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The Monroe Doctrine is DEAD

September 14, 2009

Venezuela to Develop Nuclear Energy With Russian Help (Update1)

By Daniel Cancel
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Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said the South American country plans to develop a nuclear energy program with Russia and doesn’t want to build an atomic bomb.

Chavez said that the country’s oil and gas reserves won’t last forever and the government will seek alternative energy sources. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed to help Venezuela’s nuclear energy program during a meeting in Moscow last week, Chavez said.

“We’re not going to make an atomic bomb, so don’t bother us like with Iran,” he said on state television. “We’re going to develop nuclear energy with peaceful purposes.”

Chavez is a close ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s under international sanctions for continuing with the country’s nuclear energy program under suspicions by the U.S. and its allies that Iran is working toward making atomic weapons.

Robert Morgenthau, New York’s District Attorney, said last week that Venezuela may be helping Iran skirt sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the U.S. by transfering funds through the Venezuelan financial system.

To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Cancel in Caracas at dcancel@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: September 13, 2009 17:56 EDT

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Salute to our Heros

July 30, 2009

True Story……


Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were.  A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must Have stung quite a bit.


The complaint:

‘Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? 

Any response would be appreciated.


The response:


Regarding ‘A wake-up call from Luke’s jets’ On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m
, a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-1 6s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer’s recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..


A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.


The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.


Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you….Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. . Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.


USAF


And remember only two defining forces have ever offered  to die for you, Jesus Christ


And the American Soldier


One died for your soul,

The other for your freedom.

A Letter to President Obama

May 24, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

 

Mr. Obama:

I have had it with you and your administration, sir.  Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America .  You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .  You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world..  Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ?  Are you brain dead?  What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about?  Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country?  Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ?  This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage.  Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans.  Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia .  You don’t show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia .  How dare you, sir!  How dare you!

You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey .  You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves.  What’s the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you..

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses.  What do you intend to do about them?  Anything?  I seriously doubt it. 

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members – on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves?  I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus..  I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer.  You haven’t said anything about that.  Who authorized that?  I surely didn’t!

Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that’s $45 million more than the AIG bonuses.  In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million – not a bad take.   Who authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do.  We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.  I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities.  I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Amature Hour at the White House

March 7, 2009

It is obvious to me that Our Great President does not have the faintest idea of how to conduct diplomacy. The letter in this article tells the world how weak he is. Weakness in international matters invites disaster. We need to look like the Governator not Barny Fife. Openly agreeing to turn our backs on trusted allies is just plain wrong. Iran wants nukes and will get nukes if this is our trump card.

Israel will not stand by and let this happen. There will be a conflict and our ability to aid Israel will be greatly compromised by the inane handling of our economy which is heading us straight to bankruptsy.

Economic and social decline is coming unless we get responsible leadership in Washington.

President Obama letter to Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev offered deal on Iran

Tuesday, March 3rd 2009, 3:34 AM

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President Obama wrote Russia’s president suggesting the U.S. would scrap a missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow helps stop Iran from building nukes and missiles, it was reported Monday.
The letter to Dmitry Medvedev was hand-delivered about three weeks after Obama took office, said The New York Times.
Officials who knew what was in it said Obama told Medvedev the U.S. wouldn’t need to go ahead with the interceptor system if Tehran stopped developing long-range weapons.
Russia has opposed the system since it was proposed during the Bush administration.
But the officials said Obama promised nothing directly for Moscow’s help, explaining his intention was to give the former Cold War rival incentive to join the U.S. in a common front against Iran.
“It’s almost saying to them put up or shut up,” a senior administration official told The Times.

Letter from one ‘Angry Woman’

October 31, 2008
      I don’t know who wrote it but they should have signed it. Some powerful words. This woman should run for president. 
  
      Written by a housewife from New Jersey and sounds like it! This is one ticked off lady. 
 
   ‘Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? 
 
      Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from our nation’s capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania ? 
  
      Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn’t they? 
  
      And I’m supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was ‘desecrated’ when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?…Well, I don’t. I don’t care at all. 
  
      I’ll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11. 
  
      I’ll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia 
 
      I’ll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for chopping off Nick Berg’s head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat. 
  
      I’ll care when the cowardly so-called ‘insurgents’ in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques. 
  
      I’ll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide . 
  
      I’ll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights. 
 
      In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don’t care. 
  
      When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: I don’t care. 
 
      When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don’t care. 
  
      When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed ‘special’ food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being ‘mishandled,’ you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don’t care. 
  
      And oh, by the way, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s spelled ‘Koran’ and other times ‘Quran.’ Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it-I don’t care!! 
  
      If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it’ll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior! 
 
      If you don’t agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don’t complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add: 
 
      ‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem’ — Ronald Reagan 
 
      I have another quote that I would like to add AND…….I hope you forward all this. 
  
      ‘If we ever forget that we’re One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under’ Also by.. Ronald Reagan 
 
     One last thought for the day: 
 
      In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England ‘s Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America , he said: ‘A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out.’ 
  
      Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 
1. Jesus Christ 
2. The American G. I.

Kremlin announces that South Ossetia will join ‘one united Russian state’

August 31, 2008

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This could proove more dangerous than any Islamo-Extreamist-Terrorist group.
It seems like Putan is trying to put the old Soviet Union back together.
By invading an independant nation and annexing part of it, he is showing distain for international law.
He has threatened to use nukes against Poland. Against Poland??? Who is next? Who is safe?
In the language of modern diplomacy you never use words like nukes or war.
Once KGB always KGB.
We need a strong president in these dangerous times. Obama couldn’t even control his own convention. He allowed the Clintons to control it. If he can’t control the Clintons, how will he ever be tough with international thugs?
I am truly alarmed.

The Kremlin moved swiftly to tighten its grip on Georgia’s breakaway regions yesterday as South Ossetia announced that it would soon become part of Russia, which will open military bases in the province under an agreement to be signed on Tuesday.

Tarzan Kokoity, the province’s Deputy Speaker of parliament, announced that South Ossetia would be absorbed into Russia soon so that its people could live in “one united Russian state” with their ethnic kin in North Ossetia.

Ball of fire if Iran attacked: IAEA Chief

August 29, 2008

 
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The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected an Israeli strike as “impossible.”
Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general should the Islamic republic be attacked.

His stark comments came as Iran stressed yet again that it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment.

“A military strike (against Iran) would in my opinion be worse than anything else … It would transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire,” ElBaradei said in an interview with Al-Arabiya television.

A report by the New York Times on Friday cited US officials as saying a major Israeli military exercise earlier this month seemed to be a practice for any potential strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

In Athens, an official with the Greek air force’s central command confirmed the substance of the US media report, stating that it had taken part in “joint training exercises” with Israel off the Mediterranean island of Crete.

The manoeuvres, code-named “Glorious Spartan 08,” took place on May 28 and June 12, and consisted of aerial exercises and knowledge exchange, said the Greek source, who requested anonymity.

The goal was for more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to prepare for long-range strikes and demonstrate Israel’s serious concern over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Times reported.

But ElBaradei said any attack would simply harden Iran’s position in its row with the West over its nuclear programme.

“A military strike would spark the launch of an emergency programme to make atomic weapons, with the support of all Iranians, including those living abroad,” he said.
He did not believe that there was an “imminent risk” of proliferation given the current status of Iran’s nuclear programme and made it clear he would “not have a place” as IAEA head in the event of a military strike.

The West fears that Tehran could use uranium enrichment to make an atomic bomb although Tehran insists it only wants nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes.

ElBaradei’s comments come as Iran stressed on Saturday it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its enrichment activities.

“Suspending uranium enrichment has no logic behind it and it is not acceptable and the continuation of negotiation will not be based on suspension,” Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.

He responded to talk of a military strike by saying “such impudence and audacity to have an aggression against our national interest and integrity is an impossible action.”

For his part, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said Tehran would “continue uranium enrichment non-stop since this activity is under the 24 hour surveillance (of IAEA cameras).

“The request to stop uranium enrichment is an old issue and does not have any legal or technical foundation,” he added.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli parliament foreign affairs and defence commission chairman Tsahi Hanegbi said Saturday that Western diplomatic efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear programme had failed.

“Next year and the year after that will be crucial. The world must must decide if it gives more time to diplomatic efforts, which currently do not seem very promising,” he told Israeli public radio.

“Western measures against Iran’s nuclear programme have failed.”

On June 6 an Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz, warned that Iran would face attack if it pursues what he said was its nuclear weapons programme.

A week ago, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a new offer to Mottaki on ending the six-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear drive, offering economic and trade incentives. Iran is still considering the plan.

It was made on behalf of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
Copyright AFP 2008

U.S. says exercise by Israel seemed directed at Iran

June 20, 2008

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By Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt Published: June 20, 2008

WASHINGTON: Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.

More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June, American officials said.

Drill Now, Drill Here, Pay Less

June 18, 2008

By Tom Bates

Read my editorial here.

Sign the American Solutions Pettition to Drill here for Oil.

This is a simple argument for simple folks like me.

Gas Prices have breached the $4.00 levee mark.
What should we do to bring prices down?

Mr Obama says we should increase to taxes on oil companies. Who honestly believes this will have any affect on lowering gas prices?

Mr. McCain says we should drill now, drill here, and pay less.

I do not have an MBA from Harvard but it seems to me that an increase in supply, rather than higher taxes on oil companies, that will just be paid by consumers to increase their burdens, will have a better chance to reduce prices.

The environmentelists do not want any drilling any where any time. They want us to live in teepes and become vegitarians.

How did these people get such control over government policy? Easy, they purchased it. Our polititions are the best dressed men and women money can buy.

Well it’s time to put an end to this. We must buy our country back with our votes.

Please click on the American Solutions link above to sign the pettition. Do it for yourself and your children.

