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Jim Lampley’s Fight Game More of a Weak Blame Game Ignoring HBO’s Complicity

jim lampleys the fight game Jim Lampleys Fight Game More of a Weak Blame Game Ignoring HBOs ComplicityLampley Blames Promoters but Ignores HBO’s Dealings When Discussing Dueling Fight Cards with Showtime

Saturday night on HBO’s the Fight Game; Jim Lampley’s opening remarks implied that boxing promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy had manipulated their fighters Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez into having dueling fight cards.  Essentially depleting the value of each show, the two Mexican rising stars went head to head on Mexican Independence Day.  Perhaps the promoters are guilty, as Top Rank and Golden Boy aren’t on the best of terms, but for Jim Lampley to blame boxing promoters for dueling fight cards is completely outrageous.  HBO has made it their business to go head to head against Showtime with dueling fight cards multiple times a year for years, most recently just two weeks ago with Ward-Dawson originally set to go against Alexander-Bailey.  Lucas Matthyse ended up being the main event after Bailey pulled out with an injury.  Repeatedly and over and over, HBO is the most complicit factor in dueling fight cards against Showtime, not the promoters.  In fact, the TV networks decide the actual fight date, not the promoters.  At least Jim Lampley didn’t blame Showtime for this problem but he also didn’t waste time taking multiple shots at Showtime for not allowing HBO to use their fight footage.  Lampley also took a shot at the Alvarez-Lopez fight implying Lopez was a weak opponent.  Of course Lampley forgot to mention that multiple opponents were forced to pull out because of injury. Paul Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.  James Kirkland blew out his shoulder and Victor Ortiz broke his jaw in the Lopez fight.  With a lot of spin, and a few cheap shots and blatantly ignoring the truth, this wasn’t Jim Lampley or HBO’s finest hour.  Last week on The Daily Show, John Stewart coined the phrase “willfully blind cognitive dissonance” when describing Fox News’ criticism of Barack Obama.  That seems pretty appropriate for the latest edition of Jim Lampley’s Fight Game.

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Avion Silver Tequila Cleans House at International Spirit Awards: Double Gold, Best Tequila & Best White Spirit

Avion Tequila Avion Silver Tequila Cleans House at International Spirit Awards: Double Gold, Best Tequila & Best White SpiritNot Just a Hollywood “Entourage” Tequila Anymore

By Matt Goldstein

When we first reviewed Avion Reposado Tequila, we knew it was more than the just the hype it was getting for being on HBO’s Entourage.  That show was severely suspect; however, Avion Tequila is certainly not.  Both smooth and complex, the Avion Reposado was a flat out stud.  Now, it seems that the Avion Silver Tequila has cleaned up winning 5 awards at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition including a Double Gold Medal, Best Tequila and the prestigious Best White Spirit.  Crushing the competition at the world’s most prestigious spirit competition will solidify Avion as one of the best tequila’s in the world, period.

When Avion was unknown, the marketing campaign behind this tequila put in prime time on one of HBO’s most popular shows.  Now that it has won so many awards, expect the marketing campaign to step on the gas full throttle.  Avion tequila has arrived as a main stream tequila, not only proving to be one of the best, but soon to be one of the best sellers.  We can’t wait to get our hands on the silver and the anejo.

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HBO & Basil Hayden’s Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Fire & Ice and Snookie’s Virtue

Basil Haydens Cocktails Sookies Virtue 200x300 HBO & Basil Hayden’s Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Fire & Ice and Snookie’s VirtueInspired by True Love & Game of Thrones

Basil Hayden’s has created two great cocktails that not only look the part, but taste great with unique ingredients making them as special as your someone special!  The Basil Hayden’s Sookie’s Virtue combines the fruit flavors of grapes and raspberries with Basil Hayden’s smooth finish, which creates a fruity cocktail that is perfect way to start the evening.  Looking to add some spice to your Valentine’s date, The Basil Hayden’s Fire & Ice should do the trick.  The cocktail mixes jalapeño, lime and pomegranate juice with Basil Hayden’s spicy finish creating a cocktail with just enough of a kick to keep you wanting more!

Basil Hayden’s Sookie’s Virtue

Inspired by HBO’s True Blood

1½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

8 Red Grapes

2 Raspberries

¾ parts Lemon Juice

¾ parts Floral Tea Syrup (see recipe below)

Floral Tea Syrup

1. Combine 1 part of your favorite freshly brewed floral tea (jasmine, lavender, chamomile, etc.)

with 1 part sugar.

