Council Hits ‘Big Fat Pause Button’ on 5G Antennas

Council Hits ‘Big Fat Pause Button’ on 5G Antennas

Santa Barbara City Council Reverses Course, Delays Vote on Verizon Licensing Agreement

Sean Mortland speaks in opposition of 5G cellar towers being located on State Street. | Credit: Daniel Dreifuss

Facing a gathering storm of opposition from anti-radiation activists worried about the health effects of the new 5G cellular technology, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to delay authorizing a licensing agreement with Verizon that would have allowed the cell phone service giant to install up to 60 new 5G cell phone antennas on light fixtures downtown.

Opponents, many dressed in various shades of yellow and all sporting a conspicuous dearth of body fat, implored the council “to have the courage to hit the big fat pause button.” The council voted 4-3 to do just that, delaying the vote on the licensing agreement by 90 days. For the anti-5G crusaders, that marked a small but significant procedural victory; last week, the council voted 4-3 to do just the opposite.

Critics of the new generation of cellular technology charged that the shorter wave lengths of the 5G radiation posed such serious health risks that no carrier could obtain insurance against it. They claimed the radiation compromised the body’s immune response functions and that it induced anxiety, depression, insomnia, and irritability, among other things. Federal safety thresholds, they charged, had not been revised for cellular radio frequencies since 1996. Others suggested the new technology would aid and abet “corporate surveillance” on cell phone users.

City Attorney Ariel Calonne warned the council, however, that the federal government had unequivocally stripped local governments from regulating or restricting the installation of the new cellular technologies for anything but aesthetic and decorative purposes. To regulate for its environmental impacts, he cautioned, would be “an uphill fight.”

Councilmember Kristen Sneddon said she wanted to restrict the new antennas to the maximum extent possible. “I’m up for an uphill battle,” she declared to the cheers of those assembled in the room. So, too, were councilmembers Meagan Harmon, Oscar Gutierrez, and Alejandra Gutierrez, the latter making the motion to delay the vote 90 days.

Councilmember Eric Friedman expressed concern that such a campaign would divert City Attorney Calonne from a long laundry list of other pressing issues.

Currently, no 5G antennas are up and operating in Santa Barbara, though Crown Castle, a large cellular service company, has already installed many on faux light fixtures spaced strategically throughout downtown to maximize signal coverage. AT&T already has a license agreement signed by a previous council to do likewise.

If the council delays too long, Calonne cautioned, Verizon is legally entitled to install its own poles throughout the city wherever it wants. The licensing agreement, he said, at least gives City Hall the ability to regulate the new antennas to meet city aesthetic concerns. Calonne said he can provide a confidential legal memo within three months without diverting his energies from other pressing legal matters.

Council Hits ‘Big Fat Pause Button’ on 5G Antennas

Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s Legal Team Sues FCC over Wireless Health Guidelines

JANUARY 21, 2020

Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s Legal Team Sues FCC over Wireless Health Guidelines

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Legal Team Sues FCC – The team includes RFK, Jr., IRREGULATORs’ Attorney Scott W. McCollough & Dafna Tachover, CHD’s Director of Stop 5G & Wireless Harms

Robert Kennedy, Jr., Chairman of Children’s Health Defense (CHD), is committed to be proactive on the concerns regarding excessive exposure of our children to 5G and wireless radiation. To fulfill this promise, CHD submitted a lawsuit on February 2, 2020 against the FCC for its December 4, 2019 decision to decline to review its 1996 guidelines, and for its determination that the guidelines are protective of human health.

The Dec. 4 determination provides a rare opportunity to sue the FCC and expose its disregard for public health that has been causing so many injuries and deaths, including among children. We will be representing the many children who have been injured. This is the opportunity we have been waiting for; a successful lawsuit on this will be a game changer.

