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Senior object-oriented developer with experience in LotusScript, Javascript, and Java.


Feb
21
comment Before Pearl Harbor, what percentage of Americans believed the US would stay out of the war?
Looks like the last one was surveyed before Pearl Harbor was attacked and published after. Opinions obviously were changed by the event, but they were publishing what they'd surveyed, not instant results.
Oct
3
comment Why did Chamberlain act to appease Hitler leading up to the outbreak of World War 2?
@FelixGoldberg I wish I'd footnoted it there. A quick search reveals this reference to David Reynolds indicating that Hitler was disappointed in Reynolds' 2007 book, "Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the 20th Century" fsmitha.com/h2/ch21bmunich.htm While it's certainly not where I'd read it, it is a source and indicates that it has been in at least a few places.
Jun
21
comment In U.S. military forces, did black soldiers suffer a heavy racial segregation during World War II?
I met an African-American veteran of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. Well, that is, he shipped over to North Africa as a cavalryman, but the unit was disbanded and they were all made stevedores.
Mar
26
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Feb
27
comment Were there any war movies made during WW2 that were well regarded by front-line American soldiers?
To follow up, John Wayne was embarassed about it, which helped prompt him to make the ridiculous, so-bad-you-love-it Viet Nam war movie, "The Green Berets".
Feb
27
comment Were there any war movies made during WW2 that were well regarded by front-line American soldiers?
@TomAu No, there is no plausible real world scenario for the invasion of Brazil as a way to get to the US. It only makes sense if you play Risk. Far more sensible would be the German's WWI ploy, exposed in the Zimmerman telegram, of using Mexico to get to the US. In 1944, Caribbean islands would have been far more useful than Brazil. If you watch the movie, there's no indication that anyone suspected an American invasion and Hollywood found out when the rest of us did.
Oct
18
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
So, if the Holy See did not actually control all the various princes and such, did the Chinese central government have a similar lack of control while giving the impression of unity?
Aug
20
revised Plagues in Pre-European Americas?
expanded city paragraph based on comments
Aug
20
comment Plagues in Pre-European Americas?
Wow. Great information that I never knew. Will adjust my answer to reflect that I was clueless about cities.
Aug
16
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Aug
16
comment What was President Jimmy Carter's role in the Iranian Revolution?
Conspiracy theory. Not useful.
Aug
16
comment Were there any war movies made during WW2 that were well regarded by front-line American soldiers?
Where do you get the idea that either the US Army or Hollywood thought that Casablanca was the focal point of WWII? The release of the movie, not the production, was rushed when Allied troops landed there. The comment about Brazil is simply odd.
Aug
16
comment Were there any war movies made during WW2 that were well regarded by front-line American soldiers?
I believe that Bogart and Wayne were not well-regarded because they simply "acted" tough in the movies and men who had seen combat could see through the acting. I think it really bothered both men.
Aug
16
answered Plagues in Pre-European Americas?
Aug
15
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Aug
15
comment Why did Chamberlain act to appease Hitler leading up to the outbreak of World War 2?
@TomAu It may not have looked to Chamberlain like he wanted war, but Hitler was actually terribly disappointed when it happened without a war.
Aug
15
comment Were any of the major battle plans in WWII changed last minute by officers on the ground?
British paratroopers were involved, including a controversy about their orders, and pulled out after about 10 days, ending up over in Greece.
Aug
15
revised Were any of the major battle plans in WWII changed last minute by officers on the ground?
add blog link and separator
Aug
15
comment Who said that Saddam Hussein had WMDs?
It doesn't matter much to me whether he actually had them or not, since, as you noted, he tried to make everyone think he did.
Aug
15
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