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prostitution in the Netherlands

2007-01-05 De Wallen↗, Prostitution in the Netherlands↗. Hurrah to the Nether-Lands!Some excerpts:«Prostitution has long been tolerated in the Netherlands under the gedoogbeleid (policy of tolerance) with the reasoning that the worlds 'oldest profession' has proven impossible to ban by any government. Indeed in where it is banned it is usually the prostitute who is the victim and, as the easiest target, the one who suffers criminal prosecution instead of the client or pimp.»«The prostitutes are usually self-employed, though not always. Health and social services are readily available, but the women are not required to undergo regular health checks. A recent study found that despite health rules, about 7 percent of Dutch prostitutes have HIV/AIDS.»«Dutch attitudes regarding prostitution support legalization and normalization. Public opinion polls conducted in the late 1990s show that the Dutch public overwhelmingly rejects the notion that prostitution is unacceptable, deviant be…

grizzly bear, saddam et al.

2006-12-31 • Watched the movie Grizzly Man↗ by happenstance. The entire movie is a documentary about the guy Timothy Treadwell↗ (1957-2003). As you watch the film, you'll see that Tim is a emotionally unstable nutcase, and loving bears and “protecting” grizzly bears has become his life's addiction and purported goal. What make the whole affair interesting and having a movie made about him, is that he got eaten by the bears, while he's living his ways in the wild, along with his girlfriend. And they turned on their video recorder in the last few minutes of their lives. • Brown bear↗, Grizzly Bear↗, Grizzly-polar bear hybrid↗. These guys weights up to 700 kg, and can run at some 55 km/h. A force not to be reckoned with. (the quip is just for one-on-one encounter only. Of course, if we wanted, we can kill any bear, nay, his entire family. Nah, when push comes to shove, we human animals can have their entire race exterminated within days. Bears, go home!) • Bird's nest sou…