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Cultural learnings of America for make benefit of self: How can an Asian girl gain some North American experience?

I'm a Malaysian in my mid-twenties looking for non-academic opportunities to live in North America on a short-term basis. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Karcy on Aug 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Percentage of GDP currently and historically spent on luxuries?

Are there any statistics on what portion of the US GDP is now and historically (over the past 100 or 200 years) has been spent on luxury goods? I'll refrain from defining that term and hope that any studies referenced will do the work for me. Any international comparisons would be greatly appreciated as well.
posted by shivohum on Jul 5, 2007 - 2 answers

The state of Canada-US relations 231 yrs ago?

Why did Canada *not* join the American revolution? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jul 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Are there any current visual fact books about the United States?

Are there any current visual fact books about the United States? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on May 26, 2007 - 2 answers

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]
posted by jbb7 on Apr 22, 2007 - 15 answers

Dual Citizenship & Travel?

DualCitizenshipFilter: Looking for anecdotes and advice about travelling between the US & Canada, as a citizen of both. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Mar 5, 2007 - 19 answers

I don't get debt.

Why is the U.S. allowed to have a debt of $8,681,815,012,958.68 (according to the U.S. National Debt Clock)? [more inside]
posted by bobobox on Jan 17, 2007 - 30 answers

Good books on history of US foreign relations?

Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad on Dec 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Live in Canada, Work in the USA?

How to live in Canada, work remotely in the USA in one easy step? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 5, 2006 - 9 answers

Could the US be expelled from NATO...

Could the United States be expelled from NATO for refusing to abide by the Geneva Conventions?
posted by putzface_dickman on Oct 3, 2006 - 13 answers

SWM seeks Shelter, willing to relocate.

PropertyFilter: Can a non-resident own a home in the United States? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Aug 19, 2006 - 11 answers

I really don't want CATSA to throw it out.

If I am separated from booze, the terrorists have won. [more inside]
posted by oaf on Aug 12, 2006 - 22 answers

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

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

Resources on Somalians

Good resources - print, online - on the experience of Somali immigrants to the United States? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jun 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Give me your modals, your prepositions, your phrasal verbs yearning to breathe free

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]
posted by mdonley on Jun 2, 2006 - 2 answers

US-India dual citizenship

I have some questions about dual citizenship (U.S.-Indian). [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Apr 11, 2006 - 18 answers

I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General

What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Natural Resource Consumption

What percentage of the world's natural resources does the united states use? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah on Jan 20, 2006 - 10 answers

What should I do about skipped jury duty?

A few years ago, I ignored a summons to jury duty (U.S. District Court, if that's relevant). I didn't intentionally shirk my civic duty. I just completely forgot to deal with it promptly. Am I in a lot of trouble? What's the best way to handle this responsibly and avoid any unpleasant surprises?
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2005 - 10 answers

Which road to despotism?

If the United States of America becomes a despotism, what sort of despotism might it be, and by what steps might we arrive there? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on May 31, 2005 - 23 answers

What are the "every day" consequences of a dollar collapsing?

I understand that if the dollar collapses prices Americans pay for foreign goods rise, but I am wondering what other little and big consequences of a falling dollar are? What will life be like in a collapsing dollar environment? [more inside]
posted by izizi on May 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Guns for US Soldiers in WWI

What sort of guns (by model) were issued to United States soldiers in the first world war? Smaller guns in particular.
posted by dagnyscott on Apr 26, 2005 - 10 answers

What "Thread Level" systems do other countries use?

Some "Threat Level" questions: do countries have a similar system? Are other countries planning to implement such a system? Also, is the American system based on an existing model? I'm not so interested in the threat aspect of it as much as I'm interested in learning where the color-coded system originated and if it's being borrowed. This version, I'm certain, was a later iteration.
posted by josephtate on Feb 1, 2005 - 5 answers

What is your advice for moving from the US to Brazil?

Moving from the US to Brazil- what to bring and how to send it! [more, natch] [more inside]
posted by wallaby on Jan 15, 2005 - 6 answers

Which t-shirt manufacturers manufacture in the US?

american apparel is getting the glory, but what other t-shirt manufacturers make shirts in the US? i think there are several in LA alone, but i don' t know where to look for them.
posted by subpixel on Dec 10, 2004 - 4 answers

The National Debt's APR?

