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This site is developed and owned by Stuart J. Whitmore. Unless otherwise indicated, all content on the site is protected by copyright law and is the property of or licensed to the site owner. The content is presented to you with an implied license that only grants to you the rights to access the content via the Web for your personal reading, viewing, listening, or other temporary consumption. Unless otherwise indicated, you are prohibited from copying, distributing, printing, permanently storing, performing, or otherwise using the content of this site, other than under "fair use" principles which are often more limiting than most people realize. Please note that some content on the site may be presented under the terms of a specific license, identified with the content, which may grant you additional rights that only apply to the content so marked.
This site is owned, operated, and hosted in the United States and will comply with US law. If you are accessing it from outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with the laws that apply to you. You should have no expectation that this US-based site will conform to your local laws. Unless otherwise specified, all content hosted directly on this site, including but not limited to text, images, and software, was created in the United States.
Stuart J. Whitmore is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
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The primary purpose of this site is to commercially promote the written works of Stuart J. Whitmore. This includes but is not limited to encouraging the sale of such works for financial gain. Links to other sites, such as book retailer sites, may be monetized in various ways to enhance that financial gain. Although rare, the site owner may accept paid advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made on this site. Such content, advertising space, or posts may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.
However, the site owner is not compensated to provide specific opinion on products, services, Web sites, or other topics. Any views and opinions expressed on this site are purely those of the site owner. If the site owner claims, or has a reasonable expectation to appear, to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area, the site owner will only endorse products or services that he believes, based on his expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. In this context, mere appearance of a link does not constitute "endorsement." Endorsement is indicated by text associated with a link (or other content) that actually communicates the site owner's endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation made by the site owner about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider and it is your responsibility, as a potential buyer of products or services, to perform such verification to your own satisfaction.
Are you under the age of 13? If so:
In short, this site is not for you, and there are other sites you will find more interesting.
Age 13 or Older? Great, read on!
The site owner strongly believes in the importance of privacy, even for people who don't care about it. However, there are technical limits to how much can be done to protect your privacy, some of which are imposed by services used to make sites more interesting, useful, etc.
When you use this site, your browser (or other Web client) automatically sends information, such as your IP address and other technical data, to the site. In turn, the server hosting the site will automatically store that information in access logs. Normally this information can't be used to identify you personally, although in some cases the non-personal information can provide clues that could lead to identifying you personally. This is generally true throughout the Web, this has been the default behavior of Web technology going back at least to the mid-1990s.
In addition to the information that is logged automatically, you may volunteer information to the site, such as an email address, a vote in a poll, or other information. Some of that additional information might be anonymous in nature (to the same extent as automatically-logged information), but much of it is likely to be personally identifiable. You can limit this by simply not volunteering personal information.
As a general guideline, information that you provide to the site will be treated as private communication, subject to any restrictions imposed by law. This is not a guarantee; for example, system faults may cause your information to be shared beyond the intent of the site owner. If you require real confidentiality regarding any information, do not provide it via any interface on this site, and do not send it via non-encrypted email to the site owner.
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For content that is served directly from third-party sites, whether as part of obviously-visible content or third-party services, your browser (or an add-on product) may allow you to block such activity. If such activity is of concern to you, you are encouraged to research your options for blocking it.
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