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NRT: Numbers out of his arse

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, August 22nd, 2012 - 31 comments
Categories: john key, Privatisation - Tags: , , ,

I/S at No Right Turn had several good posts up yesterday, here’s one of them:


Numbers out of his arse

Remember when the opposition challenged the government on its plans to bribe the rich with taxpayers’ money via an asset sales “bonus scheme”? And remember when John Key slapped then down by saying:

If the entire float earned $5 billion and 20 per cent of investors were ‘mum and dads’ the total cost would be $60m based on an Australian model, he said.“$60m for the entire programme. So it’s $60m, not a billion, three, or whatever ridiculous numbers are in the paper this morning all those numbers are wrong.”

(Emphasis added)It turns out that he was pulling those numbers out of his arse. An OIA request through FYI, the public OIA site, has revealed that the Prime Minister “was not provided with any specific advice” on the costs of his bonus scheme (it also claims that he didn’t say what he’s on the record as saying – the sort of transparent nonsense you get when you leave spindoctors to write your responses). So, faced with media questions, he made numbers up to defend his case.

And we’re supposed to take National seriously as economic managers? Sorry, but I’d prefer someone honest, who bothered to ask for advice before making a decision.

31 comments on “NRT: Numbers out of his arse”

  1. Tracey 1

    so, perhaps the taunt across the house now from Opposition should be

    “show us the funny money”

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      😆

      • Akldnut 1.1.1

        There should be a whole session where they opposition ask only questions where dodgey figures have been used and the whole opposition scream out “Show us the Money” with each question.

        Would be hilarious.

  2. Adrian 2

    There was a fascinating discussion with an ex-CIA interrogator on NatRad yesterday about spotting lies. He has a book Spy the Lie I think. Anyway his interpretation was that sociopaths were compulsive liars and vice-versa, they cant help just making shit up, but when found out and corrected and questioned their behaviour is the give away, loss of eye contact, lip licking and blaming others. Remind you of anyone ?

    • mike 2.1

      This is basically correct. They are totally confident in their own ability to talk their way out of anything. They are indeed very good at thinking in their feet when questioned, and will not hesitate to simply make shit up (with half-truths and unverifiable statements) when necessary. This confidence makes them better liars, and coupled with a business suit and a position of authority it is a very powerful tool.

      However they can get lazy, being so confident in their own BSing ability, and come up with some very weak lines. Also they are impulsive and compulsive in their lying, they just can’t help themselves.
      They believe they are superior and others are stupid, they are too smart to get caught. This can be a strength and a weakness.

      When called out some will actually maintain a fierce eye-contact, but blaming others, questioning credentials, “That source isn’t reliable,” “How dare you / The insinuation is offensive”, attack the interviewer, are standard.

      • mike 2.1.1

        A true psychopath will argue that black is white if they have to, and make you fell stupid for questioning it. In fact Robert Hare has found that they will lie even when they know that the person they are lying to to knows they are lying. A very interesting finding, implying that there is more than just lying as the rest of us understand it going on here. Hare concludes along the lines that at a deep level they actually believe that reality can be altered by saying so. Anyone who questions is an obstacle to their world, (which is why they often seem to react with genuine indignation), and must thus be removed from their world somehow.

  3. Tracey 3

    I must say Adrian I found his eyes darted much more than usual on TV3’s news last night.

  4. Chris 4

    He’s doing a lot more of sucking air through his teeth when he finishes a sentence.It’s so irritating.

  5. Wayne 5

    The Prime Ministers background is finance, in which he was very successful. He can sort these sort of numbers in a ballpark sense pretty easily, certainly better than anyone else in Parlaiment. He will certainly know this area much better than anyone in Treasury.

    Like most high level experts with decades of experience in any field, he will have a good sense of the realistic dimension of the issue. That is what experts can do; they can rely on their expertise and judgement without having to cross check every aspect before they venture an opinion.

    So the OIA does not prove anything.

    • fnjckg 5.1

      wtf

      • Murray Olsen 5.1.1

        After giving Wayne’s post much thought, I find myself in full agreement with your profound evaluation of it.
        In my line of work some people consider me an expert, and I can usually do a quick evaluation of a given problem and have an opinion. Following on from forming this opinion, my response would be either:
        1. This could work, so it’s worth my while actually doing the calculations. 
        2. This is unlikely to work, but possible, so let’s check it out.
        3. This’ll never work because it violates the laws of nature (or something else).
        Key does not give the answers of an expert; he gives the answers of a conman or used car salesman.

