September 26, 2021

WHEN WOKE CULTURE IS DEFEATED: The statue of Hans Christian Heg, restored to its place of honor at the Wisconsin Capitol.

It helps that wokies are idiots, of course.

HOWIE CARR: Abolish the FBI: You heard it here first.

I saw a headline this week in The Wall Street Journal that made my day: “Abolish the FBI.”

The reason I was so pleased was because above my column in this newspaper on Jan. 24, 2018, was this headline: “Scandal-ridden FBI must be abolished.”

Is there an echo in here?

All I can say is, what took everybody else so long to realize how rotten to the core the Famous But Incompetent G-men have become, and actually have been for more than half a century now?

As the Journal noted, the FBI’s last sustained good “run of publicity … came more than 50 years ago thanks to Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and his weekly show on ABC, “The FBI,” which went off the air in 1974.

Even by dismal modern FBI standards, though, the news just keeps getting worse and worse.

Last week, one of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers was indicted by Russian collusion hoax Special Counsel John Durham. The Democrat operative was charged with lying to a James Comey briefer about one of the largely forgotten lies in the Russian hoax — Alfa Bank’s “secret servers,” which of course didn’t exist except in the fevered imaginations of far-left Democrats and their stenographers in the media.

Durham has been taking his own sweet time bringing these corrupt Deep State bad actors to justice, but better late than never. He knows a lot about how deep the corruption runs. He first brought down Whitey’s FBI hitman, Zip Connolly.

This latest indictment came only days before the five-year statute of limitations ran out.

Five years! It took that long to bring a single one of these bent Democrats before the bar of justice. But then, in this case, as in so many others involving the FBI, the cops are the actual criminals.

The joke in this latest bust is that obviously the FBI knew that Hillary’s lawyer was lying when he told the agent that he was peddling his ludicrously false stories.

Maybe not, though. They’re not making special agents like Inspector Lew Erskine anymore.

Durham’s indictment happened the same week that a newly declassified court rulings showed that the FBI had 100% lied during its illegal investigation into Trump aide Carter Page.

In the FBI’s botched frame-up of Page, one FBI lawyer has already been convicted of obstructing justice, although his punishment scarcely rose to the level of a slap on the wrist.

Accountability is for the little people. The bigshots, and their henchmen, get off light, when they suffer any consequences at all.

OPEN THREAD: “This is where the music school was. It’s the College of Law now.”

I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE: Love and rockets: We need to figure out how to have sex in space for human survival and well-being. Though the Insta-Wife gets seasick easily, so I don’t know how she’d handle space.

I ALREADY LINKED THE VIDEO, BUT HERE’S MORE: Fans Chant ‘F**k Joe Biden’ During The Wisconsin/Notre Dame Game.

GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES: There’s a Pretty Glaring Issue With Tesla’s Autopilot, Says New Study. “The study highlights the awkward in-between phase that we’re now in: Self-driving tech has become good enough to handle many aspects of staying on the road, but can’t be relied upon to take over everything, all of the time. That is potentially more dangerous than both fully human driving and fully automated driving, because when people get behind the wheel they assume they don’t have to give their full attention to every part of the driving experience – as this study shows.”

But, this glaring caveat: “The latest study doesn’t make any link between attention span and safety, so there are no conclusions to be drawn here about whether or not Autopilot is more or less safe than manual driving. What is clear is that it makes drivers pay less attention to the road.”

YOU BETTER LAVA ME NOW, OR LAVA ME NOT: Lava from La Palma eruption has burned almost 400 structures so far.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: Gov. Abbott extends generous offer to Border Patrol agents who could be punished by Biden administration. “Abbott announced Sunday that he would hire any Border Patrol agent punished by the Biden administration over the controversy involving mounted agents and Haitian migrants last week.”

In other Texas news: Texas sues EEOC over transgender guidance.



Along with suspense, horror, and romance, Hitchcock movies depict cinematically another basic human sentiment, and do so better than any other filmmaker has done: anxiety. Donat in The 39 Steps, Grant in North by Northwest, James Stewart and Doris Day in the remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much, and other characters in Hitchcock movies find themselves in a world whose physical features are familiar but in which they are buffeted by sinister forces that they do not understand and cannot control. Their world has suddenly and unexpectedly become both baffling and frightening. They have, somehow, to navigate their way to safety in a threatening environment.

This is the stuff of nightmares, and Hitchcock evokes them vividly. Truffaut observes at the end of their series of interviews:

It might be said that the texture of your films is made up of three elements: fear, sex, and death. These are not daytime preoccupations, like in films that deal with unemployment, racism, poverty, or in the many pictures on everyday love conflicts between men and women. These are night time anxieties, therefore, metaphysical anxieties.Hitchcock’s fundamental subjects are the distressing feelings that human beings, no matter how successfully they repress them when awake, cannot escape in their sleep. That is why, one hundred years after he began and forty years after he died, Alfred Hitchcock’s films remain, in their way, inescapable.

Hitchcock’s best films were built with bravura editing, such as the classic symphony orchestra scene in the remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much:

No wonder François Truffaut was so eager to interview him — these sorts of scenes became the textbook for future Hollywood editors. And as James Lileks would note, there’s an obligatory Star Trek connection as well in the above scene, courtesy of actor Reggie Nalder, the film’s sinister assassin.

UNEXPECTEDLY: FBI Narrative About the Jan. 6th Capitol ‘Insurrection’ Is Imploding.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Let Them Destroy Each Other.

This means Joe Biden is at grave risk of seeing his entire agenda go down at flames. This does not mean that he is at grave risk of realizing that what he is seeing is his entire agenda going down in flames because he is manifestly senile, but that’s another column.

Just watching Manchin and Sinema mock Schumer, who (as Hugh Hewitt noted) is desperate to ward off a primary challenge from up-talking, irony-free socialista AOC, restores one’s faith in cosmic justice. The libs are furious that Joe Manchin is ruining their party – it’s awesome. And their fussy threats are even more precious. Yeah, someone’s going to successfully primary Manchin from the left in West Virginia, right after the Boy Scouts let the Lincoln Project be honorary jamboree co-sponsors.

