Horse Slaughter Pipeline from America to Canada

 

Award-Winning Documentary Film “From the Kill Pen,” Exposing the Horse Slaughter Pipeline from America to Canada, Now Here…

 

 

To be practical, I suppose there’s no difference between eating horse meat and enjoying chicken, beef or salmon.  No difference between killing an old cayuse and carefully dropping a lobster headfirst into a pot of steaming water.

If you chose to eat meat at all, then you’re part of the killing process.  In fact, I’d say there’s more honesty and truth in hunting and killing your own dinner than in eating a burger at a fastfood outlet and pretending that you’re not cruel to animals.

But here’s why I have such an emotional response to the whole concept of rounding up horses for the slaughterhouse: I grew up in Harness Racing Country north of Saint John, New Brunswick.  As a kid, I loved those horses, the barns, the stables, the pastures, hayfields, all the people involved — just being around the big animals was joyful.  Heck, you could earn a quarter for walking a trotter after a race — I’d have paid them for the fun of doing it.

And being a Boomer, I grew up with Westerns.  Every B-Western hero had his noble steed.  Champion, Trigger, Buttermilk, Loco, Silver, Scout.  Sgt William Preston of the Yukon had his dark chestnut Rex for summer patrols.  Even Deputy Marshal Festus Haggan had his ornery ol’ mule, Ruth.

Most horses aren’t “pets n family” the way our cats and dogs are, but that relationship is there, just as strong, just as loving.  Horses!  We have a history!

There’s been talk of banning horse slaughter in Canada as our more advanced American friends have effectively done (due to an underfunding at the meat inspection level).  But as of this writing our new Liberal gov hasn’t exactly strained at the bit to get it done.  Even so, there’s been a steady decrease in rounding up horses in Canada.  Right now, 60% of horses slaughtered in Canadian meat plants are imported from the States.

And now there’s that stirring Doc from south of the border that’s kicking up such a fuss…

Los Angeles based Synergetic Distribution has announced the release of the award-winning film, “From the Kill Pen,” now available on multiple platforms, including Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.

Fact-driven and without gratuitous violence, “From the Kill Pen” exposes the widespread overbreeding and clandestine meat distribution cycle which has allowed tainted horsemeat to enter the human food chain – activity which has been operating under the radar for years.

“Most Americans are completely unaware that while horse slaughter is not happening in this country, approximately 150,000 American horses are still rounded up each year and shipped to Canada and Mexico to be killed and their carcasses sold to international meat distributors,” says director Sharon Boeckle.

Horse slaughter is currently technically legal in the United States.  Language in the federal budget, however, prohibits funds from providing required inspections at horse slaughter facilities.  And this prohibition has kept horse slaughter on American soil at bay since it was implemented in 2007, during the President George W Bush administration.

But horse advocates across the nation are growing concerned that the current administration may choose to overturn that in the next federal budget, scheduled for review in the coming months.

“In making this film, Sila Productions has performed an invaluable service to equines and those who love them… By seeing the truth, people will finally be able to judge from a position of knowledge,” says John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance.

From the Kill Pen” includes in-depth interviews with some of the nation’s leading experts on the subject, including: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico; Keith Dane of the Humane Society; Journalist Vickery Eckhoff; and Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Patrick Meehan, co-sponsors of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which if passed would install a permanent ban not only on horse slaughter in the United States, but also the shipping of American horses elsewhere for slaughter.

“We applaud this hard-hitting, passionate, and revealing expose,” says Sonja Meadows of Animals Angels. “From the Kill Pen is a compelling, intelligent documentary that clearly exposes and lays bare the stark realities behind horse slaughter… it’s a must-see film.”

“‘From the Kill Pen‘ is the ‘Blackfish‘ for America’s horses,” says Jane Blais of the Safe Food Safe Horses Coalition, the coalition currently fighting for the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 113.)

The film’s release coincides with the upcoming annual federal budget renewal process set to commence soon. The hope is that the film will raise awareness and inform the public on the issue before it’s too late.

For more information on the film and its availability, visit www.fromthekillpen.com.

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Lily Tomlin: Wait Don’t Kill Me Comedy Benefit – Free Billy the Elephant

 

Lily Tomlin Joins June Diane Raphael, Craig Ferguson & Casey Wilson to Headline “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” Comedy Benefit for “Voice For The Animals”

 

 

“The elephants became so symbolic to me, the evidence (of their treatment) so clear, and I wanted to tie it together and show how inured we are to that around the planet,” said Lily Tomlin, Oscar-nominated actress (Nashville) and comedian.

Comedy, when it’s really cooking, can be both a lighthearted escape from the real world and a fierce finger-pointing accusation of Humankind at our worst.  Comedy can be both at once.

I’ve always loved the comedians, the funnymen and funnywomen who just break me up when I’m feeling smug and unbroken and need the tickle of a bed slat.  Lily Tomlin, dear Lily, is one of our faves.  Our first date movie for Mary Lee, my beloved wife-to-be, and me was Star Wars.  I made up for that by taking her to a number of musicals and comedies after that, culminating with 9 to 5 with Lily, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton.

