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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Marijuana - Health and Medicinal Use

Medical Cannabis refers to the use of the drug cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most notably as an antiemetic.

Due to widespread illegal use of cannabis as a recreational drug and several other reasons, its legal or licensed use in medicine is a controversial issue.

Regardless of the benefits of medical cannabis, the widely perceived health risks of smoking as a route of administration have been viewed as a major obstacle for the legal approval of cannabis for medical uses, though some studies indicate that the expectorant activity of THC may help the lungs remove much of the inhaled tar through coughing.

In response to the concerns, several studies have aimed to establish whether or not vaporizers could offer a clinically reliable and safe route of administration for cannabis.

A vaporizer is a device commonly used to release medicinal and/or psychoactive compounds from plant material, probably the most commonly used herb is cannabis, although it can also be used for tobacco or to release certain therapeutic compounds from herbs and other plants, a practice now commonly known as Phyto-Inhalation. For medical or recreational cannabis users, vaporizing is an alternative to smoking. Rather than burning the cannabis, a vaporizer heats it enough (typically around 200 degrees Celsius) so that the volatile psychoactive and medicinal constituents contained in the plant's oily glandular secretions melt and phase into an aromatic vapor that does not contain the particulate matter such as tars and other toxins found in the smoke.

This is the non-smoked method most often recommended as an alternative to smoking. Patients can utilize it for most of the symptoms/conditions for which marijuana is recommended.

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Medical cannabis

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Marijuana - A smoking gun

Marijuana, the flowers, stems, leaves and seeds of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, has been used extensively for recreational and quasi-medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The executive summary of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) World Drug Report 2007 states,
“Cannabis is the largest illicit drug market by far, including roughly 160 million annual consumers . . . Reports received by UNODC suggest that cannabis production is taking place in at least 172 countries and territories.”


UNODC estimates indicate that global cannabis production is declining, which may be due to increased eradication. But the scientific knowledge and public perception of the dangers of marijuana use is also undergoing a noteworthy change.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in cannabis, has been shown to produce temporary psychotic symptoms including paranoid delusions and hallucinations in some users. Marijuana is usually smoked, and the harmful effects of smoke on the lungs are well-documented. But the psychotic effects seem to be more intense when THC is taken orally (often as a tea or capsules). Although another substance in marijuana (cannabidiol, or CBD) is a relaxant and has historically been thought to calm people with schizophrenia, a recent Yale University study indicated that cannabis use actually exacerbates paranoia and anxiety.

Other recent studies show that the cardiovascular effects include increased heart rate and changed blood pressure with a higher risk of heart attacks. In addition, young cannabis smokers may also be at risk of developing chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other disorders later in life.

According to a 2002 report by the British Lung Association (BLA),
“the tar from a cannabis cigarette contains many of the same (and even higher concentrations of) carcinogenic compounds found in cigarette smoke and deposits four times as much tar on the respiratory tract in comparison to an unfiltered cigarette of the same weight. This amplifies the exposure of cannabis smokers to particles that are known to be involved in the development of lung cancer.”


Marijuana smokers typically inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in the lungs longer than tobacco smokers. Cannabis joints do not usually have filters, and the unfiltered smoke has a higher temperature. The logical conclusion is that marijuana smoking is even more deadly than smoking tobacco.


Reference::
Taken it from vision, you can read this full post here as Marijuana: Docile Drug or Wicked Weed?

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Dust your indoor plants

Its a time to show some care, its a time to dust your indoor plants. Dust and grime on the leaves of your houseplants doesn't just look bad; it can also be harmful to the health of the plant.The best and easiest way to clean the dust off of the leaves of your house plants is to use a soft cotton cloth and warm water. You may also take them outside periodically and hose them down with a spray from the garden hose. Or giving them a shower in your bathtub will work just as well.

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This rose is blooming in Rose-Garden, Murree Pakistan.
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I Poem I Echo - 5


Toward the light

A hand appears
from nowhere bringing life,

a hand appears
bringing death,

a hand appears
bringing gifts of joy and bliss,

a hand appears
bringing sorrow and defeat,

a hand appears
bringing clarity and understanding,

a hand appears
bringing total bewilderment.

