Putin

Putin Loses


There were two big losses for Russia this week. First, they lost the city of Kherson in Ukraine. Then, they didn’t get the Red Wave they were expecting from the Republican Party which was making some noise about ending military aid to Ukraine.

It was also a huge loss to Putin’s useful idiots here in the USA.

Music note: I listened to the B-52s and The Kinks.

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Roughs, Volume 159


I only drew a few roughs while in Louisiana on October 13 and 14, so I decided to combine them with the roughs drawn on October 20 and 21. That is why I didn’t post roughs last week.

I did another cartoon with Alex Jones begging on a street corner and later saw another cartoon with the same concept.

This is the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter two weeks ago. I drew it in a hotel room in West Monroe, Louisiana.

I kinda liked this one but never got a chance to go with it. Looking at it for the first time in two weeks, I now wish I had made a real cartoon from it. Ya’ know, maybe I’ll just wait until Putin bombs another playground and use it then.

This one became an official cartoon which I think I drew in the same hotel room. Then, another cartoonist did a cartoon of a subpoena hidden in a KFC bucket.

This also became a real cartoon (I changed it a little) and yeah, it was also drawn in that same hotel room. I was there for five days.

The rest of these were drawn on October 20 and 21 and mostly focus on Liz Truss.

I liked this one but didn’t do it.

I kinda liked this one too but it wasn’t my favorite.

Yeah, this too.

This is the one that became the cartoon for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter.

I did something else on Steve Bannon. I was already doing too much with the lettuce.

I was going to draw this one last week but other things got in the way.

This one became a real cartoon and then Boris pulled himself out of the running. Dammit.

This wasn’t a real contender.

Look! No lettuce.

Same cartoon but with a different punch line.

This one might be my favorite, and I didn’t do it. Shoot.

So, kids…which ones are your faves?

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Putin is a Terrorist


Vladimir Putin claims that Ukraine striking a bridge is an act of terrorism, so he responded by firing missiles from drones into playgrounds.

After weeks of military setbacks for Russia with Ukraine retaking over 1,200 square miles since late September, the destruction of a bridge from Crimea into Russia came off as an exclamation point. The war hasn’t gone well for Russia since day one and the recent setbacks have even emboldened some Russians to publicly criticize Putin’s handling of his illegal war.

Russia claims the attack on the bridge was committed by Ukraine and aided by other nations. Russia also claims investigators have established that the truck which they say blew up travelled through Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, North Ossetia and Krasnodar Territory.

Vladimir Putin said, “There is no doubt, this is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying Russia’s critical civilian infrastructure.” There is no doubt, Putin is a war criminal.

Crimea doesn’t belong to Russia. This bridge, which has partially reopened since the explosion, was built in 2018, four years after Russia stole Crimea from Ukraine. It’s a 12-mile bridge and the longest in Europe. It’s been vital to Russia as it’s been used to move military equipment, ammunition, and personnel from Russia to battlefields in southern Ukraine.

If Ukraine is responsible for the explosion, it would make sense. They are in a war and the bridge is being used to bring in supplies to kill the people of Ukraine. It would be justified as a military target. Besides, after you kick Russia out, why give them a bridge to come back in?

Russia started an illegal war based on lies and they’re getting mad when Ukraine fights back. Since the start of the war, Putin has bombed schools, playgrounds, hospitals, apartments, and vast amounts of Ukraine’s infrastructure. And he now says that a bombed bridge is an act of terrorism?

Putin is as big of a gaslighting liar as the Republicans in the United States who support him. I recently saw one post from a MAGAt who suggested that Ukraine attempt to end the war by proposing Russia keep all the territory it’s stolen and has conducted sham referendums from the areas’ citizens. Today’s Republicans would have suggested ending World War II by letting Hitler keep Poland and France.

An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “there is “only one terrorist state here and the whole world knows who it is.” Well, Republicans don’t.

Russia fired missiles into 11 Ukrainian cities, killing 14 and injuring 89. The strikes, used with some drones from Iran, didn’t seem to have any strategic purpose other than inflict revenge. Putin’s bombings are failing to demoralize the people of Ukraine, much in the same way Hitler’s blitz of England failed to demoralize the British. If nothing else, Putin is making his chosen enemies fiercer with more determination to drive his failing army out of their country. It’s also made Ukraine’s allies more determined to supply them with weapons to defeat Putin. President Biden is promising to send more air defense systems to Ukraine.

These missile strikes don’t retake territory for Russia and soon, most will fail to make any impact.

