Are YOU a Moral Coward? Test Yourself…

Are YOU a Moral Coward? Test Yourself…

Ezra Levant of Rebel News writes…

The above is a famous photo of a [war-time] dissident, August Landmesser, who was photographed refusing to perform the Nazi salute: “…We all like to think we’re courageous and principled, and that we would have been that man;  it’s one thing to think of that when you’re surfing the Internet and you think about it for a few minutes, and then move on…”

Editor writes…

But would we… would you?  How far are you prepared to go to conform to the ongoing Covid rules and regulations?  For how long will you tolerate the removal of your freedom?  Click here to watch Ezra’s video clip – I’d say, the most powerful video I’ve ever seen –  and then admit that, more likely than not, you are a coward, a follower;  you’re no leader.  You’re never going to be an August Landmesser – more likely you would behave as the cowards in the various situations reported in the film. And here’s the thing:  more likely than not, you don’t want to be an August Landmesser, you don’t want to stand out from the crowd.

Yet, as Catholics we are expected to call on the grace of our Confirmation to defend the Faith, including the removal of our God-given freedom, when it is under attack.  Our freedom is under attack right now so why not resolve to join the minority of courageous and principled people who will no longer give to Caesar the things that are God’s?

Comments (34)

  • Josephine Reply

    This is a much needed post because we do need to face up to our weakness if we want to be prepared for what is to come. It’s shocking to see everyone going along with the ridiculous rules like face masks in the fresh air, LOL!

    That video is extremely powerful and the clips of how people are thinking they were involved in research and just went with either the majority opinion or with what the authority figure “in a white coat” told them. It’s stunning.

    I’m lucky to have an outspoken personality so it wouldn’t come hard to me to challenge but it is daunting when the police are holding arrest over you, and possibly loss of jobs and homes. I hope I wouldn’t be a moral coward, but I have to allow for the possibility.

    September 26, 2021 at 3:35 pm
    • Fidelis Reply

      Josephine,

      Outspoken people come in different “sizes” – not all outspoken people are outspoken to the same people! The same person who will be outspoken if they think their coffee is cold in a restaurant are the same people who will wear a mask into the restaurant even if they don’t think it’s necessary. I think standing up to authority when it’s being abused is the real issue. Most people think they would do that but I’m not so sure – so far in this pandemic I’ve not had to face the challenge because I’m exempt from wearing a mask so I have the card to show if it turns ugly. What I think I definitely would stand up to is if I saw someone else being abused by someone in a shop, for example, for say not wearing a mask, social distancing etc.

      I was genuinely shocked at the results of the research on the video – those people must have been mortified after finding out what morons they were, how cowardly.

      September 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm
      • editor

        Fidelis,

        You needn’t show your card, although it’s just as well to do so if you’re dealing with a trouble-maker type. It should, however, suffice to simply say (if asked) that you have an exemption because people are not supposed to ask to see your card, let alone ask why you are exempt.

        September 26, 2021 at 8:17 pm
    • Nicky Reply

      Josephine,

      I agree about those video clips of the research – I found that shocking as well. I hope to God I wouldn’t just go along to get alone in the same scenario, but it is very hard to stand out from the crowd.

      September 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm
      • Michaela

        Nicky,

        You speak for a lot of us there – I have an outspoken nature as well but I can’t be sure of being courageous if I was faced with losing my job. I am totally resolved not to take the vaccine but I mean, generally speaking, I don’t think it’s about whether or not someone is outspoken, or what personality type they are, it’s about something else and I’m not quite sure what that is or how to explain it.

        September 26, 2021 at 4:50 pm
      • editor

        Nicky,

        What most people don’t realise is that, just as a majority will go along with the “leaders” in the group. so when one person breaks away from that “majority” group and voices an alternative opinion or way of behaving, so others will again break away… That’s why it’s important to be a leader; you create followers! Others WILL follow, if not immediately, then in due course.

        September 26, 2021 at 8:19 pm
  • Bernie Reply

    It would be a very brave person who could be sure of not being a moral coward under the kind of pressure we’re under during Covid. It’s not the kind of thing you can prepare for, practically, is it.

