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Sexual Predators going Trans Male to Female to hurt women

Yeah that’s what I think. Predators who are obese and ugly are changing to female so they can be among females and have their dicks waxed.

Such is the case for one predator 21 yr old male to female trans Artemis Langford living in a sorority in Wyoming since 2022 and now the sisters are suing the University who forced him on them. Apparently he still has his dick and he is getting erections while being in their company. That is not good. Woman deserve to have safe spaces. Even Bruce Jenner is coming out of his bullshit trans state to save women and he, is a hypocrite because he also has a penis.

I’m done with this. I’m a gay woman and it took lesbians and gay men 60 years to get accepted by society. And in some American areas they still want to kill us. I’m done with Trans male to female. You really want to be a woman – cut off your dick. He’s a fat fucking loser who could never make it with real women so he became one.

End of story.

We never hear shit about female to male trans people. Why? Because they aren’t trying to infiltrate men – they really feel like they are in the wrong body. It’s getting harder to tell which male to female trans people are feeling like they are in the wrong body. Sexual predators are taking advantage of trans people and participating because they can. They don’t have to prove a thing.

Read the story – write back to me. I want to hear your thoughts whether you agree with me or not. Everyone’s opinion is important and I’m NOT just writing that. I mean it.

I agree with BRUCE JENNER – His counterpart is insane.
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Caitlyn Jenner Calls Transwoman Artemis Langford ‘Perverted, Sexually Deviant Male’ Who Doesn’t ‘Belong in Women’s Spaces’

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Caitlyn Jenner accused a fellow transwoman of being nothing more than a “sexually deviant male” in a scathing tirade during an interview with America Reports host Sandra Smith earlier this week.

This shocking back-and-forth occurred after transgender college student Artemis Langford chose to join a sorority at the University of Wyoming, later resulting in several members of the group suing the organization because they allegedly felt uncomfortable with Langford’s presence.

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Jenner, who transitioned and legally changed her name herself back in 2015, slammed Langford for making the decision to join the women’s college group, insisting that “if you look at those pictures, what I have to say is, he is a perverted, sexually deviant male.”

Added the 73-year-old, “I’m sorry, Artemis Langford, you are not a woman and you do not belong in women’s spaces.

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“I was listening to Fox News the other night and Clay Travis, I think, put it just perfectly,” Jenner continued. “He says living in this world, equality really, really has become inequality, and it’s so true because the women are not being protected here, and that is a shame.”

TheKeeping Up with the Kardashians alum noted she’s been “fighting this woke world” for a “long time,” specifically trying to “protect women’s sports.”

“And you know, you got to fight back all this B.S. Every day, tooth and nail,” she continued.

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Jenner’s opinions appeared to echo those of the three women who filed a lawsuit against the University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for allowing Langford to join.

“We’re fighting for the importance of women’s spaces and what it truly means to be a woman,” one of the women said. “We were promised from the beginning that we would have a sisterhood, meaning only females, and our national sorority has failed us.”

“It’s a weird, gut-wrenching feeling that every time I leave my room there’s a possibility that I’ll walk past him in the hall,” another sorority sister named Hannah told Megyn Kelly in a recent podcast episode, going on to repeatedly misgender Langford throughout the interview.

“It’s a weird feeling just to know that I could run into him anytime … (he has) full access to the house. But this just goes to show like we need women’s spaces for that reason,” she continued. “Like our house is our home. Just like anyone else’s home, like, you go home at the end of the day to feel comfortable and relaxed in your own skin. And you can’t do that knowing that this individual has full access to your house.”

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Mediaite reported Jenner’s comments to Smith calling Langford a “deviant.”

Adjoa Andoh’s Nasty Racist Comments about the British Royal Family is hypocritical since she is married to a British white man….

British actor ADJOA ANDOH said about the Royals “terribly white”. comment – see the link to the story

This is what I wrote a message on her Instagram (see Below)

Because you have limited comments on your instagram site – you have already lost this argument. Your comment on the royal family (btw royalty is dated and should be obliterated as it is 2023 & these antiquated people have no place in modern society-my opinion) is “terribly white”. You saying that is hypocritical considering you married a white man. Furthermore producer’s forcing writers to use black people in place of white historical figures is a lie. Making historical ANNE BOLEYN black for the BBC series ANNE BOLEYN is ridiculous. How would you feel if producer’s made the decision to hire a white actor to play MALCOLM X or worse – MARTIN LUTHER KING? That would be historically inaccurate and ethically wrong on so many levels. Just my opinion since you are protecting yourself against different opinions by locking us out on your instagram. Good luck with that. – Cat Patten

her hubby

2nd thing of note on my part – I made it through 20 mins of watching HAMILTON movie and then turned it off. There are too many folks on stage at one time. Hamilton was NOT a Puerto Rican from Inwood, all the historical characters of our founding father’s were not black yet they did own slaves except for Ben Franklyn and the only real white character was portrayed by a white man who played KING of ENGLAND GEORGE III. Of course minorities loved HAMILTON because they were the heroes of the play. Didn’t like it – and I hate RAP.

I did however like watching IN THE HEIGHTS – very accurate portrayal of WASHINGTON HEIGHTS in NYC where I was raised. It used to be the best neighborhood in the city – sadly, not anymore.
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FASCISM 101

First you elect a polarizing leader – Trump – who then gets help from a foreign country leader – PUTIN. The GOP has been planning this coup for decades. They got CITIZEN’S UNITED to be a law in America where foreign countries can donate money to American politicians running for offices in USA. So the 2nd step will be to ostracize minorities like Trans kids and adults and then Gay People. After those two groups are neutralized then the attack goes to race – Black, Hispanic, Indians (India/Pakistan) and all the way down the line to where there is only people left that look like each other.

This is from the same rule book of Hitler and Pol Pot and other dictators. Eliminate your competition and then take over. Castro in Cuba comes to mind.

This is exactly what the GOP have planned and if the Democrats lose in the near future and congress has a republican majority – you ain’t seen nothing yet. If that happens I am going underground and become a silent ninja warrior against the Right.
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AH – THERE IT IS

The Hill

Senate Republicans question Trump’s 2024 viability after sexual abuse verdict

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Tue, May 9, 2023 at 7:54 PM EDT

Senate Republicans aired concerns Tuesday about former President Trump’s viability in a 2024 presidential election after a civil jury found he had sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll and ordered him to pay her $5 million in damages.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters that he does not believe Trump stands a chance in a November setting but added he didn’t think the verdict would move voters.

“I don’t think it changes anybody’s minds, one way or the other. … I think people who support President Trump, support President Trump. People who don’t support President Trump, don’t support him, and I don’t think this will have any impact,” Cornyn said.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who has long been one of Trump’s foremost antagonists in the GOP, argued the verdict is further proof the 45th president has no business being the party’s standard bearer once again.

“I hope the American people, the jury of the American people, reach the same conclusion as the jury of his peers, which is that Donald Trump should not be our nominee and he certainly shouldn’t be president of the United States,” Romney said. “We have other people who are highly qualified that could lead our party to victory, and someone who’s been found to have committed sexual assault should not be the face of the Republican Party.”

“I think that there will be some people, surely, who say, ‘You know, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have someone who’s been convicted of sexual assault to be the face for my children and my grandchildren and the world,’” Romney added. – (ya think? Stupid bullshit)

A number of other Senate Republicans questioned Trump’s ability to win a second, non-consecutive term if he is the GOP presidential nominee next year.

“Of course it creates a concern. How could it not create a concern? If what the woman says … he’s been found to be civilly liable, how could it do anything else but create a concern?” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told reporters when asked about the verdict.

When questioned if the decision should disqualify him from office, Cassidy said: “That’s up to voters, I’ll just say that — but think about it.”

“If she were your sister, what would you think?” added Cassidy, who voted to convict Trump over his role in inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. “It kind of speaks for itself. You feel for Miss. Carroll, a woman should not be assaulted, period, end of story, period.”

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who has said in recent months that he plans to support Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) if he announces a presidential bid, called for a “unity” candidate in the party.

