Monday, September 24, 2007

How to Kick the Habit

Kick Habit
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel
A 20 to 30 bong a day marijauna user asked readers for advice on kicking the habit. They are 36 years of age. They have a young family, steady job and good income.

My tip is to drop the drug using friends. No contact with drug users will restrict the ability to access the weed. Might need to check into rehab and to get the medical issues dealt with too. The cognitive processes will gradually improve, but it is called 'dope' for a reason.
* Former ALP minister dies, and so the public becomes aware of his haveing been charged with child sex and child porn offences.
* More details emerge about a child killer who wasn't charged for earlier effort because he was questioned 'too robustly'
* State failure to address water supply gets worse
* Indonesian terrorist bomber escapes.


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Indonesian bomber escapes prison
AN Indonesian militant serving 20 years in prison for masterminding a deadly cafe bombing has escaped from jail, local media reported today.

Jasmin bin Kasau apparently used a rope to climb the walls of Guning Sari prison on Sulawesi island late last Friday, The Jakarta Post and other newspapers reported today, quoting prison officials.

Bin Kasau and several other Islamic militants were imprisoned for the 2004 bombing of a cafe on Sulawesi island, the scene of pitched battles in 2000 and 2001 between Muslims and Christians which killed at least 1000 people.

The blast in the cafe in Palopo district killed four people, the Associated Press reported.

Officials said it was targeted because it was Christian-owned and served alcohol.

Although bloodshed in Sulawesi largely ended with the signing of a peace deal in 2002, there have been isolated incidents of terrorism since then, most blamed on Islamic militants.

Indonesia has convicted scores of Islamic militants in recent years over attacks including the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings which killed 202 people.

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Deadly explosion hits shops in Kosovo capital
AN explosion tore through shops on a central street in the Kosovo capital Pristina early today, killing at least one person.

Police were clearing the area of the blast, which also injured seven people.

It was not known what caused the explosion, which comes amid rising tension within Kosovo's 90 per cent ethnic Albanian majority over its stalled bid for independence from Serbia.

The territory has been run by the UN and patrolled by NATO since 1999, when NATO bombs drove out Serbian forces to halt atrocities against ethnic Albanians in a two-year war between Belgrade's troops and separatist guerrillas.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are due to hold direct negotiations on the territory's fate at the United Nations in New York on Friday.

Pristina has seen small bomb attacks, rarely fatal, at times of political tension over the past three years as Albanian pressure for an end to their limbo status grows.

The West backs independence, but Serbia's ally Russia has blocked a plan for Kosovo's statehood at the UN Security Council, forcing more negotiations.

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Pollutants 'threaten drinking water'
AUSTRALIA'S groundwater reserves are increasingly at risk from industrial pollutants during the current water shortage crisis, an expert has warned.

University of Technology, Sydney, environmental scientist Dr Grant Hose said chemical and fuel spills and seepage from contaminated industrial sites often ended up in groundwater.

"Australians use almost 1500 gigalitres of groundwater every year, and some communities depend entirely on it," he said in a statement.

"In cities like Perth, Newcastle and Wagga Wagga, it is a major component of the household and industrial water supply."

Dr Grant said Australia's 100,000 potentially contaminated sites would, in most cases, be leaking contamination into aquifers running beneath them.

He said until the current water shortage, it was largely a case of "out of sight, out of mind", but Australia needed to put as much effort into protecting the quality of its groundwaters and their ecology as it did its surface water resources.

"Current water quality guidelines treat groundwater as if it were the same as surface water - which it is not," Dr Grant said.

"For one thing, it has a completely different and unique ecosystem - one which can easily be damaged or killed by toxins leaching in from above."

The Federal Government last week announced a $52 million plan to expand its knowledge of groundwater reserves, particularly the relationship between groundwater discharge and above-ground springs, creeks and important ecosystems.

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Child-killer probed by UK police in 2001
DANTE Wyndham Arthurs was investigated by British police in 2001 but West Australian police knew nothing about it until after he killed a little girl in a Perth toilet five years later.

WA police said today they were not told about an incident in the English county of Surrey until after Arthurs, 23, had been arrested for killing eight-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu in a Perth suburban shopping centre toilet on June 26, 2006.

Sofia's family have said their daughter may still be alive if Arthurs had been put on a sex offenders' register over a 2003 charge in Australia of indecent dealing with another Perth girl.

Prosecutors dropped that charge because a police interview with Arthurs had been too aggressive and the case would have been thrown out of court.

WA police released a statement today saying Arthurs had been investigated in Surrey in 2001, when he and his family were living in England.

Police did not disclose details of the incident.

"WA police became aware in 2006, after Dante Arthurs had been arrested for the murder of Sophia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu, that he had been investigated by Surrey police over an incident in England in 2001," the statement said.

"WA police would have been alerted to this earlier only if Surrey police had contacted Interpol to help locate Dante Arthurs after he and his family left England.

"As far as WA police are aware, Surrey police did not contact Interpol over Dante Arthurs."

Arthurs was never charged over the Surrey incident.

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Child sex charges against Collins withdrawn
CHILD sex and pornography charges against the late Labor senator Bob Collins were today formally withdrawn in a Darwin court.

Mr Collins died last Friday after a battle with bowel cancer, three days before he was due to face court on 21 child sex and pornography charges dating back 30 years.

In Darwin Magistrates Court today, Magistrate Dick Wallace withdrew all the charges against Mr Collins and lifted a suppression order in the territory on his name.

"The public, I guess, is entitled to know as a matter of history that these charges existed," Mr Wallace told the court.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin today said she had been talking with Mr Collins's family about a state funeral but she felt they were inclined to want a small service.

Mr Collins was Labor leader in the territory before going on to serve as a federal minister in the Hawke and Keating governments.