Why You Should Cancel your Facebook Account: Finally, Sean Parker is saying what I have all along

I first heard about Facebook in the mid 2000 time frame while I was on the set of a movie.  The celebrities there were the first to get it and promote it, and among themselves it was the latest great thing.  At that time I had a Myspace account, which is probably still out there somewhere.  I haven’t been to it in years, and it was through that site that my networking with all the movie people happened.  I participated in that first jaunt into social networking and my work in Hollywood at that time was proof of the validity of that type of use.  We were all on break at the lunch from the catering truck and sitting at picnic tables having sandwiches and having a first look at this Facebook thing and comparing it to Myspace.  My reaction to it was that the new thing was evil and I told that to Jennie Garth who was sitting next to me showing me how the new platform worked.  The people around us of course thought I was being dramatic.  They were all part of her network and they were nice people excited about this way to speak to so many people so easily.  But I knew when I first looked at the Facebook platform that this thing was different, and was a bad thing.  I had recently read a book by Jim Marrs called Rule by Secrecy and it was obvious to me that Facebook was that big device that came along through the private sector that would connect as a spy to the Deep State and that it was essentially a mouse trap to track our thoughts and actions for a wider behavior grid of big brother management of our lives.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/09/former-facebook-exec-sean-parker-says-god-only-knows-what-its-doing-to-our-childrens-brains.html

My resistance to Facebook was fine for a while until my novel Tail of the Dragon in 2012 came out and my publisher had a fit that I refused to network on the site.  As they said, everyone was on Facebook and part of my marketing contract with them stated that I needed to do everything I could to promote the book to the public and Facebook was the best modern age mechanism to do so.  It was at that point that I half heartedly let my son-in-law create an account for the book so that my personal information wasn’t on the site.  The Tail of the Dragon had a little site that fulfilled my contractual obligations, but it never went anywhere because it wasn’t connected to any real activity.  Facebook needed my network to be alive, so without my input it wasn’t like Myspace, or even Twitter in that people can follow you and watch you—which they can on Facebook but not in the same way.  What is different about Facebook is that it requires the users commitment to the wall in order to network to other people.  Otherwise nobody will find you.  Facebook essentially demands input and use of your time and if you don’t give it your time and attention, it doesn’t do anything for you.  That makes it all too human in the way it manipulates behavior patterns.  My relationship with my publisher up until the marketing of my novel had been great through every phase until we got to the marketing portion.  Even though I had a great blog site and a decent presence online, Facebook was their primary choice in building audiences for their books, so our relationship deteriorated over that sole issue.

Everyone in my family does Facebook and none of them understand my hatred of it but it all goes back to that night in Los Angeles where I was able to see Facebook being launched by celebrities.  They were excited about it and were doing the soft sell to their fan bases which expanded the reach of the social media device so that people could get close to their favorite movie stars on the off-chance one of them might “like” something they say.  Myspace originally came about to help promote musical bands, which essentially worked for everything as a way to connect people who might otherwise not meet.  That was after all how Hollywood found out about me and solicited some of my work with bullwhips.  Of course my refusal to use Facebook put me socially on the out, even with my own family.  That and my work with the Tea Party movement starting in 2009, I’ve described these days as having to make a choice in the cultural civil war that is taking place and I was one of the first to make a serious commitment to that cause, which cost me quite a lot of street credibility.  But it all goes back to my resistance to Facebook and the way it massively took over the lives of just about everyone I knew.  Sure, I could have went along with it and made many millions of dollars, but it went against my personal beliefs of what human beings should be doing with their time, and I wasn’t going to participate.  Facebook counts on peer pressure from family members to pull you in so they can plug into your behavioral profile, but with me it has had the opposite effect.  Neither my wife or I are on Facebook and we never will be because the nature of it is extremely intrusive, and manipulative.

That is why I found Sean Parker’s comments about Facebook to be very validating this past week.  Parker of course is one of the founders of the social media device that has opened up this new revolution of human manipulation.  Facebook takes advantage of several human weaknesses, aspects of existence that I think we should all overcome, not surrender to.  That was my problem with it in the beginning and continues to be.  I call it the nosy neighbor complex where it allows people to observe from a safe distance what you are doing in your life and you are inspired to surrender that information for the validation of your actions in the form of a “like.”  By always seeking that “like” for a new photo or saying, your peer groups are actually steering your intellectual input which then transfers over to real life behavior.  People find themselves wondering if an action they are doing will be judged appropriately on Facebook, because they don’t want the social disapproval of their peers telling them otherwise.  Additionally Facebook connects people of the present with people of the past going all the way back to childhood.  At first this might seem neat, having the ability to contact long-lost people from your high school days and seeing what they are up to, and even maintaining friendships with them.  A sister-in-law of mine actually married her fourth husband who was a friend from high school, and it was Facebook that made that relationship possible.  But what Facebook gets out of the exchange is much more devious, it’s the behavioral trail that the user leaves behind which then builds a case in the Deep State for control of our mass population in a very negative way.  So it was interesting to hear one of the Facebook founders validate everything negative I have said about Facebook  for over a decade now—when I was one of the only ones saying it.

Where Facebook fails is in its ability to capture the free will of people.  In their study of election patterns for example, say in the case of Donald Trump, Facebook was useless to polling groups because people held back on their opinion about Trump due to their fear that they would receive negative social validation feedback from their peers, so they silently supported him more than Facebook was able to detect in their behavioral analysis that they sold to Deep State organizations—which is how Facebook makes their money and why Mark Zuckerberg thinks he can run for president in 2020, based on Facebook feedback, which was faulty from the start.  That left the Deep State ill prepared for the election revolution that followed, and created the first break in trust that Facebook could be counted on to steer society in the proper direction.  Mark Zuckerberg had no explanation that assured the Deep State that they could continue trusting Facebook.  After all, the social media device had been out for over a decade and it had gone as far as it could.  Facebook did what it did, but nothing more.  I did not capture the free will of people, only the things they sought approval from regarding their peers—creating a behavior control mechanism, but not showing the true desires of the human soul.

