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Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
@Alex - if I had that statistics, I would have not asked, or produced my own answer. And unless there were only under 1.7 million left after the ~1900 immigration left, again, that point isn't the biggest contributor.
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#3 - again, needs a reference. Are there historical sources confirming that this WAS indeed the typical thinking process?
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#2 is a great point! But could use a reference (e.g. statistics on # of kids)
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#1 is correct but not really relevant. The "problem I'm trying to solve" isn't so much a discrepancy between Jews and non-Jews but with the changes of where Jews concentrated in 17th throgh 20th century
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
#4 seems incorrect - do you have statistics on how many emigrated to USA in that time period? US immigration policy was pretty strict, especially for jews from europe in those 2 decades
Dec
23
comment What were the business models of real estate development in ancient Rome?
-1 for "leeching on the hard work of others". If you think that finding and matching buyer to a seller is easy work, you don't have to pay for it. Unless a real estate agent uses the power of state regulation to makes such a choice impossible, then he's not "leeching", but merely fulfilling a need.
Dec
23
comment Why are scientific and medical training so different?
There is academy stack exchange. It may be a better venue
Dec
23
comment Early modern vs late modern vs post modern?
In other words, modern can mean anything that the person writing it intended it to mean. There's no precise definition accepted by 100%.
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
Sorry, -1. This is a good beginning of an answer, but clearly (despite the upvotes) not even remotely a good answer yet. The only factual data so far accounts for migration of 1.7 million, out of many more millions.
Dec
23
comment Oldest appearance of “brand names” in history?
Do you care whether the answer is a brand that still exists? E.g. Ulfberht doesn't, Champagne does.
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
@PieterGeerkens - he's asking for a counter example, not for lists.
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
Just to clarify - No True Scotsman is when someone (say me) takes your 4 examples and says "they aren't real revolutions, so you can't use them as counterexamples". In this case, the objection wasn't that they weren't revolutions, but that they fit the rules and thus can't be counterexamples (except Tunis, but you didn't provide proof that it was 100% without military making choices not to interfere, and based on the rest of Arab Spring, I would be skeptical that your assertion is true unless proof is supplied)
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
-1 for falling into the same logic pit as TED - nobody (including him or OP) rejected a single example on the basis of "this isn't a real revolution", which is what No True Scotsman fallacy would be. +2 for finding an actual valid counterexample (according to commongly accepted definition - which is pretty precise - that transition CAN be classified as revolution )
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
... I might be ready to take Velvet Revolution as counter example, except that for them, we simply don't KNOW what the military would have done if ordered to fire on protestors - as they weren't ordered (they claimed they would have, but that was top brass, who had incentive to look good in front of party leaders. What would the actual army units do? No data). And we DO know that state security chose not to act against them, so based on that piece of data, again we fit into pattern.
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
Sorry, I'm not. I'm saying that the thesis holds true - without explicit military decision (on at least a part of military) to either back the revolution, or at least not to fight it; no revolution can win. No True Scotsman would be if I didn't call these "revolution". I'm merely stating that your examples actually fit the pattern (except for Tunis where I just don't know enough to opine).
Dec
23
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
Are there references for any of these assertions? (e.g. census figures for #1? references that US had better immigration policy compared to other countries? #s of Jews that immigrated from Russia to US? from Germany/Austria? References that Jews in Russia were aware of "land of opportunity" and made decisions based on that?)
Dec
23
comment Is the 1918 flu pandemic responsible for the majority of Iranian casualties during the first world war?
@jwenting - was too. Virus vs. meatbags. Visus did pretty well but ultimately lost.
Dec
23
comment Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
capitalism?????
Dec
23
comment Is it true that all revolutions/uprising could only be “resolved” with the backing of an armed force?
Sorry, -1 for including Egyptian revolution. That didn't resolve itself till the Army decided to stop backing Mubarak. I didn't delve too much into Tunisian one but would be heavily surprised if that wasn't the pattern as well. Philippines was more complicated - there were decisions by military not to fire on protestors, which can be seen as choosing sides. Velvet revolution was again complicated: Military wasn't ordered to do much; and especially secret police chose not to do much. It was also a unique circumstance in terms of being driven by overall Warsaw block collapse.
Dec
22
comment Why are there so many Jews in USA?
Instead of this less than stellar question, I posted a (hopefully) better replacement: history.stackexchange.com/questions/11175/…