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July

The Neo-Cold War Battle Ground: Strange Bedfellows

By John Perkins

Originally published by CSRwire.com: http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1416-emergence-of-a-neo-cold-war-battle-ground-strange-bedfellows

For more information on my upcoming event in London, please see the notes at the bottom of this newsletter.

A Neo-Cold War is brewing. We’ve witnessed it in Russia’s tense relationship with the US over Ukraine and Crimea and in China’s determination to gain economic leverage in countries where Washington and Wall Street have ruled supreme for decades. To add to this situation, conflicts in the Middle East have escalated. Islamic militarism has become a force to be reckoned with by many nations, including Russia, China, and the US.

I want to emphasize that this militancy is not an Islamic movement any more than the US invasion of Iraq was a Christian movement. Religion is simply an excuse for fanatics to justify their radical use of violence – whether they invoke the name of Christ or Mohammed. It is important that We the People not buy into the propaganda of such fanatics.

Russia and China are flexing their muscles and challenging the superpower status of the US by forming agreements and organizations such as the BRICS Development Bank (A New Era: BRICS Development Bank). In the midst of these shifts of power, there is a significant additional factor in the geopolitical equation. Islamic militants in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria right now, are proving to be formidable adversaries. Muslim fighters have beaten back history’s most well-financed and best-equipped military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite both overt and covert activities by Washington, Moscow, and Peking to influence Middle Eastern politics, these militants have gained or are gaining control in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and many other countries. For the moment, the animosity between Sunnis and Shi’ites is preventing a unified Islamic movement; nevertheless, the Islamists have established themselves as major players.

The situation in Iraq is forming unlikely alliances between nations usually at odds. As China, Russia, and the US seek to retain their powerful status and increase their economic influence, they find that they have much in common. Even very recent adversaries such as the US and Iran are now seeking collaboration, and US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that the US is willing to talk with Iran about an alliance against the Islamic radicals who are leaving a bloody trail behind them as they blaze across Iraq. However, this global game of chess grows more complicated as Iran is also in talks with China and Russia that do not involve the US. Nations that are pursuing their own goals and serving their own interests instead of seeking to promote peace across borders will find that they are more vulnerable to bloodshed. Behind all of this lurk the corporatocracy and the fortunes it makes off war and the threat of war.

By conservative estimates the U.S. has military bases in more than 130 countries. Despite what the American public is told, the majority of the people in these countries deeply resent the presence of foreign soldiers and installations on their soil. The Middle East has a long history of resentment toward Western intrusion and influence, and the fractured relationship that the US has with so much of the world threatens Washington’s credibility as an ally to nations that fear the violence of Islamic radicalism.

The conflict in Iraq is part of a complex and bloody history. Though the US pulled troops out of Iraq in 2011, more than a decade of occupation has left a ground fertile for sectarian violence. President Obama is laying the responsibility for the recent uprising by militant Sunnis on the shoulders of the Iraqi government, calling for them to set aside factional differences before the US will consider intervening. This tone is naïve and ignores the role that US interference played in setting the stage for violence. While the US is refusing to send “boots on the ground” into the area, President Obama has agreed to dispatch 300 “military advisors” and has not ruled out air strikes and drones under the condition that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will create a “more inclusive government.” Such blatant self-service will only fan the flames of unrest and is not likely to be helpful in stopping the slaughter.

As I’ve previously written in these pages, today we have what can only be described as a global Death Economy – one based on militarization and ravaging the earth’s resources. It is a feudal system that harks back to medieval times – the Dark Ages – but on a far grander scale. A very small portion of the human species, the corporatocracy, represents the lords of the castles; the rest of us are their serfs. An ominous shadow of oligarchic totalitarianism has spread across our planet. That shadow embraces Russia and China, as well as the US/EU. While it also reaches into the Muslim world, the militant Islamic movements’ determination to resist what they see as capitalist corruption has the unintended consequence of uniting Washington and its European allies with Moscow and Peking in a strange, uneasy, and unspoken alliance. Although these powers may vie for control of resource-rich countries, they view the Islamist extremists as a common enemy.

