Open mike 15/07/2022

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  1. Jenny how to get there 1

    First images from Nasa’s James Webb space telescope reveal ancient galaxies

    First images from Nasa’s James Webb space telescope reveal ancient galaxies
    The first full-colour image from Nasa’s James Webb space telescope shows the galaxy cluster ….

    Photograph: EyePress News/REX/Shutterstock

    Nasa has released an image of far-flung galaxies as they were 13bn years ago, the first glimpse from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, which promises to reshape our understanding of the dawn of the universe.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    The most annoying thing about Christchurch spending what will inevitably turn out to be a billion dollars (fixed price contract my arse) stadium is as night follows day they'll come whining to the government for a bailout, and because the settler class of Canterbury are the most exceptionalist and entitled bunch of complainers and snowflakes in the entire nation as taxpayers we'll all end paying for the cost blow out.

    Another astonishing observation is how enthusiastic local business groups always are for billion dollar convention centres and stadiums, yet how the same business groups are always vehemently opposed to spending money on things like critical infrastructure, public transport and community services.

    It is almost like entitled rich people who have a big voice in business demanding the rest of us subsidise their recreational choices.

    • Anne 2.1

      It is almost like entitled rich people who have a big voice in business demanding the rest of us subsidise their recreational choices.

      yes yes

      And they are the same people who sneer at and criticise the government for not spending enough on housing, health and education – not enough nurses, not enough doctors, nor enough teachers… and so on.

      A billion dollars would go a long way to build more houses, more hospitals, more schools and train more staff to operate them.

      • Jenny how to get there 2.1.1

        The Tron has been bypassed.


        I wonder; What if government instead of subsidising private transport and carbon emissions by building more and more motorways put that money into public transport instead?

        Would central government support for Efeso Collins plan for free public transport become more viable?

        Could the whole of the public transport fleet. (buses and trains), be converted to electric?

        No urgency now. Not!

        • Anne

          The Hamilton expressway was the brainchild of a National government.

          In 2009 the Waikato Expressway was announced by New Zealand's minister of Transport, Steven Joyce, as being one of seven "roads of national significance".

          Once a project is underway it has to be completed.

          According to a poll published a day or two ago, Efeso Collins is now the front runner for the Auckland mayoralty. That would suggest that his plan to make public transport free for everybody is being well received.

          He would be a 'breath of fresh air' for Auckland, but be rest assured his opponents will be working overtime as we speak… dreaming up scandals and misdeeds he never committed. Will the MSM correct the record? Some might but most won't.

          • Jimmy

            As long as Leo Molloy doesn't get in.

          • DavidJ

            Efeso is 'Goff lite' and would be a disaster for Auckland. The city needs someone independent who can stand up to central government without party allegiances and endorsements coming first.

            [I don’t want you continue to wage an astroturfing campaign against one of the mayoral candidates in Auckland and/or astroturfing in general. Join your other aliases in the sin bin until one month after the Local Elections; only one of your many usernames will be allowed back then here – Incognito]

        • DavidJ

          "Would central government support for Efeso Collins plan for free public transport become more viable?"

          Unlikely. Free PT in Auckland would cost the city around $210m each year, which would mean significant rates rises. Not only that, the policy won't reduce greenhouse gas emissions because transport is inside the ETS.

          • KJT

            You prefer billions to pay for extra roads, instead?

            And. Less car use will reduce Greenhouse gases, in reality. Not the monetary fantasy that is the ETS.

          • Jenny how to get there


            15 July 2022 at 4:30 pm

            ……Free PT in Auckland would cost the city around $210m each year,


            Hi David I went to the embedded link in your comment, I could not find anywhere where it said, that Free PT would cost ratepayers $210 million each year.

            But I did find this;

            "…..fare revenue was worth more than $150 million a year, and an earlier Auckland Transport assessment was that extra demand would cost $60m to meet."

            I am guessing here, that to try and make your case against Free PT, you have deliberately conflated the two figures together. (In some circles this would be called 'creative accounting').

            Fare revenue has no relation at all to the cost of running the system. It may cost more, it may cost less.

            I might also remind you that with Free PT the $160 million in fare revenue would stay in PT commuters' pockets, instead of filling the pockets of Auckland's totally privately owned bus companies, this $160 therefore represents a loss to PT commuters and the city. A loss which would be returned with Free PT.

