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I was born in Canada in 1974 to a Canadian father and American mother. I have a US State Department-issued Birth of US Citizen Abroad and a Canadian birth certificate. In 1977, we all moved to the US, where we have stayed. My dad is a permanent resident alien with a green card. I have a US passport and social security number. I'm married to a US citizen and have a son. What is the process should I want to return to Canada, with my family?YANM Immigration Lawyer and this is now and will likely remain purely theoretical. But for my own mental health (and especially the mental health of my husband who this election has really plunged into some serious anxiety) I'd really like to get a better handle on what would happen if the shit legitimately hit the fan in the US and we really saw no other choice for the safety of ourselves and our son but to go to another country. Can I just rock up to Canada and be like, "Hey long time, no see! I'm back, let me on in! Oh and by the way here's my husband and child, you'll love them." Would I have to have sponsorship? A job lined up? Would husband and child be able to get fast-tracked for their own citizenship? Would our family have to be separated first? Am I delusional about all of this and actually the fact that I was born in Canada to a Canadian citizen means nothing and I'd have to get to the back of the line with all the other "I'm moving to Canada" Americans? Is there anything I can do now to get my papers in order just in case a hasty retreat needs to be beat?

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Are chicken prices artificially high? "I have come to question the validity of some of the information provided," [Schronce] wrote [PDF] in September in preparation for a meeting at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. "I do not think I am getting actual weighted average prices from some companies." How chickens are priced has been a contentious topic for the last three decades as the industry has consolidated. Only a handful of companies now sell most of the country's poultry. You Might Be Paying Too Much for Your Chicken (NY Times) Over the past two years, the price estimate, known within the industry as the "Georgia Dock," has drifted significantly upward from other chicken price averages, rising about 20 percent or more out of line with a separate but lesser known index maintained by the USDA. A deviation in supermarket chicken prices of that magnitude would have cost U.S. grocery shoppers billions of dollars in recent years. If you thought you were paying fair prices for chicken at the supermarket, think again (Washington Post) The gauge has been used widely to help formulate some of the sales contracts between producers and consumers. The wholesale value of the U.S. chicken industry's annual shipments is $60 billion, according to the National Chicken Council. Georgia Suspends Chicken Price for First Time in Over 40 Years [AgWeb] "We've used it for 40 years and everybody's always had a lot of confidence in it," Sanderson Chief Financial Officer Mike Cockrell said of the index in a Nov. 23 telephone interview. "I hope they get this right because as I say, we've used it so long." Chicken Producers Asked for Affidavits Confirming Price Data (Bloomberg) If you followed the Libor story at all, you know how this one goes. Chicken producers have an incentive not to be entirely honest with Arty Schronce, and "critics say the index does not do enough to verify the data it receives." And the Georgia Dock price -- which is "widely used by grocery stores in America when buying chicken from producers" -- is now significantly higher than other, more trade-based chicken indexes. There's a class-action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy. It is "Chicken Libor." Source Code and Chicken Indexes (Bloomberg) Arty G. Shronce also writes the "Arty's Garden" feature for the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture Bulletin [Note, most of these articles feature pictures of dead chickens and/or crowded conditions]

