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News Release + Action Alert + Kucinich + Nirenberg + Imp News Clips + Impeach + Bush + Cheney + Rassmussen + Media Moves To Minimize Edwards.

News Release + Action Alert + Kucinich + Nirenberg + Imp News Clips + Impeach + Bush + Cheney + Rassmussen + Media Moves To Minimize Edwards.

-- this is an election in which voters are pissed off, and many appear ready to reject the anointed front-runners in favor of candidates they believe will shake up Washington's business-as-usual ways.

NBC Keeps Kucinich Out of Debate (Issue Update)

January 17, 2008

Communications director for the media watch group FAIR, MacDonald said today: "NBC's exclusion of Kucinich from the Jan. 15 Democratic debate represents a particularly egregious example of preempting voter choice by the GE-owned network.

"After inviting Kucinich to the debate, the network arbitrarily changed the criteria for participation, and disinvited him. When a court ordered that, as a matter of the media's obligations, Kucinich had to be included or else the debate could not proceed, NBC successfully fought the decision on legalistic technicalities.

"Perhaps NBC recognized that ... [this] was a violation of the public interest, because it did not broadcast the debate on its local affiliate in Las Vegas, choosing to show the debate only on cable, which is not subject to the same public interest regulations as broadcasting."
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Action Alert

NBC Uninvites Kucinich
Rules changes kept progressive out of GE's debate


In a bizarre move the network has yet to explain, NBC rescinded an invitation to Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to appear in its January 15 debate in Las Vegas. The GE-owned media company went all the way to the Nevada Supreme Court to defend its decision--all the while failing to explain its logic to the public.

The network originally declared a straightforward test for candidates wishing to participate in the debate: A candidate had to finish in at least fourth place in either the New Hampshire primary or Iowa caucuses, or finish among the top four in one of six major national polls. Kucinich met the latter standard, and was sent a letter on January 9 acknowledging that he would be participating in the debate, designed to air candidates' views before the January 19 Nevada caucuses.

But two days later, NBC political director Chuck Todd notified the Kucinich campaign that there were new rules: Candidates would have to have finished at least third in either Iowa or New Hampshire. The new standard eliminated Kucinich.

Of course, organizers of presidential debates have a right to establish neutral criteria for participation--criteria that should ideally be as inclusive as possible. But NBC has done little to explain why its original criteria suddenly needed to be fixed.

Indeed, Nevada district court Judge Charles Thompson ruled that Kucinich could not be legally barred from the debate, saying that he was a legitimate candidate who was "uninvited under circumstances that appear to be that they just decided to exclude him” (The, 1/15/08).

But NBC successfully appealed its case to the state Supreme Court, saying that the revised standards were "in no way designed to exclude any particular candidate based on his or her views," and were a "good faith editorial choice of a privately owned cable network to limit debate participants based on the status of their campaigns." (Given that the legal argument involved FCC equal time rules, the network aired the debate only on its MSNBC cable channel, and not on its NBC affiliates in Nevada--thus limiting the actual audience for the debate).

While their argument worked in court, the fact that NBC journalists offered little in the way of a public explanation for their decision is troubling. Why were the original standards for the debate suddenly not good enough? NBC declared that it was merely exercising "journalistic discretion," but why did that discretion change so quickly?

The obvious answer is that when the previous criteria were set, there were four candidates polling better than Kucinich in the Democratic race. When one of them, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, dropped out of the race, NBC suddenly switched to a standard that only allowed the top three candidates to debate.

Does Kucinich's campaign represent ideas that offend either NBC managers or their bosses at General Electric? It's a fair question, given that MSNBC canceled Phil Donahue's nightly show in early 2003 due to the host's opposition to the Iraq War; the company worried that the host would be a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war" (FAIR Press Release, 4/3/03).

Kucinich's peace platform might be something that a major defense contractor like General Electric would rather not expose to voters on its cable network. Likewise, Kucinich's strong opposition to nuclear power likely doesn't sit well with GE, a major player in the industry; the issue was sure to come up in any debate in Nevada, where the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is intensely controversial.

Indeed, one of the rare challenges from the NBC moderators at the Las Vegas debate came in response to John Edwards' critical comments about nuclear power. Meet the Press host Tim Russert responded:

Senator Edwards, you say you're against nuclear power. But a reality check: I talked to the folks at the MIT Energy Initiative, and they put it this way, that in 2050, the world's population is going to go from 6 billion to 9 billion, that CO2 is going to double, that you could build a nuclear power plant one per week and it wouldn't meet the world's needs. Something must be done, and it cannot be done just with wind or solar.

