Danielle McCarty took to Twitter earlier this month to attack comedian Kathy Griffin as “despicable” just days after she allegedly attended the deadly US Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
“The despicable Kathy Griffin is at it again,” McCarty allegedly tweeted on Jan. 9.
“Oh, you shouldn’t have tagged me,” Griffin responded on Saturday, sharing a screenshot of McCarty’s Jan. 9 tweet. “You were there on Jan 6. You pulled your video, but I found it. Looks like you’re a domestic terrorist and now we all know it, @musclemommyfit”.
Griffin later tweeted to inform McCarty that the “FBI now has this video, as well as the other ones you’re featured in.”
“Hi Danielle.@musclemommyfit,” Griffin tweeted. “What’s that you called me, again? Ah yes, the despicable Kathy Griffin. Well, the FBI now has this video, as well as the other ones you’re featured in.”
Hi Danielle. @musclemommyfit
What’s that you called me, again? Ah yes, the despicable Kathy Griffin. Well, the FBI now has this video, as well as the other ones you’re featured in. https://t.co/kPgtAUAwnn
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 31, 2021
Oh Danielle. https://t.co/uUeSCgVQVY
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 31, 2021
On Sunday afternoon, Griffin tweeted an update to her followers, noting that QAnon quacks had been blowing up her social media accounts with false accusations alleging she was a pedophile.
Griffin tweeted: “Update! She has two IG (not Twitter) accounts. “fit_patriot_mom” and “http://patriot.mom.1776”. Now a bunch of Q anon Trump cultists are flooding my IG comments with pizza emoji‘s and accusing me of being a pedo.”
“Reminder, the FBI has videos of her at the Capitol,” she added.
Update! She has two IG (not Twitter) accounts. “fit_patriot_mom” and “https://t.co/83Gm33feIW.1776”. Now a bunch of Q anon Trump cultists are flooding my IG comments with pizza emoji‘s and accusing me of being a pedo. Reminder, the FBI has videos of her at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/fB6iGG0WPz
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 31, 2021
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An 8-year-old girl was kicked out of Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Oklahoma, after her mother says she told another girl she had a crush on her.
According to Delanie Shelton, her daughter Chloe was told by the school’s vice principal that “the bible says you can only marry a man and have children with a man.”
“My daughter was crying saying ‘Does God still love me?’” Shelton said.
“The vice principal asked me how do I feel like girls liking girls and I said if we’re being honest, I think it’s okay for girls to like girls and she looked shocked and appalled,” she said.
“They ripped my kids out of the only school they’ve ever really known away from their teachers and friends they’ve had over the past four years over something my daughter probably doesn’t know or fully understand,” Shelton added.
Speaking to KTUL, Shelton said her daughter was “crying and asking me if God still loves me if she is wrong for the way that she feels.”
“The superintendent called me and let me know that they would be ending their partnership with our family.”
A local pastor told KTUL that the school should have handled the situation better.
“My thoughts and beliefs would be that the school would want a good relationship with the parents, I imagine the parents are hurt,” said Pastor Scott Carlson, later adding that that family should have “understood where the school stood on these issues before they enrolled their child.”
FOX23′s Tanya Modersitzki talked to Chloe after she’d received an outpouring of support from the community following the telling of her story.
“I feel so loved and supported, thank you so much to everyone who helped me feel better for being who I am, ” Chloe said.
She says she felt sad, angry and disappointed when she was expelled.
Morgan Allen with Oklahomans for Equality told FOX23 that no school should make a child feel that way.
“The hardest thing about this is we’re telling children that it’s wrong to love that it is bad to feel,” Allen said.
“And the worst part is coming from a Christian school we are saying God doesn’t love you for who you are and that is not true.”
The neighborhood across from Rejoice planned a showing of support for Chloe on Saturday, where they’ll post signs in their lawns for her family to drive by and see.
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Donald Trump has no legal representation eight days before his Senate impeachment trial after his entire team of attorneys — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Johnny Gasser, Greg Harris, and Josh Howard — quit.
