How to Prepare Game for Consumption

How to Prepare Game for Consumption

We covered hunting vs. trapping a few days ago, and of course, once you’ve caught an animal, you need to make sure it’s consumable for humans. Here are some types of game you might catch in the wilderness and how to ensure they are safe for you to eat, as well as some general rules about dressing freshly caught animals in the field and preparing them for consumption. Birds You can usually peel off the skin of a bird, but this contains the most fat, so it’s actually better to pluck them as best you can. When you’ve gotten the […]

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Survival News: Wikileaks’ Vault 7

Survival News: Wikileaks’ Vault 7

The internet has been abuzz with the latest info dump from Wikileaks, code-named Vault 7 by the notorious hacking organization. It is the largest ever publication of confidential documents by Wikileaks. The first part of the Vault 7 series, called “Year Zero”, reveals thousands of documents from a high-level security network based in CIA headquarters in Langley, Virgina. These documents reveal the extent of the CIA’s global hacking system, which includes malware and “weaponized exploits” against a number of European and American products’ operating systems, including iOS, Android, Windows, and even Samsung SmartTVs. Wikileak’s press release goes on to explain that […]

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Bug Out Bag Training (Video)

I found this video recently and was pretty impressed with this man’s dedication to training with his bug out bag. This is serious stuff, and honestly, anyone who’s planning on bugging out should take note. He fills up his pack and runs a certain distance, to see how he can manage with the supplies he has packed up, and strengthen and condition his body for a bug out. If you fill up your pack with everything you need and don’t actually train yourself to carry it for long distances, it might not actually be worth anything at all to you, […]

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How to Carry an Injured Person

How to Carry an Injured Person

There are many situations in survival, or even life in general, in which you might have to carry an injured person. Ambulances are simply not always going to be able to arrive right when and where you need them to, and you might find yourself at some point faced with the task of having to transport an injured or sick person for a bit of a distance. There are a few basic rules to learn if you want to do this effectively, and properly. First of all, you want to make sure that it is, in fact, your only option. […]

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Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

When you are in the position of needing to find, kill, and dress the meat for your next meal, the finer points of how you acquire this meat can make all the difference in the world. There are several different ways of catching and killing meat that have all been practiced in some form, across the world, since the beginning of our species. And they all have their pros and cons. The survivalist knows that it is always prudent to know a bit about these different methods of trapping and hunting animals, and it is certainly better to be prepared for […]

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Survival News: Trump Tweets on Wiretapping

Survival News: Trump Tweets on Wiretapping

You have probably heard by now that over the weekend, President Trump tweeted that Obama had been wiretapping his campaign headquarters last year, right before the election in November. This caused quite a stir in the media, as you can imagine because of the accusation that a sitting president would wiretap a presidential hopeful are very grave indeed. Not to mention, not everyone was sure why Trump felt confident making such a bold statement when there doesn’t seem to be any indication of it. Remember Trump’s statement about Sweden? Well, in this case, it seems to be very similar. While […]

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Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

Sheltering Indoors in a Thunderstorm

When you think of natural disasters that can pose a threat to your life, you probably think of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. But regular old thunderstorms can also be quite dangerous. When a dangerous thunderstorm is headed towards your area, it will most likely be announced in your local weather alert system. You’ll want to get yourself indoors, to safety, and follow these basic steps for sheltering indoors. 1. Keep a weather app on your phone While these days, very severe weather warnings will often be broadcasted on all mobile devices in a given area, you still want to  make […]

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Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

If you find yourself trekking across long distances or happen to be in a very wet environment, you might be faced with the difficult task of crossing very moist, muddy ground. Any veteran who’s been in a tropical battle zone can probably tell you how dangerous this ground can be. A muddy path doesn’t seem that serious to the untrained eye, but after you’ve been slogging through it for a bit, you don’t want to find out the hard way just what a challenge it can be. Dangers of wet ground First of all, very wet ground is unstable. You […]

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The Reality of Living Off-Grid

