Everyone is getting on the 'green' bandwagon. In Germany prostitution is legal but, as with most businesses, even the oldest profession is suffering due to the economic downturn. One brothel in Berlin has offered a discount to it's green conscious customers. Anyone arriving with proof of having used public transportation or a bicycle lock key to show they rode a bicycle there gets a 5 euro or $7.50 discount on their purchase of service. According to Thomas Goetz, owner of Maison 'd Envie (House of Desire), the offer has boosted the waining business. Goetz's discount is better thought out than another area brothel. The other business offered a flat rate for unlimited time and was force by officials to rescind the offer due to worker's rights issues. In Germany prostitutes have the same rights and benefits as other professions. Check out the story- http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/environment/2009-10-16-brothel_N.htm
Australia does not seem to be governed by the same sense of political correctness that exists here in America. Recently there was an uproar about a talent show in which white performers in black face and Afro wigs impersonated the Jackson Five. Now Australian horse racing officials set up a race for entertainment at a meeting planning the Victoria state annual carnival. What could be wrong with that? The Midget Cup consisted of three men, each with a midget dressed as a jockey riding piggyback, running a 50 meter course. So now there is another hue and cry about insensitivity and offensiveness. I wonder who will next be offended in the spirit of 'harmless fun' . http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091014/od_nm/us_racing_australia
A few months from now a new computer is coming out called the Spacebook which is a dual screen laptop. It's made by a company called Gscreen. It will be able to run Windows 7 (which comes out October 22nd). The price of it is expected to be under $3000.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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