Texas Case Could Produce One Of The First Corona Hate Crime Charges

Jose L. Gomez, 19, was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Midland County Sheriff's Office)

Jose L. Gomez, 19, may have the dubious distinction of being the first person charged and convicted of a Corona hate crime. Gomez is accused of stabbing three members of a family of four inside a Sam’s Club. The family is Asian and police say that he was trying to stop them from spreading the virus. His victims included a 2-year-old and 6-year-old child. While other anti-Asian hate crimes have been reported in the pandemic, this one could result in an early plea or conviction.

The FBI report states “The suspect indicated that he stabbed the family because he thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with coronavirus.” The report itself confirms that federal prosecutors are considered federal hate crime charges. He is currently charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

There is a hero in this story. A store employee, Zack Owen, intervened, tackled Gomez and brought him to the ground. Owen was stabbed in the leg and cut on the hand as a result of his brave action. Off-duty Border Patrol Agent, Bernie Ramirez was fortunately also present and rushed forward to place Gomez into custody. He also credited Owen for his bravery.

Most criminal defense lawyers would be asking for an immediate psychiatric evaluation and ultimately some form of plea bargain. This is not a case that you want to ever see the inside of a jury trial.

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    1. I wouldnt know but I do know a thing or two about usury. Aristotle talked about it too. Time to dust off the teachings. American finance needs a makeover. Might as well be now. Look into Michael Hudson. He shows the way. Now for a blast from the Catholic past:

      Vix Pervenit
      On Usury and Other Dishonest Profits
      Pope Benedict XIV – 1745
      To the Venerable Brothers, Patriarchs, Archbishops, Bishops and Ordinary Clergy of Italy.

      Venerable Brothers, Greetings and Apostolic Benediction.

      Hardly had the new controversy (namely, whether certain contracts should be held valid) come to our attention, when several opinions began spreading in Italy that hardly seemed to agree with sound doctrine; We decided that We must remedy this. If We did not do so immediately, such an evil might acquire new force by delay and silence. If we neglected our duty, it might even spread further, shaking those cities of Italy so far not affected.

      Therefore We decided to consult with a number of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, who are renowned for their knowledge and competence in theology and canon law. We also called upon many from the regular clergy who were outstanding in both the faculty of theology and that of canon law. We chose some monks, some mendicants, and finally some from the regular clergy. As presiding officer, We appointed one with degrees in both canon and civil law, who had lengthy court experience. We chose the past July 4 for the meeting at which We explained the nature of the whole business. We learned that all had known and considered it already.

      2. We then ordered them to consider carefully all aspects of the matter, meanwhile searching for a solution; after this consideration, they were to write out their conclusions. We did not ask them to pass judgment on the contract which gave rise to the controversy since the many documents they would need were not available. Rather We asked that they establish a fixed teaching on usury, since the opinions recently spread abroad seemed to contradict the Church’s doctrine. All complied with these orders. They gave their opinions publicly in two convocations, the first of which was held in our presence last July 18, the other last August 1; then they submitted their opinions in writing to the secretary of the convocation.

      3. Indeed they proved to be of one mind in their opinions.

      I. The nature of the sin called usury has its proper place and origin in a loan contract. This financial contract between consenting parties demands, by its very nature, that one return to another only as much as he has received. The sin rests on the fact that sometimes the creditor desires more than he has given. Therefore he contends some gain is owed him beyond that which he loaned, but any gain which exceeds the amount he gave is illicit and usurious.

      II. One cannot condone the sin of usury by arguing that the gain is not great or excessive, but rather moderate or small; neither can it be condoned by arguing that the borrower is rich; nor even by arguing that the money borrowed is not left idle, but is spent usefully, either to increase one’s fortune, to purchase new estates, or to engage in business transactions. The law governing loans consists necessarily in the equality of what is given and returned; once the equality has been established, whoever demands more than that violates the terms of the loan. Therefore if one receives interest, he must make restitution according to the commutative bond of justice; its function in human contracts is to assure equality for each one. This law is to be observed in a holy manner. If not observed exactly, reparation must be made.

