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Goslig
9/25/2019 23:23 EST

Just starting this collection of useful tips. There are 4 different plug types I here for electrical appliances. I have found one brand of surge protector power bar that fits them all without adaptors & the male plug fits snug in its female receptor: “Panther” brand (has a black panther logo). Also you will realise that the router with your modem is crap. You will need another router or range extender. I bought an ASUS RT-AC88U wireless AC3100 dual band Gigabit router. The configuration is a little tricky from their website, but there is an iPhone App that simplifies it. After plugging all the wires with the power off on everything, you power everything up an press the reset button to restore factory defaults and download the latest firmware. Your desktop menu will load all the utilities. You will need a power delay switch (Panther brand) because the surge protector is inadequate after a brown out when the power comes back on with a burst surge. The delay switch takes 5 minutes to allow power to its female receptors. We get Avery good 2.4 g and 5.0 g signal. Watch the YouTube for help configuring this router.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 02:40 EST

Gos - "........... the male plug fits snug in its female receptor" That's what she said. Sorry - I couldn't resist. Or as my Ex said to me 5 years ago - "You're 60 going on 16." True, true........ Hehehe

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LarryKar
9/26/2019 04:28 EST

Gos: don't want to start a debate but you must have some strange electronics. I have the normal assortment of TV's, fans, toaster ovens, etc etc. Every one came with a standard two prong and a ground like in the USA. The only odd ball was on my generator and it was your standard heavy duty twist to plug in job. Now Hong Kong and some other Asian countries you need adaptors but at least in my experience not in the RP. Did you find the location of a crashed UFO and reverse engineer?

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Goslig
9/26/2019 04:56 EST

LarryKar The product you are buying is different from what is distributed here. I get two giant round prongs, two smaller round prongs, a wide three prong, and an even wider three angled prong. These are for standard appliances (probably made in China) like a Sharp Vacuum or a lamp, etc. I’m just going to add a rant about Pinoy pollution. Though littering is banned on the streets of Davao, aquatic littering is out of control. My local swimming hole, Vales Beach, used to have clear water and swarms of fish up to 5 years ago. Now the fish are gone, the water is too warm and dirty brown, and it’s choked with organic debris (20%} and one-use plastic, broken runners, miscellaneous plastic of all types three feet deep and waves of the flotsam/jetsam every three feet.. The beach is mired in it and I have to swim off shore at least 200 feet to avoid most of it. Pinoy’s like lots of one use plastic and love just dumping everywhere. It’s the worst king of pollution. Plastic bags inside of double plastic bags full of one use plastic wrapped junk food and plastic drink bottles. Recycling doesn’t exist. It’s a disgusting “who cares” cultural moray. Like guys taking a public piss up against a wall. If it keeps up, their will be layers of one use plastic garbage covering everything. everywhere Disgusting!

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Goslig
9/26/2019 05:17 EST

darkfader24 That’s what I like about Filipina’s. Woody has no complaints, and he feels like a radical again. The Filipina receptor all too willing.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 05:23 EST

Goslig!!! How Politically Incorrect! I am horrified (Not!!) Hehehe.......

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Goslig
9/26/2019 05:37 EST

darkfader24 I enjoy a little political incorrectness occasionally, and I never get any complaints about it either.

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LarryKar
9/26/2019 07:00 EST

Gos: all the appliances I have were bought here but anyway. Yes I read today that all of the sea ice within 150 miles of the Alaskan Coast has melted. If true I'm in shock. Memories of standing on the beach at Barrow and marveling at the ice burgs streaked with ancient blue ice. And Trump mocks that little Swedish girl.

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Goslig
9/26/2019 07:39 EST

LarryKar Yep! Global warming doesn’t exist, but Greenland is disappearing. The cumulative ice loss from Greenland from 1992 to 2015 was 3 600 Gt (Gigatonnes) and contributed to global sea level rise by approximately 10 mm. The risks to America and the entire world can only be managed after Trump is removed from office, hopefully before it’s too late. On another note, have you watched the Raffu Tulfo shows on YouTube. Most of it is in English. 80% are about Foreigners scammed by Filipina’s. Lots of interesting facts about Philippine Law (he’s a lawyer). The last show I watched I found out it’s legal to exchange nude pictures, but if you (or your photo-mate) send the nude picture of the person to anyone else, you go to jail. Raffy Tulfo does all kinds of issues. All interesting scams. He’s very good and a funny negotiator.

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LovePhilly
9/26/2019 08:22 EST

Larry and Gos, just remember...you guys started it. This is not the politics page so no whining later!

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LovePhilly
9/26/2019 08:24 EST

And yes Gos, I read that 95% of plastics in the ocean come from Asia. 95%!!! They throw it in their rivers and it all flows to the ocean then the U.S. gets lectured for using drinking straws...stupid.

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darkfader24
9/26/2019 09:00 EST

LovePhilly - We could fix this "Drinking Straw Issue" quite easily. Go back to utilizing those wax covered paper straws. How hard is that?

