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    Re: What was the Schlieffen Plan?

    Have to say I disagree. In essence you have plan to win a total war with the one decisive thing Germany could maybe do - knock France out of the war. The plan essentially chews swallows and digests...
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    Re: What does Christmas mean to you?

    I concur with basics what is wrong with brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts figure in one of my favorite stews for winier, a Belgian one with beer, pork, and of course a lot of them sprouts that is.
  3. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    The British used a different process to produce the lead covering. Second of course you have to consider the relative cost of any of the three and the intended ship to be coppered or leaded or extra...
  4. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    Notably lead was used the the same effect in the classical era - it was cheaper.
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    I didn't miss it I'm just not sure Morris has not wondered off into some soft squishy term that I am not seeing a lot metrics for. For 11 bucks or so on kindle maybe I'll buy it because I see a lot...
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    Indeed. As always give me a bit of time I do go back a check posts eventually...
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    Look I said as I much was not paying attention I meant to be talking about the number of HS to aureus. I mis typed/screwed up because I got 25 danarius to an aurues stuck in my head. Always a problem...
  8. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    Fine my point remains why did you even put in you post. I was confused given you had a sold link and source above it. That was the point of my post at the start.



    If you read carefully I was...
  9. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    Scored higher how exactly?

    "three more centuries would pass before it became clear just what the difference it made that Cortés, not Zheng, had burned Tenochtitlán."

    Kind of a silly quote by...
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    There is not one. Their liturgy (tax) was to be both (nominal) captain of the ship and pay the crew. While the canonical reckoning that most literary sources gives is 200 men x 1 drachma a day for...
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    Quickly for now:



    No I said you posted a link that was factually incorrect
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    That One.
  12. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    @Common Soldier

    A few quick thoughts after surveying the recent posts



    Do you mean sample size?

    True. Cant help that. But goes for most studies on bones and trying look at populations....
  13. Re: ‘No force can stop China’: Beijing shows off HYPERSONIC missiles & STEALTH drones at 70th National Day parade

    "Chinese 5.8-millimeter round, touted as having greater energy than U.S. 5.56-millimeter rounds"

    But seeing as the US army is going to 6.8mm I'm not sure that is a good argument. I suppose there...
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    Re: What does Christmas mean to you?

    err try figuring how to spend it with people you like. In the US at least with drive to have no holidays that reliably get you either time off with pay or overtime, I think is great no matter what...
  15. Re: Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government

    Don't mistake China however. The US really needs to play an A game. Trump silly whining about Japan or the ROK paying more and trade wars for all is not really helping the US bring its nominal soft...
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    Indeed there are. My point was rather that once you do not use the very poor diet evidence of the 16-18h century peasants in Europe its clear wealth was distributed better in the classical world. My...
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    Re: Was Hannibal perfect at Zama?

    To paraphrase Niska What is reputation, people talking, gossip, you win this battle that you are solid... Persian Elite? Missed that battle at Marathon, got bested by Xenophon's Ionian clod hoppers....
  18. Re: Wheel of Time: TV show - (Books in spoilers).

    See you are doomed to be disappointed. If you love book X than a movie/TV version of it always likely to fail. I mean I could barely stand chewing through Last of the Mohicans thus the movie adaption...
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    Quick Note for now. Made a mistake above.

    Scheidel considers 3 time periods. correctly AD ~100-160, AD 190 - 270, and a revisit of Allen's Diocletian Edit date (AD 301) work. I meant to be...
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    Its not consistent however with bone data for stature or diet. The elite of Rome certainly lived well. But the average marcus publius lived less well than either his Hellenistic or Classical Greek...
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    Re: Was Hannibal perfect at Zama?

    Probably correct. But starting there and looking at the battle from a fresh light does allow more room for thought. The Elephants look even more suspect in that light. Given the limited evidence its...
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    Re: Was Hannibal perfect at Zama?

    By whom and what did thay win?
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    This is a given . Nobody says other wise, but the effort is worth a try for reasons. Again any historical analysis is fraught with assumptions and paste. Be it emendations of documents or trying to...
  24. Re: The successes of President Donald Trump and their under-reporting by the media (please, no flaming)

    What was the walk supposed to be with regard to US self interest again? No matter how you slice the fish Israel is a vastly annoying client state. Its hard to see dropping it would not be in US...
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    Re: Was Hannibal perfect at Zama?

    Of course you can go all out and argue Zama never happened
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    Ahh see you are missing the point of trying to construct a basket or the more simple wheat equivalent wage or earnings is to allow some kind of comparison across time and space. In this case one of...
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    @Hackneed soldier.

    If you don't mind I'm looking for a couple clarifications or and expanded references if you will allow.

    First to start I still retain a bit of a problem with the van...
  28. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019. New elections announced for September.

    So new elections?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/20/israel-opposition-leader-benny-gantz-fails-to-form-coalition-government
  29. Re: Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron

    Hmm the 'exorbitant' military spending was a long term result of the great power rivalry with the USSR post WW2. The conflict was very much joined by both side with equal willingness. In that context...
  30. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    And than his term was put t a vote and he won...
  31. Re: Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron

    Yes but that is really the result of largely internal US policy decisions. The broader security gains and alliance gains from NATO and all other US Europe cooperation are a fact. And said cooperation...
  32. Re: Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron

    Umm that would the American tax payers who have benefited from US post war hegemony for how long now?

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    Good one
  33. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    There was not a sufficient quorum for the new president to take office. Its south america you can hang around after the Military and police 'ask' your boss to leave? Its not rotary club Sergent at...
  34. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    Even the Grey lady seems to be opening its eyes a bit.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/world/americas/morales-bolivia-Indigenous-racism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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  35. Re: Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron

    "It is quite ridiculous to claim that Trump is somehow compromising "American allies" by ending the parasitic relationship between foreign militaries and pockets of American taxpayers. Want tanks...
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    Re: What is Hybrid Warfare?

    The history of is a bit more strange than the usual Stalin wanted to try it thing

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/stalins-ape-man-superwarriors/
  37. Re: Was China really that far ahead of everyone else in the past?

    Argument does not hold water for one (this is a pun which I will deal with in another post).


    Substance agriculture simply can't explain Athenian wealth nor its need or ability to import vast...
  38. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    Well yes they did actually by holding garland on some fantasy reason and yet passing on more less party line a list on unqualified hacks from the federalist society...

    In any case I reserve the...
  39. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    She lacked a sufficient number lawmakers present to that. Being south America I will be curious to see if the elections happen or maybe 'security' issues delay them.
  40. Re: Bolivia president resigns. Danger of civil war ahead

    And yet he won the election and the OAS has not produced anything to back its hysteria of about the quick count stoppage (1), and the figures match the pre-election polling. And seeing as his new...
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