Smearer-in-Chief Ups the Ante

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 07:40

In the thread here about Plagiarist Pross's depiction of Diana naked on O-Lying, I asked SOLOists who can bring themselves to plunge into that sewer to keep me posted as to whether Barbara Branden, Lying's resident Namblaphile-defender, responded to my question here re her demand that I denounce Craig Biddle, Yaron Brook and sundry other "lepers of Objectivism," on pain of being deemed to be a "leper" myself ... this in the wake of Biddle's Objectivist Standard article on how best to deal with Islamo-Fascism. I've just been told that Barbara has not responded to my question, but has seen fit to post this:

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Hahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 01:31
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How the new 'left' and 'right' meet in the authoritarian middle

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:36

Many people have been surprised at the alliance of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, men respectively of the right and the left but who share an obviously genuine friendship. The answer to the apparent paradox is to be found in their respective philosophies. The so-called 'philosophies' of the left's 'Third Way' and the right's Neo-Conservatism' to which these two subscribe share more than their promoters might like to concede.

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Well said, Peter — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-23 19:15
Right on. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-10-20 22:26

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Ralph Harris RIP

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Submitted by Kenny on Thu, 2006-10-19 20:18

Freedom lovers all over the world will be mourning the sudden death, at 8am GMT this morning, of Lord Harris of High Cross. Ralph Harris, with Anthony Fisher and Arthur Seldon, founded the Institute of Economic Affairs. The IEA proved to be the model for literally hundreds of pro-freedom think tanks.

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Rees-Mogg — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-10-23 19:11
William Rees-Mogg... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 15:07
Thanks Marcus — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-10-22 17:07

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If you're 'it' - then you are sent straight to dention without passing the naafi in case you get obese on the way

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Submitted by Sandi on Thu, 2006-10-19 08:12

"Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable. Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban."

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It had to be a female principal... — by gone on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:50
Tort Reform — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-10-19 11:56

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Something to consider regarding the upcoming Election Day in the USA...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-10-19 07:05

We've been hearing about it for months- "the Republicans are finished- the Democrats are gonna sweep the house, and take back control of Congress!".

Many websites are buying into this, and even Rush Limbaugh decided to put in a few words about this....

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Answer to two evils... — by dcarvell on Sat, 2006-10-28 18:16
"Given the choice between a — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-10-24 11:51
Democrats and Republicans - Who's the Killer? — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-10-24 03:26

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The Linz and Don Show

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-10-18 21:23

New Zealand's likely next Prime Minister, National Party leader Don Brash and I proved Oscar Wilde wrong this morning, if I may be so immodest as to say so myself.

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Sorry Guys ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 09:20
I would also love to hear — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:34
Raconteur... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:18

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Liberal Appeasement

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:17

Bush shouldn't have labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil," stark raving liberal and billionaire investor George Soros told a group of investors and academics in Seoul.

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Ted, I wouldn't lump Kenny — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-10-20 12:37
Read the Poll Results! — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-20 05:06
Looking for data — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:48

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Classical Jazz... and a little tango.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-10-18 00:33

Just listened to Shostakovich: The Jazz Album, containing his two Jazz Suites & 1st Piano Concerto.

Just tremendous, especially the second suite with its very Russian waltzes. More Cossack stomp than Viennese spin Smiling

Can anyone suggest great jazz-orientated music from classical composers?

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Or for your local quota — by Grace on Mon, 2007-09-17 10:44
Shreya — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-06-29 05:17
Hey Lindsay — by 0 on Fri, 2007-06-29 04:41

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FREE RADICAL 72: The Great Environmental Sellout

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-10-17 22:27
The mainstream media only picked up on NZ's political challenge of the year in late September, but The Free Radical had the whole Darnton V Clark story and the details about the stolen election in July!


Free Radical 72 is out now, it gets beneath the news, and it's ready to hit your letter box today. SUBSCRIBE NOW. In this issue:

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— by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:13
Thanks. — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-10-27 22:02
Great work Peter. — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-10-27 20:18

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Libz Declares Banana Republic Day

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-10-17 22:08



Libz Declares Banana Republic Day

Libertarianz members including Leader Bernard Darnton will be at Parliament today from 12.00 pm handing out bananas to celebrate New Zealand's first Banana Republic Day. "In a breathtakingly arrogant move, Clark has shown that she thinks she can get away with anything. Her actions are that of a banana republic dictator. We're marking this inauspicious occasion by handing out bananas," Darnton explained.

