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Muslim life in the USA

What are the best films and books on the Muslim experience in America? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Sep 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Socialised health care really is better.

I've been recruited by a large firm in the US, who are going to relocate me to their offices in Washington. How do I deal with your weird health-care system? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2008 - 33 answers

Does Katie Couric get to pick which news item opens the broadcast?

What kind of influence do US network anchors have on the news selection and editing process? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jul 21, 2008 - 26 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

US-election filter: are felons allowed to vote?

US-election filter: are felons allowed to vote? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 5, 2008 - 13 answers

what's made in usa and where do i get it?

For my 4th of July present to America, I want to start buying American-made products. Where can I do so in San Diego? And would you be willing to make a list for me of American companies that make frequently-needed products? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Jul 2, 2008 - 12 answers

What happens (legally) when an American and a Japanese person marry?

International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 23, 2008 - 15 answers

American History via DVD

Seeking DVDs for a European to learn American history. Learning Company comes to mind, but your minds are more varied than mine. Any advice greatly appreciated.
posted by IndigoJones on Jun 13, 2008 - 12 answers

=D =) =| =( =O

I use instant messaging a fair amount to talk to people all over the United States and in Europe, mostly Austria, Germany and England. Why is it that smiley faces (as in =) and :X) are so much more prevalent in Europe (at least Northern Europe) than in America? It feels like one pops up every other line, sometimes twice in the same sentence. I should mention that I am young (18) and so are the people I talk to.
posted by Corduroy on May 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Crossing America..

Me and three friends are flying out to drive across America, mainly following the old Route 66. I have two main questions: 1) What's worth seeing on this route? 2) What should we be wary of? Also, any other advice is more than appreciated.
posted by bobbyone on May 23, 2008 - 20 answers

Songs about America

I'm driving cross country and am looking to make a mix CD for the road using songs about America. Ask Metafilter has previously tackled similar questions dealing with songs about Los Angeles, California, New York, New Jersey and even Europe, but what are some of the best songs about America?
posted by DoorFrame on May 15, 2008 - 41 answers

I'm sick of the city.

How far would I need to travel from a tower 100 feet high before the sight of it would become obscured by the horizon? [more inside]
posted by grrlaction on May 4, 2008 - 20 answers

How long can an american stay in canada?

What is the maximum amount of time a US citizen can spend in Canada at one time, with just a passport? What about over the course of a year? These would be personal and/or business visits. [more inside]
posted by zerolives on Apr 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Wendigo myth in the Northwest

Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
posted by Artw on Apr 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Travelfilter: When to tip, who to tip and how much to tip?

Ok, so I'm traveling to the States from the UK for the first time and I realise that you guys tip pretty much everyone. So I need to know when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 29, 2008 - 34 answers

What kind of financial education are people getting in the States?

This question is only for people who went to public school in the United States. Did you receive any financial education there, and if so, what?
posted by Laugh_track on Apr 28, 2008 - 87 answers

America the Defensive?

Please help me find an guide to dealing with Americans that deals with how Americans take criticism. [more inside]
posted by lore on Apr 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Sending Dollars from India

I'm wondering how to send a check in dollars to someone in the States from a bank account in Indian rupees (for a low sum like $200). Essentially I'd like the equivalent of what, out there, would be mailing a money order. [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur on Apr 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Where should I go for the daily news?

What is a good newsfeed for daily American news at a national level? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Apr 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Higher? To the place where blind men see?

So I play guitar (fairly well) and ukulele (passably). I'm thinking about getting a baritone or tenor ukulele, but also strongly considering a guitalele. Where can I get one in America (in VA, DC, or NJ?) [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Things for Chinese visitors to do while in one of the Flyover States?

It's kind of the opposite of questions that have been asked in the past: What activities can you recommend for an American host to arrange for some Chinese Visitors? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Mar 19, 2008 - 18 answers

How hard is it to get a job in America as a foreigner without a degree?

How hard is it to get a job in America as a foreigner without a degree? [more inside]
posted by public on Mar 11, 2008 - 12 answers

Mail no candy there

A couple of years ago – post-911, maybe in 2002 or 2003 – my local post office in Canada was handing out a list of things that could no longer be mailed into the U.S., which included any commercially made candy, even in small amounts as personal gifts. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jan 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Can I get into America with this ID?

Can I, a Canadian citizen, get through the American border, by car, with the following pieces of ID: [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Jan 13, 2008 - 19 answers

Who's doing Fear and Loathing 2008 (and doing it well)?

So Hunter S Thompson's dead and I don't really know which writers to turn to, as the American election year gets underway, who can bring the mad skills, the savage wit, and the dedication to cutting through the usual bullshit. Wanna-be gonzo schtick I'm not so excited by; clear, fearless, honest voices for the win! Drug references optional. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jan 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Presidential Speech Terms Cloud

Does anyone know the link to a website that displays a list of terms that are used by the president at speeches as a sort of cloud? For example: blah blah blah blah blah WAR blah blah TERROR blah blah TAX I've seen it before, I just can seem to find the link. The website also archives terms used in past speeches. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Dec 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Anyone know if the old gods protect anyone outside Europe?