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Goslig
9/26/2019 09:38 EST

LovePhilly Larry started it, but then I turned the page to Raffu Tulfo. He’s better than Jerry Springer. Gives guys free motorcycles if they break up with their cheating wife/girlfriend. I can’t do politics anymore. Canada & the US are too extremes. Both shocking and embarrassing . That’s all I can say.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/26/2019 11:23 EST

Statistics are always something you have to take with a grain of salt him, in this case, a few grains of plastic. While 95% of plastics in the ocean come from Asian may be somewhat true. Keep in mind up until recently we were shipping almost all are recycled plastics and other things from our recycle bins to China. This was at an enormous volume because we really couldn't handle recycling ourselves in the US. If you remember even recently the Philippines refused recycled material from Canada and sent it back. So while these Asian countries might be dumping things they just can't process the source of the plastic material may be more complicated than just them dumping their material. Also, the further keep in mind in the US-China has virtually cut off all shipments of recycled material to their country. This means the US is dumping recycled material in landfills because they can't process it. People might have a good feeling when they push that blue can down by the sidewalk but not realizing this not doing what they intended not before or even now.

Mark
The Island Generation

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Goslig
9/26/2019 20:30 EST

TheIslandGeneration The Philippines returned “rotting garbage” to Canada that was not recyclable though there was some plastic mixed in. I moved to the Philippines from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada on Vancouver Island. The City won the international recycling award several years in a row. All organic waste is collected in separate containers, all plastic, cardboard and metal has a separate container. Your garbage is inspected and anything prohibited, like styrofoam or cfl light bulbs, or glass, is left behind for you to drop off at a recycling centres. Plastic bags must go to the landfill. Almost all stores do not provide one use plastic bags. The few that do you must pay for. Your generalisation that all statistics “must be taken with a grain of salt” is inaccurate. Having completed two years of statistics in University, it all depends using proper statical methods. Sometimes data is presented as valid statistics when in fact it is manipulated data that was not calculated according to proper statistical methods. It would be correct to say that “some” statistics are fake data.

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Goslig
9/26/2019 20:56 EST

TheIslandGeneration
The capital of BC is Victoria on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria releases all its untreated sewage straight into the Juan de Fuca Strait, now, called the Salish Sea, directly across from Port Angeles, Washington. I wasn’t trying to give the impression that Canada was environmentally responsible. It isn’t.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 13:34 EST

Goslig - I stand by my statement that all statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially when you're talking about multiple countries for all sorts of different political reasons doing the reporting. Even the companies working with the trash reporting they have their reasons such as "put more weight down for the ship to get more money who is checking. The list goes on and on.

I'm not sure why you're posting you had two years of statistics in University. Was that to prove your right? When you have no idea who I am. I spent 18 years writing statistical programs for the largest organization in the world, calculating world data at a monumental scale. Surprisingly in school, you probably studied one of the models I built.

The whole point here is not who has the bigger statistical genitalia but that saying Asia is the sole source or 95% of plastics when 45 percent of all the world's plastic is exported to China. This skews the numbers and is misleading that is only China's trash.

"For more than 25 years, many developed countries, including the U.S., have been sending massive amounts of plastic waste to China instead of recycling it on their own.

Some 106 million metric tons — about 45 percent — of the world's plastics set for recycling have been exported to China since reporting to the United Nations Comtrade Database began in 1992.

But in 2017, China passed the National Sword policy banning plastic waste from being imported — for the protection of the environment and people's health — beginning in January 2018." NPR June 28, 2018.

I do agree that some countries like Canada and to some extent the United States has taken a great deal of effort to try to solve recycle issues. I just watched a show recently that showed that good Samaritans were recycling something as simple as their pizza box. Completely cleaned out with nothing in it. But the recyclers were rejecting it because of course cheese oil and pepperoni oil had contaminated the actual cardboard. How many people know that? Most people think if they do their part and throw what they "understand" is recyclable in the blue bin, the world gets cleaner. It would be more interesting to see statistics as China is not taking plastics how much of the American trash, after sorting, get thrown into a landfill?

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Goslig
9/27/2019 14:57 EST

TheIslandGeneration I think you are using exaggeration to make your point.!Obviously there are reliability and validity differences between different types of data manipulation and sampling’s techniques. There’s a big difference between a correlation coefficient (r), a chi square test, a t test of significance and an f test or analysis off variability. We didn’t have computers back when I was in university. My comments were not made for the purpose of challenging your ego. Just a declaration of my point of view. I don’t mind if you disagree with me. I’m not a pissing contest kid of guy unless someone takes a low blow personal attack against me. I do agree with practically everything you said. But “a grain of salt” comment from someone of your experience isn’t credible to me. We don’t need to agree on that. I’m more interested in the discussion about recycling.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 16:59 EST

Goslig - Thank you for agreeing with most of my response. But if you could elaborate where you think I was using "exaggeration" to make a point I'd like to respond to that.

The basic goal of recycling is a good thing but maybe the problem is it's become a business. So there is some logic to say that people in that business do not necessarily want to have the supplier (us), throwing "recyclables" in our blue bin and also do the work of the contractor's sorters.

Of course, keeping in mind that all the rejected material cost that then be put in the truck and taken to a landfill where it could've been put in one truck and taken to the landfill if we were better sorters.

We like that even go to the tedious and I considered the expensive task of cleaning things like soda cans using water from the sink. Are we not trading one resource for another?

I have seen the kids on Smoky Mountain. Dangerous certainly but then again what recyclers.

