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Which is not to say I’m turned off, either, at this first footage released from the series that goes behind the scenes at a fictional morning show and stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the trailer above and see what you think — I’m neither hot nor cold about it, I guess is what I’m saying, partly because the trailer seems to be not sure what kind of show it’s teasing.

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Why a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became a Fourth of July Tradition for So Many Americans

Every year, tens of thousands gather at Coney Island to watch a mass consumption of cased-meat at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Another 1 to 1.5 million more tune in at home, according to organizers.

For many of the spectators, watching the contest has become a fun—if ludicrous—Fourth of July ritual. But what’s so compelling about it?

The nationally televised event, which traces its origins back to the 1970s, has found a loyal following throughout the country. Among the estimated 35,000 people in attendance this year were school principals, neuroscience lab workers, postal carriers and college sweethearts. People came from as far as Alaska and Ohio just to watch the 10-minute contest. (And in case you missed it, this year, reigning champ Joey Chestnut won after woofing down 71 hotdogs in 10 minutes).

Christine Miller, a supervisor who works for the state of Pennsylvania has been watching the contest with her children since they were little. With no babysitter to watch her kids, watching the televised contest was a fun, easy thing to do together. And it felt very patriotic. It’s now a family tradition. “This is America at its best. This is what it’s all about,” Miller explains. This year, she waited in line with her son, now 26, to watch the competitors in person.

For Marian Gonzales and Wayne Seibel, a couple from Alaska on vacation in New York, this was an event they wanted to enjoy together. Gonzales stopped by the contest last year while on a trip to the city, but she wanted to come back with Seibel. When they’re home, they usually watch on TV. Gonzales thinks part of the draw is that the contest feels like a competitive sporting event, but more relatable.

“To me they seem like more average people or regular people that can do it,” Gonzales says of the contestants.

Others were just there because they said it feels like the best way to celebrate all things American. “We watch it every year on ESPN,” says Brendan Schaaf, a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania who went with friends. “It embodies America—freedom, hot dogs, sunshine, barbecue. It’s all the best things.”

But it’s not just the nature of a competition alone. It’s the very objective of an eating contest that makes it stand out to audiences, says one expert.

In his book Horsemen of the Esophagus, author and journalist Jason Fagone spent a year following the lives of competitive eaters and their participation in eating contests. He has his own theories about the event’s popularity. “An eating contest is basically the food equivalent of a car crash. It’s just hard for any human to look away,” Fagone writes to TIME. “And the Nathan’s event is the biggest crash on the biggest road, on live TV.”

Fagone points out that America isn’t the only country where competitive eating gets national attention, but it is the only country that televises the event on its national birthday.

Fagone thinks the hot dog eating contest’s appeal might stem from the universal food anxieties people experience—what we eat and how that affects our bodies—and the competitors’ blatant disregard for this. “They’re sort of up on stage just openly defying everything that we’re afraid of,” Fagone explains. “And there’s something kind of compelling about that.”

The awe spectators feel does seem to be a driving factor in their decision to watch. “I just ate two Nathan’s yesterday and that was all I could eat,” Seibel says. “I was done. How do you put 70 of ’em in you is beyond me.”

Hampton Sides, a journalist and author, has studied these types of unique American gatherings in depth. He is the author of Americana, delves into the mysteries of American subcultures. Sides’ book explores what critics have called a “national passion for joining.” While Sides didn’t study Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in his book, he offered insight into these kinds of events’ spectacular— and somewhat mind-boggling— attendance.

“America’s such a relatively young country that has had to kind of concoct our own traditions,” he says. Sides wonders if Americans hold on to absurd rituals and traditions, like the hot dog eating contest, with “an exaggerated sense of loyalty” because of a lack of the kinds of rich, deep traditions other countries and cultures have. America turned 243 this Fourth of July, a baby compared to the likes of Egypt, India, and China.

This Independence Day tradition has only relatively recently developed a strong national following. The contest can thank the rivalries and advanced eating techniques of Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut, and the event’s master of ceremonies, George Shea, for its widespread notoriety. When Shea and his brother took over publicity for the event in 1991, they worked hard to turn the event into a competitive spectacle. And then Kobayashi obliterated the standing record of 25.5 hot dogs in 2001 by eating 50 in the allotted time (which was originally 12 minutes but was shaved down to 10 in 2008), and the competition got much more exciting. Chestnut provided the perfect rivalry for Kobayashi in 2007, taking him down after eating 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Now, there were sides to choose, people to cheer for, bets to settle.

Shea, who also serves as the event’s smooth-talking emcee, calls Joey Chestnut an American hero. He thinks people watch every year because Chestnut embodies this “American-ness” people crave on Independence Day. “He doesn’t represent necessarily Nathan’s, Brooklyn, California, whatever. He represents freedom and America on the Fourth of July. And that’s a very powerful position,” he tells TIME.

Major League Eating, the professional competitive eating league Shea helped found, sponsors other eating competitions throughout the year, but none come close to the notoriety of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. For many Americans, star competitive eaters like Chestnut and Kobayashi have become household names. ESPN’s live airing of the contest goes back sixteen years, and the network has a contract to continue its broadcast through at least 2024.

But regardless of whether it’s watched on television or in person, the contest has managed to establish its place on the holiday calendar for so many Americans.

“We’re such a melting pot of so many different ethnic and religious and every other kind of group you can think of,” Sides, the subculture specialist, says, trying to explain the popularity of curious followings. “We’re forever trying to figure out, well, we know what divides us, but what unites us?”

