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


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You're drawing a distinction between "Roman myths and propaganda" and historical documents.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
16
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
16
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
16
revised Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
rolled back to a previous revision
Oct
16
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
16
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?
Oct
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Who were the Wright brothers competitors?
Oct
16
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Oct
16
revised Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Fixed wording.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open Capitalization of countries names in 1965
Oct
15
comment How come Indians were not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Lots of assertions based on some assumptions about what "religion" and "conversion" mean, and the difference between "religion" and "culture". Interesting and thought provoking, but in the absence of evidence, not particularly persuasive.
Oct
15
revised How come Indians were not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Normalized spelling and capitalization
Oct
15
comment When did the Greeks stop calling themselves “Roman”?
There is a difference between "Greeks" and "Byzantines". The title is misleading.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
Oct
15
reviewed Close What was approximate Attila The Hun death toll?
Oct
15
reviewed Close Tiberius Gracchus' strategy after Punic Wars
Oct
14
comment Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
What do you mean by "early pilgrims" ? Have you checked the history of Georgia? "The colony of Georgia was truly the vision of James Edward Oglethorpe. His plan to use the new colony as a haven for people in debtors prison grew out of his committee work while a member of Parliament." ? Pennsylvania (religious freedom for Catholics & Quakers)?