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Feb
2
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@LennartRegebro - you said "Where only the last two can be called Jewish in any reasonable sense". Your facts are on the nose. Your conclusion does NOT follow from your facts.
Feb
2
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
#4 makes sense even unsourced. At the risk of taking a swipe at the current Israeli internal politics, people who work to feed themselves for a living in pre-feudal society don't have the luxury of having a huge proportion of population sitting around all day and studying. But I'm a bit skeptical re: Ashkenazi only roots, since modern Sphardim have the same idea. Perhaps ask on Judaism.SE?
Jan
31
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
Sorry, -1 for reasons described by @Michael, despite good fact finding. The decision to consider Israel and Judah as "not jewish" seems really unreasonable, subjective and wrong. For a random argument against, would you discount Roman soveregnity over Rome because they adopted Christianity later on, so changed a lot more drastically?
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
@LennartRegebro - valid consideration. E.f. Buff coats etc...
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
@sds - the one when people walk around in t-shirts and shorts
Jan
28
comment Three rings (wreaths?) symbol in XIX century Russia
@PieterGeerkens - you're not from Russia, so it may seems strange to you, but "Zhido-Masony" concept in Russia has virtually nothing to do with real Masons and thus whether the symbol was truly masonic isn't really relevant. Oh, and the first person pointing to my Gravatar will suffer the wrath of Trilateral Commission.
Jan
28
comment Three rings (wreaths?) symbol in XIX century Russia
@Michael - attributing all sorts of stuff to masons isn't a uniquely Russian phenomenon... American far left suffers from it to a great degree.
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
@FelixGoldberg - I cannot (and possibly because there were none) - but please see my comment posted right while you were typing yours. P.S. I know that a bit earlier, in 1600s, in 30 year war they didn't really have uniforms per se in the first place.
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
Please note that "Nobody else had summer uniforms then" isn't an asnswer - if that's your basis of approach, you need to explain why nobody else at the time introduced such an obvious military advantageous innovation.
Jan
28
comment Did Stalin have any designs on Turkey and Greece?
Not sure about Turkey/Greece, but I recall that he was interested in Iran.
Jan
28
comment Was COMECON involved in economic imperialism and if so, to what extent?
Am I the only Russian speaker who read the question as asking about "COMCON" and reached for the flag link to move the question to SciFi.SE?
Jan
10
comment How much food value is a horse to a cavalryman?
tell that to Tesco
Jan
10
comment Who were the traders involved in the triangular slave trade?
-1 for lack of hand-drawn circles. +2 for good answer.
Jan
10
comment How much food value is a horse to a cavalryman?
To get a useful answer, you need to factor in ability top preserve meat from spoilage (unless you kill a few horses each day and feed many people from one horse); AND maybe also the possibility to get disease from eating horsemeat that will decrease army's effectiveness.
Jan
10
comment How was Sahara desert formed?
@MarkC.Wallace - It's asking for a different explanation. Sounds like science to me, not a conspiracy theory. And school textbooks aren't exactly paragons of scientific accuracy, on any topic.
Jan
7
comment Who uses a pre-“Gregorian” calendar and why?
Isn't Russian pretty much the largest Orthodox church?
Jan
4
comment How did families parent in the Middle Ages?
Google "cloth diapers". They are still used, even in the countries with real diapers available
Jan
4
comment Did Goebbels realize that his wife used to know Arlozorov?
Too bad Sheakspeare is dead. He'd have run away with this whole situation.
Jan
1
comment How did the monks whose job was to copy books react to Gutenberg's printing press?
@PieterGeerkens - "Nah, Lumbergh's gonna have me come in on Saturday, I just know it."
Dec
29
comment Did the German people actually know Joseph Goebbels as the “Minister of Propaganda”?
@YannisRizos - IIRC, US did have a similar function but I don't think it was ministerial level. They had official Hollywood liasons and all.