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comment Why did the Allies let Hitler break the Treaty of Versailles?
This is in a large part what Churchill's first volume in his WWII history is about.
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comment Has any culture primarily worshipped an evil deity?
@Rajib - That's the revisionist position. It is not universally accepted, the chief problem with it being the extensive documentation of the group that would have to be explained away. A better critique is that the relation to Kali was probably at best a foundation myth for the group. Most of the captured Thugs turned out to be Muslim, not Hindu. This was probably more in the nature of a biker gang calling themselves the "Hell's Angels".
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comment Have past U.S. Presidents been as involved in social commentary as the current one?
Having personally watched that response, this question is not even wrong. Normally, I might find untangling that a challenge, but this morning I don't trust myself to keep it civil (let alone everyone else here).
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comment Language of Franks vs later French
@fdb - I'll clarify.
Nov
22
comment Are there cases of U.S. Founding Fathers burning flags of other nations?
@TylerDurden - Quite. In fact, burning the flag is traditionally one of the two acceptable methods of disposing of a flag (the other being burial).
Nov
22
comment Identifying a ship in Sydney Harbour
There's a nice shot in the video starting at about 8:01 that looks to me like the same ship underway near the same bridge.
Nov
21
comment Strange Symbol Painted on Basement Floor
My wife was born in Covington, and grew up in the area. I believe it was heavily settled by German immigrants, and the neighborhood name seems to lean that way as well. That might be a clue for someone.
Nov
21
comment How heavily were the British taxing their American colonies?
I know 3 years and 3 answers in is a bit late to be doing this, but I'm changing the title to better match what the Questioner appears to want an answer to.
Nov
21
comment Cult related law made in US
@Tab - A large amount of that law would be impossible in the USA, due to the First Amendment. The best you could do here is take the approach that RICO takes: make lawsuits against the organization easier and allow for multiplicative damages and extra prison time for leaders.
Nov
20
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
So "family lore" perhaps?
Nov
20
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
So does that mean this is from your own personal knowledge, or that you asked your father and this was his answer?
Nov
19
comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
@Rajib - Nice link, and it confirms some things about height that I'd observed unscientifically. In particular, both the milk thing and the "striking regional differences" make me wonder how useful comparisons of averages of different very local cultures in different eras and areas really are.
Nov
19
comment Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
Well, it could be argued that those forces might have been available as an emergency reserve if they hadn't been previously deployed to Tunisia. I wouldn't want to make that claim personally without looking at available unit deployments at the time, but I could hear it being made.
Nov
19
comment What is the first example of a Western government passing a sin tax?
I don't think its unreasonable to count the Whiskey tax, as the "moral" character of the thing being taxed was a large part of why it was a politically palatable tax in the first place.
Nov
19
comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
For us backward USAians, that's about 5'4 for men and 5'0 for women.
Nov
18
comment Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
@Oldcat - Thanks for the comment. I looked into it, and that is in fact the case. It looks like SC never had a popular vote for POTUS before the war. They were unique in that respect only since 1832. Going back further before that, appointed electors become increasingly common. I'm removing the misleading note, and editing the answer to mention this.
Nov
14
comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
@knut - Yiddish is High (aka Southern) German itself, so the two are related.
Nov
13
comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
Agreeing with @Semaphore. It might be Yiddish. 2 or three sentences with it in context (or better yet, a link to the audio if its available online) would be hugely helpful.
Nov
13
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@rotard - You may want to reread things. I didn't touch the quote (and wouldn't, for roughly the reason you outline).
Nov
12
comment What degree of choice did slaves have over their sexual autonomy?
Moved the important (TL;DR) sentence to a more prominent place.