U.S. Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index... Below Romania

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

One of my most popular posts of 2013 highlighted the decline of America’s once large and enviable middle class. It was titled: How Does America’s Middle Class Rank Globally? #27, and it helped to dispel many myths Americans (particularly the mainstream propaganda media) continue to tell to themselves.

As you might expect, the economic decline of a nation into rule by a handful of corrupt oligarchs will have many other negative repercussions. One of these is a loss of civil rights and freedoms that many of us have taken for granted. Reporters Without Borders puts out their Press Freedom Index every year, and the 2014 ranking came out today. It was not a good showing for the USSA. Specifically, the U.S. registered one of the steepest falls of all nations, down 13 slots to the #46 position. As the screen shot shows, just above Haiti and just below Romania.

 

 

More coverage from the AFP:

Paris (AFP) – Conflicts continued to weigh heavily on the media last year but press freedom was also under increasing threat from abuses by democracies like the United States, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday.

 

In its annual World Press Freedom Index, the Paris-based media rights watchdog warned of the “growing threat worldwide” from the “tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner”.

 

The United States was singled out for its pursuit of intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the conviction of WikiLeaks informer Bradley Manning and the secret seizure of phone records from the Associated Press.

 

The group, known by its French acronym RSF, said the United States had suffered “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom last year, dropping 13 places to 46th in the 180-country index, wedged between Romania and Haiti.

 

“Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it,” RSF said.

Repeat after me: USA! USA!

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Sun, 02/16/2014 - 18:42 | 4443053 ebworthen
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Well let's see; a General from the Military is violating our Constitution spying on us, and the Executive Branch is using law enforcement to intimidate reporters while using the IRS to attack political opposition.

Nah...everything is fine...here in STASI East Germany.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 18:52 | 4443095 Millivanilli
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As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.

Aldous Huxley

 

You know, I think he was right.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 18:57 | 4443113 maskone909
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The final step at concurring a society is to destroy its values and ethics. We are force fed homosexuality from the MSM.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:01 | 4443127 Freddie
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I don't watch TV or Hollywood's shit but it seems like the gay-a-fying the Olympics really helped the USSA team and also the viewership.   

Supposedly Putin went around to say hello to the USSA and Candian teams plus others.  He is no saint but that is a pretty nice gesture as the NWO media has tried to demonize him and Russia.

Maybe the public will wake up and unplug TV and Hollywood.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:07 | 4443144 maskone909
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Conventional tv will become obsolete with the rise of smart tv's. Has alot to do with te push for control of the net. The dissemination of information is a threat

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:15 | 4443156 LMAOLORI
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Which is why the Zero is pushing this so hard

 

Obama Pushes TPP Negotiations Despite Mounting Opposition at Home and Abroad
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:17 | 4443166 maskone909
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The tpp is scary as shit. It gives corps the power to influence lawmaking. Will no doubt lead to disarming the populace. This on par with the secrecy of the creation of the fed

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:24 | 4443185 Abi Normal
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I know many of you hate me, but that is AOK, that is your right.  There is a way to effect change:

http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMim-LMCPz4

I feel this is going to be a dicey situation, but it is an action that needs to happen.  So instead of banging keyborads, and your head against the wall, look into becoming a part of the restoration!

5/16/2014 in DC...

another link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUxLa7yJiIs

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:27 | 4443200 LMAOLORI
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I don't hate you (Let them eat Rand maybe lol) thanks!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:31 | 4443208 macholatte
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MUST WATCH: Woman's Congressional Testimony

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=589797007761126

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:01 | 4443295 LMAOLORI
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Thanks macholatte   -    NSA - NSA

 

I am pretty convinced it's being used for more than just spying on terrorists unless you consider people fighting with the IRS terrorists :)

 

Maryland bill would cut water, electricity to NSA headquarters

snip

Delegate Michael Smigiel, who introduced the proposal, said in a news release that while the NSA has deep roots in Maryland, the state should no longer support an agency that "ignores constitutional constraints and tramples on the privacy rights" of its residents.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:45 | 4443418 philipat
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They hate us for our freedoms...........

Given that there are none left, does that mean there will be nothing left to hate us for and therefore an end to the war........just a thought.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 04:50 | 4444450 AldousHuxley
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USSR has freedom of press in their constitution too once they figured, as long as shit looks good on paper, they will maintain control over populace.

