ATTENTION SPAN

ATTENTION SPAN

KUDOS … Benson … clearly illustrates the direction of America’s focus…

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Benson clarifies with simplicity the essence of America’s focus capturing the pervasive pied-piper propaganda power of for-profit-corporate-mass-communication-media.

America is addicted to voyeurism, living vicariously captivated by our favorite pop-culture-icons like the recently departed Michael Jackson. Today’s pied-pipers feed us sweet easily digestible pabulum which for the moment quenches the hunger in our belly though just as quickly leaving us, famished. Though “we” would never, never, never choose to see or admit it we are as addicted as the millions we incarcerate judged by us to be addicted to – illegal-drugs. While their drug of choice we declare loathsome, equally we are as addicted to an equally diabolically pabulum lawfully administered by for-profit-corporate-mass-communication-media sanctioned and sanitized by the AMA and FDA.

outside the boxAbility to focus our attention assumes we have been educated to “think” for ourselves and to think “outside-the-box” which for-profit-corporate-mass-communication-media has so carefully and skillfully gift wrapped for us. Education as provided to most Americans over the last 40 years has been a creatively orchestrated “dumbing-down-process” deliberately inhibiting our individual ability to think or to question anyone or anything resembling authority. Increasingly those few choosing to demand full, open, honest, timely disclosure find themselves branded as lepers, marked with bulls-eye targets.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …

And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

OK … it’s true, so what…?

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Iron-fisted GOP leaders cut off voters’ voices … The Legislature is practicing an Arizona style of taxation without representation. …The heavy-handed, cram-it-down-your-throat partisan politics practiced by the GOP leadership is excluding not only the Democratic minority, but many rank-and-file Republicans. …This style is detrimental to our state and undermines an open, transparent legislative process. …This especially acrimonious session has routinely discounted and dismissed bright, thoughtful ideas of the minority in favor of the myopic, partisan views of the majority. It’s policy-making behind closed doors. ….Minority and majority members with little power have not only been excluded from coming to the table, they haven’t even been told where the table is located. …Because many legislators have been shut out of the process, citizens in their districts have no voice. …Despite the cut-the-budget-with-a-hatchet and don’t-raise-taxes mentality of the elite group of legislative leaders, Arizonans will most likely see taxes and fees go up. …The Legislature has been shuffling much of the state’s burden to counties, and sweeping funds — which means taking monies raised and set aside for specific uses. …That’s taxation without representation Arizona Daily Star …Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.30.2009…http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/299003.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . This is not the first article or notice from sage voices that there is something wrong in Arizona especially with Arizona politics.

The Steve Benson cartoon on the Editorial page of the 6/30/09 Arizona Republic illustrates simply how easily our focus and attention can be directed. Our attention has been cleverly diverted to need to know whether Michael Jackson was wearing his iconic glove when he died. Behind closed doors your elected State Legislators choose to allow concealed weapons to be brought into the restaurant where your children are eating.

What should Arizona expect when we choose to enjoy ranking near the bottom of the national education barrel. Arizona citizens are effortlessly molded to ask no questions, see and hear only what for-profit-corporate-mass-media says is important in the moment and most important keep our minds always open for their next important announcement or command.

In a state with such readily amenable citizens is it not understandable that taxation without representation is the norm not the exception…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

BALANCE … now there’s a thought outside the box

Now this is thinking outside the box … How Confucianism could curb global warming…China openly debates the role of Eastern thought in sustainability…. Now here’s a curveball to secular Western policy experts: China’s intellectuals are openly debating the role of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism in promoting the Communist Party’s vision of a harmonious society and ecologically sustainable economic development. …Nowhere is the question of what to do about the environment more vital than in China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases – especially because scientists agree that climate change disproportionately affects the poor and the disenfranchised and that climate change will affect future generations far more than the present. …Yet the general impression of China’s role in issues relating to environment is one of foot-dragging because it hasn’t bought into a Western model to address it. …But Pan Yue, China’s vice minister for environmental protection, is calling for China to capitalize on traditional Chinese religions in promoting ecological sustainability. …He says, “One of the core principles of traditional Chinese culture is that of harmony between humans and nature. Different philosophies all emphasize the political wisdom of a balanced environment. Whether it is the Confucian idea of humans and nature becoming one, the Taoist view of the Tao reflecting nature, or the Buddhist belief that all living things are equal, Chinese philosophy has helped our culture to survive for thousands of years. It can be a powerful weapon in preventing an environmental crisis and building a harmonious society.” …And this just might work…. By James Miller…from the June 26, 2009 edition…Kingston, Ontario … excerpt …http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0626/p09s01-coop.html

