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Kansas Representative Ryckman,
Five years ago when aggressive Kansas school funding caught our attention, we literally spent hundreds of hours researching, compiling and sharing historical data. Not used by anyone then and likely not used again. Illegal immigration is still an ugly subject to discuss openly. But we will try again in support of the time we have already spent.
For your use, information and ideas.
When we looked at the raw data available for Kansas schools, one could easily conclude that we are paying for student needs that don’t exist on paper in the legislative requests. A great deal of money is provided by Districts K-12 for required learning in languages other than English. One ELL (English Language Learner) per District requires native language employee/educator to provide the equivalent for all classes/subjects K-12 with no requirement the ELL student ever become educated in English. Kansas records show over 100 different languages taught for K-12. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/23/how-to-spend-271573451-that-you-dont-have/
Also of interest, Kansas does not refer to providing an education to children of illegal immigrants. In Kansas we educate children of “Migrant Workers”. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
This also requires the School District to provide free breakfasts, free lunches, free healthcare, free before school care, free after school care, free Summer daycare, etc. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
And we pay to make sure the migrant workers know about this information. http://ksmigrant.org/
Over-all impact on school funding observation: 2001-2009 Kansas student population DECREASED by 2.8% but funding INCREASED by 155.9% /nolathe.net/2010/12/28/the-kansas-oopps-moment-and-five-year-penalty/
Please do not deny that Kansas is a “sanctuary State“.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                           GOD
Henpecked Acres                                     
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062


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From: Kdunwoody2@aol.com
To: Kdunwoody2@aol.com, BOCC-Clerk@jocogov.org, cynthia.dunham@jocogov.org
CC: roxieham@gmail.com, Michael.Ashcraft@jocogov.org
Sent: 5/27/2014 6:32:04 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: KORA Request
During the last 3 1/2 years of the current county administration I have faced many obstacles with JoCo responding to legal KORA requests. Fortunately I have saved every correspondence to and from JoCo. Unfortunately, here we go again.
A perfectly legal KORA request was submitted at 5:32 P.M. on May 21, 2014. The three days to respond were May 22, 23 and today May 27. I have received neither a response nor a request for more time to respond.
As a result, please accept this as a signed and written KORA request for more documents:
1) All internal documents between staff, management and commissioners regarding my 5/21 request.
2) All internal documents between staff, management and commissioners that encourages/requires KORA responses to me and/or others should be delayed as permitted by statute.
I expect an accurate response to my 5/21 request by 10 A.M. tomorrow 5/28, 2014. I expect an accurate response to today’s request by 5 P.M. Friday 5/30.
Ken Dunwoody
In a message dated 5/21/2014 5:32:56 P.M. Central Daylight Time, Kdunwoody2@aol.com writes:
Chief Counsel Jarrett has reportedly stated that Kansas Statute allows a County Treasurer, Register of Deeds and Clerk to be appointed rather than elected. As a non-legal eagle I plead ignorance. Would you be so kind as to refer me to the specific statute number Chief Counsel Jarrett was referring to.
He said the law also allows the county treasurer, clerk and register of deeds to be appointed, as they are specified in the charter. The ruling on the Dunwoody lawsuit does not affect that, he said.
Please accept this as a written KORA request.
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                                        GOD
Henpecked Acres                                    
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062


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  • “Samaranch was born into a wealthy family in Barcelona. He studied at the local Swiss School and at the German School of Barcelona. As a child, he was a keen roller hockey player. During the Spanish Civil War, he was conscripted into the Republican forces in 1938, at the age of 18, to serve as a medical orderly. However, he was politically opposed to the Republic, and escaped to France. He quickly returned to Nationalist Spain under Francisco Franco and enrolled in the Spanish fascist movement Falange.”
  • “He had been the chef de mission of the Spanish team at a number of Olympic events, before he was appointed Government Secretary for Sports by Spanish Head of State Francisco Franco in 1967. He also became the president of the Spanish National Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was vice-president of the IOC from 1974 to 1978.”
  • “He was appointed Spanish ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia in 1977, immediately after the restoration of diplomatic relations between the countries: this post helped him to gain the support of the Soviet bloc countries in the election to the presidency of the IOC, held in Moscow in 1980.”

