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World Changer Georgina Beyer Needs A New Kidney STAT.

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Well, shit. But is treatable so good. She seriously just needs a new kidney as soon as possible.

Georgina Beyer is seriously ill.

The first transgender Member of Parliament has told the Woman’s Day she has been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. Jonah Lomu suffered from the same condition.

The diagnosis came just days before the 55-year-old was to announce her intentions to stand as Wellington mayor.

She will need to have kidney dialysis four times a day for the rest of her life until she gets a kidney transplant.


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Uruguay Scientists Have Engineered World’s First Glow-In-The Dark Sheep.

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Here’s the how: last year, a team of researchers led by Alejo Menchaca at the Animal Reproduction Institue of Uruguay genetically modified some wooly ruminants to express a peptide commonly known as green fluorescent protein, or “GFP.” GFP glows green when exposed to ultraviolet light, and was originally isolated from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. Today, it’s used to label molecules of biomedical interest – to determine whether those molecules are being expressed, and in what quantity. In the last twenty years, GFP and its derivatives have become such ubiquitous and invaluable research tools that its discoverers were awarded a Nobel Prize back in 2008.

Menchaca’s sheep – which were born last October and, apart from their corporeal glow, appear to have developed just like an unmodified flock – express the protein in tissues throughout their bodies, causing them to glow under ultraviolet light. Menchaca says that, in this particular instance, the sheep were modified merely as a proof of concept. As in: Look everybody, we can breed a totally healthy sheep that also happens to glow. Isn’t that swell? Well yes, it is. It’s kind of eerie (look into the eyes of the GFP-sheep up top and tell me you aren’t afraid), but also pretty cool. But why make a sheep glow in the first place?

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Why?

Gardening Host And NZ TV Pioneer Eion Scarrow Has Died.

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Met him once. Had strong opinions.

Gardening guru Eion Scarrow spent his final weeks advising the residents and staff of Apirangi Village in Te Kauwhata on how to deal with the drought conditions that threatened to scuttle the village’s gardens.

It was a fitting role for the man who dug a career from the earth, providing viewers of popular garden show Dig This with all they needed to know about producing the best vegetables and most beautiful flowers.

So when Scarrow died on Anzac Day the gardening world lost one of it’s most hardy soldiers – a man whose weapons of choice were a spade and pitch fork.

Scarrow, 81, presented Dig This from 1972-1986, he also presented gardening programmes on radio for 30 years, wrote columns for several publications and took garden tours to 90 countries as well as writing a total of 24 books.

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‘Stuff’ Article Appears To Support The Insane Notions Of Colin Craig RE: Marriage Equality Is A Slippery Slope To Moral Decay.

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Am I reading this wrong or does this piece appear to say that as a Facebook page has been set up on the notion of multi-partner relationships be recognized, this means Colin Craig was correct and NZ is now on a slippery slope to incestuous relationships and these evil polyamorous relationships becoming law? because that seems a giant leap in logic? And also MSM should not get stories off social media sites.

A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages.

The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.

A statement on the page described multi-partner – or polyamorous – marriage as “responsible, adult, committed non-monogamy,” and said all committed loving relationships between adults regardless of number should be respected and given legal acknowledgement.

“Some Australian Greens have now got a lobby group going, there are several MPs around the world coming out as poly and poly-friendly and it seems the time is right to at least bring it to the attention of the New Zealand public and New Zealand parliament,” the group said.

“This will be a long-term project but with the rest of the world getting on the bandwagon legal multiple partner marriages/unions may one day be accepted.”

The “slippery slope” towards legalising polygamy, polyamory or incestuous relationships has often been an argument raised by opponents of the Marriage Amendment Bill.

Last year the member in charge of the bill, Labour Party MP Louisa Wall, and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head in a live online debate about marriage equality.

At the time Mr Craig predicted the bill would inevitably raise issues surrounding discrimination to people in polygamous or polyamorous relationships who could not marry and yesterday said it was “no surprise” the Support Legalise Polyamory in New Zealand group had started up and there was no doubt marriage would be further redefined in the future.

“We have opened the doors to this.”

He said it had begun when the line was moved for civil unions.

“They said that was it, they’d never touch marriage again, and that’s what they’re saying now.”

Mr Craig said legalising gay marriage created a precedent for further redefinition of marriage, which he had been against from the start.

Last year Ms Wall said marriage was based on love, which was why gay and lesbian people wanted the same rights.

“Marriage is the institution of two people who love each other committing themselves to a shared life together. This bill will not address polygamy or other forms of relationship.”

Mr Craig said if people were intellectually honest they would see the arguments for legalising gay marriage could apply directly to those in other alternative relationships.

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LEARN – Why ‘X Factor’ New Zealand Is Not Working For Me.

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The judges. I only really know Stan Walker and he weems rather fresh meat to be hosting. No idea who Ruby Higgins is. Daniel seems very last century in a one hit wonder way. And the cold lady seems to have taken one too many valiums. And as I do not know who the judges are I just do nor care what they think or say. So I stopped watching after ten minutes on demand as I just did not care. Full disclosure, last year I was watching the OZ, U.S. U.K versions and gave up on all of them before the end. Just too much shite talent and bullshit and ‘making people over’. I also do not like the hardship stories. Awful and manipulative. The seams are showing in the franchise. Shall not watch again.

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