I have always argued that all societies need to align themselves to their souls and not the persnickety traits of gossip and neighbor watching—the small minded stuff that anchors human beings to primate behavior.  Facebook inspires primate behavior, and I am against it—so much so that I will go against the grain even if I’m the only one—which it feels like I have been.  But I am very happy to be proven right once again.  You know, if you people would listen to me more, you’d be a lot better off in life.  A lot of people read what I write and they profit from it.  But sadly a lot of people read and they silently enjoy the content, but they fail to act on it.  If they listened to what I told them to do, they would be a lot better off.  Think about that in the future.  What Sean Parker is saying now is worthless, he already made his money and I’m sure he’s off on the next big tech revelation.  But just remember I said what he’s saying now all along, which takes a lot of guts, and it wasn’t easy—and cost me a lot personally.  It was the right position to take.  So remember that in the future when I say something and next time don’t wait until someone like Sean Parker provides validation.   Facebook is evil and it always has been.  Your participation in it feeds that evil expeditiously which is not good for the human species in any way.

I have since lost all my Hollywood friends to Facebook, I put myself on the outside of their networks and those contacts dissolved over time.  I’ve also ostracized the publishing industry, which I worked very hard for twenty years to nurture.  Most of my family is only on speaking term on holidays with me due to Facebook.  They love it—I hate it. My blog site, this Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom endeavor didn’t help.  Since Facebook was obviously trying to pull society in the other direction I figured I pissed off everyone anyway, so why not do it diving instead of falling if you know what I mean.  Right is right, and if you are going to take a position, you might as well do it in a spectacular way—so I started this site as a way to hedge against the massive online corruption that is Facebook.  Facebook is no good and it never has been.  It feeds the forces of evil with gossip and behavior patterns and it has surely destroyed at least two generations of people around the world, intellectually. To defeat that evil, you have to stop feeding it.  If you have a Facebook account, you are still part of the problem and will be until you stop feeding that evil for what it wants in spite of your personal desires.   My position against Facebook has cost me a lot, but I’d pay it all over again and more, because it was the right thing to do.

Rich Hoffman

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The Miracle of Arabella Kushner: Donald Trump’s magnificant trip to Asia

I’ve read a lot of books on American history, and world history, everything from American presidents to princes, queens, nobles, emperors, swashbucklers, dictators and freedom fighters and there’s never been anyone quite like Donald Trump. Without any close second place contenders Trump has delivered America its best foreign policy positioning in the history of our young nation. Trump as an expert communicator, and a fabulous wheeler-dealer has had the Middle East enthusiastic about his visits and has brought people together like nobody ever has. In Europe, Trump managed to end the Paris Climate Accord while still putting smiles on the faces of everyone effected and actually left things better than worse. Trump lately has stood up to North Korea in a way that nobody has ever done keeping all-out war just a phone call away while calling the hostile regime derogatory names, then while on their doorstep in South Korea inviting them to the 21st Century with a very potent speech, or face extinction. That was before arriving in China who funds North Korea and receiving a hero’s welcome. Trump was fabulous in Japan, South Korea, then China before traveling to Vietnam to deliver some of the best foreign policy statements I’ve ever heard or thought about hearing from a sitting president. But that wasn’t the best of it. Being a slick salesman who is actually sincere about the product he’s selling, Trump unleashed his little 6-year-old granddaughter in China who speaks fluent Mandarin and he won the hearts of a billion people in just a few minutes. It was quite extraordinary. Here is just a bit from how it was covered in the media which really melted away the hearts of the world in just one day of goodwill.

While media coverage of Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Thursday focused on trade and North Korea, it was the wide-eyed crooning of the US leader’s granddaughter that stole Chinese netizens’ hearts.

In a video that Trump showed Xi during their stroll through the historic Forbidden City Wednesday, his granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, greets “Grandpa Xi and Grandma Peng (Liyuan)” with several Mandarin ballads and a recitation of ancient Chinese poetry.

China’s Xinhua state news agency, which circulated the clip widely on social media, reported that Xi said the six-year-old girl’s Mandarin skills deserved an “A+”.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/chinese-love-trumps-mandarin-speaking-granddaughter/ar-BBEL9Cw?OCID=ansmsnnews11

This is similar to trips where Melania spoke to Vladimir Putin in Russian, then to the French president Emmanuel Macron in French while visiting those countries—fluently. The women who surround President Trump are just fabulous, from the oldest to the youngest—and that says a lot about him as a person. Trump knows how to surround himself with great people whether it’s his fine running Trump International businesses or his family—anything with Trump on it is of fine quality and high expectation—and that is a standard he set as a person. He is presently doing the same for not only the American nation, but the world at large—anybody willing to listen. Trump has truly elevated the game of politics and he has been willing to show off his family and allow them to shine light into the world in ways that nobody else has—and behind it all, people understand that it is Trump who created the foundation for so much excellence.

Arabella Kushner is a magnificent over-achiever who is well beyond her years, and that comes from being in a family of high expectations. The miracle of her very fluent Mandarin is that her parents and her grandpa set a high bar before the little girl knew that it was impossible to achieve. The kid is poised to be a miracle of her own—and the Chinese people couldn’t help but see that. One thing about Asians in general is that they appreciate excellence and hard work, so the way to their hearts is to show great effort and respect. Trump in all his business dealings over the years understands people and what they need no matter where they are, so he brought his granddaughter along on this China trip to let her use all those skills she so diligently worked on and put her on a big stage to show her stuff. Trump understood what his granddaughter needed at this stage in her life, but what’s great about Trump is that he knows how to match that need with the needs of the world. How else to cut off funding to North Korea and flatten out a severe trade deficit but to melt the hearts of your opposition with a nice little girl and her dedication to their language—as a display of hard work and respect.

Anybody who looks at this Trump administration and can’t see anything good is just functioning from ideological evil. I mean Ivanka Trump isn’t exactly a far-right Republican and Trump isn’t ideological—there should be a lot of issues that Democrats could find that they’d like about him. Their only objective though is to keep him from winning anything so that they can capture some ideological seats in 2018 and 2020. But they are missing something that is truly wonderful, we are seeing a president that will be honored more graciously than Mt. Rushmore in the future living right in front of our faces. The legend is being written now and we are witness to it. In the future people will not remember the hateful New York Times hit pieces, or the withering Hollywood haters who have been trying to transfer their hate onto Trump for many personal failures they are suffering from. Or the Democrats who are so lost presently that they are using Donna Brazile as a way to show that they aren’t all corrupt—as they try to rebrand their failed party. Think about that, they are using a woman accused of giving Hillary Clinton debate questions as a representative of moral virtue?