So what did fascist Juan do as President of the International Olympic Committee? IOC Sustainable

IOC Agenda 21


The Centennial Olympic Congress, Congress of Unity, held in Paris in 1994 devoted part of its debates to sport and the environment, and its final document called, among other measures relating to the environment, for the inclusion in the Olympic Charter of a provision underlining the necessity of preserving the environment. It also called for the creation of an IOC Commission on Sport and the Environment. Subsequently, the Olympic Charter was amended in 1996 to include the following paragraph in Rule 2 (role of the IOC): “(…) the IOC sees that the Olympic Games are held in conditions
which demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues and encourages the Olympic Movement to demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues, takes measures to reflect such concern in its activities and educates all those connected with the Olympic Movement as to the importance of sustainable development.”

Thus the promotion of sustainable development became one of the fundamental objectives of the Olympic Movement. This is totally in conformity with the goal of Olympism, which is to place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious development of man. Indeed, thanks to the universality of sport and to the commitment of sportsmen and women throughout the world, the Olympic Movement has the ability to play an active part in the taking of
measures favouring sustainable development.

In Rio de Janeiro in 1992, at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), most of the world’s nations committed themselves to the pursuit of economic development in ways that would protect the Earth’s environment and non-renewable resources and adopted Agenda 21 as a global action plan to fulfil this commitment.

Following the invitation extended to all international, regional and local organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to prepare their own Agenda 21 based on the model adopted by UNCED, the Olympic Movement decided to prepare its Agenda 21.

This Agenda 21 was adopted by the IOC at its Session in June 1999 in Seoul and subsequently endorsed by the entire Olympic Movement at the Third World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Rio de Janeiro in October 1999. The “Rio Statement” made by this conference charts the course of action for the implementation of Agenda 21. A joint UNEP/IOC Working Group has been set-up and will have the task of piloting and following this implementation.

I invite all the members of the Olympic Movement, all sportsmen and women and bodies associated with sport, to comply with the recommendations of the present Agenda 21 to the best of their ability and with due respect for their cultures, traditions and beliefs. For its part, the IOC undertakes to use all its influence to achieve the objectives outlined in the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21.

Juan Antonio SAMARANCH
Marqués de Samaranch

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Organizing For America is setting up paid training programs for Obama minions to support this new council. Below is an invitation to their training camp. You might want to see if there are OFA training camps set up in your area. OFA is heavily funded by Soros and Soros is heavily funding this climate change council. You can believe he will be pouring millions into taking away our property rights.


I cannot tell you how critical it is for us to be prepared to go into action. As I stated a couple of days ago with this new EO you are going to see Agenda 21 move forward at lightning speed. I have included the information about Organizing For America (George Soros funded) and also a copy of the EO.

Please share with everyone you know and do whatever you can to get Agenda 21 legislation passed in your state. Share this information with your state legislators. Work with your City Council and County Commissioner. STAY AWAY FROM FEDERAL GRANT MONEY. Talk with your Sheriff. Is he/she willing to stand up to the EPA should they start claiming land because of water that may be on that land. This President is dead serious. He owns our healthcare, he owns our children’s education now he wants control of our water, private property and food.

I found this link to be a great source of further information about the EO.


Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy

President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.

Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween.  The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”
The new order was issued even though recent scientific data have contradicted claims that use of carbon energy — such as gasoline — will drive up the world’s temperature and induce damaging climate change. Average temperatures have leveled for more than a decade, despite the sharply rising use of carbon energy in China and other countries.  U.S. use of carbon energy has stabilized with increasing market-driven efficiency and tightening regulations.  The council is officially intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”
The order bypasses Congress, and is directly implemented by Obama’s deputies and appointees in the federal bureaucracies.  It allows agencies to use the promise of environmental disaster to force changes on Americans’ use of energy and land, and to increase taxpayer spending on expanding the fledgling renewable energy sector.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/01/obamas-new-climate-council-to-regulate-economy/#ixzz2jTcA8eZh

Karen Bracken




“Common Core is just the “smoke” hiding the fire. After we clear the smoke we must put out the fire.” k. bracken

The change we seek has always required great struggle and great sacrifice.” – Barack Hussein Obama
“The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.” – Ayn Rand

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I am reminded back when schools had chalk boards and student hall monitors.  In seventh grade, Drake Junior High School somewhere in Colorado, I think it was Math Class, the student sitting behind me was only known at the time as George.  He found great pleasure in leaning forward (out of teacher’s view) and “flicking” the back of my right ear.  Never the left, always the right.  The students behind him would chuckle and become silent when the teacher turned.

Not sure how long I put up with this, but eventually I turned and spoke those immortal words “choose ya!”  That meant we were going to have a fight and George got to pick the time and place.  After class and walking down some steps the “tennis courts during lunch” was agreed.  There we were, swinging like professionals for about 5 minutes without either landing a punch.  With neither hurt and growing tired, a teacher broke us up and off to the Vice-Principal’s Office we went to await parental pick-up.

George and I were casual friends through out high school and only recently learned that we served in Vietnam at about the same time.  Today I would trust George Beard with my life.  Amazing how things work out.

In 2008 when I became politically active, I noticed that Johnson County, Kansas had been “flicking” my ears (both of them).  And in 2011 out came those same words “choose ya!”.  This fight would be in the courts of public opinion and the courts of justice.

Fighters always have a “corner person” with expertise in cuts and swelling.  Johnson County folks have been busy.  But let me add at this point that the “go to work 40 hours a week” folks have always treated me with respect and courtesy.  This is not about the “career civil servants” that do as instructed and led.

During the nearly unanimous decision in our favor, the judges ruled entirely in our favor regarding “redistricting” of the County Districts.  We contended that with four of the six Districts representing The City of Overland Park (plus the chairperson elected at-large) left The City of Overland Park with potentially 5 of 7 votes on any issue.  Toe to toe with The County Commission ruled cities don’t count (recorded in previous postings).  The ten year review of the County Home Rule Charter counted me down for the count.  Although bloodied, we stood and counter punched, an ear “flick” of our own so to speak.

On the agenda for July 18, 2013.

7.18.13 Redistricting

Redistricting criteria

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                               
Henpecked Acres                                                     One Nation
14850 W. 159th St. Olathe, Ks.
66062 (913)768-1603

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Johnson County got a deal on King Louie. Turning it into a national suburbia museum won’t be a bargain

Turning King Louie into a national museum won’t be a bargain.




Photo by Sabrina Staires

Mindi Love has an encyclopedic memory of Johnson County’s history. Off the top of her head, she can say what year Country Club Plaza developer J.C. Nichols completed his studies at the old Olathe High School.

As she leads a tour through the narrow corridors of the Johnson County Museum of History’s cramped Shawnee house, she summons facts about Johnson County and offers context for its suburban past, from the time it was settled through the post–World War II development boom that would eventually make it one of the country’s most affluent counties.

Some exhibits in the museum are generic — the faux raspberries and potatoes that demonstrate the once-agrarian nature of Johnson County. Some are sobering — the exhibit that covers deed restrictions, which sought to keep out blacks and Jews and Syrians in some of Johnson County’s developing neighborhoods unless they were there as servants.

Love has been the director of the Johnson County Museum since 2000, and for all of that time she has worked in its 19,000-square-foot building at 6305 Lackman Road. It’s not as easy to spot from the road as the nearby Target-anchored shopping development, off Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 435, but it attracts about 30,000 visitors a year.