“The jury has spoken. And I know there’s a concern about, ‘what about our ticket,’” Rounds said. “I’m just looking for someone who will unite the party, and I think we’ll have several members who will unite the party and that’s what I’m waiting on.”

Trump maintained his innocence in an all-caps post on Truth Social shortly after the verdict was handed down.

“I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHO THIS WOMAN IS. THIS VERDICT IS A DISGRACE – A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME!,” Trump wrote.

A number of Senate Republicans, however, declined to wade into whether the latest development will hurt him in the looming 2024 contest.

“I think it’s clearly up to the voters. They’ll figure out what’s important to them,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who is up for reelection next year, told reporters.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said that he still believes the ex-president will be the GOP presidential nominee and added that Trump being found liable for sexual abuse will make the general election “interesting.” He said voters will have to weigh that against the “continuing pileup of scandals from the Biden White House.”

“That’s a choice that the voters make. … I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t [the nominee]” Hawley said.

Trump’s team has already said that they plan to appeal the ruling. Some Republicans leaned on that plan when asked about the Tuesday decision by the jury.

“We have the verdict and he’s going to appeal. I’m sure [there’s] more to follow,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said. “We’ll see what the appeals process brings.”

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Sen Joni Ernst is another moron. Don’t listen to her. She doesn’t know what day it is.

Politically – Here is my big Fear about the #debtceiling

Since 2000 (when dreadful Bushie Jr was POTUS) we have had to extend our #debtceiling about-

Number of requests for increase Congress has raised the debt ceiling 14 times from 2001 to 2016.
History of the United States debt ceiling – Wikipedia

14 times is a lot in my opinion. This time however we have problems in our congress. We have an egotistical old bitch who is a Democrat and a fat cat in her 90s – (D) CA Diane Feinstein who needs to get the boot. This pos is 89 years OLD. She has no place in the SENATE anymore and she’s not even showing up.

Then there is the dumbest Democratic Senator of our time – (D) Pennsylvania John Fetterman who swore up and down that he was in fine shape to run for Senate after a stroke because his illegal puss of a wife commanded him to. This woman has no shame. She married him for the money – yeah he comes from wealth but he looks like Lurch. This should tell EVERYONE how bad people felt about #droz running under the GOP ticket. No one wanted him. NJ doesn’t want him either and btw neither does NYC or the STATE of NY. NO one wants him. He should go back to Turkey and help out his fellow countrymen where he has a residency. He won’t – selfish.

Then there are the 2 biggest Democratic assholes in the history of the Senate – West Virginia’s Senator #Joemanchin who cannot make up his mind if he is a DINO or a RINO. He is always sliding on the Republican mindset. I detest him but I outright loathe the Republican running against him this coming year – WV Gov #jimjustice. Even his name makes me 🤮because of what he represents – everything wrong in America today – “Upon the death of his father in 1993, Jim became the President and CEO of Bluestone Industries, Inc. and Bluestone Coal Corporation. 

So he is strictly a coal man and wants nothing to do with solar energy and nothing to do with helping the rest of us save the planet. “

“During late 2008 and early 2009, Jim successfully negotiated the sale of Bluestone Industries, Inc. and affiliated companies, which comprised all of the family’s West Virginia coal mines at the time, to Mechel, OAO, one of Russia’s leading mining and metal companies. The Russian company failed, laid off coal miners, and was going to walk on their financial obligations. In 2015, Jim reacquired all of these Bluestone assets back from Mechel and, in a short time, reopened most of the mines and created more than 200 new mining jobs. Had Mr. Justice not stepped up, these mines would have stayed closed, back taxes would not have been paid, and UMWA pensioners would have been left in the cold.”

People in West Virginia got to come out of the coal mines and face the music. They have to learn new ways to draw energy – no more coal – only solar and electric powered USA. They keep dragging their knuckles on the ground in opposition to the efforts others have placed in helping America grow away from a dependency on Coal and into the 21st Century of light from Solar energy.

Then there is the matter of our HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES half of whom don’t represent anyone but themselves. How is MTG (that fat bitch) have 4M dollars? She put it out there – her hands outstretched to lobbyists who pay for her vote against her own constituents. This is a disgrace and America has to get rid of Lobbyists and Special Interest groups and we must get rid of all the GOP. Even if it does come down to a civil war.

Then Biden elected the oldest living treasury secretary to head the FEDERAL RESERVE – JANET YELLEN who served in the same position under CLINTON. Here is what the old madam said to Businessmen & CEO’s about the debt ceiling:

New York CNN — 

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been calling CEOs and business leaders to discuss the consequences of brinkmanship around the debt ceiling, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The calls come on the heels of Yellen’s message to Congress that the United States could default on its obligations as soon as June 1, if lawmakers don’t address the debt limit before then — an accelerated timeline that increased pressure on President Joe Biden and House Republican lawmakers to ramp up their talks.

The Congressional Budget Office has also forecast that there is a “significantly greater risk that the Treasury will run out of funds in early June” because of weaker-than-expected tax collections.

This is what we owe on our DEBT CEILING as a country:

roughly $31.4tn -THAT’S TRILLION DOLLARS

This includes paying for federal employees, the military, Social Security and Medicare, as well as interest on the national debt and tax refunds. Every so often US Congress votes to raise or suspend the ceiling so it can borrow more. The cap currently stands at roughly $31.4tn (£25.2tn).2 days ago (MAY 8 2023)

What happens if the US debt ceiling isn’t raised?

If the debt ceiling binds, and the U.S. Treasury does not have the ability to pay its obligations, the negative economic effects would quickly mount and risk triggering a deep recession.Apr 24, 2023

Stupid Republicans I know are saying “take your money out and invest in gold” – I’m sorry the debt ceiling will not default unless the GOP in the HOUSE let it. They may let it because they don’t care about America. Countries like RUSSIA and CHINA are biting at the bit for a chance to raid our country at it’s lowest. Biden will not savage Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid to get the debt ceiling raised. He wants certain assurances that the GOP HOUSE refuse to give him.

This will lead to a gigantic depression and another civil war which will end in the bloodshed and deaths of thousands of our fellow American citizens namely the GOP. All of this is fine with me if they die because these angry white dudes are assholes running around with their guns, beating up people because they don’t look like them and other crimes. On Jan 6 2020 2000 assholes who call themselves patriots entered our capitol illegally and threatened to kill our then VP – Pence. They even set up his gallows with Trump’s approval. This is insanity at it’s best. Meanwhile I strongly urge Ice to invade every illegal household and get rid of the illegals – MAINLY because they will vote REPUBLICAN and we cannot have new members of the worst political party on our watch.

Then there is another Senator (D) formally now (I) Kyrsten Sinema who is a piece of dogshit with blonde hair and glasses. She is not representing anyone in congress but herself at this time even though she swears that she will never join the Republicans. She’s lied before much like #georgesantos who is now being investigate for his crimes. I don’t trust Sinema and I sincerely hope Arizona votes that bitch to the curb.

Also, if Trump is convicted for his multiple crimes he should not be able to run for office. The fact that he is still the forerunner for the GOP is sickening. If anyone votes for him they should be shot. I will also write that his Judges on SCOTUS should be bounced because they were appointed by a criminal president who had no business in the office. The drunk judge, the cult crazy judge and the other asshole Republican should be bounced immediately. Trump lost his first battle with #ejeancarroll.

Republican Senator #tedcruz is an embarrassment to this country and he should be returned to Canada in a box. He is getting fierce blowback from Texas constituents about the 2 mass shooting last weekend in his state. Texans should already know Cruz doesn’t give a flying fuck about you. Any guy who can leave a dog in a life threatening storm and take his family to a safe harbor without that dog is a dirt much like fellow Republican #mittromney who put his family dog on the top of his car in the summer heat. These people need to be put down by a firing squad.

