Well, whatever you want, folks. I can't stop you.
"Candice considers her sugar daddy one of her best friends and that they care deeply for each other." But would she continue to do so if her sugar daddy was suddenly reduced to minimum wage?
"'The people who have a stigma, or associate a negative connotation with it, don't understand how it works.' added Kashani." Oh, believe me, dear, they understand exactly how it works. Don't feel bad; it's a pattern young, attractive, and avaricious women have followed for millennia. You're not the first, and you're not the last.
But you are a prostitute.
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If you look at the history of war casualties you will find that the number was rising ever-higher as technology developed.
[Before and after WW2,] Russian and Chinese communists murdered 120 million, all with antediluvian weapons. Before they got going, another 17-20 million had been killed in the First World War....Total wars were causing a ruinous number of casualties and World War II killed 60,000,000 people on all sides. But after 1945, suddenly the number of war dead cratered to about a million per year. Nothing compared to what it had been like before.
Of the 60,000,000 people killed in WW2, 200,000 were killed with atomic weapons. That isn't even on par with the number of people Hitler had killed in his death camps.
The existence of atomic weapons has made total war extremely undesirable. You can't wage unlimimted war against someone with nuclear bombs, because they will vaporize you before losing. Even if you have atomic bombs yourself, you can't risk total war--not even total conventional war--against an adversary who is similarly armed, because you never know when he'll escalate and vaporize you.
Generally, politicians regard all that combat stuff as beneath them; the last thing they're willing to do is put their own asses on the line in an armed conflict. That's what nuclear bombs do: they endanger everyone equally, so there is no special protection for the elites. And so the politicians do everything they can to avoid conflict.
Nuclear weapons have done more to promote the cause of world peace than all the peaceniks ever born. It's because of nuclear weapons that the US and the USSR had to find ways to war by proxy or to otherwise settle their conflicts, and it's because of nuclear weapons that the USSR never did manage to swallow Europe into the greedy maw of socialism.
If you want peace, prepare for war. It was ever thus.
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Wal-Mart had the motorcycle battery for $45. I got that and a new pair of flip-flops, because I can't find the pair I bought last year. This pair, at least, has good traction on the vinyl flooring in the kitchen, and it's reasonably comfortable, but I would have liked to have bought a better pair. The better-quality ones, though, either had beer logos on them, or else were basically shower sandals, neither of which appealed to me.
I've still got to take the old battery back to get my core charge refunded, but I can do that tomorrow when I put a new, fully-charged battery into the bike. Yahoo!