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Go you Libz — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-10-18 06:50
shame — by Phil Howison on Wed, 2006-10-18 06:34
Just submitted this to — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-10-17 23:57

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Then and Now: Income in 1967 and Today

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-10-17 20:33

Forbes reports on median incomes today compared to those circa 1967. The figures, and the average person's view of his or her current net worth and future prospects, are illuminating.

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An — by Elijah Lineberry on Wed, 2007-10-24 05:52
Thanks. Now Back To Tonight's Program — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-10-18 01:50
Links & images... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-10-18 01:28

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End Universal Suffrage

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-10-17 08:09

"A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

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I just edited this blog post — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2007-11-18 23:54
At least we agree that was a funny post... — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-19 05:15
Ballots and Bullets — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-10-19 01:22

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Is This Not An Act Of Treason?

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-16 21:19

"US lawyer given 28 months for aiding terrorism

9.20am Tuesday October 17, 2006

Herald story

NEW YORK - A New York attorney convicted of aiding terrorism by helping a client smuggle messages to militant followers was sentenced to 28 months in prison today, CNN reported.

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Horse and Buggery?  — by Summer Serravillo on Mon, 2006-10-30 14:41
For the Pleasure of Those Who've not Yet Seen Her — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-20 06:54
It Most Certainly is... — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-10-18 01:53

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Bill Buckley Needs A Mirror

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 16:53

Drunkenness can excuse only so much. William F. Buckley's obsession with Ayn Rand has once again turned ugly -- as this bizarre new swipe shows.

Of course, the Dear Leader bears a much closer resemblance to Bill himself, as their similar weakness for scotch suggests, but self-awareness has never been Bill's strong suit.

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Elijah — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-09-27 16:48
I — by Elijah Lineberry on Sun, 2007-09-23 08:14
Addendum — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-20 00:29

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Russian Journalists Critical of Moscow Have Falling Life-Expectancy

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 14:50

Russian journalists critical of the government are being brutally murdered, as you can read here and here.

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Absolutely!Just as a matter — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-17 04:42
An Important Topic — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-16 15:43

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New Free Radical: A wee taster!

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-16 02:39
New Free Radical: A wee taster!

Here's just a wee taster of the outside of the lastest 'Free Radical' to hit the streets and the inside of your letterboxes!

I'll post more shortly about what's inside this exciting new issue , but if you want to be included in the latest mail-out, then now's the time to subscribe.

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Congratulations PC. It looks good!!! — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-16 20:48

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Frank Miller on Patriotism

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:38

“Patriotism, I now believe, isn't some sentimental, old conceit. It's self-preservation.”

Audio: That Old Piece of Cloth by Frank Miller

[Hat tip: Bosch Fawstin]

Text from NPR Morning Edition, September 11, 2006:

"I was just a boy in the 1960s. My adolescence wasn't infused with the civil rights struggle or the sexual revolution or the Vietnam War, but with their aftermath.

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Glad you liked it. — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-10-16 23:56
Thanks, John. I have 40 — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-16 04:01
Landon — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-10-16 03:39

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Hudgins in The Wall Street Journal

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:37

Hudgins Letter in Wall Street Journal

The October 14-15, 2006 Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal featured a letter to the editor by Atlas Society/Objectivist Center Executive Director Edward Hudgins. Under the heading “Economic Individualism and the Only Truly Just Society,” Hudgins commented on an October 10 editorial page essay in the Journal by Edmund Phelps, the 2006 Noble Prize winner in economics.

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Not bad, Chris ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-20 09:24
Linz, here's one you'll like — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-17 21:34
"Consequences Be Damned!" — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-16 17:51

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The Adam Smith of Poverty.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-10-15 19:04

After Nobel Peace Prize prizes awarded to the likes of Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat and Mother Teresa - here is finally a winner worth applauding!!! A self-proclaimed "free market guy" - Muhammad Yunus.

The Adam Smith of poverty.

"Blair and Bush pay lip service to fighting poverty. But they should forget charity. They should be business people, instead,” he said.

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The Eighth Habit — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-10-15 23:33

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Aristotelian Reality Check

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:56

ARI publishes many very good op eds and press releases saying things virtually no one else in the culture says. But unfortunately they also publish many "deductions from philosophy", attempts to make detailed policy prescriptions without having thoroughly followed the details of the matter.