The current conflict is forcing powerful nations to acquire strange bedfellows. This present global reality is forcing governments and corporations to look beyond themselves, to redraw boundaries, and to reconsider preconceived notions of leadership.

NOTES:
Upcoming Events in London:

Plant Consciousness

October 3-5, 2014
Speaking events and workshop in London
At Regents’ University Conference Centre, London
• Friday, October 3rd: Talk on Confessions of an Economic Hitman
• Saturday, October 4th: “Sacred plants, Shapeshifting, and Consciousness Revolution”
• Sunday, October 5th: Workshop: “Shapeshifting Yourself and the Planet”
Information: http://www.plantconsciousness.com
Early Bird Tickets may still be available: http://plantconsciousness.com/book-my-tickets.html
Workshop Tickets: http://plantconsciousness.com/workshop-with-john-perkins.html

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May

From Prophecy to Reality: Join the Consciousness Revolution

By John Perkins
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A special note from John Perkins: How do we shift the dream of the West from consumerism to a Dream that is more life-affirming, spiritually fulfilling, and sustainable? The answer is to become a Dreamshifter – someone who is skilled at changing consciousness at the deepest levels of our being, both personally and collectively. I will show you how at this exciting free event: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/pod14jp/perkins/
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Participating in the consciousness revolution can no longer be ignored as simply a nice, feel-good choice for those who might care enough or find it convenient. It is now imperative for all of us who share this tiny, fragile space station as our only home. Our present and our children’s futures depend on our ability to change the dream of our society. All of us will be impacted catastrophically if we continue in the current reality. But if we listen to the ancient prophesies of indigenous cultures all over the world and join together in the revolution, we can change that reality for the better.

Now we must pay attention to the clarion call that grows louder each day and is voiced by people all over the world: work together for peace and justice. We must transform the current “Death Economy” that is based on militarization and depleting the earth’s resources into a “Life Economy” based on alleviating hunger, reducing pollution, and developing new forms of energy, transportation, and responsible businesses.

We live in the most revolutionary time in human history. It is bigger than the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution or any other revolution. This is a revolution in consciousness, a time for us to wake up to our true potential as human beings. It’s a revolution that will free us from our unconscious stories of lack and limitation and release us from the false values, hopes and expectations that have kept us stuck in dysfunctional patterns – both as individuals and as global societies.

I’m happy to say that this uprising of passionate and committed people is a cross-cultural awakening that will impact all species. In the past year I’ve traveled to Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and around the United States. Everywhere I’ve felt the power of this historical global awakening. People are becoming conscious of the fact that the old traditions and the status quo of the corporatocracy are no longer serving their – our – interests or those of life upon our planet.

We the People are coming radically alive, and we are recognizing that the current world economy has failed terribly. The geopolitical structure created by big governments that are under the control of even bigger businesses has turned what seemed like a dream into a nightmare. Though for a time it appeared that this system was accelerating our civilized development, it has now become obvious that despite the amazing advancements in communications, medicine, the arts, and so many other areas, there is also an ominous dark side to the kind of progress we have been pursuing. The world is plagued by threats to peace and human survival; these stem to a large degree from the abuses of corporate monopolies. Not only have the monopolies destroyed huge swathes of the earth and polluted its air and water, they have also fostered the growth of devastatingly poor and starving communities.

This dark side has reached a critical mass. The implications for the future of our species ought to unite us across racial, cultural, social, and religious lines – all the ways in which we divide ourselves from others who, we have been told, are different from us. Unless we come together to challenge the very people who abuse their power and promote destructive systems, there will be no sustainable future for any of us. It is time for the less than 1%, the big businesses and the governments they control, to stop serving themselves and start serving the more than 99%.

Indigenous shamans from cultures around the world offer us a blue print for moving forward. They’ve seen this coming for millennia. Each culture has a storied history of prophecies of the death of one age and the birth of another.

