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Has any society ever successfully reduced obesity?

Weight loss can be achieved through a variety of modalities, but long-term maintenance of lost weight is much more challenging. Obesity interventions typically result in early rapid weight loss ...
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Do someone know book, this page is taken from? [closed]

I've found a screenshot from some(western?) political comic book, but cannot understand what's this: Do someone know the origin and what's this about?
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Is there any info about further destination of troops exiting Afganistan? [closed]

As US troops leaving Afganistan, it seems interesting to know where would they go. Returning home huge amount of veterans (returning from a lost conflict) can influence inner politics drastically - ...
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Why are countries consistently ranked across "nice" lists?

I have noticed over the last couple of years, that countries that are ranked high on one list that ranks by a property that is favorable, also rank high on other similar lists. For example on https://...
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Is the number of protestors proportional to public solidarity?

In other words is the amount of protesting people proportional to the amount of dissatisfied people in general? Let's say there are 1000 protesters, does it mean that there must let's say 100,000 ...
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Why has the State been considered as a problematic institution?

I have enrolled in a course of Public Administration and there is a paper called State, society, and Public Administration. Unfortunately it is a course which a student needs to study him/herself ...
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What is the relationship between politicians' electability and physical fitness?

I wasn't able to find any studies which looked at the relationship between a candidate's body shape or physical fitness and their predicted election success. The closest source I could find were ...
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Does a best or most optimized system exist?

People have diverse views about what they think is moral, what economic policy is the best, what legislation is good, etc. But all of these views are opinions. By sharing our opinions, (most) people ...
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Do transgender activists believe being transgender stems from nature, nurture, or some ratio of both? [closed]

CONTENT WARNING - question relates to how "transgenderness" is constructed, and whether or not seen by trans theorists as biologically determined or socially constructed (or something else/some ...
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Generosity in the World Happiness Score [closed]

One factor in the World Happiness Score is generosity. I have trouble understanding, what this actually means and how it enters into the score. These are my specific questions: Does "generosity&...
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Why is Facebook not restricted by the U.S. government to be politically neutral, like the U.S. Army, for example?

To start with, here is the context of the question. I recently heared about this (in fact, rather old - about 4 months ago) story: Mark Zuckerberg reportedly pressured a top Facebook VR exec to drop ...
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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

In the "Dune Genesis" essay originally published in the July 1980 issue of Omni Magazine* Frank Herbert wrote: "I now believe that evolution, or deevolution[sic], never ends short of death, that ...
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In what ways are modern society and government confounded? [closed]

In Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, he says: SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but ...
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Is there a feasible route by which UK housing can be made more affordable without devastating the housebuilding sector and its employees?

This question is prompted by a comment on the radio today, in which it was stated that house prices in the UK are about 10x average earnings (compared to the historically safe ratio for a mortage of ...
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Did "socialism with a human face" actually exist in practice?

NOTE: This is somewhat related (a "soft" version of) to this question (Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?) According to Wikipedia, "Socialism with a human face" appeared in 1968 and it ...
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Why does Modi administration want SIM cards to be linked to Aadhaar card?

Why does Modi administration want SIM cards to be linked to Aadhaar card, especially when "mobile theft" is a big business in India ?
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What connects successful enterpreneurs and populism?

Many of the representatives of the 21st century populism turn out to be business leaders (like Trump, O'Leary, Babiš). What is the most accepted theory on why is it so among political science scholars?...
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Is there any justification for claims by the Chinese Government that social media controls are needed to prevent incitment of riots?

In several countries, there's the practice of censoring foreign social media and other types of websites, presumably due to the possibility of the information on them would cause social instability ...
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Anarcho-Communism distribution of wealth

How would a society based on anarcho-communism, or even communism without state, distribute the wealth so people could buy food, leisure products and other varied items. Who would distribute the ...
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Are there countries where the Roma have integrated into local society?

I live in Czech Republic and the Roma minority here is considered to be the biggest source of crime - most prisoners belong to the Roma ethnic even though they only make up 2-3% of the population. ...
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How should one address concerns to a parliamentary representative?

I am concerned that politicians are not addressing some issues I see as having imminent impacts in the overall health of Europe. I would like to communicate this effectively with a representative in ...
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Can you give me a pro-Kremlin news source?

As a daily academic exercise, I read news articles on the same topic from multiple news agencies with a different political orientation. I'd like to add a pro-Kremlin news agency; with a preference ...
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Any sources on day to day governance in the ancient world? [closed]

I’m looking for good sources on governance in the ancient world. Specifically, I’m trying to find sources that can help me from the development of a new city (ie something like the foundation of a ...
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Happiness Index

I found that Bhutan created the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index in order to evaluate the happiness of their citizens and compare that with other countries. I presume the intention of that was to ...
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Effective ways to prevent hijacking an organisation committee by newcomers

I have been a long time member of a local expat community and have been serving on the committee for many years. We have been ticking along quite nicely for ages, organising a few events a year, ...
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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What is the role and responsiblity of the king in Spain in the Spanish government?

What is the role of the king, socially or politically, in Spain? Recently Spain's monarch abdicated his throne for his son. See info
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Why is equality such a widely accepted political goal?

Even though Egalitarianism is typically associated with the Left, it appears that even the Right considers equality to be desirable. This seems puzzling to me, as there's overwhelming empirical ...
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What is the theory behind social policing?

One example is the so-called broken windows theory. That is that police ought to bear down on anti-social behaviors such as broken windows, spitting on the sidewalk, "squeegee men," (window washers), ...
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Are laws effective at enacting social reform?

In India we have many laws which are intended to curb social customs like dowry. Are laws effective at curbing social customs? Are any alternatives more effective?
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Does standard of living correlate with higher education? [closed]

This question aims at the correlation between a societies standard of living and standard of formal education. For example, over the past century, America has had the fortune of being a place with a ...
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Legality of Nudism in Public Places? [closed]

I have watched some pornographic video that shocked me. In many videos a nude girl walks in very crowded public places in the blatant view of other people. I thought that it might be a video trick, ...
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Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?

I've often heard the following two points of view: Communism is a failed philosophy, and it has always failed (e.g. USSR, China, Cuba etc...). Therefore it's simply wrong. Communism has never been ...
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Why do political bodies often sit in semicircles?

It is quite common for legislative bodies to sit in "semi circles". source I can see how, for historical reasons, this shape was optimal for hearing clearly in a large room, however this needs not ...
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What is the Overton window?

I have heard of the Overton Window on Wikipedia and in a question on Skeptics StackExchange. Wikpedia says: The Overton window is a political theory that describes as a narrow "window" the range ...
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