IF YOU’RE DISGUSTED BY 23 YEAR OLD WOMEN MARRYING 78 YEAR OLD MEN…..

….well, reverse the genders and tell us how you feel now.

A 23-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife have launched an OnlyFans account to share their ‘fully explicit’ content online.

Almeda Errell and Gary Hardwick from Tennessee, who have a 53-year age gap, took to Twitter to reveal their new venture on the subscription site, where content creators provide exclusive material to their subscribers, or ‘fans.’

Gary penned: ‘My wife and I are new to OnlyFans, we have a 53 year age gap. She’s 76 and I’m 23.

‘We have fully explicit content on our OF. We’ve reached top 10 per cent in a week so far.’

The couple charge a $11-a-month (£8.19) subscription fee on their OnlyFans account, but at the moment, are offering a discounted price of $5.50 (£4.10).

It comes shortly after the loved-up couple joined TikTok, where they frequently post videos of Gary lip syncing a serenade to his much-older wife before showering her with kisses.

The couple met at Almeda’s son’s funeral, when Almeda was 71 and Gary was still 17; before Almeda even spoke to Gary properly, she said she remembered thinking he was The One.

Gary – who is younger than one of Almeda’s grandsons – previously described himself as ‘really mature for his age’, and revealed that he had just come out of an unhappy relationship with a 77-year-old woman when he met Almeda.

Gary proposed to Almeda just two weeks after they started dating, and the couple tied the knot on October 26, 2015, by which time Gary was 18.

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OUR LIVES: RUN BY AUTHORITARIANS AND DESPOTS MASQUERADING AS “EXPERTS”

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Even CNN Reports on Officials Violating Their Own Kung-Flu Guidelines

Never thought I would be linking to anything on CNN, but stranger things have happened.

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A Kung-Flu Feel Good Story

Seems Hollyweird is hemorhaging right and left of late with theaters shutterred and Kalifornia getting hammered by the state’s fine governor.

Disney just laid off 100 executives. Oh the humanity of it all! Disney is all about wokeness, so I feel no sorrow for any of these folks. I feel the opposite. More like elation! Watching Hollyweird auger in is something worthy of a bag of popcorn. It’s better than watching any of the movies they make. As Ace said over at AOSHQ, “Learn to code.”

More than 100 executives are said to have been impacted by Thursday’s layoffs.

“It’s a bloodbath.” That’s how two longtime Disney staffers have described the wave of layoffs happening at the company Thursday.

The staff reductions are taking place are falling under Disney’s General Entertainment Content unit, overseen by Peter Rice, and Dana Walden’s Walt Disney Television division, including ABC and studio 20th Television. Sources say more than 100 staffers have been impacted by Thursday’s layoffs. “I’m sure Disney’s seen worse but it feels pretty significant,” said one longtime executive familiar with the cutbacks Thursday. Disney declined comment. (THR will update this post with more information as it becomes available.)

Longtime ABC exec Vicki Drummer, who has spent nearly a quarter century at Disney and most recently served as head of current for the broadcast network, is among the senior executives who have been impacted by the layoffs. ABC’s exec vp scheduling Andy Kubitz, an eight-year network veteran, is also among those who lost their jobs Thursday. Kubitz most recently patched together ABC’s schedule after the scores of holes were created when the pandemic forced production to shut down.

On the studio side, Dan Kupetz — who joined 20th TV in January to fill the void created by longtime studio co-chief Howard Kurtzman’s retirement — was also let go.

Another source noted that that Hulu executives are also among those who are worried about their jobs after Disney earlier this week gave Hulu head of originals Craig Erwich oversight of ABC as well. Disney continues to restructure and consolidate its workforce to better position the company for the streaming future while eliminating staff redundancies for cost-saving purposes. The changes are the latest in a wave of structural repositioning across Disney that started Oct. 12 when new CEO Bob Chapek shifted the company’s priority to streaming. As part of the effort, Chapek tapped former consumer products president Kareem Daniel to oversee a new Media and Entertainment Distribution Group. That gave greater content control to studio leaders, including Rice, while handing Daniel oversight of distribution, ad sales and such other business functions as budgets. The changes created what one top literary agent dubbed a “content czar and Supreme Court of buyers” at Disney.

As part of the moves, Rice centralized departments including marketing, publicity, scheduling and media planning into three distinct groups overseen by Shannon Ryan (Hulu and linear networks), former Twitter head of global creative Jayanta Jenkins (Disney+) and Stephanie Gibbons (FX/FX on Hulu). That means that networks like Freeform, ABC, Hulu and Disney+ will no longer have dedicated teams overseeing areas including scheduling.

This week, Walden reorganized her group and folded Touchstone Television (formerly Fox 21) into 20th Television. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke was tapped to oversee 20th TV, bumping Carolyn Cassidy to the No. 2 at the former Fox studio and sending longtime Fox 21 president Bert Salke back to producing.

With Erwich expanding his purview to include Hulu and ABC, and Burke now at the studio, it’s unclear how the development process at Disney will work going forward. The restructuring empowered studio chiefs to develop content for across Disney’s portfolio. Still to be determined is if Disney will merge creative development teams — i.e. heads of current, drama, comedy and so on — into one larger content group that oversees all content that could effectively end the age-old process of getting notes from both the studio and network side.

Such a move would position Disney similar to the changes that have taken place this year at NBCUniversal, which centralized business functions under Frances Berwick and entertainment content under Susan Rovner. The duo together oversee a portfolio that includes NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen and E!, among others. NBCUniversal continues to have its studio counterparts, with separate leadership of Universal Television and Universal Content Productions.

Thursday’s layoffs are the latest to come at Disney, which like other entertainment titans, is under tremendous financial pressure as a result of the novel coronavirus. With Disneyland in Southern California remaining shuttered and most movie theaters pinched by the pandemic, Disney this month announced additional furloughs for theme park employees and executives. That unknown tally will join the 28,000 park employees who were laid off in September. Disney reported a $3.1 billion third-quarter loss this month, following a $4.7 billion hit during Q2. Other Disney brands, including ESPN, have also been impacted by layoffs as the pandemic touches every corner of the entertainment sector and upends Hollywood’s old way of life.