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . China a culture enduring now some many thousands of years has undergone an unknown number of changes. One can imagine its history is replete with a number of situations spelling ultimate catastrophe, yet China survives looming as the premier economy in our current world.

That China’s leaders appear to be looking to its past searching for answers to current environmental realities might suggest that America would do well to also look to the collage of our past seeking its relevant wisdom. America’s environmental wisdom is a patchwork affair the weaving of tapestry created by the inputs of many we subjugated to a heritage of perpetual servitude. America lacks a common lineage our views in embryonic formative stages remain giving rise to the polarization we witness today.

balance symbol China knows and has felt the sting when from “balance” it turns a condition unknown to the USA which dwells still in that certain mirage perpetuating that America is always right we do not wrong. To balance our relationship with our environment is for the USA something we leave others to do, our raison-de’-etre is to pillage, plunder, take, destroy and use.

As this new century unfolds bringing forth the emerging era of the “age of Aquarius” it will be most revealing to witness both the direction and the changes America responds to and how quickly…? Only the fool-hearty doubt the path America currently walks is sustaining. What about you…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Shouldn’t we at least we asking why…?

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Shouldn’t we at least be asking … why …?

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Whether the percentage derived in this study is correct is that really the question we need ask…? Is not the more salient query … what causes young people today to feel their life need be cut short…?

A simple and easy approach to take is to merely disavow there is anything of cause to be the least concerned about. I mean after all even this study appears to conclude those “chosen” young folks who feel they will die young disproportionately are Black, Hispanic, Native Americans and poor White … the very ones who seem to rile us endlessly.

Might a partial evaluation be, these “chosen” young folks see America through a lens where they are nothing more than “cannon-fodder-for-the-man” and his mighty-for-profit-corporate-machine…?

In Arizona we are especially fond of cutting these young people off at the knees having them join those “mentally-deficient-folks” … you know the ones we summarily toss in jail and then leave in a cage to bake, die and rot in the sun. As Arizona enjoys ranking near the bottom of the national education barrel what can we expect from these “chosen” few…? So, we’ll not waste our money trying to educate the likes of them.

How many Einstein’s, Picassos’, Madame Curries’, Jonas Salk’s, musicians, artists, teachers and other creative types have we lost and are we losing…? Do we even care…?

It is written in a book known quite well too many and in many tongues … than we will be judged by how we treat the least among us … so what does this say about America’s attitude towards all of its citizens…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

GENERATION GAP

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Those of us categorized as members of the “baby-boomers” might choose to contemplate the significance of the generation gap.

The generations following us – boomers – appear to have a greater genuine affinity for cultural diversity and all that it entails which is at odds with our more strident approach. This difference alone breeds seeds for discontent in the manner in which America presents itself on the world stage and to its own citizens. The providence of organized religions appear not to hold the same fervor to many younger folks, though many of us – boomers – chose different paths along the way.

I find it interesting this study notes a substantive difference in our assessment of morality and work ethic. What is interesting is those of “boomer” age often choose to see the younger generations labeled as immoral and lacking the work ethic reputedly instilled in us. Through our veiled eyes we see the younger generation “just-quite-doesn’t-measure-up-to-our-standard.” A standard, we are unable or unwilling to own as we are promoters of greed, pillage, plunder, take and consume.

Understandably endorsing a world view which the younger folks appear to hold of honest willingness for all to be expressed in whatever their passion may be excluding only that one’s passion does not negatively impact upon another. A most difficult line to walk, I agree. A line with greater potential for mankind, than ours reeling with war, kill, take.