2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and refrigerate.

 

1. Muddle red grapes, raspberries, lemon juice and floral tea syrup in a mixing tin.

2. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and shake vigorously for 7 seconds.

3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grape and raspberry.

 

Basil Haydens Cocktails Fire Ice 200x300 HBO & Basil Hayden’s Valentine’s Day Cocktails: Fire & Ice and Snookie’s VirtueBasil Hayden’s Fire & Ice

Inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones 

1½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice

1 Slice Jalapeno

1 part Pomegranate Juice

½ part Simple Syrup

Splash of Soda Water

1. Muddle lime juice, jalapeno, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a mixing tin.

2. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and shake lightly for 5 seconds.

3. Strain into a Collins glass, add ice and top with soda water.

4. Garnish with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds.

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Direct TV Satellite vs. Comcast Cable: The Pros and Cons

Flat Screen TV 300x235 Direct TV Satellite vs. Comcast Cable: The Pros and ConsKnow the Facts about Which is the best TV Option?

By Matt Goldstein

Get the exclusive breakdown of the two of the biggest television options, cable or satellite.  With Direct TV and Comcast Cable’s advertising campaigns, it’s very difficult to understand what’s real and what’s straight up pontificating BS.  Who has the most channels, who has the most HD, On Demand and how can I save money?  From lowering your bill to getting the best entertainment available, check out the grudge match breakdown between two TV giants, Comcast Cable vs. Direct TV: the Pros and Cons.

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Direct TV

 

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The HD Picture

 

The HD Picture

The HD Picture on Direct TV is the best possible picture you can get period.  The digital signal directly from the satteilite destroys Comtcast Cable, Verizon Fios and any other cable.  The only other picture that can rival Direct TV are other sattelites.  Win   The Comcast Cable HD Picture is not a bad picture, it’s just not the best.  Loss   

The Price

 

The Price

This is not even close.  Right now we’re getting every single channel and every single premium channel for $78 per  month.  Win   For the amount of Direct TV channels we are getting right now, it would be 2.5 times the price.  This is not even close.  Comcast is very expensive and they will not be lowering prices, just offering more services.  Loss  

Weather & Technical Issues

 

Weather & Technical Issues

While we haven’t had any weather related issues yet, we’ve heard the horror stories.  Snow on the dish, rain and even overcast can cause problems.  The bigger dish for Direct TV might have solved some of these problems but we’ve had very slow load times and DVR recording getting cut off multiple times.  Loss   While Comcast has it’s outages, just like any cable or internet company would, it’s nearly not as many problems as you would get with a sattelite.  Win   

On Demand

 

On Demand

Well, there is no On Demand for Direct TV unless you hook your TV up to the internet.  Weak!  Loss   Comcast On Demand is pretty god damn awesome.  There’s nothing better than having HBO series and documentaires at the touch of a button.  Win

DVR

 

DVR

The Direct TV DVR is running the show right now and is more than 5 times the size and memory of Comcast.  You  should see the amount of HD movies we have saved right now.  We’ve had some technical issues with a few recordings but Direct TV said they will be fixing the issues.  We will give them a chance and re-edit this post.  Win   The Comcast DVR?  Meh.  Comcast gets crushed in this department but Direct TV is making up for the lack of On Demand.  Loss

Amount of HD Channels

 

Amount of HD Channels

Direct TV seems to have twice the HD channels as Comcast and their not just BS channels, their premium channels too.  All of HBO, Showtime, & Cinemax and multiple Stars & TMC channels are in HD.  Win   Only one of each premium channel in HD?  Is this a joke?  Comcast must step up their game here.  Loss

Premium Channels

 

Premium Channels

Direct TV has way more premium channels available period.  HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, and TMC all come with more premium channels and again, their all in HD.  Win   Loss.

National & International Sports Coverage

 

National & International Sports Coverage

Direct TV originated ther NFL Sunday Ticket and they offer the same kind of coverage with all kinds of sports.  Premium and basic, the amount of sports available are insane and you can watch 8 games on the same screen.  Win   Loss
     

Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet

 

Local Sports & Comcast Sportsnet

With Direct TV in Philadelphia, Comcast has blacked out the local Comcast Sportsnet meaning, we won’t be able to watch about 95% of Phillies & Sixers games.  Ouch!  We do get about 3-4 Comcast Sportnets for other cities.  Loss   Local Comcast Sportsnet offers almost every single Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games as well as pre game and post game breakdown for all 4 local sports teams including the Eagles.  Win 

