Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Berny Stone's Hate Campaign

The HATE-MONGER is back. He/she (many people believe it is Ilana) makes the ludicrous claim that it's the people who oppose Ald. Stone who have infused this campaign with hate. And other ridiculous claims.

Seems to me that it is Berny Stone that whips this up every four years. The anti-Stone voices we hear can't hold a candle to the meanness and hatred expressed by those who appear to support Stone. They claim to love the ward but seem to hate the people who live here. This isn't a surprise. Since Stone has become a non-factor in the politics of this city and the governance of this ward, he has used the most divisive tactics possible to get re-elected. The level of hatred whipped up in aldermanic campaigns appears to be directly linked to Stone's incompetence as a leader.

But you know what the Stone sycophants do? They blame the victims, of course! Sign stealing? It must be the other guys who've stolen their own signs! Racist flyers? It must be the other guys who've introduced them to this race! There's a pattern here, repeated over and over, that leads back to Stone.

None of this would occur if Stone wasn't a lazy, incompetent alderman. If Stone had actual contact with real people in the ward. If Stone ever got out of his protective tower or cared about the ward. The divisive tactics of hatred and race or ethnicity come directly from Ald. Stone. They've been used for years, and the only constant has been the presence of Stone on the ballot.

Naisy Dolar doesn't help. Her own use of race-based politics confuses the issue. But the fact is that the politics of hate and division in the 50th Ward comes from the presence of Bernard L. Stone. One poster even called him the master. If you appreciate that kind of thing.

HATE-MONGER wants to believe that unity in the ward will re-emerge after Stone is elected. That's absurd. The tensions in the ward, created by the lack of equitable services, an incredibly rude and incompetent staff, and the ineptitude of the alderman to provide for the ward, will only fester if Stone is re-elected. Stone divides us, on purpose. Those divisions will continue to exist as long as Stone is in office. Stone doesn't have the leadership qualities necessary to unite us.

If Stone is re-elected, we can count on the hate-campaign to re-emerge when Stone or his daughter is next on the ballot. They are the source of the intense hatred that appalls people. Stone is the source. The solution is to retire the inept, and take a chance on Dolar.

She couldn't possibly be worse than Stone. There is a very good chance that she will be better. A very good chance. A vote for Dolar has virtually no risk. A vote for Stone is a vote for the hate-campaign to continue. Let your conscience decide.

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At March 28, 2007 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russ Stewart predicts a Stone win with 52% of the vote in a column released this morning.

Dolar must capture and turnout 90% of the Brewer & Aftab vote plus motivate more than 1,000 new voters, he said.

Stone need only rekindle his base and get about 500 new or non-Stone voters and already has Aftab's support.

It seems daunting for Dolar.

Interestingly, Stewart quotes a State Sen. as saying there is no way Ilana could win on her own and that after Stone, the field will be wide open.

Also interesting is a quote from Stone accusing Filipino nursing home workers of election fraud.

Having visited people in them and seen the way patients are treated by the staff, that charge does not necessarily strain credulity with me.

Anyway, if Stewart is right and from what I've been seeing (Dolar's own block is now in a sea of Stone's lawn signs) I don't think we'll have to stay up too late on the night of AP 17th.

 
At March 28, 2007 8:56 AM, Anonymous multicultie cutie said...

anonymous,

I find it interesting that you would give credence to Stone's whacked accusations. If anybody has taken advantage of nursing home residents, it's Stone's folks.

Brewer's folks made a real effort to poll watch at the nursing homes in the Feb. election. And, guess what, I hear that for the first time good ole boy Bernie was held below 50% of his usual votes in nursing homes.

So, let him rant about Filipino workers and spread more lies. He's such a hater.

 
At March 28, 2007 9:33 AM, Anonymous P.T. Baer said...

Any prediction from Russ Stewart seems to have a limited shelf life. First it was Stone will win easily; then Brewer will win in a runoff; followed by Dolar will win in a runnoff; now it's back to Stone. Aftab is the only one Stewart hasn't predicted to win.

