The Vietnam Draft Changed Canada Forever

Posted by Faction Jackson! on May 18, 2016
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vdccfAlthough only about 20,000 draft dodgers and deserters remained in Canada after receiving full amnesty in 1977 from president Jimmy Carter, they have had an enduring impact. “We were quite happy to have the Americans come here,” says Pierre Berton, the author of 1967: The Last Good Year. “Those who stayed helped the country — we needed people who were gutsy enough not to fight that stupid war.” Their refusal to go, adds Vance, changed the Canadian perception of military conflict, reinforcing the growing belief in Ottawa that Canada should deploy peacekeepers in foreign lands — but never combat forces. “The presence of the draft dodgers,” says Vance, “forced us to think about our involvement in a potentially unjust war.”…

When It Comes To Traveling And Living Abroad, Don’t Embrace Fear

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 20, 2016
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talaAirlines have always been the safest way to travel, and I don’t think the fact that those four planes went down really changes that. There’s also been an evolution in security. When you get on an airplane these days, some pilots will tell you to look at the person next to you and ask him where he’s going and what he’s doing. Because that’s how you’re going to know if someone is going to hijack a plane–ff they’re nervous about something. Flying shouldn’t be a big factor in making travel decisions anyway. I mean, if you’re going to Pakistan and planning to paddle down a Class V river, your flight is the last thing you should be worried about. After all, even in a place as amazing as Hawaii, there are always going to be homeless. You have to put these things in perspective.

Which countries should travelers steer clear of to avoid terrorism?

Most obviously, Third World Islamic Continue reading…

Snacking Smart Makes The Day Better

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 20, 2016
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sksmGet the right fuel combo with snacks that pack a punch and will outlast those low-octane candy bars you’ve used in the past.

Power snacks will keep your engine revved up all day. Food is like gasoline for the body. If you feed it cheap, low-octane fuel, you’ll be knocking and pinging all day like an old, worn-out station wagon. If you use high-octane fuel, you’ll have a smooth, clean-running engine, and your body will perform like a turbo-charged sports car.

To get the fuel combination just right, you must combine low-fat carbs, protein, and high-fiber snacks. This fuel mixture enables your body to get the best possible mileage, says

If you feel as if someone has flattened your tires and stuck you in neutral, you may have reached a blood sugar low. First, your blood sugar levels crash. Second, you crash. What causes your energy to crash? Continue reading…

The Best Data Recovery: Software Or Repair Services?

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 18, 2016
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hddrDeleting your data can be very frustrating, whether it was deleted by accident or deleted by you or somebody else on purpose. This can also happen when you decide to format a flash or a USB stick using your personal computer and accidentally format one of your partitions instead of formatting the flash. Then there is no way around it, as you have to get data recovery software and it is recommended that you get cheapest available.

Why would cheap data recovery software be better than an expensive one? Simply because when you get cheap data recovery software that you have chosen carefully, you are simply proving to yourself that the expensive ones are no better than the cheap ones. This also saves you a lot of money in a time when you want to panic and be ready to spend all your money to get your precious data back. That, or you could always try to find a cheap data recovery service. Continue reading…

How Moving Abroad Changed Us

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 14, 2016
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machnedAfter eleven months, my wife Jamie and I still wrestle with bouts of guilt and uncertainty about this quest to reinvigorate our lives before we got too old or too stuck for adventure. In a sense, we were following a circle in coming back to this land where I once studied and helped build a Kerry cottage in the 1970s, this transformed place where Jamie and I returned on honeymoon, and again for summer idylls with our young family in the 1990s. We abandoned a bucolic life because it was too static, because Ireland with its blend of quirky romance and growing wealth seemed to promise new opportunities, for me as a 48-year-old writer, and for Jamie who had grown tired of endless housekeeping in the woods. What’s more, we could always go over to France and see beautiful places like Avesnes Sur Helpe!

