Waiting for Transformation

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While visiting Washington, District of Columbia from Oregon, I remember watching: Gallaudet: The Film in 2010 with late Carl Schroeder, it was the very day before we visited Gallaudet University. I could not exactly understand the social phenomenon that time because I was not a student at Gallaudet University.

When we entered on the campus from Florida Ave NE by car, I still remember the feeling when I stepped my shoes on the Gallaudet soil, it was something I would never forget. It was the path where we walked that way entering into Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) to find Department of ASL/Deaf Studies.

The passage of second wave Oralism to legalize oppression of American Sign Language (ASL) has been showing both films: Gallaudet: The Film By Facundo Element and Our Deaf Community | Celebrating Gallaudet By Convo has sent a signal to embrace ASL and Deaf culture. The Pandora Box has warned all of us.

I saw the film premiere by Convo last October 2019;

What’s the deal between Facundo Element and Convo? Between Gallaudet University and Convo? What about Gallaudet University and Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)? What is the difference between Communication Service for the Deaf and Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC)?

As University budgets continue to be slashed, Deaf-centered philosophy for the award-winning Deaf space, anti-bias resources had been lacked, and that is the problem of the Gallaudet system. When you enter Gallaudet University as a student, you would be colonized, good or bad. Whether you want to challenge or be a bystander; I now understand the social phenomenon.

The mentality of Gallaudet. I became a student in graduate program on a full-ride scholarship in ASL/Deaf Studies in 2013; Even though the first time in 2010 when I saw Gallaudet: The Film, it has not inflicted me that time. Again, because I couldn’t understand that time. So, I had to watch that film again, and that is where it hit the lighting. Just like Ben Franklin using the kite to test and see if the lighting strikes the kite.

Can we learn ourselves of oppressive Gallaudet University by conversing the university anew to preserve and promote ASL and Deaf Culture? That is exactly what Carl taught me on the plane back home from the Deaf Community (DC) to Portland.

He explained: Gallaudophobia to describe of oppression at Gallaudet University and elsewhere. Of course, we are not experts in curing Gallaudophobia; do you think it is a serious phobia? Is it the culture of fear an outgoing problem: Gallaudet-style oppression? Let me give you few examples of phobias:

Eleutherophobia: fear of freedom

Mastigophobia: fear of punishment

Epistemiphobia: fear of knowledge

Let’s turn our thoughts to the oppression. It strikes me that the program of Gallaudet University is more ideological more than phenomenal rather than generosity. Its ambition is to weaken or destroy ASL and Deaf Culture.

The Deaf space is the hottest market where Deaf scholars are treated with honour. Imagine Board of Trustees (BoT) who sits together in order to share wisdom and advice with the Gallaudet campus. Imagine going to this Board the moment you first recognize your own language there. Imagine sharing your concerns with the Board, the Deaf members like yourself who listen to you with respect. Imagine how you would feel about yourself if you could call on this Board’s guidance when you need it.

Wake up! Do we really have this kind of imagination at Gallaudet University today? Do we understand that the Board of Trustees is powerful? Have they failed to live within the goals now?

Hansel Bauman, the leading-architect for the Deaf Space at Gallaudet University, as I learned later that Janet Pray would typically say that sign language users are an “increasingly small” percentage of the deaf population.

In 2006, from GallyNet-L where a comment by Deep Eyes wrote:

“king and jk plan to meet with washington post editorial board this
afternoon. they will try to manipulate public info & perception. make
sure deaf people get correct info to the media

let world know that board voted 7-5 initially – 7 votes for jk and 5
votes for steve weiner. king then came into the picture…. manipulated
boardies like puppets and get ’em to go 12-0 for jk. illegal? No! But it
stinks!! king is now a fair game

look at king’s compensation package and perks. very similar to the mess
at american university which actually forced him to retire

DPN in 1988 belongs to all deaf people, not to king. remember that cuz
king and his people forget that”

About SLCC, there was a committee of university constituents (approx. 2002) who were discussing plans for the new building and the committee decided that the name should include the word “culture” as in “Sorenson Language and Cultural Center”–however, Irving King Jordan, Janet Fernandes, and Janet Pray ignored that and changed it to “Sorenson Language and Communication Center.” Some people think that when Janet Pray typed the minutes for the committee meetings that she sneakily changed what the committee decided.

