What Comes After “Get Woke, Go Broke?”

AKA: “Circling the drain”

Karma is often a bitch, but it’s still funny watching Leftists get karma’d.

Backstory: Deadspin is supposed to be a sports oriented website. It was originally part of Gawker Media. Then Hulk Hogan sued Gawker for posting a sex tape of Hogan and the wife of “Bubba the Love Sponge.” (You can’t make this shit up.) Peter Theil, the guy who started PayPal, funded Hogan’s lawsuit. Gawker’s lawyers got all patriotic and wrapped their client in the First Amendment. The jury didn’t buy it. Hogan asked for $100 million in damages. The jury awarded him $140,000,000.

Gawker filed bankruptcy. Two years ago Univision bought Deadspin along with Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jezebel, and The Onion. After hemorrhaging money for a year Univision decided they had made a mistake and unloaded all of the websites to a group of investors. The investors formed G/O Media to run the websites and made former Forbes executive Jim Spanfeller the CEO. Spanfeller’s job is to make G/O Media profitable.

A couple weeks ago the Editor of Deadspin, Megan Greenwell, allowed the publication of an article describing all the problems with the new owers and Spanfeller. Yesterday, Greenwell announced she was quitting, citing conflicts with the new owners. Some people think she jumped overboard before she got pushed.

Deadspin’s editor in chief has left the company, saying the new leadership of parent company G/O Media have made it “impossible” for her to continue working there.

“I have been repeatedly undermined, lied to, and gaslit in my job,” Megan Greenwell said in a brief phone call with The Daily Beast on Friday.

G/O Media was formed earlier this year when Gizmodo Media Group, the former Gawker Media company that included sites including Deadspin, Gizmodo, and Jezebel, among others, was purchased from Univision by private equity firm Great Hill. As The Daily Beast previously reported, G/O’s new leadership have occasionally clashed with some of the company’s famously independent and outspoken editorial staff.

Greenwell said Friday that she feels “heartbroken” about leaving and that, while she does not want to be seen as a victim, recent decisions by company brass left her with few options.

Among the many grievances, Greenwell said, G/O leadership refused to guarantee editorial independence for Deadspin and asked for the site to “stick to sports”—a long-running source of frustration for a staff that also covers media, politics, and culture beyond sports.

“That’s not something I feel I can ethically do,” the departing editor said.


Greenwell’s departure comes as the network of former Gawker websites undergo cultural changes at the behest of G/O leadership. On Thursday, for example, the company released a draft of a new staff handbook with stricter new rules, alarming some staff members. It’s unclear whether the handbook contradicts the company’s existing editorial union contract.

This is my favorite part:

Perhaps most bizarrely, the handbook also establishes an attendance policy and a dress code. Employees must arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to the handbook, and are required to wear “smart casual” attire. “Offensive” logos or “sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, biker shorts, Mini-skirts, beach dresses, midriff tops, and halter tops” are all banned.

OMG! A dress code? Do you know who else had a dress code? Nazis, that’s who. Working at Deadspin must be just like a concentration camp.

If you want to know what really happened, all you have to do is read that tell-all article by Laura Wagner about Deadspin’s owners.

When Jim Spanfeller and a private equity firm called Great Hill Partners took over G/O Media—formerly Gizmodo Media Group—in April, their stated goal was to make the company profitable. It was a welcome refrain for employees all too aware of how the company had languished under Univision’s doomed ownership. But as Spanfeller began to implement his vision, that hope was replaced by employee frustration and skepticism over his hiring practices and interference with the company’s journalism.

Spanfeller, a man who is regularly and perhaps euphemistically referred to in press accounts as a digital media “veteran,” has so far hired a slew of his former colleagues at Forbes.com—where he was CEO from 2001 to 2009—and Playboy—where he was a senior vice president from 1989 to 1993. These include a senior vice president of marketing who last week wrote a baffling reader “satisfaction” survey for Deadspin at Spanfeller’s behest; a sales executive who, sources say, appears unable to give an effective sales pitch; and an editorial director who repeatedly attempted to kill the reporting process for this story.

