite- "Millions or American women from their twenties to their eighties are erasing their faces, and freezing their features, some to the point of freakish death masks, by shooting up with the pretty poison Botox, a botulism neurotoxin that is classified as a WMD. (Pretty much all the American weapons hunters found in Iraq after the invasion was a bit of botulism neurotoxin, meaning we went to war, basically, over a vial of Botox. Wrinkles of Mass Destruction.)" p.235

A reporter talking about playing a game of Hearts with Bill Clinton- "Defending her "Lust in Her Hearts" piece to The Washington Post, she noted that she would have happily given the president a blow job 'just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.'" p.326

"Their current shared mission is their most daunting: The Clinton political dynasty wants to take back the White House from the Bush political dynasty that took back the White House from the Clintons after they snatched it from the Bushes." p.328

I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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Date:2008-03-06 21:35
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I had been looking forward to voting in the primaries for weeks, so when Tuesday came along I was overly-excited to push the touch screen on the name Hillary Clinton, and even more excited when she actually won Ohio. The last time I voted was in the last presidential election and we all know that John Kerry lost to George Bush so it felt really good to be able to actually vote for someone and see something happen.

In annoying news, I am constantly defending Barack Obama at my job. I work with conservative Christians, and that's ok. What isn't ok, is the fact that my fourth grade students are convinced that Barack Obama is a Muslim and is killing Christians and will continue to do so if he is elected. Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ for over 20 years. He is not a Muslim, but even if he was, that doesn't mean he would kill Christians, or anyone for that matter... and if he did, he would be arrested. I don't blame my students, I blame their parents.

I have a love hate relationship with my job.

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Date:2008-02-13 17:53
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So if any of you think Valentines day is stupid (as I do) and have nothing to do, I have a suggestion. There will be a rally at OSU campus with Hillary Clinton and John Glenn tomorrow from 4:30-8:00. I RSVP-ed for 2 tickets, and unfortunately have no one to go with. No one in my family likes her.... If you want to go, let me know! I don't want to miss this!

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/actioncenter/event/view/?id=9158

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Date:2008-02-12 14:15
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My mom's cousin (basically my aunt) died a few weeks ago. She had cancer and the doctors told her around Thanksgiving that she only had 6 months to a year left, so it wasn't too shocking. She donated her body to science, and it's now at the Cancer Research Center, so there was no funeral. Instead, they had a "celebration of life" on Saturday. It was really nice. There were close to 500 people there, which is crazy to me. She was only 53 and has a daughter in high school and son in college... I'm really freaked out by it, because she was so young. Any other deaths in my family were the older people that were "supposed" to die next, my great grandmother, my grandpa, my surrogate grandfather...

Sorry this one was kind of a downer, but that's really all of the news I have.

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Date:2008-01-20 18:59
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I'm actually using my degree, and have been since October. I got a job teaching wee littles (second and third graders) at Muskingum Christian Academy. Woot. It isn't what I want to do with the rest of my life, but it's great experience and I love all the kids I work with.
Thats really all of the news I've got. That, and I've discovered kids are very infectious. I am sick for the fourth (?) time since October.

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Date:2007-08-27 14:57
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The Heise Brothers (aka Munkey Juice) are playing at Java House on Saturday night. Woot. I'm so excited. I hope to see some of your lovely faces there.

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Date:2007-08-21 15:08
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I finally got my diploma in the mail about a week ago. It's finally official. Loyola can't take it back now.
The day after receiving my diploma I got a letter from Loyola that they had lost a computer that contained my name, social security number, and loan information so I had to sign up for credit monitoring in case someone tries to steal my identity. Great.
I feel like I should have a full time job in my "field" by now. I don't really have a specific field though... maybe that's my problem.

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Date:2007-07-23 14:48
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I got my Harry Potter book at midnight on Friday and finished it by Sunday afternoon. I laughed, I cried, I now don't know what to do with my life. I've been on a magical adventure with Harry for so many years now, and now it's just over. So many awesome characters were killed in the book which made me very sad. I wont go into details. I don't want to ruin it for anyone.
I thought there was something else I had to report on... apparently not.

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Date:2007-06-01 19:29
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I saw a fox and a baby deer both running through my backyard. I don't think the fox was trying to get the baby deer... well, the baby deer was hiding and then ran in the opposite direction of the fox so I've convinced myself it's ok.
I feel just like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. If you've never seen that movie, watch it to know how I feel... and it's a pretty sweet movie.
I've been sitting at my moms house doing nothing for about a week or two. I have very little money so I need to save it for my move to North Carolina which is why I haven't been doing anything. I don't know when I'm moving.
All of that to say, if someone wants to do something free sometime in the next week, holla at me.

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Date:2007-05-11 22:12
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I graduated this morning. I now have a bachelors degree. It was a very surreal experience, but awesome at the same time.

