The Federal Reserve has had promoters and detractors since its inception in 1913. An arm of the government and nominally owned by the banks that belong to the system, it’s been blamed for the Great Depression, praised, and criticized for helping lessen the 2008 financial crisis. As America’s central bank its purpose is to conduct monetary policy, the pursuit of full employment and stable prices, to supervise and regulate banks, maintain the stability of the financial system and to provide services to government and financial institutions.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Danielle DiMartino Booth, and Niki McCuistion

How well has the Federal Reserve performed its role, and in today’s world does the Federal Reserve matter as it once may have?

Joining Host Dennis McCuistion, who himself is a former banker, well-versed in these issues is:

Danielle DiMartino Booth, author of the new bestseller, Fed Up… An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America. Ms. Booth quit her high-ranking Wall Street job after predicting the housing crash of 2008 and was recruited as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Over the next nine years she and Richard Fisher, former President and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas spoke up often about the dangers of some Fed policies.

To no avail, says Ms. Booth, “On a world rendered unsafe by banks that were too big to fail, we came to understand that the Fed was simply too big to fight”. According to Ms. Booth, decisions were made based on theoretical models, the results, easy money for the well off and keeping Wall Street thriving at the expense of the average middle class just getting by.

John Tamny, Forbes contributor, Senior Fellow in Economics and author of Who Needs the Fed? also joins us. He states, “The Fed is an offense to common sense; economists who think that growth causes inflation!”He believes that prosperity can be achieved through Federal Reserve fine-tuning; however, as to its being powerful, there he differs.

Join two power houses on the issue of the Federal Reserve, its relevancy today, Alan Greenspan’s “influence” on the housing bubble, the impact the Federal Reserve has on the economy, and how this all affects you.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion
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2401 – 05.21.2017

Ethics, as defined by Merriam-Webster is “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation… the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group.”

  • Our experts, Marianne Jennings, J.D.: Professor Emeritus Arizona State University Ethical and Legal Studies, author of The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse; commended as a top 100 thought leader on ethics and one of the most influential people in ethics by Ethics Magazine, and
  • Richard Ebeling, PhD: Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at the Citadel, former President of the Foundation for Economic Education and V. P. Future of Freedom Foundation;

agree that ethics make for good business, yet too many businesses today do not base their business dealings on sound ethical behaviors. The glaring lack of ethics and egregious codes of conduct in more than a few financial institutions was a critical factor in the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent bailouts cost taxpayers billions.

And recent headlines of some of our major institutions, from Wells Fargo onward, show that ethics is still missing from their playbooks.

Left to Right: Richard Ebeling, PhD and Marianne Jennings, J.D.

Most companies do not take the necessary steps to create a culture of ethics that governs their decision making. Companies claim to know what they are supposed to do. Most have written codes of ethics, classes and employee training in the subject matter, yet there is a huge gap between what should be and what actually happens.

Employees comment that the codes of ethical conduct set by their companies have little impact on their making ethically correct choices. What does, it is the examples set by leadership and the actual culture followed in a company that influences their actions.

So how do you take ethics from theory to practice?

Professor Jennings and Dr. Ebeling join host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss how the lack of transparency and ethics in banks and corporations contributed to the financial crisis and what must be done to instill an ethical culture to prevent another 2008 debacle.

All agree, if there are regulations, rules and money to be made, chances are people will find loopholes. Something can be legal but not ethical. The model in some financial institutions was quantity not quality, make money… Business has a choice. Unfortunately, too many banks looked for loopholes, rewarded greed, and violated moral codes.

Left to Right: Richard Bowen

Left to Right: Richard M. Bowen, Cary Maguire, and Niki McCuistion

The program also features a short interview on ethics with Cary Maguire (Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU), who funded the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Initiative. Mr. Maguire was recently honored with the inaugural “Cary M. Maguire Spirit of Ethics” award presented by The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Awards. This is a new level of recognition to a company that demonstrates and champions above-and-beyond ethical practices.

Talking about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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nikin@nikimccuistion.com

Did Dodd-Frank set up a tyranny in our financial system?

The failure of Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused an outcry for due process, rule of law, regulation and reform. And while the intention was to revitalize the American economy, the reverse has occurred. The 19,000 pages of regulations, $35 billion of economic impact and 72 million hours of paperwork may not have worked as intended.
Hundreds of rules later, no one is really sure about any regulation’s effectiveness. And the government is looking for ways to dismantle Dodd-Frank. President Trump has said Dodd-Frank rulings aren’t working and are making legitimate investing activity more difficult than it should be….” These regulations enshrine too big to fail and encourage risky behavior.”