The problem? It's all about voter turnout, which at this point is hard to predict. Dolar may be ahead in the polls, but needs to get out the vote to win.

My prediction--at least as good as Russ Stewart's--Stone wins with 4,000 votes to Dolar's 3,500. The 50th Ward loses with four more years of a corrupt old man pretending to be alderman.

 
At March 28, 2007 9:47 AM, Anonymous p.t. baer said...

Salman Aftab did a good job of entertaining us in the lead up to the February election. After a four-week absence, he's bringing his sense of humor to the runoff election with his endorsement of Alderman Stone.

See Nobody but Stone by Mick Dumke

"I have never accused alderman Stone directly—I have never said he was corrupt personally," Aftab said. "I said he was part of a corrupt system, and I still say he is.

"But he's said he'll work very hard on that."

Sal might want to watch the tape of his Chicago Tribune endorsement interview where he accuses Stone of extorting money from Devon business owners.

 
At March 28, 2007 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should we care what Aftab thinks? He doesn't even live in the 50th Ward.

 
At March 28, 2007 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Baer is spinning for someone, because I've followed Stewart's predictions pretty closely, and while he did predict Brewer to come in 2nd, I know he never said Stone would win easily outright and don't recall any prediction of a Dolar runoff win -- where did he get that?

I wonder if Naisy's attack piece on Brewer may be coming back to haunt her a bit. It was a pretty cheap shot to hit him for not voting in municipal elections where Daley was a shoo-in and Stone was unopposed. Where are Brewer's people on this? In the Pratt/Western area, very few of the many Brewer signs have been replaced by Dolar's.

One assumes Brewer backers would prefer her, but is the support real or tepid?

 
At March 28, 2007 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the seen at the polling place where a Filipino aid placed a vote for a handicap person thinking he voted for Stone and in fact voted for dolar. Total fraud.

 
At March 28, 2007 10:45 AM, Anonymous p.t. baer said...

I was mistaken. Stewart predicted Dolar could be close in a runoff, but didn't actually predict a win. (Has anyone ever corrected something they said on this blog or is this a first?)

Russ Stewart, FATIGUE FACTOR, Dec. 12, 2006

"Stone, age 79, is a much-beloved icon ... Stone will win his 10th term easily."

Russ Stewart, "GLUTTONOUS" CHICAGOANS ARE CONTENT WITH DALEY, Feb. 21, 2007

"If Stone doubles Dolar's vote, keeping her under 1,900, he'll win the runoff, as the anti-Stone vote will be discouraged. But if she comes in around 2,500 and attracts the Brewer vote, Stone's in trouble. Expect Stone, like Levar, to squeak to another term."

 
At March 28, 2007 10:49 AM, Anonymous James Braun said...

"On the seen" like a sex masheen.

 
At March 28, 2007 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brewer's supporters will need to be persuaded to make the effort to get out to vote on April 17th. Most of them won't vote for Stone, but many of them are not excited about Naisy.

 
At March 28, 2007 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you be excited about Daisy. The Dominicks closing the aldermans fault ?? The alderman cant force people to shop there. The store was always empty. Dominicks closed 11 stores city wide, I guess its the aldermans fault they were loosing money. This is not a reason to vote for daisy. LOL

 
At March 28, 2007 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to be excited about Naisy to realize that she's the better choice. If nothing else, she will bring a level of activity to improving the ward that Bernie can't or won't. She won't refuse city money for ward improvements. She listens to people. She is eager to accomplish something.

Stone doesn't care about us. We shouldn't care about him. Go Naisy!

 
At March 28, 2007 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daisy lied about refusing city money. All the facts are not exposed. This is a election,its all about bashing and bringing out the negative. The hell with the facts, or the truth. Lets just focus on negative and forget the positive. THATS what dolar is all about. Is that how you try to win an election. Dolar has been on camera several times but never mentioned her vision.Just BS
Thats what dolar is all about BS !!

