M. A. Augustus Williams

M. A. Augustus Williams

M.A. Augustus Williams is a freelance journalist/novelist mainly offering commentary on hot button political events, tips for creative writers, and stories from the NFL to go with guides and reviews of console and computer games.
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California State University, Northridge; San Francisco State University


Life is a very simple game, in which you'll only get what you tolerate.


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  • Obama Drone Memo Exposes Administration's Lack of Transparency
    After the release of a memo justifying legal, clandestine drone strikes on American citizens, President Obama's “most transparent administration ever" seems anything but.
  • Oakland Raiders: NFL Team Profile
    The Oakland Raiders’ rich history is examined as the 2012 season draws near. Included with Key Players to watch in 2012 are lists of the franchise’s all-time record holders, Hall of Famers, and interesting trivia facts about Oakland Raiders history.
  • Overstock.com Coliseum Stadium Guide: The Home of The Oakland Raiders
    Overstock.com Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders is a perfect venue for watching pure football. It lacks the amenities of more modern stadiums, but the home of Raider Nation has plenty for football purist and casual observer alike.
  • 5 Camp Nanowrimo Survival Tips from a Past Winner
    From personal experience, winning in Camp Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, is the best way to turn that stagnant manuscript back into a vibrant novel. It’s a book writing experience like no other and here are my tips for surviving it.
  • How the Paul Ryan Plan for Medicare Affects the Race in Florida
    Rep. Paul Ryan and his “Path to Prosperity” budget plan are now inextricably tied to the Mitt Romney ticket. Adding Ryan and his Medicare reforms jeopardizes Romney’s standing with Florida’s predominantly 60-plus voter base.
  • 5 Reasons Paul Ryan and “Path to Prosperity” Will Cost Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney ended the veepstakes Saturday, selecting Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, author of “Path to Prosperity” a budget plan heavily skewed for the wealthy. Here are five reasons why the Ryan budget only adds to Romney’s wealthy elitist image.
  • The Impact of Paul Ryan and His Controversial “Path to Prosperity”
    Rep. Paul Ryan and his controversial “Path to Prosperity” budget are now on the Mitt Romney ticket. The “Don’t get specific” campaign may now suffer from the potentially damaging abundance of detail it’s avoided all election.
  • First Person: Healthcare: Why Mitt Romney Got My Vote in 2008, but Likely Won't in 2012
    Governor Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare reforms captivated my interest as much as Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change in 2008 presidential election. But Romney’s healthcare 180 in this election make supporting him almost impossible.
  • The Obama Tax Plan: “Trickle Down Tax Cut Fairy Dust” that May Finally Make Jobs
    President Obama recently called Mitt Romney’s tax plan “trickle-down fairy dust” designed with the rich—not the country—in mind. Obama’s tax plan has trickle-down elements, too. But unlike most trickle down theories, his might actually make jobs.
  • Mitt Romney and Healthcare Reform: A Cause for Alarm or a Reason for Respect?
    Mitt Romney is again under fire from conservatives over a comment by his campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul which actually praised the healthcare law he enacted as Massachusetts’ governor. Romney may lose conservatives but gain rational thinking voters.
  • Arian Foster, the New Model for NFL Running Backs
    Football is becoming more of a vertical passing sport each year, threatening the formerly prominent role of rushing attacks. To survive the downturn, running backs will have to model themselves off last year's rushing champ, the dynamic Arian Foster.
  • GOP Mistakes Gay Soldiers' Pride as Activism
    In the wake of the first case of uniformed US soldiers marching in a gay pride parade, a group of Congressional Republicans have challenged the Department of Defense. Though DADT is gone, LGBT soldiers still unfortunately face egregious homophobia.
  • Why the Private Sector isn't Sharing the Love from Obama
    Despite President Obama's work to spur business growth, many top American companies still echo GOP claims that his administration is "anti-business." It's not shocking since most of them would gain from what the GOP is promising: Bush-style deregulation.
