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Alternative News Forum #1 in Search Results for Japan Earthquake Reports, Updates

Clouds along a jet stream over Canada.

The Pacific Jet Stream Aerial View

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The sparsity of actual solid news reporting by American media outlets on the emerging radioactive aftermath of multiple Fukushima Reactor explosions has distressed the American public, further it’s made “breaking news reports” more urgently needed from competent bloggers and online alternative news outlets.

While the mainstream American media has now moved on to renewed interest in their more routine topics such as Libya, US politics,  Hollywood et al,  successive waves of incoming weather set adrift by the constant pacific jet stream have suddenly become urgent topics of news and commentary for Americans, especially those on the west coast. You tube reporters working from home have made constant and valuable contributions to our understanding of what is taking place, and it’s now becoming clear that soon the so called “alternative” news media, may in fact become THE FUTURE of news media.

While “We the People” press on, slowly taking back their country, a NEW news media that supports and actually follows and listens to “We the People” is now emerging with them. With one eye on the post I am always writing, and another on what Big Media is doing, I have been incredulous as I watched in recent days while Big Media moved on from the Japan disaster, minimizing and mostly ignoring the concerns of American families, who still wonder how safe our own air is in the wake of multiple explosions at Fukushima.   In contrast I have watched brilliant citizen journalism explode out of nowhere, as more alternative news media sources sprang to life with hourly updates, videos showing USA Geiger counter reports, and up-to-date jet stream data.

This point was driven home tonight when I innocently ran a Google search, looking to see if any new earthquakes had hit Japan in the past 24 hours.  It was my own web portal, Alternative News Forum, that came up number 1 in the search results. I’m definitely pleased to be #1 in the results, but it does make me wonder: where are the reporters who should be writing about the ongoing radiation issues surrounding the collapsing Fukushima Reactor complex?

When a part time home based news blogger hits number one in the search results for news about earthquakes in Japan and jet stream radiation reports, shouldn’t we all be really worried about the lack of reporting on this issue?  I’m not ready to speak the dreaded phrase “news blackout” because it’s just too insane to even consider. But why are there so few American media outlets reporting hourly on this situation in the United States?

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Chase Kyla Hunter 3.24.11 1:22 am  pacific time

Fighting to Keep Free Speech on the Internet: A Line in the Sand

7.15.2010 By CK Hunter Copyright CK Hunter 2010-3010, All Rights Reserved. Reposts must link back to this original post.

Regarding my internet life, about 4 months ago I did a very strange thing. This “strange thing” that I did was so utterly out of character, that it took me aback for more  than a month, and I have pondered it daily since. Before I tell the reader what the “strange thing” I did recently was, you must know something about me.

I have been a dedicated webophile since before such silly words were even “a twinkle in a geek’s inner brain codes”. I was using the internet back in 1994 before the word “internet” was coined. We all refered to the computer networks we used as the “world wide web” back then, the origin of the “WWW” prefix for internet addresses.

In those exciting early years, even progressive bankers in Seattle thought that the “world wide web” was a more or less a collegiate technology playpen and a fluke, nothing that should be given serious thought or investment. Email was still a cute novelty, and Microsoft was too busy wrestling with the latest release of it’s QDOS, it’s “quick and dirty operating system” to be bothered with putting together a web presence.

I had the unique distinction during 1994 and early 1995 of being one of the first women in the United States to begin building web pages for myself and clients, and my first web presence actually pre-dated Microsoft’s web presence by 3 or 4 months.

So suffice it to say, I have lived on and loved the internet since it’s baby days.

So knowing all that, what do you suppose would inspire someone like me to cut off my high speed internet service, scour every blog I author for any telltale reference to my real ID, remove it, remove dozens of geo-identifying photos and photo galleries posted by myself from the web and then to gut my lap top and sell it off on ebay? Internet surveillance.

