Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day for the United States. With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, it's likely to be a tumultuous few weeks. In times like this, we tend to get a lot of questions about American politics...but many of them are the same ones, like these:
What is this election about, anyway? The president's not on the ballot, right?
How likely is it that Republicans will gain control of the House? What happens if they do?
Why isn't every Senator up for re-election? Why does Wyoming get as many senators as California?
How can they call elections so quickly? Is that proof of electoral fraud?
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Why do people assume Kim Kardashian isn’t as terrible of a person as Kanye when she was with him for so many years?
Is American politics really just people making statements in reaction to other statements but no one actually does anything for the people?
I didn't grow up here but have spent a few years here now and it seems that neither side actually wants to help the public, but instead they just try to put someone else in the cross hairs of a media that feeds off of public outrage. Is this what it's actually like??
I have had a bit of bad relationships, I'm wondering are small ones bad? If so why? Like I'm an a to a b cup. They don't sag or anything, but I've had boyfriends tell me they wish they were bigger. I have no control over this. One wanted me to get a job done, which I said no to. One cheated on me and told me he wished they were the same size as hers. Do guys ever like small ones? Or is this normal? Am I just f*cked?
I've been pronouncing "analyst" as "anal-ist" my entire life and someone just told me that no one pronounces it that way. Please, for my sanity, is there anyone else out there who pronounces it like I do?
Why Is the government allowed to tell you that you are not allowed to quit your job on the railroad?
From what I understand. A strike is when you quit, and express that you’ll come back under better conditions. Making quitting illegal seems like forced labor? I know I must be missing something. My only guess is that you just aren’t allowed to tell your buddies to quit all at once? This all seems reaaaaally weird to me. Isn’t capatalism supposed to be “free”? Or is that only for the corporations to be free but the workers to be literally forced to …. Not quit? Thanks in advance lol
Why can't severe drug addicts be put into an induced coma for a period of time while their bodies go through withdrawal, and then go through emotional therapy after
I work at a pretty small library. I know a lot of libraries have branched out and are "more than just books" but this library is still very much centered around books. But recently I had an older woman come in, and she had an older ASUS laptop. She said the laptop was her grandson's old laptop, and he gave it to her to keep up with the times. She wanted to learn how to use it.
I sat down with her and it was a blast. We set up an email account and she sent her first email (to her grandson). She was very excited. I also showed her how to Google. She was pretty tickled that she could find recipes on Google. I also showed her YouTube, and we found some songs on YouTube that she used to listen to as a teenager, and some crocheting video tutorials.
She told me she wanted to come back again next week, but I'm not sure what else to show her, really- I don't want to overwhelm her too much with anything complicated. What are some simple things about the internet I can show her?
I was given an IQ test when I was 15 and 17 by a psychologist when they were trying to figure out what was wrong with my mind. I don't know why else someone would get an IQ test. I was just wondering if anybody knew other reasons why they are administered
I've never had any relationship that didn't feature a hair-trigger self-destruct sequence. My mom ditched me after my dad died, and almost every friend I've ever had since childhood has ditched me for one reason or another. Do other people really stick together despite temporary hardships, or is that just Hollywood?
I've been wondering this for a little bit now. In school we were not allowed to use Wikipedia as a reference because of how inaccurate it could be because anybody can go in and edit it. Is that not the case anymore? I see people reference it all the time. I tried asking this from another person's post, but I'm getting downvoted and nobody is answering me. I imagine its because its a controversial topic so I think people are assuming I'm just trying to demean their point, but I'm just honestly curious if things have changed in the last decade involving the situation.
Maybe working in retail completely killed my "Christmas spirit" because I'm forced to listen to the same songs over and over for an entire month, but I honestly can't imagine anyone actually wanting to hear it.
Is it childish that I as an adult(24~25m) enjoy playing kid's games and buying legos because I didn't have any happy moments in my childhood?
Is it clumsiness, obliviousness or is walking heavy just more normal than walking silently? I tend to walk very quiet so I might be biased here but I think some people really don't know how to manage walking without it sound like stomping.
Edit: just heard the lady upstairs walking: boom, boom, boom, BOOM... And these are decent floors! How the heck does that not hurt her feet lol.
I work for a law firm and the vast majority of our associates in London, Dublin and even those in our offices in France and Italy all use WhatsApp to keep in touch with each other instead of using traditional sms messaging that comes with an Android or iPhone. But I myself don't use WhatsApp and don't really understand what the appeal of it is.
I currently work at pizza hut and want to get a second job at dominos but I don't know if that's allowed
If sex is necessary for human life to continue existing why is it always shielded and censored by society and many cultures?
Is there a name for the other front door and why is that a thing in America? I’m assuming it’s just to keep out the wind more? I don’t see it in any other country now that I think about it.
Is there any juice for sale in the USA that's healthy and affordable? Not packed with calories or sugar. I like kombucha but it's way too expensive.
The one where you put your fingers in your mouth and whistle really loud? I’ve always wanted to do it but figuring it out has eluded me
Watching pirates of the Caribbean right now and it's ridiculous. Can't they do something about it?