"My Opinions"

My opinions about Aquatics Business/Hobby, True Conservatism/Conservatives, Google, DCS/DHS, Dishonest Business Practices, Man-Made Global Warming, The Media, Faces of Evil, Recycling, Arrogance of our local and National Leaders and more.
Most of the subjects are based on reading and study and well as real life experiences (my field is aquarium and pond research and information as well as business)

eBay Community Forum & Bullying, Customer Service


EBay used a to be a great place to buy and sell products, however as of late, both the buying and selling environment has become less safe and more caustic.
Poor customer service that now goes through India leads the way followed by a caustic eBay Community Forum, and some dishonest sellers/buyers. Every contact I make with eBay for my eBay store to handle and issue such as plagiarism of my water-marked/copyrighted pictures results in 45-60 minute circular conversations that go nowhere. Most often I get different statements, actions, advice for the same issue that are never followed through by eBay

Using the plagiarism issue as an example, we reported content in July of 2015 and it took into Sept. 2015 for our copyrighted content to removed from this sellers eBay page. Even then, this seller has simply moved on to user others content, which is clear based of clearly different styles of artwork for their listings.

We have had issues for which a buyer claimed shipping damage, but refused to provide required pictures for proof (required by USPS, UPS, & FedEx). EBay forced us to provide a shipping label back, a full refund, but we could not recover damages since we did not have the required pictures. More importantly we know why he did not provide these pictures is upon receipt of this product back and based on my 3 decades of use of this and similar products professionally, this buyer clearly abused and damaged the intake screen taking it off.

For my daughter, she purchased a phone repair service on eBay for which the seller claims 100% satisfaction guaranteed, but the small print states not guaranteed since eBay does not guarantee services. I would challenge readers to find this small print disclaimer as I did my staff who could not without a little help from myself and control-f.
I know from long ago past experience where I too missed this small print and made a purchase of service via eBay and the download I purchased failed that I could not get a refund- lesson learned.
My daughter however felt frustrated and simply asked for the cost of a SIM card from Verizon which was removed by this eBay seller and they refused without first providing 5 star feedback, which is against eBay rules.
Verizon advised her both before and after that going to eBay was not a good idea for service such as phone repair.

As an interesting side note, after the "piling on" behavior by eBays forum, I asked my staff to see if they could find the small print stating that services such as what my daughter purchased are not covered by eBays money back guarantee. NOT ONE could find it until I helped them with "warmer" and "colder" tips as they scoured the page with their browser. They did have no problem finding the 100% Guarantee by the seller.
So much for the low feedback minions/trolls inhabiting this eBay forum who stated it was in plain sight!!

eBay dishonest seller, technittany

Out of frustration and likely for some sort of condolences she went to the community forum at eBay. There members were openly hostile and kept asking her why she did not remove the SIM Card. She replied that she did not even know how. These members also grilled her as to why she would file a claim for something not covered by the eBay money back guarantee. Simple answer is she simply did not know.
Persons in this forum made her feel very stupid and 2" tall, so being protective of my daughter I went into the forum in her defense. I will also note that she also happens to have Asperger's syndrome which makes her see what might be a mild attack or lack of empathy as a major personal attack on her soul.

There persons or better, forum minions, got even more attacking, inferring both she and I were lying, that I as a high feedback seller did not know the rules, which I clearly stated, and inferring I was a poor father for not better informing her. I shot back that I am not going to "father-hen" her, yet others persisted in their aggressive bullying behavior.
What is interesting is most of these persons lecturing her and me were very low feedback persons with very little experience in eBay, so one has to question why they were there in the first place?

Worse yet was the moderator **_karen that did a very poor and uneven job of moderation and then when my daughter asked for the entire thread to be removed, she both refused to do so and never replied back with any answers as to why not.
I will remind readers that legally a forum operator MUST remove a thread when requested by the OP (original poster), yet multiple long phone calls to eBay resulted in speaking with persons with no understanding of the question and frankly dishonest responses back. We have now filed legal paper work to get this thread removed.

