So long, farewell!

This is going to be my last diary here.  But this is not one of those GBCW diaries.  Indeed, it is a "Goodbye Beautiful Blog" farewell.

I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging here.. it is the only place I have ever blogged at.  I used to be a regular reader of DailyKos, and of TPM... but have avoided those places ever since they jumped the shark during the primaries.  I came here because I was told it was a refuge of sorts for Clinton supporters.

I have watched as the site has evolved from Clinton supporters and Obama supporters to "Clintonistas for Obama" and original Obama supporters.  I am not an Obama supporter (I intend to decide on who will get my vote in late October), and have run into occassional skirmishes with some of you as a result.

But the reason for leaving is not that....

Earlier today, I was sworn in as a US Citizen.  I had been very hesitant about this ~ I (was) a citizen of India, and the passport I carried had been fashioned by men like Gandhi.  As a result, renouncing that passport was somewhat difficult.  I finally made the move because India now offers the equivalent of a dual citizenship, and because I am being prepped for a job (in the US military) that requires US Citizenship.

And that brings me to the reason I must bid farewell.  Sometime tomorrow, as part of the requirements for my new job, I will be filing papers that will preclude me from being able to express political opinions on blogs such as this one.

I must bid farewell not because I want to, but because I have to.

In bidding farewell, I would like to emphasize that I have really enjoyed my discussions with you all here.  I will have fond memories of discussions with people that I have agreed with, and also those that I have disagreed with.  I will call out a few ~ RageKage, ShaunAppleby, Canadian Gal, Sricki, Student Guy (damn, I wish he hadn't gone into hiding), louisprandtl... and apologies to those that I have missed.  

And a shout out to the creators of this blog, and it's moderators ~ I am sure they only hear from us when we complain about their lax oversight.  As I leave, I must complement them for running an excellent blog, and for a front page that never criticized any of the Democratic contenders this year (one can't say that for any other "progressive" blog).

I will, of course, read this blog... so I will know what you all are upto.  God willing, I will rejoin this community in about 6 years (when my commitments will expire).

I wish you all the very best!

Peace !!

Tags: Diary, farewell, Last (all tags)

Comments

71 Comments

Apologies to those that I missed

you can grouse about that till tomorrow morning ... till then, I am able to personally apologize to you.

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Apologies to those that I missed
SevenStrings I wish you my very best. You are becoming a citizen at a very important time. You can tell everyone I became a citzen the year Obama was elected President of the United States.
Nice timing SevenStrings
by canadian 2008-08-28 03:09PM | 0 recs
It's been ages since I commented here

But I wanted to say congratulations.  You are an asset to our country.  I wish you well in your new job.  

Take care.

by The Fat Lady Sings 2008-08-28 10:40PM | 0 recs
I hope you

can return with your story.

by kevin22262 2008-08-28 12:56PM | 0 recs
Re: I hope you

Thanks =)

I remember you well... we had a slight disagreement on FISA, if you recall.  You recced, and then unrecced my diary.. wherein I was supporting Sen. Obama on his FISA stance =)

Good luck to you =)

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:01PM | 0 recs
I forgot to ask you.

So, now that you are a citizen, who are you voting for?  ;)

I am assuming this will feel like a big deal to you, voting for the first time. Am I right?

by kevin22262 2008-08-28 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I forgot to ask you.

Actually, I dont know yet... I am torn, and I wont make up my mind until the very end!

And yes... it will be the first time I ever vote.  I never got to vote in India (the requirements there are that you must vote in your hometown...which sorta precludes students), and it is too hard to vote from overseas !!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:05PM | 0 recs
Well I hope

you keep coming here just to read and "spy" on us. Hopefully we can help give you the reasons you need to vote for this country and the Constitution by voting for Obama/Biden and the Democrats.

WE Need YOU.

by kevin22262 2008-08-28 02:03PM | 0 recs
And one more thing...

Some of you may recall a diary I had done called
Buddha weeps in Jadugoda that talked about Uranium mining in a region where I grew up.

The documentary filmmaker is a classmate of mine (although, our class sizes were huge ~ 320 students, and I have no recollection of him).

Anyways, he just emailed me that he is going to be in the US, as part of a US Dept of State program for emerging documentary filmmakers.  You are welcome to contact him, if you are in the cities listed below.

His name is Shri Prakash (the hotels may have him listed as SriPrakash... he does not use a last name).

