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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.

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Do you do standup?
.. I can 'rise' to the occaison, if need be. Why? you looking for one?
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Old 28.04.2015, 11:23
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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.

Just one question:

- "What did the cat man do?"
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Old 28.04.2015, 11:27
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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.


Why have you turned this into a willy-waving exercise?
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

I would donate, but I already spent this years budget pouring a bucket of ice over my head and contributing to a worthwhile charity that helps white people.
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Old 28.04.2015, 11:30
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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.

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Just one question:

- "What did the cat man do?"
Shook - very roughly - Kathmandoo. Bad Man
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That the savages should have built their houses better?
I don't think he was talking about your house, was he?

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I would donate, but I already spent this years budget pouring a bucket of ice over my head and contributing to a worthwhile charity that helps white people.
.. I should have known...
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Old 28.04.2015, 11:31
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Stark contrast in attitude to the Indian rape case...?
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Dear Fellow white / caucasian EFers,

I have read some pretty crass and in humane comments on my thread re the Nepal Quake.
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I also sense a certain contempt for poorer countries on some EF threads,
You guys need to get a sense of perspective. The only posts on this thread that you seem to have an issue with are simply answering your questions with statements of fact, not trying to justify the attitudes they describe.

Also, don't forget, that as far as the internet is concerned, and especially for British people, there is no subject that is out of bounds for light-hearted commenting or even joking. It in no way indicates a contempt or uncaring attitude to those concerned or to those raising awareness of the issues like you.
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Old 28.04.2015, 11:35
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... especially for British people, there is no subject that is out of bounds for light-hearted commenting or even joking. It in no way indicates a contempt or uncaring attitude to those concerned or to those raising awareness of the issues like you.
Good to know. Sincerely mean it - because where i come from, it sometimes does seem otherwise.
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

Please lets not forget the people in the Tibet Autonomous Region - news reports are few and far between from this region, the borders have been closed off to non-residents, and heavy snow fall has meant that the worst affected regions are yet to be reached with even the most basic aid.

With the majority of building collapsed in those areas that have been reached, thousands are being relocated......which the pessimist in me says will most likely have huge political implications in such a contentious region...

Disclaimer: Yes, I am white; yes, I have visited these areas; no, I am not rich.
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

We want to make a humble request for you all (anyone) to donate whatever little amount you can, may be just a price you would pay for a coffee or a lunch, every contribution counts at this moment... Please help through any agency- NGOs or philanthropic associations- that enjoy your trust and confidence. Here are some of links:

http://www.swiss-solidarity.org/en.html

http://www.helpnepal.net



These are natural disasters and no one is sure if these things might not happen in any part of the world and to anyone or anyday.



"Whatever you do will eventually come back to you."
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Old 28.04.2015, 12:53
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

<Mod Hat On>

OK folks, this is getting silly. No more sarcastic posts or responses to them please, otherwise they will be removed now, OK?

In fact, I think for the sake of the thread, I'll clean up some of those already made.

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EDIT: As promised, lots of arguing posts now deleted. No more please, by anyone. Let's keep this thread for real discussion about the original topic.

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Old 28.04.2015, 19:08
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

Now local politicians are talking about the possibility of 10,000+ dead; awful terrible affair
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

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... the above does not seem to apply when it comes to 'advising' thirld world FAAAR AWAY countries on how to handle their affiars....
If you can't understand the contextual difference then clearly you're not very bright.
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

well well The "Gurkhas" (Nepal soldiers ) are good enough to fight for the British . When it comes to some sympathies it is all down the toilet
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If you can't understand the contextual difference then clearly you're not very bright.
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Re: Massive earthquake in Nepal - tremore felt across India

Indulge me for a bit, friends, and allow me to describe / relate my personal experience of the 7.7 quake in my hometown. Perhaps it will reduce some of the 'distance' that one is able to take.

Rather early in the morning - by India's standards - where the workday starts at 10:30 ish - i was in the shower, enjoying the hot blast on my face with my eyes closed, when i suddenly felt extremely dizzy. I extended both my hands to the wall for support, and opened my eyes. I realized that the floor (on the 5th storey of a 10 storey building) was 'swinging' from side to side by a few feet. Now that the shower was off, i could hear shouts of 'earthquake! run!' from around me.

I wrapped a towel and ran - my wife already had our 4 month old son in her arms, and i steadied my mom as we ran down the still oscillating stairs. I heard one of the elevators crashing down in the shaft, it's cables snapped.

By the time we reached ground, the swinging had stopped, and most residents were already gathered on the wide street in front - keeping a safe distance from the building in case it toppled. There were huge cracks all over the building, and in fact gaping holes at some places where panels of brickwork had fallen off.

We decided it was too dangerous to stay put, and decided to go to a cousin’s place who lives in a house - low and hopefully safe. I ran back up the stairs to get the car keys - put on some clothes, also grabbed my laptop, and ran back down.

It took us nearly 2 hours to cover the 5 kms to the cousin's place. Streets were full of people, but surprisingly no rubble. The reason for the absence of rubble became clear when we reached slightly wider roads - the buildings which had collapsed, had not toppled but fallen straight down - the floors like layers in a pancake. This 'pancake' collapse is also the most common in today’s Kathmandoo, as per the Chief of the Indian Disaster Response Force. The problem of people trapped under layers upon layers of tonnes upon tonnes of concrete can well be imagined.
We reached the cousins house to find the entire ‘extended’ family gathered there, seeking shelter. We were the lucky ones – our apartment blocks were still standing, and the shelter was precautionary. Cellphones, electricity, telephones, everything was down for the next few hours.

All of us just ‘camped’ on the lawns of the cousins house for the rest of the day – cowering collectively – no heroics, no going out on ‘rescue missions’, nothing – just clustered together like a pack of scared animals.

By next morning, communications were back on line, and I got instructions from my bosses to leave ASAP for Bhuj – the epicenter of the quake – to get the bank branches up and running, ATMs especially. I bundled as much equipment and my team in the car, and left in the afternoon.
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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.

do you know any good Harrod's bombing jokes?

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Old 29.04.2015, 08:25
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do you know any good Harrod's bombing jokes?
Have a browse through here, you may find one somewhere:

http://www.sickipedia.org/in-the-news
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Re: Take your heads out of the sand to help, not prreach.

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Why have you turned this into a willy-waving exercise?

As for the amount of help and interest coming from the western world and the attention paid to westerners involved, well, that's pretty understandable. I doubt the Times of India covers events in my home town in all that much detail but if something happened that involved an Indian they might. If that something killed thousands of people then they'd still go with the "Indian involved" bit. It's a sliding scale of "how far away" and "how many killed" with a dollop of "anyone we know" thrown in.


As an example, to my knowledge the only time the Times of India has covered the Muslim rape gang problem in the UK is when they did an article on them targeting Hindu children in Southall. They took a story, de-emphasized the targeting of the white and black children and made it all about people like them. Totally understandable - it sells papers better than stories about far away people about which they know little.

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