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


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comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
The tvyordniznak after the K in "to"? (Ok, if you put it that way, perhaps adding this information wouldn't shed any meaningful light. Forget I asked).
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comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
Out of curiosity, can you explain what about the sign indicates the older orthography rather than the new?
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comment Why does Latin American history have such a low profile?
I'm uncomfortable with a question that is based on personal experience. Can we revise the question to demonstrate that Latin American history factually has a lower profile? Right now this question is based on an unsubstantiated assertion. That doesn't mean it is wrong, it just means that it is likely to result in more discussion than education.
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comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
I'm afraid that I'm going to insist that I was incorrect. <grin> I was in fact confusing the elected mayor (an unusual position created in 2000) with the Lord Mayor (existing in London since 13th century, and similar to other positions throughout the country). The distinction isn't vital, but points to @thehonrose
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comment What are all the countries that voted by supporting, opposing and neutral for LTTE?
Google and wikipedia provide no evidence that such a vote occurred. While I think this could be a good question if it were supported by a modicum of research, as it stands, it is likely to drive more discussion than answers.
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comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
Not an offense - just wanted to make sure that there wasn't some subtlety that escaped me.
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comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
You are correct - I had a long argument proving you wrong typed out when I fact-checked myself and discovered that I was talking out my hat. I assumed that the elected Mayor of London was ancient; it is in fact a creation of this millennium. Thank you for correcting me.
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comment What is the origin of “With an iron fist, we will drive humanity to happiness?”
What is the difference between a "historical origin" and an "origin"?
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comment What are the “ancient liberties” of the City of London?
I believe that one of them is that the Monarch cannot enter the city without permission. Others include self government (London is one of the few cities with a mayor) and some tax privileges. I'm not sure if the odd law enforcement zones are also included. I'd put this as an answer, but I'm too lazy to look for a source.
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comment How did nobles upon the Grand Tour evade or mitigate the danger of banditry?
My girlfriend the professional historian answered immediately and confidently, "by bringing thugs of their own."
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comment Cult related law made in US
It is very difficult to define "cult". Even more difficult to define "cult" in a way that won't violate the first amendment. I can't assert that there is no US law, but I am willing to bet my reputation that any such law would not stand court scrutiny. Plus, Jonestown occurred outside the United States; no US law would have had any effect on actions taken outside the US.
Nov
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comment What is the first example of a Western government passing a sin tax?
Excellent! Splendid! I knew I had reservations about the proposed analytical framework, but I couldn't articulate them I think you've hit the mark.
Nov
19
comment How is the oldest bank in Mongolia only 24 years old?
What is the role of a commercial bank in a communist country?
Nov
18
comment Did JFK really say “Hitler is one of the greatest men…one of the most significant figures that ever lived”?
Please do a google search before you ask; I just entered your quote into google and there are multiple results.
Nov
18
comment When was flat glass invented?
When OP explains why wikipedia's answer is inadequate, I'll retract my close vote.
Nov
18
comment Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
Could you clarify in the question why the information in the wikipedia page is inadequate?
Nov
17
comment What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
The question proposes a connection between two historical events, but provides no evidence that such a connection might plausibly exist.
Nov
17
comment What was the third best-selling book in the antebellum US?
I respectfully suggest we move the "on topic/off topic" discussion to meta; I think there is an interesting discussion about what the boundaries of H:SE should be, but I think if it is discussed here, we'll lose track of the discussion and be forced to repeat it.
Nov
17
comment Historical events for Britain-Australia separation
How to Ask makes it clear that we are not trying to be wikipedia; we aim to answer the questions wikipedia cannot. Semaphore was not being sarcastic; the established norms of this community assume that you have done a google search and a wikipedia search before asking here, and questions that don't show evidence of that are frequently closed.
Nov
14
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
Technically asking so you can answer is approved SE behavior. But as I've documented in another comment, I hate questions that are asked and answered without any meaningful challenge to the proffered answer.