What is even more sad is in a world where where everyone wants to blame guns for the killing in the town (Roseburg) just to the north of our hometown (Grants Pass OR), bullying is still alive and well in places such as eBay forums with nothing done.
I will remind readers that most persons struggling with mental health issues do not harm others (this is EXTREMELY RARE), but rather will harm themselves.
So why do we allow such forums to go on and not have better reporting agencies to deal with such disgusting places as eBay Community Forums?
Time for our politicians and news media to step up to the plate, especially when large companies such as eBay allegedly allow it. Do we have to wait for someone to leave a suicide note that they were emotionally hurt on a forum such as allegedly happens on eBay's community forum before action is taken?

By the time our legal paperwork reaches eBay's legal counsel and any action is completed, someone could have already harmed themselves and this in itself screams for a much better system and better legal recourse against persons such as this **_karen making her or others like legally liable to harm, even if self inflicted, due to aggressive poorly moderated forum posts. I know I will certainly hold this evil person legally liable.

Here is just one example, there are many unfortunately.

eBay Community Forum, dishonest post

Here is what I actually said (in black type)

eBay Community Forum, honest post
And just to show what is tolerated in the rather aggressive forum sponsored by eBay, I only stumbled upon this looking for the email address for eBay corporate and Google took me to this post as the top result where someone is asking for just this and gets a smart ass reply in the forum . So in other ways if you ask Google you are taken in a loop back to this rude forum--- great!!

eBay Community Forum, rude Google comment

What is also worthy of note is that I have gone in circles with eBays email: moderation@ebay.com where they have refused to answer questions or remove the thread as we legally entitled to request as the OP. I have had to re-state questions and multiple times as they play dumb in apparently not reading the emails I have sent.
The person or persons answering in questionable anonymity have shown no desire to address the facts, the law, or even display civil/moral behavior. I can state that all emails are are being saved should legal action arise in a class action lawsuit against eBay.

As a final comment, all really want is to protect my daughter and for eBay to remove this thread in question. Sadly on eBay's Facebook Page they are constantly removing my inquiry and those back me up from tis FB page. So they can remove this but they refuse to follow the law and act morally, but they can remove FB threads questioning this?
WHY, what is eBay trying to hide here?
I certainly do not think eBay is half the company they used to be based on poor customer service, but this has only made me take much of my selling and buying elsewhere, but again, all I am asking is for eBay to act responsibly and remove this thread, I would have never made this blog post other than the tone of their aggressive community forum and frankly this blog post only exists & continues to exist to protect my daughter and warn others!

In the end, if I was a major investor in eBay stocks or a corporate head and I knew this were happening, I would be disgusted if just for monetary reasons.
What are decisions by obviously poorly trained forum personnel being allowed to dictate revenue for the company? Since just for me and my daughter, not to mention friends we have already told (including our Church), this is clearly going to result in a loss of revenue since eBay is loosing revenue from all our potential future purchases as well as from our removal of products from our "top seller" eBay store? All over something so easy to fix, REALLY?

For those who have chosen to look the other way:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
And yes, the root cause of this was evil, regardless of intentions, the potential outcome could be the destruction of another human being.

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Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Anti-Semitic or maybe Nazi?


Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer Anti-Semitic or maybe NaziWith the speech by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, one Democrat arose from the ashes of distortion and hate, and sadly he is from my home state of Oregon!

There is this by Earl Blumenauer about Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the joint session of congress on March 3 2015:

"I frankly am quite distressed," Blumenauer told host Marc Lamont-Hill on HuffPost Live Monday. "I think Netanyahu has proven to have spectacular bad judgment. Remember, he was cheerleading with [former Vice President] Dick Cheney for the Iraq war, which he thought was such a great idea, leading us into the worst foreign policy disaster in American history and we're still paying the price for it."
Reference: Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Netanyahu Addressing Congress Is 'Outrageous On Several Levels'

Since he feels this was an example of bad judgment, Rep. Earl Blumenauer should be reminded that even Clinton was aware of the issues and possible WMDs at Sadam Hussein's disposal. As well we along with the United Nation had drawn a line in the sand many times while Sadam Hussein stepped right across this line.
Would the anti-semite Blumenauer tell his children no continually and not have any repercussions? Words mean nothing if no action is never taken.
What if these WMDs DID exist in Iraq (some intelligence suggested they were moved to Syria) and he used these against Israel? This is not something you want to be wrong about just as with Iran!!!!

