Thursday, September 07, 2006

Naomi Robson Grieving Steve Irwin. Thor's Days Rant

Naomi Robson
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Apparently this homage to Steve Irwin didn’t go down too well.

And in a rare victory for the Nine network, viewers appeared to switch stations with rival Nine network’s A Current Affair last night overtaking Today Tonight in the official viewer ratings.,22049,20363581-500...

Ms Robson is pretty, but not attractive.


Weasel said...

A bad back may stop you carrying out your duties as a police officer, but it appears it’s no deterrent to being a corrupt cop. Self confessed former corrupt policeman Christopher John Laycock yesterday failed in his bid to get $80,000 in compensation for being discriminated against by the NSW Police for having a bad back. So Gotcha thought it would be interesting to compare what he was telling the police force about his back problems with his extracurricular activities, which were detailed in a Police Integrity Commission report released in December.

According to evidence he presented to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal for his compensation case, he underwent surgery in November 2001 for “an extrusion of the L5 S1 disc that had compressed the S1 nerve root”.

But according to the PIC report, Laycock admitted that was the same month he was involved in stealing $70,000 in gold jewellery and cash from a woman in Glebe. He and two others posing as police officers told the woman they needed to search her home for drugs. They took the jewellery and cash during the search. Gotcha assumes one of the others carried the bag of loot away.

2001 was also the year that Laycock admitted he received $10,000 to help “fix” a jury, although he and the other man involved did not actually approach any juror.

In September 2002 he was placed on restricted duties by a police medical officer and the following month Laycock was awarded a lump sum compensation payment by the by the Compensation Court. The compensation was for a one-third permanent impairment of his back, a 20 per cent loss of use of his left leg above the knee and a 25 per cent loss of the use of his penis.

In August 2003 Laycock was medically certified as being able to return to duties as a police officer, with the exception of an tasks that required “violent twisting tasks” or lifting weights of more than 20 kilos.

Obviously the $10,000 Laycock picked up for allegedly preparing a report in October 2003 that played down a suspect’s role in a murder weighed less than 20 kilos. And in December 2003 he admitted to planning the robbery of a restaurateur that gained him and two others $23,500. Laycock drove the van used in the robbery – given his left leg disability, we assume it was an automatic.

In July, 2004, while still under the supervision of a force medical rehabilitation co-ordinator, Laycock admitted extorting $10,000 from a suspect.

And in September 2004, during the nationwide Operation Auxin child pornography raids, Laycock and another man received $4000 in return for tipping off a suspect that his home was about to be searched and his computer seized.

Laycock was sacked from the force in November 2004. The PIC recommended in December last year that consideration be given to charging him over his self-confessed corrupt activities. No charges have yet been laid.

In yesterday’s ruling rejecting compensation, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal said the evidence showed the NSW Police “to considerable lengths to assist the applicant to deal with his disability and to provide him with suitable work which he could reasonably perform”.

Weasel said...

Marie Zidan was a 73-year-old grandmother. She suffered from diabetes and used a walking frame to get around because of osteo-arthritis of her hip and knee. But that didn’t stop her caring from his disabled son, who suffered from brain damage. Shortly after 9am on a Monday morning in October, 2000, Mrs Zidan’s body was found in her ransacked bedroom. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten around the head and body, but an autopsy would later show she died from strangulation. Police quickly caught the two youths –aged 15 and 16 – responsible for the brutal killing. But because of a quirk of the law, the two are likely to be freed on parole next month after serving minimum six year sentences. With the Zidan family angry at their early release, the case raises the issue of whether juvenile offenders should get lighter sentences than adults.

When Victorian police questioned the two, who can only be identified as SJK and GAS because they were juveniles when the crime was committed, each blamed the other for the murder. Police had no way of knowing who was responsible. The two then did a deal with the prosecution and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which meant the judge was forced to sentence them on the basis that each was no more than an “aider and abetter” of the other.

So in the eyes of the law, no-one murdered Marie Zidan. But SJK and GAS both aided and abetted the murderer.

They were originally sentenced to a minimum of four years jail, although this was increased to a minimum of six by the appeal court. An attempt to have the sentence reduced again was rejected by the High Court. The two boys were originally sentenced to an adult prison, but immediately transferred to a Victorian juvenile justice detention centre to serve their time.

There was also little sign of remorse, with the two making a telephone call while on remand to Mrs Zidan’s daughter and leaving a taunting song on her answering machine. But in July last year it emerged that one of the boys had been sexually abused by a pedophile for three years between the age of 10 and 13. Both teenagers were also heavy “chromers” – sniffers of aerosol paint – at the time of the killing.

Earlier this year it was revealed that one of the youths had been receiving regular day leave from the juvenile justice centre where he was held to visit his own grandmother and take driving lessons.

Both the Zidan family and Victoria’s Crime Victims Support Association have attacked the sentences given the two killers as insulting. But the Victorian State Government has defended the juvenile justice system, saying it provides the best possible chance for rehabilitation.

