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    ADDICTION to the internet has moved a step closer to being classified as a mental illness with the inclusion of ''internet use disorder'' in a worldwide psychiatric manual.
    The move has been welcomed by Australian psychology professionals in response to a wave of always-on technology engulfing children.
    The Sunday Age has spoken to parents of children as young as seven who are aggressive, irritable and hostile when deprived of their iPads or laptops.
    Psychologists say video game and internet addictions share the characteristics of other addictions, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and ''withdrawal symptoms'' if the gadgets are removed.
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    Other fallout can include devastating impacts for children and families as social interaction and even food are neglected in favour of the virtual worlds the children inhabit.
    The rule book for the psychiatric profession, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), will include internet use disorder as a condition ''recommended for further study'' in its revised edition in May next year.
    The inclusion acknowledges risks posed by overuse of seemingly benign technologies, classifying internet use disorder alongside other mental disorders that need further research before becoming a recognised mental illness that can be formally diagnosed.
    Australian experts contributed to the Australian Psychological Society's submission to the international manual, supporting the inclusion of an addiction focused on internet gaming.
    But they have called for a broader diagnosis of internet-use addiction, allowing proper treatment of children obsessed by other technologies such as sexting and a proliferation of devices such as iPads, tablets and Nintendo DS.
    Professor Mike Kyrios, of Swinburne University of Technology, one of the authors of the APS submission and a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years' experience, is formally pushing for the revised manual to broaden internet use disorder beyond gaming addictions.
    Professor Kyrios, the director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, says more research would allow health professionals to diagnose children with addictive behaviours from technology overuse and treat them appropriately, including strategies to change their obsessive over-reliance on being connected.
    ''With kids, gaming is an obvious issue. But overall, technology use could be a potential problem,'' he said.
    Kara Wright was so concerned her 12-year-old son, Jack, had an internet addiction she banned him from using the laptop over his school holidays.
    After playing the computer game Minecraft for an hour on his laptop, Jack would become frustrated, angry and often cry, she said. ''It is only when he is using technology that those emotions emerge,'' said Ms Wright, who
    -lives at Caloundra in Queensland. ''It had a huge impact on the family.''
    Ms Wright said Jack was first introduced to technology when he was seven.
    Her first attempt to tackle the problem was to limit Jack's use to an hour. When that didn't work, she enforced a full ban.
    ''He has demonstrated he can cope without it,'' she said. ''I'll introduce it slowly if he can demonstrate responsibility for his time limits.''
    In January, Emil Hodzic, a psychologist with seven years' experience, established a video game addiction treatment clinic in Sydney's CBD, because of what he saw as growing demand from frustrated parents and damaged children.
    He said he was seeing clients as young as 12 addicted to the internet and video games.
    ''The most typical sign of addiction is anything that looks like withdrawal symptoms,'' he said. ''So any expression of distress, frustration, irritability when they don't get to play.''
    Mr Hodzic said about 70 per cent of the people he treated were children and teenagers, with many showing addiction symptoms closely related to anxiety and depression.
    ''A lot of kids I have coming into the clinic have difficulty in being able to tolerate distress without zoning out via the internet or via the games,'' he said.
    But psychiatrist Professor Rhoshel Lenroot, the chair of child psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, said it was still too early to be able to see how detrimental technology overuse could be for children.
    ''I think [it] can be dangerous in not learning how to pay attention in a focused way, but in balance there is nothing wrong with technology,'' Professor Lenroot said.
    ''A lot adults are doing the same thing.''
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    At least I'm not engulfed, yet.
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    D.C. man orders TV from Amazon, gets assault rifle instead

