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


Oct
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reviewed Needs Improvement What wiped the Buddhism traces from Kerala History?
Oct
17
reviewed Excellent When did Japan and the Three Kingdoms of Korea first meet?
Oct
17
reviewed Satisfactory Which countries protested against the Anschluss?
Oct
17
comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
I'm not sure what the definition of "productive" is. At various points silver, copper and bronze have been valuable. Aluminium was valuable. Gold is one of a set of minerals that has been valuable.
Oct
17
comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
On principle I will downvote any question that references an unspecified period of history that is probably equal to more than half of human history. Why did gold have value WHEN? 1000bce? 100 BCE? 1950? What is "modern" in this context? The word is commonly used to refer to post WWII - are you seriously asserting that gold had no real world use till WWII? And what is a "real world" use? Semiconductors? Teeth? Catalyst? Medicine? How do you define that term?
Oct
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answered Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
Oct
17
comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
What research did you do that you missed the information about money gold and currency? These answer most of your question.
Oct
17
comment Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Go visit the nearest Greek or Italian military base. They have many warriors; I can't predict the reaction if you ask them to show you their abs. If you intended the question to refer to a specific period in history, you might want to specify.
Oct
17
reviewed Reopen The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
Oct
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reviewed Close Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
Oct
17
reviewed Close Terrorism in 2011
Oct
16
comment Is there contemporary evidence for the Roman Kingdom?
You're drawing a distinction between "Roman myths and propaganda" and historical documents. I'm not sure that distinction is valid. Most of our historical sources are someone's propaganda.
Oct
16
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I'm not sure I agree; building a nuclear bomb requires a tiny team of scientists, and a larger team of engineers. Transforming agriculture across an entire hemisphere requires an enormous team of logistical experts, a huge team of engineers and a team of scientists.
Oct
16
comment During the U.S. Prohibition, how did they get away with drinking alcohol?
Perhaps the same way that today people "get away with" taking drugs, robbery, tax evasion, using Imperial units and programming in languages other than Ada. Regulation and criminalization is easy; enforcing stupid regulations is extremely difficult.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
And my point was that this is a question without preliminary research. How to Ask makes it clear that good questions are supported by preliminary research.
Oct
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revised Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
Not sure why the Holodomor comment was edited out. It is germane to OP's question.
Oct
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revised Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
rolled back to a previous revision
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I'm not entirely sure; the level of serfdom exercised by the Russian nobility might qualify it as (ineptly) command driven. OP asked about a nuclear power, which scopes the question. All that said, you make a very good point - part of the problem is that the technology to make Russia adequately fertile may not have existed. You also implicitly point out a flaw in the question; the ability to build a nuclear bomb is not commensurate with the ability to feed people.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
Have you done any preliminary research into the problems of command driven economies? Five year plans? collectivization?
Oct
16
reviewed Close How did native Americans and European colonists conduct their trades?