Please recommend your favorite readable books on United States foreign policy. I'm open to a broad range - biography/autobiography of key figures, analysis around a specific event, focus on specific forms of diplomacy, focus on specific issues - but I want something that is engaging and not too dense. Imagine you could pull it out of your bag during your subway commute. [more inside]
We are going to be in Lake Geneva this weekend where can we get away from light pollution and see the Milky way? [more inside]
A friend mentioned something to me about the U.S. "losing Germany's gold," and I hadn't heard anything about this story. I did some research online and read about Germany's gold holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank, and how the Fed has refused to allow Germany to audit its holdings in the Fed vaults in New York City. [more inside]
I'm inheriting $100,000. My parents are inheriting a lot more (around $1mil, but we're not sure the exact amount). Please give us advice. We're in the US (New Mexico). [more inside]
Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
How do other developed nations home-food-preservations differ so wildly from the US? Are their methods safer? [more inside]
Europeans using PayPal to bill customers in the U.S. or U.K., can you help me? I want to bill for services using PayPal, and then transfer the money to my Greek bank account. Greece uses the Euro. I'd like to bill in dollars for my U.S. clients, but I'm a PayPal newbie as far as receiving funds is concerned. Is there something that I should know about fees or ... um ... anything, really. I don't even know what I don't know! Any tips/advice will be helpful; don't assume it's too minor. :)
In what way(s) might the United States cease to be, how likely are those scenarios, and what would happen as a result? [more inside]
How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
Economics newb asks: how does a consumer-based economy generate wealth? [more inside]
Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may be called? [more inside]
What kind of influence do US network anchors have on the news selection and editing process? [more inside]
US-election filter: are felons allowed to vote? [more inside]
Why did Canada *not* join the American revolution? [more inside]
U.S. tourist ticketed for driving w/o license+insurance. What next, to avoid visa denials in the future?
A friend is in the US on a tourist visa (from a non-visa waiver country). He just got ticketed for driving without a license, without insurance, and with highbeams on. He'll be entering a US university as an undergrad this autumn, for which he'll convert his visa to a student visa. Could these infractions result in his being deported or being denied further visas and, later on, permanent residency status? [more inside]
Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
What interest rate does the U.S. pay on the national debt, and is that number likely to change as the debt increases?
I'm flying to France from the states at the end of next month, and I'm wondering what experiences are on different carriers. [more inside]
US election question: The US Presidential election is being held Nov. 2, 2004. Last election was on Nov. 7th. I was confused last time and this time because I swear that I remember learning that elections are always held on the second Tuesday of November. Anyone aware of whether that second Tuesday thing is a rule, and, if so, is there some historical origin to it? If it is a rule, anyone know why the last two elections were held on the first Tuesday of November?
Can anyone suggest any really great art museums in the Southeast US? The girlfriend and I both have a long weekend coming up and need something to do. Specifically thinking in the states of TN, NC, SC, GA, VA...