Floating plastic in the ocean is huge. On one hand, I encourage those that want to attempt to go out there and try to clean it up. But on the other hand, some animals have made these artificial floating reefs home and are living and reproducing there.

It's interesting because we both remember the "old days" there were those thick Coke bottles that you simply return to get some money. They would wash these and then recycle them. It was efficient before was replaced with convenience.

Of course a few hundred years ago we couldn't realize that we have this recycling problem. You have to wonder a few hundred years from now will we make a permanent trash dump on the moon or will there be just trash loaded into cylinders on a rocket blasted towards the sun that engines will reverse so that the debris continues towards the sun and the rocket returns like the trash truck on Wednesdays.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/27/2019 17:11 EST

Goslig -
I think we can all agree Greenland's ice is melting. I'm not a Trump fan but you have to really admire his last real estate attempted deal. No one has really thought about why he did this or even commented on what level it could've gone to. Let's offer the host country money to buy Greenland. This of course would have to be approved by Congress. The offer was made regardless, without a number value.

Let's say Congress took it up and said no way, but this would mean Denmark decided to sell.

Trump would then counter saying congress won't buy it so I will pay the price. Then Trump would have the biggest real estate deal since the Louisiana purchase.

Trump said he doesn't believe in climate change but also it does seem he was hedging his bet. I mean if Greenland really does turn green you can put a lot of towers there!

Mark

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Goslig
9/27/2019 21:59 EST

TheIslandGeneration Both Denmark and Trump know how resource rich Greenland is. Greenland is believed by some geologists to have some of the world's largest remaining oil resources. U.S. Geological Survey found in 2001 that the waters off north-eastern Greenland, in the Greenland Sea north and south of the Arctic Circle, could contain up to 110 billion barrels, and is widely believed to hold excellent potential for a host of natural resources, including zinc, lead, gold, iron ore, and copper. It makes Denmark an Artic nation too.

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Goslig
9/27/2019 22:07 EST

TheIslandGeneration You exaggerate, as I stated previously, when you say that “all statistics must be taken with a grain of salt”. It is true that in a very few cases you can get false negatives or false positives. The vast body of scientific knowledge is based on statistics. The (normal) bell shaped curve is real. Are you claiming it isn’t?

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Goslig
9/28/2019 11:44 EST

All Davao City & Samal Island beaches and Davao’s river are banned from allowing swimming three days ago. No warning signs are posted, nor do the beach staff tell you. A Chinese virus has infected the Gulf of Davao and made its way up the river. School. children were informed and friends of ours who own and manage a nearby beach told us. I assume the authorities are keeping the warning under warps day as to not impact tourism. Also, recently the beaches were covered in piles of plastic refuse that came from China. I think China is dumping off shore so their trash and viruses wash up on local beaches here instead of in China. I don’t imagine the local fish that are caught can be very safe to eat either.

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IDAHO1
9/28/2019 12:18 EST

This adapter covers most stuff that most {but not all} people will bring to the Phils. It is only for 220 V, and it does provide 2 USB ports.
It is the ROYU REDPL125, and you can see it at this web page.

http://fireflyelectric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PriceList-Royu-Firefly-Electrical-Devices-JAN-2018-issue-V1.pdf

It is supposed to be good for up to 10 Amps, and I picked up a couple at Gaisano's in Ozamiz City.

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Goslig
9/28/2019 22:45 EST

6.1 magnitude earthquake in Davao Oriental just now. Just a little shaking in Davao Del Sur. we get them every couple months.

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darkfader24
9/29/2019 07:25 EST

Wow! Stay safe Gos - and all Davaoians. Prayers for you!!

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Goslig
9/29/2019 07:43 EST

darkfader24 I used my Pure Force app to inquire in the “city concerns”. First I got an immediate (911) call back saying they would investigate. Later I used the Pure Force app to send an email confirming that the “Chinese virus” is a threat and it has closed the beaches. Less than a minute later I got two calls back confirming that swimming is banned. The Pure Force app also notified me immediately about the details about todays earthquake in Davao Oriental. It lists emergency numbers for a variety of government departments including a hot line to Duterte. It works everywhere in the Philippines. I recommend it to everyone for all emergencies: Police, Fire or Ambulance. It also has family tracking. It’s FREE too.

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LarryKar
9/29/2019 08:09 EST

Gos: Thanks for the tip about Pure Force. Found it easily in Google Play Store. All set.

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darkfader24
9/29/2019 19:49 EST

Gosling - Thank you for the 411 on Pure Force. What a fantastic App. It will serve well all those who know about it. I will text my Filipino friends regarding this. U R Da Man!!

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Goslig
9/29/2019 22:29 EST

Chinese Virus swimming ban lifted. The beaches are again safe in Davao.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 01:41 EST

Gosling - "Chinese Virus swimming ban lifted. The beaches are again safe in Davao." What? Did DU30 throw a lot of bleach into the Ocean???

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Goslig
9/30/2019 03:11 EST

darkfader24 Several tide changes and currents do wonders. All the plastic refuse gone too, but broken pieces of brain coral still remain.