CNN reports: “A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.”
Said Trump adviser Jason Miller to the network: “The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country. In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional. We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly.”
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So just how far down the rabbit hole are QAnon believers? CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke to one former believer of the ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory in a special report that aired on Saturday night who enlightened him.
“Did you believe that high level Democrats and celebrities were worshipping Satan and drinking the blood of children?” asked Anderson.
Said the former believer: “Anderson I thought you did that. And I would like to apologize for that right now. So, I apologize for thinking that you ate babies. … It’s because Q specifically mentioned you very early on. He mentioned you by name. And from there, he also talked about for example, your family. I’m going to be honest. People still talk about that to this day. There were comments about that [on the message boards] four days ago. People thought you were a robot.”
“You really believed this,” asked Anderson.
“I didn’t just believe that. I at one stage believed that QAnon was part of military intelligence, which is what he says. But on top of that that the people behind him are actually a group of fifth dimensional, inter-dimensional, extraterrestrial bipedal bird aliens called Blue Avians. I was so far down this conspiracy black hole that I was essentially picking and choosing whatever narrative I wanted to believe in.”
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MyPillow CEO and Trump ally Mike Lindell (Beck Bennett) took a grilling from anchor Colin Jost on SNL’s Weekend Update, beginning with his involvement in the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
“Well hold on there, Bucko!” Bennett’s Lindell protested. “I didn’t inspire no insurrection, nobody! I’m just a normal American ex-crack addict turned pillow CEO and advisor to [a] former president.”
Asked about his previous meeting with Trump in which he carried notes that mentioned implementing martial law, Bennett’s Lindell replied, “Oh no no no, Colin. That was just a standard pillow meeting. Nothing to do with martial law at all. I just suggested the military overthrow the government, and look, if that’s not democracy, I don’t know what is!”
“Yeah, I think you might just not know what it is,” Jost replied.
“I’m not a politics guy, I’m a pillow guy,” Bennett’s Lindell retorted. “Before MyPillow, I tried sleeping on everything… dirt, cement, old man’s lap, but I’ll tell you what set MyPillow apart—it has fantastic political ideas.”
Bennett’s Lindell then explained that he listens to his MyPillow: “Oh, shh, shh, he’s awake. ‘What’s that, MyPillow? Really?’ Wow! MyPillow said Dominion overran the voting machine algorithms… so that China could swing it for Biden, with Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Un and Chrissy Teigen!”
“Dude you’re all over the place,” laughed Jost.
“No, you’re on crack again!” screamed Bennett’s Lindell.
Asked if it bothers him that Dominion is threatening to sue, and Kohls and Bed Bath and Beyond are pulling MyPillow from stores, Bennett’s Lindell replied, “Not at all, Colin. Because you can always buy my book, What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO.”
After reading a nutty passage about finding MyPillow, Bennett’s Lindell screeched, “My brain’s on fire. Jane Krakowski is obsessed with me!
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Ladies, I am smitten with this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yes, Symone is a revelation, and, yes, the format shakeup gave us a chance to get closer to every queen, but the challenges feel fiercer and the drama more consistently simmering. There’s something special about season 13.
It makes me wonder how much that pre-production quarantine affected the gals emotionally. Going on the show is already a jarring experience, but then to be even more intensely isolated ahead of shooting has got to make the queens a little loopy.
Things came to a head this week in a bag-themed ball challenge featuring a staggering 36 looks, followed by a knockdown-drag out Untucked that nearly turned Drag Race into UFC.
The conflict starts brewing right away, fresh off last week’s runway. Kandy, never one to keep an opinion all to herself, volunteers her belief that Elliott was deserving of a bottom three place. It’s a fair point, but Tamisha takes exception to Kandy singling out Symone as her primary competition. Tamisha wants Kandy to recognize her as a threat, but, objectively, it seems like a tough argument against Kandy’s point.
