G. Stolyarov II's Selected Writings from Associated Content / Yahoo! Voices

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A sample image In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views.

In an effort to preserve his writings and render them available to the public indefinitely, Mr. Stolyarov has rescued and republished these earlier works on The Rational Argumentator.

The History and Deeds of Napoleon Bonaparte (2001)

(Paper written in 2001, First Edition published in 2002, Second Edition published in 2007 in 22 parts on Associated Content. The chapters comprising this paper cumulatively received over 149,000 page views during 2007-2014. The combined Third Edition of this paper is now available for free PDF download.)

Table of Contents

Section Page
Napoleon’s Childhood 2
Napoleon’s Education and Gradual Ascent 2
Napoleon’s Return to and Final Departure from Corsica 3
Return to France and the Siege of Toulon 4
Service Under the Directory and Marriage to Josephine 5
The Italian Campaign of 1796-1797 6
The Egyptian Campaign of 1798 8
Return from Egypt and the Coup D’Etat of 1799 8
The Consulate and Victory at Marengo 9
Napoleon’s Institution of Religious Toleration and Abolition of Slavery 10
Napoleon’s Civic Innovations 12
The Napoleonic Code and Coronation as Emperor 13
Victories at Ulm and Austerlitz (1805) 14
Campaigns in Prussia and Poland (1806-1807) 15
Campaigns and Political Developments from 1807 to 1810 16
Preparations for the Invasion of Russia 17
Invasion of Russia and Occupation of Moscow (1812) 18
The Late Russian Campaign and the Wars of 1813 19
Abdication and Exile to Elba 20
The Hundred Days and the Belgian Campaign 20
The Battle of Waterloo, Second Exile, and Death 21
The Accomplishments and Legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte 22
About Mr. Stolyarov 25

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The History of the Ancient Hebrews (2002)

(Paper written in 2002, First Edition published in 2007, in 14 parts on Associated Content. The chapters comprising this paper cumulatively received over 83,000 page views during 2007-2014. The combined Second Edition of this paper is now available for free PDF download.)

Table of Contents

Section Page
The Humble Beginnings of the Ancient Hebrews 2
The History of the Ancient Hebrews from the Time of Abraham to the Migration into Egypt 2
The History of the Ancient Hebrews from Their Enslavement in Egypt to the Exodus 3
The Ten Commandments and Forty Years in the Sinai Peninsula 4
Invasion of Canaan 5
Wars Against the Philistines 6
The Reigns of David and Solomon 7
The Disintegration of the Hebrew Kingdom and the Rise of the Prophets 8
The Babylonian Captivity 9
Recovery from the Babylonian Captivity and the Reigns of Nehemiah and Ezra 10
The Hellenistic Period and the Revolt of Judas Maccabeus 11
The Roman Occupation 12
Revolts Against Rome and the Dispersal of the Jews 13
The Legacy of the Ancient Hebrews: Contributions to Western Civilization 14
References 15
About Mr. Stolyarov 16

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Chile: The 1973 Coup and Its Aftermath (2002)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2002 and published in 2007 in five parts on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it received over 18,300 page views during 2007-2014. While, in retrospect, the essay is insufficiently critical of the Pinochet regime and the support provided to it by the United States government, in spite of the crimes committed by Pinochet and his supporters, the essay does have the merit of recognizing the atrocious rights violations committed by both Allende and Pinochet, without blindly praising Allende, as many critics of Pinochet have done. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this essay a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 23, 2014

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History and Future Prospects of the Chinese Communist Party (2003)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2003 and published in 2007 in seven parts on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it received over 13,100 page views during 2007-2014. While more than 11 years have elapsed since it was written, and much of the “future” discussed in it is now in the past, the essay remains a thoughtful prospective analysis.

To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this essay a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 23, 2014

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History and Consequences of the First Persian Gulf War of 1991 (2004)

Note from the Author: This paper was originally written in 2004 and published in three parts on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007, where it has earned over 11,200 views until the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014. I no longer hold many of the views expressed in this paper – particularly, the all-too-favorable view of aggressive American foreign policy or of war in general. However, the facts in the paper remain accurate. Moreover, this paper is part of my historical writings, and I wish to honestly represent my previous positions. Therefore, I have given this paper a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

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Early History and Challenges of the Second Persian Gulf War (2004)