Putin’s latest missile strikes is desperate from someone who started an illegal war, doesn’t know how to operate a military, and is just trying to save face.

Putin is a terrorist and a war criminal. One of the targets was a playground. How is bombing a bridge an act of terrorism but hitting a site where children play not? I want to hear some Republicans defend this.

The people of Russia need to do the right thing and depose Vladimir Putin. Then, Putin needs to be brought up on war crimes. He is a war criminal. Putin should be tried for war crimes against Ukraine…and the trial should be held in Kyiv.

Creative note: This was drawn back at my own drawing table in my own apartment while drinking my own coffee. It’s nice. I’ll be drawing cartoons in another hotel room tomorrow. Ugh.

Music note: I listened to the Shins and Splender.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Roughs, Volume 157


We have a hurricane edition for roughs, kids. It’s a pretty large batch, especially considering these were all drawn over two days, Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30. Also, I’m currently still in Ohio.

OK. This one is not about the hurricane, but there’s a decent story to it. My first thought when I heard Putin granted citizenship to Eric Snowden was that he’ll be drafted. Since it was my first thought, I knew it was an obvious cartoon idea. Then a reader wrote me to suggest the idea. I told him I thought it was too obvious and those other cartoonists would do it. I was right but I’m surprised I only saw two. I did toy with it for a minute but gave up on it as you can see here. I like the way I did it better than the other versions of the same idea.

I tried two versions of this.

And this is the one I went with.

I nearly almost did this one. This was drawn before he appeared in the white boots. I was seriously considering this cartoon in the middle of last week and I was planning on adding the boots.

I thought this was a bit too obvious. I think I saw something similar.

I think I drew this one on Thursday. I was seriously considering it until a reader messaged me with a very similar idea except it was “help us, Brandon.” Then my friend Rob Rogers did a version of it with DeSantis and “let’s go” and “help us.” It was probably the best way to do it, plus he got the boots in there. I saw him last night and we talked about it, but I forgot his featured DeSantis and the boots. I need to tell him I think his is awesome.

I must be on the same wavelength as Rob because he also did something with Trump and the satellite, though his was very different. I was going to do this until I saw his. He beat me to it.

I actually liked this one. Maybe it’s just because I like alligators.

I like this one.

I was afraid people wouldn’t get the reference to Hurricane Sandy and DeSantis’ opposition to hurricane relief for New Jersey and New York.

Same reference.

I wasn’t sure about this one.

I like this but maybe just for the alligators.

I don’t even know if this one means anything. I was just goofing off and releasing some stress while trying to come up with something my CNN editor would like. I did not send him this. It did make me laugh and I shared it on social media. And then a conversation broke out about the alligator’s tail, asking where it was coming from. It was supposed to be coming from under the covers, people. It’s a rough…or maybe she’s cheating on that alligator with another alligator who’s hiding under the bed. I don’t know.

This is the one that became the cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter.

I wasn’t sure about this one but I did send it to my editor. I don’t know why, but drawing paper towels thrown into the air is fun.

I did NOT send my editor this cartoon. He specifically wanted something on the hurricane and this was just me amusing myself again. I already had an idea on Fluteghazi that I liked a lot better, and I drew it the next day (a Saturday), so I thought it’d be OK to draw this and post it on social media. I honestly didn’t know if it worked or would make sense to anyone else, but it got a lot of comments. a LOT of comments.

I would ask what your favorite is but I already know it’s the flute lady.

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Roughs, Volume 156


It’s time for roughs. All of these were drawn last Friday, September 23, except for the first one. It was drawn the day before. All of these are on Russia, Putin, and Ukraine, except for the first one.

I liked this cartoon and the only reason I didn’t do it is that I had already drawn two others on the subject.

I did something similar to this at the start of the war, and I forgot about it when I roughed this idea out. Later in the week, I stumbled upon the other one I had already drawn. A lot of cartoonists do this, forget they had already drawn an idea.

I wasn’t too crazy about this one and I did an image search after I drew it for “political cartoons,” “Russia,” “Putin,” and “meat grinder,” to see if it had already been done. It had. A lot.

I dug this one and turned it into a real cartoon.

I did not like this one.

I didn’t like this one at all. It’s boring to me, but I started throwing ideas against the wall to see what sticks.

I wasn’t crazy about this one.

I did three on Russians fleeing their country to avoid Putin’s draft. They’re all similar and I was trying to find the best way to implement the concept. I felt I had something but wasn’t sticking the landing.

This was OK but I still kinda dug it.

I really liked this one but chose the Putin Youth cartoon over it.

