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The writer, Andrew Gilligan, is quoting a Philip Tromovitch, a professor at Doshisha University in Japan who was speaking at a conference held at Cambridge University last July. You may have thought that this was one thing no one would come within a million miles of seeming to endorse or even “understand” by claiming it to be “normal,” but you would have been wrong. Gilligan gives some of the history of the academic mainstreaming of child-molesting, or as its advocates like to put it, “intergenerational intimacy.” One significant moment came in 1981, when a respectable publisher, Batsford, published Perspectives on Paedophilia, edited by Brian Taylor, a sociology lecturer at Sussex University, to challenge what Dr Taylor’s introduction called the “prejudice” against child sex. Disturbingly, the book was aimed at “social workers, community workers, probation officers and child care workers”.
One writer was director of education at the National Institute for Social Work as well as a member of the Pedophile Information Exchange, and was later convicted on child sex crimes. (One can imagine how his desires affected the Institute’s educational programs.) The book included a chapter by an Essex University sociologist named Ken Plummer, who was also a member of “PIE,” though he says now that he joined to “facilitate” his research.
“The isolation, secrecy, guilt and anguish of many paedophiles,” he wrote in Perspectives on Paedophilia, “are not intrinsic to the phenomen[on] but are derived from the extreme social repression placed on minorities . . . .
“Paedophiles are told they are the seducers and rapists of children; they know their experiences are often loving and tender ones. They are told that children are pure and innocent, devoid of sexuality; they know both from their own experiences of childhood and from the children they meet that this is not the case.”
As recently as 2012, Prof Plummer published on his personal blog a chapter he wrote in another book, Male Intergenerational Intimacy, in 1991. “As homosexuality has become slightly less open to sustained moral panic, the new pariah of ‘child molester’ has become the latest folk devil,” he wrote. “Many adult paedophiles say that boys actively seek out sex partners . . . ‘childhood’ itself is not a biological given but an historically produced social object.”
Academic readers will recognize the relativizing moves given in “moral panic,” “folk devil,” “not a biological given,” and “historically produced social object.” Even if Plummer did not endorse such behavior (see below), he at least skirted the edges of endorsement. It is not far from this kind of understanding to approval.
Plummer still teaches courses at the university and Gilligan seems to have called the school to find out what they thought about his ideas.
A spokesman for Essex University claimed Prof Plummer’s work “did not express support for paedophilia” and cited the university’s charter which gave academic staff “freedom within the law to put forward controversial and unpopular opinions without placing themselves in jeopardy”.
Would the university have invoked academic freedom were the professor a Holocaust denier who claimed he only wanted to raise questions and teach the controversy? One very much doubts it, and that distinction by itself tells us a great deal about academia’s real boundaries. And did a Catholic priest or bishop write what Plummer wrote? We would not hear the end of the howling, screaming, vein-bulging outrage.
Would you have this bizarre procedure to boost your penis size?
LADS are forking out £4,500 for thicker manhoods.
Daily Star, By Sarah Buchanan / Published 9th March 2016
Lots of lads are obsessed with the look and size of their penis.
And for those who feel like they’re seriously lacking in the trouser department, getting penis enlargement surgery or penoplasty might seem like the only option.
But length isn’t all that matters – a new cosmetic trend is seeing men opt for surgery to increase their girth down below.
Speaking exclusively to Dailystar.co.uk, certified plastic surgeon Dr David Alessi revealed everything you need to know about penis priming procedures.
“Men are asking for increase in girth,” he said.
But what does it take to bulk out the circumference of your trouser snake?
“Fat injections to increase girth involve taking fat from the belly and injecting it deeply into the penis," he continued.
The procedure takes around 45 minutes and will set you back £4,500 but you have abstain from sex for six weeks to let the penis heal.
As for the results of the manhood makeover, don’t expect to stretch more than 1inch wider than you were before.
And Dr Alessi revealed that the long-term effects of the procedure could be less than desirable.
“Unfortunately, upwards of 90% of men are dissatisfied with the results,” he said.
While penis enlargement surgery lasts forever, the same can’t be said for a girth job.
Shockingly just 12 months after going under the knife a man’s penis can become flat and uneven and it can also suffer from scarring.
