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Prostitution is Defined... More Precisely

A few years ago King Louis the 14th of France threatened to cut off the nose and ears of any prostitute within 5 miles of the Palace. However, the actual term "prostitute" is so ill-defined in the law that it could mean any woman engaged in extra-marital activities such as an errant mistress, or a servant girl with character slightly less sterling than a nun's. This loose definition allows men to pressure women into activities they might not willingly engage in otherwise such as the recent, brilliant idea to send women to French Canada to marry Canadian trappers. To take the pressure off of these women, the King has changed the law to draw a distinction between women actually engaged in the business of money-for-sex and women just trying to make the best life they can in an ugly world. [1]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Dvorak's Law says that during an economic downturn, the hookers get cheaper and better looking. It's not a real law but it makes some sense. Greece has repeatedly defaulted on its debt payments causing its economy to collapse and the number of hookers to increase by 150%. About 80% are under the age of 20. With the flood of extra prostitutes the price for a girl with negotiable virtue has dropped from 50 euros to about 4. In real money, that is $4.23... about the price of a sandwich. Legal prostitution in Greece is regulated but the vast majority of prostitutes are illegal, untested, and altogether too young. They are women trying to make the best life they can in a world turned ugly, yet again. And don't ask me about Cuba. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

OK! You made me talk! On a humanitarian mission to Cuba in 1990, a doctor was approached by two girls aged fifteen and twelve while he was waiting for his bus...

FIFTEEN.: Okay, me and her, all day, all night, one hundred American dollars.
DOCTOR.: What? Oh. Aren’t you two supposed to be in school right now?
TWELVE.: School. Right. Okay. Me and her, all day, all night, fifty American dollars. What do you think? We do everything.
DOCTOR.: I’m… I’m waiting for my bus. Where are your parents?
FIFTEEN.: Okay, señor. Best offer. Me and her, all day, all night, no dollars. Free.
DOCTOR.: Free? Why free?
TWELVE.: You’re at the Nacional (a good hotel), right?
FIFTEEN.: You got those little soaps and the toilet paper, right? We’ll take those instead.
DOCTOR.: The little soaps and…Instead of cash?

TWELVE.: We stink. [7]

4,000 Buffalo Bite the Dust *

It's not called Texas yet. The region is called the Concho Valley and buffalo herds use the valley as a winter haven. Juan Domínguez has been sent from New Mexico to establish missions, and to build a fort there, but when the thunder of tens of thousands of buffalo shake the valley he gets the idea of collecting their hides. The buffalo bring disease as they trample through the Concho River. Nevertheless, the animals provide meat for the Spaniards and hides for warmth. Juan and his men kill and skin 4,000. It is the first mass hunt for buffalo ever recorded. Thereafter, the desire for mass buffalo hunts falls off. The Indians will continue to collect hides for sale and that process will remain comfortably inefficient until after the Civil War. Then organized hide hunts will lead to the near extinction of the buffalo. [8] [9] [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
After the Civil War, the buffalo herds had seemed endless and the profit to be made was tremendous when compared to the start-up costs which were almost nil if one already owned wagons and .45 caliber rifles. After one season, an owner remarked that his greatest expense had been the cost of the coffee. While I've heard stories of buffalo being killed and left to rot, the organized expeditions killed only as many as the skinners could process. The meat was carried back in the wagons. It was an extremely efficient process. In fact, it was too efficient and by 1880 the herds of buffalo of the Concho Valley were gone. In 1997, plans were made to capture the last herd of free buffalo in Texas. That herd consisted of three dozen animals. They were sedated and taken to Caprock Canyons State Park southeast of Amarillo in Briscoe County. [11] [12]