To have the best chances of succeeding, we have assembled an ideal team of Attorneys to lead this case! Each one brings different strengths to the case:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., CHD’s Chairman, is a leading Environmental Attorney who has been involved with many groundbreaking lawsuits including the recent successful cases against Monsanto. He was a senior attorney for the NRDC and now leading cases for the protection of children’s health rights.

Scott W. McCollough is the Attorney who is representing the IRREGULATORS in their lawsuit against the FCC, a case that will help expose a multi-billion-dollar fraud by Telecom companies. Scott has decades of experience as a Telecommunications and Administrative Law Attorney, leading the type of lawsuits we are submitting against the FCC.

Dafna Tachover is an expert on wireless and 5G health effects and has recently been brought on board at CHD to spearhead the Stop 5G effort. Dafna brings specialized knowledge and experience for this case. She is an Attorney, and holds a MBA, and has a Telecommunications background. She has been involved in cases focusing on wireless harms including a Supreme Court case in Israel against Wi-Fi in schools, a case that led to the first limitations on Wi-Fi worldwide!

We need your help to raise $100,000 to fund this effort. We hope that you will support this rare chance to take action against the FCC. Any donation would be helpful.

Here is how to donate:

If you would like to support our efforts by making a donation, please use one of the following methods:

  1. Go to the Children’s Health Defense Donate page, and under ‘Funding Options’ choose ‘Stop 5G’ (see below).
  2. Mail a check to:
    Children’s Health Defense
    1227 N Peachtree Pkwy, Suite #202
    Peachtree City, GA 30269
  3. Authorize a wire transfer to the following bank account:
    Capital One Bank
    Routing number: 065000090
    Account Number: 3027099268

When donating, please state that the donation is towards the “Stop 5G Project”

About The Case

On December 4, 2019, the FCC adopted an order affirming the adequacy of their 1996 wireless radiation exposure safety guidelines. These guidelines are at the core of the fraud perpetrated on the public that wireless technology is safe. Their guidelines ignore the overwhelming evidence of harm, scientific and human. By adopting and maintaining irrelevant guidelines, the FCC has enabled and forced the uncontrolled proliferation of wireless technology and now 5G. This has led to a growing epidemic of sickness among children and adults, and it has caused harm to animals, plants and the ecosystem at large.

In 2012, the General Accountability Office of Congress published a report, recommending that the FCC reassess its 1996 guidelines. As a result, in 2013, the FCC opened docket 13-84 asking for public comment. This docket was open for 6 years. On December 4, 2019, the FCC officially closed the docket and affirmed the adequacy of its guidelines without proper assessment.

Now that the docket is closed, we finally have an opportunity to expose the FCC’s fraud by suing the FCC under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The petition will ask the court to set aside the FCC order, asserting that the order is arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion. The case had to be submitted by February 3rd.

This action is the only available avenue to legally attack the FCC and to expose the fraud. We hope you can help us create change!

Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s Legal Team Sues FCC over Wireless Health Guidelines


Get addictive smartphones out of our schools. Letter by Murray May
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Get addictive smartphones out of our schools. Letter by Murray May

THE addictive nature of digital technology and smartphones is underlined twice in the March 5 edition of “CityNews”. Kate Meikle’s article “The digital kids who are driving their parents crazy” addresses children’s digital behaviours and the “need to unplug”. A letter “We survived today – will we tomorrow?” describes a driver’s near-miss experience as a result of another driver irresponsibly using a mobile phone.Political columnist Michael Moore’s article in the same issue notes that while the ACT should be a showcase of educational excellence, our students are falling behind. One thing that would help student learning and social outcomes I believe is a ban on mobile phones and other digital devices during school hours, except those used for educational purposes.Smartphones are highly addictive and distracting. Four states have already, or are currently implementing bans, namely NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and WA. Such a policy improves student health and well-being, greatly reduces distraction, and improves social interaction between students. Why does the ACT still have its head in the sand on this issue? Murray May, Cook  ACT
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Clean Air & Water Policies May Help Protect People