Here is a CBS Face the Nation video where Rep. Earl Blumenauer's accusation of "spectacular bad judgment" is blown apart by Netanyahu himself.

Representative Earl Blumenauer's reason for boycotting the speech by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that the Constitution “vests the responsibility for foreign affairs in the president.”

Sorry pal, it does not, as issues of foreign affairs are split between the legislative branch and executive branch. This guy needs to stop making things up, but that unfortunately has been my experience with the liberal way, especially in dealing with aquarium keepers from Portland Oregon which he represents.
Reference: Wikipedia; Article Two of the United States Constitution

Hamas'54 Democratic Congressmen

In the above cited reference we have Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer siding with a letter asking Israel open its border with Gaza, which is exactly what Hamas would like to make it easier to make terrorist attacks on Israel.

Clearly Rep. Earl Blumenauer is attempting to hide his real issues, and that is anti-Israel/anti-semitic!!!

In the next reference the author calls Rep. Earl Blumenauer out further, as Nazi! While I do not know this, I have to admit his actions certainly speak to this!!

"Oregon Nazi" Blumenauer Takes Credit for T4 Plan"
In the above cited reference we have Representative Earl Blumenauer introducing the end-of-life counseling provision (Section 1233) into the original ObamaCare health care bill.
Blumenauer is an outspoken proponent of euthanasia, including physician-assisted suicide. He is an active supporter of euthanasia, and has been instrumental in making his home state, Oregon, one of the two in the country which has legalized physician-assisted suicide.

What is comes down to if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then must be a duck! Ditto Rep. Earl Blumenauer's anti-Israel and other positions.

In conclusion, as an Orgonian I find this man deeply offensive that he represents my state in the United States Congress (House of Representatives).
He clearly shows why I can no longer vote as a Democrat as he seems to like to side with evil, as many who were also from the left that nearly destroyed my family by looking the other way when evil was present.

Further Reading:

26 ANTI-JEW DEMOCRATS to Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech on Survival of Israel

Netanyahu's Iran Speech: Real reason Obama White House doesn't want it

Here is my personal Bio (which explains why I have such a low opinion of persons who allegedly side with evil such as Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer:
Carl Strohmeyer Biography

Here is an example of an aquarium forum that is cited by the aquarium keepers in Portanland that is a good example of what I am up against professionally:
Reef Central Review; the Mr. Burns of Aquarium Forums

I might note that when I look up names of those who are rude, use the personal attacks rather than look at the facts, I have found that 85% have Facebook pages, references on Google that show these persons are clearly liberal, hence why I used the above cited example to further explain my frustration with persons of Rep. arl Blumenauer's ilk!

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Is Grants Pass Oregon Business Friendly? Sales Tax?


Updated 8/26/15

Is Grants Pass Oregon Family Business Friendly, or is the City Government CommunistIs Grants Pass Oregon Family Business Friendly?

The obvious and resounding answer is most emphatically no.

Update 8/04/15, Sales Tax Proposal

Now we have a sales tax proposal drawn up by unelected and thus job protected City Manager Aaron Cubic.
Council President Dan DeYoung and councilors Jim Goodwin, Dennis Roler, Roy Lindsay and Rick Riker voted for the issue. Councilors Lily Morgan and Ken Hannum voted no.
Councilor Mark Gatlin was not in the room, but he participated via Skype at times and via a cell phone at other times. He argued against the question, but apparently lost a connection just before the vote was taken.

Let's make sure that anti business Council members Dan DeYoung and councilors Jim Goodwin, Dennis Roler, Roy Lindsay and Rick Riker are defeated when time for re-election comes around.

Once more Grants Pass in their misguided non-business friendly attempts to fix miss-management issues are willing to push businesses such as mine out of Grants Pass.
What persons such as the City Manager & City Council with no business sense do not seem to grasp is that Grants Pass is a tough place to conduct a business that is not service related, in part due to the location and cost of moving product in and out in a cost efficient manner. What GP does have is a statewide sales tax free business zone that partly makes up for this and allows us to compete with the "big boys" in our industry who have advantages we do not have.