It's also worth noting that NBC--like most other corporate media outlets--has had little time for Kucinich's campaign from the start, deciding long ago that the candidate was simply not viable (FAIR Media Advisory, 5/8/07). Kucinich's name has been mentioned only a few times in passing on NBC Nightly News, and Kucinich--unlike six other Democratic candidates--has yet to appear as part of Meet the Press's "Meet the Candidates" series.

In a rare case of self-examination from network journalists, Meet the Press host Tim Russert spoke to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams about the media's role in marginalizing certain candidates (1/3/08):

The second-tier candidates, they get angry.

They think that the press doesn't focus on them, spends too much time talking about the front-runners in the debates, in the coverage day by day. But we say to them: "Well, make your mark. Start showing some growth. Start showing some resonance with the populace and you'll get the same kind of coverage." They'll say, "Wait a minute. How do we get resonance if we're not covered?" It's an important issue that we have to keep examining, our own behavior.

Perhaps Russert could examine that behavior now, and explain to NBC viewers and voters why the network has exerted so much effort to marginalize Kucinich's candidacy.


Please ask NBC to explain why it changed its original debate criteria to exclude Rep. Dennis Kucinich from their January 15 debate. Also, encourage Meet the Press host Tim Russert to be fair to Kucinich and invite him to participate in the "Meet the Candidates" series.



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Listen, it's "Nuh- VAD-uh"


Crucial tests for candidates today: Nevada, South Carolina

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RENO, Nev. — Brian Williams was looking ahead to Nevada's presidential caucuses during a broadcast of the "NBC Nightly News" last week when he struck a raw nerve.

The anchor mispronounced the state's name as "Nuh-VAH-duh," prompting a flurry of phone calls and e-mail from angry Nevadans who demanded he utter it as they do, with the "a" as in "cat": "Nuh-VAD-uh."

Williams was just the latest among countless public figures to unwittingly become caught up in a controversy dating to the Silver State's founding during the Civil War.

Leading into an NBC story aimed at clearing the air Wednesday evening, Williams said: "We haven't always said it [Nevada] the same way and there is a correct way."

The story by reporter George Lewis about "an entire state of confusion" concluded:

"Memo to all those political candidates trying to win votes in the Silver State: It's Nuh-VAD-uh, not Nuh-VAH-duh. ... According to the official NBC Handbook of Pronunciations first published during World War II, it's Nuh-VAD-uh."

Representatives of ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox said in the future they also will pronounce the state's name as Nevadans do.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Texas to print presidential primary ballots without Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich's name.

The court refused to step into a dispute between Kucinich and the Texas Democratic Party over a loyalty oath all candidates must sign to make the ballot.

Kucinich and singer-supporter Willie Nelson objected to the party oath that a presidential candidate must "fully support" the party's eventual nominee. Kucinich crossed out the oath when he filed for a spot on the primary ballot.

A federal judge in Austin ruled against Kucinich last week. Texas said its deadline is today to print absentee ballots so that they can reach overseas voters in time for the March 4 primary.

The Kucinich campaign said Friday it would return to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans next week to argue its case that the candidate should be on the March 4 ballot.

Bloomberg meets with 3rd-party expert

AUSTIN, Texas — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg met Friday with the ballot-access expert and campaign manager for H. Ross Perot's third-party presidential bid, a sign of the multibillionaire's seriousness about a possible independent run.

Bloomberg met privately with Clay Mulford, who is well-versed in third-party ballot access and served as campaign manager for Perot, according to an individual close to the mayor. Perot sought the presidency in 1992 and 1996.

If Bloomberg wants a chance at winning Texas' large slice of electoral votes — 34 — he would need to collect about 74,100 signatures by May 12 and cannot begin circulating petitions until March 5.

Earlier Friday, during a news conference, Bloomberg was asked about the significance of being in Texas, with its early ballot deadline. He seemed irritated, having said a moment earlier that he is "not a candidate" despite all the calls for him to run.

"I just said, I'm not a candidate; it couldn't be clearer," he said. "Which of the words do you not understand? People have urged me to do it but I'm not a candidate."

Seattle Times news services


By Kevin Tillman, AlterNet. Posted January 18, 2008.

Another attempt to narrow the primary field before most people cast a vote.

So, now, Survey USA, which conducts an influential state-by-state poll, has decided that John Edwards is not sufficiently "viable" to be included in their head-to-head match-ups for the general election.

This is in keeping with a major theme of campaign 2008: our media and political establishments narrowing the field before most Americans get to cast a vote.