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I live in a hot, humid climate. I have bought a 60% acrylic, 40% nylon yarn to make baby presents for friends. It's not the best choice for this climate. What can I make with it?In my defense, the yarn felt wonderfully soft and smooth in the air-conditioned store. Outside in the sweltering heat though, it's pretty obvious that any clothing made with this yarn is going to give the baby a bad heat rash. It does still feel soft though, but it's not absorbent. What can I make with this yarn so it doesn't go to waste? Current ideas: 1. Hat - still not too bad. Hats don't have to be cooling, right? 2. Blanket - only works if my friends put the baby in air-conditioned rooms, which they prpbably will not. 3. Mittens/socks/cardigan - if I had gloves made of this stuff, in this weather, I'd have permanently sweaty extremities. I don't eant to subject an innocent baby to that. 4. Wipes/bibs - this materials doesn't seem absorbent at all. 5 . ??? If all else fails, I could crochet a little toy or something, but I'd rather make something my friends could really use. Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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Today marks the release of Marvel Comics' Dr. Aphra #1, the first ongoing Star Wars comic to be headlined by an Asian character. Created by Kieron Gillen for the highly praised Darth Vader title run, Aphra has been described by her creator as a morally "inverse Indiana Jones" and represents the rare breakout character with no connection beyond the comic universe. After all, who wouldn't love someone who makes it a hobby of finding and restoring weapons of mass destruction? WARNING: Links and below the fold contain spoilers for the Darth Vader comics! Introduced in Darth Vader #3, set shortly after A New Hope, Dr. Aphra was recruited by the Sith Lord to help him learn the identity behind the X-wing pilot who destroyed the Death Star. In the course of her coerced and excited service to Vader, Aphra traveled to the ruins of Geonosis to the nighttime vistas of Naboo, to unravel the secret that is Luke Skywalker, all the while accompanied by two murderous droids, Triple Zero and BT-1. In the course of her travels, Aphra learns more about Darth Vader than virtually anyone else, and in doing so, places her life in jeopardy once her usefulness to the Sith Lord is over. On her own, always under the threat of immediate death should Vader find her, Aphra sets out on her own course, fresh with new problems and opportunities. For More on Dr. Aphra: Five Reasons Doctor Aphra is Dominating Marvel's Star Wars Universe Gillen Explains How Dr. Aphra is More Indiana Jones Than Han Solo. Dr. Aphra Goes Solo: Marvel Changes It Up and Why It Matters. Wookiepedia Entry on Dr. Aphra

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Hey all, my wife recently discovered a passion for kickboxing and I'd love to support her in it via Christmas presents in the equipment and accessories areas.I've never done kickboxing before and quite frankly a couple of weeks probably isn't enough time to join up and learn enough to identify for myself what would be useful or helpful to her. She already has boxing gloves, tape, an equipment bag, and a gym with classes she likes. I'd like to find some other stuff that would be helpful to her as she continues with kickboxing. It's amazing how much she's gotten into kickboxing, and I want to support her in this passion in the new year. Ideas much appreciated, and anything I can pick up local to Toronto or the GTA is especially helpful. Thanks!

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Service workers of Metafilter (retail workers, contractors, plumbers, baristas, etc.): What are some small, non-obvious things customers can do that are a big help?If you are, have been, or know someone who deals with customers: what are some things that people can do (or avoid doing) that make your job smoother, easier, or more pleasant? I don't mean the basic "if you don't like the food don't take it out on the waiter" stuff, but things that customers probably wouldn't realize unless they'd worked a similar job. I'm thinking of examples like "this certain kind of drink always takes a super long time to make, so don't get cranky if you think I'm being slow", or "if I had the measurements of the rooms my electrician job would be 100% easier" or something. Thanks!

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I'm looking for suggestions of boutiques, museum stores, experimental design studios, and the like in fertile design centers not in the U.S. (online stores or willingness to ship to the U.S. is a necessity)?I'd like to have some fun finding gifts for the holidays before whoknowswhat happens to trade. This is my gimmick, anyway, and it's been fun so far but I need some suggestions. Basically, I've been happily translating web pages to try to find smallish boutiques, museum stores, design studios, and the like where I can find products, textiles, scarves, tabletop accessories, whatever -- designed (well) ... obviously I'm making this harder than it has to be but it's fun and interesting. Would love some direction from MeFites, as I'm starting to spin my wheels ....

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"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's, Donald Trump is Time Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year." Time's Managing Editor explains the choice, though it's also common understanding that a new president-elect is given the recognition, having done so for every president since Kennedy save George H.W. Bush, who was given the recognition for the first time two years into his presidency. The short list for this year included Recep Tayyip Erdogan ("The Autocrat"), hackers ("The Disruptors"), the CRISPR Pioneers ("The Trailblazers"), Beyoncé ("The Messenger"), and of course, Hillary Clinton ("The Aspirant") who, notably, received more votes than Trump in a recent poll, among others.

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2016 was a very punishing year for a variety of reasons. We lost a lot of good people. The election certainly was divisive. I wanted to remind people that there are these moments scattered throughout the year where something good came out of popular culture. (Audie Cornish interviews Glen Weldon of Monkey See) Once a day until December 25, the Monkey See blog is highlighting a small good thing that happened in pop culture this year. (the Pop Culture advent calendar)

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An Atari 2600 Emulator in Minecraft built by Youtube user SethBling. After the initial 'wow' response this is actually a fascinating under-the-hood model/demo/explanation of how video game cartridges and displays functioned.

