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


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comment How long has western civilization known the body contains a significant fraction of water?
I think that if you search for "wet" rather than water, you'll find references. Two of the humors were, if I recall, "wet", the other two were "dry".
1d
comment Which countries protested against the Anschluss?
No, not irony, but if we are to serve as a reference Q&A site, then it behooves us to define foreign terms or terms that are particular to a question.
2d
comment Which countries protested against the Anschluss?
What is the anschluss?
2d
comment What is the history of the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction of the races?
If you edited the question to focus on the issues you raise in your comment to the answer, I could support the question. The comment is commendably specific: "What is the history of this idea?"
2d
comment Where does the enmity between Shia and Sunnis stem from?
Edit is good, but I can't vote to re-open without evidence of preliminary research. There is ample documentation of the Sunni-Shia conflict in history.
2d
comment Did Churchill advocate genocide of any innocent group of people?
what is "innocent"? What preliminary research have you done?
Aug
29
comment How could a chariot work against a phalanx?
And the answer to the "how do they open their ranks" is (1) Plan (2) Practice, (3) Practice, (4) Practice. I am a REMF, but as I understand infantry is a cruel mistress; they need to master maneuvers as a unit. They practice and practice and practice till it is in their bones and then they practice some more till they are absolutely convinced that everyone on whom their life depends can do the maneuver at a standard of performance that will save their lives.
Aug
29
comment When did the British monarch become an emperor?
Certainly from the times of James II/VI, Monarch of Britain and Scotland, the Monarchy had the right to the title, but I believe I've seen it even earlier; I just can't remember where I saw it.
Aug
29
comment When did the British monarch become an emperor?
Not entirely sure that I understand the question. Disraeli and Victoria attached the title "Emperor" to the British Monarchy. Thus whoever occupies the throne gets the title (adjusted for gender). Thus when Edward assumed the throne after Victoria, he was "Emperor of India".
Aug
27
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
There is an implicit assumption that small, weak, tribal states are a better idea than strong, centralized, pluralistic states. Can we examine that?
Aug
27
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
You referred to the ideas as flawed; I was merely wondering on what basis they were flawed. I'm also confused about the underlying assumptions, but those are more properly directed to OP.
Aug
26
comment Pre-WW2 location of Skalat
I would upvote this question if it included references/links to existing maps that would help me to understand the question.
Aug
26
comment A good pop-history book on the Wild West
Didn't meant to be curt; H:SE has consistently decided that requests for books/references are out of scope. You can read some of the reasons here, but the summary is that the ideal reference for me today may not be useful to you, or to me tomorrow. Please feel free to edit your question or to ask specific questions about cowboy history. I don't know enough about it, so I'd learn something and it would broaden the site.
Aug
26
comment A good pop-history book on the Wild West
This question appears to be off-topic because requests for reference are out of scope.
Aug
26
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
Why are those ideas flawed? is there a body of evidence that tiny, tribally oriented states are more successful than large, central states?
Aug
26
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
I think if you inserted the comments as the first few paragraphs of the answer it would clarify things. I think the answer has all the thoughts - the terse summary you provided in the comments helped me to connect the answer to the question. (that might just be me).
Aug
25
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
I think that addresses my reservations.
Aug
25
comment Where was the Japanese surrender signed on Okinawa in June 1945?
Please don't invite discussion in an answer - please limit answers to just the material that answers a question.
Aug
25
comment Did the cold war affect the development of the internet?
I think the question now becomes, did DARPA's support of the creation of the internet explicitly address cold war fears? The cold war was the central theme of the Defense Department; if they funded a project, it had cold war implications.
Aug
25
comment Have economic sanctions prevented or inhibited wars?
There is a theory to economic sanctions and plenty of literature (probably although not certainly available through a google search). This isn't an area where I feel competent to summarize, but there is literature.