See? Another version of the fleeing Russian draft dodgers. I don’t blame them.

This is the one we went with for last week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. I really liked it.

So which ones are your faves?

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Putin Play


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday

I already wrote a blog on this subject, so if you want another, I suggest your click the link above to my editor’s column in the newsletter.

But in case you’re wondering, yes. When I draw a cartoon like this, I stare at my canvas wondering what other classic toys I can/should add. It starts with Mr. Potato Head, Gumby, and Slinky Dog but after that, I start struggling. I don’t know how the rest comes to me. It just does. There is a lot of googling for images after I’ve decided on one. I have a lot of windows open when drawing a cartoon like this. I have to keep the window for each toy open until after it’s colored.

I did a cartoon similar to this about five years ago but I didn’t want to repeat myself, so most of the toys are different except for the first three I mentioned. This was fun to draw and when I sent it to my editor, I had my fingers crossed he’d pick it.

When he called me, he referred to this one as the Mr. Potato Head idea because there wasn’t a lot of other stuff in the rough. He said let’s go with this one, but that he also liked another. I was like, “no, no, no….Mr. Potato Head. We gotta do Mr. Potato Head. Please!!!!!” I’m glad we did.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Milk and Cookies for the PutinBunker


A reader sent me a cartoon idea this morning and it wasn’t bad. Thomas, a nice guy it seems, suggested I draw a cartoon of Edward Snowden being drafted by the Russian military now that President Vladimir Putin has granted him Russian citizenship. Not bad, Thomas. Of course, I’m not going to draw Thomas’ idea because I don’t use ideas that are not my own and…I predict at least two other cartoonists will draw it. In fact, my friend Quannah commented on this cartoon on Facebook predicting Snowden will be drafted.

Thomas was thinking like a political cartoonist, seeing Putin’s desperation as he’s losing the illegal war he started in Ukraine. Putin lied to justify his war but even if Nazis were running wild in Ukraine, that wouldn’t justify bombing schools and hospitals. It also doesn’t justify the sham vote occurring in Russian-occupied territories to become a part of Russia. I’m sure after all the results come in showing they do want to leave Ukraine and join Russia, Donald Trump will call and congratulate them.

Putin is desperate and has ordered a draft he claims is only a “partial mobilization.” In a national address, he said, “We are talking about partial mobilization. In other words, only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” Unfortunately for Russians, that’s a lie. Putin is a liar.

Russians are fleeing the nation to avoid the draft. They’re crossing borders into Finland, Georgia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, and flying to Turkey.

One young man who has been drafted is fleeing Russia despite the fact his wife will give birth next week. He said, “I will miss the most important day of my life. But I am simply not letting Putin turn me into a killer in a war that I want no part in.”

One group that helps Russians leave the nation so they won’t have to fight Putin’s war estimates that over 70,000 men have used their service to leave Russia with many purchasing one-way tickets. Returning to Russia may land them in prison…or dead in Ukraine.

Russians are against this war and the “partial” mobilization. One young man shot a recruitment officer today at a military enlistment station in Russia’s Irkutsk region. He was distraught because his best friend has been drafted to fight in Putin’s war despite having zero military experience. See? Putin is a liar. The recruitment officer survived.

With so many Russians against this war against a nation they don’t hate, how can they stop it? The only way may be by removing Putin from office. That will not happen politically. Russian politicians lack the intestinal fortitude to confront Putin. They’re unwilling to speak against him let alone attempt to remove him. Putin’s critics have bad habits of tripping out of windows and accidentally drinking poison.

The only way Putin will be removed will be by a military coup. The more territory Russia loses to Ukraine, the more the military destabilizes, and the more Russian soldiers die fighting Putin’s war, the more the military will want to get rid of Putin.

Putin, like Hitler before him who also wasn’t a military genius, may find himself in a bunker.

As Soviet troops entered a destroyed Berlin in 1945, Hitler hid in his Führerbunker and eventually killed himself. I don’t see that happening with Putin but I do believe the military will remove him.

Let’s just hope that Putin is removed before he gets to the point of drafting children to protect him, which Hitler did because that’s all that was left to fight for Germany.

There are still men left to fight for Putin now, but there are not a lot of them who want to.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Puttin’ Around in Putin’s Basement


Vladimir Putin believed Ukraine was going to launch a new offensive in the south, so he deployed troops from the northeast of Ukraine to defend the south…and Ukraine then launched a major offensive in the northeast. Ukraine played rope-a-dope and Putin was the dope.

