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I'm a socialist (of the council-communist current promoted by the likes of Anton Luxemburg, Pannekoek and other Dutch German leftists, NOT state-socialism) with an avid interest in history and economics. I am currently studying computer science at the University of Central Florida and hope to graduate with my Bachelors degree by the end of the year.


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answered Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
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comment Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
@MichaelF Also, Santa is a dirty red. Ever notice how if you hold together a picture of Santa and Karl Marx its very difficult to tell the difference between them (aside from the smiling, which is a clear difference). Then there is the issue of "Santa" (MARX) dressing in red from head to toe, gulag elf labor, and him just stone cold hand out stuff for no monies. COMMUNISM == CHRISTMAS.
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revised Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
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awarded  Organizer
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revised Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
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comment Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
@Lohoris, yeah it definitely looks like good D&D material ;) Although, it is still an interesting historical question with a legitimate reason to be asked, IMHO.
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revised Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
Fixed a spelling mistake in the title and narrowed the focus to thieves and pickpockets (the asker is apparently interested in a very specific form of organized crime). Reformulated the question to make it more clear and detailed.
Mar
28
comment To what extent did the “Arab Spring” protesters meet their goals?
In addition to the previous comment and @DVK response here (noting the multiple actors amongst the protesters), there is also the issue of economic, cultural, and institutional differences between the three nations. It is too early to tell for instance in Egypt if the military will relinquish control as promised in July or if the left and liberal minority will succeed in the goals outlined in their alternate constitution, which isn't drafted yet. And that's just Egypt.
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comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
@Omar Abid, I noticed you have placed a bounty along with a concern that this question isn't getting enough attention. It does seem that quite a few people have viewed the question and 4 people have provided answers. You may want to comment on the answers you have here particularly any you feel are on the right track, to get the author to refine their answer. Or if you feel no one here is close to answering your question you should edit it to make it more clear.
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suggested suggested edit on Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
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comment Intersection Between Computer Science and History?
@sbi, this is pretty much what I was thinking. What you are describing sounds very much like the utilization of machine learning techniques on historical data. Your example is a bit more involved than mine, as I was thinking of the potential of natural language processing and optical character recognition. The former I figured could provide some insight into how ideas have developed over time and possibly even insight into the state of mind of historical characters. The latter is a little more shaky as it is rare to have large corpa of well-preserved handwritting for a historical figure.
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accepted Intersection Between Computer Science and History?
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comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
I think this is a solid argument. I'd guess that it isn't anything unique to the US and likely experienced by every major power to some extent. Obviously this "pro-military" sentiment is difficult to quantify (and modern polling is only somewhat effective), but from my reading of history there were similar cultural elements in modern America and Victorian England, in terms of at least military and foreign policy reasoning.
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comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
@MichaelF :) I didn't forget the Alamo! However, the territory being occupied was in dispute at best, and definitely did not have much of an impact on much of America other than in providing a training ground for new military technology and tactics for the US military. It would be hard to argue that the US was under serious threat of invasion by Mexico.
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comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
@MichaelF, outside of the revolutionary war and the civil war Americans have been relatively secure., especially from outside invasion. The only other conflict I'm aware of where Americans faced a serious territorial threat is the war of 1812, which was a relatively limited engagement. Compare this to Europe with the Napoleonic wars, Franco-Prussian, Austro-Prussian, and the devastating brunt of WWI and WWII (especially for Russia!). The 18th and 19th centuries may have been more threatening, but comparatively secure compared to other regions of the world.
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awarded  Revival
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awarded  Scholar