January 8th, 2012

Gypsy community in Germany, modern day

Hello! I've been diligently researching on the culture and way of life of German gypsies today, but I couldn't seem to find something I need to work on a story.

I have two questions:

1) Does the German government provide a settlement area for travelling gypsies? Does the government provide assistance to impoverished gypsy groups? These questions come from the fact that these two things are apparently still debated upon until recently. I couldn't find a source if it was settled or not.

2) I'd also like to find out if any one has any information on how the gypsy tribes are treated in Germany? I do find complete information with regards to history, but not enough of how it is today. Other countries like Spain, France, Romania etc has a lot of information, but not Germany. But the information I've gotten so far is that they also separate themselves from the governance of the country, and generally perceived the same way most European countries see gypsies.

Searched keywords: German gypsies, gypsies in Germany, where do gypsies live in Germany, gypsy modern day Germany, history gypsies Germany, gypsies residence Germany, Sinti Roma Germany

Traumatic Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence

As in, caused by trauma (is traumatic for him regardless of cause).

Setting: France, mid-19th century (literally a few years either side of 1850)

Character: Is 46 by the time this actually comes out, has been definitively not been able to get an erection since at least the age of 43 but almost certainly earlier. Character has been in prison from the age of 27 to the age of 43, no hard labour but a certain amount of violence (basically other prisoners and sometimes the guards kicking the shit out of him for jollies) for the first 7 or 8 years before removed to quieter, more Count of Monte Cristo-like confinement. Other injuries with current visible effects include a broken leg that healed a bit oddly (limps, but bears weight just fine) and a broken hand. Character ended up in prison related to attempted revolutionary actions - it's Paris, there are barricades every few years through the 1830s. The leg, a head laceration, and a couple stab wounds were the results of that action, though they are obviously long-healed by the time this story takes place. His last erection was whilst in prison, either during a rape or while masturbating at some point later (the time of last erection may be determined in part by the cause of the impotence).

Research question: Why can't he get it up? I can settle for psychological factors if necessary, but I'd prefer it be the result of physical trauma since there's been a certain amount of physical trauma in his history. The difficulty here is that there can be no obvious damage to the penis (uncircumcised) or testicles, as sometime after his release from prison, he went swimming with his brother (naked, obviously, at this period) and his brother noticed nothing. The brother has to be surprised when the character finally admits that he is incapable of defiling the housemaids.

I'd also settle for something STD related, if it could have been picked up by the age of 23 (a few celibate years prior to being taken wounded off a barricade) or be the result of prison rape and have no effects for several years.

Additionally, the character attended medical school for three of the four years it would have taken to receive a degree and served as an intern at a major hospital during the final year of his studies, but he never finished his degree, nor did he even come up with a subject for the require thesis. He may or may not be able to diagnose an injury or disease himself - either way is fine.

Previous searches: Searching for "impotence" or "erectile dysfunction" and "trauma" give me a certain amount of crap (frequent low-level, repetitive trauma like from riding a bike may cause ED - not helpful to anyone) or want to point me towards serious nerve damage, which I can't have because he walks around just fine except for the limp. I've also been pointed to Peyronie's disease, which is also completely unhelpful. The man can't get it up at all - he'd fine painful erections a comfort, as it would mean he still has all the appropriate reactions to a beautiful woman.

So, does he have an injury, VD, or a psychological problem? Preference is in that order.

Thank you!

[ANON POST] Publishing world

Setting: Modern day, large metropolitan city in the US.
Past Research: Google, Wiki under magazine and newspaper publications, behind the scenes, procedures.
Question: I'm trying to gather an insider's look into the world of publication for both newspaper and magazine and the differences between the two settings. I know with our local newspaper company, there's an actual printing press located in the building. Is this the same with all newspaper and magazine companies? Do these companies have 'clients' and in what sense? Can I assume that clients of world of the publication are paid advertisement companies? What other reasons for having clients?

[ANON POST] Support for compulsive gamblers in present day uk

Setting: 2010/ London, UK.

Does the UK branch of Gamblers Anonymous use sponsors - ie an experienced member of the group allocated to a new member to mentor them and provide support and guidance?

I've searched variations of gambler or compulsive gambler + uk or england + sponsor or sponsorship and looked through the Gamblers Anonymous UK forum. The only results I've had are on the UK gambling industry sponsoring initiatives to help compulsive gamblers.

I've searched the tags in this community, but couldn't find any posts which answered this.

I know GA in the US and Canada use sponsors, but in the absence of any positive evidence that the UK branch does, I don't want to assume.

Thanks for any help.

[ANON POST] Curly-haired Men in the 1950s

In 1950s America, would a man who had moderately curly hair and didn't make any attempt to slick it down/straighten it out a bit be considered odd? Untidy? [Insert other unfavorable adjective here]? I've seen enough old photos/movies/TV shows to know that the standard look for men's hair at the time was more or less straight and held down with Brylcreem and other such greasy substances, but don't have much of a precedent for anything different. (If it helps at all, the character I'm considering as I ask is Jewish, in his late twenties, living in upstate NY and working as a librarian.)

I tried searches with various combinations of terms such as hair, hairstyles, curly, 1950s, men, but this question is sufficiently weird that nothing helpful came up.