Apparently, for better or worse, hot dogs do.

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The Many Hats Contractors Wear & The Dangers of Spreading Yourself Too Thin

While homeowners expect your online and social presence to be top notch, they’re ultimately signing up for your expertise in home improvement above all else.

To put it simply, it’s very unrealistic for contractors to actually find the time or wherewithal to do everything their company needs doing as it seeks to grow. And in the rare event a contractor is able to miraculously spread themselves that thin, there’s virtually no way they’re going to be doing everything well enough to scale or even well enough to meet expectations.

One way to ensure you are not going to burn out and that your talent, experience, and skills are put to the most efficient use possible is to delegate appropriately. You could choose to hire other people with specific talents that complement yours. Or you could choose to pay a service whose own value proposition it is to take one of your hats and dedicate a team to make it shine. Or you could mix the two or even come up with your own cocktail of ingredients that works best for you and your company’s needs.

Whichever path you choose, dividing the work is a worthwhile investment in the future of your company and, by extension, in your own future success as a contractor.

Home Improvement Contractor Hats: The List

Let’s recap some of the hats every contractor has found themselves wearing at one time or another:

  • Business owner
  • Production supervisor and/or manager
  • Operations supervisor and/or manager
  • Marketer
  • Estimating, Budgeting, and Quoting Lead
  • Recruiter
  • Auditor
  • Home Improvement Contractor

Maybe you should be the in-house expert on some of these, if you so wish, but you cannot realistically expect yourself to have the time to do all of this and to do it so well that it benefits the future of your company.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these hats and how they try to monopolize your workday.

Home Improvement Contractor Hats: A Breakdown And Some Useful Tips

Contractor Hat: Business owner

As the final line of authority on everything to do with the company, you’ve surely been overwhelmed with asks for decisions or priorities.

For example, what exactly should you do when and if a customer decides not to pay you? From knowing your rights to providing sufficient and timely notice, the best way to respond takes (your) time. Or consider the ever-evolving world or mobile and desktop software out there to help you manage your company. While infinitely useful and worthwhile, paying for, learning, and executing new processes could easily swallow up hours each week.

Contractor Hat: Production supervisor and/or manager

Whatever style home improvement your business sits in, there’s a service or product to be delivered, created, constructed, installed, and so on. You’re the final authority on it going well.

From employee timetabling to building out project schedules and fine-tuning daily (or hourly) priorities within a given workday, you need the time to focus on strategy. And as a contractor, your work naturally lends itself to visual interest — as long is it was installed well and homeowners are pleased. Even if they don’t kill the project, little mistakes could cost you the ability to use a completed project in marketing efforts for a future one.

Contractor Hat: Operations supervisor and/or manager

From HR to accounting, you’re the one in charge of keeping the lights on, so to speak. Of course, there’s a world of software available to you for ensuring a high return on your time, but figuring it out and implementing it is just as consuming as doing the same from a production perspective, as mentioned above.

The best apps take some of the administrative burden out of contracting and reduce the amount of manual labor and time you spend following up with stakeholders. From DEWALT Mobile Pro to Fieldwire, there are certainly ways to reduce the weight of this specific hat.

Contractor Hat: Marketer

Whether by social media, phone, website, or any of the long list of marketing channels currently deployed, competing in the marketing universe is almost as important to sustaining your business as the work itself.

Companies with strong alignment between sales and marketing could see their annual revenue grow by as much as 20 percent. It’s important your marketing efforts focus expertly on listening to potential clients, communicating often, and always following through. While Modernize isn’t an expert in installing solar panels, we’re very much experts in every corner of marketing and could be just the time-saving investment you’ve been considering.

Contractor Hat: Estimating, Budgeting, and Quoting Lead

Whether you’re directly involved in this most crucial of contacts with potential clients or managing someone else who is, you’re certainly an expert in the topic and spending time every day keeping yourself that way, either by working on it or learning about it.

Here are a few overall tips in the estimation process we’ve learned through our engagement with both contractors and homeowners (see a deeper dive on these here):

  • Be accurate: Whether it’s about materials, labor, or the miscellaneous costs that could come up, your estimate packet must include them.
  • Be honest: Funny thing with this one is inevitable white lies. You didn’t misrepresent any information in our packet but you didn’t break down a few potential issues that could arise and when they do, the client feels misled. No one expects you to predict the future, but the client will appreciate some information on what neither of you presently know and what could impact the project, if even only in broad strokes.
  • Be professional: This seems obvious but when it comes to keeping an eye on your labor force or online presence, it’s easier said than done. From communicating consistently about the project to keeping an organized paper trail of the process before and during it, it’s important to focus appropriately on providing a customer experience that will make your client want to come back (and prevent negative online comments or complaints).

Contractor Hat: Recruiter

From your labor to reception, you need to ensure you have the right talent in the right place.

In construction, for example, professionals have named hiring as their top concern for a number of years. Recently, the National Association of Home Builders survey findings revealed that 82 percent of construction professionals listed the cost and availability of laborers as a pressing priority for the year, compared to just 13 percent in 2011. From obvious solutions like making your company more enticing to work for to less obvious ones like widening your recruitment radius or getting help finding talent, your time is regularly taken by efforts to keep your labor force full.

Contractor Hat: Auditor

Is your project process efficient? Are your marketing efforts showing trends in either positive or negative directions? Have you followed up with potential clients who were unsure last year but might be ready now? It’s important for contractors to keep watch of their output and use results and data to increasingly improve it.

