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Ambush in The Night, All guns Aimed at Me, Ambush in the Night, They Opened fire on Me.(B.Marley)

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The definition of a firearm is a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder —usually called small arms.
Notice that the word weapon is used. A Weapon is a thing designed or used to inflict bodily harm or physical damage.

Guns were designed and fully intended to harm and kill. Whether these tools of death are used in the practice of hunting or as a means of defending a person, their purpose remains the same.

The Congressional Research Service says the civilian arsenal in America(2012) was approximately 310 million firearms. Besides the traditional firearms used for hunting such as shotguns and long rifles, the most popular weapon found in civilians’ hands is the AR-15, a versatile, customizable and enjoyable shoot a gun. “Assault weapons” have become parts of many private collections. These are easily transformed into fully automatic firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says there are roughly 638,000 machineguns in circulation in 2018. These counts do not include illegally made and supplied firearms. There are between 15-20 million sporting guns in circulation. It is important to put this all into some context. Americans have purchased as many assault rifles as they have purchased Nintendo Switch video game consoles.
In 2008 The Supreme Court ruled that The Second amendment protects Americans’ rights to own guns. An appellate court in 2017 declared that AR-15 and AK-47 Assault Rifles were not protected by the Second Amendment, mostly because these weapons are not in common use in America. Confusion, mistrust and political clownery have followed. The NRA and Republicans vs Democrats and so-called progressive sectors of the community. America does not need an excuse to be socially, ethnically, politically and economically divided, but the “GUN” has become a cornerstone of division that will not go away.


Every effort is being done to protect the right to own a gun, and these efforts are funded by many weapons manufacturers and The National Rifles Association(NRA). Conservatives will cry out in anguish when children are murdered using assault rifles, but they will do nothing to stop the sales of weapons into the hands of those unfit to own one. Conservatives cry out that the privacy of citizens is threatened when simple pre-ownership interviews and psychological evaluations in real-time are attempted by the authorities.
We all know that nothing guaranteed can be accomplished when speaking about human beings’ actions. There are people who are of sound mind at the time of purchasing a weapon that can go berserk years later. Mental illness can affect us all, along with the many societal stresses of average daily living. Our persona changes, and evolves.

The only thing we can do to protect ourselves, our family and our community are to take the tools of death out of the marketplace. If people’s mental state is uncertain, taking the tools of mass destruction out of their reach makes sense.
Yes, there are other weapons to be found. In China, a place where firearms are rare and controlled, mass murder happens using pipes and cleavers. Ask yourself why so many mass shootings have happened in North America, but not in most other nations? What do we have that they do not? People are usually the same all over. Working, worrying about their families and their children’s futures.
Fire Arm availability in America is easily accessible. We Just Have Too Many GUNs!
If you acquire a driving license, you are required to go through a process of learning, training and then licensing with insurance approvals. Why does this not happen when guns are involved. Before you purchase a gun, receive multiple interviews, criminal checks, and training and then be required to buy insurance.
Do you want to own a gun? Then the government MUST make gun accessibility very difficult.
Make the gun lobby work for it. Outlaw monetary lobbying (bribes) from all lobbyist groups in Washington, Ottawa and all State Capitals.

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun”(Wodehouse). In 2019 America experienced 417 mass shootings. This year there have been over 200 mass shootings in America. Canada and Mexico have had their gun incidents too. It seems the ‘gun virus’ has leached over our borders, inciting our own gun violence. Imagine murders without guns? The mass killing in Buffalo(10) or in Nova Scotia(23) would certainly have been different, perhaps not even happening.
Human evil will happen, so it is incumbent upon us to make these harmful efforts difficult or impossible to happen. Take the tools of their trade away from them. Make life a better option always.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario Skaszab@yahoo.ca

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How to integrate payment systems in an online shop

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Setting up an online shop is a great way to make money. However, if you want to be successful, you need to make sure that your payment system is set up correctly.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different payment systems that you can use in your shop, and we will show you how to integrate them into your website. We will also talk about the benefits of using each system so that you can choose the one that is right for your business.

Step #1 – Select The Best Payment System

Different payment systems offer different features, so it is important to choose one that will fit your needs. For example, if you want to accept credit card payments, you will need to find a system that supports this feature.

There are many payment systems available, so it can be difficult to choose the right one for your business. However, by considering your needs and doing some research, you can find the best system for your online shop.