Thanks to CNBC we have the agenda the House GOP is kicking to the President that he doesn’t agree with and holding our debt ceiling problem as hostage in order to get their way. I say IT’S TIME TO RISE UP PEOPLE & TAKE AIM AT THESE CROOKS IN THE GOP. Yeah yeah the Democrats are no angels but they aren’t trying to kill us like the GOP is. Read this agenda carefully – it’s a non starter for me & frankly I think the people need to start voting for congressional representatives on a yearly basis. The House GOP is out of control and their speaker is an asshole. I have written to him this same thing – no answer but they will listen if someone starts shooting up their kid’s schools. You know that’s right. I am NOT advocating this type of wrong behavior but something’s got to give.
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POLITICS

McCarthy unveils debt ceiling bill that aims to cut big parts of Biden’s agenda

PUBLISHED WED, APR 19 20234:38 PM EDTUPDATED WED, APR 19 20235:17 PM EDT

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  • House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced his proposal for a temporary debt ceiling increase.
  • He tied a potential increase to several spending cuts targeting President Joe Biden’s agenda.
  • It’s not clear whether McCarthy has votes within the GOP caucus to pass the bill.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at a rally marking the 100th day of Republican control of the House in Washington D.C. on April 17, 2023.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at a rally marking the 100th day of Republican control of the House in Washington D.C. on April 17, 2023.

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Wednesday released his plan to raise the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion for about a year while attempting to repeal major components of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

McCarthy said the bill, called the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, would save American taxpayers more than $4.5 trillion by limiting discretionary spending, retrieving unspent pandemic-related funds, eliminating Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan and cutting funds earmarked for the Internal Revenue Service. (Sorry no go!)

The cuts would be in exchange for a one-year debt ceiling increase. (SO WE’LL BE BACK IN THIS SITUATION AGAIN IN 2024 – DURING A MAJOR ELECTION YEAR-HE’S A MORON) McCarthy called on Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to “sit down, negotiate and address this crisis” but he did not mention whether the bill has enough support to pass. Biden has refused to negotiate over the debt limit. Extraordinary measures to avoid the first-ever U.S. sovereign debt default are on track to run out this summer.

“Now that we’ve introduced a clear plan for a responsible debt limit increase, they have no more excuse and refuse to negotiate,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy did not say when he would bring the bill to a vote in the House. It still wasn’t clear whether he had support within his own caucus to pass the bill. “I never give up, we’ll get them,” he told NBC News on Wednesday.

Even if the House GOP passes it, the Democratic-controlled Senate would likely kill the measure.

McCarthy’s announcement comes after days of speculation about the GOP proposal to temporarily raise the debt limit for certain cutbacks, such as a stall on non-defense discretionary spending.

The House speaker also doubled down on proposals for stricter work requirements for adults without dependents, the repeal of “Biden’s army of 87,000 IRS agents” and the president’s student loan forgiveness program, which could be killed by the Supreme Court. Justices are expected to rule on the student loan program by early summer. (THERE ARE 3 VERY ILLEGAL JUSTICES ON THE PANEL-THEY MUST ABSTAIN. THEN THERE IS CROOKED BLACK TOM SAWYER THOMAS WHOM WE NEED TO DUMP)

McCarthy also argued the measures will protect Social Security and Medicare by driving more people into the workforce to pay for it. Yet Democrats say it will hurt millions. (AGAIN, MCCARTHY IS AN ASSHOLE AND A LIAR. WHO’S TIRED OF THESE PEOPLE?)

“Speaker McCarthy’s proposal is not about jobs,” Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said after McCarthy’s announcement. “It is a Trojan Horse intended to use red tape and onerous paperwork to kick millions of people off their health insurance because Republicans do not believe in our nation’s social safety net. Republicans are creating a debt crisis to justify these cruel plans.”

Republicans’ narrow majority in the House means McCarthy can only afford to lose a handful of GOP votes given Democrats’ opposition.

“Let me be clear, this proposal is dead on arrival,” Pallone said on Wednesday.

The White House has maintained it will not negotiate on the debt ceiling and that Congress should pass a clean increase and address any budgetary concerns separately. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday said the administration was aware of McCarthy’s plans to release a proposal but condemned it as playing politics around something that is Congress’s “duty.”

Biden also took on McCarthy’s strategy Wednesday. “MAGA Republicans in Congress are threatening to default on the national debt, the debt that took 230 years to accumulate overall, unless we do what they say,” the president said in a speech in Maryland.

–CNBC’s Emma Kinery contributed to this report.

WE, THE PEOPLE – WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. THE GOP MUST GO. STOP VOTING FOR THEM.

WE NEED TERM LIMITS IN CONGRESS – HOUSE & SENATE & SCOTUS. THE CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE VOTING ON THESE THINGS – THE PEOPLE MUST TAKE THE REINS ON THESE ISSUES.

THE ONLY WAY WE GET RID OF GUNS FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF MENTALLY DISTURBED TEENS WHO ARE UNSUPERVISED IS TO START LOCKING UP THEIR NEGLIGENT FAMILIES. WE ALSO NEED TO OBEY THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE CONCERNING GUNS IN AMERICA.

PEOPLE WAKE THE FUCK UP!

Just remember this – THE GOP and their followers chant “LET’S GO BRANDON” as a war cry because they don’t know Biden’s first name. Do you want these people in charge of your government? I don’t.

MY LIFE PARTNER IN EVERYTHING IS GUTTED – #MASTERCHEFAUSTRALIA #JOCKZONFILLO HAS PASSED AWAY

So that news of his passing gutted my partner. She loves that show so far away around the world. He had cancer and I hope he passed from that and did not die from taking his own life. That would be sad and not a good thing for his soul. And what a soul and life this man had up to his 46 years! A very colorful life indeed and a good chef so my partner always sid.

The other two judges must also be gutted and I feel sorry for them too. There will have to be a third judge elected soon for next year and while I have no idea who that will be – I know – my loving wife will be watching.

GODSPEED JOCK – CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
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Jock Zonfrillo remembered in televised tribute as MasterChef Australia returns

Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Nigella and Marco Pierre White among those giving emotional tributes to late chef ahead of 15th series

Sian Cain

@siancainSun 7 May 2023 07.42 EDT

    Celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and former boss Marco Pierre White have remembered Jock Zonfrillo in a televised tribute dedicated to the late MasterChef Australia judge a week after his sudden death.

    Network 10 aired the first episode of the new season of MasterChef Australia on Sunday night, having delayed the premiere until Zonfrillo’s family gave their blessing for it to air. Filming of the series was completed last month.

    The first episode aired without changes, but production company Endemol Shine Australia has dropped the name of the 15th season, Secrets and Surprises, from promotions.

    MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo

    Network 10 also aired a one-hour episode of the Sunday Project dedicated to Zonfrillo beforehand, which revealed that the Scotland-born chef and his family had permanently relocated to Rome just three weeks before he died.

    The 46-year-old had flown back to Australia to promote the new season when his body was found in Melbourne on 1 May. No cause of death has yet been revealed, but Victoria police are not treating the death as suspicious.

    Fellow MasterChef judge Andy Allen said he had lunch with Zonfrillo the day before his death and said the chef was in “such good spirits”.

    Allen said he felt guilty that he had had that opportunity with Zonfrillo instead of his family, who were in Italy at the time.

    “Part of me just feels guilty that it wasn’t them, I just wish it was them having lunch with Jock. I’d give anything to swap positions,” he said.

    He passed on a message from Zonfrillo’s family, who have returned to Australia: “They just wanted me to say they can feel the support for Jock and themselves. They’re hurting but it does help. They have been overwhelmed with how much support there has been for him and the whole family. They didn’t know. It has been unreal to see how much support there has been.”

    Ramsay, who worked with Zonfrillo in the 1990s in the UK, was emotional as he remembered his fellow Scot, saying his death was “a massive shock”.

    “He was a lad that refused to get old, he refused to toe the line. He just wanted to have fun,” he said.

    “The ripples have been devastating, no one is going to get over this quickly. If there is one thing we’ve done as chefs is we’ve united and have been talking about the good times,” he added, before breaking down. “It’s just so painful.”

    Oliver recalled meeting Zonfrillo for the first time when Oliver took his now wife to his restaurant in Cornwall. “It was me and Jules’s first date weekend and we went there, and there he was, young Jock, 22 years old, head chef with a beautiful menu and beautiful food,” he said. “I remember it because it was the first time I remember being spoiled by another chef.”