Now the City Manager proposes to take away this one advantage we do have for having a business that brings in ALL outside money and employees persons with this money in a good job.
Let me put it simply so that our City Council can understand; We operate on a thin 9% margin after cost of goods and expenses, after paying off the mob (the City of Grants Pass) we will now have a 7% margin. Put into dollars, a property tax levy will cost my family maybe $300 while this tax will cost my family $8000. Maybe the City Council can do the math here????

As for passing it on via customer service as one poorly informed council person stated on KAJO Aug. 4, we already provide the most in depth library of aquarium and pond information in the world, but most persons just take our help and customer service and shop price, so we MUST be in the ball park. This council person needs to wake up and realize this is the 21st century, not 1970 where customer service made a huge difference.

Maybe he needs to look at salaries of highly paid city staff to fund the police and jails?

Attack on My Internet Business July 2014

While I have spoken with an understanding mayor and community development director, the fact remains the way my family business has been treated by this city as well as the chain of events that led up to our being required to move my business out of my "out building" is utterly ridiculous.

This started with an anonymous complaint that we are blocking our driveway.
This was never properly investigated as per even the community development director. Instead a person who in my opinion would work well within the old Soviet Union sent me a 7 day cease and desist order (since we are in vacation season, I could have been gone too, so Really, 7 days, who are you kidding, Putin maybe?).
I checked with my neighbors and none had any complaints which makes this all the more suspicious of why the attack on my business (especially since Grants Pass has been less than friendly toward my business since day one and since we have a trouble maker in California who looks for any way to harass and threaten our family including false reports to DHS).

Even more of note is we own the entire drive all the way to the street, the house next door in the duplex have an easement ALLOWED BY ME. So the fact remains is I can park on my own driveway if I want.

However this evolved into where number #5 in the city charter that does not allow for any persons to work at the business who does not reside there.
While I can understand this, I also have to point out that many businesses across the country and even here in Grants Pass have a few employees that come and go or work some regular hours in a residential area.
My 4 employees work part time at the residence and part time out of their own homes. The part time here is due to getting orders ready for our internet based business.
The home time is writing computer code, pictures, articles, and a lot of customer service.

It is noteworthy that we are well within compliance of 9 of 10 city requirements for a city business operating out of a home or a building on the residential property.
In speaking with others, along with the fact many businesses here in Grants Pass work out of homes, garages, and have employees on the premises, this begs the question of the intent or spirit of the law. Does one get a ticket for going 56 in a 55 mph zone? No, not usually unless we are dealing with a power hungry officer, but we certainly would deserve a ticket for going 75 mph.

When you consider the fact we are well within every other aspect of the code, and by a wide margin (such as not allowing customer traffic to our business, nor having any business vehicles parked at or near the home), any reasonable person would come to the conclusion that some sort of witch hunt is in progress by persons or at the very least persons in the Grants Pass City government need to step back and look at what they are doing.

Another noteworthy point is many businesses have started out in garages or homes such as Amazon, or YouTube. These had employees as well and frankly when one considers how hodgepodge the zoning is here in Grants Pass, again a reasonable person has to say REALLY, is this the kind of anti small business Grants Pass wants to foster?

One more noteworthy point is this neighborhood has mixed businesses within it. Only three lots away was a Boathouse business that has since burned down.
There also is a video store, an industrial business and more within a few blocks, ALL mixed within this same residential neighborhood. Other examples even include the web site "I Love Grants Pass" which has employees on the premises. As well as a tattoo parlor, a taxi service and a barbershop are also run out of a building on residential properly on our street.

So this begs the question as to one very minor violation on the city charter (#5, when our business is well within compliance on all other points), as to the intent of this charter "is to maintain residential integrity" when these other clear businesses are clearly NOT maintaining residential integrity, while our business is quite the stealth business being a computer based family business with a few employees coming and going being the only clue that there might be a business on the premises.
Even more to the point, after spending some time reading the Grants Pass City web site and the many pages and pdfs with rules and ordinances for business, building, etc.; no where can this obscure rule #5 be found.
Does this mean it does not exist? No, but the fact it is not published adds to the suspicion that this obscure rule is being used as a tool for very immoral attack on our business by someone in the City Government or a tool using our City government.