 

http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/russian/const/ch2.html

 

Everyone shall be guaranteed the right to freedom of conscience, to freedom of religious worship, including the right to profess, individually or jointly with others, any religion, or to profess no religion, to freely choose, possess and disseminate religious or other beliefs, and to act in conformity with them.

 

Article 29.
  1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought and speech.
  2. Propaganda or campaigning inciting social, racial, national or religious hatred and strife is impermissible. The propaganda of social, racial, national, religious or language superiority is forbidden.
  3. No one may be coerced into expressing one's views and convictions or into renouncing them.
  4. Everyone shall have the right to seek, get, transfer, produce and disseminate information by any lawful means. The list of information constituting the state secret shall be established by the federal law.
  5. The freedom of the mass media shall be guaranteed. Censorship shall be prohibited.
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:29 | 4443541 LetThemEatRand
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"I don't hate you (Let them eat Rand maybe lol) thanks!"

Not your downvoter.  I like the attention.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:18 | 4445198 Truthseeker2
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The real reason why the USA is anything but a bastion of freedom!

The USA: Military Arm Of The New World Order

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=3717

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 20:24 | 4446248 LMAOLORI
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I don't really hate you thus the lol and though I may disagree with political viewpoints I think everyone is entitled to believe as they choose it was just the hypocrisy that really got to me - otherwise I probably would have paid you little attention :).

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:00 | 4443294 kaiserhoff
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Hang in there, Abi. We have to start somewhere.

Anyone who can should join a local service club, Jaycees, Kiwanis, whatever.  In my neck of the woods, pretty much all of the State and local politicians and contenders come around a couple of times each year.  You can ask them questions, abuse them, humiliate them in front of a local audience with no place to hide.  The most fun you can have with your clothes on, and you can actually derail a candidate now and then.  Everyone should try it.  You'll like it.

 

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:24 | 4443186 DaveyJones
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I'll second that

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:26 | 4443198 knukles
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This is irresponsible reporting, highly damaging to American exceptionalism's appearance overseas.  Any reporters trumpeting tripe such as this should be sent to Labor Camps.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:30 | 4443204 HyBrasilian
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A good way to ensure free press & freedom of speech is to ban comments [& commentators] from ZH

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:26 | 4443197 Occident Mortal
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This is old news.

The real eye opener to how far the US has detoured was actually the Anders Brevik episode in Norway.

Here you had a deeply motivated and prepared individual who tried to drag the country (Norway) into a new political dimension, rather like 9/11 did with the US.

But how did Norway respond to the unprecedented attack on their society?

They changed nothing. No new laws, no new measures. No changes in government spending. Nothing. They tried him under their existing rules and now he is rotting in jail.

How did USA respond to 9/11? Admittedly a much larger attack.

The country is unrecognisable. Americans are boiled frogs.

As an outsider who visits fairly frequently over the years, the country and US society has been transformed over the past 10 years.

US politicians now openly talk about a US default. WTAF?!

There are guys in Gitmo who still haven't had a trial after 12 years!! WTAF?!

The government spies on EVERYONE literally ALL DAY LONG. WTAF?!

IRS harassing political groups? WTAF?!

The US is not the country it was 15 years ago. Freedom and Liberty? What happened to American values? They are long gone.

The US well and truly threw the baby out with the bath water with the knee jerk national security agenda that followed 9/11. And it's still getting worse.

Then look at how Norway reacted. They changed nothing. Nothing.

Who were the winners and losers here?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:44 | 4443233 macholatte
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Your comparison of Breivik to 9/11 is way out of the ball park.  Nevertheless, the tin foil hat crowd believes that such actions (Red Flags) are planned to enable change such as the TSA and so on.

 

  • Breivik is serving 21 years in prison for murdering 77 people in 2011
  • Killer complains the prison is treating him 'worse than an animal'
  • He sent a list of 12 demands to improve conditions to jail authorities
  • Details of requirements sent to officials in November emerged today
  • 35-year-old wants access to more adult games for his computer console
  • Breivik wants his weekly allowance of 300 kroner ($49, €36) to be doubled
Mass murderer Anders Breivik vows to go on hunger strike because he wants his PlayStation 2 to be upgraded to a PlayStation 3 in his prison cell

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2559528/Mass-murderer-Anders-Bre...

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 19:55 | 4443276 nmewn
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ROTFL! (Wiping tears from my eyes)

Clearly, only an inhumane, fascist state would not acquiesce to the demands of an upgrade to PlayStation 3, for a mass murderer, to while away the hours among the living. His next demand will be for hookers to be brought to his cell, to play with.

