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March 2007
Saturday, March 31st, 2007

LondonTelegraph | March 27, 2007
Philip Johnston

Checks will be made on all children to identify potential criminals under a further extension of the “surveillance state” announced by Tony Blair today.

A Downing Street review of law and order policy also called for greater use of sophisticated CCTV, an expanded DNA database and “instant justice” powers for police.

The review is intended to chart a course ahead for the next 10 years by focusing more “on the offender, not the offence.”

Most crime is committed by a small number of prolific offenders who could be identified almost from birth, ministers believe. After 10 years concentrating on tougher sentences, the review paper said it wanted to tackle the “underlying causes..through better targetting.”

Vulnerable children and those at risk will be identified by “trigger” factors such as parents in jail or on drugs. They will be subject to personalised measures, including home visits from specialist practitioners. But the Government says the net should be cast as widely as possible “to prevent criminality developing.”

It proposes to “establish universal checks throughout a child’s development to help service providers to identify those most at risk of offending.” The document added: “These checks should piggyback on existing contact points such as the transition to secondary schools.”

The plan will be beacked up by a new database for all children due to be up and running by 2008. It will contain basic information identifying the child and its parents and will have a “facility for practitioners to indicate to others that they have information to share, are taking action, or have undertaken an assessment, in relation to a child.”

The database was ostensibly proposed to prevent another tragic death such as that of Victoria Climbie but now appears to be the basis for cradle-to-adult monitoring. It is not clear when data will be erased from the database.

The Government believes children can be prevented from becoming offenders if early intervention is targeted at those who displayed certain behaviours. These include having a short attention span or behaving aggressively or living in a difficult or deprived environment.

Some children who show signs of becoming criminals are logged and monitored by dozens of early interventions schemes. Those aged 8-13 may be referred to a Youth Inclusion and Support Panel if they are thought to be potential offenders and data about them is held on an information system.

Other agencies target 50 children and young people thought most ‘at risk’ of offending, truancy or social exclusion.

Mr Blair said the main aim of policy was to tackle the “hard core” of 100,000 criminals who, he said, commit about half of all crimes in England and Wales. Career criminals would be subject to prolific offender licences, punishable by three years’ jail if broken, which would impose a range of restrictions on their activities.

“They are not an alternative to prison. They are in addition to prison,” Mr Blair said when he launched the review at a conference in Westminster. “But we have to ensure that, when people leave prison, they do not rebound straight back in.”

He added: “These people have serious problems and targeting the offender means taking those problems seriously.

“If we want a criminal justice system that works, we have to target the offender and not simply the offence.”

Other measures include tougher community sentences and special units for mentally ill prisoners, where drug treatment would be available.

The Home Office also announced a review of policing to be carried out by Sir Ronnie Fanagan. the chief inspector of constabulary. He will try to find ways to cut red tape, make the police more accessible to the public and give forces greater say over their budgets.

What do I make of that? My friend: There is no fucking way I’m raising my kids in this country. Res ipsa loquitur.

— Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Washington Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cannot be tried on allegations of torture in overseas military prisons, a federal judge said Tuesday in a case he described as “lamentable.” U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan threw out a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Rumsfeld cannot be held personally responsible for actions taken in connection with his government job. The lawsuit contends the prisoners were beaten, suspended upside down from the ceiling by chains, urinated on, shocked, sexually humiliated, burned, locked inside boxes and subjected to mock executions. Read more. Texas A teenager has been jailed for more than a year for shoving a teacher’s aide at her high school, a case that has sparked anger and heightened racial tensions in rural East Texas. Shaquandra Cotton, who is black, claims the teacher’s aide pushed her first and would not let her enter school before the morning bell in 2005. A jury convicted the 15-year-old girl in March 2006 on a felony count of shoving a public servant, who was not seriously injured. The girl is in the Ron Jackson Correctional Complex in Brownwood, about 300 miles from her home in Paris. The facility is part of an embattled juvenile system that is the subject of state and federal investigations into allegations that staff members physically and sexually abused inmates. Read more. Des Moines Noreen Gosch continues to be bombarded with footage of her son, and other children, being molested by swine. She writes: The physical, sexual, emotional abuse to children is continuing at an alarming rate in our country and world. One aspect is …. Child/Human Trafficking. Some are making a profit off from showing this material…. using other peoples children. Everyone who reads this should be angry and concerned. If they did this to my son, Johnny age 12 when he was kidnapped … they can do it to your child next. There is nothing preventing it.. This type of criminal knows the laws are weak and most likely they would not be caught. I take particular exception to this because one of the kids they kidnapped and used was my son …… Johnny Gosch. Read more. Iran “Perhaps we should get some perspective by imagining how we might react if the Iranians had occupied France and were patrolling the English channel,” runs a post on the UK Telegraph , responding to the capture of 15 British sailors by Iran. Indeed. But I can think of one better. Perhaps we’d get some perspective if we realized MI6 and the CIA plotted against the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. “If there had not been a military coup, there would not have been 25 years of the Shah’s brutal regime, there would not have been a revolution in 1979 and a government of clerics,” Ibrahim Yazdi , a former foreign minister and leading member of a political party that traces its origins to Mossadegh’s National Front, told the Christian Science Monitor on the 50th anniversary of the coup and installation of the Shah. “Now it seems that the Americans are pushing towards the same direction again. That shows they have not learned anything from history.” Read more. I returned to the Muse and My Chemical Romance albums of last year this afternoon. I am kind of blown away by them, still.

— Friday, March 30th, 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

By The Svenhunter

“Yeah well, you went to see The Horrors, supporting The Gossip, in Hoxton, on the half-price guest list, and you thought Farris had a great voice, and that theirs was a fresh new sound, and you thought that that bint from The Gossip was hot, and that she’s a soul sensation, and you tried to chat her up, but she pretended not to notice, and then one of the guys from The Horrors who’s not Farris laughed at you because you were wearing an Incubus T-shirt, And then you tried to start a fight with him, and then you got thrown out, and then two of the other guys from The Horrors who aren’t Farris kicked you in the ribs a few times before running away, and then that bint from The Gossip stood on you, and now you’re in hospital, and you’re in Homerton, because that was the closest hospital, or because your friend (who is called Chuck, even though he’s not American) was drunk and drove the wrong way, and there are rats in your ward, and I’m not visiting you, because I never liked you, because you’re a terrible, terrible person, and I only got you that Incubus T-shirt just to see if you’d wear it, and you did, and I laughed, but only behind your back, because I wanted to see how long you’d carry on wearing it, and you’re still wearing it aren’t you? Yes, I bet you are.”

Quite.

The new South Park was a 24 parody. It wasn’t all that good to be honest. My kippers were great, but they have FUCKED ME UP, and I don’t seem to be able to do anything of any use right now, which is freaking me out. I’ll lie down for an hour then see if I work or not. Yes. That is a great idea. That’s what my Granddad used to do. Worked fine for him. He called slippers kippers as well. “Up them wooden hills to bedfordshire!” he would bark, warmly, Brummishly. “Take of your beetlecrushers!”

Mayne, you should have seen him trying to describe a shark during a game of Articulate one time. Them were the days.

— Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

James writes:

That’s it. Things have got weird enough
I’m turning pro

Presidential advisor, warmonger, and child abuser Karl Rove does hip-hop. OMG. Notable line: “That’s right, he can’t be beat / cos he’s so white from his head to his feet.”

Man oh man, these swine are MOCKING US! Shall we not string them from trees? Go on. It would only be Right.

PS – note the Fox NEws ticker tape at the bottom, blahing about Nazi death camps. One of Rove’s favourite ideas for the American people.

— Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

So, the massive creative surge predicted by Ali’s tarot reading is in full swing. Writing for the new album is going brilliantly, yesterday’s session with Dego and Envy was the stuff of legend,and today’s session with Mushtaq was a revelation. I am very happy in this part of my life, and many others right now, and I am grateful.

Thank you for all your letters, you lot have been brillaint lately, it is all very encouraging. I shall run another letters page shortly, and shall get that new mixtape sorted so you have something to tide you over until the Next Level. There are some fucking ace songs on there that you are going to love very hard, and I am thankful to you all for being a part of that.

Love.

@!

— Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

— Tuesday, March 27th, 2007