The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!

In the US media, the political press {aka the Village] has created a false script, a bogus narrative, about obama and hillary and damn it - theyre sticking to it! Remember this is the same press corps who in 2000 told the Nation, night after night, that Al Gore was a LIAR and that George Bush was a "compassionate" man who would be "swell to have a beer with".

To get an honest view, it seems we have to go all the way to the other side of the planet and INTO THE FUTURE!

From tomorrows 'Australian:'

Stop bagging Hillary

By Michael Costello

February 01, 2008

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I HAVE watched with intense interest the rise and rise of Barack Obama over the past year. Who interested in US presidential politics (and the whole world should be, given the consequences for the globe) could not be fascinated by the young, fresh, eloquent figure who promised so much?

When Obama won the Iowa caucus, the first vote in the nominating process for presidential candidates, I watched to see how he would behave.

Would he follow Churchill's great dictum: "In defeat defiance, in victory magnanimity." No he did not. In victory he showed vanity and vindictiveness. Vanity in his clear belief that what the flatterers and fans were assuring him was the truth: he was a political messiah. And vindictiveness in his dismissive and arrogant treatment of Hillary Clinton in the last New Hampshire debate.

He showed the same vindictiveness and lack of magnanimity after his victory in South Carolina. The first part of his victory speech was a deeply unpleasant attack on the Clintons. No graciousness there. And how did he handle defeat in New Hampshire and Nevada? With a combination of denial, petulance and the launching of a successful campaign to persuade the American media that the Clintons were engaged in a campaign of lies about him and, even worse, in a campaign of surreptitious racism.

Let's look at what happened.

click below to read the rest. I truly suggest that you do.
http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/y oursay/index.php/theaustralian/comments/ stop_bagging_hillary/

(Q) How many narcissists does it take to change a light bulb?

(A) Just one -- but he has to wait for the whole world to revolve around him.

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UPDATE

After a comment posted to the above said that Obama was a classic "narcissist", I googled that word and what I found truly spooked me. Stephen King's President in the 'Dead Zone' kinda spooked.... If anyone has read about Obama's background and childhood, his resentments and his....unique...set(s) of parents and step parents, grandparents and lets admit it, quite dysfunctional upbringing...Oh boy, get ready to get spooked too. Just for fun, lets compare what we know about Barack and young Barry to what the Mayo clinic says about "NPD". If you're squeamish, please...please stop here...

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Narcissistic personality disorder

As defined by the Mayo Clinic:

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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder/DS00652/DSECTION=10

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Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. CHECK!

They believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. CHECK!

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Signs and symptoms

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Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

* Believing that you're better than others CHECK!

* Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness CHECK!

* Exaggerating your achievements or talents CHECK!

* Expecting constant praise and admiration CHECK!

* Believing that you're special CHECK!

* Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings CHECK!

* Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans CHECK!

* Taking advantage of others CHECK!

* Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior CHECK!

* Being jealous of others CHECK!

* Believing that others are jealous of you CHECK!

* Trouble keeping healthy relationships CHECK!

* Setting unrealistic goals CHECK!

* Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional CHECK!

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don't value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don't receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may also seek out others you think have the same special talents, power and qualities -- people you see as equals. You may insist on having "the best" of everything -- the best car, HOUSES ONE CANT AFFORD THAT HAVE TO BE FUNDED BY SLUMLORDS, athletic club, or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this grandiosity often lies a very fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

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Causes {GET READY TO GET CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE!}

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It's not known what causes narcissistic personality disorder. As with other mental disorders, the cause is likely complex. Some evidence links the cause to a dysfunctional childhood, such as excessive pampering, extremely high expectations, abuse or neglect. Other evidence points to genetics or psychobiology -- the connection between the brain and behavior and thinking.

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Risk factors HOLY COW AND YIKES!!!

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Narcissistic personality disorder is thought to be uncommon, affecting less than 1 percent of people in the United States. It affects more men than women. Narcissistic personality disorder often begins in early adulthood. Although some adolescents may seem to have traits of narcissism, this may simply be typical of the age and doesn't mean they'll go on to develop narcissistic personality disorder.

Although the cause of narcissistic personality disorder isn't known, researchers continue to learn more about the factors that may increase the risk of developing the condition. These risk factors may include:

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[Tell me these conditions below dont seem to fit what we know about young Barry's young life]

* An oversensitive temperament as a young child

* Overindulgence and overvaluation by parents

* Excessive admiration that is never balanced with realistic feedback

* Unpredictable or unreliable caregiving from parents

* Severe emotional abuse in childhood

* Being praised for perceived exceptional looks or talents by adults

* Learning manipulative behaviors from parents

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Criteria for narcissistic personality disorder to be diagnosed include:

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* Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

* Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power or beauty

* Believing that you are special and can associate only with equally special people

* Requiring constant admiration

* Having a sense of entitlement

* Inability to recognize needs and feelings of others

* Being envious of others

* Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

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Complications

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Complications of narcissistic personality disorder, if left untreated, can include:

* Substance abuse

* Alcohol abuse

* Relationship difficulties

* Problems at work or school

{why no friends at Columbia? Why does he only seem to have had only PT jobs and employment up to now? Who the heck are his friends? Does he have one besides axelrod or oprah?)

