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I am Evan Harper, a student developer. I am mostly a .NET programmer at the moment, but at various times I've been into C, Java, Python, JavaScript, and others. I enjoy history, chess, beer, sushi, and Team Fortress 2. :-)

Education: Fanshawe College.

Current employer (July 2013): TC Media.

All opinions are mine alone.


Jul
10
suggested suggested edit on Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
Jul
8
comment Why did Nazi soldiers do Hitler's bidding?
-1. While it seems paradoxical, it is not accurate that most rank-and-file German soldiers, even those who committed tremendous atrocities, were motivated by ideological hatred. The key factors were deference to authority ("just following orders") and group-think. (In fairness this is somewhat controversial, you have the Goldhagen followers who insist that it all happened because German culture was fanatically antisemitic, but the Christopher Browning "Ordinary Men" school of thought predominates.)
Jul
7
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
I don't understand what you mean by "real skyscrapers." Both Rotterdam and Warsaw have ~20 buildings of more than 100m height. And I didn't mention land cost.
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Jul
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comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
Not posting an answer because I don't have a source, but I would guess that it has to do with the large density of historic buildings in the cores of European cities, which they don't want to bulldoze. Paris for instance has a large concentration of skyscrapers in La Défense on the outskirts. Note that Rotterdam and Warsaw, cities which were substantially destroyed in WW2, both have an unusually high density of skyscrapers by European standards.
Jul
6
comment What is the basis for the claims that the word “Israel” means “Exiled for their sins”?
Well, for arguments sake, one could always say that Israel or a name similar to it came first from some other source, and then the authors of Genesis created a new etymology more suitable for their own purposes. A kind of "how the leopard got its spots" story, y'know? That said, I've never heard of this "exiled for their sins" business, and like you said it sounds way too pat.
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Jul
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on When was cannabis legalized in the Netherlands?
Jul
5
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
Seriously? The US began selling vast quantities of arms to the Allies in September 1939 ('Cash and Carry'), bartered 50 warships to the British a year later ('Destroyers for Bases'), and finally just started giving them vast quantities of munitions in March 1941 ('Lend-Lease'). In Summer 1941 American troops relieved the British in Iceland, and US naval forces began an undeclared but very real war against U-Boats in the North Atlantic. Strange way to do "nothing!"
Jul
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answered Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
Jul
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answered What is the basis for the claims that the word “Israel” means “Exiled for their sins”?
Jul
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answered When was cannabis legalized in the Netherlands?
Jul
5
answered Did Leon Trotsky get stopped by authorities in Halifax?
Jun
25
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
You can believe that, but I don't know that it has much historical support. The Philippines were attacked because of their position astride Japanese supply lines from the Dutch East Indies, not primarily because they were an objective in themselves.You are also going to have difficulty in coming up with a scenario where the US not only grants Philippine independence, but actually take a "you're on your own, kid" attitude in the event that an attack on the Philippines threatens US strategic interests in the entire Pacific.
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Jun
21
answered Why the USSR insisted on ban of the 1943 German film Munchhausen in Nuremberg?
Jun
21
answered Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?