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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 1:8   (NIV)

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)


Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:8-10  (NIV)


Other Social Issues

Jan-Sep 2017

(09/29/2017) Satanist's After-School Club Flops, Closed Down.  The Satanist's getting permission to run after-school Satanist clubs got a lot of attention, but did anyone actually think that a lot of kids would sign up.  The fact that they did not is a good sign.

(09/27/2017) Dear Pastor, Are You a Shepherd or a Hireling? Suffice it to say that while 90% of pastors think the Bible speaks to the issues of the day, less than10% of the pastors are willing to do so.  In short, our Christian leaders have abdicated one of their prime responsibilities.  The state of our nation reflects this.

(09/27/2017) You Will be Made to Conform.  Please remind me again, why is it that the Rights always gets accused of trying to "impose their values," yet it is always the Left that actually does it?

(09/27/2017) The Center Did Not Hold: What Bothers Me Most About the NFL Protests.  This article makes a very good point.  Organization after organization, company after company, has caved in to the demands of the Left.  They pretty much never do so in the opposite direction, though to be fair, we rarely make demands.  This will only continue to get worse and worse unless we fight back.  Make them pay a price for caving in to the Left, and that means - just for starters - boycotting the NFL.  Don't watch the games and don't buy their merchandise.

(09/26/2017) Selling Girls Contraceptives Like Candy.  Unbelievable.  Actually, pretty much anything is believable these days. 

(09/22/2017) Eat the Rich.  Another amusing but insightful screed from Ammo Grrrll.  And it raises a question worth pondering:  for those who want the tax system to "soak the rich," how much of their motivation is "fairness" and how much is greed and envy?  Side note: Ammo Grrrll calls her weekly column "Thoughts From the Ammo Line" because many ideas come from conversations while waiting in line to buy ammo at WalMart.

(09/20/2017) That Which Must Not Be Said.  This references an article that says that some cultures are better than others and that some values and behaviors are better for coping in a modern economy.  They are, of course, being viciously attacked.  It should be noted that, although not explicitly stated, the values being upheld are primarily traditional Christian values.  It should also be noted that the critics don't actually make any effort to dispute what the authors claim; they merely engage in ad hominem.  Typical.  Among the commenters, many feel that we are already doomed and we can never return to the values and culture that made this country great.  Why not?  Don't be defeatist!  Fight!  But also pray for revival.  More than anything else, America needs to turn back to God.

(09/20/2017) Both Students and Their Mentors Deserve Blame for America’s Violent Streak.  Students today are not that much different than when I was in college 45 years ago - we thought we knew it all.  But back then, even our most liberal professors discouraged our crazy excesses and pointed us in the right direction.  Now, it seems, faculty and administrations pour gasoline on the fire.  Deliberately.  They are worse than the students.  The students, at least, have the excuse of youth, immaturity and little experience in life.  Their "mentors" have no such excuses.

(09/20/2017) Self-proclaimed ‘feminist’ wants Ivanka Trump to ‘suffer’ after postpartum depression.  I link to this because these are the same people that were proclaiming "Love Trumps Hate" not so long ago.   And to my fellow evangelicals - these people think you are a "hater" (and a racist and a bigot and a sexist and a homophobe and ...), based on nothing more than your devotion to Christ and the Bible.

(09/16/2017) Nolte: Washington Post Readers Deceived About Religion Writer Sally Quinn’s Occultism.  Amazing that the Post thought it fine for such a person to write about religion - and not tell the readers about her beliefs!

(09/15/2017) Social Justice Warriors, Virtue Signallers, and Feminists Want a Man Silenced.  Basically, a radio host was attacked for saying that a woman who let herself be picked up in a bar by a total stranger and willingly accompanied him to a hotel room bears some of the blame for her rape.  Blaming the victim, blaming the victim!  We can't have that!  In life we make choices.  Some choices are good and some are bad.  We need to learn from both kinds.  These days, both government and culture want to either reward us for our bad choices or at least protect us from criticism about our poor choices.    "Blaming the victim" is just one of many techniques used to do this.  

