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Chris Haulmark: Facts and Fallacies

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The Display on the Scaffold

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Visiting Gallaudet University for the first time. 2010. I was so sure it was my name calling for my career. I was really happy.

After spending 20+ years trying to change my life around, my late mentor Carl Schroeder and I were eating lunch at his house in rural Oregon and once asked me if I was afraid of “change for success”—I said, “Yes” then he said to me, “Do not be afraid. Gallaudet will help you and determined to get healed.” He also said to me “Humiliation will always be present. It is how you handle it makes all the difference.”

Ted Baran, Department of Public Safety Director abused his calumny of his duty by using power. He did not want my letter to get to the public. There were six people involved in the picture to make sure I get punished under the worst harsh conditions possible. I became the target of being pariah on the campus. The same six people, who were supposed to keep it confidential, did not keep their word. It has spread over the campus including my former department, ASL and Deaf Studies. What about The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FEPRA)? Not only that, but Dirksen even shared confidential information with his buddy, Robert Weinstock.

Dwight Benedict, Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support were the biggest bully of all people. Dwight is the director for Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) while Ted is the vice president of BIT. They became very successful by blackballing me. I am now in what I would call an intellectual exile. In the meeting, Dwight calls Ted, “a good man.”

One day, Dirksen Bauman, the Chair of ASL/Deaf Studies Department, wrote me e-mail and assured me that Ted will not be in the meeting. I got fooled badly. Carl assured me to trust Dirksen before his death.

Dirksen writes me e-mail on Feb 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM, “JT—I am pleased to see that you will be joining us next year. We are looking forward to having you in the program!” Then I was encouraged to apply for a scholarship and got in touch with Dirksen on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM. “A friend of mine told me about graduate scholarship fund, so I would like to submit some letters and apply for scholarship please. Thanks!”

The same day at 8:56 PM, Dirksen responded: “Hello JT. Please do let me know of your need. Thank you.”

A minute later, I quickly replied, “Hi Dirksen, where can I send the letter to you?” Four minutes later, Dirksen typed, “Me please.” After I got the letter accepting my application, I wrote him thanking him for his consideration. He said, “You’re welcome” and wrote to people I love the most to let them know about it. My mother and father were delighted to see that! I was feeling good…maybe it was one of the best feelings I ever experienced. It was very rare to see that inside my life. I was really happy.

Then one day, Dirksen asked me to meet up with him in a meeting along with Gene Mirus, a coordinator that time where he looked for me during Graduate Student Orientation and asked me to go with him. Dirksen asked me to withdraw from Gallaudet until further notice. I asked him if my scholarship would be affected. He said, “No” through ASL in a clear message. Boy, I was wrong and it was never safe.

I decided to write e-mail to Dirksen, making sure he kept his word. He writes me e-mail on April 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM, the day of April’s Fool Day. “Hello Jason, I am sure you will be hearing from the Dean soon. Thank you, Dirksen” and I got fooled very badly. It was pretty mean-spirited thing to do. My scholarship was stolen once from my hard and continuous work. The most damaging thing coming from Dirksen on January 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM writing from his office where he often sleeps a lot:

“We thank you for taking the time to meet with Dr. Erting and me last Friday. As we explained, we are working with the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT), with the goal of arriving at a consensus regarding to your admission to the University. We have been meeting and deliberating on this matter and had very positive and constructive meetings. We appreciate your patience; we are fully aware that this is not an easy process for you. We hope that you continue to demonstrate the resolve and determination that you have to this date…Thank you, Dirksen.”

Six people were: Carol Erting, Dean of Graduate Program and Professional Studies, Lauri Rush, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Carl Pramuk, Associate Director of Student Conduct, Dirsken, Ted, and Dwight. Six people: Four of them are hearing that are sound-oriented. Audism at best.

Dwight said in the meeting that he understood that I have been walking under the “black cloud”. That was very dehumanizing and offensive. Plantation mentality. Policing me around. Character assassination. Dwight made sure that I appear in a ‘black book’ of shame. The image on the below right side: Remember the book, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

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Ted required me to inform people every time I enter into classroom as a student, giving presentation, or anywhere, telling them that I was jailed and tell them the reason every time. Dwight really liked the idea. That calls for suicide on my watch. Dirksen did not object. Carol did not object. Lauri did not object. Carl did not object. They all liked the idea of pushing more for “Scarlet Letter” on my forehead. A public shaming. Evil, revenge, and identity.

I was beyond dismayed. Of course, I objected. What do you expect? Ted said, “Why not?” and realized how much hatred he spewed on front of my face. Top of all, Dwight’s secretary, Karen Evans wrote an e-mail to me in 2014, “Be assured that the meeting will be productive” meaning—positive. Again, I got fooled badly.

