I've been reading a book in which a US-like military and its organization are frequently discussed, and I'm curious about informal traditions and unspoken rules within the military, like how commissioned and non-commissioned officers feel about each other, how certain ranks defer to one another in certain circumstances, why sergeants are (apparently) hated by privates, and all that. Any good FAQs, guides, blogs, that sort of thing?
I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
I noticed that sometimes instead of an ambassador embassies have what they call an 'Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.' (I came across this in german: 'Außerordentlicher und Bevollmächtigter Botschafter' — I hope I didn't mangle the english translation.) [more inside]
I have a statistics question about ranked lists. This is not a homework question. [more inside]
Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?
Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
I'm curious about the hidden hierarchies and pecking orders that exist in the world around us. Can you give the inside scoop about who outranks whom? Examples within. [more inside]
Women, what makes a sexual experience rank high for YOU? I'm not just asking about technique, but the whole ball of wax. What makes it the best for you? [more inside]
Naming any person or character not obviously in the armed forces "Captain (Adjective)" automatically signifies Superhero. Where did this trope originate? [more inside]
Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs?
Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs? [more inside]
What are some hierarchical terms for academics or researchers? [more inside]
Army filter: How do I refer to a recruit in basic training in the army? [more inside]
Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries? [more inside]
CanuckFilter: Members of the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as a variety of other Canadian police forces, employ the rank of 'Constable' rather than 'Officer'. Is it inappropriate to refer to a Canadian policeman or -woman as "Officer?" If, say, you're pulled over for speeding, does it matter if you address the police representative as "officer"? (I ask this as a Canuck who has never referred to the police as anything other than "officers" or "cops". It never occurred to me until today to use any other designation. And no, I'm not in trouble with the law. I'm just curious.)
What's going on with my Home of the Underdogs revival Google rank? [more inside]
Military retirement policy: When did the US Army reverse it's policy of not upgrading women who served actively as Colonels to Brigadier Generals upon retirement? (They have always have done so for men). [more inside]
What rank did Sean Connery achieve in the Royal Navy? [more inside]
How would you find a ranked list of professional sportsmens' jersey sales for a particular league during a particular season? For instance, where could you find a ranked list of the sales of NFL players' jerseys for 2007? [more inside]
Question about police rank when it comes to the traffic beat. [more inside]
I ran a creative contest. 17 people submitted. 8 judges each chose their top three, in order of preference. What is the fairest way to rank each entry?
How do I get rid of that musty book smell? [more inside]
In the office we’ll be moving to soon, we’ll have about 50 desks, and almost that many workers to be assigned to them. How can we optimize who’s assigned to each desk so that as many workers as possible are as pleased as possible with their desk assignment? [more inside]
I need some software that will track search engine rankings [more inside]
Does anyone know of a free piece of software (or internet site) that can monitor a web site's ranking in various search engines using various keywords? [more inside]
In the last week or two, I have undergone a transition from pleasant-smelling to ripe and rank. Why? [more inside]
This has been bugging me for a while: On IMDB, why are some highly-rated films not listed in the top 250? [more inside] [more inside]