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Mar
11
comment Why did Germany not join the United Nations until 1973?
@DusanSukovic I assume that was with the caveat that a reunified germany was in his sphere of influence not the US's. Give or take fears of revanchism if the leash ever came off; moving the frontline to the ~Rhine would greatly improve his strategic position.
Jan
22
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Jan
19
answered Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
Oct
1
comment Any history to the current flag used by ISIL?
Do all three flags have the same text written on them? The writing on the two in the middle is similar enough I assume it's only differing stylistically; but text on the ISIL flag looks very different to my non-Arabic-reading eyes.
Apr
10
comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
In west Africa I think you've put the cutoff for Islamic expansion a few centuries early. AFAIK the north/south split between predominantly Muslim and predominantly Christian regions in countries like Nigeria represents where Islam's southward expansion through regions with traditional beliefs ran into the northward expansion of Christianity from European outposts established when they began exploring south along the coast of Africa.
Nov
13
comment Average height of Ancient Roman Men and Women?
@DavidRicherby expected heights fall out of maintaining enough nourishment prior to adulthood to prevent stunted growth.
Apr
7
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Mar
19
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@dan04 won't disagree; but pop's been sold in 1/2/3 liter sizes as long as I can remember, so I've no idea how/why they jumped from quarts to liters without triggering consumer rage. Kept prices the same initially and emphasized getting more for your money???????
Mar
18
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Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
What I personally expect to happen is a continued, mostly invisible to the average person switchover. ex over the last few years I've increasingly seen bottled water sold in 16.9 ounce bottles. 16.9oz = 500ml, and represents another product switching over without consumers explicitly noticing. For a lot of packaged food the same potential is present every time they decide to do a package shrink instead of a price rise (fewer consumers notice the former). Eventually I suspect most things will end up effectively metric without people noticing.
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@Lohoris You're looking at it backwards. Where is the will to change. Excluding engineers/scientists (a very small fraction of the total population) most Americans never have any occasion to work with metric units in everyday life. Any argument about why it's better is going to founder against the fact that for 99% of the population the only thing they're going to see from the before side of a change is the problems involved in the switch.
Mar
1
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Jan
10
comment How much food value is a horse to a cavalryman?
Also, if the besiegers can force the defenders to remain active via probing attacks or by forcing them to work on their fortifications (repair, creating fall back positions inside the outer line, etc) they can force the defenders to burn though at lot more than 2-2.5k Calories/day.
May
22
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May
22
comment Why didn't the US choose to demolish Tokyo with an atom bomb?
One of the other reasons behind your 3rd bullet was that if the bomb was dropped on a city that had already been extensively bombed (like Tokyo) it would be more difficult to determine exactly how powerful it was due to the pre-existing damage.
Jul
19
comment Why did Spain not participate in World War I?
@T.E.D. Portugal would be a better example than Italy. They had no reason to get involved other than Britain having been a traditional ally and feeling a debt of honor to assist.
Jul
16
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
@JubalHarshaw I don't see how being slaves could be anything but...
Jul
12
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Jul
12
comment Why did Britain not purchase Alaska when Russia had it up for sale?
I think allies is overstating the case. During wartime the term generally implies co-belligerency not just strong friendly relations.
Jul
12
answered Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?