free! analysis

What really sucks about the way Joss Whedon writes is that he sort of has this idea that if he writes about women being strong and confident, that is all it takes for women to appreciate his work. Like, even if the villain constantly belittles a woman for being a woman and people are constantly harassing her and sexualizing her, it’s okay because she’s strong and she can take it.

The biggest difference between Whedon’s version of Wonder Woman and Jenkins is that in Whedon’s version Wonder Woman is A Woman. She (and the audience) must be constantly aware that she is a Woman, that she is Sexy, that she is overcoming incredible odds because she has the terrible disadvantage of Being Born A Woman.

Whereas in Jenkins’ film Diana simply exists. There are some points made by other characters about her being a woman, like when Steve won’t sleep with her because he feels it’s improper, or when his secretary says, “Oh yes, put specs on her, like after that she won’t be the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen”, but Diana is almost completely unaware of her status as a Dreaded Woman. Her excitement over a baby? She’s literally never seen one before. Her little makeover seen? Spends the whole thing looking for something comfortable she can fight in. She basically never mentions the difference between men and women, never even says that women are better or whatever because she was raised by them. 

Joss Whedon would have never let Wonder Woman forget she was a Woman. She would have constantly been making comments about it, wether positive or negative, as would everyone around her. In Whedon’s heyday that might have flown a lot better, but now women seem to be a little sick of grrrrl power. They just want power. They just want to exist, both on screen and in life, without constant reminders that they are Women and that they must pay for that at every turn.

Chelsea Manning: leaked footage of civilian murders by US troops, internal communiques between diplomatic staff and logs of military engagements to carefully selected media organisations who analysed, vetted and censored information to scrub it of all potential to put lives at risk - in the name of public transparency and accountability.

Punishment: held for three years without trial in various Marine and military prisons whilst being treated as the wrong gender, finally sentenced to 35 years in prison for military espionage; later commuted to seven years.

Donald Trump: divulges highly classified information directly to the Russian foreign ministry, jeopardising intelligence sources within ISIL-held territory and directly endangering lives - as a deal-sweetener to curb Russian aggression in the region.

Punishment: none, so far.

How high are Sorey’s high heels?

As you probably all know, Sorey wears high heels in armatus form.

#godbless

But how high are they, exactly? Let’s use the screenshot below as a reference.

Okay, who does also wear high heels in the series? Lailah.

Let’s compare them to each other, shall we?

So: Sorey wears high heels of similar height as Lailah.

But, how high Lailah’s heels are?

I’ve compared Lailah cosplay boots and high heels that are quite similar.

Guys. They are about 3 inches (7.5 cm).

Sorey fights hellions in 7.5cm high heels.

Sana s4 trailer thoughts.

There are so many fascinating and clever things about this trailer. And I want to talk about them at length when I have more time… for now just throwing some thoughts out there.

The reversal of the film, starting with Even, who was a big fan favorite for S4, as a type of bait-and-switch (the same one they employed with Wilhelm during Isak’s S3 trailer) was clever. And by working their way through all the other main players of season 4 and ultimately landing on SANA, the fact it’s HER season becomes so impactful.

The choice of Song “Don’t let me be misunderstood” performed by Yusuf Islam (prev. Cat Stevens) who adopted the name after converting to Islam definitely feels significant. The lyrics allude to the struggles and prejudice she experiences, but I also thought the song in reverse sounded vaguely arabic, which I’m sure was also intended.

Furthermore I liked how the entire video was, as you realized in the end, basically an elaborate domino effect created by Sana. The way she looks in the camera almost makes it feel like she was aware of what was happening before putting her foot out to trip Noora. (and it feels like a subtle callback to Sana’s ‘magic hijab’ in a sense too).

I’m really curious to see how s4 will show us Sana’s vulnerable side, but it feels like this trailer gave us a glimpse.. it’s not about needing to compromise Sana’s strength or bringing her down to show it, because she deals with the ‘shame’ and struggles (prejudice and racism) just by being herself. And even if she looks like she’s in control, there are aspects (other people) around her she simple can’t control.

These are just a couple of the things that stood out to me, I may add more later or write a better analysis. Feel free to reply or reblog with your own thoughts!

anonymous asked:

Please, please go into the history of media closeting? I would love to open that can of worms, I'm so confused. Have there really been fake babies in the past??

