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  1. Re: Why did the the Ming crossbows become so weak compared to earlier Chinese ones?

    Higher draw weights with a shorter power stroke means you have to have a stiffer limbs, which means they need to be thicker, i.e. more massive limbs, which will reduce efficiency.

    We can see...
  2. Re: On Islam's strength's and weaknesses.

    You are the one that needs to read history. While the crusaders went around killing people, the capture of Jerusalem did not invovle massive rape, norndidnrhe Albigensisn crusade. Also, there is a...
  3. Re: On Islam's strength's and weaknesses.

    Islam's strengths:

    1. It promoted a sense of brotherhood and unity among Muslims.

    2. The rules and what it takes to be a Muslim are simplenand easy to follow.

    3. Islam officially supports...
  4. Re: On Islam's strength's and weaknesses.

    And there are also Muslims who, while having not left the faith, take a more liberal and less restrictive view of their faith. These Muslims too, keep rather quiet. For example, if they don't think...
  5. Re: Where early muskets as powerful as multiple tonne trebuchets? A Comparison.

    And the musket is easier to aim than a trebuchet. You could aim and track a moving target with your musket in anyway you never could with a trebuchet. You couldn't pick out an individual to hit...
  6. Re: Why did the the Ming crossbows become so weak compared to earlier Chinese ones?

    Even if the results are not as powerful as HackneyScribe predicted, a 6 stone/400 lbs crossbow would still be a very powerful crossbow, as powerful as the most powerful regular bows. 145 joules is...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Again, I don't agree. Many wars are due to economics, the other guy has something I want or I have something the other guy wants but I can't or won't give up. Sometimes it is a case of survival -...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Simply not true. The American Civil War certainly wasn't about religion, it was about slavery. People of the Confederacy used religion justify slavery, and anti-slavery crowd in the north used the...
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    Re: The Myth of Orwellian Network Propaganda

    Orwell and 1984 wasn't about censorship per se - that is not what makes something Orwellian. Censorship has been around for a long time.

    No what makes something Orwellian is not he way terms are...
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    Re: The Myth of Orwellian Network Propaganda

    Being involved in a civil law suit isn't quite the same as being prosecuted. People can sue for pretty much for.any reason they want.



    It is not speech itself, per se, but particular aspects...
  11. Re: Southeast Asians and Eastern Mediterraneans discovered in lake in Himalayas, 800 CE and 1800 CE respectively

    Those studies seem to support an Aryian Invasian Theory, although not necessarily the violent one proposed by the 19th century scholars.


    Out of curiosity, has any gentic studies been done on the...
  12. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019. New elections announced for September.

    The borders of England have been pretty much the same since the time of the Norman conquest, so England would seem older than Portugal. Scotland as well, its borders are pretty much the same since...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Actually, I don't think that is true. While religion sometimes has been a cause of war,.most of the time it is not.

    Most of th wars of the ancient world were not caused by religion. The Roman,...
  14. Re: Why were 20 people shot dead and 24 injured in El Paso today, and what’s causing the recent trend since the 90s of mass shootings and massacres.

    There is a big difference that Guardian fails to mention. International terrorist, partixarly Muslim international terrorist, work in groups and can get support from around the world. White...
  15. Re: Southeast Asians and Eastern Mediterraneans discovered in lake in Himalayas, 800 CE and 1800 CE respectively

    We know there was trade between the Mediterranean world and China and China. This group could have been part of the silk road travel. It is not too hard a stretch to see a group of people going...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    My apologies, I thought you were being serious.

    I think the fundamentalist who interpret Genesis as 7 twenty four hour days as measure by an appointment omic clock has misunderstood the writers of...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    2 Timothy doesn't have 13 chapters. So what verse are you referring to?
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Because literal word does not mean you ignore the literary conventions being used. Any work of literature needs to be interpreted as in the literally genre it was written. If written figuratively,...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    You don't seem to understand what a metaphor is. Let me help you:

    ...
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    Re: Should Pepper Spray be Legalised?

