+2I think that saying that all lives matter is a perfectly fair point, however saying that the black lives movement and protests should be replaced with this is totally ridiculous, because of course all lives matter but the world is a messed up place with a lot of problems and you need to start with the most urgent and important thing in order to be a position to then try and fix everything else, take for example animals, if there are 2 rabbits being unfairly treated in a day, 3 dogs , and 70 cats , of course all of these animals lives matter but you can clearly see that the cats are the most unfairly treated and that is the issue. Another point I would make is that I saw a video recently put up saying that if more African American people got out of crime, drugs and violence and started becoming policemen, there wouldn't be such a problem , but I disagree with this because what it all comes down to in the end is a proper education system that puts children in a position where they can get a job where they can provide money for themselves , as well as no racial profiling when they apply for a job which is an issue, because of this a lot of the time in poorer areas they get involved in drugs violence and gangs in order to provide themselves and their family.A final point I would make is that if you are a young person living in a disadvantaged area and various members of your family or even you may have experienced police brutality and being unfairly treated by the police, I don’t think at that point you or your parents would even consider being involved with the police as a job, and probably because of the lack of education you wouldn't be able to see how it may change the system longer long term.
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+2A Little Story My background is that I had a very bad road accident in 2001 which resulted in my brain being very damaged (I was told that every part of the outside of the brain had been damaged). The Hospital was not expecting me to survive, and then that I would never get out of bed, and then that I would never be able to walk or use my hands and legs, and then that I would never be able to walk or work. Well luckily I am here, I can walk and use all my limbs. I was unconscious for 6-weeks and when I woke up I had no memory at all of anything. I was not able to speak, read, write, move,,,As far as I was concerned, then, the hospital was were everybody lived. Thankfully that has improved a great deal, I can read, write, walk, look after myself. I don't drive, initially the doctors cancelled my driving licence as they felt that with my head injuries I was very likely to pass out in stress full situations. Since then the Doctors who treated me have said they do not see anything to suggest that I have that problem so 'why am I not driving?' I never enjoyed driving so I haven't approached DVLA to re-new the licence. Before the accident I had an Honurs Degree in Electircal and Electronic Engineering was and IT Manager and Consultant for Europe which does not mean anything anymore and I would never wish to return to that industry (If I could!). I had a memory come to me after I had gone home, which was about the accident and my dying. Initially I felt that, at that stage, I knew that I had a damaged brain and that I thought that it could make the brain provide all sorts of nonsense, so, initially I didn’t believe it. I remembered that I had dyed 3 times. In the first and third I could remember that what I sore was very black – I couldn’t see anything anywhere just black and I was standing still with no were to go. I now that this may be totally wrong but I think that this may be a type of ‘hell’. You are in one place not being able to move, not seeing anything, not hearing anything; spending eternity in that manner I could imagine that could well turn out to be hell! On the second time, I remember going to heaven. What I can remember was that it was very white and I felt very peaceful and comfortable – ‘there seemed to be no problems anywhere or with anything just comfortable it felt ‘natural?’. There was a gentleman standing in front of me and not letting me move any further. There did not seem any trouble or any problem but he just stood there. He wasn’t saying anything. The one thought that came to me when I sore him, was that, in my mind, he did not appear to be a person that lived in our world (Earth). His face seemed different than anything I could imagine would have been in our world. A little way after him, there was a person who I felt was Jesus (I seemed to now that he is the man I was speaking to!). He appeared to be looking in a set of pages. He seemed to be going through them and checking names. Then he came to one and he read my name, and then continued looking through the page. He seemed to find what he was looking for because then he said “in my plan you are not meant to be here for some time. In the plan it says that you are going to be helping people during that time”. At this point, I turn around and walked away. The next thing I remember is waking in a hospital bed and then falling asleep almost immediately. In the brief time that I was awake, I had a quick check on myself and I found that I could remember everything and then regarded my stay in hospital as a brief interval in getting better and then going back to work!