    September 26, 2021 at 4:20 pm
    • editor Reply

      Bernie,

      I respectfully disagree – we MUST prepare for precisely such a confrontation/decision.

      We can and should do so on several levels. Obviously, we should pray and read plenty of solid spiritual reading to build up our interior lives; we can acquaint ourselves with the facts about the virus and the vaccines, and we can educate ourselves about history and how such totalitarianism takes root. Thus, we will be able to reason and debate with others, including political masters, should the opportunity arise.

      Our Faith, though, is the main thing. There’s an old saying that goes like this; too many Catholics are prepared to die for the Faith, not enough are ready to live for it.

      I’m not sure many are keen to die for it, but some of us will only save our souls if we DO die for it, so we ought to prepare spiritually in a number of ways, as I’ve just said, and one of them has to be a readiness to give up this life in order to avoid the blasphemy of handing over our God-given freedoms to a secular, atheist government, living thereafter in subservience to the enemies of God and His Church.

      If you need to contact me in the next ten years, just write to me c/o the Scottish Prison Service. They’ll be able to forward all correspondence to my current “residence” 😀

      September 26, 2021 at 8:13 pm
      • Laura

        Editor,

        I can’t imagine anyone wanting martyrdom. St Thomas More is a favourite of mine because he did everything he could to avoid being martyred and I’ll be following his example if and when the time comes, LOL!

        September 27, 2021 at 12:02 am
  • Michaela Reply

    What a powerful video from Ezra Levant on Rumble – I was rivetted.

    It’s very true that we are going through what we are going through because we’re allowing it, and co-operating. Appeasing bullies never works, it just makes the bully more confident in their bullying.

    There are a lot of people standing up to the government over this – there was another huge protest march in London this weekend, and if I’m not mistaken, one of the policemen lining the street gave the V sign to camera. At least I hope that was the V sign, LOL! I don’t think we’re going to see the kind of brutal policing they’re getting in Australia and Canada.

    September 26, 2021 at 4:46 pm
    • Theresa Rose Reply

      Michaela,

      That video link is indeed riveting. True, appeasing bullies never work. Bullying only gets worse if allowed to continue when there is no fight back.

      I found this video of a police officer who quit over mandate vaccines. He did it so that he could speak about this matter. Is he brave or only a fool?

      September 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm
      • editor

        Theresa Rose,

        Many thanks for posting that clip. The officer is no fool and I found his short interview refreshing. It always amazes me to note how freely Americans will speak about their faith in God.

        I’m guessing that his “religious reason” for refusing the vaccine is the use of abortion baby material – so just think of the SSPX repeating their shocking endorsement, failing to warn Catholics that they should NOT take the vaccine for that reason, and how this officer (especially if he’s a Catholic) would be SO disappointed if he were to read the article I’ve posted below from the Tradidi Quod et Accepi blog.

        I posted an extract plus the link further down this thread (@7.34pm,), but I’ll post the link here as well for ease of reference
        https://aaambrosetti.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/father-arnaud-selegny-sspx-pragmatist/

        September 26, 2021 at 8:01 pm
    • editor Reply

      Michaela,

      It’s good to see such protests, but I’m now firmly of the opinion that protests won’t end this – only our refusal to obey will see a return to the old (and hugely missed) normal!

      Having said that, I’m sure such huge protests can only help.

      September 26, 2021 at 8:04 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    A moral coward ,Yes I probably am if not I should be down at my Local General Hospital where their Delivering Babies in one part ,yet performing Abortions on another Part of The Hospital.
    But sometimes you have to weigh up what your about to stand for and is it worth it . The now classic example is the 10 Hunger Strikers who gave their Lives for a Country that is now a Moral Cesspit. I remember when Ireland had its so called Abortion Victory . Their was actually a Sign in the now Marxist Sinn Feign office window of one of Bobby Sands last quotes and it was .
    Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter of Our Children. This Particular Guy who runs a Fairly Famous Glasgow Celtic Blog and his so called Nom De Plume on Twitter was that exact quote. He is Scots-Irish with an Irish Passport and Boasted of the Abortion Bill and How happy He was that the Vote went His way . I put under His Nom De Plume .