“Lumpiness and loss of most of the fat within one year is the norm,” Dr Alessi admitted.
The medic, who founded the Alessi Institutes and Face Forward, a charity offering free procedures for victims of domestic abuse, warned that lads’ obsession with penis size could be a symptom of a serious psychological problem.
He said: “Most men who think they have a small penis actually don’t. Studies vary, but research suggests that the average erect penis ranges from under five inches to just under six inches.
“Most men who think their penis is too small have penis dysmorphic syndrome and would be better off seeing a shrink and not a surgeon.”
95 percent of the victims of violence are men. Because women feel flattered when men fight each other and kill each other to prove that they are real men.
Botox Might Have One Surprising Sex Benefit
Botox, most commonly used for face flab and wrinkle-fighting, actually has a lot of uses that many people don’t know about. For example, a jab or two of the stuff in the pits puts an end to excess sweating, it helps people who pee a little when they sneeze not pee when they sneeze, and now, doctors have found yet another use for Botox, which might help the approximately 30% of men worldwide who suffer from premature ejaculation last a lot longer.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, it was revealed that temporarily paralyzing one of the main muscles necessary for ejaculation, the bulbospongiosus muscle, which runs from the bottom of your crack to the base of your penis, is very effective at delaying ejaculation.
In the study, 33 male rats received an injection of either .5 units of Botox, a full unit of Botox, or plain saline into the muscle, and the results showed that the rats that received the full unit injection of Botox took an average of 10 minutes to ejaculate, whereas the rats that received only saline lasted a measly 6.5 minutes, and the rats that were injected with half a unit of Botox ejaculated after 8.5 minutes, confirming the hypothesis that Botox does, indeed, make you last longer. Success!
During and after the study, the researchers didn’t observe any adverse side effects from the Botox, meaning this novel treatment could very well be widespread one day. In fact, clinicaltrials.gov is currently recruiting participants for the human trial of the study, but it goes without saying that most men would cringe at the thought of a needle going anywhere near their manhood.
This isn’t the first time Botox has proved useful in the sex department, with studies showing that Botox, when injected into the muscles of the vaginal wall, is an effective treatment for vaginismus, which is when the muscles of the vagina involuntarily constrict, making sex very painful for her, and basically impossible for both of you. So yeah, even though it’s actually a form of botulism, Botox is pretty damn cool.
Long live Botox!
Paedophilia Labelling and Moral Panics
"Social groups create deviance by making rules whose infraction constitutes deviance, and by applying those rules to particular people and labelling them as outsiders...The deviant is one to whom the label has successfully been applied; deviant behavior is behavior that people so label" (Becker, 1963: 8-14).
This essay will examine the process of 'labelling' a person as deviant; in this case the paedophile; the moral clampdown on the paedophile and the rise of public concern with the assistance of the mass media, resulting in 'moral panic' and the consequences that follow.
The Australian Concise Oxford dictionary (1992) defines deviance as meaning, "the act or state of diverging from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour". This definition doesn't illuminate the diversity of deviations within mainstream society, nor the consequences involved when a person is labelled 'deviant'. The simple act of labelling an outsider as 'deviant' implies that any person deviating from their cultural norms and values are "engaging in misconduct, that their actions are harmful to society, they are selfish, evil and must be stopped' (Goode, Nachman: 29). Like beauty, labelling is in the eye of the beholder (Sagrin: 124), an act of deviance to one, may not be a deviant act to another (online Social Construction and labelling).
Sociologists use the term "deviance" not in an evaluative sense but to refer to departure from conventional norms and values (Nathanson, Paulhus, Williams). Sociologists have many theories regarding deviance; however we will examine the 'Labelling Theory' which focuses on deviance as a socially constructed phenomenon rather than being conducted inherently (Giddens: 2009). The 'Labelling theory' is a sociological perspective that can be used to investigate deviant acts (Smith online); according to Giddens (2009:1123) it has become a dominant paradigm in explaining deviance.
