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When you go through old pictures and realize that you had the best childhood ever. What a childhood. Whether that may be a school morning, Christmas morning or a birthday morning, there's a special vibe that I get when I look at old photos. Life was simple and easy back then, shocker. I'm looking at a plethora of pictures and all I can think about is how fortunate and lucky I am to have been raised by such amazing, kind and smart parents. All my life I've been hearing kids, likewise their parents, talk so highly of my mother and father. And I know why. They are everything. They did everything for us and still do. Times like this I wish for the day when I can finally give back and make them as happy as they have made me. I still have time, I will figure something out. But it has to be special. As special as them. You know, I fail to realize that as I am moving along with my life and wanting to experience the world - they're growing old. It's a strange feeling because I keep believing that they'll stay with me forever. What's worse is that just as they want me to be as close to them as possible - I find myself craving that closeness more than they could ever imagine.


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I walk home with keys between my fingers. Something like this isn't unusual and I never stopped to think twice about it. It developed into a habit. A habit of being in constant fear and feeling that the world is limited certain hours of the day. Even on a sunny morning I looked twice to see if a man was walking behind me.

But now I'm agitated and tired of living in a world where women fear walking home alone. This isn't an issue for both genders. Men are not looking behind their backs when walking home alone, whether from the club or a friends house. Women won't attack, rape or kill them. Why is this? Why are men more violent and prone to hating women? Men are raised to believe they're superior, stronger and smarter. While women have stayed opressed, weak and cute throughout history. With a few exeptions.

I've seen a new trend with people showing "great women through history"(as our history books fail to show), which I thought would be a fun and empowering topic to write about. How does "Superhero series" sound? "Woman series"? "Badass women through history"? Hmm...

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Can't believe it's already July 25th. Sometimes life doesn't seem real. I feel like I'm torn between nostalgia and the present. Homesick for places I haven't been. Having an urge for the unexpected and the foreign. The past feels so distant yet I keep reliving it. But this feeling....of being "here but not fully here" bothers me. I've begun to understand the importance of being in the now. The importance of now. I slip into this strange “nostalgia coma” and I reminisce my childhood, people and places and then I just kinda get stuck in that mood. Maybe it's because I'm leaving in a week.

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Ask yourself this. What do vegans gain by exposing the meat and dairy industry and promoting a healthy plant based diet? Ask yourself this. What do meat eaters gain? Why does the government and the meat and dairy industry pay ridiculous amounts of money to keep the truth hidden and feed the people cancer-diabets-ilness-promoting "foods". Willingly destroying the environment and increasing global warming. Making us sick and dependent on their drugs. Slaughtering innocent animals with feelings and destroying the world we live in in the process. Ask yourself this. Why aren't you making a change?

- Roughly 70% of the worlds population is lactose intolerant which is obvious because we are humans and not baby cows. Yet the government pushes dairy as a requirement for a "healthy diet".

- Dairy causes osteoporosis as it leeches the calcium from our bones because dairy and animal protein is too acidic for us. Yet, it is what they recommend.

- 91% of the Amazon rainforest is cut down for cattle ranching and soybean production meant for animal feed. Yet people blame vegans for supposedly destroying the environment with their soybean production when in fact it's fed to the animals.

- We're feeding more plants to farmed animals than ourselves.

- Bacon and sausage is carcinogenic to humans.

- 1 in 4 dies from cancer in the US - related to diet.

- 1 serving of meat per day increases your risk of developing diabetes by 51%

Whose interest is being served? The people? No. The government and big industries - and it all revolves around $$$.

What do I get by encouraging people to go vegan? What is my purpose? Do I get paid? No. Am I sponsored? No. I've done my research and I decided to no longer pay for someone else to kill an innocent animal just so I can enjoy their rotten corpse for 10 seconds. I decided that my body deserved better than that. I decided to fuel my body with fruits, vegetable, legumes and all other plant based food that only serves to better my health. I decided that I didn't want to take a part in the destruction of our environment. And so I encourage you to enlighten yourself, educate yourself, even though you love the juicy steak on your plate, which I once did. You deserve better. The animals deserve better. And the planet sure deserves the best.


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"Dogs are pets and cows are raised for meat" - This was the answer I got from someone when I wrote that you can't call yourself an animal lover and eat meat.

