Time for a REMINDER about behaviour on this site…


BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, I ASK YOU VISIT THIS POST (PRESS ANYWHERE HERE) AND READ IT, AND ACKNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE DONE SO BY MAKING A COMMENT ON THAT POST

Hi folks, It has sadly come to my attention once again that the behavior of some people on this site have shown disregard for the guidelines I have tried to set, and or casually choose to ignore them, in particular, during my many absences of late, as I attended to my young baby son who has been in hospital after being born premature last month. he came home yesterday and we have been getting settled.

I have to say, I started this blog so I could highlight and discuss things that interested me, and of course others. It became successful as many many others popped in and shared the same ideas as I did.

Now having said that, I have to say, unfortunately I do not care whether you have been here for months and made 2 thousand comments, or one day and made 5. I will NOT tolerate the bad language, the bully tactics of some who like to dominate the discussion, and those who are quite  impolite in disagreeing with another contributors point of view.

How often have I politely said, it is how you say something that is important, not so much WHAT you have to say. As far as I am concerned it is not too much to ask on a community blog where we gather with common interests.

Because I want this to be read tonight, I am going to post it now, but shall be adding to it.

Those people I speak of in the above sentences, expect to hear from me over the next 24 hours, because you will find yourself banished from the place and I will block every comment you make to go directly to moderation, where it will sit, until I personally read it. Like a child would be treated who does not know how to behave.

I have put thousands and thousands of hours into this site over 2 years or so, and WILL NOT have anybody, no matter who they are, or what they have done here, to ruin it for everyone else, OR for the people who will come in the future.

This blog is not for “A self selected few” to take some sort of control over what can be discussed and which opinions are to reign supreme. You can always go start your own blogs…

To be frank I am quite upset at the moment because some who have been around for a while should know better. Forcing me to get rid of you is something I will SADLY do if I have to.

Finally, and most regrettably, I also have to add, just because someone has very kindly made a donation to my site, (for which I honestly am very grateful).

It does not give he or she any extra rights or privileges here. We are all equal and any assumed extra power or status or “Weight” on any opinion or topic would be incorrect and unfair  (for want of a better word, I’m not in a good head space ATM). I hope I have conveyed that clearly enough.

PS. I WILL SIT HERE ALL NIGHT IF I HAVE TO AND GO THROUGH ALL THE COMMENTS OF RECENT DAYS

You have all be warned

Sincerely

Owner and operator of Aussiecriminals

Robbo

 

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Your offers for help have amazed me guys!


Hi everybody, hope you all had a great Christmas and have good plans for a fantastic safe (HOT new years eve) New year.I am so happy some of you have put your hand up to help out here and build on what I started and make it a real community. I have been a little indulgent in taking a few days off with the Melbourne Boxing day test on and a recovering from too much everything at Christmas but am nor rearing to go again. I was actually so tempted to jump on and post stuff that was “Shitting me” but thought the country will survive a few days without my insignificant input…

So I have saved all your details and will be getting back to you all in the morning with some great ideas and plans for 2011. What a way to kick it off with the news of the new year. Look out for an email and details on getting signed up as a  wordpress member, as it seems that is required to be a contributor/author here at wordpress. The great thing about that is it enables you to do stories/updates/feedback via email, iphone, the web, any computer etc. So whenever the need arises you can jump on and do your thing.

 

Thanks guys and gals, looking forward to all your obvious expertise. Making this place a better more switched on place…

I am Looking for Contributors for 2011


Some of you may or may not know but I run this website totally on my own for no pay or reward other than helping expose those who need exposing and highlighting things I see happening in our community that I feel are worth bringing to attention…

I love working on the site but I am struggling to keep up, yet I’m very keen to make it bigger and better in 2010.

So How would you like to help expand and build this website.? I am looking for contributors to help with new stories and researching special cases, reviewing books or movies maybe?

