Saturday, December 12, 2015

CONTACT: KIC8462852 - A Serious Hunt For Aliens Around A Mysterious Star Is Jumpstarting A New Way For Us To Make Contact!

Danielle Futselaar/SETI International

December 12, 2015 - SPACE -  Alien-hunting telescopes have peered at the mysterious star KIC8462852 and are quickly unravelling the theory that this star could habor an advanced civilization.
The search is just the beginning of a much grander experiment for Doug Vakoch and his team at the new organization called SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International, not to be confused with the SETI Institute.

For background: earlier this year, Yale postdoctoral graduate student Tabby Boyajian and Penn State astronomer Jason Wright discovered a bizarre and perplexing giant structure orbiting star KIC8462852, which is 1500 light years from Earth. It's unlike anything they've ever seen.

Wright suggested that the giant structure could be what's called a Dyson swarm (shown above), a still-in-progress version of a hypothetical machine known as a Dyson sphere that an intelligent civilization would construct around a star to collect tremendous amounts of solar energy.

How to look and listen for aliens

The implication that an advanced alien race could be building such a structure got Vakoch and the scientists at SETI International very excited. For six nights between Oct. 29 and Nov. 28, they pointed a small Panamanian telescope at their Boquete Optical SETI Observatory toward the star.

They were hunting the distant stellar system for laser pulses that any potential aliens might be sending Earth's way.

And for three out of those same six nights, they also turned the California-based Allan Telescope Array (shown on the right) toward the same star to listen for any radio signals (just in case the potential aliens didn't have lasers).

As far as they could tell, anyone living around KIC8462852 is staying quiet.

Either that, or there are no aliens at all.

The latter is far more likely. The large, irregular objects orbiting this star are probably comets that were transported from another star, they say.

The team recently published their results on the pre-print server site and have submitted it for publication in the ahe Astrophysical Journal Letters.

A new system for hunting aliens


"I think a lot of people would say that, 'Oh, you didn't find anything and therefore you've failed,'" Vakoch, who is the President of SETI International, told Business Insider. "But it was actually a quite different process of searching for signals from KIC8462852 than the usual sort of searches that we do."

By coordinating observations from both the telescope in Panama with the Allan Telescope Array, Vakoch and the team have established a new system for hunting aliens.

"If a signal is detected that happens to be somewhat transient, we have observatories around the world to look at this and have the capabilities to observe," Vakoch said.

Moving forward, Vakoch hopes to apply this new approach toward other stars with planets. Perhaps one or more of those systems will be sending a signal toward Earth.

Stop listening and start talking

"The key, if we really do detect a signal, is to able to look at the same star at the same time with different observatories," Vakoch said.

So far, SETI International has not set priorities on which stars they'll study, but Vakoch personally hopes to begin studying those that are closest to Earth.

And if SETI discovers a signal in the coming years, then Vakoch has plans for how to make contact.

"We need to look even more closely at the nearest stars, and that's in preparation for getting ready to send signals to other stars. That's one of the major goals of the new organization ... which is to look at innovative strategies to make contact that don't rely on just listening for signals but also sending intentional signals of our own," Vakoch said.

You can read more about the hotly-debated idea to send signals to potential alien civilizations here. - Business Insider.

EXOPOLITICAL DISCLOSURE: UFO Truthers Want To Make Roswell An Issue For 2016 - Meet Their Lobbyist!

Stephen Bassett was determined to be the first lobbyist for the UFO disclosure cause in Washington. Nineteen years later, he’s still the only one —
but he is more optimistic than ever. (Bill Mayer/for The Washington Post)

December 12, 2015 -  UNITED STATES - One day nearly 20 years ago, Stephen Bassett realized UFO abductees needed a lobbyist.

He had spent four months working for the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research out of a modest townhouse in Cambridge, Mass., when he had the epiphany: He could continue his research with John Mack, the leading authority on the alien abductions, for the rest of his life — but it would never make a difference.

