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December 10

Sexual Assault? Was this man raped by a woman?

Roughly 20 years ago, I went to college in a rural state. An experience with someone in a position of perceived power left me scarred for life. Details within. Please be kind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM - 28 answers

Trustworthy solicitor (lawyer) in Ealing

Does anyone know personally a trustworthy solicitor in Ealing or Brentford areas? I have asked around and so far had no success. It is just for a standard Will, but there are a few complications and intricacies, so need someone very clever and very honest but reasonably priced-will pay the going amount of course. Impossible?
posted by claptrap at 4:04 AM - 2 answers

December 9

Number of recent Congressional bill banning certain expert testimony?

During the week the Keystone Pipeline bill failed in the Senate (Nov 17-21), another bill passed the House of Representatives that barred experts from providing testimony about a study if they had been involved in the execution of the study. Does anyone remember the number? [more inside]
posted by halifix at 7:28 PM - 4 answers

What to do on the periphery of an automobile collision?

Yesterday I was involved in the first automobile collision I have ever been involved in, and am unsure what the best way to proceed is. The pickup truck behind me was rear-ended on the interstate, resulting in it being pushed into my own vehicle. My car is practically undamaged, and I don't think I want to go through the process of filing a claim. Is this a bad idea? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bahro at 7:08 PM - 8 answers

Did I imagine this definition of terrorism?

I'm sure I heard somewhere that one definition of terrorism includes the criterion that the perpetrators must have a vote in the country where they live, the idea being that those who don't have a vote are freedom fighters, whereas those who can vote cannot justify acts of aggression because they have a democratic means of recourse and are therefore terrorists. Except that I now discover that I might have dreamed the whole thing. Is this ever used as a definition of terrorism? If so, which individuals or organisations have used it?
posted by matthew.alexander at 6:12 AM - 6 answers

December 8

Getting a CA ID quickly.

I was stupid and put off getting a new ID (after a cross-country move, to the bay area in California) after my old one expired. I have a flight on the 18th. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 6:31 PM - 21 answers

Renting a car in California under DC MedicAid - should I be ok?

I'm renting a car in California while being under DC MedicAid. Would I be covered in an accident? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 11:42 AM - 8 answers

December 6

Are my Stamps.com NetStamps still good if offset/cutoff?

I had to rush a print job while preparing internet orders for my web store and my "NetStamps" postage printed less than perfectly. Can I use them stamps or change them without my shipment failing? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl at 9:23 PM - 1 answers

December 5

What are charities that fight police brutality I can donate to?

The recent events in Ferguson and most recently around Eric Garner in NYC where I live have really hit me and I'd like to donate to make a difference. [more inside]
posted by artificialard at 11:47 AM - 17 answers

Help my Mexican friend not get deported (part 2) IKYANML

My son and I helped this guy earlier this year. Ask Mefi was a big help. And now he got in another car accident and is in America undocumented and is afraid he'll get deported. Details inside [more inside]
posted by kikithekat at 10:53 AM - 8 answers

December 4

Grand Jury Indictments

Is there any research that compares the number of indictments by Grand Juries of public servants and/or government officials versus indictments by Grand Juries of non public servants and/or non government officials?
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:17 PM - 2 answers

December 3

How do I deal with car registration?

I leased my car in Missouri (I am in Kansas). The dealer put a 30 day Missouri dealer tag on the car. It has just expired, as I lease, the dealer must do the initial registration and give me my actual license plate. Since I live in Kansas, it must be registered in Kansas, according to the dealer. However, Kansas is backed up on registrations. To combat this they issue 60 day dealer tags. The dealer says since I'm registering in Kansas, I have 60 days to register regardless of what my expired Missouri tags say. I think this is not true and I need valid tags to drive, what's the right answer? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:06 PM - 2 answers

Need advice about getting legal support for divorce in NYC

Hi, I am looking for some information and advice about getting a divorce in NYC. I am hoping for a no-contest mutual agreement divorce but there is a chance that it might be contested if my spouse starts having second thoughts. Both of us are from India and are here on work visa, with she being on my dependent work visa. Due to time, job and corruption considerations, going to India and getting a divorce there would be problematic. [more inside]
posted by questionsquestions at 9:31 AM - 8 answers

December 2

Real Estate Filter: What kind of document do I need to record?

My neighbor and I own houses which are covered by a set of restrictive covenants we may be interested in dissolving. I want to know exactly what we need to do. Details within. [more inside]
posted by tckma at 12:56 PM - 3 answers

December 1

Give your best visual guess about a job candidate's ethnicity

As part of my friend's job, she was asked to give a visual guess of a job candidate's ethnicity. She felt uncomfortable doing so, and has questions about it. [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:07 AM - 8 answers

November 30

Need a good lawyer in Victoria or Vancouver, British Columbia

A friend in Victoria is trying to extricate herself from an emotionally abusive relationship. She has been living with this man for ten years and they own a house jointly. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:22 PM - 4 answers

November 29

Working without a permit in Hong Kong

Asking for a friend: My daughter, "Christine", a recent college graduate, age 22, U.S. citizen, is one of three young people who got a job with a language teaching business in Hong Kong. She and the two others have been working without a permit for several months and were recently detained by immigration authorities. Now out on bail, what should she do next? [more inside]
posted by Avalow at 4:06 AM - 10 answers

November 28

Challenging the new auditor

Looking for MeFites with knowledge of the (FAR) federal acquisition regulations. After 18 years of invoicing the goverment for travel as a contractor and now subcontractor, a new auditor is saying I cannot charge for flights that do not orginate and end at a home airport. No one has ever said this before. Can someone tell me where this is referenced in the 1000+ pages of the FAR.
posted by Xurando at 11:13 AM - 11 answers

The Draft and Eligibility To Vote In The USA

I was told (in an argument about feminism, of all darned things) that in order to be eligible to vote in the USA a (male) citizen is required to register to be drafted into the military. Is this true at all? [more inside]
posted by Philby at 12:59 AM - 14 answers

November 26

I was raped 18 years ago by a famous guy- feeling like a jerk now.

Is there something I can do to help any future victims of a rapist I failed to accuse in my youth? I'm haunted. [more inside]
posted by metasav at 6:36 PM - 24 answers

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