    White, who was one of the first chefs to employ Zonfrillo in the UK, said, “Jock came to me when he was 17 years old, his enthusiasm was greater than his knowledge, but it was that enthusiasm which drove him, maybe fuelled by his fears of failure, by his insecurities, which I could relate to.”

    “You could see he was very gifted, he was very intelligent,” he added. “He was filled with empathy and compassion. He had qualities very few chefs possess.”

    “My heart breaks, I’m sure as everyone’s does, for Jock’s children and his family and everyone who loved him. This is an old-fashioned phrase here but may his memory be a blessing,” Nigella said.

    “I never met a Scottish-Italian before you – we hit it off in so many bloody ways. One of my favourite memories is drinking whisky and singing Scottish songs with you,” said singer Jimmy Barnes, who performed The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond in tribute to his friend.

    Zonfrillo joined MasterChef Australia as a judge in 2019 alongside Allen and Melissa Leong, replacing the show’s original judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.

    The Australian Financial Review has reported that the show’s major advertisers were contacted by Network 10 and assured the show would air before Zonfrillo’s death was announced. When the news broke, 10 pulled digital ads and promos for the show, but it was too late to remove billboards and bus ads.

    Edits of future episodes are being reviewed to ensure they remain respectful to Zonfrillo.

    On the first episode of the new season, a former MasterChef contestant who left the show prematurely due to mental health concerns returned. Clips of Zonfrillo counselling the contestant, Brent Draper, on his decision to leave at the time were shown.

    Ancestry.com – You may not want to find out

    I did the DNA test because I wanted to see if I am related to my friend but I got more than I bargained for and asked to remove all my data.

    On my father’s side of the family – there are rapists and pedophiles. I had a cousin who raped little girls one of whom he impregnated and her family got rid of the baby by putting the kid up for adoption.

    He later got married and had a child who loves Donald Trump. His kid, a female, wrote to me on FB to tell me about her father and how my 1st cousin, a rapist was her biological grandfather. I told her the truth and then I blocked her because I don’t want to know any trump supporters and I got out of Ancestry.com.

    I leaned my lesson – I’m writing about it because I was disgusted by this 36 year old twit writing to me about her father who is my 2nd cousin once removed and born of a rape. All of my cousin’s siblings were born of rape. My uncle, my father’s oldest brother raped his wife since the day he married her. He did not care if she was sick, tired, disgusted or had the flu. When she said NO he took her. She went from the farm to the frying pan. When he died she threw out his photos and put up a picture of the late great belated family dog. When she had sex with a nice mae suitor in her new single life at 60 she was amazed at how wonderful sex could be. I felt so bad for her. Innocent girl wanting a better life for herself. She wanted to be a teacher or a nurse – my uncle laughed at her when she told him. May he rot in the hell he made in death.

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    Cat Patten

    BILL MAHER & ELON MUSK MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT

    On Friday Night Elon Musk went to speak to Bill Maher on his show REALTIME. I nearly lost my mind watching him fawn all over Musk calling Musk a “genius” and basically Bill did everything but unzip Musk and suck his dick.

    I have had enough of Bill Maher and think he has gone off the woke deep end in an effort to be hip which he isn’t. He’s old, wears glasses, and keeps his hair long in the back of his head and will one day do a comb over. Musk is no genius but what Musk is – is a TOM SAWYER who basically pays other people to be the genius’ and then takes their work and patents it like THOMAS EDISON. Musk is a selfish mental case who has 10 kids from different women, was born with a trust fund and has no concept of failure.

    I used to love Bill Maher. I wrote a song about him but sorry. I’m not watching #realtime anymore. #greenday should ask for their song back. I wrote to him on instagram and asked him if his mouth was full during the Musk interview? No answer yet – his mouth is probably still full of Musk. He even Musk on his podcast so they can smoke dope together and fondle each other. This interview was so lame Maher needs to do 10 rounds on a treadmill. Didn’t ask any questions, agreed with Musk and kissed his ass so many times his face is full of shit. The ladies on the VIEW would have done a better job or is this a BOYZ CLUB? You suck my dick and I’ll just grovel at your feet.

    His failures are many – Tesla, hilariously named after the guy who actually invented lighting and whose inventions were stolen by none other than THOMAS EDISON who was a notorious creep of a boss much like Musk himself. Tesla is recalling 3,470 2022-2023 Model Y cars due to bolts in the second-row seat back frames not being secured properly.Mar 4, 2023 – Then he left California for Texas because Texas he could keep his tax money. Then there is a small matter of the blow out SPACEX suffered recently which put NASA and SPACEX back to the drawing board in order to get to mars through the debris that was Musk’s deflated rocket that failed to launch.

    BUT Bill Maher failed to ask Musk about any of these failures. I found the entire interview degrading and Maher becoming a fanboy in front of my eyes. I no longer want to watch Bill Maher and think he’s a total asshole for rich guys. If he comes out as GAY I will throw the fuck up.

    I totally agree with this writer from #inc.

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    3 Things Elon Musk Just Said in an Interview with Bill Maher That Should Worry Everyone

    When you start to realize how Musk thinks about the world, there is something missing.

      BY JASON ATEN, TECH COLUMNIST@JASONATEN

      3 Things Elon Musk Just Said in an Interview with Bill Maher That Should Worry Everyone
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      On Friday, Elon Musk sat down for an interview with Bill Maher for his HBO show Real Time Tonight. It was an interesting conversation. There were, however, three things Musk said that were particularly insightful, and that should be a concern for everyone.

      By the way, I’m going to skip over the part where Musk and Maher talked about cancel culture and free expression. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important. I literally type words on the internet for a living–free speech is very important to me. The problem is that I’m not sure Musk has a clear understanding of what free speech means, or if he’s just saying things he thinks sound good.

      About Running Multiple Companies

      Musk, who is the CEO of Twitter, SpaceX, Tesla, and Neuralink, clearly likes to work. “I’ve got a lot of jobs,” he told Maher. That, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Hard work is good, and Musk is nothing if not devoted to working all the time. 

      It seems as though Musk is trying to be involved in all of the things he thinks are necessary in order to bring about his vision for the future of the world. He clearly thinks that he alone is able to chart the course toward that vision. The problem is that he’s still only one person with the same amount of time every day as the rest of us. How he chooses to spend that time is the most important decision he can make.

      One of the biggest criticisms of Musk, when he bought Twitter, was that his time was already spread thin between his various companies. For investors of Tesla, that was an especially big problem as the company’s stock price fell by half since Musk announced he was spending $44 billion on the social media platform.

      In his own defense, Musk says that enjoying your work is the key to happiness. “I mean, there’s two things I think to be able to be most happy,” Musk told Maher.  “If you’re happy in love and you love your work, then you will be fully happy.” 

      I think we can all agree that people who love the work they do are generally more happy. But, just because you love your work doesn’t mean you’re good at it. 

      The thing is, running all those companies simply isn’t sustainable over the long term. That should worry anyone who cares about the mission of Tesla and SpaceX. If the thing Musk wants is for them to succeed, they need a dedicated full-time CEO. And yet, he believes he’s fully capable of being the leader they need.

      SpaceX and Tesla are huge companies trying to tackle complex problems. Musk has certainly served those companies well as they were getting started, but at some point, his fascination with starting new projects means that he should let go and give each company the leadership they need.

      About Resource Scarcity

      The closest Maher got to challenging Musk on anything was a brief exchange about, of all things, water. It turns out that it might have been the most insightful part of the entire interview in terms of understanding the way Musk thinks–and, more importantly, why it’s a problem:

      Musk: “I think we should be cautious about some of the civilizational decline. We have plummeting birth rates.” 
      Maher: “And also plummeting resources.”
      Musk: “Resources will be fine.”
      Maher: “But they’re not fine now.”
      Musk: “I’m not suggesting complacency. We do want to move to a sustainable energy economy as quickly as possible, but we’re not in any danger of resource collapse.”
      Maher: “But lots of people don’t have enough food. or water. We will run out of water they’re running out of sand.”
      Musk: “Over 70% water by surface area.”
      Maher: “You can’t drink that.” 
      Musk: “Desalination is absurdly cheap.
      Maher: “When we do it.” 
      Musk: “It is done. There is a lot of desalination done. We’re not going to run out of water, I want to be clear.” 

