Regular TTEOW host, Kathleen Marshall, read and enjoyed one of author Margaret Dilloway’s novels for adults.  Shortly after finishing ‘How to Be and American Housewife’ she learned that author Dilloway had ventured into young-reader fiction with the re-imagination of a traditional Japanese folktale.  Margaret DillowayOf Japanese-American descent Margaret finds inspiration in her Japanese heritage.  Join 12 year-old Zoe Osborn and regular host, Kathleen Marshall, as we all learn more about the traditional Momotaro folktale and Margaret’s modern interpretation of that tale in her new book ‘Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters’.Momotaro

Zoe is an avid young-reader.  She devours stories of adventure, fantasy and intrigue.  She reads with a curious and attentive mind which is reflected in her questions for Margaret.

Kathleen is Zoe’s god-mother and thought it would be a lot of fun to read together, discuss the book and interview the author.  It was a blast.  This is Kathleen’s final interview as a regular host on TTEOW.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:TTEOW Kathleen Zoe and Margaret Dilloway 4-25-16

 

“This is you. We’re talking about you.”

Many of us think of prostitution as a victimless crime. And many of us think of sex trafficking as a thing that happens in places far away, to people who look different from us. Most of us agree it has nothing to do with us personally, right?

But domestic sex trafficking is booming in the United States, probably in large part because we have so little awareness of what it is or how it works. It probably doesn’t help that some of our American pop culture celebrates the “pimp life” and the are even Grammy and Oscar award-winning songs glorifying a culture that probably, hopefully, sounds fantastical and unreal to a majority of the audience consuming it.

Here is your trigger warning! As you have no doubt intuited, this is a terribly upsetting show and blog. If you find your emotions becoming difficult, we have many online resources for you to get help and support and answers about human trafficking, at the bottom of this article. Please avail yourself if you feel the need. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number is 888-373-7888.

Gorgeous, thirtysomething, blue eyed Elle Snow enjoys cooking, and when coaxed she’ll admit to making a mean short rib. She is a self professed math whiz who does algebra equations in her head to relax, a photographer, and a fan of Tom Waits’ music, populated by tragic characters and gritty underworlds. But what she says consumes her life is the brief window of time she spent at age 19 being trafficked for sex. These days, Snow has been generously sharing her story of terror again and again and again in the hopes of helping others.

In an age of misunderstanding that Snow is working to help end, police have frequently identified the prostitute as the perpetrator of a crime, failing to recognize them as the victim. Once that happens, the trafficking survivor with an arrest record for prostitution faces years of stigma, discrimination and missed employment opportunities, long after they escape their pimp.  And if the trafficking survivor and law enforcement can actually build a case strong enough to put a pimp behind bars, the survivor must remain wary of the pimp’s network of cronies on the outside who may be seeking revenge on his behalf for years to come. The victimization continues, possibly forever.

Since testifying against her captor and putting him behind bars, Snow has placed her personal safety and emotional wellbeing on the line to found the organization Game Over, which helps law enforcement, social workers, and others grasp the bigger picture of domestic sex trafficking in the United States in the twenty first century,  with training workshops customized to various industries and circumstances.

She is also collaborating with the Dell’Arte International school of physical theater creating an educational performance that will eventually tour and bring even more awareness to the issue. “It’s a wonderful way to have a horrible conversation,” Snow says.

To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: 

Emma B interviews Elle Snow – Chapter 2

Emma B interviews Elle Snow – Chapter 1

 

Here is Elle’s home page for her organization, Game Over:https://www.facebook.com/itsgameover101/?fref=ts

And here are some recommended resources for help, provided by Elle:

To report Human Trafficking or to speak to an advocate call:

Call 911 in an emergency

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

1 (888) 373­7888 or text BE FREE

To speak to a local advocate:

North Coast Rape Crisis Team:

707­465­2851 ­­ Del Norte County

707­445­2881 ­­ Humboldt County

Domestic Violence:

707­443­6042 ­­ Humboldt Domestic Violence Services

707­465­3013 ­­ Del Norte County ­ Rural Human Resources ­ Harmony House

To speak to local law enforcement:

Call 911 in an Emergency

707­441­4060 ­­ Eureka Police Department

707­464­2133 ­­ Del Norte Police Department

Humboldt County Sheriff Department:

707­268­2539 ­­ Anonymous Tip Line

707­445­7251 ­­ Eureka

707­923­2761 ­­ Garberville

707­839­6600 ­­ McKinleyville

707­464­4191 ­­ Del Norte Sheriff Department

Anti­ Human Trafficking Organizations:

Polaris Project:

http://polarisproject.org/

National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/

Shared Hope International:

http://sharedhope.org/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

http://www.missingkids.org/home

Rebecca Bender Ministries:

http://www.rebeccabender.org/

Girls Education and Mentoring Services:

http://www.gems­girls.org/

Prostitution Research:

http://prostitutionresearch.com/

Homeland Security:

https://www.dhs.gov/topic/human­trafficking

Survivor Testimony:

Rebecca Bender:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvnRYte3PAk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxeJdjePlE

Rachel Lloyd – Ted Talks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ij_6iMi9gA

Rachel Lloyd – The Making of a Girl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvnRYte3PAk

Holly Austin Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akPZCg8Rx9Q

Suggested Documentaries:

Nefarious:

http://nefariousdocumentary.com/

Tricked:

http://www.trickedfilm.com/

Very Young Girls:

http://www.gems­girls.org/get­involved/very­young­girls

Half the Sky:

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Suggested Books:

The Survivors Guide to Leaving ­­ Sheila White with Rachel Lloyd

http://www.gems­girls.org/survivor­leadership/resources/the­survivors­guide-

to­leaving­sample

Girls Like Us ­­ Rachel Lloyd

http://www.gems­girls.org/get­involved/girlslikeus

Roadmap to Redemption ­­ Rebecca Bender

http://www.rebeccabender.org/store/roadmap­to­redemption

Holly Austin Smith – Walking Prey

http://hollyaustinsmith.com/hollys­story/

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children ­­ Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

https://sharedhope.org/product/renting­lacy/

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking ­­ Mary Frances Bowley

https://wellspringliving.org/whiteumbrella/

Paid for: My Journey Through Prostitution ­­ Rachel Moran

http://www.amazon.com/Paid­My­Journey­Through-

Prostitution/dp/0717156028

And still more links from Elle to broaden your understanding.

http://titsandsass.com/a-hobbyists-perspective-we-just-dont-give-a-shit/

http://m.heraldscotland.com/news/13149175.Exposing_the__invisible_men__who_rate_sex_workers_online/?ref=twtrec

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/10/27/the-secret-prostitution-code-of-johns

Any questions?

Game over

12742150_1045388675503941_6035411808378931330_nIn America you can get a prostitute faster than you can get a pizza. And that’s just fine, right, who cares what consenting adults do behind closed doors. Right? Well, bad news, guys, your prostitute is almost certainly being trafficked. Held captive. Abused. And having sex with with you against her will. Sorry.  Even if she swears she doesn’t have a pimp. Even if she says she’s just putting herself through college. Even if she advertises on the Internet. Even if she has a local telephone number. Even if you put the money into her hand. Even if you flat-out asked her, “Are you okay?”

Here is your trigger warning! As you have no doubt intuited, this is a dreadfully upsetting show and blog. If you find your emotions becoming difficult, we have many online resources for you to get help and support and answers about human trafficking, at the bottom of this article. Please avail yourself if you feel the need. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number is 888-373-7888.

And if you have actually found a rare, totally empowered free agent who just loooooooooves her job and loves having sex with YOU, she’s just one bad moment away from having to change her name and hair and city of residence forever. She is at the mercy of paid (PAID!) mystery shoppers called “hobbyists” who write detailed online consumer reviews about prostitutes, and she is a prime target for serial killers.

The numbers are murky and largely rely on self-reporting, but numerous studies and surveys compiled and cited by advocacy groups suggest about 18% of the United States’ 120 million men patronizing prostitutes, and about 90% of this country’s one million prostitutes working under some form of coercion, whether it’s threats to their family and friends, or drug addiction, or physical abuse, or brainwashing and psychological control techniques that pimps share with each other in online forums and published books.

Once you know, you’ll see it everywhere in your town. “I see the world differently, now,” says sex trafficking survivor and victim advocate Elle Snow. “I see things as they really are.”

Snow has seen her captor imprisoned and has started an organization called Game Over, which educates law enforcement, social workers and others to understand what sex trafficking looks like in the circumstances of their work with the public, and recognize its victims as victims, not criminals.

Whether we turn a blind eye, or actively propagate the brutal business of sex trafficking, there’s a pretty good chance we are all contributing to this big, big problem. “This is you,” Snow says. “We’re talking about you.”