    Yes Bobby Sands was correct saying that –Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter Of Our Children
    Of course———You Have to Let Them Be Born First .
    So I wonder what the thoughts will be of Many if not all Those Families of these Men who Literally gave their Lives for a Moral Cause for a now Pagan Ireland.
    B T W . For those who don’t know the Baby Murder count in Ireland for the First Year was
    6.666 . Whether they actually planned for that I know not . It’s Satans Mark of the Beast no Matter what Number.
    Going back to the Brave Man who never gave the Nazi Salute those as now were Bad Times and Hitler actually was a Good Politician. Of course He was an Evil Megalomaniac, but as is now most if not all of these People who gave the Nazi Salute, were just grateful that Hitler put food on the Table for them and their Family. Also as in a Moral Coward does it Matter what you Believe.
    When WE see these Bampots stopping Traffic on Motorways because we have had a Hot Summer, that’s exactly what WE believe. Whereas they Believe also Literally that the Earth is Boiling and that the End is near if we don’t all Blow off enough Wind to get those Turbines Turning. Catholics who dont read Blogs such as this . The Remnant. L. S. News. Back To Tradition. Taylor Marshal. Church Militant. Etc . Believe that Francis is the Best thing since sliced bread. I was actually in a Friends Home where His Picture takes Pride of Place in his living room.
    I said to Him ” Do you actually know what that terrible Man is doing to Our Catholic Church “.His answer was ” He’s a great Man doing great work under pressure ” I said no more , what was the point. Basically the Old School still actually Believe the News which comes from the Rotten To The Core Marxist BBC . They certainly learned lots from Joseph Goebbels.

    September 26, 2021 at 6:58 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      That’s an excellent point about abortion; I think the difference here is that while we can do protests and prayer vigils etc and make our presence felt in various ways to object to the evil of abortion, in the situation in which we now find ourselves, the question of non-compliance / obedience arises. We saw this same issue arise when the two Glasgow midwives took a stand against actively working in a ward where they were being asked to actively help prepare for abortions. They had to refuse – that’s different from the rest of us who are “objecting” to abortion.

      We all (I imagine) object to the oppression of people in China and North Korea but we can doing nothing about it except, when the opportunity arises, object, protest. However, now that WE are threatened with the same kind of oppression, we have to decide whether or not we are going to refuse to allow it.

      I’m typing fast and thinking more slowly, so if you don’t see my point know that I live by the motto, “If at first you don’t succeed… forget it” 😀

      September 26, 2021 at 7:49 pm
  • editor Reply

    Recently, Athanasius shared a letter with me, which he had written to yet another MP – one who is pushing the cause for injecting children if my memory serves me correctly. We decided that, since most of the information had already been published in his previous letters published in a dedicated thread, we’d not publish this latest one. Then today, I received an email from Marinaio, administrator of the blog, Tradidi Quod et Accepi and his wife, Vicki, containing the link to their latest article, updating us on the scandal of the SSPX support for the vaccines. Again, I felt it might be too soon to repeat that (shocking) information in a fresh thread, but I replied to say that I would find the most appropriate home for an extract plus link on our blog. When I came in to do just that it struck me that the most appropriate thread is right here on the subject of moral cowardice – sad to say. So, here we go: I’m publishing the opening and closing paragraphs and encourage everyone to follow the link at the end in order to read the entire piece in full. Someone used the word “riveting” to describe the video in the introduction to this thread and believe me, “riveting” is the word to describe this article…

    Extracts and link follow…

    “It was only a matter of time. The latest missive from Fr. Arnaud Sélégny, posted on the SSPX USA District website on 24 September 2021, is deeply disturbing for any Catholic with a sensus fidei and a well-formed conscience. It is full of the very same arguments we have been pummeled with for months now; but someone in Menzingen thought we needed to hear it all again. Unfortunately, it is even worse than the first two tries (last November and December) to convince us of the moral liceity of what have come to be termed abortion-tainted vaccines. Sounding like a spokesman for the Vatican, Fr. Sélégny writes that “the inevitable loss of one’s professional activity or social responsibility” permit us to partake of the tissue/DNA of murdered babies. Yes, you read that right: by “professional activity” he means your job, so if you are one of those countless Catholics who is hoping to receive a religious exemption from the Joe Biden vaccine mandate, beware! Fr. Arnaud Sélégny just threw you under the bus!