Left to Right: George A. Selgin, PhD, William K. Black and C.K. Lee

Joining Host, Dennis McCuistion, are:

Our guests state that some regulations have actually caused risk, helped the big banks become bigger, small banks fewer with many closing their doors as a result because of the crippling. A Harvard University working paper released in early 2015, argues Dodd-Frank is the culprit contributing to fewer community banks.

George A. Selgin, PhD with audience members , Gerald Reihsen and FRTV Board Member, Gary Short

Regulations were supposed to unleash the market, yet we are at 2% economic growth, compared to a historic 3.5% growth. The average family has stagnant paychecks, has lost savings, have less access to credit, and we’re losing a community financial institution a day because of the volume and complexity of Dodd-Frank and other regulatory overkill.

Are we politically allocating capital in our economy? Can the Financial Protection Agency be fair regarding products it deems abusive or is it arbitrary and are we giving the so called protective agencies too much power?
While this is not a good news program, tune in to see what the experts predict. It impacts you.
Talking about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.
The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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2312 – 08.07.2016 (original airing date)

The Platinum Rule: Communicating to Succeed with special guest, Tony Alessandra, PhD, CSP, CPAE and author of The Platinum Rule.

L to R: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion, & Tony Alessandra, PhD

Whether it’s to collaborate, innovate, be understood, negotiate, and/or just get along with others, effective communication skills are key. Schools teach the “3 r’s” and give communication short shrift.

In the world of technology and 24/7 contact, we spend about 85 percent of each day communicating in one form or another. It’s in our best interests to be darn good at such a necessary business and social skill. Yet we seldom concentrate on how our partner/associates, friends and neighbors want to be communicated with.

If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so easy to talk to some people, why you have an instant rapport with some and not others, the answer might be you’re not communicating with people on their wavelength.
According to our guest, we too often treat people according to the Golden Rule: “do unto others the way you’d have them do unto you”.
A solid maxim, yet one that often backfires. We are not all the same, nor do we want the same things. Thus, Tony’s Platinum Rule, “do unto others as they would like to be done unto,” reframes communication.

Tony’s communication advice can help one solve conflict, build more effective teams and foster stronger relationships. Join us to learn more about communication skills, how we are similar and different, and how we can use the Platinum Rule to build relationships, personally and professionally.

This is one program you won’t want to miss if you do indeed want to foster stronger relationships.
P.S.

According to research we can differentiate various styles of communicating into four quadrants:

The Director, Socializer, Relator and Thinker:
  • Directors tend to be more forceful and up front and want people to get to the bottom line. They like being in charge.
  • Socializers want to be center stage. They excel at conversation- sometimes too much so.
  • Relators are about relationships, slow to warm up, and loyal. They like a relaxed pace.
  • Thinkers are analytical, precise and like data- neatly presented.
We are a combination of all of these styles, yet we have a primary preference, and if we are going to be more effective in getting results, the Platinum Rule counsels us to communicate to that person’s preference. Easier said than done- as a Director myself- as is Dennis, the host of McCuistion, our style is sometimes too direct!

Tune in Sunday to hear the experts on this issue.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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nikin@nikimccuistion.com

 

In the United States, the official poverty rate is 13.5 percent (U.S. Census Bureau 2015). The 2015 studies show an estimated 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty, a rate of 14.3 percent of the population. While the percentage of Americans in poverty fell from 15 percent in 2012, the biggest such decline since the year 2000 poverty is still an issue.

Left to Right (on platform): Timothy Bray, PhD and Brad Lips, PhD

Global Poverty Studies

Globally, based on a poverty line of $1.90 a day, World Bank projections suggest global poverty may have reached 700 million, or 9.6 percent of global population, in 2015. Globally, 1.2 billion people (22 percent) live on less than $1.25 a day.

Joining us on McCuistion to explore the solutions to global poverty:

Brad Lips says, “Should we be focused on the causes of poverty or should we reframe our thinking to use free enterprise to get obstacles out of the way so that people can create wealth which is the lasting way to alleviate poverty”? Atlas Network has a partnership with 460 organizations in 98 countries, one third of which are in the U.S.

Tim Bray, on Mayor Rawlings task force on poverty says, “Quality of life issues need to be examined- that prevent access to better employment, education and health care”.

And Robert Rector asks that we consider that “in calculating poverty the census ignores almost all the entire welfare state.” The census defines a family of four as poor if its income falls below a specified point- $24,036, yet does not count welfare benefits.

