I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I need help with a plot point involving the U.S. presidential order of succession. [more inside]
On the hunt for unique and odd US government offices (somewhat for entertainment, seriously for a job.) [Oh yes, there is somewhat more inside.] [more inside]
What do our (United States) roads really cost? [more inside]
Need your help finding my son a career. He would like to stay in college but with an idea on what he is there for. [more inside]
Food Stamp Filter: I'm a new graduate student in a 5 year program and my fellowship, while nice, precludes me from taking out any student loans. my mom suggested I look into food stamps, but I can't figure out if I qualify. Help! [more inside]
I'm looking for cheap/free visual aids (posters, photos, etc.) to support a high school teacher who is teaching US government. Thanks! [more inside]
This September I'll be teaching a workshop on writing skills at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Help me design and choose some great readings for the course! [more inside]
Who have been the benovolent dictators ? [more inside]
Security Clearance/Foreign Service-filter: I'm thinking of a career in the Foreign Service when I get out of college (T-minus 4 years), which I am just now entering. While metafilter has had questions about this before, but my situation is am bit different (so I'm hoping the Foreign Service mefites from those threads can chime in). The most important distinction is that I'm looking to be a Security Engineering Officer, or in some other sort of engineering related role (which falls under "Management" I believe) not a diplomat. Much more after the jump... [more inside]
After reading this (second to last paragraph) and thinking about this situation, how much do they charge you for evacuation? [more inside]
Identify this movie: Low level government clerk asks to be sent on assignment to observe wolves... [more inside]
How much autonomy do States in the United states in structuring their government? [more inside]
How do U.S. Senators travel? I know the President uses Air Force One, and I imagine Congresspersons fly on commercial airlines, but it is hard for me to picture a U.S. Senator flying commercially. At the same time, chartering flights seems awfully expensive.
What countries have great governments? You know, little corruption, little oppression, little government waste, safe streets, good education, good foreign relations etc.. No this is not a dig against [insert your government here].
Can you think of examples of a U.S. state government revoking a charter or other governance document for a local government body, such as a city or county? [more inside]
Political Activism Question: I want to oppose the marriage amendment. [more inside]
What law, specifically, is violated if a government official discloses secret information? For example, if a CIA operative told his cousin about an operation that was supposed to be classified, which law is his guilty of breaking? [more inside]
Should I be concerned about my emails and letters to my US Senate and House representatives ? I have written to my Maryland federal representatives expressing my opinion on the War on Drugs and support for legalization (marijuana) and decriminilzation (all other "illegal" drugs). I have listed my address as to not be a crackpot when I sent the email. With this issue spiraling out of control - how concerned should I be that I am now going to be on some list somewhere for thinking for myself? I know I am asking this after sending but I was just curious to see what everyone else thought.
Flying Robot Planes? The analysts seem to think there is no good way to stop these things. Why isn't the government interested in using the wisdom of crowds to prevent terrorist attacks? [more inside]
I am doing research for a paper and need to understand whethere or not there is an anti-net neutrality movement (most likely led by the telcos) in Europe and Asia like there is here in the US. Anyone heard anything? Cannot find anything on Google...
Could a two-term President be elected/appointed to be the vice president? [more inside]
ParanoiaFilter: Several years ago I was riding down a Southern interstate and I was passed by a convoy of five or so SUVs. Everything except the front windows on the bodies was covered with what appeared to be black padding. No license plates that I could see. They gave me the sense of being military, but what the heck was the padding all about?