Lily’s gifts to us are her Characters.  Sometimes funny.  Sometimes deeper than that — glimpses into Lily’s heart.

Lily has never stopped bringing that laughter, those playful characters, while speaking up for endangered animals, which endears her to us all the more.  Her Free Billy campaign has scored some successes, bless her.

“I had done some animal activism and donated money,” Lily has explained, but “becoming enlightened about elephants” prompted her to focus on their plight.  Lily demands that we “EVOLVE!”

And now comes the news of her “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” Comedy Benefit.

Emmy® and Tony®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) to bring the laughs to “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the famed Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus.

Presented by Honeysweet Creative, this ninth annual fundraiser was hosted by actor Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds go to support VFTA as they continue their fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy, including their work to free Billy the Elephant from the L.A. Zoo (#FreeBillyNow).

The evening began with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” comedy program. Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced the program with Melya Kaplan, Executive Director, Voice For The Animals.

Cher, honorary Co-Chair, sent a touching video message from Las Vegas seeking support to help Billy the elephant find placement in an elephant sanctuary. Artist Matt Shapira created a painting of Billy the Elephant that was auctioned off during the program. The West Los Angeles Animal Shelter spotlighted six precious dogs that were available for adoption. The event was produced and directed by Erick Weiss, Honeysweet Creative.

ABOUT VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS FOUNDATION:

Voice For The Animals (VFTA) is a 501c3, non-profit charitable foundation which is devoted to creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation, and advocacy. The organization was founded by Melya Kaplan in 1999 when she realized that although there were many great rescuers, there was a dire need for a new type of animal protection organization with programs to empower people to help more animals. VFTA has many programs that focus on animal protection, including an Animal Assistance Hotline, Rescue and Adoption, Working Cats, LA Zoo Watch, Helping Friends, Abuse Prevention, Humane Education, Political Animal, Feral Colonies, VFTA in Greece, Animal Films, and an Elephants in Captivity Awareness Campaign. The Captivity is Not Conservation campaign is devoted to educating people about the plight of Billy the Elephant and his life in captivity. Connect with the Voices for the Animals Foundation at vftafoundation.org and #FreeBillyNow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Billy the Elephant and to sign the petition to get Billy to a sanctuary, visit www.helpbilly-vfta.org.

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Wackiest Dog and Cat Pet Names of the Year Announced

 

Results of the Wacky Dog & Cat Pet Names Competition Are In — Top 10 Dog & Cat Pet Names of 2017…

 

 

With Be Kind To Animals Week and National Pet Week upon us, it’s time to celebrate our cats, dogs and otherkind.

Our first dog as a couple was a northern Husky.  In my boyhood, I’d been a great fan of Sergeant Preston of the Canadian Mounties, so of course I honoured him with the name Yukon King.  Not original, but King he surely was.

Today, pet names have become quirkier, funnier and wackier.  Thinking up a name that’s original and yet still suits the personality of our new family member has become harder — but worth the effort, eh?

And so this news story really caught our attention:

The votes have been tallied and the results are in – Dunkin Butterbeans nosed out Farrah Pawcett and Fiona Penny Pickles in the dog division, while Little Booty Ham Sandwich purred past Obi Wan Catnobi and Winston Purrchill in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2017.

Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 600,000 insured pets and put to a public vote, where Dunkin Butterbeans and Little Booty Ham Sandwich were crowned the wackiest.

Here are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Pet Names of 2017:

DOGS:

Dunkin Butterbeans

  1. Dunkin Butterbean
  2. Farrah Pawcett
  3. Fiona Penny Pickles
  4. The Other Dude
  5. Colonel Mustache
  6. Empress Tzu Tzu
  7. Cheesebro
  8. Tango Mango
  9. Choo Choo Boo Boo
  10. Yeti Spaghetti

 

 

CATS:

Little Booty Ham Sandwich

  1. Little Booty Ham Sandwich
  2. Obi Wan Catnobi
  3. The Great Catsby
  4. Jabba the Butt
  5. Isaac Mewton
  6. Whiskerus Maximus
  7. Ninja Killer Nine Thousand
  8. Fifty Shades of Graham
  9. Dog the Cat
  10. Winston Purrchill

 

 

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, vice president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and as such, many give them names with sentimental – and sometimes silly – meaning.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.  (See our personal picks of the Top 50 Below…)

With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies offer Nationwide pet insurance as an employee benefit.  For more, go to petinsurance.com and www.nationwide.com.

Other Nationwide faves of ours were (Dogs) Governor Clarence Bumblesnout, Webster Doodledoodle, Doc Howliday, (Cats) Motley Crouton, The Little Muffin Man and Reece Whiskerspoon.

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Tom Deady’s HAVEN Wins Horror Writers Bram Stoker Award

 

Thoughts on Tom Deady’s HAVEN: Artistry, Laughter & How Others Perceive Us…

 

 

It’s a Saturday matinee in the Strand Odeon Theatre and we’re watching THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD.  I’m 13.  I’m with friends.  I’m captivated.  Watching Captain Sinbad and his crew sail those blue seas and explore strange green, sandy islands.  Wishing I was there with them.