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Prevention

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There's no known way to prevent narcissistic personality disorder with any certainty. Getting treatment as soon as possible for childhood mental health problems may help.

Oh Boy...

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Comments

123 Comments

Re: The Arrogance of Obama

all of this is extremely uninteresting, as usual. One question for the diarist: will you support Obama if he gets the nomination? Who will you vote for in November?

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-31 12:37PM | 0 recs
this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

That look on Obama's face tells it all.

It is a look of utter condescension and disdain.

His look shows more than arrogance.  It is like the look of a king at someone he is sending to the gallows, relishing the ability to use his power against someone else.

I do not look forward to an Obama presidency.  He strikes me as being a demagogue.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 12:56PM | 0 recs
Re: this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

I like the look on Hillary's face.  It's the "I can't believe this is Folger's crystals" face.  That's what you want in a person's soul.  Because I can tell her soul from that picture.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

Her face does not show a malevolent expression, but the look on Obama's face is definitely malevolent.

Hillary's expression shows that she can't believe Obama was stupid enough to diss her like that.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

"but the look on Obama's face is definitely malevolent."  Wait, I got this one....

"and it sums up his whole being."

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:25PM | 0 recs
Re: this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

oh, so these are the kind of comments that get rated 2?  Got it.

by the mollusk 2008-02-01 06:43AM | 0 recs
Re: this Dem is very unhappy with Obama

Or maybe he was going to sneeze.

Have as many pictures taken as a candidate does and you'll find some with odd looks. They aren't meaningful insights into someone's personality.

by Step Beyond 2008-01-31 02:52PM | 0 recs
as always,

the dem nominee.

hell, I voted for kerrey AND dukakis and I hated both those losers!

THANKS TED!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: as always,

I'm sure they would feel the same way about you if they met you... you have a lot of gall calling anyone who has been elected to the Senate a loser... there must be so much bitterness and envy wrapped up in your body... it is sad really.

by JDF 2008-01-31 10:12PM | 0 recs
Re: as always,

dukakis now teaches at a 6th rate college and kerry is as dumb as a rock.  ive known that fool for years.

i dont genuflect for titles pal.

did you know kerry scored lower on his sats than dubya?

there ya go...

by Seymour Glass 2008-02-02 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

To be honest, at the moment, I hate him.  Whether that will pass in time remains to be seen.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-31 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

Gosh, I thought I was the only one.  

by lonnette33 2008-01-31 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

You're not. There are many of us who are appalled at the way he has sold progressivism down the river, torn down democratic heroes and propped up the repugnant Reagan, thrown democratic constituencies under the bus, race-baited, and on and on. But his sneering arrogance and lack of grace is really repugnant. He needs to realize that he can lose votes for a lot less. To many people, this goes to character, and shows a big lack thereof.

by CognitiveDissonance 2008-01-31 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

So anti-progressive in fact that The Nation endorsed him today.

Or wait, is it "Obama is too Liberal Day"?  Again, dang, I really gotta get a calender or something.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:20PM | 0 recs
hate to say it, but how often does the Nation

back the winning candidate?

Maybe twice since 1980?

Sadly, the liberal media, the champions of many noble causes, have not typically been very effective in backing candidates who can win November Presidential elections.

Not since JFK and FDR.  

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: hate to say it, but how often does the Nation

The original comment was that Obama is throwing progressives under the bus.  If this is so self-evident, why would The Nation, probably the largest liberal magazine out there, endorse Obama specifically over Clinton?  I'm not sure if this is the kiss of death, but it certainly seems to run counter to the argument that Obama is too conservative.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:38PM | 0 recs
Obama flip flopper? Or just running to the right?

Maybe he's just running to the right.  For example, in 2004, he supported decriminalization of marijuana, and in 2007, he changed his mind.

It seems that he has been using a lot of conservative rhetoric in this campaign, in a somewhat cynical attempt to win independent voters.

He combines a stylistic "change" campaign and may non-verbally convey liberalism, but his stated positions are on the conservative end of the Dem continuum.

It's confusing.  But the Nation and many other liberal media seem to believe that Obama is really liberal, despite his rhetoric praising Reagan and the Republicans, despite his opposition to universal health care and his scathing critiques of liberal interest groups and unions and the Democrats of the 60s and 70s.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 01:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama flip flopper?

Obama, the media created rockstar = money.
That's why DailyKos is now DailyO and The Nation endorsed him.  Many potential new subscribers, etc, etc, etc, etc.

Of course, endorsers like Volcker are more interested in Obama's rightist economic policies -not his half nude rockstar pic on a magazine cover.
And Obama will be easy to control.

by annefrank 2008-01-31 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama flip flopper?

you folks are as deliriously uninformed as i can imagine left people being.

if obama were a psychotic, reagan-obsessed charlatan, don't you think it would have come out by now in some way more significant than - literally - a series of anecdotes cobbled together.

the whole anti-obama thing sort of made sense when john edwards was still viable, but you know, you haters have just lost it.

my suggestion for you is as follows:

1. cool it.  you're not going to convince anyone, but you'll annoy everyone and embarrass yourselves.
2. just wait a few days.  it may be that obama loses and hillary wins and all your stress was for no reason.  or it may be that obama wins and you realize that he's not so bad.

by island empire 2008-01-31 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama flip flopper?