I decided 2 days ago that I'm moving to Raleigh, NC. I'm living with Jane for 3 months, and then getting my own place most likely. I don't have a job yet, but I had a phone interview the other day. Hopefully they will call me back for another interview. If not, I'm perfectly ok with waiting tables until I find something else.

I'll be in Ohio tomorrow.

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Date:2007-05-02 13:08
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I have two 3-5 page papers due tomorrow, one 12 page paper due Friday, and one 2-3 page paper and an outline type thing due the followring Tuesday. Boo finals. Yesterday I turned in a 4 page final paper and a bunch of stuff for a project that was all due today. I felt like I was really ahead since I turned it in a day early... Turns out I'm not. I have one page of one of my 3-5 page papers, and 6 or 7 pages of my 12 page paper done. I'm sure I'll finish, I just might not get a lot of sleep in the process.
My work gave me presents yesterday. A cute coffee mug with flowers on it, a green tshirt that says "There at the beginning, Here until the Cure" with Chicago House on the back, and some laffy taffy and a tootsie pop. Yeah. My last day is one week from today. I'm going to miss those kids like crazy when I'm finished. Oh well. I'm excited to move on to a new job... whenever I get one.
I might be having a graduation party. Actually, I am having a graduation party. You're probably invited. Sometimes I feel weird about "mixing" my friends. Like, I have friends that don't know each other so I think its weird when they're all there. And, a lot of my extended family is coming too which will be weird. I think we're just going to get a pavillion at Dillon and grill burgers and hot dogs, and have some pasta and potato salad type things for side dishes. So yeah, I'll let you know the date for sure, but you all should come and don't bring me presents because I hate getting presents.
I'll be back in Zanesville in less than 2 weeks. I want to see you guys. Especially people I haven't seen in a long time, like Chris, Ashley, Joanna, Stacy, Brii, Dustin Rouan... people like that.
This entry is random.

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Date:2007-04-21 18:13
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We were speaking in my women's studies class the other day about why we think a lot of third wave feminists aren't concerned with abortion rights, and my professor said she thinks it is because we can't fathom that right being taken away from us. We have lived our entire lives with that right, so we don't think it will be taken away. Alas! A ban was passed on partial birth abortions the other day. I was never really a fan of partial birth abortions and always thought, why not abort the child earlier, or if you've carried it in your womb that long just have it and give it up for adoption, but the fact that that right was taken away terrifies me and hopefully others so that we all spring into action!

Speaking of springing, it finally feels like spring to me. It's been in about the 70's all day and gorgeous. One of my neighbors is grilling and it smells amazing. I totally should have invested in a grill. Too late now. Also on the topic of spring, my allergies haven't been bothering me nearly as much as they usually do. I'm hoping this means they are gone forever... I doubt it though, and I probably just jinxed myself. Eh.

I don't understand why people, typically young females (15-20-ish?), have a tendency to make their words longer than they are when they type, and shorter than they are when they speak. For example "I'm sooooooo excitedd to go to Ashleyssss house tomorrowwww!" Are they lazy and they don't want to pick up their fingers right away so they let it sit on the last letter of the word for a little bit? I just don't get it. I should look into it.

I graduate in 3 weeks.

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Date:2007-04-15 21:50
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I had never even heard of Don Imus until my roommate walked in my room to tell me that he said the words "Nappy headed ho's" about Rutger's female basketball team. I looked at her confused and responded with "What does that even mean?" We both were in agreement that we had no idea. Next thing I know, Imus is being labeled a racist all over the media. I would never have thought of this comment as a racial comment, as I have nappy hair myself and am often called a ho by some people I know, so I didn't (and still don't really) see how it was a racist comment. Rutgers women's basketball team is not entirely comprised of African Americans, there are Caucasians on the team also... Given, the team is predominantly black, but why is it that when he says something like this we automatically assume he was making a racist comment against the black players with nothing said about the white players at all? If anyone is guilty of being racist I think its all of those who automatically thought of the black players upon hearing those three little words trickle from Don Imus' lips that fateful morning.
As I said, I had never heard of Imus so I don't know a lot about him and don't claim to. I have looked up many of his quotes online where he says (in my opinion) worse things about other minorities (including African Americans), yet this one phrase was the one that got all of the media attention. We all know how reliable wikipedia is, but I use it to reference this rant anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_controversial_Don_Imus_quotes_on_women_and_minorities Many offensive quotes by Imus himself can be found here.
"Janet Reno's having a press conference. Ms. Reno, of course, has Parkinson's disease, has a noticeable tremor. [...] I don't know how she gets that lipstick on [laughter] looking like a rodeo clown."

"The enormously attractive [NBC political correspondent] Chip Reid, I can say without being accused of being some limp-wristed 'mo [homosexual]."

