I am working on a project where I am trying to find contributions made between businesses and political parties. Besides the obvious places (Sunlight Foundation, etc.) I want to know if, for the time banks received federal money, would those records be FOIAble? I have a pretty good idea which federal agencies to contact. But would it work?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I like Dead Prez, disposable heroes of hiphoprisy, Defiance Ohio, Good Clean Fun, propagandhi. Bands that sing about veganism, health, discipline, organization, how corporations suck, how religion sucks, dumpster diving, tofu, vegetables, honesty, being a good human being, cooking, gardening, etc. A lot of songs may seem cheesy, or corny, but I don't think they are, and I don't mind it. I prefer rap, but other genres are ok too. Even this youtube video "read a book"
posted by crawltopslow
on Feb 10, 2014 -
I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Feb 2, 2014 -
How can I start, or join, a public action committee or collective action group focusing on the needs and rights of pedestrians? A social support group or listserv would be OK too. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar
on Jan 26, 2014 -
My friend and I are stumped: we have the punchline for a joke he liked in highschool. However, we can't for the life of us come up with joke. Google hasn't helped, neither text nor image searches. So we turn to you fond MeFites, for your good knowledge: what joke ends with the punchline, "I must be a past participle." [more inside]
posted by Galen
on Oct 1, 2013 -
Imagine you're allowed to give a nobel prize for five of the most seminal books of the past 50-60 years in whatever field you're interested and/or invested in. What would they be?
The Nobel is usually given out to applied research and application and theory is eschewed. In this case you can give it to theoretical works as well. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue
on Sep 6, 2013 -
must be from either the 1901 or 1905 elections. Can you tell me anything about it? Can you tell me its approximate value? If not, can you direct me to a website or individual where I might find out? Thanks!
posted by crazylegs
on Jul 29, 2013 -
How can a film rely solely on the opinions/viewpoint of a (social, political) activist without ultimately becoming a propaganda piece? If a movie focuses on an activist, does it have to feature his/her dissidents for it to be objective? Can't the film just allow for this person to tell his/her story and still not be classified as being sympathetic towards him/her? Are there any prominent examples of films that focus on such figures, for which the filmmakers have been later praised/vilified? [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on Jun 29, 2013 -
I've looked high and low for a political cartoon that shows a boy asking his father "What is science?" The father replies "I don't know, son, we are Republicans." Can anybody steer me to a link to that cartoon? Thanks.
posted by wsg
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Do you know of a master list of active political domain names being used in the current American election? I need it so I can block all ads pointing to those sites. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Oct 30, 2012 -
I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.
I don't want to devote my life or income to this and i'm only doing it because i think i ought to=i am lazy. Comments? Suggestions? Need to know? Sarcasm? Thanks^_^ [more inside]
posted by maiamaia
on Oct 6, 2012 -
The presidential and vice presidential debates are coming up quick, with the first one on tomorrow, Wednesday 10/3. What are the best debate bingo cards and drinking games you've seen this season?
posted by Korou
on Oct 2, 2012 -
My mother is running for a fairly high office. I generally agree with her beliefs and standings, but not always those of her party. I want to support her in her bid for election but I have a hard time waving a flag for those who I don't agree with.
How do I support my mom who I agree with while dealing with those who I have to shake hands with and smile at while at parades, fairs, and other functions (I mean people who are working for her campaign either explicitly or not, not those who are there to heckle)?
This is in the US in the midwest, but it really shouldn't matter what state we are in or what party we might each be affiliated with - I just want to know how to best help my mom.
posted by anonymous
on Sep 12, 2012 -
I need help so I don't miss out on watching the best "can't miss" speeches of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
posted by marsha56
on Sep 6, 2012 -
Where can I find the best online American political commentary and analysis right now? Looking for bloggers, columnists, reporters, websites. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Sep 6, 2012 -
What are some contemporary examples of significant discrepancies between policy, the platforms of the major parties, and public opinion, as reflected by polls, in the United States?
posted by phrontist
on Aug 13, 2012 -
What are some ways a guy who just finished his first year of college and is home in New York City for the "summer" ("summer" = 3 months + 10 days) might expand his social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 23, 2012 -
Where online can I read about political lesbianism? For it, critical of it, history of it, arguments about it are all ok.