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Elle Snow click the following link: TTEOW 4-11 Emma and Elle Snow part 1

Elle’s home page for her organization, Game Over:

https://www.facebook.com/itsgameover101/?fref=ts

Resources provided by Elle:

To report Human Trafficking or to speak to an advocate call:

Call 911 in an emergency

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

(888) 373­-7888 or text BE FREE

Local Resources

North Coast Rape Crisis Team:

707­ 465-­2851 ­­ Del Norte County

707 ­445-­2881 ­­ Humboldt County

Domestic Violence:

707 ­443-­6042 ­­ Humboldt Domestic Violence Services

707­ 465-­3013 ­­ Del Norte County ­ Rural Human Resources ­ Harmony House

Local Law Enforcement:

Call 911 in an Emergency

707­ 441-­4060 ­­ Eureka Police Department

707­ 464-­2133 ­­ Del Norte Police Department

Humboldt County Sheriff Department:

707­ 268-­2539 ­­ Anonymous Tip Line

707­ 445-­7251 ­­ Eureka

707­ 923-­2761 ­­ Garberville

707­ 839-­6600 ­­ McKinleyville

707­ 464-­4191 ­­ Del Norte Sheriff Department

Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations:

Polaris Project:

http://polarisproject.org/

National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/

Shared Hope International:

http://sharedhope.org/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

http://www.missingkids.org/home

Rebecca Bender Ministries:

http://www.rebeccabender.org/

Girls Education and Mentoring Services:

http://www.gems­girls.org/

Prostitution Research:

http://prostitutionresearch.com/

Homeland Security:

https://www.dhs.gov/topic/human­trafficking

Survivor Testimony:

Rebecca Bender:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvnRYte3PAk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxeJdjePlEA

 

Rachel Lloyd – Ted Talks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ij_6iMi9gA

Rachel Lloyd – The Making of a Girl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvnRYte3PAk

 

Holly Austin Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akPZCg8Rx9Q

Suggested Documentaries:

Nefarious

http://nefariousdocumentary.com/

Tricked

http://www.trickedfilm.com/

Very Young Girls

http://www.gems­girls.org/get­involved/very­young­girls/

Half the Sky

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Suggested Books:

The Survivors Guide to Leaving

Sheila White with Rachel Lloyd

http://www.gems­girls.org/survivor­leadership/resources/the­survivors­guide-to­leaving­sample/

Girls Like Us ­­

Rachel Lloyd

http://www.gems­girls.org/get­involved/girlslikeus/

Roadmap to Redemption ­­

Rebecca Bender

http://www.rebeccabender.org/store/roadmap­to­redemption/

Holly Austin Smith – Walking Prey

http://hollyaustinsmith.com/hollys­story/

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children

Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

https://sharedhope.org/product/renting­lacy/

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Mary Frances Bowley

https://wellspringliving.org/whiteumbrella/

Paid for: My Journey Through Prostitution

Rachel Moran

http://www.amazon.com/Paid­My­Journey­Through-Prostitution/dp/0717156028

More Links from Elle:

http://titsandsass.com/a-hobbyists-perspective-we-just-dont-give-a-shit/

http://m.heraldscotland.com/news/13149175.Exposing_the__invisible_men__who_rate_sex_workers_online/?ref=twtrec

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/10/27/the-secret-prostitution-code-of-johns

 

 

Scan0011Ashley Mobley is the new Executive Director of Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce.

Ashley graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art Printmaking and then attended Humboldt State University (HSU) to obtain her Certificate of Museum Studies and Gallery Practices. Ms. Mobley was the Museum Manager for the Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art and continues to volunteer at the museum, helping to install exhibitions when needed. Ashley has also spent time as an Outreach and Guest Specialist for the Redwood Discovery Museum and spent the last two years working for the Humboldt Botanical Garden, both as Volunteer Coordinator and Visitor Services Coordinator.12096232_868109269951487_1560825743717092525_n-1

 

Ashley Mobley is also a professional artist whose work you may see at a Eureka Arts Alive! event or possibly along side your favorite local musician as performance artist Biomorphic Light.

YOU CAN MEET ASHLEY MOBLEY at the GREATER TRINIDAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER, April 7TH, 2016 held at the TRINIDAD MUSEUM 5:50-7pmtrinidad-calif

movie For more information: http://www.trinidadcalif.com 

 

 

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Ashley Mobley click the following link:  TTEOW Ashley Mobley and Brenda Starr 4-4-16 

Marianne Cooper cut adrift

Marianne Cooper, is a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and also contributes to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Dr. Cooper received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two young children.