That Schumer and Pelosi are not feared like they should be by their own caucus is delightful. Mitch McConnell is feared by his caucus, and rightly so. And he’s playing this masterfully. Yeah, we have our own fights – including Trump’s silly campaign against McConnell, who is indisputably the most effective legislative knife fighter in generations. The guy drives me nuts too – his insurrection whining was stupid and lame – but no one wrecks the Dems’ dreams like the Murder Turtle. He just threw a Baby Ruth bar in the Capitol Hill pool by refusing to help raise the debt ceiling – the Dems have a majority, so it’s their problem. Of course, the Dems don’t want to do it because it looks bad – they want GOP cover. Mitch refuses to provide it, which is chum in the water to another Dem feeding frenzy.

It’s glorious.

I hope that Kurt is indeed correct that “Biden is at grave risk of seeing his entire agenda go down at flames.” Because otherwise: Biden Plan’s $3.5 Trillion Price Tag is Actually a Huge Underestimate.

FASTER, PLEASE: Reprogramming heart muscle cells to repair damage from heart attacks.

SOCIAL MEDIA ASTROTURF: Biden-boosting influencer ‘Brooklyn Dad’ slammed for taking PAC money. “Majid Padellan, who runs the nearly 900,000-follower-strong Twitter account — and has been slammed previously for urging Bernie Sanders to drop out of the 2020 presidential race — allegedly accepted more than $57,000 from a pro-Biden PAC, Really American, last year, according to, which cited tweets circulating Tuesday.”

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: The Gangs of L.A. — A shocking new report suggests that in Los Angeles County, sheriff’s deputies make up some of the most dangerous crime syndicates of all.

This sort of thing appears to be endemic to law enforcement in Los Angeles. For years in the 1990s, the single most dangerous crime syndicate in Southern California was the LAPD, where members of the Rampart Division created a blue crime wave involving everything from falsifying evidence to bank robbery to selling huge quantities of cocaine stolen from evidence rooms to murder.

On one end of California, you have politicos such as San Francisco mayor London Breed and Governor Gavin Newsom blowing off COVID-19 rules as obligatory for the little people but optional for the high and mighty. On the other end of the state, you have a sheriff’s department acting as the goon squad for the elected official at the head of the agency, while deputies mob up like Crips and Bloods. Political enlightenment comes when you begin to understand that, in spite of the superficial differences between Nancy Pelosi’s beauty-parlor antics and the deeds of the East Los Angeles Banditos, they are two manifestations of the same phenomenon.

To the extent that this sort of thing is tolerated — and it is a considerable extent — the people of California have ceased to be citizens and have become subjects. And California is a national bellwether: What happens in Los Angeles today will happen in Tulsa tomorrow.

Also from Kevin as a follow-up: A Few Bad Apples in Uniform.


Last week, one of the founders of the Taliban declared that executions and hand amputations would return in Afghanistan. Mullah Nooruddin Turabi — who was justice minister and head of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice during the Taliban’s previous reign — told the Associated Press, “Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security.”

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

Earlier: Reporter Discovers ‘Thousands’ in Kabul Still Attempting to Flee, Including US Citizens and Green Card Holders.

No wonder the Biden Administration was so eager to promote the phony “Border agents whipping migrants” narrative to generate some stray voltage.

JAMES PINKERTON: The Mask Comes Off in a Two-Tier Society Where There’s One Rule for Elites and Another for the Rest of Us.

Which side of the velvet rope are you on? Are you one of the cool kids? Were you born on the right side of the tracks? Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower? Are you on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans? And now another question to test your social standing: Do you have a high enough status so that you don’t have to wear a face mask?

That last question comes to mind as we think about last weekend’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, which were staged on a strictly two-tier basis: The Hollywood glitterati performers and guests did not wear masks, while the help did.

Read the whole thing.

BEATLES ON THE BRINK: How Peter Jackson pieced together the Fab Four’s last days.

In the end, there was a compromise. Having begun working at Twickenham, the Beatles relocated to a makeshift studio in the basement of 3 Savile Row, the central London address that was the home of their company Apple. The plan for a televised concert was abandoned, and it was agreed – just about – that the group were now being filmed for a feature-length documentary. And on Thursday 30 January, the four of them – joined by the American keyboard player and singer Billy Preston – played, with a mixture of panache and joyous energy, on the Apple building’s roof. No one knew it was their last public performance, but, in retrospect, they ensured that such a significant moment passed off almost perfectly.
Such was the finale of four weeks of filming and recording that eventually resulted in an 80-minute feature-length film titled Let It Be, and the album of the same name. What remained in the Beatles’ vaults – although some of it subsequently fell into the hands of bootleggers – was 50 additional hours of rushes and more than twice as much audio, brimming with an immersive sense of who they were and how they worked.

Eventually, in preparation for Let It Be’s 50th anniversary, most of this material was collected together. In 2017, Apple recruited the New Zealand-based director Peter Jackson – the creator of the six film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as the documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, built from restored footage of the first world war – to cut a new feature-length film. As it eventually turned out, the pandemic made a normal theatrical release impossible, and opened up the possibility of something even more ambitious. Jackson ended up creating three two-hour documentaries, which will premiere at the end of November on the streaming platform Disney+.

As Jackson puts it, his new films tell the story of the Beatles “planning for a concert that never takes place”, and “a concert that does take place, which wasn’t planned”. Thanks to his and his team’s restoration work, everything is pin-sharp, and unbelievably evocative of time and place: the tale unfolds in a London of trilby hats, Austin Powers-esque fashions and copious cigarette smoke. But the films’ key attribute is their intimacy, and the light they shine on the Beatles’ instinctive creativity, their deep personal bonds and, as they neared their final split, their thoughts about their future.