Supreme Court Insists Terrorists have Habeus Corpus Rights

June 16, 2008

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June 12, 2008
Rick Moran

By the narrowest of margins, 5-4, the United States Supreme Court granted the constitutional protection of Habeus Corpus to foreign nationals being held at Guantanamo:

In its third rebuke of the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners, the court ruled 5-4 that the government is violating the rights of prisoners being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The court’s liberal justices were in the majority.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

It was not immediately clear whether this ruling, unlike the first two, would lead to prompt hearings for the detainees, some of whom have been held more than 6 years. Roughly 270 men remain at the island prison, classified as enemy combatants and held on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Who do you really trust to be president?

June 6, 2008

By:
Tom Bates
June 6, 2008
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Iran isnt kidding. They want Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

McCain will kick their butts and do everything to keep us safe.

Obama Will try to talk to them.

It is dangerous to talk to these types of men. Remember a guy named Martin Luther King?. Did he sit down and try to reason with the likes of George Wallace, Lester Maddox, David Duke or Bull Conner? Of course not. There was no way they would change their thinking. There are just some people you can’t reason with. You can never reason with an unreasonable person.

Have you ever had an employer who was just plain mean and sadistic? I sure have. Did you sit down with them and try to talk things out? What was the result? The unemployment line?

We are in for a very rough ride in the next few years. I don’t know about you but I want a fighter looking out for me and my family.

I do believe Israel is very important to our security. They play a big part in keeping the mid-east countries in line. Once Israel is gone do you honestly think they will just stop there? If it is to be believed when they say they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, is it not also believeable when they say it about us?

This is not a strugle for territory as many wars were in past centuries. It is a strugle inspired by a misguided misbelief in what the Karan says.

They have two conditions. Adopt Islam or die. Which should we accept?

Hevan Help us.

Israeli PM raises spectre of military operation in Gaza

June 6, 2008

Jun 6 06:23 AM US/Eastern

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday raised the spectre of a full-scale military operation in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip despite Egyptian attempts to mediate a truce.
“According to the information as it is now, the pendulum is much closer to tough military action,” Olmert told journalists on arrival in Israel following a three-day trip to the United States.

His comments came a day after a man was killed in southern Israel in a mortar attack claimed by the armed wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement that has run Gaza since it ousted forces loyal to secular Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas a year ago.

But Olmert also suggested that the door to a negotiated truce was not completely closed.

He said his government was still considering whether to avoid getting “into a violent and hard conflict with the terror organisations in Gaza” or to launch “operations that would be much more aggressive and hard.”

Israeli forces launched several raids after Thursday’s attack.

On Friday a military engineering unit operating armoured bulldozers on the Gaza side of the border was involved in a firefight with Hamas gunmen, the military said.

A member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, was killed in the exchange of fire, Gaza emergency medical services said, and an Israeli military spokeswoman said a soldier was wounded.

Earlier on Friday at least 10 Palestinians were wounded in an Israeli air raid on a Hamas police post in the north of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said. The military said the raid was in reply to Thursday’s attack.

Violence in and around the impoverished sliver of land has continued despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a ceasefire and slow-moving peace talks with Abbas, who has only held sway in the Israeli-occupied West Bank since his forces were ousted from Gaza.

At least 491 people, nearly all Palestinians and mostly Gaza militants, have been killed since Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed in November, according to an AFP count.

The Israeli military said on Friday that Palestinians fired more than 2,300 rockets and mortar bombs at Israel in the past six months.

“The sand in the hourglass is running out. We are at the last pinch of sand,” the Yediot Aharonot daily quoted Defence Minister Ehud Barak as telling leaders of southern Israeli communities near Gaza.

The mass-circulation newspaper said it appeared likely that a major military operation in Gaza would take place within days.

Before leaving Washington on Thursday, Olmert played down the chances of achieving a truce in and around Gaza. “Israel’s conditions for a truce are not bearing fruit in the way that could lead to a ceasefire,” he said.

In exchange for stopping rocket attacks, Hamas has demanded an end to the blockade of Gaza which Israel says is aimed at forcing militants to halt their attacks on the Jewish state.

Israel has demanded an end to rocket attacks and arms smuggling from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, as well as progress in negotiations for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian militants in 2006.

Egypt has been acting as mediator in the truce talks because Israel refuses to negotiate directly with Hamas, which it considers a terrorist organisation.

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Israeli minister says alternatives to attack on Iran running out

June 6, 2008

Jun 6 03:36 AM US/Eastern

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An Israeli deputy prime minister on Friday warned that Iran would face attack if it pursues what he said was its nuclear weapons programme.
“If Iran continues its nuclear weapons programme, we will attack it,” said Shaul Mofaz, who is also transportation minister.

“Other options are disappearing. The sanctions are not effective. There will be no alternative but to attack Iran in order to stop the Iranian nuclear programme,” Mofaz told the Yediot Aharonot daily.

He stressed such an operation could only be conducted with US support.

A former defence minister and armed forces chief of staff, Mofaz hopes to replace embattled Ehud Olmert as prime minister and at the helm of the Kadima party.

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Obama plans to disarm America

May 31, 2008

Let him speak for himself

See it here and read some comments.