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Is there an existing piece of software that would allow me to track and manage questions on several waves of a large survey?I work on several surveys that run twice a year. We would like to have an easier way of tracking what questions were in each wave, who requested their inclusion, how long they take, etc. We are in the early stages of improving our existing system, which is functional but limited, but I find it hard to believe that there isn't an off the shelf solution that would do most of this far better and wouldn't require the same time investment from us. I'm also happy to hear about your own experiences/suggestions for how to do this beyond an unwieldy excel file.

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I've been looking for this short story I read online - I'm pretty sure it was part of a collection linked from a mefi front page. Where there was multiple authors collected about how the future might be. Not necessarily dystopian.The one particular story I am after is where a young adult had to run all over town and do odd jobs - retail shelve stacking, make coffee (starbucks possibly). You had to bid for the work on a smart phone and you got credits and also leveled up your skills like some kind of online game. This allowed you to potentially set higher rates on future work. Where employers set short tasks. Task rabbit on steroids. But essentially the whole economy was like this. Normally my google fu does not let me down. Hopefully the green can. TIA

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What are your favourite examples of music writing? I'm looking specifically for pieces and articles that introduced you to someone new, that made you want to either buy their records or go see them live. My own favourite example is the artist biographies from the Golden Plains Music Festival.A part of my day job, which I love, involves writing about music and artists that we're bringing over to China. Many of these artists are small, independent, underground names - and we frequently have to introduce them to an audience unfamiliar with the band/musician in question. It's an uphill struggle, and I want to go beyond the usual cliches of music writing (how many times can I say that a band is 'eclectic'?) to try and convince people to take a chance on an artist they have not heard of. The title for this question comes from (probably apocryphal) Elvis Costello quote that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

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Austrian ski resort Obergurgl-Hochgurgl has three live webcam feeds to its guest rooms; in 2015, "some idiots" photobombed all three. The photobombing is now under control, so this year's video shows the new extreme ski run.

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I Fucking Live For Haunting Covers Of Literally Any Song In Movie Trailers - the comments have some great additions too.

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Why can Alex Jones make outlandish claims that provoke gullible people into illegal acts without breaking any laws himself? Why haven't he and his cohort been sued into oblivion?

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There's a futuristic sort-of new highway in Paris.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer repair shop ideally in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan?My PC was having an issue where it would spontaneously turn itself off and I thought the power supply might be going. I bought a replacement power supply and now the computer won't turn on at all, so I obviously did something wrong. I have always been able to repair my computer myself, so I have zero experience with repair shops. I am open to placing a Mefi Jobs post if that is the best plan, but what would be an acceptable rate for this kind of work?

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I am interested in learning about the history of Celtic Christianity or spirituality. I am having trouble finding books that are about the history of this period, rather than being "self help" type books about lessons from that period that can be applied to today. I want a good, solid history, preferably one that is available on Kindle. Can you suggest something?I know that Celtic Christianity is no longer the preferred term historians use, but I am not sure what search term to use for what I am looking for. I am interested in histories of Christianity in Northern England and Ireland in the early middle ages or maybe even the dark ages -- roughly the period from 300ish to 1000ish AD. I am not afraid of big, long, heavy academic tomes, but I'd prefer to find a popularization if I could. I'm specifically interested in what was unique about the Christianity of this period and location, but also about their approach to mission/evangelizing and just the general history. What should I read?

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100 Outstanding audio stories of 2016. The best podcast episodes & audio journalism of the year, as chosen by the Bello Collective team, in categories including: Investigative journalism; politics & history; first-person storytelling & interviews; out of the ordinary; human behavior, love, & other feelings; science, nature & technology; cool collaborations & serialized stories; audio drama; documentary-style. Enjoy productions from Reveal, CBC, Home of the Brave, Gravy, Esquire Classic Broadcast, Radiolab, Better Off Dead, Criminal, Random Article, Embedded, Presidential, Keepin it 1600, Candidate Confessional, Giants of History, Revolutions, Stuff you Should Know, The Lonely Palette, Memory Palace, The Land of Desire, Radio National, History on Fire; Death, Sex & Money; Historically Black, Close Encounters, With Her, Another Round, Reply All, Grade Expectations, The Intern, ThisisActuallyHappening, Not by Accident, Switched on Pop, Strangers, The Babysitters Club Club, Awful Grace, Here be Monsters, Witch Please, Ear Shot, Adventures of Memento Mori, Planet Money, The Guardian Long Read, Sleepover, Memory Motel, The Dollop, Note to Self, Why oh Why, Love+Radio, Revisionist History, Invisibilia, Being a Better Man, The Uncertain Hour, This American Life, Us & Them, Rumble Strip Vermont, Only Human, HumaNature, The Real Thing, Reply All, Flash Forward, Anxious Machine, Control Z, 99% Invisible, Outside/In, Outside Podcast, Science Vs., How to be a Girl, Benjamin Walker's Theory of Everything, The Sporkful, The Heart, The United States of Anxiety, Song Exploder, re:Sound, ARRVLS, Startup, Documentary on One, Heavyweight, Invisibilia, Love Me, Whereabouts, A Dancer dies twice, The Bridge, Archive 81, Alice isn't Dead, the Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel, The Bright Sessions, Eleanor Amplified, The Truth.