Many of those museumgoers are children, whose smaller size is an advantage here. Exhibits line hallways not much wider than those found in an average residence.

“You can’t give a tour to a large group of people,” Love says. “Can you imagine a group of 90 third-graders in here?”

On the day she leads The Pitch through the museum, her voice competes with the din of children clattering through various interactive exhibits designed to give young people a simulation of 20th-century suburban life.

But the museum has more problems than a high decibel level. For one, it’s largely static. Its main feature is an exhibit called “Seeking the Good Life,” which was erected in the late 1990s after a fundraising campaign. It remains mostly unchanged.

The gallery devoted to rotating exhibitions is a space the size of an average home’s dining room. At the moment, it’s taken up by a show of editorial cartoons by Bob Bliss, of the defunct Johnson County Sun newspaper. (One of them takes a jab at Johnson County’s bus system, depicting a Jo bus with two people in it and the caption “The Jo’s ridership doubles!”)

It also has flooding problems. The building’s foundation kept rainwater out during a modest May 30 storm, but a 2009 downpour damaged exhibits and records in the basement. That event accelerated the county’s search for a new Johnson County Museum space.

Love may be on her way to getting that wish, if the county remakes the museum in the old King Louie West building, in Overland Park.

Johnson County bought the dormant bowling alley in 2011, and the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year contemplates spending more than $5 million to ready the dilapidated building for use. The museum is calling for another $5 million in the following year’s budget to remake King Louie in the museum’s image.

The Johnson County Museum Foundation also wants to raise $2 million for new exhibits in time for a Johnson County Museum opening at King Louie in 2017.

That’s a big goal for a small foundation.

The nonprofit fundraising arm of the Johnson County Museum has raised $23,000–$38,000 a year since 2007, according to the most recent tax records available.

Love says those records don’t include grants that flow through the county books. One such grant: a $120,000 stipend to study a 2011 interpretive plan for what a future museum would look like. Another study was done to explore the feasibility of raising $2 million in time to get the museum moved into King Louie by 2017.

That study purports to describe how the foundation might grow from a five-figure fundraiser to a seven-figure one. Larry Meeker, president of the foundation, declined to share that study with The Pitch. He says: “The bottom line is, we’ve settled on a very doable plan for moving in, building a base for further fundraising starting with a base of $2 million to freshen things up, get us moved in [to King Louie] and, if all goes well there, begin the fundraising for expanding the fundraising.”

The expanded fundraising that Meeker is talking about would move the foundation toward a much bigger goal: Putting together another concept museum that backers want at King Louie, the National Museum of Suburbia and Suburban Policy Forum.

The museum would pay homage to the phenomenon of suburban sprawl, cul-de-sacs, The Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan, and other testaments to the out-migration from urban centers.

To do that — and to develop a museum that may have to sustain itself — the museum would have to raise almost $10 million on its own.

The Johnson County Museum today receives more than $600,000 a year from the county to support its operations.

“I’m firmly convinced, no doubt in my mind whatsoever, that this is a good idea,” Meeker tells The Pitch. “That it is something that will be acted upon at some point in the future, here or somewhere else.”

Others don’t envision a Johnson County–based national suburbia museum as a slam dunk.

“If activities can be fully funded by the private sector, that’s good,” says Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert. “I think it’s a concept that, if it were to happen, needs a lot more work. I hate to discourage somebody who is thinking outside of the box. There are realities to making those kinds of concepts come to pass. It’s going to be very, very difficult.”

Eilert insists that Johnson County didn’t buy King Louie to house a national museum of suburbia.  (NOlathe note: 2011 documents and video transcripts previously posted show “suburbia museum” was the major factor in purchasing a property that must be sold prior to 2012.  Interviews with The Wallstreet Journal confirmed and documented in 2012.)