Since 1968 I’ve lived, studied and worked with indigenous cultures on every continent (except Antarctica where there aren’t any.) All of them have a prophecy which says that we’ve entered a time with the potential for major transformation.

The Maya of Central America, Quechua of the Andes, Buddhists of the Himalayas, Bedouins of the deserts, and many others foretell a shifting of our world and our reality into a sustainable, just, spiritually fulfilling, and thriving future. These prophecies tell us that we’re moving out of the period of deprivation, of lack and limitation and dysfunctional patterns, into a time for understanding that there’s great abundance in the world if we will only pursue it together.

For example, we know that oil and fossil fuels are very limited and that burning these fuels is destroying the atmosphere. On the side of abundance, though, we’ve got plenty of sunshine and wind and other forms of pure, natural energy that we’re learning to use. These prophecies tell us that we can find more and more ways to tap into the abundance that is right in front of us instead of perpetuating the cycle of destruction. Modern science is catching up with this message.

In 1990, when I first started writing books and teaching workshops on shamanism, my work received attention from a very limited category of people. For lack of a better term, they were mostly what we might call former hippies and New Agers; there were few businessmen, doctors or lawyers interested in this message. But now that has changed. I meet people from all walks of life, all socio-economic groups, and all kinds of backgrounds who embrace these ideas and are passionate about changing their world.

Indigenous people from many cultures tell us that “the world is as we dream it” and that the dream is realized by the actions we take. The dream of our parents and those before them – along with the decisions they and we have made – has now brought us to the brink of self-destruction. However, across the planet we are shaking ourselves awake; now it is time to dream a new dream. And to act and change accordingly. The revolution is underway.

Let’s all join it.

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NOTES:

Upcoming Events in London:
October 3-5, 2014
Speaking events and workshop in London
At Regents’ University Conference Centre, London
• Friday, October 3rd: Talk on Confessions of an Economic Hitman
• Saturday, October 4th: “Sacred plants, Shapeshifting, and Consciousness Revolution”
• Sunday, October 5th: Workshop: “Shapeshifting Yourself and the Planet”
Information: http://www.plantconsciousness.com
Early Bird Tickets may still be available: http://plantconsciousness.com/book-my-tickets.html
Workshop Tickets: http://plantconsciousness.com/workshop-with-john-perkins.html
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If you’re interested in having me deliver a speech or talk, please contact my publicist and scheduler Peg Booth:
Email: pegbooth@boothmedia.com
Phone: +1 760-929-1111

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April

Our Second Chance: the US and the Neo Cold War

By John Perkins

The Ukraine-Crimea crisis marks the official beginning of a new period in geopolitics. The reign of one solitary superpower is over. The era we are entering is closer to the old Cold War than that of U.S. hegemony that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

People in the U.S. and most of Western Europe welcomed détente as a time of tranquility, but the corporatocracy saw it as an opportunity to expand its empire. Much of the world – especially those countries often referred to as the Third World – soon came to understand that the end of the Cold War marked the beginning of bullying by the United States as, in collaboration with Big Business and the E.U., it sought to spread predatory capitalism.

The Cold War ended in the early 1990’s. At that time, the U.S. had two choices: step up as a leader and inspire generosity, compassion, and democracy throughout the world; or continue growing as a superpower and focus on expanding the corporatocracy. Unfortunately, it chose the latter; it exploited other countries even when doing so violated the sovereignty of those countries. It partnered with governments that were willing to sell resources cheaply regardless of the ideologies of those governments, and overthrew leaders who refused to play its game.

The fact is that the U.S. was handed an opportunity that no other country has ever before enjoyed – and blew it. The only sole global superpower in history, it behaved in ways that were contrary to its ideals, its self-interests, and world peace; yet it was able to fool its own people into believing that the rest of the world looked at it with gratitude and as a protective, pro-democracy force.

