The Van Gogh Museum

Rick Steves provides an excellent overview and perspective of Amsterdam’s famous Van Gogh Museum. Contrary to popular belief, Amsterdam offers much more than the carnal pleasures of the Red Light District and the coffee shops. Amsterdam is a cultural gem of the Netherlands and Europe, with a history of producing top-flight painters.

Uncensored View of Amsterdam Red Light District

This is another highly popular video of Amsterdam’s underworld, with over two million views. It’s not as popular as the “Coin” video, but it’s possibly more interesting as it provides a brief perspective from a couple of sex workers. This video provides a glimpse of the unique, anything goes atmosphere in the central part of the city.

Sexbots in Amsterdam by 2050

According to the Daily Mail, researchers at New Zealand’s Victoria Management School imagined how the world of prostitution in the Amsterdam Red Light District will exist in 2050 and predict that human prostitutes will be replaced by sexbots — artificial humans designed to pleasure humans sexually — by that year. They hope this will lead to the elimination of STDs as well as human trafficking, and will provide men and women a guilt-free experience.

Alaska to Open Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafes

High Times has a new article out on Alaska’s plan to open up cafes where cannabis users can indulge in the plant. However, the amount allowed to be consumed in the cafes under proposal is significantly less than in Amsterdam’s coffee shops, at one gram to smoke versus five grams in Amsterdam, which may leave regular users disappointed. Moreover, unlike in Amsterdam, those who consume in the cafe will not be allowed to leave the venue with the drug.

Under the proposed rules, the minimum age to be allowed in the venue will be 21, whereas in Amsterdam it is 18. The proposed rules must now get public feedback before being enacted.

This is a significant step for those pushing for decriminalization of marijuana, given that no other state has yet to allow on-site consumption of the drug.

Netherlands’ Drug War

Business Insider has an interesting article on the Netherlands’ bloody drug war, in which rival gangs have been killing each other to settle scores. The murder rate in the country rose after a massive cocaine shipment went missing four years ago in Belgium. Now, Dutch policymakers are openly questioning the effectiveness of the world’s War on Drugs and are pondering alternative strategies to reduce violence and improve public safety.