            Even if we took your conflated combined figure of $210 million, for Free PT at face value.
            If public transport was run as a single payer public service, instead of a profit making private enterprise, that figure could be considerably less. Getting rid of all the fare enforcement and collection infrastructure and bureaucracy, would be another cost saving to the commuting public, not having to fish around for cards or cash, would also make PT more convenient to use.

          • Jenny how to get there


            15 July 2022 at 4:30 pm

            "Would central government support for Efeso Collins plan for free public transport become more viable?"

            ….the policy won't reduce greenhouse gas emissions because transport is inside the ETS.

            Hi David, I don't get this last one. Could you expound on it a bit?

            • Incognito

              No, he can’t and he won’t because he’s been banned for astroturfing on this site. I loathe dishonest commenters.

              • Jenny how to get there

                That's a shame, because I was digging around on Te internet I found this.

                What is significant about this report is that not only would free public transport, be good for commuters wallets, and good for the climate, it would save lives. Every human life saved is precious beyond cost. But if we were looking at lives saved on a purely economic basis. Rounding up the figures, every road death costs the economy almost $4 million and every major injury costs us almost three quarter million dollars.

                This report points out, that PT funding, is a major determinant of PT usage, articulated by the government in the GPS. ie greater PT use requires govt. buy in.

                The role public transport can play in Safer Journeys

                ….PT is generally considered a safe form of transport. For example, in New Zealand, passengers in cars and vans are seven times more likely than bus passengers to be killed or injured in a crash (for the same time spent travelling), indicating that bus travel is comparatively a very safe mode of travel for passengers….

                …… Safer Journeys does not actively try to improve safety by increasing PT’s modal share on the basis that it is safer. Instead it leaves PT funding, which is a major determinant of PT usage, to be determined by other urban transport considerations articulated by the government in the GPS.

                10.3.1 Social costs

                The MoT publishes social costs of crashes and crash injuries each year. These are disaggregated for urban and rural areas.

                The relevant urban figures for 2014 are (MoT 2015c):

                • fatal injury: $3,982,000

                • serious injury: $730,000

                • minor injury: $71,000


          • Jenny how to get there

            Hi David, if you are still reading this.
            I am sorry you could not expound on your claim that PT, "won't reduce greenhouse gas emissions"

            But you might be interested in this.

            It seems that greater PT usage also saves lives. To your argument that Free PT is too expensive, (I admit that I haven't done the cost/loss balance).
            But it seems to me, that the economic cost of all these tragic deaths and terrible injuries needs to be added to the balance sheet as well.

            From the report:

            PT is generally considered a safe form of transport. For example, in New Zealand, passengers in cars and vans are seven times more likely than bus passengers to be killed or injured in a crash (for the same time spent travelling),

            ….public transport as a safe and affordable alternative to car travel. We recognise, however, that safety is only one factor in optimising the mix of private and PT; cost, convenience and environmental impact must also be considered.


            • Jenny how to get there

              P.S And dare I mention the cost of traffic congestion?

              In Auckland alone, it estimates the city's congestion costs $1.25 billion a year in lost productivity.

              Traffic congestion costs NZ billions – report | RNZ News

              When you put the social and economic cost of all the preventable grief, injury and death together, with the cost of traffic congestion, caused by private car use, Efeso Collins case for Free Public Transport starts to make a lot of good social and economic sense.

              It can’t come soon enough.

              All those concerned about social justice and the environment, need to get behind Efeso Callin’s bid for Mayor of Auckland

    • Populuxe1 2.2

      On the other hand democratic process was followed through polling and submissions, it carried across socioeconomic groups, and people are really sick and tired of being stuck in limbo for a decade with only a cleared plot of land to show for it. Closure was needed.

    • Visubversa 2.3

      Yes, we have seen exactly that with Eden Park. Despite being owned by a private Trust Board, it has a gargantuan appetite for public funds – and the political clout to extract them.

    • gsays 2.4

      I agree with yr $1B.

      In the fullness of time and lots of corporate language, advisors and experts will get well paid and bear no responsibility.

    • Its because rich people pay the bills so expect some action

    • Corey Humm 2.6

      Am I a rich person?? I want the stadium built and so does 70% of this city.

