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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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  • Don't Get Hit by the 10KHits Traffic Exchange

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    Don't Get Hit by the 10KHits Traffic Exchange
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Given that you're here, reading this post, you're already familiar with one of the harsh realities of marketing online — or, anywhere really…  Without Web traffic, you don't stand much of a chance at making money.

    It doesn't matter how great the quality of the solution that you have is, you won't make any money if you don't generate traffic — period.  How do you make money providing a solution, when the people in need of that solution are unable to find you?

    Some people have ideas, products, and/or solutions that they'd like to recommend.  However, they don't have the audience to recommend these things to though. 10KHits is one of numerous programs available that offer to provide traffic to your Web site.  Is this the ideal solution that you're looking for?  Perhaps — perhaps, not…

  • Mental Injuries

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    Mental Injuries
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a, debilitating and life changing, mental wound commonly associated with veterans experiencing trauma during war-time.  Studies by the government have revealed PTSD isn't limited to combat, it also includes childhood abuse, military rape, and reckless behaviour.  PTSD is considered a disorder to most professionals as well as the government.  PTSD is a natural response by the human brain to inoculate against further trauma.  Within this post, I'll compare and contrast studies completed by the government on the efficacy of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and western medicine used to treat PTSD and why the "D" should be dropped.

    When a soldier comes home, they're given a mental examination.  If they're considered to be unfit for duty, the military will tag them with a PTSD label — a polite way of saying that they're no longer mission-capable.  If the soldier's been in a firefight, the examination may happen in-country.  If a soldier admits that they're experiencing trauma, from witnessing a friend step on a landmine, the examiner may deem the soldier as unfit for duty — discharging them.  Most soldiers won't admit it, and with the possibility of losing careers plus its stigma, soldiers will alienate from most brothers-in-arms.  To be deemed no longer mission-capable creates animosity, hatred, and mistrust.  Ridiculed and removed from the brotherhood, the soldier almost always slips into depression, and can eventually lead to suicide.  A shocking 22 veterans commit suicide every day.  It sickens me, to think that a soldier doing his job will feel the need to commit suicide, due to hazing from an egotistical and testosterone-driven system.

  • Estranged Father Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

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    Estranged Father Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Let me start this with a little back-story…

    I've been estranged — or, rather, alienated — from my family for the vast majority of my life.  My entire life, for as long as I can remember, both parents have — significantly — favoured my sister over me.  Between ⅔ and ¾ of mothers have a favourite child — in my family it's, without doubt, my sister.  I grew up in a somewhat abusive household.  Primarily, my father being abusive with my mother.  Moreover, my life had taken an unwarranted — and, wrongful — turn for the worse, as a direct result of my sister's actions.

  • The Enemy Within

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    The Enemy Within
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    In recent months, there has been a great deal of information and reports in the media, about the increase in suicide for soldiers and veterans.  Military sources have also confirmed dramatic increases in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.  Most experts contend that these rates of depression, PTSD, and suicide will continue to rise in the coming years — the government lacks the capacity to, adequately, meet the needs of returning military and veterans.  This means that these individuals will look beyond the government and increasingly turn to both public and private providers for their mental health care.

     

    Between the Ears

    Produced by Eleanor McDowall with Matthew Green:

    What happens when your home turns into a combat zone?  When the sound of children playing, a kettle whistling, or a car backfiring transports your loved one back to a killing ground in Afghanistan or Iraq?
     
    Night terrors, flashbacks and the hidden cost of war — this Between the Ears explores the inner lives of women who care for former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
     
    We hear a delicate and often wrenching patchwork of audio diaries and interviews recorded in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms at moments when couples hit breaking point or encounter unexpected moments of tenderness.  This fierce and intimate portrait reveals the true impact of military campaigns on British families — and the sacrifices made by a generation of women who refuse to give up on the soldiers they love.

  • Facing the Fog of War Through a Fog of Drugs

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    Facing the Fog of War Through a Fog of Drugs
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    I watched as 40 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans led an anti-war march to the gates of the NATO summit in Chicago — handing back their medals.  At the rally, they described the toll that the wars had taken on the troops — as well as, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan — and demanded their "right to heal".  Chief among the problems on their minds, were post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and psychotropic drugs.

     

    US veteran activist, Aaron Hughes, told Democracy Now:

    We currently have been working on a campaign called Operation Recovery, a campaign fighting for servicemembers' and veterans' right to heal and a campaign to stop the appointment of traumatized troops.  And it's really appalling that when these brothers and sisters get home and they're asking for help, that the only type of help that they can get is some type of medication like trazodone, Seroquel, Klonopin, medication that's practically paralyzing, medication that doesn't allow them to conduct themselves in any type of regular way.  And that's the standard operating procedures.  And yet, those are the same medications that servicemembers are getting redeployed with and redeployed on and conducting military operations on.  And this is the same medications that, you know, we are trying to reintegrate into the world with.  And it's — the disconnect between what's happening in Afghanistan and what's happened in Iraq with the daily lives of everyone here in the United States is just too vast to overcome.

 

 

 

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