You say you love animals yet you pay for them to die and then eat their corpse. Yeah just tell me how much you love animals again? Or some animals...like pets. I decided to go vegan when I learned about the awful treatment and I found myself disgusted at the idea.

Are you not disgusted by the idea that we are simply raising cows in order to kill them? How is that different from raising and killing dogs? "The purpose" is different according to one person. But I get it, I was the same. You just haven't made the connection between meat and animal suffering. Because then, you can't be appalled by someone who would eat a dog or a dolphin, or people who kill animals for sport. So if you eat cows but think the practice of eating cats is horrible, you're nothing but a big fat hypocrite. That's not loving animals. At least not all.

Let me give you a reality check with a spoon full of sugar:
Killing a sentiment animal because you like the taste of their rotten corpse is not loving animals. It's loving your pets and "cute" animals. Raising and killing animals is cruel, bad for the environment and bad for your health. The sooner you learn, the better.


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1. THE END OF MEAT - "The End of Meat is a groundbreaking documentary film envisioning a future where meat consumption belongs to the past.

2. LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY - exposing the truth behind animal farming in the U.K.

3. THE GAME CHANGERS - Produced byJames Cameron and set to inspire a plant-based diet.

4. THE INVISIBLE VEGAN - A focus on Afrian-Americans that informs the viewers that veganism isn't just for white people, sounds very interesting if you ask me!


I've made a post about my favorite vegan documentaries before but incase you're too lazy to check, here they are:
OKJA
COWSPIRACY
WHAT THE HEALTH
EARTHLINGS
FED UP
FORKS OVER KNIVES


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I crave European summer nights more than anything else. The late sunset that makes the world seem so magical. The warmth in the air that lingers on even after the sun has set. Hearing people laugh and talk past midnight. Drinking their wine and laughing till the sun comes up. The atmosphere is different from what I have experienced anywhere else. There's nothing like Paris or the south of France, or the coast of Italy. The flavors of Europe don't quite taste the same elsewhere. I'm partially sold. My mind and soul craves it so I know that I'll return soon.

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Also know as Göteborgs Skärgård. We finally got one warm summer day here at least and we spent it in Åsa. At least warm enough to swim in the ocean., which is basically all I wanted to do.


Suns out, buns out.

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Here we go again. As a feminist here in the west I am supposed to believe that the hijab is some kind of empowering thing. But I would believe that the real empowerment lies in taking it off as that would actually take courage, just as the Iranian women did while protesting against wearing the hijab. Then we have people in the west claiming it to be so empowering and feminist. That’s because you’re privileged enough to decide as you probably live in the West where you have the freedom of Western laws. But what about the millions of women who get beaten, killed and arrested? Do you sincerely believe that they get to choose?

The fact is that you’ve been raised to believe that wrapping yourself in sheets is normal and just, when it’s really controlling and oppressive. However, if you choose to participate in an oppressive tradition - willingly - mind you, it’s very hard to know who willingly decides to wear one, I will fight to protect your right to choose. But that doesn’t make the hijab any less oppressive. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, modesty is nothing but bullshit and a form of control. Dressing modestly doesn't bring you closer to your faith and it doesn’t make you shameless. Funny how only women get shamed and killed for not following the ‘’dresscode’’. Funny how your god desperately wants to preserve women’s modesty and cover them up but not men(yes I know men also cover up but it’s NOT the same in any way).

As a muslim you are expected to cover up, which is why Iranian women are forced to under Sharia as it comes directly from the Quran. Sure it might be ‘your choice’ when you live in the west as no one will stone you for it, but try telling that to the millions of women who are being forced and oppressed. For some, the hijab is a direct commandment from god, enforced by the muslim community, which means that it isn’t really a choice now is it? But for others, you don’t need to wear it if you don’t want it…it’s a personal choice…? Up to interpretation, correct?

But that itself makes religion very dangerous because it leaves the door open to multiple interpretations, none technically being more correct or incorrect than the other, so who’s to say their interpretation is wrong or right?

