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Op Ed: 5-Stage Fascism
Nearing Rapid
U.S. Action

Level Building Since KKK, Pandering Produces Deadly Product.

smashing swastika
Courtesy: libcom.org

(EUGENE, Ore.) - That long-threatening fear-word “Fascism !” has now reached what world authorities for decades have declared as “the final stage” --right here in our beloved America, home of “The Dream” and the Bill of Rights.

Constant concentrated erosion and inevitable attack ever since early Colonial days --driven at first by rabid determination to continue and consolidate slavery-- has already forced the U.S. through four known preliminary stages. It clearly began with the notorious KKK.

Each stage is well-and-thoroughly recognized -- described in depth and horrifying detail-- by awardwinning research authorities, with historical-record reflection for every one of these disastrous steps.

Are we NOW --in America, noted as the birthplace of freedom and liberty set into operation by Constitution and Bill of Rights-- faced with the same destructive declination as Italy, Germany and others back through the entire flow of history?

Close and concentrated attention in recent studies of specific Presidential administrations and the changes forced by their policies and ongoing economic, social and cultural changes now depict very specific illuminating consequences leading many to that conclusion currently.

The most recent, perhaps most illuminating, is by Sara Robinson, one of few trained “futurists” operating in North America. consulting partner at the Cognitive Policy Works, Seattle, and a Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, broadly recognized worldwide as a leading reliable source for relevant information on all public issues. Her “five stages” are summarized from probing analyses including work reported by Robert Paxton, world’s leading authority on fascism, in 1998, published in The Journal for Modern History; and supplemented by others recognized in her report. (See Reader’s Note.)

Let us be entirely clear here and for now on about what fascism REALLY IS --and from whence it cometh: "Fascism: a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator" -- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. (Even more precise definition is given in references provided in the Reader’s Note bellow.)

Its ever-present defining and shaping stages are historically detailed in full depth and documentation in massive, many-paged, potent and powerful research. Every leading university and college devotes time, energy, the highest and strongest of professorial skills, and massive student attention in and out of classrooms to continuing study, NOW.

Strong demanding reason is well recognized, and clearly demanded since fascist developments in any nation clearly presage democracy-threatening national desperations and disastrous consequences. The topic ranks high everywhere since its known horrendous impacts on many nations, on world peace, and even on continuing lifestyles everywhere are all too painfully taught us by many decades of past history.

That work, based on analysis and developmental description by many trained historians, has been still further refined by deep, determined --and exquisitely documented--further research. These strong contemporarily highly-relevant results come from a new group working as specially-trained “Futurists”.

They use established, proven, perfected research disciplines to build the most-probable coming event and change affecting every aspect of 21st Century life. Based on penetrating analytic methods made possible by complex, comprehensive and extremely cogent digital developments, their success has already been nothing short of truly sensational.

The most striking point in every one of these deep new studies, revealing in the common pattern thus so clearly disclosed, is the seductive, too-simple, easy and familiar way in which the curse of fascism is fashioned --and then arbitrarily imposed by force-- by those to whom it is but a potent weapon to kill off any form of democracy. (This “common pattern” is comprehensively set forth in excruciatingly complete, comparative detail in the references below; even reasonable summary demands more description than remotely possible in 1000-word limit here.

Make sure to see any or all-cited to preclude any possible “UN-informed OR MIS-informed” comment; each available rapidly on request to Editor Tim with working phone for response and pdf-transmission.) Whatever its shape or condition, democracy IS their potent enemy --always, forever, implacably, unfailingly because it is built on both sensational concepts of freedom and liberty; AND the wit, wisdom and will of millions who understand, appreciate and will defend its blessings at any cost and any way possible to them.

Detailed steps-and-stages for this massively malign modern political disease --always infecting with deadly consequences economy, culture and social protections-- are reflected in every one of the major references provided below --again, defying even skilled sequential summary in Op Ed word-space.

This most-consequential dialog you may ever read demands “see with own eyes” and “evaluate with own mind” at far higher levels of potent, desperate damage to our American democracy than can be made clear even with the most intense effort and detailed description.

Far back in world history and ever since, the most malignly evil action anyone can take is laid out in potently poetic language by Sir John Harrington, who was in recorded position-to-know:

“Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason”. ---Sir John Harrington, 1561-1612

In our America, there are still a strong group of millions who will work without surcease and within every possible channel to guarantee that wit, wisdom and will --in this world-famed “experiment in democracy” is NOT ever ALLOWED TO FAIL simply from the damaging consequences of ennui, apathy, seductive complacency - -and political pandering.

To join these few, check out each and every one of the detailed, documented, free-and-true reports from writers still working to bring on both full communication of researched social/cultural/economic wisdom --clearly reflecting the wit AND THE WILL of our American people. It is high time to return to the principles set up as our legacy by the Founding Fathers --before it becomes far and for-sure too late to remedy the denigration and deterioration we have mutually allowed to occur.

The Second American Revolution is needed VERY SOON --preferably by honest,open,democratic means-- to prevent arrival of FASCISM at any level or way. ----------------- Reader’s Note: An extremely disturbing report by an expert “futurist” studying continued impacts of fascism is the major basis for this Op Ed: “Is the U.S. on the Brink of Fascism ?”; Sara Robinson; Campaign for America’s Future 8/8/09; at alternet.org/story/141819

Several other similar reports, from file and from friends, were also consulted; pdf’s are available for all sources on full ID to Editor and working phone, with slight delay this time: OP Ed publication will undergo hiatus during move to Oregon Coast now underway-HCR.


At 21, Henry Clay Ruark was Aroostook Editor for the Bango, Maine DAILY NEWS, covering upper 1/4 of the state. In the ‘40s, he was Staff Correspondent, then New England Wires Editor at United Press-Boston; later Editor for the Burlington, Vermont 3-daily group owned by Wm. Loeb, later notorious at Manchester, New Hampshire UNION LEADER for attacks on Democratic Presidential candidates.