My biggest mistake that I did not represent a lawyer with me that day in 2014. I got burned twice. This experience on that day has left me feeling vulnerable and unsure of the safety as a student at Gallaudet University I proudly called my own. Not only that experience makes me question if this is indeed bullying in the meeting. Questionable leadership.

My freedoms were restricted, and I cannot be sure it won’t happen again, and that it won’t happen for any Deaf returned citizens, the next time they apply for Gallaudet University for higher learning. Gallaudet University now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a Gallaudet secret bullying ground that is isolating enough from the truth in an unprecedented fashion.

High levels of hate and injustice have been felt in vulnerable stage as a student at Gallaudet University even the rest of Deaf community. Dwight and Ted made it happen with attributes that can be “profiled”—no one is safe from this type of unlawful campus policies.

-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/

 

 

 

The Missing Link: Where is Dean of Students Affairs and Academic Support’s Leadership?

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Someone sent me a comment the other day, “Based on your observation where many key players do not participate in this event is very serious concern and it needs to address directly to Gallaudet University President immediately!”

The event, Islamophobia Within Deaf Community on March 2nd, 2017 held at Gallaudet University—let’s talk about the topic: Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support. People needs to be aware that the Dean also handles for Crisis Leadership Team (CLT)—and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was supposed to be “STUDENT VOICE”—for students. That is the key player. There are some Muslim students at Gallaudet who may be on “Trump’s List”—and the Dean was supposed to be the STUDENT VOICE for Muslims, too. Whether like it or not.

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The Dean did not show up for an important event. It is not first time though. The Dean was supposed to show leadership. The event was crucial for everyone. Seriously, it was.

I remember sharing my experience as a new graduate student who came to Gallaudet on scholarship, the graduate students showed up for an opening ceremony in August 2013, and I remember seeing that the lack of invited speakers known as “key players” who did not show up. The Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support was one of them. I was baffled.

The Dean fails to commit crucial leadership and fellowship around students that calls for questions to think about.

Did the Dean understand that the students are motivated to learn? Did the Dean understand the nature of change? Did the Dean understand how to change? 

Ian McDermott and Joseph O’Connor wrote, both are management change experts wrote a book called Practical NLP for Managers in 1996, state:

“Change is difficult, it calls for courage, yet the personal and professional rewards are great. The situation now is such that you have to change to survive.”

I mean, look at that way with the motivation by the nature of change goes to the students who came to Gallaudet University for THREE big purposes: LEADERSHIP, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and HOPE. I am sure that you would agree on that part. It is not that difficult to understand.

Islamophobia is part of crisis. What does it tell you when a “leader” who handles as a Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support, CLT and BIT did not show up when the event about Islamophobia was very important to attend and try to understand their concerns. It was once in a life-time.

Is it fair for students to face with their personal struggle faced by the Administration of Gallaudet University and the Dean?

Why fly under the radar?

-JT

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The Social Outcast: Bullying Allowed at Gallaudet University

Becoming a Better Student of Higher Learning

Foucault’s Pendulum: The Bone of Deaf Studies

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There has been an educational journey through Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) at Gallaudet University on 22nd of February 2017, Ryan Commerson asked a question for the panelists: “What is your Super Power?”

If I had a chance to say something, I’d say Michel Foucault. The super power grows on the tree of the strongest philosopher, and gave me an idea what would cultural history like. It seems that Commerson is a fan of Foucault as well, too.

He was born in 1926 and died in 1984, he knew how to organize principle of power wherein culture can be studied through the education of leadership, Foucault knew that the power could be a strategy attributable to functions, neither education nor politics.

Foucault once wrote, “My general theme is not society, it is true/false discourses: let me say it is correlative formation of domains, of objects, and of discourses verifiable and falsifiable which are assignable to them; it is not simply the formation which interests me but the effects of reality which are linked to it”

It is important to preserve Deaf culture to be studied through the ranks of leadership, education is bouncing up to the eyes of Deaf Studies, the truth about Deaf people to verify that they are the backbone of the American cities and towns.

Foucault was a genius. He would make you to question your own assumptions about truth– for example, in the Gallaudet halls of Deaf Studies department. The truth is that Gallaudet University happens because Deaf people exist.

When the question was asked on Gallaudet campus, the needs of strive to live by the values it teaches and to reflect them in lives of the Deaf everywhere and in their work as a world community.