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WHEN CARTOONS TELL STORIES

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Dan Bongino: The Video That Shocked America

I don’t think much of anything shocks America anymore.

The Dan Bongino Show

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I GUESS THEY’VE NEVER HEARD OF SELF DEFENSE?

People are “scared” because of attacks by asshole punks.

But, being in liberal Tax-a-Two-Shits, I am not surprised.

The attacks come after dark, without warning, usually from behind.

The victims, all men, are hit so hard on the head with some sort of blunt object that they are often knocked to the ground and require medical attention.

The apparently random string of at least 10 attacks in the Boston suburb of Waltham has angered city leaders, frustrated police and frightened residents.

“There is definitely a fear factor in our city right now,” police detective Sgt. Steve McCarthy, who is leading the investigation, said at a news conference Tuesday.

The attacks started Nov. 10 at the Gardencrest apartment complex but have spread to the downtown of the city of about 60,000 residents roughly 10 miles west of Boston. The latest attack was the day after Thanksgiving.

“People are concerned, and a small group of people are genuinely scared,“ said City Councilor Sean Durkee, whose ward includes Gardencrest. “I have always told people that there is no place in Waltham I would not let my mother walk at night — until last week. It’s not the sort of thing that happens here.”

Unnerved residents are changing their routines and paying more attention to their surroundings.

“My God, we’re scared,” Amos Frederick, 37, said Wednesday as he walked through the complex. “All of us stay indoors except during the day. If someone is just walking to their car, we watch out for them.”

Nathan Lumunye, 24, works nights at a home improvement store.

“I have to go to work,” he said. “So I make sure I leave the house earlier and keep an eye out.”

The victims have all been men, and all on foot, but they range in age from 20 to the mid-40s and are of various ethnic backgrounds, Police Chief Keith MacPherson said. All have been ambushed after dark by someone wearing a mask or with a hoodie pulled tight around their face, the chief said.

One victim was walking a dog. One was getting into a vehicle. A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was also attacked.

Some required hospitalization.

“They’re pretty serious injuries, including orbital facial fractures, fractured nose, lacerations to the face. So we don’t believe it can be just someone’s fist,” the chief said.

Emerson Antonio Aroche Paz was struck in the head twice around 10 p.m. Nov. 25, he told The Boston Globe.

He wiped the blood from his face so he could see his assailant, but the person had fled. He called 911 and went to the hospital.

“My nose broke. Part of my head is cracked,” Aroche Paz said. “But my brain is fine.”

Because of the manner of the attacks, and because the attacker immediately flees, victims have not been able to provide a clear description to investigators.

The city has released surveillance images of a suspect that have led to some tips, and offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“We do have a couple persons of interest,” McCarthy said.

What is sparking the attacks remains unclear.

“The motive is somewhat in question but it appears to be a thrill of the assault, or someone who’s very violent and enjoys seeing someone hurt by this,” MacPherson said Tuesday. “There’s never been a robbery. It’s always been just an assault and the assailant takes off.”

Waltham police consulted with Boston police to determine whether the attacks could be some sort of gang initiation, but that does not appear to be the case.

Although police are not sure if they are searching for one attacker or more, the suspect is likely working alone and is probably motivated by thrills, enjoyment, a sense of power and a sense of dominance, James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University said in a phone interview Wednesday.

“This person is holding the entire city of Waltham in his grip of terror,” said Fox, who has written several books on mass murderers.

The fact that the victims are men may indicate the attacker has some sense of morality.

“He may feel attacking women is unfair. It’s too easy. He believes you don’t hit a girl or a woman,” Fox said.

In response to the attacks, police have stepped up patrols with both uniformed and plainclothes officers and are also using drones for aerial surveillance.

The fact that the suspect has gotten away with so many attacks may be his undoing, Fox said.

“At some point his luck runs out and he makes a blunder,” Fox said.

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2020: THE YEAR OF THE MEME

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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Wish I Had This Kind of Talent

Probably help to have the tools too…

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TODAY’S OPEN THREAD

TODAY’S OPEN THREAD

Got something interesting?

Just feel like bitching?

Need to unload?

Have at it in the comments.

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I Need To Visit This Church

First Baptist of Dallas

DALLAS, TX—Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas announced on Sunday that their visitor gift bags have undergone a massive overhaul. Before dismissing the congregation he asked all guests to reach under their seats to receive their very own Bible and AR-15 free of charge.

“We wanted our congregation to be armed not just with scripture, but with pure, awesome firepower,” Pastor Jeffress explained. “Now our parishioners will fear no evil as their God is with them and they are fully loaded.” 

The visitors joyfully pulled out the inerrant word of God and marveled at their new AR-15’s, already fully loaded with the finest 5.56 ammunition. 

“Now you’re probably wondering why all of the AR-15’s came with the magazine already loaded with live rounds,” Jeffress said. “Well, we figured that if you are visiting us here then you should already know how to properly handle such a weapon.”

The congregation then proceeded to wildly fire their weapons into the air while shouting ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Amen’!

For anyone who says have a weapon isn’t consistent with being a Christian has never read the Gospels.   The Apostles were armed when they accompanied Jesus

John 18:10       Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear.

Until the invention of the handgun, the sword was the most deadly weapon a man could carry for close quarters fights.  Today the sword ranks right behind the gun.  

 

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EYE CANDY

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The A Word Song

It will probably get removed soon, but who knows…

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Car Girls

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GET READY FOR THE WEREWOLF CHALLENGE

We had Tide Pods and God knows what else stupid fucking kids will do.

Now here’s one that could very well be based on this story.

In ten years if we start seeing sexy hairy ladies we’ll know what they did when they were between 10-14.

Around 20 Spanish children ended up growing hair all over their bodies after being administered hair restoring medicine, instead of syrup for upset stomachs.