      Yes, the surface of the earth is mostly covered in water, but that isn’t the same thing as having drinkable water coming out of your tap. More than 2 million people in the United States alone do not have regular access to clean drinking water. The problem is the infrastructure required to take the water Musk is referring to, remove the salt, and then transfer it to people’s homes and into their sink. In many places, it’s simply not there

      We may not run out of water, but that’s of little consolation to people who are thirsty and would very much like a cold glass to drink. This should worry everyone who cares about the future of our planet because it’s clear Musk is so removed from the experience of people who aren’t running five companies or worth hundreds of billions of dollars, that he is only able to see things at a high level. As a result, he misses the effect of decisions on everyone else. 

      About Changing Twitter

      “Since I’m like an avid Twitter user, I can detect that, like, something’s not right here,” Musk said. “And so that’s really why I entered that position.”

      To say that Musk is an “avid Twitter user” is maybe the most obvious understatement ever. Musk is the most avid Twitter user, which explains why he wanted to buy it in the first place. It’s a thing that he very much loves and uses constantly.

      The problem is, Musk is not a typical Twitter user, and yet, he assumes that everyone views–and uses–Twitter the same way he does.

      The best analogy I’ve heard comes from Nilay Patel, the Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, who likens Musk buying Twitter to the person who is most addicted to cigarettes buying the factory. 

      Not only is he now able to get a constant hit of exactly the experience he wants at all times, he can’t help but think that all of the other users are happy because they too are just as addicted. The thing is, that’s not true. 

      The things that were “not right” for Musk aren’t necessarily the things that make the experience better for a large and diverse audience–which is exactly what Twitter needs to be successful. The changes Musk is making to satisfy his “avid Twitter user” addiction are driving away a lot of other high-engagement users, which begs the question of who exactly does Musk want to use Twitter?

      Sure, there are some people who want to use Twitter. There are a lot of people who will use Twitter just because Elon Musk still uses Twitter and they really like Elon Musk.

      Look, if you pay $44 billion for something that is definitely worth no more than half of that, is certainly your privilege to do whatever you want with it. It just doesn’t seem like a very good business model. 

      Ultimately, the reason these three things should concern everyone is pretty simple–it’s that Musk doesn’t see any of them as a problem. He thinks that spreading himself over a range of companies is a personal strength. He doesn’t grasp that his view of the world is missing the human element. He doesn’t see that designing Twitter according to his personal whim doesn’t make it better for anyone else. 

      I imagine that’s mostly because he surrounds himself with people who will reinforce whatever it is he already believes about a particular issue. That’s dangerous for any leader, but especially for one of the world’s richest people, who happens to lead several of the world’s most important companies, and is trying to do big things. 

      APR 28, 2023Like this column? Sign up to subscribe to email alerts and you’ll never miss a post.The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

      FB Millennials Want To Share Discussion But Only With People Who Agree with them

      Case in point – a Savant Obese Guy I only knew for about a year on and off FB met with me and Myqui for drinks at his request.Actually he begged us to meet him again so he can introduce us to his girlfriend….I thought she was very strange but had a pretty face and almost burst out laughing when she claimed she was bisexial.

      Apparently he wanted to introduce us to his fiancee who isn’t as heavy as him. I had and so did Myqui feel she was like a fish outta water in our conversation. Plus Myqui had the feeling that the woman was coming on to her. I don’t blame the girl – anyone is better than what she currently has mostly because he dominates her every word as if she has no opinion of her own. He looks to the side at her because he cannot turn in his seat bcos of his girth. When he side eyes her she repeats exactly what he said first. Weird. Then she wanted to drink – he had a coke because he doesn’t drink – but he eats for 3 people it seems *(okay I had to say that- his belly flesh hung over his belt buckle and people see it-that was so gross) – okay so she wanted a alcoholic beverage and refused to get up to check the board that she couldn’t see where she was sitting and she made the waitress recite the board for her to choose. I don’t know – is it me or is that strange? I thought it was weird.

      This guy considers himself a scholar and is a gay ally OR so he says. We’re gay so it was extremely amusing to us when he stated his opinion in person and I pushed back with my opinion which he did not at all like. He brought up the subject of Trans male to female athletes and how he disagreed with JK Rowling and how media should treat her since she is against trans people. She isn’t against Trans people and just because she is the author of Harry Potter doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to her own opinion just like everybody. My argument with the fat guy was about trans male athletes – I don’t think they should be competing against girls. Let them compete against other trans male to females. But they won’t because they are failed athletes against other men. It’s simple really and frankly I don’t think it’s fair that women both straight and lesbians are called out if they don’t want to date a trans female because she has a dick. Chaz Bono became a “guy” and got his own dick and his lesbian girlfriend dropped him like a hot potato. It’s the reason we’re called lesbians – we do not want to date and fuck guys. Simple right and it’s so hard for the trans females to understand. Because they are TRANSMENTAL AND PUSH BACK AT OTHER PEOPLE’S DIFFERENT OPINIONS.

      DANIEL RADCLIFFE, the kid who played HARRY POTTER and not well I might add – he was a bore to watch frankly and is more of a bore in his 30s. Has said this – Daniel Radcliffe Says Speaking Out Against J.K. Rowling Was ‘Important’: ‘Not Everybody in the Franchise’ Shares Her Beliefs NOR SHOULD THEY however if these kids who would be nothing in their careers if not for ROWLING & her books – all feel the opposite of her – that’s cool but denying her an opinion IS NOT COOL. Frankly again my opinion – Radcliffe is not all that good looking either to be considered a leading man and he’s about to become a father – I was shocked at this news frankly I didn’t think he liked women.

      While I don’t give a rats fucking toosh what the #harrypotter cast thinks but if you do here is a #VARIETY article on this subject complete with Radcliffe’s ugly puss on it.

      MY OPINION – DANIEL RADCLIFFE can’t act his way out of a paper bag with shit in it unless there was CGI involved. = Cat Patten

      This is what JK Rowling actually wrote –

      This is from her own website:

      10 JUNE 2020

      J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues

      Warning: The below content is not appropriate for children. Please check with an adult before you read this page. To go back to the children’s page, please click here.

      This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity.

      For people who don’t know: last December I tweeted my support for Maya Forstater, a tax specialist who’d lost her job for what were deemed ‘transphobic’ tweets. She took her case to an employment tribunal, asking the judge to rule on whether a philosophical belief that sex is determined by biology is protected in law. Judge Tayler ruled that it wasn’t.

      My interest in trans issues pre-dated Maya’s case by almost two years, during which I followed the debate around the concept of gender identity closely. I’ve met trans people, and read sundry books, blogs and articles by trans people, gender specialists, intersex people, psychologists, safeguarding experts, social workers and doctors, and followed the discourse online and in traditional media. On one level, my interest in this issue has been professional, because I’m writing a crime series, set in the present day, and my fictional female detective is of an age to be interested in, and affected by, these issues herself, but on another, it’s intensely personal, as I’m about to explain.

      All the time I’ve been researching and learning, accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling in my Twitter timeline. This was initially triggered by a ‘like’. When I started taking an interest in gender identity and transgender matters, I began screenshotting comments that interested me, as a way of reminding myself what I might want to research later. On one occasion, I absent-mindedly ‘liked’ instead of screenshotting. That single ‘like’ was deemed evidence of wrongthink, and a persistent low level of harassment began.

      Months later, I compounded my accidental ‘like’ crime by following Magdalen Berns on Twitter. Magdalen was an immensely brave young feminist and lesbian who was dying of an aggressive brain tumour. I followed her because I wanted to contact her directly, which I succeeded in doing. However, as Magdalen was a great believer in the importance of biological sex, and didn’t believe lesbians should be called bigots for not dating trans women with penises, dots were joined in the heads of twitter trans activists, and the level of social media abuse increased.

