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It’s true: millions in dark money has been spent to tilt courts right

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Well, see now the Governor of Montana sued the IRS for allowing contributors of dark money to hide. See, they weren’t public, but the “non-profit” collecting the money had to file with the IRS, and that information gets passed to the states. So if something truly wonky is going on, that information is known and can be prosecuted by either the Fed or the States.

So, they lost that case because the IRS can’t just ignore regulations. So Treasury quietly does away with the regulations after losing the court case. So right now,there are proposed regs to completely obfuscate dark money contributors.

On top of that, there’s the 501(c)(4) shuffle. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/09/exclusive-largest-dark-money-donor-groups-hide-ties-using-new-trick/

Basically, as a 501(c)(4) they’re allowed up to 49% of their work to be “political” and 51% has to be “educational.” I’m sure you can imagine what type of “political” they spend on (warped issue ads, often).

So what about their 51% educational expenditures? They donate it! To another 501(c)(4). And on, sometimes eventually donating back to the original organization in a loop of dark money that now has absolutely zero oversight. Or all of those that received donations turn around and put their 51% to some target org.

There’s a reason Moscow Mitch isn’t doing anything to secure our elections. Everything else he’s doing is to undermine our democracy.

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Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘profound shame’ for British massacre in India

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The Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury apologized in a public way — by falling down on the floor –for the “terrible atrocity” by British colonial forces 100 years ago in a massacre of hundreds of Indians peacefully demonstrating for independence.

Addressing the attack in northwest India, Archbishop Justin Welby tweeted: “I feel a deep sense of grief, humility and profound shame having visited the site of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar today. Here, a great number of Sikhs – as well as Hindus, Muslims and Christians – were shot dead by British troops in 1919.”

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More than 300 Indians were killed and over 1,200 injured on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire on a crowd at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, which is near the city’s Golden Temple, the holiest site to the Sikh faith.

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Welby, who has been archbishop since 2013, noted that he was not speaking on behalf of the British government, but instead was making a personal apology.

When asked if he would seek an apology from the British government, Welby reportedly said: “I think I have been very clear about what I feel and that will be broadcast in England.”

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Former British Prime Minister Theresa May stopped short of a formal apology in April when she called the killings a “shameful scar” in British-Indian history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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I’m James Dawkins, running for the NC House District 17, and you can literally Ask Me Anything!

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Hello fellow Redditors!

I’m James Dawkins from Southport, North Carolina, and I’m a progressive Democratic candidate for the North Carolina General Assembly (State House).

I’m here on this solemn day to introduce myself to the Reddit community, of whom I’ve been a part for 4 years, and who were the inspiration for me running for office, and let you guys Ask Me Anything about running a State Campaign from outside the establishment, but I’ll answer pretty much any questions asked. I won’t request that we keep the discussion on my new film, Rampart.

You can see detailed policy positions, information about me, and some pictures from the campaign trail, on my website, though I need to get used to taking more pictures!

www.dawkins4nc.com

Just last week we got the news that the State Court has struck down the gerrymandered maps that the dastardly GOP wrote, and we’re looking at a fair election in 2020. If we have a fair election, I’m confident that Democrats can take back the State House and Senate, and that’ll include me winning my seat and getting to do good work for the poor, working class, and elderly of my district and the great state of NC!

Thanks, and ASK ME ANYTHING!

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Purdue Pharma Tentatively Settles Thousands of Opioids Cases

Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with lawyers representing thousands of municipal governments, tribes and states nationwide that are suing the pharmaceutical industry for the devastation resulting from the opioid epidemic.

The company is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy imminently. The settlement, which was described by two people involved in the negotiations, involves the dissolution of Purdue Pharma as it now exists, the formation of a new company that will continue to sell its signature opioid, OxyContin, with the proceeds going to a public beneficiary company that will pay the plaintiffs. Purdue Pharma also will donate “rescue” drugs, several of which are in development, for addiction treatment and overdose reversal.

The Sackler family will pay $3 billion in cash over seven years.

The settlement does not include a statement of wrongdoing.

The company declined to comment.

The settlement is a landmark moment in the long-running effort to compel Purdue Pharma, the company whose drug is seen as an early driver of the crisis, and its owners, the Sacklers, to have their day of reckoning for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from overdoses and the calamitous systemic costs.

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The settlement comes scarcely six weeks before the start of the first federal trial in the sprawling opioid litigation in front of a federal judge in Cleveland who has recently issued tough pretrial rulings against the defendants — drug manufacturers including Purdue, as well as drug distributors and chain retailers. Although other manufacturers have already settled in that case, as well as in an earlier state opioid trial in Oklahoma, the Purdue agreement is the first so-called “global” arrangement. Negotiated by a team of five lawyers representing nearly 2,300 lawsuits in federal court, as well as by lawyers for the states, the resolution would end almost all of the cases against Purdue.