All these are nothing but shadows.

To see the Truth,
turn toward the Light

and behold The One who
made the shadows appear.


This collection of Poems will help you to discover yourself and to chose the right path.This poems are full of inspirations and will guide you to turn towards the light and ALL Praise are for Almighty Allah.

Friday, December 7, 2007

I Quote I Echo - 2

"Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death."

-Violet Fane-Quote about the Earth.

The wild trees : a story of passion and daring by Richard Preston

I loved this book. But then I have always loved big trees, this book, ultimately, is about people and trees. We need to be a little more understanding of both if either is to survive much longer.

Title: The wild trees : a story of passion and daring
Author: Richard Preston

Discription of Book:
Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.

The canopy voyagers are young–just college students when they start their quest–and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air.

The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one’s death.

Preston’s account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in novelistic detail by a master of nonfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees–the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Staying Awake

The history of tea is literally steeped in legend. No one really knows if all of what you're about to read is really true, but the story is definitely entertaining — so read on.

An alternative legend claims that an Indian prince named Bodhidharma who converted to Buddhism in the sixth century, he was the one responsible for discovering tea in the 6th century. He had left India to go North preaching Buddhism along the way, when visiting China to spread Buddhism, he vowed never to sleep during his seven year meditation. At the end of five years he was overcome with lassitude and drowsiness, but a providential chance made him pick and chew some leaves of an unidentified tree which acted as a stimulant, helping him stay awake.

There is a grisly variation to this myth that comes from Japan. The Japanese version claims that Bodhidharma was so frustrated with his efforts to stay awake that he literally ripped off his eyelids and threw them to the ground. It was there, according to legend, that the first tea plant grew, providing Bodhidharma with the leaves with which to make an elixir that kept him awake and refreshed, for the remaining years of his mission.

References::
history of tea

Tea palace
Serena tea

tea in the beginnings

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A local beech tree last autumn, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


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I Poem I Echo - 4

Depth of Being
The surface of the water
seems like a barrier,
but the surface is only a doorway
into the depths.

That which at first
seemed to be a barrier
will one day be known
as a doorway.


This collection of Poems will help you to discover yourself and to chose right path.


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Gem Of The Month - Turquoise brings happiness and good fortune.




Turquoise is a hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. The name turquoise undoubtedly comes from turc (Turkish in French) as it was transported to Europe through Turkey. Turquoise is one of the world's earliest-used gem materials. The turquoise is ancient, yet again and again it finds itself back in fashion. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai.Its shining sky blue is one of the most popular trend colours in the world of jewellery and fashion.

The blue of turquoise was thought to have powerful metaphysical properties by many ancient cultures. In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. It really does have the right to be called a 'gemstone of the peoples'. The oldest evidence for this claim was found in Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 B.C.. In the ancient Persian kingdom, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. If they changed colour, the wearer was thought to have reason to fear the approach of doom. Meanwhile, it has been discovered that the turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of impending danger. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.

Mystical power:
At all times and over the world, turquoises have been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness.Turquoise has been thought to warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing color. In the 13th century,turquoise was thought to protect the wearer from falling, especially from horses.The Persian scholar Al-Qazwini, for example, wrote:
'The hand that wears a turquoise and seals with it will never see poverty.'
Turquoises were often worn on the turban, and often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the 'evil eye'. As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the bridles of horses. It was not until the time of the crusades that they came to Europe. Indeed it is from that period that the name 'turquoise' originates, meaning 'Turkish'.

Turquoise is also believed to bring happiness and good fortune to all. It's said that turquoise attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone.
Believed to be a protective stone, turquoise is worn to guard against violence and accidents. Turquoise is also a valuable amulet for travelers.The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.

This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner.

In modern gemstone therapy, those suffering from depression are recommended to wear a turquoise or a chain with turquoise beads. The turquoise' cheerful colour is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence. It is also often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, for the turquoise is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.

