Suzuki goes full Grinch

David Suzuki thinks that telling kids Santa is in danger from global warming is a great fundraising idea at Christmas:

The North Pole, once a wintery wonderland, is no longer safe for Santa’s Workshop.

Climate change is melting the snow and ice, and the rising water is getting too close for comfort. Santa must relocate — fast — to make sure that all the nice boys and girls still have a Happy Holiday.

You can help by buying Santa the supplies he needs to land safely in a new home.

Better yet, buy them as green gifts for friends and family to show you’re thinking about them — and the planet — this holiday season.

When hippies aren’t busy detonating kids, they’re working hard to wreck Christmas. For money.

David Suzuki has evolved from tenth-level maggot to Grinch.

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Suzuki goes full Grinch

David Suzuki thinks that telling kids Santa is in danger from global warming is a great fundraising idea at Christmas:

The North Pole, once a wintery wonderland, is no longer safe for Santa’s Workshop.

Climate change is melting the snow and ice, and the rising water is getting too close for comfort. Santa must relocate — fast — to make sure that all the nice boys and girls still have a Happy Holiday.

You can help by buying Santa the supplies he needs to land safely in a new home.

Better yet, buy them as green gifts for friends and family to show you’re thinking about them — and the planet — this holiday season.

When hippies aren’t busy detonating kids, they’re working hard to wreck Christmas. For money.

David Suzuki has evolved from tenth-level maggot to Grinch.

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COP17: Mess of the Durban shills*

The COP17 climate talks opened in Durban today, to the Gore Effect and bad weather, smelly Occupy Durban hippies and the news that Canada, the bad-boy of western Climate nations is about to quit Kyoto.Take that, Gaia.

As if this inauspicious start wasn’t bad enough, early reports from Hades were that is was getting chilly down there as a UN prediction came too close to being right about something.

World leaders would be forgiven for wondering what happened to the glitz and glamor from Hopenchangen in Copenhagen just two short years ago. Or they would, if any had bothered to show up.

Some comforting and familiar sights are in Durban for delegates to view with nostalgia. Various small islands are still looking for a handout and warn that they may not have much longer to exist unless endless amounts of other people’s money is handed over. This is a tough sell in a year when the residents of a once prosperous but currently impoverished island are furious about handing £1 billion over to combat the as yet unseen, but assuredly devastating effects of a harmless trace gas essential to life on Earth.

But, it’s not all bad news. Weepy Bill McKibben isn’t in Durban, but there are a couple of primo Google juice hotties on hand. Or, as you may know her, Angelina Jolie. Which gives us the opportunity for a little Rule 5** fun early in the week.

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*With apologies to Thomas Hardy

**It took far longer than 12 months for The Daily Bayonet to reach 1 million hits, but hotties make the wait more fun.

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Climategate 2: The Inquisition

The second batch of emails released exposing the behind-the-scenes machinations of climate scientists have had the desired effect, and a journalist for one of the UK’s major newspapers has begun serious efforts to dig into the released files for hard evidence of wrongdoing.

That is, wrongdoing by the ‘hacker’. Not the scientists embarrassed by the emails:

What does this file really tell us, if anything, about the identity of the hacker? I have annotated all the places in the file which I think are of potential interest – and explained why.

For example, there are the stylistic writing quirks. And what about the quotes at the beginning that help to underscore the “motivation” behind releasing the emails? Where do they come from? The motivation is obvious enough, but do these clues help to paint a profile – nationality, cultural heritage, competence with computers etc – of the perpetrator?

That’s at least three questions Hickman is investigating. Which is three more questions than he’s asked of climate scientists openly discussing deletion of emails, subverting the FOIA process and bullying peers into submission.

It’s hacktastic. Richard Nixon would have given his right left arm to have lived with what we call journalism today.

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Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Nov. 24th 2011

Google gives up on Gaia, bird shredders get the clog, and a hippie staple food is frost-bitten.