In 2019, the same old approach to home improvement lead generation is not going to cut it. One of the easiest—and fastest—ways to assess the current state of your business is processing some data that you already have. Data analytics measure your online presence and determine which parts of your business are currently and potentially most profitable. At Modernize, for example, we use the thousands of surveys homeowners submit to us to learn more about homeowner needs and challenges in the home improvement space — whether for solar, roofing, HVAC, windows, or other projects. Learn more about our most recent findings in the latest Homeowner Survey Index: Q1 2019.

Contractor Hat: Home Improvement Contractor

Lest we neglect it, you’re of course an expert in whatever service or product you offer, meaning you wear that hat first and foremost as any homeowner needs to know they’re handing their home, their investment, and their trust to someone whose experience merits the deal.

In that sense, there’s a lot to know. Here are seven overall mistakes we’ve learned about from our conversations with contractors and homeowners (see a deeper dive on the topic here):

  • Mistaking an Ally for a Threat
  • Letting Personal Ties Get in the Way
  • Refusing to Get with the Times
  • Taking an Ego Trip
  • Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
  • Spend Like It’s Going Out of Style
  • Hire for Skills, Not Character

Home Improvement Contractor Hats: How To Hang A Few Up

No one knows your top priorities better than you. Likewise, no one can really advise you on which of these hats fits your head better than others.

Here at Modernize, we know our business and we know what we can offer you. From marketing to auditing to guiding an ever-growing online presence (and its various benefits), we can take one or two hats and leave you the ones that best fit your skill set and your time. If you’re ready to take back your hours and increase your future potential earnings, give us a call.

Let’s grow your business together

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Denim jackets are a classic piece and we can’t ever imagine not having at least one ready to go at all times, hanging on our coat rack or in our closet. Perfect for spring, summer and fall, it’s an essential, and that’s both style-wise and comfort-wise. So how could it possibly get any better?

With colors! The Free People Rumors Denim Jacket does come in classic colors like blue and black, but it also steps way out of the box, and the risk pays off immensely! Don’t even get Us started with all of the other details. Okay, okay, please do get Us started! We’re dying to talk more about this (master)piece!

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Reviewers are calling this jacket a “timeless piece,” finding themselves “wanting to wear it every day!” Denim can often be rigid, but one shopper called the cotton material “super soft,” while another raved about how the silhouette is “super flattering!” There are some secrets to this flattering silhouette, and we’re about to reveal them.

Check down at the hem, which hits at the hip, to find two adjustable waist tabs, one on each side, to actually help customize the fit of this jacket! Whether we’re looking for something more relaxed or structured, this jacket can do it all, and it’s all up to us!

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This unlined, lightweight jacket has a traditional front-button closure, as well as two flap button pockets at the chest. Don’t worry, there are open pockets at the sides, too! We’ll find two more buttons down at the cuffs of the long sleeves, which we can fold up if we’re feeling it. Up top we’ll find the expected point collar — an essential addition to any denim jacket!

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We already mentioned the Navy version of this jacket, which almost takes on a geometric feel, but there’s also the Denim shade if we want something with a lighter wash. Of course, there’s also Black, which features a little fade for a vintage vibe.

The more unique color selection includes the attention-grabbing Red, the gentle Light Yellow, the floral-inspired Lilac and the desert-chic Sand. There’s also Ivory for a classy neutral! Yes, denim jackets are classy now!

We would wear this jacket with, well, anything! Denim jackets are the perfect companion for spring and summer dresses, and they go equally well with jeans. Denim on denim? Oh yes. Especially when we have so many color options, denim on denim is a serious look — and a comfy one!

Slip this jacket on over a turtleneck in the fall, or drape it over shoulders with just a tank top on a breezy summer night. Layer up with hoodies or flannel shirts, and don’t forget jumpsuits! Casual sophistication at its finest.

Free People gets it right yet again with this Rumors jacket, and rumor has it that it’s our favorite piece right now. We can confirm — the rumor is true!

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Alabama’s ban of the <em>Arthur</em> gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Author Michael Arceneaux discusses Alabama Public Television’s decision to ban an episode of children’s program Arthur in which a gay wedding takes place. 

A month ago, after speaking at a panel during the National Antiracist Festival at American University, an elementary school teacher approached me and asked if I could recommend any LGBTQ children’s books featuring characters of color. She spoke of her struggles to not only implement LGBTQ-related material into her classwork, but to then find material that didn’t feature only white characters. I told her that, unfortunately, no books came to mind as such material remains difficult to find even for adults, but then I circled back to how challenging it must have been to get approval to discuss queerness and transness with children.

After she provided a few more specifics, my response was blunt. “See, they still look at it as perversion.”

Both of us recently recalled that exchange in light of reports that Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children’s series Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. In the episode, which aired nationwide on May 13th, Arthur and his friends attend their teacher Mr. Ratburn’s ceremony to his partner. While others merely either shrugged their shoulders or told their timelines, “I knew that teacher was gay,” Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at APT, opted to throw a fit.

In an email to AL.com, McKenzie argued: “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly—although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards—parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

It appears that show creator WGBH and broadcaster PBS alerted local stations in April about the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” My trouble with them alerting them of the episode in advance is that it gives the indication that there is something wrong with two consenting adults who love each other deciding to have a ceremony for what is effectively a contract that is perfectly legal, given it is recognized by the state.

Some would say, “Think of the children!” I would say in response, “Kudos to you for confirming you are a bigoted fool.”