The term 'Labelling' originated in Lemert's writings during the 1950's and subsequently developed through Becker, during the 1960's (Smith, Blackwell). Becker states that deviance is created by society, whereby the cultures in which you are socialised establish the rules to be adhered to, consequently any deviations of those rules will illustrate disapproval (in Sagrin: 126) whereby the deviant may or may not be labelled. The theory has been adapted by many Sociologists, who have various definitions of the concept (Sagarin: 3). The theory suggests that actors become 'deviant' due to the acts they commit, what follows is a gradual shift, where all acts committed by the deviant person is labelled as suspicious (Sagrin:123). Lemert referred to the two propositions constituting the theory as primary and secondary deviation. Deviation opposed to deviance, as all people deviate occasionally from norms within society (Sagrin: 124). According to Lemert two things happen when an act of deviation occurs, the first is the 'deviation' label that is imposed by others, this suggests that they are not normal, they are evil and should not be part of the community (Sagrin:124). Secondary deviation frequently causes more harm than the primary act itself, once labelled, the actor becomes fearful and paranoid, characteristics develop from low self-esteem to self-hate (Sagrin: 124) "Labelling... shuns offenders and treats them as outcasts and may provoke a rebellious and criminal reaction from them" (Karp 1998: 283; Maxwell and Morris 1999). As Erikson suggests "a moment of deviation may become the measure of a person's position in society" (in Rubington: 25).
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a 'paedophile' as "a person with paedophilia, that is, an abnormal sexual love of children". According to Bill Glaser it is not a love of children but a lust for them (In James: 6). Paedophilia is an extremely complex issue, where characteristics are not easily defined; paedophiles do not fit into one sub-cultural group within society. They lack a set of symbols that divide them from the 'norm', they do not have a notable dress style, verbal or prominent body language to highlight that they are 'deviant' (in Rubington: 5). Paedophiles are from any ilk; they may be well educated or not; rich or poor; married or unmarried; employed or unemployed, they are found in every suburb; they are family members and neighbours, guardians and social workers, child care workers and teachers, coaches and football heroes, church leaders and politicians, judges and doctors, anybody (James 1996:1) (Paedophilia, policy and prevention PDF). Becker states that the only thing deviants have in common is, 'they share the label and the experience of being labelled as outsiders (1963:11)
The mass media and other control agencies have status and power that is used to publicly label an offender, what is created sociologists call 'moral panic' (Giddens: 949). During the 1960's sociologist Stanley Cohen introduced 'Folk Devils' and 'Moral Panics', depicting the mass media's exaggerations regarding youth disturbances at a British seaside resort. 'Folk Devils and Moral Panics', currently a term widely adopted by sociologists interested in the relationship between the media and the public. The paedophile depicts the 'Folk Devil', the outsider, the deviant that deserves "targets of self-righteous anger, hostility and punishment" (Goode, Nachman: 31).
According to Critcher the paedophile is a classic 'Folk Devil'. The moral panic surrounding the paedophile isn't necessarily about what he is doing but the fears and anxieties that is represented (in Marsh, Melville, 2009: 61-65).
The mass media exposes 'the paedophile' as an external threat; this creates a 'moral panic' focusing attention on the dangers that paedophilic sex offenders pose outside the home, however statistics prove that it is often a trusting figure within the community that is the perpetrator (Cowburn, M. , Dominelli, L: 2-3). The paedophile priest is an example of a socially constructed 'folk devil', he is respected within the community, he has status and power which is used to gain trust. "It has long been theorized that strict religious teachings on sexuality are capable of causing abnormal behaviour... the Church's teachings on sexuality... lead[s] to a development of sexual dysfunction amongst its priests" (Vexen 2009). According to Cohen if something triggers a threat and if conditions are right, a moral panic can suddenly appear and disappear just as quickly. Moral panics ensue when reaction to this development is amplified by agents of social control (Cohen 1980:9). Any panic caused by the paedophile priest is promptly concealed by the Church; the priest in concern is relocated, rehabilitated or placed on leave until the moral panic diminishes (Vexen 2009).
