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They need help in New Orleans. Now. They needed it yesterday, and the day before. For the people there it’s the longest week of their lives… and some of them won’t live the week.

Hurricanes are too big a drain on resources and money for any state alone. That’s why FEMA was set up. Why oh why, aren’t people in places ready to roll at a moment’s notice when a storm is obviously going to hit an area, like Katrina was?

OK, so it’s not known the EXACT spot where landfall will happen, but supplies and resources could have been stocked up ready to go as soon as that storm hit.

The politicians talk, and people die. People are dying that needn’t have died, because they should have all evacuated. That’s fine and dandy to say but not everyone has the money or the means to leave. For those that don’t have those means, but do want to leave, is it beyond the capability of this country to provide the logistics? It is just a question of organizing, and organizing quickly some mass transit.

Also, as good neighbors, should we all do more if we’re in one of those affected areas? Take an elderly or poor neighbor with us when we leave?

It’s never going to be possible to persuade everyone to go, but surely more could be done to get more people out.

If New Orleans had been empty, then it wouldn’t have mattered as much what happened afterwards.

It’s a well-known fact that as many if not more deaths happen after a hurricane than during it.

Let’s hope, and it’s surely a vain hope, that lessons are learnt from this tragedy. A tragedy that, for many people, could have been greatly lessened.

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Cars & Computers

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I make a living from computers, but hey, one shouldn’t be despondent if you’re not a computer literate. I don’t profess to know that much, on the grand scale of things – the whole picture is just too vast. But I know what I need to know to do what I have to do, and learn more about the ever expanding technology all the time. Quite simply I enjoy the challenge.

On the other hand, take the car. Like most people, I drive one. For me it’s a functional thing. A box that takes me from A to B. Sure, I’d like a luxury limo for a more comfortable ride, and perhaps more power under the hood (but I’d probably end up getting a ticket or six). Anyways, I know very little about cars. Like people ask me to fix their computers, I ask someone to fix my car when it needs it. I know I could buy the manual, and with some time and effort save myself a whole lot of greenbacks doing it myself.

I’d much rather be sitting inside in my cool air conditioned home office fixing a computer, and let someone else crawl about under my car in the heat… (I don’t know of too many air conditioned automotive repairers).

After the job’s done, I can enjoy a drive in the car, and the mechanic can cool off inside….

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Spelling chequer

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Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
and weight four it two say
weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
it nose bee fore two long
and eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

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