Show Notes

Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #53: Living by a Code of Honor | Guest Show of the Week

In this guest show of the week, Derick and Joseph break down codes of honor.

They talk about what needs to occur for morality and honor codes to exist, hash out the subjective nature of an honor code, how suffering is deemed virtuous in certain cultures, and what life would look like devoid of honor. Lastly, they break down what needs to be done to win and in many cases, morality and honor codes aren’t involved.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #52: High-Speed Internet Access for All

In this episode Derick talks about high-speed internet access being viewed as a “basic service” rather than a luxury.

He breaks down Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, giving his word for providing 98% of Canadians with high-speed internet by 2026 (2:40), the liberation of thought that the internet provides (6:36), Google having a monopoly on internet search engines, and the value in criticizing ideas that you agree with. 

REFERENCES –

98% of Canadians Will Be Provided with High-Speed Internet by 2026: https://interestingengineering.com/98-of-canadians-will-be-provided-with-high-speed-internet-by-2026

From Painfully Slow to Lightning Fast: SpaceX’s Starlink Makes Rural Internet Usable: https://www.pcmag.com/news/from-painfully-slow-to-lightning-fast-spacexs-starlink-makes-rural-internet

Tested: SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Internet Service Is Fast, But It’ll Cost You: https://www.pcmag.com/news/tested-spacexs-starlink-satellite-internet-service-is-fast-but-itll-cost

Starlink: https://www.starlink.com/


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #51: The Illusory Nature of Life | Guest Show of the Week

In this guest show of the week, Derick and Joseph break down the illusory nature of our shared “reality.”

They talk about the possible advance of deepfakes being used to create fake identification cards to gain entry into places that aren’t meant to be unaccessible to the public, the series of illusions one must surpass in order to understand the people you surround yourself with, they ponder on what it means to truly “know” something, and lastly, they break down the notion of history sharing common themes, rather than repeating itself.


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #50: Virtual Influencers and the Future of AI | Guest Show of the Week

In this guest show of the week, Derick and Joseph break down the new iteration of “virtual influencers.”

They talk about Seraphine, the “virtual influencer” who has nearly 400,000 Instagram followers and happens to be nothing more than a video game character, ponder what role humans will have left if AI-powered machinery phases us out of work, give their take on how Hollywood (in a traditional sense) is losing its influence, and lastly, make bold predictions as to what the future of AI will look like. 

REFERENCES –

Virtual Influencers Make Real Money While Covid Locks Down Human Stars: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-29/lil-miquela-lol-s-seraphine-virtual-influencers-make-more-real-money-than-ever


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #49: The Intimacy of Political Advertising

In this episode Derick talks about political advertising becoming more intimate as technology advances.

He breaks down the unprecedented amount of political text messages being sent to voters that is expected to reach the 3 billion mark by Election Day (1:37), why we shouldn’t be surprised that our phone numbers are in the hands of numerous call-lists curated by companies we use on the daily (2:36), contractors and subcontractors sending political campaign ads on behalf of politicians (4:03), why Derick blocks political text message ads instead of replying back to “opt-out” of their mailing list (7:06), and why you should remain level headed during this time of persuasion and political unrest (9:42).

REFERENCES –

Why political campaigns are sending 3 billion texts in this election: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020…

Fraudulent text message to voter prompts alert from Oklahoma State Election Board: https://tulsaworld.com/news/state-and…


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #48: A Disrupted Connection to Consciousness | Guest Show of the Week

In this guest show of the week, Derick and Joseph break down their views on how people tune in to consciousness.

They ponder what role the brain serves in our human experience (does the brain = consciousness?), how geography, buildings, and even people can impact your connection to the collective consciousness, why people are infatuated with short-term thinking, and lastly, our the lessons we have learned from the COVID pandemic.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #47: When Preparation Meets Opportunity | Bonus

In this special episode Dericks talks about balancing ego, pursuing ownership out of necessity, thinking bigger than the environment we grew up in, and ponders how much our social media is actually worth.

He sits down with former guest and recording artist/producer Max91 (0:24), dB Nation Productions owner Sean Gillies (31:23) + (41:47), and recording artist Swansin (33:48).

Book studio time before dB Nation‘s Halloween Sale ends on 10/31: www.dbnation.com 


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #45: Tribalism and Letting Others Think for You | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about the method in which politicians advertise to get their vote.

They conjure up a new method to advertise each candidate’s qualifications and policy which leaves out political party status, break down the troubling notion of individual’s telling others how and who they should vote for, and lastly, ponder the policy and legislation that would result from a GTP-3 powered bot serving as mayor using only algorithms.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #44: Microsoft Has Exclusively Licensed the World’s Largest Language Model

In this episode Derick talks about San Francisco-based OpenAI and their GPT-3 language model.

He breaks down the capabilities of the GPT-3 language model (0:55), OpenAI granting exclusive licensing of GPT-3 to Microsoft (3:15), and the progression of OpenAI slowly veering from a transparent non-profit to a shady profit driven AI team (4:42).