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 03:20 EST

Goslig have you been drinking beer with " The Golden Warrior"? Got curious and searched around. Found nothing about China being involved and it's a scare mostly over the polio virus being found in samples of river water. Probably from contamination by sewage. But I was not fair in suspecting Warrior. He would blame the Deep State.
https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1027729.amp#aoh=15698274233283&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s

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Goslig
9/30/2019 03:31 EST

LarryKar That’s interesting. I read a Phil Star report that Polio is on the rise here again. The Salk vaccine was replaced by the Sabine oral vaccine in the 1960’s. Neither my wife’s daughter nor her niece have had the oral vaccine. Tomorrow we go to the doctor.

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 04:12 EST

Goslig yes so far two or three confirmed cases. First new cases in over 19 years. I'm so old I was part of the first round of the Salk Vaccine. Chicago Public Schools. Remember they marched us all to the gym and we got injected.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 04:27 EST

Goslig/LarryKar - In South Philadelphia I remember me and all the little Black Ghetto Kids getting little paper cups with "Sugar Cubes" for TB and Polio prevention. We all lined up gleefully, as we considered it a treat to get some sugar!

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Goslig
9/30/2019 05:16 EST

LarryKar That would be the same for me. I lived with my mother and older brother then and went to Eugene Field Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago.. My Dad’s offices were at 936 North Michigan off Oak Street Beach. Where in Chicago are you from?

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LarryKar
9/30/2019 06:25 EST

Goslig: At that time we lived on Central and I attended Burnham Elementary. Dad was an Engineer worked for a company that manufacturered mining equipment. Upwardly mobile like many of the Post War Vets folks built a new house in LaGrange and later another new house in Western Springs on Wolf Road. Yeah grew up a spoiled suburban brat. Would have attended Lyons Twp. HS but Dad got a job with a company in Southern Illinois not far from St. Louis and we moved just before I would have gone to Lyons.

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LovePhilly
9/30/2019 08:05 EST

My brother in laws live in Taguig near Manilla and have had drought for the past many months. Has anyone here in the Philippines had this water shortage?

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gypsyquokka
9/30/2019 09:39 EST

Hi lovephilly - Here in Tacloban we had quite severe restrictions with water in June, July and part of August. Some water in the mains for an hour a day = few drips in a bucket at the end of a street. The dams were too low. Was a boom for the guys with a vehicle to carry about 30 plastic jerry cans of water at a time and charged 10 to 12 php a container. Not exactly cheap but little choice. Water came from deep wells. Some deliveries with 5 jerry cans on a pedicab - took 1 hour each way to go get the water. I gave them 20php a can, but still like slave labour. Always conscious of water usage, as most Australians are.

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mattinnorfolk
9/30/2019 09:50 EST

Thanks for this info in the water and is that country wide pretty much? If I can buy you a beer or coffee as I go through Tacloban let me know, and that offer is open to anyone. Thanks.

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darkfader24
9/30/2019 14:17 EST

gypsyquokka - I am astounded to read about thesis water shortages. I had read about 6 months ago or so, that Pinays are very clean and take lots of showers - 2 a day - because the RP, being in the Tropics, NEVER had a shortage of water. Now I read your words and I can't believe it. Is the problem because they don't have enough Dams, or there really is a drought? A drought would really surprise me.

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surfingcebu
9/30/2019 16:02 EST

Dark- what is a Chinese virus swim ban? Huh?

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Goslig
9/30/2019 20:28 EST

darkfader24 Plenty of water in Davao.

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LovePhilly
9/30/2019 20:43 EST

Thanks for the update on the water all. I'm just shocked because this is the "wet" season and they are still having drought. My wife says she never experienced this before.

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TheIslandGeneration
9/30/2019 22:02 EST

Current rates of recycling are dismal. In Europe, about 30% of plastics are recycled, but the U.S. recycles only 9.1%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s about all our networks can manage without significant improvements and investments in recycling technologies and infrastructure.

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LarryKar
10/1/2019 02:38 EST

It was bad actually critical back in June July August but if you check the PAGASA Page on FB they post dam water levels every week. Almost all are back to normal levels or very close.

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gypsyquokka
10/1/2019 03:31 EST

dark - there have been a few other comments about water shortages in different provinces. Here in Leyte the rainy season should have started weeks ago but to date only a couple of showers. I dont think it is lack of dams in most places but a drought. Look at the weather in India in past few months - should have been hot and dry but they have extensive flooding over much of the country. Manila has major water shortage problems these past months and with areas this week limited to two hours a day. Main dams are at critical / or below levels and substituting some of requirements with artesian bores. Check it out on Philippine news . Smile

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darkfader24
10/1/2019 08:49 EST

SurfingCebu - "Dark- what is a Chinese virus swim ban? Huh?" Goslig was talking about it around Davao because of trash and a Chinese Virus in the water - which is apparently now safe to swim in. Then Gelynch mentioned some things about a drought where he lives and the cost and inconvenience of hauling water from somewhere. I then mentioned to Gelynch that I had always heard that the RP, being in the Tropics with lots of rainfall, didn't ever have water issues. I was surprised that he is experiencing a drought.