      The earthquake hit just as I hit 18 I've never not had to go to another city to watch a concert or major game.

      Young people want a stadium bad and we're going to be the ones paying for it. Read the room

      Delaying would make it cost more.

      Just get on with it.

      Chch is a city of nearly half a million and growing rapidly if ya want young people to stay in the city you're going to have to have things like this

      It's been 11 years of utter horrible bollocks and the city has been through enough let people have some fun

      The left makes out only rich people want to go see an all blacks game or a concert.

  3. PsyclingLeft.Always 3

    The danger of stadium costs, a Dunedin study

    Rugby has reiterated it will not contribute financially to a new stadium in Christchurch.

    Sanctuary, Yep…well remember the battle in Dunedin. And very notable the RUGBY not interested in funding !
    Despite their Special Pleading. incl one Richie Richie Richie ..Mcaw . (John Keys special mate )

    ChCh ratepayers…I feel sorry for you.

    • Ad 3.1

      It's not the CAPEX that gets you, it's the OPEX.

      Everyone touting a fixed price for the build contract manages to neglect talking about the bills that truly gets your ratepayers really bleeding:

      • fully funded depreciation of over 5% a year on $600m
      • direct subsidising the operation including: free parking, catering, security, utility bills, rates, utility upgrades, tech upgrades, salaries for staff to attract and run events
      • indirect subsidising the operation: wear and tear on surrounding civic assets like roads, public transport subsidy for each event, city marketing, accelerated utility upgrades

      Pour the next several years of rate increases into the foundations one wheelbarrow at a time.

      Note the Auditor General just came out saying it will be $5.5b for Auckland's City Rail Link, and we've still got 3 years of world events and inflation before it even opens. It works out about $1.5m for every metre of track And that's before you get to the OPEX.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 3.2

      While many have hailed the decision to build the multi-use area as a long-awaited economic win for the region, others have warned against gold-plating the central city at the expense of struggling suburban households and other pressing council work.

      Gee, Bread and Circuses comes to mind ! Just go look at under privileged ChCh . Brighton etc….

      I spose they can always go watch the rugby…..

      • Populuxe1 3.2.1

        That would be Brighton that got the 4 million dollar public library and pier development would it?

        • weka

          Pier vs warm, dry, affordable housing… 🤔

          • PsyclingLeft.Always

            And RUGBY/event Stadium even moreso !

            • weka

              Building stadiums at this point in history is like the fall of the Roman Empire. So much denial, covid, climate, ecology….

              • Nic the NZer

                The Romans still have their stadium don't they?

                • arkie

                  They also had bread to accompany the circuses.

                • Leaps

                  I'm pretty sure the Christchurch stadium will be under water in a lot less than 2000 years. More like 100 years given the every increasing CO2 levels. It'll make a nice open air swimming pool 😉

                • weka

                  In a manner of speaking. Tourism rules the world. As civ collapses there will still be people rich enough and stupid enough to want to visit and take photos.

              • Populuxe1

                Based on what? I mean aside from your general loathing of humanity. Rome didn't "fall", it declined. Political structures rearranged themselves. The Eastern Empire lingered on another thousand years. People continued to do things and enjoy things.

                • weka

                  Please explain how spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a stadium trumps spending that money on climate transition when we know that climate is going to decline civilisation if we don't act now (and bearing in mind, we're not acting enough yet).

                  I don't loathe humanity, I loathe stupidity.

                  • weka

                    and yes, people will keep enjoying things, but we're already finding that people don't like expensive food and petrol so much and we're not even deep into the crisis yet.

        • pat

          “For 30 years, the New Brighton community rallied for another pier to be built. The Pier and Foreshore Society had campaigned to save the original pier, and the group continued lobbying for a new pier. When NZ$2m had been raised, this was matched by funding from Christchurch City Council and a new pier was designed using reinforced concrete. The new pier was built in exactly the same location, and was officially opened on 1 November 1997. It spans 300 metres (980 ft), which makes it the longest ocean pier in Australasia.[1] The New Brighton Pier is held as the icon of New Brighton and later the icon of Christchurch after the 22 February 2011 earthquake that significantly damaged Christchurch's Cathedral. The pier is one of Christchurch's tourist attractions. Currently the New Brighton Pier is the venue of a number of events, such as regular skate on the Pier events and the annual Guy Fawkes fireworks display held on 5 November every year. The pier sustained some damage in the various earthquakes, which was exacerbated in the 2016 Christchurch earthquake. Repairs started in February 2017, took 16 months, and cost NZ$8.5m. New Brighton pier reopened again in May 2018.[4]


          [Any comment with 10 or more links will automatically be held up in the Pre-Mod queue, so please limit the number of links in your comments.