REFERENCES –

OpenAI is giving Microsoft exclusive access to its GPT-3 language model: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/23/1008729/openai-is-giving-microsoft-exclusive-access-to-its-gpt-3-language-model/

The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/02/17/844721/ai-openai-moonshot-elon-musk-sam-altman-greg-brockman-messy-secretive-reality/

A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/08/1009845/a-gpt-3-bot-posted-comments-on-reddit-for-a-week-and-no-one-noticed/

Elon Musk just criticized the artificial intelligence company he helped found — and said his confidence in the safety of its AI is ‘not high’: https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-criticizes-openai-dario-amodei-artificial-intelligence-safety-2020-2


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #43: From an Appeal to Authority to Cultism | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about appeals to authority, internet bots so advanced that they have been withheld from public use, and how people end up finding themselves in a cult.

They break down OpenAI’s powerful GPT-3 language model being integrated with internet bots, how to determine trustworthiness without appealing to authority, and ponder the nature of cults and what ours would look like if we had one.

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REFERENCES –

A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/08/1009845/a-gpt-3-bot-posted-comments-on-reddit-for-a-week-and-no-one-noticed


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #42: A Lack of Anonymity in a Cashless Society

In this episode Derick talks about the next iteration of consumerism: a cashless society.

He breaks down the constant state of stimulation that has blinded us from noticing the seismic payment-medium shift in America (1:37), TriMet amending their cashless policy for bus fare (4:05), public health crises leading to government overreach (5:40), and the anonymity granted by cash transactions (8:25). 

REFERENCES –

‘You can’t pay cash here’: how our newly cashless society harms the most vulnerable: https://www.theguardian.com/money/202…

TriMet Will No Longer Accept Cash Fares on Buses: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2020/…

CDC COVID-19 FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-…


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #41: The Fine Line Between Nihilism and Divine Intervention | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph break down the core question of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film, Pulp Fiction.

Is life a compilation of random occurrences with no meaning or is there true meaning and purpose to life guided by a form of divine intervention? They discuss Nihilism, divine intervention, timing, and much more. 

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #40: Maybe You’re Not Ready to See This

In this episode Derick talks about the most surreal deep fake he’s ever come across.

He breaks down the latest deep fake videos impersonating Russian president Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un (6:55), speculates on the forthcoming introduction of commercial use of deep fake technology in America (2:09), and lastly, gives his opinion on deep fake technology being used in political campaigns (9:20).

REFERENCES –

Deepfake Putin is here to warn Americans about their self-inflicted doom: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020…


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #39: Our Unhealthy Obsession with Fame | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph break down America’s obsession with fame.

They get to the root of why people automatically assume fame comes with wealth, the tempestuous reaction people have when they aren’t credited for their contributions to society, the alienating nature of mega-fame, the anticlimactic notion that famous people are indeed just people, and much more.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #38: Trading Skill For Convenience

In this episode Derick talks about banning social media apps and the progression of technology leading to a new iteration of slavery.

He breaks down the Trump administration’s ultimatum against ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok (1:33), government overreach under the guise of national security (2:53), and trading skill for convenience which may ultimately lead to a new form of slavery (8:25).

REFERENCES – 

Here’s what’s going to happen to TikTok on Sunday – https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/tech/t…

Trump says he has given his ‘blessing’ to TikTok deal but that final terms are still being negotiated – https://www.washingtonpost.com/busine…

App bans won’t make US security risks disappear – https://www.technologyreview.com/2020…

Tel Aviv-Jaffa aims to be world’s first city with network of recharging roads – https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-avi…


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #37: Altruism, Elitism, and Net Positives | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph define their versions of elitism vs altruism.

They attempt to move away from the extremes and find a middle ground when applying definitions to their discourse of elitism vs altruism, contemplate the net positives of actions that are both inherently good and bad, and lastly, talk getting what you negotiate rather than what you deserve. 

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #36: Creating Foresight From Hindsight

In this episode Derick gives a warning for what is to potentially come.

He talks about Brazil’s National Congress drafting a bill titled “Brazilian Law on Freedom, Responsibility and Transparency on the Internet,” which aims to counter political misinformation campaigns (4:54), harps on government overreach (3:10), and breaks down social platforms should not be held liable for the content published by its users (9:36). 

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REFERENCES – 

Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020…

H.R.6172 – USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-c…

S.3398 – EARN IT Act of 2020: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-c…

Joe Rogan Experience #1536 – Edward Snowden: https://youtu.be/_Rl82OQDoOc


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #35: The Inescapable Essence of the Ego | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about the wildfires burning through the west coast, the devout connection between humans and team sports, ponder if a lack of ego could lead to the extinction of the human species, tackle why altruism is inherently selfish, and much more. 