But the county’s decision to buy the property at 8788 Metcalf raised eyebrows among those who pay attention to Johnson County politics.

Built in 1959, the 70,000-square-foot King Louie is the sort of structure that local officials call, perhaps euphemistically, “iconic.”

Its architecture, then and now, seems more like a ski chalet in Loveland, Colorado, than a bowling alley. But, with its dozens of lanes and its ice-skating rink, the place was a popular suburban destination for decades, until it fell on hard times in the late 2000s.

The building was owned by Western Development Co., a Shawnee real-estate entity controlled by John Mitchell, who lives near the Country Club Plaza. By the end of its life as a teen hangout, the building was riddled with codes violations, ranging from an assortment of electrical hazards to frozen sprinkler pipes to chicken wire covering exterior windows. It closed for business in 2009 and went up for sale.

Not long after, Johnson County staffers started looking around for a new museum site.

King Louie was on the county’s shortlist, but Mitchell’s $3.5 million asking price seemed exorbitant. The bargain shoppers at the county crossed the bowling alley off the list and moved on, exploring dozens of possibilities for the new museum site, mostly in the 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot range (with an eye to an eventual expansion).

Among the six locations toured by county officials was the developing Lenexa City Center at 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard. Former Johnson County Commissioner Doug Wood wanted to combine the museum with the Oak Park Branch of the Johnson County Library. None of the ideas gained consensus.

Then King Louie’s sellers, who were represented by real-estate firm Kessinger/Hunter, lowered the asking price to $2.5 million and indicated a willingness to perhaps go down even further. Joe Waters, director of facilities for Johnson County, brought the idea of buying the discounted King Louie to the Johnson County Board of Commissioners in November 2011. He said the sellers wanted to close the deal by the end of 2011 for tax purposes.

So the Johnson County Commission did Western Development Co. a solid and voted to have the building purchased by the end of 2011 — just one week after the deal was first presented.

Commissioners, concerned that the upcoming holidays would prevent a December quorum, quickly voted November 17 to buy the building for $1.95 million; they also voted to allocate another $1.6 million to protect the building from the elements. Then–Johnson County Commissioner David Lindstrom, whom Kessinger/Hunter employed in the 1970s and ’80s, was among those who voted to approve the purchase.  (NOlathe note: Commissioners voted when to purchase this property without concensus of how to pay for it.)

Western Development’s $193,000 mortgage on the property, dating back to 2003, was paid off shortly after Johnson County Commissioners voted to approve the deal.  (NOlathe note: NOlathe contends the purchase contract was used as a ‘bankable note’ to acquire funds to release the mortgage providing a clear document prior to JoCo’s purchase).  The $1.95 million initially came from the county’s reserve fund, basically a savings account for the county government to pay for unexpected costs such as, say, a damaging ice storm.

A loan was later taken from UMB Bank to replenish the reserve fund, as rating agencies were warning governments about keeping up adequate reserve levels.

Michael Ashcraft, a Johnson County commissioner whose district largely covers Olathe and Lenexa, had reservations about the way the building was bought and the county’s plans for it.

Johnson County was still in belt-tightening mode from a deep recession. Officials had begun publicly contemplating closing libraries and cutting staff across various departments — only to throw seven figures at a building for a possible county museum.

“I really have become much more ardent and much more concerned about the acquisition,” Ashcraft tells The Pitch. “Before, I was willing to talk about it and learn and see what the deal was. I had hesitancy at first. I’m just not in the game in terms of being a supporter of it. I think there are lots of other things we can do to support the museum and the history of Johnson County. The acquisition of a facility like that — because we had no plan and we’re trying to make a plan, we’re trying to rationalize the acquisition now to put a bus stop there or a bus park there and move other agencies in there. It’s like, no wonder people question how we do government when we make acquisitions like this and we don’t have a clear direction and clear utility for precious resources.”

