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  1. tessaesque

    Paid Maternity Leave - Outside the U.S.

    For those of you from or familiar with the laws in other countries, can you explain how paid maternity leave works in that respective country? I'm particularly interested in who is responsible for paying, how much of the original income is covered, and if there are any specific requirements a...
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    Future Baby Name

    I've decided (and I have hubby half-convinced) that if we have a baby boy (when we starting trying for kids) we're going to name it Korben Dallas. How frickin' righteous is that?
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    My Experience at 2 Predominantly Medicaid-centric Dental Clinics

    So my PTO situation is very, very crappy. From January 1st, 2014 to December 31st, 2014 I have absolutely no PTO because of the way my employer's policy works. It's crappy...but it is what it is. In order to avoid losing a day's worth of pay, I have been trying rather unsuccessfully to find...
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    ICC Certifications? Anybody?

    Anybody here ever acquired an ICC certification for commercial use? I'm looking into taking courses and getting certified for commercial building inspections, commercial plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and fire....but I'm new to this and I don't want to waste $70 per test if it's not worth it.
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    How to go About Selling a Harley

    If you needed to sell a Harley very quickly, how would you go about doing so? Assume the bike is in resale condition, of course. We've tried craigslist, cycletrader, and ebay motors...but we're having no luck. The only bite we got ended up no-showing.
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    DFW 2013 Snowpacalypse, Take 2

    So about two weeks ago there was a HUGE deal made of some impending winter weather that never came. Grocery store shelves were raided, people were already planning for their day off work, and then.....nothing. Not even a drizzle. Today, they're predicting freezing rain and sleet over night...
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    George Zimmerman's "Arsenal"

    What's your opinion on news reports painting George Zimmerman's weapons and ammunition as an "arsenal"? Is it REALLY an arsenal if you have 100 bullets? Five guns? Do you think it's media grandstanding and hyperbole, or do you think the description is apt?
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    Convection oven or no??

    I think I'm about to purchase a new range (electric, FWIW) and I have narrowed my choice down to one particular brand of range with a 5-top burner and a double oven. On one version of this particular range, the lower oven is convection. On the other version, it is not. I've never had/worked...
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    Insurance Pay Out - Total Loss - Question on Process...

    So I checked my account balance on the loan for my car to see if the pay-off had been processed (they're mailing my check simultaneously, and I'm on a time crunch). When I logged in, my total payoff balance was about $1500 less than it had been after I made my last payment. When I pulled up...
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    Which car would you buy?

    Of the available choices, which would YOU buy? ONLY these choices, please: Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion SE, Ford Escape SE, Nissan Rogue.
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    Is there a doctor in the house?

    I need some advice on a bruise-like spot that has been getting bigger over the last week. I'm thinking it MIGHT be a bite of some kind, but I'm really not sure. Any dermatologists or nurses or whatever interested in giving me a non-binding opinion?
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    Lawn Furniture?

    I have never owned lawn furniture. I have never cared for lawn furniture. I have never purchased lawn furniture. With that said: I'm in the market for lawn furniture. What materials/styles do you prefer? What should I avoid? FWIW, I'm not looking for a table/chair set (dining style). I'm...
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    Formula Question - C++ Problem

    I've been assigned a project in which I have to code a program that will calculate a factorial. I've used several different versions of the formula that I've found through searches, but it still won't calculate anything correctly beyond factorials of 3. It appears as if my loop is the issue...
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    Naan Experts??

    I want to make Naan and I have a few questions. 1. What type of yogurt should I use in a recipe calling for such? 2. In what way is a zawa different from a flat griddle pan?
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    Sequestration Opinion

    Below is a quote, made specifically about the Administration's actions in response to mandatory sequester cuts. If we broaden the scope from just "Adminisrtation" to include all involved in the decision making process, do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Link to entire article...
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    My herbs are wilting!!

    My cilantro and dill plants have both gone from sturdy, tall-standing stalks to green, limp-spaghetti piles of fail. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but thought maybe somebody here could help? Basics: Both plants were started from seed and sprouted relatively quickly. They were begun with...
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    Monday's suck, so here's something to make yours a little better

    Willoughby Brownie sells Girl Scout Cookies to help her troop and to help our troops: Michael K. McIntyre's Tipoff | cleveland.com Such a cutie!
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    Tax Help

    Help! I received a letter from the IRS last night claiming that I under-reported my income by $12,830 in 2011. They're now demanding that I pay a significant amount in taxes, interest, and penalties against that $12,830. The problem is, I didn't under report. I have my W-2s showing that the...
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    My super awesome minestrone

    I HATE following recipes, so when I see a food concept that sounds good I skim the ingredients & instructions, then decide to do it my own way. Last week I decided to try my hand at minestrone soup..sort of. The following is what I came up with, and it was pretty damn good: Ingredients 1...
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    Looking for .22 recommendations

    I'm planning on purchasing a .22 pistol in the near future and I'm looking for recommendations. I love my Bersa .380 CC model, but I'm not a big fan of the Bersa .22s I've come across. Would prefer a magazine instead of a revolver, but other than that I'm open to just about anything within a...
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