What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Sep 26, 2013 -
Yesterday, when I called 911 twice after a car accident, I got an error message both times. (I don't remember what it was because I was probably in shock.) Was it my phone (an ANCIENT LCD Nokia candybar), my location (on a major highway in the SF bay area, but surrounded by fields), or my service (AT&T)? Or other? I have a commute of about 80 miles RT, sometimes 100 miles RT, and I want to be safe! [more inside]
posted by wintersweet
on Jun 26, 2013 -
Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind
on May 26, 2013 -
Will calling 911 about a very dangerous driver do any good or am I wasting my time or theirs? Not long ago I found myself behind a car that was regularly switching between driving in the middle of a wide shoulder and crossing the center line 2 or 3 feet into oncoming traffic. I called 911 and even though they said they'd look into it their tone of voice seemed to say otherwise. And tonight I found myself behind a car that was driving even more erratically on a road that I
often drive, bike or run on. I didn't call even though I could easily imagine myself or someone else being killed or injured by them. What should I do if I see a dangerous driver again?
posted by 14580
on May 3, 2012 -
Need a recommendation for a wireless monochrome laser printer that absolutely, positively will print when it receives a print job without any human attention. It also needs to be happy living in a garage. [more inside]
posted by de void
on Mar 8, 2012 -
Can anyone offer me recommendations, guidance or personal experiences in choosing a "Rescue Alert"-like service? TL;DR inside. (I will never, ever use the term "snowflake" that way.) [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass
on Feb 23, 2012 -
I remember the relief of hearing Sage Francis' Makeshift Patriot
for the first time in October of 2001. It was the first song that voiced my fear of possible repression in the US. I thought there would be a wave of left-wing protest songs, but it seemed to be more of a trickle. In August of 2002 Sleater-Kinney asked in Combat Rock
where the protest songs were. My question is the same as theirs: What songs protesting government reaction to 9/11 came out after the event itself and before its 1st anniversary? I am specifically looking for protest songs by American musicians.
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 9, 2011 -
Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL
on Jul 10, 2011 -
Neighbor behavior filter: I hear my neighbor's baby (definitely a baby) crying. I hear the sound of a man yelling things like "shut up" or "stop crying". And then I hear the sound of a smack. This makes me feel horrified. But is it any of my business to try to help? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet
on May 25, 2011 -
What's the difference between ambulances? When I dial 911 for a medical emergency, is it always Fire Dept. paramedic crew that responds? What do the other ambulances do? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Dec 6, 2010 -
Calling 9-1-1; is it standard for dispatchers to require the caller's date of birth before responding? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes
on Aug 29, 2010 -
There was an IMO great article written on 09-12-2001 (about 9-11) by, what I later learned, was d-squared
writing under a pseudonym, called something like
"why the attacks mean i was right" / "why the attacks justify my policies", or somesuch. But I can't recall the name of the article and so my google-fu is failing me. Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by cps
on Jun 17, 2010 -
I recently heard a story about a party for an airline pilots union in New Orleans that was slated for the evening of September 11th. The restaurant canceled the event because of the tragedies that day, and the union tried to sue for breach of contract, but eventually abandoned it from the threat from the restaurant of going public.
I can't find anything about it online. Anybody heard of this story and have a link? Or is this an urban legend? I haven't found anything on snopes.
posted by destro
on Apr 29, 2010 -
Are 911 calls public domain? I mean you hear clips from 911 calls (in the USA) on the news. Are they made available to the media through some kind of freedom of information regulation? Or do both parties (the dispatcher and the caller) have to agree to it? Why are they released? and does the calling party have any kind of privacy rights (they can be pretty awful calls and stressful/horrific etc). [more inside]
posted by Xhris
on Jan 21, 2010 -
What's a good, small and basic UPS for just backing up up my T-mobile VOIP/wifi router device and possibly a cable modem? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Sep 16, 2009 -
When you need to call the police, but it isn't an emergency, what phone number do you call? 911? (U.S.) [more inside]
posted by TSGlenn
on Aug 23, 2009 -
I live in an apartment complex. If I dial 911 on my cell phone and cannot speak to the telephone operator (if, for example, I'm choking/having a heart attack/etc), what rescue-related events are likely to ensue? [more inside]
posted by rinogo
on May 29, 2009 -
Quick question. Can you dial 911 in Russia? If not, what is the emergency number ? Is it a police/fire/or ambulance response ? Or do you just call an individual police number. Any info, please let me know.
posted by clawtros
on May 8, 2009 -
I would like to disable the Enhanced 911 feature of my cell phone that broadcasts my position continually via GPS tracking. As my phone doesn't allow me to turn this feature off through the settings, how can I modify the circuit to bypass the GPS
posted by moooshy
on Dec 21, 2007 -
If I dial 911 from my cell phone, does it connect me with emergency services in the area I'm physically calling from, or in the area code of my phone number? [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips
on Oct 6, 2006 -
How far can attorneys go in appealing to a jury's emotions? Is there any restriction, formal or informal, on the use of such tactics? What precedent is there for their excessive use? [more inside]
posted by Embryo
on Apr 12, 2006 -
Recurring Dreamfilter: I am standing in a tall building - sometimes a hotel with friends or family, sometimes an office building with work colleagues. There is a noise - a shake - and suddenly the building starts to collapse. [more inside]
posted by Neale
on Feb 12, 2006 -
Where were you on 9/11? How did you find out what was happening and what do you remember about that day? [more inside]
posted by caddis
on Sep 11, 2004 -
Warning: F911 question.
The kids in the classroom during My Pet Goat were reading the book out loud in this shouting, choppy cadence with no regard to content or inflection etc. At the end of each sentence, the teacher would give them sort of drill instruction; I think one of which was something like 'Now we're going to read the next sentence without any mistakes'. Cue kids barking words in sequence. Is this some sort of new teaching method?
posted by pieoverdone
on Jul 13, 2004 -
Does anyone know the music used on the credits for Fahrenheit 9/11? It sounds like Godspeed You! Black Emperor but I don't think it is. The credits themselves say music by Jeff Gibbs, but I’ve not had any luck with that. Help please!
posted by ed\26h
on Jul 11, 2004 -