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Mar
18
revised Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
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18
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
If we're going with that proposal, I'm going to edit this down to how I'd pictured it. If doing it this way is inferior, we can always go back. But I don't think we want the entire content of every answer in here twice.
Mar
17
revised When were the most recent Amendments to the boundaries of Boston Ward 3?
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Mar
17
revised Buddhists in ancient Alexandria and Rome
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Mar
17
answered Buddhists in ancient Alexandria and Rome
Mar
14
comment Why did helmets have this metal thing between the eyes?
I looks like it would be a good way to block slashes to the face, with a minimum of vision obstruction. Yeah, there's some, but its not nearly as much as a full face visor would be, and really is no more than the uncorrected area people who wear glasses have to deal with.
Mar
13
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Mar
13
comment Identify this sword!
From the link, apparently Tuareg warriors have an aversion to touching metal, which explains why not only the hilt but the guard as well appear to be wrapped in leather.
Mar
13
revised Identify this sword!
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Mar
13
comment Identify this sword!
The first picture showing the same three blade lines and two squiggles in a semicircle looks pretty darn definitive to me.
Mar
13
comment Identify this sword!
@TylerDurden - How do you figure? Everything I've been able to dig up about Ottoman swords shows them curved. Same for Russian swords after roughly the 14th century.
Mar
12
comment Identify this sword!
Do we perhaps at least know where these various grandfathers are from?
Mar
12
revised A counterpoint/corrections list to “A Peoples' History of the United States”
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Mar
11
comment What is wrong with Russian claim that 7 million people starved to death in the Great Depression in the USA?
@watcher (aptly named) beat me by a minute. Thought I was having some severe deja-vous. I'm going to go ahead and close this copy, because I don't think there's much doubt, and that's actually one of our better questions. Highly rated, highly-rated answer, and first hit I got with Google. You might consider voting on posts there, since you are interested.
Mar
11
comment What is wrong with Russian claim that 7 million people starved to death in the Great Depression in the USA?
I'm not saying the exact number in the question is reasonable (and the stated methodology in the question frankly looks highly sketchy). But 0 isn't reasonable either.
Mar
11
comment What is wrong with Russian claim that 7 million people starved to death in the Great Depression in the USA?
For the record, the "prescriptions" were redeemable at the restaurant in his building, he paid for them, and the amount was put on the patient's account. I'm told he died with 10s of thousands of dollars owed in those accounts. His kids were not allowed to pay for much of anything whenever they went home.
Mar
11
comment What is wrong with Russian claim that 7 million people starved to death in the Great Depression in the USA?
My Grandmother's father was a doctor in rural Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. She told me she witnessed him multiple times write out "prescriptions" for food to starving children brought into his office because they seemed sick. When you consider that about 1/6th of the people in this state today have issues with hunger, dial back to a time when we didn't have today's safety net, and this answer just doesn't jibe with reality.
Mar
11
comment What is wrong with Russian claim that 7 million people starved to death in the Great Depression in the USA?
Just the first sentence, that's pretty damn sloppy logic. I hope you are caricaturing it.
Mar
11
comment Why was Benedict Arnold liked by the Tories but scorned by the Whigs?
@MarkC.Wallace - You are right that they were blazing fairly new territory. But just because they didn't quite understand the universal principles behind what was motivating them yet doesn't change the fact that this is how the system they were operating under naturally works.
Mar
11
comment Why was Benedict Arnold liked by the Tories but scorned by the Whigs?
...to put this another way, there are in fact specific reasons why it would be the Tories who would take a hard line and the Whigs who would have preferred not to. But in any political system the opposition party will have to take up "opposition" to the ruling party to justify their existence, so I think that's sufficient to answer the question.