Image for post A Little Story My background is that I had a very bad road accident in 2001 which resulted in my brain being very damaged (I was told that every part of the outside of the brain had been damaged).  The Hospital was not expecting me to survive, and then that I would never get out of bed, and then that I would never be able to walk or use my hands and legs, and then that I would never be able to walk or work.  Well luckily I am here, I can walk and use all my limbs.  I was unconscious for 6-weeks and when I woke up I had no memory at all of anything.  I was not able to speak, read, write, move,,,As far as I was concerned, then, the hospital was were everybody lived.  Thankfully that has improved a great deal, I can read, write, walk, look after myself.  I don't drive, initially the doctors cancelled my driving licence as they felt that with my head injuries I was very likely to pass out in stress full situations.  Since then the Doctors who treated me have said they do not see anything to suggest that I have that problem so 'why am I not driving?'  I never enjoyed driving so I haven't approached DVLA to re-new the licence.  Before the accident I had an Honurs Degree in Electircal and Electronic Engineering was and IT Manager and Consultant for Europe which does not mean anything anymore and I would never wish to return to that industry (If I could!).  I had a memory come to me after I had gone home, which was about the accident and my dying.  Initially I felt that, at that stage, I knew that I had a damaged brain and that I thought that it could make the brain provide all sorts of nonsense, so, initially I didn’t believe it.  I remembered that I had dyed 3 times.  In the first and third I could remember that what I sore was very black – I couldn’t see anything anywhere just black and I was standing still with no were to go.  I now that this may be totally wrong but I think that this may be a type of ‘hell’.  You are in one place not being able to move, not seeing anything, not hearing anything; spending eternity in that manner I could imagine that could well turn out to be hell! On the second time, I remember going to heaven.  What I can remember was that it was very white and I felt very peaceful and comfortable – ‘there seemed to be no problems anywhere or with anything just comfortable it felt ‘natural?’.  There was a gentleman standing in front of me and not letting me move any further.  There did not seem any trouble or any problem but he just stood there.  He wasn’t saying anything.  The one thought that came to me when I sore him, was that, in my mind, he did not appear to be a person that lived in our world (Earth).  His face seemed different than anything I could imagine would have been in our world.    A little way after him, there was a person who I felt was Jesus (I seemed to now that he is the man I was speaking to!).  He appeared to be looking in a set of pages.  He seemed to be going through them and checking names.  Then he came to one and he read my name, and then continued looking through the page.  He seemed to find what he was looking for because then he said “in my plan you are not meant to be here for some time.  In the plan it says that you are going to be helping people during that time”.  At this point, I turn around and walked away.  The next thing I remember is waking in a hospital bed and then falling asleep almost immediately.  In the brief time that I was awake, I had a quick check on myself and I found that I could remember everything and then regarded my stay in hospital as a brief interval in getting better and then going back to work!
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+8Casual sex between two consenting adults has become a norm in society. Countless forms of birth control exist, some more effective than others. Each party in a sexual relationship has a responsibility to their partner to use birth control - either by actively partaking in a method of birth control or by ensuring that the other party is. Unplanned pregnancies happen. Sometimes they happen when both parties have successfully upheld their end of the bargain but their methods of choice proved to be less than 100% effective. Sometimes they happen because one or both parties were not meeting the responsibility they had to their partner. Either way, unplanned pregnancies can have dire consequences for both parties. If I just found out that my partner and I are pregnant, I know which party I want to be. While my body will be subject to a rollercoaster of physical and emotional reactions, I have choices. Here in America, at least, I have choices. I can choose to love my child unconditionally for the rest of my life by accepting the financial consequences of supporting a life for 18+ years and the physical consequences of childbirth. This choice may result in unforeseen hardships, but it will certainly add joy and purpose to my life. I can choose to allow another family to love my child unconditionally by accepting the physical consequences of childbirth but waiving the financial consequences of supporting a life for 18+ years. This choice will have a severe impact on my recent future and may have lasting emotional impact, but the reachability of my long-term goals will not be materially affected. I can choose to waive both the physical consequences of childbirth and the financial consequences of supporting a life for 18+ years. This choice will have a severe impact on my immediate future and may have lasting emotional impact, but the reachability of my long-term goals will not be affected. While the choice is not an easy one to make, I can rest easy in the knowledge that the choice is mine and no one else can make it for me. But what about the other party - the party equally responsible for the pregnancy and equally liable in the eyes of the law. If I am this party, what are my choices? I have none. I can provide my opinion and hope that the other party considers my well-being when making the decision. I can leave and attempt to absolve myself of all consequences, facing serious legal and financial repercussions. I can attempt to negotiate a situation in which I waive my personal right to a relationship with my child so that I can avoid the financial consequences of supporting a life for 18+ years. But none of these are choices. My fate is entirely dependent on the decision made by the other party. Not only do I not have a choice, but I am legally bound by a decision made by someone else. If it is decided that I am the legal parent of the child, then I am legally obligated to face the financial consequences of supporting a life for 18+ years. If it is decided that I am not the legal parent of the child, then I am prohibited from developing a personal relationship with the child that I created. If it is decided that the fetus is never going to become a child, then I am robbed of the opportunity to meet and provide for the being that I created and loved. I am a woman, and I have choices. Where are a man’s choices? More