Clean Air & Water Policies May Help Protect People

I wanted to share with you my latest oped indicating that a relatively cleaner environment may well contribute to what appears to be a less lethal but still serious burden of COVID-19 in some nations thus far.
Having spent some time hunkered indoors in China where my husband and I have been Visiting Profs at Sichuan University, we have seen modest improvements in their ambient air quality, which has gone from typically horrid to occasionally tolerable.
From colleagues in Iran, we have heard that ambient air conditions there are worse than in China.
In addition to having some of the greatest concentrations of human beings on the planet, a number of other important environmental co-factors could explain why the disease seems more deadly in some locales.
Here are a some additional details that to add further context to the op-ed:
1) Tobacco smoking rates in Iran and Hebei, China are among the worst in the world. Numbers are telling: According to The Lancet, in 2015 while one in 10 men globally are Chinese, they smoke a third of all cigarettes in the world. If smoking patterns do not change — Professors Zhengming Chen and Richard Peto warn — China is on target to have more than 2 million lung cancer deaths within the next decade.
2) Air Pollution in Hebei: Real-Time Air Quality Index Visual Map shows that even with the reduced rate of production now, the center of steel-making Hebei regularly produces stifling levels of air pollution. It is notable that Chinese standards for declaring levels unhealthy or dangerous are much higher than standards in other nations.
3) Not only is factory production in China taking place under conditions that would never be accepted in most nations, especially in wintertime, air in both these areas regularly can contain levels of ultrafine particulate air pollution from straw and garbage burning, coal-burning, and diesel engine byproducts of incomplete combustion that would be illegal in most developed regions.
These citations do not at all mean that we are off the hook in the United States, but the lethality of COVID-19 could be lessened, especially if this nation comes together and takes very seriously the need for social distancing. If anything, the correlations strengthen the case for the U.S. keeping up its relatively effective environmental protections.
As economists would note, there are major co-benefits from policies that reduce pollution. Among the co-benefits of the shutdowns necessitated by coronavirus restrictions will turn out to be major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Wireless radiation is one of the many types of environmental pollution that can damage the immune system. The rollout of 5G is increasing our daily exposure to wireless microwave radiation from the new 5G/4G network antennas. Wireless microwave radiation increases the chances that cells will lose their capacity to repair damage that occurs everyday as a result of the normal processes of oxidation by increasing oxidative stress. Research has found continued oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation.
Scientist Nesrin Seyhan and her colleagues from Gazi University have shown that wireless radiation can damage tissues in the lung, heart, and liver. People with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and cancer) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with any virus, including COVID-19. A large body of research indicates the 5G/4G network could contribute to a myriad of health problems.
Thus, it is more important than ever to halt 5G and to reduce our daily wireless exposure. 
Please click on the button to read the op-ed in U.S. News & World Report that shares relevant studies regarding pollution in other countries overwhelmingly impacted by Coronavirus.

ICNIRP Issues Revised RF Guidelines

Microwave News - A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation

ICNIRP Issues Revised RF Guidelines

First Update Since 1998

Today, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) issued updated guidelines for exposures to RF/microwave radiation.

A  brief report with links to the press release and the full text of the 43-page guidelines, published in Health Physics, is here.

Louis Slesin, PhD

Editor, Microwave News

5G Warning By Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers

5G Warning By Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers

Written by John O’Sullivan

The prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the professional association for electronic engineering and electrical engineering based in New York, issues a stark public warning of grave cancer risks from any mass roll out of 5G telecoms technology.

The IEEE has 420,000+ members in 160 countries and has published ‘Clear Evidence of Cell-Phone RF Radiation Cancer Risk‘ (James C Lin) revealing that the US government has been ‘tight-lipped’ about revealing shocking evidence of cancer and brain damage due to 5G.