Healing ability: Turquoise is said to be a guard against all diseases. It assist in tissue regeneration, subtle body alignment & strengthening. some healing properties of Turquoise are given below,

- Neutralizes overacidity
-Alleviates rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, viral infections
-Increases growth, muscular strength
-Alleviates pain, relaxes cramps
-Contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects
-Application: should be worn on the solar plexus

Heaven on Earth:

Color is of course, turquoise, but this color actually varies from greenish blue to sky blue shades. The best quality turquoises are of a pure, radiant sky blue, a colour which is highly esteemed with or without its fine, regular matrix. The more strongly the colour tends toward green and the more blotchy and more irregular the matrix, the lower the estimate of the stone's quality.

The colour of the turquoise makes us feel happy and cheerful, for in it the light blue of the sky and the stimulating green of the sea are combined. Indeed it is such an inimitable colour that we have coined a term specifically for it in our languages: turquoise. Anyone choosing a turquoise is sure to enjoy a piece of Heaven ... on Earth.

The most well known deposits are in the USA, Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China. The most beautiful turquoises, in a splendid light blue, come from deposits in the north of Iran.

References::
gemstones.org
THE MINERAL TURQUOISE
Blue Sky...Blue Stone
crystal cure
Gemstones: Turquoise
gem collections
Turquoise – The Gemstone of Tibet


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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I Quote I Echo - 1


"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Love your Earth


"A tree is not just a tree, but it is part of the ecosystem. if you cut a tree, you kill many living things."


Name of design : a tree is not just a tree
Design by : naoya yoko + jun tashiro (agasuke) from japan


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Designboom

Tree of the Month - The Beech Tree






Beech (Fagus) is a genus of ten species of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe and North America.

The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental tree is the European Beech (Fagus sylvatica), widely cultivated in North America as well as its native Europe.The European species, Fagus sylvatica, yields a utility timber that is tough but dimensionally unstable.
The Dwarf Beech, Fagus sylvatica Tortuosa Group, is a rare Cultivar Group of the European Beech with less than 1500 older specimens in Europe. It is also known as Twisted Beech or Parasol Beech.

The name Beech is in early English boc, bece, or beoce; in German Buche, and in Swedish bok, and signifies either a book or the tree, the two senses being supposed to be connected by the fact that the ancient Runic writings were engraved upon beechen boards.The Beech nuts were food for prehistoric man and are still consumed today. Historians claim that the first written European literature was inscribed on Beech bark in Sanskrit. The English word 'book" comes from the Anglo-Saxon "boc", a derivative for the Anglo-Saxon "beece" or Beech.The annual growth of bark strives to hide the wound of the knife, and ultimately the inscribed name will become buried in the heart of the old tree, to remain ages after that of the lover shall have ceased to beat.

Beech wood is an excellent firewood, easily split and burning for many hours with bright but calm flames. Chips of beech wood are used in the brewing of Budweiser beer as a fining agent. Beech logs are burned to dry the malts used in some German smoked beers, to give the beers their typical flavor.The fruit of the beech, also called "Beechnuts", are found in the small burrs that drop from tree in Autumn. They are small and triangular, are edible, have a sweet taste and are highly nutritious. However, they do contain organic substances which are slightly toxic so that they should not be eaten in larger quantities. The oil pressed from them does not have this effect any more. It was in common use in Europe in times of abundant labor but scarce food sources, such as in Germany in the years immediately after World War II; people would go into the woods and collect beechnuts, then swap them for oil at small private or community-owned oil mills; the mill would keep and sell a certain percentage to cover its operating costs.It is nutritious and rich
in oil and attractive to birds and small mammals including deer and badger. The oil can be extracted and used for culinary purposes.Good for firewood and production of charcoal. It is used for furniture and many other uses such as bowls, spoons, tools, and veneers. Varieties of this tree, also used as ornamentals, include the Copper Beech, Weeping Beech, and Weeping Purple Beech. European Beech is a very popular ornamental tree in parks and large gardens.