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New HBO Series Luck: Dustin Hoffman as Organized Crime Figure Chester “Ace” Bernstein

HBOs Luck Dustin Hoffman New HBO Series Luck: Dustin Hoffman as Organized Crime Figure Chester “Ace” BernsteinHoffman’s First Role as a Gangster

By Matt Goldstein

HBO’s new highly produced series, Luck, premiered a sneak episode on Sunday after the season finale of Boardwalk Empire.  With acclaimed director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, Luck brings one of the best casts in the history of television.  Leading that cast is Dustin Hoffman playing the corrupt racetrack businessman, Chester “Ace” Bernstein.  At the start of the show, Ace is getting out of prison and has ownership of a race horse in which his friend played by Dennis Farina is the fronting owner.  Ace’s plan for when he gets out of prison?  Vengeance!  Ace is out for vengeance against the people who put him in prison and vengeance against those who got rich at the track while he protected them and took the fall.  Ace is going to look at putting a casino inside the track but will have to do it quietly as the recent paroled felon and organized crime figure cannot legally be on the books of the deal.  The first episode focused on life at the race track from all angles, from the horses, the owners, jockeys and trainers, gamblers, security guards and beautiful cinematic scenes of horse racing.  HBO’s Luck is most likely the best new show on TV.  “I don’t trust anyone, not even myself.”  — Chester Ace Bernstein

The series premiere will officially be on January 29th of 2012 with HBO most likely playing the first two episodes back to back.  The all star cast is as follows: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Ian Hart, Kevin Dunn, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Jill Hennessy, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte.

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HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Fact or Fiction: The Conspiracy against Nucky Thompson

nucky thompson 16001 300x225 HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Fact or Fiction: The Conspiracy against Nucky ThompsonThe Death of the Commodore and the Death of Jimmy Darmody

By Matt Goldstein

In HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, season 2 certainly didn’t disappoint in the air of drama, but how do we know the real characters are being portrayed on the screen accurately.  From murder and corruption, bootlegging and drug dealing, the historical characters driving the backdrop of the series such as Lucky Luciano, Arnold Rothstein, Al Capone, Meyer Lansky and Waxey Gordon certainly leave a lot of speculation with business deals and gangland politics.

Did Meyer Lansky & Lucky Luciano Break Mafia Rules and Deal Heroin?

Absolutely.  In fact, it was so profitable that Lansky and Luciano began shying away from alcohol towards the end of prohibition.  Because of heroin, Lansky and Luciano went on to become the richest gangsters in the history of the world and most of that money was because of heroin.  Drugs’ being against mob rules is merely a myth.  Most mafia families shied away from drugs simply because it brought to much heat and marginalized political connections.

jimmy darmody boardwalk empire HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Fact or Fiction: The Conspiracy against Nucky ThompsonWas Jimmy Darmody based on the real life Jimmy Boyd? 

No.  The real life Jimmy Boyd was just a small time political operative for Nucky Johnson and Boyd never went to Princeton, never served in WWI and never had anything to do with bootlegging.  The name Jimmy seems to be the only thing they had in common.  Jimmy Boyd lived and worked in politics until 1974 while Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody only lived until what seems to be about 1922.

Was Nucky Thompson a cold blooded killer? 

Although Boardwalk Empire portrays Nucky Thompson a murderer, executioner and conspirator, there are no actual links to the real life Nucky Johnson killing anyone.  While Nucky did business with Capone, Lansky, Rothstein, Luciano and an array of other mobsters, Nucky Johnson might have actually controlled his criminal power in a political fashion.

arnold rothstein boardwalk empire 300x199 HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Fact or Fiction: The Conspiracy against Nucky ThompsonDid Nucky Thompson & Arnold Rothstein use the most expensive Jewish Laywer from NYC?

Who knows, but they certainly should have.  You can’t ever go wrong with a Jew lawyer, they’re very effective.

Did the Commodore Really Conspire against Nucky Thompson?

No.  Commodore actually embraced Nucky as the boss of the city when he returned from prison rather than conspire against him.  The real life Commodore Khuenle didn’t father any children and died of natural causes in 1934.

Did Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano operate under the protection of Arnold Rothstein?

Absolutely.  Not only did Rothstein protect the two prodigies, Arnold Rothstein gave Lansky and Luciano the gangland connections they needed to take over the entire country, including a business relationship with Nucky.

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Boardwalk Empire Profile: Meyer Lansky Timeline

 

lansky1 300x161 Boardwalk Empire Profile: Meyer Lansky TimelineThe Most Powerful and Wealthiest Jewish Gangster of All Time!