I have come to believe “we” – boomers – need to hold the younger generations down lest they push us aside render us inconsequential and that we just can’t have nor will we take. So “we” will continue till our last dying breath to demonize those who can not or refuse to endorse and pay allegiance to our gods, whatever and whoever they may be. And the favorite god of boomer$ is money, filthy lucre it stirs our passion gives meaning and is the measure of our life.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

CARTE BLANC EXEMPTION NOT IN OUR BEST INTERST

Vote pending on exemptions for underground gas storage… In its last few days before adjourning, the state Senate is expected to vote on a bill granting exemptions from state groundwater-protection-permit requirements for companies that store natural gas in underground salt caverns…The legislation, already approved by the House and by a Senate committee, is needed for a proposal by Houston-based Multifuels LP to build an underground gas storage facility near Eloy. It would apply statewide. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations would cover much but not all of the gas facility’s operations….Multifuels proposes to first pump fresh water into the underground salt caverns, pump out the resulting salt water and reinject the salt water into a deeper underground aquifer. It would then fill the underground cavern with natural gas for storage…. By Tony Davis..Arizona Daily Star…Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.29.2009…Contact reporter Tony Davis at 806-7746 or tdavis@azstarnet.comhttp://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/298953

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Any exemption if any are to be granted should be based solely on site specific data only … NO CARTE-BLANC absolution … lacking full, open, honest, timely disclosure, we are not in a position to conclude whether any exemption as noted above is in our long term better interest respecting – water – for Arizona or any locale. Our understanding of the interface between surface water and subsurface water (caverns) is relatively juvenile according to many water experts world wide. The notion to pump in “fresh” water into salt caverns then pump out the resulting salt water and then re-injecting this salt water into deeper underground aquifers without more disclosure on what happens to this new water is not in our long term better interests water wise.

But then since “we” don’t really give a damn the natural gas purveyor$ and their minion$ will easily bamboozle our 90 mental midgets at the $tate Legislature who will vote to make this possible and all the while keep us in the dark as usual treating us as mushrooms. And you know what, we deserve it.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

DRINKING THE “KOOL-AIDE”

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Mr. Wallen … I respect and will defend your right to have and express whatever opinion you choose reserving that same right for myself and all others.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Mr. Wallen, it appears the “truth” you see differs appreciably from that which I saw respecting the events surround the tragedy of Sept 11, 2001. Perhaps it escapes your recollection that more than a million Iranians voluntarily conducted candle light ceremony on the day of this event. And perhaps it escapes your recollection or possible the corporate mass media talking heads you may have chosen to listen to, failed to note those radial Muslims to whom you refer in your comments above were not Iranians, but were from Saudi Arabia, good friends of the then US President and his family.

The fighting between those holding to a Jewish persuasion vs. those holding to Muslim persuasion is truly unfortunate, though I have never seen incontrovertible evidence that “blame” lies solely with one side.

As for our choice to deny Iran joining the “nuclear” club, our track record in this arena is quite dismal. We provide “nuclear” to Israel but we choose to deny that same option others, why…? Who, Sir, made America judge, jury and prosecutor..? Our own track record respecting dictatorship is not in my estimation enviable as we have pillaged, plundered and made virtual slaves of all cultures we encountered, while breaking all treaties we made with them. I invite you to consider how America treated and treats those indigenous cultures which we felt got or get in our way – Indians – Mexicans – Blacks. Dictatorship, Sir, is solely definition and who gets to define and write history.

Upon what evidence, Sir, do you make the allegation that unless we get involved internally in Iran’s affairs, today, we will fight them (Iran) here…? Are you suggesting, Sir, that you buy that “evil-empire” label crap Bush & Co formulated to support their unilateral preemptive invasion of a sovereign nation – Iraq – which did absolutely nothing to us. Oh, we may not like their politics or the manner of their human rights, but, please, Sir, tell me precisely what did Iraq do to America to warrant us invading them and with our heralded precision bombs slaughter civilians…?

Sir, I invite you to consider you have chosen to drink “full-strength” far too much of your government’s propaganda “kool-aide.”

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

HYPROCRISY ARIZONA

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Were the consequences not tragic our Governor’s words could actually be funny…?

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . What I present to you appears on the front page of the Arizona Republic –– CAREER BUILDER section …which touts there are more than 4,000 jobs advertised in this section …WOW

Our Republican Governor and our Republican controlled State Legislature continue to play childish games respecting our budget which currently terminates at the end of June, especially with funding for all forms of education. Her message above is nothing more than a damn joke … though she his not alone as those “we” elected to serve and to protect us have for the most part joined her at the hip.