Nothing new there -- our electoral choices are always limited to a few candidates whom the Beltway establishment finds "palatable" -- who raise a lot of cash from large donors and who won't disturb the status quo. But this cycle, they appear to be doing so with unusual intensity. Why? Because they're terrified -- this is an election in which voters are pissed off, and many appear ready to reject the anointed front-runners in favor of candidates they believe will shake up Washington's business-as-usual ways.


The message of Rep. Dennis Kucinich was once again withheld from the public. NBC News, after inviting Kucinich to the Nevada Democratic presidential debate, reversed its decision and successfully appealed a judge's ruling that Kucinich be included.

The control of U.S. elections by corporate interests is very dangerous. Nearly all of the secure, online (and live) straw polls have been won by Kucinich. Kucinich has won the post-debate polls on "Who won the debate?" -- but the networks and the best-funded candidates (Edwards, Clinton and Obama), as well as the Democratic Party itself, do not want you to hear what Kucinich has to say. Clinton and Edwards have conspired to shut him out of all Democratic Party events. The Obama campaign excludes Kucinich in all messages, choosing instead to name the top three as if they were the only candidates. This is a very deliberate strategy. The "CEO" candidates do not want the populist in "their" DLC-controlled party. The Democratic Leadership Council is the "money wing" of the Democratic Party. Our own state organization is now also controlled by the DLC wing of the party.

People who study the issues, and support the pillars of democracy, also tend to support Dennis Kucinich. The best vehicle for supporting democracy is the Internet. People who use the Internet represent mainstream America because the corporate media cannot control the message -- not yet, at least.

I urge people to contact NBC News, ABC News and Gannett newspapers to insist that they uphold the "free speech" provisions in our U.S. Constitution. With overwhelming grassroots support for Kucinich (and for single-payer, not-for-profit, universal health-care coverage; for ending the war in Iraq; and for ending "free trade" agreements), he deserves to have his message heard. Voters can visit to learn much more.

Rebecca Wolfe
Washington State Coordinator
Kucinich for President 2008 Campaign

Impeachment Resolution Introduced to University of Arkansas Student Government

For Immediate Release:

Resolution Calling for Impeachment Introduced to ASG Senate

Fayetteville, AR – A resolution calling for a referendum on impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney was introduced to the ASG Senate Chair today.

The resolution, authored and introduced by Senator Abel Tomlinson and Jacob Holloway, calls for the ASG Senate to vote to support the sponsorship of a student referendum on impeachment of Bush and Cheney. If the referendum resolution is passed by the ASG Senate and supported by the student body, the resolution and a letter will be sent to Speaker of the House of Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Congressman John Boozman, Congressman Mike Ross, Congressman Marion Berry, and Congressman Vic Snyder urging them to initiate impeachment proceedings.

The charges in the resolution against Bush and Cheney include misleading Congress and the American public by manipulating intelligence to justify an illegal “war of aggression” against Iraq, authorizing illegal warrantless wiretapping of the computers and telephones of all Americans, authorizing the use of torture, and conspiracy to strip Americans of Constitutional rights by ordering unreasonable searches and seizures, indefinite detentions without access to legal counsel, without charge and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention based merely on discretionary designation by the President of any U.S. citizen as an “enemy combatant”. All charges of which are in violation of numerous national and international laws.

The resolution argues that these violations of laws are indeed harmful to all American citizens including students at the University of Arkansas. The direct cost of the war is currently at approximately $500 billion and indirect costs such as for long-term healthcare and disability for wounded troops and added interest to our national debt entail hundreds of billions more. This money could have been spent providing massive increases in higher education funding.

The national security interests of all American citizens including U of A students has also been severely harmed by handicapping our military readiness due to overextension and damaged recruitment capability, and from decades of expected political and security blowback created by the war. Furthermore, the illegal war and human rights abuses authorized by the administration, such as torture, have contributed to the fueling of global hatred toward Americans and making it far more difficult for students to travel abroad in peace and safety.