The 'Moral panic' relates to the overreaction of the mass media, police and local community authorities (Germov and Poole: 509) in hope that their agenda items acquire priority and implantation, and also to raise anxiety and risk levels in the public so criminal justice and political systems will be pressured to employ additional laws and order policies. In America for example, Megan's law was passed three months after seven-year-old, Megan Kanta was sexually assaulted and murdered by a neighbouring paedophile (Hinds, 1997: ). The Moral panic surrounding Megan's death, therefore implemented new notification laws. Names and addresses of sex offenders are placed on sex offender registries to notify families of any perpetrators that may live close by. Registers conversely raise problems of labelling, secondary deviance, scapegoating and moral panic (Lemert, 1967, Szasz, 1970, Cohen, 1987 in Ronken C., Lincoln R.). ??
Recently in Hobart, The Collectors ABC, high profile television presenter, Andy Muirhead was charged during February this year with viewing child internet pornography, again in June for possession of material (Amanda Mead, June 12 2010 The Australian). Although the content is not known, Muirhead is labelled, as an outsider, a 'Folk Devil', a sex offender. Australia currently does not have a sex offender register and many people oppose the idea. Publicly labelling on a registry, in many cases can do more harm than good (Fitch 2006) The scope of sex offences that are on the register and labelled as 'paedophile' are extensive, for instance a girl in Georgia who had been placed on the register following conviction of sodomy is alongside the most evil of child sex offenders imaginable (Vexen). A paedophile that is on a registery is a labelled 'paedophile' for life. Following prison and reinstatement, life chances decrease through alienation (Vexen 2.2). Vigilante groups often take action forcing the offender out of the community. The following music track by The Christians depicts the feelings of an outsider once labelled as deviant; "You're the man with no choice, yes it's been decided you've done wrong. And there's single voice that will stand up and say, 'oh just what has he done?'For they all read the news, and it's surely proof enough for them. And they flatly refuse to consider, oh, was he really to blame?"("When the fingers point" music track by The Christians)
The Media is responsible for deliberately and unnecessarily amplifying public fears about crime, the current social construction of 'the paedophile' creates a media-orchestrated 'moral panic' where imagery by the media influence public awareness (Cowburn, M., Dominelli, L: 2).They constantly argue that sex offenders are different; they cannot be treated and will reoffend (James). The media instils images through News headings such as; 'AFP crack Facebook paedophile porn ring, Police swoop on child sex offenders' (online), 'Man jailed after pleading guilty to possessing more than 50,000 images of child pornography' (Herald Sun online) and 'Hundreds of children exposed to sex offenders in Victoria'. These are some headings that would make it difficult for anyone reading the latest news not to have come to the wrong conclusion that every paedophile is a homicidal maniac (Ryan, 2003:2).
The media also emphasises the view of the sex offender as a threatening stranger from whom the innocent public must be protected (Kitzinger, 1999). 'Stranger danger', a prime example of misrepresentation by the media who would like us to believe that paedophilia is committed by complete strangers; randomly assaulting unknown children, victims as mentioned above are often children who already have an established social relationship with the perpetrator (James: 1). The Moral panic surrounding 'stranger danger' often results in parents undertaking risk management strategies such as acknowledging the sex offender registry and consuming necessary items to protect their children. Mobile telephones, surveillance cameras, internet safety options and monitoring all help ease any fear of moral panic instilled by the media. Danish parents have gone to extremes by enrolling their children in day care centres that have webcams. Children can be viewed throughout the working day via the internet with a secure password, parents can have peace of mind knowing that their children are safe (Jorgensen, V).
A person is deviating from social norms once labelled so. Therefore the act of paedophilia is not deviant until the actor is labelled as a paedophile. Once the label has been applied through the exaggeration imposed by the authorities and the mass media, the actor becomes isolated, fearful and alienated. The labelled paedophile experiences decreased life chances due to vigilantism that is provoked, often the paedophile lives in danger in prison and following reinstatement due to the pubic sex offender registry.
More moral panics will be generated and other, as yet nameless, folk devils will be created. This is not because such developments have an inexorable inner logic, but because our society as present structured will continue to generate problems for some of its members...and then condemn whatever solution these groups find [Cohen 1987:204]. A moral crusade is established by the media so that people are prepared to accept authoritarian and social controls such as new laws as solutions to the sex offender problems.
