Archive for 2015

Autonomous Golf Green Mowing and the Death of Lawn Maintenance Employment in General

Courtesy of Mish.

If mining operations will soon be autonomous, can golf course maintenance be far behind?

Here’s an image of what to expect.

Please consider the Cub Cadet.

Since its introduction, the RG3 has been operated, demonstrated and tested at over two dozen courses nationwide, mowing more than 45 million square feet of greens in a variety of shapes, sizes, contours and grass types. During that time, the RG3 has been proven to make the golf course maintenance staff at least 50% more productive during the critical course preparation hours, while providing unparalleled consistency across all greens.

In addition to labor efficiencies, the RG3 has been proven to provide greens speed increases consistent with lightweight rolling practices, and the most consistent putting surface possible across all greens by combining rolling and mowing in the same unit and eliminating the influence of an operator.

Using a proprietary positioning technology that trumps GPS, the RG3 moves precisely and safely across the green, traveling in straight lines and along curved perimeters without the need for a human operator. Its gentle turns minimize turf bruising, while a built-in traction control feature reduces drum slipping on steep inclines. With a turn distance that is adjustable each day, turns in the same location can be eliminated.

The RG3’s impact to our putting greens has exceeded my expectations. We are achieving higher clipping yield, more consistent greens speeds and smoother putting surfaces with less manpower,” says John Shaw, CGCS, Valley Brook CC.

Death of Lawn Maintenance Employment

Expect golf course mowing positions to vanish within a few years. Many yard work service positions will vanish as well.

Zero-degree mowers are in widespread use. It will not take much to equip them with self-mowing capability.

So instead of a homeowner farming out mowing (or mowing himself), envision a system where the homeowner maps the perimeters of the lawn and the perimeters of any flower beds that need to be avoided, and the mower does the rest.

Rather than pay someone to mow the lawn twice a week, a fully autonomous mower would pay for itself in a year or two most likely. And the higher the minimum wage, the faster the payback of purchasing such equipment rather than hiring someone to mow your lawn….



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Leader Of Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis Appointed As Advisor To Army

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

With Greece on the verge of either getting kicked out of Europe or suffer through yet another government overhaul, one which many suggest may usher the “last” option for Greece, the ultra nationalist, neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party into governance, some wonder if it is not Europe’s ulterior intention to force a populist shift toward right wing, nationalist parties (perhaps best observed in France where Marine le Pen’s dramatic rise to power has left many dazed and confused) one which will lead to social instability and shortly thereafter, war (because in a world in which every Keynesian voodoo trick to revive the economy has failed, war is the last remaining outcome).

So while we await to see if Europe’s turn to ultra right wing movements accelerates in the coming months, we just learned of a very disturbing development in just as insolvent Ukraine, where moments ago the website of the local Ministry of Defense reported that Dmytro Yarosh, i.e., the person show below…

… leader of Ukraine’s “Right Sector” political party, whose adherents are shown in the photos below…

… and whose political ideology has been described as nationalist, ultranationalist, neofascist, right-wing, or far right, was just appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff.

From the Ukraine ministry of defense:

Dmytro Yarosh appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff

Dmytro Yarosh, leader of ‘Pravyi Sector’ (Right Sector) political party, appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff. Yesterday, Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmytro Yarosh agreed the format of cooperation between ‘Pravyi Sector’ and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko stressed the Ukrainian army had become one of the strongest armies of Europe; the Ukrainian soldiers proved they knew how to fight and appreciated the contribution of volunteer battalions to defense of Ukraine and said: “We understand the needs of changes and increase of efficiency at all the army levels. We also consider various models of formation of the army reserve. We are developing the reforms and will implement them. We gathered all the patriots and defenders of Ukraine under single leadership. The enemy understands our unity and that its attempts end in failure. We have one goal and the united Ukraine. The Army becomes stronger each week”.


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Leader Of Ukraine’s Ultranationalist “Right Sector” Appointed As Army Advisor

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

With Greece on the verge of either getting kicked out of Europe or suffer through yet another government overhaul, one which many suggest may usher the “last” option for Greece, the ultra nationalist, neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party into governance, some wonder if it is not Europe’s ulterior intention to force a populist shift toward right wing, nationalist parties (perhaps best observed in France where Marine le Pen’s dramatic rise to power has left many dazed and confused) one which will lead to social instability and shortly thereafter, war (because in a world in which every Keynesian voodoo trick to revive the economy has failed, war is the last remaining outcome).