“It occurred to me that it wasn’t a scientific problem, but a political one,” he said. They could pile evidence of extraterrestrial encounters from the White House lawn to the moon, and no one would pay it any mind. What the issue needed was someone who could get the powers-that-be to listen.

The alien issue was really heating up in 1996, what with the summer blockbuster “Independence Day,” and Bassett worried someone else would get the same idea. So he quit his volunteer gig, piled his belongings atop his beat-up Mazda RX-7 and drove off to Washington.

“I get down there, and I file” the lobbyist papers, he recalled. “I’m the first one. Nineteen years later, I’m still the only one. I coulda taken my time.”

Bassett, a balding man with expressive eyes that seem to go from blue to green, has long had one goal: Get the government to admit it has been covering up proof of alien visits. It has been a lonely battle, but he is convinced the stars have finally aligned for his convoluted theory, which involves the Clintons, their longtime adviser John Podesta and a now-deceased billionaire.

“I want to see disclosure by the New Hampshire primary,” he said brushing crumbs off his black dress shirt and purple tie during lunch at the National Press Club this month. “And I can make the case that it’s going to happen.”

Bassett was born in 1946 to a military family that moved all over the country. He read science fiction, built model planes, enjoyed the cheap bowling and milkshakes on the bases. His father rarely spoke to him and fought constantly with his mother. And Bassett struggled with obsessive-compulsive tendencies.

He entered Georgia Tech just as the United States was going to war in Vietnam. While he was able to avoid the draft, the conflict darkened his worldview. There were too many secrets being kept, he felt; his country seemed on a path to disaster. After college, he spent a couple of aimless decades freelancing as a tennis pro and business consultant, subsidized by an inheritance from his father. Then, a book changed his life.

It was called “Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens,” and unlike other literature on the subject, it was written by an acclaimed scholar: Mack, a Harvard psychiatrist with a Pulitzer Prize for Biography under his belt. Mack, who died in 2004, began his research as a skeptic, interviewing dozens of subjects that he at first assumed suffered from mental illness. In the end, he wasn’t so sure.

“Yes, I take these people’s stories seriously,” Mack told the Chicago Tribune in 1994. “Yes, I think that they are telling the truth.’’

Bassett, the former sci-fi geek without a sense of place in the world, finally found something he could dedicate himself to.

In 1961 the astronomer Frank Drake came up with an equation to estimate the abundance of communicative alien civilizations.

“It’s 10,000 that we can detect,” he told The Washington Post earlier this year, but “there are a lot more.”

Considering the vastness of the universe, it’s not crazy to imagine that someone’s out there. One theory why we haven’t encountered anyone: Perhaps all advanced civilizations are doomed to come up with a technology that destroys them before they get a chance to come calling.

That’s a pretty bleak scenario. It’s no wonder that many Earthlings cleave to a more optimistic theory — that alien visits have happened, but the government conspired to cover it up. According to a poll published by the Huffington Post earlier this year, about half of all Americans believe in some kind of alien life, and a quarter even think visitors have come to Earth.

Yet getting appointments on Capitol Hill wasn’t easy for an advocate who believed that aliens landed at Roswell in 1947 and that the nation’s leaders created a “Truth Embargo” to keep information from getting out.

“Nobody there wanted to touch it,” Bassett said.

In 2013, unable to get anything close to a real congressional hearing, he created a fake one. With a $1 million donation from a Canadian believer, Bassett paid former members of Congress such as Alaskan Sen. Mike Gravel and Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett $20,000 to spend a week at the National Press Club listening to testimony about UFOs.

The hours of testimony — from former Air Force officials who believe they saw spacecraft, or accounts of animals found dissected in their pastures — led to some lighthearted stories but no movement with any current members of Congress. Then came the tweet heard ’round the world.

The message came from Podesta, the former top aide in Bill Clinton’s White House, as he stepped down after 11 months as special adviser for President Obama.

“My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere,” he tweeted on Feb. 13.

It was retweeted thousands of times and picked up by mainstream media reporters across the country — most presenting it as a joke. But to Bassett and fellow believers, this didn’t read like a bit of ironic Twitter humor. This was big.

