Question: Global flour trade

I am researching the history of Seattle's Fisher family. The Fisher's owned a huge flour mill. I am trying to understand the political context of Fisher's role in the grain trade.

I have a book, "Merchants of Grain" by Dan Morgan, which outlines the global and political implications of the grain trade. It was written in 1979. I am looking for some material that would bring my understanding of this issue up to the current day. I am sure the type of article i am looking for would at least reference this book.

Question: Guidelines for books/letters etc to prisoners

How does one find out the guidelines for sending letters to inmates?
I hear people have trouble mailing things cuz no one can figure out the rules and the jails arbitrarily reject things...are there actual rules re this that are good nationally? Does one have to go institution by institution to find out HOW to write prisoners so they will get the

Question: When can the police ask you for your identification?

I was about to go repelling off a suspension bridge in [place deleted]. A cop came up and told us it was illegal. We stopped setting up, and as we were about to leave, he asked all of us our names, s.s.number, address.

Question: health savings accounts

Are there any useful websites that deal with health savings accounts, bush and kerry's new plan to help people save money for healthcare issues?

Question: clips of officials talking about the USAPATRIOT Act

Was just wondering if you might know where to find video clips of Bush or Cheney or Ashcroft speaking about the patriot act and civil liberties. Thanks for your work.

Question: feature films on democracy

I am trying to find feature films that directly touch on issues of democracy. I would prefer something contemporary, but am having a hard time coming up with anything that directly addresses democracy at all.

Question: What's the NAB and why should I worry?

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is holding their annual conference in San Diego this week. Can you tell me some background of the NAB and their issues of interest?

Question: Massachusetts gay marriage characterization by Cheney

In the VP debate, Cheney said that "in Massachusetts we had the
Massachusetts Supreme Court direct the state of -- the legislature of Massachusetts to modify their constitution to allow gay marriage." Didn't the MA Supreme Court say that the state constitution already allowed gay marriage? Can you point to an authoritative opinion suitable

Question: cost of living index

Where can I find a comprehensive index on cost of living in cities in the US?

Question: Campaign expenditures for the AFL-CIO

I am wondering if you could tell me how much is the AFL-CIO spending on the presidential election this year. I think its the most in the
history of the federation. Also, if you can find how much AFL-CIO unions (or the SEIU) spent on organizing new workers in the past couple years and how many workers were organized in 2003.

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