• Voting Rules - too important to be left to the individual States?

    As early voting begins in earnest, the rules for when you can vote, where you can vote and how you can vote vary enormously from State to State and even (in some places) county by county. There is considerable concern that some States are using voting rules to favour their party candidate. Voting is a constitutionally protected right. ... show more
    As early voting begins in earnest, the rules for when you can vote, where you can vote and how you can vote vary enormously from State to State and even (in some places) county by county. There is considerable concern that some States are using voting rules to favour their party candidate. Voting is a constitutionally protected right. Shouldn't the Federal Govt step in and mandate national voting rules so that each State must play by the same rules and removes the ability to 'queer the pitch' for one candidate or another?
    4 answers · Elections · 5 years ago
  • What is the bare minimum quantity of classic automobile that needs to survive, to be authentic when restored?

    Is there a minimum percentage of the original car that need to be in the finished restored example? If every single part is replaced/recreated (because it's a very valuable or rare automobile) then it's simply a re-creation. Does the original chassis have to survive? Or some other part? Is there a percentage? I've always been... show more
    Is there a minimum percentage of the original car that need to be in the finished restored example? If every single part is replaced/recreated (because it's a very valuable or rare automobile) then it's simply a re-creation. Does the original chassis have to survive? Or some other part? Is there a percentage? I've always been curious and I'd welcome any informed answers.
    4 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 6 years ago
  • Can I play DVDs via my Dell monitor?

    I have a Dell E176FP monitor (specs below). It is a 17" Active matrix - TFT LCD Horizontal scan range 30 kHz to 81 kHz (automatic) Vertical scan range 56 Hz to 76 Hz http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/e176fp/en/about.htm Can I play DVD's on it (via a DVD player, naturally)? It only has a VGA socket input... show more
    I have a Dell E176FP monitor (specs below). It is a 17" Active matrix - TFT LCD Horizontal scan range 30 kHz to 81 kHz (automatic) Vertical scan range 56 Hz to 76 Hz http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/mo... Can I play DVD's on it (via a DVD player, naturally)? It only has a VGA socket input I've checked out various websites for Scart to VGA cables and they usually have a rider that they do not work with computer monitors. Very many thanks for any kind assistance given.
    3 answers · Monitors · 7 years ago
  • What do you understand by the phrase "American exceptionalism"? Is it a force for good?

    Recently Pres. Obama has been criticised for (allegedly) not believing in "American Exceptionalism". Whether he believes in it or not, what is this exactly? Does it mean America believes is better than everywhere else? Is it a good thing? Does it have any negative aspects? It's not a phrase I've come across before but it... show more
    Recently Pres. Obama has been criticised for (allegedly) not believing in "American Exceptionalism". Whether he believes in it or not, what is this exactly? Does it mean America believes is better than everywhere else? Is it a good thing? Does it have any negative aspects? It's not a phrase I've come across before but it was used in such a way that the speaker assumed everyone hearing him would automatically know what he meant by the phrase. PS: this is not a question about Pres Obama's beliefs, but about the concept of A.E.
    16 answers · Politics · 7 years ago
  • "Muslims not all terrorists" shock?

    In an effort to get local Muslims to commit crimes, the FBI planted a former criminal posing as a Muslim in a mosque, apparently to incite violence. However, his radical extremist views resulted in the Mosque taking out a restraining order against him. How do these tactics reflect on the FBI and their apparent... show more
    In an effort to get local Muslims to commit crimes, the FBI planted a former criminal posing as a Muslim in a mosque, apparently to incite violence. However, his radical extremist views resulted in the Mosque taking out a restraining order against him. How do these tactics reflect on the FBI and their apparent world-view? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/...
    20 answers · Politics · 7 years ago
  • Jailed for failing to disclose your password to the police - is this a step too far in the invasion of privacy?

    A teenager has been jailed for refusing to give his password to the police to enable them to look at the content of his computer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/05/password-computer-teenager Now the police may have had good cause to look at his computer, but suppose you just didn't want the police trawling through your hard drive... show more
    A teenager has been jailed for refusing to give his password to the police to enable them to look at the content of his computer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/05... Now the police may have had good cause to look at his computer, but suppose you just didn't want the police trawling through your hard drive because you had stuff on there which was private or embarrassing or even compromising - but not illegal. Perhaps details of a demo you are organising, or your mistress' candid photos or a log of police misconduct. The offence is failing to give the password, not having bad stuff on your computer. Isn't this power open to arbitrary abuse?
    12 answers · Law & Ethics · 7 years ago
  • Will the Tea Party save or sink the Republican Party?