      III. By these remarks, however, We do not deny that at times together with the loan contract certain other titles-which are not at all intrinsic to the contract-may run parallel with it. From these other titles, entirely just and legitimate reasons arise to demand something over and above the amount due on the contract. Nor is it denied that it is very often possible for someone, by means of contracts differing entirely from loans, to spend and invest money legitimately either to provide oneself with an annual income or to engage in legitimate trade and business. From these types of contracts honest gain may be made.

      IV. There are many different contracts of this kind. In these contracts, if equality is not maintained, whatever is received over and above what is fair is a real injustice. Even though it may not fall under the precise rubric of usury (since all reciprocity, both open and hidden, is absent), restitution is obligated. Thus if everything is done correctly and weighed in the scales of justice, these same legitimate contracts suffice to provide a standard and a principle for engaging in commerce and fruitful business for the common good. Christian minds should not think that gainful commerce can flourish by usuries or other similar injustices. On the contrary We learn from divine Revelation that justice raises up nations; sin, however, makes nations miserable.

      V. But you must diligently consider this, that some will falsely and rashly persuade themselves-and such people can be found anywhere-that together with loan contracts there are other legitimate titles or, excepting loan contracts, they might convince themselves that other just contracts exist, for which it is permissible to receive a moderate amount of interest. Should any one think like this, he will oppose not only the judgment of the Catholic Church on usury, but also common human sense and natural reason. Everyone knows that man is obliged in many instances to help his fellows with a simple, plain loan. Christ Himself teaches this: “Do not refuse to lend to him who asks you.” In many circumstances, no other true and just contract may be possible except for a loan. Whoever therefore wishes to follow his conscience must first diligently inquire if, along with the loan, another category exists by means of which the gain he seeks may be lawfully attained.

      4. This is how the Cardinals and theologians and the men most conversant with the canons, whose advice We had asked for in this most serious business, explained their opinions. Also We devoted our private study to this matter before the congregations were convened, while they were in session, and again after they had been held; for We read the opinions of these outstanding men most diligently. Because of this, We approve and confirm whatever is contained in the opinions above, since the professors of Canon Law and Theology, scriptural evidence, the decrees of previous popes, and the authority of Church councils and the Fathers all seem to enjoin it. Besides, We certainly know the authors who hold the opposite opinions and also those who either support and defend those authors or at least who seem to give them consideration. We are also aware that the theologians of regions neighboring those in which the controversy had its origin undertook the defense of the truth with wisdom and seriousness.

      5. Therefore We address these encyclical letters to all Italian Archbishops, Bishops, and priests to make all of you aware of these matters. Whenever Synods are held or sermons preached or instructions on sacred doctrine given, the above opinions must be adhered to strictly. Take great care that no one in your dioceses dares to write or preach the contrary; however if any one should refuse to obey, he should be subjected to the penalties imposed by the sacred canons on those who violate Apostolic mandates.

      6. Concerning the specific contract which caused these new controversies, We decide nothing for the present; We also shall not decide now about the other contracts in which the theologians and canonists lack agreement. Rekindle your zeal for piety and your conscientiousness so that you may execute what We have given.

      7. First of all, show your people with persuasive words that the sin and vice of usury is most emphatically condemned in the Sacred Scriptures; that it assumes various forms and appearances in order that the faithful, restored to liberty and grace by the blood of Christ, may again be driven headlong into ruin. Therefore, if they desire to invest their money, let them exercise diligent care lest they be snatched by cupidity, the source of all evil; to this end, let them be guided by those who excel in doctrine and the glory of virtue.

      8. In the second place, some trust in their own strength and knowledge to such an extent that they do not hesitate to give answers to those questions which demand considerable knowledge of sacred theology and of the canons. But it is essential for these people, also, to avoid extremes, which are always evil. For instance, there are some who judge these matters with such severity that they hold any profit derived from money to be illegal and usurious; in contrast to them, there are some so indulgent and so remiss that they hold any gain whatsoever to be free of usury. Let them not adhere too much to their private opinions. Before they give their answer, let them consult a number of eminent writers; then let them accept those views which they understand to be confirmed by knowledge and authority. And if a dispute should arise, when some contract is discussed, let no insults be hurled at those who hold the contrary opinion; nor let it be asserted that it must be severely censured, particularly if it does not lack the support of reason and of men of reputation. Indeed clamorous outcries and accusations break the chain of Christian love and give offense and scandal to the people.

