Date: Sun, 4 Jun 95 01:16:20 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Weirdness #380
[From the not-so-weird to the really sick... -psl]
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.380 (News of the Weird, May 19, 1995)
by Chuck Shepherd
* In February, the Prostitute Information Centre in Amsterdam began offering
a six-day course, for around $160, on how to practice the trade in the
Netherlands. Sessions include a survey of job opportunities, a field trip
to a sex bar, a role-playing class with an actor portraying a customer, and
a class on finances to explain the tax-deductibility of such expenses as
condoms, leatherwear, and beauty aids. [Globe & Mail-Deutsche Presse
* Results of a Louis Harris poll, released in January, included the finding
that about 70% of Americans believe their financial situation is "at least
somewhat" a reflection of "God's regard for them." (People with lower
incomes are more likely to believe that.) And in December, John M.
Templeton, head of a family of mutual funds, wrote in a religious magazine
that prayer is the most important part of his success in financial
forecasting. [New Haven Register-Bloomberg Business News, 1-29-95;
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12-25-94]
* In March, according to police, Kyung-A Ha, 25, was beaten to death by five
members of the Emeryville, Calif., Jesus-Amen Ministries, who allegedly
acted on a report by Ha's sister, Kelly, that Ha was possessed by demons.
Kelly Ha, 21, told police after the death that there were several telltale
signals of possession: "She couldn't sleep at night. She didn't talk much
to people. And sometimes she was aggressive." [San Francisco Chronicle,
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© 1995 Peter Langston