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    I am not a huge fan of calling one pollster as...

    I am not a huge fan of calling one pollster as better than the others based on 2016, as all projections that election year had been within the normal range of plus/minus three points. As for why, who...
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    DE, Rasmussen is a poll of passable quality...

    DE,

    Rasmussen is a poll of passable quality with a GOP lean and it's just a data point at the end of the day. The real movement over the past days is the apparent surge in the support of...
  3. IJA didn't do too well in Shanghai and flat out...

    IJA didn't do too well in Shanghai and flat out lost to the nationalists in Tai-er-zhuan. I am revisiting an old book and might add a few post after reading the relevant chapters.
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    Not being able to extradite criminals to other...

    Not being able to extradite criminals to other countries was just a pretext for pushing the amendment. Taiwan has been extraditing criminals to other countries for years without even having the...
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    One interpretation of CKS's intent was to justify...

    One interpretation of CKS's intent was to justify the military's size and power. The internal security apparatus of CKS were military intelligence units.
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    Given the story that Chinese public security...

    Given the story that Chinese public security officers were able to find a suspect who had fled into a crowded stadium with their facial recognition software, I wonder if their tech is more advanced...
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    I recall Halleck more or less pried Beauregard...

    I recall Halleck more or less pried Beauregard from Corinth without fighting and irked both Lincoln and Davis. So I suppose that's siege at a distance. There were some uses of siege mines in WWI too....
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    It's been speculated that medieval steel...

    It's been speculated that medieval steel crossbows were of a limited draw length because it reduces the risk of catastrophic stave failure. I suppose organic composites could be more...
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    Hm... assuming the information is correct, then...

    Hm... assuming the information is correct, then either the workmanship was far superior to the rest of the world, or the combination of draw weight, length and material would make a bow arm failure...
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    In the immortal words of Laurence Fisbourne as...

    In the immortal words of Laurence Fisbourne as Superman's editor at the Daily Planet, "Crime Wave in Gotham? Water, WET!"
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    That's interesting. What's the sources on that,...

    That's interesting. What's the sources on that, and how did the Han achieve that kind of tensile strength for the draw weight?
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    Is there an actual definition of what a siege is...

    Is there an actual definition of what a siege is in modern military science? If we're going with the traditional definition of sieges, then it's a kind of campaign involving the laborious digging of...
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    Ask any poultry farmer. Geese are naturally...

    Ask any poultry farmer. Geese are naturally aggressive. As mother is wont to say, the one they kept "near bit your uncle's rear off and he walked funny for weeks."
  14. That's gonna be added to the list of things...

    That's gonna be added to the list of things Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the US Army, right before "being in the US Army..."
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    Despite tons of research and many patients, there...

    Despite tons of research and many patients, there is no reliable treatment regime for depression. Talk therapy, drugs and lifestyle changes are effective, but success is not guaranteed. As Bourdain's...
  16. IIRC, post-retreat from China, the KMT...

    IIRC, post-retreat from China, the KMT implemented land redistribution in Taiwan, followed by a state-ordained reduction in agrarian rents. Some historians have argued that since Taiwanese gentry...
  17. Particularly hard when some of the noncriminal...

    Particularly hard when some of the noncriminal elements were CKS's own in-laws.
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    Heh, the WAB is now ruled by a hereditary family...

    Heh, the WAB is now ruled by a hereditary family now? Somebody liberate us from this Asian despotism already!
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    Trump is not the worst president, historically...

    Trump is not the worst president, historically speaking. But this is sure a historic time to have a bad one in charge.
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    "I would not go that far but, from an outside...

    "I would not go that far but, from an outside perspective, he is far from being the worst President in US history. Jimmy Carter comes to mind." -OoE

    I don't think Trump or Carter are in my...
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