(09/15/2017) Ammo Grrrll thoughtfully provides a Handbook for Apologies

(09/13/2017) Campus Chaos Comes to Reed College.  We have certainly managed to raise an entire generation of insufferable brats.  Well, a goodly portion of them, at least.  

(09/10/2017) If those who respond to disasters, most respond in a positive manner.  Most, but not all. First Looters Already Arrested in Florida Ahead of Irma.  

(09/09/2017) Embracing Ancestry, Genetic Code and Melanin.  Read it and weep.  Is this what people send their kids to public schools for?  To get indoctrinated in progressive values rather than getting sound, basic education?  Edina schools used to be among the best in the country.  My wife went to Edina High back in the good days. 

(09/08/2017) What Happened?! — Video Emerges of Hillary Clinton Saying Illegal Immigrant Children Have to Go.  I post this not to bash Hillary Clinton (though I do like to bash her), but to point out how the "progressive narrative" keeps changing over time.  Yesterday a good progressive was told to think this, today they are told to think that.  Good progressives are slaves to an ideology that keeps changing its mind, and over which the individual has little or no control.  This is why we at UnShackled focus on God's unchanging truth.  Jesus said in John 8:31b-32 "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  Don't  be a slave, find freedom in Christ.

(09/02/2017) TV show’s graphic sex scene featuring Jesus sends Christians into an uproar.  Since this show is on AMC, just don't watch anything on AMC.  Why do they do outrageous things?  To get attention.  Don't give it to them.

(08/31/2017) Rev. Graham Just Gave the Best Reason Ever for Keeping Confederate Monuments.  For all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  The problem is that far too many fixate on the sins of others and in doing so, absolve themselves of their own sin.  

(08/29/2017) Dennis Prager: Those Who Don't Fight Evil Fight Statues.  Short version: the Left doesn't fight serious evil, rather minor evil or entirely made-up evil.

(08/29/2017) The War on Standards - Shoot the Messenger edition.  The authors of an article are being attacked as racists and white supremacists.  Why?  Read the article.  Here is a teaser from the article they are being attacked over: "Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime."  Aren't these obvious truths?  Yet obvious truths are to be scorned by many of our "elites," and sadly, it is those elites that tend to control the microphone.  But that doesn't mean we should remain silent.

(08/25/2017) The Church of the Left.  The Left has written its values into our laws.  And yet we are told over and over that we are the ones imposing our values on others!

(08/21/2017) Why we need Robert E. Lee.  This is one of the best and most insightful articles I have read in a long time.  It makes me realize just how shallow, as a society,  we have become.  And as long as I am linking to articles from Ricochet, here is another really good one: On Cultural Purging.

(08/06/2017) University of Dallas Ranks No. 1 for Most Conservative Student Body.  This short article lists the top 20, so it might be useful for parents with kids approaching college.  It might be more useful to know which colleges have the most conservative faculty and administrations.  The list is probably similar, however.

(08/05/2017) It’s Better to be Hated by Liberals Than Have Their “Help.”  I certainly don't want their "help," but like most people, I don't like being hated.  But I'll still bitterly cling to my faith, even if some hate me for it.

(08/03/2017) Engineering Education: Social Engineering Rather than Actual Engineering.  If you thought STEM fields could be relatively immune to the insanity that is taking place in higher education, think again.  Those on the Left will push their agenda anywhere and everywhere.  It makes no difference whether a majority approve of what they are doing or whether only a tiny minority approve.  They are totally convinced of their righteousness that they forge ahead relentlessly.

(08/01/2017) Can a Conservative Conduct an Orchestra?  Some orchestra members think allowing a conservative to conduct is "promoting hatred and bigotry."  Do these people have a clue?  I think not.

(07/30/2017) U. Michigan Hiring Bias Administrator for ‘Cultural Appropriation Prevention.’  And who is paying for this nonsense?  The taxpayer, of course.  How many taxpayer funded jobs are specifically designed for liberals and progressives?  

