Daughter of police chief in Starbucks cup scandal says he’s ‘absolutely a pig’

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Daughter of police chief in Starbucks cup scandal says he’s ‘absolutely a pig’

The Oklahoma police chief who blasted Starbucks over an order one of his officers received with a “PIG” label was accused — by his own daughter — of “absolutely” acting like one.

The young woman, who claims to be the daughter of Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara, tore into him in a series of tweets, claiming that she knew him to be “blatantly, proudly racist” before they became estranged.

“I’d like to say that he is absolutely a pig and I’d like to thank the brave men and women from Starbucks for their service,” @MissOMara wrote on Twitter.

She continued, “for the record, my father has [zero] business being a police officer.”

“He was blatantly, proudly racist when I was a kid,” she tweeted. “Said things I would never repeat. He treats women like dogs, including his own daughter.”

The Starbucks scandal began when the police chief wrote on Facebook about how one of the officers made a Thanksgiving coffee run for the department — and came back with orders plastered with “PIG” on the labels.

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara wrote, prompting the coffee chain to issue an apology.

But his daughter claimed that others in his department weren’t as irked by the insult.

“The deputy it actually happened to told my mom he didn’t really care and that it was a harmless joke, no big deal,” she said. “but my father is a camera whore who couldn’t resist the attention.”

Her tweets have since gone viral, with the initial post racking up nearly 90,000 retweets.

The messages apparently gained enough traction that her father took notice.

She later tweeted, “update: he has seen it and had someone call my mom to ‘get that s–t off twitter’ lmao he is upset.”

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China Is Breeding Giant Pigs the Size of Polar Bears

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China Is Breeding Giant Pigs the Size of Polar Bears

A visitor rides on the 750-kilogram pig at a farm in Zhengzhou city, Henan province.
A visitor rides on the 750-kilogram pig at a farm in Zhengzhou city, Henan province.Source: Imagine china via AP Photo

In a farm deep in the southern region of China lives a very big pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives.

While Pang’s pigs may be an extreme example of the lengths farmers are going to fill China’s swelling pork shortage problem, the idea that bigger is better has been spreading across the country, home to the world’s most voracious consumers of the meat.

READ: The Deadly Virus That’s Killing Off Millions of Pigs: QuickTake

High pork prices in the northeastern province of Jilin is prompting farmers to raise pigs to reach an average weight of 175 kilograms to 200 kilograms, higher than the normal weight of 125 kilograms. They want to raise them “as big as possible,”said Zhao Hailin, a hog farmer in the region.

The trend isn’t limited to small farms either. Major protein producers in China, including Wens Foodstuffs Group Co, the country’s top pig breeder, Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd. and Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. say they are trying to increase the average weight of their pigs. Big farms are focusing on boosting the heft by at least 14%, said Lin Guofa, a senior analyst with consulting firm Bric Agriculture Group.

The average weight of pigs at slaughter at some large-scale farms has climbed to as much as 140 kilograms, compared with about 110 kilograms normally, Lin said. That could boost profits by more than 30%, he said.

The large swine are being bred during a desperate time for China. With African swine fever decimating the nation’s hog herd — in half, by some estimates — prices of pork have soared to record levels, leading the government to urge farmers to boost production to temper inflation.

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Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua warned that the supply situation will be “extremely severe” through to the first half of 2020. China will face a pork shortage of 10 million tons this year, more than what’s available in global trade, meaning it needs to increase production domestically, he said.

During a recent visit to major livestock provinces of Shandong, Hebei and Henan, Hu urged local governments to resume pig production as soon possible, with a target of returning to normal levels next year.

Still, many farmers are wary about restocking swine after being hurt by an earlier outbreak. Also, piglet and breeding sow prices have surged, making it more expensive for backyard farms to afford rebuilding their herds. Increasing the size of pigs they already own may be the next best step.

— With assistance by Shuping Niu, Jeff Black, and Alfred Cang

3 Animals You Wouldn’t Think You Could Swim With — But You Can

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3 Animals You Wouldn’t Think You Could Swim With — But You Can

Swimming and snorkeling with dolphins and sea turtles in tropical locales is wildly popular as a tourist attraction. Diving with sharks has been on the radar of thrill seekers for a while, as well. But there are a few animals that don’t immediately come to mind when swimming with them is concerned. Following is a short list of unexpected animal swimming companions.

Penguins, Cape Town, South Africa

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Most penguins inhabit places you wouldn’t want to swim, like Antarctica. However, one colony of black-footed penguins reside in the more temperate climes of South Africa. Bobbing and torpedoing through the surf off Boulder Beach, near Cape Town, the African penguins are perfectly adapted to the relatively warmer Atlantic waters off the cape. The colony of 3,000-plus birds lives within Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. The waddling, braying penguins are best viewed in numbers from boardwalks and platforms that wind through dense dunes at nearby Foxy Beach, according to the Cape Town tourism website. While you can’t approach the birds, they don’t know the sanctuary boundary and are found on the rocks and in the water near the swimming beach at Boulders Bay, so swimming encounters are perfectly possible.

Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, lies some 1,000 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are one of the world’s most diverse and best places for viewing wildlife, most famous as the natural laboratory of naturalist Charles Darwin. The area also offers excellent scuba diving for intermediate to advanced divers, who may find themselves up close with the planet’s only water lizard. The marine iguana looks tough, but don’t let its mini-dinosaur looks fool you: Those teeth let the gentle herbivore scrape algae off of rocks. Its body buoyancy and tail shape are perfectly adapted to swimming, and long, sharp claws let it cling to rocks in rough tides. Again, diving Galapagos waters isn’t for beginners, but those with the skills and desire to swim alongside these cool creatures can find information on Galapagos dive outfitters through Galapagosislands.com.

Pigs, Exuma, Bahamas

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An uninhabited island in Exuma, Bahamas, Pig Island is named for the colony of feral but friendly pigs that live there. Pigs aren’t exactly native to tropical islands, and no one is quite sure how they got there. Somehow, at least a couple of pigs made it to shore from a boat. Stories say they were stashed by sailors who never came back for their feast, or that they swam to land from a shipwreck. Either way, the swimming sows are now a tourist attraction in their own right. You won’t need an entire day to check out the playful pigs. Instead, book an Exuma Cays day trip through Exuma Tourist Office. In addition to a stop at Pig Island for swimming and selfies with the snub-snouted swimmers, you will also feed Bahamian rock iguanas, visit Blowhole Beach, enjoy lunch on Staniel Cay, pet a stingray and hold a starfish. All of that is before snorkeling in the Out Islands.