Everyone seems to agree that the middle class is disappearing in the USA. What (reliable) studies and figures back this up? [more inside]
TRAVEL: I am a student living in D.C. Where are the cheapest (warm) countries and cities I can go "backpacking" to this winter break? [more inside]
What are some US-centric gift ideas to send to a friend in Australia? [more inside]
Why do many Americans seem reluctant to define themselves as "American"? [more inside]
May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers. The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation. What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
My Indian-born parents are more American than I am. Help me decide between apple pie and the subcontinent. [more inside]
How can I (a Canadian) take part in or find out if I am eligible for clinical trials happening at American hospitals? [more inside]
What are some must-see scenic drives and attractions to be found on a one-way roadtrip West from Cincinnati, OH to Seattle, WA. Mid-40s opposite-sex couple who love photography, don't like hiking very much but appreciate a good hot spring, and are what you would call "foodies". We're thinking about the Badlands and Black Hills, but what else? Also, what stretches of road can we avoid to stave off boredom, and where should we drive instead of them? We can go a bit out of our way, but would like to be back at our jobs within a week.
I'm having a Canadian friend buy me an iPhone 4 in Canada (I'm in America.) How much is this going to cost? [more inside]
Selling my car privately: Do I HAVE to mail Bank of America my blank pink slip? [more inside]
In what way(s) might the United States cease to be, how likely are those scenarios, and what would happen as a result? [more inside]
TravelFilter: A month travelling central america or india/sri lanka... [more inside]
i have about 5 days to get from around Salta to Lima to catch a flight. budget is a big issue. what is the best way to take buses from Salta to Lima? I do not have a chilean visa but I do have a bolivian visa. I am American.
4th of July party in Australia: What uniquely American food can I serve that will be somewhat unusual for Australians? [more inside]
What gives with banks putting check deposits on hold for extended periods of time? [more inside]
I want to sample freelance life in another American city for 1-2 weeks this summer. How should I accomplish this on a student budget? [more inside]
Have Americans evolved their speaking style/accent significantly in the past 50 years? I'm not talking about de-regionalizing of an accent. I'm talking about normal conversations, let's say with a midwestern, suburban accent. [more inside]
How much of the difference between US and European carbon footprints is due to differences in climate? [more inside]
Is it possible for a US American to buy a part from a Japanese junk yard? How? [more inside]
Where could I publish an eclectic novella-length philosophical and literary essay? [more inside]
Looking for an article or a radio story about baseball as a uniquely American sport. [more inside]
[First Aid] Central America: Came across an unconscious boy on the side of the road - how should I have responded?
You're driving in backwater Central America and find an unconscious, bleeding boy lying on the side of the road - What do you do? (Happened to me yesterday) [more inside]
banking:filter:What, if anything, should I do about BofA closing/cancelling my credit cards ....because I paid them off?
I had two Bank of America credit cards. Both were of the high interest types (21% and 25% interest). I owed in the area of 5 thousand dollars total and I knew that it was time to bite the bullet and take the money out of my savings to pay them off. I may have been late in payments a few times (not often) and usually I only paid the minimum payment due. I naively thought paying them off completely would be viewed as a positive thing. I paid them both off just days ago. [more inside]
In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
My girlfriend is thinking about moving to America. She's not a native English speaker; what programs in NYC are available? Which ones are reputable? [more inside]
Is there an american series of documentary that tells the story of how USA came to be what it is? [more inside]
Eligible for a dual citizenship, should I? [more inside]
I socialize almost exclusively with friends who are politically liberal, spanning the spectrum from left-of-center progressive to the more radical fringe. Frequently, among ourselves, political conversation drifts inevitably toward variations on this theme:
"The history of our country has always proven liberalism correct and conservatism incorrect. The principles of those on the left have been validated over and over again, while those on the right have been proven wrong by the progress of history."While I admit that this hypothesis is selfishly pleasing (I'm a liberal too, after all), it seems to me that it can't be completely true. But I don't have a strong enough grasp of American history to prove it wrong. So what am I missing? What have liberals been proven wrong about? [more inside]
[Overly broad project topic filter] Works of fiction or scholarly articles on American places? Help me find a work about or set in an American place that was written at the time. [more inside]
Help me plan the ultimate trip to Peru!!!!!!!! [more inside]
Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
Is it possible to use my Japanese Toshiba 810T in the States? [more inside]
I'm making a lightweight replica of Captain America's shield (the modern-day circular one), most likely with PVC in a laser router machine. The only dimensions I can secure online are that it's 30 inches in diameter, but I can't find any info on thickness and concave depth. Anyone know the missing dimensions I need? Bonus points if there exist specifics on the width of the color bars but I'm pretty sure that part I can eyeball during painting. Thanks!
Help me send my friend in Ireland some very American things. [more inside]
Does anyone know a good source for the size of the informal sector by country in Asia and Latin America? [more inside]
My favorite site is hiring developers and I'm qualified. I'm American and they're in the UK. Possibly assuming they're willing to sponsor me for a work visa, what do I need to know? [more inside]
I have a friend about to move to Manaus, Brazil for a two year work related stay. Any hive members have experience there or in Brazil in general that can help him be ready for the good the bad and/or the ugly?
Where can I find a list of the smallest things (and for that matter) the biggest things in America? [more inside]
A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
My first trip to the US is coming up; having been brought up with American films and American TV shows, I am compiling a list of all the things we just don't have in the UK (mostly food) to try. Only my list isn't too long at the moment. Can any MeFites help? [more inside]
How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
Time Travel Filter: I grew up in the USA but have been away since 1998. What have I missed? [more inside]
Another "where to go in America" question (who needs a travel agent when you've got Mefi?). This time, it's a road trip - I want to get away from the cramped little island I'm living on, and the Southwest seems like the place to go. Where should I go and what should I see? [more inside]
I am looking for an essay by Wendell Berry where he talks about urban America's dismissive biases toward rural America, and critiques this attitude. [more inside]
Are there any websites that pair up lone backpackers/travellers with others who are also looking for companion(s) to travel with? [more inside]
What is a good hotel that is right next to or connected to Mall of America? And what are the "must go to's" for a five year old? [more inside]
My girlfriend received $506 in fees for overdrafting about $40 from Bank of America. Is there anything we can do about this? [more inside]