    “…It is a tragic reminder that regardless of the auspicious beginnings of an organization (in this case, a faithful missionary order begun by the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre), it can always go sour. Ask any Jesuit! But this disappointing article is also a reminder that we must place our trust only in Almighty God, not in any one man or group of men. We would be remiss if we didn’t remind our readers that there are indeed some priests in the SSPX who are opposed to the vaccine and who, like Fr. Trevor Burfitt and Fr. Kevin Robinson, have successfully fought back against the tyrannical mandates in their states. But the willingness of the leadership — in Menzingen and in the various District houses — to accommodate this evil is too heartbreaking for words. And the propagation of such drivel as that of Fr. Sélégny is more than a little disheartening. God willing, those of us who knew and loved the Archbishop will have our prayers answered that his wayward sons will, on this most important issue, find their way back to the true teaching of the Gospels. Ends.
    https://aaambrosetti.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/father-arnaud-selegny-sspx-pragmatist/

    I’ve just submitted a comment of support over on the Tradidi Quod blog, so if others have a minute to spare, I’d urge you to do the same.

    September 26, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    • Laura Reply

      That is an excellent article at the link. There is also first class information in one of the comments, about the official numbers of deaths from the vaccines and serious side effects.

      I’ve heard people who attend the SSPX regularly saying they now think God will definitely send another order to take us through the rest of this crisis. I don’t know many chapels of the SSPX in Scotland but I do know that if you visited the Glasgow chapel 20 years ago, you won’t see any difference now. You would have expected it to have expanded, but apparently not.

      It is unbelievable that they’ve endorsed the vaccines when lay people are willing to give up their jobs rather than soil their consciences with the blood of aborted babies, no matter how “remote” their deaths. These are very trying times for the laity.

      September 27, 2021 at 12:12 am
      • editor

        Laura

        No difference in 20 years? Try “40 years” – disappointingly, and short-sightedly.

        September 27, 2021 at 9:44 am
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Where this might affect me directly (so far), is if our new bishop decides to mandate vaccines for all clergy and parish employees. If that happens, and I don’t know if it will, I will be telling him where to stick my organist job, along with a few additional choice comments.

    Whether that’s courage or just my old rebelliousness coming into play, I couldn’t say. Probably the latter! I came of age in the 60s, when rebelliousness was in vogue….and a lot of degeneracy to go with it…

    Speaking of the 60s, I’ve come across a couple of memes lately comparing that rebelliousness with the meek compliance, among former hippies, with the scam-demic mandates. It seems those old hippies no longer recognize the Establishment when they see it. Perhaps marijuana and other drug consumption has impaired their discernment…

    September 26, 2021 at 11:23 pm
    • Laura Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I think a rebelliousness such as you describe comes from courage. You don’t find meek people showing rebellion, they usually conform. About those “additional choice comments” – please share if you have to make them, LOL!

      September 27, 2021 at 12:14 am
  • Lily Reply

    I wasn’t sure where to post this great news but after watching the video at the intro, I think we could use some great news here. This is from last night in Norway, the people celebrating the lifting of all restrictions! That gives me hope!

    September 27, 2021 at 12:39 am
    • editor Reply

      Lily,

      That gives us all hope! Although, cynical old me, I’m tempted to adjectivize “hope” with “fond” – let’s hope I’m wrong!

      September 27, 2021 at 9:42 am
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I just learned a principle of psychology by watching this video: it’s called “Escalation of Commitment.” That is, if you comply with one small thing – masks, for example – you are 82% more likely to comply with the next more drastic thing. And the fear-mongering just makes it worse.

    (very long, watch in segments):

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/09/26/the-whole-story-of-covid-and-our-world-affairs-right-now/

    September 27, 2021 at 1:57 am
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      That makes sense – if you comply with one small thing, e.g. masks, you are much more likely to continue to comply. That’s why I’m glad that my instinctive reaction from the outset was NOT to comply with masks.