The Daily Bayonet wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to American readers, enjoy the all-American hottie.

Part One: Climategate 2

Hippie of the week is suspended  – this week only – thanks to the release of another batch of emails from the motley CRU.

For inquisitive souls, the searchable emails can be found here. If you find anything juicy, you’ll probably be from Spain, because no-one expects the inquisitive Spanish, or something.

Other blogs are working overtime on the story, so they deserve the linkage. Check out Watts, Junkscience, Tallbloke, Air Vent and Climate Audit, and don’t miss Tom Nelson’s constant updates as he trawls the files.

Junkscience is posting the embarrassing snippets frequently, at the moment there are over twenty of them to get you started. Phil Jones won’t be too happy to be outed as a serial deleter after swearing he didn’t delete emails. Oops.

Michael ‘Stick’ Mann also admits to deleting stuff, but in the form of comments he disagrees with at RealClimate. Because that’s how science is done, by ignoring dissent.

Joe Romm took news of Climategate 2 badly

Climategate 2 is likely to be a slower burn event than two years ago because of the volume of emails released and the fact that the press will be less keen to cover it for fear that it’s old news or just too inside baseball. Whether or not there is a blockbuster email in there remains to be seen, but if it’s there, it’ll be found.

For now, Anthony Watts has the best example of a simple argument against Mann’s hockey stick methodology, from John Daly

Dear Chick & all

[I think Chick Keller wrote:]

the first is Keith Briffa’s rather comprehensive treatment of getting climate variations from tree rings: Annual climate variability in the Holocene: “interpreting the message of ancient trees”, Quaternary Science Reviews, 19 (2000) 87-105. It should deal with many of the questions people raise about using them to determine temperatures.

Take this from first principles.

A tree only grows on land. That excludes 70% of the earth covered by water. A tree does no grow on ice. A tree does not grow in a desert. A tree does not grow on grassland-savannahs. A tree does not grow in alpine areas. A tree does not grow in the tundra We are left with perhaps 15% of the planet upon which forests grow/grew. That does not make any studies from tree rings global, or even hemispheric.

The width and density of tree rings is dependent upon the following variables which cannot be reliably separated from each other. sunlight – if the sun varies, the ring will vary. But not at night of course.

RTWT

Climategate two years ago revealed that CRU’s Phil Jones celebrated Daly’s passing. Jones was cleared after Climategate 1, but is unlikely to remain in his position as lead whinger of the motley CRU in the wake of Climategate 2.

Part Two: Warmists

We now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

Global warming muppet Jim Hansen has done very nicely from his activism, about $1.6 million in fact. The death trains business is more like a gravy train.

Good news, a BBC environment reporter took £15,000 from the University of East Anglia:

BBC insiders claim that the use to which the money was put – annual Real World seminars for top BBC executives on issues including climate change – had a significant impact on the Corporation’s output. ‘The seminars organised by Roger and his friend were part of a process which has effectively stifled all debate within the BBC about man-made global warming,’ said one senior journalist. ‘As far as the high-ups are concerned, the science is settled.’

Some red meat blue-blood on blue-blood action – the Duke of Edinburgh declared wind farms ‘useless‘. No word on how jolly Prince Chuckles, his son and heirhead to the throne, took the news.

And the obligatory green-on-green action, featuring Joltin’ Joe Romm and Andy ‘Revved’ Revkin.

Al Gore knows why humans cause global warming, and thinks Manhattan is about to be underwater, or something.

President Obama is on TV every five minutes telling Americans he wants them to have jobs, then does everything he can to ensure there are no jobs. First he ducked making a decision on Keystone XL, costing up to 20,000 jobs, and this week he squashed nearly 200,000 potential new jobs by withdrawing a license to drill for shale gas. Apparently the only job the President is really interested in is his own.