If you have an online shop, or if you are thinking about setting one up, then read on to learn more about how to integrate payment systems into your website.

Benefits of using different payment systems:

  • Allows customers to pay with their preferred method
  • Can save you money on transaction fees
  • Can help you track and manage your finances
  • Can provide customer support in case of problems
  • Allows you to accept international payments Step #: Research the best payment system for your needs.

Best Way To Accept Online Payments

There are many ways to accept online payments. The best way for you depends on your business model, your products, and your customers.

Some businesses only need to accept one type of payment, such as credit cards. Others may want to offer their customers multiple payment options, such as PayPal, Stripe, or Apple Pay.

Overall, the best way to accept online payments would be to use a payment processor that offers many integrations. This is because there are many different ways to pay, and customers may want to use a different method each time they purchase something from your store.

For example, pay.com is a helpful way to manage your finances and keep track of your sales. It also offers a wide range of payment options and is a simple, yet effective, way to take payments online.

Another popular payment system is PayPal. It is one of the oldest and most trusted online payment processors. PayPal offers a variety of features, such as the ability to send invoices, accept credit cards, and track your finances.

If you are selling physical goods, you may also want to consider using a shipping company that offers payment processing, such as Shopify or Etsy. This can save you time and money, as you won’t have to set up a separate account with a payment processor.

Finally, if you are selling digital products, you may want to use a service that specializes in digital payments, such as Gumroad or FetchApp. These services make it easy to sell and deliver digital products, and they also offer features such as subscription payments and coupon codes.

By using a payment processor that offers many integrations, you can offer your customers the best possible experience.

Step #2 – Integration

To integrate a payment system into your website, you will need to create an account and then add the code to your site.

Most payment processors will provide you with a snippet of code that you can add to your website. This code will allow the payment processor to track sales and process payments.

For example, if you are using Shopify, you can add a “Buy Now” button to your website. This button will take the customer to the Shopify checkout page, where they can enter their payment information.

If you are using a custom-built website, you will need to add the code to your shopping cart and checkout pages. You can find instructions on how to do this in the documentation for your payment processor.

Once you have added the code to your website, you will need to test it to make sure it is working correctly.

To do this, you can create a test account and make a purchase. Once you have completed the purchase, you should receive an email receipt from the payment processor. If you do not receive an email receipt, or if you have any other problems, you can contact the customer support team for your payment processor.

Conclusion

No matter what type of business you have, there is a payment processor that can meet your needs. By doing some research and considering your options, you can find the best way to accept online payments for your business. Thanks for reading!

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Sanctions: Who they really hurt

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Sanctions hurt
Sanctions have been a weapon for the West these many decades. Promote global trade, see pretty well anything to other nations and their economies until these trading partners piss you off.
Example: The Ukrainian-Russian War. For centuries these two combatants were partners, working within a Royal and then Soviet  Empire. Ukraine develops nationalistic ambitions and achieves nationhood. Russian Oligarchs attempt to control Ukraine’s economy with little luck. Ukraine has its own Oligarchs, former government officials have gone rouge, gaining control of the Ukrainian Economy.  This is a war of attrition between Oligarchs, except Western Nations also have their attention on Ukrainian Natural Resources, and attempt to isolate Russia Economically and Socio-politically. The West freezes personal and political national accounts and boots Russia out of most international events and sports. The West invites Ukraine into NATO while filling this country with massive amounts of weapons. Without declaring a war on Russia, America, NATO, The EU and others attempt to damage Russian Industry and its economic structures. The Russian Leadership is attacked by using international banks to freeze and deny the use of their accounts.
Who suffers? So the Rich are perhaps deny denied products, the ability to travel freely, and also may have to be happy with Russian Champagne instead of French Wines. BoHo 🙁  These leaders of Russian Industry, Government and the higher class do not suffer like the average Russian, the workers, teachers, farmers, techs and shop workers.
There is a void found within the grocers and auto shops of Russia. True scarcity of essential products these Russians need to survive. Why would the West impose these sanctions? Who are they really hurting?
Why the little guy and girl, the worker. The West wants to hurt them greatly, so much so that once their economy begins to fail, and their kids go without food, electricity or any essential “The downtrodden People” will put pressure upon their government to change their ways. It may even be hoped that a “democratic” revolution may happen. Would not President Biden, Prime Minister Trudeau or The Leaders of the EU not like this to happen. Get rid of President Putin and “The Oligarch Soup” that rules Russia. All wars have casualties, Except it will not be those who started the war, but the little guy, their family and neighbour are who will suffer and possibly die.
How weak can the West be to use such weapons against families just like yours, whose only crime it is to be Russian, North Korean, Iranian and so on? America, with its allies, has used this weapon many times before, just not so gleefully. The West has the chance to crush one of its main political and economic competitors. Today Russia, perhaps tomorrow China. If the West goes all out, they have found a way to manipulate and forcefully transform a society. It is maybe effective in the long run. Much depends on how long Ukraine can survive. Once all this war-mongering ends, they will all be back to regular business again. Did the West simply provide Putin with an accident ending his regime? America has invaded many nations and assassinated many unwanted leaders in the past. They look upon the Afghan Genocide of mass death caused by the International isolationism of The Taliban. The ends will often justify the means, and America has as much blood on its hands as do the Russians. They do not have money to feed the poor and starving globally but find billions of dollars to kick Russia’s Financial-Political Ass.
They all talk about the importance of diplomacy while they ship more weapons to Ukraine, all the while Ukrainians and Russians die, killing each other.
“It is very queer that the unhappiness of the World is so often brought on by small men”(Erich Remarque-All Quiet on the Western Front).  Only the little amongst us suffer, a brother, sister, mother or father, a child or cousin. We are all the same. We allow “our leaders” to dictate their will to us.
Remember a word of command made these silent figures our enemies, and yet a word of command might transform them into our friends.
Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca
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Inflation: Half of Canadians' finances worse than last year – CTV News

