How to breathe easy…don’t break the law

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With the wave of activism in the US and more hashtagging and t-shirt activism over “I can’t breathe” a cop has taken them all on with his own shirt,

In recent weeks, we have seen basketball players go on the court for warm ups before games wearing t-shirts that say, “I Can’t Breathe.” In fact, the entire Phoenix Suns basketball team entered the court earlier this week wearing the t-shirts. NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James also participated in making a statement by wearing the shirt. This is their way of showing support and bringing attention to the death of Eric Garner in New York.

While the police officer involved in the arrest during which Garner suffered a health emergency and subsequently died was not indicted in his death, some on both sides of the political aisle find aspects of what happened troubling. However, one fact that has been virtually hidden is that although the arresting officer was white, the entire situation was supervised by a black, female sergeant.

It’s no coincidence that the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts being worn are black with white lettering as many, including MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, have tried to turn the issue into a racial one despite the fact that both Garner’s wife and daughter do not believe that race had anything to do with his death.    Read more »

Pimping the Poor – Timaru Herald style

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ON STRUGGLE STREET: But can afford to dye her hair, get multiple tattoos and afford the internet and a cellphone

All the media loves pimping the poor and Timaru Herald is no different…except they actually do add in some quotes that are enlightening with the person they’ve chosen to pimp out.

The high level of poverty in some streets in the Marchwiel area was highlighted last week in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Kelvin St resident Racheal Gates is one of many people living day-to-day and struggling to make ends meet.

“There’s a lot like me around here who are struggling,” the 37-year-old said yesterday.

Report author Ruth Swale spoke to more than 30 agencies, organisations and individuals in South Canterbury over a six-month period, and the issue which stood out to her was the level of poverty in the Marchwiel area.

The research found some streets in the north-end area were within the lowest categories (9 and 10) on the deprivation index.

Gates receives a supported living benefit from Work and Income and has a casual part-time job at Strathallan Lifecare.

Three years ago, she tipped the scales at 150kg and struggled to find work.

After having gastric bypass surgery, she is now half the size she was.

“I feel good, but I have had a few underlying health issues, like chronic fatigue . . . so I can’t do a lot of physical work or work long hours.”

With a diploma in social services, Gates said she would one day like to work in mental health. She also suffers from anxiety.

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What on earth is wrong with Peter Dunne?

And why aren’t hordes of women and leftie liberals not demanding his head?

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Sky City turns Steven Joyce into the Labour and Green Parties’ whipping boy

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Stephen Joyce must be wondering: with friends like Sky, who needs enemies?

Opposition parties are urging the Government not to fund a cost blowout in SkyCity’s proposed new international convention centre in Auckland.

A resource consent application lodged on Friday revealed the centre’s initial $402 million price tag is set to increase by $70m to $130m.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce blamed inflation, and said the cost differential will be addressed through savings on the project, including in procurement. Read more »

Passengers a huge inconvenience to Jetstar employee

Jetstar employee Emily Capewell, via Facebook

Jetstar employee Emily Capewell, via Facebook

Jetstar just can’t shake the attitude

A Sydney Jetstar employee labelled those complaining about delays on Saturday “a bunch of whingers” and “nuts freaking about delays”.

In a Facebook comment, Jetstar employee Emily Capewell blamed passengers who were affected by Jetstar’s computer glitch which caused delays for Jetstar passengers.

“Obviously don’t travel enough. Happens to everyone and today it’s jetstars day,” Capewell wrote in a Facebook comment on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Facebook page which has since been deleted.

“You are all a bunch of whingers! Grow up and think about the people that are working today and have to deal with all you nuts freaking about delays!” Read more »

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Face of the day

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Jim Hickey read the weather for the first time in 1988

Fans of veteran weather presenter Jim Hickey have paid tribute to the man who has beamed into their living rooms for more than 20 years…

Hundreds of well-wishers have left messages on the ONE News Facebook page for Jim…

“Thank You Jim for all the great memories, and all the very best for the future you will be sadly missed,” Paul Axon wrote.

“The best weather man ever! We’ll miss you! Happy retirement!” Kylie Brown said.

“You’re the best Jim. The nation loves you. Now I’ll have to put up with years of dissatisfaction from my partner who thinks you’re the best weather reporter in the universe (I also agree). No one compares! Will miss your charisma, energy, punchy weather facts & shiney face it’s been a pleasure watching you return and sad to see you leave yet again,” Laura Drummond said.

“Hey Jim. You made the weather look great regardless of how bad it was. We will miss your funny puns and sayings. Enjoy your ‘retirement'”. Nadine Dornbusch said.

“Thank you for 26 years of our weather Jim. And you’re still good looking even now lol. Hope you enjoy your retirement,” Christina Olsen said.

“Ah Jim, you were the one who made the weather interesting and fun. Those that are coming after you have big shoes to fill. All the best. We will miss you,” Jeannette Mackenzie said.
-TVNZ

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20

12 Ears to hear and eyes to see–both are gifts from the LORD.

Saturday nightCap

Deep inner space: a new species

Credit: SOI/HADES
Video of a newly discovered species is now the world’s deepest known fish recorded at 8,143 m depth. The fish has a novel body form that has not been seen before. It stunned scientists because in other trenches, there is only one fish species at this depth–a snailfish; this fish is really different from any other deep-sea fish that scientists have ever seen.

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