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The super power makes all the difference to become more committed to higher education in support of intellectual freedom, the search for social justice, respect for differences, and a belief in collective responsibility for the welfare of all the Deaf people. Reading Foucault’s books would worth your time! It’d be proper to call the title, Foucault’s Pendulum: The Bone of Deaf Studies.

-JT

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“Citizenship” at Gallaudet University

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After watching ‘State of the University Address’ by Gallaudet University President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano yesterday [January 31, 2017], there are couple of issues that I would like to share my thoughts and I decided to write about “citizenship” this time. The aspect of complexity—moving our intellectual freedom out of oppressive Gallaudet University. Do we understand public relations and media, dealing with Trump administration? Especially at Gallaudet University….

What we know that we have our own identity and citizenship that is generated by social norms. Citizenship is a human condition that makes our life human, our language human, and our leisure human. Personally and professionally, students are much interested in addressing information, language, and communication than in promoting a current “full access and open communication” that needs to be seen.

What students need that the administration including the president that would realize that students are the change-makers and would change and represent a new, important form of democratic expression. The administration dominated by Gallaudet University has been known for its denial to avoid the truth.

Citizenship can empower Gallaudet University. Stories are still alive as metaphors in our lives. It can provide us with a vivid illustration of reasons why citizenship is important. At the same time, I was talking with a friend about that last night because we both watched Bobbi’s presentation and asked me what I thought of it and agreed that whether Gallaudet University lacks moral values and nothing is written in “citizenship” as of today.

Sharing some concerns whether the number of students does not understand their own sense of ownership or rights neither as an American nor in this matter, international students and returned citizens in their basic human rights to hold the highest land of citizenship.

President Cordano has declared all of Gallaudet alumni, alumnus, students, all the people on the campus, have the Gallaudet University Manual of Operations updated its definition about “Citizenship” yet?

This three-inch-thick document that is available from Vice President Paul Kelly’s office that should spell out a well-planned effort to protect all the students in “citizenship” market, and establish rapport in order to promote higher learning and support all the citizenship of Gallaudet.

Do SBG and GSA have a copy of the Gallaudet University Manual of Operations? If we want to protect our citizenship at all costs or show the Gallaudet community, knowledge is very important and regain our strength and remember your objective in this citizenship rights carefully, in line with your judgment, and study your human rights—constitutional rights and student rights.

Gallaudet University should upgrade its academic freedom that would guarantee all Gallaudet “citizens” as in citizenship including Deaf returned citizens, a beacon of higher education—it is a good time to demand change.

After all, Gallaudet University community is growing quickly into a wide-ranging of renewal of supporting “citizenship”—the administration needs to make students the best “change-makers”—if they would ever deal with the truth.

A proud Gallaudet citizen and alumnus.

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-JT

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My Life After Life: Near-Death Experience

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So, I went beyond the imagination: Star Trek. Live, long, and prosper! When I died for ten minutes on November 8th, 2016 at Gallaudet University—no, I am not kidding! I ACTUALLY DIED FOR TEN MINUTES because of massive heart attack and cardiac arrest. It was one of the worst experience I ever faced with. While being in hospital, I saw the true colors of Deaf people I know—one person who sent me wishing that I should die that day. That was cheap shot because, for one, I am way smarter and stronger than that person. Before I begin writing the whole blog, this has been my fifth heart attack. Try to be in my SHOES.

One Deaf person who left a comment saying that I did not share enough about death experience—well, that person has no idea that it really hit me hard that day. I was going through series of emotions—it was something that you have to guard your strength at times. Actually, it made me stronger and realized that I have nothing to lose or even nothing to hide either.

Who and what decides if I experience death—is it part of society or a social outliner? Normalcy here seems is defined as the use of all of the physical and basic mental facilities common to human beings in order for a person to be considered a contributing member of their environment. Death—is something that it is not funny at all—especially wishing that I should be died that day. At the same time, death is part of human make up and should be the focus of personal inventories.

Experiencing death was hard to explain, really—if only such a concise way of summing up what ties people together underneath it all. Seeking out various uses of our bodies solely for face value normalcy leaves no room for depth in any arena.

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The first question, “Did you see anything when you died, like did you see the light of tunnel or something?” Well, let me say, whether the neurons and synapses that fire with each thought are capable of rerouting to avoid negative thinking and connotation or if some brain function is innate and unavoidable. The ability to change ones thought process and reaction to information instead of just the reaction is difficult because time allows the processes time to build foundations strong enough for skyscrapers.