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As inflation rates soar to the highest they’ve been in Canada in forty years, nearly half of Canadians say that right now, they’re doing worse financially than they were at this time last year.

A further third say they expect things to get even worse in the coming year, the largest number of people to answer this way in more than a decade.

The numbers come from a new Angus Reid Institute (ARI) survey released Friday, which surveyed more than 5,000 Canadian adults between June 7 and June 13 on their financial standing and struggles.

The results shed light on the plight Canadians are facing coast to coast.

Currently, inflation is at a staggering 7.7 per cent higher than last year, according to Statistics Canada. The inflation rate hasn’t been this high since 1983, the year that Canada Day replaced Dominion Day.

TRENDING DOWN

The percentage of Canadians answering that they are worse off financially now than a year ago has been increasing steadily over the last few years. In 2018, only 29 per cent of Canadians said they were doing worse than the previous year. That number climbed to 32 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, then to 45 per cent in the second quarter of 2022.

It’s now the highest that it has been since ARI started tracking this specific question in 2010.

At the same time, the number of Canadians who said they were doing the same as a year ago plummeted, going from 54 per cent in 2018, to 44 per cent in 2020, to 36 per cent in the second quarter of 2022.

Interestingly, the percentage of Canadians who say they are doing better than the previous year jumped to 23 per cent in 2020, after years of hovering around 13-14 per cent. That number is now at 17 per cent.

When these results are broken down into the household income of the respondents, those who are in the upper echelons of income, making more than $200,000 annually, were much more likely to report that they were doing better than last year financially, at 26 per cent, and the least likely to report that they were doing worse, at 30 per cent.

On the other end of the scale, those making less than $25,000 per year were more likely to say they were worse off this year, at 51 per cent, and less likely to say they were doing better than last year, at 15 per cent — underlining how the rich are hurt less by shifts such as inflation, and the poor keep getting poorer as rising costs hit their wallets.

Only one in five Canadians said they expected things to improve a year from now, while a third anticipated things to get even worse.

“Residents in Saskatchewan voice the most pessimism and least optimism on this question,” the report stated.

COST OF LIVING IS EXORBITANT FOR MANY

Concerns about the cost of simply living is the one that consumes the time and energy of most Canadians, with food, housing and bills driving a huge amount of financial worries across the country.

When asked what the top provincial issues were, with respondents being able to choose up to three options, “cost of living/inflation” was overwhelmingly the most popular selection, with 63 per cent of respondents selecting it as a major issue.

Health care and housing affordability took second and third place at 52 per cent and 31 per cent respectively, with climate change and the environment coming in at fourth with 26 per cent.