These men, and others who now hold C-suite positions at the company, were each hired without a public recruitment process, and several were installed over high-ranking women who had been successfully performing those jobs at the company for years.


Just two weeks after Spanfeller and Great Hill acquired the company, and less than a week after he said in an interview with Variety that he didn’t expect any layoffs, Spanfeller fired 25 people across the 400-person company, including Susie Banikarim, GMG’s widely respected editorial director, and the only person of color on the executive leadership team at the time. (The other woman on the executive leadership team, general counsel Lynn Oberlander, left the company this week.) In the months that followed, without posting the jobs publicly, Spanfeller, 62, hired a stable of white men to fill executive positions overseeing nearly every facet of the company. Six of these hires were Spanfeller’s colleagues from his previous jobs at Forbes, Playboy, and Ziff Davis.

Deadspin’s problem is obvious. They are infested with SJWs. The staff “Got woke” and the magazine went broke. So the new owners want to make the changes necessary to make the website profitable. The Deadspin staff reacted like the Deep State did to Trump’s election.

Deadspin has been losing money and subscribers. It is supposedly a sports blog but the writers and editors want to write about other stuff. The articles they write are crap. The new owners tell them to focus on sports.

“That’s not something I feel I can ethically do,” the departing editor said.

Spanfeller brings in his own team from outside the company. The Spanfeller team members are not interested in the opinions of the SJW’s. Spanfeller doesn’t want to promote any of them. He is not interested in diversity, he wants to make money. SJW’s are confused.

“He told me to write about sports. I told him ‘You’re not the boss of me.'”
“So what happened?”
“He said I was fired.”

Nobody wants to read SJW bullshit. They especially don’t want to pay for it. Just ask Vox – Ezra Klein and Markos Moulitsas are burning thru the $200 million in start-up money they were given to start Vox.

There is a market for sports though. People will spend money to read about sports.

The lesson here is: “Never hire SJW’s.” They are Kryptonite to profitability.


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178 Responses to What Comes After “Get Woke, Go Broke?”

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I wonder if shareholders know how much their companies being woke is costing them?

    • swanspirit says:

      I especially don’t want SJW and being woke mixed in with sports. A lot of people probably feel the same way, as evidenced by what happened to the NFL. Not to mention what the grannies are doing to women’s sports, which is an ongoing travesty.

      • swanspirit says:

        Fucking autocorrect. TRANNIES, not grannies.

        • Cisco says:

          ☠️Death to the machines☠️

        • DeniseVB says:

          Yes, there is a difference, LOL ! I outgrew my “tranny” (tomboy) years when my hormones kicked in around 12 😀

          • Somebody says:

            Well once you go through menopause your estrogen does take a nose dive, but mixing trannies and grannies is a bridge too far, IMHO 😜

          • DeniseVB says:

            What’s funny, was hoping it really was grannies, the Gray Panthers are back ! Boo-yah!

          • swanspirit says:

            My mother wept over my tomboy years, scabby knees, staying out in the rain, no jewelry, and bone straight hair, that she tried desperately to curl. But finally, I got older, had a daughter, who could spend two hours painting her nails, and she got the daughter she always wanted. 😁👸💃💅👗🛍👒👑👠👒💐

          • DeniseVB says:

            LOL, in the 50’s every mother wanted their daughters to be Shirley Temple, I remember being hooked up to some electric hot curling machine when I was 9 or 10, because those home Toni perms didn’t work on me. My hair was the consistency of corn silk, and it didn’t turn out well either, my hair turned into the consistency of cotton candy, and just as sticky. 😀

      • Woke Lola says:

        The NFL doubled down this week and partnered with Roc Nation, Jayzee’s company. If I get a whiff of SJW nonsense from this partnership (and I will) I’m dropping the NFL forever. I already don’t watch half the games anymore. It’s a short jump to “fuck the hell off, I can talk about other things.”

