Reputation
Next tag badge:
107/100 score
18/20 answers
Badges
2 74 157
Newest
 Nice Answer
Impact
~878k people reached

Mar
21
comment The taboo of premarital sex for women
I do know of a book or two on the history of sexuality. I haven't read them, but it seems like this ought to be answerable by someone familiar with their contents.
Mar
21
comment Why did the Arab spring and Iranian Green movement failed for the most part, but the European revolution did not?
+1 - Europe switching from mostly monarchies to mostly liberal democracies was a long and exceptionally bloody process. It took the better part of 3 centuries, and is still going on at the margins. To riff on Bonhoeffer, cheap freedom is no more effective than cheap Grace.
Mar
18
reviewed Approve Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
Mar
18
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
18
comment Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
@CsBalazsHungary - As someone who has been on various SE sites for 8+ years, you'd be amazed how often that kind of thing happens to me. Inappropriate merges are the worst offender.
Mar
18
comment Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
I rolled back the "PRC" edits, as (as pointed out by commenters) it made the two highest-rated answers, including the accepted one, no longer address the question.
Mar
18
comment Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
@CsBalazsHungary - ...rolled it back.
Mar
18
revised Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
rolled back to a previous revision
Mar
18
comment Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
@CsBalazsHungary - As a matter of site history, this answered the question that was originally asked. The "PRC" verbiage was added by someone other than the author later. Considering it retroactively made the accepted answer and another highly-voted answer no longer match the question, the edit was clearly in some kind of error, and should probably be adjusted.
Mar
17
comment Why weren't North American Indians considered to be property yet to be acquired (slaves)?
@shiningcartoonist - This Wikipedia page is a good start. In western countries, it typically takes the form of forced migrant labor or sex slavery. Western countries do condemn slavery, but they love cheap labor and sex. Searching the recent news for stories about "human trafficking" would probably prove fruitful as well. In the US we even have a phone number to call ( 1 (888) 373-7888) ) to report or ask questions about Human Trafficking.
Mar
16
comment When and where first it became usual that the ID Card holder signed his card?
Just a note: We don't really have required identity documents in the USA, so some of us USA people may have a hard time even wrapping our minds around this question.
Mar
15
comment Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
@Athanasius - I meant exception to the rule that votes on individual state questions aren't binding on the Federal Government. If the states collectively want to overrule the Federal Government, they can (theoretically) do it via the constitutional amendment process, which could (as you rightly point out, also very theoretically) involve a popular vote.
Mar
15
comment What is Lorenzo de' Medici holding in this painting?
Pretty sure its not an iPhone. Corners aren't rounded enough.
Mar
15
comment Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
@MarkC.Wallace - According to everything I can dig up, it was sent to the states for individual ratification. Article 7 even spells out the number of states (9) needed to ratify it for it to be in force. The last two states, NC and RI didn't sign on until after the new Congress had already assembled. In Rhode Island's case, it was over a year.
Mar
15
comment Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
As an example, the much derided anti-sharia law question Oklahoma had on the ballot in 2010 had a very practical purpose. It was meant to increase (Republican) Evangelical turnout in an off-cycle election that also happened to be deciding the Governor's office. It worked in that the Republicans won the office, and did no harm in that it was transparently unconstitutional. To be fair, the Democrats had captured the governorship 8 years prior with the help of a state lottery question, so both sides do it.
Mar
15
comment Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
@MarkC.Wallace - I thought it was roughly equivalent to the current amendment process: There was a convention called by the states, and then it was considered in force when 3/4th of the states legislatures (individually) ratified it.
Mar
15
revised Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
added 16 characters in body
Mar
15
revised Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
added 390 characters in body
Mar
15
answered Has the US ever held a referendum? Would it be possible according to the constitution?
Mar
15
comment How effective have Shariah-based Islamic Laws been at keeping the crime rate low in modern Saudi Arabia?
Iran is neither Arab nor Sunni. To make matters worse, they are run under the closest thing you will find to Sharia in the Shia world, so its unclear what kind of a control they would be. One could use those facts to explain away any similarity or difference. Sudan is about 30% non-arab, and Somalia isn't really a coherent country right now.