      9. In the third place, those who desire to keep themselves free and untouched by the contamination of usury and to give their money to another in such a manner that they may receive only legitimate gain should be admonished to make a contract beforehand. In the contract they should explain the conditions and what gain they expect from their money. This will not only greatly help to avoid concern and anxiety, but will also confirm the contract in the realm of public business. This approach also closes the door on controversies-which have arisen more than once-since it clarifies whether the money, which has been loaned without apparent interest, may actually contain concealed usury.

      10. In the fourth place We exhort you not to listen to those who say that today the issue of usury is present in name only, since gain is almost always obtained from money given to another. How false is this opinion and how far removed from the truth! We can easily understand this if we consider that the nature of one contract differs from the nature of another. By the same token, the things which result from these contracts will differ in accordance with the varying nature of the contracts. Truly an obvious difference exists between gain which arises from money legally, and therefore can be upheld in the courts of both civil and canon law, and gain which is illicitly obtained, and must therefore be returned according to the judgments of both courts. Thus, it is clearly invalid to suggest, on the grounds that some gain is usually received from money lent out, that the issue of usury is irrelevant in our times.

      11. These are the chief things We wanted to say to you. We hope that you may command your faithful to observe what these letters prescribe; and that you may undertake effective remedies if disturbances should be stirred up among your people because of this new controversy over usury or if the simplicity and purity of doctrine should become corrupted in Italy. Finally, to you and to the flock committed to your care, We impart the Apostolic Benediction.

      Given in Rome at St. Mary Major, November 1, 1745, the sixth year of Our Pontificate.

      1. Darren Smith, I don’t think this feature length religious religious comment was posted by Kurtz. The real Kurtz has never posted this type of material.

    2. The biggest pack of scoundrels calling themselves Muslims today are the effete Saudi princelings who have made a big fat mess of one country after another in the Middle east with their radical imams and their mercenaries. Whatever messes America made, they made them worse. Not satisfied with past mischief, they just stabbed America in the back by tanking the price of oil.

      And what did that 9/11 classified report say about their role in the tragedy, after all? DId Trump ever declassify that as he promised?

      Take a look at Saudi financial operations of their sovereign holdings and so forth and you will see the worst pack of usurers ever to ride a camel!

      Somebody noticed along the way, not much was made of it. Pack of utter frauds and hypocrites


      1. The biggest pack of scoundrels calling themselves Muslims today are the effete Saudi princelings who have made a big fat mess of one country after another in the Middle east with their radical imams and their mercenaries.

        They haven’t. There isn’t one country in the region whose sufferings are attributable to Saudi Arabia. You might offer Afghanistan as an example, or Yemen, but both of these loci have a half-dozen other problems which would be problems were Saudi Arabia completely inert.

        Take a look at Saudi financial operations of their sovereign holdings and so forth and you will see the worst pack of usurers ever to ride a camel!

        There is an ample history of Sharia-compliant finance. It’s antique.

  1. Karen S — Do observe from
    that Moses is the most mentioned prophet in the Quran. Indeed, the Torah is treated as the word of God. Even Jesus is mentioned more often than Mohammed.

    The Jews and Christians are “the people of the Book”, exorted to be argued with gently. Well over 100 times. In the Quran.


    1. Oh, Islam extorted some of our ancestors alright. The jizya, the tax on kaffirs, infidels.

      I’ll say this much for Islam. they have a strong teaching against usury! one that comes from the laws of Moses, one that was informed by the ancient Greek philosophers and even Aquinas, one that was shared for a long time by Christians, and is now thrown overboard in the West by everyone including Catholics. So much for that forgotten papal bull, “vix parvenit”


      Michael Hudson is an excellent read on usury and provides a critically important idea that could help us recover from the Depression that is now upon us: jubilee

  2. What To Call The Plague

    Trumpers Roused By Name Rights

    Economists are venturing a Global Depression has begun.  ‘Depression’, as opposed to ‘Recession’, in case one missed the ‘D’.  These revelations, of Global Depression, should rivet our attention.