Well, first off, Simon essentially tricked Steve Brookstein, X Factor’s first winner, into marrying someone prematurely because Cowell thought it’d be good publicity. It wasn’t enough, and Brookstein was abandoned. So no, a baby really wouldn’t be a big deal.

I need to go through my archive and find all the good posts, but in the meantime I’d look at these examples first:

“My management guessed that I was gay pretty early on even though I wasn’t out. One day they had a closed door meeting with the record execs and told me that I was coming off gay and that I had to change how I acted. They didn’t care if I actually WAS gay, it was more how I was being perceived. We were marketed towards teenaged girls so there couldn’t be a gay member. That’s when they started to style me and control what I said and did. They used to teach me how to walk “straight” up and down the aisles of a grocery store.”

“For all those who scoff that people who sign up to be controlled and used by record management in this way for the glory of fame and fortune, keep in mind Yee made barely $4,000 during his [three years] involved with the band and often had to cough up money for their own expenses.”

Make sure to read ALL the points under ‘The key differences with Harry and Louis’ situation’

This only scratches the surface, but never forget that these things are done because millions of dollars are at stake. When millions of dollars are at stake, ethics aren’t really a thing. The industry is absolutely ruthless, and there will always be enough proof of that.

shallura analysis :: 1x10 “collection and extraction”

Previous analysis: episode one, episode two, episode three, episode four, [no episode five], episode six, episode seven, episode eight, episode nine

Behold the most shallura heavy episode in the series, and the one that made most of us start shipping these cuties. Since there’s so much interaction and so much to go over, it kind of goes without saying that this analysis gonna be pretty long - so I’m putting most of it under a read more. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.

The team is currently trying to access Sendak’s memories, something that deeply disrupted Shiro’s emotional state in the previous episode - similarly to Allura having to let go of her father - yet was the most dedicated to using Sendak’s memories. Allura mirrors this dedication, while simultaneously continuing the break against her father and what he would have approved of, shown in this exchange with Coran.

Allura: Somewhere inside Sendak’s memories we should be able to find the inside information that gives us the key to take down Zarkon.
Coran: I don’t think your father would approve of searching through an enemy’s memories.
Allura: I know, but we have to do everything we can to defeat Zarkon.

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SasuSaku 475: An Analysis

Okay, so, when I first read this scene in the manga a few years ago, I cringed. Then, when I first watched it in the anime, I cringed again. I was so annoyed that Sakura was reduced to begging Sasuke once again not to leave. This is often one of the scenes that antis will choose to back up saying that Sakura is weak. Then I watched it over again recently, and I noticed something different. Look at the frustration in Sakura’s face here:

She’s accepted that she can’t do anything to physically stop him at this point, which I think is incredibly frustrating for her. If you recall, during the flashbacks preceding Sakura’s release of her Yin Seal in 373, she remembers the rooftop scene.

Everyone knows that she trained so hard to be able to catch up to them and fight by their side, rather than hide behind them. But I think another reason was that she felt powerless when they turned against one another on the rooftop. The memory of it still upsets her, as you can see by the clenching of her fist directly after it. She couldn’t do anything to protect either one of the two most precious boys in her life from the other, which was a difficult pill to swallow. Had Kakashi not intervened, she would have died that day. How would you feel knowing there was nothing you could do to stop the two closest people to you from killing each other? That’s why she felt so awful about putting the entire burden of bringing Sasuke back on Naruto. Not only did she love Sasuke, but after seeing Naruto in the hospital upon his return from the mission to bring Sasuke back, she realizes that she didn’t want to lose Naruto either. Sakura knew the day would come where they would fight again. She wanted to have the strength to protect them from each other when that time came.

So, she’s finally caught up to them, they can finally fight with their backs to one another. Then, they’re both given power by a literal god in order to bring Kaguya down. Sakura still plays an important role in helping them defeat her, but she’s not quite on the same level as Sasuke and Naruto anymore. This is what’s frustrating to her. No matter how hard she had worked, no matter how long it took her to catch up to them, it seemed like she was always a step behind. She acknowledges this, and now she’s desperate. 