This was not the threat of internet surveillance – this WAS internet surveillance. Someone, somewhere was not only recording every keystroke I wrote, but making overt efforts to log me off of wordpress, turn off my laptop in mid-sentence, jam my connection to the internet, and make it such that the general process of just using my internet connection, my laptop and writing, researching and posting became almost impossible. These weird activities would always commence every time I tried to post an article or essay that dissented with the Obama White House. It was comical at first, then after 3 or 4 weeks, it was not so funny anymore.

The electronic bizarreness described above had been going on for 3 months before I finally just started praying really hard about what was happening. I decided to dump all traces of my online life, and erase my static IP address forever. I didn’t want to just install software that would flip my IP address every few minutes, nope. I wanted a clean dump – final and complete. After I took the appropriate actions, I did not write or post at all for about a month. I continued to pray, to listen, and to think it all over, long and hard.

This is not the Communist Soviet Union in 1972, or Germany in 1938, or even Cuba in 1962. This is the [so-called] United States of America in 2010. WTF? Is the CIA and other connected secret alphabet orgs [NSA, ATF, DOD, FEMA, NCS et al] actually trying to suppress all the loudest intellectual dissent with the Obama White House in America in 2010? One blinks and rubs the eyes, twitching, incredulous. This cannot be happening.

But it actually WAS happening. I had to finally make a decision about my safety, intellectual and personal privacy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my country and I am no coward.  I certainly will not flee a necessary truthful confrontation when my soul knows I am right. But I also have no desire to be on the FED’s Big Brother  “secret shit list” for speaking my mind about one of the most incompetent, narcissistic, and inexperienced Presidents in modern times, Barack Obama. My gut tells me that the “secret shit list” they are compiling will not end with his presidency but will carry on for years to come, as Big Gov continues to try to find new ways to “big brotherize” American society along British lines. It’s a very real and current event that is happening and it’s stomach churning.

I eventually solved “the nonstop snooping and surveillance situation” by acquainting myself discreetly with every free public internet portal within a 350 mile radius of my home turf, leisurely frequenting them all in turns as necessary. If this is what it take for me to actually exercise “free speech” online without being tinkered and tampered with, so be it, but it is just one more truthful testimonial that will guarantee Barack Obama’s political doom in 2012.

If  I, like millions of others, was angry and irate with the Obama White House last summer in 2009, then this summer 2010 I am a little more cunning, alot more  incognito, most definitely blogging on the fly. I am  choosing my newest spiritual and political battles carefully, voting out the self centered clueless tax and spend crowd in my home state, NOT marching in the streets with signs, [ that’s a serious no-no if one wants to keep thweir privacy intact ] NOT assuming that Glenn Beck has all the answers, and talking to God more deeply and attentively than ever. The Holy Spirit makes the most excellent BFF, one that will never betray.

We need politically unaligned independent truth tellers in this country. And we need them desperately. It is the “salt of the earth” soul of the average thinking American man and woman whose voice is now needed most desperately. They are not necessarily democrats or republicans, or tea party people: they are THE PEOPLE- the American voice of reason, spiritual sanity, common sense and solid comprehension that self reveals by their existence and actions why this country was founded in the first place. The voices  that are needed now do not come from pundits, media stars, celebrity newsmen or TV anchors: they come from the hearts and souls of everyday American people. 

I want and need for my voice to be heard, online, offline, in private, and some day, in public. What I don’t want and need is for my every move and keystroke on the internet to be recorded and dissected by the most politically  insecure and  most aggressively over-reaching White House  in modern history. What the Obama White House is doing to free speech in America is un-American. The fact that I even have to type a sentence like that is “cognitive dissonance defined”.

The math equates with perfect dovetail precision here. The equation regarding the Obama White House goes like this: the more politically off-base, out-of-touch, and precipitously suicidal the decisions of the Obama White House become, the more they take it out on average Americans who actually have thoughts and a voice, by gradually, insidiously grinding down on the the free speech of the thinking voting electorate in all it’s forms. It is an equation that reveals with surgical precision the hidden fears, and masked motives of an unpopular President and his “loose cannon”  trot along cabinet.