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #34: The Plants Have Asked the Rocks, but the Rocks Do Not Recall

In this episode Derick talks about the inverse relationship that has been formed between our technological skill (computers/AI) and outdoors survival skill.

He harps on our incredible dependency on not only an internet modem, but the power grid itself (1:43), why we need to make ourselves aware of our inadequacy and re-learn survival skills that don’t depend on electricity (5:09), why we need to value and nurture the land around us (7:05), and Edward Snowden’s (sort of) day of vindication (8:59).

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REFERENCES – 

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-charges-snowden-with-espionage/2013/06/21/507497d8-dab1-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story.html

NSA surveillance exposed by Snowden ruled unlawful: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54013527

US Court – Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-nsa-spying/u-s-court-mass-surveillance-program-exposed-by-snowden-was-illegal-idUKKBN25T3D2?il=0


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #33: The Gradual Shift from Tradition to Consumerism | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about the role of tradition across American culture.

They ponder if tradition has been shown to be the ultimate stabilizing force in terms of maintaining power and order, why we should examine full presidential administrations to understand federal power instead of the executive office, the consumeristic aspect of the holidays that have removed us even further from the original meaning of celebration/recognition, and much more.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #32: Mass Hysteria and Survival Mode

In this episode Derick talks about our current state of reality.

He breaks down why you shouldn’t evaluate the behavior of your peers to determine how to act during a time of distress (2:09), how the coronavirus pandemic will impact the future of cities and how we work (4:20), and learning or re-learning how to enter “survival mode” when the systems we depend on to earn a living fail us (12:38).

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REFERENCES –

Pinterest valued at $12.7 billion in IPO, sign of tech demand after Lyft struggles: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pi…

Pinterest cancels huge SF office lease in unbuilt project, citing work-from-home shift: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/…

Tech Exodus From San Francisco (Podcast): https://megaphone.link/SFO2960037011


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #31: Constant Stimulation and a Lack of Awareness | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about the constant state of stimulation that we often find ourselves in. 

They break down the importance of solitude, ponder on any possible evolutionary function of boredom, talk community service, the idea of change versus the implementation of it, and more.

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Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #30: Unchecked Compulsion as a Result of Technocracy

In this episode Derick talks about tech companies and competition.

He breaks down why competition is essential to innovation and how monopolies stifle innovation (8:09), why it’s even possible that 40% of the WORLD uses Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp which are all owned by Facebook (4:12), and how “Russia’s Google” aka Yandex is proving that unchecked technological advancement can lead to a technocracy (10:55).

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REFERENCES:

It’s Time To Break Up Facebook (Opinion) – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html

Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion: https://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/facebook-buys-instagram-for-1-billion/

The uneasy coexistence of Yandex and the Kremlin: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/08/19/1006438/yandex-putin-arkady-volozh-kremlin/

A Chronological History of Social Media: https://interestingengineering.com/a-chronological-history-of-social-media

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion: https://money.cnn.com/2014/02/19/technology/social/facebook-whatsapp/index.html


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #29: Space Junk and Perpetual Classism | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about satellite mega-constellations and the massive heap of space junk that could result from the current lack of regulation, they ponder on what would happen to the state of classism if the bourgeoisie were to seek refuge on Mars and the working class remained on Earth, and how people gravitate towards power regardless of their previous ideology or rhetoric.

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REFERENCES:

The satellite boom that threatens to clog the skies (podcast): https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/07/998555/podcast-the-satellite-boom-that-threatens-to-clog-the-skies/

Willie Lynch letter: The Making of a Slave: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/Willie_Lynch_letter_The_Making_of_a_Slave.shtml

The Enduring Legacy of the Willie Lynch Hoax: https://longreads.com/2018/05/02/the-enduring-legacy-of-the-willie-lynch-hoax/amp/


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #28: Class Mobility and Scarcity Mentality

In this episode Derick talks about social credit systems and how we are encroaching upon a reality that is uncannily similar to the “Nosedive” episode of Black Mirror (S3, E1).

He breaks down a heavily scrutinized social currency app available on for iPhone and iPad named Peeple (9:10), why we should keep tabs on the power social media has on our everyday life (4:15), and the woes of scarcity mentality (6:31).

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REFERENCES:

WHY THE FUTURE OF LIFE INSURANCE MAY DEPEND ON YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/7/18211890/social-media-life-insurance-new-york-algorithms-big-data-discrimination-online-records

Peeple, the notorious “Yelp for people” app, arrives: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/peeple-the-yelp-for-people-app-launches/

The latest controversies surrounding Yelp: https://fortune.com/2015/04/07/yelp-reviews-controversy/

Black Mirror: Nosedive (S3, E1): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5497778/

Peeple App: https://forthepeeple.com/

Creator of Peeple, App That Lets You Rate Other People, Sets Record Straight About Product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOoXelHlXbA


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #27: The Cathartic and Immersive Essence of Video Games | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about the immersive and cathartic essence of playing video games, the difference between watching a movie and experiencing a video game, EndeavorRX–the first-and-only FDA cleared prescription treatment for attention in children with ADHD delivered through a video game, what video games will look like in 10-25 years, and much more.