The tantrum rolls right into the mini-challenge: a deeply bizarre, baby-themed dance off. Lala Ri wins for going the hardest, but it’s all mostly silly.
The real work comes in the maxi challenge. It’s the Bag Ball, which means three bag-themed lewks, including one handmade out of other bags! Other categories include a punny “Mixed Bag” outfit and an oppa-lent “Money Bags” boss bitch fantasy.
Frontrunner Symone is concerned her lack of sewing skills will be an issue, but she’s certainly not the least equipped. That honor goes to Lala Ri. While Symone and Joey Jay also lack sewing skills, they at least find a way to loosely construct something simple. Lala is truly one of the rare contestants that truly does not know how to do this. Like, she reacted in a way I, someone who does not sew or do drag, would. She just started gluing completely unedited Dollar Store gift bags to a corset, and even that fell apart when she quickly ran out of materials.
If it sounds like a train wreck, that’s because it is. And yet, Lala Ri shines throughout this episode. She wins the baby mini-challenge, she makes a hilarious prayer (“Lord, bitch.”), shares an emotional (and vital) reflection on the Black Lives Matter movement and ends up turning a tragic challenge into a triumphant moment.
The runway was such an onslaught of outfits, we’ll give each queen their due in our rankings below. So, let’s fast-forward to the tops and bottoms.
While she did trot out a few wigs, Joey Jay gave us more Joey Jay this week. With hair and without, it’s more dark, edgy, but basic stuff, and the judges aren’t wowed. Tamisha Iman played it safe with pretty but plain clothes. Her three presentations all read as something a Real Housewife of Atlanta would show up wearing to a casual lunch.
Of course Lala, bags loosely flapping off her corset, lands in the bottom. How could she not? It doesn’t help that her Mixed Bag look (a bag of bones) lacks ambition. (Her bald Money Bags presentation was excellent, however.)
The top performers include Rosé (whose metallic couture fembot fantasy likely boosted her overall performance), while Utica slayed the sewing and Gottmik ultimately took the win for show-stopping style.
Guest judge Nicole Byer is the perfect person to revel in Lala Ri’s abject failure. As the host of Nailed It, she’s an expert in epic fails, and there have been few greater failures in thirteen seasons.
Lala’s lip sync is locked, and she’s joined by a semi-conscious Joey Jay. Their lip sync to Iggy Azalea’s unrelenting summer jam “Fancy” is another bloodbath. Joey pulls a limp stunt tossing cash in the air, setting up Lala for an excellent bit picking up the discarded dollars. A Lala v. Denali lip sync feels as delicious as it does inevitable.
Lala lives to slay another day, while we say goodbye to Joey Jay.
Now, usually I don’t go into Untucked here, but this week’s is an important one to discuss. After all the queens are together, a conversation about the best and worst of the week quickly turns to an intervention for Kandy’s arrogance.
Things escalate quickly. Tamisha continues to bore further and further into Kandy’s side, and the Bronx big girl responds with increasing fervor. Despite her outsized reaction, I tend to side with Kandy here. She was discussing folks’ drag and performance; whereas this became a conversation about her character, however valid it may or may not be. Tamisha, ever the sage elder, knows exactly how Kandy will react, and Tamisha even pursues Kandy as she tries to leave and de-escalate the situation.
Maybe Tamisha was a little cranky with her bottom three place, but regardless of the motivation, this has the potential to seethe over the next few episodes.
But first, let’s see where the queens stand in our weekly rankings.
- Despite some lackluster bag couture, Symone still managed to turn out two incredible looks. I adored the Fun Bags “Mixed Bag.” That pink gown was perfectly fitted and stoned for the comical silhouette, and even the “popped” reveal looked visually appealing. Then, her “Money Bags” look was only overshadowed by Gottmik, serving a visionary interpretation of sci-fi success. That last little outfit was just barely safe, but with two other knockouts, that was good enough.