    • Cisco says:

      I think once they see the dividends drop, the shareholders will notice.
      Just like me, except since President Trump took office, mine have increased.
      Slightly, yes, but but still money I wasn’t getting when the Former Occupant was in office.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Someone needs to alert the Woke NYT and WaPo and Cable News before it’s too late. Oh wait, nevermind. They’re truly making The Babylon Bee the most trusted name in news 😀

  3. DandyTIger says:

    There should be a stock fund that excludes any companies with high level SJW’s or any other signs of Wokeness. And then a stock fund that’s all about being Woke. And then compare the two over time. 🙂

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Bill Mitchell is still getting hammered on Twitter, this “poll” sure backfired. From what I understand, he raised over 14k on GoFundMe to “move his studio” to DC to be closer to the “action”, then decided to move to Miami. I kinda got bored following the drama when he whined people misunderstood his GFM page.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    For Swannie:

    • swanspirit says:

      Thank you!! That was The White Marlin Open fishing tournament!!All those Trump flags on the fishing boats and yachts are wonderful. It’s all over the local news, but you don’t see it much in the fake news, of course; even though Michael Jordan, and Emeril Lagasse took part this year. You would think that would be newsworthy?

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Thank you from swampland’s outer ring in Montgomery county. it is always nice to be reminded that there are some beautiful places to be found in Maryland. As I think SHV mentioned after a recent trip, even in today’s Baltimore.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Maryland is a beautiful state. The coastal towns on the Bay and Potomac, National Harbor and Annapolis. We only see the worst parts because the stupid news seems always focus on those “if it bleeds it leads” stories.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    When you see #AllBlacks trending on the top of Twitter and relieved to find out it’s about Rugby 😀

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I ❤ NY 😀

  8. taw46 says:

  9. Dora says:

    Another famous date in American history.

  10. lateblum says:

    Hey Klown, how is your leg? Did you go to the clinic yesterday?

  11. taw46 says:


  12. taw46 says:

    Why we voted for him.

  13. 1539days says:

    What’s really fun is reading Barstool Sports. Apparently, there’s this war between them and Deadspin. Barstool is winning because they actually sell merch and make money.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I like Barstool Sports.

      Meanwhile, is anyone following the Little League World Series games this week on ESPN? It’s like 10-12 year olds playing their hearts out after winning their International and National regions to qualify. We have a team to root for this year, Virginia aka Southeast Regional champs and from NoVa’s Loundon County. They had to beat several states in the SE region to qualify in earlier tournaments. 10-12 year olds, think about it. I’m in awe.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    TCH PSA TCM: Errol Flynn movies on all day. 😉 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/

  15. helenk3 says:


    civilian- military deal in sudan.
    does this mean that all the illegal sudanese can go home now

  16. Dora says:

    Look how they are covering it! Grrrr!


    Portland braces for violence at far-right rally — entire police force will be on duty

  17. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Leg Update:

    I removed the outer wrapping and took a shower to let the water loosen the rest of the bandages. Most of it came off easily but there was one little spot that bled a tiny bit. The wound is still tender but it is not swollen or inflamed like it would be if it was infected. If it was going to get infected it would have happened by now. So I think if I keep taking care of it it will heal completely without professional assistance.

    I am allowing it to air dry before re-bandaging. That means I am in my room with the door closed because Taggart loves to rub against my legs. Thankfully, he is asleep under the dining room table right now. He is like a little kid – a closed door drives him crazy if I am on the other side of it. He’ll keep pushing against the door and meowing as if he was asking, “Daddy? What are you doing in there? Why is the door closed? Daddy? Let me in, Daddy. Hello? I miss you, Daddy. Let me in, Daddy. Why aren’t you opening the door? I want to come in, Daddy. Please?”

    Try relaxing and doing the crossword in the bathroom with that right outside the door.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Taggart is the neediest, clingiest cat I’ve ever heard of. Somebody forgot to tell him that cats are independent and aloof. I’m pretty sure he thinks I am his mommy. I keep a shirt on when I sleep because if he found out I have nipples he’d try to nurse.

      • Somebody says:

        I had a gray cat like that, the biggest baby ever, real lap cat. In fact the sweetest cat I ever owned.

