• Will things change in the future?

    88 answers · Philosophy · 1 day ago
  • What is the most beautifully written book you’ve ever read?

    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    51 answers · Books & Authors · 2 days ago
  • Why are some holocaust survivors not even as old as the holocaust itself?

    Best answer: One of the prerequisites for collecting reparations says that if you were a fetus at the time of the Holocaust, then you qualify. This, of course, goes against the claims of being led to gas chambers immediately upon arrival to that camps, since the mother would need to have survived at least nine months for the... show more
    Best answer: One of the prerequisites for collecting reparations says that if you were a fetus at the time of the Holocaust, then you qualify. This, of course, goes against the claims of being led to gas chambers immediately upon arrival to that camps, since the mother would need to have survived at least nine months for the person to be born - and we're talking about the last days of the war when exterminations supposedly increased to "dispose of the evidence".

    There's another, less known fact about collecting reparations. If you earn too much money or have too many assets, you are ineligible. This means that if you're a rich survivor, you don't get compensated for your suffering. Too bad - it would be a shame to have suffered so much and made something of yourself afterward only to get cheated in the end.

    Thus, it appears that the reparations aren't for "surviving the Holocaust" - they're a retirement pension given only to those who went through it. It's a "club dividend".

    It should also be noted that reparations are paid even if you didn't "die in a gas chamber". They're called "Holocaust reparations" and yet, the word "Holocaust" is being defined as an all-inclusive event that goes beyond the original definition of "holocaust" where it originated. It's a tailor-made word created solely to draw sympathy and create a distraction from the truth.
    16 answers · History · 1 day ago
  • Why does the US Army accept volunteers with low IQs?

    My nephew turned 18 in November 2006. He immediately enlisted. He is borderline retarded, 73 IQ. Somehow he was fit for service and trained as an infantry man. He "graduated"high school with a 4th grade reading level. My sister's child was given a diploma, but it wasn't easy, the whole family... show more
    My nephew turned 18 in November 2006. He immediately enlisted. He is borderline retarded, 73 IQ. Somehow he was fit for service and trained as an infantry man. He "graduated"high school with a 4th grade reading level. My sister's child was given a diploma, but it wasn't easy, the whole family helped him through school. Despite urging him not to join, he joined the day after his 18th birthday. He struggled with training. Seems they have remedial classes for people like him. He was sent to Iraq during the surge. On this day, 11 years agk, he was seriously wounded. People from his platoon have visited him over the years. They all said he did his best, he was brave, he was unfortunate, but he also didn't understand his job as well as most others. 11 years of being cared for by my sister and I. What a messed up situation. Why?
    14 answers · Poetry · 1 day ago
  • Is this a ritual I can use in my fantasy novel with superheroes?

    Best answer: A much better ritual would be for you to find a sacred obsidian knife and shove it deep into your eye socket.
    Best answer: A much better ritual would be for you to find a sacred obsidian knife and shove it deep into your eye socket.
    7 answers · Books & Authors · 6 hours ago
  • How would you rate my writing skills?

    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!) I rarely do line-by-line critique... show more
    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!)

    I rarely do line-by-line critique here because the writers' reactions tend to be defensive, hostile, or abusive. If you care to see detail and can promise you'll act like a professional, I can try to find time to do a LBL. (And it's perfectly okay if you're not yet ready for that, too.)

    Edit: We stay quiet for a while; [<---replace with a comma] [the ←-delete needless words] both [of us<--delete] either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking [to each other<--delete]. It's not like I'm complaining, either. [←-This is wordy, but it also gives your narrator a real-sounding voice] The wind is howling [howls] like a horror movie [opener←-awkward word choice. Maybe ‘soundtrack’?] and the streets are heavily shadowed with a pale late-night glow[←-Switch to active voice, present tense, like the first part of the sentence: ...and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets]. It's comforting [in some odd way, like<--delete][.] I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. [Comforting as it is, ←-delete] the[The] delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm [is kicking in now,--delete] [kicks in], and I [Eek, failure to proofread!] [it]takes all my willpower [not] to [not<--delete] ask her to lighten up[ a bit←-delete].