To be fair, they had one more album in them before the split, which was written to be their finale, after the Get Back/Let It Be debacle: Solid State: New Book Provides In-Depth Look at the Making of the Beatles’ Swan Song, Abbey Road.

Related: George Harrison’s Great Song That Doesn’t Get Talked About. An appreciation of “It’s All Too Much.” As one of the commenters notes, “The once heavily bootlegged long version of the recording is the one to hear, actually.” Well, here you go!

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Scientific American Says Jedi Are Problematic White Saviors, Practice Toxic Masculinity.

Scientific American, founded in 1845, has published such brilliant minds as Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, and explored subjects as diverse as perpetual motion and solar neutrinos.

These days, however, the magazine is concerning itself with somewhat different topics — like how “problematic” the fictional space warriors known as Jedi are.

In a story published Thursday, titled “Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” a group of five authors argue, “The Jedi are inappropriate mascots for social justice.”

They say the scientific world should jettison the Jedi, including naming anything after them or displaying any Star Wars memorabilia in common work spaces, because the space knights are “emblems for a host of dangerously reactionary values and assumptions.”

It’s good to see the staid reactionaries at Scientific American finally reaching consensus with Jonathan Last from 19 years ago in the Weekly Standard:The Case for the Empire,” and Sonny Bunch in the Washington Post in 2015: The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified.” Not to mention Last that same year, who pointed out that the Rebels kept slaves.

THE GUN YOU HAVE WITH YOU IS THE BEST GUN: Is the .357 Magnum the Best Option for Personal Defense?

ROGER KIMBALL: How It Might End, Act I.

As we look around at the many assaults on free discussion today, the prospects for the continuation of our regime of liberty seems up for grabs in a more fundamental way than at any time since World War II. It was only a few years ago that the United Nations pondered an international law against blasphemy—against blasphemy!—to defend Islam against its detractors. A bit later, representatives of the United States met in London with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss whether speaking about religion can violate international law. Yes, that’s right. Around the same time, Egypt convicted eight Americans in absentia for blasphemy; if apprehended, they could face the death penalty. Meanwhile in Afghanistan, the Taliban has just announced that it is reintroducing barbaric punishments like stoning and amputation for offices against the faith.

I think Bagehot was right: free discussion is an integral ingredient, a veritable pillar of liberty. But that freedom is under serious threat today by religious fanatics, overweening government bureaucrats, and a complacent populace. David Hume once observed: “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” It seems to be that we have alarm bells going off all around us. The oddity is that so few people seem to hear them. No wonder secession is once again in the air.

Read the whole thing.

MELLOW BLACK HOLES ARE THE BEST BLACK HOLES: Gamma rays and neutrinos from mellow supermassive black holes.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! China Detains Business Chiefs as Its Corporate Crusade Expands:

China has kicked up its campaign to tame its free-spending, debt-laden companies, as the authorities punished the corporate chiefs of two troubled companies while letting a troubled property giant continue to struggle under the weight of more than $300 billion in debt.

The authorities in China have taken into custody the top two executives of HNA Group, a transportation and logistics conglomerate that bought up businesses around the world before quickly collapsing under heavy debts. The company said late on Friday that the police on Hainan Province, where it is based, had seized its chairman, Chen Feng, and chief executive, Tan Xiangdong.

Both men were detained “in accordance with the law for suspected crimes,” the company said in a statement, without specifying those offenses. HNA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Tan appears to be a U.S. citizen, according to personal information about him that the company provided in a filing to Hong Kong regulators in 2019. A U.S. passport number was included.

The announcement came on the same day that the state-run Xinhua news agency said Yuan Renguo, the former chairman of Kweichow Moutai Group, which produces a high-end Chinese liquor often consumed by the business class, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting more than $17 million in bribes.

Those punishments are taking place against a broader backdrop of pressure on corporate practices that the Chinese Communist Party increasingly regards as dangerous to the economy and its own grip on power. They occurred as global investors await the fate of another troubled Chinese corporate giant, China Evergrande Group.

Earlier: Evergrande crashes as China dumps ‘build, build, build’ playbook.

Flashback to November of 2019: How to Conduct Business with Chinese Companies That See a Dark Future.

SKYNET SMILES: How the U.S. Army Is Turning Robots Into Team Players.

MEDIA MYTH ALERT: No, Politico — Viewer-listener disagreement is a myth of JFK-Nixon debate. 61 years ago tonight, “John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon met in the first-ever televised debate between major party presidential candidates.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: That NYC teacher vax mandate is back on hold. “Since this story is getting little to no traction in the mainstream media, we’re left with the same question that should have been being asked from the beginning. Where is the outrage over this? Aren’t these teachers ‘endangering the vaccinated’ and standing in the way of “following the science?” This mandate was put in place by New York City’s Democratic Mayor and is in line with the Democratic President’s recent orders. Why aren’t progressive Democrats and their faithful stenographers in the liberal media setting their hair on fire over this?”

DECAL OF THE DAY: Beer Only Refrigerator Vinyl Decal Sticker.

DIAGNOSIS: Study: Signs of early Alzheimer’s disease may be spotted in brain stem.

WHAT UNIVERSE DO THESE PEOPLE INHABIT? This report from The Hill only begins to illustrate how far Establishment Washington D.C. is out-of-touch with reality

OLD AND BUSTED: Destroying Statues.

The New Hotness? Destroying Industrial Infrastructure. The New Yorker asks: Should the Climate Movement Embrace Sabotage?

Here’s a May New Republic article on Malm: The Climate Case for Property Destruction. Andreas Malm’s “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” urges activists to turn to tougher tactics:

What, then, is to be done? The main argument of How to Blow Up a Pipeline is simple: The climate movement should itself enact, through direct action, that prohibition on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and that dismantling of existing pipelines and power plants, which governments have so far refused to take on. Only if such equipment is damaged often and badly enough as to make its continued operation unprofitable does the stabilization of the climate stand a chance. For climate activists to confine themselves to peaceful protest is meanwhile to watch the earth become less and less hospitable to human life. Plenty of readers will react (as I did) with a sort of instinctive skepticism to Malm’s case that only widespread property destruction can forestall civilizational suicide, but his case deserves a hearing.