Throughout this campaign, Obama and his supporters have been the most arrogant and aggressive toward Edwards, including ObamaBots posting a zillion videos bashing and smearing a good man.

Obama and his supporters have screamed racism and sexism where none existed.
ObamaBots have also pushed the mantra that the Edwardses are racist and sexist.
Obama's racist remark about Edwards during the SC debate - was wayyyyy over the line.

Because of Obama and his Bots - Edwards couldn't endorse.
If he endorsed Hillary - he'd be called racist!
If he endorsed Obama - he'd be called sexist!

by annefrank 2008-02-01 02:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama flip flopper?

Throughout this campaign, Obama and his supporters have been the most arrogant and aggressive toward Edwards, including ObamaBots posting a zillion videos bashing and smearing a good man.

Obama and his supporters have screamed racism and sexism where none existed.
ObamaBots have also pushed the mantra that the Edwardses are racist and sexist.
Obama's racist remark about Edwards during the SC debate - was wayyyyy over the line.

Because of Obama and his Bots - Edwards couldn't endorse.
If he endorsed Hillary - he'd be called racist!
If he endorsed Obama - he'd be called sexist!

by annefrank 2008-02-01 02:42AM | 0 recs
the Nation endorsement doesn't make

him a progressive.  It makes the Nation a lot of fucking morons for not knowing who he is politically.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 02:44PM | 0 recs
Re: the Nation endorsement doesn't make
The Nation is always seeking younger readers.
They're using Obama to build their base.
by annefrank 2008-01-31 02:48PM | 0 recs
Re: the Nation endorsement doesn't make

good point

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: the Nation endorsement doesn't make

No  one is perfect. What Hillary did with the Iraq war and flag burning amendments were pretty anti progressive positions.

Hillary still fails to see her mistakes of her passiveness in opposing a war that has cost many women their lives or their family members lives, Many women were raped. Many women were injured.

But the iraq war was just one issue to some of you.

by Pravin 2008-01-31 08:07PM | 0 recs
shes saved the dem party's ass on the

flag burning amendment-but youre too thick to even understand how or why.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 08:49PM | 0 recs
Re: shes saved the dem party's ass on the

And Obama might save the Democrats asses with his non traditional thinking on progressive issues. You can't say it is OK for one candidate to be pragmatic while the other should remain pure.

by Pravin 2008-01-31 09:25PM | 0 recs
Im with ya

They have run the most disgusting campaign I have ever seen and the dopes actually run around screaming how nasty the Clintons have been.

Heres a hint.  If you are agreeing with Chris Matthews and Tim Russert and Mo Dowd and every Repub pundit on the tube - youre on  the wrong side.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 01:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Im with ya

Seriously, worse than Bush's campaigns? Worse than the hit job some of the DEmocratic candidates  ran on Dean in 2004?

by Pravin 2008-01-31 09:27PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

The narrative that Obama is young and cocky doesn't get much play in the media, for obvious reasons, but it is definitely the water-cooler talk.

In Iowa, Obama managed to win over all kinds of young voters without doing anything to alienate older voters.  He is definitely alienating them now.

by Steve M 2008-01-31 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

It would seem especially likely that he would be alienating women of all ages.  He seems utterly incapable of showing grace in this campaign, or of demonstrating the capacity to treat his chief opponent with the respect and dignity that she has earned in decades of work for this country and her political party.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

Obama's condescending racist attitude toward Edwards in the SC debate was despicable!
But it was just laughed off - because IOKIYBO!

The corporate owned media and press have given Obama a huge pass - and he's now owned by the corporatists.

by annefrank 2008-01-31 02:54PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

Obama's condescending racist attitude toward Edwards in the SC debate was despicable!
But it was just laughed off - because IOKIYBO!

The corporate owned media and press have given Obama a huge pass - and he's now owned by the corporatists.

by annefrank 2008-01-31 02:54PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

Not the water coolers I frequent.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

As a 22-year old college student, I see from first-hand experience on my campus that much of Obama's youth support comes from students jumping on the Obama "bandwagon".  These students are not looking at the issues or the facts and are just getting sucked into this massive MSM-driven pro-Obama, anti-Clinton movement simply because it is the cool thing to do (it's quite scary to me).  It seems to have become extremely unpopular for college students to support Hillary.  Despite all that, Hillary still does have a significant amount of support among the youth (the MSM acts as if not one person in their late teens or twenties supports her), and the arrogance of Obama has aliented many of us away from him as well.

by musicpvm 2008-01-31 01:57PM | 0 recs
not surprising at all

The branding/marketing of Obama's campaign has been quite successful. Some Obama supporters will even admit that there is a large groupthink element in Obama's overwhelming support among young people.

by desmoinesdem 2008-01-31 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: not surprising at all

I've been skeptical of Obama's appeal to crossover voters because I believe it's based on something very superficial, upon the fact that he's successfully been a stealth candidate to date.  I don't believe their attraction to him will survive first contact with his actual policies, unless he plans to govern in a yucky centrist way.

