The strength of anti-saloon feeling – you do not get an amendment to the US constitution passed on a whim – gave prohibition a fighting chance of succeeding. Even after repeal in 1933, some states chose to remain dry, and the last to yield, Mississippi, only did so in 1966. But there was a fatal flaw at the heart of the Volstead Act, which put the provisions of the 18th amendment into practice. It banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcohol for drinking purposes (industrial alcohol was exempted), but it did not outlaw consumption. People could still drink – if they could get hold of the stuff. … [Read more...] about Why didn’t prohibition work? You asked Google – here’s the answer
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The Swedish government is seeking more powers to implement a lockdown or stronger restrictions on public life, Swedish media reported on Saturday. The move comes as more and more countries around the world implement lockdowns on public life to attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Sweden mulls U-turn on coronavirus restrictions
Before starting OneWeb Wyler co-founded the satellite venture O3b Networks and briefly worked at Google on another project to beam internet access from space. Wyler left Google in 2014 to work on his own satellite project, named WorldVu, which later became OneWeb. … [Read more...] about Airbus to build 900 satellites for OneWeb internet-from-space project
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