Emphasis mine. Note that this is the same leftist media that went all-out to blame Sarah Palin’s clip art for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, but they’ll all look the other way about their role in egging on domestic terrorism, if there is an attack on a refinery.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in response to then-Vice President Biden calling the Tea Party “terrorists” eight months after all of the new civility language that Obama and the DNC-MSM pumped out that January in response to the Giffords shooting: To Hell with You People.

Flashback: Biden Land Management nominee ‘collaborated with eco-terrorists,’ traded testimony for immunity.

UPDATE: The Media is Whitewashing and Mainstreaming a Call to Terrorism. “The media’s response to How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Swedish Marxist author Andreas Malm has been a master class in the use of vague evasive academic language to make it seem harmless and courageous, the destruction of a paradigm, rather than people’s lives.”

(Updated and bumped.)

MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Muslim Passenger Screaming ‘Allah’ Tries to Storm Cockpit of JetBlue Flight Out of Boston.

AT LEAST THEY’RE NOT CENTIMETERING: The U.K. Left The EU, And Now It’s Inching Away From The Metric System Too. “Down at the local pub, die-hard Brexiters will be raising a pint to news that the United Kingdom is eyeing the end of a European Union-inspired ban on selling products in only pounds and ounces. . . . Since becoming prime minister, Boris Johnson has pledged to usher in an era of “tolerance towards traditional measurements.” On Thursday, Brexit minister David Frost clarified what that means — giving shops and supermarkets the option to sell items labeled only in imperial units. Under the plan, market stalls and shops would not be required to include measurements in metric equivalents.”

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying Put is not an Option.

COMBATANT CRAFT MEDIUM: A CCM “maneuvers in the waters off the coast of Guam.” Photo taken Sept. 8, 2021. Here’s a CCM participating in a 2019 exercise in the Black Sea. The CCM is a little over 60 feet long. Small special operations warfare craft require support. This Special Operations update from 2018 discusses a Maritime Support Vessel (MSV) the Navy acquired to support SOCOM. It mentions the Combat Craft Assault (CCA) which can be used to insert SEAL teams. The CCA is about 41 feet long. This Special Ops update from 2014 provides the strategic context: preparing for a war in the Pacific. The update also mentions the MSV acquisition.


This is the argument of a new book, Stalin’s War, by a prolific and excellent historian, Sean McMeekin of Bard College. The author is already well known, having written highly readable and incisive books exploring the role of Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Germany in the origins of World War I. In his new work, he focuses on Stalin, his objectives, his tactics, his actions, and, above all, his ability to obtain from his Western counterparts everything (and more!) that he wanted. The book presents the story of Stalin’s success that brought an enormous human cost to his own people and to those who came under Communist domination, as well as an enduring geopolitical cost. Through this war, Stalin succeeded in anchoring Soviet power and influence over Eurasia, benefiting from the frailty of European powers. Germany was obviously reduced to rubble by 1945, but even the victorious powers, from France and the UK to the other smaller states across the continent, were mere shadows of their former selves. Stalin gained strategic real estate and the tools, looted from Europe or given to him by the United States, to turn Russia into an industrial superpower. The conditions for the Cold War were in place, and in the immediate aftermath of the war, the possibility that Stalin could become the master of Eurasia was not out of the question. And, for the U.S., victory in 1945 meant not a satisfying and prolonged age of peace, but the beginning of a new and massive investment in preserving its security and the stability threatened by the Soviet Union.

The story presented in such a way is not new, and its broad contours are accepted by most, except those who still see Communist ideology and the USSR as a benign progressive force or those who blame American post-war support of Western Europe for the Cold War. But McMeekin digs deeper and his goal is to change two pervasive myths. One presents Stalin as a paranoid dictator bumbling across the European chessboard, getting caught unprepared for Hitler’s aggressive intents, and then rising to the historic occasion and motivating his people to fight the “Great Patriotic War” to liberate Russia and the adjoining lands from the Nazis. In brief, a dictator to be sure, but a naive one with a great patriotic heart backed by a Russian nation willing to accept great sacrifices.

The other myth is of a strategically wise leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, skillfully making their moves across the world’s map, negotiating with a vast array of strategic partners (including Stalin) and organizing bold military actions that ultimately lead to the 1945 triumph. Neither myth, however, is entirely correct, as McMeekin brilliantly argues backed by abundant facts supplied through impeccable research.

Read the whole thing.

NOT ACTUALLY MULTI-CULTURAL: Black students harass white peers at Arizona State U. multicultural center.

Diversity and inclusion! Er, except for the inclusion.


Why have Democratic lawmakers and their media allies fallen into lockstep on this story despite clear evidence that they are spreading misinformation? Because it suits two narratives dear to the heart of those on their side of the political aisle: the idea that anyone who opposes an open border is a dangerous America First nationalist, and the notion that Border Patrol agents enforcing the law are in fact racists attacking vulnerable minorities.

The race narrative is especially pleasing to those on the left who view all efforts at policing as suspect or morally dubious. The images—of uniformed agents on horseback chasing black people—seem bad, so they must be bad, or so goes the logic of far too many people in the Democratic coalition. These are the same people who think the phrase “master bedroom” is racist and should be removed from real-estate listings. It’s not logic; it’s a racialized version of the politics of emotion.

In the end, the real reason the administration and its allies embraced the Big Bad Border Patrol narrative is that it spares them having to confront the far worse reality: They are the kind of leaders who would rather publicly humiliate their own Border Patrol agents than take responsibility for their own mishandling of a crisis.

At The Lid, Jeff Dunetz explores “Recent Crazy Lessons The Democrats Taught America.” Add to his list, this:

OVERDUE: Mark Milley’s Perception Warfare Deserves a Leavenworth Long Course

Overdue for several reasons. The column was published Wednesday. But Milley’s overdue for a wake-up from woke.