Citing revelations from 28 March 2018, IEEE’s James Lin reveals worrying scientific data from a detailed study performed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) :

“… following a thorough review of the draft NTP reports, pathologists and toxicologists on the peer-review panel concluded that, among other observations, there was statistically significant and “clear evidence” that both GSM- and CDMAmodulated RF radiation had led to the development of malignant schwannoma (a rare form of tumor) in the heart of male rats (of the HarlanSprague-Dawley strain).”

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has likewise conceded that such exposure to 5G would be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” [1]

The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has prompted the IEEEC to declare that “complacencies abound” on the very real and scientifically-proven dangers to health posed by 5G.

With ‘Electromagnetic Radiation due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies: How safe are we?’  [2] the IEEE offers an Excerpt re 5G which warns:

Due to the extremely high density of BSs [base stations, i.e., cell antenna sites], street light access points, separate indoor BSs, relays and Massive MIMO [multiple input multiple output] technology employed in 5G, a person will be exposed to very high levels of PFDs [power flux densities], whether he is indoors or outdoors, or whether or not he is using any wireless devices in close proximity. In other words, it may be suspected that even the ambient PFD which a person is exposed to in most situations throughout the day may fall under the category of “Severe Concern” according to the Building Biology Standard, “Far above normal” according to the AMA [Austrian Medical Association] standards, and may be higher than the precautionary action level recommended by the BioInitiative Guidelines. If 5G networks are deployed without careful analysis of expected exposure levels, almost all people in the area of coverage may be exposed to dangerous levels of PFD, the outcomes of which, in the near future, may turn out to be calamitous.

In line with these developments health journalist Nick Pineault warns:

The Urgency

“Our world scientists are indicating today’s electrosmog is bringing the worst public health crisis technologically advanced nations have ever seen.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to release the final report on the $25M National Toxicology Program study in which the unprecedented three-day peer review concluded cell phone radiofrequency radiation is a clear carcinogen.

All wireless technology uses radiofrequency radiation to carry our data packets back and forth and it was never safety tested before being brought to market.

Even the IEEE, which helped form the untested thermal-based FCC public radiation exposure limits in the 1990s, is conceding wireless technology is hazardous at the non-thermal level. See their cancer article in the September/October 2018 issue of IEEE Microwave Magazine.

As Dr. Pall indicates, the effects of wireless radiation exposures are cumulative. Serious harm is happening now with current exposures, some of which is already becoming irreversible.

He indicates the industry’s push for more wireless infrastructure to enable 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) “is absolutely insane”. Yet the industry remains intent on being first to market with 5G and the Internet of Things.

Public policy will take time to catch up to the science, it could be decades, but the harm is happening right now so we cannot afford to wait for new laws to protect us.”

In short, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are saying that the time has come to judiciously reassess, revise, and update official government guidelines in the face of clear laboratory evidence from animal testing that a real risk to human health will occur from mass roll out of 5G.

[1] IARC Working Group on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. (2013). Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, Iarc Monographs on the Evaluation of
Carcinogenic Risks Humans. [Online]. 102(2), pp. 1–460. Available:

[2] Electromagnetic Radiation due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies: How safe are we Naren, Elhence A, Chamola V. Guizani M. Electromagnetic Radiation due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies: How safe are we? IEEE Access. 4:1-21. 2019. DOI 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2976434

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EPA recommends ESB be prosecuted over hazardous power cable leaks

EPA recommends ESB be prosecuted over hazardous power cable leaks

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THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended criminal prosecution against the ESB over the leaking of hazardous chemicals from underground power cables.

A report published today found ESB was aware of 68 leaks of dangerous insulating oil over a 25 year period up to last summer but only notified authorities about 20 of them.

That’s despite the potential danger to public health and the environment from the substances entering water sources and soil.

The report also says that seven new leaks have been detected since last summer but under the ESB’s current cable replacement plan, it will take until 2035 for all the defective cables to be removed.