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The number of asylum-seekers on Nauru harming themselves plummeted to zero three months after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton stopped family members from being allowed to travel to Australia to accompany a sick or injured person. Concerns grew within the government last year that the high level of self-harm on Nauru might be linked to asylum-seekers seeking a flight to Australia for medical treatment and the oppor­tunity for all family members to appeal for refugee status or ­residency. There were also departmental concerns that children on Nauru might have been copying adults performing self-harm or being ­injured as part of an attempt to get to Australia. Late last year, Mr Dutton ­instructed the Immigration ­Department to bring only the person needing medical treatment to Australia, not the whole family, unless there were “extenuating circumstances”. MORE: Can’t soften offshore processing MORE: Perverse incentive eradicated In the three months after the virtual ban on family members was introduced in September, there was a dramatic fall in self-inflicted injuries. In January last year, there were 15 threats of self-harm by asylum-seekers on Nauru and 14 self-­inflicted injuries and in May there were seven threats and eight incidents of self-harm, representing 2.4 per cent of the asylum-seeker population. But in October, the month after the new policy, there were only one threat and seven self-inflicted injuries. By the following month, this had dropped to two threats and two incidents of self-harm. In December, there was only one threat of self-harm and no self-inflicted injuries. The Immigration Minister said this week the bulk of the 267 people who came to Australia from Nauru in connection with medical treatment were family members who did not require treatment. On Wednesday, the High Court rejected an attempt from the people in Australia who had come from the offshore pro­cess­ing centre in Nauru, including 37 babies, to remain in Australia. The asylum-seekers are ­mostly Iranians, Sri Lankans, ­Syrians and Afghans. They include more than 70 children, about 37 of whom were born in Australia, and more than a dozen women who had ­allegedly suffered serious sexual assaults or harassment on Nauru. The High Court ruled that the processing of asylum-seekers on Nauru was legal and constitutional, and gave the power to the government to send them all back to Nauru. Mr Dutton said the government would “look at the individual cases” of returning people but would not “put children into harm’s way”. He said he aimed to have no children in detention, and criticised refugee advocates for encouraging failed asylum-seekers not to accept resettlement packages to return home. “We want to provide support to these people,” Mr Dutton said. “If they don’t want to go back to Nauru, we’re happy to provide support to return them to their country of origin.” Mr Dutton imposed the policy under which only those requiring medical assistance are sent to Australia in September after concern self-harm was a way of getting to Australia and appealing for residency. Mr Dutton has instructed the department to improve medical and mental health facilities on Nauru and to find alternatives to Australia, including Papua New Guinea, to enable quicker treatment and remove incentives for self-harm. Only complex cases would be brought to Australia. Mr Dutton said now that the High Court had ruled in the government’s favour on offshore processing, cases for return would be considered individually “once the medical assistance has been provided”. “We can make arrangements for those people to go back to Nauru, or preferably we’ll make arrangements for them to go back to their country of origin and provide financial support for that to happen,” he said.
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-1Australia rejects US request for more military help in IS fight The Turnbull government has formally declined a request from the US to increase its military commitment in the Middle East campaign against Islamic State. US Defence Secretary Ash Carter in December asked coalition partners fighting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to consider expanding their contribution in the wake of terror attacks in Paris. Defence Minister Marise Payne confirmed on Wednesday that Australia had rejected the request and would maintain its current contribution. Australian fighter bomber aircraft over Iraq. "Australia has considered the request from US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in light of the substantial contributions we are already making to train Iraqi security forces and to the air campaign," a spokesman for the Minister said. Advertisement "The government has advised Secretary Carter that our existing contributions will continue." In lieu of further military commitment, Australia would make an "important contribution to command roles" through an increase in the number of ADF personnel in coalition headquarters from 20 to 30, the spokesman said. Defence minister Senator Marise Payne. Photo: Andrew Meares US Ambassador to Australia John Berry played down the response, saying it elicited "absolutely no disappointment". "There is great gratitude from Washington for the role Australia has played," he told the Seven Network. The Government was also considering providing further humanitarian support for Syria and Iraq in the coming months, Minister Payne's spokesman said. "Our aircraft in the Middle East are available to provide additional airlift support to benefit coalition humanitarian efforts. "The Australian Government continues to keep our contribution under ongoing review in consultation with our coalition partners." Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-rejects-us-request-for-more-military-help-in-is-fight-20160113-gm5c6w.html#ixzz3xCppNWfz Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