What could possibly go wrong with that? ;-)

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 22:06 | 4443680 chemystical
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"Clearly, only an inhumane, fascist state would not acquiesce to the demands of an upgrade to PlayStation 3, for a mass murderer, to while away the hours among the living. His next demand will be for hookers to be brought to his cell, to play with."

"A federal court judge on Tuesday ordered Massachusetts officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate, after determining that it was the only adequate treatment for the inmate's mental illness."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/health/massachusetts-sex-change-surgery-inmate/index.html

I'd reather foot the bill for the Playstation;)

If that headline doesn't tell the reader that the country is run by sociopaths hellbent on destroying Amrica and replacing it with Amerika, then the reader is part of the problem: not part of the solution.  Surprised that Big Pharma didnt wade in; they have apill to cure (or cause) anything.  Surley this prisoner's condition was subject to their panaceas

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 22:57 | 4443882 nmewn
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lol...only from the federal bench, overseeing the fine state of Massachusetts, could a judge get away with calling "a transsexual" (who is serving life without parole for murdering his wife) a mental basket case...and order his penis cut off (at the expense of taxpayers in Massachusetts by the way, if any are left...lol) as a form of "medication" and be applauded for his decision.

Now see, if an Alabama judge ordered a welfare mom sterilized because she had fifteen kids, with fourteen different men, before she murdered her deadbeat husband for giving her the fifteenth, all hell would break loose on the poor ole Alabama judge.

Its the world we live in ;-)

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:59 | 4445304 Rafferty
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Here's another genius on the Federal Bench - this one can't tell the difference between the  Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.   Just as well we don't have AA airline pilots.

http://irishsavant.blogspot.ie/2014/02/the-dawn-of-dumb.html

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:01 | 4443292 Occident Mortal
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It's not the attacks that I am comparing. It's the response.

Or rather the philosophy behind the two responses.

I mean look at how Norway refuses to treat Brevik differently to any other criminal...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/anders-brevik-applies-to-...

He has applied to study politics at the same University where dozens of his victims (of his politically motivated crime) were studying politics. And his application will be processed under the normal rules (although I imagine through grit teeth). He is likely to be accepted on the course.

I can't even imagine the kind of hatred that must stir up in Norway. He is goading them in the most disgusting way possible, but they're still not going to treat him as a special case. He is just another scumbag, and as such he is powerless.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:13 | 4443312 LetThemEatRand
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Norway has universal, socialized health care, a universal socialized pension system, and universal socialized education.  It also has very high taxes compared to the U.S.  It is a good example of how some socialism can work well with capitalism, and how socialism does not equate to fascism and authoritarianism.   It is also a good example of how rational non-barbaric human beings handle violent criminals.   A lot of posters here could learn something about what's really wrong with the U.S. (hint, it's not the social safety net) by studying Norway.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:19 | 4443320 akak
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Bullshit.

Or rather, misleading and irrelevant.

Norway also happens to have, and to HAVE had for several decades, a massive influx of funds due to the exploitation of their North Sea oil reserves, out of all proportion to their tiny (~5 million) population when compared to other resource-rich nations.

It is easy to be a free-spending socialist (for a while) with other people's money --- or when you happen to win the natural resources lottery.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:21 | 4443341 LetThemEatRand
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I call bullshit on your bullshit.  The U.S. has a huge diverse economy and we could easily afford everything Norway is doing if we didn't have a massively overblown MIC and monthly $85B banker giveaways.  Plus, you completely missed the point that socialism does not equate to fascism and authoritarianism.  

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:24 | 4443351 akak
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And I call bullshit on your calling of bullshit on my calling of your bullshit.

So you would like to see we United Statesians even MORE dependent on an even more free-spending federal government? Is that your 'solution'?

I agree that the MIC and bankster bailouts are socially and financially ruinous and wasteful beyond almost all measure, but the LAST thing the USA needs is even more government funding and spending!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:28 | 4443355 LetThemEatRand
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Don't strawman me, bro.  I consistently preach for smaller government.  My point is that a real social safety net does not require larger government if you cut out the waste on our world police/home police state/crony capitalism ways.  Make all the excuses you want for Norway's success.  It's right there for the world to see, unlike the free market paradise that exists in practice nowhere on earth.  When oligarchs run free as in the U.S., you always end up with a police state because they don't like to share.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:30 | 4443366 akak
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True enough, hypothetically, but you neglect the fact that your government-provided "social safety net" invariably and inevitably grows to ensnare the entire (productive) economy and population.

