I believe they (the shunners) torture, first by placing you (the shunee, not to be confused with the native american tribe with similar sounding name) on the rack, stretching the neck and legs. This is followed by tar and feathering. You can't fly away, but don't stick your head in the sand, stand tall (which you are now if you weren't before), be proud and featherly defiant. They can't ruffle you anymore, at least.
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