The Democrats or the Republicans have nobody who could walk into China like a giant from the West and entertain a billion people with sheer charisma and the charm of a 6-year-old, then fly out to a former enemy, Vietnam and deliver one of the best foreign policy speeches in history like it was just one more hole on a golf course. Trump does all these things while working with the House and Senate by phone to get tax reform down by Christmas and he still has time to send condolence calls to victims of the mass shooting in Texas and manage FEMA as the hurricane relief of 2017 is still underway. Trump is AMAZING and everyone but the evil people who hate him see it. They only reason they don’t see the great things he is doing is because they choose not to.

The Arabella Kushner story was a good one when the world needed it. It started with Ivanka and her husband Jared setting a high bar for their child. From that came an optimism toward the future that every human being can respect. And when she was ready President Trump was able to give the little girl a big stage and a purpose for her newly acquired skill that melted the divide between capitalism and communism and put everyone on a stage of mutual respect. Then Trump gave a blistering speech about the benefits of free market capitalism and extended a bridge toward peace and fair trade practices that has never been offered truly in any other prior period before. What a wonderful opportunity that was pulled off flawlessly. If there was any other way to sell capitalism to the only communist country in the world and to dance across the fires that are behind the scenes of American, Chinese relations—Trump found the sweet spot, and he deserves a lot of credit for walking that fine line very well, even better than anyone could have ever expected.

Rich Hoffman
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Trump Republicans are Growing: The smoke and mirrors of the Virginia election show the real truth

I keep hearing that the Democrats won major victories in the 2017 election with governor pick-ups in Virginia and New Jersey.  They are also saying that the election was a referendum on President Trump.   I think the people who are saying those types of things are smoking crack.  For instance, at the link below you can see the county-by-county breakdown of the Gillespie battle with Northam and the results are quite clear.  The entire state of Virginia is not being represented by this shift in politics.  It is as it usually is, the dense population centers around Richmond and up in Fairfax that essentially determined the race.  Also the Virginia Beach area which is typically filled with beach bums, pot smokers and other liberal losers obviously moved in a Democratic direction as they always will.  All those blue areas contain either large numbers of government workers who are voting to preserve their wallets, or they have huge amounts of people on government assistance who want to see the money keep coming in.  But the rest of the state, especially down in the Wise County region are as red as red gets regarding conservatism, and they are most of the state by county persuasion.

https://www.politico.com/interactives/elections/2017/virginia/governor/

The election of Northam doesn’t provide a referendum on Donald Trump.  It means that we have too many members of the swamp living in Fairfax who need to be drained.   Those are the people who have grown tremendously in size over the last sixteen years as more and more high paying government jobs were added to Washington under an ever-expanding government.  They aren’t going to vote for a Republican who wants to eliminate their jobs—ever.  So if there is anything that has changed Virginia from purple to blue, it’s the government workers in Fairfax.  There’s nothing mysterious about the election.  Democrats have filled the state with regions of people who want hand outs, and jobs that only government can provide—where pay is approximately 30% higher than other regions of the country.  Fairfax is after all one of the richest counties in the country, but it doesn’t come from private industry, it comes from government workers who live there and commute to their Washington jobs feeding the swamp.

You could say the same thing really about the rest of the country; if you look at the entire United States county-by-county you will not see a lot of support for Democrats.  Where you do see large blue voting blocks are in the tightly packed cities where heroin addicts, government workers, prostitutes, welfare recipients and generally dumb people reside in large group think territories.  Those are the voters who pick Democrats, regular people who live in the vast red areas are underrepresented in politics because they tend to be spread out in rural territories—and that is a problem of “democracy.”  Lucky for us we have a republic so that those vast red areas between the two coasts do not get out-voted by the group think liberals who chose to live on top of each other in urban centers.  Why people would choose to do such a thing reflects their personal preference to hide within the safety of numbers rather than the individuality normally witnessed in rural cultures.

That is why it’s a serious folly to look at any election where government workers and social losers are disproportionately congregated and to assume a social trend against President Trump.  It’s actually the opposite, people in the red counties are tired of getting pushed around by the losers in the blue areas, and that is the cause of the current civil war—not with guns, but with words and ideological conflict.  I’ve heard a lot about how many liberals thought the country would come together after a year of Trump, and that he has made an environment that has driven the country apart.  Give me a break, President Trump has done a fantastic job, and he’s tried to play nice.  Democrats never wanted to play nice, they only wanted to impose themselves on the world around them and they always look to make red areas blue like insects infecting a house with termites.  They start in cells of collective activity, like Fairfax, Richmond, and Virginia Beach, and they seek to destroy the countryside county-by-county until the house collapses.  That is all they know to do as parasites to the human race.  And they call it a tendency toward violence if we think to resist them.  Well, of course we’re going to resist them.  They don’t think like us, they don’t act like us, and they don’t have the same values which are hard work, love of country, God, guns and family.

No, the trend is still in favor of Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party.  While it’s true that there is an even more diligent civil war within the Republican Party going on presently, that war will be won by the Trump forces.  The Bush presidents have written a little book called The Last Republicans acknowledging as much essentially.  Their obvious hatred of Trump and his supporters is very telling about what’s going on in America right now.  Conservatives have rejected the Skull and Bones promises of the Bush family toward global unification and are seeking to preserve their lives out in the red counties of rural America.  It’s pretty much that simple.  If the Bush presidents thought that the Republican Party was their view of the world, they were obviously mistaken, and haven’t been to an NRA even recently.  For twelve years I was frustrated with how weak both Bush presidents were.  I voted for them because I had no other choice and I certainly wasn’t going to vote for a bunch of hippie liberals.  But the Bush presidents were not bastions of conservatism.   When I had a choice I took it happily, and so did many other people.

http://ktla.com/2017/11/04/the-last-republicans-george-h-w-bush-labels-trump-a-blowhard-in-new-book/

Ohio’s governor John Kasich is of that Bush-era Republican demeanor.  The Party has left him behind and moved back to where the people who live in those flyover states and in counties between cities want them.  That’s not going to change.  Hollywood hasn’t changed those people.  The newspapers haven’t.  Nothing has after many years of liberal advances with that objective in mind.  Republicans who put their finger to the liberal winds of change and decided to concede, like the Bush presidents, Kasich, Boehner, and many others assumed that their concessions would be followed.  Instead, people rejected them and they are upset about it—naturally.  The trend isn’t toward Kasich and the Bush family—it’s toward Trump or perhaps even further to the political right.  The people analyzing the 2017 election obviously aren’t looking at the right things, because they are still holding out hope that the inevitable changes won’t come to sweep them away in their part of this modern civil war.  The residents of Fairfax should take their loot and go because the trend is not in their favor.