    I know, that’s hard to read all marked up. Most of what I did was make all the verbs present tense, removing present progressive (“is xing”) and get rid of words you don’t need. If you agreed with every correction, which you don’t have to do, it would read:

    We stay quiet for a while, both either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking. It's not like I'm complaining, either. The wind howls like a horror movie soundtrack and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets. It's comforting. I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. The delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm kicks in, and it takes all my willpower not to ask her to lighten up.

    Nothing’s missing or radically changed, really, but that first paragraph went from 104 to 82 words. You see if you can reduce the next paragraph, or some other paragraph, by twenty percent. It’s a learned skill, and this is a good time to start.
    15 answers · Books & Authors · 3 days ago
  • Who was the President in 2016?

    A. Donald Trump B. Barack Obama
    A. Donald Trump B. Barack Obama
    12 answers · History · 56 mins ago
  • Why was there no protest from other countries when Israel started to expand it's borders after it was established in 1948?

    Best answer: Those who lost the land on which they resided, were obviously upset. They had no say so. The Nazi perpetuated the holocaust, but it wasn't they whose land was given away! First war 1947-49. Israel calls it the war of independence. A historians account.... show more
    Best answer: Those who lost the land on which they resided, were obviously upset. They had no say so. The Nazi perpetuated the holocaust, but it wasn't they whose land was given away!
    First war 1947-49. Israel calls it the war of independence.
    A historians account. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/books...

    Next war.
    1967 - the six day war, June 5th - June 10th. Syria, Jordan and Egypt versus Israel.
    Miko Peled's take on the 6 day war is not the U.S./ Israel spun version. His father was the General when Israel was founded in 1948.
    Syria, Jordan, and Egypt wanted there land back.
    The six day war was fought precisely for that reason. U.S. backed Israel. And USSR the Arabs. But a decision was taken not to participate in their proxies local battle, to avoid a direct confrontation between U.S. and USSR.
    Uncle Sammy claimed USS Liberty had been attacked by Egypt and so unlike the USSR, it found a pretext to help Israel defeat the Arabs. Even in 2018, those papers have not been made public! However the tape recording can NOW be heard by all.

    In the bigger scheme of things, the imperialist powers U.S.and Britain (it was their balfour agreement that caused the whole mess, same land promised to both the Jews, and the Arabs), saw Israel as their proxy in the region.

    The U.N. is ignored.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/r...
    http://blackchristiannews.com/2017/12/un...
    https://news.antiwar.com/2018/05/23/israeli-intel-minister-says-us-will-soon-recognize-golan-annexation/
    20 answers · History · 1 day ago
  • Do you think we have free will?

    54 answers · Philosophy · 4 days ago
  • Would people who have 17000 answers on this site get published if they get off Yahoo Answers and start writing?

    I've been trying to convince my friend Crow to start writing instead of being a yahoo on Yahoo Answers. He won't listen. He believes he'll get published by hanging out on Yahoo Answers all day, trying to scam people out of their money. He really believes you should pay money to learn how to write. Can... show more
    I've been trying to convince my friend Crow to start writing instead of being a yahoo on Yahoo Answers. He won't listen. He believes he'll get published by hanging out on Yahoo Answers all day, trying to scam people out of their money. He really believes you should pay money to learn how to write. Can you help me help him?
    7 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • How did they do it?

    Stone Age men not only had to find their own food (there was no google)but had to build a shelter ,have water, make their own clothes, cook the food, and fight off Dinosours ho did they do it?
    Stone Age men not only had to find their own food (there was no google)but had to build a shelter ,have water, make their own clothes, cook the food, and fight off Dinosours ho did they do it?
    16 answers · History · 1 day ago
  • Why does it matter that YOU should deal with any issues that YOU have in your life?

    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    14 answers · Philosophy · 2 days ago
  • I'm writing a story and need name suggestions!?