Brian Riley wrote in February 2007: “Breaking News–Web page for SLCC taken off Gallaudet.edu”:

“According to one reliable report, Gallaudet’s Faculty and students (in committee) had originally objected to the plan to use the word “Communication” in the name of the building and favored the word “Cultural” instead. However, the wishes of the faculty and the students were ignored. The decision was made by Paul Kelly, Irving Jordan King, Jane Fernandes, and Catherine Sweet-Windham to bypass the committee’s decision. They overrode the decision and took their illegitimate decision (to use the word “Communication”) to the Board for approval.

Question have also raised about the legality of the contract between Sorenson and Gallaudet. The contract reportedly gives away patent rights to Sorenson for any new inventions or innovations created in the planned building.  Such an ill-conceived contract is probably not legal, since Gallaudet is registered as a 501 (c)(3) with the Federal Government and is required to reinvest all profits from campus activities and ventures back into the non-profit corporation of Gallaudet itself.”

In its place comes a sort of biblical oppression that would be in Christian name, EPHPHATHA. Through this Christian word on the official university seal, there would be no freedom of expression, no freedom of religion, no independent academic disciplines, and no place for scientific progress. In short, it would be our worst nightmare.

1) Home again at Gallaudet University;

2) The acceptance of ASL in the academy;

3) The nature and persistence of the linguistic research;

4) The power of ASL to influence and shape the human mind;

5) The character of faculty as it shapes intellectual life of the Deaf;

Is Gallaudet University a place of safety, where ASL becomes the focus? Is ASL home or fading?

The understanding of an economic system that oppress ASL and Deaf people be replaced with a system that meets the needs of the Audism. To that end, ASL pays tribute to Deaf people. It is the voice of thousands and thousands of everyday Deaf people who are fighting to preserve ASL and Deaf culture in crisis.

14 years ago. October 31, 2006. Washington Post editorial: Gallaudet Loss. Don’t we all remember that Post article or have we forgotten it? We need to review that again and again.

Despite more aggressive and often dishonest tactics, Gallaudet University public relations are encountering resistance on campus, not only students, but also faculty, staff, and alumni.

That leads to a newspaper letter, The Examiner written technically a letter to the editor by once again, Brian Riley in 2006: Protestors are trying to save Gallaudet University for the future has proved social problems today.

What happened to Gallaudet University unique because it is where ASL is best used comparing between 1988 and 2020? There are so many areas of scholarship in Gallaudet University that cry for betterment, and we need more insightful leaders to create a Deaf-centered path for all of us to be hungry for.

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The film differences between Facundo Element and Convo is something we need to do serious critical thinking how to save Gallaudet University for the future. One of the more powerful films we need to stumble upon block of stone that sits on the “sacred ground of the Deaf” in Washington, D.C., the problem is that it is still struggling to be as Deaf-centered University.

-JT

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References:

https://tinyurl.com/sf3a9uf

http://gallyprotest.org/DC_Examiner_LTE.pdf

http://gpli.blogspot.com/2006/10/letters-to-editor-examiner-oct-19-2006.html

 

The World is Waiting For You

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Gallaudet University website: Commencement Day 149th Ceremony

Commencement is the most important event and once-in-a-lifetime memory for our graduates and their families and friends. It is the day to celebrate our graduates’ hard work that goes into the achievement of graduating…..”

Friday, May 17, 2019:

Live streaming.

EPHPHATHA as seen on huge black Gallaudet seal banner on the wall behind people’s back while signing front of the audience, it is a political satire of Deaf people at least.

When those Deaf graduates go home carrying a degree with the same seal you see would make a political satire in your space even as the story about EPHPHATHA who espouse false hopes make the news, those very same Deaf graduates are granted rights in the Amendment VIII to push for justice. What is Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution?

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

What we saw was absolutely horrible and inhumane. It was a poor taste of showing large banner “EPHPHATHA” in spelling. Again, it was supposed to be the most important event and once-in-a-lifetime memory.

No, it is not just “be opened.” It is ABOUT “ears be opened”—they should not be facing “excessive bail” just because they are being Deaf—connected to the cruel punishment inflicted. Deaf graduating students as always shall be protected even in educational system, Gallaudet University, always shall eager to overcome Audism what little remains of the privileges that limit Deaf students by mocking them, frequently justifies what it shall be ordered by saying that EPHPTHATHA wants the power to prescribe serious effects the state of being Deaf and therefore comes under Congress’ power to regulate this.

When Deaf graduates restore and gave confidence to countless hours and their consequences are very real and with the systematic Audism, trying to make the most of each and every day, but Gallaudet University had the nerve to show the banner the power of hearing privileges on the most important day for Deaf graduates, why cannot they restore their confidence as state of being Deaf?

Gallaudet University also said: There is no other place like this in the world.