An investigation was launched last summer following an RTÉ Investigates programme in which ESB employee turned whistleblower Seamus O’Loughlin revealed his efforts to get the company to adequately address the long-running problem of leaking cables.

ESB has admitted that at least 500,000 litres of the problematic mineral oil leaked from underground cables in five local authority areas between 1993 and June 2019.

The power company says it can not find information on any leaks that may have occurred prior to 1993.

The affected areas are Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Wicklow County Council and Cork City Council.

But the particular fluid-filled cables at the centre of the affair are also in six other county council areas: Fingal, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Wexford and Kerry.

Around 221km of these cables were installed between 1950 and 1989 and just 44km have so far been replaced.

The EPA found that ESB did provide figures for leaks in its annual environmental reports in recent years. It is not clear why the information did not raise alarm bells within the relevant authorities.

According to the EPA’s report, ESB has committed to carrying out environmental impact assessments on all known leak sites and has adopted new protocols for the alerting of the relevant authorities.

However, the EPA says local authorities where leaks took place should now investigate with a view to initiating legal proceedings against ESB for its failure to notify the authorities and for breach of its responsibilities under the Water Pollution Act.

ESB has been contacted for comment.

The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users’ Location Data

The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users’ Location Data

The proposed fines—against T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint—total more than $200 million for their role in breaches of privacy.
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In May 2018, The New York Times reported that a company called Securus had sold law-enforcement agencies access to the locations of people’s cellphones. Police were supposed to provide a warrant or other documentation proving they had authority to see the data, but the Times said Securus often didn’t check.

Subsequent stories by ZDNet and Vice Motherboard revealed an industry of middlemen that acquired location information from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon and resold it to companies like Securus. Some of the information came from the bail bonds industry, raising concerns that stalkers could buy their victims’ location information.

The big four carriers all promised to stop selling location data to data aggregators. But months later, many companies still had access to carrier data.

Now, nearly two years later, the Federal Communications Commission is taking action against the four carriers for their role in these breaches of privacy. Friday, the agency said it has proposed tentative fines against the companies totaling more than $200 million: $91 million for T-Mobile, $57 million for AT&T, $48 million for Verizon, and $12 million for Sprint. The fines are based on the amount of time that the carriers sold access to customer location information “without reasonable safeguards” and the number of outside companies to which they sold it.

“The FCC has long had clear rules on the books requiring all phone companies to protect their customers’ personal information,” FCC Chair Ajit Pai said in a statement. “And since 2007, these companies have been on notice that they must take reasonable precautions to safeguard this data and that the FCC will take strong enforcement action if they don’t.”

FCC commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who dissented from part of the decision, said the carriers “did not treat the protection of their customers’ data as a key responsibility. Instead, they delegated responsibility for protecting this sensitive information to aggregators and third-party location service providers.”

The carriers can dispute the fines, which T-Mobile says it will do. “We take the privacy and security of our customers’ data very seriously,” the company said in a statement. The company said it took quick action to restrict “bad actor third parties” and ended its location aggregator program in February 2019. Sprint said it is reviewing the notice and takes its customers’ privacy and security very seriously. AT&T, Verizon, and Securus did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Critics see the FCC’s response as too little, too late.

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Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) was among the first to call attention to Securus and has been asking the FCC to act since the beginning. “It seems clear Chairman Pai has failed to protect American consumers at every stage of the game,” Wyden said in a statement. “He only investigated after public pressure mounted. And now his response is a set of comically inadequate fines that won’t stop phone companies from abusing Americans’ privacy the next time they can make a quick buck.”

Wyden and others said the incidents highlighted the need for new privacy laws. “The importance of having rules that protect consumers before they are harmed cannot be overstated,” former FCC lawyer Gigi Sohn said in a statement.