(07/25/2017) Pew: Liberals ‘Far More’ Intolerant of Opposite-Party Friends Than Conservatives and Moderates.  Tom Lehrer wrote a song about "National Brotherhood Week."  Lehrer was (is, actually) a liberal, but one with the ability to laugh at himself.  In his patter for the song he said "Now I realize that there are some people who do not love their fellow man, and I HATE people like that."  Does this not describe many on the Left?  And yet they simply do not recognize their own intolerance because they consider it justified. 

(07/24/2017) It’s OK to Be Uncivil to Save our Civilization.  If it comes down to that, I agree.  But unless one defines "civil" as not being willing to criticize or fight back, I think it is quite possible to be civil while working on saving our civilization.  Social conservatives have not been losing the war on various fronts because we have been civil instead of uncivil.  We have been losing the war because many of us aren't even trying to fight it - that is the problem.  

(07/21/2017) Even some SJWs think Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca went too far with man-hating tweet.  Teen Vogue is doing a pretty good job of making themselves look bad.  Feminism used to be all about empowerment and opportunity.  Now is seems to be all about special privileges for women and hatred of men.

(07/21/2017) To Fix Our Societal Ills, We Need To Focus On More Than Handouts.  I would argue that "handouts" are a positive negative, so to speak.  A handout involves getting something while giving nothing in return.  A truly grateful heart might qualify as "giving something in return,"  but no one should be "receiving" without returning something.  

(07/19/2017) Our National Culture: What’s Up, What’s Down.  There is some good news, but most of the news is bad.  One commenter on the article thinks that church attendance is down because churches aren't seen as relevant - relevant meaning conforming to culture, apparently.  Bible believing churches are very relevant because they do not preach conformity to the culture.  But there is no question that we really do have our work cut out for us.  We should be praying for revival regularly.

(07/19/2017) Warning Women not to Drink During Pregnancy Deemed ‘Sexist.’  I seem to recall when Leftist were calling out and shaming obviously pregnant women who ordered drinks.  But this is what happens when you let a political narrative dictate your views and action.  How much better, then. to become a disciple of Jesus so that "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."

(07/18/2017) Teen Vogue’s Sodomy Tutorial Sparks Angry Mom’s Viral Video, #PullTeenVogue Campaign.  10 million views so far.  Make your displeasure with Teen Vogue known.  Here is more: Activist Mommy Starts 'Operation Pull Teen Vogue' After Mag Peddles Sexual Perversion to Minors.  And just in case you think there is only one article in Teen Vogue that is a problem: Teen Vogue Publishes a Gift Guide For Our Daughters: “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion.”  


(07/18/2017) The Fifth American War.  Another Victor Davis Hanson article.  He thinks the progressives are winning.  And so they have been.  Is it possible that the tide may begin to turn?

(07/18/2017) Not Enough ‘Women’, ‘People of Color’ in Dunkirk, USA Today Complains.  I guess this is new progressive mantra: history must be made to conform to the progressive narrative.  The fact that women and people of color had virtually no role in the actual Dunkirk is no excuse!

(07/18/2017) Sen. Patty Murray Calls For Resignation Of Trump Official Over Accurate Campus Rape Comments.  Remember that truth is not a progressive value if it conflicts with the progressive narrative.  "Rape culture" is a critical component of that progressive narrative, so ....

(07/17/2017) Moms Have A Good Reason For Burning Teen Vogue Over Anal Sex Explainer.  Sadly, far too many of us parents exert no control whatsoever over what our children are reading and viewing.  In many cases, we apparently don't even want to know (to know means we need to act)..  There was a day when stuff like this would never have been published, so we didn't have to worry about it.  Those days are long, long gone.

(07/12/2017) AP: Journalists Should Avoid Using Words ‘Pro-life,’ ‘Terrorist,’ or ‘Migrant’ In News Stories.  And these clowns claim to be unbiased.

(07/09/2017) It's True: Liberals Hate Western Civilization.  They have been undermining it for years, but have not been quite so open about it.  I guess Trump praising Western Civ was simply more than they could stand.