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Goslig
10/1/2019 08:59 EST

darkfader24 LarryKar clarified that it was a polio virus discovered in the river that flows out into beaches. There are two new cases of Polio in Davao. I saw a news report that stated there were 9 new cases of Polio nationwide. My step daughter was told it was a “Chinese” virus at her school. The city called it a “Chinese” virus, but it was actually a Polio virus. The threat is now over. The beaches were cleaned of debris.But often there are large drifts of it coming from China and washing up on the beaches here. Doesn’t seem to be a big problem elsewhere that I have been. The currents and winds push it. We have had Southeasterly winds for months now.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 10:22 EST

Just to let the uninformed be forewarned, I was having a marital problem just before my 8th wedding anniversary. My wife’s life has become dominated since April by another woman who’s husband abandoned her. My wife cancelled airfares for a trip I planned and went on the bus then so she could be alone with this woman. I hardly see my wife who drinks with this “lover” for 7 - 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week with their drinking friends. I am not invited. My wife is bi-polar and needs her medication daily to prevent severe mood swings. When she takes her medication she is very loving and responsible. But her girlfriend/lover convinced her to stop 6 days before our anniversary. I did not want the unhappy marriage wrecker at my anniversary celebration. However , my wife was persuaded to change our plan to exclude me at a beach party. I begged my wife to not go. I warned her if she went, I would show up and voice my disapproval . So I did to everyone’s shock. Prior to this my wife asked me for a divorce and tried to get the police to remove me from our property. This is a classic MANIC ATTACK. I have been through many. My wife also confessed to loving her friend who loved her deeply. I was greeted at the beach party table by her lover who tried swinging a rum bottle at me. I told her she was a “marriage wrecker” and to GTH. Then left. My wife then spent the next four days with her, behaviour typical when she goes off her medication. SO HERE’s the rub. I posted her lovers picture on my Facebook update for 1 day. Her lover immediately began a libel suit against me because I described her as a “Lesbian”. This is a cyber crime resulting in jail and deportation. I also got a summons from the Barangay Captain as the defendant against her and my wife’s complaint. Once you get a derogatory report about you, you are deported and can never come back to the Philippines. However, the problem was my wife has no money and can’t sell our house because of problems with the title. I told her to get her lover to back off. The libel suit was dropped, but the hearing at the Barangay office is still on. I was careful to screenshot all their drunken parties posted on my wife’s Facebook that I was never invited to or knew about. I also took screen shots of my pleading to my wife to go to dinner with me and later she could go out with them, or plan their party on another day. I included pictures of my wife when she is happy and normal, and when she is suffering a manic attack. Be very careful to never post anything derogatory on Facebook. Leave a trail of messaging to support yourself when a surprise summons is delivered because some wack job wants to make trouble. Never raise your voice. I think I will come out on top this time, I hope! My wife is back on her medication. C’est la vie!

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darkfader24
10/9/2019 12:02 EST

Goslig - Wow! I am so sorry that you are going through this. They may threaten to deport you - but you might have something on them. “Adultery” is completely illegal. I don’t know if Homosexuality is also, but if so, then you’ve got them on 2 counts. The question is, “Can you prove this?” If so, then good. I mentioned a dear friend whose wife has been working in the Sheriff’s Department of a Calif city. The Chief Sheriff is an aggressive dyke, and has gained sway over my friend’s wife. Out of the Blue, she started demanding a divorce. It has been like a personality change, and now their 30 plus year is shot. He stood by her through many health issues, including a double mastectomy. It is tragic. I think this is typical in the Gay world. They claim that they hurt no one. I say “BULLS#%t. My Dad went Gay and there was Hell to pay at home.

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surfingcebu
10/9/2019 12:02 EST

Gos- Thanks for sharing . We all have different views on this forum , but we all have some sympathy in what yoru going through . If It was me , I would hope members here would help with some good ideas and some encouragement . We all have disagreements here at times , but when you reach out with an explanation of what is going on with yourself, it is very admirable and deserving of encouragement and helpful words I would hope .

I hope and wish you the best .

your wife is your ex wife at this point. You must treat her as such . Treat her nicely ( im sure you would as you always do ) , BUT watch out for the extortion now ! They will go for you pocket book !

Surf !

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surfingcebu
10/9/2019 13:03 EST

Gos - I think the commotion is they know you have money and yoru wife/exwife wants to extort it . Be careful bud . Adultery is a huge issue , so is the forms of bleeding you of your money ....so just some helpful hints here .

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catabisis
10/9/2019 15:32 EST

Goslig, get rid of her. Materialism you lose is nothing compared to emotional peace. You didn’t think this through before posting about the dyke. You should have done your due diligence and texted back and forth with your wife until she admitted adultery with the dyke. The dyke is not the home wrecker. It is your wife!
No offense-all humans have quirks and issues-something is missing from a man who marries a woman with your wife’s ingrained troubles. You are being this woman’s enabler. Seriously, you need to go to YouTube and watch some Coach Red Pill videos.

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LovePhilly
10/9/2019 16:01 EST

Gos,

When the timing is right, dump her! Until then, don't give her anything. No money. Cut her off.

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catabisis
10/9/2019 20:35 EST

I agree with LovePhilly. Cut her off and shut her down now!