 
At March 28, 2007 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

"Berny Stone's Hate Campaign"

Just take a look at your own blog. Every one of yuor posting has bloggers who attack Stone on everything and nothing the opposition does is wrong but everthing stone does is wrong.

Your blog contrbutes to thishate campaign. However it will die down after 4/17 when stone is relected and the hate mongering opposition goes back to where ever they came from for another 3.5 years.

 
At March 28, 2007 12:48 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I happen to agree that this blog has exposed the open wounds that lie in our community. I am often surprised at the venom seen here. It's one thing to attack the incompetence of our elected leaders, but quite another to attack our neighbors. The people who support Ald. Stone don't seem to have good reasons for re-electing him, but they are equally immune to the reasons for defeating him. I suspect that it never occurred to most of them that people in the ward had real complaints, real needs and real concerns that they'd like addressed by the alderman, whoever that is.

I personally don't think Dolar is the perfect candidate. And I fret everyday about the lack of unity here or the interest in coming together among my neighbors. But it started to feel less homey a long time ago, and I attribute that loss of community to the failures in leadership of Ald. Stone. I can't take responsibility for the fact that these failures are exposed here. If the alderman was competent or cared, there would be no failures to expose. We should expect more for our ward. We certainly should expect more from our alderman. It can't be any worse than it is now.

 
At March 28, 2007 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay
The FACT is people are led to believe the aldreman has failed, and only a hand full of people are posting here. For a fact its the SAME people.Thats the fact. Look at HUGH the bigest looser, who cant even take care of his own property and complains about the ward. This is a reflection on our ward not the alderman. What a shame. The people complaining dont even go see the alderman, what a shame. The people(some)listen to the BS naisy feeds them. She is full of BS. We cant change as a whole without working together and its not working, starting with all the hate and Hugh. Clean up your sh_t!! Hugh

 
At March 28, 2007 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

until the "beat stone at all costs crowd" began their venomous assault on him ,this ward lived in peace and harmony. then came the divisiveness by the "Beat Stone " crowd which is motivated by a cabal of SELF PROCLAIMED COMMUNITY SAVIORS WHO CRAVE AN ALDERMAN THEY CAN CONTROL, PRIMARILY OUTSIDE the Ward RACE-MOTIVATED CAMPAIGN DONORS(CHECK DOLAR campaign disclosures),PRIMARILY OUTSIDE the Ward campaign workers , and an OPENLY RACE-BASED CAMPAIGN.Added to this are phony liberal/progressives who brook no opposition to their twisted views on HOW THEY SAY IT SHOULD BE, while using FASCISTIC tactics, AND THEN they make FALSE ACCUSATIONS against their TARGET AND HIS SUPPORTERS.

 
At March 28, 2007 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Brewer supporter. I didn't hesitate to vote for Naisy on Monday when early voting opened up. Yes, Stone might win and that would be a victory for mediocrity but like Alf Smith's loss in 1928 to Herbert Hoover, this just might pave the way for a Progressive to get in four years later. I reckon that if many of the Stone supporters knew what they were voting for they'd be ashamed to put up a lawn sign for Bernie!

 
At March 28, 2007 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, is this the HATE-MONGER you speak of? I can just feel the anger and hatred coming off his keyboard.

 
At March 28, 2007 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have it reversed-Berny Stone is the target of a HATE campaign-a MULTI-DIMENSIONAL HATE campaign encompassing many different prejudices such as ANTI-SENIOR CITIZENS, OTHER PREJUCICES,LIES,SMEARS,INNUENDOS,and DISTORTIONS-To add to this mix is the SELF_PROCLAIMED ETHNIC RACIAL CRUSADE that is the cornerstone of Stone's opponant's campaign.When this is pointed out ,in the TWISTED world of the Hate Stone crowd,they label that very exposure as Hate-Mongering-TIME FOR THE ANTI-STONE CAMPAIGN TO LOOK INTO THE MIRROR,COLLECTIVLY AND INDIVIDUALY AND ASK THEMSELVES WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE!

