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CARB approved parts California vehicles smog pass
Trick to keep Jeep soft windows from flapping
Carter BBD 2x2 with progressive linkage
An iceberg called B-31. Take a look at the "image location" map to the right. It's located south of the most southern tip of South America. What I want to do here is see a size comparison to the Earth and it's oceans.
(NASA image by Adam Voiland, Earth Observatory, and Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.)
Zoom out a bit and look at this image: http://eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/82000/82388/PineIsland_amo_2013314_lrg.jpg
Now look at a satellite image of Antarctica, showing how huge Antarctica is on Earth, and imagine a few small slivers of iceberg breaking off, about the size of the head of ball point pen touching your screen on a part of the ice shelf, and think about how much that would make the surrounding oceans rise. http://i.imgur.com/IcugVpr.jpg
They say this one called B-31 is the size of Singapore. That's pretty big but not in comparison to the size of the Earth and it's oceans. Let's look at the world map with Singapore. Note that the dot on the map is about 1000 times the country of Singapore. If the dot were to scale, it would not be visible as it would be smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
image credit Bing.com maps
Why on Earth is anyone worried about icebergs melting that are no bigger than the size of the dot in this question mark?
Now for even more perspective, take a look at this map of the Pine Island glacier location http://www.antarctica.ac.uk//bas_research/our_research/topics/pine_island_glacier/images/pig_location.jpg
I don't see how even if all the ice melted it would raise ocean levels like the alarmists claim. Frozen water takes up more volume than liquid water. The icebert B-31 is a drop in the bucket, no, actually it's more like a drop in a lake. Worrying about these glacier melts, which are normal, even if they are accelerating, is like worrying about a bucket of ice thrown into a lake, and worrying about the shoreline rising.
So who is it that keeps telling this nonsense that the world's oceans will rise when a blip of frozen ice cubes melt? It's like worrying that a swimming pool will flood the house when someone takes their drink with ice cubes into the pool and when they finish the drink they turn the cup upside down and the ice falls into the large body of water.
Monthly fee for an electric car battery?
"You cannot buy and own a battery for the Renault Zoe. Instead, you have to rent it. And if you stop making payments, the battery's DRM will prevent you from recharging it."
Solar panels generate heat
Another quandry in the complex formula of claims that global warming is caused by carbon is the fact that solar energy generates heat.
"The odd thing about the solar panel energy balance (from the electrical engineer's perspective) is that some energy is emitted off the solar panel in the form of heat."
Foul cry foul as their flocks get fried by solar project
"19 birds, 16 of them water fowl or marsh birds, were found dead at Desert Sunlight solar project in California."
These solar farms focus thousands of reflectors to a tower, radiating so much heat that it's burning the feathers off of migratory birds flying through them.
Haven't the politicians been informed that this kind of solar power has serious drawbacks?
Wind turbine technician speaks
Says: "Wind power is known as something called 'dirty power' because it fluctuates so much."
Fire on wind turbine, 2 die
photo of a turbine on fire http://i.imgur.com/xHyOoc9.jpg
photo on top of a turbine with a worker inside http://cdn4.explainthatstuff.com/inside-wind-turbine.jpg
Just when you thought climate science couldn't get crazier
I read the headline that says top scientists want environmentalists to support nuclear power to combat global climate change. First, climate always changes, always has changed, and always will change, why they call it climate change is odd. Next, in creating electricity from nuclear power, heat is generated the same as from other means. Water from oceans lakes or other large sources of water is used to cool down the reactors, thus, introducing heat into the environment. Of course our planet is like a molecule on the head of a pin in a universe of haystacks all surrounded with extreme cold so the exchange of heat by the universe is constant, thus, the myth of global warming is nil as all excess heat is tempered by our surrounding space atmosphere.
Thorium could replace uranium
Nuclear power saves lives
Saving an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA.
Missing 1996 model year
According to Wikipedia.org there was a year that never was for the Jeep Wrangler. "The YJ gave way to the TJ for the 1997 model year (note that there was no 1996 model year; the 1997 TJ was released in Spring 1996)."