Cary Grant was one of the first to benefit from LSD therapy
Today, research on the effects of psychedelics is one of the most exciting fields of psychology. The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved a clinical trial to test if the psychedelic compound in ecstasy can treat PTSD; psilocybin, the key ingredient in magic mushrooms is now considered a promising treatment for depression; and studies suggest that LSD could help combat alcoholism. There’s still plenty of red tape and skepticism, but it feels like scientists are well on their way to establishing the health benefits of these powerful drugs.
It feels terribly cutting edge, but such research is, in fact, old. Before LSD became a party drug, it was used to treat conditions like alcoholism, PTSD, and depression. And, as a new documentary on Cary Grant explores, the actor was one of the first to experience LSD in a psychiatric setting.
According to the film, Becoming Cary Grant, the actor first tried LSD at the Psychiatric Institute of Beverly Hills in 1958 and took the drug 100 times over the following three years. He was effusive about the results, as Vanity Fair reports, telling Look magazine in 1959, “at last, I am close to happiness.” He viewed the treatment as a way of resolving childhood trauma and coming to terms with the ends of difficult marriages; after starting his LSD treatment, Grant realized, “all my life, I’ve been going around in a fog.”
Though LSD had been used as treatment for a few years previously, Grant’s enthusiasm helped popularize the then-little-known drug. In total, from 1950-1965, around 40,000 patients were prescribed LSD to treat a variety of conditions. The drug was little known at first but gradually increased in popularity before US drug safety regulations began to restrict its use in 1962. In 1966, possession of the drug was made illegal in the US.
The backlash against LSD—partly attributed to negative experiences of the drug, or bad trips, and partly to its association with the political counterculture of the time—was closely linked not just to its recreational use, but also the lack of rigor around psychological research at the time. Timothy Leary, a Harvard psychologist who was studying the psychological effects of psychedelics in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was not allowed to continue working at the university in 1963, in part due to his sloppy research. Leary was accused of giving psychedelics to undergraduates without medical supervision and, after leaving academia, went on to promote psychedelics with the phrase, “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Then-president Richard Nixon reportedly called him “the most dangerous man in America.”
But though early research in LSD as therapy has a decidedly mixed reputation, Robin Carhart-Harris, head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, says that much of the work undertaken in the 1950s and ‘60s was actually quite strong.
“It’s easy for us to be derogatory about the old research but they were asking all the questions we’re asking now,” he says, “Perhaps the methods weren’t as tight as they are today but, even so, there was a fair amount of good work.”
Today, he says researchers are “more privileged.” Brain imaging has been instrumental in navigating the effects of psychedelics and there are now standard rating scales for measuring depression, for example, as well as careful placebo control procedures and a greater awareness of biases.
Carhart-Harris says he and his colleagues occasionally read through older literature. It can feel reassuring, he says, to see that the effects they’re finding today were also noted decades ago.
“In a way we’re re-inventing the wheel, but we’re doing it with the knowledge and methods we have now,” he says. “You can think of the old literature as being quite extensive and rich but also a little loose and quite poetic.”
Herbert Kleber, professor of psychiatry and substance-abuse researcher at Columbia University, notes that the smaller doses used today are far safer than in previous decades. While working on narcotics addiction at the US Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky (now called the Federal Medical Center) in 1965, Kleber conducted research into LSD’s potential as a treatment treatment for addiction.
He did not get far in his research, and though he believed there were early signs that the drug could be useful for breaking addiction cycles, he also saw plenty of bad trips. “I remember there was a painting on the wall and under the influence of LSD, one patient [in the study] saw the painting come off the wall and chase him around the room,” he says. “Another one tried to break down a door because he was convinced his wife was on the other side and we were keeping her from him.” Kleber was interested in testing the drug at a lower dose, he says, but LSD was banned soon after.
Despite the downsides, researchers were uncovering the potential value of LSD. Carhart-Harris points out that prominent figures such as senator Robert F. Kennedy were supportive of the research, and went to bat for LSD in Washington, DC. “If they [LSD experiments] were worthwhile six months ago, why aren’t they worthwhile now?” Kennedy asked the FDA in 1966, after research on the drug was banned. “Perhaps to some extent we have lost sight of the fact that [LSD] can be very, very helpful in our society if used properly.”
