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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Late introduction


So let me introduce myself – Greg - mild mannered cave man lawyer (patent/IP lawyer) in NYC.

I am quite ashamed that it has taken me this long to get my first post up, but certain fiscal and work considerations have taken up more time than expected lately.

Currently, I am reading Pale Fire and will offer my thoughts shortly. Hopefully I will be able to take sides in the age old question of “Kinbotean” vs. “Shadean.” (honestly, I did not even know there was such a debate until today, I just dug Lolita so I am trying this one now.)

In the mean time - here is a useless bit of “fun” regarding unemployment benefits, and government intervention. I will refrain from any commentary, and will all the reader to draw their own conclusion.

So after having picked up and downed a quality chocolate treat filled with Cutty Sark, I am now prepared to write.

First this article on Bloomberg from earlier today– (via Drudge)

European Economies: German Jobless Rise to Record

The gist of it –

“German unemployment jumped to the highest since World War II as new rules added welfare recipients to the jobless register, clouding the outlook for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in elections this month.”

Interesting quote –

“Schroeder can expect ``only a small positive impact from the labor-market reform in 2005,'' said Juergen Michels, an economist at Citigroup Global Markets in London, in a note to investors. ``But over time, the tighter eligibility criteria for receiving unemployment benefits and the cut in the duration in unemployment benefits will increase incentives to accept jobs.''” (emphasis added)

Then I remembered seeing this article in the London Telegraph a couple of days ago – (via IWF)

'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'

The gist of it –

“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.”

Lest you think this is an oversight to be quickly corrected, the Telegraph article goes on –

“The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse. (emphasis added)

"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."” (emphasis added)

- Greg