Hank returned to Oregon to complete M. Ed degree at OSU, went on to Indiana University for Ed.D. (abd) and special other course-work; was selected as first Information Director for NAVA in Washington, D.C.; helped write sections of NDEA, first Act to supply math, science, foreign language consultants to state depts. of education; joined Oregon Dept. of Education as NDEA administrator/Learning Media Consultant for tenyears.

He joined Dr. Amo DeBernardis at PCC, helping establish, extend programs, facilities, Oregon/national public relations; moved to Chicago as Editor/Publisher of oldest educational-AV journal, reformed as AV GUIDE Magazine; then established and operated Learning Media Associates as general communications consultant group. Due to wife’s illness, he returned to Oregon in 1981, semi-retired, and has continued writing intermittently ever since, joining S-N in 2004. His Op Eds now total over 560 written since then.

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Steve August 19, 2009 1:10 pm (Pacific time)

Has Chicago gone over the cliff? Maybe there are fascist forces at work here? Seems that the city needs some "community organizers" to help get it on track. "Marauding Gangs in the Windy City EconomicPolicyJournal.com Chicago-based financial analyst Janet Tavakoli writes that civil unrest is escalating in the great city of Chicago, as the downturn, and reckless spending, squeeze the city budget. Janet sends along this double action clip. First it shows a gang fight in the middle of a street, followed by angry residents chasing the local alderman, Helen Shiller, down the street. They chase her down the street yelling, "Run Helen run!"... In the upscale Lincoln Park area, just a little further south of [the above] unrest, men alone at night have been accosted by groups of three to six men and severely beaten, robbed, and hospitalized this summer... (Excerpt) Read more at economicpolicyjournal.com ...

Henry Ruark August 19, 2009 8:13 am (Pacific time)

(Emac-error inadvertently sent partial information. Here's link: www.opednews.com) ...Author gives full details and analysis of misleading pundit-pronouncements, some from dollar-biased owner-bent salary-payment sources, per previous Op Ed documentation.

Henry Ruark August 19, 2009 7:57 am (Pacific time)

To all: For serious readers, here's easy access to rapid overall progress in psychological developments: www.psychcentral.com From previous experience with leading contributors, I can vouch for the timeliness and relevance of its content. Watch esp. for references to cognitive research, most esp. for any bearing on differences encountered via reaction to "political principles".

Henry Ruark August 18, 2009 4:08 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Fascism is arriving when one misguided, misinformed, malign small minority can injure the democratic political process by demeaning, denying, and seriously damaging the very conversation which is the heart of any democracy. Is that happening/ If you seek "the news", you know full well it is...and here's still further proof. Three-times-repeated makes it surely an intentional perversion of the original quote, in itself now of questionable value considering the economic disasters wreaked over the Reagan insistence “Government IS the problem !” Reagan quote is misused in health debate Posted: 17 Aug 2009 10:19 PM PDT Source: Media Matters (8-17-09) On August 14, the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, and O'Reilly Factor guest host Laura Ingraham featured a recording of Ronald Reagan speaking in 1961 against "socialized medicine" for the American Medical Association's Operation Coffee Cup Campaign against Medicare. Neither Drudge, Limbaugh, nor Ingraham, however, noted that Reagan was speaking out against an early version of Medicare, which has become very popular since it was enacted 44 years ago, or that Reagan's dire predictions of curtailments of freedom were never realized... Reagan's 1961 missive was against Medicare's precursor legislation Reagan's 1961 message was recorded as part of the American Medical Association's "Operation Coffee Cup," the goal of which "was to defeat legislation called King-Anderson, a congressional health care bill designed to assist older Americans that, in a watered-down version, ultimately came into being as Medicare." In the recording, Reagan warned that if the bill were passed, doctors would be told by the government where to live and where to practice, and that "you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."... ---------------------- One would think these malign maniopulators would allow the Reagan record to remain buried as deep as possible instead of flourishing it in desperate distortion as shown here.

Henry Ruark August 17, 2009 9:29 am (Pacific time)

To all: Here's some more truth via "see with own eyes" from Parry, who broke Iran/Contra story: consortiumnews.com WTimes' Hypocritical Obama-Nazi Slur By Robert Parry August 17, 2009 One of the ugly ironies in the Right’s depiction of President Barack Obama as Hitler and health reform as a plan for Nazi-style euthanasia is that the owner of the Washington Times, which has pushed this line of attack, has had longstanding ties with World War II-era Nazis, neo-Nazis and rightist “death squads.” Indeed, the Washington Times founder and funder, Sun Myung Moon, built his international religious-business-media empire in collaboration with Japanese fascist war criminals and with operational assistance from ex-Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie, the so-called “Butcher of Lyon.” The 89-year-old Moon also has had close ties to later generations of neo-Nazis and right-wing murderers, especially in Latin America where Moon-related organizations threw in their lot with brutal military dictators including some involved in cocaine trafficking. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, Moon emerged as a major financier for the American Right. He sponsored lavish conservative conferences, slipped millions of dollars into the pockets of right-wing activists, supported prominent Republicans and – in 1982 – launched the Washington Times, which has been a prime propaganda vehicle for right-wing causes ever since." -------------------- Surely relevance to Op Ed series re fascism and political pandering must be obvious even to those set back in 19th Century understanding of current events.

Henry Ruark August 17, 2009 6:58 am (Pacific time)

  Then, too, there is now the continuing cognitive research showing very definite, even defining, differences in brain-area reactions among some political groups.

  May well be that Hofstadter, Libset et al were "on to something" then, now proven by hardcore remnant resisting so desperately what millions of others clearly show as wit, wisdom, will of "the people".

  For documentation re cognitive findings, work now underway, ID self in full with working phone to Editor. Some results from early-on reporter interviews over the years. One such, unrelated here, was with
Dr. Walter McCrone re Shroud of Turin bloodstains.