Where happiness and peace can reside, a myriad of negative emotions take root like redwoods and darken mental space with their dense foliage. Wishing my death make up only a few of the many branches. It is human to want more than what is provided. The 1992 novel, Smilia’s Sense of Snow paints a good picture of this desire:

First, you have the natural numbers. The ones that are whole and positive. The numbers of a small child. But human consciousness expands. The child discovers a sense of longing, and do you know what the mathematical expression is for longing…the negative numbers. The formalization of the feeling that you are missing something. And human consciousness expands and grows even more, and the child discovers the in between spaces. Between stones, pieces of moss on the stones, people and numbers. And do you know what that leads to?

It leads to frictions. Whole numbers plus fractions produce rational numbers. And human consciousness doesn’t stop there. It wants to go beyond reason. It adds an operation as absurd as the extraction of roots. And produces irrational numbers…It’s a form of madness. Because the irrational numbers are infinite. They can’t be written down. They force human consciousness our beyond the limits. And by adding irrational numbers to rational numbers, you get real numbers.. It doesn’t help. It never stops. Because now, on the spot, we expand the real numbers with the imaginary square roots of negative numbers. These are numbers we can’t picture, numbers that normal human consciousness cannot comprehend. 

And when we add the imaginary numbers to the real numbers, we have the complex number system. The first number system in which it’s possible to explain satisfactorily the crystal formation of ice. It’s like a vast, open landscape. The horizons. You head toward them and they keep receding ——written by Peter Hoeg, a Danish writer.

That’s the best I can explain about my ten minutes of death. Before I wrap up, that person said that I do not speak enough about my experience—well, let me know when you experience death then come back to life. It’s completely different.

-JT

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Cochlear Implants: Demodernizing Consciousness in Deaf Mind

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Today, I recently saw a lecture held at Gallaudet University by Laura Maudlin, the author of Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children was worth watching! I really enjoyed it—a dynamic lecturer. One of the best lectures I had seen in long time!

You all need to know that Gallaudet University owns cochlear implant center on second floor inside Sorenson Language Communication Center (SLCC) largely all about profiting, then it is pathological, period. Cochlear implant is about human violence. It is about diversities of cochlear implant, something lacks, something missing, something wrong, something defiant, something benevolent, something pitiful. They want to have hearing to be restored, so to speak.

I am really glad that Laura Maudlin took the courage to tell the truth, no human being can restore anyone’s hearing: they can only amplify it. When cochlear implant batteries run low or expire, the state of being Deaf will be always an inevitable and that is actually the reality! That is why Gallaudet University set up the CI center to do mapping—largely because of battery economics, money, POWER and bullshit. How come Student Body Government (SBG), Graduate Student Association (GSA), University Faculty, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and numerous consumer organizations across the nation did not object ENOUGH to protest against cochlear implant center on the campus? I mean, how did that really happen?

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If Gallaudet University owns cochlear implant center, would we allow genocide procedure that is widely practiced on campus? Are they attempting to destroy Deaf? Why is Deaf marginalized? Why is cochlear implant center still belonging in the schoolhouse? Is cochlear implant an amusement for academia? When we talk about Deaf, it ends up in the schoolyard. That is a big difference. What bothers me the most is that Gallaudet University is a federally funded, private institution located on Florida and West Virginia Avenue in NE Washington—it is appropriated by the United States Congress. We all know that, right? It is no secret.

The money is so powerful to coerce people (cochlear implant stock-holders) to divide up our Deaf community and instituting us as warm bodies in the same manner that the oppressors had America coerced into dividing up America and instituting private land ownership away from Native Americans, my people. Gallaudet University choose to ignore that the fact that it would vulnerable Deaf people with no money so are we and that is not very cool. [WEAK LINK, YOU DEAF PEOPLE, WEAK LINK!] Money in power that Deaf people must claim to define our language and culture. Cochlear implants are being done in any teaching spaces around Gallaudet campus. Again, not cool.

I’m glad that I got to meet Laura Maudlin and signed the book, and she wrote with heavy passion—the book was very challenging to write which I can imagine that she recognized the later attitude that the term “cochlear implant”—has always carried the scent of impropriety of Deaf and ASL discourses even at Gallaudet University. It is all about Gallaudet University administration that have been known to fail. Indeed, many of their deliverances of reason do not seem reasonable at all. Intellectuality is natural. ASL is natural. Deaf is natural. Cochlear implants are not natural. Period. It will never workable. Lies are the main spinning of propaganda all over Gallaudet University campus. It is never too late.

I look forward to read the book, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children. Then I can share my thoughts when I finish read the book. Give me couple of days then. Like Laura Mauldin said, “DIG DEEPER”—in the picture. I will always carry many conversations about how the globalization of cochlear implants are greedy in the public-health regulations, and to end the child labor.

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-JT

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