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We all know that the emergency contact number in the United States is 911. That’s great information for when/if I ever get over there and when/if I ever have an emergency while there, but I was thinking about the actual number itself.
Nine. One. One.
Other than the zero, you couldn’t get two numbers further apart from each other on a telephone key pad.
So you don’t have to look at your phone to see what I mean, here’s one I prepared earlier.
I want to know who the genius was who decided that in an emergency, the two (different) numbers you need to dial are so far apart? It is an emergency for petes sake. You want to be able to dial the emergency number as soon as humanly possible. You don’t want to have to take a cross screen trip from one side of the number keys to the other. This is valuable time and time that could mean the difference between living and dying!
Sure it’s only a fraction of a second but I would like to have that fraction of a second up my sleeve in case I need to use it later.
I might have a bullet about to hit me and that extra fraction of second I used dialling 911 has left me with no time to dodge. Boom! I’m dead. Damn you 911. If only you were a little closer together on the keyboard, I could have that time back again. Now it’s too late. Dead or injured cursing the guy who invented the 911 sequence as my world turns into eternal blackness.
In Australia our emergency contact number is 000.
Yep, due to Aussie ingenuity we have the 3 essential numbers that we need, all in the one spot for rapid dialling. No cross number key pad detour required.
This is why the murder rates in Australia are so much lower. We have that extra time to call emergency services and dodge bullets.
000 – Carry on. Great work so far.
911 – You suck! Take a long hard look at yourself and pick up your game!
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From time to time you read about in it in the newspapers, see it on the news reports or hear about it on talk back radio, when governments say they are going to increase the maximum jail sentence for a particular crime from x years to y years.
As an example the government may decide to increase the maximum sentence for an armed robbery from 5 years to 10 years. They make this decision as one way to reduce crime as the increase in possible jail time, should act as a deterrent for anyone actually committing this particular crime.
Hmmm, interesting. So let me get this straight. If I am a crook and I am planning to rob the bank on the other side of town – because I don’t want anyone at my local bank recognising me – then I am going to think twice about robbing said bank, because I don’t want to risk going to prison for 10 years?
But yesterday when the maximum jail term was 5 years I was planning the greatest robbery of all time. Right! So essentially what I am saying is that I am prepared to go to jail for 5 years but I draw the line with going to jail for 10 years. That extra 5 years would severely affect my social life and I may never find out who the mother is on How I Met Your Mother.
Now, not being a criminal, I am just going to go out on a limb here and presume that every single person who has ever committed a major crime has done so fully expecting to get away with the crime. There would not be one crim who has ever expected to get caught. There wouldn’t be one crim who doesn’t expect to wake up tomorrow and be scot free and start planning their next crime. Nope, not one, unless they are absolute morons and if that is the case they wouldn’t know the difference between 5 years and 10 years anyway.
So it is irrelevant how long the jail term is for – criminals don’t plan on getting caught so it is irrelevant if it is 5 years or 10 years or 20 years. If you are prepared to go to jail for 5 years then you’ve got major issues anyway.
That being said of course we need jail terms as I think that most people who have ever thought about committing a crime don’t do so as they don’t want to run the risk of going away for a very long time. That risk of being caught, is of course, very real.
While I am not saying there shouldn’t be maximum sentences, I think that there should certainly be minimum sentences. You go to a business and commit an armed robbery, then BAM, 10 years. If you rape someone, whether you were drunk or not, BAM, 25 years. If you murder someone, BAM, life or the death penalty.
No parole. No extenuating circumstances. No early release. You do the minimum term.
You do the crime, you do the time.
Last week I read a story about a mother in the United States, who along with her boyfriend and with both of them high on drugs, taped her 22 month old son to a wall for entertainment. She took photos of the despicable act on her camera which showed the boy in distress and crying.
This photo of the boy, who cannot be identified, is shocking.
I was informed by a colleague today that a lady earlier this week had left her 4 year old daughter locked in the car in the above ground carpark, while she ducked into the supermarket. The temperature that day was 26c/79f. The child was seen trying to get out of the car but it was locked. The windows were slightly open to let in some air and when asked by my colleague if she was ok, she politely nodded. After a few more minutes the mother emerged from the supermarket with half a trolley full of groceries and when confronted by my colleague she laughed it off and said her daughter was fine. It only takes about 20 minutes for a car to really heat up and cause distress to the children in it. Half a trolley full of groceries leads me to think she was gone for some considerable time.
There have been similar stories of children being locked in cars while their parents go and gamble in casinos or simply forgot them as this example in Sydney shows.
In August this year, a 14 month old girl died after being locked in a car in the United States with the outside temperature reaching 37c/99f. The terrible suffering this poor baby must have gone through would have frightening.
In January, 2009, little Darcey Freeman, a couple of days shy of her 5th birthday and on her way to school for the first time, was thrown from the top of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, allegedly by her father while her frightened brothers watched on in horror, for reasons not yet known. She fell 58 metres to the water below and died a few hours later in hospital after suffering major internal injuries.
What is wrong with these people? I can accept that sometimes leaving a child locked in a car is an accident and not deliberately done, but how stupid could you be to forget your child was in the car?
What about the deliberate act of taping your child to a wall for your entertainment because you are high on drugs – which is a separate issue all together?
What would cause Darcey’s father to throw her over a bridge to certain death. Ok, she might have been whingeing or crying to whatever, but is that a reason to kill your own child? No way. Pull the car over and get out and take a breath if it is that bad. Nothing your child does is worth killing them over.
