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Foreign Service Aspirations

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]
posted by phrontist on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

What is the price of evacuation?

After reading this (second to last paragraph) and thinking about this situation, how much do they charge you for evacuation? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Jul 15, 2006 - 6 answers

Identify this movie about a government clerk sent to observe wolves.

Identify this movie: Low level government clerk asks to be sent on assignment to observe wolves... [more inside]
posted by PenDevil on Jul 7, 2006 - 19 answers

The grand visor of Oregon?

How much autonomy do States in the United states in structuring their government? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Jun 19, 2006 - 15 answers

Any peanuts with that beverage, Senator?

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.
posted by bullitt 5 on Jun 15, 2006 - 29 answers

Great Governments?

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].
posted by parallax7d on Jun 10, 2006 - 54 answers

States Revoking City/County Governance

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]
posted by gimonca on Jun 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Single minded political activism

Political Activism Question: I want to oppose the marriage amendment. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jun 5, 2006 - 10 answers

What law protects state secrets?

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]
posted by jackypaper on May 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Legalization advocacy concerns

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.
posted by evilelvis on May 12, 2006 - 17 answers

Robot Planes!!!

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]
posted by tweak on May 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Anti- Net Neutrality Overseas?

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...
posted by psususe on Apr 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Reelect the President?

Could a two-term President be elected/appointed to be the vice president? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

Or will you have to kill me if you tell me?

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?
posted by thebrokedown on Apr 17, 2006 - 14 answers

What are the mobile govenment antennas?

What was the big antenna attached to the federal government pickup truck? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu on Apr 10, 2006 - 5 answers

The opposite of a pardon?

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]
posted by ontic on Mar 27, 2006 - 15 answers

Hospital notify SSA of birth

Are hospitals required to notify the Social Security Administration of new births? Do they do it, even if not required? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Mar 9, 2006 - 8 answers

Can the "National Grants Conferences" service really help me find a government grant?

Has anyone attended a "National Grants Conferences" ( event? Are they for real? Will they really help you find government grant money, or is it just a hugemondo scam? [more inside]
posted by jwhowa on Mar 4, 2006 - 7 answers

What prevents illegal immigrants from voting?

What prevents illegal immigrants from voting? Assuming illegal voting occurs how do you feel about it (looking for opinions from all sides)? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Feb 22, 2006 - 50 answers


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]
posted by Napierzaza on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

(Am I) good enough for government work?

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]
posted by nebulawindphone on Feb 10, 2006 - 23 answers

Where does the money for the budget come from in times of deficit?

This may seem profoundly easy to some of you, but I'm perplexed. [more inside]
posted by heartquake on Feb 6, 2006 - 20 answers

how would this country respond to another woodstock today?

could this country withstand a woodstock today? what would be the public reaction? how about law enforcement and government officials?
posted by brandz on Feb 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Good city government websites?

Examples of well-designed local city government websites? [more inside]
posted by jca on Jan 16, 2006 - 24 answers

Why shouldn't I vote Green?

Why would anyone not vote for the Green Party in the upcoming Canadian federal election? [more inside]
posted by purephase on Jan 13, 2006 - 40 answers

Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home

Any U.S. Federal Government employees teleworking? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Jan 9, 2006 - 9 answers

disability case law

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]
posted by sophie on Dec 27, 2005 - 4 answers

I need websites of Political Research

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 ( for example) then tell me [more inside]
posted by VillainousJester on Dec 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Im looking for a job that deals with politics or activism

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]
posted by JokingClown on Dec 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Cost of Compliance to S-OX?

SOX Compliance Statistics? [more inside]
posted by apark on Dec 19, 2005 - 6 answers

Can I really change my local government? Maybe.

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!
posted by ieatwords on Dec 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Retrieving website caches

How can I obtain copies (screenshot or cache) of government officials' websites as they appeared a week, two weeks, a month ago? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Nov 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Cutting military benefits?

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]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

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]
posted by mr_benn on Nov 9, 2005 - 15 answers

Examples of legislative aesthetics?

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]
posted by viewofdelft on Nov 9, 2005 - 1 answer

National Budget Spending... Where is all the money going!?!?!

Is there someplace to find a easy to understand breakdown of the U.S. National Budget? [more inside]
posted by Botunda on Nov 5, 2005 - 7 answers

How can the President pledge money?

What is the mechanism that allows the President to, say, pledge $50,000,000 for earthquake relief in Pakistan? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Nov 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Installing Alito to the Supreme Court

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.
posted by whoda on Nov 1, 2005 - 20 answers

US drafted constitutions?

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]
posted by sublivious on Oct 30, 2005 - 13 answers

Pesticide on facial tissue?

Anti-Viral Kleenex: am I putting pesticide in my nose? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy_wuzzy on Oct 29, 2005 - 9 answers

If the U.S. Criminal Code were a cook book, my hams would taste like sock.

LawFilter: Why is the U.S. Code so strange? [more inside]
posted by dsword on Oct 23, 2005 - 18 answers

Why are countries against secession?

Why are countries and most people against secession? [more inside]
posted by Hobgoblin on Oct 17, 2005 - 29 answers

How do I get elected?

I plan on running for a city council seat in a college town of 81,000 people. The election isn't until Spring, 2007. What can I do now to increase my chances of getting elected? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 17, 2005 - 17 answers

What would happen if I conquered my own country?

Inspired by a side conversation in this thread, how would I, theoretically, go about conquering and founding my own country? What would be the consequences thereof? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Oct 4, 2005 - 29 answers

Is there a database of government contracts/spending?

The FEC is extremely useful in figuring out who is giving money to politicians. Is there a similar database of which corporations are being awarded contracts from the government?
posted by phrontist on Sep 25, 2005 - 1 answer

Who are these guys?

Today The Guardian published the group photograph of delegates to the World Summit at the UN. There is a key to who all these smiling faces are which is useful, except two gentlemen are listed simply as 'unidentified'. Would anybody like to take a guess as to who they are? [images inside] [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Quote About Government and Poverty

I'm trying to think of a famous quote. It says something like the best measure of government is how it treats its poor. I think it's famous, or maybe it's just a thought I've had so many times that it feels famous! No luck so far searching Google or the quote sites.
posted by abbyladybug on Sep 5, 2005 - 16 answers

Gaza Mortgages - what happens?

What happens to the mortgages on Israeli West Bank Settlers homes when the settlers are withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by Invoke on Aug 19, 2005 - 4 answers

What does it mean to overturn a Supreme Court decision?

What does it really mean to "overturn" a Supreme Court decision? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Aug 10, 2005 - 9 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

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