    Yet Trumpers are obsessed with this Name Rights Issue.  These past 2 weeks I’ve noticed tremendous passion regarding the ‘Chinese Virus’ and ‘why’ we must call it that.

    Trumpers, please!  Name Rights is the dumbest distraction imaginable.  An absolutely pointless issue to pursue amid this global earthquake.  We’re possibly at  Year Zero of an entirely new future.

    Name Rights illustrates the plague of stupidity wrought by Donald Trump; endless, stupid arguments stoked by rightwing media.  ‘White Evangelicals against the godless left’!  An alternate reality inhabited by Trumpers.

    In such a climate ethnic Asians have reason for concern.  Trump has a documented tendency to excite the unhinged.  This column, by Professor Turley, reminds us that Yahooism is not limited to Whites.  A Yahoo is any stupid person looking to abuse.  

    Trump tends to bring them out: ‘Americans most vulnerable to urban legends’.  Trump’s bellicose speeches lean heavily on conspiracies.  No responsible president uses ‘Deep State’ and ‘Fake News’.  Those terms are a travisity!  Trump should have been impeached simply for that language.

    When the president blandly refers to seemingly huge conspiracies it foments that thinking in lesser minds.  So millions believe urban legends because of Donald Trump.  That’s Trump’s legacy; a shocking disservice.  

    No wonder the stock market had a nervous breakdown.  Trump inspires no leadership at a crucial fork in history.  Instead Trump creates this ‘vacuum of leadership’.  All those insults towards allies really ‘pay-off’ now.  No leadership when civilization falls to the invisible.

      1. Seth quit being such a lame steppinfetchit for party politics as usual.

        Trump’s a johnny come lately to a rotten system of international finance and big business. THey fought him all the way and ever since. He brought the Republicans to heel mostly, but the Democrat quislings of international finance have been dragging him down all along. Are you such a meek puppy, on here posting endless anti trump drivel every day, when it’s painfully obvious events are unfolding far bigger than whomever sits in the white house? Put your mind to work on solutions and not more partisan bickering. Lead by example?

        And considering it’s another 8 months through election result, better hope Trump rises to the occasion like FDR before this is through.

        Here’s an update on a typical lame big business stunt. Selling masks to foreigners at a markup while American doctors and nurses fly blind!


        Hang the bosses at MMM that are doing this. After a fair trial, of course!

        Depression is upon us. Record unemployment claims. In a month mortgage defaults are going to skyrocket.

        Systemic reform of consumer finance is the only tool powerful enough to get us out of this mess. This time bailouts and endless federal reserve loans to big business won’t be able to bail fast enough.


        This can only be accomplished if voters of BOTH parties push whomever wins in November to DO IT. Or pressures Congress and Trump in the meantime. National unity is the only way out, and it starts here at the bottom. Economic nationalism, not the failed party politics of the past.

        Peanuts in the form of temporary checks for workers will not be enough to distract us from the big deep trough that’s been opened up for the financial interests. I tell you, when the big banks can borrow at zero and keep charging everyone’s credit cards at 20%, even as they have their hand out for endless help from taxpayers, this retarded system needs a major overhaul or its bosses deserve to get a severe caning!

        1. In a month mortgage defaults are going to skyrocket.

          They’ll be recorded as delinquincies for three months. You need to get a grip.

          1. hey absurd. see me in three months and tell me how it’s going. we’re gonna see about that., i sure do hope i was wrong. we’ll see.

          2. 6% unemployment today. more bigger claims coming over the nexst month. depression level unemployment is in sight. not even around the corner. coming like a freight train. defaults WILL skyrocket in one month

            everybody knows that the foreclosure process takes 6 months or so to get underway. so everybody tight on cash defaults on mortgages first. it’s a well known fact

            so yeah they will skyrocket.