Podesta, in fact, is probably the closest thing to an ally this issue has. He’s an “X-Files” fan who has called for greater transparency on UFO-related issues and written the foreword to a bestselling book called “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.” In it, he wrote: “It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there.”

The fact that Podesta was moving on to chair the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign had folks like Bassett buzzing.

“You don’t just send that out,” Bassett said. “It means something.”

By Bassett’s telling, the Clintons have been deep into the UFO issue since 1993 when billionaire Laurance Rockefeller — Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller’s grandson — began lobbying them to release all information about extraterrestrials they had.

For three years, Rockefeller corresponded and met with members of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request filed by Grant Cameron, a Canadian researcher. In 1995, Hillary Clinton met with Rockefeller at his ranch; a memo from the office’s then-director, Jack Gibbons, alerted her that Rockefeller would “want to talk with you about his interest in extrasensory perception, paranormal phenomena, and UFOs.”

“They were engaging with the ET issue at the behest of a billionaire, and there was no coverage,” Bassett said.

Still, how does any of this suggest that the government is going to open its supposed alien-visit files before the New Hampshire primary?

“I believe Clinton’s team has calculated that they cannot make it out of the election without first dealing with the ET issue,” he said. “But what are her options? If she calls a press conference and gives it too much gravitas, she’ll still have to deal with the fundamental question of why she hasn’t talked about it in the last 23 years. The alternative is to trigger the press to ask her about it. . . . Then she can measure exactly the amount of gravitas she wants to give it.”

The tweet, Bassett believes, was intended as the bait for the media.

One small problem with the theory: Both the Clinton campaign and Podesta’s office refused to comment for this story.

Okay, let’s be real. Few people are going to take Bassett seriously.

“He makes statements that are completely unprovable and put him on the fringe,” said Leslie Kean, who wrote the UFO book that Podesta contributed to.

Yes, there have been unexplainable phenomena in the sky, she said, and sure, the government should investigate. But to claim that aliens have interacted with people just hurts the cause. “His ideas are silly and makes it harder for serious people to make progress,” she said.

Even Bassett’s closest supporters express doubt about how close we are to the truth.

“He’s one of the most overly optimistic people I’ve ever met,” said Joseph Buchman, a fellow true believer. “I find that endearing, but I don’t know if it’s quite as close to happening as he thinks it is.”

Bassett has sacrificed a lot for what he calls the “least-funded advocacy group in history. (He says he gets about $15,000 to $20,000 in donations per year.) He often crashes on supporters’ couches. He has little time for a social life.

“It would be nice to have a mate, someone to share this with, or a kid that could likely go to the stars,” he said. “But that ship has sailed.”

It may seem like a strange cause to give your life to. But Bassett sees a larger mission. Unveiling the truth about aliens is really just the start.

“Once that is pulled down, you will see a shift in focus from the world,” he says. “More transparency, more communication among countries, an age of reform.”

If only the people of Earth realize there’s something out there greater than us, he said, perhaps then we can set aside the petty differences that are poised to destroy us.

Lots of people pray for world peace. Is it so strange for Bassett to seek help from above? - Washington Post.

UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest UFO Sightings Across The Globe - December 12, 2015!

UFO anomaly over Crimea, Russia. See more in the video below.

December 12, 2015 - EARTH - The following videos constitutes several of the latest sightings of unidentified flying objects across the globe.

Bright UFO sighting over Southbury, Connecticut, United States - December 11, 2015

Eye-witness report:
I am not the primary witness. Approximately 8:45 on Monday December 11, my girlfriend was returning home from her nursing job. She was on RT 84 east bound in Southbury.

The event that follows took only approximately 30 seconds. Directly in front of her, at quite a distance, appeared a very bright star like object, at which point she grabbed her phone, as she said it was brighter than anything in the sky.

As she continued to make attempts at pics, the object approached in much clearer view, moving over her as she moved under, at which point her phone had stopped working. Object was gone. As she continued on the highway toward home, she checked, and no picture existed. When she arrived home, they were there, on the phone.

