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Gladys, How Are You OK With NSW Police Strip-Searching Children?

It's not a good look for a NSW Premier.

Hey Gladys Berejiklian, you’re the NSW premier, yeah? Okay cool, just wanted to get your thoughts on the horrendous stuff that has come out on NSW police strip-searching young girls.

According to The Guardian, NSW police have performed strip-searches on 3,919 women in the state since 2016 based on data acquired by the Redfern Legal Centre under freedom of information laws. That’s a pretty high number but that’s not the worrying statistic.

Of the 3,919 strip-searches, 122 of them were performed young girls under the age of 18 over the last three years. And as the bitter cherry on top of this horrendous cake, eight girls were only 13 years old and two were only 12 years old.

As for how successful the strip-searches were, the obtained data shows that 66 percent found nothing while 28 percent of the searches were performed using “drug-dog detection” as the reason.

This is just the latest incident in a series of negative things that seem to be smacking the NSW police of late, like the watchdog investigation into the controversial strip-search of a 16-year-old girl at the 2018 Splendour in the Grass festival.

Speaking to The Guardian, head of police accountability at the Redfern Legal Centre, Samantha Lee, says:

“We know from the recent LECC hearings that young women are being asked to squat, and in the LECC case, an officer got on the ground and looked underneath the young woman.

“How many other young women have been subjected to such concerning police practice?”

So Gladys, how exactly are you okay with the NSW police strip-searching so many women, some of whom are underaged and likely have no clue about what their legal rights are?

You’re the NSW premier and essentially the face of all this. You’re basically the boss of all this so how can you let this sort of behaviour by the NSW police slide? It’s not a good look for the boss of a workplace, Gladys, let alone the top tog of the state.

A spokesperson for the NSW police has issued out a response (via The Guardian) stating that it was “not appropriate” to comment on the LECC’s ongoing inquiring into strip-searches. They reasoned that police “do not enjoy carrying out strip-searches” but it is “a power that has been entrusted to [them] and searches reveal drugs and weapons”.

“People who are trying to hide such items frequently secrete them in private places, and the only way to locate them is by a strip-search, which may involve asking the person to squat.”

The spokesperson didn’t address anything about strip-searching girls as young as 12 but said that strip-searches represented “fewer than one percent of the total number of searches” and 20 percent of strip-searches occurred due to indications of drug detection.

“The use of drug-detection dogs in operational policing is a highly specialised field and NSWPF is committed to ensuring that our training is the best it can be and that the use of drug-detection dogs reflects world’s best practise.

“There are additional safeguards for children and vulnerable people with which police must comply; officers are trained to deal with the public in a respectful and empathetic manner.”

At the time of writing, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) carrying out an inquiry into whether it is illegal to force people to squat during a strip-search.

We’ve Disappointed Daddy Barack Obama With Our Toxic ‘Woke’ Culture, Happy?

He's not angry, just disappointed.

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since Combover Caligula became US President and the world coincidentally started going even more downhill on all fronts. Well folks, Obama has had enough and he has some strong words for everyone, particularly about *checks notes* um, ‘woke’ culture.

Dad isn’t angry, he’s just disappointed.

During a talk at an Obama Foundation event (via BBC), our US President spoke about young people and gave everyone a reality check about the state of the world and its complexities.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly.”

“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting with may love their kids and share certain things with you.”

But perhaps the most important part of Obama’s talk was he expressed concern over how young people’s go-to reaction is to call people out on social media under the guise of being “woke” isn’t going to bring about real change.

“One danger I see among young people particularly on college campuses is that I do get a sense among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough.”

Say what you will about Barack Obama but he hits the nail on the head about the fascination with cancel and woke culture these days.

Nothing in the world is black or white and people’s tendency to immediately “cancel” someone or antagonise people for not being “woke” is doing more harm than good. It’s one thing to call people out when it is warranted, but it’s another to weaponise it into something that satisfies your own agenda.

Not only is invoking outrage not going to be constructive in any sense of the word, it doesn’t allow for any growth and learning from either side. Empathy and education has been lost in a sea of tweets and hashtags.

It’s hard to believe that something as simple as that needed to be said out loud but if there was anyone in the world who you’ll want to listen to, it’s Barack Obama.

Our US President isn’t saying that you have to change your beliefs, but it’ll serve everyone well if people just remembered that we’re all flawed human beings and if listened to each other rather than rage tweet. Perhaps some actual change would come out of it and we won’t disappoint dad Obama like this again.

Peter Dutton Wants To Scan Your Face Before Letting You Watch Porn

Yeah, this isn't going to go wrong at all.

Remember when the government wanted to implement an age filter to all your favourite porn websites? It seems like wiser heads prevailed as that seems to have taken a back seat for for now. Until Peter Dutton and his Department of Home Affairs decided to pick the issue back up for some reason that is.

But rather than go with the age filter idea, ol’ mate Dutto decided the better option is to scan everyone’s faces before they get to indulge in some personal five-knuckle shuffle time.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Dutton and his Department of Home Affairs has suggested that the best way to stop all this underage porn watching that’s afflicting Australia right now is to use face scans to confirm people’s age before they’re allowed to access.

The idea is to have the face scan match a person’s photo that’s already recorded with Home Affairs, such as a driver’s licence, and this will act as an age verification system of sorts.

The idea is to have this voyeuristic proposal be lumped in with the Federal government’s separate proposed facial recognition scheme, which the Morrison government was scolded for and told to redraft after it was rejected in October by the joint intelligence and security committee over safety and privacy concerns.

Worrying comparisons to George Orwell’s 1984 aside, this hypothetical porn facial scan thing is a logistical and privacy nightmare. Not only will everyone need some sort camera, this system will create a huge database of all those Aussies who watch porn that’ll cause endless headaches should it all be leaked, which going by recent history is quite likely.

And even if Dutto and Home Affairs have a good solution to these issues, circumventing the facial scan won’t be all that difficult given all the tools we have at our disposal these days. When you’re preventing horny people from getting their fap on, no facial scan or age filter is going to stop them from getting to their porn.

But in the worst case scenario that Peter Dutton and Home Affairs figure out a way to spy on your sex life, expect a booming new black market to emerge in Australia involving the selling of USB sticks with porn on them.

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