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Richard Sackler, former chairman and president of Purdue Pharma, in a screengrab taken from a 2015 video deposition.CreditKentucky Attorney General’s Office

But because the deal falls short of what some state attorneys general had insisted upon, they have said that they will continue to pursue the Sacklers themselves. In recent weeks, perhaps in anticipation of legal fortresses built by the Sacklers to guard their fortune, which Forbes estimated to be about $13 billion, more states, including Virginia, New Mexico and Delaware, have been filing cases against members of the family. The states have used an array of legal tactics, hoping for an even bigger payout from the Sacklers and to force them out of the pharmaceutical business altogether.

A critical sticking point has been the timing of the family’s sale of its global pharmaceutical business, Mundipharma, and the contribution the family would make from the proceeds. Some attorneys general, including those from Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut, who have not signed on to the settlement, had been pressing the family to sell the company immediately and to discontinue manufacturing drugs for international markets. And regardless of what price Mundipharma fetched, the attorneys general said, they wanted the Sacklers to commit an additional $1.5 billion up front.

The family refused to do so.

“Connecticut has not agreed to any settlement,” William Tong, the state’s attorney general, said in a statement. “Our position remains firm and unchanged and nothing for us has changed today.” He added: “I cannot predict whether Purdue will seek bankruptcy, but all I can say is we are ready to aggressively pursue this case wherever it goes — whether it is in the Connecticut courts or through bankruptcy.”

Often when a company goes into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, all litigation against it is stayed. The deconstruction and evolution of Purdue would now be presumably overseen by a bankruptcy judge and, eventually, trustees appointed to assemble a new, transparent board, which would not include any of the Sacklers.

Still unclear is what the distribution of any Purdue and Sackler money would look like for 23 states and nearly 2,300 local governments and tribes that signed onto the deal, as well as for the federal government, which has been investigating the company, plus hospitals, insurers and a group representing infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which have also brought lawsuits.

Another significant question to be resolved is where, legally and practically, the settlement would leave the Sacklers themselves. They are not the company nor, apparently, are they insolvent and in need of bankruptcy protection. Whether they would be legally insulated by the settlement is in dispute.

One question is whether the Sacklers’ payouts in the settlement would bind them into Purdue’s bankruptcy proceeding and therefore halt the lawsuits against them as well as the company. Purdue is expected to file for bankruptcy in New York, which has occasionally looked favorably upon such conditions.

Many of the two dozen states that have named individual Sacklers as defendants have said that the family has been intentionally taking billions of dollars out of the company ever since 2007, when Purdue and its executives paid a $635 million fine to resolve federal civil and criminal charges related to the “misbranding” of OxyContin.

Legally speaking, this is known as “fraudulent conveyance,” and it could very well be a claim for the states to pursue in bankruptcy court. Some states have been aggressively hunting for where the Sacklers have deposited their money, particularly the New York attorney general’s office, which recently issued 33 subpoenas, including to offshore holding companies.

The Sacklers, however, have long said that whatever funds they withdrew from Purdue were appropriate dividends from a company they owned and directed.

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Leslie Marshall: Hey, Democrats, want to beat Trump? Here are my top 10 tips for the next debate

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The next Democratic debate is set for Thursday. The top ten Democratic presidential candidates will face off against each other on the same stage for the first time all on just one night.

The candidates will have one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Although they will be able to deliver opening statements, there will be no closing remarks.

I think at this stage of the game, most of us know what to expect but what should the various Democratic candidates do? As a Democratic strategist here’s some advice I want to share:

Be prepared

I mean be prepared to answer the questions specifically.  You can’t wing it. And I don’t mean with pre-packaged zingers.

In June, during the first debate in Miami, California Sen. Kamala Harris said:  “Hey, guys, you know what? America does not want to witness a food fight. They want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.

Her comment led to lots of applause, but it was as contrived as it was pre-planned. Her campaign even sold T-shirts afterward, already prepared, with that exact quote on them.

America doesn’t want to witness a food fight, so don’t give them one.

Harris saw a brief bump in her polls numbers after that night and more money flowed in to her campaign treasure chest, but it was short-lived.

Don’t attack other Dems 

Harris was right, America doesn’t want to witness a food fight, so don’t give them one. Democrats don’t want to see Democrats attacking each other.

Harris, the first-term California senator, learned that the hard way when she attacked former Vice President Joe Biden on his bussing policies from years back and practically painted him out to be a racist.