 
At March 28, 2007 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again: Blame the victims!

 
At March 28, 2007 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got some silly ass letter in the mail from dolar, mainly targeting the Jewish community. This letter is BS. There are no changes that I can see. A steady decline in the quality of life?? I don’t think so. Why are people adding onto their homes?? Because they like it here. I laughed at the paragraph reading 50th is dead last in improvement spending. (Compared to What)???? Does dolar even know what improvements have been made in the last four years, I don’t think so. Does dolar know where the money was spent, I don’t think so. Does dolar know where to spend the money I don’t think so. Looks like dolar is pulling at straws again…

 
At March 28, 2007 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone please list Berny Stone's major accomplishments over the last 2 terms he has been in office, then would they please tell us his plan to make the ward better going forward. When these are answered perhaps we the citizens of the 50th ward will know why we should vote for Berny. Naisy came to my door and told me what her plans are, why do I have to make an appointment with the alderman to here his ideas. If he had shown up at the last community forum I may have been surprised, but he decided I did not need to see my alderman defend his record of great accomplishments

 
At March 28, 2007 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a list of Bernie Stone's accomplishments.
http://www.goodforthe50th.com/Stone_Accomplishments.html

Dolar will promise the world and give you BS. A perfect example is the closing of Dominick’s. This was the call of Dominick’s due to not making money. 11 stores closed city wide not just the 50 th ward. Dolar blames it on Stone. You can’t twist people’s arms to shop somewhere. Dolar lies. If you believe Dolar vote Dolar the liar.

 
At March 28, 2007 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alderman can do some good by talking to the people who shopped at the now closed Dominick's. When the Jewel closed years ago on Morse Ave(!), the alderman in that area worked with the now closed Dominick's to arrange a shuttle to take people shopping. When people criticise the alderman it is due to lack of creativity on such "bread and butter issues". You can call the people on this blogs all the names you want but don't forget that there ARE things the alderman can do to help the ward FOR ALL. Thank you!

 
At March 28, 2007 7:43 PM, Blogger willow9 said...

> Look at HUGH the bigest looser, who cant even take care of his own property and complains about the ward.
> Clean up your sh_t!! Hugh

A phone book has made it easy to locate the home of your rabid carping. I took a little drive. Anybody posting about the "unclean property" or "blight" on the block is off their rocker(as if we had any doubt). Couldn't you come up with anything better than that?! I expected to actually see a blight, or at least an eyesore. Oh, thats right you just parrot what that dude who ALWAYS TYPES IN CAPS!!!!!writes.

>This is a reflection on our ward not the alderman.

The alderman is responsible for having city services take care of the needs of the ward, what's he been doing?

>What a shame. The people complaining dont even go see the alderman, what a shame.

The ALDERMAN should go see the PEOPLE, not the other way around.

 
At March 28, 2007 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somone above made an allusion comparing Dolar to the immortal "Alf Smith."

From that era there was an Al Smith, a Democrat and an Alf Landon, a Republican -- but no Alf Smith.

Perhaps he was saying that Naisy is a morph of both Democrat and Republican losers.

 
At March 28, 2007 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY!!!
They let willow9 out of the 8x8 box. Have you got help yet?? Seems like you got out a bit. Soon the box will be getting tighter.I hope your seeking help, from what I have seen you really need it.

 
At March 28, 2007 9:36 PM, Anonymous archie b. said...

Does Stone have any accomplishments that aren't 25 years old? I mean, actual accomplishments, not those manufactured ones.

 
At March 28, 2007 11:02 PM, Blogger Soxfan said...

Jay,

It just might come down to turnout, which was crap on Feb. 27, except for the Jews (about 60% of Jews voted). Naisy may win by numbers of voters plus non-voters, but that doesn't matter. How can she provoke non-Jewish turnout? The Jews will show up. (This Jew already voted.)