In a shocking incident first in the summer of 2019, almost two dozen children reportedly started exhibiting symptoms of hypertrichosis, aka “werewolf syndrome”. They started growing hair excessively all over their bodies, after being administered minoxidil, a drug that stimulates hair growth, instead of omeprazole, usually prescribed for gastric problems. The mix-up allegedly happened after mislabeled syrups were delivered to pharmacies in Granada and Valencia, which chemsist prescribed to treat the upset stomachs of little ones. Over a year since hypertrichosis symptoms were first reported, the families of affected children claim their hair is still growing excessively, but justice has not been served.

Spanish newspaper El Espanol last year featured the story of Amaya and Daniel, a couple from Cantabria who last April noticed that their daughter had developed a mustache. She had light brown hair, but at under 22 weeks old, their daughter had a black mustache. Before long, the same dark hair started growing on her forehead. They went to a pediatrician for a checkup, but the symptoms only got worse.

Weeks later, the little girl’s body was covered with the same black hair. On her back, from top to bottom, on the fingers, on her legs, on the face, on the shoulders, it grew everywhere. After visiting the pediatrist again, Amaya and Daniel were asked if any of their respective families had a history of excessive hair growth, which neither of them knew about. Then they were asked about any medicine that the girl had taken and that’s how they ended up identifying the culprit…

Like many babies, Amaya’s daughter suffered from gastric reflux problems and was prescribed omeprazole. Too young to take the drug in capsule form, she was given a syrup prepared by a chemist at a local pharmacy. Unfortunately, the mixture contained an ingredient it shouldn’t have, which instead of helping her upset stomach, caused hair to excessively grow all over her body.

As soon as it discovered that certain batches of omeprazole syrup had been contaminated with minoxidil, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products immediately drew them from the market, but by that point, several cases similar to the one described above had been reported in places like Valencia and Madrid.

Last summer, the story of this shocking mix-up that caused hypertrichosis symptoms in around 20 children made news headlines in Spain, sparking outrage among the general public. An investigation began, and authorities promised that those responsible would be brought to justice. However, RT Spain recently reported that, over a year since the mix-up was discovered, many of the affected children continue to suffer from hypertrichosis, and no one has been held accountable.

A criminal lawsuit is directed against a laboratory and several companies that import and distribute medicines, but no substantial progress has been made. Those affected have reported delays, since even the request for evidence has been left unanswered for months.

According to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), in September of last year 12 of the affected children had recovered or were in the recovery phase (between 1 and 5 months after the suspension of treatment), in another five cases the progress had not yet been appraised, and no information was available on the other six cases.

However, the lawyers of several families whose children were affected by the drug mix-up have denounced in the Torrelavega Court that most of the kids’ body hair continues to grow.

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FUNNY IT TOOK A CHINK NEWS SERVICE TO GIVE US GOOD NEWS

Seen this on nightly news? Or cable news?

Hell, anywhere?

Tired of all those iguanas, guinea pigs, ostriches and small ponies as emotional support animals?

Whiny fucks will have to get dogs.

The US Department of Transportation is putting an end to the melange of pets people bring on planes as emotional support animals. It decided that only dogs can fly as service animals.

The rule aims to settle years of tension between airlines and passengers who bring their pets on board for free by saying they need them for emotional help. Under a long-standing department policy, all the passengers needed was a note from a health professional.

Airlines argued that passengers abused the situation to bring a menagerie of animals on board including cats, turtles, pot-bellied pigs and, in one case, a peacock.

The agency said on Wednesday it was rewriting the rules partly because passengers carrying unusual animals on board “eroded the public trust in legitimate service animals”. It also cited the increasing frequency of people “fraudulently representing their pets as service animals”, and a rise in misbehaviour by emotional-support animals, ranging from peeing on the carpet to biting other passengers.

The new rule will force passengers with emotional-support animals to check them into the cargo hold – and pay a pet fee – or leave them at home. The agency estimated that airlines will gain up to US$59 million a year in pet fees.

Under the final rule, which takes effect in 30 days, a service animal is a dog trained to help a person with a physical or psychiatric disability. Advocates for veterans and others had pushed for inclusion of psychiatric service dogs.

Airlines will be able to require owners to vouch for the dog’s health, behaviour and training. Airlines can require people with a service dog to turn in paperwork up to 48 hours before a flight, but they can’t bar those travellers from checking in online like other passengers.

Airlines can require that service dogs to be leashed at all times, and they can bar dogs that show aggressive behaviour. There have been incidents of emotional-support animals biting passengers.

Airlines for America, a trade group for the biggest US carriers, said the new rule will protect passengers and airline employees while helping people travel with trained service dogs.

The Transportation Department stood by an earlier decision to prohibit airlines from banning entire dog breeds as service animals. That is a setback for Delta Air Lines, which banned “pit bull type dogs” in 2018, a move that was criticised by disability advocates.

Delta, however, is giving no indication of backing down. In a statement, a Delta spokeswoman said the airline is reviewing the new rule but, “At this time, there are no changes to Delta’s current service and support animal policies”.

The Transportation Department proposed the new rule back in January. It received more than 15,000 comments, many of them complaining about emotional-support animals.

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THESE GUYS WANT FUTURE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS TO BE MENTALLY RETARDED

Why do I say that?

They want to eliminate GPAs in college.

In other words everyone graduates regardless of grade.

So people will pay $50,000 per year to play tiddly winks while their professors are fucking them in the closets of the schools….while collecting 6 figure salaries for a 7 hour work week.

This picture tells you everything you need to know about today’s college kids.

Check out where they are sitting. Tell me they’re not attention whores hoping for someone to see them because their asses are on a table instead of a chair putting them above all other students in that hall.

Leftwing media outlet Vox published a piece Tuesday that calls for the elimination of college grade point averages (GPAs) because focusing on grades “trains students for a lifetime of capitalist service.”

Progressives are planning for a Biden/Harris administration by putting all their wish list items “out there,” and writer Mai Tran at Vox is highlighting a TikTok video by Darya Nouri that Tran refers to as a “PSA to high schoolers.”