ABC News made a video showing an artists impression of what the air would look like if greenhouse gasses were visible. Because a harmless trace gas essential to life on Earth is exactly like air pollution. Oh, wait, it is pollution.

The leader of the Sierra Club was replaced, but the war on coal will continue.

Gluttonous Grist regrets the loss of tasty foods because of global warming.

Remember when Freon and other CFC’s were public enemy #1 for destroying the ozone layer? HFC’s, the products that replaced CFC’s, are worse for global warming. Oh noes, the hippies that saved the ozone layer have cooked us all.

Hippie of the Week alum Peter Gleick wins the Bad Timing Award for a piece which declared global warming denial ‘dead’, just before Climategate 2 broke. Using the Gleick Method, I didn’t read the piece, but can confidently claim everything in it is wrong.

Ben Santer has formulated a cunning plan to counter the ‘no warming for ten years’ argument. Declare it takes 17 years to form a trend. Breaking news, in 2018, Santer will decide it actually takes 25 years to form a trend.

A British MP has lost that loving feeling when it comes to President Obama, complaining the President has shown no leadership on climate change policy. And he’s right, but then the President has shown no leadership on jobs, the economy, international events or the debt crisis. His golf handicap is lower though.

Hollywood star and noted intellectual Ethan Hawke has already protested fracking in New York, now he’s against drilling in Canada,but it has nothing to do with NIMBY-ism. Oh, wait:

The pristine wilderness of Nova Scotia captured Ethan Hawke’s attention 12 years ago when he was visiting a friend, so moving him that he decided to buy a part-time retreat for himself and his family.  That wilderness, Hawke said, is now under threat from plans to begin offshore oil drilling in the gulf…

Weepy Bill McKibben believes global warming will be a vote winning issue for the President next year. Weepy Bill is  under the misapprehension that it was his arrest-0-fest that persuaded the President’s to act green, rather than the yellow streak that actually forced the punt. Oh, I mentioned Weepy Bill, so here’s some Google juice:

Aishwarya Rai

Is there such a thing as a good hippie? One argument that original hippies were better than OWS hippies. I can’t tell the difference between the soap-averse doped-up losers of yesteryear or today, but that’s just me.

UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne is hopping mad at the Global Warming Policy Foundation, because they won’t stop pointing out that Huhne is a disaster for Britain. Even funnier is the Huh who spoiled Christmas, if you feel like a little Seuss with your gander.

Part Three: Inconvenient Truths

Et tu, Google? The giant search engine quits the search for cheap renewable power. Google already killed Wave and Buzz, so why not the planet too?

The aforementioned GWPF upset Chris Huhne, and it’s easy to see why when they reveal inconvenient truths like renewable power can cause massive blackouts:

‘Unstable’ renewable energy sources increase the risk of ‘supra-regional’ electricity blackouts with multi-billion pound consequences, insurance giant Allianz has warned. Solar panels and wind turbines are a “volatile” source of power with fluctuations in the electricity supply risking “grid instabilities” and triggering wide-scale blackouts. Ageing [sic] infrastructure and increasingly cross-border electricity networks have heightened the likelihood of a devastating collapse of power supplies lasting months and covering several continents, according to the joint report by Allianz and the Chief Risk Officer Forum.

Your extinction that wasn’t of the week is brought to you by the Hula Painted Frog, and a tip from reader Tracy.

The difference between how real scientists act when faced with skepticism, and how climate scientists react:

What’s interesting, of course, is how much more mature physicists seem to be than climatologists.  Dissent from a scientific paradigm much more firmly established than anything in climate science isn’t greeted with howls of rage, fury and charges of heresy.  Many physicists are skeptical, as well they should be, of evidence that seems contrary to decades of experiment and analysis, but the overwhelming mood seems to be one of curiosity rather than rage.  Could these new results possibly be real?  What would this mean if it is true?  How can we check these results to see how fast these neutrinos are really moving?

This is how real science operates.