Now they’re in the Valley of the Cyclops.  A cyclops appears.  The girls in the audience start screaming.  The boys stare in awe.  And when the cyclops captures one of Sinbad’s crewmen and happily ties the guy to a BBQ spit to cook him over the open fire for supper, I clapped my hands in delight.  Wonderful!  I loved it.  Why not?  The cyclops is hungry and doing what comes naturally — later, Sinbad’s men will find a giant Roc’s newly hatched chick and, being hungry, kill it and cook it for their supper.

Why did I laugh?  I loved the creative artistry behind the scene — knew that  Ray Harryhausen was having a ball.  So was the hungry Cyclops.  A few years later I would really laugh at the scene where Jason watches those eager skeleton warriors pop from the ground…

Maybe it’s because I was never afraid of things hiding under my bed.  I thought of those Universal Studios characters, especially Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolfman, as the heroes, misunderstood, misperceived…  I watched those old black and white movies with empathy, understanding and warm laughter.  Thought of the Abbott & Costello monster movies and THE MUNSTERS as the culmination of the whole genre.

So when the Horror genre went really bloody, I stopped watching.  Didn’t see it as as an evolutionary step — rather a loss of its heart.  When the monsters became the bad guys, I felt the genre had died.

Stephen King has always been an exception for me, probably because in many ways he’s been the prose chronicler of the Boomer Generation (along with Terry Pratchett) — in the way that the singer-songwriters have been our poets.

Not that I’ve given up hope.  Still follow the Horror genre.  Still am waiting for the real monsters to wake up.  To come back home.

In Tom Deady’s HAVEN, Paul Greymore, just released from prison, remembers the accident when as “a toddler he had reached up and grabbed the handle of a pot on the stove… the water scorched his face.  When the doctors finished, his face looked like a melted candle… later Paul would see a likeness of himself in a movie called A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Just an ordinary guy with the role of Freddy Krueger forced upon him.  Boris Karloff’s Monster may be gone, but we still live among peasants with flaming torches — looking for someone to chase.  Someone who is not one of them.  Someone they can call Outsider.

That scene reminded me of those long-ago Universals.  And a favourite novel from my youth: Andre Norton’s NIGHT OF MASKS.

It’s the story of an innocent man, one of us.

So…

Tom Deady took home a Bram Stoker Award® for his debut horror novel, HAVEN, late Saturday night, April 29, at the StokerCon Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet. The award for superior achievement in a first novel has been around for 30 years, establishing the leading authors in the horror genre.

Tom wrote HAVEN over the course of fifteen years. It was published in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications and quickly recommended and nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards®. The novel takes place in a small town in Massachusetts and explores many dark layers of horror and humanity.

“As a writer, I should be able to express my joy at receiving the Stoker Award, but I simply cannot put it into words. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and incredible support. I am honored to be recognized by the HWA [Horror Writers Association] and blessed that my wife and daughters were on hand to celebrate the moment with me,” says Deady.

As Rio Youers, author of “Westlake Soul” and “Point Hollow,” has written, “HAVEN is about scars, both literal and figurative; it’s about second chances and broken memories. This is a great small-town horror novel — a bullet-read with deep characters and perfect pacing. Best of all, it’s creepy as hell.” —

Tom Deady has already released another novel earlier this year, “Eternal Darkness,” a vampire horror reminiscent of the paperback horror days in sense of style and dread. He promises at least one more release in 2017 and says there are big plans in store. Rumors have also surfaced about a young adult novel in the works. One thing’s for sure, Tom Deady isn’t slowing down. He assures us the Stoker win has only fueled his passion and drive for the craft.

“Completing HAVEN has unlocked some creative vault inside me. The ideas and stories demand to be put to paper, and I’m doing my best to keep pace. My first novella will be released in September, and I promise it is unlike anything I’ve written to date. I also have a few short stories that should hit this year, and the rumors of a young adult work — possibly a series — are true! Stay tuned for more on that,” says Tom Deady.

HAVEN is now available in eBook and Paperback. Uncover the small town mystery and start reading today: http://bit.ly/HavenBook

ABOUT: Tom Deady is the Bram Stoker Awards® winning author of HAVEN and “Eternal Darkness.” He lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, with his wife. Tom has a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and the New England Horror Writers.

Tom’s first novel, HAVEN, was released in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications. His new release, “Eternal Darkness,” was released in 2017 by Bloodshot Books.  As always, he is actively working on his next novel.  Learn more at TomDeady.com.

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Be Kind To Animals Week: Take The Kindness Pledge

 

Celebrate Human Compassion with American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week!

They cannot ask for kindness
Nor for our mercy plead,
Yet cruel is our blindness
Which does not see their need.
On Kindness To Animals, Edgar Guest
 

“Be Kind to Animals.”  Not a new sentiment, of course.  Probably as old as Humankind.

