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  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, you read that one before I mentioned it on Feb 12, did you? Otherwise I'm somewhat ashamed of my reading speed. ;) One of the problems with Anthony is that I'm not that sure if "horse-riding" means "using a...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Well, yes, but also quite a few Germans would look at horse meat akin to the way Jews and Muslims look at pig meat, in more than one way[1]. This is even stronger with some other Ethnic groups, for example...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Well, yes, but AFAIK the bovini did large parts of their evolution in Eurasia, crossing over into Northern America a few million years ago with the bison, so variation both in animals and parasites would be highest in Eurasia. And...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I must admit that I'm sufficiently far removed from any agriculture and like that I'm not that sure about other animals substituting for horses, but I guess it's not just power but also speed, feeding needs etc. coming in. Please...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Problem is, I'm not that sure if it was just lack of prior exposure that made those epidemics so deadly. Thing is, it seems most Native Americans stem from a quite small group of people crossing Beringia, which makes for...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Well, I loved the end of the "Vigilance" arc in "Person of Interest", enough said about my background paranoia with online civil rights? ;)...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, I did mention that it was also the first sons, didn't I? Caesar was an only son, BTW. Being a Roman politician was a costly issue, it started with most offices were not paid for, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursus_honorum and corruption is...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, Heteromeles is using theUniformian Principle, AKA Ecclesiasted 1.9[1]. And in the context of the "barbarians" of the Ancients this is quite interesting, e.g. many historians start to believe the "ethnic groups" mentioned by Roman historians are quite fluid phenomena....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    From what I know, Northern America might not be the best example for the Romans (err, which part of Roman history are we talking about, BTW?). I guess in most cases, a better model would be the British in India...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, and BTW, we never learned to translate into latin. Though I guess starting you biology examination with "ave, moritorus te salutat" alone was worth it. ;)...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, in my case the alternative to Latin was French. So I had to chose between an near useless and a totally useless language. *ducksandcovers*...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    You mean a certain small village in Armorica as the fourth part? ;) Actually, the corresponding text is: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur. Hi...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Having spend some time googling... I was not able to find a paper that questioned a wide Continental Celtic language, so think that one busted. However, there ist still some discussion with the systematics of Continental Celtic, especially given it's...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Don't know about the copyright, but somebody scanned Anthony's "The Horse, the Wheel, and Language" and but it up on archive.org: https://archive.org/details/horsewheelandlanguage I guess there are some mistakes, but it's a fascinating read on Eastern European cultures like Yamna and...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I guess there are two scenarios for Native Americans stalling the US advance; let's call it the Inuit and the Meiji approach. Of course, the Inuit scenario is named for the fate of the Inuit and Norse settlements in Greenland,...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Actually, AFAIK language and culture shift likely played a large part in the spread of Celtic languages and the associated cultures, maybe with some recruitment of local elites. I guess it was somewhat similar to some scenarios proposed for the...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I agree that Europe has plenty of nasties, but as mentioned, traditions of arrow poisons are hard to find. BTW, the two examples you mentioned might make somewhat debatable arrow poisons, atropine seems to have a highly variable lethal dose,...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Well, that's the "stone soup" approach to toxicology, I guess. BTW, you might like Neuwinger's African Ethnobotany. Interesting read, though somewhat dated....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    A woman with a big wardrobe. ;) As for the actual battle, there is some argument it was originally an internecine battle between some Indo-Aryan tribes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Ten_Kings so maybe for the original battle, don't think War of the Roses in...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Oh, BTW, Norse term for witchcraft? Trolldom Walks away snickering and muttering to himself. ;)...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I guess they still use the good old Strophanthus arrow poison, or, in the context of gang warfare, have some gangs taken to raid local hospitals for neuromuscular blocking agents? Funny thing, BTW, that I'd be somewhat hardpressed for literature...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, theology is part of cultural identity and ideological conformity (or inclusion, most RCC decisions regarding christology, salvation and like boil down to a "well, you're right/wrong, and you too", vide Nestorianism vs. Miaphysitism, Pelagianism vs. total depravity, Apokatastasis vs....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Actually, female carnival dancers are a late innovation, they were finally established in the 1930s. Till then, this was man's work. In drag, of course. Gotta love early modern identity politics... BTW, sore legs is the last concern you've got...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Further reading on the relations of the Constantinople and Moscow patriarchates: http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/rss/25-2_125.pdf http://www.eastwestreport.org/articles/ew05201.htm...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, I guess it's somewhat more complicated than that; for starters, converting to any religion in the past was quite often a political decision, and even if it was just "the particular creed of tge first Christian missionary to show...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Err, Gresham's law would indicate people hoarding the "stronger" currency and using the "weaker" one, which in this case would likely mean the neo-drachme driving out the Euro. Problem is Gresham's law depends on some premises, namely people are forced...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Err, there are alternatives for sail, e.g. the rotor ship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotor_ship Also, why not use some of the stored energy to drive electromotors?...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    To be fair, I was somewhat stuck with the old metal ion chemistry when writing the article, maybe there is some potential with hydrogen-rich carbon or nitrogen compounds, somewhere between polyethylen and liquid hydrogen. Any cells using ethandiol-oxalic acid? ;)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Or use zinc. Zinc-Air batteries are a known technology, and you could ship back the zinc oxide, dissolve it in sulfuric acid and do some electrolysis to get elemental zinc and sulfuric acid. Reuse the acid and ship the zinc....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    So why not bridge the ocean, not with cables, but with bulk freighters carrying hundreds of kilotons of aluminium powder? Nice idea, though I ask myself if aluminium is the best metal to use. It has a high energy density...
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