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...P.S. I'm not really 42. But 42 is way cooler than a real answer :)

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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.
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - being that Ayn Rand was deeply, profoundly, militantly anti-religios, I would be very surprised if there were any positive relations between her and any founder of an organized religion, Satanism or not. Wikipedia claims that "Ayn Rand influenced LaVey" but this isn't exactly well referenced - color me extra skeptical.
Feb
19
comment Role of Indian princes and aristocratic landowners under British colonial rule?
Wasn't the idea as old as Rome? Or Golden Horde for that matter.
Feb
17
comment Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
-1, after being subjected to "Barbie Girl" after following the link :)
Feb
17
comment Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
@T.E.D. - vuvuzela.ytmnd.com, banthevuvuzela.blogspot.com, this, and this. Entire world is on your side!
Feb
17
revised Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
Removed non-acoustic example, sorry. Feel free to roll back
Feb
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How did Medieval Armies survive the use of mail armor in the deserts of the Middle East?
Feb
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What kind of armor did the soldiers use in pre-gunpowder Southeast Asia?
Feb
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Gengkhis Khan armor secret
Feb
15
comment Riveted mail - flat or round rings? Die cut rings mixed with riveted ones?
Shoul we add "armor" tag? There seem to be enough questions on topic to merit that.
Feb
15
comment Life in the middle ages for ordinary people?
@jwenting - I think I'll start a new Church of Reality TV... heck, it worked for L.Ron Hubbard!
Feb
14
comment Was it impossible for the Germans to arrange a plane to East Asia for Subhas Bose?
Wait... wasn't Yamamoto killed as a result of sigint, and not being "spotted"?
Feb
14
comment Life in the middle ages for ordinary people?
"Also religious institutions are waning in Europe, that's a fact" - true, but the theocratic-type dogmatic thinking is not. People are simply religious about different things these days.
Feb
14
comment Life in the middle ages for ordinary people?
@SamuelRussell - human nature being unchanged is far from a dubious assumption :)
Feb
14
comment Popularity of knight-robbery in the 15th century in Germany, Poland and Silesia
All of them? :)
Feb
12
comment Was the death toll in the atomic bombing of Japanese territory greater than was expected by the US?
Is there actual historical documents showing the 2-3 mil estimates? (that's the figures I usually heard but never knew the sources)