WGBH and PBS should not have opened the door for Mike McKenzie to present his prejudices as an act of virtue, as though it is some great consideration of the precious minds of children. If the station felt the episode was inappropriate, they wouldn’t have made it—much less opted to air it. If Arthur and the crew were tipping to a wedding featuring two people of opposite genders, McKenzie would not have batted an eye.

McKenzie’s position is a testament to anti-queer biases and the ignorance that informs them. To wit, in 2005, this same station pulled an episode of Arthur that featured a bunny character named Bunny who had two mothers. Considering most of the gay parents in this country are in the South and predominately lesbian, the episode spoke to an obvious reality for many—especially those living ‘round their way.

However, Alabama Public Television’s executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com at the time, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Consider all of the romance and innuendo children see in animated works. Then think about the violence, which you would think is far worse than two men getting married and a bunny rabbit having two mommies. Not so to self-righteous homophobes who don’t clutch their Bibles so much as they do the patriarchy.

What Alabama Public Television said then and is saying now is that there is only one way to be, and if a character differs from that, they do not make for appropriate viewing. Moreover, when it comes to homosexuality in particular, APT has reminded us that, no matter how mildly you present it, some folks’ minds will rush to sexual acts.

This is honestly no different than some former Indiana lawmaker and homophobic preacher recently arguing that Pete Buttigieg must denounce fisting and rimming in order to become the next president of the United States. Yes, seriously. In a blog entitled “Pete, Since You Brought It Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?” Don Boys basically says Buttigieg needs to promise the country he doesn’t have AIDS, and that yes, he is gay, but not, like, really into the butt stuff.

“I don’t hate Pete or his lover or any other homosexual, but I will not give them a pass when they or others suggest that ‘gayness’ is not perversion, that it is normal, maybe even admirable,” Boys writes.

Boys sounds like an utter idiot, but he speaks to the mindset held by the same men who have banned two Arthur episodes with any queer characters. To these people, we are incapable of romance or subtlety; we solely exist through sexual acts which, by the way, are really, really icky, unnatural, ungodly, and not appropriate for anyone—much less for God’s precious children who already watch women get depicted as conquests in far too many fairy tales.

Those people literally thought Arthur’s gay teacher and that guest character’s mamas were going to stage a Godless gay orgy on PBS just to soil the minds of their kids. It’s easy to mock and rightfully stokes anger, but it’s also quite depressing. It is a reminder that, for a lot of us, our basic existence is inappropriate. No matter how we present ourselves as “just like the straight people”—even in a kiddie-crafted tone—their minds will take us to the gutter.

In their minds, we are perverts. When they see us, they hope their children don’t view us as anything other than wrong. Because they don’t want their children to become us. And we are going to spend all of our lives trying to prove otherwise—sometimes to no avail.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of  I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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Billie Eilish’s new Calvin Klein campaign begins with a familiar scene: a teenager spending too much time getting ready in the bathroom.

But instead of hearing the sounds of a disgruntled younger sister banging at the door to get in, those who watch the 30-second spot are treated to a voiceover confessional from the 17-year-old pop dynamo.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish drawls. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? No one can say ‘She’s slim thick, she’s not slim thick. She’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”

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How Many Work Hours Per Week Make You the Most Productive?

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Readers, how many work hours per week make you the most productive? Do you find that your productivity taps out if you push yourself to work longer hours, or just that there is an adjustment period as you get used to that kind of schedule? In general, do you roll your eyes at people who boast about working crazy hours or, say, billing 3,000 hours per year? 

We recently noticed a tweet by astrophysicist Dr. Katherine J. Mack (a.k.a. @AstroKatie) regarding studies about working long hours:

There’s tons of research out there that shows that on average, productivity drops dramatically when people are overworked. For most people, after ~40 hours, you’re not doing good work…

This topic has also been in the news recently, as various men have boasted of working long hours. For example, Business Insider pondered the “996” workweek espoused by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (996: 72 working hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week). Similarly, Elon Musk is known for working long hours, recently arguing “[t]here are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”  

Indeed, in the much-discussed recent NYT article, “Women Did Everything Right — Then Work Got Greedy,” they note that the expectation of long hours is relatively new:

It’s only in the last two decades that salaried employees have earned more by working long hours. Four decades ago, people who worked at least 50 hours a week were paid 15 percent less, on an hourly basis, than those who worked traditional full-time schedules. By 2000, though, the wage penalty for overwork became a premium. Today, people who work 50 hours or more earn up to 8 percent more an hour than similar people working 35 to 49 hours, according to a sociology paper using Current Population Survey data by Youngjoo Cha at Indiana University, Kim Weeden at Cornell and Mauricio Bucca at the European University Institute.

The article goes on to explore how this expectation of longer hours is changing the parenting dynamic when two parents have otherwise equal earning potential — leading to one of them to opt out so the other can work the long hours. (Guess which one!? This was part of our discussion at CorporetteMoms last week on how your partner supports your career, and vice versa…) 

Of course, not everyone agrees that longer hours are a great idea… The Harvard Business Review recently wondered “If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?”, describing an office culture with long hours as akin to “brainwashing,” and noting: 

Long hours are most common in managerial and professional occupations. This is something of a recent trend. In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions. In professional organizations, such as law firms, accountancy firms, management consultancies, and investment banks, the prize was partnership. The competition was relentless, but once you won the prize, it was yours for keeps. Partners had autonomy to choose how and when to work and what to work on. Of course, some senior partners spent a surprising amount of their “business development time” on the golf course, but that was OK because they had already paid their dues to the organization.

