August 27, 2013
Yeah baby forget the war lets have sex
Culture, Journalism, marculyseas, mark ulyseas, Yeah baby forget the war lets have sex
A car driven by a participant of a media preview travels past prostitute stands at a sex drive-in, west of Zurich
(Reuters) – Greeted by a press pack rather than prostitutes, the first customer to roll up to Switzerland’s sex drive-in on opening night took one lap of the facility before making a hasty exit.
The second car, a family vehicle driven by a man in sunglasses under cloudy evening skies, broke down and needed jump starting in front of a host of photographers, sniggering into their cameras.
Zurich authorities had said they expected a modest start to the country’s first so-called “sex boxes”, a row of drive-in wooden garages on a looping track where clients in cars can visit prostitutes, shielded from prying eyes and security cameras.
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I think the Swiss have the answer to love and no war. While the world watches anxiously at the Middle East and in particular Syria, the Swiss are busy ensuring that their citizens and members of the oldest profession have safe sex. Probably these are the sanest people around!
August 21, 2013
Ecuadorians Outraged with President's Decision to Allow Drilling in Yasuní
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In response to President Rafael Correa’s decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT
initiative, an innovative plan to preserve the world’s most biodiverse rainforest in
the Yasuní National Park, hundreds of Ecuadorians have taken to the streets to protest
and are preparing a national referendum to reverse this decision.
The ground-breaking initiative launched in 2007 would keep some 920 million barrels
of oil underneath the park permanently in the ground in exchange for financial contributions
from the international community. The plan would also keep an estimated 410 million
tons of CO2 – the major greenhouse gas driving climate change – from reaching the
But Correa, citing the proposal’s lack of contributions, signed a decree to liquidate
the UNDP trust fund, and declared drilling in the national interest, a designation that
sets in motion final approval from Congress to pursue drilling.
However, recent polls show that 90% of Ecuadorians support the Yasuní-ITT initiative,
and at protests across the country they have begun to gather signatures for a national
referendum that could reverse the president’s decision to allow drilling in this part
of the park.
The park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and contains what are thought to be the greatest
number of tree and insect species anywhere on the planet. In just 2.5 acres of the park,
there are as many tree species as in all of the U.S. and Canada combined. The area is
also home to the Waorani indigenous people, and two nomadic Waorani clans –
the Tagaeri and Taromenane – who live in voluntary isolation. Attempts to drill the
ITT fields would put their lives and livelihoods at risk.
Stay tuned for more information and ways to get involved! In the meantime, check out:
Ecuador Program Coordinator