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Goslig
10/9/2019 23:15 EST

LovePhilly I agree that is how I feel. But I must be very careful to preserve my status here. She’s promised to give me half of the household goods and half of the money from the sale of the house, and confirm my Permanent Resident Visa. I also realise that her betrayal is a symptom of her mental illness. I need to escape it. There were many good memories. I am through my brief anger stage, and now I am just flotsam/jetsam for a while. There will be a time for my new situation. It is always best to just buy a condo in your name. NEVER buy a house that is in your wife’s name. Thanks for your support.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 23:21 EST

catabisis Hindsight is 20/20. My wife is 100% responsible. Nice guys finish last. All I get from it is self respect. I am not co-dependent. My wife suffers from a mental illness that she carefully concealed until it was too late. When she is not having a manic attack and is on her medication, she is wonderful and loving. I used to love her, still do a little, but I cannot live with her anymore. Thanks for your support.

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surfingcebu
10/10/2019 00:32 EST

I agree Gos . In the RP , buy a condo , way too many strange things happen with land and homes in the RP ...
One must have things in their name , in the RP . But rent is SO cheap ....I think renting for a long term is a choice as well !

You have my support Gos ... I wish you luck in your journey to heal .

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surfingcebu
10/10/2019 00:38 EST

Love Philliy has a point here Gos . Distance yourself asap ! Maybe even consider moving islands or cities . Get away from her . I know what pain you have had under her rule . your a good man Sir , you deserve and will get much better !

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Goslig
10/10/2019 01:25 EST

surfingcebu Thanks for your support Surf. I have to play the cards I am dealt. I have my Permanent Resident Visa and the sale of the house which I am promised 1/2 and half of the furniture. Still waiting on my Ford registration. The divorce is in the works. But first things first. My wife is fine while on her medication.

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TheIslandGeneration
10/10/2019 18:28 EST

First I sympathize with you on anyone with a partner that is having mental issues. My first wife who was Thai actually developed a strong bipolar mental situation. On medicine just like you've experienced, everything was fine. Unfortunately her friends convinced her that she was better and that she didn't need the medicine anymore not understanding the medicine was the key thing that was making her better. When she stopped taking that medicine and never return to taking that medicine it was crazy town. There was no reasoning of course and it just turned into a nightmare of not knowing what the next day would bring. I eventually got divorced but because of children still had to deal with the insanity for many years to come. But distancing myself from her was better for both of us . But during all the time she put a huge dent in me financially only when I got divorced was able to actually get away from the bad side.

You mentioned "that the divorce is in the works" I was a bit confused about this because divorce is not legal in the Philippines although it has gone as far as the president but he has not supported it.

The only legal means is annulment. But that means you were never married so what does it actually mean for property and everything else if you actually were never married?

Also I do recommend getting away from her but also you have to be careful that you let everyone know why and have witnesses to that effect because of course she can always claim later that you abandoned her. It's very hard to win when someone you're fighting legally is not sane.
They can spend anything up that's in their dreams or their head that never happened and of course it's hard to tell everyone that ever happened what is she talking about? Went through plenty of that.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 09:24 EST

TheIslandGeneration Yes you understand how difficult a living situation it becomes living with a bi-polar off her meds. My wife is back to normal as she is taking them again. Yet, it takes 4 days for the blood levels to become effective. It was the same situation with her friends convincing her to stop taking them. So here is my divorce process. I am an American, and I get get my divorce in Guam in 7 days. I can go to the American Embassy and get a letter saying I am single. I am not a Filipino. The Philippine government does not have jurisdiction. My ex wife can take my Guam divorce to the NSO and get her Cinomar saying she is single. Foreign divorces are recognised. However, before I was married, I had to pay 190,000 p for her annulment of her Filipino marriage to a Filipino man. It’s the US Embassy that determines my marital status not the Philippine government.

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 09:41 EST

I hope you understand that your wife will have to sign the documents in front of US attorney. There is a US notarial service at the Embassy but you must make an appointment there.

What is a 7-Day Residency Divorce on Guam?

Under Guam law, married couples residing outside of the island can obtain a Guam divorce if they meet certain requirements. First, both non-resident spouses must consent to the divorce. Second, both must sign documents in front of a U.S. notary public. And third, one spouse must come to Guam and stay for a minimum of seven consecutive days. The entire process usually takes from 3 to 6 weeks. Guam divorces are recognized throughout all 50 States and U.S. Territories.

http://www.divorceguam.com/

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 09:47 EST

Goslig: I lived in the Philippines for 14 years and only ever saw 3 kinds of plugs. They were the same 2 flat blades as found in the US (but not polarized with 1 being larger), 3 wire grounded plugs but they were not very common due to the fact that no houses in PI are grounded unless you have an older US military house, and I did see a couple of the 2 round plugs as found in Korea. You can buy adapters for those at any hardware store for about P50.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 09:58 EST

gelynch52ph We have those here, but there are two round sizes, and another three prong plug where the prongs are at 45 degree angles with each other.

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gelynch52ph
10/11/2019 10:26 EST

I never saw any of those 3 prong plugs you are talking about. Those are usually industrial plugs not used on household devices.

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Goslig
10/11/2019 22:24 EST

gelynch52ph I must make an on-line appointment for Notary Services (for my wife) at the Cebu City American Consulate. I do not need to attend. You must be certain that your arrival and departure times on Guam coincide with the 7 day residency rule. American divorces granted to Americans are valid in Canada and the Philippines for a Philippine marriage. They do this work for thousands of Americans married to Asians.

