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Great Drug Bust, CNB! Now Fix The Alcohol Problem?

By Aussie Pete, November 21, 2011 1:46 am

One of the most positive things about living in Singapore, is the extremely low crime rate… one reason, being the relatively small illegal drug trade which takes a lot of the opportunities and temptation away from our youths.

Of course (and I’ve spoken about this before), I’m not necessarily raising the subject of hard versus soft drugs, nor am I advocating the very tough penalties associated with them (up to and including the death penalty)… I just feel very comforted to know that as my kids grow up in Singapore, they will have little or no exposure to ‘hard’ drugs – a comfort that unfortunately cannot be shared in many other countries across the globe.

The CNB seized 17 grams of Ice, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills

The CNB seized 17 grams of Ice, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills

On Friday, just gone by, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 111 drug offenders in a five-day islandwide operation. Included among those taken into custody, were seven suspected traffickers and 104 suspected drug abusers.

cnb_logoThe CNB also seized 17 grams of ‘Ice’, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills as a result of the operation. The scope of the activities covered both public and private residential areas, along with industrial estates in Woodlands, Sengkang, Tiong Bahru, Clementi and Jurong.

So, all kudos to the men and women of the Central Narcotics Bureau!

Having said that, I am still waiting for the authorities to take a stance on the other ‘legal’ drug, which has been proven to be one of the most addictive, harmful and damaging (to individuals and those around them) available today! Of course, I am talking about alcohol.

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Now, don’t get me wrong… I am no prude and I enjoy a beer or glass of wine as much as the next guy. But for a country where drug use and abuse brings about such severe penalties and other breaches of the law are strictly and swiftly dealt with, I am often amazed at how alcohol can be purchased at any 7-11 store, local and large chain supermarkets and any food-court beverage shop. The follow-on effect of this ease of availability, which has shown to be the case in many other geographies, is the onset of drinking in public places and under-age drinking.

This problem I have personally witnessed on numerous occassions – just take a walk around the back of Admiralty shopping centre (near the MRT) on any evening, and check out the many very young boys openly drinking and ‘yahooing’ – while young families (and sometimes small children on their own) are walking by…

Given the widely publicized facts that alcohol is the number one abused drug in the world, and is the cause of the largest number of drug-associated violent crimes in many countries (not to mention the high rate of association with road deaths due to drink-driving), it’s about time that the authorities in Singapore thought about a blitz on public intoxication and the under-age drinking that is prevalant… they could start with an overhaul of the sale of alcoholic beverages, making it available only at licensed premises or bottle shops.

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On another note, the statistics for the first half of this year, show that between January and June, 1,741 drug abusers were arrested (of which 641 were new abusers), compared to 1,456 drug abusers (including 672 new abusers) arrested in the first half of 2010… I’m wondering if this shows an improvement by law enforcement, or an increase in drug activity?

Source: Aussie Pete

Psychological Torture Of Animals – Abuse Or Just Cute?

By Aussie Pete, October 27, 2011 12:50 am

Any kind of animal cruelty makes my blood boil… but obviously any abuse manifests itself in a variety of ways. Not only is it always just physical – the following pet owners are inflicting the worst kind of psychological torture in my mind.

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Under the ruse of the ‘Halloween Season’, pet owners get together to display their beloved animals in the most unnatural outfits and poses. The following images have come from both the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York and also the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event.

Wait a minute!! This treatment of pets is endorsed by animal welfare groups? *Sigh* – you decide for yourselves, dear readers… is this too cruel? Or is it too cute?!

Jonna Baquillas holds her pet, a rescued cat named Rue dressed as Little Red Riding Hood during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s annual Halloween fund raising event entitled Scaredy Cats and Dogs: Year 8 at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Manila:

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Tank the English Bullodog as the “Runaway Bride” attends the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22:

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A dog dressed as the devil is displayed during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event entitled Scaredy Cats and Dogs: Year 8 at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Manila on October 23

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Jazz the “Aircraft Carrier” and crew attend the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A Chihuahua dressed as a pig barks to other dogs during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event entitled Scaredy Cats and Dogs: Year 8 at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Manila:

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Karen Biehl and Eli attend the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York

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Dogs attend the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event:

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A dog dressed as a sightseeing bus attends the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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The “Occupy Wall Street” dog attends the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A dog as a pin cushion the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A dog as a dragon during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A dog in costume during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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Sarah Polgee and Kiki during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A dog in costume as a NYC MTA bus during the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York:

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A pet owner checks the costume of her pet Chihuahua during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event:

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Jonna Baquillas holds her pet, a rescued cat named Rue, both dressed as Little Red Riding Hood during the Philippine Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) annual Halloween fund raising event:

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Source: Aussie Pete

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