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Oct
24
comment Middle east and North africa population during the high middle ages
@ThanosK. - I'll do what I can. IIRC, the way Mr. McEverdy did it was to just place icons representing X number of people in general areas, without the political borders even drawn. His later atlases did add the political borders, I think cheifly because the advent of Conscription made the relative size of countries an important factor in everybody's thinking. In the middle ages, armies had to be professional to be any use though, so a country's population wasn't that important a consideration.
Oct
23
comment How was Australia able to start to demobilize in 1944?
Planning ahead like that actually makes a lot of sense. One of the lessons of WWI was that a sudden unmanaged demobilization of a huge portion of a major country's population could have serious social and economic consequences.
Oct
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on australia tag wiki excerpt
Oct
23
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
@KeithThompson - I belive the term I used was not "in today's universe". I stand by that. No third party has gotten a significant number of electoral votes since 1968. If the "universe" changes, I promise to come back and edit my wording. :-)
Oct
23
comment US: Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
I'm not sure I understand this argument. It doesn't appear to be about the Republican party, or about pro (or even anti) business policies.
Oct
23
answered In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
Oct
23
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
@MarkC.Wallace - Well, there's a new one every 4 years. I suspect that's where his plural came from.
Oct
22
comment US: Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
@MarkC.Wallace - We get rather a lot of questions here with bad assumptions embedded in them. I don't think that makes them bad questions. In fact, if its a common misapprehension, it makes it a good question. Of course good answers should start by pointing out/correcting the invalid premises of the question. (I hope that's what I did below).
Oct
22
comment What was the first spy agency?
I've heard jokes that spying is "the second-oldest profession". IMHO all the answers below have established is that it probably predates writing.
Oct
22
comment Why do we find a large number of nude male characters in ancient Greek paintings and sculptures?
Great answer! Welcome to the site. I hope to see more from you in the future.
Oct
22
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Oct
22
comment Why do we find a large number of nude male characters in ancient Greek paintings and sculptures?
Its a subject matter that seems quite likely to get a web page blocked by over-agressive web filters too.
Oct
22
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Oct
22
comment Megafauna extinctions
...oh, and I created a prehistory tag for this. Perhaps not a perfect solution, but much better than ancient-greece :-)
Oct
22
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Oct
22
comment Megafauna extinctions
Interesting that I can read that first sentence, and not come away feeling more context is needed...but I can.
Oct
22
comment US: Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
...done. Added an extra quote from a whole page on the subject too: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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22
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Oct
22
answered US: Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?