Abel Tomlinson
ASG Senator
(479) 799-1492

Author: Senator Abel Tomlinson and Senator Jacob Holloway
Sponsor: Senator Abel Tomlinson

Resolution X

Author: Senator Abel Tomlinson and Senator Jacob Holloway
Sponsor: Senator Abel Tomlinson

Referendum to Petition the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney

Whereas: President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to intentionally mislead the American public by manipulating and cherry picking intelligence regarding the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Iraqi connections to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in order to justify an unprovoked “war of aggression”, which is a war crime and the “supreme international crime”, in violation of the Nuremburg Charter, Geneva Convention (2), the Uniform Code of Military Justice and article 2(4) of the UN Charter; and

Whereas: George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney severely harmed the national security interests of the United States and its citizens, including U of A students by laying the groundwork for the death of 3926 US military service members and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens after aggressive invasion; the loss of approximately $500 billion in direct war costs and hundreds of billions more in long-term healthcare and disability costs for wounded troops and added interest on our national debt, money that could be spent providing massive increases in funding for higher education; the loss of United States military readiness due to overextension and damaged recruitment capability; and decades of political and security blowback created by the war; and

Whereas: George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to order the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance of the computers and telephones of all American civilians without seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805 and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures; and

Whereas: George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to commit the torture of prisoners, with approximately 100 prisoners dying in American custody and 46 of those confirmed torture homicides, in violation of the Federal Torture Act Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention, Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the “supreme Law of the Land”; and

Whereas: George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to strip American citizens, including U of A students, of constitutional rights by ordering unreasonable searches and seizures, indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention based merely on discretionary designation by the President of any U.S. citizen as an “enemy combatant” in violation of several laws within the US Constitution ; and

Whereas: George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted contrary to their public trust, subversive of constitutional government and the rule of law, and to the injury of the United States citizens including the University of Arkansas student body, especially by fueling hatred toward Americans and making it more difficult for students to travel abroad in peace and safety; then

Be it therefore resolved: That the ASG Senate recognize that the deeds of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by violating their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors, warrant impeachment and their removal from office.

Be it further resolved: That the ASG Senate sponsor a referendum for the U of A student body to decide on this resolution and if passed, the ASG Senate lobby for the United States Congress to initiate proceedings for the investigation of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, to the end that they may be impeached and removed from office.

Be it further resolved: That upon passage of the referendum, the ASG is required to write a letter to the Speaker of the House of Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Congressman John Boozman, Congressman Mike Ross, Congressman Marion Berry, and Congressman Vic Snyder, including a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the U of A ASG, and request that this petition be delivered to and entered in the United States Congressional Journal.

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VIRGINIA FOCUS: Impeachment, Groups and Events
By mole333(mole333)
First, how about a weekly impeachment related events: Honk to Impeach Bush and Cheney to End the War Every Friday at noon in front of Rep. Bobby Scott's office building at the corner of E. Clay Street and N. 2nd Street- Address: ...

Impeach supporters join John Nirenberg for the last 5 miles of his historic walk from Boston to DC

Yesterday, we joined John for the final leg of his historic march from Boston to Washington, DC to urge Congress to hold impeachment hearings on Bush and Cheney. It was great meeting John, his partner Allyson and so many other wonderful people who came to the march & rally yesterday. Impeach supporters from many other states as well as the DC area were there. We had a bit of trouble being asked to leave the National Arboretum and some of us were turned away at the Constitution. (this issue is on fire! see links below)

John asked us all to remember that this is not over, being here is just the first part. The second part is carrying this message to congress which he asks us to do and which he intends to do this week and next. (see John’s message below)

From citizen media producers:

Links to blogs, photos/videos and citizen news coverage as we get them will be added here. So far we have:

Video documentary of the march (includes inspiring speeches from John, David Swanson and Ray McGovern and comments from marchers. More taped interviews coming soon.)

Photos by Impeachthem

Photos by MsArthur

John’s blog (photos, videos, letter to Nancy Pelosi and journal entries chronicling his march) Be sure to see Allyson’s Archive incident posting.

National Archives bars/boots wearers of articles of impeachment (includes audio clip)

“Impeach Bush” t-shirt wearers forced to leave National Archives Constitution Display in DC

From friend and co-Takoma Park impeach organizer Thomas Nephew: Newsrack blog, American Street, photos

Press Release


John will attempt to meet with Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers this week. John asks that we call their offices and urge them to meet with him and of course to ask them to put impeachment on the table. Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-2131 , (800) 828-0498.

Update 1/16: John held a press conference at noon. See the Press Release. See the video.

Update 1/15: John is meeting met with Congressman Wexler. Read about that and his invite to witness Wexler’s speech in which he demanded impeachment hearings on Dick Cheney

Update 1/14: John is meeting with the Judiciary Committee Staff on Monday. Please call them! (800) 828-0498, (800) 862-5530, (800) 833-6354 - Use this handy list of Judiciary Committee member names. Just ask the operator to connect you to the office of your choice.

Find the Truth About Bush's Wars: Nancy Pelosi, You Must Impeach!