            4th bailout will be infrastructure. a month or two

            5th will be another bank bailout. before end of year most likely. another TARP, but bigger. oh, its’ going to suck

    1. Yet Trumpers are obsessed with this Name Rights Issue.

      The person who made such an issue of it was Gainesville. I can never figure out if you’re egregious or stupid.

    2. Seth:
      “Trump has a documented tendency to excite the unhinged. “
      Boy, did you say a mouthful though likely not in the way you intended. It’s called TDS and we see it here everyday.

  3. “The 2020 Quarantine”

    Survival of the fittest.

    The taking of the weak is nature at its finest; its most rational.

    The faux stay-at-home self-quarantine policy is the grandest hoax since 9/11 which succeeded Flight 800 which succeeded the assassination series of JFK, RFK and MLK which succeeded Roosevelt’s communist “Great Depression” which succeeded Wilson’s surreptitious installation of the infrastructure of communism which succeeded comrade “Crazy Abe” Lincoln’s elimination of classes in society during his wholly unconstitutional “Reign of Terror.”

    The communists just can’t leave American freedom alone.

    The “2020 Quarantine” hoax aside, “Wuhan Flu” will be defeated only by the same weapon human beings have deployed against viruses since inception, the human immune system.

    Democrats can scream, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” create a massive panic over the “acceptable losses” and do their best to destroy the campaign juggernaut of President Trump but the human immune system is the one and only thing that is going to end this “outbreak.”

    1. Eventually it is true George what you say that the immune system will be the best cure., but it will be ugly in the meantime and we try to mitigate the harm.

      And yes Democrat leadership clearly serves big business and international finance. Just like the RINOs have for years before Trump came along.

      Trump had better look to the interests of American workers as he inks his signature on all these bailout plans. If he appears to have become a quisling of financial interests, his campaign reelection juggernaut will fizzle

      Depression is upon us. War with China is not a solution. i am looking one year out here, or maybe sooner. The CCP would love a war right now. To rally the population against us foreigners. And keep them from questioning that rotten system over there. No. a major reform of american consumer finance will be the only tool powerful enough to fix this one. more bailouts like 2008 combined with some peanuts checks for the peasants wont be enough


    2. Haha. “campaign juggernaut.” I regret to inform you, sir, that not only do your meds need to be checked, but the day glo bozo so feverishly supported by you and your fellow travelers composed solely of gullible rubes, dupes, klan wannabees, pocket-traitors and grifters on the make, is soon to be relegated to another sideshow footnote in the American political experience. On the upside, I’m sure the criminogenic, charlatan, reality-show “star” will be pleased with his main billing on the indictment unsealed on Jan. 21, 2021.

      this is to “ya, he’s an, ignorant, lying sack of sh*t, but he’s mean to the darkies” georgie-paulie

    1. Estovir:
      So I’m on house arrest for a disease that kills 1 in 200 people and many of them with co-morbidities. Anybody else wondering about ulterior motives?

      1. more and more of us are calling attention to the fudging of numbers by the news corporations in an effort to instill emotion and dire predictions. Have they ever done anything else …..for decades?

        I’ll be over this weekend with a bottle of Bacardi for practice shooting with our Glocks. Tell Suzanne to make Mojitos with choice mint!

        How to understand – and report – figures for ‘Covid deaths’

        1. Estovir:

          You got it. I’ll even break out the AR-15 or a Sleepy Joe calls it the “AR-14s.” Btw the cocktail of choice is a Blood and Sand.

          1. Why don’t you ride a bike instead? If you’re queer for metal and tech they have cool components and it’s better for your health.

            1. Btb:
              Why don’t you read a book? It’ll help that flabby brain. I’ll happily plink away with the knowledge it really pisses the Left off.

          2. Morbidity has to be a hallmark for supporters of the backup president. What else could bring up exquisite drivel like above? Like leader, like followers.

    1. “OK, show’s over. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.”

      – Policeman, Referencing Incoherent Derelict Riffraff in the Street

      1. George, you have heard of TPTB, but have you heard of TPTF?

        That stands for the Turd Police Task Force, which you and I, together, as entrepreneurs, are heading up. You as CEO, myself, as CFO. 😉

        Accident, and No TP to be found?

