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Selected news and photos from the internet for the week prior to 7-11-2008.

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    • … Finally Friday … July 11 th 2008
    • Happy Birthday America: A Bunch of Spoiled, Whiny Brats The American executive and legislative branches of government are in dire need of an aggressive purge in the form of a no-confidence referendum. Unfortunately, the American people have no such device to rid themselves of desiccated people and the interests that tell them what American national policies should be. More’s the pity, presidential candidates Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R) have merely repackaged the status quo and are selling it as new-face-equals-new policy. None of it adds up to change and, no matter who is elected as president or which party controls congress, odds are America will be on the same course towards more war, more economic pain, more infrastructure problems, and more security intrusions into the daily routine. There are fundamental flaws not in the constitutional construct of the United States but in the people who are occupying positions in at least two of the three branches of the US government. The executive and legislative branches, according to polls, are sincerely reviled and that means both Republicans and Democrats get equal measure of disgust. But the two parties and their interested backers simply don’t care because they know the American people have no choice but to vote for one or the other. And so the game is all about the two parties entertaining each other and those top few percent of Americans and American corporations that control over 90 percent of America’s wealth. At fault in it all are the American people who like the main character Wesley Gibson in the thrilling movie Wanted, is willingly tied to a chair and takes punch after punch in the face until he finally “gets it.” But America today is no movie where the main character recovers. The American people need to suck it up and stop taking sucker punches before they have no blood left to bleed.
    • Americans need to stop listening to the myths they’ve been fed. America is not the shining light on the hill but it is an equal member of the world community. Yes, there are foreign competitors out there and they are as good as the Americans in manufacturing, computing and aerospace. So Americans should compete with them or become part of their business systems. In this Olympic year, it’s worth noting that Americans hold just six world records in track & field competitions. They hold none in weightlifting. Americans are fat and lazy. Americans are crying about gas prices . A pity they can’t buy as many hot dogs or beers at the baseball stadium. They need to adjust and adapt. Americans have always been told that they are the best at everything, so why aren’t they? Americans are not entitled to anything more than the rest of the world. Do they want education systems, roads, bridges and levees that function properly? Well then they need to stop whining about taxes and pay up or make those who pay nothing pull their weight. Do Americans really want to continue the war in Iraq and go to war with Iran and Syria - and destabilize Turkey and Pakistan - for natural resources and Israel? Well, then do it! Activate selective service, militarize one million Americans (women too) and invade ‘em all. If Americans were as tough as they think they are, they’d get it done and damn the suffering of the military families and the maimed in action. Onward with torture! Medals for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld! Do the American people even want the government of Jefferson, Madison, Adams, et al? With the privatization of the civilian and military functions and with their states selling off bridges and roadways for money, it seems they find government of any kind is too much of a burden. Americans really don’t want to pay for anything and they are not accountable to or for themselves (witness Katrina). Forget the Darfur crisis. As sorry as that is, take a look at what the Americans have done in Iraq: millions displaced internally and externally and disease widespread. Americans raped Iraq and remain non-penitent for their crime. Happy Birthday America! The founders would be appalled. Pravda
    • Congress examines EMP threat Iran believed to test missiles for attack on U.S. July 07, 2008  WorldNetDaily WASHINGTON – More than four years after a stunning report about America's vulnerability to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack was released to Congress, the House Armed Services Committee will hear testimony from the scientist who issued the warning and who believes Iran is pursuing such an option. William R. Graham, President Reagan's top science adviser and the chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, will update the committee Thursday morning. Graham warned in 2005 that Iran was not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, but was already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy America's technical infrastructure with the aim of neutralizing the world's lone superpower The radical Shiite regime has conducted successful tests to determine if its Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, can be detonated by a remote-control device while still in high-altitude flight, Graham said in his report. Graham said then there was no other plausible explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse weapons – even one of which could knock out America's critical electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the continental U.S. back to the 19th century with a recovery time of months or years. Iran would have that capability – at least theoretically – as soon as it has one nuclear bomb ready to arm such a missile.