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We have a very large Excel spreadsheet with a lot of raw sales data. I'm then creating pivot tables to look at the info in various ways to help our sales team. However, we're bumping into some severe limitations with regards security, sharing, and user-friendliness of the UI and trying to figure out if there are alternatives.Why we want to move away from Excel: 1. The spreadsheet is HUGE (over 100mb) and playing around with pivot tables and/or adding info takes a long time. 2. We want our sales managers access to the data to create/filter/tweak reports themselves, but we really don't want to send people all the raw data. Ideally, I would put this on a Google Sheet, and it'd kind of solve problem #2, because I could, in theory, put the raw data on an unshared Sheet, then do an Importrange to a protected, shared sheet that people could pivot from. That way, they don't have *direct* access to the raw data, but could construct useful pivot tables to do sales analyses. Also, this would make it a lot easier for some of our more tech-literate people to help the managers construct pivot tables and then just send them a link and give them basic instructions (if you want to see only these customers, filter the pivot table this way...) However, the spreadsheet is way too big for Google Sheets to handle. I think we're probably in the realm of putting the data in an actual database and then using something like Jasper Reports or Crystal Reports (too expensive), but that's got a *steep* learning curve for our sales managers, who can barely figure out pivot tables. We've also looked at relatively inexpensive tools like Amazon Quicksight, but that seems more geared towards graphs and charts than pivot-table-like reporting/analysis. Are there any viable, and relatively inexpensive alternatives that give us the flexibility of having a large amount of data in the backend, and a fairly simple-to-use front end that's similar to pivot tables?

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The best way to get better at something is to practice. I'd like to get better at handling criticism and rejection. What are some good ways to practice that?Obviously, one way would be to just try getting better at handling all the day-to-day interactions that involve various forms of criticism (real or perceived). I'm looking for suggestions for more structured activities that could ideally be done online and in more measured doses, as a sort of exposure therapy. Just posting this question might be a good example! What if no one responds? That means no one liked it! Deal with that, sucker! My first idea was to do write terrible poems and find some online poetry criticism group. Unfortunately, apparently no one wants to read bad poetry for free, even if you volunteer to read some yourself. However, there seem to be a number of online short fiction criticism web sites, so that might be a viable option. In real life, Toastmasters seems like it would be another structured way to hit the same buttons. Any other ideas?

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So I've got a folder for my music projects going back to 2000. It's a mess, and I back it up every so often. I had a HD crash a few years ago, and I have no idea what I used to restore it, but I remember at the time I felt lucky I got back everything. Except I don't think I did. Whatever I used ended up writing files with the proper byte size consisting entirely of NUL characters.There seems to be a large amount of them. Maybe about a third from what I'm guessing at by comparing different backups with Anti-twin. Does anyone have any advice for checking through a large nested directory in Windows for a string of 4 or 5 of NUL characters in a row in each file so I can generate a list (with paths) that I could use to check them? I'm thinking a list generated from the command shell would be ideal so I could maybe mass delete them with it once I've gotten a handle on what data's got the rot. I'm open to other ideas. I've known about this issue for a couple of years, but finally have a computer fast enough to deal with it once and for all.

