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May
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comment Why America waged war against Vietnam?
This was pretty much it. If the independence movement had not been communist, most likely the US would have never gotten itself involved (compare with what happened to France in Algeria at about the same time). Unfortunately, rebel movements really need a good rallying concept, and Communism was really useful to the Vietnamese for that purpose.
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comment Identify WW2 ammo
@Comintern - So it does. Fixed.
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answered Identify WW2 ammo
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comment What is Poosball, an early 1900s women's team sport?
Dang. Damn shame my grandmother-in-law died last year, or I could have asked her about it. She grew up across the river from Cincinnati, was an athlete, and for a time a High School principal there.
May
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revised The British and the French built the Suez Canal?
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
@SamuelRussell - It was taken straight out of the linked website if you want to go investigate that. IIRC the US government used a different measure back then than any of the measures it uses today. I forget which U# it is closest to (not the U3 normally reported by the press). But just eyeballing the chart, you can see part is using a different "estimated" measure too. Probably its best to just take it as-is (a relative measure for the time shown, with a clear big jump), and not try to compare the absolute %'s to today's numbers.
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revised Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
Actually, I'm very sympathetic with this answer. For unskilled labor, it is 100% correct. For labor in general...well, it depends on what exactly Mr. Wolff was talking about (which we still don't know).
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comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
Well, I think there is probably a case to be made that in the antebellum period the US was operating on a kind of opportunity-rich "frontier" economy, and it isn't anymore. That's significantly more nuanced of an argument than saying there was a "labor shortage" that lasted a whole century though (and one that probably would need an economics stack to dive into properly). Labor, like any other market, can fluctuate wildly.
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answered Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
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answered Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
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comment Is eenie meenie miney mo about lynching?
Point of personal reference: I never heard the one using the N word until fairly recently. I grew up in Oklahoma in the 70's; a time and place where that word was er..in much more common use than today. My guess is that it is a local variant that is relatively (in)famous now due to how offensive it is today.
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answered Are Ashkenazi Jews decendants of Khazars? Was there a mass conversion of Khazars to Judaism?
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comment Shantyboat communities on the upper Mississippi River Valley
Well, there's a reason for (modest) rep restrictions on things like creating tags. If you think you have a good case for those tags, I'd suggest bringing it up in our meta.
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comment What happened to the princes in Tower of London?
Under torture, I suspect most of us here could be induced to confess to being advanced scouts for the Xinu invasion fleet. That doesn't mean a whole lot.
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comment Was it Bismarck who said: “He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe”?
...or that someone else said it, and it was later attributed to Bismarck, as he was a more respected source. See history.stackexchange.com/questions/2726/…