May 4th, 2006

Children without birth certificates

How important is it to have a birth certificate in the US? Suppose a child was born to a vagrant mother in some isolated place, and was never issued a birth certificate simply because no one was around to do so. Would this make it impossible to register for elementary school later, or are there ways around it? And is it possible to apply for a birth certificate later, say, ten years later, if no official record of the birth exists? I've seen some old birth certificate applications, but they were from people born in rural areas around the turn of the 20th century or before, and this is a roughly contemporary situation. (I mean, it takes place within the past 10 years). They also seem to rely on things like school records -- what if the child in question had no formal schooling before the age of nine or ten? It seems as though some provision for this must exist, but I haven't been able to find out anything about it on the birth-certificate-related sites-- they're all about what to do if you lose it in a fire. This is someone for whom no documentation exists right now-- no social security card, no record of birth. Is she going to be able to go to school? Please help!

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EDIT: Thanks to everyone who responded! I think I've got a good start now.
Scoobies 001 *

Useful Book Series

I've noticed that a lot of the questions on here are of the "What was life like in (random place) during (random time)?" variety.

I've found a series of books that do a really good job answering that question about many specific times and places.

The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series

From the website:
What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? The world comes alive in these indispensable "hands-on" resources to life as it was actually lived--with authentic recipes, clothing patterns, songs, dances, and games. The most basic facts of life are systematically covered in a readily accessible format organized for easy reference and enjoyable reading. Clearly illustrated with drawings, patterns, and diagrams, plus sheet music, the volumes in this series provide a treasure trove of information for students and general readers. This curriculum-related series is unique in giving students a wealth of details about daily life, based on current scholarship, that is not available elsewhere. How they dressed, what they ate--and how to cook it--where each person fit in society, what kinds of work they engaged in, the games and sports they played--and how to play them...All these any many more aspects of daily life are recreated for readers in this illuminating view.

They're a little pricey, but I know in my area the public library has a bunch of them, so it would probably be worth it to check your library.
south park kmanderson
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Drugs needed to drug character!

Anyways, I need to figure out a drug to use for my fic, but searches on the internet have only left me very confused.

The setting: the character is a cop whose personal life recently nosedived and whose professional life is following close behind, so there is some moderate depression already. He works in a busy police station, so someone can probably slip in easily.

The drug/s needed: something that can be slipped into food/drink without being noticed too much, and that could seriously deepen his depression to the point of suicidal thoughts. It could be several drugs, or just one. Something that causes memory lapses is a plus.

Well, hope this was all according to the rules - and any help with this is very greatly appreciated!
httyd--hiccup and toothless

Japanese honorifics in school

OK...so, this isn't for anything specific that I'm working on, but rather just general information that may become something else, but I'm not sure...

So...hypothetically...

So we have Jane Smith and John Doe. They are high school students in Japan. Jane is a first or second-year student and John is a third year student. They've known each other for a year or two, and while they aren't close, close friends, they're past the calling-each-other-by-their last-name stage, but not close enough to call each other just 'Jane' and 'John.'

So, I know that the term for upperclassman is 'sempai (though I think I may have also seen it as 'senpai,' but my handy copy of Trigun #1 says sempai, so any thoughts on that matter...?),' but what would they call each other? Would Jane call John John-sempai? Or just John-san? Or simply Sempai? And what in the world would John call Jane?

Just some basic info on how upperclassmen and underclassmen who are friends would address each other.

thanks!

nebulia out.