Some people just shouldn’t breed and here is what I think the solution will be within the next 100 – 200 years.
I think the technology will exist in the next century or so to enable the earth’s water supply to be sterilised by our governments. No one will be able to have children without a permit or a licence. To apply for a permit or a licence you will need to sit an aptitude test, IQ test, pass a criminal background check, pass a credit assessment and prove that you are of sound mind.
Once you have passed all of the minimum criteria, you are given an antidote or a serum to counter effect the sterilisation and you can then get pregnant – hopefully the old fashioned way – and have a child. Once the child is born and if you want more kids you will need to demonstrate that you are a good parent by going through the application phase again.
The benefits here are numerous. You breed out generational issues like poor work ethics, ineptitude and laziness. People who are serial criminals won’t have kids who follow in their footsteps etc. Ok, so crime won’t stop but I seriously think it would reduce. You can also reduce the world’s population and therefore extend the life of the planet by not consuming the natural resources as quickly as it is being consumed now.
It’s not quite Hitler’s master race theory. People of all different races and religions can continue to have children providing they pass the criteria.
It’s all about protecting the kids from abusive parents. Parents who leave their kids locked in hot cars which kill dozens of kids every year around the world. Parents who abuse their children either physically or just as badly, mentally. Parents who just have kids so they get more government handouts through the pension.
When we have kids we have them knowing that we are there to protect them and prepare them for adulthood. Children don’t ask to be born. That’s not their choice. It’s our choice to have kids, so it is up to us to love them and protect them and nurture them and teach them to be the best that they can be. How can we expect them to become excellent parents themselves when they have deadbeat parents who treat them as so many kids in the world today get treated? How can they become outstanding citizens when their parents in turn are not?
Ok so my sterilisation idea might be flawed but something has to be done. The kids of the world need protecting and I don’t think it is up to the government to do so all of the time. Keep an eye out for kids in your neighbourhood. Is there any chance they are being abused or mistreated? If you spot a kid locked in a hot car, smash that window or call the police or do both. Stand up and be the voice for the kids who don’t have a voice of their own.
Who knows? You might just save a life.
The Melbourne gangland wars took another turn this week with the murder of notorious underworld identity, Carl Williams. Williams was bashed by a fellow inmate at Barwon Prison in Victoria and a short time later, died of heart failure.
So what’s the problem?
There is none. A known drug dealer and murderer is dead. That’s great. Maybe not great for his innocent daughter, but great for the many people who have been fucked up by his drugs. It’s great for the tax payers of Victoria who now do not have to foot the bill for his confinement as a ‘guest’ of the Victorian Government. That is a saving of approx $50,000 a year. Cool. Now that money can be reinvested into meth clinics to help treat those people who have been affected by the drugs supplied by Carl Williams and his scum crew.
The original series of Underbelly focused on the gangland wars in Melbourne. Over 30 people have been killed during this bloody battle over a 9 year period. If I remember correctly, I don’t recall any innocent people being killed in this series. It really was a show about murderers and drug dealers killing murderers and drug killers. Net result? Society is better off without them.
Wouldn’t it be great if the drug dealers and murderers knocked each other off, saving the police and the justice system the hard work of locking them up?
I have an idea which will benefit society in many ways.
Let’s close down all maximum security prisons, convert them into parks and residential areas and send all of the prisoners (read: scumbags) to a maximum security island off the coast of South Australia (read: Kangaroo Island) and have our own version of Alcatraz.
Better still. Set it up to be like the 1980’s movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘The Running Man’. If you haven’t seen ‘The Running Man’, rent it from your local video store this weekend and see how prisoners become the stars of a futuristic reality TV show that hunt and kill each other. What a great way to not only keep the costs down for maintaining prisoners and their 3 square meals a day, but also reducing the risk of them ever rejoining society again.
Or better still; follow the lead of Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) in ‘Escape from New York’. In this movie, The Big Apple is now a maximum security prison full of low lives and no gooders, who are not interested in being good citizens. We could drop all of our prisoners into Hobart and give them Tasmania. Let them do what they want. Let them run amok. They can hunt each other, kill each other, sodomise each other, whatever! Out of sight, out of mind. The Royal Australian Navy are doing a pretty good job keeping the illegal immigrants arriving every other day out of the country, so extend their operation and patrol around Tassie, and keep the scum from leaving and from stopping anyone trying to get in to get them out! If anyone does try to escape, the rules of engagement should be simple. Shoot first, ask no questions later. It works for Arnie and Sly!
Imagine if one of these scenario’s was up and running. You could have Martin Bryant and Ivan Milat battling it out for supremacy. The loser is on a one way trip to hell (if you believe in that crap) and the winner goes on to meet the Snowtown killers. In days gone by, The Moran family made up of Jason, Mark, Lewis and Des could have tagged teamed against the Ibrahim family led by John. Outwit, Outlast, Outlive could have been the tagline. I would tune in to see scumbags killing each other. Would you?
At the end of the day, Carl Williams was a bad man. He was made a star because of Underbelly and achieved notoriety the equivalent of bushrangers like Ned Kelly and western villains like Jesse James. The reality was he supplied drugs to kids for money to fund his own personal advancement. When people crossed him, he killed them. And for all the fame and notoriety and money and women where did it get him? Bashed about the head with an iron bar and left to die alone in the exercise yard in a prison, joining the long list of drug pushing, murdering criminals who have met the same fate.
He got what he deserved along with the rest of them. Good riddance.