 
At March 28, 2007 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

willow9--if you passed Hugh's property,with your eyes open, you wouldn't be denying his BLIGHT.ask his neighbors how wonderful it is NOT to be his neighbor.what is apparent is that YOU are HUGH's soulmate in his HATE-DRIVEN cyber war against Stone,and your DEFENSE of him just proves that point

 
At March 29, 2007 6:47 AM, Anonymous Stone's Campaign of Hate said...

Its amazing how Stone's 2 or 3 supporters (Ilana, Mike Moses and Alan Crown) who post under multiple screen names or anonymous are the ones playing the race/hate card and then blaming Naisy's supporters. I guess since Mike Noonan came in and took over they have nothing else to do with their time but to make wild and irrational accusations on blogs.

Naisy has come out as proud of potentially being the 1st Asian American in City Council, why shouldn't she be?

On the other hand its Stone supporters who have used it as hate, race based thing.

Its Stone supporters who see Mike Honda's work of behalf of Naisy as race based. Again why should he be ashamed to support and promote another Asian American who has the opportunity be the first on Chicago's City Council? The more diverse ANY legislative body (City Council, County Board, State House, Congress) the better it is for ALL OF US!

Unfortunately there are no Asian Americans in City Council on the County Board or in the State House.

Anyone who accuses Naisy of playing the race card either has an agenda or just does not know what it means for people who have NEVER been represented City Council to have someone who understands their needs.

The only hate is coming from Stone's camp. According to them if you are against Stone you are anti-Semitic. Naisy, has done nothing, nothing to promote hate.

If you look at Stone's 30 plus year record you will see who the true hateful bigot is.

The fact that Naisy is Asian is NOT the reason to vote for her, but it is definately something to be hopeful for because it gives an under represented group a voice it has NEVER EVER HAD!

Naisy is running a good inclusive and diverse campaign, welcoming and more importantly respectful of everyone.

Stone's supporters, probably not even with his blessing, are the one's peddling hate and the people of the 50th ward know it.

 
At March 29, 2007 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

archie b. said...
Does Stone have any accomplishments that aren't 25 years old? I mean, actual accomplishments, not those manufactured ones.


Thillins Stadium.. And Willow9 yes Stone did save it.

 
At March 29, 2007 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

Since I have first seen this Blog 5 months ago, the entire tone fits into the Anyone But Stone agenda. If Fox News offers fair and balanced news this blog offers unfair and unbalanced coverage.

It seems to be the same 40 or so people blogging who never get out of the 50th Ward and see the rest of the City. It seems most here are only happy and satisfied if they are complaining about something but most often have no solutions.

There are personal attacks,and name calling. It seems to be about power, ego, influence and who can issues a bigger insult.


If I am missing something let me know???

 
At March 29, 2007 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thillens stadium is in Lincolnwood and is on property owned by the metropolitan water reclamation district, I am sure glad he used 500000+ dollars of my city taxes for another towns park. Thillens is great my kids get to play there once a year. A new library would have served our ward better.

 
At March 29, 2007 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Thillens stadium is in Lincolnwood and is on property owned by the metropolitan water reclamation district, I am sure glad he used 500000+ dollars of my city taxes for another towns park. Thillens is great my kids get to play there once a year. A new library would have served our ward better.

March 29, 2007 7:48 AM

That $50000 was private money and not tax dallors. Also where would you put a new library?

 
At March 29, 2007 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check your records stone used his aldermanic menu funds and a donation by cubs care and also park district money. I am not the alderman so it is not my job to find space for a new library, but the two Dominicks stores that closed in the ward would have been good sites since Dominick's won't let another grocery store ever go in their old locations, per real estate covenants in any lease or sale contract. Maybe those developers of Lincoln Village that got 5,000,000 in TIF funds could donate some land after they made a 20,000,000 profit in 2 years. What are the alderman's ideas? Put up or shut up.