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-2Bring the refugee children LEAVE THE ADULTS Nauru police launch investigation after claims six-year-old refugee sexually assaulted By political reporter Stephanie Anderson Updated 42 minutes ago MAP: Nauru Nauru's Government has confirmed its police force is investigating an alleged assault of a refugee child. Reports emerged yesterday that a six-year-old girl was allegedly sexually abused, with her father, an Iranian refugee, among those who caught the perpetrator in the act. The Guardian Australia further reported that the man allegedly involved was not in police custody. In a statement issued by the Nauru police force today, officials stated that no Nauruan national was involved in the alleged incident. "It would be inappropriate to provide details of an ongoing investigation," it read. "However we can confirm that both the alleged victim and the person accused by the family of the alleged victim are from the refugee community on Nauru." Police officials also criticised media outlets for their coverage of the alleged incident, stating that officers were acting "according to normal procedures". The Nauruan Government also issued a statement on social media, asking journalists and "those making uninformed comments" to allow police to continue carrying out due process. The alleged incident is the latest in a series of sexual assaults on Nauru, which have involved both asylum seekers and processed refugees. Immigration spokeswoman Cheryl-Anne Moy told Senate estimates last year that there had been 10 reports of sexual assault involving children in immigration detention in the period between September 2013 and September 2015. Ms Moy said five of those reported assaults related to a lone incident. There were nine reported sexual assaults of adults in immigration detention on Nauru over the same period, as well as 82 allegations of physical abuse involving children. Outside the centre, there have been 10 reports of sexual assault against processed refugees between May 2014 and September 2015. Ms Moy said "a number" of the sexual assaults had been reported to Nauruan police.
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+1Ramadi: Australian special forces helped retake Iraqi city Ramadi: Australian special forces helped retake Iraqi city THE AUSTRALIANDECEMBER 31, 2015 12:00AM SAVE PRINT Cameron Stewart Associate Editor Melbourne Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service in the city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces recaptured it from the Islamic State jihadist group. Australian special forces played a key role in the recapture of Ram­adi from Islamic State fighters, calling in as many as 1000 airstrikes and staying in real-time contact with Iraqi troops as they retook the city street by street. Australian military trainers from Task Group Taji were also responsible for training the Iraqi 76th Brigade, which played a major role in retaking the pivotal Iraqi city this week when it ­entered the former Islamic State stronghold from the east and south. While the government yesterday denied a US website report that 80 Australian special forces troops were embedded with Iraqi troops in Ramadi, about 110km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, The Australian understands that ADF special forces were in constant remote contact with Iraqi special forces as they advanced through the city. This allowed the Australian troops to have real-time tactical involvement in the street battle, advising the Iraqis from a remote location in keeping with the ­Australian mission to “advise and assist” rather than be fighting alongside Iraqi forces. Defence is today expected to detail the Australian military contribution to the defeat of ­Islamic State in Ramadi, the first significant military success for Iraqi forces against the terror group. It is believed the 80-strong Australian special forces team helped to direct from the ground as many as 1000 aerial strike missions of the US-led ­coalition in and around Ramadi in a co-ordinated bombing campaign over several weeks, which played a key role in the recapture of the city. The Australian forces are ­believed to have played an important role in aligning the ground assault by Iraqi forces with coalition air support during the advance into Ramadi. The airstrikes, which are likely to have included Australian FA/18 fighters, destroyed more than 420 defensive fighting positions and at least 85 Islamic State vehicles as well as causing the deaths of “significant” numbers of Islamic State fighters. In a briefing given a week before Christmas, the Australian Chief of Joint Operations, Vice-Admiral David Johnston, said it was now a matter of “when not if” Islamic State was defeated in Iraq. He said as of December 18, Australian special forces had called in more than 917 aerial strike missions, most within the vicinity of Ramadi. Iraqi troops raised the flag over the government compound in the centre of Ramadi on Monday after the last of the several hundred Islamic State fighters fled the city centre. The retaking of Ramadi, almost seven months after it fell to Islamic State, is the first time that Iraqi troops trained by the US and Australia have won a significant victory on the battlefield against Islamic State. It has raised hopes that Iraqi forces can progressively retake key Islamic State-held towns in Iraq, with preparations under way for an assault on Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, which fell to Islamic State in June last year. A spokesperson for the Defence Department said reports that Special Operations Task Group personnel had been deployed in combat operations in Ramadi alongside the Iraqi Sec­urity Forces were incorrect. “A Special Operations Task Group of about 80 personnel has deployed to Iraq and is providing military advice and assistance to the Counter-Terrorism Service of the ISF,” the spokesperson said. “This includes remotely-based joint terminal attack controllers who provide support to the first Iraqi Special Operations Forces brigade of the Counter Terrorism Service. CTS is one of the lead units in the fight in Ramadi.” Australia is the second-biggest foreign contributor to the ­military effort on the ground in Iraq.
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