UFO seen over Taiwan matches 1947 Kenneth Arnold sighting - December 8, 2015

In 1947, Pilot Kenneth Arnold sights a series of unidentified flying objects near Washington’s Mount Rainier. It’s the first widely reported UFO sighting in the United States.

WATCH: UFO / Fireball over Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

Cross-shaped UFO seen over Crimea, Russia - October 30, 2015
A strange event happened over a field between Sebastopol and Danesk on October 30, 2015.

Witness recorded a possible white entity flying low over a field. Suddenly it went up and went down to the field again. Then the being went up again and turned into a cross of light.

The witness said the cross seemed to be alive. It was pulsating in the sky until it disappeared.

Note: Could it be a drone or indeed the witness has recorded a paranormal phenomenon in the sky.

WATCH: Stunning UFO over Crimea.

UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest MUFON Cases Across The Globe - Canadian Witness Says Still Photo Captured Disc UFO; Virginia Witness Describes Two Low Flying Cylinder UFOs; Orb UFO Hovers Near Grassy Area In Texas; And Child Witness Points To Hovering UFO, "Look, Daddy"!

Cropped and enlarged portion of the witness image showing only the disc-shaped object. (Credit: MUFON)

December 12, 2015 -  EARTH
-  The following constitutes several of the latest reports of UFO sightings, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

Canadian witness says still photo captured disc UFO

A Canadian witness at Ontario reported videotaping a low flying military airplane making unusual moves in a report where a still image taken at the same time shows a disc-shaped object near the plane, according to testimony in Case 58504 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

One of the witnesses snapped this still image which shows the military plane and a disc-shaped object. (Credit: MUFON)
One of the witnesses snapped this still image which shows the military plane and a disc-shaped object. (Credit: MUFON)

The event occurred about 3:30 p.m. on July 29, 2014 when the witness was outside with friends.
Canadian MUFON Field Investigator Bob Mitchell investigated and closed the case as an Unknown.

“No description of the object was provided except a video and a still photo,” Mitchell wrote in his report.“The video was too small for this Field Investigator to see any object but the military plane.

Upon speaking with the witness, it was learned that the video was simply provided to show the strange maneuvers of the plane.

The object wasn’t visible in the video. Then there was a silver, disc-shaped object visible in the photograph.

In our interview, the witness said the object didn’t make any sound and didn’t appear to have any wings, lights or propulsion.

It was a massive, chrome-reflective ‘giant flying saucer’ that was the size of two, four-store houses.

According to the witness, the military aircraft was the size of a city block, a massive plane. He believes the object was about half the size of the military plane.

The object also appeared to be flying sporadically. The witness said the friend that thought he had seen the object with his naked eye described it as ‘fired out of the sky like nothing else’ until it disappeared.

The witness and his friends believe the strange craft was also reflecting light because it was very hard to see with the naked eye. They believe the photograph just happened to capture it under the right light conditions.”

WATCH: UFO over Canada.

Virginia witness describes two low flying cylinder UFOs

A Virginia witness at Alexandria reported watching two large, silver colored, cylinder-shaped UFOs flying low while making no sound, according to testimony in Case 72923 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was surprised to see two low-flying, cylinder-shaped objects slowly crossing the sky that made no noise. Pictured: Alexandria, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The witness was surprised to see two low-flying, cylinder-shaped objects slowly crossing the sky that made no noise.
Pictured: Alexandria, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The incident occurred beginning about 12:15 p.m. on December 4, 2015, between Huntington Creek and Huntington Metro in South Alexandria.

“I saw two large, slow moving, long silver cylinders,” the witness stated.“I was in my kitchen which faces westward toward Telegraph Road/Burgundy Village and was heating water for a cup of coffee. I looked out the window of the kitchen door and noticed how blue and clear the sky was, especially after three days of rain.”

The witnessed opened the kitchen door to get a little fresh air and take in a better view of the sky and saw several people working in the yard next door.