The Democrats aren’t going to have a miracle surge in support.  The whole Donna Brazile episode of the present is more about the Democratic Party trying to distance themselves from Hillary Clinton and recasting their brand with some moderate Republican support.   Brazile has thrown some red meat to Republicans trying to position themselves for the midterms, to take the edge off.  But the Democrats themselves are making a push to the political left, so we are all moving further away from each other, not more to the center the way it was when Bush was president, or his dad.  Republicans like Kasich want to move to the left with them to keep the peace.  But that’s not going to happen—and it never was.  Only people who don’t understand the situation even entertained such a notion.  The red counties of the red states are rejecting liberalism and if you look at the map of Virginia that is obvious.  The only difference is that the smoke and mirrors of the Democratic Party have been able to use a few counties in Virginia to fluff their feathers like a peacock to look better than the situation really is, and they are desperate to sell it.  But in that desperation is the truth, and that is not good for the Democrats—but it is great for the Trump Republicans.

Rich Hoffman

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Vote for Ernest Gause on November 7th 2017: Protecting a cash surplus at Lakota from the forces of chaos

 

If you ever wanted to see a guy who has his act together running for a school board position it’s Ernest Gause.  Watching this situation at Lakota schools in Southern Ohio for many years now and fighting many levies to keep taxes down, I’ve never witnessed a better person for a school board position than Ernest.  To get an idea of how on top of things he is just have a look at his website, specifically his press release section shown below.  In it Ernest breaks down the cash situation at Lakota schools and shows just where we are in 2017 to managing the Lakota school system for the next decade.  To do the job right, good school board members like Ernest Gause need to be in place to safely steer the district into the correct direction.  Gause is a school board candidate offering that not only wants to avoid future school levies, but he wants to have a replacement strategy which essentially means working within the budget parameters and decreasing the budget need over time—which has been unheard of by any school district anywhere.  And he plans to do all this by raising the expectations of Lakota as well through performance standards.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/articles-and-press-releases

Essentially here’s the situation, Lakota has cash on hand through 2026 to avoid a school levy.  However the current school board members are reluctant to commit to that because they still spend more than they take in so the positive elements of their cash surpluses will eventually catch up to them.  Lakota has that cash surplus because they pushed for a levy they didn’t need in 2013 when they violated the deal they made with me to keep a levy off the ballot for two years after the levy defeat of 2012.  The school board at the time pushed for a levy all in the name of school security, but they really didn’t need it because of declining enrollment in our aging community, so they unnecessarily increased our property taxes into this abundance situation that we have now.  Unlike past school board candidates, Earnest actually has a plan to avoid school levies in the future but taking our current surplus and reducing the tax footprint that Lakota imposes on future development.   Here are more specifics off his website that articulate his position:

End dependencies of tax levies by creating levy replacement strategies.

As a community, we need to ask the question of why we need levies and what we can do as a community to ensure the school get what it need, our children are educated and the community (tax payers) get a return on our investment.

The answer is simple; we need transparency and full disclosure for every dollar spent.

There need to be the following:

  1. If there is going to be more busing, then which schools and how much.
  2. If there is going to be more technology, then which school and how much.
  3. If there is going to be small classes, more teachers and more resources, then which schools and how much.

Within Lakota there needs to be more transparency, more openness and better reporting to the community.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/tax-levies

Our SUCCESS as a Community

Expand our footprint, when, where, why and how.

I am a firm believer in expanding out educational footprint. I believe a board member needs to be active in supporting education, partnering in education and an outspoken advocate of education. How do we support education? We support education by putting the work in and by supporting our teachers, administrators and our students. But in order to do that you have to educate yourself in knowing what is going on in your community and surrounding communities.

To make sure our students and our teachers are ready for the tools of the 21st century, six schools have demonstration classrooms. The classrooms are equipped with a variety of devices, including:
• 1-to-1 laptops
• A classroom projector
• A mini-projector
• Two aqua boards
• iPad and tablet sets
• A document camera
• A digital camera
• An AV rover
Champion Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to compete on the world stage by partnering with Universities.

Enhance professional trade programs through business and university partnerships for electrician, plumbers, pipefitters, realtors, engineering, accounting and electronic trades.

Here is a fun quiz that can help you decide what is right for you.​
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1. Technology Tools
2. Champion STEM
3. Trade Programs

Add blended learning opportunities for special needs students.

Prepare students for transition into post-secondary institutions of higher learning through increased Academic Resources and external Partnerships with corporations.

End dependencies of tax levies by creating levy replacement strategies.
As a community, we need to ask the question of why the need levies and what we can do as a community

4. Tax Levies = NO
5. Partnerships
6. Blended Learning
   8. Resources
7. Technology Integration

Bring state of the art technology to the classroom & integrate in daily curriculum, lessons & homework

11. Data Tracking

Track GPA’s year over year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to ensure progression and disclose at Board Meetings.   Transparency = Responsibility

Give our teachers additional resources on how to integrate technology into the classroom.

Provide Transportation to High Schools to reduce financial burden for working families.

9. Transportation
10. Distance Learning

Integrate distance learning into classrooms to attend college level courses.