    • U.S. exports cigarettes, bras, bull semen to Iran WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. exports to Iran grew more than tenfold during President Bush's years in office even as he accused it of nuclear ambitions and sponsoring terrorists. America sent more cigarettes to Iran -- at least $158 million worth under Bush -- than any other product. Other surprising shipments during the Bush administration: brassieres, bull semen, fur clothing, sculptures, perfume, musical instruments and military apparel. Top states shipping goods to Iran include California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of seven years of U.S. government trade data. Despite increasingly tough rhetoric toward Iran, which Bush has called part of an "axis of evil," U.S. trade in a range of goods survives on-again, off-again sanctions originally imposed nearly three decades ago.
    • Engineer Gets 110 MPG Out Of '87 Mustang Ohio Man Competing For $10M Prize July 2, 2008 CNN Doug Pelmear said he isn't toying with the engine of 1987 Ford Mustang for the money. The engineer's tinkering, however, could earn him $10 million and save him plenty more in gas money. Pelmear, who lives in Napoleon, Ohio, has tweaked his Mustang to get 110 mpg, making the engine nearly five times as efficient as a traditional gas engine, he told the Toledo Blade newspaper. "We redesigned a lot of different things on the [engine] block," Pelmear told the paper. "It's still a rod-and-piston engine; it just has a lot more electronics on it." Traditional gas engines operate at 8 to 10 percent, efficiency, while the engine on the Mustang, he said, is at 38 percent efficiency. He said he could greatly increase even that number if his car used traditional gasoline instead of a mix of gas and 85 percent ethanol. Pelmear entered his car to win the the $10 million Progressive Automotive X Prize: a race to find an affordable, marketable automobile that gets at least 100 miles per gallon. "I'm an optimist, and I think people need to know there is hope out there," Pelmear told the Toledo Blade. "That's why I decided to enter the X Prize race. I could have sold this [technology] off, but then people might not have seen it. Pelmear told television station WNWO that the car hasn't traded power for miles per gallon. Pelmear said the car has 400 horsepower, goes well over 100 mph and can go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds. "This will bring back the automotive industry when they can sell trucks and SUVs and the models that are almost dead at this time," he told WNWO.
    • British woman facing jail after allegedly having sex on Dubai beach A British woman could be jailed for up to six years in Dubai after she was allegedly caught having sex on a beach. The woman, said to be 30, was arrested after a police officer reportedly twice found her having sex with a British man on Jumeirah Beach. She has reportedly been charged with having sex outside marriage, indecent behaviour in public, being drunk in public and assaulting a police officer. She faces a jail sentence of between three months and six years in the state, one of seven that makes up the United Arab Emirates. The holidaymaker accused in connection with her arrest faces a similar sentence. The Foreign and Commonwealth office confirmed that two British nationals were arrested on Saturday 5 July in Dubai. A spokeswoman said: "The case is currently under investigation by the authorities in Dubai. We are providing consular assistance.“ Although the woman is said to have lived in Dubai for the last three years, she could be deported from the state if she is convicted. The FCO spokeswoman said Britain does not have a prisoner transfer agreement with Dubai, so if the woman was given a jail sentence, she would have to serve it in the state. "If she is deported, that would be part of her punishment and would be the end of the matter," she said. The woman's employers would not comment on the situation. The FCO's website says that public displays of affection are frowned upon in the UAE and there have been several arrests for kissing in public. Sex outside marriage is illegal, as is cohabitation, adultery and homosexual behaviour. More than a million Britons visited the UAE in 2006 and over 100,000 British nationals live in the seven states. Guardian
    • Flat-Screen TV Gas 'a Climate Time Bomb' Monday, July 07, 2008 FoxNews Booming demand for flat-screen televisions could have a greater impact on global warming than the world's largest coal-fired power stations, scientists warn. A greenhouse gas called nitrogen trifluoride, used to make the TVs, is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, said Michael Prather, director of the environment institute at the University of California, Irvine. But no one yet knows how much of it is being released into the atmosphere by industry, a report in Britain's The Guardian said. Prather's research shows production of the gas, which remains in the atmosphere for 550 years, is "exploding". It is expected to double by next year, from the current 4,000 tons produced annually. But unlike other key greenhouse gases — such as carbon dioxide, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) — emissions of the gas are not restricted under the Kyoto protocol or similar agreements, The Guardian report said. Prather and his colleague Juno Hsu — writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters — said this year's production of nitrogen trifluoride is equivalent to 67 million tons of carbon dioxide. That meant the gas has "a potential greenhouse impact larger than that of the industrialised nations' emissions of PFCs or SF6, or even that of the world's largest coal-fired power plants". Air Products, which produces the gas for the electronics industry, told New Scientist that very little nitrogen trifluoride is released into the atmosphere. But Prather raised concerns about companies being careless with the gas, given the lack of a regulatory framework.