A Regional Project for South and Central Asia Documentary Filmmaking

August 27 - September 16, 2008

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Office of International Visitors

Mr. Brad Minnick, Director

           Characteristics of the Participants

This project is designed for filmmakers, directors, producers, broadcasters, distributors, academics and technicians involved in the documentary film industry.

           Project Goals

   * To provide an overview of the documentary film industry in the U.S., including its historical evolution, current trends, and the impact of new technologies;
    * To attend film festivals that screen documentary, independent and feature film and video;
    * To examine documentary film as a means of social, political and cultural commentary and as an expression of free speech;
    * To visit academic institutions and organizations whose mission is to train and mentor those involved in the film industry; and
    * To network with and to explore collaborative efforts of filmmakers, broadcasters, distributors, academics, technicians, film festival directors, philanthropists and financial managers.

         Project Summary

The project will open in Washington, DC, and will highlight the city's key historic and cultural sights. During meetings with leaders of various documentary film organizations, the visitors will explore the ways in which films are funded in the U.S.

From Washington, DC, the participants will travel to Telluride, Colorado to attend the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.

After leaving Telluride, the group will travel to San Francisco, California to visit film universities, libraries and archives. The visitors will meet with representatives of television network productions and film distributors.  Meetings at film schools and libraries will provide an opportunity to review academic art programs for filmmakers. Finally, the delegation will examine film preservation and archiving.

The visitors will then travel to Chicago, Illinois, where they will discuss current trends in documentary filmmaking, art programs for documentary filmmakers and independent television production.

While in New York, New York, the visitors will meet with representatives of academic film institutions to discuss programs for documentary filmmakers and film distribution. The group will also shadow students who are in the process of producing a documentary film. The group will explore innovative art programs promoting understanding, tolerance and global awareness

Hotel's details
-----------------
in Telluride from 28-2 sept
Telluride Mountain Lodging
3335 Davis street
Telluride Street
Telluride, Colorado- 81435
tel 888- 728-1950

Sanfancicsco from 2-7th sept
Hotel Nikko
222 Mason street
San Francissco 94102
tel 415 394 1111

Chicago 7-11 sept
Hampton Inn & Suites - Down Town Chicago
33 W, Illinois street
Chicago, Illinois- 60610
tel 312 832 0330

New York 11- 17th
Hamptton Inn
Times Square North
851 8th Ave New york, NY 10019
 212 581 4100

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congratulations on your new citizenship.  Be well.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-08-28 01:01PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Thanks, good luck to you!

I enjoy your diaries...keep em flowing =)

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:02PM | 0 recs
Good luck!

Remember that all Democracy truly asks for is thoughtful participation.  No matter who you vote for, if you've weighed the options carefully, then you will own the result; it will be the right choice.

(GObama!)

Anyway, good luck with your new job.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-28 01:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Good luck!

Thanks !

I remember asking you a question addressed to "a thoughtful Obama supporter" during the primary wars... I dont think you ever saw it (comments were flying like a supersonic jet at the time)

Good luck to you too !!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:04PM | 0 recs
Yeek

Yeah, I don't remember.  It happens here... thus is the internet, so passes the man.  Sic transit vir!

by Dracomicron 2008-08-28 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeek

Sic transit vir ?

Is that latin... you may have to translate for us =)

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:34PM | 0 recs
I already did

It roughly means "Thus passes the man."

Sic Transit Vir was the name of a Babylon 5 episode about a seemingly innocuous personal assistant that turns out to be running a critical underground railroad for an enslaved people.  I tend to think that the reference works for anyone who moves on to greater works. :)

by Dracomicron 2008-08-28 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: I already did

Well, thanks for that comparison.

My next job is hardly in that league, however.. but thanks anyways !!

I hope you will remain a thoughtful Obama supporter.  And I genuinely hope that your candidate becomes all that you hope from him !!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:59PM | 0 recs
You never know

If there's one thing that the Bush administration has taught us, there's always an opportunity for someone to stand up and do the right thing when it seems like the rest of the government is going crazy.  

Have a good one.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-28 02:09PM | 0 recs
Seven Strings, it was nice knowing you here

in the blogs. I really liked your blogs, especially those covering foreign affairs. I'm sorry to see you go but I'm sure DoD (whichever agency you're going to join, I'm assuming it is a Program Manager type position) would find your service very useful and of highest standards. You're right about the strict guidelines for federal employees. Another guideline prevents Federal contractors to contribute to political campaigns (for good reason)..