      I mention all this only to explain that I knew perfectly well what was going to happen when I supported Maya. I must have been on my fourth or fifth cancellation by then. I expected the threats of violence, to be told I was literally killing trans people with my hate, to be called cunt and bitch and, of course, for my books to be burned, although one particularly abusive man told me he’d composted them.

      What I didn’t expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive. They came from a cross-section of kind, empathetic and intelligent people, some of them working in fields dealing with gender dysphoria and trans people, who’re all deeply concerned about the way a socio-political concept is influencing politics, medical practice and safeguarding. They’re worried about the dangers to young people, gay people and about the erosion of women’s and girl’s rights. Above all, they’re worried about a climate of fear that serves nobody – least of all trans youth – well.

      I’d stepped back from Twitter for many months both before and after tweeting support for Maya, because I knew it was doing nothing good for my mental health. I only returned because I wanted to share a free children’s book during the pandemic. Immediately, activists who clearly believe themselves to be good, kind and progressive people swarmed back into my timeline, assuming a right to police my speech, accuse me of hatred, call me misogynistic slurs and, above all – as every woman involved in this debate will know – TERF.

      If you didn’t already know – and why should you? – ‘TERF’ is an acronym coined by trans activists, which stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist. In practice, a huge and diverse cross-section of women are currently being called TERFs and the vast majority have never been radical feminists. Examples of so-called TERFs range from the mother of a gay child who was afraid their child wanted to transition to escape homophobic bullying, to a hitherto totally unfeminist older lady who’s vowed never to visit Marks & Spencer again because they’re allowing any man who says they identify as a woman into the women’s changing rooms. Ironically, radical feminists aren’t even trans-exclusionary – they include trans men in their feminism, because they were born women.

      But accusations of TERFery have been sufficient to intimidate many people, institutions and organisations I once admired, who’re cowering before the tactics of the playground. ‘They’ll call us transphobic!’ ‘They’ll say I hate trans people!’ What next, they’ll say you’ve got fleas? Speaking as a biological woman, a lot of people in positions of power really need to grow a pair (which is doubtless literally possible, according to the kind of people who argue that clownfish prove humans aren’t a dimorphic species).

      So why am I doing this? Why speak up? Why not quietly do my research and keep my head down?

      Well, I’ve got five reasons for being worried about the new trans activism, and deciding I need to speak up.

      Firstly, I have a charitable trust that focuses on alleviating social deprivation in Scotland, with a particular emphasis on women and children. Among other things, my trust supports projects for female prisoners and for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. I also fund medical research into MS, a disease that behaves very differently in men and women. It’s been clear to me for a while that the new trans activism is having (or is likely to have, if all its demands are met) a significant impact on many of the causes I support, because it’s pushing to erode the legal definition of sex and replace it with gender.

      The second reason is that I’m an ex-teacher and the founder of a children’s charity, which gives me an interest in both education and safeguarding. Like many others, I have deep concerns about the effect the trans rights movement is having on both.

      The third is that, as a much-banned author, I’m interested in freedom of speech and have publicly defended it, even unto Donald Trump.

      The fourth is where things start to get truly personal. I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility. Some say they decided to transition after realising they were same-sex attracted, and that transitioning was partly driven by homophobia, either in society or in their families.

      Most people probably aren’t aware – I certainly wasn’t, until I started researching this issue properly – that ten years ago, the majority of people wanting to transition to the opposite sex were male. That ratio has now reversed. The UK has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers.

      The same phenomenon has been seen in the US. In 2018,  American physician and researcher Lisa Littman set out to explore it. In an interview, she said:

      ‘Parents online were describing a very unusual pattern of transgender-identification where multiple friends and even entire friend groups became transgender-identified at the same time. I would have been remiss had I not considered social contagion and peer influences as potential factors.’

      Littman mentioned Tumblr, Reddit, Instagram and YouTube as contributing factors to Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, where she believes that in the realm of transgender identification ‘youth have created particularly insular echo chambers.’

      Her paper caused a furore. She was accused of bias and of spreading misinformation about transgender people, subjected to a tsunami of abuse and a concerted campaign to discredit both her and her work. The journal took the paper offline and re-reviewed it before republishing it. However, her career took a similar hit to that suffered by Maya Forstater. Lisa Littman had dared challenge one of the central tenets of trans activism, which is that a person’s gender identity is innate, like sexual orientation. Nobody, the activists insisted, could ever be persuaded into being trans.

      The argument of many current trans activists is that if you don’t let a gender dysphoric teenager transition, they will kill themselves. In an article explaining why he resigned from the Tavistock (an NHS gender clinic in England) psychiatrist Marcus Evans stated that claims that children will kill themselves if not permitted to transition do not ‘align substantially with any robust data or studies in this area. Nor do they align with the cases I have encountered over decades as a psychotherapist.’

      The writings of young trans men reveal a group of notably sensitive and clever people.  The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge. I struggled with severe OCD as a teenager. If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred.

      When I read about the theory of gender identity, I remember how mentally sexless I felt in youth. I remember Colette’s description of herself as a ‘mental hermaphrodite’ and Simone de Beauvoir’s words: ‘It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.’

      As I didn’t have a realistic possibility of becoming a man back in the 1980s, it had to be books and music that got me through both my mental health issues and the sexualised scrutiny and judgement that sets so many girls to war against their bodies in their teens. Fortunately for me, I found my own sense of otherness, and my ambivalence about being a woman, reflected in the work of female writers and musicians who reassured me that, in spite of everything a sexist world tries to throw at the female-bodied, it’s fine not to feel pink, frilly and compliant inside your own head; it’s OK to feel confused, dark, both sexual and non-sexual, unsure of what or who you are.

      I want to be very clear here: I know transition will be a solution for some gender dysphoric people, although I’m also aware through extensive research that studies have consistently shown that between 60-90% of gender dysphoric teens will grow out of their dysphoria. Again and again I’ve been told to ‘just meet some trans people.’ I have: in addition to a few younger people, who were all adorable, I happen to know a self-described transsexual woman who’s older than I am and wonderful. Although she’s open about her past as a gay man, I’ve always found it hard to think of her as anything other than a woman, and I believe (and certainly hope) she’s completely happy to have transitioned. Being older, though, she went through a long and rigorous process of evaluation, psychotherapy and staged transformation. The current explosion of trans activism is urging a removal of almost all the robust systems through which candidates for sex reassignment were once required to pass. A man who intends to have no surgery and take no hormones may now secure himself a Gender Recognition Certificate and be a woman in the sight of the law. Many people aren’t aware of this.

      We’re living through the most misogynistic period I’ve experienced. Back in the 80s, I imagined that my future daughters, should I have any, would have it far better than I ever did, but between the backlash against feminism and a porn-saturated online culture, I believe things have got significantly worse for girls. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now. From the leader of the free world’s long history of sexual assault accusations and his proud boast of ‘grabbing them by the pussy’, to the incel (‘involuntarily celibate’) movement that rages against women who won’t give them sex, to the trans activists who declare that TERFs need punching and re-educating, men across the political spectrum seem to agree: women are asking for trouble. Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else.

      I’ve read all the arguments about femaleness not residing in the sexed body, and the assertions that biological women don’t have common experiences, and I find them, too, deeply misogynistic and regressive. It’s also clear that one of the objectives of denying the importance of sex is to erode what some seem to see as the cruelly segregationist idea of women having their own biological realities or – just as threatening – unifying realities that make them a cohesive political class. The hundreds of emails I’ve received in the last few days prove this erosion concerns many others just as much.  It isn’t enough for women to be trans allies. Women must accept and admit that there is no material difference between trans women and themselves.

      But, as many women have said before me, ‘woman’ is not a costume. ‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the ‘inclusive’ language that calls female people ‘menstruators’ and ‘people with vulvas’ strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning. I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate and kind, but for those of us who’ve had degrading slurs spat at us by violent men, it’s not neutral, it’s hostile and alienating.

      Which brings me to the fifth reason I’m deeply concerned about the consequences of the current trans activism.

