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What's the qualification for "service animal"? Does the fact that a pet cat makes him feel better automatically qualify it as a service animal?

I feel that there's a hint of "let do what I want or I'll sue" attitude on the part of the vet, though I confess I don't know the details of the situation.
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@Suzie: being poor is no excuse for committing a crime. And mind you, this isn't a "I steal that bread because I was hungry" kind of petty crime - these are sophisticated (albeit grammatically deficient) enterprises.

And yes, Nigerian scammers cause significant financial damage to their victims. According to this Wired article, they scam $200 million from Americans (God knows how much worldwide) every year.
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As a consumer, we have more power than any government to stop child labor - just insist that products are made in factories that don't employ child labor/have humane working conditions/pay living wages, etc.

Oh, wait (checks cheap Wal-Mart shoes). Dammit, made in China ... never mind!!!
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Wow - that is easily my favorite video clip of the week! Great find, Miss C!

Does anyone know what's up with the chewbacca-like groaning in the background? That can't be the mom, right... (at one point she was slurping the new baby and I don't think she could slurp and burp at the same time)
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@Just Me: You're probably right, but I'm more inclined to think that serious dog bites and attacks are reported.

I'm not saying that all pit bulls are vicious or aggressive - your American bulldog, for once, seems like a sweetie pie.

But as a breed, pit bulls are generally more apt to cause significant harm when it attacks/bites than other breeds.
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Whatever you want to call it - pit bull or pit-bull like dogs, facts remain that they're responsible for a disproportionate amount of bites and attacks when compared to their population.

You can't hide the aggressiveness and damage caused by pit bulls by saying "pit bulls don't exist - they're made of many different breeds." It's like saying gang violence doesn't exist - you just have many different local 'hoods that are individually very violent. (Okay, the analogy isn't perfect, but you get my drift).

Re: temperament - different breeds of dogs are known to have different temperaments. Indeed, it's possible to breed dogs that are aggressive or meek by selecting the temperaments of their parents. Do this over a course of many generations, you'll get the generalized characteristic of a breed. Pit bulls were prized and bred for their fighting ability. It's no surprise that you get what you breed...

@Tyler: thank you for the link - it was very interesting.

Ask yourself this: you see two dogs you've never seen before guarding two roads. A chihuahua and a pit bull. Which road would you chose?

I'd take a chihuahua vs. a pit bull anyday (unless I know FOR SURE that the pit bull is a docile dog), because I know that the damage caused by the little yapper can't match the potential damage a pit bull can inflict.

We've had many dogs in our family, including aggressive breeds like chows and dobermans. And guess what? Generally speaking, those dogs ARE more aggressive than other breeds.
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@tedwilson: What's your definition of turnabout? I thought it was a perfect example of turnabout: scamming a scammer!

I'd argue that scambaiting is actually beneficial: by wasting the scammer's time and energy, he or she is that much less able to scam other people!
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@pol X: Your reasoning is that if a thing is shown to a USAnian they think it is from the US because that is where they saw it.

Smurf no! :) My reasoning was that an American animation production company Hanna-Barbera popularized The Smurfs into a worldwide fame.
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Exactly what it means: the Smurfs were popularized in America by Hanna-Barbera, which is an American animation production company, so it's natural to assume that they came up with the idea of the Smurfs as well as their other hits.

Obviously this wasn't the case, but unless you were really into it, you might not have known.

I agree with you on your last point. Indeed it is possible for things to exist, and even flourish, outside of the USA. :)
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Ah, classic Interweb phenomenon: oversimplify a complex question and overthink a simple one. Then go on a tangent.

If we wait long enough, Jesus and his godisimaginary link spam (deleted now) will show up....
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@Suzie: the article referenced that the original email and subsequent correspondence with the lady came from the same computer. Most likely, they're the same person.

@tedwilson: 419 Eater has an interesting post on the Ethics of Scambaiting.

Let me answer your question how is scamming one of them morally acceptable for the other person? with another question: isn't turnabout fair play?
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