“Veer over here, put out that fire, sprint over to Missouri, put out another fire, huff it back to the White House, give Netanyahu some overdue face time to avoid new speculation, fly back down to the gulf oil spill, try to look concerned, eat seafood poignantly with the small people, publicize the latest spin on the recovery and job stats as being a good thing, sprint over to the next fire and grab a hose.”  – Another day in the life of the Obama Presidency observed.

My Forecast: Barack Obama will definitely be a one term President, unless they have something just outright evil, illegal and Orwellian up their sleeve in the coming 2012 presidential elections. Since a general sense of malaise and incompetence is not actually an impeachable offense, I suppose we are stuck with this gleaming thin cardboard narcissist for another two years. Soul numbing to type the words. My newly fluid IP address is no longer static, but my soul is more certain than ever that we have a man in the White House who bodes ill for our country, whether he means well or not, and at this point, all the name calling, and racist finger pointing in the world won’t stop me from speaking my mind about it.

 I would opine that rather than the secret internet surveillance department in the Obama White House being so concerned about recording and monitoring every little ditty that I write, research and post on my blogs, they might consider spending some quality time actually intelligently governing the nation. There’s a novel idea.

The twisted priorities of this current Washington D.C. administration stretch the average person’s believability that they care about the future of the country at all. It more seems as if they care most urgently about the next 10 minute or 48 hours of their perceived poll numbers and whether or not they can win it all again in 2012. Win America’s hearts and minds right here, right now, by doing some urgent things RIGHT, and forget winning the hearts and minds of a backward nation half a world away who’s hiding about 150 Taliban, and making fools of our US military. Win at home, here, now, or there won’t be an America left to win in 2012. It will be too divided, frayed and fractured to be recognizable anymore. As for snooping on me, the recent actions of the Obama White House has absolutely guaranteed that my voice will continue to be heard for years and decades to come.

Chase Kyla Hunter, on the road on America’s western coast, 7.15.2010

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Support the First Amendment with 1 for All

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, I’ve spent the past few months trying to wrap my head around the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent massive oil spill that is now ruining the coastline from Louisiana to Florida. At times, I have to turn off the news, as the images of dying wildlife hit me deep in my gut.

But now more than ever, this national tragedy has made me grateful for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. While the oil continues to spew, the media — WordPress.com bloggers included — have been on the frontlines, making sure that Americans and everyone the world over know what is really happening in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil spill has also made me realize how fragile this freedom is — as the Associated Press reported, “journalists covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been yelled at, kicked off public beaches and islands and threatened with arrest …”

Which is why I’m happy to announce that WordPress.com is a proud supporter of the 1 for All campaign that launches today with the simple goal of raising awareness about the First Amendment. We join more than 1,000 media outlets who have partnered with 1 for All, and we have a special connection to the project — their site is hosted on WordPress.com.

Any U.S. resident is welcome to enter their “How Free Can You Be?” contest by submitting photos, videos and stories that illustrate First Amendment liberties. Back here on WordPress.com, please tag any posts you write about this topic with “First Amendment.” And since we know many of you don’t live in the United States, we welcome all readers — regardless of where you live — to discuss civil liberties in your country, as well. Please tag those posts with “human rights.”

Huge Hole in Earth’s Magnetosphere Threatens Sanity of World population: Not to Worry, Full UFO Disclosure By Obama Should Take Care of That.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

It’s just too good.

01.19.10 Re-posted due to the public’s urgent need to know – buried news re-excavated by Chase Hunter

I am asking the $64,000 question this morning, having recently excavated two buried news stories which potentially have staggering consequences for an unprepared world population.

Both stories [ second story is below ] pertain to a recently discovered hole, or breach in the earth’s magnetosphere, which is apparently so huge that it alarmed NASA scientists. The second story is a somewhat disconcerting and genuinely comical attempt by a San Francisco writer to quickly address the possible implications this magnetosphere breach may have on human populations, since  the hard science behind it infers that enormous amounts of solar plasma particles, aka solar wind, will tear through earth’s atmosphere beginning on or around [you guessed it] 2012, lasting for the duration of an entire 11 year solar cycle.