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REFERENCES:

EndeavorRX: https://www.akiliinteractive.com/get-endeavor

No, Video Games Don’t Cause Mass Shootings. But The Conversation Shouldn’t End There: https://time.com/5647659/no-video-games-dont-cause-mass-shootings-but-the-conversation-shouldnt-end-there/


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #26: Universal Language and Dunbar’s Number

In this episode Derick talks about universal language!

He breaks down a new technology courtesy of Donut Robotics called “C-Mask” (3:17), why universal language wouldn’t make sense according to Dunbar’s theory (7:47), human nature and tribal tendencies (11:17), and delivers a personal note regarding humbleness during this time of overconsumption (14:31)

Pre-order your C-MASK from Donut Robotics (Japan): https://www.makuake.com/project/c-face/

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REFERENCES:

Japan creates speech-translating ‘smart mask’: https://youtu.be/ECv0Qmc6scs

The 7% Rule: Fact, Fiction, or Misunderstanding – Philip Yaffe: https://ubiquity.acm.org/article.cfm?id=2043156#:~:text=Professor%20Mehrabian%20combined%20the%20statistical,of%20voice%20(38%20percent).

C-MASK: https://www.donutrobotics.com/c-mask

A Japanese robotics startup has invented a smart mask that translates into eight languages: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/business/japanese-robotics-smart-face-mask-spc-intl/index.html

Dunbar’s number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191001-dunbars-number-why-we-can-only-maintain-150-relationships


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #25: Masculinity and the Inherent Goodness of Nature | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon episode Derick and Joseph talk about what they were taught as children about masculinity, ponder what a world lacking in masculinity looks like, attempt to define what masculinity actually is, break down how religion has been intertwined with nature in our respective vocabularies, and much more.

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REFERENCES:

Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science“– Alan Levinovitz


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #24: Don’t Believe Everything You See

In this episode Derick talks about Deepfakes! (5:51)

He touches on human perception (2:45), why the internet will be a treacherous land for those unsavvy to technological innovation in the near future (9:13), IBM renouncing facial recognition technology (10:45), and an age of digitalization where we no longer own products, rather we lease them (12:03).

Watch the full Richard Nixon Moon Disaster Deepfake: https://moondisaster.org/film

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REFERENCES:

Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold: https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/211…

IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology: https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/8/212…

A Nixon Deepfake, a ‘Moon Disaster’ Speech and an Information Ecosystem at Risk: https://www.scientificamerican.com/ar…

moondisaster.org


Portland Free Thinkers Club Ep. #23: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena | Patreon Clip

In this week’s Patreon clip Derick and Joseph speculate on UFOs/UAPs and all things extra terrestrial. We give our thoughts on what alien life could look like, how human perception clouds our judgement of how alien life could operate, and how money has the power to influence what we view as the “truth.”

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REFERENCES:

‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,’ Better Known as UFOs, Deserve Scientific Investigation: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unidentified-aerial-phenomena-better-known-as-ufos-deserve-scientific-investigation/


PFTC EP. #22: Unlocking Creativity with Hypnagogia

In this episode Derick talks about MIT’s Targeted Dream Incubation (TDI) and a human-machine interactive technology called Dormio.

He touches on unlocking and directing creativity via the hypnagogic state of lucidity, provides a mental image of what the human-machine interaction looks like, and notes the influential figures who have historically used the hypnagogic state to inspire and work through complex problems (2:20), while lastly, pondering on why he believes that hypothetical technology allowing the ability of on-command lucid dreaming would create a reality that is uncannily similar to the Matrix (9:50).

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REFERENCES:

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams – https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3170427.3188403

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams 2 – https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/sleep-creativity/overview/#

Targeted Dream Incubation – https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/targeted-dream-incubation/overview/

These Sleep Engineers Could Help You Hack Your Dreams (video) – https://youtu.be/ZBLejVwX85o

Can artificial intelligence create art? – https://www.media.mit.edu/articles/can-artificial-intelligence-create-art-1/

MIT Dream Research Interacts Directly With an Individual’s Dreaming Brain and Manipulates the Content – https://scitechdaily.com/mit-dream-research-interacts-directly-with-an-individuals-dreaming-brain-and-manipulates-the-content/

Lucid dreaming: Controlling the stories of sleep – https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323077

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hypnogogia-dreams-creativity_n_56c5d16ce4b0c3c55053de38


PFTC EP. #21: Golden Handcuffs and a World Without Safety Nets | Patreon Clip

In this episode Joseph Andreas joins Derick to talk the possibility of having been used as a guinea pig to determine the long term effects of daily smartphone usage and what using a smartphone in 50 years may look like (2:30).

They also give their thoughts on the merit of being moral in a society without morals (14:32) and ponder if Americans have been conditioned to believe that police are inherently necessary in society (16:40).