  • GOP Enlists Top Defense Contractors to Help Blame Obama for Sequestration
    With sequestration threatening the nation's bloated defense budget, the GOP has invited the nation's largest defense contractors to Capitol Hill to help pin the blame on Obama; even though the issue stems from a congressional failure.
  • Romney's New Attack on Obama 'Cronyism'
    Mitt Romney is seeking to deflect attention from his personal finances and Bain Capital departure. His new attack on potential favoritism and cronyism by President Obama has a chance to do more for Romney than keep him in headline news.
  • Does Cheney's Support Trump Attacks on Romney's Bain Capital Record?
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney formally endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate. Given the Obama Administration's attacks on his Bain Capital record, the newfound support may prove nothing more than ceremonial.
  • Mitt Romney and the Black Vote
    Predictions of Mitt Romney’s November fate have often been occupied by his ability or inability to lure votes in the Hispanic and LGBT communities away from President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, Romney was reminded he had to win the black vote as well.
  • Eric Holder and the Other Obama 'Proxies'
    Attorney General Eric Holder believes Republicans used him and the Fast and Furious scandal to attack President Obama. Based on recent history, his allegation may be right.
  • Congressional Guide to Legal Insider Trading
    While America's economy went into a tailspin, US lawmakers were using information from the Treasury and the Fed to shift their money into stocks that would survive the crash. It was at best immoral, but to congressional ethics it was sadly legal.
  • The Cost of Contempt
    The GOP-led House has turned to a vote of contempt for the attorney general in its pursuit of the truth behind the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Though they are doing the right thing, they don't have the public equity for an election year witch hunt.
  • President Obama's Risky Fast and Furious Obfuscation
    President Obama made use of the executive privilege to hide documents involving the "Fast and Furious" scandal. It was his first use of the power, but the move was eerily similar to those of his predecessor.
  • The Little EPA Lie that Could
    The EPA spy drone scandal briefly turned President Obama into Big Brother over a false report. Thanks to the power of the media, a broken political system, and the 24-hour news cycle the truth is having a hard time just being itself.
  • Obama Makes the Right Call on Immigrant Children
    Immigration is in the political limelight once again, after President Obama announced he will no longer deport illegal immigrants brought here as children. While imperfect, it may stop the ugly practice of criminalzing people who have broken no laws.
  • Four More with Obama or Back to the Bush Age?
    Should America hedge its prosperity on federal investments in the future or the economic skill of the private sector? After President Obama's speech, the 2012 election will clearly show which direction the country wants to go.
  • Obamacare the End of Free Enterprise? Not According to Facts
    Two prominent Republicans recently went on record as saying that the Obama administration is an enemy of free enterprise. If they want to convince Americans of that claim they'll need a new strategy-using facts to support their attacks.
  • Mitt Romney's Illusory Victory in May
    Mitt Romney outpaced President Barack Obama’s fundraising totals for the first time, beating him by $17 million in May. But with much of it coming from large sum donors is it reflective of America’s growing fondness for Romney or is it just an illusion?
  • Could Shodan Help Usher in the War on Cyber Terror?
    The Shodan search engine has exposed insecure and outdated industrial control systems to easy attack from cyberterrorists. Given the potential magnitude of the threat, the search engine for hackers may help begin the War on Cyber Terror.
  • Defense Contractors Ramp Up the Defense of Their Special Brand of Entitlement Programs
    As the January date for the $1 trillion in defense and discretionary spending draws closer, defense contractors have begun lobbying against the cuts. But with other federally funded services losing funding the hallowed defense budget can't be spared.
  • DOMA Defeat a Bold New Defense of Marriage
    After a federal appeals court in Boston became the first federal court to rule the DOMA provision defining marriage as exclusively heterosexual unconstitutional. With its main support pillar gone, DOMA may be on its way out.
  • Donald Trump Helps Mitt Romney Snatch a Defeat from the Jaws of a Historic Victory
    Mitt Romney reached the 1,144 delegate total needed to win the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday becoming the first Mormon to accomplish the feat. However, the historic moment was forced to share headlines with Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories.
