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Friday, February 04, 2005

The Long Slide Down is Getting Shorter and Shorter

UPDATE! I'm bumping this post from last week to the top because new info reveals it to be the result of inexcusably sloppy "reportage" by The Telegraph. [duh] I should have known better than to trust any MMP mouthpiece... [sigh] See the background at Jerry Pournelle's Thursday Mail page for this week. Can there be any doubt that Europe is in the running to make Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Sunday School picnic? This just in from Germany (link to The Telegraph article via Drudge):
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.
Huh? The government says she has to take a job as a whore or they'll cut her off? Yep.
The waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a cafe. She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel. 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... ..."There is now nothing in the law to stop women from being sent into the sex industry," said Merchthild Garweg, a lawyer from Hamburg who specialises in such cases. "The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs cannot be turned down without a risk to benefits."
So, Germany is becoming our age's Gomorrah (France is already our age's Sodom, well, along with San Francisco... )