Henry Ruark August 17, 2009 7:42 am (Pacific time)

Friend Kittleson: For Jefferson's perhaps most meaningful statement, see p. 208 in"Adams vs Jefferson: "...the American Revolution had been about who would be supreme: the people or a small elite. That question, he said, ha not been fully answered until the election of 1800... "One party exists in "favor of the many", the other of the few". No mention is made then, of course, of the stands-on-head now accomplished by the two surviving "parties"; for that, see Lurie ref. cited earlier. Please note this excerpt out of context, demanded for full clarity of statement as cited by historian Ferling...which is why you are UNinformed (!) until, unless you read this and other volumes cited here. "See with own eyes", then evaluate for yourself, sir ... and enjoy ! Colonial history is surely foundation of understanding of our form of governance and what we've now allowed to be done to it. That's duty of anyone for "informed opinion" on events, circumstances, options, and probabilities now current.

Henry Ruark August 16, 2009 5:48 pm (Pacific time)

Friend Feldman: Yours is hardly "analysis" sir, nor is there much worth time here in those you quote. Re characterization for political oppositions, so what else is new ? Only real point is the now world-recognized consequences of the Reagan policies and lack of them, aided/abetted and multiplied by impacts and unavoidable effects of the political pandering now so prominent, not confined to any one party nor to any definable class or economic/cultural group, either. Total point of Op Ed series is the great,growing danger to our already torn/tattered democracy. Re "southern strategy", Nixon stands indicted for that political pander meant to provide further strength, Re overall changing "big picture", fully content to leave that to wit, wisdom and will of American people, per 250-year record we all need to know and understand much better than we do... Thanks for your name, participation and thoughtful comment, sir.

Henry Ruark August 16, 2009 5:27 pm (Pacific time)

James K.: You misunderstand my ref. to R/G and colunist, sir --used only to show flow of public opinion, as statement makes abundantly clear, at least for me. Re Jefferson, suggest you read "Adams vs Jefferson: The Tumultous Election of 1800", John Ferling: ISBN 0-19-516771-6 You may then more clearly see why I wrote as I did. If you have not read it, you are, sir, obviously UNinformed as well as perhaps MISinformed. Your use of J/quote referring to taxation is clear indication of misunderstanding here.

Henry Ruark August 16, 2009 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

Frank: So ? Yours adds only further reflection from earlier points here. Hardly "news" both sides on same page re propaganda use and how to do it, and record shows more groups, probably more money on reform-side. BUT point is purpose, intent and how it is demonstrated for the reform side,rather than to strengthen, support, project still further massive drive for more profits...Can you show any other source for the monies lavished by lobbyists to kill reform ? Re "examples": Dime a dozen on both sides, further proof of irrelevances from you. You pays your nickel here and can write as you please, including own Op Ed with 30/40 documenting refs. if you so choose to do, rather than easy shot pander and propanda.

Feldman August 16, 2009 12:34 pm (Pacific time)

Henry, back in the 1960s, Seymour Martin Lipset and Richard Hofstadter and other liberal sociologists, historians and political scientists, puzzled that anyone could support Barry Goldwater rather than Lyndon Johnson, concluded that Goldwater supporters were deranged. They didn't say so directly, of course. They said that members of the radical right were emotionally disturbed victims of "status anxiety." The evidence? They didn't vote the way that Lipset and other academics thought that they should vote. Therefore they had to be crazy. In the decades since, far better scholars than Hofstadter and Lipset, for whom history and sociology are not exercises in partisan Democratic mythmaking, have established that Goldwater and Reagan Republicans often were highly educated, socially secure individuals who happened not to share the values of liberal professors and journalists. This scholarship has been wasted, to judge by the glee with which the liberal blogosphere, in the aftermath of the ephemeral "Birther" flap, has dusted off the old conservatives-are-crazy meme, and revised it to suggest that all white Southerners are crazy. In a recent Washington Post column, Kathleen Parker quoted Ohio Sen. George Voinovich's assertion that the Republican Party is "being taken over by Southerners" to suggest that the GOP risks becoming a permanent minority party of the old Confederacy. This of course has a very negative impact on the deciding segment of national elections as we will see very soon, possibly in Virginia this November. What do you think about that analysis Henry?

James Kittleson August 16, 2009 11:12 am (Pacific time)

Henry regarding one of your below posts: I wonder if the Founders would go to Eugene Robinson or the Eugene Register Guard in Eugene Oregon to get their political analysis? Not likely dear old friend. It appears the spoken wisdom from centuries ago resonates to the current attempt at a power take over: "The most effectual means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny are to illuminate . . . the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that they may. . . know ambition under all its shapes, and . . . exert their natural power to defeat its purposes." - Thomas Jefferson And, for more wisdom from the same source: " . . . this is a tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers. . . have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."- Thomas Jefferson

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 3:39 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Just to be absolutely clear re Frank comment and intention, here are several other rather pertinent definitions. Apply them as YOU see fit, given comments and your full information re source-here for Op Ed in Staff section. arrogance (as in "pride") n. : overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors contempt (as in "dislike") n. : lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike envy (as in "mortal sin") n. : spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins) We welcome dissent here when expressed in good faith and clear English. We also welcome anyone's own Op Ed, with 1000-word shot at expressing "informed opinion" and furnishing documentation and "see with own eyes" links for checking by readers. For those who, for whatever reason, rely on cheap-shot obfuscation we have only what is expressed rather clearly in my own comments, starting with professional information and proceeding to open ethical invitation for further direct dialog, to save space, time and attention for all here. When allathat is ignored, then you have clear symptoms of fascistic attempt to attack and denigrate for pandering purposes. See basic refs. given for Op Ed for excruciating detailed description, and "evaluate with your own mind." Then apply to what you're reading every day in daily headlines from national news and opinion sources.