12. Internships

Provide realistic job previews working with the business community for internships, summer work study and sponsorship.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/platform

Lakota’s current treasurer Jenni Logan has done a good job with the budget, but I remember when they put her up front in 2012 to profess the fiscal cliff that Lakota was headed for justifying the tax increase the board wanted at the time.  Many who know how money works told Lakota then that if they could control their costs, largely their payroll, they wouldn’t need any more money—but they didn’t listen so presently they have on hand cash until 2020 where deficit spending is projected to begin, according to this article shown at the link below.   That’s the point where the step increases start taking over from where the board has been able in the past to hold them down due to all the public pressure.  The teacher’s union has had to keep a low profile over the last half decade namely because the public sentiment was not with them, and it will continue not to be.  That makes putting good management on the school board that is smarter than the negotiators for the union a priority so that deficit spending can be avoided.  Earnest is jus t that type of manager that we need on the school board for the next decade, to keep the cash managed while raising the expectations for the district.

http://www.journal-news.com/news/local/projection-lakota-budget-deficit-until-2020/S3GMVzMqKS4pKZqClEVJeO/

I think Todd Parnell is a decent board member, but if Earnest were added to the Lakota school board a trend of conservativism would finally emerge that could pave the way for a solid four vote majority by the next election term where Julie Schafer’s term would expire.   It takes time to build the right team because good candidates are hard to find.  In the case of Earnest I am very attracted to his lean manufacturing background and think the best way to keep their costs down at Lakota is by applying the same methods that are expected in business on the current teacher’s union.  One way that the labor unions for the automotive industry had to be brought into the modern age of thinking was to apply lean standards to them so that the unions couldn’t use the chaos of many different job classifications to justify outlandish wage expectations driving up the cost of the product.  Well, in this case the product is the education of children and I think the urgency of a proper approach is that much more important.  So obviously, we want good managers in place to handle the vast amounts of money that we send to Lakota and to keep them out of our pocket books in the years to come while giving kids good foundational skills they can apply for the rest of their lives through their education.  There is no reason that Lakota couldn’t be a trend setter and still drive down their payroll.  But we can’t get there unless we try something different, and Ernest Gause is a tremendous step in that direction.  So when you have to vote on Tuesday, make sure you pull the lever for that very good person on November 7th 2017

Rich Hoffman

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Jimmy Kimmel the big liberal Pussy: How guns are important to American morality

 

Who is this Jimmy Kimmel pussy crying about things in front of his audience of what’s supposed to be a nightly comedy show?  I was so angry about his monologue right after the Las Vegas shooting demanding more gun control legislation that I waited to respond just to keep my volatile thoughts about him in check.   Kimmel is one of those west coast softies who have obviously been coddled through life and had the fortune to be put into a high platform in the entertainment culture—and he feels he has the right to lecture the rest of America about guns going so far to say that “no American should be able to own an M-16,” and he further went on to berate the NRA for supporting efforts to knock back more legislation from panicky politicians screaming for some short-term fix to a long-term problem.  I think I’ve had enough of these east and west coast liberal losers inflicting on my American culture a value system that is as foreign to this country as an alien visiting here from Mars might be.  Guns in America are important and are at the core of our independence—and every bit as important as any other Amendment, especially the First.  Americans should be able to own anything they want, and when bad guys do bad things with guns, more laws won’t do the trick.  The problem is much more complicated than what Jimmy Kimmel the pussy is advocating.

I had an extraordinarily bad week of last where hundreds of people I have been dealing with and millions of dollars in investment were on a razor’s edge of peril and it took every skill I had in the tool box to keep everything on track.  It was a brutal life that could easily crush anybody’s resolve.  But one thing I do to manage all that stress is to balance it out with things I enjoy and to that effect I had a chance to visit with my family the Neiderman Family Farm down the road from my house in Liberty Township.  I shot guns all through the week on my Cowboy Fast Draw target range.

Then on the weekend we visited a family retreat in central Kentucky where I had the opportunity to do some four wheeling and some shooting of the big guns to blow off some steam.   All those places added up to a lot of good sanity maintenance for me—they reminded me what was important as the storm clouds swirled around me professionally and as usual, I had everything sorted out by Monday morning—because of the way I manage my stress.  Guns are a huge part of that personal maintenance.

When I talk about the big guns, I am specifically talking about my favorite gun, my Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum.  I brought the 500 grain cartridges which are getting close to the top load you can fire out of a handgun.  The S&W .500 is the most powerful handgun manufactured in the world.   With the smell of a campfire blowing my way as a spectacular sunset cast it’s gaze upon my shooting position on a hilltop the punishing satisfaction of firing such a massive bullet at a steel plate target from 30 yards away is something specifically American and uniquely manly.  I wasn’t with a bunch of drunken heathens the way Hollywood might paint that picture

I just described, nearby the women were sitting around a campfire eating camp food and talking about domestic concerns.  My niece was there with me shooting a new gun for her concealed carry endeavors.  Her husband was shooting with me also while my brother-in-law was showing me his new collection of guns.  It was very much a family event and everyone was having a good time.  When I fired my big .500 it hit the steel plate so hard that it broke the chain that was hanging the target and we all marveled at the tremendous impact and firepower of the S&W .500.  For me holding that big gun I think about the great engineering that went into making something that powerful so safe.  Aside from the fact that you need to be pretty strong to hold the gun because of the massive recoil, holding that much power in the palm of your hand to me is a miracle of modern industry—and that’s what I think about when using that marvelous gun.

But some idiot like Jimmy Kimmel would never understand what that moment was like, or those methods of personal management.  They’d say that no civilian human being should be able to own such a magnificent weapon.  Why should I be allowed to have something so powerful—according to the same culture that produces monsters like Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood pedophiles?   Two days earlier at the Niederman Farm where my family attended the Fall Festival it was all about country living, big barns, lots of animals, tractors, and homemade jellies and apple ciders.  On the way to the family retreat down in Kentucky we stopped by Dry Ridge to eat at the Cracker Barrel there and of course the place was packed.  All the people there were similar to the people at the Niederman Farm.

They were Christian people happy with the simple things in life.  Most of them were gun advocates to some degree or another, and of course in the Cracker Barrel are signs and homage’s to the Second Amendment, from antique rifles displayed on the wall to paraphernalia sold in their famous gift shops.  It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a while, and after such a rough week it really calmed me down.  But honestly it was the environment and the people who did it—it was the southern hospitality that people like Jimmy Kimmel make fun of as vigorously as the they do the gun culture that emerges from it.  Let’s face it; the NRA doesn’t have many impassioned members in Los Angeles.  But at the Cracker Barrel in Dry Ridge, Kentucky I could have stood on a table and read from the latest American Rifleman magazine and the customers would have been enthusiastically supportive.