But research into the medical benefits of psychedelics stalled in the late 1960s. “[Cultural attitudes] are very powerful and they stick,” says Carhart-Harris. “We’re the victims of that, and so are patients to some extent—victims of this stigma and misinformation.” As a result, there are no approved medicinal uses for LSD, but both Kleber and Carhart-Harris agree there’s evidence the research should continue. “If you have a compound that seems to be beneficial, works in a novel way, and does something different than currently available treatments, then you could really question the ethics of withholding funding,” says Carhart-Harris.
The good news is that, thanks in part to tighter research methods, government agencies are starting to loosen up restrictions on studying psychedelics. Psychologists are now picking up a decades old experiment. “We’re both catching up and advancing,” adds Carhart-Harris.
But there’s no guarantee that the trend will hold. “I don’t want to be too naive and say, ‘it’s just not going to happen this time because we’ve learnt from the mistakes of the past,’” says Carhart-Harris. After all, he adds, in politics, “anything can happen.”
It is the secret dream of every Swedish or German woman to marry a black men, or at least have sex with a black man. Every smart young African man should migrate to Europe. Free money, nice house, good sex!
Testosterone Injections Caused Patient's Penis To Double In Length
To be filed under “don’t try this at home”, a man in Pakistan has managed to double his penis size by taking testosterone injections for nine months. The 34-year-old man was treated for a condition in which his body does not produce enough of the hormone, meaning his penis had not developed as is normal.
The man presented himself to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi for treatment. He initially sought help for the fact that he could not grow a beard, armpit hair, or pubic hair, in addition to the fact that he felt he was having fewer morning erections than would be expected. It turned out that he also had a very small penis – equivalent in size to a 12 year old – and absent ejaculations.
He was diagnosed with a condition known as hypogonadism, which in simple terms is the inability to produce enough testosterone, although it is unusual for a man to be diagnosed with the condition so late in life.
The condition can arise during fetal development, in which case the genitals of the genetically male infant can end up developing to look like a vagina, can be ambiguous, or can simply be underdeveloped in general. The condition can also occur later in life, and if this happens before or during puberty, it can lead to a lack of growth in facial and body hair, reduced size of the penis and testicles, and even a failure of the voice to “drop”.
The patient, as described in the British Medical Journal Case Reports, was displaying a number of these symptoms. After initially assessing him for his concerns about his hair, the doctors found that his penis was only 5 centimeters (1.9 inches) long when stretched, about the same length as a pre-pubescent boy. His testicles were also around half the size they should be for a man of his age.
After testing his testosterone levels, they found them to be 55.99 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), far below the average male levels in the region of 270-1,070 ng/dL. To try and address this, they placed him on a course of hormone injections over a period of nine months.
At the end of his treatment, they found that his penis length had almost doubled in size to 9.5 centimeters (3.7 inches) long, and his testicle size had also doubled in size to 20 milliliters. The doctors think that while there are not many cases of men waiting so long to be diagnosed with such a condition, this patient is probably not the only one.
Either way, I think it’s safe to say that unless you actually have the condition, this is probably not something you should try at home.
PEDOPHILE SOUTH KOREAN DIPLOMAT CAUSES INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT WITH CHILE
A South Korean diplomat in Chile accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls was summoned home, Tuesday, to face questioning by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to diplomatic sources. “The diplomat returned home early this morning in accordance with the ministry’s summons,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
The diplomat, named Park Jeong-hak, was in charge of promoting K-pop at the Korean Embassy to Chile. He was accused of making improper physical contact with a 14-year-old Chilean girl in September while teaching Korean.
Park’s inappropriate actions were made public after a Chilean broadcaster aired, Sunday (local time), film of him sexually abusing an actress disguised as a teenage girl captured by a hidden camera. The broadcaster planned the program, in which it had the actress deliberately lure him, after receiving a tip-off from the parents of a victim.
After the airing of the program called “En Su Propia Trampa” (In Your Own Trap), which sparked public fury in the Latin American country, Yoon Seo-ho, a Korean immigrant who has lived in Chile for 12 years, told a CBS radio program, Tuesday, that the diplomat had been notorious for his sexual offenses even before the program was aired.
The diplomat was also accused of raping a 12-year-old girl as well as sexually harassing the Chilean wife of a Korean immigrant, Yoon said. [Korea Times]
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