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          Taggart doesn’t do sweet. If I held him on my lap while I petted him he would claw my leg (or worse) It is like a reflex and he doesn’t do it hard but his claws go right thru the shorts I wear.

          • Woke Lola says:

            Sounds like our Dahlia. She’s black. LOL But yeah, she and her sister were found as feral kittens and they have just not gotten over the feral part completely, despite our best attempts. Dahlia in particular will meow and mewl anytime Jake, my hubby, is off limits. She will do anything to suck his shirt for a while before falling fast asleep. But if you even TRY to pick her up or cuddle her, she will cut the fuck out of you. Here’s a pic of her claws.

            Dahlis claws

    • Somebody says:

      It can get infected at any time until it is healed up. Sounds like you’re taking good care of it. There are various healing creams to aid, but most of them are pricey. About the cheapest thing you can get is store brand Mederma, which will speed the healing, but you’re probably not quite ready for that, give it a few days at least.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Okay, now I’m pissed. I went to Walmart the night I injured my leg because I knew I would need more bandages and stuff. I got a box of gauze pads that was big enough to hold 4×4″ pads. I just opened it up and the pads are 2×2″ which is too small. Each pad is individually packaged in an envelope that is 4×4″ in size.

      And I’m all out of brownies.

    • lateblum says:

      Be certain to read swanspirit at 12:51. She named a couple of meds so you can keep the would clean and treated.

  18. Dora says:

    Let them try!


    House Democrats Mull Punishing Jewish Ambassadors Over Decision To Ban Anti-Semitic Congresswomen From Israel


  19. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I have to wait for Mom to go to bed so I can make some of my magic brownies. If Mom was awake she would want one, and she doesn’t know about the special secret ingredient. Magic brownies are a great stress reliever. Half a brownie makes Mom easier to deal with. A whole brownie makes a sleepy klown. Two brownies is a party, and four brownies is a trip through time and space to another dimension.

    (Actually, I have never eaten more than one brownie in a single day.)

  20. lyn says:

    • dm says:

      That was really sweet and a much needed reminder of why I do what I do. The last few years I have adopted old black dogs that no one wanted. I pretty much got what was advertised with the first two, but the last one had a lot of gaps in the information presented and reality. Just took her to the ear specialist Thursday and none of the news was good. What’s worse is everything going on had been going on for a very long time. She will be with us a year next month and she still is relatively aloof…I don’t think she ever really had a positive relationship with a human. Every time I get angry about the intentional holes in her medical history, someone reminds me that if it wasn’t for us she would probably be dead. She is incredibly sweet, but has had such a horrible life. We don’t have the money to take care of all the issues and even if we did, it would be a lot to put her through. So, we are doing what we can and giving her the best life we can for as long as it seems reasonable…it’s so hard to tell because dogs are just so tolerant of pain. But as long as she has a decent quality of life, we will keep trying to give it to her.

  21. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • 1539days says:

      At least he could have lied and used “whatever the readers want” instead of basically saying that they’re writing what they feel like, no matter how few people want to read it.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Do you eat garlic? It’s a natural antibiotic. I eat fresh and use a table spoon of the jar stuff to scramble eggs with spinach, tomato, and cheese. Still thinking about your leg as is everyone else here. Have also read raw garlic in a salad can help control A1c.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        I put garlic on just about everything except drinks and sweets.

        • Mothy67 says:

          Fucked up doctor story. I was told I had Hep C and he wanted to put me on some hard core drugs. I think it was interfuron back then. I was 30 something. I came of age in the big city. I never engaged in anything high risk. I was court ordered to a rehab which was were they gave the test. I knew in my heart that it was not true. I got an actual Hep C test. Zero trace of Hep C. I have the antibodies. They were going to use those results to pump me full of thousands of dollars of a then experimental drug. I had hundreds of transfusions as a kid. Blood science is freaky. I have never had a cold or the flu. Not once in 52 years. Pollen and cats are another story.

  22. Mothy67 says:

    Bohemian Rhapsody!!!!!!
    Damn that guy deserved the Oscar. Live Aid scene was dead on. Reminded me of Angela Basset as Tina Turner.

