Monthly Archives: August 2007

A PHP equivalent of Server.Transfer?

A question from comp.lang.php: In ASP.NET there is a method called Server.Transfer which transfers the request to a different page from the one that the user requested, but without doing a redirect. The user gets sent headers as though they … Continue reading

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When did trade begin?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: When did trade of goods and services begen? Trade in services predates the existence of the human race; is it often observed in primates. In a family group of monkeys or apes, individuals are much … Continue reading

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Socialized healthcare?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Socialized Health Care? What will happen if we end up with Socialized Health Care? Why “end up”? The U.S. already has two “socialized” (the correct term, in my opinion, is “publicly funded”) healthcare systems: Medicare … Continue reading

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Reducing the cost of living?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How can we get the cost of living in the U.S. down to manageable standards? More and more people are relying on section housing and welfare to make ends meet, and it is only getting … Continue reading

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How did Indira Gandhi get her last name?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why did indira gandhi get her sirname as gandhi? She married a Parsi man named Feroze Gandhi (no relation to Mahatma Gandhi, other than that they both come from Gujarat) in 1942. The marriage was … Continue reading

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Was Import Substitution successful in Cuba?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Was Import Substitution successful in Cuba? Import substitution is never successful. There is a reason for the imports to be; a country imports something either because it’s not available domestically, or because imports are cheaper, … Continue reading

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Economic impact of terrorism (again)

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How did the semptember 11th attack affect our nation? Since you are asking this question in the Economics section, you are probably asking about the economic impact. Brace yourself for an answer you probably don’t … Continue reading

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Inventions and timelines

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What if all our modern inventions had been invented earlier? For Instance, what if there were an ancient Greek Microsoft selling “The Surface” in 2000 B.C. What do you think we would have today? Guess … Continue reading

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The (lack of) brutality in the American Revolution

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why did the American Revolution not (generally) sink to bestial levels of brutality? There were some atrocities committed (by both sides) in the Revolutionary War. But, by comparison with the French Revolution, or certainly with … Continue reading

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Communism and totalitarianism

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What is the difference between communism and Totalitarianism? They are about different things. Communism is mostly about how wealth should be distributed (the government owns all means of production, controls prices and wages, etc.) Totalitarianism … Continue reading

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