What interest rate does the U.S. pay on the national debt, and is that number likely to change as the debt increases?
posted by gsteff on Nov 4, 2004 - 3 answers

Electoral vs Popular Vote

As I understand it, the US election is won by winning areas and then counting up how many wins each person got. Give or take. It's not all that important to the question.

Does anyone know if/when the actual voter figures will be released? I'd love to compare this system to a true winner-takes-all system...
posted by twine42 on Nov 3, 2004 - 4 answers

What U.S. network will have fair, non-partisan election coverage?

Yet ANOTHER Election Night Question: What network should I be locked into on Tuesday night? I want fairness, either by straight non-partisanship or true balance, good solid analysis of what each state's results mean as we go, and some personality and banter to keep it interesting. ABC? CNN? MSNBC? FOX News? (hah. just kidding about that one.)
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 1, 2004 - 29 answers

Can I fly from the United States to Canada without a passport?

Can I fly from the United States to Canada without a passport?
posted by jjg on Oct 28, 2004 - 20 answers

Ways for an American to become a permanent resident or citizen of the UK?

UK immigration: My cousin (an American) is investigating ways that she can become a permanent resident or citizen of the United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Oct 26, 2004 - 13 answers

Flights to France

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]
posted by o2b on Oct 18, 2004 - 14 answers

Where to find royalty-free pictures of the current U.S. administration?

Royalty-free pictures of the current U.S. administration? [mi] [more inside]
posted by codger on Sep 28, 2004 - 2 answers

Rule for when U.S. Presidential Election is held?

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?
posted by Seth on Sep 14, 2004 - 8 answers

Tennis Tournaments

The United States Tennis Association's website kinda confuses me. Anyone who plays a lot of tennis wanna help me out with something? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster on Aug 3, 2004 - 2 answers

Good commercial readio stations in the US?

Are there any good commercial radio stations in The United States?
posted by TurkishGolds on Jul 25, 2004 - 36 answers

US Intelligence Agencies

On the radio yesterday there was talk of forming a Spy Czar to oversee the 15 different intelligence agencies. I can name maybe 7 different intelligence agencies. What are all 15?
posted by drezdn on Jul 21, 2004 - 8 answers

Why do US trains have flashing lights on the front of them?

Why do US trains have alternating flashing lights on the front of them? [Er, that's it, I'm just curious]
posted by bonaldi on May 29, 2004 - 23 answers

Is there a highly recommended online international escrow service?

Is there a highly recommended online international escrow service? The United States and Europe would be the locations. [more inside]
posted by four panels on May 27, 2004 - 0 answers

Why is Christmas day an official holiday in the US?

Baffling Things About America, #820. If church and state are completely seperate in the US, why is Christmas day an official holiday?
posted by Pericles on May 19, 2004 - 32 answers

The King of California?

Law question. The Constitution prohibits the United States awarding titles of nobility, right? So is it illegal if a Congressman holds a ceremony crowning someone king? What if it's part of a religious ceremony? What cases have explored this area?
posted by inksyndicate on May 4, 2004 - 16 answers

Ameica the vast

Here's what could be called an urgent question for Europeans who make their living writing (amongst other things) about the United States. How do you explain to intelligent Europeans that "America" is actually as big and varied a proposition as "Europe"? If not more. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Apr 7, 2004 - 20 answers

Who is owed the United States' debt?

Who is owed the United States' debt?
posted by ajr on Jan 22, 2004 - 8 answers

Where are great museums in the American Southeast?

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...
posted by auzten on Jan 12, 2004 - 10 answers

New Years Eve Dress Code in San Francisco at the Gordon Biersch

As a European spending my first New Year's Eve abroad (in San Francisco at the Gordon Biersch), I've been wondering what a general NYE dress code is in the United States. Answers I've received so far range from "whatever you like" to "anything goes", which doesn't help me in my decision on what I should wear. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by ckemp on Dec 30, 2003 - 11 answers

Month to Visit Cross-Section of America -- Best Places? Route?

Every single year of our lives, since we were 14 or so, my best friend Chico and I, born on the 26th and 25th July 1955, have been planning on travelling through the United States. That's more than 30 years ago - and still we haven't gone... [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Dec 14, 2003 - 54 answers

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