  23. Myiq2xu™ says:

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    • lyn says:

      Antifa fascists have a unicorn mascot. LOL.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Reading through Andy Ngo’s timeline is very disturbing. Still can’t figure out what the Proud Boys do that pisses off Antifa so much. I they’re “white supremacist”, where were the cross burnings and hangings ? I did see some racist antifa behavior taunting a black policeman with all kinds of slurs. So confusing.

  25. Angie says:


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  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lyn says:

    • 1539days says:

      Ironically, the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was attacked by SJWs for not being woke enough.

  31. lyn says:

    Am enjoying this film.

  32. Dora says:

    • Cisco says:

      Maybe Andy was looking for his shorts he forgot to take with him seeing how he was in a rush to leave:

  33. Dora says:

    Happy Birthday Robert.

    I used to think this man was gorgeous. Did he change or did I?

  34. Dora says:

    Still going at it in Paris.

  35. votermom says:

    Need prayers And maybe advice
    Late last night suddenly got a lot of new floaters in one eye – looked like ink dispersing in a glass
    This morning just one big floater and a couple tiny ones left
    Thing is we drive KTY to college tomorrow and ate staying a couple of days (her bday) – 5 hours away.
    Do I just ignore it until we get back?

    • Dora says:

      Votermom, see a doctor immediately!

      It sounds like you have a detached retina!

      I hope I’m wrong, but it’s best to have it looked at.

      I’m praying.

    • Miranda says:

      It’s either vascular membrane detachment (which I have and is probably not a big deal) or retinal detachment ( much more serious and needs quick intervention). They have the same symptoms so get checked ASAP,

    • swanspirit says:

      Definitely see a doctor immediately, and keep us posted, please. Sending healing!

    • SHV says:

      Good they will evaluate today. If it’s not getting worse, my WAG is vitreous detachment with small blood vessel tear. When I had my detachment, it was progressive, ie pulling a black “curtain” across my vision.

    • Ann says:

      Keep everyone updated, Votermom.

      I’ve had three detached retinas (the bands they put in the eye to reattach it weigh something so they only try to put them where needed – my left eye had two detachments). It doesn’t sound like what I had (with my first retina detachment it was like a gray kaleidoscope – blind in that eye, the other two times never got that bad), although everyone may be different. It could just be holes in your retina in which case laser surgery or shots. The shots are easy, the laser surgery worse, the surgery to reattach a retina is simply a long healing process afterwards.

      Good luck. I hope it is nothing. I have floaters in my one eye now (the eye that gets shots) and have been told “we all have floaters”!

    • blowme0bama says:

      Oh good lord, go to a Dr.!

    • threewickets says:

      If it’s retinal detachment you’ll see a black curtain creeping into your vision. I’ve had that and it requires immediate attention and surgery. Good luck, hope it’s less serious.

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  38. lyn says:


    “The latest federal-election reports show that Trump is doing surprisingly well getting backers in this bluest of blue places. With nearly 15 months to go before the 2020 election, he already has drawn more donations from Seattle addresses than he did during the entire 2016 campaign.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      Don’t tell the libtards that, they may not be able to handle it. 🙂 They’re currently pushing the idea that all of the crowds Trump gets are paid or forced by local companies. They seriously think everyone hates Trump and no one will vote for him. Let’s hope they continue to live in their alternate universe.

      • DeniseVB says:

        They are totally projecting. Over a year on #WalkAway, not one person has been paid to be at a Trump rally. The empty seats from the other night weren’t the results of 9,000 people in the outside overflow being locked out either. The arena was at capacity by head count, not seats. Most of those nosebleed areas moved to the packed floor to get closer.

        Not sure what went on at the Shell Company, sounded like Union thuggery, not company or Trump policy.

    • Constance says:

      I’m starting to know a lot of Trump voters here in Seattle. The Libs here are really a piece of work. They are all really hostile and easily threatened and believe these bizarre media narratives as if they are dictates from God. We are in the middle of a Seattle City Council over-throw so the Powers That Be might need to find new work and of course there is not much demand for vapid ineffective apparatchiks.