      I look forward to watching the video you’ve linked, although it will be in segments – I’m up to my eyes this week working on the November newsletter, among other things. Never a dull moment!

      September 27, 2021 at 9:39 am
  • Eileen McBride Reply

    I believe it would be helpful if you would make it clear that there is no correlation between being a faithful Catholic who believes all the Church teaches and tries to live by its precepts, and how one responds to the government’s rules or recommendations regarding the spread of Covid 19. If there is any debate about that it is scientific. Is the virus real? How can we contain it? Does it cause serious harm? Is vaccination safe and effective? These are scientific questions and there will be people with all shades of religious belief on all sides of that argument.
    If there is a moral side to this, it is surely about whether we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others. Wearing a mask and avoiding crowded spaces hurts no-one and may help reduce the spread of infection. Loving our neighbour should lead us to take sensible precautions just in case.

    September 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm
    • Marinaio Reply

      “If there is a moral side to this, it is surely about whether we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others.”
      We suppose it all depends on what you mean by “protecting.” By your follow-on statement about masks and “social distancing,” We presume that you truly believe all the hype about COVID19 being the worst plague since Nipa or Ebola. It is understandable, with the governmental indoctrination and the massive propaganda machine in place. To paraphrase Don Pietro Leone’s words in his beautiful piece in April of this year on Rorate Caeli, we must have empathy and understanding for those who have bought into the scam to the point where they are genuinely fearful for their lives. But we would respectfully point out that “loving our neighbor,” as you say, begins with the smallest and most defenseless of all human beings.
      And we stand by our contention that we contribute to the worst holocaust in the history of mankind when we encourage these ghoulish “medical researchers” (the people you trust in “science”) in their malicious practice of extracting babies from the wombs of their mothers, torturing them by removing organs and “stem cells,” then brutally killing them. Love for our neighbor starts in the womb, for if we don’t take what you call “sensible precautions” against these unspeakable crimes (i.e., putting an end to abortion — period!) then how will we stand before Almighty God and plead for our souls on that Dies Irae?

      September 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm
      • Michaela

        Marinaio,

        Well said, you! I know quite a few people like Eileen who are genuinely fearful about this virus because they’ve just accepted the propaganda and wouldn’t dream of questioning it. It must be awful to live in that state of constant worry and even terror.

        RCA Victor often posts links to The Burning Platform, and it is a very good site. I found this article just now on there:

        “The Covid Scam is collapsing across the entire front much like the Wehrmacht after Stalingrad. Mask mandates and lockdowns are on the comeback because health authorities now admit that the Covid vaccines do not offer effective protection, especially against what are called “new variants.” What is the point of a Covid passport when the vaccine does not protect and the vaccinated have to wear masks?
        https://www.theburningplatform.com/2021/07/31/the-covid-scam-is-unraveling/

        Above all, no Catholic should even consider taking any vaccine which has been created using foetal cells. That’s unthinkable. I remain as shock-horrified at the SSPX approval of this, as I did when I first learned about it. Of all the priests in the Church, they are the very last I’d have expected to do this.

        September 27, 2021 at 11:06 pm
    • editor Reply

      Eileen,

      I think Marinaio has nailed it – what kind of “faithful Catholic who believes all the Church teaches and tries to live by its precepts,” would seek to benefit from the murder of unborn babies, in the name of preserving his/her own life? Aren’t we taught that (to quote St Paul) “We have here no lasting city”? Catholics are behaving exactly like the pagans who think that this life is all there is… Shocking that even priests are displaying the same apostate mindset. There are even some in the USA who are either segregating congregations into “vaxxed” and non-vaxxed”, if not banning those who are not vaccinated altogether. Utterly faithless.

      And there are other considerations, not least the compliance of said “faithful Catholics” with an atheistic Government which has taken away our God-given freedoms; “faithful Catholics” who think nothing of replacing the rule of Christ the King with that of an all but outright Communist (i.e God-hating) Government.

      As for “the science”. If you have studied this blog (and many others) on the subject over the months since we’ve been groomed to accept this new normal, totalitarian governance, you’ll know that it has nothing whatsoever to do with science. And here I’m quoting the best scientists, the ones who are censored all over social media and never interviewed on the evening new broadcasts.