          I’d suggest that you paste Wiki quotes as plain text to avoid triggering the trap – Incognito]

        • PsyclingLeft.Always

          Hmm Ive been to Libraries in NZ and as a Library user, I always think they are a great Community Hub……however in winter quite sad the poor buggers that go there…just to be warm. Or sleep even. (poor Librarians have to be diplomatic)

          And I spose a Pier Development is where you could go for a long walk.?

          Anyway that is some ChCh money to Brighton. Sure would be great with some additional Councillor Input/Drive from there.

      • Stuart Munro 3.2.2

        It will hit Dunedin ratepayers hard.

        The reason the Dunedin stadium was a mere debacle instead of a catastrophe is that it was able to secure a number of events post-quake Christchurch could not host.

        There will be no more of those.

        • PsyclingLeft.Always

          Yep. Also gotta wonder…if a serious (more serious?) pandemic hits. An empty stadium?

  4. Jenny how to get there 4



    hu·​bris | \ ˈhyü-brəs \

    Definition of hubris

    : exaggerated pride or self-confidence

    Examples of hubris in a Sentence

    Russia has released passports made for the Citizens of Ukraine.

    Obviously printed before Russia’s invasion and takeover of Ukraine ran into the sand.

    People born in Ukraine have been entered as born in Russia.

    • Jenny how to get there 4.1

      It occurs to me that if Kyiv wanted to poke the borax at the Kremlin, they could issue Ukrainian passports to Russian citizens who want them, stamped with 'born in Ukraine'.

      Who knows? Applying for one of these passports might be a light hearted way for Russian citizens to express their opposition to Putin's war.

      • mikesh 4.1.1

        From about 1860 to 1865 cities like Atlanta, Georgia, were not part of the USA. Instead they were part of the Confederacy. Kyiv's independence from Russia seems to have lasted a big longer, but may soon be coming to an end.

        Incidentally, hubris is activity which angers the gods, and attracts nemesis, However, on this occasion, if nemesis was aiming at Russia it seems to have missed the target and landed on Ukraine instead, given the destruction it's caused.

      • alwyn 4.1.2

        "a light hearted way for Russian citizens to express their opposition to Putin's war"

        Unfortunately there isn't any light-hearted way to express your opposition in Russia. Any protest at all seems to get very harsh treatment. Even referring to it as a "war" is punished. It is not a "war" or an "invasion". It is a "special military operation". Journalists who call it a war could be jailed for 15 years, as that is publishing false news about the military in Putin's Russia.

    • Blazer 4.2

      This is 'huger'!

      US President Donald Trump has said he recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president.

      The announcement came minutes after the 35-year-old declared himself acting leader in Caracas on Wednesday.

      Juan Guaidó: US backs opposition leader as Venezuela president – BBC News

      Hey Jenny which is the only nation to use nuclear bombs on civilians-is it Russia,China or U.S.A?

      • Barfly 4.2.1

        77 years ago Blazer for the USA on that

        China Mao's great leap 45million dead

        Stalin 20 million plus dead


      • Jenny how to get there 4.2.2


        15 July 2022 at 10:16 am

        …..Hey Jenny which is the only nation to use nuclear bombs on civilians-is it Russia,China or U.S.A?

        A rhetorical question that needs no answer from me. We all know what the answer is.

        You might as well ask me which nation gassed 6 million Jews.

        For the one-eyed, the USA is the only evil imperialist power in the world' crowd, a more topical question.

        Which nation has threatened to use nuclear bombs in the current war?

        P.S. I don't expect an answer.

      • lprent 4.2.3

        Kind of a pointless question.

        Just like this pointless question. I’m 63, sometime between the date that I was born and the year when my father and mother were born, some nation used atomic weapons on two cities, shortly after my parents started attending primary school. How old would my parents be today?