    • Cow farts collected in plastic tank for global warming study 09/07/2008 Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide. In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs. The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country's total greenhouse emissions. As one of the world's biggest beef producers, Argentina has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands. Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day. Methane, which is also released from landfills, coal mines and leaking gas pipes, is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Scientists are now carrying out trials of new diets designed to improve cow's digestion and hopefully reduce global warming. Silvia Valtorta, of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations, said that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain "you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent". REUTERS
    • D.C. named No. 1 on list of 'Best Towns in America' July 9, 2008 - 10:35am WASHINGTON - D.C tops the list of Outside Magazine's "20 Best Towns in America." "D.C. is one of the greatest cities in the world, especially in the United States when it comes to being a city that is extremely rich in culture and has made a lot of smart changes in recent years toward greater sustainability, using its own best assets, instead of ignoring them," says Jeremy Spencer, Outside's senior editor. Spencer says D.C. and other places on the list "are riding the wave of civic intervention and fresh ideas" and are the "stars of America's 21st century renaissance." The cities on the list "have turned things around for themselves" and have become "community-centric place to live," Spencer says. The District topped the list because of its size and the amount of effort that went into making progressive changes. Here are the top 10 towns: 1.) . Washington, D.C. 2.) Chattanooga , Tenn. 3.) Ogden, Utah 4.) Portsmouth , N.H. 5.) Tacoma, Wash. 6.) Ithaca, N.Y. 7.) Louisville , Ky. 8.) Eureka, Calif. 9.) Crested Butte, Colo. 10.) Columbia, Mo.
    • LOS ANGELES — What weighs 409 pounds, costs more than an Audi R8 and boasts a host of handmade components? If you guessed the MV Agusta F4CC, you’d be spot on. This $120,000 (yes, you read that correctly) carbon-fiber-intensive superbike hides some serious engineering. The life of this extraordinary bike began as MV Agusta CEO Claudio Castiglioni’s one-off personal bike. But it has now become a limited-production halo product for the company. A total of 100 F4CCs will grace the garages of the most dedicated collectors of two-wheeled art. Sadly, at a cost of six figures, we won’t be amongst the few in that lucky group. —Basem Wasef The Specs The F4CC (“CC” for Claudio Castiglioni) is based on MV Agusta’s F4 platform. The F4’s liter-sized inline Four has been bored out by 79 mm, boosting displacement to 1078 cc—the maximum for the block. Redesigned combustion chamber dynamics and polished ducts enhance engine breathing, while larger, radially arranged titanium valves with Del West guides and seats bolster the engine’s ability to cope with a more aggressive camshaft profile.
