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I work for my local government. My work is about a hot topic that people have strong feelings (including strong anti-government feelings) about. My personal phone number is probably going to be in some documents that we’re turning over in response to a public records request. Should I change my number? [more inside]
My birthday is December 28, and that's the day my drivers' license expires. I'm flying domestically on the 23rd and returning the 31st. I can get through the license renewal process before I leave, but I'm not at all sure I will have the new license. Is this a problem? Previous Asks on this are either different or very old. [more inside]
A friend and I were looking at the group photo of NATO leaders at the recent London summit. My friend remarked that Queen Elizabeth II was being impinged upon by Boris Johnson's boorish manspreading, and she pointed to a guy on the far right of the front row as an example of how not to manspread. Since then, we've been trying to figure out who that guy is. I've searched for every NATO member country's leader and have come up empty. Who is that man on the far right of the front row?
Paul Volcker has died. In much of my reading, he's a kind of villain, willing to solve double-digit inflation with double-digit unemployment. Can you explain to me the ins and outs of Volcker's recessions and why they were deemed necessary? [more inside]
I live in a California suburban area which has some knee-jerk stepford tendencies. Our house has a cactus hedge (no sharp pokey things but it is a euphorbia, so has sap which can cause mild skin irritation and definitely is not fun if dabbed in ones eye or ingested). Everyone else on our street has cookie cutter green leafy hedges. A passerby stopped by today to tell us that our cactus hedge is a "legal liability" and we should just tear it out and replace it with a leafy hedge. Do we actually have anything to worry about from a "legal liability" standpoint? [more inside]
I bought a used bra on ebay. It was listed as in "9/10 condition" but when I got it the metal underwire was poking through, which makes it nigh unwearable (and not "9/10"). It wasn't expensive, and this was probably an honest mistake, but not *my* mistake at all. The seller only offered a 50% refund. Should I push for a complete refund? I've never dealt with this kind of situation so I don't know what I can expect.
I'm British, live overseas and would like to increase the chances of a Labour win as much as I can. How do I do this? [more inside]
Our theatre school runs an annual theatre festival. It's become quite successful but what's to stop someone from appropriating the name and using it? How would we protect against that?
I'm involved with an abuse case out of state, and slapped the abuser who pressed charges. I admitted everything immediately, and was charged with a misdemeanor. My penance is a small fine. But the prosecutor's office also require me to get a two-session mental health evaluation to prove I'm not nuts. Where can I find someone to provide me with one in NYC, relatively quickly, and preferably low cost or paid by Medicaid? [more inside]
There has been another contamination of romaine with e.coli. I have questions regarding how / if costs for the disruption of production are recouped at different levels. [more inside]
My sister's geriatric Cattle Dog was just attacked by a Great Dane. She is texting me in a panic about what she should do. What should she do? [more inside]
I've earned PVSA pins the past several years and was working towards the Lifetime award, but this year it's all gone pear-shaped. Does anyone know what happened? [more inside]
I've had some political advertising material through the door in the run-up to the general election. It is designed to look like a newspaper and the fact that it has been produced by a political party is only explicitly indicated by the "Produced by xx on behalf of the xx party" in white text, 1 millimetre high, on a red background at the bottom of the front page. [more inside]
Who was the most himbo US president? [more inside]
We were robbed a few weeks ago. Several conversations with the detective working our case have left me and my spouse feeling blamed. What are our best options? [more inside]
I'm a writer and the company that I worked for remotely (HQ was in NYC, I am in MI) for 15 years was sold in 2018. I was let go, and since then have been semi-paying the bills via freelance work. I pitched an idea to a company (originally an idea for a documentary film), and after several revisions, I was sent a contract. But I need help in translating all the legal-speak, and I don't have tons of money to spend on an attorney at this point. [more inside]
I freelance in software development on a very niche platform. For a variety of reasons the product is more popular in Europe for freelancing. Most engagements are short (3 mos). Simple question, is there an easy route for me to take these contracts as a US citizen? [more inside]
I'm sure I've heard somewhere that the Conservative Party either didn't oppose or voted in favour of all of Labour's budgets when Labour were in office before the financial crash, but my Google fu isn't strong enough to find very specific evidence of this. To save me from trawling through Hansard for the next few weeks, can anyone direct me to any articles that show this?
Driving south from Charleston to Florida, I got stopped for speeding on a state highway, shortly before the interstate. (The ticket, printed from a mobile device, was for 73 in a 60 zone.) Here's the odd part: the officer hands me her business card with the printout, and tells me (not once but repeatedly) that I should email her to discuss, eg maybe reduction in points. [more inside]
i was due in court today for a citation i received for not having car insurance. .. [more inside]