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REFERENCES:

The UAE has successfully launched the Arab world’s first Mars mission: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/07/19/mi…

UAE’s Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st: https://apnews.com/2ac2805903b50493f4…


PFTC EP. #20: Mob Mentality as a Result of Peer Pressure

In this episode Derick talks mob mentality as a result of peer pressure and operant conditioning.

He talks about the federal officers sent to Portland by the US President and national media coverage spreading misinformation about the current state of Portland (2:18), Stanley Milgram’s three primary situational values that influence or enable killing behavior on the battlefield (5:42), two recent attacks against protesters by federal officers (6:50) and a personal note as to why we should attempt to understand the psychology of police officers and soldiers (14:12).

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society written by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

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REFERENCES:

Feds conduct surveillance from courthouse, analyze social media videos, post undercover agents in crowds, records show: https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020…

Commissioner Hardesty tells Mayor Wheeler ‘If you can’t control police, give me PPB’: https://katu.com/news/local/commissio…

Portland Police Union Leader Worries Protests Can Be Overshadowed By Violent Acts: https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-…

What Happened in Ferguson?: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2…


PFTC EP. #19: Virtue Signaling Gone Wrong

In this episode Derick talks about Yuri Bezmenov’s book World Thought Police and the role subversion serves in molding our ideological belief systems. 

He talks about Bezmenov’s affiliation with the Novosti Press Agency and the KGB (0:36), how virtue signaling has overtaken authentic action in the public’s eye (4:49), and how the bubble of college campuses fail to prepare their student’s how to interact and rationalize in the real world (9:14).

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REFERENCES: 

People donated millions of dollars to the wrong Black Lives Matter foundation — read this before you give to any charity – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/people-donated-millions-of-dollars-to-the-wrong-black-lives-matter-foundation-read-this-before-you-give-to-any-charity-2020-07-01

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America – https://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6?IR=T

WORLD THOUGHT POLICE (1985): Yuri Bezmenov aka Tomas Schumer –https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3ZowcDc3NPbMTk0NjcwZGYtMzM3My00YTE5LTgwZjItZGVkYWQ3ZjVjODdm/edit?hl=en_US


PFTC EP. #18: Gradually Eroding to a Censorship State

In this episode Derick talks about China’s National Security Law over Hong Kong, which disavows any dissension towards the state. 

He talks about factions of distrust towards the US justice department (3:05), the guilty until proven innocent mindset that has corrupted many well-meaning individuals (1:31), and how #CancelCulture is paving a path towards the US becoming a full-on censorship state (10:39).

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REFERENCES: 

5 Takeaways From China’s Hong Kong National Security Law: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/01/885900989/5-takeaways-from-chinas-hong-kong-national-security-law

Council question – Requests made to information and communication technology companies for disclosure and removal of information: https://www.charlesmok.hk/legco/council-question-requests-made-to-information-and-communication-technology-companies-for-disclosure-and-removal-of-information/

Hong Kong Opens Door to China’s Hulking Security State: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/world/asia/hong-kong-security-china.html

In Hong Kong, Arrests and Fear Mark First Day of New Security Law: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/world/asia/hong-kong-security-law-china.html

Hong Kong’s democracy debate: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27921954

In Hong Kong, a Proxy Battle Over Internet Freedom Begins: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/hong-kong-security-law-tech.html

As China tightens its grip on Hong Kong, people are leaving for Taiwan: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asia/hong-kongers-say-possible-china-repression-spurring-exodus-taiwan-n1232743

@joshuawongcf Tweet: https://twitter.com/joshuawongcf/status/1277794270393643008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1277794270393643008%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2020%2F06%2F29%2Fworld%2Fasia%2Fchina-hong-kong-security-law-rules.html


PFTC EP. #17: Spiritual Intoxication

In this episode Derick talks about psilocybin therapy treatment and IP34, which is an initiative petition that would create the first licensed psilocybin therapy program in the US (3:31). 

He talks the stigma of Western vs Eastern medicine, breaks down what a potential psilocybin therapy session would look like (9:00), and gives his perspective on how psilocybin and other hallucinogenics unlock who we truly are, unabridged by the filter our ego places over us (11:35).

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REFERENCES:   

Yes On IP34: https://yesonip34.org/

About psilocybin therapy: https://compasspathways.com/our-research/psilocybin-therapy/about-psilocybin-therapy/  

FDA Calls Psychedelic Psilocybin a ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ for Severe Depression: https://www.livescience.com/psilocybin-depression-breakthrough-therapy.html  

Oregon Psilocybin Measure Has Enough Signatures For November Ballot, Activists Say: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/oregon-psilocybin-measure-has-enough-signatures-for-november-ballot-activists-say/  

A Look at East vs West Medicine: https://healthcareinamerica.us/a-look-at-east-vs-west-medicine-92edfcaeca18  

Oakland City Council looks to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’ after Denver vote: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/02/magic-mushrooms-could-soon-become-legal-oakland-california/1298939001/  

Oakland in California decriminalizes magic mushrooms and peyote: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/06/05/oakland-california-legalizes-magic-mushrooms-and-peyote/1347888001/


PFTC EP. #16: DRTBox’s and Bulk Data Collection

In this episode Derick talks about the Cessna plane that flew in circles over thousands of protests for three-plus hours in Portland, OR on June 13th, 2020.