Ukraine forces were able to recapture dozens of villages and towns in over 6,000 sq kilometers (2,300 sq miles) of what is formerly Russian-occupied territory. The only people left who probably still believe Putin is a war genius are those bought and paid for by Putin, like Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Ted Rall, etc.

Now, even pro-Kremlin Russians are starting to question the war. We’ll see how long their health holds out.

This is Putin’s war. It’s obviously clear to everyone, especially to Russian soldiers fighting this war, that Vladimir Putin doesn’t care about anyone except Vladimir Putin. His own troops are describing themselves as “cannon fodder” for Putin. It’s not just Ukrainian elementary schools, hospitals, and apartment buildings Putin is willing to sacrifice, but his own people.

If this keeps up, Putin will be removed from power. He started this war over a lie (Nazis in Ukraine) and will keep lying to fight it. It’s hard to lie to his people that Russia’s winning when husbands, brothers, and sons aren’t coming home. Putin is getting so desperate that he has to purchase weapons from Iran and North Korea which violates all sorts of sanctions.

How far will Putin go to win this war and save face…and save his power? Will he go nuclear? Could that be assisted in any way by secrets provided by Donald Trump? it’s very plausible that Putin gained access to the classified documents Trump stole. We have to ask again: Why did Trump take these documents? Why? It’s a question Republicans should start asking, you know, if they were actual patriots and not sycophantic cultish butt boys.

Music Note: I listened to The Cars, but only songs sung by Ben Orr.

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Gorby and Pootie


When I was a kid, I accepted that the world was going to end in my lifetime through nuclear war. In a way, it was kinda like the kids today who have never lived in a world before 9/11. Until 1990, I had never lived in a world without the Cold War. It was part of my culture. My son was born in 1990, so he barely missed it.

I was born a few years after the Cuban missile crisis, but I knew all about it. It was in my history books. Some of the first news events I noticed were about the cold war. I watched President Carter boycott the Moscow Olympics and then watched Russia boycott the Los Angeles Olympics. I watched on TV as Russia illegally invaded Afghanistan, which we didn’t learn anything from. I watched as we funded Afghanistan’s fight against Russia the same way Russia funded North Vietnam to fight us.

Everyone was fine with the United States and Russia fighting as long as they weren’t fighting each other.

In 1983, over 100 million people in this country watched The Day After, a TV movie about the day after nuclear exchanges between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It scared the shit out of us. It remains to this day the second scariest movie to feature Steve Guttenberg after Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (I had to look that up).

When the Soviet Union shot down a South Korean airliner in 1983, a lot of us kinda expected a war to start.

We all watched Red Dawn a thousand times, a film whose movie poster looked like a Lauren Boebert Christmas card and which to this day remains the second scariest movie to feature Charlie Sheen after Major League II. Later, we thought there was no way a movie could be made that made less sense than Red Dawn until they re-made Red Dawn with the Soviet/Cuban invasion replaced by one from North Korea. The original Red Dawn also featured Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, but they had to wait until their next movie together to get it on. Fortunately for the couple, Commie Soviets don’t dirty dance.

We were all told we were going to die in that shitty keyboard-heavy song, “The Final Countdown,” by Europe, the second scariest band to ever come out of Sweden after the Nazi-heavy Ace of Base (turns out “The Sign” they saw was a Swastika).

And even if the United States and Russia weren’t going to fire nukes at each other, The Terminator told us machines would become self-aware and fire those nukes at us. I’m still afraid to buy a Roomba.

Even Elton John sang about a Soviet soldier behind the wall that he’d never get to be with because of the Cold War, which didn’t make any sense because “Nikita” is a guy’s name and….Oooh. Now I get it (but seriously, despite its relevancy being destroyed, “Nikita” is a really good song. It’s a lot better than that anti-Cold War song Sting did, called “Russians.” I bet you don’t remember that one).

We were living with the acceptance that we were doomed, which was kinda OK because it would save us from being embarrassed in the future when our kids found old pictures of us wearing neon spandex and huge shoulder pads (which is less embarrassing than your kids finding your Poison cassette. I swear, son…I’ve always hated “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”). I still don’t understand leg warmers.

And then Mikhail Gorbachev came along and brought Glasnost and Perestroika. He ended the Cold War, tore down the Berlin Wall, and with the help of Nirvana, ended Europe’s music career (name a second song from Europe. You can’t). Finally, Paul McCartney was able to sing “Back in the U.S.S.R” when in Moscow when it was no longer the U.S.S.R. Maybe Putin was listening when Macca sang “those Ukraine girls really knock me out.”