- I wasn’t as gagged by Rosé this week as the judges seem to be. The third outfit was the strongest, by far. The concept was cute, the execution was clean, and the styling was perfect. I agree with Michelle that her Big Business-inspired second outfit was a little too literal, though I would tack that criticism onto the Bag Pipes “Mixed Bag” as well. Still, she’s a strong performer, actor and singer, so even a solid showing here is enough to keep her in contention.
- Though she wasn’t a focus this week, Tina Burner remains one to watch. I was particularly taken with the way she transformed a bean bag into a chic and well-tailored dress in her signature colors. That was her strongest showing, though the houndstooth “Money Bags” ensemble also feels worthy of praise. Maybe the Brown Bag “Mixed Bag” was too campy?
- OK, yes, Gottmik‘s showing this week was legendary. The Body Bag “Mixed Bag” flawlessly toed the line between gorgeous and grotesque, elevating every element with exquisite care. The judges rightly lauded the “Money Bags” masterpiece with its stoned stripes and creative silhouette. The custom-crafted final piece stood in such stark contrast to the other queens, its brilliance became even more apparent among the other girls on stage. Gottmik is an artiste, but will acting, singing, selling pose too much of a challenge?
- Like Michelle, I, too, feel like I was wrong about Utica. All three lewks tonight were original AND beautiful. I love all the details, and what she did with a sleeping bag was pure magic. Incredible. At the same time, I also agree with Ru about how sometimes Utica’s twitchy, skittering energy undercuts her sophistication.
- Olivia continues to be the sleeper of the season. It’s unfortunate she kicked things off with a Punching Bag “Mixed Bag” that seemed like a cheap knockoff of Symone’s runway a few weeks back. Even her stylish “Money Bags” office drag and a killer, holographic armor couture ensemble couldn’t compensate. She’s had a solid start to the Race, but she’ll need to steal focus soon.
- I think Denali is still picking Kahmora Hall out of her teeth after the lip sync that had everyone talking. She acquitted herself well this week on the runway, serving memorable moments like the crash test dummy, cigarette holding acrylic nail and a creative Day of the Dead-themed custom gown. Denali is a known threat.
- What a weird week for Tamisha. Sure, the runways were a snooze from start to finish, but the behavior was more surprising. I’m sure Kandy isn’t the first girl with a big mouth Tamisha has had to square up with, but she should know better. She didn’t just pour fuel on the fire, she Super Soaked it. It leaves me thinking mostly of what it says about Tamisha’s own confidence at this point on the competition.
- I felt for Kandy this week. It seemed like she was really trying to remove herself from a situation in which she knew she was losing control. She knows she has a hair trigger. She presented some of our strongest fashions this week, but even at that apex, it was merely OK all around.
- Good golly, Lala Ri. I just … what is there to say? What a mess! Bless her, though, she walked that armful of cheap gift bags down that runway like it was Fenty. While no trip to the bottom is really cause for celebration, it was delightful to see Lala lip sync. It was thrilling. That is the Lala I want to see every week. If I were on that stage with her, I’d be throwing her dollars, too.
- Elliott‘s “Mixed Bag” gift bag dress was only slightly better than Lala’s. There, I said it. Her business bitch was blah, though I did admire the craftsmanship of her custom-made outfit. There’s just something … vacuous … about Elliott. The ’80s can’t be a personality, you know? Even the way she described her “Money Bags’ look as a 26 year old Rose Nylund CEO of Lending Library isn’t technically wrong, but sounds wrong. Like Drag A.I. trying to sound like a person.
- Joey Jay can give you Joey Jay, and that’s about it. That lip sync was some real amateur hour stuff, even if she wasn’t up against a legend like Lala. I get the disconnect between her and Carson. She was playing on I.V./ivy, but, to Carson’s point, missed an obvious opportunity to elevate it. It felt very first draft. Of course, Joey Jay will be FINE (at least on Instagram, if not OnlyFans), but her ceiling is nowhere near some of these other queens’ floors.
