April 9th, 2007

Appeals to English Councils

I'm not sure how to research this on Google, and any tips would be welcome. I have two questions, which are basically the same question for two different situations.

It's 1975 in London. A group of characters want to start a Center for the Arts, and are going to apply to the London Council for the Arts for a grant.

Q. How would they go about this? Would they appear before a committee and make a statement? Would they write a letter?

They're also going to appeal to the Camden Council to not knock down a certain old squat in Somers Town.

Q. Same thing: how would they actually go about making this appeal?

Thanks in advance!
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Assistance dogs

I'm trying to find more information on the training of Assistance or Service dogs.  I've googled both of those terms, plus training, and variations, but have come up with only very general information, and a list of companies.  I've also searched the tags in this forum.

The situation: Present day.  I've got a character who has a medical condition that could cause him to be harmful of others and himself.  While he is under medication, certain circumstances will trigger violent outbursts if he isn't careful, and so he has an assistance dog to a) stop him from entering those situations and b) restrain him if he does have an outburst.  What I need is info on how a dog is trained to act like in these situations, what kind of commands it might be given, how the dog would detect danger, and so on.

Thanks in advance!

Hank Scorpio FTW

Police procedure with regards to amensia.

My story is set in modern day America. A 21 year old woman is found in a hotel room by housekeeping. She is covered in someone else's blood and wakes up without any memory of how she got there. It is later discovered she doesn't remember the past two years. (She does know who she is though.)

What I would like to know is:

1. What would be police procedure? Do they first make sure she's all right, and once they discover she is do they question her then and there? What sort of questions do they ask? When she can't answer them because she claims not to remember, what do they do next? Do they bring in a psychiatrist?

2. I'm pretty sure I've got it covered how one would go about diagnosing her. But I read somewhere that if they needed her to recover her memory right away they could try hypnosis and drug-facilitated interviews, even though it may not always work. Would the police insist on this? Or does it have to be voluntary?

3. How long would all of this take? Where would she stay during all this? A hospital?

4. Once the police learn the woman really is suffering from dissociative amnesia, what do they do next? Can they do anything, especially if a body hasn't turned up and no one has come forward? I'm hoping it would be okay for them to let her go.

5. Would therapy be required or voluntary after she is released?

And, just in case I'm completely wrong, it is dissociative amnesia my character has, right? I've googled it and read various website articles, so I think it's the one I want. Not only does she not remember the past two years, she doesn't remember anything about the people involved, even though two of the people directly involved were childhood friends. But she should be able to remember eventually. Maybe a bit cliche, but I've got tricks and sleeves! And those tricks happen to be up those sleeves!

I've looked under the "police procedure" and "amnesia" tags and googled "dissociative amnesia" and "police procedure amnesia".
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Need some Latin

I have a character in my current novel who is a free-thinker and knows a lot more Latin than I do. He wants to say at one point a twist on "Cogito ergo sum." He wants to say what amounts to "I think for myself, therefore I am." Rather than simply "I think, therefore I am."

And I must admit to being curious myself.

EDIT: Thanks everyone!
Lenne - windy beauty

Negative effects of weather control?

Time: Current day, give or take a few months
Place: United States (non-essential detail, really)
Search Terms: negative effects of weather control, repercussions of weather control, cons of weather control, weather control, problems of weather control, literary examples of weather control (all on google/wikipedia)

I've been writing a story set in modern-day America, featuring a college-age girl. She's been recruited by a scientifically superior group of aliens to enact positive changes on Earth. I've been writing them for a set of monthly prompts given to me, and I'm up to 'weather'. I'd decided to do a piece about how nasty the weather was in her city (rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, mudslides, what have you) and her deciding to ask her alien buddies with help in enacting changes in the weather. And they say either no, or not yet.

I've searched all over googling things for an attempt to discover reasons why weather change would be, in the long run, a bad idea for worldwide climate, people, etc. Because we don't have much by way of weather control technology, there's not much that I've been able to find regarding negative aspects to controlling weather that isn't conspiracy-theorist-craziness.

I'm open to science-fiction examples, or actual studies on what's happened with what we've done.
Met - Face of a Queen - [still]

Citbibank branches in Manhattan and private airports in New York

Hi everyone! I need help from people who live in New York or know the city well.

I'm currently writing a fic where one of my main characters robs a bank in Manhattan and the other is a Special Agent at the FBI who wants to stop him. It's set in 2007.

I have two questions now:

# 1 My problem is that I'd need a branch of Citibank in Manhattan that would be worth robbing. When searching Google and Wikipedia, I came across a list of branches but this doesn't help me decide which of the branches are actually frequented a lot (hence where great amounts of money can be expected) and would be "worth robbing". The branch should not be attached to the Citibank headquarters in 399 Park Avenue because otherwise the bank robber's plan won't make any sense.

# 2 Could anyone tell me about small, private airports in/close to NYC. The bank robber escapes from the bank in Manhattan with a helicopter and flies to the airport (maybe 30 minutes), where he continues his escape in a private jet. Wikipedia gave me a huge list of airports, could someone give me any advice on a good selection?

Thanks in advance.
Bag Head

Albinism and blood donation

Is there anything to prevent an otherwise healthy person with albinism from donating blood?

If not, would a mainstream blood bank like the Red Cross be likely to have a problem with it, even if it's medically safe? (My character is an albino woman who is altruistic by nature, and I imagine if she thought she could conceal her albinism through the use of makeup and/or hair dye in order to donate, she probably would...as long as it's safe for her and for the potential recipients.)

EDIT: I have looked at blood donor restrictions, but I wasn't sure if there might be reasons beyond what the Red Cross and such might be aware of (by my understanding albinism is rare enough that it's possible). I couldn't find anything specific relating to albinism and blood donation through google.
Ryo bang bang

Waardenburg Syndrome and Skiing Towns in the Pacific Northwest

I have two questions that my Google-fu was unable to answer. Please note that the story is taking place in the present time.

1) How likely would it be that an adolescent male diagnosed with Type II Waardenburg Syndrome would have bilateral profound deafness? My research has only revealed that profound deafness can occur in those with Waardenburg Syndrome, as well as bilateral deafness, but I have yet to find anything conclusive either way. I want to know whether or not it's a possibility and, if so, does it happen with any sort of frequency, or is it too rare for me to use believably?

2) I'm searching for a skiing town in the Northwestern part of the United States, preferably in the Oregon/Washington area. I don't want a popular brand-name resort town, or a charming little village. I certainly don't want it to be kitschy, or an aging hippie paradise. I want a lesser known, more remote town where the population in the off-season is rather small (about 5,000 to 7,000 within city limits), and the town itself is rather dreary. While there can be pricy second-homes, I don't want the permanent residences to be extremely expensive. I want a working-class community, not a town with a large retiree population. If it's too much to ask for a skiing town, then a town that serves as a gateway to ski resorts would work as well.

I don't even really know if places like this exist; when I try to research "ski towns Pacific Northwest" I inevitably get results of more popular (or populous) communities than what I want. I suppose no one wants to advertise their town as "second rate ski resort", but it would be oh so helpful.