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Sep
24
comment Why didn't China try to explore or colonize the Americas?
This is a really good point. The circumnavigation of Africa was a major government effort for Portugal. It would not have happened without strong support from Prince Henry and the Crown.
Sep
24
comment How many lives were estimated to have been saved by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
... this is exactly what I was getting at when I said which view you take says more about you than it does the actual history of the matter.
Sep
24
comment How many lives were estimated to have been saved by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
This is one opinon (as I mentioned). I'd look on it a bit better if you had mentioned the folks who believe this more prominently. For example, the author of that linked article is Ward Wilson. He is essentially a life-long anti-nuclear weapon activist. Nothing nessecarily wrong with that, but you can see how such a person would have an interest in exactly the argument he was making. The popular idea that nuclear bombs ended the war is a huge hinderance to someone who is out right now arguing they are useless and should all be abandoned.
Sep
23
comment What is “Mary's Part”?
@OrangeDog - Interesting that the wording would be from the NRSV, since that wasn't released until 1989, and the tombstone was supposedly from 1847.
Sep
23
comment Does History confirm that prosperity, capitalism, and some form “democracy” or representative republican form of government always go hand in hand?
An "authoritarian" government is by definition not accountable to the people, right?
Sep
23
comment Who invented the first flag?
OOC, I looked into this. The people living in that area at the time were most likely Elamite (their language was either an isolate, or perhaps Dravidian). This website back this up with archeology. The Indo-European Iranian people of today didn't exist yet. If they worshipped a rain goddess, my bet would be that they were an agricultural people, which would tilt things towards the Elamites.
Sep
23
comment Who invented the first flag?
IMHO the meer fact that the Sanscrit had a word for "flag" to use in the Vedas implies that Indo-Europeans were using them in the 5th Century BCE (tradition aside, that's when we believe Ramayana was first penned). You can't really take it back any further than that though. 3000 BCE is before there was any written language anywhere (save Mesopotamia), so such an such assertion would have to be backed up by archeology.
Sep
23
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Sep
23
comment Who invented the first flag?
@Pradeep - I'm tentatively approving your edit, although it is a rather drastic change (addition) to the question. AskingStory should feel quite free to roll it back they don't like what it did to their answer.
Sep
23
reviewed Approve Who invented the first flag?
Sep
22
asked What did “opening day” mean in the 18th century?
Sep
22
comment How did Mike McShaffry's 'No Grownups Allowed' cause a congressional hearing?
Reading up on it, I have no clue what he was talking about. There are all kinds of MMOs for kids these days. Probably just bragging about being ahead of his time by inferring some possible future persecution. Totally agree with @LennartRegebro that there was probably no such hearing.
Sep
21
comment What do these hallmarks tell me about my fork and spoon set?
OOC how exactly did you come by this information?
Sep
20
revised State changing its name within the United States
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Sep
20
revised How much of the success of the Soviet forces in WWII can be attributed to the modernization efforts enacted by the Soviet/Bolshevik leadership?
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Sep
20
comment What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
@user0000001 - To be fair, there were only 5 or 6 large European nations that participated significantly in Imperialisim. Lennart's Poland was not one of them.
Sep
20
answered Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
Sep
20
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Sep
20
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Sep
19
comment Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
Aye, but wherrrr be da' pirrrate lingo, matey?