        Now what does that have to do with the great depression.


        Or could you tell me when atomic weapons were used on military? If you can’t then you’re a moron.


        If you want to ask sheep shagging questions – then at least don’t simply flop your dick out. Actually make some kind of point that adds to the debate rather than making you look like a simple minded fuckwit.

  5. Gosman 5

    I really like that. What I like is the author or authors are honest about what they want to do. None of this waffle about just transition and so on. They are very specific about the steps they would take and the sort of World they want to see.

    Of course it is a complete totalitarian Hellscape which would lead to a civil war but it is at least detailed.

    • arkie 5.1

      All of this makes it worth asking: What would it look like if we treated the climate crisis like an actual emergency? What would it take to keep global heating to no more than 1.5 degrees? The single most important intervention is the one that so far no government has been willing to touch: cap fossil fuel use and scale it down, on a binding annual schedule, until the industry is mostly dismantled by the middle of the century. That’s it. This is the only fail-safe way to stop climate breakdown.

      Jason Hickel, Current Affairs, 2021. My bold.

      "A totalitarian Hellscape".

      • Gosman 5.1.1

        Did you read their policy proposals?

        • arkie

          Jason Hickel is well known for his research in environmental economics and global inequality. That you find his expert opinions on more and equitable climate action unpalatable is unsurprising.

          I do agree that the Current Affairs piece is well worth a read.

          • DavidJ

            Hickel is talking about a world in which the fossil fuels industry is "dismantled by the middle of the century". That's 28 years away. I guess it's technically possible, but I doubt the policy prescription required will be either politically or socially acceptable.

    • pat 5.2

      The problem being that while the specific steps are imo about right the results are a dysfunctional world….consider the impact of the removal of Ukraine grain and (food) oils from the world markets and you have a taste of the problems….it isnt the wealthy countries most impacted but the developing food reliant economies…we have a world population and productive output barely supported by current energy production, the bulk of which is fossil in origin…reduce that energy and the system collapses (if it isnt already)….its too glib to say remove unnecessary fossil energy use (i.e. private motor vehicles etc) when the maintenance of the system largely relies upon that to function.

      We wasted the time to transition that we may have had.

    • At the same time, we need to scale down less-necessary parts of the economy in order to reduce excess energy demand: SUVs, private jets, commercial air travel, industrial beef, fast fashion, advertising, planned obsolescence, the military industrial complex and so on. We need to focus the economy on what is required for human well-being and ecological stability, rather than on corporate profits and elite consumption.

      We either do this in time, or we lose the chance and face extinction.

      There's no "complete totalitarian Hellscape" in any of this, compared to what WILL happen if we don't take active steps now!

  6. Ad 6

    Anyone else's workplace getting smashed with COVID and 'Flu over the last month?

    Truly mashing us.

    • Barfly 6.1

      Avoiding it so far in the club I live at.

      • Patricia Bremner 6.1.1

        Same Barfly and Ad, but family have not been so lucky. Two have been told their excess white cell count is part of long covid which has gone on for months now.

        Grant's work in Australia is struggling to get and keep staff. That may change now the covid assistance has gone.

    • RedLogix 6.2

      Almost no-one comes into our office, so I find it a good place to isolate devil. I get lonely and bored, but so far the Sword of Damocles continues to hang on in there for us.

    • joe90 6.3

      Had a mate stay Wednesday night. He was on an apology tour for the fabrication/coating outfit he works for, placating primary/food industry clients affected by covid related productivity problems.

    • Graeme 6.4

      Waiting for the excreta to hit the air circulating device in Queenstown over the School Holidays.

      Most / all tourist business are having severe staffing issues, firstly getting staff who are willing to work in customer racing roles, and then keeping them healthy and able to work.

      Things were pretty tough in town last week, and the ZQN mountains closed their rental departments saying they were out of gear, but heard it was more staffing related. Best snow they’ve had for a very long time too.

      Next two weeks could get interesting. Really glad we're watching from the sidelines (home) until it settles down.