The Reality of Living Off-Grid

If you’re a survivalist, prepper, or aspiring homesteader, one of your goals is probably to live off-grid. And it is certainly a wise goal to have; our global energy grids are growing increasingly precarious and connected to bigger and bigger networks, making them more likely to be shut down by events like a solar flare, EMP, or terroristic hacking. Not to mention, you probably get sick of shelling out high energy costs and taxes to large corporations of government entities, and want to be free and independent. Going off-grid is great, but are you sure you’re really ready for it? […]

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Dehydrating Meals for Backcountry Camping (Video)

Dehydrating whole meals, as opposed to individual ingredients dehydrated in bulk, is a popular practice among survivalists and outdoorsmen alike, for good reason. You can pack up several individual meals all at once, and have a complete, balanced meal ready to eat and rehydrate. This video, made for the purpose of backpacking or camping, but easily applicable to survival prep as well, is an excellent overview of the whole process of dehydrating meals. He makes several dehydrated meals as an example, as well as provides an easy-to-follow set of instructions that you can use to apply to virtually any meal. […]

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How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

How to Identify Food-Grade Buckets

Storing survival food in buckets is a very great idea. They will keep your food protected from light, temperature, and moisture, and help to store them neatly and securely in your basement or garage. They have the added advantage as well of being able to be transported quickly and easily, should you have to evacuate your home. But, not all buckets are created equal. You might be tempted to use any bucket you have access too, especially those you can get for free. If you want your food to last, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re storing it in food-grade […]

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Survival News: Loretta Lynch Calls for Violence?

Survival News: Loretta Lynch Calls for Violence?

Through all the chaos and upheaval in the wake of 2016 presidential election results, one theme has been constant: Democratic leadership feels quite the sense of urgency. We’ve been following the response to Donald Trump’s election and subsequent inauguration here simply because any whiff of civil unrest is something for survivalists to look out for. Whether you love Trump or hate him, voted Democrat or don’t vote at all, one thing seems to be clear: people are upset, scared, angry, and have been hinting at, if not outright calling for, violent resistance in the face of a Trump presidency. This […]

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Natural Materials You Can Cook In

Natural Materials You Can Cook In

If you are stranded in the wilderness and manage to acquire some food and start a fire, you’ll need something to cook in. Here is a list of several materials you should look for that you can cook food in. Bamboo Bamboo is a wonderful all-purpose survival plant, and one of it’s many uses is that you can cook in it. You can do this by cutting off one enclosed segment of bamboo, big enough to fit your food or water in. Place this container near the fire but not actually on it, and let it heat up until it is […]

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Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

When you are stranded in the wilderness or in some other survival situation, one of the most crucial components of finding adequate shelter is time.  You need to base your decision on how much effort to put into your shelter on whether or not you have enough time to seek out shelter or build one. Here are some crucial components of the time factor when determining how to pursue shelter. Time of Day One of the most obvious time constraints to your need for shelter is going to be the time of day. If you have most of the day left for […]

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Survival News: Sweden Reinstates Conscription

Survival News: Sweden Reinstates Conscription

We’ve reported on the increase in crime in Sweden recently, as well as the murmurings of war across the globe, and this story relates to both. This week, Sweden has reinstated conscription, and will soon be drafting men and women into the armed forces, a practice that has not been in place since the Cold War. Government officials have stated they feel Russia is posturing itself more in recent years, between the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Ukraine, and that it is time to dust off outdated war preparations and begin training the military and communities once again […]

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Essential Oils for Survival (Video)

Essential Oils for Survival (Video)

A lot of people have hesitations when it comes to herbal remedies and essential oils, especially for survival. Well, you can trust a nurse’s perspective right? Good old Patriot Nurse recorded this video a few years ago on the essential oils, herbal tinctures, and homeopathic remedies she recommends for survival and medical prep. She lends her prepper know-how and medical knowledge to the effectiveness of different remedies and aromatherapy, and gives a basic overview of which natural remedies and oils you definitely want to have in your prep stash. Natural remedies like these are actually great for preparedness. As you […]

