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August 19

Need to renew an NJ driver's license. But I live across the river.

I have an NJ driver's license. I need to renew it. I've mostly lived in NYC the last decade. Renew, transfer, or what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 AM - 8 answers

August 18

Can an arrest be made without a warrant in a different state?

If a person commits a felony in State A, but a warrant was never issued and they were never charged with anything, can law enforcement officers arrest him in State B without a warrant for the same crime? And does it change things it it is just a misdemeanor? Neither state would be Florida.
posted by jihaan at 6:23 PM - 4 answers

August 17

How are Nazis and cake different?

Help me to see what I'm missing in terms of the difference between banning Nazis from online places and same-sex couples being turned down by a baker. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 11:34 PM - 20 answers

What kind of professional will help this Canadian get new ID?

Asking for a friend of a friend, a Canadian citizen (living in British Columbia, if that's applicable), who is wondering what kind of professional (legal or otherwise) might help him sort out a complicated situation regarding proof of citizenship. [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 12:38 PM - 5 answers

How to respond to Whataboutism?

In the wake of Charlottesville, the right is ramping up its use of whataboutism. I'm actually finding that it's an oddly difficult rhetorical move to effectively counter, and I'd like to hear some potential strategies. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 10:01 AM - 27 answers

August 16

Protesting McConnell fundraiser this week. What goes on my sign?

Mitch McConnell is coming to town and I have time to make a sign but not print one or do anything complicated. Otherwise I'd go with this. It's a fundraiser for him and a senator with $2500-25000 entry fees. We'll be outside in a mostly residential area, so the sign's audience is mostly attendees unless there's press, which there might be. What words go on my sign? Help me pick something big and bold and terse and accusatory. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 12:11 AM - 16 answers

August 15

Will I qualify for New York State paid family leave?

New York State recently introduced Paid Family Leave. I'm pregnant, and I need to make a decision that may affect my eligibility. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM - 2 answers

August 14

"Diabolically" difficult clue about a current news story

In my daughter's AP Government class over the summer, her instructor is posting little clues to help her class know which news stories they should be aware of. Most of them have been relatively simple, like "Oh Lordy," "Mooch," "Fire and Fury," etc But they have different levels, and the most difficult one, posted on 8/4, was simply "49 48 23" [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 1:15 PM - 8 answers

August 13

I want all Confederate monuments gone.

Many, many courthouses in Virginia still have confederate monuments. I want to find a way to have my local courthouse's Confederate monument removed. And, with any luck, inspire folks in other VA localities to start similar movements. What do I do to start this process? Advice? Links with info on how others have successfully pushed for the removal of Confederate monuments and flags? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 AM - 8 answers

August 11

Family Fighting Over Inheritance

Asking for a friend. My friend and her sisters have inherited a house from her mother, which they are supposed to sell and split the proceeds. The difficulty is that one of the sisters isn't willing to sell at anything less than top dollar and is just generally being difficult (doesn't respond to offers on the house, doesn't answer her phone or reply to calls). [more inside]
posted by doctor_negative at 10:47 AM - 16 answers

August 10

Look for the union label in Congress

I'm trying to find out which members of the US Congress were also members of labor unions, either at the time of election or in their pasts. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe at 11:21 AM - 5 answers

August 9

Legalizing our love

We're a happy, communicative common-law couple, new homeowners, and planning to marry. We bring different assets and debts into the relationship. We'd like to draft a pre-nup that is actually FAIR, not just legal. Can you help us figure out what to consider? Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM - 10 answers

August 7

What's the deal on rights for a newspaper clipping?

So I got a membership at a newspaper archive site to get clips about old crimes for a docu project. SUCCESS! I found them. Now here's the question: do I have to get the rights FROM the newspaper to pan and scan the article in the video project? What if it includes a photo? I mean I paid for the right to the archive. Does that give me the right to use the clipping or no? How does Ken Burns do this stuff?
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:30 PM - 7 answers

August 5

Charity fundraising and ethics

Why would someone chose to go through the work of running a charitable organization in such a way that only a small percent goes to their cause? [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 3:35 PM - 7 answers

How difficult is it for a Canadian to receive UK Citizenship?

Is it even possible? Are the chances rather slim? I believe one would have to reside in the UK for five years. Yet, landing a solid job there is mighty difficult if locals are able to fulfill the role. Any tips or advice? I would really like to reside in Scotland or Ireland for good. Would doing a Masters in the UK help that at all? I really prefer to live in the UK. Are there any UK Citizens on MetaFilter that moved to the UK to live there for good, if so, please tell me more about the process and how difficult it was. My Great-Great-Grandfather was from Ireland and Great-Grandmother is from London; so I cannot obtain citizenship since the lineage is too far back.
posted by RearWindow at 3:08 PM - 10 answers

Should I call the police BEFORE I confront the store manager?

Should I call the police and run this by them before I ask the T-Mobile manager to confirm that this new iPhone 7 was purchased in full by me on Tuesday? It was a gift for someone who has Cricket. Cricket's policy is that T-mobile calls them and gives them the code/number so they confirm it's not stolen. I would like to be optimistic... [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 7:28 AM - 14 answers

August 3

How to investigate/mitigate $29,000 wire transfer scam

The staff at my senile father-in-law's company fell victim to a hacking or social engineering scam, and transferred $29,000 to the scammers before cluing in. We're not 100% sure how this happened. My wife and I are tech-savvy but they are not...we need to quickly look at all angles to a) ensure that nothing further happens, and b) see how the money could be recovered (longshot, I know) [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 9:45 PM - 14 answers

Wait, collusion to do what exactly?

I've lost the plot with respect to Russian collusion. The campaign feels like it was approximately 52 years ago and I never got a chance to catch up on everything. So I know the current status is that every WH employee and their wives ate dinner with Vlad every night from January to November last year [fake, sarcasm], but I don't know what they actually colluded to do. And what did the colluders actually accomplish? Can you give me a tl;dr of wtf happened? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 10:11 AM - 16 answers

Can you refuse a DMV-issued license plate if it's offensive to you?

Can a person refuse a license plate issued by the DMV (in other words, not a personalized plate) if they are offended by the sequence of letters and numbers? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:11 AM - 12 answers

Is this Ethical?

Employee has been on probation for a variety of complaints. Now they are leaving with triple the normal severance package. Details below. You are not my lawyer, laws vary from state to state, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM - 19 answers

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