How did prohibition ever gain enough popular support to become law?
1) Because of the Second Great Awakening (1790-1840) and the Third Great Awakening (1850-1900), the American people became increasingly religious (yes, that’s possible), and the religious fervor translated into a zeal to improve the society, and one of the greatest scourge these religionists see is drunkenness (and people back then drank A LOT considering how cheap hard liquor was back then). These people just eradicated slavery, and they were moving down the list of societal ills.
2) Because of the Woman’s Suffrage movement, as married women and children were one of the people most heavily affected by drunkenness (i.e. husbands drinking away all the money, spousal/child abuse under the influence, etc). Prohibition has great popular support amongst the women of America. And as women’s political rights increased, so did the power of the prohibitionists. In fact, one of the Suffragette’s main arguments was that it allowed women to escape drunken husbands.
3) The alcohol trade was heavily involved in governmental corruption scandals (in part because they tried to fight the prohibitionists), and so reform-minded progressives (who were in favor of increasing governmental regulation and oversight) increasingly allied with the prohibitionists against a common enemy.
What is the allure of strip clus for men?
Strippers have people skills out the wazoo, and are extremely good at making an average schlub wandering in feel like he’s the President or something. In short, being in a strip club makes a man feel important in the ways he wants to feel important and rarely does.
That’s actually the main draw, and then on top of it the strippers are hot, and at least appear sexually available in the way even wives and girlfriends often are not. Usually seeing some titties in real life requires a bunch of back and forth that is more like a job interview than fun, even if you’re the kind of guy who aces both interviews and first dates.
Much like nekkid pictures online, there is the luxury of choice, something most men are often denied. If one club’s women aren’t up to your standards, simply go elsewhere, and get what pleases you.
Unlike online porn, though, strippers are real people in the present, affecting all five senses, not just the one or two that porn relies on. So their appeal is just that much more powerful.
The typical strip club experience is of a man sitting comfortably at a booth, sipping a drink at his leisure, pretending like it’s no big deal while a woman hotter than most displays herself for him and he can watch as much as he wants (usually looking at women he desires is treated as a sort of crime), or, perhaps the even greater luxury, he can blithely ignore her. Like a sultan would.
Then, when he does, the stripper in all her professionalism drifts his way and gives him her attention without him doing much to earn it, and as I said the typical stripper doesn’t just show her goodies, she is an expert at exuding idealized femininity and making men feel important. For an actually important and powerful man this may be how most people approach him, but for the guy at the bottom of the ladder this is a desperately addicting experience. Nowhere else in his life does he get to feel anything like this.
Then it’s back home to his wife, and feeling mundane, feeling unimportant, even back to having his sexual needs unmet, which is an unexpected but super common experience in marraige. Back to arguing with the girlfriend and feeling inadequate for some reason or another. Or back home alone, to feel altogether unvalued by women.
Some men hope to date and have sex with the strippers, but most have few illusions about it. It’s that rare feeling of being important to sexually attractive women that draws them back, again and again. For most men the titty bar is the only place they ever get to experience that, but it’s something they start yearning for as soon as they enter puberty, or even earlier.
Why is it that men “get back to their senses” after ejaculation?
The horny feeling is controlled by your limbic system. It orders the body to redirect as much blood as it safely can to the genitals. The higher thought processes areas of your brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, have minimal supply of blood and oxygen going to it. The rest of your mind is pretty much in stasis. When you orgasm, the lmibic system releases it’s control, and blood immediately goes back to the rest of the body. You regain your higher level thought-processes and all is back to normal.
How come a burglar, who gets hurt while robbing a house, can sue the owner and win?
Kotka v Briney is probably what you’re referring to. In that case it was because the home in question was not occupied and the would be burglar was attacked by a booby trap. The use of booby traps are illegal because they attack people indiscriminately and do not use force to protect human life rather only property.
Life, even a burglar’s life, is more valuable than a vacated property according to law. This case is famous because the press misrepresented the facts and a lot of people were upset by the non-factual scenario.
Who was a tougher opponent to the US in WWII, the Japanese or the Germans?
The answer is: The Germans and Japanese were each formidable foe to the Americans in their own unique way.
Let’s do a objective comparative assessment of the German and Japanese here.
The Germans were far more skillful tactically, far better led, and far better equipped than the Japanese. Throughout the course of WW2, the Germans continually upgraded their weapons (such as the FW-190/ME 109 fighters, panzer IV, MG 34/42, Stug assault guns) or developed new weapons (such as the world’s first assault rifle Stg 44, panzerfaust/panzerschreck portable anti tank weapons, Panther/Tiger Tank, etc…) to counter new threats that appeared on the battlefields. They also developed new tactics to complement the new weapons and to tailor to changing battlefield conditions. This process of weapon upgrade and tactical innovation enabled the Germans to maintain technological and tactical edges in combat, and inflict heavy casualties on the Western Allies and the Soviets until the end of the war.
