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When Crashing Into Two Parked Cop Cars Is Not The Worst Part Of Your Day

Sometimes the job does itself.

Some days really don’t go to plan. And let’s be honest, few great days involve the phrase “crashing into a police car”, especially when said police car is parked outside a police station.

But if you’re driving past a cop shop wouldn’t you typically be extra-specially careful behind the wheel? And wouldn’t that be especially true if you happened to have, say, $200 million worth of ice in your van?

This bizarre turn of events is what has reportedly happened outside Eastwood police station on Sydney’s north in what Detective Chief Inspector Glyn Baker, described as “one of the easiest drug busts the NSW Police has ever made.”

Police stopped the vehicle in Ryde an hour after the crash and arrested a 26 year old man who has subsequently been charged with “large commercial drug supply, negligent driving, and not giving particulars to police.”

Note: it was stopped an hour later. That seems careless, when most folks experienced in the cop-crashing arts would likely suggest that such a vehicle might better be, say, empty and abandoned and on fire.

Anyway:

“This fellow… has certainly had a very, very bad day,” Chief Inspector Baker said to the Sydney Morning Herald, presumably while holding back giggles.

And possibly dances.

Still, let’s be honest: how many of us have had a day in which we can honestly say that colliding with a stationary police car outside of a cop shop was only the second or third worst thing that happened?

When Will The Puffy-Chest Bros Stop Being So Angry At Rosie Batty Literally Just Talking?

Pay careful attention to any man that complains about women speaking out against violence.

CONTENT WARNING: violence against women and children

Before we get into what people have been saying about domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, it’s worth remembering what led her to the public’s attention in the first place.

Batty was involved with Greg Anderson, a violent man who was prone to physical outbursts. After the birth of their son Luke, Anderson physically assaulted her and she left the relationship, taking Luke with her.

Aside from Anderson’s multiple run ins with the law, including death threats against a housemate and accessing child porn on a library computer, he also carried out multiple assaults on Batty for the next decade, despite her having  intervention orders against Anderson.

And then in February 2014 he cornered their son Luke in the cricket nets following sports practice, and stabbed him to death.  Anderson died of self-inflicted wounds shortly after during a stand off with police. Luke was 11 years old.

Batty has experienced intimate partner violence and lost her child to the man who abused her throughout their relationship. And somehow she is not just standing after all that trauma but has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence in Australia, setting up the foundation that bears her son’s name and becoming an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

And this sheer strength, this stunning courage in the face of unimaginable trauma, has scared the hell out of a lot of deeply inadequate men over the years.

Like, for example, CFMEU boss John Setka, who is himself facing charges at the moment, including pleading guilty to allegations he harassed a woman.

His alleged claim – that Batty’s work in anti-violence advocacy had led to men having fewer rights – has forced the hand of the CFMEU, the wider union movement and for Labor leader Anthony Albanese to call for his expulsion from the Labor Party and sacking from the union.

It’s worth adding that Setka denies saying anything of the sort and that his comments were taken out of context.

Setka’s career is definitely over, and because it’s 2019 his cause will doubtless be taken up by Mens Rights Inadequates who believe that he, like them, is the victim – along with every other male held to account for their words and actions.

He’s not the first angry bloke to feel cool about telling a woman to shut up for talking about violence against women, and neither will he be the last to out himself as being the exact sort of person women should be wary about being near. Nothing’s a red flag like a dude that gets all #notallmen when women’s experience is mentioned.

But as to the question posed in the headline of this piece: when will bros stop getting angry about a woman talking? The answer is simple.

When the majority of men are finally brave enough to take responsibility for the dark side of masculinity – especially the violence that men mete out to women, to other men and to themselves – that this sort of cowardly, pathetic complaining will stop.

And that day cannot come soon enough.

If you’re experiencing crisis, contact Lifeline on 131 114 or lifeline.org.au;  or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or beyondbluebeyondblue.org.au. 

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 737 732

Pill Testing Might Have Saved Seven Lives At Canberra's Groovin' The Moo, Just Saying

Turns out that science can save lives. Who'd've thunk it?

Depending on who you ask pill testing is a sensible public health measure that saves young people from dying from accidentally poisoning themselves (health professionals, drug education professionals, people who run festivals, young people) or a terrible idea that just won’t work because drugs are just bad (politicians, most notably NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian).

And at this point the latter position holds sway over all the states, which is one of the reason NSW has been shedding music festivals as the state government institute expensive and punitive licensing conditions and penalties instead.

But in the Australian Capital Territory pill testing is a thing, and Groovin The Moo organisers have issued a statement saying that pill testing found seven potentially deadly substances at the festival on Sunday.

In all cases the people with the drugs ditched their stash, meaning that they didn’t take things which might have killed them. And thus on the Monday this report was published, were still alive. Nice!

Notably, in other states that’s not the case. And there’s a body count as a result.

And sure, we can wag fingers and say that kids these days should say no to drugs and be high on life instead, but the fact is that seven people had dangerous drugs they were planning to take, and then they didn’t. It’s hard to spin that as a negative.

Will this change anyone’s policy? Probably not. After all, if these people don’t die because of taking drugs, how on earth will they learn that drugs are bad and that they shouldn’t take them? WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN???

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