He connects this incident with the history of U.S. Marshals using cell site simulators (CSS) such as DRTBox‘s on planes and StringRays on automobiles to collect data in bulk and track the physical location of encrypted cell phone devices at a much higher level of precision than standard cell-phone towers can.

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REFERENCES: 

A Mysterious Plane Circled Over Portland Protests for Hours. The U.S. Marshals Service Won’t Say If It’s Theirs: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/06/15…

After a Mysterious Plane Circled Over Portland Protests, Oregon’s Congressional Delegation Calls for Answers: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/06/24…

Government Spy From the Sky Program Revealed: https://youtu.be/EcZW5AjR1mE

The History and Future of Mass Metadata Surveillance: https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2019/06…

New FOIA Documents Confirm FBI Used Dirtboxes on Planes Without Any Policies or Legal Guidance: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/03…

Hacker Spoofs Cell Phone Tower to Intercept Calls: https://www.wired.com/2010/07/interce…


The Feds Are Now Using StingRays in Planes to Spy on Our Phone Calls: https://www.wired.com/2014/11/feds-mo…

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PFTC EP. #15: NY(PD) vs. Everybody

In this episode Derick speaks on the slippery slope of the NYPD importing thousands of arrest photos of children and teenagers (as young as 11 years old) into a facial recognition database without regard to clear evidence displaying that the technology has a higher risk of incorrect matches in younger and darker faces.

He also touches on the FBI using Instagram, Etsy, LinkedIn, and other social media/online shopping history to locate and arrest protesters. 

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REFERENCES: 

Portland, the largest city in Oregon, plans to propose first facial recognition ban affecting private companies: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/12/03/facial-recognition-portland-oregon-ban/2601966001/

She Was Arrested at 14. Then Her Photo Went to a Facial Recognition Database: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/nyregion/nypd-facial-recognition-children-teenagers.html

A fight over facial recognition is dividing Detroit — with high stakes for police and privacy: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fight-over-facial-recognition-dividing-detroit-high-stakes-police-privacy-n1045046

NYC demographics: https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/new-york-city-population/

Oakland bans use of facial recognition technology, citing bias concerns: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-bans-use-of-facial-recognition

The FBI used a Philly protester’s Etsy profile, LinkedIn, and other internet history to charge her with setting police cars ablaze: https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-protests-arrests-fbi-lore-elisabeth-blumenthal-george-floyd-20200617.html

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PFTC EP. #14: From Three Pounds of Marijuana to Life in Prison

In this bonus episode Derick talks EndeavorRX becoming the first video-game based therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Last Prisoner Project, a group focused on cannabis criminal justice reform via prisoner release, record clearing through clemency and expungement, and re-entry programs.

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REFERENCES: 

Akili Interactive Labs gets the green light from the FDA: https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/15/fda-akili-adhd-endeavorrx/

Last Prisoner Project: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/our-approach

Michael Thompson’s Story: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/michael-thompson

“Free Michael Thompson” YouTube: https://youtu.be/-733A-PPVRQ

“Free Michael Thompson” Credits:

Director: Kyle Thrash

Producer: W. Ian Ross

Production: Synonymous Pictures

Animation: Johnny Komar

Music: Kelsey Lu

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PFTC EP. #13: Troubleshooting Community Watch Groups (with Gio Tayetto)

In this episode Derick breaks down the gruesome origin story behind the formation of Neighborhood Watch Groups in the US. 

Gio Tayetto, host of the Real Talk with Gio podcast, joins the show to talk about community policing, tips on how to use your voice/social media platform to bring positive change to minority communities in Portland, and how to feel accepted in any environment you enter.

Follow Gio on Instagram: @gio_t

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Donate to Don’t Shoot PDX: https://www.dontshootpdx.org/

REFERENCES: 

2016 New York Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/nyregion/winston-moseley-81-killer-of-kitty-genovese-dies-in-prison.html

Bill Genovese on what history got wrong about Kitty Genovese’s death: https://youtu.be/OBckLqe2c5Y

NSA forms Neighborhood Watch Group: https://www.nnw.org/our-history#:~:text=In%20the%20late%201960s%2C%20an,assist%20citizens%20and%20law%20enforcement

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PFTC EP. #12: Collectively Determining Our Future (with Joseph Andreas)

In this episode Derick is joined by Joseph Andreas, a Portland bartender, and friend of the show.