  39. lyn says:

    Trump so racist.

  40. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I overslept this morning. I woke up to Mom knocking on my bedroom door. “Are you ready? It’s time to go.”

    I got her there with 5 minutes to spare.

    Mom: “I wish you wouldn’t drive so fast.”
    Me: “I wish you would wake me up earlier.”

  41. Dora says:

    • Anthony says:

      His “candidacy” is a distraction. While we think he’s making s laughingstock of himself, he’s really laughing even harder on the inside. Hundreds of bills being pushed through that are going to mske New Yorkers lives miserable. I didn’t think it would be possible to find him more loathsome than I already did, but here I am…

  42. elliesmom says:

    Friday morning I was cutting out a pattern, and I had my laptop plugged in charging. Someone knocked at the door, the dog barked, the phone rang, and Elliesdad called me in a panic from the bathroom. I tripped over the cord to my laptop and jerked the cord out of it, leaving the end of the plug inside the machine. With some patience and the right tool, I probably can get the end out, and with a new AC adapter, the laptop will probably be fine, but right now I have neither. I could have used my Fire until I have both of those things and can try to repair it, but I loaned my Fire to my brother “for a few weeks” in April so he could read a book. I bought him his own Fire in May for his birthday hoping it would trigger the return of mine, but it’s still living with him. Elliesdad has both a laptop and a Fire, but he doesn’t share well. I told Elliesdad I was going to invoke the “Setti rule” and buy myself a new laptop. Setti was my boss at one time, and when I would go to him with a problem, he would say, “Roberta-san, will money solve the problem? Do we have money? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then there is no problem”. Elliesdad’s response was, “You deserve a new laptop. Buy yourself something nice.”
    So I ordered a new laptop. It’s bigger than I really want, but it’s what had all the features I want and could be delivered on Saturday. My computer is currently my lifeline. It keeps me in touch with ED’s doctor and med team, orders my groceries, and lets my kids know I’m still alive. But Amazon didn’t deliver it on time. It didn’t come until today. So yesterday was a battle with ED over “scarce resources”. Because I’m always prepared for a computer to die, I have everything backed up, and I’m slowly getting back to normal. A couple of years having the IT guys report to me was good training. Do you know who’s really excited that I have a new laptop? The grandkid. The one I broke is a slick little machine. He figures I should have it fixed just in time for him to be getting back to school. Then he can pass his “piece of junk” down to his sister.

  43. Dora says:

    Former Political Organizer For Jerry Brown Owns Company That Hires People To Protest

    We all know most of these riots we’ve been witnessing are paid for by Soros and his NWO buddies. But have you heard of Crowds on Demand, a company that openly hires actors to participate in protests?


  44. SHV says:

    “Good news! Eye foc checked me out and said it’s just the vitreous shrinking.”
    Not my specialty and none of my business but, unless your were seen by a Retinologist for evaluation, you need an immediate referral or self schedule an appointment with a Retinologist for a full retina exam. I’ve had vitreous shrinkage, retinal tears, and a detached retina. Again my WAG from your symptoms, there is a chance that the shrinkage caused a horseshoe tear or an Operculum in the Retina. If this happened, fluid can leak behind the retina and cause a detachment. If a Retinologist finds a hole or holes, a laser is used to “spot weld” the retina in that spot inorder to seal the area.

    • votermom says:

      thank you for explaining!

      my eye doc used to do surgery but he retired from that; I don’t know if he’s a retinologist

      Anyway he told me there are three tests I had to pass – dunno what they’re called but I’ll try to describe: the first is when he looks in the dilated pupil just with the light while my head is on the chin/forehead thingy, the second is looking in the pupil while he prods the edges of the eye (I am reclined and he wears a magnifier on his eye, the third is back at the chin/forehead thingy and a lens with “mirrors” goes right on my eyeball (similar to when he measures pressure).
      Anyway, he says I passed – no macular bleeding, no holes or tears.If he’d found any he would have sent me to Wills Eye Hospital in Philly.

  45. Myiq2xu™ says:

    New post finally up!

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