Andrew Bolt has a handy cut-out and keep pie chart for just how inadequate green power is to the challenge of providing the world the energy it needs.

Oh noes, hippies face starvation as the lentil harvest is affected by frost.

Giant bird shredders have been forced to stop turning at night because of excessive noise. Could it be that Big Birds are fighting Big Wind?

time's running out for Big Wind

The play’s the thing. London’s climate skeptic play ‘The Heretic‘  won an award for best play. The warmist rival production, ‘Greenland’ by the National Theatre, closed in April.

Solar panels are a badge of shame, not a free source of energy.

When giant windmills lose the support of the Dutch, you just know a fat lady is warming her tonsils somewhere:

For centuries, the Netherlands has harnessed wind power, using windmills to drain water from low-lying marsh and turn it into arable land. Now however, one of the most densely populated countries in Europe — with 489 people per square kilometer (0.6 miles) compared to 356 in Belgium or 192 in Luxembourg — is falling out of love with its iconic technology. Arguments over the high cost and maintenance of sea-based turbines, as well as complaints from residents about unsightly land-based models, have brought the Dutch to an impasse.

Another green energy firm folds after receiving Dept. of Energy loans. It’s like the DoE is the kiss of death, unless green energy firms are just bad business ideas propped up by public money. Nah, couldn’t be.

If you’re planning a trip to the Carteret Islands, ensure your return flight is before New Year’s Eve when the tiny islands are due to be lost forever under the waves.

The snarkmeister at Real Science was once a true believer:

It quickly sank in that climate was cyclical, not linear. CO2 was accelerating upwards, but temperatures were getting colder. As a scientist and and engineer, I had to look elsewhere for answers. What has surprised me is watching the spectacular dishonesty of the climate science community as this has unfolded. Previously I was under the impression that scientists were generally honest people, but now I have my doubts.

It’s a basket case. Welsh supermarkets have suffered a 50% loss of their baskets after a 5p charge per plastic bag was introduced.

Dr. Tim Ball points out the IPCC is wrong about the 2010 record high CO2 claim.

A smart programmer who tired of green propaganda appearing as news created a ‘churnalism’ engine that can be used to detect recycled press releases in the media. It’s focused on environmental releases, so expect everything Louise Gray ever wrote to appear. Needless to say, the search site has been bookmarked and will be used frequently here.

Good news for Australians, a few weeks too late. A new report finds no evidence that global warming affects droughts, floods or storms. Julia Gillard’s re-election hopes hardest hit.

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Part Four: Global Hottie

She’s married to a retired football star, votes Republican and was born in Texas. Angie Harmon may just be the perfect hottie.

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Climategate 2: ‘Big Climate’ reacts

In the weeks leading up to a climate conference, Big Climate likes to flood the media with scare stories about all the bad things that will happen to Gaia if the world’s leaders fail to fund more climate science act on emissions.

Big Climate has been playing the same game for years, and every year is the last chance to save the planet from a harmless trace gas essential to life on Earth. Durban is this year’s last chance, in 2009 it was Copenhagen, 2008 was  Poland, in 2007 Bali, and in 2006 Nairobi.

Next week, the COP17 conference begins in Durban. There were already low to no expectations of a deal. The fragile economies of most of the western world means fake problems like the weather will be put on the back burner, probably forever. But the release of 5,000 more emails in Climategate 2 has derailed even this weak meeting of climate minds.

So far, some embarrassing finds have been mined from the emails, but (as of time of writing) no blockbuster quote like the iconic ‘hide the decline’ has popped up. But Big Climate is mad as hell that the emails were released, and their fury is proof they didn’t learn a thing after the original Climategate debacle.

Phil Jones, the head of the motley CRU, reacted as if it was 2009 all over again:

The British climatologist ensnared in a new email leak has taken his case to the press, arguing that he and his colleagues’ comments have again been taken out of context.

Jones said Wednesday the emails were again being “cherry-picked” and explained away many of the messages.