But it is in autumn, however, that the beauty of the Beech stands pre-eminent. As it is said,
"The autumnal splendor of every other tree fades before that of the Beech, which continues the longest of all, and under particular circumstances is of the most brilliant description. This arises from its lucid leaves, which vary in hue from auburn to gold color and umber, reflecting back the level rays of the descending sun, and thus burning with pre-eminent luster, like a sudden illumination. Blazing characters irradiate the grove wherever the Beech presents, in spectral pomp, its vivid outline; and if a passing rain-cloud, shrouding for a moment the tree-tops, bear upon its purple breast the glowing Iris, with one limb intermingled with the golden foliage, the splendid effect will long rest upon the memory of the spectator."


The wood of the European Beech is used in the manufacture of numerous objects and implements. Its fine and short grain makes it an easy wood to work with, easy to soak, dye (except its heartwood), varnish and glue. Steaming makes the wood even easier to machine. It has an excellent finish and is resistant to compression and splitting. Milling is sometimes difficult due to cracking and it is stiff when flexed. It is particularly well suited for minor carpentry, particularly furniture. From chairs to parquetry (flooring) and staircases, the European Beech can do almost anything other than heavy structural support, so long as it is not left outdoors. Its hardness make it ideal for making wooden mallets and workbench tops. The wood of the European Beech rots easily if it is not protected by a tar based on a distillate of its own bark (as used in railway sleepers). It is better for paper pulp than many other broadleaved trees though is only sometimes used for this. Common beech is also considered on of the best fuels for fireplaces.


References:
Beech Trees, or "Beechnut Trees" for Fall Foliage
Beech Tree wikkipedia
Beech Tree
European beech
European beech 2

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

ROOTS OF EVIL


In Genesis 3 we find the account of a being in the form of a serpent who deceived the first woman into disobeying God. Here is the initial account of an evil being who is capable of deceiving the whole world and who is the very embodiment of malevolence throughout the entire Bible—the inspirer of evil in countless persons and situations across all of human history.

Despite the breadth of such awful influence, however, this is by no means the whole answer to the origin of evil or its existence. The Bible's explanation of the origin of evil must be pieced together by carefully analyzing numerous scriptures. For example, the previous chapter of Genesis provides us with additional insight into evil's existence and function in the world. We may deepen our understanding of evil by studying the account about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis
tells us that along with all the other trees, God placed two special trees in humanity's original habitat, the Garden of Eden. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, could freely eat of the tree of life, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they were not to eat lest they die (Genesis 2:9, 16–17).

These two trees represent two very different kinds of knowledge--two distinct types of thinking and ways of living. The tree of life, as is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation, represents the way to eternal life. It is God's revealed way of successful human living, with thinking and action that is good as defined by God Himself. It is a reflection of His character, in which there is no place for evil—only truth, good and love. Implicitly, this is the way founded on obedience to God's wisdom and way. It is both a mode of behaving and an outcome that God desires for all of humanity. We might call it God's way.

In contrast, however, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents a mixed way of thinking and acting—a combination of some good and some evil—the cumulative effect of which leads to death. This second tree represents the way of humanity's self-discovery—working out for oneself what is good and what is evil. Relying on one's own devices and taking to oneself one of God's prerogatives—that is, to decide what is right and what is wrong. We might call this man's way.

God grants humans the freedom to choose between these contrasting ways of living. He wants us to accept him at His word and choose the way of life he designed us to live. But He allows us to elect the alternative, even though He would prefer to spare us the outcome of such a decision. God grants free choice because, above all, He is interested in the formation of our character, which results from the choices we make.

The book of Genesis teaches that Adam and Eve were seduced into making the wrong choice: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know [to distinguish between] good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever...’”(Genesis 3:22). Adam and Eve were driven from the garden and thereby prevented from accessing the tree of life (verses 23–24).

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Taken this article from vision, you can read the full article here as The Origin of Evil.

Book of genesis
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Beech - A tree for practical knowledge.



Getting behind the plants physical,healing and practical qualities is key to understanding their character.