      I’ve been in the public eye now for over twenty years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor. This isn’t because I’m ashamed those things happened to me, but because they’re traumatic to revisit and remember. I also feel protective of my daughter from my first marriage. I didn’t want to claim sole ownership of a story that belongs to her, too. However, a short while ago, I asked her how she’d feel if I were publicly honest about that part of my life, and she encouraged me to go ahead.

      I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces.

      I managed to escape my first violent marriage with some difficulty, but I’m now married to a truly good and principled man, safe and secure in ways I never in a million years expected to be. However, the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made. My perennial jumpiness is a family joke – and even I know it’s funny – but I pray my daughters never have the same reasons I do for hating sudden loud noises, or finding people behind me when I haven’t heard them approaching.

      If you could come inside my head and understand what I feel when I read about a trans woman dying at the hands of a violent man, you’d find solidarity and kinship. I have a visceral sense of the terror in which those trans women will have spent their last seconds on earth, because I too have known moments of blind fear when I realised that the only thing keeping me alive was the shaky self-restraint of my attacker.

      I believe the majority of trans-identified people not only pose zero threat to others, but are vulnerable for all the reasons I’ve outlined. Trans people need and deserve protection. Like women, they’re most likely to be killed by sexual partners. Trans women who work in the sex industry, particularly trans women of colour, are at particular risk. Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men.

      So I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.

      On Saturday morning, I read that the Scottish government is proceeding with its controversial gender recognition plans, which will in effect mean that all a man needs to ‘become a woman’ is to say he’s one. To use a very contemporary word, I was ‘triggered’. Ground down by the relentless attacks from trans activists on social media, when I was only there to give children feedback about pictures they’d drawn for my book under lockdown, I spent much of Saturday in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties recurred on a loop. That assault happened at a time and in a space where I was vulnerable, and a man capitalised on an opportunity.  I couldn’t shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls’ safety.

      Late on Saturday evening, scrolling through children’s pictures before I went to bed, I forgot the first rule of Twitter – never, ever expect a nuanced conversation – and reacted to what I felt was degrading language about women. I spoke up about the importance of sex and have been paying the price ever since. I was transphobic, I was a cunt, a bitch, a TERF, I deserved cancelling, punching and death. You are Voldemort said one person, clearly feeling this was the only language I’d understand.

      It would be so much easier to tweet the approved hashtags – because of course trans rights are human rights and of course trans lives matter – scoop up the woke cookies and bask in a virtue-signalling afterglow. There’s joy, relief and safety in conformity. As Simone de Beauvoir also wrote, “… without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one’s liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.”

      Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists; I know this because so many have got in touch with me to tell their stories. They’re afraid of doxxing, of losing their jobs or their livelihoods, and of violence.

      But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it. I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. Polls show those women are in the vast majority, and exclude only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who’ve never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is.

      The one thing that gives me hope is that the women who can protest and organise, are doing so, and they have some truly decent men and trans people alongside them. Political parties seeking to appease the loudest voices in this debate are ignoring women’s concerns at their peril. In the UK, women are reaching out to each other across party lines, concerned about the erosion of their hard-won rights and widespread intimidation. None of the gender critical women I’ve talked to hates trans people; on the contrary. Many of them became interested in this issue in the first place out of concern for trans youth, and they’re hugely sympathetic towards trans adults who simply want to live their lives, but who’re facing a backlash for a brand of activism they don’t endorse. The supreme irony is that the attempt to silence women with the word ‘TERF’ may have pushed more young women towards radical feminism than the movement’s seen in decades.

      The last thing I want to say is this. I haven’t written this essay in the hope that anybody will get out a violin for me, not even a teeny-weeny one. I’m extraordinarily fortunate; I’m a survivor, certainly not a victim. I’ve only mentioned my past because, like every other human being on this planet, I have a complex backstory, which shapes my fears, my interests and my opinions. I never forget that inner complexity when I’m creating a fictional character and I certainly never forget it when it comes to trans people.

      All I’m asking – all I want – is for similar empathy, similar understanding, to be extended to the many millions of women whose sole crime is wanting their concerns to be heard without receiving threats and abuse.

      So as I said I had a little tiff with a fat guy on Facebook. I stooped to his level I admit it but for someone like me who is NEVER on FB I saw what he wrote which was this:

      So I took the bait and commented:

      Me: The author Rowling was on welfare when she wrote the book and become rich. I applaud her from coming out of poverty and she gives plenty to charity.

      another person-yeah I agree. And that all happened before she went off the deep end. (beat) so the next book I won’t get but potter took place before her conversion

      Original commentator: to me which has nothing to do with her being a tramsphobe (original commentator has problems with words & emotions. When he writes online he writes out the emotion he is feeling at that moment. For instance if he sighs he will write that out – (sigh!) – Never in my life have I ever seen on paper or online anyone who does just that. It’s mental!

      Then I had written – “JK Rowling has a right to her opinion and she did not go off the deep end but Trans people especially Trans male to female did.”

      I also wrote “Most of the chaos is coming from trans male to female people and not the other way around. Frankly I don’t understand male to female trans people who dress like 1950 housewives and say they are now women? Women in the 21st Century do not look like that. I actually think this is a mental problem with trans females that they are trying to emulate their own mother’s who have passed on”.

      That last comment of mine got taken off and then he promptly SHUT DOWN THE COMMENTS. So Millennial of him. So I DM’d him asking why he did that and he said

      “I was pretty pissed off at you and (the other guy) because your opinions were wrong” – I paraphrased but essentially he wrote that being a woke millennial snowflake who can’t take an opposing opinion. He is a narassictic mentally inept personality. He nearly begged us to meet with him and his girlfriend, who after meeting her I believe just by viewing her aura will leave him if the right woman comes along.

      So this diatribe continued with me calling him a fat headed narcissist, which I am sorry for but he was rendered speechless for a moment and then wrote

      “I’d rather be fat than a vigot – I wrote back when I obviously shouldn’t have. “bigot – isn’t that what you mean? You’re a non starter bro. You say you want a free and open discussion and when you get one you can’t handle the opposition. = Millennial Grow the fuck up.”

      And then he wrote this gem – LOL

      Fuck off go vote for Trump

      So he IS a trump supporter because we aren’t at all – in the least. LOL

      MALE MILENNIALS are = to trans females in every way – mouthy, opinionated and frankly insane.

      TERF – is something you find on a baseball field or football game field. It’s not the proper definition of a woman.

      TERF – in my books stands for Trans Eroted Rotten Fucktards meaning Trans females hate women and want to fuck them (aka rape) and that’s why they want to be females – There is not nearly as much fuss from the trans female to male. It’s a non starter people.

      I really do not believe one can change their gender. There are 2 MALE & FEMALE. Sr Emily my biology teacher in high school would be appalled at anything other than the Scientific explanation. I don’t care if trans people hate what I’m writing or saying because people should never be busted for an opinion. They aren’t right and neither am I – that’s what it means to have an opinion. Good Grief we have lost our way!

      Trans female are trying to force their thoughts and penis’ onto women who don’t want to deal with them. That’s not right nor is it cool. I disagree and I don’t give a fuck if you agree with me or not. I certainly won’t be calling you names like “bigot” – Millennials don’t really understand titles and what they mean yet they use words all the time. I find it interesting and irritating at the same time and it’s one of the reasons I never wanted to bear kids but it’s also another reason men call me a MOTHER anyway.

      LOL Do you see my finger in the air narcissist?

      Just my opinion – Cat Patten

      My Late Father Worked with the Calypso King – the now LATE #HARRYBELAFONTE – 96 passed this DAY IN 2023 April 25…

      At this writing Mr Belafonte would be on journey two hours ago our time. Time is not linear on their side so in his mind he has been gone a second ago. Either way – Heaven got themselves a pop singer who changed the map of pop music for many Caribbean singers (I’m looking at you #RiHanna. You are welcome!