When it comes to young voters, though, I'm a complete fan of his approach.  Get those people voting Democratic by any means necessary.  They don't have preconceived notions that we need to overcome, so just get them on board.

by Steve M 2008-01-31 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

This is exactly why we need either a candidate who does not build one's campaign around his/her personality or a candidate who has been diligently scrutinized by many to prove his/her "good" character. Unfortunately, Obama lost his chance to be the latter with the crazy love fest going on in MSM.

by praxis1 2008-01-31 12:47PM | 0 recs
They were like this with Dubya

all the village were all so hopped up on the idea that he was so Non Partisan as a Gov and just how much fun he was...nd how  Gore just lied bout EVERYTHING!!!

BS huh?

If we select this guy - we lso are just "enabling" a dysfunctional and dangerous media.  Then what?

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 01:41PM | 0 recs
what do you call 100 media pundits

all tied up together at the bottom of the ocean?

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: what do you call 100 media pundits

a start...

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 03:40PM | 0 recs
Re: what do you call 100 media pundits

but what if they include James Carville and Dick Morris?

by the mollusk 2008-02-01 06:46AM | 0 recs
Re: They were like this with Dubya

"If we select this guy - we also are just "enabling" a dysfunctional and dangerous media.  Then what?"--Seymour Glass

For me this is the crux of the matter. Do we enable the theft of American democracy yet again (post George Bush) by a greedy flaccid and superficial MSM media or do we take back right our rights as voters to decide whom we want to elect? That Obama is relying on a destructive MSM to assist him in his White House bid belies all his talk about being a new kind of politician.

by superetendar 2008-01-31 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

The only problem with this completely balanced portrait of the race so far is that neither of them has won or lost anything yet.  Being magnanimous at this point would be condescending at best and delusional at worst.

As a general comment, I would advise folks not to jump to conclusions based on the look on someone's face.  This is not CSI or CSI:Miami.  I hate to sound condescending, but I can't believe grownups would fall for the Bush "I looked into Putin's soul" method of character judgment.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:18PM | 0 recs
I disagree.

Magnanimity and dignity are among the characteristics that we should ALWAYS look for in our leaders.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 01:25PM | 0 recs
Re: I disagree.

Does that mean the leaders followers are free to show lack of those traits because that's what i see in diaries like this.

by Pravin 2008-01-31 08:10PM | 0 recs
what?

NV?  NH?

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: what?

Look, it's awkward to come out and start acting concilliatory (sp?) and magnanimous (another word I often misspell) in the middle of a heated race like this.  It's as if to say, "well, I've got this one sewn up, but boy did my opponent have me scared for a few seconds there."  It isn't over by a long shot.  Both of the candidates need to use every opportunity as a campaign commercial.  And both do.  Good for them.

by the mollusk 2008-01-31 01:52PM | 0 recs
Re: what?

You act like it's some kind of political Rubik's Cube to come across as classy.  It's really not that hard.

by Steve M 2008-01-31 02:01PM | 0 recs
Ring- Ring

B:Hello Hillary, this is barack...nice job on winning  in Nevada.  

H: Blah  - blah - blah

B:Quite a week huh?

H: Blah  - blah - blah

B:Right, you to..

H: Blah  - blah - blah

B:See ya out on the trail.

H: Blah  - blah - blah  

B:Have a nice evening, say hey to Bill for me.

H: Blah  - blah - blah

B:You bet.

H: Blah  - blah - blah

B:Bu Bye.

H: Blah  - blah - blah

Click.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Ring- Ring

Um.... what?

by JDF 2008-01-31 10:17PM | 0 recs
Re: what?

baloney, it is easy to be polite and act like an adult.  Candidates have managed it for centuries.  the fact that Clinton can manage it and Obama can not is significant whether you like it or not.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: what?

Becasue you would know how to act like an adult.

by Pravin 2008-01-31 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama

as a female and an older American I am positively offended by our MSM and this man so filled with hubris...I really think he is narcissistic (however you spell it) and if you dont believe me google that word....it is textbook.....

by athyrio 2008-01-31 01:26PM | 0 recs
How many narcissists


does it take to change a light bulb?

(a) Just one -- but he has to wait for the whole world to revolve around him.

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Narcissistic personality disorder

from the Mayo Clinic:

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.
CHECK!

They believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
CHECK!

Signs and symptoms

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

   * Believing that you're better than others CHECK!
    * Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness CHECK!
    * Exaggerating your achievements or talents CHECK!
    * Expecting constant praise and admiration CHECK!
    * Believing that you're special CHECK!
    * Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings CHECK!
    * Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans CHECK!
    * Taking advantage of others CHECK!
    * Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior CHECK!
    * Being jealous of others CHECK!
    * Believing that others are jealous of you CHECK!
    * Trouble keeping healthy relationships CHECK!
    * Setting unrealistic goals CHECK!
    * Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional CHECK!