The Beltway is a vicious high school of a sort, but unfortunately its viciousness isn’t Mean Girls wrestling with fantasy crises. In Milley’s case, we’re confronting the abrogation of the constitutional order of the military under civilian control and ultimately the U.S. military’s duty to defend America regardless of the party or personality of the president.

Fact for Milley: Senior Chinese military officers are members of the Chinese Communist Party. Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong absorption. Uighur genocide. The Chinese military is a Party tool, Mark, a violent tool.

Milley’s short-sighted and, I argue, savvily self-serving action weakened U.S. national security and put the U.S. constitutional system at risk.

Milley’s actions are another example of the destructive perception warfare waged against the American people by powerful Beltway elites — and the worst examples of this war are perpetrated by power elites in the Democratic Party, to include President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

The Leavenworth “short course” is the Command and General Staff School. The Long Course used to involve a stint in the Disciplinary Barracks breaking rocks.


Much had changed since I arrived at Harvard. Xeroxing had gone the way of spats, The Social Network replaced Love Story as Hollywood’s idea of Harvard, and a wonderful new cadre of Harvard-trained academics was teaching Yiddish literature. But the most crucial reform would have required ensuring greater intellectual diversity among the faculty, and I saw no sign of that happening. The absence of conservative views, most of which were classical liberal views when I was an undergraduate, meant students were being poorly served by teachers who lacked the moral confidence to transmit the foundational texts and ideas of America and western civilization. It was unbearable that this was the academy I left to my students.

Blaming Israel and its Jewish supporters was taking over the culture and a large swath of the Democratic party, with the leftists of Harvard leading the way. What popped into my head during the worst of that time was watching on television the scene of Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky being set free at Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge in 1986. Told to walk straight across to the American side, he defiantly zigzagged his way across instead. In retrospect, we defenders of Israel ought to have turned our backs on the faculty of a distinguished and venerable institution and said, ‘Such crap will not be tolerated.’

How deep has the rot gotten at Harvard? This bad:

(Of course, that also applies to the Gray Lady as well. As James Lileks notes in the second link above, “It’s odd when the paper of record is simultaneously a parody account.”)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yet another leftist tried to silence pro-life students on campus.



“I am what you might call an old-school liberal who was brought up with the crazy idea that segregating by race is bad. That’s what I was talking about. Again, when it comes to an anthem, it doesn’t have to be the one we currently use. But it has to be just one. You know, because it’s a national anthem. And symbols of unity matter. And purposefully fragmenting things by race reinforces a terrible message: That we are two nations hopelessly drifting apart from each other. That’s not where we were even 10 years ago, and it’s not where we should be now.”

Well said, Bill. You’re up, Whoop.

It’s fun watching Bill Maher being slowly red-pilled in real time.

A FAILED PRESIDENCY: Pollster Zogby: Biden ‘is in trouble,’ a ‘D’ for the week.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Times Reveals FBI Role on January 6th.

The emergence of numerous FBI informants or undercover agents won’t complicate the “picture” of the Proud Boys participation in January 6. It will, however, complicate the groupthink shared by the media, Democrats, and NeverTrump Republicans that the FBI played no role in organizing or perpetrating the “attack” on the Capitol, suspicions raised by myself and the late Angelo Codevilla here at American Greatness, and Darren Beattie at Revolver News months ago.

Even more ridiculous is how the Times attempts to debunk those suspicions: “The new information was revealed at a time when misinformation continues to circulate among far-right commentators and websites accusing the F.B.I. of having used informants or agents to stage the attack on Jan. 6. And the records show that the informant traveled to Washington at his own volition, not at the request of the F.B.I.”

Color me crazy, but an informant working with the FBI—and getting paid to do so—didn’t exactly need an invitation from Christopher Wray to get to the scene of a major political event on January 6.

Since the summer of 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has used every tool in its extensive and potent arsenal to target Donald Trump. This included the use of confidential informants, FISA warrants, leaks of classified information, and sketchy documents such as the Steele dossier produced by another FBI asset at the time, Christopher Steele.

As I’ve written for months, the FBI now is turning those weapons against Trump-supporting Americans.


The Whitmer Kidnapping Case Reveals the FBI’s New Counterterrorism Target is You.

The FBI is made of snitches, often trapping Americans into committing crimes.

The FBI’s Incurable Rot.

And of course: Armed Person Arrested During J6 Rally Was Undercover Cop.

Wasn’t everybody there?

Finally, as Roger Simon writes: It’s Time to Break Up the FBI. “Like Carthage, the FBI delenda est. The FBI must be destroyed.”

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Why should Chris Cuomo be kept on the air in such a high-profile time slot, given his history of lying to his superiors, staging fake COVID stunts, smearing sexual harassment accusers as liars on behalf of his brother, and now an on-the-record admission and apology for groping a colleague in a public setting in front of her husband? CNN could put a woman, even a woman of color, into that time slot effortlessly, and yet refuse to do so. The reason is simple — CNN believes Chris Cuomo is a star, and when you’re a star, CNN lets you get away with it.

That’s why Jeff Zucker turned a blind eye to Donald Trump when he was at NBC and The Apprentice and that’s what Zucker and CNN are doing now with Chris Cuomo. Perhaps the pattern of bad behavior does not simply begin and end with Cuomo, but with the executive and the network that continue to enable it.

Well, yes: On Friday night, “Cuomo started his show,” Nicholas Fondacaro of NewsBusters tweets, “not with a comment about his sexual harassment scandal which broke today but mocking the result of the Arizona audit. According to the TV guide, the time slot was slated to be hour 2 of AC360. Perhaps he’s trying to save face…Even at the end of the show, Cuomo refused to address his sexual harassment scandal. ‘This has been a crazy week, Chris. Absolutely crazy,’ says Laura Coates filling in for Lemon. ‘So I hear,’ Chris responds.”