This is what I hated. Why CAN’T she do something more than beg and whine and cry? But Sakura isn’t stupid. She can’t defeat someone who’s been given power by the founder of shinobi. She could TRY, but how far would it get her? Her losing a battle to Sasuke wouldn’t convince him of anything, it’d give him what he wants. So, she does the only thing she can do at this point, knowing that it’s useless to try and physically force Sasuke to rethink his choice. The only person who can do that now is Naruto, but she doesn’t want it to get to that point. She loves him so much that she’s frustrated with herself for not being able to do more to save him, but she still tries. She puts her pride and frustration aside and begs for him to reconsider, because she knows the outcome won’t be good if they fight. She’s afraid to lose either one, or both, of them. She’s willing to do anything to change this undeniable fate they’re both destined for. None of this is about Sakura’s “selfish desires” to have Sasuke to herself or something. Kakashi is sure to let Sasuke know of her actual intentions. 

And what do Kakashi’s words of Sakura’s love prompt? Sasuke’s memory of his mother. 

More specifically, a memory in which his mother comforts his worries. 

She reminds him that he is worth being loved as an individual and that he is not just the shadow of his brother. His mother gave him confidence with her love. She restored his happiness with her love. And what is the ultimate characterization of a mother’s love? Selflessness. 

A mother would do anything to ensure her child’s wellbeing and happiness. SP usually does a horrible job with SasuSaku scenes but I think them including this parallel here is really important. Sakura can’t physically stop Sasuke, but she’ll do anything to try and make him happy, including beg. Think of how Mikoto would react to Sasuke’s choice. She would beg her son to stop, promising him that she’d do anything for him to reconsider. 

Once Kakashi makes it clear to Sasuke that Sakura’s intentions are purely selfless, he’s reminded of the one person who had an unconditional love for him. Sasuke nearly killed Sakura, and yet she loved him and worried for his wellbeing. Only someone like a mother could give a love so pure. 

He makes the connection here. If his mother could be taken from him, who’s to say that this girl who loves him selflessly won’t be taken from him? Her love for him is on par with that of the Uchiha, the one that lead to their ultimate curse. In his dreams of revolution, there’s no room for someone who is willing to give all of their love to him. He recognizes Sakura’s selfless love for him here, comparing it to his mother’s, but does not want any more of those ties because they seem to always fail him. That is, until Naruto changes his mind. 

not sure if anyone’s really thought about this yet (probably have) but this angle is sort of…awkward? but i think it’s intended to be that way, and works perfectly for the scene it’s in

right around the sports speech is when things start to get a little..familiar. the sports speech is nearly identical to what rose tells steven in the tape (except it’s about sports) and then you start to remember that this is rose’s room, and everything that happens in this room is based off of steven’s subconscious and experiences, nothing else. this isn’t a fully accurate portrayal of rose, she’s only what steven knows and has heard.

then the angle starts to feel..weird, warped and fake almost, but it’s supposed to be that. it contributes to the realization that this isn’t rose.

Do you ever look at a minor character and want to call bullshit?

Take Free!, for example-

Momo:

A character that’s just joined the team at Samezuka but is extremely talented. He easily overtakes the team’s backstroke record on his first real attempt to “swim seriously”. Given his skill, he could take the opportunity to be really arrogant, but that’s not what we see:

When Momo finds out that he’s replaced Uozumi in the relay, he’s humble about it and promises to win on Uozumi’s behalf. Similarly, when Nitori says, “You have to win the relay so you can go to nationals because I’ll definitely be in that one,” (while he thinks Momo’s asleep), Momo goes out of his way to assure Nitori that he’ll win the next day.

Momo is not only talented and upbeat- he’s also encouraging and thoughtful, particularly to Nitori, who seems to be easily discouraged.

There was a lot more to Momo’s character than comic relief, and I think he deserved more than that.

Nitori:

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So now that we’ve had another plot heavy episode, it looks like several more of those leyline visions from episode 1 have shown up.

And then if a vision of a vision counts:

Looks like the star from the Papilliodya chrysalises.

(not entirely sure if this one counts but oh well)

So now that just leaves four visions remaining.