Michael ‘Stick’ Mann figures it’s all a plot by Big Oil:

He said, the people behind the release were “agents doing the dirty bidding of the fossil fuel industry know they can’t contest the fundamental science of human-caused climate change. So they have instead turned to smear, innuendo, criminal hacking of websites, and leaking out-of-context snippets of personal emails in their effort to try to confuse the public about the science and thereby forestall any action to combat this critical threat. Its right out of the tried-and-true playbook of climate change denial.”

Never mind that behavior like trumpeting research to an eager press but refusing to share data and emails is right out of the scientific fraud playbook.

In the UK, Big Science circles the wagons rather than even consider that there may be something rotten at the core of politicized climate science:

Dr Simon Lewis, Royal Society research fellow at the University of Leeds, said it was all about politics.

“This latest email leak, again on the eve of important international climate talks, is about politics. Yet the shadowy, undemocratic group trying to influence these international talks will fail. I sat through two weeks of talks in Copenhagen after the first email release and heard them mentioned only once. This new leak will have a similarly limited impact. Governments know that climate science reports signed off by over 190 countries, each with their own scientists, cannot be unduly influenced by a single scientist or a small group. These emails are irrelevant.”

Dr. Lewis may recall that Copenhagen was supposed to be the last chance for the world to reach an agreement on climate policy. COP15 failed dismally, in no small part because of the revelations of Climategate. That he only heard Climategate mentioned once at Copenhagen reveals more about the ivory tower inhabited by climate scientists than he realizes, it’s not something to brag about.

The uncomfortable truth for Lewis, Mann, Jones et al is that climate scientists behaved badly, were caught, and then exposed. If they’d been less petty and arrogant and complied with legal FOIA requests, or made data freely available, Climategate 1 & 2 would never have happened. But that would have required them to behave like scientists, not activists, and that seems to be asking far too much of the people running climate science.

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Climategate 2: UCS yawns, barks and rolls over

As we try to make sense of what the latest release of emails means for the ragged remnants of climate science credibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a statement:

“These leftover emails should be met with a collective yawn,” said Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) Scientific Integrity Program. “It’s time to condemn the real perpetrators in this story: the hackers who stole and released university property. The hackers and their allies are resorting to desperate measures to distract the public when our focus should be on how to respond to climate change.”

Right, move along nothing to see here. It’s not really all about money, even if the UCS admits dogs as members, as long as they pay the dues.

UCS Spokesdog Kenji Watts was unavailable for comment on the latest email revelations, which is probably just as well.

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Climategate Returns

Just as the climate world was getting ready to part like it’s 2007 in Durban for COP17, another tranche of damning emails has been released to the world.

Anthony has a lot of the details here and is updating regularly, as is Tallbloke.

It’s deja vu, all over again.

The emails haven’t been verified yet, and appear not be a new leak, but a second batch from the first round of Climategate. So whether this is Climategate 2.0 or 1.2 is unclear. This time the zip file came with a README:

/// FOIA 2011 — Background and Context ///

“Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.”

“Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.”

“One dollar can save a life” — the opposite must also be true.

“Poverty is a death sentence.”

“Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.”

Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches. A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons. We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

Verified or not, Michael Mann seems mad enough about the new revelations to suggest they must be real:

Mann, director of the Earth System Science Centre at Penn State University, who is quoted in the batch of released emails described the release as “truly pathetic”.

When asked if they were genuine, he said: “Well, they look like mine but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all, despite them having been taken out of context. I guess they had very little left to work with, having culled in the first round the emails that could most easily be taken out of context to try to make me look bad.”

As if Mann needed any help to look bad.

Delingpole is predicting sour faces in South Africa and the BBC’s Richard Black is already spinning like a top:

A similar release in 2009 triggered the “ClimateGate” affair and accusations of fraud that inquiries later dismissed. Now, as then, the release comes shortly before the annual UN climate summit.

