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Feb
24
comment Psychology in the 19th century
They obviously didn't teach "if a crack shot duelist is trying to provoke you by insulting your wife, don't challenge him unless you're really good with pistols".
Feb
24
asked Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
Feb
24
comment Why was nude male art so acceptable, popular and officially supported in Germany?
@jwenting - wait, they allow performers at major nationally televised prime time events watched by kids to show nipples in Europe? (or anywhere else)?
Feb
24
comment How to research controversial history?
@DavidThornley - well, Ghandi didn't see any difference between the two, bless his imartial soul. After all, both sides carried evil guns (yes, I'm paraphrasing his actual quote).
Feb
24
asked Are “I, II, III, …” versions of archaeological versioning of layers unique to Troy?
Feb
24
comment Nymphodorus of Syracuse
@FelixGoldberg - Linguistics 101. See what the root of the name is. Now guess which other words with the same root Google will confuse it with. In full fairness, my Google attempt refuted TED's prediction - I only got relevant hits on first page.
Feb
24
comment Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
+1. Also, Biden is also magically excepted (well, the magic is called media bias) from being considered an even greater idiot that Quayle despite committing far worse gaffes, repeatedly.
Feb
24
comment Know of any historical tales in which a man kills the woman he loves as a sacrifice in the name of duty, religion, etc.?
Athos doesn't count. He had no love for Milady. Count De La Fere on the other hand...
Feb
24
comment Why was nude male art so acceptable, popular and officially supported in Germany?
@jwenting - Prudish? You must not have watched TV recently :)
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Shouldn't you add "mongols" to the list at the end? :)
Feb
22
revised Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
added 10 characters in body; edited tags
Feb
21
comment What was Vyshinsky's position about extrajudical repressions in the USSR?
@FelixGoldberg - presumably there could have been some personal correspondence of his.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - the block wasn't formal. It didn't make it less real.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - if you want USA info, I linked to relevant Google article in the comment to your question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_(politician)#Congress
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_(politician)#Congress
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - being "not a partisan" != "not being a member of KPSS". Not every citizen of USSR was required (nor was) a KPSS member. But no citizen - never mind elected member of Sovet - would think/act/talk contrary to KPSS party line if they knew what was good for them. A more interesting historical question would be a simpler "were you allowed to be elected to Supreme Soviet if not a member of KPSS", IMHO.
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
On a tangent, this ought to be migrated to Politics.SE
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
I'm not aware of ANY member "of no party" in US Congress in practice (all the "independent" BS aside, since all of the putatively "independent" members are ex-members of some party and caucus and vote with one party majority of the time, making their "independence" a mere technicality).
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - OK, then where did your original question originate from? I assumed it was from Wiki :)
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - Also, given the amount of people who think that Rand meant something totally different from what she wrote (e.g. all the liberal idiots claiming that Atlas Shrugged condemned charity), I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if LaVey found something in Rand/Objectivism that isn't really there as well. Without precise quote to explain the proposed influence, one can only speculate.