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August 15

Looking for an old political cartoon: "Don't let him take your cookie"

There's an old political cartoon which I can't find. A cat sits on a pile of cookies. A mouse (possibly with his mouse family behind him) holds a cookie. A second mouse labelled as a union representative holds a crumb or takes a piece from the first mouse. The cat says "are you going to let him take your cookie?" or similar. [more inside]
posted by richb at 2:17 AM - 6 answers

August 14

After moving to Michigan, when do I need to register my car?

We recently moved from Texas to Michigan and our registration tags are good through April, 2016. Michigan's Secretary of State says "Must register car immediately" but do we have any wiggle room? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks at 6:38 PM - 10 answers

Who to support for Labour deputy leader and mayoral candidate?

I've signed up with the UK Labour party (via the £3 registered supporter scheme) to support Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader. I also get to vote for deputy leader, and as I'm London, the Labour London mayoral candidate. Who should I put my nominations towards for these? The key criteria is a commitment to the same leftist beliefs as Corbyn, but also of a concern is who could tactically support him should be become leader. [more inside]
posted by iivix at 3:43 AM - 8 answers

August 11

Classic Democratic/Liberal literature?

I've read some classic literature explaining the libertarian/right side of our US political divide, but I'd like to read the 'Atlas Shrugged' for the left. What classic thinkers/authors come to mind?
posted by toastchee at 6:10 PM - 23 answers

Landlord is Trying to Break My "Lease with Option to Buy" for more $$

First off, you are not my lawyer. I have a contract with my landlord that states "The landlord agrees to give the tenant an exclusive option to buy this property for the following price and terms: $XXX,XXX. Tenant must be pre qualified on or before April 1, 2016." She calls me yesterday and says the place above me sold for 60K more than mine (and the place above is the same as mine). And that she's sorry but it's been a good run and she'll lookout for me that I don't have to leave right away. She didn't mention our contract once. [more inside]
posted by tunewell at 8:29 AM - 63 answers

August 10

Do I have to let cable technicians in my apartment?

The cable in my building is out. At least one of my neighbors is affected by this, and my cable is also out; however, I don't use mine so I don't care. The cable people want to come cut a hole in my wall. This will be very loud, require multiple visits, and take at least 45 minutes. I am seriously ill and for various reasons this will be catastrophically disruptive for me. I said no. Do they have the legal right to force this on me? I wonder, also, if the landlord has to give permission - they want to cut a totally gratuitous hole in a place that can be clearly seen.
posted by Cinnamon Bear at 4:14 PM - 17 answers

At what point have I committed a crime?

At what point in the following hypothetical sequence of events would I have committed a crime? (You are not my lawyers) [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 2:09 PM - 25 answers

Is a Public Statement Under Copyright?

I thought of a good line to put on a tee-shirt. I found that a known lecturer has used the same statement publicly and it has been attributed to her on blogs. Is this statement under copyright? If yes, are there any ways around it?
posted by goalyeehah at 12:44 PM - 7 answers

What exactly does a limited hardware warranty entitle you to?

I purchased a Logitech UE mini boom around 2 months ago and am having a bluetooth issue that, while not major, is an annoyance and a possible deal-breaker for me if not fixed. I called support - they told me that my problem had been reported before, is a firmware issue and will hopefully be fixed soon. I was also informed that as there is no problem with the hardware, my issue is not covered under the warranty. Is this worth fighting? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 11:39 AM - 11 answers

August 9

Where and when the vice royalties?

Is there an authoritative chronology and list of colonies, viceroyalties, territories and countries of Latin America (and ideally the caribbean) by foundation, declaration of independence, and other changes in territorial status? Printed or online? Ideally with a graphical component as well but not necessary. Hopefully slightly more authoritative than Wikipedia.
posted by history is a weapon at 4:04 AM - 1 answers

August 6

What will happen while I wait for a new PR card?

CanadaFilter: My PR expires next month and since I do not keep it on me at all times, I forgot about it. I've filled out all my paperwork, got my photos, etc., but what will happen to me in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 3:13 PM - 10 answers

August 5

What do I do with this video?

Yesterday I recorded a man being arrested in NYC. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Phredward at 12:02 PM - 16 answers

August 2

My Mother Took Out a Life Insurance Policy On Me Without My Consent

How do I make sure she doesn't ever benefit from my untimely death? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 PM - 19 answers

What kind of rights do tenants have following tenant screening process?

Apartment complex management denied our application based on erroneous information - they now refuse to talk to us about the incident that got our application denied. If CRA's and landlords are protected within tenant screenings, what recourse do tenants have? [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 10:50 PM - 3 answers

August 1

Tell us why we need a lawyer.

Boyfriend was hit by a car while bicycling. Tell us about getting a lawyer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 AM - 23 answers

July 31

Can management automatically renew an apartment lease and what to do?

The end of my lease is coming up at the end of August. On their form that was given to me it states "We do require notice to vacate or renew... Failure to give proper notice to vacate will result in an automatic extension of your lease at the proposed renewal rate, plus $150 additional each month for month to month fees". [more inside]
posted by Blitz at 6:50 PM - 11 answers

CA Property Assessment

Our home was assessed for more than 100K over the purchase price. It's been 5 years. What can I do, if anything? [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 8:10 AM - 19 answers

July 30

Contractor Abandonment in Wisconsin?

I know YANML, but might someone know if there's a statute in Wisconsin law that defines the time period by which someone might declare abandonment by their contractor? [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 1:36 PM - 1 answers

July 29

How much financial influence can be exerted from the grave?

Due to paranoia about and hatred of my spouse of nearly 20 years, my elderly parents have informed me they have set up their estate as a bloodline trust. 50% to me (I'm an only child) and 25% to each of my children once they hit a certain age (I assume 30 or 35). Fine. I'm happy that my kids are being taken care of even if it's years down the road. My question concerns my research into this type of trust. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 7:21 AM - 15 answers

July 28

Lost my iPhone 4s in Manhattan

My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:49 PM - 12 answers

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