Harold Feld of the organization Public Knowledge argued that the FCC’s lax attitude toward privacy rules emboldened carriers to disregard consumer privacy. For example, one of Pai’s first major actions after becoming FCC chair in 2017 was to suspend parts of an Obama-era FCC order that would have required broadband providers to take reasonable action to protect personal data. Soon after, the Republican-controlled Congress overturned the entire Obama-era order, which would also have banned providers from selling your personal data without your permission.

“Small wonder that carriers felt safe flouting the law,” Feld said in a statement. “Congress should conduct an immediate investigation into the FCC’s handling of privacy enforcement, and take suitable action to empower consumers when the FCC chair fails to act.”

Three children receive €225,000 settlement over alleged illnesses caused by windfarm near family home

Three children receive €225,000 settlement over alleged illnesses caused by windfarm near family home

The three children claimed that they had to leave their family home months after a nearby windfarm began operation.

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THREE SIBLINGS WHO claimed their family had to abandon their home due to illnesses allegedly caused by a nearby windfarm have secured €225,000 as a settlement of their High Court damages claims.

The awards, were part of settlements made without admission of liability, made to Laura, David and Jack Kelleher.

The siblings claimed that they, along with their parents, had to leave their family home at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Cork in late 2016 several months after a ten-turbine wind farm went into operation.

They claimed that the noise, vibrations and shadow flicker from the turbines, located just over 700m from their family farm, resulted in them suffering from various illnesses.

These included nosebleeds, ear aches, skin rashes, swollen and painful hands, loss of power in their limbs, sleep disturbance, and headaches.

Through their father Valentine Kelleher, the three siblings sued Green Energy Supply Ltd, which owns and operates a wind turbine installation known as Knockduff Wind Farm in Cork.

The actions were also against company director Michael Murnane of Gortyleahy, Macroom, Cork, who is the owner of Green Energy Supply.

The defendants had denied all the claims they had been negligent resulting in the siblings becoming ill.

They also denied that noise, shadow flicker and vibration from the windfarm had intruded onto the family’s farm.

Medical evidence contested

The case came before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Tuesday, who was informed by John Rogers SC for the Kellehers that the case had been settled.

Liability was not admitted in any of the actions, and counsel said that medical evidence submitted in support of the Kelleher’s claim was fully contested.

The judge, noting the dispute over the medical reports and that liability remained in issue in the cases, described the offer as “good”.

In their action, the Kellehers sought damages for alleged nuisance and personal injury they claimed was due to the defendants failure to take sufficient precautions to avoid noise, vibration and shadow flicker from the windfarm.

It was further alleged that the defendants failed to operate the windfarm in a manner to avoid causing unreasonable levels of noise, vibrations and shadow flicker nor did the defendants pay any heed to the complaints.

The siblings claimed the windfarm was operated in a manner that did not respect their constitutional family, personal and property, rights.

Symptoms eased

The Kellehers claimed that they started experiencing health problems in and around their family farm from May 2016.

They claimed they had to moved out of their home in November 2016.

After spending some time in a hotel, the family has relocated to a property at Ballyglass, Grenagh, Co Cork, which is eight miles away from their farm.

They claimed that their symptoms eased after they moved away, but returned if they spent any time attending at or assisting on the family farm.

The defendants in denying the claims, or that the Kellehers’ constitutional rights had been breached, said that the windfarm was operated in a lawful manner.

Counsel told the court that the settlement, including the ruling of the awards, arose following mediation between the parties conducted by retired Judge Paul Gilligan.

He said that given the circumstances, especially given that the medical evidence was hotly contested, he was recommending that the settlement offers be approved by the court.

Counsel said that as part of the settlement Laura (aged 15) whose ailments were more severe compared to her brothers was to receive €125,000. Her brothers David (aged 17) and Jack (aged 10) were to receive €50,000, counsel added.

Counsel said that other separate but related claims brought by members of the Kelleher family for alleged nuisance remain outstanding, but he was hopeful that they would be resolved.

Those cases were adjourned to a date in March.

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