Since Queen Victoria granted her official seal of approval to the Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, men and women (especially Women!) have been organizing to humanize Humankind in its treatment of our fellow creatures on an increasingly shrinking Earth.

It began with creating shelters for abused and abandoned animals.  Then saving endangered wildlife.  Farm animals.  Exploited Show Biz, circus, aquarium and zoo animals.

In America, a number of human and animal protection groups united to form the American Humane Association (AHA), with its stated purpose being “to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.”

From it’s earliest days and well into the Nineteen Fifties, American Humane ran a popular and effective art poster campaign “focused mainly on children, hoping that attitudes learned in childhood would carry on into adult life.”  Illustrators included Edwina Kernan, Don Osher, Harold Anderson, Morgan Dennis (“Drive Carefully – Someone’s Pet”) and Will Rannnells (“Boy Feeding A Horse”).  In the Sixties and early Seventies, actors like Lorne Greene, Betty White, Carole Burnett, Doris Day and John Wayne were featured in AHA posters — in ’73, the Duke chaired that year’s ceremonies.

After celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 1977, the organization began its “second 100 years” by going worldwide with its efforts.  They effectively helped bring in an international ban on killing porpoises and the strengthening of laws overseeing foreign slaughterhouses that exported to the U. S.

So what can you do to show your love of all those creatures we share this Earth with?  You could wear a Be Kind To Animals shirt, of course.

Even better, you could consider this:  Take The Pledge — the Kindness Pledge…

The American Humane Association goes back to 1877, and their heart-felt pledges for boys and girls go back almost to their beginning.  Perhaps the most well-known is “I will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Like previous versions, the new Pledge for 2017 is aimed at children.  But, you know mon ami, it’s never to late, we’re never too old.

Listen to this:

“I believe in kindness and compassion for all animals, and that all animals are entitled to humane treatment.  I will be kind to animals all year round by…”

For generations of Americans, the month of May has always been associated with kindness.

Because it’s “Be Kind to Animals Week” and American Humane is asking 1 million people to take its Kindness Pledge, promising to do four simple things to improve the lives of the world’s animals.

Millions of people around the country young and old have joined American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, in celebrating its “Be Kind to Animals Week®” (May 7 to 13), the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history, and the nation’s longest-running, most successful humane education campaign.

To build a new generation of animal advocates, American Humane is challenging 1 million people this year to take the “Kindness Pledge,” asking them to do four simple things to protect and better the lives of animals, including 10 billion farm animals by:

  1. Seeking out humanely raised foods with the American Humane Certified™ seal
  2. Helping the 6 to 8 million animals abandoned each year by adopting from shelters
  3. Becoming aware of the more than 100,000 animal actors who entertain, educate and charm us in film and television each year by looking for the “No Animals Were Harmed®” end-credit
  4. And helping the many endangered and disappearing species of the world by cultivating caring and understanding of magnificent creatures by taking their children to Humane Certified™ zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers.

“The need for compassion has never been greater,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “I hope every American will join us in celebrating ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ and making a difference for all the creatures of the Earth – not just during these several days, but all year round.”

To celebrate “Be Kind to Animals Week®,” take the pledge, find ideas and curricula designed to build empathy in children, and learn more about how you can support American Humane’s work to help animals, please visit www.Kindness100.org.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

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Free Children’s Book Week Comic Book & Sesame Street Picture Book

 

Celebrate Children’s Book Week!  Get Your Free Comic Book & Sesame Street Picture Book with Grover…

“One World, Many Stories”
 

Launched almost a hundred years ago, in celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the U.S.

In 1919, at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week (CBW) was founded to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy.

Excitement for the 98th annual Children’s Book Week of 2017 (May 1 to 7) has grown to include over 700 participating libraries, schools, and bookstores in all fifty states, with many locations holding two to five events throughout the week, including story times, author readings, activity hours, and book award voting.

Locations and details for events being held during Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are listed on an online map found at EveryChildaReader.net/map.

At the same time, voting for the 10th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by young readers, will end on May 7, the final day of Children’s Book Week.

Kids and teens across the nation have been voting online at EveryChildaReader.net/vote, and the winners will be announced live on May 31 in New York City at BookExpo, the national book trade show. Teachers can also submit group ballots for an entire class online.

This year’s slogan, “One World, Many Stories,” is highlighted by a poster designed by the acclaimed artist Christian Robinson, who has illustrated such picture books as the Newbery Award-winning LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, written by Matt de la Peña.

The “One World, Many Stories” theme has been picked up by other nations.  The popular TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will run from May 6 to 13 this year.  Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week.  See http://bookweek.ca/about-book-week.

Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens. Every Child a Reader’s national programs include Children’s Book Week, the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program.

Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street character, has recorded a video for kids this year about the joy of reading and voting.

You can download resources from Every Child A Reader, including original bookmarks, event kits, activity sheets, “I Voted” stickers, and much more.

Also new this year: a free Sesame Workshop picture book entitled GROVER’S CUTE AND ADORABLE BOOK OF BOOKS and a Children’s Book Week Comic.