    D.C. man orders TV from Amazon, gets assault rifle instead



    It's not yet clear how it happened, but a Washington, D.C., musician who ordered a flat-screen TV through Amazon received a military-style assault rifle instead.
    Seth Horvitz ordered the 39-inch Westinghouse TV last week through one of Amazon's third-party vendors, WTTG-TV reported. On Tuesday, UPS left a smaller box at his apartment in northeast D.C. The 38-year-old electronic musician told The Washington Post he thought the seller had sent him a stand for the set.
    Inside, Horvitz found a black, semiautomatic Sig Sauer SIG716, similar to the M16, which U.S. forces have carried for 50 years, and the AR-10. The SIG716 is used by law enforcement and the military.
    "I was confused as to how that kind of mix-up could happen," he told the Post. "It surprised me to see how easy it would be for a gun to show up on someone's doorstep — not just a gun, but an assault weapon."
    The box had two mailing labels: one with his name and address, the other for a Pennsylvania gun store that had ordered it from a supplier. Neither the gun store nor the supplier was identified.
    Horvitz notified the sender and called D.C. police. He told the Fox station the two officers who responded "were a little confused at first; they've never seen anything quite like it."
    "They just took my information and then said we'll handle this weapon because it's illegal to keep here. It's illegal to transport in a car, so it can't be returned."
    On Deadline has asked Amazon whether it has determined how the mix-up occurred and whether it has any policies covering gun purchases. We'll update if we get answers.
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    Guns instead of TVs--only in America.
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    A CHILDCARE worker is suing Wet 'n' Wild for $400,000 in damages after she became stuck in a waterslide.

    Cherie Schramm, 30, lined up to ride the newly opened Aqua Loop waterslide on January 2 last year but became stuck halfway.

    The Pimpama woman did not gather enough speed to complete the full loop and slid back and forth inside the slide before coming to rest at the bottom of the loop.

    In a damages claim filed in the Southport District Court on May 22, Ms Schramm said she became "frightened" and feared another rider would ram into her, reported the Gold Coast Bulletin.

    She said she had not been properly warned about the potential to become stuck or what to do in such a situation. She said in a panic she reached up and found an escape hatch and hauled herself up and out using her left arm.


    In court documents she claims that as a result of her panicked exit she suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in her left shoulder and ongoing mental issues.

    Her representatives from McCowans Solicitors claim Wet 'n' Wild owner Village Roadshow Pty Ltd failed to keep patrons safe.

    It was acknowledged that each of the four Aqua Loop slides had a built-in escape hatch, a fenced concrete platform and a descending staircase attached to allow stuck riders to exit safely.

    Ms Schramm's lawyers claim Wet 'n' Wild should have provided instructions or directions to water park users, either through a recorded message, intercom session or by written signage at the point of exit, on how to safely exit the ride.

    They claim riders should be pre-warned that in case of emergency, the Aqua Loop slide would stop operating and no new riders would be allowed on until the stuck person had left through the escape hatch.

    Lastly, the lawyers argue riders should be warned to stand up in the tube to exit through the escape hatch and not to haul themselves out while lying down in the tube.

    Ms Schramm is claiming $400,000 in damages, including $250,000 for economic loss over 35 years, $21,200 in general damages and $84,654.90 for future paid care.

    A Village Roadshow Limited theme parks spokesman said the matter was in the hands of its insurers and declined to comment.

    McCowans Solicitors did not return the Bulletin's repeated phone calls.

    Ms Schramm refused to comment yesterday.




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    A MAN who masqueraded as sex industry representatives so he could trick young and attractive women into performing nude acts on webcam and later having sex with him has reinforced the fact that the Internet is a "dangerous place for the unwary", a judge has said.

    In a complex sex scam, Steve Onnis, now 36, trawled house-hunting websites for potential victims and, posing as an adult services boutique owner named Melanie Hunter, made initial contact and offered the unwary women money if they were willing to work. As part of his operation, he first filmed his victims on webcam and deceived them to undress - and some to perform sex acts as well - before telling them a company scout would contact them to test their sexual prowess.

    Onnis then posed as that scout - named Scott - and had sex with six victims on separate occasions at his home.


    To make the scam appear even more legitimate, Onnis had the young women fill out consent forms complete with an ABN number taken from the ASIC website. Onnis deceived the women and had sex with them between September and December last year.

    He pleaded guilty to six counts of procuring sexual penetration by fraud and one count of attempting to secure sexual penetration by fraud. In sentencing Onnis to eight years' jail with a minimum of five today, County Court judge Mark Gamble said the victims would never have participated in the sex acts had they not been deceived. The judge said Onnis was a predator who targeted young and attractive women before taking advantage of their lack of worldliness and trust by ensnaring them.

