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Jan
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comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
Its' been a sovereign state since 14 May 1948. Any other times depends entirely on your definition of "nation", "sovereign" and "Israel", none of which are easy to define.
Jan
28
answered When did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine?
Jan
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comment When did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine?
Oh, you are talking about Hijras? Calling them eunuchs is confusing, that usually refers to castrated men who still live and identify as men.
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
Thick clothing also provides protection for various weapons.
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@GuyF-W Cuba had industry and infrastructure. And also it's industry and infrastructure had not been bombed to smithereens. Many Latin American countries has suffered civil wars etc. Those who have not, like Chile, has done much better than Cuba. This really is not a matter of ideological bias, but fact: Planned economy does not work. It's been tried in many countries in many places over the 20th century. Never once did it work as well as a market economy. No bias, but fundamental economic fact.
Jan
27
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@GuyF-W And what would it take to remove that suspicion? You can look at any measurement you want. Cubas development will not surpass that of democratic non-communist countries. This goes for all communist dictatorships. That's not ideology, but facts. So pick a measurement. UN's Human Development Index, for example?
Jan
27
comment What is the history of Cartography?
Maps were not drawn without technology. A pen is technology. You are probably asking for how maps were drawn before the advent of triangulation. But yes, read through en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cartography first, and then come with more specific questions.
Jan
27
comment What are the immediate legal effects of rendering a royal branch illegitimate?
The current monarch would grant it Royal Assent. This can be done by giving somebody else the right to give or refuse assent as well. The current monarch is still the current monarch, legitimate or not. Of course it can be claimed that the law then rests on shaky legal ground, but it's the same for any law of succession, who must be given assent by the monarch. The Titulus Regius was also given Royal Assent, presumably by Richard in the position of Lord Protector. Again, legitimacy rests on being seen as legitimate. It's a catch 22, yes.
Jan
27
comment What are the immediate legal effects of rendering a royal branch illegitimate?
To that I say: Bah, humbug. :-)
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
The Wiki article on Damascus steel doesn't support any of the claims I mentioned.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
@Gangnus It is not "common knowledge". It's obviously false claims, that you present as facts. This makes this not very useful. There is no support in your sources for any of the claims I mention above.
Jan
26
comment What were the advantages of dual power in the beginning of Castro's Cuba
@Lohoris The only thing in my answer that is a matter of opinion is that I think dictatorships is a bad thing. Nothing else is opinionated, and hence nothing else can be biased. Your refusal to explain what is biased confirms this.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
There are separate opinions on Damascus steel. Some claims are that it's based on wootz steel, which is not pattern welded, but crucible forged. Other than that, good answer.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
Also, your claim that it's folded many times every day is not belivable. Not only don't we know the exact process, folding it several times a day for a year, even with a low count that would be a folding of at least a thousand times. That would make each individual layer less than an atom thick, so such a process could not produce the typical Damascene patterns. Also it's generally assumed that Damascene steel wasn't pattern welded at all. But this is less certain. In short, you can do a basic separation from fact by removing those parts of the legend that are impossible.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
@Gangnus There is no evidence that Damascus steel is so fantastic as you claim it to be. You certainly could not use a Damascus sword as a belt, nor would it cut other swords in half. Swords did sometimes break into pieces, and a pattern-welded sword is less prone to this happening, but that does not mean that with a Damascene sword you would be able to cut other swords in half. You are just much less likely to have your sword break.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
The hyperbole about Damascus steel really detracts from this answer. It would be better if it separated the myth of Damascene steel from the facts.
Jan
26
revised How did the Soviets decide what to annex in WW2?
Some language improvements.
Jan
26
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
-1 There has been no positive effects of the revolution. Although inequality has been lowered and poverty reduced, the same things have happened all over the world, and often to much greater effect. It's easier to get rid of poverty in a rich country.
Jan
26
answered Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution