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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


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comment How did the Catholic Pope manage to become more powerful than Kings in old Europe?
In which historical culture have religious leaders not had power roughly equivalent to kings?
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reviewed Leave Open Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
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comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
Could we change the question from "definitely unknowable" to "Which Frankish King is most likely to have been chaste?"
1d
comment What is the largest overnight depreciation?
I perceive a difference between devaluation ("today we are change the value of the dollar from $100/troy oz to $500/troy oz") and depreciation "The dollar fell against the Ruble today, from a level of 70 rubles/dollar to 30 rubles/dollar"). Bretton Woods is a special case. Devaluation is an outright financial manipulation by a clearly identfied actor. Depreciation can be the result of many interacting market forces. Personally I don't think it is possible for specie based currency to depreciate except as a result of devaluation.
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comment What is the largest overnight depreciation?
@Rajib's suggestion is both fair and redundant; the meaning of currency depreciation changes (IMHO) if we compare the Breton Woods era to the gold standard to other eras. I assume that OP is asking about the modern era.
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comment Did Roosevelt's New Deal lift the U.S. out of the depression or did it actually prolong the Depression and cripple American capitalism?
First, I respectfully disagree; I think the core of the answer is about Roosevelt's choices. I also think that in order to understand the effects of the New Deal on the Great Depression, we need to understand what caused the Great Depression. The only way to distinguish between correlation and causation is to model the causes and look for test cases. For example, my father was born during the Great Depression, but it would be absurd to ask "Did the growth of J. Wallace lift the country out of the depression?" (correlation is present, but not causation).
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revised What is the largest overnight depreciation?
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revised Is there any information about Soshandukht or her father?
wikified link
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comment Why was only the Silver medal awarded for music at the 1932s Olympics?
Music was judged differently - see Wikipedia
Dec
17
comment What was the most accurate map of the world before artificial satellites?
How do you define & evaluate accuracy?
Dec
17
reviewed Leave Closed Where to find a list of participants in The Crusades?
Dec
16
reviewed Close Have wartime conditions traditionally decreased or increased consensual sexual activity in the young?
Dec
16
reviewed Reviewed Why did America not know about Soviet espionage in manhattan project
Dec
16
comment Why did America not know about Soviet espionage in manhattan project
This seems to cross the line between "informative" and "argumentative", and I don't think it actually answers the question.
Dec
16
reviewed Close Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
Dec
16
revised Why did America not know about Soviet espionage in manhattan project
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16
revised Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
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reviewed No Action Needed Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
Dec
16
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
15
comment What happened to the wealth of the Rothschild banking family?
Any question that can be answered by wikipedia is trivial.