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For 5-6 months last year, my daughter was falling apart. Symptoms included extreme hostility, depression, inability to focus on simple tasks, insomnia. She was virtually incapable of caring for herself, so I moved in with her. She was taken to the ER 6 times between July and Oct and hospitalized for 3-7 days each time (4 different university affiliated Chicago hospitals). Diagnoses included PTSD, anxiety disorder(s), Bipolar, and Borderline Personality Disorder. (I first wrote about these issues here.) Then the crisis passed and within a matter of weeks, these labels no longer seemed applicable. So, what happened?As always, I will apply all common sense caveats re "you are not my doctor/lawyer/whatever". Prior to this crisis period: 1. she had been in a serious car accident in CA, but did not receive medical attention (she walked away from an accident that the police officer who later found her car described as "not survivable"), so we (her father, friends, and I) suspected a possible brain injury. Unfortunately, by the time we learned the facts of the accident, it was too late to do relevant tests to determine if this might be causing the problems. 2. she had been taking Adderall for ADD off-and-on for several years and the same doctor had been prescribing Xanax for anxiety issues for at least the last year. At first, her friends suspected she was abusing her prescriptions, but it turned out that she actually had pills left over at the end of the month. (The prescribed doses were above average, but well within the normal range.) From the beginning (before the first hospitalization) she said she had anxiety disorder, PTSD (sometimes she said the underlying trauma was a sexual assault that occurred last year, other times—notably, when she was pissed at her dad about something—she blamed her "childhood"), and also, Bipolar, which, frankly, I didn't see, i.e., her supposed manic episodes seemed Adderall-related to me. BPD was added by three different psychiatrists during hospital stays. As far as I know, she self-diagnosed PTSD, anxiety disorder, and Bipolar. Fwiw, she never accepted the BPD diagnosis because, as she said, "BPD is seriously fucked up". To my untrained (but not completely uniformed) eyes, BPD seemed to fit. However, I recognize that this disorder is difficult to diagnosis and/or overlaps Bipolar. Note: between hospitalizations, she occasionally saw the doctor who wrote the Adderall and Xanax prescriptions, but that was the extent of her therapy. Over the course of this crisis period, she was prescribed 4 different anti-psychotics, 4 different benzodiazepines, an SSRI antidepressant, an antihypertensive that is sometimes used off-label for PTSD symptoms, and Adderall, even though every single doctor (at one time, even the doctor who wrote the original prescription) said it was contraindicated. And amazingly, there were no duplicates among the doctors. As a result, she amassed quite a collection of meds and ended up experimenting to try to determine what might work. Btw, this wasn't about seeking a "high", she was trying to find "normal". In October, she moved into an apartment that was supposed to add stability to her life, but her landlord turned out to be a jackass who made her life miserable and she ended up in the hospital in mid-October. Fortunately, she left the hospital in the best shape she had been since the crisis began. There were still some very difficult days in November, but the crisis seemed to have passed. She somewhat reluctantly tossed her collection of meds at the end of the month (though she did end up taking Effexor for several months over the winter). Unfortunately, just as she seemed to be getting her life back, she was arrested for possession of marijuana and due to an assortment of complications, she was totally preoccupied with legal issues until July. Despite the previous mental health issues, she handled the mess as well as could be expected of anyone. These days she's still struggling to put her life back together. Between the mental health issues and the legal issues, she's lost most of her former friends (and she's arguably better off without that crowd, but it still hurts) as well as her source of work/income (poverty-level wages). She's recently moved in with me, which she doesn't think is ideal, i.e., it means that she's about 3 hours from a couple of remaining friends. But she is no longer homeless/couch surfing and trying to get by with ad hoc day jobs. I'm trying to give her space and support—whatever she needs to come up with some goals/plans. I am grateful, of course, that she does not seem to be suffering from PTSD, Bipolar, an anxiety disorder, and/or BPD, but I can't help but wonder what was going on last year. Each disorder was diagnosed by at least 2-3 other doctors, who prescribed similar (but not identical) medications, which seems to indicate that these were valid diagnoses. But does PTSD, Bipolar, and/or BPD ever manifest as a short term disorder and then disappear without therapy? Final note: assume that calling her doctors is not an option. Although I have permission to speak with them, I don't want to call anyone without first talking to Daughter and this isn't the time to bring up my questions with her.

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Where can I buy a glass capillary tube so narrow such that I can see the maximum capillary rise for water?I was teaching a school student about capillary rise. In order to show it practically, I bought some of the glass capillary tubes available online. However the rise in them was very little. In order to show it better, I tried to find a narrower tube and got some glass microcapillary tubes. Here the capillary rise was more, but not as much as I expected. This piqued my interest further. Where can I buy a capillary tube as narrow as possible that would show the highest capillary rise? Of course, narrower the tube, the higher the capillary rise. Here I am just using a capillary tube and water from kitchen faucet.

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