      As for wearing a mask and social distancing harming no-one. Wrong again. You could get an Honours Degree in this. Not only do masks do damage but the damage done cannot be reversed.
      https://jamesfetzer.org/2020/10/brain-damage-from-masks-cannot-be-reversed/

      Social distancing makes no difference. That’s a (scientific) fact. Check it out.

      September 27, 2021 at 7:54 pm
    • Michaela Reply

      Eileen McBride,

      “If there is a moral side to this, it is surely about whether we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others.”

      As I’ve seen explained on here many, many times, the answer to that question is that we take sensible precautions to keep ourselves in good health, as we always did, but we don’t have any responsibility to protect the health of others in the way the government is telling us.

      Obviously, we have to keep to the rules of the road when outside, so in one sense we have a duty to others, but that’s different from the government limiting the way I live my life and taking away my freedoms in the cause of possibly protecting other people from catching a virus, especially since everybody will recover from it except the very old who have underlying health problems. We always did protect the elderly. I remember many occasions when my family would ring to say they weren’t coming to visit and I wasn’t to visit them because there was a bad cold or flu going round their house that week. People always did that within families but the government didn’t change the law to bring in major lockdowns! It’s been 18 months of madness and for no good reason.

      September 27, 2021 at 11:19 pm
    • Victor Reply

      As long as the rulers of this world keep carrot and sticking enough people like this, the plandemic will never end! The sensible thing to do if you want to protect your neighbor regardless of correlation with Traditional Catholic teaching and government sagacity is to off yourself right now – no more polluting by an industrial lifestyle, no more infecting other people by your breath, and no more moral questions about what may or may not protect others from something that may or may not kill you. I like what was said that martyrs are martyrs because they don’t want to die, but even more so because they don’t want to live to betray God.

      While I agree there is a certain social contract such as in the rules of the road, civilization has been turning out of balance (proportion) for a long time now with its over-dependence on rules, regulations, lawyers, safety, etc. In those Australian riot videos how many had cellphones in one hand? Would it be more effective to have had a pitchfork? But now government has voided the social contract. Unjust laws must be disobeyed! By the way Norway has around 67% vaccination rate so they’ve met their depopulation target for the UN agenda 2030. Time for the carrot!

      September 28, 2021 at 1:15 am
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    I have just discovered that it is a requirement to be vaccinated in order to visit the Vatican. It seems otherwise you are not welcome.

    https://gloria.tv/post/3FhwJEW1b36VAqzddaW292bPQ

    September 28, 2021 at 5:55 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    “We have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others.”

    To add what others have already posted regarding this statement: if that statement is true, then our primary responsibility as Catholics is to protect ourselves and others from lies. And this scam-demic is built on lies from start to finish, from its origin, to the survival rate, to the number of cases, to the suppressed number of deaths and serious injuries, to the “safe and effective” “vaccines, which are neither vaccines nor safe and effective, to the suppression of treatments that actually ARE effective.

    To put it more simply, if someone (esp. someone from the government and/or public health bureaucracies) offers you Kool-Aid, then it is your responsibility to find out what’s in this Kool-Aid, and then inform others. If you blindly and willingly drink the Kool-Aid (Jim Jones comes to mind, and we all know what happened to his 900+ followers), you have abdicated your Catholic faith, as far as I’m concerned, and you have no one to blame but yourself for the consequences.

    Which reminds me, the REAL pandemic here is the pandemic of the credulous. Still clueless when the “vaccines” failed to protect them, still clueless when the “vaccines” actually increased the likelihood of getting sick, still clueless when the tyrants demand more masks and lockdowns even for the “vaccinated,” still clueless when lining up for “booster” shots.

    Clueless, and looking for scapegoats – i.e. the well-informed. Try looking in the mirror, for God’s sake!

    (If there’s one thing the globalists are good at, besides operating a sophisticated network of lies and liars, it is gaslighting those to try to expose them.)

    September 28, 2021 at 11:57 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Speaking of freeing ourselves from lies:

    October 5, 2021 at 10:41 pm
    • editor Reply

      RCA Victor,

      Brilliant!

      October 5, 2021 at 11:17 pm

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