Can we alleviate global poverty? Yes. However, can we resolve the issue of global poverty once and for all?

Tune in Sunday to hear the experts on this issue.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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04.23.2017 – 2324

In today’s polarized political world, the question, “Are We Too Dumb for Democracy?”, is on point.

The votes from our three experts on this subject are mixed.

Left to Right:  Joseph E. Kobylka, PhD., Jeffrey A. Engel, PhD., and Robert Howell, PhD

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to discuss the concerns with civic intelligence and the
“right “to vote are:

  • Jeffrey A. Engel. PhD: Director, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University,
  • Joseph E. Kobylka, PhD: Southern Methodist University, Associate Professor of Political Studies and
  • Robert Howell, PhD: Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Southern Methodist University.

Their comments provoke some thought. Our experts remind us that the framers of our Constitution did not form a democracy and they put in place a vigorous system of checks and balances.

Today it is a civic responsibility to vote; however, voting for a candidate based on whom you’d like to share a beer with is not a basis for an intelligent vote for a governing position. And too often, too many do not have the civic intelligence and awareness to make good decisions.

Concern was expressed over our civic ignorance. For instance, some Americans do not know there are three branches of government, and only one third of our citizens can name even one of them.

Many invest almost total power for decision making in our President. Two thirds of our citizens believe if Roe vs Wade is overturned abortion is automatically illegal, 40% of citizens believe English is our official language and Christianity our U.S. religion. Our economic beliefs are predominately inaccurate, and the list goes on.

Our experts ask: On what basis can one make a qualified voting decision if you don’t have the right information to accurately evaluate a candidate’s ability to govern? Public schools are not teaching civics. Social media offers lots of choice yet may also reinforce existing biases. You can Google down any rabbit hole and find sources to back up your preconceptions.

The evolution of how we come to decisions has changed. We no longer have a common narrative, because there are so many sources of information. Fake news hurts. Political correctness hurts. And we may have made civic engagement into entertainment.

Our guests agree, “democracy” may not always be a good thing, but it is the only game in town. We need good information to make good decisions. Educating ourselves on our choices is critical. Civic ignorance can be dangerous to our continued freedom as citizens.

Tune in as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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2325 – 04.09.17

Paul David Miller, PhD. (University of Texas at Austin, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) said, “Self-government is at root a culture of public responsibility among a citizenry, that is, a widely accepted norm that citizens can and should take a role in public decision making. People must believe that they have the right, duty, and ability to govern themselves.”

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss what has become an issue in a democratic society where few people vote, are key experts in the field of self-governance:

  • David G. Drumm, J.D. – Partner, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.; Chair of the Board, Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, and
  • Tom Giovanetti – President of The Institute for Policy Innovation.

Left to Right: Tom Giovanett and David G. Drumm, J.D.

Addressed are key questions:

  1. Are we as Americans capable of civic involvement to the extent that we are knowledgeable about issues and can resolve most of society’s problems without excessive government involvement?
  2. Are we capable of selecting and electing honest politicians?

We ask: Can we be a self-governing nation when so many people are ignorant about civic issues? Are Americans too overwhelmed, throwing their hands up and thinking their voice does not matter?

Our founders attempted to lay out a path that allowed us as American citizens to set our own policy without oversight from an external authority and that we would be free from outside controls except those we could influence. Yet, has government and our election process become such that this is no longer possible?

They were concerned that a 51% “majority” would force the 49% into accepting its mandates, and decisions. They asked that as a society we understand that we are responsible for what occurs in government through the people we elect, and that we respect that only a responsible, educated , virtuous people can self-govern. We need to ask, are we good enough for a democracy that is personal self-governance?

An individual citizen then must be active, have an informed perspective, and self-organize for various purposes. If we as citizens are not, then voting is essentially a lottery and a spinning of the roulette wheel. People may complain about their elected officials, yet we have elected them and if we’ve done a poor job doing so then we should not expect good government or good governance.
Yet while many Americans feel the government is dysfunctional and not responsive to the people themselves, the system still works. People can change government policy if they so wish. The key is being informed and responsible.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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2.26.2017 – 2326

There are more than 120,000 men, women and children in the United States (nearly 12,000 in Texas alone) who need an organ transplant to live. A single donor can save as many as 8 lives through organ donation and help as many as 75 people through cornea and tissue donation. Every 10 minutes someone new is added to the national transplant waiting list. Still, about 8,000 people die every year waiting for an organ, an average of 22 people each day.