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Creating an Emergency Preparedness Binder

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Binder

In a disaster, all our easy-to-access digital information about all of our assets, utilities, and resources might vanish in an instant if communication grids go down. We also might find ourselves in quite a precarious situation very quickly if we don’t have important physical documents we normally keep somewhere safe in our house and never really think about. If our houses are damaged or destroyed, or we have to evacuate quickly without much notice, we might lose a lot of important information and documents in the process. Here is how to create an emergency preparedness binder that you can grab […]

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Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

The last year has seen a troubling rise of the bird flu around the globe, and it doesn’t seem to be subsiding. Since the first human cases of bird flu were detected in 2013, over 1,200 cases worldwide have been recorded. But one-third of those cases have been in the last year. While the H7N9 flu seemed to have been decreasing as a major threat in recent years, it seems to have now overtaken the H5N1 virus, and the American CDC is concerned with recent changes in the virus strain. The incoming Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price has been briefed by […]

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Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Boar hunting is no joke. Boars can weigh hundreds of pounds, have sharp tusks that can do serious damage, and are a lot faster than you’d think, really. If you’ve ever watched boar hunting videos on YouTube, you probably know what kind of crazy stuff can happen on a boar hunt, and how graphic boar attacks can be. Boars aren’t afraid to run full force towards anyone or anything threatening them, and many hunters have been seriously injured by those deadly tusks. So, you’ll probably find these 10 awesome boar hunting shots as satisfying and exhilarating as I did. Boar […]

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Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Meterologists warn that close to 100 million people throughout the Midwest are subject to extreme weather Wednesday, in the wake of 22 tornadoes that hit the states of Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, and Iowa last night. Three people were killed and several injured by tornadoes Wednesday night, as high winds and tornadoes blew cars across highways and destroyed buildings and even entire areas. The town of Perryville, KY, was hit particularly hard, as witnesses described it as “a disaster zone”, with tractor trailers flipped over, cars scattered across the highway, and debris littering the hillside. Fortunately, all residents were accounted for. Meteorologists also […]

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The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

The Right Way to Use a Mylar Blanket

A mylar blanket emergency blanket is a very common item to throw in a bug out bag or emergency kit. It can be a very handy item, but it’s not necessarily supposed to be used the same way you would any other blanket. There are a couple of things you should know about mylar before depending on it as your wilderness survival or post-disaster blanket. Mylar was designed to be used in emergencies, and you’ll often see people wrapped in mylar blankets they’ve been handed by emergency personnel after a traumatic accident or event. Mylar blankets are very handy, for […]

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Random Survival Hacks Everyone Should Know

Random Survival Hacks Everyone Should Know

I often come across great little survival hacks online that don’t really seem complex enough to call for a whole article, so I’ve been saving them up for an epic list of survival hacks. I’m a big fan of life hacks in general, meaning, cool little tricks you can use to make life easier. So of course, survival hacks or even better, because they’re tips and tricks that can save your life. Here are a list of some really brilliant survival hacks: Crayons as Candles You can use a regular old crayon as a candle. Simply light it and let […]

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EMP Survival: Your Golden Window of Time (Video)

EMP Survival: Your Golden Window of Time (Video)

‘Survival Mom’ blogger and YouTuber Lisa Bedford knows what she’s talking about when she talks survival, and this video is a great look at a very serious subject. EMPs, or electromagnetic pulses, could theoretically cause massive global metldown. Cell phones won’t work, modern cars with computers in them won’t work, security systems will fail, ATMs will be useless, and people will be freaking out. In this video, Lisa breaks down the crucial steps you need to take during the “golden window of time” after a massive power grid failure. Finding your family, stocking up on supplies, getting your home secure; […]