I was abused as a child, and have chosen to lead a better life, not to descend to this scum. I don't understand 'groupthink' that kids and many adults engage, I chose to live as a recluse.

It comes as no surprise that the sentence for these juveniles was so light. I wouldn't fault the juvenile justice system, pointing out that adults who drunkenly drive and kill may get lighter sentences.

It seems a loophole that a telephone assault on the family of the victim is not followed by a multiple of the sentence.

Victims need protection.

If they were my children, I would support them to the best of my ability. That would involve institutional care, including adult jail.

Weasel said...

Step by under-reported step:

Iraq will take control of its armed forces command on Thursday, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw.

Weasel said...

Which other Western institution would nurture such insanity? And why do universities do so?

The 9/11 terrorist attack on America which left almost 3,000 people dead was an “inside job”, according to a group of leading academics.

Around 75 top professors and leading scientists believe the attacks were puppeteered by war mongers in the White House to justify the invasion and the occupation of oil-rich Arab countries.

While I was researching for this video (9/11 24/7),
I discovered CNN's links to dead video and, also, denial blogs.

The internet doesn't have the protections that Academic journals have in posting research, but much academic research is similarly falsified by right thinking publishers. The internet has the virtue of speed, and some accuracy, while Academy is just more reliable and much slower.

Weasel said...

The Times now reports what I dared to point out to Al Gore:

In 2003 a team from Columbia University reported that the Sun’s heat had increased by 0.05 per cent a decade since the 1970s, the point when completely reliable data started to be collected. This would be enough to have a big influence on the Earth’s climate if it were a trend that had continued for many decades. The Columbia team believed that the pattern could be traced back to the mid-19th century at the very least. Others, working with carbon data material, insist that the Sun has been more vigorous in the past six decades than at any time in 8,000 years. It defies reason, surely, to conclude that this would be irrelevant to the climate.

Weasel said...

Was there anything the unions said about the Howard Government’s evil worker-crushing, orphan-creating, apocalypse-now workplace reforms that was actually true?

MANY of the workers used by Labor to attack new industrial relations laws were union officials.

They included a Victorian Electrical Trades Union organiser, a United Firefighters Union president, an ACTU organiser and an unsuccessful ALP election candidate.

Each told Labor’s industrial relations taskforce that the Howard Government’s IR changes threatened their work and family lives.

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews yesterday named an ETU organiser, Reno Lia, from Mitcham, as one person who was represented as an ordinary worker and soccer dad when giving evidence to the taskforce’s Brisbane hearings.

Add that to this:

And as the independent Office of Workplace Services warned last month, many of the union stories of heartless sackings—stories taken up by “Aussie-battler” current affairs shows, which even advertised for workers to ring in with more—were exaggerated.

The OWS found that claims made by five of eight sacked workers, who appeared in ACTU TV commercials attacking the new laws, didn’t stack up.

It also found that the commercials blamed the new laws for sackings that were, in fact, legal under the old ones. More union bull.

And to this:

After being told, for instance, that scrapping the unfair dismissal laws for small business would incite bastard bosses to sack countless workers, we last week found unemployment actually went the other way.

So many more people have since been hired that our jobless rate has fallen to just 4.8 per cent, the lowest level in 30 years.

Weasel said...

Today’s Australian reports the latest atrocities committed against Aboriginal children:

ABORIGINAL elders are sexually abusing young boys during bogus “initiation” ceremonies and mothers are too frightened to intervene because the abusers hold positions of great power in their communities…

The claim comes as 10 people, including five adult men and five teenagers from a Northern Territory Aboriginal community, face court for the false imprisonment and rape of an 11-year-old boy who contracted gonorrhoea during multiple sexual assaults.

So why don’t we save such children, as we once did?

Pam Greer, an indigenous community worker who has worked with police and other agencies in the Northern Territory, Queensland and NSW, said she tried to raise the issue but “we’re always told, oh, we can’t allow there to be another stolen generation, we can’t have kids being taken away from their parents.”
When in God’s name will we listen and do something? As I said in my debate with Robert Manne only last Sunday:

Listen to other Aboriginal leaders such as Wesley Aird, Mick Gooda and New South Wales MP Linda Burney, who all have said a fear of the “stolen generations” has made us too scared to save Aboriginal children right now.

And why? ... We refuse to remove them from harm today, to avoid admitting this may be why we removed them yesterday.

I repeat: Robert, your “stolen generation” theory is killing Aboriginal children.

Weasel said...

nd Labour’s turkeys cheer for Christmas:

BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair has given in to pressure from his own MPs and will resign as leader of the governing Labour Party on May 31 next year, The Sun newspaper has reported.
John Howard, a lesser orator but superior politician, would never have made the mistakes which led to this.

Blair's loss to English politics is nothing compared to the loss when his Labor colleagues get control. It should be a measure of considerable shame that England's presence in Iraq was a result of Labor splitting and the conservatives supporting Blair.