How would you rank the queens?
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Saturday Night Live returned with a cold open that took a look at “What Still Works” in America now that we’ve survived the Trump era.
Said McKinnon: “It’s a new year and we have a new president so some things should work. But do they? Our first topic is government and already I have my doubts.”
McKinnon introduced Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Cecily Strong), a congressional supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory revealed to be a Parkland and Sandy Hook truther who claimed 9/11 was an inside jobbed also supported executing Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in social media posts.
Said McKinnon: “So Congresswoman Greene… hard to say those words together. What are some of the theories you believe in?”
“How much time you got?” quipped Strong’s Greene.
After Greene shuffled through a list of her beliefs, including that wildfires are caused by lasers from space that identify as Jewish, McKinnon asked, “You represent the U.S.. People can Google you and it’ll say she’s a real member of the US government?”
“That may not be the first thing that comes up, but yeah,” replied Strong’s Greene.
McKinnon’s conclusion: “So government doesn’t work.”
Next up, the stock market, with the new majority shareholderer of game stock, Derek Boner (Pete Davidson).
Said Davidson’s Boner: “First of all, it’s pronounced ‘stonk’ market. I put all my money in GameStop and I can’t lose.”
“So the stark market no longer works,” concluded McKinnon, after schooling Davidson’s Boner about how the stock market is supposed to work.
McKinnon followed up with the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook, Jack Dorsey (Mikey Day) and Mark Zuckerberg (Alex Moffatt). McKinnon asked the business leaders how their banning of prominent conservatives for spreading lies and inciting violence has gone.
Replied Day’s Dorsey: “Not well. It seems to have forced those people onto darker, scarier apps where their delusion and bloodlust can run wild.”
Added Moffatt’s Zuckerberg, giggling wildly: “Fundamentally, Facebook still works. Not only does it help form communities online, it has helped people meet and connect in real life. For example, at the Capitol.”
“While we’re gathering opinions on what works, would you say my chin beard is working?” Day’s Dorsey asked McKinnon.
“It’s working in terms of keeping me a lesbian,” replied McKinnon, who then excused them.
McKinnon then examined the vaccine rollout, welcoming someone who just received it: OJ Simpson ) Kenan Thompson.
“Teachers can’t get vaccines, but you did? People with long term lung conditions can’t get the vaccine, but you did?”
“Yes,” replied Thompson’s OJ.
“So among the 3% of people given the vaccine, was OJ Simpson?” McKinnon asked.
“Guilty as charged,”Thompson’s OJ replied. “About the vaccine.”
“So the vaccine rollout doesn’t work,” McKinnon concluded.
Finally, McKinnon introduced Tom Brady (John Krasinski).
“You still work. You’re supposed to win football games and you just keep winning football games,” McKinnon said. “You might the only thing in America that still works… So I guess everyone must be rooting for you, right?”
“Almost no one,” replied Krasinski’s Brady.
“Well I’ll be rooting for you Tom Brady, because you’re the only goddamn thing this country can still rely on,” said McKinnon. “And it’s not like you’re a weird Trump guy or anything, right?”
“Thanks for having me,” said Krasinski’s Brady.
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In the week leading up to the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that exploded into an attack on the Capitol, a top Trump campaign fundraiser issued a directive to a woman who had been overseeing planning for the event.
“Get the budget and vendors breakdown to me and Justin,” Caroline Wren wrote to Cindy Chafian, a self-described “constitutional conservative,” in a Dec. 28 text message obtained by ProPublica.
Wren was no ordinary event planner. She served as a deputy to Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, at Trump Victory, a joint presidential fundraising committee during the 2020 campaign. The Justin mentioned in her text was Justin Caporale, a former top aide to first lady Melania Trump, whose production company helped put on the event at the Ellipse.
Text messages and an event-planning memo obtained by ProPublica, along with an interview with Chafian, indicate that Wren, a Washington insider with a low public profile, played an extensive role in managing operations for the event. The records show that Wren oversaw logistics, budgeting, funding and messaging for the Jan. 6 rally that featured President Donald Trump.