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Goslig
10/15/2019 09:12 EST

Scam on 2014 Ford Everest: when I bought this second hand Gord from the owner of a repair shop, I believed it to be trustworthy. It had one year old Mag wheel rims and 4 one year old off road 17 inch tires. However, I noticed the front wheels out of alignment. Went to a high rated repair shop (that also scammed me) to have the alignment fixed only to discover that the wheel lugs had no socket that fit to remove them. I had photographed all the documents in the glove compartment when I first inspected the Everest which included the invoice of the owners shop (Performance Auto) for the rims, lugs and tires (Aug. 2018). The owners son who manages his shop made various attempts to find a socket to fit. It is neither SAE or metric, but rather a special tool that came with the wheel lugs that I was later told was”lost”. Two months have passed and the registration is still not transferred into my name. Today I went to a Goodyear tire shop and a machine shop. I had a 14mm & 16mm socket and my calliper. The lug size is 15.5mm. I was told I had a big problem. Even the original spare tire cannot be mounted since the l wheel lugs would not fit. The managers son joked that “they would have swapped out the new wheels with the old ones, but the couldn’t find the original wheels” (?) Kind of odd. 4 huge tires? What they couldn’t find was the lug socket. The brake maintenance light indicator was coming on. So the reason for selling to me became obvious. The manager did nothing to resolve the problem except a lame promise never acted on. He’s just anxiously waiting for it to be registered in my name. Two solutions come to mind. Reorder the wheel lug set they bought to get another specialised wheel lug socket or shim up a 16mm socket to fit. But HEY! Aren’t foreigners stupid? Play them. We go to the lawyer tomorrow to file our civil case to recover 664,000 pesos. F-#K Pinoy scammers.

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surfingcebu
10/15/2019 11:41 EST

Gos - for the Ford , its not theirs to sell ? The tires were swapped out - Why do you figure ?
outright scam . car scam ?

I always would buy form a dealer or VERY close, long term friend . Never a shop , myself .

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catabisis
10/16/2019 00:02 EST

Gosling, a few things here.. This is for everyone. Next time you buy a car that is not a shimmed together multi cab, Google a used car buying checklist. One of the things it would say is jack up the vehicle and shake each wheel. If there is movement, the wheel bearings are bad.
The next instruction on the list will be to remove the wheel and check for brake wear. This is where you would have found your lug nut issue.
The brake maintenance light isn’t a huge issue. I am certain you just need new brakes. If you don’t do it yourself, DO NOT take it to the dealership. You will be out a lot of money. Find a reputable mechanic to do it. Go to Facebook in a foreigner’s group in your area and ask foreigners for a decent mechanic.
Before you buy another car, research the best scan tools online and buy the one you can most afford. Then take it with you when you search for a vehicle. Most of these knuckleheads here have probably never heard of one. If they have they probably never used one.
Run the scan. If any faults come up, maybe all you need to do is reset the computer and the faults will clear through the scanner. But you need to know the ones that will clear and a good scanner will tell you.
Before you clear it, you negotiate a lower price for the “problems” of the vehicle and tell the guy you will repair it yourself. Pull out a scanner and he will think you are a master mechanic. Then clear the faults when you get home. I would even go as far as telling the owner if he sells his vehicle with that many “problems” and does not tell the customer he could find himself getting sued. He might be eager to sell it to you just to get away from it.
Here is a guy who has been a mechanic for 50 years. I drop in to his YouTube channel from time to time. Here is what he says in his scan tool review.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Q_rCJX1MM ......
Scam on 2014 Ford Everest: when I bought this second hand Gord from the owner of a repair shop, I believed it to be trustworthy. It had one year old Mag wheel rims and 4 one year old off road 17 inch tires. However, I noticed the front wheels out of alignment. Went to a high rated repair shop (that also scammed me) to have the alignment fixed only to discover that the wheel lugs had no socket that fit to remove them. I had photographed all the documents in the glove compartment when I first inspected the Everest which included the invoice of the owners shop (Performance Auto) for the rims, lugs and tires (Aug. 2018). The owners son who manages his shop made various attempts to find a socket to fit. It is neither SAE or metric, but rather a special tool that came with the wheel lugs that I was later told was”lost”. Two months have passed and the registration is still not transferred into my name. Today I went to a Goodyear tire shop and a machine shop. I had a 14mm & 16mm socket and my calliper. The lug size is 15.5mm. I was told I had a big problem. Even the original spare tire cannot be mounted since the l wheel lugs would not fit. The managers son joked that “they would have swapped out the new wheels with the old ones, but the couldn’t find the original wheels” (?) Kind of odd. 4 huge tires? What they couldn’t find was the lug socket. The brake maintenance light indicator was coming on. So the reason for selling to me became obvious. The manager did nothing to resolve the problem except a lame promise never acted on. He’s just anxiously waiting for it to be registered in my name. Two solutions come to mind. Reorder the wheel lug set they bought to get another specialised wheel lug socket or shim up a 16mm socket to fit. But HEY! Aren’t foreigners stupid? Play them. We go to the lawyer tomorrow to file our civil case to recover 664,000 pesos. F-#K Pinoy scammers.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 10:02 EST