    Pepper spray doesn't do permanent physical harm, which is why it is used. And a mugger will have a difficult time running away to avoid the pics when they can't see. Just put on a fresh hoody,...
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    Re: Brexit - Time to scrap it and start again?

    I question that Pelosi's views represents both party's. Certainly Trump and many of the Republicans would support a trade deal with the UK, Good Friday accords not withstanding. Not sure where you...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Sexual immorality was.often a metaphor for spiritual immorality. The people of Israel were often compare to an unfaithful wife, listing after over gods the wayan unfaithful wife listed after over...
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    Re: The Myth of Orwellian Network Propaganda

    "Wording and sentiment" somewhat vaguely defined. Wording and sentiment can be misinterpreted. Like the wife who says "I heard what you said but I know what you are really thinking" and takes...
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    Re: Should Pepper Spray be Legalised?

    If the self-defense spray disorients the attacker, then the attacker could use it to disorient the victim, and make.it easier to rob them. The attacker won't care if his victim is covered with did,...
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    Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

    Why shouldn't Trump buy Greenland if he can? If Climate Change is real, Greenland will be a great investment, and will compensate for land lost due to flooding as a result of flobal warming, and...
  26. Re: What ethnic group is this supposed to be?

    I suspect nomadic groups had rather fluid ethnicity and race. A groups that was originally one ethnic group and language may have changed rather rapidly to another one as the group absorbed other...
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    Re: The Myth of Orwellian Network Propaganda

    I am curious of how "hate speech" is defined, and how is "Holocaust Denial" also defined? Is it hard speech to assert that Sub Saharan Africa was already less advanced and less developed in many...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    What to be a sin? A sad face?
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    It makes no mention of priestess in the passage. Simply because people make pagan sacrifices does not make them priestess. In fact, if you read Hosea 4:14, God says he will not punish the daughters...
  30. Re: Defeating the Swarm – Observations from Kambula.

    Swarm tactics can be defeated with the proper choice of defenses. If you can restrict your opponent by choice of terrain or other means, so that the attackers forced into a bottleneck when attacking...
  31. Re: Hydrogen-powered trains replace diesel-powered trains on not electrified tracks in Hessia, Germany

    I came across this website on the cost of hydrogen. Hydrogen currently cost around $13.99/kg, which is equivalent to a cost of $5.60/gallon in gasoline, when when factor in the the greater...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    While it institutional racism has been repeatedly claimed and there are scientific studied to back that up, I have yet tonsee those studies presented on this thread.

    And given the highly political...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    You.keep making the same claims without any real facts to back them up. What real evidence do we have the shows that there are comparable drug use of marijuana amnog blacks and whites? The same...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Women can have sex and act as prostitutes as part of their religion, but that does not necessarily make them priestess. I don't recall the OT passages that specifically describe temple...
  35. Re: Why were 20 people shot dead and 24 injured in El Paso today, and what’s causing the recent trend since the 90s of mass shootings and massacres.

    The 73% by Far Right extremist is about equal to the percentage of the white population, while the 27% by Islamics is much higher than their percentage in the US population. And Islamist accounted...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    But is there the institutional bias in the system as claimed? The fact that there are more black murders in prison does not prove institutional bias, but reflects the reality that blacks simply...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    Often, the similar types of shootings of white by cops simply don't get the same press coverage. The shooting of a white paraplegic who was armed only with a pen is not much less eregious than the...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Even granting that God inspired the Bible though the Holy Spirit that does not necessarily make it perfect or entirely free of mistakes in areas that are not critical. God chose to use people to...
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    Re: Brexit - Time to scrap it and start again?

    Divorces can be messy, and Britain's exit from the EU is a divorce.

    What were the specific reasons for those who voted against remaining in EU to want to leave?
    - Is it the ease which allowed...
  40. Re: Hundreds of thousands march in Hong Kong to protest China extradition bill

    Item 44 conspiracy to commit fraud or defraud is generic and open to to interpretation. Essentially giving the government a blank check to extradite anyone they chose. The government could declare...
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