Her recent book “Cut Adrift: Families In Insecure Times” provides very important and original insights to the national conversation about the growing income disparities and economic risks that Americans face daily.  Many economists and social scientists are exploring this vital topic but Dr. Cooper’s approach analyzes “what keeps Americans up at night.”  She spent time with families of various economic classes, from unemployed, almost homeless to the very affluent and describes individual families coping styles. Accompanying moms to their children’s soccer matches, sitting in their living rooms, eating meals with them, Dr. Cooper explored the different coping strategies of the affluent, middle-class and poor families in Silicon Valley that reflect huge inequalities and even cause greater income disparities.  Invariably, regardless of income, poor to fabulously wealthy, everyone is anxious.

In an article about her book, Marianne Cooper writes “In talking with families from rich to poor for my new book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure times, I learned that the rich don’t think they have enough and strive to attain more, while middle and working-class families realize they can’t do much to improve their situations so they lower their expectations and try to get used to less. These different approaches to managing insecurity don’t just reflect inequality, they actually fuel it…This is the emotional story behind the statistics documenting the fact that we live in precarious times.”

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Marianne Cooper click the following link:     2-2-2015 Corinne_Marian Cooper

 

 

 

 

PURE GRIT book cover with Army Nurse Frankie Lewey

PURE GRIT book cover with Army Nurse Frankie Lewey

Author Mary Cronk Farrell has once again given her readers a long, historic and passion filled chronology of a distinct American event. In her new Book, Pure Grit:How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle & Prison Camp in the Pacific, Mary tells the story of over 80 women who served in the Army and Navy Nurse Corps and were prisoners of war once Pearl Harbor was bombed. Their capture, survival and ultimately recognition from a grateful country defy imagination. Pure Grit honors these courageous women with compelling tales of their strength, compassion, kindness and unbelievable spirit.

Author Mary Cronk Farrell

Author Mary Cronk Farrell

Mary Cronk Farrell talks about how she found photos and stories of these Army and Navy Corps Nurses who were held at Luzon Island, Bataan and the Los Banos Internment Camp in the Philippine Islands – as well as the Nurses experiences with battle, hunger, survival, taking care of patients and most of all hope.

For more info on the author or to view a clip visit:

http://www.marycronkfarrell.net/videos.html           http://www.MaryCronkFarrell.com

“In times of despair, remain who you are” said First Lieutenant Mildred “Millie” Dalton, Jefferson, Georgia, the last living POW nurse, who died March 8, 2013, at age ninety- eight. Reminders of her wartime experiences remained constant up until her death. “I cut clothes off so many soldiers that, to this day, if I use scissors, I get a blister.”

Hospital in Santo Tomas Prison Camp, P.I.

Hospital in Santo Tomas Prison Camp, P.I.

 

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Mary Cronk Farrell click the following link:     3-17-2014 Brenda Mary Cronk Farrell

Isadora Alman Isadora Alman, M.F.T., is a California licensed marriage and relationship therapist, a Board-certified sex therapist, author and lecturer. Her syndicated sex and relationship column “Ask Isadora” ran in alternative weekly papers worldwide for 25+ years. Web surfers can find her columns on her online free interactive Sexuality Forum www.askisadora.com.

She is the author of two collections of Q & A’s from columns: Let’s Talk Sex and Ask Isadora, as well as Sex Information, May I Help You?, a peek behind the scenes of a sex help phone line which still flourishes in San Francisco today. Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex is a collection of helpful hints and titillating tidbits culled from column readers and Forum web site users. Her novel Bluebirds of Impossible Paradises: A Sexual Odyssey of the 70’s is out in paperback on Amazon.com. She has also contributed chapters to several books including Herotica (Down There Press), Dick For A Day (Villard NY), The Moment Of Truth (Seal Press) and Single Woman Of A Certain Age (Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.) Isadora has been a talk show host and frequent TV and radio talk show guest, and a lecturer and workshop leader on a variety of communications topics. She conducts her private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The above passages were taken directly from the Psychology Today listings of Bay Area Therapists.

One of Isadora’s specialty areas is that of alternative relationships, polyamory, open marriage and polygamy.  Join us as we discuss what it takes to make a non-normative relationship work in our square-pegged world.

For more information about Isadora and her work visit her webpage www.askisadora.com

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Andy&Carilyn click the following link:

TTEOW Kathleen Isadora Alman 3-14-16

 

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The Humboldt County, California branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom includes women and men working for peace worldwide since 1915. Humboldt’s local branch was re-established in 2002.