The majority of Americans did not understand that the Cold War had brought a sense of balance to much of the world. Countries that felt intimidated by the U.S. looked to the Soviet Union to offer an alternative. And visa versa. Détente destroyed that balance. It left smaller countries feeling vulnerable. When their leaders attempted to introduce policies that seemed to conflict with corporatocracy interests, such as higher wages and land reform, Washington launched coups against them (e.g. Aristide in Haiti, Chavez in Venezuela, and Zelaya in Honduras). In more extreme cases, unfettered by the fear that another superpower would step in, the U.S. deployed troops (e.g. Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan).

The emergence of the European Union supported corporatocracy expansionism. Together with its E.U. allies, Washington set out to envelop former Soviet states into its sphere of influence. Russia – under the aggressive leadership of President Putin – plotted to reestablish its power base.

The rising influence of China offered another challenge to the U.S. Peking sent its versions of economic hit men into countries with resources it coveted. Many leaders viewed this as an opportunity to reestablish that sense of balance that had existed prior to détente. As an Ecuadorian cabinet minister recently told me, “We would rather accept financial aid from China than from the States. After all, China has never invaded a Latin country or backed coups against our elected officials; the U.S. has a history of doing both.”

That minister’s complaint is echoed by people in many countries. The sad truth is that the U.S. used its sole superpower status to establish military bases across the globe. The exact number is elusive due to government secrecy, but by conservative estimates the U.S. has a military presence in about 130 countries. U.S. citizens may like to imagine that those countries welcome that presence, but in reality most resent it.

The Ukraine-Crimea situation should spur the U.S. to take a deeply introspective look. It is likely just the first battle in a sort of Neo Cold War. There is every reason to believe that this clash between Russia and the U.S./European Union will escalate. For decades, an alliance has been maintained between the U.S. and Europe through NATO. This organization obliges members to support one another against external attacks, and as a large majority of the E.U. countries are also members of NATO, this means that the U.S. must pay close attention to relations between Russia and her neighbors.

The three Baltic nations, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, are members of both NATO and the E.U. and therefore U.S. allies. It is likely that Russia will attempt to lure or coerce one or more of these into its sphere. How should Washington react to this threat? The NATO alliance is not just a political one; it is also a military one, and so chances are that if Putin continues his push west the consequences will be violent. NATO war games are going on right now in Europe to reassure allies and discourage Russian action, and the U.S. is playing a significant role in the display of might. If NATO defends member countries against Russian aggression with military action, the U.S. would very likely be actively involved. Is this how the U.S. plans to lead the world toward peace?

I have written in previous newsletters about the need to convert the Death Economy – one based on militarization and ravaging the earth – into a Life Economy – one based on cleaning up pollution, helping hungry people feed themselves, and inventing more sustainable technologies. The Death Economy is a failure. One of many statistics that illustrate the magnitude of this failure: people living in the U.S. represent less than 5% of the global population, yet we consume nearly 30% of the world’s resources. That is not a model; it can’t be replicated by China, Russia, or anyone else, no matter how hard they try.

Although the U.S. took the wrong path after détente, we now have the opportunity to set a different example and become a true leader. The world still looks to us for leadership. Let’s not blow it this time around. Let us instead be inspired by the tragic events in Ukraine-Crimea to blaze a new trail.

For me, the answer to that question – How should Washington react to the threat of Russian expansionism? – is that we can seize this as an opportunity to demonstrate to the world our commitment to developing a true geo-economic model: a Life Economy, one founded on cooperation, not conflict. We can be the leaders in guiding the world, even countries like Russia, toward a common future. Let us admit that the Death Economy is a failure and dedicate ourselves to quickly building a new globally unifying model.


A special note about Earth Day, April 22:

It can be difficult to foster sustainability in a culture where the old paradigm and systems are fighting for the past. And it can feel discouraging when you look at everything that needs to change to create a truly regenerative and sustainable world.

But there is great hope and amazing inspiration, if you know where to look…

That’s why I want to invite you to 2 very special Spring of Sustainability no-cost events – the world’s largest online Earth Day Celebration on April 22 and the Sustainability Action Program, to take place April 28 – June 20, 2014.