She appeared strong and again, what did she get? A small, temporary blip in the polls and in cash.

Now I’m not saying that the Democrats at the debate on Thursday night need to have a kumbaya fest — like the one we’ve been witnessing with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. I am saying, however, that you can attack the other candidates’ policies and not make it personal.

Remember in 2016 when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were all smiles and hugs? That didn’t last long. But when the vitriol started to flow, the party started to form deep alliances and also deep divisions. And then…  Democrats lost the election.

Show voters how you differ from the other candidates

Many of the Democratic presidential candidates agree on issues surrounding climate change, health care, immigration, etc.  But it’s learning about how they differ that is essential for voters. That’s the kind of information they will need to decide who they want to represent their party.

For example, Sanders and Warren agree about many things, but he’s a socialist, she’s a capitalist.  They both need to put that forth and explain why they chose those labels. They need to highlight those differences.

I would counsel each candidate this way: Be specific with your own plans (and guess what –that’s worked quite well for Warren), tout your own successes and focus not only on what you would do differently than your fellow Democrats but explain how.

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Remember who the REAL opponent is

Although it will be tempting for all of the candidates to attack Biden because he’s the front runner, and it will be even more tempting for Senators Sanders and Warren, who will sandwich Biden onstage in this next debate.

The Democratic candidates need to remember that President Donald Trump is their true opponent and the voters know it.

Recent polling shows that the majority of Democratic voters want a candidate who can beat Trump more than a candidate who shares their values.

So Democratic voters want to make Trump a one-term president and these candidates have the opportunity to show their base that they’re the one who can truly take down Trump.

So I would recommend the contenders give the audience a sample of what they’re in for.  Biden, for example, given all his recent gaffes, could gain the most from this.

Those gaffes have cost him support according to the polls.  Although he’s still leading the pack, those gaffes have some would-be voters questioning his age, strength, clarity on issues and his ability to recall them accurately.

Some supporters wonder how can Biden go head to head on a debate stage with Trump and still win? Biden’s got to show voters some of that spunk.  So he (and the rest of the candidates) need to attack Trump.  And they need to do it not just personally but on his policies (or lack thereof).

Put forth the facts

The candidates need to show would-be voters how Trump has divided our country. They need to mention how he embarrasses us regularly on the international stage.

Democrats should strike hard on issues such as immigration. They need to talk about how the president wants to divert funds from the military to the border, even though immigration levels have been dropping steadily for months.

They need to call him out for wanting to meet with the Taliban — even though we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

They need to point to the terror group that just took credit for a bombing in Afghanistan and have even threatened American lives since Trump called the meeting off.

All of those issues speak to instability in decision making. They reveal a president who cares about his own agenda rather than the American people’s.

Since “it’s the economy, stupid” (still!) drive home the point about how the Trump tax breaks were for the rich and feed into income inequality. This is an issue that is popular among Democrats and did well for Democrats in the midterms.

Also, the candidates need to talk about how top economists not only are predicting an economic slowdown, they fear we might be headed for another recession.

They should also speak about climate change; about the Obama policies that Trump has reversed and how he thinks’ that climate change is a hoax.

If you believe in something, stand firm and, if you do not, be honest and genuine.

And, finally, they need to talk about health care.  What has ObamaCare done? What have Trump and the Republican Party done? And what are they trying to do by repealing and replacing it? And don’t forget to mention what taking away the Medicaid expansion in some states has done for lower-income people, especially in rural areas.

Call out the crazy

Whether it’s about arranging for a meet with the Taliban or using a Sharpie to try to prove you were right about a hurricane, Democrats need to call out the crazy things Trump has done. But even more, the candidates need to highlight why the president’s behavior is dangerous. For example, how dangerous was it for people in Alabama to brace for a storm that was not coming their way, and what about the people who were truly in the path of the storm in the opposite direction!?

Use your common sense

The first piece of advice I gave to all of the candidates at the beginning of this column was to be prepared. It’s common sense that if you’re leading the pack in the polls, you’re going to be attacked from all sides. Be ready for this and be ready to respond to it.

Former Vice President Joe Biden better be prepared to defend any and all gaffes to nearly everyone on stage, but especially to the man and woman on his right and left: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

And speaking of attacks, Warren should be prepared as well.  If it was Harris’s turn to be in the hot seat at the last debate, at this next debate it will be Warren’s turn, especially after her surge in the polls this summer.

Beto O’Rourke & Julian Castro will certainly be targets for each other as both will be fighting to be the Texas favorite.

