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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Can I fly from the United States to Canada without a passport?
posted by jjg
on Oct 28, 2004 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Are there any good commercial radio stations in The United States?
posted by TurkishGolds
on Jul 25, 2004 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
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posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 7, 2004 -
Who is owed the United States' debt?
posted by ajr
on Jan 22, 2004 -
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 -
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 -
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.
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posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 14, 2003 -