From the ancient Greek for equality in freedom of speech; an eclectic mix of thoughts, large and small
The Lion’s Gate
Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Steven Pressfield has embraced his (secular) Jewish heritage and written a new book about the Six Day War, The Lion’s Gate. He discusses the process with his agent, and this bit on MiG-killers and the death burst caught my attention:
William Newman: “Before applying any technical method, you have to already have a pretty good idea of what the form of the answer will be.” This is usefully true in many ways, and pretty much completely true for a lot of things that we think of as technical methods (e.g. finite element analysis, or calculus of variations, or functional programming), so the claim seems to be true as it is intended to be understood. But it seems to me that there is an important exception to the claim as it is...
Alex J.: It’s easier in football to watch all the games that matter, especially with premium packages and 3 afternoon games on cable. Not so much with the NBA. And with baseball, only the playoff games “matter”. I’ve had people tell me they never watch regular season baseball, but love the playoffs.
Rollory: David Yeagley (Bad Eagle) had some good articles about Comanches and their imperial period. They were basically the Mongols of North America. It was just their bad luck to have their acquisition of horses predate the presence of industrial firearms by only a short time. And, that same coincidence was the very good luck of everybody who wasn’t Comanche.
Rollory: A certain blogger, whom I will not name because I have no interest in giving him any traffic, once made an alarmist post about how Senator Charlie Rangel had just introduced a bill to reinstate the draft and this was a red-alert situation-critical imminent-danger situation. I and a couple other people posted comments noting that Rangel had introduced the same bill multiple times in the past to no avail and that this time appeared to be just another grandstanding political maneuver that everybody...
Septimine: It’s also less true of Orthodox Churches. The Churches in the East are much more Ethnic in nature. The Greek Church was united with the Russian Church by doctrine and somewhat by liturgy, but it wasn’t so much a single universal church as a series of united ethnic churches.
Alrenous: Farming can start gradually. First a few tucked-away bits of hidden dirt where seeds, usually trash, are planted. It’s nicer than hunting all over the forest for food, so they expand them. Eventually they get big enough to be found by enemies, but then they’re big enough to be worth defending. Plus, you gonna let the next tribe over insult you like that? If, around this time, the population has grown some, they’ll get lassoed by the fields.
27: Having their cake, eating it also. That said, a great spot.
Pelekesi: The Comanche were in a easy phase of subsistence. They had just mastered horse archery, so the buffalo were easy prey but hadn’t yet been hunted out. If they’d had a few hundred more years their life would have gotten a lot tougher. Unless the homicide or infanticide rate was really high amongst themselves, in which case you’d suppose they’d fail at keeping outsiders from taking over their land.
James James: “19th-century industrialisation. Landowners benefited, but workers didn’t” That doesn’t sound right to me. Clark says in Farewell To Alms that the Industrial Revolution was unique because productivity gains were turned into higher living standards for the common man, rather than just being used to produce more people. Productivity growth outstripped population growth for the first time. Industrial Revolution workers benefited in the sense that they chose to move to the...