Solar panels don't reflect heat
Ever notice that solar panels are black? Black absorbs heat whereas white reflects it. Ever touch a black car in the summer? Yeowwch! So why are they saying that solar power lessens global warming when they absorb heat instead of reflecting it. I wonder what the temperature of the surface of a solar panel is in the summer in the desert where they are putting many of these solar farms in Southern California. Seems they would be contributing more heat.
Guy tests O2 sensor while driving 55 mph
Custome Jeep pool ball shifter knob replacements
Amazing before after frame repair
This blog post shows a frame that is rusted through severely and the after of when it was repaired on a Jeep Wrangler and also how the mess of vacuum lines was removed and a new carb installed.
Solar power after dark
A new solar thermal power plant south of Phoenix named Solana has tested and showing great results. In reading the article about how mirrors follow the sun, reflecting and concentrating light to a tower which then HEATS UP LIQUID which then produces steam then turning turbines thus producing energy, I kinda got stuck on the idea that solar power is creating HEAT. How do global warming alarmists feel about this? Seems that would be contributing to the condition and not the cure.
Bumper crop of corn this year
There's been so much discussion of increases in global warming this year, that it must also be the cause of the great crop yields.
What constitutes a real Jeep
Mercedes driverless research car looks incredible
Heat reactive car paint
Solar panels on roofs inhibit fire fighting efforts
"Firefighters across the nation are alarmed at the prospect of battling blazes in buildings topped with solar panels, which can create new risks of roofs collapsing, an inability to gain footing and even potential electric shock."
key drawbacks mentioned:
I wouldn't be surprised if insurance companies start doubling rates for homes with rooftop solar panels.
How CO2 affects ph
It was stated that a faulty CO2 tank caused high ph levels in a pool according to a Fox News article online.
“The high pH was caused by a defective CO2 tank, CO2 being the gas that buffers (lowers) the pH.”
CO2 buffers/lowers ph. So if that is true for pools, maybe extra CO2 in the atmosphere would normalize atmospheric ph in a way to get rid of acid rain. For that matter, maybe climate ph has more to do with climate change than CO2 and CO2 is exactly the element that fixes it!
Political appointees decide 95% certain "global warming" is due to man
The United Nations Climate Panel consists of political appointees chosen by various countries. They decide what science is accurate and what science is not. Appointees did this same thing for 60 years in suggesting that Pluto was a planet, until one day in 2006 they VOTED differently, then Pluto became considered not a planet, but more like a rock in space. One of the interesting points of all this science is that these scientists only share their more detailed findings with those who support their theories if at all. They make reports about their findings, but their actual detailed work is kept hidden from the world. Most climate science of this type has never been seen by anyone.
Weather balance denialists now claim pause
The headlines have been very clear and precise, much to the dismay of all the global "warming" hype we have heard for years, that the planet is now cooling. It fits in exactly with all valid research but the alarmists cannot grasp it so they have deemed it merely a "pause".
Same volume engines can have different torque/HP/etc. explained
Reality TV star gets stuck in ice crossing northwest passage
It cost a 6 figure sum for the rescue. I wonder if they thought global warming was real?
60% more arctic ice than last year
About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 than in 2012, a whopping 60 percent increase -- and a dramatic deviation from predictions of an "ice-free Arctic in 2013," the Daily Mail noted.
Climate mystery changes the whole narrative
"No hurricanes this year" is the headline on today's date September 9, 2013. "The truth is that scientists aren’t really sure why there hasn’t been a hurricane yet this season, nor do they know why an intense hurricane hasn’t made landfall in the U.S. since Wilma all the way back in 2005". Climate change "science" has always tried to scare us with such claims as "we will get more hurricanes" and "they will be more intense". Oh well.
Cars are increasingly being made with computers controlling many systems like brakes, steering, and it's been shown that someone can remotely hack into the system to disable brakes, or make a car brake suddenly.
Largest wind farm in the world
The largest wind turbine installation is located in South America in the southernmost section of Argentina. I found this quite by accident today as I was simply looking at a Bing.com map of this southern area to try to find a unique area called Madre dos Dios Islands and as I zoomed into one area, I noticed an unusual array of roads and odd dots. It didn't quite look like homes, and soon I realized it had to be a wind farm, a really really big one!