    • Ex-Prosecutor Gets 2 Years For Sex With Teens NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBS) ― A former Rockland County prosecutor was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and 10 years probation for having sex with teenage boys. Yet perhaps the worst of all for Beth Modica is the public shame heaped on her by her own daughter. Modica arrived in court knowing she'd be facing a judge and prison bars for a significant period of time, but the 44-year-old mother of four probably didn't know she'd face a painful public repudiation by her 16-year-old daughter Danielle. "She certainly understands that the daughter was angry right from the beginning, but to come out and recommend that your mom go to state prison, that's a pretty devastating happening," said Gerard Damiani Modica's attorney. Last summer at her home in Sloatsburg, Modica gave her children and their friends beer and marijuana and engaged in sex with two young men, including her daughter's boyfriend. Modica cried as her daughter described pounding on a bathroom door while her mother seduced and performed oral sex on the boyfriend on the other side. "We were competing for the same 15-year-old boy. What kind of person does this to her child? She should be punished for the awful things she has done," Danielle said during the courtroom proceeding. "I was betrayed by both of them." At one point the judge said, "Your daughter's boyfriend? That's disgusting." Prosecutor Dominick Crispino also read a letter from Modica's son Joseph, who told his mother, "I am truly ashamed and disgusted with you." Modica's 12-year-old son, Nicholas, also wrote to request prison time for his mother, saying, "I need to know when she gets out of jail it will be safe for me to be around her."
    • Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto Flips Bird, Oral Sex, Gang Sign Photos Jul 9, 2008 Miss Washington flips the bird, makes oral sex gang signs for camera - Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto was the second runner-up in this year's Miss America pageant. Umemoto ran on a platform promoting diversity and women's empowerment, reports TMZ.com Miss Washington 2007, Elyse Umemoto really should have considered removing her crown before flipping off the camera and making suggestive oral sex gang signs. TMZ has all the photos here. Umemoto, 23, a proud Yakama Tribal member, has quite a bit of explaining to do. Umemoto is the first Miss Washington of Native American decent.
    • Woman dies 36 days after 'bogus' cure The Advertizer / Australia July 08, 2008 12:01am A WOMAN died after a Stirling "doctor" gave her a bogus cancer cure, a parliamentary committee heard yesterday. The Social Development Committee hearing into unregistered and deregistered doctors took evidence from Shirley O'Donnell, whose daughter Shannon died 36 days after receiving " ozone treatment ", in 2003, from a man known as Lubo Bitelco. Ms O'Donnell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and went to Mr Bitelco after hearing from a friend about his treatments. He promised her a "50 per cent cure" after giving her a treatment known as "vaginal blowing" during which she had to move up and down on the bed saying "Oh, Boy", Mrs O'Donnell said. The committee heard he then offered to continue the treatment for almost $10,000, showing her albums and videos of previous clients. "Shannon . . . told me he had an album of women patients whom he photographed nude, and she had advised Lubo she would not be photographed nude while being treated," Mrs O'Donnell said. Ozone treatment is an alternative treatment that was widely condemned by experts after six Australians were found to have died from it in 2006. It usually involves administering ozone in gas form. The coroner found Ms O'Donnell had died from sepsis and that it was unclear whether the infection was from the treatment or whether the cancer was responsible. Mrs O'Donnell said she understood Mr Bitelco was still practising, however, he was not able to be located or contacted yesterday by The Advertiser . "I hope something is going to be done to stop him," she said.