Then that just leaves the matter of this person (who’s also in the opening credits):

My prediction is that they’re a distant ancestor of Andrew’s who can manifest as an apparition similarly to Professor Woodward and is working together with Andrew’s father to either destroy or abuse magic for some nefarious plot. Lord Hanbridge will probably try to rope Andrew into it at some pivotal moment, but he’ll refuse and end up helping Akko and company instead.

About mutsuki’s gender: psychological analysis.

I’m reading a lot about this topic since a couple of mounths, so I want to try to explain my theory about it (even if english, is not my first language and this kind of things are really specific, so please forgive my mistakes).

First of all, I’m pretty sure that Tooru has a terrible mental illness call  Dissociative identity disorder or  multiple personality disorder (MPD). What is this? Long story short, there are at  least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states, inside the same person. The number of identities varies widely, but in my opinion  inside Tooru we have only two different ones:  Female Tooru and Male Tooru, that alternate their existence inside him/her. We have a strong personality (Fem) and a submissive (Male) one.

A DID symptoms is, for example,  the presence of two or more distinct personality states match with  the inability to recall personal information (expecially by the submissive personality, who is totaly cut off his own mind), beyond what is expected through normal forgetfulness. This could explain why he doesnt remember when she killed his all family or when he killed all during the academy period. This  particular for of lack of memory is  call dissociative amnesia.

These states alternately show in a person’s behavior are  draw it VERY WELL by Ishida, in my opinion. Think when she approchs herself to Aura in order to obtain his help. Or when she approchs  Kaneki in chapter 122. Otherwise, in the firsts chapters, the way he walk and be in touch with the rest of the team. He was goffy, shy, more masculine than the lasts chapters where her moving changes. (In particular in THAT scene with fake Haise. That was a seductress woman)
(Damn it’s really hard to explain with all those he/she in contrast. Sorry.)

People diagnosed with DID often report that they have experienced severe physical and sexual abuse, especially during early to mid-childhood, and as we know, she/he was abuse and rape by his father till the day she ripped him in pieces. And then she forgot the fact. As well as she/he forgot about killing all those cats during the academy.
It’s really sad as a mental desorder, because starts as an escape from a cruel reality.
In this new arc, Female Tooru win over Male Tooru. The causes are many: she felt alone, adbandoned by the only one man that she ever love or at least that shows a gentle behavior. Haise’s really love him, in a familiar way maybe not  a romantic one (even if I’m pretty sure that this poor soul will never have a real romantic sentiment for noboby in the future).  She changes a lot of team after QS, so she has a lack of stabily, that in QS before the Rose Case was the first family he ever had. Torso probably has raped her again, throw this poor baby into the nightmare again.

And she just can’t stand on it anymore, even if she hate to be a woman. She hate to be weak again and she really want to be a man and have Haise’s love bacause she never fell this way with anyone before.

For what concerns Urie,  I think that he is an hetero guy who has a big crush on Mutsuki from the moment he realise that he is a woman. I can’t blame Kuki neither, is brain elaborate that information because of his infatuation. He always try to save Mutsuki, he his really  attached to this companion, no matter if is a she or a he. 
Whatever, that is really sad because Mutsuki will never be what he need..

In the end, the result for me is that if you call Tooru a girl is not a big deal. Because in this moment, she probably is back to that part of life, the darkest one, when she was a woman. A really lonely little girl who deserves better. I cant blame this child, who only need help.

My point is that she doesnt feel like a guy in her BODY, but is a MENTAL state. She want to change her past, not what she is. I refer to her more than a fluid than a trans. BUT OBVIOUSLY IT’S JUST MY OPINION! I dont want to change your mind or make you understand that this is how things really goes. It’s just an intuition.

I feel so bad for her. Or for him that maybe will be never come back, like the best part of Tooru, the one he built himself was too weak for this world.  

The only thing I hope is to see HIM happy again, as he was in the past.

So, this is my analysis. Feel free to tell me what do you think about!
And sorry for all the mistakes I probably made, its like four and half in the morning but I really want to give my contribution ti this discussion! So please be nice and I’ll responde to all your observations!

Happy Birthday, Rei!

In honor of one of my all-time faves, I have decided to make an analysis post about my favorite Rei(Gisa) moment in Eternal Summer- the time when Rei confronts Nagisa about facing his parents.