So while we await to see if Europe’s turn to ultra right wing movements accelerates in the coming months, we just learned of a very disturbing development in just as insolvent Ukraine, where moments ago the website of the local Ministry of Defense reported that Dmytro Yarosh, i.e., the person show below…

… leader of Ukraine’s “Right Sector” political party, whose adherents are shown in the photos below…

… and whose political ideology has been described as nationalist, ultranationalist, neofascist, right-wing, or far right, was just appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff.

From the Ukraine ministry of defense:

Dmytro Yarosh appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff

Dmytro Yarosh, leader of ‘Pravyi Sector’ (Right Sector) political party, appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff. Yesterday, Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmytro Yarosh agreed the format of cooperation between ‘Pravyi Sector’ and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko stressed the Ukrainian army had become one of the strongest armies of Europe; the Ukrainian soldiers proved they knew how to fight and appreciated the contribution of volunteer battalions to defense of Ukraine and said: “We understand the needs of changes and increase of efficiency at all the army levels. We also consider various models of formation of the army reserve. We are developing the reforms and will implement them. We gathered all the patriots and defenders of Ukraine under single leadership. The enemy understands our unity and that its attempts end in failure. We have one goal and the united Ukraine. The Army becomes stronger each week”.


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Cypriot President Throws Greeks Under The Bus: “Planning To Deal With Grexit”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

“I want to believe that there is no such risk,” says Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, but in a shock to the Greeks, their close ‘ally’ in Cyprus, as KeepTalking Greece notes, openly joined the international Grexit propaganda club, as Anastasiades said his country had a backup plan to deal with the fallout of a possible Greek exit from the eurozone.

As ekathimerini reports,  Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades told a media conference in Nicosia on Friday that Nicosia has a backup plan to deal with the fallout of a possible Greek exit from the eurozone.

“I want to believe that there is no such risk,” Anastasiades said in response to a reporter’s question. But to be on the safe side, Nicosia has “prepared a plan to deal with whichever outcome may transpire,” Anastasiades said, citing a Cypriot saying according to which “forward-looking children cook before they get hungry.”

Anastasiades added that there was no “great” risk to the Cypriot economy in such a case and that measures had been drawn up to tackle “the minimal risk… and reduce it further.”

Also on Friday, Anasastasides announced that Cyprus will next week lift the last of the capital controls that were imposed two years ago as part of a 10-billion euro European bailout.

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It seems a fair bet to ‘plan’ on grexit given the record credit spreads…

But seeing their close partner Cyprus join ‘the other side’ leaves Greece with very few ‘friends’ in the Union… (though a couple of big ones ex-union)





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Many Big Guns Still Betting On Oil Comeback In 2015

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Henry Trinh via OilPrice.com,

Surprisingly, the flow of crude oil is still accelerating, much like the money going into crude oil funds. Three of the largest crude oil funds include USO, OIL, and UCO. UCO is unique due to the fact that it’s an exchange-traded fund that uses leverage, mostly in the form of derivatives, to correspond to twice (200%) the daily performance of its underlying benchmark, the Bloomberg WTI Crude Oil Sub-index. Since the fund corresponds to 2X the daily performance rather than total performance of its underlying index, mainly day traders, hedge funds, and speculators predicting an oil rebound would invest in such a risky investment. Considering that UCO has a total return of -81.29% since June 2014, the rewards are great for those investing in this fund in a crude oil bull market; however as the statistic shows, a leveraged fund could also destroy a portfolio if their predictions are wrong.

With the fears of oil inventories rising to record levels and OPEC refusing to cut its production, the price of crude oil is still facing global downward pressure. Bearing in mind these factors, there seems to be no clear sign of a bull market for crude oil in sight. Nonetheless, not everyone agrees with what the market is doing. Many large financial institutions have large stakes in UCO and thus are still betting that crude oil can make a comeback beginning in 2015.

Let’s examine the top ten firms with the greatest stake in UCO, based on information from each firm’s 2014 4th quarter 13Fs.

GreatestStakesInUCO

The amount of money that these bulge bracket hedge funds and asset management firms are pumping into the crude oil market, more specifically UCO, is astounding. The risks of investing in a leveraged-ETF cannot be stressed enough. Losing 81% of a client’s portfolio would damage a firm’s reputation beyond repair. Even so, many firms are still choosing to invest hundreds of thousands and in Goldman Sachs’s case, millions in UCO overlooking the fact that the ETF tends to move between 5- 20% on a daily basis these days.