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 2:49 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Re political pandering attacks on Obamacare, here's lead items in HARPER'S INDEX for Sept. edition: Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large U.S. health-insurance companies: +87. Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428. Chance that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 10. 'Nuff said ? Particularly by those decrying need for full healthcare reform ?? Specifically where billions come from to fight any and all change from current system ?

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 1:11 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Fascistic "shock troops" first steps have always been name-calling, arrogant, hateful and often awkwardly phrased attacks on any open opposition. These are usually undertaken prior to actual violence, when early-stage circumstances allow that with less fear of legal and moral retaliation by the public immediately. Later, when force builds to violence, fear is counted on to control the entire public, as our authorities inform us in the Op Ed documentation. "Hide-names" and "anonymous" are further usual-parts of that psychological syndrome, often assuaging the remnant of conscience left to cover the denial being felt by covering conveniently "the partial pain of the unconscious surfacing", in psychiatric jargon. Those so afflicted are also usually addicted to cheap-shot approach --equivalent to the hit-and-run used later when violence becomes rampant. SO perhaps "what we have here" is simply moreofthesame we've already experienced as this nation plunges ever deeper into the preliminary stages so well covered in the Op Ed references supplied with our content covered in the Op Ed itself. I note no further response to my several "invitational comments" here --which again is the usual "hide-until-safe" reaction always found with the beginnings of this horrific disease now sweeping not only rapidly ahead in the U.S. but also threatening S.American, the Far East and other regions --for some of the same reasons laid out so well in our Op Ed documentation from deep new reseach and historic studies. You can "see with own eyes" by seeking out those sources. You can also "evaluate with own mind" the real meaning of any such comments here now.

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 12:23 pm (Pacific time)

Frank: Your original relates two very differing and opposing psychological concepts in a very false way. Not only is it awkward but also, by intent, disparaging and disingenuous, with more damage to you than to any possible target here, simply by obvious revelation of your intent. Already def. one component you used; here's def. for the other: conceit (as in "pride") n. : the trait of being vain and conceited. No matter to whom this was targeted, fact is that it is not only awakwardly stated by over-simplification, but distorted and, if intended to target any one person, clearly perverted without purposely omitted details to make of it a fact rather than simply a cheap-shot poor permutation designed to sound impressive while in actuality committing a gross and unfair statement --since not targeted nor qualified in any way by your own ID OR documented re any one situation, channel or person. So, sir, please place it where it no longer sees the light of day, and next time have the courage to state any feeling you may have openly, honestly and decently in this channel noted for its welcome of any dissent when so done by person acting in good faith and with full detail and its required documentation. Thanks for participation, which for many now will thus be seen as clearly --and cleanly-- appreciated.

Frank August 15, 2009 11:50 am (Pacific time)

If you have something people want then they will come knocking on your door to get it. Recently here in Oregon a woman with stage 4 cancer was denied treatment via the Oregon Health Plan because the treatment was not considered cost effective to a panel of decision-makers, even though "her doctor" said she would profit with such a treatment. She was offered Hospice care and even the drugs to end her life. She has died from her cancer without the treatment her doctor ordered. When there are limited resources then there will be rationing and more and more people will be impacted by these projected shortages. We have a very smart population who see what will happen if we move too fast with reforming national health policies. What is happening today is an absolute huge democratic uprising by grassrooting people and groups. Paid Volunteers. It seems that, despite all the media attention lavished on e-mail appeals to his supporters, not everyone pushing for President Obama's embattled healthcare reform plan these warm August days is an idealistic volunteer in it for the sake of helping move the country forward and gaining medical attention for millions of uninsured Americans. A website's large-type headline announces: "Work to Pass Obama's Healthcare Plan and Get Paid to Do it! $10-15 hr!" It's a web ad on Craigslist: "You can work for change. Join motivated staff around the country working to make change happen. You can make great friends and money along the way. Earn $400-$600 a week." The ad links to the Boston-based Fund for the Public Interest, an umbrella organization, that's hiring and assigning canvassers to work in at least 28 states, including California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oregon, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/08/obama-healthcare-reform.html

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 9:49 am (Pacific time)

To all: Point re Frank is that "denial" (by def. often unconscious" is heart of Palin and other false remarks re healthcare. Not only is denial involved for many but for leaders in GOPster/corporate attack plain old lying is so obvious it is major matter for many Letters to Editor already sampled in some national dailies. In Eugene's REGISTER-GUARD today six out of 12 were on hcare,all six citing incidents proving necessity for reform now. In same edition 4 national reports cited falsities of healthcare charges, backtrack by GOPster leaders, rebuttal re Brit and Canadian hcare problems. In same edition national column by Eugene Robinson also cited Palin's "imaginary death panels" (the one ostensibly set up to "kill off Grtandma" via other GOPster gurus). Then there are two cartoons, one declaring "Obamacare will require MANDATORY nostril enlargement surgery for left-handed babies !", the second captioned:"Obamacare will put a bloated, uncaring bureaucracy between you and your doctor !", enunciated by a bloated figure labelled "Insurance Industry". Checking still other leading dailies for further report on solid evidence of "people kickback." Communications research over decades shows cartoon-characterization is strong indication of change in public opinion.

Henry Ruark August 15, 2009 9:05 am (Pacific time)

Frank: If you are satisfied with more illumination, fine... "Denial" runs rampant on one side, while "projection" is well recognized as simply main part of intellectual process leading to understandings and learnings on the other. More detail ready when you are, from deep grad-level studies in learning process and three close years with practicing child psychiatrist dealing with both.

Frank August 15, 2009 6:14 am (Pacific time)

My point was made.

Henry Ruark August 14, 2009 8:10 pm (Pacific time)

Frank et al:
  Yours refers to:
  projection (as in "defense mechanism") n. : (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else  
  Perhaps works in reverse for those "conservatives" often afflicted with denial when confronted with liberal realities, especially when further supported by solid national-source documentation.

  OR did you really have some other concept in mind, sir ?
  Yours fails miserably to make meaning clear, and even muddles the main implication.
  So ID self to Editor with full qualification for dialog and with working phone, and we can pursue this one still further.