To get these books and more, go to Every Child A Reader at EveryChildaReader.net.

The Children’s Book Council (http://www.cbcbooks.org) is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America, partnering with national organizations on reading lists, educational programming, and diversity initiatives.

THANKS! – Brian Alan Burhoe

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Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2017

 

Mystery Writers of America Announce Their Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners of 2017

 

 

Mysteries dominate the Best Seller lists.  Mysteries dominate my bookshelves.  From Sherlock to Rumpole of the Bailey, Classic Cozies to Stephen King and Mindy Mejia — light and dark — it’s the Mysteries, mon ami…

I’m not one for following various award shows and ceremonies, but I do keep in touch with the Mystery genre events.  The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards — named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman.  The British Crime Writers, who give out the Dagger Awards.  Malice Domestic Ltd’s Agatha Awards for the best in Cozy Mysteries.  And the Mystery Writers of America.

Here’s the Latest News…

NEW YORK, April 28, 2017: Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the Winners of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.

The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories.

MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization encompasses some 3,000 members including authors of fiction and non-fiction books, screen and television writers, as well as publishers, editors, and literary agents.

This year’s Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

BEST NOVEL

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

Noah Hawley is the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV series Fargo.

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Rain Dogs: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Called “the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists,” author Adrian McKinty was born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.  This is his first Edgar Award.

BEST FACT CRIME

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)

BEST SHORT STORY

“Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)

BEST JUVENILE

OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

“A Blade of Grass” – Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan (Showtime)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

“The Truth of the Moment” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by E. Gabriel Flores (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER

Max Allan Collins
Ellen Hart

When told of being named a Grand Master, along with Ellen Hart, Max Allan Collins said, “To be in the company of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Mickey Spillane is both thrilling and humbling.  This is an honor second to none in the art of mystery and suspense fiction.”  Upon learning that she was named a Grand Master, Hart said. “A writer’s stock-in-trade is imagination.  I’ve always felt mine was pretty good, but never in a million years did I ever think winning the MWA Grand Master award was a possibility.  I’m stunned, grateful, and profoundly honored.”

RAVEN AWARD.  The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

Dru Ann Love

Dru Ann Love is owner/editor of dru’s book musings (drusbookmusing.com), a blog where characters give a glimpse into a day in their life, as well as her musings. Her musings also appear in Crimespree Magazine. She is also a guest blogger at the Stiletto Gang. Dru Ann is an avid reader, writes poetry, quilts, and loves attending reader/fan conventions. Dru Ann’s blog was nominated for a 2015 Anthony Award for Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work. She also serves on the Bouchercon standing committee.

When told that she would receive the Raven Award, Love said, “I’m so thrilled and honored to be awarded the Raven. The mystery community is like a big family and I’m so proud that they have embraced me with open arms. Thanks to the nominating committee for selecting me and a big thanks to the authors—without them, this would not be possible.”

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

Neil Nyren

On learning he would receive the Ellery Queen Award, Nyren said, “I’ve spent most of my life with crime and suspense fiction, both as a fan and a professional, but I never imagined this. It’s an enormous honor even being mentioned in the same breath as such legendary previous Ellery Queen Award winners as Joan Kahn, Ed Gorman, Jacques Barzun, Otto Penzler, and Eleanor Sullivan (just to name a few!).”

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

This award is given to the suspense novel that best reflects the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition of presenting a strong female lead, self-made and independent, who solves her problem with courage and intelligence.  There are no scenes of violence or explicit sex.

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. http://www.mysterywriters.org

Brian Alan Burhoe

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Nine Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade

 

Nine Cheetah Cubs and One Juvenile Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa

 

Two of the nine cheetah cubs confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Somaliland…

 

It’s just in the last couple decades that we’ve seen the plight of the Cheetah join that of the other endangered Big Cats of the world.

In my popular post “Women Pioneers of Animal Rights: from Mary Tealby & Nell Shipman to Ingrid Newkirk & Marlice van Vuuren,” I told of Marlice van Vuuren.

Discovered in 2002 by Angelina Jolie, Marlice’s rescue work with local cheetahs made Marlice a heroine for our times.  Her work with big cats, including endangered lions, continues to keep her work in the news.

A few days ago, we heard this Good News Story:

Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 April.

The cubs were destined for the Arabian Peninsula where the illegal market for pet cheetahs is estimated at 300 animals per year. The three youngest cubs were found in extremely poor health, and every effort is being made to save them.

In a separate incident on the same day, CCF learned that three older cheetahs had reportedly escaped from a trafficker in the Wajale area bordering Ethiopia and entered the town. Two of the animals were captured by the police while the third was still loose.

With support from the Minister of Environment and Rural Development, who approved a confiscation, CCF recovered one of the cheetahs and is in negotiations to recover the second. A search for the third one is underway.

