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reasonable, calm poltical forums?

Are there any political forums where reasonable conservatives discuss politics with reasonable liberals?
posted by goethean on Feb 6, 2012 - 4 answers

how to support a candidate

What are some good ways I can support a candidate? [more inside]
posted by udon on Feb 3, 2012 - 10 answers

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world?

How to I begin to understand what is going on in the world? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com on Jan 31, 2012 - 43 answers

Where can I find long essays?

I'm looking for substantive essays focused on US politics and society, preferably published in periodical form. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't know how to play this game

Do you have tips or resources that would help an overly earnest "nice guy" type navigate political maneuverings at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Maps for a political race?

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 - 7 answers

Free PACs for Everyone

Is there any cost involved with starting a Political Action Committee? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I show you that I love you?

What would the modern America Sickle and Hammer look like? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jan 25, 2012 - 28 answers

Is the a third option?

How can I reconcile a vote for Obama given his human rights mis-steps? [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card on Jan 19, 2012 - 49 answers

How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?

Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 answers

The UK Rump State

What would be the future of the British state without Scotland? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Where'd that water come from?

Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2012 - 1 answer

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

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 - 9 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Website that summarizes current political issues?

Is there a website that can briefly summarize current political issues and why each party is for or against?
posted by cwarmy on Dec 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Inventing a promotion. Possible?

Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I make the most out of a meeting with women politicians on the subject of women's representation in parliament?

How do I make the most out of a meeting with women politicians on the subject of women's representation in parliament? [more inside]
posted by kishky on Dec 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations?

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Dec 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Which tool do I need?

Looking for a social media tool that allows visitors to our website to sign & send a pre-written email (and to possibly add their own comments or edits as well, but that's not 100% necessary) to a group of local politicians. I've seen things like this many many times on social and political campaign websites, but have no idea if there's an out-of-the-box solution or if we need to hire someone to write it. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Dec 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Current displays of captured enemy weapons?

What are some examples of countries displaying "captured weapons" or war planes, etc, of any enemy country and then turning them into a tourist attraction? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Dec 9, 2011 - 26 answers

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind?

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on Nov 29, 2011 - 43 answers

Looking for a rebuttal to this argument about unions.

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 - 9 answers

How far do we have to go?

To be part of the so-called 1% If based on income, how much do you have to make? If based on assets, how much do you have to have?
posted by yclipse on Nov 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Independent blogs

Looking for some independent political blogs on US politics [more inside]
posted by rryan on Nov 13, 2011 - 12 answers

I've made a huge tiny mistake

Should I run away from the job I just got because a to-be-coworker's wife is sending up danger signs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 36 answers

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood?

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me be an educated voter.

Where can I find a summary of candidates for the next election? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Good political debate podcasts?

What are some good political debate podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the volunteer-to-job path in politics?

Is volunteering for a political campaign a good way to get a political job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 25 answers

A 1 percent for your thoughts.

How much money do you have to make to be in "the top 1 percent", in world terms? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Alternatives to term limits

Are there any countries that have mandatory waiting periods between elected office stints? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to wring the science out of the dismal science.

I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Civil Service Summaries

Looking for short PDFs summarising topics relevant to UK politics, probably posted to Metafilter in the last couple of years. These were produced by civil servants or advisors to explain the broad concepts of a topic (e.g. Nuclear power) to a politician in just a few pages. Thanks.
posted by theyexpectresults on Aug 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Who are the inspiring leaders who aten't ded?

I'm out of the loop. The first I heard about Jack Layton and Paul Wellstone and John Smith was when they died. Help a working mama out: who are the inspiring leaders who aren't dead yet? Obviously I skew Anglophone in my language constraints and bleeding-heart liberal in my politics, but I'm interested in hearing about anyone anywhere who seems compassionate and competent... so far.
posted by rdc on Aug 26, 2011 - 24 answers

Please help me find the animation

I’m looking for an animation that I saw somewhere on the net (probably YT) this year. If I remember correctly, it’s mostly illustrated, black and white, with pictures and words and arrows used to illustrate key concepts as the narration unfolded. The key feature is that it was really well produced, swooping and rotating as the drawing unfurled. The illustration is simple and fun, even though the subject matter is fairly serious — I think it was about politics, something like… I don’t know, Corporate Personhood. Or maybe not. Anyway, I think the animation was done well after the narration, and the two are unaffiliated. [more inside]
posted by scamper on Aug 20, 2011 - 20 answers

What was the '90s homeschooled-kid's treatise on American politics?

In the late 1990s a well-educated 18-year-old boy, homeschooled on a farm somewhere like West Virginia, published a book commenting on American society and politics from a classical perspective. His story was covered by major newsmagazines, and he went on to an Ivy League school. Who was he? [more inside]
posted by Harvey Kilobit on Aug 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Social vs. Command & Control

Social vs. Command & Control: Given how the UK police had a hard time dealing with the 'flash-mob' tactics of rioters when will governments attempt to shut down facebook/twitter/social sites during unrest? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Aug 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Why is politics a noble profession ?

Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 5, 2011 - 12 answers

How to handle uncommunicative colleage?

How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Jul 30, 2011 - 23 answers

How can I stop my city government from outsourcing the decision to outsource government services?

I'm looking for research or advocacy groups that are critical of governments that hire consulting firms such as KPMG for budgetary advice or auditing purposes. Other than The Yes Men, please ;) [more inside]
posted by copystar on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Burning down the House

Give me a civics lesson here. What's the endgame for House Republicans? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jul 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Does The Uk Recognize US state-level Same Sex Marriages

I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2011 - 27 answers

The religion problem.

How can one effectively participate in American politics (beyond the basics of voting and monetary donation) without subscribing to an organized religion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 12 answers

In practice, could a Catholic be British Prime Minister?

Is there any reason why a Catholic would be unelectable as British Prime Minister, or any practical difficulties in having a Catholic Prime Minister? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

partisans vs. media, 20 years ago

Looking for confirmation of a story from the 1988 or 1992 US general election. A few GOP partisans at a Bush Sr. rally started jeering media members, who wound up feeling uncomfortable and maybe unsafe. When Bush was made aware of it, he was almost uncomprehending-- "how could anyone take campaign rhetoric so seriously?", was the general take on his response. Google searching "Bush + media" isn't getting me there. Anyone else know this story better, or have confirmation or debunking?
posted by ibmcginty on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Keep me from repeating mistakes I should know about....

Book suggestion filter! I need to catch up on all the 20th century history I missed because of childhood..... [more inside]
posted by motsque on Jun 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Sources for Understanding Animal Rights Debate in Australia

I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jun 14, 2011 - 16 answers

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