    Best answer: What would constitute a "good name" for a character? Was Melville right to go with "Ishmael" instead of "Ezekiel"? Was Nabokov right to go with "Humbert-Humbert" instead of "Lambert-Lambert"? Should Orwell have called his character "Harry Jones" instead of... show more
    Best answer: What would constitute a "good name" for a character? Was Melville right to go with "Ishmael" instead of "Ezekiel"? Was Nabokov right to go with "Humbert-Humbert" instead of "Lambert-Lambert"? Should Orwell have called his character "Harry Jones" instead of "Winston Smith"?

    Think for one moment, would your mother be a different person if she had been given a different name? Would your best friend be a different person if he or she had a different name? Would YOU be a different person if you had a different name? This is the internet, so I could be called "Andrew" in real life or I could be "Bernard" or "Carl" or "Dwayne." No matter which of those names my parents had given me, I'd still have to develop my own personality and grow and mature into the person I was meant to become.

    Let's say you write your story and you decide to call your character "Alice", and you end up writing a superb story that you feel proud of having written. Then, afterwards, you decide to change her name to "Beth" or "Carol." Would it really make any difference? It would still be the same story, the only change would be the character's name. Let's say 100 people were to read your story, fifty of them read the first version where she's called "Alice", and fifty of them read the revised version where she's got another name. Now let's say that you could ask each and every one of them their opinion on the story. Some people might say that they thought it was wonderful, some might say that it was awful, some might say that it was all right but not really their cup of tea and some might say that they thought it was just okay and nothing to write home about. So you'd have some stellar reviews, some lukewarm reviews and some poor reviews. That's pretty standard.

    Now, how many do you think would give a toss about the character's name? Out of those hundred people, how many would be likely to say "I stopped reading because the character was called __________"? How many would be likely to say "You know what I really loved about this piece - the fact that the character was called __________"?

    If you focus your efforts on crafting a great story, you won't have to worry about which names readers might prefer. And you know what? It's YOUR story, so what I think or what anybody else thinks counts for a lot less than what you think. Are you under the mistaken impression that kidnappers always select their victim by name? Are there kidnappers out there who only take people with three-syllable names, or names that begin with an odd letter of the alphabet or names that end in a vowel?

    Wasting time diddling over a character's name doesn't serve any purpose at all. Are there exceptions to that? Sure. You could be writing a historical fiction that takes place in 1600s Korea or a science fiction story about an alien planet, with specific times or locations, choosing an appropriate name means selecting one from a much smaller pool of possibilities. But if those things are not a factor in your story, then you can go with pretty much whatever you like.
    13 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • The native Americans practiced slavery, where is your outrage?

    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    30 answers · History · 4 days ago
  • I m writing a book and I need help coming up with a title!?

    I m writing a book and I need help coming up with a title! So basically, a girl meets this boy in school, then soon start dating each other. They are both weed smokers and reckless rebellious kids. But the boy had gotten into more hard drugs, also. Later on in their relationship, things gdt rocky. Suddenly he... show more
    I m writing a book and I need help coming up with a title! So basically, a girl meets this boy in school, then soon start dating each other. They are both weed smokers and reckless rebellious kids. But the boy had gotten into more hard drugs, also. Later on in their relationship, things gdt rocky. Suddenly he disappears forever and no one is telling her what happened and she suspects that he died from a drug overdose or suicide. And she blames herself and spends the rest of her life looking for him because she still loves him.
    10 answers · Books & Authors · 14 hours ago
  • How would you rate my writing skills?

    Ameki casts her left leg to my right side, giving me space enough so sit up. When I do, I nearly fall back again at the sight and smell of my clothes; the air is thick and stinks of raw blood, and the stuff is splattered on every floor, wall, and piece of furniture in sight. Ameki has the worst of it. Her mutilated... show more
    Ameki casts her left leg to my right side, giving me space enough so sit up. When I do, I nearly fall back again at the sight and smell of my clothes; the air is thick and stinks of raw blood, and the stuff is splattered on every floor, wall, and piece of furniture in sight. Ameki has the worst of it. Her mutilated left arm holds any number of deep gashes, all bleeding profusely and browning slightly. I can clearly see a layer of fat, then muscle, and whatever else her insides hold.
    10 answers · Books & Authors · 15 hours ago