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December 2009

First, this article, headlined “Women caught drink-driving overnight”

…although, as it turns out, it wasn't only women. In fact:

Police pulled over 7524 cars at checkpoints in Manukau and Papakura overnight. In total, 81 drivers would be making court appearances, facing charges of excessive breath alcohol. Thirty-two of those caught were women, Inspector Heather Wells said.

So, a little less than 40% of those caught were women. Perhaps a better headline would have been “More women than usual caught drink-driving, but still fewer than the number of men.” Although we don't even know that it's more than usual, as the only ‘stat’ is the less-than-useful “years ago, it was just men were dumb enough to drink drive, but this appears to be changing.”


Secondly, an unpleasant little dose of blame-the-victim in “Celeb sex victim ‘angry’ at name suppression”:

The girl [the victim of the attack], now 17, said she had been subjected to cruel and untrue stories about her reputation since the court case.

…and:

“Afterwards, the police rang me and said that the musician was offering $200 to go towards a charity,” she said.

“They suggested I should ‘have some compassion’. My dad went berserk about that.”

I just love that. “They suggested I should ‘have some compassion’.” You know, for the guy who shoved his junk in an unwilling 16-year-old girl's face. The dude just needs some love and understanding, people.

Jackson commented:

Wow, the police is so serious, overnight?

Great work.