"I remember when I first had [the Blind Boys of Alabama] on a few years ago, how the Jewish management at whatever, whoever we work for, CBS, or whatever it is, were bitching at me about it. [...] I tried to put it in terms that these money-grubbing bastards could understand."

These are just a few of the quotes on the website, all of which I think are much worse, yet they aren't what got him fired from his morning show.

Ann Coulter quickly comes to mind. She is constantly saying offensive things about Middle Easterners, homosexuals, and women. One of her more famous quotes was just this year, when speaking about John Edwards.
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions."
Of course the rehab she was talking about was when Isaiah Washington called a fellow cast mate of Grey's Anatomy, who is homosexual a "fag" and thus entered language rehab, and is still allowed on the show.
Ann Coulter didn't apologize for what she said, even though many conservatives and liberals disagreed with it. She simply joked, "C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."
"In response to this issue, three advertisers (Verizon, Sallie Mae, and Netbank) pulled their advertisements from Coulter's website, and eight newspapers dropped Coulter's column, including The Times in Louisiana, The Oakland Press in Michigan, The Mountain Press of Sevierville, Tennessee, and the New Era in Lancaster, Pennsylvania."

After September 11...
"...I believe our motto should be after 9/11: Jihad monkey talks tough; jihad monkey takes the consequences. Sorry, I realize that's offensive. How about 'camel jockey'? What? Now what'd I say? Boy, you tent merchants sure are touchy. Grow up, would you?"

(All of the Ann Coulter information is also from my trusty friend, wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Coulter)

Isaiah Washington, as I mentioned before, called his homosexual cast mate T.R. Knight a "fag" and was shipped off to rehab. Mel Gibson shouted anti-semitic comments when he was arrested for drunk driving... how's his career doing by the way? Still ok? He apologized, as Imus did so apparently we can forgive him for anti-semitic comments, but not Imus for "racist" comments (still not seeing how he's racist). And of course, Michael Richards recently got in trouble for his racial slurs directed towards some hecklers in the audience at his stand up routine.

So what does this tell us? I'm not saying these people should not be punished, I think each and every one of them should be, but thats just the thing. Each and every one of them isn't being punished. This to me says that Americans think it is ok to make fun of every minority, except African Americans. I say, it isn't ok to make fun of any minority.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were very publicly speaking on how they wanted to see Imus fired, and also very publicly showed their joy when Imus was fired.

"Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because "four out of five [of Nixon's top advisors] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia"; that he was "sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust"; that there are "very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs"

“White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” - Al Sharpton

"The media has also been accused of providing Jackson and Sharpton a double standard allowing them the unquestioned ability to criticize others when it comes to race issues."

(All three quotes from wikipedia... who's surprised? Quotes 1 and 3 can be found at, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Jackson and 2 at, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Sharpton)

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Date:2007-04-08 14:27
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So I have these alphabet magnets on my refrigerator right? Well, you only get one of each letter with them so writing things is always a challenge. Meaghan and I have made a little see if you can write a longer word than me game out of it right? I totally won the game with this entry: Mr Bojangles. Amazing.

Happy Easter.

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Date:2007-03-29 23:40
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I bought my cap and gown the other day and then officially entered freak out mode. I don't usually get stressed or freak out about classes or anything, but I'm freaking the heck out right about now. In a matter of 6 weeks I will go from paying for nothing other than my groceries and any "fun" activities I chose to do, to paying car payments, car insurance, cell phone, rent, and in 6 months paying monthly on my student loans and I don't have any job at all lined up yet. Greeeeeeeat. I'm very grateful to my father for helping me pay for college and my apartment and whatnot, but a little part of me wishes he wouldn't have spoiled me so much. I am not used to managing money for these types of things and making monthly payments and now I have to do so. Ok, I can't think about it because I'm freaking out too much.

On a slightly related note, I recently found my first grey hair. Lovely.

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Date:2007-03-23 13:10
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"Is Ann Coulter a feminist?" asks my Women's Studies professor Wednesday night. You can hear the gasps across the room. Did she just say Ann Coulter and feminist in the same sentence? In a way, its true though. Well, first of all I don't think she believes most of the hate she speaks. She says women shouldn't vote, yet she does. She says women should be married and be baby machines at home, not in the spotlight, and she isn't married, has no children, and is practically a household name. She's out there fighting for what she believes in, she is very well published, she set goals for herself and has far exceeded them. I wouldn't call Ann Coulter a feminist, but I would call her feminist-like.


I just thought the topic was really interesting... Sorry to talk about Ann Coulter 2 entries in a row.