(07/07/2017) Yes, They Really Do Despise Their Civilization.  This is an article about the Left's reaction to Trump's Warsaw speech.  The Left may despise their civilization, but 99+% of them would never leave it for any of the other options currently available.  Note that the author is mostly spot on, though he takes a gratuitous shot or two at Trump.  Update: Here is more on the subject - In Warsaw, Trump Provokes the Left by Defending Our Civilization.  

(06/22/2017) Berlin ‘Sexist Ad’ Crackdown Bans ‘Smiling’ Women, ‘Rational’ Men from Billboards.  Actually. the ban is worse.  It bans "portraying women as 'nurturing' or happy to do housework."

(06/19/2017) The Left’s Flirtation With Trumpicide.  It is amazing what people can justify in their minds when they put God on the back burner - of off the stove altogether.

(06/07/2017) Tolerance: Feminist YouTube Star Harassed for Dating Political Opponent.  This is hardly surprising. Online dating services have found that conservatives are much more open to dating liberals than vice versa.

(06/06/2017) It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid.  Progressives go the full Jimmy Swaggart.  Another (as usual) great Victor Davis Hanson column - the only reason I go to National Review these days.

(06/01/2017) Pro-Family Politicians Must Go on the Offense to Win.  We have been losing ground for decades and one reason is that we tend to play defense or leave the battlefield altogether.  Do we believe that strong families and traditional values are best for our country and best for individuals?  If we believe it, we should fight for it.  

(05/29/2017) On CNN, Boston Globe Columnist Says Trump Normalized Violence, ‘Paved the Way’ for Attacks on Journalists.  When those on the Right commit violence, it is their fault because they are naturally prone to violence.  When those on the Left commit violence, it was only because they were made to do it by the actions of those on the Right.  Because Lefties, just like Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Hitler (yes, Hitler was a socialist), are never prone to violence except when forced. 

(05/24/2017) Linda Sarsour’s Little Lie about her vile attack on Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Big Deal.  Little lies, big lies, it doesn't seem to matter.  Progressives simply do not have a problem using lies to promote their agenda.  If they truly became "reality-based," their entire worldview would come crashing down. 

(05/13/2017) Modern philosophy, untethered from morality, is just nihilism in fancy dress.  Good article from Bookworm.

(05/09/2017) Culture, Not Money, Drove White Working Class to Trump.  I keep hearing that social conservatism is a losing issue.  It isn't.  In fact, it is the most important since so many other issues are highly correlated with the social ones.

(05/09/2017) Lewd Leftists Gone Wild: Perverse Language Dominates Democrats’ Dialect.  Yes, even Democrat public officials seem to be clamoring to get into the act.  I have always gotten a little upset when conservative commenters on the web use profanity.  Then I check out liberal websites and the commenters there are much, much worse.  I guess the politicians are just catering to their base.

(05/05/2017) University OKs Vending Machine Selling Plan B Morning After Pill.  Long, long ago when I went to college, the university did a lot to discourage students from having sex - or at least giving support and tools to the women who didn't care to.  Now they go out of the way to make it harder and harder to say "no."  I wonder how many people, as the get older and hopefully wiser, look back and think that they didn't have enough different sex partners.  Supposedly, the purpose of college is to give students the benefit of the accumulated wisdom of others so they don't have to learn the hard way.  Many colleges are doing the opposite.  After 4 years, many students will have to unlearn so much more in the hard crucible of life experience - and in the meantime, they will suffer for making unwise decisions which could easily have been avoided.

(05/05/2017) New Study Reveals Just How Tolerant Liberals Are…The Results Are Dumbfounding.  Actually, they are not dumbfounding at all.  The Left is totally intolerant and always has been.  One of the main reasons they accuse others of intolerance, hate, bigotry, etc., is to deflect from their own shortcomings in all those areas.

(05/03/2017) Hillary Clinton warns of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ future at Planned Parenthood gala.  The Left is always imagining the horrors the Right - especially the Religious Right - is going to inflict on them.  Just as is the case with Fascism,  those horrors are more likely to come fro the Left than the Right.