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why rinharu

i have so many feels for this ship bcos they are so precious ??? like, rin and haru are polar opposites and yet they attract each other

i treasure this ship so much because it could go wrong in so many fucking ways and yet they choose not to !!! rinharu is prone to miscommunication because haru would rather not speak and rin is too impatient to wait – and there have been misunderstandings on their part bcos they couldn’t!!! talk!!! to each other!!! they fight and bicker and shout and yell and maybe it COULD get worse through time but i know both of them would fix whatever’s wrong over and over again bcos they have been through a lot and going through another shit again is taxing – even for strong swimmers like them

so anyway why rinharu ?? right, because haru is rin’s path and shining and ohmyg od do you even see the way rin look at this boy like he’s eVERYTHING he could ask for you know???? and rin, most often than not, is haru’s catalyst for his every spur-of-the-moment action rin showed haru his path and they both “"saved”“ each other from their demise !! i love how they are so different from one another – rin, too loud; haru, too quiet – and yet they both aCTIVELY WANT TO BE PART OF EACH OTHER’S LIVES because nothing is better than that (aside from swimming)

rin and haru may not have makoto and haru’s magical telepathy but that’s what i love the most about rinharu because despite the threat of miscommunication they are still there, beside each other, helping one another grow as better people and making each other feel FREE and i think that’s love

rinharu: the closest thing to canon without actually being canon
rinharu: ruining other people’s lives and making life better

I’m not saying that free-market economics is bad or dangerous, I’m saying that it doesn’t even exist.

The mythical butcher-baker-candlestick-maker view of capitalism only existed in the very earliest days of capitalist development, when it was little more than a social experiment embarked upon by adventurous minor nobles and desperate peasants in fast-growing early-modern cities. The whole reason capitalism survived as a way of organising economic activity was because the newly-wealthy capitalist elites were best placed to wield influence over tottering European feudal states as they crumbled under their own weight - taking them over to run them as glorified protection rackets for their profit-making schemes. From its earliest inception within feudal societies, capital has sought the benefits of the state - legal regulation, economic protectionism, military repression - and used them to secure its future.

Even the most dimly-conscious free-market ideologue knows this. What ‘free-market’ ideology really conceals is a civil war between staggeringly wealthy elites, over which faction of capitalists should reap the rewards: those who benefit from the huge resources of states being poured into subsidising the profits of manufacturing, industry and trade, or those who can make a killing from bank bailouts, government-secured property deals and state-backed oil ventures.

Modern states, therefore, are to capitalism both nursemaid and childhood playmate: they are utterly inseparable, bound together in a Faustian bargain written in the blood of workers.

Some SU thoughts


Disclaimer : this would seem the new Steven Bomb is already out, I keep losing track of this unstable schedule… These thoughts may be contradicted by the newest episodes as they are not yet available where I live. I hope you will enjoy nonetheless !

Rose

Rose is a very interesting character because she is rarely presented in an objective way. She is mentionned through memories and flashbacks which bring Steven to have a biased vision of her.

First there is the Gems’ perspective. The Gems describe Rose as their inspiration which is only natural because she is the one who freed them. She is depicted as the person who taught them to be themselves far from the strict society of Homeworld. This vision is centered around the benefic aspect of the Rebellion : Rose as the great leader of the Rebellion. There is no denying this side of Rose. On the other hand, Rose is shown through a very positive filter, hiding her darker sides, at least until very recently. This depiction is embodied by Pearl.

In Rose’s Scabbard, Pearl produces an image of Rose through her Gem which shows that Rose is seen through her eyes, meaning she leaves out some of her aspects. Pearl is the most devoted to Rose, hence her positive portrait of her.

Rose’s portrayal is completed by Greg’s memories. These episodes are centered around Rose’s discovery of humans, how they live and all the differences with Homeworld. Here again, we see a “positive” Rose. One might argue that Lion’s videos are objective and they are but again, they show only Rose’s interactions with the human world. Lion 4 : Alternate Ending might change this pattern.