I’m honored to be among 75+ of the world’s top experts in sustainability – including Frances Moore Lappé, David Korten, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Randy Hayes and Bill McKibben – who will help you discover joyful, optimistic pathways to co-creating a sustainable new world.

You can sign up for free here:
https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/sos14jp/perkins/

Whatever your level of involvement in the green movement, The Spring of Sustainability can help you go to the next level – to help you discover the innovative solutions we need for this beautiful, ever-evolving planet.

With the inspiration and guidance you’ll receive from the top sustainability pioneers, there’s no way you can’t come away from The Spring of Sustainability deeply inspired, transformed – and ready to put what you’ve learned into action.

Please join us in taking sustainability to the next echelon – and help co-create a thriving planet that leaves a legacy of good for decades to come.

Sincerely,

John Perkins

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MARCH

Buen Vivir! Are we losing our freedom? Or is this the time to get it back?

By John Perkins

As published on CSRWire on March 5, 2014: http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1246-buen-vivir-are-we-losing-our-freedom-to-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness

The corporatocracy is striking out against our personal freedoms and squandering the trust we have placed in our leaders with our votes and our dollars. That their decisions aren’t made with the good of us all in mind is evidenced by the abuse of such government agencies as the NSA and such private corporations as Google, whose hand seems to reach into everything from our personal email to our health records. These large organizations and their lobbyists are writing our laws, buying Congress, and damaging the world while pursuing profits and power.

When we think of personal freedom, our first idea is often about ourselves. This is not the vision of my friend Freddy Elhers, the Minister of the newly formed cabinet position in Ecuador known as Buen Vivir (literally Good Living). Freddy’s closing talk on the opening day of the Human Resources Summit in Istanbul for 2000 corporate executives from all over the world was the “bookend” for my opening keynote in the morning. In his beautifully inspiring speech, he talked about how Ecuador is the first country to have a Ministry of Buen Vivir, a ministry that guides all the other branches of government. He emphasized the importance of living in happiness and love and that Ecuador is committed to that. In fact, the recently revised Ecuadorian Constitution reads: “We … hereby decide to build a new form of public coexistence, in diversity and in harmony with nature, to achieve the good way of living.”

This concept is incredibly inspiring as a way of governing both small and large entities, as well as our individual lives. Our actions impact others everyday, and so it is our responsibility to use our freedom for the benefit of others and the planet. Our personal freedom comes with great responsibility to honor all life with our choices. This is especially true for corporations and governments, and yet that is where we experience the greatest betrayals. In the model offered by Ecuador and a growing number of other Latin American countries, the people view themselves as a collective and their personal freedom as a responsibility to care about each other and to understand that the ecosystem and the entire planet is their “nest,” their home.

Held up against that framework, it should be easier to recognize those choices that will result in the good of our people, and separate them from those decisions that will only pad the pockets of the greedy and powerful. When the corporatocracy bombards us with sound bites about how to run our lives and at the same time exploits us and the precious resources of our planet, it is tempting to become lethargic. But that just plays into the hands of those who wish to control us.

True freedom is personal and powerful; the question to answer is about how we use that freedom to impact those around us, including the corporatocracy. Corporations and governments should exist only to serve a public interest; it is our duty – We the People – to insist that they do so and to only support the ones that comply. If we use our freedom this way, we will also be using our power to create change across the world.

Freddy Elhers likes to point out that “the pursuit of happiness” is embedded in the most sacred document of the United Sates. We the People can get back to those unalienable rights that our founders fought so hard to insure: “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We will be well advised to make those our guiding principles for how we vote, shop, and conduct our lives. Let’s be inspired by Ecuador. We’re all living on this tiny, fragile space station. It’s time to collectively choose Buen Vivir and to make this the time to get back our freedoms – in fact to attain more freedom than humankind has ever before experienced, the freedom to enjoy true prosperity, good living.


