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comment In Civil War Reenactments why do people walk across the battlefield
Think about it this way: In the face of all that enemy fire looking for a good place to aim a shot, do you want to be the guy in front of everyone else?
Apr
16
comment Why did the US government try to 'normalize' the idea of the atomic bomb for Americans?
A link would be helpful. As currently phrased I have no clue: a) What you are talking about and b) Why it would be at all reasonable to accept as a given that such a thing happened.
Apr
15
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
Downvoting this not because I disagree, but because I think its a) Entirely based on personal opinion, b) A statement of personal religious belief masquerading as a statement about mass belief, and c) A badly-argued specimen at that.
Apr
15
comment Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
Expansionisim was always an integral part of Italian Fascisim. If they didn't accomplish all that much, it was for want of ability, not desire.
Apr
14
comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@JeroenK - Check on the wikipedia page on State Religon. Europe is one of essentially 3 areas of the world that still have them. However, the other two areas aren't exactly notable for their lack of belief in God, so I have to think there's something else behind this.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
@sds - There were theories. Columbus didn't come up with his size by himself. He just purposely chose the estimates (both of Earth size, and the size of Asia) that helped his case. But even if everyone knew the right size, you're actually making my point here. If you used the actual size of the earth and Asia (rather than Columbus' huge underestimation), and there hadn't been any intervening land until the Indies, everyone on board Columbus' three ships would have died. That's why nobody else was foolish enough to try it.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
@BenCrowell - I'm rather impatient with those arguments (and their implicit implication). There's no land bridge now, and the natives who live in the Aleutians make the crossing with native boats daily. Island chains like the Aleutians are hardly a barrier at all for Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
Apr
11
comment Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
Mostly agree with this, although there is also the mental problem not knowing what's over there yet (and thus how much food and water you need to bring to avoid everyone involved slowly dying).
Apr
9
comment Were Tories “Catholics” and “Whigs” Anglican?
Note also that there are those who say that the northnern American colonies tended to get populated with transplanted Whigs and Dissenters, and the southern with transplanted Tories (eg: The Virginia Cavaliers), thus creating the germ of the North/South cultural divide the USA maintains to this day.
Apr
9
comment Roman Gladiators using an axe
Actually, part of the spectacle of the gladitorial games was that they'd pit fighters with different (and exotic) styles against each other. Since Germans were known to use axes in battle, it beggars belief that they'd never used one equipped with his native armament in a contest.
Apr
8
comment Have there been other examples of reunification/annexation, such as in the Crimea, that succeeded without using deadly force?
What is your evidence that it would have been any less successful if they had fought? If left as a bald statement like this, its going to be tough not to address that assertion. If that isn't what you want to happen, you might consider removing it.
Apr
8
comment What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
I'm not necessarily against answers that attack the premises of the question. However it seems to me in this case that the examples cited actually strengthen the question's case.
Apr
7
comment What language did Petlura speak casually?
@DVK - Yeah, the more I read up on this, the more I'm thinking the writer quite likely did this with a character of his on purpose.
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@RazieMah - Consider asking this as a question. Addressing it here would make for an over long (and quite off-topic) comment.
Apr
3
comment Are there wars still going on, but officially ended? (found two)
@CsBalazsHungary - Not sure which you mean by "it". But in both cases there was actual up-and-up conflict with opposing military units that happened and had a definite end date one can point to, even though there's no official peace.
Apr
3
comment Are there wars still going on, but officially ended? (found two)
Cyprus is another good one I'm tempted to steal in my answer. I think the issue there is that the two main parties (Greece and Turkey) have no interest in resolving it, as they aren't the poor saps who have to live there.
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
One clarification here: The Zulus were throughout their history an Iron Age people. They preferred fighting with spears to swords, but they were always iron-tipped.
Apr
1
comment How many people in the US starved to death during the Great Depression?
I have some family experience with this. My great-grandfather was a doctor in rural Oklahoma during the depression. My grandmother used to help him in the office, and told me stories of parents bringing in "sick" kids, and being given "prescriptions" for food, fillable at the drugstore downstairs. This was in SE Oklahoma, which was not even the part hardest-hit by the dust-bowl.
Mar
28
comment During the Great Depression, roughly what proportion of Americans lived below the World Bank PPP $1.25/day poverty line?
Edited to clarify the inflation adjustment of the dollar amount. Someone tell me (or fix it) if I got it wrong.
Mar
27
comment How did Newton support himself during his research?
@jinawee - Perhaps I'm being dense, but I don't see the answer in there.