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Fireworks - meh!

When I was a kid we would buy calcium carbide and drop it into a bottle of water, then fill balloons with the resulting acetylene gas and set them on fire to make beautiful mushroom-shaped explosions.

We also made zorches: you suspend the plastic bag that dry cleaning comes in over a tub of water and set the plastic on fire from the bottom. The melting globs make a "zorch!" sound as they fall into the water.

And no one died or was maimed. But they could have been!
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Ages ago, the primary reason for going to El Salvador during the Christmas/New Year's holidays was specifically to set off fireworks. And then, I started working and making minimum wage or close to it and I realized that it actually wasn't all that fun to burn money. But it took spending $500 one holiday only on fireworks to get me to really see how silly I was being. My older god children kind of remember the good ol' days and still feel the loss a bit, I think. Thankfully the younger ones have only know their madrina to send them off with a tiny supply and instructions to "go outside and play, how often do you get to stay up past midnight? Enjoy it!" :D
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I spent my 4th excavating my music junk shelves - metal racks with plywood shelves holding electronic boxes, spare guitar strings, picks, small tools, and an incredible number of cables and AC power adapters of every possible kind.

About half of it is going to recycling, maybe some to EBay. I guess the rest will go right back on the shelves
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Many Americans of all races today refer to any of the Confederacy's flags as "the white supremacist's flag" and they would not have been wrong during the Civil War and they are certainly not wrong in the 21st Century
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I don't like to see the phrase "southern cross" used there.

For Australians, the Southern Cross is a pattern of starts (in a cross shape, which you can use to find which direction south is) and is on our flag.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=southern+cross&safe=off&espv=2&biw=2062&bih=1210&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=dV2XVaPeIIS1mwXdqIP4Ag&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=0.9

(I don't own the phrase, of course. I was just surprised to see it in this context, although it makes perfect sense in both uses.)
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Tomorrow, the U.S. will celebrate that day we decided we wouldn't take any more shit from England, and instead we would elect our own people to give us shit.
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Is it just me or has the font here gotten smaller?
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I think it has.
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People are organizing protests where they are openly and loudly displaying the Confederate battle flag. I think that is their right. I also think a good counter demonstration would be to show up with U.S. flags just to remind them which one is actually officially still a flag.
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Takei 2016!
George Takei likely went where no critic of a Supreme Court justice has gone before.
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Eat fattening food, watch television, and die of heart disease.
On July 4th, celebrate jury service, a supremely democratic act available to all--one that weds history, patriotism, self-sacrifice, dissent and community
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I’m a proponent of vaccination, simply because of decades and decades of demonstration that it works. This article on NaturalNews.com is using the Merck scandal as an argument against vaccination. While I read the entire article, it’s first sentence…
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I'm a retired IT wage slave who used to write Delphi and C++ database applications.

Now I am attempting to re-become a photographer after a 30-year hiatus. It is difficult but rewarding.

I am a voracious reader of history, Shakespeare, symbolic logic, classics, photography, and just about anything else. I have four (count 'em, 4) Kindles of various kinds. My library of physical books runs to over 1,000 volumes and has taken over my house.

I am diabetic and have Meniere's Disease - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9ni%C3%A8re's_disease

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