    • framu 5.2

      That might work just fine in international finance wayne – but hes the prime minister

      he cant just go “werll youse are all wrong” based on a guess or assumption. As someone entrusted to run the country he ekshully needs to back things up with evidence – and the OIA proves he doesnt have any

      and when you add in the juvenille “show me the money” business, its even more imperitave for Key to back things up with facts. Its kinda like me saying that your wearing your pants all wrong while theres a soft summer breeze across my own butt cheeks

      all this “its a guess”, “back of an envelop” stuff isnt the way you run a country

    • Carol 5.3

      Key can also walk on water, turn water into wine, and rise from the dead. We don’t need evidence of this because he survived in the business world.

      PS: A finance trader is a glorified salesman, using figures as much to deceive as to inform.

    • Dv 5.4

      Would a financial advisor get away with is sort of rubbish?

    • mike e 5.5

      Wayne kerr Investment banker yeah right lokk up Merrill Lynch on the net and corruption and in three weeks when you have read all the low down dirty insider trading ponzi schemes etc that ML have been involved with tell me Shonkey hasn’t been involved in any of them.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.6

      Wow, you do have some delusional fantasies don’t you?

      BTW, did you notice the Global Financial Crisis going on ATM? You know, the one caused by people just like your hero John Key?

    • mike 5.7

      Let me help you out there Wayne.

      The Prime Ministers background is siphoning money from the middle class, in which he was very successful. He can pull bullshit numbers out of his ass pretty easily, certainly better than anyone else in Parliament, people conning people with shonkey numbers that sound vaguely plausible is home sweet home. He will certainly know this area much better than anyone in Treasury.

      Like most high level experts with decades of experience in any field, he will have a good sense of the realistic dimension of the issue, but he’s sure as shit not going to tell us about that. That is what con-men do; they rely on misinformation and half-truths without bothering to cross check every aspect before they venture an opinion.

      So the OIA proves that John Key pulled hypothetical guestimates out of his ass with nothing to back them up, them used them in an argument to counter his opponents.

    • Dr Terry 5.8

      And exactly what kind of background in finance would you call that? Many such backgrounds include very devious dealings. Just because it happens to be a financial background (most describe it as “business”, in fact) does not infer that it is necessarily clean or ethical. That is cause for enquiry.

    • Colonial Viper 5.9

      The Prime Ministers background is finance, in which he was very successful.

      Investment banking and financial market speculation has NOTHING to do with understanding the real economy.

      That is what experts can do; they can rely on their expertise and judgement without having to cross check every aspect before they venture an opinion.

      Key could only do this in the fields of investment banking and financial market speculation.

      Do you want him to gamble with the fortunes of NZ?

  6. Blue 6

    I wasn’t aware that there was any other method for getting numbers in the National Government. They are either pulled out of John Key’s arse, or Bill English’s arse.

    It’s not like we have any journalists in this country. The Nats don’t need to go to any trouble to impress anyone.

    • lprent 6.1

      You forgot Nick Smith – he was pretty good about lying with numbers as well.

      How soon the the reshuffle do you think? They can’t keep a man with his talent for bullshit numbers out of a National government for long…

    • Herodotus 6.2

      Why then in question time can not Labour (The main opposition party) with the ability to ask more questions and follow up with supplementary questions hold the govt to these? Simple direct questions, then follow up the following day or two. Set the minister/PM up. With the experience/skill & wisdom? that Lab has it is not evident 🙁
      Even with Peters with all his experience and delivery could not contain himself yesterday getting himself red carded in the 1st few minutes, and as a result lost his ability to ask a question.

  7. xtasy 7

    English is a clown now, stating that Solid Energy is not fit for selling, admitting the Maori Council and Waitangi Tribunal can stop the sale of yet another energy company, if not all. So the shambles are now becoming facts. Key and English are out of answers and sense, looking like the sad clowns in a circus that is not getting any crowds to laugh and cheer. It is over, dear sell out brigade, pack your bags, surrender and go to your quarters – in opposition soon!

  8. tracey 8

    ACC report due today so the PM decides this is the day to ignite the euthanasia debate… Coincidence? Divert attention from a cornerstone of nz to something highly emotionally charged…

  9. irascible 9

    As a money trader (high stakes gambler) being able to lie convincingly about possible returns on a bluff is the key skill needed to part fools from their money. This is the technique KeY uses to spin his way out of situations he has no real grasp of. The hocking off of the State Assets is a policy KeY has no convincing argument for except that his cronies will benefit.

