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Jul
16
revised Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
Corrected a typo; added link
Jul
16
suggested approved edit on Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
Jun
21
comment Looking for quote about workhouses
@hobbs Yes, but ideologies and base assumptions do.
Jun
18
comment Looking for quote about workhouses
It's amazing how little things change. "Every penny bestowed, that tends to render the condition of the pauper more eligible than that of the independent labourer, is a bounty on indolence and vice." - 1832 Royal Commission. Almost exactly the same arguments now.
Jun
12
comment How much has U.S. currency inflated since 1792?
An interesting point is that dollars (as coins and notes) themselves aren't fungible, as the market for rare currency demonstrates - eg $1 from 1928 now being sold for $1,295 collectorscorner.com/Products/Item.aspx?id=20134197. This is far greater than any of the measuring worth estimates too.
Jun
10
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Jun
10
reviewed Reviewed Did a starving Great Wall guard let enemies through?
Jun
10
comment Did a starving Great Wall guard let enemies through?
Google seems to return some religious "parables" that may be related including a quote from Harry Emerson Fosdick here: ministry127.com/resources/illustration/…. Another suggests a date of 1644 during the Ming dynasty with the Manchus as the invaders: odb.org/2009/01/31/a-breach-in-the-wall. This site claims Ghengis Kahn managed to bribe a sentry to gain access through the wall in the 13th century: factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub1/item27.html. None appear to offer detailed references however.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro True, but all of those things were prevalent in Cuba prior to the revolution. To some extent elements exist in all societies (particularly in the last decade), as indeed are elements of both market and planned economies. Thanks for adding more to the answer, but I think the comparison with Italy is a bit unfair - they do not have tropical diseases to contend with. Compared to its neighbours it is favourable but as you pointed out, it started out in the lead.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro I'm not convinced increased HDI, LE and education are consistent with an assessment of wholly negative.
Jun
4
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@LennartRegebro Cuba is in the highest tranche ("Very High") of the HDI, higher than Turkey, Brazil and Mexico for example, and comparable to Chile. hdr.undp.org/en/data
May
28
accepted How big was the IMF loan Britain received in the 1970's?
May
28
comment How big was the IMF loan Britain received in the 1970's?
Good find. So that would make it less than $2 billion, which was less than 1% of UK GDP at the time.
May
27
awarded  Yearling
May
26
asked How big was the IMF loan Britain received in the 1970's?
Apr
29
comment What were common reasons people attended executions in mid 1930s.?
Extended contacts of victims' family may still attend by invitation in Texas: tdcj.state.tx.us/faq/faq_victim_viewing_execution.html
Apr
27
comment How did people categorize each other in the middle ages, how did racism work?
What about members of autonomous collectives? youtube.com/watch?v=-8bqQ-C1PSE
Apr
16
awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
13
reviewed Excellent Can anyone identify this warship?
Apr
13
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