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Date:2007-03-16 00:54
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My update of todays events:
1. My Anthropology professor showed us a quote by Ann Coulter where she said "The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet -- it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars -- that's the Biblical view." Right? So we were all laughing at her and my professor was all like "Clearly this isn't based on any hard evidence" To which this chick raises her hand and argues, "Yes it is. There's all kinds of evidence in there." (Evidence which she never shares with the rest of the class, oddly enough.) This other chick is all like "She's quoting the Old Testament as her 'evidence'". I thought it was an interesting topic for us to discuss, and I thought the one chick that argued with my professor blew. That one was long. Next one not so much.
2. Jane Goodall will be at the Lincoln Park Zoo where she is giving a speech on... I don't know what exactly, but tickets are 20 bucks and I really wanted to go, but alas! Tickets are sold out.
3. (Possibly the most exciting) I held an Oscar today. A real life Academy Award. Technically, I'm not supposed to tell anyone but this is too good to keep to myself. It was Mercedes McCambridges... she went to Mundelien College which was the Catholic school that Loyola came from (ie, half of our buildings were theirs). Anyway, long story short with no professors names so I don't get them in trouble, I got to hold it. Its rather large and in charge, and heavy. Crazy. Well now I know what to expect when I get mine handed to me.

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Date:2007-03-13 21:23
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Life is ok. I'm graduating in 8.5 weeks and I don't have a job or any plans yet. Well, I plan to move back in with my mom until something else comes up. I also plan to get a cat when I move out.
My sister got me a picture of Rick Nash which he wrote "To Becky, All the best! Rick Nash" on. A-May-Zing. I was pretty thrilled to have it.
I didn't do anything school related over spring break and now I'm really busy, but instead of doing homework I'm doing this and playing spider solitaire. Such is life I suppose.

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Date:2007-02-23 23:43
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1. Wednesday I skipped my Women's Studies class in order to go to the Vagina Carnival on campus, where they had previews for the Vagina Monologues, a drag show, and vagina shaped chocolate candies for sale. I was going to get one but I thought 2 bucks was kind of steep for a vagina candy.
2. I didn't stay for all of the Vagina Carnival because I had to go to the poetry slam for a class, which was my real reason for skipping Women's Studies. The poetry slam was really freaking awesome. All of the poets were really political. It was just really cool and nothing like I would expect... it was almost like they were rapping their poems. This one chick had a really good line "The world is too rich in color to be black and white." This other chick did a poem in honor of black history month and she said something along the lines of "black coffee is strong until you add the white cream." It was really cool, and very ... I don't know how to describe it. Awesome though.
3. Today I went to the Art Institute with Aviva and Meaghan. We thought it was free all through February, turns out it was only free until the 21st. We only had to pay 7 bucks though because we got a student discount. We had to go for our Anthropology class. It was a good time though.
4. Tonight Meaghan and I went to the Vagina Monologues. Loyola's feminist forum puts on a production every year. It was amazing. I encourage everyone.. male and female, to rent the movie, or go see a production. It was really cool. The monologues range from hilarious tales of lawyers turned sex workers, to very serious tales of women who are victims of rape. All of the monologues are based on real women's tales. The writer of the monologues (Eve something) interviewed women about their vaginas and then wrote these monologues based on their answers. I highly recommend it.
5. I just downloaded Next's "Too Close" and jammed out to it in my room alone while Meaghan made fun of me.
6. I'll be home in a week. Lets hang out.

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Date:2007-02-19 18:57
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Valentines Day has come and gone. I asked my dad what he got for Carol for Valentines day, and he got her a gift certificate to go to a spa. I hate that my parents were married for so long and didn't love each other. My dad never gave my mom anything like that for any holidays. He treats Carol much better than he ever treated my mom and it makes me really sad to see.

On a slightly lighter note, my dad gave me a card and money for valentines day last year. This year comes around and I naturally expect a card with some money right? Nothing. Now that he has his own valentine he doesn't give me money any more. Jerk. I'm not really mad, but an extra 20 bucks could have been really nice right about now.

I have to write 3 papers and take a midterm by March 1... this seems like a while off, but really its just that the midterm is March 1, and everything else is due sometime before that. Where was I going with this? I don't know, but I'm really looking forward to Spring Break (2-11). My goal is to have my resume sent out to at least 5 different places by then. I had the same goal set for the end of Winter break and I still haven't accomplished it, so realistically it might not happen. Eh. I was talking to my dad the other day and he is really pushing for me to become a teacher. That has always been my dads dream for me... I don't know why. So anyway, I was like "dad I can't teach without a degree in education." Dad says, "well, why don't you go to OUZ and get your masters in education?" 1. I really do want to get my masters degree sometime soon, not sure when and I'm not entirely sure I want to do education, although I think I do. 2. If/when I get my masters degree I will not go to OUZ. I transferred out of OUZ for a reason. I toyed with the idea of OU in Athens, but I doubt that too. I would need to live some where I could find a job to sustain me while I get this masters degree, and I don't see Athens as that place. 3. I haven't taken/even began to study for the GRE so yeah. My dads plan seems a little half baked to me.

This is long, for no reason other than I'm bored.

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