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Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Heavy weather has pounded the South American country of Chile this week, leaving millions without water. Heavy rains during the normally dry summer months has damaged the water supply to the capital city of Santiago, and officials are struggling to make the necessary repairs on time. Three people were killed, 19 are missing, and over 350 people have been isolated in the areas most affected by the heavy rains, as flooding and mudslides cause damage and dangerous conditions. The mudslides are what contaminated the Maipo River, which provides the main source of drinking water for the people of Santiago and the […]

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How to Survive WWIII

How to Survive WWIII

To be honest, people have been expecting the next WWIII since I was a kid. That being said, this definitely seems to be one of the craziest times in world history, and tensions are high at home and abroad. We have for years been wondering when the next major global cataclysmic event might hit, or the next major financial crisis, or, of course, this massive nuclear war everyone has been anticipating since the Cold War. As we’ve been covering in our survival news articles, the US recently deployed an aircraft carrier to disputed territory with China, Iran is doing their […]

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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Whether you are in a survival scenario or you are just out for a hike with some friends, you need to take precautions against the heat. The world experienced the hottest year on record, and it doesn’t look like things are going to be letting up for a while. The following are some tips that will help you to stay safe in the heat. Stay Inside If Possible If you don’t have to spend time outside during the middle of the day when it is the hottest, don’t. Try to spend time inside and in a cool location if you […]

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Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

International media sources have been reporting navy drills begun by Iran this weekend in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. This is their first significant military exercise since the inauguration of President Trump, Iranian state television reported. Iranian Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari stated in the report that the exercise will take place in 772,000 square miles of the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean near the strait, and the war games will include warships and helicopters. This strait is a major oil trading vein, and the U.S. and Iran have experienced confrontations with one another in this location in […]

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How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

Sometimes, we think so often about the big threats: war, natural disasters, economic meltdown, we forget the little threats all around us. Not even opportunistic criminals or buglers in our area, but tiny, potentially poisonous bugs hiding all around us. That’s right, I’m talking about spiders. Some people dread them, others defend them, but either way, you need to know how to recognize them and assess their threat level to you, especially in a disaster when they might make more of an appearance than in daily life, as their habitats might be disturbed by a natural disaster or you might be going […]

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How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

One of the ultimate forms of self-reliance is being able to raise and butcher your own livestock, and this won’t change after disaster strikes. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you definitely should be. If you’re able to bug in and hold down the fort while you live, you’ll be glad to have chickens that provide essential nutrients and calories you might struggle to get from other survival food sources. Of course, if you’re going to be butchering chickens, you need to be prepared to do it yourself, off-grid. I always love seeing other people’s […]

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5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

There are a lot of survival and preparedness items you’ll choose to invest in that you only need to buy once. Things like weapons, pressure canners or dehydrators, gas masks, body armor, deep freezers, shelving for food storage, freeze dryers, etc. And of course, there’s plenty of survival items you’ll probably want to continuously buy, maybe once or twice a year, like antibiotics and other medications, large packages of mylar or vacuum seal bags, food grade buckets, etc. However, if you really want to be building up an effective survival stash that lasts you a long time, there are some […]

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Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, one of your top concerns once your initial security is ensured will be to get a meal together for your family. But what kind of food should you be storing, and how essential is being able to cook it anyway? You might be tempted to stock up on jerky, nuts, and other long-lasting good that can be eaten right off the shelf, and skip bothering with cooking food. After all, what if you need to bug out or the grid goes down? Well, there are a few important reasons why you should definitely still plan to be able […]

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Survival News: Town Hall Protests and Rising Tensions

Survival News: Town Hall Protests and Rising Tensions

You may have heard of the many incidents of large, boisterous crowds full of chanting and protesters at many town hall events across the country recently. The growing movement is credited with being the Democrat version of the Tea Party movement, as hundreds flock to their local Republican town hall meetings to make their voices heard. They flood town hall meetings, armed with damning questions, chants, and signs, filling the facilities far beyond capacity and causing much disruption and chaos. Many lawmakers have even reported a very small number of their own constituents in the crowd. The protesters grill the […]

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World News Update (Video)