Reference: Grants Pass; Doing Business

Below is a recent picture of our home with the building in the back where I run my business partly out of, although much of the work online is down inside the home up front by me and and my daughter, as well as at the home of my employees online.

American Aquarium Products Home Business

In speaking with Tod Harrison, who was the person in the City government who filed this complaint WITHOUT ANY RESEARCH, and whom took the leap from blocking a driveway to employees at the home (which are clearly separate issues), he did concede to 30 days instead of 7, however in the time we have been spending valuable time that should be going into running a business, we have quickly realized that even the most remotely affordable and useful facilities are 60 plus days from occupation.

More importantly; Tod Harrison called me back a little later telling me in the mean time to not park any extra vehicles in the driveway.
REALLY? First when employees do come by, they park in the street, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, this is 100% my driveway and WHO IS THIS MAN TO TELL ME WHERE I CAN AND CANNOT PARK ON MY PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!
If this does not tell you where this man is coming from, I have some beach front property to sell you in Barrow Alaska!!
Everyone I told this point dropped their jaw and stated I SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS LYING DOWN AS I HAVE prior to writing this blog post!

Frankly, this man should be in the unemployment lines as he is trying to do with me, except that with me being privately employed, I cannot get unemployment!

In the mean time, we are having little success in finding something that will both work and we can afford.
Believe me, we would love to expand and business was growing until the USA voted that clown into office in Washington DC who also allows his buddies at Google to monopolize the internet.
But I would be willing to bet that these persons in Grants Pass government think Google is the greatest thing since sliced bread and only help exacerbate the situation by using their crap search engine instead of the moral and frankly better ones such as DuckDuckGo.com.
Maybe then we would be growing like we were with our extremely unique aquarium and pond information articles, instead we have to constantly spend copious amounts of man hours and money promoting our business either with terrible Google Adwords, forums where persons can be very vile toward my staff, Facebook, and many more outlets.
Now we must take on another expense when we can least afford it, at a time when my Doctor wants me to get more staff so I can cut back on hours do to health problems (including scheduling back surgery).
Of course this will not happen now; THANKS Grants Pass!!!!

I should note that it is interesting that I get positive feedback from many persons for my many free and in depth articles world wide, yet I get nothing here in Grants Pass (with a few exceptions). This includes "getting talked around" in Grants Pass forums (which I have since left), the Courier (who we were advertising with at the time) ignoring my expertise about fish care and poisonous fish when they did an article many years ago and then getting their facts WRONG.
Interestingly, one of these GP forums is run out of a home where employees outside the residence work.
I am sorry to bring up the past, since I have long ago moved on and promoted my business elsewhere where we are appreciated, but when ridiculous city orders such as this are presented, REASONABLE PERSONS have to question whether there really is something going on more deep?

What is also sad about this attack on my business by the City of Grants Pass is the economic FACT that the best kind of business to have is one that employs persons while bringing in money from outside the community, which 99.9999% of the money we bring is not only from outside Josephine County, but even some is from outside the USA.
But I am guessing many working for the Grants Pass City government have no understanding of basic economics.

As of now, I am still looking in trying to turn a bad situation into good, but this is so far not going well. Others have stated I should seek legal counsel and work to get Tod Harrison fired for his alleged misguided attack on our business, but for now I am still trying to work within the system and hopefully honest persons will step forward and fix this problem, but I am not holding my breath.

I will state that the mayor was very understanding, but I get the feeling his hands are tied.
As well the Community Development Director was also more reasonable, he for one has extended it to 90 days (but this is not looking as easy as I thought). I get the impression that he too has his hands tied and that since Tod Harrison filed this order, it cannot be rescinded unless the City Council steps in.

I have been told to contact my City Counsel members of my Ward or elsewhere, since they have the authority to fix the situation by better clarification of what the purpose of these ordinances are for, which is most certainly NOT to use as a way to anonymously attack others the way the DHS is also used.
This is clearly what happened and now the City of Grants Pass has become the tool of another anonymous person to destroy a family based business.