        Call Us at 1-800-Got-TPee


    2. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me forty-three citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, after seventy weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I am so proud of you that you finally figured out how get you name in the title again

        1. Anonymous – we may have to grow older, but we don’t have to grow up. 🙂

              1. PCS, are all of these various personalities, noms de plume, typical of Dissociative Identity Disorder, actually Mr. Shill, or is he just trying to reduce Professor Turley’s quarterly posting calculation to save himself the embarrassment?

                1. George – there is one that Allan calls Anonymous the Stupid who does lower the bar.

              2. PCS, are your children genetically burdened by your hubris and incompetence?

                1. Tony – I don’t think there is a gene for either, and since I am neither afflicted by hubris or incompetence, none of my 14 children could be so afflicted.

                  1. I knew that you were a devout, practicing Catholic. A baker’s’ dozen plus 1 of offspring is a worthy testimony of your faith in God

                    1. Estovir – it is hard to be a devout, practicing Catholic when you (me) are agnostic.

    3. The same was found of coverage of the 2016 election, with Hillary and Trump receiving roughly equal negative stories.

      1. ‘Found’ by Dr. Magoo of the Communications faculty.

        1. “A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone and extremely light on policy….

          As Clinton was being attacked in the press, Donald Trump was attacking the press, claiming that it was trying to “rig” the election in her favor. If that’s true, journalists had a peculiar way of going about it. Trump’s coverage during the general election was more negative than Clinton’s, running 77 percent negative to 23 percent positive. But over the full course of the election, it was Clinton, not Trump, who was more often the target of negative coverage (see Figure 1). Overall, the coverage of her candidacy was 62 percent negative to 38 percent positive, while his coverage was 56 percent negative to 44 percent positive….

          Much of the candidates’ “good press” was in the context of the horserace—who is winning and who is losing and why. At any given moment in the campaign, one of the candidates has the momentum, which is a source of positive coverage. Figure 2 shows the tone of the nominees’ coverage on non-horserace topics, those that bear some relationship to the question of their fitness for office—their policy positions, personal qualities, leadership abilities, ethical standards, and the like. In Trump’s case, this coverage was 87 percent negative to 13 percent positive. Clinton’s ratio was identical—87 percent negative to 13 percent positive….”


  4. The deployment of “Wuhan Flu,” a biological weapon, by Xi Jinping of the People’s Communist Republic of China against Europe, America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia was a racist act, a “hate crime against humanity” and an overt, deliberate act of war.

    Xi Jinping and the People’s Communist Republic of China are culpable and responsible for criminal prosecution and civil recompense for damages; a military response from Western and Allied nations constituting strict adherence to protocol.

    1. President Donald J. Trump Draws India Closer

      WASHINGTON : US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said “India was great” and his whirlwind trip to the country was “very successful”.

      Trump was on his maiden official visit to India from February 24 to 25. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania and a high-powered delegation comprising senior US administration officials, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

      They visited Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi before leaving for Washington on Tuesday.

      “Just landed. India was great, trip very successful,” Trump tweeted soon after he landed in the US after his 36-hour-long India visit.

      – Reuters

  5. Oh but the racist jokes must flow freely. Nothing tickles Turley and his minions here more.

    In the meantime: Stupid is what Stupid does:

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cites President Trump’s changed “demeanor” in issuing a stay-at-home order

  6. March 20, 2020

    “Two months ago, January 20, 2020 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the Communist People’s Republic of China.

    “The United States was at peace with that nation and, wittingly or unwittingly, through criminal dereliction and negligence and attempting to obtain the cloak of plausible deniability, the People’s Republic of China released on the world the COVID-19 biological weapon.
    “China has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the World. The Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy has directed his entire Cabinet that all measures be taken for the defense of the United States.

    “With confidence in the United States Center For Disease Control and with the unbounding determination of the American people the Untied States will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.

    “Congress must declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by China on January 20, 2020, a state of war has existed between the United States and China.”

    – President Donald J. Trump

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