Reviews of “ClimateGate” in the UK, of the IPCC, and of Michael Mann’s work by Penn State authorities, have all cleared scientists of fraud and malpractice, although recommendations were made on increasing openness.

Bonus points to the FOIA warriors for making Joe Romms head explode.

Good times. More later.

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Climategate Returns

Just as the climate world was getting ready to part like it’s 2007 in Durban for COP17, another tranche of damning emails has been released to the world.

Anthony has a lot of the details here and is updating regularly, as is Tallbloke.

It’s deja vu, all over again.

The emails haven’t been verified yet, and appear not be a new leak, but a second batch from the first round of Climategate. So whether this is Climategate 2.0 or 1.2 is unclear. This time the zip file came with a README:

/// FOIA 2011 — Background and Context ///

“Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.”

“Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.”

“One dollar can save a life” — the opposite must also be true.

“Poverty is a death sentence.”

“Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.”

Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches. A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons. We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

Verified or not, Michael Mann seems mad enough about the new revelations to suggest they must be real:

Mann, director of the Earth System Science Centre at Penn State University, who is quoted in the batch of released emails described the release as “truly pathetic”.

When asked if they were genuine, he said: “Well, they look like mine but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all, despite them having been taken out of context. I guess they had very little left to work with, having culled in the first round the emails that could most easily be taken out of context to try to make me look bad.”

As if Mann needed any help to look bad.

Delingpole is predicting sour faces in South Africa and the BBC’s Richard Black is already spinning like a top:

A similar release in 2009 triggered the “ClimateGate” affair and accusations of fraud that inquiries later dismissed. Now, as then, the release comes shortly before the annual UN climate summit.

Reviews of “ClimateGate” in the UK, of the IPCC, and of Michael Mann’s work by Penn State authorities, have all cleared scientists of fraud and malpractice, although recommendations were made on increasing openness.

Bonus points to the FOIA warriors for making Joe Romms head explode.

Good times. More later.

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Castles in the sky

Charles Hendry, Britain’s Minister of Energy and Climate Change, gave a high-minded speech in September 2010 about climate and leading by example (emphasis mine):

The link between energy and our environment is inescapable. We have pledged to be the greenest government ever. It’s something we were tasked with by the Prime Minister on his second day of office. I think that shows how high on the agenda we are. And that commitment lies at the heart of the Coalition Agreement as a shared philosophy between both political parties. There’s no doubt changes must be made, because we live in a different energy world compared to twenty years ago.

So we must lead by example. Leadership from government departments is a responsibility we cannot – and will not – shirk. Because we are acutely aware that we will be judged by our actions.

Pop quiz. When Hendry bought a new property just 14 short months after that speech, did he move into:

  1. a yurt?
  2. an average two-bedroom home?
  3. a 14-bedroom castle nearly 500 miles from his constituency?

Here’s a clue:

it's modest, as castles go

It would be easy to point out the hypocrisy, but Hendry says it’s all good because he’s changed all the light bulbs at his other home:

The minister has claimed he is vigilant about not wasting energy at home, saying recently that he never leaves his television on standby, keeps the thermostat down and has replaced all the lightbulbs in his home with energy-saving ones.

Hendry correctly stated that he and others will be judged by their actions, which was either a flat lie, or he simply doesn’t care what the little people think. I’m guessing the latter, since Hendry’s energy policies will claim up to 2700 lives this winter.

Glenn Reynolds said it best:

Meanwhile, for the political leaders, well, I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis. Until they start foregoing private jets and beachside mansions, it’s going to be hard for me to take their calls for sacrifice on my part seriously.

The inability of warmist thought leaders and politicos like Gore, Hendry, Friedman, Monbiot  etc. to heed their own warnings about reducing ‘carbon footprints’ make the dire predictions of global warming an obvious lie. Until they learn to act like there’s a problem, the rest of us will treat their rhetoric as so many castles in the sky.

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