As the seasons go by, Steven and the viewer become more aware of the untold in Rose’s story. It really starts with Bismuth. In this episode, Steven understands that not all Gems have the same conception of the Rebellion and of the way to take down Homeworld. Bismuth clearly thinks it can only happen with violence and shattering other Gems. Ultimately it lead her to be bubbled by Rose. With Bismuth, Steven is taught that fighting Homeworld can go against what he holds to be good and just.

The climax of this uncertainty towards what really is the Rebellion happens in Back to the Moon where Steven learns it was Rose who shattered Pink Diamond. Garnet’s and Pearl’s reaction are particularly interesting : Garnet is immediately concerned about Steven and Pearl looks away, shaking. Their behaviour shows how much this side of Rose is problematic and hidden from Steven. From this point on, Rose is a dual figure of Steven : the kind and caring figure and the killer figure.

Everything about Rose can be linked to duality starting with her weapons : the shield and the sword. These objects are metonymies of her own dual personality. The duality is at the core of Storm in the Room. The episode itself is built in two parts. First Steven meets his “mother” and spends time with her. The role of the Room is really important. As we saw when it was first introduced, the Room mirrors your desires. Here the Room mirrors Steven’s vision of his mother which, as we saw, is very biased by the Gems’ and Greg’s stories. The Rose he sees is a fantasised Rose, how he would like her to be.

At this point, Steven is full of doubts and it triggers the second part of the episode. Since the Room is a mirror of the mind, Steven’s worries about his mother are illustrated by a change in the Room’s ambiance.

Their positions in this moment are quite important too : not only the Room mirrors Steven but Steven mirrors Rose and this fact is actually at the core of Steven’s struggle. He doubts his mother but also doubts himself. He is afraid of Rose and of himself because he may be brought to face the same circumstances as her.

Overall, the show does a really good job on Steven’s character development and Rose’s at the same time.

Sapphire

Despite her rare appearances, Sapphire has a key moment in Gem Heist. When the Gems discuss the plan, Pearl asks “is this really going to work ?” and Sapphire answers : “No. (…) Let’s change the future !”.

Sapphire has seen their plan failing and still rolls with it. Her line “Let’s change the future !” shows how much escaping Homeworld has changed her vision of the world, from the time she was first introduced in The Answer. Her character development could be a moral for the entire show : fate is not inevitable. The turning-point is Ruby’s unexpected behaviour in The Answer which allows Sapphire to see outside the future she was always following until now. This is symbolized by Sapphire brushing the hair out of her face which blinded her eye.

In a way, her future vision was blinding her from any other alternative and she clearly states in The Answer that, after descending on Earth, she does not see the future : she is fully aware of the present.
In Gem Heist, we see the outcome of that initial change : her future vision tells her the plan will fail but her experiences with Ruby and the Gems teaches her that this route is not necessarily bound to happen. Sapphire was a noble Gem and hence particularly aware of her role. The fact that she chooses to change the future reveals the power of the Rebellion to thwart Howeworld’s ideology.

Quick word on the Famethyst : none the Amethysts guarding the entry of the Zoo seem to recognize Sapphire who is supposed to be part of the Gem nobility. Gems made on Earth really seem out of the normal system of Homeworld. This difference shows in the way the Amethyst handle the humans in the Zoo : one asks if they want to talk it over, which is a very Crystal-Gem way to deal with the situation.

As always, you can come and ask me anything you like !

Things to know about Killing Stalking

To every story, there are both pros and cons. A story like Killing stalking is no different. Now, Killing Stalking wasn’t a story that I was going to get into, honestly. There were so many bad things that I had heard about it, and so I was shying away from it. However. Today I took the time to sit down and read it, and now I’m here to share my thoughts in an analysis- type thing. Now, of course take my words with a grain of salt, because I’m obviously not the author, so I don’t know the exact details of everything. If you want to continue reading though, everything will be under the cut!

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Free! Confessions (LONG rant: MakoHaru, RinHaru, SouRin)

Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of posts regarding Makoto and Haruka’s relationship; many of them have said things like, “Makoto is too dependent on Haruka and their relationship is unhealthy because of it,” in response to Eternal Summer episodes 6 and 7. But I don’t think that’s the case at all. I don’t think that Makoto is acting the way he is because he’s dependent on Haruka. Instead, I think that he’s trying to preserve their friendship in the face of all the things that threaten to change it.

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