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Heya. So I'm involved in something where our opponent is someone whose political experience is very limited, and a large part of its extent is an internship with no less than the questionably honourable senator Jim Inhofe. What has he been up to? Nothing good, I expect. Can you fill me in? [more inside]
How accurate are the addresses on the sex offender notifications? If the offender is homeless, do they just assign him a real address in the general area? [more inside]
Calling all mariners and USCG regulation experts, I need help! [more inside]
The question is basically self-explanatory. If a shipment of manufactured product went to Canada or Mexico first, would it still be liable for the Trump tariff on Chinese goods when it entered the U.S.?
What are the best current articles out there describing the underlying strategies, organizational and networking efforts, and related movement-building practices that went into effecting the neoliberal revolution? [more inside]
After living in the UK for 17 years, I've absorbed some basic understanding of the UK constitution (and Parliament in particular), but I am constantly realizing how little I know. What book would you recommend to help me go beyond the simple, Wikipedia-level understanding that I currently have? [more inside]
What would be the potential crimes for an American citizen to sneak into the United States from either Canada or Mexico? [more inside]
A contractor did work for me in May. I forgot to pay. They haven't asked. Later I learned the work was done so poorly that I need another company to redo all the work. I don't plan to pay. Do I tell them? [more inside]
We purchased a house with an established accessory dwelling unit in Seattle. However, it seems to not have a separate address. How can we get it registered as a separate unit number address? [more inside]
I am cleaning up some (USA) addresses and I have many that provide both a street and a PO box in the address: 101 Main Street PO Box 100 City, ST 00000 Why do they do this and which one should I keep? I want them to be only three lines where possible, including the name and city/state/zip.
For the life of me I can't remember the context or author of a historical political speech about something controversial--perhaps alcohol or gambling--in which the speaker outlines an identical subject twice in both a positive and negative way, claiming to support the positives but derides the negatives, ignoring that it is the same subject. Perhaps satirically or ironically? [more inside]
Some NYC apartment rentals nowadays require payment of the security deposit upfront at the time of application, before lease signing. (1) is this legal? (2) is the deposit refunded if the applicant fails the credit check? (3) is the deposit refunded if the applicant passes the credit check but decides they no longer want the apartment? I'm particularly curious about (3). Thanks!
If one vendor starts charging for a service, and another does the same after communicating with the first, is that totes OK market research or illegal price fixing? [more inside]
a library patron is looking for the text of a trilateral maritime cooperative agreement between Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia that was signed on July 14, 2016... [more inside]
I have vague memories of reading about some changes in accounting requirements around development costs for software products. As I remember it, these had some sort of tax implication that is part of the reason why many companies have switched to a subscription model in recent years. Did something like this actually happen, or am I misremembering? [more inside]
My wife and I are have decided to set up a trust for one of our nephews, an adult in Massachusetts who has a number of challenges in his life. We're having a problem identifying a bank or other organization that we could name as trustee. [more inside]
Can you identify any of the Congress members, staff, and others in this photo? The vast majority of them are new members in the House of Representatives.
Because of intensive human use, the Colorado River no longer reaches the sea. However, Article 6 of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo states that US citizens shall, "in all time," have the right to travel on the Colorado River to and from US lands. Has Article 6 of the treaty ever been tested in court as a means of restoring (a portion of) the natural flow of the Colorado River? [more inside]
Other than China’s one-child policy, what other policies has the Chinese Communist Party lifted in the past decade, arguably giving back some power to their citizens?