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Were/are the Taliban pro or anti-poppy? Why?

Sounds simple, but we were wondering because in 2000 for religious reasons they cut opium production and we're curious where they stand.
posted by glaucon on Nov 28, 2013 - 2 answers

 

Advanced Current Affairs in 10 minutes a day!

What is your 'current affairs' routine? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Good Rap With Minimal Swears

After perusing the current Kendrick Lamar thread, in which people are squabbling about whether or not "bitch, motherfucker" is the essence of rap, it seems worth it to ask for some recommendations of good rap music with no swears. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 15, 2013 - 35 answers

All the world's a book, and all the men and women merely characters

Recommend novels to help me learn more about the world! [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Apr 16, 2013 - 29 answers

What is the rolling release Linux distro least likely to make me crazy?

I'd like to try my hand at a Linux distro that manages to balance current software with limited days of figuring out why something exploded for apparantly no reason and now X server won't start, or there's no audio, or no networking, or no... whatever. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 3, 2013 - 26 answers

What is CURRENTLY the best method for removing viruses on Windows?

I assume the tools have changed in the past 5 years or so, despite Windows' better security, but back in my day it was Avira, Symantec and CCleaner. What's changed in the world of viruses and malware in the past 5 years, and how can I best impress the powers that be with thoroughness and efficiency? [more inside]
posted by hoborg on Feb 8, 2013 - 19 answers

What determines the frequency of arc currents when arcs occur inside a microwave oven?

What determines the frequency of the arc current when an arc occurs inside a microwave oven? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Oct 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Is our house killing our MacBook chargers?

In the past year or so, around four MacBook chargers have basically stopped working (I've lost count as this includes a couple of old chargers from early MacBooks we had lying around), all in mysterious fashion. Generally they overheat more than I think is normal, and often they switch to the dreaded, "Not charging" status. On one of them, the rubber insulation melted completely then buckled. I am wondering whether it's just a coincidence that so many chargers have died, or if the wiring in our old house could be to blame? [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Resources about Native America

Help me find resources for elementary age children regarding the modern Native American experience. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Feb 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Cumulative current account balance

Could you interpret this map for me? Also is there an updated version of it?
posted by raphael19 on Dec 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Good news websites for people buried under a rock?

Help me be more informed and less of a stupid ignoramus! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Aug 8, 2011 - 18 answers

How to determine polarity of electric wires.

I have two DC electric wires: one is positive, one is negative. Without buying anything, how can I tell which is which? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Going against the flow

Can a dead body somehow float upstream in a river? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jun 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Where's my money?

I transferred a lot of savings into an ISA. They've gone out of my current account, but not into the ISA. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by Fen on May 23, 2011 - 9 answers

What are some good websites to learn about (1) varied topics and (2) current events?

What are some good websites to (1) learn about new topics in bite-sized chunks, and (2) to keep abreast of current events? [more inside]
posted by akprasad on Dec 18, 2010 - 13 answers

International Relations 101

I read the news (BBC) daily and pick up The Economist once in awhile (it's expensive!). I'm curious and want to know what is going on in the world, but most of the time I can't put anything into perspective and understand what this means for the rest of the world or the possible impact on my life. For example, I'm not really sure why Bush started a war in Afghanistan, or the repercussions of the Gaza flotilla attack. I like how The Economist will analyze issues and say "X happened. This is bad because Y might happen now." or "A is mad because B did this in the past." in short, up front sentences. When I try to look people/events up on Wikipedia or Google, it's overwhelming because there is TOO much information to read, and I'm constantly having to look up more and more and this easily turns into hours of reading and 60 tabs open on my browser. How can I get a general grasp of international relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 43 answers

Is the Past more hurtful to the Future?

I've been married for just a little while now. I still have issues with handling my husband's "past." He took my virginity early in our relationship. He was with other women before me.... I don't know how to deal with this heart-sinking feeling when i think about his life before me. Advice would be gratefully appreciated.
posted by shortbus on Feb 11, 2010 - 36 answers

Need a current address for a long-lost parent

Looking for an estranged father. Need an address to write a letter to, only have a name and a (possibly old) cell number. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jan 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Interesting Ads?

Know of any interesting advertisements? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 15, 2006 - 22 answers

Getting a lease with an unpleasant background

MetaFilter landlords: Please help me aquire a lease... [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Dec 7, 2005 - 11 answers

I've never read the paper and now at 30+ want to educate myself on Politics, Gov, Current Events, World History, etc. Where to start?

I'm over 30 and probably know as much or less about history, politics/ gov, and current events as my 7 year old niece. Now, I want to be aware and don't know where to begin. I've tried just "merging in" but the references, terms, and names are lost on me. I need a starting point that will give me a framework or bird's eye view to start from and build on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2005 - 27 answers

My wiring frightens and confuses me

My boyfriend and I live in a flat built in the '20s. We have reason to suspect that the outlets provide inconsistent amount of electrical current. Is there something we need to get for our computers to protect them? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jul 7, 2005 - 16 answers

Why is wireless electric current not possible?

If we can have wireless voice communication and wireless data transfer, why can't we have wireless electric current?
posted by PrinceValium on Aug 8, 2004 - 16 answers

International Voltage Adapters

International Voltage adapters... [more inside]
posted by lkc on Jul 6, 2004 - 5 answers

I can't get my head around how microchips work.

How do microchips work?

I understand it at a very basic level. I know that when you apply current to a semiconductor, it becomes conductive, and that this closes the gate in a transistor. By opening or closing the right gates, you're able to do basic counting and logical operations.

Here though, my conceptual model totally falls apart. Because try as I might, I can't get my head around exactly what it is that controls the current going to the semiconductor in the gate in the first place. How does the microprocessor know to open or close a particular gate? It seems like if it already knew to open or close a gate, then the operation has already been done. It's like you'd need another microprocessor controlling the current within the first microprocessor, and so an and so on back to some omniscient prime mover.
posted by willnot on Apr 12, 2004 - 13 answers

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