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April 13

Trademarked Terms in Book Titles

Am I allowed to publish a book with a trademarked term in the title? How about the non-trademarked title of another work? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor at 9:17 AM - 9 answers

Is there a site that collects Trump's most blatant contradictions?

I know that politifact has a "pants on fire" collection and that there are seemingly endless lists of Trump's lies, but is there a place where only his most black-and-white, can't-be-disputed self-contractions are chronicled? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:16 AM - 5 answers

How are days in a notice to vacate counted? Does the notice day count?

Does an N-day notice to move out include the day that notice is given in US/California/LA? Specifically, if I was given 45 day notice on March 1st, is the last day I'm entitled to occupy the space (a) April 14th or (b) April 15th? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder at 12:51 AM - 4 answers

April 12

Any advice on a NYC protest against Trump on his 100th day?

When would be the best time to do a protest at Trump Tower about Trump's first 100 days as President? Any other ideas about making this protest effective? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 6:46 PM - 5 answers

Auto shop sold my car when it was "abandoned" there. What can I do?

When it came time for me to move from the US to Mexico, one task I couldn't quite get finished in time was getting my car fixed up & sold. I left it in a friend's driveway and attempted to manage handling it all from abroad - in the midst of learning a new language, culture, city, job, etc. Let's just say that I fared poorly. I had it towed to a shop, where they made some repairs and informed me that many more things needed to be done, including work needed at 2 other shops. I sat on the decision of how to proceed thru the complexity from abroad, and they began charging me storage fees while they waited for my reply. I'm not proud to say that I didn't get back to them for MONTHS. And when I did...it turned out that they had sold the car. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 5:57 PM - 15 answers

How do people engaged in voter suppression justify it to themselves?

In general, I can get into the heads of people with whom I strongly disagree. But I just don't get how people can claim they love democracy while actively working to deny voting rights to other citizens by limiting access to the polls (due to location, hours, limits on vote by mail, or making it hard to register). Can you help me understand this? [more inside]
posted by potrzebie at 10:55 AM - 26 answers

April 10

How does copyright permission work in the UK?

There's quite a bit online about how to request permission to license a copyrighted work in the UK, but much less about how to grant permission. Could this be as simple as sending an e-mail giving written confirmation that it's okay to use your work or must there be more to it? A specific scenario inside. [more inside]
posted by vathek at 9:59 PM - 3 answers

Navigating the T&C of GoFundMe, Police Brutality Edition

Two friends of mine were among the most severely injured of the #JaxFive, who were arrested in this horrific incident of police brutality. In the immediate aftermath, there were a lot of people who wanted to donate, especially to support my friend Connell, a Deaf, progressive activist who was beaten by about five cops and dragged away unconscious. Hours after the incident, I volunteered to set up a crowdfunding page to channel people’s desire to help. People on the ground seemed most familiar with GoFundMe, so that’s what I set up. [more inside]
posted by Devika at 2:05 PM - 4 answers

Mortgage sharing - moving out - what should I pay?

I currently live with my brother. We share a mortgage on the flat we live in. I have decided to leave the flat and move in with my girlfriend. I intend to keep my share of the flat with my brother, which he is fine with - what should I be paying for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 AM - 6 answers

April 7

What can I do about the next Supreme Court selection?

The fact that Gorsuch would get on the court was a forgone conclusion, but that makes it no less heinous in my view. What can I do specifically to help fight the current dominant political party's efforts to place another judge on the court? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 10:52 AM - 14 answers

Passport ID Woes

I am married and recently applied for a U.S. Passport in my maiden name because that's the name under which my SSN remains and they ask for the SSN on the application. Last week, I received a letter stating that my app is in "Routine Suspense" pending receipt of "A clear photocopy of at least one valid document issued in your maiden name." I sent my expired passport and birth certificate, both in my maiden name, with my application. Both of those items are listed as the "Primary ID" examples on their webpage. What else should I send them? [more inside]
posted by Kwisock Haderach at 8:47 AM - 12 answers

April 3

How do I find a lawyer who is LGBT, not just LGBT friendly?

I am looking for a lawyer to help with starting a non-profit foundation in California and navigating the taxes and regulations around it. It'll be geared broadly toward social justice and particularly resources for creating sustainable communities, with a focus on helping marginalized populations. Ideally the lawyer would be part of one (or more) of the groups the founders are part of: lgbt, disabled, people of color. [more inside]
posted by HermitDog at 4:29 PM - 10 answers

why are bureaucracies bloated?

I'm in Indonesia trying to finish up all the paperwork necessary to conduct research here for a year. The process is a nightmare — each step requires more letters, more signatories, caverns of formalities and stamps, photocopies of previously-acquired documents. But it's fascinating -- how do such bloated, inefficient systems come about?
posted by mrmanvir at 4:22 AM - 13 answers

March 31

Help me find an employment lawyer in Japan

I work for a pretty big private university in a smallish Japanese city, and have a permanent position (I’m tenured, plus it’s generally hard to fire employees here). However, this doesn’t mean that all is well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM - 5 answers

23 yr old daughter as dependent?

Can my 23 year old daughter be a dependent on my taxes?
posted by ebesan at 6:20 AM - 6 answers

Staying on top of Canadian politics.

I am looking for resources for following and understanding Canadian politics. I read the news regularly but I would like to have a better sense of political news, specifically what is happening, why, and when. I am also looking for ways to be more involved. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 1:54 AM - 9 answers

March 30

What are the historical differences between major US political parties?

I always kind of had it in my head that Republicans and Democrats switched beliefs after the civil rights act passed in the 60s, but I think it may be more complicated than that, so what did the parties believe at various times in history? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 5:06 PM - 8 answers

Examples of monopolies/conglomerates between 1880-1910?

I am researching the development of monopolies/conglomerates at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Standard Oil, I.G. Farben, etc.?
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 6:58 AM - 7 answers

March 26

Special needs care management / legal advocate in Vancouver, WA?

How do we find someone to help my mother manage the financial, legal, and day-to-day needs of her younger sister (my aunt) with special needs now that my grandparents are gone? [more inside]
posted by lantius at 11:47 PM - 4 answers

March 24

How does insurance decide whats part of an accident?

Basic idea, how do insurance companies decide what DR visit are part of an accident and what aren't? I got into a cycling accident almost 2 years ago and I'm in the final process of wrapping everything up, hence the question about insurance, specifically medical. This is regarding the lien they place, which I need to settle before I formally move on and get my damn money. [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr at 11:02 PM - 5 answers

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