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Then the huge banner should not be shown at graduation day again because it is where Deaf students connect their world with the rest of the world and Deaf community we once knew as home.

The Commencement Day is about deep respect to step out and thrive on Deaf community behalf. Without being insulted. Gallaudet University needs a positive approach. When Deaf students growing up, they might be appeared to be happy to graduate, you would never guess how many of them would suffering through some dark times. Imagine from K to 12th grade, they would get bullied, physical and emotional times. They end up feeling worthless and think they would treat that way for the rest of their lives.

Gallaudet University, the beacon of healing and hope for Deaf people, seeking mental health help, they either are more or less tried to act like it never happened. The hope should be provided all the times. This month, May: Mental Health Awareness.

So, in 2019, EPHPHATHA should not hold the power and did not choose to empower Deaf students to prohibit oppression even in public accommodations. The banner shows the greatest invisible Audism on Gallaudet campus, properly acting under the rules. Then why is it continues to construe—to flagrantly oppress, to its advantage—a higher educational oppression problem?

With the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as the rights to the state of being Deaf—First Amendment, written to protect the rights of “speech” to use American Sign Language (ASL), EPHPHATHA authorizes Gallaudet University to oppress Deaf students with any goal that it asserts in a way, however struck, with an order to practice the reverberation of Audism.

Supposedly, there is no banner showing EPHPHATHA, would Deaf graduating students more vocal about their mental health and what they were going through with those around them as Deaf identity to be proud of? It would be a huge help on those roads to healing in all. Would it be nice to see with a smile on their faces that their lives is a precious thing with state of being Deaf without punished, I am sure that we all would not want to steal that away. Right?

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-JT

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Year 2064: Cyborg University for the Deaf

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The 21st century will bring many changes to Gallaudet: social changes as we enter the age of international terrorism known as “cochlear implants”, attempting to get rid of ASL and Deaf culture, as our government makes political decisions which will effect many generations to come on a global level.

There are, and will be environmental concerns as once we may run out of batteries. Imagine what if the future of cochlear implants demanding huge changes in 21st century would most likely to use genocide steps in scientific research, complete with its own moral quandaries over DNA identification, stem cell cloning, and cures for the state of being Deaf.

We are at economic struggles—where the technology is difficult to stabilize, due in part to foreign competition, outsourcing of labor and volatile stock market prices. Another problem that is already apparent and will become more so in the near future is the growing problem at Gallaudet University. The set up of a cochlear implant center at Gallaudet University is already a big red flag.

The sharing of cochlear implant center is bound to reach scarcity as we enter into this new era, unless we discard our Deaf culture and adopt a more effectual way of living, by replenishing, and reducing human oppression from the society telling us to get cochlear implant or else.

From an article (look below for references): “By 2064, it’s entirely possible that neural engineers may be fluent enough to mimic those instructions, allowing them to repair a human being’s faulty systems by rewiring them.”

Is Gallaudet University powerful and educated enough need to conjure more ways to share these valuable resources with Deaf community in an ever-growing international economy and global community that the money is for cochlear implant mapping is more important than ASL?

Unless we bring our knowledge and truth, then cochlear implant companies would seriously interfere with Gallaudet University as a community of international commerce in action.

The future is now unpredictable. We need to preserve ASL and Deaf culture in an optimistic and innovative attitude of change, with educational and economic oppression regarding the cochlear implant industries, the resources we insist using ASL in abundance, in fact, we do not need oppression.

Futurologist and transhumanist Ray Kurzweil who works for Google, said that all the humans will be immortal in the year 2045. human beings will also become immortal in the year 2045. (references below)

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I remember attending Michael Chorost’s lecture, How to Put Your Brain on the Internet held at Library of Congress in DC few years ago, he was talking about the future of cochlear implants–and hope for cyborg-sim. I was furious and asked him a question that he refused to answer. He knew what he was practicing: pure genocide. That’s it.

While democracy is ideally a good and fair system of representation based on the popularity of ASL, it is likely that it will always make from the bottom up. This way, ASL and Deaf culture will spend and live in harmony with a populous Earth, and all its other inhabitants.

A panel of Gallaudet citizens from all walks of life that were educated enough to understand this system would be called upon to preserve Deaf culture first, in turn, affect all of us. Think of that way. Cochlear implant industries, is available to all who seek it, and are decriminalized in order to keep the black market activity and crime to a minimum.

An important direction that Gallaudet needs to be heading again is also to the field of higher education, for example, Deaf Studies, which needs to uproot its knowledge. No cochlear implant industries will ever control Gallaudet University’s economic and political reasons.