Good luck and see you when I see you again..

by louisprandtl 2008-08-28 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Seven Strings, it was nice knowing you here

Thanks

Good luck to you too, Dr Louis (and yeah, I still chuckle about the "low information voter" status that you have =)

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:20PM | 0 recs
How did you know I have a PhD? or is this

random guess?

I'm a proud low informaton person (living upto DKos bloggers' standards are not easy..:)

by louisprandtl 2008-08-28 01:30PM | 0 recs
Am I right ?

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:32PM | 0 recs
Okay, I will explain...

You cant claim to be a low information voter, and then blog about quantum computing...

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:46PM | 0 recs
Let me answer it this way. My professional

work has nothing to with politics or political knowledge. As I'm not a political scientist nor an expert in this area, thus I've no problem with the association with low information person in this field. About that article, I was just following up on an excellent Economist article probably written by a non PhD reporter..:)

You'll find my email on the my page, please keep in touch if you want to. Have lots of fun at your new job.

by louisprandtl 2008-08-28 02:19PM | 0 recs
Actually should have correctly written..

After being called LIV, I do have grown some sort of complex reaction about it... Web can be very toxic sometimes..

by louisprandtl 2008-08-28 04:11PM | 0 recs
Am I right ?

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Bingo!  I knew it was IAF.

Good luck.

by Stipes 2008-08-28 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Yes, it was the IAF.  I was a technician.

And no, I have never been shot at in a war... I have been shot at quite a few times on my way to school, or on my way home !

You must be snark adams... and you must be dying of curiosity.

And one more thing... My parents "baptized" me as a Muslim... my parents are not Muslim themselves.  For that reason (and for others) I have quite a few thoughts on Kashmir, but I doubt you will ever understand!!

Good luck to you!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:37PM | 0 recs
Nope, not dying of curiosity.

And I'm not even remotely interesting in all of the other stuff that you just posted in response.

I generally have very good instincts, and in your case, they appear to still be working.

Good luck with whatever new adventure that you are embarking upon.

by Stipes 2008-08-28 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

Oh dear Mr Adams!

"all of the other stuff", as you put it, was posted in response to numerous queries you have made, wherein you demanded that I express an opinion on Kashmir.

I had thought that you would have figured that out!

Good luck with your "very good instincts"... perhaps you too can look a man in the eye, and gauge his soul!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 02:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

Okay Dr. Seven,

Why don't you think a bit as to why I was probing on Kashmir?

I was trying to nail down your exact point of origin, and my guess was Northern India, and proximity to Pakistan was also in my head  Your answers on Kashmir would have provided me with data...in many different ways.

I really don't care what you go and do.  But you lied, and I think that I really know why.

Either way, good luck.

by Stipes 2008-08-28 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

I'm increasingly convinced you two actually like each other, or at least have a lot in common.  

by Shaun Appleby 2008-08-28 03:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

No, we just have very similar personalities.

by Stipes 2008-08-28 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

As per this blog's guidelines, personal attacks on another blogger are a no-no.

Therefore, your statement that I "lied" warrants a troll rating.

I could ask you to back it up, but I am not interested in your explanations.  

I would like to remind you, Mr Adams, that you had voluntarily offered to stay away (I think the actual expression you had used was less polite) from me... and that by commenting here, you are violating that pledge that you had made of your own free will !

I should also remind you that sockpuppetry is generally frowned upon!!

Good day to you, Mr Adams... one of my pleasures, in bidding farewell, is that I will never hear from you again !

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 03:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope, not dying of curiosity.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Dr. Seven.

by Stipes 2008-08-28 03:43PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

SevenStrings,

Good luck in your new endeavor and may peace be with you always.

by jsfox 2008-08-28 01:34PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Thanks... history will remain my favorite subject =)

Good luck to you too !!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Good luck, God bless. Welcome to your dual citizenship status.

Your voice will be missed.  Stay safe!

by emsprater 2008-08-28 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Thanks.

Right now, I am in a "no-citizenship" status.  They took my papers away when I applied for a US passport.  And my old Indian passport is no good.. I have to apply for a new set of papers once my US passport arrives !