This is no longer true. As a director of HR in a leading accounting firm told me, “The head of audit is in the office regularly from 5:30 AM until 10 PM, on weekends, too. So is our managing partner. This is not exceptional. The rest of the firm sees the senior people working these hours and emulates them.

So here are the questions: How many hours are you expected to work per week — and does it make a difference in your productivity if you are working more or fewer hours? Do you struggle with the classic billable hour problem of needing to work, say, 60 hours just to bill 40? (This gets into our discussion from a few weeks ago on whether you prefer to stay late or work from home, as well as our previous discussions regarding expectations that you’ll answer emails when you’re home.) How many hours per week are most productive for you — and when you’re pushed beyond that, how do you cope or recover? (In a related note, readers had a fascinating conversation a little while ago about anxiety hangovers and how to recover.) 

 

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Sex Workers Aren’t Buying Kamala Harris’ New Tune: She ‘Put Our Country Many Years Behind’

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During a Thursday night event at The Wing titled “Unpacking Sex Work Stigma & Intersectional Feminism,” a panel of sex workers and activists talked about the deadly aftermath of FOSTA/SESTA and recent pushes toward decriminalizing sex work.

Sen. Kamala Harris recently told The Root that, “We can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed.” But Harris’s stated support of decriminalization hasn’t been fully embraced by the sex working community. The organizer of the panel at The Wing, who asked to be identified by the name of the platform that she founded, @SXNOIR, explained to the audience that, “Kamala isn’t talking about decrim the way that we’re talking about decrim.”

There has been concern that Harris is not calling for full decriminalization, but for a system inspired by the Nordic Model, which criminalizes individuals who purchase sex. Gizelle Marie, the leader of the NYC Stripper Strike, shared her experience attempting to lobby at Harris’s office during International Whore’s Day. “She didn’t want to speak to us, obviously,” Marie recalled. “She had one of her assistants just writing down notes and stuff…The fact that she’s actually trying to speak up about sex work now is kind of strange.”

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Super Bowl 2019 Prop Bets: Everything From What Gladys Knight Will Wear to How Many Times President Trump Will Tweet

On Sunday, millions of bets will be on the line during Super Bowl 53, and many of them might surprise you.

While most gamblers will wager their money on more traditional bets like who will win the big game (the New England Patriots are favored to beat the Los Angeles Rams), prop betting offers an opportunity for people who don’t know much about the game to get in on the action.

“Prop bets” are bets related to specific events that are likely, or unlikely, to happen during the Super Bowl. They range from which team will score first to what color shirt Adam Levine will wear during his halftime performance.

This year’s Super Bowl will also be the first where sports gambling is legal in seven states other than Nevada, including Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The change in gambling laws comes after a May 2018 6-3 ruling by the U.S Supreme Court.

Oddsshark.com has a full list of the outlandish prop bets being placed this Super Bowl Sunday, but here are just a few of the unorthodox wagers that can be made.

Number of times broadcasters mention the Rams’ Head Coach Sean McVay’s age

Current Odds:

  • OVER 1.5 -175
  • UNDER 1.5 +135

At just 33-years-old, Rams’ Coach Sean McVay is currently the youngest head coach in the NFL, a fact broadcasters have made sure to remind fans many times during the 2018 season. There is a strong chance Super Bowl viewers will get at least one reminder during the game but you’ll need at least two mentions of his age to hit the over.

Will President Trump attend the game?

  • YES +450
  • NO -850

President Trump has been vocal about being a Patriots fan, even congratulating the team when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC divisional championship game in January.

Despite that, odds are that the President will probably sit this Super Bowl out and watch from the comfort of his home like most of America. OddsShark has listed the prop at over 450 and under 850.

What color will the liquid be that is poured on the game-winning coach?

  • Lime/green/yellow +225
  • Orange +300
  • Blue +375
  • Red +400
  • Clear/water +400
  • Purple +1000

A popular tradition in sports is pouring a container of sports drink on the game-winning coaches head, also known as “the Gatorade shower.” This prop bet wages on the chosen flavor or color, with OddsShark listing red liquid at over 400 as well as clear liquid/water at over 400 as well.

Other popular prop bets include:

Will Gladys Knight forget or omit a word from the national anthem?

  • YES +300
  • NO -50

How many songs will be played during the Halftime show?

  • OVER 7.5 -120
  • UNDER 7.5 -120

Will any player take a knee during the National Anthem?

  • YES +400
  • NO -700

Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes Gladys Knight to sing the National Anthem?

  • YES -110
  • NO -130

Will a fan run onto the field during the game?

  • YES +800
  • NO -2500

Will any player be ejected for throwing a punch or fighting?

  • YES +700
  • NO -1600

What will be the first song performed by Maroon 5?

  • “Makes Me Wonder” EVEN
  • “One More Night” +550
  • “Moves Like Jagger” +600
  • “Animals” +700
  • “Girls Like You” +900
  • “Sugar” +900
  • “Don’t Wanna Know” +900
  • “Payphone” +1800
  • “This Love” +2000
  • “She Will Be Loved” +2200
  • “Maps” +2200

Will Adam Levine be wearing a hat at the start of the Halftime Show?

  • YES -110
  • NO -130

Will either kicker hit the upright or crossbar on a missed field goal or extra point attempt?

  • YES +375
  • NO -605

How many plays will Tony Romo correctly predict during the game?

  • OVER 7.5 -140
  • UNDER 7.5 EVEN

Will the Super Bowl-winning team visit the White House?

  • YES -150
  • NO +110

Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his speech?