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Stand up for what you believe

When Sanders talked about a $15 minimum wage or Medicare for all in 2016, it was radical; now essentially part of the Democratic Party’s platform.

Sanders was passionate about it, he really believed it. He didn’t care who it upset or offended. He wasn’t concerned about losing votes over it, and that’s why he gained votes from it.

Look at Julian Castro. After talking about decriminalizing border crossings, his name was searched in Google more times than in the entire history of his career.  People might not have liked what he said but people certainly knew who he was.

Don’t be a lemming

If you believe in something, stand firm and, if you do not, be honest and genuine.

Don’t be afraid to hold a more moderate position

Don’t be afraid the far-left will drown you out or vote you out. The majority of Democratic voters are moderates and centrists.  Always keep this in mind: the primary is the appetizer, the general election is the main course.

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The Democratic presidential candidates need to do their homework, be prepared to defend themselves, their remarks and decisions they’ve made throughout their careers on Thursday night. They need to show how much they differ from their counterparts and demonstrate why they would be the best candidate to take down Trump.

If they follow my advice, they might get a bump in the polls, a few more checks and who knows, maybe even wind up winning the nomination.

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Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

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WASHINGTON — President Trump left open the possibility on Wednesday of relaxing economic sanctions against Iran before starting new nuclear negotiations, seeming to undercut his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran in favor of striking a diplomatic deal.

Hours earlier, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said that the United States must lift its bruising sanctions before officials in Tehran would be ready to talk.

Mr. Trump stressed his view that Iran’s economy is suffering, and that the leadership in Tehran is eager for negotiations.

“I do believe they’d like to make a deal,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “If they do, that’s great; and if they don’t, that’s great too. But they have tremendous financial difficulty, and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher.”

He shrugged when asked if he would consider easing the sanctions to secure a meeting with Iran.

“We’ll see what happens,” Mr. Trump said.

Though Mr. Trump has previously offered to talk to Iran’s leaders, his comments on Wednesday appeared to be the first time he has publicly left open the door to softening his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign. The shift would have been stridently opposed by John R. Bolton, the White House national security adviser who was unceremoniously ousted on Tuesday.

For nearly a year, the Trump administration has threatened economic penalties against foreign governments and businesses seeking to invest in Iran, or to buy its oil and other goods. The isolation campaign has crippled Iran’s economy and frustrated countries, including China and India, that rely on its oil.

Other allies, particularly in Europe, were infuriated in May 2018 when Mr. Trump withdrew the United States from a nuclear accord that Iran struck with world powers during the Obama administration. They have sought to create a barter system with Tehran that would keep financial channels open but not violate the American sanctions, and President Emmanuel Macron of France has dangled the possibility of a $15 billion bailout to bring Iran back into compliance with the 2015 deal.

Under the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign, the Treasury and State Departments have ramped up sanctions against Iran to force it back into negotiations. Brian H. Hook, the State Department envoy overseeing Iran issues, told reporters last week that sanctions were essential to financially starving the government in Tehran and, in turn, making it more difficult to fund Iranian-allied fighters in conflicts across the Middle East.

“We are maintaining the maximum-pressure campaign,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

In a telephone call with Mr. Macron, reported on Wednesday by Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency, Mr. Rouhani said that “if the sanctions remain in place, negotiations with the U.S. administration have no meaning.”

As he faces re-election next year, Mr. Trump has been searching for a diplomatic victory — not just with Iran, but also with North Korea and Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly offered to open talks with Iranian officials, without setting any conditions for the negotiations, and has raised the possibility of a meeting at the annual global forum at the United Nations this month.

A similar effort in 2017 to set up a meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Rouhani at the United Nations collapsed.

President Barack Obama never managed to meet with Mr. Rouhani, even after the nuclear deal was signed.

The closest the two presidents came was a 2013 phone call that lasted 15 minutes and was arranged by Mr. Rouhani as he departed the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Obama took the call at the White House; it was the first direct conversation between the leaders of the two countries since the 1979 Iranian Revolution that ousted the American-backed shah.

But Mr. Trump also made clear on Wednesday that he would not bend on his vow to block Iran’s efforts to escalate the country’s nuclear program, which had been largely shelved as a result of the 2015 agreement. “If they’re thinking about enrichment, they can forget about it,” Mr. Trump said. “Because it’s going to be very dangerous for them to enrich.”

Mr. Rouhani said over the weekend that Iran was preparing to restart its production of highly enriched uranium, the material needed to build a nuclear weapon. Doing so would most likely scuttle any hope of resurrecting the nuclear accord with world powers, as Mr. Macron has been trying to do.