“Some regions of the country are under more economic stress than others,” the report stated. “In Atlantic Canada, the cost of living was already higher than most other parts of the country last year. And Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick have experienced higher rates of inflation than other provinces, alongside Manitoba and British Columbia.”

When it comes to the country as a whole, more than half of those who rented said that it’s difficult to afford their rent.

For homeowners, monthly mortgage payments are on the rise after a series of interest rate increase by the Bank of Canada. One quarter of Canadians with a mortgage say prices have already gone up, while another half said they anticipate a price jump. Two thirds say that if their payments increased by $300 a month, they might not be able to afford it anymore.

“The challenge for many, as pandemic-era supports are removed, and some struggle with repayment of the CERB they received, is to avoid debt creation,” the report stated, noting that many Canadians are already struggling with debt.

Two in five Canadians said they had credit card debt.

Of those who scored high on the ARI Economic Stress Index and were classified as “struggling” on that index, 62 per cent had credit card debt, and three-in-five of this group said it would take them more than a year to pay it off.

The Economic Stress Index, created in January, looks at core costs related to quality of life, such as debt, housing and household food costs, as well as the respondents’ anxieties and assessments of their own finances, to map out who is having a harder time.

There are four categories: struggling, uncomfortable, comfortable, and thriving. The proportion of those who are “thriving” has dropped six points since May, while the number of those who “struggling” has risen three points in that time period. Some good news is that 29 per cent of Canadians fit into the “comfortable” category compared to 26 per cent in May.

“A majority in each of the Atlantic provinces fall under the Struggling or Uncomfortable categories,” the report stated, with 55 per cent in Nova Scotia and 64 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador falling into one of these two categories.

Across the country, in most provinces, more than half of the respondents fell into the one of the bottom two categories, with 64 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador, 59 per cent in Alberta, 62 per cent in Saskatchewan, 57 per cent in Manitoba, 55 per cent in Nova Scotia and 54 per cent in Ontario. Prince Edward Island was not included in the survey.

“Only in Quebec (61 per cent) and B.C. (52 per cent) do more than half fall into the top two categories on the ESI,” the report stated. “Notably, by Statistic Canada’s CPI, those provinces have the lowest cost of living of any province in the country.”

The province with the single highest percentage of Canadian respondents deemed to be “thriving” was Quebec, with a whopping 30 per cent.

Just over 75 per cent of Canadians said their province had done a poor job of handling inflation.

Around one in three Canadians said their costs due to purchasing gas had increased, while just under half stated that those costs had gone down for them because they were consciously avoiding driving and seeking out other forms of transportation to save money.

FOOD PRICES LEAVING SOME HUNGRY

The report noted that inflation affects some goods more harshly than others.

“Food inflation was 10 per cent in May, higher than the 7.7 per cent inflation rate overall,” the report said.

Just over half of Canadians surveyed reported struggling to make the grocery bill each month, with the report noting that this is seven points higher than last October.

And the lower your tax bracket, the harder it is to put food on the table. Seven out of ten Canadians making less than $25,000 a year said it is difficult to feed themselves and their family, while at least one third of all incomes reported finding it hard to budget for food.

One B.C. resident told The Canadian Press that her grocery bill has more than doubled. Food Banks Canada are concerned that more and more children — who make up a third of those who rely on food banks — could be going hungry this summer as school ends and access to school-based food programs is cut off.

Earlier this month, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called out MPs for laughing in the House of Commons after he spoke about Canadians being unable to afford groceries. In a video Singh posted of the incident, laughter can be heard after he states that one in four Canadians are going hungry.

“I just mentioned that Canadians are hungry and I hear laughter in the chambers,” Singh said after the Speaker asked him to repeat himself. “They should be ashamed of themselves. Absolutely ashamed.” He stated on social media that those who were laughing were Conservative MPs.

TRUST IN INSTITUTIONS

Amid rising inflation, the Bank of Canada is meant to keep the impact on Canadians to a minimum through policy adjustments, but Canadian trust in this institution is split, according to the survey. While 46 per cent said they trusted the Bank of Canada, 41 per cent said they did not.

When the political leanings of survey respondents were taken into account, the results became more stark: Past supporters of the Conservative party and the People’s Party of Canada were less likely to trust the Bank of Canada, with 59 per cent and 86 per cent indicating this respectively.

The Bank of Canada has admitted that it made missteps, and is now playing catch-up as Canada’s economy overheats.

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