CCF has partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to ensure the cubs are given urgent medical care, food and appropriate emergency housing. CCF and IFAW began collaborating on the issue of illegal cheetah trade in 2014 in the context of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

“CCF needed critical supplies if the cubs were to survive and IFAW was pleased to offer immediate assistance. Wild cheetah populations are in dire trouble, largely due to demand for cubs as exotic pets. The cruelty of live animal trade is shocking and we are doing all we can to save these cubs,” said Gail A’Brunzo, IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Manager.

The Somaliland MoERD showed great leadership in acting swiftly against these cheetah traffickers. CCF and IFAW are engaged in discussions with the Ministry on how to provide long-term care for the confiscated cheetahs, which cannot be transferred to sanctuaries in nearby countries as current laws do not allow for confiscated animals to be transported across borders.

“With a total population of just over 7,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild, the taking of even one cub is a threat to species’ survival. This is particularly concerning as trafficked cubs are usually removed from their mothers at very young ages — less than 3 months — which means that they have not had enough time to learn skills necessary to survive in the wild and will in most cases require life-long care,” said Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF’s Founder and Executive Director. “We are exceptionally pleased to be partnering with IFAW moving forward to address this important issue.”

“Through this week’s confiscations, the Somaliland authorities are sending a clear message to traffickers that the trade in live cheetahs will not be tolerated,” added Patricia Tricorache, CCF’s Assistant Director for Strategic Communications and Illegal Wildlife Trade.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on social @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.

About CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund)

Founded in 1990, CCF is an international research, education and conservation institution dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah. From its field research base in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, CCF gathers and shares critical information on the species and uses it to formulate strategies to combat the species’ main threats, human-carnivore conflict, habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. For more information, visit www.cheetah.org. Follow us on social @CCFCheetah and Facebook/CCFcheetah.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

 

Tom West ACE Double Western Book Reviews: Gallows Gulch & The Man At Rope’s End

 

 

Tom West: Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

In his 1960 Western novel THE PHANTOM PISTOLEER, after a ranch house, barns, blacksmith shop and wagon shed are burned flat to the ground, we read: “Wal,” said the foreman wryly, “there’s less cover for the coyotes.”  Pure Tom West.

 

If I were to list my Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them — Rio Bravo, the original True GritThe Shootist, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — are Westerns. [1]

Why not?  I’m a Boomer and we grew up with ’em.  Most Saturdays, we eagerly lined up outside the Paramount and Strand Odeon theatres to catch the matinee.  “Sure loved them old Westerns!”

Our heroes rode hard and fought hard to bring right and justice to the Old West.  Sometimes they sang about it.  Sometimes they even kissed the girl.

And our libraries and paperback book racks were filled with classic and new fiction by the best frontier authors.

I had already discovered wilderness writers like Charles G D Roberts, Grey Owl, Jack London, Ernest Thompson Seton and Edgar Rice Burroughs.  From there it was a quick jump to Zane Grey and Max Brand.

But the first Western writer I’d say was a true hero of mine was Tom West.  Still is.

As a kid, I saved my summer job money and bought those ACE Double Books.  You know, those great little paperbacks that have a “Complete Novel” on one side, then — after flipping it over — a “First Book Publication” on the other. [2]

With the ACE Double Westerns, I met tale-tellers like Ray Hogan, Giles A Lutz (aka Reese Sullivan), Gordon D Shirreffs, Louis Trimble, Nelson Nye, L P Holmes. But Tom West quickly became my fave.

What really caught my attention, besides the fast action and old fashioned romance, was West’s language.  Tom West’s typical hero didn’t just walk through the swinging doors into a saloon to look for the man who had shot his friend, he “pushed through the batwings to lamp on and plug the deadly sidewinder who’d beefed his pard.”

Tom West had something those others rarely showed: humour.

And at that time, I was growing up in harness racing country of New Brunswick amid a mixed crew of old horsemen, blacksmiths, farmers, lumberjacks, highways workers, most of who were war vets.  Three things those guys had in common were a willingness to work damned hard, their own language and a real sense of fun and humour.

And that’s where Tom West’s novels seemed so real to me.  Later, I would discover the books of Clarence E Mulford of Hopalong Cassidy fame, which had the same reality.

Who was Tom West?  James Reasoner has said that Tom West “was really an Englishman named Fred East.”

His few brief bios at the beginning of published works like DEAD MAN’S DOUBLE CROSS say that East had been given an honourable discharge after serving with the British forces on the bloody, barren battlefields of France during the First World War.

“His first literary attempt was a war novel that he had written while convalescing. The manuscript never was published, having met a fiery end. Apparently his mother burned the filthy rucksack he brought home from the army. Everything in it was destroyed, including the manuscript he had stuffed inside.” [3]

After that, East travelled through war-torn Europe, then moved to the US.  After working at a number of hardscrabble jobs, including ranching in the Southwest, he went back to his literary dreams, working for years as a reporter, free lance writer and a book editor.

And then he set out to write Western fiction.

In 1944, at age 59, he published his first full-length novel, going on to write at least fifty more.  The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1944 shows that the novel MEDDLING MAVERICK was written by Fred East (1885-), under the pseudonym Tom West, and published by E P Dutton & Co of New York.  It was followed in 1945 by BUSHWHACK BASIN, also from Dutton.