BEIJING IS PARTYING LIKE IT’S 1939: China’s Xinjiang Crackdown Reaps Millions of Dollars in Assets for the State.

Chinese authorities have seized and sold at auction tens of millions of dollars in assets owned by jailed Uyghur business owners amid a broad government campaign to assimilate ethnic minorities in the country’s northwest Xinjiang region.

Since 2019, Xinjiang courts have put at least 150 assets—ranging from home appliances to real estate and company shares—belonging to at least 21 people and valued at a total $84.8 million up for auction on e-commerce sites.

The listings were compiled by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, an advocacy group partially funded by the U.S. government, and were corroborated by The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed court documents and corporate records. The Xinjiang government didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Flashback: Xinjiang Shows We Haven’t Learnt a Thing from Auschwitz.

Related: Final Sale in Berlin—Database of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Berlin Now Part of LBI Collections.

Since 2005, I have been studying how the National Socialist regime systematically destroyed and looted businesses owned by Jews in Berlin, as well as the ways that Jews responded to this persecution. Despite the enormous concentration of “Jewish businesses” in Berlin, no comprehensive study on the topic existed before my team and I published our study in 2012. In particular, the small- and medium-sized companies that formed the backbone of Jewish commercial life had been neglected in the research.

I wonder if Xi ever asks, “Are we the baddies?”

SHOCK VIDEOS: What’s happening to Australia?

The Aussie government insisted afterward that the rioters were the aggressors, even scolding them for urinating on Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Is that the truth or just part of the state’s PR effort to keep the balance of popular opinion on the side of lockdowns by demonizing those who resist them?

The most disturbing video circulating today has no violence in it. It’s this scene of police officers in another part of the country interrogating a man in the interest of “public safety” about whether he knows of any protests coming up. I can’t tell if that’s because they’re worried about a riot in their jurisdiction too or if they’re really willing to go this far to prevent people from congregating in public for fear that they’ll spread the virus. Australia has lost very few people to COVID thanks to their lockdown strategy, but they’ve lost other important things in the process.

All the more reason in America to: Thank God for Rednecks.Who else could keep us from turning into Australia?

As bad as things are getting here in the States, we can’t fathom how much worse things would be without these down-home heroes. Sure, they might carry their paranoid anti-government theories a little too far. But their paranoia is far from unfounded, and even if they sometimes over-react, they keep America from falling into the opposite extreme: creeping tyranny, Aussie style. You can’t boil a frogs if he flips out every time you reach for the knob.

Like them, I’d prefer the burdens of liberty to a warm, sterile despotism. And that seems like an old-fashioned, all-American instinct to me. I can’t see Davey Crockett “sheltering in place” because the Department of Public Health asked him to. I can’t see Teddy Roosevelt triple-masking. I can’t see Johnny Cash stanning Dr. Fauci.

So, my apologies to those anti-maskers in Virginia. I rushed to judge you last summer, and that was wrong.  May you continue to resist any whiff of conformism with righteous fury. May you give no quarter to the elite “consensus” of elite “institutions.” And may you never stop being pissed off. It just might save this republic.

Except for certain quarters: College campuses are becoming insane COVID-19 security dystopias.

But then, as Iowahawk said, long before “COVID-19” became a universally known phrase:

DON SURBER: Making the abnormal normal destroys society.

September 25, 2021

OPEN THREAD: They told me to shovel more coal in the boiler, but that don’t do no good. I need your love to keep away the cold.


CLAIMS ABOUT AN INSURRECTION CONTINUE TO EVAPORATE: “But statements from the informant appear to counter the government’s assertion that the Proud Boys organized for an offensive assault on the Capitol intended to stop the peaceful transition from Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden.” “On the eve of the attack, the records show, the informant said that the group had no plans to engage in violence the next day except to defend itself from potential assaults from leftist activists…. Then, during an interview in April, the informant again told his handlers that Proud Boys leaders gave explicit orders to maintain a defensive posture on Jan. 6. At another point in the interview, he said that he never heard any discussion that day about stopping the Electoral College process…. According to the records, the informant first began to tell the F.B.I. what he knew about Jan. 6 in late December after a pro-Trump rally in Washington that month turned violent…. [T]he records contain no indication that the informant was aware of a possible plot by Proud Boys leaders to purposefully instigate those normal Trump supporters — or what members of the group refer to as ‘normies’— on Jan. 6.”

Plus: “My hypothesis has been that if there had been a plan, the FBI would have known about it and it would have been defended against. If the government has evidence of a plan now, my question is why didn’t they know in advance and defend the Capitol properly? The simplest answer is that there was no plan.”

And, from the comments: “The narrative being fed to us is that the FBI had an insider of a far-right group feeding information to the FBI but given the repeated lies fed to us by the FBI and federal officials it seems more likely the FBI had people undercover inciting a protest group to riot.”



MANY PARTS OF THE WEST, ESPECIALLY TECH COMPANIES AND MEDIA, ARE ENTHUSIASTICALLY COOPERATING: China’s obsessive attempts to subvert the West: Western societies are up against a dictatorship that is determined to use every method to advance its interests.

IT GETS WORSE: Look Who Worked Together to Frame Donald Trump With Fake Russia Hoax.

(AP Photo/Michel Euler.)

SCIENCE: Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability.

Okay, this is 3 years old, but it’s interesting. It might be, of course, that prestigious journals publish things that are closer to the cutting edge, and thus more likely to be wrong.

WHILE THE DNC-MSM HAS MOVED ON, BIDEN’S AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE CONTINUES: Reporter Discovers ‘Thousands’ in Kabul Still Attempting to Flee, Including US Citizens and Green Card Holders.

HOW IT STARTED: President ‘has four years to save Earth.’

—The Grauniad, January 17th, 2009.

How it’s going: The climate crisis has made the idea of a better future impossible to imagine.

—The Grauniad, today.