    • Woman assailed by five exhibitionists in Herne 7 Jul 08 12:29 CET A woman in the town of Herne in western Germany was attacked with a table fan and a metal rod by five men of Indian origin after she objected to them indulging in exhibitionism. The incident took place on Sunday as the 41-year-old passed a ground-floor apartment together with her 13-year-old daughter, police in Herne in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said. The five men could be seen from the street with their pants pulled down, exposing their genitals. The outraged mother stormed to the window and banged on it with her handbag, sparking an angry war of words. One of the men then opened the window and threw a table fan at the woman, according to the police. The men then reportedly ran out of the apartment, followed the woman and beat her up. The police report detailing the incident spoke of officers finding a crowd of about 20 people when they arrived on the scene. “An Indian man was running around waving a metal rod in the crowd and hit the woman several times with it,“ the report said. Officers yanked the rod away from the man, a drunk 27-year-old, and temporarily arrested him, charging him with causing bodily harm and indulging in exhibitionism. The Local / Germany
    • The CLEVER vehicle is a compact city vehicle for two with a tandem seat constellation. The length is 3066 mm, the width is 998 mm and the height is 1388 mm. The gross weight is less than 400 kg. The wheelbase is 2450 mm, the track width is 835 mm. At the front there is a 17" wheel whilst at the rear there are two 18" wheels. As a result of its low width the vehicle is designed to tilt when cornering and has a computer-controlled hydraulic rolling system which results in a driving experience with zero lateral forces at tilting angles of up to 45°, similar to riding a motorcycle. Its low kerb weight and a front-end surface area of just 1 m2 means that a gas-powered engine of just 15 kW can be used to power it, generating CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km. Its top speed is approx. 100 kph, acceleration from 0 - 60 kph is less than 7 seconds and its range is approx. 200 km.
    • Fires bad news for pot growers The Salinas Californian July 5, 2008 The fires in Los Padres National Forest may actually be aiding one aspect of law enforcement in Monterey County: marijuana eradication. Hidden among the 80,000 acres torched by the Indians Fire so far, there could be millions of dollars worth of charred pot plants. "There are a lot of outdoor pot gardens in the forest services lands," said Sgt. Daniel Karamitis with the Sheriff's Office's narcotics unit. The forests of Monterey County have long been fertile land for large-scale pot growers who hide large quantities of their crop among the trees. Los Padres National Forest is one of the places the County of Monterey Marijuana Eradication Team often searches for the illegal crop, scanning the rugged terrain from a helicopter. The finds can be substantial. For example, in 2006, COMMET seized and destroyed more than 17,152 plants in the forest, eliminating a crop with a potential street value of $85.8 million. With the Indians and Basin Complex fires still burning, COMMET hasn't been able to do any searches in Los Padres lately, so the team has been focusing its searches elsewhere, Karamitas said. Los Padres isn't the only place for pot patches. Last month, COMMET seized 10,000 plants in Fremont Peak State Park. According to Karamitas, many of the grow sites are controlled by Mexican drug cartels. When asked what could happen to pot growers who may still be in Los Padres guarding their plants, Karamitas said, "They are grown men."
    • Police: Paramedic Sexually Assaulted Woman In Ambulance Thursday, 3 of July , 2008 at 9:56 am CLEARWATER, FLA–SunStar paramedic Patrick Livingston was arrested by Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday afternoon for sexual battery after allegedly assaulting a woman in an ambulance that was taking her to the hospital. Police said Livingston, 38, of Clearwater allegedly sexually battered a female patient in her mid-20s by touching the victim in a manner which was inappropriate and not medically necessary for her condition. The female was being transported in the ambulance from her home to a local hospital. The incident occurred Thursday night, June 26 and was reported by the victim the following day. The victim’s name, and any information that could identify the victim is not being released due to the nature of the crime.
    • Mummy's little Lolita: The 11-year-old girl whose beauty treatments cost £300 a month…to make her look like Barbie 05th July 2008 She wore her first set of false eyelashes at eight, and her beauty treatments cost £300 a month. A sick abuse of an 11-year-old? 'No', insists Sasha's mother, 'I just want her to be famous...' At 11, Sasha Bennington is too young to remember the days when Jordan was just a country and being branded 'fake' was something to be ashamed of. But maybe the youngster's biggest tragedy is that her mother, Jayne, 31, is in no hurry to paint a picture of how it used to be. Jayne is talking breezily about how Sasha had her first set of false nails glued on at eight, and now enjoys the sort of rigorous beauty regime - hair extensions, fake tans, pedicures - that was once the preserve of porn stars and Dolly Parton, not school children from Burnley in Lancashire. Still, times have changed. 'All the kids are at it now,' insists Jayne. 'We spend about £300 a month on beauty treatments for her. 'Sasha's friends are the same. All girls their age are. Of course they are! Why else would you be able to buy make-up for pre-teens at Boots? 'Perhaps it's different in country areas, where they don't need to grow up so fast. But, around big cities, girls have got to be more forward and act older than they are. That's just the way it is.