Fred East also published some early works under other names.  He saw GAMBLER’S GOLD: A Powder Valley Western published by Jefferson House of New York in 1946 under the house name Peter Field.  And three books under the by-line Roy Manning: TANGLED TRAIL and RENEGADE RANCH from Macrae-Smith Company of Philadelphia in 1948, with RED RANGE in 1949.

Other titles as by Tom West quickly followed, including RENEGADE RANGE, TROUBLE TRAIL, SPECTRE SPREAD, GHOST GOLD (Pocket Books reprinted the 1949 Dutton hardcover in 1950), VULTURE VALLEY (1951, later reprinted by ACE), FLAMING FEUD, GUNSMOKE GOLD (1953, his first original printing with ACE Books), LOST LOOT OF KITTYCAT RANCH, BATTLING BUCKAROOS, SIDEWINDER SHOWDOWN, LOBO LEGACY, BUCKING FOR BOOT HILL and BLACK BUZZARDS OF BUENO.

Tom seems to have never written any short stories for the popular pulp magazines.  Two abridged versions of his novels were reprinted in magazines: POWDERSMOKE PAY-OFF (Triple Western, April, 1950, US & Canadian editions) and LOBO LAWMAN (Action-Packed Western, Jan, 1956, and the Australian digest Lone Star Western, same year).

Tom West’s GALLOWS GULCH was originally published back-to-back with Barry Cord’s THE MASKED GUN (ACE F-250).  And his THE MAN AT ROPE’S END was first published with THE HIDDEN RIDER OF DARK MOUNTAIN by Gordon D Shirreffs (ACE F-292) on the flip side.  The covers shown below are from the 1970 edition (ACE 27276), when they were finally published together.

 

GALLOWS GULCH (1963)

I spoke of Tom West’s “humor.”  There’s nothing to laugh about in this early scene: young Bill Murphy discovers two men “hanging by their necks from the branches of adjoining trees…  Nerves taut, scarce breathing, Murphy moved forward on stiff legs, slid out his bowie knife, reached up and severed the taut rope from which the nearer body dangled.  His father’s remains fell with a heavy thud.  Then he cut his brother down.”

This is a tale of Texas vengeance, with no quarter given.

The humor is in the language of the story, in the names of places and characters — in the men and women of this scorched, dusty land with their wry outlook on their own lives there.

Deputy Sheriff Baldy Baker, a gaunt, stringy man in faded clothes, a man no more colorful than a weathered old shotgun.  Ma Loran, who packed more lard than a hog, was tougher than a basket of snakes and ran the Applejack Saloon.  Cuss Curwood, the cattle baron who killed his own skunks (he hated nesters and dealt with them his way).  Rio Rucker, the ranch foreman who reminded Bill of a lobo wolf.  Paul the Preacher, “a poor disciple wandering the wilderness.”  And then there’s Meg Curwood, “pretty as a painted wagon…” but daughter of the man Bill had to kill.

This is a yarn with as many twists and turns as the treacherous trails Bill takes through the bleak, water-starved country.  Prime Tom West.

 

THE MAN AT ROPE’S END (1964)

Tom West didn’t write often about heroes who were out-and-out outlaws.  But Mike Mansfield lived large in Mexico and made a rich enough living rustling cattle north of the Rio Grande.

Until he read about the lynching of his brother George for horse theft in Texas.  George was the good brother, straight as a wagon tongue.  George was probably carrying a money belt stuffed with dinero from the sale of the family ranch.  George needed to be avenged.

Mike rode alone into Texas, with no companion except his buckskin horse named Feathers.

Maybe the Law wouldn’t know he was coming?  A letter to Sheriff Jake Handley from Señor Mikes’s hot tempered Mexican girlfriend, feeling abandoned, took care of that.

So the cat and mouse game began — or lobo and jackrabbit  game — with the roles constantly changing.

There was an hombre known as Red River Rankin, town marshal, a squat, fleshy man with notches on his gun handle — a man Mike quickly recognized as really being Greasy Gleeson, no stranger to backshooting.  Mona Carter, with startlingly blue eyes and a gaze as direct as dagger thrusts, who owned the Triangle spread in Comanche Valley.  Pegleg Pagoni, raw-boned, hard-muscled leader of a bunch of nesters in the Hungry Hills — lost his leg to a Triangle bullet.  Frosty, a wizened Triangle rider with a white mustache and sardonic eyes, as dehydrated as something spawned by the desert — when he did speak, the young punchers listened.

And a passel of hired gunmen who would turn Comanche Valley into a battlefield of whinnying ponies, cursing men and rolling clouds of dust and gunsmoke…

Well worth collecting, mi amigo.

Not certain when Fred East died — one source tentatively says 1983, two years short of his 100th birthday.

The last new published titles from ACE under Tom West’s name were LONE GUN and SHOOTOUT AT SENTINEL WELLS, both in 1974, when he would have been age 89.  His last published new work was six years later: HARD TRAIL TO SANTA FE (Zebra Books) in 1980.