You might wonder why I chose to write about this again. I noticed a lot of women in Europe, especially Sweden wear the hijab. But what bothered me was seeing 6 year olds covered up, in a hijab or even a burka. And that’s not okay. I saw a brother and a sister, both around the ages of 5-7. The boy was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt and shorts while the girl was dressed in a burka. Now tell me how is that fine? When a child or pre-pubescent girl wears a hijab, what are you trying to do exactly? It’s very disturbing. A child (nor a grown woman for that matter) has nothing to cover up and hide from men. It’s sick and disgusting that girls are lead to believe they are sexual objects that must be covered up from an early age. I will never be for this.


I will finish by saying. if we don’t allow debates and criticism of religion we will never be able to refine or improve anything, instead call everything Islamophobic. Don't be afraid to comment but do keep it civilized, thanks :)

As a brown-skinned person with a Muslim name, I can get away with a lot more than you’d think. I can publicly parade my wife or daughters around in head-to-toe burqas and be excused out of “respect” for my culture and/or religion, thanks to the racism of lowered expectations. I can re-define “racism” as something non-whites can never harbor against whites, and cite colonialism and imperialism as justification for my prejudice. And in an increasingly effective move that’s fast become something of an epidemic, I can shame you into silence for criticizing my ideas simply by calling you bigoted or Islamophobic.” - Ali Rizvi


If you want to find the previous post about hijab click HERE .

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Why is it that media and others always make something else out of it?When men keep on murdering women and abusing them it’s ‘mens violence against women’ and ‘men’s hate against women’. It’s not anything else. When will people dare to use concepts that more clearly demonstrates the seriousness and that a problem exist? Why is there such a lack of courage? Is it yet again women who have to take a stand and clarify that hate against women exist? Who’s job is that, really?

A man in Gothenburg decided it was his right to take the life of a 35 year old woman and three children between the ages of 2 and 8. The media reported it as a “family tragedy”. No. It’s murder. It’s hate. And it’s violence against women.Male violence against women is too common. It’s gross and disturbing that women have to remind men of the violence that is occurring. I think it’s time men grew some actually balls(or a vagina for that matter because we all know which can take pounding) and took their responsibility to help fight violence against women.


“If you think women are crazy you’ve never had a dude go from hitting on you to literally threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say “no thanks.”

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How come people always end up talking about how the patriarchy affects men? The patriarchy is killing women, who gives a fuck about mens feelings about it? I'm done hearing about men and how their feelings got hurt when feminism is discussed, I'm done talking about men. Somehow it's always the woman's job to take care of mens feelings and comfort them. Comfort them from the fact that we're in this shit because of them.

"You act like a girl, you throw like a girl, stop crying like a girl" - this is literally saying that the entire female sex is weak and worthless. We're basically being told that we suck. We use girl, pussy and cunt to degrade each other, not realizing that all we do is teach boys that girls are inferior and weak.

Because it always comes back to how boys are affected by feminism. As if getting their feelings hurt by empowering women is inevitable. This could easily be fixed if men actually wanted to fix it and had some courage to stand up. Start standing up for women and girls everywhere and teach your friends or sons that women are not inferior but just as strong.


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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES - HOWARD ZINN

I came across this book after reading a very intriguing quote from him (as I previously posed). So naturally, I bought his most famous book. After only reading a few pages I can firmly say that this country's history is pretty fucked up. In the first chapter he covers Columbus and his arrival to Bahamas and so forth. His writing is impeccable, which works wonder because I would normally hate reading about any kind of history. But this is an exception. He unapologetically writes about the vicious acts caused by the foreigners, eg Columbus, and tells the US history from the view of the oppressed. Columbus and others who’ve “conquered” US have always been glorified in our history books, but Zinn presents information that you never learned in school or anywhere else. He calls out the bullshit and tells us what really went down and discusses nationalism, sexism, racism, fascism and classism.

This country was built on slaves, where black lives don’t matter. Mind you, I’ve only read ONE chapter but I can already sense where this is heading. I’ll sort of write a book review once I'm done. 


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Sometimes I just stop and think about how clueless I was before going vegan. I never questioned what I was eating because it seemed so natural. The world that we are brought up in already has a system in place which "raises" us to believe that what our culture is eating is right. That's why people in the west are so disgusted by other cultures eating cats or dogs. Because in the west, that is frowned upon. It's disgusting. But we never stop to think about what we are eating. Aren't we also eating an animal? Or is that okay given that dogs and cats are pets? Just take a moment to think about the fact that we are raising millions of cows and chickens for the sole purpose of killing them and eating them. And the consequences on animal agriculture on the environment is catasrophic. But no attention is given to this, at least not enough. However recently more and more documentaries and people have been given a louder voice, so the issue is getting out which is great. But, the fact still remains that money, is the animal agriculture's biggest asset, and they use it well to hide the truth.

