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Comment: Re:Courage (Score 1) 131 131

But now I've got a 15 year old border collie who hates those things

Dogs can get this way around fireworks, thunderstorms, etc, by people thinking they're comforting the dog when it looks worried. Instead, the dog takes this as confirmation there's something to be worried about and it becomes an increasing cycle. The secret is to pay no attention to the dog's worrying behavior instead of petting and telling it everything is OK.
This may not be your case; I'm just using you as a seque to bring it up.

Comment: Fire danger (Score 2) 131 131

I like fireworks as much as anyone and I don't mind if someones takes his chances with blowing his own hand off because he's had a few too many Bud Lights. What I mind is when it hasn't rained in months and all the fire danger alerts are Ultra Violet level but people are still shooting off sparkly rockets. Have a little sense, people!

Comment: Re:Manufacturing buisness supported by government. (Score 0) 356 356

government subsidies should be used to build an industry so it can be competitive on it's own, not support it indefinitely

Not possible.
However, government could refrain from regulating in such as way as to prevent new industries from being created and new competitors from entering existing industries.

Comment: Re:DoB, SSN & Filing Status?? (Score 1) 85 85

you can get most of that (SSN & DoB) by looking at someone's Driver License in most States

Are there still states that want to use SSN as driver's license id number? I lived in a state that did that (VA) years ago but you could refuse and have them generate a DL number. The employees at the DMV hated that request and tried to bully you out of it, but would eventually relent. I thought I heard they started generating DL numbers for everyone though, so what's with your assertion?

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