The focal point of this week’s episode is the national conversation regarding racism in America. Derick and Joseph speak on a myriad of other topics as well, including the false assumption that parents have all of the answers to life’s questions, the philosophical inquiry of existentialism, and breaking out the monotonous work routine only to fall right back into another cycle of monotony.

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PFTC EP. #11: Straying Off the Beaten Path (with Ryshel Sampson)

In this episode Derick talks about independent brands/businesses and gives an inside perspective on the trials a business owner faces to keep their brand afloat.

He speaks on the different approaches that entrepreneurial giants Mark Cuban and Elon Musk give to those creating a start-up, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declaring a State of Emergency due to the protests following the murder of George Floyd, and lastly, Ryshel Sampson, owner of the Seattle based clothing brand CloudNine joins us to give an inside perspective on the trials a business owner faces to keep their brand afloat.

REFERENCES:

Mark Cuban: Only Morons Start A Business on a Loan: https://youtu.be/NALOacIisxM

Elon Musk on Millennials and How To Start A Business: https://youtu.be/ARoGZIN5oC4

How Many Small Businesses Fail?: https://www.lendingtree.com/business/small/failure-rate/

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PFTC EP. #10: A Convinced Truth Based on False Memories

In this episode Derick talks about memory and the role suggestion plays in shaping our own memories. 

Why is it that our stories grow grander and more sensational over the course of its re-telling? He breaks down the concept of “A convinced truth,” hashes over Tiger Woods and his infamous racism story that grew substantially grander over the course of a decade, and lastly, using “The Way of the Truthseeker” to confront your false memories and grow in life.

*Apologies – out of focus camera angle is due to technical difficulties*

REFERENCES:

Tiger Woods, written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian – https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Woods-Jeff-Benedict/dp/150112644X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Nation: A Tiger Story That Actually Matters (NPR) – https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125615883

National Institute on Aging (NIH) regarding memory loss – https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/do-memory-problems-always-mean-alzheimers-disease

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?, written by Charles Barkley and edited by Michael Wilbon – https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Woods-Jeff-Benedict/dp/150112644X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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PFTC EP. #9: Neuralink – A Bluetooth Connection to Your Brain

In this episode Derick talks about the American neurotechnology corporation Neuralink.

Led by Elon Musk, Neuralink is developing implantable brain–machine interfaces (IBMI) to understand and treat brain and spinal disorders. He talks connecting your brain to your phone or computer via Bluetooth, how Neuralink is attempting to achieve human symbiosis with artificial intelligence, Elon Musk presenting us with the Red Pill, how our world is dictated by neural impulses and how IBMI’s aim to capitalize on that fact, and lastly, what could go wrong with all of this technological innovation.

REFERENCES:

Neuralink Launch Event (2019) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-vbh3t7WVI

Neuralink – https://www.neuralink.com/

An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels – https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/703801v4

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PFTC  EP. #8: A Lesson to Be Learned

In this episode Derick talks about FLIR’s thermal imaging technology being used as a tool to open back up the economy, the potential downfalls of turning people away from establishments because they failed their “fever check test,” and how Snapchat’s location sharing service led to NFL safety Earl Thomas being held at gunpoint.

REFERENCES:

FLIR CEO Jim Cannon’s interview with CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/05/07/flir-systems-ceo-jim-cannon-on-providing-thermal-scanners-for-gm-factories.html

Snapchat’s Snap Map: https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/21/snap-map/

Earl Thomas’ Snapchat tragedy: https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/06/earl-thomas-wife-arrested-gun-baltimore-ravens-star-cheating-allegations/

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PFTC EP. #7: The Six Principles of Influence

In this episode Derick talks persuasion. How much is manipulation and persuasion used in our everyday lives?

He breaks down the six principles of influence, shows how Milgram’s Experiment [1965] connects to our inherent obedience to authority, and lastly, he gives his take on how the principle of consensus impacts teenager’s decision to go to college more than we think.

REFERENCES:

Milgram’s Experiment Video: https://youtu.be/yr5cjyokVUs

Milgram’s Experiment Article:  https://www.simplypsychology.org/milgram.html

Science of Persuasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdCzN7RYbw

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PFTC EP. #6: Can Words Kill?

In this episode Derick asks the ultimate question: Can words kill?

He discusses the effect Commonwealth V Michelle Carter will have on free speech, the current development of contact tracing at a mass scale, and he ponders what the future will hold in 25-50 years.

REFERENCES:

Commonwealth V Michelle Carter Analysis: https://harvardlawreview.org/2018/01/commonwealth-v-carter/

Commonwealth V Michelle Carter Supreme Court Documents: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-62/97560/20190424171515431_Commonwealth%20v.%20Carter_%20481%20Mass.%20352.pdf

Shelter in Place with Shane Smith & Edward Snowden: https://youtu.be/k5OAjnveyJo

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PFTC EP. #5: Right Around the Corner (with Keith Cheek)

Portland multi-instrumentalist, Keith Cheek, joins us on the show to talk about his new album “Reflections” which drops on April 14th, 2020.