 
At March 29, 2007 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

am not the alderman so it is not my job to find space for a new library, but the two Dominicks stores that closed in the ward would have been good sites since Dominick's won't let another grocery store ever go in their old locations, per real estate covenants in any lease or sale contract

Lets see the Dominicks that closed by Pratt and Kedzie had had a new school for over three year now. And Pratt and Ridge, for the library, is there not a Library at Clark near Pratt? If you are going to make suggestions know you real estate facts. Why do we need a new library when we already have one but there is only one Thillens. Again making an issue out of nothing. I got a better one, if you can find a better ward to live in the the 50th Move there.

 
At March 29, 2007 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your arguments are not ideas to improve the ward. I am tired of having an alderman that only represents the people who vote for him. 52% of the ward is also tired of politics as usual. Good luck to Stone in his retirement. What happens to all that money in his campaign coffers after he losses?

 
At March 29, 2007 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Your arguments are not ideas to improve the ward.

ANE NEITHER OUR YOURS

I am tired of having an alderman that only represents the people who vote for him. 52% of the ward is also tired of politics as usual. Good luck to Stone in his retirement. What happens to all that money in his campaign coffers after he losses?

March 29, 2007 11:53 AM

And some of us are tired of arguments that are without basis, facts or one sided. How does one know who vote for them when it is secret ballot. I guess Stone must be a mind reader if he only REPRESENTS those who vote for him. You will see on 4/17 that a majority of those who vote will support Bernard Stone.
The question will be what will Naisy do to pay off her campaign debt.

 
At March 29, 2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

> turnout, which was crap on Feb. 27,

> except for the Jews (about 60% of Jews voted).

Turnout 2/27 was above the City-wide average.

Turnout by ethnicity or religious persuasion is not tracked or reported.

May I ask, what was your source on this?

 
At March 29, 2007 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stone has told many people in the ward they are not his constituents, hence he doesn't have to represent their interests, they do nothing for him. stone is a pure you scatch my back i will scratch your back kind of politician.

 
At March 30, 2007 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
stone has told many people in the ward they are not his constituents, hence he doesn't have to represent their interests, they do nothing for him. stone is a pure you scatch my back i will scratch your back kind of politician.

March 29, 2007 3:14 PM

48.5% OF VOTERS SUPPORTED sTONE ON 2/27. tHATS MORE THAN 20% MORE THAN THE SECOND PLACE FINISHER. tHE OTHER 52% SPLIT AMONG THREE OTHERS . IF 200 MORE VOTED FOR STONE OR IF 200 HAD NOT VOTED, THE CONVERSATION WOULD BE OVER AND MOOT. HOW EVER IT WILL BE ON 4/17 AND VIA STONE

 
At April 05, 2007 11:42 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

Berny Stone Launches Hate Campaign

Stone set the tone for his campaign when he first announced that he was running again, last May, 2006, in the final minutes of his cable access show. Polite disagreement with Stone supporters on political issues is impossible. According to the Stone apologists, Stone's policies, positions, and processes are unassailable, therefore anyone who disagrees is a "Stone hater." Stone is the champion of all things good, therefore anyone who disagrees with him on any issue is considered harmful to our community. The vitriol so evident here originates from the candidate himself, from the earliest minutes of his campaign.

Stone Flunky Meyers: I do want to just say this about the crowd I have seen at the [infrequent neighborhood] meetings, they are members of the "We Don't Like Berny Stone" Fan Club.

Stone: Of Course! They're not there to really criticize these programs.

Faithful Side-Kick Meyer: No. They don't like YOU.

Stone: They're there because of ME. I really don't like them hurting the neighborhood because they don't like me. If they don't like me, run against me next February [2007]. ... I'm running for re-election next February.

Stone's Biggest Fan Meyers: Yay!

Stone: And all of you how don't like me, don't hurt the neighborhood, RUN AGAINST ME for alderman. I INVITE you to run against me.

Avi "Ed McMahon" Meyers: (laughs)

Stone: And instead of hurting the neighborhood, RUN AGAINST ME. Challenge me on election day as opposed to hurting the neighborhood.

The Alderman Berny Stone Show
First air date 5/4/06

 

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