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE: CDC Overrules Own Advisors on Pfizer Booster for High-Risk Workers. “In a rare move, CDC overruled the recommendations of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding who should get a booster of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty). In a statement released early Friday, the agency said those at high risk of occupational exposure, such as healthcare workers, may receive the Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after the two-dose primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks. On Thursday, the ACIP voted 6-9 against recommending a booster in this population.”

THEY’RE NOT WRONG: Hillary Clinton Booed, Called a War Criminal By Crowd While Accepting Chancellorship.

Flashback: Africans are being sold at Libyan slave markets. Thanks, Hillary Clinton.

Related: It’s happening again:

What’s surprising is that it’s surprising that college kids are jeering old, corrupt, politicians.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Watch: School Board Squirms As Mom Reads Them The Gay Porn In Books Available To Students.

MARK JUDGE: As America Turned Into Stasi-Land, Norm Macdonald Made It Through the Wall.

AGREED — YOUR TERMS ARE ACCEPTABLE: Chicago Runs Ads Urging Texans Unhappy with Abortion Restrictions to Leave State.

HMM: Radiation therapy reprograms heart muscle cells to younger state.

HMM: HGH receptor gene may have helped early humans survive periods of scarcity. “In the past, GHRd3 likely helped early humans and their relatives survive periods of scarcity, but material conditions for humans have improved dramatically.”

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: NYT Removes Line Saying AOC Changed Iron Dome Vote Because of “Influential Lobbyists and Rabbis.”

However: “[Y]ou know how we’ve all been saying that the [Times] edited—stealth edited, but still—its ugly language about ‘rabbis’ are responsible for smothering AOC’s principles? That’s only partially true. Readers of the print edition still learn about the nefarious rabbis.”

UPDATE: The sheer contempt with which the Times appears to hold Jews, Jewish interests, Jewish safety and Jewish publications is tangible. Depressingly enough, it is hardly new.

(Updated and bumped.)

IN BIDEN’S AMERICA, THIS COUNTS AS POPULAR REBELLION: Golf fans spontaneously belt out national anthem, ‘USA’ chants at Ryder Cup.

“JUST SAY NEIGH:” Biden Finally Recognizes America’s Biggest Threat: Horses. “There was no whip, there were no whips, but whatever. Details, details. The important thing is that this proves America is racist. Mere facts are no match for the all-holy narrative. Ten thousand illegal immigrants packed under a bridge for weeks in 100-degree heat because Joe Biden expressly invited them into this country? That’s not a story. But white guys in cowboy hats on horses chasing black people? Now that’s a story! That’s something liberals can understand. It’s the only thing they ever want to talk about. They want to pretend we’re still back in the days of slavery, and the U.S. Border Patrol just served up the perfect images to fit that narrative.”

Why, it’s as if: Journo Twitter runs the Biden administration.


EVEN IN THE BIG-MEDIA SHOTS, BIDEN LOOKS DEMENTED NOW: President Joe Biden: ‘I’ll be getting my booster shot.’

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY: Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill to Bring Back One of the Federal Government’s Worst Pandemic Policies. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Cori Bush, progressive Democrats, just co-sponsored legislation to revive the eviction moratorium: the ‘Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021.’ Their bill would explicitly give the CDC the authority to re-enact the moratorium and compel it to do so. This new moratorium would potentially go even further, applying automatically to all rentals without tenants applying, as previously required. So, too, it would remain in place until 60 days beyond the ‘conclusion of the public health emergency.’”

MORE “NORMS RESTORED” BY TRUMP-LESS GOP: “In an unbelievable move, both House and Senate Republicans, many of whom view themselves as “defense hawks,” voted to add far-left language to the bill that would draft our young daughters in a time of national emergency. In the House, 135 Republicans voted last night to do just that.”

So a huge part of the “conservative” party votes to let the government drag my two daughters (and yours) at gunpoint off to some foreign war run by loser generals obsessed with “white rage” instead of victory, who can’t even lose a war correctly, and who promise to warn actual communists before our attacks so that they’ll have maximum opportunity to kill my daughters (and yours)? How about you let the other party own that one? This is clown world.

UPDATE: Given the large number of comments here (which I did not expect), let me make this abundantly clear: it is in no sense conservative to have a society where we force unwilling teenage females into the meat grinder of warfare, regardless of what “feminists” or “equal protection” may demand. Like nearly every other American man, I registered for the draft when I turned 18; I would have served if called up. I am grateful that that didn’t happen, but I accept the necessity, in some circumstances, of male conscription (though I am dubious that it’s really necessary for any non-existential conflict). Conscripting 18-25 year old females is asking for societal suicide, for reasons so obvious they do not need to be explained. You can count me and my family right out of any such suicide pact, and I urge everyone else to do the same.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Joe Biden Complains American ‘Trillionaires’ Not Paying Enough Taxes. “President Joe Biden referred to ‘trillionaires’ not paying taxes on Friday, even though no American is worth a trillion dollars. ‘I’m running to change the dynamic of how the economy grows,’ Biden said. ‘I’m tired of trickle-down. Trillionaires and billionaires are doing very, very well. You all report it.’ There are currently no trillionaires in the United States.”

THE MOST IMPORTANT DEVICE IN THE UNIVERSE: Blinking Tubes Without Function Compilation (video):

“‘We did this for the original ‘Incredible Hulk,’ the TV series, back in the late ’70s,’ said [John] Zabrucky, the founder and president of Modern Props.  Since then, the device has been seen in more than 100 feature films and TV shows, including ‘Austin Powers’ and multiple episodes of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ Giving it a once-over, Zabrucky adds with a sparkle of pride, ‘You can see how well it’s made.’ The apparatus has turned up in so many shows that a fan created a YouTube video devoted to its many appearances, dubbing it ‘the most important device in the universe.’”


NOW OUT: Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America.

GREAT ORATORS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. To borrow an old recurring leitmotif of James Taranto, when he was writing the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web Today:

● “One man with courage makes a majority.” — attributed to Andrew Jackson.

