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December 11

Get my jam to the States

I made some jam. I want to get said jam to the States. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 7:33 PM - 3 answers

December 9

How much effect does public comment have in the EIS?

Is there any data that shows how often public comments submitted during the public involvement portion of an Environmental Impact Statement actually changed an alternative from one to another in the final selection? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:26 PM - 7 answers

December 7

OSHA standard for workplaces free of sexual misconduct ideas needed.

I'm drafting a petition to have OSHA promulgate standards for a safe and healthy workplace free of sexual misconduct. My goals are: Employers much provide a safe workplace, so we need: (1) training standards to prevent it, and (2) a framework for a civil process where CREDIBLE allegations of sexual misconduct gets you fired. Got any suggestions for law-talking words that would be best to use? [more inside]
posted by mikelieman at 11:43 PM - 5 answers

Is this a scam? Or something worse?

A friend got a weird call that scared her. Is it real? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 11:18 AM - 11 answers

December 6

Changes in tax deductions for charitable donations

I am confused about what is going on with charitable donations in the new tax bill. If my donations will be deductible for 2017 but not 2018, I will make a bunch of extra donations in advance. If it won't make a difference, I will continue with my usual steady donating, which is probably better for charities' budgets than lumpy donating. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 9:59 AM - 2 answers

December 5

Civic Education Recommendations

I realized recently that there is a ton that I do not know about the workings of our government & country. This was most recently on display during the 2017 tax bill fiasco, attempting to figure out what the hell was going on, or what the next steps would be after the Senate approved something at 2am. While I wish I had paid more attention in high school, those days are long gone. Does anyone have a recommendation for a textbook or even online course that would provide an in-depth understanding of how things work? [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 at 4:02 PM - 8 answers

December 4

Conflicting advice about what to do after being rear-ended

I was rear-ended last night on the highway. I am reading conflicting things about telling my insurance, the other party's insurance, or both. [more inside]
posted by ziggly at 8:04 AM - 18 answers

December 3

Political change for the collector type?

I dislike protests - less in their value and more in the actually attending them. On the other hand, I love scouring for things of value. Are there any useful political activities which rely on somebody picking up on otherwise obscure laws/rules/exceptions? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 11:51 PM - 6 answers

December 1

Congressional Strategy for Dummies

Inspired by this comment in the politics megathread, I started listening to CSPAN broadcasts and downtempo chillout while I work. Two days in, it's been surprisingly enjoyable, but I'd like to get more out of it. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 6:32 PM - 3 answers

November 30

In the event of a nuclear confrontation between the US and North Korea

What is the likelihood that other countries will take it as an opportunity to also attack the US, or attack each other? I mean, at that point, isn't the deterrence balance of terror has provided for decades is pretty much out of balance?
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:15 PM - 9 answers

November 29

Is there employment law that addresses layoffs after bankruptcy?

I work for a U.S. subsidiary of a German-based parent company that has filed for bankruptcy. I have been informed that, due to lack of funds, my position is ending this Friday. Are there legal ramifications for letting me go prior to my direct counterpart, especially in light of the fact that I have seniority and higher sales numbers? [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 5:03 PM - 5 answers

November 28

Even though my lease has ended, am I still on the hook?

My CA apartment lease ends December 1, 2017. Or so I thought. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 9:13 PM - 11 answers

November 27

Examples of libertarian market successes

In the run up to the FCC decision on Net Neutrality, I've been seeing libertarians happy that this regulation might be rescinded. It has left me curious: what unregulated markets do libertarians point to as working well for individual "consumers" (in quotes bc there are many different types of markets) because of free market corrections. (I'm aware of the philosophical arguments for lack of regulation per se, I'm asking specifically about examples where no/low regulation leads to a better outcome for citizens instead of just for capital.)
posted by OmieWise at 7:43 AM - 8 answers

November 26

Birthday wrong in wills etc. Florida.

Well, this holiday season my folks gave me all of their paperwork. Will, living will, etc. etc. etc. Yay. But ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM - 2 answers

November 21

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the EU?

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the European Union? I can find lots of articles that take this as a given, but none that talk about the motivations that led to it being regarded as a fundamental principle. Does anyone have any pointers to such an exegesis? [more inside]
posted by pharm at 1:35 AM - 12 answers

November 18

May I re-enter the UK with a T2 visa and almost-expired US passport?

I have a tier 2 UK visa (valid for many more years), a biometric residence permit, and a US passport that expires in May (so, in < 6 months). If I visit the US in December, will I be able to re-enter the UK in January or will I get in trouble because my passport is expiring soon? I'm especially looking for recent personal anecdotes or links to government policies/helplines. Thanks!
posted by heterosoy at 12:39 AM - 11 answers

November 16

Should I Join the Democratic Socialists of America?

For the last month, I've been looking at the DSA as a political organization. I was impressed by their multi-tendency nature and their willingness to work within other parties (mostly the Democratic Party) in order to achieve goals. After their sudden surge in the Nov 7 election, I decided to check them out in person. I just went to a small local meeting in my area (about ten people) and saw what at least the locals are about. Now, I want to know, should I start paying dues and join them? [more inside]
posted by Lord Chancellor at 10:40 AM - 11 answers

November 14

Republican tax plan - channeling resistance

Last week's election victory was a welcome respite in the endless news nightmare, but the dread is returning when I read more news about the looming Republican tax plan vote. [more inside]
posted by hampanda at 9:51 PM - 2 answers

November 13

Corporate Income Tax: Who Pays?

Whenever a discussion of taxation comes up, Republicans and especially big L libertarians claim that corporate taxes are always necessarily paid by the purchaser of the product and therefore the only rational corporate tax rate is zero. However, applying a bit of thought uncovers some seemingly obvious contradictions with other parts of their economic mental model. I'd like some help figuring out the real arguments on either side rather than the superficial crap that seems to dominate. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 9:23 PM - 18 answers

November 12

Is Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language in the public domain?

After reading A Pattern Language, I noticed it was up on archive.org. Things on the Internet Archive are generally in the public domain or are otherwise noted, but I also know that anyone can upload anything to it. Christopher Alexander is still alive, but is this somehow in the public domain? I'm hoping to do a project with it, and it would make it way easier if this really was in the public domain.
posted by ignignokt at 7:03 PM - 7 answers

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