It's been a few years since I had a dog; the current theory is that instead of ignoring the dog during thunder/fireworks you should actively distract her. Try to get her to play with her favorite toy, etc.
"Ape" is a general language term that can be used by different people to specify quite different groups of creatures; it's more correct to say we're all hominids.
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.
$500 - Invite to a local "We saved Earth!" party on the launch date!
Saved, past tense, on *launch* date? Isn't that a bit optimistic?
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!
I have a brand new T-series and while the keyboard is mediocre, the truly awful part is the spring loaded touchpad. You can't just use the trackpoint either because the buttons are built into the bouncy touchpad which has a terrible time registering clicks.
For some odd reason I was thinking IPv6 didn't require DHCP. Maybe that's why Google isn't in a hurry to implement it at an extra. But don't let that stop you from having a cussing fit.
Outside of deep Antarctica (Dome A, not far east of the South Pole),
What are you smoking? It isn't possible to be *east* of the South Pole. Only north of it.
and removing asbestos
Sure, the blown asbestos messes up your lungs when it's blowing around but after it's in place? It makes a good insulator and about the best fire retardant ever. Leave it in place.
If the people pass laws
Actually, the people's representatives get together and pass laws after listening to various lobbyists.
Schools are paid for by property taxes. That makes up a tiny, tiny fraction of tax break incentives given out to companies. And the parents who work at a company getting a property tax break buy homes in the area with their salaries.
government subsidies should be used to build an industry so it can be competitive on it's own, not support it indefinitely
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.
"We value all of your ideas equally, so all decisions will be made by randomly drawing employees’ proposals out of a hat."
This one actually has high entertainment value!
some tech pundits have worried that robots and software will gradually replace human workers in key industries such as manufacturing and IT administration
"Some"? WTF??? Absolutely *ALL* the gizelle pundits are worried robots will replace actual cheetahs now.
Materials science has progressed to the point that a space elevator is a matter of "when" and is no longer wild-eyed sci-fi.