    Is the selection of TP candidates a boost to conservative activism from which the GOP will benefit; or a millstone of crackpots and nut-jobs which will drive moderate voters into the arms of the Democrats?
    Is the selection of TP candidates a boost to conservative activism from which the GOP will benefit; or a millstone of crackpots and nut-jobs which will drive moderate voters into the arms of the Democrats?
    13 answers · Politics · 7 years ago
  • The Tea Party (Iowa) has issued a billboard comparing Pres. Obama to Hitler and Lenin.?

    Is this a fair comparison? Can President Obama's policies be said to be the same or similar to those of two of the world's greatest mass murderers? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...
    Is this a fair comparison? Can President Obama's policies be said to be the same or similar to those of two of the world's greatest mass murderers? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...
    20 answers · Politics · 7 years ago
  • What advice do you think Mrs Thatcher will give Sarah Palin when they meet?

    Sarah P is apparently hoping to meet Mrs T on a future visit to the UK. Assuming Mrs T has the faintest idea who Sarah actually is, what advice do you think she may give to her visitor?
    Sarah P is apparently hoping to meet Mrs T on a future visit to the UK. Assuming Mrs T has the faintest idea who Sarah actually is, what advice do you think she may give to her visitor?
    24 answers · Politics · 8 years ago
  • Immigration - will the runaway success of the BNP in the national and local elections...?

    ..mean they will accept the democratically expressed wishes of the British Electorate and just kindly f*** off? Compared to Nick Griffin, in voting popularity terms, Gordon Brown is Barack Obama, JFK and Martin Luther King rolled into one.
    ..mean they will accept the democratically expressed wishes of the British Electorate and just kindly f*** off? Compared to Nick Griffin, in voting popularity terms, Gordon Brown is Barack Obama, JFK and Martin Luther King rolled into one.
    7 answers · Government · 8 years ago
  • What exactly is it about having access to universal healthcare that some American's find so terrifying?

    "The United States is the only industrialized democracy that does not ensure universal health care coverage, with an estimated 36 million Americans uninsured". Reuters as quoted by Yahoo News. And according to last month's National Geographic, the US pays (per person) at least twice the average of other nations to get less... show more
    "The United States is the only industrialized democracy that does not ensure universal health care coverage, with an estimated 36 million Americans uninsured". Reuters as quoted by Yahoo News. And according to last month's National Geographic, the US pays (per person) at least twice the average of other nations to get less healthcare. The private medical insurance providers and the NHS both operate in the UK. So what's so terrible about what every other Western democracy has, that parts of the US doesn't want? Is it at all relevant that no country has opted to abandon universal healthcare in favour of the US model? Is it at all relevant that not a single UK party - from the extreme right to the loony left, advocates abolishing or even restricting the NHS? I genuinely don't get it and I'd welcome some illumination [without the cliched glib comments, pleasee]
    19 answers · Government · 8 years ago
  • Have you ever instructed or used a barrister in civil proceedings?

    I'm interested in what you thought of the service and advice he/she provided? Please note: 1. Not in criminal cases 2. Comment such as 'all lawyers are bast*rds' are very witty of course, but not welcome. 3. Your experiences are what I'm interested in. Not your mates or that bloke off the telly.
    I'm interested in what you thought of the service and advice he/she provided? Please note: 1. Not in criminal cases 2. Comment such as 'all lawyers are bast*rds' are very witty of course, but not welcome. 3. Your experiences are what I'm interested in. Not your mates or that bloke off the telly.
    1 answer · Law & Ethics · 8 years ago
  • Should we bring back the dealth penalty for people asking glib questions on YA about the death penalty?

    YA is cluttered with the same question asked over and over and over again; the general jist of which is: "Should we bring back the death penalty for murderers / paedophiles / rapists / terrorists / Piers Morgan..." What about for moronic death penalty questions? Actually, maybe this is one? Should I be strung up? Or is hanging to... show more
    YA is cluttered with the same question asked over and over and over again; the general jist of which is: "Should we bring back the death penalty for murderers / paedophiles / rapists / terrorists / Piers Morgan..." What about for moronic death penalty questions? Actually, maybe this is one? Should I be strung up? Or is hanging to good for me?
    5 answers · Law & Ethics · 8 years ago
  • Who is the leader of the Democrats and the GOP?