  Might wish to condense and capsulize your own experience in this somewhat esoteric field, too, including any work with your own psychiatrist, if any, since that might clarify still further just what you meant to imply with awkward, oversimplified reference, as shown here.

Henry Ruark August 14, 2009 3:28 pm (Pacific time)

To all: More truth on Internet for those seeking solid sense of simple fact vs paid-for profit-seeker fantasies: Published Friday, August 14, 2009 by ABC News Six Lobbyists Per Lawmaker Work to Shape Health-Care Overhaul Bloomberg News Investigation Finds Three New Health Lobbyists Register Every Day by Kate Barrett www.commondreams.org It's clear at town halls around the country: An awful lot of people are invested in the fight for health care reform. But the time, money and manpower that lobbying firms devote to courting lawmakers reveals an investment inside the Beltway of staggering proportions. For every lawmaker in Congress, there are about six lobbyists pushing their health care priorities, according to a Bloomberg News investigation released today. That's about 3,300 registered health care lobbyists working Capitol Hill, hoping to put a bug in the ear of 100 senators and 435 congressmen. Bloomberg also examined new lobbyist registrations since July 1 and found that, on average, three lobbying organizations per day, many headquartered on Washington, D.C.'s K Street corridor, are lining up to lobby Congress on health reform." ------------------------ For those able to recognize truth when they "see it with own eyes", use link for still more excruciating detail re desperate attack on the basic concept of democratic decision for commonweal vs dollardriven despoilation by private profit conquistadors conveying deep piles of "corporate campaign contributions", per full Op Ed documentation already on record right here on S-N.

Henry Ruark August 13, 2009 8:31 pm (Pacific time)

Stii need more truth ? Here's "see with own eyes" re radical gun-toter at healthcare meeting. He's lucky S/S are qualified professionals, but if he had made even slight wrong move he would be dead by now...ask any person qualified by experience to speak to the point. BUT note his sponsoring group, from whence they cometh and how --as paid PR-agency-- and for whom they work. "Shock troops" on call is clear clue to where-we-are now per Op Ed. THAT should add to YOUR OWN considerations for constant cogitation whenever you encounter bright light as in this "see with own eyes" incident reported by Stans: Gun-Nut Outside Obama Townhall Linked to GOP 'Stop ObamaCare' Effort By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet Posted on August 12, 2009, http://www.alternet.org/story/141923/ On Aug. 11, William Kostric of New Hampshire strapped a loaded gun to his leg, and went to greet the president of the United States. His message was sponsored with the tacit approval of a social networking site promoted by a well-connected Republican public-relations firm. Kostric's action was within the law; New Hampshire gun laws permit registered gun owners to carry their weapons in public, as long as they are not concealed. Standing with a crowd of anti-government protesters on the property of a church that abutted the high school campus where Barack Obama would conduct a town-hall meeting on health-care reform, Kostric carried a sign that read, "It's time to water the tree of liberty." The slogan refers to a classic quote from Thomas Jefferson: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed, from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." ------------------------- It was Jefferson who began absolute demand for political victory by any means...that should aid in understanding this radical's rabid response to peaceful session with his loaded artillery ready to kill if necessary...if you had seen him on MSNBC program and had heard his words, you would have no question of his intent if opportunity had come his way. Do you consider him as a true patriot, or as reacting from basic, perhaps denied, racism and rancor from many causes ?? From trained, experience observer that is completely clear for so many at these well-perverted political panders created from honest American tradition.

Henry Ruark August 13, 2009 3:08 pm (Pacific time)

You want more truth? How about noted reporter who broke Iran/Contra and Iraq-lies stories ? Here's Robert Parry NOW on healthcare and history: consortiumnews.com The Truth Will Not Out, on Its Own By Robert Parry August 13, 2009 The right-wing fury at town hall meetings over health care and the Republican obstruction of any serious reform in Washington are not just symptoms of a complex debate on an issue packed with powerful special interests; it is a test of whether reality matters in the United States. When a supposedly “moderate” Republican like Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa endorses the crazed view of the “deathers” who claim that President Barack Obama’s health-care plan would promote euthanasia, it is clear that the nation’s problem is bigger than any one legislative battle, even one as big as health reform. The overriding question has become whether the United States – as a representative democracy – is on the verge of losing its sanity. And this is not the first time this question has arisen recently. Only seven years ago, much of the American population was persuaded that Iraq was some lethal threat to the United States. Then, there was fear-mongering about Iraq somehow sending small remote-controlled airplanes across the Atlantic Ocean and over the United States to spray chemical and biological weapons on the American people. There were wildly exaggerated (indeed, false) alarms about Iraq developing a nuclear bomb that would be given to al-Qaeda. ------------- Parry then makes point that democracy is definitel D-I-Y and that truth will out ONLY when we make it so by what we DO, with failure sure to bring on moreofsame with disastrous results for all of us.

Henry Ruark August 13, 2009 1:18 pm (Pacific time)

For truly serious readers seeking truth-in-abundance re worlwide growth of "lumpen" forces destroying democracy, see: Latin American Social Movements in Times of Economic Crises By James Petras The most striking aspect of the prolonged and deepening world recession/depression is the relative and absolute passivity of the working and middle class in the face of massive job losses, big cuts in wages, health care and pension payments and mounting housing foreclosures. Never in the history of the 20-21st Century has an economic crisis caused so much loss to so many workers, employees, small businesses, farmers and professionals with so little large-scale public protest. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23258.htm

Henry Ruark August 13, 2009 11:34 am (Pacific time)

To all: For anyone still doubting the longtime GOPster policy and pattern for publicly applied political force, "see also" major article in HARPERS AUG. 08 issue, any library: "The Wrecking Crew:How a gang of right-wing con men destroyed Washington and made a killing", by Thomas Frank, summarizing his book of same title. Pleas note he has NEVER YET been sued or his documented details rebutted, in his depth coverage of College GOP leaders turned paid-for hit-men, led by Abranoff and Norquist. Abramoff indicted,convicted of massive manipulations via payoffs to multiple "men of influence" in D.C. Norquist on record as his major assistant over decades. Abramoff even opened luxury restaurant for sole purpose of easier pay-off contacts with perverted politicians. Happens my own early time in D.C., prior to allathis mess- now, included bribe incident on public record and with note to friends-then and repeated recently to others here. Was handed white env. with $100-bill, had been alerted, so tore it in two and threw it in face of briber. Still have env., contained bill-half retained as proof and to prevent recovery.

