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I'm a writer, practitioner of information architecture, manager of projects, rider of bicycles, and player of tabletop RPGs. I'm an INTJ, I left the Army as a CPT, and I hold a JD. I live in Santa Cruz, CA with my splendid family.


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awarded  Yearling
Feb
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
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comment How accurate or supported is Jared Diamond's “Guns, Germs, and Steel”?
I'm glad for your correction, especially coming from someone who is far more versed in the subject matter than I am. You ould have just said "Diamond isn't an evolutionary biologist." The direct approach is fine.
Feb
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awarded  Commentator
Feb
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comment How accurate or supported is Jared Diamond's “Guns, Germs, and Steel”?
It sounds like you want to phrase that question as a statement. Here's how his personal site puts it: "He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography." -
Jan
20
awarded  Yearling
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@WladimirPalant - "Altogether, my point is simply that there isn't a single weapon that would allow to "magically" win the war." Agreed.
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
"Theoretically - yes, Germany could have stopped." This entire discussion is theoretical, no? As to your point about Hitler's followers not accepting a treaty with France, we'll never really know, but they proved remarkably compliant with his wishes, even when they knew he'd lost the plot.
Mar
19
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
My answer is rather close to Tom's, but I'm coming at it from a bit different angle. If we assume that German and Japanese ambitions weren't quite so grandiose, we can come up with all kinds of potential scenarios in which they win significant victories without incurring the full wrath of the Allies.
Mar
19
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@WladimirPalant: You seem to be assuming that Japanese knew the US didn't have more nuclear weapons. I think you also are undervaluing the impact the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese psyche. While they didn't produce a different outcome, they certainly hastened it. Had the US dropped an atomic bomb on Munich, it's entirely conceivable that the Germans would have reacted in similar fashion.
Mar
19
answered World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
Feb
27
awarded  Critic
Feb
27
comment About competition an Capitalism
Perhaps your question might be something like this: Has capitalism been the largest driver of economic development in human history, or do the World Wars show that national mobilization of resources, regardless of economic systems, is the more important factor in economic development?
Feb
15
comment Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
@DavidThornley - Could you address the Peter Brush article directly?
Feb
10
comment Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
@Sardathrion to your question about sources, of the books I've read about the Vietnam War, "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan most powerfully illustrates America's inability to adapt to guerrilla warfare. It's a well-constructed account, and it does a good job of describing in practical terms how the American Way of War at the time was inadequate to the task of fighting determined native insurgents.
Feb
10
answered Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
Feb
10
comment What are other obvious samples in history where political/religious leaders try to shape religion to their need
This is a bit tangential, which is why I'm not giving it as an answer, but I couldn't help but think of North Korea and political religion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_religion
Feb
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answered Why aren't the Americas named after Christopher Columbus
Jan
31
comment What is the historicity of the film “Revolution.com - USA: The Conquest of the East”?
I have not been able to find the full French version anywhere. You mentioned in the question that a "large part" of the film was shown on Russian TV, which is not the same as saying that a selectively-edited version was shown. Since the original film was shot by the French CAPA crew, it would seem that questions about how that film was made could best be answered by them. I haven't found any evidence of them discussing the film, other than their dispute with Rossia.
Jan
31
answered What is the historicity of the film “Revolution.com - USA: The Conquest of the East”?