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congratulations on your new citizenship.  I probably disagree with you on most intra-party issues, but am excited to have a new member of our little, 300 million-strong family.  Good luck as well in your new job.

by blueAZ 2008-08-28 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congratulations on your successful citizenship application.  I am also a dual-citizen these days, of the US and Australia, and to any who might carp about your choice or any lingering inner voice of doubt you can answer that you have 'a heart big enough to embrace two peoples.'  It works for me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussions in the past and will miss your contribution to this forum.  Good luck in your future endeavours, whatever they may be, and I hope your loyalties strengthen the growing bridge between the two great nations you have chosen as your collective global home.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-08-28 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Thank you Shaun =)

And I wish I had chosen to move to Australia as a young man.. the country where they play the best cricket (if you enjoy cricket, that is) and where 3 minute showers are the norm, and where a lazy afternoon Sun can be enjoyed by all.

I like your answer "a heart big enough to embrace two peoples"... I think I will use it liberally; thanks for letting me use it.

And yes, indeed, sometimes I have argued with you over fine details even though we have agreed on the broader points.  It was fun, from my viewpoint.  Thank you for indulging me!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Sadly the cricket is wasted on me.  But the beer is cold and the finely nuanced Australian 'work ethic' is a national treasure, along with the wild places and beautiful beaches.  And it's nice to live somewhere with genuine single-payer universal health care and the political will to retain it.

Having said that my geopolitical heart is still with America in many respects and it has pained me to have had to defend American values and principles against the rightful criticism we have borne over the misguided foreign policy pursued in recent years.  I don't think Stateside Americans realise the damage done to the perception of the US worldwide, even in friendly nations and especially among young people who have grown up during almost a decade of the Bush administration.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-08-28 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

In 2002, I was in New Zealand... we were driving through an obscure little town close to Invercargill in the South Island, and we stopped at the only gas station...

And the owner there started shouting at us when he realized where we were from.  I had to promise him that we were not Bush supporters before he would fill us up.

But then again, in 1998, I was visiting a friend in the Swiss Alps.  We went to his village tavern, where some patrons politely asked me why Americans liked to kill babies (this was during the Balkan campaign).  I nearly got into a fight when, in reply, I wondered why they were wasting their time with the French wine when they could be savoring the abricotine that the Swiss excel at.

I doubt if attitudes towards the US will change all that dramatically after Bush is gone....

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 03:04PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

I wonder.   I think electing Obama would have something like the impact of putting a man on the moon, frankly.  Attitudes towards the US have certainly 'changed dramatically' since 2004, that's for sure, and not for the better.  It's time to change course.

I've heard some of the more persistent American critics here opine, in response to positive comments from their fellows about the Obama candidacy and what it implies about changes in America, that it could 'never happen,' largely because it undermines their negative notions about us.  Let's conclusively prove them wrong.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-08-28 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Yes, I have no doubt that many people would prefer that the US never elect a black man...because that would confirm their opinions of the US as being a country that could never elect a black man.

Of course, things are not that different in Australia, are they ?

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 03:33PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

And don't forget to register to vote!

by Shaun Appleby 2008-08-28 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Done...

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

I don't think I have ever read your posts, but congratulations on your citizenship and new job.  I am an avid Obama supporter, but have enjoyed the general respect given to most of the differing views on this site.  Please think dilligently before voting in the fall.

by lqbruin 2008-08-28 02:29PM | 0 recs
Peace

Keep up writing, somewhere . . . your diaries will be missed.  Congratulations on your citizenship and all the best.

-- Koan

by Koan 2008-08-28 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Peace

Damn... I shoulda called you out in the diary.

Apologies =)

And good luck to you !

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 02:37PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congrats on your citizenship.   Good luck with your new job...

as for your vote, just remember, there is one party overwhelmingly accepting of immigrants, new citizens, etc and one party that is for the status quo, nationalistic limiting of immigrants, freedoms and the great things this country stands for.    Hillary and Barack are leaders of the Accepting Party and McCain and Bush lead the party of nationalism and hate.   Anger over Hillary's loss is understandable of course but as you make a decision (and I respect that you have kept an open mind and not just decided to spite the face by cutting off the nose)  Remember... Barack and Hillary share the same views on over 90% of issues... They have buried the hatchet...   and experience is not a substitute for Temperment and Judgement.  We do not a cranky old man who can't handle the pressure well... a man who when stressed lashes out at reporters and calls his wife a C**T.   A man, who might have a bad day, get pissed off and bomb a country like Iran, like Pakistan, like India, like Syria and thrust us into another Iraq mess.     This is a man whose answer to universal healthcare is the emergency room.  This is a man who doesn't give a damn about you unless you are rich.  When making that choice look logically instead of emotionally.  Do you go with a man whose policy stances are just like Hillary's or a man whose policy stances are the opposite bastardizations of Hillary's.

