Why is the food in the low countries (Belgium, Netherlands) so bad compared to that of France, which is nearby?
This answer deals with the food culture in the Netherlands. *It wasn’t always like this. If you check medieval Dutch cookbooks, you’ll find that the Dutch were mostly a sweet porridge and pie country. As the Netherlands were/are mostly marshlands (not everything was polder yet), food would spoil quite quick. Drying foods as was common in other places worked for some things (like smoked fish), but not for everything. The solution was to either salt stuff for long storage, or to lace it with honey and sugar. Now if you factor in that salt was expensive… you get a country with a decidedly sweet tooth. Common things that survive from this age are “gevulde koek” (filled cookie) and “fries suikerbrood” (Frisian sugarbread)Through the centuries this changed a few times.During the golden age we started bringing in “specerijen”, herbs and spices from all over the world. It became fashionable to show of your wealth by putting a lot of them in the food. Some dishes would completely spill over with them. A good example of this is “Speculaas” which contains pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg, and sometimes anise.Over time this changed though. Once the golden age was over, the situation for common people was literally back to basics. Potatoes were brought in from the new world, and beans  became popular as they grew well in the Dutch soil. The country became poorer and malnutritioned, which resulted in the Dutch being known as some of the shortest people in Europe the late 17th century and the 18th century. This started with the rampjaar of 1672 when most of the Netherlands was conquered by the combined armies of Great Britain, France, and several large German states. We kicked them out again, but it broke the bank. From there till Napoléon the Netherlands stagnated. This is the time when Limburgse Vlaai started standardising in Limburg. It started as a poor man’s bread, where you take old bread, pound it flat, and fill it in with soft fruit. But by now, the bottom was purpose-baked, and the way how to treat the fruit had standardised.After the French occupation (1795 - 1813), the Netherlands was broke again, and seriously this time. This is the time where we lost a lot of castles because the state needed money, and could sell the bricks. While there certainly were still rich people in The Netherlands, these tended to focus on French cuisine, the poor on the other hand, were more and more pushed to more basic foods. Farmers doubled down on the crops that could feed the most people, while early industrialisation meant that a lot of people could not afford much. Combine that with early nutritionists deciding that we only needed to feed the body, not enjoy it, and we really get into the beans and the potatoes mentioned earlier. This is the time where the Dutch forgot how to cook. Oddly education made this worse. When kids started going to school in 1874 , girls would be taught cooking and other domestic skills as well. Of course the teaching has to reflect good Protestant values, and none of that debauched Catholic cooking from down south. Cookbooks were written which explained how to make different dishes with potatoes. Food was meant to fill you, not to treat your palate. Dishes like Stamppot, and “hete bliksem” were already known, but were now part of every woman’s repertoire. The defeat of the Dutch kitchen was complete.The Dutch Food Renaissance came in the early 20th century. As Indonesian and Chinese people from our colonies started to settle in the Netherlands, they brought their food with them. This resulted in the typically Dutch dish of “Babi panggang speciaal”, and nowadays there are literally Chinese restaurants to be found in even the smallest Dutch village. With other immigrants came other foods. In the 50’s Italians came to work here, and their pizzerias remained. The Spanish brought us tapas, the Greeks gyros, and the Turkish brought us doner.Nowadays, the food is very diverse again in the Netherlands, and it’s a fusion culture. Plenty of good food available.*) Edited to add: note that my answer above is about the Netherlands. Belgium, though also one of the Low Countries, has a very different history, and they only shared ours for a short time, with the result that their Bourgondian recipes managed to get through relatively unscathed. Something for which I’m glad, as Belgian food is awesome, and really shouldn’t be included in the question.Some people have brought up Michelin stars to compare the countries, which brings up the following:In either case, when counting Michelin stars per capita Belgium and France are quite close , while the Netherlands is falling behind (though not as bad as Germany, Spain, and Italy, which relevant to the question, are neighbours of France), which is the reason I focused on the Netherlands (whose culinary history I’m more familiar with as well)Also note that if we include Luxembourg , then the premise of the question is completely blown out of the water when counted on Michelin stars, as they wipe the floor with everyone except Japan.Footnotes Gevulde koek - Wikipedia Suikerbrood - Wikipedia Kaapse raasdonders - Wikipedia Rampjaar - Wikipedia Vlaai - Wikipedia The Potato Eaters - Wikipedia Kinderwetje van Van Houten - Wikipedia Stamppot - Wikipedia History of Michelin guide Low Countries - Wikipedia
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.
How do I know if there is a real need to cover with fill a deactivated domestic sewage septic system?
Like others have mentioned, it is best to check with the local health department which is usually responsible for septic systems. If not, then the local building department. In many areas like the one I am currently living in there are no requirements to do anything with an abandoned septic system. To answer your question, there is zero to none, as far as chances for a gas leak from the old system. The system quits producing methane and acetylene, which are the two most commonly produced gases in a septic system, shortly after the system is taken out of use. The real danger is the potential for a cave-in when someone drives across the tank in the future. Typically abandoned septic systems are caved in and filled with dirt or gravel and then topped with dirt, to prevent this potential hazard. You need to check with the local authorities on the accepted method in your jurisdiction. Some areas may actually make you pump it down and then remove it depending on how badly your local building department has been beaten up by Eco-terrorists and tree-hugging liberals.
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does provide all the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative. You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions: How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Answers to frequently asked questions: - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave. - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave. - Soldiers do not need permission to get married. - Soldiers emails are in this format: email@example.com Caution-mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account. - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses. - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles. - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind. - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops. - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country. Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you. We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual. For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles: This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Use caution with social networking Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ . The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056. If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not. If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is: Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357 In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately. Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)
Why must Indonesia import soybeans to fill its domestic demands?
Because Indonesia doesn't have the land to plant enough soyabeans to satisfy its domestic demand.We could, but we would have to convert other lands currently in use for other purposes, such as palm plantation, rice paddies, etc. Then the opportunity cost would be higher than importing them.