You know what bothers me? I took a class in nutrition about a year ago and my teacher actually stated that animal agriculture is bad, but she used the word moderation. That itself, looses the focus and makes it uninteresting. People stop caring. Moderation? "Well, if it's moderation then it's no biggie." And she went on to list several other factors for climate change before mentioning animal agriculture. And I couldn't help to wonder if she isn't allowed to say that animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change? Or, is she oblivious herself? Or perhaps my school is being funded by cooperation's that need the truth hidden?

I'm glad I made a change. I've been hearing that it's a "college thing, it'll past, she's experimenting" and all, but they fail to realize that this is a lifestyle. I no longer view meat as food, I see it as what it is. Tendons, muscles, blood, fat and most important, an ANIMAL. I stopped doing the deeds of an industry that doesn’t give a shit about me. I stopped them from banking on me. And you should too. The practice of raising animals for food is unnecessary and cruel. Humans can thrive on a plant based diet all whilst doing no harm to the animals, environment and ourselves.


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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. ”


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Greek mythology is so fascinating. According to the mythology of Medusa, she was once the most beautiful woman in Athens, and also a priestess of Athena. Athena turned Medusa into a gorgon as punishment for defiling her temple. So her transformation was a punishment by Athena for being raped by Poseidon. The myth about Medusa and Perseus is quite different but connected. Perseus and his mother Danae ended up on an island where Polydectes ruled. Polydectes asked Danae about her hand in marriage, but she rejected him, with help from her son, Perseus. So, Polydectes decided to create a plan to get rid Perseus by asking him to bring the head of Medusa, as a wedding present for "marrying" the daughter of his friend instead(lies). And so, Athena was one of the two gods who helped Perseus to kill Medusa.

It's really a story of who's the biggest douche, but either way, I find it very intriguing to read about the greek, petty gods. I love it. If only we could turn men into stone when they looked at us. Wouldn't that be something :)

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There’s no such thing as humane killing. Free range is just another word for marketing bullshit. There's no easy way to buy ethical meat. It's easier to stop eating meat. “Free range” and “cruelty free” isn’t ethical. It’s not possible.

Cows are not running free on big farms if that’s what you think. These labels are only working as covers and are confusing people by making them believe it’s okay to eat animals. These industries only want to mislead and disguise the horrible and disgusting acts that happen to these animals; whose lives are exploited and hurt in order to create these products.

No matter how cage-free or free-range or grass fed the label says it is, the poor animals are still abused, branded, chopped, electrocuted, cut, hanged and worse. There is no such thing as a humane animal product.

You are willingly and consciously taking an active part in this atrocity. But fighting a mass system like these huge meat industries requires mass change - a change in an entire population.



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The simplest most logical way to really look at the validity of these terms is to put yourself in the place of the recipients. imagine me saying to you,

• “I’m gonna rape you up the ass, but don’t worry, I’ll put on Barry Manilow and use organic lube.”

• “I’m gonna’ knock you up and steal your baby.”

• “I’m going to take your male children and I’m either going to put them in a crate where they can’t move and kill them when they are only a couple days old, or I’m just going to put them directly into a grinder. But don’t worry, while I do it, I’ll tell them that they’re special.”

• “I’m going to artificially breed you and bring you into this world for the sole purpose of killing you while you’re a child, and profiting from your death.”

• “Even though I’m going to kill you a decade or two before your life expectancy, I’ll be sure to do so humanely, and cruelty-free.”

• “We’re a cubicle-free workplace, but we’re still going to rip out your fingernails so that you don’t try to territorially defend yourself against your neighbors.”

Quotes taken from bitesizevegan.com

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Having been in my home country for almost 6 weeks now, I keep reliving childhood memories. Every street, every building and every scent has a memory connected to it. I find it kind of sad that the places which have given me some of my best memories…become a memory. Does that make sense? It brings me happiness and warmth thinking about my childhood and how fortunate I’ve been to be brought up by such wonderful parents. It brings me happiness, but it also tears me apart. Sometimes my heart breaks and my throat chokes up when I relieve these moments.