In the video, Nouri complains that she studied round the clock in high school to get good grades, including in many advanced placement courses, and “never did anything fun.”

Nouri’s video then shows someone she refers to as “this mf,” with his middle finger in the air, who, she says, “had beef w every teacher and dropped his only club and had fun.”

“We both ended up at the same college,” Nouri moans. “Don’t be me. Go have fun.”

Tran writes Nouri’s video demonstrates “a growing culture among many students” they should be “working hard.”

She says this “culture” has developed, “in part because of the ways so many schools in the United States foster gatekeeping and competitive environments.”

But, she questions, what should young people do with the “feeling of unfairness” they experience when they see peers who “worked less” gain entry to the same prestigious colleges and universities?

Tran’s theory is the education system is just another arm of capitalism, and grading a “shallow” method of evaluating students:

The education system has come to reinforce capitalist ideas, teaching students that anything is possible with hard work and that their achievements are deserved, even though academic institutions are structurally designed to be inequitable. GPAs and test scores, for example, are shallow and easily skewed representations of intelligence, but are still widely used to determine admissions and funding. In light of the pandemic, schools are finally being forced to attempt alternative forms of evaluation and learning, and to more deeply consider students’ needs.

Using the pandemic as the thrust for her claim that grades are unnecessary, Tran argues some schools have already adapted their admissions procedures by making SAT and ACT scores optional, and moved to assigning pass/fail grades.

Such a change, however, is not consistent across enough schools yet so as to be seen as a new “standard,” Tran bemoans, leaving still a “culture of elitism.”

“Underrepresented and marginalized students are left to ‘work hard’ in an attempt to infiltrate the university, but when they do make it, they often aren’t supported,” Tran gripes. “Intentionally or not, our current mode of academic institutions has sold a false American dream under the guise of education, warping people’s ideas of what learning can and should be.”

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RIGHT! AS IF I WILL BELIEVE THAT!

Three assholes are trying to convince us the Kung Flu vaccine is safe by taking it live on camera.

Betcha the syringes contain saline solution, instead.

President Donald Trump’s three immediate predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, all said they’ll take the coronavirus vaccine produced by Operation Warp Speed on camera to prove its safety to the public.

“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely,” Obama said in an Sirius XM interview airing Thursday. “So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it.” (RELATED: Pence Tells Governors That Vaccine Distribution Is Scheduled To Begin December 14)

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he continued. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid.”

Furthermore, representatives for W. Bush and Clinton echoed Obama’s sentiments in statements to CNN.

“A few weeks ago President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” W. Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, stated. “First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”

“President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena added. “He will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same.”

The White House did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s inquiries on the statements.

Vice President Mike Pence told the nation’s governors that the White House expects vaccine distribution to begin on December 14.

“We strongly believe the vaccine distribution process could begin the week of December 14,” he said on a recent conference call. “The American people deserve to know the cavalry is on the way.”

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DEMOCRATS PULL THE “RULES FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME” CARD AGAIN

In Austin.

In early November, as health officials warned of a impending COVID-19 spike, Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a trendy hotel near downtown.

The next morning, Adler and seven other wedding attendees boarded a private jet bound for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they vacationed for a week at a family timeshare.

One night into the trip, Adler addressed Austin residents in a Facebook video: “We need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. … We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”

In hosting the wedding and traveling internationally, Adler said he broke neither his own order or those established by Gov. Greg Abbott.

But at the time, the city was recommending people not gather in groups of more than 10, and the day after Adler’s departure, Austin’s health authority warned that “it’s important that we drive the (COVID-19) numbers down in advance of Thanksgiving.”

As he pressed the public to help stop the spread of the virus in recent weeks, Adler had not previously disclosed details of his private actions. He gave no indication in his Facebook video that he was outside the city as he discussed Austin’s rising number of cases and reviewed the number of hospital patients.

More:’Cabo’ trends on Twitter following Austin mayor’s trip reveal

On Wednesday, after the American-Statesman reported about Adler’s activities, he apologized.

“I regret this travel,” he said in a statement. “My fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

In an interview this week with the American-Statesman, the mayor said he and his family put hours of consideration into how to hold an intimate event and vacation as safely as possible. He said he consulted with interim health director Dr. Mark Escott prior to the wedding at the Hotel St. Cecilia on South Congress Avenue and established rules to ensure guests’ safety. The 20 attendees had to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test and maintain social distancing, he said.

Adler added that masks were distributed, although he acknowledged that guests were “probably not” wearing them all the time.

“At that point, I am with my family group and people who just tested,” he said. “It is not perfect. Obviously, there are infections that could happen, but I think all of us should be minimizing risks as best we can.”

In a media briefing the day after Adler’s party left for Cabo on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Escott told the public: “If you’re going out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not with family and friends outside your household and start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”

A month later, City Hall insiders and political operatives have quietly started questioning the actions of Adler, a Democrat serving his second term, as officials across the country have been found breaking their own rules or recommendations.

Last week, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, a Republican, paid a $1,000 fine for violating his stay-home order by visiting his grandson on his birthday after donning fire protection equipment. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, issued a public apology after urging residents not to travel for Thanksgiving, then flying to Missisissippi to see his family. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, was recently caught at a posh restaurant at a large table without a mask.

The situation underscores the greater-than-normal scrutiny on public officials during the pandemic as they issue public pleas for people to take coronavirus precautions and balance other demands in their personal lives.

Political opponents often are standing guard to capitalize on any misstep or hint of hypocrisy.

Adler has been involved heavily in the city’s COVID-19 response, taking what many considered a bold and politically risky step in March of canceling the South by Southwest Festival, a premier event and economic boon for the city, days before the first local cases were confirmed. He has appeared on national TV cable shows discussing the city’s measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

Adler said his conduct is different from other officials because he did not behave in a way that was inconsistent with his message at the time. He added that his actions did not violate his regulations.

“Everyday since March, I repeat that being home is the safest place for people to be,” Adler said in a statement Wednesday. “Only at our most trying moments, like around Thanksgiving, have I asked people not to travel as part of extra precautions. It is safest to stay home. However, we aren’t asking people to never venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible when they do.”