Analysts’ 2015 predictions for crude oil have ranged from $30 to an average of about $60 per barrel of WTI crude oil. With the current price of $49 and…
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China’s ‘Warren Buffett’ Denies Rigging His Own Stocks

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

With 30% of the ‘money’ in Chinese stocks officially ‘dumb money’ and leverage of epic proportions, it is hardly surprising that the wealthiest of wealthy are – allegedly – taking advantage. As the broad Chinese stock market has surged, Hanergy Holding Group – the world’s largest solar power company – has seen its stock price triple in a few months with late-day surges driving a lot of the gains. Amid accusations from the industry, Hanergy’s chairman, Li Hejun – among China’s wealthiest – has denied manipulation of its stock price, suggesting the public’s recognition of the thin-film power generation’s prospect is the reason… sure…

Normal…

Normal-er

As Xinhua reports,

Li Hejun, chairman of the Hanergy Holding Group Ltd., the world’s largest solar power company in market value, denied manipulation of its stock price that tripled within four months on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange when speaking to Xinhua on Thursday.

Since the end of November, the stock price of the Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, the listed arm of Hanergy Holding Group Ltd, nearly tripled within four months and its market value reached about 300 billion Hong Kong dollars (38.7 billion U.S. dollars), making Li the richest man in China.

The drastic surge in its share price has been questioned by some institutions.

“The last-10-minute surges were only reported in ten out of the more than 200 trading days in the past year,” said Li.

“Controlling shareholders’ intentional manipulation of the stock prices did not exist,” said Li.

Li said transactions between the Hanergy Thin Film Power Group and its parent company were all approved by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Li said the public’s recognition of the thin-film power generation’s prospect contributed to the high market value of the Hanergy Thin Film Power Group.

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It’s only manipulation if it’s not the oligarchs doing it…





Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower – The Pointless Hubris Of A Decadent Tyranny

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by James H. Kunstler, via Contra Corner blog,

 

Behold the proposed new Kingdom Tower for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — at one full kilometer in height, about twice the size of New York’s new Freedom Tower.

Kingdom-Tower 1

The  Kingdom Tower comprises 252 floors of mixed market apartments, hotel rooms, and offices. It is an axiom that imperial societies build their greatest monuments just before they collapse, so consider this a portent for the oil empire of Saudi Arabia. There will always be an Arabia — well something will occupy that desolate region — but it may not be the private domain of the Saud clan much longer, especially as war breaks out across the Middle East and Persia.

kingdom-tower2

This will give you some idea of the scale. A year ago I went on on a junket to Dubai (a panel to discuss the development of a proposed a new urban quarter). The opening night cocktail party was held at the top of the Burj Khalifa. I took a cab to the base of the damn thing, looked up at the top, and almost blew chunks. Well, I guess some people enjoy being trapped 2500 feet up in the air.

Kingdom-Tower-Target

Considering the hostilities currently ramping up in that part of the world, I have just one design suggestion to make (below) that might make explicit the true destiny of the Kingdom Tower. After all, that is a technique pioneered by Saudis.





Richard Wyckoff Stock Position Sheet – PART 1

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

richard-wyckoff-stock-position-sheet--part-1Richard Wyckoff used this tool for over 20 years, of course as readtheticker.com is a fan website of Richard Wyckoff here is our reproduction of his work.

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Notes from the tool guide:

2) PnF Wave Swing Scanner is useful for the Richard Wyckoff Position Sheet work.

3) Please review the Swing pop out chart Daily PnF chart to review 3,2,1s. The data in the PnF Wave scanner is based on this PnF chart.

4) PnF numbers are: 3 is AveBarChg x2, under 20 days, 2 is AveBarChg x1.5, under 20 days, 1 is AveBarChg x1.5, over 20 days.

5) AveBarChg: Is the average change in price by percentage of each PnF bar or wave for all bars on the chart (see note 3 above).

6) Blue is positive, red is negative change. The 3s are fast moving periods and can be climatic, 1s are slower.

7) PnF Last is the last bar that occured. When PnF Last and PnF Sum are shaded this means the last 21 bars are all blue or red, no conflict.

8) PnF Sum is the summation of the last 21 bars as shown by the PnF Wave History (see note 3 above).

9) PnF Wave History shows the last 21 PnF bars or waves (see note 3 above). Horizontal study works, vertical does not as time is not in sync.

10) Step Btw 20 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 20 days.

11) Step Btw 130 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 130 days.