When people who honestly believe a lie
learn the truth, they will either cease believing,
or they will cease being honest.


American Street » Blog Archive » “Save the Constitution”: too radical for the National Archives Says:

Open Letter To Jay Leno & Bill Maher
LA NATIONAL IMPEACHMENT CENTER - Thursday, January 17, 2008. Dear Jay and Bill:. We hope you understand why we interrupted The Tonight Show taping on Tuesday. It was not a decision taken lightly. ...

Peace Movement's Options in 2008
OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USA
We should redouble our efforts to open impeachment hearings for Cheney and Bush, in order to discourage new wars, in order to set a precedent, ...

Here are some of the hottest stories on all efforts to impeach the President and/or Vice President:

Global Citizens for Impeach Richard Cheney Petition Launched

OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USA
The momentum for impeachment is evidenced by the collection of 200000+ signatures on Wexler's website calling for impeachment hearings. Internal cries for impeachment proceedings have fallen on the "deaf ears" of the US Congress for years. Yet many know the required Constitutional and international legal remedy for Bush Administration abuses must start with impeachment.

Randi Rhodes: Wexler: Impeach Cheney interview

Randi Rhodes,

the “Goddess of Talk Radio” and champion of the right for a free speech and “think for yourself” politics, interviews Rep. Robert Wexler who is probably the most proactive Congressman beside Dennis Kucinich to push for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

Impeach Cheney move has support in region

The Republican -, MA
Yesterday, Progressive Democrats of America, a driving force behind the campaign to pressure Congress to hold impeachment hearings on the vice president, coordinated a national day to call members of Congress to tell them "to hold Cheney accountable for his high crimes and misdemeanors," according to the organization's press statement

Nancy Pelosi, You Must Impeach!
CounterPunch, CA
Madam Speaker, if you know this, and if you continue refusing impeachment, then you are a criminal accomplice in violating the trust of the American and in violating both U.S. and international law. If you do not know this truth about the wars, Madam Speaker, you must learn its details and embrace it, and then you must seek with dispatch and justice to impeach George Bush and Richard Cheney.

Impeachment Debate Has Clear Winner

Listen to the AUDIO REPORT HERE From WCHL 1360, and you'll find that the anti-impeachment debater ended up favoring impeachemnt. Here is a newspaper account of Carrboro talking about impeachment to 250 attending the debate at Century Center. The Washington journalist took the anti-impeachment side of a debate in the Century Center auditorium packed with more than 250 citizens who seemed adamant that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be removed from office.

7. IM MAD AS HELL.... Dennis Kucinich George Bush impeach impeachment Nancy Pelosi randi rhodes Richard Cheney Robert Wexler

How the CIA Created a Ruling, Corporate Overclass in America

by Len Hart 5 pages

Punishing Thought Crime: Would New Bill Make YOU a Terrorist?

By Scott Thill, AlterNet. Posted January 17, 2008.

Meet the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.

The Product of Another California Rich Liberal? (The Harman/Kardan Stereo Fortune..Ed.)

According to Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., House Resolution 1955, otherwise known as the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, is a much-needed piece of national security legislation subject to unnecessary paranoia and fear. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the resolution, which Harman sponsored, is one step too close to an Orwellian nightmare, especially for the Democrats who concocted it.

The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. But first, let's back up and check the facts.

House Resolution 1955 was introduced without fanfare in April 2007 by Harman and passed with little disagreement in October 2007. In fact, more House politicians missed the vote than voted against it, and if that isn't unanimity as far as American politics go, I don't know what is. Considering the resolution engages three charged terms in succession -- "violent," "radical," "terrorism" -- it's hard to believe that it wasn't designed to scare the living daylights out of every representative who showed up to vote that day. It also might explain why it garnered 404 yeas and barely enough nays -- six, to be exact -- to count on one hand. And while 22 representatives declined to show up for the vote, those who felt that H.R. 1955 was a terrible waste of time and tax funds had no chance at voting it down anyway.

Wexler: FL Democratic votes don't matter
By Adam Smith

Robert Wexler, D-Palm Beach liberals who vote for Pat Buchanan, knows a thing or two about demanding that Florida voters not be disenfranchised. So on a Barack Obama conference call a few minutes ago, we asked what he thought of the ...

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South Carolina GOP Primary: McCain 24% Huckabee 24%

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Consumer Confidence Drops to Lowest Level in Nearly Five Years

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Michigan Exit Polls Show Challenges for McCain

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54% Say Their Peers Would Vote for a Woman for President

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