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//TODO Glorious Lies

Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
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
awarded  Commentator
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
awarded  Nice Answer
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
awarded  Critic
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
awarded  Teacher
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?
Jul
10
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
@quant_dev Even if the Entente had developed a ww2 equivalent amphibious doctrine there would be the minor matter of the High Seas Fleet. At one point British pre-war planning had considered invading the German coast (IIRC in the Baltic) instead of reinforcing the French; but the existence of he HSF would have made supplying a major landing untenable.
Apr
17
comment Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
Implicit in your argument is that the US displaced the Soviet Union as the primary supplier of arms to Iraq during the 80s. That's extremely far from the case. During that period the soviets provided >60% of the total, vs <1% for the US. France and China provided the majority of the rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Feb
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awarded  Supporter
Jan
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awarded  Autobiographer
Jan
17
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
@DVK If there was a requirement to free them after a fixed period of time I think Indentured Servant would be a better fit than POW.