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comment Which attempts to create or revise states resulted in action?
Your last bit about the Senate seems a bit overly-dismissive, considering this has historically been the primary political concern about adding new states. For example, Texas is one (huge) state because it kept the North/South Senate balance at the time to do it that way. Sequoyah was killed partly because Eastern states didn't want 2 new Western states. You may be right from mathematical perspective, but that's neither how it has been viewed in the past, nor I suspect how it is likely to be viewed in the future.
8h
comment Did the Founding Fathers believe that states had the right to secede?
Depends on your definition of "duplicate". My answer to this question would certainly be an exact duplicate of my answer to the other one.
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comment Why was not Greek alphabet adopted by other languages given the Greek influence?
@Anixx - Ah. Yes, that sentence makes no sense at all out of context like I left it there. Thank you for pointing it out. I've elaborated what I meant to say. Does this make more sense now?
Jul
28
comment Where do all the bullet casings after a war end up?
Where I live in Oklahoma its still common to come across arrow heads. I can only imagine what it must be like in areas in Europe where automatic rifles were used in anger.
Jul
25
comment When was the first national anthem?
Note that Nationalism itself has been argued to be a direct result of the printing press (which means it would not have been possible before the mid 15th century). So perhaps this is yet another in my series of answers attributing everything to the Printing Press. :-)
Jul
23
comment Why didn't Native (North) Americans ever advance their civilization?
To me this question looks very similar to history.stackexchange.com/questions/94/…
Jul
23
comment Why didn't Native (North) Americans ever advance their civilization?
There was also agriculture in the American East, the Mississippi Valley, Mexico, Central America, South America...essentially every biome it existed in the Old World too.
Jul
23
comment Would you explain 'development from bourgeois oppression'?
That's a pretty darn open-ended question. What about the statement confuses you?
Jul
22
comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
@fdb - If indeed the facts of this answer are correct, it would be tough to seriously argue that it didn't "pay off", as it removed an entire front from the war, freeing up 50 divisions and temporarily at least giving the Germans a 3-2 advantage on the Western front (until the US could get there in numbers). Sadly for them, that wasn't enough to win, but this at least gave them a chance.
Jul
15
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
What this answer is really missing IMHO is the fact that 99% of the time when you hear the phrase "New World Order" used, it is not in that Bush-1 sense, but rather referring to a Conspiracy Theory prevalent in the US in far right circles.
Jul
15
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
@Oldcat - I could argue around that, but honestly we don't even know the context of this quote. It could be about the post WWII regime, it could be about the post Cold War regime, it could be entirely about economics, it could be about the caviar industry, or entirely made up.
Jul
14
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
The phrase "New World Order" raises a lot of flags for me. It generally has negative connotations in the USA. Pretty much the only time I've heard someone use it positively was professional Wrestling heels. IOW: Its a phrase cartoonish fictional bad guys use, not actual people. I'll see what I can dig up.
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb 70-79 are closer to 50 than 100, so I consider it "mid". Sorry if that confused you.
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb - .. they also got a lot of equipment from China. Still Iraq was "primarily equipped with weaponry it had previously purchased from the Soviet Union and its satellites in the preceding decade."
Jul
11
comment Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
@fdb - Ah yes, I had forgotten about the Exocets. They also had French Mirage fighters to fire them. Still, not quite up to the level of US military hardware, but perhaps better than the Russian that I was implying they relied on.
Jul
11
comment 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
My guess is that the questioner was probably also highly suspicious of this story, which is why they asked.
Jul
11
comment 12 Prisoners demonstrate first steam locomotive
Well, referenced, and the content matches up will with what I found in my researches, so +1.
Jul
9
comment Prisons and prison laws in Old Testament times?
This also explains why every 50 years (Jubilee) and after 7 years (Shmita) all debts were forgiven and all slaves were freed. Slavery was effectively a special kind of debt. This is why some like sds consider it more accurate to call it "indentured servitude"
Jul
3
comment Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?
A good answer gets an upvote. One could claim it is an explanation of some of the mechanisms behind the military superiority that was at the heart of my answer, but I always like backup. :-)
Jul
2
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@Lost1 - Way, way, WAY before the Han. I didn't mean to imply otherwise. However, China was unified before and afterwards (hence the name "warring states period", implying China having many competing states is unusual).