  • Intensifying Presidential Campaign Leads to Intensified Truth-Bending
    Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are playing dangerous games with the truth that may help win them votes, or that may help ensure their opponent occupies the Oval Office in 2013.
  • President Obama Confronts America with the Gay Marriage Question
    President Obama bolstered his pro-gay resume by becoming the first U.S. president to openly endorse same-sex marriage, on Wednesday. His historic announcement could allow 2012 America to leave its mark on the gay rights issue.
  • California's Sympathy to Illegal Immigrants Well Founded
    The LAPD got support for an impound policy it recently enacted to help prevent illegal immigrants from having their cars hopelessly stuck in impound. California can help improve itself if this kind of compassion spreads statewide.
  • GOP Eases 'War on Women' Critics
    Senate Republicans compromised with Democrats to pass the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday. They were forced to accept the 2012 rendition of the bill to avoid the continuing perception they are in a "war on women".
  • Unjust Attempt at "Justice for Trayvon"
    A group of African Americans in Alabama beat Matthew Owen nearly to death over the weekend claiming they were getting justice for Trayvon Martin. This violence is a disgrace to Martin's memory and the furthest thing from justice.
  • Catholic Church's Edicts Not Too Far from GOP Doctrines
    If the Republican Party's war on women and the poor is not zealous enough for you, don’t be alarmed. After all, the Catholic Church is alive and well, and is still working hard to ensure the social status quo never changes.
  • GSA and Secret Service Scandals Are Only the Beginning
    Both the GSA and the Secret Service scandals have been dominating the government newsticker. If the two cases are a sample of the regulatory climate of government agencies, there will be many more like them soon.
  • U.S. Humbled by Latin America's Demands for Cuba's Inclusion
    Ever since Fidel Castro's revolution made it into a communist state, Cuba has been excluded from U.S.-backed international trade meetings. Pressure to compete with China for Latin American trade may force a reversal of five decades of politics.
  • Bad Time for the Secret Service Scandal
    A day after Mitt Romney began his general election campaign, 12 Secret Service agents assigned to President Obama's visit to Colombia were caught soliciting prostitutes. The agency's worst scandal couldn't have come at a worse time.
  • Mitt Romney's Bid to Win Over the NRA
    Mitt Romney's Friday speech to the NRA began his general election campaign with an attempt to prove his commitment to conservative values. He may succeed if he convinces conservatives he's out to save their guns and freedom from Obama.
  • How Wrong is Ozzie Guillen's Love for Fidel Castro?
    Miami Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen, was suspended five games for recently saying in an interview that he "loved" Fidel Castro. He was suspended, but was he punished for insensitivity or for professing love for a longtime U.S. antagonist?
  • President Obama's Newest Ally: Heroes of the GOP
    In his bid for a second term, President Barack Obama has turned to an unlikely ally in his battle against GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney: the heroes of the very conservatives who villify him as a radical liberal.
  • Austin Carroll's Potential Impact on Students' Internet Privacy
    Indiana high school student, Austin Carroll, was expelled from school for a late night, profanity-laden tweet he claims was sent from his own home computer. His punishment could inspire a change to schools' invasion of privacy policies.
  • Supreme Court Gives its Stamp to Unwarranted Strip Searches
    The corrections system in this country has been broken for a long time. Once again, the Supreme Court has given it leeway to violate your privacy without any logical reason for the violation.
  • A Welcome to Life
    Aramis Arkalion has always dreamed of joining the hallowed Godbreaker Legion and helping its heroes cleanse the galaxy of barbarian filth. His path is set until an unexpected encounter makes him question who the real barbarians are.
  • Revolutionary Thinking: Make Congress Earn Its Paychecks
    Sen. Dean Heller(R-Nv.) has a revolutionary idea: make members of Congress earn their money by passing legislation for the betterment of the country.
