Fireworks scare many people and service animals

Some service animals get freaked out by fireworks and have to be tranquilized for days because of people setting them off for days before 7/4, and often when & where it is illegal.  Similarly, many people with PTSD suffer greatly from firecracker noises (think of people who have been in war zones).  It might be bearable for one day, but days on end is something else.  Please consider this before setting off fireworks illegally - you could be incapacitating someone's mobility or seizure dog or re-traumatizing someone!

Feel free to copy.
4 people on facebook have already reposted this.  It may not help my friend who already had to tranquilize her dog, but maybe someone will see this who will reconsider their plans and help someone else's animals.

Edited 6/29 11:40p.m. to add people with PTSD

Counter-troll comment parodying Old Spice ad

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"Anything is possible when you think before you comment."
Posted by MiniWeskr on a comment stream on a YouTube video

The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents


The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents

Let's discourage "The horrendous, insipid, seizure-inducing advertising"

Let's send a better message to the kids: "for the joy of opening a few presents for a couple hours on Christmas day, we’re imparting on them consumerist values that will last them a lifetime. I think, instead, this can be a great opportunity to have an open discussion with kids about buying and spending and debt."

Let's find more happiness: "Richer happiness can be found in simpler things that don’t involve spending"


Related: Fun Christmas/Winter crafts
  LED Throwies
  3D Christmas ornaments & snow flakes  (several of the links no longer work)
  Paper (or fabric) wreath of leaves
  Paper plate angels

300 years hence

I just read the first known utopian novel by an American woman:
"Three hundred years hence"
by Mary Griffith (1772-1846), published 1836
I enjoy speculative and historical fiction - and this is both in one!  Her story reveals a lot about life, views, and values of an American woman 174 years ago.
I found her views on men & women very interesting - her view of equality still had a lot of segregation of roles.

I kept reminding myself that her picture of the United States in 2135 might not have included anything west of the Louisiana Purchase. I looked up an 1836 map to see what the contemporary view was:;sort:Pub_Date,Pub_List_No,Series_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=39&trs=462

(We could have Cascadia! - just saying)

Edit: Here is the lj entry by the woman who republished the story so we could read it online:

My Christmas day

Marvin, my parents, and I were all at my grandmother's house from 10:30 a.m. until just a bit ago. We opened stockings, opened Xmas presents, had ham for dinner about 2pm, sang Xmas songs, played Yahtzee, had cookies & Gluhwein, and finally packed up when I was almost ready to fall down & go boom.
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I find myself responding to many posts lately with simply "((HUGS))".
I hope everyone receiving them knows that they are sincerely meant.
I often simply have no words to go with them.
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