Why Do We Use Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

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How did fireworks become a fixture in the United States? And in particular, why are they in heavy use on the Fourth of July?

Well, in order to answer the question, we must look at the history of fireworks. The history of fireworks is commonly traced back to ancient China.

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Why Are We in Syria and Are We Justified?

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A week ago, the United States made its first direct strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the country was plunged into a war. The deployment of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles toward Syrian military targets, including an airfield, followed reports on April 4 that sarin gas was used on Syrian civilians. Assad was immediately blamed for the chemical attack, as he was for the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta in 2013.

I don’t like this development for a few reasons:

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News Roundup (Week of Dec. 11-17, 2016)

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I’m running late again, but it’s time for this week’s New Roundup!

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About Welfare: A Response to Sunken Thought (WAW)

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A few weeks ago, I read a post by SunkenThought entitled Disturbed and Perturbed.

I’m not calling out SunkenThought, but I am calling out a mindset. Also, I didn’t want to clog up another person’s comment section with so many words and trigger spam filters.

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Money Rant 1: No Activity

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Sometimes it seems that your money may be safer in a piggy bank. At least the state won’t take this money if there is no activity for a few years — knock on wood. Image by free pictures of money via Flickr (CC by 2.0).

This post about no activity was my first blog post ever, so I will start here.

This post is brought to you by the letter E, for escheating.

How Did I Learn About Escheating?

Years back, I read a submission to the Opinion page of The San Bernardino Sun. The opinion was written by a woman whose two teenage sons were trying to save up for a car. The boys thought it would be prudent to store their money in a bank account and perhaps let it build interest. To their surprise, after three years, the bank account had been completely wiped out.

It turns out that after a certain period of no activity in a person’s bank account, a state is given the authority to raid it. In the state of California, that period is three years. The account holder does not have to be notified by the bank before the money is taken, but they may have to fill out certain forms in order to get that money back.

I decided to do some more research on this. Along the way, I learned that the process by which a state can take funds from an idle bank account is called escheating.

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