Did I need to own and fire such a huge weapon which was right there with me while I was at the Cracker Barrel, because we were on our way down to the family retreat?  According to Jimmy Kimmel and the cast of Saturday Night Live I didn’t.  In their west and east coast viewpoints it is more moral to piss in the alley of a bar at 3 AM in New York City and to have sex with strange women which are part of their culture than to go shooting with close family members in the middle of God’s country in the American south.  I could easily look at Jimmy Kimmel’s personal life and pick it to pieces.  I’m sure I could declare a lot of things he likes to do illegal and destructive to a good American life.  At any time I could use that big gun to cause all kinds of damage, but it never crossed my mind because in having such a huge weapon it requires responsibility.  Once you act responsibly with a firearm people find that they act responsibly with other things in their lives as well.   That’s the way you find most people who are huge NRA supporters and concealed carry permit holders—they are some of the nicest people there are in the world—and they are honest.  Owning guns tends to bring out the best in people because the foundation of owning firearms is in responsibility.  Once people accept responsibility for something like a gun, they find they can apply the same values to other things and it makes them vastly better people as a result.

The problems that caused that liberal loser in Vegas to shoot up all those people are more systemic than in the right to own firearms.  Kimmel completely missed the point of the Second Amendment and it was painful to listen to him articulate all the stupid Hollywood dinner party talking points without knowing the reality of what the gun culture is.  I would argue that liberalism is the cause of such breakdowns, and that if we really wanted to solve the problems in our society—then we’d make liberalism illegal, not the physical firearms.  I shoot a lot and I love my guns—they are very therapeutic to me.   I like owning large, powerful weapons because they exercise a level of control that makes people better because of that responsibility.   I know and deal with people all over the world and I can report honestly that there isn’t anywhere quite like a gun range or a Cracker Barrel.  It’s not just I grew up with these ideas around me from my home in Liberty Township to the many times I’ve been shooting with family members.  I routinely deal with people of Hindu faith, people who are devote Buddhists—many people from every corner of the globe and I get along well with all of them.  But what’s missing from their various cultures is the kind of independence and positive American spirit that you find in places like that Dry Ridge Cracker Barrel.

The Niederman Family Farm is an expensive ticket, but it is in Liberty Township where most of the homes these days are well over a quarter million dollars.  It’s not uncommon anymore for a home in my neck of the woods to be close to a million dollars—and for the people who move to Liberty Township they want the best of both worlds.  They want access to the great industry that is common to the area in very capitalist friendly political zones, and they like being able to take their families to the Niederman Farm on holidays.  With the money they make at the Niederman Farm they pay their taxes and they improve the property every year so everyone wins.  As I ate a hot dog there during a setting sun with my grandchildren and sipped on drink I thought of Jimmy Kimmel and realized that he was a lost guy who was stuck in a bubble of Hollywood culture that didn’t like people who eat at the Cracker Barrel.  They didn’t like NRA members because guns are beyond their experience.  They are big government socialists who want to mold the world into the image of the rest of the world, which is in a lot of trouble.  I would rather eat at the Cracker Barrel in Dry Ridge or shoot my big .500 Magnum against a setting sun with the smell of wood smoke fresh from a raging camp fire than to eat noodles in Tokyo or sip wine in Venice.  That is what these gun grabbing cry babies are really scared of.  It’s not the guns, but the attitude and independence of the people who use guns to maintain a philosophy that is rooted in individualism instead of collectivism.  Jimmy Kimmel is a pussy because the weight and sorrow of the collective tragedy of Las Vegas was just too much for him.  He had no mechanisms of intellect to deal with his feelings of despair that he felt in realizing that the institution of Americanism couldn’t keep people from harm—and he wants even more laws to support his false belief in the merits of institutionalism.  But for me, and many people who carry and use guns a lot, especially big guns—it is in the focus on personal responsibility in having such things that make us hold the door open for ladies at the Dry Ridge Cracker Barrel while everyone waits in line to just be seated—and they are happy to do it, because they are generally happy people treating their fellow Americans with reverence and respect.  What drives liberals’ crazy is that the respect starts with gun ownership and is the backbone of a civil society—and that is why they cry like a bunch of dwindling pussies on a quest for their own destruction every chance they get, which is why liberalism should be illegal well before guns ever are.

Oh, and remember when I said I practiced Cowboy Fast Draw in my private range?  Well, this is what it looks like.  To me it’s like practicing a golf swing–it’s a sport–a way to test yourself against the forces of nature.  And its pretty cool and a lot better than anything liberals like Jimmy Kimmel do for fun.

Rich Hoffman

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‘Baby Driver’ isn’t just about Fast Cars: A great film about touching the magnificence of life

It won’t save Hollywood from itself, but I was quite surprised by how good the movie Baby Driver was. The Edger Wright directed film was a remarkably good film for a heist movie with great car stunts. Personally, I’m a sucker for car stunts in movies and I had said that I could tell that I’d most relate to the main character of Baby—because when I was younger, I lived a very similar life. I made those comments from just the previews, but after finally seeing the movie over this past weekend on my home theater system, I am astonished by the work. I didn’t just like the movie because it reminded me of my teenage years, it was just a fabulous—well thought out movie that had some very bad characters in it, but was essentially about loving life and being a good person. I give Baby Driver two big thumbs up. For a business enterprise, it had a good budget and it made more domestically than it cost—which is always a good thing. The numbers shown below are the breakdown of the profitability of the movie which is important because it should be a lesson to Hollywood about what works and what doesn’t, What set this movie apart from everything else out there was the unabashed sense of hope that it displayed throughout the film. The main character, Baby was a good kid and the viewer found themselves rooting for some way that he could find a happy life with his incredible talent. If I didn’t know better I’d almost say that Edger Wright took sections of my book Tail of the Dragon and changed the scenes a little bit, but that’s OK. I would have never ended the movie the way he did, but it was satisfying all the same.

