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June 21

Reading about Canada's notwithstanding clause

I'm looking for recommendations on a good book on the Canadian constitution and/or the notwithstanding clause in particular.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:10 PM - 7 answers

What to expect at a medical malpractice trial....

After years of legal wrangling a malpractice lawsuit related to the death of my father seems to be going to trial next week. Could anyone offer any suggestions for what we should expect to see, hear maybe even feel during the trial? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM - 4 answers

birthright birthleft birthnorth birthsouth

My wife and I are expecting our first child and we recently learned of Canada's birthright citizenship policy. We're wondering if this is something we should be thinking about or pursuing, and are seeking any information, factual or anecdotal, about the process, downsides, stigmas, etc. [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 5:25 AM - 20 answers

June 17

Where can I see examples of photos and video of radical street art?

Does anyone know any good Twitter or Instagram accounts of radical street art, graffiti, stickers, propaganda, etc.? I'm looking for stuff on the streets, in use, in marches, tagged, etc.
posted by crocodiletsunami at 3:54 PM - 3 answers

June 15

Fighting U.S. concentration camps

Are any organizations fighting against the U.S. concentration camps? I am thinking of through courts or protests. I would like to support that effort through donations or otherwise. I am a U.S. citizen, in case that makes any difference. [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 8:49 PM - 4 answers

June 14

Paris street photography in 1800s.. illegal?

In the street photography book "Bystander" there is a passing reference to a ban on street/public photography in Paris in the 1800s, resulting in a relative gap of work between Nègre and Atget.. having difficulty finding more info about this law. Any insight?
posted by starman at 6:59 AM - 9 answers

June 9

Are NYC lease buyout advisors a good idea?

I'm considering asking my New York City landlord to buy out my rent-stabilized lease. One is generally advised to retain a lawyer for this, but in the last year or so a few specialist buyout agents have sprung up. Because they're so new, I can't tell if they are a good idea or a scam. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM - 6 answers

June 6

Mass copyright switcheroo

For the last few years, I've been doing a multimedia comedic performance of rather small scale (10-40 people/show) that uses a boatload of copyrighted images. Since I never considered recording it, posting it online, claiming those images as my own, or generally profiting from their use outside of the paltry $5-$10 I would get for a performance, I never really considered it a problem. Cut to this week, where I've found myself staring down the barrel of a taping. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 7:52 PM - 7 answers

UK law regarding hourly wages and arrival time at employment.

If my UK employer says that they expect me to arrive at my my workplace before my shift in order to login to systems and prepare my workspace beforehand, am I entitled to decline and/or request payment for this time? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 4:34 AM - 8 answers

June 4

Employment Lawyer in Seattle

Please recommend an employment lawyer in the Seattle area. Especially interested in folks experienced with the tech industry and ageism.
posted by anonymous at 10:19 PM - 1 answers

Should I leave the political party I joined?

So I'm really conflicted about this. I joined a new political party because I wanted to help out, build influence and learn but I'm really starting to wonder if there's any point. [more inside]
posted by Braxis at 2:05 PM - 11 answers

Background checks in 2019

I need to do a one-time, thorough background check on someone, including finding out the name and address of a separated spouse. How does an individual do that these days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:50 AM - 2 answers

Where do I start in getting a patent?

I'm in New York City and have developed a process for a visual product that I want to know if it can be patented. I've never done this before and have no idea where to start. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:45 AM - 3 answers

June 2

Any books on Turing that focus on the trial/his identity?

My LGBT-identified kid is trying to research Turing's chemical castration, but having a really difficult time - she's been reading book after book, but most of them focus on other aspects of his life and mention the trial only in passing. Is there a good book - preferably for Kindle - that goes into this in more depth or uses the 2016 court records release?
posted by corb at 2:23 PM - 9 answers

June 1

Confusing current national issue #49985787002231

Why do economic conservatives like Trump? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 9:13 AM - 18 answers

May 31

School Physical Abuse of a Disabled Child

This is in New Jersey. I don't want to go into details except to say there was no sexual abuse, just physical. My child is fine. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 1:39 PM - 15 answers

May 30

Moonies, Homeland Security, Global Peace?

Ok, so there's a huge international non-profit call the "Global Peace Foundation" - it's founder is the oldest son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It claims to be seeking to promote world peace, oh and Korean Unification. Its provenance just raises the hairs on the back of my neck. [more inside]
posted by mmf at 2:45 PM - 2 answers

Seeking simple explanations for European/UK current events and politics

I've been trying to keep up with Brexit news and politics in Europe, but as a US person with a learning disability I'm finding it significantly challenging to follow. What are some good 101-level resources that are still detailed enough to explain things fully, just in basic terms? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 8:02 AM - 3 answers

May 28

UK legal filter: keeping assets safe from potential divorce

You are not my lawyer and I'm getting one, but is it even possible in the UK to protect a large inheritance I received last year (and the house I'm about to buy with it) from my husband having any rights to the funds if we divorce? If so, what is this called in the UK so I know what to ask my lawyer about. My husband agrees to this money and property belonging to me. The inheritance came from dead relatives outside the UK, if that is pertinent. Thank you!
posted by anonymous at 11:18 PM - 9 answers

May 27

Jure Sanguinis Minutiae, 1906 SF Earthquake edition

So it looks like I should be able to use my great-grandmother's Sicilian birth certficate to get Italian citizenship. If I'm willing to do a pile of paperwork. Which would be really neat! Except! Her US-born second husband's (my great-grandfather's) birth certificate was lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Am I REALLY going to need that? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 1:49 PM - 4 answers

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