What is also making this more difficult besides my health issues and needing to cut back on hours, not take on hours to cover letting go staff to pay the extra expenses the City is forcing me to incur is the fact this comes at a difficult time for my family with the loss of my wife's sister (whom she was very close to). So thanks too to Grants Pass for this show of compassion!!!!

Hopefully I can edit this article to a more "happy ending" (or delete it), but it may have to go the other way. Either way since I know this blog is well read, I am hopeful that this will warn others thinking of moving a business here, or better, get the honest persons in Grants Pass to rise up and say "NO MORE!"

Update 9/13/14
After investigation, reading laws online, speaking with neighbors, and speaking with a City Council member, it is quite clear that Lawrence (Larry) V. (of CENTURY 21) allegedly made this complaint where by he provided false information and made false charges.

False information since the City clearly thought that the drive was split down the middle and that he had permission to park on the driveway when IN FACT the property line included almost the full main drive on my property (as I showed to a City Council member), as well as THE FACT Lawrence V. only had an easement from me for ingress and egress.

This was a false complaint since there was no blocking of the drive way), EVER as per my neighbors too. A FedEx/UPS truck that delivers cannot be counted since we and our neighbors still receive deliveries and the onetime a neighbor needed to leave, the FedEx truck that was dropping off a package immediately moved.

Compare this to Lawrence V. who regularly blocks ingress and egress with his truck (talk about hypocrisy!!)

Below is just a recent picture of his truck blocking ingress and egress of OUR driveway (often he has a trailer attached making it even more difficult to get by)

Lawrence, Larry Vellozzi of CENTURY 21 J.C. Jones American Dream blocking driveway

Update 7/10/14
Little has been done to this point.
Sadly, for a community that has strong Christian ties with the many churches, etc., this speaks very poorly as per the parable of the Good Samaritan where those who can help are clearly acting as the Priest did in the parable by walking away.
Currently this includes City Council Members and the Mayor who I have contacted and expressed sympathy for our situation, but done little more with the exception of Mark Gatlin (who will be the only one getting my vote or likely that of my family, friends, or employees).

As well, it is not just me who they will put out of work with their actions or lack there of, but my few employees (including those who work out of their home), and local businesses such as Grovers Electrical & Plumbing whom we purchase a considerable amount from on a weekly basis to build parts for aquarium filters and plumbing systems that are then sold worldwide!

Thankfully in the end, a friend in the city found us an excellent location that allows my daughter to help and along with reasonable rent and the pay off of a loan, we should be able to make it here.
This is definitely a case just like an issue with the Oregon DHS where other meant this for evil, but God has made good out of it with a much larger and workable location (albeit at much higher monthly expense that as of Jan. 2015, we have not been able to cover).

HOWEVER, this does not relieve those in the city who at the very least did not do their homework, and at the worst showed favoritism, cronyism, and corruption. To be bluntly honest, I now have little positive feeling as to Grants Pass as a place to do business or even as a place to live out my life, so if an opportunity would present itself to move my business, I will take it out of this town (including taking the jobs and spending at local businesses such as Grovers)

If you still feel the City of Grants Pass needs to clean up its act:
Please call the city at 541-450-6000 and in your own words ask them to stop looking the other way while a City employee uses an obscure law to attempt to shut our business down. Please call every day until they cease their attacks on our family business.
The facts are there are much more offending businesses as to affecting the residential integrity of the area.
The City Council could easily write a waiver or amend this obscure provision if they wanted to as well.

As well, in my opinion, I would certainly never do business with a man like Real Estate agent Lawrence V., since he clearly knew our family was going through much with the loss/death of my sister and my health issues. So to pile on when I had done him a favor with the ingress and egress easement says a lot about his character.

Just Two of my Business Websites (I run MANY MORE for the Aquarium/Pond Hobby)
*American Aquarium Products and Aquatic Information Here is the information links page: Aquarium & Pond Information Articles
*Aquarium & Pond Answers

Further References:
By Former City Councilor Bob Anderson, December 21, 2013

OTHERS (my articles):
*Google Adwords Manipulation of Results; Failure in Advertising
*DHS, DCS, CPS; Oregon, LA, Children Protective Service Abuse of Authority
*Google IS Evil, Content Plagiarism, Aquarium Fish Searches
*List of Obama Failures

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