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


Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed What was the typical peasant's diet like in Europe during the High Middle Ages?
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed Why was the World Trade Center selected as a target by Al Qaeda?
Oct
21
comment Why was Poland spared from the Black Death?
those are fantastic comments modifying the original answer. If I get time, I'll try to edit them back into the original answer. They really help me to understand.
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed Was it possible to travel between Riverdale and Midtown Manhattan via taxi during the 1940s?
Oct
21
reviewed Reviewed How far were women able to advance in the Gestapo?
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Open What would the style of wanted posters be in 1500's
Oct
21
revised What would the style of wanted posters be in 1500's
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Oct
20
answered What would the style of wanted posters be in 1500's
Oct
20
comment Why was Poland spared from the Black Death?
I'm not sure I understand - (1) how do the reports from the teeth support the thesis? I'm not challenging the result, I just don't have the medical background to follow it. (2) Could you cite the sources? this is interesting and I might like to read up.
Oct
20
revised Why was Poland spared from the Black Death?
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Oct
20
reviewed Close When did prostitution become illegal in the United States and why?
Oct
20
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
When I was in high school, we analyzed the economics of slavery and were able to demonstrate that it was doomed by simple math. It cost more to support a slave than the marginal gain in productivity. By the time my daughter was in high school analysis of the primary sources had changed those numbers and revealed that many assumptions were false. NOTE: Despite the fact that this was a high school topic it is morally and economically more complex than I am competent to cover in a brief comment.
Oct
20
reviewed Close What wars were there which were contemporaneous with but unconnected to ww2?
Oct
20
reviewed Leave Open Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
Oct
20
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
This is decidedly not opinion based. When I was in high school in the last millenium, this question was homework. When my daughter was in high school the answer changed, and we argued about it; she proved me wrong, but I can't cite the source.
Oct
20
reviewed Leave Closed What is the difference between oligarchy and aristocracy?
Oct
20
reviewed Leave Closed What Happened to Hacker Culture After 1970?
Oct
20
comment What Happened to Hacker Culture After 1970?
Reluctantly I'll have to vote to leave closed; I don't believe the question can be answered by anything other than an opinion. I supervise a team of hackers who are just as into the culture as I was in the day. How can I tell anything has happened?
Oct
18
reviewed Close How did Helen Keller understand English?
Oct
18
reviewed Close Why did the assasination of Franz Ferdinand trigger WW1?