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Hello world,

My name is not Monster Truck II and I was not born in 1920. But here is something about me that I feel comfortable sharing. I studied physics and computer science at college and enjoy reading (history, politics, and economics) and listening to music.

Here is my bookshelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20250758-monster?order=a&shelf=non-fiction&sort=position


Dec
5
comment Qin's use of the number six
I am reaching out to Mr. Keay himself. I will post an answer if he replies.
Dec
5
comment Why did the USA take no action to help Pakistan during their 1971 war against India?
Also --and this is a personal hypothesis --US wouldn't have wanted a direct armed conflict with a nuclear USSR (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…). The latter sent a nuclear sub into the Indian Ocean soon after the former deployed their warships there.
Dec
5
comment Why did the USA take no action to help Pakistan during their 1971 war against India?
Simple answer because it was not in their interest. Kissinger answers this exact question in his documentary (although very vaguely). I can't recall the exact text so refraining from replying --but if anyone has that documentary they can post what he said here.
Dec
4
comment Qin's use of the number six
The Qin's were around 221 B.C.
Dec
4
comment Qin's use of the number six
Was the cun used around that age or was that a later addition?
Dec
2
comment Was there an assassination attempt against Xerxes in the battle of Thermopylae?
+1. One of the most comprehensive answers on this SE.
Dec
1
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Let's all settle in Ethiopia?
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Excellent question. Awaiting replies from experts on mid-east here before posting my own. I expect many replies here.
Nov
25
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@Russell That you answered --mass conscription. But an army is more than people. The infrastructure existed already.
Nov
25
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@Russell The British did leave but the Haganah/IDF/Jewish Brigade etc… (some of which were technically part of the British army before) didn't. They were reorganised into the modern day IDF (Israel Defense Forces).
Nov
24
comment Oldest known international sporting event
Just because a question is obvious does not mean it should be closed. I think that someone who does not know much history is entitled to ask this question and those who know history have a duty to answer it. I won't +1 to compensate because I really don't like the question but I'll vote to reopen.
Nov
24
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
Just as India and Pakistan had an army on day 1 of their existence. No state exists without first building an army (except when another state's army assists them first). The army in question was previously the provincial government's (Britain's) army. It became the Israeli army once Israel came into existence.
Nov
24
comment How did the monks whose job was to copy books react to Gutenberg's printing press?
I think it is easier to destroy a printing press with a wooden shoe than it is to destroy a mill.
Nov
24
comment What wars were started when an indebted country refused to pay?
Didn't the Romans do an almost similar thing to Egypt long ago?
Nov
20
comment What was the name of Delhi during the period of Akbar ruling in parts of India?
Why the down vote?
Nov
19
comment No speed limit on German highways - why?
Great question.
Nov
19
comment What was the name of Delhi during the period of Akbar ruling in parts of India?
Yes. That is correct. @PravinCG
Nov
17
comment What was the name of Delhi during the period of Akbar ruling in parts of India?
coleopterist --I don't think we should ask people to add wiki links to their questions unless of course they are questioning material on the wiki itself. Though I am happy to have a community discussion for this on the meta. @Balaji he is right on one count though --the question definitely can be improved. Sadly I have no edit privileges.
Oct
25
comment Why do Spaniards have their lunch and dinner so late?
Siesta is a very common custom in the Indian state of Orissa --where it gets incredibly hot (even by the subcontinent's standards) during the day. They also have some fermented rice dishes on their lunch menu and during my trip there I felt a need to take a nap in the afternoon. My guide explained to it was the rice but it could very well have been the temperature outside.
Sep
26
comment Is this true that the requirement to sacrifice to the Roman gods was put in by the Caesar only after Christianity emerged?
Never mind, found it. Composing a reply now.