    This is a genuine enquiry for factual information. Pithy one-liners can pith off. In the UK, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are both the respective leaders of their party. So the head of government (ignoring the monarch) is also always the leader of the governing political party. So, I'm failry sure (but stand to be corrected)... show more
    This is a genuine enquiry for factual information. Pithy one-liners can pith off. In the UK, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are both the respective leaders of their party. So the head of government (ignoring the monarch) is also always the leader of the governing political party. So, I'm failry sure (but stand to be corrected) that Obama and Bush are not their respective party leaders. So who is, and what position do they hold?
    4 answers · Politics · 9 years ago
  • There seems to be a huge issue around voter registration in the US - why? [US responses only please]?

    I'm genuinely curious - and this is not an ACORN-related question at all. In the UK, it's illegal NOT to be on the electoral roll if you're over 18 and the registration form must be returned - correctly completed - to the relevant Govt. department each year for every household on pain of at least a fine. (In Australia it's even illegal NOT to... show more
    I'm genuinely curious - and this is not an ACORN-related question at all. In the UK, it's illegal NOT to be on the electoral roll if you're over 18 and the registration form must be returned - correctly completed - to the relevant Govt. department each year for every household on pain of at least a fine. (In Australia it's even illegal NOT to vote). Is registration of potential voters different in the US? Is it left to the political parties to organise? Might a different system not be slightly better?
    8 answers · Elections · 9 years ago
  • Paddy Power (the bookmaker) has today agreed to pay out already on any bet placed on Obama to be President.?

    Are they jumping the gun, or is it really all over bar the shouting?
    Are they jumping the gun, or is it really all over bar the shouting?
    10 answers · Elections · 9 years ago
  • What do the sheer volume of 'hate' questions aimed at Obama tell us about the American electorate?

    Now, I live in the UK so I do not give a rats nuts who wins the US election. Both candidates have their pluses and minuses, like in all elections. What strikes me is the sheer level and intensity of the hatred of the questions on YA directed at Obama in particular, comparing him to Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer of children and so on... show more
    Now, I live in the UK so I do not give a rats nuts who wins the US election. Both candidates have their pluses and minuses, like in all elections. What strikes me is the sheer level and intensity of the hatred of the questions on YA directed at Obama in particular, comparing him to Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer of children and so on and so forth. I mean, this guy is a US Senator. It is impossible to imagine this level of abuse being directed at any candidate in a UK election. What does the sheer volume of vitriol tell us about the US electorate - or at least a sizable percentage of it? Have they lost the ability to debate and disagree on points of substance, without accusing the other guy of being a closet terrorist and mass-murderer?
    31 answers · Politics · 9 years ago
  • Should the next US President renounce the post of 'Commander-in-Chief?'?

    I've always considered it slightly odd that the President should be given the title, even an honorific title of 'Commander in Chief'. Why should president's (for example GWB) be able to play at dress-up on aircraft carriers? Why should any President wan to be CIC of the Armed Forces -something few of them have any experience of? It'd be thought a... show more
    I've always considered it slightly odd that the President should be given the title, even an honorific title of 'Commander in Chief'. Why should president's (for example GWB) be able to play at dress-up on aircraft carriers? Why should any President wan to be CIC of the Armed Forces -something few of them have any experience of? It'd be thought a little odd if the president decided he was going to assume the post of Chief Economist or Surgeon General. What's the difference? Shouldn't the next president simply announce that he is not better qualified that the joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the armed forces and therefore he is not going to pretend he is. It would also get around this ridiculous notion that a president has to be CIC 'material' before he or she can assume the presidency. The biggest threats facing America are environmental and economic - no country is going to invade the US or launch a missile strike and it's bogus to claim otherwise. .
    17 answers · Government · 9 years ago
  • Should it be a mandatory legal requirement for a set percentage of private company directors to be female?

    Norway has introduced a legal minimum of 40% directors on private companies must be female. Even if it means sacking some existing directors. Is this a positive step? Should a government be regulating the corporate governance of private companies in this way? Is Norway showing the rest of the world the way... show more
    Norway has introduced a legal minimum of 40% directors on private companies must be female. Even if it means sacking some existing directors. Is this a positive step? Should a government be regulating the corporate governance of private companies in this way? Is Norway showing the rest of the world the way forward? http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/wome...
    11 answers · Corporations · 10 years ago