The rate of people testing positive in Austin was less than 4% but started climbing after Adler was in Mexico. New cases rose dramatically as Thanksgiving neared.

Adler said his daughter wanted a much larger wedding but, due to the pandemic, downsized to mostly parents and siblings, some of whom flew into Austin. The event also included a Seattle-based wedding photographer.

“She, like so many other brides, was having to make adjustments in order to stay compliant with the orders from the health director here in Austin and the orders I issued as mayor,” he said. “My daughter and my family are no exception.”

Under Texas Department of Health guidelines, wedding planners are urged to hold events outside but are not subject to an occupancy limit. Indoor weddings must have a 75% occupancy cap.

At the time, Austin was under Stage 3 recommendations, meaning that people should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and only higher risk people were urged to avoid non-essential travel.

Adler said the eight people with whom he traveled to Mexico operated as a “COVID pod,” meaning that they had all agreed to the same safety guidelines.

“There was no recommendation for people not to travel during that period of time,” he said. “Someone could look at me and say, ‘He traveled.’ But what they could not say is that I traveled at a time when I was telling other people not to travel.”

Adler said that he does not believe he took a test upon his return to Austin but “generally quarantined.”

The U.S. in March limited inbound land crossings from Mexico to essential travel, but the prohibition did not prevent citizens from returning home. And while the U.S. outbreak has prompted many countries, including much of Europe, to ban American travelers, air travel to Mexico has been allowed during the pandemic, making it one of the few countries that has continued to allow American tourists without stringent restrictions.

Days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to “avoid all travel to Mexico” because of the spiking coronavirus infections.

On Nov. 19, the week after Adler’s return, health officials raised the city’s alert level to Stage 4, which included a recommendation that all people avoid travel that is not necessary.

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LET’S GO BACK AND THINK THIS THROUGH

I like using numbers and statistics to prove points.

So let’s look at the Spanish Flu vs. Kung Flu.

Back in 1918 it is estimated 675,000 people died in the U.S.

So far, 275,00 have died with Kung Flu.

Given our population back then was 100,000,000 (MOL) and today it approaches 4 times that number, we’d have to reach about 2.7 million to die in order die to compare apples to apples.

Given we’re at 1/10th that, we’re not even close.

Is it because we’ve turned into pussies afraid to do anything for fear of getting sick?

I don’t know.

Here’s your chance to say your piece.

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WHEN YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS….

A Chinese owned mine company says it’ll be too expensive to try and save some miners buried alive.

Who in their right mind would ever believe a deal with China can ever be good especially when it comes to humanitarian efforts given it has 1.5 BILLION people and could give a shit less about them?

Then, again, it IS Zimbabwe so my give-a-fuck meter isn’t even registering.

And, who knows, this could cure the “illegal miners” problems the Chinks are having.

A Chinese mining company operating in east Zimbabwe halted a search mission for ten illegal gold miners believed to have been accidentally “buried alive” on November 15 as it is too expensive to find them, New Zimbabwe reported on Monday.

The miners were reportedly trapped in a collapsed mine shaft at the Premier Estate mining site in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province, on November 15, but the rescue mission to retrieve them did not start until November 26.

The miners are described as “illegal miners” by New Zimbabwe and Africanews and as “illegal gold miners” by China’s state-run news agency Xinhua. The designation indicates that the people were mining without an official permit or permission from the Chinese firm operating the site, Zhong Jin. Like Xinhua, Africanews implied on Monday that the miners were participants in the country’s illegal gold mining trade, which it said, “is rampant in Zimbabwe and results in deaths of several people every year.” None of the news outlets explicitly stated if the miners were African or Chinese.

“We have halted mission after working for four continuous days. We will cooperate and we are willing to assist the community but only after police completes investigations and identify the proper location [sic],” the company’s general manager, Yancey Feng, told reporters on Monday, according to New Zimbabwe. “It’s expensive to continue running the equipment without identifying the proper location,” he added.

“Two bodies of illegal gold miners were retrieved from a collapsed mineshaft on Sunday [November 15] in the eastern Mutasa District of Zimbabwe, while 10 others are feared dead following the mishap which occurred at the weekend,” Xinhua reported on November 17.

“Rescue efforts were already underway at Premier Estate in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province, where the incident happened,” the news agency reported at the time. “The acting District Development Coordinator for Mutasa is currently on the ground to assess the situation and what we understand is that only two people were retrieved Sunday.”

“We are yet to ascertain the number of people trapped inside,” Manicaland Provincial Development Coordinator and Civil Protection Unit head Edgars Seenza told reporters on November 17.

“Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity Nick Mangwana said the 10 illegal miners were feared to have been buried alive at the Premier Mining area along Mutare River, which is owned by Zimgold Fields, a privately owned company in Mutasa District,” Xinhua reported. Zimgold is a Zimbabwean cooking oil producer.

Xinhua’s November 17 report supports New Zimbabwe‘s report on Monday that local police say “only two bodies have been recovered from the rescue mission [so far].”

According to the newspaper, Zhong Jin “says it has halted search operations until police produce concrete evidence there were indeed missing persons from the local community [trapped inside the mine shaft].” The newspaper’s designation of the miners as “missing” seems to be a reference to their being not yet accounted for, inside the collapsed shaft.

Feng said Zhong Jin was contracted by Zimgold to conduct a land reclamation exercise in the area but had not yet begun the process. Land reclamation means reconverting disturbed land to its former use. In mining, this typically involves filling previously dug shafts with soil or rock.

“We have not started mining but waiting for approval to mine in partnership with Zimgold. So far, we are just filling the pits [sic],” he explained.

According to New Zimbabwe, the manager “disputed claims the firm has embarked on a land reclamation exercise without notifying the local community.”

“We had the blessings of the police,” he insisted on Monday.

Local police leader Phillip Nyateka “confirmed that a notice was issued before the reclamation exercise,” according to the report. Nyateka confirmed the notice’s receipt while “speaking before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development that toured the disaster area last week.”