All this gives me great pause, that is, after I laughed hysterically for nearly 20 minutes over the writer’s attempt to soothe our spirits by posting a photo of Obama body surfing in Hawaii, reminding us all that we can just “ride the waves” of these solar winds with a good positive attitude and we will all be just fine.  Of course, none of our electronic devices will work by then, and kids will continue to shoot their parents, teachers and each other over losing in a video game, but surely those little aberrant bursts of psychosis won’t be inflamed at all by a sudden 11 year long dose of more gamma ray energy blowing through human body tissue than ever in human history. Nah, shouldn’t be a problem at all, infers the writer.

Aaaall rightee then.

The prescription to cure all this? Just surf your way through in on positive vibes.At least, that’s what this author suggested, in the face of yet another dire 2012 cosmic science factoid, blithely presented and skimmed over oh so lightly, then moving on, of course to full UFO disclosure by Obama, and how that would be a good way to lead us through the worst ongoing solar storm we had never prior imagined.

Oh, those Californians, don’t you just love their freshly sprouted Obama kool-aid logic? I’ll have mine with green tea, thanks.  Hey, you gotta love em. Or flee for your life to another less windy solar system, for sheer sanity’s sake.

NASA Discovers A Giant Breach in Earth’s Magnetic Field 12.16.2008

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Dec. 16, 2008: NASA’s five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a breach in Earth’s magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to “load up” the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. But the breach itself is not the biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” says THEMIS project scientist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.”

The magnetosphere is a bubble of magnetism that surrounds Earth and protects us from solar wind. Exploring the bubble is a key goal of the THEMIS mission, launched in February 2007. The big discovery came on June 3, 2007, when the five probes serendipitously flew through the breach just as it was opening. Onboard sensors recorded a torrent of solar wind particles streaming into the magnetosphere, signaling an event of unexpected size and importance.

Right: One of the THEMIS probes exploring the space around Earth, an artist’s concept. [more]

“The opening was huge—four times wider than Earth itself,” says Wenhui Li, a space physicist at the University of New Hampshire who has been analyzing the data. Li’s colleague Jimmy Raeder, also of New Hampshire, says “1027 particles per second were flowing into the magnetosphere—that’s a 1 followed by 27 zeros. This kind of influx is an order of magnitude greater than what we thought was possible.”

The event began with little warning when a gentle gust of solar wind delivered a bundle of magnetic fields from the Sun to Earth. Like an octopus wrapping its tentacles around a big clam, solar magnetic fields draped themselves around the magnetosphere and cracked it open. The cracking was accomplished by means of a process called “magnetic reconnection.” High above Earth’s poles, solar and terrestrial magnetic fields linked up (reconnected) to form conduits for solar wind. Conduits over the Arctic and Antarctic quickly expanded; within minutes they overlapped over Earth’s equator to create the biggest magnetic breach ever recorded by Earth-orbiting spacecraft.

Above: A computer model of solar wind flowing around Earth’s magnetic field on June 3, 2007. Background colors represent solar wind density; red is high density, blue is low. Solid black lines trace the outer boundaries of Earth’s magnetic field. Note the layer of relatively dense material beneath the tips of the white arrows; that is solar wind entering Earth’s magnetic field through the breach. Credit: Jimmy Raeder/UNH. [larger image]

The size of the breach took researchers by surprise. “We’ve seen things like this before,” says Raeder, “but never on such a large scale. The entire day-side of the magnetosphere was open to the solar wind.”

The circumstances were even more surprising. Space physicists have long believed that holes in Earth’s magnetosphere open only in response to solar magnetic fields that point south. The great breach of June 2007, however, opened in response to a solar magnetic field that pointed north.