What was the big antenna attached to the federal government pickup truck? [more inside]
Say that a (US) presidential administration was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing. Could a future presidential administration find this out and prosecute the former administration's officials? [more inside]
Are hospitals required to notify the Social Security Administration of new births? Do they do it, even if not required? [more inside]
Has anyone attended a "National Grants Conferences" (nationalgrants.com) event? Are they for real? Will they really help you find government grant money, or is it just a hugemondo scam? [more inside]
What prevents illegal immigrants from voting? Assuming illegal voting occurs how do you feel about it (looking for opinions from all sides)? [more inside]
Opening a small business in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. What do I do to register a small business with the government? I've been interested in doing this for a few reasons, mostly because I want to work for myself (a good enough reason I know) but am unsure how to register it bureaucratically. [more inside]
Who writes all those pages and pages of text that the US government generates? More to the point, might someone pay me to write some of them? [more inside]
This may seem profoundly easy to some of you, but I'm perplexed. [more inside]
could this country withstand a woodstock today? what would be the public reaction? how about law enforcement and government officials?
Examples of well-designed local city government websites? [more inside]
Why would anyone not vote for the Green Party in the upcoming Canadian federal election? [more inside]
Any U.S. Federal Government employees teleworking? [more inside]
Does anyone know of some good free resources/articles on the web about recent case law, lawsuits, etc. involving people with disabilities vs federal agencies, state social service agencies and federally funded non-profits and faith based initiatives? [more inside]
I am looking for reasonably well-known websites that deal with government corruption. I live in the United States, so I have a particular interest in any US corruption, but I'm interested in other countries as well. Logically, it is easy to find information on corruption of countries we don't like, so I'm mainly looking for websites dealing with the US and its allies. (more info inside) if you know of any respected political websites that issue indepth reports on various things like human rights (Human Rights Watch for example) or that release declassified documents and memos not necessarily from the us, but the US is great too ( http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv for example) then tell me [more inside]
The other day a few college - aged people came to my door (and everyone's in the nieghborhood) lobbying something political. I didnt talk to them but by dad said they made pretty good money doing that. Anyways, I am personally kind of obsessed with politics, and would be thrilled to have a job in the field of politics. My question is does anyone have suggestions on where to look or who to ask for a job? I am looking for a job that I can start right away, without any schooling etc. Something that doesnt take any special qualifications. [more inside]
SOX Compliance Statistics? [more inside]
How does one go about having a city municipal code changed? My city council is the city’s legislative authority and sets the policies under which the city operates. I'm looking to convince our city government to change our beach curfew from 10:00pm to midnight. I have never tried to petition the government for anything. So I have no idea where to begin. I'm looking for the basics here. How do I bring my case to the city council? What would the process be? What formalities/legalities are involved, etc? I will appreciate any insight into this. I would also like any advice on how to research my case for the change. Any insight is great! I look forward to your answers!
How can I obtain copies (screenshot or cache) of government officials' websites as they appeared a week, two weeks, a month ago? [more inside]
Has the Bush administration been cutting or curtailing benefits to active duty soldiers and veterans, and if so, can you point me to non-opinion sources that would back up such an assertion? [more inside]
With last nights government defeat in the House of Commons and the resultant hand-wringing on both sides of the 'civil-liberties vs security' debate, the quote that has been trotted out repeatedly is "Well if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear". Could anyone shed any light on the origin of this phrase? [more inside]
British MP Oliver Letwin wants environmental political debate to include discussions of beauty and romance in order to “help bring the subject alive and encourage people to become engaged in the wider debate.” [more inside]
Is there someplace to find a easy to understand breakdown of the U.S. National Budget? [more inside]
What is the mechanism that allows the President to, say, pledge $50,000,000 for earthquake relief in Pakistan? [more inside]
With the Dem's threatening to fillibuster Bush's new nomination for the Supreme Court, can Bush just wait until Christmas time when Congress takes a recess and install Alito with no confirmation vote? I have heard of similar things as an option in past political situations, and I'm assuming that somewhere in our 200+ year history something like this has been done. Unfortunately, I never really paid attention to the actual workings of the whole thing. What are the actual rules/laws as to what the President can do when Congress isn't in session. Specifically for the things Congress would 'normally' vote on or approve had they been in session.
Besides Japan and Iraq, what other countries have constitutions that were drafted either by or under the direction or assistance of the U.S. (or allied occupation made up of at least the U.S.)? [more inside]
Anti-Viral Kleenex: am I putting pesticide in my nose? [more inside]