posted by the young rope-rider
on Apr 19, 2012 -
I'm a U.S. citizen currently registered as "No Party". Why should I, or shouldn't I, join one of the political parties? [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Apr 4, 2012 -
My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants
them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece
on Apr 2, 2012 -
I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration
on Jan 27, 2012 -
I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on Dec 26, 2011 -
Please point me to rebuttals to the argument that public employee unions have an inherent conflict-of-interest because union members vote for their own bosses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc
on Nov 29, 2011 -
I want to launch an online petition on a substantive political matter that's national in scope (and to the extent it matters, center-progressive). I have a semi-private FB account that I prefer not to associate with the petition; I do not have a Twitter account or anything else (e.g., Change.org), but could make one. What is the best means of creating a petition, getting eyeballs on it, and garnering popular support? Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Can anyone give me some straight talk on Sciences Po, otherwise known as l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris? It's quite expensive and I don't know that I could get in, but on the other hand, it could be an awesome opportunity. [more inside]
posted by peakes
on Nov 7, 2011 -
Looking for a basic starter book on capitalism and democracy that explains their relationship and, if possible, perhaps explores other systems or changes that could be an improvement on the current systems in place in most developed nations.
I have read that capitalism is a good way to stimulate a young nations economy but that it is not necessarily an equitable or functional long term solution. I have some small understanding regarding corporations roles in democracy. Beyond these basics I'm rather lost. (hence the plan to explore further)
I would prefer to read books as I would rather utilize them, and my library, than pop from webpage to webpage but would be willing to consider any information.
Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni
on Nov 1, 2011 -
Is there a map available online of the boundaries of the cities around Los Angeles? For example, the map would show the streets where places like Culver City, Bell, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, etc. begin and end. Bonus points if the map shows neighborhoods within LA proper. Double bonus points if it includes light rail and commuter rail. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe
on Oct 10, 2011 -
What was that political video / TV ad that showed a montage of small children working a series of adult jobs (in a factory, for example)? [more inside]
posted by ac
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
posted by blargerz
on Jul 23, 2011 -
What could I study, learn, and eventually do (for a career or otherwise) that would help the most amount of people in the most meaningful way? [more inside]
posted by makethemost
on Jun 3, 2011 -
Graduation gift ideas: Does anyone have the contact information for Former Senator Harris Wofford? Or alternatively, any old campaign memorabilia? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet
on Apr 25, 2011 -
Why does my relative call President Obama "O'BamBam"?
What is it meant to signify, other than derision?
posted by vitabellosi
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I am looking for theories of political/social movement (i.e. dance, performance not ideological) for a research paper on the Mass Games in North Korea, a large-scale spectacle including gymnastics, music, dance and art performed for Kim Jung-Il.
posted by weaponsgradecarp
on Apr 4, 2011 -
Please help us to generate further ideas on how to mobilize people for an action day against the further use of nuclear energy [more inside]
posted by jfricke
on Mar 25, 2011 -
I need help picking out a book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I'm looking for fascinating current non-fiction about the inner workings of American politics. Husband is a staunch Democrat. Many thanks!
posted by Dragonness
on Dec 8, 2010 -
I vaguely remember an editorial cartoon or maybe a Doonesbury Sunday strip or maybe even a political ad that used a childlike crayon drawing of a missile hitting a magical bubble-like shield to illustrate the ridiculousness of Ronald Reagan's dream of the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. It might have been a short animated film. But I cannot find this 1980s-era image online; can you?
posted by chavenet
on Nov 22, 2010 -
What modern political theorists/essayists write very explicitly about the end-result they'd like to see in the world, rather than focusing on piecemeal reforms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 24, 2010 -
How did those of you with political or policy type of jobs get your feet in the door? Whether its campaigning, non-profit, policy or anything else political related, how did you get your start? More of course in the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana
on Sep 30, 2010 -
I need some real-sounding political fake-ness (words) for a parody that isn't supposed to feel like a parody. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s
on Jun 21, 2010 -