  • Teammates +175
  • God +190
  • Family or Family Member +500
  • Owner +550
  • City +1000
  • Coach +1100
  • Does not mention any of the above +400

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OHMYGOSSIP — James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini is set to star as the young Tony Soprano in ‘The Many Saints of Newark’.
The 19-year-old son of the late Hollywood icon – who passed away in 2013 – will follow in his father’s footsteps in the upcoming prequel movie to the hugely popular HBO show ‘The Sopranos’, in which James starred as the New Jersey organised crime family boss.
In James’ run as the anti-hero he won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe, and now his son Michael will take over the reins in the planned prequel movie, which will detail the “boyhood” of Tony before he becomes the crime boss portrayed by James.
According to Deadline, Michael was cast by producers after an extensive audition process, as they felt his mastery of the character’s mannerisms paired with his resemblance to his father made him the standout choice for the role.
In a statement to Deadline, Michael said: “It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano. I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for ‘The Many Saints of Newark’.”
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So Many Supra Sneakers Are on Sale at Zappos

Keeping up with the ever-changing fashion trends can be exhausting, but the one style we never have trouble following is athleisure. We adore any trend that lets Us stock up on clothes that are comfortable and stylish all at once. Naturally, we can never own enough leggings, sweatsuits and sneakers. Lucky for our wardrobes, Zappos has a slew of Supra sneakers marked down and our favorite of the bunch is the Supra Scissor.

The shoe comes in three color options and is designed for running, skating and of course, street style. The Supra Scissor features a padded mesh lining, breathable mesh on its upper portion and a sole made of ultra-soft SUPRAFOAM for heel protection and overall comfort. The SUPRAFOAM sole also includes black traction pads meant to prevent slipping. An overall lightweight feel makes the sneaker a practical choice for easy movement.

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Sizes range from 5 to 10 with half sizes included.

The Supra Scissor Sneaker is clearly designed for physical activity. Still, we adore how perfect the shoe is for our casual daytime looks thanks to a multi-texture style and neutral colors for easy mixing and matching. Our favorite version is the black, gold and white version featuring black knit fabric on the top, soft leather details and a white sole.

We’ll be easily pairing these sneakers with a mix of chic tracksuits, leggings, T-shirts, skinny jeans and joggers. The black, gold and white Supra Scissor sneakers will look great paired with an all-white or all-black Adidas tracksuit. We could also slip into black leggings with stylish mesh inserts, a racerback tank and a white, black and gold windbreaker to perfectly match the sneakers. The shoes are even sleek enough to wear with a snug-fitting knit maxidress topped by a moto-style leather jacket.

On days when we prefer a soft pastel hue, the Supra Scissor shoes look beautiful in the Pearl Blue and white style.

See it: Scoop up the blue and white Supra Scissor Sneakers (marked down to 19 percent off their original $ 80 price, now $ 65) while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

We’ll be styling these sneakers with a matching pastel blue velour sweatsuit for a chic monochrome moment. The blue sneakers will also make for a great color blocked addition to a pair of pastel pink joggers and a simple long sleeve white T-shirt. On a day more suited for denim, the blue sneaker will match well with a pair of high-waist skinny jeans in a light blue wash and a cropped sweater in beige or pastel pink.

To add a classic print to our sneaker collections, we can snag the Supra Scissor Sneaker in this dark grey and white sneaker featuring polka dot and triangle prints. These shoes have a playful look to them without appearing to gaudy.

See it: Scoop up the polka dot Supra Scissor Sneakers for $ 80 while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying sale prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

These printed sneakers will offer an extra touch of flair to any matching grey jogger set. We could also match these shoes with a grey and white polka dot sweater, dark blue skinny jeans and a leather mini bucket bag. On days when we prefer to wear the sneakers to the gym, we’ll be styling them with our favorite glittery leggings. We could also wear the sneakers with those same glitter leggings and an embellished sweater for a night out.

All three of the sneaker styles would also look great worn with more casual jumpsuits in the trendy utility style or designed with knit material. To layer the look for chillier weather, we can slip into a fuzzy teddy bear coat in beige or tan.

Shoppers who bought and wore the Supra Scissor Sneakers rave about how gorgeous they look. While Zappos labels these sneakers true to size, the shoe runs narrow per the reviews. It’s important to eye the size guide carefully and order one size up if necessary to score the best fit.

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How Many Vacation Days Did You Use This Year?

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How many vacation days did you use this year, readers — and what did you DO with your vacation? As 2018 comes to a close, it’s always a great idea to review your vacation days to make sure you’re using them properly (especially if they’re use-or-lose!), and we’d love to hear how many of you are already planning for vacations in 2019! When we’ve asked in the past about vacation time, 40% of you had used less than 50% of your time for the year (whoa!).

I’ve never had the luxury of working a job where vacation days rolled over, so I’ve always tried to make the most of vacation time by taking a lot of long weekend vacations and staycations. For the past few years with the kids, I’ve told myself to just buy airline tickets as soon as we have the school calendar, and deal with hotels and research as the trip gets closer — to force us to actually go places — but I’m still struggling to master the vacation that is planned really early. We’re looking at some international travel this summer, as well as a trip to “Harry Potterland” (Universal Studios) that my 7-year-old may or may not accept as a viable Christmas present, but we’ve yet to pull the trigger on anything.

For those of you who are great at vacation planning (or finding fabulous vacation packages), I’d love to hear from you: How many months ahead are you planning? If you get, say 20 days of vacation for 2019, how many do you vacation days do you “use” ahead of time? For those of you with partners, if you get more vacation (or less) than your partner, how do you deal? 