But there’s something comforting in the idea that this will always be home. Nothing has changed, but me.



I long for the days where the simplicity of doubt-free youth was the current. So my constant wishing and reliving memories starts to create the sadness that I feel. Which I shouldn't. But it's nostalgia, after all.

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1. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season.

2. Buy in bulk. Such as pasta, rice etc

3. Buy frozen and canned goods. Like canned beans, frozen berries, some vegetables...

4. Cook simple meals and prepare in batches. This way you'll get into the habit of eating plant based on a budget. Also, you'll have leftovers and it cuts down on waste.

5. Buy your favorite spices. Spices make cooking so much more interesting and appealing, especially if you are eating a simple meal like pasta and beans.

8) Grow your own! It is super easy to grow a couple of herb plants or invest in an indoor herb garden if you don't have a garden. I have one and I love it!


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Are you guys sick of these pictures? Because I'm not.

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GLACIERS ARE MELTING AT AN ALARMING RATE!

Some of us might not FEEL or EXPERIENCE climate change right now, but the fact is that it's more real than ever and it's happening faster than we'd like to believe. Now I'm not a scientist, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that man made events is causing climate change to speed up.

A giant chunk of ice the size of Delaware just broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula. That's a fucking huge, huge chunk of ice! Climate change is seriously worse than we thought and is going to wreck our shit within the next century. This could dramatically raise sea levels and scientist now fear that the entire shelf can collapse This is a sign of unusually fast melting in Antarctica and if the terrestrial ice there continues to melt, which it will, we'll be in deep shit.

So what's the leading cause of this? What's the leading cause of global warming, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, deforestation, species extinction, diseases? Animal agriculture. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization found that 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions is directly related to livestock production, which is more than the entire transportation sector. But, due to the lack of policies and action from nations and countries, they neglect to address the real problem and shift the focus on limiting the transportation sector. Why? These organizations and cooperation's are paying large sums to keep the public out of the truth. Trace the money and you'll find the answer. The more people decide to adopt a plant based diet, our chances of fighting climate change will increase.


Get ready for disaster folks.

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(more like incoherent 12:30 AM thoughts)

The human brain is very complex yet intriguing. A minute ago I saw a commercial on TV and I immediately just felt…sad, even though I wasn't particularly upset, I just felt weird and nostalgic. I wanted to cry for no reason. It was an old ad that used to be played when I was younger, and in that moment I was taken back 10 years.

We are the only species on earth to have ever caused so much damage. We’re very enigmatic - filled with flaws, passions, qualities and beliefs. So where does that leave us? Is there hope for the future or are we still on the path of destruction? But I’ve noticed that humans conceal themselves from others. Even those who know everything about us - each of us carry a load of secrets that never gets to see the light - whatever that may be. Our experiences and feelings are partly, what shapes us and makes us into beings. We feel. We touch. We love. But what is it all for? We are killing each other, animals and the Earth. If we’re capable of doing that, then why can’t we manage to give the world peace instead?

Have you ever looked up in the sky and wondered how big the universe is? While we’re gazing at an infinite cosmic abyss, the only thing holding us down on Earth is gravity. If that ain’t the coolest thing I don’t know what is.
“What is human existence? It turns out it’s pretty simple:
We are dead stars, looking back up at the sky.” — Every part of us is connected to the universe.

So be the star of your life and do good.


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Quotes from Howard Zinn

"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."

"If your history book is happy, you’re probably reading an inaccurate version."


"I’ve always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard you would become rich. The meaning of that was if you were poor it was because you hadn’t worked hard enough. I knew this was a lie, about my father and millions of others, men and women who worked harder than anyone, harder than financiers and politicians, harder than anybody if you accept that when you work at an unpleasant job that makes it very hard work indeed."


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My best tips on how to declutter your mind:

1. Develop a calm morning ritual - eliminates stress and worries.

2. Start your mornings with a jog or yoga - turn in into a morning ritual.

3. Change your environment - get out and away from people.

4. Be a person who’s hard to offend - don't take things personally.

5. Be thankful for the little things in life.


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