Chafian told ProPublica that Wren and others had pushed her aside as plans intensified, including as a late effort was made to get Trump to speak at the event.
On Dec. 29, after receiving the budget, Wren instructed Chafian, via text, to hold off on printing event-related slogans “until we decide what the messaging is and we have no clue on timing because it all depends on the votes that day so we won’t know timing for a few more days.” The “timing” appears to be a reference to Congress’ Jan. 6 vote to certify the election results.
Wren’s services were enlisted by a major donor to Trump’s presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported Saturday that Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the heiress to Publix Super Markets, committed some $300,000 to fund the Jan. 6 rally.
The funding commitment by Fancelli, who Federal Election Commission records show has donated more than $1 million to Trump Victory, the president’s campaign and the Republican National Committee since 2018, was facilitated by the right-wing conspiracy peddler Alex Jones, the Journal reported. Chafian told ProPublica that she herself had been directed by Jones to Wren, who, she was told, had ties to a wealthy donor who wanted to support the January affair. Chafian said the donor is a woman but wouldn’t disclose her name, citing a confidentiality agreement.
Fancelli hasn’t responded to messages left at numbers listed for her.
The Associated Press had previously reported that Wren was listed as a “VIP Advisor” in an attachment to a National Park Service permit for the Jan. 6 event issued to Women for America First, a pro-Trump nonprofit run by the mother-daughter duo Amy and Kylie Jane Kremer. Chafian had worked on and off with Women for America First since October 2019.
But that title gives little indication of the scope of Wren’s role in managing the “March to Save America” event, where the president would tell thousands of supporters to walk to the Capitol and “demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated,” the records show.
A guidance memo provided to VIP attendees of the Jan. 6 rally further establishes Wren’s centrality to the event. She is listed, along with three other people, as one of the primary points of contact for the demonstration. The Kremers, whose nonprofit was attached to the event, are not mentioned at all.
Wren hasn’t responded to requests for comment about the role she played in organizing the Jan. 6 rally. In a statement to the Journal, she said her role in the event was to “assist many others in providing and arranging for a professionally produced event at the Ellipse.” She was last paid by the Trump campaign on Nov. 15, a campaign spokesman said, adding that the campaign “did not organize, operate or finance the event” and any former staffers who worked on the event “did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.”
Since April 2017, Wren and her Texas-based firm, Bluebonnet Consulting, have received more than $890,000 from the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and Trump Victory, the joint fundraising committee, FEC records show.
Chafian, a longtime organizer, said that in December she met Jones “by complete happenstance” at the Willard Hotel in Washington. Not long before, Chafian said, Jones had had a falling out with the leadership of Women for America First. Chafian, who is a reiki practitioner, said she was “put in a position, in my opinion based on what I know from the universe, to clear that energy. To clear that negativity.”
Later that month, Jones contacted Chafian to discuss staging a January rally in support of an effort by Trump and his allies to overturn the election results and President Joe Biden’s victory, she said. He subsequently directed her to Wren.
On Dec. 28, Chafian texted Wren that it was her understanding that Wren was now “handling all of the funding from here on out,” and promising to get her the “budget and breakdown.”
By the end of December, after Wren became involved in the organizing efforts, Chafian said that Wren brought in Women for America First and that Chafian was ultimately sidelined. By that point, she had had her own falling out with the Kremers, leading her to start her own group, The Eighty Percent Coalition, which held a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 that was largely sponsored by Jones. The guidance memo provided to VIP attendees of the Jan. 6 event informs attendees of Chafian’s rally, inviting them to attend should they wish and noting that “registration is not required.”
In a video released the day after the Jan. 6 event, Jones claimed an unnamed donor covered 80% of the roughly $500,000 it cost to put on the rally that preceded the Capitol riot.
The Kremers, Caporale and Jones have not responded to requests for comment.
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