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don't value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don't receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may also seek out others you think have the same special talents, power and qualities -- people you see as equals. You may insist on having "the best" of everything -- the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this grandiosity often lies a very fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

Causes

{GET READY TO GET CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE!}

It's not known what causes narcissistic personality disorder. As with other mental disorders, the cause is likely complex. Some evidence links the cause to a dysfunctional childhood, such as excessive pampering, extremely high expectations, abuse or neglect. Other evidence points to genetics or psychobiology -- the connection between the brain and behavior and thinking.

Risk factors  

HOLY COW AND YIKES!!!

Narcissistic personality disorder is thought to be uncommon, affecting less than 1 percent of people in the United States. It affects more men than women. Narcissistic personality disorder often begins in early adulthood. Although some adolescents may seem to have traits of narcissism, this may simply be typical of the age and doesn't mean they'll go on to develop narcissistic personality disorder.

Although the cause of narcissistic personality disorder isn't known, researchers continue to learn more about the factors that may increase the risk of developing the condition. These risk factors may include:

   * An oversensitive temperament as a young child
    * Overindulgence and overvaluation by parents
    * Excessive admiration that is never balanced with realistic feedback
    * Unpredictable or unreliable caregiving from parents
    * Severe emotional abuse in childhood
    * Being praised for perceived exceptional looks or talents by adults
    * Learning manipulative behaviors from parents

To be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, you must meet criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used by mental health providers to diagnose mental conditions and by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.

Criteria for narcissistic personality disorder to be diagnosed include:

   * Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    * Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power or beauty
    * Believing that you are special and can associate only with equally special people
    * Requiring constant admiration
    * Having a sense of entitlement
    * Taking advantage of others
    * Inability to recognize needs and feelings of others
    * Being envious of others
    * Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

Complications

Complications of narcissistic personality disorder, if left untreated, can include:

   * Substance abuse
    * Alcohol abuse
    * Relationship difficulties
    * Problems at work or school
     {why no friends at columbia?  why does he only seem to have had only PT careers up to now?

Prevention

There's no known way to prevent narcissistic personality disorder with any certainty. Getting treatment as soon as possible for childhood mental health problems may help.

Oh Boy...

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

Hey, you never answered my email the other day, you punk.

by Steve M 2008-01-31 02:23PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

ive been procrastinating on answering my fake emails till after 2 nites debate. sorry!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

So now you're a psychiatrist?

Problem with your diagnosis -- run down the symptom list and every single one of them applies to your candidate just as much, if not more. (hmmm..  "realationship difficulties" )

Throwing  around claims of mental illness for a presidential candidate -- very classy.

by lifelongdem 2008-01-31 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

hllarys got boat loads of friends.

no one at columbia at the time he was there...no one...ever even heard of him.

personally, since i too was there, find that very, very odd...

and yes, disturbing.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

In that article you linked, a couple of people did remember him. You just lied out of your ass to make a point.I dont see anywhere where Obama denied he was a loner of sorts. I did see some mention of a couple of exagerrations in his  book.

by Pravin 2008-01-31 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

oh yeah i lied....uh huh...boy you just nailed me...a couple people?  

one of them was pointing out that obama fibbed about being involved in the  anti-aparthied  movement right?

but no friends roommates etc...

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 08:58PM | 0 recs
Re: How many narcissists

ok, wipe the foam off of your mouth.  sit down.  here, have some water.  everything will be ok.  i'll get the phone.  just be calm.  this will all be over soon.

by the mollusk 2008-02-01 06:49AM | 0 recs
You've just described George Bush

the one thing I found interesting was your blurb about no friends at Columbia

What are you talking about?

Got a link?

by merbex 2008-01-31 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: You've just described George Bush

ny times article

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/us/pol itics/30obama.html

Yet he declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years.

"He doesn't remember the names of a lot of people in his life," said Ben LaBolt, a campaign spokesman.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 03:00PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the link

interesting article which I would like to send to my daughter because she has read his book that was referenced in the article.

She had planned to vote for Edwards; our whole family has to make a decision in the next few days

by merbex 2008-01-31 05:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the link

HECK  I LIKE THE NICE BARACK,ITS THE ANGRY - IN A HURRY FELLOW - THAT SCARES ME.

I MEAN THE WAY HE HAS PLAYED THE MEDIA TO PRESENT THE CLINTONS AND BOB KERRY AND CUOMO...ALL... AS RACISTS...HAS BEN AWFUL, JUST AWFUL. EFFECTIVE, BUT WRONG.

IM  A LABOR LEFTY. I VOTED FOR EDWARDS IN 04.IM ALSO A CLOSE FRIEND OF SEN. CLINTONS MOM.  I KNOW WHAT A KIND AND GOOD AND VERY, VERY, VERY NICE PERSON HILLARY IS.

SHE IS HER mOTHERS DAUGHTER, AND I LITERALLY LOVE MRS RODHAM.   WHEN MY MOM PASSED WY, WELL YOU KNOW...

{OOPS CAPS!}

If w can find out that rezko wont be a long term destroyer of obama...which it just may... i actually hope he is the vp.  Too many peope want it and him to say no....and then he can show us if he is the kind of man HE SAYS  he is....

but he has not earned the honor to be our nominee, not yet, no way.