12) Step Btw 200 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 200 days.

13) Step Btw 300 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over…
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Richard Wyckoff Stock Position Sheet

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

richard-wyckoff-stock-position-sheetRichard Wyckoff used this tool for over 20 years, of course as readtheticker.com is a fan website of Richard Wyckoff here is our reproduction of his work.

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Notes from the tool guide:

2) PnF Wave Swing Scanner is useful for the Richard Wyckoff Position Sheet work.

3) Please review the Swing pop out chart Daily PnF chart to review 3,2,1s. The data in the PnF Wave scanner is based on this PnF chart.

4) PnF numbers are: 3 is AveBarChg x2, under 20 days, 2 is AveBarChg x1.5, under 20 days, 1 is AveBarChg x1.5, over 20 days.

5) AveBarChg: Is the average change in price by percentage of each PnF bar or wave for all bars on the chart (see note 3 above).

6) Blue is positive, red is negative change. The 3s are fast moving periods and can be climatic, 1s are slower.

7) PnF Last is the last bar that occured. When PnF Last and PnF Sum are shaded this means the last 21 bars are all blue or red, no conflict.

8) PnF Sum is the summation of the last 21 bars as shown by the PnF Wave History (see note 3 above).

9) PnF Wave History shows the last 21 PnF bars or waves (see note 3 above). Horizontal study works, vertical does not as time is not in sync.

10) Step Btw 20 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 20 days.

11) Step Btw 130 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 130 days.

12) Step Btw 200 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 200 days.

13) Step Btw 300 shows the percentage of closes within the RTT Steps Band (29,0.1,32,4) over 300 days.



NOTE: readtheticker.com does allow users to load objects and text on charts, however some annotations are by a free third party image tool named Paint.net

Investing Quote…

..”Every once in a while you must go to cash, take a break, takes a vacation. Do not try to play the market all the time. It cannot be done, too tough on the emotions.”..

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$1 Billion Worth Of Cocaine Seized At Philadelphia Port

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Several thousand traders on Wall Street may be extra jittery tomorrow when the FOMC announcement hits at 2:00pm. The reason: shipping containers full of illegal drugs - mostly blow - were found and seized at a Philadelphia port in what authorities described as the largest seizure in the region's history. Back in March we reported by what at a time seemed like a giant haul when a ton and a half of cocaine seized at the port of New York and New Kersey, in what was describe...



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With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

 

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

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Courtesy of Jennifer Grygiel, Syracuse University

Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by hug...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Consumer Staple and Yields about to send key message to stocks?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Could the Staples sector and the yield on the 10-year note be on the verge of sending an important message to the stock and bond markets? It sure looks that way.

Staples ETF (XLP) is currently attempting to break above the January 2018 highs at (1). If it does, it would be a breakout of the trading range that has been in play for the past 18-months, as it looks to have created a double bottom last year.

The yield on the 10-year note (TNX)  has declined nearly 35%, since pea...



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Insider Scoop

30 Stocks Moving In Tuesday's Pre-Market Session

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Gainers
  • Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) rose 128.3% to $3.31 in pre-market trading after the company reported a strategic partnership with Ripple. Blockchain payments firm Ripple has made an investment in MoneyGram and will also allow the group to use its XRP cryptocurrency as part of the cross-border payments process. Ripple made an initial investment of $30 million in the money transfer company, made up of common stock and a warrant to purchase common stock. Ripple purchased newly-issued common stock including the shares underlying the warrant from MoneyGram at $4.10 per share.
  • Blue Apron Holdings, Inc....


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Biotech

Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

Reminder: Pharmboy is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

If you’ve got the raw data, why not mine it for more info? Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Sarah Catherine Nelson, University of Washington

Back in 2016, Helen (a pseudonym) took three different direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA. She saw genetic testing as a way...



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Silver Review

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

The folks in the federal reserve will debase the US dollar currency to an extreme degree silver will finally lift off the floor.. 

Note: Readers should re watch the silver back screen news video, here.

The following video looks at price action and Wyckoff logic.

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Digital Currencies

Cryptos Are Crashing As Asia Opens, Bitcoin Back Below $8k

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Having survived the day's bloodbath in US tech stocks, cryptos are crashing in the early Asian session, apparently playing catch-down to the day's de-risking.

While no catalyst is immediately evident, there are some reports noting 13 large global banks are preparing to launch digital versions of major global currencies next year, though we suspect this drop was more algorithmic that fundamental-driven.

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More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...



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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...



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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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