Baby Driver
Domestic Total as of Oct. 12, 2017: $107,796,728
Distributor: TriStar
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Genre: Action / Crime Runtime: 1 hrs. 52 min.
MPAA Rating: R Production Budget: $34 million

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $107,796,728 47.6%
+ Foreign:
$118,526,768 52.4%
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= Worldwide: $226,323,496
Domestic Summary
Opening Weekend:
$20,553,320
(#2 rank, 3,226 theaters, $6,371 average)
% of Total Gross: 19.1%
> View All 15 Weekends
Widest Release: 3,226 theaters
In Release: 107 days / 15.3 weeks

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=babydriver.htm

Even the villain played by Kevin Spacey had redeeming qualities. This was a story oozing with hope and the kind of valor only professional thieves understand who are driven by their enormous genius to live unconventional lives just because the world is otherwise too boring for them. Most of the bad guys in Baby Driver are overachievers who have fallen in the cracks of an overly institutionalized human existence. Maybe it’s just me and the kind of life I’ve had, I could relate to every character, even the deaf guy who was the godfather of Baby. But even so, the movie is great even if nobody has had those types of experiences.

At this point a lot of people have written reviews about this movie so one more by me won’t do much to help it. But I can say that it is movies like this that will help Hollywood in the future—movies without huge budgets that touch people’s lives in an honest way. Nobody with a beating heart could help but not cheer for Baby toward the end of the film and people rewarded the movie with a decent box office reception. Baby was a kid pulled into crime by losing his parents early in life. He didn’t know fear in the traditional respect until he met a girl that he loved and had the same kind of innocent passion toward life that he did. At the start of the movie I recognized in Baby a young man who had not had his childish imagination turned off and it was that which made him so extraordinarily good, and creative in driving cars for professional bank robbers.
My life was a bit different, I didn’t lose my parents so there was no reason for me to find myself in similar situations with similar people but for the fact that I loved to drive fast. I still do in fact. Baby in the movie was a natural driver where his car and his vast imagination made him into a superman behind the wheel—he was virtually unstoppable so long as he had a car. For me it was always that I resented that by the nature of driving I was constrained behind normal people—and was forced to live by their restrictions in life. Driving fast for me was an open declaration that I was not like those other people—that I was living an exceptional life. And if anybody had a problem with it, they could take a hike.

I was in constant trouble, I went to court a lot and was threatened with jail almost every three months. And with such attitudes of course a criminal element would be attracted to such a rebellious character. So that made for some interesting experiences. However when the rubber hit the road, literally, I was always a good person. I had a good family and good grandparents and my foundations were always solid, so no matter how murky things became, my moral compass was always able to show me the right way. So I really felt for the kid in Baby Driver, his mom was obviously a good one and he lost her too early in life, but she had made an impact on him that lasted a lifetime.

Baby’s love of life at the very beginning of the movie was a fascinating examination into human behavior. Baby was boyishly optimistic about everything so that made him an intriguing character—something you really don’t see much these days in movies. Some critics might think that his depiction of life was unrealistic, but I can say that it was pretty spot on in relation to my own experience. Ultimately it was that goodness which kept Baby from rotting in jail at the end. He was just too good of a person to be thrown to the wolves of society and people know and respect that when they see it. I had a very similar experience at many court appearances and more than a few judges told me that they didn’t have room in their jails for kids who were just too good. Jails are meant for menaces of society, not people who are genuinely good in every aspect. Being fearless is not a reason to put people in jail, or being overly imaginative. It can be unfortunate if the criminal element gets a hold of such people, but goodness tends to rise to the top in spite of the efforts of evil.

If you haven’t seen the movie do yourself a favor and do so. It’s a real treasure. It was unusual and optimistic in the ways we want our movies to be—and Hollywood would do a lot better to make a lot more of these kinds of films. Critics might say that Baby came from a broken home and had suffered terrible tragedies that would have prevented him from becoming such a person—but I know better. What the critics don’t know is that a good parent can produce similar young geniuses—just through the love that they give them. That is after all what makes people what they are in life—institutions certainly don’t. People who love to drive fast do so for usually some psychological reason that has great merit. I always knew why I did it in real life. Baby in the fictional sense was discovering it. And we who watch movies understand how those relationships work, because we understand people like Baby—even if we can’t relate so strongly to the character as I might. That’s because what’s in us as human beings desires so much to be loved and to flee from institutional mechanisms designed to artificially manipulate our lives toward service to a system. We don’t all have to be geniuses to feel that yearning for individual freedom—and that’s all Baby wanted in this movie. And that’s what we all can relate to.

Rich Hoffman

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The Tragedy of Kobe Steel: How the smoke is fading and mirrors are breaking on lean manufacturing–revealing a diabolical academic scheme that was always there

The truth is there isn’t any magic wand that takes manufacturing techniques and turns companies into winners at the bottom line. Just like going to college couldn’t turn a kid into a success story without extremely hard work to go with it.  The harsh reality that many people have come to face is that you can’t buy quality, and you can’t wish yourself into profitability.  If you want to be successful in life you have to be willing to work harder than a competitor and you’ll have to figure out the latest trends before everyone else does in an ever-changing world.  It’s not enough to memorize the work of Eliyahu M. Goldratt or to study really hard the techniques of James Womach so that you can call yourself a “black belt” of lean manufacturing.  It’s still the case and it always will be that innovation and creativity are ever-changing opportunities for market dominance.  And let’s face it, that’s the name of the game.  That’s also why this global tragedy involving Kobe Steel is such a case study into the temperature of the world regarding manufacturing that it merits our tenacious considerations.

Kobe Steel is a large producer of various industry metals, particularly aluminum and due to the nature of the world marketplace distributes their product all over the world to the largest companies currently in existence.   The assumption is that since the company is Japanese that they make high quality products at Kobe Steel—just because they are made in Japan.  That country has done a great job building up their brand with an eye toward quality—which is precisely why Womack, Roos and Daniel T. Jones featured them so prominently in the 1990s book The Machine that Changed the World.  In that classic book Womack had pretty much closed the case on western mass production techniques and very subtly implied the takeover of manufacturing practices being instituted right in front of our faces.  College academics were essentially attempting to use lean manufacturing practices revolutionized by Japan—specifically Toyota into a global revolution that would help pave the way to a one world global government by unifying all various markets under the flag of lean manufacturing.  And this failure at Kobe Steel, which is quite serious presently, has the fingerprints of failure rooted in this rapid expansion of manufacturing approach that has been taking over the world since the 1960s.

