Archive for November, 2006

Sex Industry in Amsterdam

Red Light

The licenses of 33 sex businesses are being revoked and they must all be shut down by the end of this year.

They are being revoked to overcome the appearance that government encourages criminal activities by giving licenses and subsidies.

My understanding is that the sex industry is often used for white washing monies. Monies brought to the bank have to look like reasonable amounts for the business and services provided.

Hotels, restaurants, cafes and sex theatres will all be inspected and controlled. By the end of next year the whole prostitution industry in Amsterdam will have been gone through with a fine tooth comb.

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The number of members of the Socialist Party in The Netherlands just after the election on Nov 22. They are now well on the way to 51,000.

The SP is now the third largest party in The Netherlands exceeded only by the Christian Democrats (61,000) and the Labour Party (59,000). While those party figures are decreasing, the SP has continued to grow, averaging about 100 new members a week.


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Election Nov 22/06





……………….2006 ——–2003
CDA ……………41.. …………44
PvdA …………..33 …………..42
SP ………………25 …………….9
VVD …………..22 …………..28
PVV …………….9 ……………..-
GroenLinks …7 …………….8
CU ……………..6 …………….3
D66 …………….3 …………….6
SGP …………….2 …………….2
PvdD …………..2 ………………-
EenNL …………0 ……………..-
Fortuyn ………0 …………….8

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Health Insurance


Monday January 2, 2006

The end of last year I brought around flyers; 700 of them, to homes in our neighborhood to stop the implementation of the new insurance for Jan 2006.

Well, we are here now and the new premiums are in affect. Last year we paid 111 Euros ($152.) and now we are paying 228 Euros ($314.00). Per months that is….

The government is handing out funds according to what people make to a maximum of (somewhere around) 70 Euros and we are getting back 60 per month.

It is starting to look more like the states here every day. Image

Added Jan 6/06
So to continue this story as it unfolds.. We lowered some of our coverage on extended insurance and dropped our premiums by 24 Euros a month. As promised by the government, Johan’s pay went up; by about 50 Euros a month.

Because we lowered our coverage of dental and ‘alternative’ medicines we are ahead by 20 Euros a month. This amount is calculated using the new premiums for adjusted coverage, the monthly subsidy and the new wages.

Only concern now is that the government can decide to cancel the subsidy at any time and we are still responsible for our health premiums. Image

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A Remarkable Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense. Mr. Sense had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons such as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn’t always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge).

His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. – reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge financial settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on; if not, join the majority and do nothing.

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To all the Kids Born in the 1930’s 40’s, ………

Got this one from my sister-in-law–Kym.


To all the Kids Born in the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and  the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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Ten things God won’t ask

Found this somewhere on the Net.

1…God won’t ask what kind of car you drove;
He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.

2…God won’t ask the square footage of your house,
He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3…God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet,
He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4…God won’t ask what your highest salary was,
He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5…God won’t ask what your job title was,
He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6…God won’t ask how many friends you had,
He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7…God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived,
He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.

8…God won’t ask about the color of your skin,
He’ll ask about the content of your character.

9…God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation,
He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

10…God won’t ask how many people you forwarded this to,
He’ll ask if you were ashamed to pass it on to your friends.

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