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An avid amateur cook, I like to experiment with fusion dishes, usually with asian flavours. Also a rampant vegerian, which makes cooking much more interesting. Originally trained in Italian cooking, and in an Israeli Navy galley. Currently beginning to take an interest in Middle-Eastern cooking, which is much more than it seems at first glance.


Feb
25
comment Why was the government expenditures of the Roman Empire very low compared to modern governments?
@TheHonRose: The comparison, traditionally, is made in terms of firepower. Hence, one tank is equal to about 30 modern infantry. I'm not sure how you would compare them to Roman phalanx, but would start with soldiers needed to hold a certain territory.
Feb
25
revised Why was the government expenditures of the Roman Empire very low compared to modern governments?
Added UK budget data.
Feb
25
answered Why was the government expenditures of the Roman Empire very low compared to modern governments?
Feb
22
answered What has prevented the United Nations from failing the same way as the League of Nations?
Jan
12
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Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
2
answered What religions (other than Judaism) worshiped only one god?
Apr
2
comment What religions (other than Judaism) worshiped only one god?
Henotheistic is a good definition of the ancient Jews, but I think the main issue is the abstract God, as opposed to the many gods as specific characters of the surrounding religions.
Apr
1
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
25
answered What is the most historically prevalent reason of states dissolving, other than military activity?
Mar
21
comment Is history always written by the victors?
While I disagree with a lot of your premises (Israel won in 1982? I would call it a draw at best), Israel is repsonsible ofr most historical accounts of the holocaust during WW2, which is another excellent example of history being written by the losers.
Mar
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
16
answered Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Mar
16
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
I'm not sure what Israel's outward statements say, but internally and in the Hebrew-speaking media, they are referred to always as the occupied territories (Shtakhim Kvushim, possibly conquered territories), and usually just as the territories.
Mar
16
answered Are steam engines still in regular use anywhere in the world?
Mar
5
comment Is every major culture in the same year?
@vsz: Actually, the Jewish calendar has a (rather odd) method of using leap months in order to synchronize the lunar and solar years. It is surprisingly accurate over the 19 year solar/lunar cycle.
Mar
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
27
answered Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?
Feb
27
answered Is every major culture in the same year?
Jan
12
awarded  Yearling