By Matt Goldstein

Meyer Lansky took the reigns of power during prohibition and was the mastermind behind the National Syndicate, also known as the Commission.  The National Syndicate brought together the most powerful crime leaders in the country in which the mob bosses of all the major Italian mafia families worked in partnership to augment a criminal empire of staggering proportions.  Up to that point, most mafia families went to battle for territory and the consequences riddled the streets with bodies.  The Commission was the first and last major collaboration of organized crime outfits and will most likely never be seen again. 

1902 – Maier Suchowljansky A.K.A. Meyer Lansky is born in Grodno Russia.

1914 – Meyer begins getting involved in corner crap games and street gangs.  

1918 – Charlie Lucky Luciano tries to shakedown Meyer Lansky and his gang for protection money.  Meyer refuses and incites a brawl.  Luciano is so impressed with Lansky that he recruits him and the two end up becoming close friends and lifetime business partners. 

1918  – Meyer Lansky meets Bugsy Siegel and the two become close friends.  Siegel also becomes a high ranking enforcer with Lansky and Luciano. 

1919 – Prohibition

1920’s – Lansky, Luciano and Siegel establish a booze smuggling racquet where they specialize in stealing loads and being hired to protect them. 

1931 – Meyer and Luciano orchestrate the assassination of mob boss Salvatore Maranzano.  

1931 – Meyer orchestrates the National Syndicate with longtime friend and partner, Lucky Luciano as the head. 

1930’s – Lansky runs one of the biggest illegal gambling operations in the world.

WWII – Lansky works with the U.S. government to protect the ports in NYC, a possible target of the Nazis.  The mob’s control of the dock workers helped provide naval intelligence and national security.      

1947 – Bugsy Siegel is murdered after the investment money for the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas goes missing.  Lansky tries to stop the murder of Siegel to no avail.    

1940’s & 50’s – Lansky and Luciano create a heroin empire even bigger than their prohibition booze smuggling and gambling racquets.  The drug dealing is what makes Lansky and Luciano the richest gangsters in history.  None of today’s mobsters even come close to their riches without even counting inflation.

1957 – Meyer Lansky opens the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Cuba.  It’s the first hotel in Cuba with air conditioning. 

1959 – The Fidel Castro communist revolution destroys the mobs stronghold in Cuba and Lansky’s ownership in any and all Cuban assets is dissolved. 

1974 – Lansky was acquitted of tax evasion charges

1983 – Meyer Lansky dies of heart failure after living his quiet uneventful golden years in Miami beach.   

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Boardwalk Empire Profile: Al Capone Timeline

The Downfall of Al Capone

Boardwalk Empire Fact or Fiction: Nucky Thompson, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone

Boardwalk Empire Profile: Nucky Thompson Timeline

Boardwalk Empire Profile: Arnold Rothstein Timeline

Top 10 Gangsters of Prohibition:  Boardwalk Empire Edition

Boardwalk Empire: The Downfall of Nucky Thomspon

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Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Al Capone Timeline

al capone 1024 300x168 Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Al Capone TimelineBy Matt Goldstein 

In HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Al Capone is the young muscle under Johnny Torrio as their attempting to establish territory in Chicago’s bootlegging trade.  At the very onset of prohibition, Torrio has boss Jim Colosimo murdered as the Colosimo is apprehensive about the booze trade.  Al Capone’s rise to power is as violent as they come.  In the HBO drama, Capone is portrayed as brutish, pigheaded and sometimes a little stupid.  But to build the biggest bootlegging empire in history, one couldn’t be too naïve to the ways of the world.    One of the first nationally recognized gangsters and the most legendary bootleg booze smuggler in history, Al Capone was extremely wealthy and a brutal murderer. At one point in the 1920’s Capone was allegedly pulling in more than $60 million a year off of booze alone and another $40 million in racketeering, prostitution and gambling.

1899 – Alphonse Capone is born in Garden City NY to Gabriel and Teresa.

1914 – Johnny Torrio becomes a mentor to Al Capone. 

1917 – Working for mob boss Frankie Yale, Capone was involved in a knife fight and slashed in the face.  Hence the name Scarface. 

1920 – Frankie Yale sends Al Capone to Chicago because of a rival gang war.  Capone becomes the under study of Johnny Torrio.

1923 – Al Capone moves his gang outside of Chicago city limits because of political and police pressure. 