Henry Ruark August 13, 2009 10:40 am (Pacific time)

To all: Concludiing pgh of NYTimes Edit today: www.nytimes.com "It makes good sense to us to require small businesses to contribute to solving a problem that mostly affects their own workers. There also seems little doubt that the small business community would be one of the biggest winners from health care reform." -------------------- You want truth ? Here it is, IF you can recognize it and appreciate how to get it, too.

Anonymous August 13, 2009 9:55 am (Pacific time)

To all: Famed columnist Henry Miller tells this Maine story: There's an old joke allegedly based on a true story about the winters in New England. Seems a federal survey and mapping crew comes through a town in the northwestern corner of Maine, and after taking all their sightings and doing the calculations, they announced that the village actually is in New Hampshire. "Thank god!" one of the residents said. "Because I I couldn't have made it through another Maine winter." ------------------- That precisely reflects the healthcare objections of many who enjoy Medicare but then scream 'Socialism !" at town hall meetings reminiscent of another famed Maine custom --which it so happens was one of my earliest reporting jobs, where I early-on learned to trust wit, wisdom and WILL of "ordinary" (albeit often also "hard-crusted") Americans.

Jonesie August 13, 2009 9:07 am (Pacific time)

Rep. John Conyers was referenced below from the House Judiciary, is not his wife to be sentenced next week in federal court for some kind of fraud with a 5 year potential sentence? All the attorney generals out there in the different districts serve at the pleasure of the sitting president. When Clinton came into office he fired all of them, Bush kept some and removed several as was his executive right, Obama also removed the attorney generals. All of them could be said that they were working on important cases. This just seems like political posturing to distract from other more pressing national issues, like healthcare and cap/trade.

Recon August 12, 2009 6:29 am (Pacific time)

Editor it is pretty obvious that you are dumping those posts...

Editor: That's right little guy, I dump your propaganda into the abyss all the time.  This isn't your news organization and I have no obligation to publish the racist BS garbage that you and your silly little band of cohorts send here all the time.  In fact we never will.  Occasionally I let you guys hammer on my stories with your ramblings but not my staff of writers.  These are the people making a real difference, you don't even have the character to use your own name, or just one name.  Poor character traits, at least I'm up front with you about it. 

Henry Ruark August 11, 2009 3:50 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Here's rapid confirmation re Rove rabid pursuit of political revenge, from reliable national source: www.commondreams.org Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by TalkingPointsMemo Rove Personally Pressed for Iglesias Firing by Zachary Roth Perhaps the key takeaway from the just released documents on the U.S. attorney firings is this: Karl Rove claimed recently that he and his staff acted merely as a conduit for passing on concerns about David Iglesias. But it's now clear that Rove's office pushed from 2005 for Iglesias to be canned, and was intimately involved in the decision. For instance, the documents show: • In May 2005, Rove's top aide, Scott Jennings, wrote in an email: "I would really like to move forward with getting rid of" Iglesias." ---------------- Folo link for YOUR OWN evaluation of rising flood now in hands of prosecutor, after years of precise preparation.

Henry Ruark August 11, 2009 3:34 pm (Pacific time)

TO ALL; Political pandering includes career assassination for private personal gain. Here's excellent "see with own eyes" developing action by national-level prosecution: www.pubrecord.org Rove ‘Driving Force’ Behind U.S. Attorney Firings Posted: 11 Aug 2009 House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said Tuesday he has turned over to a special prosecutor investigating the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys thousands of pages of Bush administration documents that implicates Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers in the dismissals to determine if criminal charges are warranted. More than 5,000 pages of documents, along with transcripts of recent interviews Rove and Miers gave to the panel related to the roles they played in the firings of nine federal prosecutors, were released by Conyers’s committee Tuesday. The panel had spent several years investigating what role, if any, the Bush White House played in the decision to terminate the U.S. Attorneys. Previous assurances by the White House that it had no direct involvement in the firings are contradicted by the new materials. A Justice Department watchdog report concluded last year that a majority of the firings were politically motivated. Rove and Miers had dodged several congressional subpoenas seeking their testimony in the matter, citing George W. Bush’s broad claims of executive privilege. ---------------------- That relies on the highly suspicious theory of executive supremacy long ago dispelled by Founders records and dialog and exposed then as reflection of Royalism --killed off by Congress in 1800 Presidential election and forced choice then of Jefferson over Adams, per prior Op Ed examination. Some channels already dialoging re major charges developing as possible treason in open known defiance of past Congressional acts and known prerogatives.

Henry Ruark August 11, 2009 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Heavy national consensus from reliable national sources --surely outweighing splinter from collapsing cause and a single observer-- shows true shock-troop beginnings re healthcare town meetings. Question is no longer possible re realities of this ongoing longtime GOP operation of which I've had personal experience for 50 years, some reported here, other incidents known to friends, sponsors and Editor Tim --all documented in detail, dates, places, people, too. Here's top Alternet report by their D.C. chief: AlterNet Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America's Dirty Work By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet Posted on August 10, 2009, http://www.alternet.org/story/141860/ The recent spate of town hall dustups may look like an overnight sensation, but they've been years, even decades, in the making. Since the days in the late 1970s, when the New Right began its takeover of the Republican Party, it has cultivated a militia of white people armed with a grudge against those who brought forth the social changes of the '60s. These malcontents have been promised their day of retribution, a day for which they are more than ready. Few seem to understand that they are merely dupes for a corporate agenda that will only worsen the conditions in which they live. Why, you may ask, would men of power and fame shake the rough, unmanicured hands of gun enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, gay-haters, misogynists and racists? Because somebody's got to do the dirty work. Magnates don't like to soil their French cuffs, and it's hard for a bunch of rich guys to garner sympathy for threats to their bottom lines. It's the classic inside-outside game that the right wing of the GOP has played for the last two decades." ------------------ "See for yourself" in this major report via link -then compare source with other stuff showing up desperately as realities become strong and on public record.