“Our duty was to provide security and not lead the investor in doing his operations. We were not involved in anything other than providing what we are sanctioned to do by the Constitution,” Nyateka told the committee.

“Reports we received of missing persons were three. The first one turned out to be positive. There was a man who was living with his in-laws and lied that he was going to Mutare river but going to Premier Estates [the Chinese mine site]. It was later discovered that he was among those who were buried alive,” the police superintendent stated.

Nyateka said he sought assistance from Zhong Jin in searching for the miners believed to be trapped in the mine. He also looked to a local Civil Protection Unit for help. Nyateka revealed that “[some of] the bodies of the victims were retrieved and positively identified.”

China’s presence in Zimbabwe’s mining industry is the result of its infrastructure-building Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which Beijing uses to establish influence in developing countries. The BRI requires Chinese companies to operate within African nations to build and revamp various infrastructure projects, such as roads and ports. Ethnic Chinese workers are shipped to African countries to manage these on the ground firms, often leading to cross-cultural tensions between the typically ethnic Chinese managing class and native African laborers.

This is especially salient in Zimbabwe, where Chinese-run mines often cause problems for the local community in which they operate. A Chinese manager of a gold mine in central Zimbabwe shot and injured two Zimbabwean ex-employees of the mine site in June. The incident was allegedly sparked by a wage dispute in which the ex-employees demanded salaries after they were fired by the manager.

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THE CORRUPTION THAT CAN ONLY BE CALIFORNICATING GOVERNMENT

They got $1.3 billion dollars in aid.

Guess how much the people got?

Yep! ZERO!

After her home in Santa Rosa, Calif., burned down in the Tubbs fire three years ago, Linda Adrain moved into a tiny apartment. She didn’t expect to stay long.

Adrain soon learned about plans for a complex for low-income senior citizens on the site of the fire-ravaged mobile home park where she had lived for a quarter-century. She quickly signed up for a two-bedroom apartment.

But before breaking ground, developers were relying on funding from a federal disaster relief package approved by Congress a few months after the fire. They’re still waiting for the money. And so Adrain is still waiting for her new home.

“It’s supposed to be a temporary place, and I’ve been here for three years,” said Adrain, 80. “There’s nowhere for me to go.”

California has received more than $1.3 billion in federal aid to rebuild after the 2017 wine country wildfires, the 2018 Camp fire in Butte County and other disasters from those years. But disaster-affected homeowners and renters have yet to receive a single penny. The cause: years-long federal and state bureaucratic delays.

As a result, renters like Adrain are going without permanent housing while homeowners are unable to cobble together enough money to rebuild their homes. In the Butte County town of Paradise, which was heavily damaged in the Camp fire, disaster victims are still living in cars and recreational vehicles on their properties as they await further financial assistance.

“This was a delay we wished we wouldn’t have had,” said Gustavo Velasquez, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which is responsible for giving out the money. “Families deserve to have this money out to rebuild their lives.”

More than 4,500 homes were wiped out and 22 people died in the Tubbs fire, which began in Napa County and spread through Santa Rosa in 2017. A year later, the Camp fire killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, with much of the damage centered on Paradise.

In the wake of the disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began providing temporary housing and other short-term assistance. Congress began approving further aid for California in February 2018 to permanently rebuild and prevent future disasters. About $300 million of that money is for 2017 relief; the remaining $1 billion is for the 2018 wildfires.

More than $300 million of the total is earmarked to finance new housing for low-income renters. An additional $250 million is dedicated to rebuild homeowners’ single-family homes. A third pot of money, more than $400 million, is set aside to repair roads, water systems and other infrastructure and make other public improvements aimed at lessening the effects of future fires.

To get access to the funding, California housing officials have needed to develop spending plans approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. But it took nearly two years after the disasters for HUD to sign off on any of the state’s proposals to respond to the 2017 wildfires. Last week, more than two years after the 2018 wildfires, federal officials finally authorized the state’s plans for that year’s relief efforts.

State housing officials expect Congress to OK additional funding for this year’s wildfires as well, which would again trigger the HUD approval process for the new money.

President Trump and California leaders have fought over wildfire prevention, immigration, climate change and numerous other issues, and the president has at times threatened to withhold disaster funding from the state. But there’s no evidence these disputes have held up this money.

Indeed, massive delays have beset disaster relief measures across the country, including dollars earmarked for hurricane-ravaged communities in Texas, Florida and Georgia in 2017. Additionally, Congress has approved more than $20 billion for Puerto Rico to recover from that year’s Hurricane Maria, yet the vast majority remained unspent as of this summer, according to a report from an internal congressional research agency.

The spending problems have attracted condemnation from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), typically an ally of the president, among those accusing the administration of having intentionally stalled the money nationwide. HUD officials have denied that they prevented the dollars from coming out. Instead, they’ve lamented the complicated requirements surrounding the disaster relief program, which include writing new regulations every time the money is authorized.

Legislation to simplify how HUD handles disaster relief has not advanced despite bipartisan support.

“Our federal government’s disaster recovery system is broken,” said Sarah Saadian, vice president of public policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington-based advocacy group that has tracked the issue. “These problems we run into every single time.”

Nevertheless, not every state is facing the same issues as California.

Hurricane Harvey and resulting floods in 2017 badly damaged at least 197,000 homes in Texas — an even more widespread catastrophe than the California wildfires. Though the pace of federal approval affected Texas’ recovery efforts, state officials have already spent nearly $1 billion of its almost $10-billion allocation as of November, according to state statistics.

In California, around the time the 2017 fires hit, HUD investigators were examining the state housing department’s handling of other federal grants. They found a “systemic failure” in how the department monitored the money it handed out. HUD officials have said the state’s internal oversight issues, which housing officials here did not dispute, contributed to the delays in approving disaster relief plans.

More recently, it took Gov. Gavin Newsom nearly seven months after the previous state housing director resigned to appoint Velasquez to the position in the spring. Velasquez said the gap at the top of the department, which occurred after HUD had approved much of the state’s 2017 disaster spending, further slowed the pace.