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Billionaire Oilman T. Boone Pickens Dead At 91

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T. Boone Pickens died Wednesday in his Dallas-area home at the age of 91 of natural causes, his foundation confirmed.

The self-described “opinionated energy investor, entrepreneur, proponent of American energy resources, and philanthropist” made billions in oil and gas ― both in its extraction, and in managing a hedge fund focused on the commodity.

Pickens spent the proceeds freely on causes he deemed important. In 2010, the “Oracle of Oil” pushed heavily for rapid, nationwide adoption of wind, solar and other green energy sources as part of his 10-year “Pickens Plan.”

Pickens’ health began deteriorating in 2016 after he suffered a series of strokes. After he sustained a head injury in a fall in 2017, Pickens retired entirely in 2018.

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Alaska high school swimmer's disqualification over swimsuit fit is overturned

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An Alaska high school swimmer’s disqualification — after a referee judged her swimsuit too revealing — was overturned late Tuesday night following the school district’s appeal.

Dimond High School (Anchorage) swimmer Breckynn Willis, 17, was disqualified Friday after her 100-meter freestyle victory at a dual meet in Anchorage. A meet official told the Anchorage Daily News that the referee ruled Willis had committed a “uniform violation” because the ref saw “butt cheek touching butt cheek.” 

The state’s high school sports governing body, the Alaska School Activities Association, said in a statement it had determined “the official did not notify the coach prior to disqualifying the student.” The ASAA sided with the school district, which had quickly appealed the ruling.

“All team and individual points shall be restored to both the individual swimmer and the Dimond High School swim team,” the ASAA statement read. 

The Anchorage School District said late Tuesday it planned to decertify the official because Willis was “targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.”

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Willis competed in four events at the meet on Friday but was disqualified in only one. 

“We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape,” the district said in a statement to the newspaper.

Under the National Federation of High Schools rule, male swimmers must cover their buttocks and females must cover their buttocks and breasts. School district officials said the disqualified swimmer was wearing an “approved, school-issued suit” during the meet.

Contributing: Steve Gardner 

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Billionaire Oilman T. Boone Pickens Dead At 91

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T. Boone Pickens died Wednesday in his Dallas-area home at the age of 91 of natural causes, his foundation confirmed.

The self-described “opinionated energy investor, entrepreneur, proponent of American energy resources, and philanthropist” made billions in oil and gas ― both in its extraction, and in managing a hedge fund focused on the commodity.

Pickens spent the proceeds freely on causes he deemed important. In 2010, the “Oracle of Oil” pushed heavily for rapid, nationwide adoption of wind, solar and other green energy sources as part of his 10-year “Pickens Plan.”

Pickens’ health began deteriorating in 2016 after he suffered a series of strokes. After he sustained a head injury in a fall in 2017, Pickens retired entirely in 2018.

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Bride cuts dress, dyes it green as way to keep wearing it: ‘Too expensive to just wear once’

Well, that’s one way to go green.

Emma Male, 36, got married in a $616 wedding dress, which she has now recycled into her favorite item of clothing.

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“It was the first designer dress I tried and as soon as I put it on I just loved it,” bride Emma Male said of choosing the dress, which she purchased at a sample sale at her friend’s boutique. She wore it at her 2016 wedding. (VLA Wedding Photography/Mercury Press)

Male, an account manager from Weybridge, Surrey, got married in a woodland-themed wedding in 2016. After the wedding was over, Male was sad that she would never be able to wear her dress again, which led her to make an extreme decision – cut it up and dye it green.

“It was the first designer dress I tried and as soon as I put it on I just loved it,” Male said to the Mirror of choosing the dress, which she purchased at a sample sale at her friend’s boutique.

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Though Male wanted a way to wear the dress again and again, remarking it was too “expensive [a] dress to just wear once,” she was dubious at first about dying it.

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Male decided to transform the dress by cutting off the bottom and dying the fabric green so she could wear the dress again and again. (VLA Wedding Photography/Mercury Press)

“When I first saw it going into the green dye, it looked so dark. I thought ‘Oh my god. What am I doing?’” she quipped.

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But Male’s cousin, Katie, reportedly helped push Male into transforming the dress. Together, the pair cut the full-length gown into a midi-dress and soaked the fabric in green dye.

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Now the repurposed dress is the aspiring singer’s go-to dress. She reportedly wears it on stage when she performs. (VLA Wedding Photography/Mercury Press)

“But I absolutely love it. It gets so much attention but nobody recognizes it from when we got married. My husband does, but that’s only because I go on about it all the time,” Male said to the Mirror.

Now the repurposed dress is the aspiring singer’s go-to dress. She reportedly wears it on stage when she performs.

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