Jim August 11, 2009 8:00 am (Pacific time)

Black and Hispanic anti-big government protesters are carrying signs along with white's, and they are a mixture of democrats, republicans and non-affiliated party members. Last week, a black gentleman named Kenneth Gladney went to a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan, Missouri Democrat. While passing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags, he was viciously attacked by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members. Mr. Gladney was hospitalized and six people were arrested, several wearing union purple shirts which can be seen on video as the attack happened. Other than accusations by some politicians that the protesters are acting in a criminal fashion as are the video recorded union members acting criminally, where's the proof the citizen protesters are? To date none exists, but I imagine things will heat up, but self-defense is a lawful response. We are all witnessing a revolution, and how intense it gets will depend on how well our elected representatives follow their constitutional responsibilities. Several video links, see with "own eyes." http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=6917andposts=2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB0wQDhKVcE

"Skipper" Osborne August 10, 2009 11:49 pm (Pacific time)

Yes, Yes, Henry Ruark America is faced 'with the same destructive declination as Italy, Germany and others back through the entire flow of history.' In all that you have written and responded to here is so true. It is unfortunate that 'most White folk' do not see (or pretend they do not see) the racism that is rampant in the United States of America. Since 'most Whites' have not felt the sting of racism, their racist propensities begin to rear thier ugly heads just as the KKK did when African Americans got their so called 'freedom' from slavery. You see, a lot of Whites (especailly KKK'ers) had to blame someone, so they blamed Black folks. Now, 'most' Republicans and some Democrats have to blame someone; why not the African American President Obama? Mr. Ruark is dead on target! The Republicans is doing what the KKK did years ago, and some of you folks that are writing can not/choose not to see it. As much as I hate to say this, but in order to bring about a social change, a revolution is necessary: this time it will be 'the haves' against 'the havenots.'!

Henry Ruark August 10, 2009 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

  Still touting single-person viewpoint, your own, with not a sign of any specialized expertise, or even links to any reliable national source.
  AND complete denial of any ID to qualify for first word of UNinformed opinion.

  Re those in "town halls",the old persons simply MISinformed by massive billion-dollar deal  underway for propaganda-spout for weeks now already. Many actual interviews and even videos show that unmistakably, as Medicare recipients who did not even know program source !

  Can guarantee that from real personal experience at similar  situations over years, on many  other also-manipulated issues and problems.
  You ever "been there, done that ?"
  Credibility grows from actual contact, doth not age into nonentity over 35 years spent UNinformed and UNaware.
  Fatal reality is fact such propaganda-buying funds can come only from profits on healthcare as laid out here in detail long ago.

  Yours re signs, clothing, etc simply reflects obvious contempt for one side, as good as ID to declare your status.

  Re links to bill, easily found on Internet for anyone seeking it --with full detail re real meanings rather than purposely-distorted now on public record from 19th Century survivors who forget changes inevitable over 35 years, expect allasame and moreofsame to be same Heaven, defying, denying essential 21st Century economy, social, cultural developments.
  Thank you for nothing...

  Re history, yr point fails reality test of "whom doing what to whom"... as millions now have found out the hard, painful and dangerous way on healthcare, with moretocome unavoidably without reforms.

  Most obviously, analysis shows you have failed to read or even skim materials now well provided here, nailing down from whence you cometh and also WHY.
  IF you had, both history and relationships re background and current meanings in our nation could not have survived any real cogitation...not that we would ever expect any from you.


Jim Harvey August 10, 2009 6:18 pm (Pacific time)

For Fascism to survive it must seize power whenever possible, and real power comes from military control. Our Bill of Rights and our Constitution is heavily focused on "states rights." When you start seeing the Feds attempting to diminish those states rights, pay close attention as the below news report admonishes us as to what the central government is now attempting. To put all state-controlled military under federal control could be done immediately. Not a good idea, that is if you believe in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution. A bipartisan pair of governors is opposing a new Defense Department proposal to handle natural and terrorism-related disasters, contending that a murky chain of command could lead to more problems than solutions. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R), chairman of the National Governors Association, and Vice Chairman Gov. Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia penned a letter opposing the Pentagon proposal, which they said would hinder a state's effort to respond to a disaster. Current law gives governors control over National Guard forces in their own states as well as any Guard units and Defense Department personnel imported from other states. The letter comes as the Pentagon proposes a legislative fix that would give the secretary of Defense the authority to assist in response to domestic disasters and, consequently, control over units stationed in an affected state. "We are concerned that the legislative proposal you discuss in your letter would invite confusion on critical command and control issues, complicate interagency planning, establish stove-piped response efforts, and interfere with governors’ constitutional responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of their citizens," Douglas and Manchin wrote to Paul Stockton, assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America's Security Affairs. "One of the key lessons learned from the response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 was the need for clear chains of command to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure the most effective use of response resources," the governors wrote. Though the Pentagon has said the legislative fix would increase the number of Defense Department personnel available to respond to disasters, Douglas and Manchin expressed skepticism, arguing that current law already allows the Pentagon to order personnel to key areas inside the U.S. A similar fix was removed from the Defense Department appropriation measure in conference committee for fiscal 2009. http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/governors-oppose-dod-emergency-powers-2009-08-10.html

Brian Vaughn August 10, 2009 2:03 pm (Pacific time)

My below post is certainly not a single-person viewpoint. All one has to do is watch or listen to any news channel. My posted observation below appears to be the same observation of millions as per most all the national polls I have seen. If anyone is not familiar with looking up national pollsters, just google something like "current healthcare polls." You will probably even come across some video so you can let your own eyes see what's going on. These types of boisterous exchanges have been going on throughout recorded history. I think it really helps move the debate along, for you do not want one side to just push anything forward without some public feedback. That's what is going on now, it's healthy for our democracy.