Mythical meanings and qualities of Beech Tree:

The Beech was linked in folklore to granting wishes. Today it might be called the graffiti tree because people would traditionally carve their wishes into the tree or write spells on the wood. This is was seen in later times with lovers putting their initials in the bark.

Beech tree symbolizes prosperity. For wishes to be granted one must communicate truly what is needed or desired. It is the intent that is the secret ingredient, you must take an active part. Step through the opening doors and keep your eye focused firmly on that dream. If this vision involves a partnership, whether romantic or practical, make this commitment public . If it involves material gain, go through the traditional channels of knowledge and education.



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Aspidistra


Aspidistra species inhabit the floors of east Asian forests and it also found in Pakistan. True to its tough reputation, the aspidistra made a comeback in recent years, both as a houseplant - with its bold, architectural leaves - and as a foliage, for use by florists. It's equally at home in a darkened corner of the garden as prominently along a sidewalk, and it thrives indefinitely in poor soils, even surviving some drought. If you have to pick a plant for your bathroom, try an aspidistra because for low maintenance they can't be beat.It needs very low light, average temperature and humidity and just occasional watering.

Reference:
Wikkipedia

Monday, December 3, 2007

"Speak to the Earth and it will teach you"


Yesterday I was browsing some sites related to my blog's name and by chance I came to know about two really good websites and so I decided to share it in my blog also as it will make my visitors why I have made this blog.

The message of the first website that I explored is that,

"The Earth’s echo lives in each one of us. Some of us are very attuned to recognizing it, and others hear it like a distant drummer, unclear of its source. We each innately know the elements, the cycles, the animal natures, and the plant characteristics, and somewhere in us, we feel how our bodies, emotions and spirits resonate with those echoes. There was a time when everything we knew came from observing the Earth and her beings: the way we discovered movement, expression, emotion, love and communication. All were once drawn from the fascination of the wild. That yearning lives in us still. It is in listening to, and becoming this echo, that we become more balanced, healthy, open, free, and naturally loving and joyful. We remember that all life is sacred."


And another website is Earth Echo, a gallery of peace, love, and light on the internet. I am sharing a poem, The Ancient Plan from this website.

The Ancient Plan

O Ancient Plan,
Reveal my destiny,
Guide my path,
Shape my being.
Birth Yourself in the Temple of my body.
Reveal Yourself in the Life of my spirit.
Animate Yourself by the Love in my soul.
Reflect Yourself by the Light in my life.

A prayer/poem from the
heart of Jean Lauer


Try to browse this page too, The Sharing Gallery is devoted to the work of others who have visited this place. Here you will find art, photography, poetry, and writings. I hope you would like it.

Weather for my blog


For updating weather forecasts, this website will help you to know your local weather. You can also try it in your website or blog. And this is my page, you have to register your account before using it helpful features.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A tree is dying, why?


Identifying a dead tree is not that simple because there are many situations when a living tree may appear to be dead.While the death of a flower may go unnoticed, a dying tree is something we find to be alarming and sad.

The signs that a tree is dying are many and they differ greatly. Its depends on the type of trees,some of ornamental trees and some other trees starts dropping foliage and bark starts cracking. One sure sign is a lack of leaves or a reduction in the number of leaves produced on all or part of the tree. Other signs of a sick tree include the bark becoming brittle and falling off the tree, limbs dying and falling off or the truck becoming spongy or brittle. Further signs of poor tree health are trunk decay, crown dieback, or both. These symptoms often indicate problems that began several years before.

And what causes a tree to die is that they can be affected by tree diseases, insects, fungus and even old age. Tree diseases vary from species to species, as do the types of insects and fungus that can hurt various types of trees. Environmental factors also causes a tree to die so try to prevent trees from dying as trees are important for own lives. A tree specialist will be able to tell you if you are seeing is about to die. If the problem is treatable, then the specialist will also be able to help the dying tree to survive.

Dead Trees Images:

An Old Sisham Tree

Dead tree, Isn't it still beautiful ??

Beautiful, isn't it??

Dragon tree at Darawar Fort, Cholistan

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