Monthly Archives: September 2007

How did the princes of Moscow become the rulers of Russia?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What was the main reason the princes of Moscow were able to become the rulers of Russia? Partly dumb luck, partly smart politicking. In early 14th century, Moscow and Tver were jockeying for position of … Continue reading

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Why don’t we just raise minimum wage?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why don’t we just raise minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour? That way everyone will have a decent income and no one will be on welfare and take advantage of the system. Your proposed … Continue reading

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A global currency?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Do you ever think there will be a single form of global currency ??? No. That would be a very bad idea. In order for global currency to be viable, several conditions must be in … Continue reading

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If all manufacturing was done in the U.S. …

A question from Yahoo! Answers: If all manufacturing was done in the US…? Over the years, we all know that most manufacturing has been outsourced to other nations because the cost of labor and materials is cheaper than in the … Continue reading

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What are the working poor doing wrong?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What are the working poor doing wrong that keeps them poor? Nothing. They are basically paying for the sins of their parents. They didn’t get to go to college because they didn’t do well in … Continue reading

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Why do some markets consolidate?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Economic question : Why do some markets consolidate while others fragment over time ? Many markets – esp. media-related markets such as magazines, newspapers, websites, tv channels etc. have fragmented and are increasingly catering to … Continue reading

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Poverty and child labor

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why is poverty a contributing factor to the problem of child labor? It’s not “a contributing factor”, it’s the only reason child labor exists. You are poor, so you expect to have no way to … Continue reading

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Is the growth in China and India a threat to the US?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Is the growth of Asian economies(China, India) a threat to the US? I need to analyze the growth of US trade with China and India. Is growth of these and other Asian economies a threat … Continue reading

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Why run PHP on Windows?

A question from comp.lang.php: QUESTION: Does it make any sense to use php on a windows server? Of course it does. 🙂 I mean it might be better than asp/.net (which I don’t know about). But why *would* a person … Continue reading

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How many Kremlins are there in Russia?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How many Kremlin’s are there in Russia? Pretty much every Russian city founded before 1500 has or had one. There are three that I know of within 100 miles of Moscow (Moscow, Zaraisk, and Kolomna; … Continue reading

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