“To the lay person, this may sound like a quibble, but to a space physicist, it is almost seismic,” says Sibeck. “When I tell my colleagues, most react with skepticism, as if I’m trying to convince them that the sun rises in the west.”

Here is why they can’t believe their ears: The solar wind presses against Earth’s magnetosphere almost directly above the equator where our planet’s magnetic field points north. Suppose a bundle of solar magnetism comes along, and it points north, too. The two fields should reinforce one another, strengthening Earth’s magnetic defenses and slamming the door shut on the solar wind. In the language of space physics, a north-pointing solar magnetic field is called a “northern IMF” and it is synonymous with shields up! “So, you can imagine our surprise when a northern IMF came along and shields went down instead,” says Sibeck. “This completely overturns our understanding of things.”

Northern IMF events don’t actually trigger geomagnetic storms, notes Raeder, but they do set the stage for storms by loading the magnetosphere with plasma. A loaded magnetosphere is primed for auroras, power outages, and other disturbances that can result when, say, a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits.

The years ahead could be especially lively. Raeder explains: “We’re entering Solar Cycle 24. For reasons not fully understood, CMEs in even-numbered solar cycles (like 24) tend to hit Earth with a leading edge that is magnetized north. Such a CME should open a breach and load the magnetosphere with plasma just before the storm gets underway. It’s the perfect sequence for a really big event.”

Sibeck agrees. “This could result in stronger geomagnetic storms than we have seen in many years.”

A video version of this story may be found here. For more information about the THEMIS mission, visit http://nasa.gov/themis


Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA

more information
What happened to conventional wisdom? Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are using computer models to unravel the basic physics of the great breach. They’re finding that reconnection at the poles is key. Conventional wisdom held that equatorial reconnection was more important, which is why the giant breaches were not anticipated until THEMIS flew through one.View a video version of this story.

Space Weather resources: NOAA Space Weather prediction Center; Spaceweather.com

more stories about THEMIS:

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth — Science@NASA

Plasma Bullets Spark Northern Lights — Science@NASA

NASA Spacecraft Make New Discoveries about Northern Lights — Science@NASA

THEMIS, short for Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, is the fifth medium-class mission under NASA’s Explorer Program. The program, managed by The Explorers Program Office at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., provides frequent flight opportunities for world-class space investigations in Heliophysics and Astrophysics. The University of California, Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory managed the project development and is currently operating the THEMIS mission. Swales Aerospace, Beltsville, Md., built the THEMIS satellites.

NASA’s Future: US Space Exploration Policy

The Smelling & Smelling & Smelling of the Obamanation

Falling victim to their own “carpet Obaming,” it’s NY Mag that missed the teachable moment.

By Chase Hunter on 8.18.2009

This month’s New York magazine cover story: “The Selling and Selling and Selling of the President” reveals some disturbing inside tactics used by the Obama White House to keep USA Big Mediaobamanation-sell continuously flooded with news, new takes on old news, fresh new gushes of Obama-adoration, new twists and turns in Obamanation policy and direction, and in general, the feature lays bare the adroit uses of Big Media news outlets 24-7 by Barack Obama as “Obama-speak” portals.

My take on all of this runs along psychiatric lines. I actually believe this man is psychologically addicted to seeing his own image in the media, so much so that he may actually fear for his own political existence should his image fail to appear in some news media outlet at least 15 to 20 thousand times per hour.

That’s about the frequency of times Obama’s  name, or image appears somewhere in USA media outlets EVERY HOUR of every day. Either this is the most insecure and narcissistic elected official that we have ever elected, or this is the most vulgar, obscene and flagrant misuse and abuse of American media portals by any sitting president in US history. I’m leaning toward that the “Obama media fire hose phenomenon” is a little bit of both.

Obama’s non-stop hyperactive “media blitzkrieg” style of governance has cheapened and sullied the office of the President already.  It has clearly wearied (and worried) an American public which earlier was certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, even if there were quite a substantial number of potential detracters observing after his inauguration.