● “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt.

● “The buck stops here.” — Harry S. Truman.

● “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy.

● Swapping diesel busses out for electric busses would “change the circumstance on boom boom boom.” — Joe Biden.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Al Sharpton: Black America Is ‘Being Stabbed in the Back’ by Joe Biden.

First Maxine Waters, now Al Sharpton. To revise and extend my remarks on Wednesday night regarding Waters calling Biden’s El Paso Border Patrol agents “worse than what we witnessed in slavery,” after Biden’s infamous smear that Mitt Romney would “put you all back in chains” in 2012, Biden deserves everything he’s getting from her and Sharpton.

Plus more good news regarding Sharpton: Al Sharpton shouted down by hecklers during press conference on border patrol treatment of Haitians.

DISPATCHES FROM THE KINDER AND GENTLER TALIBAN: ‘Businesslike and Professional’ Taliban to Resume Chopping Off Hands, Executions.

And the newly pro-feminist Taliban as well: Taliban Name Their Deputy Ministers, Doubling Down On An All-Male Team.

BRADLEY THOMPSON: College “Move-In Day”–Army Style. “Commentators on American society often speak of the “two Americas.” America is divided, they say, between, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, blue staters and red staters, rich and poor, black and white, etc. But there is another division in the United States that is rarely, if ever, talked about—the division between those teenagers who go to college and those who join America’s armed forces.”

JOE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS: High noon for Biden and Democrats in Arizona.

CRISES BY DESIGN: Assault on female US service member by male Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss under FBI investigation. The incident comes on the heels of two Afghan refugees being charged with federal crimes at a Wisconsin military base.

GOODER AND HARDER: ‘A disaster:’ How San Francisco’s office mask mandate is impacting restaurants, bars.

“We finally reopened in June when the [COVID] numbers looked good and when we looked at return-to-office plans for Salesforce and other companies,” Chun said. “In July, things picked up, but then delta hit, plans got delayed and August was just a disaster.”

“We reopened at the end of July, and it’s cost us $30,000 just to be open in that time,” said Leilani Mason, the owner and operator of Southside Spirit House, a SoMa bar that often serves Salesforce, LinkedIn and Yelp employees. “We heavily depend on the happy hour crowd, that’s our bread and butter. But a week after we reopened, the city said, ‘Just kidding, the pandemic isn’t over even if you’re vaccinated and we all need to wear masks,’ and then offices pushed back their reopening plans. We have no customers at happy hours, and we’re having our staff come in but there’s no one for them to serve.”

Of course, rules are for the little people: “In San Francisco over the weekend, Mayor London Breed explained that the video of her enjoying herself maskless at a jazz club doesn’t count when you really think about it, because, unlike you, she is really into music. ‘My drink was sitting at the table,’ Breed said when pushed on the matter, and ‘I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.’ Which is an absolutely spiffing excuse if one assumes that the mayor of San Francisco is alone among her fellow citizens in desiring to spend her evenings without a large piece of cloth strapped across her face. Exonerating herself further, Mayor Breed suggested that ‘we don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing.’ Which, again, is a ripping justification if we assume that everyone else in San Francisco is just dying for close supervision.”

ABOUT THAT PANDEMIC MURDER MYTH: Writing on Liberty Unyielding, Hans Bader takes apart the claim that rising murder rates in the U.S. are a product of the Covid Pandemic.

“Murder rates actually fell in most countries that lost many people to the coronavirus. Peru had the world’s highest coronavirus death rate per million inhabitants. Yet Peru’s homicide rate fell by more than 2% in 2020,” Bader writes.

#1 BEST SELLER IN BACK PAIN: Treat Your Own Back. (Bumped)

IT’S LIKE THEY DON’T EVEN WANT TO FIND ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Senate Republicans Block Biden Small Business Administration Nom Over Ties to Anti-Israel Group.

THAT’S SETTING AN AWFULLY HIGH BAR: The weirdest moment in the history of The View.

Just spitballing, but maybe you should test the cast and crew when they arrive at the studio in the morning, not 15 minutes before they interview the vice president. That way they’re not mixing with colleagues behind the scenes all morning, spreading that ‘rona to everyone. And it probably *is* an outbreak at work that got Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, right? It’d be some coincidence if they each tested positive on the same day after having contracted the virus elsewhere.

Poor Joy Behar, who’s 78 years old and doubtless feeling some anxiety right now.

I’m curious to see if Hostin or Navarro has symptoms. One theory about breakthrough infections is that they’re happening much more commonly than anyone realizes and typically produce asymptomatic cases that go undetected because the infected person never has reason to get tested. Hostin and Navarro were probably tested today as a matter of routine, either because “The View” is testing employees regularly or because they took an extra precaution knowing that Kamala Harris would be in the building. If they end up asymptomatic, that’s a further bit of anecdotal evidence that the vaxxed may be shaking off infection on average with fewer difficulties than we might think.

Harris was supposed to join them at the table in the studio. Once the positive tests came back, she was hurriedly re-routed to a separate room and did the interview “remotely” from within the building.

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She managed to stay on-message in the interview that followed, though, emulating Biden’s overwrought demagoguery about the Border Patrol chasing Haitian migrants on horseback. Initially the left was scandalized at a photo of one BP agent supposedly using a whip against a migrant; then it turned out that there were no whips, so to save face now they have pretend to be scandalized by law enforcement riding horses instead.
Complete with her poker tell — that weird cackling laugh Harris makes everytime she’s bluffing or lying.

Earlier on The View: After Learning She’s the ‘1 Percent,’ Whoopi Goldberg Rants Against AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Message.

As Conquest’s First Law of Politics states: Everyone is conservative about what he [or she] knows best.

BECAUSE LEFTISTS ARE AGAINST FUN OF ANY KIND: Why sex-positive feminism is falling out of fashion.

UPDATE: Jim Bennett writes: “Because you can’t have 1984 without the Junior Anti-Sex League.”

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