My father always said, "In America, we don't vote on civil rights." I've heard this repeated by others and I vaguely know that it's true. Recently, civil rights were afforded to same-gender couples because of the actions of the Supreme Court. What are other examples of civil rights victories that weren't a product of public voting or the will of the majority? [more inside]
My adult daughter and I are planning on spending the week of Christmas 2015 in the Dominican Republic, in part becasuse we can fly there in one day from Montana. I've done due diligence at looking at hotels but I'm asking Mefites for some help in finding a great place to stay. [more inside]
Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
Can somebody explain to me the bizarre weather patterns that exist in the Czech Republic [more inside]
Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
Where can I buy a decent-sized replica of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic? (image links inside) [more inside]
I need help denim size equivalency among brands (Lucky, Gap, and Banana Republic)! [more inside]
What are the standard English pronunciations of the names of the characters in Plato's Republic? [more inside]
Good sources for aerial photography of the Dominican Republic? [more inside]
Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government. [more inside]
Where can I get trdelnik in Seattle. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find copies of the last three ice hockey matches of Nagano 98 winter Olympics with the Czech Republic? preferably on DVD or other digital format.
Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14? [more inside]
I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
I have been living in a small university town outside Prague in the Czech Republic since the summer. I am using my 2006 Apple MacBook MA254LL/A (running 10.5.5) to connect to the internet. However, I have experienced a lot of problems connecting to free wireless internet hotspots. My laptop takes a while to locate the network by scanning, and then either asks for a password or tells me the network is unavailable. I know that my Airport works fine elsewhere, and that the connection usually happens automatically. I will ask one of the workers at the store if there is a password, and the answer is always no. Moreover, I see PC users connecting to the internet without a problem. Does anyone know what the issue is with wireless networking on a Mac in the Czech Republic? [I would post this question to the Apple support forums, but it appears that their new accounts system is down]
Any bank recommendations in Prague? [more inside]
PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
Me and my gf want to visit the Altai Republic in Russia. However a friend of ours wanted to visit the place, but weren't allowed to enter because he didn't have a permit. So where does one get a permit to enter the Altai Republic and why is it necessary to get one? I mean, a tourist-visa should be able to give you access to most of the country as long as the cities you want to visit is stated on the visa.
Vacation Filter; Need help planning our family vacation. The vacation will be for four days at the end of October. The two destinations are the Bahamas or the DR! Please recommend all-inclusive resorts that will be fun for us. Our group is five people. (Two parents in their fifties, and four others in early to late 20s). Good restaurants, fun activities and maybe a bit of partying for the youngins :) thanks in advance!
Later this month, my boyfriend will be going to Prague on business for two weeks. Instead of packing two weeks worth of clean clothes, he'd like to take less and do laundry while he's over there. The big question is how? Are there public laundry facilities there? How do you find them? Specifically, he'll be at the Corinthia Towers Hotel. And, hey, as long as you're here: Got any general travel tips for the area? He travels internationally so there's no "OMG! I'm leaving American soil!" freak-out going on. This just happens to be a place he's never been so: should he get a phrase book, is it relatively easy for foreigners to get around, what should he make time to see, etc?
Suggestions for a fun, relatively cheap hotel/area to stay in for two nights in Prague in August. [more inside]
How do I become a culturally courteous traveler in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic? [more inside]
Dominican Republic travel in early September... [more inside]
Spurred on by what happened at Czechtek, I'm trying to find more out about electronic musicians from the Czech Republic. The trouble is, I don't speak Czech. Does anyone know of any great Czech producers, or of any web translation sites that reliably do Czech to English so I can do more research? [more inside]
If I lived in a country (mentioning no names, because I'm not sure if it is treason...) that had an unelected head of state, and whos position was based on the family they were born into, how would I go about getting rid of them, in any way other than the obvious one? I'm thinking some kind of political campaign, etc.