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A temperate July afternoon, with a slightly more intemperate press corps. Chip Reid, the White House correspondent for CBS News, is quizzing Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, about a health-care event the administration has arranged in Virginia. Why, he wants to know, is the administration calling this event a “town hall” when it has hand-picked all of the participants and questions? At first the exchange looks as if it’ll last only a few seconds. Then Helen Thomas, the woman with the single-longest institutional memory in the press corps, joins in.

THOMAS: It’s a pattern.
GIBBS: What’s a pattern?
THOMAS: It’s a pattern of controlling the press.


obama-tvBeing hammered daily with magazine covers, newspaper features, TV spots, video clips, radio news and rabid talk radio hosts ranting and pounding their fists about Barack Obama has had the odd overall reverse effect from what was most certainly intended:

We just don’t trust this man anymore.

Anyone who has to go to that extent day in and day out to sell, re-sell, re-position and then re-sell again – his own Presidency and leadership  – needs to not be sitting in the White House, but perhaps is more suited to the rigors of maintaining one’s “Holllywood stardom” in the tradition of other Hollywood celebrities like, oh… let’s say, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, et al.

When a typical Hollywood movie star needs to “generate some good press” they usually make a new movie. After all, they are actors by trade. When Barack Obama needs to “generate some good press” he just makes an appearance and says a few well chosen words. Acting: it’s not really all that different from “being the President. Ronald Reagan knew all about that.

Don the role. Wag the dog. Play the part. Fill the shoes. Read your lines. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Don’t trip over the teleprompter.

It all is beginning to have that empty hollow ring to it that the aging movie star recognizes on the red carpet one night after way too many years in the limelight. The star is in mid-sentence giving his interview when suddenly the new flavor of the week arrives, steps out of the limosine, and all the reporters run like a hungry herd of coyotes to greet the new starlet, leaving the aging star opining to no one in mid-sentence.

It’s quite remarkable. Barack Obama has managed to wear out his welcome with the American people in less than a year. At this rate, by year’s end the only thing that will have ended up being noteworthy about his first year in office will be the computer screen wallpaper made from the “Obama-as-Joker” street graffiti art which was plastered all over L.A. one recent morning and went internet viral by late afternoon.

If Any Warhol were alive he would be having a field day with all of this. He was, after all, the consummate creator of the silkscreened commercialized plasticized public IMAGE of a human face, that could be elevated to such heights of mass recognition that the actuality of the living human being behind the image would just eventually fade and disappear.

Barack Obama is now in real danger of having this “throw away empty soda can syndrome” happen to him, to his Presidency, to his popularity, and to his first year’s public approval ratings. He has now been “promoted and consumed” ad nausem for more than 2 years nonstop, and frankly we are all sick of it.

My advice would be to get Mr. Hollywood’s face out of the media, and put the man to work, find out if he is actually capable of leading the country in the proper direction and hopefully doing something more constructive than mouthing gaffes, and writing away our national sovereignty, constitution and legislating away our civil liberties.

Here:  I’ll help you get started – police brutality is on the rise and it must be checked, halted, and turned around immediately.

There is no reason for a routine traffic stop to end up with a mother of young children being wrestled to the ground and then tasered in front of her own kids. She had broken no laws and had done nothing wrong. These are the kinds of things happening now. They cannot be pushed under the rug. These incidents are ominous and foreboding.

I, for one, want to know why they are happening everywhere now in the US. There has been a clear uptick in this type of routine police brutality since last year.  Increasingly, judges just look the other way. Why?

I was one of the people who was very vocal last summer in expressing that I did not want a vapid Hollywood celebrity for a President. Now that we are stuck with one, can his addiction to seeing his own face in the media be cured?

Does Obama the Joker need a psychiatrist? If there is a question of mental illness going around, have a look at the White House. Why does Barack Obama need to be in the media 20,000 times an hour? Are his REAL skills as a leader that weak? Drop the media “prop job” and let’s see if the man can actually stand on his own two feet without being propped up by Big Media 24-7.

Chase Hunter 8.18.20009