It's located near the town of Pico Truncado.
Not sure if you need driving directions, here's some news about what company is behind the installation.
A good and simple explanation video 5 minutes long.
Gore's global warming film "has 9 errors"
Tesla in Norway
It may be cheaper to buy a new electric car in Norway when considering all the tax incentives, but there are critics who say that these incentives may be creating the opposite of what's intended, clean air. As quoted from the article "perhaps the biggest criticism of Norway’s incentive policy is that it has encouraged rich suburban dwellers to buy second and third cars and to give up public transport in order to commute to work"
In 1897 T.C. Chamberlin created the CO2 global warming theory
He also scoffed at plate tectonics, the foundation for all earthquake research. So why do we still believe his theory today?
Study shows carbon dioxide is causing desert regions to thrive.
Climate for a change
I was thinking of a better term for "climate change", as it's so charged with this concept that oceans will rise. How about "weather change" or "changing weather". It's the same thing really. Let's use it in a sentence:
"Changing weather will cause the oceans to rise 30 feet."
Doesn't sound like that is possible anymore does it now?
Atmosphere holds varying amounts of water affecting ocean levels!
With all the drama about oceans rising due to the alleged perpetrator "climate change" which ignores the effect of the below freezing normalizing temperature of space that envelopes the Earth, it's refreshing to find out that climate change reports never tell us anything about how much moisture is evaporated, and remains held in the atmosphere. They only dramatize the moisture melt. No surprise though, after all, when have the climate alarmists ever provided complete data?
One story about how atmospheric conditions over the Indian Ocean during 2010 and 2011 absorbed so much moisture, it created a measurable effect on the level of the world's oceans.
reference note for calculations: world ocean surface area of 361,000,000 km2 + drop of 7 mm: 2.527*1015 liters = 606.3 mi3 which also equals slightly more than a fifth the volume of Lake Superior.
Hybrids not getting the mileage advertised
AOL Autos says they tested the Ford C-Max Hybrid for a week in varied driving conditions and only got 32 mpg which is far from the 47 mpg Ford advertised. A number of lawsuits and pressure from the EPA has led the company to offer refunds of $550 to those who have purchased the vehicle. If I had bought one of those, I would not accept that offer. Don't these cars cost like $10,000 more than normal gasoline vehicles? If so, I would feel like I could have saved $10,000 by buying a Toyota Camry instead, which would have gotten around 30 mpg. A check from Ford for $550 does nothing to make up the loss of $10,000 in my opinion.
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When the rubber stops meeting the road, and a vehicle crashes or flips, I always wonder what kind of tires were on the vehicle. For example, here's a picture of a truck that flipped. http://i.imgur.com/nnjKaLp.jpg
The driver said he was wearing his seat belt and attributed his ability to walk from the crash to that.
When there are accidents like this is there any logging of what tire and tread design it had? Shouldn't there be a database that logs what brand, size, and wear was on the tires?
Solar polarity changes every 11 years
This chart is a snapshot from a video featured on Space.com
It shows the cycles of polarity shifts on our Sun. I never knew our sun's north pole became a south pole and changed back, completing a full cycle every 11 years. That means that the pole is completely opposite every 5.5 years. It's said to affect the entire planetary solar system weather. Why is this not calculated regarding so called global warming without cooling?
Note that some years there is a stronger peak mangnetic force than other years. This force affects the entire planetary solar system weather patterns. It affects the earths magnetic fields. There is likely a correlation between magnetic fields and weather cycles on Earth.
Ford F-150 to offer clean natural gas option in 2014
A car passing quite fast and creating an accident involving 3 vehicles on 5/2/2013.
you watch this short movie over and over, you notice that the car spun out
and hit the guard rail, which bounced the car back into traffic, causing
these bad crashes. If the guard rail was not there, the car would have
just gone off the road in what looks like a flat area, 2 would have no
damage, driving as they were, the one that spun out, might have minimal
damage if any, unless if flipped in the grass and snow.
1200 horsepower 1972 Chevy Nova Super Sleeper
Intercooled, 970 1/4 mile, trunk contains race fuel tank, roll bar cage, original paint.