  • Requiem of Requisite
    A poem aimed that those with big dreams in their hearts and minds, who are struggling to leave mediocrity behind. Also for those who like Shakespeare's sonnets, but with a modern twist, a 21st century hair bonnet.
  • Google's New Invasion-of-Privacy Policy Is Murky, Leaves Little Options
    Google announced plans to implement a new, Orwellian privacy policy that will allow it to collect users' data across all of its applications, including Gmail and YouTube, that cannot be opted out of. The only solution? Don't use Google.
  • The Rising Danger of Super PACs
    Two years ago the Supreme Court deemed corporations people, and gave them carte blanche to spend freely on political campaigns. If their recent lying attack ads are the judge, perhaps the much-maligned ruling was right.
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  • Government Turns to Buyouts Instead of Layoffs
    The White House is dodging the “we want your jobs” bad guy image the Republican party has gotten for its penchant for advocating slashing budgets and by extension, jobs, by offering contract buyouts and early retirement annuities to federal workers.
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  • Sam Brownback's American Revolution, Tea Party-Style
    Not long after receiving national attention for attacking a teen who made a negative tweet about his policies, Kansas' new Republican governor, Sam Brownback, is again in the spotlight for his attempt to start a tea party revolution in his state.
  • Payroll Tax Cuts: the House Revolt Against Senate Compromise
    House Republicans defeated a bill passed by the Senate that would have extended payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Congress will now go on their holiday break with millions of Americans facing harsher economic times as the holiday approach.
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  • An End to a War in Iraq that Should Never Have Begun
    Almost nine years of war in Iraq finally reached its end Thursday, with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's Thursday speech at Iraq's international airport. A war that should never have begun is at long last over.
  • Romney Picks Conservative Doctrine Over Unifying America
    Mitt Romney did an interview with the Washington Post in which he attacked Newt Gingrich for daring to be anything but conservative, while defending his own inconsistent adherence to Reagan-esque doctrine. He showed more concern for style than substance.
  • California's Children Punished for Their Parent's and State's Welfare Mistakes
    A lawsuit by two Californians is challenging an illegal and immoral state practice of saddling the children of welfare recipients for unreturned overpayments. California's future relies on not burdening its impoverished youth with debt they had no part in
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  • Rick Perry's Latest Oops Moment: Calling Tolerance a War on Religion
    Former Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful had another "oops" moment, with his ad accusing President Obama of a "war on religion." Already fading from the race, Perry's only hope is that America buys into his plea for intolerance.
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  • President Obama's Unprecedented International Defense of LGBT
    President Barack Obama followed up his speech at the HRC fundraising dinner with an order that U.S. diplomats will have to step up efforts to end global discrimination against LGBT persons, communities, and individuals in a win for human rights.
  • Cain's Campaign Suspension Clears the Way for Romney
    Herman Cain suspended his campaign Saturday after a month long battle with allegations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity. He vows to not be silenced but any real challenge to GOP front runner Mitt Romney may just have been.
  • Conrad Murray's Trial Proves the Power of Public Opinion
    Dr. Conrad Murray, the man convicted of killing music icon, Michael Jackson, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the crime. His relatively light punishment shows how having public perception turned against you is worse than being convicted of a crime.
  • Emma Sullivan, and a Potential New Battleground for Social Media Censorship
    Kansas high school student, Emma Sullivan, made headlines with her refusal to apologize for a negative tweet about her state's governor. Her rejection may pave the way for an official ruling on if and how social media will be regulated and censored.
  • Gingrich's Child Labor Law Remarks Are Another Attack on Unions
    Republican Presidential candi Newt Gingrich created controversy Monday with a proposal to radically alter child labor laws and privatize Social Security. His proposal won't make children work 40+ hours a week but continues a pattern of anti-union bias.
  • Obama, GOP Both Have to Play Defense After Super Committee Fails
    The 12 member congressional "super committee" assigned to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending announced today that they have failed to reach a compromise. Both non-defense and defense spending will now face $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts in 2013.
