Solid Boulder Opal that was formed millions of years ago, then an earthquake or ground movement cracked and shifted the opal to allow it to be filled with other minerals.
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PROSTITUTION IS LEGALIZED
POOR WOMEN ARE PUNISHED FOR REFUSING TO BE HOOKERS
”Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.”
fucking hell, ~sex positivity has now brought a system that will force even more unwilling women into the sex industry.
Just noting that this article is from 2005 and since then full legalisation of prostitution and pimping has apparently led from bad to worse. I found a more recent report:
Initially, the German government thought that legalization would lead to the decrease in sex trafficking, safer conditions for prostitutes, and removal of “some of the stigma from the industry.” But in reality, legalization not only increased sex trafficking of women and children but also failed to change the stigma attached to prostitution for the past few years. A study shows that the majority of prostitutes in Germany prefer to “do the job secretly because they still experience discrimination.” The same study also shows that even the government agencies are not willing to broker jobs or offer retraining as they do for employees in other industries. Further, the health insurance company does not provide special health provisions for prostitutes. In terms of their rights, many prostitutes in Germany are still living in poor conditions and exploited by the pimps and the landlords who take the majority of the prostitutes’ earnings.
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maxime the stylite monk has lived in a monastery atop georgia’s 131 foot katskhi pillar for twenty years. maxime, who at 59 needs twenty minutes to make the climb down (third photo), said, “since i was a child i dreamed of settling on the top of this pillar as other hermits did in ancient times.” as a young man, maxime led a life of crime, but decided with his release from prison to start a new life, take his monastic vows and climb the pillar, which he as lived on since 1993.
though no one knows exactly how or why, the monastery was built sometime between the sixth and eight century. the pillar had sat idly since the 15th century when the ottomans invaded georgia. no one had even been to the top for centuries until an alpinist climbed it and found the skeleton of a monk in 1944.
photos by levan nioradze and amos chapple
Had so much fun dressing up and going out with @cherewobble! Celebrating our one year anniversary, filled with so much fun, love, and beautiful happiness! Definitely a magical and amazing year!!! 😍😭💕❤️🌀💜🌐 I love you beyond words.
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ART: Contemporary Embroidery Art by Ana Teresa Barboza
A beautiful mix of drawing, embroidery and photography is what makes the creations of Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza so special. Her older creations were more delicate, focusing on creating a balance between wildlife and the human race.
Insane people get angry about a Coke ad in which America the Beautiful is sung in different languages. Apparently you’re only allowed to be American if you speak English.
Link to the ad if you haven’t seen it.