Question: African History

I am looking for an introductory text on the history of Africa or Western Africa. Starting from approx 1700 onwards but especially coverage of the last 50-80 years if possible. A text from the people's perspective would be ideal.

Question: National Regulators Support Banks, Actively Hurt Consumers

Are there times when officials from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have testified before congress (or released documentation of any kind) citing the importance of state regulation or state enforcement of fair lending laws?

Question: Cops per Capita

Where can I find statistics about cops per capita? I'd like to know which cities, states, and/or counties have the most cops and which have the least. :)

question: mountain town zine collection

I live in a tiny town in the mountains. We are a town of readers and thinkers, and have our own very small collection in a volunteer library. We're proud to say we keep no records for the FBI to peruse.

Question: origin of "clean as a whistle"

What is the origin of "Clean as a whistle"?

Question: where to donate a zine

I recently helped a political prisoner [Jeff 'Free' Luers] publish a zine [Heartcheck]. I was wondering if you knew of places like the Labadie Collection that i can sell or donate copies to so they are preserved in some public records.

Question: Is There a Way to Contact an Inmate in the San Luis Potosi Prison in Mexico?

Is there a way to get a list of the names of inmates in prison in the state of San Luis Potosi in Mexico?

Question: Original Use of the Phrase "America's Love Affair With the Automobile."

I'm trying to pin down the origin of the phrase "Americans are having a love affair with the automobile." What is the earliest use of that phrase, and by whom?

Question: Iraq Insurgency

I have a project for a radical newspaper that I am hoping that you can help me with. Here is what I am looking for:

If we can find any opinion polls on how people feel about the war in Iraq.
1. National “percentage that supports the war

Question: Municipal Public Documents

What are reference desks at our north american cities' public libraries doing to make available more of their respective municipalities departments' current municipal public documents?...

Our boston public library government documents division declines to advocate for a mayoral directive and for a city council order at city hall for more comprehensive transmittal to our bpl of city public documents. Studying our municipal government organization is denied citizens even at our public library. It is not unique to boston. It is the predicament at many north american cities' public libraries.

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