Note from the Author: This paper was originally written in 2004 and published in five parts on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007, where it earned over 5,400 views until the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014. The paper presents a mixed view of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, largely as of mid-2004. Since then, the situation in Iraq has deteriorated greatly, and this paper does not account for those subsequent events.  Furthermore, I no longer hold my former all-too-favorable view of aggressive American foreign policy or of war in general. However, the facts in the paper  regarding the time period from 2003 to 2004 remain accurate. Moreover, this paper is part of my historical writings, and I wish to honestly represent my previous positions. Therefore, I have given this paper a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 22, 2014

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Sign of Failure and Means of Education: The Green Girdle as Religious Symbol in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2005)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2005 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007, where it received over 3,500 page views. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 26, 2014

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On Isaac’s Blessing of Esau in the Book of Genesis (2005)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2005 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007, where it received over 1,000 page views. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 26, 2014

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On the Passivity of Isaac in the Book of Genesis (2005)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2005 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 26, 2014

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Woodrow Wilson’s Views on Progressivism (2006)

Note from the Author: This essay was originally written in 2006 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices) in 2007, where it subsequently received over 20,000 views. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. This article should be read as a factual exposition, not an endorsement, of Woodrow Wilson’s views.

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 26, 2014

 

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Product Reviews from 2007

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 The TI-83 Plus Scientific Calculator: A Durable, Time-Saving, Efficiency-Enhancing Mathematical Aid

 The Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor: A Tool for Effective Exercise

 The 1999 Nissan Altima: A Model of Quality and Reliability

 The Lexar JumpDrive Secure II Hi-Speed USB Flash Drive: Portable, Convenient, and Useful

The Pleasures of an iPod Mini

Sam’s Choice Cola vs. Big K Cola

Jell-O Sugar Free Low Calorie Gelatin Dessert vs. Winky Sugar Free Gelatin Dessert

Michelina’s Frozen Meals vs. Lean Cuisine Frozen Meals

Sprite vs. Fresca

Yahoo! PageBuilder vs. Microsoft FrontPage

Trader Joe’s Frozen Berries: A Delicious Summer Snack

Caribou Coffee’s Northern Lite Coolers: An Excellent Way to Cool Off During the Summer

Country Gentleman Hats: Elegant Summer Clothing

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Location Guides from 2007

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Student’s Guide to Robert M. Lane Hall on the Hillsdale College Campus in Hillsdale, MI

Summertime Activities at Lake Baw Beese in Hillsdale, Michigan

The Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College: A Scenic Michigan Summer Destination

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Reflections on the Spring 2008 Actuarial Exam 3F / Exam MFE (2008)

Note from the Author: This article was originally written on May 15, 2008 and on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it earned over 8,800 views until the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014. I passed during the sitting of Exam 3F/MFE to which this article refers, with a grade of 8. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 22, 2014

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How the Internet Will Help Students Taking Higher Math Courses Succeed (2008)

Note from the Author: This article was originally written in 2008 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices). The article’s fundamental concept is sound, but its references to sites like Associated Content are now obsolete. To preserve a record of my past writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 22, 2014

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Interest-Rate Arbitrage: Essential Information for Arbitrageurs (2008)


Note from the Author: I was commissioned to write this article by Associated Content (which subsequently became Yahoo! Voices) in 2008, for the benefit of investors seeking to benefit from interest-rate arbitrage between US dollars and Indian rupees. The article expresses some good general advice and concepts, as well as a simplified mathematical model of interest-rate arbitrage, though many of its particulars are relevant to the context in which it was written in 2008 and are likely obsolete now. The article has enjoyed some popularity and has received over 7,000 views to date. Still, for the historical record, due to the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I render this article permanently available on The Rational Argumentator.

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

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Instructions and Level Codes for the Flash Game Stackopolis MC (2008)

Note from the Author: This article was originally written in 2008 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it earned over 9,000 views until the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014. To preserve a record of my writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices, I have given this article a permanent presence on The Rational Argumentator. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 22, 2014

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How to Become a Clout Level 10 Content Producer on Associated Content (2008)


Note from the Author: This article was originally written on December 18, 2008 and published on Associated Content (subsequently, Yahoo! Voices), where it received over 2,500 views. Because Associated Content no longer exists and Yahoo! Voices no longer accepts new content, this article is obsolete. However, to preserve a record of my past writings following the shutdown of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I have given this article a permanent presence on this page. 

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 22, 2014

About Mr. Stolyarov

Portrait of Gennady Stolyarov II by Wendy Stolyarov for "Death is Wrong"

Portrait of Gennady Stolyarov II by Wendy Stolyarov in Death is Wrong

Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@gmail.com.

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