(05/01/2017) Chris Matthews: Democrats “Moved Too Far to the Left on Cultural Issues.”  They certainly have, and they show no indication of moving back.  Quite the contrary.

(04/25/2017) This Is What Smoking Pot Does to People’s Respect for Others.  Well, some people don't need pot to be disrespectful, but point taken.

(04/25/2017) The Bookworm Beat 4/24/17 — “watching as the Left continues circling the drain” edition,  There is a lot of good stuff here, but it leaves me sad, because there are just more examples of how low we, as a society, have sunk in recent years, when that decline has accelerated significantly.  When there are high level academic who favor preventing speech that "invalidates" groups such a transsexuals, we are definitely walking into 1984 territory.

(04/21/2017) Today’s Posh Victorian Fainting Couches Are Reserved For College Students.  Youth has always been like this - smarter, wiser, more caring than all previous generations.  Colleges and universities, however, have not always been like this.  If you want you child to grow up, do not think that sending them to an elite college will help - they are far more likely to regress unless they were pretty grown-up to begin with.

(04/21/2017) Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver.  Should "church" be in scare quotes?  "We adhere to no specific dogma."  Well, that seems to apply to quite a few churches.  Maybe they are not so different.

(04/13/2017) The American Dream Hinges on Family.  it certainly does - in many ways.


(04/10/2017) Why Do Leftists Hate America?  Just as tearing down is easier than building up, hate is easier than love.  And hating America is pain-free.  You can take advantage of all the benefits and still take pleasure in your hate.  All gain, no pain.


(04/06/2017) Attacks on the Pence-Graham Rule Expose a Double Standard.  As the old line goes, if Democrats didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.


(04/04/2017) The Leftist Attacks on Pence’s Moral Guidelines Are a Denial of Human Nature.  The leftist response to the Pences' personal rule reveals a glaring blind spot when it comes to self-awareness.   


(04/02/2017) University event offers ‘masculinity confession booth.’  Would anyone have imagined this nonsense just a few years ago?

(03/31/2017) Vox’s spin on Pence marriage ‘even stupider’ than Mollie Hemingway predicted.  Can it get stupider than this: Pence's decision not to eat alone with another woman who is not his wife is "probably illegal?" 


(03/30/2017) Don’t Mock Mike Pence for Protecting His Marriage, Commend Him.  If you didn't already know, Pence is being attacked for protecting is marriage.

(03/28/2017) The False Compassion of Liberalism.  It is hardly compassionate to be willing to spend other people's money with that money controlled by bureaucrats. 

(03/14/2017) How Not to Defend ‘Western Civilization.’  Being an American isn't about your color or ethnicity.  Note that Western Civilization - which is rooted in Christianity - is absolutely worth defending and worth saving.  Dare I say that the emphasis needs to be on returning to those Christian roots?  Here is more on the subject: God Save Steve King: Culture Matters


(03/09/2017) Most College Humanities and Social Science Programs Have Become Enemies of Freedom and Reason.  They are enemies of Christianity, as well.


(03/09/2017) ‘Day Without Women’ Was A Bit of a Bust. Here Were Its Worst Misfires.  Striking from smiling, hurting the poor, and suppressing male authors were some of the genius ideas of 'Day Without Women' activists.  Here is more on the protests: A Day Without Brains -- I Mean Women


(03/05/2017) Leftist Hate Group Meets "Weekly Reader."  Online teachers' resources gives progressives open door to school children.  This is about the SPLC.


(02/28/2017) Sarah Silverman explains choice between ‘motherhood’ & living ‘fullest life.’  Suffice it to say, she thinks you can't be a mother and live life to the fullest.  Sad.  Most think you really haven't lived until you've been a parent.  Will she wise up before it is too late?


(02/26/2017) Psychological Warfare: The Mental Health Profession Wages Malpractice against Trump Voters.  I don't know how widespread this is, but it certainly ins't professional.