ATTENTION – VOLUNTEER GRANT WRITER NEEDED!

The nonprofit organization I founded, Dream Change, is looking for an experienced grant writer to raise funds for our new programs over the next 2 months. In exchange for your work, you will receive free entry to Dream Change programs, the opportunity to spend time with me and other Dream Change members at board meetings and other social gatherings, and the likelihood of a paid position in the future. If you are an experienced grant writer, please send your CV to Executive Director, Samantha Thomas: samantha@dreamchange.org.

NOTES:
To book a speaking engagement, please contact my publicist Peg Booth:
Email: pegbooth@boothmedia.com
Phone: +1 760-929-1111

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JANUARY

2014: Revolutionizing Consciousness

By John Perkins

Please be sure to see my upcoming Online Course: Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit listed at the bottom!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian, an important member of the “Underground Railroad” (1820 – 1913)

We are entering a new year and continuing along the path of a Consciousness Revolution, an event that has been anticipated for centuries by indigenous cultures. This is an ideal time for us to ask ourselves what it means to be human on this tiny space station, Earth, at this moment in history, to recognize that we must take the individual and collective actions necessary to turn crises into opportunities, to commit to daily actions that will transform that recognition into reality, and finally, to realize that doing all of this isn’t just necessary; it’s fun.

Achieving all of our goals will be possible as we pursue the goal of revolutionizing consciousness – as we think about the world and ourselves in a new and enlightened way. In order to pursue our mission to create a just, peaceful, and sustainable world, we recognize the importance of transforming ourselves from the inside out, starting with our hearts and minds.

Every crisis presents us with an opportunity to make a difference. Taking initiative during times of natural disaster and civil unrest leads to the changes that the world needs to see now. Stepping into the gaps caused by crises with courage and responsibility allows us to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We have the power to make sweeping lifestyle changes at home and to empower our leaders to do the same.

The corporatocracy wants us to consume more and more as their profits and power grow; yet, we are called upon to resist with purposeful action. It is time to educate those around us so that the movement to reduce consumption and to empower responsible businesses can become stronger. Not only is rampant consumption feeding into the corporatocracy, but it is also threatening the future of our children in every way from their food sources to their health. Through our purchasing decisions, we send powerful messages to the corporations. It is time now for those messages to be about creating an economy that cleans up pollution, helps starving people feed themselves, and develops new energy, transportation, communications, banking, education, and marketing systems – instead of about more militarization and pillaging of the earth.

After we commit to daily actions we see our goals become achievements and our dreams become reality. As I suggested in a recent blog, when you identify a cause that inspires you and email at least 10 people every day urging them to act around that cause and also asking them to email 10 of their friends, you manifest magical powers.

Setting clear goals helps us to be intentional about changing poor habits into powerful ones. Writing those goals down and sharing them with friends and family creates momentum and accountability. We can transform ourselves with each dream that starts in the heart and becomes reality.

It takes just one voice to start a movement. One voice is joined by hundreds and then thousands more voices to create an insurmountable energy for change. All over the world, we can and will continue uniting and demanding for the right of the people to be served. Strong grassroots movements will be unstoppable with enough of us behind them.

Let 2014 be the year that you dedicate yourself like never before to your transformative journey and your practice of living in a new consciousness. No matter what goals you set for yourself in the new year, one of the most important actions you can take is to educate those around you about these issues and how to make an impact regarding them.

Let’s dance together, soar together, and share our passions with others.

Please join me at this upcoming event:

February 6, 2014: EVOLVER LEARNING LAB- Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit – ONLINE COURSE, First of Four
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT
Topic: Use the energies of food, plants and animals as an aid to developing spiritual insights and expanded consciousness. Hosted by John Perkins and John Kozinski
Details: 90 minute live video seminar with Question & Answer time
Location: ONLINE- 4 Course Seminar
Tickets available online: http://evolverlearninglab.com/products/food-plant-and-animal-alchemy-and-awakening-your-spirit#register

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