Gorbachev was the last Soviet leader. It wasn’t his intention to dismantle the Soviet Union or the Warsaw Pact, but that’s what he did. Oppski. Gorbachev initiated economic and political reforms. He knew the nation couldn’t survive under a strict communist economic system (people wanted to buy those acid-washed jeans). He tried to turn the Soviet Union from a one-party state into a socialist democracy…it didn’t work. And despite what Sputnik Boy Ted Rall will tell you, what Russia has today still doesn’t work.

After the Berlin Wall came down and eastern European nations, who also wanted to buy blue jeans and Cyndi Lauper records (if they had heard Poison, they may have rebuilt the wall), started to leave the Warsaw Pact, Gorbachev didn’t send the military in to stop them. After a coup attempt, nations started to leave the Soviet Union. Nations like Ukraine. Today, several former Soviet States consider Russia an enemy, which is pretty much the same way I feel about Poison (and Train…and Nickelback).

Mikhail Gorbachev refused to go to war to preserve the Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin is using war to build it back.

Putin never wanted democracy and is President of Russia today through sham elections. Putin’s political opponents turn up dead or are sent to prison. Putin is a fascist and is his net worth is estimated to be around $70 billion, which is pretty good considering he’s only had government jobs his entire life.

Putin has illegally invaded Ukraine, after illegally annexing Crimea. While the Russian military pales in comparison to the U.S. military ($70 billion a year vs. $800 billion), it still sits on top of approximately 6,000 nuclear weapons. The U.S. has fewer than 4,000 nuclear warheads. All it would take to end the world would be Putin to be irritable after some bad borscht or if someone played “Hey, Soul Sister” for him.

So yeah, we’re still all going to die in a nuclear armageddon, which at the very least, will save us from future Swedish Nazi rock music. Doo-da-doo-doo….doo-da-doo-doo-doo.

Music note: I listened to more Elton John while drawing this, but oddly enough, not “Nikita.”

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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B-Ball and Cannibal


It was bad enough that we are offering Victor Bout in exchange for basketball player Brittney Griner and accused spy Paul Whelan. But now, the Russians are asking for an assassin to be included in the deal, a convicted murderer who’s not even in United States custody.

Viktor Bout is a Russian arms dealer without the charm of Nicolas Cage who sold weapons to terrorists planning to attack the United States. He’s currently in U.S. custody serving 25 years after being convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and providing aid to a terrorist organization. I mean, damn. Even Donald Trump has only done two of those things.

I’m not sure about all the details with Paul Whelan as like the people holding him, the Russian Federal Security Service, Whelan has a long history of lying. But Brittney Griner is being held captive by Russia for possessing a little bit of hemp oil. What were the Russians afraid of? That she’d spread it around and Russian civilians would get the munchies? So, trading an innocent and harmless basketball player who’s never hurt anyone for a guy delivering anti-aircraft missiles with the intention to kill Americans is bullshit.

But now, the Russians want Vadim Krasikov, an assassin who murdered a Chechen fighter in Berlin in 2019. Krasikov was convicted in Germany. He’s not ours to give away.

What this means is that the Russians aren’t taking our offers of trading the arms dealer for Griner and Whelan seriously. They’re fucking with us.

Trades in professional sports will often include players from more than two teams. Usually, everyone gets some value…except the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. Those teams always get fucked in deals. But then again, it was the Saints’ own stupidity that traded an entire draft for Ricky Williams with then head coach Mike Ditka announcing his willingness to do so two months before the draft, thus eroding any leverage he may have begun with (if you ever get an opportunity to play poker with Mike Ditka…DO IT!). It was the Vikings’ own stupidity that gave the Cowboys three Super Bowls in exchange for Herschel Walker, and this was before Herschel Walker was talking about our good air going to China with their bad air coming over here.

I just hope the Biden administration is smarter than the Ditka one. If not, we’re going to give Russia a bunch of murderers and terrorist arms dealers and all we’ll get in return will be a bunch of hot pockets and a Yugo.

I do believe President Biden is smarter than Mike Ditka. After all, Ditka’s a Trumper. You gotta be a moron or a white nationalist to be a Trumper. Biden is not a moron.

I just wish we could trade the equivalent of Brittney Griner for Brittney Griner. I mean, we have a lot of Russian hockey players. Can’t we just give one of those back to Russia? There’s a bunch of them making American dollars who’ve posed with Putin for photo-ops.

But then again, if Putin really wants a pro-Russian criminal who’s committed to destroying the United States, let’s go back to my original idea from last week. Let’s give him Donald Trump.

Music note: I listened to Men At Work.

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