The hits, the awful attacks, that mrs clinton has taken for us democrats, my goodness, it amazes me that people just have forgotten that she did this, took this burden, took this pain...for us.  She did, believe that.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 06:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the link

Judging by your history of comments here, why would you even rmeotely want him as a VP?

by Pravin 2008-01-31 08:16PM | 0 recs
guess

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 09:08PM | 0 recs
.....BAD attitude, that is.

He often has an expression like this on his face, like the look of a bully who has just knocked a smaller kid down and relishes the momentary rush of feeling empowered.

by enthusiast 2008-01-31 01:27PM | 0 recs
I copied that photo and sent it to 10 people

It says it all.  

by Sandy1938 2008-01-31 02:42PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ URGENT UPDATE!

Why can't any American reporters report the facts so clearly?  Maybe I'll move to Australia.

by ocli 2008-01-31 02:44PM | 0 recs
You call that article FACTS??

Jesus, that was the Australian version of Maureen Dowd

100% opinion

to which everyone is entitled, but that's all it is.

by merbex 2008-01-31 02:49PM | 0 recs
go back and try again

there were lots of facts there in the article.  You can have an extra cookie before bed if you can find five of them.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 03:14PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ URGENT UPDATE!

Always room for one more.  The beer is good and the beef is cheap.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-31 09:42PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!

lol, you're saying that obama is mentally ill?  don't you have a better way to spend your time?

by island empire 2008-01-31 02:51PM | 0 recs
Just delete the diary.

Whenever I think I've seen a diary as low as it can go, someone proves me wrong.

by Step Beyond 2008-01-31 02:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Just delete the diary.

seriously.

by island empire 2008-01-31 03:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Just delete the diary.

Yeah, and it's usually the very same someone, too.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-31 09:43PM | 0 recs
this diary is pathetic

this website used to have substance.
it takes a lot more effort to find anything worth reading these days......mostly a bunch of lemmings yelling "jump".

says you.....

takes one to know one.....

etc.

welcome to the thirDD graDDe!

by citizendave 2008-01-31 03:11PM | 0 recs
funny

I checked your user page and I find that you have not written one diary.  If you think there is a lack of substance then why not contribute some rather than whining?

by MollieBradford 2008-01-31 03:16PM | 0 recs
Re: funny

well miss mollie, i'm not sure that this readership is ready for what i have to say/ask.

the obama/hillary crap is petty and sophmoric. the real questions that you should be asking are:

how many hillary supporters will jump on the obama bandwagon if/when he gets the nomination and vice versa.

most of my friends are indys who aren't going democratic if one of them get the nomination (see if you might be able to guess which one).....

is my dd ready for this discussion?

by citizendave 2008-01-31 03:35PM | 0 recs
you mean naderite dumbshit fools?

i'd get new friends.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: you mean naderite dumbshit fools?

you're an asshole

by citizendave 2008-01-31 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: you mean naderite dumbshit fools?

......and confirm my suspicion that you hillerons are not in the discussion business;  nor are you willing to look serously at any demographic that isn't marching in the hlc parade.

talk about dumbshits?????

by citizendave 2008-01-31 04:28PM | 0 recs
naderite are dumbshits

if you are one - you too are a dumbshit.

and yes sometimes am an asshole, but ive never ever been dumb or a shit.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 04:36PM | 0 recs
Re: naderite are dumbshits

i would say that demos that think they can take the whitehouse without independant support are the "dumbshits" and that is exactly what you are setting yourselves up for with these absurd anti obama threads.

who will you blame this time?   bloomberg?  kleenex anyone?

by citizendave 2008-01-31 04:47PM | 0 recs
Re: naderite are dumbshits

spoken like a true naderite....dumbshit.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:06PM | 0 recs
Re: naderite are dumbshits

would go fuck yourself be in violation of the rules here. if so i retract; if not....go fuck yourself

by citizendave 2008-01-31 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: naderite are dumbshits

poor frustrated dumb as a post naderite.  poor dumb, dumb...

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:42PM | 0 recs
Re: naderite are dumbshits

this is turning into a good debate...is it my turn to call you a retard.
maybe you might consider trying to describe what kind of appeal your candidate might have to someone who isn't a barnicle on the ass of the democratic donkey.

could it be.........none?

face reality. dems can't take the whitehouse alone and you don't have a plan b........unless you're banking on the untimely death of mccain.

by citizendave 2008-01-31 06:10PM | 0 recs
Hillary's FL vote beats GOP and GOP beats Obama

Florida vote totals:

Hillary: 856,944
McCain: 693,425
Romney: 598,152
Obama: 568,930

As in NH and NV, she's bringing out the traditional lunch-pail Democrat base. With them, we don't need any pesky Independents or GOP crossovers (or the brie and wine Nader types either).

by 1950democrat 2008-01-31 07:22PM | 0 recs
Re: funny

It is really pathetic.  It's all part of the HillBilly smear machine.  I'm guessing they're campaing operatives or possibly even some sort of bot that combs the web writing the samecrap over and over.

by NJIndependent 2008-01-31 06:03PM | 0 recs
by highgrade 2008-01-31 03:24PM | 0 recs
you quote a website that links to...