I came across a reference to the "Pillars of Hercules" and a notion that the old European pagan gods had never intended their followers to live beyond the Pillars of Hercules (so roughly, nowhere west of Spain, south of North Africa, and I am unclear on other boundaries). Does anyone know a source which expands on this notion? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Dec 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Which American cities have an active entertainment industry?

Where should we move- which American cities have active entertainment industries? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Dec 3, 2007 - 25 answers

Traveling to San Francisco for the first time...

Can anyone give some pointers for a couple (both 22) traveling to San Francisco for the first time from the UK? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Nov 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Will I get in trouble for doing American freelance work in France?

I am thinking of moving to France for a few months (less than 3 months). I want to continue to do remote freelance work for my for American clients. Will I get in trouble with France for doing this? Who should I talk to about this?
posted by hooray on Nov 4, 2007 - 33 answers

Hey, it's a free country

Do other non-U.S. countries/cultures use the phrase "It's a free country?" [more inside]
posted by ALongDecember on Oct 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Why are you American?

What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
posted by bam on Aug 17, 2007 - 113 answers

how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes)

how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 9, 2007 - 10 answers

What are your favorite rural areas of the United States?

What are your favorite, most inspirational rural areas of the United States? I'm thinking of places that would sync perfectly to U2's Heartland. [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN on Jul 19, 2007 - 25 answers

Statues for all

Can you help me identify these South Amercian statues? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jul 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Seattle to Phoenix sans California

Please provide me with ideas for a road trip from Seattle to Phoenix that does not go through California. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Jul 9, 2007 - 15 answers

Indians- Why and How?

What are MeFi's favorite resources about American Indian law? I'm a fairly well-read person on the letters of the law- I read the appropriate journals and legal briefs- but I'd like a more comprehensive set of rhetoric about the native peoples of the Americas. [more inside]
posted by thethirdman on Jun 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Please help me find this photo.

Please help me find an art photograph of a portly white American man sitting on a park bench surrounded by starving Africans. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Who will stop Domain Registry of America?

Yet another one of my clients has been confused by a Domain Registry of America "invoice" mailing, and now I'm even madder at them. I saw this FTC ruling from 2003, but is there any kind of action/suit against the company now? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 31, 2007 - 20 answers

Subtler Disdain for America

Partly inspired by this question, what are some examples of Europe's subtler disdains of American culture in the 60s and 70s? To put it differently and more focused on my research purposes , where can I find commentary on France's/Italy's anti-American response to the information gathered in Servan-Schrieber's The American Challenge ? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! on May 14, 2007 - 2 answers

The View from the Iron Curtain

What was the attitude toward Americans and America in East Germany and the former USSR? What are some interesting propaganda campaigns, or stereotypes? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on May 13, 2007 - 21 answers

Are there any Americatowns?

Are there any "Americatowns" or "Little New Yorks"? I mean, are there any neighborhoods outside the U.S. that are known for having a sizable American expatriate/emigrant population and culture? I'm not talking about tourist ghettos in popular vacation spots. Nor am I interested in discussing the many American businesses and aspects of American culture that have spread outside the U.S. I just want to know if there are neighborhoods of non-American cities where a sizable, cohesive community of Americans live and work.
posted by mahamandarava on May 8, 2007 - 39 answers

Assessing Europe's view of America in the 20th century.

What are some books, essays, or maybe even films that assess Europe's view of America in the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! on May 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Why does America have more school shootings than other countries?

I realise this is a very sensitive topic at the moment, but that's what makes it so relevant. It seems to me that the US has a history of school shooting type incidents that no other country has. Is that true? If so, what is it that makes this more common in the US than anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Apr 18, 2007 - 49 answers

MUJI equivalent notebooks in the US

Stationery question: Where in America can I buy a spiral bound notebook with a dot-grid (similar to those sold in Muji)? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Mar 23, 2007 - 14 answers

Why not just send your kids to a private school?

Church/State, creationists, private education in the US; why don't all the "intelligent design" folk just send their kids to private religious schools? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 17, 2007 - 23 answers

Copper Copper Copper China

How (where) does one go about procuring 100mt of copper for shipment to China from North America?
posted by strangelove on Feb 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Article link about Israeli terrorism against US.

A year or two ago there was a news story about Israel awarding medals to several agents of their government for acts of terrorism against Egypt and the United States (in the 70s I think). Formerly they had been denounced by the Israelis as "rogue" agents or some such. Anyone have a link to the story?
posted by BrotherCaine on Jan 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Novel?

Can anyone recommend a novel suitable for first year students studying the contemporary US? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Jan 24, 2007 - 10 answers

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