Are you willing to get involved? Let me know what you would be interested in, and leave a comment in the form below

You can remain as anonymous or as open as you like all I ask for is a commitment to the cause and accuracy in your contributions

If you want to help in another way you could “Buy me a beer” by clicking a link (not yet operational) and donating a dollar and help get the site fully hosted so we can post full video, audio and other media and documents rather than using you-tube etc.. They have already deleted my account for copyright on news stories…

(not operational just yet!)

 

All the best for Christmas, stay safe, be merry, and for those of you who were not so good this year, there is always next year!

Cheers

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Such Is Life-Ben Cousins


My Say

Are the Victorian Police serious? They would have to start arresting people by their thousands, not to mention all the TV crowd.Maybe they should roll up to the Logies and do drug testing and sniffer dogs, on Australia’s night of nights? Ben Cousins is showing a lot of courage in doing what he is doing.The doco is giving us a rare insight into the elite athlete/celebrity lifestyle. So many have something to answer for over Ben.The West coast Eagles for starters, his club, how the hell they never knew, even protected him from drug testers. His father, who seems really loving and concerned for his son.If he wanted to, he could of gone to the media to save his son years ago, but didn’t.Exposing him obviously was not as important as his football career…

Ben Cousins at training for the Tigers 2010

UPDATE 9.35am: VICTORIA Police has vowed to investigate any illegal drug taking screened in Ben Cousins’ tell-all documentary but hasn’t seen anything to warrant a probe yet.

The first part of controversial documentary Such Is Life aired on Channel 7 last night.

The opening instalment topped last night’s television ratings, drawing a whopping 1.99m viewers, making it the most-watched program nationwide.

A police spokesman said that “any evidence” of illegal drug use screened in the documentary would be investigated.

But it was believed no drug taking screened in last night’s episode was committed in Victoria.

“At the moment, there is nothing in the Channel 7 coverage to indicate he has committed any offences in Victoria,’’ the spokesman said.

“If material comes to light through tonight’s program or it is revealed that Cousin’s drug use was in Victoria, we will investigate and act accordingly.”

More than 780,000 Melbourne viewers tuned in, the most from any capital city.

The documentary has already drawn plenty of comment and criticism, with footy icon Ron Barassi saying West Coast has “a lot to answer for” over its treatment of Ben Cousins.

Six-time premiership player Barassi said he had taped the documentary and hoped to watch it in the coming days.

When asked if he thought West Coast failed its duty of care to Cousins, Barassi said: “From what one hears, I think West Coast (has) a lot to answer for’’.

Ben Cousins and Chris Judd 2006 Grand Final

“Surely they must have known he was on drugs.

“It was not just one player from what I understand.’’

Youth worker Les Twentyman was not impressed by the documentary, saying it showed a far more glamorous life than the harsh reality of drug use.

“That was like watching Bambi compared to watching documentaries we made 10 years ago,” Twentyman said.

He said it portrayed “Hollywood style drug use, that’s not the reality to what we deal with, it destroys lives, Ben’s life hasn’t been destroyed”.

Twentyman also said the Eagles have a lot to answer for and he has “grave concerns” for Ben after he retires from footy this weekend.

Retiring Richmond veteran Cousins is in a race against time to play his last game against Port Adelaide on Sunday.

He left the field late in the third quarter against St Kilda with soreness high on his left leg and could not go back on.

Cousins said he expects to undergo a fitness test later in the week to determine if he can play.

Barassi said how Cousins motivated himself after football would depend on how much pride the Brownlow medallist had in himself.

“He has a chance to turn things around if he wants to keep going on this path to recovery,’’ he said.

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said the structures in Ben’s life will be important to stop him relapsing.

He says it’s a matter of managing the illness and not trying to cure it.

“He is suffering a disease that is resistant to treatment and subject to relapse,” Carr-Gregg said

Carr-Gregg says Ben’s ability to stay off drugs after retiring from football will be just as hard as when he first came off drugs.

“It think it will be enormous, I think it will be his greatest challenge ever,” says Carr-Gregg.

“I do believe when you see the whole thing it will be a useful tool for young people … I don’t think it normalised, sanitised or glamourised drug use at all.”

He says people should wait to see the whole documentary before making a judgement on it.

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said the league would not comment on the documentary until it had been shown in full.