Honorable Menschen:
# American Thinker
# Dr. Sanity
# Lucianne
# NewsBusters
# NRO
# PowerLine

nice.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 03:51PM | 0 recs
Re: you quote a website that links to...

That's the whole point. It's a completely Republican line of attack, right here on MyDD from supporters of a candidate whose husband has endured such hateful smears. It's quite sad, really.

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:02PM | 0 recs
Re: you quote a website that links to...

oh,you were going for irony...oh...right....bs

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: you quote a website that links to...

That wasn't me posting the above, but the point is really really obvious. Your attempt to deflect it with sarcasm rather than address it at all proves it. Do you enjoy employing the same lines of attack that Republicans used against Bill Clinton? Did Obama murder someone during his time in Chicago, too?

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:12PM | 0 recs
Oh my god, really?

You're making a psychologist's diagnosis of Obama? Do you have a psychology degree? Have you examined him personally? That is one of the dumbest things I have seen posted on a Democratic blog. I was hoping we could leave crap like that to Republicans.

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 04:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

Reading more closely, it only gets worse.

"Who the heck are his friends? Does he have one besides axelrod or oprah?"

You're attacking him as FRIENDLESS? Based on what you've seen of him on a political campaign? Here's a bet I'd be willing to make: he has friends. Care to take me up on that wager?

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

no diagnosis - just a thingee from the mao clinic.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

Uh huh, a thingee. A thingee that is SEMI URGENT and clearly shows the author believes Obama has a personality disorder. Because he Googled it. It's charming, really.

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

Hah. Wait, the author is you. You sir, are completely and utterly ridiculous. Thankfully, I know that most Clinton supporters have way more class than this.

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

then hit the road mr "class",

no one isa forcin' ya' to stick arounds wit us'n hillbilly folk..

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

how can something, anything be "semi urgent" you dipstick?

i was going for semi funny here you tool!!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh my god, really?

Uh, maybe you want to read your title, I was merely quoting it. It's a good question, I have no idea how something can be semi urgent, but apparently it's what you believe this is.

You have completely failed at being semi funny, but you have succeeded wildly at making a semi asinine and insubstantial diary.

by Mullibok 2008-01-31 05:15PM | 0 recs
and yet its

the most recommended one throughout the night of the last dem debate....

----

thanks to you good folks out there!!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: and yet its

Fancy that.  Speaks volumes about something...

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-31 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!
LOL. That definition of "narcissist" sounds like every politician.
by vj 2008-01-31 05:05PM | 0 recs
Re: You're On the Right Track Seymour

Barack has told the story--twice--that people he is close to have told him he thinks "everything is always about him."

In other words, he's "narcissistic."

As a mental health professional, I do think there is evidence of a narcissistic personality in Barack Obama. That, of course, is not a diagnosis; but if you read BUSH ON THE COUCH, you'll see some of the same personality characteristics in W.

by Tennessean 2008-01-31 05:15PM | 0 recs
Re: You're On the Right Track Seymour

oh yeah...hey, I LIKE the NICE Barack, like tonight, but like the poem - when he's bad - he's very bad...

ad a lot does fit, doesnt it?   His awfully troubled childhood, but still full of gigantic praise...

His repeated statements that someday hed like to be president {ak  rule the world}

drug use....purchase of a very impressive house way above his price, taking a terrible risk to do so.

He has no friends from columbia, his college days, none.  isnt that the period this condition sets in?

he has never had a professional career.  hes only had full time employment for like 5 of his 20 working years...isnt that a lil odd?

it just looks like he fits this mayo clinic profile to a T.  Dont ya think?

Hey, Ill probably still want him to be the vp, but it doesnt change that it does seem that Barry here...sure does have issues...

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 05:37PM | 0 recs
Re: You're On the Right Track Seymour

Barack has told the story--twice--that people he is close to have told him he thinks "everything is always about him."

In other words, he's "narcissistic."

As a mental health professional, I do think there is evidence of a narcissistic personality in Barack Obama. That, of course, is not a diagnosis; but if you read BUSH ON THE COUCH, you'll see some of the same personality characteristics in W.

by Tennessean 2008-01-31 05:15PM | 0 recs
What's happened to mydd?

Since when did libelous character assassination become acceptable at mydd?

Unfrickingbelievable.

by vbdietz 2008-01-31 05:36PM | 0 recs
WoW!

What an informative, substantive diary this is.

Obama is a narcissist.  Got it.

by maddogg 2008-01-31 06:00PM | 0 recs
Every time

I start feeling a little sad about the Clinton dream ending -- and I really do mean that sincerely -- I am going to read this and remember that some people really do deserve the smack that karma gives them.

by zonk 2008-01-31 06:03PM | 0 recs
This Edwards supporter hates this diary

what utter crap.

You forgot to say "uppity," jackass.

by DrFrankLives 2008-01-31 06:06PM | 0 recs
Wow, what a snarky diary.