While I personally hope that Gallaudet University in 2064 (200 years anniversary of the ground-breaking higher education for Gallaudet students), would make Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled, and Deaf-oriented university. We must look past our fears and realize that we are entering the age of a global community, where we must all do our part in assuring there will be resources left for our Deaf community, and so forth.

We must look to the heavens and be willing to make the first brave step into uncharted territory, and be willing to pioneer it responsibly, learning from the way we have transformed Gallaudet in 1864, in order to maintain a healthy environment. Think about quality and quantity of life in a changing world for Deaf people.

We must raise a religious barrier, EPHPHATHA, on the Gallaudet’s seal that we are all taught to struggle ourselves. It is only when we make these realizations that we have a true chance of surviving ASL and Deaf culture, and making the most of what the miracles of earth and life would have to offer. I do not even want to think that Gallaudet University will be full of cyborgs. They would call it Cyborg University for the Deaf. Scary thought, eh?

-JT

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References:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/we-will-end-disability-by-becoming-cyborgs

http://www.trueactivist.com/google-futurist-predicts-that-most-humans-will-be-cyborgs-by-2030/

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-13-037/

 

 

 

Free Tuition and Housing at Gallaudet University?

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Why not Gallaudet University offer all DEAF students free tuition and free housing? Yes, as in spelling, F-R-E-E. After reading an article last night about University of Wisconsin-Madison “student government drafted a resolution that would grant Black students free tuition and housing that would help out centuries of racial inequities.”[Please look for the links in the references below] Because of long violent of racial terror, slavery and Jim Crow.

That makes sense. So, why not Gallaudet University offer free higher education for DEAF students? I will do my best to explain why they all should be qualified, no matter what the circumstances are. Deaf students on the campus should be bias-free and not to allow religious bigotry anywhere on the campus.

First, they experience religious terror and slavery because Deaf students are viewed as slaves to allow EPHPHATHA to terrorize their pursuit of happiness and their human rights to embrace the state of being Deaf.

As in slavery, in a Merriam-Webster definition, submission to a dominating influence–in other words, Gallaudet U. allows EPHPHATHA to be a dominating influence in hearing world. They have no business or hold the intellectual ground to own Deaf students as slaves as long as they are all cured to be hearing again. That is wrong!

Remember, EPHPHATHA means “be opened” and the objective of the goal is to eradicate the state of being Deaf. It is a dangerous game. Not only that, but Deaf students were required to show their dB tests to prove that they are Deaf–is that part of profiling, yes?

Why not make Gallaudet University as Deaf-centered? Do all hearing universities require hearing students to show their dB, too?  From Merriam-Webster dictionary on the term, profiling—it means ‘the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behaviour‘ therefore, EPHPHATHA has been targeting Deaf people on the basis of observed characteristics based on their state of being Deaf for a century and half.

The goal to make Gallaudet University a Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled, and Deaf-oriented and seek to stop language discrimination, language bigotry, and language hegemony. Gallaudet University should set a good example of offering educational philosophy that Deaf people have human rights to learn, thrive, and succeed without being oppressed by the energy of EPHPHATHA.

Gallaudet University Manual of Operations declares “EPHPHATHA: Be Opened” and it is clear an Audism market or even hate-speech market to establish rapport in order to dehumanize and confound Deaf people on the campus.

It is time for Student Body Government (SBG) and Graduate School Association (GSA) to team up before the Board of Trustees (BoT) to have the term removed from campus. If Gallaudet University refuses to remove EPHPHATHA then be sure to check out The Peter Principle to make sure Deaf students have the rights to stop the oppressive traits. New people merge into the administration. Open-minded people. All Deaf.

That is why I think Gallaudet University should give ALL DEAF students free tuition and housing until EPHPHATHA is no longer welcomed on the campus. Does that make any sense to you?

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-JT

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References:

http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/02/19/university-wisconsin-student-government-call-free-tuition-black-students/

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/on_campus/on-campus-uw-madison-faces-lawsuit-threat-over-race-based/article_b14fe4ab-eb57-5077-962a-aa0994eceaf9.html

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slavery

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profiling

http://www.australia.edu/Resources/free-tuition-for-international-students.html

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/10/can-the-current-model-of-higher-education-survive-moocs-and-online-learning

How to Challenge EPHPHATHA at Gallaudet University

David Call: Stop Taking Credit

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I need to set the record straight. There are not honest people in Deaf community anymore—which is sad. Yes, I have been giving away too many “credit” to other people because I love Deaf community and believe in helping other Deaf people and that is who I am. I have been a scholar winning awards more than people can really think who I am despite that I am a Deaf returned citizen and they would not give me a credit—very lame. It is all about one sided salacious stories without showing both sides of the issue many times.

