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    There I was thinking I was doing the right thing all along.
    Making sure I kept it all clean, no mishaps.
    No going where I should not, not looking for trouble.
    Listening to all the experts, taking their advice, reading all I could about it and how to prevent it getting to you.

    But sadly no, I got it, the bloody Virus.

    But thankfully I am told it is not too severe and can be cured without too much of a problem.

    So after spending some time away, and the loss of $100 my computer is now virus free.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    are you wearing a mask on you computer john i dont want to catch it? jp

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    I stopped giving to charities a long while back except for one mob. Kiva is a mob that you can loan money to individuals or groups to give them a leg up to start bettering themselves and they pay back when able to. So ends up that you keep relending to who you want to. Of course there are times when the loan does not get repaid but that is the way the mop flops. Been doing this for years now and top up the account when needed. No tax relief or any of that just a feeling that I am not giving a donation but assisting someone to get a start in life and it covers the whole world. Anyone interested should look up the site "Kiva"
    Last edited by Les Woodard; 16th September 2020 at 11:00 PM.
    That's the way the mop flops.

    My thanks to Brian for this site.

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    #11 for a minute there John I thought you meant the other virus. Glad all is sorted.

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    There’s nothing new.
    Many years ago when I was a young Third Mate on a cargo ship visiting India, we were in Madras discharging cargo, we had been at anchor for a few days awaiting entrance together with two American ships which were loaded with grain for relief of the upstate famine.
    We entered harbour ahead of these two ships and they were still there when we left,
    After finishing cargo at various other ports some two weeks later, we found ourselves back at Madras to load, the relief ships were still at anchor.
    I asked a Customs official why the delay in free aid for people dying of starvation. He replied,
    “India has a famine; India always will have famines. If we bring those two ships in the port will become congested and commerce will suffer. And for every ton of free aid given the Americans will want a ton of gratitude”.
    As a young man in my early twenties I found his reply to be very disconcerting and have long since thought about it.
    Perhaps Rudyard Kipling got it right when he wrote
    “Take me somewhere East of Suez where the best is like the worst, where there ain’t no ten commandments and a man can raise a thirst”.

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    Interesting bit about famines.
    When at the Uni a senior head of the Department of Humanities said this.

    "There are always famines in many countries, mainly very poor ones, the UN send help as do other nations, The help is usually in the form of basic food such as milk powder and grain.
    The world could well afford to feed these people in a better manner, but if they do they will become fit and strong, form there politically strong, thus posing a threat to the West.
    So they keep them down'
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    #16 Well John al I can say to your Head of Dept is that on actually working on AID programs for a number of years, with wheats, grains, rice and fertilisers none of the stuff was second class, and you have to send stuff that will keep without deteriorating, no good sending luxuries that will go rotten or no calorific value. You couldn't send good mechanical equipment as AID as it would have been sequestered by the military. We took our own food handling equipment in and when handling bulk rice it had to be first class and stainless steel and easy to clean by compressed air, we took our own compressors, generators etc. I often wonder if these people who make these statements have ever had feet on the ground in these locations, from some of the spoutings I hear I very much doubt it

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