“There was a void in leadership,” he said.

In the meantime, those in need are left waiting, sometimes frustrated by deadlines set by other government agencies.

The city of Santa Rosa has a dozen affordable housing complexes in varying stages of development that are in need of funding and could probably take advantage of the relief dollars, said David Gouin, the city’s director of housing and community services. If they’re all built, the projects would add more than 950 new apartments for low-income families.

In Paradise, the town’s largest low-income housing complex burned down during the Camp fire. Its developer, Community Housing Improvement Program, is in the process of rebuilding and would be eligible for disaster relief funding. But the project is getting squeezed by Internal Revenue Service regulations that call for affordable housing projects to be reoccupied within two years after they’re destroyed. Financing for the project remains precarious, said Seana O’Shaughnessy, the developer’s president and chief executive.

The town has allowed homeowners to legally park recreational vehicles and have other temporary housing on their properties through June, already prolonging its original time limit by six months because so few people have been able to gather sufficient money to rebuild.

“There’s no way around wanting to have the assistance sooner so people are not living in tents, living in cars, living in RVs and doing so for years,” said Casey Hatcher, deputy chief administrative officer for Butte County. “The longer that happens, the harder it is to get people out of those situations.”

State housing officials expect that money for 2017 wildfire relief will start flowing in early 2021. And they believe they’re prepared to spend more quickly in the future. In late October, the housing agency tweeted that it’s “urgently hiring” for 18 new jobs to manage disaster relief programs. Velasquez said he hopes to have the workers beginning as the federal government is signing off on the state’s plans for the 2018 disasters.

“Finally, we’re getting to a point where we can say confidently this money is coming out,” Velasquez said.

For Adrain, though, the wait will continue. Even when the senior housing development on the old mobile home park receives its final approval, it could take two more years before it’s finished.

If all remains on schedule, it will be more than five years from when her home burned down until she’ll be able to move into her new apartment. She’s already thinking about the day.

“I’m going to feel like I’m home,” Adrain said. “I’m probably never going to move out of there.”

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WANT TO SMOKE DOPE? GET READY FOR A SOCIAL EQUITY TAX.

What fucking rubbish.

But coming from the socialist hell that is New Jersey we should not be surprised.

You’d think they’d fix their roads or other infrastructure instead of continuing to pay off lazy fucks.

Imagine the savings! Lets award Doctoral Degrees also and allow people to become Doctors and Lawyers without passing any tests or having any training!

Expecting your Doctor to be capable of diagnosing a medical issue is clearly a racist concept.

New Jersey lawmakers may include a so-called social equity tax in the legislation establishing a legal market for recreational marijuana, according to reports.

Bills in the state Senate and Assembly would give cannabis regulators the authority to impose the “social equity excise fee,” which would help fund programs aimed at reducing racial disparities caused by drug laws.

The influential Legislative Black Caucus has lobbied for programs aimed at helping Black communities, which have been hard-hit by marijuana prohibition. Black residents are likelier to be arrested on marijuana charges than white residents, for example.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said a bill would dedicate money raised by marijuana taxes to social equity programs aimed at helping Black communities in particular.

Although New Jersey voters on Election Day strongly backed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, state officials have been warning people to not light up just yet.

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The constitutional amendment that voters approved takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021, but both legislative chambers need to make a deal on the question of taxes and then authorize a regulated cannabis marketplace.

The so-called unregulated sale and use of marijuana is and will remain illegal.

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IT’S BEGINNING ALREADY

You’d think a company worth tens of billions of dollars would have a few logisticians in their employ.

Apparently Pfizer is not one of those companies.

Pfizer Inc. expects to ship half of the Covid-19 vaccines it originally planned for this year because of supply-chain problems, but still expects to roll out more than a billion doses in 2021.

“Scaling up the raw material supply chain took longer than expected,” a company spokeswoman said. “And it’s important to highlight that the outcome of the clinical trial was somewhat later than the initial projection.”

Pfizer and Germany-based partner BioNTech SE had hoped to roll out 100 million vaccines world-wide by the end of this year, a plan that has now been reduced to 50 million. The U.K. on Wednesday granted emergency-use authorization for the vaccine, becoming the first Western country to start administering doses.

The two-shot vaccine also is being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S., where a similar authorization could come later this month and a rollout before the end of the year. The U.S. regulator also is considering a vaccine developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna Inc. that could begin shipping before Christmas.

The doses are among an array of vaccines that have been developed this year as the coronavirus pandemic has raged across much of the world. Authorities estimate nearly 1.5 million people world-wide have died from the virus, including 273,836 in the U.S. as of Dec. 2.

“We were late,” said a person directly involved in the development of the Pfizer vaccine. “Some early batches of the raw materials failed to meet the standards. We fixed it, but ran out of time to meet this year’s projected shipments.”

Pfizer sources its raw materials from providers in the U.S. and Europe. Scaling up production of these components proved challenging last month as the company awaited the results of its trials, which came in to be 95% effective and well-tolerated in a 44,000-subject trial.

Pfizer wouldn’t say where shortfalls over ingredients arose as it ramped up production. Vaccines typically contain materials from suppliers that can include antivirus agents, antiseptic liquids, sterile water and elements of the DNA of the virus itself that won’t cause serious symptoms but trigger the immune system to make antibodies.

In a typical vaccination campaign, pharmaceutical companies would wait until their product is approved before buying raw materials, establishing manufacturing lines and setting up supply chains to ship a vaccine. Pfizer has never manufactured a vaccine with technology that uses mRNA, the molecular couriers that carry genetic instructions to cells in the human body, so it has had to scale up production capacity even as research was still under way.

“For this one, everything happened simultaneously,” the person familiar with the Pfizer development said. “We started setting up the supply chain in March, while the vaccine was still being developed. That’s totally unprecedented.”

Pfizer and BioNtech are now on track to roll out 1.3 billion vaccines in 2021 and the 50 million dose shortfall this year will be covered as production ramps up.