What? It's not tongue-in-cheek?  Gee, I thought this would develop into a parody of how Frist could diagnose Terri Shiavo by looking at videos.  

In this case, the presents one blog and quotes it extensively, and includes one photo which could have a hundred different interpretations.  Then the makes a clinical diagnosis of NPD and supposes that Obama satisfies every criteria.

Okaaay.

In my personal experience with politicians, most seem to have some narcissistic tendencies. Being a politician is a psychologically brutal occupation and narcissism provides some defenses and relief.

But not to the point that they have a disorder--of that were the case, then they would fail

That Obama exhibits some narcissistic traits is unsurprising.  But to imply that he has NPD is...well, beyond words I can muster.

Take a look at that checklist again and think about how many other politicians on both sides of the aisle satisfy some of those items.

Footnote: Just Googled and found this relevant article:


Most narcissists are opportunistic and ruthless operators. But not all opportunistic and ruthless operators are narcissists. I am strongly opposed to remote diagnosis. I think it is a bad habit, exercised by charlatans and dilettantes (even if their names are followed by a Psy.D.). Please do not forget that only a qualified mental health diagnostician can determine whether someone suffers from NPD and this, following lengthy tests and personal interviews.

IF the politician in question is ALSO a narcissist (=suffers from NPD), then, yes, he would do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to remain in power, or, while, in power, to secure his narcissistic supply. A common error is to think that "narcissistic supply" consists only of admiration, adulation and positive feedback. Actually, being feared, or derided is also narcissistic supply. The main element is ATTENTION. So, the narcissistic politician cultivates sources of narcissistic supply (both primary and secondary) and refrains from nothing while doing so.

Often, politicians are nothing but a loyal reflection of their milieu, their culture, their society and their times (zeitgeist and leitkultur).

by sawgrass727 2008-01-31 06:06PM | 0 recs
Not really on topic

But it looks like Clinton took money from Rezko.  Will she give it to charity?

by Drummond 2008-01-31 06:25PM | 0 recs
I wouldn't sweat going off topic

This diary doesn't seem to have much use for decorum or rules.

by zonk 2008-01-31 06:32PM | 0 recs
WRONG! LEARN TO READ BUB!

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a national co-chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, banked at least $1,500 in political donations from an indicted Chicago businessman whose past connections to Barack Obama

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-31 06:43PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!

I'm not into diagnosing public figures, but I do think there's evidence for arrogance protecting brittleness and lack of confidence to be found in the Chicago Tribune profile of last spring:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-obama_senate_recordjun12,1,7243980,full.story

Obama had a more realistic plan, search for "2010-2012-2016"; to get re-elected to the Senate or to win a governorship before considering running for president. Popularity for his speeches in 2006 caused him to make his try this year, thinking he might never have such a good chance again.

The previous installment of that profile, "Showing his bare knuckles" showed him again jumping at a luck opportunity -- that one meant kneecapping a beloved Black activist, Alice Palmer, an elder stateswoman who had a safe seat. In that case other Black leaders tried to persuade him to a more peaceable solution that would give both of them seats, but he refused.

In either case he is jumping at a lucky chance, regardless of the cost, which suggests lack of confidence in himself ever establishing a record worth running on.

Running this year seems very poor judgement. On any scenario, he would have a better chance to win the GE and to have a successful presidency if he gives Hillary her turn now, then runs next time with her backing (and after she cleans things up; otherwise he might find the GOP's mess too much, as Carter did).

by 1950democrat 2008-01-31 07:15PM | 0 recs
This sounds no different

Than a Swiftie I heard in 2004 telling me how "John Kerry had a secret plan" back in Vietnam.

by zonk 2008-02-01 03:48AM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!

How does this make the recommended list? Is this what passes for meaningful dialogue here?

Good Christ. This is RedState material. Or worse.

by Pacific NW Mark 2008-01-31 10:24PM | 0 recs
Re: The Arrogance of Obama W/ SEMI URGENT UPDATE!

I'm not into diagnosing public figures, but I do think there's evidence for arrogance protecting brittleness and lack of confidence to be found in the Chicago Tribune profile of last spring:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-obama_senate_recordjun12,1,7243980,full.story

Obama had a more realistic plan, search for "2010-2012-2016"; to get re-elected to the Senate or to win a governorship before considering running for president. Popularity for his speeches in 2006 caused him to make his try this year, thinking he might never have such a good chance again.

The previous installment of that profile, "Showing his bare knuckles" showed him again jumping at a luck opportunity -- that one meant kneecapping a beloved Black activist, Alice Palmer, an elder stateswoman who had a safe seat. In that case other Black leaders tried to persuade him to a more peaceable solution that would give both of them seats, but he refused.

In either case he is jumping at a lucky chance, regardless of the cost, which suggests lack of confidence in himself ever establishing a record worth running on.

Running this year seems very poor judgement. On any scenario, he would have a better chance to win the GE and to have a successful presidency if he gives Hillary her turn now, then runs next time with her backing (and after she cleans things up; otherwise he might find the GOP's mess too much, as Carter did).

by 1950democrat 2008-02-01 02:58PM | 0 recs

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