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May
15
comment Did Hitler not intend a major war while invading Poland?
Sure, but he was wrong when he thought that meant they would not declare war. And he was wrong when he thought he could beat them. He nearly did, but only nearly.
May
8
comment Hitler's Death: Fact or Fiction
A new independent witness account has come to light, adding more confirmation to the "standard" events that Hitler committed suicide and that his body was burned outside the bunker. See update to my answer.
May
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@mart Living conditions are very dependent on the state of the economy. The living conditions of Cubans have, just like the economy, not kept up with the rest of the world. However, reliable statistics about this in the 1950's are hard to find.
May
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
No, that's fact. And it doesn't mean it was the only reason. It is however, in all cases, a reason. Planned economies are inefficient, and tend to stagnate. Denying this is like denying evolution.
May
1
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
As I understand it, in Acies Duplex formation, those in front had pilae, and those in the back had lancae, so rank switching wasn't done then. It's not a question of "being prevented", just different formations. Also, with only two lines, the rank switching get's less meaningful as you get less "rest", so it might just be more effective to not do it, but that's speculation.
Apr
29
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
@SamuelRussell You may doubt it, but it happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
29
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
You are right, my source only publishes data for 1950 to 1978, while the question is about the 50's and 60's.
Apr
29
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
I don't see how it's a misunderstanding, that's how I understood it from the start. What you call "rank switching" is a part of the Acies Triplex formation.
Apr
2
comment Have there been any nuclear accidents in the US at nuclear facilities which were not “commercial”?
SL-1 is well known and worse. So it's not hard to say at all.
Apr
2
comment Have there been any nuclear accidents in the US at nuclear facilities which were not “commercial”?
SL-1 was definitely a worse accident than three mile Island. So the answer is "Yes".
Apr
1
comment Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
Please keep the conspiracy theories away from this site. There is no "refusing the release the details". The details of the research was published in 2010. jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=185393
Apr
1
comment Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
@user438: That a book originally is written before the exile doesn't mean it can't be influenced by ideas during or after the exile. The books where copied many times, and will have continually changed. There are differences between the "standard" texts and copies amongst the dead sea scrolls, for example. The fact that there still exists many references to other gods, and Yahweh being one amongst them are proof enough that the texts originally was written by people who believed there was many gods. Otherwise there would be no such references at all.
Mar
16
comment Where was the pre-war (ww2) border between Poland and Germany?
Right. Although in the Treaty of Versailles East Prussia is treated as distinct from Germany, in a geographical sense. So Germany's borders are defined in article 27, and East Prussia's in article 28. So I didn't bother quoting article 28.
Mar
6
comment Is there a symbol associated with Loki from the Norse pantheon?
That Loki is mentioned in this poem does not make the rune a sign for Loki.
Feb
27
comment Where was the pre-war (ww2) border between Poland and Germany?
Yup, but it was the border with Germany that was specifically asked for.
Feb
26
comment Was the communication between Spitfire and other fighters' pilots encrypted?
Well, it was feasible, But you wouldn't have been able to have many frequencies or hop very fast, and you would easily lose sync and then hear nothing. It saw some limited use by Germany in WWI, however, all you need to do is to listen to all the frequencies, so it was not very useful as encryption.
Feb
5
comment What did Germany do after World War II to recover so successfully that it became more prosperous than its WW2 victors?
My answer points out that the premise of the question is wrong, and that it therefore can't be answered. The Marshall Plan is therefore not relevant for this question. It would be relevant for a different question though, like for example "How did Germany rebuild so quickly".
Jan
5
comment Was the communication between Spitfire and other fighters' pilots encrypted?
Yes, it's reasonable, but the question answers itself by pointing out that encryption of voice during WWII required a huge machine that could not be fitted in an airplane. I think the question can be rewritten to be a good question, but currently I don't think it is one.
Jan
5
comment Was the communication between Spitfire and other fighters' pilots encrypted?
When you say "communication" you seem to mean only voice communication. And then you answer your own question.
Sep
1
comment How did Germany rebuild so quickly after World War I?
@CGCampbell Thanks.