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Apr
23
comment When and where did Louis Blanc say the famous “from each according to his abilities…”?
@coleopterist - do you have the Saint-Simon quote? I am not very good at reading French (understatement of the century)
Apr
22
comment Was Willem the Silent Dutch?
Napoleon was "French". Except he was Sicilian. Stalin was (to most Westerners) Russian (despite being from Georgia). Ayn Rand was "American" writer (despite having been born in Russia). Ditto Sikorsky. How culture percieves the nationality of a famous person is not really governed by formal rules, more by circumstances and sometimes chance.
Apr
22
comment Can we classify holocaust as Hitler's war time strategic mistake?
Hitler DID welcome Ukrainians and Baltic people into his supporters. A large portion did participate (see Vlasov as a random example)
Apr
22
comment What would be a typical rank for KGB intelligence offices spying abroad in the 1980s?
@Tom - do you have sources for "To be sent abroad, they had to have been promoted at least twice, to Captain" part?
Apr
22
comment What would be a typical rank for KGB intelligence offices spying abroad in the 1980s?
@YannisRizos - as jwenting said, KGB was a state security agency, a system wholly separate from the Soviet Army (think FBI+NSA). You're mixing up KGB and GRU (Army intelligence) - Suvorov was GRU. You don't need to be in military to have ranks - think Police.
Apr
21
comment What role did the United States government and major corporations have in controlling dissent and protest starting in the late 1940s?
@SamuelRussell - it's QUITE possible that the cartoonist was actually referring to "a little revolution now and then..." and other similar sentiments by many Founding Fathers, as opposed to 1940s contemporary sentiments.
Apr
16
comment Most fought over piece of land?
@mgb - Har Megiddo.
Apr
15
comment Is there a possibility that the Islamic civilization visited America before Colombus?
I'm starting a count of how many of your answers can be TL;DR-ed to "Printing press" :)
Apr
12
comment The economic prosperity of former colonies and their demographic make up
@MarkC.Wallace - make that last sentence an answer.
Apr
10
comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
Clearly, Language of the Birds. Dr John Carter/Steve Jobs said so
Apr
9
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
@T.E.D. - the OP asked about minorities persecuted for their religion, not persecuted in general (e.g. for ethnic reasons)
Apr
9
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
@SamuelRussell - no argument there :) I just don't usually pay as much attention to subjects as to bodies if the question's already open :)
Apr
9
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
@SamuelRussell - ah. I didn't realize that the title omitted the word "religious" - I was just reading the body.
Apr
8
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
@SamuelRussell - no. The question reads precisely: "What are other historical examples of persecuted religious minorities...". I don't know what Stephenson's examples were, I just know what the question asks. And it doesn't include aborigines being oppressed for... well being aborigines (even if they convert to Christianity as was the case with many native americans)
Apr
8
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
I agree with @mart. You need to be able to clearly show a difference between "most successful members of a minority community are financially successful" as opposed to "entire community is financially successful" (e.g look at a mode; or a mean+standard deviation; as opposed to just mean), for any of those examples to be true.
Apr
8
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
Most ethnic minorities are NOT oppressed over religion.
Apr
8
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
-1 - none of those are persecuted religious minorities which is what Stephenson was talking about. Neither are Gypsies.
Apr
8
comment Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
Christian Church (took them a couple of centuries though).
Apr
4
comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
@T.E.D. - Tell that to Godzilla. Errr... Gojira.
Apr
4
comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
@David - because English spelling frequently bears little to no relationship to original language :) Do you call Russias capital Moskva or Moscow? You need to decide what you care about. If it's English spelling, the answer truly doesn't matter but you can take what en.government.kz uses as "official" guideline, or what AP style guide says. If it's Khazakhs' own spelling, it is and always was with a "k" in their language. If in russian, it is "h" for historical/political reasons.