In the beginning, the journey seemed blessed. Uncannily, Continue reading…

China: An Interesting Choice For Expatriates

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 11, 2016
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chiepcomDuring my first visit to Shanghai, I also researched the expatriate community and was shocked to find that there were no practicing SLPs working with children in the entire country! I found several international schools (pre-K to high school) and international medical centers and learned that there was a great need for speech-language services within the expatriate circles as well. Moving to Shanghai would be the perfect and the ultimate challenge for me, especially because of my Fibromyalgia (although this site helped me with that alot!)! I never imagined that I would have an opportunity to be a pioneer in the underdeveloped speech-language pathology world. Continue reading…

Sudden Heart Attacks: Not Just For Athletes

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 10, 2016
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sdnhattacksWith two Olympic Gold medals and four World Championship titles, 28-year-old pair skater Sergei Grinkov appeared to be in perfect health. Then, on November 20, 1995, while practicing at Lake Placid, New York, Grinkov collapsed. With a massive clot blocking the flow of blood, his heart quivered erratically. Within minutes, Grinkov died.

A few years earlier, Loyola-Marymount basketball player Hank Gathers had led the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding and seemed destined to be a first-round pick for the National Basketball Association. Then, in 1990, sudden cardiac death struck while Hank was playing basketball.

Cases like Grinkov’s and Gathers’ are very rare. Occasionally, however, with no prior warning and no blow or other injury, a young athlete dies from sudden cardiac death. The EHealth Institute estimates the risk at only about one in 200,000. (About 4 million high school athletes compete in the United States.) While the number of victims is small, each loss is tragic. Continue reading…

White Cargo Tells Many A Tale Of India

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 09, 2016
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wcmtoIThe wandering life deprived Felicity Kendal of a formal education and much else; but there were compensations. For her, it was, despite the anxieties and uncertainties, a “magical childhood” – something akin to what Kim knew and what Kipling himself experienced before his traumatic return to England. The sense of joy pervades her evocations of evenings on Chowpatty beach and small-town afternoons spent flying kites, of canvas bedrolls and long train journeys through the great Indian plains (“the moon shining in through the bars of the open window”) – these are things old visitors to India will not fail to recognise.

But then happy childhoods rarely make for good books. We tend to distrust the nostalgic writer who hasn’t known …

Bad Cabbies Make Us Happy There Is Uber

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 08, 2016
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bcmuhAs my taxi pulled away from Seoul’s Olympic stadium, for some inexplicable reason the driver immediately turned in exactly the opposite direction to where I wanted to go. In his hand were the directions to my accommodation, written in Korean no less, but laughing and muttering and with a vacant stare on his face, he drove on, ignoring my protests. Not five minutes later we slammed into the side of another car at full tilt, injuring its elderly passengers.

It was late at night and the noise of the impact caught the attention of the locals. Lights flicked on all around. People came running from all directions. While I helped to remove the victims from the car, the cab driver …

What Are The Side Effects You Can Experience From Using Anti Snoring Devices?

Posted by Faction Jackson! on April 06, 2016
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ansdOne way you can address issues with snoring is by means of using some high quality anti snoring devices. Without a doubt, you can get plenty of benefits when you know which device you should use. However, there are still some downsides to using these stop snoring devices and some of which include the negative side effects they bring. It is important that you know how to go about targeting the problem so as to minimize these side effects, as you should still continue to use the product until snoring is reduced or eliminated. One of the side effects of using an anti snoring device such as a mouthpiece is facial pain.

More often than not, this issue will last for a couple of weeks. Another side effect that you may need to address is the excessive saliva issue. It is normal to drool while you sleep but excessive drooling can often be a hallmark of some snoring mouthpieces. This is why you need to be fully aware of this side effect so you and your partner can manage your expectations. Sometimes, you really need to wait for a few weeks before you will see your saliva levels return to normal. It is also important that you consult with your physician prior to using these devices. Continue reading…