Left to Right: Dr. Klintmalm, Patti Niles, Ronnie Matthews, Dennis and Niki

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about this critical need are:

  • Göran B.G. Klintmalm M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.: Chief & Chairman, the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, Past President, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • Patti Niles: President/CEO Southwest Transplant Alliance, one of 58 federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organizations
  • Ronnie Matthews: Father of the late Cam’ron Matthews, a donor

During a school football game, Cam’ron, age 16, collapsed on the field. Not long beforehand Cam’ron had applied for a driver’s permit and had checked the box to indicate he wanted to be a registered donor. Cam’ron was a hero. His compassionate gift helped save 6 lives. His father, Ronnie Matthews says “there is nothing more touching that someone who looks you in the eye and says, ‘I would not be alive today if it weren’t for your son.'”

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The Southwest Transplant Alliance Team

According to Dr. Klintmalm, “3.2 organs can be recovered from an average donor; however, not all organs in every donor are usable. And we have to evaluate whether an organ is going to be good for a recipient or detrimental.”

In 2015, a record breaking 30,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States, more than in any previous year. Approximately 1% of people who die in Texas, die in a way where they can be an organ donor. The risk for a transplant procedure is relatively small. However, there are many other factors at risk; from blood types not matching to any medical condition the donor may have.

In 2016, Southwest Transplant Alliance surpassed their goal. President/CEO Patti Niles says, “Each year we set a goal to save more lives with organs transplanted. For 2017 we set a stretch goal of 1,300 transplanted organs. While this is a number and a goal, it represents lives saved. All of this starts with the ‘yes’ from registered organ donors and families that have made the incredibly generous decision to donate. We encourage everyone to register their decision by visiting donatelifetexas.org.”

You too can save lives. Go to donatelifetexas.org and register as a donor.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

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Niki McCuistion
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Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the growing dangers and spread of West Nile and Zika and the issues associated with them are:

  • Tara Smith, PhD – Associate Professor, Kent State University College of Public Health,
  • Christopher Perkins, M.D. – Medical Director/ Health Authority- Dallas County Health and Human Services,
  • Zachary Thompson – Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services,
  • Seema Yasmin, MD – Staff writer at the Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas at Dallas, and
  • James (Jim) H. Kennedy, PhD – Regents Professor of Biological Science at the University of North Texas

West Nile virus (WNV) and Zika are infectious diseases which are primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Zika can also be sexually transmitted. Contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy is becoming more problematic as it can cause congenital brain abnormalities in the fetus which we may not be aware of until the child is born.

Its symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, flu like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. In 2016, World Health Organization officials declared the virus and its associated birth defects an international health emergency.

Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms; although about 1 in 5 people may develop a fever with other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. While most recover completely, fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of those infected develop serious (fatal) neurologic illness (CDC).

There are no medications to treat either virus or vaccines to prevent either infection. And the issue is growing as more people travel to countries where they can be infected and become the natural hosts and spread the virus.

So how do you protect yourself? Our experts counsel mosquito repellent all day every day as not all mosquitoes die in winter. We need to minimize breeding and their incubation as there is always a danger. Get rid of standing water, keep windows secure with screens, and be alert to bites. Even a flu shot can help. A key is public buy-in and building awareness. Surveillance and prevention need to go hand in hand.

Tune in to get advice and wisdom about this growing concern from experts in the field who understand and deal with the issues on a daily basis.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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01.31.17 – 2321

[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”#middleeast #refugees” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Millions of Middle East refugees are fleeing or have fled Middle Eastern countries because of wars, ISIS and terrorism and economic crisis.[/clickandtweet] The countries they’ve turned to are torn between compassion and fear that some of the refuges may in fact be undercover terrorists. And so the borders are closing.

Left to Right: Hind Jarrah, PhD, Dennis McCuistion, Donna Duvin, Niki McCuistion, and A.J. Irwin

The outcome: Middle East refugees are having a difficult time whether they are in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan or elsewhere. Their sheer numbers have caused some European leaders to limit the number of Middle East refugees who enter their countries. In some cases doors have completely shut. While the refugee problem is not as acute in America, the refugee situation nevertheless raises concerns about national security, terrorism, health issues, disease, finances and assimilation. Concerns over fraud and welfare costs and terrorism are also very real.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss Middle East refugees are:

This is a particularly difficult issue as most Americans are by nature compassionate towards their fellow man and woman regardless of their country of origin or other unique characteristics. On this program we attempt to weigh humanitarian concerns against those of terrorism.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
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