The Dutch are known for their liberal attitudes toward sex and drugs: while not officially legal, marijuana use and sale in “coffee shops” is tolerated in The Netherlands, as is prostitution, most notoriously in the street windows of Amsterdam’s red light district. Pragmatism, the Dutch have long believed, is better than punitive prohibition — and they’ve got lots of data on their side.While 12% of the American population has smoked marijuana in the last month, for example, the same is true of only 5% of citizens of The Netherlands.
As Salon reports, this practical attitude — and data favoring it — extends to teenage sex. Two-thirds of Dutch parents allow their 15-to-17-year-old children to sleep with their partners in their homes, according to a 2003 survey cited by the Salon post.
But rather than resulting in crazed teen orgies and high rates of teen pregnancy, abortion or transmission of STDs, the Dutch have far lower rates of these problems than the U.S. For example, the teen pregnancy rate in the Netherlands is just 12 pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19. In the staid U.S., there are 72 pregnancies per 1,000 girls the same age. The Dutch teen abortion rate is 20% lower than that in the U.S. And the rate of HIV infection in America is three times higher than in The Netherlands.
The accident occurred when a backhoe was excavating for the construction of a ramp 150 m from the port and into the Rio Negro. According to the commander of the Fire Brigade, Colonel Antonio Dias, a strip of land of at least 300 meters long from the port slid over the work.
The two employees, ramp and dozens of trucks and containers were thrown to the earth into the Rio Negro. The commander says a barge containing diesel fuel, which was in the river sank. Inside the containers are goods industries from Manaus.
The Military Police and firefighters are still on a state of alert to prevent further landslides and estimate that the number of missing may be higher.
According to information from the Fire Department, effective has been working to remove about 20 containers that fell into the river Negro. Hermes Macedo said Major, Military Police, the goal is to isolate the area and help in rescue efforts. “It is now important to isolate the area avoiding the presence of onlookers and stay alert to landslides. We have air support to expedite the rescue of victims. As we do not know the exact number of affected, alertness is essential,” he says.
Last evening, ABC news’ Dan Harris gave a report which is sure to shock many Americans. He interviewed two ministers – both of whom are agonizingly living a lie. As they ‘minister’ to their flocks, they know inside they don’t believe in gods.Neither man, both participants in a study entitled “Preachers who are not believers” by philosopher Daniel Dennett and his co-researcher at Tufts University, Linda LaScola, started out with the intent to deceive. One, in fact, came to his atheism by reading atheist literature with the goal of refuting the non-believer’s arguments. Only, it didn’t quite work out that way. The other got there more directly – reading the bible itself made him question the myriad inconsistencies there. Both men are trying to find other jobs – but as lifelong ministers, they have no other marketable skills, and have families to support.
This thing is just a mess. It’s like a tablet drunkenly hooked up with a phone, and then took the fetus swimming in a Superfund cleanup site. The browser is miserable, at least when Flash is enabled. It goes catatonic, scrolling is laggy, and it can get laughably bad. When better browsing is half the reason to go for a larger screen, that’s insanity.