The company is setting up what it has described as its biggest ever vaccination campaign through two final assembly and distribution centers in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Puurs, Belgium, which will handle the European supply.

The U.K. authorization marks a milestone in the effort to develop a promising new vaccine technology into a widely available shot in record time.

The U.K. ordered 40 million Pfizer doses, enough to vaccinate 20 million people. The government said in November that it could get up to 10 million doses this year, but the expectation now is that four to five million vaccines will be shipped.

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Quality Christian Evangelism (NOT)

I’m not real fond of Kenneth Copeland. This ought to make anyone considering Christianity think twice before ever getting near it. This crazed lunatic does NOT speak for me in any way shape or form. He is amusing to watch though.

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WOW! WHAT GREAT PHOTOS!

If this gets out too much the Marquesas will be ruined.

Life on one of the world’s most remote sets of islands, which are still only inhabited by its original tribal settlers, has been captured in a series of stunning photographs.

The ‘extremely isolated’ Marquesas Islands are one of the world’s most untouched civilisations, with its inhabitants blissfully still relatively unaffected by the developed world.

The islands are dotted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1,400km (880 miles) from the nearest popular tourist destination of Tahiti, in French Polynesia.

And these stunning photos, captured by world-famous photographer Jimmy Nelson, show what life is like on the islands, which have become one of the world’s best-kept secrets.

Jimmy, 53, is known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous peoples – and has now visited the Marquesas Islands twice.

His amazing photos show off the panoramic vistas of the 12 islands – of which only six are inhabited – with their green, mountainous landscapes that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous adventure novel, Treasure Island.

The islanders, known as Marquesans, have retained a rich sense of heritage, getting around their islands predominantly on horseback.

And they are covered in significant, tribal tattoos – with modern-day tattoos, as we know them, having originated from these isolated islands, Jimmy says.

The British photographer, who currently lives in Amsterdam, described the experience of visiting the Marquesas Islands as ‘the biggest richness you can ever imagine’.

He said: ‘It is a beautiful part of the world, and is still relatively untouched by the developed world.

‘You have to make a real effort to get there, as it is about four hours by plane from Tahiti, so it is not the most popular destination.

‘Very few people have actually spent time there – but that just means that those who do make the effort to go, will go with love and compassion and curiosity to really find out about the islands.

‘Once you are there, it takes a long time to really connect with the islands and with their culture.

‘The Marquesans don’t speak any English, so you have to find other ways to communicate with them.

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Dan Bongino: Exclusive Interview with Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn

The Dan Bongino Show

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IT’S OK; HE’LL COME OUT AS A TRANNY FEMALE SOON

The circle will then be unbroken.

These fucking people really upset me for some reason.

Man becomes woman.

Finds a boyfriend.

So was it a homo to begin with?

She(it) says he’s fine with it.

Until all his friends get a copy of the story and make his life holy hell.

A transgender woman who kept her identity secret for 16 years has told of her relief at finally opening up and telling her fiancé she was born physically male – after a month of dating and ‘being intimate’.

Jamie Pandit, now 32, from Toronto, Canada, has lived as a woman since the age of 16, but had only revealed her past to close family after years of bullying in her teens.

But when she met now-fiancé Phil Silva, 38, on Bumble, they hit it off instantly and she knew she wanted to reveal her past.

After a month of dating – and already saying ‘I love you’ – she plucked up the courage to tell him she had not always presented as female.

‘Nobody can prepare you for that scary moment, because you don’t know how they’ll react – but when I finally told him, I was so glad that I did.

‘I remember thinking afterwards, “Oh wow, somebody really loves me for me”. Now we’re planning our wedding for next year and he’s still as supportive as he was then – and he stood by me when I made the choice to come out publicly in September.

‘Phil has always been so supportive – I feel so emotional thinking about it. I feel like I’m living in a dream.’

Jamie, who moved to Canada from Bangladesh aged 11, always knew she was different, but realised she was transgender aged 14.

She said she was bullied by her peers while she attempted to transition.

Jamie recalled: ‘When I was 16, I would leave the house as a male, and change into women’s clothes in public toilets, then change back again before I went home so nobody I knew would see me and question it.’

At 17, she had a ‘fresh start’ by moving away from her home, family and friends in Toronto – and began presenting outwardly as a woman all the time in London, Ontario.

She began her hormone therapy that year with testosterone blockers, but said she didn’t truly feel like a woman until she had her transition surgery in 2012, aged 24.

Jamie then moved back to Toronto to be closer to her family – but most people had no idea she was transgender, and she said she was ‘living in stealth’.

The YouTuber, who previously managed a Toronto fashion boutique, began dating for the first time since her surgery, and met restaurant-owner Phil, from Portugal, in 2016.

She said: ‘Dating when you’re living in stealth is nerve-wracking, because it’s hard to know when to tell someone – and you don’t know how they’ll react.

‘Any time I found someone I liked, I’d have the moment of panic when I’d realise I’d need to reveal to them that I was transgender.

‘I just had to keep telling myself there would be someone out there for me, although I didn’t believe it – until I met Phil.’

Their first date was dinner at a nice restaurant and they ‘really hit it off’ – laughing, drinking wine and chatting until the early hours.

She said: ‘I remember getting back to my apartment and thinking about how I’d had such a good time.

‘But I knew I’d eventually have to tell him I was different.’

Over the following weeks, Jamie and Phil went on several more dates, met each others’ families, became intimate and even said the ‘L-word’ – but Phil still didn’t know.

Phil invited Jamie to spend a romantic weekend in New York with him – and she decided to tell him the truth before the trip.

She said: ‘He had stayed over at mine one night, and I forced myself to be honest with him.

‘I knew I had to, but I was so worried about how he’d react. I remember him saying, “I see you for who you are. You’re a woman and you’re beautiful” and I just started sobbing.’

The couple moved into a condo together in Toronto after dating for just five months, and Phil got down on one knee while on holiday in Italy last year.

Jamie said: ‘It was a beautiful moment, because I realised he was committed to being on this journey with me.

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