Since the stock photo features a bag — and it is the season for gift-giving — anyone have any favorite travel gear to shout out? I’ve heard great things about Away luggage but I haven’t tried it yet.

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Ariana Grande Urges People To Vote After Taylor Swift’s Political Message Influences Many To Register!

After Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande is the next superstar to encourage her fans to go vote in the midterm elections! While Taylor’s post was long and detailed, as it was her very first politically-charged message, Ariana’s was simple and straight to the point. She captioned a pic of her ballot envelope: ‘vote, f***ers.’

But considering that she said ‘bye bye to the internet for just a lil bit’ only a few days ago and still reminded her followers to vote, makes it worth noting!

Meanwhile, Ariana has been leaning on her loved ones since she and Pete Davidson broke their engagement.

Her social media silence was more like a way to only post about things that really matter to her for a while.

As for Taylor Swift, her lengthy post came as a huge surprise as she had managed to stay away from politics before then.

She wrote: ‘In the past I have been reluctant to voice my political opinions, but due to some events in my life and in the world in the last two years, I feel really differently about that now.’

Taylor went on to say that ‘I believe in the fight for the LGBTQ rights, and any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or on gender is WRONG. I believe the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color’s terrifying, sickening and prevalent.’

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Proving how much her voice can influence people for the better, voter registration spiked massively immediately after her message was posted!

‘We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period,’ Vote.org sector of communications’ Kamari Guthrie stated.

Two days later, Vote.org released another statement about Taylor’s impact.

‘Since Taylor Swift’s well-publicized Instagram post on Sunday night, in which she urged her 112 Million fans to vote, Vote.org has found a massive spike in voter registering nationwide. While there’s several factors that contributed to this, a majority of new registrations since Taylor Swift’s post on Sunday have been people between the ages of 18 and 29 years old – about 102,000 out of 240,000 total new registrations in less than 48 hours.’

Let’s hope Ariana Grande will manage to do the same!

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Sweater weather is officially in full swing and if you’re like Us, then you’ve been stocking up on cozy knits. The perfect way to serve a stylishly snug look all season long, every fashionista should have a trendy design on standby. If you’re looking to upgrade your fall collection with a new piece, then you’ve come to the right place. Your pals at Shop With Us have spied a cashmere wrap that’s as sultry as it is comfy.

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The Halogen Ribbed Cashmere Wrap will bring your cozy chic style to life. Crafted with 100 percent cashmere, this garment will take your comfort level to new heights. Its mixed ribbed textures offer a super soft feel that you’re sure to love. Combining modern detailing with clean styling, this fabulous find will give your ensembles the perfect added touch.

Versatile in nature, this wool garment can be transformed in a variety of ways. Wear as a chic cardigan, style as a comfortable wrap, or even flaunt it as an infinity scarf to complement your wardrobe. Available in four hues, including beige oatmeal dark heather, black rock heather, grey soft heather and pink rosecloud heather, there is a shade to suit your taste.

Cruising the Nordstrom racks at $ 94.49, this design is a major steal. With cashmere pieces often retailing for well over $ 100, this budget-friendly option will be good for your closet and your wallet.

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Ideal for keeping you warm in a chilly office or a stylish accent for your everyday looks, this piece is a fall must-have.

Its super soft build has made this wrap a fall essential with Nordstrom shoppers. Reviewers are in awe of its lightweight construction, while others appreciate its luxurious flair. Shoppers love its roomy design and appreciate how it can transition from day to night with ease. One shopper even shared that this knit is the perfect travel wrap to stay warm on cold planes.

Style this wrap with skinny jeans, a turtleneck and booties to seal the deal. You can even switch it up with trousers, mules, a blouse, midicoat and tote bag for the ultimate work-ready ensemble. Thinking of your next R&R session? Pair with leggings, a breezy tank and fluffy slippers to lounge in style.

See It: Grab the Halogen Ribbed Cashmere Wrap at Nordstrom for only $ 94.49 — down from $ 189 (at 50 percent off).

 

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Late Night Has Way Too Many Men. It Showed During the Brett Kavanaugh Hearings

Like so many women in America, Samantha Bee had a rough time getting through last week. She took the stage to host the most recent episode of her Wednesday-night talk show, Full Frontal, dressed in a funereal black suit, her tense posture like a full-body cringe. “I’ve been doing a lot of Carrie-ing to get through it,” Bee said, referring to (what else?) the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. The Carrie in question wasn’t Sex and the City’s Bradshaw, who might have typed a pithy question about the judge into her laptop, but Stephen King’s Carrie. The studio lights turned red, and as Bee stared at a placard that read “this week,” it burst into flames.

She didn’t seem merely disappointed or bemused—she looked angry. Bee may well have been consciously playing up that ire, but such scathing humor could only have come from a genuine place. “I’m having a little trouble controlling my rage this week,” she admitted after calling out Lindsey Graham for hypocrisy and wishing diarrhea upon Mitch McConnell. Bee closed by addressing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee directly: “Every assault survivor in the country has seen you spewing garbage all week,” she said. “And they are not going to forget—not even after 35 years, which is as long as you think a woman’s memory is reliable.”