    • Thief in Aachen escapes arrest by baring her breasts 4 Jul 08 12:20 The Local / Sweden A thief in Aachen escaped arrest by exposing her breasts and accusing her would-be captor of rape, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday. The exhibitionist thief had mugged a disabled 66-elderly woman, stealing her identification and money from her waist pack. When the German granny called for help, a bystander tried to detain the thief, but she tore open her blouse and shouted "Help! Rape!" and escaped. The 39-year-old man was so stunned and unnerved that he let the wily thief go, police said, adding that the woman managed to cover herself before slipping away.
    • RAF bombs send world's biggest drugs haul up in smoke Telegraph.co.uk 12/06/2008 RAF Harrier jets have been called in to destroy the largest drugs seizure in history after Afghan police discovered hashish worth at least £200 million. RAF bombers have destroyed 260 tons of hashish hidden in 6-foot-deep trenches in southern Afghanistan Two Harriers launched a strike on a huge cache of 260 tons of the drug, stuffed in sacks of grain and buried in trenches and underground bunkers in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. The combat aircraft dropped 1,000lb bombs on the hiding place, which also included 2.5 tons of raw opium. After the Harriers had delivered their payload, troops set the drugs ablaze. No previous haul comes close to matching this find, which weighed roughly the same as 30 double-decker buses. The previous record was set by Colombia's security forces when they uncovered 81 tons of coca. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said: "This was the largest ever single find of narcotics in history. It reflects the efforts of the Afghan Government against the drug trade, and was so large that two aircraft were brought in to destroy the underground bunker in which the hashish was being stored." "Britain and the rest of the international community will continue to do everything we can to support the Afghan Government fight the narcotics trade, and promote Afghan development." Taliban insurgents use the drugs trade to fund their campaign against western forces. By seizing a cache worth more than £200 million, the security forces may have deprived the Taliban of a major financial boost. General David McKiernan, the new Nato commander in Afghanistan, said the police had "made a huge step forward" in "curbing the tide of illegal drug trade in this country." Gen McKiernan added: "With this single find, they have seriously crippled the Taliban's ability to purchase weapons that threaten the safety and security of the Afghan people and the region." But opium represents Afghanistan's biggest drug problem. Last year, Afghans grew 9,000 tons of raw opium, enough to be refined into 880 tons of heroin, or 93 per cent of the world's supply.
    • Take a look at this gold-plated custom chopper that is estimated to carry a maddening tag of $500,000! Exhibited at an International Motocycle show in Seattle, this ornamented two- wheeler is more a piece of art than an actual vehicle. If you are wondering that why would some one want to ride it…..then lemme ask, Why not? If you’ve got loads of cash dumped in banks in every corner of the world then who can stop you from splurging.
    • If you think Bentley is a bit less classy to justify your blingy lifestyle then you are in for a surprise with this pimped-out Bentley’s Gold version from ASI, the Japanese tuner specialized in Bentleys. The ASI Bentley Continental GTR Gold features hand painted, original Japanese art by Nakamura Tetsuei. The GT Speed images feature ASI’s standard GT body kit, with the addition of a dry carbon bonnet and trunk + rear wing, and original 3-piece forged wheel. Bentley Gold is by the production 6.0 liter W12 engine that is tuned to deliver 800 hp. Only 29 units will be available for sale for a blinged price tag of $800,000
    • The ever-luxurious Bentley adorns the jeweled look with this $150,000 Bentley Knob ! This royal masterpiece is handcrafted with 30 carats of real diamonds and 10 ounces of 18 carat white gold. This world’s most expensive Bentley shift knob almost equals the price tag of the roadster itself, for $150,000 and it took 100 hours of labor to complete.
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