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Pathetic — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2006-10-18 22:36
Have to agree with you Phil — by LWHALL on Wed, 2006-10-18 19:41
The Objectivity of Intellectual Enemies — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-10-18 18:32

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Leaving SOLO

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-10-15 16:23

I recently posted an article on "Lessons Learned: A Post-Mortem of the Jim Peron Affair." I wanted it to be the last thread on which I would ever mention the thing. Lesson learned, case closed. I did not anticipate that it could be the next-to-last thing that I would write here.

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Phil — by ethan_dawe on Thu, 2006-10-19 03:14
I think the age of consent — by PhilipC on Thu, 2006-10-19 00:36
Kenny... — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2006-10-18 03:13

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Participating in the Eternal

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 06:43

On another string I was questioned as to what I meant by my use of the concepts of the eternal and the divine. I'll answer the easy one first.

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They Didn't Rise up for the Barbie-Doll of Democracy — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-18 04:56
Casimir Pulaski at Czestechowa — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:22
Claudia, — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:06

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RESPONSE OPTIONS: Teaching Kids Self-Defense to Counter School shootings

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-10-14 20:09

FOX NEWS has announced that a high school in Beaumont Texas is having its students trained to resist school invasions by a co-ordinated response to overpower the intruder. The lessons are being given by the volunteer organization RESPONSE OPTIONS, founded in 2000 by Greg Crane, a highschool teacher and, if I heard right, a survivor of a previous school shooting. I found this relevant link on Google, but have not found a direct link or website for that organization. If anyone finds it, please post it.

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See the Video — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 01:56
Well, I don't know what the — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-15 01:30

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Submitted by Mark Dow on Sat, 2006-10-14 15:32

If country “A” (a free country) decided to invade country “B” (a non-free country or slave-pen), and country “C,” a semi-free country saw this invasion as a violation of country “B’s” sovereignty and decided to retaliate against country “A” with force, country “A’s” response to country “C” would be what? And how would you justify it?

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Mark — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:43
John, James and Ted — by Mark Dow on Sun, 2006-10-15 00:54
Mark — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-10-14 21:39

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 02:02

Is anyone watching LAW AND ORDER tonight? The opening scene is pretty strong. Usually the episodes are "ripped from the headlines", has anyone heard of a real life incident like this?

This is also

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"The fact that slasher — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-17 05:12
A Cheap Plot Device — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-16 16:13
Never seen it. — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-16 07:42

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"My Composer Can Beat Up Your Composer," or, "Get Off My Bach!"

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:49

Greatest Composer. Best Musical. Top 100 rock albums. Everyone has their favorites, everyone has their opinions, and everyone has their gun cocked to defend their opinion. Wars are fought, friendships rocked, internet forums are deprived of the opinions of decadence praisers over the subject of the greatest in music.

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Chris — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-10-15 05:28
Please Don't Mistake Me — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:42
Landon — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-10-15 02:24

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Lessons Learned: A Post-Mortem of the Jim Peron Affair

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:38

"Who gained most from a clash of ideas? He who changed his mind." The Talmud, Pirkey Avot.

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"I'm interested in what the — by Robert on Sun, 2006-10-15 17:39
Adam — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-10-15 14:02
Linz - The moral hole — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-10-15 09:21

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Hélène Grimaud?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-10-14 01:02

I just heard on the radio several excerpts from the work of French-born American pianist Hélène Grimaud. They were wonderful, but too short for definitive judgment. Has anyone heard whole concertos as played by her?

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Nor mine... — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-10-14 15:45
Not my choice — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-10-14 11:44
No!! — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-10-14 04:53

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The Music Forum Manifesto

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-10-14 00:56

Ok, summer's over. Time to stop playing that damn tiddlywink music and get down to business.

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ARI: N. Korea's Bomb Exposes West's Moral Cravenness

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-10-14 00:41

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

North Korea's Power Over the West
October 13, 2006

Irvine, CA--Speculation is rampant about North Korea's apparent test of a nuclear bomb. But one fundamental question is being ignored: How does a country so poor that its citizens die of starvation become a nuclear menace?

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Japan recognises this — by Scott Wilson on Sun, 2006-10-15 11:29

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