The episode aired the night before Thursday’s endless testimony from Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. But it was Bee’s righteous anger, more than anything on late night Thursday, that captured Friday’s mood. As many Americans were still nursing news hangovers, Ana Maria Archilla and Maria Gallagher shamed GOP swing voter Jeff Flake in an elevator, in a confrontation that seemed to catalyze his subsequent demand for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s past. Their earnestness aside, the activists were speaking the same language as Bee. All three women fixed their attention on the pain of survivors.

This has been a frustratingly rare perspective to encounter in the late-night comedy sphere since Thursday’s hearings. Because Bee’s show only airs once a week, we won’t get another (perhaps literal) full-length fire sermon from her until Wednesday. Meanwhile, male-dominated nighttime talk and sketch shows have taken on Kavanaugh with varying degrees of success, but also from a certain emotional remove. “It was like a sad Super Bowl,” Trevor Noah said of the proceedings on Thursday’s Daily Show, in a half-baked comparison that wildly overstated their voyeuristic appeal.

That’s not to say that the comedians weren’t genuinely affected by the hearings. Some plainly said as much, transitioning from dark jokes about Kavanaugh to somber statements—a common move for late-night hosts in the Trump era, and one Michelle Wolf smartly skewered on her recently canceled Netflix show. James Corden took time Thursday to mention how “inspired and humbled” he was by Ford’s testimony, as well as by the #MeToo movement. “If this is something you’ve been through or are going through, just remember you’re not alone,” he said. “There are so many people who are standing alongside you right now, all over the world.” It was a kind statement but also a weirdly vague one, sidestepping questions of gender while implicitly drawing a line between people who’ve been through sexual assault and people like Corden.

Other hosts led with a conspicuously masculine, father-of-daughters brand of fury. Stephen Colbert closed his extended Thursday-night monologue with a serious word to Kavanaugh, informing the judge that the pushback against abusers in government began not with some nefarious Democratic plot, but with the allegations of sexual assault against Trump: “Your Republican buddies up on that committee said, ‘Yeah, but we want our guy on the Supreme Court,’” Colbert seethed. “And that’s you, Brett.” Jimmy Kimmel recounted that “people were crying in front of their televisions” during Ford’s testimony without acknowledging how many of those people must have been women who’d been through similar ordeals. Then he attacked Donald Trump Jr.’s virility for a tweet critical of Ford, branding him “a dull-witted human canker sore who shoots baby hippos out of Daddy’s helicopter because it’s the only way you can get an erection.”

The least convincing takes came from unsurprising corners: Jimmy Fallon, he of the hair-tousle felt round the world, barely addressed Kavanaugh on Thursday—and when he did, it was mostly to poke fun at the press conference in which Trump floated the idea that George Washington faced accusations of his own. Bill Maher, who once compared #MeToo to McCarthyism, expressed his support for Ford by opining that, “If that was a divorce hearing, she would’ve got the kids.” Faced with the spectacle of Lindsey Graham fulminating against Democrats whom he blamed for the delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Maher pulled out a few gay jokes, referring to John McCain as Graham’s “dead boyfriend” and cracking that Graham is “familiar with the back door.”

Maher wasn’t the only comedian who went to that arguably homophobic well. In the cold open of its season premiere, Saturday Night Live restaged Thursday’s hearing, casting Kate McKinnon as Graham, with lines like, “I’m a single white male, 5’10’’, uncut.” The skit turned out to be a total bust, enlisting Matt Damon to play Kavanaugh in an only slightly embellished highlight reel of the judge’s testimony, from beer to boofing. Later, the show found time for an ’80s frat party sketch implying that everyone present—guys and girls—had done things in college that could destroy their careers. For whatever reason, SNL’s three male head writers, Colin Jost, Michael Che and Kent Sublette effectively omitted Ford’s experience from the episode.

But not every man in late night chose to erase Ford in favor of mocking or lecturing Kavanaugh and his allies. “Her testimony today was a towering act of courage, given the trauma she’s survived,” Seth Meyers declared on Thursday, before enumerating the ways Ford had exceeded expectations and making jokes at the expense of those who tried to poke holes at her story. (Was that so hard?) John Oliver dedicated all of Sunday’s episode to Kavanaugh, closing with the withering analysis that Republicans who claimed to find both Ford and Kavanaugh credible were simply giving women the finger. “Their response was: ‘We believe you. We just don’t care,’” Oliver concluded.

For the most part, late-night didn’t do a terrible job with Kavanaugh, balancing the humor we so badly needed by midnight on Thursday with the gravity Ford’s testimony deserved. And maybe that makes it easy to argue that demands for more women in late night are about bean-counting more than they are about a real need for those shows to represent a wider range of perspectives. But we turn to late-night comedy, even before we turn to the next morning’s op-eds, to help us process the events of the day. In the two decades since Jon Stewart transformed The Daily Show into a loud, mad, politically charged therapy session—and especially in recent years, as sexual misconduct has come to the forefront of the cultural conversation—that nightly reckoning has included no small amount of righteous anger.

The shortage of similarly cathartic female voices (particularly Wolf’s caustic one) has been felt. As a woman, I feel it—that gulf between people like me and famous men expressing sympathy for people like me. “I know today blows,” Bee said, lying supine on a couch in a short video Full Frontal posted on YouTube Friday. “Every time you think you understand how awful rape culture is, a rancid puff of Drakkar Noir steers his way to the Supreme Court, and you realize that you had no idea.” It’s the only joke I’ve heard since Wednesday that sounds like a (much) funnier version of the exchanges I’ve had with female friends over the last few days. Amid all this hurting, for ourselves and for our gender, the bitter laughter Bee’s video inspires really does feel like the best medicine.


Entertainment – TIME

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