    • Belladonna 6.5

      Yep. Had a constant trickle of cases since Omicron arrived – 1-2 off work at a time (workforce of around 100). Since end of June we're around 10-15 at a time (including me) – both Covid/Flu (workplace provides free flu jabs on demand) and household contacts. Some can work from home (assuming they're well enough) – but others have to take the leave – and it's almost impossible to replace them – not only can't hire people, but specialized work – you can't just walk in off the street – there's a significant learning/training curve, and trying to do that puts added pressure on the people who are there.

      We're communicating the reasons for delay with our customers – who are understanding – but it doesn't do much for the bottom line (if you're not invoicing the work, you're not getting paid)

      Case infections are almost certainly originating outside the workplace (so far) – i.e. the people coming down with Covid/Flu aren't directly connected inside the workplace, and most have a prior household contact with the virus/es.

      Hoping that this will quickly work it's way through the staff and give a decent level of immunity. But not optimistic, with the protection against Covid re-infection window now down to a month.

      So far, just one serious case (and we have some high risk people – over 70 and with associated health conditions) – not serious enough for hospital, but not bouncing back quickly – she has a history of bronchial conditions, and seems to get hammered by secondary infections.

  7. Foreign waka 7

    Doe anyone in this forum know whether the use of images for any purpose has been officially presented to the public? The article says that

    "A business case has been developed and approved,"

    Is biometric information not protected in NZ?

  8. Anker 8

    this is a very scary read about what Drs are saying re the state of the health system

    • Poission 8.1

      The Health systems globally are under pressure,with continued problems with Covid,(removing spare capacity) and a large backlog of selective surgery etc, becoming problematic for acute emergency.

      With increased expenditure the outcomes are not necessary improvements of increased life expectancy or increased quality of life as people age.

      The increasing challenge with technology (and its complexity) is paradoxical in the Health sector as is increased investment.

      • Anne 8.1.1

        It's an uphill battle trying to explain to some people that the situation re-our health services is not confined to NZ. It's everywhere, and many countries are in a far worse state than NZ. I read somewhere in recent days that Australia's hospitals are also stretched to the limit. I would link to it, but can't recall where I saw it.

        There is a moral dilemma here. If we were to lure health workers from other countries then we would be denying those countries the workers they desperately need themselves.

        And unvaccinated staff are not the answer. If they can show such poor judgement over vaccines and masks, then who can trust them to make sound judgements over other health issues.

        • Poission

          I read somewhere in recent days that Australia's hospitals are also stretched to the limit.

          Its been on ABC,Hospitals in Queensland (similar pop to NZ ) have slightly more patients for covid,influenza etc.Similar conditions with colder weather (record cold spells in QA) similar economic conditions,staffing shortages,cold housing,all playing out on the same songsheet.

          • Anne

            You could replace "Queensland" with "New Zealand" and it would be just as accurate an assessment.

        • arkie

          Try luring anyone when this is how you're ranked:

          New Zealand has been ranked second-worst place in the world to move by immigrants, according to a survey.

          In a resulting ranking of 52 countries – those for whom there was a large enough sample size – Aotearoa New Zealand ranked in the doldrums, at 51. It was beaten to the bottom by Kuwait.

          The country’s poor showing was attributed to lower wages and high cost of living. New Zealand was the worst-performing country in the survey’s personal finance measure: 49% of respondents said their disposable household income was not enough to lead a comfortable life, compared with 28% globally. For general cost of living, 75% rated the country negatively, compared with 35% globally.

          • observer

            Expats. Not citizens. The opposite, in fact. Many of the most comfortable countries for expats are anything but comfortable … for their own people.

            The United Arab Emirates made the top 10. Blasphemy and homosexuality are illegal, and the maximum penalty is death.

            If human rights don't matter, the survey is fine. Otherwise, it's a sick joke. Cheap maids are more important than democracy?

            • arkie

              You’re pretty damning of human rights and the state of democracy in Australia which is at number 9.

              And it was a reply to Anne’s comment about the difficulty of attracting immigrants (Not citizens, at least not yet) to fill our health worker shortage.

              “The cost of living is too high here in comparison to the salaries,” one survey respondent from Botswana said. An expat from India was concerned about the “growing divide between the rich and poor”.

              This cannot be reasonably refuted, we do have objectively low wages and a higher cost of living compared to our international analogues. Are these conditions just ‘the price of democracy’? Not sure it really works out well for expats, immigrants or citizens in general, personally.

          • weka

            wtf is that photo, lol.

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