      My late father toured with #harrybelafonte back in the day. I don’t think Harry liked my father much. My dad was always angry and had problems with everyone he ever met – EXCEPT his Twisted Family. Go Figure. This is our official send off to Mr Belafonte who advanced black culture in the arts in the racist 1950s. Myqui’s mom and dad went to a concert with their friends to see Harry Belafonte on tour. Could have been the same tour my dad was working? Don’t know but their white friends were appalled when my mom in law VERN PATTEN said Harry is so sexy and she wouldn’t mind having sex with him. She was a free thinker and society morays never had any effect on her. After all she has a gay daughter and me. Love you Mom2 whom I never knew but love.


      #HarryBelafonte on tour – 1950s

      Ken Emery (Cat’s Dad) on tour with Harry Belafonte – 1950s

      Lyrics

      Day-o, day-o
      Daylight come and we want go home
      Day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day-o
      Daylight come and we want go home

      Work all night on a drink of rum
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Stack banana ’til the morning come
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Day, is a day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Hide the deadly black tarantula
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Day, is a day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Day-o, day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)
      Day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day, is a day-o
      (Daylight come and we want go home)

      Source: Musixmatch

      Songwriters: William Attaway / Irving Burgie

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      Myqui Patten’s version of DAYO https://www.instagram.com/p/CrduOVeAffE/

      Freddie Mercury QUEEN VERSION – I think they are singing this together in whatever dimension they now reside

      LIVE AID-QUEEN & FREDDI MERCURY
      Variety

      Harry Belafonte, Calypso King Who Worked for African American Rights, Dies at 96

      Chris Morris

      Tue, April 25, 2023 at 9:51 AM EDT

      Singer, actor, producer and activist Harry Belafonte, who spawned a calypso craze in the U.S. with his music and blazed new trails for African American performers, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his Manhattan home. He was 96.

      An award-winning Broadway performer and a versatile recording and concert star of the ’50s, the lithe, handsome Belafonte became one of the first Black leading men in Hollywood. He later branched into production work on theatrical films and telepics.

      As his career stretched into the new millennium, his commitment to social causes never took a back seat to his professional work.

      An intimate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Belafonte was an important voice in the ’60s civil rights movement, and he later embarked on charitable activities on behalf of underdeveloped African nations. He was an outspoken opponent of South Africa’s apartheid policies.

      Among the most honored performers of his era, Belafonte won two Grammy Awards (and the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000), a Tony and an Emmy. He also received the Motion Picture Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards ceremony in 2014.

      Harold George Belafonte Jr. was born in New York but was sent to live with his grandmother in Jamaica at age 5, returning to attend high school in New York. But Jamaica’s indigenous calypso and mento would supply crucial material for his early musical repertoire.

      After serving in the war, Belafonte gravitated to the New York theatrical scene. An early mentor was the famed Black actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. He studied acting with Erwin Piscator and attended Broadway shows — on a single ticket he would hand off at intermission — with another struggling young actor, Sidney Poitier. Like Poitier, he performed at Harlem’s American Negro Theater.

      Belafonte first made his mark, however, as a nightclub singer. Initially working in a pop and jazz vein, Belafonte began his singing career at New York’s Royal Roost and made his recording debut in 1949 on Roost Records. He soon developed a growing interest in American folk music.

      A national tour and dates at New York’s Village Vanguard and Blue Angel followed. A scout for MGM spotted him at the latter venue and, following a screen test, Belafonte secured a role opposite Dorothy Dandridge in “Bright Road” (1953).

      The same year, Belafonte made his Rialto debut in the revue “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac,” for which he received the Tony for best performance by a featured actor in a musical.

      Ironically, while Belafonte was cast as a lead in Otto Preminger’s 1954 musical “Carmen Jones” — based on Oscar Hammerstein II’s Broadway adaptation of Bizet’s opera “Carmen” — his singing voice was dubbed by opera singer LeVern Hutcherson. Belafonte would soon explode in his own right as a pop singer.

      He made his RCA Records debut in 1954 with “Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites”; he had performed the titular folk song with his guitarist Millard Thomas in his Tony-winning Broadway turn. The 1956 LP “Belafonte,” featuring a similar folk repertoire, spent six weeks at No. 1.

      Those collections were a mere warm-up to “Calypso.” The 1956 album sparked a nationwide calypso craze, spent a staggering 31 weeks at No. 1 and remains one of the four longest-running chart-toppers in history. It spawned Belafonte’s signature hit, “Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” which topped the singles chart for five weeks. A parody of that ubiquitous number by Stan Freberg reached No. 25 in 1957. Director Tim Burton employed the tune to bright effect in his 1988 comedy “Beetlejuice.”

      Belafonte would cut five more top-five albums — including two live sets recorded at Carnegie Hall — through 1961. His 1960 collection “Swing Dat Hammer” received a Grammy as best ethnic or traditional folk album; he scored the same award for 1965’s “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba,” a collaboration with South African folk artist Miriam Makeba.

      He also supplied early employment for a future folk icon: His 1962 album “Midnight Special” featured harmonica work by Bob Dylan.

      A frequent guest on TV variety shows, Belafonte became the first Black performer to garner an Emmy with his 1959 special “Tonight With Belafonte.”

      Belafonte made his first steps into film production with two features he toplined: end-of-the-world drama “The World, the Flesh, and the Devil” (1959) and the heist picture “Odds Against Tomorrow” (1960). However, discontent with the roles he was being offered, he would remain absent from the big screen for the remainder of the ’60s and busied himself with recording and international touring as his involvement in the civil rights movement deepened.

      Closely associated with clergyman-activist King, Belafonte provided financial support to the civil rights leader and his family. He also funded the Freedom Riders and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and was a key figure in the organization of the historic March on Washington of August 1963.

      The racial tumult of the ’60s hit close to home: In 1968 he became the center of a furor when he appeared as a guest star on an NBC special hosted by British pop singer Petula Clark. During a performance of an anti-war ballad, Clark clutched Belafonte’s arm. Doyle Lott, VP for sponsor Chrysler-Plymouth, was present at the taping and demanded the number be excised, saying the “interracial touching” might offend Southern viewers. But Clark, who owned the show, put her foot down and the show aired as recorded, while exec Lott was fired by the automaker.

      Belafonte returned to feature films in 1970 in the whimsical “The Angel Levine” alongside Zero Mostel. He co-starred with old friend Poitier in the comedies “Buck and the Preacher” (1972) and “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974), both directed by Poitier.

      His acting appearances would be sporadic for the remainder of his career. Notably, he appeared opposite John Travolta in “White Man’s Burden” (1995), an alternate-universe fantasy-drama about racism; Robert Altman’s ensemble period drama “Kansas City” (1996); and “Bobby” (2006), Emilio Estevez’s account of Sen. Robert Kennedy’s 1968 assassination.

      In 1985, Belafonte’s activism and musicianship intertwined when he helped organize the recording session for “We Are the World,” the all-star benefit single devoted to alleviating African famine. His appearance on that huge hit led to “Paradise in Gazankulu” (1988), his first studio recording in more than 10 years.

      His latter-day production work included the 1984 hip-hop drama “Beat Street” and the 2000 miniseries “Parting the Waters,” based on historian Taylor Branch’s biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

      In 2002, “The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music,” an immense collection of African and African-American music recorded and compiled by Belafonte over the course of a decade and originally set for release by RCA in the ’70s, was finally released as a five-CD set on Universal’s Buddha imprint. It garnered three Grammy nominations.

      In later years, Belafonte remained as outspoken as ever, and his views sometimes courted controversy. He was a foe of South African apartheid, opposed the U.S.’s Cuban embargo and denounced George W. Bush’s military incursion into Iraq.

      Belafonte was the son of a Jamaican housekeeper and a Martiniquan chef, spending the early and late parts of his childhood in Harlem but the crucial middle period in Jamaica. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944; during his service, he encountered the writing of W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP and a key influence.

      He was accorded the Kennedy Center Honor in 1989 and the National Medal of the Arts in 1994.

      Belafonte published his memoir “My Song,” written with Michael Shnayerson, in 2011. Susanne Rostock’s biographical documentary “Sing Your Song” was released in early 2012.

      He is survived by his third wife Pamela; daughters Shari, Adrienne and Gina; son David; stepchildren Sarah and Lindsey; and eight grandchildren.