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This is my view, from my foxhole.  Everybody has their own war…  Take what you need — leave the rest.  And, most importantly, I reserve the right to change and evolve my opinions over time…  That's what good conversations do — blogs, inherently, are conversations.

 

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  • Some Thoughts About Abuse, Anger, and Victimization

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    Some Thoughts About Abuse, Anger, and Victimization
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    by James Stewart
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    Updated:    Grammar
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    There are many sad stories posted.  Some are difficult, even painful, to read.  There are also a number of hopeful stories which suggest which truly negative situations, such as abuse, can be overcome.  As I consider the various comments, I'm struck by how people handle similar situations so differently…  By how some people are able to transform themselves, over time, so as to leave an abusive situation — others, don't seem to be able to get unstuck from the bonds that hold them in-place.

    It's not always the case that people can leave an abusive situation.  Some people are trapped economically and/or politically.  Some people cannot leave easily because, to do so, will cause them to have to leave their children behind; for instance.  Other people cannot provide for themselves easily.  These sorts of situations are difficult to do anything about — at least, in the short term.  However, there are also many reasons that people use to justify staying in abuse situations that are, potentially, under their control to change.

    It strikes me that part of becoming able to leave an abuse situation involves learning to change the way that you think about yourself.  In particular, the way that abused people relate to the idea that they're victims seems to be important.  As a way to organize my thoughts on this subject, I've come up with three stages that some abuse victims seem to move through as they work their way through their difficulties.

  • How to Create a Web Site in 2017

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    How to Create a Web Site in 2017
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Added YouTube Video for Power Builder
    Location:  The Balmoral, 720 Bruce Ave., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 5C4, Canada

    Creating your own Web site may seem hard and complex at first sight.  Since the Internet is full of different guides and manuals dedicated to this particular topic, some of you may be confused or misled by wrongly interpreted information.

    I have a question for you, my dear reader!  Aren't you tired of bullshit articles on how to create a Web site?  Don't you find them useless and not detailed enough?

  • How to Get the Most of Affiliate Programs

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    How to Get the Most of Affiliate Programs
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Spelling
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    Have you ever thought of making your hobby or interest a real source of income?  I'm sure that you have.  There's a moment in any blogging career when you realize that it's high-time you started milking that cow…  And, by cow, I mean your writing talent; of course.

    However, if launching a Web site of your own is a long-cherished dream of yours, then it's time you browsed through the diverse collection of templates, crafted to meet the most daring requirements.

    The most appealing thing about affiliate programs, is the fact that they've already proved to be the easiest and most convenient way of monetizing your Web site, which is what you are looking for…  Aren't you?

    I know, I know…  Everyone would love to get money from nowhere.  But, let's be realists.  It always takes a bit more effort.  However, it doesn't have to be a chore though!

  • United Airlines: Not So Friendly Skies

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    United Airlines: Not So Friendly Skies
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    by James Stewart
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    Updated:  N/A
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    While I've not ever personally been subject to nor witness of so-called 'bumping' from a flight, I've always been of the opinion that it's a totally fucked-up policy that should be illegal.  If other sectors were to try and do as much, they'd be hit with charges (i.e. bait-and-switch, fraud, etc.).

    Quite simply, while an airline should be able to ask for a passenger to give up their seat, they shoudn't have any authority to forcibly remove them should they choose not to.  They did pay for said seat afterall…  It's not like they were given the seat, initially, for free to begin with.  They paid for a service and, rightfully so, expected for said service to be rendered.

  • Stolen Valour

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    Stolen Valour
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    by James Stewart
    Published: 
    Updated:    Grammar
    Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada

    It takes the heart of a warrior to find deception and take it down.

    It starts off simple enough…  A casual mention of military service.  And, oh by the way, a Victoria Cross and a few other honours earned.  How can you not trust a person who served their country so gallantly?

    From there, confidence builds.  One story weaves into even more glorious tales, until…  At some point, the fabrication is woven so tightly that you begin to suspect.

    How can one person achieve so much in such a short time?  It's almost too good to be true…

    While this seems to be an issue more prevalent within the United States of America than here in Canada, we do have our share as well.  The most recent of which readily comes to my mind is Franck Gervais.  Franck had never been in the military, yet he wore a military uniform to the Ottawa Remembrance Day ceremonies.  Hell, he even gave a public interview on national television during the ceremonies.

    Personally, I don't much care if somebody makes false claims about military service…  They're, usually, trying to pick-up a woman or some other shit.  What I have a real issue with though, is somebody who is attempting to obtain some sort of financial gain (i.e. assistance, charity, discount, donation, etc.) based upon their service claim(s).  Here in Sudbury alone, I've come across a Canadian seaman who was a Navy SEAL, a Canadian grunt who was in the Gulf but was stationed on a boat, a US Army secret-squirrel—spaceshuttle-door-gunner—special-forces, a guy who was in Iraq and had his buddy die in his arms after being fragged, and others.

 

 

 

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