It used to be called a warm winter
is that the North Pole has melted into a pond. This has raised the global
warming red flags once again. It's not the first time the North Pole has
melted though. Keep in mind the North Pole is little more than ice cubes
floating in a glass of water. There is no land mass there so the ice only
rises a little bit above the water line. I found this better explanation
as to why there's a lake formed.
Even if the North Pole was melted, there's plenty of ice and snow in Siberia. http://i.imgur.com/PqCkZ05.jpg
Global warming does not cause oceans to rise
The concept is displacement. When water freezes, it expands. It takes up more volume than water. Thus, when it melts, less volume. So what ends up happening when all the ice melts, is the water level actually goes down.
Simple demonstration you can do at home. Take a glass of water and fill it up to the brim, with the ice sticking up over the top.
Let the ice melt. As the ice melts, notice that the cup never overflows.
According to climate change science, the mass of ice above the brim
should melt and overflow, but that science does not take into account that
when water freezes it expands, thus, there is more volume in ice than in
Windmill explodes on a windy day
Few people realize that on brisk windy days the brakes are applied to stop this very thing from happening. On this day the brakes had failed so the blades were spinning freely and much too fast. They can only handle certain speeds.
New power plant that burns natural gas is next to windmills
Compare cost of gas vs. electric
Those EVs are starting to look real good!
smart meter opting out petition government
Easter Jeep Safari 2013
Scottish air farms
How old is your tire
Peaker power plants & shale
1984 CJ7 4bt conversion Jeep for sale
How to unload bamboo
What to do when your car or truck reaches 122,667 miles
Greening the planet through use of carbon producing fuels
Solar panels covering canals
RPM of a CD raised to shatter point
Great top for Jeep Wrangler
Biofuel is wiping out unique American grasslands
Solar power has it's critics!
Important consideration on tire size
"When you don't put the correct size tires on without doing the mods it will throw off your speedometer and can mess with the abs example...computer on the truck will "think" the truck is going slower than it actually is therefore not applying the brakes correctly in an emergency situation."http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f211/
Noise requirements for tires
The European Union has proposed limits on how noisy tires should be. I could see this coming to the US and become a problem with using mud tires on the road. Goodyear Duratrac's say they meet the requirements.
more great videos of rock climbing
This vehicle (Jeep?) was able to submerse in this canal and pull itself out!
Liberals pay more
A business owner charges liberals $1 more for their healthy smoothies, donates the money to conservative causes. This concept could backfire though as liberals could also start adding fees for conservatives. http://www.ksl.com/?sid=23737239&nid=148
Bad coal, bad
It's like everyone is now talking to coal as if it's a spoiled unruly child. I don't see what the big problem is with coal energy yet Canada's leaders apparently do as they are phasing it out. I wonder if they know anything about the problems with San Onofre nuclear power plant which is shut down. What happens when these nuclear plants fail? They cannot rely on wind for a constant supply. I like the idea of having many sources of energy to make a reliable constant supply. Having a coal plant operating is a good idea.
According to Scientific American wind power has grown from 400 MW of provincial power six years ago to more than 2,000 MW now. By 2030, it is projected to provide roughly 10 percent of Ontario Canada province's electricity supply.
I have to wonder if when these statements about wind power are made are they talking about the total provided for the entire year, or are they talking about the total possible if the windmills were actually producing 24 hours a day, or are they talking about the total produced only when the wind blows and is actually producing energy?
On the 8th day God created pavement
Old BF Goodrich All Terrain tread & sidewall lettering design
Jeep tries to get through deep mud using BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO tires 31x10.5's
compare to using true mudders
Energy Return Wheel
Here is an interesting concept in redesigning the wheel but I wonder if something like this hasn't already been done and maybe even patented before, like before rubber was readily available and put into productive use for tires.
Driving on two wheels while changing tires
Some say this is impossible because it's "too perfect" and that it must be held up by "training wheels" on the other side but the video clearly shows otherwise.
Another video showing driving
on two wheels
Energy efficiency dissipation quotient
A biofuel train crossed the border 24 times back and forth
between Canada and the USA without ever unloading it's cargo. Why would it
do such an energy inefficient thing with such energy efficient products?
