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That's rad. I might go just in case they play "Picture of a Tree." Love that song.
What was their setlist like? I've only recently discovered these guys, but I'm really into everything I've heard.
Politicians ask the best type of questions.
You'd think they'd be able to make just as much in taxes as they would from expensive fines and tickets. I think the more important thing is for fireworks themselves to be closely regulated. While you can't prevent people from being idiots, maybe some people could be saved from harm if inexpensive and potentially more defective fireworks were removed from the equation.
Also, props to you on the relevant username.
I hadn't even considered internet trolling as an option. That's totally true. I've seen it happen as well where a certain person, politicians and celebrities included, will become targeted. On websites where people can be largely anonymous, death threats and calls for violence can be quick to surface, and bandwagoning is common. Online spamming is definitely equivalent to a mob mentality. I hadn't considered that before. With modern resources, it takes about 3 clicks for you to ruin someone's life, and I think a lot of people forget that the internet is still very much real life.
As an incoming freshman at Iowa State, this is great news. Nothing like research fraud to help a reputation.
I think states banning fireworks are missing an important source of revenue. I live in Iowa, where fireworks are still illegal. At major holidays, (and pretty much in general) this doesn't stop fireworks from being used. My brothers just drive south into Missouri to buy them, and Iowa misses out on the tax revenue. Now, there's currently a bill in the Iowa house to legalize them. Making fireworks illegal hasn't solved any safety issues. But then again, explosives have never been heralded for their safety.
I'm a big fan of the multiple journal approach. I keep one with me at all times to write down thoughts that occur to me over time, and then I also keep a journal to keep track of thoughts related to books I'm reading. I've found that the biggest benefit to keeping a daily journal is that it helps me be more observant. I'm more aware of events and places surrounding me. I've noticed more in the past year than ever before.