The writing in the last few of his published works was somewhat flat — not his rip-roarin’ individualist Old West voice.  It’s possible that these were written by someone else, using the then-popular Tom West name. [4]

Tom West is mostly forgotten now.  Humour doesn’t seem to work for modern editors?  Maybe.  All I know is that Tom — East or West — sure reflected some of the old guys I grew up with.  And that makes him a personal “Best.”

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Note: Artwork at top of page is a detail from the cover of the ACE Double Western 1970 edition of Tom West’s DESPERADO DOUBLECROSS.  If you know who painted that one or the MAN AT ROPE’S END cover, sure would like to credit them.  I’ve got a couple ideas, going by the style of the artists ACE was using at that time.  The GALLOWS GULCH cover art is by Gil Cohen, who is known for his Mack Bolan, the Executioner cover paintings as well as his dynamic aviation and war art.

[1]  “My Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them are Westerns…”  If you count Northwesterns (aka Northerns) as Westerns, then you can almost double that number: The Wild North (with Wendell Corey as real-life Constable Albert Pedley), Call of the Wild (Charlton Heston version) and Grey Owl (Pierce Brosnan perfectly caught the character of wilderness author Grey Owl).  And the original Planet of the Apes is almost a Western, eh?  Well, Mamma Mia! and Paul Gross’ Hyena Road are probably Easterns, but they fill out my Top 10.

Actually, if I were to add an eleventh, it would either be one of the Star Trek reboots or Paul Gross’ Passchendaele or Kiefer & Donald Sutherland’s Forsaken, a Western.

Considering that most of my fave TV shows over these many years have been the Comedies, I’m surprised to realise my favourite movies are so serious.  Although Rio Bravo does have those scenes where Walter Brennan happily mimics John Wayne’s character — they still break me up.

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[2]  “After flipping it over…”  This book style is also known in publishing as Dos-à-dos (back-to-back).  It’s a format that goes to early 17th Century Europe, when the NEW TESTAMENT was often printed back-to-back with the PSALTER.  So the ACE Doubles were of good origin.  Also a great way for a kid to make his hard-earned summer wages go far…

[3] http://classicpaperbackreads.blogspot.ca/2009/08/no-double-cross-for-reader-with-this.html

[4] To this point, James Reasoner has written: “I can see Wollheim getting some of his other Western writers to pitch in and write ‘Tom West’ books if there was a problem with Fred East, since the by-line was popular.” jamesreasoner.blogspot.ca/2012/07/forgotten-books-buzzards-nest-tom-west

Wal, I gotta drift…

– Brian Alan Burhoe

 

Source: Part of this posting “Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer…” originally appeared as a personal Comment I put on BestWesternBooks.com.  If you’re an old Western fan like me, check ’em out.

Title: Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

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Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

 

Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

 

 

Recently, when just for the heck of it, I made a list of my Top 10 Movies, I surprised myself: “They’re so serious!”  All those Town Marshals and Mounties and adventurers…

I was surprised because my favourite TV has mostly been Comedy.

From way back, when this ol’ Boomer’s family first got our little black and white television, it’s been the comic stuff that drew me.

All those cartoons — Woody Woodpecker was my Fave! [1]  Abbot & Costello.  Gracie and George Burns — even as a young fellow, I loved that Burns and Allen Show: watching George mix with family and friends in their house, then leave to go alone into his den to switch on his TV and secretly watch the rest of his household carry on — then turn to US and tell us what he thought about them.  Broke me up every time.

Later, Lucy, Red Skelton, Jed Clampett, Festus, Gilligan, Carol Burnett — right up to the Corner Gas crowd and Sheldon Cooper’s friends…

Over all these years, we’ve had these fantastic funnymen and funnywomen to take us out of our own world and into their’s.

And now Don Rickles is gone.

And…

On Thursday, April 13, images of Don Rickles were proudly displayed on digital marquees throughout Las Vegas to commemorate the entertainment icon. The legendary comedian was remembered as an influential and renowned entertainer that shaped the future of Las Vegas and cemented its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Numerous resorts and businesses across Las Vegas commemorated Rickles, including:

ARIA Resort & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Delano Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Excalibur, Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Inspire Theatre, Luxor Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York, Paris Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The D Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Vdara Hotel & Spa, W Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.

Also known as ‘Mr. Warmth,’ Rickles’ comedy career spanned more than 60 years, with more than 50 years spent entertaining Las Vegas visitors at various resorts. Since his first Las Vegas performance in 1959, Rickles’ raw humor and insult comedy entertained countless audiences over the years.

In the Rat Pack era, Rickles was associated with Frank Sinatra, owing much of his success to the Las Vegas entertainer.

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by going to www.vrtv.vegas. For more information, see www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

SOURCE: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) & PR Newswire

[1] Yup, Woody and all those other wild creatures of Walter Lantz broke me up, brought tears to my eyes.  To see my remembrance of Walter & His Creations,  SEE 

The Walter Lantz Story: Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy & the Beary Family

 


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