50,000 hour LED lights
I'm watching some guy on TV who's trying to sell me on solar for my home. In the presentation he shows an incandescent bulb, talks about the heat generated by "old fashioned" bulbs. He said the incandescent bulb would last 2000 hours. The LED 50,000 hours but that one bulb would cost 50 dollars! He went on to say that bulb would last an average home 50 years.
Not trusting anything any salesman says to me anymore at fact value, I did the math. That bulb is said to last 5.7 years if turned on and left on all the time according to the "life expectancy" of the bulb.
Cities have been installing LED bulbs for years in traffic lights at great expense, and so many of them after a year or so start blinking, where the LED's burn out and then the entire unit has to be replaced, not in 50 years, more like 2 years. Each bulb contains not one, but many LED's so the entire unit needs to be replaced when some of them go out.
Sure there is energy savings but at what cost?
BWD and Standard parts catalogs look the same
Traction control test
Jeep with Grabber AT2 in mud + snow
This video seems to show that the Grabber AT2 did equally as well in the mud + snow as a mud tire.
Why is wind energy not being fined for killing birds?
A 2008 study by the Fish and Wildlife Service that estimates wind farms kill nearly a half million birds per year in the United States yet the wind sector has not been fined under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act which can bring fines up to $250,000. Government has not prosecuted a single case against the wind industry while they have prosecuted oil and natural gas providers for similar infractions.
Next time you are stuck in traffic consider this jam
Can your truck do this?
Is the bushing the cause of death wobble?
He says his Jeep was cured of the dreaded death wobble by replacing the bushing with polyurethane bushings for $10. This excellent very short video shows it before the change. You can see the bushing move.
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible SOLD!
RARE - Yenko Stinger YS302, the only Yenko convertible Corvair
winning bid on ebay $49,977.00
Tire quality chart based on consumer ratings
In 1978 a law was passed in the hurricane Sandy area that mandated disaster planning in case of a catastrophic weather event. Due to budget constraints not much was done such as building a breakwall out in the ocean. In 2012 the weather event happened. If one looks back at the period of time that law was created it was not based on carbon dioxide, it was based on how climate cycles and huge storms come around every 20, 50, and 100 years. The term "100 year storm" was not developed during "awareness of climate change". Today all of these "new storms" are blamed on carbon dioxide spinning around in circles up above our heads and some are claiming that our oceans will rise 6 feet in our lifetimes due to carbon dioxide spinning around in circles up above our heads.
Wrangler Duratrak tires review do extremely well in the mud
General Grabber at2 tires do extremely well in the mud
Pro comp all terrain tires review don't get stuck in snow
Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari Ocotillo Wells
Tire tread cover for your iPhone
Directory of off road parks and places to go off-roading
Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires review
Bias ply and radial ply tires
For serious off-roading the bias ply tire is best. For most road and highway use the radial is better.
Vibration in vehicle
Reading about tires I came across a Q & A page where someone had a vibration issue yet when they looked the car over it seemed everything was fine. The answer given was to first have the tires balanced. Then the next answer that was given was more about balancing.
I ran into this issue once, had the tires balanced and checked, then replaced all the shocks, wheel bearings, $500 + later and it was still not fixed. It was bad universal joints. Check universal joints FIRST. Driving a car with bad universal joints can be dangerous so make that a first step.
Other things that can cause vibration are brake rotors, suspension, and steering parts.
Tesla Model S electric car delivered to owner
Council didn't want the farmer to build a horse shelter
So the farmer built what he could. http://imgur.com/JC5GR
Mississippi River going dry
The shipping route located in the United States is drying up due to the ongoing drought in that area. If it continues, which it probably will not due to winter coming, it could stop a lot of shipping through there. In the global warming scheme of things, it should really be reversing flow from the rise in the oceans.
Tire size calculator
Is global warming really global?
When the experts say the "current availability and quality of climate observations and impacts data are inadequate for large parts of the globe" one has to wonder who keeps telling us that global warming is unequivocally real.
2400 megawatt nuclear plant in Russia
I always wonder whenever I hear about wind mill megawatt numbers how it compares to nuclear or other sources like natural gas. One thing to keep in mind is that the wattage is not equal to power output.