1924 – Capone’s brother is killed by police. 

al capone 111 223x300 Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Al Capone Timeline1925 – Johnny Torrio steps down and appoints Capone as the boss.  Torrio still advises Capone and Capone goes to war with any gang that won’t cooperate.

1926 – Rivals Bugs Moran and Hymie Weiss fail at an assassination attempt on Capone, spraying a hotel eatery with Thompson machine guns and shotguns.

1926 – Capone has Hymie Weiss assassinated in broad daylight on the street with machines guns and shotguns. 

1928 – Capone buys a 14 room mansion in Palm Island Florida. 

1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre becomes the most infamous gangland murders in history.  On February 14th, Capone’s men disguise themselves as police and enter the Bugs Moran warehouse headquarters.  Seven members of the North Side Gang are lined up against the wall and executed. 

 1929 – Capone is arrested in Philadelphia on weapons charges and jailed in the legendary Eastern State Penitentiary for 9 months. 

1929 – Elliot Ness and prohibition agents begin chipping away at the Capone empire by seizing shipments, and shutting down bars and speakeasies.  Enormous federal pressure is an after effect of the St Valentine’s massacre. 

1931 – Capone is convicted on Tax Evasion charges and sentenced to 11 years. 

1939 – Capone is paroled and released from Alcatraz. 

1947 –  Capone dies from complications of syphilis. 

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The Downfall of Al Capone

Boardwalk Empire Fact or Fiction: Nucky Thompson, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone

Boardwalk Empire Profile: Nucky Thompson Timeline

Boardwalk Empire Profile: Arnold Rothstein Timeline

Top 10 Gangsters of Prohibition:  Boardwalk Empire Edition

Boardwalk Empire: The Downfall of Nucky Thomspon

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Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Benjamin Bugsy Siegal

bugsy siegal michael zeglar boardwalk empire 300x157 Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Benjamin Bugsy SiegalBugsy to Be Introduced in Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire

By Matt Goldstein

Benjamin Bugsy Siegal was the muscle for Meyer Lansky since they were teenagers running the streets of New York City.  Just as Luciano and Lansky rose to power, Bugsy rose to power with them.  During Prohibition, Siegal ran bootlegging rackets in New York, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and muscled and murdered anyone who stood in the way of Lansky and Luciano.  Siegal is also alleged to have close ties with the Commission, the National Syndicate, Murder Inc. and is considered to have invented Las Vegas.  

Perhaps long overdue, Bugsy will be introduced in season 2 of Boardwalk Empire and most likely in episode 8.  Michael Zegan from ‘Rescue Me’ will be playing the legendary gangland hit man.  Zegan’s portrayal is said to be of a “tough, smart, urban kid.”  With Lansky, Luciano, Capone and Darmody expected to emerge as major gangsters in Prohibition, the arrival of Bugsy in the HBO drama could set this show on fire.  Already the best television show on TV, there are so many directions HBO can go with the series, we just hope it goes on for season after season after season.       

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Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Waxey Gordon & Joe Masseria

waxey gordon boardwalk empire Boardwalk Empire Gangsters: Waxey Gordon & Joe MasseriaBy Matt Goldstein

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire introduced 2 new prominent prohibition gangsters in season 2, Joe “the Boss” Masseria and Waxey Gordon.  Both gangsters were infamous, brutal and champion bootleggers.  While Masseria was a Capo in 1922, there was an attempt on his life in the streets of Manhattan.  Joe famously evaded the attackers and became known as the “Man who can dodge bullets.”  This legend helped Joe become Joe “the Boss” Masseria, arguably the most powerful mom boss in New York during prohibition. 

When Masseria is introduced in Boardwalk Empire, Arnold Rothstein is negotiating peace between Masseria and Luciano and Lansky on what is perceived to be a territorial encroachment.  However, as Lansky and Luciano grew in power, they worked for Masseria multiple facets of bootlegging, drug dealing, and muscle.   Eventually, when Luciano and Lansky were trying to create the commission, Masseria was simply in their way.  In 1931, Luciano and Lansky had Masseria killed monopolized their power, paving the way to become the richest gangsters of all time. 

Waxey Gordon, a Jewish gangster from Philadelphia, was a bootlegging and gambling associate of Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.  Gordon ran Rothstein’s east coast bootlegging operation and aligned himself with the National Syndicate after Rothstein’s death.  Arrested for tax evasion in 1933, Gordon was sentenced to 10 years.  Upon his release, Waxey moved to the west coast where he became a drug smuggler.  Gordon was arrested in 1951 and died in Alcatraz a year later.

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