7.8 earthquake in General Santos, a couple hours away. The water at the beach went way out three times further that the lowest, low tide mark. Tsunami alert, mass migration of thousands of people and pets, a crush of traffic. Eventually we made it to the highway. Two hours and then the all clear. The worst shaking in 8 years, things falling off shelves, ground really moving and then aftershocks. Got everyone and the dogs into my Ford. Glad to have it.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 10:27 EST

catabisis Did a lot of checking of everything, but with fake knees wasn’t able to crawl underneath. Brake pads half gone, everything was good except wheel alignment. Problem was alien wheel lugs that were 16.5 mm. It’s not like the West. No yellow pages. I went by referrals. After three machine shops and 6 wheel shops finally one smart Pinoy told me about Smart Wheels, a high tech. Honest repair shop. They had never seen wheel lugs like mine. Had a removal tool and now I have 17mm wheel lugs. Each wheel has one funny lug you must use an adaptor on ( anti-theft). Frame and front end needed a few shims, but everything else good. The streets here are like a bowl of spaghetti. Very few signs, no numbers. I hired a driver for 500 p who knew the city.. Smart Wheels shop is tops. Fair prices and good work. Manager said I got “stabbed in the back”. The registration is at LTO near Gen SAN in the capital of Negros Oriental, Coromandel or Marbel. Wife has a high ranking chief engineer brother in law to help me clean up the registration mess. Basically, I paid 50,000 pesos too much, but otherwise I did OK but a huge hassle. I watch all the car shows on YouTube so I just didn’t check the tire tools and should have shied away from the registration complications. The wife loved the car and I yielded to her pressure. Been following reviews and adds for 10 months. All the good deals are in Manila. My domestic circumstances are temporarily mitigated. We have land title problems and scams next to solve. Once the title is cleaned, we’ll sell and our location is excellent in terms of the community plan. Our property went up three times it’s value. By then I will be a Permanent Resident and have wings. It just a “wait a while” Pinoy drip-drip-drip process. We are like room mates, no longer husband and wife. So it goes. Thanks to everyone for your support.

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gypsyquokka
10/16/2019 11:38 EST

USGS says there were 3 quakes to date this evening near Columbio, Mindanao. 6.4 at 7.37pm 5.3 at 8.09pm and a 4.9 at 8.21pm. . No other quakes registered in Philippines in recent days. USGS is reliable and posts usually online within 10 minutes of the quake.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 11:55 EST

gypsyquokka That’s completely different information about the size and location of the quakes that was announced on the radio. Did then mention the tsunami warning? We first heard after the first one from a call from our Barangay Captain. Not saying you post is incorrect, just that was not how they were described on local radio. Oddly, the Pure Force App. had no information and they always had before.

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gypsyquokka
10/16/2019 12:41 EST

Goslig - If you do not believe what i wrote about strength and times of the 3 quakes = check the USGS website. It gives info about times, depth etc , that measures more than 2.5, of any quake around the world. USGS is reliable for and tremors etc that we feel in Tacloban and times are exactly given minutes after it is felt. I do not know what Pure Force is. USGS is a reliable US govt site. Check it out . It is about earthquakes and does not get into tsunami's etc

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Tsmslf
10/16/2019 18:39 EST

6.4 according to the U.S. Geological service. Couldn't find it in the Manila Times but, as I have a friend in Gen Sant, I went to check after reading your post. I don't know which number is correct but I did read 6.4 on the USGS site.

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LarryKar
10/16/2019 19:58 EST

Philvocs had it at 6.4 on the report I saw. Sometimes the media rounds them up which is very wrong. With earthquakes there is a huge difference between 6.4 and 7.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 22:26 EST

gypsyquokka Pure Force is the official Philippine government emergency services app for Android or iOS. It’s excellent as it has tracking. You can instantly get police, ambulance or fire department. Also has all the hot lines to government agencies and more. Check it out. We had another small earthquake 10 minutes ago. Just spilled my coffee, not like last night.

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Goslig
10/16/2019 22:45 EST

LarryKar Whatever it was, I never had the floor moving so much, plates and glasses spilling out of cabinets, pictures falling off walls, doors swinging. I can’t imagine a magnitude 7.

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gypsyquokka
10/17/2019 04:53 EST

Hi Larry - Yes the quake numbers mean a lot and the different media sprout different strengths after the quakes. Eg. a quake registering 6 means it is 10 times stronger than a 5. A 7 quake is 10 times stronger than a 6. None of them are fun - Smile

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gypsyquokka
10/17/2019 05:13 EST

Goslig - Thanks for the info Pure Force, i will check it out [ dont know what Android / IOS is but not important]. You mentioned to Larry that you cannot imagine a 7 quake. WOW - try a 7.9, definitely not fun. I was living in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China in May 2008 and almost at the epicentre. Over 90,000 died - streets disappeared to rubble in seconds and the next street left half standing as quakes destroy in lines - not as a blanket area with the same destruction. Mid afternoon when it hit and i was teaching on 2nd floor of a 6 story. I followed some students jumping out the windows but many students never made it out - sooo very sad. My apartment was just rubble and all belongings lost. It taught me to always carry my passport with me when i leave the house - sooo much hassle to get it renewed, as wanted proof that it was still under the rubble - he he he . It took several months to get power and water back and new hospitals constructed. The Chinese PLA troops virtually took over the area and usable roads, and got things moving / tents / hot foods / water for over a million people . Any quake is scary, and in Tacloban the tremors are rare = swish water out of a bucket , but still have to get out quick as one never knows, Smile

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