Government is institutionalized coercion, nothing more.  Why do you feel that a human society REQUIRES a foundation of coercion to exist?  It is the same specious argument that could have been, and was, raised by the pro-slavery forces until a couple of centuries ago: "Slavery has ALWAYS existed, and will always be with us".  Until it wasn't.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:44 | 4443422 LetThemEatRand
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I'll save a deeper debate for another day, but you and I have gone around on this before -- I think without collective action by the average guy we'll all be slaves to oligarchs.   Government at its root is nothing more than average people getting together and trying to achieve a common objective.  Our government has been usurped, but I don't believe it is inevitable that any collectivism = fascism.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:52 | 4443443 akak
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And I agree with you, in a sense, yet you are still wrong, and wrongheaded, for refusing to acknowledge and/or grasp the difference between voluntary collective action and involuntary collective action.  The latter is simply coercion, which is simply slavery by another name.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:01 | 4443466 LetThemEatRand
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Collective action is always involuntary for someone.  Even a simple law like "you can't murder" must be enforced by force and coercion, and a murderer who is arrested cannot be let go simply because he doesn't consent to the law.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:31 | 4443548 philipat
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"The problem with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other peoples' money"

: Margaret Thatcher

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:35 | 4443558 LetThemEatRand
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The problem with fascism is that, eventually you run out of the middle class' money, and then you need to start using hollowpoints to keep them from taking it back.    

-LetThemEatRand

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:51 | 4443631 philipat
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Middle Class?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 23:10 | 4443927 Flakmeister
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The only problem with Thatcherism is that you eventually run out of North Sea oil...

Flakmeister 2008 

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 00:58 | 4444203 GoinFawr
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and then you have nothing to show for it except more debt.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:20 | 4443506 OC Sure
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"Government at its root is nothing more than average people getting together and trying to achieve a common objective."

Which government? And toward which objective? The American Republic's government of the founding was the greatest anamoly in 10,000 years of governments and its objective is the opposite of the objective that you seek.

"Our government has been usurped, but I don't believe it is inevitable that any collectivism = fascism."

It has been usurped by the those having the means of working toward collectivism. In what other direction could the Republic possibly have been usurped?

Just because any collectivism may or may not fulfill your belief that it equals fascism is not to say that it is acceptable nonetheless.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:33 | 4443547 LetThemEatRand
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Quite wrong.  The whole "socialism" meme is a lie.  We have EBT cards to keep the sheep from revolting.  All of the social safety nets for the middle class are eroding to nothingness.  Obamacare is a great example.  It is called socialist by pundits far and wide, but it is really a huge give away to insurers and healthcare providers and another slap to the middle class.  The middle class won't revolt because most of us have been convinced that it's our fault if we make less this year.  We need to work harder and keep our head down.  

What we have is a bunch of oligarchs using our society's productivity to enrich themselves, while they build a police state to protect what they've taken.  Eventually the middle class will wake up, but by then it will be too late.  We have fascism, not socialism.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 22:42 | 4443812 OC Sure
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The only -ism that should concern us is Noah Webster's and Adam's Smith's Capitalism which was then attempted to be secured by the US Constitution.

Stay on target. The fact is we do not have capitalism anymore and that's what will stave off the 2nd Dark Ages; American Republic Capitalism, not Norwegian "miracle-synthesis." 

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 02:36 | 4444201 GoinFawr
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Yeah heaven forbid we consider something actually proven to work. Best keep flogging dead horses forever and ever until they reincarnate as skittle shitting unicorns.

PS This isn't the beginning of the nineteenth century.

You don't have the Louisiana Purchase to overrun anymore. If the US were to try to manifest destiny itself into prosperity any farther west nowadays it would have to annex Japan. And it's almost getting so you can't just Monroe doctrine the riches out of SA anymore.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 02:43 | 4444320 akak
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Fuck you, GoinNowhere.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 03:59 | 4444403 GoinFawr
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why do you hate the truth so very much? What is your interest in keeping others in the darK?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:31 | 4443374 nmewn
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Smaller government IS NOT universal everything purchased with high taxation.

You're fucking amazing.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:49 | 4443441 LetThemEatRand
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It's all about balance.  Humans are imperfect and the idea that we can all get along with a free market paradise is sophomoric in my view.  Government is a necessary evil, as is taxation to fund it coupled with laws that protect workers from being used as slaves.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:28 | 4443540 nmewn
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Balance for whom?

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." - Thomas Paine

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