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Began life as a theologian and writer, but have been in IT for over 20 years, starting as a Paradox/Clipper/DBase guy around 1990. Done some serious work with Paradox, Delphi, SQLServer, C++, C#, XML-XSD and Python over the years, and have touched all phases of the SDLC.

Have not worked with C++ in many years, but now trying to get back up to speed with C++11 and gtkmm3.

History-Law-Math-Literary-Science Dilettante;


Jul
14
reviewed Leave Closed How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
Jul
14
reviewed Close Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
Jul
14
comment How did the French take the Republican Calendar?
@fdb : Carlyle's history—despite the unusual style in which it is written—is considered to be an authoritative account of the early course of the Revolution.
Jul
14
comment How did the French take the Republican Calendar?
@fdb - 'recent' isn't necessarily better; Carlyle is extensively documented from primary sources; "prejudiced" is a subjective, political criticism. If you have an objection to the content of the answer, please express it. Simply railing on Carlyle for the sake of it, because you apparently consider him "pro-aristocrat" doesn't add much.
Jul
13
comment How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
Your cause would be served well by substituting something more elegant for the term "kicked out"...
Jul
13
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Jul
13
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
Note the language used here, however: ought. A rudimentary understanding of English would elucidate that, clearly, this meant that such a power for judges to set aside laws did indeed exist. "A rudimentary understanding of English" elucidates that your interpretation of "ought" here is ridiculous. It can just as well mean "ought not come into existence".
Jul
12
comment Which military commanders burned their own ships?
This has the potential to be a very interesting question, but perhaps try to bring some source material about the burning of ships, and narrow down your timelines somewhat. Your question as stated is very broad and unsubstantiated. We like questions that show that some effort was put in before the question was posted.
Jul
12
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
@Oldcat - and all historians since then have disagreed with your contention - Not really. See my answer.
Jul
12
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
strict and literal review of the constitution would therefore contend that judicial review or the people. Jefferson seems to have embraced this POV‌​: The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union,...Let them decide towhich they mean to give an authority claimed by two of their organs. And it has been the peculiar wisdom and felicity of our Constitution, to have provided this peaceable appeal...
Jul
12
revised Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
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Jul
12
revised Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
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Jul
12
reviewed Leave Open What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
Jul
12
answered Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
Jul
6
comment WW1: What would happen if an aerial bomb was dropped from too high an altitude?
Voted to close: Big stretch to call this History - closer to physics and pyrotechnical/explosives engineering; if it is History, it's trivia.
Jul
6
revised What is the earliest known account of the modern military salute?
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Jul
6
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
This question should be closed IMO: As evidenced from the answers, it is a question primarily about Law, not History.
Jul
6
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
continued... Other extensive criticism of @Semaphore 's answer can be found above.
Jul
6
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
OldCat / @Mark C. Wallace have given a good answer to this question. Semaphore 's answer is entirely wrong: Voiding legislation because of Common Law or "because it shall be against right and reason" have nothing to do with the OP's question regarding SCOTUS's power of Judicial Review, particularly its most public aspect: Declaring legislation unconstitutional based on legal contortions. It is a sad commentary on the members of this site that Semaphor's answer has received so many upvotes because it sounds good and seems erudite, while in truth it is mere confusion and obfuscation.
Jul
5
comment What does it mean that the early supreme court “gave themselves” the power of judicial review?
Three is a magic number - conflict that somehow results in tenuous balance. Think H2-O - stable enough to maintain itself, yet flexible enough to be the universal solvent and catalyst. :)