Have those people lost the ability to learn not to judge Deaf returning citizens while maintaining a culture of civility and respect? Incivility and disrespect seem to have only increased, threatening the very nature of democracy. In the most recent example of not giving me the credit that I was the one who wrote countless blogs and did a lot of homework on my own about EPHPHATHA—the seal on Gallaudet’s emblem.

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I also need to set the record that the late Carl Schroeder asked me to do research about EPHPHATHA on my own and I thank him for believing in me. He was THE ONE who told me about it—how did it happen? Well, I was auditioning for Deafhood Monologues that time and saw a seal on the podium right there and took the picture and went home and did a lot of research—then that was where I became very motivated to write about it. The Deaf artist, David Call did not know anything about EPHPHATHA until I mentioned to him. I will be more than happy to take pictures of all the e-mails between me and David Call. No problem!

Then there was one of the first red flags that David Call refused to credit me—only Charles Katz—his ghostwriting buddy when he was the “one” who corrected the spelling of EPHPHATHA. It was all about himself. Then I had to straight it out with him and asked him why he was not telling the truth in the first place. The first picture below:

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Then he “apologized”—which I had forgiven him with e-mail below then he made a linocut print about EPHPHATHA which I purchased it from him. On Oct 25, 2013, at 7:00 PM, davcall@aol.com wrote:

Hi,
I wasnt pay attention to what you were trying to tell me that the word was spelled wrong until another person, Charles Katz, in FB told me that it was spelled wrong. That is when I realized oh! that is what you was trying to tell me. Other person who told me about spelling error is also a scholar like you. I guess it takes two scholars to make me realize my spelling error!  Both of you caught my spelling error before I carve the linocut. Thanks for saving me countless hours of wasted linocut carving!

DC

Also, I need to make it clear that I am tired of being the “BAD PERSON” here and get blamed for everything.

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David Call made a linocut print for President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano that showed EPHPHATHA in there with the ladder breaking into the floor and gave her a gift when she was in Bay area. Now the print is hanging in her office. Just WOW!!!!! He would not have done it without my countless knowledge. I feel very foolish than anything right now. I was shocked that night.

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-JT

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Hearing Privileges: The Unspoken Truth

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First of all, I’ve seen all the hashtags #hearingprivilege people shared their experiences. So much pain to see what they were going through. OK, enough small talk. This post will talk about my experience growing up in hearing world—being robbed by hearing privileges. It is rented out for my stress management, allowing me to write on issues that no one cares to or has the courage to.

And trust me, for 41 years of my life is way too long for me to go without being able to vent my pent up frustration in print. This particular issue has been eating away at me for very long time. After pushing myself hard to do this to make room for this dandy, a new truth is ready to be seen for what it really is.

I am sure most people on Gallaudet campus have run into this situation at least once. If not, let me set up the scene to help you visualize what I am picturing. You are walking along, minding your own business when you see a hearing person with privileges coming directly toward you. The person with hearing privileges obviously indicates that they have power, and more specifically they are hearing. Just like anyone else, you move to the other side of the path or hallway to avoid a collision. As the two of you are ready to pass by each other, incident free, they must hear your footsteps, because they begin to swing their stick to feel out the landscape, making sure they are still on course. By doing so, you are forced to play jump rope or dive out of the way to escape a crisp whack on your head.

What is worse, is when you actually are hit with the power-struggling and deal with hearing privileges, or when they try to find a seat in a classroom after showing up late, and they disrupt everyone while trying to feel around for an empty desk. It is an inconvenience to everyone. I know, realize and understand that they have hearing privileges which they control—and I become disgusted each and every person with hearing privileges including within in power for continuing their oppression, and not letting Deaf people stand in the way of their dreams.

But, come on, why must they be an inconvenience to everyone else? According to hearing privileges, they can be provided with power and such. However, why are hearing privileges allow at Gallaudet University to make their routes and everyone else’s trip around campus easier and safer? Why must the mass majority of Deaf students feel obligated to make way for a wildly swinging hearing privileges?

And finally, why hasn’t anyone else had brave enough to speak up about this issue? For example, the chair for ASL/Deaf Studies, Chief for Department of Public Safety, Provost, Director for Mental Health, Vice President, Administration and Finance, Executive Director, Business and Support Services, University administrators, and plenty of assistant professors and professors even some of them that does not know ASL very well, get away with hearing privileges?

Oh well, at least this truth is no longer unspoken for. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to write more about hearing privileges in my next post—this is only beginning.

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-JT

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