“I was about to close the door when I saw them – two long silver craft moving from north to south flying over the midtown south high-rise on Huntington Avenue which is about three blocks from my house.”

The objects did not have any wings nor tail rudders, and the witness did not see any markings on them. Pictured: Alexandria, VA waterfront. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The objects did not have any wings nor tail rudders, and the witness did not see any markings on them.
Pictured: Alexandria, VA waterfront. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness described the objects.

“The craft I could see clearly did not have any wings nor tail rudders, did not see any markings, but saw a flash of red on the lower flying craft. The two craft flew together at the same speed but separated, by from what I could tell, less than 1/8 or less distance from each other. The higher one was flying between 2-3 o’clock, and the lower was at between 6-7 o’clock. Their speed – they were traveling between 25-35 miles-an-hour and the height less than a half mile, maybe closer.”

The objects traveled south towards Huntington Metro where they suddenly turned in a sharp, graceful U-turn westward heading in the direction of Rose Hill.

“As they turned, I saw a bright intense light coming from the rear of the lower craft. At that point I turned to the left and looked into the yard next door and was about to yell something to the two guys working on the porch, but when I turned back to sky, the objects were both gone.”

The witness provided additional details on the two craft.

“The front end of each was rounded. I saw no windows. The tail end was slightly bulbous and both craft were, as far as I could see, were of the same make/size/shape. The only sounds I could hear was traffic from Huntington Avenue and from the Metro. I was a little freakedout about seeing the two crafts. I don’t know what they were and I hope others that saw them would come forward and report them.”

The objects seemed to be traveling between 25 and 30 mph and were about a half-mile away. Pictured: Old Town Alexandria, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The objects seemed to be traveling between 25 and 30 mph and were about a half-mile away.
Pictured: Old Town Alexandria, VA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

No images or videos were provided with the MUFON report, which was filed on December 4, 2015. Virginia MUFON Field Investigator Victor B. Rodriguez is investigating.

Alexandria is in Fairfax County, Virginia, population 139,966. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to

Orb UFO hovers near the grassy area Texas as if it searches for something below the ground

An unnamed Texas witness in Hutto, Williamson County has claimed to have seen an orb UFO moving near to the ground and emitting a green light. The UFO seemed to scan the field and search for something, according to the testimony filed as Case 72672 in the witness reporting database of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

The sighting took place on November 22, 2015, at around 8:14 in the morning, local time, as the witness was driving into Hutto and spotting a strange orb UFO, according to the MUFON report.

The witness told MUFON he noticed a bizarre green light near the open grass area, so he decided to pull off to the side of the road.

He observed the orb UFO hovered above a grassy area as if it scanned the ground below to look for something. It moved like a dog sniffing the ground in search of something as it flew side to side close to the ground for approximately 30 seconds. Then, the green light turned off suddenly, and the UFO zoomed off.

Most reported UFO sightings involve orb UFOs, making some UFO enthusiasts to suggest that space alien surveillance vehicles are typically orb in shape.

Child witness points to hovering UFO – ‘Look, Daddy’

A 2-year-old boy pointed to a UFO hovering under 500 feet saying, “Look, Daddy,” according to testimony from Longmont, CO, in Case 72981 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witnesses’ 2-year-old son first saw the UFO. Pictured: Downtown Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The witnesses’ 2-year-old son first saw the UFO. Pictured: Downtown Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The reporting witness was out walking with his son about 8:30 p.m. on March 21, 2015, when the object was first seen.

“I had this sudden urge to take my 2-year-old son outside for a walk to look at the stars,” the witness stated.“We left our apartment complex neighborhood and followed a path that leads into a darker, more secluded area with walkways and no street lights. This area is about a five-minute walk from our apartment. There are walking paths that follow alongside a small flowing stream and trees. Just a nice area to view the sky away from lights and buildings.”

The witness was carrying his son in his arms and walking when suddenly the child says, “Daddy, look,” and points up.

“Not directly above us, but up in front of us. I looked and pointed as well. What I saw shocked me.”

The witness described the object.