World News Update (Video)

We’ve been making more of an effort to share top news stories that are relevant to preppers and show a general trajectory of global events that might lead up to the kind of crisis we advocate everyone should be preparing for. A really great place to find regular survival-focused news is on YouTuber Full Spectrum Survival’s channel, where he shares daily world news updates “that the aware need to know”. I enjoy his global-minded perspective, and he often picks up important international stories you just won’t hear in the American mainstream media, such as disease outbreaks or warnings from the […]

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How to Properly Store Nuts

How to Properly Store Nuts

Nuts are one of the cornerstones of a complete emergency food storage diet, as they contain crucial fat and protein, both of which can be difficult to store long-term. Nuts will keep for long periods of time at room temperature, which makes them a favorite of preppers and outdoorsmen alike. You do need to make sure they are stored correctly, though, since while they have a long shelf-life, they are still prone to mold or rancidity in the wrong conditions. Here are some of the most effective ways to keep nuts lasting on the shelf: Soaking and Dehydrating One of […]

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How to Use Iodine for Survival

How to Use Iodine for Survival

You may have heard that iodine is an important item to stock up on for survival, but what is it exactly, and what do you use it for? Iodine in tables, as crystals, and as a liquid tincture, and has many applications, from sanitizing wounds, to protecting against radiation exposure. It’s most commonly known for sterilizing drinking water, and you may have seen the tablets for this purpose sold in outdoor stores. First off, it’s important to note that there is a difference between iodine and potassium iodine.  Potassium iodine, expressed as KI, is what you want to use for protection against exposure to […]

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6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

Vacuum sealing is a fantastic way to preserve food, and if you’re a survivalist, homesteader, or prepper, you’re probably very familiar with them. But did you know that there are a lot of non-food applications for vacuum sealers as well? Most definitely. See, the way vacuum sealers work is by sucking all the air out of the bag and sealing it off. So, anything that might experience degradation by exposure to oxygen (which is many, if not most, items), will be better preserved in a vacuum seal bag. This is especially true if you live in very humid or extreme […]

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How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is one of those crucial skills that everyone should know how to do. I thought about writing an article, but I feel like for something as important as performing CPR, a visual description was better. Even as modern life continues along, you never know when you might need to use this life-saving medical response. The reason many people carry firearms is because, as they say “a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone”, which is very true. Same with valuable first-responder skills, as described in our recent post on how to […]

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8 Firearms Every Prepper Should Own (Video)

8 Firearms Every Prepper Should Own (Video)

There’s no perfect firearm for everyone (except maybe an AR-15), and there are different reasons why you might choose the firearm you do for survival purposes. YouTuber, prepper, Marine, and firearm aficionado TheHossUSMC shares in this video eight firearms he thinks everyone should own. He discusses each weapon and the purpose and benefits of each. He explains which weapons might work if they were your only weapon, or if you had it for a specific purpose. If you’re trying to decide which weapon to start with or to add to your preparedness arsenal, this will definitely be a helpful video as […]

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Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Last week we posted an introduction to reloading ammunition, and promised we’d follow up with more about how to actually do the reloading. As with many DIY instructions, we figured visual was probably better than describing it. This video again covers some of the basics of what you need to get started reloading as well, so if you enjoyed this post, you’ll like seeing the actual equipment at work in this video. As we mentioned last week, this is a really great set-up to consider investing in if you’re an avid shooter, and would also like to spend some money […]

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Survival News: What’s Really Happening in Sweden?

Survival News: What’s Really Happening in Sweden?

Riots erupted in a largely immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden Monday night, resulting in fires, damage to private property, and looting. It is reported that the riots were in response to police clashes with suspected criminals in the area, and, mirroring the current riots in Paris and the riots we’ve had in the last few years here in the US, those involved in the upheaval seemed to target their violence and rage towards police officers. Rocks were thrown at officers responding to the riot, who in turn fired warning shots in an attempt to quell the chaos. Sweden has welcomed […]

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