    One of the victims was aged 16, three were aged 19 and two were 20.


    Some now suffered from trust and loyalty issues, others guilt and shame and some felt vulnerable, the judge said. "You deliberately targeted attractive young women for your own sexual gratification," Judge Gamble said. He added that Onnis's sex crimes eroded people's trust in the internet and some of the people who use it. Had Onnis not pleaded guilty, he would have received a 10-year jail term with a seven-year minimum.
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    D.C. man orders TV from Amazon, gets assault rifle instead


    D.C. man orders TV from Amazon, gets assault rifle instead



    It's not yet clear how it happened, but a Washington, D.C., musician who ordered a flat-screen TV through Amazon received a military-style assault rifle instead.
    Seth Horvitz ordered the 39-inch Westinghouse TV last week through one of Amazon's third-party vendors, WTTG-TV reported. On Tuesday, UPS left a smaller box at his apartment in northeast D.C. The 38-year-old electronic musician told The Washington Post he thought the seller had sent him a stand for the set.
    Inside, Horvitz found a black, semiautomatic Sig Sauer SIG716, similar to the M16, which U.S. forces have carried for 50 years, and the AR-10. The SIG716 is used by law enforcement and the military.
    "I was confused as to how that kind of mix-up could happen," he told the Post. "It surprised me to see how easy it would be for a gun to show up on someone's doorstep — not just a gun, but an assault weapon."
    The box had two mailing labels: one with his name and address, the other for a Pennsylvania gun store that had ordered it from a supplier. Neither the gun store nor the supplier was identified.
    Horvitz notified the sender and called D.C. police. He told the Fox station the two officers who responded "were a little confused at first; they've never seen anything quite like it."
    "They just took my information and then said we'll handle this weapon because it's illegal to keep here. It's illegal to transport in a car, so it can't be returned."
    On Deadline has asked Amazon whether it has determined how the mix-up occurred and whether it has any policies covering gun purchases. We'll update if we get answers.

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    THREE surgeons are continuing to work at Melbourne hospitals despite admitting to using cocaine.

    Western Health has confirmed that two surgeons still working at its hospitals and a trainee surgeon admitted to using cocaine at a private home outside of work hours three months ago.

    It said there was no evidence to suggest that any of the surgeons had ever been drug-affected while on the job.

    A senior hospital source said the trainee surgeon had been working there for six months when the drug use came to light. The trainee surgeon no longer works at Western Health but is employed at another public hospital.

    The other two surgeons are still working at Western Health while also operating at several private hospitals. The source said one of the surgeons was believed to be a frequent user.
    Cocaine surgeons remain at work
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    Man forced to have penis removed after injecting it with OLIVE OIL to make it BIGGER 16 Nov 2012 13:43
    The 50-year-old man was admitted to hospital in Thailand after his genitalia reportedly swelled to the size of a coconut









    A man had to have his penis amputated after injecting it with OLIVE OIL - to make it bigger.
    The 50-year-old man was admitted to hospital in Thailand after his genitalia reportedly swelled to the size of a coconut.
    The unnamed man underwent the illegal penis enlargement procedure five years ago, where he was injected with olive oil.
    The man’s genitals were working “just fine” until he contracted an infection from an untreated wound six months ago, the Bangkok Post reported.


    Police Capt Dr Surat Kittisup-porn of the Police General Hospital told reporters: “He was ashamed to visit a doctor, but the pain and the infection grew so he had no choice.”

    The man was admitted to a private hospital where doctors discovered he was suffering from penis cancer, which had spread to his abdomen and testicles.


    Medics were left with no choice but to remove his penis.
    Discussing the controversial olive oil procedure, hospital spokeswoman, Sirikul Jiaranaikhajorn, said: "It only brings bad results - people misunderstand [that it works].
    "A woman will love a man not because of the size."

    Man forced to have penis removed after injecting it with olive oil to make it bigger - Mirror Online
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    If they couldn't fix that in Thailand then they can't anywhere.
    Because there had been an unusual number of incidents where penises had been sliced off, Thailand now leads the world in penis reattachment surgery. So if somebody angrily takes a knife to your gonads, there's no better place to be than Bangkok if that should happen.
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