Karen, you are prompt in judging others. I am one …

Comment on Youth crime: compassion alone is no solution by Evelyne Roullet.

Karen, you are prompt in judging others. I am one of the ones you judge to be excessively soft-heart or liberal. Bleeding heart is in fact informal but derogatory.
May be those “bleeding hearts” would love to look after “these children” if rules and regulations were not impeding the process.
The ones who know me will tell you that I am not soft, to the contrary, but have learned that you can be strict with a loving heart.
May I ask you if you were a goody goody two shoes when you were a teenager?

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Youth crime: compassion alone is no solution
Regardless of whether or not our desires are the “right thing,” the act of inflicting punishment always creates an “us vs. them” rift between adult and child, and we are dealing with children.
When we punish, we reduce a child’s ability to focus on another’s experience and be accountable. These are the roots of empathy and compassion, which are the precursor to healthy relationships and a well-functioning society.
Punishment always brings the focus of the punished onto themselves. One cannot think of others, acknowledge wrongdoing, or aim to make amends while being made to suffer.
We have to ask ourselves if prison is effective as a punishment and deterrent for juveniles, or does it harden a young person who might otherwise recover?
Research on adolescent brain development does not provide an excuse for culpability, but it shows that youth are amenable to treatment in ways that adults are not. Additionally, given what we know about the development of the adolescent brain, how it processes risks and rewards, deterrence through the threat of incarceration is likewise ineffective at controlling the behavior of youth. Therefore, prison is never an effective punishment for youth.
The challenge, then, is two-fold: to find ways to make punishment more effective and to tackle the causes of offending through high-quality rehabilitation.
The origins of offender rehabilitation in Australia can be traced back to the early penal colonies and, in particular, to the work of Alexander Maconochie, a prison governor on Norfolk Island in 1840. Maconochie introduced the idea of indeterminate rather than fixed sentences, implemented a system of rehabilitation in which good behaviour counted towards prisoners’ early release, and advocated a system of aftercare and community resettlement
In my opinion juvenile prison should be more like a boarding houses with house parents looking after the welfare of different age groups and certainly not close to an adults detention centre.

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Alice students fire up for climate action
@ Philby: The sixth mass extinction is correct because the first five known periods are over:
• End Ordovician, 444 million years ago, 86% of species lost.
• Late Devonian, 375 million years ago, 75% of species lost in 69 millions years.
• End Permian, 251 million years ago, 96% of species lost in 124 millions years.
• End Triassic, 200 million years ago, 80% of species lost. In 51 millions years.
• End Cretaceous, 66 million years ago, 76% of all species lost in 134 millions years.
A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.
If we make a graph of those times between each period peaks and lows it give us a time bracket to act but we need to know when the sixth mass extinction began.
Scientists are divided when it comes to determining if the sixth mass extinction event is actually happening. For instance some studies divide the sixth mass extinction in two phases, beginning from 100,000 years ago.
Some scientists however say that the actual beginning of the sixth mass extinction is not yet determined. As of now, palaeontologists are only seeing evidences that the earth is entering the sixth mass extinction event but these are not sufficient to show that the mass extinction is indeed happening.
However scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost.
They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.
I have a solution to put an end to it: Easy. Get rid of the human species who takes from mother earth but give nothing back because they have not understood the principle of ngapartji ngapartji –and the planet will live.

Alice students fire up for climate action
We know for fact that extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions.
But there are other industries.
In Alice we want more tourists and less mining. Good, and we want vacations and or monies from the tourism industry.
But how many think of the negative impact on the world around us?
There are one billion tourist arrivals in the world every year. That’s 30 every single second. By 2020 the number will increase by 60%.
Tourism often puts pressure on natural resources through over-consumption, often in places where resources are already scarce.
Tourism often leads to overuse of water.
An average golf course in a tropical country, for example, uses as much water as 60,000 rural villagers. I
It also uses 1500 kilos of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides per year. Can the students check Alice Springs golf club as a project?
Tourism puts enormous stress on local land use, and can lead to soil erosion, increased pollution, natural habitat loss, and more pressure on endangered species. These effects can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which tourism itself depends.
Can the students check with local tourism companies if they are eco-tourism champion?
Climate change!
Tourism contributes to more than 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with transportation accounting for 90% of this.
In Australia there are many tourism activities that can cause coral reefs to damage. Did the students check?
The number of annual Antarctic tourists has increased from a couple hundred in 1969 to over 20,000 at the start of the new millennium.
What is the impact on the ice melting? Another school assignment.
Students have the right to express their point of view and opinions but have they done their researches before marching?

Alice students fire up for climate action
@ Not Peter Wilkins: “The sooner you boomers die off, the sooner the rest of us can get on with fixing the mess you’ve left.”
Think before you talk because those boomers are the ones who worked hard all their life without luxuries to build a life style you enjoyed today; they are the generations who invented the majority of gadgets used and abused by your generation:
• Mobile phone is good but do all the family members need a mobile phone?
• Motored vehicle is good but does every one need a huge 4×4 to drive every day in town? Even to go to a gym instead of walking or riding? Even go to school?
Instead of asking the politicians to do something about the climate change why not ask our local government to ban the cars in town? Make people use public transport.
• TV is good but do you need to have one in any bedroom instead of one in the family room?
Ha!! That’s right, there is no longer a family room because there is hardly any family as a unit because everyone spends their free time on the mobile on face book or other social outlets.
We have not created this mess but the ones who have misused and abused what we have created.

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
Namatijira Art Collector, I am in total agreement with you, however Napoleon had nothing to do with “The Nose: Sketches of the Sphinx” by the Dane Frederic Louis Norden were created in 1737 and published in 1755, well before the era of Napoleon.
However, these drawings illustrate the Sphinx without a nose and clearly contradicts the legend If the nose was gone by 1737 at the latest; its removal cannot be blamed on Napoleon’s troops, who visited more than 50 years later.
It is a pity that we do not have a Napoleon in power, because the gallery would have been a built long time ago.

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
Hear, hear, Trevor.

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