Ashcraft would rather send resources to Johnson County Developmental Supports, which assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). The cost to serve someone needing that type of assistance is $35,000–$40,000 a year, with 60 percent covered by the feds. The waiting list for services is a lengthy six to eight years.

“I like museums,” Ashcraft tells The Pitch. “We’ve got limited resources. That [IDD] population is the gold standard.”

Eilert says the county bought the right building at the right price.

“I had a chance encounter with a local real-estate developer on an airplane flight to D.C.,” he says. “This individual was going to look at some property on the East Coast, and the story was in the newspaper a day or two earlier. He said, ‘I’ve been watching that property,’ and he said, ‘You got a heck of a deal.’ ”

The old King Louie building won’t house just the Johnson County Museum. It’s expected to become the new advance voting center, replacing the location at Metcalf South Mall, which is due to be razed for redevelopment.

It’s also expected to have space for the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a business incubator hosted by the county that pays $200,000 in rent to Lenexa. Other county agencies might move in, too.

It’s not certain whether the proposed National Museum of Suburbia, coupled with a scholarly Suburban Policy Institute, would take space in King Louie.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, is home to the National Center for Suburban Studies. It’s seen as the pre-eminent location for academic research into suburbia and related issues, such as problems associated with planning and redeveloping aging suburban towns. Few other academic programs for suburban studies exist outside Hofstra other than an on-again, off-again center at the University of California–Riverside.

Christopher Niedt, academic director for Hofstra’s center, says the concept of a suburban museum has to extend beyond sentimentality.

“It also needs to be about more than suburban nostalgia,” he says. “It has to ask hard questions about what was good and what was bad about suburban living.”

There hasn’t been a market study or a feasibility study to determine the demand for a national museum of suburbia in Johnson County. A 2011 master plan for the idea envisions theatrical exhibitions; re-creations of old suburban model homes, such as Sears & Roebuck houses; and maybe an “interpretive car wash experience.” Installing all of this would cost, the plan says, about $7.7 million.

The plan predicts 60,000 visitors a year and goes on to describe that figure as a conservative estimate. But no source is cited for that guess. Ticket prices would range from $2 to $6 a person (the Johnson County Museum doesn’t charge for admission), with projected revenue of $193,000. Food sales, museum-store income and fundraising events — and $1 million in county operational support — raise the plan’s total projected revenue to $1.5 million a year.

Steve Klika, a Johnson County commissioner whose district covers the southeastern corner of the county, doesn’t see the concept as viable. Klika, who was elected to the commission after the purchase of King Louie, says, “I know when I ran for election … there was zero support for trying to promote this.”

Museum officials say they’re not really analyzing the prospects for a national-scope museum yet. They’re more focused on raising the $2 million necessary to help move the current museum out of Shawnee and into the King Louie building.

“I wouldn’t say we’re on the back burner,” says Love, director of the Johnson County Museum. “It certainly wouldn’t be realistic for us to raise $10 million in three years.”

The last major fundraising campaign for the Johnson County Museum, from 1996 to 1998, to build the current “Seeking the Good Life” exhibit, raised $800,000.

And though the Johnson County Museum’s fundraising drive to move to King Louie hasn’t started in earnest yet, it’s likely to face competition from another museum in Johnson County.

Fred Merrill Jr. is developing the Museum of Prairiefire, at LionsGate, a mixed-use project at 135th Street and Nall Avenue that includes a museum. It would book traveling exhibitions from New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

Merrill has established a foundation to support the museum via donations. Its campaign aims to raise $5 million–$6 million. Merrill says the campaign has reached about 20 percent of that goal. “It just takes a lot of work when you’re raising money for something,” he says.

Whether the work would be worthwhile for a national museum of suburbia, given the absent analysis of demand, is anyone’s guess. But Ashcraft and other county commissioners remain ambivalent.

“Is that a venue that would draw me or my family repeatedly?” Ashcraft says. “I’m not seeing that. I may be surprised.”

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