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


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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.
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revised Why was Poland spared from the Black Death?
spelling and capitalization
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reviewed Close When did prostitution become illegal in the United States and why?
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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.
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reviewed Close After Hilter's fall, were there any efforts to revive the Nazi party?
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comment After Hilter's fall, were there any efforts to revive the Nazi party?
I'm going to vote to close on the grounds that no preliminary research is documented. I am sympathetic to @relaxed's position and think the question could be re-opened if it were framed precisely.
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reviewed Close What wars were there which were contemporaneous with but unconnected to ww2?
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reviewed Leave Open Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
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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.
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reviewed Leave Closed What is the difference between oligarchy and aristocracy?
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reviewed Leave Closed What Happened to Hacker Culture After 1970?
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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?
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reviewed Close What was the political process by which individual settlements became the 13 colonies?
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reviewed Close How did Helen Keller understand English?
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reviewed Close Why did the assasination of Franz Ferdinand trigger WW1?
Oct
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reviewed Leave Closed What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
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reviewed Leave Open Athenian tribute lists
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reviewed Leave Open Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
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comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
Copper is better for weapons & tools. Copper is also, IIRC, easier to alloy. I think comparing gold to iron is a false comparison.
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
At some level this is redundant with the Needham Question. How is it possible to judge the answer?