    • bbfloyd 9.1

      He wouldn’t be able to spin his way out of a paper bag if our fourth estate was worth half a tin of goat shit….they are actually his real diplomatic protection squad….. shielding us from the truth of his duplicity, and his serious mental imbalances….

      he could fart the first four bars of beethovens ninth, follow through on the last bar, and be lauded as being “statesman like”, and his “statement” to have “substance”…

      With that level of protection, when is he EVER going to be exposed for what he is?

      • Blue 9.1.1

        I can actually imagine that, sadly.

        “The Prime Minister gave an impressive performance at his post-Cabinet press conference this afternoon, farting the first four bars of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

        Those in attendance were unable to work out what exact statement Mr Key was making, but say it sounded very impressive.

        “He got four whole bars in, totally note-perfect too,” said Tracy Watkins of the Dominion Post. “That’s why the voters love him!”

        Her sentiments were echoed by Mr Joe Bloggs of Kaitaia.

        “He’s a real Kiwi bloke, that’s why we all voted for him,” Mr Bloggs said. “Good on him, I say.”

        Greens co-leader Russel Norman was unimpressed with the Prime Minister contributing to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, and Winston Peters said the Prime Minister’s conduct was “disgraceful.”

        Sources within the Labour Party say that MPs are desperately scrambling to eat as many beans as they can in the hope of matching John Key’s performance.”

    • Tiresias 9.2

      A money trader at a place like Merrill Lynch has no need to lie to anyone. He is allocated a tranch of capital, given some insider information plus software that runs algorithms measuring risk and returns in real time, watches a screen and only has to press the proper buttons at more or less the right time to see a profit. Some traders, though, think that the huge advantages they gain from being on the House side of the gamble are down to their inborn brilliance and natural superiority, and so look to climb the ladder from the trading floor to the offices above by trying to get a better return than the safe 0.01% on the millions they trade. A very few succeed.

      Key never got off the trading floor, so he was at least bright enough to know his limitations.

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    frogblogBy Denise Roche
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    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
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    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
    2 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
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  • A great Budget would
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    frogblogBy Catherine Delahunty
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  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
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  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
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  • Spend and Tax
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    2 days ago
  • The birth place of the artist
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    Bat bean beamBy Giovanni Tiso
    2 days ago

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  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
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  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
    LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
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  • Scrambled announcement policy on the hoof
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    10 hours ago
  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
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    10 hours ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    11 hours ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
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  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
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  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
    Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
    15 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
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    15 hours ago
  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
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  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
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    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 days ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 days ago
  • A great Budget would
    A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 days ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
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    2 days ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    2 days ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
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    3 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
    The Government must ensure next week’s Budget stops the squeeze on middle New Zealand and delivers shared prosperity for all New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. The call follows new research commissioned by Labour that shows working… ...
    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
    Marama and Metiria at Homes Not Cars launch On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
    This week the Government announced $46million for sexual violence services. This announcement was a result of decades of work by advocates and everyone who submitted to the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence services that I initiated with… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
    Two of the things I’ll be looking for in the Budget next week are more funding for refugees and for our arts and culture sector. More funding for refugees I’m a strong supporter of the #DoubleTheQuota campaign and its goals… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
    Motorists who have been overcharged for their car registration should get a refund, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “Minister Nikki Kaye’s ‘faulty risk’ rating scheme has blown up in her face with over 170 different models of car having… ...
    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
    The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “I have been the first to defend the Auckland City Council when Bill English has been blaming… ...
    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
    Labour is expressing concern for New Zealanders’ privacy rights as the Government signals Customs will have the power to inspect electronic devices coming across the border, says Labour’s Customs Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “We agree that customs officers should have the… ...
    6 days ago
  • The Price of Water
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    6 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
    The Government is not doing enough elective surgery to keep up with New Zealand’s ageing population, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s damning that the targeted national intervention rate for cataract and knee and hip surgery is the same… ...
    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
    The Government must substantially increase funding for secondary schools in next week’s Budget after a new survey found 86 per cent of principals consider their college under-resourced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Just 14 per cent of secondary principals… ...
    7 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    7 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
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    7 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
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  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
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    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
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  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
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  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
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  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
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  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
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  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
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  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
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  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
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  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
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  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
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