  • America's Waning Fear of Terrorism Replaced by Unemployment
    Alleged al-Qaeda sympathizer Jose Pimentel was arrested Sunday on charges of planning to bomb New York City police, post offices, and returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. However, American may be ready to shift its focus from terrorism to economics.
  • Stopgap Budget Bill Shows Compromise, but Misguided Congressional Priorities
    US lawmakers easily passed a stopgap budget bill to avert a partial government shutdown, but the programs Congress decided to cut, reveal their skewed sense of what is most important for the benefit of the American People.
  • Obama Plans an Expansion of American Foreign Military Presence
    Obama's speech to the Australian Parliament outlined plans to increase US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, creating a new nexus of defense spending and irritating China all in one fell swoop.
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  • GOP Security Debate Reveals a Reversal in Republican Foreign Policy Stance
    Since the terrorist attacks of Sept.11, 2001, the Republican party has dominated the national security/foreign policy debate. Now facing a Democratic president with a lengthy terrorist body count, GOP presidential hopefuls need a new campaign centerpiece.
  • Why More Than Just the 'Kill Team' Should Face Charges
    U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of conspiracy, murder, and mutilation and photography of Afghan civilians. The commanders who let these atrocities to continue must also stand trial.
  • Why Joe Paterno Had to Be Fired
    Amid revelations that he helped cover up the sexual abuse of young boys by a longtime assistant, iconic head coach Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State's board of trustees. Given his role in allowing children to continue being molested, Joe Pa had to go.
  • 'In Time' Isn't Worth the Time for San Francisco Moviegoers
    San Francisco moviegoers were asked to critique the new release 'In Time,' a sci-fi movie where humans only have 25 years to live before being forced to buy, borrow, or steal more time. By their responses, they wouldn't waste their time on it.
  • Lukewarm Reaction to 'Paranormal Activity 3': Opening Night Quotes
    'Paranormal Activity 3' attempts to uncover the history of the house that haunts the first two films, but audiences left with more unanswered questions -- and expecting a sequel.
  • San Francisco Film Events from Oct. 21-28, 2011
    Anyone who loves movies will make San Francisco their destination at some point between Oct. 21-28 to enjoy a storehouse of cinematic events, including parties, screenings, contests, and more! Sure to satisfy all true cinephiles.
  • GOP Debate Reflects Capitol Hill Antics
    Tuesday night's GOP debate gave insight into the Republican Party's Presidential Class of 2012, but highlighted an alarming continuance of slander politics in lieu of effective policy as a campaign stratagem.
  • Three American Hikers in Iran: a Simple Wrong Turn?
    Three Americans were released from detention Sunday, after being held for 781 days on charges of espionage. Now that they've been safely repatriated, questions about the nature of their business in Iraq still linger.
  • A New 'Bubble' Ready to Burst?
    Speculative investing in gold has gone up more than 65 percent over the past decade. The increased investing is troubling considering the incredible volatility of the gold market, and an alarming similarity to the nation's recently burst housing bubble.
  • A Prisoner of Prodigy
    Science fiction has been the fuel of innovation for many many years, inspiring men to leave their habitat and travel through the stars. No author took my mind to outer space better than Orson Scott Card with Ender's Game.
  • How Partisan Politics Are Pushing America Closer to Default
    Rep. John Boehner walked out of a White House meeting to avert the impending default of American debt on Aug.2, rather than work for a compromise. The move may be applauded by conservatives, but is a dangerous step backwards at a crucial juncture.
  • Not Guilty: How the Law Saved and Doomed Casey Anthony
    Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2 year-old daughter Caylee, earlier this week to the shock of the nation. Long after the media's eye moves to the next story, Caylee's death will remain a mystery, and her mother's life will be a living hell.
  • Cain Records 1,000th K, but Giants Lose to Walk-Off Home Run
    The Chicago Cubs needed 13 innings and six relievers but they defeat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on a walk-off three-run home run by Geovany Soto. Matt Cain notched career strikeout number 1,000 with a dominant outing in defeat.