“It was barely visible. I could barely see it, but could notice a very, very, large wide V or chevron-shaped craft just hovering completely still. It was a very clear night no moon and the stars were clear. This thing blended in with the stars. It was completely still until a few seconds after we pointed at it, then it moved from east to west toward the Rocky Mountains directly over us.”

The object appeared to be cloaking itself. Pictured: Downtown Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The object appeared to be cloaking itself. Pictured: Downtown Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness says the object was somewhat transparent.

“I could see the stars in the sky through this craft. Almost as if it were glass or transparent. I only could see seven orange-yellowish circular lights under it as it flew over us. The lights were faded to the same brightness as the background stars, but were much larger. The transparency was exactly like the predator in the predator movie with Arnold. We could see just barely an outline and it somewhat distorted the stars in the sky above it as it moved.”

The witness provided more details on the object.

“It moved in a solid, straight path eastward. It was completely silent. No sound at all. It was hard to tell the size and altitude but I would say it was flying low, really low. Like 500 or less feet; maybe even 100 feet. I mean, it was right there close, gigantic in our face. It was bigger than our entire apartment building. We kept pointing and starring as it passed over us. It was hard to see when it was hovering, but easier to see as it moved over us and it faded as it kept moving west. Eventually it just blended in with the night sky the farther it flew away.”

The object did not behave like standard, known aircraft.

“There was no emission, no smoke or exhaust or afterburners or fire of any kind. Absolutely no sound at all the entire time. No blinking or flashing lights. Only the seven, circular, orange or yellowish lights underneath it. I couldn’t really tell if there was more of a shape to the craft, but I could kind of see it was a very wide V or chevron shape because of the transparent distortion of the background sky and the lights underneath.”

The event did scare the witness.

“I was frightened and so was my son. We just got out there and after seeing this we were both ready to just go home. I felt very frightened more than anything, because of the size and the invisible stealth-like qualities with no noise so close almost felt like we were being stalked. I also found it spooky that I had a sudden urge to go out there at that time. I have had a few other UFO encounters in the past few years. This was the scariest one. I was excited to see it, but It frightened me and my son. Not sure if we just happened to stumble upon some sort of secret military surveillance drone or if it was something else.”

The witness said the low-flying object made no sound. Pictured: Resevoir area west of Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The witness said the low-flying object made no sound.
Pictured: Reservoir area west of Longmont, CO. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Even though the sighting was frightening, the witness continued to explore the area.

“Even though we were both scared after witnessing it, I continued to walk further down the path and I also noticed headlights driving on the path that no public vehicles were allowed on. As we went further I was also aware of two SUVs that seemed out of place just parked with their headlights on the side of a road to our right as we went further down the walkway. There was also this green laser-like dot I could see moving away from us as we walked. I became fixated on it – wanting to know what it was. It was far ahead of us but in the obvious walking path area. It could have just been some person with a green laser or a very bright green light of some kind. And maybe the SUVs were just there parking to go to somebody’s house. I just had a strange sense about it all. It just did not logically match any known craft. Very spooky!”

This case is under investigation by Colorado Field STAR Team Investigator Randolph Eichelberg.

Longmont is in Boulder and Weld counties, Colorado, population 86,270. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to

- Open Minds.

UFO SIGHTINGS: NASA Mission Captures - The Latest Images Of Giant UFOs, Mysterious Structures And Aerial Anomalies In Space!

December 12, 2015 - SPACE
- In the  following videos, taken from NASA's multimedia archives, UFOs, mysterious structures and various aerial anomalies can be seen on or around the Sun, the Moon, Planet Mars, in Earth's orbit and around the International Space Station (ISS).

 WATCH: UFO in space.

 WATCH: Massive UFO seen from the Moon.

See original image HERE.

MASS UFO SIGHTINGS: UFO Planet's "Take A Journey Into The Unknown" - The Latest UFO Sightings Across The Globe!

December 12, 2015 - SKY - Take a journey into the unknown with Darin Crapo and examine UFO sightings from across the globe.

WATCH: UFO Planet News - #20.

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