(02/23/2017) No, Christians Are Not Sex-Obsessed Behind-the-Times Lunatics.  Read the article.  A NY Times reporter seems to think that the only things the Bible has to say to Christians are about sex.  Perhaps the Times reporter should go to church for a while.  The chances are he won't hear a single sermon focusing on sex.  But hey, they have a narrative and they are going to stick to it.  Besides, going to church for a few weeks involves way too much work! 


(02/19/2017) DOJ Tells Baltimore Cops What Pronouns They Must Use.  This, as much as anything, tells us why the swamp must be drained.  The bureaucracies are full of people who put this kind of stuff in consent decrees, in regulations, in everything.  Imagine if instead they included requirements upholding traditional values?  The press would go bonkers.  Instead, silence.


(02/13/2017) Progressives: Hey, let’s politicize Valentine’s Day this year.  Why not?  They've already politicized Thanksgiving and Christmas.


(02/08/2017) Betsy DeVos’s Biggest Sin Is Supporting School Choice, Not Lack of Experience.  Certainly the Democrats are beholden to the teacher's unions.  But it goes well beyond that.  Democrats want as much control over the content of your child's education as possible.  Choice gives control to the parents.  It is a shame the Democrats cannot ever seem to be honest about their motivations and objectives.  Of course, this is a universal problem with politicians, but it seems far worse on the side of the Democrats.


(02/07/2017) Why Good Teachers Want School Choice - A Prager U short video.  It isn't just good teachers.  It is good parents.  Why is it that parents who lack the resources are forced to sent their children to schools that in many cases neither do a good job nor reflect the values of the parents?  There are two main reasons: the teachers' unions, and the Democrat party - which wishes to have as much influence as possible over your kids, for as long as possible.  Why is it that conservatives don't have a problem with liberal parents sending their kids to liberal schools, but liberals seem to have major problems with conservatives sending their kids to conservative (or, God forbid, religious) schools?


(02/04/2017) Thomas Sowell has a great two-part series on Education at a Crossroads.  Check them out: Part I and Part II.   I thought that Sowell had just retired from column writing.  Hopefully that just meant regular column writing.


(02/02/2017) The Big Lesson from The Boy Scouts Demise: Appeasement Doesn’t Work.  Some of my best childhood memories are from my scouting days.  It is sad, but it should be obvious: appeasement never works.  More will always be demanded.


(02/01/2017) The Lies of a ‘Sports Writer’ Attacking Tom Brady for Being Friends With President Trump.  She not only lied, although there is nothing unusual about media people lying to push their agenda, but she apparently thinks all Trump voters should hang their heads in shame and renounce their vote.  Just remember, it is the liberals to are unfriending and renouncing friends and family that voted for Trump.  Quite an impressive display of "Love Trumps Hate."


(01/28/2017) Princeton Freshman: They’re Training Us To Hate Each Other.  They certainly are.  Progressives - who dominate academia, the media and entertainment - have apparently determined that race / class / religion trump (if you'll pardon the expression) the content of our character.  Sad, pathetic really.  But it looks like the times, they are a-changin'.


(01/27/2017) Thoughts From the Ammo Line.  Ammo Grrrll hits another home run with her take on the guy who feared for his safety because his plumber was white with a Southern accent, and might have voted for Trump.


(01/24/2017) America’s Second Civil War.  Yes, we are fighting a Second Civil War, though it is mostly the other side that is doing the fighting.  If we are going to avoid significant violence, we evangelicals need to be fighting back - fighting back by converting people to Christ and converting people to our founder's constitutional vision for our nation.


(01/17/2017) SNL Gets That Women’s Rights Have Become A Punchline, And The Women’s March Is Making It Worse.  Today's feminists really have nothing substantive to campaign for, so rather than work hard to take advantage of all the opportunities available (too much work), they decide to play the victim instead.


(01/11/2017) Why Is Ryan Gosling 'Sexist' for Thanking Mother of His Children at Golden Globes?  Because for progressives, politics trump everything else in life.


(01/09/2017) If you want to help poor kids get ahead, then you need to support school choice.  Darn right.

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