Henry Ruark August 10, 2009 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

Vaughan: Still touting single-person viewpoint, your own, with not a sign of any specialized expertise, or even links toany reliable national source.

Henry Ruark August 10, 2009 11:01 am (Pacific time)

To all: Here's another source document used for this Op Ed. It was written in '07, prior to the Nov.4 Presidential election inaugurating some continuing hope for avoidance of fascistic take-over. Rowthorn is an independent writer operating in the Far East, widely published there: www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/10121 When America Went Fascist By Chris Rowthorn Sep 25 2007 - It is a truism in the blogosphere that one more terrorist attack will turn America into a fascist state. People speculate about what fascism in America will look like, or how they might fight it. Others boast that they plan to flee the country ahead of the coming fascist takeover of the United States. One cannot read these posts without a sense of bitter irony, because one thing is clear to those who are watching carefully: The United States of America is already a fascist state. The United States turned fascist on December 11, 2000. On that day, the Supreme Court essentially appointed George W. Bush president of the United States, stopping the recount of Florida votes, and, hence, the democratic process. The justices of the court then slipped away by night, ashamed of their role in murdering America's great experiment in democratic rule. The Supreme Court decision of December 11, 2000 is the modern American equivalent to German President Hindenburg's swearing in of Hitler as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. By swearing in Hitler as chancellor, Hindenburg set in motion a process which led to the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. In the case of the Nazis, the Reichstag fire of February 27, 1933 was the catalyst they needed to cement their grip on power. In the case of Bush and his backers, the tragedy of September 11, 2001 was the catalyst they needed to complete their full takeover of the American government. ------------------ Now we have learned that the mob action instigating Supreme Court intervention which prevented the completion of the Florida recount was carried out by GOPsters sent from D.C. for that purpose.

Brian Vaughn August 10, 2009 10:49 am (Pacific time)

Fascism (as practiced by the Nazis) and Communism are both collectivist ideologies. They’re two facets of the same gem. The biggest economic difference is that in Communism, the state actually owns and runs the means of production; in Fascism, private business still technically owns industry but the government regulates it so tightly that the end result is very similar. You still end up with a bunch of plutocratic Party members running the factories, but the Communist ones work for the government and the Fascist ones are allegedly private citizens. Other than that, you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart. Both restrict personal freedoms. Both preach “the Party” over everything. Both have extensive secret police and crush political dissent of any kind. And yeah, in the 1930s after taking power, the NSDAP had a bit of a blue-on-blue war regarding socialism—basically, the sincere socialists vs. the Fascists. The Fascists won; Hitler shoved the socialists aside so he could milk the business barons for cash and support for his war aims. You go against the existing power structure forget about freedom of speech. At first they will ridicule you, then you will be gone. Regarding who is organizing the protests at the townhalls, just look to see who has the better signs, similar clothing and who came in by bus. I sure see a significant percentage of senior citizens at these townhalls, and I doubt very much they are dancing the corporate tune but are there for genuine reasons for they have seen parts of the health bill that impact their future care, and they are in a fighting mood. I have abbreviated references within that bill if anyone is interested.

Henry Ruark August 10, 2009 9:07 am (Pacific time)

To All: Here’s another “see with own eyes” for your requisite evaluation, from one of the major sources for this Op Ed: www.guardian.co.uk Naomi Wolf The Guardian, Tuesday 24 April 2007 (excerpted) Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy - but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps. ----------------- Wolf then outlines, clearly summarizes and shows the unavoidable consequences of each step --in extremely close relationship to the current state of American political developments.

Vic August 10, 2009 8:35 am (Pacific time)

"When and if fascism comes to America, it will not be labeled "Made in Germany"; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, "Americanism"." Professor Halford E. Luccock of Yale Divinity School. New York Times article from September 12, 1938

Henry Ruark August 10, 2009 7:54 am (Pacific time)

To all: Significant signal cited by every expeert re arrival of fascism is dirty-work shock troops doing the mogul elite's bidding by force. SO here's "see with own eyes" link for YOU to check: Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America's Dirty Work By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet Posted on August 10, 2009, http://www.alternet.org/story/141860/ The recent spate of town hall dustups may look like an overnight sensation, but they've been years, even decades, in the making. Since the days in the late 1970s, when the New Right began its takeover of the Republican Party, it has cultivated a militia of white people armed with a grudge against those who brought forth the social changes of the '60s. These malcontents have been promised their day of retribution, a day for which they are more than ready. Few seem to understand that they are merely dupes for a corporate agenda that will only worsen the conditions in which they live. Why, you may ask, would men of power and fame shake the rough, unmanicured hands of gun enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, gay-haters, misogynists and racists? Because somebody's got to do the dirty work. Magnates don't like to soil their French cuffs, and it's hard for a bunch of rich guys to garner sympathy for threats to their bottom lines. It's the classic inside-outside game that the right wing of the GOP has played for the last two decades. -------------------------- Stan is distinguished D.C. reporter/bureau chief. She names names, shows dates, and summarizes the entire attack long underway, now reaching "action level" demonstrated by each of the experts cited for this Op Ed.

Daniel Johnson August 9, 2009 5:42 pm (Pacific time)

I thought the term "palingenesis" used in the linked story by Sara Robinson might have been a reference to an infamous former Alaska governor, but no. Palingenesis is an old legitmate term. But, come 2012... I don't believe in coincidences. Reader: don't finish with this story. Click the link and read Sara Robinson's frightening analysis.

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