WILPF-Humboldt sponsors and participates in various peace related activities. One of the main projects is establishing a self-perpetuating scholarship- the EDITH ECKERT PEACE SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a Humboldt County resident proposes a project with the goal of promoting peace and human justice locally or globally. An annual “used books” sale in Arcata on July 4th raises funds to buy children’s books for local schools and libraries and to help fund the Edith Eckert Peace Scholarship.

Humboldt Branch of WILPF Events & Sponsorship include:

Hosted Speakers on US Foreign Policy in Latin America
Annual Hiroshima Lantern Ceremony
Veterans for Peace Annual Peace Poetry Contest for Local School Students
Video Series about Palestine
And for the past 5 Years has Celebrated INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY in Arcata.

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This Years IWD Event is Tuesday, March 8th at the Arcata Playhouse from 6-8pm. Let Women’s Voices Light Up the World! includes a Community Sing Along led by Local Musician Jan Bramlett

IMG_20160210_083445THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2016 theme is PLEDGE FOR PARITY

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender.
The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards.

FOR MORE INFO, check out:
http://www.change.org/p/ratify-the-equal-rights-amendment-equalmeansequal

Unknown-1Carol Urner and Ellen Thomas, co-chairs of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)-US Disarm/End Wars Committee, have launched a 2016 tour of the U.S., to promote HR-1976, the nuclear weapons abolition and energy conversion bill in US Congress, with WILPF members and others.
The “Proposition One Nuclear-Free-Future” tour of the country started on the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Seattle on January 21, 2016.

FOR MORE INFO, check out: http://www.prop1.org/prop1/Petition.HR1976.pdf

FOR MORE INFO ON WILP: http://www.wilpfhumboldt.worpress.com

To listen to and/or download Brenda’s conversation with Andy&Carilyn click the following link:20001_TTEOW 3-7_feature

FullSizeRenderHumboldt County’s all-American, singing, songwriting, ukelele goddess Josephine Johnson has just a minute to talk before she has to hit the road again.

Fresh off her latest West Coast tour, Johnson comes to TTEOW bearing soulful, lyric-driven songs from her recent CD “Let It All Out,” and stories from the road, the ups, downs, and WTF’s of life as a single, female musician traveling alone.

Johnson is currently Artist in Residence at Westhaven Center for the Arts, where she is composing a series of songs inspired by historic Humboldt County barns. Yes, barns. Ping-ponging up and down the coast, Johnson is also in Los Angeles, participating in an invitation-only workshop where she will be challenged to write and produce songs on various assigned topics.

For more about Josephine Johnson, go to http://www.JosephineJohnsonSings.com.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Josephine click the following link:TTEOW Josephine Johnson 2-29-16

11402844_10207121140335565_334333764904993751_nFebruary is Black History month. In honor of the annual celebration of culture, people and history of African Americans in the United States I invited longtime Eureka, CA resident, Elizabeth Smith, to explore the impact and importance of music to African Americans – from slavery, to the civil rights movement, to rap music, to present day.

Liz is active in the community as the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods; vice president of the Eureka branch of the NAACP; elder at Eureka First  Presbyterian Church; and she’s a member of several community choirs.

In February 2015 she presented Power of Song. The program gives a musical history of the power of the Negro spiritual. The program was first created over 20 years ago by HSU Professors Emeritus Nathan Smith and Valgene Phillips. Smith, Liz’s father, was a professor of African-American studies 1986-2001 and former chair of the now-defunct ethnic studies department. Phillips was a music professor 1967-2004. Together, the elder Smith and Phillips presented a historical program through song about the power of the Negro Spiritual, its history of providing encouragement, empowerment and connection for African Americans from slavery to today. Liz revived the program to offer healing after learning former Humboldt Co. resident and HSU alum, Joseph Waters, took his life December 2014.

Liz Smith looked to song as a form of healing when tragedy struck once again – this time at a national level. Liz called on the assistance of world-renowned singing activist Melanie DeMore to use song as comfort, healing and unity for our community in the wake of the Charleston South Carolina racially motivated mass shooting in July 2015. The community event, Lifted in Love, allowed people to, “sing together and break bread together and heal together.”20150222_112521

Smith is still open and eager to present the 30-minute historical and musical program through the power of the Negro Spiritual. Smith will travel anywhere in Humboldt County to present the program to any group, organization or church congregation. She can be contacted via email at silverandsterling78@gmail.com.

To listen to and/or download Lorna’s conversation with Liz Smith click the following link: TTEOW 2-22 Liz Smith

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