In this episode Derick talks about a memo sent out by China’s Cyber Security Agency regarding a law that requires anyone registering a new mobile phone number or internet subscription to submit to facial recognition scans held in a centralized database by the Chinese government, Chinese fiction author Jianan Qian’s perspective on social media and what many consider as a surveillance state in China, and Jacksons gas station convenience store’s use of facial recognition in NE Portland + Portland aiming to place the strictest ban on facial recognition technology in the US.

REFERENCES:

Portland considering strictest ban on facial recognition technology in the US: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2…

In Your Face: China’s All Seeing State (MUST WATCH): https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asi…

Facial scans for all new Chinese mobile phone number registrations part 1: cnn.com/2019/12/02/tech/china-facial-recognition-mobile-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Facial scans for all new Chinese mobile phone number registrations part 2: https://www.theguardian.com/world/201…

Facial scans for all new Chinese mobile phone number + internet registrations: https://www.businessinsider.com/china…

Work Related to User Real-Name Registration Management Memo (TRANSLATED): https://www88.zippyshare.com/v/SVhogq…

Work Related to User Real-Name Registration Management Memo (NON-TRANSLATED): http://www.miit.gov.cn/n1146285/n1146…

What to expect from China’s cyber security law: https://www.lawfareblog.com/chinas-cy…

Shrinking anonymity in Chinese Cyberspace: https://www.lawfareblog.com/shrinking…

The Cheektet’s album “Reflections” (4/14/2020): https://thecheektet.bandcamp.com/rele…

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PFTC EP. #4: Own or Be Owned (with Max91)

Portland rap artist, Max91, joins us on the show to talk about music publication, ownership, and why it’s important to take ownership of your content.

In this episode Derick talks about the EARN IT Act, which is a bill that was introduced by the senate on March 5, 2020.

E.A.R.N. I.T. is an acronym for eliminating abusive and rampant neglect of interactive technologies. This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Lindsay Graham [R-SC] and Dick Blumenthal [D-CT], aims to make end-to-end encryption illegal by ransoming companies and applications’ protections granted by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act [1996].

REFERENCES:

How the EARN IT Act will kill encryption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw53W…

How the EARN IT Act will kill encryption part 2: https://youtu.be/j8JDFphQnhk

EARN IT Act: https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/5/211…

Why politicians want to modify Section 230: https://youtu.be/kfOxa7ATkPg

Apple vs FBI (2016): https://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/apple…

Signal Texting App: https://signal.org/

EARN IT Act 2020: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-c…

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PFTC EP. #3: Social Credit Systems

In this episode Derick talks China’s social credit system, a collaboration between the public and private sectors that allow surveillance at newfound level, the Deepfake Era that we are rapidly approaching which will no longer allow us to differentiate between what’s real and fake, efficacy vs peace of mind, and lastly, why you should bet on instant video streaming filling an essential need in the 2020’s.

REFERENCES:

Everybody Can Make Deepfakes Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUfJO…

A Look Inside China’s Social Credit System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cGB8…

China’s Social Credit System Explained: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/china…

China’s Social Credit System Rewards & Punishments: https://www.businessinsider.com/china…

More Social Credit System Punishments: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11…

More Social Credit System Rewards: https://www.businessinsider.com/china…

Estimated 170 Million CCTV’s in China: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-st…

Estimated 30 Million surveillance camera’s in the US: https://www.pogo.org/report/2019/03/f…

A History of Big Data: https://www.sas.com/en_us/insights/bi…

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PFTC EP. #2: On A Need-To-Know Basis

In this episode Derick talks the ID2020 Alliance, a company dedicated to giving every human being on Earth a digital ID, the potential and inevitable issues that could occur with ID2020’s proposed centralized database system for sensitive information, and Ramin Bahrani’s film Fahrenheit 451 (2018) + Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and it’s connection to modern society, before pondering whether the internet is a utility or not, and challenging people to share their friends creative work online.

REFERENCES:

ID2020 Alliance’s Manifesto: https://id2020.org/manifesto

ID2020 Alliance Executive Director Dakota Gruener’s Ted Talk at TEDxMarrakesh: https://youtu.be/Sqq-LGgyGZ4

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 novel (1953) compared to Ramin Bahrani’s film Fahrenheit 451 (2018): https://www.newsweek.com/fahrenheit-4…

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PFTC EP. #1: Learning From Our Mistakes

In this episode Derick talks about the virus that has stood the world still also known as COVID-19 or Corona virus, the current & upcoming shelter in place orders nationwide, why #PDXRentFreeze & rent freezes nationwide are a valid idea and should be implemented, the COVID-19 pandemic marking a monumental paradigm shift, and lastly, the copious amount of time those who claim they are always too busy have now.

REFERENCES:

Oregon Law pertaining to rent control: https://www.oregonlive.com/coronaviru…

Current shelter in place acts: https://www.wired.com/story/whats-she…

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