The attempted academic takeover of all industries has been going on for a long time and their goal is almost always the same.  Generally the academic believes in global collectivism and that the power of the individual is subservient to the needs of group think—and the view of American mass production was that a single foreman, and a single process engineer were things of the past and that hive behavior in the form of lean manufacturing developed from Japan would become the dominate way of doing business.  But the real villain was not American manufacturing; it was the kind of rugged individualism that often emerged in American car companies and steel manufacturers.  If you peel back the onion even more behind these academic reformers they were ahead of themselves on global wealth redistribution and they purposely worked their way into the various industries with mountains of paperwork for employers to fill out so that the tasks would become so cumbersome that companies would just flee overseas to run away from bureaucracy.  The subtext to all this academic insurrection for the last 50 years has always been lean manufacturing and that American companies better get with the pace of the rest of the world or they’d be out of a job.

I’m never one to throw out the baby with the bath water; there are some really good things that Womach and his buddies came up with in that aforementioned book.  And I’m a fan of the work by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.  I like those guys, but in relation to the problems of today, I have my own thoughts—and I dare say I often go much deeper than anything that came previously.  I’d say that you have to if you want to invent something new, otherwise how would you ever stand out in a world that is so competitive?   I can also say that I’ve been through many lean manufacturing seminars over the years and all those companies that sponsored those activities are now out of business, because what they did was attempt to copy what worked in Japan to an American market, and it clearly didn’t work.  I watched with disapproval as many companies tried to take the concepts in Womack’s book and applied them directly to manufacturing facilities where American workers resisted, and resented the efforts to the point where the company just folded—because nobody seemed to understand what was really going on.

The Japanese had a unique problem after World War II.  They had lost a war and needed to rebuild their economy from the ground up.  They also had an occupying force that changed all the rules of manufacture on them, and imposed on Japanese companies union friendly policies that made innovation so much more complicated.  Just like American manufacturing at the time was peaking because the mass production techniques had created in American workers this new idea of lifelong employment instead of just doing a job in the city then returning to their fields in the country to resume their independent life—socialist oriented labor unions took root and started managing things at manufacturing facilities across America.  At that time it was a trend so America forced Japan into the same box of thought for which they needed a way to get out.  So Japan offered a policy of lifelong employment to their employee but in going a step further than unions did in America, they adopted a decentralization of authority policy where wages and promotions were attached to tenure, not performance and that essentially stabilized their work culture into a nice predictable pattern that they were able to inject into a market share that essentially ruled for the next fifty years.  This was fine with the academics because it sapped the wealth from American manufacturing and relocated it to the orient and even into Europe.  As time passed and American companies still struggled with the concepts of lean manufacturing because at the core of it is a group think that purposely diffuses the merits of individualized behavior then more American companies became Chinese and Korean companies because people in those regions already were somewhat predisposed toward lean manufacturing thought—it’s an Asian thing.  For people who will eat the eyeball of a chicken as a snack it’s no big deal to stand at an assembly line and decentralize authority to the masses of group think.  But to the six-foot six ,300 pound redneck from Appalachia that has a Confederate Flag on the front of their pick-up truck, it’s quite difficult.

However, life was never all that great in Japan.  They were willing to work hard and long, but they were still an occupied country infused with western ideas on the collapse of their great empire which was destroyed at the end of World War II.  Before that they had the samurai culture which had been destroyed by the emerging new emperor—so the people were always ready and willing to fight for something but they had been shell-shocked over the centuries with a lot of disappointment.  If they could get back at the West by imposing lean manufacturing techniques on those “cowboys” then they’d be very happy, and thus they have been riding on that reputation now for many decades even though it took a lot of smoke and mirrors to maintain the illusion.  But those mirrors essentially broke with the release of this news from Kobe Steel.  To keep up their shipments and deal with the focus of the world on their products Kobe Steel had to fudge the paperwork they helped to create and due to the constant pressure from other Asian markets which have emerged over the last twenty years, Kobe Steel had to take short cuts on quality to stay relevant.  In essence, they became dominated by new, leaner and more ambitious manufacturing techniques just as mass production had been destroyed by lean manufacturing in the 80s and 90s.

I had a front row seat to all this activity, I worked at Cincinnati Milacron in the mid 1990s and it was going out of business by the day at that point in time.  They had us studying lean manufacturing techniques just to stay alive.  I could say the same about the Fisher Body planet in Fairfield, Ohio where my grandfather worked.  I could also say the same about the Camero plant in Norwood where I knew several people who worked there.  Now there is nothing left of those places, Milacron and the Camero plant were completely bulldozed away erasing their memory.  People visiting those locations today would never know that they ever existed.  In the final days of their manufacturing lives they had the same desperate anxiety about them that we can now see out of Kobe Steel—and it saddens me to see it, but it doesn’t surprise me.  These trajectories of failure are predictable and can be traced largely back to our academic institutions that impose themselves on the creativity of any industry that must move with much more nibble feet to compete in an ever-changing world.  By the time the academics get their published opinions out about global trends, they are too late and those who listen to them find themselves on the hot seat toward losing immediately.

I may tell my secrets later, but certainly not now.  Innovation didn’t stop with Womach.  Lean manufacturing has some good things to offer, but it certainly won’t deliver anybody to the Promised Land without a lot of hard work and a new take.  Just because you study the words of something it doesn’t mean that success is guaranteed, and so many people even today think that success can be bought.  For those who think such things just look at the Kobe Steel case—a Japanese company that is still struggling to find their place in a competitive world as their niche concept of lean manufacturing is proving to be more of a gimmick now than a justifiable strategy sold by academics for the purpose of destroying manufacturing in the West so that the East could spread communism to every corner of the planet.  That was always on the mind of the academic after all—that much should be clear to everyone now.  But lucky for us all, the wheels fell off at Kobe Steel before we went too far down that road—and the good news is that innovation and the next great things are still out there waiting for the world to copy them.  Until then, I’ll keep the smile on my face watching others try to figure out the latest riddle in the world of competitive manufacturing.

Rich Hoffman

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