Notable Events

* Chipperfield's Circus introduces animal acts at the Thames Frost Fair. [13]
* The Dutch East India Company begins selling opium. Dr. Thomas Synderman recommends opium as the universal cure for suffering. [14] [15] [16]
* Tea smuggling increases in England. Tea costs 1 shilling per pound. The tax is 500% so you know what happened next. [17]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1684, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. The History of Prostitution: Its Extent, Causes, and Effects Throughout the World. Project Gutenberg (1858). Retrieved on 13 October 2015. “The ordinance of 1560, prohibiting prostitution in any shape, and granting twenty-four hours only to prostitutes and their accomplices to evacuate Paris, remained in force till late in the eighteenth century. Though, so far as the general traffic went, it was a dead letter, it enabled the police authorities to imprison or exile unruly prostitutes from time to time, and was the basis of the high-handed measure by which the colonists of Canada were first supplied with wives direct from the Paris stews. It also enabled noblemen and officials connected with government to avenge themselves upon unfaithful mistresses, and to exercise a convenient sort of tyranny over the pretty lingères and sewing-girls of the metropolis. In 1684 Louis XIV. made some alteration in the laws governing prostitution. He provided prisons for the detention of prostitutes, and armed the lieutenant of police with authority to correct them; and he drew a broad line of distinction between dissolute women who were not actually upon the town and the class of prostitutes proper.”
  2. "Prostitution: The hidden cost of Greece's economic crisis", The Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2015. Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “According to the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), the rate of prostitution in the country has soared by 150 per cent during the economic crisis, meaning that women who would otherwise have sought other types of employment, are turning to sex work in order support themselves and their families.” 
  3. Greek students sell sex for food. The Times (November 27, 2015). Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “It used to be that central and eastern European women dominated Greece’s prostitution industry, but six years of crippling financial austerity have forced local women back into a trade where they now offer some of the lowest prices on the Continent.”
  4. Meanwhile In Greece, The Price Of A Prostitute Drops To 4 Euros Per Hour. Zero Hedge (November 28, 2015). Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “'80% of prostitutes in Greece are Greek women aged 17 to 20'. The price for sex has dramatically decreased from €50 euro for 60 minutes down to '€2 for half an hour.' 'From the 18,500 prostitutes who work mainly in the streets throughout the country, since most brothels operated without a license, the majority now are desperate Greeks.'”
  5. Urban Dictionary: Dvorak's law. UrbanDictionary.com (June 21, 2013). Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “The worse the economy, not only do the hookers get better looking, but they get cheaper. Some postulate that additionally, hookers get more business during a worse economy, however Dvorak himself attributes this to supply and demand which often leads to an increase in business (i.e. tricks) which is driven by the need to compensate for loss of revenue caused by the same reduction in cost stated in Dvorak's law.”
  6. Prostitution in ancient Greece - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 30 November 2015. “Prostitution was a common aspect of ancient Greece.[1] In the more important cities, and particularly the many ports, it employed a significant number of people and represented a notable part of economic activity. It was far from being clandestine; cities did not condemn brothels, but rather only instituted regulations on them.”
  7. (2005) "Chapter Fifteen: Flight", Jubana: The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cubana Goddess. Rayo. ISBN 9780060563691. Retrieved on October 16, 2011. 
  8. Schultz, Marvin (Summer 1986). "Anatomy of a Buffalo Hunt: Hide Crews on the Conchos in Texas 1874-1879". Arizona and the West (Journal of the Southwest) 28 (2): 141-154. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40169457. Retrieved December 1, 2015. "Spanish explorers in the region in 1629 found large herds of bison, and during the winter of 1684 the Mendoza-Lopez expedition killed over 4,000 of the animals in the first recorded buffalo hunt in the Concho Valley. In subsequent years, traders from New Mexico visited the three rivers, and a lucrative trade in hides developed between the Indians and the Spaniards. Because Indians employed primitive hunting methods, however, the size of the herds did not change dramatically for almost two centuries.". 
  9. Concho Valley - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “The Concho Valley is located in West Texas in an area from the southwestern reaches of the Edwards Plateau and the northeastern edge of the Chihuahuan desert. The North Concho River and South Concho River merge to form the Concho River in San Angelo.”
  10. Juan Domínguez de Mendoza - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “The Governor Domingo Jironza Petriz de Cruzate sent Domínguez de Mendoza and Fray Nicolás López to explore the Jumano country and establish missions. He was instructed to look into trade potential and to explore for pearls. The expedition, often called the Mendoza Expedition, set off from El Paso on 15 December 1683, going down the Rio Grande to La Junta. Fray Antonio de Acevedo was left there in charge of new missions. The rest of the expedition, joined by many Indians, followed Indian trails north to the Pecos River, then followed the Concho River downstream to its junction with the Colorado River. They spent six weeks on what Domínguez called the 'glorious San Clemente' river, building a fort, probably near the location of present day Ballinger, Texas as defense against Apaches and hunting buffalo for hides and food.”
  11. Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas, United States, approximately 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Amarillo. The state park opened in 1982 and is 15,314 acres (6,197 ha) in size, making it the third-largest state park in Texas.”
  12. Last Free-Roaming Buffalo Herd In Texas Now Behind Stout Fence. Livestock Weekly (May 27, 1999). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “Catching operations began in November 1997, and continued to February 1998. 'These animals roamed over about a 70,000 acre range normally,' Swepston says. 'Sometimes just locating them was the biggest job. Every day was different. Some days they would come right up to the truck. Some days they would run when they saw it.'”
  13. Chipperfield's Circus - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “The name 'Chipperfield' dates back to James Chipperfield, who introduced performing animals to England at the Frost Fair on the Thames in 1684.”
  14. Thomas Sydenham - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “'Of all the remedies it has pleased almighty God to give man to relieve his suffering, none is so universal and so efficacious as opium'”
  15. Dictionary of medical eponyms - Thomas Sydenham. Who Named It (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015.
  16. Souza, George Bryan (January 2009). "Opium and the Company: Maritime Trade and Imperial Finances on Java, 1684-1796". Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press) 43 (1): 113-133. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20488074. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  17. 1684 - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 1 December 2015. “The British East India Company receives Chinese permission to build a trading station at Canton. Tea sells in Europe for less than a shilling a pound, but the import duty of 5 shillings makes it too expensive for most English people to afford; hence smuggled tea is drunk much more than legally imported tea.”

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