by yitbos96bb 2008-08-28 03:11PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Welcome as a US Citizen.  Too bad you cannot write anymore diaries, I have enjoyed some of them (though not all, wink wink, as you know).  You have a good sense of US politics, but if you are undecided, then vote for your own interests.   Since you are working for the Governemnt I'm inclined to believe you will not make more than $250K annually, but I am just guessing.  If you make less than that, then vote for Obama, he will lower your taxes.  McCain may lower your taxes too, but he lowers everyones taxes, which means less money to pay the costs of running a governmnet, such as paying salaries for government workers.  The economists see Obama has a realistic plan to make our economy more stable, whereas McCain doesn't really have anything except for lobbyists, and drill here drill now and tax breaks for the wealthy...which hasn't work, IMO.

Consider it, but do what you will, it's the benefit of being a US citizen, my new countryman/woman!

by KLRinLA 2008-08-28 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Good luck!

by fogiv 2008-08-28 03:33PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congratulations on your citizenship. My dad recently witnessed the citizenship ceremony for our neighbor (who dad sponsored for it) and I wish I had been there to see it.

I'll think of you when I say the pledge or hear the national anthem.

Thank you (in advance) for your service to our country, your country.

by dannybauder 2008-08-28 03:35PM | 0 recs
Congrats, Seven!

Welcome to the chaotic fold!

Drop a line if you ever feel the desire, chris@blask.org.

-best!

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-08-28 03:43PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Good luck with your new job. Though we disagreed on some issues, you've always been unfailingly thoughtful and civil. Best wishes to you, and hope you still stop by now and then.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-08-28 04:01PM | 0 recs
thanks Johnny

but there have been at least 2 occassions where I have been uncivil... where you called me on it.

You, on the other hand.... have ALWAYS  been civil.

I should have called you out in my diary... apologies!

And good luck to you!!

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 06:31PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Awwww, Seven, man. Don't go. We'll miss you too much!

by ragekage 2008-08-28 04:11PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Hey Rage...

I hope your baby girl is doing well!

You are quite the story... I dont think I could have coped as well as you did, if I ever found myself in your shoes.

Someday, I hope, stories like yours are the norm...instead of the norm being the deadbeat Dads that are all over the place.

Good luck to you !

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 06:52PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congratulations on becoming a citizen. This country was built by smart, curious and adventurous people like you coming here and contributing to our economy and culture. Thanks for joining us in the American dream.

by LakersFan 2008-08-28 04:12PM | 0 recs
farewell and godspeed
from yet another desi. wish you all the best on your future endeavors. We shared a lot of common ideas and thoughts and I will keep writing here thinking of you and our sometimes disagreements.
Best.
by tarheel74 2008-08-28 04:33PM | 0 recs
Re: farewell and godspeed

thanks...did you  go to UNC ?

Keep up those diaries on Georgia, I enjoy your thoughts there

I had you pegged as a desi as well =)

Good luck to you !

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 06:27PM | 0 recs
seven strings...

sorry to see you go ;(

you will be missed but be well and keep on making that paella!

by canadian gal 2008-08-28 04:59PM | 0 recs
Re: seven strings...

Hey CG

Keep up the pace of those excellent diaries that you keep churning out... I will be reading.

And that paella is already forgotten... it was not perfect by any means

Thanks for being one of the better ones around here

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 06:22PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Congrats on your new citizenship!  Keep fightin' the good fight.

by freedom78 2008-08-28 07:32PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

I truly enjoyed your well-informed comments. America needs you. I watched a candidate grow in stature and importance to the health and well being of this country and its people. I hope you'll vote for Obama as well. If not, I still wish you Godspeed, SevenStrings!

by Jeter 2008-08-28 08:05PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

congrats on your citizenship and new job!  sorry to see you leave here.

by slynch 2008-08-28 08:21PM | 0 recs
Re: So long, farewell!

Good luck, and congrats on becoming an American. We can always use another good one. And whatever your mission with the military, please stay safe.

by Spiffarino 2008-08-28 08:58PM | 0 recs
Best wishes

I enjoyed your diaries.  Thank you, and best wishes in all that you do.

by swaminathan 2008-08-28 09:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Best wishes

Thank you... you must be new around here.

Welcome (as I leave).  I hope you will rec diaries and mojo comments liberally.  That is what keeps this place alive =)

by SevenStrings 2008-08-28 10:05PM | 0 recs

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