  • Zito Sharp, Vogelsong Shaky as Giants Sweep Day-Night Doubleheader Vs Cubs
    Barry Zito tossed seven stellar frames against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the disabled list Tuesday night. Ryan Vogelsong also picked up a win for the Giants in their sweep of the doubleheader from historic Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • Zito Eyes Return and Rotation Spot: A Fan's Take
    San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito is making his return from the disabled list for the first time in his career. With a struggling Jonathan Sanchez on the disabled list as well, Barry Zito has a prime opportunity to reclaim his spot in the rotation.
  • The Supreme Court's Decision to Protect the First Amendment, Lift Ban on Art
    In a 7-2 ruling the Supreme Court struck down a ban on sales of violent games to minors in California. The ruling is a victory for freedom of speech and art as a whole.
  • Skateboarding's Next Big Thing
    Like all industries, skateboarding relies on new talent to stay a thriving business. Girl's newest pro, Cory Kennedy, is more than capable of carrying the torch for his generation of skaters.
  • How Being Forced from Libya May Save America
    Congress today voted to deauthorize use of force in Libya with the help of a mutiny by 70 Democrats. Though for now it means intra-party dissent, the outcome may help America again become the world's greatest nation.
  • After 10 Long Years an End is in Sight
    Pres. Obama outlined his exit strategy for American forces in Afghanistan Wednesday night, announcing a drawdown in troop levels starting as early as next month. The proposal drew fire from both parties, but is great news after 10 years of war.
  • Why the War in Afghanistan Must End as Soon as Possible
    Pres. Obama is expected to announce his plan to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan tonight in a White House address. Even if the planned 10,000 are home by 2012 the U.S. commitment will still be too high.
  • Giants' Lefties Looking Vulnerable
    After an historically bad outing, the Giants are sticking with Madison Bumgarner. But with Barry Zito coming off the disabled list and Jonathan Sanchez also struggling, the World Champs rotation might get a shakeup.
  • War in All but Name
    The War Powers period ended Sunday and its decision time for the White House. The military action in Libya could easily be classifieds as 'hostilities', and if Congress agrees they could force the President to abandon the mission.
  • How Lying, Not 'Sexting,' Doomed Anthony Weiner
    Rep. Anthony Weiner has ended his defiance and resigned his seat in Congress after the fallout from his sex scandal. His infidelity was reprehensible, but America is willing to forgive that. His lying they won't.
  • Weinergate: The Latest Chapter in the American War of Morals and the Law
    In light of the stash of lewd photos Anthony Weiner sent to several women online, the country's top Democrats have called for his resignation. Rep. Weiner's actions were reproachable, but are they enough to cost him a political office?
  • A Commitment to Justice or Secrecy
    Prosecution halted its case against former NSA official Thomas Drake for leaking classified documents. With a chance to fulfill campaign promises of governmental transparency and deter future leaks, what could force the courts to give up?
  • What Osama Bin Laden's Death Means for Our War on Terror
    America and her allies have been celebrating the death of the man responsible for the tragedies of 9/11. However, the victory we've just acheived isn't as complete as we'd hoped.
  • First Person: A California Education Comes Second to Profits
    California's $20 billion budget deficit has forced the state's public institutions to hire contractor's to perform needed services. This stop gap measure has recent joined the assauly on California's public schools.
  • A Longlegs Christmas
    Billy Longlegs and his dear old Poppa seem in trouble when they're captured from their banana tree. But leaving their old home for a new one means discovering Christmas.
  • First Person: Living Through California's Education Crisis
    Recent protests at a board meeting of UC regents sparked violence and forced a serious question to be asked. Is education among the vitally needed services California's budget cuts were meant to preserve?
  • A Poem of Thanks for the Giving of the Best Holiday
    One date of all Gregorius'days, is set aside for Thanks and Giving. Thanksgiving, the holiday where we celebrate having enough to make it through another year. This poem's to make you give thought for all the things to be cherished on Thanksgiving Day.

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