If you are an Arizona graduate don’t count on having any employer in Arizona hiring an individual actually educated in our state as we really don’t educated, we warehouse then turn you loose on society with our fingers crossed.

In case we have chosen to forget … there is always a price to pay for the choices we make … and our choice to withhold adequate funding for education so our young folks truly can … read, write, do arithmetic, as well as find Iraq on a map or globe. For years Arizona has chosen education on the cheap and we will pay a costly price for that you can be assured.

When “we” get a belly full of this, “we” can change it at the polls … support viable and honest candidates who will uphold the oath of office … to serve and to protect us …

No one is going to do it for you or me it’s ours to do, period.
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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Trust me I’m 4th generation Arizona

TRUST ME … I’M FOURTH GENERATION ARIZONA …An Arizona American Water official stressed his company’s local roots as he spoke before Mohave Valley Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday. The company is owned by American Water, which was founded in New Jersey in 1886. Today, it operates in states from coast to coast. Jeffrey Stuck, operations director for Eastern Arizona, said he’s a fourth generation Arizonan. Dave Evans, operations manager for the Bullhead City area, has lived in Bullhead City for 30 years, he said. The company has been operating in Arizona for 40 years and has 400,000 customers across the state. Locally, it operates a water system in Bullhead City, and both water and sewer in the Fort Mohave area.

THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE BIT … The utility has requested wastewater increases that would drive up the average bill from $49.65 to $89.10 per month. That affects approximately 1,250 customers. Company officials cite construction of a $3.9 million wastewater plant that doubled the system’s capacity as the reason for the rate increase request. American Water also is seeking an increase for their water customers in Bullhead City. If granted, the average monthly bill would rise from $17.44 to $24.50. In justifying the request, company officials say they have spent $2 million on replacing water mains and pipes, a power generator, well rehabilitation and pumping equipment. The utility’s expenditures increased 39 percent between 2005 and 2007 and it has a large payroll in Bullhead City, with 18 maintenance workers, according to officials. ….Friday June 26, 2009.. excerpt …By Neil Young/The Daily News ..Fort Mohave

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . YEA … an almost 80% increase in your monthly wastewater utility bill …hurts … and it’s one of those hurts that does not go away … it never heals … it only get worse…

Sorry, I don’t buy that American Water was NOT aware of the condition, age, size and makeup of infrastructure of these two Arizona communities. In fact, their spokesman bragged about being a 4th generation Arizona and local to that community. Please spare me the BS that American Water did not know. In fact the condition of the infrastructure was quite possibly a motivating factor in their operation plan as they like all such purveyors know that historically the water and sewer infrastructures in most all communities, especially Phoenix, have been sorely neglected and are ripe for failure leading to costly repairs all of which counts when your Corp Commission folks determine what is a “fair” return to these for-profit-corporate-interests on their investment.

You gota love it … their investment … they get a goodly portion up front from you in the form of increase rates, use borrowed money from places like WIFA (you’re ultimately liable) replace the infrastructure, then get those sworn to serve and protect you – to grant them a fair return. Where do we sign up for this goodie…?

Were these a publicly owned utility there is one advantage. Don’t like what’s going on, vote them out…? When your community sells out to “for-profit-corporate-interests” we need to read the fine print because it’s there where we get screwed. American Water is or will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Until we are provided full, open, honest, timely disclosure I don’t believe…you can if you want…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Education vs. Baseball

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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. . . Arizona can indeed be proud the “dunce” cap fits smugly upon our head … nary a day goes by that we do not take a stand proving to the world at large our absolute rejection of supporting a viable education for the citizens of our State.

But do not worry …these same leaders report to you Phoenix is the “epicenter-for-high-tech-genome-research” and we actually believe…? Those who will receive those vaunted high paying jobs will certainly not be former Arizona students, though they may well be those “illegal-aliens” we so distrust.

We always find all the tax fund$ one might need to … “play ball” … but for education, health care, mental health, child protective services … no matter … the answer remains … HELL NO

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

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