Having an entrenched and proud military tradition and vast reservoir of experience of war and military talent, German officers were very well-trained, capable, and they and the men under their command were encouraged to act on their initiative, to think several levels above their actual ranks, and to come up with innovative tactics to counter the enemies.
It is this frightening combination of innovative weapons, tactics, and effective leadership that enabled the Germans, on numerous occasions, to outfight their adversaries and stalled their advances for significant periods of time until the end of the war. In this regards, the Germans were a very formidable adversary to the Americans in respect of skills, tactics, and weapons.
However, the Germans could quite easily be compelled to surrender, especially in engagements against the Western Allies. If their supplies were cut off or exhausted and they were encircled, they would be inclined to surrender to the Allies, knowing that they would likely receive humane treatment. But this willingness to surrender did not extend to the Eastern Front where they fought against the vengeful and brutal Soviets. In particular, the fanatical die-hard SS would resist the Soviets to the death, being fully aware of the terrible fate awaiting them if they let the Soviets lay their hands on them.
Now let’s examine the Japanese. They were comparatively poorly equipped and poorly led. They made very little, if any, effort to upgrade their weapons. The weapons they used on Okinawa in 1945 were virtually the same as those they used at the beginning of the war. Japanese training, although hard, did not emphasize outside-of-the-box thinking and relied heavily on rote memorization of set piece tactical problems with little flexibility and modification. In other words, the Japanese trained hard but not smart compared to their German allies. The Japanese had a small corp of officers who were professional and well-trained, esp those who were dispatched to study in Europe before the war and got the opportunity to acquire new tactics developed by European armies. But compared to their German counterparts, the majority of Japanese officers and soldiers were not quite as tactically skillful and as smart, especially when confronted by unexpected situations, they had difficulty devising quick resolutions to the problems. Instead, they just followed what they learned during training. This was further compounded by their unquestioning obedience to authority which discouraged them from challenging the orders issued by their superiors and they just blindly carried out the orders even if they were irrational and would lead to ultimate defeat and annihilation. One example is the foolish Banzai charges which reflected their confidence that superior numbers could overwhelm the enemies when a little bit of thinking would help them realize that their Banzai charge tactic only worked against poorly equipped Chinese soldiers armed with slow-loading bolt-action rifles in China. But that tactic but did not work against American marines armed with automatic weapons and machine guns.
Having said that, whatever deficiency in respect of skills, leadership, and weapons the Japanese had, they compensated for it with a terrifying stubbornness. US marines recounted how tenacious their Japanese enemies were. They almost never surrendered if they were still conscious. They would fight tooth and nail until they were killed. Even if their supplies were cut off or depleted, the Japanese would carry on fighting doggedly, even if that meant resorting to cannibalism to sustain themselves and armed resistance against the Americans. The battles on Guadacanal, Peleliu, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa were marked by extreme savagery displayed by both sides. It was a war of hate and without quarter, it was either kill or be killed. For the Americans, total victory was not possible until all Japanese soldiers were killed, suggesting how brutal the battles against the Japanese were. The American marines and infantry had to use flamethrower to burn alive all Japanese defenders occupying caves, pillboxes, bunkers, etc… before they could advance as there was no way to persuade the Japanese to give themselves up even if they were completely encircled. Whereas in Europe the Germans surrendered quite willingly to the Allies by the thousands, during the course of the Pacific war, only a few hundred Japanese soldiers became POWs, and most of them were captured when they were unconscious. Only a very small fraction of that actually voluntarily delivered themselves up to the Americans. Then in the last 2 years of the Pacific War 1944–1945, the Americans were confronted by another terrifying new Japanese weapons: kamikazes. The Kakikazes were so fierce that they struck terror in the heart of the Americans who could not comprehend the cultural force that could obliterate the will to live and to sacrifice oneself to kill and maim hundreds of the enemies. Because of the savagery of the killing and the mind-boggling stubbornness and tenacity of the Japanese enemies, many American soldiers suffered from severe trauma, stress caused by incessant ambush, sneak attack at night, atrocities, suicide bombers, filthy conditions on the Pacific islands, etc… The fight against the Germans, although still deadly, was much more sane than the fight against the Japanese.
So in conclusion, I would argue that the Japanese were a tougher enemy to the Americans even though they were not as skillful, well-equipped, and well-led as their German counterparts. When you are confronted by an adversary who will fight to the death and die with honor, who displays a total disregard for his own life and that of yours, and who vows to make you pay dearly for every gain you make in battle, the fight is guaranteed to be very savage.
– Werner Hermann