Arctic ice now expanding according to NASA
Now Arctic ice expansion is being called "another worrying trend in climate change".
Chevy Spark gets 38 mpg and has 84 horsepower
It's bigger than a bicycle and safer and it's not electric!
Jeep adventure & fossils in Egypt & climate change
As seen in this JP Magazine article, a fossil found on an excursion is proof that the climate has changed significantly on it's own for millions of years.
A123 in bankruptcy
Is green energy shedding it's leaves for winter or is this a sign of a more serious problem?
Fast track to nowhere
Public lands will be getting fast permitting by those currently in the White House for solar farms. The winners are the companies that will be building these farms. They will get truckloads of free cash from the rest of us who support this system of redistribution. How is this helping the little guy?
More jobs gone with the wind
A Danish wind turbine company that received $50 million from the United States treasury's stimulus funds has laid off over 800 workers in the US and Canada. They say demand for their products have plummeted. I remember it being said by many "green energy" fussbudgets that wind energy would create jobs and be sustainable, but it seems that just like corn crops that need water, wind farming needs an endless supply of energy subsidies to be SUSTAINABLE. It's yet another example of the horrible drought conditions that are rendering the jobs in green energy sector as unsustainable.
EVCS and copper theft
Go to any gas station and you see gasoline fuel pumps with hoses and nozzles that sit there overnight and are there in the morning. There is little incentive for anyone to steal them as they are not worth much to a thief. Contrast that to electric vehicle charging stations which have similar "hoses and nozzles" but they are made of expensive copper wire. Thieves are taking air-conditioner parts these days now, certainly they will take these thick copper wire power cords for recharging electric cars. It seems the cords need to be locked up every night, or locked and pass codes given to unlock or put away each night. I see nothing but problems with these cords for charging vehicles. My greatest concern though is about children and the elderly tripping over these thick heavy electrical cords. Take a look one:
Electric car batteries can be damaged by "over-discharging"
The electric car has been deemed to be an answer to "dependence on foreign oil" yet those that constantly proclaim that solution to America's problems rarely if ever explain that swapping dependence on oil for dependence on batteries can cause a whole new set of concerns, some of which could cause the entire concept of replacing gasoline powered vehicles with electric ones to hit a wall.
Electric cars need to basically be left plugged in when not in use or risk battery depletion which can cause the battery to be not just drain and need recharge, but end up becoming what they call "bricked". That means the battery is useless at that point and has to be replaced.
Another thing that should be understood, is that electric vehicles that are left plugged in always draw energy from the electric grid, which oddly enough, uses mostly fossil fuel to create power.
One of these electric car tax subsidized companies states on it's charging instructions: "Plugging it in every night eliminates the risk of damage that could be caused by over-discharging the battery."
A new replacement battery for an electric car can cost a car owner as much as $40,000.
Interesting photo of wind turbine on fire
The article discusses the politics of wind energy as well. http://www.breitbart.com
Global variations in climate are normal
According to recent studies 15,000-12,000 years ago the Antarctic Peninsula experienced significant warming. Dr. Robert Mulvaney
Will they free us from foreign oil? Not really. The idea that making our cars run on electricity - renewable energy would depend on foreign minerals. We might take note that our dependence on Canadian oil is not creating any problems. Canada provide us more oil than anyone. A move to so called clean energy would enslave us into buying lithium from Bolivia. Wars would break out over lithium. History would again repeat itself as has consistently happened with gold, farmland, everything of value, all of which is in limited supply, when they become unfairly controlled by only a few people, governments, corporations. I stopped dreaming of a cleaner brighter future when I realized our future is bright the way it is
1,100 miles on pristine energy
Lance Mackey starts off his dog sled race in the Iditarod in Alaska using pristine friendly energy, dogpower!
Leading the sheep down a slippery slope
About 700 sheep have been employed by Turin officials to keep the grass verges and lawns in city parks neatly trimmed. Officials in Turin said they were paying too much in gardener fees to cut the grass in just one of the bigger parks. They are saving a bundle. Where will the savings go? Build homes for the homeless? Buy iPods for everyone at city hall? Who knows but it's going to make the German Shepherd business boom!
"going green might be replaced with going rainbow or prismatic"
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